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review 2017-02-04 21:51
Healing a Heart (Cattle Creek #2) by Amy Lillard
Healing A Heart (A Cattle Creek Novel) - Amy Lillard




Rancher Jake Langston prides himself on being the sensible type. But five years after the loss of his wife left him to raise their daughter alone, he indulges in a one-night stand with a sexy stranger. He thought he’d never see the woman again. Four months later, though, she’s standing in his drive with a big surprise.
Bryn Talbot wants nothing from the hunky cowboy who got her pregnant, but her Southern nature demands she at least tell him about it. When Jake’s family persuades her to stay for a while, she’s soon won over by their charms—and by Jake. But with the losses the two of them have suffered in the past, neither is sure if they’re ready to take the leap to forever...



I love the cover art on this book, total cozy home holiday card feeling. If you read Loving a Lawman you have to pick Healing a Heart up, I had a hard time with the way Loving a Lawman ended but reading this book I think I love Loving a Lawman so much more.

Lillard gives readers a reason to hold onto hope that Jake and Bryn can get over their head butting to opening up the blanket of frustration and mule headed stubbornness to finding something more honest, deeper and real.

It took awhile for these two to really capture me until now because there was so much tension and clashing that it was almost off putting however the investment was well worth the time both Lillard and myself as the reader have put into them.

Although Loving a Lawman was Jess and Seth's story we know these two from that book and have been waiting to see what would happen with these two since.

This is a complex dual layer emotional turmoil love but totally worth it in the end. I really enjoyed Healing a Heart. Way to go Lillard.


Amy Lillard






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review 2016-11-10 00:00
The Cattle Baron's Bogus Boyfriend
The Cattle Baron's Bogus Boyfriend - Nicki Bennett There wasn't a thing I didn't like in this story. Jonah and Lincoln interaction and chemistry was nice. I enjoyed most if not all the characters. I enjoyed the misunderstanding that occurred and the way the issue was resolved. I did feel bad for Jonah's best friend and her situation but it was cool that she moved on. Jonah's roommates were fun to get to know and read about.
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review 2016-07-16 22:04
Loving a Lawman (Cattle Creek #1) by Amy Lillard
Loving a Lawman (A Cattle Creek Novel) - Amy Lillard

Sheriff Seth Langston is head over heels for local wild child Jessie McAllen and has been for years. The trouble is she has eyes only for Seth’s rodeo star brother, Chase. Even though he considers Jessie his girl, Chase is an incorrigible ladies’ man with a wandering eye and no chance of settling down soon.
Jessie is ready to move away from Cattle Creek to put her feelings for Chase behind her, but after she shares a white-hot kiss with Seth, things get a little complicated. Jessie realizes her heart should have been his all along. And in the face of sudden tragedy, they’ll discover if their newfound passion will tear the Langston men apart or make the family stronger than ever.









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Loving a Lawman is a romance I've read many times before in other books. Guy likes girl, girl marries sibling, infatuation continues but surprise, feelings are mutual.

There are a couple twists to the story and while I liked Seth more than I cared for the other characters Jessie eventually won me over a little bit.

I enjoyed the slow development of Loving a Lawman but I wish the development of the end relationship had been a little different. Despite that I really enjoyed reading this book. It was sweet, it was open hearted and well written.













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review 2016-06-11 01:25
Karma (Cattle Valley Book 33) by Carol Lynne
Karma (Cattle Valley Book 33) - Carol Lynne

“You have to learn to love yourself before you can love someone else. Because it's only when we love ourselves that we feel worthy of someone else's love.” ~ Alyssa B. Sheinmel, 'Faceless'

When Guy wakes up in the hospital, the last person he expects to see at his bedside is Shane Rendell. He'd treated Shane badly after their short affair, then sent him packing. Although Guy's abrupt dismissal broke Shane's heart, he'd had a glimpse of the man beneath the mask of indifference and sarcasm. Shane sees the good in Guy and decides to help Guy see himself the way Shane does.

Putting up with Guy's rude demeanor, Shane stays by Guy through his convalescence, even paying for some of Guy's medical bills to ensure he has the best care. All the while, Guy is suspicious of Shane's motives, doubting his every suggestion or action, but he's unable to find any. Shane even buys half of Guy's ski lodge and manages it while Guy is serving a jail sentence for a DUI charge. Guy ran Riley off the road, seriously injuring him, but at least not causing his death. Among many other serious injuries, the accident caused Guy to lose his leg, ending his skiing days for good. When Guy gets out of jail, thanks to Shane, he has somewhere to go.

Shane has been working on building up business for the ski lodge, making arrangements with local vendors and businesses to promote exposure and provide the lodge with improved amenities. Shane sets Guy up in one of the cabins and makes sure that everything is handicapped accessible. Shane gives Guy room to think about how different his life can be if he can stop hating himself, ask forgiveness of the people he's wronged, and, most important, stay sober and let himself see the goodness in him that Shane sees. Shane has deep feelings for Guy and would love it if they could have a relationship, but if Guy can turn his life around, he will settle for just being good friends.

I definitely remember Guy from before and wondered why someone would act the way he did. I had a feeling there was a story behind what made him the way he was. When he finally confided in Shane, I did see him in a different light, but it would be a stretch to say he's redeemed himself in my eyes. I like Shane and wonder, especially coming from a background of having alcoholics in his family, why he would put himself in a similar situation, but on the other hand, he would also know what to expect and how to deal with the problems that come with the territory. He has the patience of a saint, maybe too much, especially for Guy after the way he treated Shane. I'd say that Guy doesn't deserve him, but that's not my judgement to make. Everyone deserves a second chance, even Guy.

At eighty-eight pages, 'Karma' is not a long story, but Carol managed to put a lot of emotion into it. Guy and Shane are interesting characters and it seems are now on the right track, but I would like to have had more resolution. However, I also realize there may be more of their story revealed in the future. If you aren't already a Cattle Valley fanatic, like me, who has read all thirty-three books, I don't know if there is enough background information to read it as a stand-alone. Thanks, Carol, for giving Guy and Shane a second chance.



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review 2016-05-21 20:34
Nikki Bennett – The Cattle Baron’s Bogus Boyfriend
The Cattle Baron's Bogus Boyfriend - Nicki Bennett

Reviewer: Barb
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: MM Cowboy


Review: This is a delightful story, very reminiscent of the sweet romances featuring big, strong cowboys that I used to love to read when I was a teen.


Linc Courtwright is a very hot, very wealthy, very manly cowboy and executive director of a Texas ranching operation that not only exports beef but also taps in to the gas and oil reserves on the land. His new assistant, Jonah Hollis, is a cutie with a big-time crush on Linc. Of course, he’d never tell Linc that since he values his life, and Linc is obviously straight.


After Linc breaks up with his sexy, gorgeous girlfriend who looks like a model but is actually a rodeo star, he asks Jonah to accompany him to the Cattle Baron’s Ball, the annual charity event that he always attends. Jonah knows it’s just a sham—a ploy to make Melissa jealous and to keep face—because he overheard Linc talking with his ranch foreman about her and his invitation to the ball.


But what he doesn’t know is that Linc is bisexual, and apparently, it’s not a sham to him. Can Jonah overcome his shyness, and his ties to the parents who have never accepted that he might not marry? And what happens when his best friend, Caylee, needs him back in Oklahoma? The anger, angst, and confusion comes to a head when Linc confronts Jonah after tracking him down and results in a surprise, but happy, ending.

I recommend this one to all who might enjoy an MM romance featuring a good guy who gets his cowboy in time to ride off into the sunset together.

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