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#Review of Ava’s Prize (City by the Bay Stories #3) by Cari Lyn Webb w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @HarlequinBooks @carilynnwebb #contemporaryromance


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Ava’s Prize
(City by the Bay Stories #3)
By Cari Lynn Webb
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages
November 1st 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming

He needs a great idea

She can provide it—but at what cost?

The battle lines are drawn when army medic turned EMT Ava Andrews enters a contest devised by San Francisco entrepreneur Kyle Quinn. The first responder isn’t just competing for a tempting grand prize. She’s fighting her attraction to the self-made millionaire…and losing the war. But private and professional boundaries blur when a breach of trust threatens Ava’s future with Kyle.

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Another Heartwarming for me to read.  This is my second book from Ms. Webb and I liked it.  I did read The Charm Offensive and loved it.  However, I didn’t love this one as much.  Let me tell you why:

  1.  Kyle – I know, you should love the hero.  Unfortunately for me, I didn’t connect with him.  I liked him but I didn’t like that he used an illness to make himself a hermit.  He used it as a crutch and I don’t like it when people do that.  Everyone is different but he just used it to distance himself from everyone.
  2. Ava’s treatment of her mother at times.  Trust me, I understand Jane’s disease but I felt like Jane used it as an excuse for not going after what she really wanted.

Okay, now that is off my chest, onward to what I loved.  The secondary characters like Iris, Jane, Barbra, and Rick are brilliantly written.  Ms. Webb uses them to help Ava and Kyle realize what is in front of them but don’t even know it.  Iris could have come off like a flake but for me, she was trying to show her brother what it was to be free to do whatever truly made you happy.  Jane, as understanding as she was, made Ava look deep within herself and see that nothing can stop her from Kyle and following her dreams.  Barbra is the mentor that we all wished we had and Rick is the true friend that everyone needs.

The romance in the book is fabulous.  Talk about two people that didn’t want to fall in love but did.  And then fought it every step of the way.  It’s plausible, relatable and sweet.  The ending throws me for a loop.  I won’t give it away but I was a bit surprised about the contest and how it all played out.  Good thing, too or we wouldn’t have had the sweetest grow up moment from Kyle.  For me, he had the most to grow from and Ms. Webb achieves that in the end.

Another great book from the Heartwarming line.  Again, do yourself a favor and start reading this line.  It’s emotional, at times raw but always swoon-worthing in the end.

 

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Cari Lynn Webb lives in South Carolina with her husband, daughters and assorted four-legged family members. She’s been blessed to see the power of true love in her grandparent’s 70 year marriage and her parent’s marriage of over 50 years. She knows love isn’t always sweet and perfect, it can be challenging, complicated and risky. But she believes happily-ever-afters are worth fighting for. She loves to connect with readers. Visit her at her website.

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Colorimetry
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My Devotional Thoughts
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Andi’s Book Reviews
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Grand Finale

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#Review of Heiress’s Royal Baby Bombshell (The Cattaneos’ Christmas Miracles #2) by Jennifer Faye w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @JenniferFaye34 @HarlequinBooks


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Heiress’s Royal Baby Bombshell
(The Cattaneos’ Christmas Miracles #2)
By Jennifer Faye
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 256 Pages
November 1st 2018 by Harlequin Romance

One-night miracle…

For the Crown Prince!

In this The Cattaneos’ Christmas Miracles story, rebel royal Max believes his infertility has cost him the throne — until heiress Noemi reveals she’s carrying his baby! And with his country’s future at stake, Max must claim his heir! Noemi is hesitant and fiercely protective of their unborn baby, but at his snow-covered palace can Max offer her the most precious Christmas gift ever — the chance to become a family…

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Can I admit a couple of things?  Harlie’s Books, the blog named for all things Harlequin has never reviewed a true Harlequin Romance on the blog.  *Gasp*  AND, its been at least a decade since I’ve even read a Harlequin Romance.  *hangs head in shame*  So that means that I haven’t read Ms. Faye either.  Horrible mistakes, all of them.  I pre-ordered Sebastian’s story and bought Leo’s.  Yes, I HAVE to know their stories, too.  Yes, I loved the characters that much.

I will also have to admit that anything royal is like catnip to me.  Plus, the heroine isn’t a damsel in distress.  She’s smart, even when her brother doesn’t think that she should do much, strongwilled and grieving at the same time.  Noemi has a lot going on with her and meeting Max at a party and then becoming pregnant.  But the kick is she doesn’t have a clue who Max is and how to get in touch with him.  The classic trope of accidental pregnancy but Ms. Faye makes it plausible.  And what made the characters even more relatable to me was their problems, were our problems.  Cancer, the death of your parents, infertility, and feeling betrayed by your loved ones.  So while the characters are rich and famous, they have the same feelings that we do and problems.

The romance between Max and Noemi is sweet and passionate.  Like I said, its been a while since I’ve read this line and I finally remembered that its like Desire but without the open door.  These two were smoking when they were together and I really understood Noemi’s hesitation when it came to Max.  *sigh*  She just wanted was best for the baby and herself.  She was still going through some personal things and then Max was determined to sweep her off her feet.  He finally figured out that wasn’t working and the ending was just so swoon-worthy.  Oh and the epilogue.  I chuckled.

Don’t make the same mistake that I have with this line.  I still can’t believe it’s been this long since I read it.  Not to mention, Ms. Faye.  As I said, I just fell in love with this family and I can’t wait to get my paperback copies of Leo and Sebastian’s stories.  Perfect for Christmas.

 

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Award-winning author, Jennifer Faye pens fun, heartwarming contemporary romances with rugged cowboys, sexy billionaires and enchanting royalty. Internationally published with books translated into nine languages. She is a two-time winner of the RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award, the CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Award, named a TOP PICK author, and been nominated for numerous other awards.

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Reading On The Edge
Bri’s Book Nook
Colorimetry
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Inside The Mind of an Avid Reader
Book Lover in Florida
November 9th:
Jorie Loves A Story
My Devotional Thoughts
Harlie’s Books
Rockin’ Book Reviews
November 10th:
Grand Finale

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#Review of NY Doc Under the Northern Lights by Amy Ruttan w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @HarlequinBooks @ruttanamy @PrismBookTours


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NY Doc Under the Northern Lights
By Amy Ruttan
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 256 Pages
October 1st 2018 by Harlequin Medical

Escaping the big city…

For love under Icelandic skies

When surgeon Betty Jacinth’s heart is broken once again, she takes a job in Iceland for a change of scenery. She expects cold weather—but not the frosty welcome she receives from gorgeous but brooding Dr. Axel Sturlusson! Now father to his orphaned niece, Axel gradually thaws, and a flame ignites—but when Betty’s ex begs her to return, can she make the right choice for love?

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Surprised?  Don’t be.  I LOVE this line.  It’s really hard to find at times.  You can belong to the book club through Harlequin to get them or the Harlequin website.  If I had one major complaint about that, Harlequin needs to do a better job at marketing them.  As someone that NEVER missed ER, I love medical procedures/saga/romance books.  This line delivers and so does Ms. Ruttan.  This isn’t my first time to read her work; in fact, I devour her medicals.  She doesn’t go over my head with the medical and delivers on the romance.  In spades.

What really drew me to this one was the location.  Iceland.  Ms. Ruttan made me feel like I was actually there.  Sure, I’ve seen shows that feature Iceland.  The people, the culture and such but Ms. Ruttan really makes me believe that I’m there.  Plus, I really believed that I was in the operation room, too.  She also paints a vivid picture of Betty and Axel.  I had to chuckle when Betty first sees him and thinks Viking.  I swear I kept thinking Thor was there.  But I digress.  The comments and side jokes about Betty’s choice of footwear is a constant in the book and its funny to me.  She’s a New Yorker so she knew what she was doing all along.  He he!

The romance in the book is a slow burn and very subtle.  Both Axel and Betty have battle scars that needed to heal before they could truly be together.  Axel finally standing up to his dad, Betty finally giving it back to her ex, Thomas.  OMG.  That scene is what made the book for me.  Plus, Axel on a plane.  And that’s all I’m going to say right now.  You just have to read the book to find out what I’m talking about.

Peeps, you must search out this line from Harlequin.  The locations are at times exotic, the romance believable between the characters and the plots lines very realistic.  I wish that I could describe what it’s like to read this line without giving too much away in the way of the story.  As I said, I’ve been reading this line for a long time and I’m glad that I found it again.  I won’t make the mistake of ever forgetting it again.  Ms. Ruttan brought me back in the fold and for that, I’ll be forever grateful.

 

 

 

 

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Born and raised just outside of Toronto, Ontario, Amy fled the big city to settle down with the country boy of her dreams. After the birth of her second child, Amy was lucky enough to realize her life long dream of becoming a romance author. When she’s not furiously typing away at her computer, she’s a mom to three wonderful children who use her as a personal taxi and chef.

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Thoughts of a Blonde
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My Life Loves and Passion
October 10th:
Declarations of a Fangirl
Hearts & Scribbles
Books to Light Your Fire
October 11th:
Jorie Loves A Story
E-Romance News
Harlie’s Books
October 12th:
Locks, Hooks and Books
October 15th:
Colorimetry
Candrel’s Crafts, Cooks, and Characters
October 16th:
Book Lover in Florida
October 17th:
Jorie Loves A Story
Wishful Endings
October 18th:
Becky on Books
Nicole’s Book Musings
October 19th:
Inside The Mind of An Avid Reader
Reading On The Edge
Teatime and Books
October 20th:
Grand Finale

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1 winner will receive a swag bag from Romancing the Capital 2018. It’s full of awesome swag from the event plus 3 of Amy’s books: NY Doc Under the Northern Lights, A Date with Dr Moustakas, and The Surgeon King’s Secret Baby
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