Saturday, April 30, 2016

A Lady's Favor by Josi S. Kilpack

Lord Strapshire is the most-eligible bachelor in town, and he has set his sights on the lovely Bianca Davidson. It’s too bad that Bianca finds him to be an insufferable boor. In order to deflect his attention, Bianca plans to ask Mathew Hensley to pretend to court her. The problem is, Bianca hasn’t spoken to Mr. Hensley since they were both involved in a particularly embarrassing incident years before. But he owes her a favor, and Mr. Hensley might be Bianca’s only hope.

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The saying, "pretty is as pretty does" fits this book perfectly.  Well, maybe it should be "handsome is as handsome does" because it's all about a man.  On the outside Lord Strapshire looks perfect.  He is all the rage in society but once Bianca spends a small amount of time with him, she realizes that he is anything but a gentleman.  Too bad the boor has his sights set on Bianca.  Bianca is desperate to escape his clutches and looks to Mathew for help.  They hatch a plan that leads to a little bit of a mess and a fantastic kiss.

This story is a novella but I loved the easy flow and progression.  It didn't feel hurried and I was left so satisfied in the end.  It was the perfect little diversion.  If you love regency romance, don't miss this one.   Josi Kilpack is a fantastic author that has proven herself through many genres.

Content:  Clean

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Loving Leah by Lynne Larson + $25 and Book Giveaway!

Caught in the middle of a massacre in Lawrence, Kansas, during the Civil War, Leah Donaldson, a twenty-year-old Mormon governess, must risk everything to save two children in her care—and she lives to pay dearly for the decision. Young Ethan Pace loves Leah and can hardly stay still as she is taken away by the enemy for refusing to reveal where he and his sister are hiding.

Five years later, Ethan desperately searches for her, trying to reconcile all that has happened and grappling with his feelings for her. Still idealizing Leah, he hopes she has survived and that he can help her get to Zion and her people. But after everything she’s been through since they last met, will Leah overcome her regrets and allow love into her life? Will she come to see Ethan as the caring man he has become rather than the lovesick boy she once knew?

I love historical fiction and learning about events that happened in our country's history.  I knew nothing about the massacre in Lawrence, Kansas before reading this book.  It always just baffles my mind what we as human beings do to other human beings.  This event is heart breaking.  It really, truly was a massacre of epic proportions.  I'm so glad this author chose to tell this story.  It deserves to be remembered and those people honored.

Obviously this is fiction, so the main characters of this book are fictional, but many of the characters mentioned were real.  The event was real.  Stories always take on a different feel when they are based on true and real events.  At least that's how it is for me.

Aside from the obvious devastation of the actual massacre, this book is gentle in nature.  It flows slowly and easily.  You get to know the characters in a very natural way.  It was a good story.

Content:  Some violence, clean otherwise

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Marry Your Billionaire by C.J. Anaya

Six years ago, Midge Knightly walked away from her trust fund, her Hollywood producer father, and the expectation that she would join the family business. Avoiding handsome playboys with hidden agendas was just an added bonus. Now one semester shy of graduation, she is shocked to discover her scholarship has lost its funding.

Her estranged father is having problems of his own. A contestant on his latest reality TV series has cancelled two months before shooting.

His solution?

Midge gets her trust fund back if she stands in as a potential marriage candidate for the dating series Marry Your Billionaire. Twenty women competing for one arrogant guy. Not Midge's cup of tea. Agreeing to this proposition sucks her back into the world she happily broke ties from, but no trust fund equals no college degree.

Brody Prescott, CEO and owner of an online dating company, has recently been pegged as a heartless playboy-among other things-by a disgruntled female after a disappointing date.

His solution?

Become the first bachelor on Marry Your Billionaire and hope that one of the contestants holds some potential. So what is he supposed to do when the woman who intrigues him the most wants to be eliminated?

Marry Your Billionaire is a fun, romantic romp set against the backdrop of reality TV. Throw on your PJ's, grab some chocolate and popcorn, and settle in for an entertaining love story.

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I was so excited to finally get to this book in my reading schedule!  I've been waiting with anticipation to read it and it seems like lots my friends on Goodreads and around the blogging world are reading it.  Before me!  But I'm hearing good things about it so that's awesome.

First I have to say that this book is long!  Like a double book, really.  Be prepared to settle in for a good, long romantic adventure.  Not an escape.  An epic romantic adventure.  :)

I have to say that Brody completely stole the show for me.  He was so consistent from beginning to end.  He set his sights on Midge and he never waivered.  His words and actions had MY toes curling and I loved how he never missed an opportunity to kiss that girl.  Even after he gets slapped.  Ha!

The chemistry is sizzling in this book.  Sparks are flying all over all the time.  But, I love how it's a little more than that.  There's a little mystery and suspense along with some of the classic misunderstanding and family issues.  Things weren't always what they seemed.

This book was fun and entertaining.  Definitely not a book to be taken too seriously.  The whole reality TV dating stuff has been done and redone but if you enjoy that- don't miss this one.  It will make you smile.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Daughter of Winter (Fairy Queens #3) by Amber Argyle

Bargains. Only the truly desperate make them. Only the truly desperate need them. And always, the desperate pay.

The silence and never-ending dark of winter are all Elice has ever known, for she is the daughter of the Winter Queen. Isolated in a northern queendom with only the seals for company, she dreams of color and music and life. So when a whaling ship crashes just offshore, she doesn't hesitate to rescue the lone survivor, Adar, who quickly becomes her friend. She must keep him hidden from her mother at all costs, for if the Winter Queen discovers him trespassing, she'll kill him.

When her mother reveals just how dark her soul has become, Elice realizes she is as much a prisoner as Adar. To ever know true freedom—to ever become the woman she was meant to be—she must flee with him. But in their flight, she begins to see hints of something more nefarious. The darkness that has taken hold of her mother is spreading, staining the world with its influence.

Unbeknownst to Elice, a bargain was made long ago. A bargain she was born to fulfill.

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This book swept me away to a far off place of ice and cold where light and warmth rarely come.  <shiver>  Poor Elice knows nothing other than the cold world her mother, the Winter Queen has created.  Elice has such a soft and gentle heart that longs and dreams for more than the harsh world she lives in every day.  The only source of love and gentleness for Elice comes from her grandfather and one of the fairies.

I love how Elice saves animals and reads books.  She loves to dream and create things.  These things make her instantly likable and easy to connect with.  Even her mother's cruelty cannot suffocate the goodness in Elice.

This book was so vivid in nature.  I could easily picture the ice world and it's cold inhabitants.  A sense of foreboding is always there- throughout the whole book.  Dangerous things are alluded to, but never come to complete fruition in this book.  This book feels like the set up for the big bang that is still to come.  It kind of leaves you hanging at the end.  Well, not kind of.  It does.  

The pacing is good although not quite as fast as the previous books.  I felt like the intensity and violence, although still there, were taken down a notch compared to the previous books in this series.  That isn't a bad thing, just something I noticed.  I enjoyed this book and I'll be looking for the next book.  I can only imagine the awful things coming for Elice.

This series always has the prettiest covers.  I love this one.  It perfectly represents what is contained inside.

Content:  Some violence but otherwise clean

My thanks to the author for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

The Rebellious One: A Billionaire Bride Pact Romance by Jeanette Lewis

Holly Clarke is all set to marry the man of her dreams. Or rather, the man of her parents’ dreams. Whoever heard of a girl in 2016 America being betrothed? Holly knows she has to find a way out of the engagement—especially when she meets mysterious, sexy Jordan Fischler. But Jordan has a secret, and loving him could mean the end of everything Holly knows.

The Rebellious One is another fantastic addition to this Billionaire Bride Pact Romance series.  I love it!  (the series and this book)

The cover is super fun- you gotta love those shoes!  And that splash of red swirling around?  Love!  

This was such a fun story.  I loved Holly.  She was kind and not at all what you might be expecting when the story begins.  I loved the modern day spin on a betrothal and how everything really started in a garden with a pair of shoes.  Then comes the Facebook stalking.  Ha!

I was smiling a lot in this book because Holly and Jordan have some sparky encounters and the chemistry was hummin'.  So. Much. Fun.  I can't wait for the next installment!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Taylor Lynne (The Women of Merryton #2) by Jennifer Peel

Determined not to repeat the same mistakes as her mother, Taylor Cole left her husband with their toddler in tow fourteen years ago and vowed never to return to Merryton. Now she is finally ready to face her demons and put the past and her ex-husband behind her, but to do that she and her daughter must return to the place that haunts her memories. A place where she lost not only the love of her life, but her childhood hopes and dreams.

When they move back, Taylor can’t seem to remain apathetic toward her ex-husband or his nine-year-old daughter. She discovers that maybe all wasn’t as it seemed so many years ago. And maybe—just maybe—she and her ex-husband need each other more now than they ever have before. But can the exes put the past behind them and find a way to forgive each other? Or will they let past mistakes and misunderstandings keep them from future happiness?

Return to Merryton and join Taylor and Easton on their journey, and catch up with old friends you grew to love in Jessie Belle.

If you have never read a book by Jennifer Peel, you are missing out on something fantastic.  I'm serious.  Jennifer has a way of writing that just pulls you right in as a reader.  Every single book.  How does she do that?  What a gift.  Seriously.

This book brought me right into the lives of Taylor and Easton.  We first see Easton in the first book in this series.  He is a broken and unhappy man.  Knowing of him indirectly in the other book (Jessie Belle) really helped me feel for Easton in this book- especially since the whole book is told from Taylor's point of view.

I felt like I was living right in this story with the characters.  The emotions were real and tangible.  I understood them and I was just bursting for wanting things to work out.  My tummy had butterflies and my heart pounded.  I felt sad and I felt happy but no matter which emotion I was feeling, I love how the underlying emotion was always hope.

I really can't say enough good about the way Jennifer Peel writes.  It resonates with me as a reader and I am always over the moon excited when I get to read a book that she has written.  I cannot wait for the next book in this series!!  It's going to be good!

Content:  Clean

My biggest, loudest, most heartfelt thanks to the author for providing me a copy of this book for review.  :)

Thursday, April 21, 2016

The {Re}Model Marriage by Maria Hoagland

From the outside, Kirk and Jamie appear to have a beautiful home and the perfect marriage. Inside, the aging Craftsman is falling apart, their marriage is crumbling from neglect, and Jamie Royce wants out! Kirk, on the other hand, isn’t ready to give up on either the house or their relationship.

With their divorce scheduled for the day after their daughter’s high school graduation, Jamie and Kirk have to fix the home’s problems to lift their selling price out of the basement. Working to renovate the home together, they discover secrets—in the home, in their marriage, and in the fertility clinic that helped give them their daughter—and find themselves questioning what true love really is.

Remodeling a home can be so stressful.  Imagine remodeling a home and a marriage!  Stressful?  Yes.  They say building a home is one of the most stressful things on a marriage but I love how instead of that, this book shows how a couple moves closer together by working together.

Every marriage has bumps.  It takes work and compromise.  At the beginning of this book we find Kirk and Jamie in as much disrepair as their house.  They are both insecure and neglected.  There is no communication between them.  As the book progresses, we get glimpses of their meeting and courtship through flashbacks.  This is where we come to know both Kirk and Jamie and see why their relationship is worth fighting for.

I enjoyed this book for the most part.  I felt it got a bit wordy and repetitious in places that had me skimming but overall I enjoyed the book and felt satisfaction in seeing two people find their way back together.  Families are worth fighting for and this book portrayed that.

Content:  Clean- all the way around!

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.