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A good quick read, a second chance story

Saving Grace (Fair Cyprians of London) - Beverley Oakley

A quick good read! I enjoyed this tale of second chances. Grace has fallen but accepted her life. She is a strong woman. David is not the man she remembers. I loved how innocent he was and how his love was still there. I look forward to reading the rest of this series.

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

Family loyalty vs her future, which will she choose?

Cuffed by His Charm: A Dirty Little Secrets Novel - Stacey Kennedy

This is the first book I read by this author. I found that I did not have to read the previous stories to enjoy this one. The attraction between Gabe and McKenna is tested greatly throughout this story. Gabe's anger changes to guilt, remorse, then to protectiveness, caring and love. McKenna has to fight her own guilty feelings for all that she has brought into his world as well as her feelings of family loyalty. I enjoyed the story of their journey very much, though I felt the intimate scenes between them were a little too emotionless. 

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

Tugged at my heart while I enjoyed the action.

Highland Ruse: Mercenary Maidens - Book Two (The Mercenary Maidens Series) - Madeline Martin

This story had me smiling and crying. Kaid's story and that of his village and home almost broke my heart. Each time a part of the story was told, tears filled my eyes. Kaid had his vulnerabilities but found the inner strength to do what he must. Delilah's past led her on a warrior's path but never took away her heart. Her fierceness to do a job and softness for a child made me fall in love with her. The ups and downs of this story kept me reading until the end. Second in the series and I look forward to the next one.

This is my unsolicited review of a story that I received through Netgalley.

Be careful what you wish for as you may get it.

The Right Kind of Rogue (Playful Brides) - Valerie Bowman
This was a fun read. Meg is an interesting woman, very determined, although she was not prepared for what she got. Hart allowed his past hurts to color his views of women. I wanted to smack him for not seeing what was right in front of him. Their coming together was well worth the read, and I found this a hard book to put down.

This is my unsolicited review of a story that I received through Netgalley.


Facing the past brings a family back together

Love's Gamble - Emily Murdoch
Another quick sweet read. I have enjoyed watching this family come back together. This is Aaron's story and his hard road home. He is misunderstood but tried to live up to his reputation. Phoebe enters his life, and despite her secrets, she brings him to face his past. They are sweet together, and I loved their journey.

This is my unsolicited review for a story that I received as a gift.


Dark ups and downs as their love grows.

Silver Storm - Cynthia  Wright

This story was a bit of a roller coaster for me. I loved Devon from the beginning. She is sweet, a little misguided, and a survivor. Andre was a bit harder for me. He was arrogant with a gentle side when we first met him. As the story progressed, I found him more arrogant and self-centered, and I almost stopped listening. Then I learned of his past, and I had an "a-ha" moment. He pulled me back into it, and I could not stop listening. I do recommend this story.

This is my unsolicited review.


In this stunning series starter by USA Today bestselling author May McGoldrick, meet the new generation of Penningtons...five brothers and sisters of passion and privilege. Enter their aristocratic world…where each will fight injustice and find love.

Hugh Pennington—Viscount Greysteil, Lord Justice of the Scottish Courts, hero of the Napoleonic wars—is a grieving widower with a death wish. When he receives an expected crate from the continent, he is shocked to find a nearly dead woman inside. Her identity is unknown, and the handful of American coins and the precious diamond sown into her dress only deepen the mystery.

Grace Ware is an enemy to the English crown. Her father, an Irish military commander of Napoleon’s defeated army. Her mother, an exiled Scottish Jacobite. When Grace took shelter in a warehouse, running from her father’s murderers through the harbor alleyways of Antwerp, she never anticipated bad luck to deposit her at the home of an aristocrat in the Scottish Borders. Baronsford is the last place she could expect to find safety, and Grace feigns a loss of memory to buy herself time while she recovers.

Hugh is taken by her beauty, passion, and courage to challenge his beliefs and open his mind. Grace finds in him a wounded man of honor, proud but compassionate. When their duel of wits quickly turns to passion and romance, Grace’s fears begin to dissolve…until danger follows her to the very doors of Baronsford. For, unknown to either of them, Grace has in her possession a secret that will wreak havoc within the British government. Friend and foe are indistinguishable as lethal forces converge to tear the two lovers apart or destroy them both.

Author Bio
Authors Nikoo and Jim McGoldrick (writing as May McGoldrick) weave emotionally satisfying tales of love and danger. Publishing under the names of May McGoldrick and Jan Coffey, these authors have written more than thirty novels and works of nonfiction for Penguin Random House, Mira, HarperCollins, Entangled, and Heinemann. Nikoo, an engineer, also conducts frequent workshops on writing and publishing and serves as a Resident Author. Jim holds a Ph.D. in Medieval and Renaissance literature and teaches English in northwestern Connecticut. They are the authors of Much Ado About Highlanders, Taming the Highlander, and Tempest in the Highlands with SMP Swerve.


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Out now! Romancing the Scot by May McGoldrick



Excerpt: Romancing the Scot by May McGoldrick
Looking the shipping crate over for damage and seeing none, he retrieved an iron crow from a workbench. Jo was standing inside the doors, eyeing the box doubtfully from a safe distance.
“Come closer. It won’t bite.”
“Not a chance. From the smell of that thing, a person would think you’re importing cadavers. Have you also taken up being a Resurrectionist as a hobby?”
He patted the crate affectionately. “This sweet thing has been sitting in the bowels of a ship from Antwerp. You know what the hold of a ship smells like?”
“Actually, I don’t.” She held a handkerchief to her nose and drew closer. “But I think you’re correct with the reference to ‘bowels.’”
Hugh took the first nail out. “Well, stand back, since you’ve become so prissy. Though I recall a younger version of you leading the rest of us through bogs and marshes that smelled no better.”
“Of course! But as I recall, we had frogs and turtles and the occasional dragon that needed hunting,” she replied with a smile. “Very well. Open it and let’s see this treasure of yours.”
Prying off the top took him only a moment. Throwing it to the side, he pulled back the tarp that covered the basket and then stared curiously at the dark green rags bundled at the bottom.
Leaning in, Hugh’s enthusiasm evaporated as a horrid realization settled in. This was no pile of old clothing. A shock of blond hair. A shoe. A hand. The body of a dead woman lay curled up in the gondola.
“Bloody hell.”
“What is it?” Immediately, Jo was at his side. “Good God!”
Hugh climbed in and crouched beside the body. He took her hand. She was cold to the touch. His heart sank. The crate had been shipped from Antwerp. To be trapped for so many days with no water, no food, in the cold and damp of the ship’s hold. He had no idea who this woman was or how she came to be in here.
The thought struck him. Perhaps it wasn’t an inadvertent act. Perhaps she was murdered and her body had been dumped into the crate.
Dismay and alarm clawed at him as he pushed away the matted ringlets of golden hair. She was young. He lifted her chin. The body had none of the stiffness of postmortem. He stared at her lips. He may have imagined it but they seemed to have moved.
“Bright . . .” The whisper was a mere rustle of leaves in a breeze.
The fingers jerked and came to life, clutching at his hand.
“She’s not dead,” he called to Jo, relieved. “Send for the doctor. I’ll take her to the house.”
His sister ran out, calling for help, and he lifted the woman. She emitted a low groan. Her limbs had been locked in the same cramped position for so many days. Hugh propped her over the side of the gondola.
“Stay with me,” he encouraged. “Talk to me.”
Holding the woman in place, he clambered from the basket and then gently lifted her out, cradling her in his arms. She weighed next to nothing.
As they went out into the rain, he feared she was about to die. The exertion of trying to breathe showed on her face. He’d seen this on the battlefield. The final effort before death.
Starting up the path, he stumbled, not realizing the woman’s skirts were dragging on the ground. He staggered but caught himself before they went down. Her head lolled against his chest, her face gray and mask-like. She appeared to be slipping away. It would be a shame that she’d survived the crossing only to perish now.
A dagger point of anger pierced Hugh’s brain as he recalled another dismal day when he’d lifted two other bodies, wrapped in burial shrouds, from a wooden box.
“Talk to me,” he ordered. “Say something.”
As he made his way up the hill toward the house, a bolt of lightning streaked across the sky above Baronsford. Thunder shook the ground and the sky opened, unleashing fierce torrents of rain on them.
His wife. His son. Hugh hadn’t been there for them. They’d died as he and the British army were being chased by the French across Spain. He’d been trying to save his men’s lives, not knowing that those most precious to him were suffering.
“You’ve survived a horrifying ordeal. Give me the chance to save you.”
The woman struggled weakly in Hugh’s arms, and her head tipped back. He watched as her lips parted, welcoming the wetness of the falling rain.
“We’re almost there.”
“Bright . . .” she murmured.
He looked into her face and saw she was trying hard to open her eyes.
“Yes, brighter than that crate,” he said, encouraged by her effort. Any movement, however small, gave him hope. “And you’ve been in there for Lord knows how long.”


Fate leads three people together to find their happiness.

Everything We Need (Finding Forever Book 4) - Rebecca Raine
I enjoyed this story. All three main characters have some pretty heavy pasts which color their visions of the world and their relationships. Jeremy uses smiles to cover up his pain, Brady uses isolation, and Trina uses logic or instinct. Their attraction is almost instantaneous and deep, and I fell right along with them. My heart got involved as they shared pain and dreams, and I shed some tears when it looked dim. I recommend this story.

This story is from a selection through Candid Book Reviews.


Quick glimpse into a woman's guilt and forgiveness

Freya: The Confession: An Amish Short Story of Hope and Forgiveness (The Freya Series Book 2) - Ashley Emma

This is a very short story, a quick glimpse into a woman coming to terms with something she had done that affected greatly the lives of others. It tugged at my heart and had me wanting to know more about Freya and Adam to see if there is a story there. I enjoyed this, and will look for more from this author.

Touching second chance story.

Her Scandalous Wish  - Collette Cameron

This is a quick read that had tears in my eyes at times as well as smiles. It is a second chance at love for two people kept apart by circumstances. I loved Philomena's determination to please her brother despite her own belief that no one will love her. Once Bradford realized what is happening, he became a hero I cared for. As the two spend time together, the revelations of the past tugged at my heart. I enjoyed this story and look forward to reading the rest of the series.

Another emotional ride for me.

The Bride Who Got Lucky (The Cavensham Heiresses) - Janna MacGregor

This story had me laughing, crying, and turning the pages. Emma shows her strength by standing up for what she believes in and working toward a very unladylike goal although she is driven by guilt. Nick's past has him believing that he is unlovable. My emotions were wrapped up in these two as they learned what it would take to be happy forever, learning to compromise and forgive themselves and others. There are a lot of dark places in this story, but I loved the whole package. I look forward to the next Cavensham Heiress story.

I received a copy of this story through Netgalley, and this is a Book-Obsessed Chick Star Review Team selection.

Cremains of the Day by Misty Simon.


Cremains of the Day: Misty Simon


There's no reverse on the hearse . . .

For Tallulah Graver, marrying wealthy Waldo Phillips seemed like the best way out of the family business, the Graver Funeral Home. But when her marriage falls apart and Tallie is left with next to nothing, she turns to cleaning houses to make ends meet. As humbling as it is to tidy the mansions of the snobby socialites she used to call friends, at least she doesn't have to be around dead bodies. Until . . .

She discovers one of her employers lying in a closet with a knife sticking out of her chest. This unpleasant shock seems to be part of a web of weird experiences: Tallie's friend Gina's shop is broken into, her ex is stun-gunned where it hurts the most, and now she's receiving flowers from the dead woman. Granted the deliveryman is handsome, but seriously, that's enough to cast a pall over anyone’s day. Now Tallie needs to dig deep to clean up this mess—before she finds herself in a grave situation.

“You’ll be cheering as the clues pileup in this creative cozy mystery.”
—New York Times bestselling author Lynn Cahoon

About Author Misty Simon
Laughter and Love are two main components of any story I write. Laughter really is the best medicine and my heroines always figure that out at some point, though perhaps some later than others. I live in Central Pennsylvania with my family and two rambunctious dogs in a house that is about to celebrate its two hundredth birthday.


Full of history, not much romance

Captives - Emily Murdoch
This is more of an historical fiction book. There is a little romance but no HEA for the heroine. It is a very dark story with a lot of history built around Catheryn's tale. There is a happy ending as mother is reunited with her daughter but a lot of ups and downs throughout. I did listen to this as an audiobook and enjoyed the different vocals done by the narrator.

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


His dangerous past threatens his future

My Secret to Bear - Becca Fanning

This is a reunion story of sorts. Kassie and Cole met before for one night, creating a connection. Cole is damaged hero and a shifter, and had me rooting for him as he found his way to a reason to live. Kassie is a strong human woman doing what she thinks is best and working hard to get there. Her persistence made her a good character to follow. As the danger of his past tugged at them, I enjoyed the growth of both characters. It is not necessary to read the prequel, but a few things are explained a bit more clearer there. I read both and was glad to have taken this journey.

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

Great story, great series, sorry it is over

Return to the House of Sin (Bastards of London, Book 4) - Anabelle Bryant

Final book in the series and I am sad to see it go. Crispin was driven by his mistakes and trying to prove he was a rake. I loved his humanity, single-mindedness, and drive. When his true inner self showed through, I fell in love. Amanda was just as driven for different reasons, yet was still innocent in her actions, plans, and dreams. She had a clarity of vision that kept her honest, and her heart was big enough to forgive when needed. I enjoyed reading about this couple's journey to their HEA. I highly recommend this story as well as the entire series. 

I received a copy of this story through Netgalley, and this is my unsolicited review. It is also a Book Obsessed Chicks Review Team Selection.

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