Saturday, June 30, 2018

Swoon Worthy Spotlights

Welcome to Swoon Worthy Spotlights,
Swoon Worthy Spotlights features 1-3 of our favorite books that we have read during the month.
We will share the cover(s), our review(s)
and a link to each other's posts
so you can check out which books we have all chosen!

  I read some fun ones this month!
What are some books that made you swoon?


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Happy Reading!!

Friday, June 29, 2018

Summer Book Trek 2018 

I've been sooooo busy this summer--I almost forgot about
one of my favorite things about July!
Head over to
to sign up for the 2018 Summer Book Trek.
All you have to do is read and/or review books
by LDS authors, enter your points in the rafflecopter,
and pick your prize when you win!

My Summer Book Trek reading list:

Kiss of the Spindle by Nancy Campbell Allen
Pretty Much Perfect by Sally Johnson
The Secret of Haversham House by Julie Matern
As Wide As the Sky by Jessica Peck
Veins of Gold by Charlie N. Holmberg
The Matchmaker's Match by Brittany Larsen
The Promise of Home by Michele Paige Holmes
Battling the Billionaire by Kate Ashgrove

Counterfeit Date (Echo Ridge #5) by Cami Checketts {Review}

Counterfeit Date (Echo Ridge #5) by Cami Checketts
Kindle Edition
Published June 19th 2018 by Birch River Publishing 
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.
Mason Turner only has eyes for Lolly Honeymiller. She's vivacious and hilarious and only thinks of him as her best friend's ex. Lolly's friends cook up a scheme: pretending Lolly is making him over for a special date with his dream girl. The more time he and Lolly spend together, the harder it is to keep his feelings a secret.

Lolly offers to help Mason Turner prepare for a date with his dream girl. Through makeovers, shopping, and practice kissing, she tries to keep her distance but finds herself falling for a man she can never have.
My Review: 4 Stars
I love a story that shows that sometimes timing is everything. Mason used to date Lolly's best friend, but now, years later, she's the one who has caught his eye. In this opposite attracts story, Lolly is shown as a notorious flirt who bounces from man to man, while Mason is a sweet and almost bashful guy.
I know I can always count on Checketts to deliver a sweet and romantic story with some sparks and this one is just that. I enjoyed seeing characters from previous stories in the Echo Ridge series make appearances to help Mason prepare to date his dream girl, while Lolly has no clue. This setting is a place that I could settle down in, for sure.
I loved my time spent in these pages and would have loved to have more of the story.
Content: mild romance

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

My Fair Lacey & A Perfect Fit by Janette Rallison {Blog Tour Review and Giveaway}

Lacey has dreamed of opening a restaurant for years - but first, she needs a loan. When Garrett Halifax, her roommate's Harvard-educated brother, offers to help her clean up her appearance and manner to impress the bank manager, she jumps at the chance. She makes mistake after mistake, and perhaps the biggest mistake is falling for sexy Garret.

This modern retelling of My Fair Lady offers all the humor of the original movie with a splash of romance thrown in.

Jojo Halifax, Lacey's roommate, believes that winning Echo Ridge's float competition is just what her fledgling art career needs. And if that means giving her ex-boyfriend, Anthony, a second chance so she can be a designer on his team, well, she's willing to make the sacrifice. But when a lost bet leads to a blind date with her brother's friend, Wyatt, she begins to have second thoughts about second chances. Wyatt is handsome and charming and just might have been paid to make her forget about Anthony. Is falling for his charm worth the risk or should she take Anthony back again?

Romantic comedy lovers will eat these two novellas up!

Janette Rallison is old. Don’t ask how old, because it isn’t polite. Let’s just say she’s older than she’d like to be and leave it at that.

Janette lives in Chandler, Arizona with her husband, five children and enough cats to classify her as “an eccentric cat lady.” She did not do this on purpose. (The cats, that is; she had the children on purpose.) Every single one of the felines showed up on its own and refuses to leave. Not even the family’s fearless little Westie dog can drive them off.

Since Janette has five children and deadlines to write books, she doesn’t have much time left over for hobbies. But since this is the internet and you can’t actually check up to see if anything on this site is true, let’s just say she enjoys dancing, scuba diving, horse back riding and long talks with Orlando Bloom. (Well, I never said he answers back.)

5 Stars
Lacey is rough around the edges and Garrett takes it upon himself to refine her and help her get a business loan to open her dream restaurant. 

I love the modern take on this classic and thought that the characters were great. Lacey is sweet and tries really hard to change and help herself. I could see her falling for Garrett along the way, but wanted to see more of Garrett's feelings for Lacey--more of a connection. This rags-to-riches type story really warms the heart and is such a fun retelling of My Fair Lady.

A Perfect Fit is all about Homecoming. Isn't the parade one of the highlights of the week? I love how businesses come together to build the floats and I really wish I could see them. 

Jojo is a talented artist but doesn't believe in herself. Her brother's ploy to get her away from her loser boyfriend is for his college friend to seduce her. With humor and fun, this romantic comedy won me over, especially with the tender moments that stemmed from love. Jojo and Wyatt are both charming and sweet and this story captured my heart. 

I really enjoyed having these two stories in a set together, since they both take place in the lovely small town of Echo Ridge and the characters make appearances in each other's stories.

Content: mild romance

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Love at Lakewood Med by TJ Amberson {Review}

Love at Lakewood Med by TJ Amberson
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 13th 2018 by Sweetwater Books 
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were given voluntarily.
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.
My Review: 4 Stars

Back when I was in college, my good friend was trying to get into nursing school and I thought, "NO WAY! No way could I do that." However, as I've grown older, the medical world fascinates me and I am pretty partial to medical TV shows (which I know aren't much like real life). If you love those types of shows or have any interest in medicine, you'll love this book! It's like a clean Grey's Anatomy.

Savannah is a fourth year medical student and this book takes place during her month rotation in the Emergency Department. The cases that came in were fascinating and I was constantly telling my daughter about this book because she is studying to be a surgical technician and I could picture her being right in the middle of this story. Savannah is very likable and realistic as she learns the rope in this fast-paced environment. Her attending physician, Dr. Wes Kent, is a tad bit aloof, but very professional and as the story progresses, he becomes more and more likable as well.

I enjoyed the angle where Savannah finds herself in need of care at Lakewood Med, as well as the pressure she gets to speak at an event. Those two things really add some drama to the story and were nicely done. However, I wanted a tiny bit more from the romantic connections, since the word "Love" is in the title of the book. I wished there was more of a balance between medical and chemistry. Aside from that, I really couldn't put it down and loved how it all played out.

Content: mild medical issues (nothing graphic); very mild romance

Unforgettable Love: Elizabeth Johns

Moon and Stars by Elizabeth Johns

Lady Charlotte Stanton was officially on the shelf. Her first offer to be a chaperone had sealed her fate at the advanced age of eight-and-twenty. Yet, one magical evening a mysterious gentleman took pity on her and danced with her clandestinely under the stars. He refused to tell her who he was—other than unsuitable. It has ruined her peaceful existence as an aging spinster.

Sir David Douglas, known to many as Captain Deuce the infamous smuggler, regardless of having changed his ways and made his fortune away in the Indies. His past was destined to follow him forever. Despite helping bring down a high level smuggling ring, the King wants him to do more to earn his pardon. Reluctantly, he is forced back into the dark trade of smuggling once again.

As Sir David struggles to gain his freedom, Lady Charlotte tries to unravel his mystery and help him. But will she find her happily ever after or will she be caught up in the sins of his past?

“Sometimes I think I have more in common with the moon and the stars than Polite Society,” a deep, baritone voice said from behind her, as if the man had heard her thoughts.
Charlotte managed not to flinch. She was unused to anyone seeking her company in dark places.
“Yes, I was brought up amongst the ton, yet it is not often comfortable,” she replied, still looking at the night sky.
“That is the last word I would use for it,” he said as he came to stand next to her. He was so close she felt warmth radiating from him and smelt his scent of spice and pine. She was afraid to turn and look. She did not wish to ruin the moment with reality, yet the arm of his coat appeared to be well made, and his hands appeared to be strong.
They stood there in silent kinship, listening to the sounds of laughter and dancing coming from the ballroom.
“Would you care to dance?”
Charlotte did not answer. This man must be someone new in Town, someone who knew not who she was, or could not see her clearly in the moonlight. What did it matter? It was only a dance. One dance would change nothing.
She held her hand out to him and finally allowed herself to look up.
“Have we been introduced?” she asked, annoyed at her inanity. She had never before seen this man, of that she was certain.
His light grey eyes twinkled in the moonlight, and they were looking at her—her!—flirtatiously. Crinkles formed at the edges of his eyes, indicating an experience and maturity that made him more handsome when he smiled. It was devilish cruel that men became more striking with age.
“You know very well we have not,” he answered.
He pulled her close—too close—and began to twirl her around. The moment was too intimate for mere words. Charlotte felt light and dainty for the first time ever as this man spun her in his arms. She must be dreaming. It was a heady, delicious feeling as her pulse raced and her insides quivered.
When the music ceased, they stood there still, retaining the position of the dance as their breathing slowed. Charlotte grew self-conscious as the man studied her.
“Am I to know your name?” she whispered.
He took her hand and brought it to his lips, sending shivers through her.
“Some things are better left unspoken, my lady.”

“I loved everything about this story. Every woman needs to meet a man who wants her just the way she is. Despite the struggles and self doubt, despite the familial opposition, despite the outside forces and ever present danger from sinister forces - our dear couple finally triumphs.”

“Elizabeth Johns writes lovely, intricate Regency tales filled with angst, longing, tragedy and triumph. She does not pander with superfluous and gratuitous sex scenes. Yet her stories are romantic and satisfying. I highly recommend this series and all of Johns' books if you want to be transported and escape this time period to the land of happily ever after. I cannot wait for the next one!”

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.

Through the FireMelting the IceWith the WindOut of the DarknessRay of Light: Traditional Regency Romance
After the RainSurrender the PastSeasons of ChangeSeeking RedemptionShadows of Doubt

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