Thursday, September 21, 2017

Book Review - Untold (A Country Roads Novel) by Shannon Richard

ABOUT THE BOOK


SOMETIMES LOVE HAS A PLAN OF ITS OWN . . . Brie Davis came to Mirabelle, Florida, for one thing: the funeral of her birth mother-a woman she never had a chance to know. Now Brie must sort through her mother's life to get the answers she was denied. She plans to leave as soon as she can . . . except the sexy veterinarian makes Brie's pulse beat faster than she's willing to admit.

Finn Shepherd knows Brie's only in town for a short while, but he can't stay away. Instead he finds himself looking for more reasons to keep her close. Finn's already had his fair share of heartbreak, yet Brie makes him want to take that risk again. Now all Finn has to do is convince her to take a chance on him . . . before she disappears from his life forever.

REVIEW

I love this series so much that it was really hard for me to read this book knowing it was the last one.  Shannon Richards has created a town in Florida with so many characters I have fallen in love with over the last couple of years and it is hard to say goodbye to them.  Of course, she sends us off with a heartbreaking story that had me in tears on its own.  Brie and Finn are so well written that when they get to the inevitable struggle you know is coming, it easy to get caught up in their emotions and understand both of their motivations.   As much as I wanted to draw out the last of the Country Roads series, I wanted these two crazy kids to get their HEA even more and so I finished and now I will patiently wait for whatever Shannon Richards creates next for her readers.


OVERALL RATING - 5 STARS!
MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Shannon Richard grew up in the Panhandle of Florida as the baby sister of two overly protective but loving brothers. She was raised by a more than somewhat eccentric mother, a self-proclaimed vocabularist who showed her how to get lost in a book, and a father who passed on his love for coffee and really loud music. She graduated from Florida State University with a bachelor’s in English literature and still lives in Tallahassee, where she battles everyday life with writing, reading, and a rant every once in a while. Okay, so the rants might happen on a regular basis. She’s still waiting for her Southern, scruffy Mr. Darcy, and in the meantime writes love stories to indulge her overactive imagination. Oh, and she’s a pretty big fan of the whimsy.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Book Review - Shohn by Lori Foster

ABOUT THE BOOK


This Buckhorn man will have to prove his worth to the woman of his dreams—don't miss this fan-favorite novella from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster, available as a standalone ebook for the first time… Originally published as Buckhorn Ever After in 2013
Ranger Shohn Hudson can't help but notice a few things about Nadine Moest. She's gorgeous, she's smart, she's driven, and… she's apparently not into him. At all. Shohn's used to being chased, so having the one woman who matters resist his charms is not what he signed up for.
The last thing Nadine wants is to be the latest notch on gorgeous Shohn's bedpost. But Shohn is determined to win her trust—nd her heart. Once Nadine learns more about the man underneath his cocky exterior, will she start to crack? Let the battle of wills begin…

REVIEW


Shohn is a sweet short story, but not a lot really happens.  Honestly Shohn is a little hard to like because he's known Nadine he whole life and all of a sudden he is just starting to notice her and the way Nadine just falls over him makes her character a little hard to respect as well.  Perhaps if the story were a little longer and the characters could have been developed more it would have resonated with me better, but as it is there is nothing particularly memorable about the story or the characters.

OVERALL RATING - 3.5 STARS!
MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lori Foster is a New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author. 
She has received the Romantic Times “Career Achievement Award” for Series Romantic Fantasy and for Contemporary Romance; 
Amazon’s top-selling romance title for Too Much Temptation; 
Amazon’s Top Ten editors’ picks in romance for Causing Havoc; 
Waldenbooks’ second “Bestselling Original Contemporary” romance for Say No To Joe; 
BGI group’s “Bestselling Original Contemporary” romance for the The Secret Life of Bryan, “Bestselling Romantic Comedy” for Jude’s Law, and “Bestselling Romantic Suspense” for Back in Black;
Plus Amazon’s #1 Editors’ Pick in Romance for Servant: The Acceptance.

Lori has been featured as a clue in the New York Times crossword puzzle, and the USA Today “Quick Cross” puzzle. 

To give back to the community, Lori does an annual “benefit” book where all advance and royalties go to a charity: http://lorifoster.com/benefit-books/ 

She also hosts the annual “Reader & Author Get Together,” facilitating major interaction between readers, authors, and industry professionals while also donating all proceeds from raffles to local charities. http://readerauthorgettogether.com/

You can find out more about Lori's books at her website LoriFoster.com
Listen to her books on Audible: http://tinyurl.com/LoriFosterAudible 

Lori enjoys visiting with readers. Find her at her various social media sites.

Facebook Fan page: https://www.facebook.com/lorifoster/
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Book Review - Rising Star (A Shooting Stars Novel Book 1) by Teri Osburn (Free on Kindle Unlimited)

ABOUT THE BOOK


Can love survive the bright lights of fame?
A popular DJ at the hottest station in Nashville, Charley Layton is doing what she’s always wanted to do: living in the heart of country music. Charley puts her career first and relationships second, but when a charismatic stranger in a black cowboy hat invites her back to his place, she decides to give herself one night of no-strings fun.
But Dylan Monroe isn’t a no-strings kind of guy. Charley is beautiful, brainy, and brassy as hell—the kind of girl he’s always wanted. When his record label books him an interview on Charley’s show, he’s determined to find out why he woke up alone, and when he can see her again.
With Dylan now the most eligible bachelor in country music, Charley doubts their fling stands a chance, but she’s willing to try. Dylan dreams of fame, but he also craves a life offstage with Charley. Can he convince her that both of their dreams are worth chasing, and that love is still possible, even in the spotlight?

REVIEW

What a great start to a new series.  I love music but I don't always love stories that involve musicians because often the story ends up very superficial about the industry and how the star can never find someone who loves them for them and not their job.  This book was nothing like that.  The characters were very real and easy to love and relate to.  Dylan and Charley are just two ambitious people who love their jobs and what the do and they meet and have amazing chemistry.  The story naturally unfolds and is paced well as we see how their ambitions and hang-ups with relationships are in conflict with the natural chemistry driving them together.  


OVERALL RATING - 4.5 STARS!
MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Award-winning author Terri Osburn fell in love with the written word at a young age. Classics like The Wizard of Oz and Little Women filled her childhood, and the romance genre beckoned during her teen years. In 2007, she put pen to paper to write her own heart-melting love stories, and just five years later, she was named a 2012 finalist for a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award. Her debut novel was released a year later. Terri resides in Middle Tennessee with her teenage daughter and a menagerie of high-maintenance pets. To learn more about this international bestselling author, visit her website at www.terriosburn.com.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Book Review - The Real Thing by Melissa Foster (With Rafflecopter giveway)


This sassy, spirited baker is fine with heat—
but is her fake fiancé too hot to handle?


THE REAL THING
Sugar Lake #1
Melissa Foster
Releasing Sept 5, 2017
Montlake


Bakery owner Willow Dalton’s friendship with Zane Walker has always been a bit complicated. Now a scrumptiously hot A-list actor, Zane’s always had a reputation as player. He’s arrogant, and he’s definitely not boyfriend material. Sure, he did Willow a favor by agreeing to take her virginity before college, but is that reason enough to go along with a fake engagement a decade later—even if it comes with a real diamond ring?

Zane should have known better. Nothing involving Willow has ever been easy. Still, he knows her better than anyone, and becoming America’s hottest new leading man means cleaning up his reputation. An “engagement” to curvy, sass-mouthed Willow is the perfect PR move . . . provided no one gets hurt.

Now Zane and Willow’s little white lie has turned into an irresistible recipe for sweet temptation. And soon no one will be able to tell the difference between their fake engagement or the real thing—including them.

**THE REAL THING is being published by Montlake (an Amazon imprint) and won’t be available on other ebook retailers, but you can download a FREE ereader app to read it HERE, order the paperback.


Book Review

I have read many of Melissa Foster's other books and this one feels different... in a good way.  I'm a fan of her work, but this story felt more complete and the characters more complex than the Love in Bloom series.  The Real Thing is a little more than just a quick light beach read.  The story is still fast a paced and the tone generally light hearted as I've come to expect from her other books, but I felt more of connection to Willow and Zane than I typically do with characters in her books.  I am really looking forward to this new direction of books and recommend them to anyone who enjoys other Montlake authors like Catherine Bybee and Marina Adair.




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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Book Review - Seeing Double by Tamra Baumann (Free on Kindle Unlimited)

ABOUT THE BOOK



Dani Botelli has vowed to step out of her demanding movie star mother’s shadow, and is determined to start a new chapter in her life. But two men are making for double the trouble. There’s Jake, her police detective almost-ex who wasn’t so hot as a husband but sizzles between the sheets. He needs Dani’s intuition and visions to help him solve crimes. Then there’s her high school crush, Michael, a former NFL pro who’s now her mom’s hunky lawyer.

Working alongside Jake, while keeping her special gifts under wraps, is proving to be more dangerous than Dani realized. She needs to stay out of harm’s way—and out of Jake’s arms—long enough to find out if Michael is the one. But will her hard-to-explain hunches be the secret that comes between them?

REVIEW

This story is a modern day screwball comedy.  Dani appears to be a mess and at times is almost difficult to like but Baumann manages to keep her just on the right side of likable even when she does things that make you want to scream at the book.  Michael is a likable single-dad hero that isn't quite perfect himself and Jake, the third part of the triangle, is actually very likable as well.  As expected hijinx ensue, however, Tamra Baumann does a great job of keeping the story flowing and the absurd to somehow seem plausible.


OVERALL RATING - 4.5 STARS!
MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tamra Baumann became hooked on writing the day she picked up her first Nora Roberts novel from her favorite bookstore. Since then, she’s dazzled readers of contemporary romance with her own lighthearted love stories. She was the 2012 Golden Heart winner for Contemporary Series Romance, and has also received the Golden Pen Award for Single Title Romance. Born in Monterey, California, she led the nomadic life of a navy brat before finally putting down permanent roots during college. When she’s not attending annual Romance Writers of America meetings, this voracious reader can be found playing tennis, traveling, or scouting reality shows for potential character material. She resides with her real-life characters—a husband of thirty years, two kids, and their allergy-ridden dog—in the sunny Southwest.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Book Review - Before I Knew by Jamie Beck (Free on Kindle Unlimited)

ABOUT THE BOOK


Author Jamie Beck returns with an engrossing series about family, friendship, and starting over. In this first Cabot novel, a legacy of secrets tests old friends seeking a second chance at life and love.
On the second anniversary of her husband’s suicide, Colby Cabot-Baxter is ready to let go of her grief and the mistakes made during her turbulent marriage. Her fresh start comes in the form of A CertainTea, the restaurant she’s set to open along Lake Sandy, Oregon, with help from her family. But when her executive chef quits just weeks before the grand opening, Colby is pressured to hire old family friend Alec Morgan. His award-winning reputation could generate buzz, but their friendship has withered since her husband’s reckless dare cost Alec’s brother his life.
Distracted by guilty secrets concerning the tragedy that changed his and Colby’s lives, Alec self-destructed and lost his famed restaurant. With his career in tatters, he’s determined to use this opportunity to redeem his reputation and to help the woman he’s loved from afar find happiness again.
But secrets have a way of coming out. When Alec’s do, they might destroy the new life he and Colby have rebuilt together.

REVIEW


Normally I love Jamie Beck's books, but somehow this one didn't quite live up to the previous ones.  The story is really well done and the characters are great, the flow is just not quite there and I had a hard time getting through the book.   For whatever reason, I just couldn't seem to care enough about the characters to want to know what was going to happen next.  There is actually a lot going on in this book and the characters are really well written so it may have just been too deep of a subject matter for the frame of mind I was in when I was reading it.


OVERALL RATING - 4 STARS!
MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jamie Beck is a former attorney with a passion for inventing realistic and heartwarming stories about love and redemption, including her bestselling St. James and Sterling Canyon series. The Romance Writers of America Honor Roll author has seen her work translated into multiple languages. In addition to writing novels, she enjoys dancing around the kitchen while cooking, and hitting the slopes in Vermont and Utah. Above all, she is a grateful wife and mother to a very patient, supportive family. Learn more about her at www.jamiebeck.com, where fans may also sign up for updates on new releases and giveaways, and interact with her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/JamieBeckBooks.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Book Review - Now That It's You by Tawna Fenske (Free to read AND listen on Kindle Unlimited)

ABOUT THE BOOK


A RITA Award finalist, Mainstream Fiction with a Central Romance.
From USA Today bestselling author Tawna Fenske comes a romantic comedy that will simultaneously tickle your funny bone and tug at your heartstrings.
Talented chef Meg Delaney hasn’t spoken to her cheating ex-fiancé, Matt Midland, for two years. Ditching him at the altar after blurting out “I can’t” instead of “I do” would sour any relationship. But now, just as Meg is finally ready to bury the hatchet, she learns closure is permanently off the menu. And the kicker? Matt’s brother, Kyle, is back in her life, stirring up feelings that are equal parts guilt and lust.
Meg was the best thing that never happened to Kyle. He couldn’t make a move on his brother’s girlfriend—even if Matt didn’t value her nearly enough. The situation is even more complicated now that Meg’s bestselling aphrodisiac cookbook has spawned a legal battle with the Midlands. Maybe he should stay away. But love, like family, plays by its own rules. And the one woman he shouldn’t want might be the only one who’s perfect for him.

REVIEW

This is the first book I've read by the author and I'm charmed.  Having read some of the other reviews I was a little surprised because people who have read other stories by this author were not as impressed but that just makes me more excited to read more.  What I liked about this book was that the characters were real.  They were not always 100% likable because they were real.  I absolutely loved Kyle and I think one of the complaints a lot of readers have with him is that he is loyal to both Meg and his Mom, which is an impossible task since the two characters are at odds with each other throughout the book.  But guess what?  That happens in real life all the time.  Sometimes a person is going to end up looking like a jerk no matter what, which is what happens to Kyle, which makes me like him the more for it.  I recommend this book to anyone looking for something a little bit different that is written well and has real characters.


OVERALL RATING - 4.5 STARS!
MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

USA Today bestselling author Tawna Fenske writes humorous fiction, risqué romance, and heartwarming love stories with a quirky twist. She traveled a career path that took her from newspaper reporter to English teacher in Venezuela to marketing geek to PR manager for her city's tourism bureau. An avid globetrotter and social media fiend, Tawna is the author of the popular blog, Don't Pet Me, I'm Writing, and a member of Romance Writers of America. She lives with her husband in Bend, Oregon, where she'll invent any excuse to hike, bike, snowshoe, float the river, or sip wine on her back deck. 

Tawna has published several romantic comedies with Sourcebooks, including Making Waves, which was nominated for contemporary romance of the year by RT Book Reviews. She also writes heartwarming romantic comedies for Montlake Publishing, and steamy, humorous series romance for Entangled Publishing. Tawna's quirky brand of comedy and romance has won praises from Kirkus Reviews, which noted, "Up-and-coming romance author Fenske sets up impeccable internal and external conflict and sizzling sexual tension for a poignant love story between two engaging characters, then infuses it with witty dialogue and lively humor. An appealing blend of lighthearted fun and emotional tenderness."

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Book Review - Ready to Run by Lauren Layne (with Rafflecopter Giveaway)


Named Best Book of the Month by Amazon and iBooks 


READY TO RUN
I Do, I Don't #1
Lauren Layne
Releasing Aug 22, 2017
Loveswept


The Bachelor meets The Runaway Bride in this addictive romance novel about a reality TV producer falling for her would-be star: a Montana heartthrob who wants nothing to do with the show.

Jordan Carpenter thinks she’s finally found the perfect candidate for Jilted, a new dating show about runaway grooms: Luke Elliott, a playboy firefighter who’s left not one but three brides at the altar. The only problem? Luke refuses to answer Jordan’s emails or return her calls. Which is how she ends up on a flight to Montana to recruit him in person. It’s not Manhattan but at least the locals in Lucky Hollow seem friendly . . . except for Luke, who’s more intense—and way hotter—than the slick womanizer Jordan expected.

Eager to put the past behind him, Luke has zero intention of following this gorgeous, fast-talking city girl back to New York. But before he can send her packing, Jordan’s everywhere: at his favorite bar, the county fair, even his exes’ book club. Annoyingly, everyone in Lucky Hollow seems to like her—and deep down, she’s starting to grow on him too. But the more he fights her constant pestering, the more Luke finds himself wishing that Jordan would kick off her high heels and make herself comfortable in his arms.



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Review

Lauren Layne is always one of my one click authors.  I can count on her for strong witty characters that wont take any crap, both male and female.  Runaway Groom, the start to the new I Do, I Don't series is no exception.  Runaway Groom is Sweet Home Alabama meets the Bachelor and proves once again you can take the girl out of the town, but you can't take the town out of the girl.  The theme throughout the book that things aren't always what the seem.  Jordan seem like a city girl, but even her friends in the city see through that and know she is too nice to really be one of them.  As for Luke, on paper he is a classic player with three brides left at the alter, but it is clear early on that the guy in front of us doesn't match the guy on paper.  Watching the two of them figure that out for themselves while trying to fight the obvious attraction they have is pure entertainment that I've come to expect from Layne.  Anyone who loves a good romantic comedy will love this story and I look forward to the rest of the series.


Lauren Layne is the New York Times bestselling author of romantic comedies. She lives in New York City with her husband.

A former e-commerce and web marketing manager from Seattle, Lauren relocated to New York City in 2011 to pursue a full-time writing career. She signed with her agent in 2012, and her first book was published in summer of 2013. Since then, she's written over two dozen books, hitting the USA TODAYNew York Times, iBooks, and Amazon bestseller lists.




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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Book Revew - You Say It First: A Small-Town Wedding Romance - By Susan Mall

ABOUT THE BOOK


The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fool's Gold romances invites you to visit Happily Inc., a wedding destination founded on a fairy tale 
Sculptor Nick Mitchell grew up in a family of artists and learned from his volatile father that passion only leads to pain. As he waits on a new commission, he takes a day job as a humble carpenter at a theme wedding venue. The job has its perks—mainly the venue's captivating owner, Pallas Saunders. Although he won't let love consume him, for ecstasy with an expiration date, he's all in. 
Pallas adores Weddings in a Box. But if she can't turn the floundering business around, she'll have no choice but cave to her domineering mother and trade taffeta for trust funds working at the family's bank. Then when a desperate bride begs Pallas for something completely out of the box, her irresistible new hire inspires her. Nick knows she doesn't belong behind a desk, and she knows in her heart that he's right—where she really belongs is in his arms.

REVIEW


I've been waiting all summer for the new Fool's Gold books to be released and was pleasantly surprised to find this new Happily Inc. series in its place.  Nick is a character that is mentioned in Fool's Gold and several of the characters from the town are referenced through this book, but this is most definitely a new town with new quirks and new characters.

Pallas is an easy character to instantly love and as she develops through the book it is easy to see why she has so many friends who love her and want to help her.  As soon as she begins to fall for Nick you want that for her just because she deserves it!

Because I was familiar with Nick's family from the previous books I was pretty much instantly rooting for him as well, but I like the fact that Mallory didn't make him 100% instantly likable and perfect.  Nick grows a lot as a character throughout this book and it is fun to see it happen without his knowlege.  I also really liked the way Mallory showed the complex relationship between the brothers, which may not exactly be a typical scenario, but every family can relate to at least to some extent.

OVERALL RATING - 5 STARS!
MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Susan Mallery is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of books about the relationships that define women's lives—romance, friendship, family. With compassion and humor, Susan keenly observes how people think and feel, in stories that take readers on an emotional journey. Sometimes heartbreaking, often funny, and always uplifting, Susan's books have spent more than 200 weeks on the USA Today bestsellers list, thanks to her ever growing legions of fans.

Critics, too, have heaped praise on "the new queen of romantic fiction." (Walmart) Booklist says, "Romance novels don't get much better than Mallery's expert blend of emotional nuance, humor, and superb storytelling," and RT Book Reviews puts her "in a class by herself!"

Although Susan majored in Accounting, she never worked as an accountant because she was published straight out of college with two books the same month, January of 1992. Sixteen prolific years and seventy-four books later, she hit the New York Times bestsellers list for the first time with Accidentally Yours in 2008. She made many appearances in the Top 10 before (finally) hitting #1 in 2015 with Thrill Me, the twentieth book in her most popular series, the Fool's Gold romances, and the fourth of five books released that year.

Susan lives in Seattle with her husband, two ragdoll cats, and a tattletale toy poodle. Her heart for animals has led Susan to become an active supporter of the Seattle Humane Society. Animals play a big role in her books, as well, as she believes they're an integral component to a happy life. Visit Susan online at www.SusanMallery.com.


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Book Review - Irresistible You by Kate Meader

ABOUT THE BOOK


Hot in Chicago series author Kate Meader returns with her all new, scorching Chicago Rebels hockey series, featuring her signature “steamy sex scenes, colorful characters, and riveting dialogue” (Romantic Times). Three estranged sisters inherit their late father’s failing hockey franchise and are forced to confront a man’s world, their family’s demons, and the battle-hardened ice warriors skating into their hearts.

Harper Chase has just become the most powerful woman in the NHL after the death of her father Clifford Chase, maverick owner of the Chicago Rebels. But the team is a hot mess—underfunded, overweight, and close to tapping out of the league. Hell-bent on turning the luckless franchise around, Harper won’t let anything stand in her way. Not her gender, not her sisters, and especially not a veteran player with an attitude problem and a smoldering gaze designed to melt her ice-compacted defenses.

Veteran center Remy “Jinx” DuPre is on the downside of a career that’s seen him win big sponsorships, fans’ hearts, and more than a few notches on his stick. Only one goal has eluded him: the Stanley Cup. Sure, he’s been labeled as the unluckiest guy in the league, but with his recent streak of good play, he knows this is his year. So why the hell is he being shunted off to a failing hockey franchise run by a ball-buster in heels? And is she seriously expecting him to lead her band of misfit losers to a coveted spot in the playoffs?

He’d have a better chance of leading Harper on a merry skate to his bed…

REVIEW


This is the first book in a new series by Kate Meader and I am in love.  There are so many great things going on in this book to love.  Hot romance.  Complicated family relationships.  A woman trying to understand how to fit family in with a career.  As relatable and likable as Harper is, Remy is even more so.  His tough exterior makes him hot but his sensitivity and ambition is what makes him sexy.  Meader has created a world I can't wait to get back to and I recommend to anyone who loves a steamy romance with two well written strong and stubborn characters.

OVERALL RATING - 5 STARS!
MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR

Originally from Ireland, Kate cut her romance reader teeth on Maeve Binchy and Jilly Cooper novels, with some Harlequins thrown in for variety. Give her tales about brooding mill owners, oversexed equestrians, and men who can rock an apron or a fire hose, and she’s there. Now based in Chicago, she writes sexy contemporary romance with alpha heroes and strong heroines who can match their men quip for quip.

The Chicago Rebels series features three estranged sisters who inherit their father's failing hockey franchise . . . and get their hearts checked by a band of hard-bodied ice warriors.

0.5 IN SKATES TROUBLE (Ford and Addison) - novella
1. IRRESISTIBLE YOU (Remy and Harper) - August 2017
2. SO OVER YOU (Vadim and Isobel) - December 2017
2.5 UNDONE BY YOU (Dante and ???) - February 2018
3. HOOKED ON YOU (Bren and Violet) - May 2018

The Hot in Chicago series stars the Dempseys, a family of firefighting foster siblings, and the blazing hot love interests who tame their daredevil ways:

0.5 REKINDLE THE FLAME (Beck and Darcy), novella
1. FLIRTING WITH FIRE (Luke and Kinsey)
1.5 MELTING POINT (Gage and Brady), novella
2. PLAYING WITH FIRE (Eli and Alex)
3. SPARKING THE FIRE (Wyatt and Molly)

In the Tall, Dark, and Texan series, a trio of hot, rich tycoons take the Windy City by storm and meet the women who will bring them to their knees:

1. EVEN THE SCORE (Hunter and Tess)
2. TAKING THE SCORE (Brody and Emma)
3. ONE WEEK TO SCORE (Flynn and Olivia)

The Hot in the Kitchen series turns up the heat with the DeLucas, a Chicago-Italian family of restaurateurs, and the sizzling chefs who love them:

1. FEEL THE HEAT (Jack and Lili)
2. ALL FIRED UP (Shane and Cara)
3. HOT AND BOTHERED (Tad and Jules)

... however Kate's books can also be read as standalone romances.

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Book Review - Any Dream Will Do by Debbie Macomber

ABOUT THE BOOK


Beloved bestselling author Debbie Macomber returns with a powerful standalone novel about a woman forced to start her life anew, embarking on the most courageous journey of all—to a place where she learns what love and trust really mean.
 
Shay Benson adored her younger brother, Caden, and that got her into trouble. When he owed money, Shay realized she would do anything to help him avoid the men who were threatening him, and she crossed lines she never should have crossed. Now, determined to start fresh, she finds herself in search of a place to stay and wanders into a church to escape from the cold.
 
Pastor Drew Douglas adored his wife. But when he lost her, it was all he could do to focus on his two beautiful kids, and his flock came in a distant third. Now, as he too is thinking about a fresh start, he walks through his sanctuary and finds Shay sitting in a pew.
 
The pair strike up a friendship—Drew helps Shay get back on her feet, and she reignites his sense of purpose—that, over time, turns into something deeper, something soulful, spiritual, and possibly romantic. Even Drew’s two children are taken with this woman who has brought light back into their lives. Perhaps most important, Shay learns to trust again as she, in turn, proves herself trustworthy to her adopted community.
 
But Caden’s return to town and a disastrous secret threaten to undo the life Shay has tried so hard to rebuild. It will take the utmost courage and faith if she and Drew hope to find healing and open their hearts to a brighter future.

REVIEW


Usually I love Macomber's stories and I look forward to their mix of romance and women's lit.  This one fell a little flat for me.  The whole book just felt overly preatchy to me, so far as an actual preacher as one of the primary characters.  I liked Shay's story and the relationship she has with Drew's kids, I just never really felt Drew's character and that made the whole romance half of the book not work for me at all.  If you love everything you've read by Macomber, you will probably enjoy this book, but if you are just looking for a nice romance, this may not be the book for you.  

OVERALL RATING - 4 STARS!
MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide. In her novels, Macomber brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Macomber’s novels have spent over 990 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Sixteen of these novels hit the number one spot.

In 2016, Macomber’s all-new hardcover publications include A Girl’s Guide to Moving On (February), Sweet Tomorrows (August), and Twelve Days of Christmas (October) and an adult coloring book, The World of Debbie Macomber: Come Home To Color (April). In addition to fiction, Macomber has also published two bestselling cookbooks, numerous inspirational and nonfiction works, and two acclaimed children’s books.

Celebrated as “the official storyteller of Christmas”, Macomber’s annual Christmas books are beloved and five have been crafted into original Hallmark Channel movies. Macomber is also the author of the bestselling Cedar Cove Series which the Hallmark Channel chose as the basis for its first dramatic scripted television series. Debuting in 2013, Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove was a ratings favorite for three seasons.

Macomber owns two businesses in Port Orchard, WA, the town which inspired the Cedar Cove Series. These include The Grey House Café, formerly the Victorian Rose Tea Room, featured in the Cedar Cove Series, and A Good Yarn Shop, introduced in her popular Blossom Street novels. They are located on the Village Square campus, which also serves as Debbie’s corporate headquarters.

She and her husband, Wayne, serve on the Guideposts National Advisory Cabinet, and she is World Vision’s international spokesperson for their Knit for Kids charity initiative. A devoted grandmother, Debbie and Wayne live in Port Orchard, Washington and winter in Florida.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Book Review - More Than Love (The Barrington Billionaires Book 5)

ABOUT THE BOOK


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Ruth Cardello returns with a hilarious addition to Barrington Billionaire series. 

What happens when a normally reserved billionaire tries to be a regular guy and discovers he has a wild side? Grant Barrington is a quiet hero who is about to flex his alpha billionaire muscle.

Viviana Sutton is living in Boston after being swindled by her ex-boyfriend. She’s done with relationships and isn’t looking for forever. Giving in to one naughty, incredibly hot romp with a financially challenged stranger actually makes her feel better until she takes a pregnancy test.

To help his family, he’ll need to be the man she makes him feel like he can be.

For the sake of her baby, she’ll give him a chance to prove what they had was more than sex—and he’s more than just a regular guy.

REVIEW


This is a funny and charming installment in the Barrington Billionaires series.  When Grant decides he wants to see what it is like to become "regular" what we get is a sexy awkward billionaire, and hijinx ensue.  Add some sexy chemistry with Viviana who is in Boston trying to figure out her own stuff without worrying about a man, and a great romantic comedy is well underway.  The book keep-up a quick pace when you add in in an unplanned baby, the mysterious death of Grants brother nearly thirty years ago, and some protective brothers.  This is my favorite installment so far in the series and proof that Ruth Cardello can certainly bring on the funny.

OVERALL RATING - 4.5 STARS!
MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ruth Cardello hit the New York Times and USA Today Bestsellers Lists for the first time back in 2012. Millions of sales are evidence that her her books are akin to potato chips, addictive from the first one. She has created a multi-series billionaire world with a combination of escapism and realism that has gained her a faithful following of readers.

What Kindle Reviewers write about her:

"Wow hot at every page. Heart stopping, fear raging, mind blowing wonderful."

"I'm a true fan of Ms. Cardello. I ran on to her first book a few years back and have been hooked ever since. I could go on and on about the story like of this book, but I'm not. All of her books are total page turners, unique, heart wrenching, and I love them all. There isn't two alike in the bunch and I feel like i know the characters personally. I personally read 97 authors books. And I buy every book they put out. This author is in my top 10. Great job and keep them coming."

"Love this series. Got me to start reading again. I look forward to the next book. Thank you for giving me the love of reading back."

Ruth Cardello was born the youngest of 11 children in a small city in northern Rhode Island. She spent her young adult years moving as far away as she could from her large extended family. She lived in Boston, Paris, Orlando, New York--then came full circle and moved back to New England. She now happily lives one town over from the one she was born in. For her, family trumped the warmer weather and international scene. 

She was an educator for 20 years, the last 11 as a kindergarten teacher. When her school district began cutting jobs, Ruth turned a serious eye toward her second love- writing and has never been happier. When she's not writing, you can find her chasing her children around her small farm or connecting with her readers online.

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The Westerly Billionaires
Book 1: In the Heir
Book 2: Up for Heir (November 2017)

Lone Star Burn Series 
Book 1: Taken, Not Spurred
Book 2: Tycoon Takedown 
Book 3: Taken Home
Book 4: Taking Charge

Want to hear the song Charles proposed to Melanie with? https://youtu.be/SGZT5nVKfMs

The Legacy Collection
Book 1: Maid for the Billionaire (FREE on Amazon!)
Book 2: For Love or Legacy
Book 3: Bedding the Billionaire
Book 4: Saving the Sheikh
Book 5: Rise of the Billionaire
Book 6: Breaching the Billionaire: Alethea's Redemption 
Book 7: (Novella) A Corisi Christmas

The Andrades: 
Book 1: Come Away With Me (FREE on Amazon)
Book 2: Home to Me 
Book 3: Maximum Risk 
Book 4: Somewhere Along the Way 
Book 5: Loving Gigi 
Christmas Novella: A Recipe for Love (Maddy and Richard)

The Barrington Billionaires:
Book 1: Always Mine
Book 2: Stolen Kisses 
Book 3: Trade It All 
Book 3.5: A Billionaire for Lexi
Book 4: Let It Burn
Book 5: More Than Love (August 2017)

The Temptation Series: 
Book 1: Twelve Days of Temptation
Book 2: Be My Temptation

Taken by a Trillionaire Series
Book 1: Taken By a Trillionaire - by Melody Anne, Ruth Cardello, JS Scott
Book 2: Virgin for the Trillionaire 

*Ten Christmas Brides Bundle (featuring Recipe for Love, An Andrade Christmas Novella with Bonus wedding scene!)