Stacking the Shelves #48–August Edition

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Stacking the Shelves is a *new* weekly meme to feature all the books that have made their way into our homes this week!
Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

I know it’s a huge pile, but I’ve already finished 12 of those.

Bought:

Imprisoned by a Vow Biting Bad (Chicagoland Vampires, #8) Burn (Breathless, #3) Boots And Chaps (Ugly Stick Saloon, #1) Boots and Leather (Ugly Stick Saloon #2) Boots and Bareback (Ugly Stick Saloon, #3) Boots and Lace (Ugly Stick Saloon #4) Boots and Roses (Ugly Stick Saloon #5) Turn and Burn (Blacktop Cowboys, #5) Origin (Lux, #4) The Liberator (Dante Walker, #2) Diamond Dust (Takhini Wolves, #3) 

Novellas:

Temporary Arrangement (The Renaldis, #0.5) Only Us: A Fool's Gold Holiday Novella (Fool's Gold, #6.1) Bought By The Billionaire Brothers (Buchanan Brothers, #1) Boots and Promises Take Me (Take a Chance #4) Halfway There (Fool's Gold #9.75) Afterburn 

For Review:

The Shadow of Mudflap (Foxtrot Team, #1) To Catch a Princess Two Wrongs, One Right (Come Undone, #3) Something's Cooking

Galley:

Bikers and Pearls (Summerbrook, #1) Fake Fiance, Real Revenge (Three River Ranch, #3) Christmas in Snowflake Canyon Million Dollar Christmas ProposalThe Consequences of That Night Cake Fearless Take Me Home for Christmas (Whiskey Creek, #5) The Secret Heir of Sunset Ranch The Striker's Chance Words of Lust Kissing Under The Mistletoe (The Sullivans, #10) Naked Sushi Expecting a Bolton Baby Between Friends Shadowed (Dark Protectors, #6) A Fool's Gold Christmas (Fool's Gold #9.5) Bonds of Hope (Wicked Play, #4)

 
That’s all for this month. What you got to show? Leave me a link and I’ll come to visit.
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Romance Review: Callahan Cowboy Triplets by Tina Leonard

Callahan Cowboy Triplets

His Callahan Destiny?
Tighe Callahan is wild and free as the wind, until he starts chasing the beautiful River Martin. After he catches her–in a midnight seduction he’ll never forget–Tighe learns he’s about to become a daddy…three times over! Not even an ornery bull can stop him from making River and their babies-to-be his.
Standing down isn’t in River’s vocabulary. Tighe can insist on doing the honorable thing all he wants–she isn’t tying the knot until the cowboy says he loves her. Only, now her wounded warrior’s on some dangerous, life-changing quest.
Tighe’s finally ready to heed the message of his ancestors: defend his land and claim his woman. Because it’s never too late to become the Callahan he was destined to be!

Title: Callahan Cowboy Triplets
Author: Tina Leonard
Series: Callahan Cowboys
Publisher:  Harlequin American Romance
Format: ebook from NetGalley
ISBN: 1460318854
Genre: Romance
Release date: September 1st 2013
Number of pages: 224
 
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One more Callahan book to the series and this one was a bit strange for me. Several reasons actually. But the first thing that never leaves my mind is the fact Wolf kidnapped River and she was pregnant with three babies. But the worst part was the fact Tighe didn’t do a thing for about three months. Come on, do you have any idea what it takes to a woman body a multiple pregnancy and nobody in the family seemed to care about that.
 
Also very strange was the fact Tighe had to marry her just because she got pregnant. He was never into the marriage and kids thing, but now is a must for yesterday. Didn’t match his character. And I liked him more before this kidnapping thing. He was more normal and didn’t actually believed the legends and other strange stories. But I just can’t let go the fact they simply let her there. And if I were River, marriage would need to wait until that man groveled enough.

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Series in Order

#1 – The Cowboy’s Triplets
#2 – The Cowboy’s Bonus Babies
#3 – The Bull Rider’s Twins
#4 – His Valentine Triplets
#5 – Cowboy Sam’s Quadruplets
#6 –  A Callahan Wedding
#7 – The Renegade Cowboy Returns
#8 – The Cowboy Soldier’s Sons
#9 – A Callahan Outlaw’s Twins
#10 – His Callahan Bride’s Baby
#11 – Branded by a Callahan
#12 – Callahan Cowboy Triplets
#13 – A Callahan Christmas Miracle
#14 – Her Callahan Family Man


 

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Romance Guest Review: Forever My Girl by Heidi McLaughlin

Forever My Girl (Beaumont, #1)

I was never supposed to be a rock star. I had my life all planned out for me. Play football in college. Go to the NFL. Marry my high school sweetheart and live happily ever after.

I broke both our hearts that day when I told her I was leaving. I was young. I made the right decision for me, but the wrong decision for us. I’ve poured my soul into my music, but I’ve never forgotten her. Her smell, her smile.

And now I’m going back.

After ten years.

I hope I can explain that after all this time.

I still want her to be my forever girl.

Title: Forever My Girl
Author: Heidi McLaughlin
Publisher:  Bandit Publishing Company
Format: ebook (Kindle Edition)
ISBN: 0988695103
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release date: December 26th 2012
Number of pages: 302
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Review by Melissa

First book in the Beaumont series, Forever my girl is a story about second chance love. It’s cute,  simple and a fast read. There’s not too much drama and I think it’s more realistic in some situations where you’d expect angst and jealousy to take over the emotions of the characters, making them act foolishly, instead of the mature grown-ups they’re supposed to be. I enjoyed the constant flashbacks of Josie’s and Liam’s high school years, how they fell in love and the activities they did together with their best friends. I found it to be beautiful and almost picture perfect.

But, there were some things I couldn’t slide down concerning the characters’ thoughts and actions. Liam left to pursue his dream, and I’m okay with that. The pressure and high expectations for him was too much when it isn’t something you really want. Yet, there could have been other ways to do it. Communication is of essence here and he clearly wasn’t very good at it (stage and songwriting is a completely different matter, he rocks). He seemed to be too possessive of Josie, always stating “my girl” “my girl” over and over again, when he had no right. And, what I thought to be too perfect was how easily he accepted he had a son with Josie, how he figured it out. He didn’t even doubt it for a second, and I know the kid looked exactly like him, but normal people always doubt this kind of things. Liam was trying TOO hard to have a connection with Josie, a reason to stay close to her and win her back.

On a side note, I heard Forever My Girl has been optioned to be a movie! Despite this book not being one of my all time favorites, I am looking forward to seeing it on the big screen.

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Series in Order

#1 – Forever My Girl
#1.5 – My Everything
#2 – My Unexpected Forever

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Romance Review: A Fool’s Gold Christmas by Susan Mallery

A Fool's Gold Christmas (Fool's Gold #9.5)

The unrelenting cheer in Fool’s Gold, California, is bringing out the humbug in dancer Evie Stryker. She learned early on that Christmas miracles don’t happen, at least not for her. And this year seems like no exception. An injury has forced her to return to the family fold, no matter that they’re estranged. She won’t add to the awkward scenario by being seduced by the bad-boy charms of her brother’s best friend, the last man she should ever want to date. Even when she’s recruited to stage the Fool’s Gold winter festival, she vows to do as promised, then move forward with her life anywhere but here.Jaded lawyer Dante Jefferson is getting used to the backwater town he now reluctantly calls home, but the pounding of little dancers’ feet above his temporary office is more than any man should have to take! When he confronts their gorgeous teacher, he’s unprepared for the attraction that sears him down to the soul. Evie is his best friend’s sister—off-limits unless he’s willing to risk his heart. Dante has always believed that love is the most dangerous force in the universe, but that was before he had to reckon with the magic of a certain small town, where miracles do seem to happen….

Title: A Fool’s Gold Christmas
Author: Susan Mallery
Series: Fool’s Gold
Publisher:  Harlequin HQN
Format: ebook from Netgalley
ISBN: 0373777027
Genre: Romance
Release date: September 25th 2012
Number of pages: 320
 
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I think the mother-daughter relationship in this book was a little strange and I still don’t understand why people keep finding reasons to explain the way Evie was left behind. her family was busy with something else and nobody thought about her at all and now everyone is thinking she just need to accept them all and live with it. It’s not that simple and they need to learn things do not fall in their lap, because everyone was very successful and Evie was struggling.
 
I liked the way her relationship with Dante was more friendship and them evolved into sex, because she was in a different town and needed a friend. Her family was her problem so she couldn’t go to them, but Dante was a nice guy and totally listened to her. I liked him and the way he changed his life. Rafe brought him to Fool’s Gold and expected him to just say okay, but it’s a different town and he doesn’t know a soul, so it’s difficult, but he’s a nice guy.
 
I also loved Christmas in Fool’s Gold, it was very especial and it’s super nice seeing all those couples again.

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Series in Order

#1 – Chasing Perfect
#2 – Almost Perfect
#2.5 – Sister of the Bride
#3 – Finding Perfect

#4 – Only Mine
#5 – Only Yours

#6 – Only His
#6.1 – Only Us
#6.2 – Almost Summer
#7 – Summer Days

#8 – Summer Nights
#9 – All Summer Long
#9.5 – A Fool Gold’s Christmas
#9.75 – Halfway There
#10 – Just One Kiss
#11 – Two Of a Kind
#12 – Three Little Words
#12.1 – Fool’s Gold Cookbook
#12.5 – Christmas on 4th Street


 

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Erotica Review: Their Virgin Hostage by Shayla Black and Lexi Blake

Their Virgin Hostage (Masters of Ménage, #5)

One Hostage Bride
Kinley Kohl agrees to marry wealthy Greg Jansen to save her family. Her wedding day should be the happiest of her life…except that she doesn’t love him. And she can’t help but wonder if she’s making a mistake. Even so, she refuses to let her loved ones down. Then moments before her nuptials, she’s kidnapped—and her whole life changes.
Three Determined Mercenaries
Dominic Anthony has waited years to avenge his sister’s murder. He knows Greg Jansen is dirty, but he needs a witness to help prove his case. Jansen’s new bride is the perfect hostage. Kinley Kohl will tell him everything…or else. But his two business partners aren’t so sure. Law and Riley Anders worry that Kinley isn’t as guilty as she seems. And Law suspects she might be the one woman who can handle them all.
From Target to Treasure
In the wilds of Alaska, the three men try to pry Kinley open, only to discover she’s both stronger and more innocent than they imagined. Her sweet beauty melts their suspicion and steals their hearts. Together, they awaken her passion and brand her as their own. When danger strikes, the men realize they must save Kinley or lose the love of their lives forever.

Title: Their Virgin Hostage
Author: Shayla Black and Lexi Blake
Series: Masters of Menage
Publisher:  Black Oak Books, LLC
Format: ebook
ISBN: 193967302X
Genre: Erotica
Release date: June 26th 2013
Number of pages: 326
 
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Advice:

Due to its strong sexual content, this novel is recommended for readers older than 18.

This was a bit different from the other books for me I think. Don’t get me wrong it’s a good book, but she was kidnapped and decided she was in love with those guys. A bit strange since she only knew one of them. It would be different if they had met before, but I didn’t like this part. The sex scenes were great and I liked more of Dominic. He’s the more normal and it’s afraid of the future.
 
They didn’t shared a normal weekend and this is a extremely difficult situation, but I liked Kinley. She’s a nice girl and totally deserved three hot guys dedicated to her. Her family treated her way to bad and they so need to pay. Kinley never did anything more but is stuck in this strange place because she simply can’t say no to people. Because come on we can all see she has been used and she does nothing about it.
 
Anyway. I would buy this one for the sexual scenes alone, the story lacked more drama. It was a little to easy for them to kidnaped her and the end was not satisfactory for me.

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Series in Order

#1 – Their Virgin Captive
#2 – Their Virgin’s Secret
#3 – Their Virgin Concubine
#4 – Their Virgin Princess
#5 – Their Virgin Hostage


 

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Romance Review: All Summer Long by Susan Mallery

All Summer Long (Fool's Gold, #9)

Former underwear model turned entrepreneur Clay Stryker has loved, tragically lost and vowed that he’ll never risk his heart again. After making his fortune, the youngest of the rugged Stryker brothers returns to Fool’s Gold, California, to put down roots on a ranch of his own. But he’s frustrated to discover that even in his hometown, people see him only for his world-famous…assets.Firefighter Chantal (Charlie) Dixon grew up an ugly duckling beside her delicately beautiful mother, a feeling reinforced long ago by a man who left soul-deep scars. Now she has good friends, a solid job and the itch to start a family—yet she can’t move toward the future while she’s haunted by painful memories.
Clay finds an unexpected ally, and unexpected temptation, in tomboyish Charlie, the only person who sees beyond his dazzling good looks to the real man beneath. But when Charlie comes to him with an indecent proposal, will they be able to overcome their pasts and find a love that lasts beyond one incredible summer?

Title: All Summer Long
Author: Susan Mallery
Series: Fool’s Gold
Publisher:  Harlequin HQN
Format: ebook
ISBN: 0373776942
Genre: Romance
Release date: July 31st 2012
Number of pages: 384
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Another great book in this series, but I still hold a soft spot for Pia and Raul. But this book was a little different because we have also a mother-daughter relationship. If you follow this series this is Charlie book and we all knew she was going to be a difficult one, because of her past and her issues with men. But Clay was a great guy and I didn’t expected him to be so good with emotions and helping Charlie.

So I had my fears with this book, because it sounded like the most dramatic for me, but Clay made things so easy and I liked seeing him with the rest of his family, I always thought they were a little estranged, but they have a very normal relationship and it’s nice seeing them all together. Charlie also has to deal with family, but her mother is a mystery to me, because who treats her daughter like that? I was not in her side, but learned to accepted her.

These two together and fabulous and I loved this couple, but this book didn’t got a five star because of Charlie’s mother. Sorry, but I can’t forgive her that easily. Clay was supper nice and Charlie is very different but also different.

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Series in Order

#1 – Chasing Perfect
#2 – Almost Perfect
#2.5 – Sister of the Bride
#3 – Finding Perfect

#4 – Only Mine
#5 – Only Yours

#6 – Only His
#6.1 – Only Us
#6.2 – Almost Summer
#7 – Summer Days

#8 – Summer Nights
#9 – All Summer Long
#9.5 – A Fool Gold’s Christmas
#9.75 – Halfway There
#10 – Just One Kiss
#11 – Two Of a Kind
#12 – Three Little Words
#12.1 – Fool’s Gold Cookbook
#12.5 – Christmas on 4th Street

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Top Off Tuesday #78

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What better way than to top off a good book than with a GREAT Cover!

Amanda from On a Book Bender, Christi from Smitten with Reading, and Felicia from Geeky Blogger’s Book Blog want to see the covers that made you swoon!  Feel free to play along and show us your favorite covers. Button made by Missie.

New Year and I decided to continue with my harlequin books. I think they deserve to be exposed, now look if those abs could ever be hidden.

The Soldier (Uniformly Hot, #7) (Harlequin Blaze, #481)

Subject: Adam McPherson, Special Forces.Current Status: Out of commission…for now
Mission: Return to battle.
Obstacle: Winnie Templeman. She won’t take no for an answer
Adam is Uncle Sam’s man. Yet even his strict military discipline is no match for Winnie’s charms
A horrific roadside bomb sent Adam home injured–and haunted. Feisty Winnie, however, has her own plan of attack. Her nonregulation method of sexual healing is guaranteed to get him back on his feet.
But being flat on his back in Winnie’s bed might be the best remedy of all….