Thursday, June 29, 2023

Review: A Match Made in Montana (The Millers of Marietta Book 2) by Elsa Winckler


She’s never forgotten the way the sun lit up Copper Mountain…

Seeking a new beginning after the death of her parents, Annie Miller impulsively moves to Marietta and sets up a bed-and-breakfast in picturesque Bramble Lane. With her brother and sister by her side, it's a place to heal and forget the fiancé who left her just weeks before their wedding day. Now all she really needs are some customers...

Marketing whiz Craig O’Sullivan is wedded to his work in Portland, but with the cousin he sees as a brother getting married soon, he heads to Marietta for a two-week vacation. As long as his beloved Aunt Janice doesn't decide to play matchmaker on his behalf he'll be fine. But when Janice sets him up to help sweet Annie Miller market her B&B, he doesn't mind at all. There's something about Annie that makes him want to sell her on the idea of happily ever after. With him.

Craig's life is in Portland, Annie is bound to Marietta. Can they trust themselves and each other enough to open their hearts and let love in?


My Review:

An unplanned relationship leads to true love.

This is one of those books that I found myself cheering the characters on as I read their story.  Neither, Annie or Craig wanted a relationship, but they couldn’t quit thinking about each other.  Both had been hurt in the past, so they didn’t want anything serious.  And marriage was definitely out of the question.  They only planned to see each other while Craig was in town for the wedding of his cousin and Annie’s sister.  What happened next not only surprised them, but everyone else. 

I love the small fictional town of Marietta, Montana, and its residents and I feel these characters are a great addition to the town.  This author really knows how to bring her words to life.  I look forward to seeing what happens in the next addition to this series.


Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Review: Can’t Stand the Heat (Romance in the City Book 2) by Season Vining

He’s ready to cook his heart out.

When amateur chef Ryan Tate earns a spot on the cooking competition show, The Heat, he drops everything and heads west. His grandma needs to revamp her restaurant and he’s confident he has what it takes to win the prize money to make that happen. Little does he know, the one that got away could be the one to ruin his chances.

Assistant chef Miguel Moreno has already established a name for himself in the culinary world, but he’s tired of operating in the shadows of the greats. With the prize money from The Heat, he can finally open his own restaurant. Victory seems imminent when he learns the show has a twist this season—six pros will face off against six amateurs. But he’s thrown when a familiar face stands temptingly in his path.

Their love affair a year ago was scorching, but it’s nothing compared to the heat they generate battling their way through each challenge. For Ryan and Miguel, cooking and passion have always been linked, but protecting their hearts might be their biggest obstacle yet.


My Review: 

A fun reality show romance.

This is a really good book.  I got into it pretty easily.  I loved Ryan’s character.  He is funny and sarcastic and very goal oriented.  He wants to win The Heat, a reality cooking show, to help keep his grandmother’s restaurant open.  But when Ryan sees Miguel is also a contestant on the show, he starts remembering the brief affair they had the previous summer.  And that just might be a problem especially when it’s obvious Miguel still has feelings for Ryan as well. 

I had a hard time putting this book down.  I couldn’t wait to see how it would end.  I’ll just say, I was pleasantly surprised.  There are lots of great secondary characters that make this book even more fun.  This is the first book that I have read, by this author, and I will definitely won’t be the last. 

Review: Room for Suspicion (Cluttered Crime Mysteries #1) by Carol Light

It’s going to take more than carefully labeled boxes to sort through the clues of this homicide…

Professional organizer Crystal Ward knows she can make a success of her new business, Organizing Chicago. The extra income would allow her to renovate her own home, full of more cluttered spaces than she’d ever admit to her clients. But her life wasn’t always this disorganized. Five years ago her husband, Rick, a Chicago police detective, was shot while chasing a suspect. Now a paraplegic, he’s wary of her going into strangers’ homes…and for good reason.

When Crys discovers a dead man in a client’s living room, she refuses to accept that the murder is an open-and-shut case of domestic violence. If she can untangle this mess, she can prove her client’s innocence and ease Rick’s fears.

But the only witness to the murder is hospitalized in a catatonic state. And the lead detective is Rick’s former partner, the man Crys blames for his paralysis. Crys is on her own to save her client from jail and stop a murderer intent on tidying up loose ends.


My Review:

Exciting and unpredictable.

This is an intense book that was hard to put down.   Crys is just starting her new organizing company, when she walks into her client’s house, and comes across a crime scene.  One person dead and her client in a catatonic state.   Crys and her friend Maggie set out to find out who the killer is, even though her husband, a police officer, is totally against it.

This is the first book that I have read by this author and I am already hooked on her writing.  She created interesting characters and a plot that just kept me going with lots of twists and turns.  I look forward to reading the book in this series.