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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Last One Home by Debbie Macomber

Last One Home
by Debbie Macomber
 

 
Cassie made a poor decision. Because of that bad choice,
she found herself in a deep hole. A dark place that felt
like there was no way out. No one to call for help.
 
Last One Home is a book with so much life. A lot of
people with so many choices and plans. Trying to 
make the most of every day.
 
Cassie found a way out of the dark place. She dug her
way out, inch by inch. Setting the strong, smart, moral
example for the daughter she is raising by herself.
 
 
Debbie Macomber often writes of forgiveness and second
chances. Work hard. Be true and loyal. Last One Home
brings Cassie full circle back to her sisters. She finds out
that she is not the only one that makes big mistakes.
 
I enjoyed reading this story. Just as I typically do with
any Debbie Macomber read. I hope you will give it a try.
And get as much feeling and inspiration from it as I did.
 
I got my copy in a used book store.
Review by Lisa Hutson 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Luke by Emily March - Audible version

Luke
by Emily March
Audible Version
 

Book one of the Brazos Bend series.
 
Maddie has had more than her share of trouble in her
time. She found Brazos Bend. Just the place to settle
down. Have a calm business. Do her work and make
friends. Make a life.
 
How in the world can things go so bad so fast?
 
Luke was all ready the yearly fishing trip with his
brothers. He looks forward to it and nothing,
absolutely nothing will keep him from this
annual family bonding time.
 
How in the world can things go so bad so fast?
 
 
Luke finds a strange woman with a strange story
on his boat. She was looking to find someone.
But she found herself in the wrong place at the
wrong time. Luke is going fishing. Meeting his
brothers. He is not, not going to Brazos Bend.
 
What is that saying about life being what happens
while you make plans? So much for their plans.
Can Maddie find a way out of the unwitting mess
she is in? Can she do it alone? Because Luke is
determined not to help her. Can Luke go fishing
knowing there is someone that could probably
help? Someone in need of help?
 
Narration is done by Jeffrey Kafer. This is a high
action romantic story, well done by a mans voice.
Jeffrey Kafer has a deep mans voice and style that
perfectly suits this kind of story. I think he did
a terrific job.
 
Luke runs just over 9 hours long. And there
wasn't a boring moment in the whole thing.
I will continue on with the series. There are
more brothers after all.
 
I bought my copy from Audible.com
Review by Lisa Hutson
 



Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Read, Write, Love at Seaside by Melissa Foster


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READ, WRITE, LOVE AT SEASIDE
Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers #1
Addison Cole
Releasing June 14th, 2017


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In READ, WRITE, LOVE at SEASIDE...
Bestselling author Kurt Remington lives to write. He spends twelve hours a day in front of his computer, rarely leaving the seclusion of his beach-front property, where he's come to finish his latest thriller -- that is, until free-spirited Leanna Bray nearly drowns in the ocean trying to save her dog. Kurt's best-laid plans are shot to hell when he comes to their rescue. Kurt's as irritated as he is intrigued by the sexy, hot mess of a woman who lives life on a whim, forgets everything, and doesn't even know the definition of the word organized.

Leanna's come to the Cape hoping to find a fulfilling career in the jam-making business, and until she figures out her own life, a man is not on the menu. But Leanna can't get the six-two, deliciously muscled and tragically neat Kurt out of her mind. She tells herself she's just stopping by to say thank you, but the heart-warming afternoon sparks an emotional and unexpectedly sweet ride as Kurt and Leanna test the powers of Chemistry 101: Opposites Attract.

*Read, Write, Love at Seaside by Addison Cole is the sweet edition of New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster's steamy romance novel Read, Write, Love. The stories and characters remain the same, and convey all of the passion you expect between two people in love, without any explicit scenes or harsh language.

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DREAMING AT SEASIDE
Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers #2
Addison Cole
Releasing June 14th, 2017


In DREAMING at SEASIDE...
Bella Abbascia has returned to Seaside Cottages in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, as she does every summer. Only this year, Bella has more on her mind than sunbathing and skinny-dipping with her girlfriends. She's quit her job, put her house on the market, and sworn off relationships while she builds a new life in her favorite place on earth. That is, until good-time Bella's prank takes a bad turn and a handsome police officer appears on the scene.

Single father and police officer Caden Grant left Boston with his fourteen-year-old son, Evan, after his partner was killed in the line of duty. He hopes to find a safer life in the small resort town of Wellfleet, and when he meets Bella during a night patrol shift, he realizes he's found the one thing he'd never allowed himself to hope for--or even realized he was missing.

After fourteen years of focusing solely on his son, Caden cannot resist the intense attraction he feels toward beautiful Bella, and Bella's powerless to fight the heat of their budding romance. But starting over proves more difficult than either of them imagined, and when Evan gets mixed up with the wrong kids, Caden's loyalty is put to the test. Will he give up everything to protect his son--even Bella?

Dreaming at Seaside is the sweet edition of New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster's steamy romance novel Seaside Dreams. The stories and characters remain the same, and convey all of the passion you expect between two people in love, without any explicit scenes or harsh language.





Addison Cole is the sweet alter ego of New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. She writes humorous and emotional sweet contemporary romance. Her books do not include explicit sex scenes or harsh language. Addison spends her summers on Cape Cod, where she dreams up wonderful love stories in her house overlooking Cape Cod Bay.    





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Bestselling author Kurt Remington leads a very structured, solitary life. He works out in the morning and writes for 8-10 hours every day on his oceanfront deck overlooking Cape Cod bay. This routine allows him to be immersed in his writing as he crafts his latest suspense book. However, Kurt’s writing schedule is interrupted when he hears Leanna Bray calling her puppy. He watches as the disobedient animal runs into the ocean and gets pulled into a strong current. The chemistry between Kurt and Leanna sizzles when Kurt rescues the puppy and returns him to Leanna.
Leanna is open and honest person, who is a free spirit and a bit scatterbrained. She inherited jam making recipes from a friend and has decided to start a home- based business. In order to pursue this opportunity, Leanna decides to spend the summer making jam and homemade bread at her family’s Cape Cod cottage.
Do opposites attract? Yes, they do! I loved that Leanna’s appreciation of the little things in life opened up a new world for Kurt—she brought color and sound into his black and white world. Kurt listened, supported and believed in Leanna. Their romance is the perfect mix of passion, humor and romance!
Addison Cole’s descriptive writing style shines in this story! While reading the book, I could imagine Kurt immersed in writing his novel on his deck overlooking the ocean while Leanna spent the afternoon nearby on the beach. The scenes which describe Leanna making jam and the sticky mess in her kitchen made me smile. The brightly colored buildings of Provincetown, the large outdoor flea markets and the Wellfleet drive-in come to life in this book. Leanna’s friends and their stories are woven throughout the novel. Loved the relationship between Leanna and her Seaside friends Bella, Jenna and Amy. They tease, listen and support each other— just like sisters. The Seaside neighborhood captures the small town community feeling perfectly-from the bonfires to the last minute wine parties on the deck.
However, Leanna fears that her relationship with Kurt will change when she is offered a huge contract which stipulates that her products be locally made. Kurt summers on the Cape, he lives in New York. She worries that they won’t be able to make a long distance relationship work. The heartfelt conclusion to Leanna and Kurt’s story has several surprises and is perfect for the couple. Melissa Foster blends passion, friendship and humor in Read, Write, Love at Seaside resulting in the perfect summer read!

P.S.---The excerpt for Bella’s story Dreaming at Seaside follows the Read, Write Love at Seaside excerpt—am reading Bella's story and loving it!

Reviewed By Susan Gorman
Edited by Brian McGee


Kurt stopped cold. She wasn’t a rail-thin model; nor was she overly plump. Beneath the tank tops and cutoffs, Leanna Bray was one hundred percent hot, sexy woman, and she stole any chance Kurt had at rational thought.
After securing her hair, she took the towel from his hands. “Thanks so much. I really appreciate it. I was going to take Pepper to the water later, so this saves us time.” She traced a finger over the tattoo on his chest. “I never would have guessed you to be a tattoo guy.” It was all he could do to shift his eyes from her bikini top to her finger working its way across his bare chest.
“And the one on your arm?” She touched that one, too, and he could tell by the unchanged inflection of her voice that she wasn’t trying to be sexy or flirtatious. She was just being Leanna—curious, sweet. And it was affecting him. He cleared his throat and stepped away.
“Thanks. They were a…” Still in shock over everything about Leanna, he was at a loss for words. He was used to being in control, and Leanna was stealing that from him one hot breath at a time.
She cocked her head and looked up at him.
“A whim,” he managed. Whim? He’d never done a thing in his life based on a whim. She smiled. “Really? You don’t strike me as a whim guy. Hm.” She turned and tossed the blanket and towel over her shoulder. “I guess I’ll hit the beach, then. Come on, Pep.” She headed for the beach with a bounce in her step.
Kurt let out a breath and ran his hand through his hair. He watched her spread out the towel and lie down on her back, her hands tapping to some silent beat, her lips slightly parted, and Pepper running circles around her. She was so not what he needed. What am I doing? How was he supposed to think of killing and darkness with that beautiful, touchy-feely, all-too-comfortable-and-happy woman a few feet away?

“Bella? Are you here for the summer, or do you live here?”
She stacked the chocolate on top of a graham cracker, added the warm marshmallow, and then topped it off with another graham cracker. She stared at it for a minute before cocking her head in his direction and answering.
“I’m here until the s’mores run out.”
Then let me run to the store for more marshmallows.
She took a bite of the gooey treat and licked a streak of chocolate from her lower lip. She had a dab of marshmallow on her cheek, and once again, it felt natural to reach over and wipe it clean with his finger. Bella narrowed her eyes. Oops. There was that invisible boundary again. Maybe she wasn’t into him after all.
“I was saving that for later,” she said. With her back to Evan, who was preoccupied with his own dessert, she grabbed his hand and brought it to her mouth. His pulse quickened with the expectation of a sensually evocative suck. With wide, amused eyes, she turned his finger sideways and nibbled the sticky marshmallow off like it was corn on the cob.
“I’ll teach you not to steal my sugar. Open up.” She shoved the s’more toward his mouth.
“No, that’s okay.” He leaned out of reach to tease her.
“Come on. No one can resist s’mores.” She leaned in closer, holding the s’more to his lips. Her knee pressed against his thigh. “You know you want it.”
Yeah, I do. He took a bite of the sweet, sticky treat. Heat flashed in Bella’s eyes as she dragged her finger along the edge of his lower lip and held it up to show him the smear of chocolate before she slowly, seductively, sucked her finger clean.
Holy. Moly.
Beautiful, smart, and sexier than any woman he’d ever met. Bella piqued curiosities and desires that had been slumbering for way too long.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

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Title: PRIMROSE LANE
Author: Debbie Mason
Series: Harmony Harbor, #3
On Sale: June 27, 2017
Publisher: Forever
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Olivia Davenport has finally gotten her life back together. She's left her painful past behind, started over in a new town, and become Harmony Harbor's most sought-after event planner. But her past catches up to her when Olivia learns that she's now guardian of her ex's young daughter. With her world spinning, Olivia must reconcile her old life with her new one. And she doesn't have time for her new next door neighbor, no matter how handsome he is.

Olivia may act like she's got everything under control, but Dr. Finn Gallagher knows a person in over her head when he sees one. He'd really like to be the shoulder she leans on, but Olivia makes it clear she doesn't want his help. Since he's returned to town, his waiting room has been full of single women feigning illness. Yet the one woman he's interested in is avoiding him. But with a little help from some matchmaking widows and a precocious little girl, Finn might just win Olivia over.

BONUS: Includes a complete novel from BookShots Flames, THE MCCULLAGH INN IN MAINE by Jen McLaughlin!



THE HARMONY HARBOR SERIES
MISTLETOE COTTAGE, #1
CHRISTMAS WITH AN ANGEL, #1.5
STARLIGHT BRIDGE, #2
PRIMROSE LANE, #3
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Debbie Mason is the USA Today bestselling author of the Christmas, Colorado series. Her books have been praised for their "likable characters, clever dialogue, and juicy plots" (RT Book Reviews). When she isn't writing or reading, Debbie enjoys spending time with her very own real-life hero, their four wonderful children, two adorable grandbabies, and a yappy Yorkie named Bella.


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Dr. Finn Gallagher found himself at the clinic on Primrose Lane, wondering what the hell he’d gotten himself into.
In the seven and half hours he’d been there, he’d seen forty-five patients. Only five of whom actually had something physically wrong with them. All five were female and under the age of sixteen. As far as he could tell, not one of them was interested in marrying him.
The other forty had nothing wrong with them. And, as far as he could tell, were very interested in marrying him. If they weren’t, their grandmothers and mothers were. Interested in him marrying their daughters and granddaughters, that is.
At the beginning of the day, it was kind of amusing, even a little flattering. But by 10:45 it had gotten old and annoying. It didn’t help that he kept thinking of the patients he saw while working with Doctors Without Borders. Those people needed him, desperately. They weren’t fake coughing or complaining about phantom chest pains. They were sick and hungry, wounded and scared. They weren’t spoiled and whiny and ungrateful. He winced at his unflattering characterizations and intolerance. While there was some truth to his observations, the throbbing ache in his leg injury was making him grumpy. Knowing his father had been right and Finn wasn’t ready to go back to the Congo wasn’t doing much to improve his mood.
Sherry, Doc Bishop’s nurse and a woman Finn had dated in high school, opened the door to the closet-sized office. “Pain hasn’t let up, has it?” she asked with a compassionate smile.
“I’m good. Just had to return a couple of phone calls.” He set down the cold cup of coffee he hadn’t had a chance to drink, removed the ice pack from his knee, and surreptitiously hid it behind the welcome-to-the-clinic plant from the staff, which Finn now mentally referred to as the matchmaking clinic from hell. He pushed to his feet with a closed-mouth smile that hopefully hid his clenched his teeth from Sherry’s observant gaze.
“Really? I rescheduled Molly, Sally, and Karen’s physicals to tomorrow, but if you’re okay to see—”
“No, tomorrow’s good. On second thought, why don’t you schedule them with Doc Bishop? They’ve been going to him for twenty years. I’m sure they’d be more comfortable—”
“They would be or you would?” she said with a laugh, and then proceeded to share way too much information about all three women before adding, “Dr. Bishop won’t be in tomorrow. Mrs. Fitzgerald invited him to make up a foursome, remember?”
Finn rubbed his jaw. “I’m not sure that’s something you should share—”
She made a ha-snort sound and then cuffed him on the shoulder. “Not that kind of foursome, silly. They’re playing golf.” She ha-snorted again. “It’s no wonder that’s where your mind went after the offers you’ve had today. Kerry will get a good laugh over that one.”
If Sherry had her master’s in gossip, Kerry, the receptionist, had her PhD. Finn figured he’d provided them with enough to talk about for a month at least. He lifted his chin in the direction of the examination rooms. There were five. “Who’s next?”
“I cleared out the waiting room of all but legit complaints, so you only have four. Patient number one won’t take long. She just needs her script renewed.” She handed him a file.
He looked at the name and handed it back. “Might be better if Doc Bishop sees Ms. Templeton.”
“He left early. Mrs. DiRossi invited him for dinner, and I think he wanted to get spiffed up.” Sherry frowned and looked from Finn to examination room number one. “Is there a reason you don’t want to see Dana?”

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The Secret Life of Anna Blanc by Jennifer Kincheloe - Audio Version

The Secret Life of Anna Blanc
by Jennifer Kincheloe
Audio Version
 
Anna Blanc is a spoiled, determined, oblivious,
observant socialite. She is the star of this story,
set in 1907 Los Angeles.
Anna Blanc wants to be a detective on the LAPD.
She is willing to do anything to get this job.
Turns out, she is a great detective.
Jennifer Kincheloe did a great job writing
this leading character. As well as the
whole cast. There is romance. I had a few moments
that I gasped in surprise and a couple of shocks.
I wont say any more about the story itself.
But I will say with great conviction,
this was the best audio book I have listened
to in a very long time. I listen to a lot of them.
I like most all of them. Some I like very very much.
And then, there is rarely, the story that is so
different. The characters, the situations, the
writing, describing the places....I can see
exactly the town Anna Blanc runs roughshod
over to solve the crime. I can see the people,
houses, wardrobes. Marvelous. It's a great story,
that is just written wonderfully well. But on top
of that, it is hilarious! Anna is so out there.
And you would want to be friends with her.
 Then, we get to the narration. Her name is
Moira Quirk. She did a fantastic job of the
whole story. She was Anna Blanc. Without
question. It was her. I can easily say that without
the dazzling and colorful voice of Moira Quirk,
Anna Blanc would not be the same brilliant story.
I would highly recommend this story if you enjoy
some laughs with your listen. If you like something
a little different here and there. If you love when
the narration is perfect for the story. And if you love
getting your moneys worth. Its almost 13 hours long.
But there is not one minute of slow time.
 
I bought my audio copy from Audible.com
Review by Lisa Hutson
 
 
 
 


Monday, June 5, 2017

The Dukes of Vauxhall



Susan's Review


Anthologies are not my favorite type of book to read and review. In my experience, I have found that authors often contribute previously published novellas and repackage them as a new book. I have been burned a few times by the anthology marketing scheme and was hesitant to read The Dukes of Vauxhall. I took a chance on the anthology because Shana Galen is one of my favorite authors and I was intrigued that the novellas were set in London’s mysterious Vauxhall Gardens.

Shana Galen’s Taken by the Duke was my favorite story in the book. I loved the characters, the fast-paced storyline and the surprises throughout the novel. Ms. Galen’s descriptive writing draws the reader into the story, the dialogue between the characters of Henry and Kate is superb and the conclusion is fabulous!


Fighting for His Lady by Christi Caldwell is a second chance romance. Christi Caldwell creates strong female leads in her novels and I admired Patience Storm devotion to her family. I enjoyed the action described in the fight scenes but I could not connect with the hero’s previous actions. In my opinion, this novella did not have enough cross over with the other three stories.


I was surprised how much I enjoyed Theresa Romain’s The Prodigal Duke. Loved the quirky characters, their backstory and the humorous banter between Leo and Poppy and the heartfelt conversations between Leo and his uncle. Based on this novella, I would read another book by the author.


The Buccaneer Duke surprised me! Vanessa Kelly is a wonderful storyteller—the characters are unique, fabulously written and their journey was full of surprises. Loved the instant attraction between Roman and Antonia, the secondary characters of Richard, Griffin and Anthony Barnet, Antonia’s father. The book seamlessly connected with the other novellas in the anthology and the ending was fabulous!


The authors of The Dukes of Vauxhall anthology created individual stories for this book. I enjoyed reading the novellas because The Vauxhall Garden setting unifies each of the stories allowing me to feel that I was reading a single interwoven novel. 

Reviewed by Susan



Lisa's Review

The Dukes of Vauxhall



This book is an anthology starring the
stories of four authors. This is my review of the first novella 
in the anthology more to follow later. 

Taken by the Duke

Henry has recently become Viscount Bexley. Much against
his wishes. Now, he is in charge of a double celebration.
His highnesses birthday and the victory at waterloo. Henry is
not enjoying this heavy task. In the middle of the endless list
of security issues for the celebration, Henry winds up being
kidnapped. By the Duke of Vauxhall, who is violent with a
terrifying reputation. Henry witnesses the Duke punishing
someone. He finds out that the Duke wants something.
Henry also finds out that the Duke is female. Not just any
female. But Kate. They knew each other as children.
Kate has a long memory. And her life is harsh. She does
not want any soft moments with Henry. She only wants
her demands met.

While Henry is somewhat afraid of her. He did watch her
dole out severe, violent punishment, after all. He has fond
memories of her. He does not want her to continue with this
kind of life. Henry wants to reach deep into her heart. He wants
to pull those feelings and memories up to the surface for her to see.
Kate fights it. This is the only life she knows as an adult. She is
sure the life he is suggesting is a fantasy and cannot really happen.
But Henry is determined. He knows that he must let her think
the choice is all hers. That he must not direct her.

Is Kate brave enough? Can she allow herself to trust someone,
even Henry?? The feelings alone are scary for her, how can
she follow them? How long will Henry keep trying to reach
the Kate that he wants for the rest of his life? They both have
to try. It can only happen if both Kate and Henry are willing.
They have to want it.

Review by Lisa Hutson 



Received a copy of The Dukes of Vauxhall
in return for an honest review.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Any Day Now by Robyn Carr

Any Day Now
by Robyn Carr
 
 
Any Day Now is book #2 in the
Sullivans Crossing series.
 
The greatest thing about Robyn Carr series are that
they are loaded. They are loaded with characters. Locations.
Feelings. Surprises. Sullivans Crossing is no different.
 
You do not have to read What We Find in order to follow
along in this story. But it does pick up from the end of
that story. Sierra Jones is trying to get her life together.
Without doing any harm to anyone else. She makes her
way to the area her brother, California, is building
his own life up with his new wife, Maggie.
 
 
 Sierra has left a lot of drama and mystery behind her.
Once she gets to catch her breath, California and
everyone else in Sullivans Crossing do all they can to
help her button up the circus tent of her past.
 
She meets a yummy, ladies man of a firefighter, Conrad.
Sierra is sure that Conrad will be scared off sooner or
later. So why not enjoy the time with him until then?
 
Conrad has no intention of running. But can Sierra let
him in to her life? Can she try for love one more time?
Is Connie as strong as he thinks? Can he really get
over all that is in Sierras past??
I hope you will enjoy reading it to get answers
to all the questions.
 
I won this book in a book blog
contest. Not from the author.
Review by Lisa Hutson


Friday, May 26, 2017

Going in Style - Movie Review

Going In Style
Movie Review
 

Going in Style was release 7 April 2017
 
 
Three fun actors in a hilarious movie.
It sure isn't often you get to say that!
 
The three retired guys are best buddies and
find out they are going to be without their
pension checks.
 
There are several terrific stories weaving
in and through the main storyline.
 
So the emotions are all there. And you will
get plenty of laughs.
 
I highly recommend this one for date
night or movie night with friends.
It's terrific.
 
Review by Lisa Hutson
 



Wednesday, May 24, 2017

If Not For You by Debbie Macomber

If Not For You
by Debbie Macomber
 
 
Beth has grown up with loving parents. A stable and comfortable life.
Now, twenty-five years old, a college graduate and ready to be in
charge of her own life. Unable to accomplish this living so close
to her parents, she moves from Chicago to Portland, Oregon.
While she is busy making a wonderful life, her friend sets
Beth up on a blind date with Sam.
It is a life changing moment. A life altering event.
Neither Sam nor Kate take a liking to each other.
They have virtually nothing in common. How could their
friends have possibly thought that Kate and Sam would
suit each other?
 
Sometimes, Cupid is harsh. She must get her point
across by any means necessary. The means Cupid uses
on Sam and Kate are tough. They are two very strong
willed people. Capable of getting exactly what they want.
But now, they each have to figure it out.
 
 
 They have to figure out exactly what it is that
they want. It can be very hard to allow your heart
to be open to someone. It requires faith
and strength. But they both make mistakes.
Can Sam and Kate get past each others mistakes?
If not for you.....To have that special person in
your life. The one that makes the difference.
 
Its a lovely story. With twists and turns to keep you
entertained and interested. I enjoyed this story
very much. And I hope you will too.
 
 
I got this book from the library.
Review by Lisa Hutson