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.

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Secrets Between Friends by Fiona Palmer #ReleaseBlitz @givemebooksblog @HachetteAus @fiona_palmer

 

 

Title: Secrets Between Friends
Author: Fiona Palmer
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Release Date: September 12, 2017
Blurb
Friendship is a million little moments, but can it survive this
one? Three friends embark on a luxury cruise to celebrate their ten-year
reunion in this heartfelt story of how long-held secrets can catch up with even
the best of friends.
Life was about living, experiencing and emotions. The good and the bad.
You had to laugh to cry. You had to love to hurt. You had to jump to fall or
fly.
Best friends Abbie, Jess and Ricki are setting sail on
a cruise ship, rekindling the excitement of a school excursion they took ten
years earlier to the historic port town of Albany, the oldest city on the
stunning turquoise coastline of Western Australia. But are they truly prepared
for what this voyage will reveal?

Ricki, a dedicated nurse, harbours a dream she hasn’t chased. Is she actually
happy or stuck in a rut?

Jess, a school teacher and single mother to little Ollie, had a tough
upbringing but found her way through with the help of her closest male
friend, Peter. But Peter has bought an engagement ring and is ready to
propose to Ricki . . .

Abbie had it all: a career, a loving boyfriend and a future, but a visit
to the doctor bears scary news. Her world is tumbling down and she feels adrift
at sea.

SECRETS BETWEEN FRIENDS is a poignant novel of romance, family dynamics
and friendship. Through her highly relatable, sympathetic characters, beloved
Australian storyteller Fiona Palmer writes about issues, experiences
and emotions we have all faced while posing the ultimate question: What is
really important in this life?

 

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After
writing eight bestselling novels set in rugged rural Australia, Fiona Palmer
set herself the challenge of writing a story that takes place on Western
Australia’s gorgeous coastline, which she regularly visits. SECRETS BETWEEN
FRIENDS contains the same engaging storylines, emotions and hearty characters
as the books Fiona’s passionate readers know and love, only it is set on this
wider landscape. Before becoming an author, Fiona was a speedway driver for
seven years and now spends her days writing both women’s and young adult
fiction, working as a farmhand and caring for her two children in the tiny
rural community of Pingaring, 350km from Perth.

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Three Empty Words by Gen Ryan #ReleaseBltiz @hottreepubs @genryan15

 

 

Title: Three Empty Words
Author: Gen Ryan
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: September 9, 2017
Blurb
Melanie Smith has
spent her entire life waiting for her happy ever after. For a moment there,
everything is hunky-dory until her boyfriend falls in love with another man.
Trying to move on, she makes every effort to find “the one.”
Watching everyone
around her find love, leaving her knee-deep in spinster status, Melanie decides
on a new path: become a surrogate for her ex-turned-best friend. She doesn’t
bargain on a two-for-one deal: a baby for bestie… and a new man.
Join Melanie on her
journey as she navigates the highs and lows, the cravings and confusion of love
and trying to find meaning in those three empty words.

 

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You can find Gen curled up reading paranormal romance and
romantic thrillers or frantically typing her stories on her laptop.
Forensic psychology is her trade by day, teaching and
molding the minds of college students. Her interest in psychology can be seen
in her books, each including many psychological undertones. Although she loves
teaching, her passion, her true love, lies in the stories that roam around in
her head. Yes, they all come from her mind–the good, the bad, and the totally
insane.
Gen Ryan is an international best-selling author in multiple
subgenres within romance. She lives in Massachusetts–no, not Boston–with her
husband, daughter, and American Eskimo dog named Chewbacca. With each story she
shares, she hopes her love for writing and storytelling seeps through,
encompassing the reader and leaving them wanting more.

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Hard Time by Kristen Luciani #ReleaseBlitz @givemebooksblog @kristen_luciani

 

 

Title: Hard Time
Author: Kristen Luciani
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: September 8, 2017

 

Blurb
A man’s need for revenge. A woman’s career
ambition. Will their love change everything?
Ex-con Jeff Torres trusted the wrong guy, and now he wants
revenge. After five years in prison, he knows he can’t pull off his scheme
alone. But who can he trust?
L.A. publicist Ariana Carlson is an ambitious
career woman. Working seven days a week has led to cold sheets at night. When
she meets the strong, confident, and secretive Jeff, she wonders if her evening
luck might be changing…
Jeff enlists her help in his quest for revenge,
but Ariana can tell that something is off. Of course, she’s got a few
secrets of her own that could make romance impossible. As Jeff begins to
crave Ariana more than his payback, will the publicist’s true motives
take their love to the next level or send the ex-con back to jail?
Hard Time is a standalone romantic suspense
novel. If you like sizzling chemistry, fast-paced thrills, and tales of
revenge, then you’ll love bestselling author
Kristen Luciani’s passionate story.

 

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Kristen Luciani is a self-proclaimed momtrepreneur, beauty product
junkie, and bestselling romance author with a penchant for stilettos, Silicon
Valley, plunging necklines and grapefruit martinis. As a deep-rooted
romantic who prefers juicy drama to fill the lives of anyone other than her,
she tried her hand at creating a world of enchantment, sensuality, and
intrigue, finally uncovering her true passion. No pun intended…
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Forget Me Not by Willow Winters #ReleaseBlitz @givemebooksblog @willowwintersbb

 

 

Title: Forget Me Not
Author: Willow Winters
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: September 12, 2017
Blurb
I fell in love with a boy a long time ago.I was only a
small girl. Scared and frightened, I was taken from my home and held
against my will. His father hurt me, but he protected
me and kept me safe as best he could.

Until I left him.I ran the first chance I got and even though I knew he wasn’t behind
me, I didn’t stop. The branches lashed out at me, punishing me for leaving him
in the hands of a monster.

I’ve never felt such guilt in my life.

Although I survived, the boy was never found. I prayed for him to
be safe. I dreamed he’d be alright and come back to me. Even as a
young girl I knew I loved him, but I betrayed him.

Twenty years later, all my wishes came true.

But the boy came back a man. With a grip strong enough to keep me
close and a look in his eyes that warned me to never dare leave him
again. I was his to keep after all.

Twenty years after leaving one hell, I entered another. Our tale
was only just getting started.

It’s dark and twisted.

But that doesn’t make it any less of what it is.

A love story. Our love story.

 

 

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Willow Winters is so happy to be a USA Today, Wall Street
Journal and #1 Contemporary Bestselling Romance Author. She likes her action
hot and her bad boys hotter. She certainly doesn’t hold back on either one in
her writing!
Willow started writing after having her little girl, Evie, December 2015. All
during her pregnancy with Evie she continued to read and she only wanted to
read romance. She was reading a book a day — sometimes two.
In January 2016 Willow was staying up late with Evie and just thinking of all
these stories. They came to her constantly so she finally sat down and just
started writing. She always wanted to do it so she figured, why not? Today
Willow cannot be happier for making that decision!

 

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Echoes in the Storm by Max Henry #ReleaseBlitz @givemebooksblog @maxhenryauthor

 

 

Title: Echoes in the Storm
Author: Max Henry
Genre: Military Themed Contemporary
Release Date: September 12, 2017
Blurb
“Behind those eyes, a battle rages. One that’s not fought
overseas with guns and tanks, but one that wreaks havoc in the homeland with
harshly spoken words and misguided beliefs.”
One week is all we were supposed to share. One week as
strangers. Yet you became so much more.
You were the echo in my storm.
All the little things you did differently irked me. I
thought it meant we couldn’t get along, that there was no chance we’d work out.
But when it came time for me to leave, you know what I figured out?
They were the faint call of home, lost on the wind and the
roar of thunder. It was you calling me, hoping I’d hear you and find my way out
of the dark that I had lost myself in when I shut off to survive.
You were my echo. My call back.
And fuck it all if I didn’t find home in the end.
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Chapter One
Eleven hours in the office, and this is what I have to come
home to. I close my eyes and focus on my breathing, trapped in the naïve
thought that maybe, just maybe, if I wish him away hard enough, it could truly
happen.
Nope. Still there.
Blondie belts a tune out on my car radio, the beat going
some way toward helping me find my zen. Three years on, and the sheer sight of
him still pisses me off the same as it did when he told me “I don’t think I
could ever love you again.”
Yeah. Because loving me meant accepting the fact it wasn’t
my fault, and he refuses to believe that.
I refuse to believe that.
Drawing a deep breath, I reach for the door handle and
promptly cut Blondie off mid-sentence as the crisp evening air rushes into my
safe haven. With my leather tote snatched in my other hand, I rise and plaster
on as natural of a smile as I can manage when my back aches and my feet throb
from overuse.
“Eight months, Jared.”
My ex leans a shoulder against the side of the house, tucked
under the veranda as though he had hoped to blend into the shadows and catch me
by surprise.
“And yet, it hasn’t dulled your attitude any.”
“What do you want?” I shut and lock the car, pining for that
first dip in a hot bath.
“You ignored my calls.” He frowns as I walk right by him.
“Did you think I’d be that easy to brush off?”
“Hardly.” There was a reason he used to be saved in my phone
under ‘Cockroach’. “I’ve been busy.”
“You’re not the only one,” he bites, inviting himself into
the house behind me. “But then again, you never did understand that concept,
did you?”
“Carry on, Jared,” I snap louder than intended. “See how
long this wee conversation lasts if that’s the way you’re going to steer it.”
He pinches the bridge of his nose and sighs. “I’ll make it
quick.” For a fleeting second, I see the vulnerable man I fell in love with ten
years ago. “I want you to sell the house.”
Until that.
“What?” I throw my tote on the side table with more zest
than necessary.
We were married for barely two years, not enough time for
the property to have increased substantially in value. So it was decided when
we split that I’d stay in it, paying the mortgage on my own, and the little
that he had put in over the course of our relationship would be repaid when I
sold.
When I sold.
“If you need the cash—”
“I need an end to this.” He waves a hand between us as I
slump against the hallway wall. “I need to cut ties from you, Cam.”
“I thought we were doing that just fine,” I whisper as I run
my eye over his carefully put together outfit.
Fuck, he unfriended me on Facebook the minute he split. I
don’t even know where he lives now, just that it’s in the city, and judging by
the threads he’s got on he’s doing well for himself.
Of course, he doesn’t need the money. He’s never needed
anything from me. Makes sense then, that he wants me to sell to ensure he has
no reason ever to see me, let alone talk to me, again.
“If you want closure, Jared, I can get my lawyer to send
yours the settlement amount when and if I sell in the future. You don’t have to
deal with me.”
He shrugs. “Except I would. You’d still be there in the back
of my mind every time I have to list assets, Cam. Or if Kell and I want to
apply for another mortgage—it’s still in my name, too.”
“So we change it.” I push aside the reference he made to the
whore who stole him away. “Make a time at the bank, and I’ll meet you there.”
Silence hangs thick, choking the air in the house—the very
reason for this conversation. I push off the wall with the flat of my hand and
take a couple of steps toward the lounge room.
“How long?”
He hangs in the entrance hall. “As soon as we can agree on a
realtor.”
“No.” I drop to the edge of the armchair, bracing myself
with both hands on the cushion. “You’ve got to give me longer.”
“Why, Cam?” He ventures as far as the open doorway, ever
reluctant to get too close to me. “You’ve had three years to get what you need
out of being here. Staying in the house won’t change anything.”
“Exactly,” I whisper.
I never stayed in the hope it would settle the past, or that
the memories the house held could ever ease the pain. I didn’t stay to heal. I
stayed to keep the wound open and festering, to never forget.
I chose to remain in the home we shared so I would be
reminded every day of what I did and why I don’t ever deserve to have that kind
of love again.
“You need to move on,” Jared murmurs as he retraces his
steps toward the door. “It’s not healthy, Cam.”
“I know.”
He twists the handle and opens the front door a fraction,
resting his shoulder against the edge as he drives the nail home a little
harder.
“You need to own up to what you did.”

 

 

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Born and bred in Canterbury, New Zealand, Max now resides
with her family in beautiful and sunny Queensland, Australia.Life with two young children can be hectic at times, and
although she may not write as often as she would like, Max wouldn’t change a
thing.

In her down time, Max can be found at her local gym,
brain-storming through a session with the weights. If not, she’s probably out
drooling over one of many classic cars on show that she wishes she owned.
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