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? 

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.