Friday, August 29, 2014

Review: Curiosity Thrilled The Cat by: Sofie Kelly

Title: Curiosity Thrilled The Cat
Author: Sofie Kelly
Publisher: Signet
Series: Magical Cats #1
Pages: 324
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchase


When librarian Kathleen Paulson moved to Mayville Heights, Minnesota, she had no idea that two strays would nuzzle their way into her life. Owen is a tabby with a catnip addiction and Hercules is a stocky tuxedo cat who shares Kathleen's fondness for Barry Manilow. But beyond all the fur and purrs, there's something more to these felines.

When murder interrupts Mayville's Music Festival, Kathleen finds herself the prime suspect. More stunning is her realization that Owen and Hercules are magical-and she's relying on their skills to solve a purr-fect murder.

My Thoughts:

I love this book probably cause I have a thing for cats I have had them growing up and still have a soft spot for the feline species I'm warming up to dogs but due to a trauma as a child I am still skiddish around them even the little hot dogs go figure.

In this book Kathleen is working on getting the library up and running after having work done on it.  Like most mysteries it doesn't take long for a murder to appear this one is Gregor Easton someone who volunteered to preform at Mayville's Music Festival.  Of course Kathleen finds herself the prime suspect due to a letter that was on the victim when he was killed.

Kathleen is adamant she didn't commit the murder, and it's up to her and her magical cats Owen and Hercules to help her figure out who killed Gregor Easton.  The big question is who is Gregor Easton?  What connection does he have to the people of Mayville?  With the help of Lise a friend of Kathleen's from Boston to dig up the dirt on the victim.

I love this book for so many reasons the way the people in town open up to Kathleen and include her when many times including an outsider isn't heard of.  The cats are too cute when they get involved. As for the ending it ended in a way I didn't think it would such a fabulous mystery!!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

My Top Romance Authors

We all have our favorite romance authors the ones that make your heart beat a little faster and have you on the edge of your seat wanting the couple to get together, then there are those that send women into hot flashes with your glasses steaming up from the intimate scenes, then there are the ones many call bodice rippers where the cover picture is enough to send women into a cold shower!  You know the ones I'm talking about don't you?

This post is about the first type of romance that have you cheering when the couple gets together, those are the ones I love contemporary romance or chic lit.  So here is my list of authors I love!

1. Jill Shalvis: (off her websiteNew York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s sexy contemporary and award-winning books wherever romances are sold.

2. Kristan Higgins: (off her website)  I live in my hometown, a small, pretty place in Connecticut where there’s a beautiful library and a wicked good ice cream stand. I’m the mom of two lovely children who have very long eyelashes and excellent vocabularies, the wife of a heroic and brave firefighter and the willing love-slave to a naughty mutt named Willow. Our cat, Huck, occasionally deigns to sit on my lap, especially when I'm typing.

   I love to write books about relationships, since the search for love and security is one of the driving forces of life. My characters are regular people, folks like us, and I hope to give them a big, memorable love story rich with family, pets, food and laughter. When I’m not writing, I like to be with my kids, goof around with my husband, read, watch baseball, ride my bike and bake.

3. Robyn Carr: (off her website) Robyn has always written about strong women, no matter the period in which they live. For the first fifteen years of her career she wrote romance, the early books of which were all historical, but later included contemporaries.  After writing twenty Virgin River stories, Robyn is now taking her readers into another fictional community, a picturesque coastal town on the Oregon coast she calls Thunder Point. Like her Virgin River novels, the Thunder Point books will make readers laugh, sigh, and fall in love: with a small town filled with people they’ll never forget.

Robyn and her husband enjoy traveling, often taking research trips together. Their son and daughter are grown. Robyn says that, in addition to reading her novels and making snide remarks about how she’s used family scenarios to her advantage, they have made her a happy grandmother.

4.  Susan Mallery: (off her website) New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery has won the hearts of millions of readers around the world with books described as “immensely entertaining, intensely emotional” (RT Book Reviews), “hilarious” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram), and “heartwarming” (Publishers Weekly). One major retailer recently described her as “the queen of romantic fiction.” While she deeply appreciates the accolades of critics and booksellers, Mallery is even more honored by the enthusiasm of her readers and the word-of-mouth that catapults her toward the top of the bestsellers lists time and again.

Mallery lives in not-so-sunny Seattle with her husband and a toy poodle who makes her laugh every day and who’s not even a little bit impressed by her growing fame. 

5. Melissa Foster: (off her websiteMelissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult, contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the  World Literary Café and Fostering Success. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on  Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine. 
Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.
These authors write great contemporary romance series everything from Fool's Gold Series by: Susan Mallery, Lucky Harbor Series by: Jill Shalvis, Blue Heron Series by: Kristan Higgins to Virgin River Series & Thunder Point Series by: Robyn Carr to Love in Bloom Series by: Melissa Foster!
If you haven't checked out these books you really are missing out on great characters that stay with you even after the story has been told, and as with great series just because you finish one book doesn't mean those characters don't return that is my favorite part that the characters return long after their story has been told!
Who are your favorite contemporary romance authors?  What series do they write?  Feel free to share in the comment area below!  We love to interact with our followers!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Review: Sisters in Bloom by: Melissa Foster

Title: Sisters In Bloom
Author: Melissa Foster
Publisher: World Literary Press
Series: Love in Bloom #2
Pages: 372
Format: ebook
Source: Purchase


Kaylie Snow has always been the fun, flirty, pretty sister. Now, her burgeoning baby bump, hormone infused emotions, and faltering singing career are sending her into an unexpected identity crisis. Watching her older sister Danica glide through a major career change and a new relationship with the grace of a ballerina, Kaylie’s insecurities rise to the forefront—and her relationship, with fiancé Chaz Crew, is caught in the crossfire.

Chaz Crew has everything he’s ever wanted: a lovely fiancé, a baby on the way, and soon, the film festival he owns will host its biggest event ever. When he’s called away to woo the festival’s largest sponsor—and the lover he’s never admitted to having—secrets from his past turn his new life upside down.

With her baby shower around the corner, and her fiancé’s big event looming, the pressure is on for Kaylie to pull herself together—and for Chaz to right his wrongs. In a few short weeks, the couple who had it all figured out will learn things about life and love that may change their minds—and their hearts. 

SISTERS IN BLOOM is a testament to the bond of sisters, the strength of women, and the pains and delights that accompany motherhood. A book for every mother, sister, and daughter, SISTERS IN BLOOM will resonate with readers who love to explore family dramas.

My Thoughts: 

In this book we find Kaylie Snow is pregnant and having a pity party for herself as her music career has kind of stalled out after all who wants to hire a pregnant girl to sing at clubs?  She has her wonderful fiancé who supports her and loves her even if she is very pregnant.  Kaylie finds herself doubting his love and whether he will love her after the baby is born?  After having only one viewing of the baby in her belly she keeps trying to figure out what to do with herself, what if she can't sing anymore or doesn't want to what will she do?  Kaylie's biggest fear is turning into her mother whom she hasn't reconnected with in quite a while.

Chaz has his hands full with Kaylie being pregnant and very emotional and also working on his festival and getting sponsers when the biggest regret of his life comes back to haunt him Lea.  He tries to work with Lea but finds out Lea still wants Chaz and will do anything to have him including bumping Kaylie out of the picture.

Chaz and Kaylie learn that sometimes being truthful with each other is the best medicine.  Kaylie also learns that after everything she has been through sometimes seeing a therapist isn't always a bad thing.  She starts going to therapy which seems to help center and ground Kaylie.  In the end like all great romances Chaz and Kaylie figure out their issues and work together to have a successful relationship.

Also Danica and Blake are around helping Kaylie and Chaz, along with other friends from the previous book like Michelle Danica's little sister program who is in a better place than the previous book.

God I love this series!  I love Kaylie's wildness and so sure of herself even when she's falling apart.  I also enjoyed watching Blake and Danica grow in their relationship, and watching Chaz straighten out a few messes.  These characters are so real they could be in your town or school friends.  Melissa Foster's ability to weave such great romance is incredible.  I think she is the next big romance author!  I have always been a fan and will continue to be.  Can't wait to read the next book in the series!  Incase anyone wants to see the cover the next in the series is:

Review: Embellished To Death by: Christina Freeburn

Title: Embellished To Death
Author: Christina Freeburn
Publisher: Henery Press
Series: Faith Hunter Scrap This Mystery #3
Format: ebook
Source: Great Escapes Book Tour


When Faith Hunter agrees to help PI Bob Roget find an identity thief at a local scrapbook retreat, her friendly croppers’ weekend quickly morphs into a dangerous one. As croppers share their own memories, a killer collects them for her new identity, and doesn’t appreciate Faith in the picture. Faith struggles to balance her professional, detecting and personal lives as threats and secrets keep her off-balance. Things turn deadly when a woman is killed and Faith is blackmailed. Truth and lies collide when Faith discovers croppers aren’t the only ones embellishing, and the results might end her life.

My Thoughts:

In this book Faith Hunter finds out that someone is stealing her identity and want's to know why?  Faith and her boyfriend Steve are off to a scrapbooking retreat where early on murder is on the croppers.   Someone killed a woman and it turns out she is Marsha Smith but there already is a Marsha Smith so what is going on?

It's up to Faith and her associates to figure out what is going on and why there is a PI acting like a FBI Agent strongarming Faith?  What does he hope to accomplish?  And what is Faith's hidden secret she hasn't told anyone?  Will it come back and bite her big time?

This book was good and quick the story pulls you in and has you wondering who committed this horrible crime and why?  I enjoyed this story so much there are great characters that do come together to help Faith, only one thing wasn't answered but hopefully it will be in the next book!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Review: The Homecoming by: Robyn Carr

Title: The Homecoming
Author: Robyn Carr
Publisher: Harlequin
Series: Thunder Point #6
Pages: 400
Format: ebook
Source: NetGalley


At the age of nineteen, Seth Sileski had everything. A superb athlete and scholar, handsome and popular, he was the pride of Thunder Point. Destined for greatness, he lost it all in a terrible accident that put an end to his professional football career when it had barely begun. The people in his hometown have never forgotten what might have been. 

Seth has come to terms with the turns his life has taken. But now he's been presented with an opportunity to return home and show his father—and the people of Thunder Point—he's become a better, humbler version of his former self. 

Winning over his father isn't the only challenge. Seth must also find a way to convince his childhood neighbor and best friend, Iris McKinley, to forgive him for breaking her heart. With his homecoming, will Seth be able to convince the town, his family and especially Iris that he's finally ready to be the man who will make them all proud?

My Thoughts:

This is the latest in the Thunder Point series and it doesn't disappoint in this book Seth and Iris need to over come something that happened when they were teens that changed their lives forever.  Seth is coming home to take over for Mac who has moved up in the police force making way for Seth to take over Thunder Point and Iris is trying to put the trauma of Seth away and move on with her life when he keeps turning up everywhere she turns.

Seth also is dealing with an estranged father who seems to be on the outs with Seth, which Seth assumes centers around his car accident that ended his football career.  Then there is the situation with Iris and Seth finds out how bad she was hurt by him.  Seth does everything he can do to show that he has changed and wants Iris in his life.  Also going on is a case in the high school where a popular girl Rachel is being abused by someone and it's up to Seth and Iris to protect this girl and find out who is hurting her.

I love this series and I love how everytime you start the book you learn new things about different people and how they are connected and the obstacles they have to overcome to get where they are.  This is such an incredibly addicting series that pulls you in and won't let you go until the book is done and the last page is turned can't wait to see what is next for Thunder Point!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Review: The Promise by: Robyn Carr

Title: The Promise
Author: Robyn Carr
Publisher: Harlequin
Series: Thunder Point #5
Pages: 363
Format: ebook
Source: NetGalley


Scott Grant has a bustling family practice in the small Oregon community of Thunder Point. The town and its people have embraced the widowed doctor and father of two, his children are thriving, and Scott knows it's time to move on from his loss. But as the town's only doctor, the dating scene is awkward. That is, until a stunning physician's assistant applies for a job at his clinic. 

Peyton Lacoumette considers herself entirely out of the dating scene. She's already been burned by a man with kids, and she's come to Thunder Point determined not to repeat past mistakes. When Scott offers her a job, at a much lower salary than she's used to, Peyton is surprisingly eager to accept…at least for now. She's willing to stay for a three-month trial period while she explores other options. 

Scott and Peyton know the arrangement is temporary—it isn't enough time to build a real relationship, never mind anything with lasting commitment. But love can blossom faster than you think when the timing is right, and this short visit just might hold the promise of forever.

My Thought:

In earlier Thunder Point books we were introduced to the widowed Dr. Grant and his kids Jenny and Will.  We first met him when Gina went a few dates with him before she married Mac.  Then he has sort of fumbled around trying to move on from the death of his wife Serena.  In this book Dr. Grant meets and falls in love with Peyton Lacoumette a farmer's daughter.  Payton came to Thunder Point looking for a job after a horrendous breakup with Ted a fancy rich doctor who had no time for Peyton or his kids.  Peyton decides to take a risk on the small town clinic and joins the practice.  Scott and Peyton go circles around each other, eventually they both take a risk Scott on loving someone again. As for Peyton the risk is falling for a single father of two kids.  Her previous relationship left her damage with unruly children and Peyton can't put herself there again, but she learns over time that Will and Jenny are the opposite of Ted's kids and that Scott is very involved with his children as much as with his clinic.

Peyton finds herself struggling when Ted's daughter Krissy ends up in a bad place and Peyton finds herself helping the girl and trying to get Ted to understand she isn't coming back for him but for his daughter.

I love this series going back and seeing everyone is like taking a trip back home after being away for a while.  We get to see what everyone is up to including baby Summer Cooper who is too cute.  I love seeing the kids that are graduating move on in their life, watching Spencer and Devon get married and have their honeymoon!  What a great series!

Title: The Chance by: Robyn Carr

Title: The Chance
Author: Robyn Carr
Publisher: Harlequin
Series: Thunder Point #4
Pages: 368
Format: Nook ebook
Source: Purchase


With its breathtaking vistas and down-to-earth people, Thunder Point is the perfect place for FBI agent Laine Carrington to recuperate from a gunshot wound and contemplate her future. The locals embraced Laine as one of their own after she risked her life to save a young girl from a dangerous cult. Knowing her wounds go beyond the physical, Laine hopes she'll fit in for a while and find her true self in a town that feels safe. She may even learn to open her heart to others, something an undercover agent has little time to indulge. 

Eric Gentry is also new to Thunder Point. Although he's a man with a dark past, he's determined to put down roots and get to know the daughter he only recently discovered. When Laine and Eric meet, their attraction is obvious to everyone. But while the law enforcement agent and the reformed criminal want to make things work, their differences may run too deep…unless they take a chance on each other and find that deep and mysterious bond that belongs to those who choose love over fear.

My Thoughts:

This was a great book like all the other Thunder Point books it's great to go back to this small town and see what people are up to like Cooper and his very pregnant wife Sarah who are expecting their first child.

In this book we follow Laine Carrington who was connected in the book The Hero as Laine is recovering from getting shot by cult leader Jacob, she is trying to figure out what to do next continue her FBI work or something else.

We also follow Eric Gentry who's reconnecting with his daughter Ashley.  When Eric meets Laine the attraction is very obvious but like any great book the couple have to figure out what they want and if they will work together.  Laine also has to deal with her father known as Senior who has all sorts of issues when it comes to Laine's work.  But when the times get hard Laine steps up into a job she didn't think she would have too.

We also meet Al who has been running since the death of his son Ethan and the failure of his marriage.  He meets and is attracted to Ray Anne a real estate agent in town.  Al finds his calling with Justin Russell who's mother is fighting MS and the three boys have been working a long time to care for their mother.  Justin and Al work out a way to keep the boys together and happy.

I love Robyn's ability to story tell she pulls you in with interesting characters that aren't prim and perfect but have their issues and work to resolve them or make them work for them unlike most romances she doesn't offer a picket fence she offers so much more a realness of the characters that you don't read about everyday!

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