Valerie Lynne is a self-confessed word junkie in love with romance. She is an avid reader, enjoys stimulating conversations, doll collecting, and New England sports fan. Valerie Lynne spends much of her time with her family, friends and her much beloved Chihuahua. She holds a Bachelor's degree in General Studies with a focus on Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University.

Steamy Stories (1)

DIRTY-TALKING COWBOY

Author: Stacey Kennedy

Pub Date: June 5, 2018

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Romance: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis:

Emma Monroe rsz_dirty_talking_cowboy-1-1isn’t looking for love. After her grandmother’s death, she has relocated to Colorado. Now responsible for a farm of abused animals, Emma hopes to heal from her ex-boyfriend’s betrayal.

Shep Blackshaw doesn’t have time for a relationship. But when presented with an agreement of sex with no strings attached from Emma, he is reluctant to refuse. Perhaps, little dirty talk and a whole lot of kinky sex are just what they both need.

My Thoughts:

This contemporary romance was mega-hot. The chemistry between Shep Blackshaw and Emma Moore was electric. I fell in love with the characters. Emma’s vulnerability made my heart melt. Wounded and questioning everything, Shep was just the man she needed. His intuitive nature and ability to understand Emma made me swoon. And let’s face it, a handsome, successful, sexy cowboy with a heart is always a winner for me.

I enjoyed the story but didn’t become invested until about a quarter of the way in. The sexual tension was there from the beginning. If I could change something, it would be the build-up. It felt slightly rushed at first. However, it was an interesting story, and the romance was on fire.

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DANGEROUS

Author: Minerva Spencer

Pub Date: June 26, 2018

Publisher: Kensington Books

Romance: Historical Romance

Synopsis:

36337268Euphemia “Mia” Marlington has spent seventeen years co-existing in a harem after being captured by Corsairs. Now back in London, she is under constant scrutiny over her mysterious past. Pressured by her father to choose a husband, Mia is surprised to find herself enthralled by the notorious Adam de Courtney.

The Duke of Carlise, Adam de Courtney is an enigma. Rumored to have killed not one but two wives, he is shunned by society. Intrigued by the scandalous secrets of London’s most-recent outcast, Adam agrees to marry the beauty.

My thoughts:

DANGEROUS is the first novel published by Minerva Spencer. If her next novel is as sensual and exotic as this one, I’m sure to become a lifelong fan. Set in London and Africa, the descriptive setting was a character in itself. Ms. Spencer’s clever ability to weave tidbits of information made me eager to uncover more of this fascinating story. It was a page-turner from start to finish.

Happy Reading!

*I received an ARC copy of both novels and was happy to give my honest review.

Thirsty written by Mia Hopkins

9780525478638Life hasn’t been kind to Salvador “Sal” Rosas, aka “Ghost.” As a gangster, “Ghost” has paid the price for a life on the streets, spending most of his time taking part in criminal activities which rewarded him with five years of imprisonment. Now released from prison, after five years behind bars, Sal longs to retire into a life away from the gang. Given a new opportunity to learn the craft of brewing along with a chance at happiness with the one woman who owns his heart, Vanessa Velasco, Sal is in for the fight of his life.

My thoughts:

Thirsty is the first book in Mia Hopkins Eastside Brewery series. Written in first person point-of-view, Ms. Hopkins, treats her readers to the intimate thoughts of Salvador Rosas. Raw and emotional, I found this novel to be enthralling. When viewed through Sal’s eyes, readers get the unique opportunity to see the epitome of a man. Strong. Tough. Hard. Tender. Anxious. Scared. All facets of Salvador Rosas were stripped bare. 

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The Gunslinger’s Vow written by Amy Sandas

2DA26658-gunslingers_vowAlexandra Brighton is living a lie. Fearing for her life, her father sent her to live in Boston. Dissatisfied with her role as a proper lady, Alexandra yearned to return to her previous lifestyle in Montana. Newly engaged, she cannot commit to marriage without making peace with her past.

Malcolm Kincaid has done quite nicely working alone. For years he’s been hell-bent on finding his brother’s murderer. The last thing he needed was to get saddled with a prissy city woman. After reluctantly agreeing to assist Alexandra on her journey home, Malcolm discovers he may have been wrong about the beauty.

My thoughts:

In my opinion, THE GUNSLINGER’S VOW, is a must read for anyone who enjoys bad-ass heroines. Alexandra Brighton is a woman I’d like to meet. Determined and intelligent, she’s not afraid to get dirty and Malcolm Kincaid is the epitome of the strong silent type. 

I will admit, that I found the middle of this book to drag a bit. However, author, Amy Sandas rectified that during the last quarter of the book. I could hardly put it down, it was so hot. Full of passion and drama, I couldn’t help but fall in love with this rough and tough couple.

THE ONE YOU CAN’T FORGET

Author: Roni Loren

Pub Date: June 5, 2018

Publisher: SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca

Romance: Contemporary 

The One You Can’t Forget is the second novel in The Ones Who Got TheOnesYouCan'tForgetARCAway series. The storyline is relevant and inspirational. It features a group of friends who have survived a horrific high school shooting. Broken and scarred, these individuals have each found a unique way of dealing with the aftermath of survival.

Roni Loren has a gift for weaving a tale of emotional bliss, hot romantic tension, and realistic redemption.

Happy reading!

THE GUNSLINGER’S VOW

Author: Amy Sandas

Pub Date: June 5, 2018

Publisher: SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca

Romance: Historical Romance

Synopsis:

Alexandra Brighton is living a lie. 2DA26658-gunslingers_vowFearing for her life, her father sent her to live in Boston. Dissatisfied with her role as a proper lady, Alexandra yearned to return to her previous lifestyle in Montana. Newly engaged, she cannot commit to marriage without making peace with her past.

Malcolm Kincaid has done quite nicely working alone. For years he’s been hell-bent on finding his brother’s murderer. The last thing he needed was to get saddled with a prissy city woman. After reluctantly agreeing to assist Alexandra on her journey home, Malcolm discovers he may have been wrong about the beauty.

 My thoughts:

In my opinion, THE GUNSLINGER’S VOW, is a must read for anyone who enjoys bad-ass heroines. Alexandra Brighton is a woman I’d like to meet. Determined and intelligent, she’s not afraid to get dirty and Malcolm Kincaid is the epitome of the strong silent type.

I will admit, that I found the middle of this book to drag a bit. However, author, Amy Sandas rectified that during the last quarter of the book. I could hardly put it down, it was so hot. Full of passion and drama, I couldn’t help but fall in love with this rough and tough couple.

Happy Reading!

***I received an ARC copy of this novel and was happy to give my honest review.

 

A DUKE LIKE NO OTHER

Author: Valerie Bowman

Pub Date: May 1 2018

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Romance: Historical Romance

Synopsis:

General Mark Grimaldi has dedicated his entire life to his military career. On the cusp of receiving a huge promotion, he is forced to reveal that he’s been secretly married for ten-years to Nicole Huntington.

Nicole Huntington Grimaldi has resigned herself to a solidary life in France. Beautiful and independent, she does dabble in a bit of spying here and there. When Mark approaches her about helping him gain his promotion, she offers him an unbelievable ultimatum.

My Thoughts:

 Duke-Like-No-Other-e1507074308695Valerie Bowman offered readers some interesting twists in A Duke Like No Other. The second chance romance is bound to make your heart flutter. The sexual tension is hot and the conflict is relatable.

 Happy Reading!

***I was given an ARC copy and happy to provide a review***

REESE’S BRIDE

Author: Kat Martin

Pub Date: December 29, 2009

Publisher: MIRA

Romance: Historical Romance

Synopsis:

Inexperienced and in love, Reese Dewar and Elizabeth Clemens share a night of passion neither of them shall forget. On a quest for adventure, Reese departs with the military and suffers the ultimate betrayal—Elizabeth, the woman he intended to marry has wedded another.

Only 18-years old, Elizabeth finds herself pregnant and alone. The boy she loves is far from home. Once her father learns of her condition, she’s forced to marry the abusive Earl of Aldridge

After the death of her husband, Elizabeth is at the mercy of her in-laws. Faced with the threat of danger, Elizabeth turns to the one man she knows can protect her and her young son—Reese Dewar.

My Thoughts:

6889572You simply cannot go wrong with a book written by the amazingly talented Kat Martin. The second novel in The Bride Trilogy, Reese’s Bride, is richly layered in emotion. Both Reese and Elizabeth suffered greatly from a single night of passion. Yet, they’ve remained deeply in love. Reunited as adults, they each battle their own internal conflicts over their pasts.

Happy Reading!

 

THE ROGUE IS BACK IN TOWN

Author: Anna Bennett

Pub Date: January 2, 2018

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Romance: Historical Romance

Synopsis:

In THE ROGUE IS BACK IN TOWN, Lord Samuel Travis epitomizes naughtiness. Especially, after a night of excess finds him in the bed with his neighbor’s wife. Disgraced for the last time, his older brother has him forcefully removed from the familial home with nothing but the clothes on his back. 514231FA0SL._SX298_BO1,204,203,200_After agreeing to his brother’s sinister motivation, Sam finds himself on the doorstep of one-time wallflower, Juliette Lacey and her eccentric uncle. Beautiful and determined, Juliette’s love for her uncle pits her in the middle of a love triangle between herself, Sam and his conniving brother. Tormented with the possibility that her uncle doesn’t own the worn-down town house they reside in Juliette must decipher between a web of lies.

My Thoughts:

I enjoy Anna Bennett’s romances. THE ROGUE IS BACK IN TOWN is the third book in the Wayward Wallflower series featuring three sisters who find love and happiness. Intelligent and sharp-tongued, Juliette Lacey is my favorite of the three sisters and Sam is a mess until he meets her. His attraction and need for Juliette provides readers an intimate look into the making of a man. His heart on the line, Sam’s vulnerability is truly swoon worthy.

Happy Reading!

***I received an ARC copy of this novel and was happy to give my honest review.