3/27/15

Friday Top Five!


This is the last one for the month of March. I didn't get hardly any responses this month - people don't like books??? You are allowed to play catch-up. So go back and post your top 5's!
If it doesn't pick up next month, I may have to discontinue this feature.

Remember - for every top 5 list you do you get an entry to win an amazon ebook worth up to 1.99
Why do I do this? Why can't you just buy your own book if its only worth 1.99?
Well if you are anything like me... I have about 150 books on my wish list and prob 1/4 of them are .99 - 1.99 and for some unknown reason I just never hit the "buy" button. So I thought this would give people a chance to get a couple of those inexpensive books that you just never seem to buy.

The final top 5 for the month -
Top 5 Favorite Authors (I know this will be a hard one, just do your best! I will not deduct points if you go over or under)

1. Sarah Addison Allen

2. Ted Dekker

3. Denise Hunter

4. Lisa Wingate

5 Joshilyn Jackson


What are your top 5?

3/26/15

Serving Up a Sweetheart - Cheryl Wyatt

3 Stars

ABOUT THE BOOK -
They’ve helped orchestrate the perfect day for countless couples. Now twelve new couples will find themselves in the wedding spotlight in the second Year of Weddings novella collection.

Meadow knows how to serve delicious food to match any wedding theme. But can she accept love when it's served up on a silver platter?

During one of the biggest weeks of her catering career, Meadow Larson’s kitchen roof caves in after an unrelenting blizzard. She has to accept help from the last person on earth she wants to see: Colin McGrath. The tormentor from her past is now a contractor, her new neighbor—and the only person available to take on a project of this size.

Colin is aware God has given him a second chance to make things right with Meadow after bullying her in high school. After years of regret and guilt, Colin is determined to earn her respect and forgiveness, no matter what it takes.

It’ll take an extreme kitchen renovation, several cooking lessons, a little lace, and a lot of grace, but God is using this renovation project not only to restore Meadow’s heart, but also to restore Colin’s integrity in her eyes. Will Meadow learn to trust the new Colin even as their relationship grows from a business exchange to something more meaningful?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Cheryl Wyatt writes romance with virtue. She’s earned RT Top Picks, spots #1 and #4 on her debut publisher’s Top 10 Most-Blogged-About-Books list, Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence final, and other awards. 

MY THOUGHTS -
While this was a cute, fun, and very quick read - it turned out to be just OK for me. Not a bad read! Just not as exciting as I would have liked. 

Very unoriginal idea and the characters were also just OK for me. I did like the leading male - he was adorable! And I did think he was trying hard to make amends. The lead female, Meadow, did nothing for me though.

This book didn't turn me off but it did nothing to turn me on. It had a very fast, almost crash ending, a little too abrupt, if you ask me.

This got great reviews on Amazon - so hmmm, I guess its just me!

Thank you Book Look Bloggers for sending me this e-book for my honest review.

Get your copy from Amazon - HERE

3/25/15

Newbie - Jo Noelle

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 4 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
The housing market is crashing, and Sophie’s life is crashing with it. At twenty-four, her successful real estate career evaporates. She’s broke, can’t find a job, or pay her bills, leaving Sophie wondering how her successful lifestyle became so fragile. At the urging of her roommate, Sophie accepts a job in her fallback career—teaching six-year-olds. She hopes it’s temporary. After all, how long can a tanking economy last anyway? The best part of the new job is Liam, another employee at Rio Grande Elementary. The worst part of the new job is, well, teaching. Sophie has a surprise real estate closing from a contract she wrote months ago, leading her to a niche in the real estate market and to a new partner, Kevin. Sophie must choose between Liam or Kevin and between a lucrative career or recess duty.

     

Jo Noelle Author Jo Noelle grew up in Colorado and Utah but also spent time in Idaho and California. She has two adult children and three small kids. She teaches teachers and students about reading and writing, grows freakishly large tomatoes, enjoys cooking especially for desserts, builds furniture, sews beautiful dresses, and likes to go hiking in the nearby mountains. Oh, and by the way, she’s two people— Canda Mortensen and Deanna Henderson, a mother/daughter writing team. They began writing separately several years ago but found the process much more fun when they started collaborating. They are debut authors, with Lexi’s Pathetic Fictional Love Life as their first completed work. Other titles include Newbie and Damnation. Deanna attended college before marrying and starting her family. Canda received a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, a Reading Specialist endorsement, and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. Her day job focuses on teaching teachers and children about literacy.

MY THOUGHTS -
A really cute read! I have to admit, this started out real slow for me and thought I was going to give it 3 stars but I ended up liking it much better than I thought. This book reads fast, its fun and a little flirty but still a clean chick-lit/romance.

I liked the characters in this story. I loved Sophie. I thought she made a much better teacher than real estate broker. I thought she was great with the kids.
One thing I liked about this book that made it fun was when she blogged about her experience teaching. I think these were my favorite parts.

This had a lot of little twists and surprises. It kept you wanting to read.
This is the first one I have read by this author duo, but I will definitely read more!

Thank you "Book Blasts and Blog Tours" for sending me this e-book for my honest review.

Get your copy from Amazon - HERE


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3/24/15

A Hearts Disguise - Colleen Coble (GIVEAWAY!)

3 Stars

ABOUT THE BOOK -
In the aftermath of the Civil War, a young woman searches for her lost love at the edge of the West.

The Civil War has destroyed Sarah Montgomery’s marriage before it’s even begun.

After Sarah receives word that her fiancé, Rand Campbell, has been killed fighting for the Union, her brothers and ailing father persuade her to pledge herself to Ben Croftner—despite her strong misgivings. But when Sarah finds out that Rand is in fact alive—and that Ben Croftner knew it—she indignantly breaks off the engagement and goes in search of Rand.

But Ben Croftner does not take rejection lightly—and a single woman with a sick father makes an easy target. When Sarah is abducted by her treacherous fiancé, Rand finally comes to her aid . . . only to reveal that he has been posted at Fort Laramie, Wyoming, and intends to take her there as his wife.
But could Sarah leave her dying father’s side for the love of her life? And what plans are forming in the jealous heart of Ben Croftner?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
USA Today bestselling author Colleen Coble has written several romantic suspense novels including Tidewater Inn, Rosemary Cottage, and the Mercy Falls, Lonestar, and Rock Harbor series. 
Visit her website at www.colleencoble.com 
Twitter: @colleencoble 
Facebook: colleencoblebooks

MY THOUGHTS -
This story is part of a six book series and I will be reading and reviewing all six books. I was very excited to sign up for this/ I love to read series' and I love Colleen Coble. 

This story was a very quick read (I read in one afternoon) - it was sweet and cute, but unfortunately not all that exciting for me. It was not bad, and I am looking forward to reading the next one in the series, but I do feel it could have been better.

The conversations I think is what did it for me. They didn't seem real, they were forced and fake. I didn't like either of the male characters and I am hoping that at least Rand will win me over in the next book. 
I did  like the storyline, it was original and had some good twists to  it. 
I felt like the ending was very rushed. I know this was a short story (90 pages) but maybe if she had added 25 more?
This book did get good reviews so far from amazon, so I know I am just being picky. I am hoping the next one will be better for me.

Thank you Litfuse for sending me this book for my honest review.

Get your copy from Amazon - HERE


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3/23/15

Harm's Reach - Alex Barclay - Showcase!

Book Details:
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Published by: HarperCollins
Publication Date: February 24th 2015
Number of Pages: 416
ISBN: 0007494513 (ISBN13: 9780007494514)

Synopsis: 

FBI Agent Ren Bryce finds herself entangled in two seemingly unrelated mysteries. But the past has a way of echoing down the years and finding its way into the present.

When Special Agent Ren Bryce discovers the body of a young woman in an abandoned car, solving the case becomes personal. But the more she uncovers about the victim’s last movements, the more questions are raised.
Why was Laura Flynn driving towards a ranch for troubled teens in the middle of Colorado when her employers thought she was hundreds of miles away? And what did she know about a case from fifty years ago, which her death dramatically reopens?

As Ren and cold case investigator Janine Hooks slowly weave the threads together, a picture emerges of a privileged family determined to hide some very dark secrets – whatever the cost.

Barclay studied journalism at university and worked for a period in fashion and beauty journalism as a copywriter in the RTÉ Guide. In 2003, she left the fashion industry to write Darkhouse, the first of two novels featuring NYPD detective Joe Lucchesi. Her second novel, The Caller, was released in 2007, and Last Call in 2008. She won the Ireland AM Crime Fiction Award at the Irish Book Awards for her fourth novel, Blood Runs Cold.

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3/19/15

Friday Top Five!



Top 5 favorite cover pictures (or ideas) -

1. Beach scenes (PS&BTW - This is the best Romance I ever read!)



















2. Lighthouses



















3. A couple being cute (I know, weird, I like it tho!)



















4. Coffee or tea 



















5. Books!



















What are your favorite covers pics? 
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Haunted Love - Jessica Frances

3 Stars

ABOUT THE BOOK -
My name is Thea Bell and I was murdered.

I always assumed that death was the end. So when my life was cruelly taken away from me, I never thought I would get a second chance to say what I needed to. But then I was given a choice, a choice that allowed me to see the people I had left behind, and I knew I had to take it. I wanted to say a proper goodbye. I needed justice for what happened to me.

But even in death, things rarely go to plan.

I never expected to meet him. I didn't anticipate falling in love. I hadn't considered the repercussions of coming back. I never realized I would put another person in danger. I didn't know my actions were going to haunt us forever.

My name is Detective Aiden Mercer, and I think I have gone insane. I am seeing the murder victim of my current case alive and in the flesh, and that is simply not possible. I can see her, hear her, touch her. She’s real to me, however I know this cannot be real. Right?

But try telling my heart that, because as I grow closer to catching Thea’s killer, I also fall deeper into trouble. Because love is rarely anything but trouble and I know this love will haunt me forever.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Jessica Frances was born and raised in South Australia, quite possibly born with a book in her hand already. An avid reader her whole life, a pen finally appeared in her hand and she began her journey writing her own stories. The voices in her head have not slowed down and hopefully they never will.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jessica-Frances-Author/156139237914619
TSU: https://www.tsu.co/Jessica_Frances
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23700570-haunted-love
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MY THOUGHTS - 
This book started out strong for me. I love ghost stories, so this was right up my alley!
I loved that she came back to try to solve her murder and to check on her brother. Although not a new idea - I do like this plot in books. It always makes for a interesting read.

The beginning of this book got 4 stars from me - it was fun and interesting, kind of a mystery to it.
The middle only got 2 stars - it started turning into a romance (a very unlikely one) it also got kind of trashy and a lot of swearing. I found myself getting bored with it.
Then the last 1/3 went back up to 3 stars. The investigation started back up and it started getting fun again.

Also - there were a few ghost type things that bugged me. So only Aiden could see her, but she could change clothes and no one else could see the clothes? Why didn't they see clothes floating? Did the clothes magically disappear when she put them on? Also when she touched things and moved things no one saw that either. Even for a ghost story this was unbelievable. I would have liked it a little more real.

All-in-all not a bad ghost story, I did enjoy it. It would make a good quick summer book. A fun read over all, but lots of swearing and a graphic sex scene, I definitely would have liked it better without all that! I don't think it was needed. And I wouldn't really recommend it for young teens.

Thank you Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours for sending me this e-book for my honest review.

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