Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Featured Author post: Cowboy Firefighter Christmas Kiss by Kim Redford

Cowboy Firefighter Christmas Kiss 
by Kim Redford

Publisher & Release: Sourcebooks, October 29, 2019

Time and setting:  Present Day, Wildcat Bluffs, Texas

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Holiday Romance

Length: 384 Pages

Heat Level: 1 Flame

Rating:  4 Gold Crowns

Book Description: 

When Ivy Bryant arrives in town to run the historic honkytonk, she finds herself immersed in traditions that can't be bucked. Luckily, cowboy firefighter Slade Steele has an idea to increase both the honkytonk's income, and his own. It's an offer Ivy couldn't refuse, even if the passion between them wasn't already reaching the boiling point.
Ivy and Slade's love story is legendary—when you add in arsonist cattle rustlers, a runaway Angus bull, and a chili recipe that includes liquor AND chocolate, Wildcat Bluffs will be celebrating a cowboy Christmas unlike any other.
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I have become a fan of contemporary cowboy romances, so when I received an invitation from the publisher, via Net-Galley, to read and review Cowboy Firefighter Christmas Kissby Kim Redford, I accepted it since I had read the first book in this series and enjoyed it. My Opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way.

Cowboy Firefighter Christmas Kissis a delightful story, and it quickly grabbed me in the first scene. I loved the eccentric townspeople and the hot hero and the gritty heroine. Humor abounds in this sweet tale of love and mayhem.

Ivy Bryant’s character is driven to succeed and has plenty of grit. She is loyal to her sister and determined to handle the rein of the Wildcat Hall, the favored honky-tonk hang-out, while her sister, Fern, is away. Her visceral reaction to Slade Steele takes her by surprise. I loved the flirty banter between them from their first encounter.

Slade Steele is a great hero. He’s the typical hot cowboy, but he’s so much more. He’s brave, which comes into play as a volunteer firefighter, and he’s a fantastic cook and baker. His immediate attraction to feisty Ivy has him girding his loins so she isn’t put off by it. 

Since Slade had worked with Fern on ideas before she took off, he offers Ivy his assistance and shares the ideas to add food to the menu at the hall. Ivy takes to the idea and soon the two are partners of a sort and spend a lot of time together. Their friendship heats up quickly. While they definitely fall fast, I was okay with that. When a couple are in constant contact and sparks fly between them, things generally do take off like a rocket. The proof will be when the relationship is tested. Can it hold up, or will the flames sizzle out?

I’m happy to say the flames only burn hotter, and this energetic couple’s love stands strong after misconceptions tear them apart. I was so pleased because Ivy and Slade’s passion is combustible!

If you enjoy cowboy westerns with a hot male lead and a feisty female, then you will loveCowboy Firefighter Christmas Kissas much as I did. I will wait in eager anticipation for the release of Cowboy Firefighter Heatcoming in late March 2020, which is Fern’s story. The male You will meet the hero, Craig, in this book. Happy reading!


As Ivy Bryant stood on her tiptoes with arms raised to toss decorative tinsel over deer antlers on the wall above her head, she heard the side door that led to the Wildcat Hall’s beer garden open and boots hit the floor with a determined stride. 
 “We’re closed!” she hollered, not bothering to look over her shoulder. “Come back next week.” 
 “You look like you could use a little help,” a man said. 
She froze with her hands in the air as she felt the deep male voice with that melodic, slow cadence of a born-and-bred Texan strike her body and go deep, as if she’d been pierced by a flaming arrow. Talk about red-hot. She tried to shrug off the heat, but the chair shifted under her, making her sway. 
“Easy does it,” he said. “Chairs have a way of pretending they’re bulls sometimes.” 
“Bulls?” She didn’t know whether to laugh at the joke or appreciate he’d tried to make her feel better about almost toppling to the floor. Still and all, if she’d known she was going to have company, she’d have put on something besides formfitting yoga pants and top in hot pink with black trim. He was getting an eyeful. 
“In my case, I always tried to pretend bulls were chairs.” 
“How’d that work out?” She eyed the antlers, mind half on her next throw and half on the amusing man behind her. 
“About like you can imagine.” He sighed, as if life had been unfair. “I finally had to give up bulls for chairs.” 
“I bet the bulls were grateful.” She definitely wanted to see the face that went with the voice, but she wanted to finish her task more. 
“Yeah…but I’ve broken a few chairs.” 
“Maybe even one of the chairs here in the honkytonk.” 
 “Might be. Looks like your chair is keeping an uneasy peace with the floor 
“That’s one way of putting it.” She rose to her tiptoes again, trying one last time to get the tinsel to disobey the laws of gravity. 
“Let me help.” He spanned her waist with large hands and lifted her so she could easily reach the antlers. 
She caught her breath in surprise at his strength—and his boldness. But she wasn’t looking a gift horse in the mouth. She quickly twined the antlers with red tinsel until they looked festive for the holidays. 
 “Pretty,” he said.
She shivered in response. What had gotten into her? She should be struggling to get away. Instead, he was revving her up with his hot hands. 
 “Got any more tinsel to put up?” he asked in a deep voice gone husky. “I could hold you all day and into next week.” 
 “I suggest you put me down before you get into trouble.” 
 “If you’re the one handing out trouble, I’d wait in line to get it.” 
She couldn’t help but chuckle because he was laying it on thick in that teasing way Texas men would do to get them out of problems with women. “Better put me down before your arms give out.” 
 “Not a chance. You’re light as a feather.” 
She laughed harder. “Guess some women would fall for that one. What are you selling?” 
 “As a matter of fact, I’m here to help you, but you might consider it selling to you, too.” He gently set her down so her feet were steady on the floor, and then he stepped back. 
She turned to face him—and felt her breath catch in her throat at the tall hunk of a cowboy. He wore pressed Wranglers that accentuated his long legs and narrow hips, with a wide leather belt sporting a huge rodeo belt buckle. His blue-and-white-striped, pearl-snap shirt tucked neatly into the waistband of his jeans emphasized the width of his shoulders and breadth of his chest. Blond haired. Blue eyed. Square jawed. Full lipped. He looked as if he’d been made to dazzle—and she was sud­denly and breathtakingly susceptible to every single one of his charms. 
“Whatever you’re selling, I think I’m buying.” She spoke the words with a teasing lilt in her voice and a mischievous smile on her face. Still, she meant it. And he probably knew it because he was definitely heartbreaker material. How many women had already fallen to his charms and been left in the dust? She didn’t intend to be a notch on his belt, but if she’d known leaving the city for the country paid off so well in eye candy, she might’ve followed her sister sooner. 
He chuckled at her words and held out his hand with a thick, muscular wrist that came from controlling thousand-pound-plus animals. “Slade Steele. If you haven’t heard of me, maybe you’re aware of the Chuckwagon CafĂ© and Steele Trap Ranch. Family businesses. I’m not just any guy off the street.” 
 “You’re definitely not just any guy.” She slipped her hand into his big one and felt him gently enclose her fingers. “Smart guy to throw a few compliments my way. Guess you’re more than a pretty face.” She tried to keep the teasing going, so their interaction stayed on a light note, but he was still holding her hand and she wasn’t pulling away and his eyes were heating up to a blazing blue fire. 
“Nothing but the truth.” 
“My sister Fern is the star.” She tried to tug her hand away, but he held on another long moment, nodding as if deciding something or conveying something or accepting something before finally letting go. 
He grinned with a gleam in his eyes, revealing teeth white against the tan of his skin. “Yeah, she is that…but you make the earth move.”
 “Oh my.” She returned his grin while fanning her face with one hand in that old Southern way, as if he was too hot to handle. “You really do want to sell me something, don’t you?” 
 “How am I doing?”
 “Not bad.”

Excerpted from Cowboy Firefighter Christmas Kissby Kim Redford. © 2019 byKim Redford. Used with permission of the publisher, Sourcebooks Casablanca, an imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Kim is an acclaimed, bestselling author of Western romance novels. She grew up in Texas with cowboys, cowgirls, horses, cattle, and rodeos for inspiration. She divides her time between homes in Texas and Oklahoma, where she's a rescue cat wrangler and horseback rider--when she takes a break from her keyboard.

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Monday, October 21, 2019

Book Review: What Heals the Heart by Karen A. Wyle

What Heals the Heart by Karen A. Wyle

Publisher & Release: Oblique Angles Press, October 15, 2019

Time and setting:  Post Civil War, West 

Genre: Historical Romance, Western Fiction

Length: 266 Pages

Heat Level: 1 Sweetheart

Rating:  3.5 Gold Crowns

Book Description: 

Joshua Gibbs survived the Civil War, building on his wartime experiences to become a small town doctor. And if he wakes from nightmares more often than he would like, only his dog Major is there to know it.

Then two newcomers arrive in Cowbird Creek: Clara Brook, a plain-speaking and yet enigmatic farmer’s daughter, and Freida Blum, an elderly Jewish widow from New York. Freida knows just what Joshua needs: a bride. But it shouldn’t be Clara Brook!

Joshua tries everything he can think of to discourage Freida’s efforts, including a wager: if he can find Freida a husband, she’ll stop trying to find him a wife. Will either matchmaker succeed? Or is it Clara, despite her own scars, who can heal the doctor’s troubled heart?

What Heals the Heart, like Wyle's earlier novels, uses its settings and situations to explore universal themes. In this story, those themes include the lingering effects of psychological trauma, the difficulty of predicting the wants and needs of others, and the essential goodness to be found in ordinary people. 
What Heals the Heart is the first of a projected series set in the same 
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This is the first book I have read by Karen A. Wyle. What Heals the Heart is unique, and I want the thank the author for asking me to read and review it. My opinions are my own are not influenced in any way. 

What Heals the Heart can’t be placed in any one category. While there is a lovely romance between the main characters, its full worth is in the historical details of what it must have been like as a country doctor in the west after the Civil War. I thoroughly enjoyed that aspect of this book a great deal.

Clara Brook is the heroine, and she has recently settled with her family in the small town where Joshua Gibbs has his medical practice. She arrives around the same time as Frieda Blum, a widow who has moved there from New York. Frieda immediately take a liking for the doctor and is determined to find him a wife.

However, Frieda does not believe is should be Clara and sets out to match the young doctor with a widow with a small child. This starts this tale of love and friendship. What Frieda doesn’t know is that Clara experienced many of the same horrors Joshua had in the war since she was a nurse. That gives the pair a strong bond.

Joshua Gibbs is the hero and the local doctor. He works tirelessly without very much pay. Most of his patients pay him in kind. Frieda has him looking at his life and how a wife would make it better. He begins courting the young widow, although there is something about Clara that draws him to her. 

Even though he likes the young widow and adores her little girl, he still can’t see them together, and he’s not even sure he should wed. The horrific nightmares he had holds him back. When Clara assists him when a lad crushes his leg, and he sees Clara in a new light, but something happens that sends Clara running.

While he mulls over whether he should approach Clara, he finds her and an older gentleman at the train station departing for the east. There’s something in Clara’s eyes that troubles him. Should he forget her or go after her?

While the romance is not the focal point of the book, it does have a sweet happy ending. If you enjoy historical fiction and stories set in small towns, then you will like What Heals the Heart. It is an excellent example of small-town life in a western town. Happy reading!

Author Q&A 
Q. What inspired you to write What Heals the Heart? 
A. Durned if I know! Some of my novels have grown out of news items, whether current events or accounts of scientific or technological advances. At least one 
started as a dream. But my earliest recollection of the seed for this book is a saved text file in which the protagonist was not a doctor but a private detective. 
Q. What led you to self-publish your novels? 
A. Once I finished the rough draft of my novel Twin-Bred, I began reading every blog and Twitter feed I could find, as well as several books, about the publishing process. At first, I was learning how to query agents and publishers, and how to format a manuscript for submission. But the more I read, the more I realized two things: 
–Self-publishing was eminently feasible and would give me much more control over content, marketing and timing. 
–In the current state of the industry, there are serious risks involved in the traditional route. More and more agency and publication contracts include language that can seriously limit an author's future options, while offering relatively little in exchange. Nor will the publisher who's preparing your book for publication in eighteen months necessarily be in business that long. 
Q. Arethereanyspecificauthorswhosewritingstylesorsubjectmatterhaveinspired you? 
A. Mary Doria Russell's The Sparrow and Children of God are brilliant treatments of the theme of human-alien communication difficulties, the subject of my Twin- Bred series. Like me, she started with science fiction and then turned to historical fiction. Her books inspire me even as their excellence intimidates me. 
I have also tended to gravitate toward novelists who explore themes such as the irrevocable impact of actions and decisions, whether obviously momentous or seemingly trivial – novelists from the 19th Century author George Eliot to current YA author Caroline Cooney. 
Q. What do you like best about being a writer, and what do you dislike most about it? 
A. I love it when the story decides to write itself! It's a bit like being a medium and channeling some spirit. I also find it extremely rewarding when readers tell me that one of my novels has moved them or even helped them through a difficult time. 
My greatest ongoing gripe is the amount of work involved in trying to increase my visibility in the crowded literary landscape. However, as that difficulty is inextricably connected to the greater opportunities for authors these days, I try to focus on the positive. 
Q. Do you plan to write more historical romance? More historical fiction in general? More about Cowbird Creek and its inhabitants? 
A. Having taken the plunge into historical fiction – which I hope readers will consider an apt description of this novel, despite its belonging in the subgenre of historical romance – I think it likely I’ll paddle around for a while. First up will probably be a second romance set in Cowbird Creek, focusing on a couple of the secondary characters in What Heals the Heart. I’m also intrigued by the possibility of dealing more thoroughly and seriously with the impact of the Great Grasshopper Plague of 1874-1875, about which I learned only late in the process of writing this novel. After that – who knows? 
I will, however, strive to finish editing another near-future SF novel, Donor, and may well publish it before the second Cowbird Creek book. 
Q. Why are most of your previous novels science fiction? 
A. I’ve been reading (and to a lesser extent, watching) science fiction for so long that I tend to view experiences, such as walking my dog and wondering what she’s smelling, and new information, such as news stories about conjoined twins or womb twin survivors, through a science fiction lens. 
Q. Which of your previous novels are most likely to appeal to readers who enjoy What Heals the Heart? 
A. I hope that even readers unfamiliar with science fiction will, if they give my SF novels a try, find a similar style, sensibility, and thematic focus in those stories. That said, perhaps the novel closest in tone to, and whose subject matter has most in common with, What Heals the Heart is Wander Home, a family drama with mystery and romance elements set in a re-imagined afterlife. This afterlife has features which lend themselves to the confrontation of lingering personal issues and unfinished business. For example, you can relive any memory in perfect detail – and if someone else who took part in the remembered scene is there with you, you can trade places and remember the events from the other person's perspective. There are other aspects 
of the afterlife that, while serving this same purpose, are also just plain fun. You can be any age at any time and visit any place that you remember or that anyone you meet – from any time in Earth's history – remembers. 
Wander Home concerns a mother who desperately wanted a child, but who left that child in the care of her parents and grandmother for unknown reasons. The child, grandparents, and great-grandmother die in an auto accident four years after the mother's mysterious departure; the mother dies of stress cardiomyopathy ("broken heart syndrome") some time later, and is reunited with the family she left behind. 

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Karen A. Wyle was born a Connecticut Yankee. After college in California, law school in Massachusetts, and a mercifully short stint in a large San Francisco law firm, she moved to Los Angeles, where she met her husband, who hates L.A. They eventually settled in Bloomington, Indiana, home of Indiana University. Wyle now considers herself a Hoosier. 
Wyle's childhood ambition was to be the youngest novelist ever published. While writing her first novel at age ten, she was mortified to learn that some British upstart had beaten her to the goal at age nine. She finished that novel nonetheless. After a prolonged detour, she returned to writing novels in 2010. She has also published one nonfiction work, Closest to the Fire: A Writer’s Guide to Law and Lawyers, a guide to American law for authors, students, and anyone else wishing to better understand the American legal system. 
Wyle’s voice is the product of many years of reading both literary and genre fiction. It is no doubt also influenced, although she hopes not fatally tainted, by her years of law practice. Her personal history has led her to focus on often-intertwined themes of individual identity and responsibility, family, communication, the impossibility of controlling events, and the persistence of unfinished business. 

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Book Review Bachelors of Bond Street by Janna MacGregor, Shana Galen and Minerva spencer

Bachelors of Bond Street by Janna MacGregor, Shana Galen, Minerva Spencer

Publisher & Release: Kydala Publishing, October 11, 2019

Time and setting:  Regency, London

Genre: Historical Romance

Length: 287 Pages

Heat Level: 1 Flame

Rating:  4.5 Gold Crowns

Book Description: 

An all-new anthology featuring novellas from acclaimed Regency historical authors Janna MacGregor, Shana Galen, and Minerva Spencer. Bond Street is famous for its elite clubs, fashionable shops and successful businesses. Now meet the bachelors who've made Bond Street their domain. Are these gentlemen as lucky in love as they are in business?

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Three romances by three talented authors. All the tales are set on the same street. Each story intertwines in a delightful way, bringing laughter, a few sniffles and even more sighs. This is a unique Regency anthology, since none of the heroes are nobility and neither are the heroines. I thoroughly enjoyed each story. My thoughts on each book are included in my review. I voluntarily agreed to read and review Bachelors of Bond Street. My opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way.

Love by the Letters
By Janna MacGregor
4 Gold Crowns

Portia Bellingham has given up on a match after three lackluster seasons. She turns her sights on her eighteen-year-old sister’s chance for love and agrees to slip a love letter into Mr. Hugh Merritt’s pocket. Only things don’t go as planned. Instead, she slips the letter into Gabriel St. Aulyn’s coat. Now she has to retrieve it. This set off an intriguing chain of events. Can it lead to love between two book worms?

I enjoyed the characters and loved the scene where Portia returns to the shop. The banter between her a Gabriel is enchanting. I loved it when Gabriel calls Portia on her brazen behavior after she tried to retrieve the letter! That certainly had me in stitches. That is only the first of several enchanting scenes. I became vested in their romance and wanted them to find their happy ending. 

Overall, this is a charming romance, but the romance does become physical incredibly fast. There wasn’t a chance for the sexual tension to build because their love develops so quickly. I did miss that a bit. Afterall, that’s one of the things I love most in historical romance. However, this is a short story, so I didn’t let that keep me from liking this story. 

How to Brew a Perfect Kiss
By Shana Galen
5 Gold Crowns

Thomas Gaines is a self-made man. He escaped slavery in Virginia and now owns several thriving businesses. When he literally runs into his newest employee in the Coffee Shop. His newest worker was the enchantress he’d seen earlier. Unwilling to allow her to leave, he quickly finds something else for her to do. Could it be? Had he found the woman of his dreams?

I thoroughly enjoyed How to Brew a Perfect Kiss from the first page to the last. As with all Ms. Galen’s romances, her characters are daring and lively. The banter is sparkling, and the suspense is thrilling. 

It’s rare to find a romance between two persons of color in a Regency, and that adds greatly to this charming tale. Raeni is an amazing character. Although she has very little, she offers a sliver of bread to her friend’s hungry child. When the church she and her friend have been sleeping in closes its door, she immediately offers her meager earnings to find the three of them a place to stay. I loved her caring ways.  

Of course, Thomas steps in and offers his home to them, which melted my heart. There are many tender moments in this wonderful story. This one had me sighing many times before the end of this remarkable romance. For such a short book, the character development is excellent, and the writing pulled at my heart strings.

The romance between Thomas and Raeni is sweet. I loved them as individual characters and even more as a couple. Thomas is a fantastic hero with all the characteristics I love. He’s a man of integrity and fierce against the men who are after Raeni, yet gentle and loving toward her. This is a splendid romance that touched my soul and my favorite of the three.

A Second Chance for Love
By Minerva Spencer
4.5 Gold Crowns

I do love a good second chance romance, but enemy to friends not as much, but fortunately, Ms. Spencer is excellent at keeping me entertained with brilliant dialogue and enthralling character building.

I enjoyed this tale of woe from the beginning to the end. The characters are easy to love, and the plot is emotionally-charged. I could understand the hero’s feelings of betrayal and his need for revenge. While he starts out with a great deal of angst in his heart, he realizes what he feels for Oona is so much more important.

Oona is protective of her secrets, but her attraction to Justin is as strong now as it was ten years before. When she agrees to his plan to take her to a house party as his mistress, she knows she must be strong and not give into the overwhelming desire she feels for Justin. I could understand why she agreed. The money he offers would keep her and her daughter, Katie for a long time. Seven hundred pounds was a fortune during the Regency. Oona and Katie could be together and never have to live separate again. I loved her fierce determination and her desire to provide for her daughter.

The sexual tension between Oona and Justin is amazing. Even though they had so much to work out, I truly wanted them to find a way past the hurt. Both their backstories were heartbreaking to say the least. This couple deserved to find love again. 

If you enjoy stories with engaging characters and unique plots, then you will love Bachelors of Bond Street as much as I did. I look for forward to reading other romances from these fantastic authors. Happy reading!

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Book Review: Because of You by Allie Boniface

Because of You by Allie Boniface

Publisher & Release: DFM Publishing, October 15, 2019

Time and setting:  Present Day, New York

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Length: 250 Pages

Heat Level: 1 Flame

Rating:  4 Gold Crowns

Book Description: 

Ten years ago, Piper Townsend fell to her death from the top of a fraternity house, and no one on Drake Isle has ever been the same. Blake Carter's fraternity was scandalized. Misterion College closed down altogether. And Blake's girlfriend, Emerson Doyle, fled the island after her best friend died and never looked behind her.

Now they're back.

Blake's the CEO of a multi-million dollar tech firm looking to relocate to the island. Emerson owns a yoga studio in the building he wants to buy. They haven't spoken in ten years. They're on opposite sides of the bargaining table.

But old flames die hard.

And the more Blake and Emerson fight both the past and each other, the more they realize that coming to terms with tragedy is their only chance of finding love again...

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I received an invitation from the publisher, via Net-Galley, to read and review Because of You, and since the book description appealed to me, I accepted. My opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way.

Because of You is an emotionally-charged romance, and it captured my attention right away. The writing flows well, and the dialogue is realistic. The pacing is steady and doesn’t lag in the middle. This is a second chance romance which is one of my most favorite troupes. 

Blake and Emerson were together in college, but the tragic death of her best friend tears them apart. Now, ten years later, Blake returns to Drake island to do his father’s bidding and reopen his old college. He needs the building where Emerson has her yoga studio, which creates immediate conflict. Their reunion sizzles with tension and attraction. 

Emerson is struggling to make her mortgage payments, and the bank is threatening to foreclose. This creates a perfect storm between her and Blake. Can they overcome the obstacles in their path and find their way back to each other?

Emerson Doyle’s character gained my empathy early on. She has recently gone through a nasty break up with her ex-boyfriend, and when she checks her bank balance, she discovers most of her money is gone. Brian had her information, and now his number has been disconnected. I could feel her anger and frustration. She has more in her cup than a one person needs to say the least. 

Blake Carter is an interesting character, but he needs to grow some backbone. He allows his father to manipulate him, and I didn’t care for that. I did like his character though because he’s actually a good guy, just torn by his family loyalties. I could feel his confusion and doubt over what his controlling father wants, and the conflict in him that creates, since he doesn’t want to hurt Emerson.

The chemistry between Emerson and Blake blazes throughout the book. I truly wanted them to find a way to make it work this time. Blake has to earn her trust which is difficult since he is still trying to appease his father while not hurting Emerson. Lots of emotions going on in this romance.

If you enjoy contemporary romance with engaging characters and an intriguing plot that has a splash of mystery, then you will like Because of You. While this is the first book I’ve read by Ms. Bonaface, it will not be the last Happy reading!

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USA Today best-selling author Allie Boniface was born and raised in a tiny community in upstate New York, which probably explains her fascination with the magic of small-town life. She earned her B.A. in English from the University of Rochester in New York and a M.A. in English Literature from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Since 1997, she has enjoyed life in the northern NYC suburbs, where she lives with her husband and teaches English and Education to high school students. In her spare time, she and her husband love to travel. She is also a runner, a musician and an animal-lover.

Allie writes contemporary romance series set in small towns (with lots of secrets and spice!). She reads in all genres and loves chatting with other readers and writers about any topic under the sun. You can find her around the Web, at writers' conferences, giving workshops, swapping stories, and generally chatting about romance writing. 

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Book Review: Finn by Melody Anne

Finn By Melody Anne

Publisher & Release: Montlake Romance, October 8, 2019

Time and setting:  Present Day, Seattle

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Military Romance

Length: 279 Pages

Heat Level: 1 Flame

Rating:  4 Gold Crowns

Book Description: 

Finn Anderson is a loyal military veteran who has no desire to live a life of luxury and ease, but sometimes a person doesn’t get a choice. His life is flipped upside down when he and his four brothers learn they’re long-lost relatives of the absurdly famous and wealthy Joseph Anderson. The eccentric but generous billionaire puts the brothers to work building a new veterans center, and that’s not all: Joseph won’t stop until each nephew finds love.
Finn has never expected or wanted an easy life, and he struggles with his early retirement from the elite SEAL team. But when a very confident Brooke Garrison literally sweeps him off his feet during a self-defense class he’s teaching, he thinks less about his past and more about a brand-new future.
If Finn knows anything for certain, it’s that he can’t let this woman get away. Though Brooke is tough and compassionate, the loss of her brother has left her vulnerable. She isn’t sure she can risk loving and losing another person in her life, including a very determined ex-SEAL. Can the two of them look beyond their past wounds and embrace what they’re feeling?

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Finn is the first book in Melody Anne’s newest series. When I received an invitation from the publisher, via Net-Galley, to read and review, the book description sounded interest, so I accepted. My opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way.

This is another sexy romance by Ms. Anne. I enjoyed the unique twist in this contemporary romance. There are four brothers, and they find out they have an uncle they’ve never met. Joseph Anderson proposes they work with him on a project to help veterans. Finn is the oldest of the four brothers and has recently left the Navy, after he received injuries that prevent him from continuing his career as a Navy SEAL. 

Brooke Garrison’s character is a Physician’s Assistant who wants to help people. I liked her quite a lot. She has plenty of spunk and spice, whether she’s with her friends or the new hot guy in her life. 

Finn Anderson is a yummy hero. He makes up his mind that Brooke is the woman for him, and he pursues her with a vengeance. He does not give up, even when Brooke tries to push him away.

The romance between Brooke and Finn blazes hot and fast. I loved the banter and flirting between the pair. I could easily see them together as a couple and wanted them to find their happy ending.

If you enjoy contemporary romance with lively characters and an intriguing plot twist, then you will enjoy Finn. I liked meeting all the brothers and look forward to reading their stories in the additional books in this new series. Happy reading!

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Melody Anne is a NYT best-selling author of more than 50 books including contemporary romance, erotic romance, young adult, thriller books.

As an aspiring author, she wrote for years, then officially published in 2011, finding her true calling, and a love of writing. Holding a Bachelor's Degree in business, she loves to write about strong, powerful businessmen and the corporate world.

When not writing, she spends time with family, friends, and her many pets. A country girl at heart, she loves the small town and strong community she lives in and is involved in community projects.

To date, she has over 7 million book sales and has earned multiple placement on varying best seller lists, including NYT's, USA Today, and WSJ, being an amazon top 100 bestselling author for 3 years in a row, as well as a Kobo and iBooks best-seller. But beyond that, she just loves getting to do what makes her happy - living in a fantasy world 95% of the time.

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