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The Dating Charade
By Melissa Ferguson
Contemporary Romance, Christian
Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 336 Pages
December 3rd 2019 by Thomas Nelson

Just when you think you’ve met your match . . . the charade begins.

Cassie Everson is an expert at escaping bad first dates. And, after years of meeting, greeting, and running from the men who try to woo her, Cassie is almost ready to retire her hopes for a husband—and children—altogether.

But fate has other plans, and Cassie’s online dating profile catches the eye of firefighter Jett Bentley. In Jett’s memory, Cassie Everson is the unreachable girl-of-legend from their high school days. Nervously, he messages her, setting off a chain of events that forces a reluctant Cassie back into the dating game.

No one is more surprised than Cassie when her first date with Jett is a knockout. But when they both go home and find three children dropped in their laps—each—they independently decide to do the right and mature thing: hide the kids from each other while sorting it all out. What could go wrong?

Melissa Ferguson’s hilarious and warmhearted debut reminds us that love can come in very small packages—and that sometimes our best-laid plans aren’t nearly as rewarding and fun as the surprises that come our way.

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Talk about a debut.  Don’t be fooled about its label.  Sure, it’s Christian based with romantic elements but this book is so much more than that.  The set up is hilarious.  I can’t even imagine trying to date now.  I’ve been married for over 15 years and I was set up.  Thank goodness it worked out.  LOL!  What makes it fun is Cassie and her posse of friends.  Cassie might have given up on dating but her friends aren’t ready for her to give up.  Enter Jett.  Talk about high school crush coming through.  Sure it was a little insta for me but that’s what made their romance fun.  It wasn’t easy for them to be together or for Cassie to even think about having a relationship with Jett.

Cassie has a big secret that she isn’t willing to share with most people but I totally get why she did hide that.  It was heartbreaking in the beginning but when she gets 3 kids dropped off at her house, that maternal side of her comes out.  Jett gets the same thing on his doorstep and the hijinks ensue.  The humor throughout the book is fantastic.  Ms. Ferguson knows when to lighten up her characters but also see the real drama unfolding before them, too.  It’s a great balance that most debut authors don’t get right.  She did and beautifully, too.

The reason why I kinda label this romantic elements is that at times, the romance really takes a backseat to the actual plot in the book.  Is this a bad thing?  No.  Cassie and Jett have a lot to figure out within themselves first before a true romance can be felt between them.  I did, however, love them as a couple.  Ms. Ferguson has her hands full when it comes to the children that are in the book.  She doesn’t sugarcoat their situations but also doesn’t dwell on it either.  Plus, the children are not a plot ploy to put Cassie and Jett together.  They have their own personalities and thoughts.

This is a fun read but it does go deeper than you expect.  Ms. Ferguson does an excellent job of balancing out the light with the dark.  I just wish, in a way, that there was more romance.  But hey, I love romance books.  Do yourself a favor and pick up this gem of a book.  You will thank me later.

 

About the Author

Melissa Ferguson is an adjunct professor for Bible and religion at King University. She lives in the charming town of Bristol, Tennessee, with her husband, twin toddlers, and baby girl. She used to have hobbies like running and backpacking the Appalachian Trail outside her door. Now her hobbies include admiring the Appalachian Trail out her minivan window while singing “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” en route to the library.

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#Review of His Salvation by Michelle King w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #romanticsuspense @Michelle_King_1


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Will the woman he left behind a decade ago be His Salvation?

Seth McCullough left behind his high school sweetheart, Krista Chancellor, determined to keep her safe. Running from his own demons, Seth joined the military, hoping for a new start.

Ten years later, after experiencing psychological and physical trauma, Seth takes a trip to Mexico for rest and relaxation. Waking up one morning confused, bloody, and linked to multiple high profile murders, Seth is sure he’s lost what little sanity he has left. Determined to find answers, Seth reaches out to the only person he ever trusted, his old flame, Krista.

Now, Krista and Seth find themselves embroiled in an agenda too terrifying to comprehend. Not sure who to trust, and looking for answers, will the woman he left behind over a decade ago be His Salvation, or his ruin?

PLEASE NOTE: This is the second edition. It has extensive rewrites and has been re-edited.

As you know that I love romantic suspense, so I’m very picky.  This book delivered what I want and need in a romantic suspense book.  While the smexy parts aren’t plentiful, this story deals with childhood sweethearts reconnecting after years of being apart and to the “way” things were left.  The book starts off with a bang, so the twist mid-way through the book was a kicker.  I lurved it.  Ms. King knows how to drop a bomb on her readers and makes it completely plausible.  Once things are figured out with Seth, the plot never lets you go.

Seth and Krista are childhood sweethearts that parted under different circumstances.  Ms. King doesn’t let them have a fight but realizing that Seth and Krista will be going into different directions she lets the relationship just end.  Without tears and begging.  Years later, Seth knows that Krista is the only person that can help him with what is going on and just prays that she will.

Krista is a great heroine.  Strong, smart and still having a soft spot for Seth, she agrees.  Seth is a sweetie, too.  Always knowing that something was “wrong” with him, he knew that he didn’t like it but needed help.  I wish that I could tell you the big plot twist but then I would totally spoil the book for you.  Hence, the runaround on the review.  All I can say is that the twist is huge, frightening and in my mind, realistic.  But then again, I cut my teeth on Tom Clancy books so I’m up for anything.

If you are looking for an action packed, suspenseful, thrilling second chance romance, then this is for you.  Ms. King delivers the goods in spades and I look forward to reading more from her.  She just “gets” me in what I love about romantic suspense.  Krista and Seth have a place in my heart forever and I’m happy that I’ve discoverd another great author for me to read.

About the Author: Michelle King lives in the Pacific Northwest with her four quirky and beautiful children. She loves coffee, Superman, rollercoasters, and has an addiction to chapstick.

She works as a registered nurse and in her spare time writes novels. As a multi-genre author, she has written in the categories of romance suspense, young adult, women’s fiction, and literary fiction. She has won four literary awards. You can visit Michelle’s website at https://www.authormichelleking.com/

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#Review of Christmas With You by Nan Reinhardt w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #contemporaryromance @NanReinhardt

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She’s loved him all her life… but will he be there when she needs him the most?

Disheartened and adrift after being written out of a hit TV show, actor Aidan Flaherty returns to his family’s historic winery, where he’s invested some of the fortune he’s made. As the holidays approach, Aidan becomes intrigued with the old showboat that’s dry-docked just east of town… and even more intrigued with the daughter of his former mentor, who now owns it. He decides to buy the boat and restore it to its former glory.

Single mom Holly Santos is back in River’s Edge after her divorce and she is over men in general and actors in particular. If she could only get rid of her father’s old showboat, a source of fascination for her son, Mateo. She never expects her old crush to walk into her tea shop or the fireworks that happen every time they’re in the same room. Can Aidan convince her that he is determined to restore their shared heritage on the showboat and that he’s home to stay?

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A knock on his car window jerked him back to the Mickey D’s parking lot and he turned to see a young woman peering in. “Hey?” She tapped on the glass again. “Hey? Aren’t you that cop? The one on TV? Pete At-Atwater?”

Aidan came within a second of simply shaking his head since she didn’t even have the name of his character right, but another girl came up behind the blonde, a huge smile on her face. “It’s him!” She gripped the blonde’s arm. “It’s Pete Atwood from LA Detectives!” Elbowing her way to the window of the little MG, she stooped down. “We love you, Pete!”

Pinning on his celebrity smile, the one that showed off his dimples and made hearts race all over America and Canada, Aidan rolled down the window. “Good morning, ladies.”

They clutched each other and giggled, jiggling with excitement. “Can we get a picture with you?” the blond one asked while the other one bit her lip and sighed.

“Sure.” Aidan opened the car door and got out, surreptitiously scanning the parking lot as he did so. Most of the cars were in the drive-thru and the people in line weren’t paying attention to the activity in the corner of the parking lot, where he’d deliberately parked to avoid being recognized. How had these two figured out who he was?

Oh, crap, the California license plates on Pete’s distinctive MG! A dead giveaway and it’s no secret that the actor who plays Pete Atwood is from a small river town in southern Indiana.

At least ten pictures and a couple of autographs later, he was back in the car while the two girls scurried off. Aidan watched out of the corner of his eye as they high-fived each other before getting into an older compact car. No doubt they were both on their phones letting friends know that Pete Atwood was haunting the parking lot of the McDonald’s on the highway, so heaving a huge breath, he buckled up and turned the key in the ignition.

Guys this book.  I read it like two weeks ago and it is still in my heart.  I’m really enjoying the books that Tule Publishing has been putting out over the years.  I know that I will be getting a warm-hearted, feel-good book with characters that will wiggle their way into my heart and not let go.  Ms. Reinhardt doesn’t disappoint with her story featuring Aidan and Holly.  I will admit that I didn’t read Sean or Connor’s books but you don’t have to.  Each book is completely stand-alone.  Unfortunately, my wallet took a hit later.

Holly and Aiden had my heart from the start.  What got me with Aiden is that even though he was a very popular actor, he really didn’t take himself seriously.  He is kind to fans but realizes that maybe getting fired is a Godsend.  Regrouping with his brothers and then seeing the old riverboat, an idea comes to life.  Too bad he has to deal with the owner’s daughter, Holly.  While she tries to be unimpressed with Aiden back in town, deep down she’s 14 again.  I hear you sister.  Seeing Aiden brings back some unpleasant family issues that Holly has with her mother and now-deceased father.  Mateo, Holly’s son is great, too.  Just on the cusp of teenhood, he is looking for that male figure in his life and Aiden seems to fill the void.  Holly and Mateo haven’t had it easy over the years.  I won’t spoil for you but it explains a lot about Holly and her reluctance to even be friends with Aiden again.

I would be remiss not to talk about the riverboat itself.  It is a character that is crucial to Holly and Aiden’s romance.  It brings up some deep resentment from Holly and I can see why.  On the flip side, it makes Aiden very happy and shows where he got his love of acting in the first place.  Naturally, Mateo is drawn to the boat, Aiden and acting which Holly doesn’t deal well at all.  But that’s what sets this book apart from the others that I have read lately.  It’s the boat.  It is the centerpiece to the story, the romance and how Aiden and Holly as individuals.  In my opinion, Holly had the most to grow.  She has more to lose but she also needed to let go of some severe pent-up feelings in regards to her dad and the boat.

Ms. Reinhardt has written a book that is realistic, funny at times, puts a smile on your face and makes you realize that not every family is perfect; no matter what they seem on the surface.  I can’t wait for Brendan’s book.  In just one book, I have found a family to love, cherish and revisit again and again.

About the Author:

Nan Reinhardt is a USA Today bestselling author of romantic fiction for women in their prime. Yeah, women still fall in love and have sex, even after 45! Imagine! She is a wife, a mom, a mother-in-law, and a grandmother. Nan has been a copyeditor and proofreader for over 25 years, and currently works on romantic fiction titles for a variety of clients, including Avon Books, St. Martin’s Press, Kensington Books, and Entangled Publishing, as well as for many indie authors.

Although she loves her life as an editor, writing is Nan’s first and most enduring passion. Her latest series, Four Irish Brothers Winery, includes A Small Town Christmas, Meant to Be, and the newly released, Christmas with You, all from Tule Publishing. Nan is busy at work on Book 4 of the series, as well as brewing a cozy mystery idea.

Visit Nan’s website at www.nanreinhardt.com, where you’ll find links to all her books as well as blogs about writing, being a Baby Boomer, and aging gracefully…mostly. Nan also blogs every sixth Wednesday at Word Wranglers, sharing the spotlight with five other romance authors and is a frequent contributor the RWA Contemporary Romance blog, and she contributes to the Romance University blog where she writes as Editor Nan.

Word Wranglers: http://www.wordwranglers.blogspot.com/
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Meant to Be: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07S7FW8BR/

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