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text 2018-05-06 08:10
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Mother's Day is coming up soon and we're celebrating by putting on sale 7 romances featuring amazing moms.

So pick up all 7 steals for just 99¢ each!

 
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An island vacation at a 5-star resort for her brother's wedding should have been relaxing. But for single mom Lena Oserkowski, it's stress-inducing. As long as she stays away from the water, her biggest fear, it'll be okay, right? Except when her son gets into trouble at the pool, Lena ends up needing her own rescue. To her surprise—and mortification—a gorgeous stranger comes to her aid. Suddenly her trip just got a whole lot more interesting. 

Elliot Debusshere is disillusioned with his wealthy playboy lifestyle and wants nothing more than to bring some meaning and purpose to the charity he runs. When he saves a quirky, beautiful woman from a case of heat exhaustion and meets her son, Tyler, he has no idea the answer to his problems might have just fallen in his lap. Literally. But pleasure has a sneaky way of mixing with their business, leaving both dazed and confused. Elliot isn't father material—except the longer he spends with Lena and Tyler, the more he wants to be. Now he just needs to prove it. 

 

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Single mom Daisy Sorensen doesn’t believe in fairytale endings—at least not for her. All she wants is to enjoy a much-needed, stress-free family vacation at a friend’s Lake Tahoe home. So of course everything that can go wrong does. Including a gorgeous man and his daughter showing up in the middle of the night.

Soon-to-be Governor Jack Harrison has had a crazy week, but he’s sure nothing can top arriving to find a bathrobe-clad, beautiful stranger in the home he’s staying in for the week. He’s wrong. When things spiral out of control the next morning, Jack makes Daisy an offer she can’t refuse. She’ll pretend to be his fiancée and he’ll help her open the bakery she’s been dreaming about.

But in between late-night campfires and days on the lake, Jake finds himself falling for the strong, stubborn woman for real.
 

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Former surgeon and self-professed life-long bachelor Evan Manning has one thing on his mind—to reclaim the career that a car accident stole from him. But when he’s forced to return to his hometown of Red River, Evan comes face-to-face with the gorgeous woman who’s haunted his dreams for the last year—the woman he rescued from the burning car that injured his hand. Now Evan needs her help. In a month, he’ll have the job opportunity of a lifetime…he just needs a wife to get it.

Artist Grace Matheson is down on her luck again…until she walks into Evan Manning’s office. When her sexy former hero hears that she needs work, he offers her a job and a home—if she’ll pretend she’s his fiancée. Grace knows she shouldn’t fall for him. Once the month is up, Evan will be back to his old life. But the more time they spend together, the more real their feelings become—and the more likely heartbreak is.

 

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Sam Kercher is every inch a wickedly hot Marine. Tall. Sexy. Lethal. When his best friends call in a favor, Sam is forced to face an entirely new line of duty—playing nanny for their newly divorced sister and her squirming seven-month-old twin boys. If Sam can dissemble an M16 in his sleep, diaper duty should be a cakewalk…right?

Unfortunately, Operation Nanny isn’t quite that simple. Sheridan has sworn off overbearing military men, so Sam must protect her from her dirtbag ex without revealing just how much he has in common with her brothers. Or that he’s been ordered not to touch her. Ever. Problem is, Sheri’s one hell of a gorgeous woman, and Sam wants her bad.

Protect the girl. Care for the babies. Hide his identity. And keep his hands off. But even the most disciplined Marine has weaknesses…and Sheridan is one Sam might not be able to resist.

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With her son’s life in the balance, Catherine Fry is forced to locate and steal the priceless Ruby Cross of the Knights Templar. She knows who has it–it’s just a matter of coercing Thomas Glanville, the handsome and incredibly stubborn captain of the ship she’s captured, into telling her the exact location. Fortunately, Catherine knows that there are many ways to get a man to talk…

Captain Thomas Glanville has the cross and he’ll be damned if he’s going to hand it over now that he finally has the means to buy a ship of his own. He’s at the mercy of a fiery woman who will stop at nothing to achieve her goal. But Catherine has no idea who she’s dealing with–and Thomas has his own means of charming a woman into his mercy and his bed…

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What would you do if your “what if” guy showed up at the lowest point of your life?

(Autumn Cole clocked hers with an encyclopedia.)

After losing her job at a swanky Seattle art gallery and finding out her father has been hospitalized, single mother Autumn Cole reluctantly returns to her tiny hometown of Fairfield, Washington to put the pieces of her life back together.

Her disgruntled twelve-year-old son isn’t thrilled about going from hip to hick, but Autumn’s got it worse. She resumes her role as the daughter of the town drunk, promptly facing a crisis with her father that’s been decades in the making.

Running into Henry Tobler, and nearly breaking his nose, is almost more than she can handle, but can rediscovering love–and herself–with her “what if” guy teach Autumn to forgive before it’s too late?
 

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Single mom Taylor Lawrence just discovered that the hospital sent her home with the wrong infant five years ago. Now the headstrong and handsome biological father wants his child back. But Emily has always been her daughter, and Taylor wont give her up without a fight.

Widower Reece Wallace believed his life was over when a drunk driver killed his wife and daughter. So when he learns of the baby switch, he sees this child as his ultimate salvation. But he never anticipated the fiery woman on the other side of this custody battle or how shed stir feelings in him long dormant.

As the media storm surrounding the hospitals mistake intensifies, Taylor and Reece find theres more to sort out than custody of Emily they must work together to protect her while grappling with their growing attraction. Can they pick up the pieces of two broken families and meld them into something new?
 

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review 2016-02-15 06:11
Beauty's Curse - Tamara Hughes Beauty's Curse - Tamara Hughes

Amelia feels she herself is bad luck . She is clumsy , has very low self esteem . She also seems to trust absolutely everyone and that hasn't always worked out good for her . Amelia has decided to go to America and live with her aunt . Her ship sinks and she is captured by pirates from the Wanderer . david decides to become her protector . Even Though David has low self esteem also  Nothing is to happen to Amelia as far as david is concerned . Then they have to leave the ship .

This was slow for me .  It’s a little hard for me to believe David is a pirate .  But the story was ok and the plot and characters were pretty good to a degree .

I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.

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review 2014-02-16 00:00
Once Upon a Masquerade (Entangled Scandalous)
Once Upon a Masquerade - Tamara Hughes Life hasn’t been the easiest for Rebecca and her family over the last decade. She lost her beloved Mother and watched her Father fall into depression, gambling and drinking. Leaving her to fend for herself, she’s taken a position with the wealthy family in hopes of helping her Father climb out of debt. Unfortunately, Rebecca isn’t prepared for everything that comes along with her Father’s issues – including someone trying to kill her.

In a desperate act, she dresses as a debutante and attends a masked costume ball in hopes of finding help with her predicament. Her friend and fellow maid Mary convinces her that getting a wealthy protector to pay off the debt is the only way to save her Father.

Mr. Black is intrigued by the young woman he meets at the ball, but something about her seem familiar and he can tell she’s keeping something from him. He decides to find out more about Miss Bailey, but manages to get himself pulled into her problems.

This was an interesting twist on the traditional “Cinderella” story, but with a bit of mystery, intrigue and murder thrown in for good measure. Miss Endicott plays the roll of the ‘evil’ step sisters; bossing and bullying Rebecca. Mary plays the pseudo roll of the ‘fairy godmother’ helping find a dress and means to the ball to meet Prince Charming.

I liked that Rebecca was willing to do whatever she could to help her Father, who has lost his way after the death of his wife. I felt for her, she loved him so much and was going to give herself away to get enough money to pay off the debt. Christopher isn’t the typical Prince Charming type hero, but was there to help Rebecca – despite his misgivings. These two manage to get into piles of trouble, almost get themselves killed and… well you’ll have to read the book to find out more!

Would I recommend this book? Yes, I thoroughly enjoyed Tamara’s take on Cinderella and her great characters. I wonder what happened to Miss Endicott though and Mr. Henley – who I found very funny! I was hooked from the beginning until the very last page; devoured the book in a matter of hours. Would I read more by this author? Yes, I look forward to seeing what Tamara comes up with next.
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2014-02-09 23:34
Once Upon a Masquerade
Once Upon a Masquerade - Tamara Hughes

My review contains spoilers and they're mostly my thoughts as I went with the book...

TBH, I requested for Once Upon a Masquerade for its gorgeous cover as I had no idea what to expect. The blurb sounded quite interesting. Debut author Tamara Hughes’s efforts are seen throughout the story but the plot seemed bit too scattered for my liking. I’ll try my best to elaborate in my review.

The story is set in mid 1880’s New York. Apart from the gorgeous cover, what caught me in the blurb was that the heroine masquerading as an heiress when she’s anything but. Rebecca is one of the maids of the Endicott houseold and has been for the last 5 years. But she hasn’t been a maid all her life. Rebecca is actually from a once prosperous family where she had the love of her parents who doted on her. Sadly, ever since her mother’s death, her father sort of gave up on ‘life’ and living, starting to depend more and more on incessant gambling and heavy drinking to bury the pain of losing his wife. Things went downhill from there. As an only daughter, it fell on Rebecca to take care of her ailing father. She has been doing whatever she could so far, hiding away her own hopes and dreams in the plight of her daily life.

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review 2014-02-05 20:08
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Once Upon a Masquerade - Tamara Hughes

Rebecca Bailey first spots Christopher Black while pretending to be an heiress in a high-society ball. Despite being drawn to the charismatic, self-made shipping magnet, she knows that she’s on a mission: raise the money to pay her father’s gambling debts. And the clock is ticking since she has only a week to come up with five hundred dollars. So she needs to stop thinking about Christopher before she gives away the secret that she’s actually a maid.

Christopher Black notices Rebecca’s naivety and spunk when he first spots her at a masquerade ball. He can’t get his mind off her, though his investigation into the death of a good friend leads him to suspect that Rebecca may be the murderer. Now he must figure out whether he can trust the woman he’s quickly falling in love with and how she fits into his investigation.

This was the first historical romance that I’ve read in a while, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The best thing about this novel was the balance of historical details. It’s set in New York in the late 1880′s, and there were enough details to remind me about the setting. But they didn’t overwhelm me either. I especially enjoyed the way that the author wove historic aspects into the story, making them cause difficulties for characters or make parts of the plot possible. This happened numerous times with cumbersome women’s clothing.

As for the characters, Rebecca and Christopher were pretty well matched. Rebecca’s plucky nature made her endearing. She may have been out of her depth stepping into high society, but she still knew who she was. Christopher, likewise, didn’t exactly conform to the upper crust standard since he only recently came into money. But that allowed him to see things differently than those around him.

My only complaint was that the Rebecca’s relationship with her father felt pretty cliche. I predicted pretty accurately how it was going to end. While I understand that there’s a standard with romance novels, I’d hoped that there would have been more tension that gave me doubt about the outcome.

Once Upon A Masquerade would be a great light read for a fan of historic romance set during the late 1800′s.

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Once Upon A Masquerade by Tamara Hughes will be published by Entangled Publishing on February 11th, 2014 and will be available as an eBook.

*I received an advanced copy of this book in return for an unbiased review.

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