Monday, December 12, 2016

For The Record By Regina Jennings

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Betsy Huckabee might be a small-town girl, but she has big-city dreams. Writing for her uncle's newspaper will never lead to independence, and the bigger newspapers don't seem interested in the Hart County news. Trying a new approach, Betsy pens a romanticized serial for the ladies' pages, and the new deputy provides the perfect inspiration for her submissions. She'd be horrified if he read her breathless descriptions of him, but these articles are for a newspaper far away. No one in Pine Gap will ever know.
 
Deputy Joel Puckett didn't want to leave Texas, but this job in tiny Pine Gap is his only shot at keeping his badge. With masked marauders riding every night, his skills and patience are tested, but even more challenging is the sassy journalist lady chasing him.

My Thoughts

For The Record is, by far, the most entertaining historical novel I have read in a while.  Jennings character descriptions are so well written that it's not hard to picture yourself right there in the middle of Pine Gap.   Betsy is an amazing, tenacious, main character with both spunk, kindness, and an entertaining imagination. Then there is Joel, the poor man is just trying to figure out this quirky town and the people in it. With Betsy and Joel's different personalities, and Betsy's desire for great writing material, you are guaranteed some entertaining scenes between the two.

True to Jennings novels, there is more to this story than meets the eye, with love, mystery, and secrets, this story will grab your attention right from the start.

I was given a complimentary copy of this book.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Fatal Frost By: Nancy Mehl

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Mercy Brennan followed in her father's footsteps in a law enforcement career, but she has no interest in any other connection to him. A U.S. Marshal in St. Louis, Missouri, she's assigned to a joint task force with the St. Louis PD that puts her back into contact with her father and in the sights of St. Louis's most powerful gang.

When the gang has reason to believe Mercy has possession of some highly sensitive and incriminating information, her boss assigns Mark St. Laurent--a Deputy U.S. Marshal and Mercy's ex-boyfriend--to get her out of town until they can guarantee her safety. 

Initially unaware of the danger she's in and uncomfortable working with Mark, Mercy's frustration escalates when she discovers the extent her boss and Mark have been keeping her in the dark. It isn't until a freak ice storm hits, stranding them at a remote location and out of contact with the district office, that the full severity of their situation becomes clear. As the storm worsens, the forces of nature combine with a deadly enemy closing in to put their lives at imminent risk. Can they survive long enough for help to arrive--if help is even coming at all?

My Thoughts

If you have not read a Nancy Mehl novel you are in for a treat.  Fatal Frost has everything, love, and suspense with twist that will keep you turning pages into the wee hours of the night.  Mercy and Mark are a great blend but as the list of people who can't be trusted continues to mount, Mercy questions if there is anyone she can put her faith in to help her survive.  With chilling scenes so real you can feel the frost and Mehls unique ability to create a plot that keeps you guessing, this book should be at the top of your must read list.  Now the wait begins for the next installment..

I received a complementary copy of this book from Bethany house publishing.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Wild Montana Skies ( Montana Rescue #1) By: Susan May Warren

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Bestselling Author's New Series Delivers Romance and Adventure as an SAR Team Searches for Others--and Finds Themselves
Search and rescue pilot Kacey Fairing is home on leave in Mercy Falls, Montana, twelve years after she joined the military to escape the mistakes of her past. With a job waiting for her as the new lead pilot of Peak Rescue in Glacier National Park, Kacey hopes to reconnect with the now-teenage daughter she sees only between deployments. What she doesn't realize is that someone else is also back in town.

Ben King has been building his country music career since the day Kacey shut him out of her life. Now all of that's on hold when his injured father calls him home to help run Peak Rescue until he's fully recovered. It doesn't take long, though, to discover his father's ulterior motives as Kacey Fairing walks into the house and back into his heart.

With Mercy Falls in a state of emergency due to flash floods, Kacey and Ben are forced to work together to save lives. But when floodwaters turn personal, can they put aside the past to save their future?

My Thoughts

If you have been struggling to find a book series as good as The Christiansen series and couldn't, the search is over.  The story is fantastic but you MUST read the prequel, If Ever I Would Leave You or you will be lost from chapter two.  Kacey is a dynamic woman with strength, and a stubborn streak.  Ben is a kind, patient, well rounded character.  Twists and turns in the plot will entertain you as Kacey and Ben mend their hearts, and must work together to figure out what matters most.  Montana Rescue is shaping up to be a wonderful series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishing.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Tangled Webs (Men of Valor #3) By Irene Hannon

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After a disastrous Middle East mission ends his six-year Army Ranger career, Finn McGregor needs some downtime. A peaceful month in the woods sounds like the perfect way to decompress. But peace isn't on the agenda once he crosses paths with publishing executive Dana Lewis, a neighbor who is nursing wounds of her own. Someone seems bent on disrupting her stay in the lakeside cabin she inherited from her grandfather. As Finn and Dana work together to discover who is behind the disquieting pranks, the incidents begin to take on a menacing tone. And when it becomes apparent Dana's foe may have deadly intent, Finn finds himself back in the thick of the action--ready or not.


My Thoughts

I can always trust Irene Hannon to deliver a unique and entertaining novel and Tangled Webs has it all!  We have already met Finn McGregor from the previous books in the Men of Valor series, but this book takes her personality to new depths.  Dana is a complex character with such an inventive back story, it alone would pull you into the book.  While many Hannon novels make you stop and think, Tangled Webs really has you asking the question, What would I have done?  Everything in this novel is original and fresh and worth reading.

I was given this book free from Revell Publishing for my honest review,

Monday, October 3, 2016

The Adventurous One By: Jeanette Lewis

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Taylor Medlin may have taken the billionaire bride pact when she was a teenager at Camp Wallakee, but she wasn’t thinking about that when she married the man of her dreams several years later. And she certainly wasn’t thinking about the pact when she signed the divorce papers after only eighteen months.

Once burned, twice shy, Taylor has sworn off romance until a family emergency pulls her home to Sioux Falls and into the arms of old friend, Lane Carter. But Lane has his own demons and he and Taylor must decide whether the past will bring them together, or tear them apart.

Includes a bonus chapter from The Protective One by Cami Checketts


My Thoughts

While The Adventurous One is a shorter book, it has a powerful message. Jeanette Lewis introduces the characters in an original way that gives you a great sense of not only their personalities, but their back story as well.  Taylor is a kind character who has definitely learned from her past, especially that money can't buy you happiness.  Lane struggles with his past choices and how they have effected his future, but his kind heart and love for Taylor is life changing.  There is a lot of plot to cover in a short amount of pages, but the book never feels rushed.  This is definitely worth reading.

Friday, September 23, 2016

When Love Arrives By Johnnie Alexander

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Dani Prescott came to the children's hospital to spy on Brett Somers--so how did she end up on a date with him? Weeks earlier she'd seen an interview in which he blamed her mother for the plane crash that had killed his parents. But the crash had killed her mother as well, so Dani can't believe the story Brett's trying to sell to the media.

Vowing to find a way to discredit the privileged--and maddeningly handsome--Brett, Dani has been following him and taking photos, hoping to find something she can use against him. But when she catches his eye instead, she quickly finds herself offering up a fake name and agreeing to a date. Brett knows this mystery girl is hiding something--but he's got his own secrets to keep. What will happen when he discovers who she really is? Will Dani and Brett look beyond their own heartaches to discover a love that could heal their deepest pain?

Fresh, flirty, and fast-paced, When Love Arrives is an engaging story that will have readers falling in love with the characters as they navigate the tricky waters between romance and revenge.

My Thoughts

If you are looking for a sweet Hallmark type book this is not the book for you. Johnnie Alexander has no qualms addressing Brett's less than christian values in his past regarding morality, and the many relationships he has.  Dani is well aware of his past and has no desire of becoming one of many.  As Dani and Brett become friends you get the sense of changes Brett has made in his life, and his true desire to become a better person.  When Love Arrives is a unique plot and fresh story line.  This is definitely NOT a stand alone book, so be sure to read Where She Belongs or you will be totally lost.  I would still say this book is a clean novel, but if you are looking for squeaky clean, It might not be for you.


I was given this book free from Revell Publishing for my honest review.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

A Lady Unrivaled By: Roseanna M. White

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Lady Ella Myerston can always find a reason to smile--even if it's just in hope that tomorrow will be better than today. All her life everyone has tried to protect her from the realities of the world, but Ella knows very well the danger that has haunted her brother and their friend, and she won't wait for it to strike again. She intends to take action . . . and if that happens to involve an adventurous trip to the Cotswolds, then so much the better.

Lord Cayton has already broken two hearts, including that of his first wife, who died before he could convince himself to love her. Now he's determined to live a better life. But that proves complicated when old friends arrive on the scene and try to threaten him into a life of crime. He does his best to remove the intriguing Lady Ella from danger, but the stubborn girl won't budge. How else can he redeem himself, though, but by saving her--and his daughter--from those dangerous people who seem ready to destroy them all?

My Thoughts

Perfection! It would be hard to find a better historical romance than A Lady Unrivaled.  Lady Ella's character is a wonderful blend of curiosity and pure happiness.  Ella's has decided to take matters into her own hands and find a way to rid her family and friends of the curse of the fire eye.  Lord Cayton has made huge changes in his personality and  has become a likable yet misunderstood person.  Together they must find a way to break the curse.  Like every good series, this one too must come to an end, but not before every question gets answered and some in the most shocking way.  Now that I have finished the series I can't wait to start it again and see if I missed some clues along the way.

I was given this book free from Bethany House Publishing for my honest review.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Just A Kiss (A Summer Harbor Novel) By: Denise Hunter

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Riley Callahan’s plans to reveal his secret feelings for his best friend are derailed when his life is drastically altered in Afghanistan.
Watching the love of his life fall for his brother was enough to send Riley straight to boot camp. But over a year later, he’s officially a marine, and Beau and Paige are no longer an item. When Riley’s tour in Afghanistan is up, he intends to confess his feelings to Paige and win his best friend’s heart once and for all.
But all that changes when an IED takes the life of a comrade and leaves Riley an amputee. Now he’s heading home, injured and troubled. His plans to win Paige are a distant dream. She deserves so much more than the man that’s left. All he can do now is put some healthy distance between them. But upon his return he discovers his family has arranged for him to stay with Paige.
Paige is a nurturer at heart and happy to take care of her best buddy. By all appearances Riley is adjusting miraculously well to his disability. But as the days pass, Paige begins to see that the smiles and laughter are just a mask for the pain he’s hiding. To make matters worse, her job is in serious jeopardy. The animal shelter that she’s poured her heart into has lost its funding, and she has three months to come up with the money needed to save it.
As the weeks wear on, Paige’s feelings for Riley begin to shift into uncharted territory. Why is she suddenly noticing his arm muscles and the way his lips curl at the corners? Will she be able to deny her feelings for another Callahan brother? And will Riley let his heart heal so he can let Paige in?

My Thoughts

  Just A Kiss has so much depth as Riley comes home injured and heart broken, and as the reason he enlisted starts to come to light, dealing with his permanent injuries takes a difficult turn.  Hunter's depth and knowledge of PTSD and the other issues vets deal with was perfect.  Paige is her usual kind self, but as their struggles progress so do her personal issues.  As Riley and Paige tug of war with their relationship, and the rest of the family work to help Riley find purpose in life, you really get an idea of what families of injured vets deal with.  

Just A Kiss is a perfect wrap up for the series and left nothing unfinished.

I was given this book free from Net Gallery for my honest review.

Monday, September 5, 2016

A Love Transformed By: Tracie Peterson

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When Clara Vesper's husband, Adolph, dies suddenly, Clara is stunned--but not grief-stricken. Her marriage to Adolph had been arranged, their primary interaction revolving around the sapphire jewelry Clara designed and Adolph produced and sold. Widowed and penniless, with two small children, Clara decides to return to her aunt and uncle's ranch in Montana, the only place she has ever been happy.

Curtis Billingham, injured in a sapphire mine collapse, is recuperating at the ranch of his friends, Paul and Madeline Sersland. But when the Serslands' niece returns from New York City, Curtis curses both his broken body and his broken past. Clara, the love of his life, has come back to him, but he is no longer worthy of her love.

Clara's brother-in-law Otto Vesper, Adolph's business partner, fears that the loss of Clara's design skills will doom the company's prospects. Following her to Montana, Otto is prepared to do whatever it takes to get Clara to return with him to New York. 

As Clara fights for love and freedom, a dangerous secret in her late husband's life comes to light, threatening everyone she loves.

My Thoughts

Peterson's novels have always captivated me and A Love Transformed is no exception.   Clara is a spunky character who seems to fit in where ever she goes, while Curtis fears his past bad choices could damage her reputation.  The plot is intriguing, inventive, and looks at a unique time in history rarely discussed.  While the romance was wonderful, I must mention how perfectly the villain of the story keeps you on your toes to the very end. A Love Transformed is the final novel in the Sapphire Brides series, all the novels are worth reading but they aren't connected so this one could easily be a stand alone novel.

I was given this book free from Bethany House Publishing fro my honest review.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

A Heart Most Certain By: Melissa Jagears

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Lydia King knows what it's like to be in need, so when she joins the Teaville Moral Society, she genuinely hopes to help the town's poor. But with her father's debts increasing by the day and her mother growing sicker by the week, she wonders how long it will be until she ends up in the poor house herself. Her best chance at a financially secure future is to impress the politician courting her, and it certainly doesn't hurt that the moral society's president is her suitor's mother. Her first task as a moral society member--to obtain a donation from Nicholas Lowe, the wealthiest man in town--should be easy . . . except he flat-out refuses.

Despite appearances, Nicholas wants to help others but prefers to do it his own way, keeping his charity private. When Lydia proves persistent, they agree to a bargain, though Nicholas has a few surprises up his sleeve. Neither foresee the harrowing complications that will arise from working together. When town secrets are brought to light, this unlikely pair must decide where their beliefs--and hearts--truly align.

My Thoughts

A Heart Most Certain is not your typical historical romance.  While romance is in the air, Jagears addresses one of the largest issues in history; can you every really change your level in society?  
Well written, well researched and entertaining, this novel is excellent and worth your time.   Nicholas doesn't care about society or what those in high society think of him.  His concerns are focused on helping those who can't outrun past sins.  While Lydia wants to help those in need, she struggles to stay inline with what society feels is appropriate for her to do.   

I was given this book free from Bethany House Publishing for my honest review. 

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Without Warming By: Lynette Eason

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Katie Singleton, a partner with the Elite Guardians Protection Agency, stumbles upon her next assignment quite by accident. Spotting blue lights at a familiar restaurant, she stops to investigate, only to discover that owner Daniel Matthews has become the target of someone who will go to any lengths to put him out of business.

Daniel might be concerned, but he's not convinced that a bodyguard--and a female one at that--is necessary. A new attack and his niece's urgings are enough to make him reconsider. He and Katie must figure out who's behind the intimidation and threats--before a would-be killer strikes again.

Witty dialogue and a simmering attraction will have readers flying through this tension-laced thriller. Eason exercises complete control of her readers' emotions as they race through the pages to discover the truth.

My Thoughts

Eason has done it again!  Without Warning is suspensefulintriguing, and full of passion.  The writing was incredible, with so much personality it grabs you from the start.  Katie is a strong character but with a hint of apprehension that makes her likable.  Haunted by her past she struggles to find her place.  Daniel is passionate about his life and is working hard to balance his job, and custody of his niece after leaving a military career he loved.   Without Warning is the second novel in a series that has quickly climbed my favorites list.  You could read this book as a stand alone and enjoy it, but the series is so good you really don't want to miss it.

I was given this book free from Revell Publishing from my honest review.


Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Just a Kiss in the Moonlight By Cindy Roland Anderson

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Taylin Nichols has the perfect job as a nurse in the newborn unit in her hometown of Mitchel Creek, Georgia, but as for the perfect boyfriend—not so much. She knows she needs to dump the guy, but figures it will happen naturally if she’s accepted for the work abroad program. On a day when she should’ve stayed home, she runs into Luke McKay—literally. He’s new at the hospital and already has a reputation as an unfriendly, brooding male. Even though he’s hotter than a Georgia summer, he’s not Taylin’s type—at least that’s what she tells herself, but after spending time together, she can’t deny her feelings anymore. The only problem is Luke has baggage from a lousy marriage and isn’t ready for a relationship. He desperately tries to keep Taylin in the “friend zone”, but it doesn’t take long to realize that will never work. Just when he and Taylin decide love is worth the risk, Luke’s past presents an unexpected challenge, leaving both of them to wonder if their love will be enough.

My Thoughts

What a fabulous book, I was just going to read the first chapter but once I started reading I couldn't stop! The story line and characters just grab you right from the start.   Tylin is such a relatable character I think anyone could find an aspect of their personality in her.  Luke is kind hearted, easy going, and grasping for the simpler life we all crave.  Their love story is sweet, understandable and perfect.  While nothing is ever smooth Anderson has a way of writing that you truly feel the emotion of the story.  

Just a Kiss in the Moonlight is a must read!!


Monday, August 1, 2016

Deadly Encounter (FBI Task Force Book 1) By: DiAnn Mills

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Airport Ranger volunteer Stacy Broussard expected a peaceful Saturday morning ride around the perimeter of Houston’s airport. What she encounters instead is a brutal homicide and a baffling mystery. Next to the body is an injured dog, the dead man’s motorcycle, and a drone armed with a laser capable of taking down a 747.

Though FBI Special Agent Alex LeBlanc sees a clear-cut case of terrorism, his past has taught him to be suspicious of everyone, even witnesses. Even bleeding-heart veterinarians like Stacy. But when her gruesome discovery is only the first in a string of incidences that throw her life into a tailspin, Alex begins to wonder if Stacy was targeted. As a health emergency endangers Stacy’s community, and the task force pulls in leads from all directions, Alex and Stacy must work together to prevent another deadly encounter.

My Thoughts

So great!  Deadly Encounter is a perfect example of DiAnn Mills talent and ability to weave a suspense thriller in directions you never see coming.  Stacy and Alex are both wonderful characters, with the perfect personality blends that you never question why they get along.  The story line was perfect, the crime starts so simple and yet as they dig deeper it seems to widen and expand in ways that are surprising.  Nothing in this book seemed rushed, each new detail is developed, and the end was perfect. This is truly a must read!

I was given this book free from Tyndale Publishing for my honest review.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

What Matters Most By: Kellie Coats Gilbert

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Leta Breckenridge is forced to drop out of college to care for her dementia-ridden mother. After learning a severely delinquent account may force her mother into a less desirable facility, Leta steps out of her comfort zone and lands a high-paying job at an Austin public relations firm. But her dream job turns into a nightmare when she learns the firm is a front for a political opposition machine--and that the research she's been collecting will be used against her new love interest, Nathan Emerson.

Nathan is a rising political star being pressured to run a bid to unseat the current governor of Texas. He's already in a relationship with a woman much better suited to be a politician's wife, but he's never met anyone like Leta. Could this feisty, challenging woman hold the key to his heart?

My Thoughts

Gilbert has written yet another stunning novel exploiting issues in corporate america.  What Matters Most focuses on some of the unpleasant aspects of government and elections.  Leta is an under educated florist at a local grocery store but with her talents in research she landed a job she would otherwise not be qualified for.  While Nathan seems like a nice person and he really stands for what be believes where politics are concerned, I struggled with the fact he has a girlfriend and yet is spending so much time with Leta.  In the end everything gets wrapped up with a nice bow on top yet I never felt the solid closure I have liked from Gilbert's past books.

What Matters Most is a fascinating read, that gives an intriguing glimpse into a side of politics not many write, or hear about. I just wish there was more on the relationship side of the book.

I was given this book free from Revell Publishing for my honest review.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Missing (The Nikki Boyd Files) By: Lisa Harris

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Nikki Boyd isn't usually called in on homicides; her forte is missing persons. But when a case with two murdered and two missing pops up on a quiet suburban street, she's ready to start the investigation and find missing homeowners Mac and Lucy Hudson. When the first clues lead her to the boat of her friend Tyler Grant--and another dead body--Nikki must untangle what ties Tyler to the Hudsons. The clues pull her into a deadly maze of counterfeit drugs and a killer who will stop at nothing to silence anyone who threatens his business--including Nikki.

My Thoughts

Nikki Boyd is back in another gripping suspense novel that draws you in on the very first page and holds you captive until the very end.  Missing is full of twists and turns that kept me on my toes but, with the core investigation the same throughout, I never felt lost just shocked and entertained.  While I have never been a fan of series that keep the same main character from book to book, Lisa Harris has a way that seems to wrap up the story so it feels complete but with a little hint here and there that makes you eager for the next book.

I was given this book free from Revell Publishing for my honest review.  

Saturday, July 2, 2016

A Beauty Refined (Sapphire Brides) By Tracie Peterson

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Phoebe Von Bergen is excited to accompany her father when he travels from Germany to purchase sapphires in Montana. Little does she know that her father's plans--for the gemstones and his daughter--are not what they seem.

Ian Harper, a lapidary working in Helena, finds the young woman staying at the Broadwater Hotel more than a little intriguing. Yet the more he gets to know her, the more he realizes that her family story is based on a lie--a lie she has no knowledge of. And Ian believes he knows the only path that will lead her to freedom.

Meeting Ian has changed everything. Phoebe is determined to stay in America, regardless of her father's plans. But she may not be prepared for the unexpected danger as the deception begins to unravel.

My thoughts

I have really been enjoying the Sapphire Brides series and A Beauty Refined is no exception.  Phoebe is an intriguing character that comes across as a materialistic daughter who dotes on her father, but as the story progresses and her true nature comes out she truly develops into a lovable character.  Ian is humble from the start and while his back story doesn't really seem to fit with the man he is, it does help move the story along.  With great detail to scenes and a well developed plot A Beauty Refined is sure to be a best seller.

  I was given this book free from Bethany House Publishing for my honest review.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Discovering Sophie By: Cindy Roland Anderson

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Sophie Kendrick’s father has gone missing in the jungles of Costa Rica. Desperate for answers to his whereabouts, she decides to search for him herself. She hires Jack Mathison to guide her through the jungle, but the two of them seem to be at odds from the moment they meet. Sophie finds Jack conceited, sarcastic and, worse, very good-looking. He is totally not her type, so how could she possibly be attracted to him? 
Likewise, Jack can’t wait to be rid of Sophie and her optimistic outlook. Seriously, how could someone be that nice? Jack isn’t looking for a relationship, and finds the electrifying chemistry between the two of them completely annoying. His job is to lead Sophie to a remote village deep inside the rainforest—her father’s last known location. Still, the jungle is a dangerous place and Jack does everything in his power to protect Sophie, but who will protect his heart? 

My Thoughts

Discovering Sophie is an entertaining, adventurous and clean novel.  Anderson has a way to educate you on some of the not-so-great aspects of taking a women into a jungle and remote villages without dwelling on them and ruining the wonderful romance brewing.  I loved Hector, one of the  side characters with his unwavering kindness and devotion.  Sophie is competent and determined while Jack is stubborn and brooding.  The two make a perfect combination of entertainment and tension which only leads to a sweet romance.

Looking for a clean, entering romance, look no further then Discovering Sophie.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

No Other Will Do By: Karen Witemeyer

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Men are optional. That's the credo Emma Chandler's suffragette aunts preached and why she started a successful women's colony in Harper's Station, Texas. But when an unknown assailant tries repeatedly to drive them out, Emma admits they might need a man after all. A man who can fight--and she knows just the one.

Malachi Shaw finally earned the respect he craved by becoming an explosives expert for the railroad. Yet when Emma's plea arrives, he bolts to Harper's Station to repay the girl who once saved his life. Only she's not a girl any longer. She's a woman with a mind of her own and a smile that makes a man imagine a future he doesn't deserve.

As the danger intensifies, old feelings grow and deepen, but Emma and Mal will need more than love to survive.

My Thoughts

Historical fiction author Karen Witemeyer has written yet another entertaining and clean novel.  With a unique plot that will grab you right from the start and a mystery that keeps you intrigued to the very end.  Emma has a very subtle personality with nothing too extravagant to set her apart from anyone else, but with her willingness to help others she is easy to like.  Malachi has unwavering kindness to those around him and especially for Emma.  With the setting being an all womens colony, I was worried the book would push a feminist theme yet it never came across that way, and the men who ended up helping were almost revered above the others for their kindness.  

If you are a fan of historical fiction this book is a great read with a very interesting plot, and, like all other Karen Witemeyer novels, is clean wholesome and worth the time.

I was given this book free from Bethany House Publishing for my honest review.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Sea Rose Lane By: Irene Hannon

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After a devastating layoff, attorney Eric Nash heads back to the town where he grew up--only to discover that his childhood home is being transformed into a bed & breakfast. Instead of plotting his next career move in peace, he's constantly distracted by noise, chaos--and BJ Stevens, the attractive but prickly blonde architect and construction chief who's invaded the house with her motley crew.

As for BJ, her client's son might be handsome, but after a disastrous romance, dating isn't high on her agenda. Yet when they join forces to create a program for Hope Harbor seniors, might they also find healing, hope, and a new beginning themselves?

Three-time RITA Award winner Irene Hannon takes readers back to Hope Harbor for a new season of charm, romance, and second chances.

My Thoughts

If you only know Irene Hannon for her suspense novels you are missing out on some great writing.  With the same gripping storytelling and wonderful characters you have come to expect of Hannon novels, Sea Rose Lane is a must read.  Eric and BJ are both bold, hardworking people with soft hearts and determined attitudes to help others.  While Eric and BJ have intriguing back stories, the supporting characters pasts are what hold this story together and keep you turning pages. Being the second novel in the Hope Harbor series you will want to read the first book (Hope Harbor) to get to know many of the characters in Sea Rose Lane.

I was given this book free from Revell Publishing for my honest review.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Under A Georgia Moon By: Cindy Roland Anderson

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Addie Heywood thought she was doing okay after her fiancĂ© dumped her just weeks before their wedding, claiming he’d found someone else more compatible with his health food tastes. But when he marries the other woman three months later, Addie needs to get away. Leaving her home in Idaho, she escapes to Mitchel Creek, Georgia to visit her Aunt Janie. She just wants to spend the next two weeks enjoying her aunt’s southern cooking, not dodging the guys her aunt is determined to set her up with. 
Chase Nichols isn’t looking for love. His dream is to trade his computer mouse for his guitar and make it big in the country music world. If he can land a job in Nashville, he might have a shot at getting discovered. His plans get derailed when he does his neighbor a favor and picks up her niece, Addie, at the airport. Things get even more complicated when his ex-girlfriend comes back into the picture. That’s when he hatches a new plan. Since Addie wants to avoid her aunt’s matchmaking schemes, and he wants to avoid his ex-girlfriend, they’ll fool the world by pretending to date. What neither of them counts on is actually falling in love. 

My Thoughts

Under A Georgia Moon is a sweet, entertaining love story that while clean still holds the romance that keeps you hooked until the last page. Addie and Chase have such a strong connection you can almost feel it though the pages of the book.  With scenes that make you just want to yell at Chase to kiss her already, and high five his friends for their hilarious teasing.  The side characters are entertaining but don't overpower the romance between Addie and Chase.  Under A Georgia Moon is a must read for anyone looking for a clean, entertaining romance.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

All Summer Long by Meldoy Carlson

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Tia D'Amico is thrilled to move to San Francisco to help her aunt transform an old luxury yacht into an upscale floating restaurant. What's not to love? Sunset dinner cruises, posh wedding receptions--the possibilities are endless and far more appetizing than staying in a monotonous job in her Podunk hometown. Besides, some of her best memories are tied to San Francisco--especially the memory of Leo Parker, her crush from a long-ago sailing camp.

When Leo Parker himself turns out to be the yacht's captain, Tia is floating on air. But will it all come crashing down around her when she discovers his heart belongs to someone else?

Get ready for a romantic summer in San Francisco, where the future glistens brighter than the Bay at sunset.

My thoughts

All Summer Long is the perfect summer read.  It has a smooth and delightful plot with a few ups and downs, but no outrageous tension to interrupt the sweet romance building between Tia and Leo.  Tia is an easily relatable character with a kind personality, she struggled to keep the peace between the people around her.  Leo is comfortable in his own skin, but seems almost oblivious to the drama going on around him.  This is the second book in the Follow Your Heart series but if you don't have time to read the first book you can still enjoy this novel and won't miss a beat.

  I was given this book free from Revell publishing for my honest review.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Traces of Guilt By Dee Henderson

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Evie Blackwell loves her life as an Illinois State Police detective . . . mostly. She's very skilled at investigations and has steadily moved up through the ranks. She would like to find Mr. Right, but she has a hard time imagining how marriage could work, considering the demands of her job. 

Gabriel Thane is a lifetime resident of Carin County and now its sheriff, a job he loves. Gabe is committed to upholding the law and cares deeply for the residents he's sworn to protect. He too would like to find a lifetime companion, a marriage like his parents have.

When Evie arrives in Carin, Illinois, it's to help launch a new task force dedicated to reexamining unsolved crimes across the state. Spearheading this trial run, Evie will work with the sheriff's department on a couple of its most troubling missing-persons cases. As she reexamines old evidence to pull out a few tenuous new leads, she unearths a surprising connection . . . possibly to a third cold case. Evie's determined to solve the cases before she leaves Carin County, and Sheriff Thane, along with his family, will be key to those answers.

My Thoughts

I have been a Dee Henderson fan for a long time, the O'Malley series is at the top of my list of well written, entertaining series.  Yet  Henderson's last few novels have not had that same effect on me, they just seem out of reach from reality.  Traces of Guilt is an odd blend of the two styles of writing.  Ann Falcon from the novel Full Disclosure comes and goes throughout the book bringing her unique drama and personality into the story.  However, right in the middle of the book the old Dee Henderson (O'Malley) style comes back and I was thrilled, even though it didn't last long.  That being said, the characters were well written, each scene developed to a tee, and the plot made me stick around even during parts I didn't like.  

Traces of Guilt was full of twists in the characters lives, that will keep you guessing what is coming next.  If you are a fan of the last few Henderson novels you won't find a thing wrong with this book, but if you are a die hard O'Malley fan, as I am, this book is a page turner with glimpses of what you know and love.

I was given this book free from Bethany House Publishing for my honest review.




Sunday, May 8, 2016

Silence In The Dark By: Patricia Bradley

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Two years ago, Bailey Adams broke off her engagement to Danny Maxwell and fled Logan Point for the mission field in Chihuahua, Mexico. Now she's about to return home to the States, but there's just one problem. After Bailey meets with the uncle of one of the mission children in the city, she barely escapes a sudden danger. Now she's on the run--she just doesn't know from whom. To make matters worse, people who help her along the way find themselves in danger too--including Danny. Who is after her? Will they ever let up? And in the midst of the chaos, can Bailey keep herself from falling in love with her rescuer all over again?

With lean, fast-paced prose that keeps readers turning the pages, Patricia Bradley pens a superb story of suspense and second chances.

My Thoughts

Once again Patricia Bradley has written a novel that, when reading, you think you have it all figured out, but in the end you learn you never had a clue.

Silence in the Dark has all of the tension, twist, and turns I have come to expect from the Logan Point series but with enough new characters and locations involved I almost forgot what series I was reading.  Danny is a great solid character that takes command of situations and just says it how it is.  Bailey seems so lost, and while I know that is how the author wanted her to be, it kinda turned me off to her character.  While only one or two characters from past Logan Point novels made appearances in the book, many new characters helped make this story come to life.

I was given this book free from Revell Publishing for my honest review.

   

Friday, April 29, 2016

Anchor In The Storm By: Sarah Sundin

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One Plucky Female Pharmacist + One High-Society Naval Officer = Romance--and Danger
For plucky Lillian Avery, America's entry into World War II means a chance to prove herself as a pharmacist in Boston. The challenges of her new job energize her. But society boy Ensign Archer Vandenberg's attentions only annoy--even if he is her brother's best friend.

During the darkest days of the war, Arch's destroyer hunts German U-boats in vain as the submarines sink dozens of merchant ships along the East Coast. Still shaken by battles at sea, Arch notices his men also struggle with their nerves--and with drowsiness. Could there be a link to the large prescriptions for sedatives Lillian has filled? The two work together to answer that question, but can Arch ever earn Lillian's trust and affection?

Sarah Sundin brings World War II to life, offering readers an intense experience they won't soon forget.

My Thoughts

 Sarah Sundin has given me a history lesson I won't soon forget, and can't wait to start again.   With her vast knowledge of WW II she has developed a story so full of intrigue and mystery I could not put it down. Lillian is such a lovable, spunky and passionate person but with a broken heart not easily repaired and Arch has returned with scars of his own.  Lillian and Arch's personalities are polar opposites, but opposites do attract.  Being the second book in the Waves of Freedom series there are many return characters that add another layer of depth to the plot so you will want to read it first to truly enjoy this book.  

I was given this book free from Revell publishing for my honest review.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The Reluctant Duchess By: Roseanna M. White

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Lady Rowena Kinnaird may be the heiress to a Highland earldom, but she has never felt good enough--not for her father, not for the man she thought she'd marry, not for God. But after a shocking attack, she's willing to be forever an outcast if it means escaping Loch Morar.

Brice Myerston, the Duke of Nottingham, has found himself in possession of a rare treasure his enemies are prepared to kill for. While Brice has never been one to shy away from manor-born ladies, the last thing he needs is the distraction of Lady Rowena, who finds herself in a desperate situation. But when Rowena's father tries to trap Brice into marrying his daughter, Brice makes a surprising decision.

Rowena wanted to escape the Highlands, but she's reluctant to marry a notorious flirt. And when she learns that Brice is mixed up in questionable business with a stolen treasure, she fears she's about to end up directly in the path of everything she was trying to avoid.

My thoughts

Perfection!  I was worried that after LOVING 'The Lost Heiress' I would be let down by the second book, boy was I wrong.  The Reluctant Duchess is not only a brilliant fresh story, it's interlaced with many of our favorite and not so favorite characters from the first book.  Rowena is the perfect addition to the already vibrant area personalities.  Rowena has an Irish burr that takes a few chapters to get used to, but soon becomes an added layer to her, and not a hindrance to the story.

I must mention that it is the second book in the series, so if you want to really understand the story you need to read The Lost Heiress, which trust me, is not a hardship at all.


I was given this book free from Bethany House Publishing for my honest review.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

A Treasure Concealed By: Tracie Peterson

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Bestselling Author Tracie Peterson Launches Exciting New Series Set in 1890s Montana
Emily Carver wants a home where she can put down roots instead of following her gold-hungry father from one mining camp to another. She also longs for tenderness and love, both of which are missing in her life. Yet when she realizes she's losing her heart to the intriguing new man in camp, she fiercely fights her feelings, afraid that love will only result in disappointment and heartache.

Caeden Thibault, a young geologist, comes to Montana to catalog minerals indigenous to the state. He's a serious and guarded young man trying to escape the pain of his past. He has avoided all romantic entanglements, fearing he might become like his abusive father. But something about Emily Carver has caught his attention, something he never expected. . . .

Will these two broken souls allow God to bring healing and hope to their hurting hearts?

My Thoughts

Tracie Peterson's smooth writing style and descriptive details make A Treasure Concealed a must read.  While the introduction is a little slow and the plot takes a few chapters to really build, you will really gain an understanding for the area and some of the side characters that help propel the book, and, I feel, the series.  Emily is hardworking and determined, making the most out of a life she would have never chosen for herself, Caeden is kind to those around him, but has a harsh disdain for the life he lived.  Peterson is an author you don't want to pass up, and this is one of her finest books.

I was given this book free from Bethany House Publishing for my honest review.



Tuesday, March 1, 2016

On Lone Star Trail By: Amanda Cabot

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If there's one thing Gillian Hodge never wants to see again, it's a man on a motorcycle. Her last encounter with one left her right hand crushed, ending her promising career as a concert pianist. But as she heads to Rainbow's End Resort, a sudden thunderstorm causes a motorcycle to crash in front of her.

When TJ Benjamin's wife died, he lost more than his best friend; he lost his faith. He's spent the past year wandering the country on a motorcycle, trying not to think about his future. When he finds himself stranded with a busted bike and a reluctant rescuer, he has to wonder about God's sense of humor.

Can this woman without a future and this man running from his past find romance in the present? Or are they too tied to the way life used to be?

My thoughts

On Lone Star Trail has a smooth flow and while it has some ups and downs none of that feels dramatic enough to change the feel of the novel.  Gilliam and T.J. are both likable characters with difficult pasts that are written so they are easy to relate to, and draw you into their story.  Being the 3rd book in the Texas Cross Roads series there are also return characters that add dimension to the book.  This book was enjoyable, even though it lacked suspense and drama, it kept me entertained.  I would suggest reading the first books in the series to get a feel for the characters.

I was given this book free from Revell Publishing for my honest review.