Monday, July 15, 2019

Cowboy Charming by Dylann Crush (Holiday, Texas #3)

Cowboy Charming

My Rating: 3.5 stars
Written by: Dylann Crush
Series: Holiday, Texas
Sequence in Series: Book 3
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: July 30, 2019
ISBN-10: 1492662674
ISBN-13: 978-1492662679
Genre: Western Romance

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They call him Casanova.
But can this charming devil of a cowboy teach
a good girl how to change her ways?
Small-town preacher's daughter Dixie King is used to having a lot on her plate. Keep tabs on her flighty grandmother? No problem.
Handle the honky tonk's first ever Chili Cook-Off? In the bag. Vamp it up to charm a would-be developer into leaving Holiday, Texas for good?

...now there she might need a helping hand.

Enter Presley Walker: Holiday's own Cowboy Casanova and the perfect tutor for a good girl looking to go bad. He's got charm in spades, and he's always seemed like a terrible idea waiting to happen. But as Presley and Dixie work together to save their beloved hometown, these polar opposites might finally see the good in each other...if they can only learn to trust their hearts enough to fall.

Holiday, Texas Series:
All-American Cowboy (Book 1)
Cowboy Christmas Jubilee (Book 2)
Cowboy Charming (Book 3)
Cowboy Charming (Holiday, Texas, #3)Cowboy Charming by Dylann Crush

Cowboy Charming was one of the cute, endearing, hometown reads that you can really sink into. I was really enjoying it until almost the ending when the characters go to the bank and the character's reactions were just way over the top and is why I'm giving it 3.5 stars.

I received this ARC copy of Cowboy Charming from SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca. This is my honest and voluntary review. Cowboy Charming is set for publication July 30, 2019.



The One Who Stays by Toni Blake (Summer Island #1)

The One Who Stays

My Rating:

Written by: Toni Blake
Series: Summer Island (Book 1)
Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: HQN; Original edition
Publication Date: July 30, 2019
ISBN-10: 1335504982
ISBN-13: 978-1335504982
Genre: Woman's Lit

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Lose your heart to Summer Island, where summers are easy, winters are cozy and friends welcome you with open arms.

Summer Island has always been home to Meg Sloan. She runs the Summerbrook Inn, like her grandmother did, and she loves the laid-back pace of life and the close-knit community the island offers. Meg also loves Zack Sheppard, a local man she’s been seeing for years. What she doesn’t love is Zack’s refusal to commit to her, his reluctance to be exclusive with her.

Seth Darden arrives on Summer Island in search of summer work, but also in search of something else—his past. There are secrets buried at the Summerbrook Inn, secrets that forged the path of Seth’s life. But he wasn’t counting on falling for the lovely innkeeper, Meg.

When Meg meets Seth, she can’t ignore the sparks that fly between them, even though she feels like her heart has been torn in half. But if Zack won’t commit, should she take the leap with Seth? And can she even have a future with him if he can’t reckon with his past?
The One Who Stays (Summer Island, #1)The One Who Stays by Toni Blake

I enjoyed The One Who Stays, it provides a good book-cation! It was a cute and sweet romance.

Meg loves Summer Island, the memory of her grandmother, Summerbrook Inn (the inn her grandmother left her) and Zack, a local fisherman who simply won’t commit.

Seth is a “wander” searching for his past on Summer Island. He meets Meg as a handyman and helps Meg see her dreams again while remodeling Summerbrook Inn. What he didn’t plan on was falling for Meg.

Meg is conflicted with her attraction to Seth and her feelings for Zack.

The story moves between character with multiple points of view. I'm not a fan of multiple points of view especially with lots of internal dialog. In the end, I liked it but it kept me from loving it.

I received this ARC copy of The One Who Stays from HARLEQUIN - Romance (U.S. & Canada) - HQN. This is my honest and voluntary review. The One Who Stays is set for publication July 30, 2019.




Summer Bucket List by T.K. Rapp Blitz and #Giveaway


Summer Bucket List
T.K. Rapp
Publication date: July 15th 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Recently graduated from high school, Holland Monroe had no expectations for her last summer before heading off to college to be anything but ordinary.
Until she got a job as a waitress at the local country club to make extra money for school.
Milo Davis was smart, cute, and absolutely not interested in Holland. At least that was what she believed. But the day she started working at the restaurant, everything changed.
Finally together, they were left with only three months to spend time together before she moved away.
Good thing they decided to make their time as memorable as possible.
But will they remain friends? Or will checking off items on their summer bucket list lead them to something they didn’t expect — Falling in love.
EXCERPT:
He took a tentative step toward me and I remained fixed in place. Curiosity would not let me walk away, though that was exactly what I wanted to do. He stood across from me, the annoyance and disgust erased from his face. Milo shoved his hands into his pockets and when he looked up at me, he looked—uncertain.
“I didn’t know how to talk to you,” he finally said.
“You don’t seem to have a problem now,” I snapped. “In fact, I sort of wish you’d go back to ignoring me.”
“If that’s what you want…”
“No, Milo, that’s not what I want. I want to understand.”
“You’re not really that na├»ve, are you?”
“Forget it,” I said, turning around to walk back to my car.
“I never talked to you because I didn’t know how to,” he said, but I kept walking. “Because I liked you.”
That was the thing he said that got me to stop moving. In fact, I was pretty sure that I heard him wrong, so I slowly turned around to give him my attention. I didn’t know what to say.
“I didn’t know how to talk to you without sounding like a moron, so I just…didn’t…talk. You really didn’t know?”
“You said it yourself: you didn’t talk to me. So your silence spoke volumes for you.”
“I wasn’t trying to be a jerk the other night. I just didn’t know what to say to you.”
“I didn’t know what to say to you either. Every time I’ve tried to talk to you, it’s like talking to a brick wall. No matter how hard I try or how nice I am to you, you just ignore me.”
“That was never my intention,” he said apologetically. “I really just didn’t know what to say.”
We stood in silence, each really hearing the other. His confession began to ring in my ears, and I was thankful for the darkness so he would not see my flushed cheeks.
“Did you mean what you said?”
“Which part?”
“That you liked me?”
He shifted his stance before facing me again. “Yeah. I did…I do.”
“Really?”
“Really.”
Milo was completely opposite of Blake, or anyone else I had dated. He was not the center of attention, and he was not cocky. He was shy and unassuming, and for so long I had wanted to get him to open up and let me be his friend. I never expected him to open up so much that he would reveal that he had feelings for me.
“If you aren’t busy, do you want to go get something to eat? Maybe we could actually talk or something?”
“Are you asking me out on a date?” I asked.
He looked away for a moment, and when his gaze connected with mine, his smile grew. “Yeah. I guess I am.”
I felt nervous and excited at the same time, and then complete disappointment.
“I can’t. Not tonight,” I said.
“No. It’s fine. Short notice and all. Hell, you might be dating someone anyway.”
“I’m not,” I said a little more eagerly than I realized.
“Maybe another time,” he said, taking a few steps backward. “Have a good night, Holland.”
As he turned around, I slowly did the same, but then my feet stopped moving.
“Do you want to come with me?” I asked hopefully. “To Meg’s?”


Author Bio:
T.K. Rapp is a Texas girl born and raised. She earned a B.A. in Journalism from Texas A&M and it was there that she met the love of her life. He had a contract with the U.S. Navy that would take them across both coasts, and ultimately land them back home in Texas.
Upon finally settling in Texas, T.K. worked as a graphic designer and photographer for the family business that her mom started years earlier. She was able to infuse her creativity and passion, into something she enjoyed, but something was still missing. There was a voice in the back of her head that told her to write, so write, she did. And, somewhere on an external hard drive, are several stories she started and never finished.
Now at home, raising her two daughters, T.K. has more time to do the things she loves, which includes photography and writing. When she's not doing one of those, she can be found with her family, which keeps her busy, hanging with family and friends, and mostly relaxing. She is a lover of raunchy humor, gossip blogs and a good books.

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I Poisoned Her Coworkers by Jessica Frances Blitz and #Giveaway


I Poisoned Her Coworkers
Jessica Frances
(Love at First Crime, #6)
Publication date: July 15th 2019
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense
I poisoned her coworkers, so she injected me with a lethal dose of unrequited love.
In the past we had it all.
Or at least, we seemed to.
Then I let her down.
We both made mistakes.
We fell apart.
But no matter the years which passed us by,
I never forgot about her.
So when my brother falls headfirst into trouble,
I know who to call on.
I know she will help me.
Even if she wishes I would disappear from her life.
Even if she hates me.
But I won’t give up this time without a fight.
I will do everything in my power to win her back.
There might be some stumbles along the way…
Like an accidental poisoning for example.
But I won’t let that stop me.
Through gunfire and car chases,
I will make sure she knows she can rely on me.
We’re in this together,
Forever and always.
Who cares if things don’t get off to a great start?
What does it matter that her coworkers think I’m dangerous?
Is almost killing them worth throwing away what we have?
Then again, as some people say: there is nothing quite like love at first…crime.
EXCERPT:
“Well I never knew a thing about you. Not what was important, anyway,” she grumbles, although I hear her perfectly.
“What’s that supposed to mean?” I snap, unable to rein in my anger. I made a bad choice, a mistake at the end of our relationship. But that doesn’t change what we shared before it, or that I never lied to her. I was always who I said I was.
“You know what that means,” she retorts, not letting up one ounce on her own anger.
I glare ahead, watching the slow-moving cars and scenery around us as I take in a few needed deep breaths.
I don’t want to fight with her, and it’s clear she’s looking for a fight with me.
“How’s your sister?” I ask just to change the subject.
“No,” she immediately snaps. “You don’t get to ask me that.”
The fury in her voice is clear, and obviously it has not been abated since Gemma first saw me.
“I loved her, too. She was like my own sister—”
“And that makes what you did even worse!” she cries, much to the pain of the two in the backseat, if their moans are anything to go by.
There’s no room for argument in her tone, not that I heed the warning that this won’t be a fight I’ll win.
If she wants a fight then she’ll have one.
“I made a mistake. I thought—”
“I know what you thought. You were wrong.”
“I’m human, Gem.”
“We’re all human. What we truly are is our decisions. You made one that defined who you are. Now you have to live with that.”
Her words cut me, but I can’t blame her. I did make a decision, and it was the wrong one. But people make mistakes. The world isn’t so black and white, and once upon a time Gemma used to see the world in colors.
“I’m sorry—”
“It’s my sister who needs to hear those words, not me. Words from you mean nothing to me.”
I slam my mouth shut, trying to bite back the words, but they tumble out of me anyway.
I always did have a problem keeping quiet when I should.
“I didn’t realize you were so damn perfect. Must be nice to never make mistakes.”
She slams on her brakes harder than needed as we find ourselves stuck in the thick Chicago traffic. She turns her heated glare on me.
“I have made mistakes. Loving you was clearly one of them. But I’ve thankfully learned from my mistakes and I’ll never repeat them,” she harshly tells me.


Author Bio:
Jessica lives in Adelaide, South Australia. When she is not writing, you can find her reading, napping or watching excessive amounts of TV. Connect with her on Facebook and Goodreads.



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Instruments of Sacrifice Tour & #Giveaway


Spirit Followers
Instruments of Sacrifice Book 1
by Lydia Redwine
Genre: Fantasy 

When a Royal dies, the realms elect the one to take their place. By reasons Camaria does not know, her realm elects her as the next Royal. Now that she is the new-found sixteenth Royal of the nation of Mirabelle, Cam embarks on a journey with her sisters and a young huntsman to the four realms of the nation to complete training in the four kinds of magic. Once she has completed this training, she will then be permitted to consume her annual amount of magic and possess manifested powers. Her ventures are unexpectedly steeped in precarious events when Cam discovers a secret plan of revolt, a past she never knew, and an ancient people group thought dead who call themselves the Spirit Followers.




Keepers of the Crown
Instruments of Sacrifice Book 2


Camaria is chasing the sparks of a war and trying to put them out before her world erupts into flames and all is gone. The vanishing of the magic of Mirabelle is only the beginning and the Seekers are formed to find its captors. Camaria, her sister Fiera, the young huntsman Caleb, Cinis Lumen leader Tyron, former Gnosi heir Riah, and two others are sent east to find their stolen magic, but each has a mission of their own. Cam, having been banished from two of Mirabelle’s realms, is determined to redeem herself by locating the legendary Crown of Caelae, prophesied by the Watchers, one of which was Peter’s father. Riah continues his secret quest to become one of the unidentified master’s seven warriors. Fiera still holds the wooden ball with its strange message inside, and Caleb has a secret past of his own. Peter, who remains in Mirabelle, is on the brink of discovering all of his father’s secrets and forming a plot of revenge on those who had killed Daniel years ago. Their own ventures are put on hold when they suddenly cross paths with an unexpected enemy in the perilous land called the Valley of Poison.





Lydia Redwine is a young author from Cincinnati, Ohio, who, by the age of 18, has published a fantasy novel and a poetry collection in aim to create work that is both refreshing and impactful.




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Lizzie Borden Tour & #Giveaway


Lizzie Borden
by Elizabeth Engstrom
Genre: Historical Mystery, Thriller

Did she do it?


A hundred years ago, it was the Trial of the Century. A young woman stood accused of brutally murdering her father and stepmother in a crime so heinous that it became a benchmark in human tragedy.

A hundred years later, the Lizzie Borden case still resounds in the imagination. There are those who staunchly defend Lizzie’s innocence while others vehemently declare that she did it, and that the murder was justified.

In Elizabeth Engstrom’s brilliant novel, the dark psychology of the Borden household is laid bare. Lizzie, her sister Emma and their parents Andrew and Abby Borden, are sharply illuminated—as are the paranoia and concealed hatred that secretly ruled the family. Domestic violence and dysfunctional families are not inventions of modern times.

Every door in the Borden house is metaphorically locked, and each room holds the terrible secrets of its occupant…Engstrom skillfully and subtly builds a psychological plot, moving the reader inexorably toward the anticipated savage denouement.” —Publishers Weekly





Elizabeth (Liz) Engstrom grew up in Park Ridge, Illinois (a Chicago suburb where she lived with her father) and Kaysville, Utah (north of Salt Lake City, where she lived with her mother). After graduating from high school in Illinois, she ventured west in a serious search for acceptable weather, eventually settling in Honolulu. She attended college and worked as an advertising copywriter. 


After eight years on Oahu, she moved to Maui, found a business partner and opened an advertising agency. One husband, two children and five years later, she sold the agency to her partner and had enough seed money to try her hand at full time fiction writing, her lifelong dream. With the help of her mentor, science fiction great Theodore Sturgeon, When Darkness Loves Us was published. 

Engstrom moved to Eugene, Oregon in 1986, where she lives with her husband Al Cratty, the legendary muskie fisherman, and their Duck Tolling Retriever, Jook. Liz holds a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing and a Master of Arts in Applied Theology, both from Marylhurst University. A recluse at heart, she still emerges into public occasionally to speak at a writers conference, or to teach a class on various aspects of writing the novel, essay, article or short story. An avid knitter and gardener, she is on faculty at the University of Phoenix and is always working on the next book.





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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Cold Heart, Warm Cowboy by Caitlin Crews (Cold River Ranch #2)

Cold Heart, Warm Cowboy
by Caitlin Crews

My rating: 2.5 stars

Series: Cold River Ranch - Book 2
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (July 30, 2019)
Publication Date: July 30, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Western Romance
Number of Pages: 352
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Ty Everett ran off to the rodeo when he turned eighteen and has been riding bulls ever since…until his last fall causes partial amnesia and he must return to Cold River Ranch to figure out what comes next. But how can he pick his next move when he can’t remember how he got here in the first place—much less the beautiful woman who appears at the ranch, claims she knows him, and warms his cold heart for the first time since he woke up in the hospital?

Rodeo Queen Hannah Monroe gave up her crown for Ty Everett, and her innocence. What she wants from Ty now is a divorce. But Ty can’t remember her—or their secret wedding, or even the son she never meant to hide from him—and Hannah is torn. How can she leave the man she can’t forget and still loves despite herself? And even if she’s willing to start over, what will happen when the truth comes out?
Cold Heart, Warm Cowboy by Caitlin Crews
(Cold River Ranch #2)

Cold Heart, Warm Cowboy (Cold River Ranch, #2)Oh boy, I love drama and secrets and second chances as much as the next person, I even love the inner monologue characters often do, but this time out, I just couldn’t connect too often with the main characters.

Hannah was completely wrapped up in her “beauty”…not the real kind, but the plastic “beauty queen” beauty and what does that say to the world? Oh, the horrors of being seen without her make-up on! And that secret she is keeping from Ty? Shame on her. Ty has truly suffered, but the worst of it he has kept from everyone, including his family. Why would anyone feel ashamed of partial amnesia?

COLD HEART, WARM COWBOY by Caitlin Crews tells of two people torn apart by thoughtless words, bruised egos and the tragedy of a loss of memory. What should have been a heartwarming second chance romance became a stressful tale of two people who once built a relationship on secrets and fear of discovery and now find themselves caught up in more secrets they fear will be discovered.

Two dysfunctional families do not help matters. Too much pain, not enough selfless love kept me from truly enjoying much of anything about this book.

I received a complimentary ARC edition from St. Martin's Press! This is my honest and voluntary review.


4 Months by Jessica Gadziala (Investigators, #3)

4 Months
by Jessica Gadziala

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Investigators - Book 3
Publication Date: July 13, 2019
Publisher: Jessica Gadziala
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Print Length: 217 pages
Available from: Amazon

A woman who can’t be found.
A man who can’t connect.

Barrett has worked hard to get his life exactly how he wants it. Solitary. Free from external pressure to try to be someone he isn’t. Nothing could convince him that he could possibly want anything more.

Until Clarke happened until his life with her mile-a-minute mouth, reckless impulsiveness, and her previously never before seen ability to take him just the way he is. 

And he can’t help but wonder if maybe his friends and family were right; there was more to life. And even he could have it. With her.
4 Months by Jessica Gadziala (Investigators, #3)

4 Months (Investigators, #3)When his daughter went missing, Detective Connor Collings went to the best man for the job, Barrett, the least flashy and most introverted private investigator in Navesink Bank. Had Clarke gone missing or had she gone off the grid to fulfill her own dreams, not her parents’.

4 MONTHS brings two people together, one a rapid-fire whirling dervish and the other, a geeky and private guy who may not be the most socially adept person, but has a heart of gold.
Jessica Gadziala has taken on romance, danger, overbearing parental issues, and even autism, and you know what? She slammed another hit right out of the ballpark! Brilliant characters who are as endearing as they can be clumsy or a little too wired, Clarke and Barrett grow into an incredible P.I. team, but can their differences make them an incredible couple?

Get ready to feel some warm and fuzzies, because this tale has heart as once again, Jessica Gadziala proves the power of the words at her fingertips!

I received a complimentary ARC edition from Jessica Gadziala!


Drowning in You by Amanda Siegrist & Jane Blythe (Conquering Fear, #1)

Drowning in You
by Amanda Siegrist & Jane Blythe

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Conquering Fear - Book 1
Expected publication date: August 20, 2019
He has a choice to make. Face his fear ... or watch her die.

For Rose Gowan the death of her best friend means she no longer has a confidante—someone to keep her secrets, someone who knew all her insecurities—and she’s not sure she’s brave enough to let anyone else in. Until she meets the detective working her friend’s case. He gives her hope for a future she had thought she’d never have, but he can be possessive, and she promised her best friend that she would never let anyone control her again.

Death is a part of life. It’s not something Detective Carter Dixson likes to dwell on, but working in the homicide division, he has no choice. He does his job, and he does it well. When his latest case brings Rose into his life, he finally has something other than his pain from his past to focus on. She makes him smile, his heart beat faster, and actually feel happy for the first time since his brother died. He’s not afraid of falling in love too fast. But he is afraid of one thing—losing Rose the same way he lost his brother.

This novel is included in the Sweetest Obsessions Boxed Set, which will release on August 20, 2019.
Drowning in You by Amanda Siegrist & Jane Blythe
(Conquering Fear, #1)

Drowning in You (Conquering Fear, #1)Two authors have come together to blend their voices in a powerful duet of mystery, murder, mayhem and romance as Jane Blythe and Amanda Siegrist join forces to create DROWNING IN YOU and they have done a remarkable job.

There are secrets held within the depths of that lake, secrets that will link the past and present in a spellbinding and twisted tale of horror and trauma as one woman’s disappearance brings back old ghosts for one seasoned detective, even as his heart reaches for a future with the victim’s best friend.

Filled with suspense, emotional turmoil and danger, these authors have given the best of themselves and created a tale that holds its secrets until an explosive ending that will leave readers rehashing the clues while also realizing the healing that has gone on throughout as well!

Being an avid fan of both Amanda Siegrist and Jane Blythe, I admit I wondered if I would hear each of their voices and I did! Even better, they have created a harmony in this work that has raised the bar on both of their talents. Highly recommended reading for romantic suspense lovers who want grit and substance in their reading!

I received a complimentary ARC edition from Amanda Siegrist and Jane Blythe!



#Cover Reveal - Till I Found You by Michelle Fernandez


Till I Found You
Michelle Fernandez
Publication date: September 3rd 2019
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense
Former Navy SEAL, Julian “Booker” Cruz, joined an elite security ops agency with one goal in mind: to forget his past. With the overload of work, there’s no time for romance, nor does he want it. His rule—don’t mix business with pleasure. Until one assignment puts that rule to the test. Chloe Channing is not to discover his undercover role as her protective detail from an unknown psychopath. But as their days pass together in tropical paradise, it becomes difficult to keep his desire from compromising everything. Including her safety.
All Chloe wants is to remember, but so much of her memory was lost after her assailant left her unconscious. On a summer trip with friends at her family’s estate in the Bahamas, she yearns for the quiet respite from a previous heartbreak and her tortured nightmares. She never expects a man like Julian to help her find emotional peace and physical healing. But as she falls deeper, her flashbacks slowly come together, and they include glimpses of one handsome, mysterious, yet all-too-familiar face: Julian’s.
Is Chloe’s mind playing tricks on her again… or has she met this man before?
Even if Julian could let go and risk it all, could he ever forgive himself enough to fall in love again?


Author Bio:
Michelle is a wife, mother and an avid reader of multi-genres. She's always been passionate about reading and impressed by the influence it has on people. Which is why she started writing in the first place. Romance suspense is her most favorite genre. The damsel heroine and the alpha gentleman hero are who she writes about. It started as a hobby. One chapter turned into ten, then a novel was born. Making up worlds and characters for readers to fall in love with, is the most rewarding for her. May her words give you the 'feels' and may it be an unputdownable book!

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