Monday, June 29, 2015

A Worthy Pursuit

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WITEMEYER, KAREN
A WORTHY PURSUIT

A teacher on the run. A bounty hunter in pursuit. Can two enemies learn to trust each other before they both lose what they hold most dear?

Stone Hammond is the best tracker in Texas. He never comes home empty-handed. So when a wealthy railroad investor hires him to find his abducted granddaughter, Stone eagerly accepts.

Charlotte Atherton, former headmistress of Sullivan's Academy for Exceptional Youths, will do anything to keep her charges safe, especially the orphaned girl entrusted to her care. Charlotte promised Lily's mother she'd keep the girl away from her unscrupulous grandfather, and nothing will stop Charlotte from fulfilling that pledge. Not even the handsome bounty hunter with surprisingly honest eyes who comes looking for them.

When Miss Atherton produces documentation that shows her to be Lily's legal guardian, Stone must reevaluate everything he's been led to believe. Is she villain or victim?

Then a new danger forces Charlotte to trust the man sent to destroy her. Stone vows to protect what he once sought to tear apart. Besides, he's ready to start a new pursuit: winning Charlotte's heart.

My Review:

This is my kind of math: Witemeyer's stellar wit + action galore = one very happy reader!

Where do I begin? Stone Hammond leaps to the forefront of my mind. The epitome of a cowboy hero straight from the pages of young Lily's action-packed dime novels. Charlotte can't help but admire the gruff  tracker. Especially when he rushes to the rescue a time or two -- well constantly throughout the story actually. Sparks fly between Charlotte and Stone even with all that danger afoot. Important to note: if you laugh and gasp at the same time it gives you the hiccups. That happened to me a lot during this read. Who knew action scenes came with 'punch' lines?

And it isn't long before a smitten Stone applies his exceptional retrieving skills to pursue Charlotte. Prepare the fainting couch now, please. A retriever with an impeccable record, he isn't about to fail when it comes to this romantic pursuit. Talk about a great title tie-in. Not only is it a worthy pursuit, it's a toe-curling one as well!

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of A Worthy Pursuit 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 July 5 2015. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

June Giveaway - Week Four









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:

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Falling to Pieces


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CHAPMAN, VANETTA
FALLING TO PIECES

In this first book of a three-book series, author Vannetta Chapman brings a fresh twist to the popular Amish fiction genre. She blends the familiar components consumers love in Amish books—faith, community, simplicity, family—with an innovative who-done-it plot that keeps readers guessing right up to the last stitch in the quilt.

When two women—one Amish, one English—each with different motives, join forces to organize a successful on-line quilt auction, neither expects nor wants a friendship. As different as night and day, Deborah and Callie are uneasy partners who simply want to make the best of a temporary situation. But a murder, a surprising prime suspect, a stubborn detective, and the town’s reaction throw the two women together, and they form an unlikely alliance to solve a mystery and catch a killer.

My Review:

Somebody slap me upside the head for taking so long to get started reading this series! Loved it to pieces! Getting to know Deborah and Callie and a host of secondary characters that make up the unique Shipshewana community was sheer reader delight. The mystery is engaging...and frustrating -- especially with Callie's short-fused temper miring her in the thick of things. Of course she and Deborah decide they have to solve the case since the police are obviously on the wrong track. And speaking of police -- there's a certain straight laced officer that might become a love interest for Callie as the series progresses. Mind you, there's a couple of other candidates as well. Can't wait to find out. I'll be reading the other two books in the series in short order so stay tuned to retro Saturdays for a chance to win them as well.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Falling to Pieces 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 June 28 2015. Offer open to international readers. Good luck! 


Friday, June 26, 2015

Love's Rescue

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JOHNSON, CHRISTINE
LOVE'S RESCUE

When her mother dies, Elizabeth Benjamin heads home to Key West, determined to transform herself into the perfect Southern belle her parents always wished her to be. But nothing goes according to plan. Her crippled brother resents her, the servants do not obey her, and Rourke O'Malley, the dashing man she vowed to forget, refuses to relinquish his hold on her heart. Worst of all, it becomes painfully obvious that her father is not the upright man he appears to be.

As family secrets come to light, Elizabeth is faced with a difficult choice: to do her duty and abandon her dreams, or to leave her life of privilege behind to chase the man her father sees as little better than a pirate.

From the first emotional page, author Christine Johnson throws readers into a world of impossible choices, hidden desires, and heart-melting romance in the steamy south. Readers will cheer for Elizabeth and Rourke as they battle the odds and the elements to secure their future.


My Review:

A compelling tale of forgiveness and redemption.

Truth be told I didn't immediately connect with Elizabeth. Selfish might be the best way to describe her. Not in a deliberate, unfeeling way. She just doesn't know any better. Her folly is part temperament and part upbringing. She's so intent on what she wants she often fails to notice the needs of others...or even that her actions might have repercussions that involve other people.  Time and experience provide her an opportunity to remedy all that. And that's what make the story so good. We get to watch Elizabeth stretch and grow -- and it's a painful experience but also a rewarding one. She softens and matures through the course of the novel and I was cheering her on by the end.  I love when an author changes my mind about a character. Now that's talent!

Fascinating historical details add an extra layer of satisfaction to this read. Lush details and infuriating social norms engaged my emotions just as much as the riveting plot. And the Romeo and Juliet style romance -- well, sublime doesn't quite describe the thrill it gave me. An engrossing read from the tumultuous beginning to the soul-stirring end.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Love's Rescue 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 June 28 2015. Offer open to international readers. Good luck! 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Trail of Evidence

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EASON, LYNETTE
TRAIL OF EVIDENCE

Saving his son

Why is a dead woman's phone—evidence in a murder investigation—in Jonas Parker's son's bedroom? Dangerous thugs are after that phone and his terrified teenager, so the single father turns to Capitol K-9 Unit officer Brooke Clark. Years ago, Brooke broke Jonas's heart without explanation. But he has to trust her and her highly-trained golden retriever to keep his son safe. When the boy goes missing, Jonas and Brooke must make peace with their past to find the teen—before increasingly desperate criminals get to him first.

Capitol K-9 Unit: These lawmen solve the toughest cases with the help of their brave canine partners.

My Review:

I am loving this series! It's astonishing how multiple authors can carry through with the over arcing suspense thread as well as all the characters. They're doing a stunning job. And while each book has it's own suspense resolution, there's still this all encompassing one that remains a mystery (though I'm drawing some of my own conclusions.) If you haven't read any of the other books in this series, no worries. Each book reads very well as a standalone and Eason in particular does an exceptional job of bringing in pertinent plot details from the first two books.

This is a second chance love story -- one of my favourite romance themes. I could feel the palpable attraction zinging between Brooke and Jonas from their first meet. Their happily ever after took a wrong turn years ago and Jonas is hopeful they can change that outcome this time round. Brooke isn't having any of it, even though she's yearning for the same result. She just feels Jonas has had enough to deal with and he deserves someone whole. She definitely doesn't fit the bill. Jonas's persistent pursuit is so refreshing...even if it makes Brooke nervous. Of course, the romance is complicated by those increasingly desperate criminals. If the romance doesn't keep you turning pages, the suspense will. A thrilling read that was over way too soon.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Trail of Evidence 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 June 28 2015. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Jaded

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DENMAN, VARINA
JADED

Book One in the Mended Hearts Series

Having been unjustly shunned by the local congregation, Ruthie Turner despises the church members who refuse to speak to her. When the new preacher asks her out, Ruthie’s bitterness is put to the test. Against her better judgment, she falls in love then re-examines Christianity while he risks his reputation to be with her. Their relationship reveals a string of secrets which turn the little church upside down as Ruthie learns to forgive.

Jaded is a love story, not only between a man and woman, but also between the church and the lost.

My Review:

This debut novel won the 2013 ACFW Genesis contest  in the romance category. And I can totally see why. It's a decadent read. Rich in both style and emotional depth. So many words to savor. Even more thoughts to process after the read. If you only read one book this year, I think this just might have to be that book!

Denman's writing is so smooth. The story flowed off the pages and into my mind with technicolor clarity. This book consumed me. Turned me inside out and brought healing and hope I didn't know I still needed.

I lived in Ruthie's skin. Felt her pain, her fear and confusion. Her yearning for so much more. Her scenes are written in first person POV which really helped me become this heroine. She's so heartbreakingly wary of Christians.

Dodd's like this knight in shining armor, swooping in with the noble intent of healing all wounds. Only he can't. He's a glass half full kind of guy. Determined to see the best in everyone, which makes it hard for him to recognize the bad. And Ruthie so needs him to see.

Stunning and complicated and so much more than just a love story.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Jaded 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 June 28 2015. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Doctor's Second Chance

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TIPPENS, MISSY
THE DOCTOR'S SECOND CHANCE

Jake West's troubled cousin leaves him with a most unusual parting gift—her newborn baby girl! And now the small-town contractor is forced to seek help from the very woman he resents—the new big-city pediatrician who practically stole his uncle's practice, Violet Crenshaw. Violet knows she shouldn't be consorting with the enemy. But she can't resist the adorable baby and her handsome new caretaker. Violet traded her chance at motherhood for her career years ago. But raising a family with Jake could be everything she's ever wanted.

My Review:

Warning: Extreme swoon factor. Honestly, there is something so...heart palpitating...about a clueless, macho guy taking on baby duty. All those bumbling good intentions, the earnest fumblings, the dear-in-the-headlights gaze. And when the baby starts to make inroads into his tough-as-nails construction worker heart, well...all I'm saying is have a fainting couch on hand! There are some deliciously endearing scenes. And plenty of funny ones. Not to mention heart-tugging. Jake and Violet get off to a rocky start, but as they bond over baby, their relationship transforms into something promising -- until a few complications hold their happily ever after hostage. I gobbled this one up in a day.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of The Doctor's Second Chance 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 June 28 2015. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!