Two lonely souls find the courage to love again in Michelle Douglas’ unmissable new novel for Harlequin Romance, The Cattleman’s Ready-Made Family.
Tess Laing’s life used to revolve around her musical career. Having garnered great acclaim all over the world for her breath-taking talent, Tess had made plenty of sacrifices to reach the top of her profession. Tess had no qualms about turning her back on relationships and foregoing affairs of the heart – until a tragic accident had claimed the life of her beloved sister and her husband and left her solely responsible for the well-being of her orphaned nephew and niece. The sudden death of her beloved sister had shocked Tess to her very core and made her regret that she had prioritized her career over her sibling. Tess is determined to atone for the mistakes of her past and vows to give her nephew and niece the best childhood possible, so she turns her back on her career and decides to start afresh in the town of Bellaroo Creek in the Australian Outback. Tess’ main focus in life is her niece and nephew’s well-being. She does not want nor need any reminders of her past as a musician. All she wants is to see her beloved charges smiling again. Tess has been selfish enough and now the time has come for her to put other people first. However, she hadn’t counted on meeting the devilishly handsome Cameron Manning…
Cameron has had his fair share of heartbreak over the past couple of years. The gorgeous cattleman had imagined spending the rest of his life working the land with his childhood sweetheart Fiona – but his stepbrother Lance had other plans! Cameron had been shocked when Fiona had dumped him for his brother and he had been absolutely devastated when his own mother seemed to side with Lance! Cameron has had enough of being the subject of pity and gossip and of being on his own. He’s had enough of Bellaroo Creek and wants to shake off the shackles of country life and go to Africa where nobody knows him. Cameron is counting down the days until he can leave Bellaroo Creek – but now that Tess and her adorable charges have come into town, the restless cowboy finds himself reluctant to leave the ready-made family which has managed to breach the impenetrable defenses he had built around his heart…
Thrown together by fate, Tess and Cameron soon find themselves falling madly in love with one another. But is Cameron willing to put his heart on the line for the second time and trust another woman again? Will Tess stick to her resolve to stay single for the sake of her niece and nephew? Or will she realize that the only way she can ever be happy is by grasping this unexpected chance of happiness?
The Cattleman’s Ready-Made Family is a captivating tale of redemption, healing from the past, forgiveness and unexpected romance that tugged at my heartstrings and kept me mesmerized from start to finish. Michelle Douglas has written a terrific contemporary romance, full of tenderness and emotion, set in a town readers would love to live in, that is sure to bring a tear to your eye.
I loved Tess, who was a vibrant, strong and believable heroine with a heart of gold and Cameron was an irresistible hero guaranteed to make readers swoon with his heartfelt sensitivity and brooding charm.
Michelle Douglas continues to get better with every book she writes and The Cattleman’s Ready-Made Family is an exceptional contemporary romance which readers simply cannot afford to miss!
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As usual, Abby Bauman was running late because her ex-husband once again failed to pick up their daughter for a scheduled visit. Anger clouded Abby’s concentration, she missed her turn and stopped suddenly causing a minor accident. The other driver, ruggedly handsome detective Ethan James, was irritated by the delay in returning home to his teenage daughter. The two drove to the bank where Abby worked to exchange insurance information, when suddenly they were attacked by bank robbers and taken hostage. With their lives in danger, Abby and Ethan develop a trust which is essential to their survival.
One horrendous event after another challenge Abby and Ethan as they escape their captors and find themselves in the middle of the vast hot Texas plains. Ethan immediately takes on the role of protector but Abby is no weakling and they work well together to find a way home. Their feelings for each other intensify but is it love or just the reaction to their situation?
Bestselling author Linda Warren delivers a unique plot with mind blowing twists in A TEXAS HERO. Set in the unforgiving heat of rural Texas, with appealing characters and a fast moving plot, this is one book that truly engages the reader and can not be put down until the last page is savored. Reader fans are looking forward to more exciting romances from the Queen of Texas Romance, Linda Warren, in her latest series, Willow Creek, Texas.
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Seth Hammond has made mistakes in his past but he has changed his ways and now does occasional jobs for the FBI. His latest is to keep an eye on Rachel. Since she has been named CEO with her father’s death, violence and death has surrounded her. Now it begins to look as if that violence may now be centered on her. Seth is determined to keep her safe no matter what.
Rachel feels as if she is alone with no one to help her. Strange things have been happening and Seth is the only one who believes her. He brings passion and feeling into her life and she has to rely on someone but is Seth the answer? Or is he part of the problems?
Paula Graves is a master at mystery. She gives us just enough information to keep us hooked on the story but not enough to give it away the entire story. Seth had made mistakes in his past and learned from them. He did not want to be that man and took the steps to change. He did not feel he was the man for Rachel. Rachel had no problem with is background and believed in him. Paula Graves resolves some mysteries with The Smoky Mountain Mist but leaves some for a future book. All of us will be looking forward to the next book in the series. Another great job – The Smoky Mountain Mist by Paula Graves.
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The new miniseries by Jennifer Morey called Ivy Avengers is off to a compelling start with plenty of suspense and issues packed with emotional conflict. Her main couple is thrown into a situation that professionals would normally deal with, yet time and again, it is up to these two to handle whatever crops up. This results in numerous incidents where their lives are in danger and choices could profoundly affect their futures. FRONT PAGE AFFAIR is deeply intriguing plus passionate.
When Braden McCrae received a phone call to meet with his parents, he was stunned when told his sister is missing. She had gone to the British Virgin Islands and has not been in contact since her arrival. Braden has a friend from college whose chosen career is to locate people, and he goes to get advice from the man. When he gets there, the sister of his friend is visiting and ends up becoming involved in the undertaking to bring his sister back home.
Although Arizona Ivy is from a famous family, she wants to become known for what she has accomplished and her goal is to be a respected journalist. She believes there could be a good story for her to write, but only if she can get the facts about what has occurred to Braden’s sister. Then making certain the woman is found alive also becomes equally important as their differing views change. When they begin to investigate, questions and their desire for the other rapidly mount.
As the questions mount up in FRONT PAGE AFFAIR, so does the unexpected attraction between two unlikely individuals. Neither is looking for a relationship, but sometimes the sexual pull is way too strong to ignore, even when their inner thoughts keep reminding them of the reasons to stay away. Braden and Arizona have experienced personal hurt in the past when it comes to someone who was supposed to be a lifelong partner. Now they are overly cautious and their lives are influenced by this wariness. Arizona especially lets what happened impact her current decisions, as it seems very difficult for her to let go and be truly happy. Her trying to aid Braden in locating his sister is an endeavor she believes will bring contentment, but being around the tempting man only causes more uncertainty to her already confused thoughts.
What is going on with his sister is a huge mystery and finding the answers they need is not at all easy. A number of complications bring much danger into their lives, and some of their reactions are not always well thought out. These two frequently let their emotions control their responses, and sometimes the consequences end up causing more suffering. I seldom knew how Braden or Arizona would react, and several times I was completely surprised by their final choices. FRONT PAGE AFFAIR keeps you guessing until every question is resolved.
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Though there are numerous poignant incidents in this compelling vampire tale by Michele Hauf, there are also loads of lighter moments that had me smiling and even laughing. I never knew if I would be grinning or left breathless when I turned the page, and these unexpected surprises definitely kept me interested in discovering the next episode concerning Lark and Domingos. The author is known for interweaving atypical predicaments into the lives of her characters, and the unique issues facing her main couple are repeatedly perilous plus emotional. Michele Hauf makes BEAUTIFUL DANGER not only original but completely entertaining.
After Domingos LaRoque managed to escape the compound where he was held by werewolves, the vampire sought retribution against the pack who had tormented him for months. With the blood of a phoenix running through his veins after the last forced fight, he is now strong enough to kill those whom he blames for driving him half mad at times. Domingos will not let the voices or the music he often hears in his mind keep him from his vow to make every one of the werewolves suffer.
When Lark decided to join the group of humans who slay vampires, she was motivated by the fact her late husband was tortured by these ruthless beings for over a year. Her latest assignment sounds easy, as the creature is reported to not be in his right mind and should not be able to think things through. Her first confrontation with Domingos incredibly proves he is both powerful and cunning. Lark is always successful when she hunts a vampire, but an unanticipated situation raises questions about her orders as she starts to see this particular vampire in a different light.
The paranormal worlds created by Michele Hauf are always imaginative, and her characters possess distinctive traits that often have not been depicted by similar beings. In BEAUTIFUL DANGER, the hero has been transformed into a creature unlike any other, and some of his abilities are solely his own. I liked seeing what Domingos could actually do and what deeds were still impossible for him to attempt. His unusual characteristics make him interesting, and his mental state certainly added to my fascination. What he would say is frequently off-the-wall, and Lark’s reaction is sometimes just as much fun. While Lark and Domingos may start out as enemies, they come to realize they do have things in common. These two individuals have suffered through much heartache in the past, and the healing process they go through is touching because of the realistic compassion shown by each of them. The despair in their lives is very clearly described, thus causing me to understand many of their responses and what brought them close. Any sexual attraction between this couple is extremely intense, resulting in countless intimate encounters that are packed with passion and much gratification. Several mysteries arise throughout the story, and I hope their disclosures will take place in upcoming connected Nocturne books by Michele Hauf. BEAUTIFUL DANGER is an emotional journey of learning to trust and moving forward.
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