Heavy Crown by W. Million ~ 5⭐

Genre: Contemporary Romance ~ Release Date: August 17, 2022

REVIEW: HOLY COW!!! Heavy Crown by Wendy Million is an unputdownable book. That’s the truth! Once I picked up this book, I couldn’t put it down. Everytime my husband looked at me my nose was buried deep in my tablet. I could hardly look up to answer him. What’s for dinner? Duh, I don’t know. Do you want to go pick something up? No, you go. Do you mind if I go fishing? Nope. Are you ready for bed? Only if you’ll let me finish this book before the light goes out. Honestly, I was hooked.

Heavy Crown is the next book in the Bellerive Royals series. I have really enjoyed all of the books in this series but, Heavy Crown has to be the best one yet. Alexander Summerset is the next in line to become King of Bellerive. In the past books, I didn’t care much for him. He was an all work and no play sort of guy. He did try to take his brothers girl away from him when they ran into a bump in the road but for the most part he did not believe in love. He redeemed himself in this book.

I love the characters that Wendy has carved out for us in these books. As I look back, there are a lot of them that I did not like up front. As each book pulls out one of the Royals to highlight, we get to know them more up front and personal. You realize what drives them and what makes them who they are. I truly loved the Donaghey Series. It was so good but, I honestly have to say I love this Bellerive Royals series a little more. I can’t put my finger on it but, I feel like Wendy Million gets better with every book she writes.

Warning! Her books can be scorching HOT!! I like that every once in a while and I admit it is not a steady diet for me. I don’t find the scenes in her books obnoxious. They flow into the story and are not put there just to make them hot. They have a reason. They are a part of the story and have an illustrative purpose for being there. I would still encourage my best friend to read the books. You just can’t go wrong with a good story.

If you have not read any of Wendy Million’s books, jump right in. I suggest reading them in order for the fun they bring but, I think they would do well as stand alones. If you are a big Wendy Million fan, I would make sure you read this book pronto. What are you waiting for? Clear a day of your schedule and enjoy the best read from her yet!

SYNOPSIS: Alexander Summerset, future King of Bellerive, doesn’t believe in love. When a coronation clause has him seeking a wife, an arranged marriage suits him. His criteria is simple. She must be tolerable to him, and she must be good for the country.

Aurora Wilson followed her boyfriend to Bellerive after college and joined his family’s business. When she discovers him cheating on her, she flees their apartment, and the life that’s trapped her.

An unlikely and unexpected meeting stuns them both. For a man who doesn’t believe in love, he’s suddenly only got eyes for her.

There’s only one problem. He can only marry royalty or a native Bellerivian, and she is neither.

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Crazy Little Town Called Love by Jill Hannah Anderson ~ 5⭐

Genre: Women’s Friendship Fiction ~ Released: July 19, 2022

REVIEW: Crazy Little Town Called Love by Jill Hannah Anderson sealed the deal! What a great book. I have now read all three of her books and honestly don’t know when the next one will be out. I’m sad because I don’t know how long I have to wait for another JHA book. There are several things I like about her books. Let me tell you…

Her books all have strong women. They have all either made bad decisions or had something bad happen to them. They get to a point where they pull their big girl panties up, face what life has thrown them and fix what’s wrong so they can move on with a happy life.

The men in the books have taken these women for granted and felt either they were crazy and didn’t know how to handle things, or they could take financial advantage of them. You know, just like real life. Someone is always looking out for themselves and doesn’t worry about their spouse or partner. Only what they can get out of them.

Crazy Little Town Called Love is supposed to be a bit of a sequel to The To Hell and Back Club. It is in a way. The two things I mentioned above play into this story too. There are a couple of characters that are the same. The Hell Club is a smaller part of this book. It is not as prominent. What we do have in this book is a wonderful little town called Love and the quirky people that inhabit this town. You know me and my love for small towns. I was in hog heaven. Ernie has to be my favorite character. You’ll have to read the book to find out why!

If you love small towns, quirky characters, and a story of a strong, can’t keep her down woman, then this book is going to be right up your alley. A Little Town Called Love is a re-release by a new publisher. It has a new cover and a few tweaks. 

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SYNOPSIS: Molly O’Brien is living the dream of a cushy city life. But when her boyfriend bails on her and their inflated mortgage, she needs a new place to live.

Molly finds the answer in the quaint town of Love, where a run-down general store with an attached home were willed to her deceased mother. Trading her acrylic nails for pounding nails, Molly gives the old place a facelift. As the business grows, so does her affection for the townspeople—including Jackson, the local hardware store owner. But her new home holds secrets, and some people have long memories.

At one of the town’s events, Molly is threatened. As the danger escalates, Molly must decide whether to leave Love or stay and fight for the life she’s created in the town that has stolen her heart.

The To Hell And Back Club by Jill Hannah Anderson ~ 5⭐

Genre: Women’s Friendship Fiction ~ Released: July 19, 2022

REVIEW: My favorite author list is growing like gang busters! My second book by Jill Hannah Anderson was The To Hell and Back Club. I loved it just as much as the first book I read by her if not more! It was so good, y’all. This is actually the first book she published and is being re-released with a new cover and a few touch ups. I’ve been in a bit of a funk and reading slump this year and this was a breath of fresh air for me.

This book drew me in with the first page. Let me tell you Peyton Brooks has one of the rudest husbands I know. That caught my attention right off the bat! I don’t think I would have taken his attitude as well as she did but, that is just me. Anyway, they are empty nesters and have never really loved each other and stayed together for the kids. That same day she loses her three best friends in a car accident. She was supposed to be with them. This was all in the first little bit of the book. Wow! What a book.

The characters were so in depth. Even the friends who died. Peyton spends a lot of time thinking about them and talking to them in her thoughts and even goes to talk to them in the cemetary. That is how we get to know them so well. As Peyton is introduced to The To Hell and Back Club, we get to watch her pull her bootstraps up and get her life straightened out. Man, is she a strong woman. The women in the club have all been through hell and help her to find her way back. 

The author deals with so many subjects in this book. From mistakes Peyton made as a young woman to mistakes her children are making and everyone else around her. Ms Anderson handles the hurdles with respect and care. This is one of those books I couldn’t put down once I started it. I did wind up reading it in two days. Now, I’m going to read the next book by her called A Little Town Called Love. It is actually book number two but, I understand it is not a continuation of the first story. I had to force myself to stop and write a few reviews and get caught up before allowing my self to pleasure of getting lost in Jill Hannah Anderson’s next book. 

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SYNOPSIS: Peyton Brooks is devastated when she loses her three best friends in a car crash. Only random happenstance saved her from being in the car with them.

Grief and loneliness push her to reach out for help, and she finds it in supportive women from the To-Hell-and-Back Club. These been-there-survived-that women use their sense of humor, experience, and perseverance to remind Peyton it’s never too late to start over.

As Peyton uncovers secrets about her deceased friends, she struggles to keep her own life-changing bombshell buried. When her secret is discovered, Peyton will need the “Hell Club” women more than ever.

Shadow and Light by Carol Koris ~ 5⭐

Genres: Mystery, Thriller and Suspense Literary Fiction Released: November 5, 2015

REVIEW: Beautiful and tragic comes to mind when I think about the book Shadow and Light by Carol Koris. This is my first book by this author and I was totally abosrbed by this book. My world fell away and I was living along side Maggie the main character.

Maggie and her husband Brian lose their only child to a tragic and senseless accident. Maggie did not receive the support from her husband that she so desperately needed. Brian wanted her to get on with life and move forward and Maggie was still grieving. I felt for her and could understand all of the feelings that she was experiencing. These people and their life is so real I forgot that I was reading a book. It literally broke my heart. 

There are many ups and downs in this book and many subjects are discussed. Ms. Koris treated her subject matter with the utmost respect. I have to give her a lot of credit. I would definintely recommend this book to anyone that enjoys this kind of fiction or even those that are stumbling along on their own journey of grief. I think it shows that grief is not a straight line and nobody experiences it in the same way. I think the reader would learn to give themselves some grace.

The genres of this book is listed as Mystery, Thiller and Suspense Literary Fiction. It is that and so much more. I felt the mystery and suspense kind of took and back seat to what was actually going on with Maggie and her grief. If you like any of those genres, you will most definitely enjoy this book.

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SYNOPSIS: Shadow and Light is a novel about a photographer who loses her eight-year-old daughter in a tragic accident then chances across an opportunity to help another parent save her own daughter. With her marriage strained and her business on the verge of failure, the novel’s protagonist, thirty-four-year-old Maggie Miller, seeks emotional refuge from the death of her daughter in the solitary activity of taking pictures of families at rest stops on the Florida Turnpike. When she finds she has inadvertently taken a picture of a missing child, Maggie’s near-obsessional quest to find the missing girl further imperils her marriage, her business and, to the concern of those closest to her, her already-fragile psyche.

Her decisions and the actions that follow her search could save or endanger the child’s life, and Maggie realizes she has been attempting to do what she could not do for her own child. In the process of facing the subjectivity of perception and the fallibility of human nature, she brings herself to the first stirrings of self-forgiveness, acceptance, and growth.

Things Unsaid by Diana Y. Paul ~ 4⭐

Genre: Psychological Literary Fiction ~ Release Date: October 13, 2015

REVIEW: I just finished Things Unsaid by Diana Y. Paul this morning. I have to tell you that I really struggled with this book. I don’t think this had anything to do with the author’s writing style. I want to say that it was outstanding. She brought out such strong emotions, I wanted to throw the book across the room. I wouldn’t do that because I value my tablet too much. 

The characters…OMGoodness! This family was so disfunctional, I could have spit. The women in this family were so selfish and thought so much of themselves. The mother went so far as to be plain rude to anyone who she deemed beneath her. This story really deals with how much we owe our parents after we leave home and have a family of our own.

As you can tell, I would like to go down the list of all the characters in this book and tell you exactly what was wrong with the choices they made in their lives. I don’t think there was one mentally healthy person in this book. 

Diana Paul is a smart woman. She tells a story that is based on truth. She is an acedemic born in Ohio and now lives in California. She writes about what she knows. That usually makes for an outstanding book. I think this is an outstanding book. I just didn’t expect it to bring up all of the emotions that it did in myself. That is a pretty strong book. I almost think there should be a warning when you start the book. There was so much that happened in this book and frankly, it made me sad. Sad to think that someone lived through this life.

Things Unsaid has been out a few years. If you haven’t read it, I would recommend this book. I think you have to ready for the barage of feelings that are going to come at you while you read this heart-breaking story.

I received a copy of this book from the author. Opinions express in this review are completely my own. Thank you Diana Paul for trusting me with your book. 

SYNOPSIS:

PAST AWARDS:
Bookclub Favorite
Winner of New Adult Fiction—Beverly Hills Book Awards
Winner of the SILVER Medal for Best Fiction in Drama from Readers’ Favorite
Finalist USA Best Books Awards in Literary Fiction and in New Fiction

Inspired by a true story about mothers, daughters, and impossible choices—Jules Foster, a child psychologist, upon hearing news of her estranged, narcissistic mother’s terminal diagnosis, chooses to care for her mother over her own daughter, only to find out she has been betrayed all along. Things Unsaid asks us to consider what children owe their aging parents and siblings.

Cop A Plea by Hilary Grossman ~ 5⭐

Genre: Women’s Humorous Fiction ~ Release Date: July 25, 2022

REVIEW: If you follow me at all, you know that I love Hilary Grossman and specifically love her I Can’t Stop Loving You Stories. Book one was Cop an Attitude and the second and final book is to be Cop A Plea. I just love Waverly and Pete’s story. 

In this book their love shines through for each other. They show us what sticking together through thick and thin means. I love these two. They had a rocky beginning when Pete pulled Waverly over late one night after a long day at work. Waverly was not amused. Pete recognised her from school. She didn’t remember him. It had been years since they saw one another and he had changed a lot. I can’t tell you a whole lot but, you get the drift.

These characters are so full and well rounded. You know what they are thinking because each one rotates chapters as the story progresses. Pete’s mother is a real pickle but, I think you will come to know and love her before the end of the book. His father is a dream. His daughter is a funny character and she had me laughing out loud. This book brought tears to my eyes. It really gave me all the feels. From the very beginning I was  pulling for Waverly and Pete. 

If you like romantic comedy and a book that will make you smile then Cop A Plea is for you. Don’t read it without reading Cop An Attitude. You really need to read both books but, each of them can stand alone. They give you all the feels so, you will enjoy every minute of your time with these characters. If you really like these two books, try out her Forest River PTA series. That is a fun series and a new book will be released in the near future. Happy Reading!

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SYNOPSIS: Could anything be worse than your husband forgetting you?

Yes. Of course…

He could remember you as the young girl who made his childhood unbearable.

After years of putting love on the back burner in exchange for career success, I let my guard down. I fell head over heels for the hot policeman who pulled me over late one night for speeding.

At the time, I didn’t realize we had a past. After all, he changed a lot since graduation…

Now, newly married and expecting our first child, our lives are perfect until Pete suffers a severe brain injury while chasing a robber.

When he finally regains consciousness, the last few years of his life are missing, including all recent memories of me!

As Pete mourns the death of his first wife for the second time and tries to come to terms with living with his high school nemesis, I keep wondering….

What happens if he never remembers me?

Will our love be strong enough to bring us together twice?

If you like engaging characters, second chance romance, and laughing out loud, then you’ll adore Cop A Plea!

The Bodyguard by Katherine Center ~ 5⭐

Genre: Family Life Fiction & Mystery ~ Release Date: July 19, 2022

REVIEW: Katherine Center is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. The Bodyguard is the second book of hers that I have read and I absolutely loved them both. Why? Because they center on relationships, family, love interests. They are fun, serious and heartwarming all at once.

I wasn’t sure if I was going to like The Bodyguard when I requested to read it. I was a little leary because one of the principle characters is Jack Stapleton who is an actor that most women drool over. I don’t get into much of the Hollywood stuff. The main character is Hannah Brooks who is an Executive Protection Agent also known as a bodyguard. You guessed it. Average Hannah works for the company hired to protect Jack Stapleton. Of course, she is assigned to protect him. He doesn’t believe she is up for the job. She does a great job of proving to him she is up for the challenge.

This book is laugh out loud funny. I kept laughing and my hubby kept wanting to know what was so funny. I told him “Never mind. I’m reading a funny book and I don’t want to take the time to explain it all to you.” I kept right on with the chuckles! You will enjoy the lighthearted fun this book brings. It might pull a tear or two and it will definitely warm your heart. 

The characters were great. You can’t help but love them. Jack’s family plays a prominent role in the book. They are the picture perfect family. I would have loved to get to know his mother. She was a special lady indeed.

If you haven’t read anything by Katherine Center, this would be a great book to jump right in with. I can’t help but think all of her books are fabulous. I have loved the two I read and can even remember the plot of the first book which was a while ago and saying something for me. It has stayed with me. I highly recommend this book for someone who loves all the feels while reading. I like to be involved and this one certainly kept me involved, interested and glued to the page.

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SYNOPSIS: Katherine Center’s The Bodyguard is “My perfect 10 of a book. As funny and sweet as all the very best nineties rom-coms, but with Center’s signature heart-tugging depth. I wish I could erase it from my mind just to read it again for the first time. A shot of pure joy.”—Emily Henry, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Book Lovers

She’s got his back.
Hannah Brooks looks more like a kindergarten teacher than somebody who could kill you with a wine bottle opener. Or a ballpoint pen. Or a dinner napkin. But the truth is, she’s an Executive Protection Agent (aka “bodyguard”), and she just got hired to protect superstar actor Jack Stapleton from his middle-aged, corgi-breeding stalker.

He’s got her heart.
Jack Stapleton’s a household name—captured by paparazzi on beaches the world over, famous for, among other things, rising out of the waves in all manner of clingy board shorts and glistening like a Roman deity. But a few years back, in the wake of a family tragedy, he dropped from the public eye and went off the grid.

They’ve got a secret.
When Jack’s mom gets sick, he comes home to the family’s Texas ranch to help out. Only one catch: He doesn’t want his family to know about his stalker. Or the bodyguard thing. And so Hannah—against her will and her better judgment—finds herself pretending to be Jack’s girlfriend as a cover. Even though her ex, like a jerk, says no one will believe it.

What could possibly go wrong???
Hannah hardly believes it, herself. But the more time she spends with Jack, the more real it all starts to seem. And there lies the heartbreak. Because it’s easy for Hannah to protect Jack. But protecting her own, long-neglected heart? That’s the hardest thing she’s ever done.

Blind Love By Ashley Farley ~ 5⭐

Release Date: July 26, 2021 ~ Genre: Family Life Fiction

REVIEW: Blind Love by Ashley Farley is the second installment of the Virginia Vineyard Series. From the very first book I read by Ashley Farley, I was in love with her work. She just gets better and better. Blind Love picks right up where Love Child left off. The Virginia Vineyard Series is a spinoff of the Hope Springs Series so, if you read that series and haven’t started this one, believe me, you will want to hurry and catch up. The third book Forbidden Love comes out in October, so you have time to become hooked on this new series. These books make me absolutely giddy when I know I am going to be able to sit down and immerse myself in the experience. I know I am in for some great entertainment!

The character develpment is so good. You understand the kind of people each of these characters are. Some of them will pull at your heartstrings and others will make you boiling mad. I love some of these characters so much that sitting down with these books is like visiting with an old friend. You know how it is when you pick up the phone and talk to your childhood friend for an hour and a half. Mine lives in another state and we don’t see each other often. Long chats are called for. Just like visits with these books.

If you like relationship books that deal with many other relationships other than romantic entanglements then, I highly recommend this series of books and probably all of her books. I’ve not read all of them but, a good many of them. Someday, I’ll let myself take time off to read all the back books by the many authors I have discovered since I started reviewing. Happy Reading!

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SYNOPSIS: Ada’s world is torn apart when she discovers the man who raised her isn’t her biological father. To make matters worse, Daniel’s illegitimate daughter, Casey, has taken Ada’s place in his life. Faced with losing everything, Ada searches her dead mother’s belongings for answers. What she discovers will change her life forever.

The more Casey settles into her new life, the more unsettled she feels. She’s grateful to her father for welcoming her into his life. For buying her a fancy sports car, building her a house, and setting her up in a cushy job. But she soon learns his generosity comes at a price. Her freedom. Does Casey have the courage to stand up to him?

Burdened by her troubled past, Ollie must confront her demons in order to control her anger. When she undergoes extensive counseling, she discovers the men in her life aren’t the people she thought they were. Is it possible her arch enemy could be the man of her dreams?

Not Again The Fallout by Maria T. Henriksen ~ 5⭐

Genre:Contemporary Christian Fiction ~ Release Date: July 13, 2022

REVIEW: Well! I read Not Again and then went begging to read Not Again The Fallout! I am so glad I did. This book wraps up any questions you might have when finishing Not Again. I am giving you prior warning that you will need a few tissues while reading this next chapter of Christina’s life. I really didn’t have any burning questions from Not Again until I started reading Not Again The Fallout. I have to tell you when I started this book, I literally could not put it down. I had a restless night of sleep because I wanted to finish this book!

Again, the character development in Maria’s books are spot on. We know exactly what is going on in Christina’s head, how she is dealing with the past and then the awful events of now. This book sees her go off to college. The events there will pull your heartstrings. There is so much to the second book that if you liked the first book at all, you have to read this one. In fact, I liked this one the best. I think you will too!

The Storyline was more than believable. I like what Christina does with her life to make coping easier for her. Not only easier for her but for others as well. She does great things! What Would Christ Do? That came to mind many times during this book.

I highly recommend Not Alone and Not Alone The Fallout. I do think you have to read Not Alone first. You really need the background. You might get by but, you would miss out on the richness of the story.

SYNOPSIS: Not Again The Fallout. Book two of the Not Again series. This edgy, faith-based novel continues the life of Christina De Rosa, who experiences the fallout of her past during her college years in the 1980s.

Will Christina be able to open her heart again for a second chance romance?

Is she brave enough to face her worst fears to allow the healing needed to live a productive life? Or did her most recent event cause permanent devastating effects?

Will Christina be crushed once again by a former love?

This book will not only tie up unanswered questions from Not Again book one, but the inspiring messages will have a lasting impact.

Not Again The Fallout is so powerful that it may cause emotional responses, as well as put you on a path of healing. Bring tissues.

Not Again by Maria T. Henriksen ~ 5⭐

Release Date: August 12, 2019 ~ Genre: Contemporary Christian Fiction

REVIEW: I know I am late to the party but, better late than never. I signed up for Not Again The Fallout and then remembered that there was Not Again and I politely backed out. Well, long story short, I read Not Again and then requested Not Again The Fallout. I am so happy that I reconsidered.

I have to say that I liked Not Again was a Christian based book. At my age, it was a little on the young side for me but, it did bring back memories of my younger years. Dating my boyfriend who would later become my husband. We went through some of the same struggles this young couple went through. I fell head over heels in love and remained that way. Those were the days!

Christina falls in love with Avery. They have a very hard time drawing the line and just sharing kisses. She strggles with the secret of a sexual assault she survived and wonders if she really has to save herself for marriage when she has already been assaulted. Her relationship with Avery and his family introducing her to a Chritian faith is her saving strength. I comes to her with a fierce determination to survive.

I really enjoyed following her walk with Christ and her determination to not let her assailant steal her happiness and joy. She is one determined young lady and I admired her strength. She winds up carrying this secret for many years. 

The character development was wonderful with the characters we really needed to know. Some were strong and some weren’t but, there was not any questions with the main characters. We knew what Christina was thinking most of the way and how important her firends were in her life.

There were scripture quotes in the last half of the book. I read them but, did not take the time to truly think about them and analyze what they were saying. Some were easier than others and I caught on right away. Others were more difficult. I didn’t mind them at all. I do wish they were in another version that has more modern language. One day I will go back and look them up. Maybe I should have read the verses in my own bible at the time. I would suggest that. There might be a fuller understanding.

This is my first book by Maria Henriksen and I was impressed. She did an awesome job with this story. I would not hold back reading this book if I were not a Christian. I truly hope that the young and old of today who are not Christians will read this book and be drawn to a Higher Power in their lives.  I do recommend this book. It is an awesome read and one that I think will resonate with young and old alike.

SYNOPSIS: Christina De Rosa holds a potentially deadly secret that threatens to get out. As an innocent young teenager, Christina survives a terrifying sexual assault that destroys her self-worth and trust.

In her daily struggle, Christina searches for ways to keep her torment at bay, so she can function as a “normal” teenager. Meanwhile, Christina’s spiritual journey leads her down a path causing conflict within, as she’s riddled with guilt and shame.

A chance encounter with her longtime, hot crush, Avery Evans, sparks a fire in Christina that she can’t extinguish. As the sweet, loving, knight in shining armor he readily portrays, Avery offers the safety and security that Christina craves.

In her quest for internal peace, Christina must make a decision. Will she give her heart, body and soul to the super popular, Avery Evans?

Will Christina’s nightmares become all-consuming or will her discoveries lead her to a renewed way of life?

Find out if true love triumphs in this edgy, faith-based young adult page-tuner, set in the 1980s.

*Not Again is NOT your typical Christian coming of age story. Fierce faith doesn’t come without a fight. Prepare for heartache, self-harm, traumatic events, real romance, and actual scripture in these pages.