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Sweet Melody
(Seabrook Romance #1)
By Heidi McCahan
Christian Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 242 Pages
August 1st 2019

When a struggling bakery owner is rescued by a wannabe songwriter with hidden culinary talents, they discover they can make sweet harmony … if they can only learn to work together.

Rhett Foster longs to change the world with his music, yet he can’t even finish writing one song. Battered by a string of failures and disillusioned, he returns home to Portland, Oregon. While he desperately wants to create a chart-topping hit, his dad mandates a new mission: move to coastal vacation hotspot Seabrook, Washington and expand the family’s successful restaurant chain.

In danger of destroying her late parents’ legacy if she doesn’t diversify her menu, Lindsay Carmichael will try anything to save her bakery. But with a tiny budget and an injured employee who can’t work, she has no choice but to sink the last of her savings into buying a dilapidated food truck and hiring Rhett as a part-time barista. What she doesn’t know is that the handsome songwriter has a secret … one that could destroy her business and her heart.

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Rhett continued taking their requests, performing the songs effortlessly. With each line he sang, Lindsay’s emotions sailed further and further into choppy seas. Careful. You can’t afford to fall for this man.

As the notes of Rhett’s latest cover song faded, Jon released a long whistle. “Do you ever perform anything you’ve written?”

Catherine and Lindsay exchanged glances. Had Jon seen the YouTube channel, too?

Rhett was silent for an instant. “I have a few songs of my own, nothing that’s made it to the radio lately.”

“Anything you’d be willing to play tonight?” Quinn asked, her expression hopeful.

“Sure.”

From the first verse, the mood of the gathering shifted as Rhett’s tone dived deep and took on a mournful, seasoned quality—as though he’d lived every minute of the pain he crooned about.

Lindsay gripped the armrests of her chair, hanging on every note, captivated by the emotional journey of the songwriter. Captivated by Rhett. The chorus and subsequent verse told a powerful story of unrequited love, then came to an abrupt end as Rhett stopped playing.

“That’s all I’ve written so far.” He shifted in his chair. “Sorry.”

They were all staring with rapt attention. Clearly, she wasn’t the only one who wanted more.

“Great job,” Lindsay said, reaching over and giving his forearm a squeeze.

“Man, what are you doing making coffee?” Jon teased. “You should’ve never left Nashville.”

Oh no. 

“I’m glad you think so.” Rhett frowned. “Too bad nobody agrees with you. I’m what they refer to in the business as a one-hit-wonder.”

Lindsay didn’t miss the regret tinging his voice. Did he honestly believe that was true? Before she had a chance to object, Rhett stood and passed the guitar back to Jon.

“Thanks for letting me borrow your guitar. I’m going to call it a night.” He offered a casual wave around the circle, avoiding Lindsay’s gaze. “Six a.m. comes pretty early.”

He slipped between two chairs, cut across the yard and disappeared into the darkness.

They all sat in stunned silence.

“Whoa. What happened?” Ivy asked.

“We must’ve hit a nerve somehow.”

“Maybe he’s embarrassed about sharing his art in public.”

Lindsay stared into the fire and listened to her friends’ speculations. Rhett’s sudden departure was jarring. She hated that they’d ruined a good night by pushing him to do something he didn’t want to do. More than anything, her mind kept circling back to Jon’s question.

What are you doing making coffee?

While she’d sensed Rhett bristling at the casual comment, it was a question she’d tiptoed around quite a bit. If he was such a talented artist and songwriter, what was he doing here?

I’m just going to say it.  I loved this book from the start.  From the setting to the characters, to the plot and especially how I felt after reading it.  Peeps this is a sweet contemporary romance with inspirational undertones to it.  Does Ms. McCahan beat you over the head?  No, it is subtle and so worth it in the end.  I found that while reading the book, my heart opened and made me take stock in certain parts of my own life.

Rhett and Lindsay are a perfect couple.  Are they perfect?  No, but learning from their past and opening up to different things made them perfect for each other.  They each had big voids to fill in the lives and kept getting a bit beat down when something didn’t quite measure up.  That’s life and you can grow from it as they did in the end.  Each of them has been hurt in the past with relationships and are dealing with that in their own way.  Lindsay is bitter and Rhett is somewhat guarded.  These two have a ways to go before they can finally get their HEA.

I loved the seaside town and the plot point of food trucks.  I live in a small town that doesn’t have them but they intrigue me.  Ms. McCahan does a great job of explaining the ins and outs and what it takes to run one.  I found that Rhett’s dad is just an awful person and doesn’t see Rhett as a person but as a thing that he can manipulate.  Grrr…Rhett and Lindsay are dealing with grief and rejection that can only come from someone that shouldn’t have rejected them in the first place.

Ultimately, this book is about forgiveness, opening your heart to something new, finding love when you least expect it and letting go of the past.  You can only look forward to move on.  I don’t normally watch Hallmark movies but this book would make a perfect movie.  Ms. McCahan’s descriptions filled my head with all kinds of visuals and I would love to see it come to the screen.

Do yourself a favor a pick up this gem of a book.  I dare you not to love it and wish it was a movie, too.

About the Author

Heidi secretly dreamed of writing a book for most of her childhood, but a particularly painful rejection letter in middle school convinced her to tuck that dream away. Instead, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington and a Master’s Degree in Athletic Training from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. After a brief career as a Certified Athletic Trainer, Heidi married her husband Steve, then she dusted off her big dream of becoming a published author and launched her first contemporary romance into the world in 2014. A huge fan of coffee, dark chocolate, and happily ever after, Heidi currently lives in North Carolina with Steve, three active boys and one amazing Goldendoodle.

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Trusting Her Heart
(Meet Me at the Altar #3)
By Tara Randell
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages
August 1st 2019 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Can a love built on lies…

…survive the truth?

Serena Stanhope fears her dark past might ruin the life she’s built as a successful shop owner. Especially when handsome Logan Masterson suddenly arrives in town asking questions about her background. He seems to have his own secrets, but the pair share an instant connection and Serena finds herself falling for Logan. He could destroy everything—or he could be the chance at love she thought she’d never have…

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Logan sat close enough that his shrug brushed against her arm. “Competitors. Mostly from his point of view.”

“In high school?” she asked.

“Yep. Gotta love memories from good ol’ Golden High.”

Curious about the handsome man beside her, Serena made a mental note to research Golden High School. She figured both men were in their early thirties, so she could narrow down the years they attended.

“Well, he seems invested in placing Golden on the map.”

Logan leaned closer and a trickle of pleasure danced over her skin. “How about you? Part of Team Golden?”

She shifted, widening the space between them. Put starch in her tone. “As long as I have a store here, yes.”

His gaze met hers again. The way he gauged her, as if trying to uncover all her secrets, took her breath away. Danger, Serena Stanhope, danger.

Panic rose and she sucked in air too quickly, almost choking. Logan reached over to slap her on the back as Deke and Grace sent curious glances their way.

“You all right?” he asked in between her coughing.

No, she wasn’t.

Logan’s knowing gaze unnerved her in more ways than one.

 

My apologies to Ms. Randel with the lateness of this review.  I started back to school this week and its been a rough one.  That said, I have to admit that I have not read the other books in the series, so my review is solely based on this book alone.  Do you need the other books in the series?  Honestly, I don’t know.  There is a mystery arc that is resolved in this one but I got the general idea of why Jasmine’s boys did what they did.

Logan and Serena were perfect together.  Ms. Randel wrote two flawed characters with some trust issues, family secrets that need to be resolved but overall good people that just needed to learn to communicate and listen to each other and pass judgment too quickly.  I fell in love with both of them from the beginning and I sighed at the ending.  I wish I had a cottage.  The secondary characters bring extra richness to their romance.  Logan’s grandmother is a HOOT!!!  She reminded me of my grandmother.  If I had a complaint, I didn’t like Deke too much.  I know, I didn’t read his book but at the same time, I felt like he was a little too harsh on Serena.

I don’t want to get into a lot of the book but you just need to read it.  Full of secrets, guilt, forgiveness and in the end love will conquer all.  It just takes longer for others to see what is right in front of them.  Logan and Serena show a bunch of growth in the end but I will have to say, Logan is the one that has to grow up more.  Serena had already been through so much because of her dad…

Overall, I just love Ms. Randal’s writing and stories.  She always brings the emotional, sweet and yes, heartwarming romances that I love.

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USA Today Bestselling Author Tara Randel has enjoyed a lifelong love of books, especially romance and mystery genres, so it didn’t come as a surprise when she began writing with the dream of becoming published. Family values, mystery and, of course, love and romance are her favorite themes, because she believes love is the greatest gift of all. Tara lives on the West Coast of Florida, where gorgeous sunsets inspire the creation of heartwarming stories, filled with love, laughter and the occasional mystery.

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Excerpt from Loved by the Beast (Alcyran Chronicles #3) by Anya Summers w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @anyabsummers #PNR #paranormalromance

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Anna has plans for her life. This fall, she will be heading off to medical school, well on her way to becoming a doctor. But first, she and her besties head to Ireland to celebrate.

Nowhere did her future plans even include serious dating, let alone becoming mated to a man who can turn into a freaking beast with wings. Nor did she reckon with being sucked through a portal onto another planet while on her way home from a great night out.

Yet from the very first time her new mate touches her, Anna wonders if this could be the real deal – as in: the big L. The only problem is, her mate says his kind do not love; they protect, they pleasure, and they provide. Can Anna really kiss goodbye to all her plans for the future, and agree to spend the rest of her existence without love?

Publisher’s Note: This steamy paranormal romance, while the third in the Alcyran Chronicles series, can be read and enjoyed as a standalone.

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D’Vorak launched himself off the rooftop, took to the air, and sniffed the wind. He soared like a ghostly specter, blending in with the night. On the streets below, the people never glanced up as he glided above. Perhaps that was why they didn’t know their world was dying. They were too involved with what was right in front of them to view the larger picture.

Working with Rhiannon was risky. He understood the perils of trusting the Clovis wench. However, she had promised that if he succeeded in this task, she would sever his people’s ties with the Clovis. That must happen before the truth of the Gūla was discovered—the truth they had kept hidden, the weapons they had forged.

All he had to do was find the three women and take them to his planet. Three particular women whom Rhiannon indicated were descended from the original line of Clovis. Earth had been the home world for the Clovis before they discovered the wormhole to Destruna, another realm, another world where they weren’t persecuted and fled this one. The ancient lore of the Gūla described the first arrival of the Clovis on Destruna. At that time, the tribes had been primitive, living in thatch huts. It was the Clovis who taught them to build, to write, to read.

It was during that time, the true wealth of the Gūla was discovered. Warlords seized the mines filled with lunar crystals. When put together, they glowed, and were a power source unlike anything else on Destruna.

And from that power source they had created weapons capable of bringing down a Dráo, and protecting their realm. But the weapons created were too potent if they fell into the wrong hands. He shuddered at the thought of the Clovis with them. Queen Mona was already a power hungry wench with immense resources; she didn’t need more at her disposal.

His nose caught a whiff of sweetness on the breeze. The potency and flavor reminded him of dragonsbane wine. Being surrounded by the foreign stench, his beast wanted to roll around in the familiar scent.

Dang, this book is hot.  Seriously.  But just understand that it needs to be for Anna and D’Vorak to work its important.  I know, normally I don’t read the really hot stuff that much anymore but Ms. Summers is fast becoming a go-to author for me when I want it hot, emotional and having a wonderful, but hard-fought HEA.  Did I mention this book is hot?  It has BDSM elements in it so be forewarned.  I enjoyed getting to know Anna and D’Vorak.

No one writes a true Alpha hero like Ms. Summers.  At least for me.  There were times that I really wanted to hit him for his heavy-handedness with Anna but at the same time, it worked for me.  Anna was no slouch in the giving department but again, Ms. Summers can have D’Vorak do something that was really sweet and it redeemed it for me.  I also liked that D’Vorak was a gargoyle-like creature.  I love that creature in paranormal and not too many authors try to tackle it in their writing.  Plus, the dragons in this one are not nice.  Did I also mention that there are witches, spells, and an alien aspect to the book, too?  This book had a lot going on but it kept my interest from the beginning page and I didn’t want it to end.

Anna has no clue what is happening when she is pulled into the portal but I liked her spunk to her situation.  She did not want to fall in love with D’Vorak at all.  This is NOT a love at first sight.  These two had a lot to work out between them, even if the sex is hot.  Anna has forgiveness in heart, willing to compromise and refuses to settle.  She won’t hand over her friends to anyone.  At times, I really thought that it wouldn’t work out between them but Ms. Summers knows just how much to torture her readers and then pulls them back in.  Did I mention that I love Ms. Summers writing?

The book is full of wonderful world-building, an exciting plot, and breathtaking pacing.  It is full of adventure, thrills and fascinating characters.  I didn’t read the first two books in the series and I was never lost.  Ms. Summers does a great job of letting the reader know what is going on.  There were still a few things that I didn’t quite feel where finished so I hope that there is another book in the series.

Again, I really, really loved this book and Ms. Summers.  You will, too, if you give it a chance.

About the Author:

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Anya grew up listening to Cardinals baseball and reading anything she could get her hands on. She remembers her mother saying if only she would read the right type of books instead binging her way through the romance aisles at the bookstore, she’d have been a doctor. While Anya never did get that doctorate, she graduated cum laude from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with an M.A. in History.

Anya is a bestselling and award-winning author published in multiple fiction genres. She also writes urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and contemporary romance under the name Maggie Mae Gallagher. (http://www.maggiemaegallagher.com/) A total geek at her core, when she is not writing, she adores attending the latest comic con or spending time with her family. She currently lives in the Midwest with her two furry felines.

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