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Sunday, January 26, 2020

MAKING YOU MINE by Melissa Foster ★★★★★ GIVEAWAY!!

by Melissa Foster
Contemporary Romance


Discover the magic of New York Times bestseller Melissa Foster's writing and see why millions of readers have fallen in love with the fiercely loyal and sassily sexy characters in the Love in Bloom big-family romance collection. Love in Bloom novels are written to stand alone or may be enjoyed as part of the larger series, so dive right into this fun, sexy romance featuring Graham Braden's business partner, Knox Bentley!

Knox Bentley never liked the pomp and circumstance that came with being wealthy. He'd distanced himself from his pretentious family and their fortune as a young adult and found his own path to success. But even with the world at his fingertips, he realizes something is missing, and after a long stay overseas, he finally knows exactly what it is. His no-strings-attached hookups with Aubrey Stewart, an exquisite and stubbornly independent blonde, are no longer enough for him. They connect on every level, but Aubrey is a fierce businesswoman with a new movie channel on the horizon and no time for much else. She is the deal he can't close, the precious jewel even his billions can't buy. Now that he's back in the States, he's determined to show her that what they have goes beyond the bedroom and finally make her his.


Love in Bloom novels feature alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. They're flawed, funny, passionate, and relatable to readers who enjoy contemporary romance and women's fiction. For avid readers of the Love in Bloom series, you may have met sexy and hilarious Knox Bentley, Graham Braden's business partner, in Trails of Love, and Aubrey Stewart, one of the badass billionaire founders of the Ladies Who Write (LWW), in Anything for Love.


MAKING YOU MINE by Melissa Foster.  This story tells the tale of Aubrey and Knox - two strong and successful people that have been "hooking" up for a while but now Knox wants more. Can he convince Aubrey?  I adored Knox - he is simply scrumptious.  He is considerate, kind, patient and so caring, and, of course, uber-sexy.   Aubrey is strong and fiercely independent - which, to be honest, it not always my favorite type of heroine, but as Knox breaks down her walls, I grew to adore her.  Ms. Foster has presented a tale to her readers that is filled with sweet and sexy romance.  Her stories are quite true to life and this one was no different.  Knox and Aubrey's journey is filled with  family and friends as they get to know each other and explore their explosive chemistry.  So many heartwarming moments throughout.  I could not put this one down!  

 Note: This is book five in this series.  It can be read as standalone with no issues.  I have not read all of the previous books and, Ms. Foster does a good job of introducing characters/situations from those tales to the reader.  I do believe I will now go back and catch up as I am intrigued by what I learned about the previous stories.   (received ARC for honest review)



Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance and women's fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Readers adore Melissa's fun, flirty, and sinfully sexy, award-winning big family romance collection, LOVE IN BLOOM featuring the Snow Sisters, Bradens, Remingtons, Ryders, Seaside Summer, Harborside Nights, and the Wild Boys After Dark. Melissa's emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented.

Melissa also writes sweet and clean romance under the pen name Addison Cole.

Melissa has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Her interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on social media or her personal website.

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

DEFENDING EVERLY by Susan Stoker ★★★★★ Read it Today!


The stakes are personal, hot, and dangerous in New York Times bestselling author Susan Stoker’s riveting Mountain Mercenaries novel.

As tough as Everly Adams may be, the Colorado Springs SWAT officer is near a breaking point. Her fifteen-year-old half sister, Elise, has disappeared from Los Angeles without a trace, and the window to find her is closing fast. Committed to the search is Mountain Mercenary Kannon “Ball” Black. He and Everly already have a history—of rubbing each other the wrong way.

Still, Everly has to admit the man is heart-stopping. His brash alpha swagger takes her breath away. And most importantly, as a former Coast Guard first responder, Ball has what it takes to bring Elise home.

Nobody’s buying the LAPD’s “runaway” theory. And the fear that Elise is the victim of a human trafficking ring is a gut-punch that Everly and Ball can’t ignore. If only the trail were that clear cut. Because the one they’re following is more insidious and intimately dark than they could have imagined.

Now as the bond between Everly and Ball grows stronger, so does the heat. And as the stakes rise, so does the danger.



DEFENDING EVERLY by Susan Stoker.  I honestly do not know how Ms. Stoker does it, but once again she stole my heart with this tale.  I went into this one a bit hesitant as kick butt heroines are not always my favorite (I like heroines to be strong, but now always in a physical sense - I am a true lover of damsel in distress!) However, Ms. Stoker proved me wrong.  I adored Everly - she is strong, inside and out, and tender and gentle but confident too.  Ball, well, he certainly had to win me over more so than Everly!  He needed time to open up and accept, not only Everly, but his shortcomings as well.  Everly's sister, Elise, was a wonderful addition to this story.  I liked that we saw her POV throughout and the bond these two shared as well.  Of course, being Susan Stoker, there is danger and mystery and suspense too which just ramps up my like.  Ms. Stoker writes some nasty villains and comes up with some terrifying scenarios for her characters to go through, which keeps me turning the pages and reading more and more.  This entire series has been a delight to read and it is credited to Ms. Stoker's writing style, cast of characters and intense and crazy plot lines.   Cannot wait for more from this amazing author.  



Susan Stoker is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Claiming Felicity, Claiming Bailey, Claiming Grace, and Claiming Alexis in the Ace Security series. A lover of alpha heroes, Susan is also the author of the Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes, SEAL of Protection, and Delta Force Heroes series. Married to a retired Army noncommissioned officer, Stoker has lived all over the country—from Missouri and California to Colorado and Texas—and currently lives under the big skies of Tennessee. She is a true believer in happily ever after and enjoys writing novels in which romance turns to love. To learn more about the author and her work, visit her at


Wednesday, January 15, 2020

THIS IS FOREVER by Natasha Madison ★★★★★ AVAILABLE NOW!!


This Is Series #4
By Natasha Madison
Release Date: January 14

Becoming a teen mom at eighteen was not what I expected, but then again, neither was being a single parent. Still, I wouldn’t change my past because that boy is my world.

Hockey is the only thing my son seems to care about, so I work two jobs to make sure he can play. I’d do anything to make sure he doesn’t suffer because of the bad decisions his father made.

When he won a whole summer of hockey training, I knew in my heart he was going to have an amazing time.

What I wasn’t prepared for was meeting his new summer coach.

He was magnetic, powerful, and a player—in all forms of the word.

If my life had taught me anything up to this point, it was how to avoid making bad decisions, and Justin Stone was the definition of a bad decision.

I could never be a woman his family approved of. Even if I wished I could be.

Growing up as the son of a hockey God is one thing. Growing up as the brother of a second hockey God is another. I had big skates to fill, so it was a good thing I loved every second of it.

Summer was my off time, my time to let loose, but when they ask me to coach a hockey camp for underprivileged kids, I couldn’t say no.

But when she walked in holding a little boy’s hand, my heart stopped beating. Or maybe it started for the first time.

They were a package deal, and I knew this—wanted it more than I’ve ever wanted anything. It didn’t take long to realize that no matter what happened,

I would do anything to protect them.

She is the only one I want to be with.

When push comes to shove, I have to prove to everyone that this is my choice, and This is Forever.






THIS IS FOREVER by Natasha Madison.  Wow!  Ms. Madison took my heart and never let go with this one!  I adored the entire tale - the characters, the storyline, the writing style - all of it!  Justin is just scrumptious!   He melted my heart with his actions - yes, he's a bit alpha but it all done in love.   Caroline made my heart hurt so bad.  She tried so hard and life just kept knocking her down but she had such an inner strength about her that I admired and adored her. The connection between Justin and Caroline is undeniable.  I love stories that have struggling single moms and kids that, despite the mom doing her darndest to shield them, know what is going on.  Throughout the entire tale, I shed many tears.  Ms. Madison has an incredible talent for expressing the emotions felt through the characters to the reader.  My heart hurt and rejoiced and cheered throughout.   Another positive for me - I have not read the previous book in this series yet (you bet I will be after reading this one!) but I never found I was missing anything.  Ms. Madison successfully recaps previous tales without giving too much away.  While I have read a few other books by this author and enjoyed them - Ms. Madison -you have gained yourself a true fan with THIS IS FOREVER!  :) 



When her nose isn't buried in a book, or her fingers flying across a keyboard writing, she's in the kitchen creating gourmet meals. You can find her, in four inch heels no less, in the car chauffeuring kids, or possibly with her husband scheduling his business trips. It's a good thing her characters do what she says, because even her Labrador doesn't listen to her...

Tuesday, January 14, 2020


Zoey Knight has lived in Juneau, Alaska her entire life. She loves her friends, but yearns for more excitement. She gets more than she ever bargained for when the plane she’s in goes down in a remote stretch of wilderness. 

Mark “Bubba” Wright regrets not spending more time with his pop. Heading up to Alaska for the reading of his father’s will isn’t high on his list of things he wants to do, but seeing a girl he knew in high school on the same tiny plane was a pleasant surprise. 

After they’re stranded in the Alaskan back country Zoey and Bubba have to figure out how to survive, discover who’s behind wanting them dead, and deal with an intense attraction all at the same time.









SECURING ZOEY by Susan Stoker. Well, this series is quickly becoming one of my favorites. I love the alpha heroes and, in this one, Bubba (a/k/a Mark) is delicious! Yes, he is a big, bad SEAL who saves the day but he is sweet and kind and considerate too. Zoey is the perfect match for Bubba - she is hardworking, yet believes herself to be an average girl just going day by day. I liked how they balanced each other and felt they were perfect together. Ms. Stoker takes us on an adventure with these two, as they work together to survive in the wilderness. There is danger and suspense, some mystery to find out who the bad guy is, and, as Ms. Stoker does so well, emotions galore. My heart swelled with love and happiness, then broke with heartache for this couple. I was eagerly turning each page to find out what would happen next. Ms. Stoker's writing style is one that I enjoy - I always know where I am, who is who and what is going on. It flows effortlessly and the characters and plots are believable too. This is one that I highly recommend!



Susan Stoker is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Claiming Felicity, Claiming Bailey, Claiming Grace, and Claiming Alexis in the Ace Security series. A lover of alpha heroes, Susan is also the author of the Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes, SEAL of Protection, and Delta Force Heroes series. Married to a retired Army noncommissioned officer, Stoker has lived all over the country—from Missouri and California to Colorado and Texas—and currently lives under the big skies of Tennessee. She is a true believer in happily ever after and enjoys writing novels in which romance turns to love. To learn more about the author and her work, visit her at

Thursday, January 9, 2020

HI Folks!

Well, life sure can throw some curveballs at ya but, I'm still standing.  Fingers crossed, life has settled a bit and I can resume by blog duties.  While I have still been reading, I have not had the time to post on my blog very often, due to those curveballs I mentioned.  However, I am very excited to pick it back up.  I might not post quite as often as I was, especially at first, but I will be posting.  Some books/reviews will be for books that have been out a while.  My NetGalley list has grown a bit over this last year or so, again, due to those curveballs.

Anyway, I appreciate all of your love and support and hope you will continue to follow me and pop in on Cat's Reviews. 

Have an amazing day!

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

CODE NAME: HEIST by Sawyer Bennett ★★★★

Code Name: Heist (Jameson Force Security, Book #3)
By Sawyer Bennett
Release Date: January 7, 2020

I am a world-class thief. Or I was, before I got pinched and landed in prison. After I served my time, I decided to get on the right side of the law, or as much as my job at Jameson Force Security allows. The lines sometimes blur, which suits me just fine. My name might be Saint, but I’m a devil to most.

My plan to go legitimate is going as anticipated, until my past and present collide in a big way. While in Paris preparing to take down a ring of highly specialized thieves, I come face-to-face with my biggest threat—and my most dangerous temptation.

Sindaria “Sin” Westin was the love of my life, until her betrayal landed me behind bars. Now I’ve got to find a way to trust her again, at least long enough to pull off this job. When it becomes clear the price for this heist will be our lives, I realize I need to do whatever it takes to keep Sin safe, even if it means trading my life for hers. Because no matter the lies I’ve told myself, Sin’s greatest theft was the day she stole my heart.


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Cat's Review

CODE NAME: HEIST by Sawyer Bennett. This is book 3 of the Jameson Force Security Series, and Ms. Bennett has once again written a tale that has captured my interest and kept me turning page after page.  Saint and Sin have a history but can they over come it?  I adored Saint - he is, in my mind, what an alpha is all about.  I liked Sin, although she isn't my favorite type of heroine, Ms. Bennett is able to take me beyond and see in her heart which made me like her more.  Ms. Bennett's writing style is one that works for me - she takes us on a journey, through the ups and downs of this complicated relationship and along the way, there is action and some steamy sex and just a touch of drama.  If you haven't had a chance to pick up a book by Ms. Bennett, this series is a great start.  



Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released multiple books, many of which have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.

A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.

Sawyer likes her Bloody Marys strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active daughter, as well as full-time servant to her adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or even better, both.

Sawyer also writes general and women’s fiction under the pen name S. Bennett and sweet romance under the name Juliette Poe.

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