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Two obsessed alpha cowboys give the woman of their dreams exactly what she desires.

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‘Til Death Do Us Bark…

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First rule of surveillance--don't kiss the mark.

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Once a desire this wild is loose, no one will ever control it...

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Twice he has been close to the altar and still no duchess.

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You always hurt the ones you love.


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Nature's Allies
by Larry Nielsen
"Whether saving duck wetlands or planting trees, these people are heroes"
Posted August 19, 2017

The story of inspired people who became Eight Conservationists Who Changed Our World, is the theme for this book by Larry Nielsen. The author was one of four presenters of a training course for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at its National Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia Read more...

Adventure Cats
by Laura J. Moss
"Hawaiian surfers and Montana hikers - all cats!"
Posted August 19, 2017

Cats, like dogs, share our lives. Some cats even like to share our adventures. In my experience, boy cats are generally bigger and braver than girls, and more inclined to wander. The cats will follow me walking or on horseback and some will enjoy being exhibited at a cat show Read more...

An Amish Reunion
by Jo Ann Brown
"A perpetual carer in Paradise Springs deserves her own chance of love"
Posted August 19, 2017

Talk about caring for relatives! Hannah Lambright already cares for her great grandmother and now a baby girl under two years is dumped at her door. To complicate matters, Hannah's father has left a note claiming that the girl Shelby is Hannah's sister; oh, and she looks to Read more...

by Langdon Cook
"The king of the sea and the silver on the table"
Posted August 8, 2017

Whether you're a gourmet diner or interested in culture or nature or how indigenous peoples make a living, you're going to be fascinated by UPSTREAM: SEARCHING FOR WILD SALMON FROM RIVER TO TABLE. Starting with the first day of salmon fishing and the fishmarket on the street in Read more...

Indigo Lake
by Jodi Thomas
"One ranch is haunted, but another ranch is the scene of a crime"
Posted August 3, 2017

I've read a few books in the popular Ransom Canyon series and was delighted to start another one. A newcomer reading the stories by Jodie Thomas will be pleased that the first character we meet is another newcomer, Blade Read more...

Knights Of The Borrowed Dark
by Dave Rudden
"Ireland is not immune to fantasy monsters in this YA chiller"
Posted July 24, 2017

Denizen Hardiwick is a smallish thirteen year old lad in Crosscaper Orphanage. He is not aware of having any relatives, but a couple of strangers take an altogether sinister interest in him. One day he is given a message to pack a bag and be ready to be picked up Read more...

by Linda Fairstein
"Leave it to Cooper and Chapman to uncover a mess"
Posted July 23, 2017

Alexandra Cooper has lived through her share of turmoil, but the special victims prosecutor has never before had someone die in her arms. Leaving a reception at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, with longtime friend Mike Chapman from NYPD, she meets her boss and mentor Paul Battaglia. I Read more...

The Shadow Queen
by Anne O'Brien
"A strong woman from the 1300s comes to life in this tale"
Posted July 21, 2017

This poignant novel opening in 1340 follows the life of Joan of Kent, daughter of Margaret, Dowager Countess of Kent, who was pardoned after her husband was executed. Stripped of lands and wealth, the Countess managed to have her girls raised at Windsor, seldom seeing them but working towards restoring Read more...

Land On Fire
by Gary Ferguson
"When Standard Firefighting Orders are the order of the day"
Posted July 21, 2017

LAND ON FIRE with its subtitle, How Extreme Wildfire Is Reshaping the West, is an accurate description of the contents. If you live near a forest and have smelt smoke, you are probably well informed about the risk in your immediate neighbourhood. But fires are becoming more frequent as the Read more...

Confessions Of A Domestic Failure
by Bunmi Laditan
"First time motherhood can be exhausting!"
Posted July 21, 2017

While this is a fiction book, of course it is based on some measure of true personal experience. Who among us would like to call herself a domestic failure? CONFESSIONS OF A DOMESTIC FAILURE sounds scary. Our protagonist Ashley married in her early thirties, and is now a stay-home Read more...

Fairy Icepack
by Emily Martha Sorensen
"Hot or cold in a treasure hunt for fairies"
Posted July 21, 2017

Another puzzle occurs for the girls who are discovering 'Fairy Senses' in this series for young readers. So far the senses like hearing and sight have been awarded to different girls and one boy in order that they can see or hear fairies, unlike everyone else. What the fairies want Read more...

Murder In A Cornish Alehouse
by Kathy Lynn Emerson
"More ale, wench! Have a care with the knives!"
Posted July 17, 2017

Third in the Mistress Jaffrey Mystery series comes a fine old puzzle. We likes our ales in Cornwall, we does, and we don't hold with strangers poking their nose in, which is like to lead to MURDER IN A Read more...

The Rancher's Surprise Triplets
by Linda Ford
"Oh dear, what can the matter be, Johnny's so long at the fair!"
Posted July 17, 2017

This enjoyable romance deposits three feisty little boys onto an unmarried lady in 1896. Just like today, they've got colds and ear-aches, and at nine months they take a lot of holding and feeding. THE RANCHER'S SURPRISE TRIPLETS are left by an unfortunate woman who is beggared Read more...

See You In The Cosmos
by Jack Cheng
"A rocket-obsessed kid starts to search for his family and finds a whole lot more"
Posted July 17, 2017

This Young Adult book will be enjoyed by adults too, provided they don't mind the unusual format. Alex is a space-obsessed kid of eleven who is busy recording a message to aliens on other planets, and he wants to send a Golden iPod into space on his own Read more...

Three Singles To Adventure
by Gerald Durrell
"Reptiles and rodents, monkeys and mayhem in this traveller's tale"
Posted July 17, 2017

Reissued by the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust in electronic form is this 1954 classic THREE SINGLES TO ADVENTURE. Gerald Durrell was a lifelong animal enthusiast who spent a decade collecting animals for zoos and conservation efforts, before settling down and establishing his own conservation trust and zoo on the British Read more...

A Charm Of Goldfinches And Other Collective Nouns
by Matt Sewell
"More cute birds and critters than you can shake a stick at"
Posted July 17, 2017

Having read an enchanting book on owls of the world, by artist Matt Sewell, I was delighted to find another in the same vein. A CHARM OF GOLDFINCHES AND OTHER COLLECTIVE NOUNS looks at a host of natural nouns and the creatures they describe. We all know a pride of Read more...

Anu: The Tug Of War Years
by Shabnam Vasisht
"The inspirational memoir of a mother and school principal in India and beyond"
Posted July 17, 2017

This fourth in the series of memoirs by Anu Vasisht's daughter, Shabnam Vasisht, takes us through Anu's later years as a school principal in India and into her retirement. We see the title is very apt, because Anu was tugged in many directions both physically and emotionally during Read more...

Plain Refuge
by Janice Kay Johnson
"A romantic suspense story full of culture contrast"
Posted July 17, 2017

Rebecca Holt stands up to her businessman husband when his partner disappears under a cloud. Accusations of embezzlement are hard to shake. For the sake of their son Matthew, she insists on a divorce - they've grown so far apart and Tim has become very unpleasant under stress. Then Rebecca Read more...

The Spaniard's Innocent Maiden
by Greta Gilbert
"A sweeping historical tale of 1500s culture clash"
Posted July 17, 2017

Set during the tumult of the Spanish invasion of the Americas, this strongly-themed romance drew me from the start. THE SPANIARD'S INNOCENT MAIDEN is a girl from the Totonac tribe, which are oppressed by and fearful of the Aztecs. The Totonac at first see the Spaniards as their Read more...

Pixie's Adventure
by Jenna Grodzicki
"A brave kitten explores the outdoors"
Posted July 15, 2017

I love this short and sweet picture book about a lively cat and her big adventure outdoors. Pixie has a loving family to care for her, but she is determined to find out what the world outside the window smell and feels like. She wants to chase butterflies and touch Read more...

Clare O'Beara

I am a tree surgeon and author, living in Ireland. I write science fiction, crime, romantic suspense and Young Adult books. I have qualified in ecology and journalism.

Formerly I have showjumped my own horses at national level. I have been a member of the Royal Dublin Society's Forestry And The Environment Committee.


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