Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Review 'Tempted By Love' by Jennifer Ryan


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36951611-tempted-by-love
She was this Montana Man’s greatest temptation . . . 

Alina Cooke—little sister of his two best friends—is the last woman DEA agent Jay Bennett should be waking up next to on the day of her brother’s wedding. But their powerful attraction ignited a powder keg of desire, and their once simple friendship has just become impossibly complicated.

Alina’s always been steady, focused, and lived on the safe side of life. Jay is totally devoted to his dangerous job. She knows a future with him will be filled with worry that one day he won’t come home. She’s done it with her brothers. She’s not sure she can face that uncertainty with the man she loves. Yet being in his arms is a bad idea they keep repeating, again and again.

When Alina is run off the road, Jay fears his job has made her a target. But the threat in Alina’s life is closer than they think. As the enemy gets more ruthless, Alina proves she’s no easy target and Jay will do anything to bring them down. Because surviving and being together is the only thing that matters. 

The Facts:


Publication Date:
August 21st, 2018
Series:
Montana Heat #3
Genre:
Contemporary Romance
Pages:
400
Formats:
eBook, Paperback, Hardcover, Audio
Available at:

My Review:


After I read the previous two books in the Montana Heat series, I knew I really needed to read the third book ‘Tempted By Love’ too. We read about the two main characters Alina and Jay throughout the previous books and I was just so curious to know how their story would go. So I got the eBook as soon as possible and started reading.

In ‘Tempted By Love’ we read the story of Alina and Jay. Alina is the little sisters of Jay’s two best friends, who are also his colleagues at the DEA. Ten years older than Alina, he never really noticed her as more than his friends sister. But when he sees her sitting alone at the bar at her brother’s wedding, he finds himself unable to laook away. They start talking and at the end of the night they find themselves unable to say goodbye. But can Jay really start something up with Alina? And will one night be enough? What will her brother’s say? But before they can really start figuring things out, Alina finds herself in danger.

After I read the first book in this series and got a hint of the story of Jay and Alina I just knew I was going to love their story. And I was right. I loved it! Jay is ten years older than Alina but he finds himself completely fascinated by her and unable to stay away. I loved reading about how these two were unable to stay away from each other. And just like with the previous books, this story was told from both Jay’s and Alina’s point of view, which made this book even better.

The romance between Jay and Alina was so sweet and intense. I loved their story and I couldn’t stop reading. There was plenty of romance and sexy moments to keep my romantic heart satisfied. There were also a lot of suspenseful moments, and I loved how I kept thinking the book was at it’s end when another thing would happen and throw me completely off. Sure, there where some parts that were a little predictable but other parts I didn’t see coming which made this book very nice.

What I loved most about this book was probably the whole part about Jay being best friends with Alina’s brothers and how they reacted to their relationship. I just loved that. It made for some pretty funny moments. Jay’s mother on the other hand was just horrible. I definitely didn’t like her character at all.

‘Temped By Love’ was another great read in this series, and I definitely can’t help myself but wish for more.

My Rating:


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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.


Monday, December 17, 2018

Review 'A Tall, Dark Cowboy Christmas' by Maisey Yates


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37753966-a-tall-dark-cowboy-christmas
It’s Christmas in Gold Valley, and this wounded widower is about to get another shot at love…

Grant Dodge didn’t expect to find a woman sleeping in an abandoned cabin on his family ranch. Or to find her so intriguing. Unlike every other woman in town, McKenna Tate doesn’t know Grant’s a widower. There’s no pity in the looks she gives him. McKenna wants him, and Grant has forgotten what it’s like to feel like a man. A no-strings fling for Christmas might be the kind of holiday cheer Grant needs…

With only a suitcase to her name, McKenna came to Gold Valley to confront her birth father. She didn’t plan to work at the Dodge ranch or fall for the gorgeous cowboy who keeps his heart roped off. But there’s no denying the way their broken pieces fit together. Hope brought her to Gold Valley—but will it be the gift that could finally heal Grant, and McKenna’s own wounded heart?

The Facts:


Publication Date:
September 25th, 2018
Series:
Gold Valley #4
Genre:
Contemporary Romance, Christmas
Pages:
496
Formats:
eBook, Paperback, Audio
Available at:

My Review:


When I finished reading the books I planned on reading for the HoHoHo Readathon with some time left, I decided I wanted to read another Christmas book. So when I saw ‘A Tall, Dark Cowboy Christmas’ by Maisey Yates I immediately knew this was the book I wanted to read. I’ve read several Maisey Yates books, and loved them all so I couldn’t be more excited to start reading this one.

In ‘A Tall, Dark Cowboy Christmas’ we meet Grant Dodge. Grant has been living his life in solitude for the last eight years. Working, drinking and passing out to get some sleep.. that is how his life is and it works for him. But when he wakes up one night finding McKenna on his property he finds himself feeling things. And feeling things isn’t something that Grant is used too anymore. And before he knows it, McKenna starts getting to him more and more.

Well, this book was just perfect if you ask me. A perfect Romantic Christmas read. I loved this book from the beginning until the very end. Grant is this grumpy guy who has had a hard time after his wife died years ago. There isn’t anything he wants in life other than drinking and working. He has his family, and that is more than enough. Although he definitely was very grumpy, I loved reading about him. There just was something about him that I really loved. And I loved reading how he was such a good person, although he wouldn’t admit that. Him talking about his deceased wife made me all emotional.

But my favorite character in this book was definitely McKenna. McKenna doesn’t really have anything in life but somehow still has hope that life will get better. And I just loved reading about her. She was tough, very chatty and just a very fun character to get to know. And the chemistry between McKenna and Grant was so good to read about. I mean butterflies-in-your-tummy kind of good.

This book would have been good without it taking place during Christmas, but that added something extra that made this book definitely one of my favorites. Although ‘A Tall, Dark Cowboy Christmas’ is the fourth book in the Gold Valley series, it can be read as a standalone. I haven’t read the previous books in this series, but definitely plan on reading them soon.

My Rating:



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About the Author:


New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Maisey Yates lives in rural Oregon with her three children and her husband, whose chiseled jaw and arresting features continue to make her swoon. She feels the epic trek she takes several times a day from her office to her coffee maker is a true example of her pioneer spirit. In 2009, at the age of twenty-three Maisey sold her first book.

Since then it’s been a whirlwind of sexy alpha males and happily ever afters, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Maisey divides her writing time between dark, passionate category romances set just about everywhere on earth and light sexy contemporary romances set practically in her back yard.

She believes that she clearly has the best job in the world.


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

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Sunday Post #100: Busy Mom Life



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


Let’s start by saying I’m so sorry I haven’t been able to visit you last week. Life has been a little crazy and I’ve been so super tired. Last weekend I had to work. I was only free on Monday and had to work again on Tuesday and Wednesday. As a nurse I work different days every week, but four days in five days just downright sucks when you have a baby girl and breastfeed. I only work three days a week, but since the days change it can happen that I work this much.. I hope I’ll get used to it some more because this was just to hard. And I felt like I haven’t been able to spend a lot of time with my baby girl this week. And just.. Blegh!! Thursday was another free day and Friday I had to work again. 

Wednesday was a day I hope to forget soon.  I had to work, so I was driving at 06.45 a.m. on the highway with my baby girl when a light went on at the dashboard and I couldn’t go any faster than 50 km per hour. I was able to get the car on the shoulder but it wasn’t working anymore. Well, to keep things short I had to wait outside of the car with my baby girl for almost 30 minutes until we were taken to a nearby garage. It was freezing outside and it was just sooo cold. Thankfully baby girl didn’t even wake up until about 9 am. LOL! In the end our car was made and I was able to drive to work again around 09.15 a.m. To make things even better all the parking spots where full when I finally arrived and when I finally walked inside my hair tie broke and I was ready to start crying. What a terrible day!

This weekend I don’t have to work so I’m going to enjoy my little family and visit you guys. I hope you all are doing great!


Last Week On The Blog:


This Week On The Blog:

  • Review ‘A Tall Dark Cowboy Christmas’ by Maisey Yates
  • Review ‘Tempted By Love’ by Jennifer Ryan
  • Review ‘Bitten’ by Chloe Grey

New Arrivals:

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Happy Sunday! How was your week?

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:

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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.

 
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