Tuesday, October 20, 2015

A Timeless Romance Anthology, Under the Mistletoe Collection, Book Review



Book Summary:

Six Award-Winning Authors have contributed new stories to A Timeless Romance Anthology: Under the Mistletoe Collection. Six contemporary novellas, all adding sweet romance to the Christmas season. 

In the enchanting novella FORGOTTEN KISSES by Cindy Roland Anderson, costume designer Madison Taylor has no love lost when the male lead playing Sir Lancelot in a TV series is fired. She couldn’t stand working with him anyway. But when she discovers who his replacement is, her heart nearly stops. Caleb Matthews is one of the hottest male actors ever… and not to mention Madison’s former boyfriend. When things got too serious between them, everything fell apart. And now, Madison must play nice or lose her job. She just has to forget all of the reasons she’d fallen for him in the first place. 

In THE LAST CHRISTMAS, a sweet romance novella by Annette Lyon, Meredith only has to make it through the Christmas holiday pretending that she and her husband Eric aren’t on the verge of divorce. She doesn’t want to ruin the holiday for her two grown daughters and their boyfriends. But when Eric hurries home after weeks of living in a motel to unpack before their daughters arrive, he starts pressing Meredith with questions about why she filed for divorce. The last thing Meredith wants to do it give Eric a second chance, but it seems that Eric is not willing to let her go without trying to win her back. 

In Julie Coulter Bellon’s captivating novella TRUTH OR DARE After a year of recovery, wounded war veteran Jonah Harrison comes home for Christmas. No longer the outgoing high school track star, he just wants to be left alone, away from well-meaning friends and neighbors. But when a blizzard strands him with Cami Jackson—the girl who once knew him best—he can’t hide anything from her, no matter how much he wants to. Cami has a wounded heart of her own, though, and it might take a Christmas miracle for them to find the healing they both long for and the courage to reach for a chance at love. 

In the charming novella HOLIDAY BUCKET LIST by Sarah M. Eden, Celeste Lagorio has officially given up on Christmas. A single mother, with her children grown and unable to return for the holiday, Celeste determines to take a break from everything. When her single neighbor and almost-best-friend, Mike Durham, discovers her non-plans, they discuss things they’ve always wanted to do, but never had time. Mike and Celeste put together a friendly competition of checking off the things on their bucket list, all the while drawing closer and discovering they have more in common than they thought. 

In CHRISTMAS EVERY DAY, a delightful novella by Heather B. Moore, Monica is on the verge of buying her dream store, but when she tells her boyfriend, he turns it into an embarrassing public argument. Heartbroken, but determined to follow her dream, she goes to her employer’s Christmas party to play Mrs. Claus, only to be paired with someone unexpected. A young Mr. Claus who is the complete opposite of her ex-boyfriend in all the most important ways. Yet, Monica is not sure she can risk opening her heart again. 

In Jennifer Griffith’s exciting novella FIRST (AND LAST) CHRISTMAS DATE, pilot Juliet Law has been in a holding pattern, dating the wrong guy, until she gets a holiday shake-up: old flame Tag McClintock e-mails her to ask for second date—after ten years. Their first date, back in high school, had been an unmitigated disaster culminating with Pepto Bismol and the police. Still, Juliet would have gone out with Tag again the next day—and the next—had he asked. So now that he’s finally popping up in her in-box again, Juliet must decide whether to say yes to the date, even if it puts her at risk of another decade of carrying a torch for Tag McClintock. Will their second date be their last? 


My Review:

So this collection of stories was double the awesomeness for this reader! I love these anthologies and I love Christmas, so I was so excited to read these short stories!  I really loved the diversity in the stories; no two were the same, all were unique. I especially loved that they were not your typical romance, they had characters with distinct circumstances, whether they were a single parent, a returned war vet or high school crushes gone wrong. Each one put me in the Christmas spirit and had me itching to break out my hot cocoa! Honestly this collection is perfect for anytime, but especially for the reader who is busy and doesn't have the time to read a full length novel. Each story is its own wonderful present to be opened! I look forward with anticipation to the next anthology to be released!


Happy Reading!!!


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Source:  Auhor for review

Friday, October 16, 2015

Reawakened by Colleen Houck, Book Review



 Book Summary:

 When seventeen-year-old Lilliana Young enters the Metropolitan Museum of Art one morning during spring break, the last thing she expects to find is a live Egyptian prince with godlike powers, who has been reawakened after a thousand years of mummification.

And she really can't imagine being chosen to aid him in an epic quest that will lead them across the globe to find his brothers and complete a grand ceremony that will save mankind.

But fate has taken hold of Lily, and she, along with her sun prince, Amon, must travel to the Valley of the Kings, raise his brothers, and stop an evil, shape-shifting god named Seth from taking over the world.

From New York Times bestselling author Colleen Houck comes an epic adventure about two star-crossed teens who must battle mythical forces and ancient curses on a journey with more twists and turns than the Nile itself.




My Review:


Reawakened by Colleen Houck

Honestly I was afraid of this book! Would I or could I love it as well as the Tiger's Curse Series? Could anything live up to my love for that series? Houck amazes me! While this is not anything like the Tiger's Curse Series it is entrancing and I was captivated by the story! It is unique with the Egyptian background and myths of the Gods.
It is captivating with the characters freshness and strong sense of self. It was fun to be on Lily and Amon's adventure. I felt like I was right there watching the entire book unfold! The ending left me satisfied yet craving more! Houck is gifted and anything she writes, I will be reading!


Happy Reading!!!


You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.


Source: Netgalley



Thursday, October 15, 2015

Every Little Kiss (Kissed by the Bay #1) by Susan Hatler, Book Review



Book Summary:

 When Wendy Watts left Blue Moon Bay, she vowed never to return to the small coastal town where her parents had abandoned her and her brother. Now she’s a successful Realtor, and a workaholic who stays away from complicated emotions—until her grandmother dies, leaving Wendy the Inn at Blue Moon Bay and mandating that if Wendy sells it, she must put it on the market herself “in person.”

As soon as Wendy arrives in Blue Moon Bay, bad memories, the inn’s poor condition, and her brother’s pleas to keep the inn overwhelm her. Then she meets a sexy laid-back stranger on the beach, and Wendy does something she never does . . . she opens up and confides her problems to him. Since Max Huntington’s only in town for one night, Wendy spontaneously kisses him, hoping to be distracted from her troubles for just one evening.

But when Wendy begins the painstaking process of fixing up the inn in order to sell it, Max tells her he’s staying on longer. He’s enchanted by the charming inn and even more with the kisses they shared on the beach. He wants to help her with the repairs, and she reluctantly accepts his offer.

Although she’s determined to remain detached from the allure of her inn, Blue Moon Bay and Max, every repair, every stroll on the beach, and every moment spent with Max, draws her in and reminds her of the local legend she’d believed as a child: that being kissed by the bay under a blue moon will lead to love that lasts forever.



My Review:
 

Every Little Kiss (Kissed by the Bay #1) By Susan Hatler

Okay let's be honest shall we? Hatler is my go-to girl for a sizzling clean romance with swoon-worthy kisses! I can always count on her books to pull me in, keep me entranced in the characters' lives and leave me satisfied yet wanting more! Every Little Kiss is amazing! Wendy is so uptight and organized, running from everyone close to her. When she meets Max sparks fly and she finds her world tipped on its axis! I love not only the story between Wendy and Max, but each relationship with Wendy's friends and her brother Brian. Hatler builds her characters and layers the story so well that it is flawless to this reader! If Hatler is writing it, I am reading it! I am counting down to book two!


Happy Reading!!!


You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.


Source:  Author for review

Friday, October 9, 2015

Always Will by Melanie Jacobson, Blog Tour & Giveaway!





Book Summary:

Handsome twenty-eight-year-old Will Hallerman has finally had enough of the dating world—he's ready to find a wife and settle down. This announcement is catastrophic in Hannah Becker's world. After knowing Will her entire life and adoring him from afar since junior high school, she realizes her chance at love with him is in grave danger. Hannah's problem? To Will, she will never be more than his best friend's little sister. Determined to open his eyes to her charms, Hannah sets out to sabotage Will's wife hunt by placing nightmare dates in his path and taking his search on a wild goose chase. Her plan is risky, but she's willing to take a chance to catch the eye of her soul mate.

Despite her crazy schemes, nothing seems to be working. Hannah can't help but wonder if it's time to set aside this childhood crush—to move on and settle down herself. She's ready for a fresh start with a great guy. If only Will weren't suddenly changing the rules of the game... And how can Hannah move on when Will just won't let her forget?


My Review:

Always Will by Melanie Jacobson

I loved this book! I am a new reader to Jacobson and I was unsure how the story would flow and how fast I would become intertwined with the characters and their stories. I was pleasantly surprised to find that right away I fell into Hannah and Will's lives! I loved their banter, their Tetris nachos, their idiosyncrasies! All of that aside and the schoolgirl crush turned unrequited love story and this reader was in for the long haul! I couldn't tear myself away from the book! I brought it with me everywhere until I finished it! So yeah, I am now going to be hunting down her backlist because if all of her books are this good, then I am a goner...hook, line, and sinker! 

Happy Reading!!!


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Source:  Publisher for review

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The Mannequin by S.G. Rogers, Book Review



Book Summary:

Aubrey Whittingham lost everything when his family drowned in a ferryboat accident, including the will to live. His neighbor Rosamund tries desperately to bring him back from the brink of despair, but the beastly young duke fights her every step of the way. His feelings for her deepen, and when she departs for London, he vows to regain his health and woo her properly. Unfortunately, she disappears before he has the chance.

Rosamund is admired and praised as a mannequin for an exclusive London modiste, but her life is empty without the man to whom she gave her heart. Now, just when happiness seems within her grasp, jealous rivals conspire to ruin her dreams.

Can a beastly duke and a beautiful mannequin ever achieve a fairytale ending?


My Review:

I stayed up way too late to read this book, but it was worth every minute of lost sleep! I adore regency novels and this one had me mesmerized from beginning to end! I felt like Rosamund was a friend or sister, her character was so well developed! And Aubrey was truly a beast of a character, I loved watching him evolve. Best of all was the twist/surprise craziness I shall not ruin for you! Read this book! Go grab it and you will love every second you spend with Rosamund, Aubrey, Joe and the Duchess! Bravo to Rogers, she has yet to disappoint! 


Happy Reading!!!


You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.



Source:  Author for review

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Played For a Fool by Stephanie Black, Blog Tour





Book Summary:

Three years ago, the small town of Britteridge was rocked by the senseless murder of Gail Ludlum. Now the people most affected by the tragedy have returned to the place where it all began, and the scene is set for the perfect revenge . . .
Megan O’Connor’s life was shattered when she was unwittingly drawn into a kidnapping plot that ultimately led to the murder of an innocent woman. Though the road to redemption has been long, she’s finally found happiness with her recent engagement to a wonderful man, a pillar of the community. But amid the chaos of wedding planning, the return of Gail Ludlum’s son to Britteridge sets in motion a disturbing sequence of events. Soon Megan finds herself the victim of a series of cruel deceptions that indicate one thing: her past mistakes have not been forgiven or forgotten. As the mischief escalates to dangerous levels, it becomes clear that someone is determined to avenge Gail’s death. And he won’t rest until he’s taken a life for a life.




My Review:

Played For a Fool by Stephanie Black

Wow is the only word that seems appropriate for this book. I just finished reading it and my mind is still whirling and reeling from all of the intricacies of the plot! Black tells a tale with strong and determined main characters who face twisted, evil and selfish villains. Readers will find themselves cheering for Megan and wanting to be as kind, forgiving and strong as she was. Black kept me turning page after page and left me still thinking about the story. All signs of a book well written! I look forward to reading more from her!



Happy Reading!!!


You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.



Source:  Publisher for review

Lord Fenton's Folly by Josi Kilpack, Blog Tour


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Lord Fenton's Folly


Lord Fenton's Folly by Josi Kilpack


Lord Fenton is a gambler, a dandy, and a flirt-and he must marry or else he will be disinherited, stripped of his wealth and his position. He chooses Alice Stanbridge for two simple reasons: he once knew her as a young girl, and she is the least objectionable option available to him. However, Alice has harbored feelings for Fenton since their first meeting ten years ago, and she believes his proposal is real. When she discovers it is not, she is embarrassed and hurt. However, a match with the most-eligible bachelor in London would secure not only her future but that of her family as well. Determined to protect herself from making a fool of herself a second time, Alice matches Lord Fenton wit for wit and insult for insult as they move toward a marriage of convenience that is anything but a happy union. Only when faced with family secrets that have shaped Fenton's life does he let down his guard enough to find room in his heart for Alice.



My Review:

Kilpack is a favorite of mine by now, I have read her entire Culinary Mystery series so I could not wait to read her regency novel! And the anticipation was warranted because this book was a hit for me! Immediately Kilpack immediately grabbed my attention when Fenton and Alice meet as youth during a stunt that Fenton had pulled. I loved Alice and her wit and honesty even as a child! Fenton w
as a character that gave me a run for my money! He was so all over the place, yet I found myself rooting for him despite his crazy ways! You will fall in love with Fenton and Alice and Lady Chariton too,  An emotional story full of broken dreams, misunderstandings, betrayals,tender mercies and ultimately love. Does love drive most everything? This book makes you think, it had me questioning if I could be kind and merciful, or if I would become bitter and angry. Books that make me think are think are the best ones around. Bravo to Kilpack, if she writes it, then I am definitely reading it!


Excerpt:

Fenton groaned and put his saucer back on the tray, making an instantaneous decision that eased his mind quite a lot. To look at every woman he met as a potential wife was irritating, and after only two weeks he was quite tired of it. Perhaps the solution was to orchestrate a match that would not lay all aspects of matrimony at his feet all at once. Perhaps treating it as a business arrangement would help it to be exactly that, thereby freeing him from all the discomfiting realities he was not yet prepared to face. "I leave for Fentonview on Tuesday and shan't be back for a week. Courting is such a boring prospect, and you yourself said that to become infatuated with anyone might become a complication." He paused, considered one last time what he was going to say next, and decided he felt as good about it as could be expected. "You like Alice Stanbridge and feel she would make a good wife for me?" Lady Chariton looked confused and perhaps a bit concerned. "I do, but-" "Then that is good enough for me," Fenton said, rising to his feet and smiling broadly at his mother, who stared back at him in surprise. "I do find her appealing and what's more she is not a silly little thing without a practical thought in her head." His mother's eyes widened and her eyebrows rose upon her forehead. Fenton struck a pose of consternation, with his thumb and forefinger on his chin as he looked toward the window a moment, then nodded crisply and turned back to his mother who still looked shocked by his pronouncement. "Yes, I think that Alice Stanbridge is exactly what I should like in a wife, and so I shall see to it before I leave for Hampshire-I see no reason to wait until Michaelmas and might as well get it over with." He leaned in and kissed his mother's hand. "Thank you for your help, Mama. I shall let you know how she responds to my proposal."


  add to goodreads JosiAuthor Josi Kilpack

Josi S. Kilpack hated to read until her mother handed her a copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond when she was 13. From that day forward, she read everything she could get her hands on and credits her writing “education” to the many novels she has “studied” since then. She began writing her first novel in 1998 and never stopped. Sheep's Clothing won the Whitney award for Mystery/Suspense in 207 and Wedding Cake, book twelve in the Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery series won in 2014. Josi was also the Best of State winner in Fiction for 2012. Josi currently lives in Willard, Utah, with her husband, children and super-cute - but not very friendly - cat.




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