Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Broken Things to Mend (Power of the Matchmaker) by Karey White

 Broken Things to Mend (Power of the Matchmaker) by Karey White 

ABOUT THE BOOK:
***This book is part of a multi-author project that features one recurring character--the match maker--but it is a STAND-ALONE novel.***

Celia is in desperate need of a change--a change of scenery, a change of pace, and a complete redo of all relationships. Not knowing what else to do, she opens a map, closes her eyes, and lets fate decide her future. Then she packs her meager belongings and buys a one-way ticket to a little town on the fringes of Oregon's Deschutes National Forest called Sisters. She's wanted a family for years. Will she find one in Sisters?

What Celia doesn't plan to find is a strange Chinese woman whose meddling ways keep throwing her in the path of a handsome, but reserved, forest ranger. But no matter how kind or dependable Silas seems to be, there are some things in Celia's past that neither of them can escape, and this time, the damage might be too much to mend.

MY THOUGHTS:
I loved this story! I thought it was a great start to the Power of the Matchmaker series. I was a little surprised that the matchmaker is only in the beginning but I guess she wasn't really needed to make the story great. Silas and Celia both have had hard lives and I think my favorite line from the book will help you see the attitude they both have about it! "It isn’t a contest to see whose life is harder. Everyone has hard things. I don’t want you to feel sorry for me.” I love that they both have kind of an instant understanding of each other and are slowly able to build a friendship! All in all great book! Can't wait for the next one in this series!

Chocolate Obsessed by Annette Lyon

ABOUT THE BOOK:
CHOCOLATE OBSESSED was part of the Amazon #1 Bestselling series in *New Release* for Clean Romance in the AUTUMN SUSPENSE collection from the award-winning TIMELESS ROMANCE ANTHOLOGY series:

2014 RONE Award Winner for Best Romance Anthology of the Year

*Crown Heart for Excellence* Awarded Book —IND’TALE MAGAZINE

"Just in time for fall, six loved authors have produced a collection of romantic suspense novellas which will tingle the spine and thrill the heart." —DESERET NEWS, Melissa Demoux

Whitney, an executive pastry chef, is working her resort’s booth at the New York Chocolate Show. The only problem is that she shares the shift with her arch rival, Stephen. Then an unexpected visitor shows up: Jeremy, a man who lost a dessert competition she judged.

When Jeremy confronts her threateningly, Stephen gets Jeremy dragged off by security. But that doesn’t throw Jeremy off for long; soon Stephen and Whitney are on the run.

MY THOUGHTS:
This was such a quick fun read. It is included in one of the Timeless Romance Anthologies and  they always have great stories. I loved this one! I wasn't expecting all the suspense when I picked it up to read it but then I couldn't put it down. Great way to spend a snowy night! Great novella Annette!

Note: I was given this book in exchange for an honest review by the Author.

Rogue (Tru Exceptions - Christian Romantic Suspense Book 4) by: Amanda Tru

Rogue (Tru Exceptions - Christian Romantic Suspense Book 4) by: Amanda Tru

ABOUT THE BOOK:
When the more honorable action requires a little treason...

Homeland security agent Kelsey Johnson never wanted the assignment, especially when it involves coercing Garrett Matthews, a man she despises. But instead of delivering Agent Matthews his new orders, Kelsey finds herself on the run and caught in the same mess Garrett was ordered to retreat from.

With their lives at stake, Garrett and Kelsey are now considered the enemies, and are being hunted by everyone, including their own department.

With their friends, Rachel and Dawson, their only help, Kelsey and Garrett must evade those intent on killing them and locate the evidence to clear their names before their powerful enemy catches up with them. Unsure of even the existence of such redeeming evidence, they may be forced to seek help fro the very enemy who started it all.

Unfortunately, there is a reason Kelsey has never been a field agent--a well-guarded secret that puts both her and Garrett's lives at risk. Though she knows she can't be trusted, she also can't bring herself to confide in Garrett, wanting to believe that the ghosts of her past won't haunt her.

But in the end, with her life a trigger's breath from being over, and a secret that could change the entire country on the line, will her own secret cost her everything?

MY THOUGHTS:
The Tru exception series is probably my favorite series EVER. The first one in the set "Baggage Claim" is my all time favorite book. I have been waiting for this one to come out for over a year and it was worth the wait. It is action packed and full of suspense. I loved getting to know more about Kelsey's story. She and Garrett have the typical love/hate relationship and when they are forced to work together, as their lives depend on it, it makes an awesome story! This one will have you on the Edge of your seat the whole time so make sure you set aside a whole day to read it. I couldn't put it down. Amanda's books are the best and one of these days she will be discovered and they going to be made into movies!  They. Are. That. Good! As always Amanda awesome, awesome book! Loved it! 

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Vocal Crush by: Lisa Swinton


ABOUT THE BOOK:
Can you ever out run a broken heart?
Lexi Court spent seven years traveling the world, living the nomadic Broadway life, in an attempt to outrun the broken heart Nick Rivers gave her. Now, there’s nowhere left to go.

When she accepted a position as a high school drama teacher in Las Vegas, Lexi hoped to get over Nick, find a nice guy, and settle down. But what should be a quiet summer gets turned upside down when Lexi's best friend, Taffy, drafts her to be an emergency replacement coach on a televised vocal competition.

Feeling out of her league among the other three celebrity coaches, Lexi fights for the most promising contestants to be on her team. One note from a single voice shatters her summer. Nick unexpectedly auditions and joins Lexi's team. With her vocal crush on him raging as strong as ever, she has nowhere to run from Nick’s dreamy looks or siren voice.

Lexi has no doubt that Nick can win the competition. The question is does he want to win her heart as well or will he damage it beyond repair?

Think television reality show The Voice meets Jane Austen’s Persuasion.
 
MY THOUGHTS:
I loved this book I couldn't put it down. I loved that Lexi was able to find such a great friend in Grant. It is always good to have someone to vent to. I understand Lexi wanting to run from the pain and not face the reality of what happened and I love that Nick finally manned up and was willing to fight for her. That is what every girl really wants a man to love them and to fight for them. This was a great book. Can't wait for the next one from Lisa so far I've loved them all! 

The Passionate One By:Jeanette Lewis

ABOUT THE BOOK:
As the creator of the Billionaire Bride Pact, Erin Parker is determined to see it through. And now that wealthy, gorgeous Brennan Avery has been cast as her costar in a play destined for Broadway, things couldn’t be better. But Erin’s best friend, Matt Walters, isn’t ready to give up on her. He has a plan to escape the friend zone and prove to Erin that there are more important things than money and fame.

With an introduction by Lucy McConnell and a bonus chapter from The Resilient One by Cami Checketts. 

MY THOUGHTS:
Another great book for this series! I loved that Matt and Erin had such a great friendship. It is important to have the kind of bond with someone and I think most of us do find that in our spouses. I loved reading more background on some of the other girls that will be in this series and I also loved that she realized that sticking to the pact wasn't as important as her happiness! It also got me interested in glass blowing I may have to look into taking the flower class. Sounds like fun! Can't wait for more in this series!

Note: I was given this book by the Author in exchange for an honest review!

Brownies & Betrayal (Sweet Bites Mysteries, Book 1) by: Heather Justesen

 Brownies & Betrayal (Sweet Bites Mysteries, Book 1) by: Heather Justesen

 ABOUT THE BOOK:
Pastry chef Tess Crawford thought moving from Chicago to quiet Silver Springs, Arizona would simplify her life. That was before she found the body of a woman with whom she had traded heated words the previous night, left her fingerprints on the murder weapon, and came under attack for trying to clear her name. When her cheating ex-fiance shows up, intent on convincing her to come back to work for him, Tess—armed with an extra batch of √©clairs—decides to take control and solve the mystery herself, with the help of friends and frenemies alike.

But will that be enough to save her when she gets too close and the killer decides it’s safer to get her out of the way?

MY THOUGHTS:
I've been wanting to start this series for a while. It was such a fun read and a great little mystery. Tess just moved back to her small home town to open a bakery when she discovers a dead body. When she becomes a suspect in the murder she figures she better try to shove the case so she doesn't end up in jail. I like the addition of the recipes in the book. I can't wait to try out the eclair one and see how good they are. Can't wait to read the next one in this set!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

The Resilient One: A Billionaire Bride Pact Romance by: Cami Checketts

THIS BOOK UP FOR PRE-ORDER HERE: http://www.amazon.com/Resilient-One-Billionaire-Bride-Romance-ebook/dp/B019D53QO4/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1452099810&sr=8-2&keywords=cami+checketts+kindle+books


ABOUT THIS BOOK:
Alyssa Armsworth, a world-renowned photographer, has no intentions of honoring the Billionaire Bride Pact she made at girl’s camp to avoid getting whipped cream smeared on her face while she slept. Marriage is the last thing on her to-do list and when her father forces his wealthy friends on her, she runs to Maui.
Her plan to jog on the beach, take some great pictures, and avoid men works—until Beckham Taylor arrives. Spending days on the white sand with the handsome ex-NHL star is ideal, but Alyssa's guilt for past transgressions begins to consume her. She doesn’t think Beckham could ever forgive what she’s done to him and his family. Before she can confess her misdeeds are thrust onto the front cover of the tabloids. Now, Alyssa must face her past or lose her future.

Bonus chapter from The Passionate One, A Billionaire Bride Pact Romance by Jeanette Lewis.

MY THOUGHTS:
What a great start to what will be an awesome series, I can tell! I love love loved this book. I could not put it down (believe me - you should see my house lol). The instant bond that Lyssa and Beck shared is what makes this book so great. Even with them both having insecurities and imperfections they were able to trust each other and build a relationship quickly. We all need someone like that in life. I also like the lesson this book taught, that even though someone we love might do something horrible we should be able to work through it and forgive them. Cami had me hooked from the start and 'bonding' with all the characters. Her books just keep getting better and better! I can't wait to read more from her and the next one in this series! 

Note: I was given this book by the Author in exchange for an honest review!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Oh Come On- Be Faithful by: Cami Checketts

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Former Army security expert Matt Degan is in desperate need of a Christmas miracle. His ex-wife cleaned out his savings account and abandoned their son. Sadly, he has no presents stashed.

When he finds a job as a bodyguard for Mikayla Lambert, a billionaire heiress who has been tormented by a stalker for four years, he’s caught up in family drama that threatens this beautiful woman he’s becoming enamored with and might also endanger his son. Can Matt protect everyone and save Christmas for his son, or will the stalker succeed at kidnapping Mikayla and destroying any chance at love between them?

MY THOUGHTS:
I LOVED THIS NOVELLA! When Cami writes a book she has this way of grabbing you and she makes you feel like the characters are people you would want to be friends with. This story was such a great one. A Dad struggling to give his kid a good Christmas. And who doesn't love a good happily ever ever? This light hearted Christmas novella is just what I needed to lift my spirits! I have been kind of off lately and I had a sick child yesterday. Reading this book is just what I needed to make my day great and get a jump start on my reading goal for the year! If you are looking for a light-hearted feel good read this should be your pick. If you haven't read any of Cami's other books you should check those out too! She's the best! Great Job Cami as always, I loved it! 

Monday, January 4, 2016

The Captive by; Julie Coulter Bellon

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Former Navy SEAL Jake Williams is the newly appointed head of a task force assigned to rescue a kidnapped American diplomat. Their only hope is Mya Amari, the daughter of a notorious Algerian hostage negotiator, but she is full of secrets and complications–something Jake takes as a personal challenge. As they grow closer, the threat to the mission escalates and time runs out for the hostages. Can Jake unravel the web of deception to save them all without getting caught in the crossfire?

Mya Amari has been in hiding nearly her entire life to escape her father’s enemies. But when her sister is kidnapped along with an American diplomat, she’ll do anything to bring her home–including walking into the enemy’s lair. She doesn’t trust anyone, especially the too-handsome-for-his-own-good Commander Williams, but when all her careful plans explode out of control, he’s the only one she can turn to with the truth about her family. Is it too little, too late?

MY THOUGHTS:
This book stays true to Julie Bellon form! It is full of action, suspense, terrorists and even some romance. Julie has a way of taking the good out of a bad situation and making it enjoyable to read about! I can't wait until my 10 year old gets a little older because I think Julie will be come his favorite Author. He loves military and guns and missions and wants to be a SEAL someday. As with all her other books, this is an edge of your seat page turner. If you haven't tried on of Julie's books yet you should. I can't wait to read more from the Griffen Force! Great job Julie!