Friday, August 18, 2017

Wild Heart Summer by Jenny B. Jones {Review}



Wild Heart Summer by Jenny B. Jones
Kindle Edition, 125 pages
Published October 6th 2015 by Sweet Pea Productions

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26888404-wild-heart-summer?from_search=true

Twenty-one year old Avery Crawford has had to fight for everything in her life, and this summer is no exception. When her culinary internship in a chic restaurant falls through at the last minute, she gets an unexpected offer to work on a dude ranch in the quaint town of Sugar Creek. The problem? The ranch is owned by the grandfather she's been kept from all her life.

Avery is completely out of her element with the cattle drives, trail rides, and most of all—cute ranch manager Owen Jackson. Not in the market for romance, Avery still finds herself tempted by the cowboy’s Southern charm and sweet kisses. But as secrets unravel on the ranch, Avery will have to let go of the old wounds if she wants to hold onto the love Owen offers her. When the summer’s over, Avery must risk it all—or lose much more than her heart.

Previously published in the novella collection Just One Summer.


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My Review: 4 Stars

I don't think I've ever read a book by this author before, but that's going to change for sure! I love the images crafted up in my mind through the words in this book and I found myself smiling and laughing over and over again because of the comparisons, banter, and character thoughts. 

Sure, Avery's had a tough time, but that girl is resilient and independent. A summer internship turns into her working on a ranch and facing everything she doesn't want to face. As much as I adored Avery, I was frustrated beyond belief at times with her stubbornness and refusal to even just listen. She's definitely a two steps forward, one step back kind of person and through my aggravation, I found myself enjoying the progress and finding joy in her journey. My heart was seriously smiling.

I don't know of anyone who could resist the charm and patience of Owen--not even Avery, try as she might. He's definitely not perfect, but he's in her life for a reason. Reader beware: there are many swoony sparkles drifting off these pages and they'll set your heart a smoldering.

There's a lot of meat to this story, especially for a novella. I loved the changes that gradually happened as a result of circumstances, facing the past, and discovering oneself.

Content: mild, swoony romance (kissing, mild innuendo); mild language.



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Buy Link:

http://amzn.to/2v9IL6g

About the Author:
  
Jenny B. JonesFour-time Carol Award winner Jenny B. Jones writes contemporary romance with wit, sass, and Southern charm. Since writing for both women and teens leaves her with very little free time, she believes in spending her spare hours in meaningful, intellectual pursuits, such as watching E!, going to the movies and inhaling large buckets of popcorn, and writing her name in the dust on her furniture. www.jennybjones.com

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Waves of Summer by Tammy L. Gray {Review}



Waves of Summer by Tammy L. Gray
Kindle Edition, 87 pages
Published November 2nd 2015

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27426940-waves-of-summer?from_search=true

A sweet, opposites attract, coming-of-age romance full of laughter, secrets and two very cute brothers.

Sydney Andrews wants nothing more than to get away from a controlling ex-boyfriend, find some clarity and enjoy a drama-free vacation. But nothing in Sydney's life is ever that easy. Especially when the sexy bartender she meets at her mother's wedding wants more than just her friendship.

Jacob Massey thought pinch-hitting a bartending gig for his irresponsible older brother would land him some decent tips and much needed space. But the minute Sydney walks up to his bar, Jacob realizes he's getting far more than just a customer. With her biting tongue and pointed accusations, Sydney pinpoints his greatest failure--the relationship with his brother.

Can one summer be enough to right past wrongs, learn buried secrets and find the people they used to be?

***Also included in JUST ONE SUMMER: A ROMANCE NOVELLA COLLECTION***


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My Review: 4 Stars

I absolutely adore the beach and would love for nothing more than to spend an entire summer living in a beach house, so you can probably image that I'm a little jealous of Sydney for doing just that. When her mother remarries for the fourth time, her new stepdad offers her the beach house. A sparky interaction with Jacob isn't what she had in mind, but these opposites can't seem to stay away from each other.

I really enjoyed the way Sydney and Jacob banter with each other. They each have secrets and pasts to work through and the natural progression of these dealings tugged on my heart and thoroughly engaged me. I anticipated the zips of attraction and the ribbing that ensued whenever these two were anywhere near each other. I loved the supporting cast as well.

This was my first story by Ms. Gray and it definitely won't be my last--she's really got a way with words. :)

Content: mild romance

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Courting the Country Miss by Donna Hatch {Blog Tour Spotlight + Giveaway}

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

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?


Excerpt:

Chapter One, Part Two
England, 1817
“I’m happy for them. They have what marriage should be.” Softer, she added, “It’s what
I’ve always wanted.” She stiffened, cursed herself for her confession, and looked away
before her long-time friend saw too much. They used to confide in one another; it had been
so easy, so comfortable. But everything had changed.
He fingered his signet ring. “Sorry, Tish. You must hate me for making a muddle of your
future.”
She sifted through possible replies. “He’s happier…with Elizabeth than he would have
been with me.”
“You don’t truly believe that.” He paused. “Do you?”
“Of course I do. He never loved me the way he loves her.”
“Then he’s a fool.”
She wound her fingers together in her lap.
He laid a gentle hand over hers. “You’ll have that with someone else.”
She let out a sharp exhale that doubled as a mirthless laugh. “I think not. I have no
prospects.”
“That’s what the London Season is all about, isn’t it? You’ll meet a duke or some other
stuffed shirt and there you go.” He snapped his fingers. “The problem of spinsterhood
solved.”
She shook her head. “I’m no longer in the first bloom of youth, and my dowry is
unremarkable; I have little to offer. Besides, I’ll never love anyone else. And my sister
Isabella is out now, and will have her first Season this year. We can’t afford a Season for us
both.”
“Never love anyone else?”
Leave it to Tristan to pick up on what she least wanted to discuss. She pretended not to
hear him. “Besides, the money I might have spent on clothes for a London Season would be
better used helping educate the poor. Have I told you about Elizabeth’s and my newest
project?”
“Never love anyone else?” he persisted.
Tristan could be annoyingly relentless at times. She adjusted her glove. “I don’t wish to
discuss it.”


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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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Followed by Frost by Charlie N. Holmberg {Review}



Followed by Frost by Charlie N. Holmberg
Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published September 22nd 2015 by 47North 
 
 
Seventeen-year-old Smitha's wealth, status, and beauty make her the envy of her town—until she rejects a strange man’s marriage proposal and disastrous consequences follow. Smitha becomes cursed, and frost begins to encompass everything she touches. Banished to the hills, hunted by villagers, and chilled to the very core of her soul, she finds companionship with Death, who longs to coax her into his isolated world. But Smitha's desire for life proves stronger than despair, and a newfound purpose gives her hope. Will regrets over the past and an unexpected desire for a man she cannot touch be enough to warm Smitha’s heart, or will Death forever still it?
 
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My Review: 4 Stars
 
I'm always curious as to how authors come up with different ways to spin such a beloved classic and in this case, it's Beauty and the Beast, but opposite. This story is definitely different and every enjoyable and I love that it has those few familiar components. 
 
Smitha is the one who is cursed and her curse of being as cold as her heart is placed on her by a spurned magician. Can you imagine? Of course, it takes some time to humble Smitha and her journey is both heartbreaking and enlightening. I had so many questions while reading this and the outcome left me with even more (hence, the 4 stars). Death is an interesting aspect and her desire to live, even in a miserable and cursed state, is heartening.  

This is my first book by Holmberg and I have to say that I was entranced by the imagery that popped into my mind through her vividly descriptive words. She can really tell a tale and paint mental pictures that explode off the pages. 
 
Content: mild romance (passionate kissing, some light innuendo); mild language (2-3 words); mild violence.

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Buy Links:
 
 
http://amzn.to/2hZIdLA  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/followed-by-frost-charlie-n-holmberg/1121648541?ean=9781503946323

National Relaxation Day GIVEAWAY

 Happy NATIONAL RELAXATION DAY!
I love to relax with a good book,
especially after a busy day of playing with the kids,
working out in the yard, exercising,
running errands, cleaning the house, etc.

This giveaway is for US residents only!
To celebrate, I'm joining with the Proper Romance Series Line
and I'm giving away a print copy of


 

A regency twist on My Fair Lady!
Jack Eliot dreams of being the captain of his own ship. But then his grandfather, the Earl of Stansworth, names Jack as his heir — with a caveat. Jack must impress the aristocracy, or else his mother and sister will remain in poverty. Can a rough-and-tumble captain be transformed into a gentleman of society?
Ivy Carlisle is willing to try. Employed as his tutor, she begins teaching Jack the ways of high society, but she quickly discovers that this dashing sailor is brash and bold, opinionated and passionate. If she's not careful, Jack might end up teaching her a thing or two about romance.
Sparks fly when the sailor meets society, and Jack soon learns that his challenge isn't surviving the ton, but surviving the conspiracies against him — as well as keeping himself from falling madly in love with his new tutor.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

The World's Greatest Adventure Machine by Frank L. Cole {Blog Tour Review + Giveaway}



The World's Greatest Adventure Machine
by Frank L. Cole
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published 2017 by Delacorte

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33027458-the-world-s-greatest-adventure-machine

An adventure novel about four lucky kids and a mysterious, but thrilling ride for fans of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or Jurassic Park!

CastleCorp and the famous Castleton brothers are unveiling the World's Greatest Adventure Machine! The roller coaster is an experience like no other, and four lucky kids have won the chance to be the first to ride it.
There's Trevor, whose latest stunt got him in trouble at school again. There's Devin, whose father is pushing him to be the next Internet sensation. Nika's wealthy grandfather isn't too pleased about her participation. And Cameron, he'll be the first to tell you, is a certified genius.
The whole world is watching. But as the kids set off on their journey, they begin to realize that there is perhaps more to their fellow contest winners than meets the eye. And the Adventure Machine? It might just have a mind of its own.

Join the contestants on their wild ride if you dare. Your adventure starts now!
 


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My Review: 4 Stars

This is definitely a roller coaster ride that is sure to entertain any middle grade reader! It does have a slight feel of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," as four kids are chosen through a contest to be the first to ride this ride. We have the trouble maker, the one eager to please, the annoying know-it-all, and the richie rich girl. As these kids come together, work together, and really get to know one another, they find that there's more to each of them than meets the eye and they have more in common than they realize. I love that they learn that first impressions and appearances can be wrong and that working together is key in most situations.

The adventure and danger elements are very intriguing, especially when I really couldn't tell what was up and what was down, what was real and what wasn't. Those things alone kept my interest and kept me flipping the pages until the book was finished. Since it is a middle grade book though, there are some things that didn't get too deep or fully develop like I wish they would have.

All in all, these are great, unique characters embarking on an entertaining adventure that isn't like any other. I'm passing this one on to my kids because I think they'll really enjoy it.

Content: mild violence/danger/moments of peril.

*I received a copy to review, which didn't influence my opinion in any way. All thoughts are my own.*
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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Shattered Worlds Boxed Set $0.99


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Courting the Country Miss by Donna Hatch {Blog Tour Review}






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?



Come check out her other books and see what's new!


And she has even more books we have not featured!

Be sure to check them out on her website!




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 years are living proof that there really is a happily ever after.


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5 Stars

Donna Hatch is on my favorite author list because she has a way of transporting me right into the Regency era with ease. I feel like I'm experiencing a season and always feel an interest in the characters that she writes about. This story is a companion, of sorts, to Courting the Countess, but it can stand alone. 
Tristan is a womanizer for sure. Heck, I couldn't help falling for his smooth talking ways and charming personality. I could even imagine his swoony, good looks. And I must say, I was quite impressed with Leticia. In her quest for happiness and marriage, she isn't one to let disappointment come between her and her friend. She can also handle Tristan, which is quite a feat.

Can people really change? In a book with a dashing hero, dangerous undertones, lovable characters, swoony romance, and more, I couldn't read fast enough to find out. I love the time of realization and clarity, the stolen and tender moments, and the determination to go after desires and dreams. I adored pretty much everything about this book and hope there's more to the story with some of these characters!

Content: mild romance (innuendo, implications of affairs); mild violence.

*I received a copy, which did not affect my thoughts. All opinions are my own.*



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Author's Corner #8

Welcome to Author's Corner hosted by Bookworm NationKatie's Clean Book Collection and KJ's Book Nook! Once a month we will feature either a favorite author or new to us author. We will share the author's bio, one of our favorite books of theirs and a review. Each of us will be featuring a different author each month so there will also be links to each of our posts.
For this month's Author's Corner I am going to choose...
Karen Rock
Karen Rock 
Karen Rock is an award-winning YA and adult contemporary author. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in English and worked as an ELA instructor before becoming a full-time author. Her Harlequin Heartwarming novel, A LEAGUE OF HER OWN, has won the 2015 National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award and the 2015 Booksellers Best Award. Her Heartwarming novel, WISH ME TOMORROW, has won the 2014 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence and the 2014 Golden Quill Contest. Her co-authored YA novel, CAMP BOYFRIEND, has been a finalist in the Booksellers Best and Golden Leaf awards. When she's not writing, Karen loves scouring estate sales for vintage books, cooking her grandmother's family recipes, hiking and redesigning her gardens. She lives in the Adirondack Mountain region with her husband, daughter, and two lovable dogs who have yet to understand the concept of "fetch" though they know a lot about love. http://www.karenrock.com
  
One of my favorite books of hers is
  


http://katiescleanbookcollection.blogspot.com/2017/01/a-cowboy-to-keep-by-karen-rock-review.html

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Friday, August 11, 2017

A Painted Summer by Amy Matayo {Review}



A Painted Summer by Amy Matayo
Kindle Edition, 91 pages
Published November 3rd 2015 by SYG Productions

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27427072-a-painted-summer?ac=1&from_search=true
Darby Sparks has lived a very sheltered life. As a homeschool graduate, a small town resident, and the only child of two over-protective parents, she’s dreamed of chasing big dreams. But big dreams take big courage. So in a moment of uncharacteristic boldness, Darby leaves the only life she’s ever known and sets off for California to test her skills in Hollywood. It works...until she runs out of money. That wasn’t part of her spur-of-the-moment plan, and she finds herself stuck in an unfamiliar city with too much pride to call home for help.

With limited options, Darby finds herself working for dangerously hot Lennon Dixon, the owner of a downtown Los Angeles tattoo parlor. Lennon needs help and finds it in Darby. What he doesn’t expect is her odd aversion to his place of business...or his attraction to her. As for Darby, to call her new job unfamiliar is the world's biggest understatement. But to call her mutual attraction to Lennon unexpected is a very close second.

Previously published as part of the Just One Summer collection.


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My Review: 4 Stars 

Darby is a very sheltered young lady and now, she's spending the summer learning to spread her wings and overcome her fears, with help from Lennon, her boss. I love watching Darby learn about herself and to learn to think for herself. She is so fierce about making it on her own. Lennon is a great character, one who always kept me guessing. He's pretty wise for only being in his mid-20s, yet there's not a cocky bone in his body. 

So what is Darby doing for the summer? This home school graduate is in Los Angeles, trying to make it as an actress and is working in a tattoo parlor in the meantime. I think some tattoos are very artistic and special when there's a meaning connected to them. Although I personally don't want one, I found these descriptions interesting. 

I loved the growth and the subtle romance in this story and my summer spent here was enjoyable. This is a sweet coming-of-age book.

Content: mild romance

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Buy Link:

http://amzn.to/2uwm2he


About the Author:  

Amy MatayoAmy Matayo is an award winning author of The Wedding Game, Love Gone Wild, Sway, In Tune With Love, A Painted Summer, and The End of the World. She graduated with barely passing grades from John Brown University with a degree in Journalism. But don't feel sorry for her--she's super proud of that degree and all the ways she hasn't put it to good use.

She laughs often, cries easily, feels deeply, and loves hard. She lives in Arkansas with her husband and four kids and is working on her next novel.

www.amymatayo
Twitter: @amymatayo
Instagram: @amymatayo.author
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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Havencross by Julie Daines {Blog Tour Review + Giveaway}



Havencross by Julie Daines
Kindle Edition, 282 pages
Published August 1st 2017 by Covenant Communications


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35664641-havencross?ac=1&from_search=true

When a shocking scandal involving her father spreads through London society, Elaine Cardinham and her parents are forced to retreat to their country home in Cornwall for refuge. But Havencross is no sanctuary for Elaine. She is haunted by the mysterious disappearance of her brother—and the heartbreak she left in her wake all those years ago. It has been five long years since Gareth Kemp last saw Elaine—when she rejected his marriage proposal. Her reappearance convinces him of one thing: he has never stopped loving her. To put his feelings for her aside, he focuses his attention on the dangerous smuggling plaguing the Cornish coast. As Elaine attempts to run from her past, she ventures ever closer to a dangerous truth—and Gareth may be the only one who can save her from a deadly finish.

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My Review: 5 Stars

I always enjoy this author's books and this one wasn't any different. I was expecting a nice, sweet Regency romance but got a great mystery/suspense as well. The mystery was gentle swirling in and out of the pages throughout the book, but the suspense isn't always present, which made it quite shocking and a fun surprise.



Elaine is a fun character because she's so brave and forthcoming for her time. She's resilient and strong, which makes her a perfect complement to both Gareth, a childhood friend. Gareth is more simple than the recent London citizen (Elaine) and feels a strong tie and connection to his Cornish roots. 

The setting and plot are very engaging and I could picture the caves and cliffs quite well. The twists and surprises left me almost reeling at times, but don't get me wrong--I loved that! I was completely hooked from the first page until the last because this one is packed with danger, romance, friendship, and loyalties and it's one that Regency lovers won't want to miss.

Content: mild+ violence (death, fighting, killing); mild romance (sweet).

*I received a copy through the publisher, which had no affect on my opinion. All thoughts are my own.*

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