Friday, June 26, 2020

Pillar of Light: Joseph Smith's First Vision by Andrew Knaupp & Sal Veluto #giveaway #churchofjesuschristoflatterdaysaints

Pillar of Light: Joseph Smith's First Vision by Andrew Knaupp
Illustrated by Sal Veluto
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Source: Review copy
Genre: Religion/Graphic Novel

Book Description: In honor of the 200th anniversary of the First Vision, Andrew Knaupp and Sal Velluto, have created a graphic novel adaption of Joseph Smith’s First Vision. “Pillar of Light” teaches youth through a talented blend of imagery and words. Their goal is to inspire young readers to build their testimonies of the Prophet Joseph Smith and provide insights for receiving their own personal revelation. Details from all four wondrous accounts written by Joseph Smith as well as from those who heard him tell his firsthand experience are captivatingly blended together.



My thoughts: I was impressed with this graphic novel featuring the first vision of the Prophet Joseph Smith. The graphics were detail and interesting. The story was told in a way that was clear and easy to understand.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to have a visual picture of the things they read. It is great for kids who may not like to take the time to sit down and read a traditional book.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Not a Fine Gentleman by Donna Hatch #NFGPrism #giveaway #historicalromance

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Not a Fine Gentleman
(Rogue Hearts, #5)
By Donna Hatch
Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 448 Pages
June 18, 2020 by Mirror Lake Press LLC


Rating:  4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review

Lady Margaret secretly yearns for love, but fate has exchanged wedded bliss for a lie. When she is caught hovering over her cheating husband’s dead body, she is instantly doomed to hang for his murder. Without hope for justice, Margaret flees into the night alone.
A cynical Bow Street Constable, Connor Jackson, vows to bring the fugitive Lady Margaret to face the law—but, he doesn’t expect sparks to fly between them. Could the strong yet tender lady truly be a killer? 
As more suspects—and even more condemning evidence—surface, the less certain Connor is of his duty. He must choose between his growing feelings for Lady Margaret and the demands of justice. Will the truth tear them apart or set them free to find love?

My thoughts: "A good man is hard to find."  This is the dilemma that Lady Margaret is facing. She has trust issues for a good reason.  Her philandering husband has just been killed and she is the murder suspect.  This book pulls you into intrigue right from the start.

Lady Margaret is a character that is hard not to like.  She is caring, responsible, and changeable.  She comes from nobility but knows how to act and treat others, not of her social station.  She comes from a family with several brothers.  All of them are powerful in their own right and try to protect her, but she is a hands-on woman and is not about to sit still and let the men determine her life.

The addition of Connor Jackson to the story is perfect.  He is a man of lowly means and a Bow Street Runner.  He is not looking for someone to love, but Lady Margaret is not a lady easily forgotten.  I loved the chemistry between them.  He is on the hunt for the killer while trying to protect her.  It is a chore he finds as hard for him as for her brothers.

This story contains romance, social intrigue, mystery, and suspense.  This is the fifth book in a series but can be read as a stand-alone.  There are references to the other stories, but I followed along well.  I really enjoyed this book.




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Multi-award-winning author of more than twenty best-selling Regency Historical Romances, Donna Hatch is a hopeful romantic and an adventurer at heart. Each book she writes is filled with wit and heart and plenty of swoon-worthy romance. Donna sings, plays the harp, and loves to ballroom dance. Her family, including six children and two cats, recently left their native Arizona for the Pacific coast of the US. No matter where they live, she and her husband of over twenty years are proof that there truly is a happily ever after.


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Monday, June 22, 2020

Study helps for Come Follow Me using the Living Scriptures streaming app. #blogtour #giveaway #familytime #LivingScripturesTeam #moviesforthefamily

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I have been looking for study helps for "Come Follow Me".  Church has been canceled for about 3 months and it is easy to get out of the habit of Sabbath worship.  My ward has started back one Sunday a month for Sacrament Meeting.

I know that I need more spiritual edification. There are many resources using the Living Scriptures.  I watched cartoon stories that would help children understand what the scripture stories mean.  They are presented in an entertaining way that is fortified with Gospel truths.

I also watched a 15-minute video in the Knowys series that brought the method of writing in the Book of Mormon to the way that they did in the Bible.  It was illuminating.  I am fascinated by how scholars are able to connect the dots and present them in a way that is understandable and educational.

I really think that this is a great resource for families and individuals to supplement the lessons.


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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Flying in Love by Chalon Linton #blogtour #giveaway #airforceromance #covenantcommunications




Flying in LoveFlying in Love by Chalon Linton
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Source:  Received to Review
Genre: Contemporary Romance


Book Description:  Will Paige decide to share her heart or fly solo?

Paige Hall’s happy ending may just be in sight. She has been dating her boyfriend for months and feels confident their relationship is going in the right direction—until she catches him kissing another woman. Humiliated and hurt, Paige retreats from the dating scene and pledges to never fall hard again as she throws herself into her work as a speech therapist. Her vow is upended in a grocery store parking lot when she is nearly run over by a handsome and very apologetic air force pilot.

Captain Jake Summers is everything a girl could dream of: charming, considerate, and hardworking. Despite Paige’s determination to avoid falling into another relationship, her resolve is no match for the whirlwind romance that ensues. When Jake is not flying, he and Paige are inseparable, and Paige begins to believe in happily ever afters again. But when the couple faces a heartrending loss, they must find strength in each other and in their faith or risk losing a once-in-a-lifetime love.


My thoughts: I was ready and willing to spend more time with the characters in Flying in Love. Unfortunately for me, the book came to an end. I'm sure that Chalon Linton has more fantastic books to write, so I guess I'll just have to be content.

This story has amazing characters. I couldn't help but fall in love with Paige and Jake's story. They are incredibly good and imperfect. Paige has trust issues (for a good reason) and Jake comes to save the day by almost running over her in a parking lot. The truth is that on different occasions they save each other. They develop a "balanced" relationship.

Jake is such a great guy. He is the kind of MC that most women hope they meet and fall in love with someday. He has great values and knows how to treat others. From the moment we meet him, it becomes apparent that he is perfect for Paige. I like to think of his as imperfectly perfect. He is so respectful and kind. He is the kind of man that Paige needs in her life.

Paige has a fantastic best friend and roommate. Everyone needs someone who you can sit down with and watch a Jane Austen movie. Mandy is the great support that provides needed but unwanted advice at times. She holds Paige together when it seems as if her world is crumbling.

I also enjoyed the complicated relationship that Paige has with her mom. Mom and daughter relationships can be complex, but I loved how Chalon Linton illustrates how to treat that relationship. I think she added a great perspective.

I honestly can't say enough good things about this book, so I'll just close by saying that you should read it!

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Friday, June 12, 2020

The Earl's Winning Wager by Jen Geigle Johnson #bookblogtour #excerpt #giveaway #regencyromance



The Earl's Winning Wager  (Lords for the Sisters of Sussex #2)The Earl's Winning Wager by Jen Geigle Johnson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Regency Romance

Book Description:  Lord Morley's life will change forever when he wins a game of cards and a family of sisters to go along with it.

Miss Standish in none too pleased to have become the responsibility of yet another Lord, even if he is full of charm and goodness. Her responsibilities are to her sisters first.

With the repairs on the castle moving forward nicely and concerted efforts in a season in Bath made to find suitors for them all, Miss Standish and Lord Morley must determine where duty stops and matters of the heart take over.

Read this warm tale of family, sisters, loyalty and love to get a huge dose of the best part of a regency romance fans of Jane Austen or Georgette Heyer would enjoy.
 




My thoughts: A winning wager can feel like a disaster! Lord Morley won an estate from his best friend in a game of cards. The estate comes with five sisters, one of whom Lord Morley is very interested in.

Miss Standish is devoted to her sisters. She wants to make sure they make good matches and is not worried about having a home and family of her own. Her hopes surge that she can find happiness until she finds out that Morley is her new landlord. She is fed up with how she and her sisters have been passed on for their living arrangements from one person to another. She wants to make her own future without feeling like a burden.

I absolutely adored the characters of Miss Standish and Morley. There couldn't be two characters created that are better suited for one another. Both are kind and considerate and put another's welfare above their own. One of the best parts is their devotion to the Standish sisters. Morley fits right in as one of the siblings. In fact, he considers himself one of the family. The sisters are conspiring to ensure he becomes one of the family. I loved how they did their best at matchmaking.

The sisters are delightful. They each have unique personalities. The one common trait they share is their love of family. I really look forward to reading more about each of them and their family dynamics.

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Morley stared at his best friend, waiting for the man to look up from his cards. Gerald was losing terribly. And Morley wasn’t sure if he should feel guilty or victorious. His friend had just thrown most of a new inheritance from his distant cousin on the table, almost as if he wished to give it away. 
Despite Gerald being the Duke of Granbury with significant holdings to his name, Morley wasn’t comfortable taking so much—even in something as unbiased as a card game. But his friend smiled so large it looked like his cheeks hurt. Morley’s hurt just looking at him.
“How can you smile when you’re losing abominably?” Lord Morley frowned at him.
“I have leave to be happy so soon after my own wedding.”
“But you don’t have leave to gamble away your living, even to your best friend.”
“I’m hardly close to losing a living.”
Lord Morley raised his eyebrows. The other lords at the table stared greedily at the back of Gerald’s cards. But even though Lord Morley shook his head, none too subtly, Gerald pushed all the remaining chips and his slips of paper into the center. 
“Included in this are some holdings in the south.”
Lord Morley narrowed his eyes. 
Gerald fanned out his cards. “Good, but”—he smiled even broader—“not good enough.” Then each of the men laid out their cards. Gerald beat Lord Oxley soundly, as Morley suspected he knew he would. Then Lords Harrington and Parmenter threw their cards down. That left Morley’s cards. Morley had won. Gerald knew he’d won. He eyed him above his cards. “What is this about?”
“Lay out your cards, man. On with it.” Gerald’s smile couldn’t grow any larger, and even though Morley had just grown significantly more wealthy, he didn’t trust his oldest friend. 
Morley fanned out his cards and narrowed his eyes. “What are you doing?”
Gerald tipped his glass back and drained its contents. “Losing to my best friend. Come now. It’s time for us to return home. Her Grace wants me home early.”
“How is she feeling?”
Gerald’s face clouded, and Morley regretted the question. Since the man had lost his first wife during childbirth, the prospect of doing it all over again loomed in his mind at all hours. Morley talked to him of it often enough. “She seems in the very prime of health. No one has looked healthier.”
“No need to speak optimism in my ear. I know she is well, but then, so was Camilla. All we can do is wait and see. Amelia so wanted a child, and I love my wife too much to leave her alone. So there we have it.”
Morley clapped him on the back as they stepped out of White’s. “Do you ever consider it odd that when youth, we used each other’s titles in preparation for the moment the great weight would fall on our shoulders? And now. You still call me Morley, but I … don’t call you anything but Gerald.” He laughed trying to lighten the mood.
“You will always be Morley. Even your mother calls you Morley.” He laughed. “Why is that?”
“I couldn’t guess. Maybe she loves the title?” He shrugged. “Now, enough mystery. Tell me, what did I just win? What’s this all about? These holdings in the south?”
“Remember our visit to Sussex?”
Morley half nodded, and then he stopped dead in the street. “When we went to save you from Lady Rochester? And we paid a visit to a family of ladies?” His eyes narrowed. Unbidden, Miss Standish’s face came into his mind. “What did you do?”
“I inherited their castle, if you recall.”
“I recall a heap of rubble with a few standing rooms.”
“Well, we’ve been fixing it up, and the ladies are just about ready to move in. Five women, all of age. June, the eldest, is not quite twenty three, the youngest sixteen. You won the whole lot of them, with some other holdings besides. The winnings should cover the remaining repairs and upkeep for a time as well.”
“I won’t take it.”
“You have no choice. There were witnesses.”
Morley was silent for so long he hoped Gerald began to half suspect he’d truly overstepped his generosity at long last. Then he shook his head. “I know what you’re doing, and she doesn’t want anything to do with me.”
“I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
“And she will want even less to do with me if she thinks she is in any way beholden to me, so whatever plans you have going, you can just take back your properties and your pesky family of women and leave me in peace.”
“Morley, you’re my oldest and best friend. Would I really foist these women on you if I didn’t think it would make you the happiest of men? They’re from the Northumberland line. Excellent family heritage. The Queen herself takes an interest in their well-being.”
“I care not for any of such nonsense, and you know it. You are not to be a matchmaker. It doesn’t suit you. And you’re terrible at it.”
“How would you know, since I’ve never attempted such a roll until now?”
“So you admit it?”
“I admit nothing. Now, come, don’t be cross. You’ll upset Amelia.”
“Oh, that is low, bringing your wife’s condition into this.”
They stepped into the townhome, where Simmons took their hats and gloves and overcoats. Gerald waved Morley in. “Thank you for staying with us while you’re in town.”
“At times, I prefer your home to my own situation.”
“You’re a good son, though.”
Morley hoped he was, though his mother was tiring at best and liked to have her fingers in most aspects of his dealings. He loved her, and felt she was happy in her life, such as it was. 
A soft, melodic voice called, “Gerald? Is that you?”
Amelia stepped out into the foyer. “And Morley.” She clapped her hands, and the smile that lit her face filled the room. 
He accepted her kiss on the cheek and watched as Gerald turned all of his focus to his wife.
Morley bowed. “I will bid you good night. Tomorrow, Gerald, we will discuss your sneaking ways.”
“What has he done?” Amelia could only look with love at the Duke, and Morley felt, for a moment, a pang of loneliness.
“I’ve done nothing. Morley is just a sore winner.”
Morley refused to say more. He bowed to Amelia and made his way up the stairs. Before he reached the first landing, he turned. “Oh, and Gerald?”
Gerald turned from his wife for a brief moment.
“When are we to go visit my winnings?”
“Oh, you’re on your own with that one, Morley. They will much prefer you to me at any rate.” He turned back to Her Grace, and Morley continued up the stairs, his mood darkening with every step.
Gerald had gone too far—in some mad effort to match him with a woman who really had no more interest in Morley than she did dancing a quadrille. June Standish was as practical as he’d seen a person.
He sighed. 
And far handsomer than any he’d yet laid eyes on. Her hair was gold—it looked to be spun from the metal itself—and her eyes large, doe-like. He had lost all sense of conversation when he first saw her. It had taken many minutes for him to gain his faculties enough to speak coherently, but she had seemed entirely unaffected. And so that was it for them. 
He could only imagine her reaction when he returned to let her know a new gentleman, he himself, was now lord over her life and well-being. Gerald should not toy with others’ lives. He needed to be stopped. But Morley wasn’t going to be the one to stop him. They’d carried on in their friendship in just this way since they’d known each other. Perhaps he could appeal to Amelia. She had more control over the man than anyone.
What did he need with a decrepit, dilapidated castle? It was an old seat of the royal dukes, so there was a certain level of prestige associated with the place—and with the women. They were of the ancient Normandy family lines. Someone somewhere in their family had wasted their money and left nothing for the line to live off of, but it was still considered an elevated situation if you were on friendly terms with any of the Sisters of Sussex, as they were called.
Sleep did not come easily, and morning was not friendly to Morley’s tired eyes and mind. Instead of breaking his fast with Gerald and Amelia, he left for a walk. Oddly, his steps took him to Amelia’s old tearoom. They let it out, once she was to become the duchess, and someone else ran the establishment instead. As he stood in the doorway, he almost walked away without entering. What was he doing in a tearoom? Colorful dresses filled the shop to bursting. 
“Lord Morley!” With the swish of skirts, a woman’s hands were on his arm. “What a pleasant surprise. You must join us for tea. We are discussing the upcoming McAllister ball.”
He allowed himself to be led to their table, and when four expectant female eyes turned their hopeful expression toward him, he could only smile and say, “How perfect, for I was just wondering about the details.”
“Then you are attending?” Lady Annabelle’s eyes lit with such a calculating energy, he shifted in his seat, eyeing the door for a second. 
“I am, indeed.”
“How provident. Then we shall all be there together. You remember we all became acquainted at the opera one week past. Miss Talbot, Miss Melanie—”
“And Lady Annabelle. Naturally, we are acquainted. It is a pleasure to see you again. I hope your mother is well?”
Lady Annabelle poured his tea, and his mind could not leave the family he’d just won charge of. What sort of women was this new family of sisters? He’d been most impressed with them when considering them as Gerald’s wards, of a sort. But now that he owned the house they lived in, he felt a whole new interest in their deportment. Could they pour a man’s tea? Stand up well with the other ladies at a ball? Would he be able to marry them off? That was the crux of it. And dash it all, why must he be concerned with the marrying off of anyone? He was in over his head. He needed help. He could appeal to Amelia’s sense of grace, but she would have little knowledge of the ways of the ton
The women chattered around him, and he almost sloshed his tea in the saucer when he heard mention of the very women who so aggravated his thoughts.
“They call them the Sisters of Sussex.”
“Really? Who are they?”
“The Duke of Northumberland’s relations, from a royal line. They are the talk of the ton and favorites of many of the noble families. We ourselves have stopped by with some of last season’s gowns.”
“Five sisters, you say? And they live in the old castle?”
“A cottage nearby. The castle is being renovated, though. I heard the Duke of Granbury has become involved.” Lady Annabelle turned to him. “Do you know much about the sisters?”
He cleared his throat and shifted in his seat. “I have met them.”
The other ladies leaned forward, eyes on him.
“And I found them charming,” he said. “I think you know more about their history than I. Though I do know the castle will be repaired and livable, as it deserves to be. It’s a remarkable structure.”
Miss Talbot fanned her face. “I should like to visit. I love old buildings and their architecture.”
“Do you?” Morley tipped his head to her. She was a pretty sort of woman. Chestnut curls lined her face, and deep brown eyes smiled at him.
“Yes, I like to draw them, and then study them after.” 
“Interesting. Perhaps we shall meet up there sometime.”
“Oh?” Lady Annabelle rested a hand on his arm. “Will you be spending much time in Brighton?”
He hadn’t planned on it yet. He’d hoped to stay as far away as possible until his mind wrapped around this new responsibility. But he changed his plans in the moment. “I think I shall.” He looked into each of their faces. They were pleasant women. They seemed kind—unassuming, perhaps. “Might I ask for some assistance?”
“Certainly.” Lady Annabelle’s eyes gleamed. 
“I wonder, if I were to assist the ladies—any ladies—to be prepared for a smallish Season in Brighton, do they have a dressmaker or shops enough down there?”
“Oh, certainly. Not nearly as grand or varied as London, but a woman can make do with what Brighton has to offer. The Brighton Royal Pavilion has brought much of the ton and a higher level of prestige to the area.”
“Thank you.”
Their gossip-loving ears seemed to perk right up and all three pairs of eyes looked on him a bit too keenly. He resisted adjusting his cravat. “So, who will be attending the McAllister ball? And have each of you found partners already for your dances?”
The chatter grew more excited, and they listed all the people who were coming or might be coming, depending on the attendance of others. He lingered as long as was polite, and then excused himself from this cheery group. 
He would go check in on his mother, though he planned not to mention his new winnings at the table, and then make arrangements to travel down to visit the Standish sisters. God willing, he could establish good solutions for their situation and living and have them well in hand within a few weeks.

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About the AuthorJen Geigle Johnson once greeted an ancient turtle under the water by grabbing her fin. Other vital things to know: the sound a water-ski makes on glassy water and how to fall down steep moguls with grace. No mountain is too steep for her to climb, yet. During a study break date in college, she sat on top of a jeep's roll bars up in the mountains and fell in love. She discovered her passion for England while kayaking on the Thames near London as a young teenager.

Now an award-winning author and mother of six, she loves to share bits of history that might otherwise be forgotten. Whether in Regency England, the French Revolution, or Colonial America, her romance novels are much like life is supposed to be: full of adventure. She is a member of the RWA, the SCBWI, and LDStorymakers. She is also the chair of the Lonestar.Ink writing conference.

Friday, June 5, 2020

Finding You by Leah Busboom

Finding You (Connor Brothers #1)Finding You by Leah Busboom
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Source:  Received to Review
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Description:  Two hearts seeking a fresh start. One caring and nurturing small town.

Will Hailey and Quinn find their happily ever after in Connor’s Grove?


Hailey Summerville is in debt up to her eyeballs, unemployed, and homeless. She’s looking for a fresh start in tiny Connor’s Grove and maybe a romance she’s never had time for before.

Quinn Connor fled back to his hometown, injured in a car accident and disillusioned with big-city corporate law. His fiancée broke up with him, making him swear off women forever.

Through simple acts of kindness, the quirky people of Connor’s Grove show Hailey and Quinn what it means to belong in a community where people care about each other, know everyone’s business and believe in matchmaking. Theirs is a story about finding love and a new purpose in life.

Book 1 in the new Connor Brothers series. You can enjoy it as a stand-alone novel, but you’ll want to find out what happens next in this series of small-town, clean and wholesome romances.


My thoughtsFinding You is a sweet story that brings to life the love story of Hailey and Quinn. I enjoyed the Connor family and how they took in Hailey, who was homeless, broke, and hungry.

Quinn is a guy that a mother would hope her daughter brought home. He is kind and has found his calling in life helping others rather than wealth and a corporate job. He is perfect for Hailey. He gives her the advice and help she needs while realizing that he is falling in love with her.

There is more to this story. While there is a happily-ever-after, a lot of story happens between points A and B. I enjoyed my time visiting the town of Connor's Grove and look forward to finishing the journey of the Connor family.

This story contains innuendo.

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Leah BusboomAbout the Author Leah Busboom wanted to become an author since the day she learned how to read! She specializes in the Romance genre because she loves a good story with a happy ending. Her books are known for their heartwarming stories; intriguing characters and hilarious real life situations that will make you want to laugh out loud.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Love, Lies and Lavender by D.E. Malone

Love, Lies and Lavender by D.E. MaloneLove, Lies and Lavender by D.E. Malone
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source:  Received to Review
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Description:  Old Scars Are No Match For a Second Chance at Love

Widow Hilary Larkin must fulfill her late husband's dream of opening a bed-and-breakfast adjacent to an old orchard. The small farms' conference in the Minnesota Northwoods is supposed to be the boost to make it possible. But her fear of change turns to high anxiety when her sister-in-law misses the plane for their trip together after a family crisis.

Along comes Dane Porter, lavender farmer, and guest speaker at the conference, and talk soon turns to more than just farming. Even though he locked up his heart after his ex-wife betrayed him, he's drawn to the beautiful and complicated Hilary. But the ring on her finger sets a boundary he would never cross.

Falling head over boots for Hilary, Dane still worries putting his trust in another woman could lead to heartbreak. And Hilary has her own shadows from the past, ones her meddling sister-in-law might use to ruin Hilary's chance of finding love again.

Will two people from different worlds overcome their pain for the perfect second chance?



My thoughts:  This was a cute and fun book to read.

Hilary does not want to be at the conference. Her heart isn't into fulfilling her late husband's dream and her sister-in-law has bailed on her. She is alone in a different part of the world and doesn't want to socialize.

Dane is a great romantic interest. He is fun and easy-going. He doesn't agree to present at the conference thinking he would fall in love, but sometimes love isn't something you can plan for. It was a sweet romance with friends finding love. It didn't feel rushed even though the conference lasted one week.

This is a book that makes the perfect summer book. It is easy to read and is a sweet romance.



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D.E. MaloneAbout the Author: D.E. Malone writes sweet contemporary romance and is the author of the Hearts in Hendricks series. She also writes for the middle grades under Dawn Malone, and is the author of BINGO SUMMER and THE UPSIDE OF DOWN. Her work has appeared in Highlights for Children, Pockets, and the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. She loves traveling to places off the beaten path which inspires the small-town settings in her stories. When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, hiking, volunteering with shelter dogs, and continuing her never-ending quest for the holy grail of bakeries.
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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Royal Decoy by Heather Frost

Royal Decoy by Heather Frost
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source:  Received to Review
Genre: Medieval fantasy
Release Date:  June 18, 2020

Book Description:  A SERVANT blackmailed into becoming a princess’s decoy.
A BODYGUARD determined to keep her alive.

A PRINCE forced to execute his father’s brutal laws.
A PRISONER used to keep him compliant.

A WORLD on the brink of war.

In one horrible night, Clare goes from kitchen maid to royal decoy. She has three months to become the princess's perfect double so she can ensure her betrothal to an enemy prince. Desperate to survive, Clare throws herself into self-defense training, taught by her distractingly attractive bodyguard. The danger increases when a ruthless assassin begins stalking her, intent on ending the tenuous peace.

Across the northern mountains, Prince Grayson is his father’s ultimate weapon. He carries out the king’s harsh orders because the one person he cares about is his father’s prisoner. Grayson's silent obedience is tested when his father plans to exploit the marriage alliance between two of their greatest enemies. If Grayson submits, the blood of thousands will spill. If he resists, the girl who means everything to him will die.

The fate of Eyrinthia hangs in the balance. Some want peace. Some want war. All will be thrown into chaos.




My thoughts: This book has just about everything! It is set in a fantasy fictional world. The time would be roughly medieval.

It was easy to become captivated by the two stories taking place in this book. Clare happened to be at the wrong place at the right time and finds herself caught in a trap. In order to stay alive and protect her brothers, she must put her life on the line and be the decoy for the princess. There are assassins who would do anything to stop the political marriage between the Princess and an enemy Prince.

Grayson is a Prince from another enemy kingdom who has to obey his father's decree. His heart isn't in enforcing his father's laws, but there is a sweet girl who he would do anything to protect. His story is heartwrenching. His family is terrible. He really is caught in a bad situation.

The intrigue is fantastic. I love a book with intrigue! You don't know who the bad guy is, and there are so many political adversaries and plots that it kept me reading and wanting to figure everything out.

This is a series that is worth reading. I will anxiously await the next installment to see what happens next and if the good guys will win in the end.




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About the Author: Heather Frost writes mostly YA fiction and has a soft spot for tortured characters, breath-stealing romance, and happy endings. She is the author of the Seers trilogy and the Fate of Eyrinithia series. She has a BS in Creative Writing and a minor in Folklore, which means she got to read fairy tales and ghost stories and call it homework. When she’s not writing, Heather likes to read, travel, and hold Lord of the Rings movie marathons. She owns two typewriters, sings in the car, and dreams of living in a castle someday. She currently lives in a beautiful valley surrounded by towering mountains in Utah. To learn more about Heather and her books, visit her website: www.HeatherFrost.com