Friday, June 14, 2024

Review: She Brings Beauty To Me (The Medicine Man Book 4) by Karen Kay


 A woman deserted. A troubled warrior. A passion denied.

1855. When eighteen-year-old Czanna Fehér is forced to flee her home in Hungary, she journeys with her younger siblings and her father's manservant to Montana in search of her cousin. Mourning for her recently deceased parents, she sings a prayer to the grand, Montana mountains. From the first moment Stands Strong hears Czanna singing, he is transfixed. When he meets her, he is captivated as much by her dark beauty as he is by her voice.

But, after the family's hired guide steals their money and runs, her father's servant leaves Czanna to go and serve justice to the man, leaving Czanna desolate and in charge. Being of the gentry class in Hungary, Czanna knows she and her siblings cannot survive in this land without help. When Stands Strong comes to her aid, she realizes she must trust this man.

Lakota born, though raised by the Blackfeet, Stands Strong descends from a long line of medicine men, but this legacy seems to have skipped over him. Accepting this, he has become an expert scout. But, when Czanna attempts to hire Stands Strong as their guide, offering him the "evil gold rock" as payment, he suggests marriage to him instead. Czanna refuses him, even though the flame of love is burning heatedly in her heart.

Can two people from incompatible cultures ever come together? Or are their star-guided paths meant only to briefly cross?

 

My Review:

A beautifully written romance.

A beautiful story about Czanna and her siblings, who flee their homeland of Hungary, after the Hungarian Revolution, to the unknown Northwest Indian Country in America.  Along the way she meets Stands Strong, a Pikuni scout, who helps Czanna and her family make their way to her cousin’s camp. Along the way they fall in love.  This is a sweet and touching story.  As with every other book that I have read by Karen Kay, I found myself fully immersed in the story.  This book is well written, entertaining and vividly detailed. 

 


 

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Review: The Wedding Crush (The Fortemani Family Book 2) by Mia Heintzelman


 

Stefano Fortemani is starting over. The eldest of four, he’s always led by example—business school, marriage, homeownership, and now… divorce. He spends his days managing the family’s vineyard, listening to self-help podcasts, and lamenting his gray hair. He should be moving on like his ex-wife. Unfortunately, he has no idea how.

Avery Ellis, event planner, widow, and single mom, has learned the hard way to find the flowers among the weeds. When her best friend taps Avery for wedding planner and maid of honor, she’s thrilled. Until she learns the best man is none other than the fiancé’s prickly, albeit sexy, silver fox of an older brother.

As the two work together to create a magical wedding day on the Fortemani vineyard, one-word spats, sweet wine, and unexpected fun lead to glimpses of shared passion, purpose, and old wounds. But, just as Stefano embraces the silver lining of his clouded past, Avery harbors a new secret that could change everything. Will these two guarded hearts open up to let love in again?

 

My Review:

Every time I read one of Mia Heintzelman’s books, it becomes a new favorite.  She knows how to write characters that I instantly become attached to and want to be friends with.  The settings are just the special, they make me want to visit there. 

In this book, we meet Stefano, who can be a bit grumpy at first, and Avery, with her sunshiny personality, who can’t stand Stefano.  But they have to find a common ground, when they are forced to work together on the wedding for Stefano’s brother and Avery’s best friend.  The more time they spend together and learn about each other, the more they realize they have something in common.  That’s when the sparks start to fly in a steamy romantic way. 

When I say I was a little sad for this book to end, I’m not kidding.  It is that good.  I recommend reading book one, The Accidental Crush, prior to this one, so you will get to know all of the characters better.    

 

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Review: Paws, Claws, and Curses (A Purr-fect Relic Cozy Mystery, Book 1) by DeAnna Drake


 

What are cursed artifacts, a talking cat, and a dead body doing in the sweet little town of Citrus Grove? That’s what spirited shopkeeper Rebecca Cuthbert wants to find out, and she had better do it fast because she’s the prime suspect in the murder of the town’s shadiest antiquities dealer.

It’s a troubling start to her reunion with her long-lost grandfather and a far cry from the Southern California vacation she was expecting. So far, nothing in Citrus Grove is quite what it seems. Not her grandfather, who suspiciously disappears at the strangest times, not his curious antique shop, which has more secrets than customers, and certainly not the oddball neighbors, with their hidden motives and questionable connections.

As Rebecca races against time with her new feline friend to uncover the truth behind a mysterious murder, she finds herself tangled in a web of danger and deceit as captivating as Queen Cleopatra herself. With help from unexpected allies and an often-exasperating, yet undeniably handsome detective, Rebecca must outwit the cunning killer before she becomes the next victim.

Dig into this delightful series of cozy mysteries filled with quirky humor, friendships, ancient mysteries, and magic.

 

My Review: 

Hooked from the start.

This is the first book that I have read by this author and I am hooked.  I enjoyed her writing style and the story she wrote.  Citrus Grove’s newest resident, Rebecca, will do anything to prove her innocence when she discovers a dead man.  The book has lots of twists and turns and some interesting family secrets.  And, who can resist the sassy talking cat?  I will definitely be reading more from this author in the future.