There were only three in this anthology and they were longer, which I really liked. The stories were fleshed out and fun to read!
The first one was byThere were only three in this anthology and they were longer, which I really liked. The stories were fleshed out and fun to read!
The first one was by one of my favorite authors, Jennifer Moore, called A Happy Accident. Jonathan is trying to be a gentleman of honor and help a lady in a rainstorm, but ends up being forced to marry her! There might be a chance for them to find true happiness together, but misunderstandings keep getting in the way. A sweet and heartfelt romance.
The second one was by another favorite author, GG Vandagriff called The Disdainful Duke. GG's style of writing takes you right into the Regency period and the characters were cleverly written. I enjoyed seeing the Duke's eyes opened to Sophronia's true beauty within even though she challenged him at every turn. There were sparks flying everywhere! It was a fun journey to love.
The third one is by an author that I hadn't read before, Nichole Van, called An Invisible Heiress. I liked how she kept me on my toes with the way she wrote this love story. Miss Heartstone is a woman who has everything, except a husband. In her attempts to find one, she gets something much deeper. The blossoming love between these two was so engaging and kept me turning pages long after bedtime.
I am SO TIRED this morning and it's all Jennifer Moore's fault. I just HAD to stay up until 1:30 a.m. to see how this book ended. I had thought I coulI am SO TIRED this morning and it's all Jennifer Moore's fault. I just HAD to stay up until 1:30 a.m. to see how this book ended. I had thought I could put it down at a reasonable hour and just pick it up this morning to finish, but I needed to see if it ended happily! And I sacrificed my precious sleep to do it, which tells you the awesomeness level of this book. (And moms of little kids will understand because sleep is the one thing we have to have!)
We start out with Nathaniel Cavanaugh on the phone with work, watching his two little kids playing not far away from him. He's wondering how he can juggle work and helping them heal from their mother's death. He's brought them to Maine to recover with a summer in Lobster Cove, but work is taking more time than he expected. While he's sort of letting his mind wander away from the conference call, he sees a young woman teetering on stilettos, dressed up in a miniskirt and big hair with a furry pink purse. She's picking her way down the street when suddenly Nathaniel's little boy is in the path of the trolley and she's the only one close enough to save him. Which she does. That little incident starts out the summer adventure for this little family. Val, the rescuer, is from West Virginia and has an adorable accent. She's got dreams of her own, but can't resist the pull she feels to these two sweet kids---and their father. Nathaniel's got demons to conquer from his estranged wife and her death, but there's something about Val that he can't resist. Can these two find the path to true love? Will they compromise what they thought they wanted for what's most important and be a family? Yep, that's what I stayed up so late for, trying to find out!
This one is another Jennifer Moore book that I can recommend to anyone who loves romance. The characters were relatable and easy to imagine, the dialogue was witty and spot on, and the setting was amazing. I hope we go back to Lobster Cove so some of the secondary characters (like Dr. Seth) can get their own stories! The story itself had just enough twists and turns that I was kept on my toes and turning pages as I experienced falling in love with the characters and their story. One for my keeper shelf!
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This book will transport you back to India during 1813 when Lady Helen Poulter has come with her mother and General Stackhouse, her stepfather, as heThis book will transport you back to India during 1813 when Lady Helen Poulter has come with her mother and General Stackhouse, her stepfather, as he claims his new military post. Lady Helen is fascinated with the country, its colorful animals and people, its strange customs and food, despite her friend Fanny's disgust with it all. It all seems like an adventure, a dream come true, as she goes to balls, meets an Indian prince, and finds love with a military man. Just as everything seems to be coming together as Helen always imagined, some political intrigue threatens everything and everyone she loves. Will she follow her heart to the man and country she's come to love? Or go back to the familiar shores of England?
I really enjoyed all the details and research that went into this book because it made the setting feel very real. I could imagine the gardens, the ball, the animals, the shops, and the people. I thought the description of the Indian palace was particularly well done and showcased the author's talent in letting her readers experience the exotic locales with her characters.
Lady Helen was a sympathetic character with so many good qualities and yet some insecurities that linger as well. It made her relatable and had me rooting for her to get her happily ever after. The character that surprised me the most, however, was General Stackhouse. His reactions to having a family were so sweet. The little family he'd gained softened him to such a degree that he became so dear in every scene he was in. I love it when characters just feel so real.
As for the romance, well, I definitely had a preference for the love triangle, and so as to not give any spoilers, I will just tell you that I closed the book with a smile because the ending was just that good.
If you love historical romance, you definitely have to read this one!
Today was the sort of day where I needed a fluffy romance and this fit the bill perfectly.
Morgan Clark can't get any scholarships or financial aid forToday was the sort of day where I needed a fluffy romance and this fit the bill perfectly.
Morgan Clark can't get any scholarships or financial aid for her senior year at Clarendon College. Everything seems to be working against her when all she wants to do is finish her accounting degree so she can put her little sister through school. With time running out, Morgan is getting more desperate to find something, anything, that can help her situation.
Enter that something in the form of Josh Hyatt. Josh is the disinherited son of Bronco Hyatt, wanting to stand on his own two feet and have the career that he wants, not the one his father would force him into. But, without his father's money to back him up, he can't start that dream. And to top it all off, his girlfriend has finished her degree and is starting her career overseas, without him. He's really got to get things going if he wants to join her and begin their life together.
Things get complicated when Morgan and Josh realize that they may be the solution to each other's problems. But could a marriage of convenience truly be the answer?
There's something fun about marriage of convenience stories in historical fiction, but this was a well-written, believable contemporary one. There were laugh out loud moments, sigh-worthy kisses, and all the angst you could really ask for in this sort of story. I really enjoyed how the author made it so easy to really get to know the characters and experience all the ups and downs of the complicated situation they're in. I kept turning pages long after I should have just so I could see how they would work this all out! It's a sweet and touching romance that really gets you in all the feels, not to mention it made me want to visit the Oregon coast. As the author says, her books are cotton candy for the soul and she definitely delivers an entertaining read that romance fans will enjoy.
This is a turn of the century story that will tug at your emotions. Nelle Thompson has had an idyllic life until her parents are killed in an accidentThis is a turn of the century story that will tug at your emotions. Nelle Thompson has had an idyllic life until her parents are killed in an accident, leaving her alone in the world. She goes to live with her aunt, but finds a chilly reception in her household. Trying to find a solution to her problems, she decides to walk to town to speak to her attorney, but gets lost. Thankfully Mathew Janson comes to her rescue and she finds a true friend in him just when she needs it most. But even with Mathew's friendship, her world gets more and more complicated until Nelle just wants to hide away forever. Can true love really conquer all? Or will Nelle choose to live alone with her challenges and memories?
This book was full of so much emotion. There were some memorable light-hearted moments and the romantic tension was tight throughout the entire book, (*le sigh) but there was trials and sadness as well. Nelle has so much tragedy in her young life, I wondered if she truly could get over it. Pearl, the matchmaker, has a bigger role in this book than in any of the others I've read, and I enjoyed getting to know her better. I was glad to see the sunshine she brought to Nelle's life and the hope that she offered. It really added another dimension to the story.
Nelle is a character with a lot of depth and my heart went out to her as she worked through her parents' death and the upheaval in her life. I was glad we had a hero who was up to the task of showing Nelle that love was possible, she just had to trust her heart and reach for the prize. I was turning pages far past midnight to see if they got their happy ending. Love is Come was a great addition to the series and it will make you believe in the magic of love all over again.
When I first read the back copy for this book, I almost passed on it. I don't read a lot of fantasy stuff with vampires and shape-shifters, but I loveWhen I first read the back copy for this book, I almost passed on it. I don't read a lot of fantasy stuff with vampires and shape-shifters, but I love Nancy's work and since it was also billed as a proper romance, I decided to pick it up. I am glad I did!
Lucy's cousin Kate has recently married and she's fallen ill. Since Lucy is a renowned botanist and loves her like a sister, she goes to Blackwell Manor to help. Once she arrives, however, she can almost immediately see there is something wrong in the household. The Earl of Blackwell is an imposing figure of a man dealing with the rumors swirling around him that he might have killed his wife and sister. Lucy finds him secretive and yet, there's something about him that draws her closer. Someone must think she's getting too close, however, when strange happenings begin to occur. Does Lucy dare proceed to unravel the mysteries of Blackwell Manor? Or will she take Kate and run for their lives?
I was completely drawn into this world of Blackwell Manor and the fun clothing and gadgets. I thought the author did a great job in letting the reader really imagine the steampunk world and made it fit in naturally with the story. The mystery and romance, however, is what kept me turning pages (but I started not to want to read at night! Some parts were so creepy and needed to be read in daylight because I'm a baby and get scared easily.) I loved Miles and how he slowly let down his guard with Lucy, astounded at how she turns to him when she is in danger. His self-realization that he's worthy of love despite his curse and flaws was so tender and sweet. Definitely a sigh-worthy hero.
Lucy was the star of the story, though. She's strong and smart and works tirelessly to find the murderer. Along the way she shows her true character of love and compassion as she starts to fall in love with the one man who doesn't seem to want it. I really enjoyed seeing her break all the rules for the ones she loves.
I really hope there's another book with the secondary characters in this story. I loved it!
I've been a longtime fan of Betsy Brannon Green's since Hearts in Hiding came out many years ago. That book introduced us to Miss Eugenia and the resiI've been a longtime fan of Betsy Brannon Green's since Hearts in Hiding came out many years ago. That book introduced us to Miss Eugenia and the residents of Haggerty, Georgia. Now, here we are revisiting those same people and Miss Eugenia is embroiled in another murder mystery.
The book starts off with Presley DeGraff undertaking a daring escape from a mental hospital. It drew me right in and kept me turning pages to see why Preley was running and who she was running from. The pace slowed down after the initial escape and answers are drawn out through the entire book as Presley makes it to her aunt's house in Haggerty. There is definitely an eclectic cast of characters to greet Presley after she arrives, but nothing surprises her more than when Miss Eugenia's dog, Lady, finds a skeleton on her aunt's property. As the press descends on the murder scene, Presley knows her past won't stay a secret for long. But can she count on her new Haggerty friends to keep her safe? Or has she put them all in danger?
I loved how each of Ms. Green's books are true to the southern spirit and traditions. Miss Eugenia hasn't changed much, and her character is as colorful as ever. Presley was a nice addition to Haggerty and it was heartwarming to see how much she came to love everyone. Mac was a different sort of hero, a hard-working repo man that gets beat up a lot, and has a few secrets of his own. The romance in the story was subtle and understated, but had a good buildup. I definitely closed the book with a smile. This is an entertaining mystery that will leave you with all the feels of southern hospitality and charm.
The little town of Asheville, North Carolina, is about to add two musical stars to its population. Emma Hill, an amazing violinist and concertmaster,The little town of Asheville, North Carolina, is about to add two musical stars to its population. Emma Hill, an amazing violinist and concertmaster, leaves her position in Cleveland to come back to Asheville and take care of her ailing mother. It's a big step down, but Emma is willing to make the sacrifice for her family. She tells herself she's happy about it, but she doesn't examine things very closely deep down.
In order to make her life just a bit more complicated, YouTube sensation and pianist extraordinaire Elliott Hart moves in next door. She has a love/hate relationship with his music, loving the more purist, classical side of him, and not finding much to like about mashups with contemporary pieces. They get off on the wrong foot (she accidentally tells him she loves him at their first meeting. He thinks she's a stalker.) But once they get past their misunderstandings about the other, the sparks start to fly. But are their worlds just too different for them to ever have something real?
I really enjoyed the character of Emma in this story. She gets tongue-tied around guys, she is a bit over-bearing when it comes to her family, and she feels music so deeply she cries. With all her flaws, she was so lovable and relatable. She was definitely the heart of the story. Elliott is a great hero, also with flaws. He starts out a bit arrogant, but as you slowly come to know him and his background, it's more understandable. His interactions with Emma were fun and sweet. The secondary cast was also well-drawn, delving into more emotional issues for Emma from her ex-boyfriend to her bratty sister.
The author has obviously done her homework when it comes to the music scene. It added a very realistic thread to the entire novel and swept the reader away with all the ins and outs of orchestra and agents and truly loving music as opposed to appreciating it.
This was a fun romance, perfect for someone who wants a sigh-worthy hero, a sweet heroine, and some sour notes to overcome on the way to the perfect melody of true love.
I can't tell you how much I loved this book. I have been reading it every chance I could get and the ending brought tears to my eyes. Such an amazingI can't tell you how much I loved this book. I have been reading it every chance I could get and the ending brought tears to my eyes. Such an amazing love story. For all you romance-lovers out there, you've got to grab this one.
Nate Anderson is a triplet, but he's ready to take some time off from his brothers. After they trash his laptop he leaves, just needing to get as far away as possible. Finding himself in a little cafe, he meets a Chinese woman who seems to know exactly what he needs. (I loved that Pearl had quite a big role in this one!) She helps him find a new roommate---someone unique and quirky and totally lovable. But Nate isn't looking for love, just somewhere he can be himself and do his music. Yet Jordan quickly becomes a part of his life that he looks forward to because she understands him in a way that no one else does. She looks at life through the lens of movies and has a movie quote for almost every situation. It's really endearing actually. But when Nate's life starts falling apart, can his relationship with Jordan be his one saving grace?
I thought the author did an incredible job writing characters that were so realistic and believable. The issues facing the characters were something everyone has gone through when they're trying to figure out life after high school and where we all fit in the world. The strands that tie the characters together were so subtle and I really enjoyed the movie quotes and finding a favorite song. So sweet, yet not cheesy. It was like the writer truly was able to give us a peek into someone's real life and that can be difficult to find in books. I thought her secondary cast was imaginative and fun, her villain had good motivation and wasn't a caricature. The setting made you feel like you were there. But the hero and heroine were where the author truly shines. Jordan and Nate were adorable and their story was so heart-wrenchingly sweet. I will definitely be looking for more titles from this author. If you love romance, you will really enjoy this one.
This is a quick read with sections that deal with Setting, Characterization, and Marketing to name a few. Each page has a quick or basic tip to help aThis is a quick read with sections that deal with Setting, Characterization, and Marketing to name a few. Each page has a quick or basic tip to help an aspiring or new author. Some were very basic, common-sense things, but others relied on the author's experience and were quite helpful. It's a nice little reference guide for those who are just getting started in the business and need guidance....more
This book is a high energy, nail-biting high-stakes romance that will keep you glued to the pages. It did take me a little while to get into it and thThis book is a high energy, nail-biting high-stakes romance that will keep you glued to the pages. It did take me a little while to get into it and the opening chapters are a bit confusing with the overload of information, but once you get past that, the roller coaster ride begins. Who can you trust? Who is real and who isn't? There are so many sides to the Pimpernel.
Claire Ramsey is a genius who is currently trapped in her OCD tendencies so she can commit fraud on her beloved professor's behalf and keep him from being killed. Unbeknownst to her, however, the Pimpernel is watching her and wants to help---if she'll return all the money she's taken from investors in a phony scam. Of course he promises her his full protection if she'll do it. But can she pull it off? Or is she already in too deep? Claire is caught up in the intrigue and the danger, but the closer she gets to the Pimpernel, the more she realizes that she's also in danger of losing her heart.
I loved Claire and how she kept getting up after life deals her some pretty harsh blows. Her OCD tendencies were realistic and made the reader feel a lot of sympathy for the predicament she was in. And when all is finally revealed, you just want Claire to have her happy ending. Jack is a sigh-worthy hero who isn't a cliche. He's not much to look at, but he can still make your knees weak. I love how he was able to peel his own layers away just as he was in the process of trying to peel away Claire's. It was a romance that was sweet and fun to read. I wish we would have had a bit more backstory into who and what happened to the supporting team members, but we got a good enough foundation to make them solid additions to the cast of characters. I hope we get more books about them!
This is definitely a book you'll want at the top of your to-read pile, but make sure nothing else is on your agenda for the day because you won't want to put it down!
This was such a great read. Not Always Happenstance is mostly set in Hawaii and I have to say, the descriptions were outstanding. I could totally imagThis was such a great read. Not Always Happenstance is mostly set in Hawaii and I have to say, the descriptions were outstanding. I could totally imagine Hana in my mind and I loved it!
The romance in the book was totally sigh-worthy. Easton is the kind of guy every girl wants to meet. He's laid back and charming, loves his family, and loves his job. He definitely steals Lani's breath away, but Lani isn't going to let her heart get involved. Oh, Lani, Lani. How can you resist the power of love? Like the aloha spirit in Hawaii, sometimes you just can't help but feel it. Easton is hiding some secrets, however, that may change Lani's mind.
Reading their journey to each other was a sweet experience. The secondary characters of Ahe and Puna rounded out this well-written romance. And, of course, since this is part of the Power of the Matchmaker series, we see Pearl again who is fast becoming a familiar touchstone. Loved it! Definitely one for my keeper shelf!