Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Blind Spot (Chesapeake Valor #3) by Dani Pettrey


FBI agent Declan Grey is in the chase of his life--but isn't sure exactly what he's chasing after. Threatened by a terrorist that "the wrath is coming," Grey fears something horrible is about to be unleashed on American soil. When his investigation leads him to a closed immigrant community, he turns to Tanner Shaw to help him. She's sought justice for refugees and the hurting around the world, and if there's anyone who can help him, it's Tanner.

Tanner Shaw has joined the FBI as a crisis counselor . . . meaning she now has more opportunity to butt heads with Declan. But that tension also includes a spark she can't deny, and she's pretty sure Declan feels the same. But before anything can develop between them, they discover evidence of a terror cell--and soon are in a race against the clock to stop the coming "wrath" that could cost thousands their lives.


If you love suspense/mysteries you really need to pick up this series and this book.  It is full on and intense.  There is never a dull moment and I was fully engaged from beginning to end- almost desperate at times.  Eek!  So good!  I would highly recommend reading these books in order.  The characters are all so heavily involved in each book, you will really miss out on knowing them and their backgrounds if you don't read in order.  There is also an ongoing sort of missing persons mystery going on throughout the first three books that comes to a head at the end of this book.  It would be such a spoiler if you don't read the other books first!

The lives of a group of friends intertwine as do their individual stories within each book in this series.  I am amazed with Dani Pettrey and her ability to weave these stories, their plots and characters so seamlessly together.  

This book is intense!  Did I mention that already?!  Ha.  It was hard to put down but I had to because I can't read stories like this at night.  I'm such a big chicken and I get all worked up.  I love sleep too much to risk being scared all night!  There are car chases, shooting scenes, detective work, running and hiding.  It barely lets you catch your breath before something else happens.  

This book is Christian Fiction, or Inspirational Fiction.  The characters rely on their faith and trust in God to guide them through difficult situations.  It isn't done in a preachy way, just as a seamless part of their lives.  I love that about this series. 

I can't wait to read the next book!!  This book leaves off in a way that just makes you crazy for the next book.  Arg!  Waiting isn't my favorite.  :)

Content:  Violence, death, kissing, peril, torture

- I received a copy of this book from the publisher.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Sheriff's Bride: Country Brides & Cowboy Boots (Cobble Creek Romance Book 1) by Kimberly Krey


Trent Lockheart might be the new sheriff in town, but he can’t stop Jessie Jean from stealing his heart.

Sheriff Trent Lockheart knew he’d be in for a challenge when he moved from the big city and a large police force to the small Wyoming town of Cobble Creek. But at least he’d be able to stick to his bachelor ways without temptation. So he thought. Cobble Creek isn’t overflowing with young, single ladies, but Jessie Jean—the gorgeous brunette who runs the Country Quilt Inn—proves more tempting than any woman he’s known.

Jessie doesn’t care much for the new sheriff in town. After an explosive first meeting that almost ends in Jessie’s arrest, she’s even more determined to plan on dinner for one for the rest of her life. Sure, the new sheriff is seriously attractive, and after a second, much less dangerous run-in, he might not be that bad, but Jessie has no plan to marry, date, or even let a man into her life. Still, as the days pass, Trent’s surprising charm works past Jessie’s determination, and she finds promise in their budding relationship.

After opening up about the difficulties in her past, Jessie finds that Trent is guarding a dark tragedy of his own, one that might threaten their chance at a future together.


How cute is this cover?  I just love it!  And I love author Kimberly Krey.  She is so good at writing characters I end up caring about and sparky scenes with witty banter.

Trent and Jessie meet in a less than ideal way.  They start out on the wrong foot- completely misjudging each other.  It happens though.  We make judgments based on what limited knowledge we have and once we get more of the story, we usually understand each other better.  It's the same with Trent and Jessie.  That spark of attraction was there from the beginning and it grows as they get to know more about each other.  The misunderstanding and early judgments fall away as a friendship and respect take root.

I loved the arc of this story- how it led me so easily from one emotion to the next.  This book was so easy to fall into with a great cast of characters and a strong feeling of community.  I really enjoyed it!

Content:  kissing

- I received a copy of this book from the author.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Monday, October 16, 2017

The Heart Only Grows (Timeless Romance Single Book 5) by Michele Paige Holmes


THE HEART ONLY GROWS: A brand new historical romance novella from Michele Paige Holmes:

For Children’s Aid Society employee Addelaide Campbell, riding the Orphan Train is a labor of love—a last, heart-wrenching attempt to do the best she can for the children entrusted to her care. If only she could keep them all…Or at the least, keep children from the same family together. When the sheriff of Somerset, Wisconsin, offers an unexpected proposal that might allow her to do just that, Addie takes a leap of faith—or possibly insanity—and decides to accept.

Miles Linden has sworn off women, children, marriage, and family. In the two years since he lost his wife and daughter to influenza, loneliness has been his constant companion, except on Friday nights when he drowns his sorrows at the local saloon. He’s coping with this arrangement just fine, until the morning he’s rudely awakened by a pert woman and two gawking children who mistake him for a real outlaw, instead of a man sleeping off his liquor on the cot at the jail. Being awakened and accused are the least of the surprises awaiting Miles, since Addie Campbell and the Orphan Train arrived in town.


This novella is ever so sweet.  Honestly, sweet is the best word I have to describe it.

I read a book not long ago, also a historical fiction, that included bits about the orphan train as well.  Before that, I had no idea those were even a real thing.  Can you imagine the kids on those trains?  How they must have felt?  Scared, alone.  My heart breaks just thinking about it.  In this book, Addelaide accompanies these children on the train to help facilitate their adoptions.  That is a job I would never be able to do.  Addelaide is so kind and gentle.  I loved her instantly.

Miles is convinced that he will never be able to love again.  There is no room in his home or his heart for loving and losing love again.  Miles gets tricked into a marriage situation, but he agrees because Miles is just that kind of stand up guy.  Even hurt he does the right thing.  Thank goodness for that!  

This is a novella but I really never felt like it was rushed.  The characters were well developed and full of life.  I connected with them and loved them.  That is sometimes hard to do in a novella length story.  I'm not surprised though.  Michele Holmes is one of my favorites and she knows how to weave a fantastic tale.

Content:  Some mild peril, mention of child abuse

- I received a copy of this book from the publisher.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Safe House by Traci Hunter Abramson + Win This Book!


The guardians, the shadowy heroes of the top-secret program designed to protect members of the most elite government organizations, are being hunted down one by one. There is a single explanation: a traitor must be embedded somewhere in their midst. But if they themselves are the target, who will protect them?

CIA operative Renee Niezen has heard tales of the guardians, though she's never really believed in their existence—until she is approached by Charlotte, an old friend who desperately needs her help to stop the systematic destruction of the guardian program. Renee accepts the plea for assistance, but not everyone is thrilled to have her on the team. Kade—one of the last guardians standing—is unimpressed with Renee's qualifications and turns instead to the legendary Saint Squad for help. But when Renee is caught in the crosshairs, Kade must set aside his antagonism for the woman in order to protect her. Their grudging alliance soon develops into much more—but before the pair can examine their feelings, their investigation takes a dramatic twist. With lives on the line, Renee and Kade must use their spy training at every turn as they draw dangerously close to the shocking truth.


Wowza, I loved the fast paced, action filled feel to this book!  There was never a dull moment.  Even the downtime in this book felt important and filled with some sort of tension.  Books like this are exciting and exhausting!  By the end I feel a huge sigh of relief that we all made it out alive.  ha.  

This book brought back so many old friends from previous books, all working together for one common goal.  It felt sort of like a family reunion, but not nearly as happy and carefree.  That happens when everyone is trying to stay alive.  

This is exactly the kind of book I've come to expect from Traci Abramson.  I love that I know what I'm going to get when I pick up one of her books.  What a fun ride this one was!  Sometimes quite literally.  Wait until you read about Kade's "ride".  :)

Content:  Some violence and peril, some kissing.

- I received a copy of this book from the publisher.  All opinions expressed are my own.


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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Blue Moon Kisses (Georgia Moon Romance #3) by Cindy Roland Anderson


At age twelve, Ashlee Nichols fell in love with her brother’s best friend, Beau Jacobsen. Everyone thought she was cute and that her crush was simply that…a crush. But her young heart had known he was the one, and she had planned on marrying him as soon as she was old enough. Unfortunately, when she confessed her feelings to Beau, he’d laughed, patted her on the head and told her he was flattered. Sure, Beau had been twenty-two at the time, but she knew she wouldn't always be a little girl. Just when she turned eighteen and was finally old enough to date him, Beau joined the Army and was deployed to Afghanistan. Now, six years later, Beau is back in Mitchel Creek, Georgia for a few weeks. He’s hotter than ever…and still ten years older, something he can’t seem to get past. He still sees Ashlee as a glorified little sister…or does he?


I am a Cindy Roland Anderson book lovin' fan.  Is that a thing?  If not, it is now.  And I speak being the president.  Cindy Anderson has a way of writing that just sits so perfectly with me.  From her down to earth characters to her fun covers, her books are a treat from the minute I set eyes on them.

This book had me pulling my hair out in desperation for that first kissy connection between Ashlee and Beau.  Ugh!  The tension was killing me!  Beau is all sorts of hung up on how old Ashlee is and how she is the little sister of his best friend.  That man!  He drove Ashlee and me crazy.  Honestly.  The attraction was zinging around all over the place.  It was so fun.

I read through this book so quickly.  I didn't want to put it down and I loved the ending.  <sigh>  So good.  Yum!  Just writing this makes me want to go back and read it again right now.  Yeah, that means it's good stuff!

This book is the third in the series, but each book can stand alone.  I loved seeing the couples from previous book in this book though.  It's nice to keep those old friends around you.  :)

Content:  Clean, some kissing

- I received a copy of this book from the author for free.  All opinions expressed are my own. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

$100 Book Blast for Game Changer by Charissa Stastny


Meridee Mansford wants nothing to do with the popular crowd. She’s comfortable being invisible. But that doesn’t stop her from dreaming about the hunky football player who visits the campus ice cream shop where she works. Still, she’s smart enough to know he’d never notice a girl like her, and she’d never want him even if he did. Too much unwelcome attention. Parker Harrington basks in the glory that’s been his since the game-changing passes he caught that pushed his team into the national spotlight. Sticky Fingers is his media moniker now, and the cheerleaders who used to ignore him when he sat the bench have become his most devoted fans. But when he accidentally crashes into a quiet coed and covers her in orange chicken, it throws off his offensive game. As fate, ice cream, and orange chicken throw the opposites together, will Parker continue keeping company with women he knows are only using him for his fame, or will he change up the game and risk his heart on a genuine girl who despises the attention he craves?

Praise for the Book “A fun and flirty new adult romance. It’s a sweet indulgence that keeps you turning pages. The start to what is sure to be a great new series. – Jennifer Peel, author of Pianos and Promises series

“Opposites attract when the overlooked sweet girl lands herself the popular football star in this quasi-Cinderella story. It’s the perfect read to keep you up way past your bedtime...”Taylor Dean, author of Chasing Fireflies  


  Excerpt: 

He reached out and grabbed my hand. “Meridee, I wondered if I could take you out tomorrow night. To make up for that mishap in the CUB, you know?”

I blinked, but couldn’t move. Couldn’t even form words. In fanciful daydreams, I’d imagined him holding my hand like this, but never had I expected it to happen. Holy llama. It felt as though Parker was an electrical socket, sending a steady stream of tingling energy pulsing through our connected hands. And wait! Had he just asked me out? I was still playing catch-up.

But when his words registered, it was like a bucket of icy water over my head. I whipped my hand away from him. “No, thank you.” I rubbed the shiny counter to conceal a furious blush. For a moment, I’d allowed myself to believe he was serious. “You don’t have to make up for anything. Let’s forget that whole debacle ever happened, shall we?”

“Oh, come on. I need a date, and you need some fun.”

I scowled. What did he mean by that? Did I appear that pathetic?
“Please. I don’t bite.” He playfully chomped his teeth.
My lips twitched.

“I’ve stopped playing football in the CUB, and haven’t tackled any more girls to the floor. You’ve had a reforming influence on me, Mare.” I narrowed my eyes.

“It’s Meridee.”

“Please say you’ll go with me, Meridee. We’ll play miniature golf, see a movie. Pretty please with huckleberries on top?”

Why would he want to date me when he had that gorgeous cheerleader and every other girl on campus throwing themselves at him? My knees pulled together and I tucked my arms into my side. He really must pity me.

“I can’t.” I returned to my needless wiping.

“Why not? Do you work?”

“No,” I said, grateful I didn’t have to lie. Mom always said my eyes gave me away. “I have tomorrow off.” My body needed the R&R.

“Then you can go.” He leaned over the counter and winked. No wonder he wasn’t used to hearing no. When not tackling girls to the floor, he could be very persuasive. I clenched my rag.

“No, I can’t. I already have a date.”

“Cancel it. Surely he’s not as great a catch as me.”
I scrubbed the toppings area with gusto. “I can’t cancel on my fiancĂ©.” I crossed my fingers, hoping that whopper might stay his pity.

“You’re engaged?” His disbelieving tone whacked my ego.

I nodded without meeting his gaze.

   

 

Author Charissa Stastny Charissa Stastny is an avid reader, happy writer, wasp-hater, iris-lover, and food connoisseur (especially sushi and chocolate, but not together). She was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, but has never pulled a handle of a slot machine and can’t shuffle cards to save her life. She is married to her high school sweetheart and has four children that make her smile and laugh all the time. She called Idaho her home for years, but has recently moved to Utah, where she was thrilled to discover dozens of flavors of hot chocolate to keep her happy in the winter. The cherry one might be her favorite (this week). She is the author of five books and ‘imagine-eer’ of many more.

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Topaz Reign (Altered Stones, #2) by Teresa Richards + Giveaway!


It has been four months since Maggie learned the dark truth behind the tale of the Princess and the Pea and freed Princess Lindy from the cursed Emerald. Lindy is now back in the past where she belongs, queen of her tiny Scandinavian country, and Maggie is a fully reformed ex-stalker.

Except … she can’t stop doing internet searches on Lindy and her country.

One morning, Maggie wakes to find history turned on its head. Apparently, you can’t destroy a centuries-old curse without consequence. In order to prevent the changes in history from wiping out the present, Maggie resurrects her stalking gene and learns that fairy tales don’t stay dead for long.

Or at all.

Back in 1623, Lindy is juggling a threat to her family, a handsome new guard she’s not supposed to have feelings for, and a cursed Topaz with ties to the tale of Thumbelina. When past and present collide, Lindy and Maggie are brought together again, and another of Andersen’s tales turns from twisted fiction to chilling fact.


This is the second book in the Altered Stones series and I would highly recommend reading the first book before you attempt this one.  I didn't have time to read the first book so the author was kind enough to send me a summary of the first book to read, which helped me out a lot but I could still tell I was missing out on things- most especially the connection with the characters.  

Things started out a bit slow for me.  I think that may have been partially the problem of not reading the first book but it was a slow build in the beginning.  About halfway through, momentum begins to build and I became more invested.  I think by then I was also starting to get a handle on the characters and who they were.

I thought the last part of the book was full of adventure and fun.  I enjoyed the fairy tale spin and I love the cover for this book!

This book is geared toward the YA crowd and it definitely has the YA feel to it.  It is a book I can happily pass off to my teenage daughter.

Content:  Some violence and peril.  Clean.

- I received a copy of this book from the author as part of this blog tour.  All opinions expressed are my own.

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Tuesday, October 3--Katie's Clean Book Selection
Thursday, October 5--Singing Librarian Books
Thursday, October 5--Cindy's Treasury of Good Tales--review 
Friday, October 6--Blooming With Books
Saturday, October 7--Cindy's Treasury of Good Tales--Guest post, Interview with the Topaz Reign Characters
Saturday, October 7--By Robin King
Sunday, October 8--Head Over Books
Monday, October 9--Why not? Because I said so! 
Tuesday, October 10--EmmyMom 
Tuesday, October 10--Five Take Flight 
Wednesday, October 11--Literary Time Out
Wednesday, October 11--Kindle And Me 
Wednesday, October 11--Getting Your Read On 
Thursday, October 12--My Book A Day
Friday, October 13--Brookie Cowles 
Saturday, October 14--LDS Women's Book Reviews