Sunday, November 27, 2016

One Snowy Night by Jill Shalvis

Heartbreaker Bay #2.5

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥  I have loved Rory's character since I met her, and I was super stoked to see that this was her story! Rory and Max have great chemistry together and I loved they both just finally jumped in with full honesty and trust. Their banter was witty, Carl the dog was goofy and this book left me wishing it was longer! Can’t wait to read the next book… though sadly I have to, as it’s not out till January!!! At least I will get to start the new year with a great read!

The Blurb:

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis returns to Heartbreaker Bay with a fun and festive holiday novella!

It’s Christmas Eve and Rory Andrews is desperate to get home to the family she hasn’t seen in years. Problem is, her only ride to Lake Tahoe comes in the form of the annoyingly handsome Max Stranton, and his big, goofy, lovable dog Carl.

Hours stuck in a truck with the dead sexy Max sounds like a fate worse than death (not), but Rory’s out of options. She’s had a crush on Max since high school and she knows he’s attracted to her, too. But they have history… and Max is the only one who knows why it went south.

They’ve done a good job of ignoring their chemistry so far, but a long road trip in a massive blizzard might be just what they need to face their past… and one steamy, snowy night is all it takes to bring Max and Rory together at last.

Friday, November 25, 2016

The Trouble with Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis

Heartbreaker Bay #2

 ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ So happy to be back with this crew of friends! They are all awesome together. Willa is such a caring woman that had a wonderful way with animals. I loved her sassy wit and how she kept Keane on his toes. 

Keane was a strong lead and a great pairing for Willa. I really liked that he seemed to realize what he wanted before Willa did and how he was still pursuing, yet waiting for her at the same time. 

I got lots of laughs out of this book, the secondary characters always win me over and I really can't wait to read the upcoming books in this series!!! 

The Blurb:

If she has her way ...

Willa Davis is wrangling puppies when Keane Winters stalks into her pet shop with frustration in his chocolate-brown eyes and a pink bedazzled cat carrier in his hand. He needs a kitty sitter, stat. But the last thing Willa needs is to rescue a guy who doesn’t even remember her ...

He’ll get nothing but coal in his stocking.

Saddled with his great-aunt’s Feline from Hell, Keane is desperate to leave her in someone else’s capable hands. But in spite of the fact that he’s sure he’s never seen the drop-dead-gorgeous pet shop owner before, she seems to be mad at him ...

Unless he tempers “naughty” with a special kind of nice ...

Willa can’t deny that Keane’s changed since high school: he’s less arrogant, for one thing—but can she trust him not to break her heart again? It’s time to throw a coin in the fountain, make a Christmas wish—and let the mistletoe do its work ...

Monday, November 21, 2016

False Start by Barbara Valentin (Audio Edition)

Narrated by: Wendy Rich Stetson
Assignment: Romance #1

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ I quite enjoyed this story, and it left me with a warm and fuzzy feeling. I listened to it pretty much all in one go, with exceptions for a few short pauses here and there. I felt the chemistry between Nick and Mattie right away which was great and I enjoyed watching Mattie change her outlook on life and herself for the better. The story was well written, the romance was sweet, there were some amusing bits and the characters felt true and honest. I had the thought after reading it that this could have easily been a true story.  I have not read this author before, but I will check out her back list.

Wendy Rich Stetson delivered her narration well. She had a few different character voices, which made it enjoyable and easy to listen to.

* I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. *

The Blurb:

Mattie Ross is probably the last person who should be doling out good counsel to anyone on anything. Still smarting after being left at the altar two years earlier, she is strapped with debt, has sworn off men, routinely buries herself in her work and despite her well-proportioned figure, remains haunted by childhood taunts of "Fatty Mattie." But to her publisher at the Chicago Gazette, and readers, she is their latest advice columnist, The Plate Spinner, a self-assured working parent to adorable fake children and multi-tasking savant. Enter Nick Derosa, the twin brother of Mattie's cold-footed fiancĂ© who is trying to get back on his feet after his brother steals his identity and implicates him in an illegal investment scheme. But thanks to Nick's legendary running career, the publisher of the Chicago Gazette proposes a wager: If Nick can train an out-of-shape working parent in time to compete in the Chicago Marathon, he will contribute enough to help Nick launch his own non-profit running club for kids. Suddenly "Fatty" Mattie and Nick are thrust together as the most unlikely of pairs and under a deadline to put their trust issues aside and avoid another false start in their lives. 

"Be prepared to fall in love! I was cheering for Mattie every step of the way...and swooning over Nick!" ~ Gemma Halliday, New York Times bestselling author 

Assignment: Romance novels: 
False Start 
Help Wanted 
The Plate Spinner Chronicles (non-fiction article collection) 

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Gone by Elisabeth Naughton

Series:Deadly Secrets #2

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ “OMG!!! This book is so freaking good, I can't read fast enough!”  At one point this statement kept circling my mind, as I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next! All the characters were great! I really enjoyed the love between Alec and Raegan. These two had some serious life-changing issues to deal with and to see it prevail through all of that was wonderful.

I quite enjoyed the first book in this series, however I loved this one more! The romance was heartfelt, the suspense well written and the conclusion was great.  Naughton still stands as a favourite author of mine!

* I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review *

The Blurb:

Three years ago, Alec and Raegan McClane lived every parent’s worst nightmare: their one-year-old daughter, Emma, was abducted from a park when Alec turned his back for just a moment. Emma was never found, and presumed dead. The crushing trauma, plus Alec’s unbearable guilt, ended the couple’s marriage.
Now a four-year-old girl matching Emma’s profile is found wandering a local park. Alec and Raegan are heartbroken to discover she’s not their daughter but are newly motivated to find closure…and each secretly feels desperate to be in the other’s presence again.
Alec suspects his vengeful biological father is behind Emma’s disappearance. But as Raegan investigates other abductions in the area, she sees a pattern—and begins to wonder if Emma’s kidnapping is actually linked to something more sinister.
As Alec and Raegan race to uncover the truth, a long-burning spark rekindles into smoldering passion, and they realize they need each other now more than ever.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

J.C. and the Bijoux Jolis by Katy Regnery

Series: Blueberry Lane 3, The Rousseaus #3

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ½ Katy Regnery’s writing is just wonderful. She brings out emotions and truly makes you feel how the characters are feeling. I found it refreshing how “grownup” J.C. acted. Ready to man up, apologize and do the right thing. I loved watching him process his feelings and come to terms with the fact that he did want more in life. I always enjoy when the womanizer finds the one to make him change his ways… but this time, I actual felt that his thoughts and emotions reflected a more honest dialogue about how it came about.

Libitz was a strong, caring, smart, down-to-earth woman, and a perfect match for Jean-Christian. They had great banter, they fought dirty at times, which was kinda fun to watch, and even more so when they started falling for each other. I really enjoyed this story!

This is book 3 in The Rousseaus - Blueberry Lane 3 series and even though I have not read the books that precede this one (other than one way back in the Blueberry Lane 1 series) I feel this book can easily stand on its own. I look forward to reading all the other books in Regnery's back list!

*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review*

The first two books in the Rousseaus series are:
Jonquils for Jax, The Rousseaus #1
Marry Me Mad, The Rousseaus #2

The Blurb:

Did you fall in love with The English Brothers? Were you hot for the Winslows? Katy Regnery's New York Times bestselling Blueberry Lane series continues with The Rousseau siblings in 2016!

If the best man and maid of honor are both single, it’s practically an unwritten rule that they should pork. 

…so begins a rocky acquaintance between Jean-Christian “J.C.” Rousseau and Libitz Feingold at the wedding of J.C.’s brother and Lib’s best friend. While manslut best man J.C. is surprised when maid of honor Libitz soundly spurns his advances, his curiosity is piqued. The girl he couldn’t have becomes the only one he wants.

So, when he finds a seventy-year-old portrait in the attic of his sister’s mansion that bears an uncanny resemblance to the prickly gallery owner, he enlists her help in solving a mystery seven decades in the making. Traveling from Philadelphia to New York to Marseille, a couple who started off as enemies will discover that even cynics can find true love…and mortal man is no match for destiny.

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Always a Cowboy by Linda Lael Miller

The Carsons of Mustang Creek #2

♥ ♥ I think I may have read one other book by Linda Lael Miller, so I am not all that familiar with her writing style. This is a new release of hers, yet to me the writing felt dated. Maybe she was trying for that as the Hero was an "old fashioned guy".. but sadly for me, it took a while to read.

What I think worked:
• Drake and Luce’s banter was good
• Red’s odd sayings were funny
• I liked the whole Carson clan
• Luce interacting with the stallion was neat to watch and I actually wished there was more of that.

What I felt didn't work:
• I found the pace of the book and story-line quite slow and uneventful.
• I didn't feel much emotion with this story.
• Even though Drake said he was “old fashioned”, sometimes I felt he went either too far with it or just used that tact when it suited him.

I have heard rave reviews about Ms. Miller's writing so perhaps she's just not my style.  

*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review*

Here's the blurb:

He's the middle of the three Carson brothers and is as stubborn as they come—and he won't thank a beautiful stranger for getting in his way! 

Drake Carson is the quintessential cowboy. In charge of the family ranch, he knows the realities of this life, its pleasures and heartbreaks. Lately, managing the wild stallions on his property is wearing him down. When an interfering so-called expert arrives and starts offering her opinion, Drake is wary, but he can't deny the longing—and the challenge—she stirs in him. 

Luce Hale is researching how wild horses interact with ranch animals—and with ranchers. The Carson matriarch invites her to stay with the family, which guarantees frequent encounters with Drake, her ruggedly handsome and decidedly unwelcoming son. Luce and Drake are at odds from the very beginning, especially when it comes to the rogue stallion who's stealing the ranch mares. But when Drake believes Luce is in danger, that changes everything—for both of them.