Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Harlequin Special Edition August Showcase + Review of Her Maverick M.D. by Teresa Southwick

You all know I used to review SE for RT Magazine until July when the magazine went all digital and they also eliminated all series romance. Series romance is the backbone of Harlequin ever since they printed their first Medical Romance way back in 1953. They're still crazy popular because they're perfect for commuters, weekend lovers and if for you an HEA is a must. So enjoy the Showcase and my new monthly feature.
You know I believe it when I say Harlequin makes the world go round!


A bolting bride! 
Sylvie Thorne doesn't believe in happily-ever-after. Tormented by a tumultuous childhood, the struggling baker's certain she did the right thing running from her perfect-as-a-prince Boston blueblood fiancé, leaving not a glass slipper but a brief text behind. She just never expected him to follow her. 
Dr. Andrew O'Shea wants closure. To get it, he'll implement a plan. Three weeks with Sylvie in his Jackson Hole rental. Lots of togetherness, a little dialogue—and no sex. Twenty-one days to prove they're from two different worlds. Instead, one kiss shows him what they have in common—blazing chemistry that never died. Now Andrew's in trouble. Instead of laying the past to rest, he's thinking of the future—with his former fiancée. Cindy Kirk Website

Hometown golden girl Emily Whitaker couldn't have left Crimson in her rearview mirror fast enough…until life threw her some curveballs and she's back—divorced and with a young son. Her brother's wedding should have been a welcome reprieve, but Jase Crenshaw is the best man to her maid of honor. She'd steered clear of him when they were kids, but now Jase has become one highly irresistible man.
Jase always harbored a crush on his best friend's sister. Back then, she was too good for the kid from the wrong side of the tracks. Now she thinks the upstanding town lawyer and mayoral candidate is too good for her. Can Jase convince the girl of his dreams they're both actually perfect…for each other? Michelle Major Website

Six years ago, the demands and dangers of his job cost Carson City detective Vince Parcell his marriage. But when he walks into a hospital room and sees his ex-wife, memories of their love come flooding back. Eight and a half months pregnant, Geena remembers nothing of their shared past. Now Vince has to help her reclaim her identity—and missing family—before she gives birth to another man's baby!
After an accident that left her with amnesia, Geena is stunned to discover she was once married to the sexy Nevada lawman. As Vince searches her recent past, powerful feelings draw them back together. An unexpected revelation could end things between them…or give them, and a beautiful baby girl, a precious second chance… Stella Bagwell's Harlequin Page

How to break up with someone else's fiancé
by Chelsea Porter, aka The Breakup Girl
Tell him it's not him, it's her.
Try to ignore how gorgeous Callum McKinnel is. You are breaking up with him, after all.
Fall just a little bit when he rescues your dog.
Try to resist when he asks you to join his family for Thanksgiving dinner in Jewell Rock.
Succumb anyway.
Succumb to a lot more than that.
Remind yourself that you are The Breakup Girl. You don't do commitment.
Wonder what would happen if The Breakup Girl stopped following her own advice…  Rachel Johns Website

n love with his best friend's wife…and baby
Keeping a promise to a dead man isn't easy. But Ryker Tremaine is determined to keep his word and make amends to his late friend's wife. When Ryker meets lovely, pregnant Marisa Hayes, she's still grieving. She doesn't believe the official report of her husband's death. And Marisa believes Ryker has the answers she craves.
Bound by secrecy, the hunky CIA operative tries to help Marisa find a sense of normalcy…and uncovers a sizzling attraction! As Ryker discovers the richness of life back on the grid, old secrets threaten. Marisa still seeks answers and Ryker knows if he tells her the truth about her husband's death—and his role in it—Marisa and her baby may be lost to him forever… Rachel Lee Harlequin Page

Rust Creek Ramblings
I'm sure you've heard there is a new doctor in town. Sexy Jon Clifton looks more cowboy than pediatrician, he's good with kids and dogs, and what we all want to know is: Why is this man still single?
Though there are plenty of ladies in Rust Creek Falls who would like to change the confirmed bachelor's status, Dawn Laramie alone seems to be immune to his charms. The dedicated nurse works side by side with Dr. Jon day after day, intent on keeping things professional…and distant. Meanwhile, we here at the Gazette can practically hear the tension thrumming between these two. Our diagnosis? A classic case of lovesickness with an age-old cure! But will the doctor's proposal heal Dawn's wounded heart? Teresa Southwick Website

My Review
Southwick’s latest fantastic Maverick’s of Rust Creek Falls MT is a frienemies to lovers tale that hooks from the get-go. Her humor filled, flirty narrative that showcases small town-itis also gives readers a fly on the wall, entertaining peek of love blooming between her heroine with abandonment issues and her wary of losing his heart hero. Her co-star catch up and the adorable little three-legged rescue dog wonderfully complete the package.
Pediatrician Jonathan Clifton would love to present a second first impression to a certain blonde blue-eyed beautiful nurse, but he’s never had a way with words or women.
Dawn Laramie is determined not to fall under the spell of yet another silver tongued and shallow albeit sexy doc. She’s been there – done that!

I hope you've enjoyed my showcase of the August Special Editon releases you'll find them all on your bookstore shelves and your favorite e-retailers today!

So Until next month Harlequin's Special Edition authors and I hope you have a wonderful August and we'll see you all back here for the September showcase!


  1. Terrific, Deb! Great review. Thanks!

  2. Thanks for sharing these Debbie, All of them sound like the perfect escape read. :)

  3. While I don't tend to read them anymore medical romances from Harlequin and Mills & Boon were my rich diet at one time years ago! I have had a look at the "new version" of RT times and wasn't that impressed so guess I won't be renewing my sub unless it becomes suddenly much more spectacular.

    1. Thanks for sharing Kathryn I think we all cut our romance teeth on them :)

  4. Some of the titles totally give me a giggle. Frenemies to lovers sounds like a good time :)