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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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I Am A Reader
Hearts & Scribbles
Remembrancy
November 13th:
Wishful Endings
Inside The Mind of an Avid Reader
Heidi Reads…
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November 14th:
Colorimetry
Rockin’ Book Reviews
Among the Reads
Book by Book
November 15th:
E-Romance News
Harlie’s Books
Reading On The Edge
Kimber Li
November 16th:
My Devotional Thoughts
underneath the covers
Andi’s Book Reviews
November 17th:
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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It’s All About the Romance
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November 6th:
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Locks, Hooks and Books
E-Romance News
Reading On The Edge
Bri’s Book Nook
Colorimetry
November 8th:
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 Rescued by the Firefighter (Shores of Indian Lake #10) by Catherine Lanigan w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @Cathlanigan


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Rescued by the Firefighter
(Shores of Indian Lake #10)
By Catherine Lanigan
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages
November 1st 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming

He saved her life…

But will he destroy her dreams?

Firefighter Rand Nelson is tall and handsome and has literally walked through an inferno for Beatrice Wilcox. He’s a hero…and that’s exactly the problem. Beatrice knows all too well the risks of loving a man with a dangerous career. But when Rand’s report threatens her beloved children’s camp, Beatrice can’t refuse his offer of help…even though she knows they’re both playing with fire.

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If you haven’t figured out, this line from Harlequin is one of my all time favorites.  A clean romance that is heartfelt, emotional, at times funny that transports me to a happier place.  And this from someone that doesn’t watch the Hallmark Channel.  Ms. Lanigan is also one of my favorite authors.  Her writing just flows off the page and her characters come to life for me.  I realize that this is book number 10 in the series but you can start here without any problems.

What drew me into Rand and Bea’s story were their hangups when it came to what made them afraid to love anyone or be loved in return.  Especially, Bea.  Man, talk about rough.  And at times, I really wanted to shake her.  I understood it but it was becoming a bit annoying.  But again, I did understand but she was a bit harsh towards Rand at times.  I didn’t think he deserved it at all, if not at all.  Rand, on the other hand, was a bit easier to take.  I could understand his issues much better.  Fighting fires is what he does but he realizes pretty quickly how much Bea means to him.  Plus, with the addition of Eli and Chris, he’s a goner.

This series is just outright fantastic.  The introduction of Rand and Bea is a welcome addition to the Indian Shores family.  Ms. Beabots is still there and I loved it that I got to see Mica and family from Paris.  The romance between Rand and Bea is real and the back and forth left my head spinning at times and I really worried if they would actually get together.  I had no doubt what would happen to Eli and Chris but I still sniffled.

Do yourself a favor and read this series and particularly this book.  It has heart, some serious issues that need to be dealt with but overall, I sniffled, sighed and I’m thinking about Rand and Bea.  That’s great storytelling.

 

About the Author
Catherine Lanigan is the internationally bestselling and award-winning author of over forty-five published titles in both fiction and non-fiction, including the novelizations of Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile. Ms. Lanigan’s novels have been translated into over twenty-four languages. Lanigan was tasked by the NotMYkid foundation to pen a collection of compelling and informative true stories of teen addicts. Ms. Lanigan’s SHORES OF INDIAN LAKE series for HARLEQUIN HEARTWARMING includes LOVE SHADOWS, HEART’S DESIRE , A FINE YEAR FOR LOVE, KATIA’S PROMISE, FEAR OF FALLING, SOPHIE’S PATH, PROTECTING THE SINGLE MOM, FAMILY OF HIS OWN, HIS BABY DILEMMA, RESCUED BY THE FIREFIGHTER and MY RACING HEART (2019).

Ms. Lanigan is a frequent speaker at literary functions and book conventions as well as inspiring audiences with her real stories of angelic intervention from her Angel Tales series of books. She is an outspoken advocate for domestic violence and abuse and was honored by The National Domestic Violence Hotline in Washington, D.C. She has been a guest on numerous radio programs including “Coast to Coast” and on television interview and talk show programs as well as blogs, podcasts and online radio interview programs. She writes a monthly blog for Heartwarmingauthors.blogspot.com.

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October 29th:
Launch
It’s All About the Romance
Uplifting Reads
October 30th:
Locks, Hooks and Books
Book by Book
October 31st:
E-Romance News
deal sharing aunt
Hearts & Scribbles
November 1st:
My Life Loves and Passion
Thoughts of a Blonde
November 2nd:
Kimber Li
Rockin’ Book Reviews
November 5th:
Stacking My Book Shelves!
Reading Is My SuperPower
November 6th:
underneath the covers
Singing Librarian Books
November 7th:
Jorie Loves A Story
Among the Reads
November 8th:
Harlie’s Books
Remembrancy
November 9th:
Teatime and Books
Inside The Mind of an Avid Reader
November 10th:
Grand Finale

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