Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The Captivating Warrior by Cami Checketts and Daniel Banner {Review}

The Captivating Warrior (Navy SEAL Romances)
by Cami Checketts and Daniel Banner
Kindle Edition
Published April 17th 2018 by Birch River Publishing 
Source: Borrowed on Kindle Unlimited
https://amzn.to/2HmWHNZ   https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39889749-the-captivating-warrior?ac=1&from_search=true
Twenty-five years ago, Sutton Smith was stripped of his rank of commodore and his promising career in the British Royal Navy. The real loss came when the love of his life dumped him and married a scheming duke.

Duchess Elizabeth Gunthry has never been able to search for the only man she ever loved, she's had to protect her daughter from the man she was forced to marry. After obtaining a secret divorce, she is still trapped under the duke's oppressive thumb. When the enigma she's mourned for twenty-five years, Sutton Smith, appears at a formal ball to rescue her daughter, Liz is grateful to have one last dance with the love of her life and discovers all the old feelings instantly surface.

When Sutton asks her to leave with them and trust him, she has to make a choice: trust in the man she's always loved or play it safe and lose everything.

Don't miss the rest of the fabulous Navy SEAL Romances:
The Protective Warrior by Cami Checketts
The Honorable Warrior by Kimberly Krey
The Peaceful Warrior by Daniel Banner
The Broken Warrior by Taylor Hart
The Reckless Warrior by Jennifer Youngblood

My Review: 5 Stars  

Sometimes it's hard to let go of that hope of one day reuniting with the one who got away and after twenty-five years of separate, but equally challenging lives, Sutton and Liz have their second chance.

THE CAPTIVATING WARRIOR picks up right where THE PROTECTIVE WARRIOR leaves off, so I would suggest reading that one first to get the fully understand some of the characters.

Liz is in a terrible marriage, but she is so amazing in how she rises above all of that. Her selfless is admirable. As for Sutton--he's pretty awesome and easy to crush on. His bravery and flawless planning makes the heart flutter. I loved seeing glimpses of other characters in the series, as well.

Cami Checketts really is a master at creating a suspense that gives me major anxiety, yet wraps me up a comforting and tender romance that's full of emotion. And the twists! I loved them. This one is definitely gripping and full of tense moments, yet the promise of peace glimmering in the distance got me through.

Content: mild, swoony romance; mild violence

Monday, April 23, 2018

A Highlander's Hidden Heart by Julie Coulter Bellon {Blog Tour Review}

A Highlander's Hidden Heart (A Timeless Romance Single) by Julie Coulter Bellon
ebook, 117 pages
Publication: April 24th 2018 by Mirror Press 
Source: I received a copy to voluntarily review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by this.
https://amzn.to/2HSPENP   https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39032358-a-highlander-s-hidden-heart?from_search=true
Despite being the daughter of a duke, shy Elizabeth Barrington becomes a target for the cruel whisperings of the ton. She would rather stay at home with her sketchbook indefinitely than give them more to gossip about, but when a dashing new earl arrives, everything changes. His Scottish brogue and easy acceptance draw her in and she finds herself falling in love. Before she can act on her feelings, however, her father promises her to a man who hides his cruel behavior behind a mask of civility. With her future at stake, Elizabeth must make a choice—do her duty or choose a love that could cost her everything.

Alec Ramsay never expected to inherit an earldom or settle in England, but he leaves behind his life in the Scottish Highlands and comes to London. After meeting his new neighbor, the beautiful and soft-spoken Lady Elizabeth, Alec can’t wait to further their acquaintance. It doesn’t take long in her company, however, for Alec to see he’s in danger of losing his heart. But when long-held prejudices rear their ugly head, Alec is caught between doing what is right and his new role as an English gentleman. Has he finally found the love he’s waited his whole life for, only to lose her in the web of unfair judgments and proper English traditions?  
My Review: 4 Stars
Elizabeth is a character who is easy to relate to--for me, at least. She's shy and would rather avoid society, especially due to a characteristic that causes her to be a target of cruelty. But her father wants her married and his acceptance of a suitor is a recipe for disaster after Elizabeth meets a very intriguing Scottish man.

Who could resist a gentleman in a kilt? I've told my girls before that I don't care who they end up married to--as long as they are treated well and respected and that's just how Alec is with Elizabeth. His ability to see straight into her heart and soul causes a bit of an insta-love, but she is treasured. It's hard to defy the expectations of society, however, and that sets up a delightfully tender tale with this latest TR Single. 

As always, I appreciated the clean romance and the entertaining plot. Although it's on the shorter side, a well-rounded story is delivered and I could have eagerly enjoyed more details and more story. Short, sweet, and satisfying.

Content: mild romance
About the Author:

Julie Coulter Bellon 

Julie Coulter Bellon is the author of more than a dozen romantic suspense novels. Her book All Fall Down won the RONE award for Best Suspense and Pocket Full of Posies won a RONE Honorable Mention for Best Suspense.

Julie loves to travel and her favorite cities she's visited so far are probably Athens, Paris, Ottawa, and London. She loves to read, write, teach, watch Castle, Hawaii Five-O, and eat Canadian chocolate. Not necessarily in that order.

Julie offers writing and publishing tips as well as her take on life on her blog ldswritermom.blogspot.com You can also find out about all her upcoming projects at her website juliebellon.com
Amazon buy link: http://a.co/1R3Dr0X
Tour Schedule:

April 26th - Peggy Urry / Min Reads and Reviews (spotlight)
April 27th - Among the Reads / Joy in the Moments / Literary Time Out / Wishful Endings

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Love in Bloom: Author Brooke St. James

Summer of '65 by Brooke St. James

Ivy Lewis went home to Memphis in the summer of 1965 unaware of the adventure that awaited her. She was content to go through the motions of her predictable routines back home while safeguarding a few little secrets about her life in Nashville. In her mind, the two worlds weren't meant to intersect.

Then Michael Bishop entered the picture. He had just moved to Memphis from Detroit in hopes of expanding his motorcycle company. He appeared to be nothing more than an outlaw and a menace to the community. Any type of relationship between them was sure to be met with resistance from Ivy's family and friends.

But Michael Bishop was too great of a temptation for Ivy.

The summer of 1965 would be one of first impressions, first dances, and forbidden love.

I glanced at Alice who gave me a wide-eyed smile. I heard the noise of shifting gravel, and I looked up to find that Michael was getting off of his motorcycle.

"Ivy Lewis," he said, closing the distance between us.

"Michael Bishop," I returned.

"You came back to look for a hairpin," he said as more of a statement than a question.

The other waiters came closer to help me look, which caused their shadows to block the light. "I think it was over here," Alice said, redirecting them. She had, thank goodness, caught on to the fact that I might want to say a couple of words to Michael and was helping me out.

"I really liked that song," he said.

He must have known I wasn't really there to look for a hairpin, because he didn't even bother looking down.

"When can I hear you play again?"

“Just like her other books, you get everything a good book provides. It has a beautiful love story, nostalgia and a bit of mystery without repeating things over and over. Love it and will read it again I'm sure.”

“I'm always anxious to see what Brooke writes and this book didn't disappoint. Michael and Ivy experienced typical 1965 prejudices and problems but the fun and flirty dialogue is still there. Motorcycles and the preacher's kid, misunderstood music and parental expectations... this story had it all. Can't wait for the next generation!”

“What an amazing new book by an incredible author! The story was sincere and well-paced with adorable dialogue, poignant moments and surprises along the way. I can't get enough of these charming and realistic main characters and eagerly await the next book in this series.”

Author Brooke St. James

Brooke St. James is an author of contemporary romance novels with Christian and inspirational themes and happy endings. She was born and raised in south Louisiana but has had the opportunity to travel and live throughout the U.S. An avid reader, writer, audio book addict, and fan of all things artistic, Brooke constantly has her hands in some creative activity. She's currently back home in Louisiana enjoying life with her husband, children, and two lazy dogs.

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