Friday, March 22, 2019

The Heiresses Anthology by Ruth Roberts {Review}

The Heiresses Anthology by Ruth Roberts
Kindle Edition, 262 pages
Published January 1st 2019 
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.
 https://amzn.to/2U0PM6B    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43439436-the-heiresses-anthology
Three Heiresses….

Three men who will do anything to win their hearts….

Homerun:
Cynthiana, beautiful, intelligent, and by all appearances, a spoiled socialite, finds herself as chair of the Inner City Youth League Charity Gala. Her Co-Chair, Roberto Luque, is Major League Baseball’s newest playboy from the Dominican Republic. Which is just fine with her since she has sworn off playboys. But, as they work together she discovers his devotion to the inner city children and wonders if there is more to him than his playboy reputation. Will she break her no playboy rule long enough to find out?

Roberto fought his way into the Majors. Now, a successful pitcher for the Texas Rangers, he is living the life he always dreamed of. Until he faces off with a bad-tempered, blue-eyed, red head that is not his type. So, why is he drawn to her? The Charity Gala gives him a chance to find out. What he finds beneath that socialite veneer captivates him, heart and soul.

When her powerful father threatens to tear them apart, destroying not only their love, but also Roberto’s hard won career, will he be willing to give it all up for love?

Tender Triumph:
After a very public divorce from her billionaire Italian husband, Natalia Montalvo returns home to New York City to lick her wounds and try to put the pieces of her shattered heart back together. So why had she agreed to attend a charity ball, especially when she knew her ex would be there?

Jared, owner of the largest, most prestigious architectural firm in the country, rubs elbows daily with the rich and powerful. He can’t stand them. After one too many altercations with a client, his head of public relations forces him to attend the annual charity ball, to schmooze and make nice with the people whom his business depends on. Thirty minutes after arriving, he was already clenching his jaw and looking for a quick exit. On the balcony, he encounters Natalia Montalvo. He can’t ignore a woman in need. Therefore, he devises a plan to save her pride, and in the process save his evening. But, can he convince her to give him more than one night?

Diamond Heiress:
One person stands between Brielle and her inheritance, Nicholas Trenton. If she fails to serve as CEO of Santorini Jewels, her grandfather's company, for one full year then everything goes to Nick, the company, her trust fund and her home, the only home she’s ever known.

Nick doesn’t care about the money but he wants the company his father helped build. Brielle isn’t qualified for the position of CEO, one way or another he will make sure she doesn’t run Santorini into the ground.

Through a clash of wills they try to learn to work together for the benefit of the company. But when they can no longer ignore the attraction building between them will they give in to it or will it ultimately be the downfall of Santorini?

Please note: Homerun, Tender Triumph, and Diamond Heiress are novella length books (Approximately 84, 32, and 134 paperback pages, respectively.)
  

My Review: 3 Stars
Each of these stories revolves around a beautiful, rich heiress and I liked the way they all tied together, however, none of them felt completely developed. Yes, I know they are novellas, but as I read the first book, I kept wondering if I had missed something. Was there a full, complete Book 1 floating out there somewhere and this was 1.5? The characters were likable enough, but again, not as developed as I would have liked them to be. Overall, they're each a light, fluffy diversion to enjoy in an afternoon.

Content: moderate romance (a lot of innuendo and the door barely closes in time, but nothing graphic; kissing). A good one for lovers of a spicy clean romance.

Waiting for Fitz by Spencer Hyde {Book Spotlight}

Waiting for Fitz by Spencer Hyde
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by Shadow Mountain 
 
 https://amzn.to/2YdZ12v    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40878710-waiting-for-fitz
 
Addie loves nothing more than curling up on the couch with her dog, Duck, and watching The Great British Baking Show with her mom. It’s one of the few things that can help her relax when her OCD kicks into overdrive. She counts everything. All the time. She can’t stop. Rituals and rhythms. It’s exhausting.

When Fitz was diagnosed with schizophrenia, he named the voices in his head after famous country singers. The adolescent psychiatric ward at Seattle Regional Hospital isn’t exactly the ideal place to meet your soul mate, but when Addie meets Fitz, they immediately connect over their shared love of words, appreciate each other’s quick wit, and wish they could both make more sense of their lives.

Fitz is haunted by the voices in his head and often doesn't know what is real. But he feels if he can convince Addie to help him escape the psych ward and everything will be okay. If not, he risks falling into a downward spiral that may keep him in the hospital indefinitely.

Waiting for Fitz is a story about life and love, forgiveness and courage, and what’s necessary to let go and learning what is truly worth waiting for.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Love Far From Home by Annette Lyon {Review}

Love Far From Home by Annette Lyon
Kindle Edition, 219 pages
Published March 19th 2019 by Blue Ginger Books 
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.
 
 https://amzn.to/2TWRPsf    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44541996-love-far-from-home
 
Journey to to California, Yellowstone, and Las Vegas on three romantic trips in this boxed set of novellas by USA Today bestselling author Annette Lyon:

THE PIER CHANGES EVERYTHING
Alexandria has one last task to perform for her late husband, who died much too young: scatter his ashes in the Pacific Ocean. She goes to the Santa Monica Pier to do just that, but her plans get sidetracked after meeting Michael and feeling an immediate connection to him. They grab lunch, and the more time they spend together, the more they discover that they have in common—including past romantic hardships. As the day wears on, Alexandria begins learn that her heart just might be able to find love again.

OUR SONG
Cassie and Matt have been dating in the Yellowstone area for two years, and things are, well, average. When Cassie meets up with two college friends who are visiting, their love lives like sound like fairy tales: rose petals, chocolates, candles on the beach… Cassie goes home feeling like she’s missing out. After all, repeatedly watching Old Faithful erupt and walking through sulfur-smelling gases at Fountain Paint Pot don’t exactly say “romance.” Maybe things with Matt aren’t going anywhere, and it’s time to move on. Then she discovers that perception and reality are completely different things. Now she can only hope it isn’t too late to show Matt how much she really cares.

HEAD OVER HEELS
Tristan is proud to be an entrepreneur, running a popular singles’ lifestyle blog. So when she gets an offer to cover a singles convention in Las Vegas, she needs to find a way to get there from another freelance job in Salt Lake without breaking into her personal savings. Her friend sets her up with a co-worker who happens to be driving that way, and Tristan is more than surprised to come face-to-face with a man she has a lot in common with, not to mention seems to click with right away. The two decide to play a prank on Tristan’s friend, and pretend that they are smitten with each other, but soon, the lines between pretend and reality start to fade.
 

My Review: 5 Stars 
 
THE PIER CHANGES EVERYTHING
 
Second chances are so romantic. Michael and Alexandria both have pasts to recover from and after spending a day together, find comfort in each other and in a surprise revelation. This story is filled with nostalgic moments, as well as hope for the future and really tugged on my heartstrings.


OUR SONG

It's so easy to take life and relationships for granted and to think the grass is greener on the other side. There were some sweet and important lessons learned in this story and I thought it was a super fun and romantic story.

HEAD OVER HEELS

I've never thought about meeting the man of my dreams at a Comic Con! It's so sad when a quick meeting there leaves a girl wanting for more, but Tristan has no way of finding her Loki again. A humorous second meeting puts Tristan on a road trip from Salt Lake to Las Vegas with a man who seems to be her match.

The way these two characters click just feels so right. I love the way they work together to get back at their friend and that long car ride really gives them time to discover their common threads. My heart was warmed by this road trip and the results from it. And bonus? These two are really into 80s music.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Maybe It's You by Christy Hayes {Review}

Maybe It's You by Christy Hayes
Kindle Edition, 294 pages
Published February 4th 2019 by CAH LLC 
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.
 
 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KFLV8KV   
 
Reagan Bellamy’s neighbor is everything she never wanted. Despite her best efforts to ignore him and fly under his radar, Dash Carter refuses to wither under her stare and leave her alone. So what if he’s totally hot? Who cares if her roommates think he’s adorable? Reagan’s too busy to waste time on a loser with musical pipe dreams. Between classes, studies, and her need to stay ahead of the game, she’s got too much on her plate to give him the time of day.

Dash Carter is a man on a mission. He’s done a total 180 and for the first time in a long time feels optimistic about the future. He’s clean, he’s on a good path, and he’s surrounded himself with people who make life better, not worse. Unfortunately, his neighbor—the one girl who’s always piqued his interest—still thinks he’s a slacker, bothering Dash more than it should.

Acting on an opportunity to show Reagan he’s a changed man, Dash inadvertently puts her in a difficult position with her new boss and sends her down a path she hasn’t the time or inclination to pursue. Desperate to make things right, Dash becomes more invested in her life despite warnings from his mentor to not get involved with someone whose beliefs don’t match his own.

Reagan’s not sure what it says about her that she’d rather deal with Dash the deadbeat than Dash the Bible thumper. The more she digs her heels in against the religious freaks she’s forced to interact with, the more she begins to question everything she’s built her life upon. When the tide begins to turn in Reagan’s heart and her worldview flips upside down, trusting God means putting everything on the line, including her heart.

My Review: 3 Stars
 
It's refreshing to read a new adult story that's centered around one's faith and finding God, but this one was almost too centered on that. The book begins with Reagan stumbling home after a night of heavy drinking and sleeping around and I wasn't too sure where it was going to head. A long, meticulous process of change results from that night and Reagan finds herself on the path of change after her neighbor, Dash, shows her some kindness and she realizes he's not the type of person he once was. While I did enjoy her path, it was a little too heavy for me at times. I love to read to escape and to enjoy a fluffy read and I do enjoy some meatier topics in my books, but this one almost focused on the religious aspects too much for me.

I love character growth and this one powerfully delivered. Dash is a man with deep convictions and restraints, especially given his talents and career path. Reagan is driven and stubborn and her background drives her to become even more rigid in her passions, yet God can change all, as is very apparent with these characters. No past is too sinful to overcome.

Content: mild+ romance (implied sleeping around, kissing, light innuendo); very heavy religion

Monday, March 18, 2019

Don't Bet on Love by Victorine E. Lieski {Review}

Don't Bet on Love by Victorine E. Lieske
Kindle Edition, 169 pages
Published March 7th 2019 
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.
 https://amzn.to/2XUZUNk    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44310588-don-t-bet-on-love
All's fair in love and high school.

It was just a simple bet.

Get the school’s ice queen to go to Homecoming with him. Lane didn’t think it would be a big deal. He was on the football team. Girls liked him. He takes the challenge. What he didn’t know was that the ice queen overheard the whole thing.

Trudy was having the worst day of her life. And then she overhears Lane and Gabe talking smack about her. If Lane thought he could sweet talk her into going to Homecoming with him, he was going to be disappointed.

But when the principal forces her to tutor Lane in calculus, she’s stuck.

Trudy devises a plan to get back at him. What she didn’t plan on was losing her heart to him.
  
My Review: 5 Stars

I love a cute YA romance and this one has a few layers to unravel. The biggest message that I loved was you can't make rash judgements. People always have things going on that you might know nothing about until you really get to know them. 

Trudy has some really hard things going on in her life. Like really hard. And football bully, Gabe, doesn't make her life any easier. When she overhears Gabe making a bet with his friend, Lane, about her, she comes up with a plan to get them both back. 


I really liked these characters. Trudy is a tough one to crack, but is sweet on the inside. I loved watching her shell crumble and really loved her new friendship with band geek, Jessica. Lane isn't who he seems at all. As his masks are peeled away, his true teddy bear self is revealed. 

There are moments to laugh, moments to feel anger, moments to swoon, and even moments to cry all wrapped up in this tender romance. I thought the author did a great job in portraying the hardships of teenage life, while allowing for great characters growth through mistakes, life lessons, and emotional challenges. This is definitely a new series to lose your heart to and I've got my eye watching out for more.


Content: mild romance; mild moments of grief; mild moments of bullying

Friday, March 15, 2019

To Love a Lord by Michelle Pennington {Review}

To Love a Lord by Michelle Pennington
Kindle Edition, 236 pages
Published March 9th 2019 
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given
 https://amzn.to/2O4fodm   
A proper lord, an ardent young miss, and a love note gone astray.

She didn't mean to lose it...

But once the love note was discovered, scandal seemed certain.

A forbidden letter from a handsome rake had seemed so romantic at the time, but now it will undoubtedly mean her downfall. Even with the threat of ruin hanging over her, Patience realizes her heart is turning in a new direction. But no matter how Lord Stanton's eyes linger on her, he would never tie himself to a lady with no dowry—especially if she were to lose her reputation.
 
Schemes and plots tangle amidst romance and rebellion in this Regency romance written in the tradition of Georgette Heyer. Grab your copy!

My Review: 5 Stars

I loved this Regency romance! This charming story all seems to revolve around a mysterious love letter, which really captured my attention and gave a delightful element to this story, especially once all of the characters arrived at a house party and the tangled web of connections and slight mystery truly begin.

Speaking of characters, they were so amusing and I loved them all! I enjoyed watching all of the dynamics, good and bad, as they gave such an entertaining flavor to the story. Lord Stanton was such a dashing man and Patience the perfect counterpart. Countess Du’Breven has got to be one of my all-time favorite characters, as she's old enough and empowered enough to through society's expectations to the wind.

The entanglements and sweet, budding romances left me with a smile on my face. Book 1? Yes! I can't wait for more!

Content: mild romance

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Sanctuary by Traci Hunter Abramson {Blog Tour Review and Giveaway}



Sanctuary by Traci Hunter Abramson
Paperback, 312 pages
Published March 1st 2019 by Covenant Communications 
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.
 https://amzn.to/2TzMHee   
Kristi Hartinger has come to terms with her life as a single, thirty-something woman. She was in love . . . once. But following her boyfriend's tragic death, no one else could capture her heart. And nothing else could fill that void, though the serenity of the ocean came close. Two years ago, Kristi left the craziness of her Wall Street career behind and embraced a simpler life on her family's private island off the coast of Maine. As a resident of the small beach community, she anticipates a quiet future—until she comes face-to-face with her past.

Ace Samson is dead, or so the world believes. As a member of a secret organization known as the guardians, he was forced to fake his death years ago, leaving everything behind when he became an agent. So when he is selected to offer a potential new recruit a job with the organization, Ace braces himself: for the first time in more than a decade, he must face the woman he loved—and left.

Kristi's world is rocked by Ace's sudden reappearance, and she's soon drawn into his world of danger and cover-up. But when Kristi herself becomes a target, Ace will do whatever it takes to protect the only woman he has ever love.

My Review: 5 Stars

Abramson is an author that I will automatically read because her books are that good. In fact, I didn't even read what this one was about and had a blast not knowing what was coming.

This is a GUARDIAN novel, but they don't have to be read in order, although knowing the back story to different characters is fun. Kristi lives a simple life on an island in Maine. I have a hankering to visit Maine now, to experience the villages, the ocean, the clams, and the quiet life. When Ace suddenly reappears in her life after almost twenty years, her world turns upside down, and not necessarily in a good way. Someone wants her dead and it's a race against time to figure out who and why.

I love Kristi's self-reliant, matter-of-fact personality. She loves being connected with her past and is good at taking care of herself, discovering ways to make her life more efficient. Ace is somewhat of a mystery, but he's good at completing any mission to the best of his ability. I loved the tumultuous connection between Ace and Kristi, especially because it served an important purpose to the story. There is an underlying longing of what cannot be, yet there are sparkles of hope glimmering in the peripheral vision of the big picture.

The danger and suspense had me on edge, as the quiet mystery of the forest and ocean served for most of the setting. I was on edge and deeply immersed, hoping with all my might for the outcome I wanted, as these twists and turns tossed me around. Such a great book!

Content: mild romance; mild+ moments of danger, violence, and peril  
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