Wild Child Blog Hop

Wild Child

A book I am really looking forward to reading is Wild Child by Molly O’Keefe, which is coming out on 10/29. I love humor in my contemporary romance, which is something Molly O’Keefe is known for providing. Here is the blurb for Wild Child from Amazon.com:

Monica Appleby is a woman with a reputation. Once she was America’s teenage “Wild Child,” with her own reality TV show. Now she’s a successful author coming home to Bishop, Arkansas, to pen the juicy follow-up to her tell-all autobiography. Problem is, the hottest man in town wants her gone. Mayor Jackson Davies is trying to convince a cookie giant to move its headquarters to his crumbling community, and Monica’s presence is just too . . . unwholesome for business. But the desire in his eyes sends a very different message: Stay, at least for a while.

Jackson needs this cookie deal to go through. His town is dying and this may be its last shot. Monica is a distraction proving too sweet, too inviting—and completely beyond his control. With every kiss he can taste her loneliness, her regrets, and her longing. Soon their uncontrollable attraction is causing all kinds of drama. But when two lost hearts take a surprise detour onto the bumpy road of unexpected love, it can only lead someplace wonderful.

To celebrate the release of Wild Child, there is a Wild Child Blog Hop going on from 10/14-10/29. There are great prizes being given away including:

· $20 EGC
· 5 Preview copies of WILD CHILD
· 8 Preview copies of ALL I WANT FOR XMAS IS YOU – a novella by Molly O’Keefe

Enter to win here: Wild Child Rafflecopter Giveaway

For more information about the blog hop, including a list of participating sites and an additional giveaway, visit Molly O’Keefe’s blog.

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Marry Me, Cowboy (Copper Mountain Rodeo)

More cowboys, y’all, just can’t help myself 🙂  Marry Me, Cowboy, the second book in the Copper Mountain Rodeo series, is about Tegan, an Australian native who has been riding the rodeo circuit for the past two years.  She and her friend Chet are about to walk down the aisle together, not because they are in love, but because Tegan’s visa is about to expire and she’s not ready to go back to Australia yet. Unfortunately, Chet has a change of heart at the last minute & decides he can’t marry Tegan. Chet’s best friend Jamie & Tegan have never really gotten along, but after the wedding debacle they are thrown together when Chet reveals a big secret to them then leaves town. Once they realize their dislike for each other is misplaced and acknowledge the attraction they have always denied, sparks fly.

I absolutely loved this story!  I know, I really do have some kind of cowboy fetish, don’t I?  While I thoroughly enjoyed Tempt Me, Cowboy, the first installment in the series, I have to say that Marry Me, Cowboy is definitely my favorite of the two.  For me, romance novellas can be tricky; sometimes a believable romance is hard to weave into the confines of the word count of a novella.  Marry Me, Cowboy, is the perfect example of a novella done right.  It had just the right amount of all elements needed to make a good romance: likeable characters (including a swoon-worthy hero), believable relationship development, spot-on sexual tension, and a sigh-inducing happily ever after.  What’s not to love about all that?

Marry Me, Cowboy, is definitely a story I would recommend for anybody who likes contemporary romance.  It can be read as a standalone since the only connection between it and the first novella is the location of Marietta, Montana.  The novellas are by different authors working collaboratively under the umbrella of Montana Born Books, and there is at least two more novellas coming out in the Copper Mountain Rodeo series to look forward to.  You can check out what’s coming next from Montana Born books at:

https://www.facebook.com/MontanaBornBooks

Kindle link: http://www.amazon.com/Marry-Cowboy-Copper-Mountain-ebook/dp/B00FCWAGNC/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

Barnes & Noble link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/marry-me-cowboy-lilian-darcy/1116949402?ean=2940148595632

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Throwback Thursday- Heart of Gold

On Thursdays I am going to be spotlighting books I read a while back and considered to be game changers for one reason or another (hence, the title, Throwback Thursday :)).

Today, I want to talk about Heart of Gold, a contemporary romance originally published in 2003 by the author Jessica Bird.  If you read romance and you’ve never heard of Jessica Bird, I wouldn’t be that surprised; however, I bet you have heard of J.R. Ward, paranormal romance extraordinaire.  Ward’s Blackdagger Brotherhood series is phenomenal and extremely well known among romance readers.  Before penning this wildly successful paranormal series, Ward wrote contemporary romance under the name Jessica Bird.  Prior to reading the Blackdagger Brotherhood series I had been reading YA with paranormal elements & some urban fantasy, but was not into romance at all; after the BDB, I was hooked, that series was a total game changer for me.  After falling whole heartedly in love with Ward’s PNR, I happened to stumble upon the fact that she had written contemporary in her other life as Jessica Bird.  At the time I discovered this, all her Jessica Bird novels were out of print.  So, being the devoted Ward fan I am, I tracked down used copies of her entire Jessica Bird backlist.  The first one I read was Heart of Gold.  Never before had I considered picking up contemporary romance, but reading that book made me a fan for life of the genre.  So, in a nut shell, all my romance fanaticism started with J.R. Ward.  If you’ve never read her work, you are in for a treat and a couple weeks of non-stop reading when you pick her up and realize what you’ve been missing.  If you are a Ward fan, I’d love to hear from you and am curious whether you have picked up any of the books she wrote as Jessica Bird, most of which have been reprinted in the last couple of years with new covers (and some have new titles as well).

Here is the synopsis of Heart of Gold (from Amazon.com):

She has a passion for unlocking secrets of the past…

Archaeologist Carter Wessex is drawn to Farrell Mountain to solve a centuries old mystery- and find a fortune in hidden gold. One thing stands in her way: Nick Farrell, a notorious corporate raider with no patience for trespassers on his land, and way too much sex appeal. After an explosive introduction, Carter abandons the project…but with Nick in hot pursuit.

 What she finds is something more valuable than gold…

Though wary of Nick’s change of heart, Carter is soon swept up into the mystery- and the arms of a man she swore she’d never fall for. As buried secrets surface and passion grows, the shocking details of the missing gold are revealed. So are Nick’s true motives, leaving Carter to wonder…has everything between them been just another cunning ruse? And how many more secrets has he yet to share? It will take a heart of gold to find the truth—and have faith in a timeless love…

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