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Wanted: Mom for Christmas

Cates Brothers series by Lee Kilraine

Contemporary Romance

 

Wanted: Mom for Christmas

 

I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley. I decided to post this review because I think you might enjoy this book as much as I did, if not more!

Wanted mom for christmas

Overall Rating: 3.5 (sXe)

Quick & Dirty summary: Nora Joy needs some time to regroup. As an Olympic volleyball player, Nora is no stranger to set backs and losses, but the problems are beginning to pile up. Taking a temporary job as Rent-A-Mom, Nora is surprised to find herself face-to-face with her high school ex-boyfriend Hawk Savage. Hawk is pretty happy with his life, despite his son’s insistence that he needs a mom. When Nora Joy shows up at exactly the right moment, Hawk can’t help but spend the holiday season reliving some of his greatest memories with her. What happens after the holidays, though, is unclear to both Hawk and Nora.

I really enjoyed this book. Nora is great. She’s a strong woman with a good head on her shoulders who is facing adversity with grace. I love how the drama in this book is straightforward. Nora and Hawk have a past. They deal with the past and move into the present quickly and realistically.

There are a bunch of components that make this story interesting and lively. The pacing of the book is quick and while there aren’t a whole lot of secondary characters that stand out, Hawk’s kids Heather and Henry are sweet. There are a few life lessons that Nora is able to pass along to the kids that deepen her relationship with the kids in great ways.

A part of me wishes this book was longer, because I loved the last chapter/epilogue. I wish I could have seen more of what life was like during their happily-ever-after, but the end left me happy and smiling. I can’t really ask for much more in a holiday romance.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $1.99)

This is a quick read, but definitely worth buying. It’s a great Christmas story with some wholesome lessons snuck in between the naughty bits.

Something else you might enjoy:

Try the Time in Between by Kristen Ashley. It’s not a sweet holiday romance, but it does have a cute little girl who helps the romance along.

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New Release Review & Giveaway: Breakaway

Breakaway
Sophia Henry
Published by: Random House: Flirt
Publication date: September 5th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Sports

In a standalone hockey romance that tugs at readers’ heartstrings, a broken ex-pro learns to live and love again—all thanks to the complicated, wonderful nurse who gives him a second chance.

Brianna Collins needs to break away from her overbearing family. Her parents expect her to “fix” her brother after a series of concussions derailed his hockey career. Unfortunately, no doctor will give him clearance to play, and she’s finished with being the person they rely on to perform a miracle that will never happen. For Bree, a six-month nursing assignment at a hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina, is the perfect escape.

Luke Daniels, former forward for the NHL’s Charlotte Aviators, has spent close to a year rehabbing a career-threatening injury—and distracting himself however he can. Worlds collide when Luke realizes that the girl from his latest one-night-stand happens to be the new nurse at the hospital where he volunteers in the pediatric unit. What’s more, Bree’s the only person who makes him excited about life again.

Despite her initial reservations, Luke can’t help pursuing sweet, beautiful Bree. Then he realizes it was her brother whose career he ended with an accidental hit, and he falls back on the thing that’s always helped suppress his demons: alcohol. But if Luke doesn’t kick his old habits, he just may lose the one thing he loves more than hockey.

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“Sophia Henry’s hockey novels are fun and flirty, warm and sweet, with relatable heroines and swoon-worthy hockey heroes. They’ll bring a smile to your face and warmth to your heart.”USA Today bestselling author Kelly Jamieson

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Author Bio:

Award-Winning Author, Sophia Henry, is a proud Detroit native who fell in love with reading, writing and hockey all before she became a teenager. She did not, however, fall in love with snow. So after graduating with an English degree from Central Michigan University, she moved to the warmth of North Carolina for the remainder of her winters.

She spends her days writing books featuring hot, hockey-playing heroes. When she’s not writing, she’s chasing her two high-energy sons, watching her beloved Detroit Red Wings, and rocking out at concerts.

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BOOK REVIEW

Breakaway (Book 5)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I decided to review it because I like this book, as well as all the other books in the series. While this is book 5, it can be read on its own. To read reviews of previous books, please follow this link.

Overall Rating: 3.5 (sXe)

Quick & Dirty summary: Breanna Collins needs to get away from her parents, her brother, and her ex-boyfriend. When she’s heartbroken over a hockey player she met through her brother, she decides to move across the country to North Carolina to be a traveling nurse. Knowing her assignment will only be about 6 months, she’s only interested in a hookup when she meets sexy Luke Daniels. Luke is just beginning to come to terms with being out of the starting lineup of the Aviators. When he meets Breanna, he can’t help but be attracted to this confident, beautiful woman. But Luke has a lot of things he hasn’t dealt with, his career being one of them, and when his past reappears, Luke has to decide what he wants his future to look like, including who is in it.

Overall I enjoyed this book. I enjoy the hospital backdrop of Breanna’s job and the idea that Luke is struggling with his transition from player to coach. While I’m not sure Luke’s angst is resolved at the end of the book, it added a unique element.

What I wasn’t as thrilled about in this book compared to other books in this series is how much internal dialogue there is compared to conversations between characters. In general, stream of consciousness slows down a book and this one slowed quiet a bit in the middle of the novel. That being said, this is almost always a preference and so for others, you may not feel the same way.

Like all of Sophia Henry’s books so far, there is a lot of stuff going on psychologically for the characters. It’s interesting because there’s a lot of time spent in providing backstory to Luke and Breanna so that we know their whole lives didn’t begin when they met each other. This is an instant attraction book that takes it’s time in building an emotional connection between two characters.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $4.99)

I think this is a bit steep for an ebook. If this is a bit high for you too, I’d highly recommend asking your local library to buy the book, along with the rest of the books in the series, so you can enjoy it that way.

Something else you might enjoy:

You have to read The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen. It’s a college romance, but it is amazing! Similar theme, but with a few unexpected twists.

McGavin Brothers Book 5

The McGavin Brothers Series by Vicki Lewis Thompson

Contemporary Romance

 

A Cowboy’s Courage (Book 5)

I received an advance copy of this book. I chose to review it because I like it and I think you will too. If you’d like to read my reviews of the previous books in this series, please click here.

A Cowboy's Courage

Overall Rating: 3.5 (sXe)

Quick & Dirty summary: Trevor McGavin has a busy life. He’s a volunteer firefighter on top of a full time construction worker. He enjoys building things and he enjoys protecting those things from fire. Olivia Shaw has been Trevor’s mom’s accountant for a few years now, but Trevor’s never paid much attention because Olivia was married. It’s been three years since her husband died and Trevor is working hard to save her house from a random fire. As Trevor pays more attention to Olivia, he can’t decide if she’s the one who needs saving, or if his heart will need saving.

I really love Trevor. He’s sweet, strong and incredibly kind. Olivia is a bit annoying and she’s the primary reason I didn’t rate the book higher. While there is a lot of action in the book that show Trevor’s sterling personality, Olivia seemed a bit oblivious. It is a little frustrating.

Despite that, the pacing of the novel is great. There is a lot going on that reveal the hero and heroine’s character and the McGavin brothers all appear in this book, so we continue to see their happily ever afters. This is a fun book to read with wholesome characters who do not engage in unnecessary drama. Just real life situations that would get the best of anyone, and sweet couples who work their way through them.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $0.99)

Yes, this is some change well spent. Enjoy the weekend or relax one afternoon with this sweetheart.

Something else you might enjoy:

If you enjoy firefighters, you might enjoy Chasing Fire by Nora Roberts. It’s really exciting with a very attractive smoke jumper!

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A Cowboy’s Heart is Music to my Ears

The McGavin Brothers Series by Vicki Lewis Thompson

Contemporary Romance

 

A Cowboy’s Heart (Book 4)

 

I received an advance copy of this book. I chose to review it because I like it and I think you will too. If you’d like to check out the other books in the series, here’s a link to my reviews of each book

A Cowboy's Heart

Overall Rating: 4 (sXe)

Quick & Dirty summary: Bryce McGavin is happy with his job, even if he’s not exactly happy with his life. After his girlfriend left him at the alter, Bryce has decided to leave his music behind. When Nicole Williams walks through the door of the bar he manages asking for a shot at singing for tips, Bryce is skeptical. But as Nicole blows him away as a performer and musician, Bryce wonders if Nicole is here to stay, or if she’ll break his heart too.

This is another short and sweet novel to add to the series. I was really looking forward to this book, since Bryce is a bit mysterious and gruff in the earlier books. Learning about his past and his talents is fun. While the book has a happily ever after, I’m dying to learn more about Bryce and Nicole. I hope to see them in another book, if any more are slated for the series.

My favorite thing about this book is that it’s a slow burn kind of book. Sure there’s some instant attraction between Nicole and Bryce, but they don’t fall into each other’s laps right away. Their relationship develops believably and by the end of the book, I knew they were in love for all the right reasons.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $0.99)

Yes, this is some change well spent. Enjoy the weekend or relax one afternoon with this sweetheart.

Something else you might enjoy:

If you enjoy books with musicians in them, try Bounty by Kristen Ashley. This is the last book of her Colorado Mountain series but it is definitely a stand-alone. The nice thing about this one is there are some lyrics to make the musical components of the book stand out.

Enjoyable Short Tale of the Longest Fall

Title: The Longest Fall
Series: Whisper Lake #1
Author: Anna Argent
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 15, 2017

Blurb

Daisy Grace fell in love with her best friend’s brother before she was old enough to wear a bra. But Mark barely noticed she was alive. She held out hope for years until he set his sights on the older, more glamorous Janey, Daisy knew Mark would never see her as anything more than a friend. He was taken. Forever.
Years later, after
Janey’s tragic death, Daisy is once again forced to face the only man who has
ever made her heart pound.
All Mark wants is to
be left alone to grieve in peace. For nearly two years, he’s lived in
isolation, punishing himself for what happened to his fiancée. When Daisy comes
to convince him to attend his baby sister’s wedding, his life of quiet grieving
is shattered. Daisy makes him feel things he has no business feeling, but no
matter how hard he tries, he can’t convince the force of nature that is Daisy
Grace to leave him alone.
Daisy refuses to give
up on him. If she can’t lift Mark out of the dark place he’s made for himself,
the man she’s been falling in love with forever will be too far gone to save.
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Author Bio
After spending years working in corporate America as an
engineer, Anna traded it all in for a quiet life in the country. She lives with
her husband on a small cattle ranch in the Ozark Mountains, penning stories
filled with love, lust and a healthy dose of magic. She loves to hear from her
readers at anna@annaargent.com.
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I was given a complementary copy of the book. I decided to review it after I found that I liked the book.

The Longest Fall (book 1)

Longest Fall

Overall Rating: 3.5 (sXe)

Quick & Dirty summary: Daisy Grace has had in love with her best friend’s brother since she was little, but Mark never noticed her. When Mark started dating Daisy’s friend Janey, she put her school-girl crush aside to be happy for her friend. When Janey dies in a freak accident, Mark slips into a depression that no one can touch, not even his family. But Daisy is determined to reach Mark, no matter what it takes, even if it means loosing her heart again.

This is a short, sweet read. Daisy and Mark are honest, relatively-drama free people who are in an extreme situation. Mark is paralyzed with guilt over Janey’s death and he can’t move forward. Daisy wants to see her friend happy, even if that means he moves on from Janey with someone else. So the emotion from each character seems honest and authentic.

I don’t want to give anything away, and since it’s a short book, there’s not a lot for me to say that wouldn’t spoil it in some way. But I found Mark to be sweet and Daisy to be strong and courageous. Plus, I love that Daisy in an electrician. I love a woman who knows her way around tools.

My only negative is that since this is the first book in a new series, there isn’t enough interaction with secondary characters to make the next books interesting. I’m not invested in Daisy’s brothers or cousins, so I’m not anxious for the next book to be released. The flip side of that, though, is this reads as a complete standalone. If you never read another book in the series, you’ll still finish this one satisfied.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $2.99)

This book is a little over a hundred pages, so I’m not sure I’d recommend buying it at $3. But, if you had Kindle Unlimited it’s free, so I’d recommend picking it up then. If you don’t have KU, check your local library for a sweet read.

Something else you might enjoy:

Another childhood crush to lovers book is Truth or Beard by Penny Reid. It’s the first book in her Winston Brother’s series, and since she’s set to release the fourth book in the series on August 01, 2017, you might as well start reading now so you’ll be caught up by release date. It’s a great, funny, smart read. You can read more about what I think about Truth or Beard here.

Released Today: Book 3 in The McGavin Brothers Series

The McGavin Brothers Series by Vicki Lewis Thompson

Contemporary Romance

 

A Cowboy’s Return (Book 3)

 

I received a free copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to review it and I honestly recommend it.

A Cowboy's Return

Overall Rating: 3.5 (sXe)

Quick & Dirty summary: Ryker McGavin has been back from serving his country for a few weeks and so far has been lucky to avoid his high school sweetheart April Harris. But when April needs a flight up Kalispell to see her sister, Ryker is determined to get the awkwardness out of the way. So what that she broke his heart? April has always had a thing for Ryker, but even though he’s back for good, she knows that they are too different to be together long term. He’s a war hero and she’s a vegetarian pacifist. How could they possibly make it work?

Beginning this book I was very excited. I have always wondered how two people who approach the world in fundamentally different ways make it work. To me, this book is premised upon a very real problem: what do you need to have in common, if anything, to make love work?

As I progressed through the book, I totally fell in love with Ryker. Although I probably have more in common with April, I found her to be a little bit distasteful. She’s too involved in her own worldview to allow people their differences.

That being said, by the end of the book, I loved Ryker and April together. I was really rooting for them, and I’m so glad this story ends in a happily ever after. I have to admit, though, that April is a little hard for me to take. I know a few pacifists and all of them admire our U.S. Veterans. It’s not that April doesn’t, it’s just that she didn’t seem to have a lot of empathy, and that’s weird to me because all of the pacifists I know are very empathetic people. But, I will admit, that on a rational level (so not dependent on my personal experience) I understand her reasoning and motivations.

In the end, I really enjoyed the book. If Ryker were a real person, I’d be ALL OVER HIM! He is the quintessential cowboy, as all the McGavin men are, and he is the real star of this book. If you need a sweet new book boyfriend, then look no further!

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $0.99 Special Price)

Yes! It’s very sweet and you should get it RIGHT NOW because of the special price for release week. At a buck this book is well-worth getting a small instead of a large Frappuccino at Starbucks!

Something else you might enjoy:

It’s not really the same storyline, but I enjoy how these two characters challenge each other about politics and personal beliefs. Kristen Ashley’s Kaleidoscope has two characters who make it work despite their differences.