Kemerer, Jill, Small-Town Bachelor

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Kemerer, Jill, Small-Town Bachelor, (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2015).

Title:  Small-Town Bachelor

Author:  Jill Kemerer

Imprint:  Love Inspired

Issues:  Alcohol; Bereavement; Grief; Injury; Loss

Blurb:

A Place to Call Home

When Reed Hamilton arrives in Lake Endwell for a family wedding, he expects to do his part as best man then head back to the big city. But when a tornado postpones the wedding, the town is in shambles and Reed is injured. Thankfully maid of honor Claire Sheffield offers him one of her cottages to recuperate in.

Dedicated to her family and her dream job at the zoo, Claire is all about roots. She’s this city slicker’s opposite, yet as they help the town rebuild, Reed is captivated by her stunning looks and caring ways. He can’t ask Claire to leave the life she loves for him, but he also can’t imagine ever leaving her behind…

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Robinson, Lauri, The Bootlegger’s Daughter

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Robinson, Lauri, The Bootlegger’s Daughter (Daughters of the Roaring Twenties, Book 2), (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2015).

Title:  The Bootlegger’s Daughter (Daughters of the Roaring Twenties, Book 2)

Author:  Lauri Robinson

Imprint:  Historical

Issues:  Alcohol; Gendered Expectations (Women); Murder; Revenge

Blurb:

Of all the speakeasies, in all the world…

Mysterious city slicker Ty Bradshaw might have won her father’s trust, but everyone knows Norma Rose is the true boss of Nightingale’s resort. And it’ll take more than that charming smile to shake the feeling that Ty is not all he seems…

He walks into hers

Ty is a federal agent on a personal mission of revenge. But he hasn’t figured on falling for a bootlegger’s daughter. Suddenly, flirting with headstrong Norma Rose seems far more exhilarating than chasing gangsters!

Author Note,

Welcome to the Roaring Twenties!  A time in America when almost every citizen broke the law and new freedoms were discovered.

When I started researching the first book in this series I was amazed by how deeply embedded Minnesota was in the illegal moonshine business.  Decades before Prohibition hit, the University of Minnesota had perfected a corn hybrid that flourished in Minnesota’s shorter growing season.  They named this hybrid ‘Minnesota 13’.

Minnesota 13 was also the name given to the whiskey moonshined from this same corn.  A hub of farmers distilling, selling and transporting Minnesota 13 was formed in Central Minnesota, the whiskey became known worldwide, and it was highly sought-after for years.

The Bootlegger’s Daughter is the second book in my Daughters of the Roaring Twenties mini-series.  Norma Rose is the oldest Nightingale sister, and very protective of her siblings and the family business Nightingale’s – a resort that caters to those with money to spend.

Bootlegging Minnesota 13 is part of the family business, and where there are bootleggers there are prohibition men ready to take them down.  Norma Rose recognises Ty Bradshaw as an agent as soon as she sets eyes on him, but when he comes to her rescue she has some hard decisions to make.

I hope you enjoy Norma Rose and Ty’s story, and reading about this time period that brought more freedom and independence for women.

Meter, Kimberly Van, Kids on the Doorstep

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Meter, Kimberly Van, Kids on the Doorstep, (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2009).

Title:  Kids on the Doorstep

Author:  Kimberly Van Meter

Imprint:  Superromance

Issues:  Addiction; Alcohol; Assault; Child Abandonment; Child Abuse; Parenthood; PTSD; Therapy

Blurb:

John Murphy gets the shock of his life when he finds three abandoned girls on his doorstep. Once he takes them in, it isn’t long before the little tykes bring out his fiercest protective instincts. So when their mother shows up at his Emmett’s Mill ranch, he’s ready to do battle.

Except Renee Dolling isn’t what he expects. She clearly loves her girls and wants to make up for past mistakes. John wants to trust her, but he’s got the girls to think about. Unless Renee can prove she’s the mother her daughters deserve…and the woman this solitary rancher needs.

Richards, Penny, Wolf Creek Wife

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Richards, Penny, Wolf Creek Wife (Wolf Creek, Book 5),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  Wolf Creek Wife (Wolf Creek, Book 5)

Author:  Penny Richards

Imprint:  Love Inspired Historical

Issues:  Alcohol; Addiction; Divorce; Gendered Expectations (Women)

Blurb:

A Marriage of Inconvenience!  

After a storm strands her overnight in Will Slade’s cabin, Blythe Granville’s reputation is in shambles. The townspeople doubt that she was innocently nursing him back to health after saving his life. Now Blythe must accept Will’s proposal: a marriage in name only to save her good name. But the former socialite is determined not to fall for her new husband…even if she’s drawn to the gruff stranger who’s vowed to stand by her, in sickness and in health.

Will never wanted to remarry after his ex-wife betrayed him. But now he finds himself hitched to a city girl who has no idea how to keep a house…but is somehow chiseling her way into his heart. As Blythe melts Will’s crusty facade, though, they’re discovering that this most unexpected union might just lead to true love.

Wood, Joss, Too Much of a Good Thing?

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Wood, Joss, Too Much of a Good Thing?,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Mills & Boon, 2013).

Title:  More than a Fling?

Author:  Joss Wood

Imprint:  Modern Tempted (KISS)

Issues:  Addiction; Alcohol; Bereavement; Drugs

Blurb:

Be careful what you wish for! 

It’s time for Lu Sheppard to get back in the game—fact. After ten years of playing mom to her younger brothers the boys have left home and she’s determined to make up for lost time! Item number one on her list? A man to have some fun with! 

Rugby coach Will Scott is just what Lu needs to ease herself back into the dating game. Only in town temporarily, king of the fling…he’s perfect. But his kisses are so electric that remembering they have an expiry date is getting harder. Suddenly Lu starts wondering…maybe it is possible to have too much of a good thing!

Dear Reader,

I am so enjoying the Modern Tempted series, and I wait in eager anticipation (as I’m sure you do too) to download the new releases every month.

Rugby is a big deal in my part of the world, and we are passionate about our national team the Springboks.  I was watching a post-match interview by one of the coaches and I thought, Mmm-hmm…he’s pretty cute.  I love being a romance novelist, so admiring handsome men can be classified as research!  What if he were super-hot and an ex-bad boy of rugby made good…?  And the story started to take shape in my head.

Will comes to Durban on a three-month contract to be the caretaker coach of the city’s superstar Stingrays rugby team.  Lu, with the twin brothers she raised now at university, is at a loss about what to do now.  She wants to revive her flagging career, and by meeting Will manages to land a job as the Stingrays’ press photographer.  Will, challenged by his best friend Kelby to do something other than bundle a woman into bed and then walk, thinks that Lu would be goof dun to hang with, to help him pass the time in a foreign city.  Lu, who has been dared by the twins to have some fun, thinks that Will would be the perfect companion to ease her into a new life without the daily responsibility and company of her brothers.

They both think that they can ignore the fact that their hair almost catches on fire from the sexual heat they generate … ha-ha-ha!

As per usual, I had the best fun writing this book, and nothing makes me happier than to guide two sexy, headstrong people to their happy-ever-after.  Enjoy!

With my very warmest wishes

Joss xxx

Lane, Soraya, The Soldier’s Sweetheart

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Lane, Soraya, The Soldier’s Sweetheart (The Larkville Legacy, Book 7),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Mills & Boon, 2013).

Title:  The Soldier’s Sweetheart (The Larkville Legacy, Book 7)

Author:  Soraya Lane

Imprint:  Cherish (Romance)

Issues:  Alcohol, Injury, PTSD

Blurb:

Larkville hero comes home!

Returning Special Forces soldier Nate Calhoun is struggling to adjust to small-town life. It’s a relief to get back to the bunkhouse with only his memories and a bottle of bourbon for company.

Only Sarah Anderson can see straight through Nate’s surly exterior to his pain. As childhood sweethearts they were inseparable – until he left, shattering her heart.

But hanging out like they used to – racing horses and shooting the breeze on the ranch – they begin to see that there really might be that spark still between them…

 

Knupp, Amy, Island Haven

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Knupp, Amy, Island Haven (The Texas Firefighters, Book 5),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2012).

Title:  Island Haven

Author:  Amy Knupp

Imprint:  Superromance

Issues:  Alcohol

Blurb:

Mercedes Stone has no time for men. Between caring for her sick grandmother, running her own business and volunteering at her family’s women’s shelter she barely has time for herself. So dating a man as complicated as Scott Pataki is definitely out of the question.

That doesn’t mean she’ll turn her back on Scott’s pregnant teenage sister. Even if helping her does put Mercedes dangerously close to the temptation that is Scott. It’s not just the killer abs and dimples that make him so irresistible. It’s the man she sees when his guard is down. If only she could help him realize the importance of family. And remind herself that his family doesn’t include her.

Dear Reader,

Thank you for picking up the fifth The Texas Firefighters book!  If you’ve read any of the earlier books in the series, you may remember mentions of paramedic Scott Pataki.  Scott seemed like a good guy, so I thought I’d give him his own story.

He is a good guy, but he’s in a bad place.  A dark one.  And he believes the only way to save himself from the things that are eating away at him is to escape San Amaro Island.

It’s a bad time to get involved with someone.  Anyone.

When his pregnant half sister, someone he’d never met and never wanted to meet, shows up and brings Mercedes Stone with her, involvement is inevitable.  That doesn’t mean he’s not going to fight it for all he’s worth, though.

I hope you enjoy Island Haven.  If you’re inclined, please let me know what you think of Mercedes and Scott at amyknupp@amyknupp.com.  To read more about my other books, visit my website at www.amyknupp.com, or look me up on Facebook.

Happy reading,

Amy Knupp