Tag: Contemporary Romance

Review: The Almost Wives Club by Nancy Warren

Posted March 14, 2015 by Marsha in Contemporary Romance / 0 Comments

The Almost Wives ClubTitle:  The Almost Wives Club – Kate book 1
Series:  The Almost Wives Club
Author:  Nancy Warren
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  March 15, 2015
Publisher:  Ambleside Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley

Story Blurb:

Kate Winton-Jones is marrying one of America’s most eligible bachelors. Edward Carnarvon III is rich, handsome and hers. But at the final fitting of her wedding gown, one of the seamstresses pricks her and a tiny blood spot appears on the outrageously expensive gown. Its famous designer fires the clumsy seamstress on the spot, whereupon the girl puts a curse on the dress and storms out. Kate doesn’t believe in curses. She’s modern, American and in love with the perfect guy. What could go wrong?

But that very evening she meets a man who makes her question her future. And then she discovers that Edward has been hiding a secret or two… and before you can say, “This dress is so cursed,” she’s on the run from Edward, his family, her mother, the paparazzi and the person she thought she was.

When the man who discovers her hiding place turns out to be the last man she should trust, it’s time to throw her cautious good sense out with the satin shoes she won’t be wearing. Playing it safe hasn’t done her much good. Maybe it’s time to play by a new set of rules. Her rules.

Sometimes Prince Charming is the one who turns out to be the frog, and true love appears in the most unexpected places.

Follow the cursed dress through five sets of bridal hands as four more women join The Almost Wives Club.

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Review: Until You by Jeannie Moon

Posted March 14, 2015 by Marsha in Contemporary Romance / 0 Comments

Until YouTitle:  Until You
Series:
Author:  Jeannie Moon
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  March 17, 2015
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley

Story Blurb:

When newly divorced Kate Adams is approached on the sunny deck of a California hotel by hockey star David Burke, and he invites her to dinner, she almost says no. He’s obviously younger than her. And charming. And drop dead gorgeous. But there’s also something sweet about David, so Kate—who hasn’t done anything spontaneous in a very long time—accepts his invitation.

It is, after all, her fortieth birthday.

However, a real romance with thirty-year-old David, whose picture is in the gossip pages as often as it’s in the sports pages, is out of the question. No matter how much she wants him, it’s just too risky.

But meeting Kate has been David’s lightning strike. She’s the one for him, and he has no intention of giving up on her.

So while Kate guards her fragile heart, David sets out to win her over with the same determination that drives him on the ice.

And he’ll break every rule in the book if he has to.

Read on for my thoughts on Until You.  No true spoilers, promise.

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Review: Deja Date by Susan Hatler

Posted March 13, 2015 by Marsha in Contemporary Romance / 0 Comments

Deja DateTitle:  Deja Date
Series:  Better Date Than Never #9
Author:  Susan Hatler
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  February 22, 2015
Publisher:  Hatco Publishing
My Rating:  4 star
Source:  NetGalley

Story Blurb:

Melinda Morgan commits to running her favorite neighborhood bakery when the owner, who’s like a second dad to her, falls ill. Then she finds out his adventurous son, Nate Carter, is back in town. Nate was Melinda’s first kiss and greatest heartbreak all rolled into one, yet he’s still as charming as ever.

When Melinda learns Nate’s dad is selling his bakery, she realizes her dream to own the bakery herself. But in order to access her inheritance funds, she must first complete her father’s Carpe Diem list, which challenges her to take risks she normally wouldn’t—like only dating someone who leaves her breathless.

Nate wants a second chance with her and she finds him nearly impossible to resist. Could he be the key to completing her dad’s list and saving the bakery? And can he help her do both without breaking her heart all over again?

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Review: Stealing Hearts by Erika Marks

Posted March 12, 2015 by Marsha in Contemporary Romance / 0 Comments

Stealing HeartsTitle:  Stealing Hearts
Series:  Magnolia Bay #4
Author:  Erika Marks
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  February 9, 2015
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley

Story Blurb:

Bartender Mick Atwell has one more commitment before he leaves Magnolia Bay for Colorado: help his best friend, Tim, get his new wine bar POUR ready in time for its Valentine’s Day grand opening. But when Tim’s little sister Lucy breezes into town unexpectedly from New York for a visit, Mick doesn’t see how they’ll keep to their tight schedule—any more than he sees how this beautiful, spirited woman could possibly be the same irresponsible “kid” Tim has been complaining about for years…

Despite her carefree smile, Lucy Waverly hasn’t come back to Magnolia Bay for a vacation—she’s come home to hide. After discovering her boss at the gallery is selling forgeries, she needs to lay low and figure out a plan to get herself out of this dangerous mess—a plan which can’t include falling for her brother’s sexy best friend, no matter how safe he makes her feel, or how his smoldering eyes turn her inside out.

Mick has one foot out the door, but when Lucy’s troubles follow her to Magnolia Bay, they are thrust together to keep one step ahead of danger and get POUR open in time. Soon the man who lives by his plans is wondering if the woman who lives by chance may not be worth breaking his rules for.

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Review: The Millionaire by Victoria Purman

Posted March 11, 2015 by Marsha in Contemporary Romance / 0 Comments

The MillionaireTitle:  The Millionaire
Series:  Hot Aussie Heroes (Book 4)
Author:  Victoria Purman
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  January 1, 2015
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley

Story Blurb:

Renowned photographer Chris Malone is fed up with fame and disaster. All he wants is anonymity and a chance to recharge. Suburban journalist Ellie Flannery has other ideas. If she can just convince her long-time idol to support her favorite cause, she knows her fund-raiser will be a huge success.

After refusing at first, Chris decides to co-operate. When he’s forced to defend his own reputation as well as his family’s, he decides he wants something from the idealistic and sexy-but-doesn’t-know-it Ms Flannery Ellie in return: her heart.

But Ellie has scars that no one has ever seen, and she doesn’t want to open herself up to anyone, much less a man with such an unflinching eye for the truth. Can Chris convince her to strip herself bare, in more ways than one?

Read on for my thoughts on The Millionaire.  No true spoilers, promise.

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Review: What A Bachelor Needs by Kelly Hunter

Posted March 10, 2015 by Marsha in Contemporary Romance / 0 Comments

What A Bachelor NeedsTitle:  What A Bachelor Needs
Series:  Montana Born Bachelor Auction
Author:  Kelly Hunter
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  March 13, 2015
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley

Story Blurb:

Your date with ski champ Jett Casey is an either/or deal. He’ll take you off-piste for the ultimate Montana ski adventure or he’ll put his handyman skills at your disposal for a week.

Single mom Mardie Griffin has a run-down old house in need of fixing and a memory of Jett Casey as her saviour in a time of great need. So when her friends acquire Jett’s services at a bachelor auction and send him to fix up her house, she sets aside her mistrust of men and lets him in.

Elite athlete Jett Casey has the world at his feet and no desire for stability. But there’s one woman he’s never forgotten and if he can help make her safe this time, maybe she’ll stop haunting him.

No strings, no sex, no commitment. Just fix things. Surely it can’t be that difficult…

Read on for my thoughts on What A Bachelor Needs.  No true spoilers, honest.

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Review: The Bachelor’s Baby by Dani Collins

Posted March 10, 2015 by Marsha in Contemporary Romance / 0 Comments

The Bachelor's BabyTitle:  The Bachelor’s Baby
Series:  Montana Born Bachelor Auction
Author:  Dani Collins
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  March 6, 2015
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley

Story Blurb:

Your date with Bachelor #3 includes champagne and chocolate in the limo that collects you, a helicopter tour of Marietta and the surrounding mountains and valleys, and dinner at a five star restaurant in Great Falls. While oil baron Linc Brady wines and dines you, a maid service will completely clean your home.

Who could resist this tempting offer, but Meg Canon plans to do just that. She is only home to clean out her childhood bedroom for her brother’s new step-daughter and then she’s outta her childhood small town and back to her life in Chicago, but when she meets the sexy, renegade millionaire while she’s stuck in the snow, sparks fly and Meg is tempted to maybe stay a little longer.

Linc Brady is new in town and happy to help a kid in need, but this? Technically he doesn’t owe Meg a damned thing after she bids on him, after setting him up for the Marietta bachelor auction in the first place, but her high-class city polish is his fatal weakness and makes her impossible to forget. When she agrees to come home with him, he makes it clear he’s a confirmed bachelor. This is a one-night thing. One night that turns into nine months and maybe a lifetime…?

Read on for my thoughts on The Bachelor’s Baby.  No true spoilers, promise.

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Review: Bachelor At Her Bidding by Kate Hardy

Posted March 8, 2015 by Marsha in Contemporary Romance / 2 Comments

Bachelor At Her BiddingTitle:  Bachelor At Her Bidding
Series:  Montana Born Bachelor Auctions (novella book 2)
Author:  Kate Hardy
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  February 27, 2015
My Rating:  4 star
Source:  NetGalley

Story Blurb:

Your date with Parisian-trained chef Ryan Henderson promises you’ll get the best meal of your life cooked especially for you. His Red Velvet cheesecake is to die for – but we know he has even better desserts up his sleeve…

How to win a girl in ten cakes…

When Dr. Rachel Cassidy comes back to Marietta with a broken heart and a divorce under her belt, going to a Bachelor Auction fundraiser doesn’t sound like her idea of a good time – and when her sister and friends “buy” her a dinner date with sexy Parisian-trained pastry chef Ryan Henderson, that sounds even worse.

Ryan doesn’t have time for dating – he’s put his dreams to one side and come back to Marietta to look after his sick grandmother. But when he agrees to help a charity fundraiser by offering to cook a special meal to one lucky bidder, he gets more than he bargains for and discovers a woman he might just dare to let himself fall in love with.

Then tragedy strikes, just when Rachel and Ryan think they might have a future, opening up old scars and pushing them apart.

And if they’re to stand a chance of getting back together, then Ryan’s going to have to be seriously inventive. Can he win the love of his life with ten cakes?

Read on for my thoughts on Bachelor At Her Bidding.  No true spoilers, promise.

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Review: Bound To The Bachelor by Sarah Mayberry

Posted March 7, 2015 by Marsha in Contemporary Romance / 0 Comments

Bound To The BachelorTitle:  Bound To The Bachelor
Series:  Montana Born Bachelor Auction (book 1)
Author:  Sarah Mayberry
Genre:  Contemporary Romance (novella)
Published:  February 20, 2015
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley

Story Blurb:

Your date with Marietta local Beau Bennett includes a day on the slopes at Big Sky Resort, complete with a sumptuous meal in the Resort’s fanciest fine dining restaurant and door-to-door transport. Dig deep to secure the attentions of one of Montana’s most eligible – and elusive – bachelors.

Lily Taylor knows Beau Bennett dislikes her, but that won’t stop her from asking him to volunteer for the Bachelor Auction she’s organized to help her friend Molly provide for her tragically injured son, Josh. If Beau’s gorgeous face, piercing blue eyes and chiseled body inspires the women of Marietta to dig into their pockets for a good cause, then Lily will do whatever it takes to secure his participation.

Beau Bennett isn’t sure how he wound up on the auction block being eyed up by hundreds of eager women, but he knows who to blame for it – Lily Taylor, the sexy, distracting, off-limits best friend of his kid sister. As far as he’s concerned, the sooner this nightmare is over, the better.

The last thing either of them expects is for Lily to wind up bidding on – and winning – Beau, or that their date will lead to Beau stepping in to save Lily when her past comes back to haunt her. As Beau does his best to keep Lily safe, they discover that maybe they don’t dislike each other quite as much as they thought.

In fact, maybe it’s just the opposite…

Read on for my thoughts on Bound To The Bachelor.  No true spoilers, promise.

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Review: Nora Roberts Land by Ava Miles

Posted March 4, 2015 by Marsha in Contemporary Romance / 0 Comments

Nora Roberts LandTitle:  Nora Roberts Land
Series:  Dare Valley (book 1)
Author:  Ava Miles
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  July 2, 2013
My Rating:  4 outta 5 stars
Source:  personal collection, owned

Story Blurb:

Journalist Meredith Hale’s ex-husband claimed her Nora Roberts addiction gave her unrealistic expectations about marriage, and she believed him. All dreams of happily ever after—or Nora Roberts Land as her mother calls it—went up in smoke. But when her family asks her to temporarily help their Dare Valley, Colorado newspaper, she decides it’s time to change her life and prove her ex wrong. She’s determined to find her own small-town Nora Roberts hero, prove that true love exists, and publish a story about her quest.

War correspondent Tanner McBride has just returned stateside to work for a major newspaper, and the last thing he expects is blackmail. Yet, before he can even unpack, he’s headed to Colorado. His assignment? Make his boss’s ex-wife fall for him and then break her heart. Her article about discovering love à la Nora might air dirty laundry about her marriage to the media mogul, threatening his senate run. The mogul wants Meredith stopped, and he makes sure Tanner has no choice in the matter.

When the two meet, the sparks between them are undeniable. Meredith, who vowed never to date another journalist, begins to succumb. Could Tanner be her Nora Roberts hero? As they work together to uncover the truth behind a suspicious death, the depth of their feelings unfolds and both realize they’ve kept their secrets for far too long. But before the truth can be revealed, their investigation takes a deadly turn, one that might make Meredith’s personal Nora Roberts Land go up in flames.

Read on for my thoughts on Nora Roberts Land.  No true spoilers, promise.

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Review: A Christmas Wedding by Jennifer Lewis

Posted February 19, 2015 by Marsha in Contemporary Romance / 2 Comments

A Christmas Wedding Desert KingsTitle:  A Christmas Wedding
Series:  Desert Kings (novella)
Author:  Jennifer Lewis
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  December 9, 2014
Source:  NetGalley

Story Blurb:

In A Christmas Wedding, Sam Al Kilanjar attempts to negotiate her first holiday season in a country with different customs, a big fat Ubarite wedding and the arrival of her drama-loving family, all without losing her mind—or her beloved, who is called away to deal with a crisis on the eve of their wedding.

Veronica Baxter is excited about her wedding to Zadir Al Kilanjar, but worries that her estranged parents will ruin everything.

Can they find Christmas miracles among the madness and enjoy the weddings they’ve dreamed of?

Read on for my thoughts on  A Christmas Wedding (Desert Kings).  No true spoilers, promise.

I’m not even going to attempt to set up a teaser introduction to this review.  You have everything you need for the basics in the Story Blurb.  🙂

This novella was such a fun read.  I laughed until tears flowed – and that doesn’t happen often.  Try bringing Christmas traditions to a country that has none – add in a stress-out Queen who turns into a Bride-zilla or a Christmas-zilla, if you will – a bride’s parents who aren’t speaking to each other – a groom who refuses to not see his intended before the wedding – an eruption of butterflies – goats running rampant and two happily ever after couples finally united in an American style wedding.

Oh come on – how can you not chuckle just reading that?  😉

Please, please I beg you – when you need a good, fun, charming love story no matter the time of the year – when you just need to smile and laugh for a bit in a drudge of a day… turn to A Christmas Wedding (Desert Kings) and simply enjoy.  Then find the other books in the series and enjoy even more.

I have to give this one 5 outta 5 – it made me laugh and feel good and if that doesn’t deserve the highest rating, I don’t know what does.   This one goes in my Christmas reading collection because I intend to enjoy it again next year and beyond.

*I received an e-ARC of A Christmas Wedding (Desert Kings)  from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*

 

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