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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Promise Me, Dad by Joe Biden



I bought this book right after I saw Joe Biden on the Today show talking about it. I really admire him as both an individual and a politician so I was wanted to read anything I could about him. 

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and now have a newfound respect for him as a leader. He talks not only about his son's illness but how he had to continue to do his job while dealing with the uncertainty of what the future would hold for Beau and his family. I can't imagine being in his shoes not only dealing with such a devastating diagnosis for his son and still having to deal with the extreme stress of being vice president. I admire his strength and the strength of his son in dealing with his illness.

Joe Biden also talks about dealing with his grief and making the tough decision to not run for president even with the tremendous outcry that he run. It seemed like most people wanted him to run and thought he would win but he felt that it just wasn't the right time since he couldn't give it the 110% he felt that it deserved because he was still grieving. I don't blame him at all. I think he did the right thing and deserves all the time he needs to grieve although personally I would love to see him run in the next election because I think he would make an excellent president. 


Thursday, December 21, 2017

Letters to the Lost



I usually don't use audible as I prefer to read books either on my Kindle or an actual book but I have been working on a project at work where I was doing a lot of independent work. I work at home and it was just way to quiet for me and I had listened to music all day and wanted something different. I have had this book on my audible account for a long time and I could kick myself now for not listening to it earlier. It was amazing! I love historical fiction (especially in the WWII era that this book is set in) and am a hopeless romantic so this book was perfect for me. 

The book is told in two different eras. In the WWII era the main characters take turns telling the story from their point of view. The same happens in the modern day era. 



Stella is marrying a man named Charles. He is the vicor or priest in a local church and she has been working as his house keeper until he asks her to marry him. She was living in an orphanage and doesn't have any family so she thought this would be her happily ever after and happily agreed. She quickly realized this marriage will not be like the fairy tale she envisioned. Her new husband shows no interest in her and can't seem to be bothered to even consummate their marriage. When Charles decides to volunteer for the service of being the chaplain in the army she is persuaded by her friend to go out for a night on the town. She meets an American air force pilot named Dan and the two develop a connection that she has never experienced with her husband before. The two meet as often as they can and begin an illicit love affair through letters.

In the modern era of the story Jess is running away from a bad situation. Her boyfriend is not a good man and is not only mean to her but is involved in some illegal activity as well. She starts hiding out in an old abandoned house and discovers a box of letters between Stella and Dan. She becomes so engrossed in the story she forgets to take care of herself and becomes ill. A man named Will stumbles upon her as he is trying to find the owner of the house for the company he works for. He takes her to the hospital and, after she shares the story of the letters, tries to help her find Stella for Dan as he has been looking for her for years. Will and Jess develop a connection as well while trying to reunite the long lost loves.

The author does an amazing job of not only weaving together two different time periods but two love stories as well. I was captivated by both stories and found myself laughing aloud at some of the antics they would get into and crying when the characters lost their way from each other. 

If you love romance you will love this story. Just make sure you have a box of tissues nearby.



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Meatloaf and Mistletoe by Katie Mettner



I love reading the sweet romances that Katie creates and this one is no exception. It will really put you in the Christmas mood and help you remember the true reason for the season.

Ivy has led a rough life. Her mother was a prostitute and never basically left her alone to raise herself. When she died while Ivy was in high school she had no one left except her best friend Shepard and his family. She and Shepard, or Shep as she liked to call him, have an amazing bond and have helped support each other through good times and bad their whole lives. 

As the Christmas season begins Shep and Ivy have even more reason to celebrate as Shep gets a promotion at his job with the city and Ivy is given the diner she works at along with the house behind it when the current owner and her mentor becomes too ill to run it any longer. They are both so excited for each other and start to look at each other in a different light. Each thinks the other would never return their affections until a stray piece of mistletoe changes everything and they share their first kiss. 

Shep is the first to give into his feelings but can he make Ivy see how perfect they would be together and make this Christmas season the start of something amazing?

You definitely need to check out this book as you will automatically become drawn into the lives of the people in Bells Pass and cheer on Ivy and Shep as they discover that love really can change everything!




Wednesday, December 13, 2017

You Can't Make Me by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias


My son has ADHD and it can make life very trying at times. He can be the sweetest boy in the world one minute then his strong will rears its ugly head and chaos ensues. It has been a long journey and is far from over. As with any condition with children you have to become a sort of expert in it to be able to help your child. You have to become their advocate and to do that you have to be educated. I'm learning that and reading everything I can get my hands on. Cynthia's conversational approach made reading the book feel like I was getting advise from a trusted friend. She also basis a great deal of the book on her faith in God which is important to me. She had a great deal of practical tips and a listing of books for further reading on the topic in the back. This is a must read for anyone with a strong willed child. It gives you hope and encouragement.



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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Merger by Chelle Bliss

NOW AVAILABLE from USA Today bestselling author, Chelle Bliss, comes the Takeover Duet.
KEEP YOUR FRIENDS CLOSE, AND YOUR ENEMIES CLOSER - HE PREFERS HER IN HIS BED.

Merger by Chelle Bliss
Takeover Duet Book #2
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Antonio Forte has always put business before pleasure, but ever since he met the gorgeous CEO of Interstellar Corp, he finds himself wanting both. And he's hoping she won't be able to refuse his latest offer.
Lauren Bradley knows how to survive as a woman in a man's world--trust no one. Especially handsome, smooth-talking men who make her panties melt with a single glance like Antonio. But his offer is almost as tempting as he is.
Sometimes to gain it all, you have to give up everything...
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Chelle Bliss is the USA Today bestselling author of the Men of Inked and ALFA P.I. series. She hails from the Midwest, but currently lives near the beach even though she hates sand. She's a full-time writer, time-waster extraordinaire, social media addict, coffee fiend, and ex high school history teacher. She loves spending time with her two cats, alpha boyfriend, and chatting with readers.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Wicked Winifred by Katie Mettner



I love Katie's books and this is no exception. I read this book because I wanted to find something for Halloween and this sweet romance didn't disappoint. I love the small town feel of the book and the lovable, easy to relate to characters. Winifred has a bad reputation of being mean and cold to everyone but that's not really who she is. She is heartbroken over the loss of her parents and never got over it. She is so afraid of getting close to anyone again that she keeps everyone at a distance. That is until she meets a mysterious person at a speed dating event her friend talks her into going to. Will she be able to open her heart again and find happiness or will she continue to be the town recluse?

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Misadventures on the Night Shift by Lauren Rowe

Misadventures on the Night Shift by Lauren Rowe
Release Date 7th November
Synopsis
Hotel clerk Abby Medford has always enjoyed the quiet solitude of the night shift. The long, boring hours allow her time to study her law books. But when bad-boy-rocker Lucas Ford checks into the penthouse suite one night and demands Abby personally deliver his room service request, her formerly quiet nights are quickly filled with Lucass erotic games. But as Abby soon learns, if she thinks she can indulge her innermost desires with Lucas without giving him her heart, shes dead wrong.
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Meet the Author
USA Today and internationally bestselling author Lauren Rowe lives in San Diego, California, where, in addition to writing books, she performs with her dance/party band at events all over Southern California, writes songs, takes embarrassing snapshots of her ever-patient Boston terrier, Buster, spends time with her wonderful family, and narrates audiobooks. Much to Lauren’s thrill, her books have been translated all over the world in multiple languages and hit multiple domestic and international bestseller lists. With enticing characters, enthralling situations and a general love of romantic fiction, Lauren has created a world of her own, full of wit and sensual desire.
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This book was amazing! I read it in one day because I just couldn't put it down! The chemistry between Abby and Lucas is off the charts and is sure to melt your Kindle. You will not want to miss this book.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Acquisition

NOW AVAILABLE from USA Today bestselling author, Chelle Bliss, comes the Takeover Duet.
A ONE-NIGHT STAND WITH A HANDSOME STRANGER ​WASN'T A PROBLEM—UNTIL HE TRIED TO STEAL MY COMPANY.
ACQUISITION by Chelle Bliss
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A ONE-NIGHT STAND with a handsome stranger wasn't a problem--until he tried to STEAL her company.
Ambitious, high-powered CEO Lauren Bradley is one press release away from catapulting her company to new heights.
Rival CEO, Antonio Forte is arrogant, controlling, and sexy.
She should know, since Antonio's a one-night stand she thought she'd never see again.
Antonio wants to takeover more than her company, he wants her as part of the Acquisition.
Let the games begin...
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Chelle Bliss is the USA Today bestselling author of the Men of Inked and ALFA P.I. series. She hails from the Midwest, but currently lives near the beach even though she hates sand. She's a full-time writer, time-waster extraordinaire, social media addict, coffee fiend, and ex high school history teacher. She loves spending time with her two cats, alpha boyfriend, and chatting with readers.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Misadventures of a Backup Bride

Misadventures of a Backup Bride by Shayla Black
An Overnight Billionaire. When Carson Frost inherits a confectionary that rakes in billions but is too cash-strapped to last another sixty days, he agrees to take a loan from his late fathers rival. There are two catches: Carson has to sign over a permanent stake in the company, and marry the mans daughter. Concocts a Fake Bride. Two weeks before the wedding, he gets cold feet and claims hes in love with someone else. The investor says hell still hand over the cash if Carson takes a stroll down the aisle with the woman who owns his heart. Since he isnt even dating anyone, Carson panics. Where is he going to find a bride willing to jilt him at the altar on such short notice? And Whips Up a Little Love. Ella Hope is an actress happy for any paying gig, but jilting a hottie in public isnt what she had in mind. Still, she needs rent, and hes in a bind. How hard can it be? While playing at matrimony, suddenly their intimacy isnt so fake. Ella cant help but fantasize that Carson is her groom and they will live happily ever after. But once his company is safe, will he want her anymore?
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Meet the Author
Shayla Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than fifty novels. For nearly twenty years, she’s written contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances via traditional, independent, foreign, and audio publishers. Her books have sold millions of copies and been published in a dozen languages.
Raised an only child, Shayla occupied herself with lots of daydreaming, much to the chagrin of her teachers. In college, she found her love for reading and realized that she could have a career publishing the stories spinning in her imagination. Though she graduated with a degree in Marketing/Advertising and embarked on a stint in corporate America to pay the bills, her heart has always been with her characters. She’s thrilled that she’s been living her dream as a full-time author for the past eight years.
Shayla currently lives in North Texas with her wonderfully supportive husband, her teenage daughter, and two spoiled tabbies. In her “free” time, she enjoys reality TV, reading, and listening to an eclectic blend of music.
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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Misadventures with a Superhero

Misadventures with a Super Hero by Angel Payne
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Synopsis

Working the night shift at a five-star hotel in downtown Los Angeles, I get my fair share of weirdos. But none of them prepared me for the night I met Bolt. He saved my life. Now, hes my super hero, the hunk Im yearning to thank in more creative ways than a damn kiss on the cheek. Too bad hes actually Reece Richards, my full-on nerd of a real-life boss. Hes got some commitment issues thanks to his evil ex and global empire and from having to save the city from a maniac out to destroy everything he loves. But theres something that just may interfere with all those plans. My heart.

Meet the Author

USA Today bestselling romance author Angel Payne has been reading and writing her entire life, though her love for romances turned serious at Chapman University in Southern California, where she took departmental honors for English. She began getting a paycheck for her writing when composing record reviews for a Beverly Hills-based dance music magazine, and working in promotions at LA-based KROQ-FM. She was also a music industry PA, fashion ramp model, night club DJ, special events coordinator, tour guide, and hotel group sales manager before returning to the thing she loves the most: creating character-based romantic fiction.
Angel has written for four publishing houses, and is also independently published. She most enjoys focusing on high heat and high concepts starring memorable alpha men and the women who love them. She has numerous book series to her credit, including the Suited for Sin series, the Cimarron Saga, the Temptation Court series, the Secrets of Stone series (with Victoria Blue), the Lords of Sin historicals, and the popular WILD Boys of Special Forces series. She’s excited to be one of the inaugural authors for Waterhouse Press’s prestigious MISADVENTURES series.
Angel still lives in Southern California, where she is married to her soul mate and lives on a street that looks like Brigadoon, with their awesome daughter and Lady Claire, the dog with impeccable manners. When not writing, she is a proud cos play mom, and also enjoys reading, pop culture, alt rock, cute shoes, and being active in the outdoors.
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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Misadventures of a Good Wife

MISADVENTURES OF A GOOD WIFE 

by

Helen Hardt & Meredith Wild

Releases 3rd October
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Synopsis

Kate and Price Lewis had the perfect marriage—love, fulfilling careers, and a great apartment in the city. But when Price’s work takes him overseas and his plane goes down, their happily-ever-after goes down with it.
A year later, Kate is still trying to cope. She’s tied to her grief as tightly as she was bound to Price. When her sister-in-law coaxes her into an extended girls’ trip—three weeks on a remote Caribbean island—Kate agrees. At a villa as secluded as the island, they’re the only people in sight, until Kate sees a ghost walking toward them on the beach. Price is alive.
Their reunion is anything but picture perfect. Kate has been loyal to the husband she thought was dead, but she needs answers. What she gets instead is a cryptic proposal—go back home in three weeks, or disappear with Price...forever.
Emotions run high, passions burn bright, and Kate faces an impossible choice. Can Price win back his wife? Or will his secrets tear them apart?

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Meet the Authors

Meredith Wild is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of romance. Living on Florida’s Gulf Coast with her husband and three children, she refers to herself as a techie, whiskey-appreciator, and hopeless romantic. She has been featured on CBS This Morning, The Today Show, the New York TimesThe Hollywood ReporterPublishers Weekly, and The Examiner. When she isn’t living in the fantasy world of her characters, she can usually be found at:
#1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Helen Hardt’s passion for the written word began with the books her mother read to her at bedtime. She wrote her first story at age six and hasn’t stopped since. In addition to being an award winning author of contemporary and historical romance and erotica, she’s a mother, a black belt in Taekwondo, a grammar geek, an appreciator of fine red wine, and a lover of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. She writes from her home in Colorado, where she lives with her family. Helen loves to hear from readers.

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Giveaway
Probably one of the best books I have ever read! I couldnt put it down. Its a roller coaster ride of sex, mystery and adventure! A must read!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Dirty Talk by Chelle Bliss




Politics has never been so sexy!
Jude, a returning war hero, decides to run for the senate to be a voice for all the veterans. His only competition is political royalty Reagan Preston. They are supposed to be enemies but no one could have predicted the chemistry that would ignite at their first debate. The two are drawn to each other and can't fight their attraction. Will their flame fizzle out from sneaking around or will that flame ignite into a lifetime of passion? Find out in this sexy, friends to lovers romance.

I give this book 5 stars!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Misadventures of a City Girl by Meredith Wild and Chelle Bliss




Fresh off a divorce from a Hollywood hotshot, Madison Atwood needs an escape. With the paparazzi fresh on her heels and her love life splashed on every tabloid, she runs away to a swanky retreat in Northern California. Avalon Springs is the mountainside haven she needs to find herself again. 



Luke Dawson lives off the grid, preferring solitude to society. When he finds a beautiful woman soaking in the hot springs on his property, he can’t stop himself from watching her. She captures his attention, but she’s just a city girl—a beautiful distraction disturbing the peace he’s settled here to find. 




When Madison discovers Luke’s secluded cabin, he can’t turn her away again. They make no promises. Madison needs to feel wanted again, and Luke misses the touch of a woman. But when mother nature has other plans, they’re forced to spend more than a night of passion together. Can Luke say goodbye to the only woman who’s made him feeling anything in years, and can Madison leave behind the man who brought her back to life?




Thursday, September 7, 2017

Shattered by Helen Hardt



This is the seventh book in the Steel Brothers series. In this book we get to meet Ryan, the youngest of the Steel brothers. He has been absent in the other books because his runs the winery that the family owns and it has been his busy season with the harvest and making the wine. Now that his older brothers are getting married he is determined now more than ever to be there for them and help them get to the bottom of the mystery behind Talon's abduction. 
The whole family flies down to Jamaica for a double wedding for Talon and Jade and Melanie and Jonah. Melanie invites her new friend Ruby who is a detective investigating Melanie's abduction case. Ruby is also connected to the case because her father is the last of Talon's abductor's that hasn't been found yet. 


Ruby and Ryan have an immediate connection as soon as they meet on the plane and that connection only continues to grow with their time in Jamaica. They spend a few steamy nights but Ruby is convinced that it is only a fling and is not expecting it to continue when they get home. Ryan has other ideas and the two begin a romance at home as well. 
A secret long hidden is about to rear its ugly head and that secret could tear Ruby and Ryan apart? Will these two be able to move on from their pasts or is this relationship doomed from the start?
I give this book 5 stars and can't wait for the next installment in December.  



Wednesday, September 6, 2017

October Winds by Katie Mettner

















October Halloran left her past behind and found happiness in a tiny northern Minnesota town working at a local truck stop. At least she was happy, until Sheriff Jett Raven started asking questions she didn’t want to answer.

Jett didn't buy the story ‘Sarah Banks’ sold the rest of the community. Smitten since the moment he first laid eyes on her, he knew she wasn't who she claimed to be. It wasn't until she stumbled across a dead body that he had a reason to dig into her past, and bring her into his home.

Murdered truckers and attempted kidnappings lead October and Jett to the startling truth. With dozens of girls’ lives on the line, it’s up to October to discover who’s after her and why. It’s up to Jett to keep her alive.



I tucked the collar of the men’s Carhartt jacket tighter around my neck. The early October days were warm, but the temps dropped fast once the sun started to set. I wanted nothing more than to get home and start a fire to vanquish the chill, and the things that go bump in the night.

To get home, I had two choices: stand here next to this tall and scratchy, yet safe, tree and wait for the dark of night to cover me, or say screw it and run across the road. The first choice assured me I would make it back home with all my belongings, but it would take a few hours. The second choice gave me more variables to work with. I could dart across the road without a soul knowing I'm even out here, or I could saunter into the forest on the other side and be seen, but not raise suspicion. Alternatively, I could get picked up by someone with less than good intentions, or I could get hit by a car in the middle of the road.

I tapped my fingers on the tree to the rhythm of the latest pop song they played on an endless loop at work. My feet were tired from working ten hours, and all I wanted to do was take off my boots and rub my toes. My shift started at seven this morning and should have ended at noon, but when Marge failed to show, again, I worked her shift, too. I wasn't about to turn down an extra fifty bucks for the day.

Now the sun was starting to set in the west and my stomach growled with hunger. I was starving and couldn’t wait to eat the fruit and nut mix in my pack, which was heavy with my latest treasures as it rested on my feet. The longer I stood pondering my decision, the longer it would take me to sit down to eat. I pondered a lot of things in life often, and rarely did I come to an acceptable conclusion. When you live as I do, you don't have fast cars, cell phones, or electronic planners to keep you busy and in touch with the world. I have plenty of time to ponder and plan, because in my situation a lapse in judgment could mean the end of the road for me.

I let out an exhausted sigh and picked up my pack, shifting it across both shoulders evenly. I was too tired to wait, but I still had to hustle and not let anything distract me. I edged closer to the road and listened with a practiced ear for the hum of tires on the concrete. A trained ear could hear a vehicle coming more than a mile away. It would take me less than thirty seconds to cross if I sprinted. I listened a full five minutes anyway, chastising myself. If I had left the first minute, I'd be home by now. Just one more minute, I kept telling myself, one more minute to be sure.

I finally willed my feet to step into the open, and I darted across the concrete, heaving a sigh of relief when I made it without a car in sight. Another safe commute to work and back. I laughed aloud at myself. I could say with certainty my commute had a whole different set of frustrations than the usual American’s did. I paused. Were those hooves clomping on the road? I was still exposed as I worked my way down the bank toward the opening in the trees. I wouldn’t be safe until those trees swallowed me for the night.

“Do you need help?” a man’s voice asked.

I gulped as a horse and rider approached me. I didn’t hear the horse until it was too late, which I found odd, considering I hear everything out of place in my forest. I must be completely exhausted to have missed it. Unless the rider kept the horse in the grass on purpose. I glanced around the road and trees while I searched for a way out of this interaction.

“No, no help needed, thanks anyway,” I said, choosing to stroll along the ditch, hoping to get past him and into the forest when he disappeared down the road.

The reins rose in the air and the black as night horse stopped next to me, its rider peering down at me with an intensity I’ve rarely experienced. “You shouldn’t be walking out here at this time of night. It’s dangerous. A car might not see you in the dusky light.”

I nodded as he spoke, knowing if I agreed with him he would go on his way, and so could I. All I had to do was act cool. “Thanks for the advice; I’m heading home now.” It wasn’t a lie. I was heading home.

The intensity of his gaze unnerved me as he sat like a hawk upon the horse. His eyes were dark, and I realized they were the same color as the rich dark chocolate bar Lanny loved to eat at work. His hair, also dark brown, had a swoop which fell across his forehead in a salon cut style. His Columbia parka, well broken-in Levi jeans, and Red Wing boots told me he had money. The expensive saddle he sat in also reinforced his social status. It was handmade and likely set him back a pretty penny. I envied him. Not for the expensive clothes, but for the saddle and the horse. There was nothing as frustrating as knowing you aren’t even scraping by while someone else is living high off the hog, or in this case, horse.

I unwittingly stretched my hand out to the powerful animal and it sniffed my fingers, then allowed me to pet its muzzle. “You have a beautiful horse,” I said, yanking my hand back and forcing it to stay in my pocket. I had to escape this good-looking cowboy before I piqued his interest too much.

He patted the horse on its crest. “Thank you. Matilda loves to meet new people.”

“Matilda, huh? Does she like to waltz?” I asked, trying to keep his interest on the horse and not me.

“Cute, but no, she prefers galloping. What’s your name, darlin’?”

Darlin’? Who is this guy?

“I’m Sarah,” I said, not proffering my hand. I lied with practiced authority, because there was no way I would give out my real name.

“Nice to meet you, Sarah, I’m Jett,” he said from atop the horse. “I better get back myself before the sun finishes setting. It’s hard to see Matilda in the dark. Do you need a ride?”

I patted the horse one last time. “No, I’m almost home.” Another lie. Chances are good I will go to hell for all the lying I do, but at this point, does it matter? “But thanks for the offer.”

His intense brown eyes took their time raking me from top to bottom before he replied. “Okay, I’ll be on my way then. Nice to meet you, Sarah.”

“You too, Jett,” I answered, tucking my thumbs into the straps of my backpack near my waist. “Have a good night.”

He waved and Matilda clomped off down the shoulder of the road. I marched at a snail’s pace, waiting while they disappeared beyond the horizon before I backtracked into the woods. I didn’t want to stray too far from my entry point or I would be hopelessly lost. As it was, I would have to double back along the tree line once he was gone. Today hadn’t been kind to me and I was glad it was almost over. I slowed my steps further, counting in my head the number of seconds it would take him to disappear completely. I would rather take a few extra steps away from the woods than risk him turning and seeing me entering my secret spot. I focused on the second tally in my head, each step slow, but forward, fifty-one, fifty-two, fifty-three. Only seven more seconds and I should be in the clear. I held my breath, wanting nothing more than to run into the woods now, but it would serve me no purpose.

When my counting hit sixty seconds, I swiveled, barely flicking my head backward as I flipped my hair in a typical girly pose, only mine was practiced, and fruitful. As predicted, he had disappeared down the long curving road which leads to Zansaville, Minnesota. Zansaville is nothing more than a pit stop on the highway of life.




I have read quite a few of Katie’s books and they just keep getting better with each one I read. This one is my favorite so far.

October is on the run from her past hiding out in the small town of Zansaville living under the assumed name of Sara Banks. She works at a truck stop and lives in an old RV in the woods outside of town. She has spent her whole life in survival mode and now she is trying to get the old RV she lives in ready for the harsh Minnesota winter on her limited income from the truck stop. One the way home one night she runs into Sheriff Raven. The two have an instant connection and soon begin spending more and more time together.

Zansaville is a quiet town with very little crime so when a trucker is found dead in the dumpster of the truck stop the whole community is shocked. Sadly this is only the beginning of what could possibly be something bigger than just a dead trucker. Can Sheriff Raven solve the crimes before it is too late? Is October’s past coming back to haunt her in this crime spree? Will October and Sheriff Raven be able to get past all the obstacles in their way to finally be together?

I really enjoyed this book. I instantly fell in love with the relatable characters and was drawn into the mystery behind what brought October to Zansaville. I found myself cheering Sheriff Raven on the whole time while he was trying to convince October that not only was she worthy of love but that he was in love with her. I mean girl doesn’t want a man to take care of her and fight for the right to love her?

I give this book 5 stars and would highly recommend it.










Katie Mettner writes inspirational and romantic suspense from a little house in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. She's the author of the four part epic family saga, The Sugar Series, Sugar's Song being runner up for sweet romance in the eFestival of Words contest. Her other romance series, The
Northern Lights Series, The Snowberry Holiday Series, Kupid's Cove Series, and The Magnificent Series are all set in the Midwest. If you love romance and romantic suspense, her books are for you.


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Katie lives with her soulmate, whom she met online at Thanksgiving and married in April. Together they share their lives with their three children and two leopard geckos. After suffering an especially bad spill on the bunny hill in 1989, Katie became an amputee in 2011, giving her the much needed time to pen her first novel, Sugar's Dance. With the release of Sugar's story, Katie discovered the unfilled need for disabled heroes and heroines! Her stories are about empowering people with special circumstances to find the one person who will love them because of their abilities, not their inabilities. Katie has a slight addiction to Twitter and blogging, with a lessening aversion to Pinterest now that she quit trying to make the things she pinned.