Thursday, May 25, 2017

Cards From Khloe's Flower Shop by Isabella Louise Anderson - Review

As the owner of a successful florist shop, Khloe Harper trusts her instincts. She has a strong bond with her family and friends, but after being betrayed by her last love, she's kept herself at arms’ length from romance. When dashing entertainment attorney Derek Thomas walks into her store, Khloe’s interest is piqued. What at first seems like a business relationship quickly turns into romance, and Derek slowly plucks away the petals she’s been hiding behind. Just as Khloe lets down her guard, she discovers that Derek may not be worthy of her love after all.

Frumpy Connie Albright has a faux fascination with an imaginary man named Walt, thinking that by sending herself flowers from him she’ll feel less out-of-place with the “mean girls” she works with. When she comes face to face with her possible prince charming and thinking she might have a happy ending, when a truth is revealed, she wonders if she’ll ever have a Cinderella story.

A recently widowed senior, Gabby Lewis, isn't ready to give up on love—which means releasing herself from survivor's guilt and taking a chance on finding happiness and companionship again. After signing up for an online dating site for senior citizens, much to her surprise, she’s matched with Harry, an energetic and loving man, who quickly eases himself into her heart. Will Gabby take the leap of falling in love again, knowing it’s possible to have two loves of her life?

As each woman’s story develops through flowers and cards sent from Khloe's shop during the Fall months, they begin to learn that love can only truly blossom when you trust your heart.

My Review: 

A fantastic read that you won’t want to end.   

Follow Khloe and her customers, Connie and Gabby, as they search for love.  The story is centered around Khloe's Flower Shop where Khloe and her best friend Sharon get to know their customers through the messages that go out with their orders.

Khloe’s last relationship ending badly and she has a hard time trusting men.  Her mother is anxious for Khloe to settle down and have children, which drives Khloe a little crazy.  When Mr. Perfect comes into the shop one day, Khloe decided maybe it is time to start dating again.  But Derek has a secret that threatens to tear them apart soon after they start dating.  Gabby is a widow who has only loved and been with one man in her life, her late husband Charlie.  She ends up going on an internet dating site to find her new love.  And, Connie desperately wants to be loved.  To make her co-workers think she has a boyfriend, she sends herself flowers to work.  But when one girl calls her bluff, she goes on a dating site looking for a man with the same name as the one she made up.  This could be pure bliss or it could be a total disaster.

I really liked this book.  When one of my friends recommended it to me, I knew it had to be good.  Each of the women had different obstacles they needed to pass to find true love.  I could relate to certain parts of the story too which made it even more interesting to me.  This is one of those books that you won't forget when you're done reading it.  It will stick with you and make you want more of each of the characters.


Monday, May 22, 2017

Loving the Texas Lawman (Forever Texan Book 2) by Charlene Sands - Review

The last thing honorable Sheriff Jack Walker needs is a blast from the past, but that’s exactly what he gets when his high school love, now sexy lingerie designer, Jillian Lane arrives on his doorstep needing his help and protection.

Jillian is desperate to save her company, Barely There and turning to Jack Walker, the town hero, is her only option. The trouble she left behind in California has followed her home, leaving Jack no choice but to protect her. Unwittingly, Jillian's put everything Jack has ever wanted in life at risk.

The years have not made it easier for Jack to say no to his first love, but saying yes may threaten all he holds dear. Jack may have a solution: marriage–the temporary kind. And how can a girl from the wrong side of the tracks refuse a marriage proposal from her one-time love?

My Review: 

A fake marriage between two former lovers leads to more than they expected.

Lingerie designer, Jillian Lane is back in Hope Wells, Texas where she grew up and said she would never return too.  She made a good living in California and had quite a few stores to show for it.  But, when her boyfriend gets busted for selling drugs and her stores are rumored as being a front for his dealings, Jillian did the only thing she could to save her reputation.  She went back home to the only person who could help her, her old boyfriend Sheriff Jack Walker.

Jack has his mind set on two things, being a great sheriff and trying to adopt Beau, a little boy he rescued after his parents died in a tragic accident.  He couldn’t believe his eyes the day he found Jillian back in town.  Why was she back?  With no place to stay, Jack offers Jillian his guest house.  He had no idea what kind of trouble followed Jillian, but when he finds out, being the good guy that he is, he offers his help.  In exchange he asks Jillian to be his fake wife so he would have a better chance at adopting Beau.    They soon find themselves unable to resist each other.  But what happens when Beau is adopted?  Will it all come to an end then?

This book was such a joy to read.  It is the second in the “A Forever Texan Romance” series, but can be read as a stand-alone.  I loved the characters and the story which just flowed off the pages.  Beau really made a lasting impression in the scenes that he was in.     

Friday, May 19, 2017

A Country Love Song (Smoky Mountain Knights, #1) by Sinclair Jayne - Review

After ten years playing coffee shops, singer and songwriter Sutter Knight has finally cracked the top ten on the country music charts and is winding down her first tour. To celebrate and reconnect with her Smoky Mountain roots, she heads home to Sweet Tea, Tennessee only to discover the historic theater where her love of music was born is about to be torn down. Worse, her high school sweetheart who used to perform with her is spearheading the project. More disturbing–his deep blue eyes and smile still have the power to kick up her heart rate and make her forget her own name.

After college, architect and contractor Dawson Yates returned home for family and to build his business and reputation. What better way to achieve his goals than to transform a damaged and dangerous community eyesore into a hotel that will bring jobs to Sweet Tea? Dawson doesn’t expect to meet strong and charming resistance from the woman he loved and hasn’t forgotten. Sutter might be vowing to stop the demolition and put his project at risk, but soon, Dawson’s more worried about losing his heart again.

My Review:

A second chance at love comes to former high school sweethearts, Sutter Knight and Dawson Yates when they reunite in their hometown of Sweet Tea, Tennessee.

Sutter and Dawson haven’t spoken to each other in ten years when they both left town to pursue their dreams.  Sutter is now a big country music star and Dawson is an architect.  When Sutter returns home and discovers the Sweet Tea Gallery Theatre (that holds so many memories) is scheduled to be demolished, she is devastated.  Then she discovers the contractor is none other than Dawson.  Dawson plans to build a hotel in the theater’s spot.  Sutter and Dawson both have strong feeling about what they want in town, but they also discover what they want out of life when they are brought together again. 

I always enjoy a good second chance romance and this one was just as good as I thought it would be.  It was sweet and entertaining and the nice start of a new series. 

Friday, May 12, 2017

The Chocolate Touch (Love at the Chocolate Shop Book 8) by Melissa McClone - Review

Chocolate expert Chantelle Cummings arrives in Marietta, Montana with two goals—sign copies of her new book and research a quaint local chocolate shop. When she meets a gorgeous guy passing out chocolate samples, her visit turns sweeter than she ever imagined. The man melts her heart, but her dream of working in France with her family makes her hesitant to pursue a romance.

Former Air Force captain York Parker has one month before embarking upon a consulting career. He never expected to be selling chocolates, but he’s happy to help his sister and her boss. He also likes spending time with sassy, pretty Chantelle. His new coworker may have the chocolate touch, but he’d rather taste her decadent kisses… until he learns the real reason she’s in town.

Will the truth harden his heart, or will love pave the way to a sweet future?

My Review: 

A sweet, heartfelt romance.

Chantelle Cummings is in Marietta, Montana promoting her new book, The Chocolate Touch, but she also has a hidden agenda.  She is looking for new recipes for her family's chain of chocolate shops in France.  Once she gets what she wants, she will be moving on.

Former Air Force captain York Parker, is in Marietta for a month before he starts his new career.  Until then, he will be helping out at the Copper Mountain Chocolates with his sister.  York and Chantelle meet at the book store where Chantelle is singing her new book.  There was something about Chantelle that York couldn’t seem to forget.  

York had no idea Chantelle would end up temporarily working at the shop too when Portia, a pregnant worker, ends up in the hospital.  They soon find themselves sharing more than just a passion for chocolate.

I wasn't ready for this book to come to an end.  I would have loved a longer story with these two characters.  They had great chemistry together and the story kept me interested the entire time.  Hopefully they will be revisited in a future book. 

Monday, May 1, 2017

Honey by J.P. Combe - Review

All he wants is Honey.

On the surface, Marcus Holt has it all. His wealth and appearance ensures there’s an endless supply of beautiful women falling at his feet. And that’s how he likes them – submissive. But when he meets Joanne, the beautiful, petite, feisty woman with hair the colour of honey, she has him questioning the driving principles of his life – discipline, control and no strings.

For single mum Joanne Michaels, the overdue bills keep piling up and her life is a never-ending cycle of work, parenting and chores. She dreams of a brief escape from her mundane life, and a chance encounter with Marcus offers her one. But his sexual proposition comes with conditions. As Marcus unleashes Joanne’s deepest desires, she begins to question if the price is too high and if she and Marcus are in too deep.

Is it possible for a man who’s only known passion to learn what it feels like to truly love?

My Review: 

Marcus Holt owns Australia’s largest home maintenance franchise.  When someone in his PR department says it would be a good idea for him to connect with his clients, he sets out to mow lawns.  He becomes infatuated by Joanne “Honey” Michaels when he is working in her yard.  He doesn’t know her name at first and calls her Honey because of her hair color.  But Honey is not like the other women he has been with.  For starters, Honey is a widow raising her two children on her own.  She is also struggling to make ends meet.  Marc decides he wants Honey and he will do anything to have her.  But he didn’t plan on falling in love with her. 

I enjoyed this book.  Marc’s infatuation with Honey seemed a bit over the top at first, but it soon turned fun.  Who wouldn’t want a man who showered them with gifts, paid their bills and filled their nights with intimate moments too hot for me to mention here?  It was an interesting book.  I liked the characters and how the author wrote their stories.  They seemed real; flawed but willing to go the extra mile to get what they wanted. 

Kitty Smile

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Bitter Roots (Bitter Root Mysteries Book 1) by C. J. Carmichael - Review

Dispatcher Zak Waller prefers working behind the scenes in the Sheriff’s Office of Lost Trail, Montana, but when a newcomer to the sparely populated town is brutally murdered—and the Sheriff is quick to pin the death on an unknown outsider—Zak starts his own private sleuthing.

On the surface Lost Trail is a picture-perfect western town, offering a simple way of life revolving around the local ranches and ski hill, but Zak knows the truth behind the fa├žade. When his old school friend Tiff Masterson, whose family owns a local Christmas tree farm, moves back to town, the two of them join forces to get to the truth about the murder.

Bitter Roots is the first of three Bitter Root Mysteries.

My Review:

An intriguing new mystery with an unpredictable ending. 

No one knew much about Riley Concurran or what brought her to Lost Trail, but her brutal murder has everyone shook up.  The sheriff thinks it was an outsider who tracked her down.  But best friends, Zak Waller and Tiff Masterson think differently.  Together, they put all the pieces together and solve the crime.

I enjoyed this story a lot.  It was a nice change from what I usually read.  I liked the characters and plot.  I look forward to the rest of the series to learn more about other characters in the book.  The book kept me attention the entire time and I was unable to figure out who the killer was.  It was an exciting surprise to learn who it was. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Falling for the Ranger (Men of Marietta Book 4) by Kaylie Newell - Review

When Todd Harris makes the move from the mean streets of Chicago to the sleepy roads of Marietta, Montana, it’s not just his career that’s changing… it’s his entire life. Going from police officer to forest ranger isn’t too much of a stretch, but getting used to how things work in a small town is. As he settles in, Todd realizes he loves the slower pace of the countryside, but then… an Olympic gold medalist comes to town and shatters his hard fought peace. 

But the town’s new forest ranger doesn’t like attention and he sure as hell isn’t looking for any kind of relationship with someone who does. When Molly Cordero gets lost in the woods though and Todd is the one who saves her, the spark he’s been trying to ignore smolders and ignites. It's then that he realizes there’s a lot more to Molly than ambition and public adulation.

When Todd signs up for the Men of Marietta calendar shoot to raise money for Harry's House, a place for children to commemorate a fallen firefighter, Molly realizes the kind of man he is. With the shoot wrapping up, she faces a painful decision–return to her old life, or give her new life with Todd a fighting chance.

My Review: 

Todd Harris made the move from a big city cop in Chicago to a forest ranger in Marietta, Montana.  A slower pace of life is what he was looking for.  But, when Olympic gold medalist Molly Cordero comes to town, life gets shook up a bit more than Todd expected. 

When Todd signs up for the Men of Marietta Calendar, it opens Molly’s eyes to what a great guy Todd really is.  After their rocky start, they learn to let down their guard and allow themselves to trust in love again.

I like reading about flawed characters and how they overcome their issues and find love again.  I also enjoyed the banter between Molly and Todd.  It made it a fun book to read.  The descriptions really brought the story to life and you can’t go wrong with a cute dog in the story either. 

Friday, April 14, 2017

The Chocolate Comeback (Love at the Chocolate Shop Book 7) by Roxanne Snopek - Review

Fame, fortune and fashion: that’s aspiring model Deirdre Cash’s ideal life. But when her splashy New York career dries up, she swallows her pride and returns to Marietta, Montana, desperate for any work she can find.

Isaac Litton doesn’t want the intrusion of a home care aide for his brother, Mark. But when the young man takes a shine to DeeDee, Isaac decides to give her a chance. He can’t help but be impressed when DeeDee changes his brother’s life around, by rewarding healthy habits and exercising with treats from the Copper Mountain Chocolate Shop. Gorgeous and opinionated, DeeDee stirs everything up in the Litton household, including an attraction that Isaac can't deny.

As DeeDee and Isaac start to fall for each other, an unexpected opportunity arises that could launch DeeDee back into the modeling scene. It's her chance to achieve everything she's ever wanted. But taking it would mean letting down her friends at the chocolate shop, her family who believes in her, a boy who adores her, and a man who thinks she's already perfect, just the way she is.

The Love at the Chocolate Shop series
Book 1: Melt My Heart, Cowboy by CJ Carmichael
Book 2: A Thankful Heart by Melissa McClone
Book 3: Montana Secret Santa by Debra Salonen
Book 4: The Chocolate Cure by Roxanne Snopek
Book 5: The Valentine Quest by Melissa McClone
Book 6: Charmed by Chocolate by Steena Holmes
Book 7: The Chocolate Comeback by Roxanne Snopek
More books coming soon

My Review:

A story about finding love and happiness in the last place expected. 

DeeDee Cash has come home to Marietta, Montana after an unsuccessful modeling career in New York City.  Unsure of what to do with her life, DeeDee’s sister introduces her to Isaac Litton, who is looking for a caregiver for his brother Mark, who has Down syndrome.  DeeDee and Mark become friends which also leads Isaac to open his heart to love again.

This story is really good.  I enjoyed how DeeDee not only helped Mark, but how she took charge of a fundraising fashion show and baby shower when he sister ended up in the hospital.  It is a sweet, heartfelt story with characters that you just can’t get enough of. 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

White Sand, Blue Sea: A St. Barts Love Story by Anita Hughes - Review

Olivia Miller is standing on the porch of her mother and stepfather's plantation style villa in St. Barts. They have been coming here every April for years but she is always thrilled to see the horseshoe shaped bay of Gustavia and white sand of Gouverneur's Beach. This trip should be particularly exciting because she is celebrating her twenty-fifth birthday and hoping that Finn, her boyfriend of four years, will propose.

The only person who won't be here is her father, Sebastian, whom she hasn’t seen in twenty years. He’s a well-known artist and crisscrosses the globe, painting and living in exotic locations like Kenya and China. When Sebastian unexpectedly walks through the door and floats back into Olivia’s life like a piece of bad driftwood she never knew she wanted, she starts to wonder if her world is too narrow. She questions the dreams and the relationship she’s always thought she wanted. But there seems to be more to the story than an innocent fatherly visit, and Olivia must decide if love is more important than truth.

Set on St. Barts, the jewel of the Caribbean, Anita Hughes's WHITE SAND, BLUE SEA is a heartwarming story about romance and adventure, and most important, about knowing yourself, and what makes you happy.

My Review:

Beautifully descriptive and entertaining. 

Olivia Miller is excited to be celebrating her twenty-fifth birthday with her boyfriend, mother and step-father at their island home on St. Barts.   She is almost positive her boyfriend is going to propose too.  But she still can’t help thinking about her father, Sebastian, who never shows up for her birthdays even though he is sent an invitation every year.  When Sebastian shows up at the door, Olivia is thrilled.  But, she can’t help wondering why he decided to show up this time.  What she finds out is a total surprise. 

The story takes you back and forth, from the present day to the past, as Olivia and her mother remember Sebastian and their life together.  He is a popular artist and they traveled the world together until it was time for Olivia to start school and needed to settle down for a more stable life.   That’s when he left them and never came back. 

I always know when I pick up a book by Anita Hughes, I will be transported to some exotic location and the story will be filled with glamorous people.  The descriptions always feel so real too, whether it’s describing the scenery, people, food or even clothing.  The stories are always interesting and entertaining.  This book is right up there with the rest of them, another new favorite.  

Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for the ARC.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Vagos, Mongols, and Outlaws: My Infiltration of America's Deadliest Biker Gangs by Charles Falco & Kerrie Droban - Review

The basis for the hit TV series Gangland Undercover!

The gripping account from an ex-con who went undercover to help the ATF infiltrate three of America's most violent biker gangs

Despite lacking any experience with motorcycle gangs, Charles Falco infiltrated three of America's deadliest biker gangs: the Vagos, Mongols, and Outlaws. In separate investigations that spanned years and coasts, Falco risked his life, suffering a fractured neck and a severely torn shoulder, working deep under cover to bring violent sociopaths to justice.
His dedication was profound; Falco spent almost three years infiltrating the Vagos gang and rose to second in command of the Victorville, California chapter. He even served time in San Bernardino's Murder Unit and endured solitary confinement to protect his cover and the investigations. Falco recorded confessions of gangland-style killings and nearly became a target himself before he sought refuge in the Witness Protection Program. But discontent to remain on the sidelines and motivated by a strong sense of duty, Falco eventually left the Program and volunteer his talents again to infiltrate the Mongols and Outlaws, rising in rank to Vice President of the Petersburg, Virginia Outlaws chapter.

His efforts culminated in sixty two arrests of members for various crimes, including assault and murder. Executing one of this country's most successful RICO prosecutions and effectively crippling the criminal enterprise, Falco's engrossing narrative of the dangers of the biker underworld harkens back to Hunter S. Thompson's classic Hell's Angels, vividly recounting a life undercover.

My Review:

As a fan of the TV show Gangland Undercover, I knew I had to check out this book. And boy was I glad I did.  There is so much more to the story that the show didn't touch on.  If you want to know what life is really like in some of our country's most dangerous biker gangs or as an undercover agent in one, you need to read this book.  It's an addictive, action packed, true story that pulls you in from the very start. 

This is not the cheesy BS you read in some fiction books or see on tv.  This is real life; dark, gritty and violent.  I promise this in one book you will not be able to put down. It's an adrenaline rush that you want to keep going until you finish the book.  And then you will be left wanting more. 

Monday, April 3, 2017

A Recipe for Romance (Bachelor Bake-Off #5) by Lara Van Hulzen - Review

Wes planned a drive by trip to Marietta, Montana to help his dad close a business deal and then to head back to his life in New York. But when his dad volunteers him for the Bachelor Bake-Off to commemorate a local fallen first responder, Wes can’t say no, even though Marietta holds painful memories and baking eludes his skill set.

After an accident sidelines Noelle Olsen’s career as a dancer, she moves to Montana to pursue a new dream: opening a dance studio in Marietta’s historic and charming downtown. When one of her students suckers her into helping the handsome Wes St. Clare whip up some winning recipes, Noelle finds herself dreaming about more than teaching dance.

Falling in love wasn’t part of Wes’ plans, and definitely not in Marietta, and as Noelle learns more about Wes and his business dealings, she fears she’ll lose her business along with her heart. Will cozy kitchens and a nudge from the St. Claire family help Wes and Noelle find the love they didn’t know they were looking for?

My Review:

Another sweet installment in Bachelor Bake-Off series. 

Wesley and Noelle are complete opposites.  Wes is a wealthy businessman who planned a quick trip to Marietta to see his family and help his father with a business deal before heading back to his home in New York.  Noelle is a former ballerina who moved to Marietta and opened a dance studio. 

Wes’ father enters him into the Bachelor Bake-Off, a fundraiser to help build Harry’s House.  But, since Wes can’t bake, his niece volunteers her dance teacher, Noelle, to teach him.  Neither one of them expected their working together to lead to love. 

This is one of those stories that you just don’t want to end.  It is the perfect romance and full of surprises.