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? 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Her Big Fat Foxy Billionaire Best Friend


Her Big Fat Foxy Billionaire Best Friend (Billionaire Series Book 2) by [Lieske, Victorine E.]

The title is long and matches the novel well.

This plot is all about miscommunication and poor timing. You do feel sympathy for the characters as they navigate the mine field of going from best friend to married for life. It's wonderful to be able to relate to characters as you would to people in real life. A few plot twists, some predictable and some unpredicatble, keep the story interesting and plausible. The idea of Star Venture will appeal to those who appreciate pop sci-fi culture.

A satisfying read.

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Miranda Moore is devastated when her fiancé dumps her right before her wedding. Luckily her best friend, Drew Tucker, comes to her rescue, agreeing to go with her on the Star Venture cruise trip she booked. But he’s changed, and strange new feelings towards him are making it hard for Miranda to stay focused. She needs to keep her friendship with Drew. Falling in love would ruin everything!

Drew’s been in love with Miranda since he could remember. But unfortunately, she only thinks of him as a friend. When she gets dumped right before her dream cruise trip, he agrees to go with her to get her mind off her ex. Too bad it kills him to be with her, knowing she could never return his affections.

Her Big Fat Foxy Billionaire Best Friend is a sweet romance and a stand-alone novel.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Kiss of Life


Kiss of Life by [Rector, Lisa]

This a short story with mystery and romance. Despite it's diminutive size there's character growth and emotional connection. A bit fun to dive into a gothic ghost tale that's easily read during your lunch hour.

As always, I enjoy Ms. Rector's writing, long or short.


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No one seems to notice the young woman wandering the estate, slipping between the onlookers in the crowd. Those who do turn and run. When his eyes meet hers, flaring with recognition, it's enough to send her racing away into the safety of the gardens . . . because nothing feels as it should. And there's not a familiar soul she can turn to for help.

This is a gothic short story romance.



Thursday, June 7, 2018

P.S. I Love You


P.S. I Love You (Twickenham Time Travel Romance) by [Noelle, Jo]

Jo Noelle writes such lovely stuff.

This Victorian romance is a wonderful counterpart to the rest in the series. I'm loving them all.

Beautiful to watch how Cora and Simon discover they are a perfect pair, though there are secrets to reveal and compassion to be shown. I like their flaws, their strengths, and the way they interact with the characters around them. Scandals, abductions, lots of music (one of my favorite elements in a novel), and magic are used to tell this charming tale.

A wonderful world to escape into. May we all be as lucky as Cora and her friends.


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Cora Rey wanted a fresh start in life, but being thrown back in time to 1850 isn’t how she expected to do that. She discovers that Victorian England isn't the pleasant social whirl Jane Austen led her to believe, but when in Rome—or in this case Twickenham . . . She’s determined to have the vacation of a lifetime, especially in the company of a certain duke.


Simon Tuttle never expected to become the duke of Hertfordshire, never wanted it, but now he is, and eligible women seeking a title consider him the next trophy to be taken in the marriage mart. A union of convenience is the most he hopes for due to the shame-filled secret he bears—until he meets Cora. Now, he imagines that a love match could be possible after all. Hiding his secret from society has been easy—hiding it from Cora proves impossible. Can Cora love a man like him despite learning the truth?

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Silver Star Giveaway Winners!

Thanks to all who entered the Silver Star Giveaway! 
And the winners are...
Kristen won the book bundle!
Emily won the jewelry bundle!

You can pick up Silver Star here: 

My Vampire


My Vampire by [Rector, Lisa]

I'm not normally a vampire girl, but I am a romance girl. This book is perfect for both!


The way Ms. Rector takes on the vampire challenge and makes them her own, while keeping true to stereotypes is nothing short of amazing. This is not Twilight. It's so much better.

Before long you'll be wishing you were one of Killian's "freshies." He's attractive, strong, and compassionate, the way a hero and vampire should be.

Sasha is not the average storm sprite. I love her balance of strength and innocence.

Set in modern day, there's lots of world building to satisfy the fantasy/paranormal lovers out there and the right mix of love to keep the romantics sighing and swooning.

The perfect read. Please let there be a sequel!


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Vampires, creatures of darkness.
Their favorite treats… storm sprites.

The blood of a storm sprite makes an intoxicating elixir for most supernatural beings, including vampires. After Killian, a reclusive vampire, comes across Sasha, a rare storm sprite, and saves her life, they develop an unlikely friendship. Because of his constant cravings for her blood, Killian keeps his distance while protecting Sasha from the supernaturals hungering for her. But as his behaviors change and he draws closer, Sasha’s no longer sure of his motivations. One day his cravings will become too much.

When a woman’s brutal murder spirals a hunt for an amulet that has demonic powers, Sasha and Killian are stuck between the feuding demons and vampires who are determined to possess the amulet’s secrets. Sasha must find the amulet for her protection—before she ends up on the wrong end of a demon’s blade, or worse, has her throat ripped out by the vampire she calls hers.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Match Me if You Can


Match Me if You Can (No Match for Love Book 7) by [Armstrong, Lindzee]

I've read all the books in this series and am as happy with this latest installment as I was with the first and all the books in between. Swoon satisfying.

It's a convoluted tale with lots of twists. Talk about bad boys, girls, and betrayals!

Clean, well-written, and lots of hair standing at attention due to crackling chemistry.

You'll whip through this one to get to the soul satisfying ending.

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Football star Wyatt James messed with the wrong quarterback, and now he’s paying the price. After falling for the same girl, Wyatt ends up blamed for a career-ending move that gets him traded from his dream team to the b-list Los Angeles Coyotes. Now he’s starting over in a new state while praying the scandal doesn’t get picked up by the press. With his life in total upheaval, he’s only certain of one thing—he’s never falling in love again.

When Tamera discovers her boyfriend and sister’s secret affair, her heartbreak propels her to reality TV star fame. Now she’s got a big-time Hollywood talent agent, famous quarterback best friend, and a determination to never again let a man derail her life. Without a relationship weighing her down, it’s only a matter of time before her acting career takes off and she can quit selling houses to pay the bills.

When Tamera unexpectedly ends up as Wyatt’s real estate agent, sparks fly—until they find out her best friend and his nemesis are the same guy. As things heat up in the press, vicious lies spread like wildfire and neither is sure what to believe. Can their hearts heal enough from past hurts to trust in a future together?

Fall into this fun and flirty romance today!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Fighting Love for the Cowboy


Fighting Love for the Cowboy (A Moose Falls Romance Book 1) by [Meyer, Anne-Marie]

Ms. Meyer's latest installment is a winner.

We have two unlikely-to-fall-in-love-with-each-other MC's who are both full of spitfire and sparks fly. It's a wonder the pages don't burn up as you read them.

There's lots to like about both Sean and Christine. Sean's livelihood and home are on the line. Christine's job could be at an end if she doesn't ace this assignment. What I enjoyed about both of them were their compassionate sides.

Clean, well-written, and full of warmth. Grab and go to Moose Falls for a spell.


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Sean Petty is ready to quit all of his odd jobs and finally take over his grandfather's ranch. Despite less than supportive parents, he's decided that becoming a lawyer just isn't for him. He's a rancher—through and through. When he discovers that his grandfather's ranch is getting audited, he'll do just about anything to keep it safe. Even if it means fighting the growing attraction he has for the auditor.

Christine Jordan is moments away from getting fired as an IRS auditor. Her boss told her to either succeed at this field audit or don't bother coming back at all. So when she shows up at Sean Petty's ranch and he's as stubborn as a mule, she knows she can't let his rugged good looks or surprisingly caring manner distract her. 

With a little meddling help from Emma and Austin, they soon discover just how similar they really are. But when facts come to light and Christine's boss interferes, they must decide if the moments they've had can triumph over the truth.

Fighting Love for the Cowboy is a novella based in the fictional town of Moose Falls, Montana. It's a spin-off story from Marrying a Cowboy.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Against the Magic (Twickenham Time Travel Romance)

Against the Magic (Twickenham Time Travel Romance) by [Weaver, Donna K.]

This was a wonderful read! I loved the time travel element that sent modern day people back to 1850. Hilarity ensues.

The couple in question already have a past to work through and now they have to do it in the past amidst all the decorum restrictions and possibility of falling in love with someone from 1850.
The premise is clever, the writing fun, and the romance hits all the right notes.
I have the feeling this is the start of a series as five people traveled back to the past and the story only focused on two of them. In fact, at times, I wondered why the other three were mentioned at all as they hardly appeared in the story.
The characters are well developed, both main and secondary. Lots of fun twists. And the setting is sublime.
Sure wish Aunt Nellie's tonics/elixers were real. They would come in handy. Ah,well.
Love the cover. Part clock, part sunset, all romance.
Another great read by Ms. Weaver.

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Reese Hamilton has big plans to help make the world a better place and a new job lined up to help her do it. Before starting work, she heads to England for a Regency immersive experience. She doesn’t expect her best friend to invite her heart-destroying brother to join them, and two years hasn't been long enough for Reese to forget him. Then fae magic rips them back to 1850. It’s a time when women have few rights. It’s also a time when a determined woman could make a difference, with the right man at her side. Reese finds she must make a choice between two men and two times.

Jem Taylor messed up big when he walked away from Reese to pursue his dream job. He hasn’t been able to forget her and jumps at his sister’s invitation. Suddenly hurtled into Victorian England, he has the chance to woo Reese again. But to do it, he’ll have to fight the magic that brought her to that time—and an Earl with the means to keep her there.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Charming the Cowboy


Charming the Cowboy: Christian Contemporary Romance (Grape Seed Falls Romance Book 3) by [Isaacson, Liz]

Ms. Isaacson has turned out yet another wonderful novel? How is she so prolific while producing wonderful work?

The characters are solid, the conflict deep, the emotions strong, and the writing clean. What more can you ask for in a romance?

Soul satisfying.

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A billionaire bachelor, the woman who's been crushing on him, and a fateful accident at his boarding stable...

Third grade teacher Heather Carver has had her eye on Levi Rhodes for a couple of years now, but he seems to be blind to her attempts to charm him. She's about to throw in the towel when an accident on his horse farm finally has him looking her way. 

Levi, who started his boarding stable from scratch, thinks he has everything he needs. Plenty of money, horses, and his beloved Texas Hill Country. Women have never brought him anything but trouble, and he's not interested. No sirree.

Until his best friend's little sister gets badly injured while at his stables. Then Heather infiltrates his life in ways he'd never thought possible, and his strict anti-female stance slips. Will Heather heal his emotional scars and he care for her physical ones so they can have a real relationship?

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Silver Star is HERE! GIVEAWAY!

Today is the day we've been waiting for! Silver Star is out! 


Her cowboy might just be another broken-heart ballad waiting to happen…



Country superstar Sara Silver has it all: fame, fortune, and a mantel full of Grammys. She also has a string of chart-topping heartbreak songs to go with them—all based on her miserable love life. Now her manager says Sara doesn’t sing with the soul she used to. If she doesn’t come up with another hit album soon, then her label will move on to the next big thing.

Sara heads to a ranch in Wyoming to get back to her country roots and rediscover herself. To keep the press away, she hides her identity and is determined to let nothing distract her. Then she meets Cal: tall, brooding, and all cowboy. Sara falls for Cal and the quiet ranch life, but with each song she writes her time there draws to a close.

Sara will have to choose between the country stars of Nashville or the glittering stars of a Wyoming sky…unless she can find a way to have both. 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Award-Winning Author Lisa Swinton caught the romance bug early by way of fairy tales and hasn’t been able to cure it since. Instead, she feeds her addiction with romance novels and films. In between being a doctor’s wife and mother of two, she occasionally puts her B.A. in Musical Theater to good use via community theater and church choir. In her elusive spare time she enjoys researching her family tree and baking (especially with chocolate). She loves to travel, Jane Austen, and all things Italian. In her next life, she plans to be a professional organizer.


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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Marrying a Cowboy


Marrying a Cowboy (A Fake Marriage Series Book 1) by [Meyer, Anne-Marie]

I'm a growing fan of Ms. Anne-Marie Meyer. This book was a lovely romantic comedy.

Poor Emma is the last single woman standing. Naturally everyone wants to marry her off, especially her mother. There's nothing wrong with being single and Emma is fine with her status, but to get the matchmakers off her back she agrees to a fake marriage with Austin, who she barely knows, to help him get his ranch. His matchmaking grandmother won't given to him unless he gets hitched. Hilarity ensues as Emma and Austin try to prove their marriage is real (which it legally is) and try to convince themselves they aren't falling in love while they act like they are.

Lots of miscommunication and second guessing if their spouse has feelings for them provides the necessary tension to drive the story along. Clean writing, swoon worthy kisses, and good storytelling make this a good read and a great start to a series. I'm looking forward to the next one.

And I like the cover.

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Emma George seems destined to be the perpetual bridesmaid. Out of her five friends, she's the surviving single gal and her one potential groom dumped her on her birthday a year ago. Now at the mercy of every do-gooder matchmaker, she's starting to think that love isn't ever going to find her. Alone at her best friend’s wedding, she reaches a point where she will do just about anything to get some relief from those who think that the only way to happiness is through marriage. 

Austin Maverick thought that he was finally going to get married to fulfill his grandmother's stipulation that he must be wed to inherit his grandfather's ranch. But when his romantic weekend in Las Vegas turned into a broken heart, he decided that love wasn't going to be a requirement for marriage anymore. Now a groomsman in his old friend's wedding, he reunites with Emma and concocts an idea. A fake marriage between the two of them would be beneficial for both. 

After a quick wedding at the courthouse, they fly to Austin’s Montana ranch. What starts out as a mutually advantageous trip turns into something more. Feelings emerge and neither Emma nor Austin can figure out if the other one is genuine or just playing the part of a fake spouse. When Austin's grandmother arrives and starts poking holes in their lie, they must decide if what they feel is real or if it's all just an act.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Seeking Mr. Perfect


Seeking Mr. Perfect (The Jane Austen Pact) by [Youngblood, Jennifer]

I enjoyed this book. Ms. Youngblood does an excellent job of giving the inner workings of her characters depth and authenticity. Both Sierra and Dalton are well fleshed out and strong in their thoughts, opinions, and actions. The side characters all have unique personalities and motivations. The only who comes off a bit shallow and without development across the story is Parker. Perhaps he will get his own story where we can see more growth from him. 

There is plenty for Sierra, Dalton, and others to sort out based on past decisions. A wonderful tangle to unweave one page at a time. Plus I enjoy all the theater references. 

The cover doesn't do the story justice. 

Definitely a clean and wholesome read with believablility. 

Broken trust, broken hearts, and a twist of fate that could change everything.

Sierra McCain has her life figured out with a fabulous job in New York City and a perfect boyfriend who is the modern-day equivalent of Jane Austen's Mr. Darcy. The type of guy Sierra always wanted to find. 

Then, a frantic call from an old friend sends her rushing back to South Carolina where she comes face to face with the very guy she's spent the past seven years trying to forget--Dalton Chandler whose slow, Southern smile unleashes an army of butterflies in her stomach and sends her heart into flips. Under no circumstance can she fall for him again, and she certainly can't tell him her long-kept secret.

Caught between two worlds and two very different men, Sierra must decide which love she'll choose--Mr. Perfect or Mr. Right.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

A Walk in the Woods


A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail (Official Guides to the Appalachian Trail) by [Bryson, Bill]

This is likely Mr. Bryson's most known book. I picked it up for book club.
It is an interesting and informative read regarding his expereiences on the AT. I would be curious to see if he did a follow up so many years later. Not likely.
The first half is better than the second.
I've read other books by him that strike my sense of humor better.

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Back in America after twenty years in Britain, Bill Bryson decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. The AT offers an astonishing landscape of silent forests and sparkling lakesand to a writer with the comic genius of Bill Bryson, it also provides endless opportunities to witness the majestic silliness of his fellow human beings.

For a start there's the gloriously out-of-shape Stephen Katz, a buddy from Iowa along for the walk. Despite Katz's overwhelming desire to find cozy restaurants, he and Bryson eventually settle into their stride, and while on the trail they meet a bizarre assortment of hilarious characters. But A Walk in the Woods is more than just a laugh-out-loud hike. Bryson's acute eye is a wise witness to this beautiful but fragile trail, and as he tells its fascinating history, he makes a moving plea for the conservation of America's last great wilderness. An adventure, a comedy, and a celebration, A Walk in the Woods has become a modern classic of travel literature.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Accidentally Married (The Married Series Book 1)


Accidentally Married (The Married Series Book 1) by [Lieske, Victorine E.]

This premise is entertaining from the start and the characters were in danger of coming off as comical cartoons save for Ms. Lieske's excellent writing and choice to make them people of depth.

Madison is wonderfully relatable and I liked her spark of spunk. She has a tendency to let her mouth get carried away when her emotions run high. We've all done that. I love the way she helps Jared to loosen up and heal in unexpected ways.

Jared makes the bigger transformation over the course of the book, going from arrogant to adorable in a want-to-throw-something-at-you way.

There's lots of twists and turns for the romantic reader to keep you guessing where the plot is going to go next, besides the obvious trip to the altar mentioned in the blurb.

Well-written and well emoted, this is a clean read that will have you ready to click buy for the next book in the series.

Plus, I love the cover. It's my favorite of the series.


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From the New York Times best selling author of NOT WHAT SHE SEEMS.

Madison Nichols, aspiring actress, is floundering. Her rent is due and she needs a job. Desperately. After getting a tip about an open position, she rushes to Jameson Technologies and meets CEO Jared Jameson. Unfortunately, due to a misunderstanding, she is put in the awkward position of pretending to be his girlfriend. Not the job she was applying for. And when she finds out Jared lied to her to get what he wanted, she decides to get back at him. In front of his family.

Jared is stunned when Madison announces they are getting married. She pushed her revenge too far. How can he tell them it’s all a lie? And when his sick aunt asks them to be married before she dies, Madison comes up with a hair-brained plan to hire an actor and stage a fake wedding.

What they both don’t know is Jared’s father has found out about the fake wedding. And he’s got his own hair-brained plan.

This is a sweet romance, appropriate for any age.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Fixing the Billionaire (A Clean Billionaire Romance Book 5)


Fixing the Billionaire (A Clean Billionaire Romance Book 5) by [Meyer, Anne-Marie]

With each book, I'm becoming a fan of Ms. Meyer.

Millie and Jospeh are likeable, believeable characters with heartwrenching tales of woe as their backstories. All you want to do is fix both of them so the title is apt for the tale.

There's lots to love about the story and the charaters big and small as well as the setting. The villain is Millie's ex, but even by the end you hope he makes some changes and finds someone to have HEA with. I like Millie's roomy. She's a trip.

Hearts heal. Life continues. Love succeeds.

Clean and dreamy.




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After getting stood up at her spontaneous, almost Las Vegas wedding, Millie Pruitt has given up on love. After all, men never seem to show up when they were supposed to. Just when she thinks she has everything together, she rear-ends a parked car in front of the building where she works. When Joseph, a mysterious and handsome man, emerges, she can't help but feel drawn to him—especially when he keeps showing up to rescue her.

Billionaire, Joseph Maxwell is trying to atone for his mistakes that he made before his daughter passed away. Leaving behind his privileged life, he changes out silk sheets for dingy motel rooms—all in search of redemption by paying off stranger’s medical bills. When he gets rear-ended by Millie, a sweet and open nurse, he finds himself wanting the very thing he’d convinced himself he didn’t deserve. Happiness.

Fate intervenes and Millie and Joseph find themselves thrown together. When feelings arise and Joseph retreats, they must decide if they can forgive themselves long enough to find true love. 

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Second Chances: Love in Juniper Ridge (Carver Ranch Book 1)


Second Chances: Love in Juniper Ridge (Carver Ranch Book 1) by [Tullis, Heather, Justesen, Heather]


There's a lot going on in this story. Love, betrayal, trust issues, cute little kid, grandparents, aging parents, small town basketball glory...In short, it's a lot like life, but with a wonderful romance at the heart of it all.

Clean, well-told, witty, and heartfelt, this book is worth the read under a comfy blanket with a handful of your favorite chocolate treat.



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Karissa thought she knew exactly how her life was going to be, but when her marriage goes down in flames, she has to move home to the family ranch with her young son and start over again.
Marshal Wilmore has had a crush on Karissa since they were teenagers. The timing never seemed to work out for them before. Now that she’s home, he hopes she'll see him through new eyes. When several members of the high school basketball team he coaches are caught in a doping scandal, his job and reputation are on the line. Can he still convince her that he's worthy of her trust?

This book was previously released under the name Heather Justesen.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Secrets of a Charmed Life


Secrets of a Charmed Life by [Meissner, Susan]

This is my first read by Ms. Meissner.

The premise is an interesting choice: sisters separated by the bombings of London in WWII. In fact, the book is based on how our choices carry consequences and how those choices affect those around us.

The majority of the story is told in flashback, with the third part imparted by journal entries.

The characters are well fleshed out with strong motivations. The writing is strong and the read is clean. There are some mature themes, especially as war is involved, though I didn't find it to be overly graphic. Ms. Meissner has a distinct voice that tells the story well.

A good choice for a book club discussion.

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Current day, Oxford, England. Young American scholar Kendra Van Zant, eager to pursue her vision of a perfect life, interviews Isabel McFarland just when the elderly woman is ready to give up secrets about the war that she has kept for decades...beginning with who she really is. What Kendra receives from Isabel is both a gift and a burden—one that will test her convictions and her heart.

1940s, England. As Hitler wages an unprecedented war against London’s civilian population, hundreds of thousands of children are evacuated to foster homes in the rural countryside. But even as fifteen-year-old Emmy Downtree and her much younger sister Julia find refuge in a charming Cotswold cottage, Emmy’s burning ambition to return to the city and apprentice with a fashion designer pits her against Julia’s profound need for her sister’s presence. Acting at cross purposes just as the Luftwaffe rains down its terrible destruction, the sisters are cruelly separated, and their lives are transformed...

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Swing Vote


Swing Vote: Safe Harbors #3 by [Weaver, Donna K.]

I'm a long time fan of Ms. Weaver. I love how she has spun stories off of the original A Change of Plans so we can have the joy of knowing in depth more of her characters.

Marc's story faces many issues: politics, PTSD, loss of loved ones, entrepreneurship, and love. There's a vulnerability to Marc and McKenzie that's beautiful to behold and wonderful to read as they face work out their issues to come together.

There's emotion, plot twists, rivalry, antics, rescue operations, respect for veterans and active duty military. Ms. Weaver is a master at storytelling that goes beyond a superficial romance. Her characters are likable because of their flaws.

I'll happily buy the next installment in this series.

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An IED blew up more than Marc North's career as a Cobra pilot—it shattered his plans for marriage. After being dumped by his girlfriend and spending more than a year in rehab, all he wants is to fly again. He jumps at the chance to partner with a combat buddy in a helicopter sightseeing business. Now in a boomtown in southern Utah, Marc gets caught up with local politics. And the local election official.

At work, McKenzie Terkildsen struggles to keep control of a dangerously contentious election. At home, she shares the challenge of raising younger half-brothers with her older step-brother. He complicates things by inviting a Marine buddy to stay with them while the two build a business together. As a council member takes liberty with facts and stirs the already caustic election brew, the last thing McKenzie needs is one more guy messing up her life—or her heart.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Falling for the Billionaire


Falling for the Billionaire (A Clean Billionaire Romance Book 4) by [Meyer, Anne-Marie]

Wow, what a romance. There's miscommunication, misconception, mistakes, I think you get the idea.

Deep, well developed characters in conflict equal swoon worthy romance.

The book is well written and a total page turner with plenty of heart. Enough said, get your copy, and read it today.


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Two lost souls make a whole.

Baker Paige Williams is trying to make a new life for herself in New York after her father lost his business and passed away. Living with her quirky aunt isn't the life she pictured for herself, but she's determined to make her bakery succeed and do her father proud. Everything is going as planned until she meets James, a high powered billionaire who's breaking all the rules that she thought went along with the wealthy.

Billionaire James Callahan has a golden finger. Every business he invests in becomes a multi-million dollar company almost overnight. Life would be perfect, if that was the life he wanted. After his twin sister passes away from MS, he discovered that a high powered life isn't exactly what he wants. Problem is, he's not sure what else he's good at. When he meets Paige, the baker who seems to have everything figured out, he can't help but want to spend more time with her.

When a friendly philanthropy search turns out to be more and they discover just how different their worlds really are, they must decide what's most important before they lose everything they hold dear.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Silver Star Cover Reveal!

Cover Reveal for Silver Star by Lisa Swinton due out May 2018

Her cowboy might just be another broken-heart ballad waiting to happen…



Country superstar Sara Silver has it all: fame, fortune, and a mantel full of Grammys. She also has a string of chart-topping heartbreak songs to go with them—all based on her miserable love life. Now her manager says Sara doesn’t sing with the soul she used to. If she doesn’t come up with another hit album soon, then her label will move on to the next big thing.

Sara heads to a ranch in Wyoming to get back to her country roots and rediscover herself. To keep the press away, she hides her identity and is determined to let nothing distract her. Then she meets Cal: tall, brooding, and all cowboy. Sara falls for Cal and the quiet ranch life, but with each song she writes her time there draws to a close.

Sara will have to choose between the country stars of Nashville or the glittering stars of a Wyoming sky…unless she can find a way to have both. 

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.

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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.

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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 http://rachellechristensen.com/free-book/

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.