Sunday, December 10, 2017

One Enchanted Noël by Melissa Tagg


Synopsis:

Seb Pierce isn't exactly a cowboy, but after fifteen years on a ranch in Texas, he might as well be. And he'd do just about anything to keep the rancher who took him in so many years ago from losing his land...including returning to the wealthy roots he's long since abandoned. Seb agrees to work for his stern grandfather for one year in return for an early draw on his inheritance. But he never expected the agreement to land him in a quirky small town in Iowa at Christmas-time, renovating a dilapidated theater...and running into a woman he never thought he'd see again. She might not remember him, but he remembers her.

After too many years away from her hometown--and too many failures to count--Leigh Renwycke is finally back in Maple Valley and living the stable life she used to wish for. If only she could shake the old restlessness that used to get her into trouble. When Seb Pierce waltzes into her world and begs for her help planning the theater's holiday reopening, it could be the solution to her discontent. If she pulls it off, it might be enough to jumpstart a new career...and to prove once and for all that the new-and-improved Leigh is here to stay.

But between old secrets and new sparks, restoring a town treasure in time for Christmas may not be as easy as it seems...especially once Leigh learns the truth about Seb.

My Review: 4 Stars

Leigh's life is the most stable it's ever been. She's the assistant manager for The Red Door, she's living in an adorable townhome with her daughter, Winnie and she's been drug-free for 4 years now. But she's restless. And being restless has always gotten her in trouble in the past. She's come too far to fall back into old habits. She needs to prove to everyone, including herself, that she is strong enough to stand on her own two feet without anyone's help. 

Seb has been estranged from his grandfather for years. He couldn't handle his grandfather controlling every aspect of his life. He boarded a Greyhound bus years ago and never looked back. That is until Thad, the man who has been more of a father to him than his grandfather ever was, needed help saving his land. One phone call to his grandfather asking for financial help has Seb travelling all over the U.S. renovating old debilitated theaters and restoring them to their former glory. He has one final theater before he can claim his early inheritance and return home to the ranch in Texas. 

But one look at Leigh has him wondering if he was sent to this small, quirky town to renovate the theater or to make up for the one regret he has in his life. He knows he should tell her that they have met before but he just can't. He's drawn to her in a way that he's never been drawn to anyone before. He can't risk her finding out and losing the chance at a possible future together. 

The more time they spend together, the more their feelings grow. But what happens when the past comes back to haunt them? Will the secret Seb's been keeping from Leigh tear them apart? Or can she find it in herself to not only forgive him for keeping it from her but also forgive herself for her past mistakes? Can Seb help her to realize that she is no longer weak and helpless? Can he help her to see the strong, beautiful woman he sees who has overcome her past and is better because of it?  

I'm sad to see this series end! I have definitely enjoyed my time in Maple Valley, IA. It was such a fun getaway. I fell in love with the setting and the people. I wish I could say that I absolutely loved Leigh's book but sadly I just liked it. For me, Leigh's happily ever after felt more like a hopefully ever after. There were things that happened throughout the book that I feel didn't get resolved. With this being the ending of the series, I would've loved to see more closure. An epilogue of where the family is, say a year from now, would've been perfect in my opinion.

But don't let my thoughts or personal preferences discourage you from reading this series. It really is a fun series and I have enjoyed reading it! It has helped put me in the Christmas spirit. The love that this family has for each other, the sacrifices they are willing to make, the forgiveness they so freely give are only a few reasons why I will definitely be rereading this series again and again.  

Ms. Tagg definitely knows how to suck me in and keep my attention throughout each book of hers I have read. As I said before, I will definitely be checking out more of her books. 

And of course we can't forget my casting! 

Saturday, December 9, 2017

One Enchanted Eve by Melissa Tagg


Synopsis:

After years of mistakes and regret, Colin Renwycke finally has a plan: Hone his baking talent at the Denver Culinary Institute and embark on a new career as a pastry chef. If he's lucky, he might even manage to earn back his family's respect. But despite his skills in the kitchen, Colin's a mess in the classroom and his ongoing disasters are proving too much for his prickly instructor. If he loses his spot at the school, he's out of backup plans.

Culinary school instructor Rylan Jefferson has the chance to reclaim her dream of running her own bakery. But she only has until Christmas Eve to come up with the perfect recipe to impress an eccentric investor. She has no time for holiday parties or family plans . . . and especially not for the unruly student baker who couldn't follow a recipe if his life depended on it.

But Colin has the one ingredient Rylan needs most—talent. Lots of it. And when he makes a proposal that just might solve both their problems, Rylan can't say no—even if it does mean traveling all the way to Iowa. It just might be that the snow-covered plains and a charming small town full of postcard Christmas cheer are exactly what her hungry heart needs . . . along with a man who is much more than he seems.

My Review: 4.5 Stars

Rylan's dream of owning her own bakery came true. But after two years it was ripped out from underneath her. Hurt and brokenhearted, she dedicates her life to getting her dream back. Working as a culinary instructor at the Denver Culinary Institute owned by a renowned chef and restaurateur will help her get her foot in the door.

When an opportunity arises to work as the head baker in a new trendy bakery, she can almost taste her dream coming true again. The only thing standing in her way is an original recipe.. a signature dish.. something to dazzle said owner, chef and restaurateur. Sadly she doesn't have a single creative bone in her body. She is a by the book, no nonsense kind of baker. 

Desperate and on the verge of being expelled, Colin hatches a plan that would be a win/win for both him and Rylan. He'll help her come up with a signature dish if she promises not to expel him. Oh, and she has to come home with him to Iowa for Christmas. He needs her to help his family see that he's changed and doing what he's always wanted to do. 

Even though Rylan can't stand Colin, she needs his help. If going to Iowa with him will inspire an original recipe that will dazzle Potts, then she'll do it. No one said she had to like it though. 

But somewhere along the way her eyes were opened to the real Colin. The Colin who needs to prove to everyone, including himself, that he is not a failure. The Colin who is in desperate need of love and acceptance. The Colin who will do anything and everything for the people he loves. 

Their journey may have started out rocky but there is no denying that they were meant to be. Through their growing friendship they found love, forgiveness, healing and a well deserved happily ever after. 

*dreamy sigh*

Oh how I am loving this series! It's super cute and fun! I am loving the Renwycke's and can't wait for Leigh's story! 

This is the second book of Ms. Tagg's I have read and I'm sitting here wondering why in the world I haven't read more by her! Guess I'll need to check out her other books and add them to my TBR list! Any author that can suck me in from the beginning definitely needs to be added to my go to list! ;) 

This one was pretty easy for me... I saw these two from the very beginning. Love them! *dreamy sigh*


Author's Corner #12


Welcome to Author's Corner hosted by Bookworm NationKatie's Clean Book Collection and KJ's Book Nook! Once a month we will feature either a favorite author or new to us author. We will share the author's bio, one of our favorite books of theirs and a review. Each of us will be featuring a different author each month so there will also be links to each of our posts.

For this month's Author's Corner I am going to choose...




Kimberly Krey specializes in writing "romance that's clean without losing the steam!" 
She's a reader of good, clean romance, a lover of family time and Diet Coke, and the ultimate hater of laundry. She discovered her love for writing in college when given a creative writing assignment. She still remembers sitting in the lamplight's glow, crafting words to depict the vision in her head. That assignment sparked a passion within her. It took years to return to that passion, but now that she has, she counts it among her greatest blessings.

Krey is author of the top-selling Sweet Montana Bride series, as well as its companion series, Second Chances.

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I first discovered Kimberly Krey back in 2013 while I was in a reading rut. I kept trying book after book after book and I could NOT find anything that grabbed and kept my attention. While searching through Kindle freebies I came across Evie's Knight. Now If you knew me back then, you would know that this was not my typical read. But I absolutely LOVED it! And I have loved all of Kimberly's books that I have read! There are SO many I still need to read but these two are my favorites!


When Evie falls in love with Calvin Knight, their young, virtuous romance conjures a truly wicked spell.

Evie always thought her eighteenth year would be magical, but so far it's not what she hoped for. Her best friend has gone wild, her love life is void, and she misses her mom more than ever. But life for Evie is about to change. Calvin Knight, the object of her fascination, is about to fall madly in love with her.

Just one problem: Their love conjures a murderous woman from beyond the grave who wants Evie dead. The same demon who has haunted the Knight men for over four generations. Soon Calvin is forced to make a choice: Set Evie free and hope to evade the wrath of The Raven- haired Ghost, or use his newly gifted strengths to fight against her. If he chooses to fight and wins, Calvin will free the Knight men of this demonic witch. If he loses, Evie will become her next victim.

You can check out my review here.


Maddie Collins, first grade teacher at Cobble Creek Elementary, is not a man-hater. Sure, her absent father gave men a bad name, and her mother always warned her that high hopes were dangerous things, but Maddie still hopes to find a man who’ll return the love she has to offer. When lumberjack, Bear Schaefer takes an interest in her, Maddie allows her hopes to soar above the tree tops. 

Bear Schaefer, aka poster boy for Big Daddy Mills, has been dying to get back to Cobble Creek. As part owner and operator of an environmentally proactive logging company, he has a list of things vying for his attention. But none are quite so alluring as the lovely Maddie Collins. Date after date their connection grows deeper while the sparks grow hotter. Yet just as things become serious between them, a vengeful woman from Bear’s past threatens to tear them apart. With Maddie’s hopes for love so high, and Bear’s love so deep, a fall would be more devastating than a forest fire.

You can check out my review here.

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And don't for get to check out Kathy's post here and Katie's post here

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Do you have a blog and want to join us for Author's Corner? Then grab the picture and post with us! We will be posting the 2nd Saturday of each month. Make sure you share your link with us so we can check out your favorite authors as well! 

Happy reading my fellow bookworms!

Have Yourself a Very Swoony Christmas -- Reviews #3!


We hope you have been enjoying our Have Yourself a Very Swoony Christmas hosted by KJ's Book Nook, Bookworm Nation, and Katie's Clean Book Collection!

Every Saturday we will be posting links to all the fabulous reviews from the Swoony Christmas reads you send us as well as the new Rafflecopter.

We really do hope you are having as much fun as we are! Life can get pretty crazy this time of year and it's always good to escape reality for a little while. What better way than reading swoony Christmas books and entering to win prizes?! 😉

So... without further adieu... here are the reviews we have received so far! 

Marrying Miss Kringle: Lux by Lucy McConnell: 


The Christmas Groom by Taylor Hart: 


A Lawman for Christmas by Karen Kirst


How to Kiss a Billionaire by Cami Checketts: 


Honeymoon for One in Christmas Falls by Jennifer Peel:


Hot Cocoa Wars by Christene Houston:


The Christmas Boyfriend by Taylor Hart:


The Lumberjack's Yuletide Bride by Kimberly Krey:


A Christmas Kiss by Susan Hatler: 


Home For Christmas by Melissa McClone: 


The Bookworm and the Beast by Charlee James: 


A Gift for Santa by Beth Carpenter: 


More Trouble in Loveland by Jennifer Peel: 


Christmas Secrets by Donna Hatch: 


Christmas Grace by Jennifer Moore, Krista Lynn Jensen, Anita Stansfield & Chalon Linton: 


Mistletoe Wedding by Melissa McClone: 


One Enchanted Christmas by Melissa Tagg: 


A Christmas Seduction by Kristin Vayden, Nadine Millard and Rachel VanDyken:

Kathy

Sawdust and Mistletoe by Michelle Pennington:

Kathy
Jackie
KJ

The Object of His Affection by Marcia Lynn McClure:

Kathy

Forever Yours in Christmas Falls by Susan Hatler:

Kathy

Operation: Married by Christmas by Debra Clopton:

Kathy

Oh, Come On, Be Faithful by Cami Checketts:

Kathy

Under the Mistletoe Collection: 

Heidi

Eve's Christmas Wedding by Caroline Mickelson:

Ria

His Frontier Christmas Family by Regina Scott:

Heidi

A Convenient Christmas Wedding by Regina Scott:

Kathy

Forever Yours in Christmas Falls by Susan Hatler:

KJ

12 Days of Clean Romance – Day 6 – December 9th – Jennifer Griffith

   
My Fair Aussie by Jennifer Griffith  

There's more to this Aussie cowboy than meets the eye. 

Former grad student Eliza works as a nanny for a self-absorbed trophy wife looking to trade up for a new husband and ditch her child. Eliza will do anything to protect the little girl and open her boss’s eyes. Even if it requires an elaborate hoax. 

Then fate hits Eliza with Henry, a bewildered, dirty guy at the bus station. He’s got amazing teeth, cowboy swagger, and an accent to swoon for. Everything is falling into place for a rags-to-riches-style bait and switch. But will it deliver a slice of humble pie to Eliza’s boss—or get Eliza fired? 

Worse, refining him might mean losing her heart.     

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Praise for My Fair Aussie  

My Fair Aussie is the perfect retelling of a classic tale with a delicious twist—and an Australian cowboy to boot. It's the ideal combination of humor and romance. Totally swoon-worthy. Highly recommended! – CJ Anaya, USA Today bestselling author
“How does she do it? Griffith once again makes me laugh out loud and thoroughly enjoy a good book. Love her cute characters.” Amazon Reviewer 'grimm

 
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“That’s nice and all,” Henry said, his dazzling teeth outshining his grime, “but I really do need access to an international phone. This place only has a pay phone that calls locally, and I need to make an overseas call, and—”
“How about this, Henry?” Polly rubbed her chin as if she were an old man stroking his beard in thought. “We need someone to do a project with us for two weeks.”
Two weeks! I spluttered beside her, not knowing how to stop this fast-moving freight train. Did she even know what she was saying?
“At the end of two weeks, if you can accomplish what we need you to do—all of it being totally legal and above-board, I promise—I’ll make sure you get an international phone.”
“Two weeks…” Henry frowned. He didn’t have the confused look of earlier, but he didn’t seem to be rejecting it. “What exactly are we talking about?”
“Oh, it will be fun. Lots of fun.” Polly would not be stopped. “You’ll get to dress in nice clothes, meet wealthy people, go to at least one nice party.”
I’d rather work for Mo-No forever than hurt this guy who was worrying about the helicopters and the water in the river and his fanciful realm of reality-forged-of-imagination. For as wacked as it was, his crazy worldview definitely did seem harmless, sweet almost. And his Australian accent, now that it quit plaguing me as I tried to decipher it, was totally engaging.
We could not set him up.
However, Henry didn’t look appalled; he looked intrigued, if that was possible, through the grime. “My Fair Lady. I get it. But in this case, I’m the lady.”

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Also by Jennifer Griffith

 
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Author Jennifer Griffith 

Jennifer Griffith writes light, sweet romances she calls Cotton Candy for the Soul. Her Legally in Love Collection stems from the fact she fell in love with a handsome law school student who now serves as a judge—as well as her muse. She also writes the Billionaire Makeover Romances, billionaires and makeovers being some things with which she has less experience. Jennifer loves old cars, landscape paintings, fresh bread with raspberry jam, and reading. She lived in Japan during college, where she once ate a cricket on a dare. She also traveled through Europe, where she slept a night in a castle on the Rhine. Jennifer worked summers in a cookie factory, and she spent a few years working for the U.S. Congress before becoming a wife, a mom and an author.

 
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Giveaway Details

$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Giveaway
Ends 12/22/17

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Forever Yours in Christmas Falls by Susan Hatler


Synopsis:

Morgan Reed is excited to return to her hometown of Christmas Falls and open her beauty salon, but when she arrives to her rented business space she’s shocked to find it already occupied by Dallas Parker—her brother’s best friend, the guy she had a childhood crush on, and the one her mom blames for their family’s greatest tragedy.

With their landlord out of the country and unreachable, Morgan and Dallas must open their businesses together. But, no worries, all small towns need a combo furniture store/beauty salon, right? Ugh. As they work together, Morgan tries to keep her emotional distance but time and off-the-charts chemistry soon turn a childhood friendship into a blossoming romance.

Unfortunately, just when their relationship develops into something deeper, an unexpected crisis re-opens her family’s old wounds and the blame is on Dallas once again. Will Morgan’s sadness and fear pull them apart, or make her realize Dallas has always been her heart’s true safe harbor?

My Review: 5 Stars

December 2017:

Oh how I still LOVE Forever Yours in Christmas Falls! It's SO good! If you haven't read it or the other books in the Return to Christmas Falls series then you are missing out! Add it to your list! You can thank me later.. ;) Hehe.

October 2017:

Morgan Reed's life is not her own. Everything she has ever done, has been for her parents. And she is miserable! She does not want to get her MBA and she does not want to work in her parents bank. Ever since she was a little girl, the only thing she ever wanted to do was be a beautician. So with the money from the trust her grandparents set up for her, she goes to school to become an esthetician. And now she is moving back to Christmas Falls to open up her very own beauty salon. 

But there seems to be a problem with the building she's leased. She's not the only person the landlady has leased the spaced to. Who might the other person be? Dallas Parker. THE Dallas Parker. Her older brother's best friend. The boy she fell in love with when she was a young girl. The boy who, according to her mother, has caused their family a lot of pain and heartache. The boy the whole town thinks is a menace. 

Oh why is this happening to her?! How will she get her parents to understand this is what she was meant to do? Especially when they find out who she'll be sharing a space with. There's only one solution. She has got to get him out of her space. She'll sabotage him. She'll turn the space into the most girly place you have ever seen. He'll want to leave for sure. 

But the more time they spend together, the more old feelings start to resurface. And Morgan will discover that she wasn't alone in her feelings. Dallas felt the same way. But with all the rumors going around about him, he had to make something of himself before anything could happen between them. He had to make himself worthy of her. 

And now that she is back in his life, he will fight to keep her in it. He will fight to keep her dreams alive. He will fight to make her life her own. Tragedy or no tragedy, Dallas will NOT let her slip through his hands. They are meant to be together and he will do everything in his power to make sure they finally get their HEA!

*dreamy sigh* Oh my gosh! You guys! This book. This one right here is absolutely amazing! I loved it! I was sucked in from the very beginning and instantly fell in love with Morgan and Dallas! The feels were definitely real my friends! I laughed out loud, got teary eyed, growled in frustration, had a goofy smile on my face and let out quite a few little dreamy sighs. Loved it!

Guys! I am seriously loving Christmas Falls! I can tell you right now that this will be a series I will be reading over and over and over again! It's amazing! I can't wait to finish the rest of the books!

It's been awhile since I have read any books by Ms. Hatler and I forgot what I have been missing out on! It's about time to pick up more of her books! She definitely knows how to write a swoony romance!

And these two! *dreamy sigh* I think they make the perfect Morgan and Dallas! <3

Festivity Friday - Week 3


We are so excited for our first annual 
Have Yourself a Very Swoony Christmas event,


Festivity Friday is our fabulous cap of the week!
Each Friday, we will be posting the winners of 
our giveaways. Be sure to stop by all week long
for fun posts and chances to win,
and be sure to check back on Fridays to see if you're a winner!

And the winners are...

Christmas Treat Pack -- Robin Moore

One ebook of Sawdust and Mistletoe and Twist of Fate -- Danielle Hammelef

$5 Amazon Gift Card -- Amanda Reyes

Cami Checketts ebook -- Darla C.

**Winners will be contacted by email**