Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Thirteenth Chance by Amy Matayo



Synopsis:

Baseball star Will Vandergriff knows any number of women who would happily pretend to be his girlfriend. In a last-ditch effort to restore his good standing with his team’s higher-ups, he enlists the help of his neurotic, goody-goody neighbor. Schoolteacher Olivia Pratt might be a bit quirky and a bit of a loner, but she’s a lot more inviting than she knows. Will hopes that bringing her to his next game might revamp his reckless reputation and help get his career back on track. The only problem? The plan works a little too well. Not only do the higher-ups love Olivia, but Will plays his best game yet. Suddenly his losing streak is a thing of the past, and Olivia is his new good-luck charm. Will feels anything but lucky.

After years of keeping the world at bay, Olivia Pratt is pulling off the ultimate performance—not only reluctantly posing as Will’s girlfriend but also insisting that she’s oblivious to his major-league appeal. But she can only lie to herself for so long. Being by Will’s side feels good. Really good. Maybe it’s finally time to make a pitch for everything she really wants—and to find out just how exhilarating love can be.

My Review: 5 Stars

Olivia grew up in the shadow of her older brother, overlooked her entire life. She is made to feel like she is invisible, that she'll never be good enough, that she's selfish. Is it any wonder that she has a few quirks? Or that she finds it hard to believe that her hot, annoying neighbor would have any interest in her at all?

Will is a professional pitcher and has the reputation of being a player, a ladies man. When not so flattering accusations or laid on his doorstep, the higher ups demand that he get his act together and start cleaning up his reputation. Who better for the job than his beautiful, albeit a little crazy, neighbor? 

One game. It was only supposed to be one game. That's it. No more. But after Will's team wins for the first time in a very long time, he will do whatever it takes to convince Olivia that she must be at his next game. She's just earned the title of his Lucky Charm. 

But what happens when they keep winning? How long can they keep up the charade of their fake relationship? And what happens when things stop feeling fake and start feeling real? Can they go from fake to forever? 

I absolutely LOVED this book! Any book that can make me laugh out loud, make me smile like crazy, make me sigh little dreamy sighs and have me staying up WAY too late reading is a definite winner in my opinion! I am SO glad that I snatched this book up and devoured it! If this is not on your TBR list then you need to add it! If it is on your TBR list then you need to bump this baby up! 

This is only my third book by Amy Matayo and it definitely won't be my last! I can't wait to see what other treasures she has out there! 

And of course my casting! I have to say that I LOVE these two! *dreamy sigh*


*I received a copy of the book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Between Hope and the Highway by Charissa Stastny


Synopsis:

Sometimes things get so messed up you have to pick up and get the heck out of Dodge. That’s what Liz Ruthersford does. Memories can be weapons, and hers have become incoming missiles. Fleeing home and her parents’ pity, she seeks refuge on a remote ranch in Montana where no one knows her tragic past. When she meets Bentley and Rawson Law, brothers with wounds of their own, life veers off course from her plans. Embers of hope and love flicker to life, but will Liz let them burn bright enough to warm her heart? Or will she hit the highway and run once again? A clean, heart-pounding romance and redemption story.

My Review: 3.5 Stars

When tragedy strikes, Liz finds herself needing a fresh start. She needs to go somewhere where memories aren't haunting her around every corner. The middle of nowhere Montana is just what she's looking for. Maybe now she will be able to get her life back on track.

Rawson has a secret that has been haunting him for years. He, too, is in need of a fresh start. He thinks modeling in Europe is just what he needs. But the more time he spends away from the ranch, the more he realizes that he misses home. Heading back to take his place on the ranch is really what he needs. If only he can get his dad to see that he's not the failure he thinks he is. Maybe then he can get his life back on track.

Bentley has every reason to hate his life after a car accident that killed one of his brothers leaves him crippled. But he chooses to keep moving forward, working on his disabilities and being the best person he can be. Being bullied for his limp and bent neck isn't easy but at least he's alive. He knows that the harder he works the better his life can be. He is determined to live his life and not be the cripple that everyone sees him as.

Life is full of trials, tribulations, love, forgiveness, happiness, redemption. It has a way of throwing curve balls, chewing us up and spitting us out. How we deal with it says a lot about who we are. We can either let it ruin us or we can let it better us. But the choice will always be ours to make. We just have to have the faith and the courage to keep moving forward. Life isn't always going to be fair but in the end, it will always be worth it.

I have to admit that I had a hard time getting into this book. The first half of it dragged for me and I almost gave up. I think a lot of that had to do with Liz. I had a really hard time connecting with her. I felt she was missing one word from her vocabulary... compromise. I felt like she wanted everyone to fit into her mold. If they didn't, she was quick to judge and sometimes throw out extremely hurtful things. There were times that I almost wished Rawson would run the other way! But he proved to be a better person than I. And between Rawson and Bentley during the second half of the book, I found myself rooting for our hero and heroine to get their happily ever after.

And my casting... we just can't forget that... ;)


Content: Swearing throughout the book. Moderate innuendo throughout the book. Steamy kissing scenes. Moderate religious aspects.

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

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

** COVER REVEAL ** Courting the Countess by Donna Hatch


We just had a fantastic release with Author Donna Hatch ... and now we get another one! I am beyond ecstatic! I love her books and I'm excited to share each and every one.

As a little recap - let's take a look at the previous books we've featured for Donna's before we see her newest addition!


And she has even more books we have not featured! Be sure to check them out!

And now ... On to the cover reveal starting with our author!



Donna Hatch is the author of the best-selling “Rogue Hearts Series,” and a winner of writing awards such as The Golden Quill and the International Digital Award. A hopeless romantic and adventurer at heart, she discovered her writing passion at the tender age of 8 and has been listening to those voices ever since. She has become a sought-after workshop presenter, and also juggles freelance editing, multiple volunteer positions, and most of all, her six children (seven, counting her husband). A native of Arizona who recently transplanted to the Pacific Northwest, she and her husband of over twenty years are living proof that there really is a happily ever after.


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Synopsis:

When charming rake Tristan Barrett sweeps Lady Elizabeth off her feet, stealing both her heart and a kiss in a secluded garden, her brother challenges Tristan to a duel. The only way to save her brother and Tristan from harm—not to mention preserve her reputation—is to get married. 

But her father, the Duke of Pemberton, refuses to allow his daughter to marry anyone but a titled lord. The duke demands that Elizabeth marry Tristan’s older brother, Richard, the Earl of Averston. Now Elizabeth must give up Tristan to marry a man who despises her, a man who loves another, a man she’ll never love. 

Richard fears Elizabeth is as untrustworthy as his mother, who ran off with another man. However, to protect his brother from a duel and their family name from further scandal, he agrees to the wedding, certain his new bride will betray him. Yet when Elizabeth turns his house upside down and worms her way into his reluctant heart, Richard suspects he can’t live without his new countess. Will she stay with him or is it too little, too late?

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Beck and Call: Pianos and Promises by Jennifer Peel


Synopsis:

What happens when a dashing Englishman and an almost famous pianist collide? Sparks. And lots of them.

Call’s life always seems to be on the cusp of working out, only to unravel at the last moment. For instance, when she meets the guy. The man she’s been fantasizing about from afar. The one who walks his beautiful Siberian husky around her neighborhood. Their first meeting is nothing like she hoped; in fact, she wishes she never met him.

Charles Beckett is in need of a good dog-sitter, but he gets more than he bargained for when a cheeky American bartender shows up at his house fifteen minutes late. The job interview quickly turns into a sparring match and Call leaves vowing to run him over with her truck the next time she sees him.

It’s up to their dogs now to bring the pair together.

Will Call finally have one of her dreams come true? Or will the Englishman be another checkmark in her long list of unrealized promises?

My Review: 5 Stars

Call never imagined her dreams of singing and recording contracts would come to a crashing halt. But that's exactly what happened when she found out her momma was dying and it was up to her to take care of her younger brother Noah. A year and a half later, Call is working two jobs to try to make ends meet and give her brother the best life she can give him. He has experienced way too much heartache in his life. She would do anything for him, including sacrificing her dreams and what little time she has to herself.

When her best friend, Jillian, tells her about a possible job opportunity, she jumps at the chance in order to give Noah an amazing Christmas. And if showing up 15 minutes late to her job interview wasn't bad enough, HE had to open the door looking all handsome and broody. Why oh why did she have to be late?! And why of why was it HIM that had to open the door?!

From the moment Beck met Ms. E. Call, he was drawn to the intriguingly, irritating beauty. Not only had she shown up late to her interview (which is one of his biggest pet peeves) but she was full of sass and not afraid to speak her mind. He had never met anyone like her and because he was in a bad mood during the interview, he may have ruined any chance he had to get to know her better. But if Beck was anything, it was determined. And with the help of both their dogs, Call had finally met her match.

Oh how I loved this book! I was sucked in from the very beginning and I seriously did not want to put it down! I laughed out loud, I cheered on our hero, I let out dreamy sighs, I fell in love and thoroughly enjoyed seeing Beck and Call get their happily ever after! And if that doesn't convince you that this book is amazing then you should know I have read this book twice already! Yes... I said TWICE! It was perfect and just what I needed!

Jennifer Peel has done it again! And she succeeded in obtaining something very rare from me. For those that don't know I am really not a novella person. Novellas don't give me enough time to feel connected to the characters and fall in love with them. Novellas usually get 3 star ratings from me. So for me to give a novella 4 stars is pretty big. But giving it 5 stars is HUGE! 5 stars for novellas doesn't happen very often so when it does... you know that I absolutely LOVED the book!

And can we just talk about this casting for a minute?! I mean come on! Aren't they GORGEOUS?! I think this is one of my favorites so far! *dreamy sigh*


*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Thursday, September 15, 2016

A Summer Remade by Nicole Deese


Synopsis:

Joss Sanders needs an escape. Or maybe she just needs a reminder of a sweeter, simpler, and steadier time. But her family's vacation cabin isn't exactly how she remembered it as a child, and neither is the charming young man who lives next door.

Change is everywhere, and if Joss doesn't learn to embrace it, she just might lose the second chance she needs the most.

My Review: 4 Stars

Life is hard. Change is inevitable. Not everything is going to go our way. But instead of embracing the changes, we all try to hold on to normal, hold on to safe. 

And that is exactly what Joss does when her whole life is turned upside down. Running away to her family's cabin on Lopez Island is just what she needs when life becomes too much for her to bare. But instead of coming to terms with everything, Joss is desperate to find and use any little thing she can to make sure life goes back to the way it used to be. 

Little did she know that fate had something else in store. Enter Drew. He used to be the chubby kid that all the other kids made fun of during the summer on the island. But now he's all grown up and is in the perfect position to help Joss come to terms with all the curve balls life has been throwing at her. And if she can help him in return, life just might start looking up for the both of them. 

I really enjoyed this sweet, coming of age novella. I laughed, I got teary eyed, I let out little dreamy sighs and found myself smiling quite a bit. With all the craziness going on in my life at the moment, this was the perfect read for me. It can all be summed up in a paragraph from the book... "If this summer's taught me anything, it's to appreciate every moment. The small, the big, and the life-altering. I tuck each memory into a cherished pocket of my heart, pull down my sunglasses and slip into my car." That. That right there makes me want to tell everyone that life is too short... remember to cherish every moment and to embrace it! 

Nicole Deese is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. All of her books I have read so far, I have loved. I am definitely looking forward to reading more books by her! If you haven't read anything of hers yet then you are missing out. She really is an amazing author! <3 

And of course I can't forget my casting! This one is mostly my imagination and I really like it! :)
  

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Protective One by Cami Checketts


Synopsis:

Betrayed by an FBI agent while in protective custody, MacKenzie Gunthrie escapes a crime lord and is left hiding from the authorities and her enemies. She finds solace in the peaceful mountain town of Crested Butte, Colorado. With help from a longtime girl's camp friend and a new identity, she's starting to feel safe.

The only problem is the overconfident and much too good-looking Isaac Turnbow. Protecting identity has become second nature, but Isaac poses a threat to her heart.

Isaac Turnbow has an undeniable need to convince MacKenzie he’s someone she can trust and kiss, but when well-armed men arrive to disturb their budding relationship, he must prove to her and himself that he can protect her.

My Review: 4 Stars

MacKenzie had a pretty good life until one night while out running she witnesses a murder. She is now in protective custody until the murderer can be apprehended and charged. But one of the FBI agents is a mole and has leaked her location. Now on the run to save her life, she heads to the small town of Crested Butte to stay with her friend Haley until the murderer is caught or until she can figure out who she can trust. 

Isaac had a huge crush on Mac when she was 14 years old but hasn't seen her in years. When she shows up all these years later, those same feelings resurface... only stronger. She's still the same beautiful, amazing girl she was back then, but there is something different. Something has happened and he has the overwhelming need to protect her. If only she would trust him and open up to him about what has her running scared over the smallest things. 

Mac is confused about her feelings for Isaac. One minute she's wanting to be around him and the next she wants nothing to do with him. During her on again, off again feelings for Isaac, she meets Brad... the scum of the earth who took advantage of Haley and is Taz's father. He does his best to try and weasle his way into her life but can't keep his true self hidden for long... once a snake, always a snake.

With Brad out of the picture and her feelings for Isaac growing stronger than ever, she discovers that the murderer has landed in Colorado and has gone off grid. To protect Isaac and his family she flees again. But how far can she get on her own? And what will Isaac do when he discovers she has disappeared without a trace? His protective nature becomes even stronger and he will do anything and everything he can to protect the woman he loves.  

I have to admit I had a hard time connecting with Mac for the first half of the book. She was giving me whiplash with all the back and forth with her feelings. I was starting to feel sorry for Isaac and may have told him a few times to walk away! Lol. But once her secret was out, she grew on me and I ended up liking her. And I may or may not have done a little happy dance when Brad finally got what was coming to him... stupid scumbag!

The Protective One is a great addition to The Billionaire Bride Pact series. I really have enjoyed these books. I'm looking forward to rereading them again once all the books have been released... I think it would be fun to have a binge read... ;) 

Cami Checketts has definitely become an auto-buy author for me. I don't even read the synopsis anymore before purchasing them. Hehe. I can't wait to see what she has in store for us next! :) 

As for my casting... I went back and forth between a couple of options but settled on this one. I really like these two! :)
  

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Christoper and Jamie: Pianos and Promises by Jennifer Peel


Synopsis:

Jaime Seger has two goals in life: marry her best friend, the man that owns her heart and soul, and buy her very own grand piano. But Christopher McKay, who has no idea Jaime's been in love with him since she was eleven years old, never gets the memo and marries someone else.

When Christopher's wife dies, Jamie finds herself helping him raise his young daughter. A year later, she is on the other end of a very unlikely proposal, promising everything she thought she ever wanted.

​Will Christopher help Jaime finally realize both of her dreams, or will she only be left with broken promises?

My Review: 4 Stars

Jaime and Chris met for the first time in the 6th grade. Even though they were complete opposites, they instantly became the best of friends. Throughout the years Jaime fell in love with Chris and dreamed of a happily ever after with him.

However, life doesn't always work out the way we want it to. Chris ends up marrying someone else, they have an adorable little girl named Allie and then, in an instant, Chris becomes a widower. He is desperate and reaches out to Jaime for help.

Being the best friend that she is, Jaime drops everything and is by his side in a heartbeat. Maybe now Chris will finally open his eyes and see what has been right in front of him all along. But Jaime ultimately realizes that she will never get her happily ever after with Chris and makes the hardest decision of her life. She's moving and taking a job 4 hours away.

Chris is in shock. He can't believe that Jaime is leaving him and Allie. He needs her and is desperate to keep her. But there is only way he can make this happen. He proposes marriage and makes promises he doesn't know if he can keep. Jaime says yes and can't wait to spend her life with her best friend, her soul mate, her other half.

But again, life doesn't always work out the way we want it to. Fast forward 2 years and Jaime is filing for divorce. She can't keep living the way she has been. She deserves better, Allie deserves better. But how can she move forward without Chris? He has been a part of her life for so long and moving on without him feels extremely wrong. What happened to her best friend? Their life wasn't supposed to be filled with broken promises. It was supposed to be filled with love, laughter and happily ever after!

But when tragedy strikes again it will have everyone rethinking their life's choices and they will have to decide, once and for all, which path to choose. Will they choose the path that will lead them to where they were meant to be all along? Or will pianos and broken promises keep them apart forever?

I really enjoyed Pianos and Promises! It's a great start to a new, fun series! But I have to say Jennifer has completely spoiled me! I found myself wanting just a little bit more! I know that this is a novella and that we will see more of Chris and Jaime in Beck's book but I want more right now dang it! Lol. All in all it's a perfect afternoon read. If you are a Jennifer Peel fan then you will definitely enjoy this one!

And of course my review just wouldn't be complete without my casting. What do you think?!


*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*