Thursday, July 27, 2023

Review Round Up ~ July 27




TBR Reads:

Swan LightSwan Light by Phoebe Rowe

3.5 stars - Worth a Reader's Time

Prime First Read

I picked this up as a “prime first” read several months ago and finally had a chance to read it. This is an interesting event-driven story told in alternating timelines from multiple points of view. In the 1913 timeline, we see mainly from Swan. In 2014 it’s Mari.

Swan Light is a slow starter but picks up quickly around the 40% mark. The 1913 timeline has significant drama in the town of Norman Cliffs and the lighthouse. The 2014 timeline has a hefty amount of intrigue both in the modern day and as Mari researches the past.

I found myself enjoying the story and anticipation built as events in both timelines came to their conclusion. Unfortunately, I left the story feeling a bit unsatisfied for several reasons.
One was the allusion to a romance between Mari and Julian (her partner in adventure). It felt as if this was just thrown in and not really developed. Another reason related to Swan (and why Mari was in town in the first place) that was the fact the research was never truly finished. We are left to assume we know what happened to Swan. What I want to know is why did the Norman family flee town, why was Swan so completely forgotten, and why did the Roland brothers seem to lose touch?

There are so many interesting intersections here that I feel the author could have explored a bit more and left us with a more robust finish to the book.

Amazon   


My rating: 3 of 5 stars - Average Read

Free Read

This was a quick, fun novella introducing a new series.
Harlow was introduced in the Southern series and is the child of Casey and Olivia. She meets Travis on the first day of vet school.
They are amazing together until they aren’t. I am curious to see what happens to them next!

Amazon   

Mine to Have (Southern Wedding #1)Mine to Have by Natasha Madison

3.5 stars - Worth a Reader's Time

Free Read

Mine to have features Harlow (2nd generation from the Southern Series) and Travis. We met them initially in the novella Mine to Kiss. This picks up four years later.

I have slightly mixed feelings here.....
On one hand, I love the idea that these two were "it" for each other and it took time for the timing to be right. But..... When I consider the reason they were apart in the first place and where they reconnected, I struggle with plausibility.

I had to set a few of those issues aside and just appreciate the book for the "fun" factor. This was definitely enjoyable. There is a fairly large secondary cast and loyal followers will be glad to get caught up on previous main characters. We get to know Travis's sisters a bit here as well. I am looking forward to seeing if they have their own stories.















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Monday, July 24, 2023

Steals and Deals ~ July 24 -30



Steals:







Deals:


On The Line: A Hockey Romance Anthology by Kat Mizera, Jami Davenport, and more (releases Nov 7) $2.99 

Perfectly You (Luna Harbor Book 2) by Claudia Burgoa $.99



A Family Affair: A Novel by Robyn Carr $2.99


Baiting Him (How to Catch an Alpha Book 2 by Aurora Rose Reynolds $1.99

The Big Dark Sky by Dean Koontz $2.99

Holding On by Jill Sanders $.99




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Hideaway Heart - Melanie Harlow ~ Cover Reveal

 


Melanie Harlow has revealed the gorgeous cover for Hideaway Heart!


Releasing: August 7, 2023

Cover Design: Hang Le Designs


All I wanted was a break—two weeks off from being Pixie Hart, country music sensation, and fourteen days of peace, privacy, and solitude as plain old Kelly Jo Sullivan.

But thanks to some overzealous paparazzi, my family refuses to let me go anywhere alone, and I’m stuck sharing this tiny cabin with a tall, dark, and bearded bodyguard.

And guess what? There’s only one bed.

Well, he can couch it.

Xander Buckley might be hotter than a stolen blow torch, and I get that he’s a former Navy SEAL and all, but the man gives new meaning to the words overbearing, overprotective, bossy alpha male. I can’t even post a photo on social media without him warning me it’s not safe, or take a morning jog without him following behind.

But he’s made it clear that what he says goes, and if I don’t like it, I can kiss my vacation goodbye.

Instead, I end up kissing him.

I don’t even know how it happened—one minute we were at each other’s throats, the next we were at each other’s mercy. What’s even more shocking is how good we are together. He understands my need for freedom, and I understand his need for control.

But emotional trust doesn’t come easily to me. And we’re on two completely different paths.

Without question, I’d put my life in his hands.

Just don’t ask me to give him my heart.


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Meet Melanie


USA Today and #1 Amazon bestselling author Melanie Harlow writes sweet, sexy, feel-good romance. She likes her martinis dry, her heels high, and her history with the naughty bits left in. If she's not writing or reading, she's probably at Orangetheory or watching Schitt's Creek again. She lifts her glass to readers from her home near Detroit, MI, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and pet rabbit.

 

Connect with Melanie


Website: www.melanieharlow.com

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Thursday, July 20, 2023

Something Like Hate ~ Piper Rayne ~ Cover Reveal

 



Piper Rayne has revealed the gorgeous cover for Something like Hate!


Releasing: September 26, 2023

Cover Design: Hang Le Designs


I love him.

I loathe him.


It’s like plucking daisy petals in my head, but he’ll never know.


When Miles Cavanaugh, the best safety in the league, was traded to the Chicago Grizzlies football team last year, I could finally breathe. Temptation was miles away.


How na├»ve to think it would end there because when the opportunity to write for a national magazine based in Chicago lands in my lap months later, I can’t turn it down. Sure, it’s a big city, but the sexual energy feels like a beacon between us the minute my plane lands. 


To make matters worse, I end up having to take over the job of reporting exclusively on the Chicago Grizzlies. Which means traveling with the team, interviewing players, and pretty much having an all-access pass to their lives during the season. 


Miles and I put up a great front, quickly hating on one another, but we both know it’s a lie. We also know the rules are simple. For me, don’t sleep with the subject of your articles. For him, don’t sleep with the journalist who can make or break your career.


I thought straight-laced Miles Cavanaugh followed all the rules… oh how wrong I was.





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Meet Piper Rayne



Piper Rayne is a USA Today Bestselling Author duo who write "heartwarming humor with a side of sizzle" about families, whether that be blood or found. They both have e-readers full of one-clickable books, they're married to husbands who drive them to drink, and they're both chauffeurs to their kids. Most of all, they love hot heroes and quirky heroines who make them laugh, and they hope you do, too!

 

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Monday, July 17, 2023

Steals and Deals ~ July 17 - 23



Steals:



Blind Bake: Maddie Baker Mystery #1 by Denise Grover Swank

Kian by Tijan







Deals:


On The Line: A Hockey Romance Anthology by Kat Mizera, Jami Davenport, and more (releases Nov 7) $2.99 


Rushed (Adventures in Love Book 1) by Aurora Rose Reynolds $1.99




Angels & Demons by Dan Brown $1.99


Full Measures (Flight & Glory Book 1) by Rebecca Yarros $1.99

Someone Like You by Susan Mallery $1.99

Blindfolded Innocence by Alessandra Torre $1.99


Spurred (Steele Ranch Book 1) by Vanessa Vale $.99








Slow Heat (Pacific Heat Book 2) by Jill Shalvis $1.99


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Thursday, July 13, 2023

The Propsal ~ Adriana Locke ~ Cover Reveal

 


Adriana Locke has revealed the gorgeous cover for The Proposal!


Releasing: July 27, 2023

Model Cover Design: Kari March Designs

Photographer: ©Regina Wamba

Special Edition Cover Design: Staci Hart


Breaking News: Rugby’s bad boy marries his best friend’s little sister

If Renn Brewer would’ve asked me to marry him, I would’ve said no.

Why?

One, his reputation precedes him. His name is in the headlines at least once a month. Two, he’s not just my brother’s best friend. They’re teammates. And three, I’m in my self-care era. 

Unfortunately, a version of me equates self-care with bad choices.

The cocktail in my hand—similar to the one that got me into this situation—is the prettiest shade of pink. It’s almost the same color as the giant rock on my left hand. And instead of discussing an annulment, I’m considering a 90-day marriage of convenience to the man I accidentally married in Las Vegas.

Renn didn’t propose marriage. But he does deliver a proposal I might be unable to turn down.




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Meet Adriana



USA Today and Amazon Charts Bestselling author, Adriana Locke, writes contemporary romances about the two things she knows best—big families and small towns. Her stories are about ordinary people finding extraordinary love with the perfect combination of heart, heat, and humor.

She loves connecting with readers, fall weather, football, reading alpha heroes, everything pumpkin, and pretending to garden.

Hailing from a tiny town in the Midwest, Adriana spends her free time with her high school sweetheart (who she married over twenty years ago) and their four sons (who truly are her best work). Her kitchen may be a perpetual disaster, and if all else fails, there is always pizza.

 

Connect with Adriana 


Website: www.adrianalocke.com

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Under the Radar by Melanie Moreland ~ New Release & Review

 


Under The Radar by Melanie Moreland is now live!



One of the Donner boys. Troublemakers.
That was the reputation that followed Chase his whole life. Until he grew up and realized he could do better. Be better.
But that choice cost him. His freedom, his family, his chance at love.
By making amends, he found a different path. A new set of friends. A new family.
Life was good. He thought he'd finally found everything he needed.
Then she answered his ad.
Now the roommate he needs is the woman he wants.
Desperately.
How long can he keep his feelings under the radar?
Or is Hannah Gallagher the one to help him break free of his past once and for all?



Download today or read for FREE with Kindle Unlimited!

https://geni.us/UnderTheRadar


Audiobook available on Audible and iTunes.

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Meet Melanie Moreland



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 thirty-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.

 

Connect with Melanie

Website | melaniemoreland.com

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Elizabeth's Review

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


Review Copy Provided by Author


Under the Radar brings us back to the world created around Reynolds Restoration this time with previous secondary character, Chase. If you’ve followed this series, you’ve seen Chase evolve into a solid guy and it is exciting to see him get a chance to shine.

Chase is paired with Hannah. She is a police officer in town and we’ve also met her briefly before. Both of these characters have a bit of baggage that influences how they see themselves and how they interact with the world around them. I liked both, appreciating their strength, and rooting for them to find their respective happy endings.

One of the things I loved about this book is that the conflict was external to the couple. Who they are influences things. Seeing them work together (along with their friends) to resolve things was heartwarming!

This is technically a stand-alone, but it is so ingrained in the Reynolds Restoration world, that I would suggest reading the series in order. The secondary cast here features the prior leading couples, another reason to read in order so that the various backstories make more sense.

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