Friday, February 26, 2016

Now and Always Yours by Anita Stansfield, Blog Tour & Giveaway!








Book Summary:

Greg's feet suddenly became very heavy and his head very light as he stood and watched the opening of the bars that had kept him separated from the world .... If not for the knowledge that his sister would be waiting outside to take him home—and that he had two children at home waiting for him—he might have preferred to turn around and ask to stay.

And so begins a new chapter in Greg's life, which includes the daunting tasks of earning the trust and respect of his teen-aged children, finding meaningful employment in a society that doesn't always take kindly to who have "served time," and daring to believe in love, with its miracles of healing and forgiveness. And Greg has no illusions about conquering these hurdles. However, with the support of a devoted sister and her extended family and the unexpected gift of a uniquely charming and brave woman's love ... it all just might happen.

In this utterly captivating novel, bestselling author Anita Stansfield achieves a satisfying balance of romance, humor, and deep glances into the human heart and soul. It is a story that resonates with emotional truths that will linger long after the last page is turned.


My Review:

Now and Always Yours has connections to the book, Legally and Lawfully Yours, many of the characters are the same, but you do not have to read the first book to understand this second book. Stansfield focuses this story on Greg, (brother to Shannon and father to Jeanie and Neal) who has been serving jail time for something he cannot even remember clearly enough to know what did or did not take place. It focuses on him trying to rebuild a normal life and show people that he is more then just an ex-convict. While I am a long time fan of Stansfield's work, this story fell slightly flat for me.  I felt there was more "telling" than "showing" going on in the story, so it lost me a bit along the way. Overall, it is a nice clean romance and the message of redemption and healing will resonate with many a reader.


Happy Reading!!!


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Monday, February 22, 2016

Not Always Happenstance by Rachael Anderson, Blog Tour & Giveaway





  Not Always Happenstance  
Not Always Happenstance by Rachael Anderson

Lani has lived in Hana, Hawaii for five years. She’s learned to surf, fish, dive, and manage her grandmother’s bed and breakfast. She’s also learned to take one day at a time the way it should be taken—relaxed and unrushed, savoring every moment. But, like a large wave on the brink of breaking, her life is about to crash out of control. A proposal of marriage, a conniving grandmother, a cryptic Asian woman, and a handsome guest, and suddenly everything calm begins to churn, everything clear becomes confused, and all that was normal segues into peculiar. As Lani struggles against the current to hold her ground, she realizes that she can either continue to fight and eventually lose, or take a take a leap of faith, hold her breath, and ride the wave wherever it takes her. ***This book is part of the Power of the Matchmaker series that features one recurring character—the match maker—but it is a STAND-ALONE novel.***


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My Review:

Anderson does a wonderful job of pulling the reader into the story right away! I was so curious as to why Eastard was such a womanizer and why he traveled all over the world. Now Lani, she was another story! Dating the same guy for over nine years and committing to marriage because it was the right thing to do for her boyfriend? Can I say, WOW! Who does that?  Anyway, Pearl makes an appearance, she is the common thread throughout these Matchmaker books, and I love Pearl with her patience and mystery! Puna, Lani's grandmother, was another great addition to the story! With Hawaii as the backdrop and so many unknowns with the characters, Not Always Happenstance makes for great reading!

Rating: Clean/Sweet Romance, No Cussing


Happy Reading!!!

 Rachael 

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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Friday, February 19, 2016

The Pimpernel by Sheralyn Pratt, Blog Tour & Giveaway!

  Pimpernel  

Pimpernel by Sheralyn Pratt

They seek him here; they seek him there. For centuries, the elite of the world have sought the Pimpernel everywhere. Some want to kill him, others want to hire him, but Jack Cavanaugh knows that the love/hate relationship comes with the job title. At present, Jack is trying to dismantle an investment scheme centered in Las Vegas, but "trying" is the operative word. It's been a month since he put the face of the scheme behind bars, yet the scam is still going strong. As Jack tries to uncover who has stepped in as the new head, what miniscule evidence there is all seems to point him back to Claire Ramsey, an introverted PhD student studying at UNLV. If ever there as an unlikely head of a investment scheme, Claire's it. She has a genius IQ, but from all Jack has seen, Claire’s intelligence is as much a blessing as a curse when paired up with her acute OCD. Claire can barely make conversation with the cute guy down the hall, which makes it hard to believe she could be the charismatic salesperson who is getting international businessmen to invest $5—50 million a pop. So what is Jack missing? What is the real story behind Claire Ramsey? And once Jack learns it, will he be able to walk away?


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 My Review:

This book seriously surprised me in so many good ways! It was unlike any other book I can recall reading, ever! The story of The Pimpernel was fascinating and each key character was equally fascinating! I found it fast-paced, intriguing, thought-provoking and masterfully written! The story flowed easily and I found myself wanting to know more, to figure out more, to connect all the dots and put each piece to the puzzle where it belonged! But Pratt kept me on my toes and I enjoyed each and every situation that arose. When I finished the book I was happy, sad, fascinated by what I had read, and HELLO? Wondering where book two is and just how quickly Pratt can write it! The fast-paced and dangerous world that belongs to the Pimpernel is one I would gladly dive right back in to! Margot, Ren, Kali, Claire and of course Jack...they become real to me! And even the brief time spent with Nate had me wanting to learn more about him and his relationship with his brother. This. Book. Is. AMAZING!!! I loved every second and I can honestly say that I can find no fault with it other than I want more!  

Content:  Clean/Sweet romance, no cussing

Excerpt
The high-pitched scream from the other side of her apartment door shattered Claire’s thoughts. “Daniel?” That shriek had been way too high to come out of a man. “Help!” Daniel’s voice cried out from the other side of the door. Claire unlocked the door and pushed it open, finding Daniel cowering on the couch in sailor-themed boxer briefs. Classical music played from his bedroom, indicating Daniel had been sewing before he ended up on the couch. On the ground between them lay the lounge robe Daniel had made in his fashion design class along with his house slippers. They looked like they’d been flung at random. “Move!” he shrieked at her, stabbing his finger at the ground like a mad man. “Take the high ground and leave the door open. Maybe it will go back to the gates of hell, where it belongs!” Claire followed the direction of his manic gesturing, freezing when her eyes locked on something the size of her fist with eight hairy legs. “Daniel? Please tell me that is a toy.” “That. Is. NOT. A. Toy!” The spider chose that moment to make its move—which happened to be sprinting her way. Claire shrieked as Daniel motioned for her to join him on the couch. “High ground!” Was he insane? She would have to leap over the tarantula to get to him. Why in the world would she do that when she could just run away and go to a hotel for the night? “Voldemort?” a man’s voice said from behind her a split second before Claire backed into a male body blocking her retreat. Not only did Claire scream, but her body was suddenly possessed by an Olympic hurdler as she scampered across the living room and flung herself into Daniel’s arms on the couch. “You found her!” a flagpole of a man from the doorway said as Claire latched onto Daniel, hiding her face against his shoulder. If she didn’t see the spider, maybe it would cease to exist. “Found it?” Daniel scoffed. “That thing tried to duel me for my sandwich before I batted him off my kitchen table.” Claire shuttered, only vaguely realizing that the shoulder she was hiding her face in was bare. I’ve never hugged a guy who was only wearing underwear before, she thought a moment before Daniel pulled her keys out of her hand and flung them at the ground to join his slippers and robe. “Don’t chase it this way!” Daniel yelled at the other guy. “Come on, Voldemort,” the spider guy cooed. “Let’s get you back into your habitat—Don’t run!” Wait, it was running? Claire didn’t want to see that, yet something compelled her to turn and look anyway. People always said that horrible things seemed to happen in slow motion, but Claire could have sworn the giant arachnid was coming at her in fast-forward mode. In a heartbeat, she had climbed up to ride piggyback on Daniel while he responded by flapping his hands in panic as if he could fan the thing away with a light breeze. Not only did the spider keep running, it was sprinting like an arachnid with a plan—heading straight for the couch. When Daniel backed away, Claire felt her back thump into the wall. Before he could move again, she pushed off his back to stand on the back of the couch, dropping her purse when it threatened her balance. On the way down, it ended up in Daniel’s hands and he wasted no time finding items inside and tossing them at the spider while its owner moved in to act like a human shield. “No!” the tall guy cried as he tried to corral the beast. “Don’t throw things at her. You might hurt her.” Just then, Claire’s favorite lip gloss bounced off the hairy spider, stunning it. That lip gloss was dead to her—not just the tube, the actual brand. She’d never be able to look at it the same again.
add to goodreads     Sheralyn 

Author Sheralyn Pratt
Some describe Sheralyn as a girl who's been around the block and worked at every shop. This isn't far from the truth. Writing is what she loves most, however. There's a magical power in stepping into new perspectives time and again, and seeing the world through different eyes. Few things increase empathy more than walking in another's shoes for 100,000 words or so. At least that seems to be the trend so far.
Some random things to know about Sheralyn: * She's a wanderer (geographically) * She can write a novel, but doesn't have the attention span for one page in a journal * She vehemently disagrees with Stephen King's stance that authors should not watch TV * She is pretty much incapable of sleeping before midnight
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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The Passionate One (A Billionaire Bride Pact) by Jeanette Lewis, Book Review

The Resilient One by Cami Checketts
Alyssa Armsworth, a world-renowned photographer, has no intentions of honoring the Billionaire Bride Pact she made as a teenager to avoid getting her bra hung from the camp flagpole. Marriage is the last thing on her to-do list and when her father forces his wealthy friends on her, she runs to Maui.

She plans to lay low, take some great pictures, and eat fresh fish--until Beckham Taylor arrives. Stuck in the same hotel and spending days on the white sand with the handsome ex-NHL star wouldn't be all that bad except Alyssa's done something in the past that Beckham could never forgive. Before she can confess, her misdeeds are thrust onto the front cover of a well-known magazine. Alyssa must overcome her fears or live without Beckham.

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The Passionate One by Jeanette Lewis
As the creator of the Billionaire Bride Pact, Erin Parker is determined to see it through. And now that wealthy, gorgeous Brennan Avery has been cast as her costar in a play destined for Broadway, things couldn’t be better. But Erin’s best friend, Matt Walters, isn’t ready to give up on her. He has a plan to escape the friend zone and prove to Erin that there are more important things than money and fame.

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My Review:

The Passionate One

I love the idea of the billionaire bride pact and all of these friends from summer camp now grown up and trying to find love. Erin truly is a passionate character who dives into life headfirst and doesn't usually think things through before she does! She is super spontaneous and has a zest for acting. Enter Matt, who is just about the exact opposite! He is stable, methodical and plans everything! Together they are the best of friends yet Matt wants more and Erin pushes him away. Watching this story unfold was a lot of fun and full of frustration as well! You will cheer for Matt, shake your head at Erin's impulsiveness and hope for the best for both! A great clean romance that I couldn't put down, The Passionate One is definitely worth the read!


Happy Reading!!!




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Friday, February 12, 2016

Star Struck by Kathi Oram Peterson, LDS Blog Tour & Giveaway!







Book Summary:

 Mercedes Grant is known to the world as Stormy Ryan, action hero. Her movie-star status has led to some unpleasant interactions in the past, and even a few stalkers, but none has ever come close enough to her to seem dangerous—until now. When she receives a death threat on her personal cell phone, she is understandably shaken. Seizing the opportunity to take some time away from the limelight while the police investigate the phone call, Mercedes escapes to her remote cabin near Idaho’s Snake River. She knows it is the perfect place to lie low, but she doesn’t realize how low she’ll actually feel once she arrives. After days of suffering from a cold she just can’t shake, Mercedes visits the town physician, Luke Parker. The handsome doctor, a fan of the stunning celebrity, performs the necessary tests and is devastated at the unexpected diagnosis he must give her. Mercedes is sick—really sick. He knows she can handle crazy fans, but the news he has to give is another story. As Mercedes struggles to come to terms with her new future, she relies on Luke’s support. But neither imagines the disease is not the only danger Mercedes is facing—because just out of view, someone is watching her and is determined to make good on their threat.


My Review:

 This was quite an interesting read! Mercedes in a famous actress, born to one of Hollywood's most elite couples. She received a death threat so she seeks solace in her secluded cabin in Idaho. She ends up getting really sick and turns to the only clinic in the small town for medicine. Where she happens to meet the super handsome and rural town Doctor, Luke. He is widowed with a teenage daughter. The story just spirals from there. While I completely enjoyed this story and each character in it, I felt like the suspense fell a little flat for me. I have read many suspenseful romance books by LDS authors, and while this one is definitely worth the read (good overall story), the suspense was lacking for me personally. However, the author did a great job keeping the reader guessing as to who the stalker really was and I could not figure it out for anything! So kudos for keeping me guessing and for an enjoyable story!








Happy Reading!!!

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Perfect Kiss (Kissed by the Bay #2) by Susan Hatler, Book Review






Book Summary:

 Olivia Lane wants to become the premiere event planner for Blue Moon Bay’s rich and famous. But first she has to impress Greta von Strand—millionaire and bestselling author of Men: Who Needs Them?—by pulling off a two-week luxury getaway for women. The retreat’s all about getting women to embrace their independence by nurturing themselves and each other, and Olivia, who’s never been lucky-in-love herself, is looking forward to it.

The retreat and Olivia’s goals hit a roadblock, however, when sweet-talking firefighter, Brody Mitchell, and his smoking hot friends take up residence at the mansion next door. Now, she must successfully keep Greta and the other women away from their male neighbors, fight her attraction to Brody, and pull off the retreat of a lifetime in one fell swoop.

It’s a battle of the sexes she’s determined to win, otherwise she could lose everything—including her heart.





My Review:

Where do I begin with this fun and fabulous book? First off, I should have been smarter and started it earlier in the day, because it kept me up with my eyes burning to finish reading it! Olivia's story was so fun to be a part of! I love her triple check method, her desire to be independent yet still wanting to find out what could be between her and Brody! And Brody! Ooo la la ladies! Watch out, this one is smoking hot and will be your next book boyfriend for sure! A delightful clean romance with plenty of sparks and sizzle,  The Perfect Kiss is the perfect book to curl up with!


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Happy Reading!!!


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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Cover Reveal, Painting Rain by Annette Lyon and GIVEAWAY!!!

Painting Rain
Painting Rain by Annette K. Larsen
How do you heal your heart after tragedy leaves you broken? When the person you loved didn’t deserve it and they can’t earn your forgiveness because they’re already dead? How do you move on, and heal, and love?
If you’re Princess Lorraina, you paint. A year ago Lorraina watched Tobias die, and she still doesn't know how she's supposed to heal—or forgive. How can she when she’s still running away? In an attempt to reinvent herself, she steps outside her comfortable life as princess and seeks the tutelage of a master painter—a man who is not at all impressed by her pedigree, and demands not just talent, but emotional honesty. Struggling to learn what’s being taught, she finds herself drawn to someone who not only knows her secrets, but who she once considered far below her notice. Now she is compelled to seek him out despite knowing their relationship would be forbidden if discovered. Staying away from him doesn’t seem possible when discovering him may be the key to healing her heart and rediscovering herself. add to goodreads pre order on amazon Annette Larsen Author Annette K. Larsen I was born in Utah, but grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona and St. Louis, Missouri, the fifth of seven children. I attended Southern Virginia University and Brigham Young University, where I studied English and Theater. I now live in Idaho with my husband and four children. I have Charlotte Brontë to thank for the courage to write novels. After being bombarded with assigned reading about women who justified abandoning either their families or their principles in the name of love, I had the great fortune of reading Jane Eyre. And that was it: finally, a heroine who understood that being moral and making the right choice was hard, and sometimes it hurt, but it was still worth it. After rereading it several years later, I realized that if I wanted more books to exist with the kinds of heroines I admired, then I might as well write a few myself. My books are about women who face hard choices, who face pain and rejection and often have to face the reality of sacrificing what they want for what is right. The consequences are often difficult or unpleasant, but in the end, doing what’s right will always be worth it. I believe there is no substitute for good writing or good chocolate. Fortunately, one often leads to the other.
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