Friday, February 15, 2019

Author Interview: Jaime Jo Wright

A few weeks ago I reviewed Jaime Jo Wright's newest release "Curse of Misty Wayfair", and today I'm interviewing her! 😍😍😍

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Have you always wanted to be an author?

J: I have since I was thirteen. When I discovered the fun of telling stories, I never wanted to stop!

Where do you stand on Hallmark Christmas movies?

J: Mmmmm, this one’s tough. Typically, not a fan. This year? I was actually advised by my doctor to watch “lighthearted” material to help ease some of my autoimmune anxiety struggles. LOL So, I actually enjoyed a few although desperately missing my dark, Gothic comics and unsolved mystery podcasts.

Tea or coffee? Iced or hot?

J: COFFEE! Hot.

If you could write in another genre, which would it be?

J: Probably speculative. I think it’d be fun to write a whole other world.

I would love to see a speculative story from you! *swoon*

What are your favorite scenes to write?

J: The creepy ones!!! I usually write them and then have to edit so they’re not so dark as to alienate 80% of my readers LOL!

Those happen to be my favorite to read!

Which one of your characters is MOST like you? Least like you?

J: Hmmmm, most like me . . . probably Heidi from The Curse of Misty Wayfair. Least like me? Ivy from The House on Foster Hill.

Could you see your books turning into movies? If so which would you want produced first?

J: I think it’d be fun to see them turned into movies! I think my preference would be The House on Foster Hill because--I mean--creepy house….

I would love to see them try and pull that one off.

What is your favorite holiday?

J: Thanksgiving. I love cozy home, candles, pie, and naps. LOL!

MMMM. Yes, love all those things!

What’s your favorite season?

J: Autumn, for sure, with Winter a close second.

AGREED! It's not even spring yet and I'm anxiously awaiting fall.

Where did the inspiration for this story come from?

J: There were quite a few elements that contributed to it. I’ve always wanted to write a creepy story around an asylum. Some of it was personal experience, to be honest. And then, I wanted the challenge of writing a ghost story without actually writing a ghost story. LOL I can’t explain further without giving away spoilers.

You did an AMAZING job blending both of these thoughts into a beautifully creepy story. (That's all I'm going to say because you all need to read it yourselves)

Proficient gift wrapper or gift bag and done?

J: How about neither? I usually forget both and end up Walmart bagging it with a pathetic excuse that I’m a writer not a crafter.

Ha, well I'm sure all of your friends are fine with it if you keep pumping out your books.

Thank you so much Jaime for being here today!

If you haven't read a Jaime Jo Wright book I HIGHLY recommend you run to your nearest library or bookstore and get your hands on one.

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ABOUT THE BOOK

"Left at an orphanage as a child, Thea Reed vowed to find her mother someday. Now grown, her search takes her to Pleasant Valley, Wisconsin, in 1908. When clues lead her to a mental asylum, Thea uses her experience as a post-mortem photographer to gain access and assist groundskeeper Simeon Coyle in photographing the patients and uncovering the secrets within. However, she never expected her personal quest would reawaken the legend of Misty Wayfair, a murdered woman who allegedly haunts the area and whose appearance portends death.

A century later, Heidi Lane receives a troubling letter from her mother—who is battling dementia—compelling her to travel to Pleasant Valley for answers to her own questions of identity. When she catches sight of a ghostly woman who haunts the asylum ruins in the woods, the long-standing story of Misty Wayfair returns—and with it, Heidi's fear for her own life.

As two women across time seek answers about their identities and heritage, can they overcome the threat of the mysterious curse that has them inextricably intertwined?"





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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Professional coffee drinker & Daphne du Maurier and Christy Award Winning author, Jaime Jo Wright resides in the hills of Wisconsin writing spirited romantic suspense stained with the shadows of history. Coffee fuels her snarky personality. She lives in Neverland with her Cap’n Hook who stole her heart and will not give it back, their little fairy Tinkerbell, and a very mischievous Peter Pan. The foursome embark on scores of adventure that only make her fall more wildly in love with romance and intrigue. Jaime lives in dreamland, exists in reality, and invites you to join her adventures at jaimejowright.com






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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Review: Brunch at Bittersweet Cafe

Brunch at Bittersweet Cafe

"From the RITA Award–winning author of Five Days in Skye comes a sweet, romantic treat that will leave you hungry for more.

Baker and pastry chef Melody Johansson has always believed in finding the positive in every situation, but seven years after she moved to Denver, she can’t deny that she’s stuck in a rut. One relationship after another has ended in disaster, and her classical French training is being wasted on her night job in a mediocre chain bakery. Then the charming and handsome private pilot Justin Keller lands on the doorstep of her workplace in a snowstorm, and Melody feels like it’s a sign that her luck is finally turning around.

Justin is intrigued by the lively bohemian baker, but the last thing he’s looking for is a relationship. His own romantic failures have proven that the demands of his job are incompatible with meaningful connections, and he’s already pledged his life savings to a new business venture across the country―an island air charter in Florida with his sister and brother-in-law.

Against their better judgment, Melody and Justin find themselves drawn together by their unconventional career choices and shared love of adventure. But when an unexpected windfall provides Melody with the chance to open her dream bakery-café in Denver with her best friend, chef Rachel Bishop, she’s faced with an impossible choice: stay and put down roots with the people and place she’s come to call home . . . or give it all up for the man she loves."


Author: Carla Laureano
Length: 432 pages
Series: Saturday Night Supper Club (book 2)


Dreams, Love and Carbs.
You can't go wrong with any of these things!


GUYS! I got to be around carbs and sugar and I didn't gain a single pound. (I also wasn't able to eat any of it which was definitely a downfall...)

I loved the premise of this book! The best friends-- who are more like sisters--, the dreams put on hold until they finally got fed up with life and made their dreams a reality, the bakery and all the things that went with it.
It was different than anything I've read in this genre before. 

There were some great characters in this book. The main characters and the side characters! 

Melody just wanted to be somebody's pick. She had a lot relationships fall through, she was hurt time and time again by people she thought loved her. Yet through it all she kept this hope for a happily ever after. 
She was an easy going character, but she was still knew how to take control of a situation. 

Justin was a strong character who didn't want to give up the control he had on his life. He had a plan and he stuck with it. He was a flirtatious hunk, but underneath he was scared to stray away from the comfortable.
He was a great guy, and I loved him! 😍

There was a lot of chemistry in this book! (I love chemistry, but there were a few instances that were bordering on too much) Still I loved it! There was a ton of wit and banter from all the characters , but especially from Justin & Melody. I was smiling like a fool because if the dialogue. 

There were a few things I personally did not agree with. In the end the author got the message that we need to trust God even when the answer seems like a "no", it might just mean "not yet". It was full of hope.

Overall it was a really great read! I did enjoy the writing style and I am excited to give the next book a try. 
I rated it a 4/5 stars. 

Disclaimer:
*There was a lot of alcohol drinking and some talk about having sex before marriage.*

*I received this book from the publisher**All opinions are my own*

Monday, February 11, 2019

Review: Never Vie for a Viscount

Never Vie for a Viscount

"The perky Lydia Villers is determined to leave behind her life as a social butterfly and do what she’s always dreamed of doing, pursue a career in natural philosophy. A shame the only scientist available to assist her is the one man she had once hoped to wed. 

The brilliant Frederick, Viscount Worthington, Worth to his friends, has been betrayed too many times, including by the bubbly beauty who now wants to work at his side. How can he believe Lydia’s intentions are true this time? After all, someone is intent of sabotaging his efforts to create the perfect hot air balloon. But with the help of Miss Thorn and her beloved cat Fortune, the enthusiastic young lady and the wary lord might just discover that only together do they make the perfect chemistry.

This sweet, clean Regency romance is the sequel to Never Envy an Earl. Fortune’s Brides: Only a matchmaking cat can hunt true love."


Author: Regina Scott
Length: 244 pages
Series: Fortune Brides (book 4)


One false tale and their happily ever after was over,
Can a shared love of science bring them back together?


This whole series has been adorable romance after adorable romance, and this one was just perfect! 😍

Lydia wasn't my favorite character when we first met her in "Never Borrow a Baronet". She was super immature when the book first started, but by the end of the story I knew she was a diamond in the rough.
This book proved my hypothesis was correct! She was the sweetest thing, but she never let anyone walk all over her. Even when accusations and nasty words were being thrown at her she held her head high and responded with kindness and a smile. 
She had brilliant ideas, in science and in how to deal with people. She definitely grew up a lot from book 2 to book 4. She became sure of her passion and purpose and she gave everything she had to it.

Worth was such an adorable character. He was so oblivious, but like in a "so smart he's not" way. He just made me smile. He preferred science to people, science was unchanging people were unstable. He guarded himself because he didn't want to get hurt again, but it never stopped him from furthering the well being of others.

I loved all of the characters, from the main to the secondary. 
I cannot wait for Charlotte's story! 😍 Though I will be sad to see the series end.

I really enjoyed the science aspects, it was interesting to read about the beginning phases of the hot air balloon. Overall I loved the story!
I rated it a 5/5 stars.

*I received this book from the author**All opinions are my own*

Friday, February 8, 2019

Review: A Return of Devotion

A Return of Devotion

"Daphne Blakemoor was perfectly happy living in her own secluded world for twelve years. She had everything she needed--loved ones, a true home, and time to indulge her imagination. But when ownership of the estate where she works as a housekeeper passes on, and the new marquis has an undeniable connection to her past, everything she's come to rely upon is threatened.

William, Marquis of Chemsford's main goal in life is to be the exact opposite of his father. Starting a new life in the peace and quiet of the country sounds perfect until his housekeeper turns his life upside down. 

They've spent their lives hiding from the past. Can they find the courage to face their deepest wounds and, perhaps, find a new path for the future together?"


Author: Kristi Ann Hunter
Length: 400 pages
Series: Haven Manor (book 2)


I KNEW I shouldn't have started this book at 8 p.m on a work night! 
Did I listen to myself? 
No.
The consequence of this was staying up until 3 a.m, then having to be the perkiest zombie in the Subway industry! (Do not ask me how I made it through that shift)
Am I sorry?
No.

I know Kristi Ann Hunter will ALWAYS grab my eyeballs and my heart within the first few words, and this book did not disappoint! I was instantly swept back to Haven Manor and I disappeared into the story within minutes. 

If you've read book 1 "Defense of Honor" then you know we technically got Daphne's story then, however we got it from Kit's perspective then. We finally got to see Daphne's pain, Daphne's scars in this book. 

There were some very powerful scenes when she REALIZED she lost her self when Benedict was born. Though she was not my favorite character I really admire how she fought to find herself after she realized how lost she really was.

 William. I liked him. Why?
Because he was arrogant. Weird I know, but hear me out!
In this time period aristocrats were supposed to have this mentality. He was a marquis and he KNEW it, and he knew how to use the power the title gave him. Yet he was a gentle and slightly unconventional aristocrat. He was very complex, and I liked him...

Both Daphne and William were very solitary individuals, but in different ways. And they had a chasm worth of differences between those reasons. They still balanced each other out super well. 
Their love story was not what one normally sees, a normal happily ever after did not happen. They MADE their own, they made it work for their quirks because love overcomes all those little things.

The author did an amazing job crafting a hopeful story out of a hopeless situation. 
This series is definitely deeper than her other one, but she still finds a way to bring humor, wit and unwavering love to her stories. Not only does she do a FABULOUS job writing romances, she always shows GOD'S love too! 

I did enjoy this story, but I'm chomping at the bit to get Jess' story. She's a mystery and it should be a fun ride. 😏
I rated this 4/5 stars.

*I received this from the author**All opinions are my own*


Quotes:

It might be worth keeping Mrs. Blakemoor around simply for the plethora of surprises that came along with her.

He'd always made decisions based on what was practical, but ever since this woman entered his life, he'd been faced with the human aspect. He now had to consider people and their feelings.
It was dreadfully uncomfortable.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Blitz: The Sewing Sisters' Society

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Welcome to the Blog Blitz & Giveaway for The Sewing Sisters' Society, a collection of historical novellas by Ruth Logan Herne, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


ABOUT THE BOOK


Sewing Sisters Cover 2 (4) Title: The Sewing Sisters' Society

Author: Ruth Logan Herne

Genre: Historical/Western Romance novellas

Release Date: January 22, 2019


Hattie McGillicuddy might not look like your typical matchmaker, but Hattie makes things happen in the little town of Second Chance, South Dakota. With the arrival of the railroad and official statehood, Hattie’s determined to bring brides west, and not just any brides. Brides who need the wide open prairie as much as the prairie- and the prairie men- need them! Three pioneer stories of unlikely love are woven around a little town full of homespun characters that take us back to another place and another time but with the same faith, hope and love we cherish today.

Macy can’t sew a lick, and she’s come to town with a sacrifice and a secret, but when Hattie’s first apprentice is attracted to the pastor of the only church in town—the man raising her illegitimate son— will the truth set her free? Or make her leave the town and her son behind? (The Pastor Takes a Wife)

Unjustly accused, Nellie comes west to escape the law. She has a way with tucks and gathers, and every Western town could use more tucks and gathers. She’s determined to improve the drab look of the prairie and manages to brighten hearts as well. But will her quick speech and firm ideas of women’s suffrage draw Levi Eichas closer or send the somber carriage maker running? (Second Chance Christmas)

Grief has robbed Ann Hazel, but when her aunt pushes her to go west and help an ailing Hattie McGillicuddy turn hems, Ann’s shamed into it. She’s managed to avoid life for awhile, but when Sol Eichas’s nanny comes down sick, Ann reluctantly agrees to help. As she winds her way around Sol’s heart and home, can the two troubled souls leave the past behind to embrace a future together? (Second Chance at Love)


PURCHASE LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon


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EXCERPT 
FROM "THE PASTOR TAKES A WIFE"

As he cut across the road, temptation pulled him in the other direction. He had to stop himself from turning right and walking straight down to Hattie’s place, because it wasn’t concern for Chickie that drew his interest.
It was the wish to see what Macy was up to, how she was getting on, and wouldn’t that put him in a fine pickle? He’d been warding off invites and potlucks from the first day he rode into town nearly three years back. The minute women realized he was a widowed father, they set their caps to make things right, and by ‘right’ they meant a mother for his child and a wife for him.
He’d had no interest, then.
Now his awareness was piqued, but he made a firm turn to the left and headed for the church. If there was something to come from this attraction, it would come in its own time. Work, first.
An hour later he’d written one foolish sentence five different ways, and couldn’t think of anything other than the kind way Macy took charge of Chickie the previous day. And there was the matter of her smile, soft and perfect. The sincerity of her words and the directness of her gaze.

He balled up the latest sheet of paper, scolded his foolish extravagance, and rolled his desk chair toward the window. Bright sun shone down on the growing town, the summer heat moving the air in thick waves.

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...and COMING MARCH 2019!

A Most Inconvenient Love - Front Cover

A Most Inconvenient Love - Ruthy's first full-length historical novel! 
Set in Second Chance, South Dakota (like The Sewing Sisters' Society)



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Best-selling, multi-published, award-winning author Ruth Logan Herne is the author of nearly fifty novels and novellas through traditional publishers and her own independent works. She loves God, her family, country, coffee, chocolate and dogs, and wishes possums would leave the cat food on the side porch alone. And yet… they don’t. With over a million books in print, Ruthy is living her dream of touching hearts and souls by writing the kind of books she likes to read.

She lives on a pumpkin farm in Western New York where they grow all kinds of cool things for fall from sumptuous squashes and veggies to gorgeous stacking pumpkins. Ruthy’s farm is quickly becoming the place to be every September and October!


CONNECT WITH RUTHY: website | Facebook | Twitter





Sewing Sisters blitz giveaway


TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will win a 'books and chocolate' prize pack from the author (US only), including at least:
  • (1) print copy of The Sewing Sisters' Society
  • (1) print copy of Christmas on the Frontier
  • chocolate!
Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight February 6, 2019 and last through 11:59 pm February 13, 2019. US only. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.




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Guest Post + Giveaway: Livy Jarmusch

If you are on Instagram you have probably seen this beautiful soul before. Livy Jarmusch is Christian author who's love for God shines in literally everything she does. She has a heart for people and you can see it!

She recently put out a WONDERFUL program for anyone wanting to start a blog, but a lot scared of stepping out.
I even have a code that will give you a quite a discount. (But more on that later on)

In light of the release there is a blog tour going on and today Livy is going to be stopping by to talk about the power of vision.
So without further ado the brilliant Livy!




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Books. The one thing you can never have too many of.

As readers, we might have different preferences in style, genre, setting, and subject matter, but at the end of the day we can all agree on one thing: books are powerful. If crafted well, they have the ability to transport our hearts to another place in time, sweeping us away in an unforgettable adventure!  

My name is Livy Lynn, and I’m the author of The Coronation, a modern YA Christian fiction book which centers around a modern-day monarchy in the whimsical, Europain nation of Tarsurella. The Coronation was the first novel I ever completed. Before that, I suffered from a terrible plague: the start-a-million-stories-but-never-finish-them, plague.

Yup, it happens to the best of us, and if you’ve ever dabbled in writing fiction, I’m sure you can relate!     

When a story idea strikes like lightning the inspiration kicks in all at once and we HAVE to write. But then, after a few days, weeks, or months, the excitement wears off, and we find ourselves staring at a blank screen.

And then, another BETTER idea pops in, so we jump ship, swim through the ocean of endless ideas, and begin building something new! Until the next idea comes along. And then the next, and the next…

Does this pattern sound familiar? Do you find yourself doing this in your own life? As humans, sometimes we struggle with FINISHING projects and being faithful to complete what we said we were going to do.

The same thing happens in the blogging world. We launch out on a new endeavor, aglow with excitement, until we write several posts and realize that nobody is reading them. Then, we give up, or get distracted with our next, new, sparkly idea.

As Christians, this isn’t a very productive way to live life. God has called us to touch this world for His glory and we’re not doing a very good job representing Him if we struggle to finish our goals and assignments.  

The Power of Vision: Know Where You’re Going!

In the midst of all our busy activity: writing books, publishing blogs, launching businesses, juggling college coursework - do we stop and ask ourselves why? Why am I doing what I’m doing? What is my motivation for this and why is it important to me?

Sometimes I find myself SO wrapped up in the business of my own life, I don’t even remember why I’m pushing myself so hard in the first place!  
When we read God’s Word, we see the importance of having a vision, knowing our purpose, and knowing why we’re going to do something, before we set off excitedly toward our newest idea.

Jesus told His disciples, “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down to estimate and see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish it.’” (Luke 14:28-30)

Faithfulness is a character quality we are to grow in as we deepen our relationship with the Lord. At the end of our lives we all want to hear the Father say, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”

I believe it’s important to do as Jesus said and count the cost before we start something new. To truly slow down and take stock of ourselves, asking questions like:

Why am I passionate about this?

Where did this idea come from?

Is this something the Lord is leading me into in this season of my life?

What might I have to sacrifice in order to see this happen?

Once we know our WHY and our purpose for doing something, we’re able to stick with it for the long run!

I work with a lot of bloggers, coaching them and helping them reach their blogging dreams, and before they launch into their newest project, I challenge them to discover their why.

To slow down, pray about it, open their journals, and ask the Lord to speak to their hearts.

Habakkuk 2:2 says: “Write the vision, make it plain on tablets, that a harold may run with it.”

Once you know why you’re doing what you’re doing, write it down, post it on your wall, and daily remind yourself of your purpose, you’re SO much less likely to give up! Having a strong why can pull you through the hardest of days, even when tackling massive projects like blogging or writing a book!


Bonus: Giveaway for Bloggers!

Are you a new or aspiring blogger? Or maybe you’ve been blogging for years and the idea of learning how to earn income on your website sounds really appealing. But where do you even begin? I’m SO excited to share my 20 Day video series for bloggers! It’s called Fire Starter: Launching a Blog that Blazes! This interactive course teaches bloggers (both old and new) how to create their dream blog or website, monetize their site, AND give them all the tools, encouragement, and support needed to be truly successful on their journey! The Fire Starter course is listed at $150.00 but we have a special code for you to get $100 off! Simply add the coupon code: forthelove (no spaces, no caps) when checking out, and you’re all set!



To celebrate the release of Fire Starter, I’m also giving away a free Skype Session to talk about blogging goals, writing advice, and how to take your blog to the next level! (Or, if you’re too shy to video chat, we can totally do it over email.) My sweet friend Bella and I love coaching bloggers and authors through our Cheerleader Sessions! (Link: https://www.livylynnblog.com/2018/01/15/cheerleader-sessions/ ). This is our first time giving away a free session and we’re SO excited!

Entering for a chance to win is super simple! Just hop on over to my blog and sign up for my free email updates (and I’ll throw in a free e-book, just to say thanks!) and you’re all set! Link: https://livylynnblog.us14.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=52a89184eecb2e965d9ddfa27&id=4e615b60ba

Lots of love,

~Livy Lynn

About the Author:

Livy Lynn is a twenty-something author, singer, and songwriter. She enjoys crafting YA fiction that is pure, lovely, inspirational, and of course, entertaining! When she’s not writing, you can usually find her playing guitar, blogging, drinking peppermint tea, connecting with new friends, planning her next trip to Disney, or pinning images of Europe and Golden Retriever Puppies!

Come get connected at www.livylynnblog.com


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Isn't she just great?! I love her.
And that giveaway though! A FREE CHEERLEADER SESSIONS! 😍😍

Don't forget to enter the giveaway if this something that might interest you!


Saturday, February 2, 2019

Review: Her Last Chance Cowboy





"When pregnant single mother Hannah Vincent shows up professing to be the half sister of the Maxwells of Big Heart Ranch, horse trainer Tripp Walker is wary. Wounded before, he doesn’t trust easily. If only Hannah and her feisty five-year-old daughter weren’t so impossible to resist. Now, despite his doubts, joining this little family is quickly becoming the cautious cowboy’s greatest wish."





Author: Tina Radcliffe
Length: 224 pages
Series: Big Heart Ranch, book 4


She came seeking family…
Will she find love at Big Heart Ranch


I always get excited when I hear Tina Radcliffe is putting out a book. She has quickly worked her way into my "top favorite authors" list! This book was no exception, I've been anxiously awaiting this book since book 3 of the series came out.

If there ever was a character that I wanted to pluck out of a book and hug, it was Tripp Walker! He's been such a strong character since the beginning of the series, but I always knew there was something below the surface. 
I was THRILLED when I found out he was going to get his own happily ever after. 

I loved seeing him interact with the horses and all the kids. He really was the biggest teddy bear around. He was so gentle and sweet, and humble to boot. He just was a great character!

Hannah wasn't my favorite. She seemed very cookie cutter, single mom to me. She was a helicopter mom who wanted to keep her daughter close and never trust a man again. And though I get WHY she was like this, the character wasn't original so she kind of bored me more than anything. I did see some change throughout the story, but it wasn't enough to get me to love her.

Here's the thing, everyone knows that the love inspired line follows a hand full of plots. There is a rare occurrence when an author can write characters so unlike anything else you forget that its a love inspired book. Normally Tina KILLS the writing characters with a twist game, however this one was meh. 

I seriously LOVED the Extreme Mustang Makeover sub-plot, I honestly wish this part of the story had more screen time. It was such a great aspect!

The story overall was good, it wasn't my favorite of the series. It felt like it was missing something, but I can't pinpoint what it was. 
It was a good end to a great series. I will definitely miss Big Heart Ranch and its crew!
I rated this a 3.5/5 stars.

*I received this book from the author**All opinions are my own*