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Cowboy to the Core by Maisey Yates

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Cowboy to the Core by Maisey Yates is the next book in the Gold Valley Series (#6).  The book follows various people - mostly cowboys who live in Gold Valley. The whole series includes lots of hot cowboys, many of who have to reinvent themselves after various happenings and the smart, sexy women who love them.  What more do you need?

Jamie Dodge is the youngest of the Dodge family and the only girl.  She was constantly trying to keep up with her brothers and has grown up being overshadowed by them.  She is a brilliant horsewoman whos is able to identify and understand a horse’s temperament. She is working for Gabe Dalton, an ex bronco rider.  He has started to take in ex rodeo horses and help rehab and rehome them. Gabe is searching for his new way and dealing with a lot of leftover stuff from his upbringing and parents.  

Jamie speaks her mind, isn’t always politically correct, and is not a girly girl, but she may have unresolved feelings over her new boss… like she feels jealous when he goes to pick up a woman at the local bar.  She interferes and that is when things get really interesting. I enjoyed Jamie and Gabe and enjoyed their storyline. I liked what Gabe decided to do with the ranch and am looking forward to seeing his dream grow as the series continues (hopefully) with his brothers finding their HEA.  Cowboy to the Core by Maisey Yates is a good read.

Need Me, Cowboy by Maisey Yates

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Need Me, Cowboy by Maisey Yates is the 6th book in the Copper Ridge: Desire series.  Levi was sent to jail for killing his wife - only she wasn’t dead - just hiding. Once she resurfaced for more money Levi was able to prove he was not guilty.  Not that made anything change - people still didn’t trust him. He wanted a house that was open and expansive. He didn’t want to feel incarcerated anymore. Faith Grayson agreed to design the house and soon they were inseparable.  But this is just a fling - a thing - he is too old and too hardened for a young thing like her.

Maisey Yates has written a short HOT book with a bad boy that is quite delicious. Enjoy reading Need Me, Cowboy.

Unbroken Cowboy by Maisey Yates

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Unbroken Cowboy by Maisey Yates is coming out this spring.  The book is the fifth book of the Gold Valley series. Dane Parker has been badly injured riding bulls.  He was trampled and after a long hospital stay and several screws and pins. He is recovering at his sister’s house (She lives nearby with her husband) and he is trying to get well.  Dane feels that he has no future and is feeling down.

Beatrix Leighton lives on the property as well.  Her family used to own the land and Dane’s sister is happy to have her live in the small cabin.  She is thinking about where she is going and is beginning to make plans. One plan that she didn’t think she would ever follow was her unrequited love for Dane.  

Two people living on the same property.  Bea started out helping Dane and then Dane helps her out and suddenly they are spending a lot of time together. That is when things change and Dane really “sees” her for the first time.  

I enjoy the characters in Gold Valley.  The cowboys and the strong women who help them make the story more fun.  I like the setting and the different story lines. Unbroken Cowboy by Maisey Yates was a fun read.  

Good Time Cowboy by Maisey Yates

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I enjoyed Good Time Cowboy by Maisey Yates.  I have found I do enjoy some cowboys and their stories.  The storyline, situations and family members all add positively to the story.  It is obviously part the book seriesbut I enjoyed it even without reading the prior books.   


Lindy Parker married and set on remaking herself into a good wife.  Too bad, her husband didn’t feel the need to stop sleeping around! After the divorce, Lindy ended up with the Vineyard.    She has worked hard to bring the Vineyard to its most productive self. Too bad she has to deal with Wyatt Dodge. He owns the neighboring business of a ranch called Get Out of Dodge.  Together they are promoting and helping each others business. He was her husband’s best friend and there has always been an awkward uneasiness between them.


Lindy and Wyatt become closer and discover that the awkwardness is really an awareness of the other that could bloom in a romance.  There are of course other problems including some family situations. Good Time Cowboy by Maisey Yates was a good read.


Hard Riding Cowboy by Maisey Yates

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Hard Riding Cowboy by Maisey Yates is a novella.  It is a short story that is sweet, yet hot about a widowed mother and her two daughters and a local cowboy.   Lauren Bishop wants to start over after a difficult marriage. She wants to move back to Gold Valley where she always felt at home. Calder Reid mets Lauren again by accident. She was his babysitter when he was 12. Attraction is immediate, but Lauren is very hesitant about starting a new relationship. Luckily Calder is not easily dissuaded.  


Hard Riding Cowboy by Maisey Yates was a short, hot romance.  


Daughter of the King by Ashley York

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Daughter of the King by Ashley York comes out next week for St Patrick’s Day!  This is the third book in the Derbfine Series, which is about Ireland and its kings from the Middle Ages.   How perfect is that!  

Brighit and Darragh have been promised in marriage since they were small.  Brighit however is not a “traditional” wife material from this time period.  She has been allowed to learn to hunt, fight and protect her people.   Darragh has been waiting for her.  He has tried to be patient, but Brighit keeps putting off the wedding.  Uncle Niall takes Brighit and her brothers for a secret adventure the night before her wedding.  Things do not go well and Brighit is put in a dangerous position. Just when she thinks she is safe, she isn’t.  Then things go wrong.  Brighit and Darragh do not have a smooth transition to their marriage, and it doesn’t look like it is getting better.  

I have always found the Middle Ages fascinating.  Ashley York has made the time come alive for me.  I found the whole idea of the beginning of the clans working together toward a common set of laws and rules interesting, so I was glad to story touched on that while focusing on the love story!  I always enjoy Ashley York’s books.  Daughter of the King is a good read!

Eyes of the Seer by Ashley York

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Ashley York’s newest book is called Eyes of the Seer.   The story of Astrid and Marcán was richly written, bringing us back to the time of legends and myths.  This is the second book in the series (Curse of the Healer being the first.)  The story runs roughly  during the same span of time, but focuses onMarcán and Astrid.  

An overbearing mother determined to get her way - no matter what - is the crux of Astrid’s life.  Her mother wants what she wants and is not above stirring up trouble to get it.  Astrid wonders why her brother has not done anything about setting up a marriage for her, so she follows her mother’s suggestion and tries to find a connection with a man from the next town over.   Meanwhile, her brother’s best friend Marcán has been in love with Astrid forever, but forever is a really long time when she doesn’t even recognize he loves her.  He protects her and helps her and is there for her, yet she seems to find him more of a pain than anyone she might be interested in. The story is a wonderful love story of seemingly star crossed lovers. Throw in a man and a woman who will do anything to get what they want and you have a great story of love and hope against the odds.  

Eyes of the Seer by Ashley York is a great  read.  


Curse of the Healer by Ashley York

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Curse of the Healer by Ashley York is her newest novel and a start of a new series called Descendents of the High King.  Ashley York is the queen of writing about the early Middle Ages. She not only makes us feel like we are among the characters, but we worry about them and care about the outcome.  We met Aednat before in a previous book and learned about her difficult early life.  

Aednat is the healer from the title.  She has trained and accepted the consequences of that - to be alone - no children, no husband.  That is her curse.  However, there is also another legend about a ruler who marries ‘the healer’ will be so strong that he will become the next high king.  

Diarmuid of Clonascra knows he needs a wife, but certainly not Aednat. He needs to keep away from her, until he can’t as ordered by the High King.  Aednat knows she needs to stay away from him, until she can’t as ordered by the High King… and so a new story goes.

Aednat and the Curse of the Healer by Ashley York was a great book to read.  I loved the characters and how they have to fight for their life.  Their passion for life and for each other makes the story resonate over the thousands of years into today.  I love reading Ashley York’s books, with her descriptions and details from the past.  

The Gentle Knight by Ashley York

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The Gentle Knight by Ashley York is a romance book set during the time of the Norman Conquest.  The author has managed to capture both the land and people in turmoil as leadership and rules change.  It is a world where every word needs to be guarded and people not to be trusted.  

Brighit MacNaughton is a young woman, who always thought she would be married to one of the neighboring men.  She is thrust into a new reality when her father dies and has pledged her to joining the church and live out her life as a nun.  Brighit did not plan on this reality, but her father had told her the duty she owed him.  On her journey to the convent, she has been entrusted to men who are less than noble and she is unsafe.  Meanwhile when Peter of Normandy comes into contact with her, he is bound by his oath to help her.  But as always when life is precarious, nothing seems to go smoothly.  Brighit and Peter must work together and both try to avoid the chemistry between them.  

The world at the time of the Normandy Invasion was a brutal and cruel place ripe with fortunistic opportunities for those who would take what is not theirs and incite violence between people.  It is into this difficult landscape Brighit’s journey and her salvation is waiting.  The Gentle Knight is a good romantic read.  

The Seventh Son by Ashley York

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Ashley York’s newest historical romance is The Seventh Son.  Once again we are drawn into the medieval world when Saxons and Normans are learning to live together under Norman Rule, however not all is as quiet as one would think.  The times are rough, where men fight to the death and hold allegiance to their clans.  Rivalries, betrayals, and brutality are realities in everyday life.

Tisa O’Brien and Tadhg MacNaughton were betrothed from a young age. They are neighbors and their parents were friends, until some unexpected consequences occur based on something that happened long ago.  Tisa O’Brien’s father breaks the betrothal and has her married to Darragh, a man who prefers men to women.  Tisa is devastated but works to make things the best she can, while in a horrid situation where she is not safe.  

Tadhg is destroyed by the betrayal of Tisa marrying another.  His people are hungry and he has become a clan leader upon the death of his father. That is when he discovers the truth, but it is too late.

Once again, Ashley York has written a passionate romance when the times were not about love, but about alliances and allegiances. The book is in a time and place where hardship, death and disorder abound.  The love story between Tisa and Tadhg transcends time and place.

The Saxon Bride by Ashley York

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The Saxon Bride by Ashley York is reminiscent of The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen Woodiwiss. In 1066 when William the Conqueror took over England. Many of the Saxons were killed or married off. That is what happened to Rowena and John.

Rowena a lady forced to marry John an invading Norman. Both are under different misunderstandings about the other. Both have to realize more about themselves and their world. I found the story interesting. Rowena seemed a little demure and meek for me, but it probably was more realistic for the time. John seemed to be shrouded in such doubts, he needed someone to believe in him.

The Saxon Bride was a good story about an interesting time period. I will look for the next story in this series to read.

The Irish Warrior by Ashley York

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Ashley York has written a wonderful love stories during the Norman Invasion of 1066. Not an easy subject or time, yet The Irish Warrior captures you as you worry for Thomasina (aka Tommy) as she fights for her future. She is hiding from her father who has used her to pay a gambling debt. Sean finds her stealing his horse, although Tommy knows it is her horse... and so the story of them begins.

The Irish Warrior was an enjoyable novella. One that wasn’t too quick to read (ie ended too quickly). This is the second book by Ashley York that I have read and will continue to read her novels. 

Crow by A. Zavarelli

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Crow by A. Zavarelli is the first book in a series about the hot men of the Boston Irish Mob.  The underworld leaders and shakers who are not to be trusted and crossed are run in part by Lachlan.  He is one of the leaders in the future in the organization.  Lachlan is not interested in settling down until he meets Mackenzie.  She is looking for a friend who disappeared after starting to work for Lachlan’s club.  Mackenzie is a fighter.  She is strong and resilient, but totally doesn’t trust Lachlan.  Together they are hot hot hot and the story is definitely one to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Saint by A. Zavarelli

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Saint by A Zavarelli was a surprise - delightful - hot - naughty - filled with Irish gangsters and killers.  HOLY MOLY.  I thought it would be a kick to read...little did I realize what a kick it was.  I had no idea - and quite frankly will need to go back and read the previous books.  The characters are outlaws and killers.  Scarlett and Rory are both scarred and unable to see beyond their horrid past.  Together they are fire - hot consuming fire!  Rory is part of the Irish Mob and Scarlett is a looking to punish men for their perfidy.  They are a family and stand up for each other. The Saint by A Zavarelli was totally unexpected and might not be a read for everyone but I enjoyed it!

The Girls at 17 Swann Street by Yara Zgheib

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The Girls at 17 Swann Street was written by Yara Zgheib, a debut author.  The book however does not read like a new author. It is very well written with a strong emotional impact.  The characters are likable and the story brought their stories into the light. I liked how the author was able to weave in statistics about eating disorders to help educate her readers while embroiling them into a story with so many nuances.

Anorexia, an eating disorder is the crisis of Anna Roux.  She has been living with the disorder for years as she slowly removes food from her daily menu, until she is living on apples and popcorn. The story of Anna’s life before Swann Street is revealed slowly in every other chapter. The other chapters are about Anna’s daily existence dealing with treatment for anorexia.  As a ballet dancer, Anna was always working on staying in shape with cutting down her eating and over exercising...from here it is a slippery slope into 17 Swan Street.

While the novel is labeled a piece of fiction, it is clear that the author knows her information.  I would encourage people to read this book. I had no intention of reading it in one day, but I did not want to put it down and devoured the book in one sitting.  Yara Zgheib’s novel, The Girls at 17 Swann Street, is an excellent, poignant read.


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10.06 | 12:03

The news Jacquelyn Winespear is on my summer reading list.
Looking forward to another Maise Dobbs

24.12 | 00:28

Always look forward to your weekly blog, Marti ... safe travels this week. Merry Christmas!

01.10 | 16:20

Happy Birthday! I remember when book club started when you turned 50. OMG! 100% agree with political status. So disappointing. Happy Foliage!

27.05 | 23:23

Outraged, too! It is just getting coverage. This government is shameful under this leadership.

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