Saturday, July 21, 2018

LET THERE BE LIFE by Melissa Storm


Title:  LET THERE BE LIFE
Series:  Sled Dog #3
Author:  Melissa Storm
Publisher:  Partridge & Pear Press
Publish Date:   03.17.18
Category /Genre:  Contemporary Romance
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: Let There Be Life
Date completed: 07.02.2018

Description from the publisher:
Can they find something true amidst all the lies?

Liz Benjamin has lost her place in the world.  With her closest friends both preoccupied by a sport she has no interest in and her father having recently remarried a woman she loathes, it’s enough to make Liz pack her bags and leave Anchorage for good.  That is, until a handsome stranger arrives in town and starts asking all the wrong questions.

Investigative reporter Dorian Whitley is on the verge of a career-making discovery.  But he hadn’t counted on a beautiful, spirited, infuriating woman thwarting him at every turn.

Could she somehow be the key to uncovering his story?  And could he be the one to help her find her place in life once more?  Most of all, what will happen when his investigation reveals truths they’d both rather keep hidden?

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LET THERE BE LIFE is the third in the Sled Dogs series.  Each stands on their own, but with heavy involvement with the characters from the other stories.

Liz’s story starts out as Cinderella, complete with a wicked stepmother and two horrible stepsisters.  Then it becomes more Nancy Drew mystery.

I read this cover to cover in one day.  I just could not put it down.  I love mysteries and I needed to find out the answers to the questions Liz and Dorian were asking. 

Though this book doesn’t have as much to do with the sled dogs, Liz does have her own Samson who loves and protects her.  Instead, this book is about family and the real meaning of family. 

Melissa Storm is a wonderful storyteller with a quick wit, but keeps it clean.  These are stories you could share with your daughter and not cringe.  I’m looking forward to reading more of this series!

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

Sled Dog Series:
1.      Let There Be Love
2.      Let There Be Light
3.      Let There Be Life
4.      Season of Mercy
Also from Melissa Storm:
·         A Colorful Life
·         A Cowboy Kind of Love
·         A Texas Kind of Love
·         A Wedding Miracle
Alaska Sunrise / Cupid’s Bow, 3rd Generation:
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)


 










LET THERE BE LOVE by Melissa Storm


Title:  LET THERE BE LOVE
Series:  Sled Dog #1
Author:  Melissa Storm
Publisher:  Partridge & Pear Press
Publish Date:   09.19.2017
Category /Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content
Grammar/editing:  A – near perfect
Received from:  Melissa Storm (as a gifted copy)
Goodreads link: Let There Be Love
Date completed: 06.30.2018

Description from the publisher:
She longs to uncover her family’s hidden past. He wants nothing more than to keep his shameful secrets locked away forever. They didn’t expect to fall in love… especially not with each other. 

Lauren Dalton’s world shattered the day her father died. Now she’s willing to move four-thousand miles away from the only home she’s ever known in hopes of discovering the truth about his hidden past.

Shane Ramsey’s reputation says all anyone needs to know. He’s an amazing racer, but a terrible person. When an injury leaves him unable to work his dogs, he must swallow his pride and accept help for the sake of his team.

Will Shane open his home and his heart to the young woman who already shares his greatest love? Will Lauren find her place—and the truth about her family’s past—in helping the cantankerous Shane? 

Harkening to the great literary traditions of Jane Eyre and Beauty and the Beast, Let There Be Love is a new twist on the most epic of love stories. Don’t miss the chance to lose your heart to a courageous team of sled dogs and the humans that love them in this tale set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Alaskan wilderness. Order your copy today!

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LET THERE BE LOVE is the first book in the Sled Dog series.  Each stands on their own.  In fact, I have read the second book first.

What a cute way to retell Beauty and the Beast in modern times.  Our beast is an Alaskan musher who has been injured in training and Beauty is an optimistic orphan looking for information about her father’s past as a musher!

I loved that this was a clean romance.  I read a lot of racy romance and love it too, but every once in a while it is refreshing to enjoy the purity of clean romance.  That’s not to say that there isn’t conflict.  Shane is over-the-top grumpy, and Lauren has to deal with mourning the loss of her father and the secrets she is uncovering about his past in Alaska.

I loved the slowly building relationship, friendship, and finally love between Shane and Lauren.  I also loved the dogs.  It made me giggle when they were referred to as “husky pucks” when they curled up after the first race.

One key to this book (and the series) is that the author’s husband was a trainer and musher at one time and has shared his knowledge with her to add as much realism as possible to her stories.  There is nothing to compare to ready access to anecdotes and experience.

I’ve already read the second book, so I’ll be reading the third book next!  I’ll start as soon as I finish writing this up.

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

Sled Dog Series:
1.      Let There Be Love
2.      Let There Be Light
3.      Let There Be Life
4.      Season Of Mercy
Also from Melissa Storm:
·         A Colorful Life
·         A Cowboy Kind of Love
·         A Texas Kind of Love
·         A Wedding Miracle
Alaska Sunrise / Cupid’s Bow, 3rd Generation:
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)