Monday, October 24, 2016

The Cowgirl’s Christmas Wish (The Canadays of Montana Book 3) by Barbara Ankrum - Review


Event planner Eve Canaday and her secret crush, Dr. Ben Tyler, are unexpectedly drafted to help a little girl fulfill her late mother’s wish—a magical Christmas to create some happy memories. Eve sees this opportunity as a sign; Ben, as a glitch in his plan to leave Marietta behind for good.

As the trio checks off the to-do list of Christmas fun, Ben’s ‘bah-humbug’ opinion of the holiday fades, along with ideas about keeping his distance from Eve. Getting involved is the last thing he wants to do but, alas, there’s no accounting for cosmic interference.

With the season of miracles upon this jewel of a town, will Eve find it’s possible that Christmas wishes aren’t only for little girls?

The Canadays of Montana
Book 1: A Cowboy to Remember
Book 2: Choose Me, Cowboy
Book 3: The Cowgirl's Christmas Wish

My Review: 

Two best friends team up to make a little girl's first Christmas without her mother special and discover they can make each other's Christmas special too.

Eve Canaday has had a crush on Ben Tyler for quite some time.  But she is afraid she will jeopardize their friendship if she were to tell him exactly how she felt.

Ben's plans didn't involve falling in love.  His career as an orthopedic surgeon has always been his main focus.  But lately he wants to do something more meaningful than just working at the hospital.  He signed up for a medical mission in the jungles of Central America.  But Ben's plan is put on hold when a good friend has an accident putting Christmas lights on his house.  Ben and Eve step up to take care of Malcolm's little girl Lily while he is recovering in the hospital. 

As Eve and Ben work together to make Lily's Christmas the best ever, they discover themselves falling in love.  But will it be enough to make Ben put his plans on hold and stay in Marietta with Eve?

This was a well thought out book with a lot great scenes.  I just wish the ending had been a little bit longer.  I felt it wrapped up too fast.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Once Upon a Royal Christmas by Robin Bielman - Review


Colliding with a prince while dog walking isn’t how Rowan Palotay pictured meeting royalty, but then lately her life hasn’t gone according to plan. With one teensy tiny mistake, her job as a news reporter took a turn for the worse and now she’s lucky to have a small pet column in the local newspaper. Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy and magic, but she feels like she’s forever stuck on the naughty list.

Prince Theodore Chenery is in Marietta shortly after the death of his mother to meet his grandparents for the first time. When an accidental run-in—literally—with Rowan leads to an unexpected friendship, he finds himself enchanted with the outspoken, feisty country girl. She’s unlike anyone he’s ever met and her special brand of kindness and honesty make it harder and harder to remember his obligations back home.

Rowan can’t afford one more mistake, and Theo’s future is already mapped out, but when they find it impossible to fight the passion and deep-rooted emotions between them, they discover what matters most. Until their relationship makes worldwide news… and Theo must decide whether to follow his heart, or his royal duty.

My Review: 

The prince and the country girl.  They were destined to be together.

Rowan Palotay was barely able to make ends meet.  After her professional reputation was ruined, her newspaper assignment was changed to writing the Pet Corner in The Copper Mountain Courier.  To supplement her income, she took on the job of a dog walker.  One morning while out with the dogs, she comes face to face with Prince Theodore Chenery who was in town to meet his grandparents for the first time.  It was not the introduction that Rowan wished to have when one of the dogs wrapped its leash around both of their legs and almost tripped them.  To top it off, one decides to pee on the Prince's leg.  How is that for a first impression?

After his mother's death, Theo decided to spend Christmas in Marietta with his grandparents and see the town where his mother grew up.  He had always been told stories about the place and he wanted to see it through his own eyes.  When it came time to return to Montanique, his father was to announce his engagement.  It was an arranged marriage, but Theo was willing to do it for his father and his country.  That was until he got to know Rowan. Now he is second guessing his plans.

Rowan and Theo knew there was a line that shouldn't be crossed when it came to their attraction to each other.  But it might be a little easier said than done, once they really get to know each other.  They are prefect for each other in every way.

This was a fun book to read. While Rowan and Theo were getting to know each other there are some funny and very memorable moments.  One of my favorite moments (beside the dog pee scene) was when they were at Rowan's house singing and dancing to the Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack.  It showed the playful side of both characters.  Both were very caring and willing to do anything for other people too.  The story was well written and kept my interest all the way through.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Mixing It Up by Tracie Banister - Release week Blitz and Giveaway


Born with a silver spoon in her mouth, Manhattan upper-cruster Cecily Sinclair now uses that pricey utensil to dish up fancy French fare on her cooking show, Serving Romance. When there’s an executive shake-up at the network, she’s not worried. Not much anyway. Her show’s a hit after all. Why would the new CEO want to mess with success?

The driving force behind several buzzed-about networks, Devlin Hayes is considered to be a wunderkind in the television industry. Although his plans to rebrand CuisineTV and make Serving Romance more Millennial-friendly don’t thrill Cecily, her charming, blue-eyed boss is a hard man to say “no” to and she really wants to keep her job—even if that means sharing screen time with a loathsome blast from her past.

Mercurial Italian chef Dante Marchetti a.k.a. “Il Duce” was once Cecily’s boss, and she has the PTSD to prove it. Now the owner of one of the hottest restaurants in town, Dante’s egomania knows no bounds and his constant attempts to provoke and upstage Cecily make her want to conk him on the head with a sauté pan. She thinks they’re toxic together, but viewers love their chemistry and clamor for more.

As Cecily battles to maintain the integrity of her show, she finds herself scheming and manipulating right along with Dante and Devlin. Is she fighting a lost cause? Does she really belong on TV, or would her culinary talent be better served elsewhere? And could one of the men who makes Cecily’s blood boil ignite a passion in her for something other than food?

Watch for my review coming soon.

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The French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook by Mireille Guiliano

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An avid reader and writer, Tracie Banister has been scribbling stories since she was a child, most of them featuring feisty heroines with complicated love lives like her favorite fictional protagonist Scarlett O'Hara. Her work was first seen on the stage of her elementary school, where her 4th grade class performed an original holiday play she penned. (Like all good divas-in-the-making, she also starred in and tried to direct the production.)

Tracie’s dreams of authorial success were put on the backburner when she reached adulthood and discovered that she needed a "real" job in order to pay her bills. Her career as personal assistant to a local entrepreneur lasted for 12 years. When it ended, she decided to follow her bliss and dedicate herself to writing full-time. Mixing It Up is her fourth Chick Lit release, and in it Tracie finally got to live out her fantasy of being a Cordon Bleu-trained chef.
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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Christmas at the Castle (Ever After series Book 3) by Melissa McClone - Review


A royal wedding. A meddlesome mother. An unexpected union.

A European getaway during the Christmas holiday is exactly what veterinarian Katrina “Kat” Parsons needs. She can’t wait to be a bridesmaid in her childhood friend’s royal wedding, but she hopes to steer clear of the bride’s arrogant older brother.

Crown Prince Guillaume wants his younger sister’s wedding day to be perfect, but he’s suspicious of Kat. He and his mother on are on high alert, afraid Kat is not just there for the wedding, but also to find a prince of her own.

But when Kat’s kindness and generosity prove them wrong, the prince realizes there’s more to her than he ever imagined. Can he trust his heart or will he lose the one woman he can’t live without?

The Ever After series
Book 1: The Honeymoon Prize
Book 2: The Cinderella Princess
Book 3: Christmas at the Castle

My Review: 

Once upon a time there was a beautiful veterinarian who would travel to a faraway land to be in her best friend's wedding.  While there, she will kiss a frog (aka Prince Annoying) and make him into her very own Prince Charming.A royal wedding.   

A meddlesome mother.  And an unexpected union.

Katrina "Kat" and Princess Sophie have been best friends since they met as children and met at camp.  So when Sophie asks Kat to be in her wedding, she doesn't think twice even if it means traveling at Christmas time half way around the globe to Alistonia to be there.

Crown Prince Guillaume "Gill" did not expect Kat to be there for Sophie's wedding.  Sophie kept Kat's participation in the wedding a secret as she knew Gill would manage to intercept with her plans if he knew.  Gill and his mother, the queen, are suspicious of Kat and keep a close eye on her.  The queen thinks Kat is out to snag a royal.  And Gill is her target.  But as Gill gets to know who Kat really is, he starts to soften a bit around her.  Will it be enough for Gill realize Kat really is a good person and possibly the right woman for him?

Christmas is a time of magic and miracles and what you least expect can happen in the blink of an eye.

From the beginning of the book you get the feel for Kat and how hard working she is when she is awakened by a co-worker after falling asleep in the barn.  She doesn't take time off for much of anything, especially dating.  She is down to earth and a good girl who will do anything for animals and her friends.  I enjoyed the glitz and glamour, along with the drama, of the wedding planning and seeing Kat and Gill become friends and eventually have their first life changing kiss.  I had a laugh when Jamie, Sophie's future brother-in-law, was making passes at Kat and Gill would start to get jealous.  The scene at the museum and the way Kat handled them both was priceless.  The puppy part of the story was a sweet addition too.  I really enjoyed the festive feel of this book.  I'm putting it down as my favorite Christmas book so far this year.  It's a story that I could easily visualize while reading it.  It would make a perfect Hallmark TV movie one day too if the Hallmark people ever got word of it.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.


Out of Practice (The Breakup Doctor, Volume 4) by Phoebe Fox - Book Feature


When your relationship is on life support, the Breakup Doctor is on call.

There’s no shortage of broken hearts in Breakup Doctor Brook Ogden’s successful breakup counseling practice—if love is a battlefield, then Brook is the cavalry. Luckily her own love life is in full recovery: after a long, tortuous road, she and Ben Garrett are finally headed down the aisle.

But when a local TV personality—and former frenemy—invites Brook onto her show, she’s blindsided live on the air when the interview turns into an act of long-delayed revenge meant to publicly humiliate her. Brook’s an expert at getting back on your feet when life knocks you down, but as the blows keep piling on—with a betrayal she never saw coming and a family crisis that threatens to pull the foundation out from under her—her confidence starts slinking away. With her clients dropping her faster than a one-night stand, suddenly the Breakup Doctor’s career is in critical care.

Brimming with both the sublime and ridiculous aspects of love—romantic and otherwise—Out of Practice is a funny and heartwarming tale about loss, grief, and failure that will resonate with all who have loved, lost…and dared to love again. 

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Official Bio:

Phoebe Fox is the author of the Breakup Doctor series, and has been a contributor and regular columnist for a number of national, regional, and local publications (she currently writes about relationships for the Huffington Post, Elite Daily, and She Knows). She has been a movie, theater, and book reviewer; a screenwriter; and has even been known to help with homework revisions for nieces and nephews. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and two excellent dogs.


Phoebe Fox, author of the Breakup Doctor series
(The Breakup Doctor, Bedside Manners, Heart Conditions, and look for Out of Practice coming October 2016)
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Oliver the Cat Who Saved Christmas: The Tale of a Little Cat with a Big Heart by Sheila Norton - Review


Oliver the cat is a timid little thing, who rarely ventures from his home in the Foresters’ Arms.

Then his life changes dramatically when a fire breaks out in the pub kitchen and he is left homeless and afraid. But, with the kindness of the humans around him, he soon learns to trust again. And, in his own special way, he helps to heal those around him.

However, it isn’t until he meets a little girl in desperate need of a friend that he realizes this village needs a Christmas miracle...

Touching and genuine, this is the tale of a little cat with a big heart. Fans of A Street Cat Named Bob and Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World will be delighted.

My Review:

An enjoyable tale for any age.

From the first page, I knew I was going to love this book.  It is heartwarming and entertaining.  The story starts with Oliver telling a new kitten about the night he was separated from his human George when the pub burned down and how he ended up being shared between two families.  Oliver comes to be known as a cat with magical qualities with the things he does for the people in his little town.   

Oliver’s main goal is to make sure everyone has a good Christmas.  While doing so, he helps a lot of people in different ways from bringing families together, helping a little girl recover from the loss of losing her cat and another little girl who has leukemia and no friends to play with.  He also helps the adults in his life by helping them build better lives for themselves, and in one case, even find love.  You will also meet Oliver’s cat friends and learn all about them as well. 

As you are reading this, you are probably thinking this is a child’s book, but I assure you people of all ages who love cats (or any animals) will enjoy this book.  It is well written and the story kept me turning the pages and not wanting it to end.  Even though it is a Christmas book, it’s a wonderful inspiring story for any time of the year.

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