A Texas Christmas Reunion (Whiskey River Christmas #2) By Eve Gaddy #ATexasChristmasReunion #NetGalley @TulePublishing @EveGaddy #BookReview

A Texas Christmas Reunion (Whiskey River Christmas #2) by Eve Gaddy

 

Blurb:

Years ago, Harlan Sullivan broke Savannah Taylor’s heart. Now, he’s back in Whiskey River as the new owner of the local construction company–and Savannah’s new boss. Giving up Savannah was the hardest thing Harlan ever had to do, but it’s way past time to explain why he did. Besides, after fourteen years, they have both moved on. Or so he thinks—until their unexpected meeting at Felicity’s Christmas Ball shocks him into realizing his buried feelings—and secret passion—are very much alive.

As long as she keeps a tight grip over her emotions, Savannah is confident she can weather having her old flame become her new boss. She’s even willing to indulge the desire that time seems to have intensified. But there’s no way she will let Harlan anywhere close to her heart.

Harlan soon realizes he wants more from the sexy, sultry Savannah than a temporary affair and sets out to convince her that this time, their love will last forever. But it will take a bit of Christmas magic from the Harwood Inn ghost to bring this reluctant banker’s daughter and determined Barrels Bad Boy to their happily-ever-after.

 

My Review:

 

This is an awesome love again second chance love story. I love how the story was written.  The first book was written about 1918 and this book is present day. I would recommend reading the first book first.  Felicity is here trying to make sure there is love in everyone’s life.  This story is about Savannah Taylor and Harlan Sullivan.

Savannah was in love in high school with Harlan, but after she sleeps with him he leaves town without a word. She is crushed but does move on with her life. Now she is co-chairing the Felicity Annual Christmas Ball and Harlan shows up. He is back in town and now her boss.

Why did he leave her? She has so many questions for Harlan. Felicity and the lavender smell is there to help get them back together and questions answered. This book was a fun story to read. I really enjoyed it and can’t wait to read more.

I did receive this book from Netgalley and from Tule Publishing.

 

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I give this book a five star rating.I love this quote, Diana
“I’m wondering what to read next.” — Matilda, Roald Dahl

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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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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My Review

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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Pop-Out Girl by Irene WoodBury #bookReview @IreneWoodbury

Blurb

When Zane Hollister returns home to Las Vegas after two years in prison and discovers his showgirl-lover is with another guy, he goes ballistic. After stalking and taunting the couple for months, his toxic jealousy takes a darker turn.

To wipe out new boyfriend Colton, Zane masterminds a devilish zip line accident and a terrifying car crash. When those fail, he resorts to kidnapping Jen and forcing her to marry him. And it gets even worse when Zane shoots Colton’s boss, Matt, by mistake as he aims for Colton in a horrific drive-by shooting.

With Matt lingering in a coma, Jen’s cocktail-waitress mother, Brandi, absorbs a seismic shock of her own. After hearing Matt’s name on the local news, she realizes he’s her first love of decades past—and Jen’s real father.

Will Matt emerge from his coma to reunite with Brandi and Jen? Do the cops nab Zane, who’s hiding out in Hawaii? And can Jen and Colton’s love survive Zane’s lethal jealousy?

There’s a happy ending for some, but not for all, in Pop-Out Girl.

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My Review

Pop-out Girl by Irene Woodbury was not quite what I was expecting. The plot of this story was so much more. I love how the author wrote the book in parts.

 

Jen who is a Pop-Out Girl who pops out of cakes wants to have a normal life, a normal boyfriend. She popped out of a cake and met her new boyfriend at a party she did. She was totally in love with Colton. They were so right for each other is many ways.  Everything was great until her ex-crazy boyfriend came back into her life.

 

This book talks about all the main characters and goes back in time to when the story really started. Which I really love because I love the whole story. As you can read in the blurb this is a fast-paced book.

 

The one thing I was disappointed in was the ending. I felt it was abrupt. If this book becomes a series I can understand it. But as far as I know, it isn’t part of a series. This fantastic story left me wanting more and to see what happens.

 

I still recommend this book to read, it is a Chic-Lit and fun to read and was entertained by the story.

I felt this book was also a clean romance type of book.

 

I want to thank Read For Review, NetGalley and the Author Irene Woodbury for a chance to read this book.

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

I am giving this book a 4-star review.

 

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

Saving Madeline by Cricket Rohman #BookReview @CricketRohman

Saving Madeline by Cricket Rohman

 

Blurb

SAVING MADELINE is both heart wrenching and humorous. In the beginning, Roxy, a naïve young actor arrives in Hollywood to follow her dream and escape from her mean-spirited family. When she finds herself coexisting in a cramped Los Angeles apartment with a wounded warrior and her German shepherd, tensions run high . . . And then her mother moves in—so much for escaping.

Along comes the well-connected actor, James Jonathan Jarvis, and Roxy’s big break in showbiz: a part in a reality TV show with a wilderness survival theme. But a week before rehearsals begin, her confused mother disappears. Roxy’s search leads her close to Wyoming where she and Madeline become trapped in a real life-and-death situation.

Though the daily obstacles that challenge these three women are paramount, they manage to find humor in their frequent calamities, and Roxy’s Hollywood misadventures buffer the troubling glimpses into the world of a woman whose memory is fading.

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My Review

 

Saving Madeline by Cricket Rohman.

This book was just what I needed to read. I love the cozy mystery of this story. Roxy moves to Hollywood to be an actress. While practicing her acting schools, her neighbor had thought someone was wrong and broke into her apartment with her dog to help. I thought this beginning was great. This story had me from the start.
Roxy had left Chicago to get away from her family, I find that funny because sometimes it is hard to get away from family. There are some awesome twist and turns in this story. I really loved how the characters were developed and I didn’t have to keep figuring out who is who.
You will need to read this book to find out how the upstairs neighbor and Roxy’s mom happens to move in with Roxy. Of course, with daily drama and some good mystery to the story makes this an awesome read. I would say this is a great summer read.
Every book I have read by Cricket Rohman I have enjoyed. I love her stories.

 

Other books by Cricket Rohman:

Wanted: An Honest Man (The Lindsey Lark Series Book 1) 

Letters, Lovers, & Lies (The Lindsey Lark Series Book 2)

Hit The Road, Jake! (The Lindsey Lark Series Book 3) 

I have read all three of the books above and thought each one was really good.

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

Book Review: Helping Helper by Tara C. Allred #BookReview @TaraCAllred

Helping Helper

By Tara C. Allred

Blurb

“He’s not a friend, he’s my husband, And he’s gone.”

En route to Salt Lake City, intending to start over, their car breaks down near the struggling mining town of Helper, Utah—and then Tony leaves Kora behind.

Alone, broken and angry, especially that her family was right in their judgment against Tony, Kora decides to stay in Helper and aid in it’s art-centered transformation.

But in working to save her new home, Kora learns first love only happens once.

For a second chance at love, a much greater risk is required.

“…a good solid story. I was fooled a couple of times with the plot twists!” —E. Campbell

“…a beautiful piece of artwork. This novel is going to stick with me.” —B. Boman

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My Review

Helping Helper by Tara C. Allred. This book was better than I thought it would be. The story felt real and that it could happen to anyone.  Tony and Kora leave Colorado for a better chance of life. They have been married for 6 years and Tony doesn’t have it together at all. Kora is hoping this new job in Utah will help them start fresh. Then their car breaks down about 5 miles from Helper. They walk to get help and the first place they find is a fast food place, Tony leaves Kora there and says he is going to see about getting help. He did come back and left her with $45. That was the last time she saw him.  So, she is stuck in a small town, no money and no clue what to do.

I found this story very refreshing to read. I loved that the people felt real and cared about each other. I felt the author did a great job with the characters and seemed to pack so much into the story that made it awesome. The description, the history and the people make this story so wonderful. I also thought the issues with Tony were spot on and I felt exploring Kora’s feelings was another plus. There is a lot in this story and it worked. I hope there is a 2nd book.

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

This book for me is definitely a FIVE STAR Book. I really thought the author did a great job with the emotions and the characters in this story.

 

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