Betting the Bad Boy by Stefanie London is scheduled to be released on May 8, 2017 by Entangled Publishing, LLC and is a romance novel. I really enjoyed reading this book because it is a great light hearted book with plenty of romance. Continue reading
Falling for the Hometown Girl by Shelli Stevens is the second book in the Marshall Ranch Series and will be released on May 2, 2017 by Tule Publishing as an adult fiction, romance novel. I really loved reading this book! Stevens writes about Katie Marshall, a small town girl next door type who lives on and runs Marshall Ranch in Montana. While working the summer cattle ranch retreat, she meets Hunter. He is a hometown boy who moved to Seattle, WA right after high school graduation. Hunter makes it big in the tech field, owning his own copy that creates video games. He as always had a crush on Katie. So when his coworker got engaged he knew the prefect place for a bachelor party and his chance to see Katie again. This is were the fun and flirty interactions begin. This book is really well paced and easy to get lost in romance novel. I like how the writer created a setting that is very romantic and beautiful. The story evolves around both characters back stories, which some are very surprising. The ending will warm your heart. I really enjoyed reading this book and cannot wait for the third book in this series. **I received a complimentary Advanced Readers Copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.**
SYNOPSIS: Katie Marshall is known for her ‘girl next door’ reputation and for always playing it safe. So, when she books a bachelor party from Seattle at the Marshall Ranch, she isn’t sure what to expect until trouble strolls in–Hunter Richardson, local bad boy turned successful software tycoon…and Katie’s job gets a lot more interesting. Hunter has always struggled to find his place in Marietta. Now, somewhat reluctantly, he’s back in his hometown and not looking forward to a week on a cattle ranch… but that all changes when he sees Katie, the girl he could never forget from high school. A girl he shouldn’t want anything to do with. Soon, he realizes he wants much more from her than just a guided tour of the Montana landscape. Hunter’s plan had been to get through the week, before returning to Seattle and his million dollar gaming company. Instead, he finds himself falling for the hometown girl…
About the author: Shelli is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author who read her first romance novel when she snatched it off her mother’s bookshelf at the age of eleven. One taste and she was forever hooked. It wasn’t until many years later that she decided to pursue writing stories of her own. By then she acknowledged the voices in her head didn’t make her crazy, they made her a writer. Shelli currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with her daughter, where she writes various genres of romance. She’s a compulsive volunteer, and has been known to spontaneously burst into song.
The Nanny Arrangement by Rachel Harris is the second book in Country Blues Series and is scheduled to be release on May 22, 2017 by Entangled Publishing, LLC. I really enjoyed this women’s fiction romance novel. I found that I got lost in the story very easy. The writing style Rachel Harris as gives you such a clear picture and you feel like you are there. The story starts with Hannah and her best friend Deacon as childhood friends. While this is the only chapter and backstory for them, I feel the story could have evolved more if there was more detail of their childhood together. The author likes to set up the stage for you with character build-up and narrative writing. Hannah is the nanny for Deacon’s son while he is on tour with his band. The book takes you chapter by chapter through their love story and includes Deacon’s son Max. Overall, I found this book a very sweet romantic read that I highly recommend. **I received a complimentary Advanced Readers Copy of this book in exchange foe my honest and unbiased review.**
SYNOPSIS: Soft-spoken and shy Hannah Fisher is determined to make the man she’s loved her entire life finally see her as a woman. With the help of a makeover, a new mission—Operation Find My Happy—and the convenient forced proximity of a tour bus, she vows to win her best friend Deacon’s heart. Former bad boy and current fiddle player Deacon Latrell has the world at his fingertips: a new gig with a famous band, plus his best friend on tour as his son’s nanny. Life couldn’t get much sweeter. Now if only he could stop imagining kissing the daylights out of his childhood BFF with one friend set on pushing the boundaries and the other afraid to rock the boat, one thing’s for certain—their story would make one heck of a country song.
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Caught Looking by Jody Holford will be released on April 25, 2017 by Penner Media Group, LLC. I really loved reading this book and enjoyed it so much! The first character you meet in this story is Frankie. Her aunt past away and left her house to Frankie who decides to return to the house for a fresh start. Upon returning, she soon discovers that three young boys are living in the house. They were staying with her aunt before she died. This is a shock to Frankie who is not sure how to proceed. Frankie also meets her new neighbor, Ryan. His house is right next door to Frankie’s and it is beautifully redone. While Frankie’s is completely rundown and needs a complete redo. Will this newfound family lead to love and a happy ending or will their pasts destroy them. Holford creates a story that is so heartbreaking at times but uplifting at others. The characters are well thought out and have backstories that help with dynamics of the overall story. I really like Jody Holford’s writing style and look forward to more from this author. I highly recommend this book. ** I received a complimentary Advanced Readers Copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.**
Beauty and the Book Boyfriend by KM Galvin was released on March 28, 2017. I heard a lot about this book leading up to the release, both positive and negative. Hearing all about this book made me wonder and I had to find out for myself. The story is about Bell who is an author that is very self conscious and avoids the publicity all while not having any friends. She goes on book tour as the main character in her book along with the book boyfriend that her fans voted for. I found this book to be an ok read. I felt that the points of view kept changing so much that I could not keep up at times. The characters could use more back story to add more depth. While I understand that some readers really liked this book, I have to say I am not one of them. I am willing to read more works from this author. **I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.**
SYNOPSIS: When Bellamy Strong started writing, it wasn’t with the intention of becoming the next phenomenon. It was…to be blunt she had no friends. School is rough on the anti-social. It’s even harder publishing your books and the world decides it wants a piece of you. Now her series is ending and her publisher is demanding she show up for her fans. End her reclusive persona. A three month, worldwide book tour dressed as Makyla, the lead character in her book. As for Maxsen, the love interest, her fans pick model Caleb Pace to play the role during a casting contest. No big deal right? What happens when your fantasy comes to life and turns out better than you imagined?
**Recommended for ages 18 and up**
North to You by Tif Marcelo will be released on June 5, 2017 by Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books. This book is about a street food vendor named Camille. She owns Luciana’s, a popular but not famous food truck in the Bay Area of San Francisco. While at work in her food truck, she must learn what it takes to make it and get the food critics attention. One day while at a food festival see runs into her high school crush, Drew. He is on leave and before he is deployed back to Iraq he wants to patch things up with his dad. But his father owns the restaurant that is causing Camille problems with her food truck. Soon Drew finds himself having to choose between his family and Camille. Marcelo creates a very unique plot line that is perfect for romance. The characters he created have a deep back story that adds to the overall story. I found the ending to be a surprise that I did not see coming. I highly recommend this book and look forward to more from this author. Grab your copy today. **I received an Advanced Readers Copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.**
SYNOPSIS: In this warmhearted and charming debut from Tif Marcelo, a food truck chef and her long lost Army love clash when they cross paths in San Francisco. Camille Marino has got a full plate. As the sole guardian of her eighteen-year-old sister and the head chef and owner of a food truck, she’s used to life being a juggling act. With food to cook, social media accounts to manage, and a little sister to look after, she doesn’t have time for much else. That is, until Drew Bautista walks back into her life. Drew is Camille’s former high school crush and he returns to San Francisco to repair his relationship with his father before he ships out for deployment. By helping his father renovate his failing Filipino restaurant, he hopes to win back his respect. But when sparks fly between Drew and Camille—his father’s major competition and sworn enemy—Drew is conflicted. Should he join his father in the war against her food truck? Or surrender to the woman who’s given him a second chance at love?
About the author:
Tif believes in and writes about heart-eyes romance, the strength of families, and the endurance of friendship. A veteran Army Nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Public Administration, she is a craft enthusiast, food-lover and the occasional half-marathon runner. As a military spouse, she has moved nine times, and this adventure shows in some of her free-spirited characters. Tif currently lives in the DC area with her own real life military hero and four children.
Black Lotus & Blood Orchid by Claire Warner are books one and two in the Night Flower Series. While I love a good vampire story, I feel like this one is a been there done that kind of story. The copies I received felt more like a proof copy that still needed a final edit because there is a lot of writing errors. I felt that the author set the books up so that you have to read the next book in order to continue the story. There really is not an ending to each book. The plot was mediocre at best (been there done that). The characters and their development was ok. The dialogue between character sometimes fell flat or seemed awkward. If some of the conversations were reworded it may have been better and evoke a more emotional response from the reader. The pace of the novel changes from page to page making it hard to keep up. I feel like this was an ok read but will need editing before I would pay for the next book.
Genre: Historical Fiction/Paranormal Romance
Still Waiting: Hope for When God Doesn’t Give You What You Want by Ann Swindell was released on April 4,2017 by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. Swindell writes about her condition, Trichotillomania. She shares her heart with you and the struggles that come with the disease and waiting to be healed. There are many stages in the healing process and she discuses this with her relationship with God to help her through. This book is for anyone who as ever waited on God to help them through any situation. I felt this book was an amazing read. I really felt the connection she shares and how she inspires you to Christ. I highly recommend this book. **Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.**
SYNOPSIS: What if God wants you to wait? Most of us don’t willingly choose to wait. We pick the shortest lines at the grocery store and avoid construction routes whenever possible. These are relatively short holdups, but they point to the deeper truth of what we try to evade on the larger scale of our lives: the anguish and heartache we experience during extended times of waiting when something we have hoped for gets delayed. Because waiting is painful and hard, too often we try to rush through it, seeking to jump ahead to the hoped-for resolution, opportunity, or healing. It’s easy to overlook that waiting is an inevitable part of our walk with God.
Vibrant India: Fresh Vegetarian Recipes from Bangalore to Brooklyn is a collection of amazing recipes, Indian cooking techniques, and tips. This cookbook is a really nice hardback book with lovely color pictures. The recipes are easy to follow with ingredients that are easy to find in our local grocery store. Each recipe includes a section that explains the dish/recipe and ideas on how the chief used this dish. I really like the tips and techniques section and found many of them very useful. This cookbook would make a lovely gift for a new bride or a housewarming gift. **I received this book complimentary from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.**
About Vibrant India
From the acclaimed chef and owner of Brooklyn Delhi, a debut cookbook focused on the celebrated vegetarian fare of South India. Lifelong vegetarian and chef Chitra Agrawal takes you on an epicurean journey to her mother’s hometown of Bangalore and back to Brooklyn, where she adapts her family’s South Indian recipes for home cooks. This particular style of Indian home cooking, often called the “yoga diet,” is light and fresh, yet satisfying and rich in bold and complex flavors. Grains, legumes, fresh produce, coconut, and yogurt—along with herbs, citrus, chiles, and spices—form the cornerstone of this delectable cuisine, rooted in vegetarian customs and honed over centuries for optimum taste and nutrition. From the classic savory crepe dosa, filled with lemony turmeric potatoes and cilantro coconut chutney, to new creations like coconut polenta topped with spring vegetables ‘upma” and homemade yogurt, the recipes in Vibrant India are simple to prepare and a true celebration of color and flavor on a plate. Chitra weaves together the historical context behind the region’s cuisine and how she brought some of these age-old traditions to life thousands of miles away in Brooklyn during the city’s exciting food renaissance. Relying on her experience as a culinary instructor, Chitra introduces the essential Indian cooking techniques, tips, and ingredients you’ll need to prepare a full range of recipes from quick vegetable stir frys (corn, basil, and leeks flavored with butter, cumin, and black pepper), salads (citrus red cabbage and fennel slaw with black mustard seeds, curry leaves, and chile), yogurt raitas (shredded beets and coconut in yogurt), and chutneys and pickles (preserved Meyer lemon in chile brine) to hearty stews (aromatic black eyed peas, lentils, and greens), coconut curries (summer squash in an herby coconut yogurt sauce), and fragrant rice dishes (lime dill rice with pistachios). Rounding out the book is an array of addictive snacks (popcorn topped with curry leaf butter), creative desserts (banana, coconut, and cardamom ice cream), and refreshing drinks (chile watermelon juice with mint). Chitra provides numerous substitutions to accommodate produce seasonality, ingredient availability, and personal tastes. The majority of recipes are gluten-free and vegan or can be easily modified to adhere to those dietary restrictions. Whether you are a vegetarian or just looking for ways to incorporate more vegetarian recipes into your repertoire, Vibrant India is a practical guide for bringing delicious Indian home cooking to your table on a regular basis.
About Chitra Agrawal
Chitra Agrawal is the author of Vibrant India: Fresh Vegetarian Recipes from Bangalore to Brooklyn and the founder of Brooklyn Delhi, an award-winning Indian condiments line. Since 2009, she has been serving, writing about, and teaching her family’s vegetarian recipes… More about Chitra Agrawal
Going Crazy for You: Sapphire Falls Kindle World Novella by Allison Gatta was released in October 2016. The genre of this book is a young adult/new adult romance novel. This book is the love story of Sam and Violet. The author creates characters and a setting that you can see yourself in. I like how this story has a lot of ups and downs but endings on a happy note. While this is a short story, only seventy-seven pages long, I did find it a good read. I recommend this book for any romance novel lovers. **I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.** So, loves check it out and get your copy HERE.
SYNOPSIS: Wade Farrow hates everything about small towns–how everyone seems to know each other, how community is next to godliness, how even the smallest detail can spread around town like wildfire. So, when he was 18, he packed up his things and left Sapphire Falls never to return–until now. After his sister’s sudden death, he’s forced to head home to care for his only remaining relative: his seven-year-old nephew. As if that wasn’t enough to deal with, Wade walks in to discover that he’s not alone in caring for his nephew–his sister’s estate has been keeping a live-in nanny, and she’s got a whole set of rules all her own…
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