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Friday, May 22, 2015

A Heart's Danger by Colleen Coble

A Heart's Danger is not my favorite of the series and the only reason I can put my finger on is the fast pace at which this one seemed to move. I felt like there were some parts that needed delving out more but overall I liked this third installment of the series. Colleen Coble definitely filled this one with danger and drama from beginning to end as the title indicates. As things continue with Rand, Sarah, and the rest of the characters you are made aware of an unfavorable but not unlikely partnership. I'd love to talk about my favorite part of the book but I fear if I do it will give it away so for now let me say that if you've read the first two then you'll like how this one ends on less of a cliffhanger than the previous two.

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About the book:
A Heart's Danger (Thomas Nelson, May 2015)

On the brink of war with the Sioux, Sarah risks everything to expose the betrayal threatening the man she loves.

Christmas is coming, and the air at Fort Laramie has turned cold . . . but relations with the Sioux have turned colder. As tensions between soldiers and natives approach a tipping point, a trap has been set for Rand Campbell.
Rand's new fiancée wants to keep him from returning to Sarah Montgomery . . . for whom his heart clearly still yearns.

Sarah just wants to move on with her life at Fort Laramie, but doing so under the watchful eyes of both Campbell---the man whose love she craves---and Croftner---the man whose lies have cost her everything.

Will Rand fall victim to the conspiracy and go through with his wedding? Or will he declare his love for Sarah and make good on the promises that brought her into the rugged western territories?
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About the author:

Colleen Coble
has sold over 2 million novels worldwide. Seagrass Pier, the third installment in her acclaimed Hope Beach series, marks a new highpoint for emotion and complexity in Coble's addictive brand of romantic suspense.

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Sarah risks everything to expose the betrayal threatening the man she loves—but will the risk be worth it? Find out in book three, A Heart's Danger, of Colleen Coble's A Journey of the Heart series. Rand’s new fiancée wants to keep him from returning to Sarah Montgomery . . . for whom his heart clearly still yearns. Sarah just wants to move on with her life at Fort Laramie, but doing so under the watchful eyes of both Campbell—the man whose love she craves—and Croftner—the man whose lies have cost her everything.

Enter to win the perfect pairing giveaway: three books (books one–three in Colleen's A Journey of the Heart series) and coffee to pair with your new book!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of A Heart's Danger
  • A pound of Colleen's favorite coffee, Captain Davy's Coffee Roaster Costa Rican
  • A copy of A Heart's Disguise
  • A copy of A Heart's Obsession
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 31st. Winner will be announced June 1st on Colleen's website.

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I received this book free of charge from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.

A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade

The Porter series by Becky Wade is captivating and as much as I've enjoyed the first two this is my favorite without a doubt! A former Marine/horse trainer, a heroine with a personality to match my own, and a terrific story all wrapped into one made this one of the best books I've read this year. If you enjoy contemporary romance with a bit of country western and farm life thrown in you'll love this book!

I remembered Jake from a previous Porter Family novel and I recall being anxious for his story to be written. I have a soft spot for wounded warriors and Jake's past as a Marine and the injuries he suffered as well as the resulting PTSD were written incredibly well. Becky Wade did an excellent job doing her research on this and making his struggle very real. I was so glad to see that she didn't "fix" him immediately and that the PTSD wasn't downplayed or inaccurately portrayed. I adored Lyndie! Throughout the book I read a situation she handled that sounded exactly like what I'd do or what I have done. Her love of animals, her tenacity, and her kind heart resonated with me.

Jake and Lyndie were childhood best friends but after her family moved way Jake took it pretty tough and in a sense never forgave her for leaving him. It's been years since they've seen each other but now that her family has moved back to Texas a reunion is inevitable despite Jake's absence at family gatherings of the Porter and James families where Lyndie thought she was sure to see him. As one can imagine their connection as adults is a strong as it was when they were children and it's easy to pick up on that right away in the story. From the very beginning I was rooting for Jake and Lyndie to work through their issues as friends and later on as horse trainer-exercise rider and hopefully become more than friends in the end. There were parts of the story where I had to laugh at Lyndie pushing Jake's buttons knowing exactly what his reaction would be. She seemed to know how far to push him before enough was enough. A particular horse that Jake had nearly given up on presents a unique challenge for Lyndie once Jake hires her as an exercise rider. She never could resist fixing the broken and in her mind Silver Leaf and Jake are somehow connected. If she can get him to run like the racehorse he is then perhaps she can break through Jake's tough exterior and find the root of the problem.

I sincerely believe anyone and everyone would enjoy this book and I'd love to hear from you if you pick up a copy and read it for yourself!

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About the book:
A Love Like Ours (Bethany House, May 2015)

Former Marine Jake Porter has far deeper scars than the one that marks his face. He struggles with symptoms of PTSD, lives a solitary life, and avoids relationships.

When Lyndie James, Jake's childhood best friend, lands back in Holley, Texas, Jake cautiously hires her to exercise his Thoroughbreds. Lyndie is tender-hearted, fiercely determined, and afraid of nothing, just like she was as a child. Jake pairs her with Silver Leaf, a horse full of promise but lacking in results, hoping she can solve the mystery of the stallion's reluctance to run.

Though Jake and Lyndie have grown into very different adults, the bond that existed during their childhood still ties them together. Against Jake's will, Lyndie's sparkling, optimistic personality begins to tear down the walls he's built around his heart. A glimmer of the hope he'd thought he'd lost returns, but fears and regrets still plague him. Will Jake ever be able to love Lyndie like she deserves, or is his heart too shattered to mend?

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About the author:

Becky Wade
is a native of California who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and moved to Dallas. She published historical romances for the general market, took time off to raise her children, then felt God nudging her to pursue contemporary Christian fiction. Becky's work has been a finalist for both a RITA and an INSPY Award.

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Fall in love with Becky Wade's new book, A Love Like Ours, a story of healing, romance, and cowboys. A glimmer of the hope Jake thought he’d lost returns when Lyndie lands back in Texas, but fears and regrets still plague him. Will Jake ever be able to love Lyndie like she deserves, or is his heart too shattered to mend?

To celebrate the release of her new book, Becky is giving away a $100 cash card and a book-inspired prize pack!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A $100 cash card
  • A copy of A Love Like Ours
  • A copy of the Secretariat DVD
  • A scarf
  • A dog-tag/cross keychain
  • A pair of earrings
  • A Scarf
  • A Texas-shaped cutting board
  • A Jake Porter mug
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Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 26th. Winner will be announced May 27th on Becky's site.

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I received this book free of charge from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.

Chance of Loving You



Chance of Loving You packs a punch as an anthology by three bestselling romance authors: Terri Blackstock, Candace Calvert, and Susan May Warren.

For Love of Money by Terri Blackstock- I liked how this one starts with Julie and Blake meeting in a restaurant when Julie is waiting on Blake after he's had a terrible day. Instead of a tip he leaves her half of a lottery ticket and a promise to take her to New York if they win. Well, they do and that's when the story took a little dive for me. Julie and Blake both behave in a manner that I felt was uncharacteristic to the way they'd been portrayed at the start. I had a hard time getting past this but overall it was a cute story.

The Recipe by Candace Calvert-Amiee and Lucas are the center of this story and this one was a close second in being my favorite. I loved how the author weaves Lucas's grandparents and their love story into this one. Amiee is working as a dietary assistant and after an unfortunate incident with a decorative olive that resembles a bug she finds herself at the mercy of a nurse in order to avoid being written up. The nurse coerces Amiee into helping feed some of her patients in the evening and this is where she meets Lucas and his grandmother. It was his grandmother who was the recipient of Amiee's decorative olive and Lucas gives Amiee a bit of a hard time about it to begin with. Their playful banter and mounting attraction seemed quite real even in the short period of time the story takes place. As Amiee prepares for the last day of competition in the Vegan Valentine Bake Off she revisits her mom's recipe box and discovers the recipe for life.

Hook, Line, & Sinker by Susan May Warren-My favorite of the three and the one that I found to be most plausible is this story. In a novella it's hard to give the characters history and yet the author did a wonderful job of weaving Abby and Ross's past into the story to give them more depth and make what transpires between them more believable. I liked the fishing angle that this story was written from because it was something I could relate to. Abby's stubborn nature also drew me in because I could see myself doing some of the same things she did. The painful past that Abby and Ross share brings itself to the present and it's time to resolve it once and for all.

I received this book free of charge from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.