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 · Two Star

My Christmas with You by Fortune Whelan

Description:

Christmas is a time for family and forgiveness…

Mabel Gray is no stranger to rebuilding her life. She ran away from her childhood sweetheart, ghosting him to create a life away from her controlling family in Conception Bay. Fifteen years later, she’s done it again. After walking away from her marriage and the hotel empire she built with her ex, she’s broke and a single mom to a teen. But with a loan from her mother, she plans to rise again, this time back in her hometown. Her only concern? Running into Danny, the man she’s never forgotten.

Danny Dorsey knows all about second chances. After recklessly crashing his car days after signing a professional hockey contract, he lost everything—including the girl he loved. Years later, he’s the wealthy creator of an illustrious social media and lifestyle brand. Finally feeling settled, Danny makes an unexpected detour to visit his family for Christmas…only to find himself sitting with Mabel at dinner.

Falling in love has always been easy. But will the secrets of the past once again tear them apart?

My Review:

This is a new to me author so that being said I have not read any of the other book in the series. However this book was not for me. There was a LOT of back and forth with “I like you today, but not tomorrow” it just kind of got old. I found Dany harsh and almost mean for most of the book except when it came to his niece otherwise I am not really a fan at all. I did like Season, Charmaine, Clark, Athena, Leena they just added a lot of fun and laughter to the book. I found I did like Mabel she was a fighter and she wanted to give the best life she could for her daughter. Overall I would say this was not a book I would find myself rereading, There is adult language and content in this book so it my not be suitable for all. 

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fiction · four star

Love Always, Christmas Karen Schaler

Description:

From Karen Schaler, the three-time Emmy Award–winning writer of Netflix sensation A Christmas Prince and Hallmark’s Christmas Camp, the movie and novel, comes a sparkling new Christmas romance filled with humor, heart, and hope.

Libby is planning to spend the holidays alone until a mysterious Christmas card takes her on a life-changing journey where she discovers a family she didn’t know she had and a love she was never expecting to find…

Libby Larson’s Christmas wish is to get the holidays over as fast as possible. After losing her mom, her only family, she’s bah humbugging Christmas, while desperately trying to save her childhood Seattle home.

But when Libby finds a twenty-year-old unopened Christmas card addressed to her mom, what she discovers inside takes her to the snowy mountain town of Holly Peak.

As family secrets start to unravel, Libby must rely on Holly Peak’s handsome town manager, Adam Thompson, to help her find answers while reluctantly participating in the town’s quirky Christmas traditions.

In the midst of merrymaking and mistletoe, Libby’s life is forever changed when this Christmas brings her the gift of a family and true love.

Bonus Content: Includes exclusive Christmas recipes from Love Always, Christmas.

My Review:

I was really torn with this book. I really loved how the book started with Libby and Adam arguing I was laughing so hard and that will sum up the overall book. It will have you laughing and crying and laughing so hard again. I loved CECE she was a pistol and who would not want to have a Cece in there corner. I liked Adam while he was a instigator sometimes he also had a huge heart and truly loved those in his life. Libby was a workaholic who needed to find balance in her life but she also really had a good heart. What I had a hard time with in this story It just felt that the author described things a little too much, to me it just was like ok great the snow is white can we get back to the story. I did like how the author kept it clean and it was really fun read. I will say it does put you in the Christmas spirit. 

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fiction · four star

A Boyfriend by Christmas by Jami Rogers

Description:

She’s looking for the one. He just wants a plus-one.

This Christmas, tradition is going to be on photographer Lucy Adam’s side. She’ll finally find Mr. Right and marry him at the gazebo at Melody Square Park, where her late parents tied the knot. There’s just one snag in her plan. Scrooge, aka Carter Evergreen, plans to demolish the park. She needs all the mistletoe she can muster now that her goal has an expiration date.

Lucy has always been the girl next door—literally—and the one that got away. If she wants to find her true love, Carter’s happy to provide dating advice if she’ll be his plus-one at business functions. And to sweeten the pot, he’ll consider her ideas to save the park, too.

But Carter also knows the property is unstable and repairs are too costly. As they grow closer, he’s willing to do anything to save this holiday season for her—except grant her what she wants most. Can their partnership build the real foundation they need to create a magical future?

My Review:

This is a new to me author I will say I thought this book was a fun read. In the middle of it the one thing that came to mind was “hot mess express”. Obviously when you take to strong headed people you are bound to have some lack of communication and this was very much the case in this story. Lucy loss her parents young and is a fighter and a romantic at heart and will do anything for those she loves and cares about including her small town. Carter on the other had I found very stuck up and selfish and was looking to find away to prove himself to his family, he seeks out to find himself. Overall this book was a fun read and a clean read so I would say its suitable for all readers. 

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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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www.dakotaharrison.com

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fiction · four star

Cowboy on the Run Anne McAllister

Description:

World’s most eligible bachelor?

Gotta be a joke. Sure, he’s heir to a Montana ranching empire, but Rance Phillips has no intention of perpetuating the dynasty just because a lifestyle magazine and his meddling father are pushing brides-to-be down his throat. But when his path unexpectedly crosses Ellie O’Connor’s, he pulls up short.

Once his college sweetheart, strong-willed, stubborn Ellie is now a widowed mother of four. Four? Rance should be running for the hills. Instead he lingers, then settles in, determined to help save her family’s ranch for Josh, her eldest son.

Ellie doesn’t want help. She doesn’t want Rance! Well, actually she does. But he won’t stay. Not forever. 

So he needs to leave now. Before she falls for him again. Before her willpower crumbles. But mostly before Rance notices that Josh looks far too much like him!

My Review:

SO my favorite line in this story was “Last I heard homicide was illegal in Montana”. I feel like when the characters are faced with some really tough subjects that author will throw in a line like this that will have you laughing. I like Rance he seemed like he had a big heart and sought out to do what was right even when it didn’t make sense. I felt like Ellie was tough and strong yet also came off broken and just looking to hang in there for her kids. I will say there is adult topics and content that may not be suitable for all readers. Overall was a fun read. 

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Christian fiction · four star

Harvest Moon Denise Hunter

Description:

She thought he was arrogant. He thought her walls would never come down. Then they fell in love.

Forever walking the line between passion and conflict, Laurel and Gavin’s relationship ended in divorce after years of miscommunication and unmet expectations. Now pursuing their own separate lives and careers, the two are content . . . though not completely happy.

When their best friends, Mike and Mallory, are killed in a plane crash, Laurel and Gavin are stunned to learn they’ve been named guardians of their friends’ young daughter, Emma. Putting their differences aside, the estranged couple search for a suitable guardian as they care for Emma and manage Mike and Mallory’s apple orchard.

Soon tempers flare—as does the passion they both remember so well. And Laurel and Gavin find themselves working through their past—their mistakes, their miscommunications, and ultimately the tragedy that ended their marriage.

Will the seeds of love, still growing inside them, thrive and flourish? Or will grief and regret strangle the feelings before they can fully blossom?

My Review:

This book was really good. There are so many emotions with this story. While it was tough to read sometimes, it was also hard to put down. I really like Gavin he faced a lot and took on all he lived in his pain but also tried to find a way to heal. Laurel came of super insecure throughout the book and it came of sometime as whiney. However she worked really hard to find healing in the pain. I felt this book was pretty original its not something you read about in christian fiction and it was very refreshing. I will say the author does switch back and forth from the present to the past and in the beginning it takes a minute to realize but you do catch on quick when the switch goes on. Overall this is a clean read and I would totally recommend its well worth the read. 

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A Cup of Autumn Melissa McClone

Description:

He thought he had the perfect plan…

When elite university professor Keaton Andrews walks into a meeting with the dean, he expects to hear that his tenure application is on track. Instead, his beloved department is cut. Regrouping in Silver Falls with family seems like his best option. One morning, he takes a risk and orders a pumpkin spice latte from the beautiful barista at the local coffee shop. Too bad she doesn’t seem to find him nearly as intriguing as he finds her…

Raine Hanover is no longer swayed by a charming smile, especially by a nerdy—and distractingly handsome—academic. She’s taking a break from romance and focusing on running her increasingly busy coffee shop. But when Raine is involuntarily put in charge of organizing the town’s Halloween bash, Keaton jumps in to help, and it’s not long before sparks, and kisses, fly.

As the leaves begin to fall, Raine wonders if she should risk taking another chance on happily ever after, especially with a man who has dreams and goals so far away from Silver Falls and her.

My Review:

I really liked this book it was so cute. I loved Raine she knew what she wanted and would stop at nothing to fight to get it, she was someone who would do anything for those she loved. Without giving about to much, Keaton was more of a stick in the mud but you see him grow in this book and even in the end he still continues to learn. I loved the friendship between the five girlfriends they seemed more like sisters then best friends. The author kept this book clean so it will be suitable for all readers. Overall all I really enjoy this story so fun and worth the read. 

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melissamcclone.com

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