Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Wish Me Love by Michele Ashman Bell (Blog Tour with a giveaway)

Wish Me Love
Wish Me Love by Michele Ashman Bell
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received from publisher to review.
Genre: LDS Contemporary Romance

Book Description:  Charlotte Wells does not date. After surviving a broken engagement, she’s taken a leave of absence from the social scene. So when her best friend and coworker, Jack, challenges her to get back in the game, she’s not so sure she’s ready to play. But ultimately, curiosity gets the best of her, and Charlotte accepts the daunting challenge: she will attempt to have fifty first dates in her effort to find “the one.” Unfortunately, she quickly realizes that the dating pool mostly holds clown fish as she goes on one lousy outing after another. Without a good man in sight as summer ends, Charlotte cuts her losses and sets her sights on a fun-filled trip to her cousin’s destination wedding in Brazil.
Brazil is a land of beautiful sights and delicious offerings—including Max, the charming brother of her cousin’s new husband. Max has all the makings of a Prince Charming in soccer cleats, and Charlotte’s happily ever after seems to be within reach. But love is a funny thing, and soon Charlotte finds herself wondering: could it be that her true love has been right in front of her all along?

My thoughts:  Be careful what you wish for!  Wishes may come true and turn into the unexpected.

Charlotte and Jack are best friends and adorable.  They are platonic, but you know that they shouldn't be.  They are a perfect fit.  But their relationship has never headed in that direction.

Charlotte's love life has been a disaster and she is reluctant to jump back into the dating scene.  She would rather wallow in misery than put herself out there to have her heart broken.  She make three wishes on a bracelet and her life changes.  She takes a chance, even traveling to Brazil for a relatives wedding.

The moral of the story is that sometimes the best things are right in front of you.  It takes a little searching, and you realize what you have when you look somewhere else.

The characters are cute and people that you wish that you had in your life. I felt as if I could get to know them in real life.  I enjoyed reading of  Charlotte's dating adventures. The plot deals with two religious people, so religion comes into play in the book.  This is a fun, cute novel that helps you escape your own cares and worries for a short time.

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Pursuit of Lady Harriett by Rachael Anderson


The Pursuit of Lady Harriett by Rachael 

Anderson When wills clash and hearts collide, who will reign victorious? Termed an Incomparable during her first London season, Lady Harriett Cavendish is beautiful, spirited, and confident, capturing the attention of a great many suitors. Unfortunately, they all failed to capture her attention, and she concluded the season as unattached as she’d begun it. Only weeks prior to her second season, Harriett encounters Lieutenant Christopher Jamison while visiting Tanglewood Manor. Recently returned from war, the lieutenant is everything that Harriett's previous suitors were not. He’s arrogant, ungentlemanly, irritating, and challenges her at every opportunity. When he goes too far, Harriett decides that it’s time to turn the tables on him. But as she sets out to put the lieutenant in his place once and for all, she discovers there is more to him than meets the eye, and when it comes to matters of the heart, she has no control whatsoever.


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 Harriett looked at what remained of the cake. Appar-ently, he didn’t intend to finish it off after all, so she collected their forks and stood. “Forgive me for saying so, but you look quite done in, Chris. If you do not go up to bed now, you will probably fall asleep here. Only imagine what Mrs. Caddy might say if she discovers you here with the mostly-eaten cake. For your own sake, you ought to retire. I will do my best to tidy things up.”

Before she could move away from him, he grabbed her hand and guided her to sit back down, keeping hold of her fingers. “Not so fast, my lady. I meant it when I said that I’m in desperate need of the distraction that only you can provide. Thus far, all I have done is burden you with my troubles.”

“I do not feel at all burdened, sir.” Indeed, Harriett suddenly felt breathless and somewhat giddy. The effect this man had on her was something of a wonder.

“Sir?” he asked. “I thought we were beyond that.”

“I thought so as well, but you only just called me ‘my lady.’”

He frowned and blinked as though he hadn’t realized he had. “Forgive me, Harry. I fear my exhaustion has muddled my thinking.”

 This time, she did not let the name slide. She snatched her hand free and frowned at him. “Obviously it has.”

 He laughed—not a tired attempt at a laugh, but a real one filled with the richness that warmed her straight through. Only this time, it did not bother her at all. In fact, it felt wonderful, almost like a compliment.

 “I knew you’d come through for me,” he said, leaning close enough to touch shoulders with her. “You have no idea how much I needed to laugh or how good that felt. I could honestly kiss you right now.”

 Harriett tried her best not to blush or appear astonished by the suggestion—he had obviously made the comment in jest—but when his smile widened into a devilish grin, she knew she’d failed. He leaned in closer, and his gaze wandered briefly to her mouth before returning to her eyes. She could smell vanilla and lemon and a hint of something else—leather perhaps? A delightful pulse whipped down her arm, and she was hard-pressed not to shiver.

“Admit it,” he said. “You have missed me.”



   Author Rachael Anderson A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.
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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Mind Games by Stephanie Black ~ Blog Tour with a Giveaway!

Mind Games
Mind Games By Stephanie Black
Source: Received from publisher to Review
Genre: Suspense

Book Description:  Psychologist Natalie Marsh’s dream is now reality: her mental health services clinic has opened and is housed in an elegant, newly renovated nineteenth-century building. Unfortunately, not everyone is happy with the clinic’s presence, including Heather Osbourne, a troubled young woman who wholly objects to the occupation of the building. Heather has spent years wandering the halls of the abandoned structure, convinced she’s communing with her ancestor’s ghost. When Natalie thwarts Heather’s attempt to leap from a window, the shaken psychologist soon realizes Heather’s failed jump is merely one piece of a disturbing puzzle. Greed and deceit are weaving a web around Natalie, and someone will stop at nothing—not even murder—to get what they want. Stretched to her breaking point, Natalie struggles to learn the truth, but only one thing is clear: nothing is as it seems.

My thoughts:  Oh man!  I am enjoying this book, but haven't finished it yet.  Ugh!  I hate it when that happens.  A full review will be coming shortly with a rating.  I am looking forward to my life becoming semi normal after my daughter's wedding in three weeks.

What can I tell you about this book part way through.... It is well written with characters who are developed.  The story begins with a bit of a mystery, a suicide attempt, and someone who doesn't want the clinic to succeed.  The book is appropriately named... the plot and characters do play with you mind.

Will I be finishing this book?  Yes!  Definitely.

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Stephanie BlackAbout the Author: (Taken from Deseret Book)  STEPHANIE BLACK has loved books since she was old enough to grab the pages, and has enjoyed creating make-believe adventures since she and her sisters were inventing long Barbie games filled with intrigue and danger or running around pretending to be detectives. She is a three-time Whitney Award winner for Best Mystery/Suspense, most recently for Cold as Ice (2010). Stephanie was born in Utah and has lived in various places, including Arizona, Massachusetts, New York, and Limerick, Ireland. She currently lives in northern California and enjoys spending time with her husband Brian and their five children. She is a fan of chocolate, cheesecake, and her husband’s homemade bread.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Love Remains by Sarah M Eden (Blog Tour with a giveaway)

Love Remains by Sarah M. Eden
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Source: Received eBook to Review
Genre: Historical Romance

Book Description:  For nearly a year, Tavish O’Connor has carried the crushing weight of his family’s future on his shoulders. He has taken on the care of his youngest brother, Finbarr, who lost his eyesight in a terrible accident. But the lad needs more than Tavish can provide. Finbarr needs hope.

Cecily Attwater specializes in hope. As a tutor to the newly blind, she has dedicated her life to helping others overcome the obstacles she herself has conquered. Her new assignment in a remote corner of Wyoming proves trickier than usual: Finbarr refuses to learn. To make matters worse, his family—and the other Irish townspeople—are less than thrilled to discover an Englishwoman in their haven.

Cecily’s only hope lies in securing the cooperation of her pupil’s brother, Tavish, who happens to be her harshest critic and quite possibly the most frustrating man she’s ever known.
For Finbarr’s sake, Tavish and Cecily forge an uneasy alliance that, as the weeks pass, tiptoes toward something deeper than either dares admit or face, and toward a future they know to be impossible. There can be no hope of a happy outcome for an Irish man and an English woman amongst a people reeling from violence and centuries of hatred between their two homelands.

My thoughts: I have waited for this book since 2014 after Hope Springs was published. Tavish needed a story. I loved his character and wanted to read about him finding his match. The wait is over, and it was worth the wait!

Tavish is a good guy. He loves his family and his community. He is a giver, he puts his others needs before his own. He keeps telling everyone that he will make things right. He is amazing, but at the same time he is lonely.

Cecily is a feisty lady. She can hold her own against the O'Connor family. She is faced with a student who doesn't want to progress, an Irish family who holds grudges against the English (she is from England), and dealing with her progressive blindness. She keeps her head up and teaches others in spite of the obstacles. I loved her. I loved her for Tavish.

I appreciated being brought back to Hope Springs, a town that has faces prejudice and trials. This book adds another layer and looks at judging someone because of the country where they are born. I find this a timely theme. It's a painful process to eliminate prejudice, and Hope Springs gets another lesson. It would be nice if we could all see the importance of this problem.

I think the books should be read in order. Start with Longing for Home. It helps to realize the characters and see what Tavish has endured in the past to fully appreciate this book. It could be "read alone" but I highly recommend all of the books and reading them in order.

Sarah Eden is one of my "go to" author's for a reason. She is an amazing story teller.  Her characters are developed with realistic problems.  She is great at strong emotions and laughter.  Basically, she has a way with words.

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Sarah M EdenAbout Sarah M Eden: (Taken from her WEBPAGE)  Sarah M. Eden is a USA Today Bestselling author of witty and charming historical romances, including AML's "2013 Novel of the Year" and Foreword Review’s 2013 “IndieFab Book of the Year” gold medal winner for Best Romance, Longing for Home, as well as 2014 Whitney Award winner for "Best Romance" and "Best Novel of the Year," Longing for Home: Hope Springs. Combining her obsession with history and affinity for tender love stories, Sarah loves crafting witty characters and heartfelt romances set against rich historical backdrops. She holds a Bachelor's degree in research and happily spends hours perusing the reference shelves of her local library. Sarah lives with her husband, kids, and mischievous dog in the shadow of a snow-capped mountain she has never attempted to ski. 

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Other Books in the Hope Springs Series:
Longing for Home
Hope Springs
My Dearest Love

Regency Romances:
The Kiss of a Stranger
Glimmer of Hope
An Unlikely Match
For Elise
All Regency Collection
British Isles Collection

The Jonquil Brothers series:
Friends and Foes
Drops of Gold
As You Are
A Fine Gentleman

The Lancaster Family series:
Seeking Persephone
Courting Miss Lancaster

Romancing Daphne

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Miss Leslie's Secret by Jennifer Moore ~ Blog Tour with a Giveaway!

Miss Leslie's SecretMiss Leslie's Secret by Jennifer Moore
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: Received from the publisher to review
Genre: Scottish Regency Romance

Book Description:  Decorated war hero Conall Stewart has spent ten years envisioning his return to his beloved Scottish Highlands. But now, with the days of battle finally behind him, it seems that his dreams of home have been in vain: the land of his youth lies in ruins, and his family is gone. Though he will never stop searching for his kin, Conall knows he must begin again. But when he takes on a rented farm in a nearby town, he finds far more than the fresh start he was looking for . . . After catching a mischievous local lad stealing, Conall returns young Jamie to his mother, Aileen Leslie—and finds the woman’s coddling of the child maddening. What Conall does not realize is that Aileen hides a frightening secret: her devoted protection of Jamie is all that shelters them from discovery by a dangerous man from their past. Drawn together by circumstance, Conall soon develops a fatherly relationship with Jamie—as well as romantic feelings for Aileen. But even as the couple accepts their growing affection for one another, time runs out for Aileen and her son: after years of hiding, they have been found. Conall lost his family once—he will do all in his power not to let history repeat itself . . ..

My thoughts: Miss Leslie is guarding a secret. Her secret is one that she holds close to protect those she loves. She is a loving and giving person who is willing to put her life in limbo to help a friend.

Conall Stewart came home from war to find his family home burned, and his family scattered. He wants the sense of family and community that he remembered before he left his home for 10 years as a soldier. He has a strong sense of duty and a commendable character.

From the moment that Aileen Leslie and Conner met there were sparks. First words, and then attraction. Conner's influence on Aileen's son is wonderful. It shows what hard work, positive words, and mentoring can do to help a child who is struggling. I enjoyed the relationship between the three. It is based on love and respect.

The book looks at parts of Scottish history that I was unaware of. I enjoyed learning a little while being entertained. Jennifer Moore is a talented author.

This book is fantastic and I give it a high recommendation.

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About the Author:(Taken from Goodreads)  Jennifer Moore is a passionate reader and writer of all things romance due to the need to balance the rest of her world, which includes a perpetually traveling husband and four active sons, who create heaps of laundry that are anything but romantic. Jennifer has a BA in linguistics from the University of Utah and is a Guitar Hero champion. She lives in northern Utah with her family.

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Blog Tour Spotlight ~ "Perfectly You" by Robin Daniels (with a giveaway)

Perfectly You by Robin Daniels

Ivy Nixon is the student body Vice President at Franklin High School. Each year, the school holds a date auction to raise funds for the senior class graduation party, and this year, Ivy’s in charge. Planning the event is a huge task and Ivy is determined to prove she can get the job done right. Unfortunately, she’s still one participant short and her deadline is looming. Andy Walker, her cute but socially reclusive art class table mate, is her last resort. He may not be popular, but he’s funny, talented, and full of surprises. With a makeover and some major social marketing, Ivy is sure he could fetch a decent price at the auction. Andy reluctantly agrees to help, but the more time Ivy spends with him, the more her feelings shift from professional to romantic in nature. To top it off, she’s done her marketing so well, that other girls are starting to notice Andy too. Come auction time, will Ivy be able to let him go to the highest bidder? Or will she find a way to keep him for herself… Content Description: This is a stand-alone YA contemporary romance with companion novels set at the same high school. It contains minor language, innuendo, and crude humor, some steamy kissing, a party scene where underage drinking is taking place, and a brief but tasteful conversation about sex. The author has attempted to write characters who make good choices in questionable situations, in effort to keep the content appropriate for teens. This book contains no sex, written or implied, and no explicit language. Recommended for ages 14 and up.



 "What about tonight?" Andy suggested. "I suppose I could get away for a minute. What did you have in mind?" "I'm not ready for another argument, do you like cheesecake?" "Um, hello? I am a girl..." I responded playfully. "Of course." He laughed, smacking his forehead. "How could I forget?"

Author Robin Daniels Robin Daniels is a wife, mother of five and avid consumer of books. She loves reading SO much that she was actually grounded from it as a twelve year old. No Joking! Her mom caught her reading when she was supposed to be cleaning, which was a common occurrence. At that point mom took the books and instructed her to go watch TV or play outside like a normal kid. Robin is a sucker for home design shows and magazines, watches way too much Netflix and has a very codependent relationship with with a certain diet soda who’s brand shall not be named. (Though anyone with a similar problem could probably guess which one.)

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Giveaway for the book that started A Proper Romance ~ Edenbrooke

Happy Labor Day!

I am behind on everything.  I was supposed to have a giveaway for this book during the month of August.  I was going to post on the 31st, I obviously didn't make it!

I am excited to give away the first book published for the "A Proper Romance" line.  It is an amazing book and I loved it.

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Edenbrooke (Edenbrooke, #1)Marianne Daventry will do anything to escape the boredom of Bath and the amorous attentions of an unwanted suitor. So when an invitation arrives from her twin sister, Cecily, to join her at a sprawling country estate, she jumps at the chance. Thinking she'll be able to relax and enjoy her beloved English countryside while her sister snags the handsome heir of Edenbrooke, Marianne finds that even the best laid plans can go awry. 

From a terrifying run-in with a highwayman to a seemingly harmless flirtation, Marianne finds herself embroiled in an unexpected adventure filled with enough romance and intrigue to keep her mind racing. Will Marianne be able to rein in her traitorous heart, or will a mysterious stranger sweep her off her feet? Fate had something other than a relaxing summer in mind when it sent Marianne to Edenbrooke.