Monday, September 1, 2014

Her Montana Twins

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AARSEN, CAROLYNE
HER MONTANA TWINS

A Forever Family

Raising twins on her own hasn't been easy for widowed mom Hannah Douglas. But she's determined to see her family—and the picnic basket auction she's organizing for the town's centennial celebration—succeed. Still, there are times she wishes for someone to lean on. To her surprise, Brody Harcourt's strong shoulders are at the ready. Seems like Jasper Gulch's favorite firefighter and rancher is always there when she needs him. But Hannah's not sure she's willing to take another chance on love, especially with someone whose job puts him in harm's way. Is the risk of loving Brody worth the reward to make her family complete?

Big Sky Centennial: A small town rich in history…and love.

My Review:

First off -- get a load of the cuteness factor in that cover. Out of a score of 10, I'd give it 100! This is the third in the multi-authored Big Sky Centennial series and it just keeps getting better and better. No worries if you haven't read the first two -- Her Montana Twins reads well as a standalone. But there are a few continuous mystery themes that will whet the appetite of the series fans. Things are heating up and I can't wait to get some answers in the subsequent books.

Hannah's story really touched me. She has a lot on her plate for a young woman. Somehow her identity has gotten skewed and she is living her life more for those around her than for herself.  As she struggles with the dissatisfaction of feeling trapped Brody suddenly turns on the charm and things get a whole lot more complicated.

Brody definitely tilts the swoonworthy scale. He loves horses and kittens and babies...and Hannah. His quiet, steadfast way of wooing her will melt the most hardhearted of readers. Definitely a heartwarming, soul-satisfying romance that you don't want to miss.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Her Montana Twins 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 September 7 2014. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

August Giveaway - Week Five







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 and I will add an extra win to a future draw to even things up.

LOOKING AHEAD TO NEXT WEEK'S GIVEAWAYS:

Friday, August 29, 2014

Star Witness

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PHILLIPS, LISA
STAR WITNESS

She thought she was safe...

Mackenzie Winters spent years building a life in Witness Protection, but when someone shoots at her, she fears her cover has been blown. Could the brother of the drug lord she put away be here for revenge? Mackenzie must rely on her handler's twin, world-weary Delta Force soldier Aaron Hanning, to protect her. Aaron doesn't want to be anyone's hero, but he can't let this brave woman die. Now, with danger stalking them, they'll have to make a daring choice that means life or death—for them both.

My Review:

You might want to set a timer to remind yourself to breathe every so often before you start reading Star Witness. And try not to blink -- you might miss something important. :-) This is Phillips's second book and it is just as intense as her first. And bonus -- fans of her debut novel, Double Agent, will be thrilled to discover that Doug and Sabine take on prominent secondary roles in this book. Rife with danger and action, Mackenzie and Aaron can't seem to keep ahead of the mercenaries that want her dead. Their tenuous romance barely has time to flicker to life as they dodge bullets and countless perils. Another compelling romantic suspense from an author who is making a name for herself in this popular genre.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Star Witness 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 August 31 2014. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Stranded with the Rancher

 
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RADCLIFFE, TINA
STRANDED WITH THE RANCHER

The Doctor and the Cowboy

Stranded at single father Dan Gallagher's ranch during a Colorado blizzard, Dr. Beth Rogers is counting the days till the roads are clear. She can't wait to leave for her exciting new life in New York. But suddenly the big-city doctor is delivering babies in log cabins, helping to feed newborn calves and teaching Dan's little girl to play hymns on the piano. No-nonsense Beth even throws a snowball or two at the handsome, love-shy cowboy. She thought she had her heart set on leaving, so why does she dream of Dan asking her to stay forever?

My Review:

Watching this hero and heroine dance around their obvious attraction is deliciously frustrating. It's the kind of read where you want the hero to kiss the girl already, but you know if he does the story will be almost over so you persevere through the almosts in gleeful anticipation.

Beth's story tugged at my heartstrings. She comes from a past that has left glaring gaps in her psyche. When we first meet her she's living her life from a scripted five year plan. There is no room for variations. Rigid. Desperate to fill the emptiness with busyness. But God has His own plans and they veer in a whole different direction. It takes a blizzard and a series of life experiences Beth could never have imagined to turn her around.

Her abandoned wonder at the simplest things really touched a chord with me. For all her academic success, she is really a lost soul. You might say Dan is just what the doctor ordered. A full time pharmacist (and part-time rancher), he has the prescription that could save Beth's life...if she has the courage to follow through with it.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Stranded with the Rancher 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 August 31 2014. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A Lady's Honor

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EAKES, LAURIE ALICE
A LADY'S HONOR

On the cliffs of 19th-century Cornwall, a spirited, impetuous young woman is torn between the honor of her family and the longing of her heart.

England, 1811

A tarnished reputation. A distant home. A forced engagement to a dangerous man. When Elizabeth Trelawny flees London, she has more than one reason to run. And when her carriage, pursued by her would-be fiancé, is caught in a storm, she quickly accepts the help of a dark stranger. Anything to get back to Cornwall.

But Rowan Curnow is not exactly a stranger. He’s not quite a gentleman either. Class disparity once kept him from courting Elizabeth . . . even if it didn’t keep him from kissing her.

The couple elude their pursuers and reach Bastion Point, Elizabeth’s future inheritance and the one place she calls home. But in the very act of spiriting her to safety, Rowan has jeopardized Elizabeth’s inheritance—if her grandfather ever learns she spent the night, however innocently, in the company of a man.

When smugglers unite the pair in a reckless, flirtatious alliance—an alliance that both challenges the social norms Elizabeth has been raised to revere and rattles Rowan’s fledgling faith in God. Elizabeth must choose between the obedience of a child and the desires of a woman: cling to the safety of her home or follow the man she loves.

My Review:

Gothic meets Regency and sends me into a frenzied reader's tailspin. Eakes is one of my favourite authors. She knows how to take her readers on an exquisitely tense journey. I lost myself in the pages of A Lady's Honor. Thank goodness I was on holidays and could read straight through because, believe me, there's no good place to leave off until the very end and even then I was put out because it was over. :-)

Hello -- Cornwall in 1811. Cliffs. Moors. Smugglers. Villainous cads. Dashing heroes. And a heroine struggling to find a balance between following duty and spreading her wings. A tight plot propels Elizabeth into one harrowing ordeal after another and Rowan is swept right along with her. He's made a pledge to keep her safe. She wants nothing to do with him...most of the time. He's rude. Arrogant. Totally unsuitable. Even if he's handsome and charming and tender at all the wrong times. Be still my heart. There's nothing left to say except -- awesome!

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of A Lady's 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 August 31 2014. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Home to Chicory Lane

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 RANEY, DEBORAH
HOME TO CHICORY LANE

Audrey Whitman's dreams are coming true. Now that their five kids are grown, she and her husband Grant are turning their beloved family home into a cozy bed and breakfast, just a mile outside of Langhorne, Missouri. Opening weekend makes Audrey anxious, with family and friends coming from all over to help celebrate the occasion. But when Audrey's daughter, Landyn, arrives, the U-Haul she's pulling makes it clear she's not just here for a few days. Audrey immediately has questions. What happened in New York that sent Landyn running home? Where was Landyn's husband, Chase? And what else was her daughter not telling her? One thing was for sure, the Chicory Inn was off to a rocky start. Can Audrey still realize her dream and at the same time provide the comfort of home her daughter so desperately needs?

My Review:

Funny and sad and frustrating and perfect in their imperfections -- that's the Whitman family in all their complicated glory. Just like real life. Love the premise -- empty nesters following their dream after all their children are finally settled (and out of the house.) But one comes back on the day of the inn's grand opening and she doesn't show any signs of leaving. Oh the complications and folly -- reading Home to Chicory Lane is like getting a front row seat at the best...and worst...moments in one family's history.

Raney has the uncanny ability of making the reader sympathetic to each character -- even when they are at odds with each other. There I am all righteously indignant on behalf of Landyn and totally on her side, cheering her on. You go, girl. Stand up for yourself. You have rights. And then the very next scene I'm like, seriously, poor Chase, he may be a dunderhead, but I get where he's coming from, poor baby.

And Audrey and Grant find themselves in more than one tenuous position between the start up of the inn and parenting their adult children. There are laugh-out-loud moments and tear-your-hair-out moments and weep-copious-tears-into-your-hankie moments. An all round emotionally satisfying read. Can't wait for the next Chicory Lane installment.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Home to Chicory Lane 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 August 31 2014. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

Thanks to the publisher and Litfuse Publicity Group for my review copy of this book.

http://litfusegroup.com/author/Draney

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Rescuing the Texan's Heart

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OBENHAUS, MINDY
RESCUING THE TEXAN'S HEART

Melting His Heart

Cash Coble is desperate for a change. After working in the family business for ten years, he's stressed out and overworked. When he heads to Colorado to visit his ailing grandfather, he finds his mood lifted by the beautiful woman living next door. After a troubled past, ice climber Taryn Purcell isn't looking for love. Especially not with a charming Texan who's consumed by work. But there's something about Cash that captures her heart. Never one to back down from a challenge, Taryn promises to show Cash how to carve out a happy life—one that includes her.

My Review:

We're back in Ouray, Colorado and I'm loving it. The author has really piqued my curiosity about this mountain town with this series. I dare you to google image 'Ouray, Colorado' and not fall in love. It seems to me that Obenhaus has captured the essence of an incredible community. And ice climbers? I didn't even know they existed. But they do, and Taryn is one. What a cool hobby/occupation for a heroine to have.

Love the dynamics between workaholic Cash and free-spirited Taryn. They clash from the get go, but sparks fly anyway and smolder all the way through a complicated and heartbreaking love story. Heartbreaking because both Taryn and Cash are struggling to find their true identity as they try to put situations from the past into perspective. There's some lovely light-hearted moments and just as many heart tugging ones, but in the end, the Texan's heart is definitely worth rescuing.  If you love a timeless, classic romance that packs an emotional punch, this is the book for you.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Rescuing the Texan's Heart 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 August 31 2014. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!