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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Dr. Stantons The Epilogue by T L Swan #ReleaseBlast @givemebooksblog @TLSwanAuthor

 

Title: Dr. Stantons The Epilogue
Author: T L Swan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 19, 2017

 

Blurb
Follow the next five years for Cameron Stanton and Ashley
Tucker………..
If happiness is a gift.
Then Cameron Stanton is my Santa Claus.
I can’t tell you the exact moment I fell in love with him.
Only that I did.
With every glance, every touch, every minute…. he stole a little more of me.
They say that all men are created equal.
Well that’s a blatant lie!
I know because I met Gods gift to women in Vegas,
I pretended he was my husband to get rid of another man.
He took our fake marriage seriously and it became his
personal goal to consummate.
He spoke to me in French and I lied to him in German.
His laughter was addictive.
But I thought what happens in Vegas would stay in Vegas.
Until it didn’t.
Dr. Stanton turned up where I least expected and my lies came back to haunt me.
The attraction is palpable.
The secrets unchangeable.
I need him more than air.

 

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Books by T L Swan
Stanton Adore
Stanton Unconditional
Stanton Completely
Stanton Bliss
Find Me Alastar
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Dr. Stanton
Dr. Stantons The Epilogue
Marx Girl
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Reddest Black by P.T. Michelle #ReleaseBlitz @givemebooksblog @pt_michelle

 

 

Title: Reddest Black
Series: In the Shadows #7
Author: P.T. Michelle
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 24, 2017

 

Blurb
Passion, betrayal, and heartache collide in an
emotionally charged and dangerous chain of events that could unravel everything
Sebastian and Talia have worked to overcome.
While looking forward to a bright future with
the upcoming birth of their child, and navigating the often humorous and
overbearingly protective aspects of approaching parenthood, Mister Black and
Little Red manage to strengthen their passionate connection.
But connections can be severed in the most
insidious ways, and the power couple must learn to trust each other’s instincts
if they hope to uncover the threat determined to destroy their family.
Author’s Note: REDDEST BLACK can be read as a
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with the first book, MISTER BLACK, to see how Sebastian and Talia’s epic love
story began.
Books in the IN THE SHADOWS series:Mister Black (1) (Sebastian & Talia Part 1, Novella)
Scarlett Red (2) (Sebastian & Talia Part 2, Novel)
Blackest Red (3) (Sebastian & Talia Part 3, Novel)
Gold Shimmer (4) (Cass & Calder Part 1, Novel)
Steel Rush (5) (Cass & Calder Part 2, Novel)
Black Platinum (6) (Sebastian & Talia, Novel)
Reddest Black (7) (Sebastian & Talia, Novel)

 

 

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Title: Mr. Big
Series: A London Billionaire Standalone
Author: Nana Malone
Genre: Contemporary New Adult Romance
Release Date: October 24, 2017
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You’ve heard the rumors.
Yes, they’re all true. The women…the bank account…the really big…
Okay, I’m getting ahead of myself. I’m just saying, there’s a reason some
call me Mr. Big. But none of it will matter to her. I’ve known her since we
were kids. And she’s just as off limits now as she was then.
She’s my best friend’s little sister and when he asked me to give her the
grand tour, he did not mean of my bedroom.
So Mr. Big has to stay under wraps… One problem, she’s the only woman
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It was a sultry summer afternoon in Ghana, and Nana was a
precocious thirteen. She’s been in love with kick-butt heroines ever since.
With her overactive imagination constantly channeling her inner Buffy, it was
only a matter a time before she started creating her own characters.
While she waits for her chance at a job as a ninja assassin,
Nana works out her drama, passion and sass with fictional characters every bit
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Title: Tainted Butterfly
Series: Tainted Knights #2
Author: Terri Anne Browning
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 24, 2017

 

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We have a history.From USA Today bestselling author Terri Anne Browning, comes a new ROCKER
series—Tainted Knights.

His childhood was full of darkness and all I have ever wanted was to give him
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who has always worshiped him.

But time changes people.

It has changed me.

I’m no longer the little caterpillar he has always called me. I know he needs
me—I need him too.

Now I have to make a choice…

Stay and pretend like he hasn’t eviscerated my heart.

Or let go of him completely.

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Terri Anne Browning is multiple USA TODAY bestselling
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possible, yet she has been on best selling lists multiple times since 2013.
Reese: A Safe Haven Novella was her first Indie published book. The Rocker Who
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Terri Anne lives in Virginia with her husband, their three
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Banned from Heaven. Escaped from Hell. They are UnHallowed.

Touched by the divine, Amaya Prince is a weapon, existing for one purpose—kill all creatures of Hell, including UnHallowed. But when the Archangel Michael approaches her with words she’s longed to hear since childhood, she can’t refuse his plea for help.

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Only One I Want
by Tmonique Stephens

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I wrote my first novel about a reporter and a hockey player after the U.S. hockey team won gold in the 1980 Olympics. I love writing flawed characters who reflect the emotional baggage we all carry. I write complicated stories for complicated people. Paranormal romances and fantasy novels are my favorite genre. I’ll read anything about fairies, demons, or angels, but I also enjoy Stephen King and Preston and Childs.

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