I LOVE Christmas stories! I am devouring just as many as I can and there are some great ones this year. Christmas on Mistletoe Lane by Annie Rains is one of those fabulous stories that I enjoyed so much. This is the first book I have had to the chance to read by Annie Rains but I certainly will not be my last.
Kaitlyn Russo is in desperate need of a new town and a new start. She's a very talented interior designer and maybe the B&B that her grandmother left her is just the place to put those talents to work. She has to convince her co-owner that he needs to stick around and help her gets things started. It's also part of her Grandmother's will that they work together.
Mitch Hargrove left his hometown after a tragedy when he was young. He's returned home to discover he's been left part ownership in the B&B. He wants nothing but to get out of town and get started on his new job. With a little bit of change in his upcoming plans and some encouragement from Kaitlyn, he agrees to stick around and help with the B&B. He also takes on a temporary job to help out his friend in the police department.
I really enjoyed watching these two work together and get to know each other better. The more time they spend together the more their attraction for each other grows and feelings start to develop. Neither one is looking for love and Mitch sure isn't looking to stick around his hometown. There is a lot that these two are going to have to overcome if they are possibly going to find a happily ever after together. There is something from Mitch's past that he has to find a way to handle.
I loved Kaitlyn's ideas for designing the B&B and the theme that she comes up with for each of the guest rooms. Each of the guests that arrive to stay in the newly re-designed rooms are great and certainly add to the storyline. I love small town romance stories because the town can play such a great role in the storyline. I enjoyed meeting the other citizens around town and I can't wait to see what might be next in this new series. I know I will certainly be on the look out for more books by Annie Rains.
I was given the opportunity to read this fabulous Christmas story and it has been my great pleasure to share my thoughts with you.
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Christmas on Mistletoe Lane Blurb:
This USA Today bestselling author invites you to the delightful small town of Sweetwater Springs where the magic of Christmas brings to strangers together in this "story you won't forget" (RaeAnne Thayne, New York Times bestselling author).
Christmas is coming to the North Carolina mountains, and the air is fresh and crisp and filled with promise. After the devastating loss of her job in the big city, the small town of Sweetwater Springs feels like heaven to Kaitlyn Russo. She's inherited her grandparents' charming (if a little rundown) bed and breakfast, and it's just the new lease on life she needs. Only "heaven" comes with a catch-and a handsome and completely infuriating one at that.
After what he hopes will be a quick trip, Mitch Hargrove wants nothing more than to put his hometown in the rearview mirror. But his plans get derailed when he learns he's now half-owner of the Sweetwater B&B. The fact that he's given only two months to make the inn a success is a huge problem, but it's his pretty-and incredibly headstrong-partner who's the real challenge. With the holiday fast approaching and a grand re-opening looming, will Mitch keep running from the ghosts of Christmas past . . . or will he realize the true gift he's been given?
Includes the bonus short story "Midnight Clear" by Hope Ramsay!
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Friday, December 13, 2019
Thursday, December 12, 2019
My Review of Christmas Angels:
I love Christmas stories and I just can't get enough small-town romance stories. When you combine these two themes together I must admit I am in my absolute glory! Christmas Angles by Nancy Naigle is one of those books that is just a perfect fit for me. I must admit I don't believe I have read a book by Ms.Naigle before but after getting a taste of her work I know I will be on the lookout for more.
Liz Westmoreland is a brilliant creative lady that has been dreaming of buying a B&B since her Grandparents sold the B&B where she loved spending time in her childhood. This lady has her life put together and isn't known for throwing caution to the wind. I have to say I loved her courage and her excitement when she won the auction for the building that used to be her GrandParents B&B. She hasn't seen it for years but its been her dream for so long. I admired her for jumping for her dream without knowing much at all, just the memories of what used to be.
Matt Hardy is one of the very first people that Liz meets when she gets to Antler Creek. Little does she know that Matt is partly the answer to her prayers. This guy is truly one of the good guys. He's smart, creative, sweet, and knows just how to get things done. Did I mention he is also quite handsome and Liz is captivated not only by his know-how to get the job on the B&B started but also his incredible looks?
There is an instant spark between these two that starts out as a great friendship. They work really well together and get to know each other while fixing, renovating, and discovering hidden treasures with the B&B and the property too. The more time they spend together the more attraction and admiration grows between them. I loved watching this relationship grow and develope into so much more.
There are a lot of unpleasant discoveries along the way and a few incidents that have Liz questioning if she has made the right decision or if she should cut her loses. I loved that so many of the people from town pitch in to either assist with the cleanup, getting things done with the cabins so that Liz can live on the property, and when they all came together for a big surprise for Liz that means so very very much to her. That is truly what I love about small towns. The citizens always seem to know just what needs to be down and are more than happy to help out a fellow neighbor or in case a business that was truly loved by the community and they are all hoping will once again be running soon.
This is one of those fabulous stories that is written so well you can truly feel all the emotions, the fears of the unknown, the wonder if this is going to work out, the cheers when things are going well, the sweet romance between Liz and Matt, the kindness of the town coming together to make Liz feel welcome, and most of all that wonderful Christmas spirit. There just isn't anything else like the spirit of Christmas to make my heart fill with love and joy.
As I mentioned at the beginning this is the first time I have had the pleasure of reading a book by Nancy Naigle but it will certainly not be my last.
If you love sweet Christmas Romance stories as much as I do then you really need to grab this one. I think you will enjoy it. I know I certainly did.
I was given the opportunity to read this fantabulous story and it has been my great pleasure to share my thoughts with you.
- Amazon Buy Link: https://amzn.to/2LOqAed
About Christmas Angels:
A heartwarming Christmas story filled with the magic and miracles of the holiday season 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 Antler 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 Antler Creek—be able to show Liz that she's found a home? And possibly true love as well?
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Friday, December 6, 2019
One Woman Only
The Good Man Series, Book 2
By Dee S. Knight
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About One Woman Only:
As one of a set of triplets, Jonah always feels the need to make his individuality known. So where his brother Daniel is serious and completely focused, Jonah shuns commitment. Where his genius brother Mark is hailed in the scientific world, Jonah hides beneath a car, tinkering. Thing is, being different isn't all it’s cracked up to be. It takes a woman—the right woman—to make him see that a "good man" can always be a better man.
Release date, November 2019
Publisher: Nomad Authors Publishing
Genre: Erotic romance, HOT
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Excerpt from One Woman Only:
"May I have this dance?"
Kelly turned at the sound of Jonah's voice behind her. Dinner had ended. All three of the boys had given best man speeches and Eve had even given a very creditable matron of honor speech, considering she had only known Marilyn and Caleb a short time. Lots of toasts had been raised and finally the live band had struck up the music. Caleb led his bride onto the floor for a foxtrot—a dance more than half of the guests had no idea how to do, including her.
Facing Jonah she sighed inwardly at how scrumptious he looked. Sure, his face was pretty much displayed on his brothers' heads, too, but there was something different about Jonah. His nose was just a little crooked from when Bobby Hendricks had broken it in ninth grade and his eyes held an especially bright sparkle when he smiled. Maybe… Well, she didn't know what caused the difference between Jonah and his brothers. Whatever it was, she had never been fooled by the so-called identical nature of the identical triplets. She'd wanted to be his girl since elementary school. Thought she would be in high school. And then she’d forced every last thought of him from her mind from senior year on.
"I don't know how to foxtrot."
He shrugged. "Who does except those over fifty?" He glanced at his folks, still alone on the dancefloor, although a few couples were wandering out to join them now. "We can pretend."
She mentally compared standing on the sidelines alone now that Mama Rio left the party, or being held in Jonah's arms. Smiling, Kelly held out her hands. "Just don't step on my toes, Jonah Goodman, or there'll be hell to pay."
"Yes, ma'am." Together they walked onto the dancefloor. He took her right hand in his left and placed his right hand on her waist. Fortunately for them, the music changed to a slow tempo. Kelly laid her head on Jonah's shoulder, and he tugged her closer as they swayed to the music.
"This is nice," he murmured.
"Yes it is," she replied. So very nice. He smelled good. Beneath the light citrus fragrance of his aftershave was a slight whiff of pure man with maybe a twinge of motor oil or something so Jonah it brought tears to her eyes.
He rubbed a path up to her shoulder blades and gave a squeeze. "You fit me perfectly, Kelly."
"You sure do. I think our hearts can feel each other beat."
Kelly chuckled. "Smooth talker. Face to face like this our hearts are on opposite sides."
"Hey! I'm trying to be romantic here."
She sighed. "Keep on. It's appreciated."
She felt his smile. Raising her head she gave him a mock glare. "Watch it with those pregnant pauses, buster."
He used his hand to press her head back to his shoulder. "You do smell good, though. This isn't the same perfume you wore in high school. That was—"
"Lilac," they said at the same time. Once more she raised her head to look at him. "How did you remember that?"
"I remember much more than you might think." He turned her and moved her closer to the door onto the patio. "Each spring when lilacs are in bloom memories come flooding back. Does that surprise you?"
"More like shocks me," she said, grinning. And then she laid her head on his shoulder once more, finding she liked it more and more there in his arms. She stepped slightly closer and his arm tightened about her.
"Well, after a while I thought lilac seemed too girlish. I like the vintage scents, so in college I wore Wind Song. Then Shalimar was the scent Brad liked me to wear." She felt Jonah stiffen when she mentioned her ex, and really she didn't blame him. "But when I grew up enough finally to take charge of my own life, I started wearing Chanel No 5. A complex fragrance for what I hope is a complex woman."
"It suits you. Complex and beautiful." He kissed her temple. "Want to step outside for a minute?"
"Sure. It is a little warm in here."
On the patio, they could hear the sounds of the people from the television networks packing up equipment, chatting and laughing. Stars shone brightly in the clear night sky. Wood smoke from someone's fireplace wafted through the air and static electricity fairly crackled in the crispness of the autumn air.
"This is my favorite time of year," Kelly said. "The heat of summer is gone and winter nights curled up with a hot drink and blazing fire are ahead."
"Not me. I'm a summer boy all the way."
"A hothead you mean?" she teased.
"Oh, I'm hot all right." He waggled his brows at her. Kelly laughed.
"I do seem to remember that about you."
"You used to be pretty hot yourself. Still are." He leaned in. His eyes flicked down to her lips. Kelly sucked in a breath. She should stop him, she really should.
About the Author:
A few years ago, Dee S. Knight began writing, making getting up in the morning fun. During the day, her characters killed people, fell in love, became drunk with power, or sober with responsibility. And they had sex, lots of sex. Writing was so much fun Dee decided to keep at it. That's how she spends her days. Her nights? Well, she's lucky that her dream man, childhood sweetheart, and long-time hubby are all the same guy, and nights are their secret. For romance ranging from sweet to historical, contemporary to paranormal and more join Dee on Nomad Authors. Contact Dee at email@example.com.
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Thursday, December 5, 2019
My Review of Wrapped Up in You:
It's Christmas time and the Christmas books have been coming out for a couple of months and I have devoured them like the delicious candy that they are. Wrapped up in You by Jill Shalvis was actually one of the first books I read this Christmas season and it was a great start to the Christmas books for me. I read this book the second it hit my hot little hands and I devoured it in one sitting. It is that good!
Ivy Snow has not had an easy life. Growing up was not easy and having a brother that is prone to getting into trouble and bringing trouble into Ivy's life has been frustrating and scary at times. She has taken her past issues and used them as a basis to help build her life as a strong, independent lady that can kick rear ends if need be. Ivy's life is going well, she has her dream business, she's starting to feel safe, and she is just starting to really let friends into her life.
Kel O’Donnell hasn't had an easy life either. He and his sister were raised by their grandparents. His Mom is in town now and she would like to build a relationship with both of her grown children. Kel isn't sure that he is ready to deal with all those issues from his past. He's visiting his cousin Caleb when he encounters the beautiful and very talented chef at Caleb's favorite food truck. The sparks fly instantly and it's not just the deliciously hot food that is heating things up.
Kel is there when Ivy is hit with a devastation discovery that affects her both emotionally and financially. He sticks around to help her work through the mess and take the steps to get things moving again quickly. Ivy and Kel are instantly attracted to each other but neither one of them is looking for love. They both have way too many things to deal with in their lives right now to add a complicated relationship to the mix. The attraction is just too strong to fight and quickly turns into a flaming passion.
Jill Shalvis has knocked another one out of the park with Wrapped up in You. The charters are charismatic, charming and very easy to bond with. The story is packed full of drama, suspense, deep and long-lasting friendships, family issues, and a hot and steamy romance. Overall this book rocked! I love Christmas stories and Jill Shalvis has created one that I could not put down.
This is the eighth book in the Heartbreaker Bay series. Don't worry if you haven't had a chance to read the previous seven books, Jill Shalvis has written each story to stand on its own just fine. If you have read the previous stories you are going to love the chance to catch up with old friends. I know I enjoyed visiting with all those friends I have made in all those fantabulous books in this series.
I was given the opportunity to read this phenomenal story and it has been my pleasure to share my thoughts with you.
Amazon Buy Link- https://amzn.to/2PdHxzI
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About Wrapped Up in You:
After a lifetime on the move, Ivy Snow is an expert in all things temporary—schools, friends, and way too many Mr. Wrongs. Now that she owns a successful taco truck in San Francisco and an apartment to call home, Ivy’s reinvented life is on solid ground. And she’s guarded against anything that can rock it. Like the realities of a past she’s worked hard to cover up. And especially Kel O’Donnell. Too hot not to set off alarms, he screams temporary. If only his whispers weren’t so delightfully naughty and irresistible.
Kel, an Idaho sheriff and ranch owner, is on vacay, but Ivy’s a spicy reason to give his short-term plans a second thought. Best of all, she’s a tonic for his untrusting heart, burned once and still in repair. But when Ivy’s past intrudes on a perfect romance, Kel fears that everything she’s told him has been a perfect lie. Now, if only Ivy’s willing to share, Kel will fight for a true love story.Amazon Buy Link- https://amzn.to/2PdHxzI
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Spirits of Christmas
Wild Witches of Beaver Bay Series
By Kate Hill
About Spirits of Christmas:
On Christmas Eve twenty-five years ago, a brutal murder was committed at the house where Christa Wild works as a live-in maid. When the other servants leave for the holiday this year she stays behind, hoping that any spirits dwelling there will help her regain the psychic power she lost. She’s surprised when the intriguing but disturbed owner of the house appears several days before Christmas.
Action star Joel Connor has kept a terrible secret for most of his life. Despite his success as an athlete and actor, he is plagued by flashbacks of a gruesome attack that destroyed his family. This Christmas, Joel returns to the house where it happened to face the ghosts of the past, but finds he is not alone.
Joel and Christa are instantly attracted, but will his psychological state prevent them from finding peace and love?
Genre: Erotic Paranormal, Holiday
Amazon Buy Link: https://amzn.to/2P7tifH
Excerpt from Spirits of Christmas:In the living room, Christa collected her Christmas decorations and placed them in reusable shopping bags. She wasn’t tall -- maybe five three -- but had gorgeous curves. Nothing felt better than a girl with padding. He glanced discreetly at her rounded bottom as she leaned over to unplug a plastic light-up reindeer.
“What are you doing?” he asked, wondering if she had decided to leave after all.
She glanced at him with big blue eyes. “You said the decorations are atrocious, so I’m putting them away. It’s your house.”
He furrowed his brow and shook his head. “Leave them. I don’t like Christmas.”
“Then why would I leave them?”
“You must like them. They don’t bother me.” He was lying. The house had been decorated on the night it happened. His mother had loved Christmas and always put up lots of decorations. They always had a huge tree that made the entire house smell like pine, but since that night twenty-five years ago, he couldn’t smell pine without smelling smoke and plastic tape.
“Are you okay?” Christa touched his arm.
He glanced into her concerned eyes. “Fine. Why?”
“You got really pale just now. Are you hungry maybe? I made cookies.”
“I don’t eat sugar.” He pulled off his gloves and stuffed them into his coat pockets before taking off his coat and tossing it onto the nearest chair.
“Then you’ll love these. The recipe is from my cousin, Mysti. She tries all these healthy dessert recipes. This one has no added sugar and no artificial sweeteners. They’re gluten free. Dairy free. Her husband jokes around that they’re taste free, but it’s not true. They’re really good, and I’ve been trying to lay off sugar, too. Except for French toast. I love that with maple syrup.”
“I don’t usually eat bread. I’ve been on a strict diet for a movie.”
“That must stink. I’d never want a job like that. When I want to be a glutton, no one better try to stop me.”
He laughed. From the few minutes he’d known her, he guessed that no one had better stop Christa from doing anything she set her mind to.
“That’s better. At least you’ve got some color back. For a second I thought you might hit the floor. You know, if you’re hungry, I can make you something other than cookies. I’m a maid, not a chef, but I can still cook pretty well. No bread. No sugar. How about a salad and chicken? I hear chicken is good for people on diets. I still can’t believe you need a diet.” She wrinkled her little upturned nose and glanced at him up and down. “You’re wicked lean. What are you playing?”
“I’m a former spy who gets into underground MMA fights to find my kidnapped twin brother, and I can’t say anymore about it or I’m in breach of contract.”
“Oh wow. I know my brother will be seeing that one. He’s fifteen and all about martial arts. He’s been training since he’s ten.”
“That’s great. I was about that age when I started. It changed my life.”
“Obviously. Not everyone is as successful at it as you are, though.”
“It doesn’t matter. It teaches focus, discipline, self-confidence, creativity. It’s great for kids. Wouldn’t you rather spend Christmas with your brother than here?”
Kate Hill Bio:
Kate Hill is a vegetarian New Englander who started writing over twenty years ago for pleasure. Since 1996, she has sold over one hundred short stories, novellas, and novels.
She prefers to blend genres, and she loves horror and a happily ever after, so her books can be a bit unusual. If you're looking for romance with witches, aliens, vampires, angels, demons, shapeshifters and more, there's a good chance you'll find something to your taste in her backlist.
When she's not working on her books, Kate enjoys reading, working out, and watching horror movies. She also writes under the name Saloni Quinby.
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Tuesday, December 3, 2019
(OWNED BY THE MOB #1)
by Paige Warren & Harley Wylde
About COLLATERAL DAMAGE :
Power. Money. Fear. I’ve wielded them all. But not with Cerys. My angel, my light. My everything.
Cerys: Blind since birth, I’ve learned the hard way I can’t rely on my father. When he gets in too deep with the wrong sort of people, I find myself the property of Viktor. I’ve heard whispers of the mob and what they’re capable of and know I should be terrified, but it doesn’t take much for me to fall for Viktor. I see a side of him he seems to show only to me. His kisses make my knees weak, and just one touch makes me dream of forever. He makes me feel… special. Precious. Important. But what would a man like him want with collateral damage? He can have any woman he wants, and probably has. I don’t see a happily-ever-after in our future, no matter how much I might want one.
Viktor: Death and destruction cling to me, blood and violence just a way of life. I didn’t climb my way toward the top of the Bratva by being a saint. I may be gruff and dangerous, take what I want when I want, but when it comes to Cerys, I find that I can’t be harsh with her. She’s gentle. Sweet. An angel. My myshka. She’s the light to my darkness. Now that I have her, I know that I can’t let her go. I’ll make her mine in every way possible. Only one problem. Artur Orlov. He wants me to marry his daughter, but I won’t. I didn’t count on him retaliating by taking my myshka from me. I’ll get her back, and if she’s been harmed in any way, I won’t stop until every last man responsible has breathed their last.
WARNING: This story contains adult content, including language and violence that some may find objectionable.
Published by Changeling Press
- Amazon Buy Link- https://amzn.to/2Rdwhpy
ABOUT PAIGE WARREN:
Paige Warren is a contemporary romance author who believes in happily-ever-after for everyone. Sexy, steamy stories about mobsters, cowboys, inked bad boys, and interracial couples…sometimes with a bit of kink. If you like alpha heroes and strong heroines, then you’re in the right place! No matter the odds, in a Paige Warren book, true love conquers all.
When her husband, children, and furbabies aren’t demanding her attention, she’s typically either writing or reading. Paige enjoys reading a variety of genres from young adult books, to general fiction, and of course romances! But when it comes to movies, she’s a big-time horror fan – especially the 80’s slasher flicks. That being said, ghostly movies are her favorite regardless of when they were made, like Rose Red or The Amityville Horror.
Find her online at: paige-warren.com
ABOUT HARLEY WYLDE:
Harley Wylde is the International Bestselling Author of the Dixie Reapers MC, Devil's Boneyard MC, and Hades Abyss MC series.
When Harley's writing, her motto is the hotter the better -- off the charts sex, commanding men, and the women who can't deny them. If you want men who talk dirty, are sexy as hell, and take what they want, then you've come to the right place. She doesn't shy away from the dangers and nastiness in the world, bringing those realities to the pages of her books, but always gives her characters a happily-ever-after and makes sure the bad guys get what they deserve.
The times Harley isn't writing, she's thinking up naughty things to do to her husband, drinking copious amounts of Starbucks, and reading. She loves to read and devours a book a day, sometimes more. She's also fond of TV shows and movies from the 1980's, as well as paranormal shows from the 1990's to today, even though she'd much rather be reading or writing.
You can find out more about Harley or enter her monthly giveaway on her website. Be sure to join her newsletter while you're there to learn more about discounts, signing events, and other goodies!
Find more from Harley at: harleywylde.com