Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publication Date: May 20, 2016
Now that Thanksgiving and Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the holidays are coming ’round the corner. Have you bought your presents yet? While the crowds haven’t congregated on the malls yet, I’m off to do some holiday shopping this weekend. That includes books for myself, because of course, books are all I want for Christmas. There, easy to get me a present, right? LOL
Oh, or you could get me this T-shirt:
Or any of these. I can’t decide! All of them are pretty funny and cute:
They’re also on promotional price right now, if you’re thinking to get one for yourself or your family and friends.
But enough about T-shirts! Here are some holiday reads, recommended by TRR reviewers, to get you in the mood:
Christmas Surprise on MacLean Mountain by Randi Alexander (Amazon)
Doctor Booker MacLean is shocked when his estranged wife calls and asks to talk to him in person. Is Sybil back to finally ask for a divorce? Three days before Christmas? He hardens himself for the blow that’s sure to come
Sybil MacLean has been gone from MacLean Mountain and from her husband for seven long months, and now she’s back to admit that leaving was a terrible mistake. She has a secret, but won’t share it with Booker unless he forgives her and takes her back first.
As a powerful blizzard moves into the Colorado Rockies and Sybil and Booker are stranded together atop MacLean Mountain, will his fierce pride and her need for his understanding keep them from spending Christmas with the one they love most? Continue reading
Contributed by Ashia (Romancing the Books and More)
Recently, I learned a new term called “fakeship”. This is the story of a pretend girlfriend/boyfriend or fake engagement/marriage storyline, and it’s a trope that I like a lot. It doesn’t matter if it’s between best friends or enemies who needed to call a temporary truce to work together, as long as it’s a fake relationship they have to present to their friends and family. What I love here is the fun, spine-tingling moments when the main characters are forced to be together to keep up the charade.
Here are some upcoming books that feature this trope, books I can’t wait to get into:
Fake Wife by Stacey Lynn (Amazon)
Oh the classic fake engagement for the sake of getting the inheritance.
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This marriage is strictly business . . . until the temptation gets way too real.
Corbin: I loved my grandma, but I don’t need her money. All I care about is keeping the house—the only place that’s ever felt like home. That, and screwing over my dad, who wants to turn the property into a mall. There’s only one catch: To receive my inheritance, I have to get married within six months. Me, the guy who’s never dated a girl for more than six minutes. Now I need to find a woman I can trust. So when I’m rear-ended by a Prius, I figure it’s a sign that I’m supposed to meet gorgeous, down-to-earth Teagan Monroe.
Teagan: First I lose my job. Then I come home and find out—in the most graphic way possible . . . yeah, that way—that my boyfriend is a cheating jerk. And then I speed off and nearly kill Portland’s sexiest bachelor. Corbin Lane should be pissed. Instead, he offers me more money than I’ve ever seen in my life to marry him and live together in a mansion for two years. No sex. No feelings. Just cash—enough to make all my dreams come true. Then we go and break all our rules . . . and I realize I’m falling in love with my fake fiancé. Continue reading
Here at TRR, we have some new changes going on, one of which is to have new content for everyone to enjoy. One of these is a featured article column called THE GRAND GESTURE.
In the story, we sometimes have the hero being a jerk to the heroine or somehow hurting her due to some actions or poorly-thought words. We hate him, too, on behalf of the heroine, and we want him to get down on his knees and do some mega-groveling to be worthy once again of the heroine (and satisfy this white-hot anger burning in our heart). Or it could be vice-versa. When done right, we close the book with a satisfied sigh, but when not…well, let’s just say it might involve some book-throwing against the wall.
Alex L. Michaels shared a grand gesture from her book, A Drop of Paradise (Amazon). Enjoy!
“You know what,” he growled, “I’m going to wring your neck. And then I’m going to kill you, and then I’m going to…”
She managed to slowly stand up, her legs still wobbly.
“How could you do something so stupid?” he said, staring at her murderously.
“I just wanted to take a quick look around,” she said, lowering her eyes, “to see if I can find my bag. I didn’t even go that far, but suddenly you were all gone—”
“A quick look,” he snorted, shaking his head.
“And then I heard a gunshot and tripped, and fell right into this hole.”
“A gunshot,” Mike said, turning around swiftly and looking at her, “what gunshot? Who shot at you?”
“I don’t know,” Jessica said with a frown, “I fainted, remember? And I didn’t say that they shot at me, only that I was in the near vicinity of the bullet when the gun fired.”
“Jesus,” he said, running his fingers through his hair.
“Look,” she said with a sigh, “let’s just go back. I give up! I’m tired and my head hurts, and this vacation is starting to be much more than I can handle. Let’s just go back to the boat.”
“What boat?” he snorted, grabbing the rope and shoving it back into his bag.
“What do you mean what boat?” she said, blinking in confusion.
“The boat left,” he said, without looking at her.
“What do you mean it left?” she said, as her voice filled with alarm.
When he didn’t answer, she stared at him for a couple of seconds then laughed out loud.
“You’re joking, right? You’re just trying to get back at me for freaking you out, right?” she said.
He sighed heavily.
“Look,” he said slowly, rubbing his forehead, “when we arrived at the beach, you were gone. The storm was coming… or better yet, still is. I had to think of the safety of the passengers, so I told Pedro to take them back. And after that, I went to look for you and it took me an hour to find you. They are long gone by now.”
“What?” Jessica exclaimed, staring at him in disbelief. “How could you do that? How could you let them leave without us? Have you lost your mind?”
“Yes,” Mike shouted, looking at her as if he is going to strangle her, “I have lost my mind the first time I saw you, that’s when. When I should have kept my mouth shut and avoided you like a plague! And now you disappeared without a word, thinking only of yourself… you spoiled, selfish, little brat! You should be grateful that I came back for you in the first place, because if I didn’t, you would probably be dead!”
Alex L. Michaels has been an avid reader since childhood and books have always been an integral part of her life. She always wanted to be a writer, but it took her a long time to get there. She writes poetry and romance novels. Her heroes are roguish and charming, while her heroines are cheeky and courageous. She is currently working on her second novel.
Check her website: https://alexlmichaelsromance.wordpress.com/