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Review: 5 ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ to “The Cowboy’s Challenge” Rodeo Brides Book #2 by Author Sinclair Jayne ~ Contemporary Romance is Available Now!

The Cowboy’s Challenge
Rodeo Brides #2

By
Sinclair Jayne

Purchase: The Cowboy’s Challenge

Genre/Trope: #ContemporaryRomance #Cowboy #FakeRelationship #RodeoCowboy

My Rating: 5

Cover: 5

Release Date: September 2nd 2021

Read: August 21st 2021. *Review copy provided by Tule Publishing

POV: Third-person alternating perspectives

Kindle: 180 pages

Blurb:

She needs a favor. He needs a bride.

Langston Carr is back in her hometown Marietta as the temporary event planner for the Graff Hotel. The first event on the calendar is the society wedding that should have been her big day with her loving groom, so when rodeo cowboy Bowen Ballantyne swaggers into the hotel, all hard-bodied and chivalrous, she thanks him the way any single woman needing to salve her pride wouldโ€”she kisses him.

Bull rider Bowen Ballantyne thrives on competition, but this time his cowboy cousins have taken their one-upmanship challenge too far. He needs to find a bride by the end of the Copper Mountain Rodeo. Bowenโ€™s never backed down from anything, so when former barrel racer Langston Carr, his tormentor from their teen years, propositions him, Bowen rockets up the heat.

A game of pretend between rivalsโ€ฆwhat could go wrong?

My Review: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

This was such a delightful novel to read. The Cowboy’s Challenge is the second book in the Montana Rodeo Brides series. I haven’t read the first book yet but will be doing that very soon. I had no trouble following along having begun the series with book two. In fact, I’d like to mention while these three books represent a different couple and can be read on their own, the stories are definitely inter-connected. From what I easily inferred, all three books take place over the exact same time frame. 

Langston and Bowen may have appeared from the start, opposites, however they were alike in many ways. I felt their connection from the very moment they met again. I want to say, that moment was entertaining. Yes, these two knew each other from their teen years, maybe earlier. They do have history but not the kind Langston always wished for. Bowen was enough years older at the time that he wouldn’t even consider a relationship with Langston other than platonic. I won’t go into details because you should unravel their pasts on your own. 

Both Bowen and Langston will have decisions to make as far as how they move forward together in their future. Their relationship started out for convenience but it was easy to see they were meant for much more than a ruse. I also want to mention that there is a bit of a mystery going on with Bowen’s grandfather and I suspect the resolution of that will be revealed in the next book, which I am very much looking forward to reading. This is not my first novel from this author. I have read numerous books from her and enjoyed them all. I definitely recommend this series.

While I received and advanced reading copy of this book, this is my honest and unbiased review. Thank you for taking the time to read it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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๐Ÿ“Review๐Ÿ“: “The Cowboy” Series: The McAllisters Book Two by Author Julia Justiss is #AvailableNow My Rating: 5 ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ Stars, #ContemporaryRomance

The Cowboy
The McAllister Brothers Book Two

By Author Julia Justiss

Purchase: The Cowboy

Genre/Trope: #ContemporaryRomance #ExMilitaryHero #SingleMotherWidow

My Rating: 5

Cover: 5

POV: Third-person alternating perspectives

Kindle: 195 pages

Publication: May 11th 2021

Read: April 27th 2021 *Review copy provided by Tule Publishing

Add to TBR: The Cowboy

Check out the McAllister Brothers Series on Goodreads

Synopsis:

Heโ€™s not looking for anything seriousโ€ฆ

When his older brother asks him to move back to Whiskey River to help run the family ranch, former Marine Grant McAllister feels obligated to agree. After spending two years recovering from battle injuries, coming home finally feels right. Relishing being back on the land, Grant decides to refurbish the familyโ€™s old hunting cabin as his new home. When the artisan designer he hires turns out to be a beautiful, intriguing woman, he hopes to mix business with a little pleasure.

She needs to remain uninvolvedโ€ฆ

After the death of her Marine husband, a pregnant Abby Rogers moved to Whiskey River to be closer to her husbandโ€™s family and escape her controlling mother. Reinventing herself as a designer, she now focuses on her business and mothering her young daughter. She has no time for relationshipsโ€”no matter how tempting she finds her handsome new client. But when her wealthy mother threatens to sue for custody of her daughter, Grantโ€™s shocking offer forces her to listen to her heart.

My ๐Ÿ“Review๐Ÿ“: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

This book was even better than the previous McAllister brother’s book; Ex-military hero and a widowed heroine with an adorable daughter. From the moment these two are on the pages together, you can feel more than just chemistry. There is a strong pull and while Grant would love nothing more than to explore that attraction, Abby isn’t looking for a relationship. Abby has enough on her plate with running her small business and raising her adorable daughter. In addition, Abby is fearful of falling in love again. As you can expect, Abby keeps Grant at a good distance and yet she can’t help getting to know him. The way he is with Abby’s young daughter is only another thing to like about Grant. Abby knows her heart is fighting a losing battle.

This book is well written with a steady flow. There are emotional moments and a bit of angst along with a slow burn romance. I didn’t mind the time it took for Grant and Abby to become a couple. The author did a great job at building the friendship first. I also loved the Texas country and secondary characters that gave me even more enjoyment. While I will admit, Grant and Abby had some emotional obstacles to get over, I appreciated the slower pace.

I absolutely love when an author not only immerses me in the story, but puts me there as well. This author painted the perfect scenes, wrote engaging monologue as well as dialogue and all around gave me a five star novel.

While I was provided an advanced reading copy ofย The Cowboy,ย this is my honest and unbiased review and I thank you for taking the time to read it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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๐Ÿ“Review๐Ÿ“: “Rebellious” by Author Kristy Marie, My Rating: 5 ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ Stars, Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance, Release Date: April 30th 2021 ~ @AuthorKristyM

REVIEW

Rebellious
The Commander Legacies

By
Author Kristy Marie

Purchase: Rebellious

Genre/Trope: #ContemporaryRomance #NewAdultRomance #PTSD

My Rating: 5

Cover: 5

POV: First-person dual perspectives

Publication: April 30th 2021

Read: April 18th 2021 *Review copy provided by Author

Add to TBR: Rebellious

Check out: Kristy Marie on Goodreads

Synopsis:

A love controlled by guilt, contained by rulesโ€ฆ One summer will change everything.

No kissing.

No cuddling.

No blah, blah, blah.

He wrote the rules onto our skinโ€”every ink stroke tragically smeared by the lines weโ€™d crossed.

He claimed it was the only way we could be togetherโ€”the only way we wouldnโ€™t destroy our families.

But there was an exception to his rulesโ€”one he never saw coming.

All I needed was opportunity and a sunburn.

The girl who played by his rules is gone.

This girlโ€ฆ is not his โ€œfriend.โ€

My ๐Ÿ“Review๐Ÿ“ : ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

“Welcome To The Summer Of No Rules, Jameson.”

I am feeling a lot of pressure right now! How can my review do this book justice? Can my simple words give Rebellious the credit it deserves for being one of the best romances I have ever read? Doubtfully, so I’ll just stick to what’s in my bursting heart. So. Many. Emotions.

This book can be read as a standalone, however I believe you will have a greater reading experience if you’ve experienced a few things beforehand. Things that can be found in two previous books, Commander In Briefs & Gorgeous.. Theo and Cade’s stories. Theo and Cade are the fathers of Aspen and Bennett.

Aspen and Bennett grew up together, literally right next door. They are as close as two friends can be without crossing any lines. That is not to say they wouldn’t like to. Aspen and Bennett have been in love for so long, been each others security and pretty soon that may all come to a heartbreaking end. You see there are reasons why they can’t act on their feelings for each other, hence the reasons for Bennett’s never-ending list of rules. Rules that cannot be broken, ever. Fortunately for those two, Aspen likes to try and break the rules testing Bennett’s solidarity constantly.

I really can’t go into any details. A huge part of my pleasure came from the experience. This book is very emotional; it will break your heart over and over. You may even wonder how Aspen and Bennett will find a happily-ever-after together. While this book is intense and very angsty, the author adds plenty of humor and heartwarming moments with characters from previous books.

Kristy Marie’s writing is steady and flawless taking poignant dialogue and giving readers the beautiful prose we desire when searching for the perfect read. And I constantly find that feeling with all of Kristy’s books. You can easily infer that she takes her time; her stories are realistic and passionate and deserve high praise. I highly recommend this book and all of her works. They are keepers.

While I received an advanced reading copy ofย Rebellious,ย this is my honest and unbiased review and I thank you for taking the time to read it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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๐Ÿ“Review๐Ÿ“: “A Reluctant Attraction” Handymen Book #3, by Author Rosanna Leo ~ My Rating: 5 ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ Stars, #ContemporaryRomance #AvailableNow ~ @LeoRosanna

A Reluctant Attraction
Handymen #3

By
Author Rosanna Leo

Genre/Trope: #ContemporaryRomance #Widow #CyberBullying

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My Rating: 5

Cover: 5

Ebook: 326 Pages

POV: Third-person alternating perspectives

Add to TBR: A Reluctant Attraction

Check out the rest of the Series: Handymen Series

Synopsis:

He was looking for an escape. In her, he found his home.

Contractor and Handymen host Nick Zorn needs a change. Heโ€™s been feeling listless, and when his ex-girlfriend embarrasses him in a viral post by sharing private details of their sex life, heโ€™s downright ready to escape. When an opportunity to reinvent his career arises, Nick takes it, even though it might mean the end of Handymen. However, the team has one more project to tackle together firstโ€”a struggling cat sanctuary in dire need of renovation.

When Nick arrives at the shelter and meets its owner, a lovely widow named Claire, his life is once more thrown into disarray. Neither of them is looking for a relationship, but the attraction is fierce. As he helps Claire fix her workplace, he realizes he wants to help her in other ways too. Their flirtation sizzles, flaring into a friends-with-benefits arrangement.

But the more time they spend together, the more reluctant these โ€˜friendsโ€™ become to fight their deepening connection, even though they know their inevitable break will devastate themโ€ฆ

Reader advisory: This book contains scenes of cyberbullying and harrassment, mentions of animal hoarding, bereavement and mourning. There are also references to male impotence and erectile dysfunction.

My ๐Ÿ“Review๐Ÿ“: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

This entire series has been a pleasure to read. With A Reluctant Attraction it ends on a high with a great happy ending. One of the aspects I found endearing in this novel was the references to many real-life issues. Many of us I’m sure have dealt with at least one, if not more, but the author writes them realistically into the storyline honestly, but delicately as well. I don’t want to spoil any of the book so I will be careful with details.

Nick has been going through a rough time the past months. In addition, he doesn’t realized where he fits in life anymore. Both his brothers are happily married and beginning to start families. Will they still want to do the reality show they are famous for? What will happen with Nick if they don’t? In this novel, Nick will grow as a character and a man. He will make life changing decisions and just maybe fall in love. When he meets Claire, there is an instant spark but Nick doesn’t act on it for several reasons but mostly due to an insecurity. But what Nick didn’t see coming was that Claire isn’t like the previous women in his life. There is something very special and healing about her.

Claire is a widow running a cat sanctuary that is in need of a lot of financial help and when her business is chosen for a makeover, Claire is apprehensive about letting the Handymen Crew near her late husband’s legacy. She overworks herself and has no social life outside of the sanctuary. Things soon change when she meets Nick.

Nick and Claire were amazing together. They start off slow but then their attraction for each other grows stronger. Because of where they each are in their lives, Nick and Claire decide on a friends with benefits relationship. During that time, they became closer than either expected and then things become complicated. There is so many wonderful aspects of the story and since I can say no more, you’ll just have to read and find out.

I truly loved everything I have read by this author and can’t wait to see what she’ll write next. While I was given an advanced reading copy of this novel, I assure you this is my honest and unbiased review and I thank you for taking the time to read it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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๐Ÿ“Review๐Ÿ“: “My Almost Ex” The Greene Family #2 by Author Piper Rayne, My Rating: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ 5 Stars, #ContemporarySecondChanceRomance ~ Release Date: April 6th 2021 ~ @piperraynerocks @wildfiremarket1

My Almost Ex
Greene Family #2

By
Author Piper Rayne

Purchase: My Almost Ex

Genre/Trope: #ContemporaryRomance #SecondChanceRomance #AmnesiaRomance #SmallTownRomance

My Rating: 5

Cover: 5

Publication: April 6th 2021

Read: March 30th 2021 *Review copy provided by Wildfire Marketing Solutions

POV: First-person dual perspectives

Add to TBR: My Almost Ex

Check out the Series: The Greene Family

Synopsis:

In the middle of a crowded bar in our small Alaskan town, my estranged wife snuggles up to me as if weโ€™re still a happy couple.

Donโ€™t get me wrong, we were a happy coupleโ€”before she walked out on me a year ago. We were the high school sweethearts everyone thought were destined to be together forever. We thought so too, which is why we married shortly after graduation.

We had a good marriage. Until she left me without any real explanation.

Now, sheโ€™s backโ€”and this is the real kickerโ€”she has amnesia and thinks Iโ€™m still her husband. Technically I am, although the divorce papers are sitting at the lawyerโ€™s office.

Sheโ€™s desperate to remember her life in Sunrise Bay but I only want to find out why she left me. Once we conjure that memory up, itโ€™s sayonara because thereโ€™s no second chances here. But as you probably already figured out, things didnโ€™t go quite as I planned.

My Almost Ex is a second chance romance between two childhood friends-to-lovers in Piper Rayneโ€™s brand-new, small-town family series, The Greene Family. Coming April 6, 2021.

My ๐Ÿ“Review๐Ÿ“: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

I loved this book so much! Devoured it in hours! The Greene family is so easy to love. Truth? After reading the Bailey series by this author, I didn’t think they could top it. But I should have known better because with Piper Rayne almost each new book becomes my favorite.

Adam and Lucy’s story was amazing. Angsty, emotional, and sad at times. Not for a single moment did I believe Lucy left Adam because of anything he had done. He was so devastated by her leaving the way she did. And boy was it a shock to everyone when she returned with amnesia. I appreciated the way Adam behaved because it was realistic. And while there is definitely angst, my feeling is that it is moderate which is my preference.

With the rest of the Greene family all up in Adam and Lucy’s business, the serious tone of the story had plenty of humor to balance the plot.

I don’t want to say too much because I want you to go into the story without spoilers. Really, I thought this was an incredible story and am already eager to reread. That said, I’m so excited for what comes next in the Greene family. While these books can be enjoyed as a standalone, you should definitely start at the beginning with Hank and Marla’s novella and see how it all started. You do that and you will only enhance your reading pleasure.

Having read an advanced reading copy of this novel, I can assure you that this is my honest and unbiased review and I thank you for taking the time to read it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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๐Ÿ“Review๐Ÿ“: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ 5 Stars to “Wishing for a Cowboy” Wishing River Book #3 by Author Victoria James, #ContemporaryRomance is #AvailableNow ~ #VictoriaJamesAuthor @entangledpub

Wishing for a Cowboy
Wishing River Book #3

By
Victoria James

Purchase: Wishing for a Cowboy

Genre/Trope: #ContemporaryRomance #CowboyRomance #SurpriseFatherhood

My Rating: 5

Cover: 5

POV: Third-person alternating perspective

Kindle Edition: 364 pages

Publication: March 9th 2021

Read: March 10th 2021 *Review copy provided by NetGalley

Add to TBR: Wishing for a Cowboy

Check out the series: Wishing River Series

Synopsis:

Janie Adams has been a single parent to her nephew since he was a baby. Fifteen years later, sheโ€™s finally found out who his father might be, so the two of them travel across the country to find him. Sheโ€™d do anything for this kid. But when they arrive in the small town of Wishing River, Montana, and Janie finally meets the ruggedly handsome cowboy sheโ€™d been told had abandoned his son, his shocked response changes everything.

Aiden Rivers canโ€™t dispute this is his kid when he sees his own features staring back at him, but he had no idea Janieโ€™s sister was pregnant when she left him. He didnโ€™t even know she had a sisterโ€”clearly theyโ€™d all been lied to. Now he has fifteen years of fatherhood to make up for and no idea how to be a dad. This was never in his plans.

Janie sticks around to help him ease into parenting, everything from showing him how to lure a sulky kid out of his bedroom to keeping up with the latest teen-speak. Together, they surprisingly make a good team, this city girl and country boy. But when the past catches up with them, Aiden and Janie must decide whatโ€™s best for the boy who’s connecting them, not only for each otherโ€ฆwhich could mean splitting them apart.

My ๐Ÿ“Review๐Ÿ“: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

What a perfect book! All the feels!
Wishing for a Cowboy is the third book in the Wishing River series by Victoria James. I have not yet read the two previous but am definitely looking forward to it. From the first pages I was engaged and distraught each time life got in the way causing me to put the book down. I was fully immersed in the storyline and could not wait to see how things turned out for Will, Janie & Aiden. I felt there was a lot of real-life issues that the author did a fabulous job with writing into the story. Often we read stories with similar premises and predictably know how it will turn out. While I had made my inferences, there were a few emotional surprises along the way. This book had a lot of different feels. From Will and Aiden understandably and Janie as well. All three of these characters had so much taken away from them.

Janie comes to Montana with her nephew Will in hopes to gain financial help from WIll’s father. Once she arrives and states her reason for being there, the book understandably takes on a serious tone. My thoughts? I was angry from the injustices that Janie’s sister brought to them all and took no responsibility for. I won’t go into any details but I will say that the author did a great job with realistically putting these three hearts back together.

If you are looking for an emotional story, set in the backdrop of Montana that is well written and engaging, I highly recommend Wishing for a Cowboy by Victoria James.

While I received a review copy from NetGalley, this is my honest and unbiased review and I thank you for taking the time to read it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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๐Ÿ“Review๐Ÿ“: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ 5 Stars to “My Kind of Cowboy” Blackstone Ranch #3 by Author Pam Crooks, #ContemporaryRomance with a bit of Suspense/mystery is #AvailableNow ~ #PamCrooksAuthor @TulePublishing

My Kind of Cowboy
Blackstone Ranch Book #3

By
Pam Crooks

Purchase: My Kind of Cowboy

Genre/Trope: #ContemporaryRomance #CowboyRomance

My Rating: 5

Cover: 5

POV: Third-person alternating perspectives

Publication: March 16th 2021

Read: February 19th 2021 *Review copy provided by Tule Publishing

Add to TBR: My Kind of Cowboy

Check out the series: Blackstone Ranch

Synopsis:
Heโ€™s barely given her a passing glanceโ€ฆ

Shandi Flanagan has lived in Paxton Springs, Texas, her whole life. When the bar and grill sheโ€™s been working at since high school comes up for sale, she vows to find the money to buy it. But when her house goes up in flames, so do her entrepreneurial dreams. The only good thing to come of it? Being rescued by the hottest cowboy around, Jace Paxton.

Jace has his hands full finding a way to grow his familyโ€™s vacation resort and tracking down the rustlers who stole his new herd of calves. At least being able to save Shandi, the townโ€™s favorite sweetheart, goes right. She needs a place to stay, and thereโ€™s plenty of room on the Blackstone Ranch.

But he needs the bar and grill as much as she does. And while heโ€™s a formidable competitorโ€ฆsheโ€™s not. How can he take away her dream and future? How could she love him if he did?ย 

My ๐Ÿ“Review๐Ÿ“: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

This book has everything! I knew this would be a five star read from the first chapter. There are a lot of secondary characters; some from previous books in this series. My Kind of Cowboy has angst (not too much, though), suspense/mystery, drama, and romance. And guess what? The romance aspect was a slow burn so the anticipation of that made this book not only better, but realistic and believable. Having both Jace and Shandi’s POVs made this book even more enjoyable. There is nothing that frustrates me more or stalls my reading flow than when I have to guess at what the characters are feeling. So, having both POV’s is a top preference for me.

This book is the third in the series featuring the Paxton brothers. I did not read the previous two (yet) and had no trouble at all following along. This book can definitely be read as a stand-alone. However, I became very curious about how two of the brothers met their future Mrs. Paxtons. As soon as I can, I will be reading those books.

Shandi is the town sweetheart. She truly fit that persona; always putting others before herself even when she had to work two exhausting jobs to pay bills and the pay off the debts her deceased father left behind. When Shandi sees an oppotunity to make her dreams come true, she jumps at it. Despite the fact she has little to no assets, Shandi doesn’t give up. Not even when the crush of her life gets in the way.

Jace has known Shandi nearly all his life but recently has seen her in a different light. He wants to know her better, wants to protect her and take away her troubles. Even if it seems he is one of them.

The romance blossoming between Jace and Shandi is slow. But don’t worry because there are others things taking place in the story that will have your full attention. Rustlers, arsonists, drug addicts, are all part of the mystery and intrigue of this book. I will say no more in the way of details.

The ending was perfect. The epilogue even better. Overall, My Kind of Cowboy is a memorable, and engaging story with all the feels, and I highly recommend it as a must-read.

This was actually my first book by this author. She has just gained a new fan. I cannot wait to read more of her books!

This is my honest and unbiased review and I thank you for taking the time to read it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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REVIEW: 5 ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ Stars to “Texas Forged” Texas True #1, by Author Eve Gaddy, #ContemporaryRomance is #AvailableNow ~ @EveGaddy @TulePublishing

*Texas Forged is one of my top three favorite reads for February! I definitely recommend this book, and can’t wait for book two!

Texas Forged
Texas True #1

By
Eve Gaddy

Purchase: Texas Forged

Genre/Tropes: #ContemporaryRomance #SecondChanceRomance

My Rating: 5

Cover: 5 *Definitely my favorite cover for the month of February

Publication: March 4th 2021

Read: February 17th 2021 *Review copy provided by Tule Publishing Group

POV: Third person alternating perspectives

Add to TBR: Texas Forged

Synopsis:

When the woman of his dreams walks through his door, it seems too good to be trueโ€ฆ

World famous metal artist Gabe Walker is elated when the woman heโ€™s loved since high school strolls into his workshop to ask him out on a date. But thereโ€™s a catchโ€”itโ€™s with another woman. Gabe has no trouble saying no to that date, but with Chantel? The answerโ€™s always hell yes.

With two failed relationships behind her, Chantel Chandler wants to keep things light. Sheโ€™s recently back in Whiskey River, Texas, and is determined to pick up the pieces of her life. But her casual friendship with Gabe quickly combusts into an intensely hot affair with an unexpected surpriseโ€ฆa pregnancy.

Chantel would love to be a mom, but she needs to be loved for herself first. Gabe says heโ€™s all in, but how can she trust again when sheโ€™s been let down so many times?ย 

My Review: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

Oh, this book was so good!
I felt like I had been waiting forever for Gabe’s story. Considering this is the first book in the Texas True series you are probably wondering why. I have always been a huge fan of Tule Publishing. I absolutely love how their Texas and Montana Born series’ interconnect lightly with characters from previous books. Not to mention, they can all be read as stand alone romances. Tule Publishing is the home of many talented authors and I always stalk their website to see whats coming.

That said…..I have previously been introduced to Gabe throughout a few books in the Texas Born world and I always wondered and hoped that he would one day have his own story told. Eve Gaddy did an incredible job bringing romance to Gabe. I couldn’t have been happier that Gabe and Chantel made a life with each other.

Gabe and Chantel…..
These two have known each other since high school. During those younger years, Gabe had a huge crush on Chantel but she was dating his best friend at the time. Gabe being Gabe, he never made a move. He was more than disappointed his friend got to her first. While Chantel was with Gabe’s friend, she believed Gabe didn’t like her because he was always frowning at her. Of course he was. His friend was dating the girl of his dreams.

While they respectively went their separate ways after high school, both ended up back in their hometown of Whiskey River. But it is a couple of years before they have their chance. I don’t want to spoil any of this story for you. I loved it so much. So much in fact the bar is set very high to impress me with the coming books in this series. Gabe was the whole package. First and foremost, a gentleman. I haven’t claimed a book boyfriend in a long time since so many books I’ve read in the past year have had cookie cutter heroes. That is not a bad thing, just saying that Gabe was the first in a while that pushed ALL my buttons.

Texas Forged is a wonderful story of taking chances, romance, healing and love. There are some emotional elements that broke my heart; some angst and drama as well. Watching Gabe and Chantel profess their love was believable and heartwarming. I absolutely recommend this book! Actually, I highly recommend it.

This is my honest and unbiased review and I thank you for taking the time to read it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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๐Ÿ“Review๐Ÿ“: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ 5 Stars to “A Spoonful of Temptation” (A Recipe for Love Novel) By Author Kelly Collins, #ContemporaryRomance #AvailableNow ~ @kcollinsauthor

A Tablespoon of Temptation
A Recipe for Love novel

By
Author Kelly Collins

Purchase: A Spoonful of Temptation

Genre: #ContemporaryRomance

My Rating: 5

Cover: 5

Publication: January 6th 2020 *Review copy provided via NetGalley

Read: February 13th 2021

Add to TBR: A Spoonful of Temptation

Synopsis:

Sheโ€™s a woman who values honesty. Heโ€™s a man telling a lie. Will the truth bring them together or tear them apart?

Danielle Morgan doesnโ€™t need a recipe for love, she needs one for life. Hounded by her best friend to find a man or a hobby, she chooses the latter. After all, a hobby wonโ€™t break her heart. Perusing the aisles of a flea market, she purchases a box of books with one that promises to unlock what her heart desires. Right now, all she wants is to keep her job and stay ahead of her mounting debt. That is until she meets James, the hot new construction lead at Luxe resorts. Dating a coworker is against her rules, but James is a temptation she canโ€™t resist.

After a failed attempt at marriage, James Parks is happily wedded to his career as CEO of Luxe Resorts. His job doesnโ€™t complain when he gets home late, and itโ€™ll never take half of everything. Working undercover as the construction lead is his only passion until he meets Danielle Morgan. The last person he should date is a woman who works for his company. But like a decadent dessert, the more he tries to resist, the more he wants her. Will finding out his true identity sweeten the deal or leave a bad taste in her mouth?

Do they have the right ingredients to create something magical or are they a recipe for disaster?

Find out in A Tablespoon of Temptationโ€ฆ

My ๐Ÿ“Review๐Ÿ“:
5 ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

I have to tell you I discovered this author over the last twelve months. A book from her Aspen Cove series had been waiting on my TBR for me to read, and one day I decided to read something from that never ending list. Well, I was so happy after I read it. In fact, it led me to purchase several more of Kelly’s books. When I came across this book while browsing NetGalley, I knew I had to read it. A Tablespoon of Temptation was amazing. For a lack of a better adjective at the moment, I was impressed. This book had everything I look for in a romance. Character development is important. While this book doesn’t have a broad timeline, I felt the characters developed nicely. Both James and Danielle were burned by romance before. And while they each did not swear off love, they certainly weren’t seeking it out. Regardless, love found them anyway. Thanks to a wonderful cast of secondary characters, I was doubly immersed in the story. Engaged is an understatement. I loved this book!

The blurb does a good job in giving you a look into what the premise of the story it so I’m not going to ruin your reading experience by giving spoilers. I can tell you that from the first chapters, I knew this was going to be a five star read for me. There were quite a few elements involved in making this more than just a love story. There are secrets, humor, some angst and even a bit of whimsy.
And the end tied up perfectly, everyone getting what they deserve ๐Ÿ˜‰

I definitely recommend this book to all lovers of romance and a feel good story with some complexity and a lot of heart! In fact, I recommend you add this author to your TBR. You won’t be disappointed.

This is my honest and unbiased review and I thank you for taking the time to read it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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