Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Book Review: "Key Lime Murder" by Joann Fluke

Book Description:

It promises to be a busy week for Hannah Swensen. Not only is she whipping up treats for the chamber of commerce booth at the Tri-County fair, she's also judging the baking contest; acting as a magician's assistant for her business partner's husband; trying to coax Moishe, her previously rapacious feline, to end his hunger strike, and performing her own private carnival act by juggling the demands of her mother and sisters.

With so much on her plate, it's no wonder Hannah finds herself on the midway only moments before the fair closes for the night. After hearing a suspicious thump, she goes snooping -- only to discover Willa Sunquist, a student teacher and fellow bake contestant judge, dead alongside an upended key lime pie. But who would want to kill Willa and why?

Now Hannah needs to crank up the heat, hoping that Willa's killer will get rattled and make a mistake. If that happens, she intends to be there, even if it means getting on a carnival ride that could very well be her last...

Book Review:

This is the 9th in the Hannah Swensen series.  I started reading this series when it seemed I needed something to tide me over in between my "Stephanie Plum" addiction. =)  This series is a good series to do that with.  It is a good series - I can go a few months in between reading thise, but I still enjoy them a lot.

Just like the Stephanie Plum series, Hannah likes two men.  She goes back and forth on who she likes, but hasn't made a decision.  To some, that is a turn off.  I am used it it after 19 Stephanie Plum books. 

This book takes place in the summer time during fair season, so there are a lot of yummy recipes in this book. 

As usual I could not figure out 'who dun it.'  It was a book that was hard to put down becauses I wasn't sure what would happen next.

If you like mysteries (not gory) - give these a try.

Happy Reading!!!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Book Review: "Three Sisters" by Susan Mallery

Book Description:

After Andi Gordon is jilted at the altar, she makes the most impetuous decision of her life -- buying one of the famed Three Sisters Queen Anne houses on Blackberry Island. Now the proud-ish owner of the ugly duckling of the trio, she plans to open her own pediatric office on the first floor, just as soon as her hunky contractor completes the work. Andi's new future may be coming together, but the truth is she's just as badly in need of a major renovation as her house.

When Deanna Phillips confronts her husband about a suspected affair, she opens up a Pandora's box of unhappiness. And he claims that she is the problem. The terrible thing is, he's right. In her quest to be the perfect woman, she's lost herself, and she's in danger of losing her entire family if things don't change.

Next door, artist Boston King thought she and her college sweetheart would be married forever. Their passion for one another has always seemed indestructible. But after tragedy tears them apart, she's not so sure. Now it's time for them to move forward, with or without one another.

Thrown together by fate and geography, and bound by the strongest of friendships, these three women will discover what they're really made of: laughter, tears, love and all.

My thoughts:

This is the second book in the "Blackberry Island" series.  Although it is part of a series, it could very well be a stand alone book.  The characters from the first book "Barefoot Season" were not mentioned until at least 1/2 or 3/4 of the way through. 

As with almost all of Susan Mallery's books, I LOVED it!!!  The three characters in the book were so different, but as you got to know them, they were really alike.  At times the book was depressing with the issues but I still kept going as I knew I would continue to like it and I did.

Boston - I was rooting for her healing...

Deanna - I was rooting for her marriage and her personal healing...

Andi - I was rooting for her to start her business and her 'hunky' contractor. 

I can't wait for this series to continue.

I have said it more than once - if you haven't tried Susan Mallery - you need to - LOVE LOVE LOVE her writing...

Happy Reading!!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Book Review: "When Lightning Strikes" by Brenda Novak

Book Description:

Welcome to Whiskey Creek -- Heart of the Gold Country!  — Simon O'Neal's causing trouble again.  — And it's up to Gail DeMarco to stop him.  — Gail DeMarco left Whiskey Creek, California, to make a name  for herself in Los Angeles. Her PR firm has accumulated a roster  of A-list clients, including the biggest box office hit of all -- sexy and unpredictable Simon O'Neal. But Simon, who's just been through a turbulent divorce, is so busy self-destructing he won't listen to anything she says. She drops him from her list -- and he retaliates by taking the rest of her clients with him.

Desperate to save her company, Gail has to humble herself by making a deal with Simon. The one thing he wants is custody  of his son, but that's going to require a whole new image.  He needs to marry some squeaky-clean girl who'll drag him  off to some small, obscure place like Whiskey Creek....

Gail's the only one he can trust. She agrees to become his wife -- reluctantly. But she isn't reluctant because he's too hard to like.  It's because he's too hard not to love!

My thoughts:

This is the first in a series based in Whiskey Creek.  This is also the first I have read by this author.  Or it has been awhile since I don't remember reading anything by her.

This book probably could be considered the typical romance book.  You knew what was going to happen in the end, but you read it anyway.  I enjoyed the book anyway.  I loved the writing.  I did keep wanting to keep reading just to see what would happen next.  Sometimes I was right - others I was not.

I look forward to reading the next in the series.

Happy Reading!!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Book Review: "Good Girls Don't" by Victoria Dahl

Book Desciption:

With her long ponytail and sparkling green eyes, Tessa Donovan looks more like the girl next door than a businesswoman -- or a heartbreaker. Which may explain why Detective Luke Asher barely notices her when he arrives to investigate a break-in at her family’s brewery. He’s got his own problems -- starting with the fact that his partner Simone is pregnant and everyone thinks he's the father. The last thing he needs is a nice girl like Tessa getting under his skin.

Tessa has her hands full, too. Her brother’s playboy ways may be threatening the business, and the tensions could tear her tight-knit family apart.  In fact, the only thing that could unite the Donovan boys is seeing a man come after their “baby” sister. Especially a man like Luke Asher. But Tessa sees past the rumors to the man beneath.

My thoughts:

I have read romance - I have read some pretty 'intense' romances to put it midly.  There are a few words I don't think need to be put in books and this one had them.  I made it about 4 chapters and am done.  The rest of the series will now be posted on PaperBack Swap.  Couldn't finish...

Happy Reading!!

Book Review: "The Accidental Bride" by Christina Skye

Book Description:

Love can find you in the most unlikely of places...   — When her friends order her to take a vacation, celebrity chef Jilly O'Hara is skeptical. She may be overwhelmed by her sudden success, but a trip to the mountains is not her idea of fun. Especially when a snowstorm forces her to fill in for an absentee bride in a lavish television wedding taking place at the resort. But then the ruggedly handsome make-believe groom arrives....

Walker Hale has kept to himself since his return from active duty -- but the next thing he knows, he's reluctantly playing along with the wedding charade. Even this jaded loner isn't immune to Jilly's quirky charm...or her beauty. But Jilly has to return home to Summer Island, leaving Walker to decide if the feelings between them were something more than pretend.

This is the second book in the "Summer Island" series.  Her first being "A Home By the Sea."  I loved that book and I loved this one as well.  This one focused on Jilly.  She is a workaholic who is forced to take a break and relook at her life due to a medical circumstance.  There were plenty of times I was smiling while reading and it was definitely one of those 'can't put down' books. 

This is a great series.  I am loving all the contemporary books I have read by her.  I am not a historical reader, but she also writes those. 

I highly recommend this author and series.

Happy Reading!!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Book Review: "Late Edition" by Fern Michaels

Book Description:

Teresa “Toots” Loudenberry has a knack for finding adventure, even when she’s not looking for it. But ever since Sophie convinced her friends to start holding regular séances, life in Los Angeles is getting a little too dramatic even for Toots’s tastes. When Ida receives a message from the beyond suggesting that her late husband was murdered, a spooked Toots decides it’s time the Godmothers left LA for her hometown of Charleston…

Meanwhile, Mavis has been acting suspiciously, mailing packages in bulk and refusing to divulge what she’s up to. She should know by now that Ida, Toots, and Sophie will never let secrets rest or ignore a friend in need. And when the Godmothers discover that whoever killed Ida’s husband has plans for Ida too, they’ll do what they do best—rally together, concoct a daring plan, and show the world there is no match for these formidable friends…\

My thoughts:

This is the third book in the "Godmothers" serices by Fern Michaels.  I have read the other two - "The Scoop" and "Exclusive."  These books are good - they aren't ones that you immediately want to keep reading - it is ok to take a break in between.  =) 

This book had a lot to do with seances and ghosts - I am not into paranormal and almost wanted to put it down, but trugged along.  It wasn't THAT heavy in the paranormal, so I was ok with it.  I will wait a bit to read the next one just in case.  I need a break.  =)

If you are looking for a new non-romance series - give this a try. 

Happy Reading!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Book Review: "Only His" by Susan Mallery

Book Description:

Wedding bells are ringing in Fool’s Gold, but not for Nevada Hendrix. Her triplet sisters are engaged, and even her mother has a more active love life than she does. Determined to make a fresh start, she applies for her dream job, only to discover that her new boss is her first love. Maybe she could overlook the fact that they’ve seen each other naked, but she’ll never forget the way he broke her heart.

Tucker Janack agrees to Nevada’s “business only” ground rules. After all, love is a trap that the construction millionaire has avoided his whole life. But when great business partners turn out to be so much more, every rule gets broken. Will either of them be willing to try again...or will their past get in the way?

 My thoughts:

This is book 6 in the ongoing "Fool's Gold" series.  This one focuses on the triplet Nevada Hendrix.  Nevada and Tucker go way back.  Nevada applies for a job thinking she is going to interview with Tucker's dad.  Nope.  It is Tucker himself.  The sparks are still there, but she can't get past how he broke her heart. 

Given the right place the right time - they get together, but Tucker is a temporary resident of Fool's Gold - or is he?

Not my favorite but still a great book from Susan Mallery!

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Book Review: "Only Yours" by Susan Mallery

Book Description:

Montana Hendrix has found her calling -- working with therapy dogs.  With a career she loves in a hometown she adores, she's finally ready to look for her own happily ever after.  Could one of her dogs help her find Mr. Right... or maybe Dr. Right?   — Surgeon Simon Bradley prefers the sterility of the hospital to the messiness of real life, especially when real life includes an accident-prone mutt and a woman whose kisses make him want what he knows he can't have.  Scarred since childhood, he avoids emotional entanglement by moving from place to place to heal children who need his skillful touch.

Can his growing feelings for Montana lead him to find a home in Fool's Gold, or will he walk away, taking her broken heart with him?

This is book 5 in the "Fool's Gold" series.  I was a dork =) and lost this book in my TBR and instead of just getting it from the library or one through, I just kept putting it off, thinking that I would just miraculously find it.

Well, yes I was a dork because I love love love this series!!  I LOVE Susan Mallery's books.  I couldn't put this book down!! 

This book focused on triplet Montana Hendrix.  She works with therapy dogs.  When one of her therapy dogs in training got loose in a hospital, she runs into a very arrogant doctor.  Well sparks flew.  But not in the ordinary romance book way.   I loved how Simon's history and his work with the children brought more light in the story.  I loved the chemistry with the two - so much that I had to pick up the next book next!!!

Happy Reading!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Book Review: "The Perfect Hope" by Nora Roberts

Book Description:

Ryder is the hardest Montgomery brother to figure out -- with a tough-as-nails outside and possibly nothing too soft underneath. He’s surly and unsociable, but when he straps on a tool belt, no woman can resist his sexy swagger. Except apparently Hope Beaumont, the innkeeper of his own Inn BoonsBoro… — As the former manager of a D.C. hotel, Hope is used to excitement and glamour, but that doesn’t mean she can’t appreciate the joys of small-town living. She’s where she wants to be -- except for in her love life. Her only interaction with the opposite sex has been sparring with the infuriating Ryder, who always seems to get under her skin. Still, no one can deny the electricity that crackles between them…a spark that ignited with a New Year’s Eve kiss.

While the Inn is running smoothly, thanks to Hope’s experience and unerring instincts, her big-city past is about to make an unwelcome -- and embarrassing -- appearance. Seeing Hope vulnerable stirs up Ryder’s emotions and makes him realize that while Hope may not be perfect, she just might be perfect for him…

This is the last in the "Innsboro" triology.  The first two are: "The Next Always" and "The Last Boyfriend".  This book featured Ryder and Hope.  You could see from the other two books that this would be the premise of the third book, but still....

I enjoyed this one as well.  I loved how all the characters interact with each other - a big family.  The chemistry with Hope and Ryder was undeniable starting I believe with the second book.  The book was like the other two - I couldn't put it down.  The underneath storyline throughout the book of the 'ghost' of the inn was intriguing.  I am not into 'paranormal' books, and I didn't consider this storyline that big on the paranormal. 

The story was all tied up at the end just like a triology should.  I enjoyed the series.  I would highly recommend this series.

Happy Reading!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Book Review: Code Name: Nanny by Christina Skye

Book Description:

She's an FBI agent. — He's a Navy SEAL. — Together they're igniting enough heat to blow both their covers. — Summer Mulcahey is a workaholic FBI agent with a nose for crime, a mouth for trouble and a heart tied to the job 24/7.   But Summer also happens to be hiding a closet full of demons that she has tried hard to slay. — But what gives with the drop-dead gorgeous gardener who's sticking around her and the kids like Superglue?   Now she's stuck in her worst nightmare -- tracking lost pets, placating sullen teens and rehearsing for the blowout society wedding of the decade.  What is it about Gabe Morgan that makes Summer wonder if there could be more to life than the Weaver stance, defensive tactics and cover surveillance?  Summer is about to learn the awful truth:  the FBI is tough, but the 'burbs are murder!

My thoughts:

This is the first in a series by Christina Skye.  I am reading it for part of my Reading Challenge.  This is the second book I have read by this author.  The first was "A Home By The Sea".  I enjoyed that book and "Code Name: Nanny" has been on my TBR shelf for awhile so I am glad I picked it for this challenge.

What a book.  I have to admit I was dreading this book because it is quite thick.  And due to personal circumstances I don't have as much time to read as I used to.  I kept trying to carve out reading time for this book.  WOW!!  It does start out a little slow, but then BAM!  You don't want to put the book down.  The suspense and don't forget the romance is just too good to put down.  I enjoyed the characters and the plot.

I have to check my TBR to see which ones in this series I have.  I will then have to order those not on it.  I can't wait for the next in the series.  I do not know much about this series, so I am hoping it continues with at least updates on Summer and Gabe and other characters.

This is a great romantic suspense book.  Let me know if you read it or have read it!

Happy Reading!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Still here.....

I am still here..

This book I am reading is good but long.  Plus with working more and birthday/mother's day - it is harder to get reading time in.

How is your reading going?

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Book Review: "Foxy Roxy" by Nancy Martin

Book Description:

Big truck, big dog, big hair. Bad attitude. — Roxy Abruzzo, bestseller Nancy Martin's latest creation, is the sexy, streetwise niece of a Pittsburgh crime boss, and she’s trying to stay on the straight and narrow . . . most of the time. But now and then temptation is just too much for hot-blooded Roxy. As she prowls the mean streets looking for architectural treasures, she can't help swiping an ancient Greek statue that's not exactly hers. Then the statue's owner, heir to a billion-dollar steel fortune, gets himself killed, and the police investigation sweeps Roxy into a mess that requires all of her wits and wiles to escape. All this plus a dotty grand dame, a slippery lawyer, and an avaricious socialite or two makes for a lethal combination of danger and desperation -- with Roxy in the middle.

My thoughts:

I think this is a first author for me.  I did NOT like this book at all.  I read about four chapters and called it good.  The writing, characters, storyline - couldn't get into. 

Would not recommend this book.  I thought it would be funny and interesting like Stephanie Plum, like it said on the cover - WRONG!!!

Zero stars!!

Happy Reading!!

Book Review: "What She Wants" by Sheila Roberts

Book Description:

What do women want? — Jonathan Templar and his poker buddies can't figure it out. Take Jonathan, for instance. He's been in love with Lissa Castle since they were kids but, geek that he is, she's never seen him as her Mr. Perfect. He has one last shot -- their high school reunion. Kyle Long is equally discouraged. The pretty receptionist at his office keeps passing him over for other guys who may be taller but are definitely not superior. And Adam Edwards might be the most successful of Jonathan's friends, but he isn't having any success on the home front. His wife's kicked him out.

When Jonathan stumbles on a romance novel at the Icicle Falls library sale, he knows he's found the love expert he's been seeking -- Vanessa Valentine, top-selling romance author. At first his buddies laugh at him for reading romance novels, but soon they, too, realize that these stories are the world's best textbooks on love. Poker night becomes book club night…and when all is read and done, they're going to be the kind of men women want!

My thoughts:

This is the third book in the "Icicle Falls" series.  The other books are: "Better Than Chocolate" and "Merry X-Mas".  This one could very well be my favorite in the series.  I think it could probably be a stand alone book as well.  There are a couple of mentions about the past main characters, but it still works as a series book as well.

I loved the 'guys'.  And Adam - he was my favorite I think... The things he was doing to get a back with his wife... OY!  Made me laugh!  Jonathan was another favorite.  I was rooting for him.  Wasn't sure if it would work out or not.. But I won't spoil anything for you.

If you are looking for a nice light book/series - give this a try.  I love Sheila Roberts' book.  They are quick to read because you don't want to put them down!!!

I am proud to say I received this because I am a "Sheila Girl."

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Book Review: "Starting Now" by Debbie Macomber

Book Description:

#1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber returns to Seattle?s beloved Blossom Street in this heartfelt tale of friendship, renewal, and discovering what?s truly important in life. — For years Libby Morgan dreamed only of making partner in her competitive, high-pressure law firm. She sacrificed everything for her career?her friends, her marriage, her chance at creating a family. When her boss calls Libby into his office, she assumes it will finally be good news, but nothing can prepare her for the shocking reality: She?s been let go and must rebuild her entire life . . . starting now.

With no job prospects in sight, Libby reaches out to old friends and spends her afternoons at A Good Yarn, the local knitting store. There she forms a close bond with Lydia, the sweet-natured shop owner; Lydia?s spirited teenage daughter, Casey; and Casey?s best friend, Ava, a shy yet troubled girl who will shape Libby?s future in surprising and profound ways.

As A Good Yarn becomes a second home?and the women a new kind of family?Libby relishes the different person she?s become. She even finds time for romance with a charming and handsome doctor who seems to be her perfect match. But just as everything is coming together, Libby must make a choice that could forever change the life she holds so dear.

Warmly told and richly textured, Starting Now is filled with the promise of new beginnings and the unending delights of companionship and love.

My thoughts:

This is the latest book in the "Blossom Street" series.  This has been my second favorite series by Debbie Macomber.  The first being "Cedar Cove."  This one did not disappoint.  I couldn't put down the book.  Even though the author moves on with new characters she has a great way to bring back the original characters.

I loved Libby - I felt like I had to keep reading to see what happened next.  I 'watched' her grow as a person - loved it.  

The one thing I didn't like was the secondary plot with Ava - just wasn't my cup of tea, but it certainly did not take away from my thoughts from the book. 

If you haven't tried this series - give it a try.  The books in the series are:
"The Shop on Blossom Street"
"A Good Yarn"
Susannah's Garden"
"Back on Blossom Street"
"Twenty Wishes"
"Summer on Blossom Street"
"Hannah's List" (didn't really have to read)
"A Turn in the Road"

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Book Review: "All He Ever Dreamed" by Shannon Stacey

Book Description:
Josh Kowalski is tired of holding down the fort better known as the Northern Star Lodge?while his siblings are off living their dreams. Now that his oldest brother has returned to Whitford, Maine for good, Josh is free to chase some dreams of his own.As the daughter of the lodge's longtime housekeeper, Katie Davis grew up alongside the Kowalski kids. Though she's always been "one of the guys", her feelings for Josh are anything but sisterly. And after a hot late-night encounter in the kitchen, it's clear Josh finally sees her as the woman she is.Katie's been waiting years for Josh to notice her, but now that he has, she's afraid it's too late. Giving her heart to a man who can't wait to leave town is one sure way to have it broken. But Josh keeps coming up with excuses not to leave?could it be that everything he's ever wanted is closer than he could have imagined?
My thoughts:
This is the sixth book in the series.  After my 'stinker' of a book I read last week, I knew this one wouldn't let me down.  And boy was I right!  I loved it!!  I don't want this series to end.... I love love love the characters and every storyline.
This book focused on Josh and his wanting to leave the family business and home to find his own dreams.  Enter Katie - he has always thought of her as a best friend.  She has been hiding her feelings for Josh for a long time.  But now Josh is seeing her in a new light. 
There is of course some bumps in the road.  What kind of book would it be without one?  =)  But it kep me from wanting to put the book down.  It was just what I needed to get over the 'stinker' of a book.
Happy Reading!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Book Review: "A Place Called Home" By Jo Goodman

Book Description:

IT'S WHERE YOU BELONG... — When Thea Wyndham and Mitchell Baker learn they've been named joint guardians for their late friends' three children, they're little more than acquaintances. Barely polite acquaintances, at that. Something about Mitch's forthright intensity has always left ad exec Thea feeling off-balance, while Mitch makes no secret of his disdain when Thea offers him financial assistance if he'll take sole guardianship.

Thea is far from heartless. She's just plain terrified of her new parenting responsibilities. Both she and Mitch are romantically involved with other people. Yet the more time they spend together, the less certain she is of her loyalties. There are complications and missteps, tears and laughter -- lots of it. And somehow, through it all, the dawning realization that the last place she thought she'd find herself could be just where she belongs....

This book I read for the Reading Challenge I am in.  This is the first and I can say last book I will read by the author.  I could not get into it.  I did not like the writing, the characters.  I did not finish the book.  I needed to move on, as I never wanted to pick it up.  And that is SO not like me.  It has been a long while since I didn't finish a book.

Have you read any 'stinker' books lately? 

Happy Reading!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Book Review: "The Last Boyfriend" by Nora Roberts

Book Description:

A new novel of a shared past, a fresh start, and a lifetime of love. — #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts introduces you to the Montgomery brothers -- Beckett, Ryder, and Owen -- as they bring an intimate bed-and-breakfast to life in their hometown. — Owen is the organizer of the Montgomery clan, running the family’s construction business with an iron fist -- and an even less flexible spreadsheet. And though his brothers bust on his compulsive list-making, the Inn BoonsBoro is about to open right on schedule. The only thing Owen didn’t plan for was Avery McTavish...

Avery’s popular pizza place is right across the street from the inn, giving her a first-hand look at its amazing renovation -- and a newfound appreciation for Owen. Since he was her first boyfriend when they were kids, Owen has never been far from Avery’s thoughts. But the attraction she’s feeling for him now is far from innocent.

As Avery and Owen cautiously take their relationship to another level, the opening of the inn gives the whole town of Boonsboro a reason to celebrate. But Owen’s hard work has only begun. Getting Avery to let down her guard is going to take longer than he expected -- and so will getting her to realize that her first boyfriend is going to be her last…

My thoughts:

This is the second in "The Innsboro Trilogy."  I reviewed the first one in the series "The Next Always" here. I loved the first book.  I loved this book, but not as much as the first one. 

This book is about Owen Montgomery.  But in a way I loved, it just didn't focus on him and his 'love interest.'  It also picked up where the first book left off with Claire and Beckett and also the opening of the Inn. 

Owen is the type of person who has a plan - everything is scheduled out.  What he didn't plan on is falling for Avery, whom he has known since they were little kids.  They were boyfriend/girlfriend at age 5 or 6 and he even gave her a plastic ring.  Little did either one of them know that they would fall in love for real as an adults.

I enjoyed reading about this love story as well.  I can't wait to read how the author will tie up the trilogy.  As with most series I am sure I will be sad to see it end.

Happy Reading!!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Book Review: "Allergic to Death" by Peg Cochran

Book Description:

Preparing calorie-conscious meals for the dieters of Woodstone, Connecticut, Gigi Fitzgerald knows a cheater when she sees one. And when murder is on the menu, she's ready to get the skinny on whodunit ... — Business is looking up for Gigi's Gourmet De-Lite, thanks to her newest client, restaurant reviewer Martha Bernhardt. Martha has the clout to put Gigi's personal meal plans on everyone's lips. But instead of dropping a few pounds, Martha drops dead from a severe peanut allergy ... right after eating one of Gigi's signature dishes.a

When the distractingly debonair Detective Mertz identifies traces of peanut oil in Martha's last meal, Gigi suddenly finds her diet catering business on the chopping block. Now she'll have to track down who tampered with her recipe before her own goose is cooked. Includes delicious -- and healthy -- recipes.

My thoughts:

This is a new author to me and a new series for the author.  It was time for a cozy again so I thought I would give this new one a try. 

I liked the background where Gigi prepares low calorie meals for people - sounds interesting.  It has the typical cozy plot so no surprises there. 

One thing about cozies and maybe it is just me but I usually don't have a clue who 'dunnit'.  =)  And I like it that way.  That might be me.  If I figure it out - kudos to me.  If not, I am usually surprised.

This book did hae some surprises in it. All in all it was a good book.  I will read the next one in the series. 

Happy Reading!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Book Review: "The Best Man" by Kristan Higgins

Book Description:

SOMETIMES THE BEST MAN IS THE ONE YOU LEAST EXPECT... — Faith Holland left her hometown after being jilted at the altar. Now a little older and wiser, she's ready to return to the Blue Heron Winery, her family's vineyard, to confront the ghosts of her past, and maybe enjoy a glass of red. After all, there's some great scenery there....

Like Levi Cooper, the local police chief -- and best friend of her former fiancé. There's a lot about Levi that Faith never noticed, and it's not just those deep green eyes. The only catch is she's having a hard time forgetting that he helped ruin her wedding all those years ago. If she can find a minute amidst all her family drama to stop and smell the rosé, she just might find a reason to stay at Blue Heron, and finish that walk down the aisle.

My thoughts:

This is the first book I have ever read by this author.  I decided to give it a chance as I have heard good reviews on the book. 

I have to admit, I did not like it at first.  I thought Faith was shallow. I thought Levi was a jerk who had something stuck if you know what I mean.  I couldn't get into the storyline or the characters.  Usually when I am reading a book I am captured by the setting, characters, and/or all.  It really didn't get off the ground for me too much for me. 

I ended thinking the book was 'ok' and saw it was the start of a series.  I might give her another try.  We will see.

Happy Reading!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Book Review: "Due or Die" by Jenn McKinley

Book Description:

What is the original meaning of the word clue?* — Answering tricky reference questions like this one is more than enough excitement for library director Lindsey Norris. Until another murder is committed in her cozy hometown of Briar Creek, Connecticut, and the question of who did it must be answered before someone else is checked out -- for good.

Carrie Rushton, the president of the Friends of the Library, has been accused of murdering her husband. The evidence is stacking up against Carrie, but neither Lindsey nor the Briar Creek crafternoon club is buying it.

My thoughts:
This is the second book in the "Library Lover's" series.  The first in the series is "Books Can Be Deceiving."  I really enjoyed the first one, as well as her other series. 

This one is no different - the book description above doesn't really do it justice.  I loved the characters and how they interact with each other.  The mystery was great even if I did figure out the 'whodunit' when I am not used to figuring it out.

I can't wait for the next book to read more about Lindsey and the possible romance with the cop. =) 

Happy Reading!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Book Review: "Forbidden Falls" by Robyn Carr

Book Description:

Reverend Noah Kincaid moved to Virgin River to re-open an abandoned church he bought on eBay. Like Noah, the place is a little empty inside and needs some loving care. The young widower arrives ready to roll up his sleeves and build a place of worship and welcome, but he needs some help. And the Lord works in mysterious ways.... With her tight shirts and short skirts, "Pastor's assistant" is not a phrase that springs to mind when Noah meets brassy, beautiful Alicia Baldwin. The former exotic dancer needs a respectable job so she can regain custody of her children. And Noah can't help but admire her spunk and motherly determination. The pastor and the stripper: an unlikely team to revitalize a church, much less build a future. The couple has so many differences, but in Virgin River anything is possible, and happiness is never out of the question.

My thoughts:

This is book 8 of the Virgin River series.  I can't say this was one of my favorites - I still enjoyed it, though...

This book was about the new reverend in town who is opening up an abandoned church.  The story was pretty much about him and his assistant.  It was still a quick read like the others, but it was also easy to put down too. I think the part I didn't really care for is that this book unlike the others in the series didn't have a lot of 'back story' in it.  I guess it still 'worked' but it just wasn't like any of the others in the series where the other characters were still a pretty good amount of the book.  I love to hear the updates on the other characters - just my quirk I guess.

I will still continue to read the series - but now it is time for a break from it. =)

Happy Reading!! 

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Book Review: "Paradise Valley" by Robyn Carr

Book Description:

Marine corporal Rick Sudder is home early from Iraq -- his tour ended abruptly on the battlefield. The carefree boy is gone, replaced by a man who believes his future is as bleak as his mirror image. But can the passion and commitment of a young woman who has never given up on him mend his broken body and shattered heart? As the people of Virgin River rally around Rick, another recent arrival tests the tightly knit mountain town's famous welcoming spirit. Dan Brady has a questionable past, and he's looking for a place to start over. He'd like it to be Virgin River -- …if he can find a way in. But he never expects to find it in the arms of a woman who was as much an outcast as himself. For a favorite son returned from war and an outsider looking for a home, Virgin River offers them a chance to make peace with the men they once were -- …and to find the dreams they thought they'd lost.

My thought:

This is book 7 in the "Virgin River" series.  This one was a lot 'darker' than the others in the series.  I also did not notice until I read another reviewer on this series about the language.  It didn't bother me - I am just more aware now.  =)

I am glad that the author is still sticking with the main characters and adding in new ones.  I know this is hard to do and be successful at it, but she does a great job of it.

This book has a couple of story lines in it at once.  It really keeps you from wanting to put the book down at times.  The author does a great job of moving from one story to another and back with ease for the reader.

I enjoyed this so much I am reading the next in the series right away.  Usually I give myself a break in between.  I do have a challenge for myself that I get caught up with the series this year.

This book is the one I chose for March for my key word Reading Challenge.

How are you doing in your reading challenges for the year?

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read

• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your

My teaser:

"I've never had a problem understanding you pal.  Fact is, if this were my bar, I wouldn't have taken my money either."

My book:

Currently Reading

Happy Reading!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Book Review: "All He Ever Desired" by Shannon Stacey

Book Description:

A SECOND SHOT AT FIRST LOVE — After college, Ryan Kowalski decided to leave Whitford, Maine, rather than watch Lauren Carpenter marry another man. Now his siblings need his help to refurbish the family -- owned Northern Star Lodge and he's forced to face the past sooner rather than later when he collars a vandal -- and learns the boy is Lauren's son...

The last person Lauren needs back in her life is Ryan Kowalski. With a bitter ex-husband and a moody teenage son, she has enough man trouble already. But her son needs to learn a few lessons about right and wrong, even if Lauren has to escort him to Ryan's door every day to work off his crime.

With all this close contact, Ryan and Lauren can't deny the chemistry between them is as powerful as ever. But can a few searing kisses erase their past and pave the way for a second chance at true love?

My thoughts:

This is the fifth book in the Kowalski series.  When I started reading this series the first three came out at once.  I thought that was going to be it.  Then I read on her website she was writing more - YES!!!

This book follows Ryan as he comes back to the family lodge to help restore it.  He is forced to deal with his past with Lauren Carpenter when her son vandalizes the lodge and starts to work off the debt there.  There is no denying the chemistry between the two.  But a lot has changed through the years.  Can they work through it?

I loved this book just as well as I have the others in the series.  The author has a way to get you interested and not want you to put the book down.  As I discussed in my other post "Reading Rut"  I didn't have enough time to read, so this made reading this book hard as I didn't want to put it down, but yet I didn't have time.

Yesterday I had to spend some time at the Urgent Care Center and got it done - so Happy!  Not happy that I had to go there, but it was so good I couldn't put down and had the time to read it.

If you haven't checked out Shannon Stacey - you should check her website.  She is a fairly new author I think.  I am a fan.  As I am sure I said before in my other reviews of these books, if you like Susan Mallery, Debbie Macomber, Robyn Carr, and Susan Wiggs - give her a chance.

Happy Reading!!


Friday, March 1, 2013

Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop!

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books.  It ended in December   I was happy to see that Billy has at Ramblingsof a Coffee Addicted Writer is going to be picking it up. It was a fun way to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. For this hop all you do is answer the weekly question on your blog. You may follow as many or as few of the followers on The Book Blogger Hop as you like.

The question for the week of March 1st -7th is
You’re going on a long train ride. What books will you bring to read?
Let's see - that is a tough one.  I can't think of a specific book, so I will go author/genre.  I would bring a cozy, Susan Mallery, Robyn Carr, and Shannon Stacey - I know I won't be disappointed and they all are pretty quick reads.
What books would you bring?
Happy Reading

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Reading Rut?

I feel like I am in a Reading Rut, but I know I am not.  I just have been busy and can't seem to find enough time to read - only at night before bed....

How are you getting in your reading?

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Book Review: "Buried in a Book" by Lucy Arlington

Book Description:

After losing her job as a journalist at the age of forty-five, Lila Wilkins accepts an internship at A Novel Idea, a thriving literary agency in North Carolina. Being paid to read seems perfect to Lila, although it's difficult with the cast of quirky co-workers and piles of query letters. But when a penniless aspiring author drops dead in the agency's waiting room -- and Lila discovers a series of threatening letters -- she's determined to find out who wrote him off.

My thoughts:

Lucy Arlington is a team of authors Ellery Adams and Sylvia May.  I have a couple of books by Ellery Adams on my TBR shelf, but not Sylvia May.  So this is a new author to me all around.

This is the first in a series (Novel Idea).  It starts out with Lisa accepting a job as an intern after losing her job at a newspaper.  There she is thrown into a mystery murder of a homeless aspiring author. 

It had the typical cozy outline - heroine has a crush on cop as well as another male in the story.  This character though I didn't enjoy the fact that she was so quick to accuse everyone.  It was borderline annoying.

I hope the next in the next book she will have have more development. 

I did enjoy this book and will continue to read.  It was a nice quick read and it was hard to put down.  I am looking forward to seeing more of the "ZACH attach" ( you will have to read it to understand) and more of the developing romance. =)

Happy Reading!!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read

• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser is:
"I was charmed by the fact that he asked how I was faring before peppering me with questions.  I told him I'd had a heck of a first day on the job and explained how I'd found Marlette dead on the sofa."

My book:

What are you reading?

Happy Reading!

Book Review: "I Want it Now" by Julie Dawn Cole

Book Description:

In 1970, Julie Dawn Cole was cast as the unforgettable Veruca Salt in the classic motion picture Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory with Gene Wilder. Since its release in 1971, this epic musical has endured as a favorite of children from around the world with a fan base that encompasses generations of movie goers. With its unforgettable characters, chocolaty landscapes and everlasting music, this charming fairy-tale mixes these ingredients into what has been become a cinematic classic from literary legend Roald Dahl. Praised by critics worldwide and often featured in broadcasts with other masterpiece musicals, it remains a timeless treasure. Acclaimed film critic Robert Ebert wrote: "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is probably the best film of its sort since The Wizard of Oz. It is everything that family movies usually claim to be, but aren't: Delightful, funny, scary, exciting, and, most of all, a genuine work of imagination." Julie Dawn Cole has written an enchanting and richly illustrated memoir that offers a rare look behind the stage curtain to this ageless film. Splendidly illustrated with personal letters, never-seen-before photographs and documents; her mesmerizing story chronicles the entire production experience and tells of the remarkable journey of how she became known worldwide as a really bad egg. Filled with countless funny and touching memories, her story takes readers behind-the-scenes of Willy Wonka and the resulting coming of age journey that brought the cast together again after nearly a quarter century. I Want it Now takes readers beyond the world of pure imagination and behind the scenes to this universally cherished motion picture. A true-to-life Charlie Bucket tale, Julie's story is unforgettable... 

My thoughts.....

Willy Wonka is one of my MOST favorite movies EVER!  When I Saw that this was free on the kindle - I had to get it. 

First I will have to tell you that I am not a big biography reader.  This being said....

I did enjoy the pictures of the set.  I did enjoy hearing how Julie Dawn Cole came to be "Veruca Salt".  I also enjoyed to read about the movie.  But the title of the book was misleading.  The movie was maybe 1/4 to a 1/3 of the book - the rest was about her life.  That was my beef I guess.  I was looking forward to hearing more about one of my favorite movies.  So this was a quick read for me.

I give it 2 1/2 to 3 stars.

Happy Reading!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Book Review: "A Town Called Valentine" by Emma Cane

Book Description:

Welcome to Valentine Valley -- where broken hearts come home to mend, and true love may lie just across the range . . . — Emily Murphy never thought she’d return to her mom’s rustic hometown in the Colorado Mountains. But after her marriage in San Francisco falls apart, leaving her penniless and heartsick, she returns to her old family home to find a new direction for her life. On her first night back, though, a steamy encounter with handsome rancher Nate Thalberg is not the fresh start she had in mind...

Nate has good reason not to trust the determined beauty who just waltzed into town -- he’s no stranger to betrayal. Besides, she’s only there to sell her family’s old property and move back out. But as Nate and Emily begin working side-by-side to restore her time-worn building and old family secrets change Emily’s perception of herself, both are about to learn how difficult it is to hide from love in a place known far and wide for romance, family ties, and happily-ever-afters: a town called Valentine.

My thoughts:
I read this book as part of my Reading Challenge.  I am very happy for this challenge.  This book has been on my TBR shelf for awhile. 

This is a first in the series by Emma Cane.  This book focuses on Emily Murphy, who comes back to Valentine Valley to tie up some loose ends.  Here she makes friends and falls in love.  She is torn between her feelings and her desire to return to her previous life.  While in Valentine Valley she finds out a secret her deceased mother had kept from her so she also wants some answers before leaving.

I enjoyed this book a lot.  I am not sure if this is a first book by the author. If it isn't - she is new to me.  I will be looking forward to the next in the series, as well as seeing what else she has out there.

The book kept me involved - kept me a part of the story - Valentine Valley is a small town - I live in a small town.  I felt a part of Valentine Valley.  I couldn't wait to read what would happen next.

I can't wait for book #2.

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read

• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

"Emily spent the next two days in a fog or romance."  Gorgeous cowboy Nate was desperate to date her."

"A Town Called Valentine" by Emma Cane

Happy Reading!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Epically Awesome Award of Epic Awesomeness

 The Epic Award of Epic Awesomeness was bestowed upon me by the epically awesome, Stacy at Stacy Sews and Schools.  Thank you Stacy!!

The rules are simple:
Nominate 10 bloggers that you think deserve this.
Provide 10 random facts about yourself.
So, here’s goes the fun!

Ok here it goes:

1.  My anniversary date is a combo of my husband and my birthday's - His is April 26 and mine May 9 - so we were married 9/26.

2.  I am a cookbook fanatic.  I LOVE them - love trying new recipes.

3.  My favorite color is purple.

4.  I just got my first pedicure last year.  LOVE them now!

5.  I have one tattoo - looking forward to my next one...

6.  I have 4 cats.

7.  I love Pandora - where else can you go from Adam Lambert to Jason Aldean to Fergie?

8.  I LOVE diet coke.

9.  I like fountain pop more than bottles or cans.

10.  I collect Santa 'stuff."

Now that I have totally bored you about me.....  LOL!

Now to pass this on to 10 other EPICALLY AWESOME bloggers!

Bloggin' About Books

Cindy's Books and Bits

Ann's Reading Corner

Colletta's Kitchen Sink

Crazy Adventures in Parenting

Crazy for Books

Kristen's Book Nook

On the Wings of Books

Escaping with Books

Lori Out Loud

So check out these great blogs!!

Happy Reading!!

Book Review: "Barefoot Season" by Susan Mallery

Book Description:

Army vet Michelle Sanderson has returned to the Blackberry Island Inn to claim her inheritance and recover from the perils of war. What she finds instead is the inn in financial trouble … and the owner’s suite occupied by the last person she wants to see. — Single mother Carly is no stranger to adversity, but this time her back is against the wall. Because if the inn goes under, she and her daughter will go with it.

Now, to save their livelihoods, Carly and Michelle have to call a truce. Question is, can they move beyond their devastating past … and rediscover the friendship of a lifetime?

My thoughts:

This is the 1st in a new series by Susan Mallery featuring "Blackberry Island."

I am a BIG Susan Mallery fan so I was very excited to hear she was starting another series.  (Not that I am caught up on Fool's Gold but that is a whole different story ha ha). 

I was caught up in the story from the beginning.  To me, it is not like any of her other books.  We get a picture of the Blackberry Island Inn and the back history of the two main characters - Michelle and Carly.  Throughout the book we get bits and pieces of their history, while still moving forward with the current story. 

The way the author tells Michelle's feelings of having returned to Blackberry Island and still trying to recover from her injury is enough to not put the book down.  The way the story moves along you don't want to put it down as you want to see how everything works out.

It has a touch of romance, but this book is mainly about how Carly and Michelle learn to deal with their past and work towards their future. 

I highly recommend this book to anyone.  The second book in the series was just released and I can't wait to get that one as well.

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Teaser Tuesdays


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title &; author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


Here is my teaser for the week:

"As for what Michelle had been through - she had a feeling it was worse than anything Carly could imagine.  Maybe understanding wasn't possible, but a little compassion couldn't hurt."

"Barefoot Season" by Susan Mallery

Happy Reading! 

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Book review: Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks

Book Description:

A tender story of hope and joy, of sacrifice and forgiveness -- a moving reminder that love is possible at any age, at any time, and often comes when we least expect it. — NIGHTS IN RODANTHE — At forty-five, Adrienne Willis must rethink her entire life when her husband abandons her for a younger woman. Reeling with heartache and in search of a respite, she flees to the small coastal town of Rodanthe, North Carolina, to tend to a friend's inn for the weekend.

But when a major storm starts moving in, it appears that Adrienne's perfect getaway will be ruined -- until a guest named Paul Flanner arrives. At fifty-four, Paul has just sold his medical practice and come to Rodanthe to escape his own shattered past. Now, with the storm closing in, two wounded people will turn to each other for comfort -- and in one weekend set in motion feelings that will resonate throughout the rest of their lives.

My thoughts:

I was looking for a nice quick read.  I haven't read Nicholas Sparks in awhile, so I picked this one up.  It didn't grab me at first.  I was just reading it to read it - waiting for the usual "Spark".  It took awhile - I was probably 1/2 way into the book and then pow!  I was intrigued with what will happen next with Adrienne and Paul. 

Nicholas Sparks has a way with his writing that just captures the reader.  The feelings the characters share - just blows me away. 

And as with almost all teh Nicholas Sparks' books I have read - I shed a tear or two.

I realized while reading that this book was made into a movie.  I might check it out.  We will see.

Have you seen the movie and read the book? 
Your thoughts?

Happy Reading!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Happy 100th Post!!

Happy 100th post to me!!!

I hope to have 100 more, but to be honest I am not sure.  I am not sure how to get my blog out there for readers.  I get a handful of lookers and barely any comments.  Not sure if I am doing something wrong or if I am just not that interesting.  =)

No this post isn't supposed to be a 'poor me' post. 

Maybe I need to incorporate more than the books I am reading.... I don't know....

To be continued.....

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Teaser Tuesday


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title &; author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Here is my teaser for the week:
"Paul hesitated.  He didn't have to explain himself, not to her, not to anyone, but as he walked on under the flickering sky on a cold January evening, he suddenly realized that he wanted her to know him - really know him, in all his contradictions."
"Nights in Rodanthe" by Nicolas Sparks
Happy Teaser Tuesday!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Book Review: "The Sweetest Thing" by Jill Shalvis

Book Description:

Two Men Are One Too Many . . . — Tara has a thousand good reasons not to return to the little coastal town of Lucky Harbor, Washington. Yet with her life doing a major crash-and-burn, anywhere away from her unfulfilled dreams and sexy ex-husband will do. As Tara helps her two sisters get their newly renovated inn up and running, she finally has a chance to get things under control and come up with a new plan for her life.

But a certain tanned, green-eyed sailor has his own ideas, such as keeping Tara hot, bothered . . . and in his bed. And when her ex wants Tara back, three is a crowd she can't control-especially when her deepest secret reappears out of the blue. Now Tara must confront her past and discover what she really wants. If she's lucky, she might just find that everything her heart desires is right here in Lucky Harbor.

My thoughts:

This is the second in the "Lucky Harbor" series.  The first one is "Simply Irresistible."  This book focuses on another sister - Tara.  Tara returns to Lucky Harbor to help her other sisters in re-opening their mom's inn. 

Tara has a 'secret' with Ford and tries to hide her feelings, but can not - enter ex husband who wants her back - perfect love triangle.  Who will win? 

I loved the triangle even though you knew who would win.  But reading about her 'fighting' her inner feelings kept me from not putting it down. 

There are also a few chuckles in the book.  =)  Love to smile while reading.

Jill Shalvis is a great writer - so far I haven't wanted to put one of her books down.  I have also read the "Animal Magnetism" series. 

I can't wait to read more in the series.

Happy Reading!!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Book Review: "A Light at Winter's End" By Julia London

Book Description:

Holly Fisher opens her door one day and finds her estranged sister Hannah standing there with a glassy look and her nine-month old baby on her hip. Before Holly knows what is happening, Hannah has left her baby with Holly and disappeared. Three months later, fresh out of rehab for addiction to painkillers, Hannah shows up sober, contrite, and wanting her son back. But Holly is in love with the baby and not willing to give him up to the mother who abandoned him.

Into the middle of this extraordinary conflict between two sisters walks a lonesome cowboy, Wyatt Clark (Summer of Two Wishes) who knows a thing or two about childcare and fractured families. He’s had his own troubles and has stayed away from women the last couple of years, but he can’t resist Holly and the baby. But when Holly is delivered a devastating blow and returns the baby to his mother, Holly is too distraught to continue her relationship with Wyatt. It will take an extraordinary turn from Hannah to bring Holly and Wyatt together so that they both may find the happiness that has eluded them.

My thoughts:

After starting this book and looking up to post the picture for the blog, I noticed that this was book three in the series.  I have read book one.  If you have read previous posts, you will know I am very particular when it comes to series.  After my initial mini panic attack ha ha - I realized that I could read book two after this book.  This book has a character from book one, which I read.  So I carried on with reading this one as I couldn't put it down at this point.

In the first book, "Summer of Two Wishes" Wyatt Clark was introduced.   He is brought back in this book.  This is only the second book I have read by Julia London.  She writes a lot of historical romances, and those aren't my cup of tea. 

When I read the first book, I was entranced with the characters and story.  I was hoping this would be the case with this book.  I was not disappointed.  The author has a way to capture the reader with the story.  I couldn't put this down.  I didn't like having to put it down.  The conflicts that Holly had with her sister, having her nephew, with Wyatt, her job.... I couldn't wait to read what happened next.  I was very pleased with this book.  I hope there are more in the series, or that the author will continue to write more contemporary romances.

This book was my January book for the Reading Challenge I signed up for.  I hope all my picks are as good as this one.

Happy Reading!!