Book Review: Honor Redeemed by Christine Johnson

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Honor Redeemed
by Christine Johnson
Rating: 4/5
Book 2 of Keys of Promise Series
Revell – Fiction | Historical Romance

After losing her parents, Prosperity Jones sets out to meet with her fiancé who is stationed in Key West. Taking a leap of faith that everything will work out, she follows her heart to the only other person she loves, Lt. David Latham. Arriving penniless, Prosperity is hurt and confused when she learns that her beloved fiancé is already married to another woman. What will she do to survive? How could her faithful David do this to her? Upset w desperate, Prosperity proceeds to find a new home and occupation with the help of some friends. Will her broken heart ever be whole again?

Having never read a book by Christine Johnson, I was uncertain what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised at the wonderfully descriptive writing that took me back to the 1850s in Key West. Even though this was book 2 in the series, the story could be read without reading the first (although now I want to read the first book). Johnson beautifully tells both sides of this story and the reader can really feel all of the emotions that Prosperity and David go through. The plot was not as predictable as I thought it would be (just from reading the back cover), which I found refreshing.

I highly recommend this book for someone who enjoys a historical romance with vivid imagery.

I received this book for free from the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review: The Beautiful Pretender by Melanie Dickerson

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The Beautiful Pretender
by Melanie Dickerson
Rating: 5 of 5
A Medieval Fairy Tale Book 2
Thomas Nelson – Fiction | Historical Romance

Although he is the most powerful man in the region, the margrave is powerless to refuse the need for a bride and it must happen in 2 weeks. In order to choose a worthy bride, he and his advisors cook up a plan to invite ten noble ladies (whom the king approves) and test them.

When the Earl of Plimmwald cannot send his wayward daughter to the margrave, he chooses to send Avelina, her maidservant, in her stead. Avelina must be respectful but not allow the margrave to notice her. She tries her best to avoid scrutiny but despite her best efforts, the margrave still continues to notice and favor her. When lives are endangered, can Avelina and the margrave figure out who’s behind it in time to save lives? Can Avelina deny her feelings for the margrave? What will happen to her once the truth is discovered?

I am such a HUGE fan of Melanie Dickerson and her fairy tale romances. She is incredibly talented in writing historical fiction and I can never put her books down. I found this story  not just romantic but fun, interesting, and exciting to read. I loved the two main characters and how they interacted. I can relate to the search for love and wanting to test another’s character.

You won’t want to miss this book. Although this book is the second in the series, you can read this one as a standalone, but the first book in the series is also a fun read, which I would also highly recommend.

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Sea Rose Lane by Irene Hannon

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Sea Rose Lane
by Irene Hannon
Rating: 4 of 5
Book 2 of Hope Harbor series
Revell – Fiction | Contemporary Romance

When life does not go as planned and attorney Eric Nash loses his job, he heads back to his hometown hoping to lay low and rest while finding a new job. What he finds is a work in progress — his father is converting their home into a bed and breakfast with the help of BJ Stevens, a gorgeous architect and contractor.

As they both fight the attraction between them, they work together to improve the lives of the Hope Harbor seniors and possibly find what they were meant to do all along. Can Eric find a reason to stay? Will BJ trust another man after all that she’s been through?

I loved returning to Hope Harbor. Irene Hannon’s writing is so easy to get caught up in and  I always love the characters that she creates. The reader feels like they are right there in Hope Harbor with Eric and BJ. Hannon is so talented and definitely one of my favorite authors. I always love how she keeps you guessing till the end.

I highly recommend this book. Even though it is part of a series, this book can be read as a standalone novel without being confusing. This book would make a fun and romantic summer read.

I received this book for free from the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Date with a Billionaire by Sydney Lawrence

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Date with a Billionaire
by Sydney Lawrence
Rating: 3.5 of 5

When Elana Prescott realizes her life is boring and unchanging, she tells her best friend that she is going to change her life and make it more exciting. When her best friend enters her into a contest to win a date with a billionaire and Elana is chosen the winner, Elana is furious but decides try to have fun and give it a chance.

Brant Harrison has worked hard all his life to earn everything he’s accomplished. When he started dating supermodels and found them wanting, he decided he wanted to stay away from the attention-grabbing females. When he is manipulated into taking a charity’s contest winner on a date, he becomes intrigued by his gorgeous date, Elana. Has he finally found someone who shies away from the spotlight and just wants to get to know him as a man and not a wallet?

Sounds like a great (if not predictable) story premise, right? I really wanted to like the book since I love its ending message, but unfortunately, it was just okay for me. I quickly read the entire book in a couple hours. It’s definitely a quick, fun read for the summer. There was just something about the writing that felt off to me; maybe a little forced? I honestly don’t know how to describe it but something felt like it was missing from the story. The story was what drew me to the book initially but I feel like I never had a chance to get fully invested in the characters (which may have been due to its short length). I did enjoy the book but I think it would have benefited from the author fleshing out the story some more.

I really enjoyed the message behind the story and how faith is woven into it but even that part could have felt more authentic. I could definitely see where the author was trying to go and I enjoyed all the twists and turns in the story, but unfortunately, I did not enjoy the book as much as I hoped to.

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Her One and Only by Becky Wade

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Her One and Only
by Becky Wade
Rating: 5 of 5
Book 4 of the Porter Family series
Bethany House – Fiction | Contemporary Romance

When Dru Porter, former marine, gets assigned as one of the bodyguards for Gray Fowler, star NFL tight end, Gray is not convinced she can do the job but soon finds she is a force to be reckoned with. Dru is determined to find out who is stalking Gray and even poses as his girlfriend in an effort to discover the truth.

What fun characters! I really enjoyed the relationship between Dru and Gray. The dialogue and the humor was perfect. Many characters from the other books in the series show up, so I would suggest reading the other books first but it’s not entirely necessary. I loved the added mystery and suspense surrounding the story but also loved the incorporation of faith and trials that the main characters had to go through.

I highly recommend this book (and the series) to anyone who enjoys a fun and exciting read for the summer!

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Deadlock by DiAnn Mills

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Deadlock
by DiAnn Mills
Rating: 5 of 5
Book 3 of FBI: Houston series
Tyndale House – Fiction | Romantic Suspense

Two suspicious murders leave Special Agent Thatcher Graves certain that a serial killer is on the loose in Houston. His new parter in the violent crimes unit, Special Agent Bethany Sanchez, is not so sure and wants to do everything by-the-book when Thatcher is someone who goes by his gut instinct.

Can they work together to solve the murders that keep occurring? Can they put aside their differences and work together despite the fact that Thatcher is one of the people that Bethany’s family hates since he once arrested her brother? Will Bethany ever feel like she isn’t betraying her family by doing her job?

I found this story to be one of the most interesting I’ve ever read because it wasn’t a typical suspense mystery. The story brought light to some of the aspects of Hispanic culture that I was not familiar with. I really enjoyed the added layer which really gave authenticity to the story. I really liked getting to know Bethany and Thatcher while following them on the hunt for a possible serial killer. Their characters were interesting and easily relatable. Although I didn’t grow up as Bethany did, I could feel her frustration and struggle to do what she believed to be right despite how unjustly her family treated her.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys romantic suspense.

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

Book Review: Every Bride Has Her Day by Janice Thompson

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Every Bride Has Her Day
by Janice Thompson
Rating: 4 of 5
Book 3 in the Brides with Style series
Revell – Fiction | Contemporary Romance

After all that they’ve gone through, Katie Fisher and Brady James are finally getting married. Having been dreaming and planning her wedding since she was young, Katie is ready to begin wedding plans until she discovers that she can’t seem to say no to all of her family’s and friends’ ideas for the perfect wedding. Katie is torn between her sweet hometown and her new friends in Dallas, but she still knows that change is inevitable. With Brady possibly getting back into professional basketball, Katie’s whole life is about to change even more. Since Katie already has her perfect wedding gown, courtesy of her future mother-in-law and boss, how will Katie be able to fight for her own wedding? Will Katie be able to have her dream wedding or will she try to compromise her vision to please her family and friends?

I was so excited to read this story. It  picks up where the previous book took off so I would definitely recommend reading the other two books first to get the full effect. The book could possibly be read without the others but it will make so much more sense to have read the others.

Ever since Katie wrote that essay and won the free wedding dress, her life has been changed for the better. I really enjoyed getting to know more about Katie in this story. The author is one of my favorites for light-hearted contemporary romance. I could feel the tension and unease that Katie felt when she felt like everyone was trying to tell her what her wedding should be like. I could feel the frustration and anxiety building in Katie and could totally relate to her as the main character. I loved the other love stories that were interwoven and nicely tied off because I’ve gotten to know these characters and become invested in their happiness.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who needs a light, summer romance.

I received this book for free from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

Book Review: Anchor in the Storm by Sarah Sundin

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By Sarah Sundin
Rating: 4 of 5
Book 2 of Waves of Freedom series
Revell – Fiction | Historical Romance

Lillian Avery is excited to start her first job as a pharmacist in Boston. As a young woman, she would have never been able to get the job unless World War II had created a shortage of young men pharmacists. When rather large prescriptions for sedatives keep coming in, Lillian begins to question why the patients and doctors are allowing this, so she begins an investigation of her own.

Ensign Archer Vandenberg is Lillian’s brother’s best friend who’s been reassigned to a destroyer to defend the Eastern border from German U-boats while based out of Boston. Archer suffers from PTSD but is trying his hardest to fight off the paralyzing fear. When he realizes that some of his crewmates are constantly suffering from drowsiness, he begins to suspect some of his men to be self-medicating. When he enlists Lillian’s expertise and help, she reveals her own suspicions surrounding the sedatives. Can they figure out what is happening? Can they find a way to work together without getting caught or killed?

Since this story was the second in a series, I was a little concerned I wouldn’t be able to catch up, but the story read as a standalone novel. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the setting of World War II. As someone studying in the medical field, it was interesting to see the incorporation of the different drugs that were used during that time period. I really enjoyed getting to know Lillian and Archer and all of their individual struggles. As someone who also loves history, I really enjoyed learning more about military life on a destroyer and also the state of medicine. I will have to hunt down the first book in the series to read!

I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good historical romance.

I received this book for free from the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Look what arrived! Must Read!

So although I’m supposed to be studying for my finals this week, I had to share what just happened to arrive in the mail.

Sins of the Past book

Nothing like the smell and feel of a brand new book!!!

Confession: I already read the ebook version but the author, Dani Pettrey, decided to send me a real copy! THANKS DANI PETTREY!!!

I feel so blessed! If you’re a fan of Dani Pettrey’s Alaskan Courage Series, you will absolutely flip for her story, Shadowed, which is a prequel that I absolutely couldn’t put down. I loved the story and was so happy to get a chance to go back and spend time with the McKenna family.

From Goodreads:

Three Novellas from Bestselling Authors

In Dee Henderson’s “Missing,” a Wyoming sheriff is called to Chicago when his elderly mother goes missing. Paired with a savvy Chicago cop, the two realize her disappearance is no accident, and a race against the clock begins.

Dani Pettrey returns to Alaska with “Shadowed,” introducing readers to the parents of her beloved McKenna clan. Adventure, romance, and danger collide when a young fisherman nets the body of an open-water swimming competitor who may actually be a possible Russian defector.

Lynette Eason’s “Blackout” delivers the story of a woman once implicated in a robbery gone wrong. The loot has never been found–but her memory of that night has always been unreliable. Can she remember enough to find her way to safety when the true culprit comes after her?

**BOOK REVIEW TO COME!**

Who wouldn’t want to read these stories? Haha. ENJOY! You can purchase HERE using my Amazon link.

Until next time!

Kim