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A heartfelt and hilarious tale about two lost souls finding their way to each other.

Allison Murphy spends a week in March with the same group of girlfriends each year. What started as a college spring break tradition morphed into an annual reunion, ultimately encompassing boyfriends and husbands. Only Allison hasn't brought along a love interest in years, inspiring the others toward goodwill efforts at fixing her up. Faced with the prospect of yet another beach week mismatched with a virtual stranger, Allison's room mate Kate suggests a shocking alternative. Allison can "borrow" Kate's handsome and successful boyfriend for the trip. The trouble is Grady O'Brien stands for everything romantic idealist Allison is against. He's a ruthless businessman who will stop at nothing to get ahead. What Allison doesn't understand is just how far Grady is willing to go...

Wine industry entrepreneur Grady O'Brien knows an opportunity when he sees one. Allison Murphy runs a boutique wine label design company, while Grady heads up a firm that buys those sorts of businesses out. When Grady's girlfriend unexpectedly must attend a conference and their vacation plans are cancelled, she encourages Grady to accompany Allison to the beach instead. Grady agrees to participate in the ruse of playing Allison's boyfriend with a secret agenda in mind. He hopes to pave the way for acquiring Allison's Bella Fortuna Wine Designs by winning favor with its pretty owner and her friends. The one thing Grady doesn't count on losing in the bargain is his heart.

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Allison has a tradition of spending a week with her college friends each year. And over the years love interests for the other girls have become part of the holiday. Only trouble is that now they have all settled down with their love lives and Allison is the only one who has never brought a boy along. So they match make for her with disastrous results. When she shares her troubles with her current room mate Kate, she is shocked when Kate offers her own boyfriend Grady O'Brien as a substitute fake boyfriend to see her through the week.

Grady knows things have reached the near end with Kate and the final straw is when she volunteers his company out to Allison. That girl may be an artist but she's a mess. Nothing close to as organized or coordinated as he is. But its the artist that he needs to win over for a business project and so he figures its not a bad idea to do her this favour. They both start the week with trepidation and plenty of misgivings, but as the story plays out it becomes obvious that they both care for each other a lot more than they should.

Being the honest and straight people they are, they stay away from the attraction that they feel towards each other. At least as much as they can. Then Allison discovers Grady's ulterior motive and throw him out. Will the two of them manage to get past all the misunderstandings and obstacles that seem to stand in their way? Find out when you read the book. I received an ARC for an honest opinion.

I truly did enjoy reading the story. Although you feel you know what will happen given the popular theme, the author manages to put in a couple of good twists in the tale. Its a fun, light read perfect for a lazy weekend.


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Loki vowed Asgard would burn. 

Bohdi Patel, latest incarnation of Chaos, wants nothing to do with Loki’s psychotic oath. 
Stranded on the icy world of Jotunheim with Amy Lewis, his friend Steve Rogers, and an unlikely band of civilians, magical beings, and elite military, Bohdi just wants to keep himself and his friends alive … but when you’re Chaos incarnate, even the simplest goals are complicated. 

If Jotunheim doesn’t kill them, Odin will, and if Odin doesn’t, the secrets they harbour might. 

In the final instalment of I Bring the Fire, Bohdi, Amy, and Steve learn that Chaos cannot be contained, some secrets cannot be kept, and some vows cannot be broken. 

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Okay, all the ice and difficulties in the beginning of the book were a bit boring to wade through. Although it was good to see Amy and Bohdi finally acknowledge each other's feelings. I did enjoy the twist of change of the guards for the Norse Gods in the end. I'm not revealing any more because it would not be fair to add spoilers to the review. Needless to say if you have the rest of the books in the series, you will surely be reading this one with bated breath right till the end.

And I need to get the grouse of my chest. Bohdi is supposed to be Indian, but no Kashmiri will be called Bhat, that's a south Indian surname. Plus Triloki, that is just not a Muslim name! I know I want to congratulate the author for the rest of the series being so much fun, but she really should have researched the name a bit better. Okay, I'm done grousing. Go read the book.

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When science meets Chaos, what could go wrong? 

Bohdi Patel is keeping the revelation that he is Chaos incarnate a secret, and handling the revelation about as well as one would expect. He’s in a downward spiral: losing his lease, totaling his car, and trying to keep everyone he cares about at arm's length. 

Veterinarian Amy Lewis is wondering what happened to the funny, flirty, curious Bohdi she knew in the land of the Norns. He’s become moody and sometimes cruel. She is definitely glad she didn’t become romantically entangled with him ... most of the time. 

When tragedy strikes Amy’s beloved mutt Fenrir, and Odin strikes Bohdi’s best friend Steve, they have to work together again. Amy’s knowledge of science, Bohdi’s talents for theft, and both of their survival skills are put to the test. But more than Steve and Fenrir’s lives are at stake. Amy and Bohdi may unlock the key that saves mankind from the gods … or bring about the apocalypse. 

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He definitely did not ask to be Loki's next incarnation. However Bohdi has to face the facts and the facts are that he is Chaos reincarnated and he is in love with Amy. For his own sanity he needs to keep his distance, but its difficult when he wants her so much. She is the friend who understands him better than anyone else. And its a friendship he is willing to go to great lengths to preserve. Especially when he needs her medical background to help heal his best friend Steve.

Amy knows she is conducting all kinds of crimes, but if she can get Steve okay again it will all be worth it. Fenirr is a good experiment subject, but something about messing with magic is bound to end badly. Specially when she is not completely honest about how she achived her results. However she can't just stand by and let Odin supress Earth using magic. She has to even the odds, and she does it remarkably well. Can't wait to read what happens next.
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The Leader Who Rules Chaos, Rules the Realms… 

Two years ago Loki, God of Mischief and Chaos, destroyed a large chunk of Chicago’s financial district and then vanished into thin air. He still has not been found. Odin, ruler of the Nine Realms, is desperate. To find Loki, he sends his son Thor on a dangerous quest to consult the all-seeing Norns. But Thor needs humanity’s help... 

Loki’s former lover, veterinarian Amy Lewis, is carrying all of Loki’s memories—but missing some of her own. Hoping to keep Loki from Odin’s machinations, she agrees to help Thor on his journey. 

Bohdi Patel’s memory was wiped by Loki’s mischief. He thinks Amy and Thor are both crazy to want anything to do with Loki. But he needs to find his parents, and he’s been told the Norns will answer any question—for a price. 

When Chaos is the goal, only one thing is certain: Amy and Bohdi are about to get into worlds of mischief. 

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The hunt is on for Loki. Or rather his reincarnation, since he blew himself up with Cera. Odin has his minions hunting the 9 realms to see just what kind of magical creature Loki aka Chaos is going to show up as. Thor is hunting for him and so is Amy. Bohdi is not looking for Loki, but he wants to know more about himself. When the opportunity for inter realm travel presents itself with Amy as his guide to hunt for the Fates and find out more about himself, he gladly hops on to Thor's chariot. Amy may have different motivation for visiting the Fates but she is glad of the company.

Spiders, forest fires, killer insects and a whole lot more scary stuff later they manage to hitch a ride on a dragon to get to the Fates in the land of the Norns. What Bohdi suspects is confirmed, but he's in no mood for the six armed women or their charms. All he wants is to find out about his parents, but chaos rules and they have to make a quick escape from the furious Fates. Am I going to read the next story in the series? Hell yea!

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The noose around Loki’s neck is tightening. In this final installment of the Cera story arc, GerĂ°r, the frost giantess, wants him dead; Cera, the World Seed, wants his head—literally and figuratively; the FBI wants him in Guantanamo; and an old friend from Asgard wants to bring him home...whether Loki likes it or not. 

Things can’t get any worse, but when Loki’s involved, it’s certain they will. In the third chapter of I Bring the Fire, humanity’s demons are unleashed on the Nine Realms and Amy Lewis and Steve Rogers get front row seats. 

Chaos might be their only hope. 

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Where Loki goes Chaos follows. And when you are trying to kill otherworldly monsters who are running a muck on Earth, you need Chaos to be on your side. This story picks up where the last one ended making it a seamless transition. Jameson is still completely clueless to the fact that Loki is a God. He thinks Loki is just some low rent alien invading earth an the enemy of mankind and therefore beyond his control or his reach. Steve councils it is a bad idea to try and arrest Loki but Jameson ignores him and all sorts of mayhem ensues. Never try to trick a Trickster! It shortens your shelf life immensely.

As everyone starts trying to get control of Cera the World Seed, it becomes important to Loki to harness its power. He finally realizes his true potential, even as Amy steps up and becomes more than a damsel in distress. Just before he sacrifices himself he manages to dump all his memories in Amy and yes, he realizes that he cares for her enough to come back and hunt for her. He also wants her to remind him of his promise!

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After being attacked by a serial killer, saved by Loki -- so-called God of Mischief, Lies and Chaos -- dragged to Alfheim, losing every cent in her bank account, and caring for her grandmother, Amy Lewis has lost her scholarship to veterinary school. But she has a plan. If she can manage to keep her day job as a receptionist, and her night job as a vet tech, she may be able to get her scholarship reinstated and save enough money for the dreaded 'miscellaneous fees.'

Too bad her day boss is unbearable...

Agent Steve Rogers has political aspirations, but when a suitcase nuke turns out to be something much worse and so-called Norse gods start showing up in his life, he has a priority shift.

Meanwhile, Loki's priorities and plans haven't changed at all. He wants Asgard to burn. Of course, earthly pleasures can be so distracting.

These three disparate characters have little in common, but they'll have to join forces to save earth from trolls, wyrms, frost giant invasions, and an old evil growing beneath Chicago's streets.

In this second volume of "I Bring the Fire," chaos comes to our world and decides to stay. The nine realms will never be the same.

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After throwing Amy's life into total confusion as her grandmother goes into a coma and Loki empties her bank account, Loki disappears. Amy is questioned by the FBI who are trying to understand just what this colourful character is up to. She is even given a job, which she suspects is just their manner of keeping a close watch on her, to help rebuild her life.

Amy is just about coming to terms with her new reduced circumstances, when the chaos that is branded by Loki re-enters her life. Loki is not sure what he wants with Amy. Perhaps he is just amusing himself while he learns how to harness Cera's power. He knows he intends to bring Odin to his knees and make Asgard burn, he just doesn't know how its all going to come together.

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A beautiful blend of sweet, contemporary romance and women’s fiction, in the tradition of Debbie Macomber and Susan Mallery. Set against the backdrop of the Florida sun and a forgotten dinner theater, this novel is a companion to Book 1 in the Shellwater Key Tales series, Left Turn At Paradise, telling that story from another perspective… 

Thirty years ago, desperation drove Elizabeth McCarthy to do the unthinkable when she abandoned her infant daughter, Layla, to the care of her mother. Now, after years of trying to outrun the memories and the guilt, Beth has come home to Shellwater Key to make amends. She has survived deadbeat relationships, becoming a single mother, and cancer, but now faces the most difficult battle of her life…finding a way to connect with the legendary mother she was never able to please…and earning the forgiveness of the daughter who has every reason to hate her. She might even have a chance to find the missing piece of her heart when Layla’s father arrives in town looking for answers. 

Coming Home To Paradise is a powerful story of a woman who never felt like she was enough, despite being physically beautiful. It’s the story of a woman who has been broken by life, and by illness, and who now only wants to make things right. A story about discovering that it’s never too late to find true love…or more accurately…find the true love that slipped away. 


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Why would a young teen mother leave her baby girl on the doorstep of the grandmother who had rejected her? The author takes us through the life of a troubled girl who is unable to live up to the reputation and expectations of her highly successful mother. Most mother daughter relationships are complex and multilayered and when you throw in a rebel girl who manages to get pregnant in school, well things are bound to take a nose dive. There is love, but there is angst. There is a second chance for Beth but only if she puts on her big girl panties and faces the mistakes that she has made in the past. She wants to make peace with her mother, get to know Layla her daughter and do what she can to help her. She is also grateful for the support of her aunt, who has literally helped all three generations.
This was the first book of the author that I have read. There was a great set of well defined characters who went though their own growth as the story progressed. I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. And I will honestly say that I enjoyed reading it.

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Loss and betrayal have caused Heather Phillips to give up on love. She’s thrown herself into running The Lonely Loon, her Bed and Breakfast located on the boardwalk of Ocean City, Maryland. The “off season” in this tourist town is usually a time of rest and reflection for her; however, DB Atwell, a famous author, arrives at The Loon for the winter to finish his long-overdue novel. Daniel, too, has faced grief, and tragedy continues to haunt him. Once Heather and Daniel meet, their lives will never be the same. 

Reminiscent of Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks and culminating in a happily-ever-after similar to the great Nora Roberts, Two Hearts in Winter is a story about learning to let go of the past, about realizing that, though hardship affects us, it need not define us, and about coming to understand and truly believe that beauty is sometimes covered in scars. The human heart has an amazing ability to forgive, to heal, and to hope, especially when touched by love.

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There is a social message in each of Donna's books and the second book in the Ocean City Boardwalk Series is no exception. The first book dealt with organ donation. Sara and Landon came together because of his transplanted heart. We also met Sara's friends Heather and Cathy. This is Heather's book. We learn about why she is so cut off from the dating scene. She has seen her mother fight and lose the battle to breast cancer and that has coloured her life with fear and some proactive action. I don't want to give away the story, but needless to say, its very relevant in the society today.
Heather's beau is Daniel, and he has problems of his own. Daniel has hired out the entire Lonely Loon, the Bed and Breakfast that Heather runs, for the peace and quiet he requires to finish his next novel. Unfortunately, things are never exactly what they seem, he has a reason to hide and its eating up his heart. Can Heather help him heal even as his acceptance helps her come to terms with her own body? Its a beautiful book grounded in reality and speaking of how love can still be possible, if you just give it a chance.
I was gifted a copy of the book by the author for an honest review. I enjoyed it greatly and I look forward to seeing what Cathy will get up to with her on again off again boyfriend in the final book of the series.

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Sara Carson is a 30-something widow with a busy life. Two fun-loving best friends, a caring mom who needs her, and a thriving sweet shop. What more could a woman want? But when the ancient plumbing in her shop springs a leak and a gorgeous, dark-eyed stranger rushes to her rescue, hilarity unfolds—and Sara quickly sees exactly what she’s been missing. 

Something most peculiar draws Landon Richards to Ocean City, Maryland—and to the lovely Sara. This woman touches his heart like no other, and the two of them explore the heady attraction that pulses between them. But haunting dreams have a way of encroaching on reality, and the strange phenomenon that brings these two together will also threaten to tear them apart. 

This is the first book in the Ocean City Boardwalk Series, where life for three enterprising women, Sara, Heather, and Cathy, isn’t just fun in the sun—love is waiting on those sandy shores! 

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Sara is a widow trying to get over the loss of her beloved husband. Her friends Heather and Cathy are as good as sisters to her. Her disabled mother is also a great source of support, but nothing has prepared her for the return of her husband Greg's heart into her life. Specially not when it comes packaged inside another man...Landon. I just could not put down the story halfway. Had to read through the night to know how everything turned out.

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A HEAVENLY CHRISTMAS (Heavenly Christmas series Book 1)

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A delightful Christmas story, the first in a new series by Patrice Wilton, NEW YORK TIMES best seller. 
Jennie Braxton and her two small children are traveling to Philadelphia for Christmas with her family. Car trouble lands them in a magical town called Heaven, PA. Everything about this sweet place seems too good to be true, especially Nick Ryan, a local chef with a heart as big as her own. His sensual smile tempts her from mourning the loss of her dear husband, to look into the future. Can her dreams of finding happiness again come true, or will her heart hide safely in the past? 

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This is a second chance romance for Jennie Braxton who recently lost her husband and is considering relocating her two children to be closer to her parents and be part of a larger family. She is driving down to Philadelphia when her car gets wrecked in a town called Heaven, PA. Its a small place with barely any people but its also a slice of simple living with no crime and a whole lot of natural beauty.

Nick Ryan has come home and finally found his place, as a chef in the town of Heaven. When Jennie crashes he is the one at hand to help get her to the hospital and takes care of her children till her parents arrive. He is strangely reluctant to let go of this lady who obviously needs a lot more healing in life.

Can Nick convince Jennie that a second chance is just what she needs to give Heaven? Will horse carriage rides and stolen kisses convince her? Find out when you read the book!

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A Needful Heart (Contemporary Romance)

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Matt Calvin has watched Gina Carruthers sway up and down the doctor's office hallway once a month for four long years. It’s time to do something about this fascination he has with her. He knows he's not relationship material, but he doesn’t expect it to get that far. He just wants to talk to her, and put himself out of his misery once and for all. Things never go as planned, though, and when fantasy crashes and burns into reality, Gina pays the price.

Gina doesn’t blame Matt for her injury, but she is appreciative when he steps into her crazy life to help out. Proximity fires the sudden attraction between them and Gina can’t believe she’s overlooked the sexy carpenter for this long. Tattooed and intimidating, he’s not the type she's normally drawn to, but something about him tugs at her heartstrings. 

When a dire situation develops and they have to save a little boy, Matt loses control of his tightly held emotions. Though his heart aches, Matt walks away, both for Gina’s safety and his own sanity. It’s up to Gina to convince him love can heal any heartache.


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Love doesn't belong with men like Matt. He's damaged goods, and he has no right to fantasise about a normal life with Gina. Doesn't stop him from longing for her and thinking about her for nearly four years before he actually decided to man up and talk to her. That's when he ends up banging into her and she ends up with a fracture! He's feeling guilty and wants to take care of her. She's trying to let him know its okay, but she does need some help.

As they spend time together and Gina discovers more about this silent and string survivor of child abuse, she begins to have strong feelings for him. Then she gets drawn into the ugly situation of the little boy next door going through his own private hell. Just as the abusive guardian is about to cause problems for them Matt steps in and saves them. He also decides to step right out of their lives. As they obviously need someone better than him.

Its a well written book about Matt fighting with his own inner demons while Gina makes up her own mind on the subject of love and relationships. A good read.

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Power: Special Tactical Units Division Book 1 (Special Tactical Units Division (STUD))

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Tanner Akecheta, whose last name means “warrior” in Sioux, is part of a highly skilled military group, the Special Tactical Units Division, otherwise known as S.T.U.D. Tanner’s mission: he’s going to be dropped into the jungle in a small, war-torn Central American country, find kidnapped Alessandra Bellini Wilde and return her to the States and her father, four-star General John Hamilton Wilde. Tanner expects to deal with a scared, spoiled rich girl. What he finds instead is a smart, independent-minded woman—and a passion so hot it threatens to consume them both. This sexy, exciting book is the first in Sandra Marton’s brand new S.T.U.D. series. 

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There is a lot of well integrated humour in this book besides featuring a chest thumping alpha male and a highly independent woman. Of course the actual rescue takes up a lot of Tanner and Allesandra's story. Its a book with a good core story and believable characters. Supported with good writing. The author has done a great job. I have not read any of the other books in the series so was feeling a bit lost when the host of characters from previous books made an entry towards the end of the book, but it seems that the book can be read as a stand alone without many issues. Its a pretty standard contemporary romance with a wounded warrior, but good time pass. And yes, rescues can work both ways.

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Masquerade by the Sea

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After personal tragedy, Captain Jolie Gordon takes charge of the Masquerade, a fishing boat turned pleasure-cruiser. Jolie dreams of owning a successful business charter, but she is one pinion away from losing everything she’s invested. She’s got the summer to come up with enough money to buy a new engine and can’t afford any distractions. 

Ex ski instructor Heath Hamilton boards the Masquerade for his brother’s wedding party charter, angry at all he’s lost due to a random accident on the slopes. Excruciating pain keeps Heath from trusting that he will ever be whole again. Left with the pieces of who he used to be, nobody is more surprised than Heath when he accepts Jolie’s offered job as a bartender on the yacht for the summer. 

Opening her heart is a risk, but Jolie recognizes in Heath a kindred spirit, forced to rebuild after circumstances changed the planned course. They spend the steamy South Florida summer daring to love again, fearing that life does not always go according to plan. 


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Jolie is free spirited, happy and has the life she loves. She is everything that Heath is not, or so he thinks in his misery. Is this going to affect their interactions? Very much, specially when he decided to take her up on the summer job to distract himself from the loneliness he is dreading now that his brother is moving away from Utah.

A temp bar tender's job seems to have more merit than simply sitting around waiting for a substitute job to start three months from now. They two have decided to spend a summer of love together and then Heath will step away back into his real life. Unfortunately love has a way of rearing its pretty head in places not expected.

Will the two of them manage to ends things on an even keel or is Jolie's happiness going to sink like the proverbial rudderless ship? Find out when you read this entertaining and well written novel. 

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