Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Some people have asked me how these books differ from my regular western Romances for Harlequin. I like to think that I deliver the same type of story that my readers expect, although two main differences are that this series is made up of novellas so they are slightly shorter reads, and they are a bit sexier than I write in Romance.
The Library Journal Xpress Reviews agrees - I got this review recently and the "verdict" portion says, Alward’s previous work in cowboy romances (e.g., The Last Real Cowboy) can be seen here. Jake sounds like a cowboy-turned-bartender and Kendra is the strong female who never learned how to love. The overall innocence displayed by the two when not getting hot and heavy makes this a short and sweet read.—John Rodzvilla
Here's the blurb:
When it comes to love, sometimes a girl has to go above and beyond.
First Responders, Book 2
Jake Symonds has been a thorn in Constable Kendra Givens’s side since the night they first met, when she’d had to arrest him. In his boxer shorts. The drunken comments he made that night are worsened by the truth she’ll never admit. For a fleeting moment, they’d connected.
Two years later, when she’s called to investigate a break-and-enter at his pub, the last thing she expects is for the now-competent businessman to cook her breakfast. But she’s no fool. The former bad boy still lurks beneath the charm. And his business involves the one thing that she’s hated since it ruined her childhood. Alcohol.
As far as he’s concerned, Jake has changed, but Kendra still has a stick up her butt. Yet he can’t help but like her sass and quick wit. One well-aimed baseball at the carnival dunk tank later and he’s got a date.
Their spark of attraction quickly flares out of control, but their emotional baggage is stacked too high to risk anything deeper—until one tragic night strips the barriers from their deepest fears. And Kendra realizes the greatest danger Jake presents is to her heart.
Warning: Readers should be aware that any sexy comments made to police officers will be used against them in the hottest way possible.
You can get it at Samhain's Store, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and most ebook retailers.