Secrets on the Sand by Roxanne St Claire

We all have authors who can be counted on to deliver on pretty much every single book. You don’t even have to read the back cover, just grab and go. Roxanne St Claire is one of those authors for me.

Edge of Sight - The Guardian AngelinosShe first hooked me with her Guardian Angelinos romantic suspense series. Then I found and promptly fell in love with the Bullet Catcher series. At this point she has so many books out I’ve given up counting and that suits me just fine. It’s always good to know that when I finish reading a story, more are waiting!

My current favorite is one I didn’t expect, a light contemporary romance set on a beach, with a billionaire geek for a hero. Yup, apparently I have taken a minor detour from brooding, emotionally damaged men with tats to spend some time drooling over an uber rich guy, in a suit, who is a wiz with numbers. I know! Who saw that coming??

Well actually anyone who knows Roxanne’s writing would see that coming. She does emotionally deep, intense characters as well as anyone out there, a skill she uses with a bit more restraint but just as effectively in light contemporary romance. So as deeply, madly in love as I am with my messed up book boyfriends (hey, someone has to love the broken ones!), I am utterly charmed by the hero of Secrets on the SandBook 1 in the Billionaires of Barefoot Bay series.Secrets on the Sand

With a name like “Ezekiel” (known in school as “Ezekiel the Geekiel”) you’d think Zeke, as he is now known, would have a very long road to trudge before climbing the mountain to Hot Stud status. Secrets on the Sand blows that premise right out of the water. This time it’s the guy whose is “all grown up” and filled out in all the right ways. Zeke has never forgotten the beautiful girl he went to school with, the way he felt about her, or the time she stood up for him when no one else did.

Amanda (Mandy) hasn’t fared as well, and has been reduced from the prettiest girl in school to a maid struggling to make ends meet. They reunite when she has to clean his suite at an exclusive beach resort. Divorced from an abusive, controlling man who left her broke, Mandy’s one goal beyond survival is to never trust a man again. Especially a rich man.

I’m going to stop right there, because some secrets are best revealed in their own sweet time.

If you’re looking for a great beach read, and you know the clock is ticking on what’s left of summer, Secrets on the Sand will not disappoint. Oh yeah, and there’s one more thing…

Right now, its free. So run your little fingers right out of here and get yourself over to the e-book supplier of choice and grab it while the grabbing is good.

After that you can slather on the sunblock, set up your chaise lounge and sip something sweet and summery while you read. It just doesn’t get any better than that!


Wendy Sparrow Gets Past My Defenses

Wendy SparPast My Defensesrow delivers a sexy and fun paranormal romp with a twist in her June release, Past My Defenses. The heroine, Vanessa (Nessa) is a shape-shifting Lycan heroine with some pretty serious allergies. After a run through pollen infested woods, a tangle with a cat triggers a reaction that knocks her out.  She wakes up to find herself locked in a cage and scent mated to a very puzzled but completely intrigued human, Dane. No fast talking on her part will convince him that he didn’t see what he just saw as she shifted into her human form. Her very naked human form. 

Sparks fly and the tension builds as they are caught between the pack’s Alpha leader, poachers and the irresistible bond growing between them.

Dane is strong, sweet and sexy, and not afraid to challenge Nessa’s alpha ruler when it comes to matters concerning her. He’s everything readers want from their literary hero. In this story however, it is Nessa who captures my heart and carries the day. Quirky, flighty and carrying a short fuse, she checks off character flaws like a how-to list from “How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days”. It’s no secret I love me a damaged hero but they are a lot more prevalent  than damaged heroines, hence my fascination here.

Bless her little furry heart, Nessa and her list of issues are right up my alley. At times she’s enough to drive a man, human or wolf, bat shit crazy and she doesn’t hesitate to go her own way when she feels she must.  That makes her interesting and someone I can relate to.

Granted, it might make also her my long lost sister… but that’s a blog post for another time.

Vanessa is the fastest Lycan around. In wolf form, the only threat she can’t outrun is her allergies. After a feline dander-bomb takes her down, she wakes up naked in a cage staring at a hot park ranger who had no idea what he’d trapped. But ooooh, he smells so good. Mine.

Dane hoped to tame the silver wolf in his kennel, but all bets are off with the deliciously sweet Vanessa on two legs. Her temper makes his pulse race, and he can’t escape the feeling they belong together.

They’re hot as a forest fire even before they scent-match, but Glacier Peak’s Alpha considers Dane a danger to the pack. Meanwhile, Lycans are being poached, and Vanessa has been targeted. Dane will have to keep her close to protect her, but with Vanessa in heat and mad to mate, who will protect him?

Ultimate Book Boyfriends

Ah, the book boyfriend, another perk of being an author. Seriously, what other profession permits you to openly have (imaginary) boyfriends you can explain to your husband without being handed divorce papers? Hey, it’s research, I can’t do my job without it. And talk about selection! There are literally thousands of books out there, with men of every size, shape, color and, well, other attributes. Let’s face it, if you can’t find a book boyfriend, you probably need therapy. Just sayin…

When I began pondering how I was going to pick just five (an arbitrary number my writer friends seem to like to use), I realized right away it wasn’t gonna be easy. There are some seriously talented authors out there Raining Menimagining up some seriously HOT men.

You start skimming back over your reading list to choose five outstanding specimens and trust me, you are going to end up dialing Romance 911 demanding  the Weather Girls bring that rain immediately to cool you off. Or, you could ask about getting Joe Manganiello over to distract you for a while. *sigh*

But enough about the unobtainable men! There’s plenty of fine Book Boyfriends out there and you can have any one you want. Here are my top five…and you know what the best part of all this is? We can share them without the slightest bit of jealousy entering into it.



Zach AngelinoEdge of Sight by Roxanne St. Clair


An Army Ranger, Zach had an amazing three weeks with Sammi before deploying to Iraq and fell in love. His mission was top secret and extremely high risk; his odds of returning slim. Trying to spare her, he never told her how he felt and couldn’t contact her after he left. When he did return, it was minus an eye. He’s not the same and believes more than ever he has nothing to offer Sammi. When she unexpectedly drops back in his life, he finds can’t push her away. When he realizes her life is in danger, he refuses to. Zach is one of those men who doesn’t have to be GQ perfect to make you want him, he is the kind of man you want to be real, scars and all.


Lover AwakenedZsadist Lover Awakened by JR Ward

Z carries the emotional baggage of a life spent chained and raped as a blood slave to a vampire mistress. He is rescued but ends up with disfiguring facial scars to match his warped, almost psychotic emotional ones. He is a walking nightmare fueled by a bottomless pit of rage. But, the contrast between who he is and the trembling reverence with which this over the top alpha male treats his woman places him in the elite category of BBF. Z learning to write so he could show Bella in words how he felt, offered a glimpse into the small bit of innocence left in him, and demonstrated how much of his pride he was willing to leave in the dust for the woman he loves. While he heals emotionally to a certain extent, he holds no illusions that he will ever be “right”. But he will fight and die if necessary, for the woman who, despite all the odds, loves him as he is.


Jackson DeveauHidden Currents by Christine Feehan


Jackson met Elle through a telepathic connection when he was a POW enduring rape and torture. Her voice and presence in his mind kept him alive. Years later, she is kidnapped and raped by a madman who wants her for her psychic ability. Jackson rescues her and it becomes his turn to care for her and convince her that she can be strong again. While he presents a cold, unfeeling exterior to the world, Elle discovers he quietly goes about caring for the disadvantaged and needy around him. His unconditional acceptance of what Elle has endured never once wavers in the face of her ongoing emotional trauma. He is unashamed to have shared every degrading moment of what happened to him with her, and shows her that love can heal the most devastated of hearts.




HeartsinDarknessCaden GraysonHearts in Darkness by Laura Kaye Caden is a scarred firefighter with claustrophobia from a childhood accident that cost him his mother and brother. He owns his scars, not hiding them and wraps himself in tattoos and piercings, but the hard exterior hides a sweet, lonely soul with a heart as big as he is. Trapped in a pitch black elevator with Makenna, who rushed in just as the door closed, neither saw each other before the lights went out. Plunged into his worst nightmare, Caden eventually reaches out and Makenna takes his hand. During the hours they spend together in the blackness, Caden finds the strength to face his fears and insecurities. By the time the lights come back on, Makenna is half in love with him, and you have fallen completely.


Jericho DelaneyChasing Perfect by Ria Boulay (WIP)


How could I not include my own hero, Jericho Delaney, in this list? Jericho is a man who has hit rock bottom, scarred both physically and emotionally. His fiancee leaves him in the hospital as he is recovering, unable to cope with his future. An addiction to painkillers follows him out of the burn unit and onto the streets where he is busted for buying. He lives every day with the knowledge that he has let down his family, his town and friends, but most of all, himself. He retreats to his cabin in the woods to figure out his life. When he agrees to protect a murder witness, he finds his hands full dealing with a woman whose closest brush to the country is a squirrel in Central Park, New York. Sparks fly between him and Cat in more ways than one but resolution isn’t easy to find between two people so very different. How their story ends is something only the Muse knows..and she’s not ready to share just yet.

I can share the inspiration for him though. Taylor Kitsch from Lone Survivor.

There you go. Fine stories, ultimate males.

So what about you? Who are the literary men that have taken up permanent residence in your heart? Post ‘em here so we can all drool over them. When you’re done, go read and maybe you’ll find a new man to add to your list of Ultimate Book Boyfriends.

Molly Gets Her Man

Sometimes on a hot summer day you just want to sit down with a cold glass of lemonade, kick your bare feet up and read something light and entertaining. For me nothing fits that bill better than a flaky heroine and Julie Rowe delivers perfectly in her romantic contemporary suspense Molly Gets Her Man. I can’t help but root for heroine Molly McLaren, a very smart girl in a bimbo’s body dragging around a lot of emotional damage. As for the hero, I’m a sucker for a big Alpha male who is a teddy bear at heart and Grey Wilson is all that and more.

Wander on over to Entangled Publishing and you can read the first chapter free! Now how does it get any better than that?

Grab a book and enjoy your weekend.


Molly Gets Her ManWhen flaky Las Vegas hairdresser Molly McLaren overhears a Russian hit man planning to kill a US congressman and take out Hoover Dam in the process, she becomes a target for murder. Now, on the run from the assassin and a dirty cop, she winds up in an eighteen wheeler with an ex-cop sporting a bum leg, a bad attitude, and a body built for loving.

Grey Wilson just wanted to be left alone. No more Las Vegas. No more casinos. And no more floozy women like the one his best friend sent him to pick up on the side of the road. She talks fast, but her endless curves and sensuous nature make him want to slow down. Which is not in the cards. Grey knows he needs to unload his excess baggage. And quick.

But when someone tries to kill the Vegas beauty, Molly captures his heart with her backbone of steel, and brains to boot. Now in order to grasp the future that had once seemed impossible, Molly and Grey need to keep Hoover Dam, the congressman, and their love from being blown sky-high.

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