Review: Home to Whiskey Creek by Brenda Novak

Home to Whiskey CreekTitle: Home to Whiskey Creek (Whiskey Creek #4)
Author: Brenda Novak
Release Date: 1 August 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Page count: 400 pages
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
ISBN: 9781743642696
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4star
 

Adelaide Davies had only just returned to Whiskey Creek when someone kidnapped her and dumped her in the mine she was gang-raped in fifteen years ago. Fortunately Noah Rackham was riding his bike nearby and rescues her. He can’t understand why she is so unwilling to report the crime and why she recoils from him. Adelaide never reported the crime and can’t bear to admit to Noah, the guy she used to have a crush on at school, that his twin brother was one of the men who raped her. The fact that Cody died shortly after the incident, fuelled her guilt. Novak has given us quite an unusual romance that is handled very sensitively. Continue reading

Review: Perfect Fling by Carly Phillips

Perfect FlingTitle: Perfect Fling (Serendipity’s Finest #2)
Author: Carly Phillips
Release Date: 30 July 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Page count: 330 pages
Publisher: Penguin Group
ISBN: 9781101624739
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4star
 

Erin Marsden thought she had seen the last of Cole Sanders after their one-night stand. After all, you can’t expect a long lasting relationship from a bad boy, can you? She resigned herself to living out a fairly boring life until she got two massive surprises is a short space of time. Fate had decided to throw her and Cole back together, for the short term at least. Continue reading

Review: Serendipity by Carly Phillips

SerendipityTitle: Serendipity (Serendipity #1)
Author: Carly Phillips
Release Date: 6 September 2011
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Page count: 283 pages
Publisher: Berkley
ISBN: 9780425243831
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4star
 

Faith Harrington had it all until her father got sent to jail. She lost her house, her money and more importantly, other people’s respect. Now she’s back and trying to make it as an interior designer. She thinks things can’t get any worse but then she discovers that the bad boy Ethan who once stole a kiss from her, now owns her family home. Continue reading

Review: Make Mine a Bad Boy by Katie Lane

Make Mine a Bad BoyTitle: Make Mine a Bad Boy (Deep in the Heart of Texas #2)
Author: Katie Lane
Release Date: 1 June 2011
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Page count: 328 pages
Publisher: Forever
ISBN: 9780446582797
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3star
 

Hope is just plain out of luck. When she failed to make it big in Hollywood, she thought she could get hitched to her backup plan, Slate. Unfortunately her identical twin sister Faith has swept him off his feet and she’s all alone. Well, not quite all alone as Colt Lomax is determined to win Hope’s heart. Continue reading

Review: Going Cowboy Crazy by Katie Lane

Going Cowboy CrazyTitle: Going Cowboy Crazy (Deep in the Heart of Texas #1)
Author: Katie Lane
Release Date: 1 May 2011
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Page count: 345 pages
Publisher: Forever
ISBN: 9780446582780
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4star
 

This novel reads a little like a soap opera with all sorts of crazy stuff happening. That isn’t a criticism as I really enjoyed watching Lane mess around with the tropes – you have to be in the mood for a quirky romance otherwise the humour will fall flat. As her mother lay dying, she confessed that Faith Aldridge actually had an identical twin sister (Hope). Faith rocks up in Bramble, Texas looking for her but gets mistaken for Hope instead. Nothing Faith can say will convince people she isn’t Hope and the kiss she gets from sexy cowboy Slate Calhoun has her wanting to be her sister. A well-meaning but meddlesome town is determined to fix Faith up with Slate once and for all. Hope though is on her way back to town and her arrival threatens to crush this newfound romance. Continue reading

Review: Back to You by Robin Kaye

Back to YouTitle: Back to You (Bad Boys of Red Hook #1)
Author: Robin Kaye
Release Date: 31 December 2012
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Page count: 384 pages
Publisher: Signet
ISBN: 9780451413550
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3star
 

Storm Decker is a bad boy – we know this from the series title. He fled Red Hook and broke Breanna Collins’ heart. He put his successful career as a shipbuilding architect in Auckland on hold to care for his ill father, Pete.  He hopes to rekindle his relationship with Breanna but she wants very little to do with him. Continue reading

Review: Love Irresistibly by Julie James

Title: Love Irresistibly (FBI / US Attorney #4)
Author: Julie James
Release Date: 2 April 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Page count: 274 pages
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
ISBN: 9780425251195
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3star

Lawyer Brooke Parker is being hunted by none other than Assistant U.S. Attorney Cade Morgan. He wants to catch a dirty politician making deals and as the general counsel for Sterling Restaurants, she can give him access to the senator’s table. Brooke knows it is smart to accommodate his request but she didn’t anticipate falling for him. Continue reading

Review: Anything But Sweet by Candis Terry

Anything But SweetTitle: Anything But Sweet
Author: Candis Terry
Release Date: 25 June 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Page count: 384 pages
Publisher: Avon
ISBN: 9780062237231
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4star

The blurb may state that “love is anything but predictable” but the relationship between Reno Wilder and Charlotte “Charli” Brooks is. We have a typical surly male who resists change and a bubbly, perky woman who is going to bring sparkle into his life. The thing is though that Terry’s characters rise above the usual shtick. Charli is the host of a TV makeover show and she breezes into Sweet, Texas determined to shake things up a bit. Rather than making over people or houses, her show makes over towns to help them improve their tourist dollars. Reno on the other hand is equally determined not to let her mess with either his town or his hardware shop. They butt heads from the moment her dog pees on him and sparks continue to fly during the renovations. Continue reading

Review: When Summer Comes by Brenda Novak

When Summer ComesTitle: When Summer Comes (Whiskey Creek #3)
Author: Brenda Novak
Release Date: 29 January 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Page count: 400 pages
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
ISBN: 9780778314233
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4star

I got swept up in the pathos of When Summer Comes but came crashing back to earth a bit with the too neat ending. Callie is going to die if she doesn’t get a liver transplant soon. She moves into her grandparents’ house, takes a leave of absence from work and focuses on the things that really matter to her. Levi rocks up on her doorstep one night bleeding from a vicious dog attack and begging for some bandages. He’s a drifter and doesn’t want to hang around but Callie offers him shelter in return for him painting her barn. The longer they spend together, the more Callie realises just how much she wants to live. Continue reading

Review: One Hot Cowboy Wedding by Carolyn Brown

One Hot Cowboy WeddingTitle: One Hot Cowboy Wedding (Spikes & Spurs #4)
Author: Carolyn Brown
Release Date: 3 April 2012
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Page count: 368 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 9780425257753
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3star

Marriage of convenience plus cowboys – what more could you want? Actually I wanted a bit more in terms of plot and characterisation. Ace Riley inherited his farm from his grandfather on the condition that he gets married and stay married for one year. If he fails to do this, the ranch goes to his cousin. Ace is in quite a tizz as he doesn’t want to lose the ranch but he doesn’t want to be shackled to anyone. Good friend Jasmine proposes a solution by literally proposing. Problem is that the chapel they chose to get married in was having a highly public anniversary and Ace and Jasmine are the lucky 5000th couple. Continue reading