Thursday, December 17, 2020

Spotlight & Giveaway - - Lori Matthews

Since her debut book, Break and Enter released in February of this year,  Lori Matthews has been busy writing, with each successive book cementing her place on my auto-buy list of romantic suspense authors. Her books are fast-paced, passionate, and overflowing with action and adventure. And her complex, well-developed characters have me firmly in their corners. After the successful launch of the three full-length novels in her Callahan Security series, Matthews didn't miss a beat, turning her writing focus to novellas set within Amazon's Brotherhood Protectors World. The first, Justified Misfortune, takes readers to a small town in Montana for a second-chance romance that's filled with all the danger, passion, and unexpected twists that have sent all of Matthews' books straight to my keeper shelf. Read my full review of Justified Misfortune here

Justified Misfortune: Brotherhood Protectors World
by Lori Matthews
Publisher: Twisted Page Press
Release Date: October 13, 2020

Hudson Riggs has returned to his family’s ranch after years spent traveling the world. The former Navy SEAL accepted a position as a Personal Security Specialist, a job that didn’t leave much free time. He never expected his visit to his hometown to turn into another job. His former High School flame has been arrested for murder but Hudson’s gut instinct is she didn’t do it. All he has to do now is prove it.

For Sunny Travers, being back in Canyon Springs is bittersweet. She desperately misses her life in California but her grandmother needs her. Sunny’s world flips upside down when she’s arrested for killing the local hero. Now the citizens of Canyon Springs have turned against her and she’s forced to accept help from the man who broke her heart all those years ago.

Hudson knows Sunny hasn’t forgiven him. Hell, he hasn’t forgiven himself for how he left things but all his emotions take a back seat when someone tries to kill Sunny. Can Hudson protect Sunny long enough to apologize to her and right old wrongs or will the killer get to her first?

Justified Burden: Brotherhood Protectors World
by Lori Matthews
Publisher: Twisted Page Press
Release Date: December 1, 2020

Former Navy SEAL, and Personal Security Specialist Rhys Bennett is in Canyon Springs to mend after being shot on his last assignment. His wound has healed and it’s almost time for him to go back to work, but he’s worried. The sixth sense that’s kept him alive so far is MIA.

For Scarlett Jones, being in Canyon Springs is her chance at a fresh start after a devastating tragedy. She’s desperate for her design business to be successful. But when things keep going wrong on her latest remodel, panic sets in. Is someone sabotaging the worksite on purpose or is it all in her head?

Realizing the distracting Scarlett is in trouble, Rhys puts aside his self-doubt and volunteers to protect her. Watching over the beautiful redhead won’t be too difficult. Or so he thinks until a body is discovered and the mystery surrounding Scarlett turns potentially deadly. Will Rhys be up to the task of keeping Scarlett safe or will the killer get away with murder twice?

Justified Burden, the second of Matthews' Brotherhood Protectors World novellas, grabbed me on page one and held me riveted to the story until the end. Rhys and Scarlett are intriguing, relatable characters who engaged both my interest and my affection. Their emotional back stories and sizzling chemistry kept me invested in them and their journey, not to mention the ever-present danger and a well-woven mystery that had me guessing right up until the reveal. Plus...puppy! 💓

If you enjoy a quick, fast-paced story with a good balance of suspense and romance, I highly recommend both Justified Burden and Justified Misfortune. They're perfect for holiday season reading when we don't always have time for a full-length book.

Though both of these novellas stand on their own, because the hero and heroine from Justified Misfortune have significant roles in Justified Burden you may prefer to read them in order.  


I love the small-town Montana setting of these novellas. What's your favorite contemporary romance setting? Country? City? Something else?

Two randomly chosen people who post a comment before 11:00 PM, December 18 will each receive a print set of Justified Misfortune and Justified Burden.

*Must be 18
*Open internationally

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  1. These both sound like my kind of story. I love the setting. The West offers so much for both historical and contemporary books. They both sound like good suspense reads. And yes, puppy and a black lab - an all time favorite. We are currently looking for another one.
    I hope you have a great Christmas and a wonderful 2021. Stay safe and healthy.

  2. While I read and enjoy pretty much all settings, the West and small towns have a special place in my heart - weather they are historical or contemporaries.

  3. WOW 5* I will look for Lori's books. I'd like to be introduced to the Protective Brotherhood members! Lately I'm enjoying country more than city settings, probably a reflection on my own life as I'm currently living in rural Wisconsin.

    I visited Whitefish, MT last year. Glacier National Park is so beautiful. People were very nice and helpful too too.

  4. I really do not have a favorite setting, like both. This author is new to me. Thanks for the chance.

  5. I love suspense and a little romance even better. I am not fussy re settings.
    Karen T. (Natty's Mama)

  6. I am a fan of Cowboys. Both these stories sound good. Thanks for the reviews. I hope everyone is taking care and staying well.

  7. I love suspense in romance. Small town works for me. Thanks for the reviews.

  8. I prefer small town romances because I live in a small town!

  9. I love reading small town stories--since I've never actually lived in a small town, it's fun to armchair travel this way ;)