Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Alaskan Catch by Beth Carpenter + Alaskan Prize Pack & $25 Giveaway!

The Alaskan Catch
(Northern Lights #1)
by Beth Carpenter
Adult Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 368 pages
August 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Where life's currents take you…

Dana Raynott just traveled 3,600 miles to reunite with the brother who changed his name and fled to Alaska nineteen years ago. It's impossible not to be moved by this wild, breathtaking state, even if Dana's no closer to finding the answers she came here for.

Her brother's best friend, Anchorage engineer Sam MacKettrick, might be able to help her. He's strong and kind—a six-foot, irresistible blend of diverse cultures. He's also haunted by a tragic family history with a startling connection to Dana's past…

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I really enjoyed this new Harlequin Heartwarming book by Beth Carpenter!  It had a bit of everything in it- adventure, mystery and romance.  I loved the Alaskan setting with so much of the story taking place outdoors with the beauties of nature on full display.  It almost made me want to visit Alaska.  In the summer.  On the hottest day.  ha.

Dana sets out to find her brother and finds so much more in the process.  She discovers a side to her she never knew existed- the adventurous side!  I loved Dana's excitement and courage in trying new things.  Dana felt like a person I'd like to know in real life.

This is the first book I've read by Beth Carpenter but it won't be the last.  I'll be on the lookout for the next book in this series!

About the Author

Once upon a time ...

when Beth Carpenter was a little girl, she read everything she could get her hands on, and entertained herself on the school bus by making up stories in her head. Not a lot has changed. She's still consuming books like M&Ms, and spends her days creating happily-ever-afters for her imaginary friends.

She lives in Alaska and Arizona with her husband and an aggressively affectionate fifty-pound lap dog. She loves to hear from readers.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

The Search by Clair Poulson + $25 and Book Giveaway!

Young private investigator Jayden Spaulding has cracked his share of tough cases, but nothing like this. When stunning professional basketball player Nadia Fairchild walks through his door, her story seems simple enough: two days ago, her mother disappeared along with a member of the women’s college basketball team she coached. Jayden and Nadia delve into a baffling maze of motive and opportunity with a lengthy list of possible suspects. As they work together amid their growing attraction to one another, the unlikely duo seems no closer to discovering the truth. Then the threats begin. Soon, the pair begins to suspect that this case is much more complicated than a simple disappearance—they have unwittingly stumbled on a conspiracy of corruption, greed, and murder far more deadly than they ever imagined. Others are also searching for the missing women, and they will eliminate anyone who stands in their way . . .

I've been reading Clair Poulson books for a long time.  He is great at writing light mystery/suspense stories that capture the essence of the genre without going overboard on the gruesome or violent details which I appreciate.

Clair Poulson is know for writing tell it like it is, no nonsense kind of characters and this story is no different.  I did appreciate the attempt at light humor from the main character, Jayden.  It helped give him a bit more personality which is something I sometimes struggle with in Poulaon's books.  The plot is always excellent and moves forward at a fantastic pace, but it's the emotional connection with the characters that I am usually missing.

The relationship between Jayden and Nadia is almost instant.  The attraction is definitely there and it progresses to a familiarity within hours.  I'm not sure I buy how quickly that moved, but I guess when you are adults in perilous circumstances, emotions are heightened and connections can be made more quickly.  I wish I had Jayden's dog.  He sort of stole the show a few times!

Overall, another good book from Clair Poulson.  I enjoyed the pacing and the constant feeling I had of wondering how all the "bad" guys came into play and connected to what was going on.  It was a fun story!

Content:  mild violence, LDS fiction so some mention of religious things although nothing overly preachy.

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

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Summer Holiday (Timeless Victorian Collection) by Nancy Campbell Allen, Annette Lyon, Sarah M. Eden

BREAKFAST AT SOMMERPOOL’S by Nancy Campbell Allen:
As Tessa Baker competes for the supervisor promotion at Sommerpool Department and Mercantile, she’s faced with a ridiculous list of tasks to complete in order to “win” the job. Tessa would love to be the first female supervisor ever to work at the Sommerpool, but her competitor is cheating at every turn. Discouraged, Tessa agrees to let David Bellini, a family friend and Italian Conte who is new in town, help her. When she discovers that he’s the new owner of Sommerpool’s, but wants to evaluate the employees unobserved, Tessa has mixed feelings. She soon realizes that she’s falling for David, but what chance does a working-class woman like her have with an Italian Conte?

Carina Herrick says goodbye to the man she hopes to marry, knowing their separation will be temporary. Grant Ambrose is off to follow his dream and become established in business so that he can provide for Carina and a life together. He promises to write; she promises to return his letters. Yet, only a few months pass and already their letters become shorter and fewer. Finally, Carina is forced to give up on Grant if only to protect her breaking heart. Her parents are dead set against her becoming a spinster and insist she accept the proposal of the odious Mr. Baskon. With no hope of another marriage proposal, Carina is forced to make a difficult decision, one that can lead her either to happiness or misery.

Every summer Sarah travels to Ivy House in London as one of the household servants to the Millington family. This summer, she’s particularly looking forward to seeing Jacob, a servant who lives at Ivy House year-round. They’ve been exchanging letters since the previous summer when their friendship deepened. But when Sarah arrives at Ivy House, Jacob seems more reserved around her and less forthcoming. Has she put greater meaning in their budding relationship than she should? When Sarah discovers that Jacob has a dark secret and wants her to give up her dreams in exchange for helping him, she’s not sure if she’s willing to make the sacrifice.

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Three fantastic authors have come together in this book to provide three sweet, romantic stories.  I love these collections because you get a taste of different authors and their different writing styles.  If you haven't read anything by one or more of these authors, this is a great introduction but if you are like me and have read books by all of these authors, then it is simply an awesome treat and one I devoured from beginning to end.  

This was an awesome era where women were courageously stepping out of some of the confines of society and learning to go after their own dreams.  Tessa really exemplifies this in Breakfast at Sommerpool's.  I loved Tessa's pluck and determination.  She was a fantastic character.  This was probably my favorite story of the three but they were, all three, so great.  It's such a treat to pick up one of these Timeless series books (and there are a lot to choose from if you haven't read any yet!) and be swept away into the sweet romance of it all.  What a fantastic diversion!

Content:  Clean, mild romance

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

Friday, August 11, 2017

Amazing Box Set- 22 Books for just $.99!! Don't Miss This!

Escape into twenty-two epic worlds that will leave you breathless.

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Each book within this collection is exclusive to the set and can't be found anywhere else!

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Two of Us by Victoria Bylin

After two broken engagements, nurse practitioner Mia Robinson is done with dating. From now on, she only trusts herself and God, and she's focused on her eighteen-year-old sister, Lucy, and caring for patients. Just as she applies to work for an international aid organization, a phone call from Lucy, who's pregnant and running off to marry her twenty-one-year-old boyfriend, throws a wrench into all of Mia's plans.

Jake Tanner may have recovered from the physical injuries he sustained on the job as a police officer, but his heart has yet to heal from losing his former partner in the tragedy. He's poured himself into starting a camp for the sons of fallen officers and mentoring Sam, the adult son of his deceased partner, who's asked him to be his best man at his wedding.

Mia is expecting a mess when she arrives to sort out the situation with Lucy, but she wasn't expecting Jake. And Jake, who can't help envying Sam and Lucy, doubts he'll ever experience their happiness for himself. But maybe Jake's courage and Mia's caring spirit are just what they need to bring them a lifetime of healing and a forever kind of love. . . .

I loved the opening scene for this book and how the characters all came together in the beginning.  It was a great start for the book and sparked my interest.  This book felt a little long though, and started to drag a bit for me in the middle part.  Even with it's slower pace, I remained interested until the end.

Jake and Mia are both so careful and deliberate.  It wasn't often that emotions flared with them or between them which made me feel like I was just outside of connecting with them but I really liked them both.  I had to admire the commitment they had to their goals and their desire to help people.  The world could use more people like Mia and Jake.

I thought the author did an excellent job of portraying some real life struggles like death of a loved one, Alzheimer's Disease, military life, pregnancy problems and so many more. 

This is a Christian fiction book and the Christian themes were prominent but not too preachy.

Content:  mentions of sex outside of marriage resulting in pregnancy with no details, kissing, death

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Giveaway!!! Edenbrook by Julianne Donaldson!

Marianne Daventry will do anything to escape the boredom of Bath and the amorous attentions of an unwanted suitor. So when an invitation arrives from her twin sister, Cecily, to join her at a sprawling country estate, she jumps at the chance. Thinking she'll be able to relax and enjoy her beloved English countryside while her sister snags the handsome heir of Edenbrooke, Marianne finds that even the best laid plans can go awry.

From a terrifying run-in with a highwayman to a seemingly harmless flirtation, Marianne finds herself embroiled in an unexpected adventure filled with enough romance and intrigue to keep her mind racing. Will Marianne be able to rein in her traitorous heart, or will a mysterious stranger sweep her off her feet? Fate had something other than a relaxing summer in mind when it sent Marianne to Edenbrooke.

This is one of my favorite books of all time.  In fact, I think it's probably time to read it again!  Thanks to Shadow Mountain, I am able to give away a copy of this book to one luck reader.  Shadow Mountain is celebrating Romance Awareness Month and today as National Book Lovers Day.  I picked Edenbrooke because I LOVE it.  It's an amazing book and I think everyone should read it!  

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.  Check for other giveaways in the right column of my blog.  This giveaway is for a physical copy of Edenbrook so will be open for US residents only due to shipping.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Havencross by Julie Daines + Win This Book!

When a shocking scandal involving her father spreads through London society, Elaine Cardinham and her parents are forced to retreat to their country home in Cornwall for refuge. But Havencross is no sanctuary for Elaine. She is haunted by the mysterious disappearance of her brother—and the heartbreak she left in her wake all those years ago. It has been five long years since Gareth Kemp last saw Elaine—when she rejected his marriage proposal. Her reappearance convinces him of one thing: he has never stopped loving her. To put his feelings for her aside, he focuses his attention on the dangerous smuggling plaguing the Cornish coast. As Elaine attempts to run from her past, she ventures ever closer to a dangerous truth—and Gareth may be the only one who can save her from a deadly finish.

This book felt like a movie playing out in my head.  It was so easy to visualize the scenes and the character interactions.  I love when that happens.  And isn't the cover so pretty?  I love it.

Elaine has been publicly humiliated, her family disgraced.  They move from London to Havencross in Cornwall.  There Elaine has to face not only her buried feelings of loss for her brother, but the love she left behind- Gareth.  

Gareth is a steady sort of man.  Strong.  I loved him.  

This book was an excellent mixture of mystery, intrigue and romance.  I loved how the mystery played out and how the book built in intensity.  So very good!

Content:  mild violence, death


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Friday, August 4, 2017

Shattered Worlds, Author Jane Redd Spotlight and a Giveaway!

Escape into twenty-three epic worlds that will leave you breathless.

From dystopian nightmares to gorgeous steampunk and fantasy settings to fairy-tale retellings and beyond, SHATTERED WORLDS has every story you've been dying to get your hands on!

This unique Young Adult/New Adult collection, inspired by the creative minds of today's New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling authors, promises to satisfy your cravings for action and adventure as you experience rune magic and time-travel, overthrow corrupt governments, meet reapers and aliens, battle dragons, fall hopelessly in love, and break ancient curses, right alongside some of the bravest characters in fantasy fiction!

Each book within this collection is exclusive to the set and can't be found anywhere else.

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Writing under Jane Redd, Heather B. Moore is the USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of more than a dozen historical novels set in ancient Arabia and Mesoamerica. She attended the Cairo American College in Egypt and the Anglican International School in Jerusalem and received her Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University. She writes historical thrillers under the pen name H.B. Moore, and romance and women’s fiction under the name Heather B. Moore. It can be confusing, so her kids just call her Mom.

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The Grim Reaper has been collecting souls of the dead for hundreds of years, but even the Master of Death has to pass on his reign. Unfortunately, his progeny is not quite ready to replace him.

Cora Grim, daughter of the Grim Reaper, is suddenly thrust into her father’s role. Leaving the Underworld on her own to bring back the dead souls, she discovers that the Master of Death neglected to tell her one thing. She can still fall in love.

You can pick up Mistress Grim as part of the Shattered Worlds box set.  I had the privilege of reading Mistress Grim pre-release and I really loved it.  It has romance but intrigue, danger and action as well.

Cora is the daughter of the Grim Reaper.  She defied my ideas of what a grim reaper would be.  I loved her heart, courage and determination.  And Leo?  Ummm, yumma yumma.  Sign me up for some of that.  He and Cora were perfectly matched and they fought hard to have that.

I was pulled in from the very beginning of this story and it was over way too soon.  I wanted more of Cora and Leo.

Meet the other authors in this fantastic boxed set:

Shattered Worlds Authors
- J.L. Weil, USA Today Bestselling Author
- J.A. Culican, USA Today Bestselling Author
- J.A. Armitage, USA Today Bestselling Author
- N.R. Larry, NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author
- Jane Redd, USA Today Bestselling Author
- Miranda Hardy, USA Today Bestselling Author
- Julie Hall, International Bestselling Author
- Cameo Renae, International Bestselling Author
- Jen Minkman, International Bestselling Author
- Cindy M. Hogan, Bestselling Author
- Elana Johnson, Bestselling Author
- Rebecca Rode, International Bestselling Author

The Shattered Worlds authors have generously offered to give away 17 e-books to one winner. Fill out the form to enter! Open INT.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Secret of the India Orchid (Proper Romance) by Nancy Campbell Allen + Win This Book!!

Anthony Blake is in love with his best friend's sister, Sophia Elliot. But his plans to court her are put on hold when he is forced to resume his role as an undercover spy for the Crown. A secret document listing the names of the entire network of British spies-including his own-has been stolen. To protect Sophia, Anthony cuts off all ties to her and exchanges his life as an honorable earl for the fa├žade of a flirtatious playboy.

Heartbroken and confused, Sophia travels to India, hoping to find healing in one of the most exotic regions of the British Empire. But the exotic land isn't as restful as she had hoped. Instead, she finds herself embroiled in a mystery of a missing sea captain, a possible murder, and a plot that could involve the prince of India. And when Anthony appears at the British Residency, asking questions and keeping his distance from her, she is stunned.

She still loves him, and, in her heart, she knows he loves her too. But how can she rebuild her relationship with him if he won't confide in her? Does she dare offer her heart to him a second time, or will their love be lost under the India sun?

I really do love the Proper Romance line from Shadow Mountain.  This book is an excellent addition to this collection and I just love Nancy Campbell Allen's writing.

This book is set in India during the regency era.  Yes, this is a romance but it's got some swirling intrigue as well.  There are secrets everywhere and Sophia is caught in the middle of them all and she doesn't even know it!  Well, eventually she does.  And then she is in trouble!

Poor Anthony.  His heart beats and yearns for Sophia but hello?  Spy?  Yeah, that puts a damper on the whole I love Sophia thing.  It was rather fun watching him squirm and clench his jaw and fist his hands in frustration as he watched and interacted with Sophia.  There was some good tension and build up between the two of them.

AND because today is my lucky day, AND because it's Romance Awareness Month, AND because Shadow Mountain is completely awesome. . . I get to give away a paperback copy of this book!  YAY!!!!!!  (I'm just a little bit excited about this)

Shadow Mountain is have a  Proper Romance Anniversary Facebook party on Friday, August 4th!  Chat with the authors and win prizes!  You can find the details here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/256852658164791/

You must be 13 or older to enter.  This giveaway is for US residents only due to postage.  

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Dating the It Guy by Krysten Lindsay Hager

Emme is a sophomore in high school who starts dating, Brendon Agretti, the popular senior who happens to be a senator's son and well-known for his good looks. Emme feels out of her comfort zone in Brendon's world and it doesn't help that his picture perfect ex, Lauren seems determined to get back into his life along with every other girl who wants to be the future Mrs. Agretti. Emme is already conflicted due to the fact her last boyfriend cheated on her and her whole world is off kilter with her family issues. Life suddenly seems easier keeping Brendon away and relying on her crystals and horoscopes to guide her. Emme soon starts to realize she needs to focus less on the stars and more on her senses. Can Emme get over her insecurities and make her relationship work? Life sure is complicated when you're dating the it guy.

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High school drama?  Yup.  This book IS high school drama.  It really took me back to the day.  Emme is young and it shows in her peer relationships.  In her family, however, she shows some remarkable maturity.  The concern and care she demonstrates for her struggling grandfather and her sick grandmother are what completely endeared me to Emme.  I am ashamed to say that I wasn't nearly so intuitive or kind when I was her age and dealt with a grandfather living in my home.  It's something I regret and often wish I could go back and redo that time with him.  Emme is everything I wish I had been.

This book is heavy on dialogue.  I was a bit surprised at how much there really was in comparison to the other books I was reading at the time.  It will probably work well with the target age group though.  Young adult, on the young side of that.

Content:  some kissing, mention of "cheating" in a relationship, death

- I received a copy of this book through ebooks for review.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Friday, July 28, 2017

With You Always (Orphan Train #1) by Jody Hedlund

Could following the opportunity of a lifetime cost them the love of their lives?

One of the many immigrants struggling to survive in 1850s New York, Elise Neumann knows she must take action to care for her younger sisters. She finds a glimmer of hope when the New York Children's Aid Society starts sending skilled workers to burgeoning towns out west. But the promise of the society's orphan trains is not all that it seems.

Born into elite New York society, Thornton Quincy possesses everything except the ability to step out from his brother's shadow. When their ailing father puts forth a unique challenge to determine who will inherit his railroad-building empire, Thornton finally sees his chance. The conditions to win? Be the first to build a sustainable community along the Illinois Central Railroad and find a suitable wife.

Thrown together against all odds, Elise and Thornton couldn't be from more different worlds. The spark that ignites between them is undeniable, but how can they let it grow when that means forfeiting everything they've been working toward?

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This book is the exact reason I love historical fiction.  In it I am able to learn about events in history through characters that I can connect to.  Yes, the characters are fictional, but they represent the people of that time- their feelings, their struggles and their triumphs.

This particular book is set in the midst of the immigrants to America in the 1850's and their struggle to sustain life.  How awful it must have been to leave your home country in search of a better life only to find it worse than the one you left.  

I loved this story.  It was told in a way that connected to my heart.  I could so easily visualize everything that was happening- the places and the people.  My heart hurt for the struggles of Elise and her family.  Thornton's journey of self awareness, compassion and understanding were so satisfying.  So, so good.

I cannot wait to read the next book in this series.  This book sets things up perfectly for a continuation but still left me utterly satisfied.  That's how I like a series to be.

Content:  Clean, mild romance, some kissing.  A situation of abuse with no details, just the aftermath.  Mild peril.

- I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.  A positive review was not required and all opinions expressed are my own.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Winning his Heart (Marietta St. Claires, #2) by Lara Van Hulzen

Michael St. Claire, a widower and single father, fears his heart could never make room for another. Between raising his young daughter Annalise and rebuilding his dreams as a race car driver, love isn’t on his mind… Until feisty Franchesca shows up and changes everything.

With her mom’s health failing, Franchesca needs extra income. An offer from Mike St. Claire to be his daughter’s nanny is an offer she can’t refuse. She has always dreamed of making it on Broadway and living in New York, but her immediate attraction to Mike challenges all she thought she wanted.

Mike can’t deny his feelings for Franchesca, even with the risk of losing his heart again. But he doesn’t want to stand in the way of Franchesca’s dreams. Will his past and what she wants in the future tear them apart?

This is the second book in this series, but this book can easily stand alone.  I knew I was missing the back history of Michael's brother and his wife, but I can always catch up on that later.  :)

I liked Mike and Franchesca and the opening scene for the book.  It got the couple off to a good start and I could feel the zing of initial attraction.  Annalise was a good addition to the book- so cute and innocent.  Relationships become a bit more complicated when you add in children!  Especially during kissing scenes.  Ha.

While I liked the book, the intensity of Mike and Franchesca's relationship waned a bit through the book.  I wasn't as connected to the characters as I would have liked to have been but I did like them.  Both Franchesca and Mike are stand up people who take care of their family.  Mike's family created a great supporting cast of characters.  And, hopefully with a couple more siblings to go, more books to come.  :)

3/5 stars

Content:  frequent mild swearing (too much for my taste), kissing

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

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Beyond by Catina Haverlock and Angela Larkin

“Dangerous. Wrong. She could be so close to finding out who I really am, and I don’t want to think about how badly that could damage her. If I have any conscience,
I’ll turn and run. But I can’t let her go.”

Presley Hale has no idea the guy she just told off in the school parking lot died in a drowning accident four months ago. Why would she? It’s not like she knows she can see the dead. Stunned by Presley’s sixth sense, Landon Blackwood rethinks his planned departure and begins tracking her to find answers to their mysterious connection.

When their complicated relationship turns dangerous, they learn that tampering with the boundaries of death comes with consequences. Can Landon save Presley from the insidious spirits who have marked her for death, or was their love doomed from the beginning?

I haven't read a good paranormal/supernatural type romance in a bit so this book felt fresh and new to me.  I loved the mountain setting of Truckee, Nevada.  I drive through Truckee all the time on my way to California.  It's a beast of a place in the winter!!  You sure don't get many books set there but I loved it!

The characters in this book were good.  I liked them and the way they all connected to each other.  Presley has the weight of the world on her shoulders with a special needs sibling that is mostly her responsibility, moving to a new school only to be bullied and having an absentee father.  Presley has a serious disposition to go along with her tremendous responsibility.

I felt that the relationship between Presley and Landon progressed naturally and easily.  I enjoyed their interactions.  The story definitely kept me interested because I honestly wasn't sure how things were going to end.  The build up to the end was fantastic.

The ending left me confused though.  I didn't love it.  After this huge build up with the Vigilum, I guess I was expecting a bit more.  It felt rushed.  I can't say too much without giving things away but the place and time where Presley and Landon ended left me with so many questions.  It didn't really resolve the "how" of things and I was frustrated by it.

Other than that, I really enjoyed this book.  These authors show a lot of promise and I'll be watching to see what comes next from them.  (a sequel in the spring of 2018 which will maybe give me some answers to those unresolved questions?)

Content:  bulling, some kissing

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

Monday, July 24, 2017

Yesterday's Promise by Michele Paige Holmes

New from Michele Paige Holmes, Amazon’s bestselling historical romance author and Whitney Award Winner, comes the Hearthfire Historical Romance, YESTERDAY’S PROMISE.

In the Scottish Highlands, 1761:
Nineteen-year-old artist Katherine Mercer dreams of selling her paintings to help support her struggling family. Before she has the opportunity, Katherine learns she is to be sold—or practically so—given in marriage to a lord she has never met or even heard of. In return, a much-needed settlement will be made upon her mother.

Katherine’s situation goes from frightening to surreal when her husband-to-be Laird Collin MacDonald arrives with an entourage of men, each heavily armed and speaking with a thick brogue. As if leaving all she knows behind and traveling to another country with strangers isn’t bad enough, Katherine soon discovers a Scottish heritage she knew nothing of, a brother-in-law who wants her dead, and far more at stake with her paintings than she had ever imagined. Forced to turn to her reclusive husband for answers, comfort, and even her very survival, Katherine begins to unravel the mysteries of her past and what it is to love and be loved.

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Oh.  Oy.  I wasn't quite ready to stop reading this story.  But I had to.  Because it stopped and there was no more left to read.  <sigh>

I was so caught up in this book.  I was pulled right into the story, invested in the characters and my heart was bursting!  Then it ended and I am a bit sad.  I find I am quite reluctant to move on to another book.  Surely reading one book while thinking of another is a bit like cheating, right?  Book cheating.  Is that a thing?  I feel like it is now.  Because I tried to read another book and that's what it felt like.  I'm still wallowing in Scotland and I'm not ready to leave just yet.  I hope I get over it soon.

The next book?  Fall.  Not too far away, but still.  When you are wallowing, it seems like forever away.  

So until book two. . .  Katie and Collin, I will dream of you.  In Scotland.  <grand lovey sigh>

Content:  mild violence, a rape attempt, kissing