Saturday, December 3, 2016

To Warm a Wintered Heart by Deborah M. Hathaway, Book Review

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

To Win a Lady's Heart by Sian Ann Bessey, Book Review

Friday, November 11, 2016

Not a Word by Stephanie Black, Blog Tour






Book Summary:

Psychologist Natalie Marsh is a pro at keeping secrets. She not only guards her clients’ confidences but also expertly hides her own pain after being disinherited by her dying mother. As fresh personal challenges begin heaping on top of professional ones, Natalie’s best friend, Camille, confides that she thinks someone is stalking her. Natalie suspects that stress, not a stalker, is shadowing Camille—but Camille’s fear only continues to grow when the widow of a local businessman starts whispering that her husband was murdered and a new client of Natalie’s seems to be concealing something much more frightening than her inability to stand up for herself. Soon a shattering crime proves the danger is real. But when everyone has something at stake, is there anyone Natalie can trust? Or will she fall victim to a killer who will do anything to keep secrets hidden?



My Review:

Black does an incredible job of setting the stage in this book. So many different characters and their lives intertwined in such a tangled web. As a reader I appreciated that I had to really think things through and I was still guessing as to who was the bad guy in all of this craziness! The more I read, the more I began wondering if everyone was just slightly crazy. Natalie and Gideon's stories kept me glued to the pages and they will keep you intrigued as well as you try to figure out whodunnit! I appreciated that the ending was not a dead giveaway and that Black makes the reader really work to put all of the pieces together. A most excellent murder mystery, Not a Word will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page!


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Source:  Publisher for review 

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Rip Van Winkle and the Pumpkin Lantern by Seth Adam Smith, Blog Tour

Monday, October 17, 2016

Kept Secrets by Traci Hunter Abramson, Blog Tour & Giveaway





Book Summary:


Unexpectedly reunited after six years, high school sweethearts Devin Shanahan and Grace Harrington cross paths and have a whirlwind wedding. A lot can change in six years, however, and they must figure out how to make their two independent lives mesh.

Unable to disclose his CIA job to his new wife, when Devin is assigned a top-secret mission to Hong Kong, he tells Grace part of the truth: that he is going to work abroad for six months in finance. But when the mission turns deadly and Devin doesn't know whom to trust, he must make the most difficult decision of his life in an effort to keep Grace safe. Will the seeds of deception prove destructive to their newly formed marriage? And will the love that brought them together be the very thing their enemies use to tear them apart?



My Review:

Ultimately this ended up being a book I tried to put down so I could live life and it just wouldn't let me! The story of Devin and Grace became so engrossing that I had to keep reading until the end. Devin becoming this undercover spy in Hong Kong that he had no intention of being and Grace all on her own in New York with no idea what Devin was truly doing! The love, fear, the unknown, and having to trust it would all work out somehow? So much was happening in this book! Abramson spins a fantastic tale that kept me on my toes the entire time! A romantic suspense like no other, Kept Secrets is the best book I have read in the past few months!



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Monday, October 10, 2016

The Governess by Kristen McKendry, Blog Tour & Giveaway







Book Summary:

For Kate Porter in 1880s Canada, working as a governess is simply a means to an end, and she aspires to a high-society future that will lift her out of her middle-class existence. When she accepts a new position as tutor to Alonzo Colaco's children, she sees it as a step in the direction of her dreams. She eagerly envisions a grand house awaiting her...but when her new employer meets her at the train station driving a gaily painted gypsy wagon, Kate suspects her new job will not be all she anticipated.

Kate finds herself living in the woods in a refitted train car as she teaches the charming children of Alonzo, a tinker by trade. After trying in vain to secure another job, Kate is left with little choice. She must simply bide her time until a better position comes along. Soon, however, she abandons her preconceptions along with her bustle in favor of the joys of a simple life---and the possibility of true love. But when opportunity knocks, will Kate really be ready to walk away from all she has come to care about to pursue her high-society dreams?



My Review:

This book is unique in its setting and unlike any other I have read in this genre! That being said, I adored it! I loved Kate and her struggle to figure out how to support herself and where she fit in in society. The predicament she finds herself in being employed by a tinker and living in a train car was so very unexpected! Yet Alonzo was a dream with his good looks and beautiful, well-behaved children. I appreciated how Alonzo was so straight forward and was unafraid to say how he felt and what he thought, regardless of society's opinions. Kate's journey to figure out what was most important to her was emotional and full of ups and downs. A surprise ending was just the key to wrap up this wonderfully different story that I cannot stop thinking about! I will definitely recommend this book to any of my regency loving friends!


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Friday, October 7, 2016

For Sale by Owner by Marlene Bateman, Blog Tour & Review





Book Summary:

McKenzie Forsberg is headed home. She's quit her big-city job to return to her roots in the small town of Lake Forest. Kenzi hopes to buy her childhood home from her brother, Tom, as a way of revisiting the peace and security she's been missing in her life. But soon she is shocked to discover that the house has a pending sale, and Tom won't budge from the sale—not even for his sister.

Handsome widower Jared Rawlins catches Kenzie's eye until she realizes that he's the one who is buying her house—but he can only close the deal if he sells his own house by Christmas Eve. Jared is more than a little interested in Kenzie but has second thoughts when it seems that she may be sabotaging the sale of his home.

Slippery feelings of animosity and distrust ensue, with both Jared and Kenzie denying the chemistry between them. But then an unexpected discovery about their connected past puts a new twist in the dynamic. Now, can they put their differences aside and come to terms on a relationship that could last forever?




My Review:

The cover really sold me on this book, I saw a cute couple and ice skates and I was in! The story started off well and it caught my interest right away. Kenzie and her daughter Sara were off to start a new life in her hometown where her parents and brother lived. Add in the two year old grudge with her dad, a cute single dad Jared, who happens to be buying the home she wants and some other drama to make the story even more interesting! I quickly figured out where the story was going and somewhere around the middle of the book the author lost my undivided attention. While it was a disappointment to have it figured out, the story was still a good read, the pace just lagged a bit in the middle for me. The last quarter of the book made up for it and overall it was a pleasant read! The characters were the best part of the story and it was fun getting to know Kenzie and Jared.



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Saturday, October 1, 2016

The King of the Friend Zone (Power of the Matchmaker) by Sheralyn Pratt, Book Review




Book  Summary:

Esme Taylor has an amazing fiancĂ©, a lifelong best friend, and a problem. The problem stems from the fact that her best friend is named Hunter and, well. . .he’s kind of (totally) hot. It’s hate at first sight when her fiancĂ©, Jon, and Hunter meet. Jon’s convinced that Hunter is in love with Esme, and that Hunter must be out of the picture if their upcoming marriage is to succeed. 

Esme thinks Jon is paranoid. 

The truth is, Jon’s not that far off. Hunter is in love with his best friend and always has been. What Jon has wrong, however, is that Hunter never had any plans of ruining Esme’s happily ever after. Hunter wants what’s best for Esme, even if that’s not him. 

When Jon pushes hard to end Esme and Hunter’s friendship, opposition comes from the most unlikely of places. It’s an eccentric lady with a cookie cart who suggests a different solution to Esme’s problem: Hunter and Esme should give each other a chance. 

They’ve both thought of the possibility over the years—of course they have. But with a ring already on Esme’s finger and a heap of hurt feelings and broken trust in the mix, there hasn’t been a worse time to explore the depths of their feelings for each other. 

Both Esme and Hunter think it’s time to move on and leave childhood crushes in the past. The question is: Can one woman and the taste of one cookie change their minds? 

Note to Reader: This book is a "clean" read with mainstream values and minor language.


My Review:

King of the Friend Zone by Sheralyn Pratt

Seriously I cannot even find the words to say how much I loved this book! The title is completely perfect for the book and poor Hunter who was the literal king of the friend zone! I could not for anything figure out why in the world that Esme would fall for such a loser like Jon who was a plastic surgeon who wanted to control everything all the time! This book was a frustratingly great read! I could not swipe through my kindle pages fast enough to figure out if Esme would ever wake up and see what was right in front of her face! Or if Hunter would ever get a clue and tell Esme how he really felt! Those two were the source of all my angst while reading this book! I could have thrown my kindle a time or two! But that is what makes the story so good! Pick up a copy and you will be so glad you did! I mean who doesn't love a lady named Pearl selling cookies for the price of one kiss? I have loved Pearl from other Power of the Matchmaker books and she was a hit in this one too! Read this book!!!!  I received a copy of this book for free, all thoughts and opinions are my own.



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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Sheriffs of Savage Wells by Sarah M. Eden, Blog Tour






Book Summary:

He's the most fearsome sheriff in the West. A force to be reckoned with. The stuff of legend.

So is she. . . . May the best sheriff win. 

Paisley Bell knows the eccentric people of Savage Wells. From the absentminded shopkeeper who always thinks she's been robbed to the young man who has returned shell-shocked from the war, Paisley has compassion for them all. When the sheriff up and leaves town, Paisley steps up and assumes the responsibility, partly because she loves the work, but also because she needs the income to take care of her sick father. So when the town council decides that the position of sheriff should really go to a man, Paisley finds herself fighting to prove that she's the perfect candidate for the job, even though she wears a skirt.

Cade O'Brien is heartily sick of shooting people. In his many years as a lawman, Cade has seen his share of blood and violence. So when he answers an advertisement for a sheriff job in the sleepy town of Savage Wells, he believes he's found the peace and quiet he's always desired. But when he discovers that his biggest competition for the job is a woman, he begins to question his decisions.

Tension between the two begins to sizzle when both Cade and Paisley realize the attraction they have for each other, but when Paisley's former beau shows up in town, along with a band of bank robbers, the blossoming relationship between the two sheriffs is tested. They will have to work together to thwart the bank robbers and keep the town safe.




My Review:

I really wasn't sure what I would think of this western novel, it is such a different genre than what I am used to from Eden. But I should have known that Eden would work her writing magic and have me so caught up in the story of Paisley and Cade that I couldn't put it down! Paisley was one original character! A woman sheriff in a small western town! Wearing a dress and a gun! I could see it all in my mind and I loved the image! Then enters Cade into the picture! The well-known gun-slinging sheriff who always catches the criminals. Who would win the badge and title of the sheriff of Savage Wells?

The competition that ensued was so fun to watch unfold! I loved getting to know each candidate for sheriff and each and every member of the town. I felt like I knew the town and the people of Savage Wells by the time I was done reading the book. They had become dear friends that I didn't want to leave! Cade and Paisley were a dynamic duo in my mind! There were always sparks, verbal sparring and surprises with those two around! A wonderfully written story, I highly recommend The Sheriffs of Savage Wells!


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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Fall of Lord Drayson by Rachael Anderson, Book Review



The Fall of Lord Drayson by Rachael Anderson

 Who is he really? A high and mighty lord or a lowly servant? When Colin Cavendish, the new earl of Drayson, informs Lucy Beresford that she and her mother need to vacate the house they've called home for the past two years, Lucy is fit to be tied. They have no money, no relations they can turn to for help, and nowhere to go. How dare the earl break the promise his father had made to the Beresfords without so much as a twinge of conscience? Fate plays her hand when Lucy discovers the earl unconscious and injured in the middle of the road. When he awakens with no recollection of who he is, Lucy seizes the opportunity to teach the earl a much-needed lesson in humility and tells him that he is nothing more than a mere servant. Her servant, in fact. And thus begins the charming tale of a pompous lord and an impetuous young woman, caught together in a web so tangled that it begs the question: Will they ever get out?

My Review:

The Fall of Lord Drayson by Rachael Anderson

This regency novel is one I will not soon forget! When I first began reading it, the movie "Overboard" came to my mind! (Showing my age now I know) The twist of Lord Drayson falling and losing his memory and then Lucy being so infuriated she told him he was her servant was too much! I could not believe she did that! But then the friendship and love that developed between the two was so genuine you could feel it, but the entire time this huge deception hung in the air like a vat of guilt.
I thought the problems would resolve themselves easily but Anderson had more in store for us than that! She kept me on my reading toes and I could not put the book down until I had read the very last word. And now I need more! More of this world she has created where I can be transported out of mine and into the scene of a time and era gone by. Anderson's writing enchanted me and I am still thinking about it the next day. If you love regency novels (and this one is sweet) then you should definitely buy The Fall of Lord Drayson! It has chemistry, laughter, and every component that makes a novel worth reading.



  Excerpt:

 He stared at her incredulously, as though she had escaped Bedlam. “Are you in your right mind, woman?” Lucy leaned forward and planted her palms on his bed so that her eyes were level with his. “My name is Lucy Beresford. I have lived in Askern all my life. I’m the sole daughter of a vicar and a seamstress who lived most happily despite their differences in station. When my father passed away, I came here, to this dower house. So yes, I am in my right mind. It is you who are not.” The earl’s jaw clenched, and Lucy took some pleasure at the sight. Perhaps he would come down off his high horse and show at least a small amount of kindness or respect. “I may not know who I am or where I came from,” he finally said, “but at least I do not feel the need to tell tales.” “Tell tales?” Lucy gaped at him. Was he accusing her of telling untruths? Her, of all people? What untruths? How dare he! Lord Drayson glanced down at his fingers, frowning when he spotted grime under his nails. He began to scrape it out as he spoke. “Claiming to be the daughter of a vicar and seamstress is all very romantic, but it cannot possibly be the truth.” “And why not?” she asked. His gaze returned to hers. “In my experience, the daughter of a vicar would behave with more decorum, would know how to make a palatable broth, and would never allow herself to be alone in a room with a man who is not her relative. If there is one thing I know with absolute certainty, it is that you are no relation of mine.” Lucy’s jaw clenched as she fought to control the rage building inside her. Ever so slowly, she pushed herself up to standing and glared down at the earl. “You are correct in thinking I am no ordinary vicar’s daughter. I do not love unconditionally. I show decorum only when I wish to. And I despise those who care for no one but themselves. But I do not tell tales.” He actually chuckled, but it was more of a scoff than a show of humor. “Did you learn those traits from your father?” “Do not speak of my father.” “I would prefer to speak of myself, but you do not seem to share that preference, so perhaps we should speak of your father instead. Where is he, by the by? I would very much like to meet him.” Lucy’s fingers became fists while her conscience became a battleground between all that was good and evil inside her. It was a short battle, with evil making a quick triumph. Ever so slowly, her body still trembling with anger, she lifted her chin. If he was going to accuse her of telling tales, then tell them she would. “Very well, Collins. If you must know, I am your employer. And though you may not remember me, or this house, or your position in it, or the fact that you are perfectly susceptible to coming off a horse, just like any other human, I still expect some kindness and respect from you.” “What on earth are you talking about? What position?” There was not a hint of hesitation in her voice when she answered. “You are a servant in this house.”



  Author Rachael Anderson A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can't sing, doesn't dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.



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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Recreated by Colleen Houck, Nerd Blast & Giveaway!!!





Synopsis 

From Colleen Houck, New York Times bestselling author of The Tiger’s Curse, comes Recreated, the second book in the epic Egyptian-inspired Reawakened series, in which a seventeen-year-old must literally go to hell to save the love of her life.

Lily Young thought traveling across the globe with a reawakened sun prince was a grand adventure. Now she’s about to embark on the journey of a lifetime.

When Amon and Lily part tragically, he transports himself to the Netherworld—what mortals call hell. Tormented by the loss of his one true love, he’d rather suffer in agony during Lily’s mortal years than fulfill his duty to protect humanity.

Heartbroken, Lily seeks refuge on her grandmother’s farm. Yet she can feel Amon’s pain, and she has been having dreams—dreams of Amon continually suffering.

For before he departed, Amon gave Lily something very special, an item that connects them even though they are worlds apart. Now Lily must use this object to free him, and to free their realms from darkness and utter chaos. She will do whatever it takes. 




ABOUT THE AUTHOR

New York Times Bestselling author Colleen Houck is a lifelong reader whose literary interests include action, adventure, paranormal, science fiction, and romance. When she’s not busy writing, she likes to spend time chatting on the phone with one of her six siblings, watching plays, and shopping online. Colleen has lived in Arizona, Idaho, Utah, California, and North Carolina and is now permanently settled in Salem, Oregon with her husband and a huge assortment of plush tigers.






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Friday, September 16, 2016

Southern Charmed by Melanie Jacobson, Blog Tour & Giveaway!





Book Summary:

Lila Mae Guidry is a Southern girl through and through. As a fourth-generation Latter-day Saint in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, she’s proud of her heritage as both a Southerner and a Saint—and she doesn’t take kindly to people who disparage either. Ten years ago, Max Archer was just that kind of jerk. As the mission president’s son, Max spent his entire three years mocking the South . . . and teenage Lila. After Max’s family moved away, Lila forgot about her sworn enemy. Almost. 

When a new job brings a grown-up Max back to Baton Rouge, Lila is less than thrilled with his reappearance, especially since everyone seems intent on throwing her together with this old adversary. Yet fight as she may, Lila soon realizes resistance is futile—their connection is undeniable. Max embodies everything she wants in a man—except perhaps the most important thing—her life is rooted in the city she loves, but his dreams are bigger than Baton Rouge. With such mismatched visions of the future, Max and Lila are faced with a life-altering decision: jeopardize their aspirations or risk losing love.



Southern Charmed by Melanie Jacobson

I was charmed by this story about Lila and Max. Two people who share a misunderstood past and are now reconnecting ten years later. I thought Max was the epitome of a great catch! Good looks, intelligent and full of patience for all that is Lila. He was much more patient than I would have been! Underneath the fun in this story is an underlying tale of learning to deal with loss and grief. I felt like Hattie was an integral part of the story and her story was an important one aside from Lila and Max's story. Learning to move on, learning to love again, learning to forgive; Southern Charmed isn't just a fluff and stuff romance. It has layers and pieces to it that come together to make it one great book you will not soon forget. 


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Thursday, September 8, 2016

A Place for Miss Snow by Jennifer Moore, Blog Tour & Giveaway!




Book Summary:

Miss Diana Snow is everything a British chaperone should be—she finds satisfaction in order and depends wholly upon the rules of decorum as she negotiates the isle of Greece with her young charge. But Miss Snow's prim and proper exterior masks a disquieting past: orphaned and alone in the world, she has only her stiff upper lip to rely on. When a brief encounter with a handsome stranger challenges her rules of propriety, Diana is unwittingly drawn into an adventure that will turn her ordered world upside down.

Alexandros Metaxas is a Greek spy working to recruit individuals to the cause of revolution. His mission seems to be going perfectly until he encounters Diana Snow, a captivating—if slightly cold—beauty. When their paths cross again, the ill-fated reunion threatens all Alex has been fighting for. But more importantly, it places Diana's life in jeopardy. There is only one way to save her: they must put themselves at the mercy of the most powerful pirate family in the Mediterranean. Soon, Diana is plunged into a fantastic world of gypsy curses, blood feuds, and unexpected romance. But when a bitter vendetta places her in mortal danger, will she have the courage to fight for life and love?
 

My Review:

This is not your typical regency romance novel! Miss Snow is a companion and chaperone to her young charge and is taken captive by pirates and criminals! She finds herself thrown into a foreign country where she doesn't know the language or the customs.  The only person she knows is Alexandros and he is the reason she is there to begin with! A Place for Miss Snow is a whirlwind adventure from two points of view; Miss Snow's and Alexandros'. Can and will these two completely opposite individuals find any common ground or even think about love? Moore envelops the reader in the culture and beauty of Greece! As you immerse yourself in all things Greece, you will come to love the Mavromichaleis family and their sense of honor, love and faith! You will feel it too as you begin your own journey in A Place for Miss Snow!


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Friday, September 2, 2016

Undercover Target by Frank Holdaway, Blog Tour






Book Summary:


When Matt Knight left his career as a spy to marry the woman of his dreams, he thought he was in for a life of domestic bliss. But after adopting a baby girl and her teenage brother from China, he finds that being a father comes with its own set of challenges—problems that his work as an antiterrorism agent did nothing to prepare him for. Or so he thought. When a Scout campout with his son takes a terrifying turn, Matt realizes his past and present have just collided, with devastating consequences. Deep in the rugged mountains of Utah, a band of mercenaries lies in wait. The target: Matt Knight. Their orders come from a dangerous enemy from the former agent’s past, one who is bent on destroying everything Matt holds dear. While struggling to protect his son and the other Scouts, Matt is horrified to learn the full extent of the plan: his wife and baby have been taken too. Now the agent-turned-family man must draw on his years of combat training in an explosive battle to save those he loves—or die trying.


My Review:

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