Country At Heart by Mandy Magro

The characters in  Country At Heart by Mandy Magro face many feelings and reactions – treachery, mistrust, loss, war and love. While this book was a good read overall, some of the character actions or reactions at times didn’t correspond to the scenarios in the story and in turn has the reader perplexed in sections of the book.
The story is set in the small country town of Edens Edge Australia to war torn Afghanistan, Dean Lockwood and Summer Milton face many trials and tribulations throughout the story with both heartbreaking and delightful results that will have mixed reactions with readers.

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Country At Heart

countryatheartAuthor: Mandy Magro
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: E-book, Print
Release Date: 1 September 2014


A wounded soldier and a free spirit, both determined to follow their dreams – but can they resist the call of true love?

The Army and his dearly beloved explosive detection dog Indy are Dean’s life – he can’t imagine doing anything else. Although physically and emotionally tested by the death of his mother in a recent accident, and by his father’s wish to have him home, he is still determined to fulfil his lifelong dream of protecting the country he loves. But life has other plans for Dean when he and Indy are wounded in action in Afghanistan and sent home to heal.

Free-spirited Summer has never wanted for anything, with her successful father aiming high for her future at any cost. Much to her father’s dismay, instead of pursuing the career he’s planned for her she intends to open her own yoga school and meditation centre. But she has agreed to spend one last summer with her parents, at their luxurious beachfront holiday home.

It’s here that life takes an unexpected turn when Summer and Dean meet, and discover that love at first sight truly exists.

But can they overcome the very real challenges of coming from very different sides of the tracks? And when Summer has to face the unpleasant truth about an old friend, as well as come to terms with the after-effects of a bewildering assault, she has to make a heartbreaking decision about their relationship.

But Dean refuses to let go of Summer, fighting with everything he has to win her back. With a little help from his wounded war dog, he finally proves to Summer that she should give him a second chance.

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Praise For Mandy Magro

‘Mandy writes great stories…sexy and uniquely Australian! What more do you need?’ – Adam Brand, Australian country music artist


About Mandy Magro

MandyMagroMandy Magro lives on the family fruit farm in the picturesque country township of Mareeba, Far North Queensland, with her daughter Chloe Rose. She loves writing about the Australian outback and all the wonderful characters that live there, and her own adventures on the land have made her the passionate country woman she is today.

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New Release! Winning Love by Abby Niles

talkingbooksblogA lot of sentiments run through this story. Lots of tense moments, harrowing escapes and many past ghosts for both Mac and Gayle. The attraction between them is fought and denied by both characters with the antics and dialogue between Gayle and Mac hilarious in many paragraphs! The torment that both characters go through throughout the book is gut wrenching. An emotional, tense, animated read.
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Winning Love by Abby Niles

winninglovePublisher: Entangled Select
Series: Love To The Extreme – Book Three
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 304
Release Date: 26 August 2014


Mac “The Snake” Hannon, a former top chef, lost his wife and unborn child in a monster tornado. With his life shattered, he moves to Atlanta and throws himself into cage fighting. It doesn’t take away the pain, but it helps him manage his anger and helplessness. But when an old friend begs Mac to help him train for an upcoming fight, Mac returns to the place where his life was ruined—at the height of tornado season.
Gayle Andrews’ small town was leveled by a tornado, destroying everything she loved. She now has one goal: understand tornadoes better so she can save others from experiencing loss like she has. Her new neighbor, a handsome fighter, intrigues her, but his own tragedy means he can’t deal with Gayle chasing storms and courting disaster at every turn.
When a raging tornado puts Gayle’s life in danger, Mac’s head tells him to walk away, but his heart pulls him into the eye of the storm. But will it be too late for Gayle and Mac to have their happily ever after?

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About The Author

Ever since Abby Niles picked up her first Sweet Valley High book in sixth grade and fell in love with Elizabeth and Todd, she’’s been hooked on romance. By the time she reached high school, she was devouring meatier romances with pirates, cowboys and knights. She never imagined that those years of reading would one day lead to her becoming a published author. In her late twenties, after having twins and becoming a stay-at-home mom, she started doodling stories to keep her sanity. Next thing she knew, she was actually submitting to publishing houses. And was immediately rejected. That didn’t stop her though. She found some kickass critique partners, honed her craft, and continued submitting. And eventually sold. Today, she juggles work, being a single mom, and writing. It’’s not always easy, but hey, who said life was easy? Abby is the author of the contemporary MMA Love to the Extreme series. Extreme Love and Fighting Love are available in both digital and print. Winning Love is scheduled for August 2014. She is also the author of the dark paranormal romance series The Awakening: Aidan, The Awakening: Liam,and The Awakening: Britton. Both series are with Entangled Publishing. She also has a geeky romantic comedy, Defying Convention, with Carina Press. She is represented by Maureen Walters at Curtis Brown, LTD.

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Delightful Read! Tease Me, Cowboy by Rachael Johns

talkingbooksblogA quick delightful read! Levi and Selah have lots of long lost chemistry that shines throughout the book. A story filled with steamy cowboys and lifelong friendships. Tease Me, Cowboy by Rachael Johns is a read that is unputdownable, with characters that are bold, passionate and entertaining.
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Tease Me, Cowboy by Rachael Johns

TeaseMeCowboyPublisher: Tule Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: E-book
Release Date: 26 August 2014


Selah Davis loves her life as a journalist in Seattle (or so she says) but on a rare trip home to Marietta to cover the Copper Mountain Rodeo, she confesses to her best friends over drinks that her one regret in life is not sleeping with her high school boyfriend, Levi Monroe. Into the bar walks Levi, also home for the rodeo. When her friends dare her to proposition him for a one night stand, she’s at first appalled…but the more she thinks about remedying her one regret, the less she can get him and their electric chemistry out of her head. Selah’s always been her parents’ good daughter. Would it hurt for just one night to be a little bad?

Levi Monroe is ready to settle back in Marietta and start his own rodeo school teaching others the techniques that have made him a star. He doesn’t want any distractions during his last rodeo where he aims to win All Around Cowboy, but when his high school sweetheart – the one woman he’s never been able to forget – comes along and offers to rewrite their history, it might just be an offer too good to refuse.

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About The Author

RachaelJohnsI’m an English teacher by trade (please don’t hold that against me), a mum 24/7, a supermarket owner by day, a chronic arachnophobic, and a writer by night. I rarely sleep. I live in rural Western Australia with my hyperactive husband and three mostly-gorgeous heroes-in-training.
I’ve been writing since I was 17 when I broke up with my first boyfriend (at the time I thought he was The One and was hugely devastated in the fashion of all 17 years olds). For some reason unbeknownst to me, I turned to writing as a form of therapy for my broken heart. It was enlightening to realise that with writing I could create whatever ending I liked.  I wrote the story of me and The One and actually ended up killing him off. The writing was therapeutic, the story was cringe-worthy but I had caught the bug.
Almost a decade later, after many, many attempts at writing different types of novels, I joined Romance Writers of Australia. Finally I learnt there was more to writing a book than just typing out random thoughts – I learnt about craft, conflict, consistent characters, etc – and I also learnt that I LOVED contemporary romance and that was what I wanted to write. I’m super happy to be writing sassy, urban romances for Carina Press and small-town romance for Mira Australia.
I hope that if you decide to try one of my books – about pretty normal people creating pretty amazing happy ever afters – that you enjoy it and pine a little when it ends 🙂

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5 Star Reading! Lone Wolfe Protector by Kaylie Newell

talkingbooksblogA story that is riveting with characters that are thrilling, and a story full of suspense and mystery that has the reader on the edge of their seat from start to finish!
Maggie and Koda’s characters match well and their undeniable attraction makes for some entertaining reading and the added characters of Zane and Candi and the Wolfe family dynamic as a whole, make for a surprising and entertaining read with an ending that will shock, and elate readers. What a magnificent start to the Wolf Creek series.
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Lone Wolfe Protector by Kaylie Newell

lonewolfeprotectorPublisher: Entangled Covet
Series: Wolfe Creek – Book One
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: 25 August 2014


Maggie Sullivan is back in Wolfe Creek, determined to find out why her best friend vanished one fog-shrouded night a year ago. But it quickly becomes clear that if the folks in the secluded mountain town know what happened to her friend, they aren’t talking.
Seasoned sheriff’s deputy Koda Wolfe reluctantly agrees to help this beautiful woman, even as he tries to convince her to leave for her own good. Soon he’s compelled to protect Maggie from herself, his family’s ancient curse, and a killer who could strike again.
The nights heat up in more ways than one as Maggie and Koda begin a fiery relationship. But as they delve deeper into the disappearance, the eerie woods come alive with secrets bound to tear them apart. And someone is watching their every move.

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About The Author

Kaylie Newell was born in the great state of Oregon, where she was raised alongside rivers and lakes and scruffy dogs that chased their tennis balls as far as Kaylie’s noodle arms could throw. As she grew, so did her imagination, and it didn’t take long to realize she was a romantic at heart. She began to fancy herself the future wife of a cowboy, the likes of which graced every paperback novel she could get her hands on. She decided to go to college in Oklahoma to snag herself one, but irony won over when fell in love with a hippie in sheep’s clothing instead. Together, they came back to Oregon, started a family and watched their dreams unfold. Kaylie wrote her first book when her girls were toddlers, editing sex scenes with The Wiggles on in the background. She’s proud of many things in life, among them the fact that she can still recite her lines from Romeo and Juliet from her seventh grade play, the fact that she can set a grilled cheese sandwich on fire faster than most people can make one, but mostly she’s proud of the stories blossoming inside her noggin on a daily basis.

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Heart Warming Read! Fiona’s Flame by Rachael Herron

talkingbooksblog1Fiona’s Flame by Rachael Herron was an interesting read from start to finish with volumes of emotional baggage and ghosts from the past. The added characters of the townsfolk of Cypress Hollow makes for an entertaining read throughout the story.

Abe and Fiona have boundless attraction and their numerous attempts to be together and the antics that follow are entertaining and heartbreaking all at the same time. The will they – wont they scenarios are sometimes distressing and sometimes comical. The reader is drawn to both characters with their strengths and weaknesses and vulnerability in the story’s challenges. Entertaining, emotional, witty and at many times hilarious, Fiona’s Flame will delight many a reader.
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Fiona’s Flame by Rachael Herron

fionasflamePublisher: Random House Australia
Series: Cypress Hollow Yarn – Book Five
Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction
Format: E-book, Print
Release Date: 1 August 2014


The latest sizzling romantic comedy from the author of the bestselling Cypress Hollow novels. She’s carried a torch for him for years. Now they’re both feeling the heat. Fiona Lynde is a fairly straightforward girl. As the owner of the Cypress Hollow gas station and garage, Fee’s Fill, she’s not one for pretty dresses or fussy make-up. In fact most days she forgets to brush her hair. But she does have one guilty little secret – she’s been in love with Abe Atwell for over ten years…Problem is, Abe – the town’s handsome harbormaster – barely knows she exists.Until . . . Fiona petitions the council to demolish a deserted old lighthouse, for Abe is just as determined to preserve the local landmark.But why does Fiona want to tear down the building that was once her childhood home? And why is Abe, whose father drowned in the lighthouse’s shadow, so desperate to save it?Battlelines are drawn – just as the spark between them is finally ignited . . .

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Rachael Herron lives in Oakland, California, with her family and has way more animals than she ever planned to, though no sheep or alpaca (yet). She learned to knit at the age of five, and generally only puts the needles down to eat, write, or sleep, and sometimes not even then.

She is the author of four Cypress Hollow novels: Eliza’s Gift, Lucy’s Kiss, Naomi’s Wish, Cora’s Heart and Fiona’s Flame (coming August 2014) and one standalone, Pack Up the Moon. Her novella, Eliza’s Home, a prequel to Eliza’s Gift, is now available as an ebook. 

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