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Monday, July 27, 2015

Review: Making a Comeback by Kristina Matthews

Making a Comeback (More Than a Game, #3)Publisher: Lyrical Press
Pages: 275 pages
Genre: Romance/Contemporary/Sports
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Summary:

With a divorce in the works, Annabelle Jones heads out to Southern California, the land of sun and starting over. She wants to prove to herself and her young daughters that she still has what it takes to turn heads as a swimsuit model—that she doesn’t need a man to take care of her. Until an accident forces her to rely on the hunky, yet mysterious man next door…

Nathan Cooper is trying to revive his own career. Once a top left-handed relief pitcher, he tried to get over a hidden injury with the aid of banned substances. Not only was he caught and suspended, he was traded and missed out on winning the championship. Now he’s a free agent without a contract, and that means life is ready to play ball…

My Review:

Intro: I have to admit something completely shallow and probably inexcusable before I start with my review. I was initially attracted to this book because of the cover. I know. Completely shallow. But I stuck around because the book was awesome…and I am a complete weakling for sports romance.

Characters:

Heroine: Annabelle-She was such an amazing heroine. I really loved her strength. I found her to be really likable. This is also going to sound obvious but I loved that she was an amazing mother. In many books, I find that the children of characters fall by the wayside when the romance gets going. That doesn’t happen in Making a Comeback.

Hero: Nathan-I loved him. I really did. I loved that he really made an effort to change and be better not only for Annabelle but for her daughters as well. His relationship with Annabelle’s daughters is one of my very favorite aspects of this book.

Chemistry: Annabelle and Nathan were just so perfect. I did get frustrated with them because they kept trying to keep their distance from each other and I just wanted to scold them very profusely for it. But they were so sweet and I loved that Annabelle’s daughters were as important to Nathan as they were to Annabelle.

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Conclusion: I loved Making a Comeback. I have been on a bit of a sports romance kick and this one was just so awesome. I also normally don’t like books where children or babies play a large role but I didn’t mind it with this one. Nathan was just so cute with Annabelle’s daughters that I couldn’t help but squee at the cute. 
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Author Info
Kristina Mathews doesn't remember a time when she didn't have a book in her hand. Or in her head. But it wasn't until she turned forty that she confessed the reason the laundry never made it out of the dryer was because she was busy writing.
While she resigned from teaching with the arrival of her second son, she's remained an educator in some form. As a volunteer, parent club member or para educator, she finds the most satisfaction working with emergent and developing readers, helping foster confidence and a lifelong love of books.
Kristina lives in Northern California with her husband of more than twenty years, two sons and a black lab. A veteran road tripper, amateur renovator and sports fanatic. She hopes to one day travel all 3,073 miles of Highway 50 from Sacramento, CA to Ocean City, MD, replace her carpet with hardwood floors and serve as a “Ball Dudette” for the San Francisco Giants.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Review: Discovering Delilah by Melissa Foster

Discovering Delilah (Harborside Nights, #2)Publisher: World Literary Press
ISBN: 1941480128
Pages: 348 p
Genre:Romance/New Adult
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Summary:

After the death of her parents on the day of her college graduation, Delilah Armstrong thought she could finally follow her heart and come out to her closest friends, but the guilt of going against her parents’ beliefs haunts her. The feelings she has for her best friend, Ashley, are stronger than anything she’s felt before, but Delilah has never even kissed a girl, and fear stops her at every turn.

Ashley Carver promised herself that she would never again date another girl who wasn’t out, but that was before she met intoxicatingly sweet and sexy Delilah.

When another girl offers to teach Delilah the ropes, it changes Delilah’s whole world and gives her the courage to go after the only girl she really wants. But coming out isn’t as easy as Delilah imagined, and moving past her parents’ death and the feelings of guilt she is left with is even harder. The intense passion between Ashley and Delilah is too strong to deny, but coming together means risking everything.

Discovering Delilah is an edgy, evocative, romantic story of friendship, family, and the courage to love.

My Review:

Intro:   Melissa Foster is a favorite author of mine. Her books are consistently excellent and Discovering Delilah is no different. I loved it to bits and pieces.

Characters:

Heroine: Delilah- I really loved Delilah. I really identified with her and found her so likable. I loved her journey towards acceptance of herself. She really grew throughout the book and I found that really amazing to watch.

Heroine: Ashley-I loved Ashley as well. She was just such a strong and confident character. In many ways, I identified more with Ashley than I did with Delilah. She just had such a strong personality and I absolutely loved her.

Chemistry: Delilah and Ashley were so perfect together. I mean, all of Melissa Foster’s characters tend to be pretty amazing but Ashley and Delilah had something so special. Delilah was just coming to terms with her sexuality and Ashley was burned by a previous relationship where her partner was not out yet and treated her pretty terribly.  

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Conclusion: Melissa Foster can never let me down. I am waiting for her to write something that I don’t like. I have a feeling I am going to be waiting a long time. I loved this one. Delilah and Ashley were amazing heroines and I loved them both. They had amazing chemistry and I really loved their story.


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Author Info
Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult, contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the  World Literary CafĂ© and Fostering Success. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on  Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine. 
Melissa hosts an Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.
Visit Melissa on social media. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Review: The Highlander's Choice by Callie Hutton

The Highlander's Choice (Marriage Mart Mayhem, #5)Publisher: Entangled
Pages: 195 p
Genre: Romance/Historical/Highlander
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Summary:

The Scottish Highlands, 1815

Lady Sybil Lacey is every inch an English woman. She's horrified her best friend is wedding a barbarian Scot. For aren't Scots naught but brutish, whiskey-swilling lechers? So to find herself secretly attracted to the tall and devastatingly handsome Scottish laird of Bedlay Castle is quite disconcerting...

Liam MacBride is convinced that English ladies are silly sassenachs who think of nothing but social events and clothes. So why is he intensely drawn to Lady Sybil? All they do is quarrel...until loathing turns into undeniable lust.

A tempestuous, fiery romance between an English lady and a Scottish laird cannot end well.


My Review:

Intro:   I don’t do well without the internet. As I was typing this review out, my internet connection died and did not come back. I am currently trying not to panic. On the plus side, I did get to proofread this review multiple times so that is an improvement. I did love The Highlander’s Choice. I haven’t read the rest of the series but I really do want to.

Characters:

Heroine: Sybil-I really did like her. She did have her opinions and she was pretty set in them but I loved watching her grow, mature and change. I did want her to really let Liam’s mother have it because his mother was terrible. Terrible as in evil and needed some really harsh comeuppance.

Hero: Liam-I really loved Liam as well. He was one of those alpha Highlander heroes that I love so very much. I did wish that he put his foot down with his mother earlier. And why would he even think of leaving Sybil home alone with that termagant.   

Chemistry: I really loved Liam and Sybil together. They had amazing chemistry and I love that the conflict in their relationship is not really between them but between their backgrounds. It was definitely a journey for them to begin to understand each other.

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Conclusion: I definitely need to read the rest of this series because I loved this one. I loved that the conflict in the book was so centered on the conflict between the English and the Scottish. It was done so well. This is another series that I will become obsessed with—and I really did not need another. 

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Author Info
The USA Today bestselling author of The Elusive Wife, Callie Hutton, writes both Western Historical and Regency romance, with historic elements and sensory details (The Romance Reviews). She also pens an occasional contemporary or two. Callie lives in Oklahoma with several rescue dogs, two adult children, and daughter-in-law (thankfully all not in the same house), and her top cheerleader husband of thirty-eight years. She also currently waits with bated breath for the birth of twin grandsons. Callie loves to hear from readers, and would welcome you as a friend on Facebook.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Review: Melting Ice by Jami Davenport

Melting Ice: Seattle Sockeyes Hockey (Game On in Seattle Book 5)Publisher: Cedona Enterprises
Pages: 208 pages
Genre: Romance/Contemporary/Sports
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Summary:

USA Today Bestselling author Jami Davenport presents another Seattle Sockeyes hockey romance and the fifth book in her Game On in Seattle sports romance series showcasing alpha male heroes of football, baseball, and hockey.

Brimming with attitude and broken beyond repair, Isaac "Ice" Wolfe has a heart as cold as his nickname, and he likes it that way--until he meets his neighbor Avery Maxwell. Avery is unlike any woman he's ever known. Her smile thaws his frozen heart. Being with her heals his broken places. She makes him feel, and for Isaac that's not always a good thing. Isaac has burned every bridge in his professional hockey career. When he's traded to the Seattle Sockeyes halfway through their inaugural season, he knows he won't get another chance. He's never been a team player, yet he needs to become one--and fast.

Avery has only wanted one thing in her life--to train and show horses. Her decision to drop out of college to pursue her riding career causes a rift with her big sister, but Avery is tired of following everyone else's dreams. Now she's following her own, and no one is going to distract her from her passion--until she meets a dark stranger and his cantankerous dog.

When Isaac is warned away from Avery by the team's captain, who happens to be Avery's future brother-in-law, Isaac sees the writing on the wall. It's Avery or his career. To Isaac, a life without hockey wouldn't be a life worth living. But what about a life without Avery?

Do Isaac and Avery sacrifice their life's passions for their mutual passion for each other, or do they fight to have it all, even if by doing so, they might lose everything in the end?

My Review:

Intro: I am pretty particular about sports romance. I am a big sports fan—basically every sport aside from football and golf—but hockey has been one of the greatest loves of my life since I was a wee toddler. So I am pretty picky about hockey romances. The sport talk must be accurate. I would prefer it be accurate and if it can’t be accurate, not to include it at all. I was happy to find that all of the hockey was pretty accurate and the story was pretty great as well.

Characters:

Heroine: Avery-I loved her. She was such a sweet heroine. I immediately liked her. As I normally do with people who are kind to animals. She had a good soul and is the exact sort of heroine a rough around the edges hero like Issac needed.

Hero: Issac-I loved that he was a journeyman, brawler sort of hockey player who does not tend to play nice with anyone whether they be opponents, teammates, media, coaches etc. Those guys are my favorites—even though there aren’t any on my team because my team’s GM is not to be trifled with. I loved watching his journey and seeing him soften up towards Avery.

Chemistry-They were so well matched. Issac needed a heroine like Avery. She had this innate kindness to her that worked so well with the tough nature that Issac had. They were the perfect complement to each other.

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Conclusion: I cannot tell you how much I loved this book. I loved both Issac and Avery. I found myself loving Avery’s sweet nature as much as I loved Issac and his badassness. I also loved that the hockey was pretty accurate which this hockey fan greatly appreciated. I think I need to read the rest of this series. Badly.

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Author Info
USA Today Bestselling Author Jami Davenport writes sexy contemporary and sports romances, including her two new indie endeavors: the Game On in Seattle Series and the Madrona Island Series. Jami lives on a small farm near Puget Sound with her Green Beret-turned-plumber husband, a Newfoundland cross with a tennis ball fetish, a prince disguised as an orange tabby cat, and an opinionated Hanoverian mare. She works in computer support in her day job and juggles too many balls, but she wouldn't have it any other way.

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Review: How to Marry a Royal Highlander by Vanessa Kelly

How to Marry a Royal Highlander (The Renegade Royals, #4)Publisher: Zebra
ISBN: 1420131281
Pages: 352 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical
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Summary:

Illegitimate yet thoroughly irresistible, the Renegade Royals are leaving behind their careers as daring spies for the greatest adventure of all…

At sixteen, Alasdair Gilbride, heir to a Scottish earldom, fled the Highlands and an arranged betrothal. Ten years later, Alasdair must travel home to face his responsibilities. It’s a task that would be much easier without the distracting presence of the most enticing woman he’s ever met…

After one escapade too many, Eden Whitney has been snubbed by the ton. The solution: rusticating in the Scottish wilderness, miles from all temptation. Except, of course, for brawny, charming Alasdair. The man is so exasperating she’d likely kill him before they reach the border—if someone else weren’t trying to do just that. Now Eden and Alasdair are plunging into a scandalous affair with his life and her reputation at stake—and their hearts already irreparably lost…


My Review:

Intro: I’ve been away from the blog lately. I took an impromptu vacation—not really necessary but so useful. I have also been in a reading slump to end all reading slumps. But I did love this one. I have been looking forward to Alec and Eden’s story and it lived up to my expectations.

Characters:

Heroine: Eden-I really liked Eden. She was so relatable. She wavered in between being completely confident and so very shy. I relate to that in a completely frightening kind of way. I really did think that I was going to have trouble liking her but I didn’t…she was awesome.

Hero: Alec-I was a bit “meh” about Alec. Sure he was a rake and, of course, quite charming but I didn’t really make a connection to him. I did like him but I didn’t quite connect to him as much as I would have liked to.

Chemistry: Now this is where I did make a connection to Alec. Sometimes, I just don’t really connect to a character individually as much as I do with them paired up. Alec and Eden had such a great chemistry. They bickered and clashed and they were the perfect type of opposites attract chemistry. This is where the book really came alive for me.

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Conclusion: I really did enjoy this one. I have been waiting for Alec and Eden’s book and I ended up loving it. The chemistry between Alec and Eden really won me over. I seem to have a penchant towards romance novel couples who bicker quite a lot.


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Author Info
Vanessa Kelly is an award-winning author who was named by Booklist, the review journal of the American Library Association, as one of the “New Stars of Historical Romance.” Her Regency-set historical romances have been nominated for awards in a number of contests, and her second book, Sex and The Single Earl, won the prestigious Maggie Medallion for Best Historical Romance. Her current series, The Renegade Royals is a national bestseller. Vanessa also writes USA Today bestselling contemporary romance with her husband, under the pen name of VK Sykes.

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