Thursday, August 16, 2018

Review: His Best Friend's Sister (Devil's Rock at Whiskey River Book 2) by Eve Gaddy

Whiskey River businessman Zack Banister has had his eye on Laurel Lewis for years, even though she's always been off-limits. The timing has never been right between them, but now that they’re both free, Zack is determined to convince Laurel that he's the perfect man for her.

The last thing Laurel needs is a white knight. She's a single mom and knows she can only rely on herself. But the thought of a fling with Zack is a different matter—and far too tempting to resist.

Then reality crashes in and Laurel faces hard decisions. And Zack will do anything to convince her to take a risk on him for their happy ever after. 

My Review: 

Laurel Lewis was Zack Banister’s best friend’s sister.  Therefore, she was supposed to be off limits.  But Zach had always had a thing for Laurel and he was finally ready to make his move.  Laurel was a divorced single mother, living in Whiskey River in a run-down apartment.  She worked two jobs just to stay ahead.  Her plan was to eventually find a better place to live.  Laurel had been hurt by her ex and wasn’t trusting of men or her own decisions when it came to men, but she finally agreed to date Zach.  When Laurel ends up pregnant with twins, everything changes.  Zach wants to get married, but Laurel fears Zach might change like her ex did.  Zach has a lot of work ahead of him if he wants to convince Laurel how much he loves her and that he is nothing like her ex was.    

I enjoyed this book a lot even though it was a very quick read.  Several times I got upset with Laurel for being so hardheaded and making Zach wait for her.  But it all played out well in the end and they got their happy ever after. 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Review: Nobody Said It'd Be Easy by Patty Blount

They say time heals all wounds…

It’s been two years since former engineer Gabriel Ivers lost his wife and accepted a job as a building superintendent to be home with his children. His focus is being both mom and dad to his girls, until the beautiful Amelia Blake moves next door and reminds him he’s a man as well as a dad. Just as he begins to hope that his life can once again hold more than homework, chores, and movie-and-manicure nights with his girls, he discovers the reason for the fragility beneath Lia's warm smile.

Lia is trying to move on with her life after a miscarriage ends all hope for a baby, and a subsequent betrayal destroys her marriage. She’s charmed by her new neighbor with his sparkling manicure, multi-colored hair clips, and his brood of girls, but disturbed by the sexual tension that sizzles between them. Gabe and his daughters remind her of everything she’s always wanted and it would be so easy to take what he's offering her. But is she ready to risk her heart again, especially when her heart isn't the only one in play?

Falling in love is easy. Staying in love is hard. Good thing Gabe is a fighter who's determined to prove to Lia he’s in this for the long haul…the rest of their lives.

My Review:

An emotional story about two people learning to love again.

Lia Blake was done with men.  While in the hospital, after losing her baby and having emergency surgery, her husband admitted to falling in love with someone else and he wanted a divorce.  Every day Lia had to witness them leaving their apartment building together.  But when Lia saw the new girlfriend’s baby bump, she decided it was time to move. 

Former engineer and widower, Gabe Ivers, was working as a maintenance man at an apartment building.  He couldn’t swing working full time while raising four daughters.  He had to do what was best for them after losing his wife.  Gabe’s wife was the love of his life and he never planned on finding anyone else.  The day he met Lia, everything changed.  But Gabe was afraid to get involved with Lia.  He felt he was doing his late wife a dishonor and didn’t know how his kids would feel about it. 

Lia and Gabe become friends and eventually lovers.  Lia even accepts Gabe’s girls as her own.  When one of the girls ends up in the emergency room, Gabe shuts down and pushes Lia away.  But with a little sneaky intervention, they just might find themselves back together again.

You want to be sure to have your tissue handy while reading this book.  You will need it.  The author did a fantastic job writing this story.  There was the perfect amount of family, love and drama in this book; along with a little heartbreak and a lot happiness. 

Monday, August 13, 2018

Review: The Runaway Princess Bride (Castles of Dallas Book 3) by Lenora Worth

After making a serious misjudgment about the man she was about to marry, Cara escaped to the one place she always felt safe–her family’s ranch. She wants to evade the paparazzi and hide her near disastrous mistake from her family, while she tries to figure out what's next.

In need of peace after a tumultuous year supervising the building of Castle's first technology store, Aidan Castle escapes to the Double L Ranch. When he enters the den, he's shocked to find a woman sleeping in a wedding dress. Worse, he recognizes her as the beautiful socialite he kissed at Castle's costume ball. He'd felt that night was special and when Cara left, he'd lost a little piece of his heart.

Cara has no place to go, and Aidan’s not sure he wants to kick her out. When a winter storm traps them in, their attraction and bond become undeniable. Cara opens up and Aidan can't resist playing white knight and offering to scrub all details of her secret love life to save grace with her powerful brother. But then, he discovers secrets that make him question everything. Can he trust her? 

My Review:

Aiden Castle and Cara Lamon were stranded together at Double L Ranch, during a freak Texas snow storm.  The last time Aiden and Cara were together was the night of Lone Star Castle store party.  They got drunk and made out before Cara told him she was secretly engaged and then fled the building.  They haven’t seen each other since then. 

On Cara’s wedding day, she found out her fiancĂ©, Trey, was a con artist and only after her money.  She left him at the alter and headed back to Texas.  Her mother always told Cara and her brother that if they ever get in trouble, go home to Texas.  Texas heals all wounds.  Cara was still in her wedding gown, laying on the couch in her depressed state, when Aiden found her.  Aiden didn’t expect anyone to be at the ranch while he was working on the security system, so he was surprised to see Cara there. 

When Aiden found out what happened to Cara and learned of her concern for a possible scandal right before her brother’s wedding, he used his computer skills to hide and change things online that might be used against Cara and her family.  Aiden and Cara worked together to trap Trey the betrayer and it helps them realize the feelings they both have for each other.

I completely enjoyed this book and series.  I hate to see it come to an end.  The writing, characters, setting, romance and drama all worked together to keep my eyes glued to the pages. 

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Review: Coming Home (Texas Sisters #2) by Audrey Wick

College professor Mallory Fredrick loves her job in a city that feels like home, but after a student attacks her on social media, she loses her peace of mind and confidence. When her college offers a sabbatical, she jumps at the chance to escape to her hometown in Texas.

Entrepreneur Alec O'Donnell specializes in helping people in crisis. He’s built his company and career on packing up lives as people start over. It's just business until he meets Mallory. Something about the beautiful and fragile woman who still manages to hold on to her sense of humor affects him. As feelings develop, he realizes he's not ready for her to move out of his life.

Can Mallory find peace, or will a second setback keep her from coming home for good?

My Review: 

College professor, Mallory Fredrick and Alec O’Donnell meet when Mallory needs a moving company to help her move some of her things from Santa Fe, New Mexico, to her sister’s house in Seguin, Texas.  Mallory, a college professor took a sabbatical after a student attacked her on social media.  She was fearful of what he might try next.  Along the drive to Texas, Mallory and Alec become good friends and they start having feelings for each other.  Mallory doesn’t really want a relationship, but Alec refuses to give up.  He even goes as far as inviting Mallory to his family reunion in Santa Fe, which Mallory accepts.  But, that was when Mallory found out something about Alec’s family that scared her back to Texas as fast as she could get there.  Now Alec must work extra hard to get Mallory back and to help her overcome her fears.  

I enjoyed this book a lot.  The characters were believable and the story kept me interested the entire time I was reading. There was romance along with a bit of suspense to keep the story moving along nicely.  There was even a Persian cat named Bella who stole quite a few scenes.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Set Your Calendars, Tule Publishing is Holding a Facebook Party

You don't want to miss the party of the summer.  

On July 31, 10:00 am to 7:00 pm EST, Tule Publishing is holding a summer book release Party on Facebook.  This is one party you don't want to miss out on.  Lots of great authors to chat with and lots of fabulous prizes will be given away. 

Join the group now:  Tule Book Club

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Review: Every Time You Go Away by Beth Harbison

In New York Times bestselling author Beth Harbison's most emotional novel ever, a fractured family must come together at a beach house haunted by the past.

Willa has never fully recovered from the sudden death of her husband, Ben. She became an absent mother to her young son, Jamie, unable to comfort him while reeling from her own grief.
Now, years after Ben’s death, Willa finally decides to return to the beach house where he passed. It’s time to move on and put the Ocean City, Maryland house on the market.

When Willa arrives, the house is in worse shape than she could have imagined, and the memories of her time with Ben are overwhelming. They met at this house and she sees him around every corner. Literally. Ben’s ghost keeps reappearing, trying to start conversations with Willa. And she can’t help talking back.

To protect her sanity, Willa enlists Jamie, her best friend Kristin, and Kristin’s daughter Kelsey to join her for one last summer at the beach. As they explore their old haunts, buried feelings come to the surface, Jamie and Kelsey rekindle their childhood friendship, and Willa searches for the chance to finally say goodbye to her husband and to reconnect with her son.

Every Time You Go Away is a heartfelt, emotional story about healing a tragic loss, letting go, and coming together as a family.

My Review:

A powerful story about moving on after losing the love of your life. 

It’s been three years since Willa Bennett’s husband, Ben, passed away in their beach house in Ocean City.  Willa hasn’t been back since then.  When she finally decides to sell the house, she heads there to prepare it for the sale.  When Willa arrives, she finds more than just memories.  Ben’s ghost is there too.  But he’s not there haunting the house.  He has returned to help Willa move on.   He doesn’t want her grieving for him anymore.  He wants her to find love again.  He also wants to help mend her relationship with their son, Jamie. 

While Willa thinks she is going crazy at first, she starts to look forward to Ben’s visits.  Then, Willa’s friend Kristen arrives to help Willa and soon Kristen’s daughter, Kelsey, and Jamie are there.  The four of them spend the summer making new memories as they prep the house for sale.  But in the end, will they be able to say goodbye to the beach house that has created so many great memories? 

Even though this book deals with death and is very emotional, it really was an enjoyable story.  I had a hard time finding a spot to end each night.  The only problem I had with the book was I wanted more closure in the end. I would have loved to have seen Willa find someone new and see if Jamie and Kelsey’s friendship turned to romance.  The descriptions of the beach and surrounding area took on a whole new character of the book too.  It was easy to visualize the scenes.  I would recommend this book to all of my friends and family. 

Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for an ARC of this book in exchange of an honest review.