Sunday, July 23, 2017

July Giveaway - Week Four


WON BY LORAINE NUNLEY

WON BY KAY GARRETT

WON BY LYDIA

WON BY PAM K

WON BY DONNA BROOKMYER

WON BY DIANE BLASER
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 a winner 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. 





Saturday, July 22, 2017

My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island : Maude's Moor

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PAGELS, CARRIE FANCETT
MY HEART BELONGS ON MACKINAC ISLAND : MAUDE'S MOOR

A tangled romance forms at Mackinac Island's Grand Hotel

Although the Winds of Mackinac Inn has been in her mother's family for generations, Maude Welling's father refuses to let her run it without the guidance of a husband. So she seeks to prove her worth and independence by working incognito as a maid at the Grand Hotel. While undercover journalist Ben Steffan pursues a story about impoverished men chasing heiresses at the famed hotel, he becomes attracted to an intriguing mad. By an act of heroism Ben endears himself to the closed-mouthed islanders -- including Maude -- and he digs deep for his story. But when scandal threatens, will their love be able to survive the truth?

Journey now to Mackinac Island of 1895, where individual quests are interrupted by a chance meeting.

My Review:

A sweet romance set on Mackinac Island -- what a great locale for a summer read! I've had a fascination for this spectacular vacation spot for years and admit to googling images as I was reading. Pagels creates the ambiance of island life and I loved the close-knit community that always had Maude's well-being at heart. Lots of busy bodies -- especially since she's related to half the islanders!

She's spunky -- not about to allow being jilted to define her future. She's more mad than heartbroken and sets about trying to eke out her future on her own terms. I didn't always understand or agree with her decisions but I give her high marks for sheer determination.

I admit to having a problem with Ben's elaborate deception -- especially when he knows his actions will have a detrimental effect on the young woman he is beginning to have feelings for. It seems everyone harbors secrets in this idyllic setting and Ben is close to exposing them all.

A complicated love story unfolds on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Book provided courtesy of the author.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island, leave a commet below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to your comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday July 23 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Friday, July 21, 2017

An Amish Courtship

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DREXLER, JAN
AN AMISH COURTSHIP

Amish Redemption

Samuel Lapp all but accepts his estrangement from the Amish community -- until Mary Hochstetter moves in next door to care for her elderly aunt. The young woman with the pretty brown eyes sees Samuel differently than his neighbors do. If he can earn her respect while helping with her aunt's chores, perhaps the rest of the community will follow. But Samuel can't let Mary get too close, lest he disappoint her, as well.

Mary's relocation to Shipshewana, Indiana means confronting her deepest fears. By helping Samuel rebuild his life and his farm, she finally feels ready to embrace her future. But as their delicate friendship grows deeper, they both must overcome their painful pasts before they can build a home together.

My Review:

Sometimes a romance reader loves the challenge a reclusive, grumpy, close-to-broken-down hero brings to a novel. Samuel's story is poignant and funny and heart-wrenching. And the way some characters treated him made my blood boil! Emotionally engaged doesn't begin to describe the way An Amish Courtship hit me. Samuel has all but given up the fight to prove his worth in a community bent on judging him by his father's actions. And then Mary moves to Shipshewana.

And even though she's burdened by a horrific secret, she finds herself drawn to Aunt Sadie's taciturn neighbour. The fresh perspective Mary brings both captivates and terrifies Samuel. The truths he has grown up with suddenly shift and, as a result, he's challenged to rethink his future. And he begins to think Mary belongs in it.

A stupendous historical romance filled with heart and faith and a hard-earned happily ever after.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of An Amish Courtship, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to your comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to your subject line so it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday July 23 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

On Love`s Gentle Shore

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JOHNSON, LIZ
ON LOVE`S GENTLE SHORE

Natalie O`Ryan had no plans to return to Prince Edward Island. But when her fiancé books their wedding in her hometown and schedules a summer at Red Door Inn, she sets out to plan the perfect wedding. Yet she can`t possibly plan for a run-in with Justin Kane -- the best friend she left behind all those years ago after promising to stay.

Justin has never forgotten Natalie. He`d been prepared to follow her off the island until tragedy struck, leaving him to run the family dairy farm. He`s done the best he can with the life that was thrust upon him -- but with Natalie back in the picture, he begins to realize just how much joy he`s been missing.

After Natalie`s reception venue falls through she must scramble to find an alternative, and the only option seems to be a barn on Justin`s property. As they work together to get the dilapidated building ready for the party, Natalie and Justin may discover that there is more between them than broken promises and old friendship.

My Review:

True confession: I really don't like love triangle romances. And I really, really don't like it when either the hero or heroine is engaged to one person while developing a relationship with someone else. So I hesitated reading On Love's Gentle Shore since Natalie is engaged and is getting married in her hometown where her first love just happens to still live.

Angst Alert!

But, here's the thing -- I adore this series and I trust Liz Johnson to deliver an impactful story so...I took a deep breath and dived in...and loved every emotionally gut-wrenching minute. (Not to mention the Prince Edward Island location softens the blow somewhat.)

Johnson has such an exquisite way with words that she lulls me into a reading stupor even in the gnarly parts. Like this: "Russell's words hung out there like underclothes on the line, too embarrassing to take down after someone else pinned them up for the whole town to see." (p.40) I mean, if you're going to read a tumultuous story you might as well enjoy the prose!

Natalie and Justin reunite after fifteen years of misunderstandings and bitterness. They were seventeen when their respective worlds shattered and acted with as much immaturity as you'd expect teenagers to. I had to keep reminding myself of that as the story unfolded. Especially where Natalie was concerned.

She might have fled the island but the emotional damage she endured as a child stayed with her. She just buried the hurt and uncertainty under a polished facade. Her life is a charade and it starts to unravel the second she sets foot on the island. Justin has allowed bitterness to take hold of his heart. Resentment and anger surface when he lays eyes on Natalie for the first time since they were kids. These two have a lot to work through before they can finally be free to see hope in their future.

Painful and thought-provoking and uplifting. This isn't just an exceptional love story -- it's a cautionary tale on the power words play in our lives. Both words spoken to us and by us. On Love's Gentle Shore would make an excellent book club read because of the depth of discussion starting points.

Book provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Ltd.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to read a copy of On love's Gentle Shore, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to a comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday July 23 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A Name Unknown

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WHITE, ROSEANNA M.
A NAME UNKNOWN

She's out to steal his name. Will he steal her heart instead?

Rosemary Gresham has no family beyond the band of former urchins who helped her survive as a girl in the mean streets of London. Grown now, they are no longer pickpockets -- instead they focus on high value items and have learned how to blend into upper-class society. Rosemary is beginning to question whether she can continue in this life when she's offered the challenge of a lifetime -- determine whether a certain wealthy gentleman is loyal to Britain or to Germany. After all how does one steal a family's history, their very name?

As Europe moves ever close to World War I, rumors swirl around Peter Holstein. Awkward and solitary, but with access to the king, many fear his influence. But Peter can't help his German last name and wants to prove his loyalty to the Crown -- so he can go back to anonymously writing a series of popular adventure novels. When Rosemary arrives on his doorstep pretending to be a well-credentialed historian, Peter believes she's the right person to help him dig through his family's past.

When danger and suspicion continue to mount, both realize they're in a race against time to discover the truth -- about Peter's past and about the undeniably attraction kindling between them.

My Review:

Clever concept brilliantly executed and I'm in a euphoric tizzy because this is the first in a new series. A kind of Dickens meets Austen with a healthy dose of Downton Abbey thrown in.

Rosemary is such a complex character. Charming and intelligent and fiercely dedicated to her self-made family of orphans picked off the London streets. As a child she survived by her prowess as a pickpocket; as an adult she's graduated to more refined thievery. She's a chameleon who can fit in anywhere so it isn't a stretch for her to take on the persona of a historical librarian. Squeeeallll. Yes, I said librarian. I do so love stories that glorify my chosen profession. :-)

Dear, sweet Peter is an atypical hero and I so love that about him. I'll let you discover his eccentricities for yourself, but though his demeanor might not always show it, he possesses a warrior's heart. Peter looks for the good in everyone, even though his German name is causing unfounded prejudice in his Cornish village. Cue the political intrigue and the reason Rosemary enters his household under false pretenses.

I'm still swooning over the snappy dialogue -- especially when Rosemary gets her Cockney dander up. Hysterical. She's an enigma that Peter can't quite grasp. She finds his mysterious ways  at odds with his gentle kindness. No matter how hard she digs, Rosemary can't find any dirt on Peter...until she discovers the most astonishing secret of all!

The dynamics between these two are sublime. Especially as Peter gently leads Rosemary to Christ in the touching inspirational thread that weaves its way through the story. This book has it all -- romance, humour, intrigue and the wonder of new found faith.

Book provided courtesy of Bakers Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of A Name Unknown, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you leave your email in your comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday July 23 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Plain Retributiion

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LYNN, DANA R.
PLAIN RETRIBUTION

Amish Abduction

Ten years ago while on rumspringa, Rebecca Miller and her friends were kidnapped and held captive...and now, living in the English world, she's nearly abducted again. One by one her friends, who once helped send their abductor again. One by one her friends who once helped send their abductor to jail are targeted, and she is next...unless police officer Miles Olsen can stop a killer. Deaf since birth, the only person on the force that Rebecca can communicate with is Miles, and he needs this case to redeem himself of past mistakes. When the relentless killer tracks them deep into the heart of Amish country, protecting Rebecca must be Miles's sole focus. Because a mistake this time will cost something worth more to him than his job -- the woman he's falling for.

Amish Country Justice: Protected in Plain sight.

My Review:

Phew! I'm still breathless from the page-turning ending to this gripping suspense. Talk about a white-knuckled read! My poor book is a little worse for wear after the reckless way I raced through it. Compelling doesn't begin to cover it.

First off -- loved the insights the author shares about the Deaf community and ASL. Some things I knew and some I didn't and Lynn does an excellent job of portraying the many facets that make up Rebecca. The author really got under her skin and helped me see the world through Rebecca's unique perspective. Particularly how she could feel a part of something but left out at the same time. This heroine has an inner core of strength that has helped her carry on after the devastating abduction she endured as a teen. And she has to face a whole lot more as the past catches up to her.

Miles is determined to serve and protect and that means viewing Rebecca as a victim instead of the captivating woman he can't seem to resist. Romantic tension in spades! But dodging a ruthless killer while trying to figure out who he is takes precedence over love...until it's nearly too late. A thrilling story with a light Amish flavour.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Plain Retribution, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to your comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title in the subject line so it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday July 23 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Dark Deception

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MEHL, NANCY
DARK DECEPTION

Kate O'Brien's quiet life in  small-town Shelter Cove, Arkansas, is shaken when her past suddenly comes roaring back to life. Four years ago, she and her twin sister were attacked by an elusive serial killer. Only Kate survived, and she's been in witness protection ever since.

When new evidence arises to suggest the convicted man wasn't the murder, she's subpoenaed to testify in the new trial. Afraid to go back into that world, Kate only agrees if Tony DeLuca, the deputy Marshal who protected her during the original trial, escorts her to St. Louis.

Tony readily takes on the assignment; Kate's beauty and inner strength made more of an impression on him than he expected. But when Kate's safety is threatened, Tony must race against the clock to keep her alive and put this ugly case to rest before anyone else gets killed.

My Review:

A nail-biting thriller that kept me riveted (and checking my windows and doors to make sure they were locked!) The intricate plot includes some fascinating police procedurals that had me puzzling over clues right along with law enforcement. Mehl masterfully pulls all the pieces together at a tantalizing pace -- not too fast, not too slow. There's plenty of time to ponder and figure things out while looking askance at something a character says or jumping out of your skin when the hero or heroine gets that edgy feeling. I was on tenterhooks the whole read!

Kate's personal journey really made an impact on me. She has been through something so horrendous it's hard to grasp and she's done an admirable job of getting on with her life - battling the darkness by holding it at bay. It isn't until she reconnects with Tony that she discovers burying the past isn't the same as getting through it. What results is an astounding faith journey that brings her peace at last.

A compelling addition to the Defenders of Justice series. This is Book Two in the series but reads easily as a standalone. Looking forward to the release of Blind Betrayal next spring.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Dark Deception, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title in the subject line so it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday July 23 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

July Giveaway - Week Three


WON BY MARIAN BAAY

WON BY MINDY

WON BY SUSAN P.

WON BY PAULA

WON BY CC

WON BY CARYL KANE
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 a winner 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. 



Saturday, July 15, 2017

Fatal Mistake

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SLEEMAN, SUSAN
FATAL MISTAKE

An FBI agent must protect the woman who can identify a terrorist bomber in bestselling author Susan Sleeman's riveting romantic suspense novel.

Tara Parrish is the only person ever to survive an attack by the Lone Wolf bomber. Scared and emotionally scarred by her near death, she goes into hiding with only one plan -- to stay alive for another day. She knows he's coming after her, and if he finds her, he will finish what he started.

Agent Cal Riggins has had only one goal for the past six months -- to save lives by ending the Lone Wolf's bombing spree. To succeed, he needs the help of Tara Parrish, the one person who can lead them to the bomber. Cal puts his all into finding Tara, but once he locates her, he realizes that if he can find her, the Lone Wolf can too. He must protect Tara at all costs, and they'll both need to resist the mutual attraction growing between them to focus on hunting down the bomber, because one wrong move could be fatal.

My Review:

We interrupt our regularly scheduled Saturday Retro Read for a stellar new release because...well, just because.

I love the way Susan Sleeman spins a romantic suspense! I think I fell truly, deeply in love with her writing style after reading her First Responders series (Love Inspired Suspense) so I was thrilled to discover this new series which has a similar set up. Over the moon giddy, actually. And with good reason.

Two words. Romantic tension. Oh la la -- you can cut it with a knife. Taut and toe curling all the way through the read. So many reasons why Tara and Cal shouldn't acknowledge that attraction -- and they do make a valiant effort -- which just builds up the tension even more. Delicious.

And the stalkerish suspense is compelling. A truly sinister bad guy -- brilliantly fleshed out -- not quite to the point where a reader can sympathize with him, but enough that she can understand his insanely flawed logic. The Lone Wolf is a force to be reckoned with which really ups the suspense to a nail-biting thrill.

And one of the things that Sleeman does best is create a memorable team with lots of camaraderie and purpose. She introduces all the White Knights, an FBI Critical Incident Response Team, in this first book -- and takes enough time to give us a good sense of their personalities and relationships. I'm excited to continue getting to know them all in future books as they each (hopefully) get a chance to star in their own riveting suspense story.

Fatal Mistake has it all -- intriguing suspense, hair-raising danger and the lure of forbidden love. The only thing keeping me from falling into the woe-is-me-it's-all-over-boohoo blues is the sweet anticipation that comes from knowing Book Two, Kill Shot will be releasing in February.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Fatal Mistake, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to your comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday July 16 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Heart on the Line

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WITEMEYER, KAREN
HEART ON THE LINE

A Ladies of Harper's Station Novel

When Danger Arrives, it's more than just her heart on the line

Grace Mallory is tired of hiding. She hungers for a normal life, perhaps even a suitor like two of her friends in Harper's Station have found. But when the man she believes responsible for her father's death discovers her whereabouts, survival takes priority.

Amos Bledsoe prefers bicycles to horses and private conversations over the telegraph wire to social gatherings with young ladies who see him as nothing more than an oddity. His fellow telegrapher, the mysterious Miss G, has been the ideal companion. For months, their friendship -- dare he believe, courtship? -- over the wire has fed his hope that he has finally found the woman God intends for him. However, when he intercepts an ominous message and discovers her life is in peril, Amos must shed the cocoon of his quiet nature to become the hero Grace requires.

My Review:

Witemeyer has a flair for romantic comedy and it really shines in this novel. The kind of story that induces grins and giggles while a reader basks in the warm glow of all that humour and romance.

Speaking of which..Amos Bledsoe!!!! An unconventional hero. Tall and lanky. A bespectacled telegraph operator who prefers bicycles to horses. A man of intellect, not action...unless the woman he loves is in danger! And the fact that Grace and Amos begin their romance courtesy of the telegraph wires! Online dating in the 1890s -- so much fun!!!!

I love the mix of Historical and Suspense so the danger and intrigue upped my reading pleasure to euphoric levels. :-) Amos comes charging to the rescue on an unusual steed which results in a huge mix-up that can only be sorted out by Morse Code (of course!) Honestly, the way this story is put together is sheer brilliance.

Grace and Amos match wits and intellect to bring resolution to Grace's desperate dilemma as a sinister villain closes in on them. Page-turning stuff of the highest caliber.

An abundance of love, laughter and danger combine to make this an exciting addition to the Ladies of Harper's Station novel. (And there's even a bonus secondary romance to swoon over!)

Please note: Heart on the Line can be read as a standalone novel, though you'll want to read the first book in the series, No Other Will Do, because it's sooo good. And the author has two Ladies of Harper's Station novellas as well.

Book provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Heart on the Line, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to your comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it`s easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday July 16 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Murder on the Moor

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DEERING, JULIANNA
MURDER ON THE MOOR

The rolling, frigid mists that creep in over the Yorkshire moors hide a mystery as challenging as Drew as ever faced.

At the urgent request of an old school friend, Drew and Madeline Farthering come to Bloodworth Park Lodge in the midst of the Yorkshire moors, a place as moody and mysterious as a Bronte hero. There have been several worrisome incidents around those lonesome rolling hills -- poetry desecrated, fires started, sheep and cattle scattered. Worst of all, the vicar has been found dead on the steps of the church, a crime for which Drew can discern no motive at all.

Few in the town of Bunting's Nest seem like suspects, and Drew can't keep his suspicions from falling on his friend's new bride. Do her affections lie more with her husband's money and estate, while her romantic interests stray to their fiery Welsh gamekeeper? As the danger grows ever closer, it's up to Drew to look past his own prejudices, determined what's really going on, and find the killer before it's too late.

My Review:

Fans of BBC crime shows like Father Brown and Miss Marple will absolutely adore Julianna Deering's Drew Farthering Mysteries. It's a mesh of Downtown Abbey meets Agatha Christie with a healthy dose of droll humour rolled in. Each book reads well as a standalone so feel free to dive right in with this book even if you haven't read any of the others.

Wealthy aristocrat, Drew Farthering is an amateur sleuth in 1930s England. Madeline, his plain-speaking, Yankee-born wife, makes a great Watson to his Sherlock. Cue the playful banter and witty dialogue. Makes me grin just thinking about these two.

They are up against something sinister this time round. Nothing like a spooky English moor shrouded in fog to spike your heart rate! And there are no end of mysterious suspects to choose from. Clever plotting kept me guessing right to the end.

I really appreciate the way the author seamlessly weaves a faith thread throughout the story. Drew and Madeline are Christians -- in deed as well as word, which is somewhat unusual for their social circle. But Drew doesn't hesitate to share his faith when he feels prompted. Not in a preachy way, mind you. In a gentle, genuine delivery that even the most crotchety atheist can't take offence with. Refreshing and uplifting and brings so much depth to his character.

I honestly think the BBC needs to pick up this series as their next runaway period drama hit! These stories are that good! And Murder on the Moor might just be the best one yet.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Murder on the Moor, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to your comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday July 16 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Hidden Legacy

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BLACKBURN, LYNN HUGGINS
HIDDEN LEGACY

To save her child

Arriving home with the baby she's adopting, Caroline Harrison finds her house vandalized...and an intruder intent on shooting her. She's saved when police sirens approach, but all signs point to the little boy as the true target -- and the assailant won't give up. Now she has to rely on Detective Jason Drake, the man who once broke her heart, to figure out why someone's after her soon-to-be adoptive son. Reunited after thirteen years apart, Jason can't help but hope their love might be rekindled, but Caroline and her son's safety come first. Because if he wants a chance at a future -- and a family -- with them, they have to outrun a hit man.

My Review:

"The house had been ransacked." What a great opening line for a heart-stopping romantic suspense. It promises so much, even as it raises questions in a curious reader's mind. If my tummy wasn't flipping over the relentless attacks against Caroline and little Henry, it was flipping over a certain Detective who just happens to be an old love interest. The one that got away, though Caroline's heart is having a difficult time believing that it's really over. She's guarded. He's wary. But their past differences have to be put aside so they can deal with the ever present danger. Delicious tension -- both romantic and suspense -- amped up my reading frenzy and I devoured Hidden Legacy in an afternoon.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Hidden Legacy, leave a comment below, or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email in your comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday July 16 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Over Maya Dead Body

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ORCHARD, SANDRA
OVER MAYA DEAD BODY

Crime doesn't take a vacation

FBI Special Agent Serena Jones arrives on Martha's Vineyard with her family, ready for a bit of R & R and a lot of reminiscing as they celebrate the engagement of an old family friend. But when a suspicious death tied to an antiquities smuggling ring interrupts her picture-perfect trip, she's soon entangled in the investigation.

Propelled into danger, Serena must stay the course and solve this case before anyone else dies. But just how is she supposed to do that when the two men in her life arrive on the scene, bringing with them a boatload of romantic complications -- and even a secret or two?

My Review:

Campy and quirky and sooooooo much fun. The author's devious plotting leads Serena and company on a merry chase around Martha's Vineyard as they work on solving a very personal murder mystery. Madcap mayhem guaranteed! Aunt Martha is in her element and even Harold the Cat gets to pack his bag and cone holidaying...even if a murder interrupts the festivities before they really get started!

The mystery is brilliant. I think I suspected nearly every secondary character at some point in my read. And I was all too gullible in places, willing to be reeled in by multiple red herrings. I might just have to turn in my armchair sleuth credentials after finishing this novel!

This is the third and final book in the Serena Jones Mystery series and, honestly, I think it is best to read these books in order.. That's because of the developing romantic entanglements that carry over from one book to the next. And, hallelujah,we finally find out who Serena will spend her happily ever after with in Over Maya Dead Body!

In fact the author did something rather outrageous and totally intriguing -- she let readers vote for who Serena would choose as her Mr. Right. Fans quickly divided into teams -- Nate vs Tanner -- and all bets were off. Even Sandra Orchard didn't know what the romance outcome would be as she was writing this third book. Talk about gutsy. But she pulls it off brilliantly.

I have to admit to falling hard for both heroes -- wisecracking FBI agent Tanner and there's-more-than-meets-the-eye neighbour Nate. My heart feels rather pummeled now that I've watched it all play out to a stunning conclusion. And I loved every minute even though I'm not a fan of love triangles as a rule.

Clever from the unique cover art to the tongue-in-cheek title to the compelling story within. I loved this book so much that I savored it over a period of three days! (I usually read a book in a day or day and a  half.) But I didn't want this one to end even though I wanted to know how everything turned out. So I doled out my reading time in short installments and then giddily created my own spin offs scene by scene before picking up with the story once again. Reading Over Maya Dead Body was such a blast! I'll admit to feeling a bit melancholy now that it's all over.

Book provided courtesy of the author and Revell Publishing

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Over Maya Dead Body, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to your comment remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so that it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announce on Sunday July 16 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck.

Monday, July 10, 2017

The Illusionist's Apprentice

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CAMBRON, KRISTY
THE ILLUSIONIST'S APPRENTICE

Not all illusions happen on the stage.

Wren Lockhart, apprentice to master illusionist Harry Houdini, uses life on a vaudeville stage to escape the pain of her past. She continues her career of illusion after her mentor's death, intent on burying her true identity.

But when a rival performer's act goes tragically wrong, the newly formed FBI calls on Wren to speak the truth -- and reveal her real name to the world. She transfers her skills for misdirection from the stage to the back halls of vaudeville, as she finds herself the unlikely partner in the FBI's investigation. All the while Houdini's words echo in her mind: Whatever occurs, the crowd must believe it's what you meant to happen. She knows that if anyone digs too deep, secrets long kept hidden may find their way to the surface -- and shatter her carefully controlled world.

Set during one of the richest, most vibrant eras in American history, this Jazz Age novel of illusion, suspense, and forgotten pasts is perfect for fans of The Magician's Lie, challenging all to find the underpinnings of faith on their own life's stage.

My Review:

The Illusionist's Apprentice has a delicious air of mystery that carries through from start to finish. Everything about Wren is cloaked in secrecy -- even to the reader. And Cambron carefully selects tidbits of information that she reveals with painstaking care. I was about driven mad with curiosity -- frantically searching for answers even as I slowed down in order to savor the sheer beauty of the tale.

All the complexities of Vaudeville make for an interesting backdrop for a suspense. So much scope for mystery and mayhem. And there's Wren in the middle of it all -- holding her own as she holds the world at arm's length. Until Special Agent Elliott Matthews breaks down her defences. He is captivated and intrigued, she's wary and aloof. Superb dynamics that made for some incredible romantic tension. And oh my goodness, but he makes a divine hero. Assured, determined, gentle. Wren can't intimidate him. He sees past the illusions she has created and into the heart of the sensitive young woman she really is.

A stunning romantic suspense that's quite unlike anything else out there.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of The Illusionist's Apprentice, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to your comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday 16 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

July Giveaway - Week Two


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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 a winner 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:

You might notice we have a suspenseful week ahead -- even the historical fiction has an element of suspense. I didn't plan it that way -- I must have been subconsciously craving suspense/mystery stories so that's what I grabbed from my TBR pile. My apologies to readers who aren't fans of suspense -- but the historicals are still worth the read for their delightful historicalness. :-)


Saturday, July 8, 2017

Midnight Sea


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COBLE, COLLEEN
MIDNIGHT SEA

A seemingly random shooting at her aunt's coffee farm has left Lani Tagama blind. Now she must learn to navigate in a world of darkness. With the help of an embittered ex-cop, Ben, and a half-trained guide dog., Fisher, Lani discovers she can regain a shadow of her former independence.

But strange and dangerous secrets lurk behind the beauty of this seaside paradise. Suspicious grows that this was not a random shooting, but an attempted murder, one with its roots in a hippie commune burned over thirty years ago. Lani realizes she is a target, and that she must find the shooter before he strikes again.

My |Review:

Published in 2007

Colleen Coble delivers another edge-of-your-seat romantic suspense in this fourth (and final) book in the Aloha Reef series. The books all read well as standalones so no worries if you haven't read the other novels. If you have though, you'll recognize Lani as the 'wild' child' Tagama sister, but now, as a new Christian, she is trying to put that past behind her for good. Trouble is, not everyone is willing to forget. Including Ben, who holds a pretty big grudge against her. Perfect fodder for an angsty love story.

Not that this story really needs any more angst courtesy of the riveting suspense plot. There's murder, smuggling and danger lurking around every corner. And I just have to mention Fisher, the work-in-progress guide dog! I do love a great canine character to mix things up! A heart-pounding thrill of a read.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance at winning a copy of Midnight Sea by Colleen Coble, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to your comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday July 9 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!