Anna Lynn finds herself barefoot and pregnant when she is forced to move back to her hometown of Sulfer Springs. While all hope seems lost, she begins to rebuild her life and her faith as she perseveres through many trials and tribulations that life throws at her.
On one fateful December night, Anna runs into Billy Denham, an old flame, who had stolen a piece of her innocent heart as a young teenager. Unaware of the demons that he faces, she allows him into her and baby Johnny’s life. Anna, nor Billy, have any idea what is in store for them after their paths cross yet again.
Merideth Deeds is a new to me author and I am glad that I was introduced to her. I loved the story line that Merideth created and I really enjoyed the characters she created. For me, faith plays a large part in my life and my Granny was a huge part of my life. I connected with Anna Lynn’s character right off the bat, as these are things that are very important to her as well, and enjoyed her story of loss and trying to rebuild. I definitely identified with Anna Lynn and really liked learning about her life. I don’t want to give too much away (no spoilers here), but I thought the story line of Anna Lynn and Billy’s relationship, both when they were younger and when their paths cross again, was such a real story that people experience everyday. It was refreshing to read a story that was not tied up in a nice neat bow in the end. I really enjoyed this book and hope to read more books by Merideth Deeds in the future.
About the Author
I am a native of Texas, born and raised in a small town. I graduated from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree and from Tarleton State University in 2019 with a Master’s in English and Curriculum. I currently am a full time teacher, mother, and wife.
God has put writing on my heart in order to inspire and encourage others that are currently or have experienced similar tribulations in life. My hope is that my stories will give others hope and comfort through the trials they face throughout their lives.
My first story, Lonely Road of Faith, is inspired by real-life events and me and my husband’s broken paths that eventually led back to each other and to God.
Thank you to Heather Slade for the gifted copy of Riled. All opinions expressed here are my own.
He’s determined to protect her. She’s determined to tempt him. Together, things get RILED up.
RILE It’s a job, Only a job. I’m doing a favor for the Queen, But watching over this young, sexy, and incorrigible woman is frustrating, As she parades around half-naked without a care in the world.
My mind and body won’t agree. But when her life is threatened, My sixth sense kicks in. Saving her is my only mission. But everything about her has me all RILED up.
Kensington Suffocating, I’m nearly drowning in this life I’m trapped in.
But when he comes in to watch over me, Things are definitely looking up. He’s sexy and rugged as Hell. Tempting him becomes my favorite hobby.
Something’s holding him back, Something haunts him, or is it someone? I’m determined to help him get rid of his pain, Let go of his demons.
After all, this man’s got me all RILED up.
This is the second book that I have read by Heather Slade and I am so happy that I found her as an author. I absolutely loved this book!!! Heather Slade writes a heart breakingly romantic book that has your emotions on a rollercoaster…and I loved every minute of it. Heather Slade’s characters were fantastic. I liked both Kenzie and Rile right away and grew to like them more and more as the book went on! Heather Slade has great descriptive writing, where you are able to imagine the scene that she is describing in your mind’s eye perfectly. The only “complaint” that I had is that there were so many different security people involved that I had a hard time keeping track of all of them. While minor characters compared to Kenzie and Rile, their names and jobs were mentioned a lot and it seemed as though as soon as I got a couple down, a few more would be introduced. Other than that minor dislike, the book was FANTASTIC!!!!! I can’t wait to read more by Heather Slade!
About the Author
I write stories set in places I love with characters I’d be happy to call friends. The women in my books are self-confident, successful, and strong, with wills of their own, and hearts as big as the Colorado sky. And the men are sublimely sexy, seductive alphas who rise to the challenge of capturing the sweet soul of a woman whose heart they’ll hold in the palm of their hand forever. I grew up an East Coast girl, and then spent half my life on the West Coast. Now my husband, our two boys, and I happily call Colorado home.
Thank you Elle Kennedy for the gifted copy of The Dare. All options expressed here are my own.
Meet Taylor Marsh. College was supposed to be her chance to get over her ugly-duckling complex and spread her wings. Instead she wound up in a sorority full of mean girls. Taylor already has a hard time fitting in with the girls of her sorority, so when her Kappa Chi sisters issue her a challenge, really a dare, she can’t say no,
THE DARE: Seduce the hottest new hockey player in the junior class!!
Meet Conor Edwards. Coner is a regular at the Greek Row parties…and truth be told the Greek Row sorority beds! Coner is the kind of guy that ones falls for before you learn that guys like Coner do not give girls like Taylor a second glance. However, throwing Taylor for a loop, he actually lets her take him upstairs and pretend they are getting busy.
To Taylor’s surprise, Coner love games, and actually wants to keep pretending that they are together, as he thinks it is fun to pull the wool of the eye’s of Taylor’s frenemies. However, resisting Coner’s charm and surfer-boy hotness is pretty much impossible. And that is when Taylor realizes there is much more to Conor’s story that those in his fan club see.
The longer the silly ruse goes on, the more Taylor worries it will all blow up in her face!
**This is Book 4 in the Briar U series
I have loved Elle Kennedy’s writing since the first time I read one of her books, and this book did not disappoint!!! Elle Kennedy has a way of writing that “plops” you right into the story (this is a good thing, trust me!!) and doesn’t let you out until you have reached the very end…and I loved every minute of it!!! While this was Book 4 in the series, it did not matter that I had not read the other 3. Elle writes with plenty of detail, so you don’t feel like you have missed a thing! I cannot begin to tell you how excited I was to have Taylor as a main character…someone with curves instead of the beautiful, stick thin characters that are in many other romance books that I have read. It was refreshing to read of a character who had an issue with their body (not that I wish anyone to have an issues with their body) and bring a real-life issue into a romance story, that many romance books do not touch on. I feel like there are so many people that can relate to this story line, and I was pleasantly surprised (in a good way) that body image was included in this book. Elle Kennedy is a FANTASTIC writer and I can’t wait to pick up another one of her books!! These are books that I defiantly get lost in and do not “surface” until I have read the entire book in one sitting! I hope you enjoy Elle’s writing as much as I do!!
“Thank you,” she breathes the moment we’re alone.
“No problem. Mind if I make myself comfortable?”
“Um, yeah. I mean, no. I don’t mind. Sit if you want. Or—wow, okay, you’re lying down.”
I grin at her visible nervousness. It’s cute. While I stretch out my six-foot-two frame amid the stuffed animals and decorative pillows on the bed, she remains the startled rabbit plastered against the door and breathing heavily.
“Gotta be honest,” I tell her, entwining my hands behind my head, “I’ve never seen a girl so unhappy to be locked in a bedroom with me.”
This has the desired effect of loosening her shoulders and even eliciting a shy smile. “I have no doubt.”
“I’mConor, by the way.”
She rolls her eyes. “Yeah, I know.”
“What’s the eyeroll for?” I ask, playing wounded.
“No, sorry, I didn’t mean anything by it. Just, I know who you are. You’re, like, campus famous.”
The more I watch her, hands braced at her sides against the door, one knee bent, dirty-blonde hair a little messy and draped over one shoulder, I can’t help picturing myself holding her arms above her head while I explore her body with my mouth. She’s got very kissable skin.
“Taylor Marsh,” she blurts out, and I realize I don’t know how long we were silent until then.
I scoot to the far side of the bed and put a pillow beside me as a divider. “Come on. If we’re going to be in here awhile, let’s at least make friends.”
Taylor laughs out a breath and with it she releases a bit more tension. She’s got a nice smile. Bright, warm. It takes a bit more coaxing, however, to get her on the bed.
“This isn’t like a move,” she tells me, lining up stuffed animal guards to patrol the pillow wall between us. “I’m not some sort of weirdo who tricks men into getting in bed with her and then mauls them.”
“Sure.” I nod with mock seriousness. “But a little mauling would be okay.”
A New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.
Elle writes romantic suspense and erotic contemporary romance for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!
Meet Irene Steele. A year ago Irene was shocked to hear the news that her husband, a successful business man and father to her sons, was killed in a helicopter crash. What she was even more shocked to hear was that her husband had been leading a double life on the island of St. John, where there was another woman that loved him too.
Through a series of circumstances, Irene and her son’s find themselves back on the island of St. John. They are there to learn the truth about the husband/father they thought they knew and unravel the mystery of who this man actually was. As Irene and her son’s learn more about the man they thought they knew, they also learn more about themselves and begin to think about putting the pieces back together and forging a future.
I have read many of Elin Hilderbrand’s books over the years, and as always, she does not disappoint with the story she tells. Elin Hilderbrand does a wonderful job in weaving together the tragedy that a family suffers after the death of a loved one, along with positive plans for the future and happiness. What could have been a dark depressive book, was a wonderful story of loss, grief, love, uncertainty, and hope for the future. Elin Hilderbrand’s style of writing pulls you into the story and weaves you into the lives of the charters in the story she is telling. She braids you into their lives in a way that makes you believe that you are part of their family and part of the life they are living. And when you finish a book, they always leave you wanting more and wondering what happens to the charters after you read the last page. I love Elin Hilderbrand’s books and will continue to read each one she publishes!!!
Of note, this is the 2nd book in the Paradise Series. I did not realize this when I began this book and really wish I would have read the first book in the series first. If you take anything away from this review, other than Elin Hilderbrand is a fantastic author, take away that you should read this series in the order that they were written.
About the Author
Elin Hilderbrand lives on Nantucket with her husband and their three young children. She grew up in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, and traveled extensively before settling on Nantucket, which has been the setting for her five previous novels. Hilderbrand is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the graduate fiction workshop at the University of Iowa.
For this book I partnered with Suzy Approved Tours and Peggy Lampman. Thank you Suzy for the invitation to join this tour and thank you Peggy Lampman for the gifted copy of The Ruby of the Sea. All opinions in this review are my own.
Meet Linnea Chandler. For the last 15 years she has been aimlessly traveling the country, trying to find happiness, while running from her fear of the sea. Linnea returns to her hometown of Key West, Florida and although this is home, this is where the heart of her phobia of the sea lives. While she has kept this secret for years, she comes to find out that maybe keeping it a secret was not the best idea. After all, kept secrets sometimes come back to bite you when you least expect them to and can put wedges between loved ones.
Back home, Linnea reunites with her sisters, her parents, and the 19th century lighthouse that her family has called home since she was little. The lighthouse carries a troubled past and a frightening myth…a myth that if Linnea is honest with herself, eerily mirrors the mystery that is her younger sister.
The three sisters must decide to what extremes they are willing to protect the secrets that they carry. Can they ignore the lighthouse’s history and the fatal shipwreck in 1857 that caused so much pain? Can they defy a hurricane that is threatening to pummel their town? And when their world is upended, do the women have the strength to move forward?
While this book was slow to start for me, once I got into the book I really enjoyed the story. While I thought that this was just going to be another story about three sisters coming together to clear the air of all that they have been through and are going through, I am glad to say that I was wrong. Peggy Lampman’s writing was full of wonderful and not so wonderful surprises! While I am not a huge fan of books that have multiple narrators, Peggy Lampman did a wonderful job of keeping each of the sister’s stories separate, while at the same time weaving them all together. While I was not sure I was going to like this book with how slow it started for me, I am glad that I stuck it out or I would have not learned of the sister’s tales and all that it takes to keep a family together during hard times.
Of note, Peggy Lampman writes of mental health troubles in this book. Since I am a social worker and work with people with mental health troubles, I am always interested in how people portray them. Will they give the issue the attention that it deserves while not overwhelming the reader? Without giving the story away, I think that Peggy Lampman did a great job of describing what one goes through with a mental illness. She did a great job of showing the severity of what those affected go through, while at the same time telling a beautiful story of the person affected and how the family is affected as well. I can only hope that other authors would take the same care with the subject of mental illness as Peggy Lampman did.
About the Author
Peggy Lampman’s passion is writing women’s fiction, which provokes the mind and touches the heart. She uses contemporary themes as a means to break down relationship, familial and cultural barriers. Her novels, THE PROMISE KITCHEN, THE WELCOME HOME DINER and THE RUBY OF THE SEA, reflect this fascination. Of particular pleasure to her is developing flawed characters-living in and reconciling with-the shadows cast by their equally flawed parents.
She grew up in Alabama and planted roots in her college town of Ann Arbor, Michigan where she owned a specialty food store and wrote a food column for the Ann Arbor News and MLive.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in communications, summa cum laude, from the University of Michigan, she moved to New York City, where she worked as a copywriter and photographer for a public relations firm. After moving back to Ann Arbor, her college town, she opened a specialty foods store, the Back Alley Gourmet. Years later, Peggy sold the store and started writing a weekly food column for the Ann Arbor News and MLive. Lampman writes the popular blog www.dinnerfeed.com. She is currently writing her fourth book.
I was alerted to this book, A Woman of Substance by Barbara Taylor Bradford, after Suzy, from Suzy Approved Book Tours sent out an email about the 40th anniversary of this book. I honestly had never heard of this author or the book. I am so glad that Suzy told me about this book!!!
Meet Emma Harte – the iron-willed force behind a thriving international enterprise. Growing up, Emma lived in poverty until she honed her skills, learned to survive, became a woman, and vowed to make her mark on the world.
As one of the richest women in the world, Emma has everything that she could ever want…except, the one man she could never have. Emma’s life has taken her through 2 marriages, 2 wars, and generations of secrets as well as numerous successes. As Emma gets older, greed and envy consume those who are the closest to her. Now Emma finds herself in the position of needing to outwit her enemies and face her past in the same way she built her empire. Will Emma be able to do it or will everything Emma has built come crashing down around her?
While I did not have a chance to finish the entire book before this post was due, what I did read was wonderful. Barbara Taylor Bradford does a fantastic job of introducing the characters of the book in a wonderfully descriptive way – in a way that lets you picture them in your mind’s eye perfectly. In addition, while this story jumps time periods, Barbara does a good job letting you know exactly what time period you are in. Finally, I really enjoyed the style of writing Barbara Taylor Bradford has. Her writing style pulls you into the story and allows you to see the the story from each of the characters point of views.
While I did not have time to finish this book, I will for sure continue to read it as I can’t wait to see what happens!!
Meet Lady Elizabeth. She may be a partner in a booming wedding business at Barrett Castle in Northern England, but she has had nothing but bad dates lately. Elizabeth can’t figure out if the bad dates are because she likes to share her opinions and business sense, or if she is just in a rut. But then her brother and sister in law invite her to travel to San Diego. While Elizabeth isn’t excited by the idea, she decides there is nothing to lose as she is having no success in England finding a boyfriend.
Meet Jackson “Jack” Stanfield. As a computer programmer, he does not date much as he believes computers are far more simple than complicated people. Then one day, Jack’s college buddy invites him to a BBQ, which he reluctantly agrees to attend. But then he meets Lady Elizabeth and is suprised by the immediate reaction he has to her.
Will Elizabeth finally find love? Will Elizabeth pull Jack out of his shell? Make sure to pick up “The Unexpected Wedding” to find out!
This was a cute book. I am not sure there is any other way to describe it. It was shorter than most books I read, but it didn’t matter as the story was quick to pull you in and keep you interested throughout the book. I was pleasantly surprised by the way Debra Elizabeth presented and described the characters of Elizabeth and Jack. Instead of the female character being the one talking about all the feelings she was having and “mooning” over the male character, Debra provided a platform where each of the characters had a chance to express the feelings they were having for each other. This was so, so wonderfully refreshing!
While I thought the story was going to be about Elizabeth and Jack’s romance, Debra Elizabeth threw a bit of a curve ball into the story! While it was a minor part of the story, compared to the love story, the curve ball was a great addition to the story and added wonderful, descriptive writing about the characters as well as the story line.
Like I said, this book was cute and I enjoyed every minute of this story! For sure worth the read!!
Jack walked toward the back door. When he was almost there, he saw a vision—a stunning young woman with blonde curls cascading down her back. When she turned at his approach, the last rays of the sun enveloped her silhouette, giving her an ethereal dreamy quality. She was the most beautiful woman he’d ever seen, and he felt the breath leave his body as he stood staring open-mouthed. He’d never had such a reaction to a woman before. It was new and an unnerving experience.
“Did you want something?” she asked.
Jack continued to stare, totally captivated by this woman and her beautiful cornflower blue eyes. He knew she was talking, but he didn’t hear a word, just a lyrical melody.
The young woman waved her hand in front of his face. “Hello, can I get you something?”
That broke his trance and Jack felt heat climb up his neck. “Huh? Oh god. I’m so sorry. I didn’t mean to stare,” he stammered.
“It’s quite all right. Now do you want something, a beer perhaps?” she asked.
The young woman’s eyes traveled down to her feet and back up again before she looked at him. “Last time I looked, yes,” she chuckled.
What an asinine thing to say!
“Shall we start again?” she asked. “I’m Elizabeth and you are?”
Jack gave himself a mental shake. “Oh, please forgive me. I’m not used to making a complete fool of myself before I’ve even uttered a single word. It’s a pleasure to meet you, Elizabeth. I’m Jackson, um Jack, that is.”
“Well, Jackson um Jack, it’s a pleasure to meet you. Now, would you like a beer?”
He chuckled. “Yes, please. That would be good.”
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I tend to do a lot of driving in the car and when I am on longer trips (15 minutes or more), I really want something “to do” in the car and generally listening to the radio just does not cut it or I get annoyed as to what is on the radio at that moment. Sometimes listening to music on my phone is enough, but more often than not, I want a book to listen to and get lost in. I recently discovered Robyn Carr as an author, and I found myself lost in this fantastic while in the car (while of course still concentrating on the road and making sure I was driving safe).
Meet Emma Shay. Her husband, Richard, just committed suicide, that is after he stole his client’s money to fund his and Emma’s luxurious life in New York City. The truth of the matter was that Emma had NO idea what her husband was doing; but her name has been dragged through the mud and now has been left with nothing – no money and a horrible reputation where people just assume the worst of her.
Meet Lyle, the only friend that she kept in touch with when she left her hometown of Santa Rosa in Sonoma County. After everything that happened to her in New York, Lyle encourages and ultimately talked Emma into coming home.
Meet Riley, Emma’s one time best friend. The two were inseparable – like sisters really, that is until Riley slept with Emma’s boyfriend while Emma was off at college and ended up getting pregnant. The friendship was over and Emma moved as far away as possible (the other side of the country), where she met Richard.
When Emma moves home she has nothing from her former life – all she has is $9,000 in a bank account. Emma returns home and is forced to ask Riley, her one time best friend, for help.
I loved the story of Emma and her life “after Richard.” Robyn Carr did a great job of allowing us to “feel” everything that Emma was going through. When Emma was beat down time and time again, you felt the same way. You were angry and frustrated with her. When she was happy and things were going well for her, you were excited about the good that had happened. Every time I got in the car, no matter how far the drive was, I wanted to turn the book on, so that I could get lost in the world of Emma Shay and the new life she was trying to build. I love that this book was not all sunshine and roses and really made you feel the ups and downs of what Emma was experiencing. This was a great book to get lost in!! This was the first book that I read by Robyn Carr and I immediately downloaded a second one to listen to once I was finished with this one. I can’t wait to read may more of Robyn’s books!!
It is only fitting that my first book review is a book by Susan Mallery. There was a time where books were not the center of my life (shocking! I know). I was reading a book here and there, but I missed reading terribly! Then one day, I was browsing at the Library and I stumbled upon Susan Mallery. I checked out a few of her books and devoured each one of them. I was hooked!
California Girls by Susan Mallery is a book about three sisters that get dumped in the same week. Finola, is told by her husband, just before she goes on air at her L.A. morning show, that he is cheating. Zennie’s breakup is no big deal to her and since she is not attached to anyone at the time, decides to be a surrogate for her best friend. Ali, who is set to be married, is broken up with by her fiance’s brother. This book is about the breakups that each sister goes through, and what happens to them after the break-ups; It is about the sisters starting over and rebuilding each of their lives.
I absolutely LOVED this book. As usual, Susan Mallery’s writing captured me from the first page! This was a book that I could not put down, and even though I am in grad school, and probably should be doing about 100 other things, I kept reading and finished this book in less that 48 hours!!! Susan’s writing makes each of the sisters come to life and you feel like you are right there with them in all the bumps and bruises that life hands them. Susan’s writing captures you making you say one more page until poof you are done. I laughed with the sisters. I was frustrated with what the sisters were going through. I rooted for each one of them as they figured out the next steps in their life. I can’t say enough good things about this book. If you are looking for a book that is light-hearted and fun and will capture you from the beginning, then pick up Susan Mallery’s California Girls!!! You won’t be disappointed!