Friday, September 30, 2016

Courting the Countess by Donna Hatch + Giveaway!



Courting the Countess by [Hatch, Donna]

Courting the Countess
by Donna Hatch
Adult Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 388 pages
October 5th 2016 by The Wild Rose Press, Inc

When charming rake Tristan Barrett sweeps Lady Elizabeth off her feet, stealing both her heart and a kiss in a secluded garden, her brother challenges Tristan to a duel. The only way to save her brother and Tristan from harm—not to mention preserve her reputation—is to get married. But her father, the Duke of Pemberton, refuses to allow his daughter to marry anyone but a titled lord. The duke demands that Elizabeth marry Tristan’s older brother, Richard, the Earl of Averston. Now Elizabeth must give up Tristan to marry a man who despises her, a man who loves another, a man she’ll never love.

Richard fears Elizabeth is as untrustworthy as his mother, who ran off with another man. However, to protect his brother from a duel and their family name from further scandal, he agrees to the wedding, certain his new bride will betray him. Yet when Elizabeth turns his house upside down and worms her way into his reluctant heart, Richard suspects he can’t live without his new countess. Will she stay with him or is it too little, too late?

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If you love regency romance, Donna Hatch is an author you don't want to miss.  She is one of my favorites.  Her books have strong characters with plenty of tension and sparks flying between them.

I love how this story unfolded, bit by bit.  The more I knew about both Richard and Elizabeth, the more I loved them.  Each had personal demons that tormented them daily, and kept them from letting go and loving.  It was quite a journey for these two but it was well worth it as a reader.

I had plenty of flutterings in belly with this book!  Oh, the build up and the misunderstanding.  This book has all the things I look for as a reader.  Every time I pick up a book by Donna Hatch, I know I'm in for a treat.  

Content:  Clean

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



Donna Hatch is the author of the best-selling “Rogue Hearts Series,” and a winner of writing awards such as The Golden Quill and the International Digital Award. A hopeless romantic and adventurer at heart, she discovered her writing passion at the tender age of 8 and has been listening to those voices ever since. She has become a sought-after workshop presenter, and also juggles freelance editing, multiple volunteer positions, and most of all, her six children (seven, counting her husband). A native of Arizona who recently transplanted to the Pacific Northwest, she and her husband of over twenty five years are living proof that there really is a happily ever after.

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Thirteenth Chance by Amy Matayo


Baseball star Will Vandergriff knows any number of women who would happily pretend to be his girlfriend. In a last-ditch effort to restore his good standing with his team’s higher-ups, he enlists the help of his neurotic, goody-goody neighbor. Schoolteacher Olivia Pratt might be a bit quirky and a bit of a loner, but she’s a lot more inviting than she knows. Will hopes that bringing her to his next game might revamp his reckless reputation and help get his career back on track. The only problem? The plan works a little too well. Not only do the higher-ups love Olivia, but Will plays his best game yet. Suddenly his losing streak is a thing of the past, and Olivia is his new good-luck charm. Will feels anything but lucky.

After years of keeping the world at bay, Olivia Pratt is pulling off the ultimate performance—not only reluctantly posing as Will’s girlfriend but also insisting that she’s oblivious to his major-league appeal. But she can only lie to herself for so long. Being by Will’s side feels good. Really good. Maybe it’s finally time to make a pitch for everything she really wants—and to find out just how exhilarating love can be.

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I saw this book on NetGalley and I knew I had to read it.  Amy Matayo is an author I'm always on the lookout for and I was super excited to see this new book by her!  I think I'm probably the last of my Goodreads friends to write my review for this book but I can tell you that there is a lot of love going around for this book, which makes me so happy.

The characters in this book are fantastic.  They are larger than life and literally fill up the pages.  I felt like I knew them.  I could visualize them so easily and hear them in my head.  That's what I love!  I wouldn't say that I loved either character from the beginning but their personalities were distinct and very human.

Will is just a jerk in the beginning.  He is full of himself and over the top but as the book goes on, he softens and let's down his jerk wall a bit.  :)

Olivia is quirky and has some definite neurotic tendencies.  She is so endearing!  I fell in love with her right along with Will.

This book was just so fun.  I loved settling in and becoming wrapped up in this love story.  The characters really made this story come alive for me.  So well done!

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

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Cole & Jillian (Pianos and Promises - A Novella Series Book 3) by Jennifer Peel


Can a few hours really change your life?

Jillian Jones knows a thing or two about the country music scene, and she wants no part of it after divorcing her country singer ex-husband. But as fate would have it, she’s seated next to country legend Cole Pendleton on a red-eye flight home to Nashville from Las Vegas. Between her emotional state, her fear of flying, and maybe a little vodka, she finds herself taking comfort in Cole’s arms and lips during their four-hour flight.

Cole Pendleton’s life changes the night he wakes up to his beautiful seatmate, Jillian. He doesn’t know what it is about her, but he’s drawn to her like no one before. As the night wears on he’s determined to do whatever it takes to get to know her better. He finds himself promising her he’ll come looking for her once they’re both ready to move forward with a relationship. But he has two problems, his profession and his past.

Jillian finds herself wanting to believe him, but can she trust his midnight promises? Or will the piano man be like her ex-husband and let his promises fade away in the light of day?

 

It's always a happy day when I get another book from Jennifer Peel!  I started reading this book the day I got it because I just didn't want to wait.

I love this Pianos and Promises series.  Every book so far has been fantastic!  My only complaint is that they are over too soon.  I always want more!  Such is the case with Cole and Jillian.  I wanted more.

Cole is a man reformed.  He made some mistakes.  Big mistakes.  But, he has now made changes and his life is back on track.  His sincerity rings true on every single page.  I love how determined he was to keep his promises.  Cole paid attention to Jillian and remembered what she said.

Jillian is a little reluctant because she has been burned in a bad way but even she cannot deny the amazing attraction and chemistry she has had with Cole from the very beginning.  I loved how sweet Cole was to Jillian.  He melts her hesitancy away bit by bit.

The chemistry between these characters was zingy from the beginning.  I had butterflies in my stomach!  And I really loved the ending.  <swoony sigh>

This book releases on Oct. 4th!  If you haven't started this series yet, you really should!  Read them in order because you will love them better.  :)

Content:  Some references to drug and alcohol abuse, affairs

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


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

A Royal Christmas Wedding (Royal Wedding #4) by Rachel Hauck


It’s been five years since Avery Truitt and Prince Colin of Brighton Kingdom fell in love. But he broke her heart with no explanation.

Fast forward to present day, and Colin is Brighton’s most eligible bachelor now that cousin Stephen has married. When Avery’s father dies of a heart attack, she puts her life on hold and returns home to St. Simons Island, Georgia, to help Mama with the family restaurant. But Mama misses Avery’s sister Susanna, who lives four thousand miles away in Brighton Kingdom—and is expecting her first child. So Mama insists she and Avery spend the Christmas season in Brighton.

Colin and Avery are going to see each other a lot while she’s visiting. But she can’t forget the way he hurt her, and he didn’t expect his feelings to still be so strong.

Avery is torn between considering a future in Brighton and taking a coaching job in Georgia, and Colin is finally pushed to pursue what he really wants. Is it too late to convince Avery that she is his true love? And even if he does, will she make it to the chapel on Christmas Day to give him her heart?

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I really love this series.  It's one of my favorites and I'm always watching and waiting for the next book to come out.  There is just something about a royal prince/princess love story.  Kingdoms, balls, palaces- it's all very romantic.  This one is also a second chance at first love kind of story.

Colin and Avery have a history.  They fell in love at a young age but Colin left Avery high and dry with no explanations.  Her heart was crushed.  It's hard to get over that kind of hurt.  Avery is the best kind of character though.  She is vulnerable and hurt, but never mean.  She still holds her head high and acts gracious and kind.  I love that about her.

The rekindling of friendship and then love was really the best and the Christmas setting filled the pages with magic and wonder.  This is the perfect way to bring in the fall and winter season.  Get cozy and settle in for a fantastic love story!

This title releases on Oct. 17th.

Content:  Christian elements

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


Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Second Season by Heather Chapman


Eleanor Hopkins has lived in disappointment for far too long believing that her husband only married her for fortune, and she determines to protect her own daughters from such misery by scheming to secure offers for both Lucy and Caroline based on mutual rank and reputation. When Caroline finds that the handsome and reputable Lord Searly desires her as his wife, she finds that no amount of planning or pretending can convince her to accept him. Instead, she is confronted with an unexpected and reluctant suitor in the respectable shoemaker Thomas Clark.


The Second Season is a regency romance with basically three stories happening at the same time.  It includes the three females in one family- a mother and her two daughters.  You start with a look into the past with mother meeting her love and the father of the girls.  It really threw me off when what I began reading wasn't what came next.  When we return to present day, it is with Caroline.  I really wondered why I had just read all that about her mother (but I didn't know it was her mother for a bit).  We have flashbacks all throughout the book and I kind of wish they had been done in character reflection instead of random flashbacks.  It felt disjointed to me and I didn't like it.

Aside from that, I did enjoy the story (stories) presented here.  Caroline takes the center stage in this book, but her sister Lucy and her mother play a large part in things as well.  It is the typical story of finding love when society demands you marry for station and money.

I liked Caroline's self awareness and confidence.  Her verbal sparring with Lord Searly brings some humor to the story and Caroline usually comes out on top.  Lucy is more in the background as far as personality goes, but I did appreciate that these sisters had a good relationship and looked out for each other.

Overall a good, clean regency romance.  No content to disclose.

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

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Infected by Gregg Luke + $25 and Book Giveaway!

Mother Nature: the world's most innovative killer.

Deep in the jungles of Venezuela, mycologist Dr. Julia Fatheringham is engrossed in her study of native fungi. But what begins as a standard research trip quickly spirals into chaos when her associate's erratic behavior results in his horrifying death. Soon, Julia makes a startling discovery: her partner was contaminated by an organism found only in insects. It alters the victim's mind in alarming ways, with an invariably deadly outcome. Julia is baffled by her discovery—this organism has never appeared in humans. It shouldn't be possible. There is only one terrifying conclusion: The infection has jumped species.

Now, in this remote corner of the world, a contagion of unparalleled horror rests in Julia's hands. But even as she works to contain the organism that could spell devastation of apocalyptic proportions, there are others with a different agenda. They've learned of her discovery and will go to any lengths to acquire a sample—there is good money to be had in eco-terrorism.

Armed only with her strength of mind and what courage she can gather, Julia prepares to battle the devastating scourge—and the terrorists determined to unleash it on humanity.


EEEEWWWWW!  This book gave me the willies.  I just have to say it again.  Ew!  The mental pictures I have from this book gross me out.  If this were a movie I would never watch it.  I'm a bit squeamish.  Can you tell?

At one point I had to stop reading this book because I was feeling like this fungus was creeping up on me.  Oh, and don't eat while reading this book.  It may cause you to lose your appetite.

Did I mention yet that I liked this book?  Ha.  It was fast paced and so plot driven.  The characters didn't really resonate with me (well, except the bad guy) but the plot carried them along.  I definitely never became bored while reading this book.

I can think of a lot of adjectives to describe this book.  Besides the few I mentioned above, here are a few more.  Terrifying because all of the stuff in this story could easily be real and all these things could really happen- maybe they are happening and I just don't know it.  Nasty- just wait 'till you read it.  Ew!  Intriguing because what if this did happen?  And what kind of mind thinks up stuff like this (Gregg Luke!) ?!

This book shook up my normal genre reading.  It's always fun to shift mind gears and read something different than usual.  

Content:  some violence, gruesome details

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





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Monday, September 19, 2016

The Protective One: A Billionaire Bride Pact Romance by Cami Checketts


Betrayed by an FBI agent while in protective custody, MacKenzie Gunthrie escapes a crime lord and is left hiding from the authorities and her enemies. She finds solace in the peaceful mountain town of Crested Butte, Colorado. With help from a longtime girl's camp friend and a new identity, she's starting to feel safe. The only problem is the overconfident and much too good-looking Isaac Turnbow. Protecting identity has become second nature, but Isaac poses a threat to her heart.
Isaac Turnbow has an undeniable need to convince MacKenzie he’s someone she can trust and kiss, but when well-armed men arrive to disturb their budding relationship, he must prove to her and himself that he can protect her.


This fast-paced, clean Billionaire Bride Pact Romance is a fun and touching read you won’t be able to put down.

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If the cover isn't enough to convince you to read this book (those shoes!!), then let me just say that this is one you don't want to miss.  Cami Checketts has put together a romantic suspense with plenty of sparks zinging between the characters.

This book is part of the Billionaire Bride Pact series, written by a few different authors.  Each story follows a different person in a group of friends.  This is MacKenzie's story.  I love this series because it's the perfect escape.  Each story has it's own style and feel yet they are all linked together with the common friendship between the main characters.  You don't have to read these in any particular order.

I read through this one fast!  It was hard to put down.  MacKenzie drove me a little nuts but it all came out right in the end and Isaac steals the show!  I really loved him- especially when he threw a punch into Brad's face.  It may not have endeared MacKenzie to him, but that's when I knew Issac was the best.  :)

This is a fun addition to this series that I love!

Content:  Clean, some mild violence

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