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Looking for a Cowboy by Donna Grant

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 Release Date - October 27, 2020 Her days as an officer ended when Marlee Frampton's sister was found butchered and her fetus stolen from the womb. She became a private investigator devoting every minute of the day to finding stolen children. Her current case brings her to Texas where another woman has been murdered and another infant is missing. Cooper Owens is immediately attracted to the stranger in his town. Why he's not fond of her approach and suspicions, he and his friends do jump in to help her with her case. If someone in his town is running an illegal adoption ring, he'll do everything possible to put an end to it. Winning Marlee's heart will be an added bonus. Looking for a Cowboy is part mystery and plenty of heated romance. Marlee and Cooper click from the start. I liked that she was able to balance her work with the possibility of romance. I loved that he was willing to work with her and that his friends quickly joined in. The characters all had a bond

The Hollows by Steve Frech

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 Release Date - February 20, 2020 I admit to being a sucker for books set in Vermont. Steve Frech does a good job creating the fictional town of The Hollows where Jacob Reese is renting a cottage on his property on an upscale take on AirBNB. The owner of a local coffeeshop lives quiet, happy life splitting time between his rental and his shop that has the potential to become a chain. Jacob's latest renter leaves him puzzled. She checks in and disappears after leaving an ominous note in the guest registry. After that, another renter spots a ghost of a woman on the shore. Jacob finds several clues that the girlfriend who died years ago is alive and seeking revenge. He's not sure what to make of it, but it's clear someone is after him and plans to turn his life upside down. Dark Hollows had a great premise and I loved the setting. As the mystery builds up, I was hooked. That's where the book lost me. The ending just seemed like a cheat to me. One of those "not sure

My Darling by Amanda Robson

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 Release Date - November 3, 2020 This is one of the creepiest psychological suspense books I've read in a while. It's hard to like the characters. Don't go into this novel thinking you will. Some you will like even less than others. Here's the plot. You have two couples. Husband and wife Tomas and Jade move into their new home. Their new neighbors, Alastair and Emma, seem to be a very happy couple. Alastair, a single dad, is only around on weekends, but he's crazy for Emma. Jade isn't particularly happy though. She's certain that Emma is exactly Tomas's type and that it won't be long before he's having another affair. When he has an emergency tooth ache and goes to see Emma, a dentist, Jade is certain that her worst fears are coming true. Events escalate to a shocking night where all of their lives will be changed forever. Soon, these people are fighting for their freedom and the chance to get back to normal. I don't want to give away spo

Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

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 Release Date - November 17, 2020 Within Funiculi Funicula, patrons enjoy their coffee. Some know of the rumors that if you sit at one particular seat, you can go back in time. You can't change the present, but you can go back to the time you wish to revisit. The issue is getting the ghostly woman that spends a lot of time at that table to leave it so that you have a chance. Each story within Before the Coffee Gets Cold tells the story of this cafe and those that wish to sit at the seat. Ages vary and reasons for wishing to go back are often different. What never changes that if you don't drink your coffee before it goes cold, you can be stuck forever. I enjoyed the premise behind this collection of short stories. I loved the cover art. Something about its simplicity and warmth drew me in. I wish the rest of the book appealed to me as much. I liked some of the stories, but I never loved them. The characters came and went and I never found myself wondering about them after I

A California Christmas by Brenda Novak

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 Release Date - October 13, 2020 I loved this holiday romance. I'm a fan of the Silver Springs series by Brenda Novak anyway, but this installment was a delight.  Emery Bliss flees her home after her boyfriend, who happens to be her co-worker, publishes a sex video she had no idea he'd filmed. She's lost her job, her dignity, and her boyfriend in a matter of days. She's staying at Silver Springs for now with her mom's friend Aiyana. She never expects Dallas Turner to come home. Dallas is back in town in preparation for his mom's wedding. Aiyana's wedding is a long-time coming, and he plans to be there for every minute of the preparations and big event. When he finds Emery in his mom's home, he's stunned. He's had a crush on her for years. When he learns why she's there, he wants to do everything possible to help her get justice for the way she was treated. It isn't long before sparks are flying. Emery doesn't want any part of a new

Happily This Christmas by Susan Mallery

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 Release Date - September 29, 2020 Graphic designer and single mom Wynn Beauchene is very content in the cozy town of Happily Inc. When her neighbor asks for her help, she can't resist. She's harbored a crush on Garrick for a long time. He needs help getting his house set up for a long visit from his daughter and his bachelor lifestyle won't fit with a mom-to-be. Garrick's been estranged from his daughter for years, but the 21-year-old is coming to stay with him until her military husband returns. Joylynn is nearing the end of her pregnancy and she's not happy with anything. Could Happily Inc. be the town that turns her around and makes her the joyful girl Garrick remembers? Happily This Christmas is the sixth book in the "Happily Inc" series, though you can read them independently. I'd read a couple of them and enjoyed catching up with those characters. Wynn is strong and an incredible mom. I loved seeing her paired with Garrick, who is also an inc

In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren

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 Release Date - October 6, 2020 If there's one thing I needed right now, it was something light and fun. Between news stories, family health matters, the ongoing pandemic, and the topics I research for work, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. In a Holidaze was a heavy dose of exactly what I needed. Rush to get your hands on this engaging holiday romance. College friends gather with their families every year for the holidays. Maelyn Jones, her parents, and her younger brother are back for another gathering, but this year is different. They learn that the Hollis family is going to sell their vacation home. Mae's already having a tough time with a job that's not what she expected. She's never told Andrew Hollis how she really feels about him. After learning this could be their last Christmas together, her family is in a car crash. She wakes up on the plane days earlier with Christmas week ahead of her. Something is going on. December 21st keeps happening over and over