Black Hills Song (Regional Romance #1) by Kari Trumbo

About this Book:

Three brothers will lose their birthright if they don’t act fast.

Tender Melody
Ezekiel Wagner needs the family ranch to succeed but without money for back taxes, he’ll lose everything. His aunt offers a way out, but is the cost too high? Her dying wish is to give them The Grand Opera House of Rapid City, but there’s one catch. All three brothers must wed first. When he chooses to marry the costume designer out of necessity, will a marriage of convenience ruin the crescendo building between them?

Beloved Duet
Sam Wagner is the forgotten son. He will do whatever he must to take ownership of the Opera House, including send for a mail order bride. When his first plan falls flat, he seeks the hand of the woman who helped him along the way. Except, she’d rather have nothing to do with him or his hand. As time runs short, can he convince her he isn’t the man she believes him to be?

Grand Finale
Caleb Wagner flees his home and his family to escape the pressure of finding a wife. He’s certain if he leaves, his aunt will relent and give his brothers their desires. While away, he meets an opera star in hiding. She convinces him to bring her back to Keystone, the perfect place to escape. Will she be the final piece the family needs or will Caleb’s delay mean silence for them all?

If wives aren’t found before time runs out three brothers will lose their birthright. Don’t miss this sweet, historical romance with perfect pacing and a final curtain you won’t want to miss.

My Thoughts:

What a delightful trio of stories. I enjoyed getting to know these Wagner brothers and read about their unexpected journey to finding the love of their lives. Each story is tied together within their family and common history. Yet each story stands on its own, with its own journey to love, and all the exciting twists and turns that come with it.

Each story is broken up into its own little novella, so it is easy to read an entire story in one setting. However, I found that I didn’t even want to sit the book down between stories. I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen with the next brother! The love stories are a little on the insta-love side, which didn’t bother me in the least. Sometimes the insta-love stories feels too rushed and not realistic. I didn’t find that to be the case with these three.

(I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists and/or authors, including netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

About the Author:

KariTrumbo

 I am an author of Christian Historical Romance novels. My first series, Western Vows is comprised of a prequel Forsaking All Others, then To Honor and Cherish, For Richer or Poorer, and To Love and Comfort. The settings are Kansas and northern Minnesota/Canadian border. If you are a lover of historical romance, especially clean historical romance, please follow my newsletter to be updated on what’s coming!

Kari Trumbo is one of four authors in the best-selling Cutter’s Creek series. She writes Christian Historical Romance and is a stay-at-home mom to four vibrant children. When she isn’t writing or editing, she homeschools her children and pretends to keep up with them. Kari loves reading, listening to contemporary Christian music, singing when no one’s listening and curling up near the wood stove when winter hits. She makes her home in central Minnesota with her husband of almost twenty years, two daughters, two sons, three cats, and one hungry wood stove.

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First Line Friday: A Whole Latte Love (Great River Romance #1) by Kari Trumbo

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today I am happy to be featuring A Whole Latte Love (Great River Romance #1) by Kari Trumbo. This charming novella is sure to warm your heart and entice you to grab a cup of coffee.

Addi Merrick had spent her life waiting for him to show up, or so it seemed.

Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. To see what First Lines others are sharing this week head over to Hoarding Books.

First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books

Whole Latte Love (Great River Romance) by Kari Trumbo

About the book:

Addi Merrick is a matchmaker with no match.
Her past is riddled with friends who married and left her behind. She’s stuck at a job she doesn’t love with a boss who can’t stand her to put herself through college, but there’s a reason God wants her at the right place, at the right time.

Drew Tanner was left at the altar and doesn’t believe in love.
It’s been a year since the woman of his dreams vanished into thin air on his wedding day. Since then, he’s avoided women like her, certain all quiet women were hiding something. Seeing Addi is like watching his past, and he wants no part of it. 

When a dating site matches them, not only as a possible match but a perfect match, they must choose to either risk the pain of rejection or the beauty of a love match. 

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed my time with these sweet characters. Author Kari Trumbo invites the reader right into the heart of Addie and Drew and I felt like I was an unwritten best friend character, privy to the secret thoughts, and wishing I could really sit down and have a heart to heart. I was thrilled when Liberty was introduced to the story and did just that. She seemed to take the very words that I wanted to say, right when they needed to be said.

Addie struggles with making ends meet and with feelings of not being good enough. She feels like she is aways looked over, invisible. But as her friend Liberty gently reminders her, that God made each of us for a specific purpose, and that we just need to wait on Him.

If you are looking for a sweet contemporary romance to enjoy, pick up a copy of Whole Latte Love, and a cup of coffee, settle into your favorite reading spot and prepare for a sigh-worthy experience.

(I received a copy of this book in a giveaway. I am not required to write a review. All thoughts are my own.)

About the Author:

KariTrumbo

 I am an author of Christian Historical Romance novels. My first series, Western Vows is comprised of a prequel Forsaking All Others, then To Honor and Cherish, For Richer or Poorer, and To Love and Comfort. The settings are Kansas and northern Minnesota/Canadian border. If you are a lover of historical romance, especially clean historical romance, please follow my newsletter to be updated on what’s coming!

Kari Trumbo is one of four authors in the best-selling Cutter’s Creek series. She writes Christian Historical Romance and is a stay-at-home mom to four vibrant children. When she isn’t writing or editing, she homeschools her children and pretends to keep up with them. Kari loves reading, listening to contemporary Christian music, singing when no one’s listening and curling up near the wood stove when winter hits. She makes her home in central Minnesota with her husband of almost twenty years, two daughters, two sons, three cats, and one hungry wood stove.

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Dreams in Deadwood (Seven Brides of South Dakota #1) by Kari Trumbo

About the book:

Jennie Arnsby wants nothing more than to turn around and go home. Her family is on their way to Deadwood, SD, when Aiden finds his way to their small wagon train. His teasing and banter leaves her wanting to toss him out the back and in the dust. When, they are separated outside the city, she is left wondering if she’ll ever see him again.

Aiden Bradly wants to find his gold and return home, nothing more. He can’t afford to get tangled with a woman. He’s doing just that until he meets the feisty Jenny. She gets him thinking about his past and forgiveness, but what’s more important, his past or his new future?
Will Aiden be able to redeem both his past and his future and find a greater treasure than he ever imagined?

Dreams in Deadwood is book one of the Seven Brides of South Dakota series by Kari Trumbo. A romantic, Wild West romp in pioneer South Dakota.

My Thoughts:

Two stubborn hearts wrestle with each other and try to push away from a love that is obvious to everyone around them. I enjoyed listening to the unabridged audio book version from audible. It sure made housework more enjoyable. I have to admit that toward the last several chapters I was actually searching for extra things I could do so as to have more time to listen!

These characters have great chemistry and I especially enjoyed the banter. I laughed out loud several times and found myself talking to the characters more than once wishing they could only hear me and straighten up!

If you are looking for a sweet, yet fun western romance, then do yourself a favor and snag a copy of Dreams in Deadwood by Kari Trumbo. It is sure to keep you turning pages laughing, and sighing with contentment.

(I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)

About the Author:

KariTrumbo I am an author of Christian Historical Romance novels. My first series, Western Vows is comprised of a prequel Forsaking All Others, then To Honor and Cherish, For Richer or Poorer, and To Love and Comfort. The settings are Kansas and northern Minnesota/Canadian border. If you are a lover of historical romance, especially clean historical romance, please follow my newsletter to be updated on what’s coming!

Kari Trumbo is one of four authors in the best-selling Cutter’s Creek series. She writes Christian Historical Romance and is a stay-at-home mom to four vibrant children. When she isn’t writing or editing, she homeschools her children and pretends to keep up with them. Kari loves reading, listening to contemporary Christian music, singing when no one’s listening and curling up near the wood stove when winter hits. She makes her home in central Minnesota with her husband of almost twenty years, two daughters, two sons, three cats, and one hungry wood stove.

Web page // Goodreads // Facebook // Twitter //

Click on the title to snag your copy:

Dreams in Deadwood (Seven Brides of South Dakota #1)

Kisses in Keystone (Seven Brides of South Dakota #2)

Love in Lead (Seven Brides of South Dakota #3)

Romance in Rapid (Seven Brides of South Dakota #4)

Sparks in Spearfish (Seven Brides of South Dakota #5)

Hearts in Hotspring (Seven Brides of South Dakota #6)

Courting in Custer (Seven Brides of South Dakota #7)

 

Sparks in Spearfish (Seven Brides of South Dakota #5) by Kari Trumbo

About the book:

Lula never wanted to be just a wife.

At the Spearfish Normal School, Lula Arnsby is ready to begin a whole new chapter of her life. When a bully from her past strides into her class as the new teacher’s assistant, she wants nothing to do with the handsome prankster but his aim isn’t to torment her anymore.

Barton Oleson wants to be noticed by the pixie-haired beauty, Lula. He’s spent the last two years making sure she thinks of him every single day, but he’s running out of time to get her to notice him. Only one school term until she will be a teacher and out of his reach.
Is it enough time to make up for two years of hurt and can Lula forgive all that he’s done?

My Thoughts:

I have enjoyed every book I’ve read (and or listened to) by Kari Trumbo! Her stories pull me in and keep my attention right from the very beginning. Not only can I easily picture what’s happening as if I were watching it on the screen, but I feel what the characters are feeling. Reading this book was a fully immersive experience!

For this story, I enjoyed listening to the audiobook on my daily commute to and from work, or at least that is how it started. But honestly, I was too wrapped up in the story to stop listening, so I put on my headphones and enjoyed listening while catching up with my household chores. Its the first time I can honestly say that the chores got done too quickly!

While I have read other books from Kari Trumbo, this is the first book in the Seven Brides of South Dakota series that I have read. I quickly added the others to my TBR in hopes of reading them soon! I do not know if all of the books can be stand-alone, but if you jump in with this one, you will be just fine!

(I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)

About the Author:

KariTrumbo I am an author of Christian Historical Romance novels. My first series, Western Vows is comprised of a prequel Forsaking All Others, then To Honor and Cherish, For Richer or Poorer, and To Love and Comfort. The settings are Kansas and northern Minnesota/Canadian border. If you are a lover of historical romance, especially clean historical romance, please follow my newsletter to be updated on what’s coming!

Kari Trumbo is one of four authors in the best-selling Cutter’s Creek series. She writes Christian Historical Romance and is a stay-at-home mom to four vibrant children. When she isn’t writing or editing, she homeschools her children and pretends to keep up with them. Kari loves reading, listening to contemporary Christian music, singing when no one’s listening and curling up near the wood stove when winter hits. She makes her home in central Minnesota with her husband of almost twenty years, two daughters, two sons, three cats, and one hungry wood stove.

Web page // Goodreads // Facebook // Twitter //

Click on the title to snag your copy:

Sparks in Spearfish (Seven Brides of South Dakota #5)

Don’t miss out on the other books in this series:

Dreams in Deadwood (Seven Brides of South Dakota #1)

Kisses in Keystone (Seven Brides of South Dakota #2)

Love in Lead (Seven Brides of South Dakota #3)

Romance in Rapid (Seven Brides of South Dakota #4)

Hearts in Hotspring (Seven Brides of South Dakota #6)

Courting in Custer (Seven Brides of South Dakota #7)

Saved by Grace (Brothers of Belle Fourche #4) by Kari Trumbo

Synopsis:

Cody couldn’t be more opposite from Natalie.
When Natalie arrives in Belle Fourche with her ailing father and three wayward brothers, she’s forced to throw herself upon the mercy of her only remaining family—the Olesons—at the Broken Circle O. While her father rests, Natalie is excited to meet an ornery man with deep, gray eyes, and a missing leg. She’s certain that if he’ll agree to let her father fashion a prosthetic limb for him, the familiar work will help her father recuperate. But getting Cody Hammond to agree to anything proves more difficult than she first imagined. Will she be able to win him over before it’s too late for her father?

A chip on his shoulder isn’t easy to bear.
Cody Hammond lives a quiet, ordered life, until one day an unfamiliar woman rushes into the bank where he works and threatens to disrupt everything. The more Natalie pushes her way into Cody’s life, the more she makes him think about a past he’s worked hard to forget. He’s determined to keep her away, but even his best isn’t enough to scare off the enigmatic and beautiful Natalie.

  Saved by Grace (Brothers of Belle Fourche #4)

My Thoughts:

This is my fourth visit to Belle Fourche and I find every visit just as enjoyable as the one before.  I have greatly enjoyed reading this series of stories from author Kari Trumbo. This time I enjoyed listening to the audiobook. I quickly found myself talking to the characters as if they could hear me.

When I first started this story I found Cody Hammond a grumpy, man. One that seemed happier left alone to his own devices, and I was quite happy to just leave him alone. However, the more I read and got to know the “real” Cody Hammond I grew to understand him and before long found myself cheering for him! He fits the description of a misunderstood hero to a T.

I just wanted to hug sweet Natalie and tell her that everything would work out okay. She has such a big heart. She longs to help her father and wants to do what is right by her unruly brothers. Then she meets Cody. True to her big-hearted nature, she takes him under her wing.

These characters are sure to bring a smile to your face and warm your heart in the most unassuming ways. While you can read this story as a stand-alone, there are characters from previous stories that have minor roles. I would recommend reading previous stories because they are all just so very enjoyable!

(I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)

About the Author:

KariTrumbo I am an author of Christian Historical Romance novels. My first series, Western Vows is comprised of a prequel Forsaking All Others, then To Honor and Cherish, For Richer or Poorer, and To Love and Comfort. The settings are Kansas and northern Minnesota/Canadian border. If you are a lover of historical romance, especially clean historical romance, please follow my newsletter to be updated on what’s coming!

Kari Trumbo is one of four authors in the best-selling Cutter’s Creek series. She writes Christian Historical Romance and is a stay-at-home mom to four vibrant children. When she isn’t writing or editing, she homeschools her children and pretends to keep up with them. Kari loves reading, listening to contemporary Christian music, singing when no one’s listening and curling up near the wood stove when winter hits. She makes her home in central Minnesota with her husband of almost twenty years, two daughters, two sons, three cats, and one hungry wood stove.

Web page // Goodreads // Facebook // Twitter //

Brothers of Belle Forche:

Teach Me to Love (Brothers of Belle Fourche #1)

What the Heart Holds (Brothers of Belle Fourche #2)

  Deep Longing of the Soul (Brothers of Belle Fourche #3)

  Saved by Grace (Brothers of Belle Fourche #4)

  When Shadow’s Break (Brothers of Belle Fourche #5)

Along a Tangled Path (Brothers of Belle Fourche #6)

  A Lady Loves Much (Brothers of Belle Fourche #7)

 

 

 

Deep Longing of the Soul by Kari Trumbo

Synopsis:

Eli Oleson killed a man.
Never mind that he did it to save the lives of others, it’s eaten his soul to shreds. Nothing matters. When he injures himself breaking a horse, he has little reason to recover, except for the feisty English nurse who keeps pestering him.

Anne Hammond is a skilled nurse, trained in curing the sick and treating the wounded, but some wounds don’t heal as easily.
She’s seen war and heartache and left England for the American west to forget the images that haunt her. When a cowboy, broken in more ways than she can see, winds up on her examining table, will she be skilled enough to assist in his healing? Or will his wounds only open the ones she thought she’d left behind?

Get the third installment in the sweet Christian romance series, by bestselling author Kari Trumbo.

  Deep Longing of the Soul (Brothers of Belle Forche #3)

My Thoughts:

After reading the first two books in the Bell Forche series I was eager to get my hands on this story! These brothers each have their own hurdles to climb over and a past that seems to follow them like an old hound dog. There are poignant lessons to learn and sometimes the growth can be painful.

As always I enjoyed my time in Belle Forche. This time I listened to the audiobook. There were moments that had me laughing out loud and moments that had me holding my breath. The characters came vividly to life, and I felt like I was in the story right along with them. Their personalities shined through and fit together so well.

Even though this is the 3rd book in the series you could read it as a stand alone, but trust me when I say that you won’t want to miss out on the two fabulous stories written before this one!

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

About the Author:

KariTrumbo I am an author of Christian Historical Romance novels. My first series, Western Vows is comprised of a prequel Forsaking All Others, then To Honor and Cherish, For Richer or Poorer, and To Love and Comfort. The settings are Kansas and northern Minnesota/Canadian border. If you are a lover of historical romance, especially clean historical romance, please follow my newsletter to be updated on what’s coming!

Kari Trumbo is one of four authors in the best-selling Cutter’s Creek series. She writes Christian Historical Romance and is a stay-at-home mom to four vibrant children. When she isn’t writing or editing, she homeschools her children and pretends to keep up with them. Kari loves reading, listening to contemporary Christian music, singing when no one’s listening and curling up near the wood stove when winter hits. She makes her home in central Minnesota with her husband of almost twenty years, two daughters, two sons, three cats, and one hungry wood stove.

Web page // Goodreads // Facebook // Twitter //

 

Brothers of Belle Forche:

Teach Me to Love (Brothers of Belle Forche #1)

What the Heart Holds (Brothers of Belle Forche #2)

  Deep Longing of the Soul (Brothers of Belle Forche #3)

  Saved by Grace (Brothers of Belle Forche #4)

  When Shadow’s Break (Brothers of Belle Forche #5)

Along a Tangled Path (Brothers of Belle Forche #6)

  A Lady Loves Much (Brothers of Belle Forche #7)

 

 

 

 

July 2018 – Month in Review

What books have you read during the month of July? I’ve had the pleasure of reading some wonderful stories this past month! Join me as we take a look back at the bookish fun we enjoyed in July.

Clicking on the link will take you to the blog post for that book, interview or reveal.

Books Reviewed:

SonsOfBlackbirdMountain Sons of Blackbird Mountain by Joanne Bischof

TeachMeToLove Teach me to Love by Kari Trumbo

TheRaveling The Raveling by Tamara Leigh

WhatTheHeartHolds What the Heart Holds by Kari Trumbo

RiverToRedemption  River to Redemption by Ann H. Gabhart

AStrangerOnMyLand  A Stranger on my Land by Sandra Merville Hart

ADefenseOfHonor  A Defense of Honor by Kristi Ann Hunter

TheRoadToMagnoliaGlen The Road to Magnolia Glen by Pam Hillman

JaneByTheBook  Jane By the Book by Pepper Basham

TheReckoningAtGossamerPond The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond by Jaime Jo Wright

APerfectWeakness  A Perfect Weakness by Jennifer A. Davids

ThePatriotBride  The Patriot Bride by Kimberely Woodhouse

 

Book Tour:

TheLastSummer  The Last Summer by Brandy Bruce

 

Author Interview:

PhotoFunia-1532360528   Jaime Jo Wright – The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond

 

I’d love to hear from you:

Have you read any of the books I reviewed this month? If so, did you have a favorite?
What book(s) are you looking forward to reading in August?

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What the Heart Holds (Brothers of Belle Forche #2) by Kari Trumbo

The Brothers of Belle Fourche is a novella series set in pioneer South Dakota. 

Synopsis:

Arnold’s first love died in the Cheyenne river.
He’s sure he’s had his one love. To guard his heart, he wants nothing to do with women. No one could ever compare to his Lynellen. He will work hard, be respectful, never forget.

Stephenia is the new teacher in Belle Fourche when she almost meets her Maker.
Arnold saved her life, and maybe her heart. She’s avoided relationships her whole life, afraid of the pain of loss. When she finally gives up on him, he has to choose between the love he’s lost and the one who found him.

My Thoughts:

After a daring rescue by a handsome cowboy, new teacher Stephenia Forde falls head over heals for Arnold Oleson. However, he’s still hung up on a lost childhood crush and his fears of loss. Will Stephenia’s tender pursuit warm it’s way past his fears or will Arnold’s wall of control keep him locked away from finding freedom in love?

This fun, engaging story is sure to keep you turning pages to find out what happens next! With delightful characters, a wonderful setting, a plot-line that keeps you guessing, and just the right amount of romance, this is a story that you are sure to enjoy.

I enjoyed spending time in the small western town of Belle Fourche and I’m looking forward to reading Eli’s story!

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

Favorite Quote:

 

Snag your copy!

What the Heart Holds (Brothers of Belle Forche #2)

 

About the Author:

KariTrumbo  I am an author of Christian Historical Romance novels. My first series, Western Vows is comprised of a prequel Forsaking All Others, then To Honor and Cherish, For Richer or Poorer, and To Love and Comfort. The settings are Kansas and northern Minnesota/Canadian border. If you are a lover of historical romance, especially clean historical romance, please follow my newsletter to be updated on what’s coming!

Kari Trumbo is one of four authors in the best-selling Cutter’s Creek series. She writes Christian Historical Romance and is a stay-at-home mom to four vibrant children. When she isn’t writing or editing, she homeschools her children and pretends to keep up with them. Kari loves reading, listening to contemporary Christian music, singing when no one’s listening and curling up near the wood stove when winter hits. She makes her home in central Minnesota with her husband of almost twenty years, two daughters, two sons, three cats, and one hungry wood stove.

Web page // Goodreads // Facebook // Twitter //

Brothers of Belle Forche:

Teach Me to Love (Brothers of Belle Forche #1)

What the Heart Holds (Brothers of Belle Forche #2)

  Deep Longing of the Soul (Brothers of Belle Forche #3)

Teach Me to Love (Brothers of Belle Forche #1) by Kari Trumbo

Synopsis:

Izzy Lawson has taken her last abuse.
When her husband dies, she has a choice in make: go home and face the family who made her stay with the beast, or head to Belle Fourche to the only friend she has left. The reserve she’s worked so hard to build crumbles in the verdant rolling hills, and in the arms of a man so different from her husband.

Conrad Oleson can’t read, and it’s shamed him for longer than he can remember.
When another teacher shows up on his front step, he’s sure his brother is meddling again. But when Izzy reveals her painful past, he can’t stay away. And if learning to read brings him closer to her, he’ll do about anything for her. Including, teaching her how to love.

My Thoughts:

I was drawn into this story from the beginning. These characters are realistic and vulnerable, they will capture your heart and your imagination!

The choices we make don’t always turn out the way we expected, and life certainly didn’t turn out as Izzy Lawson expected. But now she has the opportunity to go a new direction, and while the idea is a little terrifying, she is ready for the challenge.

Secrets have a way of either holding us away from other people, and Conrad’s secret of not being able to read isn’t any different. He always wanted to read, but the letters just got jumbled, and helping out on the farm was more important.

This is the first story I’ve read from Kari Trumbo, and I absolutely loved it! Currently, this story is part of the Timeless Love Collection. You can purchase the entire Collection for only .99c but hurry it’s only available for a limited time and in a few weeks, it will be available as a stand-alone.

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

Bonus:

CLICK HERE to read an excerpt

About the Author:

KariTrumbo  I am an author of Christian Historical Romance novels. My first series, Western Vows is comprised of a prequel Forsaking All Others, then To Honor and Cherish, For Richer or Poorer, and To Love and Comfort. The settings are Kansas and northern Minnesota/Canadian border. If you are a lover of historical romance, especially clean historical romance, please follow my newsletter to be updated on what’s coming!

Kari Trumbo is one of four authors in the best-selling Cutter’s Creek series. She writes Christian Historical Romance and is a stay-at-home mom to four vibrant children. When she isn’t writing or editing, she homeschools her children and pretends to keep up with them. Kari loves reading, listening to contemporary Christian music, singing when no one’s listening and curling up near the wood stove when winter hits. She makes her home in central Minnesota with her husband of almost twenty years, two daughters, two sons, three cats, and one hungry wood stove.

Web page // Goodreads // Facebook // Twitter //

Brothers of Belle Forche:

Teach Me to Love (Brothers of Belle Forche #1)

What the Heart Holds (Brothers of Belle Forche #2)

  Deep Longing of the Soul (Brothers of Belle Forche #3)