Review: Pretending to Wed by Melissa Jagears

Pretending to WedWhat a great marriage of convenience story! It is book two of the Frontier Vows series, yet can be read and enjoyed even if you have not read book one, Romancing the Bride.

This novel has a lot to recommend it. There were some humorous moments, yet the struggles and difficulties that Nolan and Corinne both carried around with them were things that weighed on them and made committing to another person very difficult. Corinne had huge trust issues and Nolan, while strong and capable, felt inadequate much of the time because he lost his leg as a child.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story and thought that Corinne and Nolan had really good chemistry together, even as they were both trying to remain only business partners. I loved the way Nolan recognized how smart and creative Corinne was. Pretending to Wed was a book I enjoyed from the start to the finish!

(5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Pretending to WedIt’s a match made in heaven, as long as they don’t fall in love!

The ranch Nolan Key has spent decades working for, even lost a leg for, is now his—or at least it should be. But an absurd clause in his father’s will means he’s in danger of losing the place to his lazy, undeserving cousin. Nolan finds himself scrambling to save his home—by proposing marriage to the town laundress.

Corinne Stillwater’s hands have betrayed her. Numb from hours of doing the same work over and over, her hands will only heal, according to the town doctor, if she gives up the laundry and marries. But she’s been stung repeatedly by love before, so that is one remedy she can’t swallow.

When Nolan offers Corinne a marriage in name only, how can she refuse? Such a partnership could give them the security they seek, but what if the ranch isn’t as secure as they believe, and their lives—and dreams—aren’t quite as compatible as they thought?

Pretending to Wed is the second book in the Frontier Vows Series by award-winning Christian romance author Melissa Jagears. If you like marriage-of-convenience stories that deal with the nitty-gritty of making a relationship work, you’ll love this authentic romance set in a time gone by that tackles issues still relevant for today.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Melissa Jagears

Award winning author, Melissa Jagears, is a homeschooling mom who writes Christian Historical Romance into the wee hours of the night. She lives in Kansas with her husband and three children. Her ebook novella, Love by the Letter, is her ACFW Carol Award winning novella and free to try.

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Review: Bitter Autumn by Lyn Cote

Bitter AutumnBitter Autumn is book two in the Northern Shore Intrigue series, yet it can be read as a stand alone novel if you have not read book one, Precarious Summer.

I felt very sorry for Grey as he returned home. He was obviously repentant and had changed his ways, yet there were quite a few very angry people who continually bullied and confronted him as he tried to go about his life. I was impressed by Trish’s ability to see the new man that Grey had become. It was also refreshing to see that some of the community was able to forgive the past and try to welcome Grey home.

It was hard to watch as someone tried to set Grey up, over and over again, in order to get him sent back to prison or at least force him to feel as if he should move away. But I thought that the sheriff’s department did an excellent job of investigating every event.

This book really showcased the effects that bitterness, anger, and even guilt can have on people and pointed out that true change can be found by turning to God for strength.

(4 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Bitter AutumnVengeance can be dangerous~

Grey Lawson returns home after serving a seven-year sentence for vehicular homicide while under the influence. The only reason he’s coming home to Winfield is to care for his great-aunt Elsie who raised him. He can’t believe that he didn’t realize seven years ago that everything he did affected this good woman. But now will his return cause her more trouble in the small Lake Superior town?

Trish Franklin, the first female deputy in the county, walks a tightrope too. As a law officer, she should see Grey only as an ex-con. On the other hand, she is the niece of the man Grey’s reckless action killed. As unlikely as it is, Trish finds herself attracted to Grey. He always seems to appear when she needs him to help with her family which is in crisis.

As she finds herself drawn to this good, repentant man, she faces the challenge of dealing with her intractable, bitter father. And a rash of copycat accidents in the eerie fog-shrouded evenings mimic Grey’s original crime. People wonder is Grey acting out some sick compulsion of his own. How can Trish solve this series of near fatal accidents before someone is seriously injured or killed? And sort out her feelings for the man her father hates?

This title was originally published in 2007 as Dangerous Game through Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense line.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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USA Today bestselling author, Lyn Cote has written over 45 books. A Romance Writers of America RITA finalist and an American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, Lyn writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense and historical novels. No matter which kind of story, her brand “Strong Women, Brave Stories” comes through.

Her most recent achievement is being added to Romance Writers of America’s Honor Roll for bestselling authors. She lives in a lakeside cottage the northwoods of Wisconsin with her comfy husband and two adorable cats.

Lyn’s brand is Strong Women, Brave Stories because her heroines are women who don’t just take what life hands them but fight for a better way with God’s help. Also most of her stories feature a multi-cultural cast of characters and authentic detail whether it is a contemporary or historical story.

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Review: Precarious Summer by Lyn Cote

Precarious SummerIf you are looking for a romantic suspense that will keep you guessing until the end, then Precarious Summer is a great choice. There were many potential suspects in this story and I really enjoyed that I couldn’t immediately figure out who was behind the fires.

The romance between Audra and Carter was well-written and very believable. Both of these characters had things that they had overcome from their pasts, and they both clung to God as they lived their lives during the novel.

I liked the setting of the story and am looking forward to reading the next book in the series, Bitter Autumn.

(4 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

 

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Precarious SummerBeautiful shore, dangerous season~
Summer tourists flock to the shore of Lake Superior—beautiful clean blue water, historic lighthouses, and thick pine forest. Audra Blair, a young single mom, is no longer going to work for someone else during the brief summer tourist trade. She has bought an old Victorian near the lakeshore and has opened “Audra’s Place,” a coffee shop-bakery in the mornings. And in the evenings a carry-out pizza shop. Her future and her little girl’s hinges on its success. She is the sole support of her child, not wanting to have contact with the man who abandoned her when she told him she was expecting six years ago.

But someone in town is dangerously unhappy and begins setting booby traps that explode into flame. Targeting people close to Audra and Carter.

Memorial Day, the first weekend of the all important summer tourist season, begins with an unwelcome bang. At a local highway convenience store, new Sheriff Carter Harding is on scene, pumping gas when the dumpster behind the store explodes. No one is hurt but Carter must investigate and quickly. The tourist season is the life-blood of little Winfield—nothing must make tourists stay away.

Carter grew up here and his wild youth follows him-in spite of his spotless record in law enforcement in another department in the state. Many, especially Audra’s uncle, question whether he has reformed. More booby-trap fires push Carter to question whether he is really sheriff material. And as he’s drawn to Audra, her uncle does whatever he can to undermine Carter. Can Audra and Carter break free of the past and have a future together? And will Carter crack the case before someone is severely injured or dies?

Originally published as Dangerous Season by Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense 2007.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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USA Today bestselling author, Lyn Cote has written over 45 books. A Romance Writers of America RITA finalist and an American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, Lyn writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense and historical novels. No matter which kind of story, her brand “Strong Women, Brave Stories” comes through.

Her most recent achievement is being added to Romance Writers of America’s Honor Roll for bestselling authors. She lives in a lakeside cottage the northwoods of Wisconsin with her comfy husband and two adorable cats.

Lyn’s brand is Strong Women, Brave Stories because her heroines are women who don’t just take what life hands them but fight for a better way with God’s help. Also most of her stories feature a multi-cultural cast of characters and authentic detail whether it is a contemporary or historical story.

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Review: When I Lost My Way by Jennifer Rodewald

When I Lost My WayAlthough Lance and Sophie realized fairly quickly that their feelings for each other were deep, they still had a lot of learning and growing to do in this story.

This is book two in the Big Prairie Romance series, however, it can definitely be read as a stand alone novel. For those who have read book one, When I Come Home Again, you will recognize that some of this book takes place at the same time as events from that story.

I will admit that I was frustrated with Lance for a large portion of the book. He had some plans that were causing a lot of angst for a lot of people and he did nothing to communicate his reasoning to anyone. Sophie had to confront him before he even shared the information with her. But, Lance had a lot of spiritual growing to do and God was working on him. I was very impressed with the way Lance turned his focus to the things of God by the end of the book. Sophie, too, learned to lean on God in a deeper way, and realized the absolute power of prayer. I enjoyed seeing how much Lance and Sophie matured in both their faith and their love by the book’s end.

(4 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

When I Lost My WayTheir whirlwind romance takes the hard road toward happily-ever-after as disaster tests their love for each other and their faith in God’s goodness.

Sophie Shultz smiles at her future, even when she doesn’t feel like it, but when a country drive leaves this city-girl stranded in the mud, the cowboy who stops to help gives her plenty to smile about. For real. Lance Carson is tall, handsome, and kind, if a little on the quiet side—not to mention the owner of Big Prairie’s celebrated vineyard.

Lance has always had a decided preference for solitude, but when he rescues Sophie he develops a whole new appreciation for companionship. It doesn’t take long for him to lose his heart as she fills the aching void life’s disappointments have left behind. But a family issue has put him in a hard spot, pushing him to a decision that will ruin his relationship with many of Big Prairie’s citizens—and devastate Sophie, who adores her newly adopted hometown. Before he can figure out how to tell her, someone tattles on his plans.

As their relationship is put to the test, conflict presses in from every side. Can this rapidly grown romance sink its roots deep enough to weather the storms, or will Lance and Sophie both lose their way?

Small town Christian stories of romance and redemption, begin the Big Prairie Romance series today!

Purchase your own copy here.

Book one of the Big Prairie Romance series, When I Come Home Again, is available on Kindle Unlimited.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jennifer Rodewald

Jennifer Rodewald is a Christian author of fiction who is passionate about the Word of God and the power of story. Four kids and her own personal superman make her home in southwestern Nebraska delightfully chaotic.

Born in Colorado, she experienced both the seclusion of rugged mountain living and the busy streets of a Denver suburb during her growing up years. Somewhere in the middle of college, she married a Husker and found her way back to the quiet lifestyle of a rural area, which suits just fine.

Blessed with a robust curiosity, Jen loves to research. Whether she’s investigating the history of a given area, the biography of a Christian icon, or how nature declares the glory of God, her daily goal is to learn something new. Aiming to live with boundless enthusiasm, her creed is vision, pursuit, and excellence, and she incorporates that pursuit as a Christian writer.

Jen lives and writes in a lovely speck of a town where she watches with amazement while her children grow up way too fast, gardens, and marvels at God’s mighty hand in everyday life.

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Review: Carolina Breeze by Denise Hunter

Carolina BreezeOh, what a wonderful story! I loved the way Mia and Levi connected. The author did a great job of making me understand that Mia truly was a famous movie star and had to deal with so many problems related to the press. But at the same time, I was able to see her as just an ordinary young woman, who was attracted to a kind and caring man.

Although Levi carried a lot of burdens on his shoulders, some of his own making, I thought he was a great character. I loved the way Levi felt about Mia. He kept having to remind himself that she was a movie star, as his attraction to her grew throughout the novel. These two had things they both needed to work out in their lives, yet they really were a wonderful match for each other.

This book is a great addition to the Bluebell Inn series, and could probably be enjoyed without reading book one. However, the experience will definitely be richer if book one, Lake Season, is read first, because the two main characters in that novel have some special moments in Carolina Breeze, as well.

(5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Carolina BreezeA jilted bride. A struggling innkeeper. And a romantic mountain getaway that changes everything.

Rising Hollywood star Mia Emerson is looking for a safe place to land in the wake of a public breakup and scandal, and she finds it in the lake town of Bluebell, North Carolina—the location of her canceled honeymoon. She wants nothing more than to hide and wait for the tabloids to die down.

Soon after her arrival at the Bluebell Inn, Mia meets Levi Bennett, who runs the inn along with his two younger sisters. Drawn to one another from the start, Mia trusts Levi to keep her location from the press, and Levi confides in Mia about the financial state of the inn—a secret he’s been keeping from his sisters.

When Mia and Levi discover an old journal that hints at a rare diamond necklace hidden in the inn, they set off on a treasure hunt to find the long-lost heirloom. What they don’t expect to surface are feelings they thought were safely locked away. Mia and Levi must decide if falling in love again is too big a risk—or if it will uncover a treasure of its own instead.

This Bluebell Inn romance takes us to a quiet North Carolina retreat that holds more secrets than it shares.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of 30 contemporary romances. In 2016 two of Denise’s novels, The Convenient Groom and A December Bride, aired as Hallmark Original movies. When Denise isn’t orchestrating love on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, playing drums, and reading as much as humanly possible. After raising 3 boys in Indiana, she and her husband are rapidly approaching an empty nest.

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Review: On a Coastal Breeze by Suzanne Woods Fisher

On a Coastal BreezeWhat a great addition to the Three Sisters Island series! I really liked book one of the series and I enjoyed book two even more. I think that readers could probably jump in and enjoy this story even if they haven’t read book one, but they would miss out on this family’s initial decision to become residents of the island, as well as the very important backstory for Cam, Seth, and Cooper.

Just as in book one, On a Coastal Breeze gives the reader the account of the story from the perspective of each of the three sisters and also of their father, Paul. The reader does not get to see into the mind of the love interests in these particular books. And while I would have loved to hear Rick O’Shea’s thoughts and feelings in this story, I still enjoyed the building up of the plot through all of the other characters.

I liked catching up with Cam, Maddie, and Blaine. Each of them had their own situations building in this story and all three were interesting. However, I loved learning more about Maddie and all of the fear she struggled with throughout her life. Getting to see her interacting in both good and bad ways with Rick as they grew up made her reaction to him showing up on the island very understandable. Great story!

(5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

On a Coastal BreezeFor Madison Grayson, life is good. Newly licensed as a marriage and family therapist, she can’t wait to start her practice. Despite the unfortunate shortage of eligible bachelors on the island–they’re all too young, too old, or too weird–Maddie feels like she’s finally found her sweet spot. Not even one panic attack in the last year. Not one.

And then Ricky O’Shea drops in. Literally. Floating down from the pure blue sky, the one man in the world she hoped never to see again–the one who’d been her archnemesis from kindergarten through her senior dance–parachutes into town, landing on Boon Dock, canopy draping behind him like a superhero. Ricky O’Shea. Now Pastor Rick, the new minister on Three Sisters Island.

Time to panic.

With wit and a bit of whimsy, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher invites you back to Three Sisters Island where family, forgiveness, and a second chance at love await.

Purchase your own copy of On a Coastal Breeze here.

You can read book one of the series, On a Summer Tide, for free on Kindle Unlimited.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Suzanne Woods Fisher lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Suzanne graduated from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, and was a free-lancer writer for magazines while her children were growing up. A former contributing editor to Christian Parenting Today, Suzanne’s work has appeared in many magazines, including Today’s Christian Woman, Worldwide Challenge, and Marriage Partnership.

Her first novel, Copper Star, a World War II love story, was published by a small press (Vintage Inspirations) and received three literary awards. It opened the door to a literary agent, Joyce Hart. The agent knew of Suzanne’s connection to the Plain People—her grandfather was raised Plain—and introduced her to an editor at Revell, a division of Baker Books. Amish Peace: Simple Wisdom for a Complicated World was the result of that first conversation. It was an 2010 ECPA Book of the Year finalist…and it is the book Suzanne wants to be buried with.

And that was over thirty books and one million sold copies ago! So it seems things are working out pretty well.

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Review: Who Needs a Billionaire by Krista Noorman

Who Needs a BillionaireThis was a great fake marriage story! Gus and Merritt were certainly not fond of each other at the beginning of the book and both seemed to have tempers that ignited quickly toward each other. I was happy that these reactions to each other transformed into a willingness to make the best of their marriage of convenience.

The way the relationship grew from two people living under the same roof, to a partnership, and then into a friendship was really nice. Then, when feelings of friendship began to grow into feelings that were much deeper for both of them, the story developed some truly swoon worthy scenes.

I really enjoyed the way these characters grew better together. Gus and Merritt were so good for each other. There was great chemistry between them and I loved seeing how both of them related to Gus’ family as they spent time with them.

I also really liked the first book in the series, Not the Billionaire, however, I loved this one even more! If you haven’t read the first book, you can still jump in and enjoy reading Who Needs a Billionaire.

(5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Who Needs a BillionaireA fake marriage is the answer to their problems, but love was never part of the deal.

Augustus “Gus” Schultz has always been the black sheep of the family, and he’s earned that label with his playboy ways. His greatest desire is to prove to his father that he’s put all that behind him and is worthy of taking on a bigger role at Schultz Chocolate. But when he’s asked to step away from the company for appearances’ sake, he must devise a plan to convince everyone he’s changed.

Merritt Christiansen loves helping women feel pretty and confident, and her dream of taking her safe, organic cosmetics line global is about to come true. Until she doesn’t secure the capital she was hoping for and is forced to consider a crazy alternative.

Gus thinks his proposal is ingenious. A fake marriage contract with Merritt, who is brilliant and respectable—not to mention beautiful—will demonstrate his ability to commit and fit in with the company’s wholesome image. Merritt thinks he’s lost his mind, especially since they can’t stand each other. But how can she refuse when he offers to fund her business expansion as part of the terms of their marriage? And if pretend crosses the line to real, how will they come away with hearts unscathed?

Purchase your own copy here.

Also available on Kindle Unlimited.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Krista Noorman

Most of Krista’s life has been spent scribbling away in journals, while documenting her every day life, but it wasn’t until she took part in National Novel Writing Month that she found her true calling and turned her pen to fiction.

Krista studied music education at Cornerstone University. After college, she turned to her love of photography and spent nearly a decade running her own wedding photography business, which was the inspiration for her novel, Goodbye, Magnolia. She is constantly inspired by books and movies, enjoys beautiful Instagram feeds, and loves a great cup of coffee. Krista makes her home in a small town in western Michigan with her husband and their two children.

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