Saturday, June 22, 2019

A Reluctant Bride (Bride Ships #1) by Jody Hedlund

After facing desperate heartache and loss, Mercy agrees to escape a bleak future in London and join a bride ship. Wealthy and titled, Joseph leaves home and takes to the sea as the ships surgeon to escape the pain of losing his family. He has no intention of settling down, but when Mercy becomes his assistant, they must fight against a forbidden love.

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I don't think I've ever read anything about the bride ships that came to Canada from England.  It doesn't necessarily surprise me that something like that happened but what does surprise me is the "how" of it all, I guess.  The author took many of the events of this book from actual accounts so the story was very true to what really happened.  I really love that because it gives me such a good feel for where the brides came from and how they may have felt and acted.  It was so interesting!  I love learning about lesser known events in history which would explain my love for historical fiction.

Mercy is such an awesome character.  Despite her horrible upbringing she embodies everything kind, gentle and compassionate.  I loved her almost instantly.  The author does such an incredible job of bringing the characters in this book to life.  They felt like real people with struggles and growth.  The growing intensity between Mercy and Joseph was fantastic.  I was completely caught up in it and invested every step of the way.

This is one of my favorite books this year, I think.  I have a handful of them now.  I can't wait to see what comes next in this series!

Content:  peril, mild violence, kissing

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

Thursday, June 20, 2019

The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay

Love, friendship, and family find a home at the Printed Letter Bookshop
One of Madeline Cullen’s happiest childhood memories is of working with her Aunt Maddie in the quaint and cozy Printed Letter Bookshop. But by the time Madeline inherits the shop nearly twenty years later, family troubles and her own bitter losses have hardened Madeline’s heart toward her once-treasured aunt—and the now struggling bookshop left in her care.

While Madeline intends to sell the shop as quickly as possible, the Printed Letter’s two employees have other ideas. Reeling from a recent divorce, Janet finds sanctuary within the books and within the decadent window displays she creates. Claire, though quieter than the acerbic Janet, feels equally drawn to the daily rhythms of the shop and its loyal clientele, finding a renewed purpose within its walls. When Madeline’s professional life takes an unexpected turn, and when a handsome gardener upends all her preconceived notions, she questions her plans and her heart. She begins to envision a new path for herself and for her aunt’s beloved shop—provided the women’s best combined efforts are not too little, too late. 

Believe it or not, this is my very first Katherine Reay book.  I am happy to say that I have two more of her books on my Kindle and I'm excited for the chance to read them.  This is her newest release and I think it was a great place for me to start.

I want to work in a bookshop.  I think that might be my dream job- to be surrounded by books all day, to talk about books all day, to help people find books that they love ALL DAY.  Seriously.  I wish bookshops weren't starting to feel like a thing of the past.  This book was all about that Painted Letter Bookshop and I loved it.  By the end of the book, it felt like home to not only Madeline, Claire and Janet, but to me as well.  I loved the book references and wished I knew more about some of the books spoken of.  I think I have a bit more reading to do!

The story starts off with a funeral and a very confused Madeline who later learns she has inherited all that her aunt has.  This sets Madeline on quite a journey as she has to not only navigate a store that is failing but the lives of everyone in connection with her aunt and her store.  This story revolves around Madeline and the two women who work at the bookshop.  Even though Aunt Maddie isn't there anymore, it really is all about her as well.  Her influence is woven into each woman.  It was a slow build of information but one I really enjoyed.  I was literally getting to know each woman in a very personal and intimate way.  Every woman will probably be able to find a bit of herself somewhere in at least one of these very different women.

This book isn't a romance.  It isn't especially bright and happy either.  These women are living real lives with real struggle and faults.  They excel at some things and struggle with other things.   Sometimes I felt the heaviness of it weighing me down but there was always a thread of hope to hang onto.  It took me a bit to become invested in these characters but by about halfway through, it was tough to put this book down.  I'm looking forward to reading more by this author.

Content:  some talk of God, praying, forgiveness.  Mention of affair, drinking alcohol.  

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


Monday, June 17, 2019

27 Ways to Find a Boyfriend by Shari L. Tapscott

If at first you don't succeed, keep going down the list...

I need you to know I’m not pathetic. A little desperate, sure. But not pathetic. And mostly I agreed to Jessa’s insane boyfriend-finding list idea because Carter was looking at me like it was the stupidest idea known to man, and I wanted to irk him.

Jessa’s guy-finding list is the stupidest idea known to man. The only reason Addison doesn’t have a boyfriend is because she’s the boss’s daughter, and none of the guys in our shop want to be fired.

Maybe if he hadn’t kissed me last weekend, I wouldn’t be thinking about him constantly. See there? This is his fault. If I need to use a list to find someone who will get him out of my head, then so be it.

Maybe if I hadn’t kissed her last weekend, the list wouldn’t bother me so much, but now I can’t get her out of my head. So I’m going to do the only thing a sane guy would do in my position. I’m going to sabotage the experiment…

Author’s note: 27 Ways to Find a Boyfriend is a steamy-clean adult romantic comedy with all the sizzle but no sex.

I had so much fun reading this book.  It made me happy!  The back and forth between Addison and Carter felt tangible and made my tummy flutter.  I loved the dual perspectives which really helped me connect with both characters in an intimate way.  

Carter and Addison have known each other for a long time.  Carter's sister is Addison's best friend.  Addison has been crushing on Carter for as long as she can remember and when he kisses her at a wedding, everything shifts for both of them.  But poor Carter knows that Addison's dad is crazy when it comes to her dating.  If he tries to date Addison, he will lose his job.  Poor Carter is so tortured.  

There are so many amusing situations in this book and boy, do I love to be amused.  There isn't anything terribly deep or trumatic which kept everything light and fun.  I loved how good it all felt.  😍

Content:  kissing

- I own my own copy of this book.  This book is on KU!

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Flirting With First (Belltown Six Pack #5) by Sophia Summers

Ryker Stone, one of the famed Belltown Six Pack loves what no one else notices in Trista McKinney. But when co-star and heart throb, Trevor Dayton, starts a social media campaign, competing for her attention, and Ryker’s baseball schedule and pressures amp up, Ryker lays it all on the line to win her over forever.

Trista McKinney doesn’t need winning. She’s been Ryker’s from the very beginning, but her movie’s production schedule and her dreams of one day winning an Oscar make it almost impossible for things to progress between the two.

With feelings high, both of their careers in the balance, can Trista and Ryker find a path to professional success without losing what they’ve found in each other?

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Yay!  Another Belltown Six Pack story!  I'm SO loving this series!!  I love the blue on white theme with this book cover- it's so attractive to me.  Like Ryker.  😍  I read this book right on the heels of Snatching the Catcher and Grizz who I think is still MY number one favorite but Ryker might hold a close second.  A VERY close second.

Ryker is cautious when it comes to Trista because of her profession and the media exposure she frequently receives but Trista is all in and has been since she first met Ryker.  She really wants to move forward with a relationship with him but between both of their  occupations and Ryker's hesitation, things are moving at a snail's pace.  Poor Trista was so frustrated!  I felt her longing and her increasing desire to be near Ryker.  She was practically begging Ryker to kiss her!

I love when Ryker decided he was all in.  It was such a good moment for me as a reader.  I just love all in moments.  I loved how Trista wanted to protect her growing relationship with Ryker.  I loved the "luck stone" and it played a part in the whole story.  Especially the ending.  πŸ’™

This book is part of the Belltown Six Pack series but can stand alone.  I would recommend reading them all though!  It's a fun bunch of books!

Content:  kissing

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

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Storm and Fury (The Harbinger #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Eighteen-year-old Trinity Marrow may be going blind, but she can see and communicate with ghosts and spirits. Her unique gift is part of a secret so dangerous that she’s been in hiding for years in an isolated compound fiercely guarded by Wardens—gargoyle shape-shifters who protect humankind from demons. If the demons discover the truth about Trinity, they’ll devour her, flesh and bone, to enhance their own powers.

When Wardens from another clan arrive with disturbing reports that something out there is killing both demons and Wardens, Trinity’s safe world implodes. Not the least because one of the outsiders is the most annoying and fascinating person she’s ever met. Zayne has secrets of his own that will upend her world yet again—but working together becomes imperative once demons breach the compound and Trinity’s secret comes to light. To save her family and maybe the world, she’ll have to put her trust in Zayne. But all bets are off as a supernatural war is unleashed…

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I was on the hunt for a good paranormal romance and I came across this book.  It sounded like just the kind of story I was looking for.  

The good:
This author really knows how to write an engaging story!  I was caught up right from the beginning.  The characters are distinct, strong and I really liked them.  There is a definite growing chemistry between Trinity and Zayne that I could feel.  Trinity's personal growth as she gains information was satisfying.  The author really gave a piece of herself to this story as she gave Trinity a degenerative eye disorder.  It is always awesome as a reader to have something so personal to an author represented in their stories.  It makes it human, relatable and I even learned something!

The hard:
I am more of a conservative reader so the excessive swearing was hard for me to swallow.  This is, I realize, a personal preference and not one everyone shares.  But for me, the swearing was just too much.  The other was the descriptive, might as well have been, sex scene.   Again, personal preference. 

I will not be coming back to this series for the hard reasons mentioned above but aside from those things, I really enjoyed the story.  It has an open ending so for those reading it, get ready for a wait before you get more of the story!  Oh, and I love the cover.

Content:  frequent swearing (including the F word, many times), profanity, descriptive sexual scene, kissing, innuendo

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

Monday, June 10, 2019

The Noble Guardian (The Bow Street Runners #3) by Michelle Griep

The must-read conclusion to Michelle Griep’s Bow Street Runners Trilogy: Life couldn’t be better for Abigail Gilbert—but it’s been a long time coming. Having lived with a family who hated her, love is finally within reach. Abby sets off on a journey across England to marry one of the most prestigious gentleman bachelors in the land—until highwaymen upset her plans and threaten her life.

Horse patrol captain Samuel Thatcher arrives just in time to save Abby. But to him she’s simply another victim in a job he’s come to despise. Tired of the dark side of humanity, he intends to buy land and retire.

Abby pleads with him to escort her on the rest of her journey. He refuses until she offers him the thing he desperately needs to achieve his goal: money. Delivering her safely will earn him more than enough to settle into a quiet life.

So begins an impossible trek for the cynical lawman and the proper lady. Each will be indelibly changed by the time they reach her betrothed, if they don’t kill one another first—or fall in love.

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Michelle Griep is an author whose books I love to read.  She has such a fantastic way of weaving a story- gently and gradually.  I can literally feel it building and growing.

This story started out slow for me and it took me a bit of time to become invested but it did happen.  I knew it would, I just had to be patient.   Samuel and Abby really do frustrate each other but through that they also find respect for each other.  From respect grows friendship and admiration.  I loved the natural progression of feelings between them.

There were plenty of external conflicts for Samuel and Abby.  For the most part it was the two of them against the conflicts.  They had to work together and I liked that a lot.   The ending was satisfying and I was grateful to reach a happy place.

Content:  some violence, peril.  Kissing.  Some talk of God and praying.

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

Friday, June 7, 2019

Now and Then and Always (Maple Valley #1) by Melissa Tagg

“It was just a house. Just a weathered old house in a hidden grove, shuttered and still . . . ”

Last year, after traumatic circumstances forced her from her job as a nanny, Mara Bristol finally found a place to belong—the winsome Everwood Bed & Breakfast at the edge of Maple Valley, Iowa. For months, she’s helped its owner, Lenora, maintain the ramshackle property despite their shortage of guests. But when Lenora fails to return from a month-long trip and the bank threatens foreclosure, Mara worries she’s once again alone . . . abandoned . . . about to lose the only true home she’s ever known.

Detective Marshall Hawkins is no closer to whole today than he was two years ago . . . the day his daughter died. Between his divorce, debilitating migraines, and a dependence on medication, his life is falling apart. And when a reckless decision on the job propels him into administrative leave, he has no other plan but to get in his truck and drive. A one-night stay at the Everwood was supposed to be just that. But there’s something about the old house—or maybe its intriguing caretaker—that pulls him in.

Together, Mara and Marshall set out to save the Everwood. But its secrets run deeper than they could’ve imagined. As they renovate the house and search for its missing owner, they’ll each confront the pain that brought them to the Everwood in the first place . . . and just maybe discover a faith and love to help them carry on.

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I've been so anxious to read this book!  Melissa Tagg is one of those consistently good authors that keep me coming back for more.  And this cover!  It is an awesome representation of significant part of this story.  I love the colors too.

This story is about two people, both broken from tragic and traumatic things in their lives, but still fighting to move forward.  Mara and Marshall are both characters that you root for, even in their darkest moments.  I was invested in their stories and in their ultimate peace and happiness.  As a reader, that is what I long for.  That emotional connection to the characters.

I loved the added bits of mystery/intrigue and the tiny bits of suspense.  It gave the story some added elemental life to balance out the emotional build up.  Everything unfolded brilliantly and kept me turning those pages because I just couldn't stop.  It was so good!

The secondary characters have me so interested!  I can't wait to see what is coming next!

Oh!  And don't forget to enter the author's giveaway in conjunction with this new release!

Content: mild peril, kissing, Christian elements (praying, forgiving, finding your way back to God)

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

Thursday, June 6, 2019

The Friend Zone by Sariah Wilson

Disgraced college quarterback Logan Hunt was on his way to NFL stardom when he messed up big-time. Now the Texas star player with a bad temper has a new option: Seattle’s EOL College—as in End of the Line, to his fellow misfit recruits. It’s Logan’s last chance. If he can follow the rules. No parties, no fighting, no swearing, and oh, no dating the coach’s daughter, Jess. Simple. Yeah, right. For Logan, there has never been a rule he’s more tempted to break.

The deal is “just friends.” The pretty, confident, and fiercely smart math whiz is fine with pizza, tutoring, and keeping Logan in line. But the closer Jess gets, the more receptive she is to his warm heart and spirit—not to mention his irresistible off-field passes. With defenses down, they’re both heading into the danger zone.

It’s more than thrilling. It’s love. It’s also a game changer that could sideline Logan’s NFL goals—and more important, a future with Jess. But dreams are worth fighting for, right?

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Oooooh friends, this book was so yummy.  I know that when I love a book it comes out mostly in the adjective "yummy" but I just cannot help myself.  That's because this book is so good I figuratively ate it up.  And I would literally eat it up if it were actually food.  Which it isn't.  But, it did have pizza and gelato in it.  πŸ˜€

This book was so much fun to read.  The dialogue was witty and flirty, the attraction and chemistry had an amazing build that became combustible.  Oh man, did it ever.  The explosions were worth waiting for.  😍πŸ”₯

There was depth and struggle for the characters and I love how they took the place in life they were in very seriously.  They trying to make good choices and live up to their potential.  Logan and Jess were easy to like and easy to root for.  I am really hoping that this is the start of a series that will include Bash!  He needs his own story!  I need more of him.

So yeah, my yummy siren is singing out loud and constantly with this book.  I would love to sit down and read it again right now because it made it me happy.  Sariah Wilson is so good at writing books that I love.  This one might be my favorite. (do I say that every time?!)  This book will be released on June 11th so pre-order it now!  I do believe it will also be on KU if you have that.

Content:  kissing, a couple make-out scenes, mention of child neglect and abuse, mention of date rape drug and almost rape with no details.

- I received a complimentary copy of this book but I have pre-ordered my own copy.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

The Heart of a Vicar (The Jonquil Brothers #6) by Sarah M. Eden + Win This Book!

Young love is all too fleeting, as Harold Jonquil painfully discovered years ago when Sarah Sarvol, the niece of a neighboring landowner, captured his heart. After an idyllic few weeks in the throes of blossoming love, reality intervened. They could have no future. Following their disastrous parting, Harold attempted to push aside thoughts of love and regret, but Sarah has never left his heart. Now, years later, he has achieved his lifelong aspiration of becoming the local vicar. However, the role proves more difficult than he imagined. He feels hollow and uninspired—until the most important person in his past returns, challenging him as no one ever has.

When Sarah’s ailing uncle summons her back to the family estate in England, there is only one person from her past she is reluctant to see again: Harold Jonquil, the only man who has ever claimed her heart. But when she comes face-to-face with her former beau, she hardly recognizes the aloof and dull man before her. She is determined to help Harold rediscover the passion he once felt toward his chosen profession. Soon, despite their exasperation with each other, they cannot deny the stirring of feelings long buried—but is it too late for second chances?

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I don't think I've ever met a Sarah Eden book I didn't love.  I was so happy to be back with the Jonquil family, this time with the focus on Harold.  This family is large and full of personality.  The Jonquil brothers are an interesting lot- each struggling in their own way, teasing and torturing each other but coming together in a strong way when the needs arise.  I think that pretty much sums up familial dynamics for a lot of us.  It makes it easy to love these people and root for their happiness.  Each book may focus on one brother in this family but in each book, they are all present in some way.  I love that they never go away but we see a continuation of their stories in each new book that comes our way. 

Harold is described by his sister in law as adrift.  I love that description, especially as we come to know Harold better.  He has so many ideas of what he ought to be and what he ought to do that somewhere in the process of becoming a vicar he lost himself.  Thank goodness Sarah comes back into the picture.  She is the turning point for Harold and the catalyst for his change.  I love her and I love her for Harold.

As with all of Sarah Eden's books, I was filled with emotion.  She has a gentle way of telling a story that fills up all the crevices of my heart.  

Content:  some mild peril, verbal abuse.

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

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Friday, May 31, 2019

Forever in a Kiss (Kissed by the Bay #7) by Susan Hatler

Claire Davenport is a hopeless romantic who shared her first kiss with Alex Murphy during a game of Spin the Bottle. Only Alex never pursued her after their kissing session and Claire regrets not telling him about her crush. At twenty-seven, no boyfriends have captured her heart in the same way. Still, she hasn’t given up on finding the one. Unfortunately, Forever Designs, her boutique wedding dress business, is accumulating more bills than invoices so love has to take a backseat for now.

When a famous model books Claire to design her wedding dress, she jumps at the opportunity only to find out the client is her childhood best friend and rival, Missy Peters. Claire and Missy’s friendship imploded when Missy stole Claire’s high school boyfriend. To save her business, Claire has no choice, but to work with Missy. To Claire’s surprise, the best man turns out to be Alex Murphy. Gone is the skinny boy with the awkward-but-endearing kisses. Alex is now a sexy scientist, who for some reason seems determined to stop the wedding, which Claire can’t let happen.

Now, Claire must design the perfect dress for demanding Missy, while at the same time countering Alex’s attempts to break up the bride and groom. Can Claire convince Alex to give Missy and her fiancΓ© a chance, and that true love is possible? And can she do it without him breaking her heart all over again?

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Susan Hatler's books make me happy.  I know exactly what I'm going to get every time I open one of her books.  She has a way of writing characters, dialogue and settings that feel natural and easy.  Love.

All the books in this series somehow include the legend of the bay in a small coastal town and I also love that.  It connects the stories in a small way and adds a bit of the magical.

Claire is a fun character, a romantic at heart who believes in true love.  She has never forgotten her first kiss with Alex (way back when!) so running into him, in her own wedding dress shop of all places, makes her heart pitter patter.  Alex swears he doesn't believe in forever love.  He is actively trying to stop a wedding and Claire is determined to save it.  It makes for some fun, sparky moments.  Claire and Alex begin to spend time together and learn more about each other.  The build up was great and I loved the easy way the story progressed.  Like I said before, Susan Hatler has that way about her writing.  It makes me happy.

This book is on KU if you have that!

Content:  kissing, mention of cheating

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

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Snatching the Catcher (Belltown Six Pack #4) by Rebecca Connolly

Grizz is about to break all of the rules for something he never imagined he would be risking . . . His heart.

Rachel Bennett has spent her entire life reaching for her dreams to dance professionally, and has come close enough that she’s content with where she is. Enter Grizz McCarthy, one of her brother’s best friends and a member of the beloved Belltown Six Pack. Ranked as one of the hottest pro athletes of the year, Rachel finds there is so much more to Grizz than that, and soon he has her reaching for more.

Rachel should be off limits for David “Grizz” McCarthy. That’s a universally accepted fact, courtesy of his bond with his brothers in the Six Pack. But the more time he spends with Rachel, the less he cares about that fact, and what it could do to his friendships.

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Ooh, yumma yumma.  Yummy yumma yum yum.  That's what this book is.  It fell right in my sweet spot and I sure must have been craving some Grizz and Rachel because I couldn't put this book down.  I wanted to eat it up.  

One of the things I loved about this book was it was all Grizz and Rachel.  They met up, they hung out a few times, and from there things just took off.  They were both all in and nothing else.  I LOVED that.  There was no big separation, no dramatic event causing hurt feelings and distance- just the two of them figuring things out together.  It felt super refreshing to just get a growing love story full of flirting, smiles and fun.  All the kissing was bonus yummy!

This is part of the Belltown Six Pack series but can be read as a stand alone.  It's on KU if you have that!  I can't wait for the next book!!

Content:  kissing, a couple instances of mild swearing

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

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Whatever It Takes by Jessica Pack

Sienna has no memory of her late mother, yet every significant day of her life—birthdays, the first day of high school, graduation—has been marked by a letter written during her last weeks of life. Sienna knows her father feels grateful to be able to offer up these connections to the loving, talented woman his daughter never got a chance to know. Yet for Sienna herself, the letters have become a dreaded burden, a reminder that every milestone is less than it would be if both parents were still living.

A month before her twenty-fifth birthday, Sienna finds a lump. Facing a cancer diagnosis, Sienna begins to ask questions about her mother’s terminal illness—questions that reveal unsettling inconsistencies and voids in the stories she’s been told. The deeper she digs, the more the image of her mother as a contented homemaker warps into something much darker and far more troubling. If Sienna’s dad lied about this, what else did he lie about?

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This book wasn't what I'd expected it to be and I freely admit I didn't read the blurb because this author (also known as Josi Kilpack) is an auto yes for me.  That's why this whole book came as a surprise.  But honestly, I like it that way with the books from authors I have read for so long and know I enjoy.

This story was full of trouble and difficult things.  It was hard to find the light, the positive, and the hope to hold on to.  As a reader, I don't mind hard things but I am always looking for the hopeful thread that will carry me through.  It was hard to find that in this book.  The other thing I am always looking for is the emotional connections to the characters.  I really didn't get that in this book.  Sienna is an expert at blocking people out and I felt that strongly.  It felt as though I was blocked out as well.  I definitely had compassion for the many, many hard things Sienna was facing but found myself constantly frustrated by her too.  I had a harder time with this book.

It is so interesting to me how we, as people, so inherently want to know who we are and where we come from.  There is an instinct deep within us that craves that foundation of knowing who our people are.  I think this book really brings those achings to life.  I liked the constant surprises in the plot in this book.  I was guessing all along at what I thought was happening or where things were going and I wasn't always right.  I like plot surprises.  Even though I didn't love this book as much as others by this author, I'll still be coming back for more.

Content:  swearing, drug use, death, infertility, cancer, intimate relations outside of marriage with no details. 

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Sweet on You (Bradford Sisters Romance #3) by Becky Wade + HUGE Giveaway!!

Sweet on You
(Bradford Sisters #3)
By Becky Wade
Christian Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 368 Pages
April 30th 2019 by Bethany House Publishers

Britt Bradford and Zander Ford have been the best of friends since they met thirteen years ago. Unbeknown to Britt, Zander has been in love with her for just as long.

Independent and adventurous Britt channels her talent into creating chocolates at her hometown shop. Zander is a bestselling author who's spent the past 18 months traveling the world. He's achieved a great deal but still lacks the only thing that ever truly mattered to him--Britt's heart.

When Zander's uncle dies of mysterious causes, he returns to Merryweather, Washington, to investigate, and Britt is immediately there to help. Although this throws them into close proximity, both understand that an attempt at romance could jeopardize their once-in-a-lifetime friendship. But while Britt is determined to resist any change in their relationship, Zander finds it increasingly difficult to keep his feelings hidden.

As they work together to uncover his uncle's tangled past, will the truth of what lies between them also, finally, come to light?

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This author and this book series is one of my favorites.  I have loved delving into the lives of these sisters and their unique family structure.  Britt is the youngest and I was so excited to finally get to her story.  Actually, it's as much Zander's story as it is Britt's and it was Zander that my heart really followed.

Zander has loved Britt since he was fourteen.  Unrequited love.  It's the worst kind of love.  Zander's love for Britt has tortured him his whole life.  But Zander is the best of men and he demonstrates this to Britt in his every word and his every action.  The best friend gig is a good one but not the one his heart wants the most.  His struggle become my struggle and I was starting to feel both overwhelmed and indignant on his behalf because Britt was just not catching on or catching up fast enough.  I'm so impatient!

There are a few things I love about this book.  First, the characters from book one to book four are the same.  They are always around and they feel like family.  Second, there is more than just a love story swirling in these pages.  There is a growing mystery to match the growing intensity of the relationship.  Lastly, as a reader I'm always looking for emotional involvement.  I want to feel something and be connected to the characters.  This book delivered that.  Lastly, chocolate.  CHOCOLATE!  I wish I could sit in Britt's shop.  I wish I could eat her creations.  I want to eat chocolate!  Is there anything better than chocolate and romance?  😍

Content:  peril, mild violence, kissing

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

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Becky’s a California native who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and settled in Dallas. She published historical romances for the general market before putting her career on hold for several years to care for her three children. When God called her back to writing, Becky knew He meant for her to turn her attention to Christian fiction. She loves writing funny, modern, and inspirational contemporary romance! She’s the Christy Award and Carol Award winning author of My Stubborn Heart, the Porter Family series, and the Bradford Sisters Romance series.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Summer by the Tides by Denise Hunter

Following a painful betrayal, Maddy Monroe's love life is a wreck, and her restaurant career is in shambles. When her grandmother goes missing, she and her estranged sisters converge at the family beach house in Sea Haven, North Carolina. Being with uptight Nora and free-spirited Emma at the place where their family broke apart is a struggle, and undercurrents of jealousy and resentment threaten to pull the sisters under. In the midst of the storm, sparks begin to fly between Maddy and Gram's maddening neighbor, Connor Murphy.

As the sisters pack up the family belongings, memories of idyllic, slow-paced summers are resurrected. But long-buried secrets also come to light as Maddy discovers that all was not as it appeared that last summer in Sea Haven--nor today in the seemingly perfect lives of her sisters.

As family tensions rise and Connor causes tumult in Maddy's heart, the sisters must find a way to accept each other for the women they've become before the bitterness of the past destroys their hope for a future.

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I've been looking forward to this book for so long!  I was excited to finally get to sit down and enjoy it.  Denise Hunter is one of my go-to authors and I'm always watching for her next book.

The coastal setting of this book was magic to me.  I'm in desperate need of some summer beach time and this story made that desire even stronger.  

There are some strong family dynamics happening in this book.  Maddy and her sisters have drifted apart.  They really have no idea what is happening in each other's lives and when they are thrown together it makes for some tense situations.  The detailed backstory is revealed bit by bit, intertwining with current circumstances.  It made for an excellent build up of emotions.  I loved getting to know all the characters in such a personal way.

Maddy is the youngest by quite a bit.  She is the one trying to keep the peace between her warring sisters.  Emotionally she has a lot on her plate.  Poor Connor gets the brunt of Maddy's frustrations and betrayals in the beginning as he is misjudged and just a titch mistreated.  Fortunately, he is a good, solid guy.  He is honest and he is kind.  I really loved him.  Maddy eventually comes around to the knowledge of the kind of stand up guy he is and I loved when that shift started to happen. 

This book was full of emotion and conflict that came to rest in a very satisfying ending.  I was all in and enjoyed every single page.

Content:  peril, kissing, Christian elements (talk of God, trusting in God)

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

Friday, May 17, 2019

All For You (Pine Valley #8) by Heather B. Moore

Crash and burn pretty much describes Lindsey Gerber’s last six months at her law firm where she hoped to make partner. Now, every goal she’s made is suddenly out the window. She moves to Pine Valley, looking for a new start. On day one she meets pro hockey player Tyler Nelson, who’s recovering from an injury and in a physical therapy program that includes nature things like hiking the ski resort, which he hates, and makes no secret of. He also makes no secret of his interest in Lindsey. Their lives are two worlds apart though, and it will take one of them changing everything to make a relationship work.

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Oooh.  I might have a new favorite in this Pine Valley series!  This one definitely ranks in the top two.  I just loved both Lindsey and Tyler.  Mostly Tyler.  😊  I thought the story felt very realistic, mature and flowed very well.  The first meet between Lindsey and Tyler (I'm going to call him Nelson) was fun.  Nelson is all man and his presence fills up all the space around him.  He exudes strength and confidence.  I really liked that.  He is also a man who shows up.  His concern and care are evident in the way he treats Lindsey.  

I loved the natural progression of the relationship between Lindsey and Nelson.  The kissing was yummy and my heart did a lot of twittering.  This was the perfect read for me this week.

This book is on KU if you have that!  Also, this book is part of a series but can stand alone.

Content: mild implied swearing, kissing

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