Monday, May 18, 2015

Every Bride Needs a Groom (Brides with Style Book #1) by Janice Thompson

Somewhere in a sea of tulle and taffeta, satin and crepe, Katie Fisher needs to find a key ingredient of the perfect wedding--the groom.

Small-town girl Katie Fisher is busy planning her fairy-tale wedding. Sure, her boyfriend hasn't managed to pop the question just yet, but that doesn't mean she shouldn't enter a contest in Texas Bride magazine to win the dress of her dreams, right? Anyway, she's sure he'll be getting down on one knee any time now. And a one-of-a-kind designer dress doesn't just fall out of the sky right when you need it.

But when Katie's boyfriend takes a job in another town and breaks up with her--on the very same day she wins her dream dress--her world is turned upside down. Dare she go to Dallas to claim her prize? And will the hunky pro basketball player who runs the beyond-swanky bridal shop--yeah, you read that right--discover her humiliating secret if she does?

Katie goes to Dallas and tells the shop manager that her boyfriend jilted her and she has no groom.  Madge, the manager, insists she still go ahead with the dream dress.  What follows is an entertaining story.  Although sometimes the narrative thoughts of Katie is a little drawn out.

Then there is Brady.  He is a professional basketball player who blew out his knee and had surgery.  He is also the store owner’s son and is taking over in his mothers place while she is in Paris.  As you can guess, he soon becomes the love interest for Katie. 

I would recommend this book to anyone.  It is a good clean foul language free romance book. I have enjoyed all of Janice Thompson’s books and this one is no exception.

I was given this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any way.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Chance of Loving You by Terri Blackstock, Candace Calvert, & Susan May Warren

For Love of Money by Terri Blackstock Trying to launch her own design firm while waitressing on the side, Julie Sheffield was drawn to the kind man she waited on at the restaurant last night . . . until he stiffed her on the tip by leaving her half of a sweepstakes ticket.

The Recipe by Candace Calvert Hospital dietary assistant Aimee Curran is determined to win the Vegan Valentine Bake-Off to prove she’s finally found her calling. But while caring for one of her patients—the elderly grandmother of a handsome CSI photographer—Aimee begins to question where she belongs.

Hook, Line & Sinker by Susan May Warren Grad student Abigail Cushman has agreed to enter the annual Deep Haven fishing contest. She’s a quick learner, even if she doesn’t know the difference between a bass and a trout. But nothing could prepare her for competing against the handsome charmer she’s tried to forget since grief tore them apart.

One chance for each woman to change her life . . . but will love be the real prize

My review:  I found these novella’s to be fluffy reads.  I can’t truthfully say I will ever read them again.  It was not a book I couldn’t wait to get back to.  My genre is normally suspense so please take that into consideration when you read my review.  I have read many books by these authors and enjoyed them immensely.  I just couldn’t get into these.  Maybe because everything seemed to happen so fast.  They all seemed to fall in love within a matter of days except for Hook, Line & Sinker.  If you enjoy quick fluffy reads this collection is for you.

I was given this book by the publisher for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any way.

Taken by Dee Henderson

An investigator who knows tragic loss firsthand,
and his new client, missing far too long...

Abducted at the age of sixteen and coerced into assisting the Jacoby crime family, Shannon Bliss has finally found a way out. She desperately wants to resume some semblance of normal life, but she also knows she has some unfinished business to attend to. She might have enough evidence to put her captors behind bars for a very long time.

When Shannon contacts private investigator Matthew Dane, a former cop, to help her navigate her reentry into society, he quickly discovers that gaining her freedom doesn't mean her troubles are over. If the Jacoby family learns she is still alive, they'll stop at nothing to silence her.

If justice is to be done, and if Shannon's life is ever to get on track again, Matthew will need to discover exactly what happened to her--even if it means stirring up a hornet's nest of secrets.

My review:  I really enjoyed reading another Dee Henderson book.  She didn’t let me down.  The story line kept unfolding with new secret that Shannon revealed.  It kept my interest throughout the entire book.  The story had several twists that I did not expect.

There were a few things I would have liked to see.  Taken is told pretty much from Matthew’s view point.  We see very little of Shannon’s view point which I would have liked.  There were a few places that I skimmed over that seemed to be too much detail. 

Overall I would recommend this book.  Anxious for another book by Dee Henderson

I was given this book by the publisher for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any way.