Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Review: Unsung Hero by Barbara Ankrum

Second chances are Nio Reyes’ specialty. He pulled himself out of childhood poverty to wealthy and helped his Navy SEAL brother’s team recover after a mission went south. When he returns to his Laguna Beach hometown for a friend’s wedding, Nio will need all of his redemption skills to win back the woman he was forced to leave behind without an explanation ten years ago.

Becca Howard has quit believing in happily-ever-after’s. Scandal has ruined her once wealthy family, and betrayal has ended her engagement. She’s done with men or so she thinks. When Nio rises out of the ocean like a Greek god and announces he wants her back, she wants to run almost as much as she wants to stay. Forgiving him is not an option. Getting over him is impossible.

With secrets and family lies still standing in their way, can one long overdue weekend together in Laguna change everything?

My Review:

Becca Howard and Nio Reyes had a relationship ten years ago.  But then Nio left Laguna without telling Becca why he was leaving or where he was going.  So, it was a surprise to Becca when she ran into Nio one morning while out taking pictures of the waves and surfers. 

Nio was back in town for the wedding of some friends.  He was also back to fix up a house for his father.  But, the main reason Nio was back was Becca.  He found out about her recent breakup with her fiancĂ©.  And, because Becca’s disapproving father was no longer in the picture, Nio thought he might have a chance with Becca again.  Nio would do anything to prove his love to Becca. 

I admit, when I first started reading this book, I got a little lost with all of the characters.  I didn’t really understand what they had to do with this story.  But as I read more, it all fell in place and I really learned to like all of them.  I really liked Nio and Becca and enjoyed learning their story.  Their backgrounds were well defined and it created true to life characters that I couldn’t help but get caught up in their lives.  The role reversal of a rich girl and a poor boy, to a poor girl and a rich guy, was an interesting twist.  This book is the beginning of a new series and it started it off on a good note.  I look forward to reading the books that will follow this one. 


Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Review: The Prince's Scandalous Wedding Vow by Jane Porter

She saved the merciless prince…

Now she must meet him at the altar!

When sweet scientist Josephine rescues a drowning stranger, she’s captivated by his devastating good looks and charm. Alexander doesn’t remember who he is, but the desire in his eyes sweeps innocent Josephine on an intensely passionate journey! Until it’s revealed he’s Prince Alexander, heir to the throne of Aargau… Now the threat of scandal means this shy Cinderella must become a royal bride!

Indulge in this deeply emotional royal romance!

My Review:

When Josephine jumped in the ocean to rescue someone who fell off a yacht, she had no idea it was the mysterious man she had seen on the beach with his friends.  She also had no idea he was really a prince.

Prince Alexander woke up with no memory of who he was or where he was.  He definitely didn’t know he was engaged to be married soon or about to become King of Aargau.  But, he did know that he was attracted to the woman who was caring for him.  She was smart, beautiful and loving.  And, he could tell she wanted him as much as he wanted her.  But, when Josephine’s father returned to the secluded Greek island where they lived, he knew exactly who Alexander was and he called the authorities to have him taken home to his family.

Josephine and Alexander only had a week together, but it was long enough for her to end up pregnant.  How will Alexander react when he finds out?

As soon as I started reading this book, I knew I was going to have a hard time putting it down.  I was intrigued by Josephine’s life on a secluded island with her volcanologist father.  Then, there was Alexander, the prince who was about to be married, on a bachelor cruise with his friends, who ends up fighting with someone and going overboard and ending up with amnesia.  It was fun to read about a hero with amnesia, especially a royal one.  The story moved along nicely and had a lot of memorable scenes.  How Alexander ended up going overboard remained a mystery through the book and I was surprised to find out how it happened and who was responsible.  Reading this book was a pleasurable way to spend a few hours.  I only wish it was longer.  I would enjoy reading more about these characters.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Review: Carter's Cowgirl (Quinn Valley Ranch #8) by Melissa McClone

Carter Quinn has one goal—to make his organic farm a success. Working the land leaves no time for romance, but that’s okay with him. He’ll do whatever is necessary to take Quinn Organics to the next level, including hiring a consultant.

Avery Scott loves helping her consulting clients succeed while proving she’s more than a pretty face. Being disappointed and hurt one too many times keeps her from getting close to others, but Carter’s work ethic and kindness tempt her to lower her guard.

As the two work together, Avery’s commitment to helping make Carter’s dreams come true touches his heart. She fits perfectly on his farm, and he can picture them as a couple, even though her job will take Avery away from him. He wants to show her what they could have together, but is she willing to take a chance on him…and love?

My Review:

Carter Quinn inherited Quinn Organics from Ben Martin, who was like a second father to him.  Carter wanted the farm to be a success to keep Ben’s legacy alive.  When he was ready to take it to the next level, he hired Avery Scott, an organic farming consultant, to help him come up with a plan.  Avery was nothing like Carter expected her to be.  She was pretty and smart and Ben couldn’t keep his eyes off her.

Avery was used to men looking at her, but she didn’t like it.  It had been a source of problems for her all of her life.  She tried to play down her looks, but men still looked.  She found it hard to keep jobs, so she started her own business as a consultant to farmers who were looking for ways to turn a bigger profit.  Avery didn’t date or indulge in affairs, but when she met Carter, her mind worked overtime.  She wanted him and she fought her emotions whenever they were together.  Little did Carter or Avery know, working together was about to change both of their lives. 

This was a really sweet book.  I loved the dynamics between Avery and Carter.  And Carter’s grandmother was a hoot.  I loved how close the Quinn family was and how they stepped up to help each other when needed.  The story was very realistic and easy to follow.  I wasn’t ready for it to end when it did.  I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good clean small town romance.