Thursday, January 17, 2019

Her Billionaire To Remember by Sophia Summers-Book Review

book cover of Her Billionaire to Remember
About the book 
Casandra Hilton, a New York debutant and East Coast heiress is found floating on a bed of seaweed and wood wreckage off the coast of South America. But when asked for her name or any kind of identification, she responds with a blank stare. Even though she has survived, she has no memory of her former life and any attempt she makes to remember fills her with fear. The kind Uruguayan family that took her in soon becomes dependent on her innate abilities with horses, particularly one troublesome stallion. 

Shane Stapley, a Texas billionaire, has traveled to Argentina to purchase a champion stallion from the Cortez ranch. Early one morning he finds Casandra dealing with a stallion who refuses to leave the stables where they keep the mares. Everything about her draws him closer until he learns she cannot guarantee her heart is free to fall in love. 

The attraction is obvious, but the risk is great. Will their patience pay off in a match between them or end in sorrow when they learn they must part?

And I thought
I was delighted to be offered the chance to read and review the 
newest book in this series by Sophia Summers. 

First off the cover spoke to me.   Give me a book about horses and Cowboys and I am smitten. 
This one did not disappoint. 
It was a bit different than I expected but non the less it was a great
read that I could recommend for any reader.  Any age. 

This is just a good story.  There of course is romance.  A bit of mystery and suspense that will keep the reader turning the pages to the Happy Ending. 

I recommend this clean/sweet romance for any reader.  

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Love Auction by Lindsey Hart-Book Review/Release Day



About  the book
OMG! Did I just bid and win a date with Shane Rempel for over one thousand dollars?!

What the hell was I thinking? Was I not the one who just said I would never spend that kind of money for a date with a stranger?!

Apparently, all sane thoughts just flew right out the moment HE walked up on that stage at the auction.

I was hooked line, sinker and all.


And let me tell you, if you spend that much money for a date, you definitely go on that date. So, I went.

And guess what? It kind of ended with me starting a war with the guy on the said date. And I even did a walkout.

Yeps and after that disastrous first meeting, you definitely do not expect the guy to turn up at your workplace asking for another date!

But he did. And guess what I did...

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A Naughty Sneaky Peak from LOVE AUCTION
Rayvn’s hands came up, roved across his chest and twined around his neck. She pressed every single glorious curve of her body against his. He could feel the peaks of her damn nipples right through her clothes. He imagined that wasn’t all she felt. As he thrust a knee between her legs, her dress rode up and the heat of her burned through her thin black panties, right through his jean and straight into his skin below.
    She pulled away with a sharp little gasp.
    “Sorry…” he muttered. “That was too fast. I know. I’m sorry. You said a kiss and the first thing I did was yank up your dress and-”
    “No,” Rayvn corrected breathlessly. “I said I wanted everything. But you could start with a kiss.”
    “Do you want me to leave?”
    She rolled her eyes and stared at him, exasperated that he could be so dense. “No. I don’t want you to leave. I want you to kiss me again.”
And  I am thinking
Still turning the pages but it's release day so I wanted to share a few thoughts. Finished it.  Loved It!

What a fun story.  What fun characters. 
There is heart and emotion in both Rayvn and Shane.

He really is just a 'nice' guy.  But in the beginning Rayvn thinks 'jerk'.

Nice guy Shane isn't usually too interested in serious dating.
A date or two is usually enough and then he' s on to the next beautiful woman crossing his path.  

Marriage and kids are just not on his radar.

Then he meets Rayvn and it all changes. 

And then there's Rayvn that is recently divorced and still reeling from the loss of a child.  Meeting another man is not on her radar either. 

This was just a good love story.  There are a few bedroom scenes and MaMa might want to toss it.  But Jazzy Grandma would tell her grab a fan and keep reading!

I really enjoyed Love Auction and meeting Lindsey Hart.  I will be reading more!

Check it out it's on sale today.  

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Handmade Hearts
Author: June McCrary Jacobs
Publisher: JMJ Story Stitcher Books
Release Date: December 18, 2018
Genre: Historical Romance


About the book
‘Handmade Hearts’ is an historical romance short story set in New Orleans during World War II and was inspired by a true story.
Toward the end of his life, the author asked her Uncle ‘Allen’ how he met his wife. He shared about how he met ‘Irene’ at a church social in their neighborhood in New Orleans in the early 1940s. He had been seriously wounded in Guadalcanal in the South Pacific as a young Marine and was using crutches to get around as best he could.
He had many inner wounds which needed time to heal, too. He had no way of knowing when they first met that Irene had suffered her own wartime tragedy. She bravely sought to keep her grief locked away deep inside because thinking about her loss caused her even more sorrow. She needed to be strong because she was the breadwinner for her small family.
Times were tough, but these two unique individuals made it through each day with inner fortitude, determination, and the sincere hope of something greater just over the horizon.
This inspirational short story follows the growth of Allen and Irene’s relationship beginning with their chance meeting and leading forward to a lifetime spent together. ‘Handmade Hearts’ was created to honor this unique couple’s love for and devotion to each other in a relationship which spanned seven decades.
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At Irene’s prompting, Allen shared about his older brothers, Edwin and Jack, and their current military assignments at the Pentagon and in Europe.
“My oldest brother, Edwin, was drafted by the U.S. Army right after Pearl Harbor. When the Army tested his aptitude, they learned he is highly intelligent. I guess the Army was surprised a farm boy from Mississippi with only a high school education was so smart. He was always a whiz at math in school. Didn’t even need paper and pencil to do equations.” Allen smiled to himself. “Now he works in Communications at the Pentagon. Top-secret, high-security clearance, you know the drill.”
“His job sounds intriguing.” Irene said.
“He can’t tell us much about his work, but besides being homesick, he enjoys it. My middle brother, Jack, is in the Army serving under General Patton. We haven’t heard much from him because of the restrictions on communications for his unit, but we do know he is serving under Patton somewhere in Europe. We hear bits and pieces about Patton’s goings-on from the radio reports, and sometimes in the newspaper. My mother is most worried about Jack now, since I made it home alive and Edwin probably won’t ever see combat.”
Allen’s eyes shone with pride as he discussed his brothers’ accomplishments and promotions. He brushed over his service in the Marines, noticeably omitting details of his injury and his current medical condition. Instead he talked about his hobbies—cars and fishing.
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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Academic Curveball by James J Cudney-Book Spotlight/Giveaway




About the book
When Kellan Ayrwick returns home for his father’s retirement, he finds a dead body in Diamond Hall’s stairwell.
Unfortunately, Kellan has a connection to the victim, and so do several members of his family. Soon after, the college’s athletic program receives mysterious donations, a nasty blog denounces his father and someone attempts to change students’ grades.
Someone is playing games on campus, but none of the facts add up.
With the help of his eccentric and trouble-making nana, Kellan tries to stay out of the sheriff’s way. But who is behind the murder?
And others are saying
. . . a nice, significant mutation in the main character stereotype and succeed to give us a very, very nice and original piece of cozy mystery.
~Mythical Books
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The main characters are a lot of fun. They’re well-rounded, well-thought-out, complex, and full of personality. I just love Nana D!
~Valerie’s Musings
The mystery is plausible, with twists and turns galore. The multiple red herrings kept me guessing, and I was surprised by whodunit.
~Jane Reads
This book had a little bit of everything. There was humor, tension, suspense, sarcasm, and family drama all rolled into a great book.
~MJB Reviewers
I enjoyed the college setting of Academic Curveball, and it was a nice change of pace to read a cozy featuring a male sleuth.
~The Book’s the Thing
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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Release Day-Murder at Blackburn Hall by Sara Rosett


About the book

Murder at Blackburn Hall (Book Two)

A missing author and a sleepy English village rife with secrets . . .

September, 1923. Despite closing her first case, high society lady detective Olive Belgrave hasn’t found a new client. She’s taken a job as a hat model to pay for her poky boarding house room. But then a job offer comes her way—make discreet inquiries about a famous author who’s disappeared. 
Olive travels to the English countryside to hunt for the missing mystery author. But soon after she arrives in the sleepy village, a body is discovered. Then a second murder focuses the police’s attention on Olive, and she must clear her name before the murderer pens a plot that frames her. 
Murder at Blackburn Hall is the second book in the High Society Lady Detective series, a lighthearted cozy historical mystery series set in 1920s England. If you love novels that take you back to the Golden Age of detective fiction with interesting plots, posh settings, and twisty mysteries, you’ll love the High Society Lady Detective Series from USA Today bestseller Sara Rosett. 
And I thought
This series is quickly becoming a favorite!  That says alot
because I don't normally really enjoy period stories or 
Historical fiction.

But Sara Rosett found a believer out of me!

Perhaps it is the vivid descriptions of the period that takes you there.  I felt I was journeying right along with
Olive as she leaves London High Society and travels to the countryside.  I do love the practise of the day of days/week long events.  The practise of dressing for dinner and the elegant dinners that are served are intriguing to me and brought to life through this series.

In Murder at Blackburn Hall the reader tags along with
Olive as she investigates a missing author.  Having been
hired by the publisher she is sent to an event hosted by potential author giving Olive the perfect 'cover' to snoop.

And snoop she does!  It doesn't take her long to find out where the reclusive author lives when she happens to meet his(?) typist it's a small world.

But instead of finding the writer hard at work on his next great book it is discovered there won't be any books as he who turns out to be a she and is found dead.

Olives hands are full when 1 murder leads to 2 and all kinds or drama!   Help arrives in the form of her
'friend' Jasper arrives to help and keep an 'eye' on Olive.

Together Olive am Jasper tool around town an discovery
the secrets and Who Dun It.  And as things are wrapped
Jasper is off into the wind leaving this reader saying
'Hmm."  and anticipating for book 3

If you enjoy a great Cozy Mystery check this one out.

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Steamed Open by Barbara Ross-Review/Giveaway



About the book
It’s summertime in Busman’s Harbor, Maine, and the clamming is easy—or it was until a mysterious new neighbor blocks access to the beach, cutting off the Snowden Family Clambake’s supply. Julia Snowden is just one of many townspeople angered by Bartholomew Frick’s decision. But which one of them was angry enough to kill?
Beachcombers, lighthouse buffs, and clammers are outraged after Frick puts up a gate in front of his newly inherited mansion. When Julia urges him to reconsider, she’s the last to see him alive—except the person who stabs him in the neck with a clam rake. As she pores through a long list of suspects, Julia meets disgruntled employees, rival heirs, and a pair of tourists determined to visit every lighthouse in America. They all have secrets, and Julia will have to work fast to expose the guilty party—or see this season’s clam harvest dry up for good.
And others are saying
Steamed Open is an upbeat cozy mystery that will have you yearning for warm days and sandy beaches with a cool drink nearby.
~The Avid Reader
. . . it was pure delight to read Barbara Ross’ STEAMED OPEN, with its likable characters (and a few not so, of course), a murder with far too many possible suspects, beautiful antique homes, and of course, Clambakes.
~Mallory Heart’s Cozies
This is an extremely well written cozy mystery that will draw you in so well that you will wish you could go on the clambake too since it sounds so yummy as well as fun. Absolutely perfect for fans of the genre.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews
Steamed Open is a complicated mystery flavored with layers of history and complex family relationships.
~Laura’s Interests
I loved walking around with Julia as she deals with potential suspects. And of course, the guilty party will keep you guessing until the end.
And I  thought
This has quickly become one of my favorite series.
The locale (especially in the summer) is a favorite of mine so I really like the series and the characters
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Good cozy reads are a favorite of mine and a fast read.
The pages turn quickly when I settle I don't want to stop reading till I get to the end and figure out who the 
villain is.

Steamed Open is one of those stories that gives the reader lots to ponder when trying to figure out Who Dun It   

The new neighbor doesn't make friends easiest or at all.
It seems everyone is Steamed there is no shortage of suspects.

I especially enjoy the additions of recipes and plan to try
the Clam Dip!

If you love a good read check this one and the series!

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Friday, January 11, 2019

Book Review No Time For Love by Raine English


About the book
When six friends make a pact not to let love get in the way of their careers, the No Brides Club is born. But could meeting the right man at the wrong time cause them to break their vows to each other?

Kinsley King loves her lavish lifestyle as one of Manhattan’s most in-demand real estate brokers. She’s worked hard to get to the top, and she’s not backing down now… But when her favorite aunt bequests her a wildlife sanctuary in the middle of nowhere, she has a tough decision to make: honor her aunt’s last wish or put the property on the market and maintain the life she adores.

Dylan Reese, on the other hand, thinks life off the grid is just about perfect. That is, until the owner of the wildlife sanctuary he manages dies suddenly and leaves the place to her spoiled city-slicker niece. Now he, too, has a choice: leave it all behind or swallow his pride and take orders from a woman who wants no part of this particular commitment.

Sparks fly in this opposites attract sweet romance as Kinsley finds herself falling for the swoon-worthy sanctuary manager, causing her to rethink the no marriage vow she made with her girlfriends, while Dylan wonders how he’s going to keep from losing his heart to the one woman who’s sure to break it.


And I thought
I was turning the pages and smiling all along.  I jumped
at the chance to read No Time For Love when I received
the offer.
I was curious about the No Brides Club and how a sweet/clean romance was going to come about. 
I was not disappointed.
Rarely do I get the chance to read a good clean romance. 

There was not alot of a drama.  No ex's trying to cause trouble.  No family problems hindering Kinsley and Dylan.  Just a little fear of making commitment. 
Kinsley's concern they were from different worlds. 

She is a very happy she thinks city girl.  That is very successful real estate broker who loves clothes, shoes and handbags.

And Dylan a happy country boy.  At least he's happy until he finds out Kinsley intends to sell the Sanctuary.

What will become of the Sanctuary?
The setting was interesting to me I loved the animal
sanctuary.   

I won't give anything away.  All ends well with a happy ending after a few twists and surprises though.  

I enjoyed this nice read and look forward to more in the series.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Gown With the Wind by Stephanie Blackmoore-Great Escapes Tour

About the book
Professional wedding planner Mallory Shepard knows her job is challenging under any circumstances. But when the groom is your ex and someone invites murder, there may never be another tomorrow . . .
Mallory’s fine—really—handling the wedding arrangements for her ex, Keith. But his fiancĂ©e, Becca, has at the last minute decided to switch from a Japanese-cherry-blossom theme to a Gone with the Wind theme. She wants to honor her ailing grandmother, who owns an impressive collection of GWTW memorabilia—and who is fiercely at odds with the groom’s mother over the nuptial plans.
But among other complications, Becca gets into a fight with an old childhood rival over a replica Scarlett O’Hara wedding gown. She wins the dress—but soon becomes a murder suspect when the other woman is found dead in Becca’s swimming pool. And it’s up to Mallory to solve the mystery behind this unhappy occasion, before a different kind of civil war breaks out . . .
And a few others said
I LOVE these characters . . . They are so colorfully written and have such amazingly created personalities.
~The Montana Bookaholic
I so enjoyed the characters, lovely setting, and the twisting plot with so many unexpected surprises.
~Mallory Heart’s Cozies

The pace never lets up and kept me turning pages faster and faster as jaw dropping events filled the story.
~Cinnamon, Sugar, and a Little Bit of Murder
And I thought
Who doesn't love a wedding?  But getting this one off without a hitch or murder will be quite the challenge.
 This was a fun read!

I really enjoyed the story/plot.  

Mallory and her sister Rachel are fun and dependable characters even with all the chaos going on with a couple of  brides.  One bride needing 'a quickie divorce' so she can get married.   All the while her soon to be ex is trying to get married as well.
And then there is a 1 year old murder. 
A baby shower to plan a along with a theatre opening and Mothers Day Brunch .
Just when things calm down a bit with all the Bride and
Future Mother In Law'zillas' a body is found in bride #1's
pool and she is wearing bride #1's Gone With Wind inspired wedding dress!  
Next on the agenda..find new dress..change the theme again and find the murderer!

So did bride #1 do the pushing, then again it might been anyone.  There is no shortage of folks with weird grudges  and attitudes and personal agendas.

Even with all the drama and chaos and crime this one
was a great read that is written as a stand alone.

If you love a good cozy check this one out especially if you like and enjoyed animals making mischief and being key 'players' in the plot.

I especially enjoyed 'Pickles' the Maine Coon Cat that 
appears on the cover.

I am looking forward to book 3!

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