Monday, July 24, 2017

The Executive's Secret by Kimberley Montpetit {Review}



The Executive's Secret: A Secret Billionaire Romance
by Kimberley Montpetit

Kindle Edition, 210 pages
Published July 18th 2017 by Spellbound Books 
 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35702868-the-executive-s-secret?from_search=true
 
He was the high school bad boy. She was the good girl who got away. Reunited after ten years, can they put aside their past to start their future?

After becoming a computer programming genius while a teen, Caleb Davenport has spent the last decade building an international company into a billion-dollar enterprise with his business partners. Traveling constantly around the world, he’s lonely and ready to settle down with the woman of his dreams.

Unfortunately, Caleb hasn’t stopped thinking about Kira Bancroft since high school. But after ten years, she’s probably living her dream as a concert pianist in New York City. Until one evening, fresh off the plane from Hong Kong, he runs smack dab into Kira waitressing at a local Denver restaurant.

Kira’s life hasn’t gone exactly how she hoped. After a terrible accident that disabled her father, Kira’s dream of being on stage with a Steinway piano is abandoned to help her parents pay the overwhelming medical bills, even as they lose their home to bankruptcy.

When sparks fly between her and Caleb at their high school reunion, she starts to hope that maybe she can dream again. But Caleb is keeping a secret that could ruin everything.

Does Caleb have a chance to win Kira’s heart—or will his family's secret past prevent him from capturing the girl who got away?
 
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 My Review: 4 Stars
 
The older I get, the more those rose-colored glasses come on when I think back to my high school days. Caleb had a big crush on Kira back then, but as a shy, somewhat rebellious nerd, he didn't stand a chance, but she's definitely the one that got away. A chance meeting just before their ten year high school reunion and a very successful start up business gives him the courage to take that second chance.
I don't know if I could be brave enough to take that second shot like Caleb does. He is definitely persistent and I love a man who knows what he wants and will do what it takes to chase after her. His patience (with a few slip ups full of chemistry) is swoon-worthy and he's a sweetheart, especially for having all that money. I tend to revert back to my shy and insecure ways when I'm around high school classmates, but this guy is stronger than me.
 
Kira is one of the most selfless women ever and she's still as sweet as she's always been, but a little clueless. She has reasons to be a little gun-shy with a new relationship, but I almost felt she took her reaction to his honesty and apology a little too far.

I love a fun, clean, entertaining romance and I had a hard time putting this one down. Even though I didn't always agree with Kira's reactions, I found their interactions to be sweet and the plot to be creative and fun. 

Content: mild romance (kissing).

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Buy Link:
 
http://amzn.to/2ukvANW

About the Author::

Kimberley MontpetitKimberley Montpetit once spent all her souvenir money at the La Patisserie shops when she was in Paris—on the arm of her adorable husband. The author grew up in San Francisco, another swoon-worthy city, loves all things Parisian and chocolate and lives in a small town along the Rio Grande with her family.

Kimberley has won many awards for her work, including the Southwest Book Award, the Whitney Award, the Arizona/New Mexico Book Award, is a Crystal Kite Finalist (SCBWI) and included in the Bank Street College Best Books of the Year.

She once stayed in a haunted castle tower room at Borthwick Castle in Scotland, sailed on the Seine in Paris, walked the beaches of Normandy, eaten in numerous French cafes, ridden a camel in Petra, Jordan, sunbathed on Waikiki, shopped the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, and spent the night in an old Communist hotel in Bulgaria.

She adores all baked goodies; brownies, ├ęclairs, donuts, tarts, and pie, and makes a lot of chocolate chip cookies while revising.

Kimberley is, of course, hard at work on her next novel(s).

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Grand Finale: The Renegade's Redemption by Stacy Henrie + Giveaway


On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Book Tour Grand Finale for
The Renegade's Redemption
By Stacy Henrie

We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops

you can see snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below:

Launch - Note from the Author

Ever since sharing some of Tex’s story in my last Love Inspired Historical book about his twin brother Tate, I’ve eagerly anticipated the chance for readers to get to know Tex better—through his own story this time. A legendary, charismatic outlaw, Tex was a fun and complex character to write. So, too, was his reunion with the girl he left behind eight years ago Ravena Reid.

Hearts & Scribbles - Character Descriptions 

An identical twin, Tex looks just like his brother Tate with their matching blue eyes and brown hair, but their similarities end there. Tex is charming, fun-loving, and never in one place for long. But when he realizes Ravena needs help with her farm, he offers to stay and help, if only to atone for leaving her behind years ago. In the process, he comes to face-to-face with his past, his mistakes, and his long buried faith. Before long he’ll have to make the toughest decision of his life—to stop running or not from everyone, including himself. 


"This story was such an amazing journey for me. Filled with rich characters, precious children, a wounded past, and best of all…forgiveness and a second chance at love.

THE RENEGADE’S REDEMPTION was impossible to put down. I read the entire book in one sitting, it’s that good. "

Heidi Reads... - Review

"I loved the various personalities of the orphans that Ravena cares for and how it shows her compassionate nature. She struggles with her long-held feelings for Tex and forgiveness of others and self is a big theme in the story. There is some action as Tex's outlaw background catches up with him but I appreciated that he came to terms with it of his own volition before he was forced to by circumstances. Lovely romance between a stalwart young woman and a charming rogue!"

I Am A Reader - Excerpt

“Ravena,” Tex called as she reached the door.

She blew out a sigh and turned to face him. “Yes?”

“Thank you for this. But you said one night and I won’t stay longer than that.”

Gripping the edges of the tray until they dug into her palms, she willed the words she wanted to say to reach her lips. Yes, Tex, you have to leave. I have enough concerns right now, without worrying about you and the fragileness of my heart.

Sylv.net - An Old Flame

Can past hurts be overcome and forgiven in order to have a second chance at love? In my newest Love Inspired Historical book, that’s what Tex Beckett and Ravena Reid must decide.

Tex and Ravena grew up together on neighboring farms in Idaho. They were inseparable friends, though Tex’s twin brother Tate often tagged along with them. As they grew older, Tex and Ravena realized their friendship had developed into something more. Though different in temperament—Ravena is far more serious, and Tex is fun-loving and eager for adventure—they complemented each other and shared a deep love.


"This Historical fiction is full of action, suspense, drama and romance. The reader will be unsure of the ending until the last pages. The characters are defined well and the reader feels very endeared to them. The background scenes are portrayed well. The story steadily flows smoothly until the very end. The reader’s interest is held throughout the tale."


"Vivid characters with lots of personality join forces with swoony romance, adorable children, and a heartfelt message of redemption and restoration. Stacy Henrie is skilled at knowing the right combination of each of those elements to achieve a ‘just right’ balance and a smooth story. If you’re a fan of stories set in the late 1800s West then you need to definitely make time to read Stacy Henrie’s books as well!'"


"Stacy Henrie has done it again! Her novel Renegade’s Redemption is simply splendid!! This western romance is filled with plenty of adventure and romance that readers will not want to miss. In addition there are themes of inspiration, forgiveness, and redemption that will tug at the heartstrings of readers. . . . This sweet historical romance novel is a fantastic sequel to The Outlaw’s Secret that readers will adore."


"I enjoyed the gentle chemistry between these two and the way they each worked through trust issues. I love the descriptions of their every day lives and the way the past and present fit together. There are many things to be resolved and through journeys of self-discovery and responsibility, a satisfying conclusion resulted."

Mel's Shelves - Review

" I devoured it quickly and love the way it all came together! I love Stacy Henrie's writing style and she is quickly becoming a favorite author! If you enjoy clean historical romance, you will want to read both of these books!"


"Tex and Ravena were great characters. The book flowed gently and easily, weaving in daily life events with the rekindling of friendship and love. The children in this book were a fantastic addition and really gave the story a feeling of family and love."

Wishful Endings - Excerpt

For one moment, Tex knew the familiar thrill of a clean escape. Then the sheriff shot at him again. This time the bullet found purchase. It struck Tex in his right side, and his body jerked hard to the left in reflexive response. He clung to the horse with trembling arms to keep from falling as searing fire registered through his shock.

Paulette's Papers - Five Fun Facts about The Renegade’s Redemption

1. The final scenes of this book take place on Independence Day. And while I knew the release date for the book was in July 2017, I didn’t pay much attention to which day. So it was serendipitous and lots of fun when I realized it was releasing on Independence Day.


"The road for this unlikely pair seemed impossible, and I loved how everything was resolved. . . . I enjoyed The Renegade’s Redemption very much and look forward to much more from Stacy Henrie."


"The Renegade's Redemption is a sweet historical romance with strong themes of forgiveness and trusting in God. The story begins and pretty much ends with a bang, and the pages in between are sure to keep readers anxiously turning them to find out what happens with Tex, Ravena, and the orphans."

Cafinated Reads - Review

"This is a truly wonderful story of seeking one’s faith, relying on God, forgiveness and redemption. Ms. Hernie will steal you away with this book and leave you wanting more instantly! This 5 star book is the second in a series, and while I wasn’t confused and it could be easily read as a stand alone, I do plan to go back and read book 1 and see where it all began with Tex. Hats off to this talented author who is now on my favorites list!!"

Brooke Blogs - Review

"I really enjoyed this sweet story. I quickly found myself attached to the characters and immersed in the setting. I loved this story so much. The setting and time period was just perfect. The Renegade’s Redemption is well-written and a quick read. If you are looking for a sweet, clean romance, give this one a try. You won’t regret it."

And don't forget to enter the giveaway below, if you haven't already...


The Renegade's Redemption
by Stacy Henrie
Inspirational Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 288 pages
July 1st 2017 by Love Inspired Historical

Refuge for the Outlaw

When Tex Beckett arrives at Ravena Reid's farm, he's eight years too late for the elopement they'd once planned—and it's far too early to win her forgiveness. He's seriously wounded, though, and she can't turn him away, though she knows better than to trust him. Yes, it's wonderful having help with the farm, and with the orphans she fosters, but if she opens her heart, she'll get hurt again when he leaves. And Tex always leaves.

As a notorious bank robber, Tex is used to danger. Yet reuniting with the only woman he's ever loved is the riskiest thing he's ever done. All he wants is to stay with Ravena and the children. But can he build a new start before his past catches up with him?


Other Books in the Series

The Outlaw's Secret
by Stacy Henrie
Christian Historical RomancePaperback & ebook, 288 pages
February 7th 2017 by Love Inspired Historical

Lawman in Disguise 

Getting taken hostage by a gang of train robbers wasn't in dime novelist Essie Vanderfair's plans, but interviewing these men could make her career soar. Especially since the gang includes legendary outlaw Tex Beckett, better known as the Texas Titan. Tex is famed for his protection of women and children, so she'll be fine…right? 

Keeping the gang in line was hard enough before a stubborn, beautiful writer interfered. Now Tex is scrambling to keep Essie safe, to gather evidence against the gang and most of all to hide his dangerous secrets. First, that he's a detective working undercover. And second, that he's not the Texas Titan at all, but Tex's twin brother, Tate Beckett.


About the Author


USA Today bestselling author Stacy Henrie is the author of western romances and the Of Love and War series, which includes Hope at Dawn, a 2015 RITA Award finalist for excellence in romance. She was born and raised in the West, where she currently resides with her family. She enjoys reading, road trips, interior decorating, chocolate, and most of all, laughing with her husband and kids.

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Tour Giveaway

- 1 winner will receive  copies of The Express Rider's Lady and The Outlaw's Secret, and a $10 Amazon e-gift card (US only)
- 1 winner will receive a $25 Amazon e-gift card (open internationally)
- Ends July 22nd

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wills & Trust (A Legally in Love Romance) by Jennifer Griffith



Wills & Trust (A Legally in Love Romance)
by Jennifer Griffith
Length: about 330 pages
Genre: clean romance

She's been named in a stranger's will. He's her only option for a lawyer. Can he earn back her trust?
Town beauty queen Brooke Chadwick knows Dane Rockwell will never take a second look at his best friend’s younger sister, no matter how much she’s longed for him. She’s a kid nuisance. A pity case he played catch with after her parents died in an accident.

Dane Rockwell is a Rockwell—of the felons, frauds, and cheats Rockwells in town. How can he possibly ask Brooke Chadwick—of the upstanding, reputable Chadwicks in town—to consider him worthy?

Now Dane is back in town with three things: a ring in his pocket, a kiss burning on his mouth for her, and a law degree to prove his worthiness. Brooke is about to say yes to a proposal, but not Dane’s. Disappointment looms.

But when Brooke gets notice to attend a reading of a stranger’s will with her legal counsel, Dane is her only option for a lawyer, and it might be Dane’s only chance to earn her trust.

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My Review: 5 Stars

Brooke has always had a crush on her brother's best friend, but he's always been off-limits. When Dane steps in for her missing boyfriend at a charity event, sparks FLY right off the pages. And a scandalous kiss right in church doesn't help the gossip.

I hate bullies and Brooke has to deal with a big one when she's named in a stranger's will. I cannot believe the lengths some people will go to in order to get their way. At the risk of his career, Dane once again comes to the rescue--this time as her lawyer.


There are so many little threads to this story, but baseball and Little League is a central one that really ties the story together. I love what Dane is willing to go through to earn Brooke's trust, especially because the events of her recent past. Together, they are able to navigate a dangerous and confusing legal threat, all while learning to recognize their true desires and feelings.

I really loved the characters, as well as the setting and plot. But the sparks? Holy swoon!! Those fun moments of chemistry were definitely my favorites.

Content: mild romance (kissing, cheating); very mild religious elements.

*I received a copy through the author, which didn't influence my opinion. All thoughts are my own.*

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Buy Link:

http://amzn.to/2t3Po6o
 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Perfectly Oblivious by Robin Daniels {Review}



Perfectly Oblivious by Robin Daniels

Kindle Edition, 330 pages
Published May 31st 2017 by Bluefields Publishing 
 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35276925-perfectly-oblivious?from_search=true
 
Cameron Bates (Cam) could have almost any girl at Franklin High School…except for the one he wants. Unfortunately Bebe seems to be immune to his flirty charm and good looks, which means one of two things: a) she’s completely oblivious to how he feels, or b) she’s just not into him. If that’s the case, declaring his love would be disastrous for their friendship.

Bianca Barnes (Bebe) has a huge problem: the universe hates her. Every time she admits feelings for a boy, he ends up falling for her sweet, popular, and beautiful sister Beth. To avoid a broken heart, Bebe has sworn herself to secrecy. Nobody can know how she feels about Cam…Ever!

Neither person wants to confess their feelings, but the universe has its own plan. Out of the blue, Bebe is courted by a secret admirer. Cam has to step up his game and Bebe has to make a choice. Play it safe and accept the affections of her mystery man or challenge fate and take a chance on the boy she loves.

Content Description: This is a stand-alone YA contemporary romance with companion novels to follow. It contains minor language, innuendo, crude humor and steamy tension but is generally very clean. No sex. Recommended for ages 12 and up.
 
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My Review: 4.5 Stars
 
I adored this story and was really surprised that it's a debut novel for this author. I'm going to get this out of the way from the very first, because it's my only problem with this book. I'm not a fan of swearing and thankfully the language stays mild, but it is kind of frequent at times. If that had been cut out or cut in half, I would have given it 5 stars for sure.
 
Bebe and Cam--best friends, fiercest competitors, and secret crushes. Bebe is a very athletic girl and she can dish the sass out when needed, especially with her cute neighbor, Cam. He's also athletic and he teases her like he's a ten-year-old, which is so sweet, but it never clues her in to his real feelings. I absolutely loved their banter--the wit, the sarcasm, and the fun drew me right into the story.
 
I thought Daniels captured the teen angst, teen drama, and teen insecurities perfectly. I tend to think it's the girls who are always unsure of themselves, but it can be boys too, especially when a lot is on the line. I love the secret admirer angle and how creative it is and how it stretches the characters to come into their full potential. The chemistry is perfect for high school.
 
My favorite things about this story are the characters and their relationships. Beth is Bebe's "twin" and they have the best sister/friend relationship ever! It makes me a little jealous that I didn't take advantage of that with my sister during high school. Not only that, but Beth is a great friend to Cam too. The teammates, friends, potential dates, etc are all fantastically well-written and done so in a way that really made them feel alive. I wanted to jump right into this book and be one of the characters. It took me back to my own teen days and I could help smiling throughout. I cannot wait to read more from this author, so I hope she keeps writing.
 
Content: mild, frequent language; some innuendo, kissing, talk of hooking up.
 
*I received a copy, which did not influence my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*
 
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Buy Link:
 
http://amzn.to/2tY4LjN

  

Monday, July 17, 2017

By the Stars by Lindsay Ferguson {Spotlight + Giveaway}

I love books!! And I especially love entering giveaways to try and win a FREE book, so I wanted to share this opportunity with you to do just that.

You can enter here for a chance to win one of ten copies of By the Stars by Lindsay Ferguson.

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/242769-by-the-stars
  
About the Book:

 
Deep in the alcoves of Cal Morgan's mind is an unexpected and intriguing past. Recollections of growing up a farm boy during the Great Depression, learning to fox trot in the largest ballroom in America, and serving as an infantry soldier in World War II are fragments of his memories. But perhaps above all, a once-in-a-lifetime love story is seared in his soul, reminding us that some things in life are meant to be. 
 
Cal finally gets a chance with Kate, the girl he's loved since grade school, their easy friendship quickly blossoms into a meaningful romance. Spirited and independent, Kate keeps a guarded heart due to a painful past, and Cal wants nothing more than to gain her trust. But World War II soon cuts their time far too short, and Cal prepares to part from her - possibly for good. After he's gone, what Kate does next changes everything. 
 
In the suffocating jungles of the Philippines Cal encounters the chilling life of a soldier and deadly battles of war. With Kate's memory willing him on, Cal must put his trust in a promise in hopes to return to her. Inspired by a true story, By the Stars is a love story that stands the test of time and the most intense obstacles.
 
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I really loved this book! You can read my 5 Star review here.
 
http://katiescleanbookcollection.blogspot.com/2016/03/by-stars-by-lindsay-b-ferguson-review.html
Good Luck!

Friday, July 14, 2017

First Line Fridays

Welcome to First Line Friday hosted by Bookworm Nation!
This fun meme is easy to do, simply pick up the book you're currently reading and share the very first line! There are some really good first lines out there, they grab you and suck you right into the story--
make you want to keep reading. My selection for this week is:
Lies and Letters by Ashtyn Newbold



"The scratching of a quill did little to settle my nerves."

“That same ache I had been feeling for weeks now blossomed inside of me, bruised, bleeding, and broken. Only now did I realize it was my heart.”
After a season in London, Charlotte Lyons is still regrettably unattached. With her family’s finances in peril, she is sent away with her sister to a bleak coastal town where she is expected to pursue a wealthy earl. She is beautiful and talented, how can she possibly fail? But when her heart is captured by someone entirely unexpected, Charlotte finds herself caught up in a web of lies and intrigue. Between hardship and sorrow, she finds more than she bargained for, forced to choose between the life she once wanted and a new love she never imagined. 

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Song of Copper Creek by Kristen McKendry {Blog Tour Review + Giveaway}


The Song of Copper Creek by Kristen McKendry
Paperback, first, 226 pages
Published July 3rd 2017 by Covenant Communications 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35424608-the-song-of-copper-creek

It's been more than a year since she lost her family - a tragedy that has left Grace Whitaker a shadow of her former self. Unable to move on surrounded by so many memories, she makes the desperate decision to return to her childhood home in Port Dover, Ontario, Canada. There she hopes to salvage the broken pieces of her life - but what she finds is the promise of peace and healing in an unlikely place.

Copper Creek Farm is part of a Canadian historical museum, offering glimpses into 19th-century pioneer life. Yet the farm offers much more than that - it is a place of second chances. For Grace, the opportunity to work the land alongside the loving Whelan family is the first step toward healing. But she isn't the only broken soul seeking hope on the farm. Grace is joined by a young man in trouble with the law, as well as the Whelans' son and grandchildren, who are struggling through their own heartbreak. Together, these survivors discover the strength that can be found in friendship. But when faced with the uncertainty of the future, will they have the courage to move beyond the past to forge new lives for themselves?


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My Review: 5 Stars

I can't imagine going through the grief, heartache, and pain that Grace has endured. I don't know if I would be strong enough to recover from losing my world, and although she has her ups and downs, Copper Creek Farm is really the first step towards finally allowing herself to heal.  

I was taken aback by the gentle, tranquil feeling of this story. I can only compare it to a comfort food or something like Anne of Green Gables (without the precocious red-head). Through farming, simple living, acceptance, and pure love, Grace is finally able to begin to know peace and to extend that feeling to others around her who desperately need it. 

This rag-tag assembly of characters wrapped themselves around my heart and found myself wishing for a summer exactly like this one, from the setting to the friends. The vivid descriptions and imagery stayed planted in my mind, long after I finished the story. 

There's not a lot of romance, some hints here and there, but I was still completely captivated and enchanted by this story.

Content: mild+ religious elements; extremely mild romance. 

*I received a copy from the publisher, which didn't affect my thoughts. All opinions are my own.*

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Buy Links:

http://amzn.to/2ulbo18  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-song-of-copper-creek-kristen-mckendry/1126650389?ean=9781524404093   https://deseretbook.com/p/song-of-copper-creek?ref=product-name&variant_id=151793-paperback
About the Author:

Kristen McKendry began writing in her teens and her work has been published in Canada and the U.S. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Linguistics from Brigham Young University and has always been a voracious reader.

Kristen has a strong interest in urban agriculture, sustainable living, environmental issues, and the local foods movement. She incorporates these themes in her writing, and she also lets her Mormon background flavour her work to make her culture more accessible to mainstream readers. She enjoys playing the bagpipes and banjo, learning obscure languages, growing wheat in the backyard, and making cheese. Raised in Utah, she now resides with her family in Canada. She's also the proud grandmother of the world's cutest kids, Rowyn and E├▓ghann.

Kristen won the 2012 Mississauga Arts Council MARTY Award for Established Literary Arts, and her book Garden Plot was nominated for the 2011 Whitney Award for excellence in LDS fiction. 


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GRAND FINALE: The Charm Offensive by Cari Lynn Webb + Giveaway

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Book Tour Grand Finale for
The Charm Offensive
By Cari Lynn Webb

We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops
you can see snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below...

Launch - Author Interview

What motivated you to write THE CHARM OFFENSIVE?

We moved often when I was a child because of my father’s job and now with my husband, we’ve continued to relocate around the country. I’ve been fortunate to live in both small towns and big cities and I’ve discovered there’s something to love about each place we’ve lived. There are so many wonderful romance series set in small towns and I wanted to write a series about characters who live and work in a big, vibrant city. San Francisco has always been one of my favorite cities and when the idea for The Charm Offensive came up, the City by the Bay seemed like the perfect setting. 


Sophie Callahan was the first person to pull at him in places he thought only the music could reach. But, unlike the symphony, he wasn’t interested in becoming a patron of Sophie Callahan’s.

Brooke Blogs - Charmed At The Movies

To celebrate the release of my July book, The Charm Offensive, it’s time to break down charm and figure out what it really takes for someone or something to be charming. And to kick off the blog tour week, let’s talk about those movie characters that’ve charmed us.


"This story is filled with heartwarming characters and twists and turns. And along the way, Sophie and Brad rise above the bad luck in their lives to find each other, fall in love, and claim their well-deserved happily ever after. What a great story. It will warm your heart. It left me smiling happily at the end. I would definitely recommend THE CHARM OFFENSIVE to anyone looking for a heartwarming romance."

Deal Sharing Aunt - Interview

2. How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

I have a collection of unpublished books that span several romance categories: historical, paranormal and contemporary. We just moved into a new house last week and I came across my very first manuscript in one of the attic boxes. I took it out, dusted it off and repacked it into a sturdier box for safe-keeping. That one is definitely for my eyes only.

Hearts & Scribbles - Pets That Charm Us

My heroine, Sophie Callahan, owns a pet store called The Pampered Pooch in my July release, The Charm Offensive. Pet owners can find everything they need for their favorite four-legged family members from dog food to cat beds to every sort of toy. City dogs can also enjoy play dates in the Pooch’s day care. Sophie can’t refuse shelter for abandoned kittens, puppy surrenders or rescues of any kind. She makes use of her foster families and her kennels to house all of her furry friends until she finds each one a forever home. 


"Overall, I would recommend this book to romance readers and young adults. It’ll put a smile on your face, and probably make you thankful you don’t have the relatives that Sophie does! Just make sure you are ready to meet Ella. I promise you that she will lift your spirits."


Her father had taught her not to trust as a child, and she prided herself on being more open and less closed off as an adult. Until one phone call from her father had made her suspicious of everyone, including herself. One phone call had made her doubt that decency existed.

Becky on Books - Excerpt

“I lied.” His voice was low, as if dredged through the darkness. “I do want something from you.”

Sophie watched him and waited. The attic closed in as if embracing them, but a shiver shifted through the air, rippling across her skin. “What?”

Brad tugged her against him. “This.”

Paulette's Papers - Charmed I'm Sure

I asked my two teenage daughters about the things that make a good first impression. Here’s their list:
1. Someone who can make you laugh
2. Someone who is upbeat
3. Someone who is sincere


"Really good characters grab our attention with a promising plot from the beginning. I was a bit thrown by the writing style where we would get a subtle hint of knowledge on a character without giving us details several places throughout the book that kind of left us guessing … but overall, it was an enjoyable read with a happy ending to be enjoyed by all."

Mel's Shelves - The Charm Factor

The definition of charming according to Merriam-Webster is “extremely pleasing or delightful.” I’ve been around people I’d describe as charming and they’ve been more than simply delightful. They usually seem to have some intangible quality that is hard to describe, but so very compelling. You want to be around charming people perhaps because they make you feel like instant friends. Charming people make everyone feel better for being around them.

Harlie's Books - Excerpt & Review

Brad’s strong hand engulfed Ella’s as if he’d been holding the girl’s hand since she’d learned to walk. Simple, easy and natural like a father with a daughter. He never flinched. Never pulled away. Just moved closer to Ella’s side. A band twisted around Sophie’s chest as if a professional linebacker had tackled her to the ground.

"The family issues were awesome in the book. They are relatable and honest. Brad is a great hero. He had to figure out what was most important to him and he did. Sophie…she had to grow on me and she finally did. "

Bookworm Lisa - Review

"What I loved about this book is that two people with a lot of insecurities and emotional pain are able to open their heats and find love. The supporting characters are people you would like to surround yourself with (well, most of them). This is a patchwork family. Broken people, who aren't related, coming together to make a whole."


"This was a really sweet story. I really liked the story line. . . . I think this is a great book and recommend it to other readers."


"The characters in The Charm Offensive are so well-written and believable. Sophie’s niece, Ella, is such a sweetheart with a huge heart. I love Evelyn and how she becomes involved in their lives. The fact that Sophie has a pet store is just awesome! I want a bookstore, but having a pet store would be my second choice. If you love sweet romance, you’ll love The Charm Offensive."


"The Charm Offensive is sweet and witty and brimming with love and, yes, charm. Sophie, Brad, and Ella make quite a team, and their interactions will put a smile on your face and in your heart. The writing is smooth and draws you in at once, and I hope The Charm Offensive’s universe becomes a series – there are other stories to be discovered with the supporting characters."

Heidi Reads... - Excerpt

A warning flared inside him, telling him these memories belonged to Ella and Sophie, not him. But he barreled on past the exit-now sign flashing in his mind, very much determined to add to their memories. Yes, Sophie’s stove was more vintage than practical. He’d bet the temperature in the oven hadn’t been calibrated in over two decades. And if he guessed correctly, only two of the four burners worked. Yet he wanted to make dinner here with them. Against all good sense and logic and rationale, he wanted to experience prepping and cooking in this kitchen with this family.


"I absolutely adored Sophie and Brad. Even though Brad had a pretty huge hidden motive in getting involved with Sophie. . . . An excellent heartwarming read. I loved it."

Book Lover in Florida - Big City Charm

There’s a long-standing debate about small town living versus big city living, tiny houses versus sprawling estates covering acres of land, neighbors or no neighbors. Depending on my mood (or how much teenage drama is coursing through our house), I’ll voice my preference for one over the other. However, Sophie Callahan and Brad Harrington, from The Charm Offensive, would choose a life in the city every time.


"Cari Lynn Webb has written a fantastic romantic story with precious main characters. I instantly fell in love with The Charm Offensive. It's indeed incredibly charming. It's also sweet, entertaining and delightful. I loved that there's so much eye for detail, even the large number of pets all have their own distinct personalities. Cari Lynn Webb has paid attention to everything and her story has warmth and cosiness in abundance. The Charm Offensive is a terrific feelgood story and I highly recommend this gorgeous loving book."

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The Charm Offensive
by Cari Lynn Webb
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
July 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Winning her over means winning everything

Sophie Callahan is PI Brad Harrington’s best lead to tracking down the man he’s been hired to bring to justice: Sophie’s own thieving father. But when Brad arrives at The Pampered Pooch, just behind a litter of stray kittens, the pet-store owner is the big surprise. This scrappy, huge-hearted woman with charm to spare gets to Brad in a way no one has ever been able to before. She spends her life finding—and making—homes for others: abandoned pets, her young niece. He’ll have to tell her why he’s really here. Which means he’ll have to choose between his sail-away dreams and the chance to build a forever home—with her.


About the Author


Cari Lynn Webb lives in South Carolina with her husband, daughters and assorted four-legged family members. She's been blessed to see the power of true love in her grandparent's 70 year marriage and her parent's marriage of over 50 years. She knows love isn't always sweet and perfect, it can be challenging, complicated and risky. But she believes happily-ever-afters are worth fighting for. She loves to connect with readers. Visit her at her website.

Tour Giveaway


- 1 winner will receive a Baubelle Expandable, Inspirational Charm Bracelet and signed copy of Make Me a Match (US only)
- 1 winner will receive a $50 Amazon e-gift card and ebook of Make Me a Match (open internationally)
- Ends July 14th

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Cheyenne (The Women of Merryton #4) by Jennifer Peel


Cheynne (The Women of Merryton #4)
by Jennifer Peel 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35584778-cheyenne?from_search=true

What happens when your motto in life has been to always love yourself more than anyone else could, but then you find someone who does it better? If you’re Cheyenne Fairchild, you do your best to push him away.

Cheyenne’s life has taught her to never depend on anyone, especially men. She’s done her best to keep every relationship short and every man at arm’s length. That is, until the mysterious Aidan Bates moves to town. Not only does he give earth-shattering kisses, but he has the audacity to save her life after a tragic accident. Now Cheyenne can’t stop thinking about him, and it’s driving her crazy. Worse, he won’t stop trying to help her.

While Cheyenne is doing her best to keep Aidan from working his way into her no vacancy heart, she finds herself embroiled in more than one Merryton scandal. One that rocks her best friend’s world and shows what Cheyenne is really made of. And one that she’s created in hopes of deterring Aidan. Unfortunately for her, she finds that it only brings them closer together.

Can Cheyenne let her defenses down long enough to see that Aidan is unlike any other man she has ever known? Or will she cling to the past and the walls she’s carefully constructed around her heart?



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My Review: 5 Stars

This story isn't fluffy--it's more real and raw and just what I was looking for. I love that Peel writes in first person. I feel like a dear friend of the character and their personalities always shine through the words on the pages and this is especially true with Cheyenne. She's gorgeous, successful, and rich, but she tells it like it is. She's the kind of woman who completely intimidates me, yet I found myself softening towards her pretty quickly and adoring the woman she's fighting so hard not to be. She's got a very rough and blunt cover for a tender and sweet heart.

Cheyenne has lived a very worldly life and it shows in her attitude towards everything, but especially towards men. I thought Peel did a fantastic job in painting the true character of Cheyenne without making her seem like a tramp. She's got a past, just like the other women in Merryton, but she doesn't care what anyone thinks and her fierce loyalty and the lengths she goes to in order to protect her friends, who are more like family than anything, is extremely endearing.

It's no secret that I love a good romance and this is an opposites-attract kind of thing, almost a self-imposed forbidden relationship. However, a great lesson can be pulled from within--stop judging. It's impossible to know what people are really like if you judge, as both Cheyenne and Aidan learned. He is a fantastic male lead, as he tries to fight off what he wants and then jumps full in, not letting anything hold him back. His persistent and pure love and adoration made me swoon. Their undeniable and flammable chemistry is hot, hot, hot. After a few brooding moments, this guy proves to be a keeper!

I love a book that is well-written and full of emotional growth and turmoil and this one definitely falls into these categories. I didn't just read this story...I lived it...and loved it!

Content: mild language; mild-moderate romance elements (swoony kissing, vague non-detailed talk of a wild past--not squeaky clean, but still clean); mild religious elements (brother is a preacher).

*I received a copy through the author, which did not influence my thoughts. All opinions are my own.*

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About the Author:

Jennifer PeelJennifer Peel is the mother of three amazing kiddos. Wife to her one and only for the past twenty-two years. Lover of late night talks, beach vacations, the mountains, pink bubble gum ice cream, tours of model homes, and southern living. She can frequently be found with her laptop on, fingers typing away, indulging in chocolate milk, and writing out the stories that are constantly swirling through her head. 


 

The Year I Dated the Internet by Stacy Lynn Carroll {Book Blast + Giveaway}

 
The Year I Dated the Internet by Stacy Lynn Carroll
With her 30th birthday fast approaching, Chelsea Wilson decides she is done being single. She is going to be married by the end of the year if it kills her. And sixteen first dates might just do that. With no male companionship, other than her cat Daughtry, Chelsea reluctantly creates an online dating profile. She begins meeting all kinds of men in a world now full of man buns and skinny jeans. While trying to find one good man, she ends up with four. How will Chelsea ever decide? The best part is she doesn’t have to. It’s up to you. In this romantic comedy like no other, you, the reader, get to pick who Chelsea chooses in the end. Her fate is in your hands.


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Praise for the Book
"I highly recommend reading this book. The story is fantastic, the dates memorable, and the ending is what you decide. I was so happy to choose which guy Chelsea ends up with, I felt even more involved in her story." --Stacy Lybbert, Amazon reviewer "Having read plenty of fiction with endings I didn't love, this book was refreshing and fun. And having been married for a couple of decades and out of the dating scene, it was eye opening to get of glimpse of the new world of online dating and how difficult it can be." --Holly Frasche, Amazon reviewer "There was plenty of humour throughout the story and I shared some of the jokes with friends and family who all laughed as well. I would like to see more books like this. It lived up to its description and recommendation and I'm glad I read it. I would recommend it. It was just what I was looking for: a nice, light read with no heavy stuff." --Autism Mom, Amazon reviewer "I especially liked how real and well developed the characters were. The main character has dating experiences that anyone in the dating world can relate with, as well as experiences that no one would want, and ones that are unique to our age of the internet, taking the reader on a ride that is entertaining and heart warming." --Leilani Peterson, Amazon reviewer.  
Excerpt 

I turn around, ready to give this douchebag a piece of my mind. Instead, I freeze in my tracks. Holding Jaden’s hand is an unbelievably gorgeous man. His eyes are the color of honey, golden and dripping with sweetness. But his dark eyebrows are turned down, and he’s staring right at me. I stumble for a minute, trying to remember what I was going to say. I step forward and extend a hand. At least my body can figure out what to do, even if my mind can’t catch up.

 
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Author Stacy Lynn CarrollStacy Lynn Carroll has always loved telling stories. She started out at Utah State University where she pursued a degree in English, learned how to western swing, and watched as many of her fellow students became ‘True Aggies’. She then finished her BA at the University of Utah where she got an emphasis in creative writing. After college, she worked as an administrative assistant, where she continued to write stories for the amusement of her co-workers. When her first daughter was born, and with the encouragement of a fortune cookie, she quit her job and became a full-time mommy and writer. She and her husband have four children, two dogs, two rats, two fish, and a partridge in a pear tree.



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