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The Mighty Quinns: Dex
Kate Hoffmann
Harlequin Blaze #777
Mass Market
978 0373797813
****1/2


     Dex Kennedy is an Irish documentary filmmaker who has no desire to work at the moment. His partner was shot and killed right in front of him on their last film, and now Dex is drowning in a morass of grief and guilt. But Marlie Jenner has a project, a documentary piece on legendary Irish novelist Aileen Quinn, and only Dex will do. He does not know what Marlie wants at first--he thinks she’s a teacher looking to rent from him--but after some anger runs its course, he agrees to work on the project.
     Marlie might be a little too emotionally invested in this project because Quinn is an author who means the world to her. She is determined to make this work though Dex has different ideas about how the documentary's story will flow. Marlie is also initially determined to stay all business with Dex, but their burgeoning attraction won’t stay in any box. They give in and revel in glorious sexual satiation, but Dex learns he has a secret, one he needs to keep from Marlie, at least for now.
     Kate Hoffmann’s latest may hinge on a coincidence, but she makes it work through strong characterization, a solid plot and appealing relationships. Readers will love this whether they’ve read other "Mighty Quinns" books or not, particularly if they enjoy Irish tales.

Heather Nordahl Files

 

 

The Mighty Quinns: Rourke

Kate Hoffmann

Harlequin Blaze #768

Mass Market

978‑0373797721

*****

 

Rourke Quinn is in Cape Breton to tend to his uncle's estate. He intends to sell the old man's cottage and get back to his life in New York, but a face from his childhood lures him. Annie Macintosh has always been considered a local oddity, and a childhood stammer intensified the teasing and bullying she endured. Now she's all grown up and stunning.

A storm is coming, so Rourke goes to her remote home to make sure she's all set for the storm. Instead, he discovers her in a precarious position on the shore. When he calls to her, he startles her and she falls. He carries her into her home, which is spartan and without frills, including electricity. She says she's fine with her solitary and simple life, but she realizes that change frightens her. Her attraction to Rourke is strong and mutual, but all she's ever had is fleeting affairs and doesn't want this to be any different. But change is coming with Rourke, whether she's ready or not.

Kate Hoffmann's latest is part of a series but stands alone quite well. The stark landscape of the Cape Breton coast is a welcome and refreshing setting, but it's the character of Annie who makes this an unforgettable read. The slow unfurling of her personality is a lovely gift to readers whether they've read about the other branches of the Quinn family or not.

Heather Nordahl Files

 

 

The Mighty Quinns: Danny

Kate Hoffmann

Harlequin Blaze #647

Mass Market

978‑0373796519

****1/2

 

Jordan Kennally has been in Ireland for some time working on a massive restoration of a castle. Now she needs an ornamental blacksmith to reproduce some of the original metalwork, and Danny Quinn is known to be one of the best, but he won't return her calls.  Despite her tight schedule, she decides to go directly to him... and is stunned by her sudden and inconvenient attraction.

Danny takes the job, but it's Jordan who really holds his interest. She doesn't like the idea of mixing business and pleasure, but this man, from his body to his attitude to his accent, is irresistible. This job was meant to be a way for Jordan to prove her abilities to her hard‑to‑please father and boss so he will move her to bigger projects. Now, however, all she wants is to stay in Ireland with her own Irish rogue.

Kate Hoffmann's Quinn heroes continue to be irresistible, with Danny being the longest in a long, delicious line. Readers will adore their vacation to Ireland.

Heather Nordahl Files

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The Mighty Quinns: Riley

Kate Hoffmann

Harlequin Blaze #641

Mass Market

978‑0373796458

****1/2

 

Nan Galvin is in Ireland to see Ballykirk, a village her mother visited before Nan was born. Her mother died when Nan was very young, and now that her father is gone, too, she wants to see if she can find anyone who remembers her mother. When she arrives at the airport, her flight is very late, and she thinks her ride has already left. But as she tries to find a cab, a man approaches her.

That man turns out to be her ride, Riley Quinn, whose gifts for music have given him a modest livelihood, but whose lifestyle has left him somewhat footloose. After a slightly bumpy beginning, their feelings for each other are uncontrollable, but they are very aware that nothing permanent can come of this. Then she hears of someone who may have known her mother, but she's afraid of what she might learn. She fears her feelings for Riley as well, because it can only lead to heartache.

            Kate Hoffmann's latest round of "Mighty Quinn" books launches with this emotionally intense and picturesque tale. Lovers of Irish village tales will enjoy their sojourn here.

Heather Nordahl Files

 

 

 

Into the Night

Kate Hoffmann

Harlequin Blaze #585

Mass Market

978‑0373795895

****1/2

 

Tess Robertson is on her way to a holiday party where she expects a proposal from the man she has been sleeping with. She never makes it to the party.  Instead, she ends up stuck in an elevator with handsome Derek Nolan. She realizes she wants marriage just to feel safe, and she's ambivalent about getting to the party. There's an electric attraction between Tess and Derek, and he offers her an escape, so she takes it.

Derek's family is immensely wealthy, owning a string of hotels, including the one they are in now. Tess fascinates him from the start. He won't make a move on her though he dearly wants to because of her situation. Soon Tess discovers that her boyfriend has proposed to another woman, leaving her surprisingly unmoved by her loss but eager to pursue an affair with Derek. But considering his status and her relative poverty, how can this be anything but a fantasy?

Kate Hoffmann's latest is a sequel to a novella from last month, but it completely stands alone. An appealing hero and incendiary love scenes are just two of the things that make this book a page‑turning guilty pleasure.

Heather Nordahl Files

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It Must Have Been the Mistletoe
Kate Hoffmann, Rhonda Nelson, Tawny Weber
Harlequin Blaze #579Mass Market
978‑0373795833
****1/2 
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     The three Cole sisters share a most unusual upbringing, and they also share this excellent holiday anthology.           
     Alison Cole is a musicologist on the trail of a real find. Her specialty is Christmas music, and she has just heard an old recording of two Christmas songs that she's never heard before. So she heads to the Tennessee Mountains to find the elderly songstress. She finds her, and also finds Drew Phillips, country doctor and attractive man. They shelter together through a storm, and sparks fly. But such divergent people seem to have no chance at a real future. Kate Hoffmann creates wonderful characters and real conflict in "When She Was Naughty."           
     Layla Cole is a mandolin player skilled in her art, but crippling stage fright usually keeps her in the studio. The promise of enough money to pay off her land and build her house brings her out to play two shows. Gorgeous head of security Bryant Bishop distracts her with kisses, but didn't he hurt her sister? Rhonda Nelson's "Cole for Christmas" has plenty of heat to roast your chestnuts this holiday season.           
     Rita Cole does not have the musical gifts the rest of her family enjoys, and she flounders in her inability to figure out what to do with her life. Tyler Ramsey remembers Rita as the vapid sex goddess who broke his little brother's heart. One kiss and one punch cause her to lose her job and her apartment. Luckily, she has Tyler to give her a ride to her parents' house, and a box of sex toys to sell to pay her way. Tawny Weber thrills with "A Babe in Toyland." Her characters are wrestling with long‑held image issues, which make them real, and the sex is blazing hot.

Heather Nordahl Files

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