Monday, April 23, 2018

Check Me Out by Becca Wihite, Book Review



Book Summary:

Greta loves her job as assistant librarian. She loves her best friend, Will, the high school civics teacher and debate coach. She even loves her mother despite her obvious disappointment that Greta is still single.

Then she meets Mac in the poetry section of the library, and she is smitten. Mac is heart-stoppingly gorgeous and showers her with affection, poetic text messages, and free hot chocolate at the local café where he works. The only problem is that he seems to be a different person in his texts than in his face-to-face conversation.

When the Franklin Library is threatened with closure, Greta leaps into action. She arranges for a "battle of the bands" book jam, hosts a book signing by a famous author, and finally, stages a protest that raises more than a few eyebrows.

Through it all, she slowly realizes that it is Will, not Mac, who she turns to for support and encouragement. Mac has the looks; Will has the heart. How can she choose between them?

Check Me Out is a contemporary romance--with just a hint of Cyrano de Bergerac--that reminds us that it is what's on the inside that matters most.



My Review:


I love, love, love LOVED this book! Did I mention that I loved it? First of all, Greta is just great, she loves books, works in the library and which one of us book nerds doesn't relate to that or desperately wants to work in a library ourselves? So Greta? She is AWESOME!!! And let's talk about her amazing and super hot best friend Will! Holy heck, Will is awesomeness and probably the best friend anyone could ever ask for! He was always there for Greta, always helping, always there! He was her rock and her constant! And he sent her a perfect guy for her birthday? Seriously, this cannot be real folks! Who does that? Anyhow, the story definitely has more depth than just the best friend/boyfriend/Greta trio. There is all of the library possibly shutting down issues and what Greta can do to try to save it! You do not want to miss out on this story, you NEED to read it! I loved every second and I am sure you will too!


Happy Reading!!!


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Source:  Publisher for review


Friday, April 20, 2018

My Dearest Enemy by Jennifer Moore, Blog Tour & Giveaway



Book Summary:

Struggling alone on the family farm, Abigail Tidwell knows exactly who to blame for her hardships: the Americans. If it weren’t for their part in the war, her father and brothers would be home rather than fighting abroad. But no amount of antipathy could have prepared her for the shocking sight of a wounded American soldier on her property, a man in dire need of her help. Grudgingly, Abigail tends to the soldier’s injuries and anticipates the satisfaction of turning him over to the authorities once he is healed. But fate has other plans. Captain Emmett Prescott remembers little of the ambush on his men by a group of Shawnee Indians and even less about how he arrived in the unfamiliar barn.

After being nursed back to health by beautiful, if reluctant, Abigail, Emmett would do anything to save the men he left behind—including forcibly enlisting Abigail’s help. Soon, Abigail finds herself caught between two countries at war. And as her attraction for Emmett grows, her conflicted heart engages in its own silent battle. But when she is accused of treason for her actions, her survival rests in the hands of the very man she once considered her enemy.


My Review:


Moore wastes no time in introducing her main characters and jumping right into the story! Abigail is alone on her family farm while her father and brother are away fighting. And she cannot help but blame the Americans! So when she finds a wounded American soldier in her barn she finds herself in quite the conundrum! What should she do with him? The most distressing part is the fact that he is an American! Her plan for him to heal and then for her to turn him over to authorities doesn't go quite how she thought. You must read it yourself to learn all of the complexities of the relationship and the ups and downs of her life! It was a nice change to read a book from the early 1800s set in a different country than England and to have the war aspect tied into it. I haven't read many books based during the War of 1812, it was a nice change of pace!


Happy Reading!!!


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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

My Sister's Intended by Rachael Anderson, Blog Tour & Giveaway!






 


  My Sister's Intended by Rachael Anderson


 For as long as Prudence can remember, it has been understood that her sister will one day wed the eldest son of their nearest neighbor. Such an alliance will benefit both families and bring a great deal of joy to all parents involved. Unfortunately, Prudence has never been able to feel as joyful. She believes her sister is mad to consider marrying a man she hardly knows, even if he will one day make her a countess. Titles and wealth shouldn't factor into matters of the heart, and as an aspiring romance novelist, Prudence cannot fathom how anyone could even think of settling for less than love. She certainly wouldn’t, and she doesn't want her sister to either. Unable to stand by and do nothing, Prudence sets out to help the awkward couple discover the best in each other with the hope that they will eventually find love. What she neglected to foresee, however, was the possibility that she might fall in love with Lord Knave herself.


My Review:

This book swept me away and didn't let me go until I had read the very last word! I felt so much a part of Prudence's world, it was like I was watching it play out in real time. Prudence was so sweet and kind, she just wanted to write a great story and along the way she needed to do her own research! Who knew she could misunderstand a situation completely, make an unexpected friend and confidant and maybe even fall in love along the way? She wanted so much to help her sister and do right by her family at the same time. Yet she yearned to be true to who she was! I connected to this story in a way I wasn't expecting. You will laugh and sigh right along with Prudence as she finds her true self in My Sister's Intended!

Happy Reading!!!



 

Excerpt


When Prudence lifted her eyes to his again, they sparkled with a challenge. “I was going to save this question until later so as not to shock you from the get-go, but I really do need to know . . . What does it feel like to kiss a woman?”
A large lump formed in Brand’s throat, and his mouth went dry. What the deuce? She had promised not to ask questions that would make him uncomfortable, but already he wanted to flee like a frightened kitten. How could he possibly explain how it felt to kiss a woman?
Brand searched his mind for a way to avoid answering until he heard a snicker escape her lips. She was laughing at him. Him! Hildebrand Ethan Cannon, Viscount Knave—a man at least eight years her senior and a great deal higher in social standing.
Unbelievable.
“You are teasing me,” he said, hoping it was true. If she’d posed the question to make him squirm—and perhaps make him more inclined to answer her other questions—then she wouldn’t be expecting an answer.
She shook her head, still smiling. “I’m afraid not, my lord, although I did find the look of terror on your face vastly amusing.”
“I’m glad I could entertain you.”
“I hope you will be equally glad to instruct me on a few things as well. The first scene in my book will include a kiss, and I have no idea how to describe the experience. Do a woman’s lips feel warm or soft or even moist? Would your pulse quicken? Aside from touch, what other senses are engaged? How would it make you feel and what would you notice when you held a woman in your arms?”
If she thought he’d appeared terror-stricken before, there would be no word for how he looked now. Did she earnestly expect him to answer such questions? Surely even she knew how inappropriate it would be to discuss such things, her being an innocent.
“I cannot say,” he finally muttered.
Her brow puckered in confusion. “Have you never kissed a woman, my lord?”
Brand was sorely tempted to lie and say he had not, but he couldn’t bring himself to do so. Any man of six-and-twenty who had never experienced a kiss would be laughed out of his manhood. Women were expected to remain innocent until married. Men were not.
“Yes, I have kissed a woman,” he finally admitted, “but I have no intention of discussing any of the details with you.”
“Why not?” she asked, her large brown eyes blinking at him curiously. “Would you rather I invent the information?”
“Yes.”
She obviously didn’t appreciate his retort because she scowled. “Can you not tell me at least a little?”
“No.”
“Why?”
“Because a kiss could never be described with any sort of accuracy, at least not by me. It involves too many feelings and sensations and complexities of thought. If you wish to know what a kiss feels like, you’ll have to experience it for yourself.”
Too late, Brand realized his mistake. Her expression became contemplative, as though she was actually considering doing just that. Good gads, had he really just encouraged an innocent young woman to go hunting for a kiss? Who would she ask? A groom? Stablehand? The next peddler that came to town?
“I think you are right,” she said at last. “I really must experience a kiss for myself if I am to describe it with any sort of accuracy.” She blinked up at him with that innocent expression again. “Will you kiss me Lord Knave? No, how silly of me. You are to marry my sister, so that would never do.” She pursed her lips for a moment before musing, “Perhaps one of the footmen would be kind enough to show me how it’s done.”
Kind enough? Brand could think of a great many reasons a footman would comply with such a request, and kindness did not factor into any of them. Brand would kiss her himself before he allowed a footman near her.
He rubbed the bridge of his nose, feeling a headache coming on. “Perhaps I can try to explain what it feels like after all.” Better that than having her chase after a footman.
“But you only just said you couldn’t do it justice,” she pointed out. “I realize I sound dreadfully forward, but I really must know, and experience is the best teacher, is it not?”
“No, it isn’t,” he lied. “And you are not going to kiss a footman.”
“Then who? Felix or Lionel, perhaps? I’m fairly certain I can convince one of them to do it, if given the opportunity. The question is how to go about it?”
It was plain to see by the firm set of her jaw that she would not rest until she had experienced a kiss of her own. She didn’t seem to care who did the deed, only that the man did a thorough job of it. A quick peck on the lips wouldn’t satisfy her curiosities.
“Perhaps I could send a note to Felix and ask him to call on me,” she continued to muse. “We could take a stroll through the maze in the gardens. There is a hidden alcove on the south side, which could be quite perfect. We would have to evade Ruth, obviously, but—”
“Devil take it,” Brand growled as he pulled her to him. Her quick intake of breath was the only sound she made before his mouth covered hers.
 


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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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Love's Bloom by Rosemary Danielis, Book Review






Summary:

Twenty-two year old, Marigold Matthews, can’t wait to return home to Heartland Cove County and get started on all the fabulous plans she’s made during her four long years at college. She’ll take over the family farm, start her own organic edible flower business, and hopefully find a way to help train her do-nothing brother, Ben, providing both of them with a job and an income. Then, she’ll finally marry Walter, her high-school sweetheart and live happily ever after in her picture-perfect paradise.

All her well-laid plans fly out the window when her father informs her he’s going on a surprise European vacation and leaving the farm in Ben’s incompetent hands. To make matters worse Walter can’t understand why she’s upset because, turns out he always thought she’d join him running his family-run hardware store after they were married, something Marigold has no desire to do.

The final straw shows up in the form of Mace Winthrop, an arrogant, competitive, top-of-the-class student Marigold clashed with back in college. Mace has taken a job with a huge farming conglomerate and shows up in Heartland Cove with a mission to snatch up independent farmlands, like hers and transform the beautiful Heartland Cove into a unicrop, moneymaking wasteland.

Marigold has her hands full teaching Ben the ropes, tending her own acres, trying to work things out with Walter and keeping her guard up against the charming and persistent powers of Mace Winthrop. Part of her wants to just run away and reinvent herself somewhere new but Heartland Cove has a hold of her heart that just won’t let go.


My Review:

This is definitely an easy to read book, which I love! I never want to have to try to get into a story or work to finish it. Love's Bloom flows organically and Marigold had more of the personality of a snapdragon at times! She was sweet yet a fireball who would not back down! I really liked the dynamic of Marigold and her brother as well. She had to save his rear end a time or two, and it was definitely true to sibling dynamics. And honestly,  I wasn't sure what to make of Mace, it took me a good portion of the book to understand him and his motives!  This small town farming romance was delightful and I enjoyed Marigold's story from start to finish!

Happy Reading!!!


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Friday, March 30, 2018

Ashes on the Moor by Sarah M. Eden, Blog Tour





Book Summary:

When Evangeline is sent to live in a small mill town in Northern England as a schoolteacher in 1871, she finds herself struggling to fit in with an unfamiliar culture. Raised with the high-class Victorian values and ideals of a sophisticated upbringing, she is unprepared for the poverty she finds in the gritty factory town of Smeatley, where the locals speak with a hard-to-understand Yorkshire accent and struggle to thrive with few resources or opportunities.

Though she has no training as a teacher, she must prove herself successful before her grandfather will release her substantial inheritance to her and allow her to be reunited with her younger sister, the last remaining member of her family after a fever claimed the lives of her parents and brothers.

Evangeline's sudden change in circumstances is complicated when her aunt—a woman who values class distinctions more than her family relationships—forbids her from acknowledging any connection to her or to her grandfather, Mr. Farr—the man who owns nearly the entire town. For the first time in her life, Evangeline is truly alone.

Heartbroken, she turns to the one person in town who has shown her kindness—an Irish brick mason, Dermot, and his son, Ronan. Despite the difference in their classes and backgrounds, Evangeline and Dermot become friends, due in part to her ability to connect with Ronan, whose behavior requires special attention. The boy is uncomfortable around strangers and rarely even speaks to the other children in town. He often fixates on details other people ignore, and he adheres to specific, self-made rules that give his life order and structure; for example, Dermot's coat must be hung on a specific peg next to the door.

Evangeline attempts to prove herself a worthy teacher and earn the respect of her hard-to-understand students. Determined to find a way to introduce them to "proper English" while still honoring their unique language and culture, she enlists the help of a local family to write down familiar stories in the Yorkshire vernacular. Because of her efforts, the students and their families warm to Evangeline and she continues to look for ways to give the children a chance to become more than factory workers in the local cotton mill.

When the town learns of her upper-class status, Evangeline must work twice as hard to win back their trust--especially Dermot's. In the end, Evangeline and Dermot discover that, even though they come from different social spheres, together they can overcome social prejudices, make a positive difference in the lives of even the humblest people, and enjoy the strength that comes when two hearts find each other.

Ashes on the Moor is the inspiring love story of one Victorian woman's courage to fight against all odds, and the man whose quiet strength gives her the confidence to keep trying.




My Review:


This Victorian novel is unlike any I have read, ever. I was immediately drawn into Evangeline's story. How could one not be drawn in when it starts off with two sisters losing their entire family at once? I was so sad for them and concerned for where they would go and who would care for them. Let's be honest, Aunt Barton was awful, cold and unfeeling so I knew she couldn't possibly care for them. Which she didn't, she sent them away and demanded that no one know they were related! It was awful and horrible! Evangeline's only family other than her little sister Lucy, and she treated them so terribly! I felt this huge weight pressing down on me while I read this book. I kept thinking that surely it was some big mistake; Evangeline being forced to care for herself and separated from her only sister. I kept thinking that surely the Bartons or her grandfather was going to rescue her from this awful situation. While I literally zoomed through the book, I was still left saddened. I think I wanted more upliftment and more triumph. I don't want to spoil it, but just suffice it to say that I wanted more happy from the book than what I was given. I love Eden's writing style, her historical aspects were spot on, I just personally wanted more sunshine and rainbows! 


Happy Reading!!!


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Source:  Publisher for review




Monday, March 26, 2018

My Sister's Intended by Rachael Anderson, Book Blast & Giveaway!!!

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  My Sister's Intended by Rachael Anderson

 For as long as Prudence can remember, it has been understood that her sister will one day wed the eldest son of their nearest neighbor. Such an alliance will benefit both families and bring a great deal of joy to all parents involved. Unfortunately, Prudence has never been able to feel as joyful. She believes her sister is mad to consider marrying a man she hardly knows, even if he will one day make her a countess. Titles and wealth shouldn't factor into matters of the heart, and as an aspiring romance novelist, Prudence cannot fathom how anyone could even think of settling for less than love. She certainly wouldn’t, and she doesn't want her sister to either. Unable to stand by and do nothing, Prudence sets out to help the awkward couple discover the best in each other with the hope that they will eventually find love. What she neglected to foresee, however, was the possibility that she might fall in love with Lord Knave herself.


 

Excerpt

When Prudence lifted her eyes to his again, they sparkled with a challenge. “I was going to save this question until later so as not to shock you from the get-go, but I really do need to know . . . What does it feel like to kiss a woman?”
A large lump formed in Brand’s throat, and his mouth went dry. What the deuce? She had promised not to ask questions that would make him uncomfortable, but already he wanted to flee like a frightened kitten. How could he possibly explain how it felt to kiss a woman?
Brand searched his mind for a way to avoid answering until he heard a snicker escape her lips. She was laughing at him. Him! Hildebrand Ethan Cannon, Viscount Knave—a man at least eight years her senior and a great deal higher in social standing.
Unbelievable.
“You are teasing me,” he said, hoping it was true. If she’d posed the question to make him squirm—and perhaps make him more inclined to answer her other questions—then she wouldn’t be expecting an answer.
She shook her head, still smiling. “I’m afraid not, my lord, although I did find the look of terror on your face vastly amusing.”
“I’m glad I could entertain you.”
“I hope you will be equally glad to instruct me on a few things as well. The first scene in my book will include a kiss, and I have no idea how to describe the experience. Do a woman’s lips feel warm or soft or even moist? Would your pulse quicken? Aside from touch, what other senses are engaged? How would it make you feel and what would you notice when you held a woman in your arms?”
If she thought he’d appeared terror-stricken before, there would be no word for how he looked now. Did she earnestly expect him to answer such questions? Surely even she knew how inappropriate it would be to discuss such things, her being an innocent.
“I cannot say,” he finally muttered.
Her brow puckered in confusion. “Have you never kissed a woman, my lord?”
Brand was sorely tempted to lie and say he had not, but he couldn’t bring himself to do so. Any man of six-and-twenty who had never experienced a kiss would be laughed out of his manhood. Women were expected to remain innocent until married. Men were not.
“Yes, I have kissed a woman,” he finally admitted, “but I have no intention of discussing any of the details with you.”
“Why not?” she asked, her large brown eyes blinking at him curiously. “Would you rather I invent the information?”
“Yes.”
She obviously didn’t appreciate his retort because she scowled. “Can you not tell me at least a little?”
“No.”
“Why?”
“Because a kiss could never be described with any sort of accuracy, at least not by me. It involves too many feelings and sensations and complexities of thought. If you wish to know what a kiss feels like, you’ll have to experience it for yourself.”
Too late, Brand realized his mistake. Her expression became contemplative, as though she was actually considering doing just that. Good gads, had he really just encouraged an innocent young woman to go hunting for a kiss? Who would she ask? A groom? Stablehand? The next peddler that came to town?
“I think you are right,” she said at last. “I really must experience a kiss for myself if I am to describe it with any sort of accuracy.” She blinked up at him with that innocent expression again. “Will you kiss me Lord Knave? No, how silly of me. You are to marry my sister, so that would never do.” She pursed her lips for a moment before musing, “Perhaps one of the footmen would be kind enough to show me how it’s done.”
Kind enough? Brand could think of a great many reasons a footman would comply with such a request, and kindness did not factor into any of them. Brand would kiss her himself before he allowed a footman near her.
He rubbed the bridge of his nose, feeling a headache coming on. “Perhaps I can try to explain what it feels like after all.” Better that than having her chase after a footman.
“But you only just said you couldn’t do it justice,” she pointed out. “I realize I sound dreadfully forward, but I really must know, and experience is the best teacher, is it not?”
“No, it isn’t,” he lied. “And you are not going to kiss a footman.”
“Then who? Felix or Lionel, perhaps? I’m fairly certain I can convince one of them to do it, if given the opportunity. The question is how to go about it?”
It was plain to see by the firm set of her jaw that she would not rest until she had experienced a kiss of her own. She didn’t seem to care who did the deed, only that the man did a thorough job of it. A quick peck on the lips wouldn’t satisfy her curiosities.
“Perhaps I could send a note to Felix and ask him to call on me,” she continued to muse. “We could take a stroll through the maze in the gardens. There is a hidden alcove on the south side, which could be quite perfect. We would have to evade Ruth, obviously, but—”
“Devil take it,” Brand growled as he pulled her to him. Her quick intake of breath was the only sound she made before his mouth covered hers.


 

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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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Beneath the Bellemont Sky, by Ranee S. Clark, Blog Tour & Giveaway



Book Summary:

As WWII draws to a close, war widow Vera Larsen Trumbell knows all too well the sacrifices of those left on the home front. Working on her family's farm has sustained Vera and her young children, but she now yearns for a sense of normalcy. The end of the war has been bittersweet for the Larsen clan as they and the residents of their small Wyoming town continue to pick up the pieces of their former lives.

Navigating the complexities of a postwar world, Vera and her family face the changing ideals swirling around them. From rising controversy surrounding women's presence in the workplace to the town's cold reception of the newest member of the family—a beautiful French freedom fighter—the American dream of days gone by has been thrown off balance. Even Vera's own life is set spinning when, despite her better judgment, she feels a growing attraction for the brooding and mysterious local schoolteacher.

As the Larsen family and their neighbors tread on thorny territory, will the people of this small town find the strength to embrace an unfamiliar and extraordinary future?


My Review:

I was absolutely surprised by how much I truly enjoyed reading this book.  I am not usually a big fan of war era related novels but this one was just perfect! It had just the right amount of war stories and background info, but not too much to be off putting for those with a more sensitive constitution. I really liked the way that Clark let us as readers experience more than one character's perspective. Clark wrote it very well and there was not the confusion that can easily happen when changing view points in a book. It was written seamlessly and truly helped connect the characters and their stories effortlessly. I think that Vera was my favorite character, but each one captured my attention and demanded I pay attention to their story as well. Especially Josette, Dominick and even Fay. All of their lives and stories were so interesting. One of my favorite parts of the book was the deep connection that the Larson family had.  I cannot say enough good things about this book and I would recommend it to my friends. I truly enjoyed every single moment!


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Thursday, March 1, 2018

The Stars Above Northumberland by Anita Stansfield, Blog Tour




Book Summary:

Her husband is dead. But far from grieving, young widow Lady Meriwether Sturgess feels nothing but relief and release. After enduring years of physical and emotional abuse at the hands of her cruel husband, Meri is drawn to the comfort of the one place sure to offer healing both for her and her children: Rosewell Manor. The home of her beloved Aunt Annibel is the site of her happiest childhood memories, and it promises the new beginning for which she longs. Just as she settles into life at the manor, Meri is granted a delightful surprise. Elliott Rosewell has come to stay, as he often has since childhood. Meri and Elliott had once been close friends, and each concealed long-harbored feelings for one another. Their warm relationship is quickly rekindled, and despite the sorrows and secrets they each conceal, they discover that their friendship has blossomed into love. But a relationship that seems to promise happily ever after quickly begins to unravel as devastating truths from both Meri’s and Elliott’s past surface, and their chance at happiness together may be lost forever. . . .


My Review:

I have been reading Stansfield books for years and it was nice to see her write a book set in my favorite period; regency. Meri is the main character who is trying to put the pieces of her life back on the right track after the death of an abusive spouse. She returns to her Aunt's home and her sanctuary, Roswell Manor. Her long time childhood friend Elliot happens to come and stay as well and the story goes from there. There is a lot going on that you have to keep straight and of course you have to read the book for yourself to find out how it ends!


Happy Reading!!!


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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

A Familiar Fear by Kathi Oram Peterson, Blog Tour & Giveaway!






Book Summary:

Ex-FBI agent Riley Scott lives each day with the scars of her former career. After the murder of her husband and the recent attempt on her own life by the Russian mafia, her heart is irrevocably broken. Agate Island seems like the perfect place to begin building a new future for herself and her teenage son, yet even before the ferry docks at their new home, Riley realizes there will be no escape for her. There, on the boat, is mafia boss Maksimillian Petruso—the man who took everything from her. The man she killed.

Matthew Taggart knows who Riley is and understands her reaction to his resemblance to Maksimillian Petruso. But Matthew is nothing like his estranged criminal father. So far, he has been able to hide from that evil world. However, he's afraid Riley's appearance on the island may lead his family's mafia connections to his doorstep. After all, she is the agent who took down his father. 

Matthew needs to leave town. Fast. Unfortunately, when the family wants to find him, there is nowhere he can hide. Now he and Riley are thrown together in a dangerous connection, and learning to trust each other is their only hope of survival.



My Review:

Peterson grabbed my attention and held it until the very last word was read. I felt like I was there with Riley, feeling her earth shattering fear when she thought she saw the man who had killed her husband. Every single time I thought I had this story figured out, Peterson threw me another curve ball! I kept thinking, I've got this, and how wrong I was. I was kept on pins and needles as the tension grew, stakes were raised and time was running out! If you love action suspense novels with a hint of romance then you must read A Familiar Fear! It will not just hit every mark, but surpass it!


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Friday, February 9, 2018

A Tangled Inheritance by Chalon Linton, Blog Tour & Giveaway!





Book Summary:

Nora Ellsworth, darling of London society, has her choice of eligible suitors, but since childhood, she has been expected to marry Jonathan Browning, a gentleman whose wealth and stability will someday secure the futures of Nora and her mother and sister. The family estate will pass to an odious male cousin upon the death of Nora’s father, and when he suddenly takes ill, her need to marry well becomes vitally important.

As Nora struggles with the idea of marrying without love, she finds herself increasingly drawn to Devlin Fausett, a man with dark eyes and intriguing conversation. But Devlin’s reputation as an indebted gambler is difficult to ignore. Despite the rumors from the ton and the marriage decision before her, Nora is determined to befriend the dashing Mr. Fausett, and his charms soon make it all but impossible to remember her duty. Until she learns the truth of her fortune. There is a way to keep her family’s estate, but the price is high: Nora must wed, as soon as possible. Torn between two very different men, she must make the ultimate decision. Will she be guided by her head or her heart?


My Review:

I love a good regency novel and this one did not disappoint! Nora was a delight and a breath of fresh air! I loved her desire to truly connect with someone and find love for her marriage. Her loyalty to her family was important as well but she really wanted to find love and fulfill her family duty. I could feel her turmoil and unsurety as she struggled with her head and her heart. Devlin on the other hand, he was a hot mess! He wanted to reform himself but man he just could not seem to stay away from his vice! I wondered if he could ever be reformed! And then there was this whole mystery element to the story from Nora's sister to her father, I wanted to know what the heck was going on? And the crazy creepy cousin, his character was brilliantly done! Seriously there was so much going on there was never a dull moment but it was never too much that I couldn't keep up! This book is definitely a keeper and I would recommend it to my friends!


Happy  Reading!!!


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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Love's Treasure by Rosemary Danielis, Book Review



Book Summary:

Can the truth mend a broken heart?

Darcy McGee never wants to see his girlfriend, Treasure, again. She skipped town without a word, leaving him with a broken heart and enough pain to fill a book with his poems. Four years later, he’s a new man. He’s got a rock-hard body, a hot girlfriend, an exciting job and walls around his heart no one can get past.

Treasure Mercado had no intention of returning to Heartland Cove, not after what she did to her boyfriend, Darcy. When a run-in with mobsters sends her fleeing home, he’s the only person she can turn to. Too bad his love for her has turned into smoldering hatred while her feelings for him are strong as ever. Will the truth about why she left be enough to mend Darcy’s broken heart and convince him to help save her life?


My Review:

This book was just easy. Easy to read, easy to get into, easy to stay inside Heartland's Cove. It was also unexpected. Treasure was the most unusual main character I have read about in a long time and I enjoyed learning all aspects of her personality! She was tough as steel yet she had this fierce love and loyalty. Darcy was so confusing...just like a man! Honestly this book took me places I never saw it going and I enjoyed every second; I finished it in a day. If you want an easy-to-read, treasure hunting novel with some action too, then this is the book for you!


Happy Reading!!!


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Friday, February 2, 2018

Starstruck by Sariah Wilson, Blog Tour & Giveaway!!!



   

  #Starstruck by Sariah Wilson

“You’ve done better.” With one uncharacteristically sassy tweet to her longtime celebrity crush, Zoe Miller’s life turns upside down. Ultrahot A-lister Chase Covington doesn’t just respond to Zoe’s tweet, he does the unthinkable: he messages Zoe directly. Now she must decide between walking away or meeting her crush in person. Chase knows better than to trust anyone from the Internet, but Zoe’s saucy challenge has totally caught his interest—and her girl-next-door personality is keeping it. He’s been burned enough to know he needs to keep his heart close. But his feelings for Zoe might be a lot more than just an online flirtation. He just has to convince her… When the press gets wind of Zoe and Chase’s secret relationship, their romance turns into tabloid headlines. Will they be able to hold on to their Hollywood love story?


 



  Excerpt 

“My mom is home. You have to go. Right now.” While my mother had matured over the last eleven years since she’d married Duncan, I didn’t want her to meet Chase and get all fangirl and weird and talking about her own brush with fame. It was humiliating enough in school; the last thing I wanted was for him to find out. But he wasn’t budging. I pushed against him again, and it was like trying to move a brick wall. A hot, muscular, well-defined brick wall, but still. “I’m serious. You have to go.” “Are you embarrassed by me?” he asked in a voice that was both bewildered and amused. But at least he finally took a step back. I grabbed him by the wrist, dragging him into the living room. I grabbed his jacket off of the couch and started shoving him toward my mom’s bedroom in the very back of the house. “That’s not it. It’s…difficult to explain.” “Aren’t you a little old to be in trouble for having a boy over while you’re babysitting?” “You just need to leave.” I opened one of the windows and pulled out the screen, dropping it on the ground. I’d put it back later. I indicated that he should use the exit I’d just provided. “Do you seriously want me to climb out a window?” I heard the door from the garage to the kitchen open and then shut. My mom called out, “Zoe?” Frantic, I started pushing him, trying to force him out. He laughed quietly but did give in. “I’m going, I’m going. But you have a lot of explaining to do.” “Whatever,” I said. He sat down on the windowsill, hanging one leg over the ledge. His attention was drawn to the massive poster that hung over my mother’s bed. It hadn’t even occurred to me to try and block his view or take it down. “Is that your mom?” That stupid picture had made my life miserable for years. I would have kept it from him if I could. My mother called my name again. It sounded like she was coming down the hallway. I was about ready to throw all my weight against him. “Yes, it’s my mom. Now go!” Laughing, he swung both legs through the open window and jumped the three feet to the ground, landing easily. Then he made a dramatic, Shakespearean-type bow. “’Til next we meet, my lady.”


 

My Review:


This is absolutely the best book I have read in a very long time...hands down! I loved it so much that I could not put it down! I am calling this the must read book of 2018! If you love romance, this is the book for you! There is sizzling smoking hot chemistry that gives you all the feels but doesn't go too far so you could comfortably let your teenager read it. Chase Covington is every girl's dream guy...super hot, super sweet and down to earth; plus he is a celebrity so hello> Zoe is just the girl next door who happens to tweet her celebrity crush Chase Covington...and he tweets her back! How awesome is that? Except that Zoe isn't even sure it is really him...it is probably just his assistant...right? This book has it all from start to finish! It literally drags you in and doesn't let you go until you have read the last word and still wish there was more! This world Wilson has created I never wanted to leave! I cannot wait for more from her and I am pretty sure I am now her #1 superfan! Read this book! Just go and do it, you will be so glad you did! Just prepare yourself with a comfortable spot and a lot of time without interruptions!



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Author Sariah Wilson

 Bestselling author Sariah Wilson has never jumped out of an airplane or climbed Mount Everest, and she is not a former CIA operative. She has, however, been madly, passionately in love with her soul mate and is a fervent believer in happily ever afters—which is why she writes romances like The Royals of Monterra series. After growing up in Southern California as the oldest of nine (yes, nine) children, she graduated from Brigham Young University with a semiuseless degree in history. She currently lives with the aforementioned soul mate and their four children in Utah, along with three tiger barb fish, a cat named Tiger, and a recently departed hamster who is buried in the backyard (and has nothing at all to do with tigers).


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Friday, January 26, 2018

Six Days to Live by Kenneth Page, Blog Tour & Giveaway!



Book Summary:

Sometimes disaster is simply a matter of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Take Addison Roberts, for example: it is a deadly coincidence that in a crowded parking lot one day, she catches the eye of a dangerous criminal on the run. In his desperation to evade the police, what he needs is a way out—and Addison and her car are his ticket to escape. 

Lieutenant Chase Roberts, on leave from his military assignment, is anxious to be reunited with his wife. Yet as night falls and Addison fails to appear, Chase feels a rising sense of foreboding. Hours quickly become days as he desperately works with authorities to find the woman he loves. But after being named a person of interest, Chase is warned away from the investigation—a mandate he ignores. Chase will stop at nothing to find his wife, and what he ultimately discovers is terrifying: Addison has been carjacked by a man who has killed before and has no scruples about killing again . . . 


My Review:

This action/suspense novel had a plot that truly captured my attention and held it throughout the book. I honestly had a hard time putting it down. The entire book is tense and suspenseful and I never could anticipate what would happen or who would end up doing what, which I truly enjoyed. I never like being able to figure out every move that will be made, I like being surprised. My one and only complaint is that some of the dialogue felt forced to me, in a way that it didn't feel realistic; it was too contrived. I wanted it to be natural and flowing. Other than that, the story was griping and had me on the edge of my seat. This is a  great action and suspense novel!


Happy Reading!!!


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Friday, January 12, 2018

Heart of the West by Carolyn Twede Frank, Blog Tour & Giveaway







Book Summary:

Independent-minded women are considered highly unsuitable in Kate Donahue’s wealthy Long Island society. Yes, Kate would lead a proper life should she marry, but her dream of practicing medicine would surely be thwarted by her domineering fiancé. To follow her dream, she must take dramatic measures. So when she reads a newspaper ad seeking a qualified small-town physician, Kate embarks on a new life in the Wild West.

Upon her arrival in the rugged settlement of Craig, Colorado, Kate is disappointed to discover that even in the West, no one wants a woman doctor. As she struggles to establish her practice, she is kept busy fending off the unwanted attentions of a local rancher, a man unnervingly reminiscent of the ex-fiancé she left behind in New York. Romantic entanglements are the last thing on Kate’s mind. That is, until she meets Lucas McCurdy, an Irish immigrant with whom she feels an undeniable connection. But when their relationship inflames a dangerous land battle, Kate and Lucas find themselves defenseless in a lawless town—a perilous position that may cost them everything.



My Review:

Heart of the West is a breath of fresh country air! I loved this story so much; it just sucked me in and never let me go. I found myself completely intrigued by Kate. She was this head-strong forward thinking woman for her time and a doctor as well. She was brave, bold and daring; all of the things a woman would like to be! I just could not imagine uprooting yourself from everything you have ever known and starting out in a new and rural place, completely and utterly alone. This is a wild western romance like no other and I found myself hooked until the very last page was read! I highly recommend this sweet western romance!


Happy Reading!!!


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Friday, January 5, 2018

The Fisherman's Daughter by Melinda Sue Sanchez, Blog Tour





Book Summary:

Eighteen-year-old Marianna De'Angelis has grown up on her father's fishing boat off the picturesque coast of Sicily, Italy. She traverses the nearby countryside on horseback and bicycle and works alongside her mother selling fish at market. It is a simple, happy life. But when WWII erupts and the Nazis overtake the country, Marianna's peaceful world is shattered.
In the midst of chaos, Marianna encounters a handsome, young Italian soldier named Massimo Scalvone. Though she tries to keep her distance, Marianna finds herself powerfully drawn to Massimo. Yet all the while, the man she is growing to love conceals a deadly secret—a secret that ensures that in a world now ruled by politics and greed, Massimo is not free to give his heart. Devastated, Marianna immerses herself in helping her family and neighbors survive the war. But soon, merely helping is not enough, and the young woman undertakes increasingly dangerous missions for the resistance. Although Marianna and Massimo each harbor secrets, their only hope of survival is to trust each other with the truth of who they really are. 


My Review:

Okay let's be honest shall we? This book is slow paced, super slow paced. It is a good book but I continually found myself putting it down and being distracted by other more exciting things. While I enjoyed the sparks between Marianna and Massimo, once again it was just too slow moving for me personally. The time era the book is set in is World War II and there is a lot of suffering and sadness surrounding the time and described in the book itself; some may find that hard to read. This is definitely not your light and fluffy type romance. It is deeper and full of hardship. 


Happy Reading!!!


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Source:  Publisher for review

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

More Trouble in Loveland by Jennifer Peel, Book Review





Book Summary:


Charlee Jensen-Carter has been looking forward to her first Christmas with her new husband, Ryan, and her adorable stepson for weeks. Not only is her dad tying the knot, but she’s looking forward to two weeks of no exes, no drama, and especially no trouble. At least that’s what she thinks.

First, she gets talked into wearing red hooker heels again. Next, she finds herself trying to save her dad’s wedding. And if that isn’t bad enough, more than one ex shows up, and she's suddenly in the middle of more trouble than she ever bargained for.

Will she ever find the right moment to give Ryan the best Christmas present ever? Or will her Christmas hopes and dreams die a fiery death in this comical holiday tale?


My Review:

This is a stellar companion book to Trouble in Loveland!  All of my favorite characters (and not so favorite characters) are there and there is all kinds of chaos and family feuds going on! It is family drama times one hundred with crazy secrets and I loved it! Poor Charlee was dealt a hot mess and she played her hand beautifully! If you loved Trouble in Loveland then you absolutely HAVE to read, More Trouble in Loveland!


Happy Reading!!!


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