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#Review of For the Brave (the Gentrys of Paradise #2) by Holly Bush w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #historicalromance @hollybushbooks

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1869 – Matthew Gentry joined the Confederate Army at eighteen years of age after an argument with his father, leaving Paradise, his Virginia home and famed horse breeding stables, for the fields of Gettysburg. Having survived the War Between the States, Gentry is haunted by the violence and inhumanity of the war. He continues to roam the country long after the conflict is over, finding solace in the arms of soiled doves and at the bottom of whiskey bottles. Finally traveling home after learning of a family tragedy, he nearly loses his life in a spring-flooded riverbed.

Annie Campbell, lone survivor of her family, lives at a remote farm near the North River, raising pigs and trying to grow enough to feed herself, and to stay out of the crosshairs of the Thurmans, violent men who run the town of Bridgewater. Annie’s secrets threaten her safety, even as she rescues and nurses Matthew Gentry.

Matthew knows he must return to Paradise, to grieve with his family. Will his heart lead him back to Bridgewater and Annie Campbell?

Read an Excerpt:

He watched as she sharpened his blade on a worn leather strop and ran a brush around a tin cup, making lather with the soap on the bottom. She walked up to him, close enough that he could feel her body heat up and down his right side, and he smelled hay and horse, and some faint note of wintergreen or peppermint. Her shirt gapped when she leaned around him to scrape his other cheek and he was pleased to note that he was interested in seeing the top of her breast, as at some point in the last few days he’d convinced himself that there were parts of him that might never recover.

“Almost done,” she said. “Tilt your head back and let me get your neck.”

He did as he was told and let the sun beat down on his face. Her fingers were strong, moving his chin one way or another or dabbing soap from around his ears and wiping his face clean with a piece of towel she’d dunked in a pan of water. The warm towel wiping his face felt better than anything he’d felt for a long while, and he relaxed his shoulders and let her wipe away two weeks’ worth of sweat and grit. His eyes closed and he let run her comb through his long, filthy hair.

“I need to bathe. I can smell my own stink.”

“I’m going to cut your hair while we’re out here. The weather’s temperate, so we could wash it without heating water.”

“I don’t care if the water’s cold. I’m tired of pulling it back with a string. Cut it. Cut it all off.”

What can I say?  I love Ms. Bush.  Especially the Gentry’s.  I will admit, however, that I read this one after Olivia’s.  Matt’s book is actually the second one in the series.  Don’t worry.  You don’t need to read them in order.  You will not be confused at all.  In fact, I’m glad that I read them out of order.  It made Matt and Annie’s story that much sweeter for me.  How I loved this story.  In fact, this might be my favorite historical romance read of this year.

Why is that Harlie?  Matt, hands down.  I just fell in love from the first page.  Considering that I had already read a little bit about him in Olivia’s, Ms. Bush really hit it out of the park with this one.  There is a bit of suspense, romance, humor, and just had the feel of the movie Open Range, starring Kevin Costner (*swoon*).  And yes, I pictured him as Matt.  But I digress.  Matt is the hero that I’m drawn to.  Wounded, a heart of gold, loyal, but doesn’t feel like he deserves to be happy by his past actions.  Trust me, he does.  He gives as good as he gets and is first and foremost a gentleman.  I loved how he treated Annie throughout the book.  He never talked down to her but consider her an equal.  He tried to go all Alpha but Annie just put him in his place.  I knew right there that he and Annie were destined.

Annie, regardless of all the horrible things that had happened to her and her family, she never gave up hope.  In fact, I think it made her stronger.  I never felt bad for her but I could never figure out some things until Ms. Bush let me in on the secrets.  Dang…they were some doozies.  But Ms. Bush writes them in a way that you really hate the villains and cheer for Annie.  And yes, there are plenty of villains in this book.  Picture the standoff in the movie Silverado at the end.  The ending scenes with the villains…it was like the scene in Silverado.  You will stand up and cheer for Adam, Matt, Annie, and Gilly.

Overall, this book is definitely a keeper.  If you are looking for an exceptional western historical romance, look no further than Ms. Bush.  She owns the genre and has my heart.

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Holly Bush writes historical romance set on the American Prairie, in Victorian England, and recently released her first 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 For This Moment (The Gentrys of Paradise #3) by Holly Bush w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #HistoricalRomance @hollybushbooks

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1871 – Born to privilege and duty in Virginia, Olivia Gentry comes of age as women begin to find their social and political independence. She has been raised and educated to carry on the Gentry family’s successful horse breeding stables with her brothers at Paradise, their family home. Having been deceived in love as a young woman and unsure of her instincts, she is wary to commit to a marriage, but she cannot deny her long-buried feelings for a family friend.

Jim Somerset has been in love with Olivia Gentry from the moment she gazed up at him as a young girl. A farrier by trade like his father before him, he and his business’s future are inexorably entwined with the Gentry family. He has watched her be courted by statesmen, and considers her and her goals out of the reach of a common workman, like himself. But he is fearful that he will never rid Olivia from his mind and from his heart. Has the moment come for him to reveal his passions for her? Find out in the third installment of the Gentrys of Paradise.

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Olivia understood herself enough to know that she had lost her confidence, and even though others might see her as wealthy and educated and fortunate, which she was, she was still fragile and unsure of how her future would unfold. Any man she married or fixed on would be a central part of that future. Would define in society’s eyes whether her hopes and dreams were fulfilled, whether her personal happiness and the draw of competency and ambition she had for herself would cross paths.

She supposed that she should end her self-imposed exile. What good did it do her to hide in her room? She’d answered some of her own questions in the last four months. She did wish to marry. She wanted children of her own. She wanted a companion, a man, all for herself, not meant to be shared with others. She wanted to experience intimacy, and although she could do that outside the bounds of marriage, she couldn’t imagine it. How could one achieve the intimacy necessary to complete the act with a person that one had no relationship with, either from personal choice or law?

The final question, of course, was whether she would achieve any of those goals if love wasn’t evident. Her mother and father hadn’t been in love when they married. Yet they had grown to love each other and built a successful life together. Olivia believed that she could do as many other women had done before. Marry with purpose. Marry to achieve goals. Marry, not for love, but for compatibility and future hopes.

Still on the historical romance kick.  But then again, I love Holly Bush.  I read about her Crawfords and now I’m on to the Gentrys.  However, I have NOT read Matt’s book which I have already bought.  I did read the prequel/parents story and loved it.  I missed old Beau in this book but he is Olivia’s mind at all times.

What I really liked about this book is the family.  They rally around each other and it’s good to see healthy relationships between everyone.  Including Annie, Matt’s wife.  She’s a sweetheart and the relationship that she has with Olivia is spot on.  Married or not, Annie is still a woman and talks to Olivia has one, not as Matt’s wife.  Plus, Eleanor Gentry, the matriarch of the family is a force to be reckoned with.  She treats her children with respect, love, and friendship.

Jim Somerset.  I wanted to slap him most of the time in the book.  Talk about stubborn, hard-headed and so much in love with Olivia that it hurts.  Plus, he thought the bro code was still in place.  Communication or lack of is Jim’s biggest problem and at times it was maddening.  I realize that is the point of the book but honestly, I got tired of it.  But I didn’t give up on him.  His blind devotion to Olivia and the Gentry’s is endearing.  Plus, I loved his family.  They never let up on him when it needed.  Now, I will say that I swooned when he FINALLY went all caveman on Olivia.  I know, I know.  It sounds backward but when he did it, I literally swooned.  It was his moment to get the girl and he did it the only way he knew how.

Olivia might seem to be a strong woman but actually, she’s has been burned before when it comes to men, so I could understand her reluctance when it comes to men.  The senator’s aide is an ass and I’m glad that she saw that but then she…oh wait…I can’t say that.  I really liked her from the start and honestly, she was the only one of them that actually communicated.  Even when she was with Josephine, she communicated.  Let’s not forget about the train ride either.

Overall, I loved the book.  Once Jim decided that he just had to have Olivia, with some physical confrontation with Matt.  I can’t wait to read about Adam next.  This book has some humor, lots of love and two people that fell in love with each other has children.  Love a childhood friends story and this story has it in spades.

 

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. Connect with Holly at www.hollybushbooks.com and on Twitter @hollybushbooks and on Facebook at Holly Bush.

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#Review of Movie Magic (Sleight of Hand Series) by Michelle Garren Flye w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @michellegflye

Movie Magic

by Michelle Garren Flye

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GENRE:   contemporary romance

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BLURB:

Lights…camera…magic!

Sabrina Parker has spent her professional life creating unbelievable stunts and magical effects for movies and stage magicians. Now she needs some special magic to help her bring her movie to life. Her search leads her to the very unlikely stage of Walt Bryson, host of a long-running children’s television show in Beaufort, North Carolina.

Walt isn’t terribly happy about taking Hollywood’s call. He’s never sought the same notoriety as his colleagues Ian Logan and Andre Hawke. But there’s something about the beautiful, levelheaded Ms. Parker, and when he reads her screenplay, he knows he wants to work with her. For the first time in years, he’s willing to put tragedy behind him and make real magic.

Can Walt and Sabrina use love as their guide or will their past mistakes haunt their future?

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Excerpt One:

“How long can you stay?”

He drew away and looked at her in amusement. “I’m here all night.”

“No, I mean this trip. How long is it?”

“Just til day after tomorrow, why?”

She couldn’t hide her disappointment. “Oh. Okay.”

He sat up on his elbows, looking down at her. “Why do I get the feeling that’s not the answer you wanted from me?”

She shook her head, trying—too late—to reassure him. “No, it’s just that Dylan has this actor who’s looking at a part in the movie. The male lead. And it’s kind of a big thing for the movie, and if you were there, you could see if he would even be able to learn the tricks. You know. For the movie. But it’s not—”

“I can stay.”

“What?” She looked at him incredulously.

“I can stay.” He brushed her hair back from her face with a gentle smoothing motion. “The show’s wrapped up, and I’ve got no plans for the rest of my life. What’s another couple of days?”

“Oh. Fantastic.” She relaxed into his arms. “That means there’ll be more time for this, then.”

“And that is the best news I’ve heard all day.”

 The first book to be reviewed in 2018.  I’m glad it I picked this one to be it.  I adored this story.  It’s magically.  I know, sounds cliched since it revolves around magic but it truly is.  I loved how Ms. Flye uses imagery in the telling of Walt and Sabrina’s story.  Plus, come on.  Their names.  Walt and Sabrina.  All I could think about is Walt Disney and Sabrina, the Teenage Age Witch.  BTW, I loved Sabrina.  But I digress.  Also, the setting in the small town is perfect, too.

So, while I loved the story, I did have some issues.  Just minor ones.  I didn’t like the whole Collette subplot.  While she is necessary for Walt to finally move on with his past, I felt like in the end that her part of the story could have ended after the storm.  She just felt like she was being the “other woman” and I wish that Walt had owned up to his feelings about her to Sabrina earlier.  Another thing that bothered me was how Walt and Sabrina danced around their feelings for too long.  Their romance is strong but the back and forth, will they or won’t they because of their work kinda bugged me a bit.

What felt really real to me was Sabrina’s relationship with Dylan.  At first, I thought it was kinda creepy but in the end, Dylan just wanted Sabrina’s movie to just do well.  Which leads me to the auditions.  Ms. Flye had me at the tattoos.  I don’t think I’ve ever been that invested in a secondary character before and I had actual tears.  While I had problems with Walt and Sabrina’s romance going back and forth, it felt real to me.  I could understand the “why”.  The scene at Walt’s house…*swoon*  Ms. Sabrina had game and I loved it.

This is a great stand-alone romance.  I haven’t read the others one in the series and trust me, you don’t need to.  However, I just loved how Ms. Flye writes.  Her characters are great and her imagery like I’ve never experienced before from an author.  I can’t wait to read more from her.  This is a definite keeper for me.  Plus, it has pirates.  Yes, pirates.  And a Johnny Depp reference.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Michelle Garren Flye is an award-winning author of romance and women’s fiction. Reviewers have described her work as: “an engaging novel with charming and likable characters”, a story that “will make you believe in love and second chances”, and a “well-written and thought-provoking novel.”

Michelle placed third in the Hyperink Romance Writing Contest for her short story “Life After”. Her short stories have been published by the romance anthology Foreign Affairs, Opium.com, SmokelongQuarterly.com and Flashquake.com. She has served on the editorial staffs of Horror Library, Butcher Shop Quartet and Tattered Souls.

Michelle has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is the mother of three and lives in North Carolina with her husband and their rapidly growing collection of pets.

 

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