Sunday, March 31, 2019

Steals and Deals ~ March 31



absolution: a novel by Ava Harrison $.99

Summer Desserts by Nora Roberts $1.99

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Force of Nature ~ SL Scott ~ New Release and Review



"This book is for true lovers of romance! A unique, strong, feisty heroine. And the hero! Gah! He's an alpha hero that you will fall head-over-heels for.”
~Adriana Locke, USA Today and Washington Post

Winter Nobleman is complicated. To say the least.

It was supposed to be simple. Go to Paris, find a client’s daughter, and close a multi-million-dollar deal. Easy. Then I meet her. Stormy blue eyes, quick wit, and the secrets she keeps on the tip of her tongue make me forget my mission for a moment, or six, and why I’m in Paris in the first place—to bring her home.

Distracted by her beauty, I fail to notice the others lurking with missions of their own.

Bennett Everest is the twist I never saw coming. Talk about perfect timing.

He steals my breath the first time I see him and breathes hope back into my heart. He’s a giant in my eyes, a king among men with patience and love to share in spades. Six foot three. Whiskey-colored eyes. Solid gold on the inside.

Despite the dirty deeds of my past, he sees the person I am meant to be and not the person I have become.

If the lies don’t kill us, will the truth set us free?

“Absolutely Best Romantic Suspense of 2019!” - Lulu, FB/GR
“Bennett is so so sexy and romantic. He’s THE best book boyfriend.” -Barbara, Goodreads
“With stellar writing and the kind of plot that you instantly connect with, Force of Nature was everything I love in a story and more.” -LitlJen, Goodreads

Living in the capital of Texas with her family, Scott loves traveling and avocados, beaches, and cooking with her kids. She's obsessed with epic romances and loves a good plot twist. Her favorite color is blue, but she likens it more toward the sky than the emotion. Her home is filled with the welcoming symbol of the pineapple and finds surfing a challenge though she likes to think she's a pro.

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Elizabeth's Review

My rating: 4 of 5 stars - Would Recommend to a Friend

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Bennett Everest is a good guy. To the point that he heads off to Paris with minimal information as a favor to a potential client. Winter is a mystery, wrapped in an enigma when he finds her. That is the set up Ms Scott gives us as we dive into Force of Nature. The story behind our meet cute is layered and dynamic. There is a budding friendship/romance, a mini slow burn of a relationship, mystery, intrigue, action, and family.

Bennett and Winter are both characters that are easy to like and root for, even when not everything makes sense right away. Bennett’s brothers (and their wives) make a strong appearance as a secondary cast and add to layers of the story.

The action of the story is fast paced and the whole thing is well written- making it hard to put down! Force of Nature is a stand alone work that connects to other stories via the Everest brothers. One of things I really liked here was that the story is truly independent of the others. Yes, there are connections, but they make the story stronger if you’ve read them all.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Review Catch Up

Coming Soon

Highland Crown (Royal Highlander, #1)Highland Crown by May McGoldrick

3.5 stars - Worth a Reader's Time

Review Copy Provided by Publisher via Net Galley

The duo behind May McGoldrick is a new to me author and I was excited to try to a new historical romance. Highland Crown is the beginning of a new saga; meaning while this book has closure the story is far from complete.
I enjoyed the story here, especially the strong heroine in Isabella. The authors also did an good job of balancing the world building for the series/saga and the romantic story between Isabella and Cinaed. I found both to be realistic and believable.
My complaint - and the thing that kept this from being a 4 start read - was the curve balls at the end. One of them (and you have to read to find out) fit the story fairly well based on character descriptions and behaviors by secondary characters earlier in the book. The second seemed like an afterthought relating to Isabella's family. The two young ladies had been nothing but mentions and then they suddenly were influencing character behavior.
I enjoyed Highland Crown and and curious to see where the series goes next.


New Releases

March 13, 2019

Your Love Is Mine (Maine Sullivans, #1; The Sullivans, #19)Your Love Is Mine by Bella Andre

My rating: 3 of 5 stars - Average Read

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I still enjoy the Sullivan series by Bella Andre (even though we are on the 4th? group of siblings in the extended family), but I do have to admit that some of the excitement of the series is starting to fade for me.
Cassie and Flynn are entertaining characters, but what we see of them is fairly superficial. They have a strong connection from the very beginning, and it was sweet to see them get to know each other. I also enjoyed getting to meet some of Cassie's extended family.
My complaint - if you can call it that - is that this series seems to be getting a bit formulaic. There is no true conflict around Flynn and Cassie's relationship, even though there are plenty of options to choose from - and options that would not have changed the ending, but I think would have been more authentic to the human experience.
My other issue was the character of Ruby, Flynn's 6 month old niece/adopted daughter. As I went through the story, I struggled with Ruby being given abilities and personality traits most 6 month olds just don't have. In the grand scheme, it's probably a small thing, but it pull me from the story. I am curious about Cassie's siblings and what might be in store for them, but I would love it if Ms Andre would return to the more dynamic style of book represented by the early Sullivan stories.


March 26, 2019

The Trouble with CowboysThe Trouble with Cowboys by Victoria James

3.5 Stars - Worth a Reader's Time

Review Copy Provided by Publisher via Net Galley

The prodigal son returns in The Trouble with Cowboys. Tyler comes home after 8 years in response to his father’s stroke and begins an uphill battle.
I enjoyed getting to know Tyler and felt bad for him as he returned to his home town and faced the reality of what happened while he was gone. I struggled a little bit with the amount of animosity he received from the town and how that situation was resolved. The animosity Tyler received seemed disproportionate with things revealed later.
Lainey is the owner of the town diner and Tyler’s polar opposite. She’s the type of person that everyone would want as a friend. I found myself a bit frustrated with Lainey and the yo-yo behavior she had in terms of wanting/not wanting to be around Tyler. It made sense as her baggage was unpacked, but it seemed like she was shooting herself in the foot a bit.
I liked these two together. I understood the give and take between them and the emotional struggle Tyler had given some of the baggage he’s carrying. That said - I didn’t understand Tyler’s behavior when he created the drama that would eventually create the conflict resolution and happy ending. It felt like a manufactured conflict.
Overall, this was a good book and I am curious to see what might happen to Tyler’s friends. From the breadcrumbs dropped, I am expecting Dean and Hope's story to be next and I am looking forward to see them resolve their issues.


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Monday, March 25, 2019

Van by Melanie Moreland ~ New Release and Review

Title: VAN
Series: Vested Interest Series
Author: Melanie Moreland
Genre: Contemporary Romance ~ Rom/Com
Release Date: March 25, 2019

Vince Morrison, known to most people as Van.
Good with his hands, be it crafting a piece of wood, playing his guitar, or pleasing a lover—he excels at them all.
Friendly, flirty, and talented, he's cool under pressure, and hot everywhere else.
But he keeps his heart closed, even as his interest and emotions are tested.
Olivia Rourke works alongside him at BAM.
Talented, private, and intriguing, she touches something inside him he can't deny.
He wants to know her. In every possible way.
He wants her to know him.
Her past tells her to stay clear. Van is everything that she wants, and exactly what she cannot have. She has someone else to think of who is more important.
Can either of them risk their hearts?  

Elizabeth's Review

My rating: 4 of 5 stars - Would Recommend to a Friend

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Ms Moreland delivered another stellar installment to the BAM series - this time focusing on 2 secondary characters that we’ve been getting to know in previous books.

Van and Liv have been in and out of the previous BAM books and it was a true pleasure to get to know them better here. Both are well written multi dimensional characters with baggage that makes complete sense as we learn their background stories, stories that made me respect both of them even more.

Friends and coworkers leads to a wonderful slow burn as these two, along with a little scene stealer, discover if more is possible. Add in strong support appearances from the original BAM boys in secondary roles and you have a winning feel good read.

This is a book that once I started, I had a hard time putting down. I found myself not only liking Van and Liv, but rooting for them too.

Van sat on the floor, his legs crossed, a few animals on his lap. A blue boa was draped around his neck, and a tiara sat askew on his head, the plastic gems glittering in the light. He held out his cup, his pinkie extended, no doubt having been schooled in proper tea party etiquette by Sammy, murmuring his thanks for more “tea.”
Sammy filled his cup with water and held out the plate of Oreos. I frowned. I never bought Oreos.
“More cookies, Prince Van? I made them myself.”
Prince Van?
He lifted his chin royally and accepted a cookie. “They are delicious. You must give me the recipe. I’ll have my cook at the castle make them.”
Never had I wished for a camera more than I did at that moment. Unable to contain myself, I giggled. They both turned to the door, excited to see me home. Sammy clapped her hands, demanding I join them. 
I expected embarrassment from Van, but he simply tossed his boa around his neck and indicated the floor beside him with a wide grin. 
“Liv, you’re home. Join us for tea? Sammy has made the most divine cookies.”
How could I resist?
Signed paperback copy of Van and $25 Lowe's gift card
New York Times/USA Today bestselling author Melanie Moreland, lives a happy and content life in a quiet area of Ontario with her beloved husband of twenty-seven-plus years and their rescue cat, Amber. Nothing means more to her than her friends and family, and she cherishes every moment spent with them. 
While seriously addicted to coffee, and highly challenged with all things computer-related and technical, she relishes baking, cooking, and trying new recipes for people to sample. She loves to throw dinner parties, and also enjoys traveling, here and abroad, but finds coming home is always the best part of any trip. 
Melanie loves stories, especially paired with a good wine, and enjoys skydiving (free falling over a fleck of dust) extreme snowboarding (falling down stairs) and piloting her own helicopter (tripping over her own feet.) She's learned happily ever afters, even bumpy ones, are all in how you tell the story.
Melanie is represented by Flavia Viotti at Bookcase Literary Agency. For any questions regarding subsidiary or translation rights please contact her at


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