All or Nothing at All by Jennifer Probst

There is not a single moment in ALL OR NOTHING AT ALL where I was not totally held spellbound by the circumstances taking place. Jennifer Probst had me truly feeling the emotions connected to every new development, and how strongly I was affected by these events often left me breathless. From gut-wrenching anguish to satisfying sex to unpredicted enjoyment, I was caught up in whatever was happening in the lives of Tristan Pierce and Sydney Greene. Though the couple has been met in prior books, their inner dreams and haunting past mistakes were never fully revealed until their own story told me what lead to their current behavior. The path each decides to take in ALL OR NOTHING AT ALL is a journey filled with self-discovery and unexpected feelings.

After his mother was killed in an accident, Tristan Pierce feels like there is nothing left for him in his hometown. He and his father never agree on anything, and there is no way he will work for the family construction business, Pierce Brothers. Though he has a girlfriend, he cannot stay just for her and they break up right before he goes to New York City in order to carry out his aspirations While many of his goals are reached, there are times when he does think about having left Sydney Greene behind.

When his father dies years later, a stipulation in the will requires Tristan to work with his brothers or the business will be lost. Though he would rather not, he does leave his successful career as a realtor and comes back home. His time at the company’s office is often frustrating because Sydney works in the office, and her new proposal will have them being in close contact on a daily basis. Both are determined to put their full focus on their shared project, but past memories are hard to not recall.

While there are always lots of emotional situations in a story by Jennifer Probst, the feelings expressed all though ALL OR NOTHING AT ALL are some of the most profound I have ever read. I was deeply touched when Sydney made her thoughts known to Tristan during any disagreement, and his reactions to a long-hidden secret had my heart racing as I waited to see how everything would play out. Ms. Probst had built up my trepidation over what this couple would do when the truth came out, and I was not disappointed by their honest responses. Though there are some painful moments in the story, there are plenty of heartwarming instances, too. The candid discussions between Tristan and his brothers could be packed with hilarious comments or earnest sincerity, and the scenes where Sydney’s daughter is featured had me smiling at her delightful actions. When Tristan and Sydney are engaging in sexual intimacy, their enthusiasm caused these encounters to be off-the-charts steamy.

All the very appealing characters in the Billionaire Builders series whom I have come to adore were in the final book, and I also got to see any new happenings in their lives. Cal and Morgan plus Dalton and Raven play important parts from at times, and then there is the lovable Becca and even several cute animals whose conduct made me laugh. I will certainly miss this series, and can only hope its characters get mentioned in future books.

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Series:  Billionaire Builders – Book 3

Publisher:  Gallery

Releases:  June 25, 2017

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/y829ykf8

Genre:  Contemporary

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

Rating:  5 Stars

Fly Away with Me by Susan Fox

The picturesque setting and unique individuals in the first book of the Blue Moon Harbor series come alive because of skillful wording and colorful descriptions. What is seen while flying over actual places in the Gulf Islands near Victoria, British Columbia makes me want to visit this beautiful area, and getting to know the many inhabitants in the small fictional town left me thinking they would make great neighbors. Characters created by Susan Fox are always very true-to-life, and the many highs and lows they must face when love unexpectedly enters their life is shown with much realism. Regardless of what is taking place, my own feelings were constantly being affected because of how connected I felt to these likable people. FLY AWAY WITH ME is an emotional journey of determining what is truly important in life.

Though the scenery Eden Blaine first saw after landing in Vancouver is stunning, she has not come to do sightseeing. Her mother is desperate to locate a sister who has not been heard from for years, and finding the missing woman could lift the spirits of her ill parent. Eden’s aunt came to Destiny Island back in the 1960’s to join a commune, and there was no further contact. With no real leads, the Ottawa lawyer plans to talk with some of the older residents that might perhaps remember her relative.

Getting to the bed and breakfast where she will be staying while in Blue Moon Harbor is achieved by flying on a seaplane, and Aaron Gabriel is the pilot. When he hears the reason that Eden has come to the area, he offers to assist her since he knows most of the locals. Because she does not have much time to search, agreeing to let him introduce her to folks will be beneficial. Although her long-time boyfriend is now out of her life, she is not interested is starting a new relationship. But having a short fling with the enticing pilot might just fit into her schedule.

There is plenty of drama all throughout FLY AWAY WITH ME, where family matters and personal wishes collide. Eden is a very loyal daughter because the health problems of her mother come first. Putting the needs of those whom she loves before her own wants is always her main concern, but upon meeting Aaron, she dreams of a future that she knows is impossible. He may have a much different philosophy from Eden when it comes to love, but he surprisingly still finds himself being profoundly drawn to her. I was often held spellbound as I watched these two hopefully work through the many troubles that could keep them from forming a lasting relationship. The dilemmas tossed their way are certainly realistic, as what caused them to worry could arise in the life of anyone.

Emotions run high in the story, and Susan Fox depicts responses with honest reactions and heartfelt discussions. Whether a situation pertains to the romance between Eden and Aaron, or relates to an unforeseen family predicament, every situation comes across as believable. The mystery of what happened to the aunt is cleverly handled, and I kept hoping for a happy ending. There are more books to come in the Blue Moon Harbor series, and I am very eager for the next story being released later this year.

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Series:  Blue Moon Harbor

Publisher:  Zebra

Releases:  June 25, 2017

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/y8phqcv8

Genre:   Contemporary

Author website:  http://www.susanlyons.ca/index.php

Rating:  5 Stars

Stolen Kisses with Her Boss by Susan Carlisle

If two people do not think alike on many important matters, it can be hard for them to form a connection. While the couple believes that there is no prospect of them ever being together, the heart often does not listen to what the mind is telling it and pushes for a chance of possible true happiness. In STOLEN KISSES WITH HER BOSS, a man and woman have different thoughts about family life, and they get to experience the numerous highs and lows of what happens when someone constantly puts the needs of others before their own. Susan Carlisle kept me totally captivated with complicated emotional issues, hopeful dreams, and unanticipated medical concerns.

After an accident caused the death of her parents, the primary focus in the life of Cynthia Marcum is responsibility for her siblings. Though she had been close to a certain man, their relationship fell apart because of how the actions of both changed. Now she dedicates her time to transcribing medical tapes for several doctors in Birmingham in order to make sure the wishes of her younger brothers are met.

When Cynthia is asked by Dr. Sean Donovan to take on some additional work, she agrees because the extra cash will come in handy. What she did not count on is how actually meeting the doctor with a very sexy voice would affect her. Though Sean and Cynthia are from much different backgrounds plus have dissimilar views on family, they cannot seem to keep from hoping their friendly business association turns into something more personal.

All throughout the latest convincing medical romance from Susan Carlisle, I was wanting Sean and Cynthia to be able to work out the details of any conflicts. She unexpectedly had to become the parent to her brothers, and she takes this obligation very seriously. Any situation dealing with them is more essential than her desires, so she has become independent and does not date. But after hearing the voice of Sean night after night while doing his transcriptions, she has fantasized about him. When the reality turns out to be even much better, she finds herself responding to him in ways she never has before. Sean’s upbringing greatly influences how he now acts, yet being around Cynthia and her loving family causes him to begin feeling confused. I really enjoyed watching this couple work through their various problems, and Ms. Carlisle definitely does not make it easy for them as troubles keep arising.

There are plenty of emotional situations in the story, and whether Sean and Cynthia are feeling cheerful or sad, the scenes have honest responses. The passion between them is expressed with plenty of heat, and I was delighted when they enjoyed other fun activities together as neither often has much fun. Susan Carlisle has created particularly appealing individuals, where reactions are ones that I could see someone having in real life. STOLEN KISSES WITH HER BOSS is touching at times and always entertaining.

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Publisher:  Harlequin Medical Romance

Releases:  June 18, 2017

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/y9bb9dmk

Genre:  Contemporary

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

Rating:  4.5 Stars

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.

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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

Semper Fi Cowboy by Heather Long

There is a wide variety of emotions in the first Lone Star Leathernecks story, as two spirited individuals struggle to find their place in the world. From family disagreements to different opinions about a relationship, a man and woman who were not looking for love find themselves being challenged by many unexpected conflicts as they explore what is between them. SEMPER FI COWBOY is an emotional journey of discovery. Heather Long takes her characters through lots of difficulties along with letting them experience absolute joy, and I found the storyline to be captivating.

Though Tanner Wilks was not yet ready to stop serving his country, he felt obligated to retire from the U.S. Marine Corps because of family responsibilities. His father has lived through two heart attacks, but another may be too much. So now Tanner is returning to Round Top ranch and will be taking over many of its duties in order for his dad to hopefully live longer. Staying the night in his hometown before going to see his dad the next morning, he connects with a woman at a bar that he never met while living there.

Her need for a career change had Julia Heller moving to a Texas town to take over a relative’s veterinarian practice. Proving her worth to the ranch owners is imperative, however she figures spending one night with a man passing through the small town will not harm her reputation with the locals. But when the former marine turns out to be a son of the man whose ranch that Jules has been staying on, their intense attraction to one another only leads to one complicated ordeal after another.

What started out as a truly memorable night for Tanner and Jules turned into an encounter with unforeseen consequences. Since the two will be working together on his ranch because of her being its veterinarian, she believes there will be problems if they continue to see each other. I really enjoyed watching Tanner come to terms with her wishes while learning something important about his own views. While he does not like being told “no”, he is still a very compassionate person and showed this trait through various deeds. Jules has a good reason for being cautious, and I kept eagerly reading to see what she would decide.

All throughout the story, I was given glimpses into the lives of Tanner and Jules. I came to know what made them the people they currently are plus several of the reasons for their reactions to certain situations. I also got a sense of what living on a horse ranch entails on a daily basis, while becoming familiar with some of the secondary characters. Heather Long created genuine conversations for Tanner and Jules, and their lively banter was often amusing. A great start to a series featuring a dedicated soldier living in Texas. SEMPER FI COWBOY has engaging characters and plenty of emotional issues to resolve.

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Series:  Lone Star Leathernecks – Book 1

Publisher:  Pocket Star

Releases:  June 26, 2017

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/ycgqzhlh

Genre:  Contemporary

Author website:  http://heatherlong.net/

Rating:  4 Stars

Second Chance Season by Liora Blake

Spirited characters and extremely realistic situations make the second book in the Grand Valley series constantly enjoyable. I chuckled more while reading than I can remember doing in a long time, because so many of the events in the story are humorous and full out laughable. But there are also moments where sincere emotions are on display, and those incidents touched me in ways that many books do not even come close to doing. Every scene created by Liora Blake is especially imaginable, as her words caused me to fully experience each detail because of how genuinely I was affected by the realness of what was taking place. SECOND CHANCE SEASON is highly recommended, and there is not one thing I would change.

The first meeting Garrett Strickland has with Cara Cavanaugh brings back some rather painful memories, but he has never been one to let it bother him that his family home will never again belong to him. What his future could have been is not important now, and his work at the local co-op in Hotchkiss, Colorado makes him a living but is not particularly rewarding. Coming in contact with a woman who will be staying in his old house for a short time could have really made Garrett sad, but there is no use longing for something that can never be true.

After becoming disillusioned with her career and boyfriend of many years, Cara thought it was time for a big change. Since she wanted to continue writing articles which actually meant something to readers, she decided to leave Chicago and do research on agriculture changes in the Grand Valley region. Encountering a local man who assisted her by pointing out the location of the place where she will be living leaves Cara intrigued with him. Then something unexpected happens when she and Garrett slowly sort out what they want to get out of life.

Since I grew up on a farm, I was eager to see how Liora Blake would portray her characters and all the aspects of living in a rural setting. From the very start, I was overjoyed at her depiction of Garrett and the life led by many other residents in the Hotchkiss area. Whether a situation dealt with a person’s truck or the dilemmas of daily farm life, I really felt as though the event could actually happen as described. I loved all the episodes with the cows, and some of them were fondly remembered from my own past. While many of the scenes are written with much wit, there is also a sense of seriousness when appropriate, just like a normal day on the farm.

When it comes to Garrett and Cara, every second they are together brought me complete satisfaction as a reader. They have lots of conversations that are packed with intelligent comebacks, but there are also instances where their inner feelings are exposed because of their honest reactions. This couple definitely generates plenty of heated passion when their desire escalates to the point where they have to express how they truly feel. Since the story is told from each of their viewpoints, I got to comprehend what Garrett and Cara were thinking about the same situation. Facts discovered about a main character in the next book of the series has me counting the days until it can be read. The ingenious cleverness in SECOND CHANCE SEASON will never be forgotten.

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Series:  Grand Valley – Book 2

Publisher:  Pocket Books

Releases:  June 20, 2017

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/yam7kwbp

Genre:  Contemporary

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

Rating:  5 Stars

The Queen of Dauphine Street by Thea de Salle

If the prior NOLA Nights story was read, then the outrageous behavior of Madeline Roussoux has already been discovered. In case the first glimpse of this spirited woman is in her own story, enough facts are conveyed to let you know what was missed while delving into a life that few ever see. I was frequently held captive by a scene where fantasies are played out, and I certainly was deeply touched when a genuine emotion is revealed. Thea de Salle can make a situation extremely sexy and even toss in some witty humor, but an underlying sense of realism can always be detected and make any moment in THE QUEEN OF DAUPHINE STREET convincing. I laughed a lot, was repeatedly overheated because of all the scorching sex, and also felt the emotional connection between the main couple.

Although Madeline Roussoux is a name known by many people all over the world, she does not feel truly fortunate as most would assume because past tragedies still haunt her. She inherited much wealth from her entrepreneur father, and the social circles in which she runs contains the names of individuals the average person will never meet. Her life is filled with overindulgences that usually do not leave her totally satisfied, and while Maddy may appear to have it all, she actually feels vulnerable sometime and is often rather sad when alone.

A chance meeting in Dallas leads to a lively chat with Darren Sanders, an owner of a successful construction business. Shortly thereafter, his life is at risk and the person behind the threat cannot be found. To hopefully remain safe, Darren agrees to Maddy’s offer of staying on her boat as she travels from Texas to New Orleans. What they discover about each other brings them closer plus takes them to new heights of sexual gratification.

From the opening descriptive scene to the last delightful comment, THE QUEEN OF DAUPHINE STREET entertains constantly. When I started the book, I actually had to stop reading for a moment and let the visual sink in of what Maddy was doing. I knew she was someone who went after whatever she wanted, but was not expecting her provocative conduct to be displayed quite so quickly. Maddy definitely does not care what opinion others have of her, and she is going to do something if there is a desire for it. While she does have a wild side, there is also much more to her than what is shown to the world.

How Maddy and Darren respond to each other is unlike anyone before, and they bond more and more as time passes. They could become closer after a silly joke is delivered by him, and there are numerous ones all through the book that caused me to chuckle, or it might be when they share a fact about their past that is not normally told. A huge factor linking the couple is how their sexual escapades bring fulfilment and make them really happy. Thea de Salle does not withhold any details when Darren and Maddy are intimate, thus letting me experience their pleasure to the fullest. Previous characters show up in the story, and they are once again engaging and made me smile. Cannot wait for the rather stuffy Alex to tell his story.

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Series:  NOLA Nights – Book 2

Publisher:  Pocket Star

Releases:  May 15, 2017

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/y9janj69

Genre:  Contemporary

Rating:  4.5 Stars

Buns by Alice Clayton

Chuckle inducing humor plus a very heartfelt romance make the third book in the Hudson Valley series constantly engaging. I laughed when amusing comments were made, and fretted if one of the main characters was making a terrible mistake in judgment. Then there are the moments where passion takes over, and I could feel every titillating touch and kiss. The clever writing of Alice Clayton never fails to impress, as reactions are honestly true-to-life and sexual tension builds to explosive heights. BUNS caused much laughter, yet touched me deeply when feelings are candidly expressed.

When Clara Morgan received her latest assignment with the branding agency where she has diligently worked for over five years, she was told the project could greatly influence her future with them. If she makes Bryant Mountain House a much more successful hotel, then she would become a partner with the company. Clara can always take an established place of lodging that is not bringing in enough money and make it profitable, so she does not anticipate any problems when she arrives in Bailey Falls, New York. Spending a few months in the quaint town will be nice, and then she can move on to the next undertaking.

Being able to save a hotel that is family owned is especially rewarding to Clara, as it will help the current owner keep open what has been inherited. But when she makes suggestions to Archie Bryant, the man who will soon be managing the resort, her opinions are met with resistance. He is someone who opposes changing how things have always been done, and emphatically states his own beliefs. But Clara has a job to complete, and one unyielding hotel manager is not going to stop her.

If an Alice Clayton book is being read, then there will be continuous entertainment. I have laughed so much during her many compelling stories, and each situation that crops up containing amusement seems so genuinely realistic. When Clara and Archie have a disagreement, they hold nothing back and strongly state their views. At first their differences only concerned how the hotel was run. But personal sentiments slowly worked their way into how these two responded to each other, and often their retorts were fueled by sexual longing. Alice Clayton can perfectly balance humor, romance, and emotion in her stories, and BUNS is definitely a prime example of her expertise.

I thoroughly enjoyed all the interaction Clara and Archie had with previous characters in the Hudson Valley series. When she had conversations with Roxie and Natalie, the scenes are particularly hilarious with loads of extremely witty banter. Friends that have been met over the course of the series are also scattered throughout the book, and their appearance added much delight. But it was the moments featuring Archie and Clara that truly grabbed my attention, as they were such a likable couple. She has never had much of anything permanent in her life nor a feeling of belonging, thus she is independent yet secretly vulnerable. Archie is really a wonderful man in almost every way imaginable. He is thoughtful and understanding, and I was moved by his compassion for Clara at certain times. While the series may have come to a close, I hope to perhaps have these individuals show up again in an upcoming book of Ms. Clayton’s.

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Series:  Hudson Valley

Publisher:  Gallery Books

Releases:  May 23, 2017

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/kfdxpe8

Genre:  Contemporary

Author website:  http://aliceclayton.com/

Rating:  5 Stars