Saturday, February 6, 2016

His Personal Relationship Manager (Dating by Design, Book 1) by Jennifer Peel

Kenadie Marshall has suffered the most public of humiliations, being left at the altar. Instead of wallowing in her misery, she makes it her mission to help others find true and lasting love, all while swearing off relationships for good. Between the software application she developed and a team of relationship managers, her brainchild, Binary Search, has an uncanny knack for choosing the perfect match almost every time.

Attractive and loveable Jason Hadley is taken with Kenadie Marshall from their first meeting. Determined to win her over, he does anything and everything he can think of, even if it means using her firm’s service and dating other women to stay close to her.

Will Kenadie realize she’s met her match before it’s too late? Or will Jason’s ploy go too far? Find out in His Personal Relationship Manager, a romantic comedy with an epic battle of wills.

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Happy, happy me!  Jennifer Peel is one of my fave's and reading her books just makes me happy!  My thanks first to Jennifer, for allowing me to read and review for her.  It's always my great pleasure for the happy factor as stated above.  :)

I really felt that while reading this book I was getting to know real people.  There was a good flow to the story and things were always moving forward.  Kenadie is a bit thick headed and I often wanted to shake some sense into her, but she was endearing too and I was firmly in her corner, hoping for the light bulb to go on.  Kenadie has a good circle of love surrounding her.  Her best friend may need to be thunked over the head but he is the driving force in helping her loosen up and creep out of the protective shell she's been hiding in.  (I'm excited to read his story- I hope it's coming up soon!)

Jason is so incredibly patient and creative.  That man pursues Kenadie with finesse.  Honestly, any man willing to go to such lengths should be awarded a medal.  It was so easy to like Jason and rooting for him was a no brainer.

I loved the banter and the chemistry in this book.  It fit perfectly in my love for clean romance.  Honestly, this one was so much fun!  Happy, happy me!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Pimpernel by Sheralyn Pratt

For centuries, the elite of the world have sought the Pimpernel everywhere. Some want to kill him, others want to hire him, but Jack Cavanaugh knows that the love/hate relationship comes with the job title.

At present, Jack is trying to dismantle an investment scheme centered in Las Vegas, but "trying" is the operative word. It's been a month since he put the face of the scheme behind bars, yet the scam is still going strong. As Jack tries to uncover who has stepped in as the new head, what miniscule evidence there is all seems to point him back to Claire Ramsey, an introverted PhD student studying at UNLV.

If ever there as an unlikely head of an investment scheme, Claire's it. She has a genius IQ, but from all Jack has seen, Claire’s intelligence is as much a blessing as a curse when paired up with her acute OCD. Claire can barely make conversation with the cute guy down the hall, which makes it hard to believe she could be the charismatic salesperson who is getting international businessmen to invest $5—50 million a pop.

So what is Jack missing? What is the real story behind Claire Ramsey? And once Jack learns it, will he be able to walk away?

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Oh my.  I am still thinking about this book days after reading.  My head is having a hard time letting it go and I really want to be able to read the next book right now.  Sheralyn Pratt says in the back of her book that if I want another book in this series, I should write a review.  So, here is it.  And now?  I'm waiting.... (said in my best high pitched sing- songy voice)

I really did love this book.  It took me a quick minute to adjust to Claire and her voice and settle in with the story but once I did?  I just couldn't pull myself out.  Claire is brilliant and like all of us, flawed.  But it is her flaws that make her brilliant and so very human.

Claire would obviously need a brilliant sort of man to match her.  Jack fits the bill for this perfectly.  He has more tricks up his sleeve, quite literally, than anyone else.  I loved Jack.  He was the glue that held all the characters and the plot together.

This book is full on from beginning to end.  There is danger and intrigue, secrets and surprises.  It was so engaging and fun!  I loved it.  Oh, wait.  I said that already.  It will be a loooooong wait for the next book.

Content:  clean

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Cover Reveal for Painting Rain by Annette K. Larsen + $25 Giveaway

Painting Rain

How do you heal your heart after tragedy leaves you broken? When the person you loved didn’t deserve it and they can’t earn your forgiveness because they’re already dead? How do you move on, and heal, and love?

If you’re Princess Lorraina, you paint. A year ago Lorraina watched Tobias die, and she still doesn't know how she's supposed to heal—or forgive. How can she when she’s still running away? In an attempt to reinvent herself, she steps outside her comfortable life as princess and seeks the tutelage of a master painter—a man who is not at all impressed by her pedigree, and demands not just talent, but emotional honesty. Struggling to learn what’s being taught, she finds herself drawn to someone who not only knows her secrets, but who she once considered far below her notice. Now she is compelled to seek him out despite knowing their relationship would be forbidden if discovered. Staying away from him doesn’t seem possible when discovering him may be the key to healing her heart and rediscovering herself.
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Annette Larsen
Author Annette K. Larsen I was born in Utah, but grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona and St. Louis, Missouri, the fifth of seven children. I attended Southern Virginia University and Brigham Young University, where I studied English and Theater. I now live in Idaho with my husband and four children. I have Charlotte Brontë to thank for the courage to write novels. After being bombarded with assigned reading about women who justified abandoning either their families or their principles in the name of love, I had the great fortune of reading Jane Eyre. And that was it: finally, a heroine who understood that being moral and making the right choice was hard, and sometimes it hurt, but it was still worth it. After rereading it several years later, I realized that if I wanted more books to exist with the kinds of heroines I admired, then I might as well write a few myself. My books are about women who face hard choices, who face pain and rejection and often have to face the reality of sacrificing what they want for what is right. The consequences are often difficult or unpleasant, but in the end, doing what’s right will always be worth it. I believe there is no substitute for good writing or good chocolate. Fortunately, one often leads to the other.

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On Tour with Make Me a Match + $25 and Multi Book Giveaway

Make Me a Match: Baby, Baby\The Matchmaker Wore Skates\Suddenly Sophie

Make Me a Match
by Melinda Curtis, Cari Lynn Webb, and Anna J. Stewart
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
February 1st 2016 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Three bachelors turned…matchmakers?

One special night with Cooper Hamilton gave Nora Perry a precious gift. But no way is the sweet-talking salesman the right guy for her…or is he?

Former pro athlete Ty Porter could get burned when he falls for the beautiful reporter who ruined his career—and could now expose his most zealously guarded secret!

Gideon Walker has a long history with free-spirited flower shop owner Sophie Jennings. But when the banker-matchmaker fixes her up with potential candidates, he realizes he's made a terrible mistake…

What a fun idea for a book.  This book is three novellas in one, each revolving around one of three characters that we meet in the first book.  They are friends who have common interests and goals and get sucked into a bet of sorts where they become the town matchmakers.  It's a funny concept because these men are in no way suave or experienced in that way.  Actually, they are kind of lunk heads.  Each novella follows one man and his journey in love- even though that's not what he is looking for.

I liked all three books, the last one probably being my favorite of the bunch.  The first book sets things up and the last one ties things together.  I liked that each book was by a different author.  It helped separate the characters and define them as individuals with their own voice.  

It is no secret that I am a fan of Harlequin Heartwarming line.  I love that there is a whole line of books dedicated to the sweet and clean.  I know I can pick up any book from this line and not have to worry about content.  It is always a happy day when I can read a book from this line.

Content:  Some references to one night stands, casual sexual relationships, drinking alcohol.

Award winning, USA Today bestseller Melinda Curtis writes the Harmony Valley series of sweet and emotional romances for Harlequin Heartwarming, and the sweet romantic comedy Bridesmaid series. A Memory Away is Book 6 in the Harmony Valley series. Brenda Novak says: “Season of Change has found a place on my keeper shelf”. Melinda also writes hotter romances as Mel Curtis. Jayne Ann Krentz says of Blue Rules: “Wonderfully entertaining.

Cari Lynn Webb lives in Alabama with her family. If she isn’t at her computer, she can usually be found: picking up her daughters from school, dropping off at swimming or soccer practice or running into the grocery store for that one thing she forgot on her shopping list. She loves escaping into a romance and her e-reader can usually be found in her passenger seat. Visit her at:

You’ve met Anna J. Stewart (or someone like her) before. She was the girl who spun in circles on the playground hoping her Wonder Woman costume would magically appear before playing cops and robbers a la Charlie’s Angels–as Sabrina (she was the smart one). Anna was the girl in the back of the class with a paperback romance hidden in her algebra book (and yes, she failed algebra).

Growing up in the 70′s and 80′s meant there weren’t a lot of YA books, so she ventured early into mainstream fiction and read Stephen King’s CARRIE at the age of 8. Discovering Nora Roberts and romance novels early in high school opened her eyes to the wonders of storytelling and the beauty of a happily ever after.

So here she is, many years later with an English degree from CSU Sacramento, an RWA Golden Heart nomination behind her, countless stories in her head, and a serious addiction to STAR TREK, SUPERNATURAL, and SHERLOCK. She recently wrapped up a nearly 8-year stint working as assistant to NYTimes bestselling author Brenda Novak where she helped run Brenda's annual online auction for diabetes research. When she's not writing or reading (which she never has enough time for!), she's working on dollhouse miniatures and tolerating her overly-affectionate cat named Snickers (or perhaps it's Snickers who tolerates her).

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Copy of A Memory Away by Melinda Curtis (print if in the US, ebook if outside the US)
Copy of The Bad Boy of Butterfly Harbor by Anna J. Stewart (print if in the US, ebook if outside the US)
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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Romance Is In the Air Blog Hop! Enter to Win a Book of Your Choice!

One of my favorite things is getting a new book in the mail.  I love it!  It just doesn't happen so much anymore because of digital books but every so often, books pop up in my mailbox and it is the best!

So, for this hop I am giving away a book of your choice, $12 or less.  This book can be delivered to your mailbox or you can also choose an ebook if you prefer.  You must live in a country where The Book Depository ships to you free.  If you are US, I will be shipping through Amazon.

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My Fair Gentleman by Nancy Campbell Allen

In this Regency twist of My Fair Lady, Jack would rather be at sea than fixing the mistakes of his grandfather, the late Earl of Stansworth. Instead, he finds that inheriting his grandfather's wealth and title—and securing the welfare of his sister and mother—means joining the ranks of high society and living with the aristocracy. Luckily, Ivy Carlisle, the granddaughter of a dear friend of Jack's late grandmother, is willing to teach him etiquette and properly introduce him into society. Jack soon learns that his challenge isn't surviving his new lifestyle but surviving the conspiracies against him—as well as keeping himself from falling madly in love with his new tutor.

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I'm so, so happy to be a part of reading and reviewing the Proper Romance line from Shadow Mountain this year!  There are some fantastic books coming and well, it just makes me happy.  Nancy Campbell Allen starts this year off perfectly with her regency twist on My Fair Lady.  

In this story, the roles are reversed and Lady Ivy has embarked on a daring quest to help the new Earl of Stansworth adjust to his title and responsibilities.  It is a daunting task because the new Earl (Jack) doesn't want any part of what lies ahead.

Ivy is a lively, kind and intelligent lady but suppressed by the ridiculous rules of society.    Her new task in helping the Earl and his family gives her life and purpose.  I love how kind Ivy is, how gently she deals with people.  Her own experiences give her compassion.

Jack is angry and defiant to begin the story.  He lashes out frequently but his storm cannot withstand Ivy's calm.  His transformation is quite satisfying.  

This book is romance but it has a bit of intrigue as well.  Someone is out to kill Jack and so it lends another layer to the story.  I am so hoping that Jack's sister has the next story.  I sense some fun things happening for her!

I loved this book.  It was all things happy to me.  

Content:  Clean!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Man Of Her Dreams (Welcome to Ravenwood Book 1) by Sue Barr

Making it in a man’s world as a home renovation expert is tough, but Lindsay Swanson’s up for the job – leaving no time for any kind of social life, until…

Jared Kane moved to Ravenwood for some much needed peace and quiet to finish his next book, which is hard to do when his sexy neighbor is the one renovating his kitchen…

Then Lindsay overhears Jared talking about her notebook. A notebook wherein she and her BFF – after one too many bad dates and one too many glasses wine – concocted a checklist of the perfect guy. Is Jared the real deal, or has he been molding himself into the man of her dreams to get past her defenses?

The evidence points to his guilt, and the rift between them seems insurmountable, but Jared’s not about to let the woman of HIS dreams get away.

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This is the first book I've read by this author and it is also the first book in the Welcome to Ravenwood series.

I will first say that I liked this book well enough.  It was easy reading with likable characters.  The professions of Jared and Lindsay are not the normal for characters, so that was interesting.

The problem I had was that things just didn't always jive for me.  I didn't always believe the characters or the events happening.  The story felt very surface without a lot of depth.  I was a bit bugged by the random chef friend.  I didn't see the point of him being in the story at all.  There were a lot of characters that we got a glimpse of but their stories were like threads left hanging there.  I'm assuming they may be in upcoming stories of their own, but there were just so many of them.  I guess I wanted things to connect a little better for me.  The plot, the characters.

But, like I said, I like the story well enough.  It had some great moments.  I loved Lindsay's headliner moments.  They were funny.  And seriously?  What single girl wouldn't love to have a hunky man living next door?  Lindsay is living the dream!

Content:  sexual innuendo, steamy kisses, drinking alcohol