Thursday, August 16, 2018

The Undercover Bridesmaid by Kimberley Montpetit {Review}


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The Undercover Bridesmaid by Kimberley Montpetit

Kindle Edition, 246 pages
Published July 11th 2018 by Spellbound Books 
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.
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Can love overcome the tragic past between a hired bridesmaid and an FBI Agent?

Chloe Romano is a good FBI Agent even though she fights a deep attraction to her team leader, the gorgeous Liam Esposito. Fraternizing with her boss is strictly forbidden, and their feelings for each other have to remain a secret longing.

When an FBI sting operation goes horribly wrong, Chloe's feelings for Liam become tangled with grief when she learns that he was the one that left her best friend behind to die.

After resigning from the FBI, Chloe launches a bridesmaid-for-hire business. As a personal assistant for brides suffering wedding melt-downs, Chloe loses herself in her new career--until the day Liam Esposito shows up out of the blue. Liam needs Chloe's help in stopping a diamond heist at her wealthy cousin's wedding. Old feelings resurface when Chloe is drawn to Liam's charm, strength, and intelligence.

Wedding party suspects are everywhere, but can Chloe save her cousin from the ultimate bridal melt-down when it looks like the groom is the culprit?

Most importantly, is Chloe brave enough to learn the truth and give Liam and their love a second chance?
My Review: 4 Stars

I'm always a fan of a suspense that keeps me guessing and this one did just that. Don't get me wrong--there was plenty of light-hearted romance and fun, but that element of mystery was just the right amount to really add an interesting dimension to the story.

Chloe is perfect for this new job, since she's a former FBI agent and is now a professional bridesmaid. Her cousin is getting married and Chloe's skills are needed to protect some expensive diamonds from being stolen. Chloe is capable, resilient, and strong and just the right person to calm any wedding jitters.

Liam is a big part of the reason why Chloe left the FBI and he's now on the scene again. I don't know how that girl could resist his charms, but she somehow does, although their interactions ooze a delightfully resistant chemistry.

I thoroughly enjoyed the combination of wedding plans, mystery, danger, and swoon and especially loved the culmination of it all.

Content:
mild romance; mild violence

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Can Dreams Come True? by Krysten Lindsay Hager {Review}

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Can Dreams Come True? by Krysten Lindsay Hager
Published March 20th 2018 by Clean Reads
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and are voluntarily given.



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Cecily has always had a huge crush on singer Andrew Holiday and she wants to be an actress, so she tags along when her friend auditions for his new video. However, the director isn’t looking for an actress, but rather the girl next door—and so is Andrew. Cecily gets a part in the video and all of Andrew’s attention on the set. Her friend begins to see red and Cecily’s boyfriend is seeing green—as in major jealousy. A misunderstanding leaves Cecily and her boyfriend on the outs and Andrew hopes to pick up the pieces as he’s looking for someone more stable in his life than the models he’s dated. Soon Cecily begins to realize Andrew understands her more than her small-town boyfriend—but can her perfect love match really be her favorite rock star?

My Review: 4 Stars

I'm so excited for the start of a new series by this author! Hager has a way of really flinging me back into the throes of high school life again, but this time around is a lot more enjoyable.

I always used to wonder what I would do if I was lucky enough to meet my teen idol--would I fangirl? Would I faint? Would I make a fool out of myself? Yeah, probably that last one... Cecily has the perfect boyfriend, but when the chance arises to go with a friend to audition for a new music video being filmed in the area, she takes it, and finds herself cast as well.

Cecily handles her life and its unpredictable situations better than a lot of teenagers would, yet she still shows some jealousy, insecurity, and lack of communication skills, which makes her easy to relate to, instead of someone to envy--she's only human! I loved being drawn into her drama and her life and enjoyed the way this life triangle (of sorts) was handled. This is a great escape book and I'm going to be watching out for the next book in the series. I want more of Cecily!

Content: mild romance

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Anna the Prophetess by H.B. Moore {Blog Tour Review and Giveaway}

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Anna the Prophetess by H.B. Moore
Kindle Edition, 232 pages
Published August 1st 2018 by Covenant Communications 
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.
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Anna the Prophetess is the dramatic chronicle of the only woman to be called a prophetess in the Gospels. When Anna’s great-niece Julia is exiled to Jerusalem as punishment for her refusal to marry a man old enough to be her father, Anna shares the story of her early days of courtship with her husband. Although Julia’s parents admonished her to observe firsthand how lonely Anna’s life is, Julia instead discovers that her great-aunt’s life is far from lonely—it is full of love, peace, and incredible faith. As Anna shares her unwavering testimony of the coming Messiah with her great-niece, these two faithful women are changed forever as they seek the Lord’s will in their lives and joyfully witness the long-awaited miracles of Christ’s birth.
My Review: 5 Stars

The story of Anna isn't a very long one. I was very curious to see how Moore would take this snippet from the Bible and turn it into a novel. I loved the way she used a fictional character, Julia, to help the reader come to know the story in a firsthand way. 

Moore always does a great job of writing relatable characters living in believable circumstances. Hope and faithfulness really shine through the words and give the reader something to think about, along with being entertained by a fascinating character. 

I really enjoyed the tale and loved seeing the small miracles that accompanied the book's progression.

Content: very mild romance; mild religion
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Monday, August 13, 2018

Catch Him if You Can by Jennifer Shirk {Review}

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Catch Him If You Can by Jennifer Shirk
ebook, 243 pages
Publication: August 13th 2018 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Bliss)
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.
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Veterinarian Wade Roberts is done with love. But try convincing the elderly folk of Cape Harmony who are determined to play matchmaker. Now the young single women in town are bombarding him with baked goods and love notes, and being “taken” is the only way to stop the meddling grannies—which is why he needs a fake fiancĂ©e. Fast.

Arden Pearson loves planning weddings. Other people's weddings, that is. After her own engagement ended in disaster, she prefers to live vicariously through her work. But when she needs to persuade a big client that she’s capable of planning the celebrity wedding of the year, she’s willing to go as far as pretending to be engaged herself to her best friend’s older brother.

Soon their ruse has everyone in town believing they make the perfect couple—including Arden. She’s always been nothing more than a kid sister to Wade, and it might take a village to convince him otherwise...
  

My Review: 5 Stars

Wade has been shattered by love before and isn't in any hurry to find love again, much to the dismay of the meddling menagerie of women in town. These women cracked me up! From Judy at the coffee shop, who only hears what she wants to hear, to the ladies bringing in "sick" pets to the clinic and leaving food on his doorstep, there are a lot of laughs brought to the reader by these ladies. Wade is the hot, but nerdy, vet in town and isn't safe from anyone's advances.

Arden, Wade's younger sister's best friend, has also been crushed by love, in a completely different way, and is content in planning the best weddings of the year with her business. I would die to see some of the weddings she plans--they sound so unique and perfect for each bride.

Obviously, a fake relationship is proposed to simplify and benefit both of their lives, but who can tell the heart how to feel? A fake relationship, with some prior sparks and chemistry, is one of my favorites and this one definitely delivered. I loved the swoon and sass with each interaction, especially as they tried to convince the town (and each other) that they were committed. Wade and Arden are strong and self confident characters, but have just a touch of marshmallow that really melt the heart. I loved the whole setting and premise and hope there's more coming in the "Accidentally in Love" series.

Content: steamy clean romance (the couple does have sex, but everything is behind closed doors); some innuendo; mild-moderate language

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Author's Corner #20





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...

 

Marissa Meyer is a fangirl at heart, with a closet full of costumes, a Harry Potter wand on her desk, and a Tuxedo Mask doll hanging from her rear view mirror. Han and Leia are still her OTP. She may or may not be a cyborg.

Marissa writes books for teens, including the NYT bestselling series: The Lunar Chronicles.

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I've been hooked on pretty much everything that I've
read by Marissa Meyer. The first book that I 
ever read of hers was Cinder, and that's where it all began...
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Friday, August 10, 2018

The Songs of You and Me by Mylissa Demeyere {Blog Tour Review and Giveaway}




The Songs of You and Me by Mylissa Demeyere

Jane Hartford fell head over heels for Jackson at the tender age of fifteen. She spent most of high school pining for him, until she realized he wasn’t going to see her as anything more than his baby sister’s best friend. Now she finds herself single with a daughter, a broken heart, and songs that remind her of a long lost love.

Jackson Wright is a man living with regret. His biggest one, never acting on his feelings for Jane. When he returns to Bellebrook, the town they grew up in, he literally runs into her and his world gets tossed upside down and sideways.

This time, Jackson isn’t willing to give up. With a meddling sister eager to push both of them together, he believes things might actually work out. That is, if they can overcome the heavy baggage they both carry. Follow Jackson and Jane as they revisit their past, figuring out what went wrong so long ago.

Will they learn they have the power to make things right in the present?

My Review: 4.5 Stars

A debut author can be hit or miss for me and let me just say, I didn't want to put this one down--I couldn't read it fast enough. I loved the way the story gradually unfolded for the reader. The book jumps back and forth between Jackson's and Jane's points-of-view and I loved getting a glimpse into their heads and see their thoughts and feelings from back then and from now, as each chapter alternates between past and present. The flashbacks filled in the story in a very satisfying way that helped me know the characters and the reasons for their behaviors on a deeper level. I also loved the way the songs that titled each chapter fit so well with what was happening.

Jackson and Jane are such likable characters and their story is warm, sweet, swoony, and slightly angsty, but definitely one that resonated with me, causing me to think about it long after I finished. There is so much tangible emotion involved in this story. It takes talent to engage a reader, give the characters a second chance, and talk about hard subjects without the book being a downer. I'm already looking forward to Book 2!

Content: mild+ swoony romance; mild language

*I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own and were voluntarily given.*



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What Readers are saying:

A tender debut novel that will leave you remembering the sweet angst of first love. The Songs of You and Me is a charmer. - Taylor Dean, author of I’m With You and Chasing Fireflies.

In this romantic debut about first love, second chances, Ms. DeMeyere weaves the past and present together in a way that brings the characters' hearts to life as they heal from tragedies and struggle to move on in life. Sweet and heartwarming. – Charissa Stastny, author of Between Hope and the Highway and the Rules out Romances Series.

A fun and enticing love story that combines the bitter with the sweet and keeps you laughing amidst the tears. You won't want to miss this touching story that explores true love in all its depth and beauty. – Aubrey, Amazon Reviewer

The Songs of You and Me pulled me in from page one. The characters came to life and I felt as if I was part of their story. I stayed up night after night fascinated with their personal and individual challenges. Their obstacles were relatable and tugged at my heart. I couldn’t wait to finish and yet I didn’t want it to end. As I read the last page, I was ecstatic to see what would come next from Mylissa Demeyere. – Jamie, Amazon Reviewer

EXCERPT:

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Playlist

The whole idea for this book started out as a scene after listening to a song. Then I would listen to that song over and over and see more of the pieces fall into place.
Soon, I had an entire playlist, with scenes mapped out, and a whole story ready to write. This book tells the story of Jane and Jackson, the songs of them.
Included in the book is a unique playlist. Here is the list, but in the back of the book, I give you a full breakdown of how I saw each scene and how I felt that song was best fitted for the chapter. Enjoy!
Prologue: Tears in Heaven – Eric Clapton
C1: Lay Me Down – Sam Smith
C2 : It’s a Beautiful Day – U2
C3: Hello – Martin Solveig
C4: Hanging by a Moment – Lifehouse
C5: This Girl – Kungs
C6: Disappointment – The Cranberries
C7: Everybody Hurts – R.E.M
C8: My Father’s Eyes – Eric Clapton
C9: It’s Time – Imagine Dragons
C10: Could this be love? – The Wanted
C11: Hold Back the River – James Bay
C12: September Song – J.B. Cooper
C13: Count on Me – Bruno Mars
C14: The Other – Stripped / Lauv
C15: Breathing – Oscar and the Wolf
C16: Love Love – Amy MacDonald
C17: Push the Button – Sugababes
C18: Animal – Neon Trees
C19: Perfect – Ed Sheeren
C20: Someday – Sugar Ray
C21: What Lovers Do (feat. SZA) – Maroon 5, SZA
C22: Gotta Get Thru This – Daniel Bedingfield
C23: It’s Gotta Be You – Isaiah
C24: Welcome to New York – Taylor Swift
C25: Best Day of My Life – American Authors
C26: Over My Head – The Fray
C27: Water under the Bridge – Adele
C28: The Middle – Jimmy Eat World
C29: Silence – Marshmellow ft Khalid
C30: Demons – Imagine Dragons
C31: Walking The Wire – Imagine Dragons
C32: Home – Dotan
C33: No Sound But The Wind – Editors
C34: WhoKnew – Pink
C35: Stargazing – Kygo
C36: Love – Jana Kramer
C37: Quicksand – Tom Chaplin
Epilogue: False Alarm – Matoma , Becky Hill


 
Author Mylissa Demeyere


Mylissa Demeyere was born in Belgium, and resides in the beautiful city of Ghent. She lives in a somewhat organized home with her four beautiful children and the love of her life. If she isn’t working, she’s writing, running, reading, or enjoying time with her kids, who are growing up way too fast.
The Songs of You and Me is her debut novel, with a sequel already in the works.


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Blog Tour Schedule

July 30th
I Am A Reader - Spotlight
Clean Wholesome Romance - Spotlight
Cover Lover Book Review - Spotlight
Cuzinlogic - Spotlight
Laurisa White Reyes, Author - Spotlight

July 31st
Mythical Books - Review
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T's Stuff - Spotlight

August 1st
Heidi Reads... - Review
Stacking My Book Shelves! - Spotlight
My Life, Loves and Passion - Spotlight

August 2nd
Room With Books - Spotlight
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The Avid Reader - Spotlight

August 3rd
Why Not? Because I Said So! - Review
FLY HIGH! - Spotlight
A Writer's Life - Spotlight

August 6th
Remembrancy - Review
Bargnhtress - Spotlight
Wishful Endings - Spotlight

August 7th
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August 8th
Periodical Gazette - Spotlight
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August 9th
Getting Your Read On - Review
My Life. One Story at a Time. - Spotlight
Kimber's Life - Spotlight

August 10th
Katie’s Clean Book Collection - Review
Bookish Reviews - Spotlight
BookHounds - Spotlight



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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Silver Star by Lisa Swinton {Review}

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Silver Star by Lisa Swinton
Kindle Edition, 306 pages
Published May 1st 2018 
Source: I won a copy in a giveaway. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.
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Her cowboy might just be another broken-heart ballad waiting to happen…

Country superstar Sara Silver has it all: fame, fortune, and a mantel full of Grammys. She also has a string of chart-topping heartbreak songs to go with them—all based on her miserable love life. Now her manager says Sara doesn’t sing with the heart she used to. If she doesn’t come up with another hit album soon, then her label will move on to the next big thing.

Sara heads to a ranch in Wyoming to get back to her country roots and rediscover herself. To keep the press away, she hides her identity and is determined to let nothing distract her. Then she meets Cal: tall, brooding, and all cowboy. Sara falls for Cal and the quiet ranch life, but with each song she writes her time there draws to a close.

Sara will have to choose between the country stars of Nashville or the glittering stars of a Wyoming sky…unless she can find a way to have both.  
My Review: 5 Stars

I have always loved music and I love how it touches my soul. One thing I wish I could do is write songs. That would be so awesome to be able to sit down and come up with something that inspiring, but alas, that is not one of my talents. I want to hear Sara's new songs!

Sara is a character that really resonated with me and came alive. It's no secret that I love a darling celebrity story and it's my favorite when that person is "normal," especially when they are able to go back to their roots and humble themselves and that's exactly what happened with Sara. 

Who knew a ranch in Wyoming could be so refreshing and could be just the think to stimulate those creative juices again? I'm about ready to sign up to be a towner at a ranch like this one. The setting was tangible and I love the slow, simmering burn of a new relationship. In fact, I loved many of the relationships in this book, but of course, the romantic one always takes the cake for me.

Sara and Cal both have massive heartaches and big choices to make. These touches of sadness were important parts of the story, but didn't drag it down to the depths of depression. The overall feeling of this book is total satisfaction. I would love to see books about Sara's brothers.

Content: mild romance; a few moments of mild peril

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Sandover Beach Memories by Emma St. Clair {Review}

Sandover Beach Memories by Emma St. Clair
Kindle Edition, 196 pages
Published May 12th 2018 
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.
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She didn’t come home to find love, but he had been waiting for her all along. 

When Jenna returns home to Sandover Beach after her mother’s death, love is the last thing on her mind. The ink is barely dry on her divorce from her cheating husband and she simply wants to make plans for a new future. But she can’t seem to avoid her past. Steve, her childhood sweetheart, shows up on her doorstep as though no time has passed. And she continues to run into Jackson, a man she wishes she never had to see again.

Jackson is a changed man--if only he could get Jenna to see it. She makes it abundantly clear that she still thinks of him as the bad boy he was in high school.

Will Jackson be able to show her the man he has become and tell her how he feels? Or will Jenna fall right back into her old patterns with Steve?

Find out in Book 1 of the Sandover Island Sweet Romance Series!

My Review: 4 Stars

Sandover Beach sounds like my kind of place, with it's small-town feel, beautiful setting, and great characters. Jenna returns home after her mother dies and finds herself in a slight love triangle. I honestly didn't know at first which guy to cheer on, but the answer became apparently pretty quickly.

Jenna has one of the heaviest bags of drama ever and she is gradually able to unburden herself as the story marches on. She really does have a lot to deal with it, but I love how those around her are able to help her, even if some do so unknowingly.

There are so many layers of feels in this story and it's not the light and fluffy book that it seems to be. It's poignant and sweet, heartbreaking and tender, and it's all wrapped up in a coating of hope.

Content: mild romance; talk of affairs, death, divorce, and some light innuendo; mild violence; mild+ references to religion.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West {Review}

Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published May 29th 2018 by Point
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Talking to other people isn't Kate Bailey's favorite activity. She'd much rather be out on the lake, soaking up the solitude and sunshine. So when her best friend, Alana, convinces Kate to join their high school's podcast, Kate is not expecting to be chosen as the host. Now she'll have to answer calls and give advice on the air? Impossible.

But to Kate's surprise, she turns out to be pretty good at the hosting gig. Then the podcast gets in a call from an anonymous guy, asking for advice about his unnamed crush. Kate is pretty sure that the caller is gorgeous Diego Martinez, and even surer that the girl in question is Alana. Kate is excited for her friend ... until Kate herself starts to develop feelings for Diego. Suddenly, Kate finds that while doling out wisdom to others may be easy, asking for help is tougher than it looks, and following your own advice is even harder.

Kasie West's adorable story of secrets, love, and friendship is sure to win over hearts everywhere.

My Review: 5 Stars

Kasie West is a treat for me to read because the way she writes transports me back in time and really captures my heart. Her sweet YA romances are so adorable, fluffy, and pure entertainment.

Kate is obsessed with the lake and has no interest in anything else. She has to stretch and grow when she is chosen to co-host her school's podcast and I love the way she becomes more aware of those around her, develops compassion, and discovers new talents. Although she gradually becomes self-aware through the course of the story, she remains completely clueless in matters of the heart and in a weird way, I find that very refreshing. Hormones do not rule this girl!

I loved the vivid characters and could feel their feelings, frustrations, and joys coming through the words, even though this book skims the surface. I could picture the lake and surrounding areas, and could almost feel that breeze on my face. I love how sensitive topics were touched on and would love to really listen to this podcast in real life. This book was like taking a satisfying vacation, even with the school parts thrown in.

Content: mild romance; mild violence

Monday, August 6, 2018

Calico Ball (A Timeless Western Collection) {Review}

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Calico Ball (Timeless Western Collection)
Kindle Edition, 283 pages
Published July 10th 2018 by Mirror Press 
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.
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THE KEEPER OF THE WESTERN DOOR by Carla Kelly
When Mary Blue Eye travels to Wyoming Territory with her friend to help her settle into her new married life at Fort Laramie, Mary is treated more like a servant than the friend she thought she was. Thankfully, she finds a new friend in Sergeant Blade, though Mary fears that her Seneca Indian heritage will keep a man like Blade from truly caring for her. Soon Mary is tasked with making fourteen calico dresses in two weeks, and Blade turns out to be the best ally she could ever ask for.

A CONVENIENT ARRANGEMENT by Sarah M. Eden
Patrick Quinn needs a wife. Hiring maids who leave within weeks to marry another fellow in a female-scarce Wyoming town hasn’t been helpful. Quinn needs a woman who will stay. When he writes to a mail-order bride service, and four-foot-eleven Mirabelle Smith shows up, they agree to each attend to their own duties and tasks. Their marriage will be a convenient arrangement for them both. But sometimes the heart has other ideas.

ISABELLA’S CALICO GROOM by Kristin Holt
Dr. Henry Merritt is desperate for dental patients, especially since Dr. Isabella Pattison arrived in the growing town of Evanston in the Wyoming Territory. It seems the female patients want a woman’s touch, and the male patients are quite fond of a pretty dentist. But if Henry doesn’t find a way to put Isabella out of business, his own practice will go under. When Isabella proposes that they team up together, and Henry gets to know her, he discovers the last thing he wants is for Isabella to leave.
My Review: 4 Stars
I always love to read these collections because I know I'll get a couple of fun, sweet stories. I must admit--I hadn't ever head of calico balls before reading this book and it was so much fun to learn more about those and see how the balls each played into the different stories.
THE KEEPER OF THE WESTERN DOOR delivered a tender story of a woman who is part Native American and how she tried to fit into the Wyoming territory. I enjoyed the descriptions of the sewing activities, especially as she had to make 14 dresses in just two weeks. It was so sweet to read about Mary Blue Eyes and the way she was able to find love.
I'm always up for a marriage-of-convenience and A CONVENIENT ARRANGEMENT delivered a charming tale of a mail-order bride. Mirabelle arrives in a tiny package, standing at only 4'11", but she sure has a powerful personality. I loved the way she was able to make a place for herself in this family and society in Wyoming in the 1880s. Her story is a touch heart-wrenching, but is so naive and sweet.
I love the way that Kristin Holt writes such strong and independent female leads. In ISABELLA'S CALICO GROOM, Isabella is a dentist and has a way of working with reluctant patients, much to Henry's surprise. I really enjoyed the way these two work together and learn about each other, which squashes some prejudices. 
Each story is sweet and portrays the Wild West in an endearing way. I'm looking forward to more in the Western Collection.
Content: mild romance

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Great Summer Reads: Love on a Limb by Laurie Lewis






Laurie (L.C.) Lewis will always be a Marylander at heart—a weather-whining lover of crabs, American history, and the sea. She admits to being craft-challenged, particularly lethal with a glue gun, and a devotee of sappy movies. Her ninth published novel, her first romance novella, Sweet Water, was inspired by a visit to Oregon’s magnificent coastline, and time spent with Mother Eugenie, upon whom the character Mother Thomasine is based. 


Laurie’s women’s fiction novels include The Dragons of Alsace Farm (2016), Awakening Avery (2010), and Unspoken (2004), written as Laurie Lewis. 

Using the pen name L.C. Lewis, she wrote the five volumes of her award-winning FREE MEN and DREAMERS historical fiction series, set against the backdrop of the War of 1812: Dark Sky at Dawn (2007), Twilight’s Last Gleaming (2008), Dawn’s Early Light (2009), Oh, Say Can You See? (2010), and In God is Our Trust, (2011).

She is currently completing a political suspense novel planned for a summer 2017 release, a re -release of a romantic comedy, and she’s working on another historical fiction novel for a 2018 release. She loves to hear from readers.






Matthew Grayken is young, successful, and dying, which is why he’s about to propose to a total stranger. He isn’t interested in love. He needs a caregiver, a companion, and someone to be his legal voice when he can no longer speak for himself.




Lonely, compassionate nurse Mikaela Compton is intrigued by Matt Grayken’s tender request, but when their friendly marriage turns into love, she rejects the inevitability of Matt’s death and prays for a miracle instead.


Mikaela succeeds in reigniting Matt’s will to fight, but his body is losing the battle, and her determination to save him causes her to betray the fundamental promise she made him--to help him die peaceably.


Their last hope at saving Matt's life will require a sacrifice from each of them, and force them to decide how far out on a limb they're willing to go for love.





Author Interview:
         
1)     What is your favorite book that is not yours?     
             
a)      From  Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon. It's a
difficult, brilliant book.
2)     Do you write in multiple genres? Which genre is your favorite to
write? 
a)     Yes. I love the challenge of writing emotional but clean romance but I
do love the research of historical fiction.
3)     How young were you when you started writing?
a)     I can't remember a time when I didn't write. When I was a kid, I wrote
episodes of my favorite TV shows, casting me playing opposite my favorite teen
idols like Bobby Sherman and David Cassidy. 
4)     If you could meet any author, past or present, who would it be and
why?   
a)     I'd love to sit down with Nicholas Sparks. Anyone with that many bestsellers
would make a great mentor.
5)     How long does it take you to write a book, and what was your fastest
book to write?
a)      I'm slow. I usually plan for two
novels a year, but historical fiction novels take a full year at least because
of the research. I've been working on a WWII novel for over a year because the
research requires live interviews with the main character--an 88-year-old
French WWII survivor who survived the Nazi invasion of her small town.
6)     What is your favorite thing to do in the summertime?


a)     I love the ocean, so heading to the beach with family is my very
favorite thing to do in the summer. I love everything about the water--the
sound of the waves, the smell of the sea, it's movement and the way its color
changes with the sky. Ahhhhhh. . . .









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Friday, August 3, 2018

All Fall Down (Hostage Negotiation Team #1) by Julie Coulter Bellon {Review}

All Fall Down by Julie Coulter Bellon
Paperback, 211 pages
Published 2012 by Julie Coulter Bellon
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.

 https://amzn.to/2LeBhEt   https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16047716-all-fall-down?ac=1&from_search=true

Hostage negotiator Claire Michaels’ never thought she'd be involved in an international crisis. Can she overcome her scars of the past to stop a new al-Qaeda threat?

Navy SEAL Rafe Kelly is on leave to recover from a knee injury he suffered during his tour in Afghanistan and he doesn't expect to be fighting terrorists on his home turf. When he's taken hostage, he knows he has to fight or die.


My Review: 4 Stars

Julie Coulter Bellon never ceases to amaze me with her gripping military romantic suspense books. HOW does she know all of this stuff and how does she portray it in a way that captivates a reader?! 

Claire is in new territory and Rafe has to fight, or die trying. I love the way these two work together and enjoyed the way the sparks of their relationship still develop, even while in the middle of a tense and terrifying situation.

This book is action-paced and doesn't slow down. It is definitely a page-turner and I flew right through the pages. I hope I don't have nightmares tonight, haha.

Content: mild-moderate violence (war/terrorist type); mild romance

Great Summer Reads: Love at Lakewood Med by TJ Amberson




TJ Amberson hails from the Pacific Northwest, where she lives with her husband and nutty cocker spaniel. Her most recent novels include The Kingdom of Nereth, The Council of Nereth, Fusion, and Love at Lakewood Med. When she's not writing, TJ can probably be found enjoying a hot chocolate, pretending to know how to garden, riding her bike, playing the piano, or surfing the Internet for cheap plane tickets.
  

With a love of writing in multiple genres, TJ Amberson strives to provide well-written, age-appropriate, and original novels for tweens, teens, and new adults.






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Savannah Drake would be thrilled about starting her final year of medical school if it weren't for one thing: she has to spend a month working in the emergency room with cold, aloof Dr. Wesley Kent as her mentor. 

When her first day in the ER proves to be a humiliating disaster, Savannah is ready to swear off emergency medicine forever. Gradually, though, she finds that the unpredictable, emotional experience of caring for patients in the emergency room is affecting her far differently than she expected--and Dr. Kent turns out to be anything but the arrogant attending physician that she assumed him to be. 

But just when Savannah finally admits to herself that she is falling for Dr. Kent, she learns that things at the hospital are not all what they seem. 

Faced with a seemingly impossible choice, Savannah must decide between her future career and everything that she has come to care so much about.





Author Interview:

1.      What is your favorite book that is not yours?
Les Miserables

2.      Do you write in multiple genres? Which genre is your favorite to write?
Yes, I write books of several genres. Exploring different voices and styles is one of my favorite parts of writing. So far, I have published a young adult historical fantasy (THE KINGDOM OF NERETH), a young adult contemporary lite sci-fi (FUSION), and a clean medical romantic comedy for adults (LOVE AT LAKEWOOD MED). I am currently finishing a young adult paranormal romance (BETWEEN), writing the sequel to the historical fantasy (THE COUNCIL OF NERETH), and starting another rom-com. I wrote a little more about the pros and cons of being a multi-genre author on my blog: http://tjamberson.com/index.php/2018/04/07/take-the-risk/
My favorite genre to write: I don't have a favorite - I love them all!

3.      How young were you when you started writing?
Early elementary school

4.      If you could meet any author, past or present, who would it be and why?
L.M. Montgomery - I grew up reading her novels

5.      How long does it take you to write a book, and what was your fastest book to write?
 Varies widely! A few months to a couple of years. My fastest book so far is in progress right now (a romantic comedy)!

6.      What is your favorite thing to do in the summertime?


A long walk on a sunny day









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