About Five Kisses

five kisses

The first kiss crumbles her world. The second mystifies. The third unbalances. The fourth sends her reeling. And the fifth –ah, the fifth . . .

Inspired by Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, Miss Sarah Meacham has always behaved circumspectly, until an emotional outburst directed at a well-deserved gentleman earns her the nickname of Miss Shrew. As a result, she vows to never trust—or love—again. But when her father decrees that her younger sister cannot marry the man of her dreams until Sarah has secured a suitor of her own, she is faced with a dilemma: Deny her sister marital bliss or feign an interest in the next gentleman to come along, at least until their father relents.

Mr. Ian Collum is no gentleman. A tradesman and newcomer to Brighton, he has been searching high and low for the perfect house. When he at last discovers Ivy Cottage, with its magnificent views, extensive lands, and a large oak tree reminiscent of his favorite childhood escape, he will do whatever it takes to obtain it. Trouble is, the owner of the property will only sell if Ian agrees to court the beautiful and infamous Miss Shrew—a woman as intent on eluding Ian as he is on pursuing her.

My review

Rachael Anderson’s books are some of my favorites. I love the way she writes. Her characters are so great. And her plots. Her kissing scenes are great too!

I loved this book! Sarah is my favorite thing about this book. I loved the scene at the beginning where she earns her nickname, Miss Shrew. It may not have been deserved, but that scene made me laugh quite a lot. That scene also earned her a dear friend.

Ian is a great guy. He isn’t a gentleman. A fact he kind of dances around with Sarah. But he’s sworn to pursue her, and pursue her he will. Luckily, she intrigues him, so it isn’t as though it’s work. I loved the things that Ian goes out of his way to do for Sarah. They were just so sweet.

This is one of those books. I didn’t want to put it down. It’s a book I loved so much!

I was sent an e-copy of Five Kisses as a gift from the author. All opinions are my own.

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About Sister Pact

Sister Pact

A woman desperate to protect her sister; a detective determined to find the truth. When love interrupts their plans and danger surrounds them, how will they know who to trust?

After a tragic fall leaves her sister in a coma, Savannah becomes the prime suspect in the investigation. Desperately hoping to prove her innocence, she convinces detective Noah Shumway to stay by her side at all times. But the close quarters prove too much for them to handle. Can Savannah find the proof she needs to show Noah she’s not a monster? And how can she rely on her faith and keep her family safe when it seems all hope is lost?

Sister Pact is a thrilling story of action, suspense, and love. Full of unexpected twists, this book will keep you guessing until the very last page.

My review

If I’m in the mood for a romantic suspense book, Cami Checketts is always a go to author. I love the way she writes her books. Her characters are great. And there is tons of suspense and romance in her books.

I loved Savannah in this book. She is spunky, kind, and the best aunt around. Savvy is also the best sister. She finds her sister unconscious in her home. And she calmly takes care of her and her cute nephew. Unfortunately, she’s seen as the only suspect, due to circumstances. And she spends a lot of time trying to prove to Noah that she didn’t hurt her sister.

Noah had to be careful, of course. I loved that he was willing to give Savannah chance after chance to prove herself. But the evidence just kept piling up. I loved the scenes with Savannah and Noah in the middle of the night. Noah had terrible dreams and that was his least guarded time.

This is such a great, suspenseful book. I loved how the author wrote it!

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About Missing Okalee

Missing Okalee

When compared to her nearly perfect little sister, Phoebe Paz Petersen feels she doesn’t measure up in her parents’ eyes. Okalee is smart and beloved for her sunny disposition, which makes it hard for Phoebe to stand out in their small town in Montana. But if she can get picked for the coveted solo in the school choir, she’ll stop being a middle-school nobody and finally get her chance to shine.

Despite her sister’s annoying perfection, Phoebe actually loves spending time with Okalee. They have one very special, secret tradition: River Day―when they hold hands and make their way across the cold, rushing Grayling River, to celebrate the first hint of spring. This year’s River Day crossing, however, goes horribly wrong, and Phoebe’s world is suddenly turned upside down.

Heartbroken and facing life without Okalee, Phoebe is more determined than ever to sing the solo in the school concert as a way of speaking to her sister one last time. But Phoebe’s so traumatized by what happened, she’s lost her beautiful singing voice.

Kat Waters wants the choir solo for herself and is spreading a terrible rumor about what really happened to Okalee on River Day. If Phoebe tells the truth, she believes her family will never forgive her and she may never get to sing her goodbye to Okalee. Even worse, somebody is leaving Phoebe anonymous notes telling her they saw what really happened at the river.

Missing Okalee is an empathy-building novel about the unbreakable bond between sisters and finding the courage to do what’s right amid heartbreak and tragedy.

My review

Wow, this book by Laura Ojeda Melchor really touched me. This was one book I did not want to put down. I loved the way the story drew me in. It was almost like I was there by the river, in Montana with Phoebe and Okalee.

Phoebe was a great character. I loved seeing the story through her eyes. The reader almost felt like they were right there, not only when Okalee went into the water, but when everything else happened to Phoebe. It felt so real to me, that I cried. I could imagine the weight of guilt that Phoebe felt. So much guilt that she couldn’t sing.

This book had such a great plot. I didn’t want to stop reading it. Honestly, I read this one in an afternoon. It was perfect. It is a middle grade book. But, I, as an adult thought it was well written and interesting. I’m interested to see what our kids think of it.

I loved this book. You need to read it!

I was sent a copy of Missing Okalee as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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About Redemption

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Gage Stewart has spent five years trying to overcome his past. Once an abused and troubled teenager, he has worked tirelessly to move beyond the fateful day he was manipulated into holding a group of teenagers hostage. Now, with a new identity and a college degree in criminal psychology, he accepts an unlikely job teaching others what to do during mass shootings.

At the hotel where his class is held, Gage is immediately drawn to Skyler Prescott, the daughter of the wealthy hotel owner. Gage and Skyler quickly discover a shared desire for normalcy, and their easy friendship soon develops into something more. But after a night out ends in horror when a gunman opens fire in the crowded venue, they make an alarming discovery that threatens more than their relationship. The attack was little more than a publicity stunt to draw out the real target: presidential candidate Senator James Whitmore. Unwilling to become someone’s scapegoat, Gage must now work in tandem with the very men who ended his own life of crime before it began—the Saint Squad.

My review

Traci Hunter Abramson is one of my very favorite authors. I love the way she writes her books. They are filled with characters that I’ve gotten to know and love through the series, and they are so suspenseful! I never want to put her books down in the middle, they are so great!

This one is a Saint Squad book, I LOVE those! It doesn’t focus on the Saint Squad, but they are an integral part of the story line. And I love that. This author is really great at many point of views. I love how the story is told from so many perspectives. It makes it so I can yell at the characters not to go somewhere, because the reader knows what the bad guy does, at least a little. How come those characters never listen? That’s what I want to know.

This one is primarily about Gage and Skyler. I loved these two! Gage was the shooter in one of those school gun situations, except he never shot anyone. I loved seeing his perspective in this book. How he was as a teen versus how he is as an adult. He was able to move past his past, as long as everyone lets him. And isn’t that all any of us really want?

Skyler is the daughter of a hotel mogul. But she just wants to live a regular life. Finish college, and work at the hotel job she loves. It was kind of an interesting comparison to see how she lived day to day versus how she lived when she was with her family.

This book has plenty of suspense, and action. I loved every minute of reading it. And I can’t wait for more books by this author!

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About A Christmas Kiss

Hiding poignant heartbreak behind garish clothing and outlandish fashion, Eva hopes to never marry. Oscar is happy to never propose, but the two of them find a casual friendship growing into a strength of feeling that challenges even the most deeply rooted stubborn intentions or fears.

When her presence is requested at a house party of a distant relative, she does what any outlandish woman who has stopped caring about her reputation would do: She invites Oscar to go with her.

Oscar is ready to live on his own, but he needs the means to do so. When Edward has stretched his last ounce of patience, Oscar decides to spend as much time from home as possible. In that moment, he receives an invitation from his most outlandish and garish friend inviting him to attend a house party.

My review

It’s that time of year again! I get to read Christmas books and watch Christmas movies. For the rest of the year! I know it’s a little early, but I won’t be reading exclusively Christmas books.

This one by Jen Geigle Johnson was a delight! I loved Lady Eva. She is the type of woman unafraid to wear whatever she wants. I think part of this was her sadness over her mother having died. And being sent back into society before she was ready to move past her mourning. I loved her impulsiveness and her loyalty to her family. She wouldn’t have gone to her uncle’s Christmas house party except for that.

And that’s where she spends time with Oscar. I loved the way these two come together over a commonality of never wanting to marry. Oscar is a great friend to Eva, even when the other gentleman tell him about her nickname of Lady Snow because of her coldness to the other men.

I loved the way these two come together in the end. Such a beautiful story with laugh out loud moments that I loved.

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About Holding on to Everything

Holding on to Everything

As CEO of a billion-dollar hotel company, Jace Hawthorne had everything he could ever want. So, naturally, he gave it up to live with nothing on the streets of Manhattan under the name Tom. It’s the only way to fulfill his father’s dying wish and earn his share of the family fortune. But he didn’t count on falling for Madeleine, the nurse who helps him after he’s hit by a cab.

Because Madeleine thinks he is someone else, Jace runs back to his old life before his lie hurts them both. But Madeleine shows up to his office asking for donations for her clinic and doesn’t recognize him, and Jace is torn between revealing who he is and keeping his distance; she has never been shy about her hatred of CEOs.

The closer Jace gets to Madeleine as he helps her find more donations, the more he falls for her and the less his old life seems to fit him. But telling her the truth will only break both their hearts, and he’s in too deep to walk away.
Trying to decide what he values most in life, Jace hopes he can find a way to keep his fancy life and the woman he loves. The chances of losing everything are growing with every passing day, but Jace is willing to risk it all for a chance at happiness.

My review

I don’t know what it is about these books by Dana LeCheminant that draws me in. I think part of it might be her amazing characters. You feel almost as though you know them. And I loved that this book fits with this new series by her, but it also fits with her first series. There are so many characters in it that the reader already knows and loves.

Jace is the main character of this one. The story is told entirely from his perspective. I really liked that. I think Jace did a great job of telling the story. He has huge growth from the beginning of the story to the end. There were times in the story that I simply didn’t like him. But I don’t think he liked himself in those times either. He knew that he was missing something. He just wasn’t sure exactly what or how to get it. That all came down to the challenge his father had given him to get his inheritance.

I loved Madeleine. How could you not love one who works so tirelessly to help others, without charging them really anything? She was tenacious when she needed donations. And I loved that about her. I loved her willingness to change as well. And to forgive. And her nephew was great too!

I’m looking forward to reading more about this family in the author’s upcoming books! I’m not ready for them to go away yet.

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About The Matchmaker’s Lonely Heart

the matchmaker's lonely heart

Amelie Hampton is a hopeless romantic, which makes her the perfect columnist to answer lonely heart letters in The Marriage Gazette. When Amelie plays matchmaker with two anonymous lonely hearts, she also decides to secretly observe the couple’s blind date. To her surprise, the man who appears for the rendezvous is Harold Radcliffe—a grieving widower and a member of Amelie’s book club.

Police detective Michael Baker has been struggling ever since his best friend and brother-in-law dies in the line of fire. Because he knows the dangers of his job, he has vowed never to marry and subject a wife and family to the uncertainty of his profession. But when he meets Miss Hampton, he is captured by her innocence, beauty, and her quick mind.

When a woman’s body is pulled from the river, Michael suspects the woman’s husband—Harold Radcliffe—of foul play. Amelie refuses to believe that Harold is capable of such violence but agrees to help, imagining it will be like one of her favorite mystery novels. Her social connections and clever observations prove an asset to the case, and Amelie is determined to prove Mr. Radcliffe’s innocence. But the more time Amelie and Michael spend together, the more they trust each other, and the more they realize they are a good team, maybe the perfect match.

They also realize that Mr. Radcliffe is hiding more than one secret, and when his attention turns toward Amelie, Michael knows he must put an end to this case before the woman he loves comes to harm.

My review

If I had to pick a favorite historical time period to read about, it might be the Victorian period. I love the way it’s okay for a woman to be almost anything she’d like in this time period.

And Amelie proves that in this book by Nancy Campbell Allen. I love the way she not only works as a columnist at her aunt’s newspaper, but she also helps set people up as well. This gets her in a bit of trouble when she meets Detective Michael Baker as she’s spying on her latest matchmaking attempt. What she doesn’t know is that the man she’s set up, Mr Radcliffe, is suspected of killing his wife.

I liked Michael as well. He goes out of his way to protect Amelie when she gets herself into all sorts of scrapes and trouble. And the way he cares for his family, that was one of my very favorite things about him.

There is plenty of mystery and mayhem in this book. I loved how the reader gets to help Amelie and Michael figure out what is going on. The plot kept me engaged from start to finish.

This is one of those books I didn’t want to put down! And I hope the author writes more like this one.

I was sent a copy of The Matchmaker’s Lonely Heart as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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About author Nancy Campbell Allen

NANCY CAMPBELL ALLEN is the award-winning author of eighteen published novels and several novellas, which encompass a variety of genres, ranging from contemporary romantic suspense to historical fiction. Her most recent books, which include Regency, Victorian, and steampunk romance, are published under Shadow Mountain’s Proper Romance brand, and the What Happens in Venice novella series is part of the Timeless Romance Anthology collection published by Mirror Press. She has presented at numerous conferences and events since her initial publication in 1999.

Nancy loves to read, write, travel, and research, and enjoys spending time with family and friends. She nurtures a current obsession for true crime podcasts and is a news junkie. She and her husband have three children, and she lives in Ogden, Utah, with her family, one very large Siberian Husky named Thor, and an obnoxious but endearing YorkiePoo named Freya.

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About There You’ll Find Me

There You'll Find Me

Grief brought Finley Sinclair to Ireland. Love will lead her home. 

Eighteen-year-old Finley Sinclair is witty, tough, talented, and driven. With an upcoming interview at the Manhattan music conservatory, she just needs to finish composing her audition piece. But her creativity disappeared with the death of her older brother, Will. 

She decides to take a break and study abroad, following Will’s travel journal to Ireland. Her brother felt closest to God there, and she hopes to find peace about his death. Meanwhile, Beckett Rush—teen heartthrob and Hollywood bad boy—is flying to Ireland to finish filming his latest vampire movie. On the flight, he bumps into Finley—the one girl who seems immune to his charm. Undeterred, Beckett convinces Finley to strike an unconventional bargain. 

As Finley deals with the loss of her brother, the pressures of school, and her impending audition, she wonders if an unlikely romance is blossoming between her and Beckett. Then she experiences something that radically changes her perspective on life. Has everything she’s been looking for been with her all along? 

My review

I recently watched Finding You, which left me curious about the book that it was based on. So I found my own copy. What I found in the pages of the book was not the same as the movie. The movie is magical. But so is the book, in it’s own way.

There You’ll Find Me is a Christian Young Adult Fiction. And the writing is fantastic. The reader feels transported to Ireland with Finley the main character. I loved the setting, the characters, and the plot. This whole book is great. And the last chapter left me in tears. That’s a mark of a good book, to care enough to cry over it.

I loved Finley. She has a way about her. She’s doing a study abroad program for her last year of high school. I had to laugh at the beginning when she was seated by Beckett Rush. He’s a movie star who thinks that everyone wants a bit of him. But she puts him in his place. I loved seeing the friendship these two develop throughout the book. They both need each other for different reasons.

Finley changes as the book goes along. She becomes hyper focused on how she looks. Something that is easy for any of us to do. But when we become so focused like that, it’s hard to see any good around us. Or even good in ourselves. I loved how she learned this through the woman she had been asked to serve, Cathleen.

This is such a great book! I’m going to have to read more by this author soon!

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About Coming Home

Coming Home

COMING HOME is all about finding love and eternal companionship. Laugh, cry, and root for your favorite couple as each character decides whether to serve as a missionary or comes home to find expectations shaken up. Set in Brigham City, Utah and BYU-Idaho, these faith-filled, sequential novellas feature overlapping characters with stories of their own.

In No Guessing Required, Tyler returns from his mission knowing his feelings for Raychel have blossomed into love. He can’t keep his feelings from her as they resume their relationship, but she resists reciprocating, in spite of the wonderful dates he plans. Raychel is submitting her own missionary papers, and Patrick, Tyler’s best friend, might also be a good catch after she returns home.

Storm-tossed is a poignant story revolving around Raychel’s cousin, Daila, who invites newly returned missionary, John, to a YSA activity. John’s girlfriend and Tyler’s younger sister, Karilynn, had asked best friend Daila to keep John “safe” from other girls until she gets home from her mission. But John and Daila soon become attracted to one another as John sees Daila as a better match for him and Daila can’t resist her first real taste of a man’s favorable attention.

After being Dumped, Karilynn returns from her mission two days after her former boyfriend marries her former best friend. A series of innocent and hilarious events has people believing that she and her brother’s friend, Patrick, are dating. Patrick is too intent on his GPA for a social life, but worries his roommate, Nick, might have an interest in Karilynn. When Nick and Karilynn accidentally end up going to a dance together, is it enough to wake Patrick up to his feelings for Karilynn?

Mari and Nick head a FHE group for their BYU-I ward, where Nick secretly takes an interest in her. He encourages her boyfriend, Carter, to go on a mission. Carter doesn’t want competition, so he buys Mari a huge promise ring. Carter’s new job to earn money for his mission is with Nick and Patrick at a dance studio, leaving even less time with Mari. In The Dance, Carter is matched with Gabriella, the instructor’s daughter, for an upcoming dance competition, and Mari is matched with Nick.

My review

I haven’t ever read a book quite like this one. I loved the way each of the stories in it were intertwined. It made me more excited to read the next story. I loved the way each of these authors approached their own stories and characters differently, but they still went so well together.

First up is No Guessing Required by Renae Weight Mackley. I loved Tyler in this one. He knew that he wanted to marry Raychel. That was all he had ever wanted. But she wants to keep him at arm’s length so she can serve her own mission, as well as to see if Tyler is the one for her or if it’s Patrick. This one is a fun story. I loved the feeling of community that the author provided for her Brigham City setting.

Next was Storm Tossed by Melissa Cunningham. This one features Raychel’s cousin, Daila and John who was Tyler’s sister’s boyfriend. This one was maybe the hardest one to read. Just because the reader knows that John has a pornography addiction. And Daila doesn’t. I think this is one topic that needs to be discussed more. It appears to be very prevalent in our young men right now. And it’s a bit scary. I liked the way the author handled this topic. She did a great job kind of showing how one thing can lead to another in a situation like this. And I liked the end feeling that repentance is possible for all of us.

Then there was Janice Sperry’s Dumped. I liked the way Karilynn and Patrick accidentally let every one think they are dating in this one. The nursery scene especially made me laugh. It was just fun how Raychel’s roommate, Mari ends up being part of Karilynn’s life in this one. And I loved how Patrick realized what he wanted. And the forgiveness aspect of this one is a great thing as well.

Last up is The Dance by Rebecca Jamison. This one pairs Mari and Nick as Family Home Evening group parents. Mari has a serious boyfriend who is planning to go on a mission. Nick is so obviously in love with Mari that it’s almost funny. I loved this one. The way the two become good friends, then dance partners. The feeling of this one that things work out how they are supposed to. This one was so cute!

I enjoyed this book! The authors did a fabulous job putting it together.

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About To Marry an Earl

To Marry an Earl

Katherine Cartwright knows through bitter experience that true love is fiction and trust should not be bestowed easily. Now, after two unsuccessful London Seasons, her atrocious father has decided to marry her off to the highest bidder to pay for his gambling debts, ridding himself of the daughter he never wanted. A profitable deal is struck, and Kate is packed off to the home of her betrothed, an earl she has never met. Or so she believes.

When James Fenwick, the new Earl of Bowcott, learns that the girl he’s loved since childhood is being sold off like chattel, he’s determined to step in and save her. He makes an offer her father cannot refuse and insists on a proper engagement. But when Kate meets James again, her old friend cannot bring himself to admit it is him whom she is to marry. Soon, an intricate charade and a past that cannot be escaped jeopardize James’s chance at rekindling their friendship, to say nothing of winning Kate’s heart. Can love truly conquer all, or was this a match doomed from the start?

My review

Karen Thornell knows how to write a great romance book! I loved this one. Her characters were fabulous. The setting was great. And her plot…wow!

I loved Katherine. She’s the type of girl who has a backbone. And it kills her that her mother doesn’t. Her father is terrible. And Kate has learned that she needs to be in control of her future, not him. But she also needs to learn to trust others. I loved the way Kate grows through out this book. She starts out untrusting of pretty much everyone around her, but she learns that that kind of life is no way to truly live.

And James. I loved his character. The way he rescued Kate when she had no idea she needed or wanted to be rescued was one of my favorite things. But he did lie to her for a really long time about who he was or wasn’t. He is a true gentleman, the type all of the ladies would have swooned over in that day. So, so great!

The plot of this one is not what you normally see when you read these types of books. There is a bit of mystery involved. And that was the best part. I loved how no one had figured out who the culprit was before it was revealed!

This is such a great book! I can’t wait for this author’s next book.

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