About Powerplay

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He’s ready to quit his pro-hockey career. She’s doing everything to keep her career afloat. And neither of them have time for distractions.

Jax Emerson, legendary forward for the Chicago Flyers, is ready to throw it all away when he uncovers the truth behind his NHL contract. The last thing he needs is more media attention, or his father to get involved in his contract, or a beautiful woman apologizing once again for an accident.

Meg Bailey didn’t think her life could get any worse, until it does. Time is running out before her business is forced to close. When Jax Emerson offers a solution, she knows that by accepting his help, she might be getting in too deep. And deep is not a place her heart is prepared to go.

My review

I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to think about these hockey themed romances. But I LOVE them!

This one was a lot of fun, because the reader was already introduced to Jax, the main character in book 1, Faceoff. And the reader all ready knows a bit about Northbrook Hockey if they’ve read that one as well. You don’t have to read these in order if you don’t want to, but I would recommend it, it’ll just make more sense.

Anyway. I liked Jax. He’s a good guy. I thought the way he met Meg was clever. He walked out in front of her car. And she, feeling terrible that she hit him, bailed him out of the hospital early. Jax is the kind of guy that comes from money, but he doesn’t care at all about it. He lives in a modest home, drives a normal truck and is just a nice guy.

Meg is a young woman who is trying to make her small shop work in busy Chicago. She watches hockey, so she knows who Jax is. I loved the way she and her grandma would watch hockey together. And the way she didn’t want anyone to bail her out of trouble that she had caused herself.

I really liked the plot of this one. It kept me interested. I would say that this one has a few mild swear words. So just be aware of that.

I’m excited for more of these hockey books! I can’t wait to see who else will get their happily ever after.

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

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About the authors

Rebecca Connolly writes romances, both period and contemporary, because she absolutely loves a good love story. She has been creating stories since childhood, and there are home videos to prove it! She started writing them down in elementary school and has never looked back. She currently lives in the Midwest, spends every spare moment away from her day job absorbed in her writing, and is a hot cocoa addict.

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Heather B. Moore is a USA Today bestselling author of more than fifty publications. Her historical novels and thrillers are written under pen name H.B. Moore. She writes women’s fiction, romance and inspirational non-fiction under Heather B. Moore. This can all be confusing, so her kids just call her Mom. Heather attended Cairo American College in Egypt, the Anglican School of Jerusalem in Israel, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University in Utah. Heather is represented by Dystel, Goderich, and Bourret.

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Sophia Summers is an award winning author who just wants to relax a little and enjoy a great beach read. She lives in a quiet southern town brimming with an extra dose of hospitality and a whole lot of charm.

She writes historical romance under a different name. You can follow her on http://www.sophiasummers.com. Be SURE to join her Newsletter for freebies and fun.

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About The Christmas Cookie House

The Christmas Cookie House

Christmas, love, and a batch of cookies.

Former bookshop keeper Leela Miller is back in Massey Falls. Her mom passed away last spring, and she’s home taking care of her ailing father. Now, Leela is desperate to fill Mom’s shoes in the Ladies’ Auxiliary by chairing the Cookie House fundraiser. The hitch: mean-eyed Mrs. Coldicott refuses to host the event at her Society Row home as planned.

Leela must find a new venue big enough and fancy enough to draw in customers, or Mom’s event might get canceled. There’s only one perfect place: the Layton Mansion.

New vet school graduate Jay Wilson has been remodeling the Layton Mansion since he inherited it this summer. It’s almost Christmas, and the house is nearly ready to flip!

If he can get a good price for it, he can buy a partnership at a veterinary clinic out of town.

However, by stipulation of the will, Jay can’t sell the house until he cleans out the attic.

Jay needs help completing the enormous task before his deadline. The beautiful Leela will eagerly help—if he agrees to allow her to use the house for her event. But, when Jay learns that the Cookie House event is the same day as his sale deadline, will he sell the house out from under the girl he might just be falling in love with?

My review

I loved this book! The characters are great, the plot is a lot of fun, and the little town is the best!

Leela is such a great character. She’s an only child, her mom has died recently, her dad needs tons of care. Leela has moved home to Massey Falls to care for him. And to take her mom’s place in the Ladies’ Auxiliary. A lot of the people in the town seem to be against Leela, or maybe it’s just one. She’s not quite sure why, but everything seems to be a fight. She must find somewhere to hold the Cookie House event and fast!

Jay inherited a big, beautiful house. He’s been working to renovate it to sell it. But he’s just learned that he can’t sell it until he cleans out the packed attic. I loved the way this brings Leela and Jay together in the story. They work together to clean out the attic. It’s mutually beneficial, because Leela wants to use the house for her events. They discover so many things from the junk in the attic. There are so many secrets hidden in the attic.

I loved the plot of this one! Make sure to take time to read it.

I was sent an e-copy of The Christmas Cookie House as a gift from the author. All opinions are my own.

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About The Traveler and the Heavy Burden

The Traveler and the Heavy Burden

Others would have given up long ago with burdens such as yours, but you are here. If only you could see the distance you have traveled. Know this: your journey was not without purpose. You shall see.

The road is immense, stretching as far as the eye can see. Among the countless individuals making their way ahead, a lone woman slowly presses forward, carrying a load far too heavy to bear. With no one with whom to share her burden, she yearns to reach the end of her painful journey. Just when she is ready to give up, the miracles begin.

An act of kindness. A word of encouragement. A reminder of her worth. Buoyed by the assistance of compassionate strangers along the path, the woman finds the strength to continue her journey until she finds the One who can offer her greater peace and acceptance than she has ever dreamed possible.

For those seeking respite from the pains and heartache of life, this profound tale of one broken traveler’s journey is a powerful reminder of the love of the King of Kings, who is waiting with open arms to offer strength, love, and relief.

My review

This little book is not like those I usually read. It’s a fable, a beautifully written fable. And the fable teaches you and me how to help those around us, at least a little bit. It also teaches that ultimately, the biggest help comes from the Savior, Jesus Christ. It’s the perfect little book to read in December!

I spent less than 10 minutes reading this book. But it touched me. It reminded me to look at others and what burdens they were carrying.

Did I mention that it’s illustrated? I love the pictures throughout the book as well.

Take the time to read this one. You won’t regret it!

I was given a copy of The Traveler and the Heavy Burden as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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I’m posting today, instead of tomorrow. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!

About It’s a Wonderful Date

It's a wonderful date

Love is the last thing on Sarah’s mind until she meets the small town doctor: single, handsome, and he lives across the street.

The doctor, however, has given up on ever finding love, not in this small town. As the only member of his practice, he has no time to himself when he works to be everything for everybody. But a beautiful new woman in his neighborhood keeps catching his eye.

When everything falls apart and he can’t save a much-loved patient, he wonders how much good he really is for his town.

Sarah becomes the angel of his Christmas wishes, who shows him just how much he means to not just her, but their small town and everyone in it.

My review

I’m always in a mood for a great clean romance! Sophia Summers is one of my very favorite authors. I always love her books.

This one is great! I love Sarah. She’s a girl next door type. Down to earth and the kind of girl I’d like to know. She’s an interior decorator. I enjoyed reading about the places she decorates for Christmas. It was kind of ironic that her home hadn’t been decorated, but she did move in on the first page.

David is a doctor in this one. I loved the way the reader got to see things through his eyes. But I really loved the way Sarah kept finding out more and more good things about him. The reader grows to love him more and more throughout the story.

I loved the plot. It kept me engaged and interested. And it’s short enough to read in one sitting if you want to.

A perfect book to get you into a Christmas spirit any time of the year!

I was sent a copy of It’s a Wonderful Date as a gift from the author. All opinions are my own.

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About Her Football Boss Fake Fiance

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A football player and the lie he’s told. A woman who hates egomaniacs. Will they help each other out this Christmas season?

Ocean Brady only wants one thing for Christmas–his family to enjoy five stress-free days together. Too bad stress-free is impossible because of the big fat lie he’s told them all!

The hardworking and beautiful, Augusta Deluca, only wants to work and have a quiet Christmas with her sisters. Too bad she sprains her ankle on the beach and it only gets worse when some stranger keeps trying to help her. She almost has to pepper spray the guy, until he tells her he’s some famous football player, one she didn’t recognize and don’t be a baby about it—ya egomaniac!

When the egomaniac swoops her off her feet–literally–and carries her back to her sister’s place, she never imagined he’d have bigger problems than her. And she really never imagined she’d be offering to be his fake fiance!

When all the fakeness of their relationship starts to get real, they are left with a choice; keep telling more lies or face the truth and get the Christmas miracle they’ve both wanted!

My review

I’m having a great time reading Christmas themed romances! I loved reading this one. It has characters that I’ve read about before in The Dancing Groom, a great plot, a great family and a great location. Who could ask for more?!

This book features Ocean and Augusta. I love the way these two meet. Ocean was running on the beach when he came across Augusta, who had sprained her ankle running. It was such a fun scene!

Ocean is a great guy! His mama raised him right. He looks out for Augusta, even when she tries to pepper spray him, won’t accept his gift and isn’t overly nice. I loved that about him. But Ocean has been telling lies, and they’re about to be obvious when his family comes for Christmas. That’s where Augusta comes in.

Augusta needs some cash. Her sister talks her into being Ocean’s fake fiance, just through Christmas. I loved the way these two come up with their big plan. And their negotiations are pretty fun too!

Ocean’s family is awesome! I love that you can read all of their love stories in other books. The background story of Ty and Luna left me wanting a romance for those two. Hopefully I’ll get my wish on that one.

If you’re looking for a fun romance that you can read fairly quickly, this is a great choice!

I was sent an e-copy of Her Football Boss Fake Fiance as a gift from the author. All opinions are my own.

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About Her Country Christmas Date

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Is ten days, twelve dates, and a little Christmas magic enough for happily ever after?

Dru North has far more substance than the party-boy reputation given to him by the media, which is why a quiet Christmas in Little is just what he needs. From the moment he meets Amber Miller, who’s staying across the hall, sparks fly, and a magical Christmas party leads to an impulsive kiss.

While Dru is eager to get to know Amber during the quiet vacation, she’s wary of his reputation and his riches. She challenges him to take her on twelve dates before she’ll consider their relationship anything more than a holiday fling—a feat given the fact that she’s only in town for ten days.

Amidst the big family holiday Dru has always dreamed of having, Amber finds herself trusting with every “date” that Dru isn’t the bad-boy she thought him to be. But his insistence that this can be more than a holiday fling has Amber worried about the future. Dru’s a famous country star with money to burn, and she’s just a teacher. Are their worlds too far apart for a happily ever after when the Christmas magic is over?

My review

It’s the best time of year to read Christmas fiction! I love a good novella. It’s short, sweet and quick to read. This one by Ranee S Clark was so great! I love her town of Little River and the characters there.

This one features Dru and Amber. Dru is a big country star. He’s come to Little River to have some down time and enjoy Christmas in a small town. What he finds is Amber. He falls head over heels for her first thing. I loved the way he worked so hard to get the twelve dates that Amber suggested. He just wants to prove to her that he’s a regular guy, not the guy the media says he is.

Amber is a fun character. I loved the way she was with her sisters 7 boys! It made me smile to think of how she cared for them and wanted to spend time with them. Amber doesn’t know what to think of Dru, because of things that others say and write about him. But she falls for him too.

The plot of this one is quick. It kept me interested. I love having a book that I can read in one afternoon!

I borrowed a copy of Her Country Christmas Date using my Kindle Unlimited subscription. All opinions are my own.

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About Miracle on the 34th Floor

miracle on the 34th floor

What do you do when the man you’re falling for secretly works as Santa in a department store? Hire on as one of his elves.

VP of Marketing, Decker Kringle happens upon a conversation about shutting down Santa’s Visits at Gimbels, his favorite iconic department store in New York City. Without thinking, in order to save the store, he agrees to finish the night as Santa.

Joylin wants nothing more than for Decker Kringle to notice her. But why would he? He can’t see her tiny cubicle from his corner office. When she finds out he is filling in for Santa at Gimbels, she resorts to desperate measures to get his attention.

As Elf and Santa, the two navigate the pressures of their jobs at a huge firm as well as trying to save Santa at Gimbels while falling in love. Things heat up, when Decker walks by and sees his elf in the break room.

My review

Shhhh…don’t tell anyone, but my Kindle is full of Christmas fiction right now. I’ll probably be reading it at least until New Year’s, and maybe until Valentine’s Day.

I love a great romance, and bonus if it’s Christmasy too. This one by Sophia Summers was fun to read at this time of year. I loved the way she included Santa, elves and romance in this one.

This one has great characters. Decker is the kind of guy that everyone wants to know. He goes out of his way to help out at Gimbles when everything falls apart with their Santa. He drops what he has going and makes it work. And he’s great with the kids. I loved reading the parts where he interacts with them. And he was service minded too, his plan to go out of his way and help people out was really fun.

Then there’s Joylin. I loved watching her grow in this one. She started out as a bit of a stalker of Decker. And those parts were so funny! At the beginning especially, she seemed to feel a bit invisible. But that changed as the story progressed. Until the climax at the end, which I loved!

If you’re in the mood for a great Christmas book, grab this one!

I was sent a copy of Miracle on the 34th Floor as a gift from the author. All opinions are my own.

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About Her Guy Next Door Fake Fiance

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An auto accident with a bad boy sparks a fake engagement…is it fate or a heartbreaking mistake?

After her fiancé dumped her just months before their wedding, Liza Sorenson swore off dating. The holiday season is ruined when Liza is forced to attend a design conference and meet with her ex—the guy who now wants her back. She needs help to fend off her ex, so when she gets into an accident with Jaime Maldonado, she sees an opportunity.

After a run-in with the police, Jaime becomes the “bad boy” of Echo Ridge. He needs to present a good image to fight off his ex-wife and win an upcoming court battle involving the custody of his son. An auto accident is the last thing he needs until he realizes he might be able to use it to his advantage.

Jaime and Liza enter into a fake engagement, each with the intention of using the other to solve their problems, but they didn’t bargain on getting their hearts entangled with their agreement. Liza is hesitant to trust and Jaime is hiding a secret bigger than she could ever imagine. Will this fake engagement damage their hearts or help them find a way to heal?

My review

I LOVE a good contemporary Christmas romance! Rachelle Christensen has such a way with writing contemporary romance. It’s almost as if the reader can step into the world she created. I love that!

Liza was a fun character. She’s trying to do her best at her job, and as she’s on her way to work one day, she gets backed out into by her neighbor that she’s never met. I loved how these two hit it off as soon as they met. And how it made Liza do things she would never usually do, things like not tell the insurance that he hit her car.

Jaime is a good guy. He’s trying to do his best, even though he’s made mistakes. One thing about him was the way there were rumors going around about him, but he just ignored them and went on with life. I loved the way he was willing to help Liza out by being her “fiance.” These two characters were adorable and perfect for each other.

I loved this whole book, the setting, the plot, the characters. They all combine to be a perfect contemporary romance that I didn’t want to put down!

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About Embracing Her Ever After

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What is Tessa supposed to do when an old flame and a surprise new baby turn up on the same day?

Brilliant engineer Tessa Fuller has the opportunity of a lifetime at work, and all she needs to change the world is a little help from her old college friend, Ethan Bedford.

Ethan can give her five weeks before he’s off to chase his own dreams, and when they meet again for the first time in six years, Tessa realizes the gawky guy she graduated with has grown into a super hot tech genius.

Just as she’s on the verge of a fun, short-term fling to discover once and for all what-might-have-been, her wayward sister drops a baby on her doorstep and disappears, leaving Tessa to take care of the kid.One huge problem: Tessa doesn’t know a thing about babies. And she doesn’t have time to learn while the clock is running out on her dream project at work.

But Tessa’s team is determined to show her that she’s not alone, and while they might be clueless about babies, they know a thing or two about engineering. As their baby “hacks” and inventions get progressively wilder, Tessa is less and less sure she really can have it all. And the first thing she has to give up is Ethan.

Except Ethan isn’t a quitter. And he’s not about to give up on Tessa, not when the flame that flickered between them in college gets fanned back to life.

Can a team of hilarious engineers, one sweet baby, and a handsome blast from her past open Tessa’s heart to new love and second chances?

A laugh-out-loud funny and heartwarming story perfect for a swoony escape.

My review

I’m a sucker for a good romance. I love it when they have a plot that draws you in and great characters. This one by Brenna Jacobs has all of that! And another thing I really love is that this is a series, but they don’t need to be read in any particular order. That’s the best!

This one features Tessa and Ethan. They knew each other in college. Now they’re both engineers and they are going to be working together. I loved the way these two were attracted to each other from the very beginning. They were just hilarious together, because they’re both engineers. They’re both very math brained. Sometimes that makes things funny!

One of the best things about this book is when Tessa’s sister, Rachel, showed up. She just left her 5 month old with Tessa. That makes things a bit crazy for the single Tessa. She’d never really been around a baby, and now she has to care for one. Luckily Ethan saved the day by knowing about babies.

The plot of this one was awesome! It was so funny to see the whole team of engineers in this one go nuts over one little baby. I loved the way they came up with all kinds of inventions to care for him. And they way they banded together.

Of course, there’s romance too! And I loved every little bit of this book! Make sure to get it for yourself!

I was sent an e-copy of Embracing Her Ever After as a gift from the author. All opinions are my own.

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