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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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#Review of Wearing the Greek Millionaire’s Ring (Greek Island Brides #3) by Jennifer Faye w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #WGMRTour @HarlequinBooks @JenniferFaye34


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Wearing the Greek Millionaire’s Ring
(Greek Island Brides #3)
By Jennifer Faye
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 256 Pages
September 1st 2019 by Harlequin Romance

A convenient engagement…

An inconvenient attraction!

In this Greek Island Brides story, widow Stasia Marinakos is learning to enjoy life again aboard a Mediterranean cruise. Her chemistry with gorgeous Greek tycoon Roberto Carrass is a pleasant surprise—until she’s mistaken for his fiancée! Nevertheless, the guarded bachelor asks Stasia to continue the charade to stop his family from matchmaking. As their attraction grows, their fake romance feels ever more real…but what will happen when the vacation ends?

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He was about to take a drink when he noticed she didn’t have anything in front of her. “Can I get you anything to drink or eat?”

“Actually, yes. I’d love an espresso. I need the caffeine.”

It was only then that he noticed the shadows beneath her eyes. They were faint, as though they were covered up, and you wouldn’t even notice them unless you were looking for them. Something was keeping her up at night. And then he realized what it might be. She was still grieving for her husband. Sympathy welled up in him.

“I’ll be right back with caffeine.” He got to his feet and walked away.

He couldn’t even imagine what she was going through. It was just one more reason that remaining a bachelor was a good idea. Families were messy with entanglements, emotions and responsibilities. It was easier to just deal with himself.

He ordered two coffees. Though he didn’t rely on caffeine to get him up and going in the morning—that was what running was for—that didn’t mean he didn’t appreciate the flavor and warmth of a cup of coffee.

He’d picked up the coffees and started back to the table when he noticed a young guy headed straight for Stasia. He couldn’t blame the guy. She was a beautiful woman. And if she weren’t his friend’s sister as well as being a widow, he definitely would have pursued her. Nothing serious, but they’d have made some great memories together.

Roberto slowed down, unsure what to do. Maybe Stasia knew the man. Maybe she’d welcome the company. As Stasia smiled at the man, Roberto’s body tensed. He knew it shouldn’t bother him. It wasn’t like the guy was horning in on a date. They’d merely bumped into each other.

Maybe he should head over there and take his seat. After all, this was his time with Stasia. Was that a thing? Could friends claim time with each other?

Or perhaps he should head to his cabin. He could get some work done before meeting up with his family for dinner. Just then his phone vibrated, letting him know a new email had landed in his inbox.

But instead of withdrawing his phone to find out what required his attention, he continued gazing in Stasia’s direction. He wanted to be sure everything was all right before he moved on.

I will be frank with this review.  Don’t worry, it’s a good one but there was a character that I particularly didn’t like at all.  Unfortunately, it’s Roberto’s grandmother.  One of the reasons I picked up this book is because I read the other two which I loved.  Secondly, one of my favorite movies is My Big Fat Greek Wedding.  So with that, I went into the book thinking MBFGW trope with his family.  The grandmother just grated on my nerves.  I thought that she was a bit too pushy, judgmental towards the actual relationship that Roberto and Stasia were having and in some ways, the way she treated her husband.  Did Roberto’s grandfather need a kick in the rear at times?  You bet, but she was just too overbearing for me.

Roberto is a dream.  You never got the sense that he had money (which I loved) but overall, was a good person.  He never thought in a million years that he and Stasia would ever date, so the surprise was a delight.  I understood why he never formed any attachments to women because of his parents.  However, once things were revealed to him in regards to them, it made more sense.  It also showed that he was capable of true love with Stasia in the end.

Stasia has been through too much in her young life.  I have enjoyed getting to know her throughout the series.  Stasia was finally ready to move on with her life but she needed to figure out what to do.  Babysitting can only get you so far and when she realized that she didn’t want to work with Xander, she really had to look at what made her happy.  Losing a husband isn’t easy and Stasia knows it, so bumping into Roberto was surprising.  She is not a weak woman by any means.  She’s stronger than she thinks and Roberto shows her that with the outings that they go on.

Their romance is slow and sweet, which I loved.  Stasia needed to realize that she could love again and should love again.  Roberto is patient with her and her feelings that linger for her husband.  I felt like Roberto was slower on the romance because of his background.  He had the most to lose in the relationship and it showed throughout the book.  I loved how when he FINALLY realized that Stasia was for him, he stood up to Xander, his family and ultimately, Stasia.

This friends to lovers book was spot on.  Ms. Faye wrote a slow-paced, sweet romance about moving on and finding yourself separate from the death of a spouse.  It is about loss and dealing with moving on but remembering, too.  Roberto and Stasia romance is the perfect bookend for the series.  I’m so happy that I rediscovered the Harlequin Romance line.  Ms. Faye is one of my favorite authors and I can’t wait to read what she writes next.

Did I mention that I’m completely jealous of being on a cruise?  We missed cruising this year.  Next year we are going again.

 

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Finding love that lasts to infinity!

All marriages that take place on renowned wedding destination Infinity Island are guaranteed to last forever!

And the picturesque Greek island is about to weave its magic for friends Lea, Popi and Stasia. They dream of finding their own happy-ever-afters… And they’re about to meet three billionaires who will sweep them off their feet—and down the aisle!

About the Author

Award-winning author, Jennifer Faye pens fun, heartwarming contemporary romances with rugged cowboys, sexy billionaires and enchanting royalty. Internationally published with books translated into nine languages. She is a two-time winner of the RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award, the CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Award, named a TOP PICK author, and been nominated for numerous other awards.

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#Review of The Angel and the SEAL (the Mystery Angel Romances #3) by Petie McCarty w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #romanticsuspense @authorpetie

The Angel and the SEAL

by Petie McCarty

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GENRE:   Romantic Suspense

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The Angel and the SEAL . . . a cozy mystery with romantic suspense from the Mystery Angel Romances series. An angel hidden in every book waiting for you to figure out who . . .

Navy SEAL Sean MacKay’s teammate is murdered after stealing a deadly nerve-gas formula from Syrian terrorists. Naval Intelligence believes MacKay’s teammate was a traitor and shipped the stolen formula to his sister in the states for safekeeping. MacKay is given orders to find the sister before the terrorists do and to retrieve the stolen formula at all costs. 

Foreclosure looms for Cory Rigatero as she fights to keep her rustic resort near Mt. St. Helens afloat after her brother deserted her to join the SEAL Teams. Cory’s whole world dives into a tailspin when Sean MacKay shows up at her resort with the news of her brother’s death and the wild suspicion her brother may have sent her traitorous classified documents. No way will Cory trust MacKay — the man who once seduced her and then vanished into the night without a trace.

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Excerpt Two:

A scream ripped through the air.

Mac jerked his head up in time to see the end of the dock collapse—with Cory in the middle of it—and Vern streaking for the water. The black Lab galloped out of the rear garden, barking his fool head off.

Mac vaulted from the tractor and had his feet under him before he grabbed his next breath. Panic put wings to his feet. Cory hadn’t bobbed up by the time Vern reached the collapsed end of the dock. The old man disappeared beneath the surface, and Garth perched at the end of the sagging dock, barking his complaints.

Dear God, not Cory. Don’t let anything happen to my Cory.

Mac’s feet left the lakeshore on a dead run, and he sliced into the water, stroking before he completely submerged. A handful of power strokes and he reached the spot where Vern had gone down. Mac dove under to find the old man red-faced and struggling to hold his breath while he heaved on a dock piling that had toppled over and pinned Cory’s legs to the lake bottom. In the crystal-clear water, Vern’s eyes had gone wide with fright. Cory monitored his approach but lay limp and had ceased to struggle.

Smart girl. Conserve your air.

Two dock boards remained pinned to the collapsed piling and framed her lithe body like the sides of a coffin. He stroked to her side, put his shoulder under the closest dock board, and prayed it would hold tight to the piling as Mac pressed upward with all his might. Thank God, Vern saw what he intended, and though short on air himself, the old caretaker scooted around and tugged Cory free from beneath the piling.

Mac waited until they were well and clear before he dropped the mass to the lake bottom. His heart jolted hard when he saw Vern go limp. He had nothing left.

Mac wrapped one arm around the caretaker and the other around Cory and pushed hard for the surface, thankfully but a few feet up. Mac managed to hold both their heads above water and kicked hard for shore. Garth howled and whined as he paced the length of what remained of the collapsed dock. Mac dragged both bodies up and out of the water the minute his feet found purchase on the lake bottom, then he laid them both out on the sandy shore. Vern rolled to his knees and began to cough and hack.

Mac crouched over Cory lying limply on her side, her eyes closed. He detected a weak heartbeat when he laid two fingers to her throat and leaned his cheek close to check for breathing. Hearing only his own labored breathing, he tugged her chin down with a thumb and stuck a finger into her mouth, intent on clearing an air passage.

Teeth clamped hard on his finger.

“Yeow!” He managed to yank the entire digit free.

“Well, get our finger out of my mouth,” Cory huffed and struggled to sit up. “What are you doing?”

Mac stared open-mouthed. “Trying to resuscitate you.”

“I was just spent, not dead. I used up everything I had struggling to get free of the piling.”

Before she could lodge another complaint, Mac dragged her to his chest and held her as though he’d never let her go.

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Oh my.  I’ve been reading Ms. McCarty for a while now, I will have to say that this is her best book.  Why?  It is chopped full of suspense, action, romance and it deals with what constitutes a family when you feel like you have no one left.

Mac and Cory have a second chance at romance when things go south with her brother but the miscommunication between them, the mixed signals and basically not have a true sense of faith between them almost lets them NOT have that second chance.  Ms. McCarty wrote them with such emotional depth that at times, I wanted to smack both of them for their lack of trust in each other.  Oh, it led to some somewhat hilarious dialogue but once the dust settles, these two just need to sit down and actually talk to each other and not assume about the other.

Mac found his family with the SEALs and particularly with Brian, Cory’s brother.  What he didn’t expect was how badly their dad didn’t want Mac near Cory because of his childhood.  That nearly broke me about his childhood but it also made him realize that he could have a family with Cory and lodge family in the end.  He didn’t need the SEALs anymore but they needed him.  He found Cory again and wasn’t going to let go.

Cory could be extremely stubborn when it came to Mac.  At times, I wanted to smack her more than Mac.  She only reacted to Mac throughout the book without asking the key questions and only assumed on her part.  On the other hand, she is very loyal to her employees and almost too strong for her own good.  Her conversations with Senior were great.  She didn’t take much off of him and let him know it.  She just didn’t do that with Mac as much.

The suspense plot in the book is amazing.  There is always something going on.  Sabotage on the resort and the two goons that are after her for whatever they think Brian left her.  I’m telling you…its nonstop with the action.  Ms. McCarty has done her homework with it and it shows.  The mystery part is spot on, too.  I NEVER figured it out.  Like, seriously.  Never.  Plus, like the book says, there is always an angel and I didn’t figure that one out either.  In fact, I’m still in shock over the angel.  Part of the mystery deals with the Mafia.  Oh yes, old school Mafia.

I have really enjoyed this series by Ms. McCarty.  Its a sweet romance series with mystery and suspense.  I never know how it is going to end up or who the angel is but it doesn’t matter.  I can count on her for an exciting, emotional and a mystery/suspense tale that leaves me satisfied and looking forward to the next one.

 

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Petie spent a large part of her career working at Walt Disney World—”The  Most Magical Place on Earth”—where she enjoyed working in the land of fairy tales by day and creating her own romantic fairy tales by night, including her new series, The Cinderella Romances. She eventually said good-bye to her “day” job to write her stories full-time. These days Petie spends her time writing sequels to her regency time-travel series, Lords in Time, and her cozy-mystery-with-romantic-suspense series, the Mystery Angel Romances.

Petie shares her home on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee with her horticulturist husband and an opinionated Nanday conure named Sassy who made a cameo appearance in No Angels for Christmas

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