Review: Katie Lane – Flirting with Texas

Deep in the Heart of Texas:

Book 5:

Flirting with Texas: Beau Cates and Jenna Jay Scroggs

 

Flirting with Texas (Deep in the Heart of Texas, #5)

 

Purchase on Amazon: Click here for Flirting with Texas (Deep in the Heart of Texas)

 

 

Summary:

From Goodreads.com

YOU’RE A LONG WAY FROM HOME, COWGIRL

On her own in the Big Apple, Jenna Jay Scroggs can handle herself when trouble arises. But when she tries to rescue a horse, the passionate do-gooder ends up on a runaway Central Park carriage ride with a hunky stranger. With his sexy drawl and well-worn Levis, Beauregard Cates is doing his darnedest to make Jenna homesick for the small western town she’s spent years trying to forget. And it’s working: She’s dangerously close to falling head over boot heels for the rugged rodeo star with hair the color of moonshine.

Beau came to the big city to escape his past and live life to the fullest. Yet the leggy blonde with eyes as blue as a western sky causes a real hitch in his giddy-up. So when the well-meaning folks of Bramble plot to bring Jenna home, Beau will need to convince her that she won’t ever get Texas out of her blood – or one good-time, ever-lovin’ cowboy out of her heart.

Review:

Katie Lane is among my favorites when it comes to contemporary westerns. Her stories are light fun and always amusing. Beau and Jenna were such a cute couple. Jenna is a tomboy who never really felt like she fit in anywhere. When her and her parents got in a tiff over her choice in boyfriend she ran off to New York with him, where she has been ever since. Beau is running from his own demons. A cancer survivor, with a suspicious mass looming over his head he is determined to run as far and as fast rom Texas as he can. If he can’t have the one thing he wants; he’s going to spend what is left of his life “living life to its fullest” aka running away from his family.

The Hens send Beau after Jenna claiming she is a “Hen” and that they need her address. When Jenna and Beau meet it is memorable to say the least. It involves her kicking his a$$! Jenna is feisty as hell and a crusader. Always championing the underdog she is always getting herself into trouble. Beau is an expert in getting himself out of trouble, but the minute he meets Jenna he realizes that some trouble you just don’t want to get out of. When Beau and Jenna are kidnapped by the crazy town of Bramble, Texas a wild ride ensues. Both Jenna and Beau take a journey to self-discovery that leaves them both a bit uncomfortable.

As separate characters I loved both Jenna and Beau. Jenna is that go getter with a kind heart, she’s a champion of the underdog and you just can’t help yourself. She has such a big heart you love her almost instantly. Beau we met before and I don’t know about you, but I fell in love with him in the last book. He survived cancer and now he is determined to live life. He’s more than a little aimless; but when your future is so uncertain I think it is almost a natural feeling to try to pack everything you can in while you can. He’s been wandering the world for two years not really caring and avoiding his family. As couple, I like Beau and Jenna even more. They are just so cute together. I don’t even know what specifically makes them such a cute couple, but they just are! Beau is happy go lucky and laid back, Jenna is a go getter and somehow they enhance each other, plus their attraction is explosive. At the end when Jenna and Beau are “fighting” it had me cracking up! Jenna was definitely making Beau fight for it!

The only issue I had with this book was the Marcy plotline, it wasn’t very believable and it distracted from Jenna and Beau. I wanted more time with Beau and Jenna and less with Marcy, but I guess it had its place. What I liked with this book, as with the rest of the books in the series is the town and all the townspeople. Like Susan Mallory’s Fools Gold series, the town is almost its own character. The towns’ people are more than a little bit crazy but it’s so entertaining! I very much enjoyed this book!

Rating:

 

Vintage Heart 4.5

 

*This book was provided to me through NetGalley for an honest review no other compensation was provided.

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Lori Foster – Simons Says

SBC Fighter Series:
Book 2:
Simons Says: Simon “Sublime” Evans and Dakota Dream
Summary:
After Simon catches his girlfriend of 5 years of cheating he makes the decision to return the ring after a several year absence. His training is the most important thing and the last thing he wants is a distraction. Dakota hates Barnaby Jailer her step father, he knows the exact buttons to push to guilt trip her into helping him find his son, SBC legend Simon Evans. As a huge fan of SBC Dakota can’t wait to meet Simon, she just hates the reason for it. At first glance of Dakota Simon calls dibs, there is just something about her, even though she wants the impossible from him and she is a distraction he just can’t let her go. When Dakota’s past catches up with her both her and Simons life could be in jeopardy!
Review:
Simon is every woman’s dream man, he is incredibly good looking, sexy, dangerous, and surprisingly thoughtful for a man. He is not afraid to commit and is basically a one woman man. He understands what Dakota needs and makes sure to give it to her. Dakota can kick some serious arse. She went through some serious issues when she was younger and made some bad decisions which she is still paying for. She made sure that she can take care of herself and that would never happen to her again. She was able to walk into a gym of hardened SBC fighters and win them all over; you know you have to be pretty special for that to happen! Dakota’s friend Barber is introduced in this book and I also really enjoyed his character a lot and hope to see more of him in future books and we also get cameos from the first book with Dean and crew! You will fall in love with all the fighters introduced in this book along with Dakota and Simon!
Rating:
4 orchids out of 5

Lori Foster – Causing Havoc

SBC Fighter Series:
Book 1:
Causing Havoc: Dean “Havoc” Connor and Eve Lavon
Summary:
Dean hasn’t seen his sisters (Cam and Jacki) since his parent’s death when he was 9 when his aunt kicked him out and sent him with his uncle. Now 20 years later he is one of the top fighters in the SBC an ultimate fighting sport. After a brutal match he receives a letter from his long lost sister requesting that he come visit. With misgivings he decides to make the trip to see what his sisters could possibly want after 20 years. When he arrives in Harmony, Kentucky the first person he meets is Eve and the sparks fly immediately.  He had hoped she would have taken him home that night but Roger the owner of the bar they were in got in the way. The next day, with mixed emotions Dean went to his family’s house to see his sisters, but as luck would have it the beautiful Eve was there visiting his sister Cam and helped to avoid a very potentially awkward moment. Upon talking to Cam he realizes that his sisters didn’t even know about him, his *itch of an aunt attempted to destroy all evidence of his existence. Dean is not sure how he feels about his sisters but its clear Cam is determined to bring Dean into the familial fold. Dean is sure about what he feels for Eve and that is pure lust! He cannot wait to get his hands on her. Dean and Eve’s affair heats up but as that does all of the sudden “accidents” start happening. It is clear someone wants Dean gone from Harmony…
Review:
This is my first foray into Lori Foster and I have to say it’s a good place to start! I really like the SBC world that L. Foster has created. The men are alpha’s with tattoo’s and rock hard bodies and know how to do some serious damage. Dean is currently one of the top fighters in the SBC, he is called Havoc because it seems like there is no method to his madness in the ring. But with Dean everything is calculated. He is used to being cool, calm and collected and nothing gets through until the woman of Harmony. They are all making him feel things he never thought he would feel again. It is great to watch as his ladies start cracking his façade! I also really liked Eve, nothing seemed to phase her. She was perfect for Dean, she understood him better than he understood himself sometimes. She understood his life style and his conflicting emotions with his sisters and always managed to get him on the right path. Dean’s sisters also have a huge part in the book and you will also like them. Cam is the girl next door type , she is very loving and accepting. You can’t help but love her. Jacki is fiery and a wild child! She has a whirlwind Romance with SBC fighter Gregor which I personally really enjoyed. I wish they would have had their own book as well. Foster kept the story moving and you never got bored, and I am excited to move onto the next book!
Rating:

4 orchids out of 5

Rachel Gibson – Any Man Of Mine

Seattle Chinooks Hockey

Book 6:
Any Man of Mine: Sam LeClaire and Autumn Haven
Summary:
Vegas 6 years ago:
Autumn was on vacation in Las Vegas trying to relax after a grueling past two years and subsequent death of her mother. She wanted to see the sites, see Cher and ride the New York New York roller coaster, instead she found herself riding something far more pleasurable. When Sam saw Autumn dancing on the Pure dance floor he knew he had to have her. After an intense passionate weekend What Happened in Vegas didn’t stay there. Autumn woke up alone in bed at the Caesar’s Palace married to an A-hole and preggers. 
Present Day:
After the divorce and Connors birth Sam and Autumn haven’t been able to be in the same room with each other without wanting to do bodily damage. But two years have passed since they last saw each other and they are both calmer now. When they meet at a wedding they are able to have a civil conversation. After a comment from Autumn, Sam realizes he has become the father he never wanted to be and set about to change that. Which brings him and Autumn together more and the sparks fly, just like they did 6 years ago. But are sparks enough to get passed the past? 
Review:
So it is no secret that I love me some Rachel Gibson, she never disappoints me. Every book she has written I have thoroughly enjoyed if not completely loved. This one I love, it’s not my favorite but it is definitely up there. 
On several levels I can maybe not necessarily completely relate to Autumn and Sam but certainly understand some of their choices. Living only a few hours from Vegas myself I have been there several times so I can totally see, how these two got totally carried away and had an intense weekend of drinking and loving. They wouldn’t be the first two that has ever happened to, there is just something about Vegas that makes you throw caution into the wind and just go with it. Now does everyone who goes to Vegas end up in bed and married, absolutely not! However; with the vibe of Vegas compounded with the emotional trauma of losing loved ones recently that both Autumn and Sam were dealing with, it’s a possible outcome. They were lonely, depressed and running from real life, in each other they found what they needed and got carried away. I have also lost loved ones and anyone that has knows that sometimes you can lose yourself, and Sam certainly did. Autumn is a great mother and I’d be pretty pissed too, if I was left in a hotel room without even a good bye and then served divorce papers, and had to go through a lawyer to tell the man I married that I was pregnant. She should have kicked him in the ding a ling instead of just thinking about it. LOL! Sam once he realizes that he has become the father he never wanted to be he tries to right his wrongs, he doesn’t continue to be a douche, but instead becomes a good father to his child. I can respect that.
I did see flashes of Simply Irresistible in this book, maybe for the first couple of chapters I was afraid that I was going to be reading SI again with different characters, but it quickly changed and became its own story. I enjoyed seeing past Chinooks again, esp Mini Pit and Short Boss, Chelsea is one of my favorites of this series so I was happy to see her. I really enjoyed the introduction of Vince, Autumns brother and I think and hope he will be getting a book of his own. I really think he would make a great main character with his own HEA. I really enjoyed the Vegas scenes, it brought back my own Vegas memories and I knew all the places RG was writing about. This book in general has a different feeling from RG’s other books. I would say it’s a little deeper and has more emotional complexities and maybe not as light hearted but it still has plenty of RG’s usual humor!
Rating
4.5 Orchids out of 5

Rachel Gibson – The Trouble with Valentine’s Day

Seattle Chinooks Hockey Series:

The Trouble with Valentine’s Day: Rob Sutter and Kate Hamilton
Summary:
Kate has come to a crossroads in her life. After a long stream of boyfriends that went nowhere and a job, she can no longer do because she feels partially responsible for a horrific murder. As a private investigator, she tracked down a man’s family which he ended up killing (and she thought he was so normal), after that she packed up her life to go to the wilderness of Gospel, Idaho, where her grandfather owns a small grocery store. On the trip to Gospel she stopped at a ski lodge one town over on Valentine’s Day night.  Tired of her past mundane and now non-existent sex life, she’d like to live out just one of her fantasies. When a man straight out of her fantasies with his rugged good looks, bulging muscles and tattoo sits next to her, she decides to take a risk and proposition him. Rob is a former hockey enforcer for the Seattle Chinooks, after a groupie stalked and shot him several times ending his hockey career. Rob moved to Gospel, Idaho, to be near his nurse mother for rehab and ended up liking it and staying there permanently. On his annual ski trip with buddies, he sits next to a bombshell redhead (He was always a sucker for a red head) with legs up to her ears. When she propositions him, he is first aroused and then angry. After almost being killed by a one night stand, he is no longer willing to risk his life for sex and he abruptly, declines and leaves, mad that he was even tempted to take her up on her offer. After Kate is so rudely rejected, she is incredibly embarrassed, never in her life has she been so humiliated! For a couple of weeks after “the incident” she consoles herself with the fact that at least she will never see that man again, until, he walks right into the grocery store where she is working. Rob is just as surprised to see the red head as she is to see him, when her grandfather introduces them, can we say awkward! Kate is looking just as gorgeous as he remembered and there was no way he was forgetting that red head, she kept him up several nights! After Kate’s huge embarrassment with Rob, she wishes she could hate him, but her stubborn attraction to the man just won’t seem to go away and that infuriates her. Despite himself Rob finds himself liking her more and more as the weeks pass. But is this new found like enough for him to get past the fact that you just can’t trust woman, after all one went crazy and shot him, ending his career, his marriage and almost his life.

Summary:
Ok so this is one of my favorite Rachel Gibson books. I love sassy, smart a$$ woman characters and Kate is definitely that! She keeps Rob on his toes and gives him no breaks. When he is out of line she puts him in his place. It’s fun to see an alpha male put in his place from time to time. Rob has a lot of hang ups that he has to work through, after the shooting he is understandably damaged inside and out. He goes through an inner struggle and Kate helps him through it, just by being herself. Like Kate I also have a thing for rugged, tattooed, muscled men! Yummy! Rob has this tattoo, which just begs to be licked! Oops did I just say that out loud? Lucky Kate, she gets to, and everywhere else! Which brings me to the passion! These two steam up the pages, well they would if it was possible. Nowhere is safe from these two, including the grocery store aisles. Clean up in aisle 3 please! This read will not disappoint! I cannot say enough good things about Rachel Gibson!

Rating:
5 orchids out of 5

Rachel Gibson – Nothing But Trouble

Seattle Chinooks Hockey Series:

Nothing But Trouble: Mark Bressler and Chelsea Ross

Summary:
Mark Bressler should have died that night of the car accident, some days he wishes he had. As the former Captain of the Chinooks hockey team, he feels seriously cheated as his team wins the Stanley Cup without him.  It was his one dream in life and in one minute during an icy night that was all taken from him. Chelsea, is an out of work actress that decides to take a break from the LA scene and goes to Seattle to stay with her twin sister Bo who works for the Chinooks Hockey team. Almost immediately Chelsea finds herself working for Chinooks as Mark Bressler’s glorified babysitter. He has been such a pain in the a$$ that they cannot find any other nurses willing to go to his home and they even through a $10,000.00 bonus if she can make it 3 months with the man. Chelsea is used to being a PA for C list actors, is there anything worse than that? The answer is yes, and it comes in the form of Mark Bressler! At first the two can’t stand each other, but Chelsea needs that $10,000 so she puts up with Marks rude, crude ways. For Mark, Chelsea is an annoying pest he doesn’t want around but little by little she starts getting under his skin. Suddenly Mark isn’t as big as a douche as Chelsea thought he was and an attraction starts forming between these two. I mean how long can Chelsea really resist those rock hard abs?! Chelsea refuses to be one of “those” assistants that get involved with their boss. What a cliché but how long can she resist, Marks not so charming, charms…
Review:
I love love love this book! I think it may even be my favorite of the Chinook Series, but it has some fierce competition from “See Jane Score” and the “Trouble with Valentine’s Day”. I cannot pin point exactly what makes me love this book so much. Maybe it’s the dynamic between Mark and Chelsea, the instant annoyance which gradually gives away to more. Or how Mark is in such a dark place in his life, but Chelsea with her bright clothes and pit bull personality manage to bring him out of his deep depression. I can’t even imagine what it would be like to lose the only dream you ever had because of a freak accident. I love how R. Gibson seemlessly manages to insert today’s pop culture into each of her novels. I have to say I read this book twice within the first 24 hours. I read it as soon as it came out and within 24 hours I had read it again, I loved it that much! I don’t think I had ever done that before or since!
My only piece of critism is I am not sure I like the direction of R. Gibson’s new cover art. I think I like the old school cover art a little better, but I’m still on the fence.
Rating:
5 Orchids out of 5

Carly Phillips – Hot Item

Hot Zone Series:

Book 3:
Hot Item: Riley Nash and Sophie Jordan

Summary:
It’s been a bad week! When Spencer Atkins, partner of Hot Zone is “outted” publically all hell breaks loose and Sophie is the only one available to weather the storm, even Spencer has disappeared. All of Riley’s life he has wanted his biological father Spencer Atkins to acknowledge his existence and now that Spencer is “outted” he can’t afford for Spencer to acknowledge him, not with his step fathers political career on the line. For years Sophie and Riley have been circling around each other.  Riley as one the top NFL quarterbacks is a big client for Hot Zone, so when he shows up in Sophie’s office asking for a favor there is no way she can turn him down, despite how nervous he makes her.  Riley needs to find Spencer and he needs to find him now, and it seems Sophie is his only link to funding him, but he will have to trust her with his biggest secret.

Review:
This is my first book by Carly Phillips and I have to admit I was kind of disappointed, this book was ok. It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t GREAT! I don’t know why but I kind of expected it to be great, from what I have heard of Carly Phillips, but it just wasn’t. It was kind of interesting to see the female as the commitment phob instead of the typical male, but that was about the only thing that was atypical of novels of this genre. I got out of the book a few chuckles and some steamy love scenes, so it was light entertainment. I wouldn’t discourage anyone from reading this book nor would I really recommend it.

Rating:
3 orchids out of 5