Saturday, November 17, 2018

Wait for Me (Montana Rescue #6) by Susan May Warren

Pete Brooks can't believe he's waited an entire year for Jess Tagg to return to Montana, only to have her break his heart by getting engaged to her ex-fiancé. Worse, a series of mistakes on the job have cost lives, and Pete isn't sure he wants to continue to work in Search and Rescue. Maybe if he can just get over Jess, he can figure out how to move forward.

EMT Jess Tagg has returned to Montana to finally give her heart to Pete, but it seems he's no longer interested. When a terrible fight between them sparks an impulsive decision, she finds herself crashed on the side of a highway along with Esme Shaw. And just when she thinks things couldn't get any worse, she and Esme are taken captive and into the untamed Montana wilderness—with murderous intent.

Now Pete and the other PEAK Rescue Team members are in a race against time, the elements, and the actions of a vengeful man. Pete will have to use everything he's learned to find Jess and Esme—and pray that his past mistakes don't cost him the life of the woman he can't stop loving.

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Susan May Warren is one of those author that I am always following- watching and waiting for a new book to snag up.  She has such a way of writing characters and situations that keep me invested and interested from beginning to end.  I love the added elements of suspense and adventure that fill up my mind and keep me on the edge of my seat.  Every book, every series by this author is so good!

I have been waiting for this book with anticipation and bit of dread too.  It's the last book in this series which is awesome because all those loose ends were tied up nicely.  I have been looking forward to the resolution I knew this book would finally bring for the characters I've been attaching myself to in every book.  That felt really good.  The dread comes from knowing this series is officially over and now I have to leave these friends behind.  BUT.  I know there will be something equally great coming because this author and I can't wait to see what it is!

I would highly recommend reading this series in order.  You will be utterly lost if you don't. Each book revolves around multiple people who's stories build throughout each book progressively.  

Content:  peril, some violence, kissing, Christian Fiction

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

Friday, November 16, 2018

The Truth about Miss Ashbourne by Joanna Barker + $25 and Book Giveaway!

Governess Juliana Ashbourne has dreams reaching far beyond the confines of her current position, hoping to someday establish her own school for girls. When she inherits a fortune from her late grandfather, she is shocked to learn that “someday” may soon be within reach. However, there is one condition: she must spend a month at the estate of Havenfield—with the very family who disowned her mother. Intent on securing the money she needs to start her school, Juliana accepts the invitation, vowing to guard her heart against those who shunned her all her life. But Havenfield is far from what she expects. She discovers a grandmother seeking forgiveness, a cold and disapproving aunt, and a painfully shy cousin. And then there is Mr. William Rowley. Though the heir to the estate is a merciless tease, Juliana finds in him a friend and confidant—and perhaps something more. As she struggles to make sense of her new place in the world, her stubborn independence clashes with a yearning to belong and the even more confusing desires of her heart.

What a sweet regency romance!  I don't think I've read anything by this author before so it was a treat to find a new author in this genre to enjoy.

While the story here is quite predictable, it is also quite regency which definitely limits how far one can divert off that beaten path.  All the classic regency elements are present here from the divide in higher class and lower class, balls, gowns, proper etiquette, walking in gardens and the rare women trying to break out of the shell society has put them under (which is always my favorite part).

I kind of wish this story would have been told in third person or even a split first person point of view.  William is a character I felt like I wish I had a more intimate knowledge of.  He is a tease but also has a serious, loyal side.  I would love to have felt more from his point of view because I think he would have stolen the show for me.

Juliana has much to recommend her though.  I loved her passion for learning and teaching and how she wanted to change the way young girls were taught.  The rags to riches story felt like a fairy tale and the dancing bits were of my favorites in the book.

This was a good, solid regency romance and I enjoyed it very much.

Content:  kissing

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


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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The Risky Groom by Carly Morgan- Just $.99 Today!  

A football player and the woman who got away! How much would you bet on true love this holiday season? The generous and seriously hot, Dalton Ruff, wide receiver for the Denver Storm, has had a rough twenty-four hours. Spending time in jail with his teammates a week for Christmas wasn’t on his to do list. But after fellow player and good friend, Will Kent bets him that he can’t find, date, and kiss the woman who got away, he accepts the challenge. The beautiful and talented, Lydia Landon is newly relocated to the quaint town of Port St. Austen. The fact that it happens to be her ex boyfriend, Dalton’s, hometown doesn’t bother her at all, until she runs smack into his naked chest on the beach and then finds herself at his brother’s house having dinner with his family. When Dalton asks her to go out with him again, she tells him no because there’s NO way they could ever work out. But when he shows up to help out with the Christmas program she’s in charge of…she remembers how determined he is. After exploring a cave of sea creatures together, unexpectedly discovering the secret acts of service Dalton was doing for a family down on their luck, and finding herself being comforted in Dalton’s arms when she’s attacked by a dangerous stalker, Lydia can’t help but find herself falling for him all over again. Now they have to make a choice, let the problems of the past keep them apart or give the ultimate sacrifice and get everything they ever wanted.

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Praise for The Risky Groom This is a refreshing and thoughtful love story with characters that will just steal your heart and lift your spirits with their journey towards true love.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The Rancher's Redemption (Return of the Blackwell Brothers #3) by Melinda Curtis

His family committed a terrible wrong.

Ben Blackwell wants to make it right. The last time Ben saw Rachel Thompson was when her best friend left him at the altar. Now Rachel's suing the Blackwells over river water rights. Rachel's a triple threat--rancher, fellow attorney and single mom--and Ben's plan to win in court hits a snag when mutual attraction blooms. If he divulges a long-held secret, will his family forgive him? Will Rachel?

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This is the third installment in the Return of the Blackwell Brothers series.  I am really loving how each book is written by a different author so each brother has a distinct voice and personality.  The books have cross over appeal with familiar characters and a continuing story line.  I think these books should be read in order but I think each book can stand on it's own.  You will just enjoy them more if you read them in order.  

Ben is a man who feels the weight of guilt from past decisions.  He wants to own up to his mistakes and make things right for everyone involved, especially Rachel as they reconnect.  I could feel Ben's desires to be honorable and I could definitely feel Rachel's frazzled emotions as she tries to balance everything on her plate.  What I had a harder time feeling was the romantic connection between Ben and Rachel.  But, having said that, I still feel like both Ben and Rachel were believable characters with motives and desires that I cared about too.  I loved the addition of the sweet baby and how Ben was a champion with her.  That's enough to melt any mother's heart!

This is a great addition to this series and I'm really looking forward to the next book.  Things are building for quite the ending with these Blackwell brothers and their grandfather!

Content:  kissing

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

Friday, November 9, 2018

Fate & Fortune, Kismet & Karma by Robin Daniels + $50 Giveaway!

Fate & Fortune
(Fate & Fortune #1)
By Robin Daniels
YA Contemporary Romance, Duology
ebook, 279 Pages
September 20th 2018

Bryce has liked Paige since they were little but has never had the guts to act on his feelings. Paige is devastated over being dumped by her long-time boyfriend and can’t seem to move on. They’re stuck in a rut, until fate decides to pull them out.

Both Paige and Bryce are talked into seeing a fortune teller at the annual Summer’s End Carnival. Neither of them buys into the mysticism, until the psychic’s predictions start coming true. Now, the most bizarre things are happening and there isn’t a clear explanation. Each of them must figure out if they’re the subject of an elaborate hoax or a bigger plan forged by destiny.

*This book is part one of two. Books should be read sequentially.

Kismet & Karma
(Fate & Fortune #2)
By Robin Daniels
YA Contemporary Romance, Duology
ebook, 270 Pages
October 25th 2018

Bryce and Paige belong together, but they’ll never make it happen alone. When inspiration strikes in multiple ways, a friend decides it can’t be a coincidence; it’s a call to action. With a little luck, the help of fate, and the matchmaking plan of the century, Bryce and Paige just might get their happy ending.

You heard Paige and Bryce's version of the story in Fate & Fortune. Now join Eric, Amy, Cody, Kennedy and Genie to see how things really went down.

***This book completes the series. Book one can be read as a standalone, but book two cannot. Fate & Fortune should be read first.***

 How cute are these books?!  SO cute.  And what a clever idea by the author!  I loved everything about this two part book series.  The characters were so well defined and individual.  Their personalities were strong and I felt like I knew each one of them.  The whole story played out just like a movie in my head.  I LOVE when that happens.

 The first book is about Paige and Bryce.  Bryce has been loving Paige since he was little and has never acted on it.  The book is told in the alternating views of Bryce and Paige so we get a very clear view of both of their feelings and ideas.  There are some crazy things happening to them and it all seems to stem from a fortune teller at the fair.  It was so fun to watch Bryce seize the moment and hold on for all he's worth.  He and Paige are great characters.

BUT THEN, book two is about all the friends/siblings as they provide the back story of what was happening behind the scenes of book one.  It's hilarious.  There is so much going on in this book!  It was all so fun and entertaining.

I'm so glad I didn't read the blurbs for these books.  I loved the surprise it brought me as it all unfolded.  

Content:  some mild innuendo, talk of sex and waiting in general terms, kissing

- I received complimentary copies of these books.  All opinions expressed are my own.

About the Author

The most important thing to know about me is that I'm basically a sixteen-year-old trapped in an adult's body. It's why I feel such a great connection to all of my characters and why I love to write romantic comedy. The kid in me just wants to be goofy. Besides being a writer; I'm a wife, mother of five, volleyball enthusiast and home decorating guru. My list of favorites includes: reading, Christmas, pedicures, dessert, steak, Arizona winters and most importantly, Diet Coke.

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

The Gem Thief by Sian Ann Bessey + $25 and Book Giveaway

Gracie Miller is a small-town girl who has landed her dream job in New York City. As jewelry designer for one of the most prestigious jewelers in the world, she completed a particularly stunning piece, a custom setting for a large pink diamond. But when her billionaire client Mrs. Katsaros comes to repair a minor issue with the setting, Gracie is horrified to realize it is not the ring she created. Someone has forged her design, and the priceless diamond is gone.

Mrs. Katsaros has no desire to bring media attention to the jewelry heist, so she recruits her nephew, Quinn, and his FBI agent friend, Steve, to do some sleuthing off the record. When they discover that the missing ring is just one of many forgeries in the widow's collection, they look to Gracie for help. They need her to act the part of Quinn's fiancĂ©e. From the lights of New York to the shimmering islands of the Mediterranean, Gracie is swept into a thrilling hunt. But amid the search for the elusive thief, she and Quinn find themselves increasingly distracted by their growing feelings for each other. What neither realizes is how close the danger lies and how serious the vendetta is—because, apparently, it is worth killing for.

I actually did a video for this book.  Which you can find HERE.   I guess the video is less about the story and more about the actual book, but still.  I call the video The BEST Cover because I wanted to show it to you instead of just talk about it.  This cover is a very good reason for loving print books.

For the official written review, I enjoyed this book.  The story was a good blend of mystery, characters and travel (which I love in books).  I really want to go to Greece some day but not on a cruise ship.  Because I get sick.

The story has great build up, slowly and steadily increasing until that pow moment at the end.  It was fun!

Content:  clean, kissing, mild violence

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


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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The Betting Groom by Taylor Hart- Just $.99!

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How much would you bet on true love this holiday season?

After getting caught in a media frenzy at a charity event, Will Kent, Quarterback for the Denver Storm and five of his buddies found themselves in jail—with no one coming for them. After bemoaning their situation, Will challenges the guys to a Christmas Bet to find the woman they had always loved, the one who had gotten away…and kiss her by Christmas Eve.

Tara Lighthouse never would have expected to find herself barefoot, on a ledge, in the middle of a snowstorm. But the recent divorce and the pregnancy test made her feel hopeless. After saying a prayer, she is shocked when Will Kent shows up at her door. And even more shocked when he offers to hire her as his PR consultant for the next four days. After playing Mr. and Mrs. Claus, buying Christmas for a bunch of children, skiing, and spilling secrets, both of them recognize something magic is happening between them. When the truth comes out, they are left with a choice: forgive or walk away from the only love they’ve ever wanted.  

  From the Author Oh man, I can't even tell you how much I love Will! Not only is he fun, loving and generous-he's also...good. Really good. He has a depth that most people don't see in him because he keeps it hidden. And the love he has for Tara is inspiring! Cheers- Taylor


  Praise from Readers Such a great story! She turned him down once but will she give him a second chance? Sweet romance at it's best. I’m rarely surprised by a Taylor Hart book because they are nearly always good...but this one took me by surprise...because it’s pure gold!

Another Kent brother bites the dust in this 2nd chance love story. A sweet story of finding your HEA with your one true love. As someone who has loved, lost, and loved again, it's so nice to have stories that inspire the hope for those of us who have relationships that have ended in loss.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Lies, Love, and Breakfast at Tiffany's by Julie Wright

The Lie
Women in Hollywood are just pretty faces. But Silvia Bradshaw knows that’s a lie, and she’s ready to be treated as an equal and prove her worth as one of Hollywood’s newest film editors.
The Love
She and Ben Mason had worked together as editors before Silvia got her big break, so he’s the perfect person to ask for feedback on her first major film. But even as their friendship begins to blossom into something more, a lawsuit surfaces, jeopardizing both Ben and Silvia’s jobs—as well as their fledgling romance. Audrey Hepburn once said: “The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it’s all that matters.” Silvia agrees. Or she used to. It’s one thing to risk her job and her heart, but can she really risk Ben’s, too? Does she have the right to make decisions for her own happiness when they affect so many other people?
The Breakfast
With everything to lose, Silvia meets Ben for breakfast at his favorite diner, Tiffany’s, for one last conversation before the credits roll on true love.

What a fun book!  I love books with smart, witty and strong female characters and this book had a couple with Silvia and her grandma.  They both brought a smile to my face.

Silvia and Ben have history.  It's like a careful dance around each other without ever coming together for one reason or another.  It's comical and also a little maddening.  I loved the easy banter and movie quoting which reminded me of my kids.  They are always quoting lines from movies to see who will get it.  (I hardly ever do.)  Both Silvia and Ben are easy to like and easy to root for.

Silvia has a bit of a ocular handicap due to a childhood cancer that is a large part of her story but doesn't take over the story.  It definitely humanized her, gave her a hint of vulnerability, and maybe a dash of quirkiness.  Silvia's connection to Audrey Hepburn gave the story a unique feel, unlike any other story I've read.  I loved the quotes at the beginning of the chapters!

I guess I'll just end where I started.  What a fun book! 

Content:  kissing

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

Thursday, November 1, 2018

A Small Town Christmas (Four Irish Brothers Winery, #1) by Nan Reinhardt + Giveaway!

A Small Town Christmas
(Four Irish Brothers Winery #1)
By Nan Reinhardt
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 185 Pages
October 29th 2018 by Tule Publishing

Winemaker and single father Conor Flaherty is determined to make this Christmas holiday special for his daughter even though his family’s winery, Four Irish Brothers, is facing some challenges.

High-octane Chicago attorney Samantha Hayes is looking forward to some delicious food, fine wine, small town charm, and a break from her hectic big city life when she agrees to do a favor for her boss and help his younger brother with a lawsuit that’s been slapped on his family’s historic winery in River’s Edge. She’s not expecting that her sexy new client will have a smile that will melt her heart and remind her that there’s more to life than work.

Sam falls hard for Conor, his daughter and the small, friendly town, but can she trust her instincts and risk her heart? Sam hasn’t seen a lot of happy-ever-afters in her life, but Conor and the magic of Christmas make her want to believe.

This is the first book I have ever read by this author and what a treat!  I loved the small town feel to this book.  It really captured all the familial charm, especially with the Christmas background.  There were a lot of secondary characters in this book but I never felt overwhelmed with keeping them straight which is a credit to the author.

Sam and Conor are both likable characters.  I loved their chemistry and growing attraction throughout the book.  Conor is confident and so into Sam.  His course remains steady throughout the whole book.  I loved that.

This book is the first in a new series by this author and I'm really looking forward to reading the next books about the brothers!

Content:  kissing that gets steamy, mild swearing, profanity.

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

About the Author

Nan Reinhardt is a USA Today-bestselling author of romantic fiction for women in their prime. Yeah, women still fall in love and have sex, even after 45! Imagine! She is a wife, a mom, a mother-in-law, and a grandmother. Nan has been a copyeditor and proofreader for over 25 years, and currently works on romantic fiction titles for a variety of clients, including Avon Books, St. Martin’s Press, Kensington Books, Tule Publishing, and Entangled Publishing, as well as for many indie authors.

Although she loves her life as an editor, writing is Nan’s first and most enduring passion. She can’t remember a time in her life when she wasn’t writing—she wrote her first romance novel at the age of ten, a love story between the most sophisticated person she knew at the time, her older sister (who was in high school and had a driver’s license!), and a member of Herman’s Hermits. If you remember who they are, you are Nan’s audience! Her latest novel, A Small Town Christmas, which is the first book in the Four Irish Brothers Winery series from Tule Publishing, releases on October 29, 2018.

Visit Nan’s website at, where you’ll find links to all her books as well as blogs about writing, being a Baby Boomer, and aging gracefully…mostly. Nan also blogs every sixth Wednesday at Word Wranglers, sharing the spotlight with five other romance authors and is a frequent contributor the RWA Contemporary Romance blog, and she contributes to the Romance University blog where she writes as Editor Nan.

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