Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Book Review - Montana Mornings by Kim Law

ABOUT THE BOOK

Gabe Wilde has never been more ready for a change. Thirty-three and in the midst of a divorce, he’s packed up his second-grade daughter and come home to Birch Bay, Montana. New house, new career, new life. Only, with changes come stress. His daughter is struggling with the transition to their new norm—and Gabe is out of ideas as to how to help.
Erica Bird is mired in her own worries. After impulsively leaving the teaching job she loved, she may finally be free from her cheating ex, but separated from her family and everything she’s ever known, second guesses linger. Substitute teaching in Birch Bay is fine for the time being, but what will her future hold?
When Gabe’s daughter winds up in Erica’s class, the two meet—or rather, reunite. Neither has forgotten their college romance or the tender feelings they once shared, but will their complicated pasts destroy their second chance? Or will old desire lead to a new love when each needs it most?



REVIEW

I have been waiting to learn more about Gabe's story since he was first introduced and I was not disappointed.  Kim writes Gabe's character so well.  He is trying to be a good Dad, but he isn't perfect and at times is nowhere close, and that makes him in some ways even more likable.  Erica on the other hand sometimes comes off as a little too perfect but is also exactly what Gabe and Emma need.  This is a well written story about the struggle of a Dad trying to figure out how to be a Dad and help his daughter live in a world with a broken family he isn't able to fix and also a second chance romance.  Fans of Kim Law will love this book and anyone who is looking for a story with heart will want to pick this book up as well.


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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

As a child, award-winning author Kim Law cultivated a love for chocolate, anything purple, and creative writing. She penned her debut work, The Gigantic Talking Raisin, in sixth grade and got hooked on the delights of creating stories. Before settling into the writing life, however, she earned a degree in mathematics and worked for years as a computer programmer. Now she’s living out her lifelong dream of writing romance novels. She’s won the Romance Writers of America (RWA) Golden Heart Award, been a finalist for the prestigious RITA Award, and served in various positions for her local RWA chapter. A native of Kentucky, Kim lives with her husband and an assortment of animals in Middle Tennessee.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Book Review - Unexpectedly Hers by Jamie Beck

ABOUT THE BOOK

By day, bashful wallflower Emma Duffy works at her family’s bed-and-breakfast. By night, she secretly pens erotic romance hot enough to melt the snow in their cozy Rockies town.
But Emma’s real life is about to heat up when her mother books the entire inn to a professional snowboarder, hoping the publicity will put them on the map. In a karmic twist of fate, that guest is Wyatt Lawson, the man with whom Emma had shared the secret one-night stand that became the inspiration for her novel and its dreamy hero. Worse, a film crew is documenting his comeback just as her debut is about to hit the shelves. Emma’s only saving grace is that Wyatt doesn’t remember her—and hopefully he never will.
When Wyatt arrives in Sterling Canyon for several weeks of intense training, the last tumble he expects to take is falling for a girl, especially one as shy as Emma. Unlike groupies with their hidden agendas, she isn’t using him—or so he believes…until the film crew uncovers Emma’s pen name and steamy novel.
Wyatt’s comeback run can withstand a fall or two, but can his heart recover from this crash and burn?



REVIEW

I'd describe Unexpectedly Hers as more Women's Lit than Romance.  Sure, there is plenty of good steamy romance packed inside the book, but that discounts the amount of story and self discovery in the book as well, for both Emma and Wyatt.  This story really works in so many ways I can't help but recommend the read  for anyone who is looking for a meaty story, a little romance, and little adventure along the way.


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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jamie Beck is a former attorney with a passion for inventing stories about love and redemption. A recent inductee into the Romance Writers of America’s Honor Roll, her popular stories include her sassy Sterling Canyon books and emotionally complex St. James novels. In addition to writing romantic women’s fiction, 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. Visit her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/JamieBeckBooks.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Book Review - It Started with a Kiss by Marina Adair

ABOUT THE BOOK


With a kidney transplant behind her, Avery Adams is determined to channel her inner adventurer and explore everything life has to offer. Only problem is, the closest she’s ever come to a real-life adventure was sixth-grade science camp. So to seize the summer in her rustic Sierra Nevada town, she takes a job as a guide at the local adventure lodge. But Avery doesn’t realize her biggest challenge will register at six-plus feet of rugged good looks and alpha-male charm.
As a member of the Sequoia Elite Mountain Rescue team, Tyson Donovan has made a life out of cheating death and rescuing weekend warriors from the treacherous terrain. “The world is my home” is more than just a motto; it’s what scares off women who would otherwise try to tie him down. When his dad’s health lands the family’s adventure lodge in serious danger of going up in flames, he moves home—and quickly remembers why he left. Until he meets Avery, the irresistible new guide who makes him want to stay.
Tyson gives the inexperienced Avery a lesson in romance that her books could never teach her. And with her undeniable spirit for life, Avery shows Tyson the healing power of love. But with one misstep, everything comes crashing down, and they’ll both have to take the biggest leap of all—into the kind of adventure that lasts a lifetime.



REVIEW

This is the first book in a new series by Adair, one of my favorite go-to authors for touching story.  This book delivers as expected.  Adair has created characters that are real and feel like real people you could be friends with and want to get to know better.  On the love story side, the chemistry is great and doesn't feel rushed and the story is a great balance of romance, family, and friendship.  


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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Marina Adair is the #1 bestselling author of beloved romances such as the Sugar, Georgia books; the St. Helena Vineyard series; the Heroes of St. Helena series; and the Sequoia Lake books—of which It Started with a Kiss is the first installment. Marina enjoys writing contemporary romance novels in which the towns are small, the personalities are large, and the romance is explosive. Marina holds a master of fine arts in creative writing and lives with her husband, daughter, and two neurotic cats in Northern California. She loves interacting with her readers. You can follow her on Twitter at @MarinaEAdair and sign up for her newsletter on her website at www.MarinaAdair.com/newsletter.