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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Guest Post with Author Hayson Manning and Giveaway

I love Princess Bride, Young and the Restless, Days of our Lives – the drama is deliciously addictive. Big Bang Theory but will take Wolowitz over Cooper. Star Trek not Star Wars. Undercover Boss, Secret Millionaire – any story that shows the little guy making it. I follow the Buffalo Bills like a religion. I am spellbound by showjumping and equestrian eventing. I love curling up and reading all books – no genre is off-topic. I like ironing, I hate peas, love donkeys, I play a killer game of Scrabble. I will often be heading towards the fridge for another Diet Coke. I eat nothing with legs and believe wine goes with everything, oh and I’m an expert at finding new and inventive ways to avoid exercise.

I live in the sparkly beachside suburb of Redondo Beach in California with my infuriating shoe-dropping husband and my two boys who speak in mystifying grunts.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

ARC Review: After the Game by Abbi Glines

I have to admit that I had no idea what to expect with After the Game when I started this book. I have read and loved books by Abbi Glines, but I have also read and really disliked books by her as well. The Field Party series is one that I have both loved and disliked, so I just wasn't sure what I would get here. While this book still doesn't compare to the first in the series for me, I did like it better than the second book. Technically After the Game can be read as a standalone story, but I really wouldn't recommend it as I think you will lose some of the experience if you just jump in here. The backstory is mostly explained, but these characters are set up from the very beginning and I think the reader gets a better idea of where they have been and where they are going if you have read the first two books in the series before starting here. 

Riley fled Lawton after accusing the town's golden boy of rape when no one believed her. But now that Rhett is off at college and her grandmother needs help, her family makes the decision to return for Riley's senior year. The town still hasn't forgotten all that she accused Rhett of though, and the reception she receives is less than friendly. But the town's current golden boy and quarterback of the football team Brady offers Riley some kindness when he finds her and her daughter in need of some help. Soon he begins to question everything he thought he knew as he gets to know Riley and her little girl. 

After the last book, Brady had a lot of redeeming to do and I really felt like he did. There were still times that I struggled with his character, but I did see growth and change and that made a difference. I also liked Riley a lot. She was strong and great with her daughter, and I loved her for it. She definitely had a good head on her shoulders, especially with everything that had happened. I felt like these two worked well together, and I liked them for one another. I wasn't entirely captivated by them the way I was with Maggie and West, but I did like them. 

I will say though that there were a few things that didn't work for me here. They might be minor spoilers, so please stop reading if that is something you would like to avoid. The first thing is the fact that Rhett got off with no consequences for what he had done. I understand forgiveness was a big deal, but I just wasn't okay with nothing happening to him. The second thing was how abrupt this one ended, and the fact that there was no epilogue to give us any kind of glance into the future. With them leaving school soon and heading off to the real world, it really felt like things between them were tentative at best and that they could be heading in different directions. I really wanted more and I felt like the reader was left hanging a bit. It wasn't a cliffhanger really, but it definitely felt unresolved. Overall, this was better than the last book but still nothing like the first. I am hoping that maybe Abbi will write more in this series and we can see how things are a bit down the line for these characters.

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ARC Review: Traitor in Her Arms by Shana Galen

Traitor in Her Arms by Shana Galen was full of anticipation, danger, and action. Then she threw in a love story that was pretty remarkable. I enjoyed reading this book very much.

Lady Gabrielle is a widow who's husband left her with a mountain of gambling debt. She finds herself being threatened to pay back the creditors, and she fears being taken into prostitution by them. So she takes matters into her own hands and begins a life of thievery. It's working out decently well for her, too, until she is interrupted during a job by a friend of her late husband, the Earl of Sedgwick.

The Earl, Ramsey Barnes, is being blackmailed. He has secrets that he does not want out in the open, and so he must steal priceless items for his blackmailer. In doing so, he interrupts Gabrielle in her attempt at stealing jewelry at a party, because he has already snatched the item himself. Seeing her again spices up old feelings, and the intensity of the situation also turns up the heat.

The two almost have a bit of a rivalry passion that they cannot control. Then, the two are brought together again. This time, Gabrielle is given an assignment by the Scarlet Pimpernel to save a french lady and her daughter before they are executed in the revolutionized France. Ramsey is tasked with discovering who the Scarlet Pimpernel is for his blackmailer. They create an untrustworthy team in France, trying to accomplish their goals while staying alive. The high stakes atmosphere creates quite a steamy ambiance.

I enjoyed the intensity of this book a lot. I was biting my nails with worry over the character's outcomes. The bad times made the good times so much better. Shana Galen is wonderful at creating these chemistries. I haven't liked one of her books this much since I read The Making of a Duchess. I look forward to reading the rest of the Scarlet Pimpernel series. 

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Feature: Love Another Day by Lexi Blake

A man born to protect

After a major loss, Brody Carter found a home with the London office of McKay-Taggart. A former soldier, he believes his job is to take the bullets and follow orders. He’s happy to take on the job of protecting Dr. Stephanie Gibson while the team uses her clinic in Sierra Leone to bring down an international criminal. What he never expected was that the young doctor would prove to be the woman of his dreams. She’s beautiful, smart, and reckless. Over and over he watches her risk her life to save others. One night of pure passion leads him to realize that he can’t risk his heart again. When the mission ends, Brody walks away, unwilling to lose another person he loves.

A woman driven to heal

Stephanie’s tragic past taught her to live for today. Everything she’s done in the last fifteen years has been to make up for her mistakes. Offering medical care in war-torn regions gives her the purpose she needs to carry on. When she meets her gorgeous Aussie protector, she knows she’s in too deep, but nothing can stop her from falling head over heels in love. But after one amazing night together, Brody walks away and never looks back. Stephanie is left behind…but not alone.

A secret that will change both their lives

A year later, Stephanie runs afoul of an evil mercenary who vows to kill her for failing to save his son. She runs to the only people she trusts, Liam and Avery O’Donnell. She hasn’t come alone and her secret will bring her former lover across the world to protect her. From Liberia to Dallas to Australia’s outback, Brody will do whatever it takes to protect Stephanie from the man who wants to kill her, but it might be her own personal demons that could destroy them both.

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Review: The Coppersmith Farmhouse by Devney Perry

The Coppersmith Farmhouse is the first book in the Jamison Valley series by Devney Perry. It is also her debut novel and I really loved it. I actually started this series by reading the second book first, but after reading The Clover Chapel I knew I had to go back and read the first to see where it all started. Each book is a standalone story and you don't need to read them in order, but I would definitely suggest it as some major parts of the first book will be spoiled if you read them out of order.

After the loss of a dear friend, Gigi leaves her old life behind to head to small-town Montana with her young daughter when she is gifted a farmhouse. Still coping with the loss and the transition to their new life, the last thing she needs is the attitude coming from the town's sheriff. Though he is beyond sexy, he seems determined to be a jerk for no apparent reason. Jess thinks he knows exactly the type of woman that Gigi is, and he is bitter after the farmhouse that should have been his goes to Gigi instead. Yet as much as he wants to dislike her and he tries to push her away, he can't fight what he feels for her and the attraction between them. But when he starts to get to know the real her, he quickly finds out he was wrong and knows he will have his work cut out for him if he is to make up for his terrible behavior. Can he earn her trust and show her that there is more between them than either of them could have ever expected? 

I really liked Gigi and Jess in the second book, so I couldn't wait to get to know them more here. I loved them even more in this story, and I genuinely enjoyed seeing their connection form. These two had off the charts chemistry and that was a great start to their relationship. Their connection was slower to build, but as they started to get to know one another it was obvious that they belonged together. Gigi's daughter Rowen stole the show here, and I loved her with Jess. She was fantastic and these three were so special.

Overall, this was a great story and I think that readers will really enjoy it. There were a few times that the pacing felt a bit slow, but honestly the story is so good that I was never tempted to put it down. I have seen other readers compare Devney Perry's writing/books to those of Kristen Ashley and I can definitely see why they think that. I think that if you enjoy KA's books that Devney Perry is definitely an author worth checking out. Her alpha heroes and strong characters are ones that I feel instantly invested in and she has yet to disappoint me. Devney Perry is definitely an author to watch and I am already looking forward to the third book in this series after reading The Coppersmith Farmhouse and The Clover Chapel.

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