Review & Giveaway: Formula for a Perfect Life by Christy Hayes #FPLPrism


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Formula for a Perfect Life
By Christy Hayes
Christian New Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 323 Pages
March 30th 2020

Two practical strangers. One fateful night. Two pink lines.

College senior and obsessive romantic Kayla Cummings’ dreams of a storybook life are spun off course by an unplanned pregnancy after a one-night stand with her secret crush. Devastated, Kayla turns to her roommates and best friends for advice. No matter what she decides, no matter how deeply embarrassed, she has to tell the father.

Ben Strickland’s future is written in stone—as long as he gets a decent score on the Law School Admission Test. Feeling pressure from all sides, Ben struggles to juggle his upcoming finals, another shot at the LSAT, and his needy girlfriend Darcy. When the girl he spent a memorable night with weeks ago shows up at his doorstep pregnant, his already chaotic life spins out of control.

With the clock ticking, decisions to make, and a boatload of people to disappoint, Ben and Kayla embark on a journey neither anticipated—a journey where falling in love might be the biggest surprise of all. But when old hurts and buried secrets pose a greater threat to their future than impending parenthood, will Ben and Kayla go their separate ways or forge a new path to happy ever after?

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Review

Wow! This was such a great story and is definitely up near the top of my list of favorites. These two main characters were dealing with the consequences of their actions and did so in a manner that reflected a value for life and the understanding that their lives were going to change in a big way.

I loved the way this story progressed. There were some cringe-worthy moments involving Ben and his reluctance to completely open up about the past. These moments ended up bringing forth some true growth for both Ben and Kayla, in their relationship and even in their faith walks. I felt that the romance between these two built naturally, starting with two people who did not really know each other and were uncomfortable with the situation, to a couple who truly cared for each other and the life that was created between them. This story was very nicely done.

(5 stars)

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

About the Author

Christy Hayes lives outside Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband and dogs. Christy writes Contemporary Romance, New Adult Romance, Christian Romance, and Women’s Fiction. When not writing, she’s reading, walking dogs, or stalking her college-aged kids on social media.

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Review: Longing for Us by Debra Clopton

Longing for UsLonging for Us was a sweet story, full of heart. I liked the way Hunter and Cassie ended up not being able to keep their feelings from growing into love for each other, even though that was not what either one planned on. Hunter’s daughter, Polly, was as adorable as the last time we met her. It was fun to see her again, as she was introduced in Summer and Jonah’s story.

The last couple of chapters moved a little quickly for me, as Cassie and Hunter progressed from interest to love, however, I still enjoyed it. These books set in Sunset Bay are lots of fun to read and can be enjoyed as stand alone novels, as long as the reader keeps in mind that the books are about siblings finding their true loves, so there will be some character overlap.

(4 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Longing for UsHis wounded heart can’t risk more pain–but she needs him…can he help her, then let her go?

Hunter Claremont has been through enough heartache and disappointment where love is concerned. He’s focused now on his new job as a fireman in Sunset Bay and raising his young daughter, helping her overcome the tragedy of losing her mother. They’ve found a place to start over in the small coastal town among it’s caring and sometimes eccentric folks. And they’ve found friends in the Sinclairs, the family his sister has married into, with strong family ties and big hearts who have welcomed him and his sweet daughter with open arms. His only problem…he keeps thinking about Cassie Sinclair and he can’t seem to get the world class photographer off his mind.

Cassie Sinclair has no plans to marry. She loves her career, capturing some of the most sought-after photos, in the most unusual and sometimes dangerous poses around the world. When a photo shoot of a wedding couple on the side of a mountain goes wrong, she comes home, shaken from the experience and struggling with the uncertainties that now plague her. She finds an understanding shoulder and comfort in the strong, handsome fireman and father. Hunter has been through tragedy and she admires him–but when her heart gets involved her world is turned even more upside down.

Can a small-town fireman and a woman with wanderlust in her veins find a happy ending?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Debra Clopton

Bestselling author Debra Clopton has sold over 2.7 million books. She writes sweet contemporary and western romances set in Texas and on the beaches of Florida. Her series are clean and wholesome reads and she also writes Christian inspirational romances too. She is known for her snappy dialogue, cowboy heroes and spunky heroines. Her awards include: The Book Sellers Best, Romantic Times Magazine’s Book of the Year the Readers Choice Award, and many more. She’s also a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Finalist, and a triple finalist in the American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award.

A sixth generation Texan, Debra lives on a ranch in Texas with her husband Chuck. She loves to travel and spend time with her family. She has written for Harlequin and Harper Collins Christian and now with DCP Publishing. She is thrilled to write for DCP Publishing and see her books being sold worldwide. On any day she usually has books on the Top 100 list and ranks on 80 to a 100 retailer Bestseller list in the USA and around the world.

She loves helping people smile with her fun, fast paced stories.

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Review: One Little Lie by Colleen Coble

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My Review

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This was such a fantastic book! It is probably my favorite Colleen Coble book yet and I have read many of this author’s works.

The story started off with a glimpse of the main character’s past and I was simply fascinated from that point on. The murders and trouble that Jane had to deal with as Chief of Police kept the book moving swiftly, while the feelings that began to slowly develop between Jane and Reid kept things very interesting.

This was a multi-layered, very intriguing story. Be prepared that while many of the problems are resolved in this novel, there are still some unresolved situations that will lead directly into book two of the series. I really look forward to reading what happens in that book.

(5 stars)

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

About the Book

Book:  One Little Lie one little lie

Author: Colleen Coble

Genre:  Romantic Suspense

Release Date: March 3, 2020

It started with one little lie. But Jane Hardy will do everything in her power to uncover the truth in this gripping new romantic suspense.

Jane Hardy is appointed interim sheriff in Pelican Harbor, Alabama, after her father retires, but there’s no time for an adjustment period. When her father is arrested for theft and then implicated in a recent murder, Jane quickly realizes she’s facing someone out to destroy the only family she has.

After escaping with her father from a cult fifteen years ago, Jane has searched relentlessly for her mother—who refused to leave—ever since. Could someone from that horrible past have found them?

Reid Bechtol is well-known for his documentaries, and his latest project involves covering Jane’s career. Jane has little interest in the attention, but the committee who appointed her loves the idea of the publicity.

Jane finds herself depending on Reid’s calm manner as he follows her around filming, and they begin working together to clear her father. But Reid has his own secrets from the past, and the gulf between them may be impossible to cross—especially once her father’s lie catches up with him.

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About the Author

Colleen CobleBest-selling author Colleen Coble’s novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, the ACFW Carol Award, the Romance Writers of America RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers’ Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has over 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana. You can visit her website at http://colleencoble.com.

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Review: Spring Splash by Denise Weimer

Spring SplashI enjoyed this unique story. It was unlike any other book that I have read before. Spring Splash weaves together a love story, a special needs sports program, as well as the personal sports and career aspirations of the main character, Anna. I thought the author did a very good job of presenting all three of these story lines cohesively and in a realistic way.

I felt like I really got to know the special needs swimmers in this tale, finding out what made them nervous and what motivated each of them to be part of the program. I enjoyed learning a lot about Craig’s sister, Margo, and seeing how things progressed in the book for her.

I enjoyed the love story between Craig and Anna, although Craig frustrated me at times, as he had a lot of worry that he carried around with him. When certain events would go wrong, he didn’t always handle things well with Anna, leading to hurt feelings or misunderstandings. However, he did grow a lot emotionally by the end of the book. I would have loved to have had an epilogue at the end of Spring Splash to see how things were going for everyone a year or so in the future.

(4 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Spring SplashWhen an injury sidelines college swimmer Anna Callaway, her dreams are crushed. She pours herself into her sports marketing practicum, helping a local special needs organization promote their athletic event. What she doesn’t expect is a swim team ripe for the Special Olympics—and their handsome but stubborn coach.

Craig Holt has dealt with eager and ignorant volunteers before. No matter how determined or persuasive uptight Anna might be about coaching his team to the Special Olympics, he has no intention of allowing her to raise the hopes of his swimmers, his sister, or his guarded heart.

Then Anna herself gets a second chance at becoming a champion. Will she pursue her lifelong goals or make room for a new dream?

Purchase your own copy here.
Also available on Kindle Unlimited.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Denise Weimer

Denise Weimer holds a journalism degree with a minor in history from Asbury University. She’s a managing editor for Smitten Romance and Heritage Beacon Historical Fiction, Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, as well as the author of The Georgia Gold Series, The Restoration Trilogy, and a number of romantic novellas including “Across Three Autumns” of Barbour’s Backcountry Brides Collection. She has four new novels releasing with imprints of LPC: Fall Flip (Candlelight Romance, September 2019), The Witness Tree (Smitten Historical Romance, September 2019), Spring Splash (Candlelight Romance, March 2020), and Traces (BLING! Romance, March 2020). Represented by Hartline Literary Agency, Denise is a wife and mom of two daughters who always pauses for old houses, coffee, and chocolate!

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Review: Twins for the Mountain Firefighter by Melinda Curtis

Twins for the Mountain FirefighterTwins for the Mountain Firefighter is a nice addition to the Mountain Firefighter series. It can also be read as a stand alone novel.

I appreciated that the author clearly showed the emotional issues that the twins were going through, along with the sadness that Logan was dealing with. It was hard to watch as Logan doubted his ability to be a parent to the girls because of his own father’s horrible actions, however it did make Logan’s growth throughout the book even sweeter.

Thea was a fun character who worked hard to try to be there for Logan, his aunt, and the girls, while also providing help and a healthy emotional response to this family.

(4 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Twins for the Mountain FirefighterA bachelor’s life…

Because of a not-so-happy childhood, Logan McCall never wanted kids. His sister’s dying wish was that he raise her twin girls. Paralyzed by grief, Logan turns the girls over to their deadbeat dad. He’s regretted that decision ever since, but what can he do? They’re gone.

A nanny with dreams…

Nanny Thea Gayle is just trying to make ends meet while she works on her PhD. When her employer goes missing and the only family member she can find is the twins’ Uncle Logan, she takes the girls from Seattle to Silver Bend, Idaho. But once there, she’s not sure Logan is up to caring for the girls or his elderly aunt. What’s a nanny with a school deadline looming to do?

A traditional, clean romance with no cheating, no cliffhangers, and a guaranteed happily-ever-after.

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Will also be available on Kindle Unlimited.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Prior to writing romance, award-winning, USA Today Bestseller Melinda Curtis was a junior manager for a Fortune 500 company, which meant when she flew on the private jet she was relegated to the jump seat—otherwise known as the potty. After grabbing her pen (and a parachute) she made the jump to full-time writer. Melinda has over fifty titles currently published and has sold 36 works to Harlequin and Grand Central Forever, mostly sweet romance and sweet romantic comedy. One of her books – Dandelion Wishes – is being made into a TV movie.

You can connect with Melinda Curtis on her websiteGoodreadsFacebook, and Twitter.

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Review: A Gift to Cherish by Victoria Bylin

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A Gift to CherishA Gift to Cherish tackled many challenging issues in a straightforward, yet sensitive manner. There was a cautionary tale of a romance that occurred back in the 1970’s, where decisions made led to heartache. It was hard for me to read this portion of the story, which was presented in a flashback format. I felt sorry for Joan as I knew that she would not be getting a happy ending in that tale.

The modern day romance between Rafe and Daisy was really nice. I appreciated their candor with each other regarding the physical boundaries while dating. I also thought the author did a good job of showing two people who realized that they loved each other yet struggled to determine what God had in store for them.

Daisy’s friend, Chelsea, had a difficult time in this book and her life spiraled from one bad situation to another. Her desperation for love fueled bad decisions and even though she tried to be careful as she used the online dating apps, trouble found her anyway. This book can be read as a stand alone novel, even though it is book two in a series.

(4 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

A Gift to CherishWhen Daisy Riley arrives in Refuge, Wyoming to live with her brother and his family, she intends to stay forever. A victim of violence in Los Angeles, Daisy craves stability, peace of mind, and safety. Her hope comes true when she lands a job as a personal assistant to Miss Joan Prescott, the owner of Cottonwood Acres, a historic ranch that once served as the set for a famous TV show. A retired college professor, Miss Joan has secrets and stories of her own, including a very unusual project that requires Daisy’s skills.

Rafe Donovan, a cop from Cincinnati, is haunted by a recurring nightmare about the death of his high school sweetheart and his failure to save her. Because of the nightmares, Rafe takes leave from the police department and seeks psychological help. He finds shelter in Refuge, where he pounds nails for his brother’s construction business. But he has no desire to stay in Wyoming and plans to return to Ohio as soon as possible.

When he finds Daisy Riley stranded late at night with a flat tire, Rafe is impressed by her courage. Daisy is equally impressed by him. Together they navigate the road to love—one complicated by the arrival of Daisy’s troubled best friend, online dating, and the impossible obstacle of 1,600 miles between her home and his.

AUTHOR NOTE: “This story contains mature subject matter. It’s about our current dating culture, including the risks of online dating. It also looks at the social mores of 1970s and how those values impact today’s women.”

Purchase your own copy here.

Available on Kindle Unlimited.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Victoria Bylin
Known for her realistic, likable characters and vivid writing, Victoria Bylin delights in tackling tough subjects with respect and compassion. The Two of Us was chosen as a “Target Recommends” selection, and Together With You won the Inspirational Readers Choice Award for Best Contemporary Romance. Her books, both contemporaries and western historicals,have been critically acclaimed in Publisher’s Weekly and Booklist. A native of California, she and her husband now make their home in Lexington, Kentucky. They have two sons and are the proud grandparents of twin girls and a little boy.
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Review: An Amish Picnic

by Amy Clipston, Kelly Irvin, Kathleen Fuller, and Vannetta Chapman

An Amish PicnicAn Amish Picnic is a nice collection of novellas that stand alone from each other. Each story has a picnic that occurs somewhere within its pages. The stories are connected with other novels written by the four authors, yet can easily be read as stand alone novellas even if you have not read any of the other books, making them a great way to try out a new to you author of Amish fiction. I enjoyed all four novellas.

In Baskets of Sunshine, I was happy to read Phoebe’s story. Phoebe was introduced as a secondary character in The Bake Shop. She certainly had a rocky start to her relationship with Kevin in this novella.

In Candlelight Sweethearts, the reader meets two characters who are not your typical hero and heroine in a story. Esther suffers from a bad stutter and Jasper is described as round, with hair that is beginning to bald. The author did a good job of connecting the reader to the emotions of these two characters, yet the mention of sweaty armpits a few times bothered me!

In Reeling in Love, the heroine struggles with her weight, being seen as a tomboy, and falling in love with her best friend. I thought the author captured the heartache that Nina experienced beautifully in the first picnic scene and built a sweet romance from there.

In Picnics and Prospects, I enjoyed the peek into the past that David and Faith took when they discovered a box of old letters. It was nice to see David begin to understand the emotions and fear that Faith experienced during panic attacks. He showed how kind he was as he worked to help her during these situations.

This was a nice collection that I recommend to fans of Amish fiction.

(4 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

An Amish PicnicFrom bestselling authors in the Amish genre come four sweet stories about picnics and romance.

Baskets of Sunshine by Amy Clipston

Kevin Weaver has lived with his brother’s family since his parents passed away when he was young, but he craves a home and family to call his own. Freeman Kurtz owns a successful brick mason business, and Kevin takes the job as Freeman’s apprentice to pursue his own financial freedom.

Phoebe Kurtz is helping her sister with her booth at the marketplace when she notices Kevin, her father’s employee. Their friendship grows, but Kevin is convinced that the difference in their ages makes a relationship between them impossible. Amidst summer outings, Kevin and Phoebe must decide if taking a chance on love is worth the risk.

Candlelight Sweethearts by Kelly Irvin

Esther Marie Shrock loves her job at Valley Grocery Store where she’s worked for four years. Despite a stutter that has plagued her since childhood, she thrives filling orders from a steady stream of customers. Still, at 25, she and her family wonder if romance is in her future.

Jasper Cotter isn’t good with people, but he’s found himself obligated to take over day-to-day operations of the family owned grocery store—a store he doesn’t have the first clue how to run. Thrown together, Esther Marie and Jasper don’t exactly see eye to eye. One night, the store loses power, and the candles aren’t the only things shooting off sparks. Esther Marie and Jasper are suddenly forced to discover common ground when it matters most, and they might be surprised with love along the way.

Reeling in Love by Kathleen Fuller

Nina Stoll and Ira Yoder are just friends. Just friends and fishing buddies. Every Saturday afternoon, they have a picnic at their favorite fishing hole and see who can out fish the other. Until Nina starts to wonder if there’s more.

Her plans to share her feelings go awry, and circumstances seem destined to keep Nina and Ira apart. With both Nina and Ira confused and hurting, it’s going to take courage, some help from the community matchmakers, and a little bit of divine intervention for Nina and Ira to realize they’re each other’s perfect catch.

Picnics and Prospects by Vannetta Chapman

Faith Troyer is claustrophobic, and David Lapp builds tiny houses. They went on a date years ago with disastrous results. Now that they’re in their late twenties, their families and friends are beginning to wonder if either will ever find that special someone. When a picnic outing is diverted by the discovery of a package of letters dating back to the 1970s, they take it upon themselves to find answers to a mystery that causes them to rethink their past and consider their future.

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