The Billionaires: The Stepbrothers -Lover’s Triangle #3 by Calista Fox

Insurance fraud investigator, Scarlet Drake, is tenacious when it comes to following the leads.  Her current assignment has her tracking down Michael Vanderberg in connection to an art theft on his family’s estate but when the pair final meet the chemistry is undeniable.  Eliminating Michael from her investigation sends her into the path of his stepbrother, Sam Reed.  Saving Scarlet from a snow bank sends sparks flying and when Scarlet finds out that the brothers have shared women in the past she is more than willing to join them.

With the investigation still in full flow, Scarlet struggles to protect her new relationship whilst still tracking the clues.  Will she be able to hold it all together or will the secrets become more than anyone can take?

REVIEW

I received this book as an ARC review and really enjoyed it.  The characters are interesting and the chemistry between all three is sizzling.  The story is well written and is full of twists and secrets.  Scarlet is a woman who has had a tumultuous past. From the time she lost her parents in a tragic accident she has kept her heart sealed so that she would never feel that sort of pain again. Michael is similar to Scarlet in the heart department, whereas Sam is still recovering from the loss of the woman he loved. It takes all three of them to overcome their fears of love but together they are strong.

This is the third book in the series and although I have not read the previous stories it did not detract from the enjoyment of this one.  The female characters from books 1 & 2 make an appearance in this one and I will definitely be reading these and probably more by this author in the future

This is a menagé a trois with MF and MFM sex scenes.

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Cowboys of Chance Creek Vol 0.5-2 by Cora Seton

Welcome to Chance Creek.  In this first selection of books based around the good-looking cowboys of Chance Creek we meet a group of friends out to find their brides.  This box set consists of:

The Cowboy Inherits a Bride – When Sunshine Patterson moves to Chance Creek to fulfil her dream of running her own restaurant she is in for a few surprises, least of all being Cole Linden. Finding out that they are both inheritors of the same building puts the pair toe to toe in a competition that would save one and ruin the other.  But will sharing an apartment bring them closer or make them fight harder?

The Cowboy’s Email Order Bride – Ethan Cruz thought his life was set until the day his parents died.  His family ranch is on the brink of bankruptcy and the woman he loves has left him, the last thing Ethan needs is to be the butt of yet another practical joke by his friend, Rob.  But will the joke be him when Autumn Leeds, a New York girl, answers the ad for a cowboys bride?

The Cowboy Wins a Bride – Jamie Lassiter has been in love with Claire Cruz since they were children but when Claire leaves the ranch and moves away, Jamie believes he has lost his chance.  With the wedding of his best friend on the horizon, Jamie makes plans to finally win Claire’s heart but it seems that fear and anger run deep in Claire.  Can Jamie convince her that his intentions are true and will Claire ever learn to trust again?

REVIEW

I do love a good cowboy romance. Testosterone filling every page and the women swooning at their boots.  This collection did not disappoint.  The first book is really only a novella but introduces the main characters for the rest of the series.  I was a little disappointed that Cole and Sunshine did not appear in the next two books but after looking into this I found that their story was actually published two years after book 1 and they will return with a continuation of their story in book 9.

These are definite feel good, HEA stories that have their ups and downs but ultimately the cowboy will get his bride.  Each story focuses on a different main character who, whether they know it or not, will tread a rocky path in the name of true love.

Wide open ranch land, good friends, and plenty of horses. A very enjoyable read. I will be continuing this series at a later time.

 

 

Double Dose by Katie Allen

Speech therapist Daphne Dahl lived an uncomplicated life, keeping herself to herself wherever possible, but all that changed when the attractive stranger kidnaps her.

Ari would do anything for his mute friend Benjy, even kidnapping. Bringing Daphne to their remote hideout in an effort to find out why he wont talk should have been simple enough, but the more time they spend together the more his feelings for her grow. He knows that Benjy also has feelings for this new woman in their lives.

Daphne knows she should be scared, should attempt to get away at every opportunity but something stops her.  Is it the growl that comes from Ari or the sparkle in Benjy’s eye, either way she knows that there is attraction for not just one but both of these men. When the reason for their confinement makes an unwelcome appearance, Daphne will do everything she can to protect her men.

REVIEW

Finding yourself in a remote log cabin with not one but two big, handsome men, who wouldn’t want to stay?  Ari and Benjy, along with three other men, escaped a testing lab where they were essentially lab rats given bionic powers.  Following the process Benjy stopped talking…enter Daphne. Daphne has always been a loner, since she advanced two year ahead at school. Finding out her fiancé didn’t really love her and left her after stealing all his clients money, she vowed never to get attached again.

The story is interesting although the bionic powers took some getting used too. I did feel that there could have been more made of the two different plot points, her fiancé and the lab people.  Everything just seemed to come to a rushed end.  I won’t deny though that the sex scenes are hot. If you enjoy a bit of menage then you will definitely like this.

This book is the fourth in this series which had all previously been published under another name.  This book can be enjoyed as a standalone and although we are introduced to the characters from the previous books it does not impact heavily on this story.

Thank you to Netgalley for the ARC

Summer at Sunset – Summer #2 by Beth Labonte

Summer Hartwell is getting married. Finding the man of her dreams was easy compared to planning the wedding. Deciding to make it as easy as possible, Summer decides to hold the wedding thousands of miles away from where her mother lives, in the idyllic retirement community where Graham’s parents live.

Who would have believed the things that go on with the over sixties? Golfing, yoga, swinging!  With Summer’s parents arriving a week before the wedding, Summer’s stress levels reach an all time high. When Summer becomes convinced that one of the old ladies is trying to sabotage her wedding everyone, including Graham, has a hard time believing her. With a familiar face turning up out of the blue, the whole wedding could be off . Will Summer get the wedding of her dreams?

REVIEW

I love Summer. Nothing ever goes right for her despite every effort she goes through to ensure a peaceful life.  The antics of the retirement village is hilarious, although I could happily smack Graham for his incessant flirting when he knows it is winding Summer up.

Good to have more of Eric, Summer’s brother, in this story.  He is so laid back he makes Graham look like a worrier.

There are some very sweet and romantic scenes in this book.  Graham shows his love for Summer and stands by her when she starts to fall apart. And the Disney experience is wonderful.

Lovely story, funny and emotional. Same great characters with a few additions. If you have read and enjoyed ‘Summer at Sea’ then you are guaranteed to love this sequel.

Summer at Sea – Summer #1 by Beth Labonte

Summer Hartwell is going on a cruise.  A week long cruise to Bermuda – Sun, Sea & Sex! More like, Stress, Sun cream & Sweaters. Summer is going with…her parents. The only saving grace is that her brother, his girlfriend, and his best friend will also be joining them.

At the age of twenty six, living in her parent’s basement, working as a librarian in a middle school, and having next to no social life leaves Summer with very little romance and no chance of a ‘picket fence’ future so she makes a deal with herself to use the cruise to find a husband.

To say that Summer’s plans don’t work out exactly as she expects would be an understatement. But with her brother’s friend, Graham Blenderman, on hand to show her a good time and forget her husband-hunting, will Summer have the cruise of her life or a nervous break-down to rival her mother’s?

REVIEW

Poor Summer.  Living with her parents is bad enough but living with her over-cautious, over-bearing and over-protective parents is sending Summer hurtling towards her own nervous breakdown.  She has had a crush on Graham Blenderman for years but when he turned her down for her school prom she put all thoughts of him aside which would be easier to do if he wasn’t constantly round her house. When her brother bails on their cruise, Summer finds herself left with not only her parents but Graham as well.  Let the drinks flow…Summer is going to need to them.

This is a great comedy romance. The characters are hysterical. Summer desperately wants to find a husband to have a reason to escape her parents basement. Graham is the joker, constantly finding the fun in everything. Not even Mrs Hartwell can bring him down…ok, there may be a couple of moments, but he soon bounces back. Richard and Joan Hartwell worry and fret about everything – and I mean EVERYTHING!

This is a definite feel-good book. There are no sex scenes but it is implied on occasions. Some strong language but nothing that detracts from the enjoyment of the story.  Highly recommended as a fun summer read.

 

Summer Lake Romance Box Set: Book 1-3 – Summer Lake #1-3 by S.J. McCoy

This is a contemporary romance collection based around a group of friends who spent their childhood at Summer Lake.  Having kept in touch over the years and now in their early thirties, they are all being drawn back to Summer Lake.

Book 1 – Love like you’ve never been hurt

Emma Douglas has learnt to be cautious of love.  Moving to Summer Lake following the death of her parents, she was always a shy, reserved person despite making some life-long friends who affectionately nick-named her ‘Mouse’.  In the wake of a disastrous marriage she swore she would never love again.  Bumping, literally, into her best friend’s work partner stirs emotions she wished would stay hidden.  Can Jack Benson make Emma believe in love again or will she run at the first sign of trouble? Love and trust are hard earned but it takes a persistent man to bring Emma out of her mouse hole.

Book 2 – Work like you don’t need the money

Pete Hemming has been one of Emma’s best friends since she first moved to Summer Lake.  With Emma’s wedding to his business partner, Jack, approaching he takes his best man duties very seriously, especially when he has to transport the maid of honour from LA to Summer Lake.  The attraction between Pete and Holly Hayes, Emma’s LA best friend, is undeniable but Holly refuses to accept that anything permanent could ever happen between the pair due to their financial and social differences and with Pete’s plan firmly in place he has no room in his life for romance. Will some home truths from those closest to them bring the couple to their senses or are they both just too stubborn to appreciate love when it comes along?

Book 3 – Dance like nobody’s watching

Missy Malone has lived in Summer Lake all her life and been best friends with Pete, Emma and Ben for most of it.  Life hasn’t been easy for her being a single parent to a fourteen year old boy but she has worked hard and is proud of the cleaning business she has established. Her son, Scot, gets lost in his world of computers and when Jack suggests that his brother, Dan, might be able to mentor him, Missy agrees.  Dan Benson is a super tech geek and connects with Scot instantly, he also finds an unknown attraction to Missy. Having never really been in love before, Dan struggles to express his emotions but Missy seems to understand him.  Can two people who are so different be so right for each other and will Missy risk getting involved with Dan if it could cause damage to his relationship with Scot?

REVIEW

This is a great collection of stories and the relationship between all the characters continues to grow and develop with each story. Emma and Jack bring the reader into the world of Summer Lake where we meet Emma’s friends Pete, Missy and Ben, and also Emma’s friend Holly and Jack’s brother, Dan.  There is a real sense of friendship within these books and they are well-written and engaging.  Each story deals with different issues that can arise with new relationships and the bonds that connect friends old and new.

Each couple is wonderful in their own right.  Jack is awesome and shows his love for Emma even when many men would have left due to her insecurity issues. He earns her trust and proves that she can love again.  Pete lives by his plan, which does not involve a long-term romance for another four years.  It takes a good talking to by all of his friends to make him realise the he making a huge mistake if he lets Holly go. Holly has her own issues to deal with and overcome.  Missy has had to be independent for a very long time, bringing up her son and making ends meet.  When Dan comes into her life she struggles to give up her independence, even when her health dictates that she must, and Dan finds himself overwhelmed with emotions that are all new to him.  Never have two people been so opposite but worked so well together.

There is some sizzling sex within these books but what else can you expect when you have well built alpha males (some with Texas cowboy breeding!) who find the women they are destined to spend their lives with.

This is a twelve book series and although most of them are considered standalone I would advise that you read them in turn as all the characters appear in each book. Having read the first three I will definitely been reading the rest of the series soon.