Published by Grand Central Publishing on February 24th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica, Fiction, Romance, Suspense
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IS THERE A PROBLEM, OFFICER?
Small town cop Sam West certainly doesn't mind a routine traffic stop: speeding ticket, stern warning, and sayonara. With a whopper of a blizzard closing in, that's all he has time for. But the lawbreaker he pulls over is anything but typical. From her mile-long legs to her razor-sharp wit, Maisa Bradley is like nothing Coot Lake, Minnesota, has ever seen . . . and she's about to take Sam on the ride of his life.
BEING BAD HAS ITS BENEFITS
Whoever said blood is thicker than water probably wasn't related to a former Russian mobster. But an innocent mix-up and rumors of stolen diamonds soon have the Russian mob taking an unusual interest in the sleepy little town-and Maisa facing heated scrutiny from a certain tall, dark, and handsome deputy. Sam's dazzling blue eyes beg her to reveal all her secrets, but how much should she tell? Getting snowed in with the sexiest lawman in the frozen north may not be the worst way to decide . . .
Hmmm….. I really loved the quirky town of Coot Lake, Minnesota. At some points I wanted to call it LOON Lake as the inhabitants are quirky and lovable. Once and Always by Julia Harper, centers around sexy deputy Sam West, and sassy dressmaker Maisa Burnsey, who is a frequent visitor to the little town; as she visits her maternal uncle who is a resident. Well the story starts out will a bang, as in accident, and Sam just happens to be the town deputy; and Maisa just happens to have a lead foot. It isn’t Maisa who has the accident but she is a witness along with Sam. Both Sam and Maisa, learn that nothing good comes out of a Russian banging into a snowbank. Then the fun happens as Sam and Maisa fight their attraction, and have to defend the town from the Russian mafia. YIKES. Marisa has a lot of secrets that make her need to keep her distance from the law. Sam is like a dog with a bone, and Maisa just happens to be the big juicy bone he wants to sink is teeth into. Sexy times between the two are hot and heavy, but they don’t overshadow the romance. The poor Russian mafia dudes don’t know what hit them when they come up against quirky Coot Lake residence. Once and Always was a really fun, and adventurous story, with just enough exploits and high jinx to keep me gasping and giggling until the end.
No matter what name Hoyt/Harper writes under, be it historical romance or contemporary; no one can surpass her in the magic that she weaves within her stories.