Melissa must pose as a stranger’s wife, it’s her only way to get to her niece. Sebastian is the ‘husband’ but the darling Dona is proving to be a temptation he can’t resist. When a death on the steamship leads to her family, there’s danger added to their budding romance.
I want to start off by saying I’m not a huge fan of historical but the author managed to hook me in the genre with this book, Fool’s Gold. Melissa has to make a deal in order to get to her niece. It doesn’t hurt that her ‘husband’ is a handsome banker and miner. There’s a mysterious death, questions, action, danger and sweet romance. I thoroughly enjoyed the mystery and how it kept me turning the pages. I would have liked more heat in the romance though. If you like the historical genre or a good mystery, you’re definitely going to enjoy Fool’s Gold.
This is a classic romance story of a lady, London, in trouble but finding her happy ending with a sweet hearted cowboy named Dean. Add in health problems, an unexpected baby and drama, you have Cowboy Kind of Heritage.
The writing is clean and precise. The characters are very likable. London is in a serious bind with a baby on the way but she has a job and a tough spirit. I like her a lot. Dean is the generic cowboy but why mess with such a fabulous and sexy classic. He has the swagger and the heart. My only issue with this story is that nothing really makes it stand out. Personally, I am a little underwhelmed. The story, while well written and having great characters, didn’t really wow me. If you like super sweet cowboy romances then this will be perfect for you.
Tender Mercies is a sweet love story set in amid Amish country about a city boy named Eddie who decides to buy a farm for an animal sanctuary and an Amish man named Samuel whose sexuality gets him shunned. Eddie knows nothing about running a farm and Sam grew up on one so when these two meet thanks to an ad Eddie put in the paper for help its fate.
This story was cute and sweet. Eddie is a city man, an editor and ghost writer who hates to ask for help, but he needs all kinds of help when he buys a far and his boyfriend breaks up with him. He’s a likable character despite his got-to-do-it-on-my-own ways. The author gives little real basis for the attitude, but that doesn’t diminish the character. Sam on the other hand is Amish, raised on a farm believing being gay is a sin. His father throws him off the farm for this. Sam is a sweet, shy young man just nineteen, but he’s a hard worker with a decent mind we discover later in the story. Eddie who’s attracted to Sam right off but doesn’t make any moves because he’s almost ten years older than Sam, but as they work together, feelings can’t be contained and Eddie and Sam start to fall in love. It’s a slow burner, so don’t expect much sex.
I like my romance a little hotter, but I think those who like sweetness and a little angst will enjoy this read. It is short at just over 8 hours and I didn’t really start to enjoy it until the last four chapters when one of the farm animals, a pot belly pig starts acting out. The pig runs away from a farm owned by and elderly man where things are in disrepair and pigs are in cages in terrible conditions. The pig finally herded Eddie and Sam to that farm and they found dead pigs as well as the deplorable conditions the living ones are in.
Eddie is in debt and on the verge of selling his own farm and couldn’t see how he could save the pigs. Sam inspired him by talking to the owner and convincing the owner to sell. Seeing that Sam is willing to stick by him and help anyway he could—Sam offered to get another job and throw in his own meager savings to help buy the pigs and care for them. With this inspiration, Eddie decides it’s time to ask for help. So, he does and he gets plenty of money to save his farm and the pigs.
As I said it is a cute story, and both our main characters are very likable and Sam is especially easy for me to relate to with his shyness. Still his upbringing makes him able to move past that to get things done like communicating with people when he obviously finds it hard. For me this book is a little slow. The writing is good, strong and the characters nicely drawn. I recommend Tender Mercies to those who like slow burning, sweet romances.
Dancing with disaster
Dreams don't always work out in real life. When your chosen path seems at odds with your physical limitations and your ability to earn a good living, a change of direction can be a blessing in disguise. So it is with aspiring ballerina Flora Gatehouse, whose congenital spine condition curtails her dance career. After the death of her father, an inherited property in Portugal demands her attention, providing Flora not only a change of scenery but a surprising chance to change her life.
The author's knowledge of dance, classical music scores, and the ability to transport us to a lush location are the best parts of this story! Smelling the aromas of forest and food, as well as hearing birdsong and strains of such epic works as Carmina Burana and Nimrod inside your mind is one of reading's great joys. It's like taking a holiday trip without leaving your chair. However, there are many out-of-place sentences, extraneous detail, and some odd word choices that take away a bit of the magic of this story. The colorful characters, (and I do mean colorful, to coin a phrase from one of them) and the sweet, often hilarious interaction between them is delightfully entertaining.
If you're a traveler, this story might be a bit weighty for the backpack-inclined, but if you're the type who packs lightly and doesn't mind 'getting lost' on your travels, Forest Dancer is a heartwarming and whimsical journey.
Tevy’s is seeing angels. Yeah, angels in the sky fighting each other. They think she’s lost her mind so she’s sent to a mental hospital and learns to lie to everyone, even herself. When she’s free and still seeing the angels, she keeps it to herself until the boy next door sees them too. As Tevy becomes aware of Dillions affection toward her they both learn the truth, as terrifying and dangerous as it is…
I’ve read a thousand angel stories (estimating that count) and after a while they all start to blend together. This book is different. The Buddhism gives it this unique quality that really made this story stand out. I admit I have no idea how accurate it is because I don’t know anything about Buddhism. I had no problem following about different levels of heaven and how their wings don’t have feathers but it’s more faith and magic. Honestly, even without that hint of romance it is still interesting. Tevy, my God, the stuff this author threw at this poor girl. Losing her parents, seeing angels, everyone thinking she’s lost her mind and she’s sent into a sketchy mental hospital. This did make me instantly like Tevy. She’s been through hell and she’s come out of it broken but stronger. Dillon is so adorable! He’s silly and sweet and his funny/sarcastic dialogue makes me laugh out loud. This is an intriguing story peppered with first romance and six armed creatures trying to eat Tevy. Definitely entertaining. I’m excited to see what else this author will come up with!
If you want to read a different take on angels give Lie to Me a try!
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A LONG AND WINDING ROAD
All roads may lead home, but for Samantha Millson it's a trip down not-so-good memory lane. Saying goodbye to her affluent family years before and moving to San Francisco, helping a friend in need means crawling back to stuffy Concord, New Hampshire to reinstate the trust fund she hoped she'd never need. A five-day road trip takes a few left turns when Sam accepts a ride-a-long in the form of her childhood crush Adam Fallon who needs a lift from Vegas to Vermont.
Reuniting as an adult with one's first childhood love is a secret fantasy everyone harbors and is what makes watching Sam and Adam tread that tricky path of getting to know each other again both excruciating and satisfying. Add in a traumatic incident from Samantha's past that severely cripples her capacity to be intimate, it takes forever for these two to get closer than a bucket seat away from each other and allow the sparks to fly. An endless string of awkward motel-room situations and needless dog-sitting details makes the reader itch to get on with the story, but sadly must remain scratching for a long time. However, the drawn-out pacing lends the advantage of really getting inside the character's heads and turn what might have been bland, predictable cameos into real people that we care a great deal about by the end.
The end itself is rather rapid, and the resolution coming a little too easily after such a long buildup. It's a bit like a roller coaster ride, slow to the top and stealing your breath to the bottom--but who doesn't love the thrill of a roller coaster? Whether you prefer amusement park or open road, Always Was offers an interesting ride.
Jennifer is about to be transported back in time accidently with her niece Kat. If that isn’t bad enough, the only way she can get back is with her ex-husbands help…
Time travel is always interesting for a plot but I had a hard time with it. Jennifer and the accidentally transported Kat are great characters. I like their personality. Lance is a great guy who has made some mistakes but he’s trying to atone. Together they make a sweet romance.
If you’re looking for a romance with time travel than you’re going to enjoy Maybe This Time.
DANGER: THIN ICE, THICK BOOK.
Julie Lavoie, the widow of an RAF pilot is marking time at her accounting job, the loss of her husband still a painful memory. A holiday visit from her son, 18 year old junior-A goalie Thierry LeBeouf makes life bearable, but when Thierry goes missing enroute to a tournament shortly after Christmas, Julie learns what you still have is more important than what you've lost, and that moving forward is the only way to let go of the past.
This novel is a complex read, the author weaving a rich tapestry of plot lines into the work. While quite enjoyable, the extreme level of detail made it difficult to decide in which genre it belongs, or who the story is actually about. A good plot is essential to a good story, but twists and subplots are a bit like salt in a recipe. The right amount makes it flavorful. Too much and all you taste is the salt. I was drawn to the book by its hockey theme and enjoyed the admirable hockey knowledge displayed in the writing, but in the end discovered it was more about Julie and her budding romance with FBI agent Luke Lucas.
That said, Thin Ice is a tremendous accomplishment in storytelling and an engaging read. The love story between Julie and Luke is heartwarming, and Thierry's upstanding personality and desire to do the right thing amid scary circumstances are admirable. Every hockey mom would want him as a son.
Those who like a bit of romance along with intricate multi-layered crime dramas will enjoy it. The rest of you, keep a pencil and scorecard handy.
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Love can be the biggest battlefield of all.
In rural England of 1814, 24-year old Nancy Worth is considered past her prime as she watches her younger sister be married before Nancy is even 'offered for'. Though the daughter of a reasonably well-to-do farmer, she's not gentry and her options for a husband are limited. But Nancy will not marry where there is not love, and when her father agrees to the marriage proposal of the heinous but handsome landowner Bartholomew Boult, she intends to put up a fight.
This is a delightful period piece that despite the lack of steamy love scenes, keeps the reader enthralled page after page. The authenticity that the author imbues, in both description and dialogue is wonderfully entertaining, and the detail too distinct to be anything but true.
But in the two hundred years since the setting of this story, it is painfully apparent there is still no more treacherous, heartbreaking and hazardous battlefield than love. The misunderstandings, strategic maneuverings, wrongly perceived intentions and plain bad timings that befall Nancy and the man she truly desires, Will Carlton, are as heart-wrenching and frustrating as any romance today.
While it would have been nice to see more of the tender interaction between Nancy and Will as they grow closer to each other, their fortuitous reunion in the midst of a real-life battlefield reminds us that Love against the odds is always worth fighting for.
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Winners - 7/7/2017
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Looking for some sweet romance? Something so sweet that it may just make your teeth hurt? Stop right here, Sweet Inspirations is your treat and it’s 0 calories!
Cadence owns a yarn business and she is the nicest person in this small town. Rafe is the motorcycle riding, music playing stranger. Together they start a romance but some unexpected opportunity may just tear them apart.
This is an adorable romance. If you like the Hallmark Channel movies than this is one that’s going to be perfect for you. I love Cadence and her personality, even if she is a little weak in the backbone department. I know a few people like that. Rafe is handsome and has a great opportunity but will this blooming romance stand in the way? This romance is not the x rated kind which is exactly what I was looking for at the moment.
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