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Monday, February 12, 2018

RELEASE REVIEW: Tempest by Beverly Jenkins

Title: Tempest 
Author: Beverly Jenkins
Series: Old West, #3
Publisher: Avon 
Publication Date: January 30, 2018 

What kind of mail-order bride greets her intended with a bullet instead of a kiss? One like Regan Carmichael—an independent spirit equally at home in denims and dresses. Shooting Dr. Colton Lee in the shoulder is an honest error, but soon Regan wonders if her entire plan to marry a man she’s never met is a mistake. Colton, who buried his heart along with his first wife, insists he only wants someone to care for his daughter. Yet Regan is drawn to the unmistakable desire in his gaze.

Regan’s far from the docile bride Colton was expecting. Still, few women would brave the wilds of Wyoming Territory for an uncertain future with a widower and his child. The thought of having a bold, forthright woman like Regan in his life—and in his arms—begins to inspire a new dream. And despite his family’s disapproval and an unseen enemy, he’ll risk all to make this match a real union of body and soul.

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Sonja’s Review

I discovered Beverly Jenkins when I watched the documentary, Love Between the Covers, and not only did I like her as a person, but I was interested in her books as they sounded good and because of something she said. Ms. Jenkins pointed out that a lot of people in the romance genre read about aliens of different colors and all other manner of beings, so why should they have any trouble reading one of her books? I thought she was absolutely right and I decided that the next chance I got, I would read one of her books. That chance came along with Tempest and I’m so glad that it did. I fell in love with Tempest in the first few pages and my love for it only grew — it was a spectacular read! 

Doc Lee is one fine hero and an amazing man. He’s dependable and generous and giving. You can always count on him to have your back and help someone out of the goodness of his heart. And he truly has a good heart. Colt is kind and true and it was just impossible not to fall in love with him. 

I can say the same with Regan although I have to admit I loved her more than the good doctor, but trust me, you’ll understand why when you meet her. Regan is strong and fierce and independent. She can take care of herself, she’s a boss without question, and she has a mind of her own. Regan is also kind and thoughtful and completely down to earth. She is an incredible woman and I wholeheartedly loved her! 

Tempest started out with a bang and kept my interest all the way through until the very end. It made me laugh, made my heart ache at times and had injustices that angered me along with the characters. Tempest was full of passion, mystery, and sweet, heart melting moments. It was such a joy to read and I can’t wait to read more from Ms. Jenkins! 

Tempest is the third book in the Old West series, but it can be can be read as a standalone. It’s told from Colton and Regan’s POV and they do get their happy ending. 

~ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars 

 About the Author: 
Beverly Jenkins is the recipient of the 2017 Romance Writers of America Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as the 2016 Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for historical romance. She has been nominated for the NAACP Image Award in Literature, was featured both in the documentary “Love Between the Covers” and on CBS Sunday Morning.Since the publication of Night Song in 1994, she has been leading the charge for multicultural romance, and has been a constant darling of reviewers, fans, and her peers alike, garnering accolades for her work from the likes of The Wall Street Journal, People Magazine, and NPR.

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

RELEASE REVIEW: About That Kiss by Jill Shalvis

Title: About That Kiss 
Author: Jill Shalvis 
Series: Heartbreaker Bay, #5
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: January 23, 2018

When love drives you crazy…

When sexy Joe Malone never calls after their explosive kiss, Kylie shoves him out of her mind. Until she needs a favor, and it’s a doozy. Something precious to her has been stolen and there’s only one person with unique finder-and-fixer skills that can help—Joe. It means swallowing her pride and somehow trying to avoid the temptation to throttle him—or seduce him.

the best thing to do…

No, Joe didn’t call after the kiss. He’s the fun time guy, not the forever guy. And Kylie, after all she’s been through, deserves a good man who will stay. But everything about Kylie makes it damned hard to focus, and though his brain knows what he has to do, his heart isn’t getting the memo.

…is enjoy the ride.

As Kylie and Joe go on the scavenger hunt of their lives, they discover surprising things about each other. Now, the best way for them to get over “that kiss” might just be to replace it with a hundred more.

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Sonja’s Review

I have fallen in love with the Heartbreaker Bay World, especially the characters! I don’t care which pair it is, just give me their story and I’m happy. And I absolutely loved Joe and Kylie’s tale — About That Kiss was fantastically excellent! 

I was looking forward to Joe getting his book ever since Chasing Christmas Eve and he did not disappoint. Sure, he has stubborn, eye rolling, head shaking moments, but Joe truly is a great guy. He would do anything to protect someone he cares about and he’d do whatever they needed him to do. Joe is hard, but he’s definitely a softy with his people. He’s a wonderful hero and I loved him. 

And it was impossible not to love Kylie. She’s talented, smart, stubborn, and she doesn’t let Joe get away with anything. She’s tough and sweet and true. Kylie is a fighter through and through and she always challenges Joe and keeps him on his toes. Kylie is just an amazing woman with such a good heart — I just loved her to pieces! 

About That Kiss made my heart ache, it amused me, and put a smile on my face. It was full of passion, grit, and strong characters. It made me laugh and melt — I really enjoyed reading this book. It was beyond a worthy addition to this marvelous series and I absolutely CANNOT wait to read the next book! 

About That Kiss can be read as a standalone, it’s told from Joe and Kylie’s POV, and they do get their happily-ever-after. 

~ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars 

About the Author: 
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s sexy contemporary and award-winning books wherever romances are sold and click on the blog button above for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

REVIEW: The Art of Running in Heels by Rachel Gibson

Title: The Art of Running in Heels 
Author: Rachel Gibson
Series: Chinooks Hockey Team, #7 
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: December 26, 2017

Running in five-inch stilettos is an art form

Leaving your fiancĂ© at the altar on live television is a disaster. Lexie Kowalsky thought she was ready to get married in front of millions of people, but at the last minute she fled the set of television’s hottest reality show, Gettin’ Hitched. Wearing a poofy white dress and a pair of five-inch sparkly shoes, Lexie hopped a float plane for Sandspit, Canada. She figured no one would find her there. But she was wrong.

Sharing her flight was the Seattle Chinooks biggest star, Sean Knox. Lexie wasn’t just a reality-show runaway, she was his pain in the butt coach’s daughter. She was chaos and temptation and definitely off limits, but getting her luscious body out of that wedding gown, he couldn’t resist getting her in his bed for one amazing night.

Then a photo of Sean and Lexi breaks the internet—and suddenly they’re both swept up in a crazy plan to spin the whole story. But you can’t run from love—

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Sonja’s Review

I first discover Rachel Gibson from reading her Writer Friends series and because I enjoyed it so much, I decided to pick up her Chinooks Hockey Team novels as well. And I wholeheartedly fell in love with those hockey players and their lovely women. Even today, the Chinooks Hockey Team series is my number one favorite sports series. When I figured that Any Man of Mine was the last in the series, you can imagine how sad I was that it was ending. I’ve wished for years that Ms. Gibson would write another one and I would even check some websites every once in a while to see if there was a new book without any luck. And then I saw the cover for The Art of Running in Heels with "Chinooks" on the cover on my social media feed and I couldn’t contain my excitement! I was unbelievably happy and I couldn’t wait to read it, I didn’t even bother reading the synopsis, but when my friend told me it was about John “The Wall” Kowalsky’s daughter, that only ramped up my eagerness to read The Art of Running in Heels. And now that I’ve read it, I can say that it was even better than I expected and I wholeheartedly loved it too!

It’s hard for me to go straight into talking about Lexie and Sean like I would usually do, so I’m going to be impulsive and forget my norms which is perfectly appropriate when it comes to The Art of Running in Heels, but I won’t say more than that because I don’t want to spoil anything.

The Art of Running in Heels had me laughing from the very beginning and all throughout the book. It was downright hilarious with so many laugh-out-loud moments. It was extremely entertaining, fun, and playful, although it did have its heartache-y and make-your-eyes-start-to-tear-up times. It was wonderful to see the original characters and to meet all the new ones. I loved Lexie and Sean, they were crazy and awesome and there’s not a thing I would change about them.

I can’t tell you how great it was to visit the Chinooks Hockey Team world again. It was an amazing, heartwarming read and I loved and enjoyed it immensely. I’m hoping that we’ll get even more Chinooks books now and I can’t wait to read them if we do!

The Art of Running in Heels is a standalone and if you haven’t yet, I highly recommend reading the rest of the series whenever you can. It’s told mostly from Lexie and Sean’s POV and they have a heart melting happily-ever-after that made me smile and put a huge grin on my face!

~ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars 

About the Author: 
Rachel Gibson is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of fast-paced contemporary romance novels. Publisher’s Weekly proclaims Rachel’s “clever, snappy dialog amuses at every turn” and “With humor and eloquent prose, Gibson brings substance and depth . . . to modern day romance.”

Four of her novels were named among the Top Ten Favorite Books of The Year by Romance Writers of America. Two of her novels, True Confessions and Not Another Bad Date, were awarded the RITA, Romance Writers of America’s highest honor of excellence. Some of Rachel’s other awards and achievements include The Golden Heart Award, the National Reader’s Choice, Amazon Editor’s Top Pick, Publisher Weekly’s Quill nominee, Borders bestselling romantic comedy and Romantic Time’s Career Achievement award.

When not writing, Rachel can be found shopping for shoes or looking for strange and unusual flowers to plant in her garden.

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Friday, January 19, 2018

BLOG TOUR REVIEW: My Torin by K. Webster

My Torin
by K. Webster
Publication Date: January 9, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Psychological Romance

Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks

I’m a freak, a misfit, an odd end.
Abandoned and unloved.
But my happiness is so close I can taste it.

Until he shows up.

Gorgeous, expensive, and all man.
Sad brown eyes and a brilliant smile.
And he wants me to go with him.

His intentions are hidden.
His motives are unclear.
Yet, I leave with him because there’s no happiness here.

What he promises feels too good to be true…
A castle. A fortune. And horses too.

It’s too easy.
Nothing in my life has ever been easy.

What’s the catch?
There’s always a catch.

Sonja's Review

Man, I don’t know what to say except that My Torin blew me away. I’ve been hearing how amazing it was, but that still didn’t prepare for when I started it. My Torin is an utterly beautiful, heart wrenching, but heartwarming read. It was truly phenomenal and I know that when I evaluate the best books I’ve read in the 2018 year, My Torin will most definitely be on my list. 

I won’t tell you anything revealing about Casey, but I will tell you that I fell in love with her the moment I met her. She’s had a lot to deal with, but she’s got fire, she’s kind and compassionate, and she’s full of light. Casey is beautiful and unique and she has a pure, good heart. I just loved her - she’s amazing. 

And oh, my Torin, how I loved that man. He’s breathtakingly sweet and romantic. He’s full of depth and there’s more to him than meets the eye. It was impossible to not to fall in love with him for all that he is and all that he does. Torin completely stole my heart and I just couldn’t love him any more than I do. 

My Torin broke my heart, it brought both happy and sad tears to my eyes. It touched my heart and made it ache and swell with so many emotions. My Torin is a heart pounding, stunning, outstanding tale that I could not tear myself away from. I wholeheartedly loved it and it is without a doubt one of my favorite K. Webster books. 

My Torin is a standalone, it’s told from different points of view, and Torin and Casey do get their well-deserved happily-ever-after. 

~ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars

About K. Webster

K Webster is the author of dozens romance books in many different genres including contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, and erotic romance. When not spending time with her husband of twelve years and two adorable children, she’s active on social media connecting with her readers. Her other passions besides writing include reading and graphic design. K can always be found in front of her computer chasing her next idea and taking action. She looks forward to the day when she will see one of her titles on the big screen.

Friday, December 22, 2017

RELEASE TOUR REVIEW: It Must've Been the Mistletoe by L.P. Dover

Title: It Must've Been the Mistletoe
Author: L.P. Dover
Genre: Holiday / Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 18, 2017

Finding your soul mate is a dream Adeline Hamilton thought was just that … a dream. After several failed relationships, she realizes she’s not capable of falling in love. The only passion she’s ever had is teaching U.S. History at the local high school. 
A week before Christmas, Adeline is all set for her best friend’s wedding, even though she dreads having to go to it alone. But when she’s given a Christmas wish that could change her future forever, she’s whisked away to the past, to a completely different place and time. It’s also when she meets him, William Blair, the man who steals her heart.
As their relationship grows, Adeline realizes that true love does exist. What she doesn’t know is that her wish can’t last forever, that soon she’ll have to leave the past behind. Will Adeline and William find their way back to each other? Or will their love have to stay where it all began . . . in 1865? With mistletoe and Christmas magic, anything’s possible.

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Wit & Wonder Books - “Perfect and refreshing holiday romance by LP Dover! It Must’ve Been The Mistletoe was brilliantly written and crafted in a way in which it will make you smile from ear to ear this holiday season.”

Anima - “A truly magical Christmas romance! Perfect for any age, historical romance lovers too.”

Kathy Rouchelle - “This is a wonderful Christmas read and one that I am sure that people who love watching Hallmark Christmas movies will thoroughly enjoy.”
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Meet L.P. Dover
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author L. P. Dover is a southern belle living in North Carolina with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she began her literary journey she worked in periodontics, enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries.
She loves to write, but she also loves to play tennis, go on mountain hikes and white water rafting, and has a passion for singing. Her two youngest fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime, usually Christmas carols.
Dover has written countless novels, including her Forever Fae series, the Second Chances series, the Gloves Off series, the Armed & Dangerous series, the Royal Shifters series, the Society X series, the Circle of Justice series, and her standalone novel Love, Lies, and Deception. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense, but if she got to choose a setting in which to live, it would be with her faeries in the Land of the Fae.


I’m always up for an L.P. Dover book, so as soon as I saw It Must’ve Been the Mistletoe, I wanted to read it. I hadn’t really read the synopsis before I got it, but I’d caught hints about it and I liked what I found and I was even more excited to read it. Once I started, I absolutely loved It Must’ve Been the Mistletoe! It was so lovely and just the perfect book to read around this time of year. 

I wasn’t that thrilled with William when I first met him, but it wasn’t long before he won me over. He’s a great guy, a hard worker, and a total gentleman. William is sweet and kind and so good to Adeline. He made my heart melt and it was impossible not to fall for him! 

Adeline is the best - she’s the sweetest and has a heart of gold. She’s so giving and warm and so full of light. Adeline would do anything for a friend or family, she’s always taking care of them, and trying to make them happy. She’s amazing and strong - I just loved Adeline to pieces! 

It Must’ve Been the Mistletoe is the best holiday book I’ve read this season. It is so sweet and fun and full of heart and Christmas magic. It made me laugh and smile - I had the absolute best time reading this book. There’s not one thing I would change about it, I wholeheartedly loved it! 

It Must’ve Been the Mistletoe is a standalone, it’s told from William and Adeline’s POV, and they do get their happy ending. 
~ Sonja, 5 Stars