Book Reviews: Real Men #5 & #6

Come on a journey.
The town of Jack’s Bay, in northern Ontario, Canada, straddles cottage country and city living, and does it well.
But more importantly, it’s a strong community. Home to a group of men that have served together in the army reserve. Brothers, with an unbreakable bond, as well as determined women.
Friends and army reserve brothers to these men of Jack’s Bay are the men of Golden, British Columbia. A fictional town, with quirky characters set in the Rocky Mountain trench, life is different in the mountains. Yet family, brotherhood and love…are the same.
Come meet the cowboy, the ex-hockey player, the dark-net computer genius, and the band of Canadian military reservists who served together, and the strong women they fall in love with.
Real Miracle
Real Men Book 5
by Susan Saxx
Genre: Small Town Military Dark Romantic Suspense
Publication Date: February 7, 2018
Too many secrets. Too many dangers. And he’s got a mission to accomplish.
Eli Austin is going off the grid. Too long in the underground employ of men he’d sooner spit on than obey, his master plan for breaking free is intact. But before he goes, he has to appease his heart and soul one last time. He’s got to see the house he and his high school sweetheart, Tish, almost bought. Relive the Christmas they never had, before he walked out on her, into the dark night without a word, so many years ago.
Tish Taylor’s been through it all. After that horrendous Christmas, she moved on, married. But the rebound is over, and she’s newly divorced. She’s going back to where she had it all – once – to spend a solitary evening in the abandoned house where three years ago, they were going to start their new life. The sweet old house that called to them, the life that was theirs. She’s got to reclaim the woman she was then – full of dreams, and promises. So she can move on, once and for all.
So they both set out to that old house, now in the worst part of town.
But neither of them counted on what they’d find…
My Review

What an intense trip! I loved it so much! Eli has risked a lot for the ones he loves. He has sacrificed his feelings and hardened his heart. But Christmas has a way of bringing people together. Put face to face with the love of his life, he cannot stay away.

I had my issues going into the story. The first pages took a while to read, with the main character focused on his demons that keep following him. This is the first book I’ve read from the series, so it took some time to adjust to the style. However, once the plot actually begins, it’s a rollercoaster of emotions.

I love the strength Eli depicts and as well Tish’s attitude toward him. She may appear stubborn, but I like the girl – well on her feet, trying to be independent. They both feel that something is missing, they both came back to what they believe it’s lost.

Such an intense story! 5 stars and moving immediately to the next…

It Started With a Candy Cane
Real Men Book 6
Genre: Sweet Romance
Publication Date: December 15, 2017
She’s city. The more designer and fluffier, the better.
He’s a closed-off butcher in a small northern Canadian town.
Emily Gates is hip. If a bag’s got more than three zeros in its price tag – she’s in. Cream is her favorite color. And her new role as junior city planner in the city of Toronto has her excited beyond all reason. For the gal with the troubled past – something she carefully keeps a secret – it’s all about building community now. Even though she loves working and living in the upscale, trendy area just east of Bloor and Yonge.
Rufus Richardson isn’t fancy and his job is dirty. And he’s always trying to slay the damn dragons, even when no one wants him to. He should settle for a local gal, one who’s used to country and mosquitos and wild animals poking around the family homestead. Instead, the moment he sees the vivacious city beauty, his heart tumbles, and his warrior’s sword appears. But she doesn’t need him to slay any dragons, and lets him know in no uncertain terms.
But when the life she’s carefully curated falls apart suddenly and she goes off into the dark northern night alone searching for the meaning that’s always eluded her, they find themselves thrown together, the night before Christmas Eve. On Ruf’s annual infamous northern Candy Cane Run, and…
Everything changes.
And this Christmas, it all started with a candy cane.
My Review

Oh, I love candy canes. Though I try to stay away during the year, I do indulge during Christmas.  Well, when it comes to “It Started With a Candy Cane”, you should devour it any time you crave something sweet and romantic. I was quickly swooning over Rufus. You know the old: “My hero” saying? Yup, that was me with this book.

Rufus and Emily cannot be more different. She is a city girl while he enjoys the quiet life of a small town. But they need each other. Emily is the type of woman that can hold her head high, with all the ugly issues life may throw at her. Rufus is the one willing to catch all these nasty things. Their relationship is beautiful and they form an amazing couple.

I got into this book faster than in case of “Real Miracle”. It was not that moody. I loved every page and I hope you will give it a shot as well 🙂

 

Real Temptation/ Special Delivery
Real Men Book 7
Genre: Erotic Romance
Publication Date: May 11, 2018
She’s high society. He’s blue collar.
And he’s only got one night to prove to her… blue collar is better.
WARNING: Graphic language, swearing, and frank sexual descriptions.
Oh. And chocolate truffles, velcro’d bondage straps, Manolos, and a bit of grime.
She wears a delivery uniform, but it won’t be for long. Alex Jordan is determined. She’ll work hard – do anything – to get her family back to its former wealth and standing in Toronto society. Once a solid member of the tennis club set, everything fell apart when her father was convicted of white collar crime. Life is harsh now, but Intimate Deliveries, her small company and brainchild of a delivery service is the vehicle to restore their lives. She’ll build her brand, work her fingers to the bone, and she knows she’ll achieve her goal. Eventually. She has to.
But she’s also got her eye on rich and handsome Montreal playboy Luc Etalier. If she scores the heartthrob as a husband, her dreams will be realized all the faster. She’ll get them all back to their former glory and ease of life – including her father, once he’s released – one way or another.
He’s blue collar, has sworn off alcohol, and she’s lit his dreams of something more. Rand Peters has watched – and salivated – every time the brash young woman has come in to their machine shop to work the account. She’s fueled his sexual fantasies for over a year, but she’s also inspired him to go back to university part-time and work on that business degree. If she can go for what she wants, a former rich girl now in the trenches with the rest of them, so can he. And he’s also seen something in her – working so hard in a life that’s foreign to her – that touches his heart.
But a relationship? She’d never go for him – though something eggs him on to try. First real chance he gets, he will. He has to.
Now it’s New Year’s Eve, and he’s there alone. Alex comes in with a delivery, ready to do her job and then run to her glamorous NYE party with old friends. But miracle of miracles – it’s the wrong part. They’ll have to wait for the new one. Together…
A New Year’s Eve Erotic Romance
Skipping Christmas
Real Men Book 9
Genre: Hot Contemporary Sports Romance
Publication Date: December 20, 2019
He’s adored by women–and men–all over the world. The raw, gritty NHL player, Dante Knight.
But life changed abruptly, a year ago. Now Dante’s no longer interested in the limelight, or in the panties strewn on the ice. With the same focus he applied to his stunning NHL career, he’s interested in only one woman….
Kelley Dunham. The girl who loved him, way back when.
It’ll be easy, though. She’s crazy for him, right?
***
Puppy love for the moody Dante consumed Kelly Dunham’s formative years. But she unravelled when the NHL hopeful abruptly left their tiny Canadian mountain town, after their first—and only—night together. She moved on, soul flaming from the shock. Worse, everyone knew.
Time for a change.
Now she’s ready for the playgirl life. Stupid Dante had the right idea, and she’s going to adopt his credo. Sex for nothin’ and her guys for free.
But when Dante reappears in a blizzard and they’re snowed in, and he’s finally ready to be the man she always knew he could be…
She stands firm. Nothing’s changing her new-found mission.
Let the games begin.
A Real Man
Real Men Book 1
Real Deep
Real Men Book 2
It Started on a Back Road
Real Men Book 3
Real Hero
Real Men Book 4
The Escape
Real Men Book 8
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Audiobook Review: Embracing the Dragon by K. L. Bone

Audiobook Tour: Embracing the Dragon by K.L. Bone

Author: K.L. Bone

Narrator: Kylie Stewart

Length: 6 hours 59 minutes

Series: Flames of Kalleen, Book 1

Publisher: K.L. Bone

Released: Sep. 12, 2018

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Can a human heart withstand the flames of a dragon’s soul?

For centuries, the dragons of Kalleen have ruled the skies. Blessed by the goddess of fire, those born of her power are destined to exist within two worlds while fully belonging to neither.

As the youngest daughter of the dragon queen, Amelia has always been torn between her humanity and winged form. In meeting Stephen, she found a blossoming love that gave her hope of finding balance. But it is a dream destroyed when her sister, and future queen, sets her sights upon the same man.

Forced from her lover’s side, Amelia embraces a self-imposed exile, taking refuge in the northern mountains. In this new life of solitude, she banishes painful memories by retreating to her dragon form, sheltering the wounded girl within. Yet it is an isolation that cannot last, as the new dragon queen’s cruelty bears down upon the kingdom, allowing an ancient enemy to rise.

Drawn from her banishment by the pleas of friends, Amelia must choose. Will she embrace the destructive beast within? Or draw upon the frail humanity that lingers dimly in her soul, in a desperate attempt to help her people and mend a broken heart?

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K.L. Bone is a bestselling author of dark fantasy and paranormal romance. Her works include the bestselling Black Rose Guard dark fantasy series. The bestselling Flames of Kalleen paranormal romance series. The Rise of the Temple Gods fantasy series. And a stand-alone science fiction novel, The Indoctrination.

Bone has a master’s degree in modern literary cultures and is working toward her PhD. She wrote her first short story at the age of fifteen and grew up with an equally great love of both classical literature and speculative fiction. Bone has spent the last few years as a bit of a world traveler, living in California, London, and most recently, Belfast. When not immersed in words, of her own creation or studies, you’ll find her traveling to mythical sites and Game of Thrones filming locations.

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Kylie Stewart has been writing short stories and books all her life. She was influenced by her Scottish heritage to become an independent British history buff and has a small library dedicated to Tudor history and is a lover of Arthurian legends. From contemporary, to fantasy, to the paranormal, she loves to write gritty, real, and raw romance that make you dread to see the pages dwindle.

A member of RWA, she is also a member of the APA and works as an audio book narrator when she isn’t writing. Kylie lives in Dallas, TX with her husband and fellow voice actor Eric Rolon, and their three cats Asuka, Ollie, and Haru.

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It’s been a long time since I’ve listened to an audiobook. I missed the feeling on listening to a story while doing something else in the process (sewing or crocheting in my case). Having an audiobook with dragons is a major comeback reason.

“Embracing the Dragon” is a story about betrayal and much more. Amelia learns the hard way that things at court are not what they seem and that her sister’s intentions are not even close to honorable when it comes to her own family. Being forced to escape the new queen’s orders, she finds allies where she least expected. Together with Connor, they will begin a journey of truth seeking and even self-healing. His past hides a lot of painful memories that are somehow tied to Amelia’s dreams.

The writing is something I must speak about. We have changes in timeline that are not at all bothering or annoying. Sometimes when you hear “And what happens next?” many times, it may be annoying. Well, it’s not the case here. Past and present merge to form a clear path toward the future. Also, the character evolution is ell justified by the actions and stories told in between.

The narration was fit for a princess. Kylie Stewart has such a delicate voice. It was a real pleasure listening to her. She did an amazing job with voice acting as well. Differentiating between Amelia and Connor was not a problem, but also when other characters were involved, she did a great job.

K. L. Bone brings us an amazing series which I cannot wait to continue. In “Embracing the Dragon” we have dragons, flames, magic, betrayal and so much more. I loved it and I am so anxious to see what will happen in book 2. Be aware: it ends in a major cliffhanger!

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by K.L. Bone. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

 

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Book Reviews: The Chosen Coven Series #1 & #2

The Dark Awakening
The Chosen Coven Book 1
by D.L. Blade
Genre: Paranormal Thriller, Romance
He was there, in the shadows again, watching me.
Now I wait for him to strike. But I’ll be ready.
Just as Mercy pieces her life back together after a vicious attack, she notices a stranger lingering in the shadows, and watching her every move.
Mercy isn’t certain if what she’s seeing is real, but when Mercy crashes her car on the side of the road, she’s rescued by a handsome and mysterious man named Caleb, who she finds herself both drawn to, and afraid of.
Caleb reveals to Mercy that she’s strongly linked to an ancient coven; the roots slowly dragging her back to Salem. He also claims to be in love with her, but can she trust him?
This story takes you on a journey of magic, secrets, betrayal, and abduction, in a world filled with witches, vampires and werewolves, which Mercy and her friends never knew existed.
Mercy must discover who she truly is, and find the powers within her to save mankind.
The Dark Awakening has hit #1 on Amazon’s Best Sellers in Vampire Thriller and Occult Horror, and is a top 10 finalists in the Author Academy Awards.
“Hands down, one of the best series ever I’ve read!” ★★★★★
“I really loved this book! I was constantly on the edge of my seat while reading, constantly wanting to know what’s going to happen next.” ★★★★★
My Review

This was such an intense and amazing read! It has witches, vampires and werewolves and all in just the right amount.

Usually, I would feel overwhelmed with so many magical creatures around, but the author managed to introduce us to this world at the perfect pace. We learn together with Mercy what her purpose is and who the bad guys are. She feels lost, she feels she has no one to trust, but she also feels the bond. This first book is about her, getting her accustomed to her power and reintroduce her into the supernatural. To fulfill her mission, she has to face family and best friends. Mercy needs to face her childhood trauma and perform the worst act of all.

While I loved all we see in the magical sphere and how this was created, I did not enjoy the romance that much.  I could not decide between Caleb and Reily simply because I did not feel such a connection to them – and I mean here only from Mercy’s perspective. I did not feel the love she may hold for them. Later in the book this becomes a bit more relevant why, but it is still a question mark. Still, I am only reducing 0.5 stars because of this.

“Dark Awakening” introduces us to a story with great potential. The writing was amazing, the pacing was great and it made me read it in one sitting. 4.5 stars and my devotion to the series!

 

Cover Review: I do not dislike it. I like Caleb in the back, harnessing his element, but I don’t like how Mercy has been positioned, first of all. I would have preferred her a bit more …centered. And second, she has nothing to show she’s the most powerful of them all. The green eyes and the necklace are not enough for me …

So I went right on to book 2 🙂 

The Dark Underworld
The Chosen Coven Book 2
“While the first book of this series introduced you to the characters and the fascinating world the author has created; this book brings the story to a whole new level.”
Mercy’s life changed forever when she discovered that not only is she a witch, but that she was born to rid the world of vampires once and for all.
After a year of intense training to hone her powers, she and her coven are pulled into a murder case in her hometown of East Greenwich. The coven, with the help of a friend with direct ties to
the investigation, discovers that a vampire attack claimed the victim’s life. Mercy suspects the killer belongs to a new clan in town, The Black Horse, and goes undercover in the vampire underworld. There, she’ll discover dark, long-hidden secrets and face her father from her previous life, who she learns is the leader of this ruthless undead.
New relationships will develop, friendships will be tested, and lives will be lost.
As Mercy draws closer to finding the killer, a villain from her past creeps out of the shadows. Maurice, centuries-old vampire, is thirsty for revenge after her coven took down his clan.
The Chosen Coven will now have to combine the forces of the Universal Elements, to fight the darkness that falls on their city.
★★★★★
“The plot of this book moves quickly. Complete with murder, intrigue, and romance. The story will appeal to a wide audience of readers–particularly to those who enjoy a blended genre of fantasy and mystery–and of course, a touch of romance.”
Author Notes & Disclaimer:
Violence, mild language, non-graphic intimacy scene and attempted rape scene.
This is a three-book series. It is highly recommended to read book one, ‘The Dark Awakening,’ before reading book two. Their final battle will conclude in book three, ‘The Dark Deliverance,’ and will be released in the fall of 2019.
My Review

Now this is the masterpiece of the series (for now at least, until I get my hands on book 3). Immediately after finishing book 1 I started “The Dark Underworld”. It took me a few hours to go through it, I devoured it in the same crazy manner as the previous one.

This time we see the entire coven in action and we have a dual perspective: Mercy and Caleb. They have to face so many threats, I feel like they don’t manage to have a moment of tranquility.  Again, the plot was great, with so much action that you never realize when time flies by. It was so easy to become wrapped up into the magic of the elements. I was also annoyed that some enemies just don’t want to stay dead! Caleb’s perspective complements the story, especially since he has his own feelings to deal with. After the shocking decision Mercy takes at the end of book 1, there’s a lot on his plate.

Now, I must speak about the romance again. I have the same problem as with book 1, but this time worse. I was confused. I did not understand if what Caleb felt for Mercy was love or not. I did not understand Mercy’s feelings – did she love Caleb or Dorian? The ending does provide some clarification but… I am not convinced. I did not feel the romance as profound as I would have liked. Probably because of the spell at the end of book one (the ones who read it know what I mean). Also, Mercy ran a lot. She was constantly hiding – either with relatives, or friends. Not cool. And I did not understand Melissa. She is part of the story until one point when she exists out of the blue. Mercy has to witness a mass murder and I was expecting her to be more affected by the loss.

So while I enjoyed the book very very much, I find more points that could have been better treated. I have to go with 3.5 stars, which I will round to 4, since in the end it was an very good lecture!

Cover Review: taking into account the description of the two guys, the one occupying the front is Dorian, but … I was expecting Caleb, since we get his POV. We see a werewolf in the background, but I would have preferred to see the symbol of the coven, since the werewolves don’t have much to do in this book. Same issue with Mercy – I would have wanted to see something on her that would remind us she is the most powerful witch! So again, I do not dislike the cover but…

The Dark Deliverance
The Chosen Coven Book 3
**Contains spoilers from book two. Read once caught up in the series**
The upper world is ruled by the gods, the underworld by demons, and the center—our earth—holds the inhabitants which the Chosen Ones were sworn to protect. In the darkest hour, on the darkest night, these three worlds will collide, and the gates of Hell will open.
Mercy is barely holding on after losing her coven, who sacrificed themselves to save her life. But even in death, Caleb opens a path for Mercy to rediscover the ancient power that once revived her after she died the first time on Gallows Hill in 1692.
To find the magic she needs to bring back her coven, Mercy and Dorian journey to a desolate island off the coast of Barbados and uncover long-hidden secrets from a native shaman tribe. But their presence is unwelcome, and Mercy finds herself harnessing the universal elements to save the lives of her beloved coven.
Meanwhile, Maurice continues plotting to destroy the supernatural world until every last human on earth bows to him. Knowing he can’t kill Mercy, he conjures up sick and twisted games he can play with her in order to crown himself the Master of Hell.
Where there is pain and destruction, a new power emerges, and Mercy must hold on to faith that good will triumph over evil because, if not, Hell will consume them all.
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D.L. Blade grew up in southern California, but relocated to Colorado with her family in 2014.
She always loved writing, concentrating on poetry rather than prose when she was younger. That changed however, when she had a dream one night and decided to create a story about it.
In her spare time, D.L. enjoys a wide variety of hobbies, including reading, and attending rock concerts.
In the future, D.L. hopes that she can continue to write exciting novels that will captivate her readers and bring them into the worlds that she creates using her imagination.
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Book Review: Unravel You by Diana A. Hicks

Unravel You
Diana A. Hicks
(Cole Brothers, #1)
Publication date: November 18th 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

UNRAVEL YOU is the enthralling sequel to LOVE OVER LATTES and can be read as a standalone. It is also book one in the Cole Brothers series, a new family saga, binge reading experience: 5 brothers, 5 full-length novels in 5 months.

College graduate Valentina never expected to fall for the hot as hell and intimidating Derek Cole when she accepted his offer to rent his property.

From cottage to mansion, Valentina is certain she doesn’t deserve the fairytale unfolding. But Derek gets what he wants… and he wants her.

He’s “the one” for her, but before she says I do, she has to survive a month long trip to his family’s estate in Atlanta. Gaining approval from four brothers and an over-protective mother might just be her hardest test yet.

For billionaire Derek Cole, this homecoming is a chance to mend the damage he caused when he walked away from the family business.

Just when they think they have a handle on their happily ever after… their past and future collide.

Note: This is a steamy romance with explicit sensual scenes, happily ever after, no cheating, and no cliffhanger. Can be read as a standalone.

Praise for LOVE OVER LATTES:

“Hicks’ first installment of her Desert Monsoon series is confident and assured with strong storytelling, nuanced characters, and a dynamic blend of romance and suspense…A sexy and irresistible tale for fans of contemporary romance.” – Kirkus Reviews

Don’t miss out on this suspenseful and seductive series.

Unravel You, Book 1 (Derek and Valentina) – 11/18/2019

Provoke You, Book 2 (Matt and Ela) – 12/16/2019

Escape You, Book 3 (Tyler and Mia) – 1/13/2020

Unleash You, Book 4 (Wesley and Anabelle) – 2/10/2020

Defy You, Book 5 (Zack and Rebecca) – 3/9/2020

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My Review

Oh, for the love of reading, this was a great story! “Unravel You” is one of those books you get lost in for hours and hours and you forget how late it is and that you have work in the morning…Ups!

Valentina and Derek have found each other. Their love is strong and they see a future together. If she manages to survive meeting The Mother! Derek brings her home to his family. Things get complicated when the family is not particularly fond of their son’s choice. Bring in the ex – his and hers and you have yourselves a complicated story.

What I mostly liked is that even if in this case the main characters are already in love and are already in a relationship the plot did not feel dragged and the conflicts were very believable. It’s a captivating flow of events that will wrap you up. Family drama, traumas that resurface and a very cute kid – this is what we have here! All characters felt real and there was no unnecessary crisis happening.

I just loved the story! I am so sorry I did not get to read “Love Over Lattes”, as it is the story of how Derek and Valentina fell in love, but I still have some books I hope I’ll get to read from this author. Let me know your thoughts 🙂

Until next time, Happy Reading!

 

Author Bio:

Diana A. Hicks is an award-winning author of steamy contemporary romance with a touch of suspense. Book two in her Desert Monsoon series, LOVE OVER LOGIC, won the 2019 Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal Winner in the Romance – Suspense genre

When Diana is not writing, she enjoys kickboxing, traveling, and indulging in the simple joys of life like wine and chocolate. She lives in Atlanta and loves spending time with her two children and husband. Connect with Diana on social media to stay up to date on her latest releases.

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Book Review: The Family Journal by Carolyn Brown

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Title: The Family Journal

Author: Carolyn Brown

Published: November 12th 2019 by Montlake Romance

Source: Received from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review

Format: e-copy

Blurb:

At the end of her rope, single mom Lily Anderson is determined to move her rebellious children in the right direction. That means taking away their cell phones, tablets, and computers—at least temporarily—and moving to the house where Lily grew up in the rural town of Comfort, Texas. But Lily has a bigger challenge than two sulking kids.

The house comes with Mack Cooper, high school teacher and handsome longtime renter. The arrangement: just housemates. But Mack’s devoted attention to the kids starts to warm Lily’s resistant heart. Then Lily finds an old leather-bound book in which five generations of her female ancestors shared their struggles and dreams. To Lily, it’s a bracing reminder about the importance of family…and love.

Now it’s time for Lily to add an adventurous new chapter to the cherished family journal—by embracing a fresh start and taking a chance on a man who could make her house a home.

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My Review

Lily Anderson is a heroine! She has two kids that give her the worst headache, but she is a devoted mother! I had to get this out of the way… sorry!

Now, “The Family Journal” is such an amazing story. The warmth one feels when reading it, the feeling of Home, the family and love are all in these chapters, at every page turn. I very much enjoyed this book!

Lily Anderson is a single mom, whose kids have taken some very bad habits, at a very young age. The only resource she has left is to move back to her hometown in Comfort, Texas. Her house is rented at the moment, but she comes to an agreement with her tenant – Mack Cooper to live together and split the expenses. Mack is a high school teacher, that has seen his fair share of misbehaved kids. He soon understands that Lily has not had the best of luck when it comes to having a father figure around for her kids. They both set up into a comfortable routine and they quickly lean on each other. All these come naturally. Things just … settle. A beautiful relationship begins, between two mature people, with their own heartbreak to bare. Still this is not the main focus of the story.

The family aspect is present all throughout the book. Not only we see Lily dealing with her two very disobedient children, but we see her learning to say no to them. While this happens, they also go through a family journal that contains the history of the women in their family. Maybe the past will manage to bring mother and daughter together. I wish I had one of these journals.

All in all, this book was amazing to read and feel, because it made me feel so many things and it made me love the characters so much. We have the life in a small town of Texas, with the Southern spirit, we have family and love. “The Family Journal” is by far an intelligent story. It has so many levels and so many beautiful interesting things. I do advise you to read it, it’s actually a “must”. 5 bright shining stars!

Cover Review: Look at these gorgeous flowers! I love the cover! It’s so fitting and beautifully wrapped in that ribbon 😊 Yup, love, love, love it!

Favorite Quote: “Me either, but sometimes a door opens that isn’t really a risk, but an opportunity.”

 

About the AuthorCarolyn Brown

Carolyn Brown’s novels have been on multiple best seller lists, won several awards, and have been praised by both reviewers and fans. Her 100th book will be published in November, 2020. Her novels have been translated into 19 foreign languages, and several are available in large print.

Presently, she writes women’s fiction with a romantic element and cowboy romance. She has also written historical single title, historical series, contemporary single title and contemporary series. She lives in southern Oklahoma with her husband, a former English teacher. They have three children and enough grandchildren to keep them young.

For a complete listing of her books (series in order) check out her website at http://www.carolynbrownbooks.com

Book Review: Reckless Encore by Eden Summers

About the book:Reckless Encore

 

Title: Reckless Encore (Reckless Beat #5.5)

Author: Eden Summers

Published: October 22nd 2019

Source: Received from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review

Format: e-copy

Blurb:

Six kids, numerous tours, and many years later…

Reckless Beat are back for an encore.

Memories will be shared. Secrets will be exposed. And their teenagers’ angst will have them drinking like goldfish. Someone may have even lost the naming rights to their child over a drunken bet.

Yep.

Reckless Beat are back—more sarcastic, flirty, and crazy than ever.

Check it on: Amazon & Goodreads

 

My Review

 

There are few authors that can take my breath away with their stories and writing. I like many, but few are there, at the top of my list. Eden Summers is one of these amazing people that can touch my soul with her stories.

“Reckless Encore” brings the Reckless Beat family at a mature age, with teenage kids of their own. One would think they are adults, with an image to keep for their children, but they are as crazy as ever and more in love with one another. While this is a novella, it touches so many sensitive topics – real life topics, but also memories from “the ol’ days”.

I was expecting a mix of emotions, but I never expected to see it at different levels. On one hand, we see the parents dealing with teenage problems, struggling to keep up with their kids’ moods and actions. On the other hand, we see how the parents’ fame and crazy adventures affect their sons and daughters. The way the author managed to put these two generations into perspective, it’s fantastic. There is drama, heartbreak and a desire for more!

So if you have read the Reckless Beat series, you would not want to miss this one! If you have not read any of the books in the series or worse, any book by Eden Summers, you have been missing out on so many amazing stories. So get your…books NOW!

5 stars for “Reckless Encore, because it’s full of emotion, it’s beautifully written and you get to read more about your new favorite band!

Cover Review: it hurts to say that I do not see a link to the story itself when looking at the cover. Indeed we see the passion and the … closeness, but nothing that would show the two generations. Still, it has that „rock vibe”.

Favorite Quote: „It took thirteen years to realize criminals were the least of his worries. What he needed to look out for were horny teenage boys.”

About the Authorcc1d8-eden2bsummers

Eden Summers is a bestselling author of contemporary romance with a side of sizzle and sarcasm. Best known for the Reckless Beat series, Inarticulate, and the Vault.

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Book Review: A Lie for a Lie

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About the BookALieforaLie
 
Title: A Lie for a Lie
Author: Helena Hunting
Release Date: October 15, 2019
Publisher: Montlake
 
Summary
 

Sometimes I need an escape from the demands, the puck bunnies, and the notoriety that come with being an NHL team captain. I just want to be a normal guy for a few weeks. So when I leave Chicago for some peace and quiet, the last thing I expect is for a gorgeous woman to literally fall into my lap on a flight to Alaska. Even better, she has absolutely no idea who I am.

Lainey is the perfect escape from my life. My plan for seclusion becomes a month long sex fest punctuated with domestic bliss. But it ends just as abruptly as it began. When I’m called away on a family emergency, I realize too late that I have no way to contact Lainey.

A year later, a chance encounter throws Lainey and me together again. But I still have a lie hanging over my head, and Lainey’s keeping secrets of her own. With more than lust at stake, the truth may be our game changer.

 

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My Review

These past couple of weeks I’ve been so lucky to read so many amazing books. “A Lie for a Lie” is one of these. With a beautiful second chance romance, intense characters, secrets that may tear a relationship apart and so much more, it’s impossible not to wish for the next book in the series or any written by the author.

Our main characters meet in such a funny way. They click, they connect on many levels and they spend a good amount of time together. What happens when they all have to return to real life and their paths split? Read and find out 🙂

I can tell you about how great the characters are, about how lost I became into the pages. I didn’t know when time flew by. I was so wrapped up in Rook and Lainey I forgot about the real world. But I think the most important thought I was left with is that sometimes you need a breath of fresh air to spot the happiness. Our main characters have secrets they don’t want to share and just want to enjoy the moment. And sometimes this is enough to gain a life full of happy moments. For me, this book that may have just a simple second chance love story, it’s amazing that I was left with this thought, with this feel good thought.

And this is how a romance book should affect its readers. I cannot give less than 5 stars and I cannot wait to read more from the author! I do recommend it, with all my heart.

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Author BiographyHelenaHunting
 
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. Helena writes everything from contemporary romance with all the feels to romantic comedies that will have you laughing until you cry.
 
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