Thursday, December 13, 2018

Match Me by Christmas

Match Me by Christmas (No Match for Love Book 8) by [Armstrong, Lindzee]

What a fun beginning, middle, and end. The story starts with spilled food and ends with a HEA. What else does a reader need?

Both characters are well fleshed out and relateable. There's multiple hurdles for Natalie and Shawn to cross, issues to work through, and lots of sigh worthy moments to enjoy before the inevitable swoony end.

Wonderful appearances from some of the Tujour crew and of characters from other books in this series, but if you read this as a stand alone you won't feel in the dark.

Another success from Ms. Armstrong.


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A reporter running from love. A cruise ship director longing for home. Can a Christmas miracle help them build a relationship before the ship docks for the last time?

Natalie James will do anything to land a journalist job with her favorite travel magazine—even report on Toujour’s first ever singles cruise. After a string of one-sided relationships, she longs for the escape of vacationing around the globe. Even if that means watching professional matchmakers help naïve couples fall in love.

Shawn Erickson has spent a decade wasting away as a specialty cruise director while coming to terms with the accident that cost him his military ambitions. But he’s done running. Now he has a new dream—to open his own travel agency with the bonus he’ll get from hosting Toujour. After so long spent adrift, he longs for the stability of a permanent address and family.

When Natalie crashes into Shawn in the buffet line, their spark of attraction is undeniable. But as the cruise draws to a close, their tangled emotions reveal hidden wounds. Can a Christmas miracle help them build a real relationship before the ship docks for the last time?

This is a full-length sweet/clean contemporary romantic comedy that will delight readers who love Hallmark movies. Each book in this series by USA Today bestselling author Lindzee Armstrong can be read as a stand-alone.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Second Chance Mistletoe Kisses


Second Chance Mistletoe Kisses (Love Tries Again Book 1) by [Meyer, Anne-Marie]

Ms. Meyer does it again. I think her writing gets stronger with each story.

My favorite character was Macie. This story needed a child's perspective to really make it sparkle and shine.

Great history and chemistry between the love interests. Hurdles, emotional angst, and meddling grandmother's make this a charming story for the holidays.

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Two broken hearts plus one meddling grandmother equals a Christmas to remember.

Quinn is a single mom who's down on her luck. It's a few days before Christmas and despite the fact that she's desperately trying to keep her world from crumbling down, fate isn't on her side. Just as she wrangles her five-year-old daughter into her truck, the wind picks up and scratches the Jaguar next to her. Dollar signs flash through her eyes, but it's nothing compared to the fact that the car belongs to Collin Stewart—the boy who broke her heart so many years ago. 

Collin is back in his sleepy home town to spend the holidays with his sick grandmother. While out on an errand for her, he discovers that the girl he's never really been able to forget about has scratched his car. His thoughts keep returning to her and at the prompting of his grandmother, he calls her to inquire about her plans for the holidays. He soon discovers that there's been a fire at Quinn's house and the only plausible thing to do is ask her to stay with him. 

It's difficult enough living in close quarters with a person you once loved, but add in Collin's sneaky grandmother or Quinn's precocious daughter and feelings become hard to ignore. Both want to protect themselves, and before they can fully trust one another, they need to decide if they can overcome their fears.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Mistletoe Mayhem


Mistletoe Mayhem (Twickenham Time Travel Romance Book 4) by [Noelle, Jo]

I love the Twickenham series and this holiday tale didn't disappoint!

The mayhem is real. A mixed up love potion, what a brilliant idea to add into this charming tale.

Loved the characters, their journeys to HEA, and the setting.

Lots of emotion and good clean writing.

Bring on the next one, please!


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Two couples. One love potion. And a whole lot of mayhem.



Henry Stoepel, Earl of Saalfeld has loved Lady May Cottrell since they were children. He’s proposed three times. She hasn’t said no, but she hasn’t said yes. He decides to give it one more try at his friend’s Christmas ball, knowing this time he might get the answer he dreads.

Mr. Everett Hawley and Lady Lucy Radnor have been engaged for several months. The banns have been read, but her parents invent flimsy excuses postponing the wedding date. Everett is determined to force her parents to fulfill the marriage contract at the Christmas ball.

When a little faerie magic gets mixed with mistletoe, both couples are plunged into mischief and mayhem. Will either get a happily ever after?


Mistletoe Mayhem begins where P.S. I Love You, Twickenham Time Travel Romance Book 1, ended.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Claire's Christmas Dance


Claire's Christmas Dance: A Victorian Christmas Novelette by [Christensen, Rachelle J.]

Ms. Christensen has written an enchanting Christmas read that is the perfect length to squeeze in a sweet romance while sipping cocoa with a fluffy blanket during a much needed break from all the holiday madness.


The characters are well created and the romance delightful.

Sink into a comfy chair by the fire and read it from beginning to end in one lovely sitting.

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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?

Thursday, November 22, 2018

The Tannenbaum Tailors and the Secret Snowball

This is my first read by J.B. Michaels.
The Tannenbaum Tailors and the Secret Snowball by [Michaels, JB]

I picked this up because I thought it would be a fun read for my fourth grader but I never got around to having him read it because I was having so much fun reading it myself. 

It's an Indiana Jones meets the North Pole adventure! A mystery, a villainous group bent on destroying Christmas, and an elf who must save it all! 

A thoroughly enjoyable read with twists, turns, and high flying elves. And there's at least one more adventure book in this series. Hooray. 


***READERS' FAVORITE GOLD MEDAL WINNER 2017***

They are the Tannenbaum Tailors: elves charged with maintaining Christmas trees in homes around the world.

Without the Tailors’ efforts, families might lose their Christmas spirit. And this year, one team of Tailors will be tested like never before.

With the North Pole itself under attack, newly promoted Captain Brendan is assigned a special mission: conceal the source of Santa’s power within a Christmas tree in Chicago. On Christmas Eve, Santa will pick it up.
The job would be simple, but the Tailors find themselves facing a serious threat”"the thieving Spiritless elves, already responsible for sabotaging the North Pole Home Tree, will do anything to gain control of the very thing that makes Christmas possible.

˃˃˃ Equally bad, Christmas spirit is at an all-time low in the Chicago home where Brendan’s assigned.

The family’s mother even wants to take the tree down before Christmas Eve! To save Christmas, Captain Brendan and his Tailors will have to use every spirit-raising trick they know”"and possibly even bend a few rules to pull it off.

˃˃˃ Combining holiday cheer with action and thrills,

The Tannenbaum Tailors and the Secret Snowball reads like Raiders of the Lost Ark in a Christmas tree.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Secondhand Hearts


Secondhand Hearts (Peak City Romance Book 1) by [Noelle, Jo]

It looks like Jo Noelle is embarking on a new series and I can't wait to meet more of the people in Peak City.

This is a quick read but there's nice development and conflict between the characters to get enough of the experience of a full length novel.

I really liked Elena and Chase. They seemed like people I'd like to hang out with.

My only bit of disappointment was due to the abrupt ending. I wanted just a few pages more to satisfy me, but the author knows best how to write their book.

Really like the cover.

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He's a country star trying to lay low. She's a pawn shop owner struggling to get by. Can their relationship last when she learns his secret? 



As a member of a top country-western band, Chase has the money and fame he's always wanted. When he meets the beautiful woman who owns Treasure Mountain Pawn, he has to hide both of those things from the one person he wants to know everything about him. 

When Elena sees Chase for the first time, his turquoise eyes and tousled brown hair convince her that she might believe in insta-love. Just in time, her brain takes over, reminding her that her business is in trouble, making her future uncertain—not a good time for love. 

But being with Chase is as easy as following her heart, until she finds he has a secret big enough to break it.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Dangerous Favor


Dangerous Favor: Poitevin Hearts Book 3 by [DiPastena, Joyce]

Ms. DiPastena's third installment of this series takes no prisoners. In her beautiful medieval style she plunks your mind and heart into the era and tangles you up in the love and intrigues relative to marriage and honor.

The characters and tale are well crafted and bid you to continuously turn the page to see how she will untangle the web of deceit and innocence to a sigh worthy romantic and life threatening conclusion.

My only wish was that I'd read the previous books to remember better certain familial connections as it had been years between readings. This story may be read as a stand alone, but when the writing is at such a lofty level, why would you?

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Mathilde needs a champion.

Her father has been accused of stealing from the king, an allegation that has reduced her family to poverty. She has one chance to find and marry a man who can help her prove her father's innocence. Lord Therri, heir to a rich barony, has the wealth and connections Mathilde needs to delve into the mysteries of her father's past. Furthermore, Therri embodies all her romantic dreams.

Etienne, the younger son of a disgraced family, has neither wealth nor connections, but is smitten with Mathilde at a glance. She finds the knight intriguing, but believes he is only out to seduce her. While she seeks for a way to win Therri's attention, Etienne tricks her into granting him her favor, an embroidered white ribbon, for a tournament, setting in motion a dangerous chain reaction of events. Can Etienne save Mathilde from a nightmare from her past and prove himself the true hero of her dreams?

Poitevin Hearts, Book 3: Men and women living and loving amidst the political intrigues of medieval Poitou (a region of France once ruled by the Kings of England)

Dangerous Favor is a PG rated historical romance.

The Poitevin Hearts romance series is linked together by recurring characters, but each title is written as a stand-alone novel. They can therefore be read and enjoyed in any order.

Additionally, some characters in this series appear in titles not listed as a Poitevin Hearts romance. If you wish to read about the characters chronologically, the titles in order would be as follows:

Loyalty’s Web (Poitevin Hearts, Book 1)
Illuminations of the Heart (Poitevin Hearts, Book 2)
Loving Lucianna (Hearts in Autumn, Book 1)
Dangerous Favor (Poitevin Hearts, Book 3)
The Lady and the Minstrel

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Seeking Mr. Dependable


Seeking Mr. Dependable: The Jane Austen Pact by [Checketts, Cami]

A Jane Austen pact book...how could I resist?

I've enjoyed other books in this series and was equally delighted with Ms. Checketts work.

There's quite a bit of high emotion and suspense to this tale so be sure and take your heart medication first. There's depth to the characters, clean writing, fast pacing, and heart thudding kisses to keep the romance reader happily entertained. There are marvelous obstacles in their way, some from outside sources and some of their own creation.

A read now novel.

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A broken-hearted Romeo. A wrongly-accused woman. Can he keep her safe if she puts her life in his hands? 
Brooke Isaacson's ex-fiancé pulls a gun on her and she has no choice but to run. When she runs straight to Wyoming and into the arms of Ryker Redland, she's not sure if she's found her Mr. Dependable or found the biggest heartbreak of her life.
A deserted cabin and a territorial grizzly tracking them will either bring them together or be their death sentence.


Thursday, October 25, 2018

The American (Billionaire Royals Book 6)


The American (Billionaire Royals Book 6) by [Summers, Sophia]

I picked up this book on the recommendataion of a friend. It is my first read by Ms. Summers, but I'm not sure if I'll be picking up anymore of her books soon.

The characters are wonderfully created and real. The pacing steady and quick. The challenges the characters pose to each other bring lightness and fun. There's a smidge of intrigue. Settings spot on.

My disappointment came at the end. The book stopped abruptly. I was midscene and the story was over. There were lose ends left untied.

Please understand, it saddens me to leave such a review. Authors work hard and have so many elements to juggle to bring a story and characters to life and on to the page into the reader's hands. This one simply missed the mark at the end for me.

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The Sixth book in the Billionaire Royals Series. Thane tires of his work as the press liaison in Torren. And longs to enter the business world. After a shocking announcement to his family, he moves to Manhattan and begins life as the newest billionaire royal in the fast paced business world.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Serving The Prince: Clean Contemporary Royal Romance (Royal Secrets Book 3)


Serving The Prince: Clean Contemporary Royal Romance (Royal Secrets Book 3) by [Conrad, Sophia]

This is my first read by Sophia Conrad and I found it wonderfully charming.

Julie is smart, attractive, and has a sense of morality and responsibility. All combine to make her a well rounded character and a good match for Max.

Max, with the world at his finger tips, wants to make a difference in his country and the world and yearns for a woman is can be more than giggly arm candy. His attraction to Julie is sweet and genuine.

A cozy satisfying page-turning read.

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She’s a waitress with no room for distractions. He’s a prince wishing for a simpler life. Is there any hope for a happily-ever-after?


Julie Winters’ life is simple: work and college. Her five-year life plan doesn’t allow for detours of any kind, and that includes no dating. With her family counting on the money she makes from her tips at the lodge, Julie is serious about her responsibilities. She definitely won’t let a man distract her, even when he looks like Max, a guest from Europe. 

But when Julie’s old car breaks down, the mysterious Max is the one to rescue her. And when she needs an archery tutor, Max volunteers for the job. Soon, they’re spending time together, and Julie likes it. Maybe a little too much.

Prince Maximilian Wolfe is in the U.S. to look for investors, not to find a girlfriend. His friend Prince Henry likes to go clubbing, but Max prefers the simple things. When he meets Julie at the restaurant where she works, he’s immediately intrigued by her beautiful brown eyes. Julie is different and genuine, and Max looks for ways to spend more time together.

There’s only one problem—Julie doesn’t know Max is a prince.


Current books in the Royal Secrets series:
— Book 1: Taming The Prince by Addison Quinn
— Book 2: Dancing with The Prince by Kennedy Larsen
— Book 3: Serving The Prince by Sophia Conrad
— Book 4: Dating The Prince by Addison Quinn
— Book 5: Forgetting The Prince by Kennedy Larsen
— Book 6: Rescuing The Prince by Sophia Conrad 

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Make Believe Honeymoon


Make-Believe Honeymoon (Make-Believe Series Book 3) by [Holt, Vivi]

A bit of fun, a bit of intrigue, and a bit of flirting make up this make believe story.

Jessie and Callum are both strong in personality, intelligence, and heart. They need all of these traits to solve the crime and fall in love.

A well crafted, well written tale of a cruise ship romance turned real despite the main characters best efforts.

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Two private investigators must pretend to be newlyweds in love on a Caribbean honeymoon cruise to catch a killer, but what happens when make-believe feelings turn real?

Former Navy SEAL, Callum McKenzie, struggles to open himself up to love. So, when he books a ticket on a honeymoon cruise for a case, he has to find someone to play the role of doting wife. He hires someone, based on a recommendation from a friend, but when he meets the petite single mother, Callum has misgivings. He’s attracted to her in a way he’s never felt before, but he’s her boss. Can he keep things professional between them and fight his forbidden feelings long enough to solve the case?

Former beat cop, Jessie Arwens, moved back home to Atlanta after losing her husband. All she wants now is to see her son settled in his new school and to start over as a private investigator. An old friend recommends her for a job with a successful local PI and she jumps at the chance to establish herself. When she meets him, she quickly finds herself caught up in their act. But she’s been burned by love before and doesn’t want to risk her son’s happiness by leaping into a new relationship, especially with the man who’s currently paying her wages.

Cruising through the tropical Caribbean, the two of them uncover a nefarious plot and web of lies on their pretend honeymoon. But they soon discover that when it comes to matters of the heart there’s a fine line between make-believe and reality.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Awakening Avery


Awakening Avery (A Second Chance Romance Book 3) by [Lewis, Laurie]

This is a soul searching read by Ms. Lewis. She isn't afraid to dig into deep emotions pertaing to what some regard as touchy subjects: grief, religion, betrayal, to name a few.

The characters are well developed as is the story. The pacing is steady. The emotions real and raw.

This book will have you pondering on the meaning of life, family, and love. About how taking risks can bring you new experiences, friendship, the spark of creativity, and a new found lease on life.

A fine read.

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"You're depressed," the doctor declared.

"Ya think?" is author Avery Elkins Thompson's sarcastic response. She can’t pull out from the malaise that set in following her husband's untimely death, and her adult children fear they are losing her too.

She can't write, and questions about their father's death leave the family mired in pain. "We need a healing place," her oldest son tells her, suggesting she find it on Anna Maria Island, Florida, a former family vacation spot.

When Avery returns to Baltimore to sell the family's waterfront condo, she meets rodeo-ers-turned-real-estate-brokers Teddie and Rider Davis, and Avery's quiet life will never be the same again. The Davises help arrange a short-term house swap with widower Gabriel Carson from Anna Maria, whose overprotective parenting has resulted in two self-centered, twenty-something daughters. Avery and Gabriel are in for the summer of their lives as they step into one another's messy, complicated worlds.

Still, venturing out on her own again is challenging for Avery, whose experiences at the Ringling's magnificent Ca d'Zan mansion, and with the quirky characters she meets there, eventually awaken her to truths she desperately needs to remember—that God has not forgotten her, and as crazy as life can be, it is possible to laugh and love again.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Make-Believe Wedding


Make-Believe Wedding (Make-Believe Series Book 2) by [Holt, Vivi]

This is my first read by Ms. Holt and it was a wonderful treat.

The characters were relateable, the pacing on target, and the emotions well represented. Ms. Holt is a strong writer on all fronts. I enjoyed all the traps the heroine and hero got themselves into and had to figure their way out of.

A charming, clean, quick, heartfelt read.

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Molly Beluga was abandoned at the altar and has no intention of heading back there anytime soon. When she crosses paths with an arrogant fireman, she knows better than to let her heart get involved. She can’t face the idea of having it broken by another failed relationship. A serious journalist working for her family’s newspaper, her only plan is to focus on her career and to train her new Labrador puppy, Daisy, to behave.

Tim Holden left the family newspaper to become a fireman with the Atlanta Fire Department. After a lifetime of watching the newspaper business consume his family, he has no time for journalists, let alone a beautiful and feisty journalist with no regard for anything other than getting the story. Now thirty, he’s grown tired of bouncing between short-term relationships so when an idea emerges for a fake relationship, he’s intrigued. 

Will these enemies sheath their swords long enough to formulate a plan that just might bring their warring families back together? 

A modern retelling of the classic tale, Romeo and Juliet, without all the gore. Okay, maybe just a little bit of gore. This book is a laugh-out-loud romantic comedy that proves once again true love can overcome even the most bitter feud, and conquer the hardest of hearts.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Rule #1: You Can't Date the Coach's Daughter (The Rules of Love)

Rule #1: You Can't Date the Coach's Daughter (The Rules of Love) by [Meyer, Anne-Marie]

I wasn't sure about reading this book at first. High school romance wasn't a genre I was up for. But, as I've admired Ms. Meyer's other works, I thought I'd give it a try. If it was rubbish, which it's not, then I could always bow out early.

That didn't happen. The characters were engaging, the obstacles true, and the turmoils of teenage love real. I was pleasantly surprised and happy to read this tale beginning to end.

I look forward to the next book in the series.


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There are two types of people in high school: the ones that you can date and the ones you can’t. Unfortunately for me, I’m the latter. Even though I’m around hot football players every afternoon, they are not allowed to date me. If they even come close to flirting, my dad, Coach “The Boss” Davis, makes them run laps around the field until they puke. 

Nothing scares off a boy more than the threat of physical pain. 

Not only has he forbidden me to date anyone at all, he’s even made me the football team’s water girl so that he can keep tabs on me. Apparently, over protective dad is a fabulous guy deterrent. Outdoor shops should find a way to bottle it and sell it. They’d make a killing.

What Dad doesn’t know is that I spend every last second of those two blissful hours of practice in the scorching California heat, staring at Tyson Blake. He is the epitome of perfection in a six-foot-two, incredibly toned, smells-good-even-when-he-sweats, senior body. And when he smiles, angels sing. Literally. 

And Dad hates him.

It feels a bit cliche to say I fell for the one guy that would send Dad’s already high blood pressure over the the top. But it’s true. There’s something about Tyson. Something he’s trying to hide. But I can see through his cocky persona and I know there’s something more.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Love Me at Sunset


Love Me At Sunset (Romano Family Book 3) by [Whitney, Lucinda]

Life and love continues in Portugal in this charming series.

I liked how the simple background of a mansion could be all the setting this book needed. The story was centered around the characters, their pitfalls and triumphs, and how the focus could be on their friendship and budding romance. No frills, just a well told clean romance with sweet suprises.

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An ex-con reforming his life. A pregnant widow hiding her past. Will the price of her secrets cost her his love?


Top 20 Amazon Bestseller in Clean & Wholesome Romance
Top 20 Amazon Bestseller in Multicultural & Interracial Romance 



Catarina Romano has lost everything: her husband, her house, her lifestyle. She flees to her cousin’s empty manor in the heart of Portugal, trying to find peace and to hide from the scandal spun by the media, only to discover she is pregnant.

Afonso Cortez is done with all the lies. Fresh out of prison for trusting the wrong person, he’s ready to leave the past behind and look ahead to new opportunities. The remote Sunset Manor, in need of a groundskeeper, is the perfect solution, promising to provide Afonso with the solitude he craves while he restores the grounds to their former glory.

Catarina avoids Afonso at first, not wanting to further complicate her life. But Afonso is intriguing, and she feels drawn to him. If only she didn’t feel guilty for all the secrets she’s keeping from him.

When suspicious accidents start occurring at the property, Afonso believes his past is catching up with him. Will he be able to protect Catarina or will he lose the woman who might restore his belief in love?

Books in the Romano Family series:
- Book 1- Hold Me At Twilight
- Book 2- Meet Me At Sunrise 
- Book 3- Love Me At Sunset
- Book 4- Keep Me At Christmas 
- Book 5- Kiss Me At Midnight (coming soon)


Previously published as part of the Destined for Love Romance: Mansions series:
— Kiss Me in the Rain by Lindzee Armstrong
— Roping His Heart by Jaclyn Hardy
— The Princess and the Pizza Man by Cassie Mae
— Mending Fences by Lorin Grace
— Love Me at Sunset by Lucinda Whitney
— Saving Sycamore Bay by Cami Checketts

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Meet Me at Sunrise

Meet Me At Sunrise (Romano Family Book 2) by [Whitney, Lucinda]

I became a fan of Lucinda Whitney sometime back and love her obsession with Portugal. It's high time she had a book series centered on it.

I missed reading the first book in the series, but as the books can be read a stand alones I didn't feel behind the curve at all.

This was a charming story of cruise ship love, a trope I happen to enjoy. There was enough description to let me feel as if I'd seen some peeks of places to visit in Portugal, should I ever get there, without weighing down the pacing of the story.

The slow simmer romance was definitely sigh worthy and fulfilling.

I really didn't need much of the "suspense" part, which was very light, to round out the story. But as it does have some bearing on book three was helpful.

Well done.

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A reluctant heiress. A river cruise captain. Finding love in eight days was not on the itinerary…


Top 10 Amazon Bestseller in Holiday Fiction
Top 20 Amazon Bestseller in Clean & Wholesome Romance


Between a bad breakup and a rocky relationship with her overbearing father, twenty-three-year-old Vanessa Clark has a history of being disappointed by the men in her life. So when her long-lost grandfather reenters the scene and persuades her to tour northern Portugal on one of his river cruise ships, Vanessa boards the vessel looking for answers about her estranged family, not looking for love. 

Captain Matias Romano has enough to worry about without having to babysit his boss’s spoiled American granddaughter, no matter how good-looking and wealthy she is. First the issue with the refrigerators, and now the ship's computers are malfunctioning—he’ll be relieved when this trip is over and he can get back to business as usual. 

But as Matias plays tour guide on Vanessa’s excursions and they work together to investigate a series of suspicious accidents aboard, they both realize there’s more to the other than first impressions. 

Can Vanessa work through her complicated past to make room for Matias in her future, or will they pass like ships in the night?

Books in the Romano Family series:
- Book 1- Hold Me At Twilight
- Book 2- Meet Me At Sunrise 
- Book 3- Love Me At Sunset 
- Book 4- Keep Me At Christmas 
- Book 5- Kiss Me At Midnight (coming soon) 

Previously published as part of the A Destined for Love Romance: Europe series:
— Desperately Seeking Mr. Right by Sally Johnson 
— Meet Me At Sunrise by Lucinda Whitney (also part of the Romano Family series)
 12 Days to Love by Lisa Swinton 
 Kiss Me in the Moonlight by Lindzee Armstrong 
— Never Trust the Rain by Laura D. Bastian 

Thursday, August 30, 2018

With a Kiss

With A Kiss: A Sweet Romance Anthology by [Abramson, Traci Hunter, Branton, Rachel, Christensen, Rachelle J., DiPastena, Joyce, Ferguson, Danyelle, Hatch, Donna, Moore, Heather B., Perkins, Luisa, Rallison, Janette, Tullis, Heather]

This anthology, to benefit another author, is full of gems.

Every story is unique, original, and wonderfully romantic. They range in length from a series of letters to a full novella. All are sweet, clean, wholesome, well written, well paced, and with plenty of heart. Each one could potentially be your favorite and an anthology is a wonderful way to try out multiple authors to find new favorites to add to your 'I must read everything by this author' list.

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A collection of 10 sweet romance novellas by USA Today bestselling & award winning authors. 

Romances in this collection:

DANCING TO FREEDOM by Traci Hunter Abramson: A Russian ballerina. An American hockey player. A forbidden romance. Can Katrina follow her heart when freedom is the one thing she lacks? Or will the Cold War cost her the only man she has ever loved? 

RYLEE’S MIX-UP by Rachel Branton: Rylee Williams didn’t want to be a bridesmaid at her estranged sister’s wedding, the sister who’d grown up with the family she was supposed to have. So why does she find herself in a dress two sizes too big and no date for the wedding? Maybe it’s time to give up on her family once and for all. But a greased pig contest and handsome cowboy Beck Seeger might just change her mind—both about sticking it out and taking a chance at love.

THE REFUGEE’S BILLIONAIRE by Rachelle J. Christensen: Shawn Halstrom has an assignment: travel to Atlanta, Georgia to investigate The Heart of Atlanta refugee center so that Burke Enterprises can make a donation. The job should take two weeks tops, but he wasn’t planning on falling for a Cuban refugee named Carolina Diaz. She’s a single mother who isn’t interested in dating, even if the guy might be a billionaire.

JUST THIS MOMENT by Joyce DiPastena: Alys’s late husband thought her useful only for spinning thread. Now a mysterious monk has come to take her to a nunnery. Can a sightless woman like Alys exert her independence to forge a future of her own choice? And will the monk, who stirs forbidden longings in her, help or hinder her?

ORIGAMI GIRL by Danyelle Ferguson: Josephine loved teaching crafts at the children's hospital until she was assigned to help Dr. Blake learn how to relate with his patients. As she helps the young doctor soften his sharp edges, relax his rigid folds, and open up to the people around him, she finds she can't help but love the man he's becoming. 

SABRINA’S HERO by Donna Hatch: For weeks, Sabrina daydreams about a mysterious gentleman who frequents the lending library. Is he perchance an agent for the crown? A returning war hero? A highwayman? A fateful public assembly introduces her to the mystery man as well as an intriguing newcomer. Now she’s torn between a charming rake promising the adventure she craves, and a handsome barrister who offers security. Only one will stand by her when it matters most.

FALLING FOR LUCY by Heather B. Moore: Lucy Morley’s older sister is perfect, yet Lucy can’t even hold down a job, let alone stick with something like college. After another disastrous firing, she lands her dream job at a bookstore—and it doesn’t hurt that her new boss, Adam Parks, is pretty much her dream man. But if Lucy is good at one thing, it’s guarding herself from heartbreak. Adam has other plans in mind that include finding a way into Lucy’s heart.

MY DEAREST EMMA by Luisa Perkins: Since her husband died at 25, Johanna has worked at a busy hotel in the new railroad town of Danube, Minnesota, soothing her loneliness by writing home to her sister in Germany. When she meets August, a shy widower, her letters reveal a budding friendship. But Johanna soon begins to question whether their romance can survive a demanding employer, August’s jealous daughter, and the misgivings of two recently broken hearts. 

COVERTLY YOURS by Janette Rallison: Paisley Spencer never needed a knight in shining armor—until she finds herself surrounded by three gangsters in a bad part of Phoenix. A handsome stranger intervenes, rescuing her from certain disaster. The only catch? Now she has to pretend to be his girlfriend for the next hour. She finds it’s a job she doesn't want to end. 

SUSPECT LOVE by Heather Tullis: When Titus takes over as manager of Midwest Blood Services, he immediately notices Regan, and she notices him right back—until she realizes he took the job for which she had been vying.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Marrying a Prince


Marrying a Prince (A Fake Marriage Series Book 4) by [Meyer, Anne-Marie]

This is a sweet and charming tale. A nurse, a prince, a head injury, and hilarity and mishaps ensue.

Marianna is very likeable and it has the feel of The Prince and Me with a bit more maturity. The tear apart is appropriately heart-rending. Well-written and paced, this one will keep you page turning until the rewarding end.

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Marianna Hedley is finally getting her life back together after she walked in on her boyfriend of three years in the arms of another woman. Now she’s pretty much sure that the emergency room where she’s a nurse and he’s a doctor is the very last place she wants to be. So when she gets wrapped up in helping out a handsome man with a head injury—at the beckoning of his mother—she reluctantly agrees. Once she’s sure this foreign stranger is safe, she leaves the ER and swears to never come back. 
Prince Leonardo DeLuca is in America with one mission—propose to the woman he doesn’t love because his parents think it will be the best thing for their country. When he is out for a run and hits his head, he takes this opportunity to fake amnesia with the hopes that his parents can’t force him to marry someone he doesn’t remember. Right? Wrong. His parents don’t care and try to convince him that he will grow to love the woman he hates. 
Desperate to get away, Leo “accidentally” proposes to Marianna as part of a plan they’ve concocted. She’ll get away from her ex and his parents will have to go along with the proposal because if not, then they would have to admit to the press that the soon-to-be king is not of sound mind. Everything was going according to plan, until Leo and Marianna soon discover how kind and generous the other person is and their feelings blossom from friendship to something more.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Scarlet


Scarlet by [Johnson, Jen Geigle]

I LOVE Ms. Johnson's writing!

It's well researched, heart felt, well paced, well written. Well, well, well. She knows her craft and weaves a beautiful love story against a dynamic historical backdrop.

Scarlet was the heroine every one cheers for and the hero is equally as strong. The villains make you fear the success of the champions.

The cover is stunning.

I could rattle on, but the best thing to do is READ the book! Savour it for yourself.

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The roads in and out of Paris are heavily guarded, but the dead have easy passage out of the city. A ragged old woman transports the coffins of the most recent victims of the guillotine and is waved on unimpeded. Later, the same crone watches five French aristocrats step out of their coffins unscathed. Not beheaded, but spirited away to safety by that most elusive of spies: the Pimpernel. Or, as she’s known in polite society, Lady Scarlet Cavendish.
When not assuming her secret identity as a hero of the French Revolution, Scarlet presents herself as a fashionable, featherbrained young widow flitting about London. In truth, this façade is merely a diversion designed to conceal her clandestine work in France. Among members of the doomed French aristocracy, the Pimpernel is renowned for her bravery and cunning. But when tasked with rescuing handsome Comte Matteo Durand, she faces an unprecedented challenge: she is falling in love with the man. If ever there was a time to keep her head, it is now—because in a world brimming with intrigue, she is not the only one harboring secrets. And if Scarlet doesn’t take care, Madame la Guillotine may finally catch up with the Pimpernel . . .

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Marrying a Billionaire


Marrying a Billionaire (A Fake Marriage Series Book 3) by [Meyer, Anne-Marie]

Book 3 and the series is still going strong.

I really enjoyed the interactions and misunderstandings between the MC's from two different worlds. Lots of great secondary characters, plus a jerk ex-husband round out the story. Nice emotional tugs. My only skeptical sticking point was how far along the heroine was in her pregnancy and still being able to hide it, esp. with the outfits she wore. Not a deal breaker though.

As always, Ms. Meyer tells a well constructed tale with heart.

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Lillian Brunette is desperate for a job. Six months pregnant and recently divorced, she needs health insurance and an income if she’s ever going to be able to take care of herself and the baby—if what happened to her first pregnancy happens again. So when her best friend tells her that the billionaire bachelor is looking for an assistant, she jumps at the opportunity to interview.

Reed Williamson is trying to get over his broken heart. When he finds out that his fiancée ended up pregnant with his half-brother’s baby, he’s written off all relationships. Which he was doing a good job at until he finds out that in order to inherit his family’s investment company, he has to be married. Out of desperation, Reed’s mom puts in a call to an elite matchmaking agency to find him a contract wife. At least with that, there’s no chance of falling in love.

After an episode of mistaken identity, Lillian finds herself contractually obligated to marry Reed. Which is the ideal relationship for her. Faking a marriage seems easy, until she finds out that Reed is kind and incredibly handsome. And just might be what she wants in a family. If only he could accept the secret she's so desperate to hide.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

If the Suit Fits


If the Suit Fits: (A Wit and Whimsy Romance Novella #3) by [Johnson, Sally]

The story starts with a down on her luck heroine wearing a hot dog costume. The only way to go is up from rock bottom. Enter the hero. Sparks fly. Darling dates and misunderstandings ensue. Cue the HFA and all is well.

This read is lots of fun. Ms. Johnson works her wonderful magic and gifts us with a swoony read.

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Finding love at the amusement park can be quite a ride.
Becky Perkins has lost her job, her lease, and her car. As a result, she moves back in with her parents and takes the only job she can find: a seasonal position at the local amusement park as a sign spinner. Unfortunately, it includes wearing a foam hot dog suit.
When she crashes into fellow park employee Hudson Lowell, on her first day, suddenly the job doesn’t seem so bad.
Actuary Hudson Lowell feels the weight of the world on his shoulders with this assignment. The Gainesville Amusement Park has been struggling for years. It’s his responsibility to advise the owners as to the viability of the park. Going into the deal, the solution seems pretty simple—until he meets Becky.
The more time Becky and Hudson spend together, the more their feelings grow, making it harder and harder for Hudson to be objective about his decision. If the park closes, it will impact the whole town and directly hurt Becky. And how can he hurt the woman he has fallen for?

Friday, July 27, 2018

Loving Lucianna

Loving Lucianna: A Hearts in Autumn Romance by [DiPastena, Joyce]

I've been a long time fan of Joyce DiPastena and I wasn't disappointed with this read.

Ms. DiPastena knows her history and the right way to write romance. I loved reading what she terms an 'Autumn' romance meaning the characters are more mature and experienced in their lives, and also set in their ways.

There were so many obstacles to this love match that I sometimes wondered if there was going to be a HEA. Family issues, protective hearts, the other's happiness at stake. A wonderfully winding tale.

I loved the secondary characters and how they were tied to other novels she's written. It was nice to see familiar faces I've already come to love.

As always, I will certainly be happy to read more by Ms. DiPastena.

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Sir Balduin de Soler gave up long ago on love. He never had the means to support a wife until an unexpected advancement in his fifties allows him to reassess his future just as the lovely Lucianna enters his life.

Lucianna Fabio harbors a secret, painful memory from her past that has kept her unwed, as well. Now in her forties, she thought herself too old to marry until she meets Sir Balduin. Now suddenly their lonely autumn lives feel very much like spring again . . . until Lucianna’s brother appears without warning and threatens to revive the secret that will destroy Lucianna’s second chance at love.

“Loving Lucianna" is a “Hearts in Autumn” romance, medieval romances revolving around heroes and heroines “in the autumn of their years.” Because love isn't only for the young!

Loving Lucianna is a PG rated historical romance

The Hearts in Autumn Romance series is linked by a common theme of older heroes and heroines, not by recurring characters. Each title in the Hearts in Autumn series is a stand-alone story. They can be read and enjoyed in any order.

However, the some of characters in Loving Lucianna also appear in my Poitevin Hearts romance series. If you are interested in where it fits chronologically, the order would be:

Loyalty’s Web (Poitevin Hearts, Book 1)
Illuminations of the Heart (Poitevin Hearts, Book 2)
Loving Lucianna (Hearts in Autumn)

Thursday, July 19, 2018

New York Bound


New York Bound: Clover Springs East Book 1 by [Wesson, Rachel]

This is my first read by Ms. Wesson. I'm so glad I picked it up.

This is a book of opposites and covers the divisions of Irish vs English, Catholic vs Non-Catholic, Poor vs Rich, East vs West, Men vs Women.

It is SOOO well done. I loved the characters. They were strong and flawed, compassionate and scowling. Such wonderful tension on multiple levels.

There is a wonderful romantic thread woven through this historical New York blizzard.

Well researched, written, crafted, clean, and delightful. Love the cover.

I will happily read more by this author.

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Erin Quinn, Clover Springs, Colorado’s beloved doctor, and her party arrive in New York to meet her past—just when the most devastating blizzard ever recorded is about to hit the city. 

Nora Doherty has spent years hearing tales of Doc Erin’s skill and kindness, but she anticipates her arrival with mixed feelings. She can’t wait to meet the amazing woman her gran worked for, but isn’t at all thrilled with her mother’s insistence that she return with Doc Erin to Clover Springs—as a mail order bride.

Robbie Fenton has been tasked with protecting Doc Erin and her party, but who will protect him when he sets eyes on the beautiful Nora Doherty?

With New York City buried under over twenty inches of snow and millions of people stranded in a complete white-out, Erin, Nora and Robbie’s mettle is tested as they frantically struggle to help. Will Erin, Nora, Robbie survive to see futures of their own?

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Marrying an Athlete


Marrying an Athlete (A Fake Marriage Series Book 2) by [Meyer, Anne-Marie]

This was such a funny read. Fake marriage to go to a resort to get counseling on saving said marriage in order to support a couple actually struggling with their marriage.

There was lots of tension, mixed signals, flirting, and a beautiful setting. I'd totally go there.

Clean writing. Good romance. Well paced.

My only criticism was the easy way out to fix the marriage that was actually in trouble. I could've read a whole book on McKenna's relationship with her husband. That and I knew chapters before characters what was happening with McKenna. How were the rest so clueless? Still, not a deal breaker. Enjoy.


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Anna Short’s life has been in a slump ever since her boss and boyfriend—who happened to be the same person—dumped her. Now forced to work at a coffee shop, she's pretty sure her life can't go any lower. Enter Michael: her best friend McKenna’s older brother and life-long crush.

Michael Jones is the life of the party. As a Defenseman for the New York Rangers, he's always had his pick of women and friends. When he mistakenly proposes to the Mayor's daughter at a party one night, he hightails it out of New York before the media storm hits. He drives to McKenna’s house where he finds her in emotional shambles. Grateful for the distraction her problems give him, he jumps head first into finding a solution.

When McKenna begs them to fake a marriage so they can go with her to a counseling resort designed to help fix her failing one, Anna and Michael agree. After all, the drunken kiss they shared two years ago was definitely in the past. But when they decide to make it their mission to bring McKenna and her husband together, they begin to realize just how good of a team they really are.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Prejudice Meets Pride


Prejudice Meets Pride (Meet Your Match) by [Anderson, Rachael]

I'm a sucker for Jane Austen knockoffs and this one didn't disappoint. Though it's not a true retelling of P & P, it's a worthy read of a couple getting off on the wrong foot and making all kinds of incorrect assumptions about the other.

Emma and Kevin have strong motivations and are true to themselves throughout the novel. This is essential to the plot and good story telling. There is character growth and emotional depth and the pacing is spot on.

Lots to love about this tale.


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After years of pinching pennies and struggling to get through art school, Emma Makie’s hard work finally pays off with the offer of a dream job. But when tragedy strikes, she has no choice but to make a cross-country move to Colorado Springs to take temporary custody of her two nieces. She has no money, no job prospects, and no idea how to be a mother to two little girls, but she isn’t about to let that stop her. Nor is she about to accept the help of Kevin Grantham, her handsome neighbor, who seems to think she’s incapable of doing anything on her own.

Prejudice Meets Pride is the story of a guy who thinks he has it all figured out and a girl who isn't afraid to show him that he doesn't. It’s about learning what it means to trust, figuring out how to give and to take, and realizing that not everyone gets to pick the person they fall in love with. Sometimes, love picks them.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Wedding Weekend


Wedding Weekend: A Sweet Romance Novella by [Talley, Rebecca]

Who doesn't love a destination wedding where the main character isn't the bride?

A quick read with nice connection. It's easy to cheer for the heroine and hero to get together. They seem well suited.

The butting-in bridesmaid antics were funny as she tried to split apart the main characters.

Well written and paced, though I did find some of the best friend banter a little over the top when it came to most beautiful bride and epic wedding syndrome.

A great escape to the beach.

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Eden Brooks, a cynical social worker who’s seen far too many broken relationships, flies to South Padre Island, Texas for her best friend’s weekend wedding. Content to be the dutiful maid of honor, the last thing she expects is to meet a man—especially a good one.

Jeremy Rivera, the best man, is a cowboy-turned-software-developer from Dallas who’s been too busy building his career to worry about a relationship. 

When Eden and Jeremy meet, they’re instantly drawn to each other. Unfortunately, one of the bridesmaids—who happens to be the bride’s cousin—has set her sights on Jeremy and is determined to maneuver Eden out of the way any way she can. And Jeremy doesn’t seem to mind.

Will the weekend end in a love connection between Eden and Jeremy or will it simply prove to Eden that there are no decent men out there?