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review 2017-06-05 00:00
The CEO's Nanny Affair
The CEO's Nanny Affair - Joss Wood

The CEO's Nanny Affair is an example of what I find so fascinating about author Joss Wood. Her stories are contemplative and surprisingly wise works of art. It takes a complex person to drive a story that has twists that are hard to identify and still keep the story on track and readers interested. Ms. Wood makes that skill seem like a piece of cake. The dialogue flows smoothly, the characters come alive and the heart finds an emotional connection. Love, life and wisdom are at the core of Tate and Linc's journey to romance. It may be a heartbreaking journey but I deeply enjoyed the ride.

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review 2016-08-11 00:00
His Toughest Call (The Pytheon Security series Book 2)
His Toughest Call (The Pytheon Security ... His Toughest Call (The Pytheon Security series Book 2) - Joss Wood We know a bit about Leah Hamilton's backstory from "Claimed by the Warrior" since it did end with her going to jail. Now we discover why and with whom she goes to jail. Seth Halcott is her brother Jed's best friend. Jed has been trying to keep his distance from Leah ever since he met her. She makes him have dangerous dreams... of a future together and she does not deserve someone like him. She deserves better... more. Unfortunately the miscreant in this book has specifically targeted Jed and has roped those nearest and dearest to him into his web of deceit. Jed has no choice but to pursue him and keep Leah safe, especially when the guy he is after is a ghost from his dark past and is now blatantly taunting him to pursue him.

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review 2016-07-21 05:06
Inescapable (Men of Mercy, #1) by Joss Wood
Inescapable (Men of Mercy Novel, A) - Joss Wood

Best friends Kai, Sawyer, and Axl worked hard to make Caswallawn Security the booming success that it is. As for love, marriage, and commitment, those are way down on their priority list...

Kai Manning is unhappy that Caswallawn is making Mercy, Virginia, its permanent headquarters—he doesn’t understand this quaint, crazy town, and he doesn’t want to settle down, period. A rough childhood made him fiercely independent, and he’s determined to rely on nothing and no one. So the moment he lays eyes on Flick, he knows he’s in trouble...

Local baker Felicity “Flick” Sturgiss is not looking for a man. She’s done giving her all to relationships that give nothing back. But Kai is undeniably hot. He may look like bad news, but he’s not going to be in town for long, and she’s dealing with a lot right now—she deserves to have some fun.

When a family emergency calls Sawyer away, Kai must remain in Mercy to hold down the fort. Now, Kai and Flick’s plan for a quick fling falls to the wayside (just like their torn-off clothing), leaving them wondering if they can keep their hands—and their hearts—to themselves..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Review:

I wish there had been more emotional exploration but there was a decent amount of sexploration even if just a tad too much if debate. However you can't really help but want to know how it turns out with who gets chosen and what not.

Kai can be a contradicting character but also likable enough to win you over, Felicity could be a little wish washy though.

I enjoyed the interaction between Kai and Felicity for the most part just not enough to really fall in love with the story.

I would like to say though that I like the way the book is written, I like the authors tone and her voice so I will be checking out more books by Joss in the future.

I had a hard time deciding on three or four stars but because this is a new and first installment to a series I'm waiting for future installments to really grab me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2015-09-08 00:00
Claimed by the Warrior
Claimed by the Warrior - Joss Wood Claimed by the Warrior - Joss Wood Jed Hamilton is ex-special Forces and a current undercover recovery agent. Returning home after almost a year, he realizes that he has missed too much; his sister's pending marriage for instance. A strong disbeliever in marriage, his distaste is evident to his sister as well as McKenna Dixon, the second as he walks into her bridal salon. The attraction between them though, is instant and sparks fly right away.

But McKenna has a history of choosing the wrong guy and living with those mistakes has made her cautious. Even worse is that the one guy she thought was decent enough to go on a couple of dates with is now threatening her through emails and phone calls. And when he attacks her home and destroys her bridal salon, Jed moves in to provide her and her toddler daughter with protection.

But in spite of the imminent danger to their lives, love creeps up on them and stirs up feelings within Jed that he never thought would be a possibility for him.

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text 2014-11-26 16:02
Wine and Roses: Romances featuring Wineries
Syrah - Nessa L. Warin
Kissing Under the Mistletoe - Marina Adair
Baby, It's You - Jane Graves
One and Only - Bianca D'Arc
It Was Only a Kiss - Joss Wood
The Good Woman - Jane Porter
Wine, Tarts, & Sex (Berkley Sensation) - Susan Johnson
A Kiss of Cabernet (a Love in Wine Country novel) - Pamela Gibson
In Your Dreams (The Blue Heron Series) - Kristan Higgins
Once Tasted - Laura Moore

Thanksgiving is coming! Need some wine? 

 

Here you go! 

 

Wonderful Romances Featuring Wineries (and wine). Drink up! 

 

1. Syrah (All Corked Up, #1) by Nessa L. Warin 

 

All Shawn Neale is looking for when he stumbles into All Corked Up on Christmas Eve is some wine recommendations. What he finds is an instant attraction to Royce Wilkinson, the shop’s owner. After a few weeks of flirting during shopping and some semi-dates at Royce’s wine tastings, they decide on a real date. It goes well, but life isn’t that simple.

Shawn wants to buy Delicto, the local pub he manages. He’s been planning his life around this for years, but when the owner, who believes being gay is an illness, discovers Shawn went out with Royce, he gives Shawn an ultimatum: stop dating guys or he won’t get to buy Delicto. It’s a heartbreaking quandary: Can Royce and Shawn be happy with a secret relationship until Shawn buys Delicto or is Shawn going to have to choose between his dream job and his dream guy?

 

2. Baby, It's You by Jane Graves

 

With only the wedding dress on her back and her honeymoon luggage in the car, Kari Worthington is running away. Determined to put her controlling father, her rigidly structured life, and the uptight groom she left at the altar in her rearview mirror, she escapes to the Texas Hill country . . . and lands on a tall, dark, and gorgeous winery owner's doorstep. All she needs is a job and a place to live until she can get back on her feet. So why is she fantasizing about losing herself in his powerful arms?

For Marc Cordero, freedom is so close he can taste it. He's devoted his life to managing the family business and being a single dad. Now with his daughter away at college and his brother taking over the winery, Marc is ready to hop on his Harley for parts unknown-until a runaway bride bursts onto the scene. Free-spirited and tantalizingly sexy, Kari excites him like no other woman has before. But when irresistible passion turns into something more, will Marc give up his future to take a chance on love?

 

3. Kissing Under the Mistletoe by Marina Adair 

 

Regan Martin stopped believing in Christmas miracles six years ago when she lost everything—her house, her job, and her impeccable reputation in the wine industry—after she fell in love with a man she had no idea was married. Then Regan gets a chance for a fresh start in the Napa Valley. With her dream job, dream home, and her daughter enrolled in a wonderful new school, she starts wondering if holiday wishes really do come true.

 

But she soon tumbles back down to earth when she learns that her new boss is none other than Gabe DeLuca, the scorned wife’s brother. Gabe wants nothing more than home-wrecking Regan Martin out of his life, his sister’s world, and his family’s business. Mostly, he wants the lush beauty out of his head. Yet his attempts to run her out of town have him thinking twice, especially when he sees that Regan may hold the key to tracking down his sister’s stolen start-up capital. Even worse for Gabe, Regan might just be his Christmas wish and hold the key to his heart.

 

4. One and Only by Bianca D'Arc

 

ampire enforcer Atticus Maxwell stands at the edge of his own oblivion…until the faint heartbeat of a desperately wounded mortal woman calls him back. The terrible crash that almost took both their lives has brought him a charming, intriguing woman who just might give him a reason to live again.

Lissa was headed for a conference at a resort in a last-ditch attempt to find a job. Instead, on a rain-slick mountain road that almost killed her, she finds the love of her life. A love with the most eligible, reclusive vineyard owner in Napa Valley—one that isn’t quite human.

No barrier—not even breaking the news to Lissa’s friends—seems too great to hold back their blossoming love. Until they learn the accident that brought them together wasn’t an accident at all, but a murder attempt by an unknown enemy.

Atticus saved Lissa once. Can he keep her that way in the face of a renewed threat?

 

5. It was Only a Kiss by Joss Wood

 

For driven businessman Luke Savage success is the only option. So when gorgeous marketing intern Jess Sherwood waltzes into his office and casually informs him that his newly inherited vineyard has an image problem he's outraged! She's naive, overly ambitious, a know-it-all… And all Luke can do to stop her talking is kiss her senseless.

Eight years later the vineyard needs a boost—and Luke needs a hip new marketing strategy to save it. Jess may drive him crazy but she's the right woman for the job. Their only problem is how to keep their minds on work and off that kiss!

 

6. The Good Woman  by Jane Porter

 

The firstborn of a large Irish-American family, Meg Brennan Roberts is a successful publicist, faithful wife, and doting mother who prides herself on always making the right decisions. But years of being “the good woman” have taken a toll and though her winery career thrives, Meg feels burned out and empty, and more disconnected than ever from her increasingly distant husband. Lonely and disheartened, she attends the London Wine Fair with her boss, ruggedly handsome vintner, Chad Hallahan. It’s here, alone together in an exotic city, far from “real” life, that Chad confesses his long-standing desire for Meg.

Overwhelmed, flattered, and desperately confused, Meg returns home, only to suddenly question every choice she’s ever made, especially that of her marriage. For Meg, something’s got to give, and for once in her life she flees her responsibilities—but with consequences as reckless and irreversible as they are liberating. Now she must decide whether being the person everyone needs is worth losing the woman she was meant to be.

 

7. Wine, Tarts, & Sex by Susan Johnson

 


World-renowned chef Jake Chambers could have had any ing?nue he wanted in California since the kitchen isn't the only room in the house where the hard-bodied hunk has special talents. Still, when he realized there might be more to life than glitz and silicone, he left for Minneapolis to buy a local joint and try to clear his head.

But even though he's no longer serving the glitterati, that doesn't mean he's about to compromise quality and serve a Minnesota wine. However, local vintner Liv Bell-with curves even more delicious than his tapas-has other plans once she lays eyes on this Adonis. Determined to promote her vineyard's juicy bounty, this sun-kissed goddess might just bring Jake around to at least tasting what she has to offer.

 

8. A Kiss of Cabernet by Pamela Gibson

 

Napa Valley vineyard manager Paige Reynoso is furious. After a six-year absence, her boss—big-city entrepreneur Jake Madison—has returned, only to announce he’s selling the vineyard. Paige has always dreamed of buying Garnet Hill, which sits on land where her ancestors first settled, but without the cash, she’s out of luck. And then there’s an even bigger problem…she has a serious thing for the surprisingly tempting man who’s just destroyed her dream.

Jake’s in a tight spot. With his other business ventures struggling, he needs cash—fast. The last thing he needs is the too-lovely Paige convincing him the grapes are an effective long-term investment. Or needing Paige herself, whose spirit and heart bring his to life. But as their attraction grows, Jake knows he’s not in a position to offer her anything beyond this moment. Because Jake has a big secret…and it has nothing to do with sour grapes.

 

 

9. In Your Dreams by Kristan Higgins

 

Everyone loves Jack Holland, but Emmaline Neal needs him. Her ex-fiancé is getting married in Malibu and, obviously, she can't go to the wedding alone. In Manningsport, New York, tall, blond and gorgeous Jack Holland is practically a cottage industry when it comes to rescuing desperate women. He knows the drill, Em figures, so he won't get the wrong idea. 

 

What Jack needs is an excuse to leave town. Ever since rescuing four teenagers from a car wreck, he's been hailed as a hero and the attention is making him itchy, especially since his too-pretty ex-wife is back, angling for a reunion. He's always liked Emmaline. She needs a weekend date? No problem. 

 

So when they wind up in bed together, Em chalks it up to red wine and chocolate cake, just one impulsive night not to be repeated. But Jack's pushing for more, and if she lets down her guard, either she'll get her heart crushed again, or discover that Jack's worth more than just dreaming about.

 

10. Once Tasted by Laura Moore

 

Everything has come easily to Reid Knowles, the middle son of a California ranching family. But his charmed life is suddenly complicated when his good friend and neighbor asks him to help run the winery next door. His neighbor’s niece, Mia Bodell, is in charge—and she has made it clear that she’d rather be roped to a steer than to Reid Knowles. Never one to back down from a challenge, Reid vows to win her trust.
 
Her life marked by loss, Mia knows that nothing comes easily—love included. In high school, her heart was crushed by Reid, and even though years have passed, the hurt lingers. Mia is achingly aware that the teen heartthrob has matured into a devastatingly handsome playboy, and the budding winemaker refuses to let down her guard. But one taste of unbridled passion changes things. From Reid’s first intoxicating kiss to his unexpectedly tender seduction, Mia is swept into a passionate affair that could tear her heart to pieces . . . or give her everything she has ever wanted.

 

Did I miss your favorite? Let me know! 

 

 

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