Review by: Ms. Bliss

Woodrose Mountain
by RaeAnne Thayne

Published March 27, 2012 by HQN

Evie Blanchard was at the top of her field in the city of angels. But when an emotional year forces her to walk away from her job as a physical therapist, she moves from Los Angeles to Hope's Crossing seeking a quieter life. So the last thing she needs is to get involved with the handsome, arrogant Brodie Thorne and his injured daughter, Taryn.

A self-made man and single dad, Brodie will do anything to get Taryn the rehabilitation she needs…even if it means convincing Evie to move in with them. And despite her vow to keep an emotional distance, Evie can't help but be moved by Taryn's spirit, or Brodie's determination to win her help—and her heart. With laughter, courage and more than a little help from the kindhearted people of Hope's Crossing, Taryn may get the healing she deserves—and Evie and Brodie might just find a love they never knew could exist.

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Review by: Ms. Bliss

Sultry Nights
by Donna Hill

Published March 27, 2012 by Harlequin Kumani Romance

Her Rules
Dominique Lawson lives life on her terms, making up the rules along the way. This beautiful Lawson twin and heiress to a glittering Louisiana dynasty goes after what she wants—and usually gets it. But Trevor Jackson seems immune to her charms. That's until Dominique plots her all-out sensual assault on the blatantly sexy contractor, who's as cool as they come. Now passion is heating up the Southern sky...

His Passion
Dominique may be his boss, but Trevor plans to show the pampered princess what desire is really about. Never mind that they clash on just about everything—it's only a matter of time before the blue-blooded beauty is his. Can he convince Dominique that they belong together,  now and for all the sensual nights to come?

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Review by: Ms. Bliss

Juicy Joy: 7 Simple Steps to Your Glorious, Gutsy Self
by Lisa McCourt

Published March 27, 2012 by Hay House

We at When Pen Met Paper occasionally come across a book outside of the romance genre (in this case, a self development book) that so impresses us, we have to share.
This book is exactly that.

Are you living your richest, gutsiest, juiciest life? Do you feel all the exquisite bliss and sweetness you can imagine? If not—if you aren’t experiencing the abundance and personal freedom you crave; if you’re not vitally and deeply connected with your loved ones; if you’re unable to attract and maintain a soul-nurturing, awe-inspiring, passionate primary relationship—it can only mean one thing. You are not expressing the full truth of who you are.

Well, it’s time to change that! Juicy Joy is a streamlined path to radical authenticity and the ability to flat-out adore that precious, imperfectly perfect you. Living juicy-joyfully is not a matter of adding anything to yourself. It’s simply a matter of shedding the limitations that separate you from your true core being—the limitations that trap you in the numbness and detachment that have become distressingly “normal” in our culture. Wouldn’t it feel amazing to trust your instincts and fearlessly act on them? Isn’t it time to gain mastery over your experience of life, shed victim hood, and learn to honor the voice within you that always, unfailingly leads you to your greatest joy and highest truth? Juicy Joy is an invitation to a bigger life—a deeper, richer, more rewarding existence. And it will launch you into an enduring love affair with your glorious, genuine self!

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Reviewed by: Ms. Bliss

Escape to Paradise
by Pamela Yaye

Published January 31, 2012 by Kimani Romance

From the moment Santiago spots Claudia, he knows it's more than lust at first sight. And this man is used to getting what he wants. He'll wine and dine the stunning, soft-spoken Southerner with tropical nights of passion she'll never forget. But once Claudia finds out who Santiago really is, can he turn a fleeting island idyll into a passionate escape to love?

Desperate to flee the breaking scandal swirling around her ex, event coordinator Claudia Jefferies flies to exotic Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. As if being pampered at an exclusive spa weren't enough, now a drop-dead-gorgeous man is showering her with attention! But Claudia's too smart to get seriously involved, especially with a heart breaker like Santiago Medina. If only her heart would listen to her head...

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1225 Christmas Tree Lane
by Debbie Macomber

Published September 27, 2011 by MIRA

The people of Cedar Cove know how to celebrate Christmas. Like Grace and Olivia and everyone else, Beth Morehouse expects this Christmas to be one of her best. Her small Christmas-tree farm is prospering, her daughters and her dogs are happy and well, and her new relationship with local vet Ted Reynolds is showing plenty of romantic promise.  

But…someone recently left a basket filled with puppies on her doorstep, puppies she's determined to place in good homes. That's complication number one. And number two is that her daughters Bailey and Sophie have invited their dad, Beth's ex-husband, Kent, to Cedar Cove for Christmas. The girls have visions of a mom-and-dad reunion dancing in their heads.  

As always in life—and in Cedar Cove—there are surprises, too. More than one family's going to have a puppy under the tree. More than one scheme will go awry. And more than one romance will have a happy ending!

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Holiday Hideout
by Vicki Lewis Thompson,
 Jill Shalvis & Julie Kenner

Published November 1, 2011 by Harlequin

The Thanksgiving Fix by Vicki Lewis Thompson

Finding Mr. Right is the furthest thing from Beth Davis's mind when the Reno professor takes Thanksgiving break at a colleague's Lake Tahoe cabin. Until Coinneach McFarland arrives to fix a suspicious leak. It looks like somebody's playing matchmaker for two people sworn to stay single. But as things heat up, Beth is astonished to find she has discovered her soul mate just as she'd given up looking.

The Christmas Set-Up by Jill Shalvis

Competing architects Zoe and Jason have two weeks to come up with the design to win a coveted new project. But when a snowstorm strands them together at a secluded cabin, Zoe sees her chance to show Jason how she really feels. With romance blooming under the mistletoe, can she get the gorgeous Scrooge into the true Christmas spirit?

The New Year's Deal by Julie Kenner

Five years ago, Cleo Daire and Josh Goodson said goodbye and went their separate ways. But first they made a promise to reunite. Now the ex-lovers are spending New Year's Eve in a romantic cabin, where passion takes them by surprise and long-wished-for dreams can sometimes come true.

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The Last Cowboy
by Lindsay McKenna

Published November 15, 2011 by HQN

Pure alpha male, fiercely protective of all he holds dear.  The last of a dying breed.  Otherwise known as a pain in the rear.

City girl.  It was written all over her like a sign warning him to keep off.  Sure, Slade McPherson would train her horse…  With his ranch one bad day away from foreclosure, he can’t afford to turn away a paying customer.  But no way is this cowboy getting involved with a woman like Jordana Lawton — no matter how pretty she looks in a saddle.

Yet everything can change in an instant.  A terrifying run-in with an angry bull tilts Slade’s world off its axis, leaving him wounded and unable to compete in a race that could change his future.  For good.  But what happens when this old school cowboy finds himself falling for a modern city girl?

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Blackberry Summer
by RaeAnn Thayne

Published May 24, 2011 by HQN

Claire Bradford needs a wake-up call.

What she didn’t need is a tragic car accident. As a single mom and owner of a successful bead shop, Claire leads a predictable life in Hope’s Crossing, Colorado.  So what if she has no time for romance? At least, that’s what she tells herself, especially when her best friend’s sexy younger brother comes back to town as the new chief of police. But when the accident forces Claire to slow down and lean on others – especially Riley McKnight – she realizes, for the first time, that things need to change. And not just in her own life. The accident – and the string of robberies committed by teens that led up to it -  is a wake up call to the people of Hope’s Crossing. The sense of togetherness and community had been lost during those tough years.  But with a mysterious “Angel of Hope” working to inspire the town, Riley and Claire will find themselves opening up to love and other possibilities at the end of an extraordinary summer.

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Reviewed by: Book Addict

How A Cowboy Stole Her Heart
by Donna Alward

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Published October 4, 2011 by Harlequin

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Megan Briggs has come home to her family ranch after months of medical treatment. She’s unsure of herself and the last thing she’s looking for is love.

Clay Gregory has been friends with Megan for years. As his best friend’s little sister, she’s been a constant fixture in his life. He has missed her companionship but when he sees her all dolled up at his Aunt’s wedding, it hits him like a shot.

Can this cowboy steal her heart?

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The Bake-Off by Beth Kendrick

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Published May 3, 2011 by NAL Trade

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Meet estranged sisters Amy and Linnie. One is a family woman - wife, mother, dental hygienist. The other is a former child prodigy - smart, reserved, Blackjack dealer. A grandmother's machinations and the opportunity to win some much needed dough bring them together for an unlikely reason: a partnered baking competition. Will their pie come out the victor or will this all end in sweet disaster?

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