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Review: Making Waves by Laura Moore

Title: Making Waves by Laura Moore
Beach Lane Series Book One
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Length: 400 pages
Book Rating: B+

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A self-made woman with a sweet, successful life discovers that even the best-laid plans are no match for unexpected passion in this brand-new series from award-winning author Laura Moore.

As the responsible daughter of an irresponsible socialite, Dakota Hale has plenty of practice catering to the whims of the rich and spoiled—and she’s turned that experience into a thriving concierge business serving the needs of the Hamptons’ wealthy elite. But anytime the drama on land gets too outrageous, Dakota finds calm surfing the Atlantic waves. But when sexy mogul Max Carr hires her, it rocks her balance in a big way.

Max works hard, but he’s never had to put any effort into winning over a woman—until now. With her stunning beauty and keen intelligence, Dakota is worth the effort. But it’s plain she has no interest in a casual fling, and that’s all Max, with his grief-stricken heart, can offer. But one fraught night changes everything, with consequences neither Dakota nor Max anticipated. Now they must navigate the rough waters of society gossip and devastating secrets that threaten their fragile relationship. If they can trust in the strength of their growing feelings, they’ll find that the dreams they’ve been chasing are close enough to embrace . . . together.


The first installment in Laura Moore’s Beach Lane series, Making Waves is an absolutely delightful romance between an über responsible concierge service business owner and a wealthy Wall Street financier.

Dakota Hale is a self-made businesswoman  whose life is nothing like that of her self-absorbed, socialite mother or her embittered and vengeful aunt.  Although she has worked hard to make her concierge service business a success, the off-season in  the Hamptons is a worrisome time for her. As a favor to a close friend, Dakota  agrees to a preliminary meeting with Max Carr who, in a strange twist of fate, is the new owner of her family’s beach cottage (mansion). She is rather stunned by her startling attraction to the sexy playboy, but Dakota does not mix business with pleasure.   Once she is finished renovating Max’s home, no one is more surprised than Dakota when she decides to throw caution to the wind and embark on a no strings fling with the sexy businessman.

Dakota is a breath of fresh air among the rich and entitled residents who make up her client list. Despite the fact her relationship with her family is incredibly dysfunctional, she is surprisingly well-adjusted with a good head on her shoulders. Dakota works hard to keep her clients happy and she is always striving to take her business to the next level. She is lucky to have a few close friends whose support is unwavering.  Dakota is extremely loyal and this includes her somewhat loathsome family.  Her mother is unbelievably self-centered and her aunt is exceedingly spiteful yet Dakota maintains her ties with them not matter how poorly they treat her.

Max is a hardworking businessman who is a bit of a player and he is very wary of the people he lets into his life. Estranged from his family, he puts in long hours at the private equity firm where he is a partner and his boss is extremely impressed with his business acumen.  In both his personal and private lives, Max goes after what he wants with single-minded focus and he is stunned when Dakota initially rebuffs his advances.

It is a tossup as to who is more surprised when Dakota changes her mind about exploring her sizzling hot attraction to Max. They are soon burning up the sheets on a regular basis and they immensely enjoy one another’s company both in bed and out.  Their time together is such a source of joy and pleasure that it makes it easy for Dakota to forget that their relationship is a casual fling and with one misstep, she knows she has to disentangle her life from Max’s.  Unexpected twists and turns provide them with the opportunity to reunite, but will Max and Dakota be willing seize their chance for happiness?

Making Waves is an engaging romance between two emotionally wounded people. The setting is lavish but Max and Dakota are both incredibly down to earth and quite appealing. Max is carrying some heavy emotional baggage and since he is unable to discuss his past, it is only a matter of time before Dakota inadvertently makes a mistake.  Fortunately, they deal with their issues fairly quickly so the drama is kept to a minimum. With plenty of internal and external conflict, Max and Dakota’s relationship is fraught with tension but readers will love watching them overcome the obstacles that pop up on their way to happily ever after. This first installment in the Beach Lane series is absolutely captivating and readers find themselves impatiently awaiting Laura Moore’s next release (fingers crossed this one will feature Lauren and the mysterious Tom Hunter!).

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Review: Once Touched by Laura Moore

once touchedTitle: Once Touched by Laura Moore
Silver Creek Series Book Three
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Length: 352 pages
Book Rating: B

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For fans of Linda Lael Miller and Diana Palmer comes Laura Moore’s breathtaking final installment in her Silver Creek contemporary romance series.

The youngest of the three Knowles siblings, Quinn has in her blood the love of the land and its beautiful creatures. Raising enough money to build an animal sanctuary is a dream Quinn lives every day—while fending off her family’s well-intentioned matchmaking schemes. Though harboring secret fears about intimacy, Quinn soon realizes she cannot fight her growing attraction to a man who has suddenly entered her life.

Scarred by his months in Afghanistan and the violence he witnessed there through his camera lens, photojournalist Ethan Saunders throws himself into hard ranching work as a prescription for healing. But falling for Quinn has given him the one thing he thought he’d lost forever: hope. Ethan discovers that Quinn, like the innocent animals she rescues, is shy, and afraid of entrusting her heart to a man. Passion soon awakens Ethan’s strength, and his tender seduction may be just what Quinn needs to believe in herself—and in his love.


Once Touched, the final novel in Laura Moore’s delightful Silver Creek series, is another well-written and engaging romance between two very appealing protagonists.

Quinn Knowles is a kind-hearted and giving young woman. She has a soft spot for abused animals and she is passionate about rescuing injured or abandoned animals. In her mid-twenties, she has never had a serious relationship and now that both of her brothers have fallen in love, she fully realizes what she is missing out on by not having a special person in her life. But her few attempts at intimacy have left her with plenty of self-doubts so Quinn has decided to take a break from looking for Mr. Right.

Ethan Saunders is a photographer in need of a quiet place to recover from the wounds he sustained in an IED attack during his assignment in Afghanistan. Not only does he have fond memories of the time spent on Silver Creek Ranch but it is on the opposite side of the country from his well-meaning but smothering friends and family. Although he is still recovering from the physical injuries he sustained during roadside bombing, Ethan is struggling with survivor’s guilt and grief over the deaths of the soldiers who lost their lives in the attack.

Quinn and Ethan get off on the wrong foot at their first meeting and both are a little dismayed when they must work together on the ranch. But as their paths continue to cross, a surprising attraction begins to grow between them. However, Ethan is convinced that he is too old and too broken for someone as sweet and innocent as Quinn, so he tries to keep his distance from her. Meanwhile, Quinn is charmed by Ethan’s instant rapport with her beloved herd of goats and she slowly begins to appreciate his sharp intelligence and keen observation skills.

Passion flares between them after Quinn reveals a rather shocking secret and they embark on a no strings fling.  Desire slowly turns to love but Quinn knows Ethan will have to confront his painful past before they can fully commit to a future together. She devises a plan that will leave him with no choice but to deal with everything he has been avoiding but will Ethan forgive Quinn for her deception?

Once Touched is a captivating addition to Laura Moore’s heartwarming Silver Creek series. The romance between Ethan and Quinn develops at a leisurely pace but it is an absolute joy watching them truly get to know each other before they act on their mutual desire. As always, the Knowles family is in the middle of the action as they offer their advice and support to both Ethan and Quinn. A heartfelt and passion-filled romance that I highly recommend to old and new fans of this wonderful series.

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Review: Once Tasted by Laura Moore

oncetastedTitle: Once Tasted by Laura Moore
Silver Creek Series Book Two
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group/Ballantine Books
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Length: 368 pages
Book Rating: C+

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Three siblings, an extraordinary family, a lasting heritage—in the irresistible Silver Creek Ranch trilogy, they’ll fight for the land and the people they love.

Everything has come easily to Reid Knowles, the middle son of a California ranching family. But his charmed life is suddenly complicated when his good friend and neighbor asks him to help run the winery next door. His neighbor’s niece, Mia Bodell, is in charge—and she has made it clear that she’d rather be roped to a steer than to Reid Knowles. Never one to back down from a challenge, Reid vows to win her trust.

Her life marked by loss, Mia knows that nothing comes easily—love included. In high school, her heart was crushed by Reid, and even though years have passed, the hurt lingers. Mia is achingly aware that the teen heartthrob has matured into a devastatingly handsome playboy, and the budding winemaker refuses to let down her guard. But one taste of unbridled passion changes things. From Reid’s first intoxicating kiss to his unexpectedly tender seduction, Mia is swept into a passionate affair that could tear her heart to pieces . . . or give her everything she has ever wanted.

The Review:

The second novel in Laura Moore’s Silver Creek series, Once Tasted is a sweet yet wildly sensual romance between neighbors Reid Knowles and Mia Bodell. Although these two have been interested in one another for several years, after a humiliating high school incident, Mia has maintained a frosty distance from Reid. Unbeknownst to Mia, Reid has been attracted to her as well but it is not until a business arrangement forces them to spend time together that the sparks between them burst into flame.

Mia is dedicated to her uncle’s winery and she’ll do anything, including spend time with Reid, if is beneficial to the business. She is at first shy and content to blend into the background, but once she decides she deserves more than she has been settling for, she makes small but significant changes to her life. Mia begins to build confidence in herself personally and professionally, but when her childhood nemesis and incredibly sleazy cousin Jay returns, her deep-seated insecurities cloud her judgment about her confusing relationship with Reid.

Reid is laid back and self-assured but he is not arrogant or cocky. He is sexy, charming and extremely popular with the ladies, but he has never been in a serious relationship. Reid is very happy with his role in the family’s ranch but he has been feeling a little restless lately. When he learns about the new partnership with the winery, he might be reluctant to work with Mia, but he is looking forward to the challenges of his new position.

There is plenty of chemistry and sexual tension between Reid and Mia. Their hostility slowly subsides as they brainstorm ideas and their attraction is always simmering in the background. The shift in their relationship is gradual but neither is willing to clearly define exactly what their status is. This lack of communication leads to misunderstandings and after Mia’s self-doubts resurface, their hurt feelings and anger endanger their fragile relationship.

There is ample conflict for Mia and Reid to overcome both individually and as a couple. Mia really blossoms when she takes on more responsibility at the winery and this new self-confidence spills over into her relationship with Reid. Reid is more than a pretty face and despite his self-confidence, he too has issues that raise a few self-doubts which lead to an overly cautious approach to their relationship.

While I enjoyed many aspects of Once Tasted, it is a little slow-moving. The wine-making part of the storyline is well researched but there are times when this information overshadows the rest of the story. The conflict with Jay is easy to predict but fortunately, it is wrapped up fairly quickly.

Once Tasted is an enjoyable addition to Laura Moore’s delightful Silver Creek series. The characters are multi-faceted and three-dimensional with realistic problems to overcome. The romance between Mia and Reid is passionate and deliciously steamy. Overall, it is a very heartwarming story that leaves fans eager for the next installment.


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Review: Once Tempted by Laura Moore

Title: Once Tempted by Laura Moore
Silver Creek Series Book One
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group/Ballantine Books
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Length: 402 pages
Book Rating: B

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Sweeping passions, family drama, and searing scandal play out at the magnificent Silver Creek Ranch as the heirs to a powerful dynasty seize their legacy of love.

Oldest son Ward Knowles feels the sprawling California ranch in his blood. And now that the family business has expanded to include a popular resort, he’s working harder than ever. Silver Creek is his legacy and his life, which is fine for the ruggedly sexy ladies’ man and committed bachelor. Love and trust don’t come easily for Ward since he lost his heart to a gold digger—until he meets a shy, unpretentious beauty whose sweet grace is about to turn his jaded heart into a hungry one.

Tess Casari has found sanctuary at Silver Creek, working as an assistant to Ward’s mother, Adele. Grateful for her busy new life running the ranch’s spa and resort, Tess can escape the heartbreak, humiliation, and secret shame of her failed marriage. The last thing she needs is temptation—especially from a man who reminds her so much of the husband who shattered her faith in love. But passion and destiny are about to change the rules for two people who have stopped believing in the healing power of love.

The Review:

If you are a fan of contemporary western romances, then you are going to love Once Tempted, the first novel in Laura Moore’s Silver Creek series. This fast-paced novel is a beautifully written love story between a sexy cowboy and a city girl who have both had their hearts broken in the past.

Following her estranged husband’s death, Tess Casari is ready for a new beginning. Randomly selecting a place on the map, Tess travels from New York to a small town in California where she finds a job on a local ranch/resort. Tess is instantly attracted to Ward Knowles, her boss’s son and part owner of the Silver Creek Ranch, but she has no intention of getting involved with a man who reminds her of the past she has left behind. When Tess and Ward are forced to work together planning his close friends’ wedding, the two find it impossible to resist the passion simmering between them. But just when they are considering taking their relationship to the next level, their pasts threaten to tear them apart.

Tess is strong, sassy and determined to begin a new life after her husband’s death. A city girl through and through, a job on a ranch is not what she anticipated, but she soon discovers she enjoys her new career. Tess really enjoys getting under Ward’s skin, but he is a pretty worthy adversary and he quickly figures out a way to sneak past her defenses.

The romance between Ward and Tess is slow growing and full of sexual tension. It takes place over several months and I like that they take the time to get to know one another. But with so much emotional baggage along with their trust issues, when trouble arrives in the form of Ward’s ex-fiancée, it does not take long for their insecurities to drive them apart.

Laura Moore’s Once Tempted is a charming novel with a delightful cast of well-developed characters. Some of the plot is a little predictable, but it never detracts from the overall story. The issues between Ward and Tess are resolved fairly quickly and without an excessive amount of angst. An entertaining story that will leave readers eagerly awaiting the next book in the Silver Creek series.


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