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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Review for The Girl You Left Behind       

I absolutely love books by Jojo Moyes. I love her style and how she blends historical fiction with modern day stories. This book is no exception to that.
The book is written in two parts. The first tells a story of an outspoken woman named Sophie Lefevre. She is living in St. Peronne, a small town outside of Paris, during World War 1. She and her sister are left to run the family inn when she and her sister’s husband go off to fight at the front. Sophie’s husband is an artist and, before he left, he painted a picture of her that Sophie leaves hanging up in the main room of the inn. Her sister warns her to put it away when the Germans occupy the town for fear that they will take it but Sophie refuses stating that she will not let the Germans determine what she can look at in her own home. When the Germans decide they want to have dinner every night at the inn Sophie and her sister Helene are forced to cook for them every night. The leader of the Germans, Herr Kommadant, becomes fascinated with Sophie’s portrait, The Girl You Left Behind, as well as Sophie herself.
As time goes on Sophie fears more and more for her husband’s life, especially when she finds out that he is in a prisoner of war camp. She realizes the only way to save him would be to strike a deal with Herr Kommandant. She tells him he can have the painting of her if he will just reunite her with her husband but Herr Kommandant wants more than just the painting. Sophie and the Kommandant come to an agreement but the next thing she knows Sophie is being arrested and no one hears from her again.
Part two of the story tells of a woman, Liv Halston, who is grieving the death of her husband David. David was an architect and the only thing Liv has left of him is the Glass House he built for them where she lives alone and a painting he bought her on their honeymoon entitled The Girl You Left Behind. Liv knows nothing of the painting’s history. She meets Paul and begins to let her guard down but he sees the painting in her room and becomes distant. She realizes soon that he works for a company that restores stolen artwork from wartime to the families of the owners. Soon she is in a battle not only to keep the painting she has come to love but for her heart. Paul has fallen in love with Liv as well and both of them must decide what their love is worth to them.
This is such an intriguing story of romance and mystery as to the nature of the painting. I give this book 5 stars!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Review for Obsession

This is the second installment of the Steel Bothers Saga and the sequel to Craving. I didn’t think it could get better than the first but it did.
Talon and Jade are getting closer and spending more time together. Talon has now realized that he is in love with Jade but this is the first time he’s ever had real feelings for a woman much less loved and he is terrified. The demons from his past still haunt him and he feels that he is not worthy to love anyone. When Jade tells Talon how much she loves him he decides that it is time he finds someone to talk to about his past so he can move on with Jade. He begins to see a psychiatrist but getting over his past will be a difficult process.
Jade has been given a difficult assignment at her job in the city attorney’s office where she has been asked to investigate the Steel family. She is not told why she is investigating the family but the more she digs into the family’s past the more she realizes that she is more invested in the investigation for personal reasons than professional reasons.  The more she finds the more questions she has.
Will Talon be able to work through his past with the help of therapy to have a life with Jade? Will Jade be able to find out what the Steel family is hiding before it’s too late? Will Talon and Jade get their happily ever after?
Find out in the next steamy installment of the Steel Brothers Saga.

I give this book 5 stars!

Review for Craving

This book was recommended to me by my mom. She never reads anything so when she told me that she loved this new series she was reading I knew it had to be good. I was right. I couldn’t put this book down and read it in one day.
Jade Roberts has just been stood up at the alter by her long time boyfriend and is moving to Colorado to stay with her best friend Marjorie on her ranch while she looks for a job and tries to start her life over in a new town. Marjorie lives and works on her family ranch with her three brothers Jonah, Talon and Ryan. Jade has met Jonah and Ryan but not Talon and, as luck would have it, Talon picks Jade up at the airport when Marjorie has a last minute appointment.
From the minute Talon and Marjorie meet they have an instant connection and you can cut the sexual tension with a knife. Soon Talon and Jade can’t take it anymore and sleep together. Talon tells himself and Jade that it would just happen that one time but they can’t stay away from each other. Jade begins to see her relationship with Talon as more than just sex and starts to have real feelings for him but Talon is battling demons from his past that no one, not even his family, know about. Will Talon be able to deal with his past so that he can have a future with Jade? Will Jade be able to wait for Talon or will she have to move on without him? Will Talon’s demons stay in the past or will they surface and threaten everyone he loves?
Find out in the steamy romance full of passion and suspense.

I give this book 5 stars!

Review for Another Shot at Love

Imogen Gorecki, Gen, has just experienced every girl’s worst nightmare. She’s just walked in on her boyfriend Brent cheating on her with this ex-girlfriend. After throwing all his things out in the street Gen moves back in with her parents until she can get back on her feet. Four months later she has a new job and her own place but no new boyfriend to replace Brent much to the dismay of her overprotective sisters and best friend. When her twin sister Lexi announces her engagement to her longtime boyfriend who happens to be best friends with Brent they all decide Gen needs a new man and fast so she won’t have to go solo to Lexie’s engagement party. Catherine, Gen and Lexie’s older sister, begins to set Gen up on a series of blind dates to help her find Mr. Right. Each date is worse than the last until, while leaving the latest horrible blind date, she bumps into Matt. Literally. The two instantly hit it off but with Gen experiencing trust issues because of her cheating ex and Matt getting over a recent divorce neither of them want a serious relationship. As they begin to spend more and more time together however it’s getting harder and harder to deny the chemistry between them.  Can they each find a way to get over their past and take another shot at love? Find out in this lighthearted modern romance.

I give this book 5 stars!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Review for Me Before You

This is the second book by Jojo Moyes that I’ve read and I will definitely be reading more by this author. Jojo Moyes has a way of combining current events with a fictional story and making you take a second look at them. You begin to ask yourself, “What would I do in this situation?” This book poses the question of whether or not a person should have the right to choose how they die.
In the book Will Traynor, a young, adventure seeking businessman, is involved in a freak road accident that leaves him paralyzed from the neck down. Not only does Will have to deal with being confined to a wheelchair but there are also many other physical complications associated with being a quadrapalegic. Will is miserable and can’t adjust to his new way of life. He shuts out his family and friends and tells his parents he wants to end his life. They agree but only if he waits six months to see if he will change his mind. His parents hire Louisa, a waitress who has just lost her job, to sit with Will and be his companion for six months. Louisa has no experience with quadrapalegics or being a caregiver but she agrees to take the job because she needs the money. Lousia and Will do not get a long at first because Will is very angry and pessimistic but, through Louisa’s perserverance they begin to form a close friendship. When Louisa finds out Will plans to end his life she decides to spend the remainder of the six months they have together trying to change his mind. Will Louisa be able to change Will’s mind and show him that he has so much to live for, including love?
This is an unconventional love story that examines the question, what would you do for the person you love?

I give this book 5 stars!

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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Your Heart's DesireYour Heart's Desire by Melody Carlson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you like historical romance this is a great read. I love the WWII era and this novel is set in post WWII California.
Caroline Marshall is a war widow with a young son. Caroline decides to move across the country to live with her sister and her new husband. As soon as Caroline arrives she knows she has made the right choice. Her only worry is that she might not find a job. Her brother-in-law suggests she try finding work at the chocolate factory where he works. On her way to apply she stops to get coffee. While there she meets a handsome man who she later discovers is the owner of the chocolate factory. Caroline begins working as a temporary secretary at the chocolate factory while one of the secretaries is on leave. During her time there Caroline and Terrance, the owner of the chocolate factory, develop a close friendship but others at the office become jealous and threaten to stop this budding romance before it starts. Terrance and Caroline must decide what they are willing to risk for a second chance at love.
I’ve read quite a few books by Melody Carlson but this is one of my favorites.
I give this book 5  stars.

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Friday, August 5, 2016

All I can say is wow! Katie Mettner has done it again! This is the second book in the Kupid’s Cove series and the story continues with Ellie, the marketing director for Kupid Enterprises, and Mally, the director for I.T. for Kupid Enterprises. Ellie is getting over a break up with a man who made her lose all confidence in herself. She develops a crush on Mally, who she calls Mr. I.T., but doesn’t want to get too close for fear of being hurt again. Mally has a crush on Ellie as well but is fighting his own demons from his past. When Gideon, owner of Kupid Enterprises, asks Ellie and Mally to help track down someone who is stealing money from within the company Mally and Ellie must go undercover at the Honolulu Resort as a married couple. While trying to catch the thief Mally and Ellie get closer and realized they might want to be married for real. They soon find that catching the thief will be more difficult than they anticipated. Can Mally and Ellie catch the thief and find love? Find out in this light hearted Hawaiian romance. I give this book 5 Stars!

Me and Mr. I.T., book 2 in the Kupid's Cove series by Katie Mettner, is now available on Amazon! If you are part of Kindle Unlimited you can read it for free, or get Me and Mr. I.T. for .99 for a limited time!  You can also get the first book in the series, Calling Kupid, for .99! Read on for an excerpt of Me and Mr. I.T. and to read my review.

“Thank you for helping me with the computer, Maltrand. I appreciate that you don’t look down on me for being computer illiterate.”

I set my fork down on my plate and leaned back in my chair. “It’s no problem. It’s my job to keep all employees up and running. You’re the most important person in this whole business, so you can’t be without equipment that works.”

She waved her hand at me. “I’m far from the most important.”

“Think about it. If it weren’t for you marketing the business successfully, there wouldn’t be a business. Gideon would have a lot of money sunk into an empty hotel. Never underestimate the important part you play on this team. And you’re not computer illiterate. You know your programs, and how they run, but you don’t understand the hardware. That’s something that can be learned, but in the end if you can turn it on, run your programs and call me when other problems arise, the job will still get done.”

“You might not want to say that. Problems always arise for me.”

I grinned. “Which I’m totally okay with because it gives me a reason to see you.” Before she could clam up and crawl back into her shell I threw an unexpected question at her. “Why do you call me Mr. I.T. at work and Maltrand in social situations?”

She didn’t answer right away, just nibbled away at the shrimp in her hand until she worked out whatever her answer was going to be. “I call you Mr. I.T. because I know it bugs you and while it probably makes me a child, I like ruffling your feathers. I call you Maltrand in social situations because Mally is a stupid nickname for a guy.”

“How’s that for honesty?” I joked and she shrugged.

“You asked, I answered. Why do you hate it when I call you Mr. I.T.?”

“Because there’s more to me than being able to fix computers.”

“I don’t doubt that,” she agreed, “which is why I only call you that at work.”

I chewed on that for a bit while I ate a few fries off my plate. They were cold and covered in steak juice, but still edible. I noticed a pink tinge to her cheeks as she finished her food, which told me she was bothered having to explain her reasons to me.

“I guess that’s fair enough, but I think you would be irritated if I called you Ms. Marketing.”

“It would irritate me because it makes no sense and it’s not catchy or cute. Come on, you gotta admit Mr. I.T. is catchy and cute.”

I had to hand it to the woman. I was trying to earn points on my side of the board, but she had all of them in her hand to start with.

“So you’re saying I’m cute.”

“No, I’m saying the nickname is cute,” she clarified.

I grinned, shaking my head as I laid my napkin on my plate, and set it all back on the tray Hani had left.

“I’ve done my job then tonight, as Mr. I.T. You should be up and running right away in the morning. What projects do you have left to finish up before we can get started with Operation Oats?”

“Operation Oats? What are you talking about?” she asked, her fork halfway to her mouth.

I so knew I was going to get in trouble for this, but I was going for it. “Operation Oats, because Honey Bunches-”

“Of Oats,” she groaned, her fork clattering to the plate and she pushed it away. “For the love of Pete can we not name it after a box of cereal?”

I shrugged. “Sure. Operation Us?”

I notice a glint in her eye and then she leaned back in her chair and crossed her arms over her beautiful chest. A chest I had full access to earlier. It would be a vision that tortured me tonight, without a doubt.

“How about Operation Me and Mr. I.T.?” she asked, smirking.

I sniggered and shook my finger at her. “You’re funny, and cute, and completely out of my league, when it comes to sparring.”

Katie Mettner writes inspirational and romantic suspense from a little house in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. She's the author of the four part epic family saga, The Sugar Series, Sugar's Song being runner up for sweet romance in the eFestival of Words contest. Her other romance series, The Northern Lights Series, The Snowberry Holiday Series, Kupid's Cove Series, and The Magnificent Series are all set in the Midwest. If you love romance and romantic suspense, her books are for you!

Katie lives with her soulmate, whom she met online at Thanksgiving and

married in April. Together they share their lives with their three children and two leopard geckos. After suffering an especially bad spill on the bunny hill in 1989, Katie became an amputee in 2011, giving her the much needed time to pen her first novel, Sugar's Dance. With the release of Sugar's story, Katie discovered the unfilled need for disabled heroes and heroines! Her stories are about empowering people with special circumstances to find the one person who will love them because of their abilities, not their inabilities. Katie has a slight addiction to Twitter and blogging, with a lessening aversion to Pinterest now that she quit trying to make the things she pinned.

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Me and Mr. I.T. Amazon US
Calling Kupid on Amazon US
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