Short Take Reviews: Circle B Ranch series | Books 5 thru 9

 

The Circle B Ranch series was a lot of fun and while I was sorry to see it come to an end, I loved spending time with these characters that I've come to know and love over the span of nine books (actually, thirteen books if you count the Bishop Family Origin series). While I had my favorites characters and favorite books, I always enjoyed spending time at the ranch with the Bishop clan and watching as the family expanded with new spouses and children. Here are my quick thoughts on books five through nine. 

Kissing the Cowboy
by Kennedy Fox
Series: Circle B Ranch #5
Tropes: Friends to Lovers, Fake Dating 

After several drinks, Harper tells her business rival that she is engaged. Once sober, she begs her best friend since childhood, Ethan, to play the part and keep up the charade. Ethan would do anything for Harper - he's been in love with her for years, but has never told her. Ethan's pining for Harper was everything and I loved the way he adored her. Of course, the lines got blurred and real feelings got involved and I ate it up. Ethan's willingness to lay his heart on the line was super swoony and I loved the ease in their relationship. One of my favorites in the series. 4.25 stars

Winning the Cowboy
by Kennedy Fox
Series: Circle B Ranch #6
Tropes: Enemies to Lovers 

There had been a lot of lead-up to Kenzie and Grayson's story. She hated the poor guy and he couldn't figure out why. I wasn't a big fan of their prank war (it felt childish and immature) but I really warmed to them both once they called a truce. When they started to open up and be vulnerable with one another, their relationship really started to develop. I loved Grayson's dogged determination to win Kenzie over, and I appreciated Kenzie's soft center underneath all the stubbornness and sass. 4 stars

Claiming the Cowboy
by Kennedy Fox
Series: Circle B Ranch #7
Tropes: Love Triangle, Childhood Friends

Hadleigh had been best friends with the Bishop twins, Knox and Kane, all her life. When she and Knox took their harmless flirting to the next level, they kept their hook-ups under wraps. Things took a turn when Kane confessed his feelings for Hadleigh and she found herself caught between the two brothers. This was not one of my favorites in the series because I never felt a strong emotional connection between Hadleigh and the brother she ended up with. Instead, their relationship seemed based on the nonstop sexcapades and how far they pushed their boundaries and experimented. Still it ended as it should and provided a good set-up for the next book. 3.5 stars

Tempting the Cowboy
by Kennedy Fox
Series: Circle B Ranch #8
Tropes: Age Gap, Sibling's Best Fried

Ivy was an introverted bookworm (fist bump for Ivy) and had a secret crush on Kane Bishop - who happened to be her sister Hadleigh's best friend. There were times the attraction seemed mutual, but the timing was always off. When Ivy finally made her move, Kane was right there returning her feelings. I loved how Ivy was able to be herself around Kane, and she felt seen and heard by him. Kane was a sweetheart and loved it when Ivy read to him (definite book boyfriend material) and it was so rewarding to see him finally find his person. 4.25 stars

Seducing the Cowboy
by Kennedy Fox
Series: Circle B Ranch #9
Tropes: Friend with Benefits

At 30 years old and no romantic prospects in sight, Kaitlyn Bishop has given up on waiting for the right man. Desperate for a family of her own, she decides to move forward with having a child. She's floored when her best friend, Payton, offers his services. She's not sure it's a good idea, but her desire for a baby is strong enough that she's willing to take the chance. Naturally, they both develop feelings but are too stubborn to admit it. Kaitlyn's single-minded obsession with getting pregnant was a turn-off for me and it really overtook the story. I enjoyed Payton's back story and his devotion to Kaitlyn (even when she seemed blind to it). The epilogue that featured all the couples from the series was a real highlight. 3.5 stars



Have you read this series?

Top Ten Tuesday: Like That Author? Try This Author!

 

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.


This Week's Top Ten Tuesday Topic:
If You Like That Author, Try This Author
 
This week's topic is actually Books for People Who Like Author X, but for some reason that sounded hard. Like coming up with ten books that would appeal to someone who liked a certain author? Too hard. So I switched it up (imagine that) and instead I'm doing your basic 'hey, if you liked that author you'll probably dig this one, too' kind of thing. I'm never very good at the whole comparison thing so we'll see how this goes. (Am I really selling this post or what? 😂)

If You Like That Author, Try This Author

1. If you like Kennedy Ryan, try Taylor Jenkins Reid. Both are incredibly gifted storytellers who write immersive and emotion stories with characters who practically leap off the page.

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2. If you like Devney Perry, try Catherine Cowles. If small town romance with a side of suspense is your jam, these authors do not disappoint.

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3. If you like Melanie Harlow, try Emma Chase. If you love the swoony moments, great banter, and male POV's that feel authentic, both of these ladies deliver.

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4. If you like Sarina Bowen, try Sawyer Bennett. When you're in the mood for hockey romance, and you've read all of Bowen's Brooklyn Bruiser's series, grab Bennett's Pittsburg Titans series. You can thank me later. :)

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5. If you like Nalini Singh, try Anne Bishop. If you're captivated by Singh's Psy-Changeling world, pick up Anne Bishop's The Others series. Bishop created a brilliantly developed world with shifters (and vampires) that feel like friends.

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6. If you like Kennedy Fox, try Piper Rayne. Now that the writing duo of Kennedy Fox has parted ways (insert sobbing), Piper Rayne is a great go-to for romance series that focus on extended families. 
    
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7. If you like Josie Silver, try Marian Keyes. Both write a compelling blend of contemporary romance and women's fiction that always hits just right. 

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8. If you like Mia Sheridan, try Emma Scott. For romance that is going to engage your heart and emotions (i.e. you want to be utterly wrecked), both of these authors always deliver.

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9. If you like Tillie Cole, try T.M. Frazier. If dark romance that pushes all the boundaries is your thing, look no further.

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10. If you like Tracey Garvis Graves, try Jennifer Weiner. When it comes to women's fiction, these authors truly excel at developing female leads that are relatable. Following their journey is always a moving and emotional experience.

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Have you read any of these authors?

The Sunday Post #329 | March 26, 2023

 

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
It's a chance to share news: a post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books, 
and share what's coming up on your blog in the week ahead.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Hello friends! It's been a long two weeks since I last posted. The Husband was sick with Covid and, while I did manage to avoid getting it from him, I came down with a respiratory virus 2-3 days later. We were quite a pair - keeping to our own sides of the house, not touching the same surfaces, not eating together. I was out of work for the first week and then went to half-days the second week. It's been a long, slow recuperation (for both of us) and while we're not quite back to 100%, we're definitely getting there. 

The fatigue has been enough to keep me away from blogging (and largely away from the computer) for the last two weeks. I've missed keeping in touch with everyone through your posts. And I want to give a very heartfelt THANK YOU to those who reached out to me to make sure I was okay. I can't tell you how touched I was that you thought of me and took the time to email or send DM's. I appreciate your kindness and thoughtfulness more than I can say. ❤❤❤


Speaking of kindness, this week's feel-good story is about the kindness of a young boy and the generosity of others. When an 8-year-old boy learned that his favorite waiter at Waffle House was walking to and from work, and that the man and his family were living in a motel, he took steps to help. Kudos to the boy and family for helping where they saw a need.

This week's music fix is old old favorite - Cruel to Be Kind (1979) by Nick Lowe. Enjoy!




ON THE BLOG


Not a thing.


WHAT I READ



Kindle: Lessons in Corruption by Giana Darling - 3.5

Kindle: Booted by Pam Godwin - 4★

Kindle: Heart Recaptured by Tillie Cole - 4.5★

Kindle: Souls Unfractured by Tillie Cole - 4.25★


CURRENTLY READING

   
 

Kindle: Bonds of Justice by Nalini Singh

Audio: Right Man, Right Time by Meghan Quinn


NEW ADDITIONS


Nothing this week.

TOTALLY RANDOM




HOW WAS YOUR WEEK?

The Sunday Post #328 | March 12, 2023

 

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
It's a chance to share news: a post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books, 
and share what's coming up on your blog in the week ahead.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

It was a short week at the office as I was off on Thursday and Friday. The network issues from the previous week were finally resolved so even though it was a three-day work week, I got a lot done.

On Thursday The Husband and I headed down to Tampa. Upon arrival we discovered our hotel was in a horrible area - something you can't always tell when booking online. I in no way felt safe there. We managed to cancel the reservation without penalty (which took a while but worked out) and booked another hotel about a mile from the arena (at double the rate - ack!). The Lightning game (Tampa's NHL team) was a super exciting one. It was a physical game and midway through the third period a major fight broke out. The refs handed out 21 penalties among 10 players. I wonder if that was a record? LOL The game went into overtime and unfortunately the Golden Knights scored first, so the Lightning lost 3-4. Womp womp. Still a great time, though, and I'm so glad we were able to go.

  


We got back home on Friday and all was well but by Saturday The Husband was not feeling well. He seemed to go downhill all day so we went to urgent care around 9 PM. They did Covid and flu tests and... he is positive for Covid. He's pretty miserable and I feel terrible for him. Since I have obviously been exposed, I also have to quarantine for 5 days so I'll be working from home most of the upcoming week. So far I am testing negative and hopefully it will stay that way... but I suppose that isn't very likely. 😣 We've been super careful and hyper-conscious for three years now - we still limit contact with people, we still wear masks - and after all this time, it still happened. Ugh.

Since I could use a little musical pick-me-up, I'm sharing a favorite even though I've used it before (possibly more than once). Here's Don't Leave Me This Way (1986) by the Communards. Enjoy!



ON THE BLOG

Wednesday, March 8

WHAT I READ

    

Kindle: Cannon (Pittsburg Titans #6) by Sawyer Bennett - 4

Audio: The New Guy by Sarina Bowen - 4.25★


CURRENTLY READING

   
    

Kindle: Lessons in Corruption by Giana Darling

Audio: Right Man, Right Time by Meghan Quinn


NEW ADDITIONS


Nothing this week.

TOTALLY RANDOM



HOW WAS YOUR WEEK?

WWW Wednesday #123 | March 8, 2023

 

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.
Just share your answers to three questions:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you'll read next?


WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

     

Audio: The New Guy - Sarina Bowen
Kindle: Lessons in Corruption - Giana Darling

Currently listening: Every new Sarina Bowen release is cause for celebration and I'm
loving this one. Gavin and Hudson are so great and I'm hooked as they navigate their
way to a lasting relationship.
Current progress: 80%

Currently reading: Lessons in Corruption has been on my TBR for years and I finally
decided to make it happen. I'm not totally sold on the writing style but I am enjoying
the story so I'll see how it goes.
Current progress: 20%

WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?


Kindle: Cannon (Pittsburgh Titans #6) by Sawyer Bennett - ★★★★

Recently read: Still loving this series and Cannon's entry was a solid one. I loved the ease
of Cannon and Ava's relationship, and Ava's personal journey was one I cheered on.


WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU'LL READ NEXT?

     

Not totally sure what I'll pick up next, but Heart Recaptured and Bonds of Justice are 
strong contenders.


WHAT ARE YOU READING TODAY?