Book Reviews

Book Review: Always Red

Always Red (Chasing Red Book 2), by Isabelle Ronin

Publication: Sourcebooks Casablanca; November 7, 2017

always redAbout the book: 

The highly anticipated and epic conclusion to the Chasing Red duology

“Red,” Caleb whispered. “Do you know how I felt when you left me?”

I looked into his eyes. The emotion I saw in them, the intensity, and the tenderness filled up my throat.


“I felt ruined. Because, Red, every time you break me apart, you put me back together. And I always come out better than before.”


“So,” he cupped my face, stroking my cheek with his thumb. “Ruin me.”

 

My Review:

I recently discovered Isabelle Ronin when I read Chasing Red immediately knew I had to get my hands on Always Red. The novel picks up right where the last one left off, with Veronica regretting not giving Caleb a chance to explain himself. Thus begins the suspense of “will things work out or will they not”? There is a lot of crazy drama in this one, but of course, there is still a lot of romance!

Once again, I found myself completely head over heels for Caleb. I just adore this character. Handsome, sexy, wealthy, caring, romantic, and so on. I did find myself frustrated when he gave Beatrice Rose more opportunities to ruin his and Veronica’s relationship and lives, but overall, I am still crazy about him!

Veronica is a character I’ve struggled with because of her low image of herself and her habit of allowing people to walk all over her. However, she really blossomed this time around. She stood up to Beatrice Rose, Miranda (Caleb’s mom), and Justin for all of the rude, insane, crazy, criminal things that were thrown her way. She also became more relatable as she recognized and acknowledged her feelings, and let herself fall for Caleb. 

Ronin’s writing style is gripping and each of these novels has been page-turners, however, some of the plot almost got to the point of being silly. The romance, love scenes, conflict, etc. were all perfect until Beatrice Rose’s character started being a little too over the top. Don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and had been itching to get my hands on it so I could find out what happened with Caleb and Veronica. But in my opinion, things started spiraling out of control teetering on the line of fiction and absurdity. The story just didn’t need all of the complex, out of control conflicts that were included. 

Other than some of the plot issues, this was a fantastic read that I highly recommend after reading Chasing Red. Prepare to fall in love with Caleb and completely believe that fairy tales can come true!

*Thanks to NetGalley for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest review!

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Book Review: Puppy: 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles

Puppy: 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles, by Patricia Furstenberg

Publication: October 31, 2017

puppyAbout the book: 

A puppy’s first year is filled with findings, wiggles, and laughter.
Puppies squirm in all the odd places, sniff all the strange objects, lick everything they can and find something to splash into even when we don’t want them to!
This book of poems explores the first year of a puppy’s life, going through an adventure after the other, one month at a time.
Puppy’s first days, puppy’s first weeks in a new home, puppy’s encounters with snow and the school bag, puppy’s duty to protect… What happens when puppy is full of good intentions, yet his actions go wrong?
Read the rhymes and laugh with your little one.

“Puppy, 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles: is an auditory feast for children, a fun read-aloud for parents, and treat for dog-lovers, young and old.
Bringing musicality into the duo of story-line and bright images, Puppy, 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles promises to be an auditory feast for children, a fun read-aloud for parents and a treat for dog-lovers, young and old. A book that children and grown-ups will love reading over and over.

My Review:

Oh my goodness, this was such a sweet and thought-inspiring book for little ones! Puppy covers the twelve months of the year and all of the amazing things that are encountered each month. From getting a name, having visitors, and experiencing the first snow, Patricia Furstenberg has written a fun and educational story about the world from a puppy’s eyes.

The imagery and sing-song elements of the story will make this such a fun read-aloud, especially for dog lovers. You know those books that you read to your children so many times they begin to know the words by heart? I think Puppy will definitely become one of those stories. Lessons include the months, seasons, colors, love, companionship, cleaning up our messes, responsibilities such as school or work, differences between all of us humans, and much more. The cutest part, however, is Patricia’s imagination and interpretation of how our beloved pups may see and understand the world around them. I’m such a huge dog-lover, so Puppy completely tugged at my heartstrings. It also made me look at my own dogs differently, wondering what in the world goes through their minds!

I cannot recommend Puppy enough to readers that want a fun and educational story to read to their children and eventually have those children reading it to them. I could honestly feel the love and attention to detail that Patricia poured into every page, and cannot imagine a child not loving this wonderful story!

*Many thanks to the author for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest review!

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Blog Tour: A Seaside Escape

 

A Seaside Escape Blog Tour

9781788540216About the book

All work and no love can make for a dull life. But cupid’s arrow has a habit of striking when you least expect it… A heartwarming, feel-good romance to curl up with this winter. Perfect for the fans of Marian Keyes and Veronica Henry.

Mallory Westerman is the successful proprietor of Le Petit Cadeau, a gift shop extraordinaire in thriving Leeds.

Concentrating solely on her business, she has almost given up on finding someone to love. That is until she literally falls into the arms of a handsome, intriguing stranger who becomes her Knight in shining armor.

The whirlwind romance that ensues changes her life-path irrevocably. However, the road to true love is never smooth and things don’t always turn out how you expect…

*Shortlisted for the RNA Contemporary Romantic Novel of the Year 2014*

This book was previously published as A Bridge Over The Atlantic.

My Review:

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for A Seaside Escape! I’m embarrassed to say that this is my first time reading Lisa Hobman but it certainly will not be the last. This is the story of a store owner named Mallory, in her late twenties, and her life after literally stumbling into a beautiful romance. After a decision is made to move to a small, Scottish, seaside community – everything quickly changes in Mallory’s life. Faced with loss and confusion about her life, Mallory a great deal about herself, friendship, and the beauty of creating your own family amongst new faces. 

I have to say that the first few chapters of this novel were not completely winning me over, but I am so incredibly happy that I received an ARC of this novel from NetGalley and Aria! What a beautiful, heart-breaking, but also joyous novel! Mallory experiences so many different circumstances and emotions in this novel going back and forth between certainty and uncertainty, happiness and grief, confusion and hope. When she meets her soon-to-become best friend Greg, the reader gets a glimpse of an amazing friendship and bond that forms between two seemingly unlike characters. Greg was grumpy and distant at times, but otherwise – he is my new book boyfriend! Gorgeous, romantic, funny, talented, dog-lover, old Land Rover driver – I could go on and on! Of course, there were several other important people that were in Mallory’s life and that she met along the way, but the compassion and care that Greg and Mallory demonstrated to one another was amazing.

This is not a simple HEA novel but filled with obstacles, fears, and challenges along the way. A Seaside Escape challenges the reader to take risks, follow their dreams, and to understand that past and present lives don’t have to exist separately. I loved, loved, loved this novel and cannot recommend it enough. Although there are heart-wrenching moments, A Seaside Escape will leave you will a warm, fuzzy feeling and tremendous respect for Lisa Hobman’s outstanding writing style. 

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Lisa Hobman Promo PicAbout the author

Lisa’s debut novel was shortlisted in the 2014 RNA. Her stories center around believable, yet down to earth characters and the places in Scotland she has visited and fallen in love with. She is a happily married mum of one with two energetic dogs.

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Blog tour and review: The Accident

 

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A tragic accident, an unbearable loss and a marriage in crisis – but who can she trust or is she all alone? A gripping, debut psychological thriller that will keep you hooked. Perfect for the fans of Paula Hawkins and S.J. Watson.

Veronica Pullman’s comfortable suburban life comes to a shuddering halt when her young daughter, Grace, tragically dies in a car accident.  

Months later, unable to come to terms with her daughter’s death, detached from her husband and alienated from her friends and family, a chance encounter on a rainy street pushes her into an unlikely new friendship.

Scarlet is everything Veronica could’ve been: feisty, adventurous, unpredictable.  But as she approaches what would have been Grace’s 10th birthday, it becomes clear to Veronica that the friendship she thought was saving her life could be costing her everything.

Consumed by grief and left questioning her own sanity, is there anyone she can really trust or is someone out to torment her as part of their twisted game?

My Review:

Wow, what a wild ride with Dawn Goodwin’s new release, The Accident. Veronica has lost her daughter in a horrible car accident, resulting in Veronica becoming more and more withdrawn from life, until she meets Scarlet. Veronica’s husband Tom has tried to reach her and pull her from her shell, to no avail, but suddenly starts seeing a new side of Veronica after she meets Scarlet. Then there is their oldest friends, Felicity and Ian, neighbors across the street. To outsiders, Felicity seems to be a concerned friend, but is she really?

The first thing that comes to mind after reading this novel is, “never trust a woman, regardless of what sort of friend you consider her to be.” I hate saying something like that, but oh my God, Felicity was Satan on earth!

The Accident had so many realistic themes including the loss of a child, rediscovering yourself, adultery, and the realization of who people really are – when no one else is watching and judging. If you or someone you know often say that they have more male friends than female friends – this novel is why they feel that way!!! And if you are just an innocent female that reads this novel, it will truly remind you to be a better friend.

Not wanting to give spoilers, I cannot say that the main issue with Veronica was a surprise to me. I think I picked up on it very early, but I still felt compelled to read on and discover what happened with the rest of the endless drama with Veronica, Scarlet, Tom, and Felicity. This novel serves as a sad reminder what damage can be incurred following the loss of a child (not only to an individual person, but also their relationships), but also served as a reminder of the damage that results from infidelity and dishonesty. 

The Accident is not an uplifting novel that will make you want to go skipping through a field of daisies, however, you will be instantly reeled in by the suspense. 

*Thanks to Netgalley and Aria for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

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Dawn’s career has spanned PR, advertising, and publishing. Now, she loves to write about the personalities hiding behind the masks, whether beautiful or ugly.  Married, she lives in London with her two daughters and a British bulldog called Geoffrey.

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Book Reviews

Release day – Imperfect

Imperfect, by Kelly Moore

Publication: October 10, 2017

imperfectAbout the book: 

Dr. Ashe Manning- aka Lucifer- CEO and founder of the MTA Crisis Division, Neurosurgeon
I’m an imperfect man in love with the perfect woman. She’s gorgeous, smart, and sexy.
I broke her heart. I took everything beautiful between us and smashed it to hell.
That was the old me. Now I’m in control. I’ve found different means to feed the adrenaline junkie in me. My mind is no longer free, but my heart is owned by one woman. The one woman I can never have because she saw my imperfections.
Dr. Aedon Thatcher- Partner, Thoracic Surgeon
I’m a woman in love with an imperfect man. I see his heart and mind, it’s a beautiful thing.
I left him all alone. I took everything beautiful between us and threw it away.
The stronger me, still loves him. I’m polished on the outside, but uncontrolled on the inside. I disguise my feelings well. I don’t want to love him, but I have no choice. He owns me, even if he doesn’t know it.
Dr. Wren Adams – Partner, General Surgeon
The man standing between the two of them.

My Review:

Yes my followers, once again I am absolutely thrilled to bring you a review of a Kelly Moore novel. Are you seeing a pattern?? Coming soon is her newest masterpiece, Imperfect, and I absolutely loved this one.

Forget the Broken Series, August series, and so on. Imperfect is a completely new baby that is not only sexy and romantic (of course) but is full of action, suspense, and relevant fears that we experience in the United States today. 

Three brilliant surgeons – Ashe, Aedon, and Wren – form an emergency/trauma search and rescue organization that assists with various medical emergencies across the country. Ashe is the sexy, brooding Neurosurgeon who has some seriously unpredictable tendencies. Aedon is the beautiful, caring, sexy Thoracic surgeon that has some serious baggage pertaining to Ashe. Then there is the sweet, handsome Wren – a general surgeon that is a longtime friend of both Ashe and Aedon but may possibly be harboring some feelings for Aedon. And don’t let me forget one of my favorite characters – Ander, hired as the secretary/Penelope from Criminal Minds that monitors emergency situations and dispatches teams as needed. He’s honest, real, funny, and I just loved him!

Here is where I need to contain my enthusiasm a bit to avoid spoilers, however, this is an action-packed, fast-paced, sexy, emotional, romantic, and wonderfull frustrating story that is a must-read. There are natural disasters, bombings, funny times, and sad times. There is a love triangle, medical issues, and countless instances of these surgeons giving everything they have to help those in crisis. However, the most prominent theme in the novel though is Ashe and all of his various issues. Kelly Moore expertly develops his character showing a powerful and talented man, then a man that is vulnerable, then a man on the edge, then back again. 

For those of you that are familiar with Kelly’s novels, you already know how wonderfully complex her characters, plot, and sub-plots are. Imperfect is another shining example of what this unstoppable author can produce once an idea pops in her head. Imperfect needs to go straight to the top of your TBR. 

*Very special thanks to the amazing Kelly Moore for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review. (and listening to all of my tons of thoughts and reactions!)

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Book Blitz, Book Reviews

Release Blitz: We Were Memories

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Title: We Were Memories

Author: Brandi Aga

Genre: Romance

Release Date: October 10, 2017 

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Someone once told me never leave the one you love for the one you like…

…you just might get something more out of that relationship than you bargained for. 

I should have listened…

I never should have stepped foot on that airplane…

But I did. 

Sins come in all shapes and sizes. My biggest sin to date comes in the form of sex, tattoos, and Harleys. Roman Blackhart, owner of Blackhart Custom Motorcycles, is all about living life in the fast lane. Our relationship went from zero to one hundred in the blink of an eye. The only problem is, I have a secret. A secret so deep it’s pulling me in two different directions. 

Now we’re 1,400 miles of memories and broken hearts. I just hope it’s not too late to put all the pieces back together again.

My Review:

I am so excited to be a part of the release blitz for We Were Memories, the new novel from author Brandi Aga! Leylah and Ryan had been married for a few years when he was suddenly all-consumed by work and traveling for work. Leylah was an ER nurse with a best friend Erin but found herself missing the companionship of Ryan. When “researching” a potential date for Erin, Leylah meets Roman. Everything quickly changes from there.

I’ve mentioned before when books were challenging to review for fear of giving spoilers, but this will be the toughest one yet. First of all, do not draw any conclusions about any of the characters based on the book’s blurb and/or my introduction. This is one of those fabulous novels that whenever I thought I knew what was going to happen, I would be completely proved wrong. First I thought Ryan was a bad husband, then I wasn’t sure about Leylah, then back to Ryan, then to Roman, and so forth. This book absolutely held my attention from beginning to end, and as previously stated, I was wrong about most of my early guesses as to what would happen and what the outcome would be. 

We Were Memories is full of emotion, sexy scenes, sadness, anger, and joy. Brandi Aga has written a novel that will definitely reach out to all of your emotions, although I must admit that there were moments I was so frustrated with the characters I could have screamed! However, that usually tells me that the author’s character development is amazing, as is their ways of bringing the reader into the story and getting them invested in the characters. 

Does this novel have a HEA? I think that it does, but that will also be up to each reader to decide for themselves, depending on which way they wanted things to go. If you hate cliffhangers, do not fear. There is not a cliffhanger ending, however, the ending provides hope and suggestion of a follow-up novel (which I really am hoping for). This novel will really get you thinking about thinking with your head rather than your heart, or vice versa. It also serves as a reminder that love does not always look perfect or come in a perfect package, and that families are not all the same. 

I cannot promise that you will be a fan of all of the characters or that you will agree with all of their choices – but make sure you grab this one asap. Allow yourself some free time, however, because you will not put it down once you start. 

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Brandi Aga is a former book blogger turned writer. Her love for books quickly escalated the need to tell her own stories. Dark, taboo stories and dystopian romance are her favorites but she reads a little bit of everything. 

She is a stay at home boy (and cat) mom who spends her free time reading, writing, and online gaming with her husband of ten years. 

 

 

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Book Tour: Thrill of Love

 

NEW RELEASE……..

The Bradens are a series of sexy stand-alone romances bursting with rich family ties and everlasting love. These hot contemporary love stories feature alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. They’re flawed, funny, passionate, and relatable to readers who enjoy contemporary and new adult romance, and women’s fiction.

Discover the magic of New York Times bestseller Melissa Foster’s writing, and see why millions of readers have fallen in love with the Bradens.

Fall in love with Ty Braden and Aiyla Bell in this epic love story. Fate brings them together, but will tragedy tear them apart?

Do you believe in fate?

World-renowned mountain climber and nature photographer Ty Braden never believed in second dates, much less heart-pounding, steal-his-breath love. But that was before a trip to Saint-Luc, where he met funny, strong, and entrancingly beautiful Aiyla Bell, a ski instructor and fellow photographer whose hopes and dreams, and love of the outdoors, aligned perfectly with his–and whose kisses alone turned him inside out.

After spending five magical days and four sweet, soulful nights falling in love, Aiyla couldn’t imagine a day without Ty. But when he asked her to go with him on his next assignment, his reputation for having women at his beck and call stopped her from upending the life she’d worked so hard to create.

Months later fate steps in when a chance encounter brings Ty and Aiyla together for a five-day wilderness event held in the Colorado Mountains. Their deep, passionate connection is stronger than ever, and Ty is bound and determined not to lose her again. But when tragedy strikes and their worlds are turned upside down, their love faces the truest test of all.

THRILL OF LOVE is part of the Love in Bloom series. While this can be read as a stand-alone novel, for even more reading enjoyment you may want to read the entire Love in Bloom series in series order.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

My Review:

I honestly cannot recall a single novel of Melissa Foster’s that I didn’t completely fall in love with, however, Thrill of Love was an extraordinarily special novel. This is such a sweet love story about Ty Braden and his “one that got away,” Aiyla. Adventurists and photographers Ty and Aiyla met in Saint Luc and had an incredible week together. However, at the end of their time there, Aiyla refused Ty’s offer to travel with him because of his playboy reputation. Awhile later, they miraculously meet up again for a wilderness competition in Colorado. Sparks fly once again, but they face several obstacles ahead. 

First of all, can I just say – Ty Braden, OMG! What a perfect, romantic, loving, funny, sexy character. I mean, really, Melissa? Is there anything wrong with any of the Bradens??? Anyway, Ty is incredible and Aiyla is beautiful, intelligent, creative, talented, driven, etc. Just imagine the kind of children these two could create! They reunite in Colorado after a whirlwind romance (non-sexual) months earlier, where they didn’t exchange any numbers or info, just allowing fate to take the lead. But not long after their reunion, they have new, enormous challenges to face that truly test their bond as a couple. 

I must admit that this one had me crying several times, which is not the norm for me when reading Melissa Foster’s novels, but it was all worth it in the end. Thrill of Love is not a picture-perfect, typical “meet – fall in love – live happily ever after romance” but it is an incredibly moving and emotional love story that I could not put down. As previously stated, the Bradens are always fabulous, but this novel was unique and gave new meaning to the kind of romance novels that Melissa graciously gives to her readers. I have nothing but the highest praise for this novel and even if you’ve never been tempted to purchase one of her novels (really? I hope not!), Thrill of Love is a love story that you should not miss. It has romance, action, real-life situations, sadness – but most of all – it portrays characters that are driven and committed to a happy life full of love.

*Many thanks to Beck Valley Book Tours for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

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Healed by Love (Love in Bloom, The Bradens of Peaceful Harbor #1)
Nate Braden has loved his best friend’s younger sister Jewel for as long as he can remember, but between their age difference and his respect for Rick, he’s always kept his feelings at bay. Now he’s back in Peaceful Harbor, and Jewel is no longer sixteen years old—but there’s an even bigger obstacle standing in his way. Nate and Rick joined the military together eight years earlier. Nate came home a hero, but Rick didn’t make it out alive.

HEALED BY LOVE is part of the Love in Bloom series. While this can be read as a stand-alone novel, for even more reading enjoyment you may want to read the entire Love in Bloom series in series order.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

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Surrender My Love (Love in Bloom, The Bradens of Peaceful Harbor #2)
Annalise “Leesa” Avalon never realized that one sentence could change her life until one of her students revealed his crush–and within twenty-four hours she finds herself under fire. After a grueling investigation that turns her life upside down, she steals away to Peaceful Harbor, Maryland, with a new identity to try to pull herself back together and figure out her next step.

From the outside, Cole Braden lives a charmed life. He’s a top orthopedic surgeon with a thriving practice, strong family ties, and friends he adores. But there’s a lonely spot inside Cole that no one can see. He has an enormous heart–and a painful past–but the desire to love and be loved is too strong to ignore.

A chance encounter brings Leesa and Cole together, and the attraction is immediate and intense. But a relationship is the last thing Leesa needs–and the only thing Cole wants. Long talks, heated moments, and deep connections are hard to resist, but the harder Cole tries, the more Leesa pulls away. Cole might truly be the right man for Leesa, but is Leesa the right woman for him?

SURRENDER MY LOVE is part of the Love in Bloom series. While this can be read as a stand-alone novel, for even more reading enjoyment you may want to read the entire Love in Bloom series in series order.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

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River of Love Book (Love in Bloom, The Bradens of Peaceful Harbor #3)
River rafting and adventure company owner Sam Braden works hard and plays harder. He’s fast, focused, and determined—and never at a loss for a willing woman to share his time with. The trouble is, the only woman he wants refuses him at every turn.

Physician assistant Faith Hayes escaped her painful past and built a safe, happy life in Peaceful Harbor. She’s also put what she’s learned to good use helping others by founding Women Against Cheaters, an online support group. When her boss’s sinfully sexy brother sets his sights on sweet Faith, she knows the self-professed player is everything she shouldn’t want, and she’s determined to resist him.

Sam pulls out all the stops, proving to Faith that his past doesn’t have to define his future. As she lets down her guard and begins to trust Sam, intense conversations turn to intimate pleasures. But when real life steps in and their pasts collide, it’s Faith who’s left with something to prove.

RIVER OF LOVE is part of the Love in Bloom series. While this can be read as a stand-alone novel, for even more reading enjoyment you may want to read the entire Love in Bloom series in series order.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

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Crushing on Love Book (Love in Bloom, The Bradens of Peaceful Harbor #4)
Steve Johnson is living his life’s passion watching over the Colorado Mountains as a ranger and wildlife consultant. But his peaceful life is upended when overzealous and insanely beautiful Shannon Braden flits back into his life after returning from a brief trip home to Maryland. He thought his attraction to her was under control—after all, she’s only in Colorado temporarily, and he doesn’t do casual affairs.

Shannon’s return to Colorado has as much to do with the game of cat and mouse she and Steve have been playing as it does the data she’s been hired to collect. But despite her efforts to explore the undeniable heat simmering between them, Steve’s intent on keeping his distance.

When a ranch abutting the national park goes up for sale, Steve will do whatever it takes to keep it from falling into the wrong hands. And when all his attempts fail, he’s left with no alternative but to follow Shannon’s guidance into the online world he abhors in order to raise the funds. The more time they spend together, the deeper their attraction becomes, and a game of cat and mouse turns into an unstoppable connection. But when Shannon’s assignment comes to an end, will it mean an end to them, too?

CRUSHING ON LOVE is part of the Love in Bloom series. While this can be read as a stand-alone novel, for even more reading enjoyment you may want to read the entire Love in Bloom series in series order.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

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Whisper of Love Book (Love in Bloom, The Bradens of Peaceful Harbor #5)
Tempest Braden adores her family and her small hometown, but sometimes too much of a good thing can be confining. At almost thirty, having watched most of her siblings find true love, she’s anxious to experience her own happily ever after, and the move to Pleasant Hill, Maryland, is just the change she needs. When she rents a room from ruggedly handsome and closed-off, artist Nash Morgan and his adorable son, Phillip, she thinks she’s found a little slice of heaven on the outskirts of town, where she can concentrate on building her business. That is if she can ignore the undeniable heat between her and the sinfully hot single father.

When Nash bought his farmette, he had one goal in mind—to provide a loving, stable home for his son. He never imagined he’d be raising Phillip alone, or renting out a room to keep their heads above water. Then again, he never imagined losing his brother or spending two years sailing around the world with parents who seemed to forget one son was still alive.

Sparks fly from the moment Tempest moves in, and her positive energy and inquisitive nature brings new life into Nash and Phillip’s quiet, confined world. For the first time in years, Nash wants to let a woman into his world, but while his loss made him stronger, that strength came at a price, leaving him walled off and wary of opening his heart again.

WHISPER OF LOVE is part of the Love in Bloom series. While this can be read as a stand-alone novel, for even more reading enjoyment you may want to read the entire Love in Bloom series in series order.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

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Book Review: One Summer Night

One Summer Night (At the Shore Book 1), by Caridad Pineiro

Publication:  Sourcebooks Casablanca; October 3, 2017

OneSummerNight_selectAbout the book: 

An offer that’s impossible to accept…

Maggie Sinclair has tried everything to save her family’s business, including mortgaging their beloved beach house on the Jersey shore. But now, she’s out of options.

The Sinclair and Pierce families have been neighbors and enemies for almost thirty years. That hasn’t stopped Owen Pierce from crushing on Maggie, and he’s determined to invest in her success. Now he has to convince her that he’s more than just trouble with a capital T…

 

 

My Review:

Caridad Pineiro’s latest romance, One Summer Night, is a bittersweet story about family, friends, forgiveness, and love. Maggie Sinclair is struggling with her family’s retail business, fears they could lose everything, and is unable to make her father understand that it’s time for changes. Owen Pierce is a successful part of his family’s business, although he has to endure his cold, unloving father. Although their families have been in a feud for decades, Maggie and Owen grew up playing together at their Jersey shore vacation homes, shared a kiss when Maggie was eighteen, and have had some sort of romantic feelings for each other for years. After reuniting at a friend’s wedding, Maggie and Owen try to be friends despite the issues between their fathers, try to explore what they may feel for each other, and try to save Maggie’s family’s retail chain. 

Maggie and Owen each had likable and unlikable qualities, but I really enjoyed their story and couldn’t help but cheer them on. Both were workaholics that grew up without their mothers, raised by stubborn fathers more interested in carrying on an old feud than anything else. Somehow, despite their father, both Owen and his brother Jonathan both turned out successful, intelligent, and adorable. Maggie was hard-working and had a very close-knit group of girlfriends, but something about her made it difficult for me to truly feel invested in her character. Both her and Owen were hot and cold initially, denying feelings one minute then professing feelings another minute. However, I loved both characters when I felt like they were being their true selves. Although I must say, I was much more into Owen and his feelings throughout the entire novel – he was just so yummy!

I loved the originality of the storyline with its own special twist on a Romeo & Juliet theme. The author crafted an entertaining read that also touched on the importance of honesty and forgiveness in friendships, romantic relationships, and the world of business. She also illustrated the devasting effects of long-term anger and how many lives are affected when people cannot let go of the past. Was the best book I’ve read in a while? No, it wasn’t. However, I did enjoy it quite a bit and would easily recommend this one to fans of contemporary romance. 

One thing that still baffles me…  What in the world is a pork roll for breakfast??  🙂 

*Thanks to Barclay Publicity for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest review. 

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Book Review: The Memory of Butterflies

The Memory of Butterflies, by Grace Greene

Publication:  Lake Union Publishing; September 5, 2017

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Hannah Cooper’s daughter is leaving for college soon. The change is bittersweet. A single mother since the age of eighteen, Hannah isn’t eager to confront the pain of being alone, but she’s determined not to let her own hang-ups keep Ellen from the future she deserves. As Ellen’s high school graduation approaches, Hannah decides it’s time to return to her roots in Cooper’s Hollow along Virginia’s beautiful and rustic Cub Creek.

With the help of longtime friend Roger Westray, Hannah devotes her energies to building a new house on the site of the old family home, destroyed in a fire more than a decade ago. But Hannah’s entire adult life has revolved around one very big secret. And her new beginning comes with unanticipated risks that will cost her far more than she could have imagined—perhaps more than she can survive.

When a confrontation forces Hannah to expose her secret, the truth may destroy her beloved daughter. Hannah is prepared to sacrifice everything to protect her family, but can their lives and their bond withstand the seismic shift that’s coming?

My Review:

Being a Virginia girl myself, I was really excited to read Grace Greene’s The Memory of Butterflies. This novel is about Hannah, her daughter Ellen, and the secrets of Hannah’s past. Ellen is getting ready to graduate from high school and Hannah has decided to rebuild at the sight of her family’s old home place, where they lost their home to a fire several years earlier. In the midst of Ellen growing up, graduating, and preparing for college – coupled with Hannah starting construction on the house back in Cub Creek, the past starts creeping back in. Hannah is faced with decisions about being honest with her daughter and the people that she has known for some long, or keeping her family’s secrets. 

Let me begin by saying that this novel was nothing like I expected. The main “twist” and the secrets that Hannah has held onto for so long, were a complete surprise to me. Moreover, in some ways, I understand the decisions that she made, but in other ways, it was incredibly disturbing. Hannah was relatable to me based on her extremely close relationship with her grandparents, but otherwise, I struggled to invest in her. Have you ever read a character that was just too plain, too peaceful, too quiet, etc? Hannah completely lacked spirit, which was somewhat understandable based on her past, but it was a real challenge to give two hoots about her at all. Or perhaps this was the author’s intentions considering Hannah’s upbringing? A woman that had grown up in that area, with her grandparents, thinking they had nothing may very well be a very quiet and not exciting person. 

I loved the spunk of Ellen, especially her intelligence, compassion, and ability to read others at such a young age. Roger, like Hannah, was somewhat “blah” to me, and regarding Liam, I don’t really have an opinion one way or the other. I did love the simplicity and love found within Hannah’s grandmother, especially the numerous things that reminded me of my own Mema. My grandparents didn’t go without, but they never spent more money than was necessary and were happy with a life void of frivolous purchases. 

Despite my uninspired feelings about the main character, I found Greene’s writing beautiful, vivid, and it completely pulled me into the world of Cub Creek. I could see the old cabin where she did pottery, I could see Elk Ridge, I could smell the woodstove, and so on. I won’t add this to my top reads of the year, but fans of women’s fiction with a twist, especially set in a very simple setting should truly enjoy this novel.

*Thanks to NetGalley for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. 

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“In a passionate modern Romeo and Juliet-inspired story (with a much happier ending) that opens a contemporary romance series, Pineiro (Under the Boardwalk) develops the forbidden love between sensitive, spunky retail heiress Maggie Sinclair and stoic real estate scion Owen Pierce.”—Publishers Weekly

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Title: One Summer Night

Author: Caridad Pineiro

Release Date: October 3, 2017

Publisher:  Sourcebooks Casablanca

Series: At the Shore

Genres: Contemporary romance

Pages: 352

 

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An offer that’s impossible to accept . . .

Maggie Sinclair has tried everything to save her family’s business, including mortgaging their beloved beach house on the Jersey Shore. But now, she’s out of options.

The Sinclair and Pierce families have been neighbors and enemies for almost thirty years. That hasn’t stopped Owen Pierce from crushing on Maggie, and he’s determined to invest in her success. Now he has to convince her that he’s more than just trouble with a capital T…

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Caridad_PhotoAbout Caridad Pineiro:

Caridad Pineiro is a transplanted Long Island girl who has fallen in love with pork roll and the Jersey Shore but still can’t get the hang of tomato pies. When Caridad isn’t taking long strolls along the boardwalk to maintain her sanity and burn off that pork roll, she’s also a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author with over a million books sold worldwide. Caridad is passionate about writing and helping others explore and develop their skills as writers. She is a founding member of the Liberty States Fiction Writers and has presented workshops at the RT Book Club Convention, Romance Writers of America National Conference as well as various writing organizations throughout the country.

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