December 16th, 2017
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December brings fabulous reads!

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Ex-NFL star + snarky single mom = a touchdown of a holiday romance

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The vampires are coming... and this time, the lights won't stop them.

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The owner of a delightful Southern café tastes the sharp sting of suspicion in this delectable comfort food mystery...

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This holiday season, love is on the menu.

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A Spartan heart can conquer anything, even myths, magic, and monsters.

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There’s nothing like a firefighting cowboy to keep you toasty warm this Christmas...


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Traitor in Her Arms
by Shana Galen
"Suspenseful Masterpiece"
Posted August 30, 2017

TRAITOR IN HER ARMS by Shana Galen is a perfect combination of history, romance, and intrigue. The novel takes place in France during the height of the French Revolution. Ms. Galen's rich descriptive voice perfectly conveys the bloody conflict between the aristocrats and the revolutionaries and the overwhelming sense Read more...

Map of the Heart
by Susan Wiggs
"Poignant love story rich in detail no matter where or when"
Posted August 25, 2017

MAP OF THE HEART by Susan Wiggs is an emotional, thoughtful story about forgiveness, love and new beginnings. The dual storyline enables the author to effortlessly blend Lisette Galli's life in occupied France during World War II with her granddaughter Camille Adam's life in Bethany Bay, Delaware. The Read more...

One More Kiss
by Samantha Chase
"Man on the Run, will he crash and burn?"
Posted April 21, 2017

In ONE MORE KISS, Samantha Chase presents a poignant, passionate story of one man's triumph over personal and professional disappointments. As a guitarist for the legendary rock band Shaughnessy, Matt Read was used to success, parties and lots of media attention. The band members decided to take a break Read more...

Zero to Sixty
by Marie Harte
"Fast paced, Passionate Read"
Posted April 4, 2017

Marie Harte's Zero to Sixty is the third book in her Body Shop Bad Boys series and once again she delivers a steamy, s sexy romance! This novel features massage therapist Ivy Stephens and mechanic Sam Hamilton Read more...

Be Mine in Good Hope
by Cindy Kirk
"Perfect Winter Read!"
Posted March 30, 2017

BE MINE IN GOOD HOPE by Cindy Kirk is the perfect winter romance! Kirk does a perfect job introducing the characters in this well-paced, character driven novel. Marigold Bloom arrives at her sister's New Year's Eve party where she talks with a few friends. She senses that Read more...

Somebody Like You
by Donna Alward
"Heartwarming Love Story...everyone deserves a second chance"
Posted March 28, 2017

Donna Alward's SOMEBODY LIKE YOU is a fabulous second chance romance set in the small town of Darling, Vermont. After an emotionally draining, awkward divorce, Laurel Stone has returned home to Darling to heal. She has purchased a garden center, joined the Chamber of Commerce and has reconnected with Read more...

Perfect for You
by Candis Terry
"Road Trip Adventure!"
Posted March 15, 2017

Candis Terry is one of my favorite authors. I love her unique characters, their families and the small town atmosphere she creates in each of her series. PERFECT FOR YOU is Ms. Terry's new novel and it's a modern, fast-paced twist on the office romance. I loved Read more...

The Cowboy's Runaway Bride
by Nancy Robards Thompson
"Perfect Romantic Read"
Posted February 22, 2017

THE COWBOY'S RUNAWAY BRIDE by Nancy Thompson is a fast-paced, opposites attract romance set in the small town of Celebration, Texas. I love the Celebration series—the small town atmosphere, sense of community and unique characters appeal to me. Lady Chelsea Ashford Alden has been betrayed by her Read more...

The Earl
by Katharine Ashe
"Fabulous novel filled with suspense and romance!"
Posted January 5, 2017

Katharine Ashe's THE EARL, is an elegantly written opposites attract love story which features suspense, fabulous dialogue, romance and history. I have been waiting for this story for several years and I was not disappointed! Lady Justice writes about social reform in her pamphlets. She and Peregrine are fierce Read more...

The Scoundrel and I
by Katharine Ashe
"Hero with Heart!"
Posted January 5, 2017

Katharine Ashe is well-known for creating complex, honorable heroes in her novels and pairing them with forthright, educated heroines. She blends humor and romance into each one of her stories. In THE SCOUNDREL & I, I was drawn to the character of Anthony Masinter as he was sincere in his Read more...

This Is Our Song
by Samantha Chase
"Poignant love story to touch your heart."
Posted December 20, 2016

Musician Riley Shaughnessy is in a slump. His self- confidence has taken a huge hit because he was unexpectedly excluded from a rock and roll documentary. While his band members are enjoying success in pursuing their solo careers, Riley has writer's block. His management team is pressuring him to Read more...

Because of Miss Bridgerton
by Julia Quinn
"The Bridgertons return....."
Posted April 24, 2016

Julia Quinn creates wonderful characters—feisty, independent heroines and honorable, intelligent heroes—and the conversations between her characters is superb. BECAUSE OF MISS BRIDGERTON has all of the elements in a regency romance that I adore; fabulous main and secondary characters, interesting plot, great dialogue and romance! The Bridgerton and Read more...

A Better Man
by Candis Terry
"Poignant story of love, commitment and family"
Posted April 20, 2016

NHL hockey player Jordan Kincade receives a phone call which changes his life. His brother Ryan delivers news that their parents have been killed in a helicopter crash. Jordan's team is in the Stanley Cup playoffs and he has a big decision to make, stay with his team or Read more...

The Trouble With Scotland
by Patience Griffin
"Engaging Romance set in Scotland!"
Posted April 5, 2016

Patience Griffin has created a fabulous community in her Kilts and Quilts series set in the fishing village of Gandiegow, Scotland. Unique characters, real life drama and day-to-day issues add to each of the stories authenticity. THE TROUBLE WITH SCOTLAND features Gandiegow native Ross Armstrong and Read more...

The Rogue
by Katharine Ashe
"At last.....Saint and Sparrow's love story!"
Posted February 23, 2016

THE ROGUE by Katharine Ashe marks the fourth of the Falcon Club series and launches her Devil's Duke trilogy. Ms. Ashe's descriptive writing style immediately draws the reader into Constance and Saint's love story and their quest to discover who is responsible for Read more...

Anything for You
by Kristan Higgins
"A beautifully written story which takes the reader on an emotional and heartfelt journey"
Posted January 12, 2016

With its poignant friends-to-lovers storyline, handsome hero, hardworking heroine and wonderful secondary characters ANYTHING FOR YOU by author Kristan Higgins is a fabulous read! The first chapter of ANYTHING FOR YOU drew me into Connor and Jessica's story, and I enjoyed reading every bit of their journey Read more...

Christmas in Duke Street
by Carolyn Jewel, Shana Galen, Miranda Neville, Grace Burrowes
"Grab a Mug of Cocoa and This Fabulous Regency Holiday Novel"
Posted December 17, 2015

Would you like to treat yourself to a fabulous anthology this month? If so, I have a suggestion for you.... Four best selling regency authors have collaborated on their third anthology titled CHRISTMAS IN DUKE STREET. The setting for each of the stories is the On The Shelf bookstore. I Read more...

Again, My Lord
by Katharine Ashe
"Second Chance at love with a twist!"
Posted November 16, 2015

Have you ever wanted to take back something you said? Or something you did? Replay an event and start all over? Calista Chance Holland gets the opportunity of a lifetime in Katharine Ashe's AGAIN, MY LORD. Tacitus Everhard, the Marquess of Dare, fell in love with Lady Calista Chance Read more...

His Texas Christmas Bride
by Nancy Robards Thompson
"Forgiveness and acceptance on several levels."
Posted October 30, 2015

For the past few years, I have enjoyed reading Nancy Robards Thompson's holiday stories. Celebration, Texas is the setting for Ms. Thompson's 2015 holiday romance, HIS TEXAS CHRISTMAS BRIDE.

Becca Flannigan is waiting in the emergency room at Celebration Memorial to be seen by a doctor. She Read more...

Starlight on Willow Lake
by Susan Wiggs
"Fabulous Story of Forgiveness and Redemption"
Posted October 7, 2015

STARLIGHT ON WILLOW LAKE by Susan Wiggs is the latest installment in her Lakeshore Chronicles series. I enjoyed this fabulous story of forgiveness and redemption that is told with humor and compassion.

Things couldn't be worse for Faith McCallum. Despite contacting an agency and searching daily Read more...

Susan Gorman

Avid reader of contemporary and historical fiction. Wife, mother and corgi owner .

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