Category Archives: Romance

Wedding Belles by: Beth Albright

17251447Title: Wedding Belles
Author: Beth Albright
Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 336
Format: ebook
Source: NetGalley
Purchase: Barnes & Noble | Amazon

Description:

The Sassy Belles are back

and this time, wedding bells are ringing!

Seven months pregnant and head over heels in love, Vivi Ann McFadden is busy pulling together the final details for her wedding to Lewis Heart, famous play-by-play announcer for the Crimson Tide. But with two wedding-planners-gone-wild, a psychic giving her advice, and the ceremony happening on the same day as the wildly popular Crimson Tide kickoff game, chaos reigns supreme. Luckily, maid of honor Blake O’Hara Heart is on the job. She’ll tackle this wedding if it’s the last thing she does!

But not everyone is cheering for the happy couple. News of the upcoming nuptials has brought Lewis’s old flame back to Tuscaloosa and she’s got a secret that could mean the end of Lewis’s marriage before it even begins.

Sexy Southern funwith a hint of magnolia!

My Thoughts:

Vivi McFadden is getting ready to get married and have her first baby with her fiance Lewis Heart, but what she doesn’t know is that he’s already married. Part of some hazing in college he got roped into a “fake wedding” but what he doesn’t realize is how real it was.

Also Blake O’Hara who’s all but divorced her no good jerky husband except he’s running for office and now she has to play the happy wife who isn’t stepping out on her no good jerk of a husband with Sonny a chief homicide detective. A man she loved since she was a young belle.

Also while all this is going on Blake is also working on a murder case of her client’s family of Walter Aaron’s who are fighting with insurance company to get his death benefits. Which opens all sorts of issues as to who would want to kill him? Or why he got a secret marriage all of the sudden and then died. And who is the mysterious bride Mrs. Tamlyn H. Hartman Aaron?

This book was so much fun I felt like I was reading similar books I’ve read by Sherryl Woods her magnolia series, I would definitely put this book in with those. I love southern women stories, they have such character, dedication and lots of love to share! Definitely my new go to author for southern books and fun characters! Can’t wait to see what happens next!

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Crossing by: Stacey Wallace Benefiel

17568564Title: Crossing
Author: Stacey Wallace Benefiel
Publisher: Write Free
Format: ebook
Source: NetGalley
Purchase: Barnes & Noble | Amazon

Description:

He stole her lipstick…and her heart.

Twenty-year-old Dani Walker can’t believe her luck when she’s paired up with the gorgeous Liam Garrett as her Acting I scene partner – or when he ends up in her bed. Being a Plain Jane with a mouth on her hasn’t exactly served Dani well in the guy department. In fact, she’s had nothing but one night stands. Still, she lets go of her insecurities and falls for Liam, despite feeling like he’s holding something back.

When Dani finally discovers Liam’s secret, she must learn the true meaning of accepting the ones we love for who they are, or risk losing the best thing that’s ever happened to her.

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed this book which started out with Dani Walker who’s the girl that never seems to get the “IT” guy the popular, attractive guy that the popular girls get. When she meets Liam Garrett she wonders why he’s picking her out of all the girls at school to hook up with.

What Dani learns are the secrets of Liam and why he’s not just with any girl. It was such a great love story, showing diversity and acceptance. Learning to love and accept what you may not know about some people their hidden secrets and such.

I think everyone young adult around the 18 year mark should check out this book and learn the valuable lessons Dani learns it’s such a great romantic story!

Flight by: Alyssa Rose Ivy Review and Giveaway

Title: Flight
Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy
Pages: 255
Source: Full Moon Bites Book Tour
Format: ebook Arc
Series: The Crescent Chronicles #1

Description:

Sometimes you just have to take flight.

A summer in New Orleans is exactly what Allie needs before starting college. Accepting her dad’s invitation to work at his hotel offers an escape from her ex-boyfriend and the chance to spend the summer with her best friend. Meeting a guy is the last thing on her mind—until she sees Levi.

Unable to resist the infuriating yet alluring Levi, Allie finds herself at the center of a supernatural society and forced to decide between following the path she has always trusted or saving a city that might just save her.

My Thoughts:

I was given this book in exchange for a honest and fair review.  I received no money to sway my opinion.

Allie and her friend Jess take to New Orleans for a job working for Allie’s father.  Allie is all set in her path in life to go to Princeton.  What she didn’t count on was meeting Levi who seems to fire something inside of her not even she could predict.  Jess starts out as a typical friend the opposite of Allie early on Jess ends up leaving and in so leaves Allie on her own like her father does.  She takes up with Levi knowing that there is something mysterious about him and doing her best to figure it out.

We also meet Levi’s friend Jared, Owen and Owen’s sister Hailey.  Hailey ends up being a great friend to Allie bonding with her.  Filing in the hole left by Jess, Hailey fills in Allie on the supernatural side of Levi.

I really enjoyed this story I can’t wait to see how it continues it’s definitely up there with some of the greatest YA authors like Lauren Kate, Becca Fitzpatrick and Cate Tiernan to mention a few.  I think everyone who loves YA, paranormal will love this story!

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Sunrise Point by: Robyn Carr

Title: Sunrise Point
Author: Robyn Carr
Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 378
Series: Virgin River #19
Format: Paperback

Description:

Former Marine Tom Cavanaugh’s come home to Virgin River, ready to take over his family’s apple orchard and settle down. He knows just what the perfect woman will be like: sweet, decent, maybe a little naive. The marrying kind.

Nothing like Nora Crane. So why can’t he keep his eyes off the striking single mother?

Nora may not have a formal education, but she graduated with honors from the school of hard knocks. She’s been through tough times and she’ll do whatever it takes to support her family, including helping with harvest time at the Cavanaugh’s orchard. She’s always kept a single-minded focus on staying afloat…but suddenly her thoughts keep drifting back to rugged, opinionated Tom Cavanaugh.

Both Nora and Tom have their own ideas of what family means. But they’re about to prove each other completely wrong..

My Thoughts:

I was so glad Nora finally got her own book.  After being left deserted in Virgin River by her drug happy ex-boyfriend Nora is determined to provide for her kids and do better than her mother was with her.  She meets Tom Cavanaugh who has an apple orchard with his grandmother who’s raised him for a long time.  Tom having returned from the war is trying to start a romance with Miss Picky Pants * her actual name is Darla* as his grandmother refers to her.  Tom tries to keep his newest employee Nora at arms length even though the sparks are there.  They relationship starts out slow as friends and when Nora is faced with a painful decision to make, Tom gives her something else to think about.  With the attraction reaching an all time high.

I really liked this story of a single mother turning her life around and doing well for her kids, also learning about her past and reconnecting with her father after her mothers passing.  Tom has his own issues he has to deal with the most of which is dealing with Nora and deciding if he can be a father to someone else’s kids.  It was such a great romance!  My favorite character in this book has to be Tom’s Grandmother Maxie I loved how she had her own opinions about the relationships Tom was dealing with!

Catching Fireflies by: Sherryl Woods

Title: Catching Fireflies
Author: Sherryl Woods
Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 400
Format: Paperback
Series: The Sweet Magnolias #9

Description:

Sherryl Woods captures a community’s heartfelt fight to preserve the innocence of childhood When bullying threatens to destroy a teen’s life, painful memories resurface for dedicated high school teacher Laura Reed and pediatrician J. C. Fullerton. With the support of the Sweet Magnolias, they bring the town together to ensure that a promising student’s future isn’t ruined. And to establish once and for all that bullying has no place in Serenity, South Carolina. Both J.C.’s and Laura’s passion for the cause is deeply personal, and their growing feelings for each other are just as strong. But with so many secret hurts to overcome, can these two vulnerable lovers find the strength to believe in happily ever after?

My Thoughts:

For starters I love the cover artwork that Sherryl Woods uses on her books they always look so beautiful.  This one is one of my favorites.  This is the story of teacher Laura Reed and Pediatrician J.C. Fullerton and more than them it’s the story of Misty Davidson.  When Misty is having trouble dealing with a group of popular kids at school she tries everything to get out of school from going to her teacher to get out of advanced English to her Doctor to get excused from school permanently.  Both Laura and C.J. have their own reasons for standing up to this bullying situation.   They rally to get the school to do what is right and prove there is a no tolerance for bullying.  It was a great story that touches on something that has gone on for years in schools.  I was so proud at the end of Misty and how she handled the bullying!  What a great book to a great series!

The Color of Snow by: Brenda Stanley

Title: The Color of Snow
Author: Brenda Stanley
Publisher: Tribute Books
Format: ebook
Source: Tribute Books Book Tour

Description:

When a beautiful 16-year-old girl named Sophie is found sequestered in a cage-like room in a rundown house in the desolate hills of Arbon Valley, Idaho, the entire community is shocked to learn she is the legendary Callidora–a baby girl who was kidnapped from her crib almost seventeen years ago and canonized in missing posters with portraits of what the fabled girl might resemble. Authorities soon learn that the cage was there to protect people from Sophie, because her biological father believes she is cursed.

Sophie is discovered after the man she knows as Papa, shoots and injures Damien, a young man who is trying to rescue her. Now, unsocialized and thrust into the world, and into a family she has never met, Sophie must decide whether she should accept her Papa’s claims that she is cursed and he was only trying to protect others, or trust the new people in her life who have their own agendas. Guided by a wise cousin, Sophie realizes that her most heartbreaking challenge is to decide if her love for Damien will destroy him like her Papa claims, or free her from past demons that haunt her mind.

My Thoughts:

What a gripping story.  This one grabs you from the first page.  When Sophie is found living with her father in a cage of a bedroom it’s up to the police to rescue her from her father.  Everything Sophie has known has been turned upside down.  She has been taught to not get close with anyone due to a curse, what she doesn’t know is that tragedy strikes everyone.  You also learn about a relationship between Luke and Vee who ultimately are Sophie’s parents you also learn about mistakes everyone made in life.  Sophie finds solace with her cousin Stephanie.  Stephanie shows Sophie that the world is hers and she needs to make herself free of her crazy upbringing.

Sophie learns alot about the people around her who have left the world at different times.  She learns that simple explanations were not given would have made Sophie feel not so freakish.  She also ends up falling in love with the boy her father shot Damien whom she had been friends with for a long time.  About how he never gave up on her even when she pushes him aside.

This was a great journey for Sophie and I felt like I was right next to her.  It was a great book full of mystery and parts left made you wonder how crazy some people can be.  Definitely a book for those ya junkies!  Loved it!

Somebody to Love by: Kristan Higgins

Title: Somebody to Love
Author: Kristan Higgins
Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 425
Format: Paperback

Description:

After her father loses the family fortune in an insider-trading scheme, single mom Parker Welles is faced with some hard decisions. First order of business: go to Gideon’s Cove, Maine, to sell the only thing she now owns—a decrepit house in need of some serious flipping. When her father’s wingman, James Cahill, asks to go with her, she’s not thrilled — …even if he is fairly gorgeous and knows his way around a toolbox.

Having to fend for herself financially for the first time in her life, Parker signs on as a florist’s assistant and starts to find out who she really is. Maybe James isn’t the glib lawyer she always thought he was. And maybe the house isn’t the only thing that needs a little TLC….

My Thoughts:

I found myself loving various parts of this book. When Parker Welles finds out her father has screwed life up with killing her trust fund and her sons, she travels to Gideon’s Cove Maine to flip a house. What she doesn’t count on falling for her father’s former lawyer James Cahill. The people of Gideon’s Cove welcome Parker. She learns alot about them and herself. She also falls in love with James Cahill the attorney her father spent more time with then his own daughter. He learns about James dark secrets in his family. We also get to see how Malone and Maggie are doing and of course Parker’s friends Ethan and Lucy. Definitely great to go back and see how past characters are doing. I also enjoyed watching Parker sort through her feelings and figure out what she wants. Definitely a great book, I really enjoy reading Kristan Higgins books. My new favorite contemporary romance writer!

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