Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The Secret of a Kiss (A Return to Snow Valley Romance) by Kimberley Montpetit {Review}

The Secret of a Kiss (A Return to Snow Valley Romance) by Kimberley Montpetit
Kindle Edition, 189 pages
Published February 5th 2018 by Spellbound Books 
 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38384575-the-secret-of-a-kiss?ac=1&from_search=true
 
A lonely stretch of highway, a handsome stranger, and a long-kept secret that could wreck everything.

Linden Adair is a talented makeup artist on the New York Broadway show, Phantom of the Opera, creating the hideous scar for the actor who plays the phantom every night. But nobody knows the deep scars Linden carries after the divorce from her husband, Mark Denly—the famous director of Phantom. Why didn’t somebody ever tell her that marrying your director was a bad idea, especially when he has a wandering eye?

Desperate to get away after enduring several years of heartache and scars, Linden takes a cross-country trip to visit her best friend in Seattle. While driving on a deserted stretch of highway late at night, she hits a deer and crashes the rental car into a gully outside of Snow Valley, Montana. A devastatingly handsome stranger with a tow truck rescues Linden and her smashed vehicle, but when she catches sight of him in the light, she’s shocked. Anton Baldwin possess a terrible scar on his face—just like the phantom she created every night for the theater.

But Anton is hiding more than the truth behind his scar, and during a whirlwind week while being recruited for a television show being filmed in Snow Valley, the secrets of this enigmatic man turn her world upside down.

When Anton helps Linden open up to the world around her, Linden wonders if the small town of Snow Valley might hold the magic she needs to heal the scars on her broken heart. 
 
 
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My Review: 5 Stars
 
I love The Phantom of the Opera and not only does Linden work as a makeup artist on Broadway, specially for the phantom, but she also finds her own real-life phantom on her road trip out West. Very clever adaptation.

Linden needs a break from the hectic world of show biz and drives across the country to visit her friend. Thanks to a deer, she ends up in Snow Valley. How can I end up there? Seriously, the small town charm and quirky, yet lovable, characters gives me an itch to move there every time I read one of these books. Anton grudgingly comes to her rescue and tends to hide himself behind his scar. 

The chemistry and secrets captivated me right from the start. There are emotional scars hidden deep in each of their souls, but their connection is what saves them. I loved their relationship and the way they made each other better. I loved the way these two very different worlds collided and although things move very quickly, it's totally believable and works. 

I was swept off my feet and completely away to this fictional world and loved every minute of it, especially with the hauntingly beautiful and familiar music drifting through my mind as I read this fantastic story.

Content: mild, swoony romance; very mild violence; vague talk of an affair and death of a child.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

A Night in Grosvenor Square {Review}

A Night in Grosvenor Square (Timeless Regency Collection) by Sarah M. Eden, Annette Lyon, and Heather B. Moore
Kindle Edition, 380 pages
Published January 23rd 2018 by Mirror Press

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36607659-a-night-in-grosvenor-square
A MATCH FOR PRINCESS POMPOUS by Sarah M. Eden
Matchmaker Adelaide Northrop may be embarking on her greatest challenge yet. Miss Odette Armistead has been dubbed “Princess Pompous” by Society’s elite, and Odette’s parents are desperate to see her married off to a respectable gentleman. When Adelaide first meets Odette, she is expecting a young lady who fits the pompous description. Instead, Adelaide discovers that Odette is far from conceited, but has chosen to wear a mask in a desperate attempt to hide her love for a gentleman who has been chosen for someone else. It seems that Adelaide has far more than matchmaking to accomplish.

CONFECTIONS AND PRETENSE by Annette Lyon
Anne Preston dreams of opening her own dessert shop some day and saves every spare penny she earns working at Gunter’s Tea Shop. She makes ice cream molds to perfection, bakes and decorates cakes, and hopes to one day be an independent shop owner. When an American man orders an ice, Anne is immediately taken with Davis Whitledge, but he is far above her station in life, so she tries to forget about his cordiality. Soon, she finds herself in a dangerous situation when confronted by two troublemakers, and Davis happens to be nearby. He sends the scoundrels on their way, but this only makes Anne more of a target. He doesn’t understand London ways, and his generosity has the potential to steal Anne’s dreams, or to make them soar.

LITTLE LONDON by Heather B. Moore
Ellen Humphreys has never had a Season, has never danced the waltz, and will likely never do so while confined to watching over her ill mother at their country estate. Therefore, Ellen creates her own Little London, and imagines all the gentleman she’d dance with and all of the friendships she’d have with other young ladies, if only she were allowed to have a Season. When Quinn Edwards, Marquess of Kenworth, comes upon her quite by happenstance while Ellen is imagining herself in a London ballroom, she is mortified about her playacting. But a chain of events is set off from this one meeting that has Ellen questioning if her reputation would ever survive a Season or another encounter with the marquess.
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My Review: 5 Stars

Each one of these stories is utterly delightful! The common factor is Grosvenor Square--a very prestigious area of London. I think what really charmed me is how each story told a different angle of people living in these times and how they would relate to this place.

A MATCH FOR PRINCESS POMPOUS gave the reader a tale of a secret. "Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match..." I haven't really read a story where a matchmaker is employed and wow, is she good at what she does. I loved the secret and although the way it came about is a little heartbreaking, it definitely provides some great entertainment.

CONFECTIONS AND PRETENSE is all about one of my favorite treats--ice cream. A working-class girl, an American, and delicious descriptions of unique flavors of this creamy treat all added up to an endearing story. Anne is a darling and Davis is swoon-worthy.

What do you do if you aren't allowed to socialize? Why, you come up with your own LITTLE LONDON. Ellen and Quinn's story is the icing on the cake of this wonderful collection. I loved the little descriptions of society and the way the little character variances and preferences added some chemistry, especially when some backbones were grown.

I loved my time spent in Grosvenor Square and each offering really encompassed a wide range of situations and people. This is another great book by these beloved authors.

Content: mild romance; mild violence (Confections and Pretense).

*I received a copy, which had no influence on my thoughts and opinions*

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Romance is in the Air: Becky Monson {Spotlight and Giveaway}








Thirty-Two Going on Spinster by Becky Monson

Julia Dorning is a spinster, or at least on the road to becoming one. She has no social life, hates her career, and lives in her parent’s basement with her cat, Charlie.

With the arrival of Jared Moody, the new hire at work, Julia’s mundane life is suddenly turned upside down. Her instant (and totally ridiculous) crush on the new guy causes Julia to finally make some long-overdue changes, in hopes to find a life that includes more than baking and hanging out with Charlie.

But when the biggest and most unexpected change comes, will the new and improved Julia be able to overcome it? Or will she go back to her spinster ways?









Thirty-Three Going on Girlfriend by Becky Monson

Julia Dorning thought she would die a lonely spinster. That was until nine months ago, when her world was turned upside down. Now she’s got a dream career as a bakery owner, and a relationship with handsome Jared Moody—a life she never thought possible.

Just as she’s starting to feel comfortable in her new life, Julia is invited to battle it out on national television making cupcakes. An amazing opportunity, if she can muster up the confidence to do it, that is. Then, out of the blue, Jared goes and throws a rather large wrench in their relationship causing Julia to have to make some big decisions.With her two trusted confidants off in wedding la la land, Julia is on her own to figure everything out.

Left to her own devices, will Julia be able to work things out for herself? Or will she make a disaster of it all? Find out in Becky Monson’s sequel to Thirty-Two Going on Spinster!









Thirty-Four Going on Bride by Becky Monson

Julia Dorning is about to lose it. Between her over-the-top wedding that her sister, Anna, took upon herself to create, and the under-staffed popular bakery that she runs, she can barely find time to breathe.

All Julia ever wanted was a quaint wedding on the beach with family and friends. But now Julia has to contend with not only her sister's plans, but those of her future mother-in-law, as well. Not wanting to step on anyone's toes, especially her mother-in-law's, Julia just goes along with it.

She can only take so much, though, and when her newest employee, Kate, makes things harder at the bakery, Julia has to find a way to simplify her life.

Can she do it or will she end up a basket case? Find out how she does it in this hilarious conclusion to the Spinster series!















"Becky Monson has given readers a light concoction that they won't want to put down." -InD'tale Magazine

"Dear fans of Bridget Jones, Sophie Kinsella, and Marian Keyes, I have found an American author for you to meet and watch!" -Andi's Book Reviews

"This is true Chick Lit...relatable, quirky, and downright hilarious." -Brookeblogs.com






TAKING A CHANCE is a fun romantic comedy novella!

Liza Parker has a fear of heights, crowds and small spaces. So what’s a girl like her doing on a crowded elevator going to the top of the Empire State Building? Freaking out, that’s what she’s doing.

Enter Jay Sanders, a tourist who thinks he might be able to help Liza face her fears, but she has to be willing to spend the day with a complete stranger. Maybe taking a chance on Jay is just what Liza needs.




 
Author Becky Monson

By day, Becky Monson is a mother to three young children, and a wife. By night, she escapes with reading books and writing. An award-winning* author, Becky uses humor and true-life experiences to bring her characters to life. She loves all things chick-lit (movies, books, etc.), and wishes she had a British accent. She has recently given up Diet Coke for the fiftieth time and is hopeful this time will last... but it probably won't.

















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Monday, February 19, 2018

How to Catch a Cowboy in 10 Days by Kimberly Krey {Review}

How to Catch a Cowboy in 10 Days
by Kimberly Krey
Kindle Edition
Published February 15th 2018 by Gelato Publishing LLC 
 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38602264-how-to-catch-a-cowboy-in-10-days?from_search=true
 
There’s no denying Ann Simpson is passive, so when she’s challenged to read a book that could change her life, she eagerly accepts. If she writes a winning article about her transformation, it could earn her a writing slot with Walquest Weekly, taking her career to the next level. And who knows—maybe it could empower her to step out of her romance novels and into her own happily ever after.
Ann packs her bags and her book and heads to Montana where she hopes to reinvent herself. Caught off guard by the cowboy of her dreams, Trey Richardson, Ann falls hard and fast. But does Trey love the real Ann, or the book-made woman she’s invented for the article?
 
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My Review: 5 Stars
 
This book reads like a movie and not just any movie, but one that I could watch over and over again--a favorite. One of my New Year's resolutions is to become more assertive, so imagine my surprise when I discover that Ann is a kindred spirit (and not Ann with an e). Ann doesn't like conflict and has a hard time saying yes to new things and no to things that she doesn't want to do. In an effort to change herself and to win a job, she's following new tactics from a book she's reading and the results are swoony and fun.
 
Ann has always dreamed of falling for a real cowboy and gets her chance to meet one when she goes to her friend's ring ceremony in Montana. Enter Trey. The instantaneous sparks and chemistry almost knocked my Kindle right out of my hands! Trey is a gentleman and really encompasses all of the positive traits that Ann (and myself) associates with cowboys--hardworking, strong, sweet, loyal, charming...to name a few. 
 
Neither character is perfect and each has a secret to hold close to their hearts, but the simmering passion, endearing personalities, and needed conflict propels this delightful tale right off the charts. I couldn't put it down and was surprised, although completely content, when the book ended. Kimberly Krey is a must-read if you love steamy clean romance and chick lit. This is one I'll definitely be reading again.
 
Content: mild+ (steamy clean romance, kisses); very vague violence (accident); very mild and brief references to religion
 
*I received a copy, which had no influence on my thoughts and opinions*
 
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Romance is in the Air: Jen Geigle Johnson {Spotlight and Giveaway}







The Nobleman's Daughter by Jen Geigle Johnson

England, 1819
While British high society primps and plays, the impoverished citizens of London languish. But there are those fighting for the freedom of common citizens—including two members of the aristocracy who secretly champion revolution. In the drawing rooms of the upper class, Lady Amanda and Lord Nathaniel flirt and tease with the best of them as she pretends to win every heart in London for sport, and he, to conquer them. But in truth, their flirtation is merely a façade designed to keep their clandestine actions hidden from the ton— and from each other. When Nathaniel presents himself as a potential suitor, the attraction between the two is undeniable—but the faces they portray to the world are not enough to win each other's hearts.

When their crusade for London's poor unites them more deeply than they could imagine, Amanda and Nathaniel struggle to trust one another with their true ideals and identities. But when the call to action leads Amanda into the path of danger, she can only hope that Nathaniel will see through her frivolous pretense. Because now, only the aid of the suitor she loves most—but trusts least—can save her.







"This book touched me in a personal way." "intrigue and mystery from the first sentence of the story." "Excellent Debut novel by Jen Geigle Johnson. Love the depth of the characters that grab ahold of you and won't let go. Not your typical romance tale."







While British high society primps and plays, the impoverished citizens of London languish. But there are those fighting for the freedom of common citizens—including two members of the aristocracy who secretly champion revolution. In the drawing rooms of the upper class, Lady Amanda and Lord Nathaniel flirt and tease with the best of them as she pretends to win every heart in London for sport, and he, to conquer them. But in truth, their flirtation is merely a façade designed to keep their clandestine actions hidden from the ton—and from each other. When Nathaniel presents himself as a potential suitor, the attraction between the two is undeniable—but the faces they portray to the world are not enough to win each other’s hearts.

While their crusade for London’s poor unites them more deeply than they could imagine, Amanda and Nathaniel struggle to trust one another with their true ideals and identities. But when the call to action leads Amanda into the path of danger, she can only hope that Nathaniel will see through her frivolous pretense. Because now, only the aid of the suitor she loves most—but trusts least—can save her.





 
Author Jen Geigle Johnson

Jen Geigle Johnson once greeted an ancient turtle under the water by grabbing her fin. Other vital things to know: the sound a water-ski makes on glassy water and how to fall down steep moguls with grace. No mountain is too steep for her to climb, yet. During a study break date in college, she sat on top of a jeep's roll bars up in the mountains and fell in love. She discovered her passion for England while kayaking on the Thames near London as a young teenager.

Now an award-winning author and mother of six, she loves to share bits of history that might otherwise be forgotten. Whether in Regency England, the French Revolution, or Colonial America, her romance novels are much like life is supposed to be: full of adventure. She is a member of the RWA, the SCBWI, and LDStorymakers. She is also the chair of the Lonestar.Ink writing conference.







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