Title: Risk Factors
Publisher: Kensington-Lyrical Press
Editor: Piper Denna
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Heat Level: Steamy sensual
Publication: (March 2013) Re-released March 2014
Cover artist: Valerie Tibbs
Love, like life, is not without risk.
Veterinarian Vivian Dane has purchased her uncle’s practice in the tiny town of Wales, Missouri, where most residents still doubt her ability to treat their pets. But Viv is used to being considered less-worthy than her predecessors. After all, her parents are world-renowned wildlife vets, and most everyone is unimpressed she’s chosen to not follow directly in their footsteps.
Now Connor, a patient’s owner, is hot for Viv, but clearly doesn’t think she’s dating material because he has a daughter…who he believes no woman is good enough for. Being a perfect dad is EMT paramedic Connor’s life focus. He can’t seem to stay away from sexy Doctor Viv, but attraction is as far as he’ll ever let it go. His mother abandoned him, leaving him to be raised in the foster system, and then his wife abandoned both him and their daughter. He absolutely will not risk bringing another woman into his little girl’s life and having her feel the hurt of being left…again.
Forfeiting is easier than attempting and failing. So why does Viv feel compelled to prove she’s a sure bet for Connor and his daughter? Can Connor trust Viv–and himself–enough to play the possibilities?
Viv’s smile and throaty laughter burrowed deeper by the second, mutating into hot want that seemed to draw him to her at every opportunity. But her invitation shook him back to level ground. Dinner. With her. Vivian Dane, the woman who seemed to freely access his dreams lately, was asking him out. Her voice fell to a low smoky grade that slid like satin over him, tightening around his chest, making it hard to breathe. He wanted to kiss her. Period. There was something about her in the lab coat he couldn’t put his finger on. She appeared so fragile and delicate in pink that matched her lips…china doll perfect. Kissable.
He opened his mouth to refuse. He couldn’t afford to get close to anyone, wouldn’t risk Janna. He knew his daughter already liked the vet, had said so. If he got involved and it all nosedived south, he couldn’t stand to have Janna hurt. Even if she didn’t know it, Viv was their veterinarian now and he’d have to see her, Jelly Bean would notice the tension–
“I’d like that.”
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4 Stars! “…The author is a very good writer and brings the sights and sounds into the story so I could really imagine this small town…HOME is a heartfelt, tender romance with a great setting and strong atmosphere.”
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Editor: Nan Swanson
Genre: (Vintage Rosette) Historical Romance
Heat Level: Sensual
Publication details: Release date December 28, 2011
This is the official cover art for HOME! Thank you, talented and wonderful, TWRP artist, Tina Lynn Stout!
What could a gypsy and a Vietnam veteran have in common?
Silvertown’s outcast, Poppy Tippen, has loved football hero Sam “The Force” Callahan forever. But he never seemed to know she was alive. Now he’s home from the war and she suddenly finds herself comforting him from the demons of “that damn war.” Is his attention merely an escape from the haunting nightmares? Or does she hold the interest of the only man she’s ever truly loved? Sam Callahan’s only solace from the war nightmares wrecking his life comes in the unlikely form of a gypsy girl with stigmas of her own. He’s known Poppy his entire life, but there’s something different about her now. Something special he desperately wants to hold on to. Can he convince her she’s the only thing he needs to put the past behind him?
Excerpt: Silvertown, Oklahoma- 1967 “I’ll always want you, Poppy.” Her head shook in automatic denial. “You’ll want a girl who fits your life. Not some gypsy with no family lineage to brag about. Your momma won’t accept that, either. She’ll make you choose someone like Connie, someone who fits into your world. Not the girl everyone avoids and whispers about behind her back. You’re gonna be the town’s doctor. You need an uppity wife who will make you proud.” When Sam laughed, his chest shuddered against her back. Deep, husky, real. He turned her in his arms and looked down at her, smiling. “Poppy, do you honestly think I give a damn what people think? Look at me! I’m the town outcast, the survivor who should have died saving the others, not be here planning a future that includes a wife, a medical practice. “I shimmy under park benches, run from my mother’s lipstick, for God’s sake. I wake up screaming and crying over nothing in the middle of the night, crawl under my bed and hide, shaking, until morning. Hell, I can’t even be a doctor because I haven’t finished school yet.” “I didn’t know. It must be awful for you.” No matter how it hurt Poppy to know he used her, it felt much worse to know how he hurt alone. “The only time it isn’t awful is when I’m with you. When I think of you.”
Home is not available for sale anymore as we’ve reached the end of our contract with TWRP and rights have reverted back to author–
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5 Stars: Ms. Rhose’s attention to detail of that era is spot on–attitudes, clothing styles, sayings, cars, shoes, social morals.
What’s equally engrossing about this work is the tonal darkness the author has skillfully woven into the story. Initially, her choice of words and feelings for Sam are dark in nature. She sought to show us the darkness of a soul shot-to-hell and bled-out by jungle warfare in a far-off country. Slowly, as Poppy ministers to Sam with her boyant, accepting nature the tonality of the story lightens, as does Sam’s spirit. By book’s end, the words the author uses shine with the sunlight of Poppy’s unconditional love and Sam’s growing love for her. This is so seamlessly well-done, you aren’t aware of the changes within your own spirit as you read “HOME,” yet the smile on your face as you read the last page is testiment to Ms. Rhose’s artistry with words. ~Author, Vonnie Davis~
4 Stars: Sam and Poppy are unlikely to become close friends much less the persons to make each of them earn a whole heart. Sam was a popular high school kid. Poppy was one of the invisible kids secretly dreaming of Sam. Ms. Rhose links these facts from Sam and Poppy’s youth into the story when Sam returns HOME following service in Vietnam. He is haunted by the war–the things he’s seen, the things he’s had to do, and the people he’s lost. Poppy is able to guide him through the nightmares and restore his sense of self. She gives him permission to live and to love.
Ms. Rhose’s words paint pictures that will remain in reader’s hearts for a long time. HOME reminds us of the importance of home by any definition. ~Author, Winona Cross~
4 Stars: Calisa did an excellent job in taking us back in time to the late sixties, during the Vietnam era when the world was in such turmoil and chaos. Her contrast of small town living and the horrors of war was conveyed in a vivid way. Also, the contrast of her hero, Sam–a man suffering from post-traumatic stress–and the sweet innocence of her heroine, Poppy, made for an exceptional love story. ~Author, Alicia Dean~