Review: Cowboy Bodyguard by Dana Mentink

Cowboy BodyguardLooking for almost non-stop action and danger in a romantic suspense story? Cowboy Bodyguard would be an excellent choice for your next read! These characters are continually in harm’s way throughout the entire book!

Cowboy Bodyguard is part of a series. However, it can be read as a stand alone novel even though characters from the first two books do appear in this story. I really enjoyed getting to catch up with the main characters from book one to see what was going on in their lives.

I thought Jack was a great character. He exemplified a selfless type of love toward Shannon, who walked away from him before their marriage even began. I loved the way he worked to protect her, tried to share about God with her, and was always trying to think of what was best for her. Shannon was a character who frustrated me through much of the book. I liked the chemistry and attraction between these two characters, yet Shannon was so stubborn and had such a skewed view of reality. I did love the truly life changing growth she exhibited by the end of the story.

I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

(4 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Cowboy BodyguardShe must protect a baby…

With her secret husband’s help

In this Gold Country Cowboys novel, Jack Thorn gets a surprise call from the woman he married in secret years ago. Shannon Livingston needs his protection for herself and the baby she’s hiding from a biker gang targeting the mother. Now Jack must help Shannon, even if shielding her means pretending to be a true husband to the only woman he’s ever loved…

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Mentink

Dana Mentink lives in California where the weather is golden and the cheese is divine. Her family includes two little girls (affectionately nicknamed Yogi and Boo Boo.) Papa Bear works for the fire department and he met Dana doing a dinner theater production of The Velveteen Rabbit. Ironically, their parts were husband and wife.

Dana is an American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year finalist for romantic suspense and an award winner in the Pacific Northwest Writers Literary Contest. Her suspense novel, Betrayal in the Badlands, earned a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third and fourth grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with Papa Bear, Yogi, Boo Boo, a dog with social anxiety problems, a chubby box turtle and a feisty parakeet.

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Review: Love’s Silver Lining by Julie Lessman

Love's Silver LiningWhen I read the book description for Love’s Silver Lining, my first reaction (being the romantic that I am) was, “Oh no! Finn and Liberty’s marriage fell apart? But I was so happy for them at the end of For Love of Liberty!” However, I took a deep breath, and realized that this book had the potential to be even better than the prequel because there would be a “marriage reconciliation” theme, which is a theme that always touches my heart.

Love’s Silver Lining is full of ornery characters who many times believe that they know better than God what path they should take, are unwilling to be still and listen to the truth, and generally make things much harder for themselves than they need to be. It is full of quirky sayings and a few comedic situations that made me laugh out loud. But, it is also full of love…love that builds from romantic attraction, love for family, love for friends, and most importantly, love that an almighty God pours out on the characters of this book.

This author does a great job of creating intense chemistry between characters, while always pointing toward God, who has an intense passion for His people. I loved reading Blaze and Maggie’s story, as well as Finn and Libby’s. I am looking so forward to the next book in this series!

(5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Love's Silver LiningShe tampers with his life.
He tampers with her heart.
Love tampers with them both.

Desperate to escape an arranged marriage to a womanizer, twenty-two-year-old Maggie Mullaney flees New York for Virginia City, Nevada with her Aunt Liberty, two spunky suffragists intent on bettering the life of women. Fresh out of nursing school, Maggie hopes to devote herself to serving others rather than just one man, a goal quickly affirmed when she encounters Blaze Donovan, a womanizing cowboy who both riles and rouses her pulse. But when Aunt Liberty’s parent’s house burns down, she and Maggie are coerced into staying at the ranch of Liberty’s ex-husband, Finn McShane, who just happens to be the uncle of the cocky cowboy Maggie had hoped to avoid.

If there’s one thing twenty-nine-year-old Blaze Donovan can’t abide, it’s respectable women who spout piety and prayer, so when he butts heads with perky Maggie Mullaney at St. Mary Louise Hospital, he wants to stay as far away from her as he possibly can. Unfortunately, she now lives in the bedroom next to his in his uncle’s ranch house, a revolting development that sends Blaze to The Ponderosa Saloon more than usual. But when Maggie interferes in Blaze’s life by converting his favorite “disrespectable” girl, Blaze is determined to make her pay. Only problem is—the price HE has to pay may be a little too steep for his heart.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Julie Lessman is an award-winning author whose tagline of “Passion With a Purpose” underscores her intense passion for both God and romance. Winner of the 2009 ACFW Debut Author of the Year and Holt Medallion Awards of Merit for Best First Book and Long Inspirational, Julie is also the recipient of 14 Romance Writers of America awards and was voted by readers as “Borders Best of 2009 So Far: Your Favorite Fiction.”

Chosen as the #1 Romance Fiction Author of the Year in the Family Fiction magazine 2012 and 2011 Readers Choice Awards, Julie was also awarded #1 Historical Fiction Author of the Year in that same poll and #3 Author of the Year, #4 Novel of the Year and #3 Series of the year. She resides in Missouri with her husband, daughter, son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter and is the author of “The Daughters of Boston” series—A Passion Most Pure, A Passion Redeemed, and A Passion Denied. Book 1 in her “Winds of Change” series A Hope Undaunted ranked #5 on Booklist’s Top 10 Inspirational Fiction for 2010.

You can connect with Julie on her websiteblogFacebookTwitter, and Pinterest.

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Review: Where Hope Begins by Catherine West

Where Hope BeginsWow! Where Hope Begins is, without a doubt, one of the most emotionally wrenching novels I have ever read. I knew from the book’s description that there were going to be some heavy topics to deal with in this story, but I simply had no idea how this book would move my heart!

I hardly ever cry while reading a novel, yet I sobbed my way through the epilogue of Where Hope Begins. And then I was glad that I did. And, even now, as I think of the journey that these characters went on, I am tearing up again!

This novel explores the events that can break hearts, adultery being only one of many things that broke Savannah’s heart and fractured a family. But this novel also delves into what broke her husband, Kevin’s, heart. I absolutely loved the way the author slowly revealed everything that pulled these two people apart and how it affected their entire family. The secondary storyline with Brock, Clarice, and Maysie is profound, is pivotal to Savannah’s healing, and is amazingly moving.

These characters feel like real people to me and even after I finished reading the story this morning, I cannot stop thinking of them. I loved them all! I also can’t get over how this author can make me cry with a combination of sadness and gladness. While this book does pull the heart in many different directions, the story truly is one of hope. It raises the questions of what can be forgiven, what can be endured, is true healing and forgiveness possible, and does God truly restore hope to the broken? I simply love this book.

(5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Where Hope Begins

Sometimes we’re allowed to glimpse the beauty within the brokenness . . .

Savannah Barrington has always found solace at her parents’ lake house in the Berkshires, and it’s the place that she runs to when her husband of over twenty years leaves her. Though her world is shaken, and the future uncertain, she finds hope through an old woman’s wisdom, a little girl’s laughter, and a man who’s willing to risk his own heart to prove to Savannah that she is worthy of love.

But soon Savannah is given a challenge she can’t run away from: Forgiving the unforgivable. Amidst the ancient gardens and musty bookstores of the small town she’s sought refuge in, she must reconcile with the grief that haunts her, the God pursuing her, and the wounds of the past that might be healed after all.

Where Hope Begins is the story of grace in the midst of brokenness, pointing us to the miracles that await when we look beyond our own expectations.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

 

Catherine West writes stories of hope and healing from her island home in Bermuda. When she’s not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border collie for long walks on the beach or tending to her roses and orchids. She and her husband have two grown children.

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Review: Kappy King and the Pickle Kaper by Amy Lillard

Kappy King PickleThis novel is a witty addition to the Amish Mystery series. I think it would be best enjoyed after reading book one, Kappy King and the Puppy Kaper. This way, the reader will feel a connection with Edie, Kappy, and Jimmy from that story, and will understand what happened in their lives a few months before this book takes place.

I had a lot of fun reading Kappy King and the Pickle Kaper. There are some laugh out loud moments, but plenty of serious investigation, too. The author did a great job of keeping me guessing regarding the identity of the guilty party.

I enjoyed the hint of potential romance in the story. It was truly just a hint and definitely left me looking forward to seeing where Kappy’s love life may be headed in the future.

Kappy King and the Pickle Kaper would be a good choice for those who enjoy cozy mysteries and also for Amish fiction fans, as well.

(4 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Kappy King PickleKathryn “Kappy” King is happy being a plain-spoken unmarried odd-woman-out in her Pennsylvania Amish hometown. Her talent is making the special kapps local women use to cover their hair. But her skill at uncovering trouble in this quiet valley is about to be truly tested . . .

At first, young Sally June Esh’s tragic death doesn’t look like murder. Even in peaceful Blue Sky, collisions between buggies and Englisch cars aren’t unheard of. Still, the Eshes are skilled drivers used to delivering their popular pickles for miles around. And after Kappy notices Sally’s buggy was deliberately run off the road, her ex-Amish friend Edie gets strange texts saying the crash was no accident . . .

Kappy won’t let her community’s silence keep justice from being done. And even though a still-shunned Edie thinks of moving back to the city, she and Kappy start rooting out secrets about the Eshes’ long-time neighbors–and new pickle-producing rivals. But when they learn that Sally’s brother is secretly courting an Englisch girl, their investigation takes a disturbing turn . . .

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Amy Lillard

 

Amy is an award winning author with more than thirty novels and novellas in print. She is a member of RWA, ACFW, NINC, and the Author’s Guild. She  loves to hear from readers. You can find her on her website, Facebook, Instagram, Google+, Twitter, Goodreads, and Pinterest.

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Review & Giveaway: Falling for the Cowgirl by Tina Radcliffe – BLOG TOUR

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Falling for the Cowgirl by Tina Radcliffe.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Falling  for  the  Cowgirl  CoverTitle: Falling for the Cowgirl

Series: Big Heart Ranch, Book 2

Author: Tina Radcliffe

Publisher: Love Inspired

Release Date: June 19, 2018

She won the job…

Can he win her heart?

Hiring Amanda AJ McAlester as his assistant at the Big Heart Ranch isn’t foreman Travis Maxwell’s first choice—but his sisters insist she’s perfect for the job. And AJ’s determined to prove she’s just as qualified as any man. But with money on the line, AJ and her innovative ideas could put him at risk of losing everything…including his heart.

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MY REVIEW:

Falling  for  the  Cowgirl  CoverFalling for the Cowgirl is the first book that I have read by this author, but it will definitely not be the last! I enjoyed this story so much! The setting was very interesting. I really enjoyed reading about all of the preparations that AJ and Travis were having to work on in order to apply for a special grant that the ranch needed. Their day to day lives felt very real to me.

The romantic tension in this novel was so good! These characters were attracted to each other right away, yet neither one was interested in any kind of romantic relationship. However, I appreciated the way that their actual interest in each other naturally grew as they began working together, spent time talking to each other, and basically became friends.

The author did a good job of creating back stories for both of these characters. I could appreciate the reasons why both AJ and Travis struggled with trust issues after some of the things that they had both experienced.

I enjoyed this story from start to finish and look forward to reading more books by this author.

(5 stars)

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


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tina  March  2018  2 Originally from Western, N.Y., Tina Radcliffe left home for a tour of duty with the Army Security Agency stationed in Augsburg, Germany and ended up in Tulsa Oklahoma. While living in Tulsa she spent ten years as a Certified Oncology R.N. Her move to Colorado led to a career as a library cataloger. A freelance writer for over twenty years, Tina is a two-time RWA Golden Heart finalist, two-time Carol Award finalist, and a 2014 ACFW Carol Award winner. She currently resides in Arizona where she writes fun, heartwarming romance.

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