Sunday, October 19, 2014

Billionaires in Love

I loved both stories in the Billionaires in Love collection. I'm a huge fan of reunion stories and both Midnight Angel and The Playboy's Second Chance were done perfectly.

Midnight Angel

Dylan and Holly were high school sweethearts and even 10 years later they both still have feelings for one another. I loved that Dylan realized how important Holly was to him even after so many years, and that he still loved her all these years later. The chemistry between Dylan and Holly was pretty hot and I absolutely loved them as a couple.

The Playboy's Second Chance (formally released as Kismet)

We first met Lissa when she was working at Cuppa CafĂ© and was extremely rude to Faith Harrington. She was recently divorced and selling coffee part-time and writing obits for the Serendipity Gazette and waiting for her big break. Luckily, Lissa and Faith found some common grounds and when Faith was ready to tell her story, she gave the exclusive to Lissa, who is now working for The News Journal. Her first major interview was with Trevor Dane…none other than her high school sweetheart, and her one true love.

Trevor hasn’t seen Lissa since he found out she was pregnant with Brad Banks’ child and marrying him. Even though his family still lives in Serendipity, he hasn’t allowed anyone to tell him what is going on with Lissa since he left ten years ago. He finally agrees to give her the interview, and then discovers what Lissa’s marriage has really been like. The attraction is still as strong as it was 10 years ago, and neither can resist the other. Lissa and Trevor are so hot together, but Trevor has to decide if he can accept Lissa’s daughter, who is also Brad’s daughter. Trevor and Lissa are so great together, and it was fun to watch the high school sweethearts fall in love all over again.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Mr. Miracle: A Christmas Novel

 Beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber celebrates the most wonderful time of the year in this heartwarming Christmas novel of romance, hope, and the comforts of home—coming soon as a Hallmark Channel original movie!

Harry Mills is a guardian angel on a mission: help twenty-four-year-old Addie Folsom get her life back on track—and, if the right moment strikes, help her find love. Posing as a teacher at a local college in Tacoma, Washington, Harry is up to the task, but not even he can predict the surprises that lay in store.

After trying to make it on her own, Addie has returned home to Tacoma for the holidays, but this time she plans to stay for good, enrolling in the local community college to earn her degree. What she doesn’t plan to do is run into Erich Simmons.

Addie and her next-door neighbor, Erich, are like night and day. Growing up, he was popular and outgoing while she was rebellious and headstrong, and he never missed an opportunity to tease her. Now she intends to avoid him entirely, yet when they’re suddenly forced to spend Christmas together, Addie braces for trouble.

Perhaps it’s the spirit of the season or the magic of mistletoe, but Addie and Erich soon find they have more in common than they thought—and that two people who seem so wrong for each other may actually be just right. With a little prompting from a certain angelic teacher, the two are in for a holiday miracle they’ll never forget.

Random House
October 7, 2014

I've been a pretty big Debbie Macomber fan for many years. I was given a review copy thanks to the publisher through NetGalley.

Let me start by saying I loved Addie Folsom so much. She is moving home to start over and she is such a strong character, even if she didn't feel it at the beginning of the story. Addie has moved back home and is going to school to get her final credit to earn her high school diploma. While I didn't love Erich Simmons as much when we first met him, I did feel chemistry between Addie and Erich from the beginning. There was really major growth for both of these characters over the course of this story and I think it came partly from the time they spent together.

One of the best examples of their growth as individuals and as a couple came when they were at the class Christmas party. “When it was her turn, she introduced Erich. “Erich and I grew up next door to each other.” “We weren’t always friendly,” Erich went on to explain. “It’s only been in the last couple of weeks that we’ve learned to get along.” He smiled at Addie.”

Harry Mills honestly made me think of Clarence from It's a Wonderful Life just a little bit, even knowing he was "younger" in appearance.  One of the reasons he reminded me of Clarence is from the prologue when he first arrives on earth.

“ In preparation for his earthly visitation, Harry had carefully studied human behavior and had learned about ways to gently guide his charges. Of course, he knew all about free will, to, but frankly, he wasn’t overly concerned. Just how difficult could it be to give a nudge to those in need of a bit of subtle direction?”

His heart is completely pure and all he wants to do is help his students be the best they can be. He had a few bumpy moments in the beginning, but it was fun to see him finally get his footing with people on earth. Part of Harry's bumpy road included the French teacher pursuing him. I didn't really feel like it helped to add anything to him helping Addie and Erich, but could see it as important to him learning to be human. I did like he had another angel, Celeste, to help him along the way. In fact, she was one of my favorite characters in the book.

Mr. Miracle felt like the first book in a new series to me. I'm looking forward to seeing how Harry can help some of the other students in the class, especially Danny and Andrew.

Overall, I feel like Mr. Miracle was a sweet Christmas story. I'm looking forward to watching the Hallmark movie when it premiers to compare the book to the movie.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Laces & Lace Cover Reveal

Release Date: November 24th

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Nine years ago, things were perfect. Lacey and Karson had found their happily ever after in each other…or so they thought. How do two people who were meant to be move on from that once-in-a-lifetime love?

Lacey has a strength inside her that comes alive with the things she’s most passionate about. She’s a fighter, a survivor, and has everything she’s ever wanted but the one thing that matters most—love.

Karson is doing the one thing he loves most—playing hockey for the Assassins, yet he knows regret. He knows his life has been missing the one thing he walked away from so many years ago—Lacey.

Nine years later, and neither has been able to succeed in moving on from what was, what could have been, and who each of their hearts still beats for. When a chance encounter during a fateful night has their paths crossing again, will the tether still attaching their souls allow them to face the past, present, and a possible future?

Can two people with fate on their side find a way back to each other? Overcome all the obstacles in their way to finally live life together to the fullest?

Or will they let those around them and the circumstances they face, along with questions and doubt, ruin a second chance at the life they both deserve?

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What are your thoughts on the cover of Laces & Lace? Are you excited?

Toni Aleo is the author of the Nasvhille Assassins series: Taking ShotsTrying to ScoreEmpty Net, Falling for the Backup, and Blue Lines.

When not rooting for her beloved Nashville Predators, she’s probably going to her husband’s and son’s hockey games and her daughter’s dance competitions, taking pictures, scrapbooking, or reading the latest romance novel.

She lives in the Nashville area with her husband, two children, and a bulldog. Read more about Toni here.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

He's So Fine (Lucky Harbor Book 11)

For Olivia Bentley, Lucky Harbor is more than the town where she runs her new vintage shop. It's the place where folks are friendly to strangers-and nobody knows her real name. Olivia does a good job of keeping her past buried, not getting too cozy with anyone . . . until she sees a man drowning. Suddenly she's rushing into the surf, getting up close and personal with the hottest guy she's ever laid hands on.

Charter boat captain Cole Donovan has no problem with a gorgeous woman throwing her arms around his neck in an effort to "save" him. In fact, he'd like to spend a lot more time skin-to-skin with Olivia. He's just not expecting that real trouble is about to come her way. Will it bring her deeper into Cole's heart, or will it be the end of Olivia's days in little Lucky Harbor?

Release Date September 30, 2014
Grand Central Publishing
Lucky Harbor Book 11

I was lucky enough to get a review copy thanks to the publisher through NetGalley. The Lucky Harbor series is one of my favorites from Jill Shalvis and while I'm sad to see it come to an end, I'm loving how Ms. Shalvis is wrapping the series up.

I think I laughed more reading He's So Fine than I have with most of the other books in the series. Olivia and Cole have awesome chemistry from the moment Olivia jumps in to save Cole, but their dialogue cracked me up the entire book. I loved Olivia and Cole as a couple and honestly only had one big problem with the story. I really didn't like that Olivia kept Cole in the dark about her past for as long as she did. I wanted her to trust him enough to share early in their relationship, especially when Cole was so open about his past with her. However, I still thought they really were perfect for one another and wanted them to go the distance as a couple.

While He's So Fine isn't my favorite book in the Lucky Harbor series, it was a great addition to the series. I’m currently reading Tanner’s book, which is the last full-length book in the series. I will miss my annual visits to Lucky Harbor.