Friday, February 27, 2015

Sabotaged by Dani Pettrey (Alaskan Courage #5)

Growing up, goody-two-shoes Kirra Jacobs and troublemaker Reef McKenna were always at odds. Now paired together on Yancey's search-and-rescue canine unit, they begin to put aside old arguments as they come to see each other in a different light. Then a call comes in from the Iditarod that will push them to their limits.

Kirra's uncle, a musher in the race, has disappeared. Kirra and Reef quickly track the man, but what they discover is harrowing. Frank's daughter has been kidnapped. In order to save her, the man must use his knowledge as a mechanical engineer to do the kidnapper's bidding or she will die. Kirra and Reef, along with the entire McKenna family, are thrown into a race to stop a shadowy villain who is not only threatening a girl's life, but appears willing to unleash one of the largest disasters Alaska has ever seen.

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I came across this series and wondered why I had never read any of them.  This book was up on NetGalley and I snatched it up.  This is actually book five in the series but it can stand alone.  I knew I was missing out on some prior books because there were characters in this book that had relationships and obvious histories but that in no way detracted me from this story.  The only thing it did was make me want to go back and read the whole series from the beginning!

This book is full of adventure and suspense.  I loved the forward movement, the danger and the anticipation I felt while reading this book.  There was never a dull moment.  The Alaskan setting was interesting and COLD!!  I could never live in Alaska, but I really like reading books set there.

I enjoyed getting to know Kirra and Reef.  They have a good connection and I liked how they worked together find answers.  Reef is a protector and I liked that about him.  He was always out to help and defend Kirra which is always a sexy trait in my book.

This is a Christian fiction book.  There are Christian themes and elements to this book but I didn't find it overbearing.  The characters pray and look to God for help and direction.

My thanks to the publisher, Bethany House, for allowing me to read and review this title for them.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Wife Maker by Karey White + Excerpt and $25 Giveaway!

Wife Maker

Charlotte has spent years as the husband maker, sending every guy she dates off to enjoy marital bliss with the next girl he dates. But things have now changed, and she's determined to use her husband-maker abilities one last time--on herself. And she finally knows exactly who she wants. Angus has loved Charlotte since they were teenagers, but he's tired of waiting for her to realize how good they could be. She's broken his heart one too many times, and it's time to move on with his life. Maybe a position halfway across the country will be just what he needs to get over her. But when Charlotte won't let him go without a fight, Angus has to decide if he's willing to let her in again or if she's too late.
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Finally.  Finally, finally, finally.  This whole series has left me SO anxious to get to the end because the entire time I am reading I just know whatever is happening isn't THE END.  It's not the right ending, the happily ever after!  I'm not a very patient girl, I guess.  I want the happily ever after endings when I'm reading a romance book.  I do not like waiting three books to get it.  See what I mean?  Impatient.  But finally it is here.  The last book in this trilogy.  I knew I would like this one best.

I'm glad Charlotte had to work hard on this final love quest.  I'm glad she had to do some proving and some groveling.  She needed to do that as a character after the first two books and what poor Angus went through.  I'm glad that part wasn't easy for her.  If it had been too easy it wouldn't have been worth it in the end.

Charlotte went through a lot of men and she did a lot of growing up along the way.  It was good to have this final book where Charlotte finally knows her own mind, rights some wrongs, seeks forgiveness, stands on her own two feet and finds out what love really is.

Enjoy the following excerpt!

My phone rang before six the next morning. Who would call that early on a Sunday? I rubbed my bleary eyes and looked at the screen. The number was unfamiliar and a strange configuration. I almost shut it off, but on a hunch, I answered the call.
“Charlotte, it’s Flynn.”
“Flynn? Is everything okay?”
“Aye. I think we should talk. Turn on your computer and call me.”
Ten minutes later, Flynn appeared on the screen of my laptop.
“What’s going on?”
“I think you should move to Kansas City.”
I laughed. “What are you talking about?”
“Don’t laugh. I’m not jokin’.”
“I can’t move to Kansas City. My job’s here. My family’s here. And I don’t think Angus would even want me to.”
“Ah, he’d say he doesn’t want ya to, but I’d wager that what he wants and what he says he wants are two different things.”
I shook my head. “You’re crazy. This is what you wanted me to call you for at this hour of the morning?”
“Aye. And hear me out. I’ve been chewin’ on this all day.”
I was touched that he’d been trying to figure out a way to help me, but this idea was insane. “I’m listening.”
“You say you’ll wait for him to come back.” I nodded. “What about him? You might be willing to wait for ten years, but what about Angus? He’ll be meeting new people. He won’t be waiting around. If ya want to cook a chicken, ya have to put him in while the water’s boilin’.”
I snickered. “I don’t even know what that means, Flynn.”
“Sure ya do. If ya wait ‘til the water’s all cooled down, good luck cooking the bird. Right now the water’s boilin’.”
“No it’s not. He doesn’t want anything to do with me.”
“That’s ’cause the water’s boilin’. If it weren’t, he’d talk to ya all day long. He’s just tryin’ not to get burned.”
There was an absurd and comforting logic to what he was saying. “Keep going.”
“There’s not much more to say. Move to Kansas City.”
“That’s easier said than done, Flynn.”
“Tell me this. What needs more attention? The things in San Francisco? Or the thing in Kansas City?”
I didn’t answer him. I didn’t know what to say.
“Charlotte, give him a grand gesture. Show ’im he’s more important than the things you’ve left behind.”
“Wow. I should never have answered the phone this morning.”
We laughed. “Think about it. It might work.”
“It might not. And then I’ll be two thousand miles away from my family and I’ll have given up the best job in the world and . . . It’s all so scary.”
“But you’re brave. And if it doesn’t work out, you can go back.”
“I thought you were my friend.”
Flynn didn’t say anything right away. He just smiled. When he finally spoke, his voice was soft. “I am.”
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Deja Date by Susan Hatler

She sent Chris Bradley off with a "Rock On Stud" farewell in Truth or Date. She tried to nab Noah Peterson in My Last Blind Date. Blonde bombshell. Office flirt. But things didn't go so well for her in Up to Date... Get ready for Melinda Morgan's story revealed in Déjà Date!!

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I love, love, love getting a new book for review from Susan Hatler and I love the Better Date Than Never series.  This is book nine in this series of short stories  where Melinda finally has her story told.  Yay!

The good thing about short stores is you can read them quickly and have a romantic indulgence in no time at all.  The bad thing about short stories is they are over so fast it leaves you wanting more.  That's how I felt about this book.  Over too fast.  I want more.  Oh, and I want a marshmallow fudge bar too.  (what?  Melinda drools over them the whole book and now I want one too!)  Romance and chocolate is a winning combination.  :)

I love Nate and I love Nate for Melinda.  This is a second chance at first love kind of book and it's clean with some happy kissing.  The perfect evening getaway.  

Monday, February 23, 2015

If You Believe by Mya O'Malley

Melody considers herself lucky that she has already found love once in a lifetime. Her love story, however, abruptly came to an end; all hope of finding love again disappeared the day she lost Jack.

Jack knows that Melody’s heart is big enough to give love a second chance, the challenge lies in helping her meet just the right man. Not sure if he’s an angel or a ghost, Jack finds himself searching for a man to make Melody feel alive once more. He had no idea how difficult it would be to face his conflicting emotions while finding this man. To top it off, he only has until Christmas Eve at midnight to help Melody fall in love.

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If I'm going to read a book about ghosts, this is the kind I prefer to read!  Nothing scary here, just Jack, coming back to the world after he's dead, formed into another person's body (I don't really know how that happened) and trying to find a husband for his now widowed wife.

Yeah, it sounds a bit weird, I know.  If felt a bit weird sometimes but overall this is a sweet book.  Jack has good intentions but he ends up bumbling things up quite a bit.  Melody is confused by "Jack" and his presence in her life.  She doesn't know it's Jack but he still has that familiarity about him.  She is drawn to him and she has a hard time with the mixed signals she gets from him.  It makes it even harder for her to let go and find the love that is right in front of her.

I think the moral of this story is that guys should never come back after dying and try to find new husbands for their wives.  It's not a good idea.  

This book was sweet and clean.  It was easy reading and a little cheesy, but good.  The ending will tug at your heartstrings.  

Oh, and I really like the cover.  :)

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Professional Boundaries by Jennifer Peel

At thirty two, Kelli Bryant is ready to take on the world, and Chandler Media, as the new Marketing Director, but her plans are derailed when her promotion is given to none other than Ian Greyson, Kelli’s old college flame, her one true love and the one man she hoped to never see again.

Between Kelli’s determination to remain on top and Ian’s strict new office policies, there’s no shortage of fireworks in the office. Their explosive relationship spills over into their personal lives as Kelli tries to keep Ian at arm’s length and Ian desperately tries to win her back (during off hours only, of course).

Professional Boundaries is a clean romance filled with fun and humor. It is a story of two professionals who just can't keep it professional.

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Ooh, this book was so much fun.  It had so many of the things I love when reading a clean romance book.  There was humor, misunderstanding and fireworks.  Boy, were there fireworks!

Kelli has her promotion locked up tight.  At least she thought she did until her old flame, Ian steals it from her.  Kelli is one very unhappy camper.  Not only did Ian burn her way back in college, he has burned her again by stealing her promotion.  Kelli is such a fun character.  She is witty and sassy at all the right times.  

Ian, I will admit, drove even me a little crazy with his hot/cold, not at work/work personalities.  It was a bit maddening.  But there is lots of chemistry between Kelli and Ian and it's sure fun when the sparks fly!

This is my kind of book.  I really love a good, clean romance that makes me smile.  This was the first book I've read by Jennifer Peel and I will definitely be reading more!  In fact, I have her latest book coming up for review March 2nd.  (I've actually read it, and I loved it too!  Tune in for my full review on that one.)  I love adding new authors to my favorite list!

I'm a fifth generation Colorado native who currently calls Alabama home. I'm the mother of three amazing children who have grown up way too fast. I enjoy the mountains, vacations at the beach, date night with my wonderful husband, late night talks with my kiddos, touring model homes, and pink bubblegum ice cream.

I grew up on the Western Slope in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. I learned to love the beauty of the outdoors, but not camping--unless staying overnight at the Marriott counts. I met my husband while living in Denver and then several years later we traded the beauty and majesty of the Colorado Rocky Mountains for the art and culture of Chicago, Illinois. My family and I enjoyed living near this world class city, despite the crazy cold winters, but new adventures awaited in Northern Alabama--just six hours away from Orange Beach, Alabama. These three magical places (the Colorado Rocky Mountains, Chicago, and Orange Beach) are the inspired locations used in several of my books.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Redeem This by Cami Checketts: Review, Excerpt and $25 + Book Giveaway!

Some men are beyond redemption. Alex is one of them.
After Alex Chakhota was blackmailed and manipulated into becoming a hit man to protect his sister, serving time as the FBI's assassin doesn't do much to ease his conscience. His next assignment brings him face to face with Brittany, a beautiful woman that believes he's more than the killer he's been made into. The road to redemption is long for someone with a blackened soul, and with lives hanging in the balance, Alex has a short deadline.

Detective Scott Bentley's days of law enforcement are behind him. When he's asked to host agents at his secluded ranch for an FBI sting operation, Scott cannot refuse. Ivy McMahon shows up with the team, and Scott gets more than he signed up for. Not only can she hack into the any computer system, she's found a way into Scott's heart. The trouble is that she's in protective custody and when the job ends, she'll disappear.

Is redemption possible for those whose lives are scarred by the past? With danger crowding close, not even love may have a chance to redeem before it's too late.

Don't miss the exciting sequel to Blog This by #1 Bestselling Inspirational author, Cami Checketts

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I cannot tell you how excited I was to read this book!  Cami Checketts is one of my favorite authors.  She knows how to write romantic suspense and I am always so drawn in by her books.  I usually steam roll right through them because I cannot put them down.  Redeem This grabbed me from the very beginning.  The suspense is there from the very first chapter.  There is a fantastic balance of suspense and character/relationship building.  I could not put this book down!

Alex.  Oy.  Here's a guy that will make your heart squeeze.  Honest.  He is seeking redemption.  Forgiveness.  Acceptance.  He's strong, handsome and yes, a bit dangerous.  I'm telling you, heart SQUEEZE.   

One of the other things I love about not only this book but all of Cami's books is that they are clean.  I cannot tell you how much I appreciate the no swearing/no sexual content.  

Redeem This is the sequel to Blog This.  If you haven't read Blog This yet, you really need to!  Not only is it a fantastic book, it must be read before reading Redeem This.  

If you haven't had a chance to read Blog This, it is $.99 until February 28th.

Enjoy the following excerpt from Redeem This!

Alex thought Brittany would follow her daughter, but she stayed next to him. Her gaze was compassionate. “You’ve been through so many hard things.”
“Yeah.” He chuckled humorously but turned serious as he studied her. “So have you.”
“That’s the way life goes sometimes.”
“I wish I could protect you from it.” Alex couldn’t believe he’d said that, couldn’t believe he meant it. But he did. He would do anything to protect these two from being scared or hurt. He wished he dared reach for her hand.
Brittany inhaled sharply, then gave a soft laugh. “You aren’t what I imagined, Alex.”
Her saying his name about did him in. It came on a rush of breath from her lips. He imagined how it would feel to have her say it again, right after he’d kissed her. He shook his head. He needed to stop thinking.
“What did you imagine?” he muttered.
“Steven’s brought so many terrifying men to our house.” She shuddered, wrapping her arms around herself. “You’re not like them. There’s something in your eyes, something compassionate. That’s why I told you I trust you.”
Alex couldn’t allow this to continue. He wasn’t worthy of her good opinion. He couldn’t take the light that shone from her and douse it. He straightened and took a step toward her. “You don’t know me, Brittany.”
She didn’t cower. This small woman was brave, even after all she’d been through.
“I know you wouldn’t hurt me.” She looked to Savannah, still surveying horses, before focusing on him again.
“There are a lot of different ways to hurt someone.” Alex placed his palms against the rough wood of the stall, framing her. He took his time leaning toward her, wondering if she’d stop him, aching to touch her.  
Brittany tilted her chin. “I’m sure you’ve used them, but you’re not like that anymore.”

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"Cami Checketts is a genius! She writes about topics that aren't widely discussed, in and out of books, and she does such a brilliant job of crafting these things into wonderful stories that touch your heart and remain with you for days afterwards."
Myra, Reviewer, Pieces of Whimsy

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Healer by Gregg Luke + $35 and Book Giveaway

After successfully completing his first-year professorship, Welsh folklore expert Chris Pendragon has earned a vacation. At least that's what the young scholar tells himself—but deep down he feels an urgency to reassess his life, to find a sense of purpose. Hoping that perhaps a trip to Wales will provide the answers he seeks, Chris embarks on a journey of self-discovery. But he could never have anticipated the unimaginable adventure that awaits him ...

Shortly after his arrival in Wales, Chris is witness to a horrific accident with more far-reaching consequences than he could have dreamed. Following Chris's heroic rescue of one of the victims, an unexplainable phenomenon is revealed: bones that had been broken were made whole with Chris's touch. Still reeling form this discovery, Chris is approached by a wizened old man with an implausible answer: Chris has been chosen to be the bearer of the Dial, a healer of unparalleled power. But the calling is fraught with peril, and Chris soon discovers there are those who will stop at nothing to seize the power of the Dial. With the help of a beautiful, if skeptical, doctor, Chris must choose: go back to the life he was leading or embark on a thrilling new destiny.

This book is not anything like the other books I've read by Gregg Luke.  It wasn't what I was expecting at all.  I kept waiting for things to turn and go more like his other books but that just didn't happen.

How would I categorize this book?  I just don't know.  It's not a romance.  It's not necessarily a mystery although Chris is definitely trying to figure out the meaning of some information he has been given.  It's not really a religious book in the sense that it is preachy or full of doctrine but there are a ton of biblical references and connections to religion.  People pray and the theme of faith is big.  It's also not an action/adventure but there certainly is some of that in there too.

This book is set in Wales and there sure was a lot of talk about the food the characters were served!  Although they hardly ate it.  Which is just too bad, yes?  Most of the conversations between Chris and the locals ends in a question, does it not?  haha.  Yeah, that's about how the talk goes.  Especially with Father Llewellyn (who I really loved).  I would love to visit Wales some day.  I hear it's beautiful country.

Chris is an interesting character.  He is definitely smart as to history and book learning although maybe not so smart when it comes to dealing with spiritual or heart felt things.  I thought sometimes he was quite disrespectful but he did have a load of confusing things thrown at him all at once.  His vacation of self discovery turned into much more than he bargained for, that's for sure.

I thought this book was interesting.  I enjoyed the journey from myth and legend to miracle.  I would really love to read more about Chris embracing his gift and using it to help others instead of coming to terms with it.  Maybe a "next" book?  I have a feeling Chris's story is only just beginning.

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