Low Language, Low Religion, Low Violence, Moderate Romance, Three Stars

Break the Rules

I must admit I’m kind of a boring rule follower, however there are some rules that are made to be broken. The no jumping on the bed rule, or the no sweats before breakfast rule, or the don’t slide down the banister rule.

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“For almost a decade, Charlotte Dubois has loved Will Henderson from afar, squelching her heart’s silent yearnings. But no way could she date her best friend’s brother. Their whole friendship is based on one rule: No friend of Kelsey’s can ever date Will. Instead, Charlotte has watched him date and break more hearts than should be legal.

Will Henderson never got over that stolen kiss he shared with Charlotte years ago—though he’s tried valiantly to rid his system of his sister’s best friend.

When circumstances bring the two into each other’s arms again, Will wants to convince Charlotte to break the rules and take a chance on him. Can true love triumph, or will they both end up losing?”

Mylissa Demeyere knows how to build tension and this book does it really well. Mylissa creates a great back story and continues to balance the drama and the tension through the book.

I’m more of a romcom kind of girl, than I am a drama kind of girl, which is why Will was my favorite. He was a great character and really well written. I had a harder time with both Charlotte and Kelsey. I felt like their voice and actions came across a little juvenile at times.

According to our “rules” the romance is a little more on the steamy than sweet side, but the ending is definitely sweet and leaves you content and smiling.

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Low Language, Low Religion, Low Romance, Low Violence, Three Stars

Mom Struggles

Everyday I have to wake up and tell myself, I can do this. I’m a good mom, even if my house is a mess and my children are mad at me. There are moments that make it all worth it, but the mom struggle is real. I love how honestly Ranee Clark handles the struggles Chelsea faces as a single mom. I’ve talked to enough mom’s to know we all feel it. Single or married, working, or not, we all have moments of inadequacy.

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A year after her divorce, Chelsea Lewis spends most of her days working part-time at her cousin’s bakery and hiding veggies in her picky son’s lunches. Then she reconnects with an old friend who helps Chelsea in all the ways she’s forgotten she needs—including romantic ones.

Former football player, DJ Kaiser, is back in his hometown, working as a fireman to serve his community, but after nearly burning down his own house with a barbeque and wrecking the Chief’s truck, his mistakes are stacked against him—until he sets out to ease the stress of Chelsea’s load. Serving her has him feeling like a hero again.

When Chelsea’s ex shows up and begs Chelsea to move closer so his young son doesn’t grow up without his father, Chelsea and DJ have to consider what’s best for Chelsea’s little family, even if that means sacrificing the relationship that has saved them both.

This book was really cute and the writing is good. I liked how she handled both the ex- husband, and the mom struggles Chelsea deals with. It’s probably not a book I would read over and over, but the story was sweet, and not overly dramatic, which I appreciated.  –M.V

Giveaway, Low Language, Low Religion, Low Romance, Low Violence, Three Stars

I smell snow…

I know it’s crazy, but snow makes me so happy and we haven’t had enough of it in my neck of the woods this year. Cold and I aren’t always on good terms, but snow and I go way back. Lorelai Gilmore, Me, Kelsey Patrick from Hayley Wescott’s “A Snow Globe Christmas”… all the cool people know snow is magical and it’s not Christmas without it.

“Kelsey Patrick is homesick for the snow and family Christmas tree from her childhood in Connecticut. The holidays are coming and South Florida weather is lovely, but it’s not what she wants for Christmas. She’s making the best of it, but she expects her Christmas to be un-snowy and lonely.

When she receives a lovely and thoughtful last minute Secret Santa gift from Mrs. Claus, Kelsey’s Christmas spirit is revived. When she tries to find the one who gave her the gift under the guise of Mrs. Claus, she makes an assumption that leads her down the wrong path.

Brett Taylor is firmly seated in the friend zone and knows Kelsey is making a mistake, but he’s in no position to try to change her mind.

Just when both Brett and Kelsey are set to spend their holidays working and alone, a chain of events just might change all that. And maybe Mrs. Claus will see her sweet work behind the scenes bring two love birds together at last.”

Hayley Wescott is a new to me author and though I loved the plot idea, I felt like the timing was a little off. Important things felt rushed and non important details got a little too much focus.  The characters had great potential and I liked the glimpses we were given, but would’ve liked to see them developed a little more. It was a quick Christmas read with a sweet ending.

 

 

 

Hayley Wescott loves a sweet love story with the emphasis on the sweet. As a Christian author, she’s happy and fulfilled to write stories about real life that don’t include cringe-worthy moments or details a reader doesn’t really want.

Some of Hayley’s stories are about real life. Contemporary stories about flawed people and people that have issues. But each of these stories is resolved in a positive way and the guy always gets the girl.

As part of the Hero Hearts group, Hayley loves writing about heroes who will save the day in big ways and small ones. With Annie Boone, who writes historical romance, and Kate Cambridge who writes both historical and contemporary romance, these three will deliver sweet stories that will capture your heart. Handsome men with big hearts and big jobs and the women who end up falling for them.

 

 

 

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Low Language, Low Religion, Low Romance, Low Violence, Three Stars

It Feels Like Christmas

A Christmas Carol is one of my favorite Christmas stories. I love the original stories and all the remakes, especially The Muppets, that one makes me happy.  When I saw that the first day of Clean Romance was a book entitled “Taming Scrooge” by an author whose name I’d seen, but hadn’t yet read anything by, I was pretty excited. I was pleasantly surprised when I realized I had read books by this author, just another a different name.

“Ezra Stone wishes Christmas would go away.
Star Henley wants to save it.

When a desperate city council, panicked about losing their iconic main street, urges Star Henley to charm her way into developer Ezra Stone’s life, they hope to change his mind, unaware they could break his heart.

If the small town, Sanders Corners, can’t save its tree festival and protect their Main Street festivities, her father’s tree business and her Christmas shop will go out of business along with the rest of the town. She can’t let that happen, even if it means ingratiating herself into the cold, hard life of their town’s one and only billionaire nemesis. When a conniving city council forces them to work together on the festival of trees, the two clash as often as they connect, but everything could change on December 25.”

The story was sweet and the characters were well developed, but the relationship seemed a bit rushed to me. It was not quite as detail oriented as the books I’ve read by the author under her regency name, but  it had some cute nods to the original story.  It’s a good book to pick up if you need a quick and light Christmas read.

Author Sophia Summers

Sophia Summers is an award-winning author who just wants to relax a little and enjoy a great beach read. She lives in a quiet southern town brimming with an extra dose of hospitality and a whole lot of charm.

She writes historical romance under a different name.


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Low Language, Low Romance, Low Violence, Moderate Religion, Three Stars

“I may have lost my heart, but not my self-control”

There’s no arguing that Jane Austen’s work is timeless. It’s one of the reasons it’s redone so often. Her characters are one of the things that add to the timelessness of her work. They are multidimensional, complex, and real.

For that reason it can be hard to replicate her characters. The character that has been the hardest for me to read retellings of is Emma. Emma is entitled and naive, but she’s also tries really hard to do good and be genuine. It’s this complexity that makes her book so delightfully full of mishaps. However, writing her so you love her quirks and are rooting for her as oppose to just wanting to strangle her takes skill.

I recently read two adaptations of Emma, In Brittany Larsen‘s The Matchmaker’s Match her Emma character seems to hit it spot on. 41HjvJa5hUL

 

Eliza Woodhouse has everything a girl could want: a delightful little beachside flower shop, a loving family, and the best friend a girl could ask for. And while she suffers a chronic lack of romance in her own life, the bohemian beauty is a self-proclaimed matchmaker extraordinaire, as evidenced by her recent successes. Having found a fiancé for her sister and a boyfriend for her best friend, she is now taking her lovelorn new employee under her wing. Yes, life is working out quite nicely for Eliza. Until Parker Knightley walks back into her life.

After three years in Hong Kong, Parker is in town for his brother’s upcoming wedding to Eliza’s sister. They’ve all known each other their whole lives, and Eliza will never be anything but Little Liza Belle to her handsome childhood tormenter. So the fact that their siblings are getting married simply puts Parker one step closer to becoming the big brother he and Eliza have always joked about him being. But the more time they spend together, the more confused Eliza’s feelings become. Because she has come to the shocking realization that the role of brother is the last role she wants Parker to play in her life.

I also love how she handled Mr. Woodhouse, the background and struggles she gave the modern day Mr. Woodhouse seemed to fit the character so well. I appreciated her clever turns of phrases and the moments of introspection she gave her characters.

I felt like her realization of her feelings for Mr. Knightley were mentioned a little early in the novel as opposed to how late Jane Austen has Emma come to her realization. It also felt like she “came to” a realization a couple times which was a little confusing and seemed so opposite to the moment of epiphany we’re used to. But the romance was sweet and their eventual confessions were as beautiful as the many times we’ve relived it from book to movie.

The second adaptation of Emma was by Rebecca Jamison, and unfortunately I didn’t finish that one, by about chapter 4 I really just didn’t like Emma and didn’t care whether she over came her entitled ways and her ignorance. However, I also read her adaptation of Sense and Sensibility, and really liked it.

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“As if it wasn’t bad enough to be getting food from Church welfare, I had to meet one of the Ferreros—and a good-looking Ferrero, at that.

Elly Goodwin, a brilliant programmer, is so desperate for a job that she takes one from her ex-boyfriend—the same man who put her family out of business. Then she meets Ethan Ferrero, who seems too good to be true. But Elly is far too sensible to unexpectedly fall in love—especially with her ex’s brother-in-law.

But when Elly’s sister, Maren, dates the wrong guy, Elly must intercede before Maren’s passion clouds her common sense. Together, Elly and Maren must learn that a mixture of sense and sensibility is the perfect recipe for love.” 

Rebecca did a great job of balancing Elly’s steadiness and Maren’s passion. She had a good grasp on the complexities of the sister’s relationship and how it propelled the story line.

Though it is a little heavier on the religious side than I usually choose to read, it wasn’t preachy. It was a major part of the plot, but very subtly woven in.

I also like the twist she put on the Ferrero family and the dynamic that added to the overall story. She was able to adapt this particular Jane Austen into a modern tale with a religious focus and do it well, that’s not easily done.

 

Giveaway, Jennifer Griffith, Low Romance, Low Violence, Moderate Romance, Three Stars

What You Love

I’m usually a fan of Jennifer Griffith’s work. It’s light and fun with a good amount of sizzle. I had a really hard time getting into this one though. I think the premise was a little too out there for me, I couldn’t get past it. But I have to tell you I did get the pleasure of beta reading a story she has coming down the line and I loved it! Sometimes it has nothing to do with the author or the writing, the plot just isn’t your jive and that’s okay, reading is suppose to to be fun, so read what you love! And if boy bands are you’re thing, this book is for you…

“Teenage singer Oakley Marsden is having a rough week. Pop-star Hudson’s rough week is twenty-three years long

Sixteen-year-old Oakley just wants to win a spot on TV’s The Next Radio Star. But when her bad audition goes viral, going back to school is a nightmare.

Even more humiliating, she discovers her own mother was a boy band groupie. Cringe. And Mom still has a thing for a nineties boy band killed in the tragic plane crash twenty years ago.

When things can’t get worse, a strange beggar guy ends up carrying Oakley home—and Oakley’s mom loses her mind. She’s convinced he’s the long-dead popstar Hudson Oaks, frontman for Girl Crazy and Mom’s long-lost love.

And the guy isn’t denying it. Curse him.

Oakley has to save her mom from this impostor before Mom does something insane—and before Oakley starts falling for his charm too.”

 

 

Author Jennifer Griffith

Jennifer Griffith writes light, sweet romances she calls Cotton Candy for the Soul. Her Legally in Love Collection stems from the fact she fell in love with a handsome law school student who now serves as a judge–as well as her muse. She also writes the Millionaire Makeover Romances, millionaires and makeovers being some things with which she has less experience.

Jennifer loves old cars, landscape paintings, fresh bread with raspberry jam, and reading. She lived in Japan during college, where she once ate a cricket on a dare. She also traveled through Europe, where she slept a night in a castle on the Rhine. Jennifer worked summers in a cookie factory, and she spent a few years working for the U.S. Congress before becoming a wife, a mom and an author.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Communication

I have to confess I find that being a parent is hard work. I know not a news flash, but sometimes I have a hard time finding that balance between giving my children the information they need to know, and protecting them from what they don’t.

I recently read 9 Reasons to fall in Love by Daniel Banner and was a little exasperated by the lack of communication between the two main characters. Then I came, across this line “if he did that, she might never learn to trust herself.” I appreciated the forethought that Daniel Banner gave Dex in understanding not just what London wanted, but what she needed.

That being said I did have a harder time connecting to the characters. I find myself swooning more often over intellectual communication/chemistry, than physical. This book was heavy on the later and slim on the former. The character’s were given well established backgrounds and great motivators for their current actions, I just would’ve liked to have seen more moments like their scene on the swings.

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“Painfully betrayed by his long-time girlfriend, Dex Blackwell, billionaire, heads to Mackinac Island where he is interviewed by London Marseilles for her MyHeartChannel travel page. London’s quick wit, gorgeous smile, and sense of humor make him question his decision to swear off women.

London Marseilles, like her mother and her mother’s mother, has a talent for finding the exact wrong guy. After dating a long stream of moochers and professional video game players, she accepts the Marseilles Curse and swears off men. Her 9 Reasons to Never Fall in Love, Ever episode on her channel, lays out the reasons why and receives constant views. When a seemingly perfect guy—handsome, funny, easygoing—walks off the ferry, she’s cautious with her heart, especially when Dex is vague about his employment. 

A storm strands Dex on the island and somehow London ends up offering him and two other travelers refuge from the Great Lakes weather. Once again, a hot but unambitious guy has landed on her couch. It’s a good thing she has her 9 Reasons, or she might be tempted to prolong the invitation. 

After Dex leaves, London can’t get him out of her mind and Dex does everything he can to convince her to date him—everything except open his bank account to prove he’s not the freeloader he appears to be. Can London find the faith in this man she’s fallen for, and faith in herself to take a leap at love or will she let her fear of the family curse chase away the perfect guy?”

 

**Daniel Banner’s most recent release should be 99 cents today, but there is a little bit of a delay on amazon’s side, so just keep checking back for the price drop.

 

 

Author Daniel Banner

Daniel Banner, a 15-year fireman and paramedic, collects experiences by day and makes up stories by nights, and sometimes vice versa. For Daniel, writing is an escape from the traumatic days, and a celebration of the triumphant days.

 

 

 


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Southern Storm

With tropical storm Florence hitting the Carolina’s this past weekend, a story about a devastating hurricane was a little too timely. Kimberly Montpetit did a good job of illustrating the heartaches and losses such a disaster can cause in her recent release, The Owner’s Secret. 

“Melody de Leon’s cozy New Orleans bookstore is her pride and joy – until a violent hurricane sweeps it all away. Forced to flee the storm by boat with her ailing grandmother, she wonders how she will ever pick up the pieces of this disaster.

Then, in a fevered state, her grandmother utters a cryptic message that sets Melody on the quest of a lifetime: “Go to White Castle.”

With nothing left to lose, Melody seeks out the old mansion – a beautiful Southern relic haunted by secrets. Once there, she finds Britt Mandeville, the handsome and charming White Castle caretaker.

Sparks fly, but any hopes of a relationship between them are dashed when she discovers that Britt is already spoken for.

When Melody stumbles across a strange 60-year-old photograph in the house, she is determined to find answers – and the shocking revelations and strange twists of fate lead her right back to Britt.”

This is a lighthearted romance with a tiny twist of a mystery. Melody’s sister’s involvement made for a fun surprise, but I almost wish she was a little more down to earth, it would’ve added more tension if she was someone you could almost, but not quite, root for and not someone you were happy to see leave. –N.C.

 

 

Author Kimberley Montpetit

When she was in Paris, Kimberley Montpetit spent most of her souvenir money at the La Patisserie shops with their beautiful and delicious pastries. She grew up in the fabulous city of San Francisco, loves all things chocolate, and now lives in a small town along the Rio Grande with her engineer husband and three sons.

She once stayed in the haunted tower room at Borthwick Castle in Scotland and didn’t sleep a wink, sailed the Seine in Paris, rode a camel in the ancient world wonder of Petra, shopped the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, and spent the night in an old Communist hotel in Bulgaria.

Kimberley also writes Award-winning Middle-Grade novels with Scholastic and epic Young Adult novels with Harpercollins under the name, Kimberley Griffiths Little.

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Deeper

 


“After losing her job, Darcy Conti takes a tour guide position at Sturgeon Widows Tours, a quirky family-run business in the small town of Hendricks on the shores of Lake Superior. As she settles into her new role narrating local history excursions, she fights an undeniable attraction to the man she was hired to replace—the owner’s son.

Fresh from a relationship gone sour, Sean Stetman plans to avoid dating for the foreseeable future. Taking a leave of absence from his parents’ tour company, he wants nothing more than time to fish, hike, and work on his cabin. But when the tour driver quits, he is suddenly back on board, reluctantly shuttling Darcy and the tour guests along the North Shore.

Together Darcy and Sean survive unruly tourists, meddling mothers, and even an unscrupulous developer looking to give the Stetmans’ tour company some fierce competition. Can they also survive falling in love?”

This is a cute quick read. The author did a good job of creating tension in the plot while pulling in a lot of fun side characters as well. The one thing I would’ve liked to see more of was the development of Darcy and Sean’s relationship. The author wrote the physical connection between the characters really well, and even showcased their common interests, however there wasn’t a ton of communication between them. The relationships that are the most fun to read are those that convey a connection on levels more than just physical. The author wrote some cute experiences between them that made you go, “awww”, but it didn’t ever go deeper than that. But, sometimes a light read is exactly what you need.

 

 

Author D.E. Malone

D.E. Malone writes contemporary romance and is the author of LOVE LIKE WATER, the first book in the Hearts in Hendricks series. Her second title, LOVE LIKE FIRE, is forthcoming in November 2018. She also writes for middle grade audiences under Dawn Malone, and is the author of BINGO SUMMER and THE UPSIDE OF DOWN. Her work has also appeared in Highlights for Children, Pockets, and the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. She loves traveling to places off the beaten path which inspire the small-town settings in her stories. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, hiking, volunteering with shelter dogs, and continuing her never-ending quest for the holy grail of bakeries.

 

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Low Language, Low Romance, Low Violence, Three Stars

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo

What girl doesn’t wish she had a fairy Godmother? When I was little I would’ve asked for a pretty dress or new shoes. When I got older it would’ve been a date to Homecoming or a new car. Now I’d just want someone to clean my house and potty train my kids. Fairy Godmother’s are a classic plot device that continue to have merit. They’re even more fun when you set them out of context like Kimberly King did in her young adult contemporary story, The Trouble with Fairy Godmothers.

The Trouble with Fairy Godmothers by [King, Kimberly]

“All Nikki Baker wants is her fist kiss. All her fairy godmother wants is to get the job done as quickly as possible. Hilarious adventures follow when Nikki discovers her fairy godmother’s magic isn’t quite up to par…along with her taste in boys. Nobody is safe as spells bounce around from the school’s biggest nerd to the biggest jerk in ninth grade, and everyone else in between. 

As love triangles grow ridiculously complicated, Nikki soon discovers that being a boy magnet has its downside. One best friend starts hating her, and another stops at nothing to prevent Nikki from getting her happily ever after. Is love really worth the cost of friendship? Nikki must decide for herself, but that means betraying either her best friends…or her impatient fairy godmother.”

Kimberly King’s plot was unique, not only giving us a fairy godmother in a contemporary setting, but by making the fairy godmother slightly inept added a fun element to the story. I would have liked to get a little bit more background into the fairy godmother and why she wasn’t quite up to par, it would’ve given the story a little bit more dimension.

I kept having to remind myself that these were High Schoolers, at times they seemed a little too shallow and caddy to be redeemable, but I loved that she showed that often as young adults (and even as adults), we don’t know each other’s situations. We far too often jump to conclusions and assumptions if we don’t take the time to understand where the other person is coming from. This was a beautiful message and made the story entirely relevant.

The one plot point that I had a hard time with was the boys. I’ve never been the quintessential boy crazy girl, so maybe that makes a difference, but Nikki’s feelings seemed to flit all over when it came to the boys in the story. Putting her with Ryker made sense with the underlying plot of appearances can be deceiving. However it seemed inconsistent with the simultaneous build up of the friends to more relationship with Shawn.

I appreciated the underlying truth she came to that she didn’t need a guy to make her happy, and she was her own type of beautiful. There were some great teachings that can hit home for many young adults.