Sunday, May 14, 2017

Review of Lost and Found Sisters by Jill Shalvis

Brief Summary courtesy of William Morrow Paperbacks

They say life can change in an instant…

After losing her sister in a devastating car accident, chef Quinn Weller is finally getting her life back on track. She appears to have it all: a loving family, a dream job in one of L.A.'s hottest eateries, and a gorgeous boyfriend dying to slip an engagement ring on her finger. So why does she feel so empty, like she's looking for a missing piece she can't find?

The answer comes when a lawyer tracks down Quinn and reveals a bombshell secret and a mysterious inheritance that only she can claim. This shocking revelation washes over Quinn like a tidal wave. Her whole life has been a lie.

On impulse, Quinn gives up her job, home, and boyfriend. She heads up the coast to the small hometown of Wildstone, California, which is just a few hours north, but feels worlds apart from Los Angeles. Though she doesn't quite fit in right away, she can't help but be drawn to the town’s simple pleasures…and the handsome, dark-haired stranger who offers friendship with no questions asked.

As Quinn settles into Wildstone, she discovers there's another surprise in store for her. The inheritance isn't a house or money, but rather something earthshattering, something that will make her question everything she thought she knew about herself, about her family. Now with a world of possibilities opening up to Quinn, she must decide if this new life is the one she was always meant to have—and the one that could finally give her the fulfillment she's searched so long for.

My Review: 

I received an ARC of Lost and Found Sisters from the author and publisher in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. This is the first book in a new series by one of my favorite authors, Jill Shalvis. When I got the opportunity to read this book I jumped at the chance. All of the books that I read of Jill's always have a little bit of comedy, romance and at times emotional dialogue all wrapped into one story. This book was no different.

Jill did a great job of creating a story that not only had a well developed lead female character, Quinn and male lead character Mick, but also a very well developed supporting character in Tilly. This really added to the story because it was something that I have not seen in her books before. Jill also gave you enough of a back story with the leads that it helped you understand their actions better as you read the book. In addition to creating well developed characters she also did a great job of setting the scene. The small town where Lost and Found Sisters took place really fit perfectly with the book and with how descriptive Jill was (which was not overboard at all) I really felt like I was there.

Jill as always with any of her books also added a little bit of humor that fit perfectly with this story. In this story she did it two different ways. One at the beginning of the chapters as quotes and also through out the story. Here are two of my favorite quotes from the book:

"Becoming an adult is a lot like when you're trying to get one ice cube form a cup into your mouth and they all fall on your face"

"There's a big difference between want and need," she muttered to herself, picking her pad and pen back up. "I mean, I want a bikini body, but I need chicken nuggets."

Lastly, I really enjoyed the emotional aspect of the story that Jill but in there with Quinn losing her sister and feeling lost and alone and then finding the sister she never knew she had. Quinn's emotional journey through out the book really tug at my heart strings and held me from the very first chapter.

I can't wait to read more of the Wildstone series.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Review of The Bastard Billionaire by Jessica Lemmon

Brief Book Summary Courtesy of Forever-Grand Central Publishing

Beauty and the Beastly Billionaire . . .
Eli Crane is one tough bastard. After an explosion left him injured and honorably discharged from the Marines, all he wants is to be left alone. Yet his brothers insist he take a greater role in the family business. They've hired him ten personal assistants-and Eli sent each one packing as fast as possible. But when beautiful number eleven walks through the door, Eli will do anything to make her stay.

Isabella Sawyer's employment agency can't afford to lose Eli Crane's business. Her plan: to personally take on the role of his PA, and secure her reputation with the wealthy elite in Chicago. But this beauty and her hot billionaire bad boy soon find themselves mixing business with pleasure in the most delicious ways. And passionate, stubborn Isabella won't rest until she tames this wicked beast . . .

My Review:

This is the third book in the Billionaire Bad Boys series and the second that I have read of Jessica Lemmon's. After reading "The Billionaire Bachelor" I was hooked with the series and ready to read the rest. So when I had the opportunity to read this new book I jumped at the chance. Jessica did a great job of creating well developed main characters whose pasts helped shaped the story from the very first chapter all the way to the end. In particular for the characters I really enjoyed seeing how Jessica developed Isabella Sawyer as a strong willed woman who could hold her own both in a mans and women's world. It is always cool to me to see strong female leads in stories that I read because it shows to women of all age groups that you can be strong with and without a man.

In addition to the characters she also did a great job of setting the scenes in the book. She did a great job of being descriptive enough for the readers to be able to imagine being in the location but does not go over board where it makes the story drag on. Another aspect that I liked in both this book and Jessica's first book in the series that I read was how she incorporated humor. It was humor that was written in very well to the story and made sense in the parts that she put it in.

Lastly,  it was interesting to see how Jessica incorporated Eli's injury into the story and how his attitude truly changed from the start of the book to the end. It was written very realistic and truthful on how it would take someone injured time to get accustom to not only their family but a woman.

Can't wait to read more books by Jessica. 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Review of Wicked Cowboy Charm by Carolyn Brown

Brief Book Summary Courtesy of Forever-Grand Central Publishing 


Josie Dawson is new in town, but it doesn't take a local to know that Deke Sullivan is trouble—in a smokin' hot package. He's sweet, sexy, and has charmed just about every woman in Dry Creek, Texas. Well, Josie won't be next. She'll keep her distance, even if he is great with babies and makes a mean cup of homemade hot chocolate.

Deke Sullivan really is a one-woman type of guy. He just had to do a lot of looking to find that one woman. Now he thinks he's found her and he won't let a strong, sassy gal like Josie slip away. Just when he's wondering how to convince her he only has eyes for her, they get stranded in a tiny cabin during a major blizzard. If Deke can melt her heart before they dig out of the snow, he'll be the luckiest cowboy in Texas . . .

My Review: 

This is the 4th book in the Lucky Penny Ranch series by Carolyn Brown and the second that I read. After reading Fiona Logan and Jud Dawson's story in Merry Cowboy Christmas I was excited to read the next book in the series and to see what love interest she would pick for Deke. So when I got the opportunity to read Wicked Cowboy Charm I jumped at the chance. In regards to character development I really enjoyed how she continued telling you the story of Deke Sullivan and why he was connected to the Logan sisters. In addition, I thought she did a pretty decent job of giving you back story on Josie so you could understand better her actions. I think a little more of Jud and her back story I would have enjoyed but i understand why it wasn't in there. 

In regards to pace of the story I felt that it dragged on at times and that I had a hard time really seeing the characters grow together as a couple like I did with Fiona and Jud. In addition to the pace of the story I also felt that some of the things that happened in the book were very predictable. Not that it is bad all the time but when the pace was slow and then parts of the story being too predictable I had a hard time connecting to the book and really keeping my attention. I found that this book took me a lot longer to read then the other one did. 

All in all this wasn't a bad book and I enjoyed some of it. I am interested to see if Carolyn adds more books to the Lucky Penny Ranch and who the next couple will be. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

REED Release Day Blitz

A new beginning . . . 

A fresh start. That's exactly what Ally Shaw needs and what she's found in Glacier Ridge, Montana. Creating a simpler life with her young son and reconnecting with her only remaining family-it's all part of Ally's plan to chase away the pain of her past. But when a dangerously irresistible cowboy rescues her little boy, Ally can't deny she's excited about what else the future might bring.

Reed Malloy was a wild horse who wouldn't be broken. Devoted to his work on the land at the expense of everything else, he'd never met a woman who could hold his interest . . . until Ally. And now, beautiful Ally and her fearless, freckled child have this cowboy wanting more. This isn't Ally's first time at the rodeo, though, and convincing her to trust him isn't easy. But there isn't anything he won't do to keep her safe . . . and make her his. 


Title: REED
Author: R.C. Ryan
Series: The Malloys of Montana
On Sale: April 25th, 2017
Publisher: Forever
Mass Market: $7.99
eBook: $7.99



Matt, #1
Luke, #2
A Cowboy’s Christmas Eve, #2.5
Reed, #3


New York Times bestselling author R.C. Ryan has written more than ninety novels, both contemporary and historical.  Quite an accomplishment for someone who, after her fifth child started school, gave herself the gift of an hour a day to follow her dream to become a writer.  

In a career spanning more than twenty years, Ms. Ryan has given dozens of radio, television, and print interviews across the country and Canada, and has been quoted in such diverse publications as the Wall Street Journal and Cosmopolitan.  She has also appeared on CNN News, and Good Morning America.  

R.C. Ryan is a pseudonym of New York Times bestselling author Ruth Ryan Langan. 


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