Friday, May 25, 2018

Her Big Fat Dreamy Billionaire Ex by Victorine Lieske {Review}

Her Big Fat Dreamy Billionaire Ex 
by Victorine E. Lieske
Kindle Edition
Published May 22nd 2018 
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own.
 
 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40197879-her-big-fat-dreamy-billionaire-ex?from_search=true  https://amzn.to/2s4wiii
 
Felicity should have suspected something when she got hired to take pictures at a resort in Belize, all expenses paid. When she arrives and bumps into her ex-fiancĂ©, Aiden, she realizes she’s been set up. His grandmother is playing matchmaker and every time she turns around Grams is forcing Aiden and her together. But she can’t fall for him again, it was a disaster last time, and she doesn’t want to repeat the past. 

Aiden can’t believe Felicity is at his resort. She broke his heart five years ago, and he’s determined not to allow it to happen again. But one disaster after another keeps forcing them together and he’s sure Grams is behind all of it. He’s just not sure how long he can hold out without pulling Felicity into his arms and confessing that he never really got over her.

Her Big Fat Dreamy Billionaire Ex is a sweet romance, and it is a stand-alone novel. 

My Review: 5 Stars

This Destined For Love Romance: Resorts series is making me add places to my bucket list like crazy and now Belize is at the top. Not only is there a second chance romance looming at this resort, but the lush, tropical location is to die for.


The characters are fascinating and lovable: Grams is a meddler, to be sure, but she's pure in her matchmaking intentions and in hilarious ways; then there's Felicity, who has trust issues; and finally, Aiden, a good and wholesome workaholic. The whole reason for the breakup was tragic, but meant to be, since both characters obviously had some growing to do.

I fell in love with the whole plot and story line, even with the drama that unfolded. The romance was very realistic--hesitant, yet undeniable; tentative, yet swoony. And so much fun. If you love a sweet romance in a tropical location with very real characters, be sure to check this one out.

Content: mild, swoony romance

Also part of the Destined for Love: Resorts collection:
— Matched by Design by Lindzee Armstrong
— Keep Me At Christmas by Lucinda Whitney
— Second Chance in Paradise by Jennifer Peel
— The Trust of a Billionaire by Michelle Pennington
— Marrying an Athlete by Anne-Marie Meyer
— Her Big Fat Dreamy Billionaire Ex by Victorine E. Lieske
— If the Suit Fits by Sally Johnson
— Kings Crossed Lovers by Donna K. Weaver


Thursday, May 24, 2018

Perfect Set by Melanie Jacobson {Blog Tour Review and Giveaway}


Perfect Set by Melanie Jacobson
Paperback, 226 pages
Published May 1st 2018 by Covenant Communications, Inc. 
Source: I received a copy from the publisher, which had no influence on my opinions
 https://amzn.to/2GzNMaK  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39847833-perfect-set?ac=1&from_search=true

Bree Mercer is an ambitious sports reporter who has risen through the ranks to land her dream job. Basking in the sun, sea, and seriously cute guys in her new singles ward, things couldn't be better. That is, until she's assigned to write a feature on the one person she can't stand—professional beach volleyball player Kade Townsend. A typical cocky athlete, Kade's previous attempt to woo her was foiled by Bree's hard-and-fast rule: don't date athletes. Ever.

Kade loathes the media, and for good reason: when his hard-partying ways were exposed by a reporter who claimed to be his friend, the scandal rocked his entire family. Now reformed, Kade has put his life back together, and he has no interest in talking to reporters—least of all Bree Mercer. But when the pair is thrown together despite their best efforts, their chemistry is undeniable. They can't seem to put the brakes on their feelings—until their connection threatens Bree's reputation and Kade's hard-won redemption. Now they must decide if there is a place for love in their plans for the future.


My Review: 5 Stars

This cover is perfection and the characters within are perfectly imperfect. Kade and Bree are each everything that they hate, yet with both of their driven and persistent personalities, they come to know each other on a deeper level, thus treating the reader to a great, personal friendship. I love that they are both flawed, yet very likable, especially as the story progresses and the reader learns more about them.

I love watching the Olympics and beach volleyball is such a fascinating sport because it's so intense and fast-paced. The athletes are incredibly quick and strong. I loved reading more about the sport in this book through Kade's story. I also loved learning more about journalism and Bree is very admirable in her passionate quest to uncover the truth, whether it's flattering or not.

The relationship aspect is great, as they are both determined not to go there and jeopardize their careers, yet they can't ignore the blatant chemistry that enshrouds them. I loved the alternating banter and friction--heck, I loved everything about this book!

Content: mild, swoony romance; very vague innuendo and mention of a porn addiction; mild religious elements, specific to the LDS faith (no preaching)

Giveaway:

Cover Reveal for Wedding Wagers

I love the Timeless Regency Collection
and I'm so excited for 
WeddingWagers, 
coming in August 2018!

Check out the cover and be sure to add it
to your Goodreads to-read shelf

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Rescue by Susan Aylworth {Book Blast and Giveaway}


 

Rescue by Susan Aylworth

What will it take to stay alive? When Dulce wakes up hanging in a giant mapajo tree, she fears she may be a lone survivor, stranded in the Amazon rainforest. What comes next may be even worse.

The last thing sixteen-year-old Dulce Donovan wants to do is move away from her friends and hot new crush. But her parents insist, and she has no choice but to get on the airplane taking her to Lima, Peru.

When the plane crashes in the middle of the Amazon jungle, Dulce feels lucky to survive. But as she faces injury, disease, and deadly insects and reptiles, she discovers that the price of living is high. Injured and miles from any civilization, Dulce must push her way through a dangerous jungle, looking for any miracle that might come her way.




Praise for the Book

"RESCUE is exciting and fresh and inspiring. When Dulce is one of the only survivors of a plane crash deep in the Amazon jungle, she faces all kinds of dangers as she fights to survive. A fascinating insight into one of the most mysterious places in the world and a strong heroine that will make you cheer for her determination."

"I found myself unable to put the book down. The story is well-crafted, with twists and surprises that kept me a little on edge, frankly--wondering what would suddenly leap out (or slither up to!) Dulce next. Aylworth cleverly weaves her considerable understanding of survival skills and of the native peoples of the Amazon throughout the story. I found myself mentally cheering Dulce on, impressed with her ingenuity at dealing with the harsh realities of her environment."

"I really liked this book. It was very interesting how this young woman was able to survive this terrible tragedy."


Excerpts
"For a time I just sit, my head pressed backward against the seat, my eyes closed, thinking of how desperately I don’t want to be here, how I can’t face this, how frantically I want this all to go away. But the minutes pass and I’m still hanging in the tree, recognizing that if no one has come to my rescue yet, it’s possible no one is coming. I may just have to rescue myself."

"'I am not going to die here,' I say aloud. Then I shout it to the whole forest: 'I am not going to die here!' I grasp that little lump in the tree bark with my left hand, reach up with my right, and grab my toe, yanking it free. There’s a moment of elation until I realize my left foot is slipping. I scrabble with both hands, trying to find anything to hang onto, but there’s nothing. The next thing I know I am sliding, the mapajo’s slick bark slipping by beneath me. Then there is nothing but air."

"I’m almost out of the clearing when I’m stopped cold. What I see looks like a thick, bright green vine curled around the limb of a tree. What I recognize is the ambush-hunting strategy of a pit viper, a seriously venomous threat. I know what it is because Chambi pointed one out on one of our jungle walks. Silently thanking him, I change direction. We’ll avoid that risk by leaving this clearing in an entirely different direction. Even as I think it, I realize it may be foolish; we could run into poisonous snakes anywhere. I’ll just have to be careful to keep a close watch on the foliage."

"I’m home! I don’t know how I got here, but I am standing on the porch of our home in Santa Cruz and there’s my mother! She’s running to me and I’m running to her. She is saying, “Marissa! Oh Marissa!” over and over and I just keep saying, “Mom, Mom, I missed you so much!” We hold each other and cry and then …I wake up aching, wishing my mother were here. I’ve never missed her or needed her more than I do now. I have never imagined I would miss her or want her this much. The missing is so painful, it almost chokes me."


 
Author Susan Aylworth

Susan Aylworth started her first book when she was nine. "It was called Buff, The Proud Stallion. I wrote eight whole pages." For her fifth grade career day, she stated her ambition to become "a rich and famous author." Decades later, she is pleased to have achieved the 'author' part of that goal. A former university professor, she enjoys researching backgrounds and careers for her novels. "It's one way to live many lives at once."

Susan lives with Roger, her husband of 48 years, who is also a writer. Although they maintain a home in northern California, they currently serve as addiction recovery missionaries in the Navajo Nation. Susan loves hanging out with her seven children, their perfect-for-them spouses and 26 grandchildren. When she can't be with her blood family, she hangs with her fictional characters, the children of her mind. Rescue is her fifteenth published novel.




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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

With a Kiss: A Sweet Romance Anthology

With a Kiss: A Sweet Romance Anthology
Published: May 22, 2018
666 pages
Source: I received a copy, which had no influence on my opinion

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39913809-with-a-kiss?ac=1&from_search=true  https://amzn.to/2IHcs2V

WITH A KISS: A Sweet Romance Anthology

A collection of 10 brand new sweet romance novellas by USA Today bestselling & award winning authors.

**On sale for a limited time only!**

Romances in this collection:
DANCING TO FREEDOM by Traci Hunter Abramson: A Russian ballerina. An American hockey player. A forbidden romance. Can Katrina follow her heart when freedom is the one thing she lacks? Or will the Cold War cost her the only man she has ever loved?

RYLEE’S MIX-UP by Rachel Branton: Rylee Williams didn’t want to be a bridesmaid at her estranged sister’s wedding, the sister who’d grown up with the family she was supposed to have. So why does she find herself in a dress two sizes too big and no date for the wedding? Maybe it’s time to give up on her family once and for all. But a greased pig contest and handsome cowboy Beck Seeger might just change her mind—both about sticking it out and taking a chance at love.

THE REFUGEE’S BILLIONAIRE by Rachelle J. Christensen: Shawn Halstrom has an assignment: travel to Atlanta, Georgia to investigate The Heart of Atlanta refugee center so that Burke Enterprises can make a donation. The job should take two weeks tops, but he wasn’t planning on falling for a Cuban refugee named Carolina Diaz. She’s a single mother who isn’t interested in dating, even if the guy might be a billionaire.

JUST THIS MOMENT by Joyce DiPastena: Alys’s late husband thought her useful only for spinning thread. Now a mysterious monk has come to take her to a nunnery. Can a sightless woman like Alys exert her independence to forge a future of her own choice? And will the monk, who stirs forbidden longings in her, help or hinder her?

ORIGAMI GIRL by Danyelle Ferguson: Josephine loved teaching crafts at the children's hospital until she was assigned to help Dr. Blake learn how to relate with his patients. As she helps the young doctor soften his sharp edges, relax his rigid folds, and open up to the people around him, she finds she can't help but love the man he's becoming.

SABRINA’S HERO by Donna Hatch: For weeks, Sabrina daydreams about a mysterious gentleman who frequents the lending library. Is he perchance an agent for the crown? A returning war hero? A highwayman? A fateful public assembly introduces her to the mystery man as well as an intriguing newcomer. Now she’s torn between a charming rake promising the adventure she craves, and a handsome barrister who offers security. Only one will stand by her when it matters most.

FALLING FOR LUCY by Heather B. Moore: Lucy Morley’s older sister is perfect, yet Lucy can’t even hold down a job, let alone stick with something like college. After another disastrous firing, she lands her dream job at a bookstore—and it doesn’t hurt that her new boss, Adam Parks, is pretty much her dream man. But if Lucy is good at one thing, it’s guarding herself from heartbreak. Adam has other plans in mind that include finding a way into Lucy’s heart.

MY DEAREST EMMA by Luisa Perkins: Since her husband died at 25, Johanna has worked at a busy hotel in the new railroad town of Danube, Minnesota, soothing her loneliness by writing home to her sister in Germany. When she meets August, a shy widower, her letters reveal a budding friendship. But Johanna soon begins to question whether their romance can survive a demanding employer, August’s jealous daughter, and the misgivings of two recently broken hearts.

COVERTLY YOURS by Janette Rallison: Paisley Spencer never needed a knight in shining armor—until she finds herself surrounded by three gangsters in a bad part of Phoenix. A handsome stranger intervenes, rescuing her from certain disaster. The only catch? Now she has to pretend to be his girlfriend for the next hour. She finds it’s a job she doesn't want to end.

Novella by Heather Tullis: description coming soon

My Review: 5 Stars

I love the idea of some of my favorite authors coming together to write this book for charity. And I love that a lot of the stories reflect perfectly each author's writing styles and some of them even connect to series that the authors have already written, which is an added bonus.

I didn't have a chance to finish all of the stories yet, but I did read more than half and have loved the uniqueness of every single one of them. Although they are short (less than 100 pages each), they each felt complete and satisfying. I really enjoyed the variety of characters and time periods and can't wait to finish the rest!

DANCING TO FREEDOM really portrays the importance of freedom well. Katrina, a Russian ballet dancer, lives in a glass cage and Robert is determined to break her out of it. I loved the obvious adoration and growing love that ensues through this tenderly heart-wrenching story. My emotions were really drawn out and the characters came to life.

Assumptions cause some conflict in THE REFUGEE'S BILLIONAIRE. I enjoy reading stories with big-hearted, selfless characters and this one delivers. The threads of redemption and hard work really added to the plot. There was an immediate and sweet connection between Shawn and Carolina that warmed my heart and Daniel, Carolina's young son, was the icing on the cake.

ORIGAMI GIRL is a true case of opposites attract. First impressions aren't always accurate and sometimes walls need to be knocked down to get to the heart of a person and sometimes a person isn't as flighty as she seems. I loved the setting and the character growth, especially with Dr. Blake. Jojo was such a fun an light-hearted character. The romance was a sweet complement to the slightly sad hospital situation.

Sabrina dreams of meeting a man of adventure and her mysterious library companion turns out to be too boring and safe for her taste. SABRINA'S HERO is slightly reminiscent of Pride and Prejudice, with the heroes and villains, but definitely earns praise on its own. I loved the way the story unfolded and the character realizations that developed, especially as they involved a very sweet and swoon-worthy romance.

FALLING FOR LUCY proves that everyone has a niche in life. It's especially hard for siblings to feel like they have to fit in the same mold as each other and when Lucy doesn't feel like she measures up to hers, she's hard on herself. A part-time job interview at a bookstore changes her life. And not just in the job sense. She clicks with her boss, Adam, and the subtle sparks and the passion for books completely captivated me.

I was a little surprised by COVERTLY YOURS. Paisley is rescued in a bad part of town late at night, but now has to pretend to be the guy's girlfriend. She's obviously an innocent and good girl, but the chemistry ignites with this bad gang boy, Ice, anyway. I was nervous for her, especially as the night got worse and worse, but in true Rallison style, it all tied together in a delightful tale.

Content: all of these stories are sweet and clean

Monday, May 21, 2018

Marrying an Athlete by Anne-Marie Meyer {Review}

Marrying an Athlete by Anne-Marie Meyer
Published: May 15, 2018
Source: I received a copy, which had no influence on my opinions


Anna Short’s life has been in a slump ever since her boss and boyfriend—who happened to be the same person—dumped her. Now forced to work at a coffee shop, she's pretty sure her life can't go any lower. Enter Michael: her best friend McKenna’s older brother and life-long crush.

Michael Jones is the life of the party. As a Defenseman for the New York Rangers, he's always had his pick of women and friends. When he mistakenly proposes to the Mayor's daughter at a party one night, he hightails it out of New York before the media storm hits. He drives to McKenna’s house where he finds her in emotional shambles. Grateful for the distraction her problems give him, he jumps head first into finding a solution.

When McKenna begs them to fake a marriage so they can go with her to a counseling resort designed to help fix her failing one, Anna and Michael agree. After all, the drunken kiss they shared two years ago was definitely in the past. But when they decide to make it their mission to bring McKenna and her husband together, they begin to realize just how good of a team they really are.

My Review: 5 Stars

What a darling story! One of my favorite tropes is a fake marriage and this one is extra special because of the past that Michael and Anna share. Michael is Anna's best friend's older brother, which is another favorite theme of mine. Could it get any better than this?!

What really sets this book apart is the fact that it's set on Bora Bora at a marriage counseling resort. In an effort to help their friend/sister, they agree to a fake marriage and the sparks instantly fly! I almost melted into a puddle a few different times. Being with a guy like Michael, past or no past, would intimate the socks off of me. He's very charismatic, sweet, and good-looking, but a total playboy, while Anna is so darling, innocent, and trusting.

I've been on a tropical kick lately and can't get enough of the warm, sunny beaches, but when a sweet romance is in the mix, you'd better believe that I couldn't put it down. Between the swoon that fairly leaps off the pages and the unreal blue water and white, powdery sand, the alternating insecurities and confidence of Michael and Anna, life is brought to these characters. They are delightfully flawed and I did not want it to end.

Content: mild+ swoony romance, some innuendo


Also part of the Destined for Love: Resorts collection:
— Matched by Design by Lindzee Armstrong
— Keep Me At Christmas by Lucinda Whitney
— Second Chance in Paradise by Jennifer Peel
— The Trust of a Billionaire by Michelle Pennington
— Marrying an Athlete by Anne-Marie Meyer
— Her Big Fat Dreamy Billionaire Ex by Victorine E. Lieske
— If the Suit Fits by Sally Johnson
— Kings Crossed Lovers by Donna K. Weaver

Friday, May 18, 2018

Super Daisy by Jennifer Griffith {Review}


Super Daisy by Jennifer Griffith
Kindle Edition
Published May 16th 2018 
Source: I received a copy, which had no influence on my opinions
 
 
Super powers? Super useless.
At seventeen, disgraced former beauty queen Daisy just wants to escape her viral-video past. The flaming baton that caught the stage and a judge’s pants on fire also burned up her dreams of someday becoming a serious TV journalist.
Now Daisy faces a dead-end summer job in her dead-end hometown. The only cool guy in Prairie Grass, Cliff Calloway, doesn’t even know she exists, and her arch nemesis is determined to keep it that way.
Then lightning strikes! Daisy crashes her jeep and a vision swiftly unfolds. “You, Daisy Blaine, have been selected for The Power.” In one fell swoop everything changes, but not for the better. Getting turned into a superhero by a goddess isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, especially when you want to keep a low profile.

Super Daisy is another fun escape from #1 best-selling YA author Jennifer Griffith.

My Review: 4 Stars

Sometimes it's fun to escape into a completely fantastical story. When I was younger, I used to like to imagine that I could gain a few superpowers and Daisy finds herself in possession of a few of these. In a fast-paced, almost bizarre at times, adventure, Daisy lives out any superhero lover's fantasy. In fact, her life is literally like a dream for awhile. While highly entertaining, I wish it could have been a little longer and not so rushed, but it still is very enjoyable.


Told in first person, Daisy comes across as a likable character and her strengths, weaknesses, and thoughts are worn on her sleeve. She is easy to cheer for and develops into an everyday heroine. This is a really fun and unique story and I hope there are more like it in the works.

Content: very mild violence; very mild romance