Sunday, November 12, 2017

Review of Merry and Bright

Brief Summary courtesy of Ballantine Books

Merry Knight is pretty busy these days. She’s taking care of her family, baking cookies, decorating for the holidays, and hoping to stay out of the crosshairs of her stressed and by-the-book boss at the consulting firm where she temps. Her own social life is the last thing she has in mind, much less a man. Without her knowledge, Merry’s well-meaning mom and brother create an online dating profile for her—minus her photo—and the matches start rolling in. Initially, Merry is incredulous, but she reluctantly decides to give it a whirl.

Soon Merry finds herself chatting with a charming stranger, a man with similar interests and an unmistakably kind soul. Their online exchanges become the brightest part of her day. But meeting face-to-face is altogether different, and her special friend is the last person Merry expects—or desires. Still, sometimes hearts can see what our eyes cannot. In this satisfying seasonal tale, unanticipated love is only a click away.

My Review:

I received an ARC of Merry and Bright in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. Best selling author Debbie Macomber pulled out another great Christmas read this holiday season. She did a great job of creating well developed main characters with great supporting characters as well. It was nice to see how she also developed the relationship between Merry and Jay from the start of the book to the very end. I also enjoyed seeing the relationships that Merry had with her brother and parents. It is always nice to read about a supportive family.

In addition to the well developed characters I really enjoyed Debbie's well written story. It was sweet, with not a lot of drama but just enough to keep it interesting. I also liked how she incorporated a little humor into the story as well when it came to Merry and Jay's relationship growing online through the dating website. Lastly, I enjoyed reading how Jay's feelings developed for the two versions of "Merry". It really showed in the end it matters what a person is like on the inside rather than what a person looks like on the outside when finding true love.

If you want a quick, easy read that has romance, christmas and a few laughs than this is the right book for you.


Can't wait to see what she has up her sleeve for the next holiday season.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Review of Right Where We Belong

Brief Summary Courtesy of MIRA 

Savanna Gray needs a do-over. Her "perfect" life unraveled when, to her absolute shock, her husband was arrested for attacking three women. With her divorce settled, she takes her two children home to Silver Springs to seek refuge between the walls of the farmhouse where she was born. It needs a little TLC, but she's eager to take control of something
Gavin Turner understands the struggle of starting over. Abandoned at a gas station when he was five, it wasn't until he landed at New Horizons Boys Ranch as a teen that he finally found some peace. He steps up when Savanna needs help fixing things—even when those things go beyond the farmhouse. 

Despite an escalating attraction to Gavin, Savanna resolves to keep her distance. She trusted her ex, who had a similarly tragic background, and is unwilling to repeat her past mistakes. But it's hard to resist a man whose heart is as capable as his hands.
My Review 
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. This the 4th book in the Silver Springs series by Brenda Novak. I am an avid reader of Brenda Novak's contemporary romance books so when I got the opportunity to read this book I was very excited. 
Brenda did a great job of creating a very well developed story. She had all aspects of a great story: romance, mystery suspense and friendship. She once again developed a story with a strong female character overcoming a terrible situation and making through it. This book read just like an academy award winning movie with the romance and the suspense. As a reader you really wanted to know what happened in Utah and did Savanna's ex really do what he is being arrested for...
In addition to the great storyline I think that the author did a great job of creating well developed characters. Brenda was able to give you enough background on Savanna and Gavin but didn't over do it where you felt like it dragged on. I also enjoyed the incorporation that she had of Savanna's kids and Gavin's ex in the book. It helped add to the story. 
This book like many that I have read before of Brenda's was hard to put down because you wanted to find out what happens next. If I didn't have a full time job I probably would have finished it in one day. 
I recommend this book to individuals who like romance but also like a good mystery as well because this book had both. Can't wait to read the next book in the series! 

Review of The Rancher's Christmas Song

Brief Summary Courtesy of Harlequin 
Music teacher Ella Baker's plate is already full. But when single dad Beckett McKinley's wild twin boys need help preparing a Christmas song for their father, Ella agrees on one condition: they teach her to ride a horse. She's hoping that'll help mend her strained relationship with her rancher father; it certainly has nothing to do with the crush that's lingered since her one and only date with Beck. 

It isn't disinterest spurring Beck to keep his distance—if anything, the spark is too strong, with Ella reminding him of his ex-wife. Soon what started as an innocent arrangement is beginning to feel a lot like family. But with the holidays approaching, Beck and Ella will have to overcome past hurts if they want to keep each other warm this Christmas…
My Review: 
I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. I am a huge fan of RaeAnne Thayne's books so when I got the opportunity to read this book I jumped at the chance. First off RaeAnne did a great job of setting the scenery for this book in Cold Creek. You really felt like you were in the small town with Ella and Beck. From the ranches that they lived on to the school that Ella worked in. You really felt the caring and love that all the towns folk had for each other. 
In addition, the author did a great job of having well developed characters. She gave you enough information about Beck and Ella's past so that the story flowed really well but didn't go overboard. I also really enjoyed seeing the relationships grown not only between Ella and Beck but also the relationship between Ella and Beck's twins grow into a friendship and one day family. 
All in all this was a great holiday read. It was an easy read that won't take a look of time to read but had a mix of romance, suspense and family all rolled into one. If you like any of those or RaeAnne's books this is a must read. 

Friday, October 6, 2017

Review of Hot Pursuit by Julie Ann Walker

Brief summary courtesy of Sourcebooks 


He puts the hot...
Christian Watson, a former SAS officer and current BKI operator, never thought he would return to England after a terrible turn of events forced him to abandon his homeland. But now he's back on British soil where old enemies are determined to do him in. Fighting for his life is pretty much SOP for Christian. Doing it with the beautiful, bossy Emily Scott in tow is another matter entirely.

In hot pursuit.
Emily lost her coveted job at the CIA because of a colleague turned rogue, and now she has just one rule when it comes to men: they're for recreational purposes only. But when she and Christian are thrust into very close quarters while evading two mysterious men who want Christian dead, she can't help but question all her ideas about love and life lived on the edge. Battling the bad guys is hard enough, battling her feelings for Christian just might prove impossible. 
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My Review: 

I received an ARC of Hot Pursuit from the Publisher and author in exchange for an honest review. This is the second book that I have read of Julie Walkers and the second that I have read in the Black Knights Inc trilogy which is a 11 book series so far. After meeting the two main characters Christian and Emily in the last book and seeing the potential romance connection that was growing between the two I was excited to learn that their story was the next one that she was going to tackle. 

Julie does a great job of mixing romance, suspense and thriller all in one book. I think she did a great job of also introducing them in the last book and then seamlessly segueing their story into this book. I also really enjoyed the chemistry that she built between them. That made the story very realistic. 

In addition to the storyline and characters I also liked the way that she described the setting of the book. It really made you feel like you were there with them in Europe. 

Can't wait to read her next book with Angel! 



Sunday, October 1, 2017

Review of Chasing Christmas Eve by Jill Shalvis

Brief Summary Courtesy of Avon 


Meet cute...
Run for the hills—temporarily. That's Colbie Albright's plan when she flees New York for San Francisco. Wrangling her crazy family by day and writing a bestselling YA fantasy series by night has taken its toll. In short, Colbie's so over it that she's under it. She's also under the waters of a historic San Francisco fountain within an hour of arrival. Fortunately, the guy who fishes Colbie out has her looking forward to Christmas among strangers. But she's pretty sure Spencer Baldwin won't be a stranger for long.

Make merry...

Spence's commitment to hiding from the Ghosts of Relationships Past means he doesn't have to worry about the powerful—okay, crazy hot chemistry—he's got with Colbie. Just because she can laugh at anything, especially herself... just because she's gorgeous and a great listener just because she gets Spence immediately doesn't mean he won't be able to let Colbie go. Does it?

and hope for a miracle.

Now the clock's ticking for Colbie and Spence: Two weeks to cut loose. Two weeks to fall hard. Two weeks to figure out how to make this Christmas last a lifetime.


My Review: 

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher and author in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. This is probably my twelfth or more book of Jill Shalvis that I have read and the 4th in her Heartbreaker Bay series. Just like her previous books Jill did a great job of mixing romance, drama and humor all into one book. I felt from the moment that you starting reading the first page to the very last one you are hooked.

I really enjoyed the storyline in this book as well the characters that Jill created Spencer and Colbie. The characters were like many people out in the real world. They wanted love but spent too much time concentrating on work. This really helps the reader connect to the book because who doesn’t root for the lonely workaholics to get together!

In addition to the characters and storyline like all of the other books that Jill has written I enjoyed how she incorporated light humor into the book. She does this by giving us those witty statements/comebacks that us long time readers know and love and cant wait to read once we crack open her books and new readers which I once was laugh out loud about. 

Lastly, I really enjoyed the way that she incorporated the other characters into the book. She does a great job of giving you the updates you want but not distracting you from the main characters story.
I recommend this book to readers who love contemporary romance but also love a little humor in your books. Once you start reading her books you won't be able to stop. They keep getting better and better. 

Long, Tall Cowboy Christmas Blog Tour













LONG, TALL COWBOY CHRISTMAS (Happy, Texas #2) by Carolyn Brown
On Sale: September 26, 2017 | Publisher: Forever
Mass Market: $7.99 USD | eBook: $6.99 USD

"Genuinely sweet." – Publishers Weekly

A heartwarming holiday read from USA Today bestselling author Carolyn Brown – Nash Lamont is a man about as solitary as they come. That's exactly why ranch life in middle-of-nowhere Happy, Texas suits him. So what the heck is he doing letting a beautiful widow and her three rambunctious children temporarily move in? Before he knows it, they're stringing Christmas lights and decorating the tree... and he's having the time of his life. But after everything he's been through, Nash knows this kind of happiness doesn't last.

Kasey Dawson thought she'd never get over the death of her husband. Nash, with his strong hands and infinite patience, is stirring something she hasn't felt in a long time. Kasey knows the sexy cowboy isn't telling her everything about this past, though. And she refuses to risk heartbreak all over again. But her kids have a plan of their own: Nothing will keep them from having a real family again-even if it takes a little help from Santa himself.

Excerpt

Padding out of the room in her flannel pajama pants and an oversized faded shirt, Kasey found Nash washing dishes and no kids in sight.

“Shhh…” He put a finger over his lips. “They just now dropped off for naps. If they hear your voice, they’ll wake up.”

She frowned and pointed toward the dining room. “What is that?”

“Camping out,” he explained.

A white sheet had been draped over the dining room table, creating a tent. Underneath were pillows, books and two sleeping children.

“They’re camping and I’m watching out for bears and skunks,” he explained. “Hungry?”

“Starving. I’m always nauseated at the onset of one of the headaches and afterwards so hungry I could eat one of those bears if you catch it.” She caught a whiff of Italian food. “You cooked?”

“Of course,” he said. “Sit down right here and let me work on your neck. Lots of headaches are stress related and come out of the neck.”

She eased down into a chair and Nash went to work on her temples first, placing his hands on her cheeks so that his thumbs worked on the spots between her eyebrows and hair line. Making lazy circles and increasing the pressure every few seconds, he kept up the massage for a good five minutes before moving around to the back of the chair. He took her neck in his hands, heating her hormones to the boiling point. Rolling it around in his hands, she could feel the tension leaving her body by degrees. Then he began to massage her shoulders, digging his fingers into the knots and dissolving them. The pain in her head dissolved to half strength and her stomach grumbled.

“Now for food. Sit right there and I will bring it to the table.”

Kasey couldn’t remember the last time a man had waited on her.  “God, this is amazing,” she said after taking a bite of the spaghetti he put in front of her. “Did you make the sauce from scratch?”

He nodded. “Just like my cousin Amanda taught me. She married an Italian, and she’s an amazing cook. After eating her marinara, that stuff you buy in a jar at the grocery store is pretty bland.”

“You cook and watch kids, run a ranch—what can you not do?” Kasey asked.

“I’m not real good at talkin’ to most people,” he said.

“That’s not what I see.” She almost groaned when she bit into a slab of garlic bread. 

“Oh yeah? And what do you see?”

“I see a man who’s got some demons, but you talk to me just fine,” she told him between bites.

“Well, you’re special,” he replied softly.

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THE HAPPY, TEXAS SERIES











TOUGHEST COWBOY IN TEXAS, #1
LONG, TALL COWBOY CHRISTMAS, #2
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR













Carolyn Brown is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author and RITA® Finalist who has sold more than 3 million books. She presently writes both women's fiction and cowboy romance. She has also written historical single title, historical series, contemporary single title, and contemporary series. She lives in southern Oklahoma with her husband, a former English teacher, who is not allowed to read her books until they are published. They have three children and enough grandchildren to keep them young. For a complete listing of her books (series in order) check out her website at CarolynLBrown.com.

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