Thursday, January 18, 2018

Sixth Street Love Affair


Sixth Street Love Affair (Three Rivers Ranch Romance Book 5) by [Isaacson, Liz, Johnson,Elana]

I’m never worried about whether I’m going to get a well-crafted, clean read when I pick up one of Ms. Isaacson’s books.

I enjoyed the past suspense element determining all of Juliette’s choices. Garth is ready to love her, all of her past, present, and future. What’s not to love about a cowboy named Garth? And there’s the right kind of romance going on, otherwise Garth might come off slightly stalkerish instead of a caring guy who knows who he wants and is protective of.


It definitely primed me to start picking up all the books in this series. 

Will Juliette spill her secret for a chance at love?



Foreman at Three Rivers Ranch, Garth Ahlstrom left Montana after the death of his wife and started over in Texas. Almost three years later, he's got a crush on Juliette Thompson, and things were going great between them when she unexpectedly cut him out of her life. Months have passed, and he can't get her out of his head. So he parks at the end of her street, hoping for a glimpse of her, hoping she'll give him another chance.

Juliette is hiding, literally. She left her abusive husband years ago, and she can't risk him finding her. And Garth Ahlstrom used to be one of his acquaintances in Montana. So though she'd like to see if she can feel loved again, she simply can't risk her heart--or her safe life in Three Rivers.

But her job as a veterinary technician takes her out to Three Rivers Ranch, where the cattle have contracted pinkeye. A few sunsets on the range with Garth, and Juliette confesses who she is and why she ended their budding relationship. Garth can't imagine her ex-husband will find her, but nothing's as sure in Juliette's mind. Garth and Juliette will have to rely on their faith--and each other--to find love and safety.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

How to Fetch A Fiance


How to Fetch a Fiancé: A Must Love Dogs Romance (Destination Billionaire Romance) by [Christensen, Rachelle J.]

A dog, a frisbee, and a hit to the head, start this story off with a bang and are the intro to Audrey and Troy’s rocky road to romance.

Audrey’s ex-husband makes her wary of men and Troy’s history not to mention billions of dollars make it difficult to find a woman who’ll love him for all the right reasons. There’s also the difficulty to overcome of Audrey’s loss of faith in God and Troy’s total reliance in HIM.

The pacing is perfect. The characters well developed and relatable. And it’s clean, while still giving that thrill that comes with a kiss.

Ms. Christensen knows her craft well and it shows on every page. Take your dog for a walk before you sit down to read this one, because you won’t want to get up again until The End.



Hurt and broken-hearted after a painful divorce, Audrey Blair picks up and moves to Nashville looking for a fresh start. Her faithful German Shepherd, Duke, helps Audrey and her two daughters settle in while Audrey focuses on her work as a vocal coach. Even though she’s currently at odds with her faith, Audrey takes a chance and applies for work at a Christian music label. She’s not looking for a relationship, but a game of fetch changes everything when her dog runs into Troy Jackson.

Troy, the billionaire owner of Arise Music, is too handsome, too busy and too haunted by his past for a relationship. He’s intrigued with the new vocal coach who plays a dangerous game of fetch. Her musical abilities draw out a song that’s long been silent within him.

Taken in by Troy’s kindness and chocolate brown eyes, Audrey’s heart shifts and she decides to give him a chance. Chasing fireflies with Troy changes the way she looks at the handsome billionaire and her heart feels like it’s finally on the mend.

Troy finds himself falling in love with Audrey, but when the truth about his past comes to light, will Audrey’s faith be lost forever? With their love on the line, Troy is willing to accept help from anyone—even Audrey’s dog, but it might require more than just a game of fetch to win her over. 

Thursday, January 4, 2018

The Nobleman's Daughter


The Nobleman's Daughter by [Johnson, Jen Geigle]

This is Ms. Johnson’s first published work and she has set the bar high for herself. I have no doubts she will meet it novel after novel.

Ah, Regency romance. Sigh. Mixed with the cause for freedom for the unheard, unseen masses. Add in a hero and heroine who see the need for change in the world, and a horror bent on the destruction of the aristocracy, targeting Lady Amanda specifically, and you have a recipe for a page turning, don’t-want-to-put-it-down novel.

Without being lengthy, the descriptions land you in London and transport you seamlessly between high-brow and low-class citizens as they sidle along without touching on England’s famous streets. 

The characters are well formed, with conscience, and on Lady Amanda’s part a naivety that often lands her unwittingly in the damsel in distress plight. Thank goodness Lord Nathaniel and Charlie always seem to be on hand to help deliver her from harm.

The research is thorough and all changes made to history explained in the author’s note. 

The romance is both sigh worthy and tangled, much like hearts. Oh, and clean. This is not a bodice ripper. 


I have nothing but praise for Ms. Johnson’s first novel and eagerly await her next one. 

England, 1819
While British high society primps and plays, the impoverished citizens of London languish. But there are those fighting for the freedom of common citizens—including two members of the aristocracy who secretly champion revolution. In the drawing rooms of the upper class, Lady Amanda and Lord Nathaniel flirt and tease with the best of them as she pretends to win every heart in London for sport, and he, to conquer them. But in truth, their flirtation is merely a façade designed to keep their clandestine actions hidden from the ton—and from each other. When Nathaniel presents himself as a potential suitor, the attraction between the two is undeniable—but the faces they portray to the world are not enough to win each other’s hearts.
While their crusade for London’s poor unites them more deeply than they could imagine, Amanda and Nathaniel struggle to trust one another with their true ideals and identities. But when the call to action leads Amanda into the path of danger, she can only hope that Nathaniel will see through her frivolous pretense. Because now, only the aid of the suitor she loves most—but trusts least—can save her.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Cowboys Under the Mistletoe


Cowboys Under the Mistletoe: Five Christmas Christian Romance Novellas (Rejoice Romance) by [Ethridge, Kristen, Favorite, Danica, Isaacson, Liz, Kastner, Deb, Keller, Jessica]

You can't beat the price for five cowboy Christmas stories.

 I liked all the characters and felt their circumstances and backstories were all believeable and played a part in their present motivations and decisions. Each author has her own unique voice and style, yet the stories blended well together to form a satisfying whole.

I took a chance on this set based on my previous positive reading experiences with Liz Isaacson's work. As is usual with anthologies, some stories are better than others. Overall, they were well written, though some could've used more development of story and/or character.

Clean. Sweet. A touch of Christianity. Delightful kisses. And a sprinkling of mistletoe made all the stories bright.

A good read for the season.


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Bring Five Cowboys Home for the Holidays with New Stories from Best Selling Christian Romance Authors

The Cowboy's Christmas Wish by Kristen Ethridge
Sarah Murdoch knew bringing her daughter, Jamie, halfway across the country to Port Provident, Texas would cause more anxiety than feel-good Christmas memories. But when Jamie bonds with Grant McCray, the owner of Beachcomber Stables, she begins to come out of her shell. Can this big-city mom learn to embrace small-town simplicity and let a heart-scarred cowboy make a little girl’s Christmas wish come true?

Memories + Mistletoe = Love by Danica Favorite
Mallory McPherson’s act of desperation in accepting a long-lost relative’s Christmas invitation brings up difficult memories she doesn’t expect. Cowboy Nolan Masters knows what it’s like to come from a painful past. Can the lessons he’s learned bring healing- and maybe a happily-ever-after- to Mallory?

Up on the Housetop by Liz Isaacson
Archer Bailey has already lost one job to Emersyn Enders, so he's beyond angry when he sees Emery at the ranch interview anyway. Then the owner of the ranch announces a contest to see which cowhand applicant can earn the most stars by Christmas. Whoever does will win the job. Will Emery and Archer be able to navigate the ranch, their close quarters, and their individual circumstances to find love this holiday season?

Wilde About You by Deb Kastner
When their best friends' wedding is about to collapse the night before the nuptials, the best man, wrangler Matthew Wilde, and the maid of honor, Riley Weaver, must work together to make their friends' Christmas wish come true. Despite their differences and a family feud, can Matthew and Riley embrace the holiday spirit--and each other--before the clock ticks down?

Home for Hope by Jessica Keller
When Hope Beckett crashes on Rider Longley’s property during a snowstorm, she wonders if life could get any worse. Running from her troubles, she can’t afford to stay in Bitterroot Valley for long. But Rider’s kind and steady personality makes it hard to leave, especially in the midst of the Christmas season.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Hazel's Christmas Duet


Hazel's Christmas Duet (Holiday Haven Novellas Book 1) by [Rian, Olivia]

I believe this is my first read by Ms. Rian. It will not be the last.

A sweet holiday read with all the right notes both musical and emotional. A slow building friendship blossoming into sweet romance. There are all the right amount of obstacles to overcome and yet aren't insurmountable. Certainly a worthy read to your holiday schedule.

I hope she'll add more tales to this locale. I'd like to go back to this small town and get to know more characters.

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Will music and love heal Hazel’s heart?
To escape the awkwardness of her recent break-up with her boss, Hazel takes a new job in a distant town, Holly Haven. Miles from friends and family, Hazel does her best to stay cheery despite knowing she may be all alone for Christmas.
After making a new friend at the local bakery and joining the community orchestra, Hazel's holidays are starting to take a turn for the better. Hazel even begins to develop feelings for the orchestra director, Michael, and looks forward to getting to know him better.
However, a skidding car on an icy winter day leads Hazel to a shocking discovery.
Hazel’s Christmas Duet is about finding friendship and love in the more trying seasons of life when they are needed the most.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Christmas at Edgewood Park


Christmas at Edgewood Park by [Kay, Shaela]

This might be my first read by Shaela Kay. If so, it's certainly not going to be my last. What a wonderful introduction to this author.

The story is a delightful regency tale of a spinster and a deformed gentleman coming together for the good of the community and their hearts. It's heartfelt and heart tugging. The characters are charming. Beautifully written. Clean. Sweet. Sigh worthy. Satisfying on every level.

I love the cover.

A delightful Christmas read. 


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At nearly thirty years old, Eleanor Eves is a confirmed old maid - and a rather wealthy one at that. She enjoys her independence, relishes her position, and delights in serving the people of Littleton. But when the reclusive Mr. Cartwright returns to town after eight years abroad, she finds herself the unwilling delegate volunteered to welcome him into the neighborhood. 

Not only is he shrouded in mystery, but Albert Cartwright is horribly disfigured, and carries a reputation for being somewhat of a brute. With Christmas on the horizon, a holiday bazaar to organize, and her aging father to care for, can Eleanor make room in her heart for Mr. Cartwright as well?

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Love on a Limb


Love On A Limb: A Love Story For All Seasons by [Lewis, Laurie]

Ms. Lewis knows no bounds when it comes to heart/gut wrenching romance. This time it's between a dying cancer patient and his nurse/soon-to-be wife. The agreement is not to fall in love, in case the worst happens.

I seriously don't have words to describe the deep emotional roller coaster ride this book launches you on, leaving you dizzy, breathless, and believing in hope. It is little short of perfect in terms of a clean romantic read.

As always, Ms. Lewis is at the top of her craft. I imagine she'll stay there forever.

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

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

Mikaela succeeds in reigniting Matt’s will to fight, but his body is losing the battle and he is suffering. She recognizes that her urgent need to save Matt has caused her to betray the fundamental promise she made him--to help him die peaceably. 

Matt needs a miracle, and Mikaela believes one is attainable, but she will need to leave him at the hour of his greatest need. She's about to learn that while love sometimes draws you close, it sometimes requires you to go out on a limb.