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📝REVIEW📝: Long Lost Christmas by Joan Kilby, #SweetChristmas Romance is Available Now! ~ 5 Stars!

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Long Lost Christmas

By
Joan Kilby

Genre:  #Romance #HolidayRomance #ChristmasRomance #CleanRomance

My Rating:  5

Cover:  5    I love this cover and how it perfectly relates to the book.

POV:  Third-person dual perspectives

Publication:  November 12th 2019

Read:  November 18th 2019  *Review copy provided by Tule Publishing

Kindle:  268 pages

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Synopsis:

With Christmas and a family showdown looming, can she find a miracle?

Hoping to reunite her mother with her long-lost brother for Christmas, interior designer Hayley Stevens travels to Montana to hand-deliver a Christmas card to the uncle she’s never met. Finding her uncle is easier than getting him alone to explain her mission. Reluctantly, Hayley hides her identity to learn more about her uncle and his family, but it’s his handsome and enigmatic partner who captures her heart and imagination.

Architect and builder Blake Dennison is attracted instantly to the beautiful Hayley, but he’s suspicious of her curiosity. Can she be a spy for a rival builder? He’s been burned by deceit before, but as he spends time with Hayley, he falls hard.

Hayley knows she has much more at stake than fulfilling her mother’s Christmas dream, and when she confesses to Blake the real reason for her visit, his reaction is what she feared. He wants her gone. But Hayley knows how to fight for what she wants.

Another heart-warming story set in Sweetheart, Montana, home to The Starr Brothers of Montana series.

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📝My Review📝: 🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄

of 5 stars

I’ve recently read a lot of Christmas romances and have enjoyed them all. This book especially was delightful. I loved all the characters, the premise and the fact the story took place over the Christmas holidays. In addition, I loved the family dynamic, the scene and small-town loyalty. This book also had all the feels I look for in a perfect romance. Written with care and attention to detail, this book will warm your heart.

Hayley and Blake…..

Hayley is on a mission to find her mother’s long-lost brother. Hayley’s mother hasn’t seen her brother since she was a child. He left town, never to return. No one knows why or where he is after four decades. So much time apart! Heartbreaking! Hayley does some research and finds a man in Montana that could be him. So, she goes there to find him and hopefully gain a reunion for her mother. I am not going into details because there is a bit of mystery and suspense that unravels over the course of the book.

Blake is an architect who works for Hayley’s uncle with the hopes to one day take over the business. Blake has trust issues caused by a previous relationship. So even though his first reaction to Hayley is attraction, he won’t let his walls down; afraid to be hurt again.

Again, I won’t go into details but I can tell you that there’s some angst and secrets that could destroy what Hayley and Blake are building. But I do promise you a beautiful happily-ever-after.

This is my honest and unbiased review. Thank you for taking the time to read it.

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📝REVIEW📝: 🎄Christmas At The Edge of The World by Kate Hewitt, #HolidayRomance is Available Now!

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Christmas at the Edge of the World

By
Kate Hewitt

Genres:  #Romance #HolidayRomance #ChristmasRomance 

My Rating:  3.75

Cover:  5  (Cover is a very good depiction of the story)

Kindle:  165 pages

POV:  Told in third person single perspective by heroine

Publication:  November 4th 2019

Read:  November 6th 2019

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Synopsis:

When Laurel West discovers her estranged sister Abby has checked herself into rehab and wants her to take care of her fourteen-year-old son, she doesn’t hesitate to step in. Abby was there for Laurel a long time ago, and she longs to be able to offer the same. However, as a single woman who still dreams of the fairy tale, Laurel isn’t prepared for teenaged Zac’s sullen moods or silent rage. When he’s expelled from school, she decides to take drastic measures and temporarily relocate them to her great aunt’s cottage on the windswept hills of the Orkney islands north of Scotland… about as far as she can run from their problems, but will it be far enough?

From the moment they step onto the island’s shores, everything seems to go wrong… including a run-in with eccentric sheep farmer Archie MacDougall. When Zac gets in trouble at the village pub and is rescued by Archie, Laurel thinks things are only getting worse. But Archie’s suggestion of putting Zach to work on his farm might be the change he needs, and Laurel strikes up a surprising friendship with a man who is about as far from the fairy tale as she can imagine. Can such an unlikely and impractical love bloom in such a brief moment out of reality? And will two lost and lonely souls find each other at the edge of the world?

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📝My Review📝: 

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3.8 Stars…..
As you have read in the blurb, Laurel is asked by her estranged sister to take care of her fourteen year old nephew for a month. To say Laurel is shocked is an understatement. She has seen or heard from her sister only a handful of times over the past twenty years. So why now? This is one piece of the puzzle that you’ll find the answer to later in the book. Laurel’s nephew Zac is a stereotypical, moody teenaged boy. He is not thrilled when Laurel takes him to Scotland to celebrate the Christmas holidays at her aunt’s charming cottage. At least she remembered it being charming when she was eight years old; the last time she visited. Her time spent at this place is one of Laurel’s fondest childhood memories. But she hasn’t been back in over two decades and the place is not exactly how she remembered it. However, for her nephew, she is going to make the best of it. With a heaping amount of Christmas spirit and some help from a neighbor, Archie, the story progresses in that Archie is an important part of how things work out. I don’t want to say too much because this book is pretty short. The premise had great potential but unfortunately, the author only gave us Laurel’s perspective which I was greatly disappointed over. I believe that if I had Archie’s POV as well as Laurel’s, it would have gone a long way in bringing me greater enjoyment. Archie was a very strong part of this story. His complexity was more than enough that she should have had a voice as well. And while the ending was a happy one, it wasn’t satisfying. That said, I enjoyed the epilogue and was glad to see everyone together.

I would like to also mention that this author does a good job at painting her scenes. In my mind, I was able to experience the quaint cottage and small Scottish town. The book cover is realistic to the story and that is not always the case. So, while I didn’t entirely love this book, I liked it.

This is my honest and unbiased review. Thank you for taking the time to read it. 🙂

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📝Review📝: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 4 Stars! The Christmas Contest by Scarlet Wilson, #Christmas/HolidayRomance is Available Now!

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The Christmas Contest

By
Scarlet Wilson

Genre:  #Romance #CleanRomance #ChristmasRomance

My Rating:  4

Cover:  5

POV:  Third-person alternating perspectives

Kindle Edition:  228 pages

Publication:  October 15th 2019

Read:  October 27th 2019  *Review copy provided by Tule Publishing

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Synopsis:

Will their competitive spirits ruin the spirit of Christmas?

When Ben Winters and Lara Cottridge hear that a Vermont radio station is hosting a Christmas contest with a $10,000 prize for a charitable project of the winner’s choice, they seize the challenge. Although strangers, they both are obsessed with all things Christmas and each has their own worthy pet project in mind.

News of the contest creates a lot of buzz, but most participants fall at the first hurdle – a timed online quirky Christmas quiz. The second, a stressful on-air quiz whittles the field down to two – Briarhill Falls residents Lara and Ben who are surprised that they have never met.

As the contest heats up with five further Christmas-themed challenges, the town and state become enthralled by the battle of wits and skill. Soon Lara and Ben realize they have far more in common than a love of Christmas. And far more at stake. Will their competition stand in the way of falling in love?

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📝My Review📝: 🎄🎄🎄🎄

The Christmas ContestThe Christmas Contest by Scarlet Wilson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Christmas Contest was a cute enjoyable story. Both main characters are Christmas fanatics; loving every detail about the festive holiday. When they hear about a contest on the local radio that awards the winner $10,000 towards their favorite charity, each believes they could win. After thousands of entrants are narrowed down, it’s Ben and Lara who go for the win. I’ll admit, at the beginning, Lara was a bit cut-throat. Not that Ben wasn’t in it to win it; but he was definitely a gentleman throughout most of the book. The subject of a Christmas contest was a premise I hadn’t come across before. It was refreshing to read something new and entertaining. That said, this was a sweet story. Once Ben and Lara admitted their attractions, the contest became more than just prize money. I’ll say both Ben and Lara’s causes were equally important. And in the end, I was very pleased with the outcome.

I have previously read a few other books by this author, although this is my first holiday romance from her. I truly enjoyed them all and look forward to reading more by Scarlet Wilson. I definitely recommend this sweet, entertaining Christmas romance. Set in a small Vermont town with a lovable cast of characters and a fun, original storyline, I believe you’ll enjoy The Christmas Contest.

This is my honest and unbiased review. Thank you for taking the time to read it. 🙂

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📝Review📝: ~ 🌟🌟🌟🌟 ~ Oh, Christmas Night by Jane Porter, Expected publication: November 5th 2019!

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Oh, Christmas Night

By
Jane Porter

Genre:  #Romance #ContemporaryRomance #ChristmasRomance #MontanaBorn

POV:  Third-person dual perspectives

Rating:  4

Cover:  5

Publication:  Expected release is November 5th 2019

Read:  October 18th 2019  *ARC provided by Tule Publishing

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Synopsis:

Brilliant, but overworked California accountant, Rachel Mills, inherits an old bookstore in Marietta, Montana, just as she’s been passed over for a huge promotion. The smart thing to do would be to buckle down and keep on working. But for the first time in her life, she goes with impulsive and books a flight to Montana to inspect the bookstore, and hopefully have her first white Christmas ever.

Texan lawyer and entrepreneur, Atticus Bowen, has found the perfect location for his next restaurant—the two-story, turn-of-the-century brick building on Marietta’s Main Street. All he has to do is convince the new owner to sell Paradise Books to him. After all, used bookstores aren’t practical or viable businesses, and he’s making Rachel Mills a very generous offer. But instead of jumping on his offer, Rachel decides she’s going to open the bookstore doors for December and ‘explore her options.’

The last thing Rachel expected was to fall in love with the old bookstore, or charming Marietta. She never expected sparks to fly with handsome, arrogant Atticus Bowen, either. Smart, practical Rachel realizes she just might be falling in love with the sexy, opinionated Texan lawyer — something that could prove to be neither smart, nor practical….or the best decision of her life.

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📝Review📝: 🎄🎄🎄🎄

Oh, Christmas NightOh, Christmas Night by Jane Porter

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I don’t need any excuse to visit Tule Publishing’s stories set in Marietta, Montana. In fact, I’m always anticipating the next. I absolutely love the Montana Born books this publisher offers. In fact, I find a lot of new favorite authors. Oh, Christmas Night was a sweet, endearing story. Not only did this novel give us a true love story, but also a Christmas experience; Marietta style. In addition, Jane Porter is an author I have read many times over and her writing is incredible. Her talent for storytelling is the main aspect why I keep coming back for more.

Rachel Mills, a successful accountant in California has once again been passed over for a promotion she believes should have been hers. She is dealing with the stigma of being a woman in a business in which it’s blatantly obvious if she were a man, she’d have had a promotion years prior. Is Rachel wasting her time with this company? If so, what other options does she have career wise?

When Rachel receives the gift of a bookstore in Marietta, Montana she is flabbergasted. Her godmother wants Rachel to take over the store and make it her own. Of course, Rachel isn’t interested in moving to Montana, yet she is intrigued enough to go and see this store.

Atticus Bowen is a real estate lawyer and restaurant owner. His next endeavor is to open one of his restaurants in Marietta. He wants the bookstore. But as badly as he wants the building, he does not want to undermine Rachel. He makes a generous offer but Rachel has decided to think about it while opening the store and see if it will be profitable.

I very much enjoyed the banter and growing attraction between Rachel and Atticus. Let me say here that while Atticus is the epitome of sexy, successful, wealthy business man, he is first and foremost a gentleman. Atticus was kind, considerate and generous. I truly adored his character. Rachel on the other hand has had a tough past. It’s one of the reasons she needs to be successful. because of her past, Rachel is a no-nonsense, overachiever who wants nothing more to be taken seriously and be successful. Sadly because of this, Rachel is a bit boring and a lot standoffish. So, it took me longer to connect with her. However, her persona began to change soon after her arrival in Marietta.

There were so many sweet moments between Rachel and Atticus. Towards the last chapters, the angst began to build and you could literally feel what was coming. Insecurity took a hold of Rachel and almost cost her the love of a great man. I enjoyed this book very much. I also loved getting to read about some of my favorite Marietta citizens.

If you are looking for some amazing Christmas romances, check out Tule Publishing’s website and see the amazing books that are currently available or coming soon!

This is my honest and unbiased review. Thank you for taking the time to read it. 🙂

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📝Review📝: ~ 🌟🌟🌟🌟 ~ Christmas with the Firefighter (Cape Hope Series #1) by Clare Connelly is Available Now!

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Christmas with the Firefighter
Cape Hope Book One

By
Clare Connelly

Genre:  #Romance #ChristmasRomance #ContemporaryRomance

POV:  Third-person dual perspectives

My Rating:  4

Cover:  5

Publication:  October 22nd 2019

Read:  October 17th 2019  *ARC provided via Tule Publishing

Kindle:  258 Pages

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Synopsis:

Christmas is a time for family…

A mystery brings Ally Monroe to the idyllic seaside town of Cape Hope, North Carolina. On the quest to find out more about the father who abandoned her, Ally has no intention of getting too involved in the community. Only Cape Hope has a way of drawing people in and, before Ally knows it, she’s falling hard and fast in love with the whole town and its old-fashioned, charming ways – and particularly local single-dad Luke Miller and his adorable daughter Stella.

Volunteer firefighter Luke has been single since his wife died in childbirth six years earlier, making Stella his sole priority. But there’s something compelling about the beautiful out-of-towner and, before long, both Luke and his daughter are welcoming Ally into their home.

She came to Cape Hope looking for family and instead Ally found her way to Luke and Stella– but will they still want her when they realize she’s been lying to them about who she really is and what she’s doing in town?

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📝My Review📝: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Christmas with the Firefighter (Cape Hope, #1)Christmas with the Firefighter by Clare Connelly

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Christmas with the Firefighter is the first book in the Cape Hope Series which I believe will be a great series to binge. Christmas with the Firefighter is emotionally charged and while the story takes place over the Christmas holidays, there is much more to it. Both the hero and heroine are dealing with some emotional baggage.

Single father and widower, Luke Miller is an upstanding guy. He is ex military and currently a firefighter and handyman. He is doing his best to raise his young daughter. But as any single father of a young girl, Luke is still learning the ropes of fatherhood. It isn’t until Ally comes into his life that he thinks, just maybe, he is ready to find love again. He truly wasn’t looking for love again until he met Ally and their attraction couldn’t be denied. Their connection was strong and believable.

Ally is in town temporally and for one reason only. She is looking for her father to confront him for walking out of her life when Ally was still a child. There is a heartbreaking story there which I will let you read about on your own. While in Cape Hope, Ally is trying to stay low key. She is not planning to stay long, or date while in town. But once she meets Luke and his little girl, Ally finds herself tormented with her feelings of attraction. Since she wasn’t planning to stay, Ally didn’t think it was necessary to tell anyone the real reason she was in town. But as we know, secrets aren’t a good thing. Especially when they come to light and Ally is confronted before she has the chance to explain herself.

There were moments with Ally that had me tearing up. Even years later, as an adult, my heart still broke for the child who was abandoned by her father. Aside from Luke and Ally finding a happily-ever-after, I was really hoping that Ally and her dad would find each other again. This was truly a heartwarming book and I recommend it.

This is my first book by this author. It definitely won’t be my last. I’ll be looking out for more in the Cape Hope series.

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📝Review📝: ~ 🌟🌟🌟🌟 ~Christmas for the Deputy (Bad Boys of Last Stand Book 2) by Nicole Helm, #ChristmasRomance with bit of suspense is Available Now!

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Christmas For The Deputy
Bad Boys of Last Stand #2

By
Nicole Helm

Genre:  #Romance #ChristmasRomance #HolidayRomance #SingleParentRomance #LiteSuspense

My Rating:  4

Cover:  4

Publication:  October 17th 2019

Read:  October 15th 2019  *ARC provided via Tule Publishing

Kindle:  210 pages

POV:  Third-person alternationg perspectives

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Synopsis:

Will he face his past or run from his future?

Ethan Thompson has been a part of the Martin family since he was a troubled teen and Susannah Martin saved him. He’s always done everything in his power to help the Martins, especially oldest daughter Penelope. But he’s always made sure to keep himself just separate enough to safeguard his heart against the straight-talking beauty.

Pen Martin-Wakefield moved home to Last Stand, Texas, with her three girls hoping it would give them all a fresh start after her husband’s tragic death. She’s ready to move on, and as she deals with the stresses of a holiday season and a broken arm, she realizes Ethan is always the one she’s leaned on.

Ethan’s determined to resist Pen and her girls. He’s got too many secrets and scars to be any good for them, but as a Christmas in Last Stand works its magic, Ethan begins to find out just how tenacious Pen is and how lonely his heart has been.

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📝My Review📝: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Christmas for the Deputy (Bad Boys of Last Stand, #2)Christmas for the Deputy by Nicole Helm

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A beautiful love story. Just when you think you might never be the recipient of the most intense love, faith steps in and gives you the greatest of gifts. First I want to tell you that I read
Homecoming for the Cowboy
prior to this, which is the first book in the Bad Boys of Last Stand series. While Christmas For The Deputy is a standalone, I believe my enjoyment of the book was better because I had a prior understanding of all these wonderful characters. And of course, I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

Ethan and Pen…..
These two characters were so deserving of a happily-ever-after. Each has issues from their past that they are trying to live with. The best part was when they each realized that they weren’t really living at all; just existing to please everyone but themselves. Until they understood that they could help each other. All that was needed was patience, trust, understanding and love. Of course, these emotions were not easily obtained for Ethan and Pen. My favorite part of this book were all the hurdles they had to jump to find their HEA. It was not easy. There were several angsty aspects going on at once. Pen was a very strong character and I loved her determination and the fact she never gave up, despite her emotional baggage.

There is an emotional past in both Ethan and Pen’s lives. The best part? There is a beautiful future ahead for them. I’m not going into details as this is a pretty quick read. The pace and flow of the story is steady and you’ll eat up the pages in no time.

An even better bonus? Christmas for the Deputy takes place during the Christmas holidays. If you’ve visited Last Stand via other authors of Tule Publishing, you’ll know how special this town and its residents are.

This is my honest and unbiased review. Thank you for taking the time to red it. 🙂

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📝REVIEW📝: Christmas Angels by Nancy Naigle ~ 🎄Holiday/Christmas Romance ~ Release Date is October 15th, 2019

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By
Nancy Naigle

Genre:  #Romance #HolidayRomance #ChristmasRomance #SmallTownRomance

Rating:  3.5

Cover:  3

POV:  Third-person alternating perspectives

Publication:  Expected October 15th 2019

Read:  August 23rd 2019 *Review copy provided via Net Galley

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🎄Synopsis🎄:

The next heartwarming and inspirational Christmas story by USA Today Bestselling author, Nancy Naigle.

Growing up, Liz Westmoreland dreamed of taking over her grandparents inn located in the small mountain town of Angels Creek only for it to be sold before she ever got the chance. While browsing the internet, she stumbles upon a listing for what looks to be the picturesque inn and it’s set to go to auction. Liz places a bid, and by a miracle, wins the auction. But when she gets there she finds the property in significant disrepair.

When Matt Hardy narrowly lost the inn and property that butted his land, he just hoped it wasn’t another city slicker coming to make matters worse after the previous owners gutted the place for an art gallery. But the minute he recognized the sweet, freckle-faced girl from his childhood and heard her plans to reopen the inn, he jumps at the chance to help his childhood crush restore a place where he made so many fond memories.

While working on repairs, Liz and Matt discover her grandmother’s collection of angels in one of the cabins. When the angels start mysteriously showing up all over the inn, she begins to look at them as reassurance—that restoring the inn is what she’s meant to do. But when an accident leaves Liz feeling like she made a mistake, will Matt—and the residents of Angels Creek—be able to show Liz that she’s found a home? And possibly true love as well?

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📝My Review📝:

Christmas AngelsChristmas Angels by Nancy Naigle

3.5 Stars
The premise of this book had me eager to read it. Even if it isn’t Christmas yet, I enjoy the feeling that I usually come away with in these holiday romances. Unfortunately, this one felt a bit boring. For me, the book as well as the pace did not pick up until the last chapters. The author’s writing was easy to read but the pace of the story dragged. Thankfully those last chapters picked up and I lost my frustration.

Let me explain. The story itself had a lot of potential to be a five-star read for me. However, no matter how open-minded I was, I did not like Liz, the heroine. Matt on the other hand was the hero of my dreams. And I do mean that literally. I love strong, intelligent, handsome heroes who are also a selfless and caring gentleman; who will always put helping a neighbor before his own needs. That was Matt Hardy. He is a hero I won’t forget for a very long time, if ever.

Liz grew up visiting her grandparents at Angel’s Rest. A scenic inn in the mountains. All of her favorite childhood memories were made at Angel’s Rest. I won’t go into details but I’ll tell you her grandparents no longer owned the inn. So, when Liz comes across an online auction and sees that very same inn up for sale, she jumps at it. Blindly. Liz did not have enough time to see the property before bidding and buying but she didn’t care. She was compelled by her love for the place to own it and return it to what it once was. But when she sees the inn for the first time in well over a decade, Liz is heartbroken.

It’s a total disaster. But with the help of Matt and the town, Liz works to return the inn to its former glory. I don’t want to give a lot of details away about the townsfolk because in my opinion, they were the heart of the story, along with Matt, of course. Matt had a crush on Liz when they were kids. Not only did she not know that, she did not remember Matt which I though was unbelievable. She claimed to have spent so much time at the inn she should have remembered him; Matt lived there and the town was small; everyone knew each other. In addition to Liz not remembering Matt, throughout most of the book she showed no interest in Matt other than friendship. And that was what frustrated me the most. These are just my thoughts, but I felt no chemistry between Matt and Liz.

Now, after all that, after turning the last page, I was happier. Liz and Matt do have their happily-ever-after. So, while I was disappointed with certain aspects of this book (Liz), there were more aspects that saved it for me, especially the small-town feel. That and the townsfolk were perfect. That said, I do want to read more from this author because while I didn’t absolutely love this book, there was that potential if only the heroine was more likable. As I said earlier in my review, the author is talented with weaving her words into a heartwarming story. I’d like to give her another try.

This is my honest and unbiased review. Thank you for taking the time to read it. 🙂

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Review: Jackson (Eternity Springs The McBrides of Texas Book One) by Emily March, #ContemporaryRomance

Jackson
By
Emily March

Genre: #ContemporaryRomance
My Rating: 3.75
Cover: 5

Publication: June 25th 2019
Read: June 25th 2019 *ARC provided by publisher via NetGalley
POV: Third-person alternating perspectives
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Purchase: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250314918

Synopsis:

From New York Times bestselling author Emily March comes Jackson, the newest novel in the critically acclaimed Eternity Springs series. 

Sometimes it takes a new beginning 
Caroline Carruthers thinks she buried her dreams along with the love of her life…until a stranger named Celeste dares her to chase a dream all on her own. Moving to Redemption, Texas, is chapter one in Caroline’s new life story. Opening a bookstore is the next. Finding love is the last thing on her mind as she settles into this new place called home. But when she meets a handsome, soulful man who’s also starting over, all bets are off.

to reach a happily-ever-after 
Jackson McBride came to Redemption looking only to find himself, not someone to love. Ever since his marriage ended, he’s been bitter. Sure, he used to believe in love–he even has the old song lyrics to prove it–but the Jackson of today is all business. That is, until a beautiful young widow who’s moved to town inspires a change of heart. Could it be that the myth of Redemption’s healing magic is true…and Jackson and Caroline can find a second chance at a happy ending after all?


My Review: 3.75 Stars


I wanted to love this book. I enjoyed it but it didn’t have my heart pumping. 
Caroline is currently married at the beginning of the story. I won’t go into specifics on that. I thought she was a lovely character and deserved to be happy. Unfortunately, life happens and well…things become complicated… and very sad.

Jackson has his own demons in the way of cruel ex-wife. She takes something from him he cannot bare to lose. And so because of that, Jackson has sworn off women. When he and his two cousins inherit land, they decide to turn it into a high-end B&B. I enjoyed the way the author described the old buildings on the property. I could really see everything she was trying to write about. This particular aspects of the book were one of my favorites.

Long story short, Caroline and Jackson meet when she comes to town to write a travel piece about the land Jackson now owns. They definitely have a connection, but what that connection was, neither recognized. Many months later, Caroline moves to town and opens a book store. She and Jackson meet again and become good friends. I want to say that their relationship was a slow burn but that just wasn’t the case for me. The pace of the book as well as the development of Jackson and Caroline’s relationship was slow. Very. I admit I was able to put this book down too many times. 

I really don’t want to spoil anything for you in the way of details. I do want you to know that I didn’t hate this book. As I said earlier in my review, I enjoyed it, as an overall read. I think what bothered me the most was that I couldn’t feel a connection between the H/h. As friends, I thought they were believable and genuine. But when the line was crossed to an intimate relationship, I just wasn’t feeling it.

There is definitely a happy ending. So be assured about that. The epilogue was another favorite part of the book for me.

This was my first read by this author. Would I like to read more from her? I would definitely like to do that. Just because I wasn’t in love with this one book doesn’t mean I wouldn’t love another. I am a very openminded reader. I enjoy all tropes of romance and don’t make set-in-stone final opinions on just one, or even two books. So yes, I’ll absolutely give this author another chance to woo me, lol.

This is my honest and unbiased opinion. Thank you for taking the time to read it. 🙂


📝Review📝: Cowboys Need Not Apply by Robert Tate Miller ~ My Rating: 4 ~ #ContemporaryRomance ~ Release Date: August 13th 2019

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Cowboys Need Not Apply

By

Robert Tate Miller

Genre:  #ContemporaryRomance #OppositesAttract #TheCOwboyAndThe Ballerina

My Rating:  4

Cover:  4

POV:  Third-person dual perspectives

Publication:  August 13th 2019

Read:  May 9th 2019  *ARC provided via NetGalley

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Synopsis:

No, prima donna ballerina Jessica Carmichael isn’t interested in the rough-and-tumble rodeo cowboy she met in physical therapy. In fact, she’s actively uninterested in his cocky smile, and his go-with-the-flow attitude, and how his silly little bets make her work harder than ever to fix her knee. She’d like nothing more than to strangle him, if she wasn’t so busy thinking about kissing him.

Matt Walker’s best hope of getting back in the saddle is charming Jessica into teaching him ballet. He needs to get back on the bronc…even if he has to get there in tights. Only the uptight ballerina lives in a completely different world, one he wouldn’t touch with a ten-foot mechanical bull. But maybe the one thing she needs more than control is to lose control for once—with him.

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📝My Review📝: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was my first book by Robert Tate Miller. I enjoyed it and would like to read more from this author. I describe this book as a low angst, clean romance. The story was entertaining and the characters were fun and witty, with the exception of Jessica, one of the protagonists. Jessica was not the friendliest. I would describe her as standoffish and pretentious. She is a ballerina brought up in a wealthy household so this has shaped her character. I was not her biggest fan for most of the book however, I appreciated how her character grew and developed into someone I could like as the story moved forward.

Matt was fun and witty, if not stubborn, from the beginning. While he was the complete opposite of Jessica in personality, they had good chemistry and I enjoyed watching their relationship develop. If I’m honest, which I am, Matt was the true hero of the book. It was Matt that helped me to enjoy this story. As I mentioned earlier, Jessica was not very personable as well as difficult to like. But by the end my opinion changed.

Briefly, I’ll tell you that both Matt and Jessica injured themselves doing what they each loved. Both ended up with similar knee injuries and at the same rehabilitation center. It was here they first meet. I won’t go into details because you should experience their relationship without any spoilers from me. While their friendship started off slowly, I enjoyed watching them together. Each had something to teach the other and this helped grow appreciation for their respective careers and what shaped them to be the people they are.

There were times, I wondered how Matt and Jessica would work in the end. They both had completely different personalities; completely different lives. In addition, they lived 2,000 miles from each other. Thankfully, though, they did work it out in the sweetest happily-ever-after.

As I understand it, this trope was new to this author. I want to say, I think he did a great job and I would love to read more, especially regarding cowboys. 😉

This is my honest and unbiased review. Thank you for taking the time to read it. 🙂

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