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Heir to Murder (The Adair Affairs)
Heir to Murder (The Adair Affairs)
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5.0 out of 5 stars electrifying climax, May 5, 2015
Heir to Murder
Elle James
Harlequin Romantic Suspense, May 1 2015, $5.50
ISBN: 9780373279173

A couple of days ago, thirty-seven year old Noah Scott knew who he was as he worked at the Adair Ranch near San Diego. Then his world imploded when he found out that he is Jackson Adair, the long missing son (and heir) of murdered (four months ago in his office) billionaire Reginald Adair. He struggles with who he is; accepting that his aunt whom he thought was his mom abducted him from his biological parents who he believed were his uncle and aunt; and that he has half-siblings (Landry, Carson and Whit). In other words he remains a Scott, not an Adair.

Noah distrusts everyone especially his acceptance as a brother by those he grew up thinking were cousins but in fact are his half brothers and sister. The only person Noah feels comfortable with is Landry’s BFF Rachel Blackstone. When someone targets Rachel, Noah vows to keep the woman he loves safe, but also concludes another loved one betrayed himl when he realizes the horse riding lessons he gave her were a scam for her to go undercover and spy on him for his siblings.

The fourth Adair Affairs romantic suspense (see Secret Agent Boyfriend by Addison Fox, The Marine’s Temptation by Jennifer Morey and Carrying His Secret by Marie Ferrarella) is an electrifying climax. The lead couple is a nice pairing but it is the suspenseful revelations re family secrets and the homicide that hook the audience.

Harriet Klausner
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Fighting for Keeps (A Brookhollow Story)
Fighting for Keeps (A Brookhollow Story)
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4.0 out of 5 stars fine family drama, May 5, 2015
Fighting For Keeps
Jennifer Snow
Harlequin Heartwarming, May 1 2015, $6.50
ISBN: 9780373367238

Head nurse Lindsay Harper loves being the favorite aunt of her five tweener and younger nieces and nephews; as she gets to do only fun things with them while breaking the rules. However, that changes when tragedy leaves her brother Nathan and his wife of ten years Rachel dead. Lindsay must adapt to being a parent after years as the best buddy.

MMA warrior Noah Parks loves Lindsay, but though she reciprocates she rejects him for being a dolt; as only an idiot would take beatings for a living. He never told his beloved that he also uses his fighting skills to help at risk teens gain needed internal discipline and guidance though Noah knows that will help him win her heart; as he wants Lindsay to love the entire him and not just the community volunteer. As Lindsay struggles with converting into a responsible parent, Noah is there to help her and her charges; but that and love may not be enough for this couple.

With a nod to the Gary Marshall directed film Raising Helen, Fighting for Keeps is a fine family drama in which the lead adults recognize the needs of the children come before their desires. The metamorphous of fun loving Aunt Lindsay to responsible parent is superbly developed because the desperate heroine adapts her ER skills to raise her grieving wards in spite of their demanding the return of the rabble-rouser. The latest Brookhollow Story (see Mistletoe Melody and Falling For Leah) is a wonderful tale.

Harriet Klausner
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Catching Her Rival (Harlequin Large Print Super Romance)
Catching Her Rival (Harlequin Large Print Super Romance)

5.0 out of 5 stars appealing Rhode Island contemporary, May 4, 2015
Catching Her Rival
Lisa Dyson
Harlequin SuperRomance, May 1 2015, $6.75
ISBN: 9780373609109

Their mother begs Allie Miller to have her ex Jimmy escort her to her brother Scott’s wedding. However, Allie insists she will attend alone; concealing that Jimmy is in prison.

Jack Fletcher planned to bring his girlfriend Brenda to his cousin Emily’s Newport wedding, but their relationship ended after he responded. He asks his friend Charlotte Harrington the artist to be his plus one non-date.

At Scott and Emily’s ceremony, Providence public relations rivals Allie and Jack meet when he initially thinks she is Charlotte. When Allie and Charlotte run into each other at that gala, each is stunned by how much they look alike and both admit they are adopted. Jack and Allie fall in love but neither want anything permanent as they even approach their vocation differently with her being artsy and him pragmatic. At the same time Allie and Charlotte look into their obviously shared biological background.

This appealing Rhode Island contemporary combines a wonderful romance with the first encounter of separately adopted adult identical twins. The lead trio makes for a captivating drama; as Jack and Allie share in common an attraction, a profession, and seemingly relationship avoidant personalities; while the identical twins, wanting a sisterly relationship, explore how similar they behave and search for their genealogy.

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The End of Healing
The End of Healing
by Jim Bailey
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bellamy to suffer a slow painful death and giving false hope to her grief-stricken daughter, May 4, 2015
This review is from: The End of Healing (Paperback)
The End Of Healing
Jim Bailey
The Healthy City, May 1 2015, $21.95
ISBN: 9780985420390

In 2000, Dr. Don Newman works the night shift at University Hospital when a distraught woman brings in her mom. Newman realizes from that first exam that the left half of his new patient Mrs. Bellamy’s brain is dead and that she will never walk or talk again; but also knows what is required of him since Medicaid will cover Mrs. Bellamy’s care. Over the next three months Newman increasingly feels depressed that costs are run up to make a substantial profit by allowing Mrs. Bellamy to suffer a slow painful death and giving false hope to her grief-stricken daughter.

Although in debt due to high tuition costs, Newman abandons his plan of becoming a money-making cardiologist. Instead he enrolls in Dr. Sampson’s Medical Systems at New England’s Florence College where he meets nurse practitioner Frances Hunt and wealthy surgeon Bruce Markum. Under Sampson’s mentoring, Newman begins to understand the health care-government complex in which the greatest profit rules regardless of the monetary and emotional costs to the patient and his or her loved ones.

The End Of Healing is an insightful condemnation of the American healthcare system in which stunned readers will go through Elisabeth Kübler-Ross model (Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and significantly Acceptance that we can do nil in the macro but plenty in the micro). The fictional subplot is well-written even with the standard romantic triangle. What grips readers is the interwoven denunciating documentation (especially a simplified summary chart) that makes a profound case that the “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” (Dylan Thomas) is not always the right thing for the patient but always great for the bottom line.

Harriet Klausner
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The Sheikh's Pregnancy Proposal (Harlequin Desire)
The Sheikh's Pregnancy Proposal (Harlequin Desire)
by Fiona Brand
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars delightful contemporary romance, May 3, 2015
The Sheikh’s Pregnancy Proposal
Fiona Brand
Harlequin Desire, May 1 2015, $5.25
ISBN: 9780373733873

Having failed at marriage to a childhood friend Jasmine, Sheikh Kadin Gabriel ben Kadir is in his mom’s hometown Wellington, New Zealand to sign a marital business contract in twenty-four hours that will bring needed funds to his country, Zahir. Having been dumped twice, teacher Sarah Duval still believes in forever love though she wonders if “… love was only true in fairy tales; meant for someone else …” (I’m A Believer by the Monkees).

On his last day as a bachelor, Gabe and Sarah meet. They share an awesome sexual encounter that leaves both shaken. When she becomes pregnant, he proposes. In love with her Sheikh, Sarah accepts though she doubts he returns her feelings and remains unaware that Gabe plans to never give his heart to her.

Fiona Brand provides a delightful take a chance on love contemporary. Feisty Sarah makes the romance interesting as she doubts whether she should wed the man she cherishes since he appears not to share her feelings; while Gabe is a fascinating individual starting with his parentage.

Harriet Klausner
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Back to Texas (Welcome to Ramblewood)
Back to Texas (Welcome to Ramblewood)
by Amanda Renee
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4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable small-town romance, May 3, 2015
Back To Texas
Amanda Renee
Harlequin American, May 1 2015, $5.50
ISBN: 9780373755691

Magpie waitress Bridgett Jameson remains in shock after almost three decades of lies from her single mom Ruby when she learned that her new friend Abby Winchester is her fraternal twin; though they do not look similar starting with a nine inch height gap (see A Texan for Hire). Adding to her disappointment is finding out that the town’s cheap tipper Ramblewood Mayor Darren Fox is her biological father. Finally making matters worse Abby the stranger asks her to be her maid of honor.

After a decade away obtaining stardom and money in the Los Angeles music world under a phony identity until his career imploded, Adam Steele returns to Ramblewood hoping the family he abandoned forgives him. He and Bridgett are attracted to each other from the moment they meet when he enters the Magpie, but he conceals from her who he is. As they fall in love, still reeling from her mom’s deception, once the truth comes out Bridgett wants nothing to do with Adam.

The fourth Welcome to Ramblewood (see Home to the Cowboy and Betting On Texas) is an enjoyable small-town romance starring a deceiver and a deceived victim. The captivating storyline centers on whether love can overcome “… a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive!” (Marmion by Sir Walter Scott).

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Bound by a Baby Bump (Harlequin Romance Large Print)
Bound by a Baby Bump (Harlequin Romance Large Print)
by Ellie Darkins
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars pleasant amusing contemporary, May 3, 2015
Bound By A Baby Bump
Ellie Darkins
Harlequin Romance, May 1 2015, $5.99
ISBN: 9780373743391

Rachel Archer has her life totally planned to the neutrino level until she meets wild artist Leo Fairfax. They share an incredible night of sex that has both reeling with a desire for more.

However that tryst leaves Rachel pregnant and her detailed life plan imploded. Whereas she is upset; Leo is ecstatic as he wants to forge a family with their unborn child and the mother he loves. Rachel has doubts re his sincerity since Leo has always run on the wild side. He knows he must convince his doubting Rachel that he loves her and wants a lifetime with her to include raising their child together in a happy home.

Bound By A Baby Bump is a pleasant contemporary; although like Rachel readers will find Leo’s turnaround from free spirit to responsible family man too quick and ergo difficult to accept. Still if the audience puts aside its plausibility barometer, Ellie Darkins authors an amusing tale in which a matchmaking unborn nukes the plans of two adults.

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Hold Me (Fool's Gold)
Hold Me (Fool's Gold)
by Susan Mallery
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars captivating contemporary, May 2, 2015
Hold Me
Susan Mallery
Harlequin HQN, Apr 28 2015, $7.99
ISBN 9780373779970

The offspring of two country and western stars, Destiny Mills tries to avoid the limelight though the Paparazzi insures otherwise. Destiny travels the country helping towns with STORMS search-and-rescue software. Accompanied by her teenage half-sister Starr whom she met for the first time ten days ago in Austin, Destiny’s latest stop is Fool’s Gold, California to assist with the launch of HERO (Help Emergency rescue Operations).

Olympic Gold Medalist Kipling Gilmore’s “G-Force” downhill skiing career ended with a serious injury caused by a crash. He came to town to be with his abused sister Shelby who owns Ambrosia Bakery, but has bought into a sport’s bar. As Kipling and Destiny work together on implementing the STORMS program and deal with family crisis, they fall in love; an emotion neither craves.

The nineteenth Fool’s Gold romance (see Before We Kiss and Until We Touch) is a captivating contemporary starring two individuals who believe “Love Hurts” (Nazareth) so prefer to distant themselves from those undesirable feelings. Although the sister issues seem overly dramatic, Hold Me is a warm drama.

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Running Fire
Running Fire
by Lindsay McKenna
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4.0 out of 5 stars exciting military romantic suspense, May 2, 2015
Running Fire
Lindsay McKenna
Harlequin HQN, Apr 28 2015, $7.99
ISBN 9780373788934

In Afghanistan, U.S. Army 80th Shadow Squadron Captain Brian Larson and Chief Warrant Officer Leah Mackenzie fly a helicopter into a dangerous sector to pick up a SEAL team in the mountainous Hindu Kush one mile from the Pakistan border. However, enemy fire destroys the helicopter killing Larson, but Mackenzie escapes. Watching the crash, Navy SEAL Chief Kell Ballard extracts Mackenzie from the wreckage. Surprised he is a she, Kell carries the unconscious Warrant Officer to safety in a cave he uses while on his mission to eliminate a Taliban terrorist.

Grateful for the rescue, Leah distrusts any military with a Y chromosome; having been abused by her ex-husband. To Leah’s shock, Kell shows kindness and compassion towards his cave-mate that leads to the pair sharing wonderful sex. As they fall in love, Kell and Leah know that soon they must run through a Taliban gauntlet. If they make it back alive, they will be greeted by the duplicity of her former spouse to tarnish Leah.

The eighth Shadow Warrior military romantic thriller (see Taking Fire, Never Surrender and Breaking Point) is an exciting suspense. Lindsay McKenna captures the sense of the amorphous front as survival behind enemy lines proves even more difficult than when enemy lines were somewhat fixed rather than ever changing. Although Leah seems too emotionally weak to be a search and rescue pilot in a war zone, Running Fire is an electrifying drama.

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A Lover's Vow (The Grangers)
A Lover's Vow (The Grangers)
by Brenda Jackson
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5.0 out of 5 stars thrilling romantic suspense, May 1, 2015
A Lover's Vow
Brenda Jackson
Mira, Apr 28 2015, $7.99
ISBN: 9780778318002

Dalton Granger is very happy for his two brothers who have found love (see Jace in A Brother’s Honor and Caden in A Man's Promise), but he chooses to remain a steadfast confirmed bachelor. However, Dalton loathes admitting even to himself let alone his siblings that the mutual hostility between him and private investigator Jules Bradford, sister of Jace’s new wife Shana, disturbs him.

Jules investigates the homicide of Dalton’s mother over fifteen years ago in which their dad went to prison for committing uxoricide. As Dalton assists Jules, their squabbling ends with respect and love as each realizes that their skirmishes were a defense mechanism to hide from the truth of how they really feel.

The third and final Granger romantic suspense is a rousing climax to an enjoyable miniseries though newbies need to start with the previous releases. The overarching whodunit is superbly handled while the changing relationship between the last standing Granger and the Bradford sister enhances a thrilling finish.

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