Sunday, June 26, 2016

Wait Until Dark: Carolina Moon Series, Book 3 by: Christy Barritt

ABOUT THE BOOK:
A woman grieving broken dreams. A man struggling to regain memories. A secret entrenched in folklore dating back two centuries.

Antiquarian Felicity French has no clue the trouble she’s inviting in when she rescues a man outside her grandma’s old plantation house during a treacherous snowstorm. All she wants is to nurse her battered heart and wounded ego, as well as come to terms with her past. Now she’s stuck inside with a stranger sporting an old bullet wound and forgotten hours.

Coast Guardsman Brody Joyner can't remember why he was out in such perilous weather, how he injured his head, or how a strange key got into his pocket. He also has no idea why his pint-sized savior has such a huge chip on her shoulder. He has no choice but to make the best of things until the storm passes.

Brody and Felicity’s rocky start goes from tense to worse when danger closes in. Who else wants the mysterious key that somehow ended up in Brody’s pocket? Why? The unlikely duo quickly becomes entrenched in an adventure of a lifetime, one that could have ties to local folklore and Felicity’s ancestors. But sometimes the past leads to darkness . . . darkness that doesn’t wait for anyone.

Fiction/Christian/romance/mystery/suspense

MY THOUGHTS:

Wow this was a fast paced story full of exciting tales! I love that this book was based off of some of Christy's best childhood memories and that she has had this story in the works for years! It. Was. Awesome! I'm not usually a big fan of pirate stories but this one just pulled me in and I finished it in a day! Christy has an amazing talent for story telling and her books keep getting better and better. If you haven't given her a shot you really need to, her books are amazing! 

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

Forget Me Not (Hostage Negotiation #3.5) by: Julie Coulter Bellon

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Bart Gutierrez has returned from Colombia with a new outlook. After reconnecting with Lucy Aguayo, he can't imagine his life without her now. But before they can move forward, their dangerous past comes back to haunt them. Can they face it together or will it tear them apart?

Lucy has been undercover for five years and her new life takes some getting used to. Bart and his family have welcomed her with open arms and just as she starts to believe her newfound happiness isn't going to be snatched away, government agents show up unannounced and give her an ultimatum---do one last operation for us or you won't like the consequences.

Everything doesn't go as planned, however, and their lives are on the line. Can they survive the mission and put the past behind them once and for all, in order to have the future they've always wanted?

(Takes place directly following Pocket Full of Posies Hostage Negotiation Team #3)

Other books in the award-winning Hostage Negotiation series:

All Fall Down (Hostage Negotiation Team #1)
Falling Slowly (Hostage Negotiation Team #1.5)
Ashes Ashes (Hostage Negotiation Team #2)
From the Ashes (Hostage Negotiation Team #2.5)
Pocket Full of Posies (Hostage Negotiation Team #3)
Forget Me Not (Hostage Negotiation Team #3.5)
Ring Around the Rosie (Hostage Negotiation Team #4)

MY THOUGHTS:
I loved this book! It was fast paced and suspenseful! It was great to see the personal sides of Bart and Lucy and read more about their story. I think Bart and Lucy make a great couple and they work so well together. This is a great addition to the set! Good job Julie! 

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

Between the Lines by: Annette Lyon


ABOUT THE BOOK:
"This is a perfect read for those who are romantics at heart!" -Katie's Clean Book Collection

Jane Martin is intelligent but extremely shy, especially around men. When the Aid and Cultural Society proposes a letter-writing program, Jane signs up, hoping she can find a friend across the miles. But the program doesn’t run as smoothly as expected.

Unbeknownst to her, Thomas Allred from town becomes her writing friend. Thomas has always known quiet Jane—or thought he did—but reading her letters addressed to his secret persona opens his eyes to what an amazing woman she is. Meanwhile, Jane has no idea that the romantic letters she receives are penned by Thomas—or that he’s falling in love with her in person.

BETWEEN THE LINES was originally part of A TIMELESS ROMANCE ANTHOLOGY: LOVE LETTER COLLECTION, published in 2014.


MY THOUGHTS:
The Love Letter collection is one of my favorites of the Anthologies! This novella is so sweet I love how Jane and Thomas were able to form such a wonderful relationship through letter writing and in turn it helped their in personal relationship at the same time. If you loved this story defiantly get the Love Letter Collection and the Annette Lyon Collection because both are awesome!

Note: I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Dark Harbor by: Christy Barritt

ABOUT THE BOOK:
THREAT OF EXPOSURE
Someone wants reporter Madelyn Sawyer to leave the small coastal town she's just arrived in—even if it takes hurting her. But she won't give up her goal of investigating Waterman's Reach's new police chief that easily. Madelyn assumes that former big-city detective Zach Davis—who some believe is a murderer involved in a drug-trafficking ring—is behind the threat. Who else would have a motive? But as bullets fly Madelyn's way, it's Zach who keeps saving her life. The closer she gets to the truth, the more she wants to tell the handsome lawman why she's really in town. But if she does, will she lose his trust…and any hope of surviving long enough to bring the real killer to light?

MY THOUGHTS:
This book had me on the edge of my seat! Every Time I thought I was starting to figure it out there would be a twist that changed my mind. Had me guessing till the end! I loved every minute of it and couldn't put it down. It was full of action and suspense with a little it of clean romance! It was the perfect book to give me a break during my ultra busy week! Great job as always Christy I loved it! 

Note: I was given an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review but it was so good that I also bought it! 

Fresh Starts: Bree's Story; A Companion to the Sweet Montana Bride Series (Second Chances Book 3) by: Kimberly Krey

ABOUT THE BOOK:
 Bree has had her fair share of difficulties. The loss of her parents, a not-so-recent divorce, and the disruption of her life caused by a stalker now who’s serving jail time. When the determined criminal finishes his sentence, Bree is sent into hiding. And while she’s doing all she can to steer clear of this frightening piece of her past, an old acquaintance enters the scene, determined to be part of her future.

MY THOUGHTS:
It is only fitting that Bree got her own story since she is in a few of the other books. I loved this one so much! It was sweet, romantic and suspenseful all in one. Bree has a hard time trusting people after having a stocker after her half her life and Grayson has been in love with her for half his life...They are able to form a great friendship that builds into an even better relationship. I was glad to see her get her happily ever after. Kim does such an awesome job writing her stories that you fall in love with the characters and you feel a connection to them! It makes you want to see great things happen! Her books just keep getting better! I loved this one awesome job!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Full Circle (The Ball's in her Court Book 3) by: Heather Justesen

ABOUT THE BOOK:
When Shelly’s fiancĂ© dies in an accident days before their wedding, all of her life plans die with him.

A chance to start over in a new country while she pursues her graduate degree gives her new direction, but a run-in with an old flame makes it hard not to look back while she’s moving forward.

This new adult spin-off to The Ball’s in Her Court and Rebound shows sometimes love has to take the long way around to reach its final destination.

MY THOUGHTS:
I loved this book. It's about overcoming heartbreak and life's challenges. Shelly has to endure so many things at a young age and I loved reading about her strengths. It's always important to stick to your true self and keep your standards high especially in times of trial. I always enjoy a great love story and love it when it ends in Happily Ever After! This book was such a fun read! Great Job Heather! 

Note: I was given an ARC copy of this book by the Author in Exchange for an honest review!

Proposals and Poison (Wedding Planner Mysteries Book 3) by:Rachelle J. Christensen

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Love can be a very dangerous thing.
At least it seems that way to Adri Pyper, the premier wedding planner in Sun Valley, Idaho. When one of her clients dies mysteriously, Adri takes the advice of the local detective and swears she will stay out of the investigation . . . this time. Luke Stetson's involvement in the case, along with the possibility of a kiss between the two, should be enough incentive to keep Adri out of trouble. But when a dog-themed wedding is almost ruined by a suspect, Adri and her assistant, Lorea, are thrust into private eye mode. When poison enters the picture, even a reluctant sleuth can’t steer clear of danger. 

MY THOUGHTS:
I LOVED this book! This one is a page turner and like the others it will having you guessing till the end. I love all the little craft tips she puts between the chapters they are fun to see and it helps you connect with the characters in the story even more. I really love this series and it is great to see the main characters story lines becoming even more clear with each book. I love to see them starting to focus on their own happily ever afters like the wedding planning business they run! Great job Rachelle can't wait for more!

Ranch Hand for Auction: A Western Romance Novella by: Kimberly Krey

ABOUT THE BOOK
Meg Bolton left her Montana home, earned her bachelor’s degree, and lived out her dream of selling her art. But now her life is in limbo. Stay in Colorado with a man who won’t commit, or call it quits and move back to her home state. Her answer comes in the form of Jake Billings, a woman-courting, dimple-sporting cowboy her father bids on at the county fair. The auctioned ranch hand is meant to help Meg process grapes on her father’s land, but along the way he steals her heart. Can Meg trust this sudden shift in direction, or will she be drawn back to the man she left behind?

MY THOUGHTS:
I loved this story. I especially loved the epilogue. Lately I've been reading novellas where 2 people meet and after a week they know they want to get married. In reality, it rarely works that quickly. That is why I was happy to read the epilogue and see that they took more time getting to know each other before getting married. I also appreciated that Jake paid attention to the little details because that is really the basis for a good relationship in my opinion. If you  build off all the little important things it leads to bigger even better things. As always Kim did a great job and continues to impress me with her writing!

Curl up with a Cowboy BY AUTHORS: Lindzee Armstrong, Liz Isaacson, Kimberly Krey, Cindi Madsen, Cassie Mae, Kelli Ann Morgan, Jolene Betty Perry

ABOUT THE BOOK:
A boxed set of modern cowboy romance novellas from USA Today and Amazon bestselling contemporary romance authors.

Lights, Cowboy, Action by Cindi Madsen: Kaia Bardot is determined to move out from under her famous father’s shadow and prove she deserves her own director title, but when her lead actor needs cowboy lessons, she hires the cowboy who owns the ranch to help. Grady Langston wants nothing to do with the movie, but despite being opposites, there’s definitely a spark between him and Kaia. But how do a Hollywood director and small town cowboy manage a real life happy ending?

Southern Kicks by Cassie Mae: Daisha’s determined to be the good country wife after a sudden passing of her father-in-law leaves her with a ranch to manage with her husband. Every day Austin’s worried he’s letting his wife down by taking her away from all the things she’s loved. When nothing on the new ranch goes quite right, the newly married couple struggles to remember all that they’ve promised each other. But with the help of a temperamental horse, fabulous shoes, and a pile of manure… anything’s possible.

Holden's Heart by Kelli Ann Morgan: Olivia Blake arrives at Silver Springs ready to escape a failed relationship and an unwanted admirer, so when an innocent kiss puts those around her in jeopardy, she must decide what’s more dangerous--face the threat alone or take another chance on love. Kane doesn’t want to see his homestead turned into a retreat destination for romance reading fangirls, so he devises a plan to get rid of the city-slicking novelist coming to tour, but after one glimpse at love’s possibilities, he must decide if his pride is worth losing the woman who’s opened his heart.

Ranch Hand for Auction by Kimberly Krey: Meg has left her Montana home, earned her bachelor’s degree, and lived out her dream of selling her art. But now her life is in limbo. Stay in Colorado with a man who won’t commit, or call it quits and move back to her home state. Her answer comes in the form of Jake Billings, a woman-courting, dimple-sporting cowboy her father bids on at the county fair. The auctioned ranch hand is meant to help Meg process grapes on her father’s land, but along the way he steals her heart. Can Meg trust this sudden shift in direction, or will she be drawn back to the man she left behind?

Cupcakes and Cowboys by Lindzee Armstrong: Cassidy wants two things—to make her cupcake shop a success, and to forget that her fiancĂ© who traded her for the lights of Hollywood. When Jase—best friend of her ex and A-list actor—shows up at the ranch to research an upcoming role, forgetting is the last thing she can do. Can Jase convince her he’s really a country boy at heart?

Chasing Kisses by Jolene Betty Perry: With graduate school starting in the fall, Chelsea Noble is finally spending some much needed relaxing time on her dad’s ranch. She can’t wait to see her good friend, Bradley, and maybe finally get a shot at his older brother, Clayton. But when Clayton isn’t quite as great as she remembered, and Bradley’s more grown up than she realized…Chelsea’s relaxing summer is suddenly much more interesting than she bargained for.

Sixth Street Love Affair by Liz Isaacson: After losing his wife a few years back, Garth Ahlstrom thinks he's ready for a second chance at love. But Juliette Thompson has a secret that could destroy their budding relationship. Can they find the strength, patience, and faith to make things work?
MY THOUGHTS FOR: Curl up with a cowboy

Cupcakes and Cowboys by: Lindzee Armstrong
This was such a cute story. Cassidy had been through so much hurt and pain. When she is finally starting to get her live together Jace walks into her life...that is when they both start to live. Loved it! Great job! 

Sixth Street Affair By Liz Isaacson
It's so hard to read stories about abuse. Especially in a book when you expect things to be all fairy tales and happy endings. I loved this story though. Juliette and Garth have such a great story. It makes for a better story when you are able to pull from real life events, even the painful ones, and make it into something you want to read about. It was a fun read and great addition to the set! 

Ranch Hand For Auction by: Kimberly Krey
I loved this story. I especially loved the epilogue. Lately I've been reading novellas where 2 people meet and after a week they know they want to get married. In reality, it rarely works that quickly. That is why I was happy to read the epilogue and see that they took more time getting to know each other before getting married. I also appreciated that Jake paid attention to the little details because that is really the basis for a good relationship in my opinion. If you  build off all the little important things it leads to bigger even better things. As always Kim did a great job and continues to impress me with her writing!

Lights, Cowboy, Action By Cindi Madsen
Kaia and Grady come from two different worlds. Ones a cowboy and one is practicall Hollywood royalty. It's hard to even imagine how that first conversation would go. This story paints a great picture of how that relationship would play out and I really felt like I could connect with the characters well. I was worried for a second it was gonna get a little steamy and I like to keep my books clean reads but in the end it was done tastefully and PG clean! It was a fun read and a great addition to the set! 

Southern Kicks By Cassie Mae
This was a cute story. I don't read many written in the 3rd person. It was interesting that it jumped back and forth between the characters that way. I am definitely a city slicker I don't know that I could learn to live on a far if I had to. It was fun to read though. I love that Daisha wanted to do everything she could to make her husband happy and show him they could make things work! 

Holden’s Heart By: Kelli Ann Morgan
I think this was my favorite novella of the set. Olivia and Holden just reminded me of my husband and I for some reason. They clicked from the start and had an unbreakable bond. I loved the setting and the story line of this book as well. It just seemed to flow and make for a great story.

Chasing Kisses By Jolene Betty Perry
This was a great ending to a wonderful set of books. Not many people are able to make a friend in their childhood they would want to spend their life with. I loved this sweet story of a childhood friendship that grew into something so much more! 

This is a great set of clean romance and I enjoyed the whole thing!