New Release of Building Ties (SEAL TEAM Heartbreakers # 4) + Giveaway

I’m excited to share the release of Building Ties, the fourth installment in one of my favorite military series, SEAL TEAM Heartbreakers. If you haven’t read this series yet, consider taking a look at the Series Spotlight I posted earlier that explains why I was drawn into the Reasor’s SEAL Team world after I read her first book, Breaking Free.

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Building Ties  (SEAL TEAM Heartbreakers # 4)  by Teresa Reasor

Publication Date: August 25, 2014

Genre: Military Romantic Suspense, Adult Fiction



Navy SEAL Brett ‘Cutter’ Weaver is on a mission to Nicaragua when he learns his bride-to-be, Tess Kelley, has been injured in a car bombing. At Homeland Security’s demand, he’s rushed home on the next available transport and arrives to find Tess embroiled in three controversial stories. One may offer the key to her attacker.

On top of the emotional and physical upheaval of the bombing, Tess has been offered the journalistic opportunity of a lifetime at the Washington Post, and is torn between her love for Brett and the need to prove herself to her father, a famous war correspondent. If she accepts the job, she and Brett face living on opposite sides of the country. With their wedding two weeks away, she has temptations to face and tough decisions to make.

Serving as her security detail, Brett sees Tess’s remarkable investigative reporting skills in action, and acts as her sounding board and partner. He’s willing to sacrifice to ensure her happiness, but more, he wants to keep her safe. Because there’s a killer stalking her, and one interview at a time, they mean to catch him.

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Sunday Spotlight Series: Red-Hot SEALS by Trish McCallan

For all of you military romantic suspense readers looking for a new series, I’d like to suggest Trish McCallan’s Red-Hot SEALS, a planned series of four novels, two of which are available now. The major ongoing plot involves four navy SEALS who are targeted and drawn into a terrorist group’s nefarious plan that will have worldwide repercussions if the group succeeds. The gradual unfolding plot is engaging, violent, and suspenseful as the heroes are forced to fight against these ruthless, lethal antagonists on U.S. soil, which, unfortunately, brings their actions under the scrutiny of the DOJ.  As the team members navigate their way through hijackings, kidnappings, torture, and murder to expose these powerful thugs, each also finds himself falling in love.

In both of these books, the romantic angle is nicely intertwined with the larger plot, and the chemistry and sexual tension between the couples is magnetic and intense.  Although the love scenes in each book are sparse, when they do occur, they offer the sizzle that will appeal to many romance readers. I appreciate that in each book, the romance complements the major plot instead of overshadowing or distracting readers from the action and danger that surround the team.  Both novels do include paranormal aspects that add an additional layer of complexity to the plot and required me to suspend my disbelief, especially in the second novel, Forged in Ash.

This series must be read from the beginning in order to understand the scope of the plot and follow along. It’s definitely a worthwhile read.

Source: I purchased both of these ebooks.

Forged in Fire (#1)

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Publication Date: 2011

Genres: Military Romantic Suspense, Paranormal


Beth Brown doesn’t believe in premonitions. But her recent dream feels too real to ignore: a commercial airliner is hijacked, and a handsome passenger is shot dead. Beth hasn’t met the mystery man in her dream; she would never forget a gorgeous face like his. But she can’t deny the bizarre connection she feels. Now awake, and unable to allow for the violence she’s convinced is impending, she races to the airport…and comes face to face with the man of her dreams.

Zane Winters lives for his job, using his uncanny psychic powers to carry out missions for elite SEAL Team 7. Yet the constant adrenaline highs can’t drown out the numbness seeping into his life as he yearns to find a woman he can trust. All that changes when he meets a beautiful stranger who sets his soul on fire—and somehow knows he’s about to die.

To thwart the global crisis the hijacking will unleash, Beth and Zane join forces. But even amid the danger, they can’t deny the powerful force drawing them together. Is it merely attraction…or destiny? (from

Double finalist in the RITA® contest for the Romantic Suspense Category and Best First Book Category.

Purchase Link: Amazon: Forged in Fire (A Red-Hot SEALs Novel)

Forged in Ash (#2)

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Publication Date: January 28, 2014


Kait Winchester inherited a special gift from her Arapaho ancestors: she can heal with her touch. And there is no one she would like to get her hands on more than the super-sexy SEAL who seems determined to ignore their off-the-charts chemistry. When the wounded warrior finally seeks her help, she’s ready to nurse him back to health…and into her bed.

Navy SEAL Lieutenant Marcus “Cosky” Simcosky is no stranger to hot water, but recent events have boiled over into one hell of a mess. His team is under investigation for a hostage rescue gone wrong, a crazy female stalker is on his trail, and the last few bullets he took just may sideline him for the rest of his career. The kicker? The one woman who can help him get back on his feet—and has haunted his fantasies for years—is his teammate’s sister. He’s looked but never touched. When his stalker targets Kait, though, Cosky will have no choice but to do whatever is necessary to keep her safe. (from

Purchase Link: Amazon:  Forged in Ash (A Red-Hot SEALs Novel)

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TrishMccallanTrish McCallan was born in Eugene, Oregon, and grew up in Washington State, where she began crafting stories at an early age. Her first books were illustrated in crayon, bound with red yarn, and sold for a nickel at her lemonade stand. Trish grew up to earn a bachelor’s degree in English literature with a concentration in creative writing from Western Washington University, taking jobs as a bookkeeper and human- resource specialist before finally quitting her day job to write full time. Forged in Fire came about after a marathon reading session, and a bottle of Nyquil that sparked a vivid dream. She lives today in eastern Washington. An avid animal lover, she currently shares her home with three golden retrievers, a black lab mix and a cat.

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I’m now a fan of McCallan’s work and looking forward to the next installment. I’m keeping my fingers crossed the wait won’t be as long as between the first two books.

Sunday Series Spotlight: SEAL TEAM Heartbreakers by Teresa Reasor

Teresa Reasor rocks when it comes to writing military romantic suspense, and I am a huge fan of her SEAL TEAM Heartbreaker series. Since the third installment will be released soon, I’m showcasing her series to prepare for the upcoming release of Breaking Away. 

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Breaking Free (Seal Team Heartbreakers #1)

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Published June 2011

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Zoe Weaver is determined never to get involved with a man in uniform. Her father was killed during the Gulf War. Her brother Brett, is in a coma. If that isn’t enough, Zoe has scars both physical and emotional from a hit and run accident that almost cost her a leg. She refuses to lay her fragile self-esteem, or her heart, on the line for a man who puts his military career ahead of his family. But her brother’s commanding officer, Lieutenant Adam “Hawk” Yazzie, triggers a passion beyond her experience. Is she strong enough to love Hawk and, when the time comes, watch him go to war? 

Lieutenant “Hawk” Yazzie, is a SEAL. The Navy is his life, and his family. He’s learned the hard way he can’t be there for anyone. He finds Zoe’s combination of feisty femininity hard to resist, but the guilt he carries prevents him from offering a commitment to anyone —but the Navy. Will he love Zoe and leave her? 

When Zoe and Hawk investigate the events surrounding her brother’s injuries, they grow suspicious of three members of Hawk’s team. Hawk is torn between loyalty to his men and his need to see justice done. But when he tries to save a troubled teammate’s career he unwittingly puts Zoe’s life in danger. Can he lead the rest of the team in a rescue operation to save her? Or will one of Hawk’s brothers in arms destroy the woman he loves?

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Sunday Series Spotlight: Bagram Special Ops by Kaylea Cross

This Sunday,  I’m featuring one of my favorite military romance series by Kaylea Cross: Bragram Special Ops.

I have read and loved the first two books, and I wanted to showcase the series since the third installment, Lethal Pursuit, was released this week.  

Deadly Descent (Bagram Special Ops # 1)

Deadly Descent

Published September 5, 2011

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Devon Crawford is an officer; Air Force Pararescueman Cam Munro is enlisted. Dev flies medical evacuations; Cam jumps into danger zones to save lives. Dev wants to return home from Afghanistan with her heart untouched; Cam will do anything to win the woman he loves.

Reaching for happiness in a war zone is the last thing Captain Devon Crawford plans, but she can’t ignore the feelings she’s hidden for so long. Cam’s sexy charm and wicked kisses weaken her resistance, but she’s too afraid of losing him to give in. When Dev’s helicopter and crew are shot down and set up as bait by a notorious warlord, Cam risks all to save the team. What he doesn’t know is that the trap is set for him….

This is a great start to a series that focuses on a branch of the military that doesn’t get as much attention as it deserves: pararescuemen.  Cam is a swoonworthy  hero and his loyalty and love for Dev is wonderful!  A suspenseful read! Source: Purchased from Amazon

Tactical Strike (Bagram Special Ops #2)

Tactical Strike

Published March 11, 2013

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Gunship pilot Captain Candace Bradford has worked long and hard to earn her rank and position within the male-dominated world of Air Force Special Operations. She’s not about to let anything or anyone jeopardize that, let alone one sinfully tempting man who seems determined to cause her nothing but trouble. Even if she’s starting to fall for him.

As an elite Combat Controller, Staff Sergeant Ryan Wentworth is used to overcoming adversity in order to complete a mission. Breaking through Candace’s prickly exterior and into her heart is a challenge he can’t let go. But just when he’s begun to gain her trust, they’re thrown together in the field facing an overwhelming enemy force. Candace and Ryan find themselves on the run, searching the skies for an emergency extraction. But one dangerous enemy has an agenda in mind and he’ll use whatever means necessary to achieve it, including using American forces to do his dirty work…..

This book picks up where Deadly Descent ends, and the sexual tension between Candace and Ryan sparks from the moment they first meet, even though Candace has zero interest in any type of relationship with Ryan. I loved watching their relationship evolve into a scorching hot romance that is smoothly integrated into the larger ongoing plot that started with the first book. Ryan is both swoon and drool worthy in the romantic hero category! Although I suppose you can read each book as a stand alone, I highly recommend starting at the beginning so you can fully appreciate the storyline and get to know the main characters much better.  An excellent read!

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Lethal Pursuit (Bagram Special Ops #3)

Lethal Pursuit

Published September  16, 2013

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Security Forces Lieutenant Maya Lopez is right at home in a war zone: she’s been fighting all her life. A hard-won commission in the air force has brought her to Afghanistan, and if she plays her cards right, she could end up with an FBI job. It won’t be easy, but that just makes her more determined.

Jackson Thatcher is a protector in all senses of the word. A pararescue jumper with Southern-boy charm, he easily captures Maya’s interest, but her trust is another story. He’s sexy, strong and caring, but she makes it clear she’s no damsel in distress. She’s never relied on any man, and she’s not about to start now. When Maya and Jackson become pawns in a radical warlord’s deadly game, they find themselves on the run and must depend on each other if they want to make it out alive.

I was so excited about this book, I puchased my copy on its release day, even though I know it will be awhile until I have a chance to read it. That’s okay. I’m content for now to just know I have my copy waiting close by, ready  to be devoured! Based on the quality of the romance, action, and suspense within the first two books, I have a feeling Lethal Pursuit will be an enthralling read!

If you like military romantic suspense and haven’t read Kaylea Cross’s work yet, I high recommend the series. I’ve read most of her books, and she is one of the best writers in this genre!  Her knowledge of military tactics, attention to details, and her ability to create  smexy heroes and heroines make her one of my favorite authors!

ARC Review & Author Interview for Hot Pursuit (HOT #1)

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Hot Pursuit (Hostile Operations Team #1) by Lynn Raye Harris

Book Description

The last man she ever wanted to see…
Might be the only one who can save her…
Things are about to get HOT in the bayou!

Evie Baker’s luck just ran out. Thanks to an ex-partner with organized crime ties, she’s lost her restaurant, her money, and nearly all her self-respect. Forced to return to her hometown and work as a shampoo girl in her mother’s salon, she doesn’t think her luck can get any worse.

But then someone starts shooting at her, her sullen baby sister is suddenly missing, and the high school heartthrob who stole her heart—and her virginity—is the only man big enough and bad enough to help.

Captain Matt “Richie Rich” Girard can’t afford to get involved. He’s already on the verge of a court-martial after a Top Secret op gone wrong, and he’s been ordered to stay out of trouble while he’s home for his sister’s wedding.

But when Evie’s ex-partner turns up dead, staying out of trouble is the last thing on Matt’s mind. He failed Evie once before; he can’t fail her again. If he’s going to protect her from a killer, and find her sister before time runs out, he’ll have to risk his entire future—and both their lives—to do it.

Book Review

Romantic suspense revolving around military heroes and heroines  is one of my favorite genres, and I was so excited to learn about the new Hostile Operation Team series that Lynn Raye Harris has created and have the opportunity to review the first book, Hot Pursuit.

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This first book introduces us to HOT, a new special ops force within the U.S. Army and centers on Captain Matt “Richie Rich” Girard’s team.  Matt is the hero of this book, and when the story opens, he is back in his hometown of Rochambeau, Louisiana, waiting for an upcoming hearing that will determine his future with HOT because of the team’s last failed mission where two team members were killed.  Matt is not in a good emotional place at this point. He’s weary, worried, and, I sense a deep loneliness within him.

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When he walks into the local beauty salon for a haircut, I’m sure he doesn’t expect to see the woman he hurt ten years ago. Evie Baker certainly doesn’t want to face the handsome, wealthy, popular Matt in front of a bunch of gossips and especially now, when she thinks she’s hit rock bottom.  After losing her beloved restaurant because of scheming accountant and former lover, Evie has been forced to return home to try to start her life all over again while working in her mother’s hair salon…the same one Matt enters.

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Matt and Evie were close childhood friends, but then puberty hit, and Matt left her behind when he began to notice other girls. However, Evie developed a serious crush on Matt until he humiliated her and broke her heart after she gave him her most precious gift.

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To make the situation even worse, everyone in the town heard about the scandal. Matt leaves for college soon after, while Evie is left to deal with the swirling rumors and hurtful remarks.

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In the opening scene, Evie is hiding out, hoping to avoid Matt, and just as she’s about to slip out the back door, her mother instigates their awkward confrontation with the “Don’t you remember my daughter?” line. I couldn’t help but roll my eyes because that is just like something my mother would do to me. So, I connected with Evie right from the get-go. The teenage years are difficult and I’m sure most of us have our own embarrassing memories that we’d rather forget.

I also grew up in a small town where it doesn’t take much to become grist for the gossip mill.

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Whereas, I probably would have taken the easy way out—using the back door—Evie stands up straight, holds her head high, and approaches Matt in front of all those inquiring eyes. Go Evie!

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Evie is an emotionally strong woman. I admire that even after losing everything, she isn’t a “woe is me,” victim. I also like that she doesn’t totally blame Matt for the pain he caused. She acknowledges her part in the situation and, she is upfront with him about what really hurt her. When she realizes she needs Matt’s help to find her missing sister, she puts the past aside without constantly harping on it.  Moreover, Evie handles herself well in dangerous situations. One of the best scenes in the book is the intense car chase with Evie behind the wheel listening as Matt coaches her on how to outmaneuver their chasers.  The scene is so vivid that I felt as if I were watching it take place.

Overall, Evie isn’t reckless, but she also doesn’t hesitate to jump into the fray just in case Matt needs to be saved:

“I thought you were going to wait.”

Her wild gaze landed on his face. “You took so long I thought something happened. I was coming to help.”

Matt closed his eyes. Saints preserve him from women who thought he couldn’t take care of himself.”

I like her gumption and I think, secretly, Matt does too!

Yes, I was disappointed in Matt for his thoughtless behavior, and, initially, I wasn’t sure I was going to like him, but as his character developed and his painful past growing up in a dysfunctional family is revealed, I was able to empathize with him, even though what he did was absolutely wrong.  Plus, he just melts my butter when he slips into using Cajun French to comfort and soothe Evie.

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It’s a challenge to smoothly incorporate a romance into an action-packed plot fraught with danger, but Harris does it well so that the romance is believable, and the intimate scenes between them are appropriate to the situation.  I always struggle with plots where the couple temporarily forgets their lives are in danger, and even though the clock ticks away, they don’t seem to have a problem getting into the mood for sex. Kudos to Harris for making it work.

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I can feel the strong connection that still exists between Matt and Evie. The depth of their childhood friendship and their simmering sexual chemistry make it difficult for them to remain emotionally distant from each other.  I think Matt realizes this when he first sees Evie:

“There was something about having her near, something that sparked inside him and made him feel somewhat human again. He didn’t know why, and he didn’t know if it would last.

But he liked it. For the first time in months, he felt as if he could breathe again. As if he’d come home for real instead of simply going through the motions.”

And for Evie, Matt has always been more than a teenage crush:

 “…here she stood ready to lose herself in him one more time. Because there’d always been more between them than just one night. Because they went back a long ways, and she’d love him as a friend long before she’d ever fallen for him as a man.” 

Over and over in the story, Matt shows Evie that he is no longer the self-absorbed, inconsiderate jerk she remembers, and she fears that being around the man Matt has become puts her heart in jeopardy of being broken again. However, both have issues to resolve before they can take their feelings for each other to the next level. Evie doesn’t understand why Matt would choose to put his life in danger every day, and Matt doesn’t feel he has anything to offer Evie since his future is so uncertain. For all he knows, he may end up in a military prison for his recent actions.

Hot Pursuit has a well-written, unified storyline that brings readers full circle by its conclusion. The plot contains several surprises that I didn’t foresee

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that raise the stakes and build to an exciting, suspenseful climax.

Every scene contains a complication or conflict so there is never a lull in the action or drama, and I was eagerly turning the pages to see what would happen next.

To sum up, I am now a HOT fan and encourage all your romantic suspense readers to check out this hawt series!

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I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  Since the quotes are from a pre-published copy, they may have changed or been omitted from the final version.



About the Author

LRHarrisUSA Today bestselling author Lynn Raye Harris burst onto the scene when she won a writing contest held by Harlequin. The prize was an editor for a year — but only six months later, Lynn sold her first novel.

Lynn has written over fifteen novels for Harlequin and been nominated for several awards, including the Romance Writer’s of American’s Golden Heart award and the National Readers Choice Awards.

Lynn lives in Alabama with her handsome former-military husband and two crazy cats.

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Interview with Lynn Raye Harris

I want to give a huge thanks to Lynn for taking the time to allow me to interview her about the HOT series! 

Can you tell us about yourself and what led you to begin writing?

I was raised in a military family and then I married a military man.  I was also a voracious reader from an early age, and I loved romance novels when I first read them as a pre-teen.  I always knew I wanted to write, but I didn’t always know what I wanted to write about.  One day, my husband bought me a computer and told me to stop talking about it and just do it.  That was the beginning and my first romance novel was a huge 800-page medieval romance.  It did not get published (rightfully so), but I had so much fun I kept writing.  Life got in the way, as it often does, but I got serious about getting published around 2005.  In 2008, I won a contest sponsored by Harlequin – and they bought my first book.  I’ve sold 20 books to them, and now I’m working on my own series, which is the HOT series.

Your new book Hot Pursuit is the first in the new Hostile Operations Team (HOT) series. What inspired the creation of this series?

I was actually working on this story before I sold to Harlequin!  I loved stories about military guys and I wanted to write my own.  Being married to a military guy, and being raised in a military family, I kinda know the lingo.  I had to make up the team, obviously, and some of what they do isn’t strictly authentic – but that’s why I made them up.  My world, my rules.  😉

Why did you choose Louisiana as the primary setting for this book?

I’ve lived in Louisiana, though not in Cajun country, and have family who still live around New Orleans.  It’s such a wonderful culture, so rich and full of interesting people – and the food!  Oh, there’s nothing like Cajun/Creole cooking.  Mmm.

Which character is your favorite and why?

Oh my.  Well, I love Evie’s grit but I also love a tortured hero, so I don’t know.  I love them both!

What have been the most enjoyable and challenging experiences for you in creating this series/ writing this book?

I think what’s both enjoyable and challenging is keeping the suspense turned up while also keeping the romance hot and tense.  I hate when characters stop in the middle of a run for their lives to have sex, so I knew that wasn’t going to happen here.  But I needed it to still be romantic and filled with romantic tension while they solved the puzzle.  As for the whole series, I think I just love these guys so much and can’t wait to write all the books.  OTOH, I worry about doing them justice.  It’s a challenge to keep the stories fresh and compelling!

What is your favorite scene in the book?

Well, I love the love scenes, of course.  But I also love when Evie has to drive the getaway car.  I researched that quite heavily.  I based it on teenage antics on dirt roads and real defensive driving.  Alas, I have not actually spun a car into a 180 myself. 😉  But there’s always time for that, heh.

Which scene was the most difficult for you to write?

Evie telling her mother that her sister was missing.  I tried it several different ways, and then I realized that the best way was for the scene to be in Matt’s point of view.  Much too emotional to be in Evie’s POV for that scene!

If you were to develop a musical playlist to accompany Hot Pursuit what would you choose as the #1 song, and why?

I’m so bad at this kind of thing!  Some books I know exactly what the music is.  Others I don’t.  And this is one where I can’t think of the song I’d choose.  Truthfully, I probably listened to a lot of Bon Jovi while writing it. 😉  Also, when I first started this one, I was living in Hawaii – I’m going to guess I listened to some Hawaiian music too!

What authors have had a significant influence on your writing?

I’ve read so much that I can’t say for certain.  I’m like a giant sieve and I hope that I’ve distilled all the best I can from what I’ve read.  For romantic suspense in particular, though, I’d name Linda Howard, Cindy Gerard, Roxanne St. Claire, and Suzanne Brockmann.  I hope I’m half as good as they are because they are all amazing writers!

What can we anticipate/expect from the next book in the series?  Will each book in the series be able to stand alone?

This is the fun part!  Next up is a novella called Hot Mess.  It’s about a new recruit to the HOT world, Sam “Knight Rider” McKnight and his best friend’s little sister, Georgeanne Hayes.  It’s very hot and steamy!  Georgie has always been in love with Sam, but he’s always kept her off limits.  Then she gets tangled up with some bad guys and Sam has to take her to a safe house while HOT investigates.  Oh my, the things they get up to at that safe house…. 😉

After Hot Mess, which should be out in September, there’s Dangerously Hot, which is about Kevin “Big Mac” MacDonald and the woman he loved and lost, Lucky San Ramos.  I hope to have their book ready to go by Valentine’s Day!  After that, there’ll be Hot Shot, which is about Jack “Hawk” Hunter.  If I’m very lucky and inspired, that book will be out by next summer.  All the stories will be standalone at this point!  Of course they’re fun when read as a set, but I don’t intend to leave anything unsolved with any of the romances from one book to the next.


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Since Lynn mentioned that she listened to Bon Jovi while writing Hot Pursuit,  I picked a couple of their songs that I found relevant to Matt & Evie.

Although Matt hurt Evie in the past, he’s here for her now, even risking his career to help her save her sister.

Bon Jovi “I’ll Be There for You”

Evie isn’t happy about having to return to her hometown where she always felt she never quite fit in.  Yet, it’s here where she finds the support and love that she needs to get her through the tough times.

Bon Jovi & Jennifer Nettles:  “Who Says You can’t Go Home Again.”