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review 2017-06-15 08:05
Book Blast w/Reviews - Somebody Like You & Nearest Thing To Heaven
 
 
The question begs to be asked. Is there anything sexier than a cowboy?

 

 
 
SOMEBODY LIKE YOU
Maverick Junction #1
Lynnette Austin
Forever Yours

 

 
WHEN A COWBOY MEETS AN HEIRESS…

Cash Hardeman thinks he’ll have all the time in the world to find the right woman...until he discovers he might lose the family ranch if he’s not married by his 30th birthday. So when Boston beauty Annelise blows into town on her Harley, Cash can't help wondering if she's the sexy, leather-clad answer to all his problems.

Giving her bodyguards and the paparazzi the slip, heiress Annelise Montjoy comes to Maverick Junction on a mission to help her ailing grandfather. But keeping her identity hidden in the small Texas town is harder than she expected—especially around a tempting cowboy like Cash. He’s the kind of man who makes her want to spill all her secrets. Soon Annelise starts to wonder if she’s finally found the man who can love her for herself rather than her money. But will the secrets they both keep ruin their plans to ride off into the sunset together?
 
 
 
 
 
 
Somebody Like You (Maverick Junction, #1)Somebody Like You by Lynnette Austin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Annelise knew there was something she could do to help her failing grandfather's health. She would just have to figure it out. What she didn't expect, but was coming to joy, was learning to be on her own.

Cash hired Annie because he wanted to get to know her, and they needed the help. He had no idea she would work so hard. He had no idea who she really was. When the secrets of their pasts rise to the surface, will there be anything left to salvage?

Gotta tell you, this book is a seriously slow burn. Hotter in part than a Texas sunset, and just as potent. I appreciated the way the author let us taste this story without overdoing it on the flavors, however. I can honestly say I cannot wait to sample the next book in the Maverick Junction series!


***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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NEAREST THING TO HEAVEN
Maverick Junction #2
Lynnette Austin
Forever Yours
 
 
 


THE COWBOY AND THE CITY GIRL

Sophie London hates Texas. The longhorns freak her out and the wide-open spaces are more unnerving than a Chicago alleyway at night. But Sophie wouldn’t miss her cousin’s wedding for the world—even if it means returning to Maverick Junction . . . and to the dangerously irresistible Ty Rawlins.

A single father of rambunctious triplet boys, Ty knows trouble when he sees it—and Sophie’s got it written all over her. Yet he’s never been able to stop thinking about her, after their one brief meeting. Maybe fate is giving him a second chance. But if Ty wants Sophie to swap her stilettos for cowgirl boots, they’ll each have to face the past—together.

 
 
 
 
 

 

Ty Rawlins has posted a no trespassing sign. My guess is he’s still in love with his dead wife.”

 

There is that possibility.”

 

Yes, there is.” Sophie swung open the door and marched out, straight into Ty.

 

He put his hands on her arms to steady her.

 

Sorry,” she mumbled.

 

Don’t be. My fault. I wasn’t watching where I was going.”

 

Ask the girl to dance, Ty.” Annelise stood behind them in the narrow hallway.

 

I—” He raised his hands.

 

That’s okay.” Sophie moved to skirt around him.

 

No.” He reached out, caught her hand. The jolt was instantaneous, and she knew he felt it, too, when he momentarily broke contact.

 

It’s all right. I don’t need to be entertained.” She heard the snap of temper in her voice but couldn’t control it.

 

Understood.” Ty nodded toward the jukebox. “But here’s the thing. Cash fed the machine enough coins to fill a good-size swimming pool. All those quarters. All that music. Why waste it?”

 

He held out a hand; heat flooded her face.

 

No way to avoid it. If she refused, she’d come off as a prickly snob. He had to think the worst of her anyway. Whatever social graces her mother’d drummed into her seemed to have flown out the window.

 

She had no idea why he’d want to dance with an idiot, but who was she to deny him that dubious honor?

 

In that case, I’d love to.” She smiled, took his hand, and they walked together to the small center square reserved for dancing. She refused to so much as look at her cousin. Refused, for that matter, to meet any of the eyes in the restaurant watching them speculatively.

 

A slow number came on and Ty turned her to him, put his other arm around her waist, and drew her in.

 

“‘The Keeper of the Stars,’” he said quietly. “Quite a song.”

 

Her heart hammered as Ty very skillfully swept her along to the music. It was different from any dance she’d ever experienced. Night and day from the one she’d shared with Brawley. He’d been fun. Ty? Intense was the only word she could come up with to define the aura surrounding him.

 

Totally unfamiliar with country songs, she listened to the words over the beating of her heart. “It was no accident me finding you…” Her temperature spiked ten degrees. He was right. The words were captivating. Intense, just like him. And, oh, so romantic.

 

His hand holding hers was callused and strong, the one at her waist firm. Hot.

 

Ty did not, in any way, make her think brotherly thoughts. Instead, heat pooled low. Yearnings stirred. Thoughts and desires she’d doubted she’d ever feel.

 

The man was dangerous. She’d do well to remember that. But for now, she’d simply enjoy the moment. The dance drifted into a second, then a third. Sophie vaguely registered others on the dance floor with them, smiled when Annelise and Cash brushed past.

 

Ty stood over a foot taller than her five-three, and her head rested on the strapping cowboy’s chest. She heard the steady beating of his heart and surprised herself by wishing the song could go on forever.

 

She was deathly afraid she wouldn’t say no if this man wanted to park his cowboy boots beneath her bed. For one night, of course.

 

Sophie?” Ty’s voice whispered against her ear.

 

Hmmm?”

 

The music’s stopped.”

 

 

 
Nearest Thing to Heaven (Maverick Junction, #2)Nearest Thing to Heaven by Lynnette Austin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is book #2, in the Maverick Junction series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader enjoyment and understanding, I recommend reading this great series in order.

Ty has a lot on his plate. His triplet sons were left without a mom when his wife died. Between that and his ranch, he does not get to change the lonely life he leads. Meeting Sophie makes him nervous. He knows he wants her, but he knows what wanting her means. He also knows what losing someone feels like.

Sophie is completely out of her element in Texas. Chicago, where she calls home is more her speed. She loves city life. She does not understand cows. No one can explain the sudden electricity between her and Ty. Nor does she want to do anything about it. Except she does....

This series gets hotter and better with each book! Another slow burn, this story has you pining and squirming with the sparks that are flying. I really enjoy the characters and really hope that I get a chance to read the next books in this amazingly hot series.


***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review, by Netgalley and its publishers.

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Lynnette Austin, a recovering middle school teacher, loves long rides with the top down and the music cranked up, the Gulf of Mexico when a storm is brewing, chocolate frozen custard, anything by Blake Shelton, Chris Young, and Thomas Rhett, and sitting in her local coffee shop reading and enjoying an iced coffee. She and her husband divide their time between Southwest Florida's beaches and Georgia's Blue Ridge Mountains. Having grown up in a small town, that's where her heart takes her—to those quirky small towns where everybody knows everybody...and all their business, for better or worse. Writing for Grand Central and Sourcebooks, she’s published twelve novels and is at work on a new series.
 

 

 


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review 2017-06-15 07:02
Stars
Nearest Thing to Heaven - Lynnette Austin

This is book #2, in the Maverick Junction series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader enjoyment and understanding, I recommend reading this great series in order.

 

Ty has a lot on his plate.  His triplet sons were left without a mom when his wife died.  Between that and his ranch, he does not get to change the lonely life he leads.  Meeting Sophie makes him nervous.  He knows he wants her, but he knows what wanting her means.  He also knows what losing someone feels like.

 

Sophie is completely out of her element in Texas.  Chicago, where she calls home is more her speed.  She loves city life.  She does not understand cows.  No one can explain the sudden electricity between her and Ty.  Nor does she want to do anything about it.  Except she does....

 

This series gets hotter and better with each book!  Another slow burn, this story has you pining and squirming with the sparks that are flying.  I really enjoy the characters and really hope that I get a chance to read the next books in this amazingly hot series.  I give this book a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review, by Netgalley and its publishers.

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review 2017-06-15 05:20
Timing
Somebody Like You - Lynnette Austin

Annelise knew there was something she could do to help her failing grandfather's health.  She would just have to figure it out.  What she didn't expect, but was coming to joy, was learning to be on her own.  

 

Cash hired Annie because he wanted to get to know her, and they needed the help.  He had no idea she would work so hard.  He had no idea who she really was.  When the secrets of their pasts rise to the surface, will there be anything left to salvage?

 

Gotta tell you, this book is a seriously slow burn.  Hotter in part than a Texas sunset, and just as potent.  I appreciated the way the author let us taste this story without overdoing it on the flavors, however.  I can honestly say I cannot wait to sample the next book in the Maverick Junction series!  I give this book a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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review 2017-06-12 05:37
good story and characters
Tangled in Texas - Kari Lynn Dell

Delon woke up mad at the world. No difference than any other morning in the last four months. He had been hurt at the end of the best rodeo season Delon ever had. He had been trampled by a horse and his lung collapsed and his leg was messed up also. Delon was to see a new physical therapist. His sessions were getting to be very frustrating that only showed the lack of progress. Delon had a son with Violet named Beni. Delon and Violet weren’t together and he just let her do whatever she wanted to do as long as Beni was ok Violet had been Delon’s childhood friend and in his heart he wanted to get together with Violet and the three of them with their son Beni be a family. But she was involved with a rodeo man named Joe. Delon had to have his knee reconnected. Then a person from his past was to work with Delon her name was Tori Delon had been with Torin for five to six months. Ten she was gone without goodbye or anything. Tori was a rich girl and had walked on the other side. The voice- Tori’s voice- whispered through Delon’s memories for seven years. Delon had been one of the top bareback riders for years. Tori was sure she could be Delons therapist but she would do her best to be successful with him. Tori had been married but her husband died. Delon’s father owned Sanchez Trucking. Delon’s brother was leaving for North Dakota so Delon agreed to take his load so it didn't affect the business. Delon feels he is different and doesn’t even really like himself. Delon and Tori were taking the time to really getting to know each other and go slowly into a relationship.  

I liked this story . a lot. I liked Tori and Delon together and I rooted for them. I love how they slowly went into a relationship even though the attraction was still very strong.But they are taking time to get to know each other. I loved Shanee as a character and felt she added to the story. This did drag at times.at times. This did make me chuckle at times. It did get a little repetitive at times and a little confusing . But i really liked the characters and the ins and outs of this story and I recommend.

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review 2017-06-09 18:25
Book Review for TEXAS FIRE by Gerry Bartlett
 
 
TEXAS FIRE
by Gerry Bartlett
Pub. Date: 5/2/2017
 
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Penquin Random House
Reviewed by: Angels With Attitude Book Reviews


 
 
Her father’s dream. Her crossroads. And a man who sees just her . . .
 
Megan Calhoun doesn’t stick with anything long. She’s the daughter of a billionaire—why pretend to be somebody else? Until she finds out her father’s will says she has to. She has to last a year in the oil patch, in the dust and heat of West Texas, working for her daddy’s company. Otherwise she’s cut off without a cent—and no way to earn one.
 
The only upside is her new pal Rowdy Baker, ex-football star, Calhoun engineer, and grade-A stud. If she has to live in a trailer, his doesn’t sound so bad. Rowdy knows the roughnecks running the rigs won’t take kindly to a smartass blonde rookie whose last name matches their paychecks. He can’t control his attraction to her. And with everyone from the foremen to the stockholders spitting mad at the Calhouns, he expects trouble ahead.
 
But Megan has never been scared in her life. And with Rowdy to help her plot, she has the chance of a lifetime: to find her calling, to fix her company, and, if she doesn’t screw it up—to capture a heart . . .
 
 
 


 
Megan Calhoun paid the driver, stepped out of the car, and rolled her suitcase over the gravel parking lot. Her hand slipped on the handle when she hit a pothole. Sweaty palms. Then her stomach rumbled. No, she refused to be nervous. She put on her “I don’t give a damn” face, and stared down a man slouched next to a pickup truck who made a comment about her butt in snug jeans. She kept going toward the building that housed the offices of CWC Industries.
 
This was all her daddy’s fault. Conrad Calhoun’s will spelled out the terms: she had to work in the oil fields for a year if she wanted her inheritance. It had been her own bright idea to pick the man who’d be stuck with her for the next twelve months. She’d already scanned the parking lot filled with dusty pickup trucks. No sign of him. If he was as thrilled as she was about what was coming, he was probably hiding out.
 
Who could blame him? Except for one summer when she’d humored her father and gone along for the ride, she had no clue what went on in the oil fields. All she really knew was that those dirty, noisy places had always paid for her cushy lifestyle.
 
Megan stopped in front of the office. It wasn’t much, just a lowslung building that had seen better days. Not like the high-rise where the Calhoun Petroleum Headquarters reigned supreme. This subsidiary of Calhoun obviously didn’t rate funding for frills. She wrestled her suitcase up the steps, then pushed open the glass door and cold air hit her face. It was hot outside, typical for Texas in early September. At least air-conditioning was in the budget here.
 
The man at the counter had those wide shoulders she recognized. Former football player. “Rowdy, I was looking for you outside.”
 
Rowdy Baker turned and looked her over. “I’m signing us in. Why the hell did you do it, Megan? Request me to be your partner for your playtime in the field?” He threw the clipboard he held down on the worn Formica counter. “I’m used to working alone.”
 
“I’m not used to working at all.” Megan let go of her suitcase. Of course it flopped over, landing on her foot. “Damn it.” She left it there and looked around, making sure no one was close enough to overhear them. A couple of clerks were nearby, but one was on the phone and the other was in an office behind a glass wall.
 
“I wanted someone I knew. My sister says you’re a decent guy. Was she wrong?” She grabbed the clipboard and checked their names.
 
“Am I supposed to be flattered?” Rowdy looked like he wanted to pound the counter. “‘Decent’. Wow, I’m overwhelmed. Thank Cassidy for me. Now, go outside and pick someone else. Anyone else.”
 
“No.” Megan breathed a sigh of relief when she saw her fake name on the list. “Listen, we’re stuck with each other. You need to adjust your attitude. She’s probably going to wind up running Calhoun Petroleum, you know. Cassidy is showing everyone at Headquarters that she’s got Daddy’s business sense.”
 
“Whoop-de-do. So I could get a promotion out of this?” Rowdy got close to Megan and she almost backed off.
 
He was big and, at the moment, intimidating. Maybe this had been a mistake. Cass had broken it off with him. Maybe he was mad and would make Megan’s life a living hell. But then the devil you know . . .
 
“At the end of the year, all four of the Calhoun kids could be in a position to help you out. If we get good evaluations and get our inheritances.” Megan smiled. Rowdy clearly wasn’t impressed.
 
“I’m sure Cass will do well and end up running things. Wouldn’t surprise me at all.” He finally backed off. “She called me personally to break the bad news that I’d be dragging you along with me.
 
Begged me to take you on, because you can imagine how I feel about dealing with another Calhoun woman about now.” He glanced around the room this time. No one seemed to be listening to them. “I’m sorry.” Megan really was. Rowdy had been with Cass until recently. He was probably still aching over their breakup.
 
“Sure you are, Ms. Cochran. An assumed name. Really? What’s the matter, afraid the roughnecks wouldn’t like Daddy’s little girl coming by to check on them?” He picked up the clipboard and a pen from the counter.
 
“It could cause problems. I’m not naïve, Rowdy.” Megan ignored his sarcasm. “I’ve got to succeed this year. A lot’s on the line. You get that? You going to help me swim? Or sink me like the Titanic?”
 
“I don’t know.” He looked her over, his dark eyes skimming down her body until she wanted to tug at her T-shirt. “You going to work this year or float through it and then expect me to lie so you can get your big payday at the end?”
 
Megan wondered if a smart woman would leave right now and pick a stranger, someone more intimidated by the Calhoun name— or at least respectful. But Rowdy was still standing there, looking like he expected her to cut and run.
 
She picked up her suitcase off her foot and raised her chin. “I’ll work if you’ll give me a chance. Will you? Or am I going to get the fallout because I’m Cassidy’s sister and you’re mad at her?” Megan saw she’d struck a nerve when he signed the clipboard and threw it down again. Good. Let him prove he wasn’t still smarting from Cassidy’s rejection. Too bad Megan couldn’t help noticing that her sister did have great taste. She’d always been a sucker for big men with dark eyes and washboard abs.
 
“Cass and I are history. The question now is your attitude. I heard you never stick with anything more than a week or two.” Rowdy strode toward the door, then turned to look at her.
 
“Someone’s been talking too much. My sister claimed you were a nice guy. Guess she overstated that.” Megan wanted to storm out of there and slam the door in his face. But what choice did she have with a three-hundred-million-dollar inheritance on the line? One year. She had to stick with this and Rowdy for three hundred and sixty-five days.
 
 
First of let me say that Ms Bartlett is one of my favorite authors as I absoultely loved her Real vampire series and Blade and Glory were one of my favorite characters so I was really looking forward to reading her latest series.
 
I enjoyed the main characters Rowdy and Megan they were like-able fun both had a sense of humor.Megan though she had to be my favorite character one because of her big heart when she saved the puppy and two even though she had been forced to learn about the oil business and work for the company for the year to gain her inheritance she just dove right in and toughed it out without complaining.A pampered princess now having to work now without someone else paying they bills.I loved that she took it all in stride and embraced the experience.In the beginning she was just biding her time but, she truly loved beng involved and changing things for the better even with her and Rowdy having to make difficult choices.We saw Megan blossom throughout the story which I loved seeing.
 
I loved all the mishaps that this couple had on their road trip and their adventure.One bad thing after another kept happing to this couple.But, through all this mishaps we saw opposites attract and how they form and bond of friendship that turned into love.We saw and attraction between this couple early on even if each fought against it.My only complaint is that although I enjoyed the love story this story lacked heat and sizzle.This couple had the perfect opportunity together to really heat things up on their mishap adventure even though the road trip was about work and not pleasure. 
 
I enjoyed the story from cover to cover which had enough drama along with secrets coming to life with mishaps and a mystery to solve along the way to keep our interest.I also loved the teasing and banter and playfulness this couple had brtween the two of them.Looking forward to reading the other books it its series.
 
A recommended read to all
 
 
4 stars from us
 
 
 
 
 
 

Gerry Bartlett is a native Texan who lives halfway between Houston and Galveston. Her antique business is on the historic Strand on the island. When she's not treasure hunting, she loves heading to the Texas capitol of Austin where she imagines her vampire Glory St.Clair of the Real Vampire series has her own vintage clothing shop. She also loves writing about the big city of Houston and the oil business in her new contemporary series, Texas Heat. 
 
 
 
Gerry has over a hundred cookbooks but would rather read them than cook these days. She also has way too many purses and posts pictures of her latest finds on Pinterest. This former elementary school teacher is working on her twentieth published novel. Her first three were written as Lynn McKay and can be found on Amazon for a penny. Now she's out of the classroom and happy to write under her real name.


 
 
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