Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Series Blitz: Beauty in Flight - Day 3

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Welcome to the Blog Blitz & Giveaway for the Beauty In Flight series by Robin Patchen, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


ABOUT THE BOOK


Title: Beauty in Battle (book #3)

Author: Robin Patchen

Publisher: JDO Publishing

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release Date: April 9, 2019


The truth is out, but will it set her free or land her in the grave?

Harper doesn’t want to return to Maryland to face the police. The mess she left behind makes her look guilty of the worst, but it’s too late to run again. Red is safe and the authorities are waiting. At least Jack is by her side.

Now that Jack knows the truth, his feelings for Harper are deeper than ever. He’s not about to leave her side, especially knowing a killer is after her.

But Derrick is on their trail, and he’s come unhinged. And he may not be the biggest threat lurking.



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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Aside from her family and her Savior, Robin Patchen has two loves—writing and traveling. If she could combine them, she’d spend a lot of time sitting in front of her laptop at sidewalk cafes and ski lodges and beachside burger joints. She’d visit every place in the entire world—twice, if possible—and craft stories and tell people about her Savior. Alas, time is too short and money is too scarce for Patchen to traipse all over the globe, even if her husband and kids wanted to go with her. So she stays in Oklahoma, shares the Good News when she can, and writes to illustrate the unending grace of God through the power and magic of story.



 CONNECT WITH ROBIN: website | Facebook | Twitter




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TOUR GIVEAWAY


(1) winner will win:
  • a set of all 3 books in the Beauty series (print for US winner; ebook for Int. winner)
  • $25 Amazon gift card

Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight March 11, 2019 and last through 11:59 pm March 24, 2019. Void where prohibited by law. 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.


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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Series Blitz: Beauty in Flight - Day 2

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Welcome to the Blog Blitz & Giveaway for the Beauty In Flight series by Robin Patchen, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


ABOUT THE BOOK


Title: Beauty in Hiding (book #2)

Author: Robin Patchen

Publisher: JDO Publishing

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release Date: March 12, 2019

Harper’s second chance at life will become a second stint in prison if anyone connects her to those two dead men.
Nutfield, New Hampshire, is as good a place as any to hide from the murderer Harper left behind in Maryland. All she has to do is lie low and make enough money to keep herself and Red alive until she can figure out who her enemies are.

Jack Rossi is mystified by his beautiful new tenant and her confused grandfather. Something's not right, but the love he sees between them and the care she takes of the old man convinces Jack they're trustworthy. As drawn as he is to Harper, she’s his tenant, so she’s off limits.

Derrick, Harper's ex-boyfriend and Red’s grandson, needs to find his grandfather and get his hands on the old man’s money before Derrick ends up with a bullet in the skull. And when he gets his hands on Harper, she’ll be sorry for what she’s put him through.

Harper and Jack grow closer, but so do her enemies. If the truth comes out, she may lose her freedom—or her life.


PURCHASE: Goodreads | Amazon


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Aside from her family and her Savior, Robin Patchen has two loves—writing and traveling. If she could combine them, she’d spend a lot of time sitting in front of her laptop at sidewalk cafes and ski lodges and beachside burger joints. She’d visit every place in the entire world—twice, if possible—and craft stories and tell people about her Savior. Alas, time is too short and money is too scarce for Patchen to traipse all over the globe, even if her husband and kids wanted to go with her. So she stays in Oklahoma, shares the Good News when she can, and writes to illustrate the unending grace of God through the power and magic of story.


 CONNECT WITH ROBIN: website | Facebook | Twitter




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TOUR GIVEAWAY


(1) winner will win:
  • a set of all 3 books in the Beauty series (print for US winner; ebook for Int. winner)
  • $25 Amazon gift card

Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight March 11, 2019 and last through 11:59 pm March 24, 2019. Void where prohibited by law. 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.


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Monday, March 11, 2019

Series Blitz: Beauty in Flight - Day 1

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Welcome to the Blog Blitz & Giveaway for the Beauty In Flight series by Robin Patchen, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


ABOUT THE BOOK



Title: Beauty in Flight (book #1)

Author: Robin Patchen

Publisher: JDO Publishing

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release Date: January 22, 2019

Her beauty once opened doors, but the felony conviction now slams them shut. 

Harper Cloud used to love the gilded glamour of Las Vegas, but on the far side of prison, she sees the cracks in the veneer. These days, she keeps her head down and focuses on the elderly patients in her care. Even her new wealthy east-coast boyfriend, Derrick, can't entice her away. She's trusted men before, and look where that got her.
She tries to brush off the feeling that she's being watched. She won't allow a baseless paranoia to derail her life. But when she's followed home one night, her pursuer gets within a hair's breadth of grabbing her. She knows it's time to get away from Las Vegas.

Maybe Derrick can be trusted. Maybe his job offer—to care for his aging grandfather in Maryland—will be the second chance she needs.
But Derrick has secrets of his own, secrets that could take him down--and take Harper with him.
Can there be a second chance for someone like her? 


PURCHASE: Goodreads | Amazon


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

robin patchen


Aside from her family and her Savior, Robin Patchen has two loves—writing and traveling. If she could combine them, she’d spend a lot of time sitting in front of her laptop at sidewalk cafes and ski lodges and beachside burger joints. She’d visit every place in the entire world—twice, if possible—and craft stories and tell people about her Savior. Alas, time is too short and money is too scarce for Patchen to traipse all over the globe, even if her husband and kids wanted to go with her. So she stays in Oklahoma, shares the Good News when she can, and writes to illustrate the unending grace of God through the power and magic of story.


 CONNECT WITH ROBIN: website | Facebook | Twitter



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TOUR GIVEAWAY


(1) winner will win:
  • a set of all 3 books in the Beauty series (print for US winner; ebook for Int. winner)
  • $25 Amazon gift card
Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight March 11, 2019 and last through 11:59 pm March 24, 2019. Void where prohibited by law. 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.


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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Review: Of Fire and Lions



"Survival. A Hebrew girl first tasted it when she escaped death nearly seventy years ago as the Babylonians ransacked Jerusalem and took their finest as captives. She thought she'd perfected in the many years amongst the Magoi and the idol worshippers, pretending with all the others in King Nebuchadnezzar's court. Now, as Daniel's wife and a septuagenarian matriarch, Belili thinks she's safe and she can live out her days in Babylon without fear--until the night Daniel is escorted to Belshazzar's palace to interpret mysterious handwriting on a wall. The Persian Army invades, and Bellili's tightly-wound secrets unfurl with the arrival of the conquering army. What will the reign of Darius mean for Daniel, a man who prays to Yahweh alone? 
Ultimately, Yahweh's sovereign hand guides Jerusalem's captives, and the frightened Hebrew girl is transformed into a confident woman, who realizes her need of the God who conquers both fire and lions."


Author: Mesu Andrews
Length: 400 pages


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Mesu Andrews with rip out your heart, step on it a few times, then mend it back together.

This story was a lot to ingest. I wanted to savor every single moment of it, so it took me longer to finish it. In all honesty I could've gone for another 400 pages. Every word had a purpose and they hit their mark with perfect aim.

One of the main reasons I love biblical fiction is how much it tests my knowledge of the Bible. Though I know my fair share of the book of Daniel, I had to set the book down and really wrack my brain to line what I knew, up with the book. I learned new things I never knew before too. It made me hunger to dive into the Scriptures and LEARN ALL THE THINGS. 

I'm going to be super transparent with y'all right now!
It is very rare that I "feel" anything when reading Christian Fiction. Don't get me wrong, I see the hope and love oozing off pages, but I'm rarely so moved by what I feel in a book that I get choked up. 
BUT THIS BOOK Y'ALL! I FELT God while reading this book. Though some aspects of this book are fictional, the God of Daniel is not. That miracle worker is not. Yahweh is not. 

I will NEVER know what those times were like. I will never understand the physical and spiritual battle Daniel had to face on a daily basis. But I know that the same God back then, is the same God right now. 
Getting a glimpse into what it could have been like was eyeopening. But even more so was the utter conviction I felt as I read this masterpiece. I never want to get to comfortable where I am that I take God's spirit for granted. Tomorrow is not promised, and I want to live every day having an ASSURANCE that when I take my last breath on earth I'll take my next in Heaven. 

This book is so full of wisdom. I got SO much out of this book and I know it's going to stay with me for the rest of my life. For I feel this is the book that altered my walk with God.

If I could give this book more than 5 stars I absolutely would. Just know this piece of art has earned it's rightful spot as one of my favorite books ever!

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


Quotes:

"Our service to God isn't about comparing ourselves to others, my son. It's about measuring obedience to our individual calling."

"We've seen Yahweh do impossible thing, which has strengthened our fatih to endure more impossible things. We've grown spoiled and lazy in our freedoms, making us afraid to trust Yahweh for the uncomfortable."

Guest Post & Giveaway: Heather Norman Smith

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Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for Grace & Lavender by Heather Norman Smith, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


ABOUT THE BOOK


grace and lavender Title: Grace & Lavender
Author: Heather Norman Smith
Publisher: Ambassador International
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Release Date: March 1, 2019


Recently retired Colleen Hill is always busy, constantly on a quest to make life more interesting.

When the ladies’ group at her church partners with the local children’s home, Colleen jumps in as usual, volunteering to share her passion for cooking with a troubled teenager named Grace. But Colleen must balance the new project with her pursuit of becoming a contestant on a television game show, along with all the other ideas her brain continually spins out.

Colleen’s daughter Melody is quite different. She lives a calm, simple life and is content with who she is. That is, until an unexpected opportunity to work with Grace, too, pushes her to reevaluate life and dare to take on bigger dreams. The path starts with a newly-found interest in soap-making and leads her to responsibilities she didn’t even know she wanted, including helping Grace understand the meaning of her name.

Grace & Lavender is a book for all audiences—a heart-warming story that reminds us to seek God’s purpose for our lives.


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I'm so excited to have Heather Norman Smith on the blog today! She's going to be talking about the first book that made her realize reading means a lot to her. 

If you keep scrolling there's a giveaway for Grace & Lavender written by our lovely guest. 😊

Alright, now on to the post!

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What was the first book that made you realize reading means a lot to you?

I read Gone With the Wind in the eighth grade, mostly because I wanted to prove I could read a 1,026 page book (that was the format of the copy I had.) But I became so immersed in the world that Margaret Mitchell created, and it wasn’t until I was done that I realized how invested in the book I had become. I cried for two hours after reading the ending! That story had the power to draw out strong emotions. It made me care about characters as if they were real people. And it never left me.
Gone With the Wind was the first book that I realized could change a person’s life. Now I want to write books that God uses to change lives. I realize it won’t be my skill as a writer that does it. I’m no Margaret Mitchell. But I pray that the Holy Spirit will speak through my stories to draw people to Him.

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Wasn't that great?! I love finding out what book sparked people's love for reading. What book sparked your love? 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Heather Norman Smith aims to entertain and encourage, while illuminating the redemptive love of God through her writing. Along with Christian Fiction, she writes devotions and children’s books. She also enjoys writing songs and singing about Jesus.

Heather is proud to be a life-long North Carolinian and hopes to present the beauty of the Tar Heel State in her writing. Her home is just outside Winston-Salem, NC, where she lives with one husband, two daughters, one son, two cats, and two dogs. Heather loves words and does not enjoy math, except when it comes to counting blessings.


CONNECT WITH HEATHER : website | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter




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(1) winner will win a print copy of Grace & Lavender (US only)

(4) winners will receive an ebook copy of Grace & Lavender (open internationally)


Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight March 4, 2019 and last through 11:59 pm March 11, 2019. 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.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Review + Giveaway: Never Let Go

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Welcome to the Blog Tour for Never Let Go, the first book in the Uncommon Justice series by Elizabeth Goddard with JustRead Publicity Tours!


ABOUT THE BOOK


9780800729844Title: Never Let Go 
Series: Uncommon Justice #1
Author: Elizabeth Goddard 
Publisher: Revell 
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: February 5, 2019
  

The case may be cold, but things are about to heat up.

Forensic genealogist Willow Anderson is following in her late grandfather's footsteps in her quest for answers about a baby abducted from a hospital more than twenty years ago. When someone makes an attempt on Willow's life to keep her from discovering the truth, help will come from an unexpected source.

Ex-FBI agent--and Willow's ex-flame--Austin McKade readily offers to protect the woman he never should have let get away. Together they'll follow where the clues lead them, even if it means Austin must face the past he's spent much of his life trying to forget--and put Willow's tender heart at risk.



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MY THOUGHTS

Wow-zah. This was the first book I've read by Elizabeth Goddard, and I'll tell you now...it will not be my last.

The author wrote a captivating story with a prologue that will hook you and never let you go. 
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She wrote wonderful characters who had a lot of pain and baggage they had to deal with. Lots of healing happened throughout the pages.

Austin fought A LOT of demons. He beat himself up over things he had no control over. He learned to hold secrets in until they almost killed him. Even though it took a lot for him to open up to people he had a strong relationship with God. He was a natural protector and had a hard time coping when his protection didn't always work.

Willow was brilliant! I love when the leading lady has her head on straight, and can keep it that way in stressful situations. She was a tenacious character, she would hunt down every lead or hunch to complete a task given to her. She was always caring when she did so. She relied heavily on God when she felt she hit a road block, and I really admired that about her. 

That's one thing I really loved about these characters, they all had a relationship with God. They went to Him when they were in trouble, and even to just thank Him for his protection.

This was a GREAT suspenseful book. Once I hit the 3/4 mark the ball REALLY started rolling and I was on the edge of my seat. I couldn't wait to get to the end of the book to find out who the "bad guy" was!

I really enjoyed the premise of this book, and the book itself, and I can't wait for the next book in the series!
I rated it a 4/5 stars.

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




ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Elizabeth Goddard is the bestselling author of more than thirty books, including the Carol Award–winning The Camera Never Lies. Her Mountain Cove series books have been finalists in the Daphne du Maurier Awards and the Carol Awards. Goddard is a seventh-generation Texan and can be found online at www.elizabethgoddard.com.


CONNECT WITH THE AUTHOR: website | facebook | twitter | instagram | pinterest




GIVEAWAY

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(2) winners will win a copy of Never Let Go & swag from the publisher, Revell.

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Saturday, February 23, 2019

Review: Christmas with Cocoa

Christmas with Cocoa

"Robin McKay is determined to save the struggling Animal Shelter and head her hometown's local Christmas event. but when plans go awry and Nate Ashford, Robin's former best friend, are factors at play, will her Christmas wish come true?"


Author: Cleopatra Margot
Length: 376 pages
Series: Faith to Love (book #1)




Healing may not happen overnight,
but it'll happen!


AHH who doesn't love Christmas stories?! 😍😍
I will literally read "Christmas books" at any point of the year. There is just something about them. *happy sigh*

This book is the start to, what I feel will be, an adorable series. The author does an amazing job writing cute, likable characters who center their lives around God. 

This book was a super quick light read. The perfect thing to escape into when you're in the mood for a wholesome story.

I love the "best friend to boyfriend" troupe. Even though Nate had not been in Believe for 8 years, Robin and Nate picked up where they left off pretty quickly.

Robin was the perfect "hometown girl". She'd been in Believe her whole life and never planned to leave. She was a sweet girl who LOVED Christmas and hot cocoa. (YES GIRL!) She loved every two legged and four legged creature.

Nate was the typical Hallmark hero, practically perfect in every way. He was thoughtful and caring, just a gentleman.

I loved that the to separate families were very tight knit on their own, but they also were super close as a group. It was a cute aspect.

Though it definitely has its cliche aspects. (Not mad about it. Love me some cliches) This book had a great message within, and so much hope and love flowing from the pages. The author did not shy away from letting her love for God show, and I for one loved seeing that shine through!

Overall I really enjoyed the story! It was a cute Christmas read, and I NEVER say no to those. I'm excited to read the rest of the series.
I rated it a 3.5/5 stars.

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

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.