More Than a Fantasy

More than a fantasy
Editions:Paperback: $ 14.99 USD
ISBN: 978-1947561052
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 187
Kindle: $ 3.99 USD

One night changed everything...

Finally content single, second grade teacher Kelly Greene doesn’t need a man screwing up her life, even a sexy cop like Ben. All she needs is her rechargeable double A batteries.

Operation: Win Kelly. For Officer Ben Moore repairing a creepy Victorian house, a workplace dalliance, and camping au naturel are beyond his comfort zone. Ben schemes to bring Kelly’s fantasies alive, but in Fortuna, Texas, where men read romance and cosplay is second nature, it’s hard to keep their rendezvous hidden from gossipmongers and, more importantly, her match-making momma.

When danger threatens Fortuna Elementary, Ben is assigned a case that keeps thrusting them together, Kelly has a helluva time ignoring her heart—let alone her girly bits.

Ben holds the key to the handcuffs but Kelly must decide if he also holds the key to her heart.

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Reviews:TurrleMom1 on BookBub wrote:

More than a Fantasy by Rochelle Bradley is the next book in the Fortuna, Tx series. This town consists of sexy alpha men who want to fulfill all of their women's fantasies and will do what ever it takes to make them happen. From climbing through the windows in a pair of wings for a visitation to reading sexy romance novels to get ideas.

Ben is the local law police officer and Kelly is the elementary school teacher and they could not be more different but the sparks ignite whenever the two are together. Since everyone knows everyone's business it is really hard to keep anything a secret and get away with it.

Character development is spot on and the secondary characters really add to the story. I love Desire the quintessential dirty old lady with all of her Innuendoes that keep everyone laughing. With a Mexican restaurant by the name of the Pink Taco how bad can this town be.

Once Ben decides to make all of Kelly's fantasies come true no matter how silly he feels the happy ending is a given. You will love this series and wished you lived in Fortuna, Tx.


Plumb Twisted

Book Cover: Plumb Twisted
Editions:Paperback: $ 14.99 USD
ISBN: 978-1947561021
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 255
Kindle: $ 3.99 USD

Karaoke and Kidnapping...

Piper McCracken needs a fresh start. Her father’s death, a failed engagement, and her ex-fiancé-turned-stalker prompt her to make a bold leap . . . from the Windy City to Fortuna, Texas. Piper feels ready to take on small town life—that is, until she’s erroneously proclaimed a shy cowboy’s mail-order bride.

Hired as a personal assistant to Jessie Barnes, Piper becomes much more: friend, beta tester, and . . . intimate apparel model? With a three-legged cat, fake news, drunken karaoke, romance novel obsessed men, a cocky old lady, and a perverted town prankster, Piper finds Fortuna plumb twisted.

All Cole Dart really needs is his family and job working at the Big Deal ranch. After surviving cancer, his life is like a pair of broken-in boots. Comfortable. He doesn’t want the complication of a relationship now. Or ever. But when Piper’s stalker catches up to her, Cole’s protective instincts kick into high gear and he’s determined to step between her and danger, no matter the cost.

When a tornado rips through town, Cole’s home is strewn across the county, can Piper help him pick up the pieces and find happily ever after or will the stalker tear them apart forever?

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When Cole and Piper arrived at the truck stop, Cole flagged down the owner, Norma Stitts. She waved them in. He took Piper’s elbow and led her to a booth.

Piper inspected the bookshelf by the door, then gazed around the room, taking it all in. Cole tried not to stare, but it proved hard not to watch her first encounter with a Texas truck stop.

“There are three men reading romance novels,” she said in awe. Packed with men, but also a few women and children, Stitts’ was hopping.

“I’m surprised it’s not more,” Cole said, rubbing his chin.

“Really?” Piper’s eyes widened.

“See that bookshelf? It’s a major exchange center for the book trade.”

“Book trade?”

“You’ll have to ask Miss Jessie about how it started,” Cole explained.

“Mrs. Barnes, my boss?”

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“Yes. Sorry, I’ve called her Miss Jessie for years.”

A man entered the restaurant, placed two books on the shelf, then ran his finger down the spines in the line and pulled out another. He paused, reading the back.

“Do you see that man?” Cole asked, and she nodded. “He’s a farmer. Owns a couple hundred acres, a modest spread, and he loves romances.”

The farmer pocketed the book. He picked out two more before leaving.

“Ah, romance books. This is what you meant yesterday?” Her cheeks pinked.

“Yes.” He cleared his throat, which had suddenly gone dry. “It started with a personal challenge to one man, a dare. He didn’t back down. He liked the books and dared others. Then it spread like wildfire on dry prairie grass.”

They ordered and sipped the rich dark coffee. “This is good.” Inhaling deeply, she gripped the ceramic mug as if it held ambrosia.

He leaned back and relaxed. Warmth spread through his body, happy to have pleased her.

“So who dared you?” she asked.

He nearly spit coffee.

“I mean, why do you read them?”

“I like the stories.”

“You mean you like the sex.” She tilted her head and grinned.

Sure, he liked the steamy scenes, but that wasn’t the whole reason he read them. “I like happy endings,” he offered with a shrug. She raised a skeptical eyebrow. “Okay, I like the hot scenes, but only because of the love.” He swallowed.

“Love?”

The waitress placed food on the table, saving him. They ate in silence except for an occasional comment about the flavor of the food. After Piper pushed an empty plate away, she asked, “Are all cowboys like you?”

Uh oh. “Like, how?”

“You know, crunchy on the outside, gooey on the inside?”

Cole laughed. “Most likely,” he answered, as another man took more books.

“I don’t like romance stories,” she admitted in a quiet voice. Before he could ask, she explained, “The heroines are too soft. I don’t like to read about weak women. Plus, those men always have movie star looks, amazing careers and are billionaires. You can’t find your soulmate in a romance book.”

“But you might find personality traits you like,” he offered. She shrugged, not buying it. “I don’t see the women as weak—only flawed, with obstacles to overcome.”

“I suppose everyone has flaws.”

“What’s yours?” he asked with a smirk.

“Liking the wrong type of men,” she muttered.

His stomach clenched. “That’s a cop-out answer.” He’d unfairly asked, so he offered his shortcoming. “I’m self-conscious about my looks.”

She inspected him critically and sweat broke out across his forehead. “Most people are.”

He leaned close and whispered, “It keeps me from talking and interacting with people. I get nervous and won’t go places if there’s a crowd.” It had been years since the operation and it still affected him.

“You’re fine, Cole. You’re more than fine.” Piper shifted in her seat and leaned forward. “Look, you’re out talking to me and I’m a stranger and a woman.”

He nodded. “Normally, I’d be a basket case of nerves.”

“Looks are all personal taste. Someone might think you’re ugly or someone might think you’re the sexiest man alive. The thing you have to ask yourself is: does their opinion matter to me?” She smiled sweetly over the rim of her mug.

“What’s your opinion?” he blurted, needing to know.

“Does it matter to you what I think?”

“Yes. It matters greatly.” It was true, but he didn’t want to ask himself why. The smile that lit her face made his heart hitch. She set her coffee down.

“Well, Cole, I like the crunchy-gooey combo. It’s very appealing.” She blushed, long eyelashes hiding her eyes as she looked at the table. “I find you…” she paused, drumming her fingers against the side of her mug.

“Pretty, right?” A short, old woman said as she slid into the booth next to Cole and pinched his cheek. “This one’s a hot tamale.”

“Hello, Ms. Hardmann.” Cole’s face felt like the temperature of the sun. He rubbed his cheek. “This is Piper McCracken. Piper this is Desire Hardmann.”

“Hello, young lady.” Desire took Piper’s hand and squeezed. With a wink, she yelled over her shoulder to a man in a white apron, “Hey, Hugh Stitts! Come over here and meet Cole’s Russian mail-order bride.”

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Reviews:JB Richards on IHI BOOK REVIEW PROJECT wrote:

A Romantic Comedy With A Real Twister!

Overview: All hell breaks loose when Piper McCraken arrives in Fortuna, looking for a fresh start after her life takes a turn for the worse. Piper is still reeling from the effects of a broken engagement, but Big Deal ranch-hand, Cole Dart, just can’t seem to get the diminutive firecracker off his mind, especially since Fate keeps pushing the pair together.

Author Rochelle Bradley pens a rollicking romantic comedy in “Plumb Twisted”, her second chapter in the Fortuna, Texas Novel series with high-spirited characters and a tempestuous plotline filled with lots of ups and downs for both the townsfolk and her two main characters.

As the story develops, both lead characters—Piper and Cole— are determined to avoid dating in order to concentrate on themselves after surviving a series of personal tragedies that include childhood abandonment, a bout with cancer, the recent death of loved ones, and failed romances. But Author Bradley, along with the townsfolk of Fortuna, however, have other plans, bringing the independent, plucky blond and handsome but shy cowboy together in the most peculiar and often hilarious circumstances. In a stroke of comedic genius, Bradley keeps adding just the right touch of humor to a story that would otherwise be tragic.

“Plumb Twisted” is just what the title promises; a great story with a strong female lead who’s life undergoes a series of twists and turns that will have readers laughing and crying at the same time. I highly recommend this kick-your-heels-up, rip roarin’ romantic comedy with somewhat of a surprise ending for ages 17 and up.

Congratulations to the author on this award-winning story! This novel will be permanently featured on my website at AuthorJBRichards.com under IHIBRP 5 Star Recommended Reads!

Patricia on Books to Curl Up With wrote:

Welcome back to the ranch, Jessie and Josiah are working hard at her business and the ranch. When Jessie hires a new hire named Piper. McCracken as her personal assistant Piper is ready to take on small town life until she blurts out that she is a mail order bride for a shy cowboy. Cole Dart. Between the meddling cocky old lady, romance reading men . fake news and a display of the funniest drunken karaoke ever . Piper thinks that Fortuna is plumb twisted crazy. When Cole and Piper come up against her ex fiancé, stalker. They grow closer and Cole feels he needs to protect Piper from all. Will they get their happily ever after or will Justin and his scheming rip them apart for good.

This is the second book in the series and most of the characters from book one are back with some new members of the party. Piper is well lets just say she comes off as a mouse and scared of her own shadow at the beginning. Like all good characters we see her really start to grow and become a cocky cow girl that fits right in with the rest of the clan at the Double D ranch. She does have her man I am a stupid woman moments through out the book which makes her even more realistic in my eyes. Cole well Cole has been put through the wringer. Coming back from cancer all he wants is his family and to work again. He is sweet but also so shy when it comes to certain things. He is also very protective of those he loves and takes care of. I just wanted to hug him and tell him every thing will be ok.

Now Justin well I just wanted to slap him and make him go away. He is creepy and gets creepier as the story goes on. You just can't trust him in any way shape or form.

This book is funny and sweet also it does takes on a dark side towards the end. You really want the good guys to win and Justin to get what is coming to him. The author adds just the right amount of laughter and steamy. The characters are well written and you will fall for all of them. There were a few spots where I felt like it kind of drug just a little and it could of been shortened just a little. Overall I truly enjoyed this book and would love to read the next book in the series. So check it out for an afternoon read.

Liberty Ireland on Dark 'n Twisty Books wrote:

What a fun and awesome book!! I loved every bit of it!! Piper and Cole (two of my favorite names) are two just-wild-enough characters in a plot filled with ups and downs. They are perfect for one another though far be it from them to admit the truth about how they feel! It was a perfect romance, filled with all kinds of feels, humor and just the right amount of embarrassment. Their backgrounds were so realistic that I just loved what a great couple they became over the course of the storyline. The book reads smoothly and is over long before you want it to be.

Rochelle Bradley writes truly great stories. Such talent. They are sweet yet steamy, show us the reality of loving someone and always have the perfect villain that we all LUURVE to hate. I highly recommend this kick-butt RomCom with a twist saved for the very end for ages 18 and older.


The Double D Ranch

The Double D Ranch
Editions:Paperback: $ 14.99 USD
ISBN: 13978947561014
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 311
Kindle: $ 3.99 USD
ISBN: 13978947561007

Longhorns and lingerie...

Much to the chagrin of foreman Josiah, Jessie Davidson wants a romance reduction. But the Double D Ranch hides a secret. Since inheriting the property, Jessie kept her grandmother’s hoard concealed, but now she’s found the courage to purge the unwanted items: steamy novels, thousands of them. Romance has to go! Donating the books is a good thing, right? Not when coupled with a dare.

The dare spirals out of control. The ante is upped when caches of the spicy books, left in barber shops, pool halls, and pubs, challenge others to join the fad. A perverted prankster runs amok playing on the town’s fantasies. Book clubs are formed. Plots acted out. In a town saturated with romance, Jessie finds her love life underdeveloped.

Keep Jessie safe. It’s the promise Josiah Barnes made to Jessie’s dying grandmother. He aims to honor it, even if it means protecting Jessie from himself. Failing her in the past has him on high alert when the Double D becomes ground zero for the arousal avalanche sweeping the town. As a full-support, silent partner, Josiah will do anything to augment the Double D. But when Jessie starts selling handmade lingerie, keeping his hands to himself is easier said than done…

Will she shelve happily ever after like a rejected novel, or open her heart and start a new chapter?

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Reviews:Author Alyia Dalrae on ADR Short & Sweet Book Reviews wrote:

Hold onto your hats!

The Double D Ranch is a rootin’ tootin’ good time, complete with hot cowboys, steamy romance, and double entendres that will have you “doubled” over with laughter. But don’t let the humor fool you. Double D is an entertaining romance with well-developed characters you can’t help but fall in love with, and a plot driven story that will have you turning the pages and leave you wanting more. Bradley has delivered a solid debut novel, one that has this reader anxiously awaiting the release of her next installment. Hold onto your hats, folks – it’s gonna be a helluva ride!

Author Daniel Coldspring on After Terra wrote:

A Western Comedy that is totally unashamed of itself.

I’ll tell you straight away, I normally don’t go in for romance novels. However this book was not solicited to me cold, but rather it came to my notice as the work of an author in my area, Rochelle Bradley. She had the advantage of being able to talk her work up to me in person, and she managed to intrigue me with her lively characters, as well as their story and its prodigious puns.

Double D Ranch is absolutely cheeky and only takes itself seriously in the moments that call for it. It is a romantic comedy, but that phrase feels unfair, because it is now and perhaps forever a phrase attached to a particular type of formulaic, dry, utterly predictable movie and/or story that has become a cultural cliche. Reading Double D did not at all remind me of some of those horrid romcoms I’ve somehow endured in the past. This story feels fresh, it balances the comedy, romance, and sexual tension well, and it is thoroughly ingrained in its Western setting, Fortuna, Texas to be more specific. It’s a nice combination of elements that feels immersive, and despite some of the absurdities in the pages, it almost seems like a story this quirky and odd could really happen in a small Texas town.

There’s nothing I can fault in what I read without going into turbo nitpicking mode, and honestly that comes more down to personal style choices I would make as a writer versus what Rochelle did. The prose is tight and clear, the POV shifts are free of confusion, and the whole thing flows quite breezily. Besides, our differences as authors and as people are what make us interesting, and I’m glad she wrote this, because if I did it probably wouldn’t be as funny.

*self-deprecation skill increased by 1*

Again, I normally don’t read these kinds of stories much (if in the mood for romance or comedy there are usually some go-to films I put on instead) but my personal reading choices are not a reason to objectively dock any points from The Double D Ranch. The story is excellent, with great heart and fun characters, and considering that it had an uphill battle for my attention against my usual sci-fi indulgences, I hope that tells you something.

You can check out this book on Amazon at the link below, and if you do enjoy The Double D Ranch, there are two additional books by Rochelle in the Fortuna, Texas series for your consideration!

Ali Justice on Ali's Bookshelf wrote:

First off I want to thank this fantastic author for the chance to read and review her book. It was great getting to meet you and I hope to see you again in the future. Second, I have to say how amazing this book is. I loved the writing style and I laughed so hard reading this one. I started this book needing a pick me up and this was the perfect book to read. Don't get me wrong the story line/plot is perfection but the humor in this one made the story so much more.

The other thing that I really enjoyed about this book was that I had no clue what was about to happen. Have you ever found that one book that really held your attention and didn't let go mainly because you wasn't sure what was going to happen, yeah this is one of those times for me. I needed to know what was going to happen next. So much so that I held this book while I cooked at one point and almost dropped it into my sauce.

If you enjoy a great romantic comedy then this is the perfect book for you to read.

Author JB Richards on IHI BOOK REVIEW PROJECT wrote:

Saddle-Up, Pardner… This Little Filly Is Ready To Ride!

I have to admit, I was far from taking this novel seriously once I read the eye-rolling title of Bradley’s book, but I was pleasantly surprised by this great yarn about a small western town gone loco over a secret treasure trove of old romance novels. “Longhorns and lingerie” barely begins to describe this live-wire western romance with a twist of mystery and angst. And although it’s sexual innuendo that abounds between the pages of this astonishingly endearing read—with places like the Tease Me Salon, Nailed—the local hardware store, and the Twin Hills Country Club in Nockerville (the next town over from Fortuna—readers will be giggling with delight as ranch-owner, Jessie, and her head cow-poke, Josiah, set themselves on a mission to save the financially troubled Double D Ranch.

Sure… The title of this book might be a bit over-the-top, but the story itself is interesting and well-written. “The Double D Ranch” is a tongue-in-cheek, larger-than-life, Texas romance that combines romance and ranch-handling with entrepreneurial genius, erotic hi-jinks, and a hidden secret from the past. Bradley injects just the right amount of humor into this particular work, making it a hilarious erotic romance, and yet her warm and genuine characters, who are defined by complex pasts that are seldom presented in this genre, carry the plotline forward like a herd of wild horses running free on the lone prairie.

If you’re in the mood for some knee-slapping’, rip-roarin’, high-fallutin’, get-ready-to-kick-off-your-boots-and-dance action, saddle-up, Pardner… This little filly is ready to ride happily into the sunset!

Hiyo, Silver… Away!

Congratulations to the author on this award-winning story! This novel will be permanently featured on my website under IHIBRP 5 Star Recommended Reads!