Thursday, February 5, 2015

If The Viscount Falls: The Duke's Men by Sabrina Jeffries - Book Review



About The Book:

From New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries, the deliciously sexy fourth book in the “Duke’s Men” Regency romance series—the first of which was called “a totally engaging, adventurous love story” (RT Book Reviews, Top Pick).

The heir presumptive to the Viscount Rathmoor, Dominick Manton once had his heart’s desire within reach—a bright future as a barrister and engagement to Jane Vernon, a wealthy baron’s daughter. Then a shattering betrayal by his vindictive brother George snatched away Dom’s inheritance and his hopes of offering Jane a secure future. Brokenhearted, and attempting to end their engagement without destroying Jane’s reputation, Dom staged a betrayal of his own to convince her that he’s not the husband-to-be that she thought.
 
Now George is gone and the viscountcy restored to Dom, since his brother’s widow, Nancy—Jane’s cousin and closest confidant—never bore an heir. But when Nancy goes missing, a panicked Jane calls on her former fiancé to track down her cousin. Dom knows the mistakes of the past may be unforgiveable—but now, entangled together in mystery and danger, will they rekindle a passionate longing that was never lost to begin with?
 



My Thoughts:

When newly named Viscount Rathmoor, Dominick Manton, meets a romantic flame from his past who asks for his help in solving a puzzling mystery, he struggles to control his emotions for pretty Jane Vernon as she is pledged to wed another. But as they work together to find Jane's missing cousin Nancy, they discover that the flicker of love's flame is still kindled between them. But will that old love be enough to bring them back together again?  Only readers of this fun and lively romance will find out!

The fourth book in Sabrina Jeffries' "The Duke's Men" series, "If The Viscount Falls" can easily be read as a stand-alone novel - but why miss out on the fun of the entire series that features steamy romance, great relationships, an intriguing mystery aspect, and a charming look at Regency England at it's best.

I highly recommend this latest book as well as any of Sabrina Jeffries' books.




About The Author:



Sabrina Jeffries is the New York Times bestselling author of thirty-eight novels and nine works of short fiction (some written under the pseudonyms Deborah Martin and Deborah Nicholas). Whatever time not spent writing in a coffee-fueled haze of dreams and madness is spent traveling with her husband and adult autistic son or indulging in one of her passions—jigsaw puzzles, chocolate, and music.

With more than 7 million books in print in eighteen different languages, the North Carolina author never regrets tossing aside a budding career in academics for the sheer joy of writing fun fiction, and hopes that one day a book of hers will end up saving the world. She always dreams big.

Check out her website at www.sabrinajeffries.com


 

My thanks to Nancy Berland Public Relations for supplying the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.


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Echo Lake: A Swift River Valley Novel by Carla Neggers - Book Review






About The Book:

In snowy Swift River Valley, unexpected romance is just around the corner….
 
Heather Sloan has landed her dream job—the renovation of Vic Scarlatti's stately 1912 country home overlooking the icy waters of Echo Lake in Knights Bridge, Massachusetts. It's the perfect project for the family business, but for once, Heather is in charge.
 
Diplomatic Security Service agent Brody Hancock left Knights Bridge at eighteen, a few steps ahead of arrest and the wrath of Heather's older brothers. Though Brody had never planned to return, Vic, a retired diplomat and friend, needs his help.
 
Staying at Vic's guest house makes it impossible to avoid running into a Sloan at every turn—especially Heather. Seeing her again has affected Brody more than he wants to admit. But Heather is wary of Brody's sudden interest in her, and she suspects there's more to his homecoming than he's letting on….
 
Set against the scenic backdrop of a New England winter, Echo Lake is a captivating tale of family, friends and the possibility of new love.
 

My Thoughts:

I am a big fan of Carla Neggers' writing having enjoyed her "Sharpe and Donovan" series. However, "Echo Lake" is the first book in her "Swift River Valley" series that I have read and it took me a little while to catch up with all the established characters.  But once I did, I thoroughly enjoyed the family relationships and dramatic intrigue that was included in this romantic and suspenseful tale.

While it would be helpful to have read the previous books in this series, readers can quickly catch up (as I did) with the backstory of the Sloan family (gotta love those protective brothers and their feisty little sister!). The romance between Heather and Brody is lively and keeps the storyline moving along at a nice pace, and will keep the reader invested in their story to the very end. I also enjoyed the winter-time setting of this story - just right for this time of year!

I highly recommend this book for those who enjoy contemporary romance with a touch of mystery.


About The Author:

Carla Neggers

Carla Neggers is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 60 novels of contemporary romance and romantic suspense, including her popular Sharpe & Donovan and Swift River Valley series. Her books have been translated into 24 languages and sold in over 30 countries. Carla is always plotting her next adventure--whether in life or for one of her novels. A frequent traveler to Ireland, she lives with her family in New England.

Check out her website at www.carlaneggers.com



My thanks to Nancy Berland Public Relations for supplying the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.




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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday - Twice A Texas Bride by Linda Broday


First - is this not the prettiest book cover???  I just love it!  I'm so excited for my dear friend Linda Broday's new book to come out this spring!




About The Book:

Callie leaned into him, borrowing his strength. "I'm so tired of being scared, Rand."
"Running away won't change that. Trust me with your secrets. There's no reason to hold back any longer."
She knew he was right. It was time to come clean.
"Start with your name," he said.


Left with emotional scars from his time in an orphanage, Rand Sinclair has vowed never to marry. But when he discovers Callie Quinn and a small orphan boy hiding on his ranch, he can't help but open his home to the desperate runaways.
 
Callie has been betrayed by every man she's ever known. While she's grateful for Rand's incredible kindness, she knows it's only a matter of time before he shows his true colors. But she needs this safe haven-maybe the outlaw on her trail won't find them here. Yet as Rand slowly uncovers her secret fears, they each come to realize that the only way to keep her safe is for Rand to risk everything to offer her the protection of his name ... and his heart.


Release Date:  May 5, 2015



About The Author:


Linda Broday resides in the panhandle of Texas on the Llano Estacado. At a young age, she discovered a love for storytelling, history, and anything pertaining to the Old West. Cowboys fascinate her. There's something about Stetsons, boots, and tall rugged cowboys that get her fired up! A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Linda has won many awards, including the prestigious National Readers' Choice Award and the Texas Gold Award.

She blogs regularly at www.PetticoatsandPistols.com.

Visit her at www.LindaBroday.com.





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Naked Addiction by Caitlin Rother - Book Review



Naked Addiction


About The Book:

A ticket to Homicide.

That was the first thing disgruntled narcotics detective Ken Goode thought when he found the body of a beautiful murdered woman. But his transfer became the last thing on his mind when more victims turned up—all linked to the same beauty school his sister attends.

With time running out, a killer on the loose, and the danger hitting too close to home, Goode has to stop this murderer while fighting his own growing obsession with one of the very women he's trying to save.
 

My Thoughts:

Author Caitlin Rother is well known for her spine-tingling true crime books. Now she has taken her investigative journalistic skills to create an equally chilling novel that will both enthrall and captivate readers with its intriguing twists and turns.

Rother's characters are fully developed and personable, and her storytelling skills are evident in this compelling story.  The main character, detective Ken Goode, is a good guy who has had a life full of hard luck and while flawed he overcomes odds to do his job admirably. For me, a sign of a fascinating book is if you can picture it as a movie in your mind - and I easily could see this story playing out on the big-screen!

If you enjoy novels that keep you guessing to the very surprising end, you'll enjoy "Naked Addiction."  I highly recommend it!


About The Author:

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New York Times bestselling author Caitlin Rother has written or co-authored ten books, ranging from true crime to memoir to crime fiction, and is now working on books #11 and 12.
 
Her latest releases are her updated and revised novel, NAKED ADDICTION, and I’LL TAKE CARE OF YOU, which explores the cold-case murder of Newport Beach multimillionaire Bill McLaughlin by his femme fatale fiancee and her NFL-linebacker lover. Next out, in November 2015, will be THEN NO ONE CAN HAVE HER, chronicling the story behind the murder of artist and therapist Carol Kennedy 35 days after the finalization of her divorce from her “soulmate” ex-husband, investment broker Steve DeMocker, and the roller-coaster ride to justice in the small mountain town of Prescott, Arizona.
 
The Los Angeles Times described her controversial LOST GIRLS as “a deeply reported, dispassionately written attempt to determine what created that monster and predator [John Gardner]. It is a cautionary tale and a horror story, done superbly by a writer who knows how to burrow into a complex case without becoming captive to her sources.” LOST GIRLS was voted #4 in the top 10 true crime books for 2012, and two of her other books were selected in the top 10 for 2011. 
 
Rother, a Pulitzer Prize nominee and two-time San Diego Book Awards finalist, worked as an investigative reporter at daily newspapers for 19 years before deciding to write narrative non-fiction books full-time. Her journalism has also been published in Cosmopolitan, the Los Angeles Times, the U-T, the Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Huffington Post and The Daily Beast. Rother has done more than 100 appearances on TV and radio on shows including, Nancy GraceSnapped, the Jay Thomas Show, Greta Van Susteren’s On the Record,America at Night, and on numerous programs on Investigation Discovery, E!, XM Radio, and various PBS affiliates. She also works as a book doctor and writing/research/promotions coach and consultant.
 
For more information, please visit her website, http://caitlinrother. com.

My thanks to the author for supplying the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.


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Monday, February 2, 2015

My Father's Wives by Mike Greenberg - Book Blog Tour Stop and Review


I'm pleased today to be a stop on the Book Blog Tour for author Mike Greenberg's new book, "My Father's Wives."




About The Book:

The cohost of ESPN's "Mike and Mike" follows up his New York Times bestseller "All You Could Ask For" with this poignant story of one man's search for the secret to understanding his father, his marriage, and himself.

Jonathan Sweetwater has been blessed with money, a fulfilling career, great kids, and Claire, his smart, gorgeous, sophisticated wife. But there is one thing Jonathan never had: a relationship with his father.
 
Percival Sweetwater III has been absent from his son's life since Jonathan was nine years old. A five-term U.S. senator, Percy was beloved by presidents, his constituents, and women alike, especially the five women who married him after he and Jonathan's mother divorced.
 
Jonathan hasn't thought about Percy or the hole he left in his life for years. But then he discovers evidence that everything in his marriage may not be as perfect as he thought.
On a quest for understanding—about himself, about manhood, about marriage — Jonathan decides to track down his father's five ex-wives. His journey will take him from cosmopolitan cities to the mile-high mountains to a tropical island . . . and ultimately back to confront the one thing Jonathan has that his father never did: home.


My Thoughts:

I found this novel to be surprisingly entertaining.  Told from a man's point of view, it was interesting to see how a man would perceive an alleged affair and then set out on a search to try to discern how his childhood and the influence of his deceased father could have lead his marriage to be on the possible brink of destruction.

Greenberg's style of writing is smooth and finely paced, making the reading an enjoyable experience. I zipped through this one in one sitting, but readers will want to savor each scenario as the story unfolds - each are unique and fascinating.  I highly recommend this book for a great weekend read.


About The Author:



Mike Greenberg is the cohost of ESPN's Mike and Mike, the highest-rated sports talk program in the United States, and the author of the New York Times bestselling books All You Could Ask For, Why My Wife Thinks I'm an Idiot, and Mike and Mike's Rules for Sports and Life. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a native of New York City. He currently lives in Connecticut with his wife and two children.
 
Purchase links include Amazon, IndieBound, and Barnes & Noble.
 

Mike’s Tour Stops:

Tuesday, January 20th: The Discerning Reader
Thursday, January 22nd: Booksie’s Blog
Friday, January 23rd: BookNAround
Monday, January 26th: M. Denise Costello
Tuesday, January 27th: BoundbyWords
Tuesday, January 27th: 5 Minutes for Books
Wednesday, January 28th: Tina Says …
Thursday, January 29th: Mari Reads
Monday, February 2nd: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
Wednesday, February 4th: Book Journey
Thursday, February 5th: A Patchwork of Books


My thanks to TLC Book Tours for including me on this tour, and to William Morrow Books for providing the review copy.  I was not compensated for my opinion.


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It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


It's February already! January just kinda flew by, at least around here it did - but here slides in February, and I'll have to admit - it's my favorite month!  My mom and dad were married on February 12th, my darling daughter-in-law Maggie's birthday is February 15th, and of course - Valentine's Day!

And making this an extra-special month - I just found out yesterday that February has been declared "Love of Reading Month!"  Now there's a celebration I can get behind!




Ok, now - down to business - It's Monday, and here's what I'm reading this week!  I'm still working on three from last week, and have four new titles for this week - so I have plenty to keep me busy!  Here's what I have on deck:

What I'm Reading Now:



What I Plan To Read:







Special Events:

Today - Blog Tour Stop for My Father's Wives by Mike Greenberg



Wednesday - Beginning of "Romance In The Air" Blog Hop! 



I hope you have some special reads lined up for this week too!






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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Saturday Snapshot - my new sweetheart!!



I'd like to introduce you to the new love of my life - Mr. Oliver Bonham Chance!



Oliver was born on December 4th, and is our first grandchild.  We are loving being grandparents and I fully plan to spoil this little man! :)  Isn't that what all grandmas are supposed to do?


I love this picture of my Mother holding Oliver with Calen (Oliver's daddy) sneaking a peak behind her!  This is Mom's first great grandson~


The Chance Men!
(from left to right - Clayton, Cassidy, Calen (holding Oliver) and Coleman)





Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!



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Friday, January 30, 2015

A New Season: A Robertson Family Love Story of Brokeness and Redemption by Al and Lisa Robertson - Book Review



A New Season: A Robertson Family Love Story of Brokenness and Redemption


About The Book:

Alan and Lisa Robertson, members of America’s favorite back woods family and the Duck Commander Clan, take on the topic of relationships as they share the secrets that saved their marriage.

Infidelity, deceit, distrust, and shame. Unfortunately, these are recurring themes in many of today’s marriages in America—even in the family-values-promoting, Christian-based Robertson family.
 
With a romance that began in junior high, the couple got off to a rocky start but soon settled into married life and had two baby girls. Alan became a pastor in the church where his family had been members for years. Then, when Lisa had an affair, the heartache and the tension was very public.
 
But this is not a book about a marriage gone wrong. It is a candid story of rescued love and renewed commitment. After nearly getting divorced, Alan and Lisa came to terms with what went wrong in their marriage and both began the hard work of making it right. Now married for twenty-nine years, Alan and Lisa counsel couples in trouble and speak across the country—openly sharing their hardships, their journey to renewed commitment, and a thriving marriage.


My Thoughts:

Known as the "quieter" couple of the "Duck Dynasty" family, Al and Lisa Robertson truly lay out their lives and hearts in this book that details the extreme ups and devastating downs of their married life.

This was a difficult book to read as there were so many heart-breaking situations that this couple found themselves in, but it is also uplifting in that their faith eventually saw them through the darkness and now they share their lives hoping to help others in the same dire straits as they once were in.

Fans of the "Duck Dynasty" show will enjoy this rare look into the background of the Robertsons.  It will also appeal to those looking for inspiration for married life and relationships.


About The Authors:



Alan Robertson grew up hunting, fishing, and helping build the family business in the 1970s and ’80s. Alan left Duck Commander when he received the call for ministry in 1988 and served as a senior pastor in West Monroe, Lousiana, until 2012, when he rejoined the Duck Commander clan. Alan received an associate’s degree from White’s Ferry Road School of Biblical Studies and a bachelor in ministry from Sunset International Bible Institute. He lives in West Monroe, Louisiana, with his wife, Lisa, his two grown daughters, and two grandchildren.

Lisa Robertson is the wife of Alan Robertson and worked with him at the church in several different ministries before joining him back at Duck Commander.
 
Beth Clark is a writer and publishing consultant and runs a business called Thinkspot Communications in Franklin, TN.


My thanks to Howard Books for the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.


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