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Review – I’ll be Home For Christmas – Lori Wilde

i'll be home for christmasI’ll be Home For Christmas
Author: Lori Wilde
Series: #7 in the Twilight, Texas series
Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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Description:
Christmas in Twilight, Texas, is all merriment and mistletoe. The Cookie Club is whipping up their most festive sweets, the townspeople are scrambling to get their holiday shopping done, and Joe—a hometown guy with a restless heart—is dreaming about the woman he wants to kiss most…

…And who happens to be staying at his sister’s place over the holidays, while Joe’s sister is away. But Joe isn’t quite sure he wants to be a living Christmas present to runaway law student Gabi Preston.

Joe thinks the sassy sweetheart he nicknames “Trouble” won’t inconvenience anything but his healthy sex drive. But when he discovers the reasons Gabi escaped from her life, he aches to give her everything she’s never had. As the magic of the season draws them together, the gift of love is the only one worth giving…

Review:
Its my favorite time of the year currently and by that I mean, the time of year when romantic christmas movies start showing up on various channels – one of my favorite movies in this arena is The Holiday with Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet where 2 strangers switch houses for Christmas to escape from the insanity of their lives – so imagine my surprise when I’ll Be Home for Christmas had a similar premise where the heroine, Gabi, switches homes with the hero’s sister, Katie.

While I had never read Lori Wilde before (although I think several of her books might be loitering on Mt TBR)…she was already off to a solid start for me. I’ll also admit (and probably previously noted) that I am a sucker for small town romances – so authors like Susan Mallery and her Fool’s Gold series are comfort reads to me; as well as books that feature family members in each book finding their HEA’s. So not only was I totally in my happy zone with a small town romance and a family storyline – I mean what could go wrong? (don’t worry, nothing did).

Honestly, its really hard for me to write reviews for books like this because it was just a solid read – I got sucked in to Joe and Gabi’s story – some of Gabi’s antic’s made me laugh, and I’ll be the first to admit, I had no idea what a Yurt was, until I read this book (if you want to know, you’ll have to google it). And there is something about guys that are the salt of the earth, work with their hands that just makes them more approachable (at least to me) – maybe because my dad is a blue-collar worker and its the environment I grew up in.

There were a few angsty moments where I wondered how the story was going to play out, but all is all, totally satisfying and I know that I will be coming back and reading the previous books in the series. That being said, it should be noted that this is #7 in a series, but can be read stand-alone – as a reader, I got to see the HEA’s of previous couples, but no real spoilers (for lack of a better word) from the other books – just a delight in knowing that there are more books for me to read. A solid 4 stars for this sweet Christmas read and (at least for me), the rest of the series will be going on my 2016 reading list.

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2015 in Book Review

 

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Review – All Wrapped Up – Kimberly Kincaid

all wrapped upAll Wrapped Up
Author: Kimberly Kincaid
Series: #5 in the Pine Mountain series
Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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Description:
Christmas is coming to Pine Mountain—and it has a way of stirring up memories, good and bad. Nick Brennan may manage the Double Shot bar smooth as good whiskey, but his past is a hot mess. When he runs into a burning building to save a little boy, some people start thinking there’s more to his heroism than holiday spirit. And then the local reporter assigned to the story turns out to be gorgeous Ava Mancuso, the girl who got away.

Ava knows what it’s like to have a past. But the changes she’s seen in Nick since she knew him do more than set off her natural curiosity—his warm eyes and gruff charm have her instincts fired up. Still, all the chemistry in the world doesn’t erase history, even when Nick invites her to his little sister’s mistletoe wedding. Does he have a heart under all those secrets? Or is this going to be just another Christmas past?

Review
It’s always bittersweet when a favorite series comes to an end and often times it feels like you are saying goodbye to family, and that is how the Pine Mountain series has felt to me. Since the very beginning with her entry in the The Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap Anthology (along with Donna Kauffman and Kate Angell), I have felt like I was a member of the resort town of Pine Mountain, through their trials and tribulations, finding love and lust with friends, co-workers, enemies and neighbours. Alas, all good things must come to an end and All Wrapped Up did just that, it wrapped the series up in a slightly angsty, but none the less enjoyable romance, that also gave us a sneak peek into Ms. Kincaid’s new series that will be out in the near future (and yes, I have the first book pre-ordered already!).

One of the things I love about Kimberly’s writing is how she takes a minor character from a previous book and gives them their HEA in a later book, case in point, Nick from All Wrapped Up – we had previously met him in Fire Me Up, where he was the surly bar manager in the pub that Teagan (the main character) was running and even then, you knew, that he had a secret of some kind – there was this brooding essence about him…I didn’t put two and two together on who Ava was, however, until I read AWU – she is the sister of Pete Mancuso, who was the hero in the anthology that kicked this series off, so it really was a case of bringing the series around in a full circle and wrapping it up.

I loved the fact that Kimberly was able to meld the romance in such a way that it brought the former lovers element into it, along with a secret that could potentially keep our lovers apart and giving us a glance into the lives of all of favorite pine mountain couples who have gone before. As I reader, I don’t know if I could have asked for a better book to finish up this series (and introduce me to the characters in her new one – although, I will say, one of them is going to have some serious grovelling to do before I’ll forgive him and see that he is indeed hero worthy)…4 stars for All Wrapped Up – I’m sad to see the series end (which I’ve said several times now), but wasn’t let down at all through-out it. While I’m not a huge re-reader, I could easily see these books being added to my comfort read pile in the future.

 
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Posted by on October 6, 2015 in Book Review

 

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Review – Sweet Adventure – Penny Watson

sweet adventureSweet Adventure
Author: Penny Watson
Series: #3 in the Klaus Brothers series
Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ½

Description:
Sven Klaus, Chief Toy Designer for Klaus Enterprises, will protect his family at any cost. He’s prepared to battle the most threatening adversaries to do it–frost flowers, snowstorms, Yeti. And beautiful tenacious tabloid journalists.

Andi De Luca’s reporting career is built on lies–about corrupt politicians, greedy Hollywood stars, and Bigfoot. Now she’s determined to uncover the truth about Klaus Enterprises, and she always gets her story. Even if it means revealing her own secret desires to Santa’s son.

After all the lies and deception are exposed, will Andi and Sven survive this North Pole adventure? Or will YETI MAKE THEM DEADY?

Review:
As a note, I started writing this review last year and just found it in my draft…I thought I had posted it…

I love it when I check my email in the morning and I get the notification that a book i’ve been waiting for is released – I do a total happy dance – virtual if in the car, real if I’m at home. So it made my day when I saw on twitter that Penny had released the 3rd book in the Klaus brothers series. This is a series I’ve been following for a couple of years now, ever since she released her first book. I will admit to having known Penny from the Amazon forums for several years where she is a frequent participant.

For those of us that had been reading the series, the first part of the book was well-known because it had been a teaser at the end of Sweet Magik (and i might have re-read it several times while waiting)…but Sven had me from the get go…he was the brother that we met in the first book and I immediately wanted to see him get his HEA. And I mean, seriously, a toy designer, can i please have one of those for Christmas? And Andi – well, she is kind of like that terrier who latches on and just won’t let go (which I guess is a good description of a journalist)…I will admit that I liked/related more to Sven than to Andi, who I found to be kind of annoying – but oh well…

Honestly, I will admit that since I’m looking back to a book I read last year and i’ve read about 270 books since then, my mind is a bit hazy on what I do and don’t remember (do you blame me?)…but on the bright side, Penny posted that book 4 is in progress – hehe! maybe i’ll try to squeeze a re-read of Sweet Adventure in before it releases (and the revise this review)…

 
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Posted by on August 28, 2015 in Book Review

 

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