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Love Held Captive – Book Review

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After the War Between the States, a Confederate officer longs to heal the heart of a beautiful woman—but first he’ll have to right the wrongs that were done to her.

Major Ethan Kelly has never been able to absolve himself of the guilt he feels for raiding a woman’s home shortly before he was taken prisoner during the Civil War. He is struggling to get through each day until he once again crosses paths with Lizbeth Barclay—the very woman he is trying to forget.

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Wild Man’s Curse – Book Review

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Wild  Man’s Curse by Susannah Sandlin
Series: Wilds of the Bayou #1
Publisher: Montlake Romance
This is my first Susannah Sandlin book and I can say without a doubt, it will not be my last. The setting, voodoo priestess and an ancient curse combined with mystery and suspense fuelled my desire to read this book.

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Behind the Bars – Book Review

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By Brittainy C. Cherry
This is a standalone story, but look for interconnected characters in the future.

 

When I first met Jasmine Greene, she came in as raindrops. I was the awkward musician, and she was the high school queen. The only things we had in common were our music and our loneliness. Something in her eyes told me her smile wasn’t always the truth.Something in her voice gave me  a hope I always wished to find.

And in a flash, she was gone.

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No Regrets – Book Review

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Title: No Regrets
Author:  Aimee Noalane
Series: No Regrets #2
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
Now and then, I would come across a story, which tugs at heart, and bring little tears to my eyes. (No ugly crying) Now this is not an easy feat, few books have ever elicited that feeling. When a book leaves me feeling as if I was on an emotional roller coaster, I know I have found a winner. No Regrets by Aimee Noalane was one of those books.

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Bad Dad – Book Review

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By Sloane Howell
This is a stand alone story.

My son is my life. Nothing on earth matters but him.

Soon, I’ll have to send him out into society. The cruel machine that gnashes innocence and spits out the hollowed remains of a child’s imagination. It’s a place I know all too well, considering my past. I’ve worked hard to separate myself from it, but it looms in the back of my mind—waiting for the perfect moment to strike.

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The Opposite Effect – Book Review

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Title: The Opposite Effect
Author:  Shandi Boyes
Series: Enigma #8
Genres: Chick Lit
I am a big fan of the enemies to lover’s trope—so when I discovered it would be the feature of The Opposite Effect by Shandi Boye I could not wait to dive into the story.  This is the eighth book in The Enigma series, however there is no need to read the previous books prior to reading this installment.

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Real Dirty – Book Review

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By Meghan March
Audio Book Narrated by Elena Wolfe & Sebastian York

 

I have everything a guy could want—a new single burning up the charts, more money than a man could spend, and a woman I’m planning to marry.

Until she doesn’t show up for my proposal.

The life I thought was so perfect, isn’t.

The guy who thought he had everything, doesn’t.

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Immortal Billionaire – Book Review

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Immortal Billionaire by Jane Goodman

Publisher:  Harlequin Nocturne
Published: November 1,  2016
Genres:  Paranormal Romance
Connie Lacey is running and hiding from a stalker, the same person responsible for her attack and mother’s murder four years ago. She cannot risk him getting to her. So when billionaire Sylvester de Leon invited her to spend thirty days on his private island she readily accepted. Her expectations from accepting this offer was protection from her stalker. What she did not expect was her explosive reaction to the enigmatic Sylvester de Leon.

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Hometown Girl – Book Review

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Courtney Walsh returns with a hopeful and emotional new book about seizing second chances, finding yourself, and forging your own path.

B eth Whitaker isn’t supposed to be a small-town girl. She’s always dreamed of leaving Willow Grove, Illinois, for the big city, but she feels trapped, struggling to make up for a mistake that’s haunted her for years. Just when Beth is finally ready to break free, her sister impulsively buys a beloved but run-down farm on the outskirts of town, and she begs Beth to help with the restoration. Reluctantly, Beth agrees to help—and puts her own dreams on hold once again.

Drew Barlow hasn’t been back to Fairwind Farm since he was a boy, and he’s spent all these years trying to outrun the pain of a past he thought he buried long ago. When he learns that the owner has passed away, his heart knows it’s finally time to do the right thing. Returning to Willow Grove, Drew revisits the old farm, where he attempts to piece together his memories and the puzzle of the crime he witnessed so long ago.

Both on a journey to find peace, Beth and Drew are surprised when they begin to experience a restoration of their own. But when long-buried secrets break through the soil and the truth unfurls, will it threaten their budding relationship—and the very future of the farm?

 

GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Waterfall Press
RELEASE DATE: September 19, 2017
PAGES: 382

 

“For once in your life, what if you did something completely unexpected?”

First, that cover. Is it not adorable? I fell in love with it right away.

Then when I found out that Courtney Walsh based the setting of Hometown Girl on my favorite apple orchard on the planet? I was all in.

And then I started reading … and couldn’t stop. Walsh’s engaging writing voice and beautiful way with words immediately immerses you into the story. Before you know it, you’re mentally stopping off for a pastry at Butler’s where you’ll of course chat with Beth and Callie. You’ll want to wrap your arms through the pages and give Beth a huge hug. You’ll find yourself laughing at Molly’s exuberance – and that rascally sheep! You will probably find yourself craving apple cider in any form – straight, with caramel and whipped cream, baked in a donut, hot, cold, whatever. You may also catch yourself keeping an eye out for Drew’s truck…and yeah, Drew himself.

This is a story that makes you part of the family, part of the orchard cleanup, part of the surprise (and very well-crafted) suspense thread. The scene with Beth and the chapel, the prayer journal – that particularly touched a note in my heart. Such a special & meaningful addition to the story.

She held in her hands the prayers of generations.
But more than anything, I loved the theme of finding yourself & what you were created to do. Birdie’s character not only added a bit of quirk to the story but she also added a heap of homespun – and true – wisdom.

…if you do what you were made to do, then you’ll find the peace you’ve been looking for. You can’t work for it, you know. You just have to rest in it.
And can we just talk about Drew and Beth’s first kiss? Whew. Goodness. Still fanning.

There’s something deep down within us, isn’t there, that just wants to be known?
Bottom Line: Hometown Girl is sweet, romantic, witty, and inspirational. A vivid setting, engaging characters, compelling suspense, and a tender theme of purpose and peace. Courtney Walsh has become one of my new favorite authors, and this latest novel reminds me ‘why’ all over again! I really want to read more from these characters and this community. A must-read, no matter the season!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / Love it!

KissingBook Level: 4 / Keep those fans and fainting couches handy!

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Vampire for Christmas – Book Review

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Vampire for Christmas by Felicity Heaton
Publisher:  Dark Rose Publishing
Published: November 2,  2010
Genres:  Paranormal Romance
Pages: 91

 

What the Story is about.
The story introduces Rafe a vampire/vampire hunter and Shannon a demon hunter. They have worked together for two years. Their relationship was unconventional has Shannon hates vampires.  A vampire killed her family several years ago and since then she made it her mission to destroy them. As such, being partnered with one did not sit well with her.

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