Friday, August 18, 2017

Reluctant Reunion by Ruth J. Hartman, Book Review


Book Summary:


Kennedy Cooper tries everything to stay away from her father’s alpaca farm. Being an actress in New York seems to do the trick. Until it doesn’t. When she fails to get enough acting parts, loses her part-time job, and breaks up with her boyfriend, she has no choice but to return. Seeing her father again is tough, but having to meet his new love interest reminds Kennedy why she’d vowed never to go home.


My Review:

I really enjoyed Kennedy's story! It was nice to see her go from the busy city of New York back to her roots on her father's alpaca farm. What a stark contrast and two very different lives! I really felt like the book came full circle and I love stories like that! This short book really brought a lot of emotion and reflection on what is most important in life. Since I like to read clean/sweet romance, I need to mention there is a short open door sex scene. 


Happy Reading!!!


You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.


Source:  Author for review

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Secret of the India Orchid by Nancy Campbell Allen, Blog Tour




Book Summary:

Anthony Blake is in love with his best friend's sister, Sophia Elliot. But his plans to court her are put on hold when he is forced to resume his role as an undercover spy for the Crown. A secret document listing the names of the entire network of British spies-including his own-has been stolen. To protect Sophia, Anthony cuts off all ties to her and exchanges his life as an honorable earl for the fa├žade of a flirtatious playboy.

Heartbroken and confused, Sophia travels to India, hoping to find healing in one of the most exotic regions of the British Empire. But the exotic land isn't as restful as she had hoped. Instead, she finds herself embroiled in a mystery of a missing sea captain, a possible murder, and a plot that could involve the prince of India. And when Anthony appears at the British Residency, asking questions and keeping his distance from her, she is stunned.

She still loves him, and, in her heart, she knows he loves her too. But how can she rebuild her relationship with him if he won't confide in her? Does she dare offer her heart to him a second time, or will their love be lost under the India sun?


My Review:

Well it took me a few pages to get into this novel, but once I was in, I did not want to stop reading it. I loved Sophia, she was strong and unafraid of challenges thrown her way. She was not going to sit by and let life pass her by. Anthony kind of drove me crazy! Doing the right thing by breaking things off with her to protect her, but then he cannot keep his love for her from his actions! What kind of spy was he? Good thing no one he was spying on seemed to notice! Anyhow, I really enjoyed the mystery that surrounded them in India, I kept trying to figure out who was behind it all and I honestly didn't see it coming until the very end. This was a great romantic mystery that will keep you reading until the very end!


Happy Reading!!!


You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.


Source:  Publisher for review

Monday, August 14, 2017

New Release!!! A Hoyden and an Heiress by Kristin Vayden & Giveaway!








Roberta Lamont had one chance…
London was dull.
All the adventurous romances were snatched up by her sisters.
And she was quite certain she was going to die alone if this didn’t work out.

But as fate would have it, she was stuck with the most tedious and irritatingly silent spy in all of London.
Mr. Henry Willox may be handsome.
He may have a steely gaze that saw right through her.
But he was utterly determined that she was going to have even less of an adventure at GreenFord Waters, than in London.
Pity that.
She’d just have to change his mind.
And in the process, she might succeed at changing his heart as well.

What Mr. Henry Willox expected was a simpering, biddable debutante.
What he experienced, however, was the whirlwind that was Miss Roberta Lamont. 
Hoyden, heiress and general menace to society.
Not to mention, his heart.
It shouldn’t have surprised him when she held him at knife-point.
After all, her two brothers-in-law were notorious spies.
Yet at every turn she consistently shocked him, accosted him, or drove him mad with that alluring and innocent grin.
But there’s someone leaking information to the French, and he is charged with finding out whom. 
And if he thought it was difficult before with only Miss Lamont to contend with, when Lady Southridge shows up, he’s utterly out numbered.
And he finds he rather likes the odds stacked against him.
He’s never backed down from a challenge.
Because what Miss Lamont doesn’t quite understand, is that she’s met her match.
In more ways than one.




“I’m quite certain I can have approval by tonight.”
“You’re far too forthright for your own good, so I’ll not meet with you this evening. How about as you take your… morning ride?” A grin tipped his lips, and Berty felt herself smile in response, even as her irritation rose at his words.
“What do you mean I’m too forthright?”
Mr. Willox nodded to the door behind her. “You’re in a room with an unmarried gentleman with the door closed. Quite compromising, Miss Lamont.
“I’m quite certain I’m more than safe.” She sighed, beleaguered.
“It’s still a considerable risk, Miss Lamont. One person peeking in, and you’re stuck with me for the rest of your life.” He shrugged.
“Rather, you’re stuck with me.” She smiled sweetly in return. “But that wasn’t the danger I was referring to. I’m quite aware of the social conventions. I’m referring to the fact that of all men I’ve been acquainted with, you’re the least likely to be forward or act in a manor that’s even minimally flirtatious.”
“Is that so?” Mr. Willox crossed his arms, his grin melting into more of a daring expression.
“Yes,” Berty replied directly, not concerned in the slightest, yet in the back of her mind, she remembered Lady Southridge’s words…
And wondered.
And when he took a step forward, rather than taking a step back, she held fast.
When he tipped her chin upward, rather than jerk away, she met his gaze with a challenging one of her own.
Certainly, when he lowered his head, she should have never leaned in.
Or closed her eyes.
Or breathed in his sigh just before his lips reached hers.
But if love was adventure, certainly that meant one needed to take a few risks.
And as his lips caressed her own, she fleetingly thought that it was a worthwhile risk indeed.


 Wow, Kristin Vayden knows how to write a regency that pulls you in and doesn't let you go! I remembered Berty from What the Dukes Wants and I was very interested to see what would happen in this book! (You do not need to have read the prior books to read this story, it can be read as a standalone, I have not read all previous books in the series.) Berty is a woman who knows what she wants and when she wants it. She is full of fire and life! She is unique and looking for her true love story. The question is, will she ever find it? Enter Mr. Willox, the spy who seems nothing like her type at all. But is he? The mystery of who is leaking the secrets and the quickly developing romance between Berty and Mr. Willox made for a fast and easy read. I was sad because it all seemed too quick to me. Maybe that is just me wanting more of the story! For those who want full disclosure there is some mild language and one open door intimate scene. 


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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Havencross by Julie Daines, Blog Tour & Giveaway




Book Summary:

When a shocking scandal involving her father spreads through London society, Elaine Cardinham and her parents are forced to retreat to their country home in Cornwall for refuge. But Havencross is no sanctuary for Elaine. She is haunted by the mysterious disappearance of her brother—and the heartbreak she left in her wake all those years ago. It has been five long years since Gareth Kemp last saw Elaine—when she rejected his marriage proposal. Her reappearance convinces him of one thing: he has never stopped loving her. To put his feelings for her aside, he focuses his attention on the dangerous smuggling plaguing the Cornish coast. As Elaine attempts to run from her past, she ventures ever closer to a dangerous truth—and Gareth may be the only one who can save her from a deadly finish.


My Review:

I completely fell into Elaine Cardinham's world and did not want to resurface! Torn from her London home to flee back to the Cornish coast and all she had tried so hard to forget, Elaine had to face challenge after challenge. I wasn't quite sure how it would all turn out for her and who was behind all of the smuggling problems.  Daines kept me engaged and wanting more as I watched Elaine try to reconcile her past with her future. If you want a fast paced novel full of emotions, romance and danger then Havencross is definitely the book for you!

Happy Reading!!!


You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.
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Source:  Publisher for review

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Searching for Irene by Marlene Bateman, Book Spotlight!


Book Summary:

What happened to Irene?

When Anna Coughlin, a modern 1920’s woman, travels to the secluded hills of Virginia to work for wealthy Lawrence Richardson, she discovers that the previous secretary, Irene, mysteriously disappeared a few weeks before.  Upon arriving at the castle-like mansion to begin working, Anna finds that Lawrence’s handsome, but antagonistic son, Tyler, wants nothing more than to have her gone. And he isn’t the only one—

After Anna sets out to find the truth behind Irene’s disappearance, a series of frightening incidents ensnare her in a maze of intrigue. Anna is helped—and often hindered—by the temperamental Tyler Richardson, who—despite her best intentions—begins to steal her heart. 

But even as Anna begins to uncover dark secrets in a troubled household, she must continue to hide a significant one of her own. When her life is threatened, Anna is left to wonder if she’ll be able to unravel the mystery before she disappears as mysteriously as the unfortunate Irene—

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.


About the Author!

Bio
Marlene Bateman Sullivan grew up in Utah, and graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor's degree in English. She is married to Kelly R. Sullivan and they live in North Salt Lake, Utah with their two dogs and four cats. Marlene has been published extensively in magazines and newspapers and wrote the best-selling romance/suspense novel, Light on Fire Island. She has written three other cozy mysteries; Motive for MurderA Death in the Familyand Crooked House, as well as the romance, For Sale by Owner.

Marlene has also written a number of non-fiction, LDS books:  Latter-day Saint Heroes and Heroines, And There Were Angels Among Them, Visit’s from Beyond the Veil, By the Ministering of AngelsBrigham’s Boys, Heroes of FaithGaze into Heaven; Near-death Experiences in Early Church History, and The Magnificent World of Spirits; Eyewitness Accounts of Where We Go When We Die.


You can connect with Marlene at her website.


Also by Marlene Bateman, For Sale by Owner! I loved this book as well!

Check out more about it here!



Blurb for; For Sale by Owner (Published Oct. 2016) 
For Sale by Owner;  Stressed by a difficult year, McKenzie Forsberg quits her high-powered job to move back to her hometown. Desperate and determined to rebuild her life, Kenzie seeks to buy the home she grew up inThe only problem is that a handsome widower, Jared Rawlins, also wants the house. As a battle of wits ensue, sparks of attraction grow into something more. Then, Kenzie makes a stunning discovery about her pastthat changes everything. Will the power of love be enough to allow Jared and Kenzie to find their happily ever after?


You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.