A big book offering a sleigh-full of inspiring holiday heart and humor, "Choir of Angels" is a triple treat from author Debbie Macomber. Featuring thaA big book offering a sleigh-full of inspiring holiday heart and humor, "Choir of Angels" is a triple treat from author Debbie Macomber. Featuring that terrific trio of angelic intervention, Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy, "Choir of Angles" is a collection of three full-length holiday tales from the lady who does Christmas best--Debbie Macomber. In "Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy", Greg Bennett has always despised Christmas. At age sixty, his third marriage had just ended in divorce, and his winery is in deep financial trouble. Throughout his adult life, he has eschewed religion and placed his own interests above others, including Catherine, his college sweetheart, whom he had abandoned when he learned she was pregnant. Now at a crisis point in his life, he suddenly finds himself seeking out a church, and as the misdeeds of his life flash before his eyes, he wonders if forgiveness and redemption can somehow be found. As he contemplates the selfishness of his past and the seeming hopelessness of his future, divine intervention is in the works. Once Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy enter his life, nothing will ever be the same. In "Those Christmas Angels", the heavenly helpers enter the mortal realm once again to answer a mother's prayer. Anne Fletcher had been devastated by a heartbreaking divorce which left her in financial ruin. Her son Roy had been embittered by his father's betrayal and had gown into a cynical man for whom the business world was the only world. Anne's prayer for a woman to bring love, healing, and happiness to her son lands on the desk of the Archangel Gabriel, and eventually the angelic assignment is given to Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy. It's never too late to find true happiness if the heart is willing--could a brighter future be in store for both Anne and her son? In "Where Angels Go", Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy have their wings full with three very special cases: Harry Alderwood, aged sixty-eight with a failing heart seeks to make sure his beloved wife will well cared for after his death. Beth and Peter, a divorced couple, need a heavenly nudge to understand that their real happiness will be found in rediscovering their love for each other. Carter, a young boy who wishes with all his heart to adopt a stray dog named Rusty, may just need a miracle to make his wish come true. "Choir of Angels" offers three heart-warming, humorous holiday tales that may just have you singing right along with the choir.
Rich with emotion and longing, "Christmas at Twilight" is a touching holiday addition to author Lori Wilde's popular "Twilight, Texas" series. CaptainRich with emotion and longing, "Christmas at Twilight" is a touching holiday addition to author Lori Wilde's popular "Twilight, Texas" series. Captain Brian "Hutch" Hutchinson, war-wounded, and scarred inside and out, is discharged from the Army after being the lone survivor of the battle which took the lives of his men. Unable to speak and suffering from PTSD, he has no place to go but back to his home in Twilight, TX. His sister and young daughter have been living in his house, but that's not who greets him once he makes it home. Instead, a small, uber-defensive woman blasts him with concentrated pepper-spray, and the neighbors who know him as a friend have to come to his rescue. After realizing her mistake, Meredith Sommers does what she can to make amends--not easy with someone she has just disabled, especially when the man can't speak. As soon as she is able, Meredith, who goes by the name "Jane Brown", explains that Hutch's sister Ashley had taken her in after her van had broken down on the side of the road. Ashley's daughter, Kimmie, and Jane's son, Ben, had immediately bonded, and staying at Ashley's house turned out to be the break she needed. Unfortunately, Ashley, who has emotional issues of her own, has just taken off to Mexico with a man she just met, leaving Kimmie and the house in Jane's care. Hutch communicates to Jane that the house is actually his, and seeing that he will need help with his niece, he asks Jane to stay. They work out an agreement, Jane's rules apply--or nothing doing, and they both agree to make a happy holiday for the children. "Jane" is not fooling Hutch, however. He knows walking-wounded when he sees it, and he hasn't missed her own scars and her attempts to alter her appearance. That doesn't keep him from being attracted to her, a feeling which he knows is mutual. Meredith can't help but being drawn to Hutch, and that scares her because he makes her vulnerable with the feelings of need he stirs. Meredith can't afford to let her guard down--she's "Jane", and she's on the run from a danger as real to her as the nightmares which haunt Hutch. Can these two hearts find healing and mutual support with each other? Can passion and love and a lifetime of happiness be theirs for the taking? Author Lori Wilde has written a beautifully poignant holiday love story which will resonate in the hearts of readers.
"As Long As You Love Me" is an appealing and touching New Adult contemporary romance. The second book in author Ann Aguirre's "2B Trilogy" features ir"As Long As You Love Me" is an appealing and touching New Adult contemporary romance. The second book in author Ann Aguirre's "2B Trilogy" features irresistibly imperfect characters who face very real issues which will resonate with many readers. Lauren Barrett and her best friend, Nadia Conrad, left small town Sharon, Nebraska with big hopes for bright futures. Attending college in Michigan and finding two college buddies to share an apartment and split expenses seemed like a sensible and fun way to survive the academic experience. However, after several years, Lauren is burning out--making poor personal choices and feeling emotionally stressed and pressured to get her act together. Giving up her scholarship, leaving her friends behind,and returning home to Nebraska seems like the only way out. Moving back in with her mom is just a temporary fix while Nadia figures out her future. She has to find a job, buy a car, and face her inner demons. She also has to face Rob Conrad, Nadia's older brother, and the longtime object of Lauren's unrequited affection. Rob is a former high school football star with heart-stopping good looks and a collection of personal insecurities. His athletic ability, handsome face, and quiet nature belie his thoughtful smarts, kind heart, and amazing ability to design, remodel and build. His lack of pretense and reliable good nature are often mistaken for a lack of intelligence, something of which Rob is keenly aware. Lauren has always known there was much more to Rob than most people took the time to see, and she can't help but be drawn to him as they each struggle to overcome their present difficult circumstances. The more time they spend together, the more they support and encourage each other, and a definite attraction begins to grow. Is it possible that Lauren is not the only one with a longtime crush? As their pasts begin to make way for their futures, will their hearts take the same path toward each other? "As Long As You Love Me" is a poignant and passionate romance, one sure to tug the heartstrings of its readers.
Author Ann Aguirre begins her "2B Trilogy" with "I Want It That Way", a New Adult contemporary romance which took me out of my regular reading box--anAuthor Ann Aguirre begins her "2B Trilogy" with "I Want It That Way", a New Adult contemporary romance which took me out of my regular reading box--and I liked it that way! Nadia Conrad and her best friend, Lauren, left small town Sharon, Nebraska behind to attend college in Michigan. Living off-campus, they share an apartment with two friends, Angus and Max. While living in close quarters can be complicated, the four college buddies manage to make it work, and they eventually bond into their own little family unit. Nadia is concentrated on protecting her scholarship, with the hopes of eventually paying back her parents for their sacrifices for her future after she graduates and lands a full-time teaching job. For the time being, she is working hard on her studies and working part-time at a day care center. She shouldn't have time for the handsome, auburn-haired guy with the adorable young son--even if they live just a stone's throw away in the same apartment complex. Daniel Tyler, known as "Ty", became a single dad at just twenty years of age. His girlfriend didn't want to have a baby and become a mother--she wanted to pursue her own dreams for her life. Ty persuaded her to have the baby, but after a short time, she abandoned Ty and their son, Sam. Ty loves Sam very much, and he would never give up his son for any reason, so he struggles to work, study, and be a father. His life is complex, and he has little or no personal time, but that doesn't mean he can't wonder about the beautiful and appealing Nadia. The fact that she loves children and wants to be a special-ed teacher just makes her that much more attractive. Logic tells them not to get involved, but attraction, need, and want will have their way, and soon friendship merges with passion. Each of them has personal issues to resolve, and being together means compromise on both sides. Are they ready to take a chance on love, and on each other? Appealing characters, real-life issues, and a heaping dose of spice and sentiment make “I Want It That Way” an involving read.
"The Christmas Wedding Ring" is a very prettily packaged re-issue of author Susan Mallery's 1998 release "The Wedding Ring Promise". It took me a whil"The Christmas Wedding Ring" is a very prettily packaged re-issue of author Susan Mallery's 1998 release "The Wedding Ring Promise". It took me a while to get into the groove of this story line and to find the appeal of the characters. I am a longtime Susan Mallery fan--so I kept reading. As the hero and heroine got reacquainted with one another and they grew on each other, they began to also grow on me. As a teenager, Molly Anderson was hopelessly infatuated with her older sister Janet's boyfriend. Dylan Black was gorgeous, charming, and a leather-clad, motorcycle-riding "bad boy". What made him even more irresistible to Molly, self-conscious about her braces, blemishes, and chubbiness, was his kindness. He often took the time to talk to her, and his gentle teasing made her feel like he really saw her and liked her for the real Molly. When Janet and Dylan stopped dating, and she soon found a "suitable" marriage prospect, Dylan decided to leave the area. Before he left, however, he and Molly had one last talk, and he gave her the golden wedding band he had intended to give Janet. He told Molly to hold on to the ring until she was grownup and ready for the adventure he had promised on his motorcycle. When that time came, she was to find him and give him back the ring, and off they would go. Fifteen years later, a grownup Molly is at a crisis point in her life, and when she comes across the ring, she decides to find Dylan and see if he remembers his promise. Dylan Black has become a successful businessman, owner of Black Lightning, a cutting-edge motorcycle manufacturing company. Dylan has also reached a turning point in his life, and Molly's surprise reappearance into his life comes at just the right time. Their "adventure" becomes the journey of a lifetime, one of personal discovery and emotional growth. Passion flares to life, kindled by friendship and mutual need--but will it be enough to last a lifetime? Will the holiday season become even more poignant and joyful with the gift of true love?
Told in first-person, and made eminently readable by the great appeal of the protagonist's voice as a character, "Far as the Eye Can See" is an entertTold in first-person, and made eminently readable by the great appeal of the protagonist's voice as a character, "Far as the Eye Can See" is an entertaining historical western from author Robert Bausch. As Bobby Hale leaves behind the remains of the Civil War, his intended journey to California will take many an unexpected side route. An encounter with a young woman of mixed White and Indian ancestry will change his life in ways he never imagined. Known as "Ink", the woman first crossed his path on the trail, and thinking she was a man about to attack him, he shot her. While nursing her back to health, he discovers that she speaks English, and they become traveling companions on an eventful, fateful journey. Set in an era of inescapable violence, a time in American History when the land was stained with blood and tears from coast to coast, the story line is enhanced by the simple, evocative, descriptive narrative by Bobby Hale. Recommended for lovers of American History and the Old West.
Once you start reading "The Remedy for Love", you will literally be compelled to see it through to the outcome. Author Bill Roorbach has created an unOnce you start reading "The Remedy for Love", you will literally be compelled to see it through to the outcome. Author Bill Roorbach has created an unusually involving contemporary tale, a romance in spite of itself, which is also a curious, cautionary adventure. In the small, rural town of Woodchurch, Maine, Eric is an attorney with a moderate law practice. He cooks, savors his food and wine, and waits for his big-city wife, Alison, to make increasingly infrequent visits as their marriage sputters to an end. An occasional flicker of heat here and there has kept the spark burning far longer than it should. A massive winter storm is approaching Woodchurch just as Eric awaits Alison's tentative arrival. He prepares by stocking up on foods to appeal and appease his neglectful spouse. When a bedraggled young woman in the checkout line ahead of him is unable to pay for all of his purchases, Eric helps to pay her bill. A smart mind ruled by a kind heart, Eric also helps the woman, Danielle, make her way safely home to a rustic cabin near the river. Through circumstances created by his good intentions, which include having his vehicle towed away, Eric find himself with no other shelter than the dilapidated cabin of the defensive and delusional Danielle. Being snowed in with sharp-tongued, strange woman is a far cry from being snug in his own home, making his marvelous meal, and anticipating the arrival of his absentee wife. Danielle is erratic, disheveled, and obviously a member of the walking-wounded. However, as time passes and Danielle cleans up, enjoys Eric's impromptu improvisations with food and drink, she shows flashes of character which attract Eric, and he finds himself drawn to her in unexpected ways. As the storm builds and burgeons around them, they form an uneasy alliance, and awareness of each other blooms between them. However, there secrets swirling among the storm, and the forces of nature are coming down on the little cabin. Soon, the fight for survival will push all else aside, and the danger of the moment becomes far more urgent than the questions of the past and the hopes of the future. "The Remedy for Love" is the perfect read for a cold, cuddled in the house weekend--just don't let yourself get snowed in.
Author Kerrelyn Sparks brings her fan-favorite paranormal romance "Love at Stake" series to a possible conclusion with "Crouching Tiger, Forbidden VamAuthor Kerrelyn Sparks brings her fan-favorite paranormal romance "Love at Stake" series to a possible conclusion with "Crouching Tiger, Forbidden Vampire". Former marine Russell Hankelburg lost decades of his life to a coma, and when he awoke, he was no longer human. Turned to a vampire, he seeks revenge against Master Han, the vile creature who stole his humanity. After tracking his elusive prey for two years, Russell is finally in a position to end the existence of the master vamp. However, unwelcome interference comes in the form of a beautiful were-tiger named Jia, whose rescue by Russell causes him to miss his chance to execute Master Han. Jia had also been attempting to kill the master vamp, who had massacred her own family. Jia turns out to be Tiger Town royalty--a princess engaged to a prince. Revenge, rather than matrimony, is uppermost on Jia's mind, and she convinces a reluctant Russell that together they can achieve their common goal. Russell is all too aware of Jia's beauty and intriguing golden tiger eyes. She is equally aware of his rugged masculinity and handsome mien. Will the partnership between them remain strictly business, or will a passionate attraction lead to love? Kerrelyn Sparks is an entertaining storyteller, and as this may be the final book in the series, she brings back many popular characters and ties up some story lines. Fans of the series will be pleased with "Crouching Tiger, Forbidden Vampire", but they will hope that somehow there will more adventures to come for their favorite vamps.
The sports world of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) is the setting for author Lori Foster's "Ultimate" series. Beginning with "No Limits", and bringing forwaThe sports world of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) is the setting for author Lori Foster's "Ultimate" series. Beginning with "No Limits", and bringing forward characters from her "Love Undercover" series, Ms. Foster gives her readers and inside look at the men of MMA and the women who bring out the softer side of the big, bad boys. "No Limits" features Cannon Colter--a standout supporting character from "Getting Rowdy". A bona fide MMA superstar, with a legion of fans and a close-knit inner circle, Cannon knows there's someone missing from his life--Yvette Sweeny. Too young and too troubled when they first met, Yvette survived a kidnapping and other ordeals thanks to Cannon's heroic efforts. However, Yvette left behind her home, her grandfather, and Cannon, and moved from Warfield, Ohio to a new life in California. Her grandfather's death several years later summons Yvette and Cannon both back to Warfield for the settling of her grandfather's estate. Unfinished feelings come blazing to life when the two of them co-inherit her grandfather's home and pawn shop. Sharing the house, dealing with the past, and facing the future are all combined with the heat of passion and the growing closeness of hearts. Yvette is being stalked by her crazed ex-boyfriend, bringing out all of Cannon's protective instincts. Yet, as threats escalate around them, Cannon senses there is another, unknown danger looming over their newfound happiness. Can he protect Yvette and make her believe that he loves her for the woman he truly sees her to be? Can Yvette trust Cannon body and soul, feeling secure enough to give him her heart? Hard bodies, soft hearts, desire, and destiny--you'll find it all in romantic suspense reads from the talented Lori Foster.
The more I read of "Beneath a Navajo Moon", from author Lisa Carter, the more involved I became with the spiritual and emotional and physical challengThe more I read of "Beneath a Navajo Moon", from author Lisa Carter, the more involved I became with the spiritual and emotional and physical challenges facing the characters. While the book features a strong, intelligent heroine, it was the troubled and tormented hero who really drew me into the story line. Erin Dawson, a graduate student working on her doctoral dissertations, has come to Cedar Canyon, Arizona to research her heart's quest. Long fascinated with the partial history of Olivia Thornton, a teacher at the Cedar Canyon Mission School in the early 1900's, Erin is determined to unearth the complete truth about the woman who haunts her thoughts. As the legend was told, Olivia was captured by a Navajo warrior, Silver Eagle, on the day the Navajos came to release their children who were forced to attend the Christian mission school. Lives were lost and the school never reopened, and Olivia lived among the Navajo for a time before being reunited with her own people. However, a great love had grown between Olivia and Silver Eagle, and eventually, she returned to the West to look for him. Erin could not rest until she found out if the unlikely sweethearts had found a happy-ever-after. Adam Silverhorn is a Navajo tribal policeman, a native son torn between the strong pull of the past, and the modern-day threat of the criminal element thriving in the Navajo Nation. Adam is handsome, charismatic, and the grandson of Hershal Begay, a tribal leader who operates on his own side of the law, fueled by his hatred of the white people and their government. Hershal's greatest desire is to turn Adam to his twisted way of thinking, and to have Adam leave law enforcement behind and take over the Begay empire. Meeting Erin, a woman of faith and compassion, has Adam longing for a different kind of life--and his feelings are shared by Erin. More than cultural differences are keeping them apart--Adam is secretly working undercover to bring down a meth lab being run on tribal land, and must act his role of playboy and bad boy until his assignment is complete. Adam tries to stay away from Erin, but her sweet strength and spirituality call out to his needy soul. Their connection proves to a dangerous one, and enemies are all around them--enemies who are all too ready to keep them apart at any cost. Will an abiding faith and a lasting love bloom in the midst of great turmoil and tribulation? Will Adam and Erin, and those they hold dear, survive and find a future of peace and fulfillment? "Beneath a Navajo Moon" is a compelling and suspenseful inspirational romance which touches on many thought-provoking issues.
This review for "Hello Love" by author Karen McQuestion was a hard one to write. A lot of good in this book, but also so much that I find troubling. MThis review for "Hello Love" by author Karen McQuestion was a hard one to write. A lot of good in this book, but also so much that I find troubling. More than a year after his wife Christine's death, Dan is still trying to cope with his loss. He and his daughter, Lindsay, have each other and their little dog, Anni, for support and comfort. One day, Anni is stolen from in front of their house by a bunch of rough punks--"frat boys". As the weeks go by, Lindsay continues a hopeful search, but Dan begins to despair of ever seeing their beloved Anni again. Meanwhile, Andrea, an office manager for a property owner, has to contact a tenant about a complaint, and she discovers a mistreated dog chained on a balcony outside in the cold. Going with her heart's instinct, she rescues the poor dog and takes her home. Andrea has been suffering the lingering effects of a painful divorce, and the sweet-natured dog, whose collar says "Anni", becomes a welcome companion. Dan and Andrea casually begin to cross paths without realizing that they have a mutual furry friend--Anni. Fate seems determined to somehow bring Dan, Andrea, Lindsay, and Anni together. Dan and Lindsay even have visitations from Christine's spirit, who tries to guide them in the right direction. I found the main characters appealing, and the story was well-paced. However, the plot was propelled by the mishaps and mistreatment, either by carelessness or direct abuse, that befell dear little Anni. In particular, one event near the end of the book, in which the heroine makes a very poor choice considering all that has already occurred, left me shaking my head. The author actually mentions this same event in her acknowledgements, and apologizes to the owners of the real Anni (who inspired the character dog), stating that she knows they would never do the same thing to their own dog. Others may read this book and not be bothered by Anni's misfortunes because of the final happy outcome, but in my mind, I wondered if the humans really learned their lesson of how to truly love and protect a pet.
Six books into author Robyn Carr's "Thunder Point" series, and I am still hooked. I look forward to each trip to the little community on the coast ofSix books into author Robyn Carr's "Thunder Point" series, and I am still hooked. I look forward to each trip to the little community on the coast of Oregon, where I can visit with old pals and meet new friends. This book, "The Homecoming", is my favorite entry, thanks to a very appealing heroine and an exceptionally poignant story line. A hunky hero who admits to being a self-reforming work-in-progress adds just the right balance to this charming contemporary romance. Seth Sileski was a golden-haired golden boy--a high school football star who left Thunder Point and earned a pro-football contract. His moment in the spotlight vanished all too soon, thanks to a serious car accident which permanently damaged his right leg and ended his career in professional sports. Finally finding a career in law enforcement, he returns to his home town as Deputy Sheriff, taking over for his promoted predecessor. Seth makes his rounds of the town, getting to know the business owners and catching up with old friends, visiting with his mother and letting her fuss over him and feed him. There are two very important people with whom Seth must make amends. His father always felt that Seth had thrown away his opportunity of a lifetime, and a distance had grown between them over the years. The other person on Seth's mind, the one he had missed and most desired to be back in his life, is his former best friend, Iris McKinley. Seth and Iris had grown up together, next-door neighbors and schoolmates. Iris was always there for Seth, guiding him through school and personal issues, and she always made him tow the line. In their senior year, a misunderstanding had led to a permanent break, their once close relationship strained and damaged. Iris had always loved Seth, as a friend and more than a friend. She was the odd girl and he was the school star, but somehow they had fit together and were content with each other's company--until the night a drunken Seth had said things and done things he didn't remember the next day. He had broken Iris' heart, and she carried her hurt with her throughout the years, never really getting over Seth. Now he was home, wanting to be her friend again, and she finds it hard to resist him, even though the pain is still just below the surface. When the truth is revealed, can childhood pals and high school buddies discover that their feelings have grown into attraction and love between an adult man and woman? I so enjoyed Iris as a female character, both vulnerable and still very much her own woman. Seth is a different kind of leading man, just right with his humbled hunkiness. The story line for "The Homecoming" explores many other touching, funny, and dramatic elements, and I highly recommend this well-written contemporary romance. I am a great fan of Robyn Carr's "Thunder Point" series, and I know you will be too.
"The Hill" is an exciting and entertaining finale to author Carol Ericson's "Brody Law" series. Set in San Francisco, this suspenseful four-book saga"The Hill" is an exciting and entertaining finale to author Carol Ericson's "Brody Law" series. Set in San Francisco, this suspenseful four-book saga follows the adventures of the Brody brothers as they deal with current-day issues and also work to resolve the decades old mystery of "The Phone Book Killer". Their once-respected lawman father, Joseph Brody, had been implicated as the killer, and he apparently took his own life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. His body was never found, and his sons were left to deal with the devastating emotional aftermath. The author did a great job with this series by creating four distinctive personalities for the brothers, and then finding their match-mates in four equally unique female characters. In "The Hill", youngest brother Judd Brody works as a private investigator and provides protective services for a very elite and wealthy clientele. Beautiful blonde heiress and media magnet London Breck turns out to be far more than a pretty face and paparazzi princess. She's both dazzling and down-to-earth, and she's more than a match for Judd in more ways than he cares to admit. When she hires him to investigate suspicious activity involving the company she inherited from her father--including threats to her personal safety--they discover that their families have a mutual history which may help them to solve the mystery of "The Phone Book Killer". The problem is, they'll have to stay alive long enough to prove it, and then maybe they'll have a chance to found out if the sparks between them will soon burn out or lead to a lasting passion of a lifetime. "The Hill" brings the "Brody Law" romantic suspense series to a satisfying solution and offers readers a terrific twist of events at the exciting conclusion of the book.