About Risking it All

risking it all

A world-renowned extreme athlete. A motivational speaker and philanthropist. He thinks they’re a match destined for heaven. She’s convinced they’re polar opposites.

Bridger Hawk has been in love with Avalyn Shaman since childhood. He knows he’ll never be worthy of her charitable heart so he throws himself into a life-threatening extreme sports career. When they reconnect at his brother’s wedding, he can’t resist kissing her at every opportunity. She demands he stay away from her and her heart. After multiple rejections, he gathers what’s left of his pride and leaves.

Avalyn has always loved Bridger but he shredded her heart in high school and she knows given a chance, he’ll do it again. When she’s kidnapped and forced to be the pawn and prize in dangerous events that risk her life and her virtue, Bridger is forced to compete in the deranged challenges and is the only hope she has to survive. Can Bridger win and prove to her that his love isn’t just a show for his fans?

Bridger knows he has to save Avalyn at all costs … even if it means he can’t have her.

My review

I needed a quick escape the other day. So I opened Risking it All by Cami Checketts on my Kindle. I know that her books will take me somewhere else quickly. And they’re usually quick reads for me as well. I was able to escape and return all in one afternoon. And that makes me happy!

This one features Avalyn and Bridger. I liked Avalyn. She’s worked to protect her heart from Bridger for as long as she can remember. He kissed her one day, the most amazing kiss ever. And the next day he kissed another girl in front of the whole school. Avalyn gets pulled into something she never wanted to be pulled into. A contest of craziness between two insane extreme sports enthusiasts. I loved that she keeps her composure, even when she’s the prize for the two of them.

Bridger seems to be a good guy. He doesn’t come up with the contest. In fact, he’s just as confused as Avalyn as to what’s going on. He works as hard as he can to keep Avalyn safe. And the one time he feels like he failed, he kept fighting as hard as he could to get her protected, even when it seemed pointless.

The plot of this one is fast paced. I loved the way I could never tell what was going to happen next. It definitely kept me on my toes. It was a perfect escape! I loved every bit of it.

I borrowed Risking it All from Kindle Unlimited

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About The House of Stone and Ivy

The House of Stone and Ivy

Orphaned as children, Hennie and Lottie share an unbreakable friendship. Together, they suffered the horrors of orphanages and the workhouse, and now grown, they continue to rely on each other. When Lottie approaches Hennie about a possible position at a manor house, Hennie is eager to work alongside her dear friend. However, to secure the positions as stable hands, they will have to undergo a bold act of deception: the women must disguise themselves as men.

Upon arriving at the manor, Hennie is stunned. Her new position is at Ivy Manor—the beautiful estate where her mother was employed long ago and where Hennie was raised until her mother’s death. Hennie has wonderful memories of her friendship with the son of the house, Jack, and is shocked and dismayed to learn he has vanished. Living in disguise at the manor allows her to gradually uncover the truth of Jack’s disappearance and eventually find him. Both Hennie and Jack are thrilled to be reunited, and their friendship is renewed. Soon, their relationship blossoms . . . and threatens their determination to remain concealed. With so much at stake, will they be prepared to risk everything for love?

My review

I can’t tell you just how much I LOVED this new one by Anita Stansfield! The characters are great, the setting is too, but my favorite thing about it was probably the plot. I loved the way it’s not a plot like I’ve ever seen in a Regency romance book.

This book opens with Hennie. Hennie is a young girl who serves in an inn. She doesn’t love her job, but she does have somewhere to live and food to eat. And she doesn’t have to sell herself to any man. But she’s not overly happy.

One day, a gentleman comes into the inn Hennie works in. He doesn’t seem like any other gentleman she’s ever met. Hennie is kind and serves him as she would any other man. But she’s in for a big surprise when she takes him to his room to rest. The “man” is none other than her missing best friend, Lottie. I loved that Lottie had come up with a respectable way to support herself. And then she went looking for Hennie to offer her the same.

Having these two women pose as men is way different than any plot of a Regency romance I’ve ever seen. I wondered how a romance would play into it, because the women weren’t telling anyone they weren’t men. The romance happened in a way I never would have expected. And I loved that.

This one had tons of twists and turns in the plot. I had no idea how things were going to work out, or at some points even if they would.

This one is such a fun regency romance! Make sure to read it!

I was sent a copy of The House of Stone and Ivy as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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About the author

Anita Stansfield began writing at the age of sixteen, and her first novel was published sixteen years later. Her novels range from historical to contemporary and cover a wide gamut of social and emotional issues that explore the human experience through memorable characters and unpredictable plots. She has received many awards, including a special award for pioneering new ground in LDS fiction, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Whitney Academy for LDS Literature. Anita is the mother of five, and has two adorable grandsons. Her husband, Vince, is her greatest hero.


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About Finding Jack

Finding Jack

When smart, practical Emily finds herself in the crosshairs of an Internet prankster, her orderly world goes topsy-turvy. And instead of getting mad at the handsome stranger behind the joke, she finds herself drawn to him instead. But Jack Dobson, though hilarious and thoughtful, has a lot of secrets. Despite her growing feelings for her new and unexpected long-distance friend, his biggest secret of all might be the one that breaks the spell they’ve been weaving around each other.

My review

This book started out as a serial book on Melanie Jacobson’s Facebook page. She posted a chapter every Friday. It was my favorite thing to look forward too every week. Melanie Jacobson is my favorite contemporary romance author. It’s really fun that she released it as a kindle book before it actually finished on Facebook! I had so much fun re-reading the whole book and reading the ending to this one before it posted.

This one features Emily. Emily is a great character! But my favorite thing about her is the way she changes by the end of the book. Emily was great at the beginning, but just like all of us, she was able to become an even better person by the ending of this one. I love that she learns so much about herself.

The reader sees this whole book through Emily’s eyes. But I can’t not mention Jack. Wow, I loved him as well! I really wish we had seen at least some of the story through his eyes. He’s such a caring guy. And he changes a lot as well.

I can’t not mention Ranee and her brother Sean. I loved both of their characters. Ranee’s on the side romance made me so happy. I really hope that both Ranee and Sean get their own stories as well.

The plot of this one is amazing. You’ll laugh, and cry as you read this one. The ending of this one is perfect. Such a satisfying ending. Make sure to grab your own copy!

I borrowed Finding Jack from Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited library.

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Potion Masters: The Transparency Tonic
Potion Masters: The Transparency Tonic

About Potion Masters: The Transparency Tonic

It has been nine months since Gordy and his friends, Max and Adilene, saved B.R.E.W. (the Board of Ruling Elixirists Worldwide) and the Vessel—the power source for the secret society of potion masters. Now, Gordy is starting the eighth grade, and has been trying new potion brewing techniques, but when he starts zoning out during practice, he knows something is wrong.

Gordy and his friends continue to work on their potions, but when Gordy chooses Max as his lab partner, Adilene starts to wonder if she still has a place with her old friends. She turns to a new friend, Cadence, who might know a way to help Adilene become a potion master on her own.

And in Greenland, Mezzarix has a chance to escape his Forbidden Zone—as long as he agrees to work with the mysterious Ms. Bimini and replicate an unusual solution known as “Silt.” It could be just the weapon Mezzarix needs to destroy B.R.E.W. forever.

With both B.R.E.W. and the Vessel in danger, and with the potion world in chaos, it’s up to Gordy, Max, and Adilene to rally the remaining Potion Masters before it’s too late.

My review

I love finding books that I can enjoy on my own, or reading with my kids. This book is one of those! The first thing that you need to do though is read the first one! Potion Masters: The Eternity Elixir was also great! You’re not going to understand this one without having read that one though.

The main character in this book is Gordy. He’s in eighth grade. And he can make crazy potions that do all sorts of things. One of my favorites is the one that makes the ground turn to quicksand, sucking whoever is on top in and freezing them in the earth in a matter of seconds. That potion would have come in handy many times over the years!

Gordy has all kinds of crazy things happen to him in this one. That’s part of what makes this series so much fun! Some of his problems come from bad guys, but some of the problems are his own making. Gordy is left to figure out a lot of things on his own, making him a character that a lot of boys can learn from and emulate in their own lives.

I liked that this book also has parts where the reader can see though the eyes of other characters. The reader grows to learn Adilene a little bit better because of that. I love that Adilene is able to help Gordy when he needs it the most.

And the reader even gets to see things through the bad guys eyes for part of it! That’s always fun too. It’s fun to be able to yell at characters not to do things, if you know in time what they shouldn’t do. This book though, the reader didn’t know exactly what was going to be happening. Making the whole thing so much fun!

If you’ve got a middle grade boy or girl, they’re going to love this one. It’s really well done and perfect for that age!

I was sent a copy of Potion Masters: The Transparency Tonic as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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About Hawaiian Holiday

Hawaiian Holiday

Ten strangers. Six days in paradise. One unforgettable Christmas.

Hailey Walsh has always loved Christmas, and this year the holiday was supposed to be the most magical of all, spent with her large family and her fiancé in preparation for their wedding just two days after. Then Gage broke their engagement. 

Now, instead of playing in the snow with her nieces and nephews, Hailey’s building a playground with children she’s never met before, spending her Christmas with strangers in Hawaii, on a service program she hopes will lift her spirits and help her begin to pick up the broken pieces of her life and heart. 

Gage Stevens didn’t want to spend Christmas in Hawaii any more than he wanted to break his engagement, but sometimes fate has a way of slamming a guy against a wall and forcing him to tough decisions— for the good of others, be that his ex-fiancée or his mom. And while he’s certain that no ocean breeze or tropical wonderland can heal what’s wrong, one glimpse at a familiar head of red hair and Gage realizes fate may not be done with him yet.

My review

And here’s yet another Christmas book review!

This one has a bit of a different plot than you usually see. Hailey is the main female lead. Her fiance, Gage, ended their relationship right after Thanksgiving, so instead of having a traditional Christmas, she opted to go to Hawaii to help in an orphanage instead.

I loved this idea. And it was a good one. Funny thing is, Gage thought so too! I loved that all of the characters in this one have some sort of demon they’re battling. It made the characters all bond and care for the orphans, who have things so much worse, even more.

The plot of this one was cute. I loved the little mini getaway that the setting of Hawaii offered me. The ending was just perfect! Make sure to take the time to read this one!

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

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About The Lumberjack’s Yuletide Bride

The Lumberjack's Yuletide Bride

Maddie Collins, first grade teacher at Cobble Creek Elementary, is not a man-hater. Sure, her absent father gave men a bad name, and her mother always warned her that high hopes were dangerous things, but Maddie still hopes to find a man who’ll return the love she has to offer. When lumberjack, Bear Schaefer takes an interest in her, Maddie allows her hopes to soar above the tree tops.  

Bear Schaefer, aka poster boy for Big Daddy Mills, has been dying to get back to Cobble Creek. As part owner and operator of an environmentally proactive logging company, he has a list of things vying for his attention. But none are quite so alluring as the lovely Maddie Collins. Date after date their connection grows deeper while the sparks grow hotter. Yet just as things become serious between them, a vengeful woman from Bear’s past threatens to tear them apart. With Maddie’s hopes for love so high, and Bear’s love so deep, a fall would be more devastating than a forest fire. 

My review

There’s always room for a great Christmas romance, even after Christmas! I was so glad to finally get to read this fun one by Kimberly Krey.

I loved her characters! Let’s start with Bear. He’s a logger, and he’s also the face of his company, Big Daddy Mills. I loved the way he stands up for himself to the daughter of the other half of his company, Kristen. Wow, I couldn’t stand that girl! Bear’s a sweetie and just right for first grade teacher, Maddie.

I loved Maddie! She’s the cutest with her first grade class. But one thing about Maddie that really impressed me was how she had gone through a hard thing and come back stronger. And more able to help the kids in her class that were going through similar things. She was an amazing character!

The plot of this one is cute too. I loved seeing familiar places in Cobble Creek. And the theme of this one, around the holidays made me happy too! This one is a feel good book that you won’t want to put down!

I was sent an e-copy of The Lumberjack’s Yuletide Bride as a gift from the author. All opinions are my own.

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About Meant for You

Meant for You

A hometown hero that’s suffering a personal crisis. A single-mom who’s finally back on her feet. And the what-ifs they finally have a chance of seeing come true.

A year after her divorce, Chelsea Lewis spends most of her days working part-time at her cousin’s bakery and hiding veggies in her picky son’s lunches. Then she reconnects with an old friend who helps Chelsea in all the ways she’s forgotten she needs—including romantic ones.

Former football player, DJ Kaiser, is back in his hometown, working as a fireman to serve his community, but after nearly burning down his own house with a barbeque and wrecking the Chief’s truck, his mistakes are stacked against him—until he sets out to ease the stress of Chelsea’s load. Serving her has him feeling like a hero again.

When Chelsea’s ex shows up and begs Chelsea to move closer so his young son doesn’t grow up without his father, Chelsea and DJ have to consider what’s best for Chelsea’s little family, even if that means sacrificing the relationship that has saved them both.

My review

I’m always happy to read a book by Ranee S Clark! I’ve read so many of hers and loved them. These Playing for Keeps books are some of my favorites. You can see what I thought of the previous books (make sure to read them first, they’re all great!) Playing for Keeps , Double Play , and Love, Jane.

I love the way Chelsea seemed like a real person. She had hopes and dreams, but like all of us, she had things she saw as failings. I have to say that at the end of the book, I was a little sad that I couldn’t actually have her for a friend. She’s just the kind of person I’d like to be friends with!

And DJ…I’m so glad to finally be able to read his story. I’ve loved him in all the other books. But it was so fun to see things through his perspective in this one. I loved the way he goes out of his way for Chelsea and for Austin, her little boy. He really is an amazing character. It was fun to see him help Austin grow and change throughout this book. And I had to laugh a little bit at the crazy things that kept happening to him throughout the book. I didn’t know any one person could have as many bad things happen as DJ did!

I wasn’t sure this book was going to end up with a happy ending for everyone as I read it. I’m not going to spoil that for anyone. But I did love the ending. It was perfect!

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

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About I Still Want to Be an Astronaut

I Still Want to Be an Astronaut

“I’ve always had a hard time figuring out where I fit in the scheme of things. It’s like a square-peg-in-a-round-hole situation, but worse. It’s more like I’m a weird, misshapen, octopus peg trying to fit into a rhomboid hole.”
James Perry didn’t plan to become an actor, comedian, or YouTube star—and he certainly didn’t aim to be known as the lobster bisque guy. But when he decided to take some time away from his “important” engineering job to goof off with Studio C, he discovered a fulfilling and meaningful purpose he’d been searching for all along.

Learn from James’s experience how to
• Build a boat with holes in it and still impress a girl
• Wear a large ball chain necklace as a kid and still become a normal person
• Turn a bully into a friend and/or bodyguard
• Get a part in a play because you look like a girl
• Love yourself and care for others and inevitably live your dream life

With characteristic humor and hilarious anecdotes, James explains that when it comes to finding your life’s purpose, wasting time might just be the best thing you can do.

My review

Anyone who knows me knows that I love to read books about real people. And I love Studio C. How could I not want to read this one by James Perry. He’s one of our favorites on Studio C!

I loved the way he writes this book. He, of course, includes humor. I loved the way he talks about himself and his life. He really is such a humble guy. I feel like he’s gone through a lot of the same things that most of us have. But he sees things in a bit of a different way. And reading about the way he sees things helped me to see my life in a bit of a different way too.

This book is so great! If you like to read about other’s experiences, you’ll love it as much as I did!

I was sent an e-copy of I Still Want to Be an Astronaut by the publisher as a gift. All opinions are my own.

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About Christmas with the Recluse

Christmas with the recluse

When Charley gets sent by her father to appraise a mansion full of antiques, she gets a surprise when she arrives and the owner is cold and mean, and doesn’t want anything to do with Christmas. And even worse? It’s not really an appraisal job at all. He just wants her to clean out his mountain of junk from his garage. But Charley makes it her goal to show him that Christmas is a special time of year. And as time goes on, she sees his frozen heart start to thaw. 

Alexander has been dealing with the guilt from his wife’s death for two long years. It’s time to move past, so he hires someone to help rid his garage of his wife’s memories. But when she arrives, she’s not at all what he was expecting. And even though she’s a bit crazy, she helps him find his Christmas spirit once again.

My review

Sorry if you’re done with Christmas books at this point. But I read some fun ones in the last little bit and I really want to talk about them!

I LOVED Christmas With the Recluse by Victorine Lieske. She did such a great job with the whole thing, I didn’t want to put the book down.

This one’s about Charley. I loved her character! She has such a zest for life and especially for Christmas. Those around her can’t help but have the same feelings. She made the whole book fun. And I loved the way she found the good in what could have been a really bad situation. She really turned the whole story around.

Alexander is the male lead. I felt kind of bad for him. But at the same time, I didn’t love the way he treated Charley, at least at the beginning. She wasn’t at all what he had been expecting and he was really unsure. Alexander is a widow and he’s still grieving what could have been.

This one was a quick read for me. Make sure you get a copy so you can experience the magic of Christmas through Charley’s eyes!

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About Love Out of Focus

Love Out of Focus

Mallory Hudson loves her simple life as a photographer, even if it isn’t as exciting as she’d hoped. When her cousin Jenna comes with a proposition to hire Mal for her very exclusive wedding at a resort, Mal reluctantly accepts, and her world goes into freefall.

Hunter McIntyre isn’t sure what it is about Mal that fascinates him, but he can’t deny that she has caught his eye. The more time he spends with her, the more time he wants, and soon the wedding at hand isn’t the one he cares about.

My review

Rebecca Connolly is known for her amazing Regency period romances. But I’m here to tell you that her contemporary romances are just as amazing. This book is a great example of that!

I loved everything about this book. I loved the characters, Mal and Hunter are the only two characters that you get to know through their own eyes. But the other characters are just as great!

Mal’s family are some amazing people! I loved the way they treated Mal, even though they haven’t seen her in a long time. And even though they are really wealthy and famous. And their friends were terrible! The author did a fantastic job making them all seem real.

I loved the setting. Who doesn’t want to hang out on a luxury resort in a beautiful setting?

And the love story…I loved it! It was beautiful and unsure for much of the book.

Make sure to get your own copy of this amazing book!

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