Thursday, February 22, 2018

Beauty & the Billionaire Beast

Beauty and the Billionaire Beast (Destination Billionaire Romance Book 6) by [Hoagland, Maria]

It's a beautiful day in Louisiana, just outside New Orleans, for some old fashioned sleuthing set in a fairytale.

Ms. Hoagland nails the description of Indigo Pointe so well it feels as if the reader is actually walking and talking with Emma and Theo, seeing the grounds full of possibilities through their eyes. It's an enchanting setting for this beauty meets beast tale. Naturally, there are misunderstandings on both sides, but all comes right at the end. Plus, there's a mysterious treasure to find that could bring them closer together or tear them further apart.

Sweet, clean, and full of heart. This is a great modern twist on a classic tale.

Landscape architect Emma Treager is searching for answers to a family mystery. She stumbles across an important clue at the run-down Indio Pointe Plantation where mystery floats through the air like the ghosts of the former owners. She can’t pass up the job that property owner Theo Lambert offers like an enchanted rose, despite his reputation of being a beast of a boss. As the two of them delve into the secrets of the past, Theo and Emma discover that finding clues is almost as much fun as finding each other.

This contemporary retelling of Beauty & the Beast with a touch of Romeo & Juliet is the next sweet romance in the Destination Billionaire series.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Kayaks & Kisses

Kayaks & Kisses (Romance Renovations) by [Hoagland, Maria]

Have I ever mentioned how much I enjoy reading Ms. Hoagland's books?

This is based on the You've Got Mail premise mixed with a little town in New Mexico. Lovely. I do like a good retelling of a fave plot with new settings, characters, and twists. This time it's a competition over an outdoor sports store.

Both of the MC's are strong in their personalities and motivations creating good conflict and room for growth. There's heartmelting emotion strung throughout too.

A good clean read with a hint of fall and plenty of snuggly romance.


Hallmark movies meets HGTV in this Romance Renovations sweet novella.

Brynn Caley is about to start her dream career running an outdoor sporting goods store when an out-of-town business guru makes his own offer on the property. Coerced into forming a temporary partnership, Brynn, with her ski experience, finds she has to work with fishing expert Gage to run the year-round shop. Through a series of innocent misconceptions and a few blatant lies, Brynn doesn’t realize that the handsome single guy on the construction crew is her new partner, and he doesn’t want to set her straight until he can gain her favor. She, on the other hand, would do anything not to work with the stuffy businessman she’s only met through email.

Inspired by the movies You’ve Got Mail and The Shop around the Corner, Kayaks & Kisses is a heart-warming tale of finding love in autumn leaves, outdoor activities, and new friendships.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Cowboys Can't Lie

Apparently, you can’t buy this one online, so I must’ve picked it up directly from Ms. Branton’s newsletter. So, if you want to read it, you’ll have to subscribe. But you can check out all the books on her Amazon Author Page

I haven’t read the other books in the Lily’s House world, though I’ve got 3 of them loaded on my kindle. Guess, I just needed a chance to read a bit and catch the flavor. It’s tasty satisfaction for the romance reader.

What I like most is the relatable real- life problems of Tara and Crewe and how it affects their family dynamics which in turn impacts their relationship.

Well crafted, clean, and swoon worthy, just how I like my romances.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Royal Brides

Royal Brides by [Abramson, Traci Hunter]

You can read this one as a standalone novel, but as the previous two books in this trilogy are highly enjoyable, why would you want to miss out on such satisfying romance?

Being royalty always seems to put the characters one step away from death and a sinister plot.  

There’s conspiracy, intrigue, spies, weddings, romance, and all the elements and trappings of a thoroughly delicious read. The division of loyalties between Noelle and Jeremy keep the romantic tension zipping, while the kisses are heart thumping.

Ms. Abramson is likely to put down her pen after this trio of romantic thrillers, but I fervently hope there will be more as I thoroughly enjoy escaping to Meridia.

In this eagerly anticipated companion novel to Royal Target and Royal Secrets, readers are invited back to the shimmering Mediterranean paradise of Meridia, where two royal weddings in a year are more than stressful—they’re deadly . . .
Lovely Meridian native Noelle Saldera yearns for adventure, but as the daughter of palace servants, working at Prince Stefano’s royal wedding may be as exciting as her life will get. But her options change drastically when she finds herself in the unlikely position of diffusing a bomb at the ceremony and being enlisted as the newest member of Meridian Intelligence. And with another wedding in the works, there can be no more close calls when Prince Stefano’s brother, Garrett, walks down the aisle.
The bombing attempt at the first royal wedding leaves few clues as to the assailant’s identity. Desperate for answers, Meridian officials enlist CIA agent Jeremy Rogers to prevent a repeat occurrence at the upcoming nuptials. The beauty of the plan: the bride is Jeremy’s sister, so his cover is foolproof. What no one could anticipate is the instant connection between Jeremy and Noelle. Now, with their hearts on the line, the pair must work together to stop a seemingly unstoppable enemy before time runs out.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Double Take

Double Take (Silver Cascade Suspense Book 2) by [Christensen, Rachelle J.]

No one can doubt Ms. Christensen’s ability to weave a tale of suspense after reading this frightful tale. It’s a mother’s nightmare come to book life, both of Mandy’s children are kidnapped right after she’s thinking of how challenging it is to be a mom.

I had to emotionally disengage from the story in order not to become a guilt-ridden basket case full of turmoil like the main characters.

A total page turner, with a twist. This novella is worth the read and will have you looking over your shoulder at the grocery store parking lot forevermore. 

When Mandy’s car is stolen with her two young daughters inside, the police think it’s a car-jacking gone wrong, but she can’t forget the determined look in the man’s eyes as he drove away. Mandy and her husband, Nick, are on the verge of divorce and the kidnapping is a wake-up call. All of their differences and problems can’t stand in the way of a parent’s love. In order to find their children, they’ll have to forgive each other and learn to work together. But they don’t have years or even months to make this happen . . . according to the kidnapper, time is running out. 

The first novella in the Silver Cascade Suspense series, Silver Cascade Secrets, is available when you sign up for Rachelle's VIP news. If you're interested, copy and paste this link into your browser

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.