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Guest Review: Fall by Karina Bliss

Posted November 25, 2016 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Fall by Karina BlissReviewer: Tracy
Fall by Karina Bliss
Series: Rock Solid #2
Also in this series: Rise
Published by Karina Bliss
Publication Date: November 15th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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three-half-stars

Keep Rage together at all costs...

Powerhouse PA Dimity Graham is off her game. Her career is everything to her and she never lets anything personal mess that up. So how can she explain getting busy between the sheets with Rage's nice-guy drummer Seth Curran? She's supposed to be keeping this band out of trouble, not getting into it. But before she can put everything back where it belongs, Seth needs her help.

Faking a relationship seemed like a good idea that night, right before they fell into bed together. But standing on New Zealand soil, facing the people he disappointed to pursue his dream, Seth doubts he and Dimity will convince anyone they're hot and crazy for each other. To his surprise, Dimity is working her magic on everyone and they're all convinced this is the real deal. The problem is, he's almost convinced, too.

Dimity is out and about with Rage drummer, Seth Curran.  She’s looking to get laid but he’s drowning himself in alcohol because his childhood sweetheart, who had recently broken up with him, told him that she’s already engaged.  Dimity is trying to help him when she sends some texts to his ex – with the thought that she will help him get her back.  Seth is all for it.  Of course they both drink a lot and then end up sleeping together which brings up feelings Dimity didn’t know she had for Seth.  He’s determined to get back with his ex, however, so Dimity shoves her growing feelings for Seth to the side.

Once the pair arrives in New Zealand – Seth’s home country – he’s excited to see his family again and try to reconcile with his father who wasn’t happy when he left his family business to become a rock star.  Dimity is anxious to hear the result of her boss Zander’s surgery.  As it turns out, Seth ends up helping Dimity as much as she ends up helping him by being his fake girlfriend.  In the process Seth realizes that it’s not his ex that he wants in his life.

I was looking forward to this book because I really liked both Seth and Dimity in the first book, Rise.  That was a great story and I had high hopes for the second book in the series.  Unfortunately I was a bit disappointed.  Not that this book was bad, it wasn’t, I just had some issues with it.

My biggest issue with the story was Dimity.  On the one had I really liked her and what she was trying to do with Seth and helping him get back with his ex.  I liked her dedication to the band as well.  Overall she wasn’t a bad person at all.  What I didn’t like was her temper and her selfishness in some instances.  At one point in the book she just goes off on some people and it brought my respect for her down a few notches.  I don’t care if the people you went off on forgive you – you should have never said some of those things in the first place.  Rude, disrespectful and self-serving is what she was– and to people who were her friends!  I get the reasons behind why she felt justified in acting that way but it didn’t excuse the actual act. Then she sneakily went around trying to sabotage their relationship.  Gah!  Don’t get me started.  I was so annoyed at her I had a hard time continuing to read.

Seth was a great guy, really.  He pretty much saved the book for me because he was so wonderful.  I wanted his dad to see what a good guy he was too but he was stubborn. I wish that we could have seen a bit more development in his relationship to Dimity after his epiphany about his ex and their life together.  Despite that I thought he was the glue that held the story together.

In the end a good story but definitely one I had issues with.  Even though I had issues with it I’m still looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

three-half-stars

Release Day Spotlight: Fall by Karina Bliss

Posted November 15, 2016 by Rowena in Promotions | 8 Comments

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The Rock Solid series is a series that I’ve had my eye on since I read Tracy’s review of Rise, book 1. I haven’t been able to get around to reading it but after reading the excerpt, I’m annoyed with myself for not reading Rise yet. I’m going to fix that pronto but I’m also really stoked about featuring the next book in the series, Fall. There’s a lot of great stuff to look forward to.

Check it out!

Fall by Karina Bliss
Series: Rock Solid #2
Also in this Series: Rise
Release Date: November 15, 2016
Publisher: Self Published, Karina Bliss
Genres: Contemporary, Romance

Keep Rage together at all costs…

Powerhouse PA Dimity Graham is off her game. Her career is everything to her and she never lets anything personal mess that up. So how can she explain getting busy between the sheets with Rage’s nice-guy drummer Seth Curran? She’s supposed to be keeping this band out of trouble, not getting into it.
But before she can put everything back where it belongs, Seth needs her help.

Faking a relationship seemed like a good idea that night, right before they fell into bed together. But standing on New Zealand soil, facing the people he disappointed to pursue his dream, Seth doubts he and Dimity will convince anyone they’re hot and crazy for each other. To his surprise, Dimity is working her magic on everyone and they’re all convinced this is the real deal. The problem is, he’s almost convinced, too.

Excerpt

“Mom re-married overseas today,” Dimity said, “and sex is how I intend celebrating.”

“Wow.” Seth handed her the brimming glass. “That’s not weird at all.”

She smiled. “Shut up. It’s an emancipation fuck because my last financial dependent has flown the nest.”
He moved the ice bucket holding the champagne to her side of the bar and took his seat. “I’ve never heard you talk about your mother.”

“And you won’t now.” She raised her champagne. “Cheers.”

Seth picked up his tequila. “To small talk.” Knocking back his shot, he swung to face the crowd. “So what kind of guy are we looking for?”

“No one high maintenance. I work with rock stars.” The champagne was icy-cold on her tongue. “But I’m shallow,” she added, “so looks, obviously.”

“Obviously.” He smiled. “Anything else?”

Thoughtfully, she sipped her champagne. “Someone who won’t be intimidated by a smart woman—or threatened either. I’m not interested in a pissing contest with some alphahole needing to prove balls beat ovaries. But he needs to have some intelligence.” She scanned the room for prospects. The trouble with working around charismatic, beautiful, pain-in-the-ass creatives was that other men seemed dull in comparison.
On a small stage to their left, roadies were setting up instruments. Bands at The Comfort Room performed by invitation only. The owner made his selection solely on talent, which left a lot of successful acts out in the cold. When Zander was rebuilding Rage’s profile, the band had played here twice. “And no one in the industry either,” she added. “Too often they see me as a way to Zee.”

Seth eyed her thoughtfully. “I thought you’d be spoiled for choice, now I’m surprised you ever have sex. It’s not easy being you, is it?”

She waved away his empathy. “I love my life.”

“How did you first start working for Zander?”

“I went to a party to pick him up.”

“Naturally you succeeded.”

She appreciated his certainty, but wasn’t so sure about his amusement.

“I left to get my coat and when I returned Zee had experienced an epiphany. He said he was sorry, but he’d just remembered a prior appointment to save his career. And then I had an epiphany and said, ‘Let me help you with that.’” Her fangirl crush wasn’t lust; it was a burning desire to learn from the master of reinvention.

“Mutual epiphanies,” Seth nodded solemnly. “Sexy.”

“It is sexy.” She’d recognized in Zander the embodiment of her own philosophy. He was unapologetic about who he was. If he made the wrong move, he simply changed tactics. There was no time to mourn lost opportunities or sink into self-pity. He was exactly what she wanted to be—indomitable. “Know what my favorite thing to do is?”

“You’ve just told me it’s not sex.” Seth lifted his empty glass to attract the attention of the bartender. “Torturing baby rock stars?”

“I machinate.”

“As do we all.”

She rolled her eyes. “Scheme, plot, intrigue, devise, strategize, maneuver, conspire. Win. It’s my thing.” She paused while the barman refilled Seth’s shot glass. “As Zee’s girlfriend I would have lasted two minutes. As his right-hand woman we’re coming up for our third anniversary.”

“Maybe three minutes,” Seth said. “Let’s give Zander some credit.”

She giggled. And she never giggled.

Seth looked as surprised as she felt, then he grinned. “One of those minutes would be arguing about who got to be on top.”

“Stop!” She smothered another giggle. “He’s like my older brother now and the idea’s gross.” She sipped her champagne. “But for the record, I’d be on top.”

“Is that right?” His gaze flicked over her, and for an instant she glimpsed the marauder he’d been at the pool before he returned to scanning the crowd. “How about that guy?” He pointed to a blond in leathers. “He’s been checking you out since we got here. Worth putting on your short list?”

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About the Author

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Karina Bliss

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I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was twelve but then I forgot and did a lot of other things instead. These included getting an arts degree in English and Political Studies at Auckland University (New Zealand), a postgraduate degree in periodical journalism at the University of London, travelling, having my heart broken a couple of times, meeting the right guy, building a house, having a baby – the usual milestones.

Writing romance was a fantasy I started taking seriously when I turned forty, but then I was always a late developer. But I always loved the way romances took me on an emotional journey and I think that’s the strength of this genre over any other, the way romance makes readers feel. And I certainly went through the whole range of emotions in the five years it took to get published. Some career highlights have included being the first Australasian to win a Golden Heart from the Romance Writers of America. My debut, Mr Imperfect, won a Romantic Book of the Year Award in Australia, and my first self-published title, RISE, a rock star romance finaled this year. The second in the series, PLAY, is a novella in the You Had Me At Christmas anthology with Molly O’Keefe, Stephanie Doyle, Jennifer Lohmann and Laura Florand.

The third in the series, FALL, is a November 15, 2016 release.

I live with my husband and son north of Auckland, New Zealand.

Excerpts: You Had Me at Christmas Anthology

Posted October 21, 2016 by Rowena in Promotions | 1 Comment

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You Had me at Christmas Anthology
Release Date: October 17, 2016

What’s better than a little romance at Christmas?

Five romances at Christmas!

Snowbound friends become lovers. Enemies discover they mean far more to each other than they ever dreamed. A marriage in trouble is saved, and strangers find connection in delicious encounters… It’s Christmas, and everything is possible.

A gift to you. Five beloved Contemporary Romance authors bring feel-good magic to the holidays in this specially-priced box set.

PLAY by Karina Bliss
a Rock Solid romance

Rock star Jared Walker is within reach of career glory…but his marriage is in the pits. Determined to save it, he talks his wife into holiday dates with only one rule: they must pretend they are strangers.
But when he discovers what Kayla really wants for Christmas, will he be able to give it to her?

ONE NAUGHTY LITTLE CHRISTMAS by Stephanie Doyle

Workaholic Kate never expected to find herself looking for love online on Christmas night. Then John appeared on her screen and her whim to escape loneliness turned into the hottest sex of her life – even if it was via text. John knew Kate was too classy for his ex-con ass, but he was about to learn that Kate knew how to fight for what she wanted. And she wanted more of him.

TWELVE KISSES UNTIL CHRISTMAS by Jennifer Lohmann

Escaping her abusive father and small hometown to follow her dreams takes money Selina Lumina doesn’t have. After a millionaire software developer offers her a ride out of town, she has to decide whether to follow her aspirations or take a chance at love. Could a snowbound night on the road turn into a Christmas miracle?

SNOW-KISSED by Laura Florand
(previously published as part of the Snow Queen Series)

After the utter destruction of her marriage and her happiness, Kai knew it was better to shut herself away from the world than to hurt and be hurt.

Holed up in her mountain cabin, Kai plans to spend her Christmas alone. Until her not-quite-ex-husband shows up as the first flakes start to fall. Now should she send him back out into the cold? Or can she be brave enough to let this winter snow bind them back together?

CHRISTMAS EVE: A LOVE STORY by Molly O’Keefe
(previously published in the Sweet Dreams Anthology benefiting Diabetes research)

Growing up in the mountains of Wyoming Trina and Dean had been childhood friends until the bitter feud between their families drove them apart. When the magic of Christmas Eve tips the star-crossed lovers together year after year, will they be able to make sure this holiday is not their last?

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Excerpts

Play by Karina Bliss
A Rock Solid Romance

The cocktail waitress arrived, leggy and blond, with a professional smile that got real when she looked at Jared Walker. Her gaze darted to Kayla, assessing and then dismissive in an unconscious gesture that would have been insulting if Kayla hadn’t become so used to it.

A pretty woman carrying some baby weight was a six, at best, in Hollywood, where even the waitresses—many of them would-be models or actresses—were often eights.

“Welcome to Joy,” The blond angled her body toward Jared. “May I take your order?”

“Your call, Betty.” Jared used the psuedonom Kayla had suggested for their “meeting as strangers” date. Stay…or go?”

She shrugged off her coat. Her husband was good at buying clothes but the dress was tighter than she’d worn since having kids, with a deep cleavage she had to stop herself adjusting. “Let’s have a drink, and see what happens.”

His eyes were hot as he glanced down her dress, and a shiver of anticipation quickened Kayla’s blood. A heady sense of power.

She looked at the waitress, who was clearly revising her grade. “Mulled wine, please.”

“Sure. And for you, sir?”

“Another beer for me, thank you.” The slow curve of his smile was still there as he looked up. The blond sucked in a breath.

“I see you chose one of our craft beers, let me tell you about the others.” As the waitress launched into serious flirt mode, Kayla surreptitiously checked her cell in case the sitter was having trouble settling the kids.

A masculine hand covered the screen. “Remember the rules—cells only for emergencies.” Jared confiscated it. “And give me your wedding ring.”

The waitress blinked.

Kayla tugged it off. “I see you’ve already removed yours,” she commented. The wedding band of cheap, shiny gold—all they could afford then—gleamed as she dropped it into “Bob’s” outstretched palm.

“No ties, no responsibilities and no guilt,” he reminded her. “This evening we’re all about…pleasure.” His pause left no doubt as to what that pleasure entailed. Tangled sheets and tangled bodies.

“I’ll get your drinks,” the waitress murmured.

“Was that wise?” Kayla said, when she’d left. “Your face has been everywhere the past couple of months.”

“I could tell she didn’t recognize me. You look gorgeous,” he added. “I got the size perfectly.”
And wasn’t that like a man. Tight is good, tighter is better. God bless their sexual myopia. “So, Bob.” Channeling a throaty-voiced temptress, Kayla sat back. “Is this the part where you tell me your wife doesn’t understand you?”

“And you tell me your husband takes you for granted.” His tone was wry, and their eyes met in rueful acknowledgment of his earlier slip.

She took pity on him. “Or we can skip that part,” she suggested.

“Let’s skip that part.”

“You’re going to have your work cut out for you, persuading me into an affair, Bob.” She crossed one smooth leg over the other, watching him watch. The light caught the sparkle on her red stilettos—the shoes he’d bought for her when he’d been accepted into Rage. “I’m a happily married woman.”

“Yeah?” He caught the stiletto as it slipped off her dangling foot. “How’s the sex been lately?”


Christmas Eve: A Love Story by Molly O’Keefe

December 24, 2011
6:43 AM

For a minute, before opening her eyes, Trina Crawford allowed herself to believe she was in her own bed.
But there was someone else in this one.

And there had not been a someone else in her bed for a very long time.

Oh no, what have I done?

Trina turned her head on the pillow and nearly bumped noses with Dean.

Dean McKenzie. I did Dean McKenzie.

She clapped a hand over her mouth, squelching a delighted squeak.

Maybe this is a dream… just some strange stress-and-coming-back-to-Dusk-Falls-induced dream.
But when she squeezed her eyes shut and opened them again, Dean was still there. So was the headache pounding behind her eyeballs.

I slept with Dean.

His long, angular face was relaxed in sleep, his black hair like great sweeps of ink across the white pillowcase. His mouth, those wide lips—she curled her fingers against the urge to touch them, trace their edges—they’d been soft, softer even than she’d dreamt.

And she’d dreamt about Dean McKenzie’s lips a lot.

The second half of her senior year, after that night on her porch. Her first year of college. After breaking up with Trevor after the party, she’d spent several long months counting every opportunity she’d missed with her once-best friend.

That all ended last night.

Needing a shot of courage before facing her future—which, oddly enough, looked a lot like her past—she’d stopped at Holly’s on the edge of town, and there was Dean, sitting alone, nursing a beer. Blinking Christmas lights from the mirror over the bar had been reflected in his dark hair.

Like a Christmas sex fantasy come true.

After that, all of it—every moment, every breath and touch—had seemed inevitable.

As if, since their birth, they’d been working their way to this.

I blame Christmas. And our fathers. I blame Christmas and fathers for everything. Romeo and Juliet have nothing on us.

About the Authors

karina-bliss

Karina Bliss

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I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was twelve but then I forgot and did a lot of other things instead. These included getting an arts degree in English and Political Studies at Auckland University (New Zealand), a postgraduate degree in periodical journalism at the University of London, travelling, having my heart broken a couple of times, meeting the right guy, building a house, having a baby – the usual milestones.

Writing romance was a fantasy I started taking seriously when I turned forty, but then I was always a late developer. But I always loved the way romances took me on an emotional journey and I think that’s the strength of this genre over any other, the way romance makes readers feel. And I certainly went through the whole range of emotions in the five years it took to get published. Some career highlights have included being the first Australasian to win a Golden Heart from the Romance Writers of America. My debut, Mr Imperfect, won a Romantic Book of the Year Award in Australia, and my most recent release, A Prior Engagement, was a Desert Island Keeper at likesbooks.com. My first self-published title, RISE, released January 28, 2015 is a 100,000 word rock star romance. It continues the story of Zander Freedman who first appeared as a villain in What the Librarian Did – a book that made DearAuthor’s Best of the Year list in 2010. Two of my books have also featured in Sizzling Book Chats at SmartBitchesTrashyBooks.

I live with my husband and son north of Auckland, New Zealand.

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Molly O’Keefe

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Molly O’Keefe has always known she wanted to be a writer (except when she wanted to be a florist or a chef and the brief period of time when she considered being a cowgirl). And once she got her hands on some romances, she knew exactly what she wanted to write.

She published her first Harlequin romance at age 25 and hasn’t looked back. She loves exploring every character’s road towards happily ever after.

Originally from a small town outside of Chicago, she went to university in St. Louis where she met and fell in love with the editor of her school newspaper. They followed each other around the world for several years and finally got married and settled down in Toronto, Ontario. They welcomed their son into their family in 2006, and their daughter in 2008. When she’s not at the park or cleaning up the toy room, Molly is working hard on her next novel, trying to exercise, stalking Tina Fey on the internet and dreaming of the day she can finish a cup of coffee without interruption.

Dishing It Out, her last Harlequin Flipside won the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award for best Flipside in 2005.

Her Superromance Baby Makes Three won the RT Reviewer’s Choice for best Superromance in 2006. L-length Her novella, “The Christmas Eve Promise” in The Night Before Christmas won the RITA in 2009. And her full length contemporary romance CRAZY THING CALLED LOVE won the RITA in 2013.

Guest Review: Woo Me by Karina Bliss

Posted November 4, 2015 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Woo Me by Karina BlissReviewer: Tracy
Woo Me by Karina Bliss
Published by Karina Bliss
Publication Date: October 20, 2015
Genres: Contemporary
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four-stars

 

Three unlucky-in-love girlfriends make a road trip to the Outback Bachelor & Spinster Ball, a highlight of rural Australia life. One’s looking to move on, one’s thumbing her nose at romance, and one’s looking to slip away and hide. None of them are looking for love…

Three women are about to meet their match in a cowboy, a soldier and a country rock star. One magical night. One less than magical morning after. Forty-eight hours can change your life.

 

Can true love overcome a bad hide day and a series of unfortunate events?

Disillusioned in love, Jen Tremaine is done with men. So when her best friends dare her to wear a cow costume to their reunion at an Outback Bachelor and Spinster Ball, she’s all over it. Who would have thought dressing as a heifer would make her irresistible to a bunch of lasso-twirling, drunken cowboys?
Maybe you should have thought this through, says the sexy security guard who keeps finding her at the center of trouble. Even though Jen’s always dismissed soul mates as a load of bull, the sizzle between them is making her wonder: What if you met The One while wandering lonely as a cow? Would you find the courage to become a believer?

When ex-Special Forces soldier Logan Turner is roped into helping out with security at the B&S ball, he isn’t expecting to find love – but after months in all-male company he sure is hoping for lust. He certainly isn’t expecting to fall for a feisty, funny, trouble-making Cowderella. Only problem is, she’s leaving Australia tomorrow. Convincing Jen they can still have a future together may wind up being the toughest mission of his life.

Jen and her friends Ellie and Beth have decided to attend the Outback Bachelor & Spinster Ball. The last time that they went, which was many years before, Ellie had worn a cow costume just to be funny. As the three friends are drinking and planning their fun Jen is dared to wear the cow costume to this years event. Jen agrees because she wants nothing to do with men.

Jen had been dating her boss and thought things were moving along. She thought they would get married eventually and she was good with that. She wasn’t looking for a passionate love she just needed to be settled and organized. When her boss went back to his ex-wife Jen was determined to stay at her job but seeing his children involved made up her mind to move on. The Ball will be a fun thing before she starts her new temporary job in New Zealand.

Jen is having an ok time at the ball when she ends up needing help from one of the security guys, Logan, who was roped into doing security by his sister, one of the Ball’s planners. Logan thinks that Cowderella is hilarious and he loves her sense of humor which he keeps seeing as he keeps having to save her in different situations. When he finally sees her face he likes her even more but it’s really her personality that cinches the deal. They end up together that night and though Jen had no plan to get involved the connection between her and Logan is something that can’t be ignored. She decides to go for it with him but when he doesn’t show it just proves her thoughts about men – not worth it.

I really enjoyed this story a lot. I loved Jen and her friends and their fun together. They played off of each other’s wit perfectly. Jen in her cow costume made me laugh. The situations that she got into were funny and I loved the sparks between her and Logan. I was extremely happy that she decided to go for it with him but sad when she ended up leaving hurt. It all worked out in the end and it was done really well too. I loved how Bliss got the two together and then showed us a little bit in the future. Very romantic and a perfect way to end their story.

Rating: 4 out of 5

four-stars

Review: Woo Me by Karina Bliss

Posted October 20, 2015 by Holly in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Woo Me by Karina BlissReviewer: Holly
Woo Me by Joan Kilby, Karina Bliss, Sarah Mayberry
Series: The Outback Bachelor Ball #2
Also in this series: Win Me, Wait for Me
Published by Self-Published
Publication Date: 10/20/15
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance
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four-stars

Can true love overcome a bad hide day and a series of unfortunate events?

Disillusioned in love, Jen Tremaine is done with men. So when her best friends dare her to wear a cow costume to their reunion at an Outback Bachelor and Spinster Ball, she's all over it. Who would have thought dressing as a heifer would make her irresistible to a bunch of lasso-twirling, drunken cowboys?
Maybe you should have thought this through, says the sexy security guard who keeps finding her at the center of trouble. Even though Jen's always dismissed soul mates as a load of bull, the sizzle between them is making her wonder: What if you met The One while wandering lonely as a cow? Would you find the courage to become a believer?
When ex-Special Forces soldier Logan Turner is roped into helping out with security at the B&S ball, he isn't expecting to find love - but after months in all-male company he sure is hoping for lust. He certainly isn't expecting to fall for a feisty, funny, trouble-making Cowderella. Only problem is, she's leaving Australia tomorrow. Convincing Jen they can still have a future together may wind up being the toughest mission of his life.

Woo Me is Book 2 in The Outback Bachelor Ball Series. Don't miss out on Book 1 - Win Me by Joan Kilby and Book 3 – Wait For Me by Sarah Mayberry.

Jen thought she had a good thing with her long-time boyfriend, until he suddenly announced his desire to get back with his ex-wife. Hurt and confused, Jen decides what she needs is a change of pace and takes a job with a former company that starts right away. But first she plans to meet up with her best friends at The Outback Bachelor Ball. In protest of bad relationships and philandering men, she decides to wear a cow costume. She expects to suffer through a torturous night then move on with her new life. What she never could have predicted was that she’d meet a sexy soldier who sees past her cow costume to the woman beneath – and makes her want things she swore off for good.

Logan just resigned his commission in the military and got suckered into working security at the Ball by his sister. He keeps having to rescue “Cowderella” from strange situations. Her sense of humor and dry wit intrigue him, and it isn’t long before he’s trying to get to know her better. They end up spending the night together, but she’s upfront that she isn’t interested in anything long-term. She’s been burned one time too many. He thinks they’re worth fighting for and he urges her to consider getting to know him better. Due to a misunderstanding, he misses it when she shows up at their designated meeting place, which just proves to her, once again, that love isn’t worth the risk.

To be perfectly honest, I expected Bliss to write the book featuring the country music star. I was surprised to see Bliss author this novel instead. She did really well with it, though. I really enjoyed Jen’s character. She was tough and a bit cynical, but also had a good heart and a lot of moxie. I cracked up while she was in the cow suit. She was quick witted and sharp. I liked her a lot. Her issues with love and her desire to protect herself made perfect sense. I was glad to see Logan push to break down her barriers.

Logan wasn’t as well fleshed out as Jen was, but I still really enjoyed him. He was strong and steady, and just what Jen needed. His determination to do the right thing and his strong values really came through. I liked that he was willing to take a chance on Jen and push for a future.

I was very satisfied with the ending, both in terms of their relationship and in the way it advanced the next story. This series is really working for me.

4 out of 5

four-stars