Monday, May 21, 2018

MUST LOVE MISTLETOE by Melissa Storm


Title:  MUST LOVE MISTLETOE
Series:  Alaskan Sunrise #3
Author:  Melissa Storm
Publish Date:   11.22.2017
Publisher:  Partridge & Pear Press
Category /Genre:  Contemporary Romance, short-story
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content
Grammar/editing:  book received as an unedited ARC / errors excused
Received from:  Melissa Storm (as an ARC gifted copy)
Goodreads link: Must Love Mistletoe
Date completed: 05.17.2018

Description from the publisher:
She loves Christmas. He can't stand it... Can getting trapped in an avalanche help them find a common ground?

Riley McKinley has always loved Christmas, and this year is no different. Eager to start the festivities, Riley is heartbroken when she's called out of town to broker a real estate deal over the holidays. Still, she knows it could be a career-maker for her—even if it means being away from her family during the most wonderful time of the year.

Meanwhile, Ski instructor, Sebastian Rockwell, wants nothing more than to escape the holiday frenzy back home--especially now that both of his brothers have settled down, leaving him as the sole recipient of his mother's match-making efforts. When he's offered some extra hours at his Fairbanks resort, he jumps at the chance for a no-stress holiday.

Unfortunately, a snowmobiling misadventure soon leaves them trapped behind an avalanche wall on Christmas Eve with no one is around to come to their rescue. Will Sebastian and Riley find their way out of disaster and into each other's hearts, or will this be the last Christmas either of them ever sees?

Don't miss your chance to find out what happens next in this sweet contemporary romance, perfect for holiday lovers and grinches alike! 

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MUST LOVE MISTLETOE is the third book in the Alaskan Sunrise series.  These can be read in any order.  Previously released as I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS, Cupid’s Bow, Third Generation #3.

What a sweet, short, Christmassy, and Grinchy holiday romance story! 

This whole series has been wonderful, but I think I - unintentionally - left the best for last.  I loved how in each book the characters are so different and yet each knows and believes when they have found ‘the one’ that they don’t need to fight it.  Love is so rare it should be treasured immediately!

Now that I’ve read all of the third generation, it makes me hunger for the first and second generations of romance in Cupid’s Bow.

Note:  while I was given this book as a gifted ARC, my opinions are my own and are given freely.

Alaska Sunrise / Cupid’s Bow, 3rd Generation:
3.      Must Love Mistletoe / I’ll Be Home for Christmas
Also from Melissa Storm:
·         A Colorful Life
·         A Cowboy Kind of Love
·         A Texas Kind of Love
·         A Wedding Miracle
Church Dogs of Charleston:
1.      Little Loves
2.      Mini Miracles
3.      Tiny Treasures
Cupid’s Bow, 1st Generation:
1.      When I Fall in Love
2.      My Heart Belongs Only to You
3.      I’ll Never Stop Loving You
4.      You Make Me Feel So Young
Cupid’s Bow, 2nd Generation:
1.      Total Eclipse of the Heart
2.      Tainted Love
3.      I Want to Dance with Somebody
4.      Take My Breath Away
5.      Eternal Flame
Finding Mr. Happily Ever After Serial:
1.      Nathan
2.      Chase
3.      Xavier
4.      Edwin
5.      The Finale
First Street Church Romances:
1.      Love’s Prayer
2.      Love’s Promise
3.      Love’s Prophet
4.      Love’s Vow
5.      Love’s Trial
6.      Love’s Treasure
7.      Love’s Testament
8.      Love’s Gift
The Pearl Makers Series:
Angels in Our Lives
Diving for Pearls, (10 parts)
Sled Dog Series:
1.      Let There Be Love
2.      Let There Be Light
3.      Let There Be Life

 










Saturday, May 19, 2018

PROVING GROUND by Stanalei Fletcher


Title:  PROVING GROUND
Series:  Northstar Security #1
Author:  Stanalei Fletcher
Narrator:  Charles Henderson Norman
Length:  6 hours, 26 minutes
Publish Date:   04.17.2015
Audible Release Date:  01.25.2018
Publisher:  The Wild Rose Press
Category /Genre:  Romantic Suspense
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content
Listenability:  OK  or  NSFW
Received from:  Stanalei Fletcher (as an Audible gifted copy)
Goodreads link: Proving Ground
Date completed: 05.14.2018

Description from the publisher:
Screw-ups don’t get second chances. That’s what Caitlin Malone believes when she returns to Oregon after failing her first Northstar Security assignment. When she inadvertently stumbles across a plot to steal deadly pathogens from the bio-lab near her hometown, she sees a chance at redemption.

USDA Forest Ranger John ‘Mac’ MacAlistair doesn’t want to babysit the motorcycle club holding their annual rally in his national forest. To make matters worse, Caitlin is attending the rally with Mac’s estranged uncle. Having her home again brings up feelings that are better left buried.

It’s early September. Any spark will send the dry timber into a raging fire. The terrorists are counting on that distraction to work in their favor. When Caitlin is trapped by the wildfire, her only hope of rescue is pinned on Mac, the man she's tried two years to forget. Before they can share their feelings, Mac and Caitlin must first escape the burning forest and stop the terrorists from releasing the deadly pathogens.

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This is the first book in the Northstar Security series.  It is yet to be seen if they will need to be read in the order of release.

I liked how this story was all about Caitlin not being perfect.  Sure, she’s beautiful (, fit, and thin), but she’s got major issues in her family, love life, and career.  Isn’t that a reminder to not judge the book by the cover?

Then there was the hint of paranormal with Caitlin’s second sight.  Some believe in those things.  Some don’t.  I’m definitely in the first group, so this added a little layer of extra for me.

The relationship between Caitlin and Mac is sweet, frustrating, and sexy.  I’m still smiling, but also would love to just smack him upside the head while I laugh at him.  Ultimately, it was another terrific layer to a suspense-filled trek through the woods.

My final analysis:  a few giggles and gasps in a thrill of a tale.  I’m looking forward to reading (listening to) the next book in this series!  Are we continuing in Washington DC with another agent, or another assignment with Caitlin? 

Narration:  The narrator is wonderful.  His voice is soothing.  I liked how he was able to convey the urgency of the dramatic scenes without causing undue stress to this driver.  It was a perfect combination.

I do want to make a note about the listenability.  There are no raw sex scenes, but there is swearing and adult situations making it unsuitable for little ears or co-workers.

Note:  while I was given this book as a gifted audiobook copy, my opinions are my own and are given freely.

Northstar Security series:
1.      Proving Ground
2.      Dead Reckoning
3.      Beyond Duty
4.      Breaking the Honor Code
5.      Tell It Like It Is
Also from Stanalei Fletcher:
·         Dare to Run
·         Imperfect Dream~Perfect Reality
·         Lightning Only Strikes Twice