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

Friday, May 19, 2017

Gifted - Movie Review

Movie Review
Gifted has been released 12 April 2017.
I wound up seeing this one twice. Once by myself and
again with my mom. It's exactly what you think it will be.
I can imagine how confusing and nearly impossible it
must be to raise a gifted child. This is a lovely movie.
Brought together by wonderful actors.
Chris Evans and McKenna Grace are the main stars.
They have such chemistry and connection it's
hard to believe they are acting.
I hope you will enjoy watching this one.
Review by Lisa Hutson

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews

The Weekenders
by Mary Kay Andrews

It's a lifestyle most of us have no idea about. Living on an island.
No cars. Only reachable by boat. Riley Griggs and her daughter,
Maggy, spend every summer there. Her husband, Wendell, is 
one of the weekenders. The story starts with Wendell
missing the last ferry of the day over to Belle Isle. While
their time on Belle Isle is normally quiet, social and fun, t
his particular summer is not starting out so.
There is so much action in this story. So many terrific
characters. Twists and surprises. Life and forgiveness.
Love coming out of nowhere. From an impossible place.
This line from the story caught my eye. I think it sums
up the whole book.
"Nobody knows what somebody else is capable of."
Good grief, that's sure the truth!
This is my first Mary Kay Andrews read. I
borrowed The Weekenders from a friend.
I would recommend it to anyone that enjoys
surprises in their reading, with some laughs
and romance mixed it.
Review by Lisa Hutson

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Bayside Desires By Melissa Foster

Fall in love at Bayside, where sandy beaches, good friends, 
and true love come together in the sweet small towns of Cape Cod.

Bayside Summers #1
Melissa Foster
Releasing May 9, 2017
World Literary Press

As the co-owner of Bayside Resorts, Rick Savage has a fabulous job working with his best friends and brother, and a thriving business in Washington, DC, which he’ll be returning to at the end of the summer. Spending time with his family is great, but being back on Cape Cod has unearthed painful memories. When sweet, smart, and overly cautious Desiree Cleary moves in next door, Rick is drawn to the sexy preschool teacher, and she just might prove to be the perfect distraction.

Running an art gallery was not in preschool teacher Desiree Cleary’s plans, but after being tricked into coming to her impetuous, unreliable mother’s aid, she’s stuck spending the summer with the badass half sister she barely knows and a misbehaving dog. If that’s not frustrating enough, she can’t escape the sparks igniting with her strikingly handsome and pushy neighbor, Rick, who makes all her warning bells go off.

Passion ignites as Desiree and Rick spend long summer nights sharing heartfelt confessions and steamy kisses. For the first time in years Rick is enjoying life again instead of hiding behind mounds of work miles away from his family. Desiree has touched him in a way that makes him want to slow down. Only slowing down means dealing with his demons, and he isn’t sure who he’ll be when he comes out the other side.

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.

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Bayside Desires is a fast-paced love at first sight romance set in the Cape Cod community of Wellfleet, Massachusetts. Melissa Foster writes a passionate, sexy romance featuring Rick Savage and Desiree Cleary. Their story touches upon issues of abandonment, tragic loss and the importance of family and friends.

While jet skiing on Cape Cod Bay with his brother and friend, Rick notices a very attractive woman standing at the end of the jetty. He is so focused on her that he fishtails his jet ski and sprays water all over her. Realizing that this wasn’t the best way to meet someone, Rick introduces himself to Desiree and apologizes profusely. Rick admits that he was rushing because he wanted to meet Desiree before she left the beach. While shamelessly flirting with Desire, he notices that her phone had gotten wet. As he is drying off her phone he asks Desiree for permission to add his number in her contact list -- just in case Desiree wants to call him. I really loved the self- confident, hardworking character of Rick and how he realized that his attraction towards Desiree was special from the moment they met.

Desiree is a preschool teacher in Virginia who received a desperate email from her estranged mother, Lizza. It alludes to Lizza’s health and requests that Desiree come to her family’s summer home in Wellfleet. When Desiree arrives at the cottage, she quickly realizes that her mother has misled her about the visit. Lizza is about to leave the Cape because she needs a mental health break; leaving the responsibilities of her art gallery and a huge renovation project on the summer home in Desire’s lap. To complicate matters, Violet, Desiree’s sister who she hasn’t seen in years arrives on the scene. I loved the back and forth banter and the heartfelt conversations between the sisters.

The attraction between Rick and Desiree sizzled off the pages. Realizing that Rick needs to return to his business in Washington, DC and with Desiree’s teaching job in Virginia beginning in September, the couple opts for a short summer romance. I loved that Rick romanced Desiree Cape Cod style; they ate at local restaurants, shared bonfires on the beach with his family and friends and spent the night on a blanket looking at the stars. He really cared for her and listened to what she needed.

One of my favorite scenes takes place when Rick takes Desiree on a moonlight cruise on his family’s sailboat. This exquisitely written chapter is a turning point in Bayside Desires. With the simple act of stepping into the deck of the sailboat, Rick has reconciled with his past feelings and opened his heart fully to Desiree and his family. Bayside Desires has all the feels; a sizzling summer romance, fun, witty dialogue, family connections and a fabulous setting on Cape Cod Bay. I laughed and cried with these characters during their journey. The novel’s conclusion was fabulous and I loved the element of magic that was smoothly woven throughout the novel—it made me smile! Can’t wait for the next book in this new series!

Reviewed by Susan Gorman
Edited by Brian McGee
Book provided by Tasty Tours

Oh shit. Rick Savage beached his craft, threw his life vest onto the sand, and ran after the woman he’d soaked. He’d been so captivated by the curvaceous blonde that when she’d started to leave, his first instinct had been to stop her. He’d clearly lost his mind. He knew better than to come that close to the jetty or to fishtail near people.

“I’m so sorry,” he said, jogging over as she stepped off the rocks and onto the beach. She turned, mouth gaping, strands of wet hair stuck to her cheeks, forehead, and shoulders. The most beautiful green eyes stared back at him in shock and horror. He felt like a total ass.

“I’m sorry. I saw you watching me, and—” There was absolutely no excuse for what he’d done, so he went with the truth, no matter how bad it sounded. “I wanted to meet you before you took off.”

“I wasn’t watching you.” Her eyes darted around them, as if someone else might hear her lying. He cocked a brow. “Okay, maybe I was for a second. But you were stalking me.” She swiped at her sundress, which clung to her incredibly sexy body like a second skin. He tried not to leer, but damn…

Forcing his eyes up, he said, “I wasn’t stalking you—” Her deadpan stare stopped him from telling his own lie. “Okay, fine,” he said with a laugh. “I was. You caught me. I’m sorry.”

“Does this usually work for you? Drenching unsuspecting women?” she said with a hint of annoyance, and a smile, as she shook the water from her arms. “Not that I’m an expert on being hit on, but it doesn’t seem like the best way to go about it.” 

“I’m sure you get hit on all the time, but this wasn’t planned. It was a stupid mistake. It’s actually illegal to go that fast near the jetty, so you can have me arrested if you’d like. I wasn’t thinking. I was—”

She arched a brow, a slight smirk playing across her beautiful face as she tossed his mannerism right back at him. He felt himself smiling. Man, this woman was as sweet as she was spunky. “What can I say? If you weren’t so hot…” 

“So, it’s my fault?” She rolled her eyes. “You really do kind of suck at picking up women.” The caveman in him grunted, and he squared his shoulders. “I don’t suck at it. I’m actually really good at it. A pro. A master. A champion.”

She laughed. “Sorry, but…” She waved at her wet clothes. “Evidence proves otherwise.” 

And I’m about to prove that evidence wrong. “Let me buy you a sweatshirt and something warm to drink at Mac’s so you don’t freeze.” Mac’s was a walk-up restaurant by the Wellfleet Pier, a five-minute drive by car. Less by Jet Ski. Her eyes rolled over his face, as if she were considering it. He’d never had anything close to a poker face, which meant she saw his remorse and his attraction. At six two, two thirty, he was a big dude, and he kept in prime shape with running and water sports. He was used to women ogling him and practically doing cartwheels to get his attention. She drew in a deep breath, her eyes dropping to his bare chest, and she bit her plump lower lip. “Sexy” didn’t begin to describe the dichotomy of sweet and sultry this woman possessed. But she wasn’t doing cartwheels. In fact, those hungry eyes shifted away from him.

“It’s okay,” she said. “I was getting ready to leave anyway.” She was blowing him off? There was no way he was letting her leave without doing something to make up for this debacle. Okay, maybe he also wanted to strip away those wet clothes and warm her up. But that was beside the point. “Are you staying at a cottage on the beach? I can give you a ride on my Jet Ski.” 

“As tempting as that sounds, since I’ve never been on one, I have my car.” She pointed to the parking lot with the hand that held her phone, and her smile faded. “Oh, shoot. My phone got wet.” 

“I can take care of that.” He took it from her and wiped it on his shorts. She watched his hands, his biceps, his pecs, his shorts, with laser focus. His fish wasn’t off the line yet. “It should be okay now. Want me to put my number in your contacts? In case you change your mind about that drink?” 

That brought a curious smile. He noticed the cutest dimple beside her mouth when she smiled. “Does that usually work?” “No idea. I haven’t had to use that line before.” 

He stepped closer, unable to resist brushing a lock of hair that was stuck to her cheek away from her face so he could see her better. Their eyes connected, and the temperature spiked. She must have felt it, too, because she was licking her lips like a hungry tigress. In the next breath, her eyes darted nervously around the beach. Christ, now she looked sweet and innocent. How did she do that in the blink of an eye? 

Rick was only at the Cape for a few more weeks, working on renovations at the resort before returning to his real life, and design-build business, in Washington, DC. The thoughts running through his mind were not sweet and innocent. He should let his apology ride, get on his Jet Ski, and drive away. But she had his rapt attention, and he was unable to walk away. 

“You don’t have to use my number,” he said. “But you never know. Maybe when you’re lying in bed tonight, unable to stop thinking about me, you’ll wish you had it.” Her cheeks flushed, and those sparkling green eyes moved over his face and down his chest again, lingering long enough to send a stroke of heat to his core. 

“Why not?” she said, surprising the hell out of him. “Go ahead and put your number in my phone…?” “Rick.” 

He entered his contact information and handed it back, curling his fingers over hers and holding them for a beat. Her eyes flicked up, dark and alluring. 

“I’m Desiree,” she said a little breathlessly. 

Oh yeah, you feel it, too.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Susan's Review of Breathe by Donna Alward

BREATHE – (reprint) May 2017
Second Chances Series Book 3
Sometimes all you need is a second chance…
Anna Morelli’s life looked picture perfect—until her husband had an affair with the nanny. She’s ready to file for divorce when a freak accident claims his life, and she’s forced to act the grieving widow. Trouble is, she’s not much of an actress. She has to get away—somewhere her meddling family won’t think to find her. That place is Two Willows Winery, the new home of her former best friend and ex-lover, Jace, and prays their childhood friendship is strong enough that he won’t turn her away.
Jace never expected to see Anna at his door. He’d been the son of the help; she was the Morelli princess, and their affair was doomed from the start. He’s never forgiven her for breaking his heart—or marrying someone else. But he can’t turn her away. Not when she needs a roof over her children’s heads, and some peace of mind. He knows firsthand how strong her father’s influence can be, and her need to break away.
But their painful history isn’t forgotten, and as old secrets are finally revealed, their love is rekindled. Can Jace let go of his grudge and forgive her? Can she trust him again? Or are their wounds too deep to ever truly heal?

Feeling trapped like a butterfly under glass, she’d needed to get away. Somewhere safe. In her head she knew that Jace’s was the last place she should go. They had too much history. But, her heart told her differently. Here she could hide for a while. Ever since her husband’s funeral shed wanted to scream with the need to escape. And the only place she wanted to be was with Jace.

And that made absolutely no sense. 


Donna Award’s Breathe is a twist on the second chance at love theme. Both main characters fascinated me in this moving story of forgiveness, love and family set in the Shuswap Lake region of British Columbia.

Anna Morelli needs to breathe. She discovered her husband, Stefano, was having an affair with their nanny and was starting divorce proceedings when Stefano died. She’s overwhelmed; she’s been grieving for her marriage, caring for her two young children and working for her demanding father in the family’s winery. Anna and her children appear unannounced at her childhood friend Jace Willow’s vineyard. The author does a fabulous job describing Anna and Jace’s initial meeting and dinner with the two tired, cranky children. It’s obvious that Anna and Jace were more than friends and they have unfinished business.

The conversions between Anna and Jace drew me into the story. They misunderstand each other, jump to the wrong conclusions about each other and argue like a real couple. At first glance Breathe might seem like the typical rich girl loves poor boy romance but the compelling relationship between Anna and Jace unfolds as the couple gets reacquainted. Their love story is not a simple one; it’s fraught with mistakes, parental influences and tragedy. Anna and Jace have to work at rebuilding the trust that they once shared and realize that they have grown in the last ten years. Can they acknowledge their past and move forward? The conclusion to the thoughtful, poignant story was well written and perfect for this couple.

Reviewed by Susan Gorman
Book Provided by the Author