Friday, November 17, 2017

The Trouble with Billionaires (Southern Billionaires #1) by Michelle Pennington

She's sworn to never fall for another rich man.
He's determined to change her mind.

​Charlotte Mabry moves to a small town in Alabama, full of plans for a better life, especially for her son Taylor. Cash is short, but at least she's free from the crushing heartbreak of being married to a man who only cared about money. So even though Nate Haverton sends her pulses racing from the moment they meet, she refuses to let her heart lead her back into misery. Because he might be her son's t-ball coach, but he's also a billionaire.

Nate's drive and genius for solving problems have made him insanely wealthy, but not happy. With no time for a committed relationship, he tries to fill the emptiness inside by giving back to his home town. But then Charlotte moves in, and he knows that all this time he's been waiting for someone like her. She's beautiful, sweet, and strong...but adamant about keeping him at arms length.

When his good intentions go wrong and rumors fly in their small southern town, this may be one problem he can't solve—even though it's the one that matters most.

This is a sweet romance.

Ummmm, yumma yumma.

This book is good enough to eat.  It sure hit my sweet spot for -take me away, butterfly inducing, humming attraction- romance.  All while keeping it sweet and clean.  Charlotte (and the whole town, really) have a healthy attraction to Nate and well, let's just say it came across loud and clear.  Ahem.

Nate is a force to be sure.  He's smart and resourceful and a tad bit pushy.  Yes, he's loaded but he is always helping people with his time and his money.  I loved his attention to Charlotte, his persistence.  Charlotte is wary but not spiteful.  She is kind and respectful to people and I loved that about her.  

This book was such a fun, fluffy diversion and I just loved it.  I was smiling pretty much the whole way through and my heart was letting out little romantic sighs.  Michelle Pennington knocked it out of the park for me with this one.  I can't wait to see what comes next!  

Content:  kissing, some lusty attraction

Pick this one up on Kindle Unlimited if you have it!  

- I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

River Rising (Carson Chronicles, #1) by John A. Heldt

Weeks after his parents disappear on a hike, engineer Adam Carson, 27, searches for answers. Then he discovers a secret web site and learns his mom and dad are time travelers stuck in the past. Armed with the information he needs to find them, Adam convinces his younger siblings to join him on a rescue mission to the 1880s.

While Greg, the adventurous middle brother, follows leads in the Wild West, Adam, journalist Natalie, and high school seniors Cody and Caitlin do the same in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Like the residents of the bustling steel community, all are unaware of a flood that will destroy the city on May 31, 1889.

In RIVER RISING, the first novel in the Carson Chronicles series, five young adults find love, danger, and adventure as they experience America in the age of bustle dresses, gunslingers, and robber barons.

I have been reading and enjoying John Heldt's books for quite some time now.  I guess I would describe his books as historical fiction with a twist.  As a fan of historical fiction, I really love how Heldt brings prominent events in history to life for me.  He has a way of creating the scenes perfectly in my head.  When you add in the time travel aspect and some fun characters, the story takes on humanity and life.

This book builds up to a flood that destroyed so many lives in 1889 when a dam failed.  I cannot ever recall hearing about this event so this was a new and interesting thing for me to read about.

The pacing in this book is sedate.  We shift around from one point of view to another- following the five siblings who have traveled back in time to find their parents.  The story isn't flashy or intense, but has a slow, gentle build as we get to know the characters and watch them settle into lives in 1889.  There were times I wished for a little more OOMPH in the story but for the most part I was completely content to settle in and enjoy the journey.  The story definitely builds to a climactic scene of destruction and devastation that is honestly horrifying to think about.  So, so sad.

And then?  I was left with a bit of a cliff hanger ending which is, I'm sure, meant to lead me perfectly into the following books that I assume follow the different characters established in this book.  I am looking forward to the journey!

Content:  some peril and death, mild swearing

- I picked this book up through Kindle Unlimited for review.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Enter to Win a Book of Your Choice in the Gratitude Giveaway Hop!

Hello everyone!  I love participating in this hop every year.  It's my chance to say thank you for stopping by my blog, for following me around the social media world and for reading my reviews.  I love reading books and I love talking about books!  It's my favorite.

I'm giving away a book of your choice, $12 or less, from Amazon if you are US and the Book Depository if you are INT.  You may also choose an ebook if that is the format you prefer.

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Lies Jane Austen Told Me by Julie Wright

Ever since Emma read Pride and Prejudice, she's been in love with Mr. Darcy and has regarded Jane Austen as the expert on all things romantic. So naturally when Emma falls for Blake Hampton and he invites her home to meet his parents, she is positive an engagement is in her future. After all, Blake is a single man in possession of a good fortune, and thus must be in want of a wife.

But when it turns out that what Blake actually wants is more of a hook-up than a honeymoon, Emma is hurt, betrayed, and furious. She throws herself deeper into her work as CMO of Kinetics, the fastest growing gym franchise in the nation. She loves her work, and she's good at it, which is why she bristles when her boss brings in a consultant to help her spearhead the new facilities on the East Coast. Her frustration turns to shock when that consultant turns out to be Blake's younger brother, Lucas.

Emma is determined not to fall for Lucas, but as she gets to know him, she realizes that Lucas is nothing like his brother. He is kind and attentive and spends his time and money caring for the less fortunate.

What she can't understand is why Lucas continues to try to push her back into Blake's arms when he so clearly has fallen as hard for her as she has fallen for him. It isn't until Lucas reveals to Emma that he was adopted into the Hampton family that she begins to understand his loyalty to Blake as well as his devotion to the child April-she is Lucas's biological niece.

Emma opens up to Lucas about the feelings of abandonment she has harbored ever since she was a child and her mother left the family. As she helps Lucas deal with his past demons, she is able to exorcise some of her own.

Realizing that her love life is as complicated as anything Jane Austen could have dreamed up, Emma must find a way to let Blake know that it's time for him to let her go and to let Lucas know it's time for him to love her back.

This book!  Where do I even start?  

I'm a Jane Austen fan but perhaps not so big a fan as Emma is.  That may be a gross understatement but I am enough of a fan to greatly appreciate the Austen references and all the quotes at the beginning of the chapters.  I found great humor in Emma and her love/hate relationship with her Austen ideals.  Especially when she throws her book in the garbage only to dig it out a bit later, feeling ever so guilty.  Ha.

Yes, I had plenty of smiling, giggling moments with this book.  It was amusing and entertaining.  There were also plenty of moments of depth and challenge.  The characters deal with real life issues and struggles.  They are both weak and strong.  It's a fantastic balance and felt very true to life.  I loved the whole cast of characters and how everything changed, circled and evolved from beginning to end.  Speaking of the ending, I LOVED it.  It was like my heart let out such a big, happy and contented sigh.  "Finally", it said.

This will probably go on the list for one of my favorite books this year.  I really loved it.

Content:  some references to drug abuse, clean

- I received a copy of this book from the publisher.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Happily Ever After Collection (A Timeless Romance Anthology) by Jessica Day George, Julie Wright, Annette Lyon, Heather B. Moore, Sarah M. Eden, Julie Daines

MAIL-ORDER PRINCESS by Jessica Day George: Elise flees her small kingdom and arrives in the New World with only her two trunks and seven swans—her seven brothers to be exact. But Elise will do anything to get her brothers away from their cruel stepmother’s curse, even if it means accepting the long-distance marriage proposal to a former count turned farmer.

THE MILLER’S DAUGHTER by Julie Wright: When Isa meets Thomas Rumple, she is quickly infatuated with his good looks and natural charm, until she learns his true identity. Due to a wild claim by her insufferable father, Isa’s life is threatened by the king if she can’t spin a room full of straw into gold, and Thomas may be the only one who can save her.

THE PEBBLED PATH by Sarah M. Eden: Deep in the heart of a mysterious forest, Gretel trades her freedom to save her beloved father from the spell of an evil enchantress. Even attempting to escape would cost her father his life. Gretel’s determination to fulfill her promise wavers when she meets Hansel, a young man who captures her heart. For, she loves him too dearly to put his life in danger, and he loves her too much to simply leave her to her fate.

BLACK FERN by Julie Daines: Rós is desperate to find work in order to care for her ailing father and younger sisters. She applies to the mysterious owner of a crumbling castle and is soon swept up in dark secrets. Unsure if the owner of the castle is man or beast, Rós determines to help him at all cost. She soon discovers that the cost may be too great, even for her.

SCARLET by Heather B. Moore: When Scarlet needs to fetch a healing tonic on the night when the wolves are at their most dangerous, she has no choice but to apply to her nemesis, August, for help. He agrees to help her, but they encounter a pack of wolves that put up a fierce fight, marking Scarlet as their newly targeted prey.

SO RARE A POWER by Annette Lyon: Stella knows she’s taking a risk each time she meets Patrick in the rose garden that they’ve cultivated together. And no matter how much her mother will disapprove of their relationship, Stella can’t deny her feelings for him. When the Snow Queen steals away Patrick to drain him of his powers of creating beauty and life, Stella must decide what she’s willing to risk to rescue him.

What a fun collection of fairy tales retold and tweeked a bit.  This is a great line up of authors!  Oh, and I love this cover!  So pretty.

These are all short, novella size stories which lend themselves so well to reading here and there when you have a minute or two.  They are all clean and sweet.  I love these Timeless Romance Anthology Collections.

Of course, I loved some more than others but they were all good.  My top three were Scarlet, Black Fern and The Miller's Daughter.

Content:  clean

- I received a copy of this book from the publisher.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

On Tour with Christmas at Cade Ranch by Karen Rock + $50 and Book Giveaway!

Christmas at Cade Ranch
(Rocky Mountain Cowboys #1)
by Karen Rock
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
November 7th 2017 by Harlequin

The Christmas they never had.

James Cade has one priority: keep the family ranch running smoothly in the wake of his younger brother's death. With Jesse's ex, Sofia Gallardo, and her young son, Javi, stranded at Cade Ranch over Christmas, this task just got a lot harder. The longer Sofia and Javi stay, the harder it is to imagine the ranch without them. James couldn't save his brother from his inner demons, but he can give his nephew a secure future. Maybe more—if he can figure out how to trust Sofia, and stop feeling like he's betraying Jesse. Because trying to stop thinking about beautiful, determined Sofia is impossible.

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Karen Rock is one of my favorite author in the Harlequin Heartwarming line.  She is so good at telling me a story with characters I feel something for.  I am loving this Cade family!  I sure am glad this is a big family with plenty more stories to come.

Sofia is a single mother, struggling to take care of her boy.  She's made some mistakes in her life, but ever since becoming a mother, nothing has been more important to her than her son, Javi.  I loved Sofia.  She is strong and determined and such a good mother.  She fills Javi's life with love.  I had such a growing respect throughout this book for Sofia because she did what was best for Javi even when it meant swallowing her pride and doing things that were hard for her.  She has the heart of a mother.

James is Sofia's polar opposite in most ways.  But one thing they share in common is love for their family.  James is pushy and bossy.  He is a stickler for rules because rules keep people safe.  James and Sofia both both learn and grow throughout this book and that is always a satisfying journey as a reader.  

If you are looking for a book to put you in the holiday spirit, this book has plenty of that as well.  'Tis the season for a good Christmas romance!  I can't wait to get back to Cade Ranch with the next book.

Content:  talk about drug addiction, death, mild swearing, kissing

About the Author

In a quest to provide her ELA students with quality reading material, educator Karen Rock read everything out there and couldn't wait to add her voice to the genre. In addition to her work as a Young Adult romance novelist, she's now an author for Harlequin's Heartwarming line and thrilled to pen stories that moms can share with their teenage daughters. She's loved Harlequin books since she spent summers going through her grandmother's Presents books that she passed along in paper grocery bags each year. As half of the writing duo J.K. Rock, Karen also pens young adult romance. When she's not busy writing, Karen enjoys scouring estate sales for vintage books, cooking her grandmother's family recipes, reinventing her gardens to suit her moods and occasionally rescuing local wildlife from neighborhood cats. She lives in the Adirondack Mountain region with her husband, her very appreciated beta-reader daughter, and two Cavalier King cocker spaniels, who have yet to understand the concept of "fetch" though they know a lot about love. For more information about Karen's upcoming books, check out her website.


Other Heartwarming Books by the Author

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.
Tour Giveaway

- 1 winner will receive a $50 Amazon gift card along with print copies of HIS KIND OF COWGIRL, UNDER AN ADIRONDACK SKY AND A COWBOY TO KEEP by Karen Rock, TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH by Elizabeth Lowell, THOSE TEXAS NIGHTS by Delores Fossen and FAMILY TREE by Susan Wiggs.- US Only.
- Ends November 15th

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Poetic Justice by H.B. Moore

Justice comes in all types, but justice always comes.

Claire Vetra is looking for two men. The first man she’ll kill. The second man she’ll also kill—after she makes him watch as she destroys everything he’s ever built.

This is only the start of her revenge against the World Alliance Order, which held her hostage for a year and subjected her to live human testing in the name of medical science.

But when Claire begins to unravel her past, she discovers that unlocking the memories of what happened to her might destroy the remaining shreds of her sanity.

This book is part of the Murder and Mayhem boxed set which is what the Amazon above is linked to.  I believe it will be released as a stand alone at a later date.

I think my stomach was clenched for the majority of this book.  It had me on edge and cringing.  Intense!  Are there really humans out there that do these sort of things to other humans?!  I'm sure there are and it just makes me sick.  I did feel kind of sick at some points of this book but I'm a lightweight when it comes to thrillers like this.  This one had me walking the edge of what I can tolerate.  Yes.  Lightweight.

Claire is amazing.  So smart, so savvy.  After all she has been through it's so surprising that she has even a shred of humanity left.  That's strength.  The book jumps back and forth between the present and varying places in the past until the two collide.  It's a crazy ride and you will absolutely love to hate the bad guy.  He is pure evil.  Ooh, I get the shivers just thinking about him.

And, I have to say, after reading this book, I'm glad I am not a gifted intellectual brainiac because that's what Claire is and look what it got her!  I think I'm perfectly content to be average me- just smart enough.  ;)

Content:  sexual relations outside of marriage with no details, rape described with minimal details leading up to it, swearing (too much for me), violence, torture

- I received a copy of this book from the author.  All opinions expressed are my own.