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Where the Viscount Met His Match (Ways of Love Book 2)Where the Viscount Met His Match by Tabetha Waite


Genre: Historical Romance

Series: Ways of Love, #2

Source: Received a complimentary vopy, however, all opinions are my own.


  • Publication date: June 14, 2017
  • Publisher: Etopia Press
  • Language: English
  • Length: 380 pages


(From Amazon)


Secrets. Lies. And a second chance at love…

Torn from the only man she’d ever loved by a tragic secret, Mara Miller has traveled a long and difficult road. From poverty and the workhouses, she’s finally made a life for herself as the owner of a small haberdashery in London. With her companion, Big B, an African slave she’d helped escape from a Brazilian slaver, she’s made a fresh start. But when the past walks into her shop—in the form of the ever-handsome Roarke Garrott, Viscount Eversleigh—Mara feels her whole world crash to her feet. Thrust back into a web of lies, deceit, and manipulation, Mara is forced to face the one man she’d sworn to forget.

For the past seven years, Roarke had sequestered himself in India to mourn Mara’s death. Vowing to move on and put the past behind him, he returns to London, only to find himself gazing into those beautiful green eyes he believed he’d never see again. Now he’s found her—alive and trying to deny who she was. A million feelings wash over him. Joy. Fury. Heartbreak. He would have the truth from her—of where she’d gone, and why—but when trouble from the past finds Mara and Big B, the truth becomes secondary to saving Mara’s life. After just learning that the woman he’d loved is alive, Roarke is not about to lose her again…



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My thoughts:

Where the Viscount Met His Match (Ways of Love Book 2) by Tabetha Waite is a Regency Romance by this amazing and masterful author. While, book 2, it can be read as a stand alone.
I absolutely love Mara Miller, which we met in book 1, and Roarke Garrott, Viscount Eversleigh, the love of Mara’s life, but she lost him several years prior due to a tragic event that forced Mara to fake her own death. A story filled with a web of lies, deceit, manipulation, sacrifice and so much more. Now, he’s walked back into her life. I found these characters to be tortured souls, torn apart by a huge secret then thrust back together again, by unseen circumstances, to be heart a wrenching, engaging and very enjoyable read. The secondary characters are enjoyable and help move the story along. The plot is intriguing, very interesting and captivating. The storyline flows seamlessly and is well executed, in my humble opinion.

A story of love, grief, secrets, a tragic kidnapping, deceit, mental illness and second chances at finding a HEA. The twists and turns were magnificent and well done to deliver a most fantastic Regency Romance. A bit of mystery, suspense and the romance, was absolutely enticing and delightful to read.
Ms. Waite, captured my attention and held me glued to the pages of this gripping and brilliantly written story.

This is Ms. Waite’s second novel but she writes like a master, fully engaging her readers with characterizations, her descriptions, her detail to research, and the Era she’s writing. Just stunning and very well written! Fast paced with page turning mystery and suspense. The romance to me was wonderful, seeming realistic and believable.

A powerful, yet sweet romance with twists and turns. I look forward to reading more, in this fascinating series!
WHERE THE VISCOUNT MET HIS MATCH ends with the reader learning some of Roarke’s sister’s story, which just made me want more. A must read Regency Romance by an upcoming and rising author, Tabetha Waite! A definite keeper. I can see me reading this story and book 1, over again. A true treasure! Well done, Tabetha Waite! !
I received a complimentary copy, however, all opinions are my own.

Rating: 5
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR



No Other Highlander (The McKennas)No Other Highlander by Adrienne Basso

Genre: Historical Romance (Scotland Highlands)

Series: The McKennas

Source: I received a complimentary copy.


  • Publication date: February 28, 2017
  • Publisher: Zebra
  • Language: English
  • Length: 368 pages


(Courtesy of Amazon)


Scottish Highlands, 1334: The McKenna clan flourishes under a family of warriors, fierce and righteous, faithful to their own until the last. But to produce an heir, the widowed eldest son must risk his heart again . . .
Lady Joan Armstrong Fraser was once the indulged and pampered daughter of a laird. But marriage to a brute changed her. When he sets her aside, she has only her wits and her beauty to protect herself and her child from the chaos of her former home. She will have to find another husband—a man whose strength is more than a weapon against the weak. A man she can trust . . . if such a man even breathes.

Sir Malcolm McKenna has known Lady Joan since her childhood, a spoiled princess as dangerous as she is lovely. But when she steps forward to protect him against a false accusation, he discovers a character stronger than he guessed—and an attraction he yearns to explore . . .

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No Other Highlander (The McKennas) by Adrienne Basso is an intriguing Medieval Scottish Romance set in 1334 Scottish Highlands.
WOW! Fast paced, adventure filled, heart -pounding and very captivating tale of heartbreak, healing, forgiveness, learning to trust and finding HEA, peace and happiness. Such a powerful and compelling story!

Lady Joan Armstrong Fraser, was an abused wife with a small son Callum, escapes her abusive husband. While, she used to be a pampered and indulged daughter of a laird, her marriage to a brute and tyrant changed her, forever. Now she only wishes to provide her son with protection, security and love. Unfortunately, she’ll get no help from her father.
Sir Malcolm McKenna has known Lady Joan since her childhood he remembers her as a spoiled princess who is both dangerous and lovely. When she steps in to protect Malcolm he sees another side to the woman she’s grown into, she is fierce, tolerate and loves her child unconditionally.

Ms. Basso has written a sensitive, complicated, compassionate story of second chances that will captivate readers and capture their hearts from the first page to the last. Can horrors from the past, find healing and learn to trust and love, leaving all the baggage as a distance memory?

I adore how Ms. Basso brings this masterfully written story full circle to provide readers with mystery, suspense, passion and love. A must read Medieval Scottish Romance!
I can’t wait to read more of “The McKennas”.
Ms. Basso provided me with a few hours of escape from realism to the world of Highlanders, clans, and the lasses who loves them. I read it in one setting. I couldn’t put it down once I started reading! Strongly recommended!
I received a complimentary copy.

Rating: 4.5
Heat rating: Mild to a bit steamy
Reviewed by: AprilR


St. Helena Vineyard Series: Healing Hearts (Kindle Worlds Novella) (Second Chance Book 3)St. Helena Vineyard Series: Healing Hearts (Kindle Worlds Novella) by Reina Torres

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Series: Kindle Worlds Novella, Second Chances #3, St. Helena Vineyard Series

Source: I received a complimentary copy.


  • Publication date: January 25, 2017
  • Publisher: Kindle Worlds
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N155ZA0
  • Length: 140 pages
  • Book 3 of 3 in Second Chance Series (3 Book Series)



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She’s never been stronger – He’s Dr. Fix It – But you can’t just write a prescription for the heart!

Stella always had a little bit of hero worship for Kyle from the moment he bandaged her skinned knee on the playground, but while he grew up to be the ultra-confident man you could lean on, she became the woman who was determined to stand on her own two feet. When her lifelong dream was in danger of falling apart, the last person she expects to throw obstacles in her way is the same man who makes her heart tremble with a glance. Can fate really be that cruel? After all, fate owes her one after dealing her one disastrous blow after another. Can she trust that it’s her turn to come out on top?

If there’s something that needs fixing, Kyle O’Malley is the man you call. From para jumping into war torn areas to rescue injured soldiers, to helping his patients recover from life altering physical injuries, he’s hands on and all kinds of intense. Stella gets under his skin in more ways than one, and her soft curves are more than a match for his hard edges. But she’s a distraction that he doesn’t need. He’s determined to start his private practice in St. Helena. Building his practice means everything to Kyle, but Stella is quickly becoming close to his heart.

Kyle is the Grandson of Stan O’Malley who owns Stan’s Soup & Service Station on Main Street. And Kyle watched Dax, one of his oldest friends, succumb to forever love in Need You For Always. Now it’s Kyle’s turn to find happiness.

Healing Hearts continues to explore the sun dappled vineyards and groves of St. Helena after the conclusion of Marina Adair’s amazing romance series. You’ll find new friends along the way and visit with old friends at every turn.

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St. Helena Vineyard Series: Healing Hearts (Kindle Worlds Novella) (Second Chances series) by Reina Torres is a quick read that’s perfect to curl up to on a cold night. Set against the fictional community of St. Helena Vineyards.
It will grab your heart from the beginning and hold you in awe. It is a 3 part book series, but can be read as a stand alone. Has re-appearing characters but does leave the reader confused, if not read the other two in the series. Very emotional but well worth the time to read.
The characters are realistic and true to life in more than one way. The storyline is well written and emotionally charged.
I enjoy Ms. Torres talented storytelling! She may be a fairly new author but a very talented one.
A Novella packed full of emotions, part of the Kindle Worlds series. Although, a quick read, Ms. Torres manages to make the story not feel rushed, and manages to tell this incredible story with such ferocity that the reader is spellbound.
Although, I really had a hard time connecting to the hero in the beginning, he manages to redeem himself by the end. The heroine has a heart that is wounded, and a dreaded diagnois but she manages to hang on to hope and her spirit. But will she be able to find her HEA before it’s too late?
If you are a fan of second chances, emotionally charged romance and talented writing, then “Healing Hearts” is the story for you to read. Why don’t you give it a try, I feel you will be overjoyed you did. I enjoyed seeing these two characters find themselves and find their second chance. A sweet but sometimes difficult romance to read, due to the emotional turmoil. A definite pick up your spirit kinda of read. Perfect for a moment of alone time! My only complaint, I didn’t want the story to end.
I received a complimentary copy.

Rating: 4
Heat rating: Sweet
Reviewed by: AprilR

REKINDLED, A CHRISTMAS NOVELLA by Marliss Melton and Trish Dawson… review

Rekindled, A Christmas NovellaRekindled, A Christmas Novella by Trish Dawson

Genre: Contemporary Romance (Novella)

Series: Southern SEALS, #1

Source: I received a complimentary copy.

  • Publication date: December 22, 2016
  • Publisher: James-York Press
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N1V9BHT
  • Length: 77 pages

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Navy SEAL Alex Morrigan anticipates a joyous reunion with his former girlfriend, Tori Wilde. Even after a two-year break to focus on their careers, she is still the only woman he wants. And now that he’ll be stationed near their home town of Edenton, North Carolina, Alex figures it’s time to rekindle their relationship. What could go wrong?

When Alex drops unexpectedly back into Tori’s life and into her bakery, her feelings rise up like a loaf of gingerbread. True, she’s now almost engaged to the best catch in the county. True, she has a successful business and a plan for her life. And true, she’s never stopped thinking about her first love, Alex. Everything in her life has changed, except her fear of loving a Navy SEAL on active duty. Yet while her practical mind tells her one thing, her fast-beating heart says something else. What if she makes a decision she’ll regret forever?



Rekindled, A Christmas Novella by Marliss Melton and Trish Dawson is a great Contemporary Romance set in Edenton, North Carolina. Second chances, small town romance, Military romance, and rekindling romance makes for some great reading. BTW, I loved the location in Edenton, North Carolina, I lived near there, in the snall town of Creswell, and I do mean small, for years and am familiar with the location. What a plus for me!

Navy SEAL Alex Morrigan and Tori Wilde are a great couple, albeit a bit confused after a two year break from their relationship, from their feelings for each other and dealing with a long distance relationship. Tori is moving on with her life, she is dating and on the verge of being engaged. Alex is expecting a wonderful reunion, boy, will he be shocked!
Tori is a strong, independent women who owns her on bakery business, but she feels her family’s disappointment, she still has feelings for Alex, he was her first love, afterall. But, the long distance relationship was taking its tow on her life, she knows the strain that a long distance relationship has on a Military couple, and the endless waiting for his return. Alex, is now stationed near Edenton, their home town, and feels that it’s time to rekindle their relationship. Won’t he be shocked to learn Tori is dating and almost engaged! He gets into his “courting mode”. But can Alex and Tori rekindle their love during this magical time of Christmas?

While, a quick read, only about 77 pages, Ms. Melton and Ms. Dawson, manages to bring together a very satisfying read, that has cute, sometimes funny one liners, charm, warmth, and will leave the reader with that warm and fuzzy feeling, Christmas stories often bring to life.
I enjoyed seeing Alex and Tori rekindle their love for each other and make their relationship stronger. But, will they be able to make their relationship work this time? Will Tori be able to overcome her fear of being in a relationship with an active Navy SEAL? You’re have to read, “Rekindled, A Christmas Novella” to find out for yourself.
A satisfying and enjoyable Christmas season read. I believe this is the start, “Southern Series”, book 1of a new and what promises to be an exciting series. I hope so, anyway. Can’t wait to read more! I would have enjoyed a longer version, but I enjoyed this story, all the seem. Would I recommend reading “Rekindled”, yes I would! A quick read for when you only have a few moments in your day. Great job, ladies! Hope to see more in the future!
I received a complimentary copy.

Rating: 4.5
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR


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

THE GUEST BOOK by Mary Beth Whalen…review



Genre: Christian Fiction

The Guest Book: A NovelSource: Received for an honest review from the publisher.

  • Reading level: Ages 18 and up
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (July 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310334748
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310334743

Book Description(from Amazon)

Publication Date: July 3, 2012
When Macy Dillon was five years old her father encouraged her to draw a picture in the guestbook of a Carolina beach house. The next year, Macy returned to discover a drawing by an unidentified little boy on the facing page. Over the next eleven years the children continue to exchange drawings … until tragedy ends visits to the beach house altogether. During her final trip to Sunset, Macy asks her anonymous friend to draw her one last picture and tells him where to hide the guest book in hopes that one day she will return to find it—and him. Twenty-five years after that first picture, Macy is back at Sunset Beach—this time toting a broken family and a hurting heart. One night, alone by the ocean, Macy asks God to help her find the boy she never forgot, the one whose beautiful pictures touched something deep inside of her. Will she ever find him? And if she does, will the guestbook unite them or merely be the relic of a lost childhood?
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THE GUEST BOOK by Mary Beth Whalen is a christian fiction set in Sunset Beach,North Carolina. Follow Macy Dillion to Sunset Beach, North Carolina.Go with Macy with her struggles,grief,healing,regrets, a mysterious guest book,love,second chances, a few twists and turns. A great summer read! Of course, being from  Eastern North Carolina myself,and knowing the area only made it seem more real. “The Guest Book” is a complex,compelling,story of childhood memories and God’s neverending love. Macy gets her answered prayers with a flood of men. Follow Macy on her journey of discovery and find that dreams do come true after all. A very special book that Guest book turns out to be. Anyone who enjoys Christian reading,a great summer read,love,and God’s healing powers.Received for an honest review from  the publisher. Details can be found at Zondervan,the author’s website and My Book Addiction and More.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More

COMING IN JUNE!!! NIGHT OF THE COUGAR by Caridad Pineiro…review…



Genre: Erotic Romance/ Paranormal Romance

Source: Received for an honest review from the author.

Print Length:56 pages

Publisher:Harlequin Nocturne Cravings (June 1, 2012)



Product Description(from amazon)

Reporter Jamie Morrison got the scoop of a lifetime when she snagged a meeting with bestselling author Galen Hawke, but their rendezvous didn’t end with an interview. Their immediate attraction led to a wicked night together and a plan to meet again—until an accident left Galen changed forever….

Now, one year later, Jamie is sent to interview Galen once more. When a snowstorm strands them together in his remote mountain lodge, they are both eager to explore their reawakened passion. But will Jamie stay by Galen’s side when she discovers what he’s become?


NIGHT OF THE COUGAR by Caridad Pineiro is an interesting erotic/paranormal romance. A Harlequin Nocturne Cravings story.”Night of the Cougar” is the story of Jamie Morrison, a journalist and Galen Hawke,an author,a wounded ex-cop turned into a cougar.A quick,fun read! Full of passion,desire and love. When Jamie is sent to Cat’s Claw Mountain,Vermont to interview an old lover,Galen she learns his dark secret,and gains his trust.Love can conquer all. A hot,sexy story of love and healing,that will have you wondering what’s next. One night of hot sex and a lifetime of love. A must read for anyone who enjoys erotic romance, paranormal romance,were-cougar,and love.Received for an honest review from the author. Details can be found at the author’s website,Harlequin, and My Book Addiction and More.


HEAT RATING:Hot: Detailed sex scenes,profanity or graphic violence

REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More

MARRYING MALLORY by Diane Craver…review…



Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

Source: Received for an honest review from the author.

  • Print Length:139 pages
  • Publisher:Desert Breeze Publishing, Inc (January 1, 2010)
  • Language:English
  • ASIN: B0032JSJ0Y

Product Description(from amazon)

Is Mallory Harrington jinxed because her name means luckless? Things have gone wrong for Mallory since she was a small child. All she ever wanted was to have a complete family and live happily ever after. It appears she has it all when she marries Toby Harrington and they have a son. Unfortunately, their marriage ends when Toby has an affair with his law partner. After their divorce, Mallory feels guilt that she couldn’t forgive Toby for his affair. As a Christian, she should be able to forgive him for his sin.
Mallory decides to do something for herself, and get a surgical procedure that she’s always wanted. What she doesn’t expect is her instant attraction to her surgeon.
Sometimes faith is about accepting what can’t be changed and grabbing what God offers her. Life must go on.
MARRYING MALLORY by Diane Craver is an interesting Christian Contemporary Romance. It is a poignant story of a young divorcee,Mallory,the consequences of divorce,betrayal,forgiveness,healing,remarriage,faith,second chances, and  friendship.”Marrying Mallory” is written with a wonderful cast of characters,who are human,believable,and show us that even Christians have moments of doubt. While, “Marrying Mallory” is a Christian Contemporary Romance,it is not a “preachy” story,but a story that shows the  downfalls of life,and that faith is accepting things we can not change as well as some things we can change. Regardless,of what happens “life goes on”. A sweet romance! Received for an honest review from the author. Details can be found at the author’s website,and My Book Addiction and More.
HEAT RATING:Sweet: No sex or scenes of physical intimacy except some kissing. No graphic violence or profanity.
REVIEWED BY: AprilR,My Book Addiction and More

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