Monday, January 28, 2019

Whiteout by Brett Cain, Blog Tour & Giveaway



Book Summary:

Long hours of driving on the frigid interstate have taken their toll. In a split second, Frank Sawyer’s car drifts and clips a passing van on the otherwise empty Montana highway. In the aftermath of the wreck, Sawyer encounters a gruesome scene: the van’s passenger did not survive. But it isn’t the crash that took his life—he’s been shot. Before Sawyer can assess what’s happened, he’s struck from behind. When he regains consciousness, he discovers that his attacker is gone, his car is missing—and the police have named him their prime suspect in the dead man’s murder.
The harsh winter weather bears down as the chaos unfolds, and Sawyer finds himself trapped in the small town of Cluff. And law enforcement is keeping him firmly in their sights, so there’s no possibility of escape. As he struggles to clear his name, Sawyer looks to the past for answers, becoming embroiled in a decades-old mystery that may hold the key to proving his innocence.

My Review:
The story started with a bang and I was immediately hooked, wanting to know what would happen to Sawyer and his stolen car. Not to mention the dead body and whoever knocked him out! I love action and suspense stories so Whiteout was right up my alley. The story kept me on my toes the majority of the time and I couldn't help but feel cold from the blizzard Sawyer was in!  I liked the small town of Cliff where everyone knew each other and the author laid the town out so well, I could picture it in my own mind. Sawyer was a great main character; he was driven to help others. And can we mention he is this huge guy who happens to be some type of amazing fighter? Who is Sawyer really? Is he some ex Navy Seal or a former Marine? This reader cannot help but think there is more to his story! My favorite part of the story was trying to solve the mystery of whodunnit. Cain definitely kept me guessing and I was surprised when I found out who and what had actually happened. If you are a fan of action/suspense, you should give Whiteout a try!

Happy Reading!!!
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Friday, January 18, 2019

The House of Stone and Ivy, by Anita Stansfield, Blog Tour & Giveaway




Book Summary:

Orphaned as children, Hennie and Lottie share an unbreakable friendship. Together, they suffered the horrors of orphanages and the workhouse, and now grown, they continue to rely on each another. When Lottie approaches Hennie about a possible position at a manor house, Hennie is eager to work alongside her dear friend. However, to secure the positions as stable hands, they will have to undergo a bold act of deception: the women must disguise themselves as men.
Upon arriving at the manor, Hennie is stunned. Her new position is at Ivy Manor—the beautiful estate where her mother was employed long ago and where Hennie was raised until her mother’s death. Hennie has wonderful memories of her friendship with the son of the house, Jack, and is shocked and dismayed to learn he has vanished. Living in disguise at the manor allows her to gradually uncover the truth of Jack’s disappearance and eventually find him. Both Hennie and Jack are thrilled to be reunited, and their friendship is renewed. Soon, their relationship blossoms . . . and threatens their determination to remain concealed. With so much at stake, will they be prepared to risk everything for love?

My Review:
The premise of this story is completely different from another other regency romance I have read. So I was drawn to the book just from that alone; add in a great cover and an author I have read for years and I was all in. Hennie and Lottie were best friends who grew up through the most difficult of circumstances, an orphanage and a workhouse. Now they are disguised as men working as stablehands in the very home that Hennie grew up in. So my thoughts are two fold. I like the story and how different it is from any other regency I have read. However, the author did a lot of telling what happens and what the characters think, instead of showing the reader. I had to do a lot of skipping over parts because it was tedious to read. I hate to say that because Stansfield is one of my favorite authors, but it was so difficult to read through parts where we were being told what the character thought instead of getting to peer into their mind and hear their thoughts. This is still a good story, it was just a little bit harder for me to get through.

Happy Reading!!!

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Beauty and the Horseman's Head by Holly Kelly, Book Review


Book Summary:

It’s 1792 and Hope is on the run. She finds shelter in a glen called Sleepy Hollow. Luck is with her as the town is unexpectedly looking for a new teacher and Hope is hired for the job. Unfortunately, not everything is looking up for her. Not only is the mayor out to get her fired and the local witch determined to slice her up and brew her organs into potions, but hidden under the floorboards of her quaint little cabin, she finds a man. His name is Conall. 

Conall is demanding, he’s ornery, and though he has undeniably handsome features, he is missing something of vital importance… 

His body. 


Beauty and the Horseman’s Head is a spooky, somewhat dark, twisted paranormal romance that combines the stories of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Beauty and the Beast in a way that will have you falling in love and gasping in fright. 



My Review:

When I got the chance to review this book, I jumped at it without even having read the book summary! Because you guys, it is HOLLY KELLY, and she wrote the Rising series which I LOVE! So how could I not jump at the chance to review one of her books? I should have known better, I should have known not to start the book at night....because I became so engrossed that I had a severe disregard for my sleep and my alarm which would go off for work the next morning. I read half of the book that night..it...was...that...good. You guys, the fantasy mixed with the love story and good versus evil was fantastic! Kelly kills the legend of Sleepy Hollow in a fantastical fantasy world that you cannot imagine until you enter it yourself! An added bonus is the love, the emotions, the heart pounding suspense as you wonder how everything is going to all work out! So what are you waiting for? Go and grab your copy of this book and enjoy your journey with Hope, Conall, and their friends! I am sure glad that I did!

Happy Reading!!!

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Friday, January 11, 2019

Saving Susannah Jones by Carolyn Twede Frank, Book Review & Giveaway!





Book Summary:
In the still of a cool Colorado evening, the Circle J Ranch house burns to the ground, leaving Susannah Jones and her two brothers orphaned and homeless. Embittered by the tragedy, Susannah’s older brother grows increasingly cruel, leading Susannah to make the difficult choice to leave the last of her family behind to forge a new life for herself. It is the kindness of Dr. Kate, the woman physician in town, as well as a chance meeting with a rugged homesteader that give Susannah the strength she needs to escape.
When Joseph Iverson encounters the harassed young woman on his land one day, he has no thought but to provide the assistance she so clearly needs. Overcoming his shyness, he takes Susannah under his wing and agrees to a marriage of convenience to liberate her from her brother. As the pair works side by side, their mutual admiration deepens. But their happy existence is threatened all too soon by a series of “accidents” on the farm. With danger looming ever closer, Susannah and Joseph must discover who is bent on their destruction before the life and marriage they’ve built together goes up in flames.

My Review:
I liked this book so much because Susannah was not just stronger than she thought, but willing to allow help when she needed it. Help from the doctor, help from her little brother, and most of all, help from a complete stranger, Joseph Iverson. I was pleasantly surprised to realize that this book tied into a previous one I had read by Frank, so I enjoyed making those connections, but this book is fine as a stand alone as well. This book really resonated with me on an emotional level. Susannah felt all alone and like nothing could ever work out for her. Yet she persevered and amid challenges, she still remained positive. I thoroughly enjoyed this western romance novel with a touch of mystery!

Happy Reading!!!

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