#Review of Annie’s Recipe (Hope Chest of Dreams #2) by Lisa Jones Baker w/a rafflecopter giveaway!

Annie’s Recipe

by Lisa Jones Baker

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GENRE: Inspirational Romance (Amish)

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BLURB:

Annie Mast and Levi Miller were childhood best friends until his father was shunned. Now, 10 years later, Levi returns to Arthur, Il, and he and Annie discover their bond is as strong as ever. Soon they begin imagining a future together, but that’s unlikely to happen. Levi is part of the English world, and Annie is Amish. But together, with love on their side, they may just find their way to an answered prayer.

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EXCERPT THREE:

The small brown freckle under Annie’s right eye that he’d teased her about as a kid had developed into something of a beauty mark. It belonged there. To Levi’s dismay, his pulse picked up speed. He wanted more time with her. She was of Rumspringa age, so she could do non-Amish things. But that would only be for a couple of years, not forever.   

Behind them, Aunt Abigail followed in a separate buggy with Aidan and Elijah. As Levi glanced back at Jake, the kid responded with a big grin. To Levi’s surprise, an unexpected appreciation for the ambience in the buggy, often referred to as the fiberglass box, welled in his chest.  He sat back as the horses stepped it up.

Automatically, Levi looked down. There wasn’t a trace of dirt on the beautiful navy velvet cushion that softened the hard bench. He remembered when his mother had used a lint brush to clean their buggy. On the sides were two small viewing windows and one in the back.  

A blue homemade quilt was rolled up and slightly draped over the backseat. He’d forgotten what it was like being in a means of transportation with no seat belts or radio. Levi missed the music. He was used to driving his dad’s truck and had traversed country roads long before he’d gotten his license a few years before.

As they traveled, Levi glanced back to smile at little Jake. The response was a large toothless grin and eyes wide with excitement. Levi knew the child was dying to spend time with him.

Levi had nearly decided not to come today. Even though there had been no mention of the shunning, everyone knew it had happened. He had never discussed it with anyone. He and Annie had shared everything when they were young. And despite their unbreakable bond, she was still Amish.

I’ve got to stop thinking about her.      

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Shocked, aren’t you?  Amish Romance?  Harlie, what has happened to you?  Well, I’ll tell you something.  I like my Amish Romance, Christian Romance, Inspirational Romance.  This might shock you even more…I grew up in the church.  I have a cousin that is a preacher, too.  We still go to church.  And yes, I still read a broad selection of romance.  I don’t judge.  I wasn’t brought up that way.  We are all God’s children.  Anyway…

What makes this book so special?  The characters Levi and Annie.  Levi, being Amish but then having to leave.  Raised an Englischer afterward, he shows up at a wedding that Annie is attending.  It’s like the years melted away for these two.  You could feel the love right away with them but with one foot in the Amish and the other in the ways of the English, Levi has it rough.  Ms. Baker knows her Amish.  She understands their ways and also how it would feel to be in love with someone that was born Amish but raised somewhere else.  What else is interesting is that the characters are young but Annie is due for her rumspringa and Levi knew this.

Annie is breath of fresh air.  Young but always knowing that Levi was her one and only in some ways cracked my heart.  I loved reading her journal entries.  Brought depth to her character and let me see things that she could do or say to her family.  She is truly conflicted when it came to Levi.  However, I didn’t like how her mother didn’t trust her with Levi.  And all just because he was now English.  If I had one thing to say about the Amish…that belief has always bothered me.

This book is about love, friendship, and faith.  Not just in religion but also in yourself.  This a beautifully written sweet romance by Ms. Baker.  I know that most of yall won’t read the book but you really need to give it a chance.  There are some twists in their story that I didn’t see coming but with 10 years between them, Annie will finally get the answers she needs but what will she do once she gets them?  Read the book and find out.

 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Lisa Jones Baker is a multi-published author with Kensington Books.  Her debut book of THE HOPE CHEST OF DREAMS series, REBECCA’S BOUQUET, won a Publishers Weekly starred review.  A former teacher with a BA degree in French education, Lisa has been on 5 out of 7 continents, is a dog lover, enjoys positive thinkers , volunteering in her church’s food pantry, and strong female characters.     

You can find her on

Website: http://www.lisajonesbaker.com/

http://www.kensingtonbooks.com/author.aspx/31739

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009288891265

Buy Link:

https://www.amazon.com/Annies-Recipe-Hope-Chest-Dreams-ebook/dp/B01GBAG58S

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Lisa will be awarding a $50 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.
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Happy Book Birthday to Riptide, a Renegades novel by Skye Jordan w/a giveaway! #giveaway @skye_jordan

Amazing Ocean Wave Breaking at Sunset, Epic Surf

TITLE: RIPTIDE, A Renegades Novel

 

TAGLINE: Enjoy the ride…

 

RELEASE DATE: 5/12/17

 

BLURB: When pro surfer Zach Ellis isn’t traveling the world-wide competition circuit, he works as a Renegade stunt double for the hit TV series, Hawaiian Heat. After years of tangling with the ocean, his body has paid the price. So when he gets a shot at a star roll on the show, Zach’s all in. He celebrates the career opportunity by taking a chance on a woman who’s not his usual island-girl type, only to discover he can’t bear to let her go.

 

Tessa Drake belongs mired in legislation battles in Washington DC, not standing on the sidelines of a filming set in Maui like a wannabe starlet. But even more important than her law career, Tessa needs Zach Ellis’s signature on legal papers. Papers that relinquish his parental rights so Tessa can adopt the girl who already calls her mommy. When she discovers Zach has slipped out of town before she makes contact, Tessa takes solace in the sexy star of Hawaiian Heat. A man whose warmth and dazzling grin makes her Mensa-level IQ vanish into thin air.

 

After an electrifying night together, Tessa is horrified to discover just who rocked her world.  Zach is stunned to learn he’s a father. And both find themselves caught in a riptide pulling them in the opposite direction of their dreams.
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#Review of Realm Enforcers: Books 1-3 by Rebecca Zanetti w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @RebeccaZanetti

Realm Enforcers: Books 1 – 3

by Rebecca Zanetti

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GENRE: Paranormal Romance

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BLURB:

If you love Rebecca Zanetti’s Dark Protectors, try the wicked hot Realm Enforcers, together for the first time . . .

Wicked Ride

Seattle vice cop Alexandra Monzelle’s short skirt and sex-kitten heels are tools to lure her suspects into talking about the deadly new drug hitting the streets. But Kellach Dunne is complicating matters. An affair with an immortal like him could undo everything—including every bit of her resistance . . .

Wicked Edge

When Coven Nine Enforcer Daire Dunne spots Cee Cee across a Titan’s of Fire party, it’s not long before she’s back in his apartment. Where after one overheated kiss, she drugs Daire and steals valuable files that can’t fall into enemy hands. The second he comes to, the hunt is on . . .

Wicked Burn

Irish witch Simone Brightston didn’t get to her position on the high council without serious power. But of all the men she’s known, Nikolaj Veis is the hardest to intimidate. So when he pulls up on a roaring bike and tells her to climb on or fight it out, the only thing to do is grab a handful of jacket and hold on tight . . .

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A couple of things first.  I’ve NEVER read Ms. Zanetti before.  Seriously, not one book.  So why did I choose this series to start?  Knowing that it’s a spinoff?  Yes, I’m a glutton but I dove in and I’m glad that I did.  This is the first books in her Realm series that is a spinoff of the Dark Protectors.  Now, let me tell you a tale.  I barely read PNR so when I started reading the series, I was surprised.  This is a series about a group of men that are supposed to protect a coven of witches.  I know, right?  Witches!!!  I’ve never read a book about witches.  So I dug in.

I will have to say that Wicked Burn was my favorite of the 3.  There was just something about Nik and Simone that just wouldn’t let me go.  Passionate, exhilarating and exciting is how I can describe it.  The action never lets up with these two.  They have a back story which I liked, too.  Don’t get me wrong, I liked Daire/Cee Cee and Kellach/Alex, too.  What’s not to love about hot alpha men that will die to protect the women that they love.  My heart was just taken by Nik and Simone.  Simone gave as good as she got but there is an underlying vulnerability to her that spoke to me.  Nik is just too much at times in the book.  And I mean that in a good way.  😉

The cat and mouse games that happen in all three books is terrific.  I was literally on the edge of my bed (I read in bed) during most of the books.  Ms. Zanetti writes romantic suspense like I like it.  Fast, hot, sexy and with enough twists that make my head spin.  Now, I will always have to say that some of the secondary characters I didn’t quite understand but that’s all because they are in her other books.  It didn’t take away from my enjoyment of these books.

Overall, I liked the series.  I realize that there are more books in the Realm series, too.  I plan on getting them for my summer reading.  I think you should too.  But be warned…this is NOT a new series.  And when I told some peeps that I was reading them, they suggested that I read the Dark Protectors first.  Me, I didn’t listen but it didn’t take away from my enjoyment.

 

 

Excerpt Three:

Wicked Edge

“Just let me go.”

“No.” Apparently finished with the conversation, he swung his torso and lifted, landing her squarely behind him.

Her ass hit the leather seat. Damn it. How in the world had she forgotten his strength? Even for a demon, his was unreal. He’d lifted her with one hand, and he wasn’t even breathing hard. Before she could protest and burn his ears off, he ignited the engine and roared into the street.

She yelped and grabbed his dress shirt with both hands, leaning in for balance.

Nick Veis handled a Ducati like he did everything else in life . . . using control edged with a hint of violence. The contrast between the elegant demon official that he showed the world and the primal being lurking inside him showed just how far he’d come since this latest war had ended. But the elegance was merely a mask for the cold predator lurking beneath.

She wasn’t the same wide-eyed girl he’d played with before. It had taken years, but she was as tough as they came, and she could handle him. “Let me go.” She leaned up to hiss in his ear while allowing plasma to course along her hands. Creating flames out of oxygen calmed her.

The fire bit into the back of his dark shirt, and smoke rose. “Dammit, Simone,” he bit back, swerving to avoid a school bus. She allowed the fire to dissipate. Burning him held little appeal at the moment, with him driving and her life in his hands. But the sight of the perfect handprints burned into his shirt made her smile. Leaning into him, she allowed herself just one moment to feel. The chill of a Seattle morning, still misty and damp, had no power over the warmth from the demon. Firm lines and smooth muscle filled her palms. It had been over a century since she’d touched him, and if anything, he felt harder than ever. Streamlined and tough. As a soldier, he was unbeatable . . . but his true strength lay in strategy. Zane Kyllwood now ruled the demon nation because Nicholai Veis had protected, groomed, and then defended him until it was time to take over.

There was a moment, centuries ago, when she had believed that Nick would sacrifice his entire future for her. How wrong she’d been, and there was no going back. Even now, with peace ruling, Nick was one cold bastard.

“You’re out of my life,” Simone whispered, more to herself than to the warrior.

He stiffened and turned his head to the side, deftly driving around a series of potholes. “No, I’m not, and you’d better get used to that fact right now.”

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Rebecca Zanetti has worked as an art curator, Senate aide, lawyer, college professor, and a hearing examiner – only to culminate it all in stories about Alpha males and the women who claim them. She writes contemporary romances, dark paranormal romances, and romantic suspense novels.

Growing up amid the glorious backdrops and winter wonderlands of the Pacific Northwest has given Rebecca fantastic scenery and adventures to weave into her stories. She resides in the wild north with her husband, children, and extended family who inspire her every day—or at the very least give her plenty of characters to write about.

Author Links:

Website: http://rebeccazanetti.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RebeccaZanetti.Author.FanPage     

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RebeccaZanetti

 

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