Review: Wait for Me by Susan May Warren

wait_for_meI usually love Susan May Warren’s writing, but this book didn’t really hit the same mark for me. Wait for Me is the final Montana Rescue installment, and it’s the tale of Pete Brooks and Jess Tagg at long last. Much of the story focuses on Jess’s personal history, a twisty romance, and the current drama of a sudden group abduction followed by a desperate search-and-rescue effort in the wilds of Montana.

Like Ian and Sierra’s romance, Pete and Jess’s story has been drawn out through several books, with scenes here and there advancing and regressing their romance. And like Ian and Sierra’s romance, by the time Pete and Jess’s story finally unfolds fully in Wait for Me, I was just ready for them to Continue reading “Review: Wait for Me by Susan May Warren”

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Holiday Recommended Read: The Christmas Heirloom

the_christmas_heirloomIt’s Christmas Eve, y’all! The presents are wrapped and under the tree, carols are playing on the radio, and the hot cocoa is chasing the chill away. I don’t know about you, but after all the hectic hustle and bustle of preparing for the holidays, I’m ready to curl up in an overstuffed armchair with a good book and watch all the Christmas lights turn on along my street as the sky gets dark outside.

What am I reading, you ask? Why, The Christmas Heirloom, of course.

This new novella collection from Kristi Ann Hunter, Becky Wade, Karen Witemeyer and Sarah Loudin Thomas is my Continue reading “Holiday Recommended Read: The Christmas Heirloom”

Review: Just Look Up

just_look_upSo, you know when you find a book at the library and take it to the checkout desk, all excited to take it home and dive in, and the friendly clerk says, “Oh, I liked that one. But the first book in that series was even better.” And you screech to a halt and go, “This is in a series?” Uh-oh.

If you’re a true bookworm, you’ll understand my readerly crisis. This is how I came to read Just Let Go before its predecessor, Just Look Up.

Big-city interior designer Lane Kelley comes back to her hometown of Harbor Pointe, MI, after her brother suffers a serious accident. With few pleasant memories of growing up as something of a loner there, Lane is ready to help her family and get out of Harbor Pointe as fast as possible. But as her career and personal life start to unravel, Lane begins to consider a future quite different from the one she’d planned. One that just might include reconciling with her family – and a chance at love with longtime friend Ryan Brooks. Continue reading “Review: Just Look Up”

Recommended: Just Let Go

just_let_goI confess, I did not enjoy the first Courtney Walsh book I read. Bored me so much that I can’t even tell you the title because I honestly don’t remember it. But then I noticed this cover (SO. PRETTY.) on my library’s new shelf, and I had to look at it. Read a few pages and I was hooked!

Every time I read a book with a flower shop in it, I wish I’d studied landscape design in college or become a florist. Who knows? Maybe I will one day. But for now, I’ll spend awhile at Forget Me Not, Quinn Collins’s shop in Harbor Pointe, MI. Just Let Go is one of those sweet romantic stories set in a small town full of people who all know each other and step in and out of each other’s lives every day.

Quinn is determined to prove her worth to the mother who abandoned her without a backward glance 20 years ago. Her chance: she’s entering a prestigious Michigan floral design competition, and her mother is one of the judges. Her complication: Olympic skier-turned-local havoc-maker Grady Benson. Continue reading “Recommended: Just Let Go”

Review: Hidden Peril

hidden_perilExcuse my yawns, readers. It’s been a couple of late nights finishing Irene Hannon’s latest suspense novel. Just a warning – if you’re gonna pick up Hidden Peril, make sure you don’t have anything on your schedule too early the next morning. This novel will keep you turning page after page into the wee hours, and it is SO HARD to put down!

Long ago, Kristen and her two best friends, Colin and Rick, took a vow to make the world a better place. Kristen is doing that with her fair trade shop, selling products from around the globe. Then people connected to her store begin dying. St. Louis PD detective Luke Carter and the FBI want to know why. Continue reading “Review: Hidden Peril”

Review: The Cost of Betrayal

the_cost_of_betrayalI just love the tempestuous feel of that cover, don’t you? Let me tell you, that feeling definitely carries through all of the suspenseful stories in The Cost of Betrayal.

In Dee Henderson’s “Betrayed, Janelle Roberts is freed, thanks to an investigation by Ann and Paul Falcon, years after a wrongful conviction. The plot focuses on Janelle’s readjustment to life outside prison. Heartrending for sure, but I wanted a little more resolution or action. Maybe there’s more to come in a future book? An interesting take on life after a wrongful conviction is corrected, but I miss the suspenseful romance style of the O’Malleys and Henderson’s military series.

Dani Pettrey’s “Deadly Isle” has that style in spades! This novella introduces her upcoming Continue reading “Review: The Cost of Betrayal”

HIGHLY Recommended Read: An Hour Unspent

an_hour_unspentWhat an end to this Shadows Over England series! Barclay Pearce is officially my favorite member of this patchwork family of thieves and orphans, y’all.

An Hour Unspent is a fascinating mix of romance, espionage, and self-discovery. And the characters! Barclay is just this subtly brilliant, ordinary man with such skill at his profession and the softest heart. It’s no wonder he’s been able to “adopt” so many orphans and create a family, from Willa and Rosemary to Clover and baby Patch. And it’s heartbreaking to realize he started this after his own family was ripped apart.

This story really shows you the impact of the family’s changes. Rosemary’s and Willa’s stories took them Continue reading “HIGHLY Recommended Read: An Hour Unspent”