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June 2016

The Navy Seal’s E-Mail Order Bride

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The Heros of Chance Creek #1

The Blurb

Mason Hall, Navy SEAL, knows all about difficult assignments, but his current mission is one for the record books. Not only must he find a wife—and get her pregnant—or forfeit the ranch his family has prized for generations, he must also convince his three brothers to marry, too—before the year is up. Who knew one city girl and three wayward brothers could put up such a fight?

 

The Navy SEAL's E-Mail Order Bride (The Heroes of Chance Creek, #1)The Navy SEAL’s E-Mail Order Bride by Cora Seton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Stars!!!
The Navy Seal’s E-Mail Order Bride is the first of the Heroes of Chance Creek series. There are six books. First I’m going to say I loved this book. Of course I’m not surprised having read this author’s Cowboys of Chance Creek series and how much I loved those. Chance Creek is a small picturesque town in Montana set in the landscape of the Absaroka Mountains. Cora Seton has three series set here. This is about four brothers in different branches of the military. The eldest, Mason Hall takes it upon himself to advertise on line for wives for himself and his three brothers after a ultimatum from their eccentric Aunt Heloise She demands they marry within one year in order inherit the family ranch. Oh and did I mention that one of them has to also get his wife pregnant? This was a cute, fun, sweet, adorable read. Yeah, sorry for all the adjectives but I truly felt that way. Regan and Mason met via internet when Regan responded to his request for a wife. Oh those first emails had me smiling and chuckling out loud. Each had their own individual goals but they were eventually able to make a go of it. And make a go, they did! The chemistry between Mason and Regan was unquestionable. They were made for each other. Unfortunately, when the couple arrived at the ranch and saw the condition it was in, Mason was more than a little concerned. But Regan, being the strong, loyal character she was, helped Mason see the good in the bad. She brought out the lightheartedness in his otherwise resigned personality. All in all, I loved this story, I loved the H/h and the rest of the Hall brothers. I can’t wait to read their stories!

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Sage Creek: Lonesome Way #1

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The Blurb
After her marriage falls apart, Sophie McPhee returns to her hometown of Lonesome Way, Montana, planning to steer clear of men and focus on her new bakery, A Bun in the Oven. Who she doesn’t expect to see is Rafe Tanner, her first crush who now runs his family’s ranch-and who spent most of their childhood ignoring her. But is Rafe a changed man?

While Rafe is stunned to discover that Sophie’s grown into an irresistibly beautiful woman, he’s been hurt too. They both have their guards up, but melt in each other’s company. Can they admit that home is truly where the heart is?

 

Sage Creek (Lonesome Way #1)

Sage Creek by Jill Gregory

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 Stars!
Sage Creek is the first of four books in the Lonesome Way series by author Jill Gregory. Sage Creek was my first reading experience with this author. I was not disappointed. Additionally, it doesn’t hurt that I am a big fan of the small town romance series. This story centers around Sophie McPhee and Rafe Tanner. Sophie returns home to Lonesome Way to recover from her divorce. All she wants to do is heal her broken heart and find a way to rebuild her life. Rafe is running the family ranch and raising his eleven year old daughter alone since his wife ran off five years prior. Needless to say, Rafe isn’t looking to bring a woman into their lives that could bring more hurt. However, Rafe and Sophie have a past. Sophie was Rafe’s sister’s best friend who had a secret crush on him. Because Rafe was five years older, nothing came of it. But Sophie never forgot. Their relationship is a slow, cautious build and they had little interaction together during the first chapters of the book. I did not mind that. Written in different POV’s I enjoyed the character build up. Rafe’s daughter Ivy was another treat to the story. Father and daughter relationship was sweet. In addition to the loving relationship that Sophie and Rafe build, there is some suspense in a vandal out for revenge. I will definitely read on with this series. There were other characters introduced in which I have become invested in their HEA’s as well.

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Idol: VIP Series #1

Idol (VIP, #1)Idol by Kristen Callihan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Id0l by Kristen Callihan was a page turner. I’ve read several Rock Star romances and they were pretty typical. That is not a complaint, just how it was, and I didn’t dislike the books because of that. While reading Idol, I kept waiting for that angst “ball” to drop. But guess what? It never did! Killian James…sigh…was physically what you expected him to be, tall, dark, handsome and sexy as hell. I loved him, and not because of his looks. He was charming and funny and just so sweet towards our heroine. Our heroine, Libby, was not a weak, flighty, down-on-her-luck character. Was she sad and lonely? Yes. But she was not a pushover. I absolutely loved the back and forth witty banter between these two. From the blurb we know, they met under intoxicating (no pun intended) circumstances on Libby’s front lawn. From there their relationship grew to friendship and respect while at the same time their fondness for each other grew to love. I have to say the “I love you,” was not at first sight or rushed. Actually the build was beautifully done by the author and continued to grow throughout the book. Killian and Libby needed to find each other in order to see themselves better. They brought out the best in each other and came to realize that to enjoy the life they craved, they needed their lives entangled. So while this story does have “life” thrown into it, there was no overwritten drama to frustrate me. That being said, I wholly loved this book and can’t wait for the next in the series!
5 Rockin Stars!!

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On the Surface (In the Zone, #1)On the Surface by Kate Willoughby

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

My rating on this book went up and down as I read it. The first half of the book was a 2.5 to 3 stars than it got better after 50% staying steady at 3.5 stars. Unfortunately, the last chapters (there are 46 chapters in this 272 page book) frustrated and pissed me off resulting in my final rating of 3 stars. On the Surface tells how NHL player Tim Hollander found love with pediatric nurse Erin Collier. It was a slow, boring start to the beginning of their relationship. I didn’t like Erin very much. She was a prude and frustratingly flighty. I liked Tim. Tim had something very sad happen in his past which endeared him to me even more. He loved Erin almost from first site, however, Erin was holding out because she believed the stereotypical judgment that professional athletes are players. When she finally realized how great they could be together, Tim adamantly informed her of something that could change how she felt about spending the rest of her life with him. What pissed me off about that was the fact he basically told her “this is how it is going to be and I’m not changing my mind.” Of course he told her this after he got her to fall in love with him and after he proposed (in the most amazing way, i have to admit…sigh). After that, I was Team Erin. In the end, Tim changed his mind of course, so I was happy they got their HEA. However, I wasn’t happy with how easily he changed his mind after being so adamant that he wouldn’t. Let me say that I didn’t hate this book but the writing did not flow how I would have liked. To me it was a more “tell” than “show” style. I didn’t really connect and all the “feels” I look for in a novel were not there for me. This was book one in a series. Will I read another from this author? Yes, I probably will. There were several characters introduced that I liked and am curious about their futures. It is common for me to like an author more after reading a few of their books. With that being said, I am always open minded. I hate when I dislike a book. But because we all have our own tastes, I could be in the minority of readers that felt the same. If you think you might like this storyline after reading the blurb, than you should read it and decide for yourself.

June 8, 2016

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First blog post

Professional Reader Reviews Published10 Book Reviews

Hi!

June 9, 2016

So this is my new blog.  On here I will review all the books I read.  Right now, nearly all my reviews can be found on Goodreads. As I continue to work on this blog I will sort and add my older reviews into categories. I am looking forward to this project as this is something I have wanted to do for a long time. I love to read and I love to write.  So I hope you will visit this blog from time to time and watch it grow.

Christine

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Firefighters of Montana Series

Smolder (Firefighters of Montana, #1)Smolder by Tracy Solheim

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 Stars!!!
Smolder is the first in the Firefighter of Montana Series written by different authors. I love Montana and I love firemen. They are so brave and sexy. This first in series was written by Tracy Solheim. I loved it. It started off with some tension and my curiosity was piqued. Sam and Lauren both had their issues, both of which were realistic. I was rooting for them all the way. Both H/h were written with good personalities, the sexual tension was strong and yet the love scenes were written well. I wanted Sam :). After Sam and Lauren fought their respective demons, they were able to show their love for each other. All though there was interaction from the beginning between the two, and yes, even sex, it took the length of the book for the angst to be worked out. I will say that I did not feel this book was boring or dragged on. I read each page with eager anticipation. I have already pre-ordered the rest of this series which releases, one per week, and am looking forward to the next book which features related characters from Smolder. Highly recommend if you are a fan of anything released by Tule Publishing.

June 9,2016

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