Cowboy Take Me Away by Jane Graves

CowboyTakeMeAwaybyJaneGraves

Source: Purchased/donated by author

Book:
Cowboy Take Me Away by Jane Graves

Series:
Rainbow Valley

Back Cover:
First Love Burns Hotter

Rainbow Valley, Texas, has always been a refuge for animals, and Shannon North, director of the local shelter, intends to keep it that way. But with donations drying up and more pets in need of a loving home than ever before, Shannon’s beginning to fear she’s not the savior the shelter needs. When a tall, dark and handsome cowboy from her past comes to the rescue, she knows that accepting his help may come with a high price: her heart.

The Second Time Around

Bad boy Luke Dawson shook the dust from this little town off his boots years ago. He walked away from everything…except the memory of the one night of passion he shared with Shannon. Now, a few wins away from becoming the world bull-riding champion, Luke’s headed for fame and fortune. But then a crisis calls him back to Rainbow Valley, and Luke is reunited with the good girl who stole-and broke-his heart. As their rekindled relationship deepens into desire, old secrets resurface, and Luke must choose between the future he’s always dreamed of and the only woman he’s ever loved.

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Review:
We LOVED the animals!! We found this to be a sweet, fluffy (literally) romance. We have to say, Shannon had a few issues but we definitely liked Luke. The secondary characters were great and ensure we will be checking out the next books in the series. We gave this book a 7.8 out of 10 rating.

Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts

WhiskeyBeachbyNoraRoberts

Source: Purchased

Book:
Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts

Back Cover:
For more than three hundred years, Bluff House has sat above Whiskey Beach, guarding its shore—and its secrets. But to Eli Landon, it’s home…

A Boston lawyer, Eli has weathered an intense year of public scrutiny and police investigations after being accused of—but never arrested for—the murder of his soon-to-be-ex wife.

He finds sanctuary at Bluff House, even though his beloved grandmother is in Boston recuperating from a nasty fall. Abra Walsh is always there, though. Whiskey Beach’s resident housekeeper, yoga instructor, jewelry maker, and massage therapist, Abra is a woman of many talents—including helping Eli take control of his life and clear his name. But as they become entangled in each other, they find themselves caught in a net that stretches back for centuries—one that has ensnared a man intent on reaping the rewards of destroying Eli Landon once and for all…

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Review:
We don’t usually select hardcover releases for our book reads…but this is Nora Roberts, so we made an exception.  And it was worth it!  We had picked this one for our Romantic Suspense read and there really wasn’t any suspense in the story, but we were okay with that.  The girls characterized the female lead as ‘perfect’ and ‘well-adjusted’.  While the hero seemed a little weak, he and the heroine provided good counter-points.  The setting of this story was fantastic.   We gave this one an 8.6 out of 10 rating.

Currant Creek Valley by RaeAnne Thayne

Currant Creek Valley by RaeAnne Thayne

Source: Purchased

Book:
Currant Creek Valley by RaeAnne Thayne

Series:
A Hope’s Crossing Novel

Back Cover:
If you build it, love will come…to Hope’s Crossing.

Alexandra McKnight prefers a life of long workdays and short-term relationships, and she’s found it in Hope’s Crossing. A sous chef at the local ski resort, she’s just been offered her dream job at an exclusive new restaurant being built in town. But when it comes to designing the kitchen, Alex finds herself getting up close and personal with construction foreman Sam Delgado….

At first glance, Sam seems perfect for Alex. He’s big, tough, gorgeous—and in town for only a few weeks. But when Sam suddenly moves into a house down the road, Alex suspects that the devoted single father of a six-year-old boy wants more from her than she’s willing to give. Now it’s up to Sam to help Alex see that, no matter what happened in her past, together they can build something more meaningful in Hope’s Crossing.

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Review:
Currant Creek Valley is actually book 4 in the Hope’s Crossing series.  This series is reminiscent of Robin Carr’s Virgin Creek series, very character driven.  The biggest struggle with reading this book was the number of people we were introduced to right off the bat.  While the story itself can be read as a stand-alone title, we would recommend reading the series to get a handle on the who’s who of the town.  We definitely enjoyed the main characters, particularly Sam.  We found Alex’s aversion to long-term relationships a bit of an over reaction to her past.  Overall we found this to be a cute read.  This book received a 6.6 out of 10 rating.

That Night on Thistle Lane by Carla Neggers

That Night on Thistle Lane Swift River Valley Series

Back Cover:
More than just make-believe
Librarian Phoebe O’Dunn deals in stories, but her passion for history has taught her that happy endings are rare. Her life in Knights Bridge, Massachusetts, is safe and uneventful…until she discovers the hidden room.

Among its secrets is a cache of vintage clothing, including a spectacular gown—perfect for a gala masquerade in Boston. In the guise of a princess, Phoebe is captivated by a handsome swashbuckler who’s also adopted a more daring persona. Noah Kendrick’s wealth has made him wary, especially of women: everybody wants something.

When Noah and Phoebe meet again in Knights Bridge, at first neither recognizes the other. And neither one is sure they can trust the magic of the night they shared—until an unexpected threat prompts them to unmask their truest selves.
After all, it takes more than just the right costume to live out your personal fairy tale. It takes heart…and the courage to be more than you ever dreamed.

Review:
On the whole the group enjoyed this book. The biggest comment was that there were a lot of characters, which isn’t unusual in series like this one. The hero and heroine were well defined, but there wasn’t as much interaction between the two as we would have liked to see. It seemed like the majority of the novel was the two of them working out their issues on their own. In all, this was a cute, light read and we rated the book 5.5 out of 10.

Books for April Discussion

March Reads:
The Night is Mine by M.L. Buchman Destiny by Carly Phillips Devil's Kiss by Zoe Archer In the Arms of a Marquess by Katharine Ashe

Feel Free to share your comments about the selections here! We would love to hear what everyone thinks of the books.

August Meeting

We will be meeting at Books A Million on August 9th at 7:00 PM.

We are reading the following books.