Rein In by Anne Jolin

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RELEASE BLITZ

Title: Rein In

Series: Willow Bay Stables #3

Author: Anne Jolin

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: October 25, 2016

 BLURB

Aurora Daniels is the bleeding heart of her family. With a gift and a passion for helping to heal others, she has a legacy of kindness and gratitude—a modern-day saint.

Every Sunday since she turned eighteen, Aurora has driven three hours into the city of Edmonton, Alberta, where she volunteers at an equine facility that rehabilitates troubled youth by working with horses. With their increasing success rate, the facility is expanding to foster violent parolees in hopes of a more effective release into society.

Assault with a deadly weapon and attempted murder—that’s what it says under the name on his sheet. Rhys White is released on good behaviour and promises to remain under contract for community service at the Equine for Hearts facility for a court-ordered period of twelve months.

Willow Bay’s saint may have stumbled across the one sinner who can’t be saved from himself.

Will Aurora be able to rein in Rhys’s quest for revenge before it’s too late? Or will she spend the rest of her life loving a man behind bars?

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EXCERPT

 He was interrupted by the sound of a convertible pulling into the space next to us. The speakers were blaring some kind of racket that made my brain feel like I was going to have a seizure.

Some guy folded out from behind the wheel and Dirt nearly choked on his chew at the sight of him.

He looked like an asshole with his pink sweater folded over his shoulders and one of those polo shirts that looked like it belonged to a rowing club. When he rounded the hood of the car, Fun Bobby’s upper lip curled in disgust. I fought back a grin. This ass hat was wearing loafers.

“Morning, baby girl.” Glitch hollered over the sound of the car stereo.

I let my eyes follow his and land on her blonde hair in the passenger seat. It was light, almost white in the sun and so long it fell well past her shoulders.

The loafer guy held open her door and long legs stretched into my line of vision. She wore those cut of jean shorts, the kind a girl in a country song would wear, but hers were more tasteful, covering the round curves of her ass completely but not hiding them either.

Stretched over her chest was the token white volunteer shirt, she was here to work.

When she stood in front of him, she slung a backpack over her shoulder and waved in our direction.

If you’d ever seen an angel after a bad dream, it felt like that in the air when she smiled.

He pulled her into his chest by her upper arm and dove into her mouth.

My chest rumbled and Glitch widened his eyes in my direction.

I hadn’t seen or felt a woman since I was a teenager and it almost hurt my heart to look at her. She was the picture of all the years that I gave away. She was a breathing memory of everything I missed out on.

Stuffing my hands in my pockets, I let loafers live his dream against her lips.

What did I have against the puke anyway? Let him be happy.

REVIEW TIME

So if you’ve followed my blog at all, you know I’ve reviewed the earlier books in this series. I adored “Change Rein” and “Eight-Second Ride”, which are London and Owen’s stories. But all this time, I knew Aurora would get her story. In “Eight-Second Ride”, we know Aurora is dating Wells, this sort of pretentious, preppy guy she knows. Even in that book, no one really likes him. So I was beyond happy to see that Aurora ditches him quickly in this book.

This is an Anne Jolin story we are talking about here, so I’ll just say I loved it since I love everything from Anne Jolin. But in all seriousness, I thought this book was such a great way to end this series. This book deals with some more complex issues, while still maintaining a lot of the charm that is found within the other books.

**Side nore: this book is a part of the Willow Bay Stables series, but if this was your first book from Anne Jolin, you would be able to follow the story just fine.**

One thing that I simultaneously loved, and also hated, about Rhys was how responsible he was. When he was charged with a crime, he just admitted his guilt and didn’t try to fight anything. Even though he should have. He initially runs from Aurora, but once they get to know one another, he isn’t afraid to tell Aurora how he feels.

I think that was actually my favorite aspect of this entire book. This couple faced drama but it was never drama between them. They experienced things together. I never like seeing characters hurt or suffering, but with this couple, I was happy to see them face things as a team, as opposed to them pushing and pulling each other around.

I really related to Aurora. At one point in the book, she makes a comment to Rhys about everyone saying she has a big heart, and that she compares it to when someone tells you they like something or something is good, when really it isn’t. I already liked Aurora’s character but this was the pivotal moment for me that changed everything. I knew EXACTLY what Aurora meant with that comment because I’ve felt that way about myself before. It can be so hard to know your value, your worth, when we don’t see what others see in us.

I would absolutely recommend this book. I have loved this entire series from the first time I met the Daniels family and I continue to love them, even though the series is complete now.

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AUTHOR BIO

 I was born and raised in Ladner, a small farm town just outside Vancouver, Canada.

I never expected to be an author. Writing was something that snuck up on me and rooted itself into my life. It was beautiful to discover that love, and I’m truly grateful to say I’ve found my passion.

If I could leave y’all with one thing, it’s that life’s far too short to not live it out loud. Drown in your passions, hold on tight to the things that inspire you, and chase your dreams relentlessly. I can promise you without a doubt that you won’t regret it. I know I don’t.

Mad love,

Anne Jolin

 

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Sweet Haven by K.C. Lynn

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Sweet Haven by K.C. Lynn

RECIPE:

Two cups of an arrogant, dirty talkin’ firefighter who has an obsession with peaches and the forbidden girl who smells like them.

One tablespoon of a sweet schoolteacher trying to find her place in the world while attempting to resist her brother’s sworn enemy.

A slice of fate that has their hearts questioning the past and the consuming need they have for one another.

A dash of desire.

A pinch of rivalry.

A sprinkle of déjà vu.

Mix together in a large bowl to create a combustible passion and a future that neither of them could have ever predicted.

Bake at 350° for a rich serving of destiny and a love that could burn for eternity.

A timeless recipe that is sure to fill your heart with a generous helping of Sweet Haven.

This a longer length novella and is the second book in the Sweet series. It is told in dual POV, has an HEA, and no cliffhanger. Since Samantha and Jase are recurring characters from Sweet Temptation and Sweet Love, I recommend reading both books prior to this but it isn’t a must.

Warning: Due to mature subject matter, such as explicit sexual situations and coarse language, this story is not suitable for anyone under the age of 18.

Since this cover was released, I have been anxiously awaiting this book. The cover is beautiful and for whatever reason, I am completely enchanted by it.

This story is Samantha and Jase’s love story and I really can’t say enough about how much I enjoyed this book. I have a lot of respect for the author with this story. She could have taken this story down several different avenues, but she didn’t and I appreciated that. I say this because I felt the story was more authentic, not to mention realistic, being told as it is. I think adding too many other variables could have changed the entire dynamic of the story and it would have made it harder to really believe in Sam and Jase’s love.

Samantha is ranking pretty high on the favorite heroines of all time list right now. She was absolutely fantastic. I loved that her character was strong, yet could still be vulnerable. By Chapter One, I knew I liked Samantha (does anyone have some Tabasco?), and by Chapter Seven, I absolutely loved her. She was an absolute pistol!

Jase was also pretty fantastic. My favorite facet of his character was that he could man up to things. If he said the wrong thing, he immediately knew he had to make it right. When things got tough, he stepped up to the plate. I also loved that he knew to do the right thing. Jase Crawford is not the kind of man who asks for advice and doesn’t take it. He is easily one of the best male characters I’ve read.

I think one reason that Samantha and Jase’s love story really touched me deeply was that both of them were very self-aware. I don’t want to give any spoilers but I will say that Sam and Jase know to embrace what they have. It’s not a constant battle of wills. Some books, the couple fights so hard to not be together that by the end, you’re wondering how they even came together at all. But not Sam and Jase. I found that incredibly refreshing.

I would absolutely recommend this book. I know I just finished the book a few days ago but I have already found myself wanting to go back and re-read their story all over again. Sam and Jase have a love that sticks with you and I intend to enjoy it over and over.

Eight-Second Ride by Anne Jolin

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Eight-Second Ride by Anne Jolin

Owen Daniels lives his life eight seconds at a time. The thrill of anticipation that comes with sitting on twelve hundred pounds of untamed power is unparalleled. The adrenaline rush that floods his system when the chute opens is one of life’s most unique and natural highs.

Ride eight seconds bareback on a bucking bronco—that’s his life.

When Owen’s stock horse, Remington’s Lady, is injured midway through the rodeo circuit, he trailers her back home to Willow Bay, Alberta, to remain in the care of the local vet, Ray Brookes.

Months later, with a truck bed full of buckles, Owen comes home to collect his Lady from the man he trusted to help her recover. Only Ray happens to be short for Rayne, and Rayne happens to be a woman.

And this woman wants nothing to do with a cowboy fresh off the circuit. As far as she’s concerned, he can take his buckles, boots, and spurs right back on out of her life.

Will Rayne keep them from holding on to their eight-second ride? Or will love buck out of the chute in time for a perfect score?

You guys, I feel like I have been waiting for this for forever! And I know it hasn’t been forever, but all the teasers Anne Jolin shared just pushed me over the edge of excitement for the next book in the Willow Bay Stables series.

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See what I mean? Owen is absolutely swoon-worthy. I think every woman might need her own Owen Daniels.

Obviously from the synopsis, we realize that Owen has no idea the vet caring for his horse is a woman. Which is hilarious because his sisters and Branson are totally in on it. That is something that I really love about this story is this family. If you read the first book in the series, “Change Rein”, the family dynamic just keeps moving right along and I loved that. I feel like reading this series is as much about the Daniels family as it is the love story between Owen and Rayne.

Anne Jolin writes her characters in a really direct way, which for me, I love. Owen is interested in Rayne and he does not even try to hide it. He doesn’t play games, or dance around it. He is very interested in her and he has no issues letting her know. When he learns more of about Rayne’s past, he’s still totally into her. I respected his character so much for that. I feel like in other stories, when the man learns about something in the woman’s past, its like he starts questioning everything and then he needs the characteristic break. Owen isn’t like that. I just want to squeeze Anne Jolin with happiness for that.

Rayne has to be one of my favorite characters to watch evolve. She starts out with this absolute resolve to not have anything to do with Owen. Then she slowly starts letting him in, but she still remains steadfast in her beliefs and feelings. There is a pivotal moment in the story where Owen is having a talk with his father, Larry, about his riding and Rayne’s issues with it. I loved that moment because I think its the first time that Owen really and truly sees everything from Rayne’s eyes. I also loved seeing that wisdom and realization come through after a talk with his own father. For me, the family connections in this story are icing on the cake. I also have a lot of admiration for the fact that even in his 30’s, Owen is man enough to talk to his father about needing advice or insight.

I absolutely loved Owen and Rayne. I cannot recommend this book enough and I am already looking forward to reading Aurora’s story next.

Change Rein by Anne Jolin

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London Daniels is returning home to Willow Bay, Alberta, on the heels of a televised loss. She blew her shot at the Summer Olympics and cost Canada the gold medal in dressage.

During her years of training abroad, her family’s stable has fallen on hard times, and thus, they’ve accepted an offer to board the racehorses of Branson Tucker, the infamous tycoon, for the winter.

London lacks conviction after her ill-fated fall. And as if returning to her hometown to watch her epic failure replay on everyone’s big screen isn’t torture enough, she’s expected to cater to a man with an ego bigger than her hundred-acre farm just to earn a dime.

Is London saddling up for another ride that will leave both her heart and her ass in the dirt? Or could the handsome, unwanted guest at Willow Bay Stables be her second chance to go for gold?

London Bridges…falling down…

Our story starts with London, nursing a blow to her butt and ego. But London is such an awesome character. She is incredibly resilient and there was actually a moment very early in the book where I knew I would love her.

This is definitely not a spoiler (this happens so early in the story and really doesn’t affect the rest of the story at all). For London’s fall, a reporter suggests its really her horse’s fault. London immediately defends Achilles, her horse, and explains how she didn’t pay attention to his behavior enough. I tend to have this same attitude towards animals, and as someone who has spent extensive amounts of time with animals and wildlife, I respected and appreciated London’s perception.

Then we meet Branson. One thing I truly did admire about Branson and London both was what it was just direct. I never felt like it was some foolish push and pull back and forth. Now, there is nothing wrong with those aspects, but for both Branson and London, that angst and conflict wasn’t necessary. Neither was really nursing some weird past heartbreak or secret. Branson tells it like it is. I didn’t find him arrogant in his directness with London. He is incredibly attracted to London and has followed her riding career for quite awhile and has no issue with her knowing it. I enjoyed seeing him show his hand and not be nervous about it.

If there was something I could say I didn’t truly love about this story was the way that Branson went about trying to meet London. Not because I couldn’t see a man doing something like he did, but it seemed unnecessary. Branson is attractive and very wealthy. If he wanted to find some reason to meet her, I sort of felt like he could have done it by easier means. But once everything comes out, I respected his honesty and also the fact that London is just accepting. When I say London is accepting, by no means do I mean that she is a pushover. But she is intelligent. She realizes that what she has with Branson is truly special and she understands how things snowballed on him.

That may not seem like much but London is a total spitfire. We see evidence of that multiple times in the book. So for London to take the high road and trust in Branson really exemplified their love and connection to me.

This book was also a super fast read for me. I was actually surprised as I got ready to do my review when I realized the book was over 200 pages long. I felt like I soared through it. The story flowed really well and the author manages to keep the story moving along in a seamless way.

This story is Book 1 in the Willow Bay Stables book and Owen (London’s brother) gets his story in “Eight Second Ride”. I’ve already read it and I can tell you that you do not want to miss either of these books. The Daniels family is amazing and I am already ready for Anne Jolin to bring me Aurora’s story!

Buy it here: Change Rein by Anne Jolin