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#Review of For Her Honor (the Gentrys of Paradise #4) by Holly Bush w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @hollybushbooks #historicalromance

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1873 –

Adam Gentry, heir to the celebrated Paradise Stables in Virginia, is haunted by the visions of his lost love. Feeling cursed by fate, he slips deeper into grief, shrouded in a cloud of liquor and depression, and neglects his duties and responsibilities. But when Adam is forced to accept that there’s nothing he can do to change his past, he knows he must move on.

And he accepts his own destiny: that he will never love again.

Emmaline Somerset finds herself in the worst possible position any unmarried woman can be in. She will have to abandon all of her plans, hopes, and dreams for an independence using her own talents. The only viable solution is to move to a distant relative’s home and reinvent herself as a widow with an infant. No one will ever be the wiser.

Adam, now determined to secure the Gentry legacy, plans to save longtime family friend Emmaline from her embarrassment with an offer of marriage. But what Adam didn’t plan on was how his unexpected attraction to her would stir something inside of him, something he’s kept locked deep within.

Can love finds its way between two troubled souls, one driven by duty, the other by honor, both determined to find their way home?

Read an Excerpt:

Emmaline Somerset’s bedroom door opened, and her mother poked her head inside.

“Mother, please,” she began but stopped speaking as the door opened wide and Adam Gentry walked into her room.

“I know this is unusual, Mrs. Somerset, but certainly you’ve known me and my family long enough to know that I intend nothing untoward. But I would like to speak to your daughter alone.”

Adam stared at her as he spoke to her mother and she could see Jane and Betsy behind him, eyes wide and their hands over their mouths.

“It’s not p-proper, Adam,” her mother stuttered.

“I’m fine, Mother. Stand outside my door if you wish.”

Emmaline looked at him and noticed that he was thinner than the last time she saw him. He was still very handsome and even intimidating, filling the room with his presence. He was the oldest among her generation of Gentrys and Somersets but had been removed a bit from the rest of them as they grew up together. A bit apart from John and Matthew and Jim, who’d been fast friends growing up, and from Olivia and Nettie and Marabelle Winston, whose family owned the mercantile, and her. He hadn’t been aloof, but he hadn’t gotten into the same type of trouble that John and Matthew had.

Women swooned over him, and he smiled back and tipped his hat in such a way that made a female feel as if she was the only person of her sex in the world. Except right now he wasn’t looking so sure of himself and not particularly happy, either.

Many of you know that I do read historical romance, just not Western-themed historical romance.  Why?  Mainly because I live in Texas and believe this or not, I’m not into anything western, rustic, country, etc.  I live in a small town so I see it every single day.  I’m surrounded by it and my heart is still tied to a big city.  Its where I was raised and lived for almost 40 years.  So why did I read this book?  Because of Ms. Bush and I just LOVE her Western Historicals.  She doesn’t have to “explain” everything to me and beneath the setting of the book, it is just a story about a boy meeting a girl and falling in love with her.

The Gentrys will always have a place in my heart.  I’ve read all the books and have waited for Adam’s for a long time.  I really thought going into it that it would be a sad story but it wasn’t.  It was funny, sexy, sweet and I loved the growth that he showed from the beginning of the series to now.  Adam was like a mythical creature that we only got to see glimpses of but Ms. Bush knew what she was doing but having his book last.  We need to see Adam lose and then pull himself back up.  I loved that Adam wasn’t perfect in his relationship with Emmaline and that’s what made the story just sing for me.  Imperfection can still be perfection.

Emmaline is just a funny character.  Scatterbrained to some, wistful to others but independent to herself.  I loved that Ms. Bush actually had her do something that at the time, was considered taboo a bit for women.  I won’t tell you what it is but let’s just say that Ms. Bush knows something about.  Plus, she stood up to Adam.  Made him think and not too many writers in the genre will write a female character that way.  In fact, some of the conversations with her married sister are downright hilarious.  Sex was NOT talked about during this time but Nettie and Emmaline talk about it.  And they even say the words.  Great dialogue between them that led to Emmaline talking to Adam about it.

I didn’t see the plot twist coming at all.  Nope, I couldn’t even imagine what Ms. Bush was going to do but when she did it, it was great.  Emmaline finally stood up for herself without the help of Adam and they both realized that they were equal partners in the relationship.  Adam really needed to learn that and unfortunately, he learned it the hard way.

Ms. Bush has written a brilliant Western Historical Romance series that is definitely a keeper on my shelf.  We get to see all of the Gentrys in this one.  I, for one, didn’t even find it jarring when Mrs. Gentry did her thing.  Again, not going to tell you but I wasn’t surprised.  Disappointed?  Nope.  The epilogue is GENIUS!!!!  I’m praying, lighting candles that its the start of a new offshoot.  *bats eyelashes*  I’ll be the first to pick it up.

About the Author:

Holly Bush writes historical romance set in the U.S.in the late 1800’s, in Victorian England, and an occasional Women’s Fiction title. Her books are described as emotional, with heartfelt, sexy romance. She makes her home with her husband in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

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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.

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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/

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/SedonaHutton

 

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

 

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

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