Monday, October 15, 2018

REVIEW of Once Upon a Christmas: A Harper's Corner Series, Book Three by Christina George


Kindle Edition, 114 pages
Expected publication: October 8th 2018



Is it ever too late for happily ever after...?

Callahan is one of the hottest guys to move into Harper’s Corner in a long time, partly because he’s also a complete mystery.

He keeps to himself and leads a quiet life, rumors swirl around that he used to be in the military...but no one knows where he came from, or what brought him to their small town.

When Stevie’s parents have a health crisis, she’s forced to take leave from her very New York existence: including a high-powered job at a big publishing house and explosive sex life with her wealthy, handsome and appropriately pretentious boyfriend, to step in and ensure the preservation of the family’s longstanding bookstore.

With the first order of business being to fire Callahan, the unqualified shop assistant her dad hired.

Though as many women from Harper’s Corner can tell you, things change when you come back home.

So firing this attractive, brooding, secretive man turns out to be much harder than she originally planned…

And when his past comes back to challenge him, he can’t keep hiding from what happened.

I invite you to tuck into another Harper’s Corner story about finding love when you least expect it…once upon a time in a bookstore… 

My Thoughts…

Oh my, a book set in a bookstore in a small town.   PERFECT!    Add to that bookstore a sexy hot man who has a history that he doesn’t like to talk about.     Add to that a woman, the daughter of the owner, who is taking a break from her life in the big city to help her parents run the bookstore and to get away from a pompous jerk of a boyfriend.    Sounds like a romance waiting to happen. 

The small town setting was wonderful.   I could picture the beautiful displays in the small town shops at Christmas time as I walk down the sidewalk saying hi to all the townspeople as they pass by.   There is gossip shared, stories told, but mostly it’s just friendly chit-chat since everyone knows everyone.   This is exactly how I picture Harper’s Corner.       

The romance of Cal and Stevie is steamy.    From their first fiery meeting, the sparks are flying but it is slow going for the two of them to realize that there is more than just sparks between them.      I liked that they worked around each other, had conversations, flirted, and just spent time together while slowly realizing that there was more between them than just co-workers.   It was refreshing to read a story where the characters didn’t just jump into bed and each other.    They took the time to trust and respect each other.    

Christina George is an author that I always read.   From the beginning with her Publicist series (which is where Kate comes from) to the Harper Corner’s series I have never been disappointed and am always excited to see what is coming next.  
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Saturday, October 13, 2018

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW of Daring Her Love by Melissa Foster


Daring Her Love
Narrated by: Natalie Ross
Series: The Bradens, Book 6.3, Love in Bloom, Book 23, The Bradens Novella Collection, Book 3
Length: 4 hrs and 9 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 05-31-16
Language: English
Publisher: Audible Studios

This Braden novella features Kat Martin, Brianna Heart's best friend from Hearts at Play (The Bradens, Book 6) with appearances from the hot, wealthy, and wickedly naughty Bradens you know and love.

In Daring Her Love, Kat Martin knows what she wants in a man - someone stable and adoring, definitely not the type of guy who sleeps around. After all, Kat rarely does the wrong thing - until she meets seductively enticing Eric James, and suddenly wrong has never felt so right.

When it comes to his career, race-car driver Eric James is intense, obsessive, and passionate, but when it comes to sex, there's only one kind - daring, unbridled, and no-strings-attached.

One stormy night, a delayed flight and the dangerous allure of the unknown leads Kat to throw caution to the wind, and she indulges in a rendezvous that she vows to immediately forget - but the secret tryst stirs something possessive in Eric, and forgetting is not an option.




My Thoughts…

I am an audiobook junky.     Listening to books on Audible is a de-stressor for me.   I lose myself in the narrator’s voice, the authors words, and the character's story.   This is the first book that I have listened to that Natalie Ross has narrated and I am now a fan of hers.    She uses the tone of her voice, the cadence of the words and makes the story come to life.    I can hear the excitement, the worry, and the flirtiness of the characters. 


This is a short story about characters that have become my book friends. I am always anxious to catch up with the Braden family and see what they are up to. I am also excited to learn more about their friends and hear about them getting their happy ever afters. 

Kat is a fun girl. She’s played around, partied hard, and lived life on the wild side. It was time for her to settle down but I didn’t want her to lose her fun side. When Eric came into her world I could see that he could keep challenging her and pushing her to experience more of life.

Eric was not looking for a relationship. I love how he did not just accept that this was a hook-up. He pursued her but did not become that pushy obnoxious guy. He cared about what she wanted and actually gave her the room to be herself. He is truly a good guy. 


Only Melissa Foster can write a book that has so many amazing characters, some new and some familiar. The scenes went from sweet and loving to hot and steamy within the same paragraph. The best part is that this is a stand-alone story. You can check out the entire series (which I recommend) or just pick up this book and still get a ton of enjoyment from the reading.



Friday, October 12, 2018

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REVIEW of Love & Chocolate by Gail Cleare

Paperback, 250 pages
Expected publication: November 2018 by Red Adept Publishing, LLC


When Sarah Westwood’s deadbeat husband deserts her and their young son, she takes a job at her family’s restaurant, The Three Chocolatiers, working with her famous chef grandfather and her pastry chef cousin, Paisley. Determined to never fall for the wrong guy again, Sarah vows to stick to chocolate and steer clear of men, especially her delicious ice-cream supplier, Blake Harrison. But when Paisley signs her up for a dating site, Sarah is soon engaging in a sexy online flirtation with a stranger.

Blake Harrison wants nothing more than for Sarah to give him a chance, but all she’ll give him is the cold shoulder. Never one to run from a challenge, he works on becoming the kind of man Sarah can’t refuse. And since he just happens to be on the same dating site, he’s not above using a little cyber-intel to worm his way into her heart.

When Sarah’s grandfather collapses just weeks before an upscale chocolate-themed wedding that could make or break the business, the staff of The Three Chocolatiers is sent into a tailspin. With the pressure rising on personal and professional fronts, Sarah might just have to let someone sweet melt her defenses.

My Thoughts…

The romance… sigh.    The chocolate… mouthwatering.    The family… wonderful.     All these things describe this book.    Everything was amazing.  

Sarah has been left by her loser husband to raise her son and is now afraid to commit to any man.    Blake refuses to give up, even when his advances are not returned.   I love how persistent he is when courting Sarah.   Courting is exactly the right word too.   He brings her flowers, takes her to dinner, spends time with her and her son.   He does everything right including letting her have the space to stay true to herself.      This relationship is wonderful, it is true to life, it is strong, and it is beautiful.   Blake not only woos Sarah he woos her son also.  

I love the family restaurant setting.   My family owns a restaurant and the arguments, the struggles, and the fun of working together is all portrayed perfectly.   When the going gets tough the family just pulls together and does what has to be done to make things work.    That is exactly what happens in a family business.  

There are clues as to what is happening around Sarah.   It wasn’t hard to figure out but I liked that Gail Cleare didn’t just give up the secret.   She wrote the story pulling the reader in and not letting go until the end of the book.   

I recommend picking up your own copy and meeting the family of The Three Chocolatiers.     

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

COVER REVEAL of Tinsel by Devney Perry



   
Sofia Kendrick has always cherished her tiara. As the youngest daughter of a wealthy New York family, she’s lived the life of an American princess. But after two scandalous divorces and a breakup smear her name across the society rags, the shine from her crown has dulled. People call her superficial, even gaudy. She’s nothing more than tinsel. Desperate for escape and starving for peace, Sofia heads to Montana for a holiday weekend with her brother. But she doesn’t get the relaxing vacation she planned. Instead, she’s put to work in a bar alongside Dakota Magee—a man who does not want her help. A man who is set on teaching her a few lessons about real life and hard work. But Sofia has a couple of life lessons of her own to teach. Like how to fall in love.

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Devney is the USA Today bestselling author of the Jamison Valley series. She lives in Montana with her husband and two children. After working in the technology industry for nearly a decade, she abandoned conference calls and project schedules to enjoy a slower pace at home with her kids. She loves reading and, after consuming hundreds of books, decided to share her own stories. Devney loves hearing from readers! 

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REVIEW & GIVEAWAY of Lovers At Heart, Reimagined by Melissa Foster


Lovers at Heart, Reimagined (Love in Bloom: The Bradens) by [Foster, Melissa] NEW RELEASE….
Discover the magic of New York Times bestseller Melissa Foster's writing, and see why millions of readers have fallen in love with the Bradens.

A Note From The Author:
Treat Braden and Max Armstrong's love story is the beginning of my beloved Braden series and introduces you to some of my favorite characters, and to a family that has become so real to me, they're always by my side. If you are already a fan of the Love in Bloom big-family romance collection, you may have read Treat and Max's original story, Lovers at Heart. For the past several years, I have had the nagging feeling that there was more to Treat and Max's story than I had originally thought. One of the greatest things about being a writer is the ability to reimagine worlds and create new stories. I wanted to give Treat and Max a more mature story without losing the essence of who they are. This is Treat and Max's story, reimagined, and I hope you love it as much as I do.

In LOVERS AT HEART, REIMAGINED…

Treat Braden wasn’t looking for love when Max Armstrong walked into his Nassau resort, but he saw right through the efficient and capable facade she wore like a shield to the sweet, sensual woman beneath. One magnificent evening together sparked an intense connection, and for the first time in his life Treat wanted more than a casual affair. But something caused Max to turn away, and now, after weeks of unanswered phone calls and longing for the one woman he cannot have, Treat is going back to his family’s ranch to try to finally move on.

A chance encounter brings Treat and Max together again, and it turns into a night of intense passion and honesty. When Max reveals her secret, painful past, Treat vows to do everything within his power to win Max’s heart forever—including helping her finally face her demons head-on.
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Within the Love in Bloom big-family romance collection you'll find fiercely loyal heroes and smart, empowered women on their search for true love. They're flawed, funny, and easy to relate to. Characters from each series appear in future Love in Bloom books. All Love in Bloom books may be read as stand-alone novels or as part of the larger series.

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My Thoughts...

Treat Braden is my all time favorite Braden.     With the original Lovers at Heart, he won me over with his persistence, his strength, and his love of family.    With the Reimagined version of Lovers at Heart, he just won me over again.   I love that Melissa Foster took an original story and re-wrote it to make it into a story that fits the characters better.   In rewriting the story, Melissa Foster did not take anything away from Treat and Max’s story but instead took characters and built on their story making it just as wonderful as the original.  

The rest of the Braden family are all found within Treat’s story and of course, my second favorite Braden, Hal the father, makes a huge appearance.     The wisdom, the strength, and the love of this family is so strong, so real, and so beautiful. I can hear Hal’s strong and firm voice that is so full of love and respect for those that he is talking to.    His words lay the groundwork for all the other Braden family members.

Melissa Foster re-wrote a book that was already a fan favorite.   Anyone who read the first writing of the story will find the second writing just as wonderful.   



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About the author
Melissa writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance and women's fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Readers adore Melissa's fun, flirty, and sinfully sexy, award-winning big-family romance collection, LOVE IN BLOOM featuring the Snow Sisters, Bradens, Remingtons, Ryders, Seaside Summer, Harborside Nights, Wild Boys and Bad Boys After Dark, and the Montgomerys. Melissa's emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented-- perfect beach reads for contemporary romance lovers who enjoy reading about loyal, wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines with complex and relatable issues.

Melissa also writes sweet and clean romance under the pen name Addison Cole

Melissa has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Her interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on social media or her personal website.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

COVER REVEAL of Slow Shift by Nazarea Andrews

Today we are celebrating the cover reveal for SLOW SHIFT by Nazarea Andrews. Slow Shift is an adult, paranormal m/m romantic standalone novel. Pre-order your copy now while it's only $1.99. Read an excerpt from the book below.

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SLOW SHIFT by Nazarea Andrews

A Standalone Paranormal M/M Romance - Coming December 6!

Blurb:

One angry, grieving boy. Chase DeWitt is fourteen when his mother dies and he stumbles into the woods beyond his home, angry and heartbroken. He didn’t know that it would change the course of his life. Two broken, lonely men. Tyler Reid is twenty three, grumpy and angry, trying to take care of a injured brother, and rebuilding a life blind hatred destroyed in one night. But he understands the boy who stumbles out of the woods and into his life, understands the grief in his eyes and the rage that makes him shake. And there is something in that familiar grief that makes Tyler trust Chase, when trusting humans has only ever lead to disaster. And a falling down house they make a home. As the summer passes and the years turn, Chase cares for Tyler’s brother, helps him rebuilding the house in the woods, as they help each other rebuild a life beyond the little house, Chase realizes two important things: these men matter to him, could be family. And they are not nearly as human as they seem.

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Excerpt:

He hears the sound of hammering before he reaches the house, and if it had been a slightly better day, he might have turned around at the sound of them, might have said nevermind, but his stomach aches and his face is throbbing from where a kid at school hit him, and he’s so angry he almost wants to fight with the dark haired scowly man.
He trudges forward with dogged determination.
The guy in the wheelchair is parked in the shade near a radio and a folding chair, a blanket tossed over his legs to keep him warm in the cool October air. The younger man—and Chase has decided Scowly Grump is younger—is on the roof ripping shingles off, banging around with dogged determination. Chase doesn’t think he’s actually getting much done, but keeps his mouth shut.
Chase watches for a second, and then Scowly Grump flicks a glance at him. “You,” he says, not surprised.
“Me,” Chase agrees sourly.
“This gonna be a regular thing?”
“Maybe,” Chase snaps.
The guy nods, his scowl deepening. “You got a name?”
He hesitates and then answers, “Chase.”
That earns him a hum of acknowledgement. “I’m Tyler. That’s my brother, Lucas.”
And then he goes back to work, seemingly uninterested in Chase at all, certainly not in the bruise blooming on his cheek. After he watches Tyler for a few minutes, Chase drags his bookbag around and starts his homework. He hears Tyler make another hum of approval from the roof.
When he’s finished his homework, he twitches, anxious and restless. He gets up and hesitates for a moment, expecting some dismissal from the roof, but when nothing comes, he grins to himself and sets about gathering the discarded shingles with real intent.
“You don’t have to do that,” Tyler calls from above him, sounding almost angry.
Chase shrugs and gathers up a few more shingles, tossing them into the back of the pickup with a grunt. “Might as well.”
Tyler falls quiet and then goes back to work, careful to avoid where Chase is picking up shingles when he tosses them down.
Later, when he climbs down from the roof, Chase collapses near Lucas, panting, and he grins a thank you when Tyler hands him an orange and a bottle of water.
“Gonna be dark soon,” Tyler says eventually.
Chase gives him sidelong look. “That you’re way of telling me to go home?”
Tyler nods and Chase blinks hard. He dusts his hands off and stands up.
“Are you coming back tomorrow?” Tyler asks. “I’m gonna keep working on the roof, then.”
Chase blinks at him again, then nods, a tiny pleased smile on his lips.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Nazarea Andrews (N to almost everyone) is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. Which means she writes everything from zombies and dystopia to contemporary love stories. When not writing, she can most often be found driving her kids to practice and burning dinner while she reads, or binge-watching TV shows on Netflix. N loves chocolate, wine, and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. N is a self-professed geek and enjoys spending her spare time lost in her favorite fandoms and can often be found babbling about them on social media. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, spoiled cat, and overgrown dog. She is the author of World Without End series, Neverland Found, Edge of the Falls, and The University of Branton Series. Stop by her twitter (@NazareaAndrews) and tell her what fantastic book she should read next.

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