The weather outside is frightful. We got 16 inches since Saturday and now our temps in the double digit negative numbers. The wind was howling last night. Of course, I couldn't sleep. So how do I pass the time? I read. Luckily, I was able to read three books during the early morning hours. Like always, I like to share my favorite reads with you, my readers. Here are the reviews, in no particular order, for the three books I read during the wee hours of the morning.
By Liz Crowe
Blurb: Jay Longmire had it all--a successful business, a beautiful wife, two loving children. But one normal Sunday evening in Ann Arbor everything was ripped from his arms at knifepoint. He has retreated to Traverse City to hide from the world, nursing his physical and emotional wounds and trying to cope with mind-numbing guilt over his inability to protect his family.
Abby Powers serves him coffee he never drinks and has become obsessed with the movie-star handsome but melancholy man. And the anticipation of his appearance every day takes her mind off her own messy life.
What begins as a near desperate physical connection out of the blue develops into a friendship that has the potential to heal two damaged hearts. But Jay is terrified to love again. While Abby's fierce independence forces them both to acknowledge the deeper relationship they both desire, but that remains just out of reach.
Two wounded souls meet at a coffee shop and find a way to heal each other. The horror of Jay’s loss was heartbreaking. He deserves a happily ever after. Abby has an empathetic side but she’s also strong and determined to reach her dreams.
I loved the interaction between the characters. Ms. Crowe draws you into their lives and makes you cheer for their happiness. All of Ms. Crowe’s stories remind you about what’s important in life and show “real” people…people you’re friends with or wish to know. While this story has it’s dark moments, the message of healing is very clear. A recommended read for lovers of stories with heart and heat!
By Jenna Jaxon
Blurb: Lady Alyse de Courcy has fallen in love with Lord Braeton, a nobleman in King Edward III’s court and a man to whom she has barely spoken. Fate, however, has decreed her betrothal to his best friend, Sir Geoffrey Longford—a handsome and imposing knight, yet hardly the man she wants to wed.
When Sir Geoffrey is bound in betrothal by his father, he could not have expected the beautiful stranger to win his heart the moment they meet. Nevertheless, the fascinating Lady Alyse has done exactly that, and his feelings for her only grow as he learns more of her gentle yet spirited nature. But Alyse’s infatuation with his friend casts doubt on whether she can ever return his regard and their wedding day is fast approaching…
Will he have time enough to win her love?
Arranged marriages were a part of the Middle Ages, but it didn’t stop young women from wishing for a love match. Lady Alyse has her heart set on a certain knight but her father has arranged a marriage with another.
Ms. Jaxon’s story draws you immediately into the time period. Her writing evokes the smells, sounds and feelings of the past. I felt like I was experiencing the story along with the characters.
Alyse is a witty woman who is feisty and loyal. She’s someone I would like to be friends with. Sir Geoffrey is a hot knight who has a jealous streak a mile wide. Even with that failing, he’d be the man I’d fall for. Something about the strong-minded, sexy knight that drew me in.
Betrothal is a serial novella which ends on a cliffhanger. Having gotten a sneak peek as the second installment, I have to share how excited I am to keep reading about Alyse. It seems like Alyse is in for some more challenges and I can’t wait to revisit her world.
I highly recommend Betrothal and am looking forward to Ms. Jaxon’s next book, Betrayal.
The Brides of Black Mountain (Shiloh's Song and Mending Fences)
By D’Ann Lindun
Blurb: All Shiloh Jamieson dreams of is a chance to make it in the country music business. Unfortunately, her mother—a bitter failure in the biz—stands in Shiloh’s way. Shiloh’s determined not to repeat her mother’s actions—sleeping her way into the Nashville music scene. That is simply not an option.
Country music superstar Dillon Travers left Nashville’s bright lights behind for Black Mountain, Colorado, craving peace, solitude and to run his rescue horse ranch. His wife’s death has left him disillusioned with the career he once loved.
Can a sassy newcomer and a jaded veteran each find their way together when one desperately wants what the other needs to forget?
Starla Jamieson owns a successful bar and her thriving business enough. She’s never wanted a child of her own because between helping raise her younger brothers and a dozen half-sisters, Starla’s parented plenty. To avoid the motherhood trap, she walked away from the only man she ever wanted. But nobody else has ever been able to fill Trevor Lee’s boots.
Trevor Lee has never forgiven Starla for the lie she told him. He’s also never stopped loving her. His head tells him she’s not the right woman for him because he wants a traditional family… and that’s just not Starla. But his heart can’t forget her.
When the unexpected consequences of a night of passion forces them to examine their past, they have to decide whether to forgive and forget …or to let love slip away again.
The Brides of Black Mountain is a two story novella that features characters from Ms. Lindun’s popular The Cowboys of Black Mountain series. The two stories tell about two half-sisters, Starla and Shiloh who have to deal with being one of the many by-blows of Clem Jamieson, a man who couldn’t keep his “you know what” in his pants. Both girls question love and loyalty but are so caring and loving towards everyone.
I really connected with Shiloh and Starla. They are hardworking and dedicated. Shiloh reaches for her dreams of music stardom. Starla’s determined not to repeat a mistake she made, no more lies. Each of them deserved their chance at happiness.
In my mind, Dillon was Keith Urban. Hot and hunky with a great voice to boot! Trevor is a man I’d love to get to know better as well. Who doesn’t love a man who is willing to do the right thing!
Ms. Lindun’s books draw the reader in and engage you with the exciting characters and storyline. The Brides of Black Mountain is able to be read as a stand alone but contains many of your favorite characters from her other books. Reading them all will deepen your appreciation of the backstory as you get to visit with old friends.
I recommend The Brides of Black Mountain and all of D’Ann’s Black Mountain books. Her cowboys are sexy and full of character. :)
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