Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Cover Reveal: Drowning Sandy by Sarah Daley with Giveaway





 
Sarah Daley lives in Arizona with her best friend and husband, Chris, their adorable monster child, and neurotic dog.
At the age of six, she became a reading machine. Devouring everything she could possibly get her hands on. In high school she almost failed English three times because of her detest for writing book reports. Today, Sarah writes whatever stories haunt her dreams, and struggles to focus on one idea at a time. When she isn’t enjoying time with her family, or writing, you will find her nose stuck in a book, or out walking and enjoying the sunshine.
Drowning Sandy is her debut novella!

  

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  The water is calling...

and Sandy can no longer resist the urge to unleash her mermaid form. But a simple swim in Lake Ontario ends when she discovers the truth of her own banishment. When long time crush, Alardo, seems to shift in a direction she never dreamed possible, Sandy must make a choice — mermaid or human? Once she chooses, she can never go back.




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Kiss Me in the Rain by Lindzee Armstrong {Review}

Kiss Me in the Rain (A Destined for Love Romance: Mansions) by Lindzee Armstrong
Publication: September 19th 2017  

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35617860-kiss-me-in-the-rain?ac=1&from_search=true


Will she risk the home she treasures for the man she loves?

Cypress Grove has always been a treasured constant in Layla's perfect life. Now the mansion will be sold to the highest bidder if she doesn’t date an investor's son. The problem? The man she really wants just rolled into town.

Tyler is done being responsible and never going after what he wants. Layla's finally given him the courage to quit grad school and use his student loans to flip houses. And he's decided to move near Cypress Grove to do it.

When Layla happens upon suspicious ledgers at the mansion, her family's financial woes take a sinister turn. As Tyler and Layla work together to find the culprit, the attraction between them threatens to burst into flames. But admitting their feelings could spell disaster for Cypress Grove.


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My Review: 4.5 Stars 

I haven't ever been to the South, but I can sure picture the beautiful and historic mansions that dot the landscape and Armstrong does a really good job of bringing my visualizations to life. I especially enjoyed learning more about Tyler's house project because I can't look at something and picture the potential, so it's fun when others can do that.

Layla and Tyler are secondary characters in Armstrong's offering in the Destined for Love Romance: Europe set, but I think this story can stand on its own if you haven't read that one yet. Tyler and Layla had a connection in Europe, but he feels she's way out of his league and when he decides he's all in, he discovers that she's got a new boyfriend. Little does he know, it's a relationship of convenience.

I love the way this author uses mystery, suspense, and danger to balance out the romance, taking the plot to a deeper level. Don't get me wrong--the romance and sparks are definitely still there, but the characters are forced to connect in other ways. I loved watching it all unfold and although some parts a little predictable, there are still plenty of surprise twists. This story is a great start to this new set and I can't wait for the others!

Content: mild romance (kissing).

*I received a copy which didn't influence my opinion in any way. All thoughts are my own.*

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Buy Link:

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Monday, September 18, 2017

The Pursuit of Lady Harriett by Rachael Anderson {Blog Tour + Giveaway}

The Pursuit of Lady Harriett by Rachael Anderson

When wills clash and hearts collide, who will reign victorious? Termed an Incomparable during her first London season, Lady Harriett Cavendish is beautiful, spirited, and confident, capturing the attention of a great many suitors. Unfortunately, they all failed to capture her attention, and she concluded the season as unattached as she’d begun it. Only weeks prior to her second season, Harriett encounters Lieutenant Christopher Jamison while visiting Tanglewood Manor. Recently returned from war, the lieutenant is everything that Harriett's previous suitors were not. He’s arrogant, ungentlemanly, irritating, and challenges her at every opportunity. When he goes too far, Harriett decides that it’s time to turn the tables on him. But as she sets out to put the lieutenant in his place once and for all, she discovers there is more to him than meets the eye, and when it comes to matters of the heart, she has no control whatsoever.


My Review: 5 Stars

I read a lot and there's not a lot more that causes me to hunker down and laugh, smile, and sigh than fabulous witty banter and a chase, of sorts. This is one that had me captured from the first mistake to the final page. And there are a few different definitions of the word pursuit, just so you know.

Christopher is a pretty clueless "gentleman," although if you were to ask Harriett, a gentleman he most definitely is not. He's a big tease and whether it's conscious or not, he pushes buttons better than a curious toddler. A former war general, he's good at strategy and is determined to employ some of these tactics with this feisty, intriguing, beautiful lady. On the other hand, Harriett is determined to drive this man mad with her sarcasm, tricks, and annoying behavior. The results are hilarious and I loved every minute of their interactions and banter.

Anderson is an author who can really engage a reader with her unique characters and situations. The characters become life-like and seem like dear friends and the events that occur are very interesting and entertaining. I know I'll never feel like I just wasted a few precious hours when I'm able to dive into one of her books and I always look forward to a new release. I absolutely adored this story and didn't want it to end--I loved it!

Content: mild romance

*I received a copy, which didn't have any influence on my thoughts and opinions.*


EXCERPT

Harriett looked at what remained of the cake. Appar-ently, he didn’t intend to finish it off after all, so she collected their forks and stood. “Forgive me for saying so, but you look quite done in, Chris. If you do not go up to bed now, you will probably fall asleep here. Only imagine what Mrs. Caddy might say if she discovers you here with the mostly-eaten cake. For your own sake, you ought to retire. I will do my best to tidy things up.”
Before she could move away from him, he grabbed her hand and guided her to sit back down, keeping hold of her fingers. “Not so fast, my lady. I meant it when I said that I’m in desperate need of the distraction that only you can provide. Thus far, all I have done is burden you with my troubles.”
“I do not feel at all burdened, sir.” Indeed, Harriett suddenly felt breathless and somewhat giddy. The effect this man had on her was something of a wonder.
“Sir?” he asked. “I thought we were beyond that.”
“I thought so as well, but you only just called me ‘my lady.’”
He frowned and blinked as though he hadn’t realized he had. “Forgive me, Harry. I fear my exhaustion has muddled my thinking.”
This time, she did not let the name slide. She snatched her hand free and frowned at him. “Obviously it has.”
He laughed—not a tired attempt at a laugh, but a real one filled with the richness that warmed her straight through. Only this time, it did not bother her at all. In fact, it felt wonderful, almost like a compliment.
“I knew you’d come through for me,” he said, leaning close enough to touch shoulders with her. “You have no idea how much I needed to laugh or how good that felt. I could honestly kiss you right now.”
Harriett tried her best not to blush or appear astonished by the suggestion—he had obviously made the comment in jest—but when his smile widened into a devilish grin, she knew she’d failed. He leaned in closer, and his gaze wandered briefly to her mouth before returning to her eyes. She could smell vanilla and lemon and a hint of something else—leather perhaps? A delightful pulse whipped down her arm, and she was hard-pressed not to shiver.
“Admit it,” he said. “You have missed me.”

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Author Rachael Anderson

A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.



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A Year of Love by Heather B. Moore {Review}

A Year of Love by Heather B. Moore
Kindle Edition, 72 pages
Expected publication: September 19th 2017 by Mirror Press 
 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35600474-a-year-of-love?ac=1&from_search=true
 
1907, England
Lucien Baxter’s best and most incorrigible friend, Will, dies unexpectedly, leaving behind his new bride and unborn child the week before Christmas. Will’s last request is that Lucien watch over Cora, not just as a benefactor, but as a husband. When Lucien does his duty and proposes to Cora, he’s turned down flat. Over the course of the next twelve months, Lucien discovers that marrying Cora wouldn’t be any sort of duty after all, but a matter of following his heart.

*Note for readers: A YEAR OF LOVE was previously published in A Timeless Romance Anthology: Silver Bells Collection, as TWELVE MONTHS.  
 
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My Review: 5 Stars
 
I don't think the opposites attract theory necessarily applies to strictly romances. Sometimes best friends are polar opposites and that's what makes them such good friends. That thought seems to make up Lucien and Will's friendship. Will is impulsive, outgoing, and larger than life, while Lucien is left to pick up the many pieces that Will leaves in his wake, yet their friendship works.
 
When Will suddenly dies, his last request is that Lucien take care of his wife and unborn child, which Lucien is more than happy to do. Cora has had such a heartbreaking past, but she's one strong and self-reliant woman. I love the gentle persuasion that occurs over time, and especially the role that music plays in this tender relationship. 
 
It's not easy to create such a complete and tender story is so few pages, but this author manages to do just that and it's one that captured me heart and soul. It's refreshing to read a story set in England in this time period and is a very sweet book.
 
Content: innuendo (implied affairs), mild romance.
 
*I received a copy, which did not influence my thoughts in any way. All opinions are my own.*
 
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Buy Link:
 
http://amzn.to/2gSqt0V
 
 About the Author:


Heather B. Moore is a USA today bestselling author who writes sweet romance. Under H.B. Moore she writes historicals & thrillers. Under Jane Redd, she writes Young Adult. There are more than 9,000 5-star reviews for Heather's books on Goodreads!

Tackle Your TBR Read-a-thon Update: Mid-point Check

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Day 7 of the Tackle your TBR read-a-thon, hosted by Wishful Endings,
is the mid-point check-in.
I haven't visited ANY other participants yet (shame on me)
and haven't done any challenges yet (again, shame!),
but I still have another week to make some progress there.
And look at me--I'm staying on track with reading,
but again, you all get to see just how down to the wire
I get at times with my reviews. :)



UPDATE:

DAY SEVEN (September 17th)
Books Read: The Pursuit of Lady Harriett
Pages Read: 151
Total Books Read: 5
Total Pages Read: 1323 + ???
Finished Books:
Longing for Home: Hope Springs,
Mind Games,
Love Remains,
The Sheriff's Bride
The Pursuit of Lady Harriett

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Tackle Your TBR Read-a-thon Update Day 6

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Day Six of the Tackle your TBR read-a-thon, hosted by Wishful Endings,
was pretty good. Saturdays are always busy with projects
and chores, but I still got some reading in. Any reading
time is good!


UPDATE:

DAY SIX (September 16th)
Books Read: The Pursuit of Lady Harriett
Pages Read: 110
Total Books Read: 4
Total Pages Read: 1172 + ???
Finished Books:
Longing for Home: Hope Springs,
Mind Games,
Love Remains,
The Sheriff's Bride

Horses, Hayrides, & Husbands by Jeanette Lewis {Review}

Horses, Hayrides, and Husbands by Jeanette Lewis
Kindle Edition, 110 pages
Published September 11th 2017 by Gelato Publishing LLC

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36225852-horses-hayrides-and-husbands?from_search=true
Enjoy this sweet romance from the Country Bride & Cowboy Boots series.

Misty Epperson has her hands full with a toddler and a full-time job helping her billionaire brother, Ty, run The Epperson Foundation, a charitable organization he founded with his lottery jackpot. But all the chubby baby cheeks and conference calls in the world can’t drive away the emptiness hovering over her heart. She yearns for love, but Misty is wary. The last time she gave her heart away, it was returned to her battered and broken.
 
When Misty meets Clydesdale wrangler, Travis Harper, she’s drawn to his quiet strength and easy smile. But Travis quickly makes his hatred of rich people known and Misty’s brother is one of the richest men in the state. When Ty interferes with the Clydesdale’s grazing pasture in the name of environmental protection, will Travis consider it guilt by association or can Misty break this sexy cowboy with the giant chip on his shoulder?
  
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My Review: 5 Stars
There are so many different ways for two characters to meet and I have several favorite ways. One of them is found in this story and it's a case of mistaken identity. All too often, prejudices go both ways, which is case-in-point with Travis. He works hard with horses, but can't stand richy rich people and doesn't keep that a secret. Although he does have this chip on his shoulder, he's still a likable guy, because his intense passions and loyalties to what is fair and right shine through.

The way he meets Misty is pretty funny and it's understandable why she doesn't want him to know who she is, but she knows both sides of the tracks and has had a difficult past, especially the last few years. I love to see people using their money for good, even though it can be taken the wrong way. Those differing points of view are good to consider. 

When their two worlds collide and clash in an explosion of sparks (in more than one way), I was completely captivated, wanting to see exactly how it would all be played out. Yes, I'm nosy and I want the nitty gritty details of it all and I got exactly what I was expecting and hoping for. This is one story that will leave a reader in love and with a goofy smile on one's face. 

Content: mild romance

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Buy Link:

http://amzn.to/2fbP83K