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The Southern Sweethearts Blog Tour

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I received these books for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received.
I wasn't familiar with any of these authors but I enjoyed each of their books and want to read the rest of their series!
Scroll down to read my reviews of these fabulous books and enter to win the tour prize.
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A Love to Call Her Own

A LOVE TO CALL HER OWN by Marilyn Pappano (August 26, 2014; Forever Mass Market; )
It's been two years since Jessy Lawrence lost her husband in Afghanistan, and she's never fully recovered. Drowning her sorrows didn't help, and neither did the job she'd hoped would give her a sense of purpose. Now trying to rebuild her life, she finds solace in her best friends, fellow military wives who understand what it's like to love-and lose-a man in uniform . . . and the memory of one stolen night that makes her dream of a second chance at love.

Dalton Smith has known more than his fair share of grief. Since his wife's death, he revels in the solitude of his cattle ranch. But try as he might, he can't stop thinking about the stunning redhead and the reckless, passionate night they shared. He wasn't ready before, but Dalton sees now that Jessy is the only woman who can mend his broken heart. So how will he convince her to take a chance on him?

Review – This book if full of emotion and Happily Ever After!
Even though this book is part of a series, a series about a group of women who all lost their military husbands, you can read it alone. 
There were two story lines – Jessy and Dalton (the main) and Lucy and Ben. There is also a new member to the group. I fell in love with all of the characters. I wanted to know all of their stories! 
There were some surprises I wasn't expecting as well and I enjoyed watching Jessy get put back together.
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About the author:Pappano, Marilyn
Known for her intensely emotional stories, Marilyn Pappano is the USA Today bestselling author of nearly eighty books. She has made regular appearances on bestseller lists and has received recognition for her work in the form of numerous awards. Though her husband's Navy career took them across the United States, he and Ms. Pappano now live in Oklahoma high on a hill that overlooks her hometown. They have one son and daughter-in-law, an adorable grandson, and a pack of mischievous dogs.
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SNOW ON THE BAYOU by Sandra Hill (August 26, 2014; Forever Mass Market; $8.00)
THE BAYOU'S BADDEST BAD BOY IS BACK!
Joining the Navy was the second best thing that ever happened to Justin “Cage” LeBlanc, the rebel son of a no-account convict. The first was Emelie Gaudet, the love of his life . . . until he was forced to leave town and swore there would be snow on the bayou before he ever returned. Now, only his mortally ill grandma can bring the injured Navy SEAL back to Terrebone Parrish, where he must face his past-and Emelie, who's even more beautiful than she was all those years ago.

Bourbon Street blues singer Emelie is once bitten, twice shy. When she learns that Justin is back in town, she wants nothing to do with the once wild Cajun teenager who fled with the law on his tail-and broke her heart. But she can't deny the red-hot attraction between them . . . or his efforts to prove he's finally changed his hell-raising ways. Can she trust that this time the bad boy of the bayou will be the best man for her?

Review – Oh my gosh this book was soooo funny. I went to New Orleans with a friend earlier in the year and got to experience so much that was in the book and the book was 100% on it, the accents, the landmarks, and even references to Richard Simmons. I actually told my friend about this book and told her she HAS TO READ IT!.
The story unfolded beautifully, a little bit here from the past, a little bit there from the past…. and wow her Daddy was a jerk!
Tante LuLu is such a fun character and I believe she is in all of the books in this series. 
I hope that we get to see more from the Seal team in future books and I want to go back and read all about everyone from the Bayou <3 
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About the author: SandraHill
Sandra Hill is a graduate of Penn State and worked for more than 10 years as a features writer and education editor for publications in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Writing about serious issues taught her the merits of seeking the lighter side of even the darkest stories. She is the wife of a stockbroker and the mother of four sons.
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drake.SweetonYoummSWEET ON YOU by Laura Drake (August 26, 2014; Forever Mass Market; $8.00)
A Love as Bold as a Texas Sunset . . .
Ex-army medic Katya Smith has always healed other people's pain. Now she has to deal with her own. Taking a job as an athletic trainer on the Pro Bull Riding circuit seems like the perfect escape from her grief-except Katya doesn't know anything about bulls, and even less about the tough men who ride them. She doesn't expect to fall for the sport, or for one tantalizing cowboy who tumbles her defenses.

For rodeo champion Cam Cahill, fifteen years of bucking bulls have taken their toll on his body. Before he retires, he wants a final chance at the world title-and he doesn't need some New Age gypsy telling him how to do his job. But when the stunning trainer with the magical hands repairs more than his worn muscles, everything changes. Soon Cam finds himself trying to persuade Katya to forgive her past so she can build a future . . . with him.

Review – I don't know much about the Rodeo except that it has cowboys and I LIKE to read about cowboys 😉 and Cam is one SEXY cowboy!  The author did a fantastic job of bringing me into that world without overwhelming me.  We got to meet the riders and even one of the bulls. My favorite was the main character Katya. She was a very torn woman. She is so loyal to the military and is suffering from mentally from her experiences over there and she is almost scared to love the life she is building. Cam is scared too, scared of what his life might hold when he retires (he's only 32 but his body took a beating) from the rodeo. 
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About the author:Laura Drake
Laura Drake grew up in the suburbs outside Detroit, though her stories are set in the west.  A tomboy, she's always loved the outdoors and adventure. In 1980 she and her sister packed everything they owned into Pintos and moved to California. There she met and married a motorcycling, bleed-maroon Texas Aggie and her love affair with the West was born. Laura rides motorcycles: Elvis, a 1985 BMW Mystic, and Sting, a 1999 BMW R1100.

In Texas, Laura was introduced to her first rodeo, and fell in love. She's an avid fan of Pro Bull Riding (PBR,) attending any event within driving distance, including two PBR National finals. She is hard at work at her next novel.

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