Wednesday, January 30, 2013

My "Rocky Mountain Angel" by Vivian Arend Review

Rocky Mountain Angel
By: Vivian Arend
Series: Six Pack Ranch #4
Publisher:  Samhain Publishing, Ltd
Publish Date: November 20th 2012
ISBN: 1619211211 (ISBN13: 9781619211216)

Genre: Contemporary Erotic Western Romance


Sometimes even Angels must learn to fly…

Six Pack Ranch, Book 4

Allison Parker needs a convincing excuse to come home to Rocky Mountain House. A hopelessly romantic reason that won’t let her mother suspect the truth—that Allison has discovered Mom is keeping a terrible secret from the family.

Gabe Coleman is struggling with two of the roughest parts of ranching: dealing with his bull-headed mule of a father, and making enough to pay the bills. When his old friend Allison offers to help him develop his ideas for organic ranching—in trade for pretending to be her fiancĂ©—it sounds like the perfect set-up.

Yet the deception leads them in an unexpected direction, where their shared daily hells are erased by nights of heavenly distraction. It’s not supposed to be real, but once the gates are opened, there’s no denying they’ve found in each other a little bit of Paradise.

To break free of the past and face the future, though, will take more than temporary pleasures. It’ll take putting their hearts on the line.

Product Warnings
Tortured hero with a guardian-angel complex, grief-stricken heroine willing to sacrifice everything for family. Break out the tissues, this trip to the ranch is a heartbreaker on the way to the HEA.


My Thoughts:
Here we are with book #4 of the Six Pack Ranch series and, just like the others, this one doesn't disappoint. In Rocky Mountain Angel we follow the story of Gabe Coleman--hardworking rancher who is always there for anyone, no matter what, while he tries his best to save his family's ranch from going bankrupt. Things take in interesting turn when Gabe's old friend Allison Parker returns to town asking a mighty big favor. She needs him to pretend to be her fiance. But even though their engagement is supposed to be only for show, the two of them soon realize that there may be more to this relationship than they expected.

What I loved about this book--besides the smokin' hot cowboy--was how natural Gabe and Allison's relationship developed. I didn't feel as though any of the things that happened between them was forced just for the sake of the story. I also loved all the different emotions that carried throughout the novel. I found myself almost crying during one particular scene as it was so depressingly sad but at the same time I was filled with anger and disgust towards a certain secondary character. And then a couple of pages later I was laughing. I love it when authors write scenes so well that the emotions almost pour from the pages. The only thing I didn't really care for in this novel was the end. It wasn't a bad ending by any means and I was definitely happy with how the characters' story ended. I just felt that the dialogue between the two right at the very end of the book was a little to Hallmark.

All in all, Gabe and Allison's story was definitely an enjoyable read. I did find it kind of mild for an erotic novel--or milder than her previous Six Pack Ranch novels--but I'm not complaining. I actually enjoyed how "clean" this one was compared to the others. If you enjoy contemporary western romances with an erotic flare than I definitely recommend you check with one out.

My Rating:
4 out of 5 stars

Monday, January 28, 2013

Quote of the Day

“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 
― Shel Silverstein

Thursday, January 24, 2013

"Alaina Claiborne" by MK McClintock is FREE Kindle Download Jan 24th-26th!

Three Days Free!
January 24th-26th


Alaina Claiborne
How far would you go to avenge your family and save the one you love?

In nineteenth-century England, Alaina Claiborne had a loving family, a cherished friend, and devoted servants. She spent her days riding across the grassy hills of the English countryside, joyful and at peace.

Then tragedy strikes and her world is forever changed. Searching for those responsible is her only focus . . . until she meets Tristan.

Tristan Sheffield, a man of many talents, searches out those who don’t want to be found. His past is filled with secrets and deeds he would rather leave deeply buried. However, when his life unexpectedly entwines with Alaina's, he soon discovers they share more than a mutual desire to catch a murderer.

On their hunt for a man driven by greed, Tristan and Alaina find that love is the greatest weapon against evil, and they'll stop at nothing to survive.
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Monday, January 21, 2013

Quote of the Day

“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” 
― Albert Einstein

Friday, January 18, 2013

Country Music Friday - "The Only Way I Know" by Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Eric Church

Okay, so the blog just may burst into flames today having this much hotness all in one place--Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan AND Eric Chruch... Whoo! It's almost too much:-)

Before we get to the video I have a funny little story to share with you all. So my hubby and I were hanging out a while back and I was watching one of the country award shows while my dear husband was trying to talk to me about something. Of course Luke Bryan was performing and I was in a trance and not really paying attention to what my husband was saying:-) So I'm giving him "Uh-huh's" and "Yeah's"--you know, pretending that I'm listening--and then I make a comment something like this, "Good Lord, Luke Bryan's pants are really tight! I mean they look like they've been painted on...not that I'm complaining." 

Note to self: These are things you say in your head and not out loud to your husband. LOL.

In situations like this I believe a good ol' Homer Simpson "Doh!" is appropriate:-)



Wednesday, January 16, 2013

MK McClintock's Top 10 List!!!

I am so happy to be hosting not only one of my favorite authors today but also one of my dearest author friends, MK McClintock! MK is joining us today to promote the first book in her British Agent series, Alaina Claiborne. But before we get to the book, MK is going to share with us her Top 10 Deserted Island lists. Enjoy!

10 People You’d Want With You on a Deserted Island

Gerard Butler
I see no reason for anyone else.


10 Books You’d Want With You on a Deserted Island

101 Ways to Get off a Deserted Island

And since I hid that book from Gerard Butler, I’d want . . .

Ashes in the Wind by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
Any historical western romance by Johanna Lindsey
Braveheart by Randall Wallace (Read by Gerry)
The collected works of Jane Austen
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
Mrs. Drew Plays Her Hand by Carla Kelly
First Aid Manual by the U.S. Army
The Total Outdoorsman Manual from Field and Stream (for Gerry)
Gallagher’s Pride and Gallagher’s Hope by yours truly


Okay, so I'm totally going to agree with being alone on a deserted island with Gerard Butler! Love him! Love the books chosen too! And speaking of books, let's talk about MK's new release, Alaina Claiborne!





How far would you go to avenge your family and save the one you love?

In nineteenth-century England, Alaina Claiborne had a loving family, a cherished friend, and devoted servants. She spent her days riding across the grassy hills of the English countryside, joyful and at peace.

Then tragedy strikes and her world is forever changed. Searching for those responsible is her only focus . . . until she meets Tristan.

Tristan Sheffield, a man of many talents, searches out those who don’t want to be found. His past is filled with secrets and deeds he would rather leave deeply buried. However, when his life unexpectedly entwines with Alaina's, he soon discovers they share more than a mutual desire to catch a murderer.

On their hunt for a man driven by greed, Tristan and Alaina find that love is the greatest weapon against evil, and they'll stop at nothing to survive.

Available now at Amazon  

 
Enjoy Excerpts from Alaina Claiborne
(Excerpts may or may not be in the order in which they appear, and may differ slightly from the final book.)
Excerpt One: 

The moon shone brightly through the clouds of the dark night, and fatigue soon encouraged she lay her head down on his shoulder, falling into a deep slumber. She felt safe in his embrace and nothing seemed to disturb her. Her senses became aware of his strong arms wrapping a little tighter around her. She felt the carriage bounce as they hit a rut in the road, but she enjoyed his comforting warmth too much to let it disturb her. Then she became cold and her eyes opened, watching as her body rolled down a hill, but no sound escaped her though she frantically sought a way to breathe. She felt those strong arms push her toward the broken door as the carriage continued to roll. Somehow she landed on earth, coldness seeping through her clothes. Her head ached, but the source of the other pain remained elusive.
A bush. She had landed in a bush and the branches hurt, but not as much as the pain inside of her. What’s happening? She fought her way to the ground and then stopped moving. Silence shrouded the night. 
 
Excerpt Two: 

Across the acres, darkness enveloped another, her surroundings illuminated by the flickering flame of a lamp. Alaina moved around in the attic, searching through trunks of the items that had come from her mother’s cottage in Ireland. It was difficult to see so many memories that reminded her of her parents, but she also found it calmed her. She had avoided these things since they had been delivered years ago, but now her fears became secondary. She hoped that something from her parents’ past would shed light on what was happening in the present.           
      Alaina rummaged through a trunk of some of her mother’s clothes, pulling them out and smelling them, hoping for a faint whiff of the soft rose scent her mother used to wear. There was something lingering around the old clothes, and it took Alaina back to a time when she was a little girl. Nevertheless, the memory ended there. She paused for a moment, as if the scent reminded her of something else besides her mother. She subsequently released the memory when she saw the bottom of the trunk was not as deep as it should have been. She pulled out the remaining dress and ran her fingers along the bottom and edges. She next looked on the outside of the trunk. Nearly six inches of extra space remained near the bottom on the inside.
Alaina felt along the inside edges and became excited when she found a gap. Slowly reaching her fingers into the hole, she simultaneously pushed down on the other edge for leverage and surprised herself when the bottom tilted to reveal the extra space beneath. Removing the thin board, she set it aside and gasped when she turned back to the trunk.
“Oh, Mother. What did you do?”



Book Information
Release Date: January 7th, 2013
Genre: Historical Romance
Formats: Paperback and Kindle
Publisher: Trappers Peak Publishing

The Author
MK McClintock is an over-worked entrepreneur, baker of decadent desserts and all things chocolate, photographer of beautiful places, and most importantly, a writer.

She dreams of a time when life was simpler, the land rougher, and the journey more rewarding. With her heart deeply rooted in the past and her mind always on adventure, McClintock calls Montana home.

McClintock is a member of Romance Writers of America, Montana Romance Writers, Hearts Through History Romance Writers, and Women Writing the West.




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