Shared Redemption by Michel Prince

Shared Redemption
Shared Redemption by Michel Prince
Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (277 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rated: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Poppy

Former slave Nye ended his life in 1859 after losing his love. The angel Gabriel has offered Nye a chance at redemption by hunting demons as a member of the Frozen. With less than seven years left until his salvation, Nye is staying on the straight and narrow – until a woman gets caught in the crossfire during a demon hunt.

After receiving devastating news, Kiriana Kladshon moves across the country, only to get caught up in the world of The Frozen. Nye and Kiriana are pulled into an attraction neither can control. Will it be their ultimate demise or their greatest salvation?

Damarion, is leading a group of female demons on a mission. During his punishment on Earth, Damarion learns of dangers within his coven trying to stop him from returning to his love, still trapped in Hell and A love he was so sure was true…

This story has a neat twist to the paranormal genre. I really enjoyed the idea of having good people who ended their own lives being chosen to become demon hunters as a type of penance and way to earn redemption. It’s also a unique look at interracial romance … usually we either have a historical story where it’s clearly forbidden by society, or a contemporary one where it’s not considered illegal or immoral, but here we have Nye, a former slave “frozen” at the age he was at his death, and in his mind he really struggles to get past the mores of his time.

This story is told in first person, which isn’t a favorite of mine, and it’s also told from several points-of-view which occasionally made it difficult to know who was speaking. It’s not that the author has made characters who sound the same–she hasn’t!–it was just a little difficult to jump from one head to another in first person, so that was a stumbling block for me. Ms. Prince also has a slightly formal voice in her writing, so I sometimes felt as if I should be reading literary fiction and not a romance.

I really enjoyed seeing the two factions here: the frozen and the demon horde and getting into the heads of Nye and Damarian was very interesting. Such completely different people with completely different goals (heaven and hell). the storyline is certainly unique in a paranormal market glutted with shifters and vampires. That’s one of the reasons I wanted to read it and I’m glad I did. If you’re looking for a story outside the norm, with a wonderful romance that will make your heart sigh and a story with the promise of more (while the romance between Nye and Kiri is pretty well wrapped up here, this is clearly the start of a series), then I can happily recommend Shared Redemption. It’s a worthwhile addition to the genre.

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Unintentional by MK Harkins

Unintentional by MK Harkins
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (377 Pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rated: 4 stars
Reviewed by Rose

Cade, the gorgeous song man, has every reason to steer clear of commitment and train his soulful eyes, killer dimples, and sexy voice on every beauty swaying to his band. So why is it that he finds himself truly, deeply and unintentionally, fixed on the one woman who is not so easily swept away?

The sequel to Intentional, the debut romantic novel by MK Harkins, Unintentional is the heart-racing new work that follows the tangled thread of Cade in the aftermath of his heartbreak in losing the one woman he thought was his soul mate. After taking a hiatus from his job as an engineer, as well as his role in the band as lead singer, Cade reemerges in the Seattle music scene. Enter Laurel, the tenacious and determined music agent. Laurel is determined to sign him, no matter how clearly reluctant he is. Though they try to resist one another romantically, the magnetism is as immediate as it is powerful.

Unintentional offers readers an intricate, riveting story about the fraught paces of love, while also offering strains of heartwarming humor. With rich detail, authentic characters, and plenty of blood-pumping romance, Unintentional is a moving and multilayered look at how love can slip through our fingers, only to be pulled back again at the most surprising, stirring moments.

This book is the sequel to INTENTIONAL which told the story of Cade, Jeremy, and Mattie. UNINTENTIONAL follows Cade as he tries to get over losing Mattie–who he thought was his soulmate. After taking a break from everything, including his music, he gets back into his music and meets a woman who makes him rethink everything he once thought about soul mates.

The author has done a wonderful job at painting the characters and capturing the music industry. Even the secondary characters are fully fleshed out characters — to the extent that I hope Ms. Harkins intends to write more stories with these people–especially Sophie. I have to admit that after the two main characters, she is my favorite character in the book. The author has a good voice for this genre, and fans of contemporary romance should enjoy this book.

UNINTENTIONAL is a very quick read, despite it’s length–so if you want to escape for an evening, you could do worse that pick this book up.

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Quite the Catch by Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy

Quite the Catch by Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense
Length: Short Story (95 pgs)
Heat Level: Hot
Rated: 4 stars
Reviewed by Snapdragon

Cherokee Federal Marshall Joshua Jericho Jenkins had a split second to choose his fate. When he jumped from a railroad trestle into the river below, he could have died but if he hadn’t leapt, the men chasing him would have killed him for sure.

He’s rescued from the water by a nurse, Tina Barlow, who’s out scattering her grandfather’s ashes. She takes him home and tends to his injuries. He’s also suffering from hypothermia and she does whatever’s necessary, including using her body heat to warm him. As Joshua recovers, they’re falling in love fast.

Some short-term memory issues rise but once he remembers who he is and what he was doing, things take a dangerous turn. Without time to properly prepare, Joshua and Tina face a gang of criminals and by the time the gunfire ends, lives will be lost. Whose and what the future holds is anybody’s guess.

The absolutely best part of Quite the Catch is the pace of the story. It begins with Joshua–gorgeous Joshua–running for his life, pursued and desperate. Murphy’s novella seizes the reader and holds you completely enthralled, start to finish. You’ll find your own heart racing…

Tina, in the midst of a sad memorial, is jolted unexpectedly into Joshua’s desperation. She can’t immediately understand the depth of the problem. She’s involved too quickly,  and she involves her cousin as well. There’s something compelling about Tina; she’s a nurse, she’s committed to help from the first, but she’s also willing to mislead to get others to help, too. Her commitment to provide aid–right from the beginning, in dubious circumstances–makes her an incredibly admirable character. She takes a risk for someone she doesn’t know. Is it her innate kindness we see at work, or does she feel a connection to Joshua from the start?

The author doesn’t give us a moment to contemplate; events keep coming at us quickly. The impact is largely in the unpredictable nature, so,  to avoid spoiler, let’s say neither thriller readers nor fans of hot romances will be disappointed.

I would have liked some reference that made it clear from the start that this was in a contemporary setting. There is something so ‘yesteryear’ in the opening, I was almost disappointed to find, later in the story, that it was set in present-day.

Quite the Catch is quite the exciting, quick read!

One Last Letter by Pema Donyo

One Last Letter by Pema Donyo
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Genre: Historical
Length: Short Story (103 pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Edelweiss

A romantic hardened by reality…

Evelyn Lancaster turned her back on her love for ranch hand Jesse Greenwood when she was sixteen to pursue a career and marry into wealth that could save her father’s struggling ranch. Now twenty-three, she works hard to keep the property afloat, but no suitor has stirred her heart the way Jesse did. After her father falls ill, she needs all the help she can get to keep the ranch running.

A cowboy returning to what he left behind…

After making his fortune, a newly wealthy Jesse has returned home to see his younger sister married. Still smarting from Evelyn’s rejection, he finds the tables have turned, and now only his investment could save the ranch that he vowed to never step foot on again.

When he agrees to help her salvage her family legacy, they must overcome their pride and painful past to work together. As long-held emotions rekindle, Jesse pretends indifference, only to admit his true feelings in an unsigned letter left on Evelyn’s porch.

Evelyn finds the missive and writes back, beginning a furtive correspondence. She dares to hope her mystery admirer is Jesse, but then another man comes forward to claim the letters as his own. Will one last letter give them the courage to say yes to love on the wild Texas plains?

Cowboys, cowgirls, ranches, cattle, barns, horses, ranch hands and the old west. Nothing makes a more perfect setting for romance, lost love and second chances.

I loved the characters in One Last Letter, both the stars and the supporting cast. The character that comes closest to being an antagonist is suitably dislikable. Evelyn’s best friend is fun and bubbly. Her father also is an interesting and surprisingly layered character. I loved Jesse’s sister and the ranch hands. It’s just an extremely enjoyable group that made reading the book so much fun.

Evelyn was a very strong female lead. Her commitment to the ranch and her home is admirable. You can appreciate how far she’s come in her life and how much she’s learned. She’s a woman trying to find her place in the life and in the world, whose still trying to figure out what she wants and what she should do. She was a wonderful, imperfect heroine and one I easily rooted for.

It was also fun watching her interact with Jesse. They both behaved in a mature and levelheaded way to each other a lot of the time and that felt fresh and different. Jesse worries about his sister marrying well socially, which was interesting since he believes his social position was the reason Evelyn rejected him when they were younger. It gives an insight into Jesse’s character and feelings and the way Evelyn’s rejection affected them.

The two leads were often suffering from miscommunications and doubt. They often misread each other’s actions and motives and each time they did I was rooting for them to work it out. I felt very invested in the relationship and really cared that the two find their happy ending.

Occasionally the dialog felt uneven, ranging from awkward phasing attempting to sound historically accurate to the usage of expressions that would not have been used in that time but it seldom distracted from the rest of the book.

The book reaches some interesting conclusions on some pretty big ideas such as responsibility, growing up, consequences, and what you should do for love. I didn’t agree with all of it, but I respected the author for the ideas and the unique perspective.

The detail and descriptions were perfect; giving a real sense of being in the middle of a western, from the way the author described the ranch to the little details such as the creaking floorboards.

One Last Letter is a great romantic read with great western flair. If you like westerns or just love a good story of second chances, you’ll love this book.

Christmas in Transylvania by Sandra Hill

Christmas in Transylvania by Sandra Hill
Publisher: Avon Books
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (91 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

For the first time ever, the leader of the Viking Vampire Angels, Vikar Sigurdsson, has been talked into celebrating a traditional Christmas! The tree has been decorated, the gifts have been wrapped, and the stockings have been hung. And that’s mistletoe, not cobwebs, hanging from the ceiling of the creepy castle full of vangels … really!

The icing on the vampire cookie comes when vangel Karl Mortensen rescues Faith Larson, a battered young waitress, from her abusive boyfriend and hides her in the castle amidst the Christmas chaos. But what Karl thought was a frail young teenager is actually a very tempting woman. And she thinks his fangs are sexy!

But a strange “Christmas visitor” at the castle and demon vampires up to their old tricks could threaten the budding romance between Karl and Faith. It’s an impossible match—a human and a vangel—but Christmas is a time for magic.

Karl and Faith don’t stand a chance …

Think of one of those famous mini sized chocolate candy bars filled with nougat and caramel and peanuts. That is what Christmas in Transylvania; A Deadly Angels Novella is like. Lots of sweetness because of the holiday, different flavors due to the many characters that populate the tale and nuts for the serious nut case that causes problems for the heroine. It’s a short, fast tale showcasing Karl the Vangel, and Faith the human woman who touches his heart. Yes, this novella is like a mini Snickers bar and just as delicious – but non-fattening.

Because this is a short novella, Karl has to move fast. My head is still spinning from his going from zero to sixty in nothing flat. My understanding is that his attachment to Faith had been building for a while, but it was an unconscious decision on his part. The moment for action came with some unsettling news and since Karl is at heart, a hero, he didn’t second guess himself. He took charge and that was exciting.

Faith was a woman beaten down by life among other things. She’d lost her mojo due to circumstance of being influenced by the wrong person. With Karl, I got to see her recover and see the woman she was before she made a fateful decision. Through his love and support, I also got to see her bounce back and take an interest in life again. It was a feel good moment.

Nothing feels as good as passion realized; I just never thought of candy when I think of sex. After reading this story, that impression sure has changed. Wow.

Of course, this wouldn’t be a vangel story without the villain putting in his two cents’ worth. Jasper is such a deviant. So are his underlings. He continues to be the ultimate villain – he may bumble a bit but a reader is never left in doubt as to his 100% evilness – completely unredeemable. Yay for the good guys!

Michael the Archangel shows up and I absolutely, totally and completely adored his reaction to The Chipmunks’ music. I also happen to agree. The twins popped in with their enchanting and charming way to drop a few info bombs on the heroine, thus propelling the plot along even faster. But how can any heroine panic from such news when delivered by such two adorable poppets eating lollipops? It was a cute touch.

There was a lot to enjoy in this novella to be sure. The only drawback was its rushed feeling. The initial villain was brutal and the author made that abundantly clear but the afterwards was too fast a closure for me. True, it was good for everyone else but it aided the ‘rushed’ feeling. Then the big to-do planned by Jasper was a nonevent. I got to see the planning and the devilish glee of his anticipation, but no action. Everything dramatic or suspenseful takes place off stage. I suppose for time’s sake it had to, but it translated as telling to me, and not showing. I am also getting a bit bored with the ‘moonwalk’ references; I think there needs to be a new dance move, what, I have no clue, but the current dance has lost its charm for me. The character, however, remains engaging and interesting.

Christmas in Transylvania gives fans of the series a treat. It doesn’t offer up any surprises or dramatic revelations. This is purely a fun, entertaining and lighthearted read that is very appropriate for its title. Many scenes are smile inducing and the descriptions of all the holiday decorations were simply gorgeous. I’d love to see a place decorated like that for real, especially the tree. That was an amazing tree. I definitely recommend this to readers who are looking for light holiday fare that includes vampires and angels and drunken cookie bakers. It’s really sweet.

Lethal Abandon by Kallie Lane

Lethal Abandon by Kallie Lane
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense
Length: Full Length (259 pages)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Camellia

When wildlife biologist Remy Renaud gets lost in the Everglades, she doesn’t expect to find a body dump—and herself on the Endangered Species list. However, when a modern day warrior steps in to protect her, she is forced to trust a man she doesn’t know. A man she could come to love. A man she could lose if a killer has his way.

Micah Rivera agrees to hide Remy, but when the FBI decides to use her as bait to catch the killers, he and his team spring into action to keep her out of harm’s way. Now with both law enforcement and murderers on their trail, Micah is left in an untenable position—keep his team safe and Remy out of trouble without losing his heart to the woman he has sworn to protect.

As Remy and Micah join forces, one thing becomes clear. To survive, they must defeat the enemy at his own game.

Kallie Lane delivers another Shadow Soldier story that is full of action and emotion that keep a reader’s adrenaline pumping.

The horrifying, terrifying antagonists in Lethal Abandon make one shudder with fear and dread. Moreover, the reader learns about them early on and feels their ominous presence always lurking.

Remy Renaud, a wildlife biologist, while well-trained to handle herself in the Alberta Canada wilderness, is totally out of her element in the Florida Everglades. Lost, with a crocodile keeping pace with her boat, Remy thinks it cannot get any worse, then she sees a horrific sight—men burying a body in a secret graveyard in the swamp. Worse, they see her.

Micah Rivera, a reserve in a Special Ops Unit, owns a security service with several helpers trained in special ops. Theirs is a dangerous business, but they excel in getting the job done. While he is visiting his friend Pete Mandel in Florida he becomes involved with saving Remy—against her will. She is stubborn. He does what has to be done even when Remy is unreasonable. When she finally realizes how marked for death she is and how much Micah had one and continues to do to keep her alive, she is broken-hearted about being so mean and hateful to a magnificent man.

The chemistry Micah and Remy have makes the story sizzle at times giving the reader a respite from the danger. Also, the huge dog Tubbs added comic relief. But Ms. Lane doesn’t relent. She takes the reader into the group of psychopathic antagonists as they plan their campaign against Micah and his men and women.

If you have reader previous Shadow Soldier novels, you’ll be able to catch up with characters you already know, like Theo and Melena, Billie and Rocket, Hawke, Hunt, Law, and Rizzoli. None of them have lost their edge. They work together like a well-oiled machine when trouble comes.

Lethal Abandon takes the reader on a vicarious adventure that is high octane from start to finish—a total escape from the ordinary, mundane world. Exciting entertainment!

Rest Thy Head by Elaine Cantrell

Rest Thy Head by Elaine Cantrell
Publisher: Astrea Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (233 pgs)
Heat: Sensual
Rated: 3 stars
Reviewed by Poppy

Running away from a fiancé who betrayed her, Peyton O’Malley finds employment at a beautiful mountain inn called Rest Thy Head. She didn’t expect to live in the haunted room or to fall for the inn’s owner, a fire-scarred, war veteran who uses the inn to hide away from the world. She didn’t expect her sister to show up at Rest Thy Head either, much less her formidable mother.

Now, thanks to the aid of a friendly ghost, Peyton has a shot at true love, and so does her sister Ashley, provided the guys cooperate of course!

If you’re looking for a sweet romance with a touch of mystery, Rest Thy Head might just be the book for you.

Not one, but two romances occur here, which was fun. I really liked Ashley. She’s determined and strong (she has to be after her mother all but disowned her for having a child outside of wedlock) and interesting. Peyton took longer to grow on me. At the start she’s weak and spineless and lets her mother and fiancé walk all over her and I was so incredibly frustrated with her. Her mother is horrible and I wouldn’t have been as forgiving as the sisters were at the end of this book. I found absolutely nothing redeemable about the woman. To be honest, had I not been reading this for review, I might not have continued. However, I’m glad I did.

The story is sweet and romantic if occasionally somewhat predictable. Petyon catches her fiancé in in a compromising position, but it takes more than that before she finally realizes he really is a cad, and runs away. She’s supported in this by her sister, and berated by her mother, but she stands by her decision and even finds a job at the inn where she decides to stay for a bit, Rest Thy Head.

There’s a lot going on here: a scarred veteran with confidence issues, an ex-fiancé who doesn’t want to be an “ex”, and even a ghost who is funny, sweet and hands down my favorite character in the book. There’s also enough suspense to keep you turning pages.

There were some things in the book that could have been cleaned up and tightened by better editing. Some awkward point-of-view violations and a few instances of narrator intrusion. These are pet peeves of mine, and may not bother another reader. Also, the dialogue didn’t always feel natural and, when I read it aloud, was stilted. Still, the author has talent for descriptions (I could see the inn and the setting clearly, as well as the horses, stables and more) and I enjoyed the fact this story didn’t rely on sex to drive the romance. The characters had plenty of attraction, certainly, but were allowed to build a foundation of friendship and respect instead of relying on that “zing” to start with and then do the rest in reverse order.

It’s a decent story and left me with a smile. Recommended to lovers of sweet romance.

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Close Encounter with a Crumpet by Fleeta Cunningham

Close Encounter with a Crumpet by Fleeta Cunningham
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (49 pgs)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Poinsettia

Her septuagenarian traveling companions quenched every flicker of pleasure Gillian Banks had anticipated during her trip to England. Then Simon the bus driver, not quite a stranger but definitely an unknown element, challenged Gill to let her own heart lead the way. And she found that a close encounter with a “crumpet” can change a life forever.

Gill’s trip to England is about to get much more interesting.

Poor Gill. What should have been a wonderful experience is practically ruined by a bunch of snobby women. I was drawn into Gill’s story from the moment I started reading. I could clearly picture Gill sitting in a café lamenting how terrible her trip had been. To top it all off, she missed the one thing she’d truly been looking forward to. The whole situation was a complete nightmare. Then Simon appeared like a ray of sunshine after the storm. His kindness and positive attitude is exactly what Gill needed

I have often thought that it is hard to really get to know characters in short stories. However, Ms. Cunningham skillfully revealed what kind of woman Gill is through her conversations and interactions with Simon. Gill’s night out with Simon is nothing short of magical. He shows Gill a side of London she never would have experienced with her snooty traveling companions. While I thought some parts of the ending were a little over the top, Ms. Cunningham does a great job of building chemistry between Gill and Simon that absolutely sizzles. This made it easy to believe they could have such an intense connection after knowing each other for such a short time.

Close Encounter with a Crumpet was an absolute delight to read. I had a great time traveling around London with Gill and Simon, who is a true gentleman. I heartily recommend it to anyone looking for a fun, fast paced romance.

Between the Sheets by Liv Rancourt

Between the Sheets by Liv Rancourt
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (58 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Edelweiss

Life for music teacher Maggie Schafer has been full of flat notes lately. Sick of being single and celibate, she vows to get her groove back at the upcoming Western Washington Choral Directors Annual Retreat.

Too bad the only guy who seems interested is a pompous dork who thinks he’s God’s gift to women—and the music education world. When he gets a little too arrogant and crosses boundaries, gorgeous pianist Randy Devers swoops in to run interference. After sharing a shockingly hot kiss in front of the whole conference, Maggie and Randy come up with a plan to pretend they’re dating.

However, the more time they spend together—and the more physical their “pretend” relationship gets—the more she wonders if there could be anything beyond just smoking chemistry and a friendly agreement between them.

Maggie’s got history, Randy’s got baggage, and they’ve got a weekend to get their rhythms in sync and figure out how to turn their solo lives into a beautiful duet.

Can a fun weekend romance grow into anything more? Is there enough time? And does anyone even want it to?

Between the Sheets is fun and lighthearted. Told from Maggie’s point of view, it has a good sense of humor and an upbeat tone. The setting for the story is perfect. The author does a fantastic job of describing the music teacher retreat and really building a community of sorts with all the characters and supporting cast. It was a unique setting and I loved the interactions between all the characters. I was amused by the cliques and hierarchy among the music teachers and it added a lot of fun moments to the story.

Randy is a great hero. I found him likable and sympathetic. I loved that he wore glasses. I loved his sense of humor. There aren’t many serious moments in the story but when there were, I genuinely felt for him and I wanted to see him happy by the end of the book. His back story was one of my favorite parts of the story and made him a very interesting character.

I wasn’t however as attached to Maggie, largely because I felt like I never really got to know her, which was strange considering the book was told from her perspective. So much of the story though was her doing things that she told the reader was out of character for her that I never really got much of a sense of what her true character was. There a few hints but largely I felt like I never got to meet the real her. Since we spent so much time with Maggie, this was a big issue for me. I also wondered if I didn’t know Maggie, how could Randy really get to know her?

I did like the way that Maggie’s doubts tied with her past, weaved together to create very believable obstacles between the couple. The romance in general is very believable and I enjoyed following its progression.

The book is a pretty fast read and quite an enjoyable one. It’s a fluffy, enjoyable romance and would be a great companion for a lazy afternoon. If you want something that’s lighthearted and enjoyable, you couldn’t go wrong with Between the Sheets.

His Favorite Cowgirl by Leigh Duncan

His Favorite Cowgirl by Leigh Duncan
Publisher: Harlequin American Romance
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (219 pgs)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Peppermint

You Can Go Home Again

A stint as ranch manager on the Circle P may be the perfect way for Hank Judd to reconnect with his ten-year-old daughter. And selling his former girlfriend’s family ranch will provide the cash he needs to restart his failed real-estate business. He just has to resist falling for the girl next door all over again.

Kelly Tompkins needs to sell her grandfather’s ranch quickly to pay for his medical expenses and get back to Texas before she loses her chance at a promotion. Hank is the last person she wants to see, but she can’t deny she needs his help. But spending time with the boy who let her down twelve years ago may unearth a heartache that has never truly healed….

The Judd’s and the Thompkin’s had a family feud that had lasted for centuries, but even that was not enough to keep Hank and Kelly apart. As teens they found themselves in one another’s arms, and as adults they tried to resist letting history repeat itself.

It was clear that Hank is a good guy even if he has not always made the best decisions. I have always said sometimes the biggest mistakes are made with the best of intentions and that is certainly true in this case. He has made many mistakes in both is relationship with Kelly as well as his relationship with is daughter Noelle. Good thing he is man enough to recognize these mistakes and try to make them right before it is too late. It made me like is character that much more, as I get to see his flaws as well as his strengths. No man is perfect and it make Hank a bit more real and relatable.

Kelly is a sweet and determined woman who history has not been kind too. She has suffered a lot throughout her life when it comes to relationships. With Hank as well as her family it makes her less than excited to return to the home that almost broke her spirit. Lucky she did return cause she got to have a whole different experience. I think Kelly is a amazing character as she is selfless and continues to do what needs to be done despite her own needs and wants in life. It made me want to see her get a happily ever after whether it be in the city with her high paying job, or on her grandfathers ranch enjoying the hard work and fresh air.

Noelle is a very important part of this story as well. Her character also shows a lot of growth throughout the story. She begins as a spoiled privileged child who prefers her phone to people. Only, you quickly learn this is a defense she has created since the adults in her life have not always looked out for all her needs. Yes she might have the most high tech gadgets and designer clothes but she is missing one essential thing: loving parents. I really thought her character needed special mentioning as many things in the story would not be possible without her, and she really added depth and joy to the story.

This story is not steamy and erotic but has a soft, growing love that you know is meant to be and will last forever. It made me cherish the relationship more and made the plot more warm and fuzzy. Anyone can revisit a physical connection but the emotional and mental bridges crossed in this story will last forever. I would certainly say if you want a nice, warm and touching romance you would want to check out this story and learn all about Circle P and its host of wonderful characters.