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A FROST FAMILY CHRISTMAS by C.J. Carmichael


WHAT CHILD IS THIS

C.J. CARMICHAEL

Website:  www.cjcharmichael.com

Publisher:  Kindle Direct Publishing

Published Date:  September 29, 2013

ASIN: B00FJFULYQ

Genre: Romance

Source: Received for an honest review from publisher

Book Description (from Amazon)

Frost Farm owner, Garret Frost, and his Public Relations Manager, Lily Parker, each have their own reasons for dreading Christmas this year. Garret’s a widower, stressed with the responsibility of running the family’s maple syrup business while raising his young son on his own. And Lily’s still trying to recover from the tragic loss that ended her marriage.

Adding to their personal challenges, Garret’s adorable son Duncan has just told Santa that all he wants for the holidays is to visit the North Pole. How’s Garret going to manage that? And then an abandoned baby is found in the manger of the nativity scene beside the Sugar Shack…

Just as it seems like the holiday will be a total bust, an almost-kiss under the mistletoe has Garret looking at Lily in a whole new way. Despite all the holiday mayhem, could this end up being the best Christmas ever?

WHAT CHILD IS THIS is Book One of “A Frost Family Christmas” trilogy. Each novella is a complete romance with a linking mystery connecting the three books.
The next two books are:
HOME FOR CHRISTMAS, by Roxy Boroughs
THE HOLLY & THE IVY by Brenda M. Collins

MY THOUGHTS:

What Child is This, Book 1, from A Frost Family Christmas was a wonderful romantic story.  It’s perfect to read during the holidays, but a good, clean romance like this one can be enjoyed any time of the year.

As I was reading What Child is This, I kept thinking that it would make a great romantic holiday movie.  The story is so heartwarming.  C.J. Carmichael has created characters that I immediately felt a connection to.  Single father, Garret Frost, reluctantly falls in love with the new public relations manager for his family’s business.  Lily, easily falls for Garret, although love is the last thing she’s looking for.  Lily took the job at the maple syrup business in Carol Falls, Vermont as an attempt to heal herself from the painful losses of a child and husband in New York.

Garret has emptiness in his life from the loss of his wife and unborn child.  Although he’s not looking forward to Christmas, Garret wants to ensure that his five year old son, Duncan, will have a good Christmas.  This proves to be almost impossible when the only thing on Duncan’s list for Santa is not a toy, but a trip to the North Pole.

Every Christmas, the Frost family business, “Old Sugar Shack,” hosts a major event called “Frosty Frolics.”  This year, Lily is closely involved in the event’s planning as the public relations manager.  The whole community is invited and funds are raised to provide Christmas baskets for needy families in Carol Falls. During the holiday event, Lily discovers an abandoned baby in the manger scene.  Old wounds are reopened for Lily, but the baby draws Lily closer to Garret and into the Frost family.

What Child is This is Book 1 of a trilogy:  “A Frost Family Christmas.”  It can be a stand alone novella, however, I could never stop reading at the first book.  Carmichael doesn’t reveal the identity of the abandoned baby’s birth mother in the first book.  It’s a mystery that is continued in the trilogy.  I’m sure other readers will also continue on with this heartwarming tale.

RATING: 4 1/2

Heat Rating:  Sweet

REVIEWED BY:  Molly Waters

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BURIED THREADS by Kaylin McFarren


BURIED THREADS

Kaylin McFarren

Website: Amazon

Publisher:  Creative Edge Publishing LLC

Published Date: August 10, 2013

ISBN-10: 1492120464

ISBN-13: 978-1492120469

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Source: Received for an honest review from publisher

Book Description (from Amazon)

Rachel’s mouth sagged. “You mean you’re really a monk? But how’s that possible? You’re not even wearing a robe, and your hair…”

He simply smiled.

A disturbing prophecy sends a treasure hunting duo on an urgent race to rescue a country in Kaylin McFarren’s heart pounding new novel, Buried Threads. Full of erotic suspense and wild adventures, this is one trip that readers will never forget!

Rachel Lyons and Chase Cohen work together as the successful owners of a treasure hunting company. But a seemingly simple assignment–to track down a priceless gem that is believed to be buried in a shipwreck deep within the Sea of Japan–takes a startling, and dangerous, turn.

Faced with a monk’s dark prophecy that a natural disaster will soon strike Japan, killing millions, Rachel and Chase must embark on the mission of a lifetime in order to uncover the three cursed samurai swords that can avert the catastrophe.

Chaos ensues as their adventure takes them from shark infested waters and creepy caves to haunted hidden tombs and a confrontation with Yakuza gang members. Time is running out as the prophecy’s day of reckoning draws near. Will Rachel and Chase succeed before disaster strikes?

MY THOUGHTS:

BURIED THREADS by Kaylin McFarren has beautiful cover art.  Although truly lovely, it’s very different for the covers of my favorite genre of “cozy mysteries.”  I was almost thrown off, but repeated the mantra:  “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” and began reading.  I’m so glad I did!  I was soon rivited by the action and characters in this suspenseful novel.

BURIED THREADS is an extremely well written novel that is classified as “romantic suspense.”  I found it to have more action and mystery than romance.  It’s a sequel to  SEVERED THREADS, but is definitely a stand alone novel.  Kaylin McFarren’s writing style is smoothly flowing, allowing the reader to become immersed through vivid descriptions.  I found the treasure hunting adventures to be very intriguing.  The romance is “hot” but is woven into the story in a way that doesn’t overtake the mystery and action.  I greatly enjoyed this book and it was hard to put down.  I will be reading more books by Kaylin McFarren.

RATING: 4

Heat Rating:  Hot

REVIEWED BY: Molly Waters

Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

For Love or Money by Cathy Perkins

FOR LOVE OR MONEY

CATHY PERKINS

Publisher:  Entangled Suspense

Published Date:  May 27, 2013

ISBN:  1489515313

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Source: Received for a honest review

Book Description (from amazon)

When Holly Price trips over a friend’s dead body while hiking, her life takes a nosedive into a world of intrigue and danger. The verdict is murder–and Holly is the prime suspect.

Of course, the fact that the infinitely sexy–and very pissed off–cop threatening to arrest her is JC Dimitrak, who just happens to be Holly’s jilted ex-fiancé, doesn’t help matters.

To protect her future, her business…and her heart…the intrepid forensic accountant must use all her considerable investigative skills to follow the money through an intricate web of shadow companies, while staying one step ahead of her ex-fiancé. She better solve the case before the real killer decides CPA stands for Certified Pain in the Ass…and the next dead body found beside the river is Holly’s.

Your Thoughts

I love a good suspenseful mystery and this one didn’t fail to deliver.  “For Love or Money” by Cathy Perkins has an exciting mixture of romance and suspense.  When Holly Price returns home to help in her family’s accounting business, she must face corruption, murder, AND her ex-fiance, who just happens to be the lead investigator on the case.  Soon, Holly becomes the main suspect in the murder which may be related to corruption she finds in the accounting firm.  As the prime suspect, Holly must work closely with her ex-finace.  Sparks are rekindled between the two and I was eagerly waiting for their romance to be given a second chance.

Perkins kept me guessing until the end about the murder mystery and about the direction of the romantic thread in this suspenseful story.  I’m sure all romantic suspense lovers will enjoy this good read.

Rating: 4

Heat Rating: Hot

Reviewed by Molly Waters

Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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