Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Dance of Thieves (Dance of Thieves #1) by Mary E. Pearson


A new novel in the New York Times–bestselling Remnant Chronicles universe, in which a reformed thief and the young leader of an outlaw dynasty lock wits in a battle that may cost them their lives—and their hearts.

When the patriarch of the Ballenger empire dies, his son, Jase, becomes its new leader. Even nearby kingdoms bow to the strength of this outlaw family, who have always governed by their own rules. But a new era looms on the horizon, set in motion by a young queen, which makes her the target of the dynasty's resentment and anger.

At the same time, Kazi, a legendary former street thief, is sent by the queen to investigate transgressions against the new settlements. When Kazi arrives in the forbidding land of the Ballengers, she learns that there is more to Jase than she thought. As unexpected events spiral out of their control, bringing them intimately together, they continue to play a cat and mouse game of false moves and motives in order to fulfill their own secret missions.

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Have any of you read the Remnant Chronicles?  I fell in love with that series so of course I was so excited to see this new off shoot series.  The story has characters from the previous series and is set in the same place (ish) so things feel familiar, yet different.

Woosha, Kazi and Jase are two explosive people!  Determined, stubborn, fierce, loyal, dangerous.  They are the kind of people you want to have on your side.   As they play this cat and mouse game of control and secrets, they move closer together, then farther apart, then back together again.  It's quite the dance which makes the title of this book perfect.  

This story is full of intrigue, action, a little romance and always danger.  I loved that the story started out with a great forward momentum that didn't ever let up.  It was exciting and I loved it.  I cannot wait for the next book!!

Content:  violence, kissing, mild swearing, mild innuendo 

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

Monday, October 22, 2018

The Secretive Wife (More Than A Wife, #2) by Jennifer Peel


I have a famous secret, but it's not the biggest one I keep.

From an outside view, my life would be the definition of boring. I'm married to a landscaper, albeit a very attractive one, I drive an old cheap car, and I write articles for an online magazine. So, maybe I've been a constant fixture on the New York Times Best Sellers list for the last few years, but that secret is locked safely in my attic.

Here's a word of advice. If you want to keep a secret, don't tease your mother-in-law about what's in that attic, especially when her life goal is to save her son from you. Now that my famous secret is out, past acquaintances willing to do anything to get their own fifteen minutes of fame are lying to the media about me. But my biggest problem isn't the lies in the press, it's the truth I'm forced to face. The secret I've kept from everyone, even my husband, the man I love, the first person who made me feel like I belonged somewhere.

Now I have no other choice but to tell the truth and face my biggest fear, that Peter and I were never meant to be together and my secrets could take him away too.


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Hang on to your heart with this one friends, because Jennifer Peel once again delivers an emotionally gripping story of love, loss and forgiveness that you will not be able to let go of.  I am, even days later, still fully entrenched in the world of Delany and Peter.

This story is told in the first person and Delany's whirling emotions became mine so quickly.  She is witty, smart and handles difficult situations with humor and (most of the time) grace.  I really love her.  And Peter?  Yeah.  He's a rock star right along with Delany.  

This story was like a roller coaster of emotions.  The highs are high, the lows are low.  By the end of the book your hair will be a mess, your eyes will be watering and your heart will be pounding but you'll want to go right back and start it all over again.  That's how I felt.   I love books that make me feel something, with characters that I cannot help but root for.  That's why I am such a fan of Jennifer Peel's books.  She always delivers this.  Always.

My best recommendation? Get this book.  Grab a fan and some tissues. You will need them both.

Content:  Some innuendo and talk of intimate relations between a married couple with no details but it is a married couple so you know that sexual relations are a part of their marriage.  Mild swearing.

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

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Echo Ridge Romance Collection: Four Contemporary Christian Romances by Rachelle Christensen

Echo Ridge Romance Collection: Four Contemporary Christian Romances: Rachelle's Collection 


The Echo Ridge Romance Collection by Rachelle J. Christensen
Kindle Edition, 545 pages
Published October 10th 2018 by Peachwood Press 
Come back to Echo Ridge and delight in 4 contemporary romances from Award-winning and Bestselling author Rachelle J. Christensen! Each heartwarming, inspirational story is set in beautiful upstate New York. This box set includes bonus epilogues and a sneak peek of Rachelle's new book! Savor a recipe with each of the stories and come back for more.

HOPE FOR CHRISTMAS Anika Fletcher hates Christmas--its promises of good tidings and hope for the future are as tinseled as the ornaments on Kenworth's Hope Tree. Despite her feelings, Anika wants to maintain her daughter's faith in the magic of the season and gladly accepts a second job working with the handsome Carlos Rodriguez to restore Kenworth's old fashioned soda fountain. Carlos is no stranger to hard times and slowly shares his life of light and joy with Anika as they work together. Just as her fragile soul begins to feel hope again, an ill-timed act of charity changes everything. Anika isn't sure who she can trust or if hope is worth nurturing--especially at Christmas when it's easy to enjoy a kiss and believe love can last longer than the season.

THE KISS THIEF As the head librarian of the Echo Ridge Library, Britta Klein thrives on order and categorization. Unfortunately, the old church-turned-library is in desperate need of a renovation. The Harvest Hurrah fundraiser seems to be the answer, but plans keep going awry. With help from Milo Geissler, accomplished musician, piano tuner, and kiss thief, each catastrophe is narrowly avoided. When Milo goes to great lengths to help Britta find a key classic book, she begins to wonder if there is more to life than books and order. Can she allow this man who speaks the language of music to tune her heart to a new song? Welcome to Echo Ridge, New York where romance finds its way into the hearts and lives of the people who walk the streets of the close-knit community. NOTE TO READER: THIS VERSION of The Kiss Thief contains a BONUS EPILOGUE!

THE PRINCESS BRIDE OF RIODAN When a mysterious man offers to help Elise redecorate the old Bed & Breakfast, she gladly hands him a wallpaper steamer. After she discovers his true identity, she doesn’t know whether to curtsy or run and hide. Unfortunately, hiding isn’t an option because her heart is already tangled up with the handsome prince. At the same time, Elise’s old crush from high school wants a relationship and she’s forced to decide whether to chase after a fairy tale ending or stay grounded in reality.

COMING HOME TO LOVE Do you remember your first love? Have you ever wondered what would happen if you had a second chance to follow your heart? When Laney Richins left Echo Ridge, New York eight years ago, she vowed she’d never return, but life had other plans. Those plans included her cute little boy and a divorce, so Laney moved back home and started over. Working in the flower shop seems like the perfect plan until Billy Redford, the man she should have married shows up. Billy Redford’s heart was broken when his high school sweetheart turned her back on him and fled Echo Ridge for the big city lights. Running into Laney in Echo Ridge now brings up past feelings he thought were long gone. She’s prettier than ever, still seems to read his mind, and despite his protests ends up on the building and decorating committee with him for the Homecoming dance. Billy knows how to build just about anything, but he isn’t sure he knows how to mend a broken heart.




Friday, October 19, 2018

The Fearless Warrior: Navy SEAL Romances 2.0 by Kimberly Krey


When Jace moves in with Amy to protect her from a predator, romance blooms, and Amy wonders who will protect her heart.

Denver’s Average Amy does TV reviews for the latest trends, but when her name ends up on a human trafficking website, life feels anything but average. Especially when old crush turned hot Navy SEAL Jace Burns shows up at her door offering protection. Protection from who? What? And did she already mention hot?

Jace Burns is known for his fearless nature. He’s risked his life overseas, endured time as a prisoner of war, and was even presumed dead. Too bad all that goes out the window when he comes face to face with Amy Nelson. He hadn’t paid close attention to her in high school but he’s paying attention now.

While romantic sparks fly and the danger begins to grow, one question fills Amy’s mind: Are Jace’s feelings real, or is he using her to help take down the threat?

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 Ummmmm.  Yumma.  Yes.  

I think that right there is enough of a positive endorsement that you should read this book but I guess I'll try to drum up a few more complete sentences just in case you need more.

I loved that Jace and Amy have history.  They knew each other before, in high school, so their attraction wasn't something new.  It provided a fun starting point when they cross paths again.  Yay for zingy attraction and yummy kisses.  Jace just oozes manly strength, with the smarts to back it up.  He's playing for keeps and it's so attractive.

Also, the main character's name is Amy Nelson.  That's pretty much my name (first name spelled a little different, and before I was married, but still)  Every time I read it, it just felt so weird.  My name.  In my head.  But not me.  haha 

This is the perfect book to snatch up when you are looking for romantic "take me away" story.  The added bit of light suspense was bonus for me.  I loved it.

Content:  mild violence, human trafficking, kissing

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

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Breaking Jess by H.B. Moore

 

What do a crooked detective, an upstanding psychiatrist, and a teenager who can’t remember killing her parents all have in common? Nine years of lies.
He hid her away from society so she couldn’t turn him in. But, in the end, he couldn’t hide her forever. 


Review by Jaalah: 

Breaking Jess was such a good read from start to finish. I found myself hanging onto the words in suspense- waiting for the next discovery in this engaging mystery. I thought I knew from the beginning what was going to happen (I’m good at guessing the who-done-it), but when the big climax did roll around, I was completely satisfied to find an ending better than I expected. H. B. Moore did more than just the perfect mystery, however. Readers are also provided with a realistic tale, intriguing and complex characters, and a twist of love that seems tangible and complicated. Through the whole book, I found myself waiting on edge for what was going to happen next to Jess and Logan, and as things began to play out, my poor husband heard every detail. That’s what constitutes a good book when you can’t help but share the story.  

Content:  mild swearing, some violence, implied sexual situation with no details

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

Night at the Opera (An American Heiress Book 1) by Stacy Henrie + Win This Book!


When American heiress Gwen Barton aids an injured gentleman in an opera box in London, she shares a kiss with the stranger that changes her life. More determined than ever to be herself, in spite of the limp she’s sustained since childhood, she will marry for love and not a title. She also resolves to learn the identity of the man she helped—and kissed. Surely he can’t be the irritating Avery Winfield, though. But as circumstances continue to throw Gwen and Avery together, she begins to wonder if there is more to this man than she first thought.

While most of London only knows him as the nephew of a duke, Avery Winfield is actually working for the Secret Service Bureau to ferret out German spies from among the ton. It’s a profession that gives him purpose and a reason to remain a bachelor. But the more he interacts with Gwen Barton, an heiress from America, the more he begins to question his plans and neglected faith. Then he learns Gwen is the young lady from the opera box who helped him. Now his most important mission may have nothing to do with saving Britain from danger and everything to do with risking his heart for the woman he met that night at the opera.

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First I have to say that I really love this cover.  It feels so classy to me and is a great representation of what lies inside.

This book has the most excellent first meet between Gwen and Avery!  They can't even see each other clearly and they have no idea who they are meeting, but yum, is it good.  It set the tone for the whole book with the intrigue and mystery and I really loved it.

The characters felt solid in my mind, believable and so easy to like.  I was drawn to them from the very beginning.  As their interactions increased in frequency, the build up of emotions and mystery also increased.  It all felt very gentle but the arc was definitely there and I couldn't help but feel it.  I really loved the ending too.  It left me with all sorts of fuzzy, good feelings

Content:  mild peril, kissing

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

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Cover Reveal: Piper Prince by Amber Argyle


Piper Prince
Amber Argyle
(Forbidden Forest #2)
Publication date: April 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
All magic is light. If that light be darkened, shadow and punishment come.
Long ago, a curse fell upon the land—a curse of forgetting and wraiths, a curse that ensured no daughters were born to the pied pipers in over three centuries. The pipers were all that stood between the humanity and utter destruction, so they did the only thing they could: they stole the daughters of the nearby kingdom with their hypnotizing melodies. With the sons born from those unions, they continued to defend against the wraiths and fight the curse, even though they were slowly losing.
Larkin was one of those daughters. Stolen by Denan and married against her will, she found herself falling in love with the very man who had taken everything from her, the man who had made her a princess. Together, they discovered that she was the first woman in three centuries to possess the magic of the pipers, and therefore, the only person capable of breaking the ancient curse.
But breaking the curse means unraveling the very past the curse is intent on keeping secret. The answer lies buried in the crypts of the Black Druids, men who consider Larkin a traitor they’ll kill on sight. Embedded in the intrigues of their court, she unearths a dark conspiracy destined to hasten the destructive power of the curse—a conspiracy aimed at destroying her piper prince.


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Author Bio:
Bestselling author Amber Argyle writes young-adult fantasies where the main characters save the world (with varying degrees of success) and fall in love (with the enemy). Her award-winning books have been translated into numerous languages and praised by such authors as NYT bestsellers David Farland and Jennifer A. Nielsen.
Amber grew up on a cattle ranch and spent her formative years in the rodeo circuit and on the basketball court. She graduated cum laude from Utah State University with a degree in English and physical education, a husband, and a two-year-old. Since then, she and her husband have added two more children, which they are actively trying to transform from crazy small people into less-crazy larger people. She's fluent in all forms of sarcasm, loves hiking and traveling, and believes spiders should be relegated to horror novels where they belong.
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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The Rancher's Rescue (Return of the Blackwell Brothers #2) by Cari Lynn Webb


He isn’t home to stay

Until a mother-to-be changes his mind
Ethan Blackwell is back in Falcon Creek to save his family ranch after his grandfather disappears. When Grace Gardner reveals she’s pregnant with his child, she becomes Ethan’s top priority. But can he be the man he wants to be—preserving the Blackwell legacy and making a life with Grace—in a place he never planned to settle down?

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I am really loving this series!  Each book is about a different Blackwell brother and each book is written by a different author which gives the brothers distinct personalities.  There is continuity because each brother is entering the story at a different time for specific reasons so the story keeps growing and the characters from previous books remain as secondary characters.  It's so good!

Ethan has definite ideas about where he wants his life to be and it isn't at the Blackwell ranch.  He is stubborn and he fights so hard against anything and everything to do with staying there.  And then there is Grace, who wants nothing more than to stay right where she is forever.  Grace works so hard and is so dedicated to her family.  I really loved her.

I thought the story moved along at a good pace and I was interested and invested the whole time.  I'm so excited to read about the next brother!  That book is coming next month for me so stay tuned!  These books would make a fun TV series, I think.  

Content:  reference to intimate relations outside of marriage leading to pregnancy with no details.  Clean romance, some kissing.

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

Monday, October 15, 2018

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Tabitha's Folly (Regency House Party: Somerstone #5) by Jen Geigle Johnson + $25 Giveaway


Tabitha's Folly is one of Five books all set at the same Regency House Party Series. While each is a standalone story, watch our characters mingle together with others from the books in the series. The stories can be read in any order.

Lady Tabitha Easton recklessly dodges four over-protective brothers while trying to gain attention from the man who holds her heart. She has many choices of suitors, and with Henry as disinterested as ever, she turns to what is wholly forbidden, an irresistibly handsome footman. While their friendship grows, her trust in him increases while her hurt and doubt in her childhood love and friend pushes her away from all she's ever known as family.

When Lord Henry Courtenay discovers a new attraction to his childhood friend, his role as one of her chaperones at the house party becomes near impossible. Irrationally defensive about any potential suitors and seeking time alone with the enticing Tabby, maintaining friendship with her brothers proves more difficult than he ever imagined. His task becomes all the more difficult when she refuses to understand his growing attraction and often finds herself in almost compromising situations.

When Tabitha's choices might lead her to danger, and doubt and distrust are high, Henry must prove himself or lose her forever.

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How fun is this idea of five books by five different authors, all with characters set at the same Regency House Party?!  I must admit that I haven't read any of the other books, but I am anxious to now that I have read this one.  You can check out the whole series HERE.

Tabitha is definitely a sweet yet somewhat naive young lady.  She sometimes acts without thinking and that gets her into a wee bit of trouble.  With a whole brood of brothers trailing her around constantly, you would think trouble would be hard to come by but not for Tabitha.  Let's just say her fall into the river may have been her best bit of trouble!

This story is short and I was so surprised when I got to the end.  I wasn't quite ready for it to be over.   Very enjoyable!

Content:  mild peril, kissing

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

An award winning author, including the GOLD in Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards, Jen Geigle Johnson discovered her passion for England while kayaking on the Thames near London as a young teenager. 
She once greeted an ancient turtle under the water by grabbing her fin. She knows all about the sound a water-ski makes on glassy water and how to fall down steep moguls with grace. During a study break date in college, she sat on top of a jeep's roll bars up in the mountains and fell in love.  
 
Now, she loves to share bits of history that might otherwise be forgotten. Whether in Regency England, the French Revolution, or Colonial America, her romance novels are much like life is supposed to be: full of adventure. She is a member of the RWA, the SCBWI, and LDStorymakers. She is also the chair of the Lonestar.Ink writing conference. 
https://www.jengeiglejohnson.com

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The Cost of Betrayal (The Cost of Betrayal) by Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey, Lynette Eason


In Dee Henderson's novella "Betrayal," Janelle Roberts is freed--thanks to people she doesn't know--after serving six years of a twenty-year sentence for a murder she did not commit. But a murderer is still at large, and Janelle needs to be somewhere safe with someone she can trust. She may not survive another betrayal.

In Dani Pettrey's "Deadly Isle," Tennyson Kent is trapped on the isolated island of her childhood by a storm surge, and she is shocked when the typically idyllic community turns into the hunting grounds of a murderer. Cut off from any help from the mainland, will she and first love Callen Frost be able to identify and stop a killer bent on betrayal before they become the next victims?

In Lynette Eason's "Code of Ethics," trauma surgeon Ruthie St. John saves the life of Detective Isaac Martinez. After a betrayal leads to him getting shot and then attacked while in recovery, Isaac is now a key witness determined to testify. But someone is intent on silencing him--and those around him--forever. Together, Ruthie and Isaac go on the run, desperate to escape the killers hunting him.

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I am a fan of these three authors so I was giddy with anticipation when I got this book.  I love books with both romance and suspense which is what attracts me to these authors and their books over and over.

Of the three books, I would have to say that Dani Pettrey's was my favorite with Lynette Eason's a close second.  Both of these books had fantastic pacing and had my heart beating a little faster than normal.  I loved how they felt complete and full despite being a little bit shorter than usual novels.   I wasn't a fan of this story by Dee Henderson.  I felt like it was slow and there was so much missing.  The suspense was not there at all.  I'm not sure what happened there because I usually really love Dee Henderson's books.  I hope there will be more collections like this one!

Content:  Some Christian elements, violence (death), kissing

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

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Awakening Avery (Second Chance Romance #3) by Laurie L.C. Lewis


"You're depressed," the doctor declared.

"Ya think?" is author Avery Elkins Thompson's sarcastic response. She can’t pull out from the malaise that set in following her husband's untimely death, and her adult children fear they are losing her too.

She can't write, and questions about their father's death leave the family mired in pain. "We need a healing place," her oldest son tells her, suggesting she find it on Anna Maria Island, Florida, a former family vacation spot.

When Avery returns to Baltimore to sell the family's waterfront condo, she meets rodeo-ers-turned-real-estate-brokers Teddie and Rider Davis, and Avery's quiet life will never be the same again. The Davises help arrange a short-term house swap with widower Gabriel Carson from Anna Maria, whose overprotective parenting has resulted in two self-centered, twenty-something daughters. Avery and Gabriel are in for the summer of their lives as they step into one another's messy, complicated worlds.

Still, venturing out on her own again is challenging for Avery, whose experiences at the Ringling's magnificent Ca d'Zan mansion, and with the quirky characters she meets there, eventually awaken her to truths she desperately needs to remember—that God has not forgotten her, and as crazy as life can be, it is possible to laugh and love again.

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This book caught my interest initially because the main character in this book is of a more mature age.  Her children are adults and she is well into her life and career.  It felt like a good change up in reading for me.

Avery is a likeable person, a bit lost and still reeling after the death of her husband, but still moving.  Her children are a good addition to the story and a believable motivating factor in her desire to pull herself together and make those initial moves to change things.

This story felt like a real life soap opera of sorts.  There were a LOT of characters, each with their own challenges, intertwining into one story.  I sometimes felt overwhelmed with all the characters and found myself wishing I could just concentrate on feeling with a few of them verses looking in from the outside because I didn't have time to settle in fully with any of them.  Avery was the prominent character and the center of all the characters moving around her.  Her personal journey was gratifying to follow as she emerges from the depths of hurt and frustration to be joyful and fulfilled again.

 3/5 stars

Content:  kissing, heavy Christian elements 

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