Tuesday, July 22, 2014

"His Wife for a While"

Desperate Bachelor

Ben Danvers was about to lose everything―unless he found a woman willing to become his wife. The terms of his grandfather's will were outrageous, but they were iron clad. Just when Ben was about to give up all hope, the last woman he ever expected to wed made a startling proposal.

Bargaining Bride

Chelsea Carson offered Ben a deal he couldn't refuse. He could keep the family fruit orchard if he would make her one and only dream come true. But there were to be no strings attached, no messy emotions when it was over. Their makeshift marriage would be perfect―unless Chelsea allowed love to bungle the plan.

My Thoughts....

As always I enjoyed this book by Donna Fasano. I did something a bit different with this book, I downloaded it onto my Kindle, and listened to the auto version instead of reading it. I think because of that I enjoyed it more than if I had read it. 

 Ms. Fasano wrote this feel-good,fun light romantic story, with a bit of a twist to it. They got married first and fell in love later, which was nice for a change. I found Chelsea a bit  of a pain, but in the end all turned out happily-ever-after. I enjoyed the story enough to award it 3 fruity stars.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

"Reading Challenges....COMPLETED"

Since I've completed my "Reading Challenges" I have decided to take a break from blogging for the Summer. I will still be reading, but not posting reviews for the Summer... I will probably be back in September, 2014. Until then...ENJOY YOUR SUMMER!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

"Deadly Notions"

South Carolina's Sweet Briar Ladies Society sewing circle is one tight-knit group~~if you cross one lady, you cross them all. But when one of the town's most insufferable moms is murdered, the group finds itself fraying at the seams.

Ever since she joined the circle, librarian Tori Sinclair has known she'd do anything for her new friends~~including throw a birthday party for a fellow sewer's daughter. While the party is a hit, self-important pageant mom Ashley Lawson and her rude attitude leave the ladies wanting to permanently shut her high-maintenance mouth. But when Ashley turns up dead, the sewing circle is shocked~~because as much as they wanted to strangle her, none of them actually would.

With the town aware that the entire club made threats against Mrs. Lawson, Tori and the girls need to band together to figure out who really murdered the monster mom, before the finger-pointing and gossip cause their friendship to unravel...

My Thoughts...

This is the first book I've read by this author, Elizabeth Lynn Casey. It is another sweet and charming southern cozy mystery. There's a lot of fun, folksy characters, and a lot of southern folksy sayings throughout the story. It was a "Southern Sewing Circle" series book, not sure what number in the series, but it was a stand-alone book as well. It was an okay read, but just a bit wordy in this old readers opinion. But all-in-all a very enjoyable story. I enjoyed it enough to award it 3 sweet and charming stars. 

This book is a part of my personal library.

Monday, May 19, 2014

"All I Want Is You"

Vintage boutique owner Venus Smith is stunned to realize her newest acquisition comes with a larcenous legend. Stolen years ago, the antique mermaid brooch belongs to the Clayworth family. The right thing to do would be to return it, but that means facing Connor Clayworth O'Flynn, the sexy department store heir Venus has had an unrequited crush on since childhood~~and the man who helped ruin her father.

Connor knows that Venus has never forgiven him for what happened between their families. But business isn't personal, even though Venus's father's betrayal still cuts him like a knife. So when Venus proposes a deal~~she'll return his family's brooch if he helps clear her father's name~~he reluctantly agrees. As action-packed days turn into flirtatious fall nights, it isn't long before old memories resurface...and new desires ignite. Can two young lovers leave the past behind? Or must they first admit that all they've ever really wanted...is each other?

My Thoughts...

This is the first book I've read by Sherrill Bodine. It was one of those light bubbly romance novels with an underlying mystery to solve, which made it an enjoyable read. 

"All I Want Is You" was a rousing good time...dishy, delicious, and delightful. I'm a fool for romance with a twist of mystery thrown into the story, therefore, I found this book quite entertaining.

I won this book a year or two ago from another book blogger. (Sorry, I can't remember who) The book is now a part of my personal library and I enjoyed it enough to award it 3 lovely shining stars.

Friday, May 16, 2014

"Murder on the Red Carpet"

The last thing Arlena Madison and Penelope Sutherland expect to find while searching for their runaway dog, Zazoo, is a beautiful young girl buried in the snow on the side of the road. When the police discover that the murdered girl was obsessed with Arlena, an up-and-coming actress, questions arise about possible connections between the victim and the legendary Madison family. Arlena has just been cast as the lead actress in iconic film director Salvatore Marco's next movie. If she can prove herself as a serious actress, it might just be her ticket out of the cut-rate horror movie world.

Penelope has just gotten her big break, too. Her company, Red Carpet Catering, has booked its first real job on the Marco movie, cooking every meal during filming. She can't believe her luck, working with the famous director and also with her best friend, Arlena. But when serious accidents begin threatening the lives of the cast and crew, the whole production is in danger of being shut down.

Detective Joseph Baglioni, a childhood friend of Penelope's, tracks the killer who lurks among the stars. His search leads him into the world of celebrity stalkers, aggressive paparazzi, crazed fans, and Hollywood deal makers, all with agendas of their own. In a desperate race to catch a killer, he discovers that past mistakes don't always stay buried and the lies people tell have the power to undo them.

My Thoughts...

Shawn Reilly Simmons has written a fun cozy mystery with a heroine who is a caterer, some romance, plenty of intrigue, suspense and a cute little doggie, Zazoo thrown into the mix.

The novel was a fun, fast, cozy read that kept me entertained right up to the surprise ending. It was a delightful treat to read.

This is the first book by Ms. Simmons, and I thought it was a wonderful book for her debut book. I don't know if it is going to be a series or not, but if there is another one in the series I will be willing to read it.

This book is part of my Kindle library and I enjoyed it so much I awarded it 4 "Red Carpet" stars.

Reading Challenge...

Cozy Reading Challenge

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

"Take Me, I'm Yours"

Sexy single dad Derek Mitchell had learned the hard way to never trust a beautiful woman. So although he would always be indebted to Lainey Adams for thwarting a kidnapping attempt on his beloved daughter, he wasn't about to show his gratitude by offering his heart on a silver platter! But what was the brooding bachelor to do when his matchmaking millionaire father rewarded Lainey's heroism...by giving her part of the family fortune? For despite Derek's love phobia, something about the beguiling Lainey touched his soul, filling him with hope—and desire. Yet he sensed that she was keeping secrets—the kind that could shatter his world..

My Thoughts....

This book is the ninth book I've read by this author, Donna Fasano, she is fast becoming one of my favorite authors of romantic novels. She keeps them "PG" rated, which is a big plus for me.

I wanted something light to read and this book hit the spot. It had me from the very first words, "Sunlight reflected on the ocean" it drew me right into the story. It was a fast read (I read it in one day) a delightfully fun and charming book with a little mystery thrown in. Frankly, I found it quite entertaining.

Once I started reading the book I didn't want to put it down. I really like reading happily-ever-after romantic books, I call them my 'Cinderella' books, and again this one did not disappoint.

This book is part of my Nook library and I enjoyed it enough to award it 5 lovely star kisses.