Saturday, March 28, 2020

Saving The Captain-Jennifer Youngblood/Jewell Allen-Book Review

Saving the Captain (Jackson Hole Firefighter Romance Book 5) by [Youngblood, Jennifer, Allen, Jewel]

About the book
Adam Lockhart has plenty on his plate as captain of his fire station crew—his son might be dabbling in drugs and his new firefighter is giving him heartburn. When his son's teacher, Rosa Garcia, starts poking into his family business, he's annoyed, but intrigued. Not only does the beautiful brunette persist, but she awakens emotions the widower thought he'd buried long ago. And daydreaming about Rosa is much more enjoyable than dealing with real-life issues.

Rosa Garcia just wants to help her student Trey. When she and Trey's hunky dad Adam start falling for each other, a few stolen kisses put her job on the line.

Rosa's heart has never been on fire like this before. Is the hard-nosed captain the man to set everything right, or will he cause her heart and her career to go up in flames?

Look for more Jackson Home Firefighter Romance.
Here’s the order:
Saving the Billionaire’s Daughter (Intro story)
Saving His Heart
Saving Grace
Saving the Rookie 
Saving the Captain 
Saving Forever is coming soon!

And I thought
I knew that I would enjoy this book because I enjoy every book that Jewell Allen pens. 
This is the first time I have read one that was co-authored and I wondered how it would be. 
Saving The Captain  I think had a little more Faith (but not much) as part of the story than the books that Jewell normally pens.  At least that is what I took from it.  
And, I think that is good.  
Adam the hunky fireman is struggling with the death of his it happened... how he moves on with a teenage son...and how God plays/played into it. 
Rosa our fun and cheerful high school teacher has also recently had a death in her family.  
The two have some things in common. 
There are quite a few characters that interweave into the story because they are apart of Adam and Rosa's separate lives. 
The authors did a great job of introducing everyone and weaving in their parts of the story.  
I loved all the characters.  Adam's mom who is a retired school teacher and his sister who teaches Marshall Arts were a  fun addition.  And of course they subtly play cupid wishing the best of Adam and Rosa even when 'talk' starts going around town and 
their jobs are both become between their budding romance. 
In the end everything works out even the teen age son comes around.  I suspect a romance coming on with a couple of the other characters.  
Will they be the couple in the series next?

If you love a good wholesome romance and this one to your reading pile.  You will  not be disappointed.  

I received a complimentary copy.
My review will appear on Amazon and Good Reads.
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Friday, March 20, 2020

Release Day-Colton First Responder by Linda O. Johnson

About the book
When disaster strikes, a Colton comes to the rescue!

When an earthquake hits Mustang Valley, first responder Grayson Colton finds an abandoned truck—and a fugitive in need of help. Savannah Oliver claims she’s been falsely accused of her husband’s murder. Grayson’s protective instincts come out in full force as he helps Savannah prove her innocence. But as Savannah’s past comes back to haunt her, Grayson must use every survival tactic he knows to keep them both alive.
About the series

The Coltons of Mustang Valley series:

Colton Baby Conspiracy by Marie Ferrarella

Colton’s Lethal Reunion by Tara Taylor Quinn

Colton Family Bodyguard by Jennifer Morey

Colton First Responder by Linda O. Johnston

In Colton’s Custody by Dana Nussio

Colton Manhunt by Jane Godman

Colton’s Deadly Disguise by Geri Krotow

Colton Cowboy Jeopardy by Regan Black

Colton’s Undercover Reunion by Lara Lacombe

Deadly Colton Search by Addison Fox

Hunting the Colton Fugitive by Colleen Thompson

Colton’s Last Stand by Karen Whiddon

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

A Reason For Living by I Read Book Tour-Review/Giveaway

A Reason for Living by Julian Jingles

Book Details:

Book Title A Reason for Living by Julian Jingles
Category Adult Fiction (18 +),  372 pages
Genre:  Historical Fiction
Publisher URLink Print & Media
Release date:  November, 2019
Format available for review:  print, ePub, PDF
Will send print books out:  USA & Canada
Tour dates: Mar 9, 2020 to Mar 20, 2020
Content Rating R: There are explicit sex scenes, violence, bad language. 

It is the mid-1960s in Kingston, Jamaica, and the country is steeped in social, political, and economic inequities. Howard Baxter, the heir to a real estate empire, has no interest in seeking or managing wealth. Painting and deflowering Jamaican maidens are his passions. As he combs the streets looking for greater meaning in his pathetic life, it soon becomes apparent that Howard’s journey will not be easy. Bernaldo Lloyd, a member of the Baxter clan, is a medical student who is sensitive to the hopelessness of the Jamaican masses. Inspired by his close friend and Howard’s cousin, Ras Robin Pone, and their ties with the Rastafari movement that calls for social and economic equity, Bernaldo is determined to overthrow the corrupt government. As Howard, Bernaldo and Robin become influenced by The American Black Power and Civil Rights movements demanding equal rights for African Americans, the women in their lives both love and criticize them. But when revolution breaks out, Howard finally discovers a purpose for his twisted life that leads him in a direction he never anticipated. In this tale of love, passion, and self-discovery, three Jamaican men become caught up in a 1960s revolution that reveals injustices, oppression, and a purpose for one of them.
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And I thought
Even though A Reason For Living was a challenging read for me 
I couldn't help but become interested in this story. 
Everything about A Reason For Living is contrary to the normal books I read.  I like to think I stretched a bit reading about the Civil Rights movement in Jamaica. 
The violence and the language caused discontent in my spirit; but it was part of the entire story.
The book is well written.  The author writes about what he knows. 
A Reason For Living is a book for mature audiences.  There is violence.  

I received a complimentary copy as part of the I Read Book Tour. 

A REASON FOR LIVING by Julian Jingles
Tour Schedule:
Mar 9 – Working Mommy Journal – book review / giveaway
Mar 10 – Over Coffee Conversations – book review / guest post / giveaway
Mar 11 –Olio by Marilyn – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 12 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Mar 13 –Leels Loves Books - book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 16 – A Mama's Corner Of the World – book review / giveaway
Mar 17 –She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Mar 18 – My Reading Journeys – book review / giveaway
Mar 20 – Svetlana's reads and views – book review / giveaway
Mar 20 - Adventurous Jessy – book review / giveaway
Mar 20 - Nighttime Reading Center - book review / giveaway

Click here to visit the I Read Books Tour page and read about the author.

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Friday, March 13, 2020

1st Line Friday feat. A Man Worth Shaving For by Michelle Pennington

Book Cover
The first line 
The only benefit to working late into the afternoon a Friday was how empty the office got. 

And on page 56 
This would be fun. 

About the book  
We meant it to be.   But Monday morning there was Logan Jennings, in my office, deciding the fate of the company I love...and my job.   I never should have said the things I said or let myself feel the things I felt because connections like this don't just go away. Even when you desperately need them to.   Now all I know is that in two weeks, he'll be gone, and nothing will ever be the same.

I received an Advance Readers copy from the author. 
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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Murder Makes Scents by Christin Brecher- Great Escapes Tour

About the book
Stella Wright loves creating candles at her Nantucket store—and she also has a burning passion for justice. Now, after visiting a perfume conference, she must solve a vial crime . . .
Stella and her globe-trotting mom, Millie, have come home from a perfume industry conference in Paris, where their trip was marred by witnessing the stabbing death of a young man. It’s a relief for Stella to be back on her picturesque island, with the comforting company of her cat, Tinker. But lingering danger may have followed them back across the ocean.
After someone breaks into her candle store, the Wick & Flame, Stella starts feeling spooked. And just as things threaten to ignite, Millie suffers a blow to the head. Stella receives an anonymous note claiming that her mother smuggled a secret formula out of France—and threatening her life if it isn’t returned. Now Stella’s picked up the scent of a cold-hearted criminal and an intriguing puzzle, and things are about to get wicked . . .
And I thought
What a great read. Stella and Millie are a delightful and charming mother/daughter team.
I have to admit the plot around an amateur  sleuth/candle shop owner really didn't immediately have my interest but author Christen Beecher lured me.

Murder Makes Scents  is filled with some fun and quirky characters. The friends and family of main character Stella (I loved her name) are her 'tribe' and her
     when things get dicey while she helps a secret agent thwart a ploy to wreck havoc.  

Stella is cunning and undeterred as she searches for tan illusive unidentified spy,  At least he's unidentified until Stella ferrets him out saves  the day for a small country.

Murder Makes Scents is book 2 in the series but it is written as a stand alone.  (Book 1 is on my TBR list!)  It is a fast paced mystery with lots of suspects and lots of fun characters.  

If you enjoy a good cozy check this one out.  
I received a complimentary copy. 
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