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Book Lovin' Mamas has reviewed 49 books this year.

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Dead Witch Walking by Kim HarrisonCruel Fortune by K.A. LindeI Want You Back by Lorelei JamesLike The Wind by J. BengtssonLothaire by Kresley ColeThe Gamble by Kristen AshleyDreams of a Dark Warrior by Kresley ColeLondon Calling by Veronica ForandDark Prince by Christine FeehanDemon from the Dark by Kresley Cole
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ARC Review: ‘The Summer He Came Home’ by Juliana Stone

I received a complimentary copy of the book from the Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

ARC Review: ‘The Summer He Came Home’ by Juliana Stone

The Summer He Came Home

by Juliana Stone
Series: Bad Boys of Crystal Lake #1
Published by Sourcebooks on April 2, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 384
Format: eArc
Source: Netgalley
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Goodreads
four-half-stars

Sometimes the best place to find love is right back where you started…
Falling asleep in a different bed every night has made it easy for Cain Black to forget his past. It’s been ten years since he packed his guitar and left Crystal Lake to chase his dreams. Now tragedy has forced him home again. And though Cain relishes the freedom of the road, one stolen moment with Maggie O’Rourke makes him wonder if he’s missing out on something bigger than fame.
For Maggie—single mother and newly settled in Crystal Lake—love is a luxury she just can’t afford. Sure, she appreciates the tall, dark and handsome looks of prodigal son Cain Black. But how long can she expect the notorious hellion to stay?
The last thing either of them wants is something complicated. But sometimes love has its own plans.

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Review: ‘Just For Fun’ by Rosalind James

I received a complimentary copy of the book from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Just For Fun’ by Rosalind James

Just for Fun

by Rosalind James
Series: Escape to New Zealand #4
Published by Rosalind James on January 1, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 336
Format: eArc
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four-stars

What if the person who broke your heart turned out to be the only one who could mend it?
Nic Wilkinson is a responsible, organized, disciplined rugby player at the top of his game. Emma Martens is a sometimes-scattered, often-emotional, and always-broke would-be designer with a big chip on her shoulder where Nic's concerned.
They have no history together, except one perfect week. Nothing in common anymore, except the most important thing of all. Getting together again would be messy. Complicated. Scary. And, just maybe, worth every risk.

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Review: ‘Concealed Desire’ by Eden Summers

Review: ‘Concealed Desire’ by Eden Summers

Concealed Desire

by Eden Summers
Published by Etopia Press on January 3, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
four-half-stars

"A love that breaks all the rules..."
Since her first day at work, Beth Graison has been in love with Dean Sutherland--the "Son" in Sutherland & Son. Although he's an unrepentant player, there's an unmistakable connection between them, and she knows he feels it too. But she's not about to risk her career for any man, especially one with an office right down the hall whom she works with every day.
Dean Sutherland doesn't do love, but he does do women. And he hasn't felt more than sexual attraction for any woman until Beth. Entirely feminine, smart, and with a natural beauty beyond compare, she makes him think about all kinds of uncomfortable things--like a future and happiness--things he knows from experience are pure fiction.
When his father, the "Sutherland" in Sutherland & Son, propositions Beth to be more than just an employee, Dean can't keep her at arm's length any longer. But he doesn't expect the scorching kiss they share, or the idea that forms when he holds her in his arms. Can he stop his father's manipulating game by making the first move on Beth? Or will his reputation as a womanizer make him just one more Sutherland she wants to ignore?

ARC Review: ‘The Gift’ by Elise Marion

I received a complimentary copy of the book from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

ARC Review: ‘The Gift’ by Elise Marion

The Gift

by Elise Marion
Published by Bottom Drawer Publications on February 13, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eArc
Goodreads
five-stars

All film star Avery O’Dea has ever wanted is a normal home life outside of her career. Meeting Dominic Ramsey, albeit not through the best of circumstances, has made that dream a reality. A few months into their marriage, she’s finally living the kind of life she’s always wished for off-screen. So when their first Valentine’s Day comes around, she expects nothing less than what other girls get on the most romantic day of the year: chocolates, flowers, seduction … the works!When Dominic Ramsay first met his beautiful wife, Avery, he was a struggling photographer and was able to devote much of his time to supporting her demanding career. Track forward twelve months and Dom is now very much in demand after successful showings of his work. He’s been offered the chance of a lifetime to work on a shoot in Paris and accepts the job, even though he’s been away from home a lot in recent times. Valentine’s Day is just commercialism gone mad, he reasons, and he’s sure Avery won’t mind that they celebrate on a different day.Avery is crushed when the gift she receives from Dom makes her wonder if he knows her at all. Dom starts to wonder if Avery liked him better when he could devote much of his time to her. A chance meeting in an airport and advice from the most unlikely of sources just might make them realize what they have to hold on to and that the best gift of all is right under their noses?

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ARC Review: ‘Rebecca’s Lost Journals, Volume 2: The Contract’ by Lisa Renee Jones

I received a complimentary copy of the book from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

ARC Review: ‘Rebecca’s Lost Journals, Volume 2: The Contract’ by Lisa Renee Jones

Rebecca's Lost Journals, Volume 2: The Contract

by Lisa Renee Jones
Series: Inside Out #1.2
Published by Simon and Schuster on February 18, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance
Pages: 40
Format: eArc
Goodreads
five-stars

An Inside Out novella...
The secret life of Rebecca and the men who have seduced her. These are the journals Sara never sees, but you the reader, will!
The Inside Out Trilogy includes IF I WERE YOU, BEING ME, and REVEALING US
In part one of Rebecca’s Lost Journals, The Seduction, Rebecca meets the rich, darkly alluring man who will draw her into a passionate, intense affair and tempt her into erotic experiences she never thought she would dare.
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ARC Review: ‘Anything for you’ by Jessica Scott

ARC Review: ‘Anything for you’ by Jessica Scott

Anything for You

by Jessica Scott
Series: Coming Home #1.5
Published by Jessica Scott on February 1, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Military Romance
Pages: 42
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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five-stars

From the author of Because of You comes an all new Coming Home short story.
Sergeant First Class Shane Garrison has spent a year recovering from his combat injuries. A year spent in the arms of the woman of his dreams. But loving Jen comes with a price: every time he touches her, he faces the uncertain fear that loving her might mean losing her forever.  Jen is a breast cancer survivor and with Shane, she’s found a man who loves her despite her scars. But her scars may be too much for their love to survive.
As their love grows, so does the risk to Jen’s life. And Shane must make the toughest decision any man can make to save the woman he loves.

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ARC Review: ‘How to Misbehave’ by Ruthie Knox

I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher, Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

ARC Review: ‘How to Misbehave’ by Ruthie Knox

How to Misbehave

by Ruthie Knox
Published by Random House Publishing Group on January 28th 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 96
Format: eArc
Source: publisher, Netgalley
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Goodreads
four-half-stars

What woman can resist a hot man in a hard hat? Beloved author Ruthie Knox kicks off her new Camelot series with this deliciously sexy original novella, in which a good girl learns how to misbehave . . . with all her heart.
As program director for the Camelot Community Center, Amber Clark knows how to keep her cool. That is, until a sudden tornado warning forces her to take shelter in a darkened basement with a hunk of man whose sex appeal green lights her every fantasy. With a voice that would melt chocolate, he asks her if she is okay. Now she's hot all over and wondering: How does a girl make a move?
Building contractor Tony Mazzara was just looking to escape nature's fury. Instead, he finds himself all tangled up with lovely Amber. Sweet and sexy, she's ready to unleash her wild side. Their mutual desire reaches a fever pitch and creates a storm of its own--unexpected, powerful, and unforgettable. But is it bigger than Tony can handle? Can he let go of painful memories and let the force of this remarkable woman show him a future he never dreamed existed?
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from these Loveswept titles: Along Came Trouble, Flirting with Disaster, and Room at the Inn.

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Review: ‘Just for Now’ by Rosalind James

I received a complimentary copy of the book from the Blog Tour Host in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Just for Now’ by Rosalind James

Just for Now

by Rosalind James
Series: Escape to New Zealand #3
Published by Rosalind James on January 1, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 310
Format: eArc
Source: Blog Tour Host
Amazon Kindle | Amazon Paperback
Goodreads
five-stars

There's no place like home . . .
For teacher Jenna McKnight, nothing spells "heartbreak" like finding her husband with somebody else--in her bed. It's clearly time to reinvent herself. A new body, a new city, and a new job later, she's done just that. The beautiful Auckland villa isn't really her home, though. Finn Douglas and his kids aren't really her family, however much she wishes they were. And playing house can be a dangerous game.
Rugby star Finn Douglas is just looking for a temporary nanny and housekeeper. Not a girlfriend, and definitely not a wife. He can't resist Jenna's cooking, it's true. Who knew he'd have so much trouble resisting her? He wants to do what's right for his kids. But waiting is so hard . . .

Review: ‘Just Good Friends’ by Rosalind James

Review: ‘Just Good Friends’ by Rosalind James

Just Good Friends

by Rosalind James
Series: Escape to New Zealand #2
Published by Rosalind James on January 1, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 308
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Goodreads
five-stars

Some bets were made to be lost.
Kate Lamonica isn't Koti James's type. Too small. Too dark. And heaps too much work. So it's an easy bet that he can be her friend for six weeks without making a move on her, no matter what his mates would have said.
Kate can't believe she's made the bet at all. New Zealand had seemed like the perfect escape from the stalker who'd threatened first her peace of mind, and then her life. She certainly doesn't need any more trouble. Why on earth has she agreed to spend time with a Maori rugby player who's far too handsome and charming for his own good--and knows it? But there's more than one game Koti's good at playing...

Review: ‘Just this Once’ by Rosalind James

Review: ‘Just this Once’ by Rosalind James

Just This Once

by Rosalind James
Series: Escape to New Zealand #1
Published by Self-Published on August 29, 2012
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 294
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Goodreads
four-half-stars

Everyone needs to be rescued sometimes.
Everyone but Hannah Montgomery, that is. She just needs a vacation. Three weeks in New Zealand to sort out her life, figure out what she wants, seems just right. Oh, and to relax. She should definitely put that on the agenda. She certainly isn’t looking for a sexy fling with a professional rugby player, no matter how attractive he is. Hannah doesn’t do casual. But maybe just this once ...
As much as he’s shared with Hannah, Drew Callahan has kept one very big secret. And learning the truth, now that she’s back home again, has made Hannah warier than ever. Drew knows that she’s right for him. But how can he convince her to let down her guard enough to explore what they could have together?
Note: This romance, like New Zealand, contains some steam. If that isn't your cuppa, you may want to visit another country ... er, book.

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