Friday, August 18, 2017

Review ~ Daughter of Ishmael by Diane Stringam Tolley


Growing up around prophets and prophecies, Hannah and her sisters are excited to be betrothed to sons of Lehi and to journey to the promised land. But now with her people dividing, Hannah must choose between her faith and her family. Should she follow Nephi again, or stay with her husband, Lemuel, and her son in sin and misery? This compelling novel tells the familiar scripture story from an illuminating new perspective.


Chellz Review~
I purchased the Book Daughter of Ishmael by Diane Stringam Tolley for my mother as a gift.  It seemed like a book she would enjoy.  I was right, she read the book in 3 days and when I saw her next she told me I needed to read it.  Literally, she put it in my hands and insisted I take the book.  

After the first chapter I wasn't sure I wanted to continue but because of my mother's insistence I continued on.  Daughter of Ishmael is historical fiction about the family of Ishmael which joins the family of Lehi on their journey to the Promised Land.  (to read the story of Lehi please read the Book of Mormon, 1st and 2nd Nephi)

This story is very well written.  After the first chapter, I had a hard time putting it down.  The facts are easily recognizable from the fiction.  I LOVED this story.  The ending is the best.  Pick up Daughter of Ishmael from Cedar Fort Publishing!!!!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Official Book Tour: Courting A Country Miss






Cynical and broken-hearted, Leticia banishes dreams of marriage. When her childhood friend, Tristan, wagers he can find her the perfect husband, she hopes the challenge will coax him to forgo his devil-may-care lifestyle. Meanwhile, Leticia throws herself into forming her charity school but meets opposition—even from the people she’s helping.



Guilt-ridden that his past mistakes robbed Leticia of true love, Tristan vows to set it right, but match-making has its pitfalls for a repentant scoundrel. When he finds two ‘perfect’ gentlemen to court her, he discovers his own deep feelings for the lady.



Though Tristan seems to reform, Leticia doesn’t dare risk heartbreak with a notorious rake. When opposition for the school takes a deadly turn, can Tristan protect her from a madman bent on destroying their dreams and their lives?



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Donna Hatch is the author of the best-selling “Rogue Hearts Series,” and a winner of writing awards such as The Golden Quill and the International Digital Award. A hopeless romantic and adventurer at heart, she discovered her writing passion at the tender age of 8 and has been listening to those voices ever since. She has become a sought-after workshop presenter, and also juggles freelance editing, multiple volunteer positions, and most of all, her six children (seven, counting her husband). A native of Arizona who recently transplanted to the Pacific Northwest, she and her husband of over twenty years are living proof that there really is a happily ever after.


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Jewelz Review~

I always enjoy books from Donna Hatch and this is no exception. All the characters simply come alive and practically jump off the page and into the theatre of my mind. Tristan is about as perfectly imperfect as a hero can be. His dashing good looks and affable manner endear him to all who come to know him. And being a bit of a recovering rake make him all the more desirable to the young ladies, though perhaps not their mamas.

Leticia is just about the sweetest little miss. I love her friendship with Tristan - that they have known each other and been so close since childhood bespeaks of a special bond. You can't help but want them to end up together! Of course, they are friends and can't quite fathom a more romantic relationship. Tristan is determined to find a proper gentleman for Leticia to fall in love with and marry before the year's end so that he can go back to his rakish ways and comfortable bachelorhood.

I absolutely love this story. Just the right combination of anticipation, tension, and desire. This is the type of book I love to get lost in as the hours disappear and my responsibilities are left by the wayside.

FYI ~ clean read
Honest disclosure~ I received a copy for review




Bonus Review by Jewelz ~ Courting A Countess by Donna Hatch

Tristan and Richard Barrett are a couple of the most amazing brothers - they remind me a bit of the Amesbury brothers in the Rogue Heart Series. I must admit that I don't love Lady Elizabeth at the beginning, but she grows and develops into a strong and loving woman. The growth in both Richard and Elizabeth - individually and in their relationship - makes for a book that I just didn't want to put down. The ups and downs of their relationship sometimes frustrated me but kept me engaged till the final word.

There's a good reason I'm such a fan of Donna Hatch's writing. Her stories have substance and real character development - along with swoon-worthy kisses and devilishly handsome suitors. While I always want more because the stories are THAT good,  I am still left satisfied. So often these days, novels are getting shorter and lack the substance of good character/relationship development. Not the case with Ms Hatch. Her story is never rushed, and I'm able to fully immerse myself in the world she creates - often staying up till the wee hours of the morning to finish a book.

FYI ~ clean read
Honest disclosure~ I received a copy for review





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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

A Hoyden and a Heiress by Kristin Vayden










“I’m quite certain I can have approval by tonight.”
“You’re far too forthright for your own good, so I’ll not meet with you this evening. How about as you take your… morning ride?” A grin tipped his lips, and Berty felt herself smile in response, even as her irritation rose at his words.
“What do you mean I’m too forthright?”
Mr. Willox nodded to the door behind her. “You’re in a room with an unmarried gentleman with the door closed. Quite compromising, Miss Lamont.
“I’m quite certain I’m more than safe.” She sighed, beleaguered.
“It’s still a considerable risk, Miss Lamont. One person peeking in, and you’re stuck with me for the rest of your life.” He shrugged.
“Rather, you’re stuck with me.” She smiled sweetly in return. “But that wasn’t the danger I was referring to. I’m quite aware of the social conventions. I’m referring to the fact that of all men I’ve been acquainted with, you’re the least likely to be forward or act in a manor that’s even minimally flirtatious.”
“Is that so?” Mr. Willox crossed his arms, his grin melting into more of a daring expression.
“Yes,” Berty replied directly, not concerned in the slightest, yet in the back of her mind, she remembered Lady Southridge’s words…
And wondered.
And when he took a step forward, rather than taking a step back, she held fast.
When he tipped her chin upward, rather than jerk away, she met his gaze with a challenging one of her own.
Certainly, when he lowered his head, she should have never leaned in.
Or closed her eyes.
Or breathed in his sigh just before his lips reached hers.
But if love was adventure, certainly that meant one needed to take a few risks.

And as his lips caressed her own, she fleetingly thought that it was a worthwhile risk indeed.


Jewelz Review~
A delightful addition to the GreenFord Waters Series. I've always loved Berty and it was fun to see her all grown up and taking on the world. She's been a spitfire her entire life, and that continues as she matures into a young woman of marriageable age. While Mr Willox may not appear to be her perfect match at the onset, only time will tell. We never show our true colors at the first meeting, now do we?
While I truly enjoyed the book, I did find myself left wanting more - I would have loved for the story to have been developed further. Both the budding relationship and the mystery could have been further developed. Especially when compared to the previous books, I can't help but feel Berty got short changed. Hers was a bit of a whirlwind - which was probably to be expected given her character. If I know Berty, she just wouldn't stand for a long, drawn out, proper courtship. I suppose I just love Ms Vayden's writing and the Lamont sisters so much I wasn't ready to say goodbye so soon.

FYI ~ some mild language, one open-door intimate scene
honest disclosure ~ I received a review copy from the author





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Kristin's inspiration for the romance she writes comes from her tall, dark and handsome husband with killer blue eyes. With five children to chase, she is never at a loss for someone to kiss, something to cook or some mess to clean but she loves every moment of it! Life is full—of blessings and adventure! Needless to say she’s a big fan of coffee and wine…and living in Washington she’s within walking distance of both!


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Friday, August 4, 2017

Enrage by Rachel Van Dyken - Blog Tour

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Enrage, an all-new sexy standalone from #1 New York Times Bestseller Rachel Van Dyken is available NOW!!

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Enrage by Rachel Van Dyken Release Date: July 31st

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Enrage is the next standalone in the international best selling mafia series, Eagle Elite.
Part of a world I loathe.
Part of a family who hates me more than I hate myself.
Living with a girl who reminds me of my darkness.
I'm. In. Hell.
Also known as the Cosa Nostra.
My life was over the minute I stepped off that plane.
Son to a murdered mob boss.
Heir to a throne of murder and lies.
My name is Dante Nicolasi.
And there will be blood.

Excerpt:


Dante slammed his hand into the tree, his jaw popped as he gritted his teeth together and then calm washed over him as he whispered near my ear, “Want me to kill him?”

A few people walked by and stared at us, it looked like he was kissing my neck, like we were normal college students sharing a moment.

Nope. Wrong story, kiddos.

He just offered to kill someone for offending me, run along, nothing to see here.

“After,” I said. “Kill him after he stops being useful to you, to the bosses.” I couldn’t believe what was coming out of my mouth, what I was agreeing to. “Yes.”

Dante pulled back, his face broke out into a smile. “How messed up is it that I’m actually looking forward to that moment?”

I gulped. “It’s in your blood.”

“I wish it wasn’t,” he said gruffly. “I wish I didn’t crave it — dream about it — almost as much as I wish I didn’t feel guilt every day because of it.”

I sighed and put my hands on his chest, then ran them up around his neck, he didn’t move, or flinch, so maybe we were having a moment as our mouths almost touched. “The only shame in life, is not being who you were truly born to be. If that means you kill the bad guys — kill the bad, guys Dante. Just don’t lose your soul in the process.”

“And if it’s already gone?” He croaked his eyes darkening as he slowly leaned in until his forehead touched mine.

Days ago I would have been terrified that his body was this close.

Days ago, I would have shoved him away and run.

Days ago, I would have shuddered that his bloodstained hands were running up and down my skin.

But today.

Today was different.

Today I closed my eyes and drank in the wicked scent of Dante Nicolasi, the cologne mixed with soap. I inhaled.

And opened my eyes again.

Yesterday I was angry. I was afraid.

Today. Against the tree.

Pinned by Dante’s arms.

I was safe.

“I’ll help you find it,” I whispered.

“Just don’t damn yourself in the process, El.” He cupped my face with his right hand, his eyes fell to my mouth, his half-lidded seductive look could stop a girl dead in her tracks.

The wives always talked about how attractive his father was, even at an older age.

Almost like he’d aged backward.

Dante was no different.

If it was possible for a human to get more attractive by the day — he’d be the one to prove you right.

“Are you going to kiss me again?” I asked hopefully.

“No.” He pulled away.

My heart sank into my stomach.

“Because I don’t want to start something I have no intention of stopping.”

My head jerked, our eyes locked, and I saw it. The honesty.

“Told you I’d never lie to you, El.” His voice had a warning edge to it, like I shouldn’t push him, push whatever invisible boundaries he’d mentally set up between us. His eyes never left mine.

And I knew, this was what he looked like when he was telling the truth.

His eyes pierced through my defenses in an unapologetic search for my heart, my soul.

And I let them.

“We should get to class.” I finally found my voice and started walking, he fell into step beside me.

And I spent the rest of the day thinking about the non-kiss.

And the promise that came with it.

Jewelz Review~

What can I say without spoilers? It's intense, as all Eagle Elite books are. It's a bit of an emotional rollercoaster, as all Eagle Elite books are. I will say I was happy to return to Eagle Elite University - it seems like forever since we were back at the school. I also love the complexity - Italians, Americans, Russians, Feds - it's all in there, and everyone's got their hands in the pot, so to speak. 

There are some steamy scenes, some violent scenes, some laugh-out-loud hilarious scenes, and some sweet, tender scenes. I don't know that I'm fully recovered from this read yet, and I think that's a good thing, even though it's hard.

FYI~ sex, violence, language - this is mafia
honest disclosure~ I received a review copy
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Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor. She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers! RachelVanDyken

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Enrage by Rachel Van Dyken - Release Blitz

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Enrage, an all-new sexy standalone from #1 New York Times Bestseller Rachel Van Dyken is LIVE !!

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Enrage by Rachel Van Dyken Release Date: July 31st

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Enrage is the next standalone in the international best selling mafia series, Eagle Elite.
Part of a world I loathe.
Part of a family who hates me more than I hate myself.
Living with a girl who reminds me of my darkness.
I'm. In. Hell.
Also known as the Cosa Nostra.
My life was over the minute I stepped off that plane.
Son to a murdered mob boss.
Heir to a throne of murder and lies.
My name is Dante Nicolasi.
And there will be blood.
Enrage-AN

Read Today!

RElease Blitz teaser

Blood in.. No Out...

Catch up with the rest of the Eagle Elite Series Here: http://bit.ly/RVDEagleElite

Meet the Author:

Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor. She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers! RachelVanDyken

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Rachel's Rockin' Readers: http://bit.ly/RachelsRockinReaders

Friday, July 28, 2017

Review ~ Perfectly Oblivious


Cameron Bates (Cam) could have almost any girl at Franklin High School…except for the one he wants. Unfortunately Bebe seems to be immune to his flirty charm and good looks, which means one of two things: a) she’s completely oblivious to how he feels, or b) she’s just not into him. If that’s the case, declaring his love would be disastrous for their friendship. 

Bianca Barnes (Bebe) has a huge problem: the universe hates her. Every time she admits feelings for a boy, he ends up falling for her sweet, popular, and beautiful sister Beth. To avoid a broken heart, Bebe has sworn herself to secrecy. Nobody can know how she feels about Cam…Ever! 

Neither person wants to confess their feelings, but the universe has its own plan. Out of the blue, Bebe is courted by a secret admirer. Cam has to step up his game and Bebe has to make a choice. Play it safe and accept the affections of her mystery man or challenge fate and take a chance on the boy she loves. 

Content Description: This is a stand-alone YA contemporary romance with companion novels to follow. It contains minor language, innuendo, crude humor and steamy tension but is generally very clean. No sex. Recommended for ages 12 and up. 



Jewelz Review~
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It's a delightful YA that sucks you in right from the start - I'll admit I stayed up late and read it through in one sitting. Fortunately, I was on vacation so I could get away with it :) 

Daniels alternates between Bebe and Cam's POV so you get all the inner workings of how this relationship develops. I quickly and easily fell in love with both Bebe and Cam. Of course, I couldn't help but get frustrated with their inabilities to admit their feelings for each other, but that's how things often are in high school relationships. And there is that very real fear of damaging an amazing friendship by trying to move to a romantic relationship.

Beth is an amazingly wonderful sister to Bebe. While they are so close in age, Beth has that "older sister" vibe going where she seems to have more experience and is willing to patiently guide her sister through the tumultuous waters of high school relationships.

Simply put, this was a delight to read and I look forward to more from Robin Daniels

Honest disclosure ~ I received a review copy
FYI ~ see author's note in description regarding content.