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Summer’s Reign

Portrait of the elegant woman in medieval era dress.

Seasons of Fortitude Book 2

by Elizabeth Rose

Publication Date: July 6th, 2017

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Seasons of Fortitude, Book 2

At a young age, Summer has sacrificed herself for the sake of her family by marrying the evil and abusive Baron Mowbray of Suffolk. A few years after birthing him a son, the baron mysteriously dies, leaving her toddler heir to his estate. The king grants Summer one month to find and marry a man of her choice. But Summer would never consider marrying any relative of her late husband, especially not his domineering nephew.

Sir Warren Mowbray returns from battle to find his uncle has died and with him went the man’s promise that Warren would inherit his holdings. Now, to add insult to injury, the king has assigned him as the widow’s guardian and advisor while the woman chooses a husband. Once he arrives at the castle, he discovers Summer is a beautiful, smart, determined woman but with a mind of her own. He plans to woo her, but she wants nothing to do with him.

Can a strong, determined woman and a controlling warrior find love between them or will they destroy each other first?

My Thoughts:

What starts out as a serious story of an abused bride turns into a delightful mixture of mystery and love with a decidedly comical nature.

Summer chose to marry the baron in the place of another. After all he only wanted a bride to give him sons. After three unsuccessful pregnancies, she has given birth to a stillborn son.

The cruel man states she is to report to his chambers the same night after giving birth to submit to him once again in an effort to again conceive. Summer falls asleep and fails to appear until the next morning. When she goes in search of her young son who had been taken from her by the baron after she gave birth to the stillborn babe she finds her husband dead. He is thought to have died in his sleep until the arrival of his nephew who suspects foul play.

Sir Warren is the baron’s nephew who has been assigned the duty of being Summer’s guardian by the king. He doesn’t immediately suspect that his uncle’s death is not just what it seems, but he soon begins to think otherwise.

Can Warren and Summer get past this inauspicious beginning and find love?

This story takes a comical turn when Warren begins to desire Summer and due to stress and a lack of sleep acts on his desire by sleepwalking.
Summer constantly finds him in her room and in her bed. Although nothing untoward happens she decides to make him think otherwise by planting a story of love making in the mind of Warren’s manservant.

This is a story filled with mystery and the search for a murderer but still has a comical nature.

I liked this book more than I did book #1, Spring’s story, Highland Spring.

Both are well written but to me this one was more compelling.

I gave this book 4.25 of 5 stars for storyline and characterization and a sensual rating of 2.5 of 5 flames.

Most of the scenes that could have been really heated turned comical because of our hero’s habit of sleepwalking.

I received a complimentary advance digital copy of this book from the author to read. This in no way affected my opinion of this book which I read and reviewed voluntarily.

The Series:

  1. Highland Spring – $0.99 or Read FREE with KindleUnlimited
  2. Summer’s Reign
  3. Autumn’s Touch – Releasing September 6th, 2017: Available for Pre-Order Price of $0.99; This is a medieval rendering of the Beauty and the Beast.
  4. Winter’s Flame (Release Date and cover unavailable at this time.)


A Forever Kind of Love

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A Billionaire Small Town Love Story

Kinds of Love Book 1

by Krista Lakes

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“I’ve wanted this all my life,” he said. “I want you.”

Carter

Between running a company and a recent attempt on his life, billionaire Carter Williamson doesn’t need any more stress. So when a trio of orphan children breaks into the Colorado ranch he’s hiding out in, his first instinct is to just let the police handle it. That was before their spunky social worker Mia showed up.

Mia

Mia Amesworth has worked hard to make sure that the Smith kids aren’t separated from each other, but she can only do so much. With her own body unable to produce children, the kids are the closest thing to a family she’s got. When the handsome ranch owner offers to let the three troublemakers pay for the damages with hard work over the summer, she happily accepts. When he suggests they go on a date, she can’t say yes fast enough.

Even though Carter’s secret assailant keeps threatening him, he feels like he might be falling for the small town girl. And though Mia knows that a family might not be in the cards for her future, she longs to create a life with Carter.

And then, a miracle happens…

This novel is the first in New York Times bestselling author Krista Lakes’ new series, “Kinds of Love”. It also contains a novella, “A Hopeful Kind of Love,” and a bonus novel, “Hurricane Kisses!”


A Wonderful Kind of Love

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A Billionaire Small Town Love Story

Kinds of Love Book 2

by Krista Lakes

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“Are you thinking what I’m thinking?” she whispered, pushing her hips against his. The way his pupils dilated nearly did her in.

Ethan

There are only two things that make billionaire Ethan White’s heart race: fast cars and Laura Corbett. Unfortnately, Laura wants nothing to do with his playboy ways. Ethan thnks that everyone has the wrong idea about him, including his stalker, and he’s determined to prove them all wrong. When Ethan’s business partner wants to open a new car R&D facility in Colorado, he jumps at the opportunity to be closer to his two passions.

Laura

Thrust into the new responsibility of raising her siblings by the death of her parents, Laura Corbett doesn’t have time for awkward hookups, let alone a relationship. So when the billionaire she had a one night stand with shows up in town, she pretends he doesn’t exist. She can’t let anything come between her and her family.

But nothing can prepare her for the way that Ethan connects with her brother and sister. And she can’t deny the fact that jumping in his bed makes her come alive. Everything seems like it’ll be normal again, maybe even better than normal.

But Ethan’s stalker disagrees…

This novel is the second in New York Times bestselling author Krista Lakes’ new series, “Kinds of Love”. It also contains a bonus novel, “Barefoot Kisses!”


A Hopeful Kind of Love

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A Kinds of Love Novella

by Krista Lakes

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It was enough to make her tremble… but whether it was from desire or rage, she wasn’t sure…

Ethan

Billionaire Ethan White was only in Colorado to support a friend. Without his help, Mia’s fundraiser for the kids could pull in less money. There was no way that he wanted to run into an old flame. Not at all.

Well, maybe just a little…

Laura

Laura Corbett hated a certain billionaire with every fiber of her being. She thought he crushed her heart on purpose. So when he showed up at the same charity fundraiser that she was working, she thought it was the worst thing that could happen to her night. Not until her little brother went missing in the blizzard did she realize how bad it could become.

Ethan and Laura must work together to find a missing child before its too late. Will this draw the once-lovers back together, or push them further apart?

Will they find the boy in time?

This standalone novella bridges the gap in between “A Forever Kind of Love” and “A Wonderful Kind of Love”, while also including characters from “Saltwater Kisses” and “Yours Completely”. It is also fully included in the eBook version of “A Forever Kind of Love”.



The Burning Point

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Circle of Friends Trilogy Book 1

by Mary Jo Putney

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Publisher’s Description:

This novel was previously titled as Stirring the Embers. It is now being rereleased under its original title The Burning Point.

The first contemporary novel by New York Times bestselling author, The Burning Point is a riveting story of the ties that bind two people together—and the incendiary forces that can tear them apart.

Kate Corsi always dreamed of working for her family’s world famous explosive demolition business—a wish her old-fashioned father denied until the day he died. According to his will, Kate will receive a fortune while her ex-husband, Donovan, will inherit the family business. But only if they agree to live under the same roof for a year.

Forced into a reluctant alliance, Kate and Donovan must discover the truth about her father’s death—and confront the past that almost destroyed them both. And as they face their shattered dreams, their wrenching secrets and bitter resentments, they find themselves sliding perilously toward the burning point where passion catches fire once more….

The Burning Point was listed as one of the five best romances of the year by Library Journal.

The Circle of Friends Trilogy:
#1: The Burning Point
#2: The Spiral Path
#3: An Imperfect Process
A Holiday Fling (A Circle of Friends Novella)

Praise for The Burning Point:

“Powerhouse novelist Mary Jo Putney explodes on the contemporary scene with an emotionally wrenching and dramatically intense story. She tackles a very difficult subject with insight, and compassion. Exceptionally powerful reading!”
—Romantic Times Magazine

“This passionate love story [unfolds] gradually, in trademark Putney style. The author has created a realistic, well-crafted story, laced with elements of suspense and mystery and featuring sympathetic protagonists whose biggest mistake was marrying too young.”
—Publishers Weekly

“Kate and Patrick are both complex people, and answers do not come easily for the unresolved issues in their past. Set against the backdrop of demolition work and a question of sabotage, this gripping story sizzles with passion and danger, but is ultimately about healing and forgiveness—not only for others, but for ourselves as well. Mary Jo Putney will no doubt gain new fans with this book.”
—The Old Book Barn Gazette

“Ms. Putney is one of the very best authors who excel at historical romances—now she’s crafted her first contemporary and fans of both genres will be delighted to learn that her incredible talent for compelling characterization and original premises comes through on every page. She takes a taboo issue not normally found in a romance and with touching sensitivity, creates a poignant tale about forgiveness and the awesome power of love to heal all wounds….I could not put it down.”
—Rendezvous

About the Author:

Maryjopic-2012_160A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USAToday bestselling author, Mary Jo Putney’s novels are known for psychological depth and intensity and include historical and contemporary romance, fantasy, and young adult fantasy. Winner of numerous writing awards, including two RITAs, three Romantic Times Career Achievement awards, and the Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award from Romance Writers of America, she has had numerous books listed among Library Journal’s and Booklist’s top romances of the year.

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