One Frosty Night by Janice Kay Johnson

One Frosty NightOne Frosty Night by Janice Kay Johnson

Olivia Bowen would rather avoid this holiday season. Even her satisfaction at improving the family business doesn’t make up for the loss of her beloved father and the sudden tension with her mother. Olivia questions how much longer she can live in her hometown. And her decision is further complicated by Ben Hovik.

She should keep her distance—he broke her heart years ago. Yet his compassion and their still-sizzling attraction are seductive. Could she be falling for him again? When she spends Christmas with Ben and his teenage son, she wonders if this might be the first of many more….

REVIEW
4stars

Not your average Christmas read, One Frosty night is an unusual winter tale with an element of suspense and mystery, but also a heartwarming love story.
Death, children and past pains, it’s a story that stays true to and deals with everyday obstacles. The relationship between step-father and son was right on par and added a touch of humor, as was the strained relationship between Olivia and her mother. It perfectly depicts that everything in the world isn’t perfect during the holidays, but yet a happily ever after can still be found.

I would have given it five stars, but at times the story jumped around a tad, as if the author was trying to wrap it up, but didn’t lay out all the foundation. Still a great read for anytime of year, but one that makes you want to cozy up on a cold winters night with a cup of coffee and a good book.

I received a complimentary copy of One Frosty Night from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Susan Meier

The Twelve Dates of ChristmasThe Twelve Dates of Christmas by Susan Meier
When entrepreneur Ricky Langley offers Eloise Vaughn the help she needs, in exchange for her attending twelve Christmas parties as his date, she can’t refuse. Yes, Ricky’s handsome, and devastatingly charming, but this is about business. If only her racing heart would get the message!

Ricky has his own reasons for hating Christmas. But with each date that passes Eloise opens his eyes to the spirit of the season…and opens his heart to a totally different future….

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An interesting trope, rich businessman Ricky Langley asks Eloise Vaughn to be his date to twelve events during the Christmas holiday. I really liked the premise, it was set up nicely and both characters had redeeming qualities. It’s a squeaky clean romance with just a bit of sexual tension between the hero and heroine to keep it interesting. However, there was something missing that didn’t allowed me to fully connect to the story and then it sort of all came together very quickly at the end with no real justification or feeling of how the two got to their happily ever after so fast. Overall, it was a decent story- a nice Christmasy read.

I received a complimentary copy of The Twelve Dates of Christmas from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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REVIEW- UNEXPECTED HONEYMOON

The Unexpected HoneymoonThe Unexpected Honeymoon by Barbara Wallace

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A holiday to remember…

Widower Carlos Chavez manages La Joya del Mayan, the most romantic resort in Mexico. On good days, the romance passes unnoticed; on dark days, it only reminds him of his loss.

But the honeymoon suite’s latest guest, Larissa Boyd, has rocked his steadfastness. Stunningly beautiful, she seems lost. And no wonder…she’s on a honeymoon for one!

The chemistry is instant – and their similarities run deep. Could it be that the two loneliest hearts on the island have found love…in the most unexpected of places?

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The gist of The Unexpected Honeymoon is like many. Girl get’s jilted at the alter, decides to follow through with her honeymoon plans and meets a hunky man willing to take her mind off of the reason why she’s there. I’ll admit, I’m a sucker for these things. I mean who deserves a HEA more than a bride left at the alter? I can’t say that much sets this story apart from any of the others, but what I did enjoy, was that the circumstances didn’t leave the heroine jaded to the idea of romance, as well as, the authors style of writing that lets you understand the characters and their feelings without being overbearing or blatant. There was no constant hashing of how attracted the characters were to one another, or any explicit love scenes needed to drive home that they enjoyed each other’s company. The hints and feelings were subtle, yet perfectly conveyed. And I absolutely loved the intermingling of Spanish into the storyline. The only bad thing I can find to say, is that the last few chapters jumped a round a bit more than I would have liked. It almost seemed rushed, but overall it was still a very good story.

Old storyline, good writing, modest and likable characters.  Find it on Amazon.

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Review-Rival’s Challenge by Abby Green

Rival's ChallengeRival’s Challenge by Abby Green
When one night with a stranger becomes more…

On the eve of a business deal, nerves get the better of Orla Kennedy, and a drink with a handsome stranger ends in a night of passion she’ll never forget! Only after does Orla discover that the man in question is Antonio Chatsfield–her rival!

Antonio never wanted to return to The Chatsfield, but his sister needs his help, so he has little choice. But when he meets the woman who came apart in his bed just hours before, Antonio decides to set his sights on a different kind of merger

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Rivals Challenge is a quick consuming read. Once you get started, you won’t want to put it down. I haven’t yet read any of the other books in the Chatsfield series, and this is my first book by Abby Green, but I thought she did it superbly. I love the European flair. It almost makes you feel like you’re there hearing the accents coming through and visually seeing the sites described. The Harlequin Presents imprint always caters to quick steamy reads and this one does not disappoint. The intimate parts are heavy and hot, but unlike some of the other storylines in this line, this story also has some depth to it.

For anyone that wants a quick getaway with lots a sexy scenes, but who also want to walk away with a little more out of the story, this would be for you.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Review-Matched To A Billionaire

Matched to a Billionaire (Happily Ever After, Inc #1)Matched to a Billionaire by Kat Cantrell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Leo Reynolds is determined not to lead the life of poverty that his parents did and has no time in his hectic chase to the top for love or relationships. In fact a commitment of that sorts is of no importance to him until he realizes that he needs his personal life to run as smoothly as his business life does and a wife seems to be the answer to his problem.

Daniella White always dreamed of a fairy tale wedding with the man of her dreams. That is until her mother is diagnosed with cancer and needs treatments that neither she nor Dannie can afford. After several lost jobs due to her constant need to take off to shuttle her mother to the doctor, she’s at her wits end and answers an ad for a matchmaker.

Problem solved when they both go into an arranged marriage as a way of attaining security.

First of all, I’d like to say up front that I don’t normally veer towards stories with Billionaires in the title. I tend to like your every day average Joe that works for a living, however, I found this story engrossing. I literally couldn’t put it down. From the very beginning I loved it. Both characters were well developed and easily likable with both having flaws of their own. Well written page turner that you didn’t want to put down.

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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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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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