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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Review & Giveaway of Beg, Borrow or Steal

  Title: Beg, Borrow or Steal
By: Susie Tate

Publication Date: Sept 28, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Jamie is proud of everything he’s achieved. A consultant anaesthetist and the Medical Education Director – he’s a pretty big deal. So when one of his medical students falls asleep, right in the middle of a tutorial, he is furious. He’s a bloody good teacher, damn it!

Maybe he could have been a little more understanding. Maybe he didn’t have to try and humiliate her. But the shock of how beautiful this particular student was when she finally opened her eyes, and his inappropriate reaction, only fuelled his anger. He’s tired of lame excuses from wild party animals burning the candle at both ends, and he’s going to make an example of this one.

For Libby, pride is a luxury and beauty is currency. Pregnant at seventeen and an aspiring doctor, she couldn’t afford to be proud, so she cashed in on her looks instead. She will beg, borrow or steal to achieve her dreams and give her daughter the life she deserves, even if she has to forgo sleep – even if she has to leave her dignity behind.

Only now that she’s not just sitting in lecture theatres like her first two years of medical school, now that she’s working in a real hospital, Libby is realizing that the thread she’s been hanging onto for so long may be about to snap. The last thing she needs is to have riled the gorgeous, judgmental Head of Medical Education. But there’s only so far you can push yourself, only so much pressure you can be under until you break. Libby’s been on that cliff edge for a while; her health may just tip her over.

A kick in the shin from a gorgeous little four-year-old girl and a confrontation with her tearful, exhausted mother soon forces Jamie to see what a bastard he’s been. Libby may not accept his help, but he’s relentless when he wants something, and it’s not long before he realizes that this mother and daughter belong with him. So when a stag night he’s on ends up in the best strip club in England and he sees who the main attraction is, his reaction is explosive.

Despite everything, Libby finds she still has some pride left. This man has made her feel small twice now. He won’t be getting a third shot. No matter how gorgeous he is, no matter how persistent …

This book is a full-length contemporary romance of approximately 90,000 words with no cliffhanger and its own HEA.

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Susie Tate is a General Practitioner and when she’s not working she’s looking after her four yummy boys under nine (okay, well one is actually over thirty-nine but it’s the mental age that counts!). She loves hearing from anyone who has taken the time to read her books.


REVIEW

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Overall Rating: 4 (sXe)

Quick & Dirty summary: Libby will do anything to achieve her dreams. The fact that her dreams are centered on giving her daughter a wonderful life with a mom she can be proud of is not a secret. What is a secret from everyone except her best friend is how Libby is supporting her daughter and paying her medical school fees. Jamie knows medical school is difficult, but he’s shocked when Libby falls asleep in his class twice. Jamie knows what beautiful women like Libby do late at night to keep them up late, and he tells her in no uncertain terms that she needs to grow up if she’s to be a good doctor. However, when Jamie realizes that the assumptions he’s made about Libby are wrong, he can’t figure out how to make it right. Jamie continues to get it wrong with Libby and Libby isn’t sure when he’ll ever get her.

 

The primary storyline is one that most of us have heard before, if we’ve ever watched Grey’s Anatomy. However, I think Susie Tate is very successful at delving more deeply into the characters who make up this drama. Their motivations, their pasts, and their hurdles are on display in their interactions, conversations and choices.

 

I especially like Libby. She is this wonderful combination of vulnerability and self-doubt, while also being strong and determined. It would have been so easy to make Libby into a flat character either extremely self-confident to the point of arrogance or full of shame and low self-esteem, but she’s a beautiful, realistic mix of confidence and guilt.

 

There is a little dip, for me, with the action about two-thirds of the way through the book, but its pretty minor. I enjoy the secondary characters as well and look forward to the next books in the series to follow their journey. I will definitely be reading more of Susie Tate.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $2.99)

Yes! I think it’s worth buying. And if you have Kindle Unlimited, it’s free, which is always worth it.

Something else you might enjoy:

Kristin Ashley wrote Daisy and Marcus’ tale in a short story in Rock Chick Reawakening. It’s a kind of prequel to the Rock Chick series, but you can read it as a standalone (except for the epilogue). Daisy is happy with her profession, which I love.

 

Final Book in the Strange Luck Series

It’s out! A Darling Secret, the third and final book in the Strange Luck Series by Amie Irene Winters is out today. Below is my book review.

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Strange Luck Series by Amie Irene Winters

Young Adult/Fantasy

 

A Darling Secret

 

I received an advanced copy of this novel. I choose to review the book because I enjoyed it and think you might too. You can read reviews of the first two novels by clicking their titles below.

WARNING: This is the third novel in a three book series. Book 2 ended in limbo, so some of the summary of Book 3 will be a spoiler if you haven’t read the first two books.

Read my reviews on the first two books: 

Strange Luck (Book 1)

Nightmare Birds (Book 2)

Overall Rating: 3.5

Quick Summary: After the thrilling ending of the Nightmare Birds, Daisy Darling is driving into the unknown. While she has her twin sister at her side and a crew of family members she didn’t know existed, Daisy is scared at all she must still face. A part of her just wants to go back to the way things were before, but she knows that cannot happen. She must face the Realm of the Shadow Gods and help to destroy an evil she never saw coming.

 

This is a fantastic ending to an exciting and thrilling series. Amie Winters continues to offer up surprising twists in this last installment, along with a very sweet and satisfying ending. Of particular note is the great evil that rules the Realm of the Shadows Gods. Complex even in its horror, the villain of this series is not a simple caricature of the devil.

I found the beginning of the book to be a bit slow, primarily because Daisy kept breaking down. This is understandable, given everything she’s been through, but it seemed a bit out of character for her. In the end though, I thought the difficulty Daisy has at the beginning of the book add a bit more depth to her romantic relationship, especially since the climax of the novel has her facing off with the Shadow Gods with only her twin sister at her side.

Thinking about this series in its entirety, I am awed at the imagination of Winters. Each book offers a different world to explore. It lives up to the fantasy genre and offers interesting twists on old classics like witches, evil, and the afterlife.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $2.99)

If you’ve been reading the series then of course you need to know how it ends. Luckily, if you have Kindle Unlimited, the entire series is free. All three books can be bought bundled together for $8.97, which for an ebook is a lot, but compared to paperback novels is a steal.

Something else you might enjoy:

I love Cat Winter’s young adult novel, In the Shadow of Blackbirds. It has a fantasy feel with an added historical element. You can read my review of Winter’s book here.

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Identical twins Beau and Duane Winston might share the same devastatingly handsome face, but where Beau is outgoing and sociable, Duane is broody and reserved. This is why perpetually level-headed Jessica James has been in naïve and unhealthy infatuation with Beau Winston for most of her life. Whereas Duane and Jessica have always been adversaries. She can’t stand him, and she’s pretty sure he can’t stand the sight of her…

But after a case of mistaken identity, Jessica finds herself in a massive confusion kerfuffle. Jessica James has spent her whole life paralyzed by the fantasy of Beau and her assumptions of Duane’s disdain; therefore she’s unprepared for the reality that is Duane’s insatiable interest, as well as his hot hands and hot mouth and hotter looks.

When Jessica finds herself drawn to the man who was always her adversary, how much of her level-head heart is she willing to risk?

Truth or Beard is book #1 in the Winston Brother’s series. Each book is a standalone, full length, contemporary romantic comedy/women’s fiction novel, and follows the exploits and adventures of one of the six Winston Brothers.

Heartfelt YA Novel by Anne Elliot

I finished reading The Runaway Girl by Anne Elliot and I love it! This is the first book, with a second book titled Runaway Heart. I’ll post a written review after the second book is out, but if you’re curious about why I love it, you can watch my book review video on my Facebook page. Be sure to like the page for more video reviews. 

The Duke’s Disaster

True Gentlemen Series by Grace Burrowes

Historical Romance

 

The Duke’s Disaster

Duke's Disaster

Overall Rating: 4 (sXe)

Quick & Dirty summary: Noah Winters, the Duke of Anselm, needs a wife. When the young lady he’s courting becomes engaged to another, Noah turns his sight to her companion, Lady Thea Collins. While Noah doesn’t think the steady Lady Thea will mind the lack of romance, he’s not prepared for all of her baggage. Thea really doesn’t mind Noah’s lack of romance, but she is interested in Noah’s trust.

After reading a lot of contemporary romance, it’s nice to fall into the steady pace of a well-written historical romance. Grace Burrowes is a master of the genre, especially when it comes to dialogue. There is a wittiness and subtly to conversations that I simply adore, and this book is a good example of that kind of writing.

I like Thea and Noah as characters, and the central conflict of the novel is interesting. I was definitely surprised by the ending, as there is just a bit of mystery to the whole thing, which kept me intrigued throughout the story. There is a delightful cast of secondary characters, and I was hoping that the next books in the series featured Noah’s sisters, but it doesn’t look like that’s the case. I’m going to read the first book in the True Gentlemen Series so I can figure out how this book and the other books are related, because as of yet, it’s a mystery.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $6.15)

I definitely recommend picking it up at the library. There was no wait for this book and I was able to read it well before the due date.

Something else you might enjoy:

Try Only Enchanting by Mary Balogh. I’ve read most of the books in this series and I’ve enjoyed them all. This one has a similar storyline in that the two individuals get married before really knowing each other. While this book is 4th in the series, it can be read as a standalone.