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#Review of On Ice, a Hockey romance by Trisha Harley McCarthy w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @authorthmccarth #hockeyromance

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Zoe Simmons receives a text on her wedding day. Her fiancé called off the wedding. No explanation and he is soon traded to another hockey team, the Detroit Steels. She is devastated and has an emotional breakdown. After a few months she returns to her lonely life. Numb and withdrawn, she throws herself into her work as an assistant to general manager of the NHL team The San Jose Otters. Fast forward three years, The Otters are contenders for the Stanley Cup that include a shocking trade, Killian “Ki” Connery. The man who left her at the altar in humiliation and shame. Another blow comes when her father, Jed Simmons, negotiated the trade of her former fiancé without telling her. How will she be able to endure being around the man her heart yearns for but her mind rebels against? Not to mention the scandal that is about to break opening up her private life to further scrutiny by the media?

Killian “Ki” Connery

The woman he loves jilted him at the altar and he is banished to Detroit to play for The Steels. The former star and captain of The Otters is crushed by the betrayal of his love he’s never gotten over. He survives through sheer will power and playing hockey while fighting the underlying demons plaguing him. Jesse Ward comes into his life and they become America’s Sweethearts of the media. Little does Ki know the part Jesse played in his breakup with his true love Zoe.

This story will keep you on your toes with an intense love story, challenges, betrayal and overcoming the odds that love conquers all.

Another great angsty book by Trisha Harley McCarthy, author of the acclaimed Granite Bay Series.

Read an Excerpt

I’d come to find out Killian Connery was a man of few words. Whether it was by elevating me to new heights of passion with his wicked tongue or by slamming an opponent into the boards, Ki was a larger-than-life. He was a guy men envied and women lusted after. After all, who could resist a six-foot four wall of muscle with mesmerizing, grey eyes and tousled, raven hair? His presence was so magnetic, it pumped up the fans before he even set foot in the ice rink. No one was immune, not even I when I first set eyes on him at the San Jose Otters training camp during his rookie year. Ever since then, I kept track of him, his career, stats, watched every game, and basically acted like your garden variety stalker on the sly. Luckily, one of my primary functions as assistant to the GM was maintaining the roster.

My heart lurched in my chest just thinking about the day I met the new rookie. I was in the owner’s box watching their practice and there came Killian Connery, sprinting across ice in that blue-and-white jersey that was almost too small for a man his size. He was a thing of beauty, if one could classify such a magnificent specimen as ‘beautiful’. Number 88 too as fate would have it—two times my lucky number. And fate didn’t stop there. I was in the manager’s office when Flynn Austin, captain of the Otters, came bursting through the door with Ki in his footfalls. Flynn was laughing at something Ki had said. The sheer size of the two defense players made the office look about as big as a shoebox.

 

Yall, this book is angsty that my head is still spinning.  As yall know, I can’t stand that but the way that Ms. McCarthy wrote Ki and Zoe’s story, it made complete sense.  It needed to be that way for these two to get together.  There is so much going on between them that drives them apart time and time again but the payoff is totally worth it.  Between the lies, betrayals, major family issues and then communication breakdown between Ki and Zoe…good law, the angst.

Ki and Zoe are a great couple.  I truly did love them from the beginning.  Ki reminded me of Mark Messier from the New York Rangers hockey team.  I’m a hockey junkie and I did work for the Dallas Stars when they won and then lost the Stanley Cup.  So I can be highly critical of hockey romances but Ms. McCarthy nails every aspect of the sport.  From the front office to the press, it is brutal.  Zoe knows this, as does Ki and they really do their best to avoid it but can’t.  Mix in Jesse, Zoe’s former best friend, and Flynn and are the lies to be believed?

Jesse is a piece of work, however, I loved how Ms. McCarthy does redeem her in the end.  Trust me, I didn’t spoil it because you just need to read the book.  She trusts the wrong person and when she figures that out, it’s game on for her.  Loved how she fought back when she realizes that and eventually helps Zoe and Ki find their way back to each other.  Flynn is another character that is a douche in the beginning but slowly redeems himself in the end.  Possible spoiler but something you need to know…after the breakup of Ki and Zoe, Zoe and Flynn date.  Normally, I don’t like a love triangle/quad but it works in this story.  Don’t be turned off by it.  Keep reading, it’s worth it.

The family issues are a doozy.  Jed is an ass and Ki’s mother needed to be slapped upside her head and in a way she does.  However, I would love a bit more of a comeuppance but I was satisfied in the end.  I won’t go into all of the family issues but damn.  The secrets and how Ms. McCarthy came up with everything is just WOW!  Like head spinning WOW!  That’s all I can say about that.  Anything more would be a spoiler.

Ms. McCarthy is a new to be me author and she knocked it out of the park for me.  Angst and all.  I read this book in one afternoon and I will definitely re-read it again.  It was that good and despite all of the head-spinning that I experienced, I can’t wait to read another book from her.  Plus, it has hockey players.  I’m a sucker for those.  Heck, we named our son after a hockey player.  Go figure.

About the Author:

Trisha Harley McCarthy is a certified Life Coach and prolific romance author specializing in fantasy, paranormal and contemporary genres.

Loving history, Trisha was captivated by being introduced to historical romance then became enamored with contemporary romance novels. Coming across fan-fiction and falling in love with the concept, Trisha began writing stories about characters in her favorite movie, Bridget Jones’s Diary. After receiving several positive reviews, she caught the writing bug and published her first standalone novel, Just As He Is, A Romance in 2012 followed by the Astral Realm Series, Written Among the Stars and sequel Beneath the stars released in 2014.

In 2015, release of Dimensions, a paranormal romance novel featuring other world encounters takes the readers on a fantastic journey of ordinary collides with extraordinary. Also, in a new direction, Trisha also wrote Indescribably Blue. a fictional account based on Elvis Presley’s death hoax conspiracy.

On a personal note, Trisha resides in Independence, Oregon with her husband Michael and their rescued chocolate lab, Elle. In her spare time, Trisha loves spending time on social media, travelling and reading her favorite authors!

Visit her Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/trishaharleymccarthy

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Trisha-Harley-McCarthy/e/B00L6QYR7Y

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/Authorthmccarth

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#Review of Waiting for a Miracle by Jennifer Wilck w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @JWilck #holiday #Hanukkah #contemporaryromance

Waiting for a Miracle

by Jennifer Wilck

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GENRE: Contemporary romance (holiday)

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BLURB:

 

Benjamin Cohen, a widowed father of six-year-old Jessie, is doing his best to hold it together through order and routine. The last thing he needs is his matchmaker mother to set him up with her next-door neighbor, no matter how attractive she is.

Rachel Schaecter’s dream of becoming a foster mother is right within her grasp until her meddlesome neighbor tries to set her up with her handsome son. What’s worse? He’s the father of her favorite kindergarten student! She can’t afford to let anything come between her and her dream, no matter how gorgeous he may be.

Can these two determined people trust in the miracle of Hanukkah to let love and light into their lives?

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Excerpt Three:

“Can I come in?” 

She stiffened. She was going to turn him down. But then, she stepped away from her doorway and motioned him inside. 

He stepped over the threshold. “I thought I heard you!” His mother’s voice over his shoulder made him turn. His stomach dropped. Just what he didn’t need. She peeked out of her doorway. “I thought I heard your footsteps on the stairs, but when you didn’t come to my door, I figured I was mistaken,” she said, walking into the hallway. “And then I thought I heard your voice, and I was right.”

He clenched and unclenched his jaw. “Hi, Mom. I’m here to see Rachel.” God, it was like high school all over again. 

His mother’s face brightened. “I see. Where’s Jessie?” 

“She’s at a friend’s house for a play date.” 

“So you’re having your own?” His mother’s raised eyebrow set his teeth on edge. She’d never been this excited, or sarcastic, about his dates back when he lived at home. Not even with Lauren. Guess this was her idea of progress. In his opinion, it needed work, preferably back in her own apartment. 

“We’re going for a walk,” he said.

“We are?” Rachel asked.

He turned toward her. “Please?” The last thing he needed was a witness. Especially when the witness was his mother. 

Her brown-eyed gaze shifted between him and his mother. “That’s right, Harriet, a walk. It’s a gorgeous day.” 

The sleet and cold were miserable, but he wanted to kiss her for going along with him. Not in front of his mother, though. And certainly not until he settled what happened between them. 

“You two have fun,” she said, her voice filled with glee. He clenched his fist so tight, it was a miracle his hand didn’t shatter.

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This is exactly what I needed to read after the holidays.  It’s sweet, relatable and it features a holiday that doesn’t get a lot of stories published.  But I digress.  Thank you Ms. Wilck and The Wild Rose Press for publishing it.  Plus, our heroine is a teacher, which I totally relate to.  And our hero, sorry to say, is a bit of grump.  Look I get the whole I’m just trying to keep it together but he really needed to lighten up some.  Heck, even his mother knew it.  LOL!

This is a shorter book but it still packs a punch.  I felt every emotion that Rachel and Ben had in the book.  From anger to loss, to that first kiss.  This is a sweet romance but I can still sense that what Rachel and Ben had was hot in spades.  Ms. Wilck does a great job of building it up and then letting me figure it out in my mind long after the book is done.  Some authors don’t do that but she does.  Bravo.  Jessie, Ben’s daughter, is an outright character, too.  She’s not overly cute but does seem to push her dad into Rachel at just the right moments and then makes him see reason when he makes a mistake.

Overall, I loved it.  I’ve read Ms. Wilck before so I knew her writing style and I love it.  Fluid, sweet, emotional, funny and relatable.  If you have never read her, please do.  You won’t be sorry.  And no, I didn’t think that Harriet was meddlesome.  I found her hilarious.  Ben just didn’t want to listen to his own mother sometimes.  Like most sons do.

 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Jennifer started telling herself stories as a little girl when she couldn’t fall asleep at night. Pretty soon, her head was filled with these stories and the characters that populated them. Even as an adult, she thinks about the characters and stories at night before she falls asleep or walking the dog. Eventually, she started writing them down. Her favorite stories to write are those with smart, sassy, independent heroines; handsome, strong and slightly vulnerable heroes; and her stories always end happily ever after.

In the real world, she’s the mother of two amazing daughters and wife of one of the smartest men she knows. She believes humor is the only way to get through the day and does not believe in sharing her chocolate. 

She writes contemporary romance, some of which are mainstream and some of which involve Jewish characters. She’s published with The Wild Rose Press and all her books are available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

 

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#Review of The Christmas Kiss (Back to Bluestone River #2) by Virginia McCullough w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #ChrKissTour @PrismBookTours @VEMcCullough @HarlequinBooks


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The Christmas Kiss
(Back to Bluestone River #2)
By Virginia McCullough
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
December 1st 2019 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Will working together

…lead to together forever?

Recently divorced, Parker Davis needs to focus on his new job so he can provide a stable home for his daughter in time for the Christmas holidays. The problem is, he’s frequently at odds with his boss. He and Emma O’Connell approach everything differently. Yet he finds her intriguing, and Bluestone River festivities keep pushing them together—often enough that two people at odds could find themselves evenly matched in love!

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I apologize again for the lateness of the blog post today.  As most know, I’m now working at an elementary school and by the time I get home from school, I’m toast.  Throw in Christmas time and the kids’ excitement while still trying to teach and I’m a zombie.  Do I read to relax when I get home?  You bet.  Do I remember to write the review?  Nope.  I have no shame and I’m not afraid to admit it.

So why the admission?  Because this is my last posted review of 2019 and I’m super excited that it is.  Ms. McCullough knew exactly what I needed to relax, rewind and just forget for a few hours.  This isn’t my first book from Ms. McCullough nor will it be my last.  Unfortunately, I didn’t read the first book in this series but I understood the secondary characters, Mike and Ruby.  However, I have since found out that Emma’s backstory is better explained in that book so, at times, I didn’t quite understand how she came about in the beginning.

Honestly, I didn’t care.  I just liked Emma.  She didn’t come off as self-pitying; instead, I found her endearing, funny and at times, self-effacing.  She mocked herself at times when it came to money and most people wouldn’t do that.  I also liked that she didn’t come off as weak when it came to Parker.  Their banter at times was funny but also poignant.  She was honest with him when she was describing her marriage. There was no real emotion (which I can understand given the circumstances) but she hadn’t given up on love.

Parker was kind of a jerk in the beginning.  But he is made to be that way when it comes to Emma.  He just views her as someone that throws money at things with no real emotional attachment.  Hence, the injured birds.  Oh, that owl.  That poor baby.  Even I prayed for its safe healing.  Those scenes gave Parker a much-needed eye-opener when it came to Emma.  He knew that she was different and could be trusted.

Trust is a huge issue for Parker given his ex-wife.  Not to mention that he is dealing with a college-age daughter that still doesn’t understand why her mother left and is now somewhat begging for them to get back together.  The ending of the book is spot on with Parker and his daughter.  In fact, if you are looking for that big black moment, you really won’t find it here.  Ms. McCullough writes about people that actually communicate with each other and deal with the issues at hand.  Oh…and did I mention that Parker and Emma are older characters?  Harlie LOVES it when authors write about older characters.  Yes, they can still fall in love, deal with older children and exes.  And they aren’t afraid to voice their opinions without the reader wanting to beat them over the head for the stubbornness that comes with younger characters.

Ms. McCullough wrote a book that I desperately needed with only two weeks left in school.  It showed me some things that I would have never thought about, characters that I grew to love and an ending that was beautiful.  Not to mention the birds in it and I learned a lot from Parker when it came to the care that wounded birds need.  I miss the owl already.

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A Family for Jason
(Back to Bluestone River #1)
By Virginia McCullough
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
August 1st 2019 by Harlequin Heartwarming

She’s not home for keeps

Unless he proves first love is forever

Bluestone River is a minefield of memories for Mike Abbot—all involving Ruby Driscoll. Twenty years after scandal divided them, they’re both back in their hometown. Ruby’s visit is strictly temporary. But as she uses her trauma expertise to help his vulnerable son, Mike faces what his heart has always known. Ruby’s still his one and only. This time, can he convince her to stay?

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About the Author

Born and raised in Chicago, Virginia McCullough has been lucky enough to develop her writing career in many locations, including the coast of Maine, the mountains of North Carolina, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and currently, Northeast Wisconsin. She started her career in nonfiction, first writing articles and then books as a ghostwriter and coauthor. She’s written more than 100 books for physicians, business owners, professional speakers and many others with information to share or a story to tell.

Virginia’s books feature characters who could be your neighbors and friends. They come in all ages and struggle with everyday life issues in small-town environments that almost always include water—oceans, lakes, or rivers. The mother of two grown children, you’ll find Virginia with her nose a book, walking on trails or her neighborhood street, or she may be packing her bag to take off for her next adventure. And she’s always working on another story about hope, healing, and second chances.

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