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Book Review: A Complete Game by Aven Ellis (Washington DC Soaring Eagles #3)

 

Addison loves all animals, but is enamored with ferrets. She also adores reading Regency romances, but as for her own romance, she’s stepping back to wait for the perfect man who will love every part of her. 

Brady pitches for the Soaring Eagles. His twin brother Brody is the star catcher, and Brady always feels like he’s second rate compared to him. His last relationship was full of drama and a girl who didn’t accept every part of him. 

When the two reconnect over a photo shoot involving baseball players and animals, the chemistry is instant. They are both struggling with accepting some truths about themselves. Addison has always wanted to work with animals but her family looks down on almost all of her life’s choices, so she has settled for something she thought would make them accept her. Brady’s concentration on his game is suffering because he feels such animosity at being on the same team as his brother. As Addison and Brady’s feelings for each other develop and they learn more about each other, it’s obvious they belong together, but when the time comes or them to face these truths, will their relationship survive or will they strike out? 

I enjoyed this book so much. Brady and Addison are both fun, sweet, and wonderful. I’m not a huge baseball fan so all of that was a little lost on me, but I LOVE the DC scene of this series. Their date at the Library of Congress was magical! Everything is so detailed and well thought out to the point I feel like I’m actually there! If you love romance or are a baseball fan definitely give this a read.

Thank you to the author for a copy of this book!

 

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Book Review: Midnight Abduction by Nichole Severn (Tactical Crime Division #3) {BLOG TOUR}

Midnight Abduction is part of the Harlequin Tactical Crime Division series. Each book focuses on a particular agent within that FBI department and they can be read as a standalone, each with tough case to solve.

FBI Agent Ana Ramirez is trained to look for missing persons. When she’s sent back to Sevierville, Tennessee, to help find a missing six year old boy, this new case opens up a lot of past regrets and emotions for her. 

Benning Reeves is a building inspector. When he finds  something incriminating inside a wall of a building, he later wakes up on the floor of his home and realizes his children have been taken. Shortly after, his daughter is found but his son is still missing. With strict instructions not to involve the police, he still reaches out to Ana for help. They had a relationship seven years prior when she was working a missing persons case in the area, until she abruptly left Benning behind with no explanation. 

Now, Ana comes back to do her job, but when it becomes clear this case and her old case are connected, Ana has to put aside her feelings to do this right. The kidnapper has a heck of a lot to hide and he will do anything to stop Ana and Benning from finding out the truth. 

This was an action packed mystery that I really enjoyed! It’s full of intrigue and a little romance, but nothing too steamy. As a fan of the show Criminal Minds I really liked this style of crime fiction!

Thank you to Netgalley for my copy and Harlequin for letting me take part in this blog tour!

 

Book description: For the Tactical Crime Division, no case is left cold. When Benning Reeves’s twins are kidnapped, the frantic father knows who can help: the Tactical Crime Division and Ana Ramirez. Even though Ana once shattered Benning’s heart, the special agent is the only one he can trust. But Ana is still tormented by the unresolved case that brought them together years before—a case somehow entangled with Benning’s children. It’s up to the TCD and Ana to discover why…before it’s too late.

About Nichole Severn: Nichole Severn writes romantic suspense with strong heroines, heroes who dare challenge them, and a hell of a lot of guns. When she’s not writing, she’s injuring herself running and practicing yoga.

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Book Review: The Secrets of Love Story Bridge by Phaedra Patrick- 4 Stars {BLOG TOUR!}

After the death of the love of his life Anita, Mitchell spends his days at his job doing the menial work of cutting padlocks from bridges. Lovers come from all over to place their lock on the bridge and he snips them off one by one, day after day.

When Mitchell saves a woman who falls into the water after she hung her lock, he regrets not getting her name.  But when his daughter Poppy’s music teacher Liza sees the article of Mitchell and the woman he rescued, she thinks it’s her sister who apparently disappeared over a year ago. Being that Mitchell was the last to have contact with her, Liza thinks he can help track her down using the lock she left behind. Mitchell vows to her mom and sisters he will help find her since he felt a connection to her after rescuing her. 

Not long after the rescue, he’s hailed as a hero, and garners lots of unwarranted attention. Thanks to a journalist, people from all over the city write in letters for a contest, handwritten letters thanking Mitchell for his selfless act, letters of unrequited love and regrets, or emotional love stories. Mitchell himself writes a lot of love letters to Anita even though she’s gone, and he still has the last letter she wrote to him before she passed away, still sealed and unread. 

While Mitchell tries to find the mystery woman, he finds himself thinking more and more about love and his regrets. With Liza and Poppy’s help he reads through the letters people have sent in and begins to open himself up to new beginnings.

Part love story, part mystery, this is a quick read with an uplifting and charming story line.

Thank you to the author and Park Row Books for my copy and letting me be a part of this blog tour!

 

 

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Book Review: Seduced by a Steele by Brenda Jackson- 3 Stars {BLOG TOUR!}

Mercury Steele is a wealthy playboy, determined to never settle down with a woman after having his heart broken in college. Sloan Donahue is running away from her rich but heartless parents and an arranged marriage and definitely doesn’t need a man or a relationship right now. 

Mercury comes from money but made a name for himself as a successful sports agent after leaving the NFL. He hasn’t given his heart to anyone else since college, and is determined to stay single while having fun with beautiful women. 

Sloan’s parents only care about wealth, and try to force her to marry a man who will ensure riches for their families. When Sloan runs off trying to escape, her powerful father will stop at nothing to get her to come back home, from canceling her credit cards and causing her friend’s rent check to bounce, leaving Sloan homeless. When Mercury learns all about the troubles Sloan is dealing with, he is determined to make taking care of her his responsibility.

Besides the romance, my favorite part of this book was the Steele family dynamic. Mercury’s parents and brothers (and their wives) were kind, fun, and caring. 

Seduced by a Steele is part of a Harlequin desire series but you can read this as a standalone. If you’re into soap operas or just need a quick, steamy, fluffy read to get your mind off of things give this one a go. 

Thank you to Harlequin and Netgalley for my copy of this book and for letting me be a part of this blog tour!

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{Blog Tour} Harlequin Tactical Crime Division (TCD) launch!

 

 

Uncover the lives and loves of the FBI elite as they take on the toughest assignments.

If you like the show Criminal Minds or Blacklist this is the series for you! Step into the world of the Tactical Crime Division (TCD),  a specialized and tactical team of the FBI. This new miniseries features crime solving experts in stories spread across four books, each with its own crime case, and each title can be read as a standalone. 

Click here to watch the book trailer! 

 

Here are the titles of the four books, and click here for more details and purchase info about each!

48 Hour Lockdown by Carla Cassidy

Secret Investigation by Elizabeth Heiter

Midnight Abduction by Nichole Severn

Running Out of Time by Cindi Myers

 

Thank you to Harlequin for letting me take part in this exciting launch! I’m looking forward to this series!

 

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BLOG TOUR! Book Review: The Grace Kelly Dress by Brenda Janowitz- 4 Stars

Princess Grace Kelly’s iconic wedding dress was one of those beauties that had brides clamoring for the exact same look on their special day. This is a story told through three generations of women.

In the late 1950’s, Rose, a seamstress for a highly respected atelier, is tasked with making a wedding gown similar to Grace Kelly’s. Rose is a talented and dedicated seamstress, but when she starts to befriend her client and fall in love with her client’s brother, can she stay focused on her project?

In the 80’s, Joanie is so excited to be wearing her mother’s dress-made with inspiration from Grace Kelly’s, it’s fit for a princess, and Joanie can’t wait for her special day with the special dress. While she does appreciate the gown’s original beauty, she wants to make it her own and adds sleeves much like the dress Princess Diana wore. But when she finds out the truth about her sister, she begins to question if she really knows anything!

In the present day, Rocky is dreading wearing the esteemed wedding dress that has been passed down from generation to generation. She’s a successful entrepreneur who never really saw eye to eye with her mother. She knows this dress isn’t her style, but doesn’t want to hurt her mother.

With each woman, we see glimpses into their family life and romances,  how they are connected to the dress, and what it means to them. This was such a wonderful book. I loved how the story and the dress spanned through time and I enjoyed learning more about the women who were tied to it. A charming story of love, hope, and second chances, this is definitely one to read.

Thank you to Harlequin/Harper Collins & Netgalley for my advance copy and letting me take part in this blog tour. The Grace Kelly Dress is out today!

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Book Review: Undercurrents by Nora Roberts-4 Stars

This was my first Nora Roberts book, surprisingly! It’s set near my hometown in Asheville, and it’s a romantic suspense so I had to give it a go! The suspense element got pretty emotional and dark as it deals with many instances of abuse.

To those on the outside, the Bigelows look like the perfect family. The father, Graham, is a well respected doctor, who comes home from his grueling job to his beautiful wife Eliza who caters to his every need. They have two smart and cute young kids, Zane and Britt. But on the inside, Zane and Britt are stuck inside their own personal hell that no one knows about. Graham abuses their mother constantly, until one night he focuses his wrath on to Zane. Shortly after this brutal beating, the truth is exposed.

When Zane is old enough to leave for college,  he doesn’t come back for years. When he finally decides to move back to his hometown and continue practicing law, he meets newcomer Darby who also has a troubled past she’s trying to heal from.

I really enjoyed the setting and many of the characters. The relationships and friendships were wonderful. At times this book was drawn out and didn’t serve to further the story so I was a little annoyed at having to skim some parts but overall this was a great novel.

 

 

 

 

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Book Review: The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary-3 Stars

When I saw everyone on bookstagram raving about this I decided to try it. I started it in July and finished it in December if that gives you an idea of how much I liked it or not…

The premise seems weird right off the bat but I’m a sucker for romances so I still plowed on. Tiffy needs a place to live, and Leon needs money, so he leases his flat to her.

Leon works nights as a hospice nurse and Tiffy works during the day, so neither should ever be in the apartment at the same time. They share the same bed, but at different times, and each on their side at night. They eventually start communicating with Post It notes left throughout the house before accidentally meeting in person.

The redeeming quality of this book was Leon’s brother, Richie’s story and ultimately Tiffy’s newfound strength and courage she comes to find in herself again. I was wholly invested in finding out how things work out for Richie, more so than I really cared about the romance between Tiffy and Leon. Besides Richie, there’s a few other side stories going on including one with one of Leon’s patients that I was interested in seeing how it played out.

I guess I’m more a fan of insta-love romances because this one took forever to really peak my interest which was unfortunate given how hyped up I noticed it was.

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Book Review: American Royals by Katharine McGee- 5 Stars

 

Imagine if George Washington hadn’t become president but rather a king? This royal twist on American history was a juicy, drama filled contemporary romance and I LOVED IT.

Beatrice has America on her shoulders as she’s next in line to become their first Queen. Thanks to her grandfather for breaking tradition and declaring the Crown will go to the oldest child no matter their gender, Beatrice has been preparing for this most of her life.  She’s always played the part of a regal, sophisticated lady who always follows the rules and sticks to tradition, but when the future seems so close, will she listen to her heart or the Crown? Her parents are putting the pressure on her to find a suitable husband, even going so far as to making her a list to choose from, but she quickly realizes the one she loves isn’t on that list.

This was a great start to a series- it’s fun, juicy, and royally romantic- I’m definitely looking forward to the sequel in 2020! If you enjoy reading YA or books regarding royals, give this one a go!

Thank you to Netgalley for an advance copy of this book.

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Book Review: Outscored (Rinkside in the Rockies #3) by Aven Ellis- 5 Stars

Whitney is a seasonal decorator who meets hockey player Gavin while shopping for gnomes at a flea market! The two hit it off immediately. Whitney is so cute and unique. I love her job-getting to decorate homes and businesses for a particular season or holiday sounds so exciting! She’s great at what she does with her routine client base, but doesn’t know how to put herself out their for new business which is getting her some flak at work. Gavin is the team captain, and he’s more than ready to be back on the ice after a traumatic and painful injury. He doesn’t want to let anyone down or seem weak, or like a failure. They encourage each other while struggling with their own anxieties and worries and dealing with past relationship failures.

Their friendship and romance felt so real and sweet. I love all their fun quirks, inside jokes, and the chemistry they shared.  The romance is swoony and heartwarming but like every relationship, it comes with its fair share of drama, conflict, and misunderstanding. This book is also the perfect romantic Halloween read due to a super sweet scene at Gavin’s Halloween party!

I adore Aven’s books, and this is no exception! Especially since the heroine is a redhead named Whitney! 😉 Check this one out if you enjoy reading romance, hockey themed books, or fun, lighthearted novels with a happy ending!

Thank you to the author for my copy of this book!