Friday, December 15, 2017

TRACING HEARTS by Kate Squires

Series:  N/A
Author:  Kate Squires
Publish Date:   11.30.2015
Publisher:  Kate Squires
Category /Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Recommended for:  16+ due to mature subjects
Received from:  Kate Squires (as part of the IT BEGAN WITH A BOOK book club)
Goodreads link: Tracing Hearts
Date completed: 12.10.15

Description from the publisher:
Paired together as childhood pen pals, Sebastian Vaughn and Julia Bessette grow up writing back and forth. Even though they live worlds apart, their lives intersect in ways that no one could ever imagine.

As young adults, their paths initially cross, when a concerned Sebastian pays heartbroken Julia a surprise visit. The two spend only a few short days together, but the spark is undeniable.

However, tragedy comes in all forms, and soon they're separated.

Fast forward a few years, and fate finds Army Captain Vaughn in a dangerous situation, where he’s forced to go into hiding. Out of desperation and a primal need to be near her, he unintentionally drags Julia into his treacherous world. Feeling responsible, he vows to protect her above all else, but will the cost be too high?

Meanwhile, Julia willingly goes on the run with Sebastian, sacrificing her way of life, and her safety, for the man she hopes is the one. She worries about his rejection, but more so than that, she worries about never again feeling the way she feels when she’s with him.

Can the couple make it out alive? Can they find each other in the process, or will it all be too much to bear?


This is a stand-alone romance / not part of a series.

This was quite a bit different from my usual reading – mostly because the bedroom scenes were “fade to black.”  Let’s face it, I love so-called mommy-porn, but I found that the fade to black did not detract from the story.  In fact, because of the relationship that Julia and Sebastian have, it’s much more appropriate to leave it a little more on the innocent side.  Now before you get worried – they were adults, but they had started out as childhood pen pals.

I loved this story – flat out loved it!  Friendship that turns into love is only part of the story.  There is naiveté that leads to misunderstands as only a young person can know it.  There is intrigue, suspense, a touch of humor, and plenty of emotional tension. 

Now, I feel that I should warn you.  There will be tears.  Especially when Sebastian _____ - and not once, but twice!!!  I swear I heard the author cackling evilly.  There are also plenty of tender and sweet moments to make the reading worth the tears expended.

I fell in love with all of the characters, main and secondary.  They are all well-written, enough that I feel like I’m leaving my friends behind as I close the book.

This is the first book I have read from Kate Squires.  I sincerely pray it is not my last. 

Grammar/editing:  ungraded – book received as an unedited ARC / errors excused

Books from Kate Squires:
  • I Will Catch You
  • Tracing Hearts
That Kiss, That Promise series
           1.      That Kiss
           2.      That Promise


Thursday, December 14, 2017

READY TO WERE by Robyn Peterman

Series:  Shift Happens #1
Author:  Robyn Peterman
Publish Date:   11.25.14
Publisher:  Robyn Peterman
Category /Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content
Grammar/editing:  A – near perfect
Received from:  Amazon purchase
Goodreads link: Ready to Were
Date completed: 04.27.15

Description from the publisher:
I never planned on going back to Hung Island, Georgia. Ever.

I was a top notch Were agent for the secret paranormal Council and happily living in Chicago where I had everything I needed – a gym membership, season tickets to the Cubs and Dwayne – my gay, Vampyre best friend. Going back now would mean facing the reason I’d left and I’d rather chew my own paw off than deal with Hank.

Hank the Tank Wilson was the six foot three, obnoxious, egotistical, perfect-assed, best-sex-of-my-life, Werewolf who cheated on me and broke my heart. At the time, I did what any rational woman would do. I left in the middle of the night with a suitcase, big plans and enough money for a one-way bus ticket to freedom. I vowed to never return.

But here I am, trying to wrap my head around what has happened to some missing Weres without wrapping my body around Hank. I hope I don’t have to eat my words and my paw.

***This novella originally appeared in the Three Southern Beaches collection released July of 2014. This is an extended version of that story.

This is the first book in the Shift Happens series (don’t you love that series name?!).  They will need to be read in order.

I’m telling anyone who will stand still long enough to hear me that they need to pick up this book ….  I’m sure you’re all going to be as hooked on this author as I have become!

The Shift Happens series:
1.      Ready to Were
2.      Some Were in Time (coming soon)
Other Books from Robyn Peterman:
Hot Damned Series:
1.      Fashionably Dead
2.      Fashionably Dead Down Under
3.      Hell on Heels
4.      Fashionably Dead in Diapers
5.      Fashionably Hotter Than Hell
Handcuffs and Happily Ever Afters Series:
1.      How Hard Can It Be
2.      Pirate Dave and his Randy Adventures (#1.5)
3.      Size Matters
4.      Cop a Feel


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

LET THERE BE LIGHT by Melissa Storm


Series:  Sled Dogs #2
Author:  Melissa Storm
Publish Date:   12.12.2017
Publisher:  Partridge & Pear Press
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 Light
Date completed: 12.09.2017

Description from the publisher:
Scarlett Cole is caught between two worlds. Accustomed to living out her adventures between the pages of great books, she now has the opportunity to participate in the sporting tradition she loves so much. Unfortunately, she’ll only have one chance to make a name for herself in the dog-sledding world before she needs to put these aspirations aside forever.

Henry Mitchell is another new contender in the great race, and he comes with a large media following. Challenged to place in the top ten of the Iditarod or forfeit his grandfather’s riches, failure could mean losing everything.

Do either Scarlett or Henry have what it takes? And what will happen when the sport places them in direct competition with each other? Will these star-crossed racers find something sweeter amidst their bitter rivalry?

Harkening to the great literary traditions of Romeo and Juliet and The Little Mermaid, Let There Be Light is a new twist on the most epic of love stories. Don’t miss the chance to lose your heart to two courageous teams of sled dogs and the humans that love them in this tale set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Alaskan wilderness.

LET THERE BE LIGHT is the second in the Sled Dogs series.  Each stands on their own, but with heavy involvement with the characters from the other stories.  I have not read the first book in this series and had no problem understanding who was who and how they related to one another.

I love Scarlett.  She is braver than I could ever be.  She is taking a huge chance and going for it to be a musher – her big dream.  She’s sweetness and fierceness.  A firecracker wrapped in cotton candy.  Then there is her rival – Henry – does she trust him or the rumors.  Is he like his grandfather?

Then there are the real villains of the story – Mrs. Caputo and Vanessa Price.  I have a few like that in my office – the ones who will stab you while pretending to assist – you can only hope that karma visits at a time when you are there to witness the results.

Besides the wonderful people in this story, there are the fur babies… including rescues from the Sled Dog Rescue Organization, along with Lolly Winston and Dr. Oscar Rockwell.  Fred, Fantine, Cosette, and the others are just as necessary to the story.  Where would a musher be without her dogs?!

The story is sweet and thoughtful.  It brought sun and warmth to a cold day.  I couldn’t put it down and read it in one day.

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 (coming soon)
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
Cupid’s Bow, 3rd Generation:
1.      Somebody Like You
2.      You Belong with Me
3.      She Will Be Loved
4.      What Makes You Beautiful
5.      I’ll Be Home for Christmas
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)