Monday, October 31, 2016

My Review - Where Two Hearts Meet

4 out of 5 stars

WHERE TWO HEARTS MEET was an easy read, with warm characters and multiple plots.

Chef Caden Holt is in her element at the Red Door Inn. She’s always felt a bit insecure, but in her kitchen, she shines. Not only does she whip up scrumptious dishes for the Prince Edward Island B & B, but she also teaches high-school students the joys of cooking. But when her boss asks her to show a travel writer around the island—hoping for a good review—Caden’s insecurities kick into overtime. Adam Jacobs is an extremely handsome man, and though she enjoys his company, Caden knows he is way out of her league.

Writer Adam Jacobs is on a forced sabbatical. Though he’s expected to uncover a story while on his break, he’d rather enjoy the beauty of Prince Edward Island and a certain chef who makes the most amazing dishes. Dealing with ghosts from his past, Adam is determined to do something to honor a fallen friend. Unfortunately, the story he’s expected to write could destroy the reputation of the owner of the Red Door Inn, and leave Caden without a job.

WHERE TWO HEARTS MEET takes off where THE RED DOOR INN leaves off. At first, I was concerned that the author was making the characters I enjoyed from the first book a bit unlikable. Luckily, that didn’t continue. Though Marie and Seth have a presence in this story, Caden and Adam are from and center. Secondary characters like Levi and Esther, Aretha and Jack, added charm to an already charming story. I look forward to the third book in the series, so I can once again escape to the beautiful hamlet of North Rustico.

Book provide for review purposes.

Available October 2016 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

My Review - Wild Montana Skies

4.5 out of 5 stars
WILD MONTANA SKIES by Susan May Warren, follows Kacey Fairing as she tries to reinsert herself in her daughter’s life while staying as far away from Ben King as possible.

Helicopter pilot Kacey Fairing is coming home. After surviving a catastrophic crash in Afghanistan, she still suffers the emotional fallout of losing team members and shouldering the blame. Needing time to regroup, Kacey heads home to Mercy Falls, where she plans on working with search and rescue team PEAK, and hopes to reconnect with her teenage daughter. What she’s not prepared for is running into former flame, Ben King.

Country music star, Ben King has returned to Mercy Falls to care for his father after he is injured, and help him run PEAK. What Ben doesn’t know is that his father has hired Kacey Fairing to be their new helicopter pilot. Kacey—the only woman Ben has ever loved—broke his heart thirteen years ago, and he’s never really gotten over her. Hoping to rekindle what they once had, Ben is devastated to find out the reason Kacey broke it off with him.

WILD MONTANA SKIES was filled with great characters and more than one subplot. Though this is book one in the series, there is a prequel (If Ever I Would Leave You). I would recommend reading it first so you have backstory on the characters of Ian and Sierra. I loved the chemistry between Kacey and Ben. The dialogue between the two of them allowed the readers to sense the comfortability they once shared even though Kacey tried so hard to ignore it. I am curious to see how many books are in this series since Ms. Warren has such a strong collection of secondary characters she could easily develop. Looking forward to RESCUE ME, book two in the series. I hope to get some closure is the Ian/Sierra/Esme storyline.

Book provided for review purposes.

Available October 2016 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

My Review - Tangled Webs

5 out of 5 stars
As always, Irene Hannon delivers action and romance with book three of the Men of Valor series.

Army Ranger Finn McGregor is looking for some serious R&R. Recuperating from a mission that went wrong, and contemplating his future, he heads to the woods so he can wrestle his demons and come out stronger—without the help of his supportive but sometimes domineering brothers. When a scream rents the night, he finds himself in action mode. Who he discovers is Dana Lewis, a publishing exec. trying to recover from her own nightmare that almost took her life. Dana becomes an easy-on-the-eyes distraction who helps Finn process through his doubts regarding his future.

After surviving a horrendous ordeal, Dana Lewis has both physical and psychological injuries. Time in her grandfather’s cabin, where good memories surround her, is helping with her recovery. That is, until she feels threatened by pranks that are more than teenage rebellion. When it’s obvious the incidents are targeting Dana, she is more than grateful to have Finn McGregor as her neighbor. When their time together turns into something more than just Finn’s need to protect her, Dana wonders if her time in New York is over, and if she has what it takes to follow Finn to Atlanta.

TANGLED WEBS is exactly that, the convergence of two people trying to recover from devastating ordeals, and two people who have allowed criminal activity to compromise who they are. As these four people trip and stumble over each other’s secrets, the outcome could prove to be deadly.

TANGLED WEBS was a quick read because I didn’t want to put it down. There really wasn’t a huge suspense element because the culprit is revealed early in the book. I like this style of writing because the reader gets the chance to climb into the mind of the perpetrator throughout the story instead of a quick reveal at the end of the book. Though this is book three, it easily reads like a standalone novel. Another great series from Irene Hannon.

Book provided for review purposes.

Available October 2016 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.