Thursday, December 13, 2018

Review 'Christmas Catch' by Mary Shotwell


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41844555-christmas-catch
Can an unlikely romance return the magic of Christmas to an entire town?

All podcaster “Cheery Charlee” Ridgeway wants for Christmas is to land her one-millionth follower. But first, she needs a really good story. Amid hundreds of submissions, one stands out: a plea from Cape Sunset, a small fishing village that hasn’t celebrated Christmas since Jack Fortner lost his fiancée four years ago.

It’s the perfect pitch, but who knew Jack would be such a downright Grinch—or so heart-stoppingly handsome?

Jack’s comfortable crab-fisherman routine is shaken when Charlee blows into town with bells on. It’s not long before the pretty podcaster is breathing new life into Cape Sunset, captivating everyone—including Jack, who’s feeling things for Charlee he once thought he’d never feel again. Not that he shows it.

Despite Jack bah-humbugging her every move, the show must go on. But the closer Charlee gets to Jack, the more growing her audience is the furthest thing from her mind. Thankfully, Jack has a few surprises waiting under the tree…including a love that will last a lifetime.

The Facts:


Publication Date:
November 19th, 2018
Series:
-
Genre:
Contemporary Romance, Christmas
Pages:
244
Formats:
eBook
Available at:

My Review:


I just love Christmas books. So when I saw the beautiful cover of  ‘Christmas Catch’ I wanted to read more. After reading the book description I knew this was a book I wanted to read. A Christmas book about a podcaster called Cheery Charlee? That sounds fun right?! So I requested a copy and was excited to start reading this one for the HoHoHo Readathon.

In ‘Christmas Catch’ we meet “Cheery Charlee” Ridgeway. Charlee has been a podcaster sending positivity around for almost five years now. And now Charlee is close to getting her one millionth follower. She wants to do something big to get there, but she has to find a great story first. When Charlee receives a submission from a small fishing village, telling her that they haven’t celebrated Christmas for four years since Jack Fortner lost his fiancé. Charlee knows this is her story. But getting Christmas back with Jack in town will prove to be hard.

‘Christmas Catch’ was from the beginning an enjoyable story. The whole Cheery Charlee thing was something I really enjoyed. What’s not to like about someone who wants to spread positivity around? But obviously there is more to Charlee’s story, and I enjoyed reading about her and how determined she was to get Christmas back to Cape Sunset. Charlee’s character was easy to like and I loved getting to know her.

Jack’s character was also one I enjoyed. He was this hardworking guy who lost his fiancée years ago and hasn’t been able to move on. I got why he didn’t want to celebrate Christmas. What I didn’t really get was why the town also didn’t celebrate. But maybe that’s because that kind of thing just wouldn’t really happen where I come from. But since this is a story, I enjoyed reading how Charlee slowly got Christmas back to the little village.

But most of all I enjoyed reading about this little town and the many different characters. It just had this charming vibe about it and I loved that. Add these kind and interesting mix of characters like Miss. Kathy and Tabby and I definitely had fun.

The romance part about this book was not my favorite, it felt a little to sudden. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy insta-love-stories, and I definitely believe in love-at-first-sight, but I just didn’t really feel the romance between Charlee and Jack. There weren’t that many interactions between Charlee and Jack and I felt like they didn’t really know each other yet. I wished I had more time with them.

But overall ‘Christmas Catch’ was a very enjoyable Christmas read that definitely sends a great Christmas message.

My Rating:

About the Author:


Mary grew up in northeast Ohio, so it was only natural for her to pursue a degree in marine biology. After studying dolphin behavior and great white shark populations, she earned her Ph.D. in Biostatistics in Charleston, South Carolina. It was there, during the arduous dissertation process, where she had the idea to write a book.

Mary loves incorporating her love of nature into her small town romances. She lives outside Nashville with her husband and three kids.



For more information about Mary Shotwell please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook and Twitter.

I received this book through Netgalley, from Carina Press in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Review 'One New York Christmas' by Mandy Baggot


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40731112-one-new-york-christmas
Will this Christmas romance be just for the holidays? 

A fun, festive romantic comedy to curl up with this winter. If you love Josie Silver's One Day in December, you'll love Mandy Baggot's heart-warming festive romance. 

Lara Weeks is heading to New York with best friend Susie for the Christmas trip of a lifetime.

A festive break in the snowy Big Apple visiting the tourist hotspots, not to mention the shopping, seems like the perfect way for Lara to get over her ex-boyfriend. Or maybe make him so jealous he begs for a second chance.

Enlisting the help of gorgeous actor, Seth Hunt, doesn't quite go to plan, but there's something about him that has Lara wishing for a different kind of happy ever after…

The Facts:


Publication Date:
November 15th, 2018
Series:
-
Genre:
Romance, Christmas
Pages:
432
Formats:
eBook, Paperback
Available at:

My Review:


It has been a dream of mine ever since I was a little girl to go to New York someday. And I love Christmas. So when I saw the cover of ‘One New York Christmas’ I requested it immediately. Although this book isn’t the kind of romance novel I read normally, since I usually read Contemporary Romance novels I definitely wanted to check this book out. Luckily for me I got a copy to read and started reading it for the #HoHoHo Readathon I was participating in.

In ‘One New York Christmas’ we meet Lara Weeks. Lara is a small-town girl who always loved Christmas and her little home town. Lara is definitely a small-town girl through and through. She drives a truck, knows a lot about farm animals and isn’t afraid to get dirty. When Lara gets dumped by her boyfriend of two years, she and her best friend are determined to make him regret his choice. And what a better way to do that than to go to New York and meet an handsome actor.

This was a story that took me a little time to really get into. But not in a bad way. There was just a lot to get into in the first view chapters. Lara is definitely a tough hardworking woman but when she gets dumped by her good-for-nothing boyfriend she is devastated. I get that! But I didn’t really like the way she still wanted the guy back. It frustrated me, which is definitely a bravo to the author who made me feel these emotions.

After the first view chapters I began to love this story more and more. I looooooved Seth’s character. He was an actor, waiting on his big breakthrough but he definitely didn’t want the whole fame part of being an actor. I loved that about him. And I loved how kind he was. And this book definitely made me laugh multiple times. There were so many funny moments.. Especially those moments when Lara acted without really thinking.

Not only the romance and the humor in this book was something I enjoyed. I also really enjoyed the other characters in this book like Seth’s mom, her homeless friends and Aldo Lara’s brother. There where so many things that made this book fun that I honestly can’t even write them all down.

Although I didn’t really need to have any more reasons to want to visit New York one day, this book made me want it even more. Christmas in New York just sounds magical and dreamy.. and sigh..

‘One New York Christmas’ was definitely a very fun Christmas read I enjoyed immensely. I really have to read more Mandy Baggot books.

My Rating:

About the Author:


Mandy Baggot is an international bestselling and award-winning romance writer.

The winner of the Innovation in Romantic Fiction award at the UK’s Festival of Romance, her romantic comedy novel, One Wish in Manhattan, was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Romantic Comedy Novel of the Year award in 2016.

Mandy loves the Greek island of Corfu, white wine, country music and handbags. Also a singer, she has taken part in ITV1's Who Dares Sings and The X-Factor.

Mandy is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association and the Society of Authors and lives near Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK with her husband and two daughters.

For more information about Mandy Baggot please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook and Twitter.


I received this book through Netgalley.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Review 'True To You' by Jennifer Ryan


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35291087-true-to-youA Montana Man risks everything for the woman he loves . .

Undercover DEA Special Agent Dawson King spent five months in a Montana prison establishing a fake identity to take down a ruthless drug dealer and put him behind bars. Except there’s a wild card . . . the killer’s beloved daughter. Cara Potter may appear to be on the right side of the law, but King has learned the hard way to trust no one—even someone as tantalizing as the coffee shop owner. She’s irresistible . . . but is she also dangerous?

From the moment he enters her life, King makes Cara . . . nervous. The handsome drifter says he wants to get his life together . . . but there is something about him that doesn’t quite ring true. Cara wants to believe in him, yet she holds back despite the way he awakens dormant dreams and leaves her breathless with his sexy smile, steamy kisses, his every touch.

When the explosive truth comes out and she’s betrayed by the ones she loves, Cara must decide—can she trust her heart, or should she listen to her head?

The Facts:


Publication Date:
February 27th, 2018
Series:
Montana Heat #2
Genre:
Contemporary Romance
Pages:
384
Formats:
eBook, Paperback, Hardcover, Audiobook
Available at:

My Review:


A little while back I read ‘Escape To You’ by Jennifer Ryan, the first book in the Montana Heat series. I loved that book, so when I was looking for a new read I immediately bought this one and I started reading as soon as possible.

In ‘True To You’ we meet Dawson King, an undercover DEA Agent. Dawson has spend the last view months in prison making sure his ‘identity’ is solid and he can catch a big guy in the drug business. To catch that guy he needs to get close to the guys daughter, Cara and find out if she knows anything that will help King catch the bad guys. But from the moment King meets Cara, there is an attraction between the two of them that’s almost impossible to deny. At first he thinks the attraction is just because of the months he spend in jail and Cara being the first woman he is around, but soon he finds out that it’s much more than that. But King is undercover and Cara doesn’t really know who he is.

Just as with the first book in the series, I really loved this book from the moment I started reading. The chemistry between King and Cara was seeping through these pages from the moment I started reading and I couldn’t stop till I read every single page. There where a lot of moments between these two that I loved, some pretty hot scenes and some seriously butterflies-in-your-belly moments.

My favorite character in this book was definitely Dawson. I loved reading this story through his eyes and how torn he was about doing his job and being honest to Cara. He was really such a sweet and sexy guy, but he couldn’t be himself until the bad guys where caught and I struggled right alongside him.
Cara’s character was also a great one. It was definitely nice to read this story from both their point of views.

Although I loved the romance in this book, the suspense was even better. This book definitely kept me on the edge of my seat. There was so much that could go wrong, I simply couldn’t stop reading until I knew how it ended.

The one thing about this book that was a little less than perfect to me, was that I sometimes felt like I missed something. Something would happen and I didn’t really understand everything. I would go back a couple pages to re-read it and figure out what I missed, but I didn’t miss anything. It was almost like the author forgot to share a little detail. It wasn’t something big, but still I noticed it.

Overall this was a another great read and I can’t wait to read book three.

My Rating:

Check out my previous review in this series:



About the Author:


Jennifer Ryan, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Hunted and McBrides Series, writes romantic suspense and contemporary small-town romances.

Jennifer lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children. When she isn’t writing a book, she’s reading one. Her obsession with both is often revealed in the state of her home, and how late dinner is to the table. When she finally leaves those fictional worlds, you’ll find her in the garden, playing in the dirt and daydreaming about people who live only in her head, until she puts them on paper.

For more information about Jennifer please visit her website. Or visit her on Twitter and Facebook.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Sunday Post #99: Baby Swimming



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ the Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.  

See rules here: Sunday Post Meme


This week has been pretty busy. On Monday I went to a baby swimming class with our baby girl. I’ve wanted to go to one ever since Rosanne was born. It sounded like a lot of fun. Well.. I had fun with my baby girl but it was a waste of my money since the teacher was pretty much invisible. For starters I couldn’t find where to go, I had to ask another mom I heard talking about the class. Then I couldn’t find the teacher, apparently I was sitting already next to her she just didn’t do any introductions and when the class started she only said to me I could try to do what the other moms where doing. Well.. I’m not a great swimmer myself, and holding my four month year old in 1.30 meter (I believe that’s 3.5 feet) of water is kind a scary. I would have liked some help or instructions.. But no. In the end the teacher just started with the next class, I couldn’t even ask questions or say anything. It was just bad! In the end Rosanne and I had fun but I definitely don’t want to go again soon. Maybe when she is a little older, and to another class. 

The rest of the week was filled with visiting a girlfriend, visiting a co-worker who had a baby boy and work. This weekend I have to work the dayshift. It’s my first weekend shift since I’m back. I’m already missing those free weekends spend with my baby girl, my husband and my books. Sigh..

Reading wise I did have a good week. I managed to finish two books, start a new one and make some posts. And we got our Christmas tree. It took three days to set is up since I was so busy in between. LOL!! But it’s ready and I love it!

I hope you’ll are doing great! 

Last Week On The Blog:


This Week On The Blog:

  • Review ‘True To You’ by Jennifer Ryan
  • Review ‘One New York Christmas’ by Mandy Baggot
  • Review ‘A Christmas Catch’ by Mary Shotwell

New Arrivals:

Netgalley:


Publisher:



Happy Sunday! How was your week?

Friday, December 7, 2018

Review 'Meet Me Under The Mistletoe' by Carla Burgess


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35564090-meet-me-under-the-mistletoe
A fabulously festive romantic read, perfect to curl up with by the fire this Christmas!
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the little flower shop…

Florist Rachel Jones might spend every day making beautiful bridal bouquets at her little flower shop, but her own love life is wilting as quickly as a bunch of dead roses.

Luckily, the arrival of handsome detective Anthony Bascombe, the new tenant upstairs is the perfect distraction! Although there’s a catch, Anthony isn’t looking for love – he’s looking for her ex-fiancé, Patrick…

But as the snow begins to fall and her little shop fills with mistletoe ready for Christmas, will Rachel manage to melt Anthony’s heart?

Fans of Debbie Johnson, Holly Martin and Christie Barlow will love this heartwarming read from the bestselling author of Marry Me Tomorrow.

The Facts:


Publication Date:
October 27th, 2017
Series:
-
Genre:
Contemporary Romance, Christmas
Pages:
222
Formats:
eBook
Available at:

My Review:


Sometimes there are books that just get pushed down your TBR without any good reason. ‘Meet Me Under The Mistletoe’ is that kind of book for me. I planned on reading this book in last year’s HoHoHo Readathon, but didn’t get to it. I forgot about it again, but this year I decided to try again for this years Readathon.. and I finally read it.

In ‘Meet Me Under The Mistletoe’ we meet Rachel Jones. Rachel works in her own little flower shop making beautiful bouquets every day. After her fiancé ended being a fraud, she tries to stay away from man. But when the handsome detective Anthony Bascombe moves into the apartment above her shop she instantly feels an connection. But Anthony has his downsides, for one he doesn’t do relationships and secondly he doesn’t celebrate Christmas. But there is something between them that they both can’t deny.

Let’s start with saying I love this book cover. It’s just so pretty and Christmassy, I just love it. If I would have seen this book lying in a bookshop, this cover would definitely make me want to grab it.

The writing in this book isn’t what I expected. It didn’t read as nicely as I would have hoped for a Christmas read. The writing is very descriptive. They did that, they did this.. and the story didn’t flow really all that well if you ask me. There were some parts in this book that ended rather abruptly and it just confused me a little bit.

But with that being said, there was something about this book that made me want to keep on reading. The characters were definitely a plus. Main character Rachel Jones was fun to read about. I loved how unique she was and how much she cared for other people. Anthony’s character was also fun. Although he seemed this tough guy, there was this almost childlike charm to him that I enjoyed.

Add the Christmas parts, and I still found this book very enjoyable. I wouldn’t necessarily want to read more from this author.. but this was still an enjoyable Christmas read.

My Rating:

About the Author:


Carla Burgess lives in Chester, UK, with her husband and three children. She loves animals, the countryside and the sea. She has a degree in English Literature and Psychology and worked as a magazine editor before writing fiction.

For more information about Carla please visit her on Facebook and Twitter.

I received this book through Netgalley, from HG Digital in exchange for my honest review.

 
Imagination Designs
Artwork from: www.createthecut.com