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Sweet read, redemption, trust, and true love

Slade: Jackson Creek Series - Julie Lence

Such a sweet page-turner! This story showed the power of truth, faith, and redemption. Jill's innocence never kept her from questioning Slade's motives yet she was drawn to him. I loved Slade's honesty despite being an outlaw. It was also nice to have a brief look at familiar characters from a previous series. I recommend this story and look forward to the next in this series.

I received a copy of this story as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.

A good quick read, older woman with a younger man

A Valentine's Day to Remember (A Wolfish Holiday Book Book 2) - Crystal Dawn, Eagle Eye Covers, Eagle Editing

I liked this quick read, although I felt I needed to read the books before as I did not really understand the world despite the tidbit at the beginning. Tina is an older woman (which I really enjoyed) with some insecurities that most older women have. Jet was a sweetheart and very determined to be with Tina. With some danger about and family coming in, the story moves along quickly.

I received a copy of this story as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.

A great story that kept me listening.

My Fair Duchess (A Once Upon A Rogue Novel Book 1) - Julie Johnstone

I really enjoyed this story. This was the audio version and it kept me wanting to continue to listen. Tim Campbell brought the characters to life, and I loved listening to him tell the tale of Amelia and Colin. Amelia's honest and innocence were the main reason I wanted to keep read. Watching her prove herself to Colin was fun. Colin had been shaped by a rough childhood so it was hard for him to accept. He was gruff and did not believe he had any good in him. It was satisfying as things came together so he could see his own truth, and I cried each time a layer was exposed. I highly recommend this story.

 

I received a copy of this audiobook as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.

Anthology involving Templar Knights, a good read.

Treasure the Knight - F. Scott Fitzgerald, Anna Markland, Catherine Kean, Laurel O'Donnell

There are four stories, all involving Templar Knights in some form. All of them are quick reads, and three are historical while one is a contemporary. I found all the stories to be 4 stars and really enjoyed the history of the Templar Knights.
A Knight's Protection by Laurel O'Donnell - I loved Lia's innocence and acceptance of her place in life. She craved honesty but found it hard to trust. Kade was harder and more distrustful because of his upbringing. Together, they balanced each other while danger and betrayal tried to pull them apart.
Knightly Dreams by Anna Markland - This story was fun and I enjoyed how the Templar story was told. A spirit brings Susie and Peter together to tell his story, and her belief in his truth and Peter's acceptance made them a fun pair to read about.
Highland Covenant by B.J. Scott - This story was about a second chance for Gisselle and Francois, and their reunion brought tears to my eyes. Danger surrounded them, yet they had their sweet moments.
Her Gallant Knight by Catherine Kean - Amelia was a strong woman, and I enjoyed that strength as she and Ryder worked through their mistrust. Ryder was very gallant even though when things took a dangerous turn.

Tough read, more a political thriller

BLACK GOLD - Augustine Sam

This was a bit of a tough read for me. I loved the idea of a fledgling couple trying to find their place in the world. With the corruption and politics pulling them apart, I expected a bit more on their personal stories, but the story seemed to focus largely on the dilemma of which of the lesser evils should they go with. I felt that their relationship was glossed over and not very emotional, and I hoped for more. I felt that this was more of a fiction story with only a touch of romance.

I received a copy of this story through Candid Book Reviews, and this is my unsolicited review.

Enjoyable characters, a page turner for me

An Unsuitable Duchess - Laurie  Benson

Mixing an American and a Duke led to some interesting places. Katrina was intriguing with her very proper behavior when required and her more colonial tendencies as time. I found her fun to read. Julian's desire to do what was expected of him made him a bit aloof at times, but when he realized life had more to offer than duty, I enjoyed him more. I loved this story and look forward to reading the rest of the series.

I received this book free through Harlequin, and this is my unsolicited review.

Beginning of a trilogy with a cliff hanger

When Gargoyles Rise (Shades and Shadows Series) (Volume 1) - Ashley Rae Harris

This story intrigued me with the mix of characters and their hierarchy. There is a cliff hanger for an ending, which I was not prepared for. Despite expectations, Rose wants to figure out her own life and move about on her own. She has a strength and it grows as the story moves along. I am curious as to where the story goes from here and to find out who she ends up with.

I received a copy of this book as a prize, and this is my unsolicited review.

Listening to the heart rather than the brain

A Harvest Passion - Emily Murdoch

I enjoyed the author giving Hestia her own story, and I am glad it is a happy one. Overcoming her pain showed her strength of character and forgiveness. Leo's support for her even before he knew the details made him a sweetheart to me. There were moments I wanted to shake both of them but was happy with the ending.

I received a copy of this audiobook as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.

Easy read with steam and some tears

Scoring with the Wrong Twin (WAGS) - Naima Simone

I got pulled into the heat of this story quickly. Sophia was such a sweetheart even with her deception and lies to Zephirin. Her heart is a big one and she would do anything for her sister. Zephirin had his own demons hounding him, and when the two figure it all out, I had tears in my eyes. I enjoyed reading this story and recommend it.

I received a copy of this story through Netgalley, and this is my unsolicited review.

Sweet inspirational read, tugged at my heart

Focus on Love - Candee Fick

This is a sweet read with a base in faith. Liz had a lot to overcome, decisions to make in her young life, and had no real family support. Ryan entered her life and showed her how to have faith in her abilities. His honest praise and belief in Liz made him a great guy. There were tears of joy and sadness as they found their places in life, work and personal. I enjoyed this story.

This was a free story, and this is my unsolicited review.

Another great story in the lives of Bleeding Vengeance

Forbidden Song (Hearts of Metal Book 5) - Brooklyn Museum

I think this is my favorite Bleeding Vengeance story. Christine's past is tragic and her brother has made it worse. I loved how she was striving to become independent, even though she used some subterfuge to get there. Cliff was a surprise for me, considering his reputation and actions in the other books, and I enjoyed seeing this side of him. I was a little emotional as this story unfolded with happy tears at the end. I highly recommend this book and series.

I received a copy of this story as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.

An emotional good read for me

Stories Untold: A Gripping Psychological Thriller - Leslie R. Wolfe

This story really tugged at my heart, making me tear up in places and smile in others. There were a few times that I was not sure if I would like the book, but these lead to more captivating pages. As the untold stories begin to be revealed, I thought I knew where they would lead but was not quite ready for the full truth. The facts and statistics at the end made the story more poignant for me.

I received a copy of this audiobook as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.

A New Life (West Meets East) (Volume 1) - Merry Farmer

This was a quick read. I loved the idea of women finding a way up from their lowest point. This is Millie's story, and she is adorable. The quick attraction between her and Owen lead to some wonderfully romantic moments. I shed a few tears when things looked dark, but I enjoyed the ending. I look forward to reading more in this series.

I received a copy of this story as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.

Sometimes hard to read but compelled me to finish

Blaming the Wind - Alessandra Harris

This story pulled at my heart. It is about two couples and their struggles in life and love. I was compelled to read to see how it all turned out, although there was one point I almost gave up near the end. To my relief, that point turned into something better. There were tears, smiles, sighs, and breath holding throughout the story.

I received a copy of this story through Candid Book Reviews, and this is my unsolicited review.

Lots of struggles but very much worth the read.

Highlander Entangled (Highland Adventure) (Volume 9) - Vonda Sinclair

Another great read from Vonda Sinclair! There are many dark moments in this story, but it makes Kristina's and Colin's journey toward each other so much more fulfilling. There were times I had tears but these made the smiles bigger. I enjoyed this story greatly and highly recommend it.

I received a copy of this story as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.

Interesting pairing, a lot of fun to read.

The Madam's Highlander - Madeline Martin

I could not stop turning pages. The strength of Freya and her determination made the story move along quickly. Ewan's misplaced loyalties and beliefs lead them into a lot interesting and dangerous situations, but I enjoyed the ride. There were laughs, tears, and smiles all along the way. I highly recommend this story.

This is my unsolicited review.

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