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It’s In His Kiss Book Review

It’s In His Kiss by Jill Shalvis

Publisher: Grand Central Publisher

Publication Date: August 26, 2014

Source: Library

Becca Thorpe has uprooted her life and escaped to the beach. Now’s her chance to get away from city living, throw caution to the ocean winds, and live in the moment. Especially if the moment includes the deliciously sexy surfer she meets shortly after arriving in Lucky Harbor. Something about the dark intensity of Sam’s eyes and the thrill she gets at his touch convinces her to stay awhile.

Boatbuilder and investment genius Sam Brody is a self-made man who knows how dangerous it can be to mix business and pleasure. But he can’t resist offering Becca a job just to hear her laugh and have her near. Yet when her brother comes to town asking for help, will he tempt her back to her glamorous life in the city? Or do Sam and little Lucky Harbor have a chance to win Becca’s heart?

Personal Thoughts: I haven’t read all of the books in this series but I will after reading this book. It is so full of great characters, interesting plot line and it just makes you want to keep reading until the end. It was a great read overall and it makes me want to read the rest of the series.

The story takes us to Becca who arrives in Lucky Harbor meant as a pit stop until she finds herself after dealing with her past. What she doesn’t expect is the kindness and the attraction to her newfound boss Sam. Although he shows an intimidating side, inside he is soft as a teddy bear and means no harm. Through a variety of daily interactions things start to get serious between Becca and Sam and that is where the story really takes off.

The author does a great job with the characterizations of the two of them as well as Sam’s partners and the rest of the Lucky Harbor characters. It makes you want to know everyone’s story and where they will end up. Great read and I would recommend it to anyone who wants a light, funny and quick read.

Rating: 3.5/ 5 Stars


Sunday Kind Of Love Book Review

Sunday Kind of Love

Sunday Kind of Love by Dorothy Garlock

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Publication Date:  August 2, 2016

Source: Library

SynopsisPublishers Weekly dubbed Twice in a Lifetime one of the Best Romances of Summer 2015 and now Dorothy Garlock, the voice of America’s Heartland, delivers an unforgettable novel about finding love in the most unexpected of places.

Buckton, Indiana, 1956. As post-war America brims with new opportunities, a young woman discovers the courage to follow her dreams-and her heart . . .

Gwendolyn Foster’s life seems like a dream come true. A bright future in front of her, the successful, traditional man her parents wanted at her side. What more could a girl ask for? But Gwen has a different dream altogether-to be a writer-and she won’t rest until it comes true. Strong arms to support her, not own her . . . that’s what she needs. And she finds them in the most unexpected of places.

Hank Ellis has long been haunted by his little brother’s death. He knows the entire town blames him for the accident, but it’s only fitting. He blames himself too. So he’s shocked when Gwen ignores the vicious gossip and befriends him. And before long, everything changes for them. Folks warn Gwen about Hank, but she knows in her heart that they’re wrong. Drawn to this man of bravery and kindness who encourages her to pursue her passions, Gwen can finally envision the life she’s always wanted. And with Gwen, Hank finds the strength to let go of his guilt, as he dares to hope for a future with her.

But braving the town that turns against them isn’t the only challenge they face. For Hank still harbors a dark secret, a shocking truth that may force him to lose Gwen forever .

Personal Thoughts: I haven’t read a Garlock book in some time and it was a nice change from my latest books that I have been reading. I loved the back drop of the story as it was different from her usual 1920s/1930s time period.

We’re told about the story of how Gwen and Hank, the town outcast, first meet, then become friends and then so much more. What adds to the story is the fact that she already has a suitor and a proposal to go along with it but things aren’t what they seem with her current suitor. Through a few intervening events, everything that Gwen has ever believed in will be challenged and she will need to make a choice that will impact the rest of her life, for better or worse.

This story held me captivated through the entirety of the characters journey, made me want to know what would happen next and did not disappoint. Although the events that happened were interesting, there were some points in the story that were predictable and you could tell what would happen next. Overall, it was still a quick and enjoyable read and I would recommend it to anyone that has read this author before.

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Christmas in Mustang Creek Book Review

20579278Christmas in Mustang Creek by Linda Lael Miller

Publication Date: September 29, 2015

Publisher: HQN Books

Source: Library

Synopsis: Charlotte Morgan grew up in Mustang Creek, Wyoming, and couldn’t wait to escape to the big city. But life in New York isn’t as fabulous as she’d like to admit. she’s lonely, doing a job she doesn’t love and dating too many frogs she meets online.

Personal Thoughts: Charlotte aka Charlie who lives in the big city and has a career in advertising meets her boyfriend Jaxon there, however, things don’t work out as he wants the small town life and she wants the big city life, so they go their separate lives.

Things take a different turn when Charlie gets laid off and heads home to Mustang Creek, where her aunt Geneva is ill. Moving back into her childhood home brings back a lot of memories and it doesn’t help when she finds out that her ex boyfriend (Jaxon) is the new veterinarian in town. With a little help from her aunt, resident Mrs. Klozz, a few animals and Jaxon’s charming self, Charlie starts to ponder if maybe second chances do exist and if small town life might be for her after all.

This story is a perfect read to get you into the holiday mood. The characters are fresh, the familiar ones from previous books are mentioned, and the light romance is just right. I’d highly recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of the author and who needs a little pick me up before the Christmas holiday season.

Rating : 4/5 Stars

The Hot Zone Book Review

20821265The Hot Zone by Jayne Castle

Publication Date: August 26, 2014

Publisher: Jove

Source: Library

SynopsisThe world of Harmony has its wonders, one of them being Rainshadow Island. Just beneath its surface, a maze of catacombs hides a dangerous secret……

Halloween—with its tricks and treats—is a dust bunny’s dream come true. Just ask Lyle, Sedona Snow’s faithful sidekick. But for Sedona, it’s a nightmare. Though her new job managing a small hotel and tavern on Rainshadow is helping her move on from her tragic past, a bizarre disaster down in the catacombs has brought a pack of rowdy ghost hunters to her inn.

And now, Sedona’s ex has arrived on the island, claiming he wants to get back together, just as a newcomer appears to have a strong interest in her. Cyrus Jones is the new Guild boss in town. He has his own agenda when it comes to Sedona, but even the best-laid plans are no match for the passion that springs up on Rainshadow….

Personal Thoughts: We are brought back to Rainshadow and the next adventure with dust bunnies, powerful talents and things that aren’t what they seem. Sedona came to the island to get away from her past and is trying to fit in. Something that she never had a chance to do until now. Things start to change when the Guild Boss Cyrus Jones shows up and checks into her hotel. He is more than he seems and seems to have an agenda of his own.

When things start to go south and traps are being set up to catch Sedona, she turns to Cyrus for help among other things. Will the ghost hunters catch Sedona or will she outsmart them and see where her relationship is going with Cyrus? In this newest adventure filled book, Castle does a great job intertwining the storyline, great characters and history of the island.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Waiting on Wednesday: Garden of Lies


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Garden of Lies by Amanda Quick

Publication Date: April 21st 2015

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Synopsis:The Kern Secretarial Agency provides reliable professional services to its wealthy clientele, and Anne Clifton was one of the finest women in Ursula Kern’s employ. But Miss Clifton has met an untimely end—and Ursula is convinced it was not due to natural causes.

Archaeologist and adventurer Slater Roxton thinks Mrs. Kern is off her head to meddle in such dangerous business. Nevertheless, he seems sensible enough to Ursula, though she does find herself unnerved by his self-possession and unreadable green-gold eyes…

If this mysterious widowed beauty insists on stirring the pot, Slater intends to remain close by as they venture into the dark side of polite society. Together they must reveal the identity of a killer—and to achieve their goal they may need to reveal their deepest secrets to each other as well…

Personal Thoughts: Ohh another Amanda Quick book! This one promises to be a great read full of mystery, suspense and some romance thrown in there! 🙂 I can’t wait to read this one. Quick always does a great job with her stand alones and series and this one I know won’t be any different. Is it any wonder that she is an auto read for me? hehe 🙂

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

Trust No One Book Review

Trust No One by Jayne Ann Krentz

Publication Date: January 6, 2015

Publisher: Putnam Adult

Source: Library

Synopsis: It’s no coincidence when Grace Elland finds a vodka bottle next to the lifeless body of her boss, motivational speaker Sprague Witherspoon. The bottle is a terrifying–and deliberate–reminder of the horrors of her past. Grace retreats to her hometown to regroup and tries to put everything she’s learned about positive thinking into practice–a process that is seriously challenged on the world’s worst blind date. Awkward doesn’t begin to describe her evening with venture-capitalist Julius Arkwright.

She has nothing in common with a man who lives to make money, but the intense ex-Marine does have some skills that Grace can use–and he’s the perfect man to help her when it becomes clear she is being stalked.

As Witherspoon’s financial empire continues to crumble around them, taking a deadly toll, Julius will help Grace step into her past to uncover a devious plan to destroy not only Grace, but everyone around her…

Personal Thoughts: I have been waiting for this new release by Jayne Ann Krentz for quite some time and I was really excited to dive in. Trust No One tells the story of how Grace, the protagonist, starts her day off by finding the body of her dead boss. Not only is that traumatizing but now she is out of a job and she doesn’t really know where to go next. She runs away to her home town hoping to regroup and find out what she wants to do with her life and there she meets Julius Arkwright on a blind date gone wrong. Or right, depending on how you look at it.

As these two start to get to know each other, they soon learn that Grace’s boss was more than they thought and those around them couldn’t be trusted. Jayne Ann Krentz brings a fast action packed story line where the heroin doesn’t need a man, but it is nice to have one when the bad guys come calling. Her writing is witty, her characters fully developed and the romantic suspense just right. The elderly neighbours that are meddling with Grace and Julius and trying to set them out throughout the book are pretty hilarious and make the book even better. Who said the old don’t know any better? 😉

For fans of romantic suspense and Jayne Ann Krentz.

Rating: 4/5 Stars


Fallen Cover Reveal

Fallen Cover RevealFallen by Stacy Claflin
Publication date: Fall, 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult

Samantha Erikson is a vampire with one mission: to rule the world. She’s spent decades winning over the world’s most feared vampire, Vince Moretti. Just when everything is going according to plan, he sidetracks her with the assignment of pretending to be a high school student in a small town.

It’s humiliating enough going from stilettos to sneakers, but Samantha must also follow the most boring person alive: the teenage girl who stands between her and the throne. When she has had all she can take, she finds a fun distraction: an attractive football player who isn’t scared of vampires. There’s one problem. Against her better judgment, she falls in love with him. Now she must decide between the mortal she adores and a place of power in the vampire world. If she tries to have both, she could lose everything.

Stacy loves writing, reading, and watching Young and New Adult Paranormal and Paranormal Romance. Her favorite TV shows include the Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, Fringe, Pretty Little Liars, and the Lying Game.

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