Thursday, July 5, 2018

Susan's Review of An Affair with a Spare by Shana Galen

He's turned seduction into an art form...
Rafe Beaumont, fifth son of an earl, uses his irresistible charm with the ladies to glean dangerous war secrets. Now he's putting those skills to the ultimate test: capturing an elusive assassin by seducing his daughter. The problem? She's entirely immune to Rafe's flattery.

Never before has Collette Fortier met a man as attractive as Rafe. But her father's life is at stake, and succumbing to Rafe would be disastrous. But when Rafe turns the tables on her, offering support and friendship instead of a fleeting affair, Collette finds herself tempted in ways she never could have imagined..

Rafe Beaumont is a war hero and a member of an elite group of military men who fought in the Peninsular War. The team was comprised of second and third sons of the nobility. These men were viewed as expendable and were given the most dangerous assignments; except for Rafe.

He used his good looks and sexual charms to get information from the wives and daughters of Napoleon’s generals and advisers. He’d snuck out a few bedroom windows during the war but, he’d never had a challenging assignment. Rafe is thrilled when his former commander, Lt. Colonel Draven, approaches him with a mission. His assignment? To charm information from Collette Fortier; the daughter of one of Napoleon’s assassins.

Shana Galen’s descriptive writing style adds so much to the romance between Rafe and Collette. Ms. Galen deftly provides insight into both characters during the suspense filled novel. I loved it when Rafe was exasperated by Collette. I could imagine his frustration as he’d been introduced to Collette several times. Instead of pursuing him; she is so flustered by Rafe that she starts talking to him about the mating habits of hedgehogs! Loved the honest, poignant dialogue between the couple. Through their conversations, Rafe learns about Collette’s childhood and he begins to understand her fierce loyalty to her father.

One of my favorite scenes is when Rafe and Collette hide in an empty stable to avoid a confrontation with the neighborhood watchman. Rafe admits that he cares for Collette and she admits that she may love him. Rafe is faced with a life changing decision. Could he help Collette and her father escape and commit treason? Or did he love her enough to let her go?

Shana Galen weaves a complex story in Affair With A Spare. The perfectly executed spy vs spy plot, the characters and the smart dialogue drew me into the story. Rafe and Collette’s dangerous journey kept me turning the pages. I enjoyed that both Rafe and Collette were strong complex characters—both were resilient than they appeared to be. The secondary characters of Thomas Gaines and Lady Haddington were superbly written. Shana Galen is known for her perfectly executed conclusions and Affair With A Spare does not disappoint. The ending is full of emotion, suspense and has a few surprises!

Reviewed by Susan Gorman

ARC provided by publisher

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

In Places Hidden by Tracie Peterson

In Places Hidden
by Tracie Peterson

Tracie Peterson is a completely new author for
me. But she has written 100+ books.
This book was recommended by someone
on facebook. I am the kind of reader that perhaps
writers dislike. I totally judge a book by its cover.
And this one drew me. Isn't it beautiful?
And mysterious. Which is exactly what the story is.

Camriann Coulter is an educated and forward thinking
young woman. She has taken a long train ride to
San Francisco to find her brother, Caleb. He has
gone missing a few months ago. With no idea of
where he could have disappeared to, Camriann can only
begin. She arrives at her Calebs home with two
ladies, Kenzie and Judith. New friends she made on the
train ride. She finds the couple that care for things
at Calebs home. But they have no information.

The mystery of Calebs disappearance unravels bit
by bit. She finds a friend of Calebs. Patrick was
falsely accused of murder. Caleb, being an attorney,
helped Patrick. He is now determined to help
Calebs sister and to find Patrick. To learn the whole
story. As Camriann slowly finds out more and more
about her brother, she finds out more and more
about herself. In Places Hidden is full of a cryptic
and interesting mystery. Where has Caleb gone off
to? Was he taken? Is he hiding?

But around the mystery are other stories happening.
The three women make fast friends of each other.
Even as they are very different people. Each of them
continuously learn new things about themselves.
Kenzie, Judith and Camriann each had their own reasons
for coming to San Francisco. They all agreed to
pool their energies into finding Caleb first. Then, they
will take turns on the rest of their needs.

I completely enjoyed this story. I believe there will
be two more stories in the Golden Gate Secrets
story series. If you are looking for something a little
different, you may want to try one of
Tracie Petersons many books.

Review by Lisa Hutson


Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Susan's Review of Anything for Love by Melissa Foster

Neither Charlotte or Beau is looking for an attachment or a fling, 
but true love is hard to ignore.

The Bradens and Montgomerys
Pleasant Hill ~ Oak Falls, Book 2
Melissa Foster
Releasing June 27, 2018
World Literary Press

Pleasant Hill ~ Oak Falls, Book 2
Melissa Foster
Releasing June 27, 2018
World Literary Press

After Charlotte Sterling loses her last family member, she moves to Sterling House, her family’s Colorado mountain inn, to live a solitary life. As an erotic romance writer, her days and nights are filled with passion and intrigue—even if only fictional. She loves her busy, quiet lifestyle, and she learned early on that real men can’t live up to the fictional heroes she creates—until ruggedly handsome Beau Braden arrives to do some work at the inn and, for the first time in forever, she’s intrigued by a real man.

Beau lost his first love years ago, and he’s never let go of his guilt over her death. As he nears the anniversary of his loss, he is on the cusp of becoming the star of a home-renovation reality show. Escaping the painful memories of his past to work at the defunct old inn is just the promise of solitude he needs to clear his head before diving in to the all-too-public career. But he didn’t count on being attracted to the whimsical, adorably sexy innkeeper.

Neither Charlotte nor Beau is looking for an attachment or a fling. But the more they learn about each other, the closer they become. Romantic evenings lead to intimate conversations, and neither can deny their deep connection or the passion it sparks. They’ve never fully healed on their own, but together maybe anything is possible.

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Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and new adult romance with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented–perfect beach reads for contemporary romance lovers who enjoy reading about wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines.

Melissa Foster’s Anything for Love is the perfect storybook romance. I was swept away by the fairy tale setting, the fun, flirty dialogue and the handsome hero who adored his fair lady.

Charlotte Sterling has created a perfect world on paper. She is content living in her families secluded inn in Colorado writing erotic romance novels. Immersed in her characters and their stories, Charlotte hasn’t noticed that her home is need of repair, her bed isn’t set up and doesn’t see the problem with eating Twix candy as her main meal. I loved this fun, quirky character who was waiting for her real life happily ever after.

Beau Braden is a successful contractor who arrives at Sterling House to make necessary repairs to the inn before an annual charity event. Beau has not forgiven himself for a tragedy which took place years ago. He can’t move forward. I adored Beau. At first, I thought he was a little rough around the edges but, as I read his journey I realized that he had a heart of gold.

Melissa Foster’s descriptive writing style adds so much detail to Charlotte and Beau’s romance. There are so many special details incorporated into this romance which made it special and added depth to the characters. Loved how Beau interrupted Charlotte acting out an erotic scene for her novel and she had to explain that her dolls were for research purposes. I could imagine Beau’s jaw clenching and later his amusement at Charlotte’s dedication to her writing process. Loved it when Beau realized that Charlotte hasn’t had the time to finish setting up her bed, hang a beautiful chandelier or cook a meal. He understood and accepted Charlotte. One of my favorite scenes in the book is when Beau tells Charlotte she makes him want to dream again….so romantic! The dialogue between the couple was perfect; funny, flirty and sexy!

The fairy tale atmosphere drew me into Anything for Love. Charlotte thought she had created a perfect world in her romance novels. She wanted true love—a happily ever after. Guilt has made Beau believe that he didn’t deserve a happiness. I enjoyed reading each word of this fabulous love story and watching both characters take a leap of faith together.

Beau and Charlotte’s story is a sensual, modern day romance with all the feels. It reminded me that fairy tales do come true—and that’s why I read romance novels!

Reviwed by Susan Gorman

ARC provided by the Author

Monday, June 25, 2018

Susan's Review of Too Wilde to Wed by Eloisa James

About the Book:

Too Wilde to Wed (The Wildes of Lindow Castle #2)
by Eloisa James

The handsome, rakish heir to a dukedom, Lord Roland Northbridge Wilde—known to his friends as North—left England two years ago, after being jilted by Miss Diana Belgrave. He returns from war to find that he's notorious: polite society has ruled him "too wild to wed."

Diana never meant to tarnish North's reputation, or his heart, but in her rush to save a helpless child, there was no time to consider the consequences of working as a governess in Lindow Castle. Now everyone has drawn the worst conclusions about the child's father, and Diana is left with bittersweet regret.

When North makes it clear that he still wants her for his own, scandal or no, Diana has to fight to keep from losing her heart to the man whom she still has no intention of marrying.

Yet North is returning a hardened warrior—and this is one battle he's determined to win.

He wants Diana, and he'll risk everything to call her his own.

Too Wilde to Wed by Eloisa James is an enchanting second chance romance. The characters and their story captivated me. The novel touches upon the themes of grief, family values and provides insight into the social attitudes of the 1780’s.

Imagine North’s surprise when he returns home from the colonies and finds his former fiancĂ© working as his family’s governess? And that she implied that three- year old Godfrey might be his child? I loved the first few chapters of this book! The conversations between North and Diana and the antics of Artie and Godfrey drew me into the story.

Both characters struggled with loss. Diana confesses to North the reason she was unhappy at their betrothal party and why she ran away from him. This conversation changed the playing field for North and Diana as North realized that Diana was ashamed of her decision to jilt him. He understood that she made her decision to set him free. This story technique was an excellent choice as it allowed the characters to start over as friends. Diana realizes that North is having difficulties adjusting to civilian life. She comforts him because she realizes that he needs to feel safe and listens to him as she realizes he needs a friend. I enjoyed the couple’s conversations over buttered toast with honey. The couple is given a second chance to get to know each other without fancy clothes, wigs or powdered faces.

Too Wilde to Wed is a feel good story. North and Diana’s relationship develops perfectly. Loved North and Diana and their storybook second chance at love. Lady Knowe, Artie and Godfrey almost stole the show—such great secondary characters who add warmth, depth and humor to this enjoyable novel! The novel flows perfectly. Eloisa James’ witty, engaging dialogue brings each one of her characters to life. The last few chapters of the book contained a few plot twists and turns. And the epilogue was perfect!

Eloisa James has written a historical romance with all the feels—great dialogue, relatable characters with a heartwarming journey! Can’t wait for the next story in the series!
Reviewed by Susan Gorman
Book purchased from Amazon