Fair Catch by Cindy Roland Anderson

Hello Romantics!

I know I’m a day late this week! However, I promise this book was definitely worth the wait!!!

Fair Catch by Cindy Roland Anderson is a contemporary romance telling the story of Ellie Garrett and Nick Coulter America’s most eligible bachelor and newly retired football player superstar.

Ellie is a single mother who’s cheating ex-husband left her right after she gave birth to their son, Cade. Four years later she definitely has issues trusting men and doesn’t think she is good enough to keep a man around anyway.  Her match making neighbor, Betsy, of course has other plans for her. Especially, when she finds out the identity of their new mysterious neighbor!

Nick had become jaded by his life in the public eye but after an accident took the life of his best friend, Nick realizes just how precious life is and decides to make some personal changes. One of which, is re-dedicating his life to God and making sure that his “star-power” is used to help under privileged kids.

To accomplish these things, Nick decides to move to Colorado and start his non-profit youth camps. Not to long after moving into his new neighborhood he meets his new beautiful blonde neighbor on the nearby running track.

After a lot of persistence, Nick finally persuades the very skittish Ellie to go out with him.  Everything is going along very nicely for the pair when Ellie’s ex-husband, Thomas, pops into the picture trying to make Ellie’s life miserable.  (Why the dude should be jealous is beyond me? I mean he left her, not the other way around! Some men are just crazy.)

Just as Ellie and Nick have decided to overcome the obstacles Thomas tries to throw their way, tragedy strikes! Cade is kidnapped and Thomas blames Nick’s stardom for endangering his son.

Who stole Cade? Will Nick and Ellie ever see him again? Will Thomas always be a thorn in their sides?

You’ll have to read the book to find out!

Fair Catch

Re-readability Rating:

4 out of 5 stars

Easy read great for a lazy day or ignore your responsibilities day 😉

Romance Rating:

4 out of 5 stars

Great banter, lovely kissing scenes, suspense, drama, and angst. A tiny bit repetitive towards the beginning but still a fun and delightful read. Very likable characters (except Thomas of course!)

Book launches, Giveaways and Redesigns!

Hello Romantics!!!

I’ve been on a reading hiatus but, I’ve been keeping up with some of my author acquaintances who have some great things going on!

To start with, Ms. Sandra Bricker has released the second book in her modern fairy tale series called Rise and Shine.

This is the story of a woman named Shannon who has just woken up from being in a coma for almost 10 yrs! (Can you imagine it?)

When she went into her coma it was 2005 then wakes up, and the year is 2014! During that time, her husband dies from a rare form of cancer and her best friend has gotten married and had 3 kids. Not only that but, things like smart phones, tablets, and reality television have come into being.

Never fear though, because there is a handsome doctor, a loving aunt, and a wonderful best friend who are more than willing to help her get her bearings in this strange new world!

You, Dear Romantics, are in luck because this wonderful read became available today! (I just got my copy this week and I’m ending my hiatus just so I can read what happens next!)

 

Rise and Shine

Next, on our agenda is a giveaway from Ms. Mary Jane Hathaway a.k.a Virginia Carmichael!

As you know, back in February, I did an interview with Ms. Hathaway about her Austen Takes the South series.  Well, her third book, Persuasion, Captain Wentworth, and Cracklin Cornbread: A Passion Denied but Never Forgotten, is on pre-sale for a launch date in November! To celebrate she is doing a giveaway on her blog!

Make sure you click over and enter to win some great Austen inspired prizes. Then go to Amazon to Pre-sale a paper back version of her book!

Persuasion, Captain Wentworth and Cracklin’ Cornbread: A Passion Denied but Never Forgotten (Jane Austen Takes the South)

Lastly, I want to spotlight the wonderful Ms. Bonnie Blythe, who has just done a redesign on her book, How Sweet It Iswhich I reviewed back in January.

Make sure you head over and download this winner as well and laugh the weekend away!

How Sweet It Is

So there is your update my dear Romantics and I’ll see you next week!

Dreaming of Roses Series by Martha Rowe Sconnely

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Hello my beautiful Romantics!

I hope you enjoyed last weeks interview with Danyelle Ferguson. There is still time to enter the rafflecopter contest that ends Wednesday, April 23rd!

So…I have a slightly different romantic find for you this week.  Normally, if there is a series I like I just review the first book to get you started.  This time around I have to review the whole series because this one doesn’t contain stand alone books.  Dreaming of Roses by Martha Rowe Sconnely is a three book serial where you need to read them in order to understand what’s happening in the story.

In the first story, Almost Perfect, We meet Kelli Patterson and her best friend Brenna.  Brenna is trying to talk Kelli into joining a new christian dating website.  Kelli has had her fill of online dating, (A feeling with which I can totally sympathize!) and tells her NO!

However, she will help Brenna post a profile for herself. While heading back to work Kelli is stuck riding down in a packed elevator by her secret work crush Chase Allen, a super hot IT guru, who so makes Kelli want to rethink her no dating co-workers rule.

Unfortunately, nothing happens on the ride down and Kelli goes back to work daydreaming about what could have happened.  A few days later, Kelli meets Steven Ross who happens to be the only son of her pastor. (How fortuitous!) I’ll save you some guessing. Yes, Steven asks her out and they date for a while but things don’t go exactly to a story book ending for these two.

In book two, Hardly Perfect, Kelli is in Florida due to her Grandmother being ill and needing help at her flower shop while she gets a hip replacement.  While there, a friend of her grandmother talks her into meeting her grandson, Todd, for a date.

Let’s just say a match made in heaven he is not, but he is a funny, quirky person and they part on friendly terms after their coffee date.

(Here comes the plot twist!)

Due to some short staff issues, Kelli ends going in last-minute to help with decorating a wedding.  She has pinned on all the boutonnieres for the groomsmen of the wedding party and has one left. When she asks the groom who it could possibly belongs to, he replies that it possibly should go to the bride’s brother who is giving her away. At that very moment who should enter but the bride, her maids and her brother, Chase Allen! (Be still my beating heart!!!!)

Chase is just as shocked to see Kelli as she is to see him. He also seems more than happy to see her at his sister’s wedding.

In the last book of the serial, More than Perfect, Chase and Kelli end up in a whirlwind courtship. Everything is going along nicely until Chase gets a job offer that will put him in California! They’ve only been dating about a month and Chase doesn’t want a long distance relationship so he asks Kelli to give him a little time to figure things out. (This happens about 2 weeks before Valentines Day! How UN-romantic!!!!)

Kelli agrees to give him some time and space. All the while she is praying that she doesn’t end up with another broken heart.

So…Will Kelli and Chase end up together after all? Did Brenna meet someone wonderful from the dating website?

You’ll have to read the series to find out!!!!

 

Dreaming of Roses: Box Set

Re-Readability Rating:

3 out of 5 stars

Overall this is a nice series. I could see coming back to it every once in a while but there are books I would probably go to before I go this one. Some of the storytelling is a tad repetitive but the story is still sweet and refreshing

Romance Rating:

4 out of 5 Stars

Lots of sweet kisses and embraces between Kelli and her perspective beaus. I will say the ending did go exactly as I thought it would but it was enough to make this romantic sigh at the end.

Priced to Move by Ginny Aiken

Hello Romantics!

This week’s pick is what I’m calling one of my forgotten favorites. Sometimes I read so many books that I inadvertently forget about ones I read a year or so ago but I know I really liked it. This whole series I actually read before I started this blog and while I was scrolling through my list of books I stumbled across this one and decided to review it for you.

The book is Priced to Move by Ginny Aiken and is the first book in the Shop-Til-U-Drop Collection.

This is book is a mystery, laugh-out-loud, romantic geology lesson that no romantic can pass up! Now I’m sure some of you are probably wondering how in the world can geology be romantic? Well, If you are a lover of pretty stones like our heroine Andrea Adams, you can see the romance in it.

Andrea is a buyer of loose cut gem stones for an exclusive jewelry house in New York City and has just come back from a grueling buying trip when her boss wants her to make another quick trip out to India. She is exhausted from her last trip but can’t seem to say no when it comes to pretty jewels.

However, before she can get ready to get on the next flight out Andrea has a phone conversation with her adorable and flighty Aunt Weeby and her cohort Ms. Mona Latimer. It seems Aunt Weeby has broken her leg and is now in need of help.

So Andrea leaves her job and heads down to Louisville, Kentucky to take care of her aunt. While there, Ms. Mona offers Andrea a job on her newly created Shopping Network called S.T.U.D. (Shop-Til-U-Drop) where Andrea will serve as a TV host/ buyer for loose stones.  Loose stones she can definitely do but live television! Does the words “Yikes” come to mind!?!

Unbeknownst to her, Mona has hired a co-host that knows nothing about geology but everything about being on television. The man who is the resident stud of the S.T.U.D. network, Mr. Max Matthews, a tall, blond, silk suited, jaw dropping stud to be exact! 😉

Let me tell you there are fireworks both on and off camera for these two but not of  the warm and fuzzy variety. More like the fight like cats and dogs kind of fireworks. Then, all of a sudden strange things start happening around the studio and Aunt Weeby’s home. Things like a man being found murdered in the jewel vault of the studio, and fires in the middle of night! Not to mention people’s offices and dressing rooms being ransacked.

Who killed the man in the vault? Will Andrea be able to create a new life for herself in Louisville and stay out of jail? Will Andrea and Max ever get along and move into something a little more? Hmm…sounds like you’ll have to read the book to find out!

Priced to Move (The Shop-Til-U-Drop Collection Book #1): A Novel

Re-readability Rating:

Definite 3 out of 5

stars Like I said the whole series is part of my forgotten favorites. I know I’ve reread the series a few times and enjoyed it every time.

Romance Rating:

I’d say 3 out of 5 stars

Not a lot of kissing or anything like that but I love the banter and witty come-backs between the whole cast of characters.

Courting the Clearwaters (Boys of Summer book 1) by Jill Penrod

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Hello My Dear Romantics!

I hope you all are having a beautiful Wednesday!

This weeks read is a Young Adult/Coming of Age story that I enjoyed quite a bit.

Courting the Clearwaters is the story of Shawn is young man in college who has recently become saved and is on his way to his first College Retreat. On the way to the hotel he asks his new friend Seth about a girl in the College and Career age group that has interested him. A Ms. Jenny Clearwater to be exact.

That’s when Seth clues him in on the fact that Jenny and her parents don’t believe in dating but in courtship. For those who don’t understand what courtship entails I’ll give you a rough idea of it.

Basically courtship is almost like dating with a purpose. A young man goes to his parents and asks for guidance and prayer if there is a certain young lady he is interested in then once he gets the ok from his parents then he approaches the the girls parents and asks for permission to get to know their daughter and see if they are suited to possibly getting married in the future. Once he has her parents permission that’s when he and the girl are allowed to get to know each other.

After learning what courting means Shawn is pretty sure he doesn’t fit the bill and decides that he won’t try to pursue a dating relationship with Jenny.

Jenny is definitely attracted to Shawn and they start a great friendship but she knows that Shawn is trying to become a stronger Christian and doesn’t want to court her at this time.

Will Shawn be able to overcome his insecurities and ask to court Jenny? Will Mr. Clearwater allow Shawn to court his daughter? Will Shawn be able to get rid of the anger and issues of his past?

Read the book and find out!


Courting the Clearwaters (Boys of Summer)

Re-readability Rating:

2 out of 5 stars
While I liked the book, I probably won’t come back to read it too often.

Romance Rating:
4 out of 5 stars
This is not a conventional romance. There is one small kiss on the cheek. The real love story, in a way is how Shawn grows in his love for God as well as in his love for Jenny

The Random Acts of Cupid by Amanda Tru

Happy Valentines Day Romantics!

I know, I know. I usually post on Wednesdays but I have a few good reasons for posting today instead of two days ago.

Reason 1) Weather!!!!  During Tuesday and Wednesday I was in the middle of an ice storm and lost power.

Reason 2) Today’s Valentine’s Day why not post on one of the most romantic days of the year!

So for this week’s offering I bring to you The Random Acts of Cupid by Amanda Tru

In this sweet novella we meet Elise as a high school student trying desperately to find her friend Chandra before she embarrasses herself thanking her high school crush Damon for sending flowers that he didn’t send.

You see in there little group for each others birthday they play a practical joke on each other.  For Chandra’s joke, Elise sent some flowers and signed Damon’s name. How was Elise supposed to know that she wasn’t going to figure it out?

After racing through the hallways looking for Chandra, Elise finds her behind a tree kissing Damon!

Fast forward 10 years and we find Elise being bothered by her friend Britney to fix her up with Ryan Jenkins. Over the years, Elise has been secretly fixing up people around the college she works at and a story of a Cupid has hit the newspapers.  Only two people know the identity of this Mysterious Cupid is in actuality is Elise.

Elise tells her she will think about it but she doesn’t believe they will be a great match.

The next day, Elise is confronted by Ryan when he finds out that flowers were sent to Britney and someone has signed his name! After tracking down the florist and finding out that the flowers were ordered on Elise’s account, Ryan tells her that he knows she is Cupid and that he is going to expose her to the newspapers!

To try to keep that from happening Elise convinces him to give her 24 hours to prove that she isn’t trying to play with people’s lives and that in her own way she is just trying to help these people find love.

Will Elise be able to convince Ryan not to out her?  Will Elise find love for herself? Did Elise really send the flowers to Britney? 😉

You’ll have to find out for yourself!

The Random Acts of Cupid (Christian Romance)

Re-Readability Rating:

4 out of 5 Hearts

Such a cute and lovely read that I can’t help but read it again and again!

Romance Rating:

5 out of 5 Hearts

Oh man I’ve got to meet a man like…Oh wait I’ll give up the ending if I say who!?! But I will say he’s quite a kisser!

How Sweet It Is by Bonnie Blythe

Hello Romantics!

Happy Birthday to me! Happy Birthday to me! Happy Birthday to me! Happy Birthday to me!

Yay, I turned 35 years old today!

I decided to celebrate in two ways. One will be today’s review of How Sweet it Is by Bonnie Blythe. The other will be announced at the end of this post so you have to stay with me to hear that announcement!

First off, How Sweet It Is by Bonnie Blythe is one of my personal favorites of her work.

In this lovely book we meet Brad Larsen a semi pro surfer turned Business graduate who is in Belgium with his parents on a little vacation.  His biggest weaknesses are chocolate and pretty girls. So of course when the story opens we find him salivating over chocolates in a Belgian chocolatiers shop window.  While staring in the window and waiting for the crowd to thin out Brad notices a strikingly beautiful girl in the shop.

Without an ounce of hesitation Brad decides to brave the crowds just so he can meet this vision of loveliness. Of course being an American who doesn’t know French doesn’t help when he tries to help the pretty “French” girl.

Delphine D’Arleux, who is in Europe for some candy making courses to sharpen her skills, is quite scandalized by the attentions of the American man who had the nerve to call her a “village maiden”. Is again broke after spending the last of her travel money on some chocolates at the shop, for research purposes of course.  All she wants to do is go to her hotel, rest, and get on her plane to go home to California. However, being hungry in a foreign country and seeing as though she hasn’t had any real adventure while in Europe, she decides to let Brad buy her a snack. After a lovely cup of cocoa, Brad decides to kiss away a chocolate smudge on Delphine’s lips. Which earns him quite a slap in the face and a disappearing act by Delphine. (To be honest, I don’t blame her I’d have smacked him too!)

Delphine has no intention of seeing Brad again but imagine her shock and dismay when her already paid airplane ticket disappears from the system and Delta tells her she has to buy a brand new ticket to go home!

Unfortunately, her parents spent all of the money in the checking account and she has no way of getting home.  Enter Brad and his parents to the rescue.

Now that Brad has re-found Delphine, the beautiful stranger, he has no intention of letting her out of his sight again.  Isn’t it just miraculous that they are supposed to be on the same flight to California and only happen to live about 30 minutes away from each other?

A surfer boy who loves chocolate and a beautiful French-American girl who makes chocolate of course this has got to be a match made in heaven.

Will Brad be able to win Delphine over? Will Delphine be able to open the chocolate shop of her dreams? Will Delphine learn how to enjoy life and all it has to offer?

Hmm…Sounds like you’ll have to read the book to find out!

How Sweet It Is

Re-Readability Rating:

4 out of 5 stars

Whenever I want a good easy read, this is one of my go to books.

Romance Rating:

Solid 4 out of 5 stars

Great kissing scenes, wonderful banter between characters, and a delightful Christian Message of redemption.

And Now for my Announcement!!

Next week I will be interviewing Mary Jane Hathaway, writer of the Jane Austen Takes the South Series and in honor of her Relaunch of the series she is giving away some great Jane Austen Inspired Swag!!!!

So get  yourself ready for a fun interview next week and a chance to win some free stuff!

Hmm…I wonder if I can finagle something out of her for myself? LOL 😉

See you next week!