Kiss My Boots by Harper Sloan

The emotional intensity in KISS MY BOOTS is deeply affecting because of the genuineness conveyed in every scene. I felt anxious during serious situations when outcomes were uncertain, while laughter was uncontrollable because of countless conversations filled with quick-witted banter. Harper Sloan managed to keep me fully engrossed while reading the second book in the Coming Home series, as her characters are described so well that they actually feel like they are truly real.

Since her father owned an auto shop that specialized in custom work, Quinn Davis became fascinated with cars at an early age. She has taken over the business and really enjoys her days at the garage, and though she has plenty of interaction with men, she has not dated in a long time. The reason for her disinterest is because of the way her relationship with Tate Montgomery ended. While he only came to stay with his grandparents during the summer months, Quinn thought what was between them could survive when he went away one more time. Sadly, it did not.

When she first hears the man who broke her heart is coming back to Pine Oak, Texas to live, she cannot keep the long-buried memories from being dredged up again. There was a huge reason Tate never returned to the one place where he felt at home, and he hopes Quinn will eventually forgive him. But getting the feisty woman to change her mind about him will take some clever scheming.

With plenty of honest emotions and fiery passionate encounters, KISS MY BOOTS captivates during every believable set of circumstances. From the very start, feelings are expressed with candid openness, and the truth behind any sentiment was easily sensed because of the author’s skillful writing. Harper Sloan has certainly written a winning novel, as I came to strongly care about the welfare of the main characters. Tate proved over and over again that he is someone worthy of being loved, and why he never came back to Pine Oak is cleverly conceived in order to give him another opportunity with Quinn. While she was terribly hurt when he left her never to return and is still suffering, I was very glad she gave him the chance to explain at some point and not drag out their differences for the whole story as some books seem to do. Though trust does need to be built as Tate and Quinn come to know one another again, their desire is even more potent than before. Their love scenes are definitely steamy, and their lusty craving adds plenty of enthusiastic creativity.

There are so many wonderful characters in the Coming Home series, from Tate and Quinn to friends and relatives. I experienced the many ups and downs in their lives, and I also came to know these individuals on a very personal level as new details became known. There were a huge number of moments where amusement was present, as comments would come across as hilarious while actions could be comical, too. I will definitely be recalling some of the more humorous incidents, because they are just too original to forget. It was great catching up with Maverick and Leigh from the first book, and I cannot wait until Clay’s book is released.

I voluntarily reviewed the book from the publisher via NetGalley, and all comments are my honest opinion

Series:  Coming Home – Book 2

Publisher:  Pocket

Releases:  July 18, 2017

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/y7zyz8ud

Genre:  Contemporary

Author website:  http://authorharpersloan.com/

Rating:  5 Stars

The Surgeon’s Cinderella by Susan Carlisle

With its compelling medical situations interwoven into a heartwarming love story, THE SURGEON’S CINDERELLA is an outstanding medical romance. Whether something is happening at the hospital or if the main characters are having a discussion, I was totally drawn into what was taking place. Sometimes lighthearted and often more serious, the story was always believable because of how true-to-life each moment is depicted. Susan Carlisle has a gift for creating realistic scenes, and I felt as though each instance in the book could really have happened.

When Whitney Thomason gets a request from Dr. Tanner Locke to become a client, she is thrilled to assist the heart surgeon. If the owner of Professional Matchmaking can find a woman with whom he is compatible, then it might bring her additional business if he ends up happy. While Tanner actually wants to be in a permanent relationship, his requirements for a wife sound much too impersonal and love is not ever mentioned.

After making a list of potential candidates from which Tanner can choose, Whitney is glad when dates with one of the women seem to be going well. But when the woman cannot attend an important retreat with the doctor, he is angry and demands that the matchmaker go instead since no one else is available. Whitney reluctantly agrees to accompany Tanner to Napa Valley, where they will only appear to be a couple because their vastly different views about marriage would never let them get close.

From her first appearance, I really liked Whitney. She is someone whom I admired for her determination to make her life more fulfilling, yet there are still lingering doubts about her self-worth. Though she has changed over the years, she cannot help but feel others currently see her as she was years ago, and this keeps her from being very social. Tanner is also troubled by his past history, and it greatly influences his wishes for a future wife. When these two find themselves pretending to be in a relationship, they discover personal details about the other that starts to make them question some of their own feelings. Every single time Tanner and Whitney were together, I waited breathlessly to see how each would react. While I could picture them making a perfect couple, the issues that have haunted them for a long time were not easily dismissed. The problems Susan Carlisle gives them could plague anyone, and I thought their responses were spot-on when they felt confronted. One aspect about Tanner which I really liked was how he confidently stated his thoughts about Whitney’s physical appearance. How they change over the course of the story is very convincing, as adjusting long-held ideas is never simple. THE SURGEON’S CINDERELLA is about coming to fully understand the meaning of love.

While Tanner and Whitney do have much to overcome, there are some fun experiences in their lives. I especially enjoyed their Napa Valley visit, and their excursions around San Francisco were visually colorful. Any medical matters in the story were accurately handled, and I found myself caring for each patient, regardless of the time spent with them. I am definitely looking forward to Ms. Carlisle’s next medical romance.

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Publisher:  Harlequin Medical Romance

Releases:  May 23, 2017

Purchase:   http://tinyurl.com/y9973d3j

Genre:  Contemporary

Author website:   http://www.susancarlisle.com/

Rating:  5 Stars

Out of Bounds by J. H. Croix

A wide range of emotions can be found all throughout OUT OF BOUNDS, while any sexual moments are blazingly hot. Since Ethan Walsh and Zoe Lawson have been met in the previous Brit Boys Sports Romance books, I already knew they were individuals who definitely appealed to me. Even if this is your first meeting of these two characters, you will be immediately drawn to their convincingly realistic lives, and the author’s clever writing leaves you feeling nothing has been missed. J. H. Croix has created an extremely affecting story for her romantic couple, where I experienced their every emotion in ways I rarely feel while reading because of the alternating points of view.

Since all past encounters Zoe Lawson had with Ethan Walsh have been impersonal except for a spontaneous kiss, the lawyer believes she can represent the Seattle Stars soccer player as he has been charged with fighting. Though her goal is to remain all business when near the tempting man, her mind repeatedly strays toward inappropriate thoughts about him. Ethan has also noticed Zoe, and he would love for some of their time together to be far more intimate than just talking. He has always enjoyed being with a variety of women, but something about his attorney has him thinking that just a few hours with her may not be enough.

As Zoe tries to resist the potent pull she finds so difficult to deny, Ethan’s winning personality has her wanting to forget he is her client so their every interaction does not have to be completely professional. When Zoe lets it slip she is still a virgin, Ethan is at first uncertain yet knows it will not deter him from being with her.

Ethan is a truly wonderful man in all aspects. While he may be known as a player, he is actually a very thoughtful person, and would never do anything that caused someone else to be needlessly hurt. I have thoroughly enjoyed all the books in the Brit Boys Sports Romance series, but I must say Ethan and Zoe’s story is my favorite. Not only are these two a delightful pair, the storyline about them is also particularly compelling. Their being in a relationship could be frowned upon by those who work with Zoe, but the attraction cannot be ignored by either of them. Every situation that takes place as she fights the pull and Ethan turns on the charm is absolutely spellbinding, as I was held captive and just had to discover what would end up happening.

The sexual escapades between Ethan and Zoe are some of the hottest I have read lately, but underneath all the heat was real caring. Their teasing was often amusing, and when their friends became involved, the scenes were frequently even more hilarious. But when things needed to be serious, the moment was filled with realism and touched my own feelings. It was certainly fabulous to catch up with past characters and form what felt like new friends. J. H. Croix makes OUT OF BOUNDS spellbinding with riveting believability.

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Series:  Brit Boys Sports Romance – Book 3

Publisher:  Amazon Digital Services LLC

Releases:  July 6, 2017

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/ycmoshny

Genre:  Contemporary

Author website:  http://jhcroixauthor.com/

Rating:  5 Stars