Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Ghost of You and Me by Kelly Oram + $25 Giveaway and an Excerpt!

    

How do you tell someone who hates you and blames you for the death of his best friend that you miss him?
From the bestselling teen and young adult author of Cinder & Ella comes a new heart-wrenching romance sure to bring all the feels.

The tragic death of Spencer Schott unravels the lives of the two people he loved most—his girlfriend, Bailey, and his best friend, Wes. Secrets and guilt from that fateful night keep both Bailey and Wes from overcoming Spencer’s loss and moving on with their lives.

Now, nearly a year later, both Bailey and Wes are still so broken over what happened that Spencer can’t find peace in the afterlife. In order to put his soul to rest, he’s given one chance to come back and set things right...even if that means setting up his girlfriend with his best friend.

With the emotional resonance of Jellicoe Road and the magical realism of The Lovely Bones, The Ghost of You and Me is a story about overcoming grief, finding redemption for past mistakes, and the healing power of friendship and love. Fans of John Green, Sarah Dessen, and Nicholas Sparks are sure to love this haunting new tale from Kelly Oram.

This is a clean young adult romance stand alone novel that reads like contemporary drama romance and has just a touch of magical realism.

 

To begin with, I have to say that while I think Kelly Oram is an amazingly gifted writer, after her last book I had about given up on reading her books.  I'm a girl that prefers her books clean- free from swearing and sexual content and Kelly really pushes that boundary for me.  (yes, I realize that this is a personal preference and one not shared by everyone)  Then I saw the blurb for this book and it says "clean" and I debated because I really wanted to read this book and I really wanted to love it but I was unsure based on all my previous experiences with her books.  I decided to give it one more shot because, hello?  It's Kelly Oram and did I mention that I think she is an amazing writer?  She has a gift for making characters seem so real and vibrant in stories that completely suck you in.  

This story is a bit unlike any of Kelly's others.  I loved the grittier, messier, more complicated feelings and emotions from both Bailey and Wes.  Feelings of loss, guilt, anger and misunderstanding were swirling around with love, trust, forgiveness and overcoming.  As the story unfolds, bit by bit, I was completely taken with Bailey, Wes and yes, even Spencer the ghost.  I thought there was an excellent balance between the heavier issues and the lighter side of friendship, high school and young love.  This book definitely kept me engaged- my interest, and my feelings.  I love when that happens in a book!

I'm so glad I read this book!  It was one of the better ones I've read this month which is saying something because June has been an awesome review month.  :)  

Content:  references to teenage party with drinking, mild innuendo

- I received a copy of this book in conjunction with this review tour.  All opinions expressed are my own.


Enjoy the following excerpt:

“What is he doing here?” Liz whispers from somewhere behind me. The sound is distant, barely registering in my mind.
“What do you mean? Who is he?” Charlotte asks again.
Wes Delaney is here. I can’t believe what I’m seeing. It’s been almost a year. He dropped out of school a couple of weeks after Spencer’s accident and disappeared from Columbia High’s social radar. My heart pounds at the sight of him.
Wes pays the lunch lady for his food, and when he turns around, his eyes immediately land on me as if he already knew which direction to look. My mouth goes dry when our eyes meet. I didn’t know how much I’ve missed him until this exact moment. My entire body yearns to reconnect with him. And yet…I have no business feeling that way. I squash those feelings and let my old friend, guilt, swamp me. Guilt is all I deserve where Wes is concerned. Still, I can’t look away from him.
He seems different—older and hardened. His head is shaved nearly bald. Only a dark layer of fuzz remains that is no longer than the five o’clock shadow ghosting his face. It’s a surprisingly good look for him. While Spencer eventually outgrew his awkward tween stage (mostly), Wes never experienced one. He was always hot. Now, he’s just plain sexy.
With his hair so short, his dark eyes and long lashes stand out more than normal. And he’s so built that even from my seat across the cafeteria I can tell his body is rock hard beneath his tight plain white T-shirt and low-hung jeans. He looks tough. Jaded.
“What’s he doing here, Bailey?”
I ignore Trisha’s question. I couldn’t speak right now, even if I knew the answer—which I most definitely do not. I can’t breathe. Can’t think. I’m locked in his stare, and I can’t decipher the look on his face.
Where has he been for the last year? What is he doing here now? What is he thinking? Why can’t he take his eyes off me? Is he going to tell everyone what really happened that night?
Feeling sick, I jump up from my seat and run from the cafeteria as if my life depends on it. Right now, it feels like it does.
When I was put on medication after Spencer’s death, numbness replaced the devastating pain and heartache I suffered. I haven’t felt anything for months. But as I burst into the first-floor girls’ bathroom, it feels as if all the emotions I should have been experiencing all this time hit me at once. It’s crippling.
I look in the mirror, hoping for a clue as to what I’m feeling right now. I only see panic. I’m going to lose it. Leaning back against one of the cold tile walls, I slide to the ground. My knees come up to my chest, and I bury my face in them, wrapping my arms tightly around my legs while I force air in and out of my lungs.
“Breathe,” I whisper to myself. “Breathe, Bailey. It’s okay.”



Author Kelly Oram Kelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen--a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which her family and friends still tease her. She's obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and likes to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, four children, and her cat, Mr. Darcy.


   

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Over the Moon (Gold Valley Romance Book 5) by Liz Isaacson


Can Caleb and Holly navigate their rocky past to find their happily-ever-after?

Caleb Chamberlain has spent the last five years recovering from a horrible breakup, his alcoholism that stemmed from it, and the car accident that left him hospitalized. He’s finally on the right track in his life, and he’s found peace with being a cowboy at Horseshoe Home Ranch for the rest of his life.

Until Holly Gray, his twin brother’s ex-fiance mistakes him for Nathan. Caleb wasn’t around much when Nathan and Holly were an item, and it takes him a few minutes to figure out who she is, but definitely not that long to want to get to know her better. Holly’s back in Gold Valley to get the required veterinarian hours to apply for her graduate program.

When the herd at Horseshoe Home comes down with pneumonia, Caleb and Holly are forced to work together in close quarters. After checking with his brother, Caleb decides he wants to start something with Holly, despite her plans to leave town in eight months.

Holly’s over Nathan, but she hasn't forgiven him—or the woman she believes broke up their relationship. As she and Caleb get to know one another better, she’ll have to figure out if she's really in love with Caleb—or the memory of Nathan—and how to forgive everyone she hasn’t. Can Caleb and Holly navigate such a rough past to find their happily-ever-after?


Happy release day to this new book by Liz Isaacson!  This book is part of the Gold Valley Romance Series but it can stand alone.  If you love a good ranch setting with cowboys, this may be the book for you.  :)  Liz Isaacson does cowboys well!

Caleb was an impressive guy.  He has fought his way back to sobriety and a steady, hard working life.  Once Caleb decides he's in, he's in.  I loved that.  It's like this is his second chance at life and he knows what he wants.

Holly wasn't my favorite character but she had some redeeming qualities.  She was braver than I think I would be in the face of a church and town filled with people who are against her.

There were some good moments between Caleb an Holly and while this isn't my favorite book by Liz Isaacson, it was enjoyable.  It was easy to settle into and gave me that shot of Happily Ever After that I'm always looking for.  Like an addict.  Ha.

Content:  Clean, some kissing

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

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Falling for June (Falling series #3) by Heather B. Moore


Once a year, June Dawson goes on vacation with her best friends from high school. When she arrives in Maui, she realizes she's the odd-woman out. With Sydney engaged, and Maria nearly so, June wonders if anyone will ever fall for her. Then June meets Lance, their gorgeous next door bungalow neighbor at the Maui resort, and she's definitely charmed. But after her recent breakup, June refuses to fall for gorgeous, or charming, again.


This is the third story in this three novella series.  You do not have to read them in order but you will probably enjoy the characters more if you do.

I loved the Hawaiian setting.  I wish I were there right now.  It sets up the perfect scenario for romance.  June doesn't have a very high self esteem thanks to a loser ex boyfriend, and she always feels less than what she perceives her friends to be.  She is so surprised when she finds Lance directing his smiles and gaze toward her.  

This is such a quick story- over before you know it but it was very romantic and sweet.  I wish it could have been longer because it seriously took me about a half hour to read.   I enjoyed it though and I think it's a great addition to this series.  I've loved all three of these books.  If you are looking for a quick, bite sized, romantic getaway, check out this series!

Content:  kissing


Friday, June 23, 2017

Greybrow Serpent (Silver and Orchids Book 2) by Shari L. Tapscott


The captain of the Greybrow Serpent is the last man Lucia’s willing to trust. But he’s the only one who can save her. 

Lucia’s dreamed of finding Avery for a solid two months. In every one of her fantasies, the dashing captain has been on the deadly end of her dagger. Unfortunately, their reunion is not all she hoped it would be. The captain is back, but he comes bearing news: the Duke of Mesilca holds a grudge, and he’s set a bounty on their heads.

Now Lucia’s running from bounty hunters, partnering with a man with the morals of a snake, and forcing Sebastian to court Adeline in a desperate attempt to keep the innocent seamstress safe.

Captain Greybrow is the only one with a solid plan, one that will take Lucia into the heart of forbidden, siren-inhabited waters. But after Avery’s betrayal, can Lucia find a way to trust him again? It won’t be easy, especially when it appears the captain has yet another hidden agenda.

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Oh!  Oh-ey, oh oh.  Eeeeeeep!  Ooo-eee.  

Yup.  I've been reduced to noises.  Those are lovey noises though, if you couldn't tell.  I LOVED this book.  I was so caught up in it- fully invested and watching the scenes unfold like a fantastic adventure movie in my head.  It's no secret that I love Shari Tapscott's writing.  It really settles in with me and as a reader, that feels fantastic.  Shari is an auto buy for me any and every time.

I first fell in love with Shari's Eldentimber Series.  That series is one of my favorites.  It's the perfect series for YA and adults alike.  It's clean and just so adventurous and fun.  If you haven't read any of these books, you really, really should.

And this new series?  Oh my.  I'm in.  One hundred percent in.  The first book (and prequel) were so good but this book?  More emotions come into play- more intense emotions.  Avery Greybrow was a key player in book one but took a somewhat secondary role to Lucia and Sebastian.  In this book, Avery becomes more of the focus while Sebastian takes a more behind the scenes role.  It's amazing to me how the author shifted my emotions and devotions in this book.  Crazy.  I was thinking about this book long after I finished it and I was sure wishing I didn't have to wait for the next book.  UGH!!  It definitely left me hanging, dangling, right over that cliff.  (which I don't like, really)  BUT.  I'll be desperate to get that next book in my hands!

This book is quite the adventure.  Adventure on the high seas.  It has fantastic pacing and like I said before, played out just like a movie in my head.  

Sigh.  I want to go read it again.  Right now.  

This series is on Kindle Unlimited if you have that!!  YAY!

Content:  some mild violence, peril.  Some kissing, mild innuendo.  Clean.

- I received a complimentary copy of this book but have also purchased my own copy.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Capture (Griffin Force #3) by Julie Coulter Bellon


Julian Bennet, head of Griffin Force, finally finds love with Zaya Altes, but the day he buys her an engagement ring, international terrorist Nazer al-Raimi abducts her. Getting her back consumes him, yet it takes nearly six months to find her. The daring mission to extract her from a hidden prison in Afghanistan is successful, but Zaya has suffered during captivity. Though she’s grateful to Julian for breaking her out, she wants nothing to do with him. Before he can show her how much he still loves her, Nazer finds them and vows revenge. Can Julian keep Zaya safe and still stop Nazer once and for all?

Zaya Altes nearly gave up hope of ever being rescued, but when Griffin Force finally finds her, returning to life is harder than she imagined. While her feelings for Julian are as strong as ever, she feels too broken to recapture what they once had. Instead, Zaya jumps at a chance to trap Nazer, wanting vengeance for what she’s endured. As the final showdown draws near, however, Zaya will have to make an unimaginable choice to let Nazer close to her again. But when a shocking web of betrayal is uncovered in their own ranks, their one chance to capture him is compromised. Julian and Zaya will put everything on the line, but can they survive this ultimate test and finally reach for their chance at happiness?


Julie Bellon is one of my favorite authors in the romantic suspense genre.  Well, she's one of my favorites period.  :)  I really love her military suspense books- they are full of action, danger and excellent characters that I just can't help but love.  This book is part of a series, but it can stand alone.  I would recommend reading the whole series though, it's worth it!

This book starts off with Zaya being held hostage by a terrorist organization.  She is tortured, starved and near death.  I know this is a fictional book but I also know that these things happen today and I am in awe of people who are brave enough to face these things or even the chance of these things when they go to work each day.  I would never survive it, but how grateful I am that there are people better than me.  Freedom is an amazing gift given by people that this book represents.

Anyway, back to the book.  Ha.  SO GOOD!  Zaya, brave and strong.  She holds on in horrific circumstances for so long, waiting to be rescued.  Julian is desperate to find Zaya, not only his teammate, but his love.  Julian is all things strong and good.  He fights for Zaya and tries so hard to provide her with everything he thinks she will need for her recovery.  I loved the dynamics of their relationship.  Watching Zaya come to terms with some of the things that happened and realize her limitations and her strengths were endearing.  I just loved her.

This book is full of action and suspense, but it's also full of moments where I have time to breathe and connect with the characters.  I wasn't tense the whole book.  The ending was explosive and so satisfying.

If you haven't read anything by Julie Bellon, you really need to.  She is a fantastic author and I'm always on the lookout for her next book. 

Content:  some violence, torture (but nothing too graphic), kissing

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

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

$100 Book Blast for Indigo Bay Sweet Romance Series


Escape to Indigo Bay…
Six authors. Six Sweet Romances. One small South Carolina beach town.


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  Sweet Dreams by Stacy Claflin Ever since her twin became a singing sensation, Sky Hampton has struggled to be appreciated for who she is—apart from her sister. She wards off Aspen’s fans, who beg for autographs and selfies everywhere Sky goes. She can’t even find a guy who likes her for her. Sky flees to the small coastal town of Indigo Bay in hopes of blending in and building her blossoming career. Jace Fisher is the textbook definition of the strong silent type—nobody can break through his tough exterior. He has suffered more than his fair share of tragedies, and to protect his shattered heart, he pushes everyone away. Jace spends his days fixing the Indigo Bay cottages, and his nights… nobody really knows. He keeps to himself. When Jace shows up to fix Sky’s AC, he barely notices her and she’s distracted with settling in. It takes an emergency situation to get them talking, and when they do, the two find they have more in common than first appeared. As their attraction grows, defenses soar. Will they be able to risk love when they’ve both been burned in the past?
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Sweet Matchmaker by Jean Oram Ginger McGinty hates liars. And she just married a spy. Bridal shop owner Ginger McGinty excels at matchmaking unless it’s for herself. That is, until she meets the dreamy Aussie who helps her get into an event meant for engaged couples. Logan Stone is sweet, caring, thoughtful and fun—everything she desires in a man. But it turns out, her new fake fiancé could use a bit more than just a pretend engagement to get him into parties—he needs a quick marriage keep him in the country so he can be with his adopted special needs daughter. With a marriage of convenience pro-con list longer than the average wedding veil, Ginger puts her faith in romance and offers Logan her hand in return for one thing—no lies. But little does she know, almost everything she knows about her new husband is based on a lie. Everything except his kisses and the way he accidentally spills his soul whenever they meet. And that’s quickly becoming a problem for Logan Stone who depends on distance and deceit to keep civilians such as Ginger safe from his enemy’s clutches. Will the two find love in their marriage of convenience, or will everything break apart when the truth rises to the surface, shattering everything, including their trust?
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Sweet Sunrise by Kay Correll Sometimes life has a way of teaching lessons whether you’re ready to learn them or not… The last place on earth Will Layton wants to be is Indigo Bay, but his younger sister needs him and he’s never been able to say no to her. But she left out a few details… like their father staying with her and the girl who dumped him years ago is living right next door. The last person Dr. Ashley Harden thought she’d see in Indigo Bay is Will Layton, but he’s back in town and just as irresistible as when they were young. Seeing Will again is a complication that isn’t on her carefully mapped out life plan. In spite of Ashley’s best intentions, she starts falling for Will again, but nothing has changed. She’s still focused on getting the townspeople to accept her and see her as more than the girl from the wrong side of town, while Will is determined to guard his heart at any cost. Not the easiest road to true love… especially when secrets from the past are revealed and history threatens to repeat itself.
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Sweet Illusions by Jeanette Lewis Eva Malone was very young when her mother forced the family to join a violent doomsday cult, but she remembers a little about how normal life used to be. As a young woman, she escapes the cult and relocates to Indigo Bay, South Carolina to pursue her dream of peaceful anonymity. After several tumultuous years as a policeman in Atlanta, Ben Andrews has had enough. He returns home to Indigo Bay and joins the Indigo Bay PD, where the most exciting part of the job is getting a kitten out of a tree or rescuing tourists who lose their keys at the beach. Eva and Ben are immediately drawn to each other. But as the prophesied date of the apocalypse draws near and the cult steps up its efforts to find her, Eva realizes she can’t maintain her sweet illusion forever.
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Sweet Regrets by Jennifer Peel Melanie Dixon never thought she would find herself divorced, pregnant, and living back with her parents in Indigo Bay. Not one to let misfortune get the best of her, she picks up the broken pieces of her life and bit by bit puts them back together. She’s determined to go it alone, but her loving and equally determined family and friends have another idea. Enter Declan Shaw, the boy next door from long ago. The boy she wasn’t quite ready to commit forever to at eighteen. Back in Indigo Bay due to a recent job promotion, Declan sees this as a second chance to reunite with the girl who has owned his heart since the day they met in their junior year of high school. But Melanie is a tougher sell on the idea than he thought she would be. Now it’s up to him to prove to Melanie that she can trust him with her heart and that he’s the man she and her baby deserve. Will the regret and hurt of the past win out? Or will love prevail?
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Sweet Rendezvous by Danielle Stewart On her last tank of gas Elaine Mathews drives South. Spontaneity had never been her strength, but there was something about being publicly fired that had a way of changing things. An empty bank account, broken heart, and enough humiliation to last a life time was all Elaine could claim as her own. Her car choked to a stop in the quiet beach town of Indigo Bay and all she could do was sit on the curb and wait for the sun to set on her misery. Davis Mills has a routine. Wake. Work. Eat. Sleep. Repeat. It hadn’t always been that way. He’d left indigo bay once and returned a broken man. Now he kept his dreams small and his schedule tight. If there was no room in his life for anything new then he’d never repeat his mistakes. When fate has them, quite literally colliding Elaine and Davis are faced with an important question. Can you live a full life if you never take a risk? Or is life made up of every mistake, miracle and chance that comes with being in love?
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The Ghost of You and Me $50 Book Blast

 

The Ghost of You and Me by Kelly Oram How do you tell someone who hates you and blames you for the death of his best friend that you miss him? From the bestselling teen and young adult author of Cinder & Ella comes a new heart-wrenching romance sure to bring all the feels. The tragic death of Spencer Schott unravels the lives of the two people he loved most—his girlfriend, Bailey, and his best friend, Wes. Secrets and guilt from that fateful night keep both Bailey and Wes from overcoming Spencer’s loss and moving on with their lives. Now, nearly a year later, both Bailey and Wes are still so broken over what happened that Spencer can’t find peace in the afterlife. In order to put his soul to rest, he’s given one chance to come back and set things right...even if that means setting up his girlfriend with his best friend. With the emotional resonance of Jellicoe Road and the magical realism of The Lovely Bones, The Ghost of You and Me is a story about overcoming grief, finding redemption for past mistakes, and the healing power of friendship and love. Fans of John Green, Sarah Dessen, and Nicholas Sparks are sure to love this haunting new tale from Kelly Oram. This is a clean young adult romance stand alone novel that reads like contemporary drama romance and has just a touch of magical realism.

 






Author Kelly Oram Kelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen--a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which her family and friends still tease her. She's obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and likes to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, four children, and her cat, Mr. Darcy.
   
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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Mormon Girl: Incognito by Kari Iroz + $25 and Book Giveaway!


Hilarious heroine Jacklyn Wyatt is back—this time in a dicey Vegas adventure! Jacklyn “Jack” Wyatt is just your average Mormon girl—other than her brief stint with the FBI, her subsequent brush with death, and her dreamy boyfriend, Special Agent Damon Wade. But in the eight months since she helped save a kidnapping victim, Jack’s life has returned to its mostly stagnant state. She’s still trapped in a dead-end job, and even her relationship seems to be stuck in a rut. These days, adventures are few and far between. So when Damon heads to Las Vegas on assignment, Jack sees the perfect opportunity to surprise her boyfriend and rekindle the spark in their relationship. But the surprise is on her: she has just landed herself in the middle of a high-stakes operation involving Russian criminals. Unwittingly drawn undercover once more, Jack is all too aware that the survival of Damon and his associates depends on the success of her charade. In the unfamiliar world of luxurious limos, exclusive nightclubs, and gambling, Jack must convince the high-rolling hustlers that she is a terrifying international arms dealer. If only she knew anything about poker. Or guns . . .


Ooh, I really loved this book!  It was so engaging and had the perfect balance of suspense, action and romance.  There is a book before this one ( A Date with Danger) and I didn't read it but that didn't seem to hinder how much I enjoyed this book.  There were plenty of references to what happened in the first book so I think I have the general idea of what happened.  I didn't really feel lost at all but now I may just have to go back and read it so I know the whole story!

Jack and Damon are fun characters.  I smiled at their interactions and how they grew in intensity throughout the book.  The ending was explosive and crazy!  So good!

I'm so glad I am on the tour for this book (and sorry I missed the last one!)  This is an author now on my radar and I can't wait to see what comes next!

This is an LDS fiction book so thing specific to that religion are in this book.  The characters are LDS and talk of religion but nothing overly preachy.

Content:  mild violence, kissing, setting in Vegas (drugs, alcohol, gun dealers, hit men)  


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Monday, June 19, 2017

Onboard for Love (Billionaire Beach Romance) by Cami Checketts


Alicia Noir believes her ex-husband's race car is more important to him than his family. When their eight-year old son pulls them into the cruise vacation of a lifetime, she has to find a way to resist Trav's charm, his well-formed chest, and especially his unending kindness. Will vacation reignite their love or is their romance destined to crash and burn for the final time?


Cami Checketts specializes in sweet, romantic stories.  I feel like she writes them just for me- because if I am in the mood for some feel good romance, Cami is an author I look to.  She makes reading effortless and easy- the perfect diversion.

I think this book is my favorite of Cami's most recent.  I loved Trav, his kindness, his sincerity and his persistence.  He really wants to understand Alicia and fix whatever went wrong.  Did I mention he is kind?  Kindness is really so sexy.  I really just loved Trav.  

When you add in an energetic eight year old boy, a cruise through the Caribbean and all kinds of misunderstandings- well, it's the perfect set up for romance with a side of frustrating hair pulling!  But all's well that ends well and this one ended SO well.  It made me happy!

You can pick this on up on Kindle Unlimited if you have that.  I LOVE Kindle Unlimited!

Content:  clean, kissing


Friday, June 16, 2017

Never Trust The Rain (A Destined for Love Romance) by Laura D. Bastian


When Ami goes to help her sister with a new baby in Scotland, she never imagined she’d fall for the hot Scot that came to rescue her from the airport when the baby comes a few weeks early.

Duncan’s always been willing to help his American co-worker adjust to life in Edinburgh, but when he’s sent to retrieve the guy’s sister-in-law from the airport, he didn’t expect to want to spend more time with her than just the short drive.

As they spend time together, their feelings grow, but can either of them agree to give up the life they know for the chance of a life together?


This is the last book in the Destined for Love Romance Europe series.  What fun this series has been!  I've loved it.  These authors are great and the stories are full of romance and happy sighs.

In this book we get to go to Scotland!!  I've always wanted to go there- yet another place to add to the long list of places I want to travel to.  (It's almost as long as my TBR list!)  Duncan is a fantastic male lead- funny and full of fun.  This is a book I wish I could listen to because Duncan's Scottish brogue would for sure make me swoon! 

What a fantastic gift to Ami that it was Duncan that showed up at the airport to fetch her!  He became her own personal tour guide and filled her days with adventure and fun.  Ami is sweet girl with a positive outlook on life but she sure was dense there at the end.  Poor Duncan tried so very hard to get her to see how serious he was about continuing their relationship, but Ami was so set in her mind.  I loved the ending and I pretty much loved Duncan too.  He was the rock star of this book!

This is a book and a series I would highly recommend if you are a fan of clean romance.  It's a great chance to read several different authors and explore Europe!  If you have Kindle Unlimited, you can pick them up there!

Books in the Destined for Love: Europe collection
— Desperately Seeking Mr. Right by Sally Johnson
— Meet Me At Sunrise by Lucinda Whitney
— 12 Days to Love by Lisa Swinton
— Kiss Me in the Moonlight by Lindzee Armstrong
— Never Trust the Rain by Laura D. Bastian

Content:  Clean, some kissing

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

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Petals by Laurisa White Reyes


On Christmas Eve, a horrific car accident leaves Carly Perez without a mom. After a year of surgeries and counseling, Carly’s life is nearly back to normal—except for the monsters—vague, twisted images from the accident that plague her dreams. When her father insists on spending their first Christmas alone in Guatemala with a slew of relatives Carly has never met, she is far from thrilled, but she reluctantly boards the plane anyway.

That’s where she first spots the man with the scarred face. She could swear she has seen him before. But when? Where?

In Reu, the Guatemalan town where her father grew up, Carly meets Miguel, her attractive step-cousin, and thinks maybe vacation won’t be a total waste after all. Though she is drawn to him, Carly’s past holds her back—memories that refuse to be forgotten, and a secret about the accident that remains buried in her subconscious. And everywhere she turns, the man with the scarred face is there, driving that unwelcome secret to the surface.

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This book was not quite what I was expecting. It surprised me a bit- in a good way. I found the story and the setting very interesting. Carly is obviously struggling with a lot of residual emotional and physical damage from the car accident that took her mother's life. Nearly a year later, Carly's dad takes her to Guatemala to reconnect with his family-people Carly has never met- in the hopes of helping her and distracting her from the anniversary of what is coming.

Carly isn't always kind- on top of struggling mentally and emotionally, she is a typical teenager. That came shining through. Brought to a place completely foreign to her, she struggles with understanding the language and the customs. Luckily love is a universal language and Carly is surrounded by people who speak love to her daily. Her perspective begins to change and she begins to reflect love back.

The book takes on an almost desperate feel toward the end and I just couldn't put it down. It was emotional and engaging. I'll be looking for more books by this author to read.

Content: clean

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


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Sweet Regrets (Indigo Bay Sweet Romance #5) by Jennifer Peel


Melanie Dixon never thought she would find herself divorced, pregnant, and living back with her parents in Indigo Bay. Not one to let misfortune get the best of her, she picks up the broken pieces of her life and bit by bit puts them back together. She’s determined to go it alone, but her loving and equally determined family and friends have another idea.

Enter Declan Shaw, the boy next door from long ago. The boy she wasn’t quite ready to commit forever to at eighteen. Back in Indigo Bay due to a recent job promotion, Declan sees this as a second chance to reunite with the girl who has owned his heart since the day they met in their junior year of high school. But Melanie is a tougher sell on the idea than he thought she would be. Now it’s up to him to prove to Melanie that she can trust him with her heart and that he’s the man she and her baby deserve.

Will the regret and hurt of the past win out? Or will love prevail?

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Oh my goodness.  Declan Shaw!!!  I think I just found my new book boyfriend.  Because hello?  Who wouldn't want a man like him?  He's lovin' on Melanie full on pregnant and making her feel beautiful and desired.  He is a stand up kind of man, working hard and going out of his way to prove that he is the kind of man that will love Melanie and her baby forever.  Swoony.  

There is something about second chance at first love stories, especially with the boy next door.  Although I'm sure that any book with Declan Shaw would be drool worthy.  I'm sorry.  I think I'm just not going to get past the whole Declan thing in this review.  

I read a book a few days after this one and the character's name was Duncan and I kept thinking in my head Declan.  Ha.  

It's no secret that I LOVE Jennifer Peel and her books.  Anytime, any day.  Read.  Re-read.  New books from her are my favorite things.  Right up there with chocolate, lemonade and sunshine.  This book is part of the Indigo Bay series (a series of books, set in the same small coastal town, written by different authors) and I feel like she knocked it out of the park with this one because, well, DECLAN.  :)  And now I'm right back where I began.  Full circle.  Declan Shaw.  💗

Content:  kissing, mention of an affair

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

Monday, June 12, 2017

Kiss Me in the Moonlight (A Destined for Love Romance) by Lindzee Armstrong


When Paige’s mysterious and attractive boyfriend dumps her in an email, she decides that chaperoning hormonal teenagers on a once-in-a-lifetime trip is the perfect way to cope. Surely a summer in Europe will heal her battered heart. Best of all, she’ll get to visit the historical sites she’s spent a lifetime studying on someone else’s dime.

Nick's life is in free fall. Being an undercover agent has never been easy, but lately the price has been too high. He’s just dumped the love of his life for a secret European mission that resulted in the death of his best friend. Nick can’t shake the feeling that there’s a rat at the agency, and he’s determined to track him down.

When Nick and Paige end up spending the summer together as colleagues, it’s more than either bargained for. Sparks fly as they reconnect, and secrets become harder and harder to keep. Paige is determined to get answers about their breakup, and Nick is eager for a second chance. But as the investigation into his partner’s death heats up, one kiss in the moonlight changes everything.


I've been reading all the books in this series and up today is one by one of my favorite authors, Lindzee Armstrong.  Each book in this series is written by a different author and is a stand alone novel.  The only connection the books have is that they are all set in Europe- and they are clean romances.  Lindzee changes things up a bit in hers by adding an element of suspense that I loved.  

Paige and Nick have a history.  Their previous relationship ended suddenly and in a bad way thanks to Nick.  Paige was left heartbroken and full of questions.  When Nick turns up unexpectedly on a summer job with Paige, she is dumbfounded.  And angry.  Nick wants to reconnect- he wants a second chance and he's working hard to get it.  Sparks fly!  

I love second chance at love stories.  I loved how sparky this book was and how the element of suspense kept me on my toes and wondering.  Paige and Nick were both great and I was rooting for them from the very beginning.  This was such a fun story and a great addition to this series.  

Look for my review of the last book in this series, Never Trust the Rain on Friday!

Content:  Some mild violence, kissing

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

Books in the Destined for Love: Europe collection
— Desperately Seeking Mr. Right by Sally Johnson
— Meet Me At Sunrise by Lucinda Whitney
—12 Days to Love by Lisa Swinton
— Kiss Me in the Moonlight by Lindzee Armstrong
— Never Trust the Rain by Laura D. Bastian


Friday, June 9, 2017

Romancing Daphne (The Lancaster Family #3) by Sarah M. Eden + $25 and Book Giveaway!!


As her first London Season looms before her, the thought of the impending social whirl fills Daphne Lancaster's timid heart with dread. She hasn't her sisters beauty nor their talent for conversing easily. Even her family's enviable connections may not be enough to prevent disaster.

But Daphne's misery turns to surprised delight when the first event of her Season brings an unexpected visitor to her door—James Tilburn, whose tender kindness stole her heart in her youth. When the handsome young gentleman expresses his desire to court her, Daphne is elated. Their feelings for each other quickly grow, and it appears that, much to Daphne s disbelief, her happily ever after is within reach.

Yet nothing is as it seems. The couple finds themselves caught in a tangled web of greed and deceit, leaving James and Daphne to determine whether they are willing to risk everything for true love.


There is nothing quite like the anticipation of a new Sarah Eden book.  I usually get books well before I will be reading them so they sit there, taunting me with the awesome I know is inside but can't have just yet.  But when I finally get to pick it up?  It's like Christmas! 

Sarah Eden will always be a must read, go-to author for me.  I love her books.  She has such a gentle way of weaving a story together.  Her characters are flawed, with insecurities and mistakes which make them human and so very endearing.  This book is no exception to that.  It was exactly what I've come to expect from Sarah Eden and I was simply in love with Daphne and James.  

It was so good to see characters from previous books.  It adds to that feeling of coming home.  This is the third book in this particular series but you don't need to read the previous books to enjoy this one.  It would just add to your connection of secondary characters- mainly Daphne's sister and brother in law.

I loved this book.  It was perfect.  

Content:  clean

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



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