Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Review 'Cowboy, Cross My Heart' by Donna Grant


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37638095-cowboy-cross-my-heart?ac=1&from_search=true
New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant takes you deep inside the Texas rodeo scene, where danger and desire ride side by side. . .

Naomi Pierce isn't the type to let a cowboy sweep her off feet. It's not her first rodeo, after all. But when she returns to her Texas hometown, she can't help but be swept up again in the rough-and-tumble world of hard-riding, bronco-busting good-ol'-boys she loved as a girl. She might be here to photograph her Rodeo Queen best friend. But it's one fine-looking cowboy who really captures her eye...

Brice Harper is all man, all muscle, and all heart. From the moment he rides into the stadium, he can't help but notice the beautiful stranger with a camera watching him from the stands. It doesn't take a zoom lens to see the sparks of instant attraction. But things really heat up when he meets Naomi up-close--and he discovers that someone is stalking her friend. Brice wouldn't be any kind of cowboy if he didn't offer to help the ladies out. But can the rough rider keep this spirited shutterbug out of danger--without risking his heart?

The Facts:


Publication Date:
August 28th, 2018
Series:
Heart of Texas #2
Genre:
Contemporary Romance
Pages:
304
Formats:
eBook, Paperback
Available at:

My Review:


Everyone who has been visiting my blog regularly knows that I love a good cowboy story. So when I finished reading my previous book, and received an email about a review request of ‘Cowboy, Cross My Heart’ I couldn’t resist and started reading. I was definitely in need of a nice cowboy filled romance novel.

In ‘Cowboy, Cross My Heart’ we meet Naomi Pierce. Naomi visits her old hometown in Texas after being away for a long time. Naomi is visiting her best friend, the rodeo queen,  when a handsome cowboy captures her eyes. When Naomi and her friend Whitney get attacked the handsome cowboy Brice Harper can’t stand back and comes to their rescue. But unfortunately it doesn’t stay with one attack. Soon Naomi and Brice are forced to hide and make plans to find there attacker. And although it starts getting more dangerous, they also can’t deny the chemistry between them.

‘Cowboy, Cross My Heart’ is a nice romance and suspense story. It’s not a very hard to follow story, and there are definitely some very predictable moments. The writing was very descriptive, and I found myself finding the story moving in a, sometimes to fast, pace. One moment Naomi and Brice see each other for the first time. The second, Brice is very protective of Naomi and acts like he is already in love with her.

But that doesn’t mean I didn’t like the story. I enjoyed reading it. I like the main characters Naomi and Brice and I enjoyed reading about their romance. But I definitely missed the ‘build-up’ romance part. It just moved way to fast and I just didn’t really believe there romance as much since I felt like it just happened in a second. Brice is immediately very protective of Naomi, and his friends and family can see immediately that there is something going on.

The suspense part was definitely fun to read. But also very disturbing and in the end it came to a conclusion unexpectedly fast. This also just felt to rushed to me. This story just had more potential if you ask me.

Overall, I enjoyed the read and the author was able to make me want to keep on reading. But there was a lot that could have been a little better if you ask me.

My Rating:

About the Author:


Donna is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over forty-five novels. Her most popular series is the breathtaking Dark King (aka Dragon King) series featuring dragons, immortal Highlanders, and the Fae.

In addition to her novels, Donna has written over forty short stories, novellas, and novelettes for digital-first and print release. She has been dubbed as giving the “paranormal genre a burst of fresh air” by the San Francisco Book Review. Her work has been hailed as having “deft plotting and expert characterization” by Publisher’s Weekly and “sizzling” by RT Book Reviews.

She has been recognized with awards from both bookseller and reader contests including the National Reader’s Choice Award, Booksellers Best Award, as well as the coveted K.I.S.S. Award from RT Book Reviews.

Donna travels often for various speaking engagements, conferences, and book signings. She is also a frequent workshop presenter at national conferences such as RT Book Lovers Convention and Thrillerfest, as well as local chapters.

Born and raised in Texas, she also has ties across the border in Louisiana. Growing up with two such vibrant cultures, her Cajun side of the family taught her the “spicy” side of life while her Texas roots gave her two-steppin’ and bareback riding. She is never far from her faithful 80 pound dog, Sisko, or her three cats. She can often be found at the movies or bookstore with her children. Or buying makeup. And shoes.


For more information about Donna please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram

I received this book from St. Martin's Press in exchange for my honest review. 



Wednesday, August 22, 2018

My Favorite.. Newly Released Book



My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info and the upcoming subjects visit the My Favorite Meme. page.

This one is a little difficult for me. I’m not very good with remembering publishing dates. Obviously I do read and review some books before they get published and I plan those in. But the publishing dates for most of my favorite authors are mostly just hard to remember. I remember the month, but the actual date.. Sigh.. I normally just pre-order a book so I get it when it’s published or I look it up and see that it was published a little while ago. 

So what is my favorite newly released book at the moment? I loved ‘Absent in the Spring’ by Carrie Elks but that book was already released in April. I also can’t wait for the next book in that series to come out called ‘By Virtue Fall’. It’s going to be published in October by Piatkus. 

Sadly I just can’t think of another book right now. There are obviously many more books I’d love to get my hands on.. 

What is your favorite newly released book?

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Review 'Absent in the Spring' by Carrie Elks


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38599757-absent-in-the-spring
Losing control never felt so good . . . 

A successful lawyer, and the eldest of four sisters, Lucy Shakespeare is used to being in control of everything and everyone around her, most particularly herself - that is until she meets the gorgeous Lachlan MacLeish. 

Lachlan's hired Lucy because he needs the best. His inheritance, the Lairdship of Glencarraig, is suddenly in doubt, thanks to his devious half-brother. Glencarraig is the only place where his memories of his family are happy ones and there's no way he's going down without a fight. The very last thing he wants is a distraction, but as soon as he sees Lucy, he knows he's in trouble.

Despite their efforts to resist, it isn't long before Lachlan has Lucy longing to break all her careful rules. As they travel from Scotland, to Paris and on to New York, Lucy can't help but wonder: is it sometimes worth risking it all?

The Facts:


Publication Date:
April 26th, 2018
Series:
The Shakespeare Sisters #3
Genre:
Contemporary Romance
Pages:
368
Formats:
eBook, Paperback
Available at:

My Review:


I read the first book in the Shakespeare Sisters series ‘Summer’s Lease’ in July of 2017. And I loved that so much. I read it as fast as I could and I was immediately a new Carrie Elks fan. The second book ‘A Winter’s Tale’ I read in November of 2017 and I loved it just as much as the first book. Since I haven’t been reading and reviewing as much due to my pregnancy, I hadn’t been able to read the newest book in the series ‘Absent in the Spring’. But since my maternity leave started, and I have more time to read I decided to get my hands on this new book and started reading as soon as possible.

In ‘Absent in the Spring’ we follow the oldest Shakespeare Sister Lucy. Lucy has always been the one in control, taking care of her younger sisters, and working hard to be the best lawyer she can possible be. And with success. Lucy works long days and hours and is very successful. So when Lucy gets asked to take on a new client, the rich Lachlan MacLeish she is determined to make this new case in a success. But when Lucy flies to Miami to meet Lachlan she isn’t prepared for the things she feels when she sees the handsome American.
Lachlan is a workaholic and great in what he does. His life consists of working hard, every day and flying from his one investment to the next. But when he meets Lucy, he starts seeing how empty his life really is.

Just as with the first two books in this series I devoured every page of this book. I really loved every single page and the romance was just so good. What I loved most about ‘Absent in the Spring’ was the main characters Lucy and Lachlan. I could really relate to Lucy in the wanting to keep everything in control, and making list way. Obviously not the workaholic, and flying all around the world way. LOL!! And this made reading this book even more fun. And I loved getting to know Lucy and Lachlan. There characters were so much more than you would first expect.

The romance between Lucy and Lachlan was just so sweet and addictive. I loved reading about these two. The way they met, and the way they got to know each other. It was just so good and romantic and I couldn’t get enough. And what also was a great part about this book was the traveling. Through this book I visited Paris, New York, Edinburgh and Miami. Definitely really fun to read.

If you haven’t read the Shakespeare Sisters series I’d definitely recommend you start as soon as possible. It’s one of my favorite series and I can’t wait to read the fourth and final book at the end of the year. 

My Rating:


About the Author:


Carrie Elks lives near London, England and writes contemporary romance with a dash of intrigue. At the age of twenty-one she left college with a political science degree, a healthy overdraft and a soon-to-be husband. She loves to travel and meet new people, and has lived in the USA and Switzerland as well as the UK. When she isn't reading or writing, she can usually be found baking, drinking wine or working out how to combine the two. 

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

I received this book from the Little, Brown Book Group in exchange for my honest review.


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Friday, August 17, 2018

Review 'The Royal Treatment' by Melanie Summers


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36102255-the-royal-treatment
Ultra-private, ridiculously handsome Crown Prince Arthur has always gotten by on his charm. But that won’t be enough now that the Royal Family is about to be ousted from power once and for all. When Prince Arthur has to rely on the one woman in the kingdom who hates him most, he must learn that earning the love of a nation means first risking his heart.

Twenty-eight-year-old Tessa Sharpe, a.k.a. The Royal Watchdog, hates everything about Prince Arthur. As far as she’s concerned, he’s an arrogant, lazy leech on the kingdom of Avonia. When he shocks the nation by giving her the keys to the castle, Tessa has no choice but to accept and move in for two months. It’s lust at first sight, but there’s no way she can give in to her feelings—not if she wants to have a career or a shred of pride left when her time at the palace ends…

Can two natural enemies find their forever in each other’s arms, or will they ruin each other to save themselves?

The Facts:


Publication Date:
August 15th, 2017
Series:
Crown Jewels Romance #1
Genre:
Comedy, Contemporary Romance
Pages:
281
Formats:
eBook, Paperback, Audio
Available at:

My Review:


I am one of those people who really love royals. Here in the Netherlands we have a royal family too and I just love them. And obviously I love the British royals too. So it was around the time when Prince Harry and Megan Markle got engaged when I saw the cover of this book and just knew I had to read it. So I bought it and was super excited to start reading.

In ‘The Royal Treatment’ we meet Crown Prince Arthur. Arthur is arrogant, and has always gotten by on using his charms and looks. But when the Royal Family is about to lose there hold on the throne. Arthur knows, he must do something drastic to win back the hearts of his nation.
Meanwhile Tessa Sharpe, a.k.a. The Royal Watchdog is doing her best to let everyone know how much she thinks the royals are money digging people who don’t care about their nation at all. As a blogger Tessa is gaining more and more followers. So when Tessa receives an invitation by Prince Arthur himself to stay at the palace for two months to let her see what it is they do all day, she is very surprised but obviously can’t say no.

Everything I expected ‘The Royal Treatment’ to be, definitely came true. This book was filled with humor, romance and definitely some teary eyed moments too. ‘The Royal Treatment’ was the perfect relaxing fun read before bed and I easily got lost in Melanie Summers writing.

Although Prince Arthur was definitely an arrogant ass of a man, especially in the beginning, you could see there was more to him than we got to see at first. And I loved his character and getting to know him more. I especially loved the way he was with Tessa.
Tessa was a character I definitely loved. Her character is easy to relate too. She is still searching for her dream job, is really clumsy but still doesn’t let that stop her for doing what she wants. I just loved her. Her family was rather horrible if you ask me though.

The romance between Arthur and Tessa definitely made you swoon. And I loved the way we got to read this story to both there point of views. This definitely made this book even more enjoyable.

Yes, ‘The Royal Treatment’ was a great read I really enjoyed. I definitely need to get my hands on the second book in this series. 

My Rating:

About the Author:


Melanie Summers made a name for herself with her debut novel, Break in Two, a contemporary romance that cracked the Top 10 Paid on Amazon in both the UK and Canada, and the top 50 Paid in the USA. Her highly acclaimed Full Hearts Series was picked up by both Piatkus Entice (a division of Hachette UK) and HarperCollins Canada. Her first three books have been translated into Czech and Slovak by EuroMedia. Since 2013, she has written and published eight novels and three novellas. She has sold over a quarter of a million books around the globe.

Melanie Summers currently resides in Edmonton, Canada, with her husband, three young children, and the cutest one-eyed dog ever. When she’s not writing romance novels, she loves reading (obviously), snuggling up on the couch with her family for movie night (which would not be complete without lots of popcorn and milkshakes), and long walks in the woods near her house.

Melanie also spends a lot more time thinking about doing yoga than actually doing yoga, which is why most of her photos are taken ‘from above’. She also loves shutting down restaurants with her girlfriends. Well, not literally shutting them down, like calling the health inspector or something. More like just staying until they turn the lights off.

Melanie is a member of the Romance Writers of America, as well as the International Women’s Writing Guild.

For more information about Melanie please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

My Favorite.. Birthday Memory



My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info and the upcoming subjects visit the My Favorite Meme. page.

This one was definitely easy for me. I’ve never been the celebrating big kind of girl. So usually I only do something with my husband and parents. But one year was definitely the best so far: August 13th 2015. That year my husband surprised me with a day trip to London. It was amazing. I didn’t expect a thing, and before I knew it I was sitting in a plane going to London. If that wasn’t amazing enough my husband arranged a tour through the Little, Brown Book Group with one of my contacts. I was in complete awe. It was such an amazing trip. (You can read more about this trip on my Surprise Trip To London post.)

The day ended a little strange though.. we missed our flight home due to our train that had to stop in the middle of a field for over an hour. But in the end we were able to find a place to sleep with family who lived in London at the time. So we had an extra day in London which wasn’t bad at all. I love thinking back to that trip. It was so great and romantic. Definitely my favorite birthday memory. 

What is your favorite birthday memory?

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Review 'Infinite' by Cecy Robson


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40387468-infinite
Hale Wilder, aka the Anaconda of Wall Street, spent his childhood fighting to be the best to win his father’s love. He was the best student and the best athlete, who grew into a successful businessman and took the finance world by storm. Want to retire before you’re forty-five? He’s got you. Need your millions to be billions? He’s your man.

Young, rich, and powerful, Hale was unstoppable, until a company scandal
destroyshis reputation andthreatensto bring down everything hesbled for.

Becca Shields is the kickass public relations goddess spinning scandals to gold and launching has-beens into superstardom. She never expected to see Hale again—not following the humiliating night when her family caught them on the beach, barely clothed.

When Becca discovers Hale is in trouble, she can’t turn her back on the boy who was once her world and the man she never forgot.

Hale never thought he’d have another shot at greatness or with Becca. Now that he has both, he won’t let either go without a fight.

The Facts:


Publication Date:
August 15th, 2018
Series:
Carolina Beach #3
Genre:
Contemporary Romance
Pages:
362
Formats:
eBook
Available at:

My Review:


When I first read the book description of ‘Infinite’ I knew this was a book I wanted to read. I love romance stories and this one just sounded so good. So I requested an ARC as soon as I could and I was super excited when I got approved to read this one. Although ‘Infinite’ is the third book in the Carolina Beach series, it can be read as a standalone.

In ‘Infinite’ we follow Hale Wilder and Becca Shields. Hale and Becca both had a pretty hard childhood but they always had each other. But years ago their friendship changed drastically and they lost touch. Now Hale is big guy on Wall Street, and Becca is the best in her field of public relations. When Hale finds himself in trouble, Becca is determined to help him. But will Hale be able to trust the one woman who broke his heart.

‘Infinity’ is my first Cecy Robson book and I must say I really enjoyed it. I love a good romance story and this story is definitely filled with lots of romance and chemistry. Hale and Becca are both very interesting characters to read about. I especially loved that they weren’t only romantically involved, but they were friends too. It was definitely so much fun to read about. And I soon felt like I’ve known these characters a lot longer than only from this read.

There were moments in this book were I thought time went way to fast. For example the moment Hale and Becca finally came together. The next moment it was several weeks later. But this wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. I just enjoyed this book so much I wouldn’t have mind reading more and longer about these characters. It did feel a little sudden to me at times.

If you like romantic stories with a lot of chemistry than this book is definitely for you. From the very first chapter the moments between Hale and Becca are filled with chemistry. And Cecy Robson definitely gave us some very hot and sexy moments. 

My Rating:

About the Author:


Cecy Robson is an author of contemporary romance, young adult adventure, and award-winning urban fantasy. A double RITA® 2016 finalist for Once Pure and Once Kissed, and a published author of more than eighteen titles, you can typically find her on her laptop writing her stories or stumbling blindly in search of caffeine.

For more information about Cecy please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.



I received this ARC from Caffeinated Services in exchange for my honest review. 

Friday, August 10, 2018

Review 'Bayou Born' by Hailey Edwards


Her beginning may be our end...

Deep in the humid swamps of the Mississippi bayou, a mysterious, half-wild child is dragged just in time from the murky waters. She has no memories, no family and is covered in strange markings, the meaning of which no one is able to decipher. Adopted by the policeman who rescued her, Luce Boudreau follows him into the force, determined to prove herself in the eyes of those who are still suspicious.

However, there's more of a battle ahead than Luce could possibly imagine. She may be an orphan without a past, but no one - including Luce herself - could ever be prepared for the truth of her dark, powerful destiny…



The Facts:


Publication Date:
October 17th, 2017
Series:
Foundling #1
Genre:
Urban Fantasy
Pages:
329
Formats:
eBook, Paperback, Audio
Available at:

My Review:


I haven’t been reading a lot of fantasy novels lately. Not for any particular reason other than the fact that I’ve been in a romance mood for the last couple of weeks. But when I was looking for another book to read and my eye caught the cover of ‘Bayou Born’, I decided it was time to start reading this one. Don’t you just love that cover?

In ‘Bayou Born’ we meet Luce Boudreau. Luce Boudreau was found fifteen years ago, half-wild, and with no memory of where she came from, in a Mississippi swamp. The policeman who found her adopted her and now fifteen years later Luce is a police officer herself. Even though she still has no memories of her past, and has no idea where she came from, she is working hard to make something of her life. But when a young woman is found in the same swamp she is determined to finally get more answers.

When I started ‘Bayou Born’, I definitely had no idea what to expect from this read. A fantasy, and a story about a girl who was found in a swamp.. Yes.. My imagination was running wild thinking about this book. After struggling a little through the first view pages, I soon found myself completely fascinated with this story. We don’t get a lot of answers and throughout this read you get more and more questions. Although I do not always like that, in this case it made me want to keep on reading and before I knew it I couldn’t stop. A lot is happening  in this book and even now I’ve finished it, I still can’t stop thinking about it. There is so much yet to learn about this one. Hailey Edwards definitely did a smashing job writing this book.

The main character Luce is a little bit strange, but I liked her from the start. She is very mysterious, but that’s because she doesn’t know where she came from or what those strange striations on her arm are. She also is very tough. And reading about her interactions with her co-workers and her new found friends made me laugh several times.

The fantasy in this book is definitely exciting and I love the fact that it’s so intertwined with ‘real-life’. I still have a lot of questions, as well as Luce herself, so I can’t wait to read the next book in this series. There’s also a little bit of romance in this book. And I didn’t expect that, but loved it even more because of it. Hailey Edwards definitely made me love fantasy again!


My Rating:

About the Author:


Hailey Edwards writes about questionable applications of otherwise perfectly good magic, the transformative power of love, the family you choose for yourself, and blowing stuff up. Not necessarily all at once. That could get messy. She lives in Alabama with her husband, their daughter, and a herd of dachshunds. 

For more information about Hailey please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram



I received this book from the Little, Brown Book Group in exchange for my honest review. 

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