Romance Reviews

COUNTRY ROADS by Nancy Herkness — Hot Jersey Author

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Next in this series of hot romance authors from New Jersey, I bring you Nancy Herkness who turned the heat all the way up in her contemporary romance, COUNTRY ROADS.

The novel begins with our heroine, Julia Castillo, stranded on a country road on her way from the big city to a small town.  Julia has her artwork in tow, striking paintings of dark horses that won’t sell according to her manager uncle.  Handsome Paul Taggart, layer and former mayor, sweeps in to save her, getting her to town and the art dealer who is convinced Julia’s work will rock the art world.

Julia isn’t used to being outside of the sheltered world her family created for her, but she soon develops a taste for this new independence and for the man who rescued her.  Their passion roars to life with a heat that catches both off guard.  Julia, who has always been protected due to her epilepsy, worries that Paul will find out about her condition and treat her as her family did, like a broken doll.  Paul is tied to his home town by an alcoholic brother who is struggling to retain custody over his son.  Will the power of the whisper horses for which Sanctuary is so famous be able to help these lovers overcome their odds, or will Julia and Paul ultimately part ways on these country roads?

One of my favorite things about the book was Herkness’s vision of Sanctuary, a fictional West Virginian town with enough charm to make the reader want to linger and whisper horses to boot. I love fish out of water stories, so it was fun to follow the big-city artist to this place.  The perspective switches between Julia and Paul, and Herkness worked hard to make both of these characters equally complex.

So if life may be troubling you, stop by Sanctuary where the whisper horses may hear your troubles and help you find your way. 🙂

Here’s a link to Nancy’s Herkness’s website:

Michelle Joyce Bond

Romance Reviews

INTIMATE DANGER by D.C. Stone — Hot Jersey Author

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Next in this series of incredible romance authors from New Jersey is D.C. Stone whose romantic suspense, INTIMATE DANGER, wet my appetite for crime dramas.  Stone’s wit, detailed setting, strong heroine, and dangerous antagonist had me hooked from the first chapter!

Tough, no-nonsense detective Charlie Lopez is tackling the case of her life.  A string of break-ins targeting women has rocked her quiet hometown.  As the peeping Tom’s crimes escalate, the reserved, sexy FBI agent, Trent Rossi is assigned to help with the case.  Soon, he’ll find that Charlie is as protective of her heart as she is of the town.  She has suffered enough losses to put up a wall against Trent, but this man’s sharp mind and hot touch threaten to take everything down.

Stone has done a beautiful job painting the small town of Nyack that is the backdrop to this drama.  The characters are sharp and memorable, especially her complex heroine, Charlie, whose history and presence in that town make her all the more believable.  I enjoy strong female protagonists, and it was a pleasure watching Charlie go head to head not only with the delectable Trent Rossi but with the bad guys.  Another feature I loved about this book was how Stone was unafraid to get into the head of the depraved antagonist–a man whose identity remains a secret until the end.

I hope you enjoy this sexy, heart-stopping read!  Here’s a link to D.C. Stone’s website:

Michelle Joyce Bond