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In the Dog House

Appletree Cove Series Book #1

by Traci Hall

File Size: 1238 KB

Print Length: 252 pages

Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1795685131

Publisher: Entangled: Bliss

Publication Date: February 11, 2019

Sold by: Macmillan

Language: English

ASIN: B07MYX7596

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Synopsis:

In the dog house coverTen years ago, Jackson Hardy joined the Marines, leaving behind a woman he still dreams about. When he’s called home to care for his ten-year-old nephew, no one is more shocked than he to run into Emma again. Or to still have those same feelings. But Jackson isn’t looking for love, and neither is Emma, especially not with him. His precocious nephew, though, and a retriever named Bandit, are about to change that.

So what if Emma Mercer is an overachiever? She has plans to get her doctorate in psychology and create a no-kill shelter for the EST dogs she trains. Which leaves absolutely no time for romance. She’s fine with a furry family—dogs don’t teach you to love and then rip your heart to shreds. But young Matty’s situation tugs at her heartstrings and there’s no way she can’t help him…and Jackson.

She may have hotter-than-ever chemistry with the soldier, but forgetting the past isn’t easy.

My Thoughts:

Reviewed at NetGalley; Feb. 4th, 2019

This is a heartwarming second chance romance. I loved the characters and being a dog lover the animals were a very endearing part of this story.
Jackson has a problem, PTSD. The fact that he doesn’t want to admit to. It scares his young nephew, Matty more than his mother’s current coma condition.
Enter Emma and her dogs.
Matty only wants to help his uncle but stealing one of Emma’s dogs isn’t the answer.
Ten years ago, Jackson Hardy joined the Marines, leaving behind a woman he still dreams about. When he’s called home to care for his ten-year-old nephew, no one is more shocked than he to run into Emma again.But Jackson isn’t looking for love, and neither is Emma, especially not with him. His precocious nephew, though, and a retriever named Bandit, are about to change that.
His precocious nephew, though, and a retriever named Bandit, are about to change that.

So what if Emma Mercer is an overachiever?
She’s fine with a furry family—dogs don’t teach you to love and then rip your heart to shreds.
This is a not to be missed sweet and somewhat chancy romance. I don’t read contemporary titles much but I loved this one from the first chapter.
I gave this book 4.75 of 5.0 stars for storyline, character development and plot.
I received a complimentary ARC of this book to read via NetGalley.
This in no way affected my opinion of this book which I read and reviewed voluntarily.

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Outlaw King

Renegade Scots Book 1

by Julie Johnstone

File Size: 1034 KB

Print Length: 414 pages

Publication Date: August 31, 2018

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Language: English

ASIN: B07FXXM638

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Publisher’s Description:

outlaw king coverShe’s the weapon intended to destroy him. He’s the key to her freedom.

Dark days have come to medieval Scotland, and fierce warrior Robert the Bruce would do anything to release his country from English rule—and not just because he’s the rightful heir to the Scottish throne. As the bloody war rages on, enemies on both sides of the fight surround him, and Robert must dance a dangerous line between truth and deception. One misstep could topple his nation and cost him his life, yet one woman tempts him—and threatens his mission—as no other ever has.

Elizabeth de Burgh longs for freedom in a time when women have none. So when she finds herself ordered by her ruthless father and her godfather, the King of England, to seduce the leader of the Scottish rebellion and reveal his secrets, she yearns to fight back against their cruel plot. But they threaten to kill her beloved cousin, leaving her no choice but to comply. As she grows close to Robert and the mask that hides the man who would be king is peeled away, she cannot imagine aiding in the destruction of the noble Scot bent on liberating his people.

Bound by duty and honor but ensnared by passion, Robert and Elizabeth must determine if they are each other’s biggest threat or greatest source of strength. And moreover, they must decide how much they are willing to risk for the one thing neither ever imagined they’d find with the other—extraordinary, boundless love.

My Thoughts:

Reviewed at Goodreads; Aug. 31, 2018

This book is a well written imagining of what happened with the well known historical figure, Robert The Bruce. Despite the violence and treachery of the times anything written about this figure, whether fact or fiction has always fascinated me.

I was completely drawn in by this extraordinary tale of love and deceit. The plot is well drawn out and the characters are entrancing.
This is a not to be missed book by Ms. Johnstone.
Outlaw King can easily be read as a standalone historical romance.
I gave this book 4.75 of 5.0 stars for storyline and characterization and a sensual rating of 3.5 of 5.0 flames. There is a palpable heat between hero and heroine.
I received a complimentary digital ARC of this book from the author to read. This in no way affected my opinion of this book which I read and reviewed voluntarily.
I also pre-ordered a copy of this title in Kindle Format before receiving the ARC.
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Highland Avenger

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Renegade Scots Book 3

by Julie Johnstone

File Size: 1466 KB

Print Length: 284 pages

Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0960045147

Publisher: Darbyshire Publishing LLC

Publication Date: July 9, 2019

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Language: English

ASIN: B07SY9HVZT

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Synopsis:

Duty drove him to possess her, but love will drive him to his knees.

Eight years ago, savage Scots invaded Eve Decres’s home, murdering her family and plunging her into a nightmare. As sole heir to a strategically located castle on the border between Scotland and England, Eve became a prize to be wedded and bedded, and she fled into hiding. She survived by clinging to two dreams: one day reclaiming her inheritance, and finding love to build a new family from the ashes of her loss. But on the verge of beginning her journey to make her dreams reality, she makes a fatal error that alerts her enemies to her whereabouts.

Now, Eve is catapulted into a world of feuding clans and warring kingdoms where she’s forced to make a choice that threatens to destroy her chance at freedom and shatter her heart. Amid treachery and violence, she soon discovers her only hope dwells in tying herself to Grant Fraser, a noble, fierce Highland warrior. Though passion smolders between them, Grant is bent on vengeance and sworn to a duty that would thwart her own plans.

Bound by desperation but separated by conflicting desires, the spitfire lass and the determined laird must relinquish what they’ve long held sacred in order to overcome their foes and claim a glorious, unconquerable love.

From the bestselling author of the Highlander Vows: Entangled Hearts series comes a new, richly drawn Scottish historical romance saga! The Renegade Scots series sweeps you into medieval Scotland and England and transports you into dangerous deceptions and daring feats with swoon-worthy heroes and fiery romances!

My Thoughts:

Eight years ago, savage Scots invaded Eve Decres’s home, murdering her family and plunging her into a nightmare. As sole heir to a strategically located castle on the border between Scotland and England, Eve became a prize to be wedded and bedded, and she fled into hiding.
Amid treachery and violence, she soon discovers her only hope dwells in tying herself to Grant Fraser, a noble, fierce Highland warrior. Though passion smolders between them, Grant is bent on vengeance.
I love Julie’s books as a whole but could have done with less violence in this one. I am aware that these times were violent but I don’t care to read about so much of it when reading romance. That being said this is a well written title overall.
I gave this book 4.0 of 5.0 stars for storyline and character development.
I received a complimentary ARC of this title to read. This in no way affected my opinion of this book which I read and reviewed voluntarily.



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