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Reunited with the P.I. by Anna J. Stewart…..a review

Reunited with the P.I. (Honor Bound #2)Reunited with the P.I. by Anna J. Stewart

publication: May 9th 2017 by Harlequin Romantic Suspense
ISBN: 0373402120 (ISBN13: 9780373402120)



Summary from Goodreads:

In this Honor Bound romance, a perilous change of heart looms for two former lovers…

Exactly why should P.I. Vince Sutton take his ex-wife’s case? Because she, assistant district attorney Simone Armstrong, put his brother in jail? Because the ambitious spitfire still drives him crazy? No, he’ll take it because -The Avenging Angel- makes him a deal he can’t refuse. Sparks fly when Vince works all-too-closely with Simone to locate her missing key witness…but in the process, they are drawn into a cold case. As much as he tries, Vince can’t deny that he’s never gotten over beautiful Simone, but can he admit his feelings to her–and himself? And can he save her from the danger that’s heading their way?

My Thoughts

Wow. That’s my first thought after reading REUNITED WITH THE P.I. This is part of the Honor Bound series and follows MORE THAN A LAWMAN. However you do not have to read MORE THAN A LAWMAN to follow Reunited with the P.I. I will say that I think there are things within this story that will draw you to read the first book and to continue reading this series, there’s more going on than just a romance! Fans of Harlequin’s Romantic Suspense line know these are great suspenseful books, but REUNITED WITH THE P.I. also has a lot of emotional pull. The characters are well written and realistic. The story pulls you in from page one and doesn’t let go, even after the last page is turned. I’ve been thinking about this story for days. I want more honestly. I want to see these characters again. I can’t wait for Simone’s friend Allie to get her own story. And now I want to read MORE THAN A LAWMAN. There is a mystery written within REUNITED WITH THE P.I. that will leave you on the edge of your seat. This series, Honor Bound, does have a connected story-line that unites the characters and stories. One that will have you eager to read all the stories and ready for the next story to arrive. Highly recommend Anna J. Stewart’s REUNITED WITH THE P.I. to anyone seeking a great romance with a suspenseful story and characters that leave you feeling as if you know them. This was one of those perfect reads that had it all and left you wanting more. Now if only Ms. Stewart would write faster so I can get my hands on the next story I’d be good. A perfect Keeper Shelf story!

Rating: 5

Heat Rating: Mild
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Unleashed by Rachel Lacey—-a review

Unleashed (Love to the Rescue, #1)Unleashed by Rachel Lacey

Love the Rescue Series book 1

  • Publisher: Forever (October 28, 2014)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I829RT2
  • Source: Received for the purpose of a review

(From Amazon)

Book Description

October 28, 2014
What happens when you find the right one at the wrong time?
Cara Medlen has a serious case of animal attraction. And it’s not because of all the foster dogs she’s rescued. She’s got it bad for her incredibly sexy neighbor. Her one rule: Don’t get attached. It’s served her well with the dogs she’s given to good homes and the children she’s nannied. Yet the temptation of Matt’s sexy smile might just convince her that some rules are made to be broken.Matt Dumont doesn’t need his skills as a private investigator to detect disaster on the horizon. Cara is everything he thought he’d never find-gorgeous, funny, and caring. But there’s no way he can start a relationship just as he’s about to move to another state. Talk about bad timing. As their attraction sizzles too hot to deny, they’ll have to make a decision: forget the consequences and let loose, or forget each other and let go…

My Thoughts

I received this book from Edelweiss for the purpose of an honest review. I started this one because I knew it had just been released and I was slow in reviewing it. I was so happy I did. Not only is it set in North Carolina (which I love) but it’s a great story. There’s a lot going on in this one. You have the romance between Cara and Matt, you have the storyline following dog rescues, and there’s an underlying storyline dealing with more. I won’t say the more so that you can figure it out on your own. This is book one in the Love the Rescue series. I’m eager to read more in this series! The secondary characters including the dogs and cats are cute and add an extra touch to the story. The setting is realistic and believable. The characters are realistic and engaging. I found this one to be delightful and am eager to read more from Rachel Lacey. I highly recommend this one to any fan of contemporary romance, great characters, a realistic story, and a wonderful cast of animals. You’ll fall in love!

Rating 5

Heat Rating: Hot

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Genre: Romance

Series: de Piaget Family series #16

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.


  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Jove (April 29, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515153478
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515153477


(From Amazon)

Isabelle de Piaget is determined to elude her overprotective family by means of a hasty escape to France. But instead of making a surprise visit to her brother there, she winds up shipwrecked on the French coast with no memory of who she is or how she came to awaken in the dark and forbidding castle of an equally brooding lord.

Gervase de Seger rescues—very reluctantly—the bedraggled urchin he finds on the road and puts her to work where he can ignore her. Unfortunately, he soon realizes that her brother is an intimidating lord who is going to be absolutely furious when he learns that his beloved sister has been laboring as a scullery maid. Yet Isabelle may be the one who holds the key to solving Gervase’s most pressing problem: that someone has been trying to finish the task of separating him from his title and his lands.

Finding the truth propels Gervase and Isabelle from the buried secrets of half-ruined keeps to the glittering French court, and to the realization that love can blossom in the most perilous circumstances—and in the most unexpected places of the heart . . .


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DREAMS OF LILACS by Lynn Kurland is an interesting Romance. #16 in the “de Piaget Family” series, but can be read as a stand alone. The saga continues to France. Isabelle de Piaget, is escaping her overbearing, overprotective family only to be shipwrecked off the coast of France and rescued by Gervase de Seger, a brooding Lord.

Together they find passion, buried secrets, and love. From the French court to blossoming romance, their circumstances are perilous to say the least, especially in the area of the heart. An interesting tale of buried secrets, with a bit of mystery and a sweet romance. An enjoyable read! Received for an honest review from the publisher.

Rating: 4

Heat rating: sweet

Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More



Somebody Like You





Genre: Christian Romance/Fiction

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.


  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Howard Books (May 13, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476737584
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476737584



Can a young widow find love again with her husband’s reflection?

Haley’s three-year marriage to Sam, an army medic, ends tragically when he’s killed in Afghanistan. Her attempts to create a new life for herself are ambushed when she arrives home one evening—and finds her husband waiting for her. Did the military make an unimaginable mistake when they told her Sam was killed?

Too late to make things right with his estranged twin brother, Stephen discovers Sam never told Haley about him. As Haley and Stephen navigate their fragile relation­ship, they are inexorably drawn to each other. How can they honor the memory of a man whose death brought them together—and whose ghost could drive them apart?

Somebody Like You is a beautifully rendered, affecting novel, reminding us that while we can’t change the past, we have the choice to change the future and start anew.



SOMEBODY LIKE YOU by Beth K. Vogt is an interesting Inspirational Contemporary Romance/Fiction. This is the story of Haley, Sam and Sam’s estranged twin brother, Stephen. Sam was killed in Afghanistan, leaving, Haley a widow, after only three years of marriage. A heart-wrenching tale of letting go of the past to learn to love again.

Haley, never knew Sam had a twin brother. Of course, she was shocked to learn of this,  thinking Sam alive, after all, when she first saw Stephen. Sam and Stephen had been estranged for years.

A tale of second chances, loss, regrets, grief, letting go of what was to embrace what is, if you can.

A tearjerker to be sure, but a beautiful tale of life, widowhood,healing, forgiveness, faith,redemption, family and the promise of what’s to come.

Beautifully written, with engaging characters and an intriguing storyline. Do be sure to have tissues at the ready. A wonderful read from beginning to the very last page. Well done!!

*I received a free copy of this book from Howard Books, for my honest review. The opinions expressed here are my own.”



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


The Sweetest Thing by Lilian DarcyTHE SWEETEST THING


Genre: Romance

Series: River Bend #2

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher

  • Series: River Bend
  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Tule Publishing Group, The; 1 edition (January 28, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1940296226
  • ISBN-13: 978-1940296227


Tully Morgan hasn’t been back to Marietta for more than a few brief visits since the night of the 1996 senior prom eighteen years ago, when the chance exposure of a long-held family secret sent her running to her uncle in California in shock. She stood up her date Ren Fletcher that night, and she hasn’t seen him since. Now she’s here for an extended stay, to help take care of her seriously ill mother. It’s an edgy reconciliation, the first time that Tully, Patty and Sugar Morgan have been together since that long ago prom night. Tully has had so much anger toward Sugar… can she ever forgive her? And Sugar still has one more secret that needs to be dealt with, one that needs Ren Fletcher’s help. Has he forgiven Tully for leaving him in the lurch on prom night? And is there any chance that he and Tully can rekindle what they might once have had, when he’s still tied to someone else?


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THE SWEETEST THING by Lilian Darcy is a heartwarming romance. #2 in the “River Bend” series, but can be read as a stand alone. This is about Tully Morgan, her secrets, her regrets, her past and her future.

Not just another love story. It is the story of love, lost, regrets, secrets, heartbreak, angst, forgiveness,healing and second chances. It will tug at your heartstrings as well as your soul. We all have secrets, and regrets. An interesting tale of heartbreak and love. An enjoyable read with engaging characters and a storyline that will, well….have issues.

Well written! Received for an honest review from the publisher.



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

COTTAGE BY THE SEA by Robin Jones Gunn….review

Cottage by the Sea: A NovelCOTTAGE BY THE SEA


Genre: Contemporary Christian fiction

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher and Wynn-Wynn Media.

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Howard Books; Original edition (July 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416583459
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416583455


Book Description(From Amazon)

Release Date: July 3, 2012
A daughter’s gift of time, a father’s silent wish.Erin Bryce and her best friend, Sharlene, count the day they start their wedding planning business as a very happy day. So much so that they name their company The Happiest Day to reflect the fulfillment of their long-held dream as well as their clients’ longing for a wedding celebration to match the exhilaration of being in love. As a bonus, the two women utilize their business to help Erin’s son Jordan and his fiance, Sierra, plan a grand wedding.

But the two friends aren’t prepared for the cloud moving in to cover the sunny, successful start of their business. Erin’s father, who lives in a small coastal Oregon community with his brusque, downright odd second wife, Delores, develops a medical problem that puts him in the hospital. Erin responds by rushing from Southern California to her father’s—and oh, yeah, Delores’s—cottage by the sea.

What greets Erin when she arrives sends her tumbling down a bewildering path to a different kind of happiest day. Her journey tosses her through highs and lows of hurt and healing, betrayal and renewal, wrong assumptions righted, and the brightest future one could ever hope for. All just around the corner, at the cottage by the sea.


COTTAGE BY THE SEA by Robin Jones Gunn is an inspirational contemporary fiction. This story has a connection to Ms. Gunn’s “Sierra Jensen” series,however is a stand alone. A heartwarming and touching tale of love,sacrifice,family,faith,grief,compassion,loss,heartache,forgiveness,joy,triumph,and healing. With realistic characters and a touch of reality to this author’s own life,readers will not regret “Cottage By The Sea”,but BE WARNED you may need tissues,along with a good dose of laughter.Readers who enjoy inspirational reads(these are not “preachy),contemporary,and a dose of reality,will enjoy “Cottage By The Sea”.  Received for an honest review from the publisher and Wynn-Wynn Media. Details can be found at the author’s website,Howard Books, and  My Book  Addiction and More.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews


BEYOND THE STORM by Carolyn Zane…review



Genre: Christian historical romance

Series: Quilts of Love (Every Quilt has a story) #1

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher and Wynn-Wynn Media.

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (October 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426745974
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426745973

*From the author’s website*

When tragedy strikes a community, lives—and hearts—are changed forever.


After a tornado rips through her town, salon owner Abigail comes across a piece of fabric from a wedding dress in the rubble. Abigail is moved to start collecting other swatches of fabric she finds—her neighbor’s kitchen curtains, a man’s necktie, a dog’s bed—and stashes them in shopping bags. As she pursues her seemingly absurd quest, horrible realities spark the question, “What kind of a God would allow such tragedy?”

As she struggles to reconcile her right to happiness in light of the destruction, Abigail helps piece together a patchwork quilt from the salvaged fabric in the hope that it will bring some peace. But a new relationship with Justin, a contractor, may require too much of her fragile heart. Will her pain and questions of faith give way to the courage to love?


BEYOND THE STORM by Carolyn Zane is an interesting inspirational historical romance.  It is book #1 in the “Quilts of Love” (Every quilt has a story) series and what a start to a new series. A real life situation tears apart a town and tragedy stricts a family and community can it also bring peace,healing,forgiveness,and love? Follow Abigail and Justin on their journey of pain,and one’s desire to find the courage to love again. When a tornado strikes,the tragedy is left behind,while others try to pick up the pieces and move forward with their lives. A compelling story that will have you crying as you read the struggles of this community and
their courage to find love,happiness,peace,faith again. A fast paced story written with such knowledge and inspiration it will leave you in awe of this author. I hope to read the rest of this series to come. A wonderful story! “Beyond the Storm” is a must read for anyone who enjoys life at its worst and best. Received for an honest review from the publisher and Wynn-Wynn Media. Details can be found at the author’s website,Abingdon Press, and My Book Addiction and More.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews


LADY BLUE by Helen A. Rosburg…review..



Genre: Historical Romance

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.

  • Mass Market Paperback:380 pages
  • Publisher:Medallion Press (November 1, 2009)
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10:1605420638
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605420639

Book Description(from Amazon)

Publication Date: November 1, 2009

Written with humor as well as suspense, this love story depicts a young woman in captivity who yearns for her duplicitous lover. After the death of her affluent parents, Harmony Simmons loses everything—including her freedom. Forced to move to England and live with her domineering and jealous older sister Agatha, Harmony’s existence becomes restricted to the prim atmosphere of an English parlor, a stifling environment compared to the expansive American West of her former, privileged life. With her spirit crushed by her confinement, she meets Anthony Allen—a rogue who immediately falls for Harmony. He falsifies his inheritance and introduces himself as the suave aristocrat Lord Farmington. As they begin their romance, Harmony slowly recognizes the ruse behind his persona and starts to question whether her mysterious lover is a cavalier bandit or an honorable hero. Yet, his secret does nothing but ignite her passion for him as she strives to uncover his past.



LADY BLUE by Helen A. Rosburg is a fast paced,action packed historical romance.  It is packed full of secrets,love,romance,sister’s cruelty,sister’s jealously,and finding true love. Harmony’s parents have died,her mother’s last wish was for Harmony to go to her sister,Agatha, in England and show her how to love. What Harmony’s sister does not want is her sister’s love. Her parents made Agatha,Harmony’s guardian until she reaches her majority or marries.Agatha is jealous of Harmony,cruel,benevolent and just plain mean. She has other idea’s about Harmony’s inheritance. Enter Anthony Allen, a handsome,mysterious,possible thief,with deep secrets.Anthony, wants to prove Harmony loves him for and not for who is,which could cost him his life.  After, Agatha,has Anthony arrested,without a trial,he is set to be hung. With guns blazing Harmony must save her true love from hanging at all cost. A powerful story of sibling rivalry,jealously,and true love. A must read! “Lady Blue” is the story of two sisters,one from America and one from England,who has not seen each other for years. And the story of two young lovers who prove love is stronger that anything else. Ms. Rosburg pulls the reader into this story as you dug into these characters and their engaging story. Received for an honest review from the publisher. Details can be found at Medallion Press,Inc,the author’s website,and My Book Addiction and More.


HEAT RATING:Mild: Mild detailed scenes of intimacy,mild violence or profanity

REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More



RUN FROM FEAR by Jami Alden…



Mass Market Paperback:464 pages

Publisher:Forever; Original edition (March 1, 2012)



ISBN-13: 978-0446572811

SOURCE: Received for an honest review.

Book Description(from Amazon)

Publication Date: March 1, 2012
With each step she takes, he tracks her every move, waiting for the perfect time. The perfect revenge. Until then, he’ll watch her . . .
More than anything, Talia Vega wanted to leave behind her harrowing past. Moving eight hundred miles away, she succeeded . . . until the one man who knows her darkest secrets wanders into the restaurant where she works. Now the agonizing memories come crashing back-along with an undeniable desire for Jack Brooks, the ex-Green Beret who rescued her from a sadistic monster two years ago.
Jack Brooks knows that showing up unannounced is a purely selfish move. Talia doesn’t need his protection anymore, but he can’t get the raven-haired beauty out of his mind. And when a twisted madman is hell-bent on resurrecting her torturous past, Jack vows to do anything to keep her safe-even risk his own life to save the only woman he’s ever loved.
RUN FROM FEAR by Jami Alden is an exciting fast paced romantic suspense. It is the third in her sexy romantic suspense,but can be read as a stand alone. See, “Beg For Mercy” and “Hide From Evil”. It has everything a suspense reader could want. It has danger,emotion,romance,sexy hero,feisty heroine,passion,a serial killer,love,sacrifice and suspense. “Run From Fear” is the story of Talia Vega and Jack Brooks from the previous stories. Talia, is running from her past,but her past comes harrowing forward,she is the one who got away. Jack is determined to keep Talia and her sister safe,he has been following them for two years. Together, Talia and Jack must face a twisted madman, find him before her gets to Talia and her sister and fight their growing attraction. This killer has targeted raven-haired young women who are connected to Talia or her sister. “Run From Fear” is written with suspense,romance,sweet sensuality while this cast of characters try to find a killer. It is a gripping story full of emotion and danger. A must read! “Run From Fear” is for anyone who enjoys suspense,romance,love, nail-biting,gut-wenching action with sexy hero and a feisty,strong heroine. Received for an honest review. Details can be found at Forever,an imprint of Grand Central Publishing,the author’s website and My Book Addiction and More.
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More

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