Cowboy Charming (Holiday, Texas #3)

COWBOY CHARMING                            DYLANN CRUSH


Small-town preacher's daughter Dixie King is used to having a lot on her plate. Keep tabs on her flighty grandmother? No problem. Handle the honky tonk's first-ever Chili Cook-Off? In the bag. Vamp it up to charm a would-be developer into leaving Holiday, Texas for good?
...now there she might need a helping hand.
Enter Presley Walker: Holiday's own Cowboy Casanova and the perfect tutor for a good girl looking to go bad. He's got charm in spades, and he's always seemed like a terrible idea waiting to happen. But as Presley and Dixie work together to save their beloved hometown, these polar opposites might finally see the good in each other...if they can only learn to trust their hearts enough to fall.
PAT'S REVIEW
She is the preacher’s daughter and he is the town’s Casanova. Though the last part is not really explained all that much it made for a good story. Dixie though works at Presley’s sister bar. When the owner of the bar and her husband need to leave for a beer competition, she leaves Dixie in charge and asks her brother Presley to help with the first annual chill cook-off. Dixie agrees even though she already has her hands full with her grandmother. Now add everything else, plus Presley and the out of town stranger who at one time lived there as a child and is looking at buying land for his company from southern California and now you have a mess. It gets better though because she is attracted to Presley and he to her but neither one wants to admit it. Then there is Presley having problems with the pig from the first book plus a new one. There are hijinks galore in this story and as her grandmother finds a new love will Dixie take the chance at love. A very good story to go along with the other books and I liked all of the characters once again. I received this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 5 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com

Off the Market (Texas BBQ Brothers #2)

OFF THE MARKET                                 AUDREY WICK

Quinn LaFayette is in her inaugural year as library special programs director of Last Stand, but when the kickoff performance for the children’s summer program goes terribly wrong, she has to save face as well as her job. She has a surprise advocate in Cole, whom she did her best to ignore in school. Seven years has only made Cole more appealing, but Quinn is determined to resist the sparks that fly between them because they are too different.

Restaurant owner Cole Hutchinson is no bookworm, but thanks to his fast-thinking antics, he ends up saving the day at the library and earning Quinn’s praise in the process. He’s tempted to seek more, but he’s juggling plenty of female attention from gracing the June edition of Modern Texas magazine featuring barbeque. Cole’s not interested in revisiting a woman from his past, but there’s something about Quinn that he can’t quite ignore.

Can Cole prove that opposites really do attract?
 

PAT'S REVIEW


This is the second book in the series but you can just read it and be fine. Quinn is a Librarian on a temporary basis. She is wanting it to be a permeant job so she has come up with different programs for the children. It is at the first one that you meet Cole who also owns the barbeque restaurant in town. He comes in and saves the day when the man who was giving a talk about dinosaurs starts to fall apart. Quinn finds herself liking Cole again and wonders if he remembers her from when she used to live in town years ago, but always had her nose in a book. She also has to fight the city manager who seems to have a hidden agenda along the way. Cole is there for her other events and comes to her rescue again and this becomes more opportunities for them to spend time together. She is hoping to get the permeant job so she can stay. See what happens with this nice story that has very good characters. I received this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 4 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com 

As You Were, Cowboy (Lone Star Leathernecks #2)

AS YOU WERE COWBOY                        HEATHER LONG

Mateo Lopez is on medical discharge from the United States Marine Corps after receiving a severe spinal cord injury. He doesn’t believe his life can get back to normal, but a sexy, feisty new horse trainer has other ideas.

Mateo Lopez, honorably discharged from the Marine Corps on medical leave, is struggling to rebuild his life. The spinal cord injury that left him feeling like a broken man resulted in his inability to ride the horses he loves and works with on Round Top Ranch.

The new horse trainer at the ranch, however, has decided that this isn’t acceptable. Claire Windsor, a spirited, London-born spitfire of a woman, has come to begin a new program to turn the horses into therapy animals. She turns Mateo’s world upside-down, and try as he might to avoid her, she keeps inserting herself into his life. As their plans for the ranch clash, so too do their hearts...making all things fair in love and war.

PAT'S REVIEW

Mateo Lopez has been discharged from the Marines because of a spinal cord injury. He is sent to a horse ranch because of a new therapy that has started with horses. He really does not want to be there because he feels he won’t be able to ride them as he did before his injury. Clair Windsor has been hired for this new program and has left England because she believes that horses can help with healing. Between her not wanting to fail and Mateo’s hard headiness it will not come as a shock when they begin to clash. By clashing this also brings them closer together and the more they are together they now must start dealing with emotions without the horse, with people the two of them. A very good story of healing and I thought everything was done tactfully. A very good book. I received this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 4 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com 

The Rancher’s Second Chance

THE RANCHER'S SECOND CHANCE                 LESLIE NORTH

Samantha Jenson likes things ordered. She’s managed to carefully plot out her life, creating lists along the way to keep her on track: Leave small town. No more cowboys—especially him. Get educated. Don’t even think about him. Become a professor. So far, she’s put a check in every box but the last.

When her family ranch in Texas goes to her after the death of her father and brother, she’s forced to return home to put things in order and to make sure the property doesn’t get into the hands of her shady cousin. Enter Cole Baker. Tough, hard, distant. Sexy. The kind of guy you’d want standing between you and an attacking bear. Or in your bed. He’s definitely not on Sammie’s to-do list. But when the two of them are thrown together to save the ranch, her list begins to look not quite so important.

No one had ever mistaken Cole for one of the good guys. In and out of trouble his whole life, his one brush with respectability came during the brief time he and Sammie dated in high school. Now, fresh out of the army, he finds himself suddenly navigating the world of single parenthood and is desperate to give his son stability. He needs a job and a place to stay, so when Sammie offers him the role of running the ranch, he swallows his pride and agrees.

All his life he’s let down everyone he loved, so he’ll try to focus on the job, and definitely not think about how beautiful Sammie is, how goddamn cute all her lists are or how good she is with his son. It’ll only end in heartbreak, just like before… right?

PAT'S REVIEW


Samantha Jensen has made it at Yale and is now a professor. When she thinks everything is going good she gets a call and must return to the small Texas town that she is from and the families ranch. She is also hoping that her former high school boyfriend which she broke up with a letter is now happily married. Finding that the ranch needs lots of work and that her cousin wants the land if she falters to sell it. She finds Cole Baker who is back in town and also just out of the Army. She did not know, looking for a job because of his son she hires him and the heat builds between them once again. The ranch starts to work, and just when you think everything is going okay, she goes back to Yale. Now he must find a new place for his boy and find out how to save himself and save the ranch so it does not get sold. Find out how this all works out and if she comes back from Yale a second time. A really good story with very good characters. I received this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 5 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com

LET'S WELCOME J. NATHAN AUTHOR OF: KOZART

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J. NATHAN
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Rad-Reader:  What gave you the idea for this book?


J:  I had just finished writing For Emery and was thinking about what I wanted to do next. And a vision of a girl seemingly passed out on a bar (but wasn’t drunk) popped into my mind. I wondered what would happen if some famous guy stumbles upon her and they hit it off. So, I just went for it. At first, I thought Kozart was going to be an athlete. I’m so glad I made him a rock star now!





Rad-Reader:  What gave you the burning desire to write the book?



J:  I just played around with the first scene, and after that, I couldn’t stop writing. I just needed to know what would happen next.





Rad-Reader:  Can you give us the backstory on Aubrey and Kozart that the blurb doesn’t give us?


J:  Kozart is sick of the “rock star” life. He has no idea why people like him outside of him being the lead singer of a rock band. And Aubrey is this sassy and strong woman; she has a boyfriend who she adores and can’t wait to live with during their senior year of college. They plan to travel...until she finds him cheating on her at her sister’s wedding.





Rad-Reader:  Is Kozart his real name or a stage name?  And what does it mean?


J:  Z is his stage name (stemming from the Z in his name) and everyone but Aubrey calls him that. He introduces himself as Kozart, so she calls him that throughout the book. That’s who he is to her. I think Kozart likes it because she isn’t falling for Z the rock star. She’s falling for Kozart the man.





Rad-Reader:  Aubrey seems to have become Kozart’s drug of choice.  Why does she allow him to play with her emotions?  No different than her ex.  With the call.


J:  He can’t stay away! There’s something about the sassy way she was with him upon their first meeting. And it was also a thrill that she didn’t know who he was. He could finally find out if someone actually liked him for him.





Rad-Reader:  It’s kind of creepy how he keeps calling and showing up.  How was he able to track her down anyway?


J:  Good question!! Powerful men always seem to find a way😉






Rad-Reader:  What if it’s a case of wanting what he can’t have and she is that fruit?


J:  Don’t think Aubrey isn’t conflicted over Kozart. She definitely is. I think most girls would love the idea of being with a rock star, but at the same time hate all that comes with being with a rock star—and everything being a rock star is supposed to entail—sex, drugs, and rock and roll. Kozart tries to warn her. But deep down his warning is only half sincere.






Rad-Reader:  She doesn’t want to worry him, so she doesn’t tell him about all the unwanted attention.  What is the real reason?



J:  Fear that he’ll worry or she’ll sound whiny.





Rad-Reader:  When the P.R. person and his manager find out they act pissy.  Why did he allow it?  He’s not the first to want a normal relationship.  He himself could just tell his fans her age and that they are in love and ask to please respect both of their privacy.  Couldn’t he?



J:  I think he feels cornered. Like his own people are interfering and it’s tainting what he and Aubrey have. He has loyalty to the band, specifically Treyton, first and foremost. He’s confused.





Rad-Reader:  The Ferris wheel was just so genuine.  Our first three children came from foster care and the simplest things we take for granted are overwhelming or amazing to them.  How did you find the place to capture emotions within yourself to help Aubrey, but for us as the readers? To be able to understand him and then her emotions and actions?


J:  We have a cousin who came from a similar situation where he never celebrated Christmas. His first Christmas with our family was the way you described above(overwhelming and amazing). He could not believe he got gifts and every time he was handed another one, he yelled, ‘I got another gift?” It was heartbreaking and beautiful at the same time. I tried to show how people who didn’t grow up with things that others take for granted as authentically as I could.





Rad-Reader:  Geoffroy’s mom had Moxy asking snotty questions about Kozart because Aubrey rejected her baby.  Why didn’t anyone say anything to her or her son before Kozart did?


J:  They were probably so aghast by her prying. Plus, he needed a good entrance😂





Rad-Reader:  Was there bad blood between her and Reggie for snubbing her?


J:  I think his loyalty was to Z at that time until Z pulled that stunt. Then he wanted to protect Aubrey and she got that eventually.





Rad-Reader:  Don’t you think it was greed that motivated the so-called team (band etc.….) for pressuring him to get rid of Aubrey?


J:  Totally!






Rad-Reader:  If your book was made into a movie who would you want to play…

Aubrey:  Gigi Hadid

Kozart:  David Beckham




J:  This is such a tough question because I have no idea!! I like readers to envision whoever they’d like while reading. Though, I think my cover model, Kaz Van der waard, captures the Kozart vibe, and my back-cover model captures Aubrey.

Kozart: Kaz Van der warrd

Aubrey: 








Rad-Reader:  What song or songs best describes your characters or your book best?


“Coffee – Tori Kelly”

Kozart came to her rescue the night of her sister’s wedding when her ex was caught in her sister’s bridal suite boinking another bridesmaid.  Those few hours at the wedding and his amazing toe-curling kisses left her missing someone she really just picked up in the bar.  All the years with Geoffrey she never felt like this.


“Hurts to Be Human – Pink & Khalid”

When she received her first connection to Kozart after her sister’s wedding she was completely blown away.  When she found out friendship was all he could promise she was disappointed but figured it was the best since she had just been cheated on.  Getting involved with a rock star who admits he couldn’t promise to stay faithful since he’s never tried.  She would help him sleep and he would help her heal.



“I Love You as You Are – Daughtry”

When Kozart realized that he could not live with the arrangement he had set forth of “friends only” with Audrey.  He knew he wanted so much more, and he realized he could stand the thought of her with anyone else.



“Human – Rag ‘N’ Bone (Morgan James Cover)”

When Kozart was pressured by his band and the powers that be about the fact that they have a relationship, he makes the wrong decision without talking it over with her.  If he would have spoken to her in words, she could understand it would have gone so much better for them both.



“To Save Something You Love – Sam Riggs”

On bad advice he allowed his career to be more important than Aubrey.  He did what he said he wouldn’t.  He broke her trust.  Not only that he did it in a very public way so that she was left with the repercussion on campus.  She was now on the bad side of fame and it wasn’t her fame.  Something she didn’t sign up for.  Good or bad.  Now he was willing to talk weeks later when the damage was done, and she had gotten her hate on.





J:  I totally got Kozart and Aubrey vibes listening to 
To Save Something You Love” by Sam Riggs

I’m listening to “I Can’t Breathe” by Parker McCollum
 as I write the second book in the series. It fits my new story as well as Kozart’s story. I love country music, so that definitely inspires me. 

*At the end of Kozart, I included a playlist that goes along with the story (in a way I can’t say unless you’ve read it). Readers like having that to listen to after!





Rad-Reader:  If you have children do you have any budding writers in the mix?


J:  Yes! My nine-year-old son has written two stories and they’re really good. I promised to help publish the second one when it has been proofed and we get him illustrations.





Rad-Reader:  When did you know you wanted to be a writer?


J:  In high school, I thought I wanted to be a film director. When I realized I wouldn’t want to leave my family in Rhode Island to pursue film in California, I needed to switch gears. I began screenwriting which I loved, but it is really difficult to get someone to buy a screenplay. So, in 2010, after I had my son and had moths off of work, I bought a laptop and wrote my first novel (which I never published). My second novel UNTIL ALEX was my first published novel in 2014, and I haven’t stopped since.





Rad-Reader:  Does everyone know that you’re a romance writer in your family and friends?  And what was their reaction when you first told them?


J:  No!!!! My family and friends know and think it’s great, but no one at work knows. I‘m a high school teacher, so could you imagine what my fellow teachers or god forbid the students would say if they read the sex scenes in my books?? I use a pen name and need to be very careful they don’t find out so my job is never in jeopardy.





Rad-Reader:  Now do you write in other genres besides romance?  If so, what? 


J:  No. I love romance and HEA’s!! I do have a sports standalone series, but it’s still romance.






Rad-Reader:  Did you publish with a publishing house or self-publish?


J:  I self-published and realize it’s the best fit for me since I am a complete control freak and want the final say on everything😂





Rad-Reader:  What three things can’t you leave home without?


J:  My iPad, my phone, and...my son.






Rad-Reader:  What is your next project and when is it coming out?


J:  The second standalone in the Savage Beasts series. I haven’t revealed who’s getting a book yet. Who would you like to read about????






Rad-Reader:  Where can our readers buy your books?  Links


J:  





Rad-Reader:  Where can our readers find you on the Web?  Links


J:  I love it when readers reach out to me. So please do!!




Reader Group:  bit.ly/JNathanReaderGroup














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Kozart Savage is the world’s biggest rock star.

At twenty-five, he’s got it all. Money. Fame. And the adoration of fans everywhere.
He thought that was enough to make him forget his past.
Enough to transform his distrusting heart.
Turns out that’s not how it works...
Then he meets a bridesmaid hiding out in a hotel bar.
Probably the only girl on the planet who doesn’t know who he is.
But she seems to be the one girl who can give him something no one else can.

Aubrey Prescott just discovered her boyfriend cheating—at her sister’s wedding.
Trying to escape humiliation, she seeks refuge in a hotel bar.
While trying to figure out how to pick up the pieces of what was supposed to be an amazing senior year in college, a handsome stranger interrupts her wallowing.
A stranger who quickly makes her forget why she’s there.
One who, after an unforgettable night, disappears without a second glance.

But walking away doesn’t always mean letting someone go.




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“Show me.”
“What?”
“Your ex.” 
I turned, my eyes scanning the room. I didn’t have to search for long. Geoffrey’s dark eyes were on mine. A cold shiver rushed up my spine. To think his gaze once elicited butterflies in my stomach. I’d been so foolish. So blind. 
Kozart followed my gaze. “That him?”
“Hmm,” I grunted. 
Kozart stepped in front of me, blocking my view of my ex. He grabbed his ball cap and twisted it on his head, so it was backward. 
I stared into his icy blue eyes, the ones that were no longer concealed by the shade of his hat. 
His lips twitched in the corners, and I waited for whatever he planned to say. 
The seconds ticked by. My eyes never wavered from his. 
His hands finally lifted to my cheeks, cupping them gently. 
I pulled in a quick breath as he leaned down and captured my lips with his. His tongue probed my lips, seeking access. I was in no condition—mentally or physically—to refuse. My lips parted and my tongue greeted his in an easy dance. 
I didn’t care that my ex could see. 
I didn’t care he was a stranger. 
I didn’t care we were at my sister’s wedding after I’d just been singled up. 
All I cared about was the way he was making me feel and the need for it to continue for as long as humanly possible. Kozart could kiss. That was for damn sure. 
Much too soon, he pulled away, leaving me embarrassingly breathless. 
My entire body hummed as I stared at him, surprised and turned on beyond reason. I’d just met the freaking guy and his kiss had turned my insides giddy and my knees to jelly. 
“That’ll show him,” he said, dragging his thumb across his damp bottom lip before twisting his hat back around on his head. 
I blinked, reality hitting me hard. That’s why he’d kissed me. To help me get back at my ex. My emotions were so out of whack I’d actually believed the kiss was real. I was hopeless.










On the outside, Hayden is every girl's fantasy, brooding and devastatingly gorgeous. And while he spends his nights losing himself in alcohol and faceless girls, it's all just a facade. An elaborate cover for the emotionless shell of a man he is. One who harbors too many secrets and destroys lives the way his was destroyed. It's the reason he avoids relationships and keeps everyone at arm's length...


Until Alex

Alex's life just shattered into a million pieces, leaving her with more grief than she knows what to do with and guilt so deep it's destroyed the carefree girl she once was. Now she's hundreds of miles from home, living with an aunt she doesn't know, finishing senior year at a college she's never been to and trying desperately to get through a single day without breaking down. She's never felt more alone in her life...

Until Hayden

The trouble with Hayden is who he wants to be and who he is are in constant flux. And though he'd die before letting Alex learn the truth about him, he can't be sure he's strong enough to let her in... or push her away. She's the one person who just might see the real him.








Hayden backed away, somehow keeping his eyes locked on mine. “I didn’t catch your name.” 
“You didn’t ask,” I deadpanned. 
For the first time since laying eyes on him, he flashed a grin. A wide grin. Oh, sweet Jesus. Dimples sank into his cheeks. Of course, he had dimples. Why wouldn’t he? “How ‘bout we try this again.” His eyes studied mine. “I’m Hayden.” 
“I know.” I played his words off indifferently, but my entire body hummed. If the mere sight of him and those to-die-for dimples could affect me so intensely, I could only imagine what his touch would do. 
Oh, my God. Who said anything about touching? 
His head retracted. “You know?” 
I gulped down the fairly noticeable knot in my throat. “My aunt already warned me about you.” 
He laughed softly, an edge to the sound. “Did she now?” 
I nodded, trying to keep the nervous ripples swelling inside my stomach at bay. 
One side of his mouth lifted into a cocky grin like he could somehow sense my nerves. Damn him. “So, what’d she say about the hottie in 2C?” 
I furrowed my brows, pretending he’d asked a serious question. “There’s a hottie in 2C?” 
His voice lowered. “So I’ve been told.”





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Cowboy Charming (Holiday, Texas #3)

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