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WHERE THE HEART IS by Darcy Burke…a review

 

 

 

 

18903290WHERE THE HEART IS

DARCY BURKE

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Genre: Contemporary Romance

*A Novella*

Series: Ribbon  Ridge #0.5

Source: Received for an honest review from the author.

 

  • Print Length: 124 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1939713153
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Intrepid Reads (November 29, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1939713145
  • ISBN-13: 978-1939713148
  • ASIN: B00H0JJNZM

 

Book Description (courtesy of Amazon)

November 29, 2013
Home is more than a place . . .

Breaking free from her structured life, Chloe English quits her high-powered job and moves across the country to work as an art teacher. The simple life is all she hoped it would be until her house burns down, leaving her homeless. When a handsome firefighter swoops in to save the day, she can’t believe her luck. He’s laid-back and unassuming, everything she’s looking for in a man—or so he seems. It turns out he’s as ambitious as her ex, comes with a family who could be more stifling than hers, and harbors dark secrets he may never be able to share.

Orphaned as a teenager, Derek Sumner has found a place in his best friend’s family. However, the love and support of his surrogate parents and siblings can’t erase the grief and loss he struggles every Christmas to banish. But this year he meets the fun and sexy Chloe, whose optimism and sense of joy are incredibly contagious. Can she help him face his bleak past so they can forge a happy future?

MY THOUGHTS
WHERE THE HEART IS by Darcy Burke is an interesting,quick Contemporary Romance. #0.5 in her “Ribbon  Ridge” series. A quick, sweet Holiday read. A debut into the new and exciting Contemporary Romance genre.
What a debut. I love her historical series, and gotta say I was a bit concerned about agreeing to read this new Contemporary Romance, but with this said, I must say, I did not regret agreeing to read this one.
While, a bit slow to begin with it picks up rather nicely. The characters are interesting, realistic, and believable. The storyline is intriguing, with a tortured soul, and a feisty, smart heroine.
Well written, with an impact on the reader. I needed tissues. An enjoyable, quick read. While, I will always love Historical genre, I do enjoy a great Contemporary Romance as well. Well done!
*Received for an honest review from the author*
RATING: 4
HEAT RATING: MILD
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
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REVIEW~ ALL SHE WANTS FOR CHRISTMAS by Sara V. Olds

All She Wants For Christmas COVER (final)

ALL SHE WANTS FOR CHRISTMAS

SARA V. OLDS

Website: http://www.saravolds.com/

Genre: Contemporary Romance (Holiday/Christmas)

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.

  • Print Length: 350 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1494311194
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H1F40N0

*From the publisher*

 

About ALL SHE WANTS FOR CHRISTMAS: George Clauson is Santa’s daughter, but she can’t stand Christmas. All that ho-ho-hoing, caroling and people’s greedy wants? No, thank you. She’s left the family business and struck off on her own in the human world finding her niche as a humble second-grade teacher.

Ebenezer Herod is a descendent of King Herod. His family has never stopped trying to destroy Christmas. This year they may actually get their wish, but not if Ben can help it.

George wants nothing to do with restoring balance to the Christmas season, and she certainly isn’t interested in the shockingly handsome and devilishly rich Ben. A determined do-gooder, Ben’s used to saving the day, but he can’t rescue Christmas alone. Can George and Ben find a way to work together despite their opposing heritages to make the Season bright?

Book Buy Links:

 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18757934-all-she-wants-for-christmas

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MY THOUGHTS:

ALL SHE WANTS FOR CHRISTMAS by Sara V. Olds is a fast paced Contemporary Romance. George Clauson,well she is Santa’s daughter after all. Ebenezer Herod,is a  descendent of King Herod, what do you get when the two meet. Well….it takes two to save the Christmas season.

A quick, fun read that will pick up your holiday! Fast paced with engaging characters and a unique look at Christmas, gift-giving and love. George and Ben must work together to save Christmas. Can love be “All She Wants for Christmas”? You must pick up and read this story for a fun, clean romance that will have you cheering Santa’s daughter and King Herod’s descendent. Well, they may have a little help along the way. For a cheery, ho-hoing good time, please read this title you will not be sorry. Received for an honest review from the publisher.

RATING: 4

HEAT RATING: SWEET

REVIEWED BY: AprilR,  Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

REVIEW: HIS BY CHRISTMAS by Kaitlin O’Riley

 

HIS BY CHRISTMAS

KAITLIN O’RILEY

http://www.KaitlinORiley.com

Genre: Historical Romance (Victorian)

Series: Hamilton Sisters #5

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420112414
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420112412

*Publisher*

Yvette Hamilton knows just what she wants for Christmas–a dazzling marriage. And if marrying the ton’s catch at the height of the Yuletide season is how she can prove herself, she’ll be the most respectable of the many ladies competing for his hand. But one accomplished rake has other, much more tempting ideas. . .

The illegitimate son of a duke, Lord Jeffrey Eddington knows society will never truly respect him. He thought he’d found acceptance as a friend of the Hamiltons, but Yvette’s seeming snobbery makes him wager to win her hand no matter what it takes. Too late, he finds her frivolity conceals an intelligent, appealing woman. Now they face a hard choice between the holiday dreams they think they want most. . .and the very real love they can’t resist.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

HIS BY CHRISTMAS by Kaitlin O’Riley is a wonderful Victorian Historical Romance set in 1878 London. A most delightful holiday read! Lord Jeffrey Eddington,is the illegitimate son of a Duke,and friend of the Hamiltons and Yvette Hamilton,who wants a dazzling marriage, find themselves in a race to make their holiday dreams come true. While, this is #5 in the “Hamilton Sisters”, it can be read as a stand alone. I had no trouble catching up with this series. I plan to read the others also. Yvette, is intelligent, sexy, but pretends to be frivolous. While, Lord Jeffrey knows he will never be accepted in society due to his illegitimacy, it still doesn’t stop him from his dreams. His father, the Duke of Eddington accepted him as his son year prior, you see he truly loved Jeffrey’s mother. With the festive season, dreams can come true. Fast paced and a very interesting read, it is filled with passion, decisions, and love. This is the final in the “Hamilton Sisters” series. For an added touch you will be surprised by Jeffrey’s father and mother at the end of the story. Ms. O’Riley brought all the characters together nicely and this is a delicious read for one and all. A truly festive read! Received for an honest review from the publisher.

RATING: 4

HEAT RATING: MILD

REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

REVIEW: THE WOMEN OF CHRISTMAS by Liz Curtis Higgs…

The Women of Christmas: Experience the Season Afresh with Elizabeth, Mary, and AnnaTHE WOMEN OF CHRISTMAS: Experience the Season Afresh with Elizabeth, Mary and Anna

LIZ CURTIS HIGGS

http://www.LizCurtisHiggs.com

http://www.waterbrookmultnomah.com

Genre: Christian Living/Women

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (September 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601425414
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601425416

*Amazon*

September 17, 2013

God Reached Down from Heaven with the Best Gift of AllA sacred season is about to unfold for three women whose hearts belong to God.
Elizabeth is barren, yet her trust in God remains fertile. Mary is betrothed in marriage, yet she is willing to bear God’s Son. Anna is a widow full of years, yet she waits patiently, prayerfully for the Messiah to appear in the temple courts.Following in their footsteps, you too can prepare for the Savior to enter your heart, your mind, and your life in a vibrant, new way. Best-selling author Liz Curtis Higgs explores the biblical stories of Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna, unwrapping each verse with tender care and introducing you afresh to The Women of Christmas.

From the Hardcover edition.

MY THOUGHTS:
THE WOMEN OF CHRISTMAS: Experience the Season Afresh with Elizabeth, Mary and Anna by LIZ CURTIS HIGGS is an inspirational Christan Living/Women. Oh my goodness, what a delightful book to have at the Christmas or anytime, but especially at the Christmas season. I read it  at once after receiving it from the publisher. I intend to go back often and re-read time and again.  It is filled with stories of the women,Elizabeth,Mary and Anna,  who surrounded our Savior’s birth. It is funny, filled with joy,warmth,wisdom,wonder,scriptures, and of course undiscovered discoveries.  It has a study guide and other interesting notes. Ms. Curtis Higgs is a wonderful storyteller, who draws the reader into her stories of the hustle and bustle of the season, the women who surrounded our Savior, and encourages each reader to reflect on his or her own relationship with our Lord and Savior. A much treasured book!! I loved it from the cover to the last page. If you know anyone in your life who needs a gift, than, “The Woman of Christmas” is a perfect gift. Highly recommended!! Received for an honest review from the publisher.
RATING: 5
HEAT RATING: NONE
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

REVIEW~ A SEAL WOLF CHRISTMAS by Terry Spear

SEAL Wolf Christmas

 

A SEAL WOLF CHRISTMAS

TERRY SPEAR

http://terryspear.com/

http://www.sourcebooks.com

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: Heart of the Wolf #12

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher

  • Series: Heart of the Wolf
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (September 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140228408X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402284083

*Amazon*

Can an Alpha Wolf Who’s Met His Match…

Navy SEAL Bjornolf Jorgenson has had tough missions before, but going undercover with feisty gray wolf Anna Johnson could top the list. She drives him crazy—in more ways than one. Now he has to investigate a murder, supervise a wild teenage wolf—and handle Christmas with Anna.

Survive the Holidays with Her?

For Anna, the only thing worse than staging the perfect family Christmas is having to do it with Bjornolf posing as her husband. Anna is a serious undercover operative who isn’t afraid of a fight, even with a hunky SEAL shifter. With a killer on the loose, Anna just wants to focus on their mission, but the one thing she can’t fight is her sizzling chemistry with Bjornolf.

MY THOUGHTS:

A SEAL WOLF CHRISTMAS by Terry Spear is another great hit by this author in her Paranormal Romance series of Shape-shifters. While, #12 in her ” Heart of the Wolf” series, it can be read as a stand alone. Visit her website for a list of her other titles in this series. For an action packed story “A Seal Wolf Christmas” is your story. Filled with passion, Navy Seal, undercover mission,murder,teenage wolf, romance and love. Follow Bjornolf Jorgenson and Anna Johnson on a journey of sizzling chemistry, undercover mission that could just get them both killed and lots of loving. Filled with non-stop action,sexy attitude, edgy characters,and holiday not so fun or it could be, you do not want to miss “A Seal Wolf Christmas”. The chemistry between Bjornolf and Anna flows off the paper….

If you enjoy shape-shifters, wolves,Christmas cheer,and a sexy read than this is the one for you to pick up to read. Once again Ms. Spear has written a tantalizing story of shape-shifters, sensual tension and love. A great read! Received for an honest review from the publisher.

RATING: 4

HEAT RATING: HOT

REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Courtesy of My Book  Addiction and More

REVIEW~ AN AMISH COUNTRY CHRISTMAS by Charlotte Hubbard and Naomi King….

An An Amish Country Christmas

 

AN AMISH COUNTRY CHRISTMAS

CHARLOTTE HUBBARD

NAOMI KING

 www.CharlotteHubbard.com

Genre: Inspirational Romance (Amish)

Series: Seasons of the Heart/Home at Cedar Creek

Source: Received for an honest review from the author and/or publisher and Pump Up Your Book

Seasons of the Heart/Home at Cedar Creek, part of the series
Zebra (October 1, 2013)
ISBN-13: 9781420131888 •• ISBN-10: 1420131885

*Publicist*

 

“The Christmas Visitors”: For spirited Martha Coblentz and her twin Mary, the snow has delivered the perfect holiday and birthday present to their door—handsome brothers Nate and Bram Kanagy. But when unforeseen trouble interrupts their season’s good cheer, it will take unexpected intervention—and sudden understanding—to give all four the blessing of a lifetime.

 

“Kissing the Bishop”: As the New Year’s first snow settles, Nazareth Hooley and her sister Jerusalem are given a heaven-sent chance to help newly widowed Tom Hostetler tend his home. But when her hope that she and Tom can build on the caring between them seems a dream forever out of reach, Nazareth discovers that faith and love can make any miracle possible.

Purchase your copy at AMAZON or at Kensington Books.

OR

Kensington Books •• The Book Depository •• Amazon •• Barnes & Noble
B-A-M •• Chapters •• IndieBound •• Powell’s
Ebook: • Kensington Books •• Kindle •• Nook •• Kobo

*Please stop by tomorrow, October 16, 2013, on our main site,  My Book Addiction and More for a visit with author, Charlotte Hubbard*

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MY THOUGHTS:

AN AMISH COUNTRY CHRISTMAS by Charlotte Hubbard and Naomi King is a gripping Inspirational Amish Romance set in modern day Willow Ridge, Missouri. Two gripping stories of love,peace and faith written by two wonderful authors, both of whom are great storytellers. Oh yeah, it has recipes at the end of the book. Wonderful, mouthing watering recipes,I might add!

Now back to the stories. In “The Christmas Visitors” by Naomi King, twins Mary and Martha Coblentz have unexpected visitors, brothers, Nate and Bram Kanagy. All four may just find the blessing of a lifetime in Willow Ridge.

Then you have Charlotte Hubbard’s “Kissing the Bishop”,which centers around Nazareth Hooley, her sister, and Tom Hostetler. Which learn dreams can come true if you have faith and love.

Both stories are filled with Christmas cheer, magic, faith,and love. Both are well written with engaging characters and interesting as well as intriguing storylines.  Heartwarming stories that are well told. A perfect Christmas season book to curl up to on a cold winter’s day! If you enjoy Amish, the Christmas season, and the magic of peace,love and Christmas you will enjoy “An Amish Country Christmas”. A must read! Received for an honest review from the publisher and/or Pump Up Your Book.

RATING 4.5

HEAT RATING: SWEET

REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

SAVING SAVANNA by Sara Fitzgerald

SAVING SAVANNA

SARA FITZGERALD

PUBLISHER: Cedar Fort, Inc.

ASIN: B00A2H9ARU

SOURCE: Received for review from the publisher

Publication Date: October 9, 2012

Book Description (from Amazon.com)

Devan can’t help but blame God for his wife’s death, so the last thing he wants to do this holiday season is celebrate. But when his daughter, Savanna, makes a special Christmas wish, their little family will never be the same. Filled with faith and tenderness, this heartwarming story is sure to remind you of the real power behind the magic of Christmas. 

MY THOUGHTS:

SAVING SAVANNA offers a heartwarming message, but don’t let the title fool you. The tale revolves around Savanna’s father, Devan. Savanna, along with Devan’s parents and sister, actively push him to accept the death of his wife and try to move forward with the first step of participating in Christmas celebrations.

The story is mostly narrative. Nonetheless, you’ll find yourself rooting for Devan to move past his loss without feeling as if, by living, he is being unfaithful to his wife’s memory.

RATING: 3

REVIEWED BY: Emmly Jane

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