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Wearing the Greek Millionaire’s Ring
(Greek Island Brides #3)
By Jennifer Faye
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 256 Pages
September 1st 2019 by Harlequin Romance

A convenient engagement…

An inconvenient attraction!

In this Greek Island Brides story, widow Stasia Marinakos is learning to enjoy life again aboard a Mediterranean cruise. Her chemistry with gorgeous Greek tycoon Roberto Carrass is a pleasant surprise—until she’s mistaken for his fiancée! Nevertheless, the guarded bachelor asks Stasia to continue the charade to stop his family from matchmaking. As their attraction grows, their fake romance feels ever more real…but what will happen when the vacation ends?

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He was about to take a drink when he noticed she didn’t have anything in front of her. “Can I get you anything to drink or eat?”

“Actually, yes. I’d love an espresso. I need the caffeine.”

It was only then that he noticed the shadows beneath her eyes. They were faint, as though they were covered up, and you wouldn’t even notice them unless you were looking for them. Something was keeping her up at night. And then he realized what it might be. She was still grieving for her husband. Sympathy welled up in him.

“I’ll be right back with caffeine.” He got to his feet and walked away.

He couldn’t even imagine what she was going through. It was just one more reason that remaining a bachelor was a good idea. Families were messy with entanglements, emotions and responsibilities. It was easier to just deal with himself.

He ordered two coffees. Though he didn’t rely on caffeine to get him up and going in the morning—that was what running was for—that didn’t mean he didn’t appreciate the flavor and warmth of a cup of coffee.

He’d picked up the coffees and started back to the table when he noticed a young guy headed straight for Stasia. He couldn’t blame the guy. She was a beautiful woman. And if she weren’t his friend’s sister as well as being a widow, he definitely would have pursued her. Nothing serious, but they’d have made some great memories together.

Roberto slowed down, unsure what to do. Maybe Stasia knew the man. Maybe she’d welcome the company. As Stasia smiled at the man, Roberto’s body tensed. He knew it shouldn’t bother him. It wasn’t like the guy was horning in on a date. They’d merely bumped into each other.

Maybe he should head over there and take his seat. After all, this was his time with Stasia. Was that a thing? Could friends claim time with each other?

Or perhaps he should head to his cabin. He could get some work done before meeting up with his family for dinner. Just then his phone vibrated, letting him know a new email had landed in his inbox.

But instead of withdrawing his phone to find out what required his attention, he continued gazing in Stasia’s direction. He wanted to be sure everything was all right before he moved on.

I will be frank with this review.  Don’t worry, it’s a good one but there was a character that I particularly didn’t like at all.  Unfortunately, it’s Roberto’s grandmother.  One of the reasons I picked up this book is because I read the other two which I loved.  Secondly, one of my favorite movies is My Big Fat Greek Wedding.  So with that, I went into the book thinking MBFGW trope with his family.  The grandmother just grated on my nerves.  I thought that she was a bit too pushy, judgmental towards the actual relationship that Roberto and Stasia were having and in some ways, the way she treated her husband.  Did Roberto’s grandfather need a kick in the rear at times?  You bet, but she was just too overbearing for me.

Roberto is a dream.  You never got the sense that he had money (which I loved) but overall, was a good person.  He never thought in a million years that he and Stasia would ever date, so the surprise was a delight.  I understood why he never formed any attachments to women because of his parents.  However, once things were revealed to him in regards to them, it made more sense.  It also showed that he was capable of true love with Stasia in the end.

Stasia has been through too much in her young life.  I have enjoyed getting to know her throughout the series.  Stasia was finally ready to move on with her life but she needed to figure out what to do.  Babysitting can only get you so far and when she realized that she didn’t want to work with Xander, she really had to look at what made her happy.  Losing a husband isn’t easy and Stasia knows it, so bumping into Roberto was surprising.  She is not a weak woman by any means.  She’s stronger than she thinks and Roberto shows her that with the outings that they go on.

Their romance is slow and sweet, which I loved.  Stasia needed to realize that she could love again and should love again.  Roberto is patient with her and her feelings that linger for her husband.  I felt like Roberto was slower on the romance because of his background.  He had the most to lose in the relationship and it showed throughout the book.  I loved how when he FINALLY realized that Stasia was for him, he stood up to Xander, his family and ultimately, Stasia.

This friends to lovers book was spot on.  Ms. Faye wrote a slow-paced, sweet romance about moving on and finding yourself separate from the death of a spouse.  It is about loss and dealing with moving on but remembering, too.  Roberto and Stasia romance is the perfect bookend for the series.  I’m so happy that I rediscovered the Harlequin Romance line.  Ms. Faye is one of my favorite authors and I can’t wait to read what she writes next.

Did I mention that I’m completely jealous of being on a cruise?  We missed cruising this year.  Next year we are going again.

 

The Greek Island Brides Series

Finding love that lasts to infinity!

All marriages that take place on renowned wedding destination Infinity Island are guaranteed to last forever!

And the picturesque Greek island is about to weave its magic for friends Lea, Popi and Stasia. They dream of finding their own happy-ever-afters… And they’re about to meet three billionaires who will sweep them off their feet—and down the aisle!

About the Author

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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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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He walked closer to the slide, waving to Jason, who sat at the top. Jason waved back, but then his focus seemed to shift and he hesitated for a couple of seconds at the top. When he let go of the handholds and slid to the bottom, he ran toward Mike, but then passed him. Mike spun around and saw a golden retriever straining on the end of a long leash. He smiled to himself. He got it. That dog was much more interesting than Dad.

His gaze followed Jason coming to an abrupt stop a few feet from the dog. He glanced at the woman holding the leash who was coming through the bridge and smiling at Jason. His stomach flipped as he froze in place.

Ruby. Ruby was on the other end of the leash. She leaned over to pat the dog’s side. Red-haired, brown-eyed, smiling Ruby.

Mike’s jaw slackened as the present moment gave way to flashes from the past. Seventeen-year-old Ruby running through the bridge and leaping into his arms, a college acceptance letter in her hand. Ruby in a purple dress lacing her fingers around his neck as they danced under the dim lights at their prom. A vision of them skipping stones at the riverbank flashed and morphed into the two of them in sweatshirts and jeans rowing under a full moon on a warm fall night.

He stared at Ruby, who stood twenty, maybe thirty feet away. Then she looked away from the dog and Jason, and saw him. Motionless, expressionless, she stared back across the patchy grass. Barely able to breathe, he forced himself to close the distance between them.

“Ruby…I’m, I don’t seem to…”

“I know,” she said in a faint voice. “What are you doing here?”

“I, uh, moved back.” He pointed to the ground. “I live here now.”

Ruby opened her mouth as if to speak, but no words came out. Instead, he heard a choking sob come from deep in her throat and her mouth disappeared behind her hand.

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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Trusting Her Heart
(Meet Me at the Altar #3)
By Tara Randell
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages
August 1st 2019 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Can a love built on lies…

…survive the truth?

Serena Stanhope fears her dark past might ruin the life she’s built as a successful shop owner. Especially when handsome Logan Masterson suddenly arrives in town asking questions about her background. He seems to have his own secrets, but the pair share an instant connection and Serena finds herself falling for Logan. He could destroy everything—or he could be the chance at love she thought she’d never have…

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Logan sat close enough that his shrug brushed against her arm. “Competitors. Mostly from his point of view.”

“In high school?” she asked.

“Yep. Gotta love memories from good ol’ Golden High.”

Curious about the handsome man beside her, Serena made a mental note to research Golden High School. She figured both men were in their early thirties, so she could narrow down the years they attended.

“Well, he seems invested in placing Golden on the map.”

Logan leaned closer and a trickle of pleasure danced over her skin. “How about you? Part of Team Golden?”

She shifted, widening the space between them. Put starch in her tone. “As long as I have a store here, yes.”

His gaze met hers again. The way he gauged her, as if trying to uncover all her secrets, took her breath away. Danger, Serena Stanhope, danger.

Panic rose and she sucked in air too quickly, almost choking. Logan reached over to slap her on the back as Deke and Grace sent curious glances their way.

“You all right?” he asked in between her coughing.

No, she wasn’t.

Logan’s knowing gaze unnerved her in more ways than one.

 

My apologies to Ms. Randel with the lateness of this review.  I started back to school this week and its been a rough one.  That said, I have to admit that I have not read the other books in the series, so my review is solely based on this book alone.  Do you need the other books in the series?  Honestly, I don’t know.  There is a mystery arc that is resolved in this one but I got the general idea of why Jasmine’s boys did what they did.

Logan and Serena were perfect together.  Ms. Randel wrote two flawed characters with some trust issues, family secrets that need to be resolved but overall good people that just needed to learn to communicate and listen to each other and pass judgment too quickly.  I fell in love with both of them from the beginning and I sighed at the ending.  I wish I had a cottage.  The secondary characters bring extra richness to their romance.  Logan’s grandmother is a HOOT!!!  She reminded me of my grandmother.  If I had a complaint, I didn’t like Deke too much.  I know, I didn’t read his book but at the same time, I felt like he was a little too harsh on Serena.

I don’t want to get into a lot of the book but you just need to read it.  Full of secrets, guilt, forgiveness and in the end love will conquer all.  It just takes longer for others to see what is right in front of them.  Logan and Serena show a bunch of growth in the end but I will have to say, Logan is the one that has to grow up more.  Serena had already been through so much because of her dad…

Overall, I just love Ms. Randal’s writing and stories.  She always brings the emotional, sweet and yes, heartwarming romances that I love.

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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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