The Goodbye Bride by Denise Hunter

The Goodbye Bride

First thoughts:  Happy sigh!  I adored this book, but I absolutely cannot wait for the next in the series.  After reading the synopsis, I wondered how in the world things could possibly work out for Lucy and Zac.  I enjoyed every bit of the story as the past was gradually unraveled.  As with all of Denise Hunter’s stories, the romance was top notch and will make you swoon.

From the Back Cover:  She only remembers loving him. But he can’t forget the way she left. Following a concussion, Lucy Lovett can’t rem Continue reading

Web of Secrets by Susan Sleeman Plus Giveaway

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First thoughts:  My favorite part of a Susan Sleeman novel is the amount of detail she puts into the investigation side of the story.  Web of Secrets was a entertaining read from start to finish.  I liked having the perspective of the villain in the story.  It made it more believable as he stalked his victim, you knew exactly how he was doing it.  While a few parts of the story were a little on the creepy side, I’m glad the author didn’t go into a huge amount of detail and get too graphic.  I also enjoyed how the author brought in a new Continue reading

Author Interview with Susan Sleeman

Susan Sleeman

Today we’re welcoming Susan Sleeman, one of my favorite authors, to the blog.  She graciously took the time out of her busy schedule to answer some questions.  Thanks for stopping by, Susan.  Let’s start off by telling the readers a little bit about you.

Susan is the bestselling author of Christian/inspirational and clean reads romantic suspense and mysteries.  She grew up in a small Wisconsin town where she spent her summers reading Nancy Drew and developing a love of mystery and suspense books.  Today, Susan channels this enthusiasm into writing romantic suspense and mystery novels and hosting the popular internet website TheSuspenseZone.com.

Michelle: I know choosing a favorite from among the books you wrote is like picking your favorite child, but do any of your books have a special meaning to you? Continue reading

You’re The One That I Want by Susan May Warren

You're the One That I Want

First thoughts: The Christiansen series is one of the best I have EVER read.  Owen’s story, like the rest, was emotionally moving, but a very satisfying end to the series.  The family goes through their share of difficulties and heartache, and Owen’s been at the center of a lot of that, but he finally gets his chance to become the prodigal son and be redeemed.  Throughout the series, I’ve been wondering how he would ever come around  and become likeable.  I was not disappointed at all with the way things went in this book.  I also loved seeing Casper and Raina’s story continued throughout, which, if you’ve read the rest of the series, you’ll know how much they’re connected.

Plot:  Owen Christiansen has a messy past and he’s made mistakes that have affected Continue reading

Kissed by a Cowboy by Debra Clopton

Kissed by a Cowboy

First thoughts: This was my first introduction to Debra Clopton’s writing and now I have another author to add to my ever-growing to-be-read list.  I enjoy a well written story about a couple’s reconciliation and I love when the hero is in love with the unaware heroine.  That’s always one of my favorite basic plotlines.  In this book, it was well written and believable.

Plot:  Cassidy Starr has seen the not so great side of marriage and has decided to avoid romance.  Having inherited her aunt’s farm, she plans to start her own business running a Bed and Breakfast and organic strawberry farm.  However, next door neighbor and rancher Jarrod Monahan has other plans.  Years ago, he and Cassidy had a relationship, but something made her run away.  He’s determined to show her that not all relationships have to end badly.

Characters:  Jarrod was definitely my type of hero.  He’s the honorable type that’s loyal to family and is someone you can count on.  Cassidy has been through rough times and is rather jaded when it comes to relationships.  I loved watching Jarrod gradually break down the barriers.

Recommendation:  I’d highly recommend this book for fans of cowboys and rancher love stories.  While it’s the third book in the series, I haven’t read the others and didn’t’ feel like I’d missed any background.

Rating:  4/5 stars

I received a free copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Her One and Only by Becky Wade

Her One and Only

First thoughts: This was the perfect conclusion to the great Porter Family Series.  I really liked the unique twist of a female bodyguard protecting a tough male.  I also enjoyed the added suspense in the story, which was an unexpected, but delightful, change from the rest of the books.

Plot:  NFL star Gray Fowler has been receiving threats from a stalker.  Dru Porter, executive protection agent, has been tasked to keep him safe.  Gray can’t believe that this woman who’s half his size can really keep him safe, but as an ex-Marine, Dru is more than up to the task.  Just coming off of an unsuccessful job, Dru is determined not to get herself personally involved with the client.  That proves more difficult than she would like, as  Gray, not wanting it known that she’s his bodyguard, comes up with the cover story that she’s his girlfriend.  Sparks fly as the two have trouble seeing eye to eye.

Characters:  I sided with Dru when it came to Gray.  I didn’t like him all that much at first, but as I got to know him and see his true character, he grew on me.  Gray goes through a period of transformation through the book.  I enjoyed seeing him become the man he was meant to be.  I immediately became a fan of Dru.  She’s spunky, tough, and basically everything that I’m not.  I also really enjoyed Meg having a big part in the story as well.  It’s fun to catch up on characters after their ‘happily ever after’ starts.

Recommendation:  I’d highly recommend this book, and the entire series, to those who enjoy contemporary romance with strong female characters.  The story can stand alone, but I think you’ll want to read the rest of the series first.  For the more conservative readers, I will warn that there is alcohol consumption in the story, as Gray is not a Christian in the beginning, but I found everything to be tastefully written.

Rating:  4.5/5 stars

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.