Two #Romance #Reads in Time for Valentine’s Day #BookReview @Sandra_Cox @stacitroilo


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Romances are my favorite reading choice, and these authors know how to create HEAs to warm the heart!

I picked up my first Sandra Cox western a couple of months ago and have been steadily working my way through her backlist ever since. She writes pulse-pounding action against memorable settings and compelling characters.

Bounty hunter Gwen Slade always gets her man. Until she meets charming outlaw Jordie Kidd.

Raised by her bounty hunter father, Gwen Slade uses her shotgun, Betsy, to track criminals and turn them in Dead or Alive- mostly alive- for the bounty she needs to care for her young brother and friend, Chen. Her dream is to buy a ranch in Montana and raise Palominos one day, but first she needs to go after the most dangerous gang she’s ever faced.

Outlaw Jordie Kidd happens across a homestead where a young boy and his caregiver are under attack. He’s forced to kill the man, then ends up almost shot himself when the famous bounty hunter Gwen Slade rolls into the yard with steam coming from her ears. Once she learns the truth, Gwen calms down and allows him to go on his way as reward for saving her brother, but he can’t forget the beautiful, spirited woman. After another unexpected rescue, he decides she needs a keeper and teams up to protect her from the outlaws looking to end her life.

Who in their right mind would get aroused by a woman pulling a gun on him? Especially one who knew how to use it. But there ya go. The moment she pulled Betsy out of her scabbard and aimed it at his heart, said heart flew right out of his body and landed at her feet.

Cox, Sandra. GWEN SLADE, BOUNTY HUNTER (p. 26). Kindle Edition.

Gwen doesn’t need help, especially from a wanted man with a captivating smile and kind eyes, but Jordie won’t take no for an answer. If she can capture the Rondo brothers, she can hang up her gun and give her brother a better home. But first, she must survive and try not to fall in love along the way.

Once I pick up a Sandra Cox book, it’s impossible to set it down. All are five star reads!


Despite Romy Chandler hosting a romantic meet-and-greet at her restaurant, she’s all business. When her sommelier quits without any notice—to work for the competition, no less—she goes into mega-mogul-mode. The last thing on her mind is finding a man. She’s looking for someone who knows his way around a Bordeaux, not the boudoir.

A series of misunderstandings give this short story a fun twist on romance.

After restaurant owner, Romy Chandler suddenly loses her sommelier only hours before an important reservation and Valentine Day weekend, she’s angry and frustrated but doesn’t have time to mope (or get drunk)- she needs a new wine expert, and she needs him now. Two disastrous employee interviews later, she’s ready to throw in the towel, but then handsome Rick, third on her list, shows up and her luck changes- or so she thinks.

Rick Santucci is ready to take his family’s vineyard to the net level by locking in a lucrative deal with an up-and-coming restaurant, but when he arrives, he’s confused by the almost brisk reception he receives= nothing like the business meeting he’d expected. On the upside, a beautiful server takes his eye, and he decides all is not lost. Until he discovers she’s the boss and thinks he is a fraud.

This was such a fun afternoon read- highly recommended!

So, what’s your favorite genre? Do these books sound good to you?

50 thoughts on “Two #Romance #Reads in Time for Valentine’s Day #BookReview @Sandra_Cox @stacitroilo

  1. Thanks for sharing your reviews, Jacquie. Both books sound great!

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  2. Back to the normal only will take place by turning back to love. Thanks for the reviews on these very interesting books, Jacquie! xx Michael

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  3. I loved Pour It On and will have to check out Sandra’s book. Thanks for sharing, Jacquie 💕🙂

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  4. I thoroughly enjoyed Pour it On. So much fun with those misunderstandings, LOL.

    Sandra always tells a good tale, so it doesn’t surprise me she has yet another gem, too!

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    1. Staci had me chuckling more than once, especially with the lothario, lol.
      Sandra writes epic westerns- I love them!

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  5. Great reviews, and timely for the season.

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    1. Both are enjoyable reads, Craig 🙂

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  6. Terrific reviews, Jacquie. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, John {{hugs}}

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      1. Always fun to come buy. Love the tea, 🤗

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  7. I’ve read both of these–such great stories. Perfect selections for Valentine’s.

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  8. Fantastic reviews, Jacquie! I haven’t read Gwen Slade yet but I look forward to it. I loved Pour It On! Thanks for sharing and congrats to the authors!

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    1. Sandra has renewed my love of westerns, and Staci is a whiz at creating a lot of depth in her characters- both are so talented!

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  9. What a grand surprise:) Thank you. You put a smile on my face and Gwen’s:)
    Pour It On sounds fun and is going on my TBR.

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    1. It’s a fun read, Sandra. I loved Gwen’s independence and Jordie’s caring nature- they made a wonderful couple 🙂

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  10. Wonderful reviews, Jacquie. I just finished Staci’s Pour it On and loved it. Sandra’s book sounds incredible as well. I’m off to Amazon. 😊

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    1. Great! Sandra will be pleased.
      Pour it On was cute 🙂

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  11. Thank you so much for the kind words, Jacquie. This review was such a surprise and totally made my day. And what an honor to be listed alongside Sandra. Her book sounds amazing.

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    1. Thoroughly enjoyed both books, Staci. Thanks for the wine lesson, by the way 🙂

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      1. I do enjoy wine, but I’m no expert. I know what I like, but when it comes to talking about it, I’m as bad as Romy. I’m happy to detect notes of grape. lol

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        1. I shop for the pretty bottles, lol

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  12. Great reviews, Jacquie. I read Pour it On this weekend and loved it.

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    1. I laughed at Romy’s first interview, so funny!

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  13. D.L. Finn, Author February 3, 2022 — 8:43 am

    Great reviews, Jacquie 🙂 I loved both of these stories!

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    1. I’m spoiled for great books this week, Denise. Love when you can lose yourself in a great author’s writing.

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      1. D.L. Finn, Author February 4, 2022 — 9:12 am

        I love that too!

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  14. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader February 3, 2022 — 1:26 pm

    Sandra Cox really seems your one click author!

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    1. You should try her Silverhills western, Sophie- it’s one of the best I’ve read.

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  15. Thanks for sharing your lovely reviews Jacquie, both my favorite authors. While I’ve read many of Sandra’s books, Have recently discovered the talented Staci. 🤗

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    1. You can’t go wrong with either of these authors, Balroop.

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  16. Fantastic show of support, Jacquie. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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    1. Thanks, Beem. The blogging community has a lot of awesome writers!

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  17. petespringerauthor February 3, 2022 — 5:13 pm

    Two excellent reviews, Jacquie. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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    1. I’m having a good reading week 🙂

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      1. petespringerauthor February 3, 2022 — 7:44 pm

        Me too, Is there something in the air? Maybe it’s the wine?🤣

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  18. I had the same reaction to Sandra’s books, Jacquie. I’ve been working my way through them too. I enjoyed Gwen Slade a lot. And I haven’t read this one of Staci’s, yet, but I suspect it’s going to be good as the last. 🙂 Great reviews!

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    1. My go-to list just keeps growing and growing, lol

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      1. I know. And there are those authors who write 8-book series! What fun. 🙂

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  19. HI Jacquie, these are both lovely reviews. Thank you for sharing them.

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    1. Hope I tweaked your interest 🙂

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  20. Lovely romances, Jacquie – you’re such a prolific reader. Toni x

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    1. I missed it the past few years while writing, so this time I’ve decided to carve out a couple of hours a day to enjoy my favorite pastime 🙂

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