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#Review of Learning to Love by Jennifer Wilck w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #contemporaryromance

Learning to Love

by Jennifer Wilck

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GENRE:   Contemporary Romance

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BLURB:

Dina Jacobs is a single librarian who has never fit in due to her off-the-charts intelligence, frizzy hair and rounder-than-socially-acceptable figure. She left her past behind until she receives an invitation to her ten-year high school reunion, and all her insecurities return.

Adam Mandel is a single corporate attorney who just missed his third deadline at his father’s law firm, the law firm where he is up for junior partner. With his reputation on the line, Adam needs all the help he can get to convince his father that he deserves the promotion.

When Dina and Adam run into each other on a deserted road, Dina thinks Mr. Flashypants can’t possibly be interested in someone like her. Adam thinks Dina is just the person to help him improve his reputation. Lies and insecurities force them to take a look at themselves. Can they trust each other to look beyond the surface?

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Excerpt Three:

“Cold?” Adam turned and stopped in front of her.

She nodded, and he adjusted her scarf, the backs of his fingers caressing her cheeks and jaw. His warm breath tickled her nose and up close, she could see flecks of silver and brown in his eyes. A small scar marked the top of his cheekbone, beneath his eye, and without thinking, she touched it.

He froze, a sharp intake of breath making Dina realize she’d actually made contact. As if the texture of his skin beneath the tip of her finger wasn’t enough evidence.

“I’m sorry,” she said, drawing her hand away.

“No, it’s okay.” He took her hand and held it against his cheek. She could see his pupils dilate, feel the rasp of stubble beneath her palm.

“How did you get it?” she asked.

“A fight in the third grade. Tommy D teased me for talking to the girl everyone used to make fun of in class. So I decked him. He got me back and we both got detention.”

Dina couldn’t help smiling. “Aw, you were her knight in shining armor.”

He reddened. “You’re the only one who thinks I was.”

“Not true. She probably thinks so as well. Since I know who my competition is, I’ll have to give you my ribbon to carry or something.”

At his look of confusion, she continued. “In medieval times, a lady gave her knight a favor, such as a ribbon, and he’d joust for her.”

Taking her hand from his cheek, he raised it to his lips and kissed the backs of her fingers. “So you want me to fight for you?”

Ever read a read a book and you just couldn’t put it down?  Sure, everyone has one of those or a couple of hundred.  And sure you’ve heard bloggers say that all the time but with this one, I really couldn’t put it down.  This is my first book by Ms. Wilck and definitely won’t be my last.

Her writing is raw, real and emotional.  What could have been a typical book about opposites attracted, throw some major family issues, the girl has some major insecurities about herself and THEN throw in some mean girls from high school?  This book surprised in so many ways and I loved it.  Dina and Adam surprised me.  While Ms. Wilck tried to make Adam a player and somewhat an alpha male, I read right through him.  He was nothing but sweet.  Plus, he really just wanted someone to love and for someone to love him back.  I won’t go into that because that’s a major plot point and its relatable on all the levels.  Adam really is a sweet guy and a HUGE romantic.  The flowers and cards.  *swoon*

Dina is the girl that you WISHED you were.  No seriously.  She has her own issues but nothing that you or I haven’t gone through or maybe still go through.  The high school reunion is epic.  I hated mine but I went anyway and Ms. Wilck is right about one thing…the mean girls NEVER grow up but you can be and will be better than them.  Dina, through all of her insecurities, knows that she loves Adam but can she really trust him when the tough get going?

As mentioned in her bio, she writes Jewish characters.  I grew up with a bunch of friends that were Jewish so reading the temple scenes were great.  It makes me miss those times with them.  BTW, I’m not Jewish.  However, growing up we did celebrate, in our gentile ways, with our friends.  If I had a niggle of a complaint, I wish that we learned more about Adam and his faith.  But hey, he showed up and it was fantastically done.

I love The Wild Rose Press and their authors.  This book is another hit from them and I hope that more people find it to read.  The romance is a slow burn, the writing is emotional and real and the characters are people that you actually wish you could be friends with.  I couldn’t put it down and neither will you.

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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 with 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. When she’s not writing, she loves to laugh with her family and friends, is a pro at finding whatever her kids lost in plain sight, and spends way too much time closing doors that should never have been left open in the first place. 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, Barnes & Noble and The Wild Rose Press.

Buy links:

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She can be reached at www.jenniferwilck.com or http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jennifer-Wilck/201342863240160. She tweets at @JWilck. Her blog (Fried Oreos) is www.jenniferwilck.blogspot.com and she contributes to Heroine With Hearts blog monthly http://www.heroineswithhearts.blogspot.com.

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#Review of Nora’s Promise by Sedona Hutton w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @SedonaHutton #contemporaryromance

Nora’s Promise

by Sedona Hutton

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GENRE:   Romance

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BLURB:

She trusts animals more than men. He runs through women like tires. Will an orphaned child force them to change gears?

With her sister’s death, Nora’s life changed in an instant. Forced to raise her orphaned nephew, the animal rescuer doesn’t expect to be dumped and fired by her kid-hating boyfriend/boss. After her own close call and a message from beyond, Nora introduces the little boy to his handsome, fast-living absentee father.

Davey Johnson is a hot-shot NASCAR driver who never wanted to be slowed down by fatherhood. But when he finds out he has a nine-year-old son, he vows to be a better father than his old man. When his first efforts fail in a big way, he enlists Nora’s parenting help. But what starts as a chore transforms into something way hotter than a final lap.

When Davey’s sponsors clash with Nora’s vegan ways, he’s forced to choose between his passion for racing and his love of Nora. Will they be able to blend their lives or will their romance run right off the track?

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Excerpt One:

Five minutes later, Davey arrived. He quickly spotted her, but spent the next little while signing napkins, papers, and a ballcap as he made his way toward her. With each interruption, Nora’s jaw clenched. By the time he slid into the seat across from her, she was simmering with irritation.

“Glad you could finally make it,” she said, her voice heavy with sarcasm.

He raised a single brow and nodded at her mug. “Haven’t had enough caffeine this morning?”

When Davey turned to look for the waitress, she shot over faster than Nora could blink.

Nora rolled her eyes while Davey laid on the charm. She had to admit he was good-looking. That is if you liked the sun-kissed blond, blue-eyed, tall, lean look. And apparently, the waitress did. As Davey signed her order pad, she hung on his every word. She told him that he’d had a great season and that she had cried after he’d wrecked in some race.

Cried? Seriously? It was a race, not a matter of life and death. Finally, she took Davey’s order for a cup of coffee. When she started to walk away, Davey touched her arm and the woman turned back. Her eyes sparkled and her face flushed as she glanced back and forth between Davey’s hand on her arm and his face. “Amber, could you also bring Nora—” he nodded in her direction “—another tea?” His lips ticked up into an obnoxious grin. “She seems to be a little short on caffeine this morning.”

After Amber pulled herself together and made her way toward the kitchen, Nora pinned a look on Davey. “It must be exhausting to be you.”

I can honestly say that I picked this book up because of the NASCAR angle.  I love NASCAR.  Sue me.  Anyway, this book is so much more than a “bad boy” in NASCAR.  Davey ISN’T a bad boy at all.  He has severe family issues, abandonment issues, doing something that he is good at but does he really like it and then to find out his a father.  Yes, that’s a lot for our hero to deal with.  Nora isn’t without her own abandonment issues and then having to raise her nephew because of the bad life choices her sister did.  Men seem to walk out of her life and she feels that Davey will, too.

Let me just tell you that this book will grab you from the beginning and before long you are lost in it.  The writing is top notch and it just flows like a stream.  No lags and while the book deals with some serious heart rendering things, there is plenty of funny moments.  The meet-cute between Nora and Davey is one of my top 5 moments.  Yes, its that funny and snarky.  What’s even better between Nora and Davey is their honesty with each other.  Both of them still have some growing up to do but they do that on their own.  Nora doesn’t “need” Davey and Davey doesn’t “need” but together they are perfect.

Ben is very much part of the story.  He is not window dressing.  He is a well thought out character on his own.  Davey just has to figure out what to do with his son.  Cruz, Steph, Pap, Ella, AJ (love him) are secondary characters that are also awesome.  You will come to love them as much as you will Nora and Davey.  They also don’t “over help” when it comes to Davey and Nora’s relationship.  I loved that Ms. Hutton let them work through their problems themselves and didn’t rely on someone else.

Now, the vegan part of the book.  Look, I love meat and animals.  But I just can’t be a vegan.  I have a cousin that is vegan and I respect her and her beliefs.  So I thought that that aspect would be a bit preachy but it wasn’t.  The scene with Davey and Ben at the restaurant is actually pretty funny and Davey deserves it.  But my favorite scene is at the end with AJ and Davey.  Nora and Davey didn’t have to compromise on their beliefs but did have to figure out what was best for them.

The animals are just awesome.  I don’t think I’ll ever look at piglets the same way again.  Plus, knowing that the cow is there for not just Nora but Davey, too.  *sigh*

If you are looking for a just a read contemporary romance without all the hype, issues that anyone and everyone has faced, a slow burn romance that burns hot at times, animals that you want to take home and knowing that Nora and Davey will linger in your thoughts, this is for you.  I can’t wait for AJ’s book next year.  He’s a hoot and a good friend to Nora and Davey.

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Author Sedona Hutton finds inspiration in the beautiful Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, where she lives with her husband and curly-coated retriever. In addition to writing, she’s a Reiki Master and a certified Chopra Center Meditation instructor. She enjoys reading, yoga, gardening, playing with her dog, and riding motorcycles. Her “Peace, Love, & Joy” blog can be found on her website. Visit her at www.SedonaHutton.com, Facebook @SedonaHuttonAuthor, and Twitter @SedonaHutton.

 

Also by Sedona Hutton

Cloud Whispers

The daughter she gave away. The family she always wanted. The journey to redefine her fate. If you like headstrong heroines, heartwarming stories of family and forgiveness, and new age concepts, then you’ll love this empowering tale. Cloud Whispers was a Finalist in the 2018 Readers’ Favorite Contest and an Official Selection in the 2018 Summer eBook Awards for New Apple Literary.

 

Coming in 2019

AJ Ryan’s story—The Perfect Lap

 

Links:

Website: https://www.sedonahutton.com/

Last Blog Link: https://bit.ly/2Jr6xU7

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SedonaHutton

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SedonaHuttonAuthor/

 

Amazon page: www.amazon.com/author/sedonahutton

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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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About the Author

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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November 12th:
Launch
I Am A Reader
Hearts & Scribbles
Remembrancy
November 13th:
Wishful Endings
Inside The Mind of an Avid Reader
Heidi Reads…
ReadingIsMySuperPower
November 14th:
Colorimetry
Rockin’ Book Reviews
Among the Reads
Book by Book
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E-Romance News
Harlie’s Books
Reading On The Edge
Kimber Li
November 16th:
My Devotional Thoughts
underneath the covers
Andi’s Book Reviews
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Grand Finale

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