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Blurb: All roads lead home in Snowberry Creek...

After a devastating tour in Afghanistan, all Spencer Lang wants is for life to return to normal. But when he rides into his hometown on his Harley, he learns that his friends and family have tried to move past their heartbreak since he was reported killed-in-action—and the woman he loved is about to marry his best friend. Now, all he can do is pick up the pieces of his life.

Years ago Melanie Wolfe left town, with no intention of ever coming back. But when her father dies, she reluctantly returns home to salvage the family business. Reuniting with Spencer, her high school crush, complicates the already thorny situation, especially when she begins losing her heart to him all over again.

As Spencer and Melanie work to restore order to her family's company, two damaged hearts face an unexpected new future that is filled with possibilities...and love.

Review: I received a copy of A Reason to Love from the author for an honest review.

I have enjoyed reading Ms. Morgan's books since picking up a copy of Dark Defender when it first came out. Like the books I have read since, A Reason to Love has all of the elements that I have come to expect in an Alexis Morgan book.

The first is great characters. Spencer Lang comes back to a hometown that believes he was killed in action. He has issues, but he learns how to deal with them - step by step. He re-learns how to be around not only the people in his hometown, but the surviving members of his unit. Melanie Wolfe is a member (and heir) of Snowberry Creek's founding family and is expected to maintain a certain standard. While she tries to keep the family business afloat, she works on ways to improve it. Neither they, nor their various friends or family friends, are perfect and that is why I like them.

Another element is the setting. I really like the small town setting of Snowberry Creek. It is, in many ways, like small towns everywhere: Everyone knows (or thinks they know) everyone else's business, it takes a lot to overcome the image you had, and the world might very well come to an end if you do something differently from the way your parents did it.

A final element I enjoy is the story itself. Sure, it has been "done before". Soldier comes home, finds girl, etc. Ms. Morgan, however, has a way of writing which keeps it fresh and keeps readers - or at least this one - coming back for more.

Is the book perfect? Of course not. For one, I would have liked to know what has happened to Spence's uncle Vince. It was mentioned in the book that Spence's cousin Austin has changed from their younger days, yet there is no encounter between the two. Maybe more will be learned in a future book. This is also my first Snowberry Creek (I am more familiar with the Paladin and Talion books) book, so there may be more that was mentioned about these two characters in the previous books.

Overall, an excellent read from an excellent author.

(Image (c)Barnes and Noble, blurb (c) Alexis Morgan)

(Review cross-posted to Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and GoodReads.)
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Blurb: Bachelor dad for sale? Nancy Robards Thompson continues the party in her Celebrations, Inc., miniseries. Join in the fun!

Liam Thayer would do anything for his twin daughters and for his beloved Celebration, Texas, hospital. But a bachelor auction for the new children's wing was out of the question for the dignified doctor! He didn't intend to date till his girls were in college, and besides, he'd already lost the love of his life. Why try again? Until he finally caved, no thanks to a pushy event planner.

Rigging the auction to win his date was a piece of cake for organizer Kate Macintyre. Resisting the handsome doctor? A problem she hadn't expected! And as their fake romance slowly turned to real love, no dollar amount could keep Kate from wishing for a happily-ever-after with Liam and his children…

Review: Dr. Liam Thayer's and Kate Macintyre's story was sweet. There was drama, yes. There were misunderstandings and some revelations, naturally. However, at the heart of it, the story was sweet and involved two adults who had been through a lot who could very well work together.

Good read and highly recommended.

Book received from author for honest review.

(Image (c) Nancy Robards Thompson, blurb (c)Amazon.com)

(Review cross-posted to Amazon.com and BN.com)
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Blurb: Ruby Salazaar wants answers . . . and revenge. Her uncle has just been murdered before her eyes and the name he utters with his final breath - Cyntag - leads Ruby into a world beyond her wildest imaginings. She soon learns that the dark, sexy Cyntag Valeron knows more about her than she does herself.

Ruby changed Cyn's life before she even knew who he was. Now she charges into his life, a beautiful woman full of fire and questions. Cyn knew this day would come, yet he couldn't foresee the danger - and desires - Ruby would bring with her. He can teach her how to harness her newly awakened powers. But there is one force neither of them can control . . .

Review: Ruby Salazar is introduced into a world she thought she had no knowledge of outside the fairytales told her (through a book) by her uncle, Moncrief. Upon her uncle's death, she turns to the one man Moncrief didn't want her to meet - Cyntag Valeron.

As Ruby finds out more about her heritage and past, she isn't sure she is able to trust Cyn. She has no choice as people want to end her life and Cyn is the only one who can protect her. Sparks fly between them and develop into something more.

Dragon Awakened was an interesting read, although I have to admit to liking Cyntag more than I did Ruby. She is a good character and well written, it is simply a personal preference.

I enjoyed the premise put forth by Ms. Rush and look forward to seeing what comes next!

(Blurb and image (c)Grand Central)

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Blurb:Reaver is an angel with a past, a record, and a less-than-heavenly attitude. Powerful enough to fight alongside the fiercest battle angels-and crazy enough to risk his wings on a one-way mission to hell-he's agreed to go where no angel has ever gone before . . . to steal the most seductive and dangerous prize of Satan himself.

Harvester is one of the Fallen, a once-heroic angel who sacrificed her wings to work as an undercover agent in hell. But now her cover has been blown, and she's doomed to an eternity of agonizing torture. Even if Reaver can snatch her away from Satan's lair, even if they can fight their way out of the underworld's darkest depths, there is one thing Harvester can never escape-her newfound thirst for an angel's blood. . .

Review: Reaver was my introduction to Larissa Ione's writing and a rather interesting one at that.

I found Reaver's/Yenrieth's and Harvester's/Verrine's story intriguing. The interplay between them was good reading and at times combustible - especially since both had reasons for what they did, do, and will do.

While I liked reading Reaver, enough so to look into reading the preceding books in the series, it isn't my usual fare. That, however, is a point in the book's favor as it is something new (for me).

Look forward to giving the rest of the series a try.

(Blurb (c)Grand Central, image found on Larissa Ione's site and copyrighted to her.)
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Blurb: What worlds would you move to be with your soulmate?

Painter Tessa Barnum is struggling. Her husband left, she's broke, about to be evicted and has made some serious missteps in her career.

When scruffy Brian Tennyson explodes into her life, claiming to be from an alternate universe, Tessa thinks he's a crazy vagabond - albeit one with mysterious and undeniable appeal.

Then he informs her that in his world, they're married.

Tessa's universe is turned upside down as the truth of love and loss, victory and humiliation, and second chances comes back to her. She has to choose love over logic to reach that state of anticipation where miracles unfold.

The secret to her own life was always in her heart.

Review: I wasn't sure what to think of it at first, but it certainly grabs your attention. It has ebbs and flows, highs and lows, intrigue and, of course, romance. There are parallels, convergences, unravelings and even meltdowns. The Love of My (Other) Life has it all and makes it work because it is as quirky as its characters.

While quirky would, under certain circumstances, be, well, a death knell, in this case, quirky is what makes the book work - at least for me. Why? Because "quirk" runs throughout the book as each character has his or her own quirks that makes them who they are. It is those quirks and how they manifest themselves that make the characters come alive instead of falling flat. It is also those quirks that makes certain characters annoying - and it could be different characters to different readers. It is also those quirks that make the characters multi-dimensional.

The book is also romance in that it explores how far a person would go to say "I Love You" one more time and have a chance to say goodbye. There are hints of the paranormal and science fiction too.

What I really enjoyed about the book is that Ms. Slatton, like the artist that her character is, blends all of these elements like an artist's paints to create in words a painting that explodes across the senses.

Very enjoyable read.

(Cover image courtesy of publicist.)

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Blurb: Christmas Eve 1894

All Margaret Campbell wants for Christmas is a safe journey home. When her plans for a festive holiday with her family in Stirling crumble beneath the weight of her brother’s bitterness, the young schoolteacher wants nothing more than to return to the students she loves and the town house she calls home.

Then an unexpected detour places her in the path of Gordon Shaw, a handsome newspaperman from Glasgow, who struggles under a burden of remorse and shame.

When the secret of their shared history is revealed, will it leave them tangled in a knot of regret? Or might their past hold the threads that will bind their future together?

As warm as a woolen scarf on a cold winter’s eve, A Wreath of Snow is a tender story of love and forgiveness, wrapped in a celebration of all things Scottish, all things Victorian, and, especially, all things Christmas.

Review:  On the face of it, A Wreath of Snow is a very heart-warming story and a wonderful holiday read. It is a story of two people meeting each other after twelve years and an incident that affected both of their lives in different ways.

Gordon Shaw was responsible for paralyzing Margaret Campbell's brother with a curling stone and the Campbells were never able to forgive him. Neither has Gordon been able to forgive himself.

Meg also suffers for her brother always feels it necessary to needle her about how she is better off on the few visits home she does. Gordon and Meg meet by chance on the train out of their hometown, although neither realizes at first who the other is.

As they wind up snowbound in Stirling, they work through the past and both would like a future together. This may prove to be impossible as Meg's family could be unable to see past the, well, past.

But this is Christmas after all and anything can happen.

I liked the message of A Wreath of Snow: forgiveness of past deeds, finding love, and moving on.

I liked the characters: their past, their present, and the promise of their future.

I also liked the setting, but then I am a long-time fan of Scotland and things Scottish.

Having said that, I must say that the story felt a tad too pat. To me, in spite of really liking the story, it felt like reading Step 1, Step 2, Step 3, Step 4, the end. I like to have cogs thrown into the works. Sidesteps too.

Yes, there was tension. Yes, there was a blow up when the rest of Meg's family found out who Gordon was, but even that felt scripted.

Good solid read, but nothing altogether spectacular.

(Blurb and Cover Image found on Amazon.com)

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