Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Kobo We're almost at the end of the year, and I was not expecting to add to my Favorite Books of 2019 list at this point. However, after reading this book, I was literally in tears. While reading, I laughed, I cried in sadness and in happiness, and my heart lightened with the experience of a romance between someone who is able-bodied and someone who is not. Often in romance, the person in the book who is scarred, injured, etc. will have their im
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Kobo Loved this story, with its fairy tale tone and its realistically flawed characters, and I think I am officially a fan of Olive Drake's books. Normally it takes a few books, but this one got me from the beginning. To have a member of aristocracy have a heart from the start of the book is rare. Usually there is a redemption arc, and you've got to read as the hero goes from being an insensitive lout to being a generous, kind hearted soul. How
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Kobo Grace Burrowes is always a solid read for any romance reader, and the latest installment in the Rogues to Riches series is no exception! It was a slow burn romance, which keeps the reader on the edge of their seat the whole way through. Sometimes slow burn romance can feel lukewarm and lack the attraction between the main characters that romance readers hope to see. What I loved the most about this one was how natural it all felt. It was s
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Kobo It's been a long time coming but Jess finally gets her story! I was first introduced to this character in Kristi Ann Hunter's first novel, A Noble Masquerade, which remains to this day one of my favorite Christian romance novels. It was so inspiring and taught me a lot about forgiveness and sacrifice. This book was a learning experience as well, particularly with the complex background given to Jess and how her hero fits into it all. There
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Kobo I rarely jump into a series when it's finishing up, but I'm so glad I did in this case! The story was so much fun to read, with colorful characters, an engaging plot, and amazing character development. The progression the main characters made in a short time frame was really well done. It felt realistic and was a learning experience for me, as I had my doubts that it could be done. While it would have probably helped to have read the first two
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Kobo The third book in the Rogues and Rebels series, there was never a doubt in my mind that it would be an enjoyable read! The previous book made me feel so many emotions, and I fell in love with the characters. This book was no different, and I found myself eager to turn the page, no matter what else was going on in my life. Finished it in a day, without a shred of regret. The last thing Rosamund Gorse expected was to find herself fleeing to I
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Kobo The Widow of Rose House was a thoroughly enjoyable read from start to finish! The setting, the characters, the mystery and the paranormal - it all added up to a delightful read that, I am happy to say, has made it onto my Favorite Books of 2019 list. One of the things I enjoyed the most about this book was the beauty in the descriptions. I had no trouble at all envisioning the different scenes in the book, picturing the characters having their
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Kobo This was an epic Christian romance read! There was so much packed into this one book, I'm not sure I can pick one chapter that was my favorite - it was all good. There are many lessons to learn here, and I think I fully understood each one. Unconditional healing, quiet forgiveness, perseverance in the face of adversity, belief that God will provide. Each lesson was packaged neatly through Misty Beller's writing to give the reader something
Amazon (free on KU) | Barnes and Noble This was definitely a different feeling from Christi's other books! Not in a bad way, just had a vibe that felt a bit unfamiliar to me. As always, the book was splendid, the characters exciting and unique, and the story brought up so many emotions. The difference, I feel, is that the two main characters seem to diverge from Christi's typical male/female roles. In this book, the heroine was much stronger than the hero in many ways, an
Amazon (free on KU) A spooky book written in a way that mesmerizes the reader and draws you into the small village of Clun, England, a place where secrets abound and your silence may be what keeps you alive. I love romance written into mysteries, particularly murder mysteries, and Jeanine Englert did an amazing job of incorporating both elements into Lovely Digits. It was very unique - this is the first time I have read a book where the heroine is a 19th century mortician.
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Kobo I don't know what it is about Australia-based romance, but every time I read one, I feel like we need more Australia in our lives. The history of Australia is one that I don't think is taught enough in American schools, and I find it so rich and fascinating. This being a historical romance taking place in the late 19th century, you get an idea of what life was like back then, the different social classes among the people in the Australian bush
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Kobo **Trigger Warning at Review End** Joyful, horrified, amused, angry - all examples of emotions you will feel while reading this book! I had never read Natasha Lester prior to reading this book, and by the time I was done, I was wondering what had taken me so long. The time period during World War II is one of my favorites to read about, because there are so many perspectives, so much we still don't know, and I find myself always reaching for
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Kobo Full of fun, quirky characters, Diamond in the Rough is an enjoyable read for anyone who enjoys a lot of humor in their romances! And I do, especially when I use my books as an escape from reality. My habit is to highlight (on my tablet) all of the passages I like, usually involving humor or witty remarks. This book has so many highlights, folks. It wasn't just the main characters that brought a fun, lively energy to the story - it was all the
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Kobo What a comedy this book was! Amalie Howard and Angie Morgan created a romance that was one big game. It ought to have been called How to Lose a Betrothed in Ten Days, because that was basically the goal of both the hero and heroine. It was so much fun watching it escalate as each became more and more desperate to be rid of the other. Definitely a book to read if you need a laugh!
Ronan Maclaren, Duke of Dunrannoch and Maclaren Laird, has no
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Kobo This was a book that really surprised me with its dark undertones and real talk about what happens to women who are left vulnerable at the hands of men. Many books gloss over it, and I would liken Kerrigan's writing to that of Christi Caldwell in how they both handled the sensitive subject of sexual assault in their books - frank but keeping in mind the delicate nature of what has occurred. It's a much talked about topic these days, but it's s
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Kobo Having grown up initially in a time of letter writing and witnessing the introduction of texting and social media, I love books that incorporate the historical importance of the written word! We forget how much thought can go into a letter when we have instant communication with people at all times. There was a movie and show on Hallmark called Signed, Sealed, Delivered that reminded me so much of this book. Set in modern times, it followed a
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Kobo This is a tale of two people who are underestimated - one for being a woman and the other being a wounded soldier. It was so inspiring to see these two overcome what life threw at them and take control of their lives. Mimi Matthews is such a talented writer, and this book is no exception. Expect a sweet romance that grabs you by the heart and makes you believe in true love again. Phyllida Satterthwaite is a poor relation - beautiful in body
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The cast of characters in this story were delightful! Janna MacGregor has a way with words that draws the reader in and makes you want to jump straight into the pages. This is the 5th book in her Cavensham Heiresses series, and I have to say it's one of my favorites. It certainly encourages me to continue reading what comes next, and I can't wait to find out. Lady Theodora Worth has been sheltered all her life, cared for by her ailing grandf
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Kobo So much happened in this book, I had a hard time putting it down in my eagerness to find out what was to come! I love how Karen Witemeyer always creates a unique story with twists and turns along the way. It's never predictable, it's always romantic, and it's always a great read for a long weekend. I have yet to read a book by this author that wasn't a pleasant read - and I am a notoriously picky reader! Abigail Kemp needs a man. Any man w
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Kobo Kelly Bowen has done it again! She has grabbed my heart and taken it as her own with this emotional, inspiring story of secrets, good vs. evil, and love against all odds. The main characters had so many twists and turns to their story, and I loved how their interactions were genuine and heartfelt. There wasn't a scene in this book where I could say the author overdid the drama or underplayed the tragedy - it was passionate and real.