Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Review ~ Breaking the Cycle by Tricia Andersen

Blurb-
Max is excited when Chloe, a girl that works for the same gym he does, agrees to go on a date with him.  He is disturbed, though, when she becomes violently ill after he kisses her.  Max can’t shake how he feels about her.  He sacrifices his job and does everything he can to find an answer to her illness.  But is it enough to save their relationship – and save her?

Chloe can’t believe Max Thomas, the hottest guy at Roadie’s Gym, wants to go out with her.  When their date is a disaster, she thinks she’ll never see him again.  She is stunned when he reappears in her life and tries to find the answer behind whatever has made her sick since she was a child.  However, will he stick around or abandon her like her father did?  Can she trust him enough to let him into her heart?

Review-
Loved how Ms Andersen began Max's dislike for Chloe's work ethics and, he even, claimed his disappointment in her ability to show up for work, despite his secret crush on her. My dislike for Max started...but was soon annulled when Max finds out the truth. But his cynical thinking... every third Wednesday had me chuckling thinking of how unknown answers can cause everyone to think the worse. The way Ms Andersen creates and builds their friendship was superb. I am a huge believer in character connections and Max and Chloe definitely have that.

Max's sympathy for Chloe's condition warmed my heart. No one, especially a woman, likes to have a man tend to her needs the way Max moved in to assist. Plus finding her a job, or was it creating one? Either way, Max was a knight in shining armor.

This was a quick afternoon read and was thoroughly enjoyed. Everyone needs an afternoon of romance and love... and Ms Andersen delivers both with Breaking the Cycle.

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Review ~ Kitty's Christmas Hope (Dreams Come True) by Sharon Kleve

Blurb-
Kitty Skinner meets the perfect guy, he's kind, considerate and sexy as hell. She hopes to spend her favorite holiday with him, Christmas Eve. The only problem is, Aaron treats her like his best friend, not the girlfriend she dreams of being. To make matters worse he’s found his perfect girl and wants Kitty to help plan their first date.

Aaron Tyler thinks Kitty is sweet, talented and someone he can settle down with, but believes he has to deceive her into believing he cares for someone else to win her heart.

Nothing goes as planned when one mishap after another prevents them from admitting their true feelings.

Review-
Just say those three words. Those three little words. I. Love. You.? No.
Sweet? Romance? Happily ever after? YES! Those! And in Kitty's Christmas Hope, Ms Kleve filled every gap and hole that I was hoping for.

Poor Kitty is so in love Aaron. But on the other end of the pendulum, Aaron is so smitten with Kitty. Silly lovebirds need to act on it. But it takes sly Aaron to formulate the way into Kitty's heart, as if he needed a way. That girl was so into him she would have done anything for the man she loves. And she did.

A fake date? Help Aaron set up and stage the perfect date with a 'new' girl? Oh, man. How romantic s that? I would have fallen for it too!

Ms Kleve had my mind mesmerized for an afternoon with this new release. Forget the fact this was a holiday read, because I can read the magical moments of any holiday book ANY day of the year. I fall for the love, romance and magic. I highly recommend this book to all lovers of romance.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Better She Die by Judy Baker

Blurb:
In 1858, Clare Rose Coulson of Silver Sage Creek, Texas, is traumatized as a band of Apache Indians murder her husband, her father, and best friend. When kidnapped, she tries to escape only to be captured by another band, but quickly learns this band is Comanche and different. They aren't warriors or savages, but a peaceful, loving people. While living with the band, she learns to respect the Indian ways and settles into a life she never dreamed.

Four years later, Captain Drury Burchett, a Texas Ranger, rescues Clare Rose. Only, the beautiful redheaded woman is angered by her rescue. He's bewildered by the compassion she shows for the Comanches, especially since his hatred for the savages digs deep into his soul for all they've taken from him. What makes this woman so strong in her beliefs and needs to defend the Indians?



Review:
The attraction in the first scene between Clare Rose and Drury had me believing in them. The twinges Clare Rose felt in the pit of her stomach made me remember moments in my life when I had the same feeling. The giddy girlfriends of Clare Rose added immediate depth to the heroine. Sorry that CR's two friends won't have their own stories though. *sigh*  

Ms Baker created a wondrous historical romance love story here. The dialogue is precise and well thought out, yet came easily to me as I read.

I have to admit the first part of the blurb had me wanting to settle in and read this book, while the second half had me questioning my decision. But as I turned the pages, I am thrilled to have followed my first instinct. Well written and beautifully crafted story. I look forward to book two.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Review ~ Clay's Quest by Christi Williams

Blurb:
She’ll do anything to get her way. Tall, elegant and beautiful, Emma Thorpe has wanted a baby for years. The yearning for a child occupies all her thoughts, her time, her effort, and any money she and her husband can scrape up for medical intervention. After trying and failing to conceive, the solution that finally comes to her is to leave her husband and hope to find a man—any man—capable of fulfilling her deepest desire. Big, handsome Clay Thorpe isn’t the kind of man to let his wife just wander away. It takes a few months of Emma’s absence from his bed to devise a plan, but he’s determined. Eventually, Clay lures Emma home with a convoluted strategy only he could concoct, involving an antique diamond ring, sex three times a day, and...a turkey baster?

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Review ~ In Chains (In Chains series) by Michelle Abbott

Blurb-
A romance set in a world where slavery is government run and slaves are fitted with microchips.

Savannah, fleeing a turbulent relationship, seeks solace at her brother’s country farmhouse. It’s there that she meets Kayden; her brother’s slave who's considered less than human. These two damaged souls form an unbreakable bond, one that’s about to be tested, because Kayden is her brother’s property and he will stop at nothing to keep them apart.

*Please note this book contains some sexual scenes, violence and strong language.

Review-
Talk about adding some history to new age romance. While no era is defined, the reader assumes it is the present. When I first started this book, I wasn't sure what to expect. But let me tell you... I thoroughly enjoyed In Chains.  There were moments when I was unsure of the outcome of the book but a HEA is guaranteed... to some degree.

I found it intriguing, the premise of slaves and owners, the rules and laws.

Abbott rose to the occasion by creating a love that would be prevented from blossoming at every turn, but she creates it slowly- the attraction is there and takes time for the duo to act upon. This being said, I appreciated the believable connection between Kayden and Savannah. Add in the torturous events with her brother, Ben and Dan and I was satisfied with the writing. While there were some questions in my mind, as I read, they were soon answered.

*Author provided a copy for honest review.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Review ~ The Evening Class by Julie Reilly

Blurb-
Fatso Patso no more! Slimmed-down Patti Hobley doesn’t need a man. No sir! But she’d quite like one. And where better to find one than at a Car Maintenance evening class?

Except the only other course members are two spotty sixteen-year-old boys and some middle-aged ladies in hand-knitted cardigans.

Things start looking up when she meets both handsome executive Patrick, and garage mechanic Rick, who used to taunt her at school. But when Patrick shows his true colours, it’s Rick who leaps to her rescue. Does Rick deserve a second chance? Can Patti forget the past and let Rick in?

Review-
Let's see... Patrick (the bully)- can I have two minutes alone with him? He irked the heck out of me and because of that I have to commend Ms Reilly for bringing that emotion to surface. When an author can invoke such anger from a reader... in my eyes and mind, the author has succeeded and perfected her writing craft.

Patti and Rick's early years together were not ones to be proud of on Rick's end. Typical high school teasing really. but what I loved was when Rick first recognized Patti years later and said “You look great!”- what woman doesn't want to hear that. Better if the words were truthful.. and Rick's were sincere and honest. Made me forgive him myself for his teenage behavior.

Ms Reilly wrote a quick read but a very enjoyable one as well. This was a delightful Weekend Getaway that I did lose myself in for a few hours. Thank you for that.

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Review ~ Where Love Takes Us (Heartfelt Series 1) by Jamie Salisbury

Blurb-
Noel Burns is on top of the world. In fact the world is his oyster. Everything he touches turns to gold. It seems nothing can stop him. . .nothing except a quiet, opinionated woman. Jennifer Quinn.

Jennifer wants nothing more than to quietly rebuild her life. The last thing she wants is another man, especially one so arrogant. But she finds herself drawn to the younger Mr. Burns.

Watch as their worlds collide. Who will surrender first? Will they ignore the obvious attraction they have for each other? Or will they give in and see where love takes them?

Review-
Starting over is never easy and the way Ms Salisbury creates hero Jennifer's move, new life and growing attraction to British speaking Noel had me cheering for all divorced women looking for true love.



I was intrigued and pleased with the way Jennifer and Noel's characters connected and kept the reader on his or her toes with their sarcasm (in the beginning) and continued to keep their relationship steadily growing. Nice.. believable and so well written.

Have no fear if you are looking for more of Ms Salisbury's work (as I am) because this is book one in the series. Guess what I will be reading soon? Hmmm, yes, book two is on the agenda. Wonderful job, Ms. Salisbury!

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Review ~ Not the Marrying Kind by Christina Cole

Blurb-
Kat Phillips is not the marrying kind. She can’t cook, keep house, or sew a stitch. When her father takes sick and decides to sell the Rocking P ranch, Kat must either follow his wishes and marry the lackluster minister in town or find a husband for herself.

Joshua Barron comes to the Colorado Territory to make a new start. Nothing means more to him than freedom. He arrives at the cabin where he’ll be staying with his reclusive, crazy-as-a-coot cousin, and realizes Cody desperately needs a wife. His thoughts go at once to the long-legged redhead he met in the foothills.

When Kat realizes the handsome stranger is looking for a wife,  she’s determined to prove she’s got all the skills required to please a man...even if she has to lie to do it. She has no idea that Joshua is involved in a few lies of his own.

Review-
What a marvelous story, well written and kept me spellbound for a weekend! Ms Cole has me lost in the world of saving the Rocking P Ranch as well as telling Reverend Kendrick to take a hike! Pasty skin, beady eyes- no way!

I found Kat's character (whether trying to save the only life she's ever known or having to wear petticoats and 'girlie' things) refreshing and fell in love with her devotion and determination.

Ms Cole has a special way of storytelling and I am anxious to search her back list of novels for more enjoyable hours.

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Review ~ Blind Date by Morgan K. Wyatt

Blurb-

Darla never had time for love. Even though she worked in the perfume industry that epitomizes romance; no appropriate male ever wandered into the picture. Maybe that’s why she accepted her friend’s suggestion to fix up her up.  Plus desperation, and a desire to make sure she even remembered how to act like a woman as opposed to a corporate warrior. Too bad, her arranged date fell on the eve before her meeting with some hot shot Italian nobleman she needed to sign for her company’s continued success. Even more ironic, her blind date Alex besides being the poster child for all things delicious had a sexy Italian accent. The accent alone should have reminded her of the need to prepare for her meeting. Instead charmed by his old world manners and animal magnetism she allows him to take charge and forgets about business. Two things she’d never done before.

Review-
Ms Wyatt wrote a wonderful and quick read (Weekend Getaway from Secret Cravings Publishing) and really had me enjoying the connection between Darla and 'Alex'. Mistaken identity? Chance meeting? Whatever you want to call it I really appreciated the opportunity to read Blind Date.

Ms Wyatt allowed the reader to join in on the swift romance but left the sexual encounter at the bedroom door, or should I say boat deck. Kudos Ms Wyatt for writing a delightful read that I enjoyed in one afternoon.

I'd love to see a continuation of Blind Date- perhaps consider it a prequel and have book one be when 'Alex' aka Nickolai comes to America. The duo's romance can expand and perhaps Ms Wyatt could introduce her dear friend Marlene- and she can have her own whirlwind romance adventure.

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Review ~ Christmas Romance (Best Christmas Romances of 2013)

Blurb:
Four sweet Christmas stories from your favorite romance authors to warm your heart for the holidays.

Christmas Wishes-Danica Winters: For most, Christmas is a time for family, love, life, dreams, and wishes—but not for Lee Llewellyn, a mother who has recently lost her son to an accident and her husband to the resentment it caused.
In a chance encounter, she is given the gift of company on Christmas, but is she ready to move forward and start living again?

Christmas at Central Bark-Jennifer Conner: When Tennyson’s boyfriend left her for her best friend from high-school, all Tennyson received in the break up was her dog. She’s sworn off men and now is rebuilding her life. The only thing Par does is work. He barely has time to do anything he wants for himself other than take his dog to the dog park. When Par and Tennyson find an abandoned dog at the park named Duke. Will they find room in their hearts to take him in?
And can this Christmas season weave some special magic for the two of them?

Halo's Wish-Sharon Kleve: Halo Ann Carlyle wishes for a home, family, and a boat-load of pets. What she gets is a bruised hip, a lump on the head, a broken ankle, and her new yellow Honda Civic is demolished.
Rich McFarland, a sexy veterinarian, keeps showing up in the most unexpected places, promising everything she's ever wanted.Halo believes she only has time to pursue her career as a pet detective and must ignore her growing attraction to achieve her dreams.
Will Halo trust her heart, and find a way to get both before Christmas?

Christmas Hope-Casey Dawes: Clara Misowski is convinced Sam Richards’ cheese making operation would be a perfect stop for her culinary tour group.
He’s adamantly opposed to anything to do with a group of women on his farm.
Can she convince him to open his heart to company, Christmas, and maybe even her?

Review:
Christmas Wishes-Danica Winters
Oh my goodness! What a tissue kind of holiday story! Ms Winters had me from the moment the cowboy strode in. The words exchanged, the connection... the *sigh* everything. Beautifully written and made me thank my life for what I have. Kudos Ms Winters!

Christmas at Central Bark-Jennifer Conner
Heading back to the park "for the sake of the dog'...  humor me! Love the sweet humor after the heartbreaking moment. Ms Conner is a must-have author to my TBR list now!
Well written and I loved the way Tennyson and Par (delighted with the names for some reason) have a friendship then build to a relationship.

Halo's Wish-Sharon Kleve
Poor Halo Ann! If I had her luck.. well, I would just lock myself in a bubble-wrapped room. Ms Kleve has me chuckling quite a bit while reading her short story. What parents in their right mind would give their child a bright yellow car? Oops! I had a bright sunshine yellow VW Bug... dismiss this comment.
This story was a perfect and quick read for any lover of the magical holiday romance. Looking forward to reading more of Kleve's work.

Christmas Hope-Casey Dawes
LOVED Clara's determination. Watch out Sam, you don't have a chance. Clara's ex definitely had her mind thinking she was useless, but her will-power to win Sam over made me cheer for independent woman all over.
Dawes' writing style was light-hearted and a nice refresher. The way she dove into the plot made me so happy. I love stories of HEA but getting there has to be well thought out and written, and Dawes hit the nail on the head.

Bottom Line- this was a wonderful read by four tremendously talented authors.

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Review ~ Going Home by Carole McKee



Blurb-

Fifteen years ago Cassie fled her hometown, taking with her an undeserved bad reputation and a broken heart. She reluctantly returns for her father’s funeral and comes face to face with the one who broke her heart. This encounter sends her packing again, only this time it’s not so easy to just leave and forget. Her visit opens old wounds, stokes old flames, and uncovers lies and deceit. It’s showdown time!


Review-
From the moment Cassie pulled up to her childhood home and the animosity from Matt, I was hooked on Going Home. Take the prodigal son and replace with Independent Woman Cassie. *applauding her tenacity* and the way Ms McKee developed Cassie from the get-go was perfection.

Generally I want, and thrive for, a HEA ending, and there were moments that I was ready to call it a non-HEA. But alas... no spoilers, please. Let's just say McKee does an absolutely splendid job with the story line and characters. Rudy and Cassie's past had me impetuous, sentimental and all the while cheering for their potential reconciliation and relationship bonding moment. *sigh*

I was swept into this story- who doesn't love when two meant-to-be together people finally get that second chance at love... true love.  *Rudy's confirmation of never marrying anyone else tells the reader his love always lived for and with Cassie- whatta guy!

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Review ~ Cera's Place by Elizabeth McKenna

Blurb-
In 1869, San Francisco saloon owner Cera Cassidy offers redemption to any woman looking for honest work. At Cera's Place, men can get a decent hot meal with a whiskey, but if they want anything more, they have to take their desires elsewhere. One summer night, a distraught Chinese girl bursts through the swinging doors with a shocking tale of murder, kidnapping, and prostitution. Outraged, Cera vows to set things right.

Jake Tanner, a scarred ex-soldier haunted by the horrors of the Civil War, is on a mission to fulfill a friend's dying wish. The trail has brought him to Cera's door. Captivated by her Irish beauty, he wants to join her fight - but will she let him?

Review-
I am a die-hard historical western fan and this was a nice introduction to Ms McKenna's writing and style. So when I started reading Cera's Place, I was anxious to dig right in. The conflict McKenna begins, builds and eventually solves is well-crafted and had me turning pages immediately.

I loved the depth of the story. Not only are we dealing with Jake's haunting past but we also have Cera's assisting Hu Wong's situation. These two stories alone had me almost forgetting about Jake and Cera's potential romance.

Wonderful debut novel! I am looking forward to reading more from Ms McKenna and forming an author/reviewer relationship here.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Review ~ An Unexpected Widow (The Colorado Brides Series) Book One by Carre White

Blurb-
Hannah Hoffman Clark is the spirited young wife of Denver City's only preacher, Frank Clark. After arriving by wagon to the howling wilderness of the unexplored west, they settled on land, built a home, and began what they thought would be a long and prosperous life together. After an accident leaves Frank without feeling in his legs, the dream of self-sufficiency suddenly slips away, but even more tragedy is on the horizon for Hannah.

Once widowed, she struggles to cope with her loss, relying on those her husband had hired, especially Nathan Weaver, a no good gambler and drunkard. While the tenuous hold she has on her sanity crumbles, her connection with Nathan becomes something far greater than she could have ever imagined, but her family would be scandalized if she married such a man.

One should never judge a book by its cover, and Nathan, although rough around the edges and crude, has his heart in the right place, and it belongs to Hannah...if only she could see it.
This is the first book in The Colorado Brides Series

Review-
*Settled in with my Kindle Fire...*
WOW! What a fabulous story! I love the love Hannah and Frank shared. The way he doted on her, their gentle and kind words... but how does a woman lose that love and find another? Not easily.

Nathan is a strong man, determined and knows Hannah is reeling from Frank's sudden death. Always there for her to cry on his shoulder, always ready to help her. What a man!

Ms White's writing kept me enveloped in the story and her creation of Hannah and Frank's love as well as Hannah and Nathan's love had me ripping through the pages. I absolutely loved the scene between Hannah and Ruby- two kindred spirits. Kudos Ms White! I look forward to reading more of this series and your work.

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Review ~ Rancher to the Rescue by Jennifer Faye

Blurb-
Jilted at the altar, celebrity chef Meghan Finnegan flees the scene--and the baying press--only to run straight into the muscled torso of Cash Sullivan.

The former rodeo champion knows what's it like to have your life crumble in the spotlight, so he offers Meghan a place to lie low at his ranch.

Fresh air, no paparazzi and the brooding rancher's lazy smile are making Meghan not want to leave her sanctuary. But she and her unborn baby can't stay here forever...can they?

Review-
Both reeling from being in the spotlight, and not in a positive way, Meghan and Cash have more in common than meets the eye. I was drawn to this book because I love the trope of runaway bride combined with ex-rodeo star turned rancher. I know a happy ending is inevitable... and I was not disappointed.

Ms Faye wrote a delightful and heart-warming story. Meghan's need to NOT be needy combined with Cash's understanding of her desire to hideout for a short time made for a wonderful afternoon getting lost in this book.

After reading Rancher To the Rescue, I searched for more of her writing and am looking forward to losing myself for more weekend days.

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Review ~ The Meatball Mistress by Tiffany N. York

BLURB:
Cara Manzoni flees Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, to the Jersey Shore after catching her fiancĂ© cheating with her hairdresser. Problem is she has no clothes, no money, and no place to go. This is not where she thought she’d be at almost thirty years old.

Ryan Garridy is a diehard commitment-phobe, struggling to keep his Italian restaurant afloat. The last thing he wants is a high-maintenance woman in his life. So when Cara runs out on her check and then faints at his feet the next day, he knows she’s trouble with a capital T. It still doesn’t stop him from offering her a job and a place to stay. There’s something feisty and compelling about this woman, and no matter how hard he tries, he just can’t seem to say no to her. Or her Sicilian meatballs.

Since Cara has sworn off men, it’s no big deal that Ryan is sexy and charming—until she decides the only way to stop obsessing over her ex is to obsess over someone new. Ryan makes her forget about her ex a little too well, but falling for him could set her up for a whole new world of hurt. One man, one woman, both wounded by love. Will they be able to overcome their demons and learn to trust again? If the undeniable passion between these two doesn’t keep them together, the mouth-watering food will.

Review:
Part of what attracted me to this book was.. I admit it openly... the title. The Meatball Mistress? Really? Tell me more please. The second attraction was the 'catching the ol' heathen of a fiancee in a compromising position (with Cara's hairdresser? grrr...) and the heroine flees. Leave behind the I-Can't-Keep-My-Pants-Zipped Guy and start over. Learn to trust again. Ahhh... if only.

Ohhh, and let's talk humor. Mr. Happy? Too much, Ms York! Forget the cheating fiancee... now Cara has to find a new hairdresser! Oy! Whatta day!

Ryan Garridy didn't want a relationship? Really? Silly man! *Beware Cara... he's a Casanova. Burn me once, so they say. But later, Ryan has regrets. Many regrets. I wanted to reach in the page and choke him, "Yes, you should've told her before she went back to Brooklyn. <Sigh>

Back to reality here though- Ms York has created a sweet, fun-loving and beautifully crafted HEA romance with The Meatball Mistress. I foresee great things to come with her future as an author. The connection between Cara and Ryan was flawless and the way Ms York wove the story had me turning pages faster than ever.

Favorite line- "“Oz, my friend, women are like martinis. One isn’t enough and three are too many.” Oh, Ms York... please, you're killing me here!

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Review ~ Haunt Me by Heather Long

Blurb-
Recently divorced author MacKenzie Dillon has lost her writing mojo. When she inherits her great aunt’s haunted house in Virginia, she is determined to make a new start. The creepy old house provides inspiration but at what cost?

Successful architect and paranormal skeptic Justin Kent returns to Penny Hollow to fulfill his father’s dying wish of revitalizing their small town. To do that, he needs the allegedly haunted estate at Summerfield. Mac, the new owner, may be gorgeous and spunky, but she refuses to sell.

These two have a dangerous history that spans the ages, but will they discover the truth in time to save their lives?

Review-
Ghosts... writers' block... and LOVE. They go hand-in-hand in this romance novel, and Ms Long had my attention from the first sentence. Just the name of the town Penny Hollow gave me images of creepy noises and shadows in the middle of the might, and the way Ms Long crafted the story flow, characters and ending (sorry no spoilers people, read the book) made me want to purchase more of her novels.

I am a true believer in second chances at love... hence why I was a sucked into this book. I also  loved the tenacity and inner strength that Mac projects, especially during her and Justin's first encounter regarding the sale of the house. *Go Mac!*

I definitely recommend this read to eveyrONE. Ms Long will not disappoint.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Review ~ The Dating Tutor by Melissa Frost

Blurb-
More hockey. More Alec.

Alec Horner’s life was never simple. Between dealing with an alcoholic father and worrying about the continuation of his education, he has more than a few concerns. The complications continue to mount when his neighbor and best friend, Ellie Harper, asks him to tutor her in the art of dating.

The alternately humorous and frustrating task takes a new turn when Alec starts to realize his feelings for the girl next door suddenly expand beyond that of a mere friend. Coaching her is a torturous delight. He wants her and revels in each moment, yet he knows her efforts are aimed toward the goal of seducing another boy. Can this gruff hockey player convince his sweet and innocent best friend that the two of them might have a future together?

Review-
Poor Ellie! Having to turn her best friend for help with dating. But wait! Poor Alec! What a delightful story between two friends... hardships and discovering first love.

This is the second book in this series by Ms Frost (NOTE: Go back and read book one). Not that this one isn't a stand-alone read, but I want to read  more of Ms Frost's work now. She knows how to weave a fabulous story, make the right connections between the characters and lead you into a world of HEA and love.

Add in the delicate issue with Alec's dad's alcohol abuse and you have a torturous antagonist lurking. Kudos to Ms Frost!

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Review ~ Rancher's Rescue by Barb Han

Blurb-
When a little boy goes missing, rancher Caleb Snow steps in to help…and winds up falling for the child's beautiful—but mysterious—aunt in Barb Han's Rancher Rescue

Getting tangled up with another woman in crisis is the last thing rancher Caleb Snow needs. The handsome cowboy has been badly burned too many times. But this one feels different—Katherine Harper is injured and reeling after an ambush in which her nephew was kidnapped. Caleb wants nothing more than to protect the beautiful, headstrong woman and help her find the missing child. If only he could ignore the feelings she stirs in him.

But as they search together, it's clear someone wants Katherine dead. Soon the two are running for their lives, dodging bullets, not knowing who to trust…or if they'll survive long enough to bring a little boy home.

Review-
Talk about the characters having depth, substance and a connection... this book WOWed me with all aspects. The twists and story line had me riveted from the first page. What woman (reader) could not want to read about about a rancher who steps up and 'saves'a  woman! Really!

Katherine and Caleb's attraction was a-number-one for me. The way Ms Han built up the relationship made it so realistic. These are the kind of books that romance should be. Han weaves a wonderful story, adds depth to the characters and made me want more.

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Review ~ His Leading Lady by Jean Joachim

Blurb-
How does a rookie quarterback react when faced with the truth about his leading lady? Is his play for her a touchdown or only a false start? A chance meeting with gorgeous actress, Penny Thatcher, has Mark Davis smitten. Luck breaks his way weeks later when he meets her on a blind date. After an all-out blitz to win her affections, the public revelation of an ugly secret intercepts his forward progress. Will Mark get tackled by the humiliation? Is he in the game to win or will he walk away from her, chalking it up to a fumble on the goal line?

Review-
*Prequel to Hollywood Hearts series

Two people, hero Mark and heroine Penny, both struggling to make a name for themselves in their respectable careers... and Ms Joachim captures their emotions, connection and handling of past incidents as they all come to head.

Blind date? You may be asking why two up and coming public figures need to go on a blind date. Well, without giving away too much- I despise spoilers- you MUST read His Leading Lady. The quality of writing displayed by Ms Joachim is such a refreshing occurrence. The strong plot, deep character connection and tremendous writing flow of the story line is unbelievable. I have read Ms Joachim's work in the past... but His Leading Lady surpasses all others by her.

Needless to say I am anxious to begin the entire series now. Wonderful job Ms Joachim.

P.S. I LOVE the arrogant and demanding way Joachim presented hero Mark Davis. If I could have crawled into the pages of the book... oh man!

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Review ~ The Gambler's Passion by Elle Marlow

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Beautiful Arizona Summers is determined to fulfill her mother's dying wish and realize her dreams-even if it means dancing at Bare Backed Belles, cheating at high stakes poker or running from a spray of bullets with a man she's given her innocence to. She'd do it all and over again to find love and keep her promise.

Jace Forrester gets a thrill out of living a double life. Preacher's son by day, card hustler by night. Always after the big win, he can't resist Arizona's ultimate challenge. He may lose more than he bargain for-his heart.

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Debut novel from Elle Marlow has me laughing, loving and anxious to turn the page. The 'mix up' of Jace's brunette companion and Arizona's poker character along with the duo's assumptions made for a great read.

This is the kind of historical western I can see being made into a series, centered around the townspeople. Granted the population of Prescott are vaguely mentioned, I can picture Ms Marlow making a run with this. The talent and writing style of this up-and-coming romance author will have readers craving more.

I fell in love with the way Ms Marlow entwined the hero/heroine and am looking forward to more of her writing.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Review ~ Special Delivery (A Valentine's Short Story) By Ginny Baird

Blurb-

All Amanda Holiday wants is for her husband to come home for Valentine’s Day. She’s expecting their first baby, but her husband Luke – a US Navy fighter pilot – is half the world away. So Amanda determines to get through her childbirth alone with the help of a trusted good friend. When a raging snowstorm hits, complications ensue. Will Amanda’s strength see her through? And can Luke stay out of harm’s way? It may all depend on the power of love to achieve a happy ending.

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Can you say 'awww'? What a sweet romance! Absolutely loved the premise... the beginning.. the middle.. and the end!

Having never read Ms Baird's work before, I was quite taken aback by her writing style, the flow of the story and the way she swooped me into this 12k short story.

I love holiday romances- no matter Christmas, Valentine's Day, etc and I have to say Ms Baird, you have won over a new fan.

I don't want to give away any spoliers... you have to read it. I would definitely recommend this book, as well as others by Ms Baird.

BONUS* Baby, Be mine is at the end of Special Delivery! Two for the wonderful price! Win-win situation here.

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Review ~ Relinquishing Christmas by Janelle Lee

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Rachel McVeigh isn't about to celebrate Christmas. She has been abandoned by her husband, her god and finds herself alone and pregnant. There would be no Christmas miracle for her... or would there.

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Relinquishing Christmas is a very short read (14 pages total) but the way Ms Lee writes the story of Rachel and Rob had me into the story. The quickness of the story did not take away from Ms Lee's description, Rachel's background and she wove a beautiful HEA with emotions.

Oh how I wish it were a longer story! But despite that small let down... I absolutely loved the story. I would love to see Ms Lee continue with Rachel and Rob's future (hint, hint... sequel).

If you're looking for a fast paced, swift read, then this is one for you.

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Review ~ His Prairie Princess (Prairie Brides, Book One) by Kit Morgan

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A Sweet, Western Romance Novella.

His Prairie Princess (Prairie Brides, Book One) is the first in a new series about the town of Clear Creek, Oregon. One of the wackiest little towns in the old west! Enjoy this introduction to the townspeople of Clear Creek and come sit a spell!

When Sadie Jones, the daughter of cattle baron Horatio Jones, set out on her own in search of her dying birth mother, she got more than she bargained for. She never dreamed the stage would be robbed and she herself taken along with the rest of the loot! After all, being kidnapped was the last thing on her mind that morning. Unfortunately it was the foremost thing that afternoon.

Harrison Cooke, raised by his English mother to be the perfect gentleman, simply went to get the mail, not rescue a damsel in distress! But here he was, attempting to rescue the most beautiful woman he had ever seen, and of course, not get them both killed in the process.


But both Harrison and Sadie have a goal. She's trying to rescue her mother. He's trying to save his brothers. That's a lot of rescuing going on. And in the midst of it all, can they rescue each other's hearts?

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This fabulous first look into this western town in the Oregon Territory was just what I needed to read. Settled into read, curled up and ready for a sweet romance is exactly what I got. Ms Morgan added such depth to the characters. Harrison Cooke's previous and present hardships and leaving the stigma of a pig farmer behind are evident. Sadie Jones' determination to find her mother and have a family are perfectly written.

The busy-body town gossip? LOVED her! Reminded me of Mrs Oleson on Little House on the Prairie. The bumbling idiots (outlaws and stagecoach robbers) added even more depth. Kudos Ms. Morgan!

Morgan created a town I would love to visit and townspeople you grow attached too. Thankfully there will be more prairie stories coming!
I highly recommend this read to all lovers of historical western romance.

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Review ~ Nashville Rising Star by Maxine Douglas

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Utah Sheridan intends to win Nashville Rising Star at all costs; will his bribe be the end of Emerald Braun?
There were only three of them left now—Casey Montgomery from Oklahoma, the darling Emerald Braun, and Utah Sheridan. By this time next week, Utah was banking on only two left standing before the show even started. Emerald Braun wouldn’t be one of them. He reached into his pocket and pulled out an envelope. Everything he'd wanted the past few years depends on what’s inside it.














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Can you feel the strum of the guitar? The roar of the crowd? Well, I sure did in the opening scene of Douglas' Nashville Rising Star. She builds up the atmosphere and has your heart pumping and cheering for Emerald.

Beautifully written, great scenes and a fabulous H/H connection! Things I love about romance novels. Douglas has hit every point I revel in seeing and reading.

This was the first book I have ever read by Douglas but now I am in search of more.

The end came much too soon in this story. I am looking forward to delving into Nashville By Morning.


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Review ~ Moonlight and Roses (Book 1) by Jean Joachim

Blurb-
Can a mother guarantee a safe and happy life for her daughter by finding her a rich husband? Linda Davis knows her health will not last and is determined to see her daughter have a secure future. Caroline has her own ideas. Going along with Linda’s plan doesn’t mean giving in to every man who comes on to her. Not according to Caroline.

Although mother and daughter clash from time to time, they are devoted to each other. Caroline is a beautiful woman and an accomplished artist who plays along with her mother's plan half-heartedly until she meets Bradley Riordan White, the man who turns her world upside down. Can a happy marriage be built granting the wish of a dying parent?

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Loved how glimpses into Caroline (Sunny), Linda and Alex's past came into play every so often. It was wonderful to have a look into their relationships.

Linda (mom) wants her daughter married off... but not just in the hands and home of man her daughter loves, but a man with money. I can understand that. What mother doesn't want her daughter happy, in love and well cared for?

The writing style of Ms Joachim had me deep into the story from the first page. The way she keeps the personal strength of Caroline (how she stands up for herself and refuses to allow her husband's extra marital affairs keep her tied to a loveless union) had me applauding. The way Caroline fended off Casanova's? LOVED it! The way she stood up to Brad. Harrumph! Good riddance to that man!


Joachim streamlined the story, while a cliffhanger, into book one of the series perfectly. What's superb is that this is the first (prequel) in the Moonlight series. Thankfully! Because once you read this one... you'll be addicted and craving more.


Moonlight series link

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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Review ~ Taking Chances by S.J. Maylee


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Lydia’s father walked away from her when she was eight. She’s struggled to not let him affect her, but fears she wasn’t lovable enough to make him stay. Jake wants to love one woman, but after scaring the last woman he met outside of the club, he doubts he has the right. She protects her heart by sticking with her fantasies, and he lives by a set of rules that excludes women who choose a vanilla lifestyle.

The two will be kept in a conference room working together until their special project is complete. If Lydia and Jake hold tight to their bland lives, they’ll always yearn for love that is out of reach. But together they can find common ground, passion, and a reason to take chances. Once they discover the grand possibilities of the love they desire, they find themselves in the very place they tried never to be again, facing unguaranteed love.




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Lydia and Jake's story? What can I say?! The way Ms. Maylee entwines the reader into their lives and story was sheer joy! Hard to believe this is a debut book and author.

Normally I don't read and review higher than sensual reads but something about this book spoke to me and I am so glad to have read it. If you're looking for a quick read, I highly recommend Taking Chances. I look forward to more books from Ms. Maylee.

I don't want to give away what happens but... be prepared for some 'cold shower' references when done reading.

My favorite line "When he moved away she whimpered at the loss of his warmth, but he slithered down the bed, and it became clear he was not leaving the bed or her body." What woman doesn't want that!




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