After The Curtain Call by Nancy E. Polin

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After The Curtain Call by Nancy E. Polin
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (225 pages)
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Camellia

Single mother Amy Ross guards heart and privacy with fierce determination. When the curtain rises at the old theater, she sets aside past heartache and anger to revel in the new, exciting character she plays each night. When the theater owner brings in a handsome business partner to help with renovations, she quickly slams the stage door on any ideas of romance with the dashing actor.

Handsome film star Thomas Buchanan is intrigued by the mysterious leading lady. Her beauty and talent capture his attention, but the sadness he glimpses behind her cool demeanor draws him with a fire he hasn’t felt in years. He yearns to know Amy better and forges a rocky friendship through her son’s adoration of his movies. When danger returns from Amy’s past, Thomas discovers breaking through her emotional armor could be a deadly challenge.

It didn’t happen but once; but it was horrific enough that even after eight years, Amy Ross still avoids men. It’s almost as if she has a type of PTSD with the nightmares and skittishness, almost fearfulness, of men.

Aiden, her adorable nine-year-old son, and her unwavering friend Sarah are a bonus for the reader. They breathe a joy of life into the story and shore up Amy’s courage and determination as she tries to find her way back to trusting again.

The foreshadowing, sometime adrenaline-pumping scary, lets the reader know Amy will have to face and conquer her fears before she can reclaim her life.

How nice it is when Thomas Buchanan comes into the picture. Little by little his style of courtship and caring made me want to hug his neck. He made my heart happy for Amy. However, she does create a challenge for him. Compelling reading!

The antagonists create some breath-holding encounters that make one’s heart pound and anger flare to a blaze. Envy, ego, and innate cruelty fuel much of their despicable actions.

Nancy E. Polin delivers a story that grabs one’s attention and holds on to it page after page. A few things are different in the author’s world than mine, like a car, a truck, and an SUV are very different vehicles to me, but I switched off the old editor brain and thoroughly enjoyed this intriguing, sweet, happy-ever-after love story.

Reckless in Texas by Kari Lynn Dell

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Reckless in Texas by Kari Lynn Dell
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full length (391 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Camellia

Texas Homecoming

Violet Jacobs is fearless. At least, that’s what the cowboys she snatches from under the hooves of bucking horses think. Outside the ring, she’s got plenty of worries rattling her bones: her young son, her mess of a love life, and lately, her family’s struggling rodeo. When she takes business into her own hands and hires on a hotshot bullfighter, she expects to start a ruckus. She never expected Joe Cassidy. Rough and tumble, cocky and charming, Joe’s everything a superstar should be-and it doesn’t take a genius to figure out he’s way out of Violet’s league.

Joe came to Texas to escape a life spiraling out of control. He never planned on sticking around, and he certainly never expected to call this dry and dusty backwater home. But Violet is everything he never knew he was missing, and the deeper he’s pulled into her beautiful mess of a family, the more he realizes this fierce rodeo girl may be offering him the one thing he never could find on his own.

Violet Jacobs has “a head for business and a heart for thrills.” She is the business manager for Jacobs Livestock, a rodeo stock business. She is also a pickup ”man” in the arena during the bronc riding and the bull riding. However, working pickup in the arena isn’t nearly as reckless as what she has done after a few drinks in a bar—all of which are widely known in the rodeo world.

Top-notch rodeo bullfighter Joe Cassidy, manipulated by his partner and unshakable friend, finds himself working a small rodeo with Jacobs Livestock—not his usual high-profile rodeo.

Violet and Joe strike sparks off each other. Soon Violet sees beneath the cold, sarcastic, arrogant façade Joe presents to the world. They connect in a way neither had intended.

Violet, her five-year-old son Beni, and her extended family are close-knit and very supportive of each other and even include Delon who is a long time friend and the father of Beni—product of one of those reckless nights after one tequila too many; while Joe’s only true support is his meddlesome friend Wyatt—an intriguing character that captured my heart.

The undercurrents of secret desires, self doubts, and feelings of unworthiness trickle through the story. Even though the main characters have more than their share of flaws, they are loyal, strong, helpful, hardworking, and honest in their dealings. Then, there is Dick Browning, Joe’s nemesis—a villain we love to hate. He seems to have none of these good qualities.

The almost love scenes, the ones that get interrupted in humorous ways are fun to read. When that uninterrupted love scene finally comes, it is breathtaking. Two restless hearts and souls know they have come home—right where they want to be.

The dialogue enhances the story. It is sharp, sparkling, and shiny, with unique expressions that entertain. Only a few times does the F word show up to tarnish the shine.

I’m not sure I really liked the characters, but they did entertain me, and Kari Lynn Dell writes in a smooth style that is a delight to read.

The Worse For Were by Abigail Owen

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The Worse For Were by Abigail Owen
Legendary Consultants
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (114 Pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Sorrel

In love with her werewolf husband of convenience!

The Canis and Banes packs of werewolves have been feuding for centuries. The Hatfields and McCoys were a tea party in comparison. Until Marrok Banes, the Alpha of his pack, decides to end the fighting with a marriage of convenience. Never mind that he can’t keep his hands off his gorgeous new mate.

Tala Canis is the new Alpha of the Canis clan, the first female to claim that right, a position hard fought and won. For the sake of her people she agrees to wed Marrok. Never mind that the Alpha, once her enemy, makes her body flash heat with a single look.

But after the mating ceremony, Marrok only seems interested in one thing…taking over their combined pack while leaving Tala out of the loop. Now it’s time to show her Alpha mate how to share. That or take the reins of power herself.

From an arranged marriage to a love match.

In order to unite two packs and bring peace to both, the alpha’s of Canis and Banes wolf shifter packs agree to unite themselves in marriage with the help of someone special.

What Marrok and Tala didn’t expect was the amount of attraction, chemistry off the charts, they would have towards each other.

However, instead of the story ending after the mating, they get to know each other and their packs more and I got a ring side seat to see the problems that arise between them and their packs.  That was a point in favor for this spicy novella.

The one thing I absolutely loved was that even though this book was definitely part of a series, it can be read as a stand alone. It wasn’t necessary to be familiar with or have already read the other book in order to understand everything. The way the books were written gave me an idea of possible previous stories without being confusing, as well as giving me an idea of what the next love story would be about.

For readers who enjoy a good shifter mating, prepare for hot, sizzling chemistry between two Alphas.  Absolutely worth the read.

Wanted by Shelley Shepard Gray

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Wanted by Shelley Shepard Gray
Sisters of the Heart, Book Two
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genre: Contemporary, Inspirational
Length: Full Length (166 pgs)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

For a split second, Katie feels certain she’s about to receive everything she’s ever wanted. . .

Twenty-year-old Katie Brenneman has always quietly fancied Jonathan Lundy. So when the brokenhearted widower asks her to help him take care of his two young girls, Katie knows it will be a trying time—yet she cannot pass up a golden opportunity to get to know this man better.

Just as she’s settling into her new life, a message arrives from Katie’s past, threatening to expose her darkest secrets. During her Rumspringa, her running-around years, she experimented with activities forbidden in the Amish way of life. Frightened by how far she’d strayed from her values, Katie ran back home, vowing to cut all ties with the outside world. Now her transgressions are coming back to haunt her, just as Jonathan seems willing to welcome her into his heart.

Will the past destroy Katie’s chances for love? Or will Katie allow herself to accept God’s love, forgive her past, and receive everything she’s ever wanted?

Sometimes, a book just speaks to you. You read it at the right time in your life and it holds a deeper meaning than it probably was written to do, yet, that’s what Wanted did for me. Katie, the heroine, made mistakes and like her friend Anna, in Hidden, the past must be dealt with. The doing of it, facing and reconciling with the past in order to have a better, brighter future is a hard thing to do. It’s the main conflict in this book and I think it will resonate with many readers. The best thing though is the message; forgiveness is healing and freeing. A person just has to take those brave, courageous and difficult first steps to get the ball rolling. It’s that kind of journey that Katie takes which makes this book worth reading.

What made this story so special to me were the inspirational words and prayers written within. It’s not preachy or trite. They’re heartfelt and earnest and key to the spiritual nature that is integral to the Amish community that’s being written about. And yet, as divergent as I am, being an Englisher and all, some of the passages in this book eerily echoed the message in my own pastor’s recent homily. To be able to stare at the words, and see how Ms. Gray incorporated them into living life, in a seamlessly believable and honest way, spoke volumes to my heart. This is a romance story, pure and simple and it’s a good one. But it’s also filled with a simple joy, a humble view on life without all the discord and confusion that the pursuit of materialism can bring. Ms. Gray boils it down to respect of a man for a woman and a woman’s pride in doing her best to show how she cares for those she loves. It’s not the words; it’s her actions, her grace and her willingness to do these things without expectation of reward. Doing the right thing does not always end up being its own reward, but sometimes, it is and does.

The external conflict comes from a past that Katie must face. It is actually sad and poignant and full of emotion. It’s an aspect that gave this novel depth and significance. How the author made it come full circle was well done Ms. Gray wrapped it up with a warm and satisfying happy ever after to come. I say ‘to come’ because every step of a romance in Katie’s Amish community seems cherished and respected and never rushed. It’s a given that Katie and Jonathan have found their way to each other and the courtship will be done according to the Amish way, but by doing so did not leave me unsatisfied. If anything, it gave me a gentle pleasure, a warm smile and confidence that all is as it should be. I found Wanted to be an emotionally fulfilling read with characters, both main and secondary that touched my heart. It’s a solid romance.

Beyond the Fence: A Short Collection of Stories by Marilyn Horn

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Beyond the Fence: A Short Collection of Stories by Marilyn Horn
Publisher: Thinking Ink Press
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Paranormal, Contemporary, Historical
Length: Short Story (46 pages)
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

The worlds in Marilyn Horn’s stories are sometimes dark, sometimes surreal, and sometimes both—and yet not so unfamiliar. No matter how fantastic the world, loneliness is the enemy, connection the goal. The stories in this short collection will haunt you and comfort you long after you finish the last page.

Don’t blink. You might miss something.

In “Don’t Mind the Vet,” Bettina’s mother convinced her to take the mother’s sick dog to the veterinarian. Before Bettina left, though, her mother gave her a strange and incomprehensible warning. What I liked the most about the plot was how long it waited before offering any kind of explanation about what was going on to the audience. That delay made me curious to know what would happen at the vet’s office and why the mother said what she did. It was a lot of fun to come up with possible answers while I was reading.

There were several stories in this collection that needed more development. Their concepts were fantastic, but I struggled to figure out what they were trying to say to the audience because they were so short and mysterious. “So Many Shoes” was a good example of this. The narrator had been working on a complicated and longterm shoe project for reasons that weren’t revealed right way to the audience. While I was fascinated by the idea of anyone paying that much attention to shoes, it would have been helpful to have more information about the narrator’s backstory and why they picked this particular project. The hints that were provided were so subtle that I wasn’t always sure if I was understanding them the way the author wanted me to.

Jeff D. Karnes had been waiting for ages for his better half to show up in the afterlife in “Soul Mate.” What I found most interesting about this tale was how Jeff reacted to his previous lifetime. It wasn’t at all the reaction I was expecting him to have, but it did show me many sides of his personality that I wouldn’t have otherwise noticed. This could have easily been expanded into a full-length novel, although it worked really well in the short story form.

I’d recommend Beyond the Fence: A Short Collection of Stories to anyone who enjoys flash fiction.

You and Me Always by Jill Mansell

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You and Me Always by Jill Mansell
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (382 pages)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Camellia

On the morning of Lily’s twenty-fifth birthday, it’s time to open the very last letter written to her by her beloved mother, who died when she was eight.

Learning more about the first and only real love of her mum’s life is a revelation. On the same day, Lily also meets Eddie Tessler, a man fleeing fame who just might have the ability to change her world in unimaginable ways. But her childhood friend Dan has his own reasons for not wanting Lily to get too carried away by Eddie’s attentions.

Before long, secrets begin to emerge and Lily’s friends and family become involved. In the beautiful Cotswold village of Stanton Langley, nothing will ever be the same again…

Humor, with a delightful British flavor, threads through the story like twinkle light strung in the trees. It varies from subtle to blatant and from dark to light, adding both fun and insight.

The back stories of many of the characters is sad; yet they cope with, survive, and overcome the past is a theme that tugs at one’s heart. Lily’s story is amazing.

Lily Harper, who could have been SO alone from early childhood, has a bevy of people who love her and claim her as friend and family. Every one of them adds depth to the plot.

Patsy, Lily’s used-to-be baby-sitter, had me smiling and feeling sorry for her at the same time. That dear woman had “to kiss so many frogs’ before she found a prince. But what a prince she did end up with—perfect.

Patsy’s younger brother Dan who had been Lily’s teasing, pestering, big brother figure as they grew up together, grew up to be a different story, complicated, gorgeous, with a secret he guarded well. Not until Lily has a fling with the much-sought-after movie star Eddie Tresslar does Dan come clean. The foreshadowing keeps the reader in the loop and kept me turning pages to see when it was going to happen.

Declan, who had been important in Lily’s mother’s life one year between high school and college, connects with the twenty-five year old Lily and ties in with the doings in Stanton Langley in a way that makes one’s heart happy—one of the best parts of the story

The villain in the story really sets one’s teeth on edge. Keir Bourne, with his self-centered, “poor-me” attitude and total disregard for others, stirs up things in Stanton Langley—Lily’s hometown. He causes way too much hurt to Lily and her friends. How the friendships survive his machinations reveals a special strength of character in the all these interesting characters.

You and Me, Always is a captivating, vicarious visit with some wonderful, good-secret-keeping characters. It’s an entertaining get-away. I’ll bet it’s been a while since you’ve read a love story that mentions a “re-velvet coffin.” Lots of fun things in this one!

Tangled Vows by Stella Hunter

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Tangled Vows by Stella Hunter
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (165 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Army veteran Bailey Lennox usually enjoys her job as a bodyguard for Halvard Protection Services. When she’s assigned to work with the famous movie star Everett Parker however, she’s reluctant to play the part of Everett’s girlfriend at his sister’s wedding. In such close quarters, she must decide where to draw the line between their mutual attraction and her professional ethics.

Bailey had survived her time in the Army, but the mental and emotional scars – as well as a few physical ones – remain with her. Working as a security officer Bailey knocks down Everett Parker on the red carpet when she sees someone about to harm him. Bowled over – literally and emotionally – Everett can’t forget her and is determined to make the feeling mutual. When Everett decides he needs Bailey to accompany him back to his hometown – pose as his girlfriend – things get complicated, and they’re only just beginning.

I found this to be a very sweetly written romance story. Despite Everett being a big-time movie star and Bailey being a decorated hero and bodyguard, I really enjoyed how most of the story revolved around Everett’s small hometown and his family. To me this lent the whole story an air of intimacy – of a small town story where everyone knew everyone, not the more modern, busy city life which needs action packing every moment. I really enjoyed seeing Everett in a quiet environment, it helped me see him just as a man and a character and gave me a good feel for who he really was away from all the glitz and glamour.

The plot was thick with a huge bunch of characters, Everett’s family and later also Bailey’s family. And there were plenty of shenanigans that I really enjoyed. I was pretty disappointed, though, at how Bailey constantly thought the worst of Everett. While initially it was completely understandable – he is a movie star and a stranger, so she only had tabloid fodder to make character judgments on him – later, after almost a week of being in close contact with him and sharing plenty of time in his company it was really frustrating. I got annoyed with her for continuously assuming the very worst of him and pushing him away past all reason and sense. That really lowered Bailey’s character to my eyes and I was frustrated and annoyed by it.

I have to admit though when they finally started to make it work nearer the end of the story it was a gorgeous thing to behold. While there was definitely a “Happy For Now” ending it’s clear there’s another book on the way – hopefully one where Everett and Bailey can spend a lot more time intimately together!

Overall I really enjoyed this book. I found it well paced and very well written with a whole slew of interesting characters and plenty of conflict and steamy kisses. A good, solid read.

My Guardian by Alanea Alder

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My Guardian by Alanea Alder
Publisher: Sacred Forest Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (170 pgs)
Heat Level: Hot
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Meryn and Beth have been summoned by Beth’s uncle and council elder, Magnus Rioux to the vampire’s pillar city of Noctem Falls. Meryn in a city of vampires, what could go wrong? Aiden and Gavriel are about to find out.

Eva Mae Miller has been around for a long time. But never in all of her centuries has she ever had to turn to vampires for sanctuary. But when whole paranormal families begin disappearing in her quiet Texas suburb, Eva knows that it’s time to set her pride aside and join the other refugees heading to Noctem Falls for protection.

Adriel Aristaios doesn’t know what to make of the small human his commander is mated to. Bethy assures him that Meryn is sane, but he’s not so sure. Magnus must be out of his mind bringing a pregnant human and precious Bethy back to the City of the Night, just as things are about to get ugly. To complicate matters he’s pretty sure the sassy, blonde shifter who has just arrived is his mate. How can he possibly do his duty and protect their Prince, when he has not only his commander’s mate and little Bethy to guard, but also the woman who has stolen his heart.

When racial tensions threaten to boil over and sink the city in chaos, Adriel surprisingly finds himself relying on wacky little Meryn and his mate to help keep things from turning violent. But as more information comes to light, it’s clear that someone is out to destroy his city. The question is will they find them in time?

I really did enjoy this novel because it made me giggle in too many places to count. I loved the characters, their relationships to each other and the new scenery. There was drama because the running suspense plot is still going strong as it’s been throughout the series. Adriel and Eva were very good together.

I liked that Eva was an extremely strong heroine and her shifter form was nothing to mess with. I appreciated the fact that Adriel respected her skill set enough not to pull the ‘I protect my female, she obeys me’ shtick. He’s a smart hero and strong in his own right.

The reason for a lower rating than what I wanted to give is because this book was supposed to be about Eva and Adriel. This was to be their story, or so I thought. For the beginning of the book the only new person I met was Adriel along with many of the characters from previous novels. In fact, I believe a quarter of the book was introducing readers to the new digs, Noctem Falls. The secondary character that stole the show was the ever-quipping, irreverent and brilliant chaos-maker, Meryn, the diminutive firecracker and wife of Adriel’s commander, Adrien. I’m starting to think that Meryn is as much a recurring story arc as the dreaded ferals, now called Reapers. I like her character, I really do – she makes me laugh and I get her jokes and I just adore how she wraps big, bad Adrien around her little finger. But this story is supposed to make me connect, care and become engaged in rooting for Eva and Adriel and I don’t feel I spent enough time with them watching their relationship, with all its quirks, grow and blossom. Because of all the inside jokes, the reference to Keelan and other past events, I would not classify this novel as a standalone read. Readers really do need to have read some of the previous stories to understand the undercurrents that are woven throughout this story.

Another thing was the sheer number of secondary characters that converse all on the same page – many times I got lost. I had to keep backing up to figure out who was speaking at that moment. And I could have sworn Meryn made a mistake and mentioned great-great nephews but that should have been reversed and it should have been uncles, or great cousins, or something, but not nephews. Nephews and nieces are the offspring of the future, it’s uncles, grandfathers and possibly cousins that are in the past, right? So, someone missed that.

For all of the confusion and mayhem, this is still a fun book to read because the characters are so eminently likeable, the humor truly made me laugh out loud and I adore Meryn. I just wish I got to know Eva and Adriel as well. I mean a tiger and a vampire? It’s a great combination! And I really liked it when a very special book was shared and what was revealed affected every single person in the room. It was bittersweet and poignant.

I have no problems recommending My Guardian to fans of the series; they’ll get the references and jokes. If they adore Meryn like I do, she’ll add to the enjoyment and perhaps mitigate the fact that Eva and Adriel’s romance isn’t as strong a focus as they might expect. There is a wonderful happy ever after and that’s a positive for the book too. The set up hook for the next book was well done and I’m more than ready to discover Declan’s mate and how that romance evolves. Overall this is an amazing series and I’ve enjoyed reading every single one. That includes My Guardian.

Out With A Bang by Sarah Marsh

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Out With A Bang by Sarah Marsh
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (48 pgs)
Other: M/F/M, Ménage
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Fern

When Laura Harper walked into her interview for Dover and Harding Engineering, she never could have imagined how rewarding it could be to find a place for herself where her organizational skills were relied upon and needed so badly. Sure it didn’t hurt that the two men who had hired her were straight out of her wildest fantasies, but had she let her feelings go too far? Was it just wishful thinking that they might want her in return?

Greyson Harding and Barrett Dover knew the moment Laura walked into their office that they’d finally found the woman they wanted to share their lives with. So they began by hiring the sweet, shy woman and hoped they could convince her that their interest was more than a passing attraction. But after five years they’ve finally run out of time and if they aren’t careful, they could lose Laura for good.

Laura feels like a complete cliché. The single, secretly lusting woman, in love with her two spunky bosses. She’s made her decision though, to give notice and move on with her life. But will Grey and Barrett allow her to move on? Or will this be her chance to go out with a bang?

This is an interesting short story about how three people who work exceedingly well together come together in a ménage. I really liked how both Grey and Barrett were different men – Barrett the dominant, strong-alpha type of character and Grey the caring-but-disorganized style of guy. Each type of character are tried-and-true hero material and it was quite refreshing that the set-up wasn’t two alpha-males sharing a woman – or one alpha and one submissive. This difference made me feel as if the very-well-used plot (three people working well together moving that business relationship into the bedroom) was fresh and looked at from a different angle. And this freshness helped me enjoy the book immensely.

I felt the story lagged a bit at the start. I love short stories, but the pacing is critical to my mind. The action – and sexual chemistry – needs to move quickly so I don’t feel like there’s wasted time in the story. When you have a shorter length to work with, having a whole chapter of “set up” or background can sometimes have me feel as a reader as if that groundwork is wasted. I knew from the first couple of pages that Laura, Grey and Barrett worked really well as a team in their business. I wanted to read how they moved that professional relationship into a romantic one – and a whole lot of backstory didn’t serve that purpose to my mind. I found myself rushing, wanting to get to where Laura finally made a move and the threesome started to change the dynamics of their relationship.

The sex scene between the threesome was deliciously hot and explicit, well worth the wait to my mind. I loved how all the threads of the plot were woven seamlessly together, leaving me with a feeling of a solid story fully closed and a satisfying Happy Ever After ending. I definitely feel like the story ended on a high note and one that left a smile on my face.

A Summer to Remember by Marilyn Pappano

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A Summer to Remember by Marilyn Pappano
A Tallgrass Novel
Publisher: Forever
Genre: Contemporary, women’s fiction
Length: Full Length (361 pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Stephanotis

FIRST LOVE NEVER FADES . . .

It’s been a long time since widow Fia Thomas felt the spark of physical attraction. But from the moment she meets Elliot Ross one stormy night, she yearns for a fresh start, for him to make her feel whole and well again. With his broad shoulders and a warm smile crinkling his dark eyes, he could finally offer her the solace she’s been seeking. And she’s willing to give him anything in return . . . except a promise that could break his heart.

Now that Elliot is out of the Army, he’s looking for a place to call home. Tallgrass was just a stop to stretch his legs, yet one look at Fia halts him in his tracks. In her sweet, sassy company, he finds the soul mate he never thought he’d have. But Fia is holding something back-something that keeps her from making any plans. Elliot’s new mission: gain Fia’s trust…and convince her that summer’s end can mean a new beginning.

I’ve just finished reading a highly enjoyable story that has summer theme to it.

I’m a fan of the author so I guess that does make me a tad biased about her stories but I can assure you, fan or not, I think you’ll fall in love with the two main characters, Fia and Elliot. What I always love about Ms. Pappano’s books is she has the uncanny knack of pairing up people who would actually make ideal lifelong partners in real life.

Fia and Elliot are well drawn characters who you immediately fall in love with. And yes, the story starts with Elliot and we learn he’s even rescued a dog! They’re not perfect people but that’s what adds to their appeal. They both have a history and sometimes that gets in their way of realizing they’re one another’s soulmates.

This is a story that has some tears, some laughter, and you find yourself turning the pages to get to their happily ever after because you feel they so deserve it.

Even the secondary characters are lovable too. While I haven’t read any other books in the Tallgrass series, it’s made me what to go check them out.

If you love an old fashioned romance, break out the lounger, grab your sunscreen and head outside to read this book. You won’t be disappointed.