Cat's Books: Romance

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Courting Miss Hattie by Pamela Morsi 5 Stars!

BY Morsi, Pamela ( Author ) [{ Courting Miss Hattie By Morsi, Pamela ( Author ) Nov - 04- 1998 ( Paperback ) } ] - Pamela Morsi

This week's featured favorite Romance is Courting Miss Hattie by Pamela Morsi with its lovely Americana setting.


This is the best Plain Jane Romance hands down I haver ever read. And Plain Jane is one of my favorite themes.  This is a great friends to lovers love story. Again, one of the best I have ever read as you know the characters like and respect each other and you see when a platonic caring changes to a sizzles and a life long romantic love. And it adds in a older woman younger man trope that is perfect.




The news spread like brush fire through the whole county when widower Ancil Drayton announced his intention to start courting Miss Hattie Colfax. She was certainly spirited and delightfully sweet natured, and she'd managed to run her family farm almost single-handedly. But wasn't a twenty-nine-year-old lady farmer too old to catch a husband?

An Irresistable Suitor.

All his life handsome, black-haired Reed Tyler had worked Miss Hattie's farm--and dreamed of one day settling down on his own piece of land with the pretty young woman he'd sworn to marry. Hattie was someone he could tell his hopes and troubles to--someone he looked on as a sister. So he thought, until the idea of Ancil Drayton calling on her made him seethe. Until the night a brotherly peck became a scorching kiss... and Reed knew nothing would bank the blaze--and that his best friend was the only woman he would ever love.




Morsi is one of my favorite writers and this is one of my favorite books. Everything is perfectly in place. She does wonderful work with this common themes but sets them in a less common time period and gives me nerdgasms by teaching me about rice farming.


It is rare in any romance that you actually feel the couple fall in love. It is subtle and sudden and you are just so happy for them.


All other details in this story are finely wrought and memorable but they are the kind of memories you need to relive again. So, I keep rereading this book.

Instant Attraction By Jill Shalvis $1.99

Instant Attraction (The Wilders) by Shalvis, Jill(February 1, 2009) Paperback - Jill Shalvis

Accountant Katie Kramer is a quintessential good girl--working hard, recycling diligently, all the while trying to ignore the feeling that she doesn't fit in anywhere. That's all she wants. Well, that--and amazing sex, and the kind of daredevil escapade she can look back on when she's crunching numbers in a dusty cubicle. Which explains why she just took a job in Wishful, California, working for Wilder Adventures and Expeditions. Waking up to find a magnificently built stranger towering over her bed--that part defies explanation. . .

A Wolf to Watch Over Me (Wolves of Fenrir Book 1) by Sela Carsen Free!

A Wolf to Watch Over Me - Sela Carsen

In a future Earth, sometimes the Big Bad Wolf is the good guy. Hakon sidUlfr , a wolf shifter from another world, is better at killing than guarding, but quiet physicist Lauren Ivers will need all of his skills if they’re going to live through the day.

Lauren should be at home, reading and eating take-out. Instead, she’s on the run with the bodyguard she didn’t know she had in a desperate bid to get off the planet before she becomes a casualty in an intergalactic cold war.

Hakon’s deep instinct to protect the smart-mouthed scientist keeps her alive, but will she stay with him once his duty is done

A Kiss in the Snow (Fool's Gold) Susan Mallery $1.99

A Kiss in the Snow (Kindle Single) (Fool's Gold) - Susan Mallery

Cupcake baker Nancee Smith is stunned when search-and-rescue pilot Jesse “Shep” Sheppard strides into her kitchen. The last time she saw the Ghost of Heartbreaks Past was the night before he left her at the altar. He said he loved her, then didn't even say goodbye.


Now Shep claims he's done dashing away at the first sign of forever. The romance of Fool's Gold at Christmas tempts her to have faith—snow glistening on rooftops like great swirls of frosting, twinkle lights in every window—but this time around, she's the one with cold feet. If promises alone aren't enough to sway her, Shep will have to show her the love in his heart.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell $2.99

Fangirl by Rowell, Rainbow (2014) Paperback - Rainbow Rowell

Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life-and she's really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it's what got them through their mother leaving.


Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.


Cath's sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can't let go. She doesn't want to.

Now that they're going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn't want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She's got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can't stop worrying about her dad, who's loving and fragile and has never really been alone.


For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

Demons & Djinn by Christine Pope Free! Free!

Demons & Djinn ~ 13 Complete Novels Featuring Demons, Djinn, and Other Bad Boys of the Underworld - Christine Pope, Debra Dunbar, Deanna Chase, Marie Hall, Sarra Cannon, C. Gockel, Liz Shulte, Kate Danley, Sara C. Roethe, Lola St Vil, Melinda VanLone, PippaDaCosta, SM Reine

Immerse yourself in nine enthralling fantasy worlds by NYT and USA Today bestselling authors. Demons, djinn, and bad boys of other worlds ignite this set of action-packed urban fantasy and paranormal romance. Nine heart-stopping stories with fierce and feisty heroines, diabolic intrigue, romance, adventure, danger, and mystery … Passionate heroes, magic and mayhem abound. Ignite your imagination and your heart, download this collection before it's gone!

Chosen ~ Christine Pope
When a fatal fever nearly wipes out the entire world's population, the survivors of what became known as "the Dying" believe the worst is in the past. Little do they know….

Three Wishes ~ Debra Dunbar
A malevolent djinn, a cyber-crime, an angel with a mission, and a demon who just wants to have fun. Be careful what you wish for.

Marked by Temptation ~ Deanna Chase
When sex witch Mati Ballintine meets the sexy Vaughn Paxton, their hot one-night stand changes his life forever and threatens hers.

Jinn's Wish ~ Marie Hall
Paz and Jinni only wanted one thing in life. To find their soulmate. Too bad they found each other on a doomed flight across the Atlantic. Trapped in magically induced coma, there’s only one way for them to return to the land of the living, and that's to trust in a love that defies all logic and reason before the final grain of sand drops and they lose each other forever.

I Bring the Fire Part One (A Loki Story) ~ C. Gockel
Amy Lewis is being pursued by a very bad wolf. Can Loki, God of Mischief and Chaos, save her…or even save himself?

Xoe ~ Sara C. Roethe
Fighting to save her best friend from a psychotic werewolf, Xoe has to make peace with her unique heritage...and resist an alluring vampire.

Stronger Than Magic ~ Melinda VanLone
Tarian Xannon fights demons like the rest of us. This time, the demon just happens to be real.

Beyond the Veil ~ Pippa DaCosta
Muse must decide whether to trust a Prince of Hell, or the assassin sent to kill her. Little do they know, she’s more dangerous than both.

Death’s Hand ~ SM Reine
Elise Kavanagh doesn't want to hunt demons anymore. But when the daughter of a coven member has been possessed, Elise is the only one who can help…and there may be more to this possession than just one witch's life.

ALPHA GEEK by Milly Taiden 99 cents!

Alpha Geek - Milly Taiden

Lioness shifter Scarlett Milan hates that she wants her boss more than her next breath. All she thinks about is how his black-rimmed glasses and bow tie are sexier on him than any other man. But since he’s human, she’s afraid she could break him, even kill him, during a night of wild sex.

Knox Daniels, wimpy bean counter, has lusted after Scarlett since the moment he met her. The fact she’s his best friend’s little sister has stopped all dirty thoughts. Well, almost. After he breaks up with his girlfriend, getting his hands on Scarlett is the first thing on his to-do list. Being murdered was not.

A vicious attack almost kills Knox, but science comes to the rescue. Now he’s no longer the weak human Scarlett was afraid to touch. Actually, no one knows what he is except possessive, aggressive, and demanding she be his. They’ll have to team up to keep him alive while figuring out if he’s a deranged killer or just the most powerful alpha ever known.

Forged in Shadow (Dark Planet Warriors, #5) by Anna Carven Review

Forged in Shadow (Dark Planet Warriors Book 5) - Anna Carven

Sergeant Arin Varga has a problem on her hands. She's supposed to be in charge of a squad of peacekeepers. That's something she would normally handle with ease, except that now her people are stuck in Earth's orbit on a doomed superfreighter. To make things worse, they're being held hostage by a group of very threatening, very menacing silver-skinned Kordolians, who are insistent that all they want is safe passage to Earth to kill oversized insects.

One particular alien, who goes by the name of Rykal, seems be constantly getting inside her personal space. He isn't just threatening, he's friendly and threatening, and if Arin isn't careful, that could become a major problem.





This is an action packed science fiction romance with a super hot love story at its center.

The heroine is wonderful, practical and kick ass. The hero is great.

They really like and respect each other. There is nothing hotter than than that.

This book can be enjoyed without having read the others but it is made better by having read the others.

There are some moments in this book that so good I clapped. Yea!

Manna from Heaven by Karen Robards $1.99

Manna From Heaven - Karen Robards

Danger and desire ignite when Charlotte Bates drives straight into a DEA agent's hot pursuit of a drug smuggler. But when the lawman takes Charlie hostage, an electrifying adventure begins...

Deathwatch (Broslin Creek) by Dana Marton Free!

Deathwatch - Dana Marton

After a rough deployment in Afghanistan, Murphy Dolan arrives home in the middle of the night, wanting nothing but his bed. Except, a beautiful stranger is sleeping in it.

Running for her life and hiding her identity, Kate Bridges claims a rental mix-up and refuses to move out. She's the only person who can identify the most notorious hit man in the country, and she has no money left to keep running. But how long can she hide the truth from Murphy? And can she trust him when trouble finally catches up with her?


He dropped his bag, fished out his keys and unlocked the door. The house wasn't exactly home yet, but it would be once the renovations were finished. Right now, except for the main living areas downstairs, most of the place was still a construction zone.

No big deal. He was grateful that he'd lived to see the place again. Too many of his friends weren't coming back. He swung his bag inside, untied his boots and kicked them off as he went, shedding clothes on the floor. He didn't even turn on the lights. Plenty of moonlight came in the windows, and he knew the place.

All he wanted right now was to stretch out his weary bones and sleep on his own sheets. The bedroom was fixed up. Thank God for that.

The guest bedrooms and guest bath upstairs and the staircase that led to them needed plenty of work still, as did the basement and the outside of the house, starting with the roof. He'd tackle that in the spring. He shut that line of thought down. He didn't have the energy to so much as think about work.

Down to nothing but his ACU pants, he dragged his tired, aching frame into his bedroom, then pulled up short at the sight of a nearly naked woman in his bed.

What the hell?

Her long legs tangled in the sheets, her mess of reddish-brown hair half across her face. Her white nightgown, nothing but a scrap of fabric, looked shrink-wrapped around her torso and hips. He caught her scent, a faint trace of old-fashioned roses, sexy and somehow homey at the same time.

He stared, suddenly wide awake and then some. Even the pain in his shoulder stopped pulsing.

As a welcome home present, he approved one-hundred percent.

Except for the screaming.

Deep in the Valley by Robyn Carr $1.99

Grace Valley Trilogy: Deep in the ValleyJust Over the MountainDown by the River (A Grace Valley Novel) - Robyn Carr

Visitors to the town often remark about the valley's peace and beauty—both of which are plentiful. Unlocked doors, front porches, pies cooling in the windows—this is country life at its finest. But visitors don't always see what lies at the heart of a community. Or just beyond…


June Hudson grew up in Grace Valley, the daughter of the town doctor. Leaving only to get her medical training, she returned home and followed in her father's footsteps. Some might say she chose the easy, comfortable route…but June knows better.


For June, her emergency room is wherever she's needed—or wherever a patient finds her. She is always on call, her work is her life and these people are her extended family. Which is a good thing, since this is a town where you should have picked your husband in the ninth grade. Grace Valley is not exactly the place to meet eligible men—until an undercover DEA agent suddenly starts appearing at all sorts of strange hours.

Everybody has secrets down in the valley. Now June has one of her own.

Barbarian's Touch (Ice Planet Barbarians #7) by Ruby Dixon Review

Barbarian's Touch: A SciFi Alien Romance (Ice Planet Barbarians Book 8) - Ruby Dixon

When I wake up on the ice planet, I’m scared of everything: this place is cold, silent, and the locals look more like blue devils than aliens. To make matters worse, one of the strangers decides I’m going to be his girlfriend and kidnaps me away from my sister. I’m completely and utterly alone. What’s a girl to do?

Well, this girl escapes. 

Of course, that means I go from frying pan into the fire, and my situation gets even more dangerous. Just when I have no hope left, a new hero appears. Sure, he’s blue, horned, and has a tail. He’s also fierce, protective, makes me purr...and thinks I'm perfect.

But is what we have real or just a mating instinct? 




These are sweet, fun, alien romances. I read this fast and happily. I hope there is more! 

Liberty (Terran Times Second Wave, #10) by Viola Grace Review

Liberty (Terran Times Second Wave Book 10) - Viola Grace

Liberty has spent her time trying to warn the people around her about imminent death. Her warnings have not always been well received, and after a stint in prison, she is offered a chance to enter the Volunteer Program.

Set free and launched into space, her life as a Death Seer begins.

The Nyal Imperium is the area that wants her, and she is delivered to a court world and into the custody of the duke who has other plans for her beyond having her read his death.

All she needs is a slight change to her genetic code and her destiny will change forever.





The heroine's interesting talent combined with the amount of time the couple spend together make this an enjoyable science fiction romance short story. 

Avenging Enjel (Terran Times Second Wave, #1) by Viola Grace Review

Avenging Enjel - Viola Grace

Myrik had been a disgraced Enjel with guilt issues. Now, he is a Guardian in the Nyal Imperium and he puts himself between the innocent and danger. He is part of a group sent into rescue a Negotiator with the power to start or end wars, and when she comes out of her shell he is delightfully surprised.

Alexia is one of the Second Wave of Terran Volunteers. She went from basic training into Negotiator armour and now, she is kidnapped, tortured and waiting for a hit squad to end her security risk. The arms of an Enjel take her off to a new lease on life, but it is security that he offers and compassion that he gives.

He will defend her with his life, but she hopes that it will not come to that.






A sweet romance about redemption. An enjoyable quick read. 

Rhythm, Chord & Malykhin by Mariana Zapata Review

Rhythm, Chord & Malykhin  - Mariana Zapata

Twenty-six-year-old Gaby Barreto might be a lot of things (loyal, sarcastic, one of the guys and a pain in the butt depending on which family member you ask), but dumb isn’t one of them. When her twin brother invites her to go on tour as his band’s merch girl, she isn’t exactly screaming at the top of her lungs with joy.

With no job opportunities pounding on her door, an ex-boyfriend she would still like to castrate, and no end in sight to moving out of her parents’ house in Dallas… it would be dumb to say no to the chance of a lifetime. Two bands, three continents, one tour. Spending the next ninety-plus days with three beloved idiots and eight complete strangers shouldn’t be a big deal, right?

If only the singer of the headlining band didn’t have tattoos... a great personality… a fantastic body… and if he wasn’t so funny….

Let’s be real: Gaby never had a chance against Sacha Malykhin.






This book has the crude humor of Zapata's first book Lingus and like Lingus it is in the end a sweet slow burn romance.


I enjoyed the romance. It did feel in places as if the book is trying to catch the trend of Rock Star New Adult romances and that dampened the fun a bit.


However, Zapata is a unique writer who does friend's to lover's romance better than anyone. There are lots of surprises of character complexity here to be treasured.

Ride Hard by Laura Kay $1.99

Ride Hard: A Raven Riders Novel - Laura Kaye

Raven Riders Motorcycle Club President Dare Kenyon rides hard and values loyalty above all else. He'll do anything to protect the brotherhood of bikers--the only family he's got--as well as those who can't defend themselves. So when mistrustful Haven Randall lands on the club's doorstep scared that she's being hunted, Dare takes her in, swears to keep her safe, and pushes to learn the secrets overshadowing her pretty smile.

Haven fled from years of abuse at the hands of her criminal father and is suspicious of any man's promises, including those of the darkly sexy and overwhelmingly intense Ravens' leader. But as the powerful attraction between them flares to life, Dare pushes her boundaries and tempts her to want things she never thought she could.

The past never dies without a fight, but Dare Kenyon's never backed down before...