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review 2017-05-31 00:00
When Things Got Hot in Texas
When Things Got Hot in Texas - Lori Wilde,Christie Craig,Katie Lane,Cynthia D'Alba,Laura Drake Having read each author at one time or another, I had to have this anthology. This many fireworks in one place is bound to set off some sparks. Katie Lane strikes a bulls eye to the heart with her alpha heroes and equally irresistible female counterparts. The pieces always seem to fit, with Lori Wilde at the helm, there's bound to be a hit. Cynthia D'Alba sets the canvas ablaze. She pens feisty women not afraid to be brave and men who tempt the senses and fight for what they want.

Texas Daze is a second chance story for every responsible, brokenhearted dreamer. Eli and Marti are people of strength, who have struck out in the game of love. When a fluke accident has them crossing paths, can two people always in control, take a risk and learn to let go? Looking for love, laughter and happily ever after, When Things Got Hot In Texas is sure to deliver it all.
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review 2017-04-09 00:00
Happy Is the Bride
Happy Is the Bride - Lori Wilde,Janet Dailey,Cat Johnson,Kate Pearce Singularly this group of authors is awesome. Together they are fabulously praiseworthy. Happy is the Bride brings heartwarming, humorous and hearty stories to the party in this tempting anthology. Romantic scenarios, love - hate relationships and an all around good time awaits with this unforgettable collection of tales.
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review 2016-12-01 00:00
A Wedding for Christmas
A Wedding for Christmas - Lori Wilde A Wedding for Christmas - Lori Wilde This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.

I really enjoyed this book a lot. I don't read too many holiday themed books but I do try to read at least one or two every year in a quest to get myself in the holiday spirit. I really liked the last book from this series, I'll Be Home for Christmas, so I was eager to pick up the newest one in the series. This book is actually the seventh in the Twilight, Texas series but it reads perfectly fine as a stand alone. This was the kind of book that left me with a smile on my face by the time I reached the conclusion.

The book starts one year in the past when both Katie and Ryder were in L.A. and run into each other. They have known each other for years but they now both adults and sparks immediately fly. Fast forward one year and they both find themselves back in Twilight for Katie's brother's wedding. The sparks are still there but neither of them are sure how to act on them or if they should.

I loved the characters. Ryder and Katie both had a few issues to deal with from their past. Ryder is best friends with Katie's brother and actually lived with the family during some of his teen years. After a 15 year old Katie kisses Ryder, he joins the military and leaves the town. They have both reached a point in their lives where they might be ready for something more. I really enjoyed watching them learn to trust each other and start to open up. They made a really great pair and the chemistry between them was off the charts.

This book really had a lot going for it. I liked that there were a few things that happened that I didn't expect. The secondary characters in the book were a lot of fun and everyone from Ryder's elderly neighbor to Katie's parents added soemthing to the story. There were a few moments that I thought were quite humorous as well. In the end, I thought this was a well rounded book with wonderful pacing.

I would highly recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance. I haven't read too many books written by Lori Wilde but the ones that I have read have been consistently good. I am looking forward to reading more from this talented author soon.

I received a review copy of this book from Harper Collins Publishers - Avon via Edelweiss.

Initial Thoughts
I really enjoyed this one. The relationship between Katie and Ryder just seemed so real.
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review 2016-09-12 15:39
Playful, Tender and Thoughtful Sports Romance
Love of the Game: A Stardust, Texas Novel - Lori Wilde

At times thoughtful and tender, other times playful and sexy, Love of the Game was a solid sports romance from Lori Wilde. The insta-lust our hero and heroine felt was absolutely combustible, messing up their careers and their lives. But it was so worth it.

‘He was as sexy as ten kinds of sin, and twice as handsome, and he was studying her through heavily lidded eyes as if she was the most fascinating creature he’d seen in years.’

There were actually a lot of layers to this story. Not only was this of course a romance between Kasha and Axel, but they were also dealing with trauma from the past that shaped each decision they made. And those tough situations were all about family, which played a big part in how this book concluded.


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review 2016-04-24 00:00
Love of the Game: A Stardust, Texas Novel
Love of the Game: A Stardust, Texas Novel - Lori Wilde This review was also posted at Carole's Random Life

I really liked this romantic story. This is the third book in the Stardust, Texas series but I think it would read perfectly fine as a stand alone novel. I did read and enjoy the first book in the series so I knew that I was in for a treat when I picked up this newest installment. I was not disappointed. The characters were interesting and the romance was really sweet with a lot of chemistry. It was a really nice romance to get lost in for a little while.

Kasha was a really interesting character. She has had a troubled past until she joined the Carlyle family. She is very cautious about how she approaches things and has a strong need to always be in control of her emotions. She has just started working for the Gunslingers as a physical therapist and is trying to stay under the radar during her probationary period. Everything changes when she gives her honest opinion about Axel's recovery plan.

Axel is the star pitcher for the Gunslingers. He is working really hard to get his shoulder healed so that he can start playing again. Axel is the type of player who pushes himself and he has a very hard time getting used to the idea that what his shoulder may actually need is a bit of rest. He is very goal focused with dreams of eventually playing for the Yankees in the World Series never far from his mind.

I liked Axel and Kasha together. There is a lot of chemistry between the pair from the very beginning. They don't actually act on any of their feelings for a long time in the story and I think the build up made everything sweeter when things really started to happen. They were both so thoughtful of each other and really took each other's needs into consideration. They both have dealt with major issues in their past that have shaped their outlook in life. I thought that they were really good for each other.

The only thing that drove me a bit crazy was the way that Kasha's sister, Emma, was constantly compared to a child. She is not a child. She is an adult with Down's Syndrome which is a very different thing. I spent a lot of years working individuals with developmental disabilities and this is one thing that always drives me crazy. Kasha does learn a lot about his sister during the story and by the end of the book she does adjust her thinking by the end of the story.

I would recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance. This story doesn't really have a strong sports theme even though one of the main characters plays a sport. I have read and enjoyed several other books by Lori Wilde. I do plan to read more from this very talented author including other books from this series. I really want to know what else is in that hope chest!

I received a review copy of this book from Harper Collins Publishers - Avon for the purpose of providing an honest review.

Initial Thoughts
I liked this sweet romantic story. Axel and Kasha were both pretty awesome. It did bug me that Emma was treated like a child because of her developmental disability for much of the story. Part of Kasha's growth was to realize that an adult with a developmental disability is very different than a child.
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