Charmed by Chocolate by Steena Holmes #BookReview @steenaholmes @TulePublishing #readzTule

Charmed by Chocolate (Love at the Chocolate Shop #6)

Blurb

When Leah ran off to Southern California, she hoped to leave freezing cold winters and unrequited love behind. She was never meant for a small town life and the timing with her longtime best friend–and secret soul mate–was always hopelessly off.
But after a mishap on the hit reality show Charming, Leah declares her love for Wade nationwide and is publicly dubbed “Lonely Leah.” She returns to Marietta to hide at her family’s home–from the media who wants to turn her into a human interest story, from the townspeople upset with her blunder, and most of all, from Wade, who wants to talk.

It took Leah leaving town to wake Wade Burns up to the reality that he’s head over heels in love with his best friend. But now that she’s back home, she’s giving him the cold shoulder. With chocolate and a grand gesture, can Wade charm his way back into Leah’s heart?

 

Book Review

I have to say I honestly liked the story, it was a quick, fun to read book.

Leah left Marietta to work in California for a company, she was able to speak to many teens and events about drinking and driving.  Leah is against drinking and driving and her passion was to get the message out.  One day her friend Betsey was in a Jam.She was the producer of a reality show called Charmed and one of the contestants backed out.  Betsey pleaded and made promises that she would only have to be on the show 1 day. Well that didn’t work out and Leah made a fool of herself on national TV.  So, Leah decided to head back to Marietta to her brother’s home to hide out. Well her grandmother was not going to let that happen.

The pace of the story was perfect. The characters were developed enough for this story. I enjoyed this story. This was a nice clean romantic story.

I always want chocolate after reading any of the books that mentions Sage’s chocolate.

Thanks to Netgalley and Tule Publishing for giving me an ARC.

I voluntarily read a Review Copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely my own and no one else’s.

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 I love this quote, Diana
“I’m wondering what to read next.” — Matilda, Roald Dahl

Book Review: WHISPER OF LOVE by Melissa Foster #BookReview @TastyBookTours @Melissa_Foster

For the first time in years, Nash wants to let a woman into his world, 
but while his loss made him stronger, that strength came at a price.
WHISPER OF LOVE
The Bradens – Peaceful Harbor, MD #5
Melissa Foster
Releasing Feb 22, 2017
World Literary Press

 

Tempest Braden adores her family and her small hometown, but sometimes too much of a good thing can be confining. At almost thirty, having watched most of her siblings find true love, she’s anxious to experience her own happily ever after, and the move to Pleasant Hill, Maryland, is just the change she needs. When she rents a room from ruggedly handsome, and closed-off, artist Nash Morgan and his adorable son, Phillip, she thinks she’s found a little slice of heaven on the outskirts of town, where she can concentrate on building her business. That is, if she can ignore the undeniable heat between her and the sinfully hot single father.

When Nash bought his farmette, he had one goal in mind—to provide a loving, stable home for his son. He never imagined he’d be raising Phillip alone, or renting out a room to keep their heads above water. Then again, he never imagined losing his brother, or spending two years sailing around the world with parents who seemed to forget one son was still alive. 

Sparks fly from the moment Tempest moves in, and her positive energy and inquisitive nature brings new life into Nash and Phillip’s quiet, confined world. For the first time in years, Nash wants to let a woman into his world, but while his loss made him stronger, that strength came at a price, leaving him walled off and wary of opening his heart again.

Every time I read a new book from Melissa Foster, I am amazed. She seems to come up with so many fantastic stories.  This story is about Tempest and Nash.

First of all, I love when the author adds a sweet child to the story. I love kids and I really felt the love here. This story is written so well and just makes me want to be there. I can picture it all.

Tempest has moved away from Peaceful Harbor to try to make it on her own, of course she is living with her cousin Jillian. Jillian doesn’t sleep and Tempest needs her sleep. I can relate I need my sleep. Anyway, she decides to find a new place to live and saw an ad for a room for rent. Of course, Jillian says to wait till her cousins can go along to check it all out. But Tempest decided to meet up with this man offering his room without her cousins.

Nash and his young son live on a small farmette, they have chickens and goats. His son Phillip who is 3 follows his dad and helps out. To make a living Nash builds furniture but he is really an awesome artist. He has had some tragedy in his life but right now his life is focus on Phillip. Nash wanted to rent the room to get some more income to live on. He didn’t want any strange type people because he did have his young son.

Tempest went to check out the farmette and met Nash and his adorable son.  Tempest loved it there and loved how Nash treated his son. She could tell he was a very loving and protector of his son.

The story is awesome, really worth reading. The romance is there, the chemistry is there. Most important the love is there. I had goosebumps and felt the love throughout this story. There is such much in this story. I can also relate to the tragedy that Nash had to endure.

This is a 5 star book.

There is romance, lots of sweet moments, and steamy hot sex. A few swear words.

I want to thank Tasty booktours, the author Melissa Foster and Netgalley for letting me read this book and to review.


 

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA
Today
 bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and
heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance, and women’s fiction with
emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the
last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic, perfect beach
reads, and always family oriented. 

 

 

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I love this quote, Diana
“I’m wondering what to read next.” — Matilda, Roald Dahl

Book Review: SWEET SOUTHERN HEARTS by Susan Schild #BookReview @TastyBookTours @susan_schild

a
humorous, heartwarming story of 

new beginnings, do-overs, and self-discovery… 

 

SWEET SOUTHERN HEARTS
Willow Hill Series #3
Susan Schild
Releasing Jan 10th, 2017
Lyrical Press

 

Susan
Schild welcomes you back to the offbeat Southern town of Willow Hill, North
Carolina, for a humorous, heartwarming story of new beginnings, do-overs, and
self-discovery…
 
When it comes to marriage, third time’s the charm for Linny Taylor. She’s
thrilled to be on her honeymoon with Jack Avery, Willow Hill’s handsome
veterinarian. But just like the hair-raising white water rafting trip Jack persuades
her to take, newlywed life has plenty of dips and bumps.Jack’s twelve-year-old son is resisting all Linny’s efforts to be the perfect
stepmother, while her own mother, Dottie, begs her to tag along on the first
week of a free-wheeling RV adventure. Who knew women “of a certain age” could
drum up so much trouble? No sooner is Linny sighing with relief at being back
home than she’s helping her frazzled sister with a new baby…and dealing with an
unexpected legacy from her late ex. Life is fuller—and richer—than she ever
imagined, but if there’s one thing Linny’s learned by now, it’s that there’s
always room for another sweet surprise…

This charming and well observed novel about finding the courage to love
after loss will make you smile as well as cry more than a few happy
tears.  Be prepared for a story of true tenderness, humor, and sometimes
nail biting tension. Sweet Southern Hearts delivers all this
and more.” –Holly Chamberlin, author of Summer with my Sisters

I absolutely love this story. I love how the author developed the characters. When reading this story, I can just see it in my mind. I like to be able to picture the story in my mind while reading.
The story involves Linny who just married Jack and are on their honeymoon. Which didn’t last because they were needed back home. Jack has a 12-year-old son and he was having a crisis. During this book Linny had to learn how to deal with a 12-year-old stepson. She has no children of her own.
Then there is Linny’s Mom, her Mom, she is a very interesting character. Well her and her friends (her friends are also very lively and have lots of character) are going on an RV trip, of course they have never driven an RV so they get Linny to come along ( Linny has never driven an RV). Leaving her husband to deal with his son and X-wife.
I really love how this story read. I wasn’t bored with the story and really enjoyed all the plot twist and different things going on. This story is not just a basic book but a fun, romantic, adventure and a mystery all in one book. I am hoping for a 4th book in this series. I have read the first book and haven’t read the second book yet. You could read this book without reading the first two books but I recommend that you would them all.
I want to thank Tasty Book Tours, the Author Susan Schild and Netgalley for letting me read this fun story.
I voluntarily read a Review Copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely my own and no one else’s.

 



Susan
Schild
 writes
wholesome and sunny Southern fiction. She likes stories about charming men,
missing money, adventuresome women, sweet dogs, and happily ever afters at any
age.
Susan is a wife and a stepmother. She enjoys rummaging through thrift store for
treasures like four dollar cashmere sweaters and amateur watercolor paintings.
She likes taking walks with her Lab mix, Tucker, and his buddies. She and her
family live in North Carolina.Susan has used her professional background as a psychotherapist and a management
consultant to add authenticity to her characters.

 
SWEET
SOUTHERN HEARTS, the final book in the Willow Hill series, will be released in
January of 2017. Readers can look forward to more adventures, new beaus,
sinister ministers, lovebirds over fifty, a road trip for Mama and her pals,
and maybe even an “I Do”…or two.
You can follow Susan on Facebook, Twitter and on her website or subscribe to her quarterly
newsletter
for inside
scoop, sneak peeks and giveaways.


 

I love this quote, Diana
“I’m wondering what to read next.” — Matilda, Roald Dahl

Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology by Leah Remini #BookReview @LeahRemini #LeahRemini

Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology

Blurb

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The outspoken actress, talk show host, and reality television star offers up a no-holds-barred memoir, including an eye-opening insider account of her tumultuous and heart-wrenching thirty-year-plus association with the Church of Scientology.

Leah Remini has never been the type to hold her tongue. That willingness to speak her mind, stand her ground, and rattle the occasional cage has enabled this tough-talking girl from Brooklyn to forge an enduring and successful career in Hollywood. But being a troublemaker has come at a cost.

That was never more evident than in 2013, when Remini loudly and publicly broke with the Church of Scientology. Now, in this frank, funny, poignant memoir, the former King of Queens star opens up about that experience for the first time, revealing the in-depth details of her painful split with the church and its controversial practices.

Indoctrinated into the church as a child while living with her mother and sister in New York, Remini eventually moved to Los Angeles, where her dreams of becoming an actress and advancing Scientology’s causes grew increasingly intertwined. As an adult, she found the success she’d worked so hard for, and with it a prominent place in the hierarchy of celebrity Scientologists alongside people such as Tom Cruise, Scientology’s most high-profile adherent. Remini spent time directly with Cruise and was included among the guests at his 2006 wedding to Katie Holmes.

But when she began to raise questions about some of the church’s actions, she found herself a target. In the end, she was declared by the church to be a threat to their organization and therefore a “Suppressive Person,” and as a result, all of her fellow parishioners—including members of her own family—were told to disconnect from her. Forever.

Bold, brash, and bravely confessional, Troublemaker chronicles Leah Remini’s remarkable journey toward emotional and spiritual freedom, both for herself and for her family. This is a memoir designed to reveal the hard-won truths of a life lived honestly—from an author unafraid of the consequences.

Praise for Troublemaker
 
“An aggressively honest memoir . . . Troublemaker is the most raw and revealing Scientology memoir to date.”Entertainment Weekly
 
“Leah’s story is a juicy, inside-Hollywood read, but it’s more than that. It’s a moving story about the value of questioning authority and how one woman survived a profound crisis of faith.”People
 
“Remini [offers] up some juicy tidbits from her decades in the church.”Newsweek

 

My Review

 

 

Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and ScientologyTroublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology by Leah Remini
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology by Leah Remini is an intriguing story of her life. I have been a fan of Leah since King Of Queen, she is an fantastic actress. I have always been intrigued about her lifestyle and how she became a member of Scientology and of course what is Scientology.
I have watch her recent show about Scientology and that show did answer some of my questions, but not enough about how Leah got involved in this Cult.

When I saw that Leah Remini was also the narrator of this book on Audible I knew I had to listen to this book. I was right listening to her read her story made this book so worth listen to it. It took me a little over 7 hours and I listened to it in one day. She has a very good voice to listen to. She is a great story teller. Yes, it is that good.

This story starts with Leah telling about her childhood and that to me makes it seem more real. I am very happy that she told the story from the start. This book gave a lot of information about her life, how she survived and where she is now.

Leah is very blunt about everything she says and tells it like it is through her eyes. She does bring up Tom Cruise and I personally have not been a fan of his for a long time. She answered some questions about him.

She brings up a lot of interesting points about Scientology and I wonder how it can even be a church? Seems like a scam to me and I am glad she was able to open her eyes and leave the cult. Even though she is successful in her acting career and worked very hard for it. She also had commitment with the “church” she spent a lot of hours giving to her “church”.

I am glad I read (listened) this book, I wonder if she would have joined as an adult? She was introduced to the “church” by her mom when she was a teenager.
Another question I have does Scientology actually help people? Or they just what the money.
I highly recommend reading this book, and better yet listen to it by audio, really worth it.

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I love this quote, Diana
“I’m wondering what to read next.” — Matilda, Roald Dahl

Book Review: The Ulterior Motive by Jack Coleston #BookReview @JackColeston @ReadForReview

The Ulterior Motive By Jack Coleston

Blurb

The fate of the United States hangs in the balance and only a select few can prevent the impending disaster.

Stanley Carmichael is an intelligent and hard-working member of the Central Intelligence Agency. Yet, he never expected to be named Deputy Director of the CIA so soon in his career. Nonetheless, he finds himself stepping into shoes that feel impossible to fill.

Anna Carmichael is a legend. She’s one of the fiercest ex-members of the Special Activities Division, where she saw more than enough blood and war for a lifetime. Now, she’s still CIA, but stuck behind a desk and bored. Luckily for her, it seems her fieldwork isn’t done yet. For as soon as Anna’s partnered with rookie FBI Special Agent Blayze Phillips, she realizes his investigation is a lot more dangerous than it seems—especially when it turns its attention to the mysterious Caliph al-Maqasid.
They know that the Caliph spent the last few years successfully uniting fractured terrorist groups in the Middle East. Now he’s formed the most well-funded, strategically efficient operation that’s on its way to becoming a true global caliphate. But who is the Caliph, really? Why doesn’t anyone know anything about this infinitely clever, charismatic, and terrifying man? And what, exactly, is he plotting next?

The Carmichaels will have to work together to find out, because the Caliph is about to strike at the heart of America

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My Review

The Ulterior Motive by Jack Coleston if a very fast pace, action packed political thriller.

This book was very intense and fascinating. I thought the author did a great job with the characters. Some characters were developed and some were just in the background. I had no problems keeping up with this story.

What really intrigued me was the fact that Anna is a very strong alpha type character and her husband Stanley really wasn’t, he is the desk type person. I loved how these characters were developed. There isn’t much history about Anna, (maybe next book?) but her husband Stanley we our told more about him. I really liked both characters and I am pretty sure that is what kept me interested along with all the action.

If you love Political Thrillers this is a really great book to read. Very fast paced and lots of action. I love watching and reading stuff that has CIA and action in them. I had no problems picture this story in my head while reading it. There was no swear words that I can recall in this story.

I voluntarily read a Review Copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely my own and no one else’s.

I gave this book 5 stars because the story exceeded my exception and was well worth my time reading.

I love this quote, Diana
“I’m wondering what to read next.” — Matilda, Roald Dahl

Book Review: Fame and Fortune Tellers A Novel by Todd Netland #BookReview @ToddSNetland

Fame and Fortune Tellers

A Novel by Todd Netland

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Blurb

Todd Netland’s book, “Fame and Fortune Tellers,” is the story of one man’s rise to the top, almost overnight, in the music business. Randy Miller is a young choral teacher who encounters a spiritualist at the tag end of a mini-vacation who prophesizes a sudden rise to stardom for this school choir teacher. These predictions come true, but it turns out to be a life of emptiness, joylessness, and conflict for Randy and his family. Other characters enter into the story who all come together as the main plot and subplots of the story thicken and unfold. Meet Brad Applebaum, a young Christian who is very green in the things of the Lord and of life in general, but very zealous about his walk with God. Pam Jackson is an on-fire Christian and a true prayer warrior. Darryl Temple is a total loser who ends up completely destroying his life. And then there is Eric Burns, leader of the Communist revolutionary group, The Red Riding Rangers. This novel involves choices of different people and how these choices have repercussions, both in this life, and in the life to come.

My Review

When I started reading Fame and Fortune Tellers by Todd Netland, I had a hard time putting the book down.  I was young when this story took place.  Since I was 10 I have always loved rock n roll, and I was partly raised in the spiritualism community of that time period, depending on who I was living with. So, for me I understand how easy the occult can bring you into their world.

I found the book very intriguing and easy to read. The author was very thorough in developing the characters. It was easy to remember the characters story.  I loved the scripture quotes.  I loved the description of Heaven and Hell. Though I thought it was kind of long and I did get a little bored. I am thinking too much detail. I could visualize what the author was trying to describe.  I always love when the author does an epilogue I feel it completes the story. There are end notes and about the author which I love because that lets me as a reader know more about the story.

I feel this is a really interesting, and  exciting Christian book to read. I gave 4 stars because it seemed a little long in the middle. The book is worth reading in my opinion.

I voluntarily read a Review Copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely my own and no one else’s.

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I love this quote, Diana
“I’m wondering what to read next.” — Matilda, Roald Dahl