Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Courting the Country Miss by Donna Hatch + Win This Book!





Courting the Country Miss
(Courting #2)
by Donna Hatch
Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 312 pages
August 4th 2017 by The Wild Rose Press. Inc.

Cynical and broken-hearted, Leticia banishes dreams of marriage. When her childhood friend, Tristan, wagers he can find her the perfect husband, she hopes the challenge will coax him to forgo his devil-may-care lifestyle. Meanwhile, Leticia throws herself into forming her charity school but meets opposition—even from the people she’s helping.

Guilt-ridden that his past mistakes robbed Leticia of true love, Tristan vows to set it right, but match-making has its pitfalls for a repentant scoundrel. When he finds two ‘perfect’ gentlemen to court her, he discovers his own deep feelings for the lady.

Though Tristan seems to reform, Leticia doesn’t dare risk heartbreak with a notorious rake. When opposition for the school takes a deadly turn, can Tristan protect her from a madman bent on destroying their dreams and their lives?

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I can't even begin to tell you how much I love Donna Hatch's books.  Every single time.  She has such a way of making me love her characters- imperfections and all.  

Tristan is a notorious rake.  It's hard to shake a label like that even when you want to.  Tristan and Leticia have been friends all their lives so they know each other well.  I love that they both had that relationship to draw upon throughout the rough waters of this book.  It helped them and it helped me to see Tristan through Leticia's eyes as she remembered Tristan from his childhood.  I fell in love with these characters.  I wanted so badly for them to figure things out.  I loved the swoony moments (and there were quite a few) that had me reaching for a fan to cool my flushed face.  :)

This book is set in a series but can stand alone.  You will love this book more though if you read Courting the Countess first.  Just a suggestion because I'm all about loving these books.  If you have never read a book by Donna Hatch this is an awesome place to start.  She really is one of my favorite authors in the Regency Romance genre.

Other Books in the Series

Courting the Countess by [Hatch, Donna]
Courting the Countess
(Courting #1)
by Donna Hatch
Adult Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 388 pages
October 5th 2016 by The Wild Rose Press, Inc.

When charming rake Tristan Barrett sweeps Lady Elizabeth off her feet, stealing both her heart and a kiss in a secluded garden, her brother challenges Tristan to a duel. The only way to save her brother and Tristan from harm—not to mention preserve her reputation—is to get married. But her father, the Duke of Pemberton, refuses to allow his daughter to marry anyone but a titled lord. The duke demands that Elizabeth marry Tristan’s older brother, Richard, the Earl of Averston. Now Elizabeth must give up Tristan to marry a man who despises her, a man who loves another, a man she’ll never love.

Richard fears Elizabeth is as untrustworthy as his mother, who ran off with another man. However, to protect his brother from a duel and their family name from further scandal, he agrees to the wedding, certain his new bride will betray him. Yet when Elizabeth turns his house upside down and worms her way into his reluctant heart, Richard suspects he can’t live without his new countess. Will she stay with him or is it too little, too late?


About the Author


Donna Hatch is the author of the best-selling “Rogue Hearts Series,” and a winner of writing awards such as The Golden Quill and the International Digital Award. A hopeless romantic and adventurer at heart, she discovered her writing passion at the tender age of 8 and has been listening to those voices ever since. She has become a sought-after workshop presenter, and also juggles freelance editing, multiple volunteer positions, and most of all, her six children (seven, counting her husband). A native of Arizona who recently transplanted to the Pacific Northwest, she and her husband of over twenty five years are living proof that there really is a happily ever after.

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Monday, August 21, 2017

$.99 Sale for Wrong Brother, Right Match by Jennifer Shirk!

Two brothers. One Christmas. One matchmaker's mistake…


Wrong Brother, Right Match
Anyone But You #3
Jennifer Shirk
Entangled Bliss

Matchmaking guru Kennedy Pepperdine’s life is perfect. Perfect job. Perfect friends. Perfect boyfriend. Except...when she gets trapped in an elevator with a handsome stranger, she accidentally confesses a secret: maybe her perfect boyfriend, Justin, isn’t so perfect for her after all. But a matchmaker should be able to successfully match herself, right? Thankfully, she’ll never see the handsome stranger again. Until she heads home with Justin for the holidays and learns that the sexy stranger is none other than Justin’s older brother, Matt.
Matt Ellis is trying to be on his best behavior for his mother—it is Christmas, after all. But when he recognizes the beautiful woman from the elevator—the one he hasn’t been able to stop thinking about for months—his best behavior is being held by a thread. Matt’s always sacrificed for his family, and nothing is more important than their happiness, but the more time he spends around Kennedy, the more he wonders if her supposed "right match" might just be the wrong brother.
Here is the review I posted when this book was first released:
Love, love, love, love! Here I give you my biggest dreamy, happy sigh.  I inhaled this book. It was so fun to read. I kind of want to go back and read it again. If I had time, I totally would.

Kennedy has a growing business and the perfect boyfriend. After all, he was her perfect match and Kennedy is in the business of knowing such things. Then Kennedy finds herself stuck in an elevator with a handsome stranger and what happens? A kiss of course. A zingy, heart stopping kiss that neither participant can forget.

Matt is so swoon worthy. Even when he is being ornery to Kennedy upon first seeing her at his family's house for Christmas, he is swoony. I just LOVED Matt. He is so good to his family and he is so good to Kennedy. Well, after said ornery business is over. Matt was so easy to like and so easy to root for.

Jennifer Shirk is one of my favorite authors in the clean romance world. Her characters have great personality and I'm always drawn to them. I follow Jennifer Shirk and I'm always watching for new books by her. I think this one is my new favorite!

Content: mild swearing, kissing, casual drinking


Praise for Wrong Brother, Right Match
"Wrong Brother, Right Match is basically a Hallmark Christmas Movie in book form and I love it!" - Stephanie's Book Reviews
If you want to be swept away into a sweet read that will keep you glued to the page then this is the book for you. There was just something about this storyline that was the right amount of sweet, romance and fun that made it unputdownable."- The Sub Club Books
 Wrong Brother, Right Match WON the 2017 ©Desert Rose RWA® Golden Quill Contest- Sweet Traditional Category 

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Jennifer Shirk is the award-winning author of sweet (and sometimes even funny) romances for Montlake Romance and Entangled Publishing. Her novel SUNNY DAYS FOR SAM won the 2013 Golden Quill Published Authors Contest for Best Traditional Romance. Recently, her novel, FIANCE BY FATE—a 2015 Readers' Crown Finalist—became an Amazon #1 best seller for Series Romance. And recently, WRONG BROTHER, RIGHT MATCH won the
Sweet Traditional category of the 2017 Golden Quill Contest.
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

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




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

Where life's currents take you…

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

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

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

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

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

About the Author


Once upon a time ...

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

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

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Monday, August 14, 2017

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


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



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

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

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

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

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

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



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Saturday, August 12, 2017

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


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

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

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

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

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

Content:  Clean, mild romance

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

Friday, August 11, 2017

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Two of Us by Victoria Bylin


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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