Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Book Blitz: Maybe This Love by: Jennifer Snow

MAYBE THIS LOVE Release Day Blitz


Title: Maybe This Love
Author: Jennifer Snow
Series: Colorado Ice #2
On Sale: May 30, 2017
Publisher: Forever
Formats: Mass Market
Price: $7.99 (mass market)
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Hockey player Ben Westmore has some serious skills---on and off the ice---and he's not above indulging in the many perks of NHL stardom. When a night in Vegas ends in disaster, he realizes two things: 1) it's time to lie low for a while, and 2) he needs a lawyer---fast. But the smoking-hot woman who walks into his office immediately tests all his good intentions.

Olivia Davis doesn't need anyone derailing her career---or her dreams of starting a family---least of all a skirt-chasing player like Ben. But soon he's unleashing a full-court press to convince her that he's the real deal. She's slowly falling for his sweet, rugged charm, but with so much on the line, Olivia has to decide whether Ben can truly change---or if he's just playing the game.


Colorado Ice #2

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Jennifer Snow lives in Edmonton, Alberta with her husband and son. She writes sweet and sexy contemporary romance stories set everywhere from small towns to big cities. After stating in her high school yearbook bio that she wanted to be an author, she set off on the winding, twisting road to make her dream a reality. She is a member of RWA, the Writers' Guild of Alberta, the Canadian Authors Association, and the Film and Visual Arts Association in Edmonton. She has published over ten novels and novellas with many more on the way.



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“Relax,” he said smoothly, his gaze locked on hers, his expression soft, unfazed—the look of a man not dancing with the lawyer who could ruin his life or at least playoff season. She had to learn this guy’s secret, because there was no way he was this unaffected. Yet, his hands weren’t sweating the ways hers threatened to, and the only heartbeat she could hear thundering was her own.
She forced a slow and what she hoped was unobvious breath. “I am relaxed. I’m not the one who should be worried.”
The palm of his hand spread across the exposed flesh of her back and she prayed the tingling sensation in her spine didn’t result in goose bumps. “So you’re saying I should be?” he asked, turning them in rotation to the steady beat. Despite her resistance to this dance, her hips betrayed her by swaying in sync with his, and her feet kept time with his every step. He led with a silent authority that she was forced to follow. And for the first time in her life, she wasn’t hating giving up control.
“I think so, yes. My client is…”
He brought their joined hands between them and placed a finger to her lips.
Her heart all but stopped.
“Why don’t we save the shop talk for the courtroom? Let’s just enjoy this dance.”
She swallowed hard, but nodded. Dancing in silence, she could do that.
Unfortunately, Ben seemed eager to chat. “How long have you been practicing law?”
He expected her to remember stats as his hand on her back dipped slightly lower, his hold drawing her even closer? It had been far too long since she’d been enveloped in the arms of a man who felt and smelled so strong, so confident…How long would it be again if she went ahead with her plans for a baby? She pushed the thought aside when he stared at her, still waiting for an answer. “Twelve years,” she said, cutting out her time as a junior lawyer and intern, so as not to age herself. She knew from his online Wikipedia page that he was thirty-four, two years younger than she.
“Do you love what you do?” he asked.
“If I say no will I get the inspirational ‘do what you love and it will never feel like work’ speech?”
Is that a no?”
She shook her head. “Actually, I really do enjoy my job.” She couldn’t say watching families get ripped apart by bitter divorces was something she loved without sounding like a sociopath, but she enjoyed her career.
“Can I ask why only professional athlete divorces?”
“I was dumped by a jock,” she said.
Ben laughed. “So one guy ruined it for us all, huh?”
She nodded then shook her head. “No. Everyday cases—with normal, everyday husbands and wives—just seemed a little too…real,” she said.
His blue eyes burned into her and his grip tightened on her hand. “So, guys like me aren’t real?”
She swallowed hard. He felt real…He felt more than real—he felt amazing. His arm wrapped around her felt deceivingly safe and his hand holding hers felt warm and secure. God, she could see herself giving in to these painfully real feelings…“You’re probably one of the more real ones,” she said, hoping he didn’t detect the slight quiver in her voice.
He nodded slowly as though unsure whether her words were a compliment. “Have you ever been married?” he asked, rotating them in time to the music.
“That’s crossing a line into personal.”
“That’s less personal?” She raised an eyebrow.
He smiled. “Guarded much?”
The effect of his smile from a safe distance was knee-weakening. This close, it was downright dangerous. She quickly averted her gaze to the other couples on the floor. “How long is this song anyway?” She felt trapped the way she had in tenth grade when Robbie Gropes-a-Lot Harris had tricked her into dancing with him at the winter formal to “November Rain”—the full eleven-minute extended version. Except Ben’s breath smelled minty fresh and not like tacos, and his arm draped across her lower back made every fiber in her being spring to life, making her want to flee for a completely different reason than the one Robbie had evoked.
“Do I make you uncomfortable?”
Damn right. And it should be her making him uncomfortable. There needed to be a power shift between them and fast. “Of course not.”
He pulled her closer. “You make me uncomfortable,” he murmured, his expression suddenly serious. Every inch of her body was pressed to his and she could barely catch a breath. Dancing was a really bad idea—a torturously bad idea. Being in his arms reminded her of all of the things she’d sacrificed for her career, of all the things she’d told herself she didn’t need…
“G-good,” she said, her voice cracking. “As I said, my client…”
“I don’t mean the divorce case. I mean you.” He touched her cheek and her skin burned. Thank God he was holding her so tightly because she couldn’t trust her legs.
Their stare locked and held for what could have been a lifetime, as everything seemed still and quiet around them.
Still and quiet.
The song had ended.
She yanked her hand free of his and stumbled away from him, inhaling a gulp of air into her deprived lungs. “Well, dance is over. I’ll…uh…see you.”
He nodded, the charming polite smile back on his face and for a second she wondered if she’d imagined the intensity in his gaze seconds before. “Goodnight, Olivia.”
Her own name sounded foreign coming from him. She longed to hear the sound again, and she was an idiot for wanting something so dangerous. The NHL’s biggest playboy had just worked his charm on her, and she’d lost all common sense.
She turned and headed straight for the table, leaving him on the dance floor.
She had to pull it together, but she also had to admit the unfortunate truth. Never before had she been tempted to kiss the enemy.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Review: Lock & Key by: Sarah Dessen

Title: Lock & Key
Author: Sarah Dessen
Publisher: Speak
Pages: 422
Format: Paperback
Source: Personal Purchase


Unlock your heart and the rest will follow.

Ruby is used to taking care of herself.

But now that she's living with her sister, she's got her own room, she's going to a good school, and her future looks bright.

Plus there's an adorable boy next door.

Can Ruby learn to open her heart and let him in?

My Thoughts:

This book follows Ruby Cooper who has been abandoned by her mother during her senior year of high school.  Having done the best she could living in a beat up house, waiting hoping her mother would return she learns that her mother is gone.  Through social services Ruby gets sent to live with her sister Cora who Ruby assumes doesn't really want her ruining their lives.  What Ruby has to learn is her sister loves her and wants to help her.  Can Ruby build a life with her sister and her husband or is Ruby more like her mother and apt to run away?

This book really was a look that not all family lives aren't perfect and family became a big theme with this story as Ruby tries to figure out what she wants and whether she can achieve it and what is with the boy Nate Cross next door.  As we follow Ruby we see that's Nate's home life is very much like Cora and Ruby's can Ruby help him with what she knows. It was a great teen book that dealt with different things definitely great book for teens and even adults who can recall their teen years!
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Review: Ashes by: Steven Manchester

Title: Ashes
Author: Steven Manchester
Publisher: The Story Plant
Pages: 272
Format: e-book ARC
Source: Author Request


Middle-aged brothers Jason and Tom Prendergast thought they were completely done with each other. Perceived betrayal had burned the bridge between them, tossing them into the icy river of estrangement. But life and death has a robust sense of irony, and when they learn that their cruel father has died and made his final request that they travel together across the country to spread his ashes, they have no choice but to spend a long, long car trip in each other s company. It s either that or lose out on the contents of the envelope he s left with his lawyer. The trip will be as gut-wrenching as each expects it to be . . . and revealing in ways neither of them is prepared for.

At turns humorous, biting, poignant, and surprisingly tender, ASHES puts a new spin on family and dysfunction with a story that is at once fresh and timelessly universal."

My Thoughts: 

This book follows brothers Jason and Tom who have suffered a very hard childhood with a dysfunctional father who has mentally and physically worn them down.  When they find out Stu their dad has died they head to the reading of the will.  This seems to be where Stu is getting the last laugh sending them on a driving trip across the country to scatter his ashes.  Will they survive the trip?  

I really enjoyed learning about Tom and Jason and the paths their lives have gone down and how they dealt with their childhood, and their estranged father.  I loved watching the brothers try to connect with each other in their own way.  It also showed the type of men these boys became due to their father.  

This is a great story for anyone who looking for a book that really has depth to it.  Definitely up there with some great writers out there Mr. Manchester offers so much when he writes his books and how he continues to come up with more and more!  Can't wait to see what he's offering next!
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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Review: Mrs. Odboddy: Undercover Courier by: Elaine Faber

Title: Mrs. Odboddy: Undercover Courier
Author: Elaine Faber
Publisher: Elkgrove Publications
Series: Mrs. Odboddy Mysteries Book #2
Pages: 199
Format: e-book ARC
Source: GEBT


Asked to accompany Mrs. Roosevelt on her Pacific Island tour, Agnes and Katherine travel by train to Washington, D.C. Agnes carries a package for Colonel Farthingworth to President Roosevelt.

Convinced the package contains secret war documents, Agnes expects Nazi spies to try and derail her mission.

She meets Irving, whose wife mysteriously disappears from the train; Nanny, the unfeeling caregiver to little Madeline; two soldiers bound for training as Tuskegee airmen; and Charles, the shell-shocked veteran, who lends an unexpected helping hand. Who will Agnes trust? Who is the Nazi spy?

When enemy forces make a final attempt to steal the package in Washington, D.C., Agnes must accept her own vulnerability as a warrior on the home front.

Can Agnes overcome multiple obstacles, deliver the package to the President, and still meet Mrs. Roosevelt’s plane before she leaves for the Pacific Islands?

Mrs. Odboddy: Undercover Courier is a hysterical frolic on a train across the United States during WWII, as Agnes embarks on this critical mission.

My Thoughts:

This book picks up not far from where the last one left off in this one Agnes gets asked to bring a package to the President Roosevelt when she goes on a Pacific Island Tour with her granddaughter.
The package is coming from her buddy Colonel Farthingworth.  But with Agnes anything is possible and usually backfires.  Katherine and Agnes meet alot of interesting people along the way.  Newlyweds fighting, a nanny delivering a child to her father a senator!  Two soldiers going to train to be fighter pilots and so much more!  With lots of ups and downs they manage to get to D.C with lots of adventures along the way!

I love going back to this era how people survived during the war.  In this one Agnes get sent to D.C with the package and learns how some people seem way to interested in this package.  I really enjoyed seeing what Agnes and Katherine and see what they are up to and dealing with.  I really think this is a great book for those who love mysteries that take place during wartimes.  Definitely keeps you laughing in some areas and following the adventure in others!  Can't wait to see what is next!
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Review: The Final Vow by: Amanda Flower

Title: The Final Vow
Author: Amanda Flower
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Series: Living History Museum #3
Pages: 288
Format: e-book ARC
Source: NetGalley & GEBT


Summer weddings at Barton Farm's picturesque church were standard procedure for museum director Kelsey Cambridge-until the Cherry Foundation, which supports the museum, ordered Kelsey to host her ex-husband's wedding on Farm grounds.

Ambitious wedding planner Vianna Pine is determined to make the bride's Civil War-themed wedding perfect. But each time Vianna's vision threatens the integrity and safety of the Farm, Kelsey has to intervene. And when she finds Vianna's dead body at the foot of the church steps, everyone's plans fall apart. With both the wedding and Barton Farm at risk of being permanently shut down, Kelsey has to work hard to save her own happily ever after.

My Thoughts:

This book follows Kelsey Cambridge whose the museum director and is forced by the Cherry Foundation to host a wedding and in this instance it's her ex-husbands wedding to Krissie who is a very demanding person and is pushing Kelsey and her wedding planner Vianna Pine to the limit when Vianna winds up dead being throw out the church window it's up to Kelsey to figure this out so she can have her church back.  Who killed Vianna and why?  Could it have been Krissie the demanding bride?  Or was it Vianna's assistant?

I enjoyed reading this book and watching as Kelsey figures out who the murderer is?  And to find out what they are out for whether it be jealous, anger, etc.  This book is very addictive and kept me engaged until the end.  Definitely a great book for cozy readers.  Can't wait to see what is next for Kelsey and the whole town!
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Monday, May 15, 2017

Review: Bad To The Bone by: Linda O, Johnston

Title: Bad To The Bone
Author: Linda O. Johnston
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Series: Barkery & Biscuits Mystery #3
Pages: 288
Format: e-book ARC
Source: GEBT & NetGalley


Veterinary technician Carrie Kennersly, owner of the Barkery & Biscuits bakery for dogs, is reluctant to sell her recipes to pet food manufacturer VimPets. Jack Loroco, a VimPets representative, assures Carrie that it would be a great opportunity to grow her business. His promising new relationship with Carrie's friend Billi Matlock doesn't hurt his cause.

But the budding romance takes a bad turn when Wanda Addler, another VimPets employee, sets her sights on Jack. After threatening to ruin Jack's career if he doesn't give her what she wants, Wanda is found dead. Jack and Billi are put at the top of the suspect list, and Carrie is doggone determined to rescue them from a life behind bars.

My Thoughts:

Carrie is working on deciding what recipes she will sell to VimPets and whether she will at all.  She gets invited to dinner by Jack the representative for VimPets so Carrie brings her boyfriend Reed, her brother Neal his girlfriend Janelle, and Jack's love interest Billi Matlock a local council member. Jack's plan for dinner was to introduce them to Wanda Addler who managed to introduce herself to everyone and upsetting Billi Matlock in the process.

As the days pass Wanda goes around upsetting more than just Billi, She even goes so far to set up a dinner with Billi, Jack and Carrie to throw around some more threats and warnings to the trio.  Before even 24 hours can pass Carrie hears from Jack that Wanda is dead.  Who killed Wanda and why? Was it Billi or Jack or has Wanda really upset someone else and they issued their own justice!  As we find out early on everyone seems to be warning Carrie not to get involved which seems to push Carrie more into finding out what is going on even more!

This book is so much fun visiting everyone and seeing what is going on in Knobcone Heights.  Each person adds something to the story.  Everything for the Dr's at the clinic to the people at the restaurant that Carrie and her friends frequent.  This book really has everything a dog fan could hope for.  Personally I think it would be great to have a Barkery around here somewhere you can bring your pet in to get a yummy treat for them.

Definitely kept me engaged until the mystery was solved which was great totally wasn't expecting who the murderer turned out to be or why.  Definitely a paw above the rest if you haven't checked out this series you really are missing a barking series!
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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Review: A Good Day to Buy by: Sherry Harris

Title: A Good Day To Buy
Author: Sherry Harris
Publisher: Kensington
Series: Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery #4
Pages: 311
Format: e-book ARC
Source: NetGalley & GEBT



When Sarah Winston s estranged brother Luke shows up on her doorstep, asking her not to tell anyone he s in town especially her ex, the chief of police the timing is strange, to say the least. Hours earlier, Sarah s latest garage sale was taped off as a crime scene following the discovery of a murdered Vietnam vet and his gravely injured wife her clients, the Spencers.


All Luke will tell Sarah is that he s undercover, investigating a story. Before she can learn more, he vanishes as suddenly as he appeared. Rummaging through his things for a clue to his whereabouts, Sarah comes upon a list of veterans and realizes that to find her brother, she ll have to figure out who killed Mr. Spencer. And all without telling her ex . . .

My Thoughts:

This book follows Sarah Winston who is hosting a garage sale for Mr and Mrs. Spencer who are planning on moving to Florida to be near their son.  When in the midst of the garage sale Mr. Spencer is found dead and Mrs. Spencer is gravely injured Sarah wonders who could have killed the couple?  Next thing Sarah finds is her estranged brother Luke showing up at Sarah's apartment.  Where has Luke been and what is he working on is anyone's guess.  Luke is very hush hush about everything.  Someone seems to be on the move of eliminating vets and no one knows why all Sarah knows is the murder suspect is non other than her brother.  Can Sarah get to the bottom before her brother is behind bars?

This book is a great continuation in the next installment of Sarah Winston's series.  This one shows a lot of flaws within Sarah's character especially where her brother is concerned.  She keeps secrets from everyone including CJ and the police.  This is definitely a great book for garage sale lovers and those who love a mystery this one was so good I couldn't put it down!  Can't wait to see what is next for CJ and Sarah!

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Review: Bed and Breakfast and Murder by: Patti Larsen

Title: Bed and Breakfast and Murder
Author: Patti Larsen
Publisher: Patti Larsen Books
Series: Fiona Fleming #1
Pages: 232
Format: e-book ARC
Source: GEBT


A Poo Poo Kind of Morning 

I tried not to look down the mouth of hell staring back at me from inside the glaringly pristine outer ceramic shell of the white throne, my throat catching, stomach doing half flips and a rather impressive rollover routine that would have gotten at least a 9.5 even from the Russian judges. Instead, I forced myself to smile and swallow and remind myself the elbow length yellow rubber gloves grasping the handle of the standard issue plunger were all that stood between me and Pooageddon.

Suck it up, Fee. Big girl panties and adulting and all that.

"At what point," I waved the dripping plunger, wincing as droplets of yuck flew, "did I think owning a bed and breakfast was going to be glamorous and romantic?"

Fiona Fleming hasn't lived in Reading, Vermont in over a decade, her escape from small town living leading her to New York City and a life of adventure. An adventure that has left her with no career, an ex who cheated on her and zero plans for the future. Her grandmother's death grants her a new chance--inheriting Petunia's, Iris Fleming's bed and breakfast, seems like the ideal fresh start. But when Fee finds out ownership of the property Iris willed her might be in question, she's drawn into the seedy underbelly of the cutest town in America after being singled out as the main suspect in a murder.

My Thoughts:

Fiona is having a bad day that gets a whole lot worse.  First she finds herself fixing a toilet next she gets delivered to her a envelope from Pete a contractor who says he is going to take her grandmother's bed and breakfast away due to the will and him being the rightful heir Fiona's day seems to go down the toilet.  Finding a little solace at her parents house until she gives her father the envelope.  Next thing she finds is the contractor dead in her koi pond.  Who killed Pete and why?  Was it someone close to Fiona?  Of course the mayor won't let the chief of police just close down the bed and breakfast.  Someone seems to have it out for Fiona and she will have to put on her big girl panties to figure this one out.

I loved this book being small town and watching Fiona deal with everything that gets thrown her way.  She's definitely got her hands full with this story.  Definitely a great mystery that pulls you in and makes you want to finish this story to find out how it will end.  Anyone who loves cozy mysteries will definitely want to add Fiona to your list of sleuths to keep up with!
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