Thursday, December 8, 2016

eARC Book review: Caught Up In You (The Monroes #2) by Jules Bennett

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The Monroe brothers have their differences, but one project unites them: turning an antebellum mansion in their Haven, Georgia, hometown into a peaceful spa. It was the dream of their late sister—and it’s about to set off a major renovation in the life of middle brother Braxton… 
 
Braxton Monroe’s taking a break from teaching to do some strenuous work on a Civil War–era house, and feeling the strain in every rock-hard muscle. Good thing he has to interview massage therapists for the spa—even if it’s embarrassing to meet a job candidate in his boxers. Cora Buchanan has hands so talented—and a voice so sultry—he wants to hire her before he even lifts his head from the table. But he’s shocked to meet her outside the massage room—with her seeing-eye dog, Heidi the yellow lab.   
 
Cora has left her family—and fiancĂ©—in Atlanta to make her way in this small town. All her parents’ money can’t restore her sight, but it’s up to her to restore her independence. Though she bristles at Braxton’s protectiveness, she too feels lingering effects from their intimate touch. Now that he’s her boss, it’s strictly hands-off….Until a secret she’s keeping destroys his fragile trust, and they must find the courage to knock down the walls between them.


This is one of those series you just know you're probably going to like because the family is a mishmash of people who make themselves into a family instead of being born into one. The Monroe brothers and their sister lost to them now were adopted and came from different backgrounds but with plenty of baggage. Now grown they are making their sisters dream come true but also working through those piles of baggage. Braxton has a tragic past that brought him eventually to the Monroe's. Now as a adult his nursing the ache of the women he thought he loved cheating on him. Then he meets the women who knocks him right on his butt. Cora is the new massage therapist for the spa with some surprises of her own. The first of which is she's blind. She's trying to prove to herself and her family she can take care of herself  when her family thinks she needs a keeper. It was fun watching these two find their way to each other. It was fun and and exciting but by no means easy. I love watching the brothers interact with each other and when you throw the women in this series into the mix there's a laugh of two as well. Even though the guys can be gruff you can see the love between them. Jules Bennett writes a wonderful series and i can't wait to see what happens with the last brother Liam. Coming soon!

Find out more about Jules Bennett and this series here www.julesbennett.com

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

eARC Book review: The Hitwoman Plays Chaperone (Confessions of a Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman #16) by J.B. Lynn

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Maggie Lee’s done a lot of questionable things that have made her question her own sanity. Chaperoning her niece’s class trip is one of them. 

Not only must she attempt to corral a bunch of energetic kids, but at the same time she has to argue with the talking lizard in her bra, avoid a mysterious doppelganger, and chase down runaway horses! 

And that’s just the beginning. 

With her relationships and alliances in flux, Maggie is uncertain of what her next steps should be. Caught between the family drama caused by the return of her sister, Darlene, and her own efforts to save an innocent boy, Maggie struggles to make the right decisions and protect lives that hang in the balance. 

Can Maggie navigate these latest landmines, or will relationships, or even a life, be lost?


JB Lynn knows just how to reel her readers in. Maggie Lee is one tough cookie but her cookie is always on brink on crumbling. She supposed to chaperone her nieces field trip but like everything with Maggie it's never that simple. On the edge of your seat most of the time when you read one of these books you never know where the author is going. There is simply nothing obvious about the plot. You can't see the twists and turns coming until they hit you. Keeping you guessing should be her tag line. Exciting and fun from beginning to end you are left waiting for the next books as soon as you read the last word. Amazing!

Find out more about this series and JB Lynn here www.jblynn.com

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

eARC Book review: Holiday with a Twist by Shannon Stacey

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Available Nov 21 2016
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After a messy breakup, Leigh Holloway is ready to start her life over. Until her parents put the family home on the market and call her back for one final, memory-making Christmas. The last thing she wants to do is deprive her mom of the perfect holiday, so she'll lie her way through the visit and worry about her future in the New Year. Too bad the only bar in town is owned by a guy she seriously wronged in high school. 

Leigh's best friend broke Croy Dawson's heart, and Croy knows it was Leigh's fault. They've never liked each other, but Croy isn't cruel: he'd never turn away a pretty woman in need of some family-Christmas fortification. He doesn't expect her to drink just enough candy-cane martinis to tell him her secrets—and he definitely doesn't expect to get caught up in her holiday madness. 

Despite the surprising love and laughter, Croy and Leigh can't escape the truth: he can't walk away from his family obligations and she has a life and career to reboot. But anything is possible if your holiday comes with a twist…


You know Shannon Stacey never disappoints. In this holiday novella Leigh Holloway comes home for Christmas. The last one in the house she grew up in.  Her family has a lot of upheaval going on so she doesn't want to tell them she broke it off with her fiance and quit her job in the city. Wouldn't you know it when she walks into the only bar in town there stands the guy who she kind of is the blame for screwing some stuff up for way back out of high school. Croy      (short for Croydon, love it) is mostly over it all. He lends her his ear and gets himself in deep pretty quickly with Leigh. Watching these two navigate the holidays and a possible relation is fun. Is she leaving or staying? What really happened all those years ago and at this point does it even matter? Of course it kinds of all goes to hell for a bit but they get it right in the end. One thing about novella's is the story has to move fast. There are only so many pages to get it all in. If you can do that still make the reader feel like they got a good story that's pretty great but still leaving them wanting more even better. That was this story did for me.

Find out more about Shannon Stacy here www,shannonstacey.com

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

eARC Book review: In Mistletoe by Tammy L. Bailey

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Available Dec 2,2016
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At twenty-five, Grace Evans is steadily picking up the pieces of everyone else’s life. So, when her younger sister decides to turn into a runaway bride just four weeks before the wedding, Grace, drops everything to chase after her and bring her back home. Only, when the trail leads to Mistletoe, Washington, she finds herself at the mercy of the town’s most handsome and emotionally unavailable bachelor.

Ex-Army officer, Ayden McCabe, has three creeds in life: never make the first move, never fall in love, and never take anyone to Mistletoe’s Christmas Dance. Wanting nothing more than to keep his matchmaking sister from meddling in his personal life, he agrees to help Grace if she agrees to play his girlfriend. Too brunette and meek for his taste, Ayden believes Grace can’t tempt him enough to break any of his creeds. He could not be more wrong.
 


This is a new author for me. I wasn't sure what to expect but liked the blurb so decided it was worth a try. Grace is used to being the person who solves her sister and her moms's problems, to being in charge. When her soon to be married sister disappears she heads to the last place they think she was to find her and bring her back. Ayden is one of those guys who is not looking for a forever girl. His sister is determined to find him a wife. When he strikes a deal with Grace to pretend they are together to get his sister off his back and help find her Grace's sister things get a little murky. Loved Ayden and Grace although Ayden took a long time getting over himself. The secondary characters move the story along and add some fun to the mix. Overall a good quick read. The people of the town of Mistletoe make the story come alive.The wrap up at the end with the special Christmas Eve dance was sweet. 

Find out more about this book and Tammy L Bailey here www.tammylbailey.com

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

eARC Book review: The 24 Days of Christmas by Linda Lael Miller

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Previously published in No Place Like Home and Jingle All The Way .

A holiday miracle to remember . . .

A matchbox advent calendar first brought Frank Rayner and Addie Hutton together. But that was years ago. Since then Addie has written herself out of her father’s will, gotten herself blacklisted as a reporter, and had her husband leave her for a younger woman. The only good decision she seems to have made is to move back home, even if Frank now owns that home and is renting the apartment over the garage to her. Not that she thinks there’s anything there. There’s no reason to get wrapped up in the holiday cheer. Because Christmas miracles are for the movies. Real life is about unexpected families—and the magic of true love—and could there be a happy ending after all?


This was a novella that has been published previously in two other books. I have never read it before and am a fan of Linda Lael Miller so i was interested in checking it out. It's a quick easy read at only 50 pages so you can definitely read it in one evening. This is a second chance romance. Frank and Addie were high school sweethearts and years later they both have had some difficult paths that lead them back to each other. This is a sweet story with some sad parts to overcome. Linda Lael Miller always has good characters and a way of putting you right in the story. Glad i got to read this one finally.

Find out more about Linda Lael Miller here www.lindalaelmiller.com/