Review- The Texan’s Cowgirl Bride

The Texan's Cowgirl BrideThe Texan’s Cowgirl Bride by Trish Milburn

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The daughter of a tough ex-rodeo’er, Savannah Barron grew up a tomboy following in her father’s rodeo footsteps. Tired of the constant moving around to find the next ride, she settles down taking care of the farming aspect of the family ranch and is content with her life, until faced with the possibility of having breast cancer sends her looking for the mother who ran out on her when she was only seven.

Travis Shepherd is a former soldier turned private investigator after his wife was murdered. Although still angry with the events of losing his wife, he’s dug his heels into work never thinking he’d find love again until he runs into Savannah, an old high school friend.

I really liked the premise of this story. I liked both characters personalities and their interactions with each other. I feel the obstacles they faced were on par and believable. However with that being said, I had a hard time finding a deep connection. I felt like I was being lead around and never involved with what was happening. I understood the feelings the hero and heroine had, but didn’t actually feel them. It was like I was looking down on the surface but never got any deeper than that. Good premise, good writing, for me, it was just a lack of connection.

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Review- Until We Touch

Until We Touch (Fool's Gold, #15)Until We Touch by Susan Mallery

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is my second read by Susan Mallery, but my first in the Fool’s Gold series.

Jack McGarry has it all, he’s rich, handsome, famous and runs a successfull PR firm with three of his best friends. He hides his pain of a long ago family tragedy behind his charm and kindness through giving of various charities.

Larissa Owens is pure at heart. She’s always on the lookout for someone or something to save and is able to do this by way of being Jack’s personal assistant. Whenever she finds something that sparks her interest, Jack’s always there to help-whether it’s donating money to her cause or the use of his house as a temporary home for animals, he enlist whatever Larissa needs. The two are not only boss/employee, they are great friends.

I loved everything about this story. It was wonderfully written and flowed perfectly. The characters each had a depth to them that made you fully understand who they were (without reading previous books in the series). At times their relationship was quirky, but that was what I liked about it. They almost seemed married before they ever realized there was an attraction between the two. It makes me want to go back and read the entire series.

I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley in exchance for an honest review.

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The Review- The Art Of Arranging Flowers

The Art of Arranging FlowersThe Art of Arranging Flowers by Lynne Branard

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This story was absolutely beautiful. I loved all the characters and how they interacted with each other. It’s not a romance story, but rather a story of finding love and overcoming the past. Of struggling and moving on.

Ruby Jewell is a florist who is always helping others by way of knowing what kind of flowers they like or by just being a friend. However, she’s never allowed herself to completely heal from the pain of losing her sister until a young boy shows up on her doorstep.

I honestly can’t say a bad thing about this story other than the epilogue, but even it wasn’t terrible. I just feel the story came to an end perfectly and the epilogue wasn’t needed, nor did it add anything.

But otherwise, it was lovely!

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op Review- The Tea Shop On Lavender Lane

The Tea Shop on Lavender Lane (Life in Icicle Falls, #5)The Tea Shop on Lavender Lane by Sheila Roberts

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is my second book by Sheila Roberts and the second in the Icicle Fall’s series. As in the previous book, The Tea Shop On Lavender Lane, has several different stories within the main story. Although, it’s not my favorite kind of read-I like to focus on one relationship at a time, I do think the author does it well.

The Tea Shop On Lavender Lane is essentially about two sisters who are looking for Mr. Right. Unfortunately their sites both land on the same man. I’ll be upfront, I’ve never particularly liked these plots. I have a hard time with siblings dating/marrying a previous boyfriend/girlfriend. And if I do like them, then it has to be done very well.

I really liked the first half of this book. Cecily Sterling has two men garnering for her attention, but it’s clear she’s steering towards one. Then mid-story her sister shows up and basically steals her man. It went down hill from there for me. Cecily does end up finding her happily ever after, with Luke, one of the men who wanted her attention. However, the story never gave you much time with the two of them to really understand her feelings for him, so it was hard for me to be happy for the way it worked out between them. As for the man stealing sister, I just can’t fathom. I understand you can’t help who you love, but I don’t feel she tried to deny those feelings much and Todd, the man whom she stole from her sister, seemed like a nice hardworking guy in the beginning, but came over as a jerk in the end. Again it was hard to find their relationship likable.

The story was well written, it just wasn’t my thing.

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REVIEW-Aloha Also Means Goodbye

Aloha Also Means GoodbyeAloha Also Means Goodbye by Jessica Rosenberg

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Aloha Also Means Goodbye…title is interesting enough and the blurb catches your attention. I love second chance romances and this is what I thought I was getting into. I liked the back story and the turmoil of Jo and Andy’s past relationship and loss of their child and the idea of them reuniting. However that’s not exactly what you get (I was even ok with that part). This is really three stories thrown into one. That’s the frustrating part. As soon as you get into one of the storylines, it switches gears, almost to the point that you want to give up. You have the story of Jo and Jordan (her husband who she’s renewing her vow’s with), Sadie and Kona and then Andy and Roxie. Although I did end up liking the ending with Jo and Jordan, I felt she was wishy washy. To the point that I didn’t think she deserved Jordan. Right up until the last minute she was still analyzing her love for him although she’d repeatedly made the decision that she loved him. Again this was frustrating. There were other things I could have done without as well. Andy’s crazy ex wife and the shark attack was a little much.

With that being said, the author writes well. Very well. And the story had great potential, it’s just a case of…less is sometimes more.

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Review- Testing the Limits

Testing the LimitsTesting the Limits by Kira Sinclair

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Social worker Quinn Keller see’s the worst in life everyday, it’s an aspect of the world she’s accustomed to after losing both parents in a car crash and then her fiance to kidney disease. Unfortunately she isn’t prepared when the safe world she tries to create for her clients, turns on her. The only person she has to rely on, is her former almost brother in law, Jace Hyland.

Former Army Ranger, Jace, was prepared for anything; even to give up his career to help his little brother out when he needed a kidney. Unfortunately it didn’t help and the loss of his brother fueled his need to protect the woman his brother intended to marry.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a little different from the other Blaze imprints I’ve read from Harlequin. It had a small element of suspense, but still soared high with the sexual attraction that is always an aspect from these quick reads.

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REVIEW- Riding High

Riding HighRiding High by Vicki Lewis Thompson

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I’ve read a couple of the Harlequin Blaze imprints lately. They are quick, emotionally unbinding stories that are high in sexsual aspects. Although I can’t say they are my favorite kind of read, they offer a great little escape from more dramatic storylines.

Lily King is an eccentric, somewhat free spirt that doesn’t live by many rules. Her Esquestrian Rescue Facilty unfortunately is run the same way her life is, which only results in a big mess.

“Secretly anguished” vet, Regan O’Connelli, offers to help her get the rescue opperation under control and they end up helping one another work through their own personal issues.

I really wanted to like this story, because I loved both the characters. Unfortunately, the storyline just didn’t hold up for me. I felt the dialogue between the two main characters was either witty and cute or somewhat cheesy and out of place. And there was a whole slew of outside characters that were brought in for a short time that offered insight that I felt brought nothing to the story. It was like a whole load of information was dropped, giving a background of a family that didn’t have much part in this particular story. I understand this is a series and those characters may have been the object of storeis past or may be a future story, however, it was weirdly introduced and at length. It wasn’t terrible, but in my opinion could have been tidied up a bit.

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REVIEW- Don’t Let Go

Don't Let GoDon’t Let Go by Sharla Lovelace

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Hide your crazy, girl. Ain’t nobody wanna see that shit.”- I think I fell in love with this book when I read that sentence on page 4. Wow! That’s all I keep saying even after sleeping on it, wow!

I was provided a copy of Don’t Let Go by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is my first read by Sharla Lovelace…but it definitely won’t be my last.

I loved everything about this book. It was funny, deep, emotional, and right on point with the struggles of everyday life. I bawled like a baby. Not once or twice either, but several times. Mrs. Lovelace pulls you in and connects you to the characters in a way that’s amazing. So much, that my belly physically ached with grief and then I cried tears of joy.

It’s the not only a story of past lovers reconnecting to heal over a child they lost to adoption, but the tale of a mother struggling to bond with her teenage daughter that knows nothing about her past.
It’s about about finding out who you are and mourning what you can’t get back. It was…

Perfectly beautiful.

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I took a couple days off from work last week to catch up on my “work” at home. I did get a lot accomplished, but it seemed I wasn’t the only one who was writing. I’ve been sitting on this post for a almost a week now, trying to come up with a story to set off it off, but some things tell thier own story…

Homemade Biscuits
Written: April 27, 2014
By: April Crowe

Although growing up, I never made you proud .
And you voiced your opinion of me quite loud.
We didn’t share that mother/daughter love.
I prayed for that to the heavens above.
I lost my dad …. who I thought was the best.
But I hurt more for you to suffer that test.
Even before then you were mean, loud, and bitter ….
But no matter what, you taught me…not to be a quitter .
Then one day it happened, you were diagnosed with a disease that takes your mind.
So whatever peace with you…I would never find.
I was your caretaker, I was that girl.
Nobody else wanted to give it a whirl.
I watched you change from bitter to kind .
Laughter erupted from you, when you lost your mind .
I never begrudged you for being so mean.
The life you lived before us was bitter and lean.
The disease you had made you the child.
I was your mother and the time was worthwhile.
I will see it to the end, I will love you, it’s true.
And NOBODY will ever make biscuits like you !

My good friend let me share this poem. Please honor her hard work if you find that you’d like to share.

Review- Beach Bar Baby

Beach Bar BabyBeach Bar Baby by Heidi Rice

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First let me say, despite the old rule “Never judge a book by it’s cover,” I’m guilty of it. I’m a title, cover, blurb sort of girl. If the first two don’t catch my eye, the likelihood of me turning the book over (or in the days of ereaders, clicking the button to read more) is slim. I’m also just as guilty of liking many of the books that I first snarled my nose at. And while I found the cover of this book to be simple and cute, I thought the title was a little cheesy–please don’t let that discourage you.

Ella Hadley jets off to Bermuda for a holiday of a lifetime, after receiving some difficult news. Unfortunately for a ingle woman, the resort, where she’s staying, is full of happy couples and is about as depressing as the reason she fled there.

Enter snorkel captain, Cooper Delaney. Not only does he ooze sex appeal, he’s quick to show his coy side too. He gives Ella the snorkel trip of her life and a night full of glorious sex. But once. ELLA gets back to London, she realizes, that wasn’t all he gave her.

I’m a sucker for secret baby stories. I love them and Beach Bar Baby did not dissappoint. While the first chapter was a little overwhelming–this is a fast past story. As soon as I fell into the author’s style of writing, I was addicted. It’s sexy, fun and a little quirky. Definitely worth the read.

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