Great Reads

If you need ideas of books to read for the holidays, here are six I’ve enjoyed in the past couple months. Also, you can look back at previous posts to see highlights of other books I’ve already featured. There has been a lot of good reading this fall. I hope you have good books to read as well!

The Secretive Wife by Jennifer Peel

z5This might be my new favorite by this author. Seriously, this book had so much emotion and mystery pulling me deeper into Delanie’s life. Delanie is married to Peter, an ex-priest who is the sweetest, purest man on earth. Peter’s mom despises her new daughter-in-law, and makes Delanie’s life most miserable when she unearths her secret (a famous secret). When the news hits the tabloids and national media, Delanie’s and Peter’s blissful marriage is shattered by paparazzi, rabid fans, and nasty haters wanting their 5 minutes of fame in exchange for spreading lies. Delanie’s worst fear—that of losing her husband—is one more secret away from happening.

I inhaled this story. It’s a literary feast. The characters are phenomenal—so deeply layered and complex…and Delanie and Peter are one of my favorite couples ever!!! I can’t recommend this one highly enough. It’s SUPERB! Continue reading

Beastly Second Chances & Slaves

NOTE: That title is NOT a name of a book. Unless you decide to name your next book that. But Beastly Second Chances & Slaves is a hodgepodge of three books I’ve recently read that went in my FAV bucket. So put on your flip flops, because I’m taking you wading through books today. (Pretend you’re at the ocean since it’s summer).

Second Chances in Paradise by Jennifer Peel

seconPeel is one of my favorite go-to authors. Thankfully, she writes quickly and keeps my sweet romance tooth satisfied. This is a first love-second chance trope set in a gorgeous beach setting in Paradise, Alabama.

Holland is a brilliant scientist working on her doctorate degree. She comes from a rough background where she never felt any love from family or those who should have cared for her. She’s always focused on her studies to fill the emptiness within her. Except for a summer she spent working at the Claibourne hotel in Paradise when she was in high school and met Porter, the owner’s son. He taught her how it felt to be loved…before he broke her heart and she fled Paradise forever.

Circumstances (aka, a friend’s wedding) bring her back eight years later…and she meets Porter again for a Continue reading

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 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

My Fav Feb Reads

GIVEAWAY OVER: Winner is Kayli Garvin. YEA!!!

It’s time to play a little catch-up (not to be confused with ketchup). Here are a few of my favorite February reads. Most of these I rated 5’s on Amazon & Goodreads, but my Sweet Scale is a little more critical, so a lot are 4’s on here.

GIVEAWAY: I’m giving away a copy of the winner’s choice among these, so leave a comment to enter the drawing for March 16th.

Blemish by Jewel Allen

blemishThis historical fiction takes place in the Philippines (early 1900’s) in the Phillipines. The heroine has lived a life of luxury and has a beau ready to propose to her. But one blemish changes everything. Leprosy! Banished to a forsaken island with other lepers, Maristella must learn how to work and live in more primitive conditions as she adjusts to losing everything she cared for—family, privilege, love. As she meets Basilio, another leper in the colony, her heart opens to him. But lepers are forbidden to fall in love and marry. Continue reading

Sweet Reviews

5-1012 (2)Thanks to everyone who has bought and read Game Changer since its release. And especially thank you to those who have reviewed it as well.

Leaving a review on a book you read and like is one of the best things you can do to help an author spread the word about their book and whether it’s worth reading. I know my husband is the kind of reader who goes to Amazon and looks only at books that have a certain number of reviews. So when a book sits there with only 10 or so reviews, even if it’s the most amazing book ever written, most readers won’t give it a chance. Reviews are the lifeblood of authors’ success or doom.

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Here are some snippets from some 5 Star reviews that have made me smile.

…The reader will enjoy getting to know these two college students. Both have more depth than they first appear to, and both are wrestling with personal demons. The writing is sharp and the scenes fluid. Though not my typical genre, Game Changer added some sweetness to my normally dark salty fare. A little lightness is always welcome. “(Carrie, Amazon reader)

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Grateful

DSCN9570It has been a rough few months, but there is still so much to be grateful for in my life. I just spent a few days down in Vegas with my mom and youngest daughter, and that made me realize just how precious each moment in life really is.

My mom suffered a severe stroke in September which stole her speech and movement on her right (dominant) side. It’s been a long recovery (and probably still a lot more to go), but I am so tickled pink by her progress. She is learning to communicate again and each word she manages to utter is completely precious. Seriously. I already love the power of words because I’m a writer. But seeing her lack that gift right now makes each word even more powerful when they leave her lips. Continue reading