Mad for the Plaid by Karen Hawkins

Available now: Mad for the Plaid

****3.5/5 stars: Liked it

Fun and witty, if you love Karen Hawkins, you’ll love Mad for the Plaid.

Recommended readers:

  • If you enjoy a sword-wielding heroine
  • If you enjoy historical romances with a fairy-tale quality

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 for characters
  • 3/5 for plot
  • 4/5 overall
  • 2/5 steaminess

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When Prince Nikolai’s grandmother continues to annoy him from her visit to the Highlands, things take a turn when he finds she is abducted. When he appears at the Highland home she was visiting to find the laird’s daughter to be young, beautiful and strong willed. In signature Karen Hawkins style, you’ll love the witty banter, adventure and passion in Mad for the Plaid.

Available now: Mad for the Plaid

A Highlander’s Christmas Kiss by Paula Quinn

Available Sept. 27: A Highlander’s Christmas Kiss

***3.5/5 stars

Hidden truths and lost trust define A Highlander’s Christmas Kiss.

Recommended readers:

  • If you like Scottish Highland romances
  • If your hero is tough and persistent
  • If you like rekindled love

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 for characters
  • 3/5 for plot
  • 3.5/5 overall
  • 3/5 steaminess

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I  haven’t read a Paula Quinn I haven’t liked – and A Highlander’s Christmas Kiss continues the tradition. When Temperance’s father is killed before her eyes, she vows revenge on the Black Riders. She soon discovers Cailean Grant almost dead close to her home – and brings him back to nurse him. Though her father’s wishes were for her to marry her long-time friend and the best protector for her home, she struggles with her attraction for Cailean. In a tale of hidden truths, lost trust and passion, Quinn’s highland romance is touching and passionate.

Available Sept. 27: A Highlander’s Christmas Kiss

Twelve Days of Christmas by Debbie Macomber

Available Oct. 4: Twelve Days of Christmas

****3.5/5 stars: Liked it

Get all the holiday feels in Debbie Macomber’s Twelve Days of Christmas.

Recommended readers:

  • If you enjoy a Hallmark holiday movie
  • If you enjoy feel good, contemporary romance

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 for characters
  • 3/5 for plot
  • 3.5/5 overall

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

The perfect Christmas romance – with the makings of a great Hallmark movie – Debbie Macomber’s Twelve Days of Christmas will give you all the feels. Julia Padden is a chipper, friendly and hardworking shop girl. And her neighbor Cain Maddox is the opposite – a reclusive, bachelor with seemingly little joy in his life. After Cain’s rude responses to her friendliness, Julia decides she wants to test Cain’s reserve to kindness and shares her findings on her blog. As expected from any Macomber novel, you’ll love the progress of humanity, kindness and get all the feels of a holiday romance.

Available Oct. 4: Twelve Days of Christmas

Highland Chieftain by Hannah Howell

Available Sept. 27: Highland Chieftain

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***3.5/5 stars

Another Murray Series book from Howell. Another great read!

Recommended readers:

  • If you like Scottish Highland romances
  • If your hero is tough and persistent
  • If you like anything Hannah Howell

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 for characters
  • 3/5 for plot
  • 3.5/5 overall
  • 3/5 steaminess

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

Since her mother died, Bethac Matheson has been protecting her younger brothers and baby sister and keeping their home for as long as she can remember. Despite her many responsibilities, she can’t resist helping  an almost dead man from the sea – and then nursing him back to health. As he heals and her home is threatened, the two must decide their story. Highland Chieftain is one of my favorite from Hannah Howell, with great characters, passion and a unique story.

Available Sept. 27: Highland Chieftain

Darkest Journey by Heather Graham

Available Sept. 27: Darkest Journey

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Get immersed in this eerie Civil War town – and Heather Graham’s Darkest Journey, part of the Krewe of Hunters Series.

Recommended readers:

  • Fans of Heather Graham
  • If you like mystery-thrillers with some romance
  • If you want a quick-reading mystery

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 for characters
  • 5/5 for plot
  • 4/5 overall

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

 

When Charlene (Charlie) returns to her Louisiana hometown to film a movie, she immediately stumbles upon a body, a recently murdered Civil War reenactor. She immediately calls on an sort-of old flame, Ethan Delaney, who happens to be part of an elite FBI team. In the third Krewe of Hunters novel, you’ll enjoy a quick-reading mystery – with great characters. And  charthe best character of all is the small Southern town, with an eery, fascinating Civil War history and deep, deep roots. I’m not usually a fan of supernatural, but Graham weaves in some interesting “characters” who don’t feel hokey and instead add more drama and interest to the mystery. With three Krew of Hunters series books out just this year, Graham entertains completely with this series – and I can’t wait for the next!

Shop all Graham novels here (tip: You’ll save a buck if you get the paperback vs the kindle.)

Available Sept. 27: Darkest Journey

The Confectioner’s Tale by Laura Madeleine

Available Sept 20: The Confectioner’s Tale

****4.5/5 stars

The Confectioner’s Tale will immerse you in mystery, passion for creating desserts and a turn-of-the-century love affair.

Recommended readers:

  • If you like stories uncovering the past
  • If you’re a fan of generational, historical sagas
  • If you enjoy a turn of the century, changing of times family drama
  • If you liked Lilac Girls, Everyone Brave is Forgiven and more historical drama

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 5/5 for characters
  • 4/5 for plot
  • 4.5/5 overall

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

In a dual plotline that ties together seamlessly, Laura Madeleine weaves together the same story 80 years apart. In the 1980s a graduate university student discovers a photograph with a note “Forgive Me,” from her beloved grandfather’s things. At the same time a weasely biographer tries to tarnish her grandfather’s memory. Putting her graduate research aside, the girl investigates what happened 80 years ago at the famous Patisserie Clermont, a pastry shop in Paris, and you’ll become immersed in the pastry shop and the passion its people have for creating desserts. You’ll love both storylines and how they dramatically come together. A must-read for anyone who enjoys history, fiction and drama.

Available Sept 20: The Confectioner’s Tale

Open Season by CJ Box

Available today: Open Season

****4/5 starsOpen Season by CJ Box

C.J. Box kicks off the Joe Pickett Series with a perfect blend of outdoors, mystery and politics.

Recommended readers:

  • If you like a good mystery thriller
  • If you’re a fan of the outdoors, hunting, fishing, etc
  • If you’re from Wyoming

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 for characters
  • 4/5 for plot
  • 4/5 overall

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

 

CJ Box has made a niche for himself as the king of the true modern-day western thriller. And Open Season fits perfectly into his niche with his trademark: Wyoming-set, outdoorsmen-style people in small towns. As a Wyoming native myself, he clearly understands the people – who love and appreciate the outdoors – hunting, fishing and more. As the first novel of the Joe Pickett series, Open Season is intense, bringing together the outdoors, small town politics and even the game warden’s family. It’s an amazing thriller – unique in its setting and plot. Enjoy!

Available today: Open Season

 

Once a Soldier by Mary Jo Putney

Available today: Once A Soldier

****3.5/5 starsmputney-onceasoldier

 

An average-girl romance that’s not average.

Recommended readers:

  • If you like a historical romance
  • If you’re a fan of a come-back story in your romance
  • If you like Elizabeth Hoyt, Lisa Kleypas,  and Mary Balogh

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 for characters
  • 3/5 for plot
  • 3.5/5 overall
  • 3/5 steaminess

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

Sometimes it’s good to see the good girl get the guy, right? I mean most romances have the passionate, headstrong girl getting the guy – but what about the average girl. The one who’s always taking care of everyone else and never getting the attention she deserves. Well, Mary Jo Putney created this girl – only she’s not a boring, Cinderella heroine, she’s Athena Markham.

Despite not having your typical passionate storyline, there’s something special about creating the same masterpiece with a real, average girl romance – without the average girl feeling. Mary Jo Putney shows some versatility in Once A Soldier – and if you still wonder what I’m trying to explain, check it out for yourself. Shop all Mary Jo Putney on Amazon.

Available today: Once A Soldier

 

Into Dust by B.J. Daniels

Available now: Into Dust

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The first of the Montana Hamiltons Series just could get you hooked for the whole series.

Recommended readers:

  • If you’re a fan of Western Romantic Suspense
  • If you like B.J. Daniels and the Montana Hamiltons Series
  • and if you like a fast-reading romantic suspense

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 3/5 for characters
  • 4/5 for plot
  • 3.5/5 overall

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

 

B.J. Daniels continues the Montana Hamiltons series as Cassidy Hamilton, the daughter of a presidential candidate, nearly gets kidnapped but cowboy Jack Durand stops it. Neither has any idea how entangled their story actually is. In a thrilling adventure that takes them across states, the two uncover something of their parents’ past and maybe something else. And if you like Into Dust, you’ll be happy to know it’s the first in the Montana Hamiltons Series – so more suspense is to come from the many characters.

Available now: Into Dust