Crooked Tree Ranch (Montana #1) by R.J. Scott

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When a city slicker, meets up with a cowboy.  Anything can happen under the blue Montana skies…

Nate Todd knows things have to change for Crooked Tree to survive. He just doesn’t know how much of an effect Jay Sullivan will have on his life.

On the spur of the moment, with his life collapsing around him, Jay Sullivan answers an ad for a marketing expert on a dude ranch in Montana. With his small family, he moves lock, stock and barrel from New York to Montana to start a new life.

Foreman and owner of a third of the ranch, ex rodeo star Nathaniel ‘Nate’ Todd has been running Crooked Tree Ranch. His partners in the business convince him that he needs to get an expert in to help the ranch survive. He knows things have to change, but when the new guy turns up, with a troubled family in tow, he just isn’t prepared for how much.

I have to admit, that I have a thing for cowboys! *grins*  And loved this, the first book in the Montana series.

Watching the love blossom in this story, is like watching the ice melt off the Montana mountains…once the thaw comes, the beauty underneath shines through.

This audiobook was narrated by Sean Crisden, and he makes the story just flow easily, with his sexy gravelly voice.

Look forward to reading/listening to more of this series.

I voluntarily reviewed this Audio Copy of this book.  Supplied by the author.

5 Stars*****

Hot Under the Collar (Love Off Leash) by Summer Devon

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When two men collide and sparks fly, love is definitely going to be off the leash!

Love dogs and smoking hot men? The Love Off Leash series is for you. Different authors. Unrelated stories. Shared theme of new love and pets.

Attorney Sam Trevisani never thought he’d play the bad guy, but now his job to stop a dog park makes him the enemy of every dog owner in town—and whenever he meets his main opponent, Dan Bailey, the vet gives him the evil eye. Tired of playing for the wrong side, Sam has to find a solution. Maybe the tempting Dr. Bailey can help him find a solution for his restless need for change. Or maybe it’s his attraction to the vet that pushes Sam to pay a late-night visit.

Tired of town politics and manipulative games, Dan has no interest in helping the flashy lawyer. Yet Sam’s dogged interest in him proves oddly appealing. Dan reluctantly allows the attractive lawyer into his house and sparks fly. Sam doesn’t mind hookups, but Dan doesn’t do them–yet in one night, they both change their minds.

Determined to keep Dan from running away from something promising between them, Sam has to get past his attorney uncle, Dan’s pack of misfit dogs, and a powerful but unpleasant client who could end not only the dog park but any chance of romance between the lawyer and the vet.

I loved this story, of two men far away from where they had started, ending up in the same place, but fighting on different sides.

Look forward to reading more of this series in the future.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.  Supplied by the author.

5 Stars*****

Vintage Trailer Voyeur: A Peek Inside the Unique Custom Trailer Culture by Vicki Ocken

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Take a fanciful journey into the world of vintage camping trailers through the stories of their owners. Almost 400 photos offer a peek at the rare, the unique, the coveted, and the just plain adorable. Tag along to a vintage trailer rally, visit an all-girls camp, and check out the decor of these jewels–ranging from original birch panelling, chenille bedspreads, and a period-perfect Dixie stove, to a “Sharkstream” trailer-as-art-installation. Those with the conviction that trailers deserve to be loved and lived in will enjoy exploring the possibilities as they search for, renovate, or simply dream of living in their own little piece of history.

Each chapter is a different ladies Vintage trailer and her personal journey, in refitting these treasures, in the life they have chosen, and on travelling on the open road and the friendships they have made along the way.

For these ladies, travelling the roads and highways, has become a way of life…and their trailers reflect each persons personality, as shown in these delightful photographs.

I always love see how others live.  And this book brought back memories of caravan holiday trips I spent with my family in my childhood, here in the UK.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. Published by Schiffer Publishing, and downloaded via NetGalley.

4 Stars****

Shirt (Ryan & Scott #1) by Amy Lane

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After a meet-cute in a bathroom and a whirlwind courtship, Ryan is ready to introduce Scotty to his parents. But a misunderstanding and some stubborn cuff buttons tangle Ryan up in an oxford shirt at a really inopportune time. Can Scotty take this opportunity to teach Ryan one or two more lessons about falling in love?

A great erotic short shorty of a man who thought that he was straight.  Finds that a chance meeting with a cute guy in a bathroom at a party, changes his outlook of what he thought he wanted, to what and who he needs.

An M/M short erotic story.  Does contain sex scenes.

A well plotted and written story, with characters that you will fall in love with.  Can’t wait to read more about Ryan and Scotty’s relationship.

5 Stars*****

Good Breeding by J.L. Merrow

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Adopted as a baby, Giles Frobisher has grown up with every privilege. Encouraged by his best friend—and secret crush—Oz to seek out his birth mother, he’s appalled to discover she’s loud, lower-class, and insists on calling him Wayne!

Giles’ snobbier-than-thou, none-too-faithful boyfriend Hugh is equally horrified, and Oz, who’s always been secretive about his own family, starts acting very strangely.

It seems Giles is about to learn that good breeding has nothing to do with who your parents are!

Loved this short story.

Unfortunately we don’t always see what or who is right in front of our eyes…until it is too late.

It reminded me of the old saying “The clothes don’t make the man”.  I personally would prefer to be drinking coffee out of a mug, and having a laugh at the kitchen table, than to be, holding a polite, but boring conversation over tea out of the best china cups and saucers.

5 Stars*****

Guaranteed to Bleed (The Country Club Murders #2) by Julie Mulhern

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With his dying breath, Bobby Lowell begs Ellison Russell, “Tell her I love her.”

Unable to refuse, Ellison struggles to find the girl the murdered boy loved. Too bad an epically bad blind date, a vindictive graffiti artist, and multiple trips to the emergency room keep getting in the way.

Worse, a killer has Ellison in his sights, her newly rebellious daughter is missing, and there’s yet another body in her hostas.  Mother won’t be pleased.

Now Ellison must track down not one but two runaway teenagers, keep her promise to Bobby and elude the killer—all before her next charity gala committee meeting.

Julie Mulhern has carved her own way into our hearts, with her 1970’s Country Club murder mysteries.  Where flares and plaid are all the rage.  And where the Country Club set have their own rules and etiquette.  Just try not to die in the hostas!

Another Great read.  Well plotted and written, with a great set of characters.  This is one series not to be missed!

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. Published by Henery Press, and downloaded via NetGalley.

5 Stars*****

 

 

Dog Gone Ghost (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries #4.5) by Angie Fox

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Who let the dogs…and cats…out?

Verity Long’s new ghost hunting career has gone to the dogs, literally. A spirit is releasing animals from their cages at the Sugarland Animal Rescue Center.

It’s an unusual haunting that gets even more bizarre when she uncovers a new clue in a case of a missing child. Verity vows to reunite the lost boy with his family. And when she does, Verity just might answer the age-old question: Do all dogs go to heaven?

Short, sweet and an enjoyable read.

Angie Fox delivers a well plotted and written story in her Southern Ghost Hunter series.

5 Stars*****

Doctor Who: Snake Bite (BBC Doctor Who: New Series Audio Exclusives #21) by Scott Handcock

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Doctor Elehri Mussurana has spent a lifetime on her work. She’s guarded her pet project close to her chest, letting only one person share her secret – her husband and lab partner Ernst Wharner. As their experiment reaches its final, glorious fruition, they watch in awe as sparks fly in a sealed chamber and specks of sapphire light begin to join together into a shining haze. A wormhole in time and space is being created…But then something unexpected appears inside the swirling vortex: a tall blue box with the words ‘POLICE PUBLIC CALL BOX’ on the side. The TARDIS has arrived in the far future, in a scientific research facility – just as reality is ripped at the seams and the universe tears in two…

Written specially for audio by Scott Handcock, Snake Bite features the Doctor, Amy and Rory as played by Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill in the acclaimed BBC TV series.

It is read by Frances Barber, who played Madame Kovarian.

Running Time: 1hr 10 mins

I love listening to the Doctor Who audios, and this was a good one.

4 Stars****

The Children of Steel (Sarah Jane Adventures Audio Exclusives #9)

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A steam-powered robot causes chaos for Sarah Jane and friends, in this exclusive audio story read by Daniel Anthony.

Sarah Jane is thrilled when she successfully bids for a Victorian brass head in an antiques auction. On taking the metal model home, Mr Smith informs her that it contains a research probe from the future.

Sarah Jane speculates that the probe was used as the ‘brain’ that powered the ‘Difference Golem’; a mechanical servant built by eccentric inventor Sir Joseph Montague. She suggests destroying it, to prevent such advanced technology from falling into the wrong hands, but Rani persuades her that this would be wrong, as the golem could have been sentient. So she, Rani, Sky and Clyde travel to Holcote House, the former residence of Sir Joseph, in search of its body. But they are soon to discover that meddling with artificial intelligence can have dangerous consequences…

An enjoyable listen and visit into the Sarah Jane world, where alien danger is never far away!

Narrated by Daniel Anthony, who plays Clyde.

4 Stars****

If You’ve Got It, Haunt It (A Haunted Vintage Mystery #1) by Rose Pressey

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First book in this hauntingly good mystery series.

Cookie Chanel has a passion for fashion – and a murder mystery to solve!

Cookie Chanel has opened her own vintage clothing boutique, It’s Vintage, Y’all, in the charming town of Sugar Creek, Georgia. Always on the lookout for stylish second-hand steals, she attends the estate sale of deceased socialite Charlotte Meadows. But she gets a lot more than she bargained for when Charlotte’s ghost appears before her – offering fashion advice and begging Cookie to find out who murdered her. As the persistent poltergeist tags along and a possibly psychic pussy cat moves into the shop, Cookie sorts through racks of suspects to see who may be hiding some skeletons in the closet. Do a clothing store owner and a disembodied socialite have a ghost of a chance of collaring a killer – or will Cookie’s life be the next one hanging by a thread?

This was my second time with this, the first Cookie Chanel  mystery.  The first was when it came out in paperback, and this time in audio.

And all I can say is…this series, just gets better and better each time you read or listen to it.

Tara Ochs, does a wonderful narration, that does justice to the story and the characters.

5 Stars*****