Sunday, January 19, 2020

Fun, Wonderful Romance! 'The Dating Charade' - by Melissa Ferguson

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About the book:

Just when you think you’ve met your match . . . the charade begins.

Cassie Everson is an expert at escaping bad first dates. And, after years of meeting, greeting, and running from the men who try to woo her, Cassie is almost ready to retire her hopes for a husband—and children—altogether.
But fate has other plans, and Cassie’s online dating profile catches the eye of firefighter Jett Bentley. In Jett’s memory, Cassie Everson is the unreachable girl-of-legend from their high school days. Nervously, he messages her, setting off a chain of events that forces a reluctant Cassie back into the dating game.
No one is more surprised than Cassie when her first date with Jett is a knockout. But when they both go home and find three children dropped in their laps—each—they independently decide to do the right and mature thing: hide the kids from each other while sorting it all out. What could go wrong?

Melissa Ferguson’s hilarious and warmhearted debut reminds us that love can come in very small packages—and that sometimes our best-laid plans aren’t nearly as rewarding and fun as the surprises that come our way.

My review:

This was such a fun story!  I loved that Cassie was an independent woman with a dating escape plan.  She was such a wonderful character, so caring about the teens she worked with and a fun, competitive person.  I loved Jett, too, I mean who doesn't love a firefighter?!  Plus how down to earth he was and how much he cared about the people he helped at his job and about his sister and her kids.  There were a lot of funny, laugh-out-loud moments in this story and some wonderful quirky characters, including some funny antics by Jett's brood.  I loved that they both wanted the other to love the kids for themselves and not just put up with them.  There were a couple moments where they each lied about something and while I understood why they did it, it still bothered me.  There were some cute romantic moments and a little bit of action.  This story also dealt with some hard things but in a lighter way as Cassie dealt with kids who were in foster care and the girls she took in were abandoned while Jett's sister had a drug problem.  They both attended church so there was a faith element to the story.  I highly recommend this wonderful romantic comedy!

I received this ebook from Thomas Nelson Publishers.  I was not compensated for this review.  All opinions are my own.

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Saturday, January 18, 2020

Who Wants to Love a Billionaire? - Billionaires in New York 1 - by Laura Burton

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About the book:

Julie does not love being the center of attention.
She makes dresses for those who do.
But when Emily, her matchmaking friend begs for a favor,
Julie can't say no.
It was supposed to be just one date.
She never expected to kiss the guy.
Then fall head over heels for him.


When threats start rolling in it becomes clear,
Someone will do whatever it takes to break them apart.
Now she’s in too deep and walking away isn’t an option.


But with the paparazzi and drama involved, Julie can not help but wonder,
Who wants to love a Billionaire?


Hollywood producer Harry Jackson is not an alpha male. 
He’s goofy, sensitive and will move mountains to make everyone happy.
In fact, he requires a whole team of people to keep him from being robbed blind.
Sometimes he even needs saving from his love of bad puns.


But when an enemy threatens to jeopardize his chance at love,
it’s time to step up and fight.
He’s terrified.

But the thought of losing Julie scares him more.

My review:

This story had some amusing moments; Harry said some funny and awkward things sometimes.  That was probably my favorite part of the book.  Otherwise, it seemed pretty corny how Harry and Julie talked or viewed each other.  Which, I know it's a love story and I do like some cheese but this felt a little over the top.  I also didn't like that they seemed to jump right into the physical, making out in the car with their hands all over each other.  It didn't get more detailed than that but I don't consider this a clean read.  Laura Burton's author bio said she writes in keeping with Christian values but I would disagree about this book.  They also "fall in love" extremely fast, way too fast.  There's some action scenes and suspense as Harry's being threatened.  I liked that Julie knew some self-defense but Harry needed to stand up for himself more.  I had to listen to this audio at 1 1/2 speeds as 1 was way too slow.  Overall, I can't recommend this book as there just wasn't enough to redeem it for me.

I received this Audible audio from StoryOrigin.  I was not compensated for this review.  All opinions are my own.

Waiting on the Billionaire - by Jenna Brandt

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About the book:

Sometimes, love is found in the least expected place with the least expected person.

Bryce Montgomery is Manahattan Magazine’s #1 most eligible bachelor—but he’s not thrilled about it. He was talked into doing an interview by a self-serving friend and ended up at the top of the list, drawing all sorts of unwanted attention. Jaded by a failed engagement, all he wants to do is focus on growing his business, Titan Enterprises, but when he has a chance encounter with a woman at a restaurant, he is instantly intrigued by her.

Lana Collins moved to New York to pursue her dreams of being an actor, but it sure doesn’t pay the bills. To support herself, she waits tables at The Spot, a posh restaurant on the upper westside of Manhattan. She is taken by surprise when she accidentally bumps into a handsome stranger while headed to work. Come to find out, he’s a billionaire, but she’s not interested and pushes him out of her mind. That is, until a couple days later when he ends up being seated in her section and he turns out to be her boss.

Though Bryce and Lana are from completely different worlds, their connection is undeniable. Despite his friends, her job, and their pasts, can they find a way to make a relationship work?

From international bestselling author, Jenna Brandt, enjoy a clean billionaire romance filled with epic romantic moments, faith-inspiring characters, lots of laughs, and even a few twists.


My review:

This was a sweet love story about Lana, a Christian who feels she was called to act, and Bryce, a billionaire who wants to be loved for himself, not his money.  I didn't realize there was a romance sub-genre about billionaires and when I saw this clean, Christian audiobook available, I decided to give one a try.  I liked both Lana and Bryce but Bryce's friend was a jerk and I couldn't figure out why he would still hang around him.  Lana challenged him and didn't fall all over herself just because he was rich.  He even started going to church again and I liked seeing the influence she had on him.  There was a good spiritual message about putting God first and we hear her pastor speak more than once.  There's a bit of a love triangle as Bryce's ex shows up and tries to interfere in their romance and even some danger.  The narrator was fine; I listened to this at 1 1/2 speed as it felt too slow at the normal one.  The dialogue was a bit formal.  If you like romance, especially with billionaires, you might want to check it out.

I received this Audible audio from StoryOrigin.  I was not compensated for this review.  All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Wonderful Romance! 'Love You, Truly' - by Susan L. Tuttle

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About the book:

Blake Carlton, the camera-shy son of Hollywood’s Darling, dodges the invasive limelight and scripted relationships that so often accompany fame. But when his mother’s popularity declines and she falls into a depression, he offers himself up as the next bachelor on a reality show, hoping to reignite interest in her career while creating a way for them to finally connect.

After her fianc├ę dumps her for her best friend, aspiring photographer Harlow Tucker is done with romance—until her beloved, disabled sister requests her aid to start a nonprofit. Harlow agrees to do whatever is needed to raise funds, even reluctantly costarring on a dating show with a notorious womanizer who distrusts anyone behind a lens.

As Blake and Harlow navigate the superficiality of a reality show, their preconceived notions of love are challenged. Deciding to trust each other feels like the ultimate risk, but taking that chance could lead to a love truly picture-perfect, worth both of their hearts.


My review:

This was such a wonderful romance!  I'm not into watching dating shows and totally agree with Harlow that they're so fake and who wants to date a guy who's dating all of these other women and making out with them besides!  However, I loved that Harlow was different than the other women on the show and that Blake recognized that.  As he was drawn more to her he pulled away from the other women and really grew tired of how they acted and how the show was manipulated.  I loved Harlow's strong faith and enjoyed seeing Blake start to question his lack of faith and see the journey he was on, especially with the help of his friends, who were wonderful.  I felt for Harlow living in the shadow of her sister's illness, not living life to the fullest so as to not hurt Mae and feeling like she wasn't special or chosen.  The faith message was wonderful, that God chooses you and loves you more than you can imagine and that you can't do anything to earn it.  I liked exploring Europe with Harlow and seeing all of the great pictures she took.  It was so cool how she wanted to take meaningful pictures and make it a ministry.  They were both great characters and I really liked both of them.  Their banter was fun and romance electric and I appreciated that Harlow didn't want to kiss him and become just another conquest.  Their love story ended up being so wonderful!  Ill definitely be looking for more books by Susan Tuttle!  I highly recommend this story if you like romance!

I received an ebook from JustRead Tours.  I was not compensated for this review.  All opinions are my own.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Very Enjoyable! 'The Bridge to Belle Island' - by Julie Klassen

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About the book:

After a humiliating mistake, lawyer Benjamin Booker resolves to never again trust a beautiful woman. When an old friend is killed, the senior partner isn't satisfied with Bow Street's efforts and asks Benjamin to investigate. Evidence takes him to a remote island on the Thames, a world unto itself, shrouded in mist and mystery. Soon Ben finds himself falling for the main suspect--a woman who claims not to have left the island in ten years. But is he a fool to believe her?

On Belle Island, Isabelle Wilder feels safe and leads a productive life, but fear keeps her trapped there. When Mr. Booker arrives with news of her trustee's murder in London, Isabelle is stunned. She has not left the island, yet she has a recurring dream about the man's death. Or is it a memory?

When a second person dies and the evidence shockingly points to her, Isabelle doesn't know whom to trust: the attractive lawyer or the admirer and friends who assemble on Belle Island, each with grudges against the victim. Can she even trust her own mind? While they search for the truth, secrets come to light and danger comes calling.

My review:

This was a very enjoyable book with a great mystery and a sweet romance!  I loved learning more about investigations during this time period in England.  I also loved the eerie feel of the story, especially as Isabelle dreamt of the murder and it's unclear why she knew details.  You also don't know who to trust; everyone seemed to have a motive!  I really enjoyed trying to figure out who the murderer was.  Benjamin had a strong faith; I loved that he talked about praying instead of worrying, as Isabelle tended to do.  It was definitely a great reminder for me!  Isabelle struggled with trusting God since she had lost most of her family and also dealt with anxiety, even panic attacks when faced with leaving the island.  It was nice to see a heroine who wasn't so perfect.  Benjamin also struggled with feeling like a disappointment to his father for not going into the family business and had felt distant from him for years.  He was sweet and chivalrous and wanted to trust Isabelle but didn't want to get duped again.  The romance was sweet and there was some exciting action.  I highly recommend this book if you like Regency, mystery or romance!

I received an ebook from Bethany House Publishers.  I was not compensated for this review.  All opinions are my own.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Another Winner! 'On Wings of Devotion' - The Codebreakers 2 - by Roseanna M. White



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 Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for On Wings of Devotion by Roseanna M. White, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK


On Wings of Devotion by Roseanna M White 
Title: On Wings of Devotion
Series: The Codebreakers #2
Author: Roseanna M. White
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Bethany House
Release Date: January 7, 2020

Against Every Warning, She's Drawn Ever Closer to the Man Known as "Black Heart" 


All of England thinks Major Phillip Camden a monster--a man who deliberately caused the deaths of his squadron. But he would have preferred to die that day with his men rather than be recruited to the Admiralty's codebreaking division. The threats he receives daily are no great surprise and, in his opinion, well deserved.

As nurse Arabelle Denler observes the so-dubbed "Black Heart," she sees something far different: a hurting man desperate for mercy. And when their families and paths twist together unexpectedly, she realizes she has a role to play in his healing--and some of her own to do as well.

With Camden's court-martial looming, an old acquaintance shows up, intent on using him in a plot that sends the codebreakers of Room 40 into a frenzy. With their fragile hopes for the future in the cross hairs, Arabelle and Camden must hold on to hope--and to each other--if they want to survive.


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My review:

This book was incredibly wonderful; I loved it just as much as the first in the series!  Arabelle was such a wonderful character, so generous and caring even in the face of betrayal.  She had such a strong faith and prayed for people she knew and didn't know while also asking God how she could help someone and listening for an answer or nudge about what she should do.  She also struggled with feeling rejected because of her father being gone for most of her life, her mother dying young and just feeling like she lacked that sense of security.  She was also tall, "gangly" and plain and figured no man would be interested in her for herself, only for her money.  Camden was a fascinating character, a gentleman who knew right from wrong but hadn't been living like he does until his squadron dies and he blames himself.  He was reckless and impulsive yet fiercely loyal to his men and his family.  He had changed since the incident and now knew what they had been doing was wrong but yet he was still running from God rather than facing his sins.  I enjoyed seeing his journey to faith and redemption.  He also cared about Arabelle and the position he put her in, though he tried not to.  It was sweet seeing these two fall for each other as they both tried to talk themselves out of it, neither one feeling worthy of love.  I enjoyed their banter and I loved the talk about codes and deciphering them.  It was fascinating to see the enemy's point of view and watching both sides try to outwit the other, wondering what was going to happen next!  I also loved seeing characters from the first book, especially De Wilde!  The writing was wonderful.  I can't recommend this book enough!

I received this book from JustRead Tours.  I was not compensated for this review.  All opinions are my own.                                                                                                                                                 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Roseanna M. White


Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award-nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary. You can learn more about her and her stories at www.RoseannaMWhite.com.


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(1) winner will receive a On Wings of Devotion inspired prize pack including:
 a Recreation RFC Pilot Wings pin, a mini globe, Cadbury Chocolate, Caddie the Cocker Spaniel (handmade by Roseanna), and One Seat and Tea Package for an Online Tea Party Book Club with Roseanna (Winner's choice of scheduled dates. Includes treats, loose-leaf tea, and book club goodies. A $25 value! For more information, visit http://www.roseannamwhite.com/tea-party-book-club/.)!

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