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Mix the birthday shots, sprinkled with a ‘little white lie’-equals Addison & Luca trying not to freak out

Welcome back to Colorado and the Cassidy brothers…and their friends (which may include an Montgomery or two). Last Minute Fiancé is Addison’s & Luca’s story and takes place shortly after Good Time Boyfriend.

Luca is the youngest Cassidy brother, and a vet…who has been dealt a little bit of heartbreak in the past. Addison is Denvey’s best friend, enjoys numbers, and is stuck in a job that she isn’t sure if she still loves or not. At a birthday party…they both might have had a few too many birthday shots & cake…and it might have led to a few things in the bedroom. 

What happens when you’re working in a male dominant field and find out that you might not get the promotion that you’re more than qualified for…because you’re a single, independent woman? Well…you might talk your best friend into going along with your little ‘white’ lie…that you’ve engaged…and, oh could he take the weekend off to come to a business retreat with you? After a little in-home test confirms something else?

What to do when you’re both freaking out about the results of that little in-home test, your boss is a giant a-hole, and your ex gets the promotion?

Throw in some family drama, wine, kittens and puppies—and you have the storyline for Last Minute Fiancé. To find out how Addison & Luca navigate the ups and downs of what life is throwing at time…plus catching up with Luca’s siblings—grab Last Minute Fiancé as soon as it comes out.

I love these little spin-off series that Carrie Ann does from the wider Montgomery Ink world. You not only get to know a wonderful group of people—but it gives you a lot of books to later buy and binge read. Last Minute Fiancé is a five out of five stars, and I can’t wait for the final book in this ‘short’ series, which is due out in October—but until then, grab a series (or two…or three) and get to know the Cassidy brothers, the Montgomerys, and all their friends and family.

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Finally getting Naomi & Amos’ full story…with a touch of cake, cheese, & wine

Welcome back to Texas and the Wilders. There’s a wedding coming up…but then again—there are always weddings, since the Wilder Retreat is a wedding venue.

But this is a special wedding…it’s a Wilder wedding.  But the main scope of the story—is that Naomi & Amos finally get their time in the spotlight.

Naomi & Amos have been around the Wilders since the beginning…they were actually employees that decided to stay on when the Wilders bought the winery/resort from the previous owner.

Throughout the books—they’ve had an on/off relationship…but it all comes full circle in A Wilder Wedding.

I loved seeing Naomi & Amos get their time in the spotlight…and Amos did need to have a little sense knocked into him by the Wilders.

If you’ve been keeping up with the Wilders—you know who’s getting married…and if you haven’t…well you should probably grab the last book (or two) to catch up with everything that’s been happening around the Wilders.

It wouldn’t be a Wilder book if there wasn’t just a little bit of mayhem…because they seem to attract it like honey. 

What mayhem? Well—it’s a little bit of family drama (possibly not the Wilders), and just a little bit of drama in general.

I give A Wilder Wedding five out of five stars. I love this series, and am glad that there were the cousins to bring in to keep it going for a while longer. I’m looking forward to Wyatt’s story later in the year.

The best thing about A Wilder Wedding—you technically don’t need to have read the rest of the books in the series…this is a perfect ‘introduction’ to the loud and loving Wilder family.

A Wilder Wedding will be available to purchase on Monday May 13 from all online bookstores. So plan on taking Monday afternoon off…grab a cup of tea (or coffee, or whatever), a good chair and settle in to visit some possibly new friends down in Texas as they come together to host a family wedding.

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A wedding dress, chocolate, and a ‘hidden’ past

Welcome back to Texas and the Wilders. While all of Eliza’s brothers have gotten their happily-ever-afters, now it’s on to their cousins.

Luckily—these guys, their names all start with different letters…Eliza’s parents thought it was cute to name all their children with the same letter—E.

Moments for You is Ridge & Aurora’s story—and it takes place about two years after the end of ‘Finding the Road to Us’. So—if you haven’t read Elliot’s story…stop right here, unless you don’t mind a few ‘spoilers’.

Finding the Road to Us ended with a Wilder family reunion—plus an uninvited guest—a tornado. 

The Wilder cousins decided to take everyone up on their offer of ‘relocating’, they bought some adjacent land, and the Wilder Winery & Resort, now also includes a distillery and bar—plus the spa and restaurant. Ridge joins the group as part of the security team—even though he’s part ‘owner’ in everything (just like Trace now is)…and he’s there to try to escape his past (one that he hasn’t even told his siblings about).

Aurora is working at putting her life back together after car wreck claimed her husbands life, and left her injured. Responding to a post on Instagram brings her to the Wilder resort…and while she was only suppose to be there for the weekend…she’s a pastry chef…and guess who had just ‘quit’…the latest pastry chef.

Ridge and Aurora gravitate towards each other…possibly as two wounded souls recognizing each other? They start off as friends, and their relationship progresses. Soon, though Ridge is faced with the past he was trying to escape…and comes clean to Aurora—who then urges him to open up to his brothers.

Can they navigate a new future together? Or will Ridge’s past come between them? Find out in Moments for You—the seventh installment in the Wilder Brothers series by Carrie Ann Ryan. Meet up with old friends, as most of Ridge’s cousins and siblings pop in and out of the pages and see how well they were able to rebuild following the tornado that didn’t have reservations.

Moments for You will be available at all online spaces on April 22, 2024. If you haven’t read any of the previous Wilder books…that’s okay—this is a great one to ‘dip’ your toes in as you meet a loving, and loud family. Plus—there are six other books to binge read to find out the backstory of all of Ridge’s cousins (technically seven—Eliza’s story is Inked Obsession (Montgomery Ink: Fort Collins #2), and even more series to binge when you jump into the Montgomery Ink world.

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Dan & Kara’s Story all in one place–plus meet their families

Welcome back to the world of Gansett Island, as one of the island’s favorite couples finally gets their own book. The couple: Dan Torrington & Kara Ballard.

Now…if you’ve been reading the Gansett Island series by Marie Force, you know that Dan & Kara’s story has plays out over several different books—they’ve been a ‘featured’ couple—but never the ‘main’ couple of a book. That all changes with this particular book, we get to revisit their whirling romance on Gansett Island, and get bits and pieces of their lives before coming to Gansettt and when they’ve been ‘off-island’ as well.

So why are they getting their own book now? Well—have you read Hurricane After Dark (the latest in the Gansett Island series)? If you have—you know how that particular book ended…and without giving away any spoilers—it’s exactly how this book ends as well.

I loved this book—Dan and Kara have always been a favorite couple within the series, and it was nice getting some of history (both as individuals and as a couple)—not to mention a different ‘view’ of a certain event from a previous Gansett Island book (the boys’ sailboat accident). Yes—I did just refer to the McCarthy men & their friends as ‘boys’.

I look forward to the new series coming out later this year or early next year, and I still hope that Dan & Kara will be popping in every so often within Gansett as well. This is a great book to not only introduce you to a beloved couple from Gansett Island—but the rest of the group as well, in addition to new individuals that will be popping up in the spinoff series Downeast (again later this year—or probably early next year). I give this prequel five out of five stars and will be going back to re-reading it numerous times throughout the rest of 2024. 

So–grab a cup of coffee (or tea), a cozy chair and settle in to catch up with friends both old and new.

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Introducing Lady Essie & Lord Dagarath, Ice Dragon Elders

Welcome to the world of dragons, knights, the fair folk, espionage, intrigue and so much more.

The latest book in the Dragon Knights series is the ‘Return of the Ice Dragon’. I also realized that I haven’t posted a review on any of the previous books in the series—so here’s some background on the series:

One of the central locations within the series is Draconia—where the descendants of Dranneth the Wise rule over both man and dragon…thanks to the magic that created the black dragon. For they are the shapeshifters—both human and dragon—allowing them to speak to both.

For the ‘normal’ dragons only communicate with those that can telepathically hear them…and those that can hear them—can be chosen as their partner..their knight, whom they go into battle with against the skiths of Skithdron and their allies. If the knights are lucky—they can find a woman who can also hear dragons, and is willing to part of a triad marriage.

Then there are the lands of Helios—where griffins can be found, though some are living within Draconia now as well. Further over the mountains is Valdis and Elderland, and to the north and south—the fair folk living in different ‘enclaves’. Further out to sea is Griffin Isle, where the wizard Gryffid has been living in exile with griffins and an enclave of fair folk.

While all books, with the exception of ‘The Sea Captain’s Daughter trilogy’, can be read without reading previous books, I will include the full series order at the end of the review—I love this series…and will be going back to ‘binge-read’ the series and write reviews for all previous books in the series.

Okay—now let’s talk about ‘The Return of the Ice Dragon’.

Ice dragons have come out of ‘hiding’ and are willing to live under the ‘rule’ of the king of Valdis. It is his wife, a member of the Jinn (specifically the black dragon clan), that informed the ice dragons of a baby ice dragon being raised in Draconia.

The baby ice dragon, is none other than Tor…the lovable adolescent dragon that stole everyone’s heart in ‘The Ice Dragon’ and every other book where he makes an appearance. Tor’s “adoptive” parents are the king and queen of Draconia…both of whom are descendants of Dranneth the Wise. Roland via the eldest son of Darnneth, and Lana via the House of Kent. As it stated in lore…the royal line breeds true…all sons are black dragons, and a few of the daughters come into their magic later in life.

Lady Esselyn and Lord Dagarath (ice dragons) decide to head to Draconia with a couple of other ice and snow dragons, along with their ‘partners’ to determine what happened and how to help raise Tor…

Now, it wouldn’t be an Dragon Knight book without a little espionage thrown in as well…so there issues within Draconia that come to light…oh, did I mention that the virkin (small dragonish like creatures) may play a role in bringing to light those issues.

Will the ice dragons and royal dragons come to an understanding in regards to Tor? How big of a splash will the virkin make in Draconia? Will the traitors be found? Answers and more can be found within the pages of ‘Return of the Ice Dragon’.

I loved this book…especially since it focused a little more on young Tor (can’t really call him a baby anymore), and I can’t wait for future books that he and other ice dragons pop up in. So—if this is your first time coming to Draconia, grab something to drink, a comfortable chair to curl up in and journey to a land of humans, dragons, virkins, and others.

If you want to read other books within the series, here is the reading list, broken down into the shorter sub-series:

“Daughters of the Dragon”:

Maiden Flight

Border Lair

The Ice Dragon

Prince of Spies

Novellas:

The Dragon Healer

Master at Arms

Wings of Change

“Sons of Draconia”:

FireDrake

Dragon Storm

Keeper of the Flame

Hidden Dragons

The Sea Captain’s Daughter Trilogy:

Sea Dragon 

Dragon Fire 

Dragon Mates

“Rise of the Jinn”:

The Captain’s Dragon

Snow Dragon

Gatekeeper

Spymaster

Return of the Ice Dragon

In between Gatekeeper & Spymaster is a short story that focuses on Tor: “Tor’s Solstice Surprise”

So a few questions: do you like shapeshifters? And if so–do you have a favorite?

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Night of passion with no last names = semi-awkward Monday morning

Welcome back to Colorado and the Montgomerys—where once they bring you into the fold—you’re a Montgomery for life. #CHEESEFORALL!!

Last First Kiss is Daisy & Hugh’s story…and picks up just after Happily Ever Maybe. 

Daisy Montgomery Knight is owner of Montgomery Security along with several cousins. Hugh Hendricks is one of their new security hires. 

How did they meet? A wedding…and nope—not a Montgomery one. They shared a dance (since he caught the garter & she caught the flowers), one night of passion…and unfortunately no last names…

Imagine Daisy’s surprise, walking into work on Monday morning…and seeing the man that gave her a unforgettable night of passion…

Daisy is still healing from being injured in the warehouse explosion (confused…go read Best Friend Temptation…the explosion is at the end)…and everyone is still trying to figure out who was behind that problem. So various family members are a little bit more ‘over-protective’ than usual…and with the Montgomery men—that’s saying something.

Hugh use to own his own security business…but sold it & moved to Colorado to be closer to his ex-wife & daughter, Lucy. Then his ex decided that it was easier to start ‘anew’ without reminders of the past…and Daisy understands how Lucy feels better than Hugh knows.

Since moving and starting in a new school, Lucy is befriend by none other than Nora Montgomery…who views all ‘strangers’ as friends not yet made. It’s extremely cute seeing how these two six-years plot sleepovers, playdates, and such—playing all adults…nothing better than a sweet little smile from an adorable six-year old.

Though, it does become a little ‘tricky’ when Lucy asks if they’re meeting Daisy for dinner again in front of a couple of Montgomery men. Plus there is the ‘little’ issue of an competing security firm trying to buy them out…or underbid them on jobs.

Can Daisy & Hugh figure out their relationship…and ensure that it doesn’t ‘bleed’ over into their jobs?  Will they discover who was behind the warehouse explosion? In addition to dealing with the competing security firm?

The answers…plus wine, beer, cheese, and ax-throwing can all be found within the pages of Last First Kiss.

I love this next generation of Montgomerys, plus I love when various members of the ‘original series’ pop in for a visit as well..it’d been awhile since I’d seen Daisy’s parents. In fact—I went back and reread their story as well (want to check out their story—grab Fallen Ink (book one of the Montgomery Ink: Colorado Springs spin-off). The best thing about the Montgomery Ink world (whether original or Legacy)—you can start literally anywhere, and know that you have a whole world you can binge read.

Last First Kiss (Montgomery Ink Legacy #5) will be available at all major online stores Monday March 4 2024. Five out of five stars…and I would suggest reading it on a full stomach…or you might just go raid the cheese…or need to go on a run for Indian food…or whatever is your favorite food.

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The next security specialists to fall are?

Welcome back to Denver, and the Montgomery Ink world. A world—where once you become friends with an Montgomery—you’re now family for life…if you work with an Montgomery—you’re family for life.

Basically—you end up with a very large family.

Happily Ever Maybe is an novella within the Montgomery Ink Legacy world—and is Gus and Jennifer’s story. Gus and Jennifer are two security specialists that work with Noah, Daisy, Kane and others.

Gus and Jennifer have been ‘secretly’ crushing on each other for over a year…neither wanting to make a move that could damage their friendship or work relationship.

So what happens when they give into to their mutual ‘secret’ crush on each other? 

What happens with various obnoxious clients, including client ‘x’?

Can they figure out their ‘relationship’ and how to make everything work…I’d say smoothly—but there are always bumps in the road when a Montgomery is around.

How big of a pain is their latest client?

The answers…are within the pages of Happily Ever Maybe; and it will be available for purchase on Feb 13, 2024 from all major sites.

I love the Montgomery Ink world…whether it’s in Denver, Colorado Springs, or Fort Collins. They’re a large, close loving family—one that I think just about anyone would want to be a part of…children are encouraged to be whatever they want when they get older…whether it’s a tattoo artist, a teacher, baker, or IT specialist. 

If you’ve never jumped into the Montgomery Ink world—grab a cup of coffee (or tea), a comfy chair and settle in to meet Gus, Jennifer and various Montgomerys…and the best part—there is a whole world waiting to be explored after you’re done with Happily Ever Maybe.

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Good Time Boyfriend Review: When your ‘imaginary’ boyfriend meets the family

Welcome back to Colorado, and the Cassidy brothers.

The Cassidy siblings: Heath, August, Greer, and Luca. Greer was featured in Best Friend Temptation (and first introduced in Longtime Crush), and it was within Best Friend Temptation that we first met her brothers.

They all ‘hail’ from Washington state…but decided to make Denver, Colorado their home. They’re trying to reconnect as siblings after growing up in a seriously dysfunctional spin-off of the ‘Parent Trap’.

Good-time Boyfriend is Heath & Denvey’s story. They’d ‘briefly’ met when Heath started working with a friend at the bar ‘Lost and Found’…they exchanged a few words…and that was the last Heath had seen of his mysterious woman…

Until a handful of people barged in one night…demanding to know why he’d broken their younger sister’s heart.

It turns out that Denvey comes from a family that could rival a certain other Denver family for butting into each other’s lives. She’d gotten tired of being set up on blind dates…so she ‘conjured’ up a fake-boyfriend; but one with a very real first name—Heath.

So what happens when Denvey needs a ‘fake’ boyfriend for awhile? Well…Heath is always a gentleman and ‘volunteers’ to act as her boyfriend for as long as she needs him.

Throw in Denvey’s large and overwhelming family; the Cassidy siblings, an appearance or two by an Montgomery…and you have drama in Denver again.

Can Denvey and Heath work through their issues? Will Denvey politely ask her elder siblings to give her breathing room…will there be cheese?

The answers..the drama…and the laughs are within the pages of Good-Time Boyfriend. I was ecstatic when Greer was introduced and she had ‘unattached’ brothers…because that meant another spin-off series within the greater Montgomery Ink world. I wonder if Denvey’s younger siblings will have a spin-off series in a year or two (need to let them all reach ‘adulthood’). 

Good-Time Boyfriend will be available at all online spaces come Monday morning. It was a blast of a story to read—and I highly recommend the book, and if you’ve never been in the Montgomery Ink world—it’s a nice one to ‘dip’ your toes in to start meeting that massive family.

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ARC review: Introducing the Wilder Poly Family: Elliot, Trace & Sidney

Welcome back to Texas and the Wilder family.

It’s been several years since the Wilders decided to exit the military life and rejoin civilian life…

They’ve made a name for themselves in Texas with the Wilder Winery & Retreat.

Finding the Road to Us is Elliot, Trace, and Sidney’s story…

Elliot is the ‘baby’ boy of this particular Wilder branch, Trace is Bethany’s former bodyguard who now works the security for Wilder Winery & Retreat, and Sidney is the one who’d been left at the altar…

Trace & Elliot first meet Sidney when she needs help ‘leaving’ her wedding—after the potential groom ran off, and her sister followed him. They help her out of her wedding dress, and escape the fiasco of a last-minute cancelled wedding.

A year later, she’s back to say thank you to them for helping her…and then she has snacks and wine with all the Wilder women…

Trace is healing from a ‘job’ and the fact that he dumped the fiancée that he never wanted (and who never really wanted him).

Elliot is just trying to survive…

What happens when all three give into their feelings for each other?

In addition to the ‘joys’ of family problems and interference…

Not to mention planning a Wilder family reunion…

To see how they come together, deal with family interference, and catching up with the other Wilders—pick up Finding the Road to Us—available Monday Dec 11 at all online retailers.

I absolutely loved this series, and am super excited that we’re going to be getting stories of the Wilder cousins…that’s right—the other branch of the Wilder family are going to be getting their stories starting in 2024…

That also means, I need to wait to read the stories of all the other Wilder men before thinking of trying to pick my favorite Wilder…because currently that’s like trying to pick a single favorite book…can’t decide…

So…grab a cozy blanket to curl up in, a cup of coffee, tea, or cocoa and Finding the Road to Us as a way of spending a cozy winter afternoon. Finding the Road to Us is a five out of five star read….and I’m so happy that there will be more Wilder stories coming for the next year or two…

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Greer, Noah & Ford: The Latest Montgomery Ink Poly Family

Welcome back to Colorado and the Montgomery Ink family…where the next generation is taking center stage.

Best Friend Temptation takes place shortly after Longtime Crush and is Greer, Noah, and Ford’s story.

Greer was introduced in Longtime Crush—she’s Raven’s best friend and business partner in the bakery that is next door to the Montgomery Ink Legacy tattoo parlor.

Noah works with family security company, and is the son of Maya, Jake, and Border (the original Montgomery Ink trio).

Ford Carr is Noah’s best friend, and a fellow employee in the security business.

Greer has a crush on both Noah and Ford…but doesn’t think anything would come of acting on it…as she thinks they’re a couple and she doesn’t want to get between them.

Ford and Noah….have feelings for each other…and are both crushing on Greer…

Men…especially when one is a Montgomery…have the tendency to over-think things…

Greer becomes their roommate after her rental house is set on fire and she needs a place to stay.

As they navigate becoming roommates and housemates…they all realize they want more—together.

Strange things then start happening…

Can the three of them figure out what is causing the strange (and sometime dangerous) incidents? Will they figure out that they’re perfect together? The answers and more are within the pages of Best Friend Temptation.

I always love returning to the Montgomery Ink world…it’s catching up with old friends and making new. This book was an extra treat—we got to meet Ford & Greer’s siblings…siblings that are probably going to get their own spin-off series…which means more sightings of Ford, Greer, and Noah in the future.

I also loved this book, because it gave a chance to catch up a little with Maya, Jake, and Border and see some of the other Montgomery Ink family members.

Five out of five stars. So, grab a cup of coffee, tea, or whatever; a comfortable chair, and a copy of Best Friend Temptation—the best way to spend a Monday night.

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