Thursday, April 18, 2024

Review: Unbreak My Heart (With Love, From Kurrajong Crossing #10) by Dakota Harrison


It takes more than time to mend a broken heart.

Simon Jameson had once considered himself a lucky man. A job he loved, working alongside his oldest brother. His wife was his heart, and they had a family in the making. Then he lost it all. When his niece is born on Valentine’s Day—his first wedding anniversary without his wife—it’s too much too soon and he has to leave town for the night. Just one night, while his close-knit family celebrates a gift of life that should be celebrated, one that breaks his heart that little bit more.

He never expected to meet her.

Evangeline Adams, the architect behind the new build of his brother’s pub, The Spotted Cow, was a red-headed bombshell of a woman he didn’t see coming.

It’s been months since Evangeline encountered the magnetic, desolate Simon at a bar, but she hasn’t forgotten him. When they meet again at her latest job site, she’s glad he seems happier but keeps her distance. Right up until her manipulative ex-husband unexpectedly returns and Simon steps in to protect her.

Eva can’t afford to fall for an emotionally unavailable man who doesn’t like kids—not when she has a two-year-old son waiting for her at home. And that describes Simon perfectly.

Doesn’t it?

 

My Review: 

From friendship to love.

This is an emotional story about Simon, a grieving widower and Eva, a single mother, who struggles with body issues and has a crazy ex-husband.  They meet on the anniversary of Simon’s late wife’s death and have an (almost) one night stand, ending with Eva leaving Simon’s hotel room with no explanation of why Simon changed his mind about spending the night together.  Months later, they are reunited when Eva is working on Simon’s brother’s pub.  I loved how they formed a tight friendship and shared secrets and dreams.  This eventually led to them falling in love.  I really enjoyed this book and didn’t want it to end.  I couldn’t get enough of Eva and Simon.  I hope to catch up with them again in the next With Love, From Kurrajong Crossing book. 

 

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Review: Make You Mine (The Walker Family Book 1) By Nan Reinhardt


When his family’s company is on the line, business and pleasure definitely don’t mix, but maybe they should…

Madeline Ross left the city and a career glass ceiling behind, hoping to build a new life as the crew supervisor for Walker Construction in River’s Edge. She’s qualified and experienced, but new CEO Jackson Walker hires someone else. Even as she searches for a different job and builds a life in River’s Edge, the sexy memory of Jack teases.

After a rough year, Jackson Walker’s family business is still struggling. He needs a new construction crew supervisor, and Maddie Ross is perfect, except for the first time in his life, player Jack is suddenly smitten with the curvaceous redhead. He wants her in his bed more than on his payroll.

When his second-rate new hire is a disastrous mistake, Jack humbles himself on Maddie’s doorstep with an offer she can’t refuse. Maddie could be the key to saving his company as long as he hides his heart. But does he have to?

 

My Review:

A great start to a new series.

Right from the start, I knew this would become a favorite book.  I enjoyed getting to know Maddie and Jack.  Their story is a slow build romance, but it was well worth the wait.  Maddie and Jack brought out the best in each other even though they were total opposites of each other.  I also enjoyed catching up with some of the other River’s Edge characters.  I highly recommend this book.  It has the right amount of romance and even a bit of suspense. 

 

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Review: Danger in the Outback (Welcome to Bunya Junction Book 5) by Nicole Flockton


Who can you trust when danger arises?

School teacher Matilda Marchant arrives in Bunya Junction ready to leave her past, and an ex who won’t take no for an answer, behind. The challenge of re-opening the one-teacher school is just what she needs. Add in a house as part of the deal, and she’s packing her bags before the ink is dry on the contract. But when she arrives, the house is a mess and uninhabitable. Feeling misled, she runs straight into Drew Bradford, the town’s resident police officer.

Drew Bradford is restless. His friends are settling down, he’s the only police officer in town, and he’s thinking about relocating to the city. The last thing he expects is the way the sassy new teacher opens his eyes to possibilities he thought lost, especially when they discover a mutual love for all things home renovation. Purchasing the dilapidated house seemed obvious to Drew and as he and Matilda restore it to its former glory, they grow closer still.

But danger is coming. The man Matilda left behind doesn’t want to give her up and Drew will do anything he can to keep her, and the future he wants with her, safe.

 

My Review:

An entertaining romance set in small-town Australia.

This book was everything I hoped it would be.  It was romantic and intriguing and filled with beautifully written scenes.  Matilda and Drew were a great pairing.  There was a spark between them the first time they met.  I couldn’t wait to see them fall in love.  But first, they had to get a handle on Matilda’s stalker ex.  This book is a great addition to the Welcome to Bunya Junction series.