Imagine a heartbreak so horrible, you've sworn off love entirely. Imagine working your entire life to overcome the failures of your father. Abby and NImagine a heartbreak so horrible, you've sworn off love entirely. Imagine working your entire life to overcome the failures of your father. Abby and Nick are on the edge of falling in love with each other, but their painful pasts are holding them back. Enter a meddling grandfather, a clunker of a car, and a fight over real estate, and you've got one hell of a love story!
After reading the first book in the Stealing the Heart series, Stealing the Groom, I knew I had to read this story as well. Weiss has a way with creating characters you can relate to on several levels. I could understand Abby's reluctance to move forward with anything serious with Nick after all she experienced with her ex. I loved that Nick, even when he was a bad boy in High School, had a thing for Abby.
This story was a fantastic read with several twists and turns I never saw coming. The banter between Nick and Abby was priceless and I would love to see a bit more of their relationship after the events of this book. It looks as if their is a book 3 planned in this series to be released in 2015. I can't wait to catch up with Abby and Amelia and hopefully get a love story about little sister Ann.
Thanks so much to Sonya Weiss and Entangled Publishing for granting me a copy of Resisting Her Rival in exchange for an honest review....more
Zach Anderson had no idea what he was getting into when he took the long journey to Deadwood with his brothers to mine a claim for gold. He never expeZach Anderson had no idea what he was getting into when he took the long journey to Deadwood with his brothers to mine a claim for gold. He never expected falling head over heals for Lily Sutter, the town outcast and owner of the only store in town.
After his brothers fell in love with their wives in Deadwood, Zach was the only Anderson brother who wasn't attached. He was the only one who could ward off the threat from his former Army commander, Richard Jordan. Zach had chased Jordan after the events in Healed by a Heart. He ended up with a slash across his face and Jordan hiding in Deadwood.
During the first two books in the series, I could see how enamored Zach was with Lily and her daughter, Gemma. When I started reading this story, I sighed and thought FINALLY. But no, Lily didn't make it easy on the former Yankee Captain. After numerous proposals and declarations of love, she only gives in for her daughter, not for herself. I seriously felt like smacking her over the head with one of those huge bags of flour from her store. I understood her reluctance after how she was left pregnant and alone by her former fiancé, but Zach was so dedicated to Lily and Gemma's happiness.
The danger level rose in this installment as Richard Jordan weaved through Deadwood in several different disguises. One chapter had me falling more in love with Zach and Lily and the next would have me fearing for their lives. Woolf does not disappoint with the edge of your seat action during the final showdown.
The Destiny in Deadwood series ends with a bang as the drama, danger, and romance is amped up to an all time high. There is no way I can pick which story I love the most. I will be reading about the Anderson men over and over until Woolf publishes her next series, The Brides of San Francisco.
Thanks to Cynthia Woolf and Black Lion Tours for granting me with a copy of Seduced by a Sinner in exchange for an honest review....more
One of the most important events for a young woman of marriageable age to attend is a country house party. Even though the last thing Olivia wants toOne of the most important events for a young woman of marriageable age to attend is a country house party. Even though the last thing Olivia wants to do is find a man, she is forced to put herself on the market. When she meets the handsome and unentitled William, she never suspects she might have met her match.
So many regency romance novels drone on for hundreds of pages, waxing about the dress and customs of the period. I loved this Scandalous tale as it cut to the quick from the get go. I was pulled right into the story from the first chapter, throughly entertained and enticed until the end.
I adored Maxton's depiction of the spunky yet classy Olivia. The way her relationship with William develops is unique and original. The Love Match is a quick, saucy regency romance with spirit and elegance.
This was my first experience reading Lily Maxton, but I can't wait to read more. The Love Match is the third in the Sisters of Scandal series, but can be read as a stand alone. I look forward to reading the first two stories of Olivia's sisters. The Affair chronicles the eldest sister, Elizabeth, and her path to new love after losing her husband. Middle sister, Anne, gets her shot at love in The Wager.
Thanks so much to Entangled Publishing and Elizabeth Maxton for providing me with a copy of The Love Match in exchange for an honest review....more
People deal with loss in so many different ways. Some turn to drugs or alcohol. Others seek restitution or revenge. Some become delusional and swim inPeople deal with loss in so many different ways. Some turn to drugs or alcohol. Others seek restitution or revenge. Some become delusional and swim in the mire of denial. There are more than a few that continue to live in fear.
Gone has you living that fear right along with all the characters from the first word. Macy Mercer is a victim of circumstance by looking almost identical to the daughter of a madman. She lives in fear every day after she is taken from her family and forced to live the life of another lost girl named Heather. Her abductor, Chester, lives in fear of his actions and the world he is creating for himself and his new daughter. Macy's mother, Alyssa, fears her failure as a mother, while her husband Chad faces his fear of the husband and father he has become.
This novel gives the reader a glimpse into each character's mind, showing how they are dealing with the horrific actions they have all chosen to make. Claflin's words are hypnotic as she weaves the story of tragic fate. The story is broken up into scenes rather than chapters which made for a very fast read. As a YA Thriller, this story kept my adrenaline pumping and my heart aching for the destiny that awaits Macy Mercer.
Gone is part one of the series and I am anxious to find out what twists and turns Claflin has in store for part two, Held.
Thank you to Stacy Claflin for gifting me a copy of Gone in exchange for an honest review. ...more
Anthologies are so fun to read, but sometimes a little difficult to review. This group of stories was fantastic, but each was so different from the otAnthologies are so fun to read, but sometimes a little difficult to review. This group of stories was fantastic, but each was so different from the other. The common theme of flight was given to the six authors and they took it in six completely different directions. Sweet, steamy, spooky, and even a little scary. There was an element in each story that had me savoring each paragraph.
Eye of the Storm is the story of Tess and Grant. The two had been admiring each other from a far, but Tess was never confident enough to approach the seemingly stiff Grant. I loved the story that Bolden weaved and the characters she created. Making an effort to spend time with someone can completely change your point of view. The attraction was always there for Tess, she just needed the opportunity to pull back some of Grant's layers to find the man inside. A beautiful story of "don't judge a book by it's cover"is told in this eloquently written tale.
Fly Me to the Moon is the story of Jessamy and Griffin. I am a sucker for a second chance story, but this was throughly different from any other I had read before. These two live on the same block, but ended their romance two years before due to both of their difficulties with OCD. Jessamy was the less meticulous one, but when her dating life is in the toilet and Griffin seems to be vastly improving, she decides to give him another chance. My heart hurt for these two as they faced such difficulties in the midst of deep and abiding love. Elle completely won me over with the ending to this short narrative and left me with a feeling of wonderment.
Unscheduled Departure is the story of Rowan and Finn, or at least a version of the two. One decision creates a parallel universe and Ro ends up with a Finn that is not her Finn. Strange phone calls from a private number are from her Finn in another dimension. Franklin kept my mind engaged and my heart pounding as I read every word. A few twists and turns surprised and delighted me. I wouldn't expect anything less from the Paranormal Pro Franklin. She wrote a transcendental adventure that will keep me thinking for years to come.
A Midsummers Flight's Dream is a unique tale of woe about the life of Jolie Flynn. After losing her husband, her job, her house, and her money, her life dips even lower when her beloved great aunt dies. Jolie rushes to Sweden to say her final goodbyes and bumps into her first love, Mattias. Poor Jolie had little left in her life and though comical at times, everything that could go wrong, did go wrong. Even her meeting with Mattias. The connection was still there after twenty years, but she believed he was happily married with five daughters. This funny, sweet, sad, and ultimately exquisite saga left me with a sense of hope. When you hit bottom, there is nowhere else to go but up and after an arduous journey, Jolie finally begins her rise.
Forced Landing is the story of Naydia and the strange airport that has become her entire life. Her father has owned the small airport since she was born. After her mother's sudden death, her father's strict rules have kept her close to his side and making the airport her world too. Her attraction to one of their best customers, Liam, has her questioning the world around her, rightly so. Liam turns out to be her protector as she is the last of her bloodline to watch over the portal that resides over the airport. Lawson designs another world and races of beings who walk amongst our own, taking the story in a direction I never saw coming. I loved the unexpected path Lawson drew with this story and I can't wait to read more from her.
The Friendly Skies is the story of weary travelers, Cass and Simon. When their flight is unexpectedly turned around due to a volcano, the direction of what could've been a horrendous day ignites a passion the two had been desperately missing. Weaver builds the story in layers as the two spend the day together. The slow burn is so delicious, that when the flame is ignited, you're more than willing to watch it explode over and over again. This seductive fantasy leads to something neither expected and I'm so glad I got to go along for the ride.
Thanks to all the authors of this anthology for giving me a copy of Frequent Flyers in exchange for an honest review. ...more
Wishes and dreams were something librarian Celinda Branham only saw in fairy tales. She was content with her blah existence in Jacksonville, Florida,Wishes and dreams were something librarian Celinda Branham only saw in fairy tales. She was content with her blah existence in Jacksonville, Florida, until she received a crystal slipper in a White Elephant gift exchange.
Preston Chandler had been a naughty boy in his youth. His past transgressions come back to bite him when he spurns his childhood friend, Raven. She turns out to be an amateur witch. Raven attempts her revenge by placing a sleeping spell on the person Preston loves most, his younger sister, Ana.
Through riddles and shoes, Preston is led to the library where Celinda works. In his desperation to retrieve the slipper, Preston causes Celinda unintentional pain. He realizes she might be the key to figuring out the riddles Raven has conjured to torture him.
This twist on the tale of Cinderella is an astonishing narrative perfect for the new millennium. Told in third person point of view, we get a exceptional glimpse into both Preston and Celinda's mindsets throughout the story. My heart ached for the view Celinda had of herself. She knew how beautiful she was, but because of the evilness so prevalent in the world, she hid her beauty away. I loved how Preston was able to bring that side of her out again and in the process find the one thing he hadn't been looking for. Love.
This is the first novel I have read from Selena Fulton and it certainly won't be the last. The story captivated me from beginning to end. Celinda and Preston's chemistry could be felt coming off the page. It is a story about finding out who you truly are and taking the courage to be that person.
Thank you to Selena Fulton and Entangled Publishing for providing me with a copy of The Crystal Slipper in exchange for an honest review. I anticipate more of Selena Fulton's novels on my bookshelf in the future. ...more
Hands massaging taught, hard muscles within the first few pages. Yep, that hooked me. Winckler brings to life the beautiful imagery of a cyclist physiHands massaging taught, hard muscles within the first few pages. Yep, that hooked me. Winckler brings to life the beautiful imagery of a cyclist physique and the South African country in this sweet and sexy tale.
When physiotherapist Caitlin works the kinks out of hotel mogel Don, sparks fly. As Caitlin learns more about the dashing eldest Cavallo brother, the deeper she falls. The duo hit more than one road block on their journey, but what kind of fun would it be if it were easy?
Winckler's writing is fun and engaging. I loved that the story brought family and friends into the mix of Caitlin and Don's burgeoning relationship. With Caitlin's trust issues and Don's playboy lifestyle, the two needed people in their lives to fall back on.
I had only a few things that bothered me about this story. One, it was too short. At only 130 pages, I felt there was much more that could have been explored, especially with Caitlin's issues with her father. I also would've liked some explanation about Caitlin's sister, Hannah, and Don's brother, Darryn. Winckler eludes to a rocky past relationship, but never resolves the issue. I've searched, but have not found that this book is part of a series. If that is the case, leaving that relationship cloaked in mystery is quite confusing.
Although I had these issues, I truly enjoyed Caitlin and Don's story. The characters were flawed yet intriguing. I hope that Winckler will continue the story of the Cavallo and Sutherland families.
Thank you to Elsa Winckler and The Masquerade Crew for providing me with a copy of Touched to the Heart in exchange for an honest review....more