Saturday, June 20, 2015

Married 'til Monday by Denise Hunter

With a big anniversary party in the works for his ex-wife's parents, Ryan has just one weekend to play Abby's husband . . . and win back the woman of his dreams.
Ryan McKinley has tried to move on from his ex-wife, Abby. He’s sulked, he’s gotten angry, and ultimately he bought her dream house. Big mistake. Living alone in the massive two-story has only made him miss her more. When her parents call him out of the blue about their anniversary party in Summer Harbor, Maine, Ryan believes God has dropped a golden opportunity straight into his lap.
Abby McKinley never exactly told her parents about the divorce. A strained relationship with her dad has culminated in a distant relationship with her parents, but she’s finally succumbed to her mom’s pressure to make the drive for their 35th-anniversary party.
Then Ryan shows up on her doorstep, looking as handsome as ever. When he insists he’s going to Summer Harbor, with or without her, Abby knows she can’t say no. Her parents still think they’re married and now Ryan knows it too. It’s just a one-week road-trip with the man who broke her heart. What could possibly go wrong?
Ryan has one week with which to win back the love of his life.  Abby does nothing but shut him down at every turn.  I can’t imagine having parents like Abby did.  If I had parents like that, I probably wouldn’t even have made the effort to show up at their anniversary party.  Abby’s obvious issues with Ryan stem from her childhood and her feelings of unworthiness.  Ryan knows nothing of her childhood and therefore doesn’t understand her at all.
I have enjoyed reading the Chapel Springs Romance stories.  This one was probably my least favorite.  But I did enjoy it.  I am looking forward to the next series by Denise Hunter.
I received this book from the publisher for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any way.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Desperate Measures by Sandra Orchard

Researcher Kate Adams has finally pinpointed the medicinal plant responsible for tearing her family apart. She's certain that discovering its secrets is her only hope of solving the mystery surrounding the disappearance of her father. Kate will risk anything to find the truth--even her budding relationship with Detective Tom Parker. But more people than she can fathom are after the plants and going it alone just might prove to be a fatal mistake.

I’m not sure how to review this book.  From the first page I felt like I was dropped into the middle of a movie with no explanation.  Characters and situations were mentioned from the previous two books that I had no clue who or what had happened.  This is definitely not a standalone book.  To understand this book I would highly recommend reading books one and two. 

I have read several books my Sandra Orchard.  The characters were all well defined and I enjoyed the plot.  For these reason I am giving this book three stars.  I enjoyed the book enough to want to go back and read books one and two.

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

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Now and Forever by Mary Connealy

Shannon Wilde is the middle sister--and the one who loves animals. She's established her own homestead and is raising sheep for their wool. Things are going fine...until Shannon gets swept over a cliff by Matthew Tucker!

Tucker seizes every opportunity to get away from civilization, but one particular walk in the woods ends with him sprinting away from an angry grizzly and plunging into a raging river, accidentally taking Shannon Wilde with him. Their adventure in the wilderness results in the solitary mountain man finding himself hitched to a young woman with a passel of relatives, a homestead, and a flock of sheep to care for.

As Tucker and Shannon learn to live with each other, strange things begin to happen on Shannon's land. Someone clearly wants to drive her off, but whoever it is apparently didn't count on Tucker. Trying to scare Matthew Tucker just makes him mad--and trying to hurt the woman he's falling in love with sets off something even he never expected.

This is the second book in the Wild At Heart series.  It begins where Tried and True left off.  This is basically a story of how Shannon and Tucker survive the river and rapids after they plunge into the roaring river and falls.  As previously stated, they end up married when they parson finds out they spent nights together unchaperoned while fighting for their lives.  When they do get back to Shannon’s homestead someone is trying to force them off the land.

 In typical Mary Connealy fashion there is humor laced throughout the entire book.  I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a humorous, romance, light mystery western.  It isn’t necessary to read the first book in the series.  But it would be helpful as some of the storyline continues into the second book.

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