Monday, July 21, 2014

"Mountain Laurel"

"The perfect, page-turning romance to read at the beach..." ebookluver 

So what if Laurel Morgan hadn't had a date since the senior prom? If all it would take to convince her teenage sister to consider college was to go on a few dates and have some fun, it was a bet she could beat. And before she could change her mind, sexy forest ranger Michael Walker agreed to play the part of her ardent admirer! 

Laurel never expected Michael's acting abilities to be quite so convincing. Whenever her sister was watching, Laurel found herself wrapped in a heady embrace with a passionate kiss on the way. Her captivating cohort promised a performance that would win her the wager, but when the curtain closed, would she lose the only man she would ever love?

My Thoughts...

I always look forward to reading Ms. Fasano's books. I think this is the tenth book by her I've read. What can I say...

Donna Fasano knocks it out of the park again! I was drawn into the story from the very beginning, and what a surprise when I found the setting to the story was written around the area of Western Maryland where I lived until 16 years ago when hubby and I retired from farming and moved to Iowa. 'Loved it!'

Anyone who enjoys a feel-good story with some light-hearted romance will be delighted with this fun "Mind Cotton Candy" happily-ever-after kind of romantic tale. Again I was not disappointed and I found it quite entertaining, so much so that I awarded it 4 Sweet Cotton Candy Stars.

This book is a part of my Nook library.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

"Summertime Blogging Break"

With Summertime here, I've decided to take a break from blogging for the Summer. I will still be reading, but not posting any reviews. I hope all have a fun and enjoyable summer. Until August, Enjoy Your Summertime Fun.

Friday, May 23, 2014

"Falling In Love With Her Husband"

Todd Brothers loves Ann Statesman with a love that is tender and passionate. He would do anything for her, so when she asks him to take her with him to Jamestown, North Dakota, his heart cannot refuse her, though he knows she marries him to get out of Virginia where the memory of Kent Ashton and Rebecca Johnson's engagement will finally escape her mind. Todd hopes that given time, she will learn to love him, so he determines to be the kind of husband God wants him to be. In his desire to be patient for her heart to open up to him, he allows her to wait until she's ready before consummating their marriage, for he longs for her to want him. Though the waiting period is rough, he learns that love means putting her needs before his own. Todd will be patient with her. 

Just when he believes she has finally given her heart fully to him, Kent returns and threatens to shatter the hopes he had that she might want to be with him instead of Kent. When he sees her kissing Kent, he wishes to believe that Kent forced the kiss, but can he dare to hope she tells the truth and does love him? Or will their fragile marriage be torn apart?

This book is a part of my Nook library.

Monday, May 19, 2014

"All I Want Is You"

Vintage Boutique owner Venus Smith is stunned to realize her newest acquisition comes with a larcenous legend. Stolen years ago, the antique mermaid brooch belongs to the Clayworth family. The right thing to do would be to return it, but that means facing Connor Clayworth O'Flynn, the sexy department store heir Venus has had an unrequited crush on since childhood~~and the man who helped ruin her father.

Connor knows that Venus has never forgiven him for what happened between their families. But business isn't personal, even though Venus's father's betrayal still cuts him like a knife. So when Venus proposes a deal~~she'll return his family's brooch if he helps clear her father's name~~he reluctantly agrees. As action-packed days turn into flirtatious fall nights, it isn't long before old memories resurface...and new desires ignite. Can two young lovers leave the past behind? Or must they first admit that all they've ever really each other?

My Thoughts...

This is the first book I've read by this author, Sherrill Bodine. This was one of those light, bubbly romance novels with an underlying mystery to solve, which made it a very enjoyable read. "All I Want Is You" was a rousing good time...dishy, delicious, and utterly delightful.  I'm a fool for romance with a bit of mystery thrown in so I found this book quite entertaining. 

I won this book a year or two ago from another book blogger, but sorry I can't remember who. The book is now a part of my personal library and I enjoyed it enough to award it 3 lovely stars.

Friday, May 16, 2014

"Murder on the Red Carpet"

The last thing Arlena Madison and Penelope Sutherland expect to find while searching for their runaway dog, Zazoo, is a beautiful young girl buried in the snow on the side of the road. When the police discover that the murdered girl was obsessed with Arlena, an up-and-coming actress, questions arise about possible connections between the victim and the legendary Madison family. Arlena has just been cast as the lead actress in iconic film director Salvatore Marco's next movie. If she can prove herself as a serious actress, it might just be her ticket out of the cut-rate horror movie world.

Penelope has just gotten her big break, too. Her company, Red Carpet Catering, has booked its first real job on the Marco movie, cooking every meal during filming. She can't believe her luck, working with the famous director and also with her best friend, Arlena. But when serious accidents begin threatening the lives of the cast and crew, the whole production is in danger of being shut down.

Detective Joseph Baglioni, a childhood friend of Penelope's, tracks the killer who lurks among the stars. His search leads him into the world of celebrity stalkers, aggressive paparazzi, crazed fans, and Hollywood deal makers, all with agendas of their own. In a desperate race to catch a killer, he discovers that past mistakes don't always stay buried and the lies people tell have the power to undo them.

My Thoughts...

Shawn Reilly Simmons has written a fun cozy mystery with a heroine who is a caterer, some romance, plenty of intrigue, suspense and a cute little doggie, Zazoo thrown into the mix.

The novel was a fun, fast, cozy read that kept me entertained right up to the surprise ending. It was a delightful treat to read.

This is the first book by Ms. Simmons, and I thought it was a wonderful book for her debut book. I don't know if it is going to be a series or not, but if there is another one in the series I will be willing to read it.

This book is part of my Kindle library and I enjoyed it so much I awarded it 4 "Red Carpet" stars.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

"Take Me, I'm Yours"

Sexy single dad Derek Mitchell had learned the hard way to never trust a beautiful woman. So although he would always be indebted to Lainey Adams for thwarting a kidnapping attempt on his beloved daughter, he wasn't about to show his gratitude by offering his heart on a silver platter! But what was the brooding bachelor to do when his matchmaking millionaire father rewarded Lainey's giving her part of the family fortune? For despite Derek's love phobia, something about the beguiling Lainey touched his soul, filling him with hope—and desire. Yet he sensed that she was keeping secrets—the kind that could shatter his world..

My Thoughts....

This book is the ninth book I've read by this author, Donna Fasano, she is fast becoming one of my favorite authors of romantic novels. She keeps them "PG" rated, which is a big plus for me.

I wanted something light to read and this book hit the spot. It had me from the very first words, "Sunlight reflected on the ocean" it drew me right into the story. It was a fast read (I read it in one day) a delightfully fun and charming book with a little mystery thrown in. Frankly, I found it quite entertaining.

Once I started reading the book I didn't want to put it down. I really like reading happily-ever-after romantic books, I call them my 'Cinderella' books, and again this one did not disappoint.

This book is part of my Nook library and I enjoyed it enough to award it 5 lovely star kisses.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

"What Are The 35 Worst Things You Can Say To Book Lovers?"

Pile of books
I found this article at Barnes and Nobles Blog on Facebook.

We’re mostly quiet, mild-mannered folk, us book people. We keep to ourselves. We like to sit in cozy chairs, get lost in imaginary worlds, and not talk to others for extended periods of time. We mean you no harm.
But there are…others. Others who don’t understand the struggle. You know who we mean: the chatty Cathys, the reality TV enthusiasts, the book-eschewing active types—they don’t get that for hardcore readers, books aren’t just an activity or a hobby. Books are a way of life. And occasionally these people say things that make us oh, so very tired. You could probably recite this list by heart already anyway, but let’s all agree to do each other a solid and share it with our non-reading friends. Let’s make people stop saying these words:
  1. I liked the movie version much better.
  2. That’s a pretty big book for such a lil’ lady.
  3. People still read!?!?! OMG LOL ROFL FML OMG OMG #SORRYNOTSORRY
  4. You’ll have to get rid of some of these.
  5. I only bought this book because the cover art has my favorite actor on it.
  6. I ripped out all the pages of a first edition of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer because Pinterest told me I could use them to decoupage a picture frame.
  7. I haven’t read any of them, but don’t they look awesome on my shelf?
  8. Oh this? I just carry it around because it makes me look smart.
  9. I hate the smell.
  10. Who’s Kurt Vonnegut?
  11. Libraries make me nervous. Too quiet!
  12. I only go to the bookstore for the free wifi.
  13. I’m too hungry to look at the secondhand book table with you. Can we skip it?
  14. Wait. The point of this book club is actually to discuss the book? I thought it was code for wine night!
  15. Nope, can’t wait for you to finish this chapter. We need to discuss my date right now.
  16. I have to read Prawst for class. No, I’m pretty sure that’s how it’s pronounced. It’s Swedish.
  17. Do you really need to pack all these books? We’re only going away for 3 days!
  18. I spilled cranberry juice on it. Sorry.
  19. Sorry. It’s just that even the smallest reading light bothers me.
  20. Print is dead, you know.
  21. We’re sorry. Ikea’s Expedit shelving system is being discontinued.
  22. If you could only have one book to read in the whole wide world, what would it be?
  23. No, we’re sorry. The author has decided not to complete the series.
  24. Did you hear Vin Diesel is gonna play Holden Caulfield?
  25. This bookstore is closing to make way for an Equinox.
  26. You have to be out of your apartment in 3 days.
  27. I use them more as plates than anything else.
  28. That book you lent me? Hmm. I can’t remember where I put it. The last thing I remember was highlighting my favorite parts in pink.
  29. But what ELSE do you want for your birthday?
  30. You read a lot. What’s the name of the author who wrote that book about those things?
  31. Why do you care so much about the spine?!
  32. After you pull out your book: Oh. I thought maybe we could chat while we wait.
  33. Yeah, we met in a bookstore. Can you believe it!? I never go to bookstores—I was only in there buying a coffee!
  34. Put that book down. Let’s play beach volleyball instead!
  35. The next volume in the trilogy will hit shelves May 2019.