Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Anything But Sweet


A man who doesn’t like change . . .
The Wilder family is something of a Sweet, TX institution: between their yearly BBQ blow-outs and their Hardware and Feed store, they’re an institution—an institution that ex-marine Reno Wilder has tried to preserve, in honor of his lost loved ones. But it seems like he’s the only one who’s got any respect left for traditions when a new TV makeover show rolls in to renovate Sweet to bring in more tourists. Everyone is pleased except Reno—and this cowboy is determined to keep everything just the way he likes it.
 A woman who wants to change everything . . .
Inquisitive. Stubborn. Smart. Drop dead gorgeous. That would be makeover show host and designer, Charlotte Brooks—the woman Reno has declared war against. And yet, he can’t seem to keep away from her, or to get her off his mind. Charlotte isn’t afraid to back down from a challenge—of any kind—and she’s promised to prove to Reno that change can be sexy, hot, and very, very sweet, if Reno and Charli learn to let go of their pasts and grab hold of a future full of promise. 4 of 5 stars false









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What are some of the things you enjoy most about being a mom or a grandma?
 
HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY!
Way back when I was a new mom with a newborn who wouldn’t sleep through the night (sound familiar?) a friend gave me some romance novels to keep me awake as I rocked that baby girl for hours. Months later I got this crazy idea that I could write a book. The idea didn’t actually get out of my head and onto paper and a word processor until that baby girl turned four. Then I would write at night after everyone else had gone to bed.
My daughter turned out to be very active, as I’m sure most mom’s can relate to. She played soccer and volleyball. She got involved in 4-H, FFA, and rodeo queening. And boys. We were always in the truck hauling her and her horse all over Idaho. And then there were the cowboys who’d look at my 16-year-old with interest in their eye and I’d have to shut them done fast. My husband and I now admit we were probably a bit overprotective. Nah. We were a lot overprotective. I’ll swear that teenagers were created to drive parents’ nuts! Even so, all the activities we continuously did together along with the camping, fishing, and long truck rides, kept us very close. I adore my daughter and we have a wonderful relationship. Now that I don’t have to watch her every move with a magnifying glass! I’m very proud of the woman and the mom she’s become.
And then there’s my granddaughter.
I was lucky enough to be in the delivery room when she was born. Okay. My daughter insisted I be there. I got to help with the delivery and besides the doctor I was the first one (even before her parents) to see her precious little face. We bonded like crazy. I’m the kind of MiMi (I wanted a special moniker because the kid has a ton of grandmas!) who gets down on the floor and plays. I have always read to her, sang to her, made up stories for her. Heck. I’d do anything that kid wants me to do.
There’s such a difference in being a mom or being a MiMi. It took me a while to figure out why the whole MiMi thing was so much better. Then it was like this Disney laser light show went off in my head. I only have half the worry. None of the responsibility. And I get lots of love. Who’s going to complain about that, right?
We go for walks. We build fairy gardens together. I get to show her new and amazing things. And then I get to hand her over to her mother for the discipline, the piles of dirty clothes, the homework. Ah. I can just enjoy her and who she is and is becoming without all that extra stuff that gets in the way.
I’m super happy that she’s quite the little reader. She goes through chapter books like crazy. I just think it will be quite a few years before she can read my books. She keeps asking though.

Review

****I received an ARC of this book and reviewed it on content only****
 On the request of the residents Charli has come to a small Texas town to fix it up, Reno Wilder is not happy with change and he is not having it. The two of them have differing ideas and as their personalities clash, the attraction between the two of them starts to smolder. Can the two of them work together, be together or will they push each other away and ruin the project?  
I really liked this book, beyond the two main characters Charlotte aka Charli and Reno, there were a bevy of lovable people who kept the story rolling with their attempts to help. I loved how the author made the couple really work for their relationship, it wasn't just a they met and now they are in love, no it was they met sparks flew and they kinda wanted to punch each other in the face. Charli and Reno both have issues and problems in their pasts that they needed to get over, I think the author did a good job of tackling them and not having them disappeared. Anything But Sweet is a great light funny read, nothing to deep but it's very entertaining and you can't help but become addicted to the family and town.
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The Keepers: Archer



Lose yourself in the world of The Keepers, an exciting new Paranormal Romance trilogy from Rae Rivers. “Don’t ever look for me again, Archer.” His mouth curled into a smile. “Game on.” Central Park. Sienna Beckham is out jogging in the autumn sun, feeling almost ordinary. Trouble is, she'll never be. She's on the run from her life as a powerful witch and the three Keepers blood-bound to protect her. Evil is hot on Sienna's tail and Archer Bennett is searching for her, desperate to find her before they do. As one of her Keepers, he will fight to his death to defend her. Sienna must return and defend her hometown, Rapid Falls – but she has to face the past and master her powers. And as forbidden feelings blossom between Sienna and Archer, will their love survive the ultimate war? The Keepers: three strong and handsome warrior brothers, born to protect.












Excerpt
 
Sienna put a hand on Archer’s arm. “I’m going to find Warrick and get him to talk to me so we can go home.”
Archer responded by sliding both hands behind her lower back and pulling her tighter against him so that her body was flush against his. She gasped at the sudden close contact and the intensity of his grip on her and tried to pull back to see his expression.
Just a minute more,” he whispered in her ear, keeping her in place as they swayed to the music. Her body shivered in response, his breathy words scattering her thoughts in an instant.
Careful, Archer, any closer and people will start thinking I’m your woman.”
You are my woman.”
She’d meant to tease him, to ease the sudden possessive grip he had on her, but when his mouth edged towards hers, the gentle scrape of his lips against her skin and his whispered words ripped a soft shudder through her.
No.”
Not yet. In time, you will be.”
She smiled against him. “Confident tonight, are you?”
I call it like I see it.” His fingers toyed with the seam of her dress at her lower back, and his lips hovered dangerously close to hers.
You know we can’t.”
I’m not in the mood to please The Circle right now and besides, some of the best things in life are the things that are forbidden.”
What are we, Adam and Eve?”
His face softened in a breathtaking grin and in a gentle movement, he released her, twirled her around, and drew her back to cradle her in a possessive hold that enthralled rather than annoyed her.
She longed to throw caution to the wind and kiss him, take what he offered, and lose herself in this gorgeous man. Screw the consequences.
Instead, she opted for the safe route. “Stop it, Archer.”
Scared to admit the truth?”
No.”
Liar,” he breathed against her lips before pulling back.
She blinked, trying to ignore the flash of desire that raced through her body and pretend her senses hadn’t just been overrun by pure male sexiness.
Wow.
I should go,” she said, needing some distance between them. After all, she was here for a reason and it wasn’t to spend the night in Archer’s arms – on the dance floor or otherwise.
The silent motion of his head agreed with her, but she could see that he was worried.
She didn’t blame him. Beneath her cool fa├žade, even she was worried.
But she had a plan. One she wouldn’t share with her Keepers just yet.
And she hoped to hell it worked.


I’m an avid reader and writer with a passion for writing romance novels. I live in Cape Town, South Africa, with my gorgeous husband, two beautiful children and a zoo of house pets. Besides writing, I love family time, the outdoors, travelling, watching TV series, reading and chocolate. For more information about my books, or me, please visit www.raerivers.com
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Never Deal With Dragons

Never Deal with Dragons 
4 of 5 stars false1/2
  Consoling a sobbing dragon and serving pig buffets are just part of the job for Myrna Banks. Working for a mediation firm, it's her job to get humans compensated for damages caused by the dragons who now rule. But her "typical" day is interrupted by Trian Chobardan, an old flame who sneaked out of her bed two years ago, taking her heart and a handful of classified documents with him.
Myrna would love to show Trian the door, but he's been sent by North America's reigning dragon lord for help negotiating a truce with a powerful rival to avert war. Myrna agrees to help, even though she'll be stuck with Trian as a partner.
As the two work together, Myrna finds Trian to be surprisingly supportive—and still irresistibly attractive. Though her brain tells her not to forget his betrayal, her body feels differently. When they learn the enemy dragon lord is planning something no one could have imagined, Myrna has to learn who she can trust before she loses not only her heart, but her life.

Review

***Carina Press through Netgalley provided me with an ARC of this book, I based my review on content alone. ****
Myrna Banks’ job is to help humans get compensation from dragons; an interesting job and hazardous job but one she loves. Well, she used to love. Her boyfriend, Trian, left her without a word and took off with sensitive information from her job; she was demoted and now works as a secretary. While in the middle of mediating a dispute, her ex-walks in and once again her whole life is turned upside down. She and Trian must to work together while dealing with a rival Dragon Lord. Myrna is drawn into a world of lies, violence, hate, revenge, secrets and passion. With her life, and countless others, on the line she doesn't know who or what to trust. I chose this book because of the cover, it’s very eye catching and I am so glad I did. Within the first few pages I was laughing; some of the situations Myrna finds herself in are incredibly hilarious. Other times I found myself rooting for her and hoping that all the characters would live through the danger. The relationship between Myrna and Trian was rife with sexual tension. The foreshadowing in this book is done exceptionally well, major kudos to the author on that front. What I really loved about this book was the scientific explanation on how dragons came into existence; it was both interesting and well thought out. Fans of paranormal romance should add Never Deal With Dragons to the top of their to be read list.

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