Saturday, June 25, 2016

Discovering Sophie By: Cindy Roland Anderson

Back of the Book

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

Back of the book

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

Back of the book

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

Back of the Book

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.