E-Originals, January 18, 2019 | Xpress Reviews

The Brothers and their enduring bond are a mainstay and wonderful to spend time with; this story will appeal to readers who enjoy stories with a strong military service ethic; moderately sexy and predictable but nicely sets the stage for future “Hansen Brothers” entries

Week ending January 18, 2019

Ankrum, Barbara. Unsung Hero. Tule. (Band of Brothers, Bk. 1). Jan. 2019. 96p. ebk. ISBN 9781949707496. $3.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Becca Howard’s trying to put her life together after scandal rocked her family to its core, but the hits keep coming. After her fiancé admits he’s found someone new, she decides she is done with men who will break her trust and her heart. But Nio Reyes’s sudden reappearance in Laguna may change her mind. The once-love-of-her-life broke her heart when he left without a word, and going down that path again is sure to be a repeat of history. Nio has a plan, though, and there’s only one thing left: proving to Becca he’s worth the second chance. Unsung Hero is a lovely story of lost and rediscovered love, with a healthy dose of family. Becca’s half of the story is heartbreaking, but she pulls herself together time and again, while Nio’s is one of redemption, which is always a joy to read.
VERDICT Ankrum (A Little Christmas Magic) has reimagined this title as a prequel, of sorts, to her “Band of Brothers” series, so the connection to Marietta, MT, is not as strong as in other titles. Still, the Brothers and their enduring bond are a mainstay and are wonderful to spend time with.—Kellie Tilton, Univ. of Cincinnati Blue Ash.

Flockton, Nicole. Blind Date Bet. Tule. (Man’s Best Friend, Bk. 1). Jan. 2019. 232p. ebk. ISBN 9781949707441. $3.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Isabella Knowles has sworn off military men, with good reason. After losing her high school sweetheart in a freak army training accident, Isabella vowed she would never put her heart on the line again. Ethan Masters, a U.S. Air Force K9 handler, is the first person heading into every dangerous situation and proud of his military heritage. When Isabella and Ethan both agree to a blind date, neither is prepared for their immediate attraction or Isabella’s kne-jerk response to finding out Ethan’s occupation. Isabella fights her attraction to Ethan and the tight-knit military community she never knew she missed. Ethan knows that Izzy is special enough to build a life with, which could complicate his career plans.
VERDICT Flockton (Christmas in Ghost Gum Springs) does an excellent job exploring the aftermath of a heartbreaking accident but does not feature Ethan’s canine partner as much as the series title would suggest. This story will appeal to readers who enjoy stories with a strong military service ethic.—Nicole J. Suarez, Frankfort P.L. Dist., IL

Harrison, Ann B. Cowboy to the Rescue. Tule. (Hansen Brothers, Bk. 1). Jan. 2019. 100p. ebk. ISBN 9781949707397. $3.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Deciding to turn his life around, Jethro Hansen hopes to make his grandpa proud by turning a profit on his family’s failing cattle ranch. Sadie St. Martin is the new attorney in town hired to advise Jethro while Layla, his previous lawyer, is on maternity leave. Sadie is only in Marietta, MT, as a favor to Layla, as she plans to return to her fast-paced, cutthroat legal world in Denver. Her whole life has been mapped out since she was a child, but a new romantic relationship with Jethro has her questioning those carefully laid plans. When her father learns that Sadie might not come back to Denver and marry rich like he wants her to, he digs into Jethro’s past to cause trouble. Sadie will need to decide whether to follow what she’s always known or take a chance on love and follow her heart with a poor cowboy.
VERDICT Harrison’s (Wedding Surprise) romance is moderately sexy and predictable but nicely sets the stage for future “Hansen Brothers” entries. Readers who like a small-town setting will find this romance to their liking.—Kara Kohn, Plainfield P.L., IL

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