Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Review: Marry Me Please, Cowboy (The 85th Copper Mountain Rodeo, #3) by Sinclair Jayne


She has her eye on the prize. He has his eyes on her.

Former soldier, now rodeo cowboy, Huck Jones doesn’t believe in love or marriage. Still, a promise is a promise, and he’s prepared to honor his fallen team leader’s wish to walk his sister down the aisle in Marietta, Montana. When the groom bolts moments before the ceremony, Huck offers himself as her alternative groom.

Barrel racer Willow McBride hates the cowboy code, and the soldier code is even more annoying. She’s pregnant, not helpless, so when her late brother’s sexy friend offers himself as a sacrificial husband, the answer is a resounding no. She wants love not duty. Plus, the 85th Copper Mountain Rodeo is looking to be her last as a competitor, and she intends to win.

Huck may no longer be a soldier, but he still believes no man—or woman—should be left behind. He’ll need to woo the beautiful, stubbornly independent cowgirl and change her mind. Failure is never an option.


My Review:

Huck is my kind of hero.

I couldn’t get enough of this book.  Huck is the ultimate romance hero.  He is a tough guy, former soldier turned cowboy.  But he also has a soft side and wanted to do what was right.  That included fulfilling the wishes of his team leader who died in combat.  He was to walk Jace’s sister down the aisle when she got married.  But things didn’t go as planned and from what Huck could see, Willow’s fiancĂ© wasn’t worthy of marrying.  But he stood firm to his promise. 

Willow just wanted to give her baby a stable home, and that meant marrying her baby’s father even if they weren’t in love.  But as the story unfolds, we see Jake for his true colors.  He was self-centered and a control freak.  I love how this book played out and how Willow and Huck finally ended up together.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. 


Thursday, September 14, 2023

Review: Striking Gold (Love in El Dorado Book 1) by Janine Amesta

Not all that glitters is gold...especially in love.

Mia Russo is well aware that being voted "most likely to succeed" in high school doesn’t guarantee anything, especially after her political career crashes and burns. Without a plan for the first time in her life, Mia moves back home with her dad. After being rejected by the handsome local jewelry store owner who seems way too familiar, she takes a barista job while she determines her next steps.

Orphaned at a young age, Ross Manasse finally finds peace when he inherits his grandfather's jewelry store. It’s been a tough road, and Ross is looking for quietness and stability. When his former high school tutor—someone Ross once thought of as a friend—barges into his shop looking for a job and doesn’t recognize him, his safest option is keeping her at arm’s length.

Mia’s determined to make something in her life work, but in rekindling a relationship with the grumpy jeweler, she digs up more about their shared history than they expect. Mia and Ross will need to decide what's more important: finding success or true happiness?


My Review:

An incredibly fun read.

I can’t say enough good things about this book.  The author did an amazing job writing this book.  The story line, the characters and their background and all the fun banter made this an unforgettable book.  Mia and Ross are opposites with their lifestyle and attitudes, but together, they bring out the best in each other.  They definitely deserved a happily ever after.  I can’t wait to read the next book in this series.

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Review: Four Silences Broken (The Secrets of Hartwell, #3) by H.L. Marsay


Welcome to Hartwell, a village full of cobbled streets, ancient curses and hidden secrets.

As the village prepares for Christmas, friends Lucy, Rachel, Meera, and Jo try to put the shocking events of the summer behind them. Though some secrets, it seems, refuse to remain silent.

Lady Lucy Hanley’s confidence has been boosted by making a success of her inherited estate and falling in love again, though ghosts from her past still threaten her. Rachel Foxton is finally happy and active in village life again, but is worried the person closest to her might destroy all her hard work and progress. Dr. Meera Kumar’s dream wedding is approaching, yet not everyone in her extended family is happy for her or wishing her well. And a trip to London and some unexpected news turns former detective Jo Ormond’s world upside down, forcing her to rethink her plans for the future.

As the year draws to a close, can the four women finally unravel the last of Hartwell’s secrets and move forward—together or apart?


My Review:

A perfect addition to the Secrets of Hartwell series.

Set in the picturesque English town of Hartwell, four friends, Lucy, Rachel, Meera and Jo, have grown even closer in this book.  I enjoyed seeing how their lives have evolved since the first book.  It’s like catching up with old friends.  There is more drama to unfold, life changes, love and one big mystery is finally solved.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  I suggest reading these books in order, as each one is a continuation of the previous book.