Sunday, August 12, 2018

LOVE YOU SO HARD by Tara Lain



Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Date Published:7/7/2018
Contemporary m/m
Audio book
Reviewed by: Gabrielle (meingee@yahoo.com)
Obtained via publisher
Rating: 4 Hearts


Craig has always been in the background always longing for more. When he notices a gorgeous young man in the coffee shop that he frequents his thoughts continuously bring him back to the man and his shirt. He goes to the coffee shop every day hoping to see the man and the shirt. When Craig does not get the promotion, he thought was in the bag he decides to take some time off and figure things out. As Craig tries to deal with his life he finds himself at the coffee shop. Soon the young man who occupies his thoughts is there and talking to him. Can Craig find a way to share with Jesse and maybe find more?

To Craig’s surprise Jessie has noticed him and the two strike up a deal. As their friendship grows their emotions do as well. It was nice to see their relationship grow and take shape. The two man are great together and it was nice to see their attraction grow into something much stronger. Jesse helps Craig see his true worth and how strong he can truly be, and Craig learns that he is so much more than he thinks. Jesse gives him the strength to try and be the man he longs to be. Together they find the courage to enjoy life and strive for love. Their story moves along at a good pace and kept me entertained all the way to the end. The narrator does a wonderful job of bringing this story to life and had me quickly immersed in this beautiful story.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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Monday, August 6, 2018

COTTAGE BY THE SEA by Debbie Macomber



Ballantine Books
July 17th, 2018
978-0-399-18123-2
Contemporary, Women’s Fiction
Hardcopy
Reviewed by Dawn Roberto
Obtained by Publisher
4 Hearts


Annie Marlow was living the life she wanted in Los Angeles when tragedy struck and changed it forever. After eighteen months of trying to move on and get out from the fog of grief and despair, she finds peace in the small town of Oceanside, Washington, where she has many memories of vacationing with her family growing up. With new friends, a job she is beginning to enjoy and more, this small town finds its way to heal a shattered woman when she thought all was lost. Now with romance on the horizon with the gentle giant, Seth Keaton, Annie finds her life is beginning to turn yet again when an opportunity drops in her lap. Will she leave the peace and security of Oceanside to take this opportunity or will she stay nestled in the safety that she has come to cherish?

Debbie Macomber delivers a strong and emotional story that will tear at your heart in more ways than ever in COTTAGE BY THE SEA. With her trademark writing style, she delivers a story that is full of heart and at times lots of pain though tinged with hope. I loved this new release by one of my favorite authors. She created a story that is at times quite emotional, loving and with a sweep of her pen, romantic as well. When I first met Annie, she was full of life, hope and delight, determined to have a four-day weekend with her friends, to have fun without family obligations getting in her way. In all reality, a typical twenty-something who thinks she has the whole world to get to the heart of things later. As many know, life sometimes doesn’t deliver all rainbows and sunshine, especially when tragedy strikes. Annie made me love her and I in turn loved how she was able to finally breath, find peace and a chance to love once more. The small town of Oceanside worked its magic on Annie and I found it so irresistible. I was longing to see if this special town was real just to visit it one day. With each page I read, I was sucked not Annie’s story, of her coming to grips with her loss and finding her new normal; grieving yet also finding peace that has eluded her for over a year. The story flows so smoothly I didn’t know I was at the end of the book until I turned the page and saw there was nothing left of Annie, Keaton and their friends story.

Ms. Macomber delivers a story that is at once powerful yet charming. A story that will stay with you long after you are done with the book. The characters made me laugh, cry, smile and sigh. I loved meeting Annie, Keaton and the residents of Oceanside so very much. Ms. Macomber has a knack to creating a story that leaves you breathless and longing for more. If you haven’t tried one of her books before, this is a perfect introduction into her writing. I do want to point out you may need a box of tissues at times as you fall into Annie’s life and loss.  COTTAGE BY THE SEA is a fast-paced story that will leave you with a smile in your heart and on your face. I look forward to seeing where this author goes next as I know I won’t be disappointed with her next story.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

RENA AND THE ALIEN WARRIOR by Jessica Coulter Smith



Publisher: Changeling Press
Date Published: June 22, 2018
ISBN: 08416-02719
Futuristic, Sci-Fi, Romance
eBook
Reviewed by: Gabrielle (meingee@yahoo.com)
Obtained via publisher
Rating: 3 ½ Hearts

Rena has lived her most of her life as a slave. She never knows what kind of horrors will come with her next owner. When her most recent owner gives her to the alien named Ryx she has no idea just how much her life will change. Ryx is appalled when he sees the way Rena is treated. He accepts her as a gift and brings her to his spaceship. There he hopes that she can heal and find safety or even a mate. Will Rena find peace with this new turn of events in her life or is she already too damaged to find love?

Rena’s story is a sweet romance. She is a strong woman to have survived all the abuse that she has since she was taken as a slave. When Ryx enters her life, everything changes. When she arrives on his ship she finds not only safety but a friend and protector in Beren. The male maybe battle scarred but he has a big heart and a protectiveness that makes Rena feel again. The two begin a tentative relationship and soon Rena finds herself comfortable and safe with Beren. The two find themselves able to connect and share their pain. Soon emotions begin to bloom between Rena and Beren and an emergency takes their relationship to another level. I enjoyed watching their relationship grow and blossom as their adventure went on. I loved the tenderness that Beren feels and shows Rena. The two make a nice couple and it was nice to see two people survive and find happiness in their future.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

WHEN WE FOUND HOME by Susan Mallery



Harlequin Books
July 1st, 2018
978-0-373-80250-0
Women’s Fiction, Contemporary
Hardcover
Reviewed by Dawn (love2read28@gmail.com)
Obtained by Self-Purchase
5 Hearts


Callie Smith is determined to live a new life, the straight and narrow path but life has a way of taking detours and more when you least expect it. Callie comes to find she has a half-brother, Malcolm and a half-sister, Keira and she is part of a family that wants her there with them. But Callie only knows how to be alone, living in the shadows as she tries to figure out her second chance but when she takes a chance on this new-found family she finds affection from Keira, a twelve-year old streetwise girl that Callie can’t help but love. Malcolm on the other hand drives Callie insane as she tries to feel safe with the newfound family even as life turns yet again. But as Malcolm, Keira and Callie find out life may detour when you least expect it but with an open heart, love can make you believe in forever.

WHEN WE FIND HOME is a charming story about family and more told with Susan Mallery’s trademark style. Filled with heart and emotion, this new stand alone story will deliver more than a few chuckles as you go on this journey with Malcolm, Keira and Callie as they navigate new found family dynamics, fall in love with one another even as they butt heads as siblings do. I love Ms. Mallery books and find them a charming delight on a lazy afternoon but in her new stand-alone book, WHEN WE FIND HOME, we meet three people who find they are related to one another and each comes with baggage, fears and more. All together these three-Malcolm, Keira and Callie-find that even as life can toss roadblocks at them, its up to them to wade through it and find a way to deal with whatever life throws at them. Each has secrets, fears, vulnerabilities that cause each to react in ways you nor I may not do but I loved how these three learned to deal with one another, find their inner strength, heal from past hurts and more all within a family they only just new about. With a fast-paced storyline, intriguing characters and more, Ms. Mallery delivers a story that kept me riveted till the very end. I loved all the characters but what drew me in was the relationship that grew between Callie, Keira and Malcolm. With each page, I loved how they came together as siblings even as they each navigated the land minds life popped up at them. With twists and turns, love interests that kept me intrigued, a grandfather that had me laughing at times and falling in love with, WHEN WE FIND HOME is more about three siblings its about family, even one you didn’t know about and learn to love. With each page, I fell in love with this charming family and loved seeing how they came together when chips were down, when they learned to trust, hope and more that the life they were offered within this family will not disappear when they least expect it.

WHEN WE FIND HOME is a sweet tale that will deliver more laughs than you can imagine, lots of groans from romantic fools and a trio of characters you will fall in love with. I look forward to seeing where this author goes in her next book and look forward to seeing where the journey will be. If you haven’t read this author’s work before then WHEN WE FIND HOME is the perfect introduction to her writing. I just caution that you will be so deep into this story that you will find hours have passed before you look up to see why the day has turned to night and that you are starving. I can’t recommend this new book enough and hope you enjoy it as well.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement

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Monday, July 30, 2018

HEARTS AND FLOUR by Tara Lain



Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Date Published: June 19,2018
Contemporary Holiday
Audio book
Reviewed by: Gabrielle (meingee@yahoo.com)
Weblink:
https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/hearts-and-flour-by-tara-lain-9770-b
Obtained via publisher
Rating: 4 Hearts


Micah’s world changes in a blur for him. One minute he feels like he has the world in hand and the next he finds his boyfriend cheating on him. When his old friend invites him to an anti-valentine’s day party Micah decides that it could not hurt to have some fun for a change. Little does he know his life would never be the same again. There he meets Queen and sparks fly. The two are made for each other and just maybe love is not far behind.  Can these two find a way to happiness or is it all just wishful thinking?

This is a sweet and romantic story. The emotions are strong, and the characters are full of depth. Micah is a good man, but he can be too rigid in his beliefs because of his past and because of this he may lose what is most important to him. Queen thought he found the one man that accepted him for who and what he was until the painful realization that they were not meant to be. Micah and Queen make a good couple. It was nice to see their relationship take shape and to see the lengths that Micah goes to protect Queen and fight for their love. When Micah decides to make things right he goes in all the way and shows what a good man he truly is. As quick as their story is it still packs a punch and at times will pull on your heart strings as well as warm your heart. 

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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