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

COLD SHOT SWEEPSTAKES!

Enter the COLD SHOT Sweepstakes from Author Dani Pettrey

 

In COLD SHOT, the first book of author Dani Pettrey’s brand new Chesapeake Valor series, park ranger Griffin McCray and forensic anthropologist Finley Scott uncover buried remains near the Civil War battleground of Little Round Top. There’s only one problem: the bones aren’t Civil War-era.

3dbookGriffin just wants the case to go away, but when Finley discovers evidence pointing to the work of an expert sniper, the case connects them with FBI agent Declan Grey, and crime scene investigator Parker Mitchell, friends from a past Griffin’s tried to leave behind.

Soon the reunited friends realize they’ll need to confront the darkest days in their shared history if they–and those they care about–are going to escape a downward spiral of crime, danger, and
murder.

To celebrate the launch of this exciting new series, Dani and Bethany House Publishers are pleased to present the COLD SHOT SWEEPSTAKES, and your chance to win one of three marvelous prizes, all closely connected to the story.


Timeframe & Notifications:
This giveaway starts February 16, 2016 and ends March 7, 2016 @ 11:59 pm (PST).
Entry is open to US residents only, age 18 and over. Winners will be selected Tuesday, March 8, 2016, and announced at DaniPettrey.com.

About the Prizes

GRAND PRIZE:
Cold Shot Sweepstakes Grand Prize

ROAD TRIP REUNION GETAWAY

In COLD SHOT, Griffin reunites with friends after they’ve drifted apart over the years. Do you have a friend you want to reconnect with? Here’s your chance to hit the road with them for a friend getaway!

Our Grand Prize winner will receive: A $250 gift certificate to BedandBreakfast.com, good for reservations at lodges across the Continental US, plus a $50 Darden restaurants gift card, and a Chesapeake Bay tote bag, to pack your road trip essentials.

SECOND PRIZE:

FINLEY’S FAVORITES PACK

Cold Shot Sweepstakes Second PrizeFinley has a lifelong love of travel and exploration, something captured in her cozy home decor, right down to her steamer trunk coffee table. This prize gives you a chance to have a steamer trunk just like Finley’s, and a coffee table book from the Chesapeake Bay to go with it.

Our Second Prize winner will receive: A $150 value cedar wood steamer trunk and vivid Maryland coffee table photo book.



Cold Shot Sweepstakes Third PrizeTHIRD PRIZE:

TASTE OF MARYLAND KIT
COLD SHOT is sure to leave you with a craving for the mouth-watering snacks Griffin, Finley, and the rest of the crew enjoy in the story. If you wish you could sample Chesapeake’s one-of-a-kind local fare too, this prize is for you.

Our Third Prize winner will receive: The beautifully lithographed, $50 value Taste of Maryland Tin, including the Chesapeake Bay Cookbook and famed local treats such as Old Bay Seasoning, Maple Syrup, Maryland crab soup mix, specialty dip, and Goetze’s Caramel Creams.

How to Enter:

Go to: http://www.danipettrey.com/cold-shot-sweepstakes/ and complete the entry box, anytime between February 16 – March 7, 2016.

I absolutely LOVED the book! Read my book review for COLD SHOT here.

Please pray!

I don’t usually do this but I am asking for prayer. I have been pursuing a Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences since August and I am praying for admission into medical school.

After my first semester, I received a conditional acceptance to the medical school but I have to score a 501 on the MCAT. I retook the MCAT in January and I get my score 2/23. Please pray that I get what I need. I truly believe this is God’s timing for me and I’m excited for this adventure He has me on. I am trusting that He will take care of everything!

Thank you to everyone who prays and supports me! It means so much and I’m so grateful. I couldn’t do life without you! XOXO

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Book Review: Cold Shot by Dani Pettrey

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Cold Shot
by Dani Pettrey
Rating: 5/5
Book 1 of the Chesapeake Valor Series
Bethany House – Fiction | Romantic Suspense

Griffin McCray is a park ranger with a very specific skill set from his days as a SWAT-team sniper who has tried to get away from the stress and guilt by taking a job far away from the action in Gettysburg. One night when he comes across some relic hunters digging up skeletal remains, he requires the help and expertise of Finley Scott, a forensic anthropologist, to identify the remains. Finley is able to identify the body and determine that the victim was shot by an expert sniper. When his estranged college friend and FBI agent, Declan Gray, takes over the case, Griffin must start confronting the tragedy of the past. Will Finley and Griffin with the help of some friends be able to discover the killer and bring them to justice? Can Finley and Griffin find a place in their lives for each other?

I’m so excited that Dani Pettrey has another hit on her hands! I loved this story and was impressed with the world building and how she introduced new characters (to set up this series) without taking away from the story. I am such a huge fan of her Alaskan Courage series and couldn’t wait to dive into her new Chesapeake Valor series. The author has a way of creating relatable characters who don’t just find love but peace. This story is so captivating I couldn’t put the book down. I basically read it in one sitting because it’s that good. If you are thinking about reading this book, just do it. You won’t regret it.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves adventure, mystery, and romance.

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

Get your copy of COLD SHOT by Author Dani Pettrey!

About the Author

dpettrey3smDani Pettrey is a wife, home-schooling mom, and the acclaimed author of the brand new romantic suspense Chesapeake Valor series, as well as the well-loved Alaskan Courage series which includes her bestselling novels SubmergedShatteredStrandedSilenced, and Sabotaged. She feels blessed to write inspirational romantic suspense because it incorporates so many things she loves–the thrill of adventure, nail biting suspense, the deepening of her characters’ faith, and plenty of romance. She and her husband reside in Maryland, where they enjoy time with their daughters, son-in-law, and super-adorable grandson.