Book Review: All I want for Christmas by Jennifer Gracen

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What this book is about:

Cassandra Baines almost has it all: a flourishing career as one of the youngest English Lit assistant professors at NYU, an apartment in a city she adores, and a close circle of lifelong girlfriends that are like sisters. The only thing she doesn’t have is someone special to share it with. She’s been married to her work since Sean McKinnon broke her heart seven years ago.

Musician and bar owner Sean McKinnon keeps busy – too busy for a love life. He blew it with Cassie all those years ago, and no one has held a candle to her since.

But then one fateful night, of all the people in New York City, Cassandra walks into his bar, and he’s drawn to her as strongly as ever. She wants nothing to do with him, but he’s not going to give up so easily.

Can a bit of New York Christmas magic help two people take a second chance on true love?

What I thought:

 
All I Want for Christmas (Christmas in New York, #2)All I Want for Christmas by Jennifer Gracen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved this sweet story about Cassandra and running into her former boyfriend Sean.
Cassandra and her friend Bree went to the tree lighting ceremony at Rockefeller center and decided afterwards that the needed to go to a bar, it was a cold New York night and being in a warm place chatting with her BFF would be great.

They walked into an Irish Pub that they thought look warm, and that is where Cassandra saw him, her x-boyfriend from 7 years ago, her only true love!

This story tells us how Cassandra and Sean try to meet up again, rekindle that fire that was never burnt out.

I thought the author Jennifer Gracen did a great job of developing the characters, I felt like I was there, wanting things to work out. This was a great Christmas book to read. Loved the Holiday cheer.

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Book Review: This Christmas by Jeannie Moon

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This Christmas by Jeannie Moon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love this sweet Christmas story, This Christmas by Jeannie Moon.
This is the first time reading a book written by Jeannie Moon and first book in the series of Christmas in New York.

I did fall in love with the characters, The main ones are Sabrina, Her daughter Charlie and Charlie’s Dad Jake.

Ten years ago Sabrina found out she was pregnant, she didn’t tell anyone who the father was, amazing she kept that a secret. She felt it was for the best not to tell the father Jake, as he was now in another relationship and had moved for his career in the Hockey.
Ten years later, Jake is back in town and helping Sabrina’s brother with some peewee hockey players and that is where he meets his daughter, yes he did figured out.
You will have to read the book to find out the rest of the story, but this is a wonderful sweet story to read. Made me feel happy.

The only negative was at the beginning, the author called her Sabrina and then called her Bree, took me a few pages to figure out who she was talking about.

What the book is about:

Single mother Sabrina Gervais has built a happy life with her daughter Charlotte in their eastern Long Island hometown of Holly Point. Having Charlie meant putting some of her own dreams on hold, but Sabrina is content to surround herself with family and friends, safe from the realities of the outside world. She had enough of that when the man she loved broke her heart.

Jake Killen’s career in professional hockey has brought him many rewards on and off the ice, but returning to New York brings back a flood of memories. When he sees Sabrina again, he discovers that he didn’t just away from her ten years ago, but also from their unborn child.
Struggling with anger, guilt, and chemistry that’s off the chart, Sabrina and Jake wonder if they can find love again and, this Christmas, make all their wishes come true.

 

I can’t wait to read the next book in this series:

Christmas in New York
Book 1: This Christmas by Jeannie Moon
Book 2: All I Want for Christmas by Jennifer Gracen
Book 3: A Light in the Window by Jolyse Barnett
Book 4: Goodness and Light by Patty Blount

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Book Review: Loyalty and Lies by L.A. Cotton

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Loyalty and Lies by L.A. Cotton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow!! What a riveting story, I couldn’t put the book down. L.A. Cotton who wrote Loyalty and Lies hit it on the spot with hit story, I loved it right from the beginning. This YA romance is so captivating.
Starts out with Savannah, needing to go far away from home for college and she thought Chastity Falls would be perfect, she will just go to school, get her education and hopefully heal herself from the pain she is in. How lucky is she that she gets a roommate who wants to have fun and attend parties. Savannah just wants to be left alone, but goes with her roommate to the first party of the year.
Jackson Pierce is just trying to keep Braedon out of trouble, Braedon and Jackson are part of the football team. But Braedon seems to have a beef with everyone. When Savannah runs into Braedon at the party she ignores him, no one ignores Braedon, he is not happy. Jackson sees her and grabs her to safety, which she doesn’t realize at the time. There is chemistry between Savannah and Jackson, not something of them want to have.
I just loved this story, it is very intense throughout the pages, and the writing is remarkable, the author brings you right into the story, the characters are well developed and I couldn’t put the book down.
This books brings plenty of action, romance, mystery and suspense all wrapped in one book

What Goodreads says about the book:

Eighteen-year-old Savanah Parry just moved three thousand miles across state to escape. The memories…the whispers…the pain.

Chastity Falls Academy is supposed to be her fresh start; her salvation. And when Ana meets mysterious Jackson, she begins to think it is. She hasn’t smiled in almost sixteen months; not since the night her life changed forever, and despite her guilt…her loyalty, Ana can’t deny that Jackson is breathing life back into her. With Jackson by her side, Ana wants to believe she can heal and move on. But she isn’t the only one living a lie, and the small private Academy has secrets of its own. All is not what it seems, and Ana is about to find herself in a tangled web of lies; fighting for survival, again.

Loyalties will be tested, lies will be told. Welcome to Chastity Falls

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Book Review: Temporary Bridesmaid by Lu Ann Brobst Staheli

 

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Temporary Bridesmaid by LuAnn Brobst Staheli was a good fast story.

The story is about Jenny Grant, all her friends are married and the last one is getting married. She has a great job, well not always but she can take care of herself, but what is missing is a man, and since that isn’t happening she decided to settle on not worrying about being married, but of course it is in the back of her head.
She is helping her friend with her wedding and so she seems a little envious that her friends can find someone and not her. She also is dealing with her mom and some of her medical issues, pretty much life keeps going on.

James Cox had a strong feeling to sell his company and move to Salt Lake City, not sure why, but he knew Heavenly Father wouldn’t lead him astray. He found a temp job at the same company that Jenny works for.

Of course they would be perfect together but there a bunch of mishaps they don’t meet at first. They do eventually meet.

There is also Jenny’s friend Stephie, she is having some issues and I thought that was more interesting than Jenny’s life, I am hoping the author will write another story about her as well.

Even though I loved the story I felt that some of the characters weren’t as developed as others. Also only James every mentioned prayer helping to guide him, I wish the women in the story also spoke about saying a prayer or going to church. I think this would have added to the story. I do like it was a clean Christian romance.
I did receive this book for an honest review.

 

What Goodreads says the book is about:

Jenny Grant has given up on men, and therefore her dream of ever getting married. But when James Cox comes to work in her building as a temp, she has to convince herself to stay true to her new conviction. All around her, everything is falling apart in her life. She’s been asked to be the Maid of Honor for her best friend’s wedding—leaving Jenny the last single in her group—her mother’s forgetfulness has progressed to a level that might prove dangerous, and the raise and promotion Jenny longs for may not be within her reach. When a man who looks like James steals her wallet her distrust of men rests on his shoulders.

James Cox has no idea why he has given up his position as a California CEO to move to Salt Lake City, but he’s certain it isn’t to find a bride. When the call comes for a temp position at a computer programming company, he figures this must be why. But his co-workers are not always easy to get along with, especially the fiery-tempered woman named Jenny Grant. If he didn’t find her so beautiful and interesting, it might not matter. Except that it does

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About the Author:

Lu Ann Brobst Staheli got her start as a celebrity paparazzi-stalker-chick, which led to her award-winning career as a ghostwriter for celebrity memoirs. A masochist at heart, she taught junior high school English for 33 years, and once spent two weeks of summer vacation backpacking through Europe with 15 of her students. She has won three Utah Best of State Medals—two for writing and one for teaching—but refuses to wear them all at the same time because she’d hate to be known as a show-off. She is the true bibliophile, with something in excess of 1,000 books in her personal home library. After having donated the nearly 1,000 books in her classroom library to the other English teachers in her department, Lu Ann moves this year to a new position as the school librarian, where she can be surrounded by books and share her passion for reading with the entire group of students and faculty. Her published works include A Note Worth Taking, a MG/YA novel; When Hearts Conjoin, the story of the conjoined Herrin twins; Psychic Madman about mentalist Jim Karol; One Day at a Time: Teaching Secondary Language Arts; Books, Books, and More Books: A Parent and Teacher’s Guide to Adolescent Literature, as well as numerous newspaper and magazine articles. Lu Ann is a Senior Editor with Precision Editing Group, where she works with clients on both fiction and non-fiction manuscripts

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Book Review: Loving Lucianna by Joyce DiPastena

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Loving Lucianna by Joyce DiPastena was a very good story, I will admit though I haven’t read a Medieval book in a long time.

At first the story was hard for me to understand, had to reread some of the pages, but after I started figuring out who was who and the fact that the story did jump back and forth between a young Lucianna and Elizabetta. I was starting to get the feel of the story. I honestly loved the story by the end.

Lucianna grew up in a convent, being left there by her Mother, she never knew her real story till she was a teenager, but even then she wasn’t sure. Since this was so long ago, not much records were kept, no DNA samples, no internet she had to just go on what she was told.

I feel this was a very interesting story that made me want to finish reading the story. Yes it took me awhile to get into it, but I loved the characters and the author did a great job of bring them in to the story and wanting to know what happens next. I do plan on reading more in this series as it was very interesting. Something about this story and time period was really intriguing and worth being read.
This was also a clean romance story.

I did receive this book to review for an honest feedback.

What Goodreads says about this book:

Sir Balduin de Soler gave up long ago on love. He never had the means to support a wife until an unexpected advancement in his fifties allows him to reassess his future just as the lovely Lucianna enters his life.

Lucianna Fabio harbors a secret, painful memory from her past that has kept her unwed, as well. Now in her forties, she thought herself too old to marry until she meets Sir Balduin. Now suddenly their lonely autumn lives feel very much like spring again . . . until Lucianna’s brother appears without warning and threatens to revive the secret that will destroy Lucianna’s second chance at love.

“Loving Lucianna” is the first in Joyce DiPastena’s new “Hearts in Autumn” romance series, medieval romances revolving around heroes and heroines “in the autumn of their years.” Because you’re never too old to fall in love!

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About the Author:

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Joyce DiPastena dreamed of green medieval forests while growing up in the dusty copper mining town of Kearny, Arizona. She filled her medieval hunger by reading the books of Thomas B. Costain (where she fell in love with King Henry II of England), and later by attending the University of Arizona where she graduated with a degree in history, specializing in the Middle Ages. The university was also where she completed her first full-length novel…set, of course, in medieval England. Later, her fascination with Henry II led her to expand her research horizons to the far reaches of his “Angevin Empire” in France, which became the setting of her first published novel, Loyalty’s Web (a 2007 Whitney Award Finalist).

When she’s not writing, Joyce loves to read, play the piano, and spend time with her sister and friends. A highlight of her year is attending the annual Arizona Renaissance Festival .

Joyce is a multi-published, multi-award winning author who specializes in sweet medieval romances heavily spiced with mystery and adventure. She lives with her two cats, Clio and Glinka Rimsky-Korsokov, in Mesa, Arizona.

 

 

 

 

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