Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Review: Christmas at the Chalet by Anita Hughes

It's the day after Christmas, and Felicity Grant is at a gorgeous ski chalet in St. Moritz for the biggest fashion show of her career. Felicity is a rising star on the bridal design scene, and this is her best collection yet. But when her boyfriend gives her a spa day instead of a diamond ring for Christmas, she has to face the possibility that she may never walk down the aisle in one of her own stunning designs.

And then there's Nell, the top model headlining Felicity's show. Nell is planning her dream wedding to her wonderful fiance with one catch: her divorced parents can't stand each other and threaten to no-show if the other is there.

Add to that Felicity's race against the clock to create a special gown for a prestigious bridal salon, and what both girls need is a Christmas miracle. What better place to find one than in the Swiss Alps with its dark forests and sparkling vistas?

But for Felicity it's hard to recognize a miracle even when it's right in front of her, and for Nell one miracle might not be enough to fix the past. Can dreams really come true or is that the stuff of Swiss fairytales?

Anita Hughes's Christmas at the Chalet is full of romance, gorgeous gowns, and the stunning scenery of the Swiss Alps. It's about love and forgiveness, and creating one's own miracles during the most festive time of year.

My Review:

I could almost feel the cool snow and picture the beautiful people and scenery. 

This book really transported me to another world.  I loved the setting of St. Moritz.  It’s a place I know I will never get to see in real life.  But, after reading this book, I felt like I had just gone there.  There are beautiful people, stunning scenery, fantastic sounding food, fun events and beautiful wedding dresses and clothing.

Wedding gown designer, Felicity Grant is in St. Moritz for the debut of her winter collection after having a fight with her boyfriend, Adam on Christmas day.  She wants to get married and he doesn’t.  Since arriving in St. Mortiz, Felicity has been struggling with her emotions and wonders what she should do to get Adam to see things her way.  When she takes a fall on the street, a handsome doctor, Gabriel Innes, is there to pick her up and help her.  But then a picture of Felicity and Gabriel ends up online claiming they are having an affair.  It was strange consequences that Felicity finds herself in other situations where Gabriel is there to help her when she needed it.  They end up forming a friendship and Felicity gets relationship advice from Gabriel.  But as more pictures turn up online, rumors start to spiral out of control.  Was it just coincidence that they always seemed to be in the same place at the same time?  But when Adam shows up, Felicity really has a big decision to make. 

A second story in this book was about one of Felicity’s models, Nell, who is planning her own wedding and wants both of her divorced parents to be there.  They both refuse to be in the same place at the same time.  Nell goes on a truth finding mission to find out why they really split up.  The reason will surprise you.  The reason never crossed my mind. 

All around, I loved everything about this book.  And it doesn’t even need to be Christmas time to enjoy it. 

Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for the ARC to read in return of an honest review.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Review: Bitter End (Bitter Root Mysteries Book 3) by C. J. Carmichael

Murder in a small town is always personal.

When a young mother is murdered in the isolated ranching town of Lost Trail, Montana, the father of her child is the first suspect. In this case, there are two: the biological father who hasn’t seen his daughter in over a year and the adoptive father whose life hangs in the balance as he struggles with cancer.

Zak Waller is Lost Trail’s newest deputy. He’s also locked in a power struggle with the town’s old-school Sheriff. If Zak solves this case maybe he’ll finally get the respect he deserves. But is he willing to tear a family apart in the process? 

My Review: 

Intriguing and addictive.  I can’t get enough of the residents and town of Lost Trail, Montana. 

I really enjoy this series and it was fun to catch up with the characters again.  In this book, Zak Waller has received a shiny new Deputy badge, but he is still stuck behind the dispatch desk most of the time.  But he has a bigger goal in mind.  Zak plans to run for Sheriff during the next election.  While things are starting to heat up between Zak and Nadine Black, the other deputy, Zak is also hard at work on the murder case of Willow McTavish.  There are a lot of suspects, but the clues just aren’t adding up.  But with Zak on the case, he is sure to find the killer.

This story had me hooked from the start.  Along with the mystery of who killed, Willow, I enjoyed catching up with the other characters.  I was anxious to see how Justin and his daughter Geneva were doing and learn more about Justin’s battle with cancer.  I liked seeing how Tiff and Kenny’s relationship was coming along too.  But the main story is the murder.  About half way through the book, I was certain I knew who the killer was when the story took a different turn.  But even then, my guess was wrong.  Let’s just say, this town has a lot of secrets and just when you think you know someone, you don’t really know them at all.   There are a lot of secrets in Lost Trail.   This is a really good story.  Be prepared to be surprised when you read this book. 

Monday, October 1, 2018

Review: Unleashed (Hotel Temptation #1) by Caitlin Crews

She has fantasies…

Now he’s bringing them to life!

Notorious seducer Thor Ragnarsson runs the scandalous Hotel Viking in Reykjavik, where tourists go to fulfill their wildest fantasies. When straitlaced American professor Margot Cavendish gets snowed in while studying Icelandic sex culture, Thor challenges her inhibitions with some very hands-on research—soon she’s exploring every inch of his delicious body. It’s only one night of passion, but when the snowstorm clears they’re left aching for more…

My Review: 

First off, before you start reading this book, make sure you have a nice big cold beverage ready.  This story is HOT!

Margot and Thor couldn’t be more opposites if they tried.  Margot is a professor from the University of Ohio researching Iceland’s reputation for being the most feminist country in the world and how the country’s hookup culture intersects with those feminist values.  Thor owns Hotel Viking, known for fulfilling people’s sexual fantasies.  Margot has no desire for a relationship and doesn’t want or need a man in her life.  Thor is everything Margot disliked about men.  When Margot is waiting to interview Thor, she finds herself stranded at the hotel during a snow storm.  When Margot spends the night with Thor, all in the name of an experiment, Margot discovers a side of herself she never knew she had.  Once the weekend is over and Margot and Thor go back to their normal lives, they can’t seem to stop thinking about each other.  

This book took me on a journey to a place I ever would have thought of going.  Iceland.  I never knew anything about the country or culture, so this was a learning experience for me.  At first I wasn’t sure how the story would actually turn out with all of the intimate scenes in the beginning of the book, but I found myself really getting into it.  Margot and Thor both had interesting backgrounds that helped form their characters and the story.  The dialogue was a bit brainy for me as I had to look up a couple words, but I understand that was because Margot was so intelligent.  The wording fit her character.  Thor was an interesting character too and I really liked learning more about him.  Overall, this is a fun book to read, but only if you are open to a very passionate story. 

Thank you to Harlequin and NetGalley for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review.