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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/
RWA Contemporary Romance blog: http://contemporaryromance.org/2018/03/awesome/
Romance University blog: http://romanceuniversity.org/ru-contributors/

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A Small Town Christmas: https://www.amazon.com/Small-Christmas-Irish-Brothers-Winery-ebook/dp/B07HBZPKDH/

Meant to Be: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07S7FW8BR/

Christmas With You: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07YNZQCWX/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i7

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#Review of See Me by L. Simpson w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #contemporaryromance @lsimpsonauthor

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Architect Ethan James’s life is a mess. He’s juggling being a single dad while fighting his infuriating ex who’s trying to get full custody, while at the same time he’s barely keeping his head above water in the job of his dreams. When he meets Mia Sullivan at a friend’s engagement party, her bright spirit and kind heart shines a light into his life when he needs it most. With so much coming at him from all directions, he relies on Mia’s support but makes the heartbreaking mistake of not cherishing her love. Mia sees the writing on the wall and pulls back before her heart is shattered. Ethan can’t lose the woman who makes his life complete, and shows her he is the man she needs him to be.

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“Tell the others we’re going.”

She nodded, then winked. I grinned back as Ethan pulled me away. We hurried through the crowd, Ethan leading the way as he gripped my hand. His long legs were striding and I struggled to keep up.

“You in a hurry?” I asked.

He turned to me but didn’t smile. Instead, he kissed me, and my toes curled.

When he closed the door, he stood in front of me and pinned me to the car with his hips as he kissed me again. I could kiss this man forever. His strong, steady rhythm was demanding, and I willingly followed his lead. I put my hands in his hair, loving the soft feel of it between my fingers. Like on the dance floor, our kiss took on a life of its own.

When he buried his face in my neck and sucked right below my ear, I wondered if I would survive. “Ethan, honey, you’re killing me. I hope you have a lot of condoms.” He chuckled at my neck. “I’ll buy a box for next time.” It took me a moment before I realised he wasn’t moving anymore. “Ethan?” I whispered.

“Do you want a next time?” His voice was rough.

He shifted to look at me, and I didn’t know if it was a trick question. “Of course.” I smiled, although the protracted silence had my stomach starting to drop.

“Mia…”

Realization hit me like a slow-moving truck.

“I can only give you tonight.”

“Why?” I didn’t like the sound of my voice. It was small and fragile. He didn’t answer, but he looked haunted. He wasn’t going to answer me. “You only want tonight?” I still hoped I was reading this wrong.

When he nodded, I felt something break in me. Something I had pretended was strong and secure.

“I can’t do that,” I whispered. “Not with you.” My voice cracked under the weight of unshed tears. I couldn’t let it happen again. I wanted more.

“Mia…” He moved back, his hands still on my hips.

We were still close, but not.

“I don’t do well with one-night stands. There isn’t anything wrong with them, but I’m not built that way. Especially when I… care. I can’t turn my feelings off and I don’t think I should have to. I like you, Ethan, and I want to be with you like this and like we were today. I want more than sex, and I thought you wanted that, too.” By the end of my speech, any effort to hide my tears was futile.

“I can’t give you that.” He moved back, breaking our connection completely.

“You mean you won’t.”

“It isn’t like that.”

He reached for me, but I moved to the side.

“It’s exactly like that. I should’ve known better.” I righted my clothing and pushed off the car. I’d made it two steps before he grabbed my elbow and turned me around.

“Trust me. I don’t want to hurt you.” His expression was full of pain and grief.

“Too late.” I pulled out of his hold.

This time, he let me.

Ever read a book that just sneaks up on you?  What I mean is that you read the blurb, it’s interesting but you think, how is the author going to shake up some tried and true tropes that a lot of authors go to when they are writing a series?  Let’s talk about the tropes, shall we?  Single dad, horrid ex, cute child, cute meet with the woman of your dreams, lots of sexy times and family times.  Hero takes for granted what is in front of him.  The heroine has been down this road before and decides no more.  Tears, a runaway child and a hero that FINALLY gets his stuff together.  Heard it before, right?  Well, let me tell you what makes this book shine about the others.

The characters for one.  Ms. Simpson makes you care about every single character in the book.  No matter who they are.  I actually felt compassion for Miranda (Ethan’s ex) during the book.  Was she annoying at times?  Yes, but in the end, you will understand her much better and her motivation towards Ethan and all the hard times that they had to go through.  Normally I think the ex in a book is unnecessary but in this case, Miranda is very important not only for Ethan and Mia but also for Sadie’s (their daughter) relationship with Mia.

Mia could have been written as a carpet by just letting Ethan walk all over her but she didn’t.  Did it hurt?  Yes, but she knew that going in with Ethan.  What made Mia better than most other heroines is that she finally got some closure with her ex-boyfriend in the end.  She needed to go forward with her life after Ethan.  Even better was how her ex stood up for Mia in the end.

Ethan is messed up at the beginning of the book.  He could have come across as one of the biggest arses in the world but Ms. Simpson has you actually like him from the beginning.  Sadie is his saving grace in the end.  Plus, I really liked his relationship with his parents.  They are there for him and Sadie.  And Mia, too.  Plus, Sadie is an actual character in the book.  She is extremely important to not only the story in general but also Ethan and Mia’s relationship.

Ms. Simpson’s writing is crisp, fluid and I literally never put the book down.  It’s an easy read but one that is also emotional, heartwarming and swoon-worthy in the end.  I will warn you that the setting is Australia, some of the language is Aussie but I personally love it when an author writes a book in their native language and setting.  Plus, I’m a sucker for anything Australian.

I adored Mia and Ethan.  When it came to character growth, Ethan had to grow the most.  Did I understand what made Mia and Ethan tick?  Yes, I did.  Was it a hard road for them?  Yes, but it was necessary for the relationship to even work.  They both had to want it bad enough to even try.  Too bad that it took some tears to shed before it was all said and done.  There was never a dull moment in the book.

About the Author: As a girl growing up in Australia, Laura was lost in the world of Anne of Green Gables and Little Women. During high school, volleyball dominated her life. There had to be something positive about being 6’1” with red hair. Representing Australia from a young age she eventually took a scholarship at the University of Iowa. Living in America and being a full time athlete in a college town was an eye-opening experience and lots of fun (from what she can remember). #gohawkeyes

Returning from the States, her career took a different turn as she started working at the Red Cross and completed her Masters of Law in Human Rights. As one of the few non-lawyers in the class, her essays were far more floral than the rest, something that caused the discerning professors to shake their heads. Through working and studying, she realised there are other ways to win hearts and minds.

While she’s spent the last 14 years as an advocate against poverty and homelessness, the desire to change the world through storytelling has only got stronger. She now lives in the Alpine Valleys of North East Victoria, Australia with her husband, daughter, son, two dogs and seven chooks. When she’s not doing the whole mum thing, working at a homelessness agency, renovating her farmhouse, or trying to do laundry bleary-eyed at midnight, she is writing.

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