Thursday, September 21, 2017

Wish Me Love by Michele Ashman Bell {Blog Tour Review + Giveaway}

Wish Me Love by Michele Ashman Bell

Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published September 1st 2017 by Covenant Communications

Charlotte Wells does not date. After surviving a broken engagement, she’s taken a leave of absence from the social scene. So when her best friend and coworker, Jack, challenges her to get back in the game, she’s not so sure she’s ready to play. But ultimately, curiosity gets the best of her, and Charlotte accepts the daunting challenge: she will attempt to have fifty first dates in her effort to find “the one.”

Unfortunately, she quickly realizes that the dating pool mostly holds clown fish as she goes on one lousy outing after another. Without a good man in sight as summer ends, Charlotte cuts her losses and sets her sights on a fun-filled trip to her cousin’s destination wedding in Brazil.

Brazil is a land of beautiful sights and delicious offerings—including Max, the charming brother of her cousin’s new husband. Max has all the makings of a Prince Charming in soccer cleats, and Charlotte’s happily ever after seems to be within reach. But love is a funny thing, and soon Charlotte finds herself wondering: could it be that her true love has been right in front of her all along?

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My Review:  4 Stars

Have you ever thought you knew exactly how something was going to go, only to be surprised when it doesn't work out that way at all? I thought I knew where the ending was heading, but then I got caught up in all of the surprise twists, especially when they were almost too crazy to be true.

The fun really starts when Charlotte and her best friend and co-worker, Jack, attend a Brazilian party and get these wish bracelets. Three wishes? No problem and Charlotte is shocked when most of them almost immediately start to come true. Jack challenges her to go on 50 first dates, which results in hilarity and unbelievable, laugh-out-loud entertainment.

The real emotion comes to play with the easy banter and comradery that Jack and Charlotte have with each other. I loved their friendship and that they have each other's backs. Through all the ups and downs that this story brings, the romantic element shines through and is my favorite part. I wanted a little more of a spark, but I was still happy with how it all turned out.

Content: mild romance; very mild religious elements, specific to the LDS religion.

*I received a copy through the publisher, which did not influence my thoughts in any way.*



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Buy Links:

http://amzn.to/2xxipga  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wish-me-love-michele-ashman-bell/1127078046?ean=9781524404765  


About the Author:

Michele Ashman Bell grew up in St. George, Utah, where she met her husband, Gary, at Dixie College. They are the proud parents of four children: Weston, Kendyl, Andrea, and Rachel.
A favorite pastime of Michele’s is supporting her children in all of their activities, traveling both in and outside the United States with her husband and family, and doing research for her books. She also scuba dives. Aside from being a busy wife and mother, Michele is an aerobics instructor at the Life Centre Athletic Club near her home. Michele is the best-selling author of several books and a Christmas booklet and has also written children’s stories for the Friend magazine.


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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Sheriff's Bride: Country Brides, Cowboy Boots by Kimberly Krey {Review}


The Sheriff's Bride (A Cobble Creek Romance)
by Kimberly Krey
Kindle Edition
Published September 18th 2017 by Gelato Publishing LLC

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36270401-the-sheriff-s-bride?from_search=true    


Trent Lockheart might be the new sheriff in town, but he can’t stop Jessie Jean from stealing his heart.

Sheriff Trent Lockheart knew he’d be in for a challenge when he moved from the big city and a large police force to the small Wyoming town of Cobble Creek. But at least he’d be able to stick to his bachelor ways without temptation. So he thought. Cobble Creek isn’t overflowing with young, single ladies, but Jessie Jean—the gorgeous brunette who runs the Country Quilt Inn—proves more tempting than any woman he’s known.

Jessie doesn’t care much for the new sheriff in town. After an explosive first meeting that almost ends in Jessie’s arrest, she’s even more determined to plan on dinner for one for the rest of her life. Sure, the new sheriff is seriously attractive, and after a second, much less dangerous run-in, he might not be that bad, but Jessie has no plan to marry, date, or even let a man into her life. Still, as the days pass, Trent’s surprising charm works past Jessie’s determination, and she finds promise in their budding relationship.

After opening up about the difficulties in her past, Jessie finds that Trent is guarding a dark tragedy of his own, one that might threaten their chance at a future together.

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My Review: 5 Stars

I'm going to be a hypocrite for a minute. Hello---can I say, cover love?! And now that I totally just judged this book by the cover, I'm going to say that you can't really judge a book by its cover. Trent is the new sheriff in town and by first impressions, he's kind of stuffy and a strict rule-abider. His first meet with Jessie is hilarious and the situation really shows who these characters are and how opposite they are from one another. But don't opposites attract? Okay, back to that judging thing, Trent surprised me and definitely had reasons for being the way he is. Don't we all? So really...don't judge books by covers, or people by first impressions.

I adore Krey and her way of making characters come to life through volatile situations, dynamic banter, and steamy clean romance. There's also something about her writing, especially with the settings, that really strikes a chord deep inside of me and gives me a nostalgic feeling and this small, charming town is no exception. 

There are so many events that happen that left me dying to see how they would turn out, especially when Jessie is auctioned off for a date. The denial of attraction is no match for the sparks that emerge through the banter and encounters. I loved this story and can't wait to see what's in store for the rest of the series. Cobble Creek...I'll be back!

Content: steamy clean romance

*I received a copy, which did not influence my opinion in any way.*

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Buy Link:

http://amzn.to/2fxzPPJ

The Wondrous World of Violet Barnaby {Book Blast + Giveaway}

The Wondrous World of Violet Barnaby

Violet Barnaby searches for the joy in life after losing her mother in this sweet and funny follow-up to The Charming Life of Izzy Malone. Violet Barnaby is a having a blue Christmas. She’s still grieving the loss of her mother, and to make things worse, her dad has just married Melanie Harmer, a.k.a. the meanest teacher at Dandelion Hollow Middle School. But on the day Violet and her dad are packing up and moving into the new house they’ll share with Melanie and Melanie’s two children, Violet finds a letter her mother wrote to her before she died, asking Violet to enjoy Christmas, along with a Christmas Wish List—things her mom wants her to do during the holiday season. On the list are exactly the kinds of things Violet doesn’t want to do this year, like Be Someone’s Secret Santa; Give Someone the Gift of Your Time: Volunteer; and Bake Christmas Cookies. Violet shows the letter to her friend Izzy’s Aunt Mildred, who calls a meeting of the Charm Girls, a club Izzy and Violet belong to along with their friends, Daisy and Sophia. Aunt Mildred decides she will give them each a charm to put on their bracelet if they do all of the tasks on the Christmas Wish List, which Violet is not too happy about. She’d rather forget about the list completely, but feels compelled to honor her mother’s wishes. And when Izzy’s crush confides a big secret to Violet, Violet feels like she is stuck between her best friend and the boy who she just might have a crush on, too…  

Praise for The Wondrous World of Violet Barnaby "[an] emotionally perceptive novel of grief and recovery." - Kirkus You'll fall in love with Violet and love every minute of living in her wondrous world! - Stephanie Faris


 
Author Jenny Lundquist

Jenny Lundquist was born and raised in Huntington Beach, California, where she spent her time unsuccessfully learning how to surf. When she was younger, she wanted to be either a rock star or a published author. After she taped herself singing and listened to it on playback she decided she'd better opt for the writing route. Jenny is the author of multiple YA and Middle Grade titles including Seeing Cinderella, The Charming Life of Izzy Malone, The Wondrous World of Violet Barnaby and the forthcoming The Carnival of Wishes and Dreams (2019).

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Tackle Your TBR Read-a-thon Update

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Day 8 of the Tackle your TBR read-a-thon, hosted by Wishful Endings,
was okay.
I don't know why I'm so super busy lately....



UPDATE:

DAY EIGHT (September 18th)
Books Read: Blue Moon Kisses
Pages Read: 66
Total Books Read: 5
Total Pages Read: 1389 + ???
Finished Books:
Longing for Home: Hope Springs,
Mind Games,
Love Remains,
The Sheriff's Bride
The Pursuit of Lady Harriett

Cover Reveal: Drowning Sandy by Sarah Daley with Giveaway





 
Sarah Daley lives in Arizona with her best friend and husband, Chris, their adorable monster child, and neurotic dog.
At the age of six, she became a reading machine. Devouring everything she could possibly get her hands on. In high school she almost failed English three times because of her detest for writing book reports. Today, Sarah writes whatever stories haunt her dreams, and struggles to focus on one idea at a time. When she isn’t enjoying time with her family, or writing, you will find her nose stuck in a book, or out walking and enjoying the sunshine.
Drowning Sandy is her debut novella!

  

Connect with the Author here: 





  The water is calling...

and Sandy can no longer resist the urge to unleash her mermaid form. But a simple swim in Lake Ontario ends when she discovers the truth of her own banishment. When long time crush, Alardo, seems to shift in a direction she never dreamed possible, Sandy must make a choice — mermaid or human? Once she chooses, she can never go back.




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Kiss Me in the Rain by Lindzee Armstrong {Review}

Kiss Me in the Rain (A Destined for Love Romance: Mansions) by Lindzee Armstrong
Publication: September 19th 2017  

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35617860-kiss-me-in-the-rain?ac=1&from_search=true


Will she risk the home she treasures for the man she loves?

Cypress Grove has always been a treasured constant in Layla's perfect life. Now the mansion will be sold to the highest bidder if she doesn’t date an investor's son. The problem? The man she really wants just rolled into town.

Tyler is done being responsible and never going after what he wants. Layla's finally given him the courage to quit grad school and use his student loans to flip houses. And he's decided to move near Cypress Grove to do it.

When Layla happens upon suspicious ledgers at the mansion, her family's financial woes take a sinister turn. As Tyler and Layla work together to find the culprit, the attraction between them threatens to burst into flames. But admitting their feelings could spell disaster for Cypress Grove.


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My Review: 4.5 Stars 

I haven't ever been to the South, but I can sure picture the beautiful and historic mansions that dot the landscape and Armstrong does a really good job of bringing my visualizations to life. I especially enjoyed learning more about Tyler's house project because I can't look at something and picture the potential, so it's fun when others can do that.

Layla and Tyler are secondary characters in Armstrong's offering in the Destined for Love Romance: Europe set, but I think this story can stand on its own if you haven't read that one yet. Tyler and Layla had a connection in Europe, but he feels she's way out of his league and when he decides he's all in, he discovers that she's got a new boyfriend. Little does he know, it's a relationship of convenience.

I love the way this author uses mystery, suspense, and danger to balance out the romance, taking the plot to a deeper level. Don't get me wrong--the romance and sparks are definitely still there, but the characters are forced to connect in other ways. I loved watching it all unfold and although some parts a little predictable, there are still plenty of surprise twists. This story is a great start to this new set and I can't wait for the others!

Content: mild romance (kissing).

*I received a copy which didn't influence my opinion in any way. All thoughts are my own.*

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Buy Link:

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Monday, September 18, 2017

The Pursuit of Lady Harriett by Rachael Anderson {Blog Tour + Giveaway}

The Pursuit of Lady Harriett by Rachael Anderson

When wills clash and hearts collide, who will reign victorious? Termed an Incomparable during her first London season, Lady Harriett Cavendish is beautiful, spirited, and confident, capturing the attention of a great many suitors. Unfortunately, they all failed to capture her attention, and she concluded the season as unattached as she’d begun it. Only weeks prior to her second season, Harriett encounters Lieutenant Christopher Jamison while visiting Tanglewood Manor. Recently returned from war, the lieutenant is everything that Harriett's previous suitors were not. He’s arrogant, ungentlemanly, irritating, and challenges her at every opportunity. When he goes too far, Harriett decides that it’s time to turn the tables on him. But as she sets out to put the lieutenant in his place once and for all, she discovers there is more to him than meets the eye, and when it comes to matters of the heart, she has no control whatsoever.


My Review: 5 Stars

I read a lot and there's not a lot more that causes me to hunker down and laugh, smile, and sigh than fabulous witty banter and a chase, of sorts. This is one that had me captured from the first mistake to the final page. And there are a few different definitions of the word pursuit, just so you know.

Christopher is a pretty clueless "gentleman," although if you were to ask Harriett, a gentleman he most definitely is not. He's a big tease and whether it's conscious or not, he pushes buttons better than a curious toddler. A former war general, he's good at strategy and is determined to employ some of these tactics with this feisty, intriguing, beautiful lady. On the other hand, Harriett is determined to drive this man mad with her sarcasm, tricks, and annoying behavior. The results are hilarious and I loved every minute of their interactions and banter.

Anderson is an author who can really engage a reader with her unique characters and situations. The characters become life-like and seem like dear friends and the events that occur are very interesting and entertaining. I know I'll never feel like I just wasted a few precious hours when I'm able to dive into one of her books and I always look forward to a new release. I absolutely adored this story and didn't want it to end--I loved it!

Content: mild romance

*I received a copy, which didn't have any influence on my thoughts and opinions.*


EXCERPT

Harriett looked at what remained of the cake. Appar-ently, he didn’t intend to finish it off after all, so she collected their forks and stood. “Forgive me for saying so, but you look quite done in, Chris. If you do not go up to bed now, you will probably fall asleep here. Only imagine what Mrs. Caddy might say if she discovers you here with the mostly-eaten cake. For your own sake, you ought to retire. I will do my best to tidy things up.”
Before she could move away from him, he grabbed her hand and guided her to sit back down, keeping hold of her fingers. “Not so fast, my lady. I meant it when I said that I’m in desperate need of the distraction that only you can provide. Thus far, all I have done is burden you with my troubles.”
“I do not feel at all burdened, sir.” Indeed, Harriett suddenly felt breathless and somewhat giddy. The effect this man had on her was something of a wonder.
“Sir?” he asked. “I thought we were beyond that.”
“I thought so as well, but you only just called me ‘my lady.’”
He frowned and blinked as though he hadn’t realized he had. “Forgive me, Harry. I fear my exhaustion has muddled my thinking.”
This time, she did not let the name slide. She snatched her hand free and frowned at him. “Obviously it has.”
He laughed—not a tired attempt at a laugh, but a real one filled with the richness that warmed her straight through. Only this time, it did not bother her at all. In fact, it felt wonderful, almost like a compliment.
“I knew you’d come through for me,” he said, leaning close enough to touch shoulders with her. “You have no idea how much I needed to laugh or how good that felt. I could honestly kiss you right now.”
Harriett tried her best not to blush or appear astonished by the suggestion—he had obviously made the comment in jest—but when his smile widened into a devilish grin, she knew she’d failed. He leaned in closer, and his gaze wandered briefly to her mouth before returning to her eyes. She could smell vanilla and lemon and a hint of something else—leather perhaps? A delightful pulse whipped down her arm, and she was hard-pressed not to shiver.
“Admit it,” he said. “You have missed me.”

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Author Rachael Anderson

A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.



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A Year of Love by Heather B. Moore {Review}

A Year of Love by Heather B. Moore
Kindle Edition, 72 pages
Expected publication: September 19th 2017 by Mirror Press 
 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35600474-a-year-of-love?ac=1&from_search=true
 
1907, England
Lucien Baxter’s best and most incorrigible friend, Will, dies unexpectedly, leaving behind his new bride and unborn child the week before Christmas. Will’s last request is that Lucien watch over Cora, not just as a benefactor, but as a husband. When Lucien does his duty and proposes to Cora, he’s turned down flat. Over the course of the next twelve months, Lucien discovers that marrying Cora wouldn’t be any sort of duty after all, but a matter of following his heart.

*Note for readers: A YEAR OF LOVE was previously published in A Timeless Romance Anthology: Silver Bells Collection, as TWELVE MONTHS.  
 
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My Review: 5 Stars
 
I don't think the opposites attract theory necessarily applies to strictly romances. Sometimes best friends are polar opposites and that's what makes them such good friends. That thought seems to make up Lucien and Will's friendship. Will is impulsive, outgoing, and larger than life, while Lucien is left to pick up the many pieces that Will leaves in his wake, yet their friendship works.
 
When Will suddenly dies, his last request is that Lucien take care of his wife and unborn child, which Lucien is more than happy to do. Cora has had such a heartbreaking past, but she's one strong and self-reliant woman. I love the gentle persuasion that occurs over time, and especially the role that music plays in this tender relationship. 
 
It's not easy to create such a complete and tender story is so few pages, but this author manages to do just that and it's one that captured me heart and soul. It's refreshing to read a story set in England in this time period and is a very sweet book.
 
Content: innuendo (implied affairs), mild romance.
 
*I received a copy, which did not influence my thoughts in any way. All opinions are my own.*
 
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Buy Link:
 
http://amzn.to/2gSqt0V
 
 About the Author:


Heather B. Moore is a USA today bestselling author who writes sweet romance. Under H.B. Moore she writes historicals & thrillers. Under Jane Redd, she writes Young Adult. There are more than 9,000 5-star reviews for Heather's books on Goodreads!

Tackle Your TBR Read-a-thon Update: Mid-point Check

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Day 7 of the Tackle your TBR read-a-thon, hosted by Wishful Endings,
is the mid-point check-in.
I haven't visited ANY other participants yet (shame on me)
and haven't done any challenges yet (again, shame!),
but I still have another week to make some progress there.
And look at me--I'm staying on track with reading,
but again, you all get to see just how down to the wire
I get at times with my reviews. :)



UPDATE:

DAY SEVEN (September 17th)
Books Read: The Pursuit of Lady Harriett
Pages Read: 151
Total Books Read: 5
Total Pages Read: 1323 + ???
Finished Books:
Longing for Home: Hope Springs,
Mind Games,
Love Remains,
The Sheriff's Bride
The Pursuit of Lady Harriett

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Tackle Your TBR Read-a-thon Update Day 6

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Day Six of the Tackle your TBR read-a-thon, hosted by Wishful Endings,
was pretty good. Saturdays are always busy with projects
and chores, but I still got some reading in. Any reading
time is good!


UPDATE:

DAY SIX (September 16th)
Books Read: The Pursuit of Lady Harriett
Pages Read: 110
Total Books Read: 4
Total Pages Read: 1172 + ???
Finished Books:
Longing for Home: Hope Springs,
Mind Games,
Love Remains,
The Sheriff's Bride