The Loyal Heart by Shelley Shepard Gray *Plus GIVEAWAY*

the-loyal-heartI’m giving away one paperback copy of this book. Details at the end of this review.

I’ve read a few books from this author that I really enjoyed, but for some reason, I didn’t love this book as much as I thought I would. This story had great potential, but I found it difficult to connect with Miranda. At the beginning of the story, she’s nearly suicidal and just came across as a weak character, so it took me a while to get into her part of the story. On the other hand, I really enjoyed the parts with the men from the war’s prison camp. That really redeemed this story for me. The bonds that grew between them as they struggled to stay alive made me want to learn Continue reading

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Just a Kiss by Denise Hunter

just-a-kissSummer Harbor Series, Book 3

Another great swoon-worthy romance from Denise Hunter! I’ve been waiting for this story since I first met Riley and Paige in Falling Like Snowflakes, the first book of this series. I always enjoy a great friends-to-lovers story, and this was the perfect conclusion to the Summer Harbor series. I adored having a physically flawed hero, even if it was heartbreaking to see what Riley had to go through. I love how the author always weaves in the inspirational threads as a natural part of the story.

Plot:  Riley Callahan has been in love with his best friend, Paige Warren, for a long time, even though she doesn’t know it. He enlisted in the Marines just to get away when Paige was dating his brother. When Paige and Beau broke Continue reading

The Witnesses by Robert Whitlow *Plus Giveaway*

Details for the giveaway at the end of this review!

the-witnessesThis was a creative plot that featured a dual timeline, in the present day and in WWII Germany. For me, that was the best part of the book. I thought the legal side was well written with enough details to clarify things but not bogging the story down with too much legal talk. That being said, I didn’t care for the author’s writing style. It felt too amateurish. Multiple times he used wording such as ‘The phone rang. It was so-and-so.’ It left me feeling disconnected from the action. All in all, a bit of a disappointment for me, because the story had such potential. I’d love to see what could be done by adding a co-author to improve on the writing side a bit.

 From the Back Cover:  Parker House’s secret inheritance is either his greatest blessing… or his Continue reading

The Raven by Mike Nappa *PLUS Giveaway!*

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The Coffey & Hill Series, Book 2

What a unique story! I really enjoyed this book, except for one brief scene that had a little bit of violence. However, that was tastefully written and didn’t get overly graphic. I loved having the multiple perspectives from the different characters. They were all well written, and I could easily learn the personalities of each one. This was a story that really stuck with me. I thought the spiritual threads were well written as a natural part of the story and weren’t forced upon the reader. The Raven goes through some things, recalling what he learned in his youth and is drawn back to God.

Plot: The Raven is a deception specialist, which is a fancy term for a street magician. When he Continue reading

Where Two Hearts Meet by Liz Johnson

where-two-hearts-meetPrince Edward Island Dreams #2

I liked Caden from the moment she appeared in the first book of the series, so I couldn’t wait to read her story. Where Two Hearts Meet exceeded my expectations! I thoroughly enjoyed this story, even though all the mentions of Caden’s great cinnamon rolls and other treats made me hungry. I loved the way the romance builds up and the great cast of supporting characters were very entertaining. Of course, the setting was incredible.  I’ve never been to Prince Edward Island, but it’s at the top of my wish list. If I can’t go in person, visiting through this series isn’t a bad back-up.

Plot:  Chef Caden Holt has been enjoying her job at the Red Door Inn.  When she overhears her bosses, Marie and Seth, and learns the Inn’s in financial trouble, she grows concerned Continue reading

When Love Arrives by Johnnie Alexander

when-love-arrivesThis is the first I’ve read from Johnnie Alexander, and after one chapter, I knew I was a fan! This story was packed with heart and had a great message of redemption. I loved every minute I spent in Misty Willow. The characters really drew me in to their story and I couldn’t put it down. Given the secrets that Brett and Dani were keeping from each other, it was difficult to imagine how they’d ever manage to resolve everything. My only complaint about the book is that I would’ve liked to see Brett have a little more of a spiritual journey. He had the perfect opportunity for it, but the author didn’t really explore that possibility.

Plot: Dani Prescott has a plan to ruin Brett Somers, who blames her mother for the plane crash that killed both his parents and Dani’s mom.  While Dani’s trying to dig up some dirt on Brett, she accidently catches his attention instead and is invited to go to a movie with him. Spending time with Brett may help her discover something she can use to discredit him, as long as she can keep from falling for him. Brett’s got a reputation as a heartbreaker, and he’s left a trail of ex-girlfriends, including Meghan, who has her own story to tell.

Characters:  To be honest, Brett wasn’t very  likable at the beginning of the story, but he definitely grew on me. He’s made his share of mistakes and has plenty of regrets, but he’s truly trying to change, and that’s what makes his character so endearing.  Dani’s a very sympathic character and as she gets caught up in her lies, it becomes apparent that she may not have all her dreams come true. I really enjoyed having Meghan’s side of the story included as well. As much as I enjoyed Dani and Brett’s relationship, Meghan really made the book complete.

Recommendation: I’d highly recommend this book, especially for fans of Melissa Tagg. Johnnie Alexander has a similar style and throws in plenty of classic movie references, which I love. When Love Arrives is the second book in the Misty Willow series. I’d suggest reading the series in order. I haven’t read Where She Belongs yet, and while this story can stand alone, I wished I’d have learned more of Brett’s history. I definitely look forward to reading more from this author.

Rating:  4/5 stars

I received a copy of this book from Revell. This review is my honest opinion.

Current Kindle E-book Deals!

There are a lot of books I loved at great prices right now, so I thought I’d share the savings with all of you! These are all books from authors I’ve read and thoroughly enjoyed.

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The Dancing Master was my first book  from Julie Klassen and I was impressed by her historical detail. A great read at a great price!

 If you enjoy romantic suspense, check out  If I Run by Terri Blackstock. What a great start to this unique series.

Kidnapped is one of Dee Henderson’s early works. I loved this series. Henderson’s early books were full of action and suspense and I think they’re much better than her recent releases.

I haven’t read The Ringmaster’s Wife from Kristy Cambron yet, but I loved both of her previous books. I look forward to visiting the circus!

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These two free novellas from Susan May Warren are a great introduction to her new series and an old favorite of mine.  If Ever I Would Leave You and Waiting for Dawn- a Team Hope Novella.

Submerged from Dani Pettrey, is full of suspense and adventure Alaska. This is one of my favorite all time series. I’ve read it twice so far.

Lisa Harris is making a name to watch in romantic suspense. Dangerous Passage is a great intro to the Southern Crimes series.

When the Smoke Clears by Lynette Eason, one of my favorite suspense authors. I haven’t read this series yet, but I’ve loved everything I’ve read from this author.

Kristi Ann Hunter’s debut series is fantastic! If you enjoy historicals, check out the prequel novella to her Hawthorne House series, A Lady of Esteem.

Prefer contempory romance? Becky Wade’s Undeniably Yours has plenty of heart and a hunky cowboy hero. This is Book one of the Porter Family series.

Three Little Words is the prequel novella to the Walker Series from Melissa Tagg. I’d highly recommend it to anyone who loves classic movies. Her books have that nostalgic feel and are both charming and humorous.

I hope you found something that interests you on this list! I enjoyed putting my recommendations together for you. Now I want to go back through and read them all. Happy reading!