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Sea Glass Cottage

I received a free electronic copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis

Christi Reece is desperate. The one-time golden girl’s life has tarnished, and a cascade of setbacks has left her reeling. She needs help, and she’s certain Jack Colby is in a position to provide it. When she shows up in Hope Harbor, however, Jack wants nothing to do with the woman who betrayed him. He’s built a new life on the Oregon coast–and there’s no room in it for Christi, even after she takes refuge in a charming but mysterious cottage nearby. Yet it soon becomes apparent his opinion of her may need revising . . . especially when he ends up needing her help. Can these two hurting souls make peace with their past and open their hearts to a new beginning? Come home to Hope Harbor–where hearts heal . . . and love blooms.

If you are looking for a book full of hope, Christian themes and a little bit of romance, then this book is for you.

Sea Glass Cottage is the 8th book in Irene Hannon’s Hope Harbour series. And just like the rest of this series, this book is fantastic. I loved the multiple storylines and how each storyline is full of God’s grace and mercy and a great reminder for us to show that same grace and mercy to those around us.

I love stories that are full of Christian themes. I know for a fact, that this book is going to help someone. I love that fiction can speak to us, sometimes more than non-fiction can.

If you haven’t read any of this series, I definitely recommend grabbing one of the books today. All books can be read as standalones, but I am sure you will love the whole series.

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Kiss & Tell

I received a free electronic copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis

He’s back to hold her to a marriage pact they made ten years ago . . . Tabitha Winters, glamorous celebrity chef, loves her life and growing empire in New York. But when her best friends buy the old summer camp where they worked as counselors, she can’t turn down their invitation to appear at the opening week fundraising gala . . . even if it means confronting the memories of her first love and its disastrous ending. She never imagines she’ll run into Sawyer Reed again—her old flame has no business being at Oak Crest. And worse? He’s there to collect on a marriage pact they made ten years ago when they were clueless college kids. But Tabitha never could resist a dare, and when Sawyer double dares her to give him a week to show her they still have their old magic, she’s all in to prove he’s wrong. Only she doesn’t count on him knowing her better than he has a right to. Or having the perfect dates to charm her. And she definitely didn’t plan on their attraction still burning hotter than the end-of-season bonfire. But summer camp isn’t real life, and Tabitha won’t let the spell he’s weaving derail her well-planned future. Except no other guy has ever gotten to her the way Sawyer does, and as his knee-buckling kisses work their magic, Tabitha wonders: can she risk her heart again on the only man who ever broke it?

Kiss and Tell is the third book in Melanie Jacobson’s Creekville Kisses series. This fantastic book was originally a novella in the Love, Laughter and Happily Ever After collection, but has been expanded and made even better as a full length novel.

There were a lot of things to love about this book. I really enjoyed the flashbacks and getting the know the characters across the years of their lives. It was also fun having the book set at a summer camp and all the fun that involves (pranks, campfires, canoeing).

The characters were fun and underwent a lot of growth both individually and as a couples. I enjoyed that the growth wasn’t just in the main characters, side characters who you only meet for a few chapters, undergo growth that impacts the main characters and their stories.

This is a great book if you love second chance romance and summer camp. I can’t wait to read more from Melanie Jacobson.

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Crossfire

I received a free electronic copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis

FBI special agent Julianna Jameson is a top-notch negotiator who has never lost a hostage. Surely she can manage to take care of her much younger sister, Dottie, who showed up unannounced to live with Julianna while she finished her senior year of high school. A former sniper with the 75th Ranger Regiment, Clay Fox left the army after a tragic incident that he can’t get past. Now he’s working as a high school resource officer until he can figure out what to do with the rest of his life. Their paths cross when Julianna is called in to negotiate a courtroom hostage situation involving Clay’s sister. Impressed and a bit intimidated by the calm, capable woman with the dark hair and blue eyes, Clay invites her to speak at his school. Dottie’s school. But as the anniversary of a school shooting from Julianna’s past approaches, it becomes clear that her perfect record is about to be tested and that Dottie is at risk. If Julianna and Clay can’t figure out who’s behind the attacks, more innocent people will die–and Dottie is next in line.

I have always loved Lynette Eason’s books and was so excited for Crossfire. The way Lynette is able to weave suspense, faith and romance together makes her books full of excitement.

Crossfire was no different to the other Lynette Eason books I love. It is the second book in the series, but can be read as a standalone.

I loved all of the twists and turns and unexpected moments in the book. There was always something happening and I could not put the book down. I loved that there was one storyline that you didn’t know how it fit to the rest of the story. I loved that I was constantly trying to figure out how everything fit together.

I also loved the character development and growth Clay, Julianna and Dottie all went through, particularly with their faith. That is what I love the most about Christian fiction books.

I 100% recommend this book. And if you haven’t read any other books by Lynette Eason then you are missing out.

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The Do-Over

I received a free electronic copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis

“Look, you’re a nice girl but I don’t think we should see each other anymore.” The voicemail ends and I freeze in the dentist’s chair as I realize, I’ve just been dumped on live radio. It took the most humiliating break-up for me to see that my life is in serious need of a do-over. Cue my anti New Year’s resolutions that even I can’t fail: Stop dating. (Men are the worst.) Stop trying to lose weight. (I’m never giving up chocolate.) Stop working so hard. (Selling mortgages is not my dream career.) Stop trying to live up to unrealistic expectations. (Start living my best life.) Stop trying to please my mother. (It’s not possible.) But it turns out number five is harder than I thought, as she begins her campaign to get me back with my ex. So, what’s the perfect solution to keep her out of my love life? An imaginary boyfriend—at least he was supposed to be imaginary until I blurted out my neighbor’s name… Nate, the bad boy next door with gorgeous hazel eyes, a razor-sharp jawline and a mysterious scar, might be hot, but he’s definitely not my boyfriend. Now all I need to do is stick to my resolutions while also keeping my interfering family away from my non-existent lover who has no idea that we’re fake dating. What could possibly go wrong?

The Do-Over is Sharon M. Peterson’s debut novel and already I am excited for more. This was such a fun book. Yes, it does border slightly more on the women’s fiction side than romance, but there are still so many great romantic moments that I love.

One of my favourite parts of a book is the character development. Perci goes through so much in this book and comes out on top and better than when she started. She was able to grow her confidence and her independence.

If you asked me to pick my favourite characters it would definitely be Mimi and Lilah. Who doesn’t love a sassy grandmother and a precocious child?

This is a fantastic book. Nothing explicit but still so many sparks and heaps of romance. You definitely don’t want to miss this book.

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The Catch

I received a free electronic copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis

After a harrowing attempt on a judge’s life at the courthouse, Deputy US Marshals Madison James and Jonas Quinn are tasked with finding a missing woman and an endangered child in connection to the murder of the judge’s wife. What seems like a fairly straightforward case becomes hopelessly tangled when the marshals discover that the woman they are searching for is not who they think she is. Madison and Jonas are forced into a race to find the woman and the child before the men who want her dead discover her location. And in a final showdown that could cost her everything, Madison will come face-to-face with the person who murdered her husband.

The Catch is the third book in Lisa Harris’ thrilling US Marshals series. I would definitely recommend reading the first two books before reading this one. I had read the first two books when they first came out and actually wish I had reread them before reading The Catch because there were many details I couldn’t remember.

This was a thrilling conclusion to the series. I loved how there were two unique storylines happening at the same time. Firstly you had the storyline with Ava and the baby. There were so many different things happening in this story that I couldn’t put the book down. I needed to know that everyone was okay.

The second storyline was the continuing story that has been thread through all 3 books. This was another exciting plot with twists and turns that I did not expect.

There was so much to love about this book, with some great themes and faith messages as well as the romance aspect of the story coming to a head.

I really enjoy Lisa Harris’ writing and I am sure you will too. If you haven’t read the rest of this series, then you should add them to your TBR today.

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Deception

I received a free electronic copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis

After being forced to kill an FBI agent gone rogue in self-defense while working in the violent crimes unit for the Investigative Services Branch, ranger Madison Thorn is comfortable with her move to the fraud and cyber division. At least numbers don’t lie. So she’s less than thrilled when a white-collar crime investigation in Natchez, Mississippi, turns violent. She could also do without being forced to work with former-childhood-enemy-turned-infuriatingly-handsome park ranger Clayton Bradshaw. When a woman who looks just like Madison is attacked on the same night Madison’s grandfather is shot, it becomes clear that there is something much bigger going on here and that Madison herself is in danger. Madison and Clayton will have to work together–and suppress their growing feelings for one another–if they are to discover the truth before it’s too late.

Another thrilling book by Patricia Bradley. Deception is the fourth book in the Natchez Trace Park Ranger series. And just like the rest of the series I really enjoyed this book.

One of the things I love most about this book (and Patricia Bradley’s writing) is all of the twists and the turns. You are never quite sure who the bad guy is and what their motive is. Just when you think you’ve figured it out, something happens and changes your mind. I also love that there isn’t just one bad guy. There are so many characters with a range of different motives. It is fun to be pulled into the story so quickly.

I really enjoyed how this book also covered some pretty serious topics like addiction, forgiveness, adoption and human trafficking. All topics were approached with sensitivity and wisdom. I really enjoy books where there is more to consider than just the story.

If you haven’t read this series by Patricia Bradley, I definitely recommend finding a copy to read. Deception is a standalone, but I am sure you will enjoy the entire series.

Keep an eye out for Deception, releasing 2nd August.

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The Retreat

I received a free electronic copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis

I may or may not have accidentally started a war with the guy who owns the place next door…who also happens to be my boss’s recently returned golden child. Battling against Luke Ward and his arsenal of charms makes me start to fear for my lawn, my livelihood, and my heart. The annual retreat I’ve planned for the investment firm we both work for (okay, he’s technically one of the owners) is the biggest event of my career, and I vow to not let Luke and his shenanigans get in the way of its success. But when he somehow weasels his way onto the trial run of the trip, the pranks start to feel more like plays we’re both calculating in an effort to hide our true feelings from each other. So here’s my question: how does one not fall in love with her sworn enemy? Especially if said enemy might actually have a heart of gold hidden under his designer suits and well-timed insults (gotta give credit where credit is due). Asking for a friend.

Oh my goodness. I absolutely LOVED this book. Which is actually suprising if you know of my rocky relationship with enemies-to-lovers. The Retreat is Hailey Gardiner’s first romcom and I already know she will be an auto-buy author for me. This book was just that good.

There are so many things I loved. The pranks were really unique and for the most part done in fun. I did get a little annoyed at Lainey a couple times for not seeing Luke was unintentionally doing things. But, then again, that’s what makes enemies-to-lovers fun.

There were also so many sweet moments. Of course the epilogue may have made me squeal and swoon, it was so sweet.

I really liked the way conflict was handled in this book. I don’t want to say more, since that is major spoilers, but it was done really well.

I cannot wait for the next book. The preview at the end of this book has me so excited. If you haven’t already checked this book out, you definitely need to soon.

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The Even Odder Couple

I received a free electronic copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis

Spencer Crane thinks I’m a human tornado. I think he’s a calendar app come to life. While he schedules? I spin-out. When I spontaneously combust? He overcompensates. And this is why convincing my new boss to hire him is a completely brilliant idea. You see, workplace romance is forbidden, but attraction between total opposites like Spencer and me is a non-issue. I repeat: Non. Issue. I only wish I hadn’t discovered Mr. Clark Kent Glasses is (secretly) scorchingly hot. Even worse, he’s funny and chivalrous, and shoving me straight out of my Tess the Mess comfort zone. But we both need this job. Like, a lot. And if our boss catches wind of any fraternization, we’ll be fired. Not to mention my heart’s already at risk of being axed. So when Spencer starts treating me like I’m a magnet and he’s a fistful of iron, I’ve got a tornado-sized problem on my hands. Starting now, I’m doubling down. I absolutely cannot fall for Spencer Crane. Even if my total opposite might be everything I need …

Here we are, back in Apple Valley again. I was so excited for this book. Extreme opposites attract, with characters we have grown to love throughout the series. Along with a truck load of character development. A fantastic book.

I will admit, that it did take me awhile to get into this book. I got very frustrated with many of the side characters and they way they seemed to treat the main characters. It was hard to read sometimes. But slowly I was able to understand all of the characters more. From the beginning I was invested in Tess and Spencer’s relationship and that is what got me through my frustrations.

One of the things I loved most in this book was the individual character development. Spencer and Tess were able to grow so much individually in this book which is what they needed before they could grow as a couple.

The first half of the book may have taken me awhile to read, but the second half flew by with so much happening and so many great moments. It was great to see some of the characters we love from the rest of the series and hear about their lives.

If you have read this series you definitely need to. These books would be considered standalones, but I definitely recommend starting at the beginning of the series. You won’t be disappointed.

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More Than A Pretty Face

I received a free electronic copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis

The one who got away was here all along. When I’m abandoned at a party and find myself in a vulnerable situation, a stranger rescues me. I want to thank him, but I have no memory of his face, only a text telling my housemate that he’s a cowboy with a pretty face. That’s not a lot to go on. I’ve build him up as a fantasy in my head, but when a flirtatious ranch hand makes his interest clear, I have to choose between clinging to a memory, one that’s fuzzy at best, and embracing the present. A real-life cowboy is better than a dream. Right? What if I’m wrong about that?

Remi Carrington’s cowboy books are always fun to read and I was excited to read the latest installment in her Cowboys of Stargazer Springs series. This is the second book of this series, but many of her series are interconnected. I love the way they are all set in the same area and at the same time. Super fun to read.

This was a really great book to read. There were so many great moments. Tyler and Jasmine had sparks flying of the page and there were plenty of laugh out loud moments. Throw in a cute, precocious child, goat yoga and gardening, you have a great book. Probably one of my favourite things about this book is the fact that when trouble comes to the relationship, the couple were able to actually talk about the issues. I love when books present a healthy way of dealing with conflict.

I will give a trigger warning for this book. This book does deal with drinks being drugged. If that is a trigger for you, you may not want to read this book.

If you haven’t read any of the books by Remi Carrington, this is your sign to pick one up today.