A Texas Christmas Past (Whiskey River Christmas #1) by Julia Justiss #BookReview #ATexasChristmasPast #NetGalley

A Texas Christmas Past (Whiskey River Christmas #1) by Julia Justiss

Blurb:

Death denied Felicity a future with the man she loved, but her spirit lingers in the the Harwood House Hotel hoping to heal broken hearts and help them to find love again….

Widowed World War I nurse Audra Donaldson returns from France planning to devote her life to helping those suffering the lingering effects of war—effects she knows all too well, as she suffers from them herself. When, staying at the Harwood House Inn on a Christmas visit to her brother, she hears a man in the throes of a violent nightmare, she goes to him without question—and is stunned by a physical attraction as strong as her desire to help.

About to embrace the beautiful angel come to save him from the horrors of the battlefield, former soldier Drew Harwood recoils when he realizes Audra is real—and has seen his “weakness.” Brusquely rejecting her offer of help, he intends to avoid her. But more than just her beauty continues to draw him back. Though this compassionate, kind, and giving soul has seen more of war than he has, somehow, talking with her brings him peace–and seems to comfort her, too. If he can just resist acting on the desire she’s ignited in him since his first glimpse of her…

But someone else was watching, too. After tragedy denied Felicity a future with Drew, her dying wish was that he live his life and be happy for them both. To her sorrow, a year later, her former fiancé is still struggling. Deciding Audra is the perfect lady to heal the wounds of her beloved, this determined ghost resolves to bring Drew and Audra together. Who can resist a love that lasts beyond time?

 

My Review

A Texas Christmas Past (Whiskey River Christmas #1)

By Julia Justiss

 

This story starts out with Drew Harwood coming home from the war and ready to marry his sweetheart Felicity.  Drew had injured his leg in battle.  Every year Drew’s mother has a Christmas ball, and everyone was getting ready for the ball.  Felicity got sick with the Spanish Flu and passed. No ball that year. Drew really was depressed, home from the war with an injury and not marrying his Felicity.

There is more, but I really love, but also was sad at the beginning of this story. It was around 1919 this story takes place.

The following year Audra came to stay for Christmas but arrived early. Her brother was the foreman of the ranch.  She also was also affected by the war, she was a nurse and now she was looking for a new job as a nurse in Texas helping Shell Shocked soldiers.

I loved this well written story about The Harwood House, the Felicity Ball and how Drew and Audra came to be.  There is a Christmas magic that happens. I love their story and how it came to be. Such a sweet story for such a hard time. I did enjoy reading this 1st book of this series.

I want to thank Tule Publishers/Netgalley for an ARC of this book. What a fantastic series to start the Christmas season.

I give this book 5 stars

 

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This Old Cafe by Marci Boudreaux #BookReview #PreOrder @MarciBoudreaux

This Old Cafe by Marci Boudreaux

Blurb

Jenna Reid purchased the Stonehill Café to prove to herself that her ex-husband was wrong…that she could make her dreams come true. Three years later, all she has is a crumbling building, no social life, and her bruised pride.

Pride is something Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Maguire lost long ago and isn’t likely to find living in the alley behind the café. He just needs a little time to get on his feet. In the interim, keeping an eye on the overworked café owner gives him a sense of purpose. He has no intentions of making his presence known until he hears the woman screaming late one night.

He rushes into the café, but instead of finding her in dire straits, he finds a broken pipe and Jenna—soaking wet and holding a wrench. With her last bit of hope fading, Jenna accepts Daniel’s help to fix up her building, but it doesn’t take long for them to start trying to fix each other

 

Review

This Old Café by Marci Boudreaux is an awesome sweet romance read. I love Jenna’s and Daniel’s story. I first thought this was going to be another typical sweet romance story, it is, but there is so much more.

I really love how the author built their characters and made them seem real. Both Jenna and Daniel had issues they needed to deal with and  the story did a great job with a twist I didn’t see coming. This was a fun story to read.

I enjoyed every minute of it and now I need to go to from the beginning of this series. This book can be read as a stand-alone.

Thanks to the author Marci Boudreaux for the ARC.

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I gave this book ***** Five Stars

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Book Review Captured By Chocolate by Steena Holmes #BookReview @TulePublishing @steenaholmes

 

 

Captured by Chocolate (Love at the Chocolate Shop #11)

by Steena Holmes

Contemporary Romance

Blurb

 

Radio DJ Dylan Morgan enjoys small town life in Marietta. Unlike his longtime girlfriend and globetrotting photojournalist Casey Michaels, he’s never been tempted to spread his wings. Until an east coast job offer at a major radio station catches his eye. He considers taking the position, but then Casey calls… She’s coming home.

After years of wandering the globe, Casey Michaels is tired and needs a break and while she didn’t plan on coming home for good, the idea is starting to grow on her. All she wants to do is spend time with her forever boyfriend, Dylan. But all she meets is suspicion as everyone waits for her to pack up her suitcase once again. To convince Dylan she’s home for good, she plans a grand gesture–a photography show celebrating Marietta life. And then, the phone rings. She’s needed in London…

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My Review

Wow another awesome book in the series of Love at the chocolate shop. I am loving this series and I love this story of Casey Michaels who is a Photojournalist and is from Marietta and her boyfriend Dylan Morgan who is also a homeboy radio DJ who just loves the work he does.

The thing that I really loved about reading this story is this can be anyone. One person has a career that takes them all over the place and the other has one at home. Makes for a difficult relationship.

The story is about Casey coming home, she normally is home for a few days and then off to another adventure, but this time she needs time. Something happened while she was on her last trip and she really needs to come to terms with it.   She is happy to be home, but is also going through some turmoil and her boyfriend Dylan doesn’t really know what to do. He wants her to stay not leave again. They make a plan and then she is needed again out of the country for her job, she told Dylan is would be only three days.

With some misunderstanding and the usually miscommunication, Casey ends up staying a few days longer than plan.

You will need to read the book to find out what happens. I really loved the writing and the storyline. The author did a great job with the storyline. It is very engaging and fun to read. This book can be read as a stand-alone. The characters are fantastic and I feel like I want to go visit their awesome town.

I want to thank Tule Publications and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book. I am giving this book five stars because it was a fantastic read.

 

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Diary of a Jewel Thief by Rosie Somers #BookReview #BookBlast @YaReads @prosyrosie

Diary of a Teenage Jewel Thief by Rosie Somers

Most sixteen-year-olds shouldn’t know where museums keep their rarest jewels (the basement) and they really shouldn’t know that vans make the worst getaway cars. But for Marisol Flores, a life of jewel thievery is a birthright handed down from generation to generation, even if she didn’t ask for it. So when a rival thief targets Mari and her mother, Mari’s more than happy to flee to the anonymity of bustling New York City.

Blending in is a dream come true for Mari, but keeping her former thieving ways a secret gets way more complicated when handsome Will Campbell sets his sights on her. She can’t help but like his terrible puns and charming grin…but when her past catches up with her, it’s not only her life—and her anonymity—that’s at stake.

Will could be the next target.

 

 

My Review:

Diary of a Teenage Jewel Thief by Rosie Somers is a pretty fast paced story.

The story starts out with Marisol a sixteen-year-old who was raised in a family of jewel thievery. Her and her mother move to New York City to hide from another thief. Marisol just wants to blend in at her new high school.

I really felt that the character Marisol was awesome, I loved her diary entries and also her story. Her point of view. Of course, she meets a guy at school, very typical of a girl in high school.

I like the development of Marisol and Will, her new “boy” friend. I love the chemistry and also the story is a clean story just a cute sweet start of a romance.

Since this story is based on Marisol diary, her mother and other characters weren’t developed but I was given enough information to make this an interesting journey.

I felt this story is a fast-paced action adventure and a great ending. I thought this was a really good book to read and like that it is clean story.

Thanks to the Author Rosie Somers and to YA Reads for providing me a copy of this book.  My review is all my own and I did enjoy reading this book.

I am giving this book 4 stars. Awesome book if you are looking for an adventure that is clean and still a good story.

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Rosie Somers is a beach-going book addict who’s been crafting stories since before she learned her ABCs. When she’s not busy trying to bring the characters in her head to life on paper, she can be found volunteering with local animal rescues, crocheting funky hats for her friends, or eating herself into the poorhouse at Chipotle. Her fondest dream is to one day own a goat.

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Jemma, Entertainment with Jem, Book 2 by Clarissa Carlyle #BookReview @ClarissaCarlyle

Jemma, Entertainment with Jem, Book 2 by Clarissa Carlyle

Blurb

Who could imagine meeting the man of their dreams would fuel the biggest blogging rivalry the virtual world has seen?

When Jemma Larsen meets superstar hottie Daniel Starke it’s like Christmas and the 4th of July—all in one white hot moment—and they can’t keep their hands off each other! Jemma’s relationship with Daniel draws rival blogger, Ali, into a vendetta that spills over into real life and makes Jemma an internet sensation.

If that’s not enough, Daniel’s new gig is a reality show with his ex, Lexi, and his contract forbids him to see another woman during the run of the show. Well… heck! Now Jemma is sneaking around in back rooms, at clubs, anywhere—engaging in steamy liaisons with Daniel that leave her craving more.

When she has a nasty run-in with Lexi, then an offer from her nemesis, Ali, to form a partnership that will make blogosphere history, Jemma’s not phased. But betrayal from her own camp gives Jemma a reality slap that wakes her up with a vengeance. Her slow burn turns into a raging inferno… and heaven help the hapless souls who get in her way!

NOTE: This book contains some adult situations. 18+, mature audiences recommended.

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I can say that I am totally hooked on this series. I first recommend you read the first book before reading this one. What I love about this series is how Jemma loves her little brother and determined to take care of him. More on that in the next book.

Reality Star, blogger, Passion and Drama, what more do you need in a book?

This book deals with Jemma and the backlash she gets from another blogger Ali and from Daniel’s ex  Lexi who he is still in a contract with to do a reality show. I really love how the author wrote the story, I am drawn into the drama and wanting everything to go right. I love the characters and how they interact with each other and her little brother sounds so cute. I gave this book Five Stars.

I am ready to read book three.

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Lord Of Night by Erica Ridley #BookReview @EricaRidley #BookBlast #RoguesToRiches

Lord of Night

by Erica Ridley

Unlike proper debutantes, Miss Dahlia Grenville is secretly Robin Hood in a bonnet. Her home for wayward girls has too many dependents and not enough donations. But just as she’s about to pull off the heist of the Season, she tumbles straight into the arms of the handsome detective who has sworn to deliver Mayfair’s mysterious thief straight to the gallows.

Highly principled Bow Street runner Simon Spaulding’s world is black and white. There’s no mastermind too clever, no criminal alive who can escape the hangman. Until he realizes the delightful young lady he’s been courting is a liar and a thief. Suddenly, his career—and his heart—are in peril. How can he bring her to justice when it means losing her forever?

Lord of Night  is the third book of a new series. In the Rogues to Riches historical romance series, Cinderella stories aren’t just for princesses… Sigh-worthy Regency rogues sweep strong-willed young ladies into whirlwind rags-to-riches romance with rollicking adventure.

 

Release Date:                                                July 2017

Series Order:                                                  Rogues to Riches #3

Publisher:                                                       WebMotion

Length:                                                            300 pages (65,000 words)

Genre:                                                             Historical Romance (Regency)

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My Review

I love reading Historical Romance and this book Lord of Night (Rogues to Riches #3) by Erica Ridley has me wanting to read the whole series.

What does Dahlia Grenville, who is supposed to be a proper debutante but prefers to help homeless girls with her girl’s school do to feed and house 24 girls? She steals from the rich.
How does Simon Spaulding, a highly principled Bow Street Runner, handle when he finds out the woman he loves is a thief? And she has a good reason to be one.

When their two worlds collide, Simon thinks Dahlia is just a Headmistress of a school for girls and he wants to help. But Dahlia also has won his heart.

There is so much to this story. I really enjoyed everything about this book. The characters and the events are very interesting. This book has so much more than just the blurb. If you love reading Historical Romances you will need to read this book. This is such an awesome book I gave it ***** stars

 

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Simon did not pay calls upon ladies. Or anyone at all. He had no time for idle fraternization. Yet here he was on the threshold of the St. Giles School for Girls, adjusting his cravat.

The door swung open.

Just as the night before, no butler or housekeeper attended callers, but rather the headmistress herself.

He bowed. “Good afternoon, Miss Grenville. I trust the rest of your evening passed much more peacefully?”

“I’ll send for the others at once,” she said without curtseying. Her eyes twinkled. “I thank you for both your service and your punctuality. She has been looking forward to your visit all day.”

Before he could so much as blink, Miss Grenville motioned to a young girl in a frayed pinafore, who immediately raced up a somewhat lopsided staircase and disappeared into the next floor.

Miss Grenville turned back to him with a brisk nod. “There. She will be down any moment. We won’t keep you long.”

“She needn’t rush,” he found himself saying. “I’ve nothing but casework awaiting me.”

Miss Grenville gave him a long, considering look.

Simon straightened. He had the distinct impression this young lady was taking his measure in the same careful, detailed way he had taught the other men on the force.

Something like: Hat, medium quality. Not rich, not poor. Hair, a bit too long—too much time between visits to the barber. Jaw, clean-shaven. Suit, waistcoat, cravat, well-tailored and pristine. He was an inspector, not a beadle or a street watchman. And he had returned, just as he’d promised.

“Forgive me.” Miss Grenville dropped a curtsey elegant enough to rival a duchess. “We have just finished lessons, and I’m afraid my mind was with administrative responsibilities, and not on my manners.”

Simon could scarcely fault her for a trait his colleagues would claim he himself had perfected, so he merely tipped his hat. “There is nothing to forgive. A strong focus on one’s duty is a worthy quality indeed.”

“Is it? ’Twould be better if I could do less focusing, more achieving, but, well… Someday, things will turn around. I would invite you to tea, but we don’t often take it.” She pushed the door open wider. “But you can still come in. As long as you aren’t expecting crumpets.”

“I despise crumpets,” he assured her. “Ghastly things. Make me sneeze worse than cats.”

“Well, if you ever find yourself with a surplus, I am certain my girls will be happy to dispose of them for you.”

“Duly noted,” he promised, and stepped across the threshold…

The Rogues to Riches romance books in Series Order:

#1         Lord of Chance                                                        April 2017

#2         Lord of Pleasure                                                      May 2017

#3         Lord of Night                                                             July 2017

#4         Lord of Temptation                                                   Sept 2017

#5         Lord of Secrets                                                         Early 2018

#6         Lord of Vice                                                               Mid 2018

 

 

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Erica Ridley is a USA Today and New York Times best-selling author of historical romance novels.

In the new Rogues to Riches historical romance series, Cinderella stories aren’t just for princesses… Sigh-worthy Regency rogues sweep strong-willed young ladies into whirlwind rags-to-riches romance with rollicking adventure.

The popular Dukes of War series features roguish peers and dashing war heroes who return from battle only to be thrust into the splendor and madness of Regency England.

When not reading or writing romances, Erica can be found riding camels in Africa, zip-lining through rainforests in Costa Rica, or getting hopelessly lost in the middle of Budapest.

 

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