Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Silent Night Standoff

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SLEEMAN, SUSAN
SILENT NIGHT STANDOFF

Hostage situation

When armed robbers strike her bank, hostage negotiator Skyler Brennan's life is on the line. Rescue comes from the last person she thought she could count on—the ex-boyfriend who chose his job over their relationship. FBI agent Logan Hunter knows how much is resting on this case. The promotion of his dreams…and the safety of the woman he's never been able to forget. But when an unexpected twist in the case pulls Logan in two separate directions, he'll have to make an impossible choice. Will he manage to have it all by Christmas—a career and love—or will he lose them both?

First Responders: Brave men and women alert and ready for danger and love.

My Review:

Exciting start to what looks to be a fantastic new series. I love how the author takes the time to set up the characters who will 'star' in the next books. There's such camaraderie amongst Skyler's squad.  Kindred spirits in a self-made family.  And take a look at the cover. Wait...isn't that a fire station in the picture? But this is a book about an FBI agent and a deputy sheriff so how does that book cover fit? Perfectly. Uber cool, actually. You'll have to read Silent Night Standoff to find out why.

Taut action and plenty of suspense keep Skyler and Logan on high alert...and conveniently interrupt the rekindling of a past romance. Skyler is still smitten, but she's older and wiser. Logan never stopped loving Skyler but his priorities are all messed up. Stubborn, stubborn man. There's a touching Christmas tie-in that wraps up their love story in perfect holiday fashion. An awesome holiday read!

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Silent Night Standoff please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday October 26 2014. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

Monday, October 20, 2014

A Lady of Willowgrove Hall

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LADD, SARAH E.
A LADY OF WILLOWGROVE HALL

Her secret cloaks her in isolation and loneliness. His secret traps him in a life that is not his own.

Darbury, England, 1819

Cecily Faire carries the shame of her past wherever she treads, knowing one slip of the tongue could expose her disgrace. But soon after becoming a lady’s companion at Willowgrove Hall, Cecily finds herself face-to-face with a man well-acquainted with the past she’s desperately hidden for years.

Nathaniel Stanton has a secret of his own—one that has haunted him for years and tied him to his father’s position as steward of Willowgrove Hall. To protect his family, Nathaniel dares not breathe a word of the truth. But as long as the shadow looms over him, he’ll never be free to find his own way in the world. He’ll never be free to fall in love.

When the secrets swirling within Willowgrove Hall come to light, Cecily and Nathaniel must confront a painful choice: Will they continue running from the past . . . or will they stand together and fight for a future without the suffocating weight of secrets long kept?

My Review:

I'm all a twitter over yet another captivating Regency novel by this author. Honestly, open book and fall through time. The temptation to curtsy when greeting my boss was nearly impossible to resist. And I had the strongest urge to ring for the maid to help me dress in the morning. Such a disappointment when she didn't make an appearance. Luckily Ladd's exceptional writing enabled me to live Regency through the eyes of Cecily.

What an enthralling story. From the historical details to the compelling plot, I was totally hooked. Love the conflict and angst created by the layers of secrets and the surprising results when those secrets finally come to light. And the romance...be still my heart. Doomed by their secrets, Nathaniel and Cecily both feel they can't act upon their deepening attraction. Talk about keeping a reader on tenterhooks! A definite must read for historical lovers...especially Regency ones.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of A Lady of Willowgrove Hall please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday October 26 2014. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

My thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group and the publisher for my review book.

http://litfusegroup.com/author/sladd

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

October Giveaway - Week Three







As always, I will contact the winners by email however thanks to the nefarious ways of the Internet my email might land in your spam folder so keep your eyes peeled! :-) If you haven't heard from me by Monday evening please email me your snail mail address at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca From time to time winners and I don't seem to connect, so I have a month time frame. If I can't reach you within four weeks your win will be forfeited.

LOOKING AHEAD TO NEXT WEEK'S GIVEAWAYS:


Friday, October 17, 2014

Deceived

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HANNON, IRENE
DECEIVED

For three years, Kate Marshall has been grieving the loss of her husband and their four-year-old son in a boating accident. But when she spots a familiar-looking child on an escalator in the mall, she is convinced it is the son she thought was dead. With police skeptical of her story, she turns to private investigator Connor Sullivan. The former Secret Service agent is dubious but agrees to investigate. Digging into the case he discovers that the incident may have been no accident at all. But if Kate's son is alive, someone is intent on keeping him hidden--and may be willing to go to lethal lengths to protect a sinister secret.

As Irene Hannon's many fans have come to expect, Deceived is filled with complex characters, unexpected twists, and a riveting plot line that accelerates to an explosive finish.

My Review:

Honestly, with Irene Hannon you simply can't go wrong! This is the third in her Private Justice series and I'm sad to say goodbye. Deceived reads well as a standalone so no need to worry if you haven't read the other two. If you have read Trapped and Vanished though you'll enjoy connecting with Cal and Dev again.

A really unique read in the way the author develops the suspense. We know early on who the villain is. We are treated to scenes from his viewpoint. We don't know all the wherefores and whys but we know whodunit. So you might ask, where's the suspense and I'd reply, 'oozing from every page'. There was something so edgy about knowing more than Connor and Kate while watching them slowly piece fragmented clues together. As they get closer to the answers they are seeking Hannon revs up the pace and I was on tenterhooks the whole read. And the last fifty pages? Didn't even breathe! Whoosh!

And on the romantic side. Swoon. Best kiss ever!!!!!!!!!!! Just sayin'. And the way the author creates a push/pull to their growing attraction...blissful sigh. So basically, if you love romantic suspense (and who doesn't when it's this good?) Deceived should be on your must read list.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Deceived please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday October 19 2014. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

An Amish Family Christmas

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PERRY, MARTA
DAVIDS, PATRICIA
AN AMISH FAMILY CHRISTMAS

Heart of Christmas by Marta Perry

Amish teacher Susannah Miller suddenly has two new students: the children of her former love. Widowed father Toby Unger broke Susannah's heart ten years ago, but now the handsome Amish man desperately needs help with his troubled little ones. Can the joy of the season reunite two lonely hearts in time for Christmas?

A Plain Holiday by Patricia Davids

Outspoken nanny Sally Yoder left her Amish community for her rumspringa. Though her heart is back home, the Amish man she loves, Ben Lapp, will never love a bold woman like her. But when a snowstorm strands her, her young charges and Ben on a remote farm at Christmastime, they both might discover that love is the true holiday spirit.

My Review:

Christmas stories that will warm your heart. I love the mix of family and Christmas in both novellas. These authors know how to weave plots full of strife and joy all wrapped up in the Amish genre I love so much. Perry and Davids deliver riveting stories that bring healing and hope.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of An Amish Family Christmas please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday October 19 2014. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Honor

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COTE, LYN
HONOR

When unexpected circumstances leave Honor Penworthy destitute after the death of her grandfather, she is forced to leave her Maryland plantation—and the slaves she hoped to free—and seek refuge with a distant relative. With no marketable skills, her survival hinges on a marriage arranged through the Quaker community to local glass artisan Samuel Cathwell. Samuel is drawn to Honor, but he has been unwilling to open his heart to anyone since scarlet fever took his hearing as a child.

A move west brings the promise of a fresh start, but nothing in Honor’s genteel upbringing has prepared her for the rigors of frontier life with Samuel. Nevertheless, her tenacity and passion sweep her into important winds of change, and she becomes increasingly—though secretly—involved in the Underground Railroad. Samuel suspects Honor is hiding something, but will uncovering the truth confirm his worst fears or truly bring them together as man and wife?

Set against the backdrop of dramatic and pivotal moments in American history, the Quaker Brides series chronicles the lives of three brave heroines, fighting to uphold their principles of freedom while navigating the terrain of faith, family, and the heart.

My Review:

I was first drawn to this book by the stark one word title and the incredible cover art. The model is the perfect match for the book's heroine. The set of her shoulders, the proud tilt of her head, the determination in her eyes. I took one look at Honor and knew I had to read her story. And then when I scanned the description on the back of the book and discovered that Honor joins in the fight against slavery I was ready to swoon right there in the bookstore! Needless to say, I devoured this book in a day.

Honor and Samuel have such a difficult start to their marriage. Both have pasts that have affected them deeply, leaving them wary of any kind of union. And if that isn't enough of a handicap to start a marriage with, they are immediately thrust into a series of dire situations, one following after another in an endless stream of difficulties.

Honor has to be one of my favourite heroines of all time. She really captivated me. Her faith in the Lord, her passion for doing right even when the personal cost is crushing, her yearning for love and acceptance from her husband.  A backbone of steel and a heart filled with grace. She's both strong and vulnerable but always carries herself with a genteel dignity. Such a complex character and I love her!

Samuel is quite the opposite. His deafness has embittered him and he has turned away from his Quaker faith and spent years building up walls around himself. He lives in his own world, having as little to do with others as possible. Acquiring a wife sends his well-ordered life into a tailspin. Such a complicated romance! Full of sorrow and fear and tenderness and passion. Sublime!

Honestly, one of the best books I have read this year.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Honor please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday October 19 2014. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Identity Withheld

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ORCHARD, SANDRA
IDENTITY WITHHELD

Witness in hiding

After exposing an illegal adoption ring, newly named "Kara Grant" is promised safety in Witness Protection. But someone has found her—and wants her dead. If only she could trust the handsome firefighter who catches her fleeing from a suspicious fire. Jake Steele seems to think she's guilty of burning her own home. But how can she tell him who she really is and what she's been through without bringing danger to the widowed single father's door? Yet with the criminals quickly closing in, taking such a risk might be her only chance at survival. Because the price she'll pay for her silence could be her life.

My Review:

Starts off with a bang and the pace just doesn't let up. Take a deep breath before you open this book because it's guaranteed you'll need the oxygen. Loved the opening scenes. Kara fleeing for her life, unable to trust anyone. Jake in full protector mode unable to leave well enough alone. The lady says she doesn't need his help but he doesn't believe it...thank goodness. The suspense is taut, the romance is tense and the action is plentiful. Fans of Orchard will recognize the Steele family from Perilous Waters. Love when I get to catch up with old friends! Orchard has become a must read suspense writer for me.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Identity With
held please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday October 19 2014. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!