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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.

Enjoy an Excerpt:

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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Blog: BREATHE: http://michellegflye.com

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Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Movie-Magic-Sleight-Hand-4/dp/1976147190

 

 

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Happy Release Week to Stephie Walls Unexpected Arrivals! @givemebooksblog @StephieWalls

 

 

Title: Unexpected Arrivals
Author: Stephie Walls
Genre: Coming of Age/Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 20, 2017
Blurb
It had to be a joke.
Any minute now, a van would drive up and Ashton Kutcher would slide the door open, laughing hysterically at my melodramatic performance on the front porch.
But nothing happened.
The words on the page jumbled into a toxic mess my brain refused to comprehend, much less accept.
Please consider this letter as a formal request to arrange a paternity test (DNA).
I barely remembered Chelsea Airy.
That wasn’t true—we’d gone out once, and we’d been friends for a while after. But I hadn’t heard so much as a peep from her since I’d gotten married. I’d reached out a
handful of times, but she’d quit responding and fell off the face of the earth. There hadn’t been a text, an email, a phone call, not even a Facebook message, much less a stork in the last five years.
My wife could forgive a lot, but she’d never wanted children—much less another woman’s.
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Wow.  Just wow!  This is one of the best books that I have read this year.  And yes, I read a lot but I haven’t given out tons of 5 Harlie’s lately.  Lots of 4.5 but not 5’s.  This one is definitely a 5.  I’ve read Ms. Walls before (Girl Crush is hilarious and one of my top 10 this year) and with each book she just gets better and better.  She writes with such emotional depth with her characters and just when you think that you have things figured out, she throws a curveball or two at you.  There are many curveballs in this book but they are definitely worth the swing.  None of them are misses.  Just pure, OMG in the sense that they make you appreciate certain characters more later in the book than you did when they appeared earlier.
Don’t let the blurb give you the sense that there is cheating in the book.  I hate a cheater but *spoiler* there is no cheating.  They broke up for a couple of years.  Trust me, this book starts off when they are in high school and continues until they are adults.  Ms. Walls takes her time letting you get to know Cora and James (Carp) throughout the book.  They are not perfect by any means and are products of their upbringing but on the flipside, they are very grounded.  I loved how we really get to know these characters throughout the book.  Each has some growing up to do and yes, even to the last page.  *sniff*
This book does not have the angst that you would think that a YA/NA/Adult book would have.  It’s about redemption, true love, second chances, and long-buried secrets that affected many of the characters that have long-reaching consequences.  Cora and Carp are wonderful separately and together.  Yes, they broke up for a bit but it was necessary for their character growth and of course, the child to be conceived.  Chelsea is such a wonderful character.  Seriously, I just loved her and she was exactly what Carp needed during his time awhile from Cora.  He realized that he could have a friendship with a woman that wasn’t based on sex and she really helped him when it came to Cora in the long term.
I would be remiss to not talk about the secondary characters.  Neil and Hannah are the perfect friends that Cora and Carp need during the story.  They have a story, too but it doesn’t overshadow theirs.  Carp’s parents and Gwendolyn/Dottie are great, too.  They add the needed wisdom when Cora and Carp need it the most in the end.  The secrets that revolve around Chelsea, Cora, and Dottie are just…OH MY.  Never saw it coming and I really cried for Chelsea and Cora at that point.  They would have been great friends with each other.  Plus, then there is the child.  I won’t go into a lot with the child but the child isn’t stupid.  Chelsea made sure of that.  Dottie, too.  The child MAKES the story.  And yes, Cora never wanted any children but once she realizes that she can truly help him through his grief and the child through hers, she’s a goner.
I usually don’t recommend a book that runs the gammet of emotions.  Swooning, laughing, crying, cheering for characters and overall, just loving everything about a book but this is one of those rare treats that a reviewer lives for.  I hated to see the story end.  I was sad but the ending couldn’t have been more perfect.  Or Promised.  *wink*
Author Bio

 

Stephie Walls is a literary whore – she loves words in all forms and will read anything put in front of her. She has an affinity for British Literature and Romance novels and an overall love of writing. She currently has six novels out, four short stories, and two collections; all provocatively written to elicit your imagination and spice up your world.

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