Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The McCarran Collection

About the book: Bridget Olasfson, a beautiful archivist hiding secrets, comes to Utah's brilliant red rock country to catalog the McCarran Collection. Though she's sworn off men in her life, she’s attracted to Ben, the bad-boy, off-road racing McCarran cousin. But it’s Lew McCarran, the tall, quiet cousin, she turns to when she finds herself caught up in a dangerous intrigue involving a lost boy, a drug cartel, and death. What will she do when the only way to save the boy is to give up the man she loves? 

Part romance, part cozy mystery, part thriller, The McCarran Collection is, last of all, a novel about family ties. 

From InD’Tale Magazine (four star review): 
When archivist Bridget Olafson’s marriage crumbles in divorce after the death of her young son, she struggles to find something to live for. When an opportunity to catalogue an extensive wealth of historical family papers in the beautiful red rock country of Southern Utah [presents itself], she jumps at the chance. She finds that all is not as clear cut as she thought, however, and is soon thrown into a dangerous game waged between a lethal drug cartel, a famous race car driver, and an orphan boy who knows too much. In trying to unravel the mystery that might save the boy’s life, Bridget finds an ally in the lest likely of the McCarran men. But will she once again lose the man she is growing to love to save the boy she needs? 

Liz Adair’s latest is an engaging, suspenseful mystery—as well as a love story written to the beauty of nature in a little known area of the southwest. Ms. Adair deftly weaves the threads of intrigue while successfully tying in a believable love story.

My review: I loved this story! It sucked me in from the very beginning and kept me asking just what was going to happen next! 

Bridget is a really well-written character and I loved her more and more as I came to understand her backstory and as I saw the love that she was able to have for a poor young Mexican boy that only grew and grew as the story went on. I was amazed at the way she was able to continue on, both with what had happened to her before and also with having seen Ben die and the way he died. Crazy.

I loved the way she was going about doing her job and going through all of the McCarren papers. The history of all of that stuff was really interesting to me as I'm sure it would have been to Bridget as she was working on it.

Quite honestly, there's no way I would have figured out just who the murderer was and the motive by the end of the book. There were enough people with motives galore that I was a bit stumped, and I loved that aspect of this book!

This is a great book, it's got romance, suspense, love, kissing, action, intrigue and adventure enough for almost anyone! Don't miss your chance to read it!

I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, May 23, 2016

A Little in Love

About the book: Lilly has all but given up on her love life. It's been ages since she's even seen a smile from a guy, much less had a real conversation. Until she meets Travis--cute, in the hippie rugged way she likes, quirky, funny, charming, and completely NOT eligible. Expectant fathers on the labor and delivery floor of the hospital where she works generally aren't. Plus, a guy that would hit on a nurse while his wife is in labor? Yeah. Don't date that guy. 

But there's more to Trav's story than Lilly first understands. Older brothers can be supportive too, after all. Despite their rocky start, and an old flame that just won't fizzle out already, Lilly and Trav hang onto their hopes that maybe, they really can have a future together. 

My review: I LOVE the way Jenny Proctor writes romances! This is a cute, clean, fun, romantic novella that I didn't want to put down.

I love that Lilly from Love at First Note is back in this book and we get to see how she and Travis got together in the first place, so fun! The way that they get together is really kind of funny. Travis is there with his sister as she's getting ready to give birth. Lilly isn't their normal nurse so she doesn't look at the chart and she assumes, like anyone would, that Travis is the baby's daddy. So when he tries to ask her out, that's a big fat no from Lilly, even though she felt an instant connection to him. But they do eventually get the misunderstanding straightened out enough to go on a date!  

I loved the cute romance that they shared, my only complaint is that I would love to see a full length version of this story! I loved this cute novella! 

I was sent an e-copy of this novella in exchange for an honest review.

Friday, May 20, 2016

A Timeless Romance Anthology: Road Trip Collection

About the book: #1 Amazon Bestselling Romance Anthology in Clean Romance

Six new contemporary romance novellas:

WHAT FALLING FEELS LIKE by Jolene Betty Perry
High school was years ago, and Kendell is ready to admit that Tyler, her best friend’s younger brother, has matured into a good-looking man. But the once-popular Kendell is recovering from a marriage-gone-wrong, and she regrets turning Tyler down for high school prom. On their road trip to deliver a refurbished camper, Kendell rediscovers all the reasons she liked Tyler, but it might be too late to rekindle their friendship.

ANTIQUES ROAD TRIP by Sarah M. Eden
Kelsey is living out her dream for the weekend as she participates in a reality show contest by living on a 19th century film set. The contestant who wins the show receives a trip to England and $100k, more than enough to get her through grad school. When she meets Devon, who was coerced by his sister to participate, friendship blossoms. When things go wrong for Kelsey, Devon is there to help, and she soon realizes that winning the contest isn’t what she most desires.

WOULDN’T IT BE NICE by Ranee` S. Clark
When Jacqueline's boyfriend Colin drops out of their long-planned road trip with friends to put his job first—again—it's the final nail in the coffin of their dying relationship. But then Hudson, her best friend’s brother, takes Colin's spot for the road trip, and Jacqueline’s disappointment in her ex takes a back seat to the chance for reestablishing the close ties she once had with Hudson. When their friendship detours into romance, it forces Jacqueline to question her reasons for breaking up with Colin and her future with Hudson.

HEAD OVER HEELS by Annette Lyon
Tristan is proud to be an entrepreneur, running a popular singles’ lifestyle blog. So when she gets an offer to cover a singles convention in Las Vegas, she needs to find a way to get there from another freelance job in Salt Lake without breaking into her personal savings. Her friend sets her up with a co-worker who happens to be driving that way, and Tristan is more than surprised to come face-to-face with a man she has a lot in common with, not to mention seems to click with right away. The two decide to play a prank on Tristan’s friend, and pretend that they are smitten with each other, but soon, the lines between pretend and reality start to fade.

TWO DOZEN ROSES by Heather B. Moore
Dayna reluctantly takes time out of her busy work life to drive her mother up the Pacific Coast Highway from California to her brother’s home in Oregon. Strangely enough, they keep running into two brothers who are traveling the same route in honor of their sister’s memory. The older brother Garrett is a merciless flirt, but the younger brother Roman is who captures Dayna’s attention. Soon she realizes that the brothers are extremely competitive, and she’s just become their next target.

TRY, TRY AGAIN by Aubrey Mace
Sarah’s secret crush on Justin takes a sudden turn when he breaks up with his girlfriend and declares that he’s interested in Sarah. She believes he’s just on the rebound, and they slowly drift apart. Six months later, Sarah still can’t stop thinking about what might have been. She ropes her friend into taking a road trip to visit Justin, hoping for a second chance. When Justin sees her, he wants answers, and Sarah has to decide if she’s brave enough to finally tell him the truth.

My review: I LOVED this collection. Regency collections are great, but these contemporary ones really have my heart. This one was really well done and I loved each and every one of the stories in it. These are all novellas, so you can sit down and easily read one in a sitting. I'll talk just a bit about each of the stories.

Jolene Perry's What Falling Feels Like starts the collection out amazingly well. I loved Kendall and Tyler. I loved that they had a history and the way that made their road trip just a bit awkward because they were no longer really familiar with each other. I loved the way that Kendall was trying to get her life back together by buying old trailers, fixing them up and selling them for way more than she paid for them. And I thought it was fun that Tyler was doing a similar thing making furniture out of old junk to sell. Such a cute story!

Next up is Sarah Eden's Antiques Road Trip. I loved the premise behind this one. It's a reality show where the contestants are taken back in time to the 1900's and they have to act as though they belong there. This is easy for people like Kelsey, who have a knowledge of what would have happened during that time period and not so easy for people like Devon, whose only reason for being on the show was because his sister was ill and couldn't do it herself. I love that Sarah Eden can write contemporary romance as well as she writes regency romance. And I loved the twist with this one being a bit of both. And the romance was amazing as well!

Then there's Wouldn't it Be Nice by Ranee' S Clark. I've loved her books and this was a cute one too! It's such a cute idea. Jac has been planning to go on a road trip to Alaska with her sister, her best friend and several guys, including Jac's own boyfriend, Colin. But Colin is a work-a-holic and when his job takes precedence over her again, Jac decides that they are through. It's a complete surprise when Hudson, her best friend's brother, takes Colin's place. And that's when Ariel, Jac's best friend spills the news that Hudson has always planned for Jac to be "his girl." And that's when Jac realizes just how much she could grow to care for Hudson. I loved this story, so cute, such a fun road trip idea. And there is plenty of romance and kissing in this one too!

Annette Lyon's Head Over Heels was so fun too! I loved Tristan, she's a young single who writes basically a blog about things to do as a single. She is hanging out at Salt Lake's Comic Con Speed Dating when she meets a man she would love to get to know better, but that's not to be as the time runs out early and he leaves. But fate takes a hand. Tristan has to get to Las Vegas that same day, and her best friend hooks her up with a ride from MacKenzie, who Tristan is sure is a girl. Imagine her surprise when MacKenzie ends up being no other than Mac, the amazing man from speed dating. The whole plot of this one is cute! I loved both Mac and Tristan and the dynamic between them. So much fun!

Heather B Moore's Two Dozen Roses is next. This one's about Dayna, she's already had a failed marriage and she pretty much spends her whole life working. But she's taken a few days off to take her mom up the Pacific Coast Highway to her brother's house in Oregon. They plan to his some of the best attractions on the PCH and that's when they meet brothers Roman and Garrett. It quickly becomes obvious to Dayna that Roman is the more real of the brothers, but Garrett isn't going down without a fight. I loved the way this one had a California feeling to it. It really made me want to get out there and drive up the PCH!

Last but not least is Aubrey Mace's Try, Try Again. Sarah had a huge crush on her co-worker Justin, but he had a girlfriend. Then one evening he surprised her by telling Sarah that he loved her and she was the one for him. But Sarah knew she didn't want to be a rebound girl, and eventually she and Justin didn't work together or really see each other any more. It was so crazy the way that Sarah found and connected with Justin again...at his grandpa's funeral. I loved the way that Sarah was so concerned for Justin that she wanted to show up at his grandpa's viewing to check on him. And I really loved her friend, Lottie, who Sarah dragged along on this trip. Lottie is very pregnant and everything she says made me laugh! 

This whole collection is cute, you won't want to put it down!

I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Storm Descends

About the book: In the second volume of bestselling author Gerald N. Lund's explosive new series, the Eckhardt family finds that the turmoil in their lives will only increase as they try to move forward in a nation divided. Sergeant Hans Eckhardt has been discharged from his military service and wants nothing more than to start a new life with a career and a family, but the unrest swallowing his homeland seems determined to stop him.

Suffering the devastating impact of defeat in the Great War, the people of Germany must find ways to face widespread food shortages, crippling unemployment, skyrocketing inflation, and the forced disbandment of the German military. The nation becomes a hotbed of revolutionary attacks, bringing the fledgling government to its knees. Conditions are so grim that the German people are desperate for someone—anyone—to step forward and bring stability back to their beloved Fatherland.

But as the flames of adversity grow more threatening, hope is on the horizon for the German Saints. With the help of Mitch Westland, from faraway southern Utah, they discover that the Lord has not forgotten them.

My review: Gerald Lund is really the master at writing a great historical novel. This book is no exception. I loved reading about this time in history and seeing the perspectives of different people during this time period. 

There's Hans and Emilee, just trying to survive Germany during this turbulent time. I like both of these characters, I love series like these, because it seems as though you get to "know" the characters. I like Hans for the most part, but there were some times in this book that I was disappointed in him for his actions. But then I have to remember that not only is he a fictional character, but this book took place during very trying times and choices may not have seemed so black and white as they do during the good times.

Emilee is a great character as well, I love the way that she gets to know Hans' family without his knowledge or even really his permission. I love the way she goes about helping all she can with the soldiers in her hospital and the way that she loves Hans, even when she hates the choices that he's made.

I love that the Westland's in Utah appear in this book. I love that they are removed from the war in Germany because they don't live there, but they are still connected because of their heritage. 

This time in history is fascinating to me. Adolf Hitler, and all the other crazy stuff that went on in Germany is just starting in this series and seeing how Han was in the story helped me to understand just a little bit how it may have been for the people in Germany. I love that at the end of each chapter there is a section of notes to help you better understand where some of the information came from and why.

This is an amazing book and an amazing series, so excited to read more!

I bought my own copy of this book.

About the author: Gerald N. Lund received his B.A. and M.S. degrees in sociology from Brigham Young University. He served for thirty-five years in the Church Educational System, and he served as a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy from 2002 to 2008. He is a prolific and bestselling author of both fiction and nonfiction and is best known for his historical novels, including The Work and the Glory series, Fire of the Covenant, The Kingdom and the Crown series, and The Undaunted. He and his late wife, Lynn, are the parents of seven children.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Feisty One

About the book: Can he hide his heart or will the reporter take everything? Maryn Howe isn't intimidated by billionaire recluse, Tucker Shaffer, or his enormous log cabin in Island Park, Idaho. Maryn needs this interview and she'll get it at any cost, even if the last four reporters were physically removed from his presence. Tucker Shaffer has no desire to change his less than flattering public image; but his PR people persuade him to give it one more try. Ready to make nice with whoever comes through the door, Tucker is blindsided by a petite blond with an extra-large personality. As the snow piles up and the questions keep coming, Maryn discovers the secret Tucker Shaffer has spent the last four years torturing himself with. She suddenly sees him in a new light and she flees-right into danger and into Tucker's arms. But the danger has just begun and now Maryn has to make a choice-trust in Tucker or lose it all. 

My review: I loved the way this book starts out, with Maryn on her way to do a story on a billionaire who is pretty much a recluse. She doesn't expect what she finds though, a handsome, kind man who cares for his friends as though they are his family and just wants to stay out of the public eye. I love Maryn's personality. She's a firecracker and pretty much used to getting whatever she wants. 

Tucker is currently living in his mansion in Island Park, Idaho and he has no idea what to expect from Maryn until she walks through his door. He doesn't expect her to be full of life and energy and enough questions to make him give up all of his secrets. But one of his secrets terrifies her and she heads out of his house and straight into the waiting arms of a huge bear. It's up to Tucker to find her, and fix her up. I loved Tucker, he's a true gentleman and he rescues Maryn more than one time before their story is finished.

This is a cute, clean love story that will leave you wanting to read more!

I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Unstuck

About the book: We've all been there. Each one of us has sins that, for one reason or another, we haven't been able to fully shake—we can't get ourselves "unstuck." Yet many of us have wanted to make that permanent change, to quit those repetitive sins once and for all. So here's the million-dollar question: how do you do it?

"Although damned and dammed are different words, they communicate the same message: progress is stopped! Robert Reynolds is the perfect one to teach us how to get unstuck. With real-world examples and a perspective from someone inside today's entertainment business, Robert reminds us that the Savior is the ultimate solution and living His gospel just makes sense. Get ready to lose any illusion you may have that you can do it alone. Thank heaven (literally) that no one has to."
—Brad Wilcox; BYU professor and author of The Continuous Atonement

"People who've sinned shouldn't consider themselves damaged goods or think that Heavenly Father doesn't want to extend His hand to them anymore. God has not forgotten you, and the fact that we even feel remorse or guilt is a good sign. It means we still have the light in us—if even just enough to get back on track."
—Branden Campbell; Neon Trees

My review: I really enjoyed reading this book! I like the way the author writes. He writes in a frank manner that is really easy and enjoyable to read. I like the author's message, I love how he talks about each of us having our "favorite" sins. You know those sins that you secretly don't want to stop doing, even though eventually they're not going to help us get into Heaven. Yep, we all have those! I like that Robert Reynolds is giving us a way to get rid of these sins once and for all.

I liked the way that this book is set up. There are three sections. And total in those three sections are 9 chapters. I love that at the end of each chapter there is a box that includes the key points from that chapter so that you can review what you've just learned. 

This is a great book that can help each and everyone of us in our desire to change and be better.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


Monday, May 16, 2016

Blog Tour - Pride and Politics Review and Giveaway


About the book: As the daughter of a well-known senator, Summer Knight is all too familiar with the nasty side of politics. She’s always stayed out of the drama, until an incident involving her fellow Mormons drives her out of her hometown—and out of the Church. What she needs is a change of scene, and sunny California seems like just the place. Enter Benson Hardy. He’s just her type—until she finds out who he is. Not only is Benson a nephew to her father’s political rival, he’s also a devout member of the Church. The last thing Summer wants is to be mixed up in politics—or religion. But Benson challenges her like no one else, asking the tough questions about her inactivity. Though their incompatibility is clear, their connection is undeniable, and soon Summer finds the embers of her faith reigniting. Just as it seems that the pair might be on the road to romance, a series of embarrassing misunderstandings—and the appearance of a handsome charmer determined to sweep Summer off her feet—knock the couple completely off course. As Summer finds herself at a crossroads, she must decide if she’s willing to set her pride aside for a shot at true love.

My review: Wow, I really loved this book! It's a modern day twist on Pride and Prejudice and I didn't want to put it down!

Summer Knight, I loved everything about her character. I loved how she was talking about taking a "break" from Church and felt like there was nothing at all wrong with that. But at the same time, she still allowed her visiting teacher to come see her and eventually, on her own terms went back to Church. I loved the way her parents pretty much guilt her into having her two sisters come and live with her and her roommate, Allie, in California, even though she really doesn't want to have to deal with babysitting them.  I loved her voice, she's a great character and I loved seeing the whole story through her eyes.

And then there's Benson, the character that you love to hate in this book, even as you see Summer falling for him. I loved the way he was always true to himself and the way he was always looking out for and trying to help Summer, even when it seemed as though there would be no way for them ever to be together.

I loved the plot of this book! I loved looking for ways that it is like Pride and Prejudice, but I really loved the modern take on it as well. This is an amazingly well written book that I loved reading! Hoping for more from Brittany Larsen soon!

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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