Type: Contemporary Romance
My Copy: Sent
She never wanted to love a cowboy. . . .
Rodeo king Tanner Callen doesn’t want to be tied down. When he sees Madeline Harper at a local honky-tonk and everything about her screams New York, he brings out every trick in his playbook to take her home. But soon he learns that he doesn’t just want her for a night and, instead, hopes for forever. . . .
Madeline is not going to stay in the little country town for long. Here for a year, maybe two, she’s intent on proving to her boss back in New York that she can excel, so he’ll promote her again and bring her home. In order to do that she needs no distractions, especially not the smooth talking country boy she’s just allowed into her bed. But word travels fast in the one horse town and soon she’s on everyones radar as the woman who might just have tamed the local rodeo champion, Tanner Callen.
It was only supposed to be one night and learning Madeline is in town for a while scares Tanner because he’s not looking for more. Or at least he thought. The more Madeline resists the more Tanner wants to prove that her home was never New York and in fact could be the very last place she expected.
I liked both Madeline and Tanner. Tanner being the hard working ranch hand and Madeline the up-town girl looking to prove to herself she can handle anything life throws her way with ease. Tanner showed Madeline there was more to life than just climbing the social ladder and Madeline showed Tanner that loving someone doesn’t have to be a bad thing.
Short and sweet, Learning to Ride is meant to be devoured in one sitting. If you like cowboys, you’re sure to like this one. Although short, it only ever felt that way at the very end as everything is wrapped up faster than a cowboy roping a calf. The characters are likable and the story line engaging.
I give Learning To Ride by Erin Knightley 3.75 stars!
Type: Romantic Suspense
My Copy: Sent
Her second chance at love. . .
Chelsea McCullagh escapes to Maine with a gun and fresh bruises. She’s ready to begin anew-until she runs into her old flame, Jeremy Holland. As he helps to fix her inn, her heart heals and they rediscover what they once loved about each other. But as the two play house, it starts to seem too good to last. . . .
Chelsea is on the run and needing to hide out. The rambling inn her aunt left her is the best place to skate under the radar and start fresh. Until she runs into the one man from her past that she could never forgot. Their one night fling right before his wedding years ago left a mark on her soul she could never outrun. Now she’s back and he’s still in the town she left behind intent on making her his for good.
Jeremy knows Chelsea is hiding something because the makeup can’t completely cover the bruises and her eyes shine with a wariness he himself knows all too well because he’s hiding something too. He knows more than what he is saying but telling Chelsea everything will only sending her running again and then protecting her would become that much more difficult.
Now the two of them are in the same house and trying to deny their attraction is becoming increasingly difficult even as danger closes in on their happy bubble.
I really enjoyed this short romantic suspense. It gave me the heat I craved while still giving me the suspense I wanted and in roughly 160 pages too!I really liked the transition they had as Chelsea let her guard down and allowed Jeremy into her life. She may not have known exactly who he was but she knew she could trust him. There was a lot of heat in this short book and it made the story that much better. I never once felt like this one was lacking anything.
Fleshed out characters and great world building make The McCullagh Inn in Maine one of the better novellas I’ve read this year. I’ll be eagerly awaiting more from Jen McLaughlin.
I give The McCullagh Inn in Maine by Jen McLaughlin 4 stars!