Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Claire's Christmas Dance by Rachelle J. Christensen {Review}

Claire's Christmas Dance by Rachelle J. Christensen
Kindle Edition
Published November 11th 2018 by Peachwood Press 
 https://amzn.to/2TmqmgC    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42766486-claire-s-christmas-dance
Claire has always dreamed of dancing at the Fielding House Christmas Ball, but she never dreamed she might dance into the arms of a gentleman not of her class.

The Fielding House Christmas Ball is for everyone, including servants. This Christmas Eve a lady’s maid, Claire Walden, plans to attend for the first time, but when Mrs. Fielding’s grandson shows up unexpectedly the dance may take a different turn. Edmund is a gentleman of the upper class, but with a questionable background. When he shows an interest in Claire, she doesn’t want to risk her heart, but over time, Claire comes to know Edmund. As the Christmas Eve ball approaches, Claire wonders if love might be able to cross the lines of servants and high society. If she saves a dance for Edmund, will he steal her heart forever? 

My Review: 5 Stars

This is the perfect treat for the holiday season! This author delivers a short and sweet story that really hits that sweet spot of wholesome romance and the length is exactly what is needed during this busy time of year.

Claire is a servant, but she's fortunate enough to be treated more like a family member than a slave. An intriguing, unexpected run-in with her employer's grandson causes her to reevaluate her stance concerning love and society.

I loved the charming setting of the ball and Edmund is a very likable and winsome character. He nearly stole my heart, too, and the sweetness of this story brought a smile to my face, and left me completely in the mood for Christmas and romance.

Content: mild romance

Monday, November 19, 2018

A Tree for the Billionaire by Michelle Pennington {Review}

A Tree for the Billionaire (A Southern Billionaire Romance) by Michelle Pennington
Kindle Edition, 134 pages
Publication: November 19th 2018 
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given
 https://amzn.to/2RYGB1J   https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42731970-a-tree-for-the-billionaire
A woman who's lost her heart. A man who's just discovered his.

Getting hired as the personal assistant to the intelligent and attractive billionaire Christopher Warren seemed like a fairytale come true for Kate Ryan, but two years later, she hands in her two-weeks notice just before Christmas. How can she keep working for him day after day when she's in love with him? Not even the most beautiful and fascinating women in the world hold his interest, so there’s clearly no chance for her. Unfortunately, Mr. Warren seems determined to change her mind.

Christopher has felt estranged from the world his whole life, but no matter how lonely he is in the midst of his hectic life, he can’t seem to develop deep, lasting feelings for any of the woman he’s dated. But even as he decides to focus on business, his assistant Kate hands in her resignation. Determined not to lose her, he decides to spend everyday he has convincing her to stay. But staying in a remote cabin in the Smokey Mountains while Kate fills it with Christmas trees and gingerbread was not what he had in mind.

Kate has plans of her own.

My Review: 5 Stars

There's more to life than money and this is especially apparent as Kate tries to deliver a good, old-fashioned Christmas to her soon-to-be ex-boss, Chris. He's had everything money can buy, a plethora of beautiful women to date, and an assistant who knows him better than he knows himself, yet he doesn't seem to own true happiness. On the other hand, Kate has given her all to this dream job, but can't do it anymore because she's in love with this unattainable man.

I love the orderly drive that Kate possesses and even in the face of leaving her job, she's willing to give a little bit more to show Chris some true and simple love and tradition. I enjoyed watching Chris open his eyes to the world around him and to what's right under his nose.

The romance is a slow and sizzling burn, much like the steam from a hot tub out in the winter chill, but it's wholesomely satisfying. And I must say--the epilogue was the icing on top of this beautiful cake. This is one story that will ward off the frosty air and warm the heart.

Content: mild, swoony romance 

Friday, November 16, 2018

Her TV Bachelor Fake Fiance by Kimberly Krey {Review}

Her TV Bachelor Fake Fiance by Kimberly Krey
Kindle Edition, 162 pages
Published November 13th 2018 
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.
 https://amzn.to/2K6wSDW    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42780893-her-tv-bachelor-fake-fianc
Cambria gave this year’s TV Bachelor the face-slap seen & heard across America.
Can she offer him redemption too?

Canyon Byer, pharmaceutical rep turned famous model, is the new eligible bachelor on Find My FiancĂ©. Weeks into filming the reality TV show, Canyon earns the title of America’s Shallow Bachelor, as he seems to eliminate women with substance. As the finale draws near, he needs a shot at redemption, but in order to get it, America’s favorite bachelorette—the same woman Canyon wishes he hadn’t wronged—will have to give him a second chance.

While Cambria Wilson sits among family and friends during finale night, mixed feelings fight for a place in her heart. Sure, she and Canyon shared a very memorable kiss and she’d even been falling for him until she realized what a jerk he was, but that doesn’t explain the strange sadness that looms as she waits to see which of the finalists he’ll propose to.
In an unexpected twist during the final episode, Cambria learns that Canyon’s not going to propose to either of the bachelorettes left on the show. In fact, he’s about to appear on the doorstep of a woman he hopes to win back—all on live TV.
The bachelorette will be asked to join Canyon on a two-week winter wonderland getaway. Cambria would bet her Soap and Body Shop that she’s the last woman he’d choose; that is, until the chime of her doorbell proves her wrong.

My Review: 5 Stars

I love books based on The Bachelor! I haven't ever watched more than a part of one episode of the show, but I know what it's all about and I love the romantic premise. Kimberly Krey does a great job of taking that basic idea and twisting it enough to make it her own and I would love a show like this one.

Canyon made a serious mistake and he's left with two women, but he can't go through with a proposal to either one. An alternate plan is presented and he takes it--he's given a second chance with the one who got away. Cambria is as sweet as can be and accepts the challenge.

I love the undeniable chemistry that oozes between these two characters. I mean, I am seriously in love. It's easy to see why there were sparks of attraction in the first place and that it's deeper than a superficial level. Canyon and Cambria are strong, admirable, and gorgeous people--inside and out. I loved the twists and the turns that the show puts them through and the added dimension of tough issues, fears, and trials brought a solid element to the story. 

The swoon, forgiveness, romance, and Christmastime elements made this one a keeper in my book. This is one I have to put on my holiday re-read list.

Content: mild+ romance (swoony, steamy-clean kissing) 

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Out of the Mouth of Babes by Stephanie Fowers {Review}

Out of the Mouth of Babes by Stephanie Fowers
Kindle Edition, 394 pages
Published October 29th 2018 by Triad Media and Entertainment 
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.

 https://amzn.to/2zb1D6h    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42594575-out-of-the-mouth-of-babes
Kids get away with saying most anything, like Aunt Gina should marry that "charmer" she met at her sister's wedding.

But Gina won’t have anything to do with that guy who played with her heart that night—he’s a heartbreaker—no matter how much her niece and nephews adore him now. Besides, the two come from different worlds. Gina’s a workaholic career woman; he’s the irresponsible flirt. Whenever they meet, there are fireworks, and not the good kind.

That is, until her sister wins a cruise to the Caribbean and asks the two to babysit for 2 weeks. Sparks fly as they find a way to play house without burning the place down. Forget marriage—these two shouldn't even date.

And what do kids know anyway? Maybe everything.

My Review: 5 Stars

This book is on the longer side but DO NOT let that keep you from reading it! I was fully immersed from the very first chapter. I felt every emotion through every single page and loved every minute that I spent in these pages. I think I lived this story too, as a fly on the wall, of course.

Before I say anything else, I have to say that the first meeting between Gina and Ash had me cringing, laughing, and completely swooning. The flirtatious banter was captivating. And then life brings all that to a halt and the book skips forward.

Gina is a strong and capable businesswoman, but she's losing her passion for her job and who better to help her gain her zest for life back than Ash? Timing is everything, people! I loved Gina, especially as her humanness shines through as she plays mom to her niece and nephews. The antics and mishaps had me chuckling with empathy, being a mom myself. But she handles it--in her own way.

I can't say enough about the playboy, Ash. He's the whole package, human fears and all, and I love how he complements Gina. 

I don't want to give everything away, but this story wrapped itself snug and tight around my heart. Every character is well done, even the villains, and the chemistry is snapping and popping with swoony heat. The comic relief is spot on, too. I honestly didn't want this one to end and was still thinking about it days later.

Content: mild+ romance (swoony kissing, light innuendo)

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The Risky Groom by Carly Morgan (.99 Cents) {Book Spotlight}

The Risky Groom by Carly Morgan

A football player and the woman who got away! How much would you bet on true love this holiday season?

The generous and seriously hot, Dalton Ruff, wide receiver for the Denver Storm, has had a rough twenty-four hours. Spending time in jail with his teammates a week for Christmas wasn’t on his to do list. But after fellow player and good friend, Will Kent bets him that he can’t find, date, and kiss the woman who got away, he accepts the challenge.

The beautiful and talented, Lydia Landon is newly relocated to the quaint town of Port St. Austen. The fact that it happens to be her ex boyfriend, Dalton’s, hometown doesn’t bother her at all, until she runs smack into his naked chest on the beach and then finds herself at his brother’s house having dinner with his family. When Dalton asks her to go out with him again, she tells him no because there’s NO way they could ever work out. But when he shows up to help out with the Christmas program she’s in charge of…she remembers how determined he is.

After exploring a cave of sea creatures together, unexpectedly discovering the secret acts of service Dalton was doing for a family down on their luck, and finding herself being comforted in Dalton’s arms when she’s attacked by a dangerous stalker, Lydia can’t help but find herself falling for him all over again.

Now they have to make a choice, let the problems of the past keep them apart or give the ultimate sacrifice and get everything they ever wanted.

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Praise for The Risky Groom

This is a refreshing and thoughtful love story with characters that will just steal your heart and lift your spirits with their journey towards true love.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Uncharted Journey (The Uncharted Series Book 6) by Keely Brook Keith {Review}

Uncharted Journey (The Uncharted Series Book 6)
by Keely Brooke Keith
ebook, 280 pages
Published November 9th 2018 by Edenbrooke Press 
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.
 https://amzn.to/2JUh5b5    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42075451-uncharted-journey
Young widow Eva Vestal assumes loneliness is God’s permanent plan for her life. She keeps busy by raising her son and co-managing the Inn at Falls Creek with her elderly father, but her heart yearns for more.

Solomon “Solo” Cotter has spent his life working with horses, but he secretly wants to write a book of the children’s stories his grandfather told him as a boy. He barters with Eva’s father for a 40-night stay at the inn, a needed respite from work to get his stories on paper.

Once Eva discovers the barter, she believes Solo is taking advantage of her father’s failing memory. But when tragedy strikes and Solo works hard to save the inn, Eva sees his true nature. As her heart stirs with feelings for Solo, she wrestles with the guilt of loving someone new.

Meanwhile, outside the Land...

Bailey Colburn arrives at the coordinates of the Land on the autumn equinox and finds nothing but ocean. The sun sets, ending Bailey’s dream of a safe and simple life with the family she’s never known. Just when she decides Justin Mercer lied about visiting a hidden land in the South Atlantic Ocean and meeting Bailey’s distant relatives, the atmosphere around the boat changes and ushers her into an uncharted world, but her entrance into the Land comes at a devastating price.
My Review: 5 Stars

I'm completely captivated by this series! This author has tapped into a very unique and intriguing genre--it's slightly futuristic with a very historical feel to it. This hidden community is a mystery to the rest of the unsettled world and there are mysteries secreted away within this society as well. I'm not sure if a 20 book series would uncover everything.

The book takes on two different accounts that slightly overlap. Eva is a widow and desperately needs help at her father's inn because of his failing memory. Solo is there to help, but she resists, yet a romance may be on the horizon. I love the tender feelings of this thread of the story, and especially loved the feelings of hope and commitment. 

Meanwhile, Baily and her crew show up on shore from the outside world and a whole new can of mysterious worms are opened. I'm so fascinated by the possibilities that emerge and enjoyed this set of characters just as much, especially the familiar faces.

This is one series that I know will surprise me time and again, yet there is a gentleness about it as well. I can't quite put my finger on what makes it so intriguing--almost like a Lost in Space meets Little House on the Prairie--and my imagination is spurred by the plot, characters, and content. I'm eagerly awaiting the next installment.

Content: mild romance; mild violence

Monday, November 12, 2018

Fate & Fortune (Books ONE and TWO) by Robin Daniels {Blog Tour Review and Giveaway}

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Fate & Fortune
(Fate & Fortune #1)

By Robin Daniels
YA Contemporary Romance, Duology

ebook, 279 Pages
September 20th 2018

Bryce has liked Paige since they were little but has never had the guts to act on his feelings. Paige is devastated over being dumped by her long-time boyfriend and can’t seem to move on. They’re stuck in a rut, until fate decides to pull them out.

Both Paige and Bryce are talked into seeing a fortune teller at the annual Summer’s End Carnival. Neither of them buys into the mysticism, until the psychic’s predictions start coming true. Now, the most bizarre things are happening and there isn’t a clear explanation. Each of them must figure out if they’re the subject of an elaborate hoax or a bigger plan forged by destiny.

*This book is part one of two. Books should be read sequentially.


My Review: 5 Stars

What a creative tale! I love a story that can take me back in time, deliver a solid plot, and have strong, lifelike characters. Just so everyone knows, I felt like an honorary member of this group of friends and siblings. I wish so much that I could go back and have such a strong bond with my own sister. 

At the end of summer, this group goes to a carnival and most of them visit a fortune teller. The results from that visit had me smiling and swooning, as good friends Bryce and Paige end up in a fake relationship. The magical elements were utterly charming and the chemistry almost melted my Kindle.

The characters rocked the book. The camaraderie, friendly banter, loyalty, and slight mystery gave this story a firm foundation for the flirting and drama and I adored the way everything played out. 

My favorite things were the way the story alternated between Bryce's and Paige's points-of-view, while still heavily involving the supporting cast, and the swoony sweet romance.

This first book is a must read before diving into Kismet and Karma.

Content: mild+ romance (kissing, suggested sex/waiting for it, some light innuendo); mild violence

Kismet & Karma

(Fate & Fortune #2)

By Robin Daniels
YA Contemporary Romance, Duology

ebook, 270 Pages
October 25th 2018

Bryce and Paige belong together, but they’ll never make it happen alone. When inspiration strikes in multiple ways, a friend decides it can’t be a coincidence; it’s a call to action. With a little luck, the help of fate, and the matchmaking plan of the century, Bryce and Paige just might get their happy ending.

You heard Paige and Bryce's version of the story in Fate & Fortune. Now join Eric, Amy, Cody, Kennedy and Genie to see how things really went down.

***This book completes the series. Book one can be read as a standalone, but book two cannot. Fate & Fortune should be read first.***


My Review: 5 Stars

Just when I thought the story of Bryce and Paige was complete, along comes this book to fill in the gaps of the magic and mystery, through their friends and siblings points-of-view. It's a favorite thing of mine to have the chapters alternate characters because I can really get inside their heads and get to know their sides on a personal level.

And guess what? I absolutely loved this book, because honestly, I wasn't quite ready to let this group go, and enjoyed seeing the behind-the-scenes events. The reader is treated to some complicated relationships, hilarious moments, scheming, and more. I wondered at first could possibly make Fate & Fortune better, but knowing the whole picture really did it for me.

This is one creative, highly entertaining, and FUN set and I would definitely recommend it to lovers of YA sweet romance.

Content: mild+ romance  

About the Author

The most important thing to know about me is that I'm basically a sixteen-year-old trapped in an adult's body. It's why I feel such a great connection to all of my characters and why I love to write romantic comedy. The kid in me just wants to be goofy. Besides being a writer; I'm a wife, mother of five, volleyball enthusiast and home decorating guru. My list of favorites includes: reading, Christmas, pedicures, dessert, steak, Arizona winters and most importantly, Diet Coke.

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