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review 2018-07-12 03:45
Crazy Like A Fox (Louisiana) (Born in the USA) - Anne Stuart

 

Hmm. I found myself wondering near the beginning what sorts of jobs the h was applying for. Supposedly she was working on her graduate studies in reproductive biology when she found herself widowed and having to drop out. I would think at the state of desperation she seemed to be, she'd look at waitressing jobs at diners or something. Instead, she's living out of her car, with a 9 year old daughter, and broke.

 

Then there's the motel - what sort can you get where you could stay in for $30-40 bucks? Granted, this book was written in 1990.

 

So she contacts her late husband's grandmother, and ends up in Louisiana where she finds herself pursued by one cousin, falling for another... and supposedly that one is a homicidal maniac...

 

Except that the homicidal maniac isn't, and the dullard lawyer cousin...is mentally disturbed and nobody knows. Weird. Because usually there's some sign somewhere...

Of course everyone figures all this out at the end when mild mannered lawyer tries to kill her - after calling the police - to set up a scene so his cousin will be incarcerated or executed. Grandmere asks him why he tried to kill his cousin...and he confesses to it all.

Heroine - justifiably anxious to escape. Too bad the mild mannered lawyer's grabbiness didn't make her wary of him. She continued being wary of the wrong one.

 

Hero - well, I guess being locked in the attic - sortof - beats being executed. Fortunately, his cousin's confession exonerated him, otherwise there would be no romance.

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review 2018-06-29 10:00
New Release Review! Hot Louisiana Knight (Knight Ops #3) Em Petrova
Hot Louisiana Knight - Em Petrova

 

 

Known as the brainiac of the Knight Ops team, Dylan Knight is okay with the guys making fun of his nerdier tendencies because he can still split a hair with open sights at twenty paces. When the special ops force is dispatched during Mardi Gras to a formalwear boutique suspected of harboring a terrorist cell, Dylan gets the nod to take point on the operation. After he bashes in a closet door and spots two big, frightened eyes and a mass of curly hair, his gut instincts kick in and he refuses to leave the woman behind.

 

Athena’s Creations is a boutique specializing in beautiful gowns and tuxedos, so why the government believes Athena is running some terroristic cell out of her charming store blows her mind. When her door’s broken down and she’s whisked off to a private safe house with a stern yet insanely hot special ops guy, she doesn’t know what to think or even feel. Except Louisiana nights are known to be hot and sticky, but what’s going on between her and Dylan can’t possibly be more than an adrenaline rush of circumstances, can it?

 

Dylan knows Athena’s not involved in what the gov is claiming, and he’s going to clear her name. And then clear the table so he can lay her out on it and feast on her gorgeous body. But then he learns the threat isn’t her—it’s DIRECTED at her, and he’s got to scramble to keep her safe…and his heart out of the mission.

 


New Orleans during Mardi Gras is quite exciting and that is the understatement of the year, but I just found out that it can get even hotter and more exciting when I joined Dylan Knight and the Knight Ops team on their newest mission, one where they are trying to find terrorists in a boutique.

 

Hot Louisiana Knight steams up the pages and thrills the senses as Dylan and Athena embark on a relationship train that is full of emotional ups and downs, fighting battles and sizzling attraction that can’t be denied. These two strong, captivating characters easily grab readers’ attention and hold on to it with both hands as they work through the romance as well as the mission.

 

The story is fast paced and kept me on my toes as the team try to figure out who the real bad guys are and I have to tell you that the story is also quite fun, especially the witty dialogue flung about between Dylan and Athena during their feisty courtship.

 

Em Petrova has created a thrilling new world with some delightful, sexy and charming characters in my backyard, not that it makes me biased or anything. But hey, I love a good ‘Knight in shining armor’ tale and this one is quite a thrilling ride that I really enjoyed reading. It is the first one that I have read in this series, so I have the first two to my TBR and I am looking forward to the next one.

 

 

Hot Louisiana Knight


Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40048470-hot-louisiana-knight

 

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is the 3rd book in the Knight Ops series


Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/230262-knight-ops

 

Author - https://www.empetrova.com/knight-ops

 

which includes


All Knighter #1
Heat of the Knight #2

 


Hot Louisiana Knight is available in ebook at:

 

Amazon - https://amzn.to/2JhFsl7

 

 

Em Petrova was raised by hippies in the wilds of Pennsylvania but told her parents at the age of four she wanted to be a gypsy when she grew up. She has a soft spot for babies, puppies and 90s Grunge music and believes in Bigfoot and aliens. She started writing at the age of twelve and prides herself on making her characters larger than life and her sex scenes hotter than hot.

 

She burst into the world of publishing in 2010 after having five beautiful bambinos and figuring they were old enough to get their own snacks while she pounds away at the keys. In her not-so-spare time, she is fur-mommy to a Labradoodle named Daisy Hasselhoff and works as editor with USA Today and New York Times bestselling authors.

 

 

Be sure & visit Em Petrova at the following locations:

 

Website - http://www.empetrova.com/

 

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text 2017-10-30 00:31
Books I Read in August and September 2017
Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation - Damian Duffy,John Jennings,Octavia E. Butler
Breakfast in Bed (The Innkeepers) - Rochelle Alers
Surrender to Me (The Lawsons of Louisiana) - Donna Hill
Seeking Sarah: A Novel - ReShonda Tate Billingsley
To Wager Her Heart (A Belle Meade Plantation Novel) - Tamera Alexander
Pretty, Nasty, Lovely - Rosalind Noonan
Stay with Me: A novel - Adebayo Ayobami
The Mothers: A Novel - Brit Bennett
Gravel Heart - Abdulrazak Gurnah
Children of Blood and Bone: The OrÏsha Legacy (Children of OrÏsha) - Tomi Adeyemi

I will list the rating and to the side add commentary. 

 

 

5 Stars

 

 None

 

 

4 Stars

 

Breakfast in Bed by Rochelle Alers (solid read)

 

Seeking Sarah by Reshonda Tate Billingsley (solid read)

 

To Wager Her Heart by Tamera Alexander (fantastic story, pleasantly surprised)

 

Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebeyo (unforgettable stand out read)

 

Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation by Damian Duffy (Liked this, LOVE book) 

 

 

3 Stars

 

Surrender to Me by Donna Hill (solid read)

 

Pretty, Nast, Lovely by Rosalind Noonin (interesting story)

 

Gravel Heart by Abdulrazak Gurnah (good story)

 

 

2.5 Stars

 

The Mothers by Brit Bennett 

 

I've been thinking what to say about my displeasure with this book. It was an okay read for me. Such a hyped book that I did everything possible to get my hands on it for months; giveaways, egalleys and such. To only be disappointed. There's nothing new here for me. It definitely wasn't what I expected in terms of the storyline. Maybe it's my age. I've read a lot of books and many heavy hitters at a young age. It takes a lot to impress me in story and writing. However, both don't have to be great. I'll take a good story with subpar writing or a well written book with just okay plot. Many love this one. It just wasn't for me. Beautiful cover and great publicity with a new up and coming author, I do believe Ms. Bennett is definitely one to watch!

 

 

 

 

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review 2017-08-21 00:00
Longing in Louisiana
Longing in Louisiana - Kirsten Osbourne Longing in Louisiana - Kirsten Osbourne A contemporary take on the mail order bride, I'm looking forward to reading the rest of this series.
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review 2017-08-01 08:05
Book Spotlight & Review - Check My Heart

 

 

 

Check My Heart

By: Christi Barth

Releasing July 17, 2017
Self-Published

 

Blurb:


The death of his little brother turned Kurt Lundquist’s world upside down. He channeled his grief into skating his heart out--and ultimately leading his hockey team to win the championship. Now, all he wants to do is throw a party with the Cup in his brother's honor. He’s got no clue where to start...until he runs into the gorgeous hospice nurse who took such great care of Jasper. She’s waaay off limits, but he’s desperate, and hires her to help him.

 

Lisette Broussard’s heart broke a little more every time a patient died. Losing the brave brother of a hockey star was the last straw. Learning a new specialty was supposed to change her life for the better, but it used up her savings. Then the slam dunk job with the New Orleans championship hockey team mysteriously disappears. So she jumps at Kurt’s offer of a job, no matter how temporary. No matter how...dangerous, given how much she’s always crushed on him. No matter how risky it is to fall for Kurt, since he’ll always associate her with the grief of losing his brother.

 

But the more time they spend together, the deeper they both fall. Kurt’s heart begins to thaw...and then heat. Lisette can’t resist him, and throws caution to the wind. She’ll take whatever time he gives her. Can they move beyond the pain of the past and focus on a future together?

 

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Author Info:

 

USA Today bestselling author Christi Barth earned a Masters degree in vocal performance and embarked upon a career on the stage. A love of romance then drew her to wedding planning. Ultimately she succumbed to her lifelong love of books and now writes award-winning contemporary romance, including the Naked Men and Aisle Bound series.

 

Christi can always be found either whipping up gourmet meals (for fun, honest!) or with her nose in a book. She lives in Maryland with the best husband in the world.

 

For information on books, new releases and more, visit her Website

 

Author Links:   Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

 

 

Excerpt:

 

God. Why would Lisette want to keep touching such a wallowing, messed-up son of a bitch? The words, the truth that kept him immobilized on this decision ripped from his throat like gravel spraying from his Harley tires. “Tell me how I can turn my back on my team and my friends and still be able to look myself in the mirror.”

 

She pressed up against his back, arms circling his waist like a life preserver. “How do you do it now? How do you look past your grief to see what’s truly in your reflection?”

 

I don’t.”

 

Her fingers curved into his stomach. “You don’t look in mirrors?”

 

Not for a while now.” Trying to make light of it, Kurt rasped a hand across his two-day-old stubble. “I’ve got an electric razor. Makes it so easy I can do it with my eyes shut. I was tired of seeing nothing but a scowl.”

 

Oh, I get it, believe me. But feeling good, being happy? It takes practice every bit as much as skating.” Going up on her tiptoes, Lisette murmured into his ear, “I declare that smile practice is now in session.”

 

Then her fingers splayed, arrowing down to just below the waist of his shorts. Just enough to make him wish they’d damn well keep going. She scraped her teeth along the cords of his neck, then licked a path down to where Kurt knew she could feel his pulse jackrabbiting through the skin. Lisette sucked. Sucked and swirled her tongue. That was all it took to bring his dick into a full-out lunge, trying to meet her fingertips.

 

Kurt reached back and around to pull her closer. He got two handfuls of the sweetest ass he’d ever touched and squeezed. Kneaded. His hands almost completely covered those taut globes. He couldn’t wait to see how they’d look doing exactly that on her naked skin.

 

He didn’t care if she gave him a hickey. Didn’t care that the guys would give him a mountain of shit if he walked into the locker room with a love bite like a teenager. The only thing Kurt cared about was the way her tongue lapped at him, sending shivers of sensation straight down to his dick.

 

They weren’t really kissing. They were fully clothed, in a fucking warehouse. They weren’t even face-to-face. But her assault on his neck was so damn hot, Kurt was ready to shove up her skirt and take her on the floor, with the goddamned goldfish watching.

 

Whispering, breath feathering against his ear, Lisette ordered, “Look at your reflection in the bowl, Kurt. What do you see?”

 

He turned his head to catch a smug, satisfied grin curling up the edges of his mouth. Huh. Kurt twisted to see her wet lips and flushed cheeks. Guess she’d enjoyed giving as well as getting. Which turned him on even more. “You think I’m good in a practice session? You should catch me in the real deal.”

 

 

 

 

Check My HeartCheck My Heart by Christi Barth
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Kurt met Lisette while she was working with this dying brother. When they meet again, she brings back memories of that time in his life. She is looking for work with his team, and he is not up to seeing her everyday.

Lisette just wants to find a job in her new field. Being a nurse is fulfilling, but working with terminally ill patients has a cost. She is hoping to get into a new field, helping heal those she can. Kurt has always been attractive to her. Under such sad circumstances can they learn to love where they have a future?

This story was as sad as it was sweet. The genuine love felt for a family member can be very strong and this felt very real and sincere. I was touched by the gentle way the author had it brought out in the book.


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

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