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Sep
12

Review: Contracted Defense by Piper J. Drake

Review: Contracted Defense by Piper J. Drake Contracted Defense Author: Piper J. Drake Reviewer: Gikany and Una Rating: B What We’re Talking About: Contracted Defense is the third title in the Safeguard series and was a gripping blend of humor and action.  Gikany and Una continue to like this suspenseful romantic series, even though the romance moves a little quickly for our tastes. One of the elements that we like about this series is that even though the main couple may fall in love quickly, it still ends with the Happily-For-Now, allowing the couple time to date as the next novel begins.  We like that for all the drama and intense passion, they still will take...
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Feb
28

Review: What it Takes by Shannon Stacey

Review: What it Takes by Shannon Stacey What it Takes Author: Shannon Stacey Reviewer: Jen Rating: B- What I’m Talking About: If you haven’t read any of Shannon Stacey’s Kowalski Family series, stop right now and go pick up the first book, Exclusively Yours, pronto. Any format will suffice, but just grab it and start it soon! I recommend the Kowalski Family series to first-time and veteran romance readers more than any other series, and for good reasons – it is a wonderfully written, joyful, small-town romance series that gives all the feels. So with that said, if you haven’t read the series, I really don’t recommend starting with What it Takes for a couple of...
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Feb
26

Sunday Snippet: What It Takes by Shannon Stacey

Sunday Snippet: What It Takes by Shannon Stacey  About the Book What It Takes: A Kowalski Reunion Novel    Author:  Shannon Stacey Publisher:   Carina Press Released:  February 28, 2017 Series:   Kowalski Family Series Genre:  Contemporary Romance Author contact links:   Facebook, Instagram, Newsletter, Twitter, Website Purchase links:  Amazon REVIEW Snippet: “You were not kidding about the food,” Laney said in a low voice to Ben. “The really amazing part is how much of it is gone,” he whispered back and she chuckled. Somehow, without her realizing what was happening, she’d ended up sitting on a picnic table bench next to Ben. She had been sitting there talking to Beth, who did the office work for the sports bar her husband owned,...
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Nov
18

Review: Holiday with a Twist by Shannon Stacey

Review: Holiday with a Twist by Shannon Stacey Holiday with a Twist Author: Shannon Stacey Reviewer: Jen Twimom Rating: B What I’m Talking About: Leigh Holloway is back home for the holidays, and she’s hiding a big secret from her family. Not wanting to upset the apple cart at Christmas, Leigh hides the fact that she broke things off with her fiancé and quit her job in Houston two months ago. However, meeting up with childhood friend Croy stirs up all sorts of feelings, and now she’s trying to keep their holiday fling under wraps until she can get back to Houston and get on with her life. Holiday with a Twist is an enjoyable holiday novella,...
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May
18

Review: Deadly Testimony by Piper J. Drake

Review: Deadly Testimony by Piper J. Drake Deadly Testimony Author: Piper J. Drake Reviewers: Gikany and Una Rating: B What We’re Talking About: Gikany and Una liked this second novel in the Safeguard series.  Kyle and Lizzy are not the stereotypical couple in a military romance.  We enjoyed the honesty of their characters, their uniqueness, and their journey. Kyle and Lizzy do not have the typical roles that one sees in military romance.  Kyle is the “damsel” in the distress while Lizzy is the hero.  We enjoyed this change.  We liked how Kyle, although trained in martial arts, was not a fighter in that sense.  He was vulnerable, and we appreciated seeing a man struggle with...
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Feb
23

Review: Fully Ignited by Shannon Stacey

Review: Fully Ignited by Shannon Stacey Fully Ignited Author: Shannon Stacey Reviewer: Jen Twimom Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: Following along the heels of the previous two books, Fully Ignited opens about six weeks since Engine 59 lieutenant, Danny, was injured on the job and is still out recovering. Scott Kincaid recognizes the crew misses Danny and has no chemistry with the current temp lieutenant, so he’s happy to find out a new temp is set to fill in at E-59, even when he discovers Jamie is a woman. Jamie Rutherford is the new temporary lieutenant for E-59. Being a ranking female in a primarily male-dominated field, she knows she has to be above...
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Feb
1

Review: A Fighting Chance by Shannon Stacey

Review: A Fighting Chance by Shannon Stacey A Fighting Chance Author: Shannon Stacey Reviewer: Jen Twimom Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: Adeline (Del) Kendrick is looking forward to a long weekend of fun and shopping with her best friends. Arriving at the casino resort one day early, she plans to put on her new flannel PJs, order room service, and watch Netflix. Yet everything changes when she runs into Brendan Quinn, the love of her life who walked out on her six years ago. Brendan Quinn is overcome with emotion when he runs into Del at the same casino where he is scheduled to fight. Although he left her six years ago, doing what he...
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Nov
23

Review: Controlled Burn by Shannon Stacey

Review: Controlled Burn by Shannon Stacey Controlled Burn Author: Shannon Stacey Reviewer: Jen Twimom Rating: B+ What I’m Talking About: As a lieutenant with the Boston Fire Department, Rick Gullotti is surrounded by his makeshift family of firefighters. Additionally, he has rented the third floor of Joe and Marie Broussard’s home for years, making him part of their family, especially since their only child, Davey, left in his early twenties and never returned, cutting Joe and Marie out of his life. So when Joe takes a fall, Rick rushes to the hospital to help out, knowing that the phone call to Davey will do no good. Jessica Broussard is the VP of her father’s financial...
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Nov
16

Review: Hidden Impact by Piper J. Drake

Review: Hidden Impact by Piper J. Drake Hidden Impact Author: Piper J. Drake Reviewers: Gikany and Una Rating: B+ What We’re Talking About: Although Gikany and Una are not huge romantic suspense readers, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to read PJ Schynder’s new series (written under the shiny new alter ego, Piper J. Drake).  Even though the romance may have moved a little too quickly (something Gikany and Una debated), the tension-packed storyline was incredibly gripping.  Hidden Impact is a stunning new start in the passionately suspenseful Safeguard series. We won’t lie, the lust starts early, but thankfully it is lust with the possibility of more.  Maylin is looking for a distraction and some comfort,...
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Aug
24

Review: Heat Exchange by Shannon Stacey

Review: Heat Exchange by Shannon Stacey Heat Exchange Author: Shannon Stacey Reviewer: Jen Twimom Rating: A What I’m Talking About: Shannon Stacey starts strong with the first book in her new Boston Fire contemporary romance series. Bringing her trademark small town feel to a big city fire department, Ms. Stacey creates a world full of wonderful characters and a story filled with passion and charm. Lydia Kincaid comes from a family full of firefighters, was even married to one, and that’s something she tried to escape when she moved from Boston to Concord, NH, after a bitter divorce. However, when her sister, Ashley, calls and asks her to come home to help their retired dad...
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