#Review of The Wedding March (The Business of Weddings #4) by Tara Randal w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @TaraRandal @HarlequinHeartwarmingAuthors

The Wedding March
(The Business of Weddings #4)
Tara Randel
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
March 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

The help only he can offer…

Cypress Pointe, Florida, is a long way from LA, where pop singer Cassie Branford needs a hit to prove she’s not a two album wonder. But her case of writer’s block could be over when the struggling songwriter meets Luke Hastings at a family wedding.

The legendary musician walked away from success at the height of his career. Yet Luke is already inspiring Cassie with his dedication to building a permanent community outreach center for troubled teens. Volunteering to help bring music into these kids’ lives is also bringing her and Luke closer. Maybe they’re not as different as he thinks…

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Why do I feel like I’m rubber-stamping my reviews for this line?  I don’t mean too.  Really.  But I can not say enough good things about the line.  If you like sweet romance with depth, characters that you instantly fall in love with and when you finish the book, your heart is happy…then this is the line for you.  Harlequin Heartwarming just gets it.  Truly they do.  I haven’t read a bad book from this line at all.  In fact, this is my second book from Ms. Randel and I loved it just as much.

What really stood out for me in this one though was the depth that Cassie really felt for one of the kids at the club.  She didn’t have too but she did.  It showed great character depth for her and also showed Luke that she wasn’t fluff but really solid as a person.  In fact, the kids at the club play a huge part in the romance.  I know, kids can be plot devices but Ms. Randal shows us that teenagers have feelings, too and that sometimes they just need to find that one adult that will truly listen to them and understand.  (Trust me, I sub at our high school enough.  I see it all the time.  Plus, I have a few that single me out every time I’m on campus.  Just to say Hello and that they miss me in class.)  Luke understands the kids, too but somehow, he let the kids rule his so called life and he forgot how to live again.  Sure, his ex-wife did a MAJOR number on him but it wasn’t until Cassie showed up that he really understood how to live again and maybe (?) write music again.

The music portions of the book were good, too.  I liked how Cassie had writer’s block.  I have writer’s block all the time.  I have 4 books on my computer that are not finished because I can’t get past it.  Preach sister!  But what struck me was when Luke and Cassie finally decided to collaborate together and it just clicked.  *NOTE*  I would have liked an epilogue to see if “the” song was ever recorded.  But that’s just me.  Luke is such a great hero.  Loving but so alone.  Again, it wasn’t until Cassie came into his life that he realized how alone he really was.

I wish that I could have nice things to say about Cassie’s dad.  He’s one of the worst dad’s out there.  I just wish that Lauren didn’t have to get hurt in the process but Cassie has warned her too many times.  But with that in mind, Cassie knew it all along.

By the end of the book, I was sad.  I didn’t want it to end but alas, it had too.  I will miss the colored streak in Cassie’s hair, Luke’s kisses (Oh my), Denny and Erin and the goings on in Cypress Pointe.  Great character growth and depth from Cassie and Luke.  And yes, Ms. Randal gets it too.  She writes a beautiful love story that everyone can read and have a happy heart in the end.  Hopefully she will visit this town again.  I must come to the wedding of Nealy and Dane.  😉

About the Author

USA Today Bestselling Author Tara Randel has enjoyed a lifelong love of books, especially romance and mystery genres, so it didn’t come as a surprise when she began writing with the dream of becoming published. Family values, mystery and, of course, love and romance are her favorite themes, because she believes love is the greatest gift of all. Tara lives on the West Coast of Florida, where gorgeous sunsets inspire the creation of heartwarming stories, filled with love, laughter and the occasional mystery.

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Tour Schedule

March 12th: Launch
March 13th: Falling Leaves
March 14th: Reading Is My SuperPower & Book Lover in Florida
March 15th: Hearts & Scribbles
March 16th: Christy’s Cozy Corners & Rainy Day Reviews
March 17th: The Silver Dagger Scriptorium & Bookworm Lisa
March 19th: Heidi Reads…
March 20th: Katie’s Clean Book CollectionMel’s Shelves & Rockin’ Book Reviews
March 21st: Wishful Endings & Getting Your Read On
March 22nd: underneath the covers & Hardcover Feedback
March 23rd: Harlie’s Books & Becky on Books
March 24th: Grand Finale

Tour Giveaway

– US PRIZE PACK: Signed copies of the first three books in The Business of Weddings series by Tara Randel, a $25 gift card for Dunkin’ Donuts, a coffee mug with an inspirational message: “Something beautiful is on the horizon,” and a Harlequin Heartwarming tote bag. (US only)
– $25 Amazon eCard (open internationally)
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Sanctuary Cove
by Kate James
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
March 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Can his safe haven be enough for her?

Emma Meadows never imagined that sticking to her principles against an act of corruption by a New York senator would cost her her job as VP of communications. Heartbroken, she retreats to her cottage in the Adirondacks to lick her wounds and, in the process, rescues an injured dog that only Josh Whitmore can save.

The veterinarian works diligently to bring dog and woman back to full fighting form, until allegations against the senator become more serious. Seeing Emma’s reaction to the increasing pressure, Josh realizes that inevitably she’ll find a way back to the top…and he’ll likely lose her for good.

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What can I say?  I love this line from Harlequin.  Clean, sweet, emotional and always heartwarming.  This one is a bit different, though.  There’s kissing in it.  I know, right?  You feel the love flow through Josh and Emma slowly at first.  Ms. James takes her time with them in becoming a full-fledged couple.  Sure, they date and kiss but it’s that inevitable saying of the 3 little words from Josh throws a wrench into Emma’s thoughts and feelings.  I liked that.  Typically, it’s the woman that falls first but not here.  Oh no, Josh falls hard and fast.  He would do anything for her and Max and Theo.

Their cute meet is funny but also kinda sad.  Like the lump in throat sad because of Theo.  But no worries in the end.  I just loved how Ms. James brought Josh’s practice into the story and Emma finds a friend in Sherry.  She’s a nut but the good kind.  A sounding board for Emma but also one that lets Emma have her first true girlfriend.  I also liked Anna, Josh’s sister.  Speaking of parents, the scene where Emma meets Josh’s parents for the first time.  Classic but charming nonetheless.

The suspense element is clever, too.  The way that Ms. James wove it in…Between Richard, the ex-boyfriend, Daniel the reporter, Arlene and even Chad.  Some of the things that were done by the senator.  I just can’t imagine and the depth of the corruption.  It was very interesting how Ms. James came up with that plot.  I’m in awe.  I would have never thought of that.  It read like any great suspense/political thriller that I’ve ever read.  😉  Trust me, it’s that good.

Overall, I just loved Emma and Josh.  They took their time in their romance and realized just how much they truly meant to each other.  Bravo to the people at Harlequin for this line.  You have a fan for life.  Did I mention that there are dogs and puppies?

About the Author

Kate spent much of her childhood abroad before attending university in Canada. She built a successful business career, but her passion has always been literature. As a result, Kate turned her energy to her love of the written word. Kate’s goal is to entertain her readers with engaging stories featuring strong, likable characters. Kate has been honored with numerous awards for her writing. She and her husband, Ken, enjoy traveling and the outdoors, with their beloved Labrador Retrievers, Harley and Logan.

Kate would love to hear from you! You can connect with her by email, through her website, her Facebook pageTwitter, or mail at PO Box 446, Schomberg, ON, L0G 1T0, Canada.

 
  

Tour Schedule

March 11th: Launch
March 12th:
Katie’s Clean Book Collection
Hearts & Scribbles
Rockin’ Book Reviews
underneath the covers
Becky on Books
March 13th:
With Love for Books
Zerina Blossom’s Books
Faithfully Bookish
deal sharing aunt
My Devotional Thoughts
March 14th:
Getting Your Read On
Thoughts of a Blonde
Christy’s Cozy Corners
Mel’s Shelves
March 15th:
A Slice of Life
The Silver Dagger Scriptorium
Hardcover Feedback
Falling Leaves
Granny Loves to Read
March 16th:
Reading Is My SuperPower
Harlie’s Books
Rosanna Leo
Heidi Reads…
March 17th: Grand Finale

Tour Giveaway

US/CAN PRIZE PACK, which consists of:
– San Diego K-9 Series T-shirt (winner’s choice of size S, M or L)
– San Diego K-9 Series tote bag
– San Diego K-9 Series mug and a small pack of gourmet coffee
– Signed copy of When Love Matters Most (second book in the San Diego K-9 Series)
– Signed copy of The Truth About Hope
When I Found You (third book in the San Diego K-9 Series) key chain
– An assortment of bookmarks and bookplates
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Her Secret Life
(Where Secrets are Safe #10)
by Tara Taylor Quinn
Adult Contemporary Romance, Suspense
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
March 1st 2017 by Harlequin Superromance

It takes courage to choose love… 

Internet security expert Michael Valentine knows his place in Kacey Hamilton’s life. The soap opera star lives in two worlds: glamorous Hollywood and small town Santa Raquel, where she volunteers with him at The Lemonade Stand women’s shelter. The key to their friendship is maintaining boundaries. And after an accident years ago left him badly scarred, he won’t expect anything more. But when threats against Kacey escalate, Michael will stop at nothing to protect her. Even if his investigation means confronting more than just her attacker as Kacey’s interest in him starts to go deeper than friendship…

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I know that I rave about Ms. Quinn but come on, I’ve been reading her books for years and she never disappoints.  Never.  I couldn’t wait to jump into Kacey’s book.  She is introduced in her twin sister’s, Lacey’s book, His First Choice.  You don’t necessarily have to read it but it will give you a better understanding of Kacey in this one.  It’s a good one, too.  Deals with domestic violence against a man.  Yes, Ms. Quinn went there and its heart-tugging and real.

What makes this series so complete is that everyone that has had a story in the series, comes back for at least a scene or two.  They all have a relevance to the next book.  It was nice to see Bloom again.  Each book deals with some sort of domestic violence to it and it is wonderful how Ms. Quinn deals with it.  This one is tricky to review because the violence is directed toward Michael when he was a college student.  I won’t go into detail because it would totally spoil it but let’s just say that he still deals with it every day since the accident.  It’s heartbreaking for Michael and at times I felt like he was an enabler but in the end, it was up to the other person to deal with it.

The beach scene with Kacey and the boys…wow…I liked how the twist in the end came up and especially how Kacey dealt with it in the end.  She showed compassion but also, she wanted justice.  Michael wasn’t too sure about her decision but in the end, it was her decision.  The romance in the book is evident from the beginning.  Talk about two hard headed people that knew that they were falling in love with each but didn’t think they deserved the happiness that each one could bring the other.  Especially Michael.  He let his scars define him for too long but Kacey never show them.  She only saw him for who and what he was.

The suspense angle is good, too.  I kinda suspected the culprit but Ms. Quinn handled it well.  You are fooling yourself is you are NOT reading this series.  It’s powerful, emotional, romantic and just so well written.  Ms. Quinn tackles the subject matter with a deft hand and also, with compassion for the victims.  Bring on the next one.  😉

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About the Author

The author of more than 70 original novels, in twenty languages, Tara Taylor Quinn is a USA Today bestseller with over six million copies sold. A 2015 RITA finalist Tara appears frequently on bestseller lists, including #1 placement on Amazon lists, and multiple showings on the Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller list. She has appeared on national and local TV across the country, including CBS Sunday Morning.

Tara is a supporter of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. If you or someone you know might be a victim of domestic violence in the United States, please contact 1-800-799-7233.

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As Tara supports speaking out against domestic violence and supporting those who have been abused, both through her books and in her community, she would love for you to join her in donating items to a shelter in your area. Find out more here.

Tour Schedule

March 4th: Launch
March 5th:
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Nicole’s Book Musings
EskieMama & Dragon Lady Reads
March 6th:
Thoughts of a Blonde
Angels with Attitude Book Reviews
March 7th:
Book Lover in Florida
Celticlady’s Reviews
Deal Sharing Aunt
March 8th:
Beck Valley Books
Becky on Books
March 9th:
underneath the covers
Kindle and Me
Harlie’s Books
March 10th: Grand Finale
March 18th: Harlequin Junkie

Tour Giveaways

1ST RAFFLECOPTER:
1 winner will receive ebooks of Where Secrets are Safe series books 1 – 13 (open internationally)
1 winner (per the four tour segments) will receive a $10 Amazon eGift Card (open internationally)

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1 winner will receive 25,000 Harelquin My Rewards Points, equivalent to 5 books (US and CAN only)
1 winner will receive 5,000 Harelquin My Rewards Points, equivalent to 1 book (US and CAN only)

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