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Deeper Than Need

Shiloh Walker Contemporary Romance Heat Rating: 4

Time heals all wounds Eager to put a dark, troubled past behind her, Trinity Ewing buys an old house that will make the perfect refuge for her and her young son once renovations are complete. The last thing on her mind is finding someone new…but the contractor she’s hired is an irresistible distraction—and Trinity can’t help but fantasize about all the business they could be doing behind closed doors. So does one man’s touch Noah Benningfield thought he’d put his demons behind him. But the moment he lays eyes on Trinity, the temptation he feels is too powerful to deny. Soon the attraction between them explodes into something neither of them could have imagined. But their desire will be put to the test when a shocking local murder has them dodging danger at every turn. Can the beautiful and damaged Trinity trust someone like Noah, whose own past is as haunted as her own? The only thing she knows for sure is that she can’t live without a man who makes her feel this good—over and over again…

Better She Live

Judy Baker Contemporary Romance Heat Rating: 3

Ruby Thornton, the proprietor of a saloon, meets the businessman who has the entire town smitten, including her. When a cowboy named Stryker propositions her for a night of pleasure. She’s tempted. Only, she isn’t a prostitute. Who’s the shrewd and fiendish man, the wealthy Webster or Stryker, who called her a prostitute? Caught up in a charmed life, Ruby’s backed into a corner of kidnapping and murder. Who can she trust?

Review: My first Shiloh Walker read and oh what a read it is. The secrets that are held and the path we read through to uncover them is totally captivating. I love Noah and Trinity and their journey to finally be happy, but there are horrendous secrets that once uncovered could be their undoing. They both think they have been to hell and back, but what lies in hiding could take them farther into hell than they ever imagined, if they even survive it. This book had it all, mystery, suspense, romance, and I can’t wait for the next installment and to uncover who all is involved in what seems to be a decades long top secret hidden ritual that some will kill to keep hidden.

Review: Best She Live really struck a chord with me, from the title page to the very end. Although not a huge Western fan, the story was so real to life and the characters so absorbing, even those that hate Stetsons and horses may still read and enjoy this book. While there are moments of hot flashes of passion at the smell of leather that seem to be clichés for every western romance, they were actually believable and I found myself nodding and reading on. More to the point, I enjoyed reading this book from the moment I picked it up until I finally put it down. If not for the fact that I had to work and feed my family, I would not have put it down at all. Told mainly from the point of view of Ruby, the owner of a ‘clean’ saloon in a small mid-western town, the impact on her life of the coming of the railroad and Richard, the Railway owner, the knowledge of the true history of the West shines through in the everyday impact on those living in the towns the rail connected during its heyday. So if you like your history, real characters that had a story to tell, Stetsons and six-shooters or romances, read this book. If you like them all, strap in, you are going to love this book.

| Reviewer: Drue A. Hoffman |

| Reviewer: Karen Fainges |

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