Thursday, April 30, 2015

His Forbidden Princess (Royal Holiday Book 4) by Jeannie Moon Review


Eight years ago, university student Ian Stuart fell in love with his sweet, beautiful classmate and he’s never forgotten her. Sofie loved Ian with all her heart in return, but she didn’t trust him with one little detail about her life she’d neglected to share.

She was a princess, and they could never be together in the outside world.

Now Crown Princess Sofia is in danger. An insurgent faction in her country has targeted the royal family, and while Sofia is visiting the United States, she is forced to go into hiding. Assigned to protect her is none other than FBI Special Agent Ian Stuart.

Once again Ian and Sofie are in an impossible situation, fighting their feelings for one another, while trying to stay safe. Will their love for each other prove to be the most dangerous game of all?

My Review:

A beautifully written story.

Eight years ago Princess Sofia Luzano fell in love with Ian Stuart.  She never told him she was a princess.  She just wanted to be a regular girl for once.  The morning after they spent the night together, everything came crashing down around them.  Sofie’s mother, Queen Louisa of Aubonne, came looking for her.  She was not to spend any more time with the American even though they were in love.  He was not a right fit for her.  Her duty was to her country. 

Eight years later, the royal family is in trouble.  While Sofia is in New York, her parents and younger sister were run off the road while traveling to their mountain residence.  Her sister is left injured and in the hospital.  The FBI believes Sofie is in danger too.  She needs protecting until they can figure out who is responsible.  No one can be trusted, not even the people who work for her. 

Ian currently heads of a squad of counter terrorism specialists.  He will not trust this job to anyone else.  He will do everything possible to keep Sofie safe.  He takes her to his family home on Shelter Island where no one will know her or know where she went.  Will he be able to protect her when old feeling start coming back to both of them or will she be a major distraction? 

This is one of those books you fall in love with from the very beginning.  I just wish it were longer because I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to this couple yet. 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Cinderella's Cowboy (This Old House Book 4) by Roxanne Snopek


Chad Anders doesn’t know why mousy Cynthia Henley trips all over her tongue when she’s around him. Nor does he understand his undeniable attraction to this good girl. Wild and sexy is his type, like the dream-girl he caught a glimpse of years earlier he’s never forgotten.

Cynthia’s superpower is invisibility, especially with men. It’s better for everyone that way. Besides, she’s got a cat. She’s okay. But when playboy-rancher Chad hires her, she’s got a chance to shine. Professionally, at least. Until she learns of his fascination with a mysterious dream-girl, who was actually nothing more than a shy teenager on an ill-advised dare all those years ago. Cynthia knows she’s no man’s dream-girl and never will be.

But there’s magic at the ball. Princesses glow in the starlight, princes appear out of nowhere, and, sometimes, they look a lot like cowboys…

My Review: 

This is a wonderful addition to the ‘This Old House” series.  But it can be read on its own as well.

When Chad Anders comes to DMC Solutions for an event him and his brother are planning, Cynthia Henley gets excited.  Chad is an old school girl crush of Cynthia’s.  He is also a man who ran through women like gumballs from a machine.  Can she work with him without getting pulled back to her old feelings?  Chad and his brother Eric are launching their charitable foundation, Building Tomorrow, with a fundraiser for Logan Stafford’s heritage house restoration project.  They want Cynthia to help do the planning for them.    

With her business partners, step-sisters, absent most of the time, Cynthia has the job to do all on her own.  She is determined to make it a huge success no matter what distractions or problems come her way. 

Neither, Cynthia or Chad had any idea that their time spent together will lead to bigger things for both of them.  Life changing things.  The happily ever after kind. 

This is a really cute romantic comedy type book.  It’s a fun and light hearted read.  Plus, there is a cute kitten in the story too.  And, everyone knows how much I love kittens. 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

His Defiant Princess (Royal Holiday Book 3) by Kathleen O'Brien Review


Brenna Tinley has decided to move to the Unified Isles of Cornetta, a fairy-tale kingdom just south of France in the Bay of Biscay to escape the recent tragedies in her personal life. The happiest summer she can remember was spent there, in the arms of a handsome, tender rascal who disappeared without a goodbye when Autumn came…

As fate would have it, the Royal House of Vicenza has engaged Brenna Tinley to clear up a public relations mess. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime for this small-town American girl, but there’s only one problem. Her new employer, HRH Prince Ronan, aka her mystery summer lover of long ago, seems determined to pick up where they left off. Can Brenna work in the royal palace and not end up with a brand new broken heart?

My Review: 
A royally sweet romance.

Years ago Brenna Tinley spent the summer with a young man who left her heartbroken.  She had no idea he was actually a prince.  She hasn’t told anyone the truth since finding out. 

Ronan Vicenza is known as the rogue prince or the spare heir.  His brother Emory is in line for the throne.  He is the responsible one, the one everyone loves.  But when he says something thinking no one can hear, the public is stunned by the words that come out of his mouth.  Now the family has to work fast to clean up this mess.  Ronan knows just the person to call for the job.

Brenna’s company Tinley-Arden Public Relations has recently been hired to clean up the royal scandal.  How will she be able to put her feelings aside to do this job? 

While working together old feelings resurface.  Will this time around be true love?

This was a wonderful romance.  The story and characters were very detailed.   

Kitty Smile

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Caught up in You by Kim Boykin Review


After attending her baby sister’s destination wedding, Shelby Worthington decides she’s ready to do some husband hunting of her own. The only problem? She’s still insanely attracted to Declan Enright, her high school and college crush. He’s now a wildly successful painter who’s temporarily back in Magnolia Bay, but Declan should be Shelby’s last choice for possible husband material. He didn’t earn the reputation of runaway groom for nothing…

Declan has worked hard to make his mark on the New York art scene and has succeeded at everything he’s ever done…except love. But Declan has come back to the Bay to change that and care for his dying father, even if he’s still never forgiven Declan for leaving the family business. Shelby is determined to steer clear, but while her lips keep saying no, her heart is pounding out yes each time she and Declan are together. While she can’t deny her attraction, Shelby’s convinced that Declan’s track record means he will break her heart. Or has Declan changed for good, and made love worth the risk?

My Review: 

Would risk your heart for a second chance with an old crush?

Nicknamed the runaway groom, Declan Enright has left three women at the alter.  Now he's back in Magnolia Bay to keep an eye on his sick father and Shelby Worthington can't keep her mind off him.

Years ago, he had been her crush, her kryptonite.

After her sister’s wedding, Shelby has marriage on her mind. Declan is the last man she should want, especially with his reputation of breaking hearts.  But she still can’t help thinking of Declan and wanting to spend more time with him.  Could he change his wild ways to settle down with her? 

Declan has his hands full with his stubborn father who still insists on going out in his shrimp boat even after the doctor told him he can't go out alone.  How will he stop his father’s reckless behavior? 
Declan is surrounded by women from his past in his small home town which makes it difficult to start a new relationship.  Will he be able to convince Shelby he is a changed man?

I enjoyed everything about his sweet story

Monday, April 20, 2015

The Billionaire's Bid Review


Handsome tycoon James Putnam is acting CEO of his family’s logging company, Putnam Industries. He needs to land a big deal to prove to the board he’s capable of leading the company. If not, his father’s right-hand-man is more than willing to fill the role. James hurries to Indigo Island alone, certain he has what it takes to win the bid, earn the CEO title and save the island from uncontrolled logging.

Aubrey Templeton is a gorgeous magazine reporter facing a mountain of debt after her parents’ tragic deaths. The only asset she has to leverage is 2,500 acres of old growth forest on Indigo Island. She hires Dirk Cooley, a forester, to create a forest management plan for her family’s land and to solicit multiple logger bids to lease the land. Aubrey insists James Putnam’s company is included since she still hasn’t forgotten the one night of incredible sex they shared over a year ago, and she’s sure he’ll be eager for a repeat performance.

What Aubrey doesn’t know is that James is a changed man, who is determined to prove he didn’t get his job as a birth right. He is determined to never again mix business with pleasure, although keeping Aubrey at arms length during their negotiations tests James’ discipline and will power, especially as he finds himself in the role of tour guide for the sexy landowner and later as her protector when an unscrupulous forester targets them both in a revenge plot hatched to destroy the Putnam family.

My Review:

A quick lighthearted read

With the CEO position on the line, James Putnam needs to land a big deal to prove he is the right man for the job.  Putnam Industries is the only company that should win the deal of logging the Templeton land.  The Putnams have been a part of Indigo Island for a very long time.  James would know what is right for the island and its people. 

Since losing her parents a year ago, Aubrey Templeton has been trying to figure out how to pay the taxes on the land.  She refuses to lose the land that has been in her family for generations.  When Aubrey hires Dirk Cooley to help with her plans, she has no idea what will happen.  She has no idea Dirk is out to sabotage the deal because he doesn’t like the Putnam family. 

With the land deal on her mind, Aubrey also has a memory of spending the night with James a year ago.  She hasn’t forgotten him or the time they were together.  She would love to pick up where they left off.  Will James have only business on his mind or will he be open to more than just business? 

I enjoyed this book.  It has a good plot and interesting characters with a few unpredictable surprises here and there.