Review: Tempest by Beverly Jenkins

tempestTitle: Tempest
Series: Old West, #3
Author: Beverly Jenkins
Published: January 30, 2018
Publisher: Avon
Pages: 384
Genre: Historical romance
Source: Netgalley
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: C

summary from Goodreads:
What kind of mail-order bride greets her intended with a bullet instead of a kiss? One like Regan Carmichael—an independent spirit equally at home in denims and dresses. Shooting Dr. Colton Lee in the shoulder is an honest error, but soon Regan wonders if her entire plan to marry a man she’s never met is a mistake. Colton, who buried his heart along with his first wife, insists he only wants someone to care for his daughter. Yet Regan is drawn to the unmistakable desire in his gaze.

Regan’s far from the docile bride Colton was expecting. Still, few women would brave the wilds of Wyoming Territory for an uncertain future with a widower and his child. The thought of having a bold, forthright woman like Regan in his life—and in his arms—begins to inspire a new dream. And despite his family’s disapproval and an unseen enemy, he’ll risk all to make this match a real union of body and soul.
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Review: Be My Forever Bride by Martha Kennerson

bemyforeverTitle: Be My Forever Bride
Series: The Kingsleys of Texas
Author: Martha Kennerson
Published: January 16, 2018
Publisher: Harlequin Kimani
Pages: 224
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Netgalley
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: D

summary from Goodreads:
He vowed to love and cherish her…It was like something out of a fairy tale: being swept off her feet, then eloping with her one true love, Houston oil tycoon Brice Kingsley. Then a devastating diagnosis and a threat from her past forced Brooke Smith Kingsley to leave the man she loved. Now she has a chance to make things right, but only if she can keep her secret–and her distance–from her irresistible husband.Though he couldn’t accept Brooke’s reasons for running away, Brice never gave up on her or their marriage. And with the beautiful tax attorney back in his life, reigniting passion stronger than before, he can’t bear to let her go ever again. Even as a revenge-seeking blackmailer schemes to bring down the Kingsley empire, Brice will fight for their future–a love that’s for now and forever.

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Review: Overtime for Love by Synithia Williams

overtimeTitle: Overtime for Love
Author: Synithia Williams
Published: January 1, 2018
Pages: 224
Publisher: Harlequin Kimani Romance
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Netgalley
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: C+

summary from Goodreads:
Desire is a game without rules 

Optimistic and hardworking, Angela Bouler prides herself on getting through life without asking for an assist. School, two jobs, caring for her nephew, Cory—she’s keeping all together…then Isaiah Reynolds bounces into her life. The Jacksonville Gators’ star forward is coaching at Cory’s summer camp, but guardians and mentors aren’t supposed to mix—and certainly not surrender to red-hot kisses…

Isaiah has an image of the perfect partner in his head, and it doesn’t quite mesh with Angela’s hectic life. Or her evening job serving drinks at a gentlemen’s club. But deep down, she’s the only woman who sparks a true connection. He’s expected to keep his image spotless, but instead he’s risking everything on a strong, sexy, complicated woman. Winning her heart won’t be easy, but it’s becoming the only play that really matters…

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Review: The Night Before by Jacinta Howard

nightTitle: The Night Before
Author: Jacinta Howard
Published: December 14, 2017
Publisher: Self-published
Pages: 135
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: B

summary from Goodreads
Ava couldn’t believe she’d let her best friend talk her into coming to a mind numbing holiday party on the night before Christmas. As Ava counts the minutes before she can leave, all she can think about is how much she wants to snuggle up on the sofa with a crappy holiday movie and drink too much eggnog (with rum). That is, until an old classmate, Elias Young, sits next to her at the party. Elias is way too charming to be any good for her, but fate forces Ava to put that tired theory to the ultimate test. Is it happenstance? Serendipity? Or, is the night before Christmas also the night before everything Ava thinks she knows about love changes for good?

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Review: Merry Christmas, Baby by Alexandria House

merrychristmasTitle: Merry Christmas, Baby
Author: Alexandria House
Published: December 11, 2017
Pages: 22
Publisher: Self-published
Genre: Romance
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: B

summary from Goodreads:
Having to work on Christmas Eve is bad. Having to work the graveyard shift on Christmas Eve is worse. Having to work the graveyard shift on Christmas Eve when your life is a mess? Well, that’s some BS. There doesn’t seem to be a Merry Christmas in store for Sunday Marks, but maybe one call can change that.

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Review: Love, Lies, & Loyalty by Shelia Sewell

loveliesloyaltyTitle: Love, Lies & Loyalty
Author: Shelia Sewell
Published: October 25, 2017
Pages: 174
Publisher: Self
Genre: Romance
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: D

summary from Goodreads:
Sheree, the outspoken teacher. Shaina, the unhappily married housewife and mother. Morgan, the career-driven attorney. Maven, the bonafide hood girl turned business owner. Best friends for over two decades.

Every Friday night you can find Sheree, Shaina, Morgan, and Maven sitting at their reserved VIP table at Rico’s, the most popular thirty plus lounge in the city. The girls enjoy exquisite cuisine and specialized cocktails while dishing about life, love, and relationships.

There’s usually no room for secrets among these friends because they’ve shared everything: the good, the bad, the ugly, and the downright scandalous and illegal. But that is all about to change.

Life has a way of bringing trouble right to your front door, and that is exactly what happens to these women. The past comes out to play and wreaks havoc on the present. Old flames burn out, new ones ignite, and everyone gets burned in the process.

When secrets and lies threaten the bond between these friends, will the loyalty and the love they have for each other be enough to see them through? Or will the reservation at Rico’s be put on hold forever?

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Review: Whatever It Takes by Tu-Shonda L. Whitaker

whateverittakesTitle: Whatever It Takes
Author: Tu-Shonda L. Whitaker
Published: December 4, 2017
Publisher: Pocket Books
Genre: Erotic Romance
Pages: 90
Source: NetGalley
Rating: D
Purchase: Amazon

summary from Goodreads

India Parker has gotten to the point in her life where she accepts she will always be alone. All of that changes, however, when her best girlfriend asks her for help in catching her husband cheating on camera.

When India returns the camera, she comes across pictures of Devin, her friend’s twenty-three-year-old son. Only he’s not a boy anymore, and he wants to prove to India that he’s man enough for her.

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