Thursday, February 21, 2019

Cover Reveal for Upon My Heart Forever by Amber Lynn Perry

Cover Reveal!

Upon My Heart Forever by Amber Lynn Perry

Coming April 30, 2019...


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44023416-upon-my-heart-forever


Her Boss (The Braxton Brother #1) by Anne-Marie Meyers {Review}

Her Boss (The Braxton Brothers #1) by Anne-Marie Meyer
Kindle Edition, 181 pages
Published January 31st 2019 by Sweet Heart Books, LLC 
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.
 
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She's the nanny. He's the boss. Feelings weren't supposed to get involved.

Joshua Braxton has moved back home to Honey Grove with his son after a heart breaking divorce. Determined to hide out at his parent's house to heal his wounds, he's decided that love is the last thing he needs. Too bad his mom, known as the town's busybody, has a different plan in mind. She not only invites Beth, the girl who grew up across the street and declared her love for him as kids, to dinner, but she also suggests that he hire her as his nanny. All of this wouldn't matter if Beth were still the lanky girl next door instead of the beautiful and mysterious woman she’s become.

Beth Johnson is back home in Honey Grove after losing her job and getting dumped by her longtime boyfriend. When she discovers that her mother has been keeping her cancer a secret, Beth can't help but make her stop a permanent stay. Desperate to find a job, she agrees to Mrs. Braxton's proposal that she nanny Josh's son. If only she could forget her past feelings for Josh then this might be the best option for her. Too bad that's easier said then done.

Feelings start to deepen and both begin to realize that perhaps, fate brought them together. But as Beth's feelings grow, she realizes she can't both respect her mother's wishes of keeping her cancer a secret and let Josh into her life like she so desperately wants to. With their past hurt lingering on their minds, both are left to decide if love is worth fighting for or if being together just isn’t in the cards for them.
 
My Review: 4 Stars
 
The friend-next-door-all-grown-up is a fun idea and I loved how Josh and Beth came together once again. Josh is now divorced and has custody of his young song. Moving back home with his parents wasn't in his plan, but is necessary for the moment. Beth is also back home, returning to care for her sick and secretive mother. Josh needs a nanny and Beth needs a job. It's perfect, isn't it?
 
Of course not! Enter the give-and-take of a hesitant relationship. I know I often revert to my insecure teenage self when I'm around those who intimidated me as a teen and that feeling was easy for me to relate to, whether or not it was intended to be that way.
 
I loved Beth's instant connection with Josh's son, as that shows her in her element. Secrets can drive a wedge between a couple, as they soon discover, and the challenge to maneuver around promises and hope is tricky, but not impossible. This story was interesting and sweet, even with a manipulative vixen in the wings. I'm curious to see where the rest of the series will lead to. 
 
Content: mild romance

Romance is in the Air: Author Camille Peters





Pathways by Camille Peters

Eileen has never been interested in love. Ever since her father’s abandonment, she’s vowed to never experience such pain again. But the enchanted forest has different ideas. When the continuously shifting pathways lead her to a mysterious stranger, Eileen finds her promise to fiercely guard her heart increasingly difficult to keep.

One night when she becomes lost in a storm, the enchanted forest’s pathways lead her to the castle, home to the kingdom’s Dark Prince, where Eileen finds herself entangled in what many consider an opportunity but which Eileen believes to be a curse: competing for the Dark Prince’s hand through a series of tests that judge one’s royal worth. Eileen is neither royal nor interested in becoming a princess. But the mysterious stranger she met in the woods has his own reasons for helping her succeed, but the cost of his assistance may be too high: that of Eileen’s heart, the one thing she’s vowed never to give.

Inspired by “The Princess and the Pea”





Praise for the Book

“This was SUCH a cute book! The characters were very well developed…The supporting characters were just as endearing…as the main characters. The descriptions of surroundings were impeccable, I could just see the environment and feel the feelings that were invoked by them. The plot was really well thought out, the ideas were super creative, and I love the general fairy tale feel…I couldn’t put it down, I just fell in love with the characters and I can’t WAIT for the next one!”

“I ADORE the creativity in this book! The forest is so magical and has so many enchanting moments throughout the story. I loved being transported into a fairy tale theme as I read; it was a perfect escape into a sweet and charming era! I absolutely loved the direction the story went and I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the adventure Eileen stumbled upon. There are so many fun characters in the story, each with unique personalities! This is such a darling story about loyalty, romance, friendship and all with a fairytale feeling!”

“This is a delightful story of romance and adventure, centered near a magical forest that guides its travelers to discover not only its own enchantments, but also to find true love along the way. It is also a story of growth and overcoming one’s weaknesses, and of going forward despite one’s fears. Both of those things are inspirational to me, and I found myself relating to the characters and hoping for their success. An enjoyable journey to give hope to your heart!”

“I really enjoyed this story. The characters are fun and delightful and they were well developed. I liked that it was only loosely based on an existing fairy tale and branch out in interesting ways to create romance and drama. I get really bored with the same re-telling over and over and this was fresh and new.”










Excerpt
A knock sounded on the door. I bit back a sigh, both of impatience and relief. “Come in.”
I gasped as the door swung open, for it wasn’t Alaina who stood there but—“Aiden?”
He beamed, his eyes lighting up as they settled on my face. Warmth seeped over me to see him again after all these weeks, and my heart performed several cartwheels as he stared at me, his expression tender.
“Aiden!” I fell into his arms, burrowing myself against him.
He nestled against my hair. “It’s wonderful to see you. I admit I thought it’d be much longer before our paths crossed again, and I’m pleased that’s not the case.”
I tipped my head back to gape up at him. “Wait, what are you doing here?”
“An excellent question; one I was about to ask you. May I come in?”
I slowly nodded. He shut the door behind him, his eyes never once leaving my face. The shock of seeing him at the palace of all places slowly subsided and I tentatively smiled. “I can’t believe you’re here. I never thought I’d see you again.”
He returned my smile with a lopsided one of his own and my insides fluttered. “I promised we’d see each other again. How are you?”
I sighed. “I’m in a bit of a predicament.”
He raised an eyebrow. “Indeed. So you’re a secret princess keen on trying to persuade the prince to marry you?”
I pulled a face. “No, this is all some horrible misunderstanding.”
“Is it?” He folded his arms and leaned against my bedpost. “And how did a common girl end up in such a plight?”
I narrowed my eyes at him. A secret danced within his dark eyes, taunting me. “You don’t happen to know the answer, do you?”
He chuckled, and the warm sound I’d fiercely missed washed over me. “I do, actually.” His smile widened. “I’ve really missed you, Eileen. I’m so glad you’re here.”
“Why am I here?” I pressed my hands on my hips and glared at him, demanding he answer me.
He straightened and came over until he stood directly in front of me, enveloping me in his warmth and causing the strange sensations that only came from him to fill my heart. “It so happened I witnessed your unexpected arrival last night.”
“What are you even doing here?”
“Isn’t it obvious? I’m a member of the court.”
My brow furrowed. “I don’t understand. How does your being a member of the court explain why I now find myself trapped here?”
“Because thanks to my position, it wasn’t difficult to convince the guards that you’re one of the princesses come here to woo the prince.” He winked.
I gaped at him, my heart pounding furiously. With each beat my insides burned, my anger searing and poisonous. “You told them what?”
He frowned. “I told the guards that you’re a princess.”
“You mean to tell me,” I hissed through gritted teeth, “that it’s your fault I’m tangled in this dangerous mess?”
Perplexity twisted his expression. “Mess? It’s an opportunity.”
“An opportunity for what, exactly? To be executed?”
He rolled his eyes. “Why so dramatic?”
My fists tightened. “If I’m caught posing as a royal, what do you think will happen? You think the royal family will merely have a good laugh before releasing me? No, they’ll send me to the gallows.” My blood chilled. I needed to escape. I stomped to the door, but Aiden blocked my exit.

 
Author Camille Peters

Camille Peters was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah where she grew up surrounded by books. As a child, she spent every spare moment reading and writing her own stories on every scrap of paper she could find. Becoming an author was always more than a childhood dream; it was a certainty.
Her love of writing grew alongside her as she took local writing classes in her teens, spent a year studying Creative Writing at the English University of Northampton, and graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in English and History. She’s now blessed to be a full-time author.
When she’s not writing she’s thinking about writing, and when’s she’s not thinking about writing she’s…alright, she’s always thinking about writing, but she can also be found reading, playing board games with her family and friends, or taking long, bare-foot walks as she lives inside her imagination and brainstorms more tales.







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Romance is in the Air: Author Elizabeth Johns







Surrender the Past

After suffering a brutal attack at fourteen, Elinor Abbott avoided men, finding refuge in America until war sent her back to England's shores. Viscount Easton, wounded and sent home, falls for the unrefined beauty on the voyage home. Can Easton help her overcome her aversion to men? Can Elinor conquer her fears and give love a chance?

Seasons of Change

Cruel pranks motivated by jealousy spoil her betrothal and send Lady Beatrice Chalcroft, daughter of a Duke, into rustication at an orphanage in Scotland. Lord Vernon decides to move on and forgo love, until a chance meeting awakens his heart to Beatrice, but he isn't sure love is enough to overcome her shrewish ways.

Seeking Redemption

Lady Lydia Markham and Lord Nathaniel Fairmont find love in a whirlwind season, but a tragic incident caused by his wild behaviour force him to leave abruptly and join Wellington. He comes home and unexpectedly runs into Lady Lydia--but will secrets and war spell disaster for rekindling their romance?

Shadows of Doubt

Gwendolyn Lambert's finds her life reduced to penury and homelessness after her father is killed in a duel, and her invalid mother dies. Her godmother, the Dowager Duchess of Loring, is determined to see Gwendolyn taken care of and restored to her rightful place, and schemes to bring her handsome grandson up to scratch as Gwendolyn's perfect love match. But will they be able to overcome being separated by oceans, storms, and the interference of scheming mamas?

Second Chance

The Dowager Duchess of Loring has a chance meeting with a flame from the past--Luca Faranese, Conte de Salerno--a man who was never able to forget the woman who stole his heart. Fate gives them a second chance, but will their love be enough to keep them together forever the second time around?







"Johns' wonderful,well-crafted characters come alive in this engaging series...These characters are well written and lovable and will keep readers turning the pages."-LibraryJournal

"Elizabeth Johns' books have never disappointed. From the cover to the last page, these books are amazing. The stories are all well-written, and while they can stand alone, they are even more enjoyable with every additional book in the series."-K. Simpson

"I had a hard time putting them down! I also love that she is so talented in redeeming characters into honorable and endearing heroes. Each story stands alone but I found myself leaving each one wanting to know more. She delivers in each book. I'm hooked and will hunt down everything Elizabeth Johns writes. Bravo!"-C. Miller





 
Author Elizabeth Johns

National bestselling author Elizabeth Johns was first an avid reader, though she was a reluctant convert. It was Jane Austen’s clever wit and unique turn of phrase that hooked Johns when she was “forced” to read Pride and Prejudice for a school assignment. She began writing when she ran out of her favorite author’s books and decided to try her hand at crafting a Regency romance novel. Her journey into publishing began with the release of Surrender the Past, book one of the Loring-Abbott Series. Johns makes no pretensions to Austen’s wit but hopes readers will perhaps laugh and find some enjoyment in her writing.

Johns attributes much of her inspiration to her mother, a retired English teacher. During their last summer together, Johns would sit on the porch swing and read her stories to her mother, who encouraged her to continue writing. Busy with multiple careers, including a professional job in the medical field, author and mother of small children, Johns squeezes in time for reading whenever possible.









 

 




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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Maplewood in Love by Elizabeth Bromke {Review}

Maplewood in Love (A Novella) by Elizabeth Bromke
Kindle Edition, 1, 60 pages
Published February 14th 2019 
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.
 
 https://amzn.to/2BGaSNl    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43886742-maplewood-in-love
 
Mary will be turning thirty soon, and with each passing year she roots herself more firmly in her old-fashioned ways and traditional notions of courtship. She is determined to get married and start a family… but only if she meets the perfect man: one who can wait for her.

Kurt Cutler is divorced and tired of life in the big city. Sure, he has his billion-dollar tech start-up and all the freedom that big money can offer. But, is money enough? Will his past keep Kurt from having the one thing he has always wanted?

Mary Delaney and Kurt Cutler only met two days ago, but happily-ever-after already feels close within their reach. Download Maplewood in Love to find out if they can move from first kiss to forever in this fast-paced short read.
 
My Review: 4 Stars
 
I loved this in-between story of Mary and Kurt. Book One shows how they meet and Book Two shows them after their relationship is developed, as it focuses on Mary's sister, Anna, who is also Kurt's employee. 
 
This novella is intense and quick, yet it accurately portrays the way this couple quickly melted for each other and moved past those awkward firsts. I more fully appreciated their personalities and relationship as I devoured this charming bridge. It's a great connector to the two books in the series, but it does end quite abruptly. 
 
Kurt and Mary are great characters, completely opposite, but yet, perfectly compatible. Mary's slightly old-fashioned ways are a great complement to Kurt's modern, worldly ways, and his socks are charmed right off his feet.
 
I definitely recommend reading Christmas on Maplewood Mountain first, then follow this one with Return to Maplewood.   

Content: mild romance

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Healing Hearts by Sarah M. Eden {Review}



Healing Hearts (Savage Wells #2) by Sarah M. Eden
Paperback, 336 pages
Published February 5th 2019 by Shadow Mountain
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.
 
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Wyoming Territory, 1876

As the only doctor in the frontier town of Savage Wells, Gideon MacNamara knows his prospects for a bride are limited. The womenfolk in town are either too young, too old, or already spoken for. So, being a practical man, he decides to take advantage of the matchmaking service of the day—mail-order brides—and sends away for a woman with nursing experience.

When Miriam steps off the stagecoach in Savage Wells, she sees a bright future in front of her. But when the town—and Gideon—meets her, ready for a wedding, her excitement quickly turns to horror. Somehow Dr. MacNamara's message had gotten turned around. He didn’t want a nurse, he wanted a wife. When she refuses to marry him, she finds herself stranded in Savage Wells with some very unhappy townspeople.

But Gideon is not like the other men Miriam has met. Embarrassed by the misunderstanding, he offers her a job, and the two begin an awkward—and often humorous—dance of getting to know each other as they work to care for the people of their town. Romance blossoms between the two, but when a former medical associate of Miriam’s arrives in town, Gideon and the other townsfolk must rally around Miriam to protect her from a dangerous fate. Gideon and Miriam must decide if they are willing to risk their hearts for each other even as buried secrets are brought to light.
 
My Review: 5 Stars
 
I love reading these stories of the Old West, where females play prominent parts and hold important positions in society, where men normally do. 
 
Miriam has had a tough past and I can't image dealing with what she's gone through. Needless to say, she has secrets to hide. Miriam is very strong and not afraid to stand her ground. A misunderstanding right at the beginning of this book forces her to make a quick and difficult decision, but she knows her mind and won't back down. I love this characteristic about her and as she grows more confident in her nursing skills and in her friendship with Gideon, I grew to like her even more. 
 
As for Gideon, this good doctor is a very capable, caring, and personable man. He has his own demons to deal with, but the common thread of loneliness forges a bond with his new nurse, Miriam. 
 
This is a serious Western that captures the flavor of some of the hardships of the wild, wild west well. I love Savage Wells and loved catching glimpses of beloved characters. I'm hoping for more in the future.
 
Content: mild romance