fiction · Three Star

The Fireman’s Christmas Wish by Nan Reinhardt

Description:

Her heart is wide open, but he’s nailed his shut.

Preschool teacher Harley Cole has always viewed life through rose-colored glasses. With a career she loves, friends she enjoys, and a home that is her haven, there’s only one thing missing—finding her soul mate. As the holidays approach, Harley is inspired to help her former high school crush rediscover his holiday joy. It’s just a good deed…until the feelings she thought were gone come rushing back.

Fire Chief Becker Lange returns home to River’s Edge with a heavy heart. His divorce has emotionally ravaged him, leaving him more confused than ever about what women want. So to protect himself from another failure, he closes his heart. And then Harley Cole makes him a flirty dare that she can help him overcome the holiday blues. Beck’s not sure he wants to, but Harley’s a hard woman to tell no.

Can the magic of Christmas and a sweet stray kitten bring these two lonely souls together?

My Review:

I loved Lucy she was so fun to read about. Harley had a huge heart and really wanted what’s best for not just Beck but everyone in her life. She also faced a lot with her mom being sick and trying to navigate life, all the while trying to find where she best fit. Beck was a grouch and the first word that came to mind is Ogre, he just had this “woah is me” through the whole book and just could seem to look out side of his situation to see what others were faced with sometimes. I was not a huge fan of him. In some situations you could see his heart was in the right place but still, I just wanted to grab him and say snap out of it. I like his brothers Max and Rye they seemed to add a fun element to the book as well. I would say that over all it was a decent read and a quick read. 

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fiction · Three Star

When You Kiss Me Melinda Curtis

Description:

USA Today Bestseller Melinda Curtis brings another installment of The Kissing Test, an irresistibly funny, secret identity, clean romantic comedy.

She’s a serious-minded academic…

Professor Violet Summer thinks of herself as the frumpy Summer sister who doesn’t go on adventures or fall for handsome strangers. Her idea of excitement is spending the summer at her family’s home in the Hamptons researching Shakespeare’s influence on modern literature.

He’s made a vow to change his ways…

Texas oilman Cooper Pearson made a bet with his father that he could survive one summer without the family’s money or influence. Now he’s an anonymous hired-hand exercising horses at a Hamptons stable–far removed from his typical four-star summer vacation.

A chance meeting on the beach ignites a moment of excitement that Violet has experienced many times, but only in the musty pages she has studied. Will she have the courage to see how this real-life story ends?

If you enjoy secret identity movies like My Secret Billionaire or The Prince and Me, you’ll enjoy this full-length, clean romantic comedy with an HEA and no cliffhangers.

My Review:

Overall I like this story, I felt liked Grandma Dotty and Coop made this story for me. I was not a huge fan of Violet I felt like she came off as stuck, selfish and had a “better than you” attitude for most of the book. Coop was determined to make a better person of himself and be the person his dad saw him to be. I felt like was laid back but also had a big heart and wanted to leave people better than he found them he just wanted to find his place in the world. Now what can I say about Grandma Dotty she was the true star of this series so far she a pistol and truly wants nothing but the best for those she loves. She holds nothing back and will have you laughing so hard. I can’t wait to see where the author take Maggie’s story she seems to have a huge heart with big dreams. This book is a clean read so its suitable for all.  

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fiction · Three Star

Wyoming Rodeo Rescue Carol Ross

Description:

Will a Wyoming cowboy…

Rescue her heart?

Famous equestrian Summer Davies travels to Wyoming to escape a scandal…and rescue Levi Blackwell’s rodeo. When she arrives early, the only place to stay is with the ornery—and gorgeous—cowboy. Their commitment to making the rodeo a success, and Summer’s affection for his young daughter, draws them together. When he learns about her past, will he still want her help? Or will he end up chasing her away?

USA TODAY Bestselling Author

From Harlequin Heartwarming: Wholesome stories of love, compassion and belonging.

The Blackwells of Eagle Springs

Book 1: Wyoming Promise by Anna J. Stewart
Book 2: 
A Wyoming Secret Proposal by Amy Vastine
Book 3: 
Wyoming Rodeo Rescue by Carol Ross
Book 4: 
Her Favorite Wyoming Sheriff by Cari Lynn Webb
Book 5: 
Wyoming Christmas Reunion by Melinda Curtis

My Review:

I was not a huge fan of this book in the end. I felt like this book started off strong and then just tapered off. I really liked Isle she was full of spirit but my heart broke for her with the way her parents acted. I liked Theo as well I so wanted more of his story he seemed like he had such a big heart and really cared for those he loved. I found Levi to be a bit of a jerk and he was not my favorite. I did like Summer why she was running from her problems she was also finding herself and how to make a better life for her and those she loved. She was a fighter and would stop at nothing to protect those close to her. This is a clean read and suitable for all readers. Overall while I liked finding out more about The Blackwells this book just was not for me. 

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fiction · Three Star

Beneath the Sapphire Sky Dakota Harrison

Description:

They’ve known each other for years…

Born and raised on adjacent family vineyards, and inseparable since childhood, there’s not much Belle Davis and Dante Casellati don’t know about each other. That crush Belle had on him in her teens? Dante knows about it. Dante’s confirmed bachelor stance? Belle’s heard it all before. And each believes the other is happy with the status quo.

Used to pushing aside her own dreams and desires out of duty to her ailing mother, Belle dismisses all hope of her and Dante ever being in the same place at the same time emotionally, until Dante’s prodigal brother returns to Kurrajong Crossing and makes a play for her. Dante’s jealousy finally prompts him to act on the attraction to Belle he’s been ignoring for years. Taking their relationship one step further, life is bliss…until tragedy strikes Belle’s family. As tensions rise and hope of a happy outcome fades fast, Belle’s guilt estranges her and Dante for the first time in their lives. 

Can they salvage their love, or will harsh words and the fear of truly letting one another in ruin everything?

My Review:So I have never read anything by this author so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I did find the overall story a good and quick read. I did also feel like the characters in this story acted way younger then the author said there ages were. I liked Daunte and his family, but I felt like he didn’t know what he wanted out of life. He seemed to not really have a care in the world yet he did care for those closest to him and would do anything for them. I liked Belle however I did find her on the immature side, she just wanted to live a little but act like someone in there 20’s. I did feel like she had the whole world on her shoulders and didn’t know what or how to truly handle it. There is adult content in this book so it may not be suitable for all readers. Overall this was a fun read!

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Three Star

A Lot Like Forever Jennifer Snow

Description:

Whitney Carlisle has everything under control—or at least that’s what she needs everyone in Blue Moon Bay to think. She has always faced the hard times in her life head-on and come out stronger for it. But this time, she isn’t so sure. Whitney knows she needs help, but how can she put that burden on Trent, her fiancé? How can she crush his dreams by telling him the plans they made for a future together have to change?

All Trent Connolly wants is to get married, have kids, and spend the rest of his life loving Whitney. Their relationship has had its share of ups and downs—like any other couple—and they’ve always managed to get through it unscathed. So when Whitney is clearly struggling with something, Trent is ready to help. His fiancée’s strong will is part of what draws him to her—but this time, it feels like it’s pushing him away.

Whatever Whitney is hiding from everyone has to be big. Possibly life-changing. She must believe that revealing her secret would do Trent more harm than good, even if it crushes her under the weight of it. The only thing he can do now is be there for her in whatever way she needs…until a secret of his own comes to light that threatens to steal their chance at forever. 

Each book in the Blue Moon Bay series is STANDALONE:
* A Lot Like Love
* A Lot Like Christmas
* A Lot Like Forever

My Review:

I was really torn with this book, I will say that I did like it. Let me explain though I am one of those people who will judge a book by its cover and don’t ever read the back. So Going in I wasn’t sure what to expect, the story started off super strong and I was on board until about half way through. I liked Trent a lot he seemed like a really good guy with the biggest heart but it also seemed not matter what he did as far as in his life it seemed he was always on pins and needles with Whitney just waiting for the “ball to drop”. Whitney came off like a strong female at first but then came off as whiny almost annoying. I felt like she spent more time pushing away those who loved her. I really loved the relationship with the four friends they were “ride or die” they would drop anything and help each other out. I wish the world had more friendships like that. Overall the story was a fun read, it does have adult content so it may not be suitable for all readers. 

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Three Star

The Montana Rancher Paula Altenburg

Description:

He’s been keeping secrets. She needs the truth…

Reclusive billionaire and enigmatic ranch owner Ryan O’Connell spares no expense when it comes to the Endeavour Ranch and its charitable organizations. Next up on his philanthropic agenda is a youth group home for troubled teenage boys. When he hires a social worker to work with the counselors and teen clients, he thinks he can take a step back. But her beauty and determination are tough to ignore and even tougher to resist.

Heiress Elizabeth Benson became a social worker after her older sister was murdered, destroying her once-close family. She’s fiercely protective of the boys on the Endeavour Ranch and is determined to learn more about her mysterious boss who is so much more than the quiet cowboy he pretends to be. Too bad their chemistry complicates everything.

Can Ryan trust Elizabeth with his darkest secrets? Or does he risk losing even more than his heart?

My Review:

I really liked Elizabeth she was a fighter and ready to help those who took something so precious from her. She was so fun and feisty and one of my favorite characters in the book. I also really liked Dallas and Dan they were friends who you always want in your corner. I was not a huge fan of Ryan I really wanted to like him especially because of all the good he was doing, I just felt like he was the a big know it all and came off like a jerk. Over all this book was ok it does contain adult situations and topics that may not be suitable for all readers. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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