Review: Ford by Susan May Warren

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FordFord is an extemely intense, action-packed thrill ride! This is the third book in the series, and I would definitely recommend reading these books in order so that you understand the overarching threat that is building throughout the series. As with the previous two novels, Ford contains both a main and a side story. Ford and Scarlett mount a rescue attempt for Ford’s twin sister, Ruby Jane. However, Ruby Jane (RJ) has her own story that begins developing in this book, as well. I really enjoyed the interaction between Ruby Jane and York.

Occasionally RJ and Scarlett made some choices that I was frustrated with them about, putting them into even more danger than they were already in, however, it made for some exciting rescue attempts. The developing love stories between both of the pairs of main characters were just perfect and added some wonderful emotions to the story. I am really looking forward to the next book in the series now!

(5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

FordFamily…country…or the woman he loves…

Navy Seal Ford Marshall isn’t the kind to stand by and let a woman get hurt—especially when it involves his twin sister, RJ. So, when she makes the news, accused of sparking an international incident, he doesn’t care what it takes—he’s going to find her and bring her home.

But he might need a little help, so he calls on the woman who has had his back during the last three years—Petty Officer Scarlett Hathaway, former communications expert-turned Rescue Swimmer candidate. She’ll help him get into the country, watch his back, and…well, they might be able to have one last mission together before she leaves for a new life, a life he very much wants to be a part of now that she is off his team. Maybe he can convince her to give them a chance to kindle the spark that’s simmered between them for years.

Scarlett Hathaway isn’t sure what future she wants—not when she suddenly has to care for her little brother. Maybe she should quit the Navy and start a life with the man she can’t seem to get out of her heart. So yes, she’ll help Ford find his sister. And maybe, along the way, figure out if they have a future.

But finding RJ somewhere in the vastness of Russia with the FSB chasing them will push Scarlett beyond even her courage and make her question everything she thought she wanted…including Ford. What will it cost her to love a man who saves the world?

And when Ford is asked to choose between saving his sister, saving the world from a war, and rescuing the woman he loves…can he live with his decision?

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Susan May Warren is the USA Today bestselling, Christy and RITA award-winning novelist of over sixty-five novels. An eight-time Christy award finalist, a three-time RITA Finalist, she’s also a multi-winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice award, and the ACFW Carol Award.

A seasoned women’s events speaker, she’s a popular writing teacher at conferences around the nation and the author of the beginning writer’s workbook: The Story Equation.

She is also the founder of MyBookTherapy.com, and Novel.Academy, a school for aspiring novelists.

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Review & Giveaway: Reunited in the Rockies by Mindy Obenhaus

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Welcome to the Blog Tour for Reunited in the Rockies by Mindy Obenhaus, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

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Series: Rocky Mountain Heroes, Book 4
Author: Mindy Obenhaus
Publisher: Harlequin Love Inspired
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 1, 2019

A fresh start…and an old love reignited?

A Rocky Mountain Heroes romance

For widow Kayla Bradshaw, restoring a historic Colorado hotel means a better life for her and her soon-to-arrive baby. But she needs construction help from Jude Stephens, the love she lost through a misunderstanding. Working with Kayla, the police officer finds himself forgiving her—and longing to rebuild her shattered confidence. But can they trust each other enough to forge a future together?

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MY REVIEW

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What a wonderful second chance love story! Reunited in the Rockies captured the highs and lows of the emotions experienced by Kayla and Jude as they attempted to help with the wedding of Kayla’s friend and Jude’s brother.

I enjoyed this story so much and really enjoyed these two main characters. Jude and Kayla truly loved each other in the past and both wished that things had not ended between them. The author did a great job of creating two characters who were so right for each other, yet had obstacles to overcome before they could have a happily ever after.

This story is book four in the series, however, if you haven’t read the other books in this series, you should still be able to read Reunited in the Rockies with no problem.

(5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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It took Mindy Obenhaus forty years to figure out what she wanted to do when she grew up, but once God called her to write, she never looked back. A three-time Carol Award finalist, Mindy is passionate about touching readers with Biblical truths in an entertaining, and sometimes adventurous, manner. She lives on a ranch in Texas with her husband, the youngest of her five children and two dogs. When she’s not writing, she enjoys cooking and spending time with her grandchildren.

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Review & Giveaway: Evermore by Jody Hedlund #EverTour


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Always
(The Lost Princesses #0.5)
By Jody Hedlund
Christian YA Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 136 Pages
August 13th 2019 by Northern Lights Press

A fierce elite guard. A loyal lady in waiting. They must work together to save three princesses from certain death.

On the verge of dying after giving birth to twins, the queen of Mercia pleads with Lady Felicia to save her infant daughters. With the castle overrun by King Ethelwulf’s invading army, Lady Felicia vows to do whatever she can to take the newborn princesses and their three-year old sister to safety, even though it means sacrificing everything she holds dear, possibly her own life.

Gravely wounded in battle and knowing all is lost to his enemy, the king of Mercia tasks Lance, one of his fiercest elite guards, to protect his family along with keys to an ancient treasure. As Lance makes plans to sneak the princesses out of the capital city, he doesn’t need or want Lady Felicia’s help.

With the dark enemy in pursuit, Lance and Felicia must put aside their differences to outrun King Ethelwulf and prevent him from killing the princesses. In a desperate attempt to hide the young girls, Lance and Felicia agree to a marriage of convenience, a decision that will change their lives—and hearts—forever.

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Evermore
(The Lost Princesses #1)
By Jody Hedlund
Christian YA Historical
Paperback & ebook, 222 Pages
August 27th 2019 by Northern Lights Press

An ancient key. A secret treasure. And a princess destined to use them both to fight evil and restore peace.

Raised by a noble family, Lady Adelaide has always known she’s an orphan. Little does she realize she’s one of the lost princesses and the true heir to Mercia’s throne…until a visitor arrives at her family estate, reveals her birthright as queen, and thrusts her into a quest for the throne whether she’s ready or not.

Unable to tolerate King Ethelwulf’s cruelty and lawlessness, Christopher Langley left Mercia years earlier, training a group of rebels in neighboring Norland. When he returns home after his mother’s death, he discovers that not only is Adelaide all grown up, but she’s also the rightful queen of Mercia.

When King Ethelwulf discovers Adelaide’s location, he’ll stop at nothing to capture her and the key she holds to the ancient treasure. Christopher is just as determined to protect Adelaide so she can lead the growing rebellion. When feelings ignite between the two old friends, forces threaten to destroy their love and rip them apart forever.

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My Reviews

Always

This prequel novella sets the stage for a world of adventure and treachery, love and honor, sacrifice and bravery. The Lost Princesses series is a great choice for both teens and adults alike who crave stories where noble heroes and heroines will go the extra distance to keep a solemn vow.

I so enjoyed reading this book and getting the background story of Lance and Felicia’s quest to protect the three princesses of Mercia. The slow bloom of the love story between these two was simply perfect, too.

(5 stars)

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

Evermore

Evermore is book one in The Lost Princesses series. Adelaide and Christopher were so wonderful in this novel. Both of these characters had a real heart for doing right and caring for others.

Adelaide had a lot of responsibility to accept in this novel and a fight not only to save the people of Mercia, but also to try and survive to save her sisters, as well.

The complex emotions between Adelaide and Christopher were compelling to read about. They both struggled with the right path to take. Was duty and honor to Mercia something that required them to let go of the possibility of loving each other? This story was captivating from start to finish.

(5 stars)

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

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About the Author

Jody Hedlund is a best-selling and award-winning author who loves fairy-tales and happily-ever-afters. She makes her home in Midland, MI with her husband and five teen-aged children. When she’s not writing another of her page-turning stories, you can usually find her sipping coffee, eating chocolate, and reading.

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Review (Plus Giveaway): As the Light Fades by Catherine West

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for As the Light Fades by Catherine West, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

High Res-As the Light FadesTitle: As the Light Fades
Author: Catherine West
Release Date: September 10, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Sometimes we’re placed in the strangest of circumstances for the most important reasons.

After her carefully constructed life crumbles, Liz Carlisle finds herself back on Nantucket, picking up the pieces. With the family estate under renovations, the solitude she craves seems out of reach.

Matthew Stone intends to steer clear of his new tenant. She’s carrying a load of baggage, but as long as she pays the rent, he’ll let her be. He’s got enough to deal with caring for his wayward niece, Mia.

Liz doesn’t have time for teenagers and her track record with men is abysmal, but an unlikely friendship forms between the three.

When her former boyfriend is charged with assault, Liz is called to testify against him. But he knows the darkest secrets of her life—secrets she’d hoped to keep buried forever, and he’s ready to reveal them. Telling the truth is the right thing to do, but it may cost her everything she’s worked so hard for, and all she’s come to love.

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What a powerful book! These pages were full of broken people, heartbreaking situations, and even fear for the future. But despite the heavy topics covered in this novel, I never felt weighed down with sadness. Instead, I kept eagerly turning the pages of this captivating story to see how things would work out for these characters.

I thought the romance between Liz and Matthew was just right. Matthew was so caring toward Liz and careful to ty to make her feel safe and worthy.

Matthew’s niece, Mia, was hard to like at first. She was full of anger and resentment. However, as her story slowly unfurled, I couldn’t help but want the best for her.

I was fascinated with the chapters that included Drake Carlisle’s point of view. It was altogether heartbreaking and humorous to read his thoughts as he navigated the world of Alzheimer’s.

There was so much more to this story, family dynamics and problems that seemed insurmountable. I thought the author did a great job of weaving everything together. I wasn’t ready for this book to end when I turned the final page!

(4.5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Catherine West is an award-winning author of contemporary women’s fiction. When she’s not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border Collie for long walks or reading books by her favorite authors. She and her husband reside in Bermuda, and have two adult children and two beautiful granddaughters. Catherine is the winner of the 2015 Grace Award (Bridge of Faith) and a two-time winner of Romance Writers of America’s Faith, Hope & Love Reader’s Choice Award (The Things We Knew, 2017 and Where Hope Begins, 2019, and a Carol Award Finalist for Where Hope Begins. Her latest novel, As the Light Fades, releases September 2019.

Catherine loves to connect with her readers and can be reached at Catherine@catherinejwest.com

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(1) winner will receive a $75 Amazon gift card from the author!

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Review & Giveaway: Sweet Melody by Heidi McCahan #SweetMelTour


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Sweet Melody
(Seabrook Romance #1)
By Heidi McCahan
Christian Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 242 Pages
August 1st 2019

When a struggling bakery owner is rescued by a wannabe songwriter with hidden culinary talents, they discover they can make sweet harmony … if they can only learn to work together.

Rhett Foster longs to change the world with his music, yet he can’t even finish writing one song. Battered by a string of failures and disillusioned, he returns home to Portland, Oregon. While he desperately wants to create a chart-topping hit, his dad mandates a new mission: move to coastal vacation hotspot Seabrook, Washington and expand the family’s successful restaurant chain.

In danger of destroying her late parents’ legacy if she doesn’t diversify her menu, Lindsay Carmichael will try anything to save her bakery. But with a tiny budget and an injured employee who can’t work, she has no choice but to sink the last of her savings into buying a dilapidated food truck and hiring Rhett as a part-time barista. What she doesn’t know is that the handsome songwriter has a secret … one that could destroy her business and her heart.

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My Review

I really enjoyed this romantic story! Now, this is one of those situations where sometimes I wanted to talk some sense into the hero, Rhett Foster. He could have saved a lot of heartache between himself and Lindsay Carmichael if he had spoken up about who his family was earlier in the book. However, the fact that he didn’t, led to some great conflict and confrontation eventually.

I really did love the way the attraction and romance brewed between these main characters (pun intended, as the hero was the barista). Both Lindsay and Rhett were hurt in multiple ways in the past and carry their own insecurities, ensuring that falling in love would not be something easily achievable between these two.

I really enjoyed this book and the community that was introduced in it. I look forward to returning to Seabrook and reading future stories set there.

(4.5 stars)

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

About the Author

Heidi secretly dreamed of writing a book for most of her childhood, but a particularly painful rejection letter in middle school convinced her to tuck that dream away. Instead, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington and a Master’s Degree in Athletic Training from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. After a brief career as a Certified Athletic Trainer, Heidi married her husband Steve, then she dusted off her big dream of becoming a published author and launched her first contemporary romance into the world in 2014. A huge fan of coffee, dark chocolate, and happily ever after, Heidi currently lives in North Carolina with Steve, three active boys and one amazing Goldendoodle.

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Review: Teen to Teen Academic Planner 2019-2020, Charcoal Graph (Hardcover)

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This planner for teens is already proving useful for our teenage son. With a combination of homeschool and outside classes, it is important for him to have his own planner to keep track of assignments.

When we first unwrapped this planner from the packaging, there was a strong chemical smell to it. However, I am happy to report that after being out of the packaging for a couple of months, there is no odor at all.

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This planner contains a full month calendar view, weekly scheduling pages, and other pages to record special dates to remember and goals for the year. The section of the planner that is the most useful to my son is defnitely the weekly scheduling pages, with the boxes to check off the assignments as they are completed. These pages also contain a quote or Bible verse on each two page spread. When I ordered this planner, I thought that there would be a devotional guide on the pages to encourage the students, however, it is just the quote or verse.

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I would recommend this planner for students. As a homeschool mom of multiple children, this would not provide enough assignment planning space for me.  However for use by an individual student to keep track of assignments, I believe it provides the space needed.

(4 stars)

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

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Review: Running Target by Elizabeth Goddard

Running TargetRunning Target is the fourth book in the Coldwater Bay Intrigue series, but can completely stand on its own. This story has only occasional references to the fact that the main character, Quinn, is the brother that has been off the grid and mentioned in the previous novels of the series. Those who have read the other books will be interested to find out what trouble Quinn has found himself in.

This book has lots of action and the two main characters must work together to survive, even though they have a painful past. I struggled to connect with Bree and Quinn for some reason. I was frustrated with them for most of the story, as they both seemed to make mistakes that more seasoned officers would not make. However, it was nice to see them get through everything and to wrap up the series.

(3.5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Running TargetA routine patrol turns deadly when marine deputy Bree Carrington’s boat is sunk by men carrying illegal weapons. Fleeing a barrage of bullets, she’s suddenly rescued by DEA agent Quinn Strand—her ex-boyfriend. Quinn’s return threatens more than Bree’s heart…because he’s the one the men are really after. As criminals hunt her to get to him, can Quinn and Bree take down a drug ring?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Elizabeth Goddard is the bestselling, award-winning author of forty novels and counting, including the romantic mystery, THE CAMERA NEVER LIES–a 2011 Carol Award winner. Four of her six Mountain Cove books have been contest finalists. Buried, Backfire and Deception are finalists in the Daphne Du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense, and Submerged is a Carol Award finalist. A 7th generation Texan, Elizabeth graduated from North Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and worked in high-level software sales for several years before retiring to fulfill her dreams of writing full-time.

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