Welcome summer – book ideas

To end the month and welcome summer, I thought I’d review a bunch of my favorites I’ve been reading from March to beginning of May.  These books range from Regency to contemporary to paranormal even. Enjoy!

The Husband Mission by Regina Scott

husbandThis Regency romance features a spunky, organized, and very strong heroine. Katherine is determined to see her step-sister wed before her 21st birthday so she doesn’t lose her inheritance to her evil cousin. She sets out on a mission to entrap the perfect husband for Constance in the form of Alex Wescott, Viscount Borin. But Alex is on his own mission to prove to the Foreign office that he is capable of being a spy. When he discovers a tail as he walks through London, he follows the kid back home to solve the mystery of who is having him followed and why. Continue reading

The Highlander’s Hidden Heart

A Highlander's Hidden Heart bannerHere’s another fun read by Julie Coulter Bellon. I’ve read many of her romantic suspense novels and a few contemporary ones lately, but this is her first historical romance between a Scottish lord and an English lady. I thought she did a good job! Read on to learn more, and enter the rafflecopter giveaway at the end of this post for a chance to win. Continue reading

Tripwire

Tripwire BannerThe bomb is ticking…so read fast! Ha ha. Just kidding. I finished this exciting romantic thriller by Traci Hunter Abramson, and it had bombs though, as well as terrorists, movie stars, special forces teams, beaches, barbecues, and romance. Sounds perfect, right? Read on to learn more and enter the giveaway to win a copy of this awesome book. Continue reading

My Dearest Enemy

Here’s the latest by Jennifer Moore. I love her historical romances, and this one was set in a unique period of time. Canada. Early 1800’s when England fought against the States (again). I love learning about small pieces of history through fictional stories, and this nibble of history I hadn’t run into before, so I wanted to share. Here’s the synopsis (And don’t you LOVE that cover?):

Blurb

coverStruggling alone on the family farm, Abigail Tidwell knows exactly who to blame for her hardships: the Americans. If it weren’t for their part in the war, her father and brothers would be home rather than fighting abroad. But no amount of antipathy could have prepared her for the shocking sight of a wounded American soldier on her property, a man in dire need of her help. Grudgingly, Abigail tends to the soldier’s injuries and anticipates the satisfaction of turning him over to the authorities once he is healed. But fate has other plans. Captain Emmett Prescott remembers little of the ambush on his men by a group of Shawnee Indians and even less about how he arrived in the unfamiliar barn. Continue reading

The Brothers Maledetti – Mama Mia!

hookLast month Nichole Van was featured on one of the giveaways I hosted with other authors. Her books intrigued me. So I’ve been checking a couple of her books out on Kindle Unlimited, and I’m HOOKED! Like a big fat tuna caught out at sea, baby! Seriously. I might have found a new favorite author.

Her books have everything I adore: 

  1. Great characters that I connect with (even though they’re nothing like me)
  2. Incredible plots with lots of twists and tangled turns to keep me guessing
  3. A gorgeous setting–Tuscany Italy (that’s hard to beat)
  4. Romantic tension that tugs at my heart strings
  5. Humor

Gladly Beyond

1This story was Beyond Riveting. I couldn’t put it down once I started. The premise is a family curse that has afflicted the D’Angelo family for centuries. A great-great-and-so-on Grandfather asked a gypsy for the gift of sight to turn around his family’s fortunes, and the gift became his and generations of first-born sons curse that drove them mad at the end, driving them to suicide.

Skip to modern day Italy. The curse fractures when not one son, but triplets are born. Each son has part of this gift. This is Dante’s story, but nothing will stop me from reading the other brother’s stories now too. Dante and Claire meet when a crazy old rich guy has them and Claire’s ex-fiance, Pierce, all meet to contend for the job of working for him and cataloging his art collection. Claire and Dante don’t like each other at first, but she intrigues him because he can’t see any shadows around her Continue reading