Friday, August 19, 2022

Review: Phantom Peak by Diane J. Reed

Phantom Peak by Diane J. Reed 

Phantom Peak is Book 2 in the Starlight & Sagebrush Series.

About the Book : 

Finding “forever love” takes on a whole new meaning when it entails unlocking the secrets of Bandits Hollow’s ghosts…Devastatingly handsome Hayes Sellier comes from a long line of ranchers who love to roll up their sleeves and put in a hard day’s work. So it comes as a big surprise to Hayes when he inherits the town’s grand Victorian opera house, which is filled to the rafters with exquisite antiques. 

The problem? It’s also filled with ghosts…

Along with a very sexy antique dealer named Amber Rove who claims the Town Council sold her all the furniture inside the building for a fundraiser. When these two lock horns over ownership of the salvage, their passion and chemistry fire hotter than a branding iron. Only Granny Tinker holds the wisdom to guide them toward their timeless love story that rivals even the town’s most legendary outlaws. 

My Review : 

First of all let's talk about this awesome book cover. I love the amazing background that perfectly conveys the beautiful setting of the story. Also the very handsome cowboy on the front. My favorite things about the paperback though is that it says the main character's name "Hayes" on the spine and has that lovely Starlight & Sagebrush stamp on front. Definitely makes me want to own the physical copies of these books! Okay, so onto what I thought about the story... 

I don't think I can express how much this author's writing just grabs me. Each story feels so special, vivid, and magical. Phantom Peak is a wonderful contemporary cowboy romance with magical realism and lots of heart. The main characters Amber and Hayes, have so much spark right from the start. Even when he's laughing and making her mad lol. I love their witty banter together and how they just seem to complement each other so well and I can't talk about how much I love Phantom Peak without mentioning Hayes' spunky uncle Lester. He's such a fun character and I love how he takes an instant shine to Amber. There were several times that Lester actually made me cry, I felt so attached to him. His deep devotion to Gloria was so heartwarming. Of course it goes without saying that Bandits Hollow is just such a special place to me and I love every time I get to visit it through Reed's stories. All of the characters have a very special place in my heart and I always cherish my time with them (especially Granny Tinker), it was also very cool to get to meet some of Bandits Hollow’s Opera House ghosts. I highly recommend Phantom Peak to cowboy romance lovers, especially those who enjoy magical realism. It can be read as a standalone, but I think it'd be a shame to miss out on any of these amazing books. 

** I received this book from the author. This is my voluntary and honest review. ** 

Friday, March 11, 2022

Review: The Inn on Mirror Lake


They swear they’re not right for each other but the matchmakers of Highland Falls are out to prove them wrong.
Elliana MacLeod has come home to whip the Mirror Lake Inn into tip-top shape, the only way to prevent her mother from selling the beloved family business. In between watching over mischievous, cigar-sneaking Grandpa Joe and trying to help Highland Falls win the Most Romantic Small Town in America contest, Elliana’s plate isn’t just full, it’s overflowing. She can’t refuse Nathan Black’s offer to fix up the inn, even if the gorgeous law enforcement officer has made it abundantly clear he considers her a friend, and nothing more.

Nate knows he’s not cut out for long-term relationships or white picket fences, and that’s what Ellie deserves. Yet keeping her at arm’s length is nearly impossible, especially once they’re working—and living—side-by-side. The more time he spends with Ellie, the more he wants, and not just for today but forever. When Ellie’s ex returns to town, has Nate missed his chance with the woman of his dreams?

My review:

The Inn on Mirror Lake is a wonderful addition to the heartwarming Highland Falls series. I'm in awe of how there can be suspense and some pretty serious things happening at times, yet the humor and love seem to really shine through and leave you with that warm feel-good feeling after reading. I have a soft spot for Nate and I love how Ellie gets through his tough exterior and around the walls he's built up around his heart. I hope to see more of him in the future books. Maybe he can even get a smile out of baby Michaela! Ellie was not my favorite female lead from this series, but I feel like she was a good fit for Nate so I'm still on board with this ship lol. I'm definitely looking forward to more in this series. When I see Debbie Mason's name on a book I know I must read it! 

** I received a digital review copy of this book via Netgalley.**

Thursday, February 24, 2022

Review: The Book Woman's Daughter


From the New York Times bestselling author of The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek!

Description from Netgalley:

Bestselling historical fiction author Kim Michele Richardson is back with the perfect book club read following Honey Lovett, the daughter of the beloved Troublesome book woman, who must fight for her own independence with the help of the women who guide her and the books that set her free.

In the ruggedness of the beautiful Kentucky mountains, Honey Lovett has always known that the old ways can make a hard life harder. As the daughter of the famed blue-skinned, Troublesome Creek packhorse librarian, Honey and her family have been hiding from the law all her life. But when her mother and father are imprisoned, Honey realizes she must fight to stay free, or risk being sent away for good.

Picking up her mother's old packhorse library route, Honey begins to deliver books to the remote hollers of Appalachia. Honey is looking to prove that she doesn't need anyone telling her how to survive. But the route can be treacherous, and some folks aren't as keen to let a woman pave her own way.

If Honey wants to bring the freedom books provide to the families who need it most, she's going to have to fight for her place, and along the way, learn that the extraordinary women who run the hills and hollers can make all the difference in the world.

My Review: 

The Book Woman's Daughter is such a gripping emotional novel full of heart, hope, determination, and a fair share of injustice as well. I knew right away I needed to read this sequel to the powerful "The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek" that had me crying and thinking it over for days after I'd finished reading. I'm happy to saw I found the sequel just as compelling. I was certainly glad to see some familiar characters helping her along the way and was downright mad for all the horrible things she had to endure. Just like her momma she maintained her kind heart though. Which is one of my favorite things about this series. If you loved the first book as much as I did, then I definitely recommend you read The Book Woman's Daughter. 

** I received an advanced digital review copy via Netgalley. **

Friday, October 29, 2021

Fallen Peaks Preorder and Review of A Very Mountain Man Halloween


This holiday season, Shaw Hart is releasing a series of contemporary romances featuring five mountain men! Check out the FALLEN PEAK series and pre-order your copy today!!


Get ready to fall in love with the mountain men of Fallen Peak. These five men are all determined to be alone until the women that they're meant to be with find their way past their defenses. Grab a blanket and curl up as we head up the mountain to Fallen Peak!



Rory: It all started six months ago when I accidentally emailed the wrong person.   From the first email, I was addicted.   Over the last six months, we’ve formed a connection. We became friends, sharing everything. From there, we became best friends, but now I’m hoping that, maybe, we could be something more.   Our emails have gone from nervous banter to fun to flirty, so it only made sense to me that we should take our relationship to the next level and finally meet each other in person.     Rhodes: I was hooked on Rory from the very first email.   I've only fallen for her more in the last six months but I know that there's no way that she could love me. Not with my hulking size and the scars that run down the left side of my face and body.   When she shows up on my doorstep, I'm shocked.   Not because she looks like a curvy goddess, but because she doesn't seem disgusted by my appearance.   When Valentine's Day is over, will I be able to let her go back home?  

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He’s my kidnapper… and my protector?   Magnolia:   It all started three months ago. That was when my restraining order was finally approved.   Unfortunately, it hasn’t stopped my stalker from following me from one town to the next.   Then I make a stop in Fallen Peak and my situation seems to go from bad to worse.   Graham:   I don’t know what drew me to the curvy blonde bombshell, but one look and I knew that she was meant to be mine.   When I clock the hooded figure following her, I react and kidnap her before they can hurt her.   Now I’ve got to convince my dream girl that she can trust me to keep her safe while unraveling the mystery of who is really after her.   Will Graham be able to slay Magnolia’s monsters this Halloween and convince her that she belongs with him?  

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He’s the man of her dreams, but she’s not who he thinks she is…   Myra:   It all started two weeks ago. I needed to leave town, but I had nowhere to go.   That’s when I stumbled on my roommate’s dating profile and saw the sweet messages some guy sent her. He invited her to come visit him and left his address.   So, I may have stolen her account and messaged him back that I was on my way.   It was only meant to be a few days, but once I meet Alder, I don’t want to let him go.   Alder:   When Myra shows up on my doorstep claiming to be the girl that I’ve been messaging online, I know that she’s lying but I don’t have it in me to turn the curvy girl away.   So instead, I invite her in and try to see how far she’s willing to go with all of this.   Then something happens.   I start to fall for the lonely little liar.   Will Alder be able to let Myra go? Or will he have something special to be thankful for this Thanksgiving?  

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What happens when your pretend husband happens to be the man of your dreams? Tilly:   It all started ten months ago. I had just gotten to Fallen Peak and met my new boss.   Ledger Miles.   He’d be the man of her dreams if he wasn’t such a jerk.   When the accident happens and she’s called to the hospital, she’s shocked to learn that Ledger doesn’t remember his life.   In fact, the only thing he is sure of, is that they’re married.   Ledger:   When Tilly first got to town, I knew that she was going to mess everything up.   I never wanted to settle down but ever since she’s got to town, I can’t stop thinking about what wedding ring would look best on her finger or how good her curvy figure would look if she was pregnant with my baby.   Maybe that’s why I assume she’s my wife when I first wake up in the hospital.   After a few days, my memories come back but I can’t seem to get the words out to admit that to Tilly.   Will Ledger be able to get the present that he wants this Christmas?  

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A surprise pregnancy. A second chance to realize how right they are together.   Snow:   It all started five weeks ago. That’s when I had a one night stand with the hottest lumberjack that I’ve ever seen.   I thought that it would be fine. I would finally do something crazy before I settled into my boring life as an accountant.   Then I miss my period and all three pregnancy tests come back positive.   I’m kind of freaking out and I have no idea what to do next. The only thing that I do know, is that I need to track down that lumberjack and let him know that he’s about to a daddy.   Wells:   When Snow shows up on his doorstep, he can’t wait to get her out of his house and his town. He knows that he can’t be in a relationship so maybe he’s a little harsh with her as he escorts her back to her car. He just doesn’t want to waste anymore of her time.   Then she tells him that she’s pregnant with his baby and everything changes.   Wells’ New Year’s resolution this year is to convince Snow to give him a second chance, but will he be able to make that come true?

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About Shaw Hart:

Shaw Hart is an Amazon Top 100 best-selling author of contemporary and New Adult romance. She loves writing instalove romances that always end in happily ever afters. She lives in a constant state of motion, chasing after her two children and three dogs. Shaw enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends. When she’s not doing that, she’s reading romance books, watching stand up comedies or crime TV shows. Her favorite book tropes are secret baby and boss/employee romances. She’s a big fan of James Acaster, Anthony Jeselnik, Nate Bargatze, and John Mulaney’s comedy. Her favorite TV shows are Psych, Burn Notice, Leverage, Barry, Bob’s Burgers, and New Girl. She’s a Pinterest addict, dog lover, tea snob, and a wannabe yogi. She also writes contemporary romance books under the pen name, Rebecca Wilder, and she’s one half of the paranormal romance duo, Skye Alder.  

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Review: A Very Mountain Man Halloween


If you enjoy strong protective men and steamy scenes with a side of Halloween, then this is the book for you. 
Magnolia is being followed by an ex boss's son that just won't take no for an answer. The restraining order means nothing to him. Luckily Graham notices her stalker and kidnaps her first. It's crazy how she instantly feels safe with him. They have great chemistry and I love how he's determined to keep her safe and also make her his own. Definitely a hot read, but has some cute moments as well. Although it's book two of the series it can easily be read as a standalone, but after reading this one I think I want to read them rest of them as well. I'm sure you will too! 😉 

Happy Halloween 🎃👻🧛‍♀️ 

Monday, May 17, 2021

Review: Queen by Royal Appointment by Lucy Monroe

Queen by Royal Appointment is a riveting fast read. I have never read a book pertaining to royals, but was instantly intrigued. Nataliya is obligated to a contract of marriage to a prince, but she does not see him as fit for her to marry. Which I loved! I mean who is brave enough to say nope this PRINCE is not worthy of marriage to me?!!! I automatically liked her for that, as well as the fact that she presents herself with dignity and strength. She would not let the royal family push her around! Nikolai wanting to fulfill the marriage contract instead of his brother makes things very interesting. Especially considering Nataliya had a huge crush on him as a teen. I don't want to reveal much more and spoil the story, but I will say that I definitely like the way Nikolai respects Nataliya and think that he is super romantic, although he doesn't seem to believe so. His past makes his stake in the relationship very telling. I am really glad about the way things work out for them. They have great chemistry and a great respect for each other which is just as important. I loved Queen by Royal Appointment and think I will have to try more romances about royals if they are all this good!

Friday, April 23, 2021

Cover reveal - Stealing Infinity by Alyson Noël

Today is the cover reveal for Stealing Infinity and I just can't get over how gorgeous it is. Isn't it stunning?

Stealing Infinity by #1 NYT bestselling author Alyson Noël releases 2-1-2022


When a young girl with an usual gift is whisked away to an academy for time-travelling teens, she becomes the target for a sinister organization hell-bent on rewriting history in this clever and fast-paced YA that is guaranteed to become your next fantasy romance obsession.




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Monday, February 8, 2021

Review: Love Spells and Other Disasters

 Love Spells and Other Disasters left me with mixed emotions. It was a nice mix of contemporary and magic. Magical realism is one of my favorite types of stories. The story is mostly cute and fun in the beginning, but towards the end things did get a bit dark. I was expecting a light fluffy read and I am not really sure how to express more of my thoughts on the rest of the book without possible spoilers so be warned to stop now if you want to avoid those. Okay, so the twist with Luca I definitely saw coming, but didn't mind as I really liked him as a character and thought things still came out to my liking in the end. The things I did not like were the abuse that takes place as a result of the spells, but more than that was the fact that some of those people were still mad that the spells got cancelled out and wanted a new spell. Like what?!! You are no longer under a spell, but want to go back to being abused?!!! Also Ethan after the spell was removed was so annoying and just plain childish. Ugh, he really got on my bad side lol. There was also a scene were it subtly described two teens having sex which made me feel a bit awkward. I know it's a reality of life, but I didn't expect it in the story and would rather not read that. So although I enjoyed the story overall there were some things that made me cringe.

** I received an advanced digital copy for this book through Netgalley. **