Wednesday, April 20, 2016

"Lone Heart Pass" Book Tour

Where family bonds are made and broken, and where young love sparks as old flames grow dim, Ransom Canyon is ready to welcome—and shelter—those who need it 

With a career and a relationship in ruins, Jubilee Hamilton is left reeling from a fast fall to the bottom. The run-down Texas farm she's inherited is a far cry from the second chance she hoped for, but it and the abrasive foreman she's forced to hire are all she's got. 

Every time Charley Collins has let a woman get close, he's been burned. So Lone Heart ranch and the contrary woman who owns it are merely a means to an end, until Jubilee tempts him to take another risk—to stop resisting the attraction drawing them together despite all his hard-learned logic. 

Desperation is all young Thatcher Jones knows. And when he finds himself mixed up in a murder investigation, his only protection is the shelter of a man and woman who—just like him—need someone to trust.

The story seized my attention on the first page and drew me right into the story. It was a page turner for sure. I found it difficult to put down and read into the wee small hours, way past my bedtime!

I loved the way the romance slowly began to grow, trust, friends and then the budding romance progressed slowly throughout the story.

Not only was there light romance, but there was a mystery intertwined throughout the story. It also had a bit of comic relief scattered here and there. It was just a wonderful all-around feel good story, just the way I like my stories.  I really, really liked this book and I decided it deserves 5 "Lone Heart" stars.

A fifth-generation Texan, JODI THOMAS sets the majority of her novels in her home state. Thomas is a marriage and family counselor by education, with a background that enables her to write about family dynamics. Honored in 2002 as a Distinguished Alumni by Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Thomas enjoys interacting with students on the West Texas A & M University campus, where she currently serves as Writer in Residence. When not working on a novel or inspiring students to pursue a writing career, Thomas enjoys traveling with her husband, Tom, renovating a historic home they bought in Amarillo, and "checking up" on their two grown sons.
By Jodi Thomas
HQN Books; April 26, 2016
$7.99; 384 pages

This book was provided for me to read and review by the publishers...I did not receive any type of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers and authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

"Two Hearts in Winter"

Loss and betrayal have caused Heather Phillips to give up on love. She's thrown herself into running The Lonely Loon, her Bed and Breakfast located on the boardwalk of Ocean City, Maryland. The "off season" in this tourist town is usually a time of rest and reflection for her; however, DB Atwell, a famous author, arrives at The Loon for the winter to finish his long-overdue novel. Daniel, too, has faced grief, and tragedy continues to haunt him. Once Heather and Daniel meet, their lives will never be the same. 

Reminiscent of Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks and culminating in a happily-ever-after similar to the great Nora Roberts, Two Hearts in Winter is a story about learning to let go of the past, about realizing that, though hardship affects us, it need not define us, and about coming to understand and truly believe that beauty is sometimes covered in scars. The human heart has an amazing ability to forgive, to heal, and to hope, especially when touched by love. 

My Thoughts...

I really liked this book. It was a sweet romance story, but much more then just a romance. Heather had issues she was dealing with and Daniel had his baggage full of personal problems he had to struggle with.  However, slowly they begin to trust each other and help one another overcome the hurdles they had to cross.

It was a quick read and once I started reading it I was glued to my e-reader. I loved the ending, very believable. I can't wait for the next book in the series. I somehow missed the first book in this series, so will be reading it soon.

Even though it is Book 2 in the Ocean City Boardwalk series it is also a stand alone book. I enjoyed it so much I have decided to award it 5 yes 5 "Heart" Stars.

I own this book and it is a part of my Nook library.

Friday, April 1, 2016

"Home on Apple Blossom Road"

Home is where the love is… 

Colin Wright and Mia Blair grew up in Icicle Falls, but they left years ago—and not on good terms. Now Colin's grandmother, Justine, has died, and they've come home to honor this woman they both loved. That's when they get some unexpected news. They're about to inherit something. Jointly. They just have no idea what. It turns out that Justine's designed a treasure hunt for them, like the ones they enjoyed when they were kids and best friends. 

But they're not kids anymore, and they sure aren't best friends. As for that young love they once shared? Well…it's complicated. 

On the trail of Justine's treasure, they follow a series of clues that take them down memory lane—ending up at the orchard on Apple Blossom Road. What will they find there? And what did Justine know that they didn't?

My Thoughts....

As always I like a good clean romantic story, and Ms. Roberts never disappoints. However, this story started off a bit slow for my taste, (however, that was no fault of the authors, I was not feeling my best for a few days) but the pace picked up as they followed the clues as their treasure hunt continues....

The story line at times focuses on what happened as they were growing up. And then returns to the present, in that way we get to be up close and personal with Colin and Mia throughout their growing up years. Eventually, we learn what the misunderstanding was that destroyed their love for one another.

Sheila Roberts writes emotional, clean story lines in her novels, which I always fine refreshing. Many of her novels are filled with human qualities like regret, forgiveness and love. So if you are looking for a hot and steamy romance, you need to look elsewhere!

 HOME ON APPLE BLOSSOM ROAD is a sweet romance about two people who drifted apart from one another, because of a misunderstanding. As all sweet as cotton candy stories go... the romance progressed to a happily ever after ending. My favorite "Mind Candy" kind of stories. 

I enjoyed the story to the point of awarding it 5 "Apple Blossom" stars. This book is a part of my Nook library.