Wednesday, December 5, 2018

BOOK REVIEW- Her Queen City Ranger: A Victorian Western Romance (Colorado City Series Book 1) by Emilee Harris

Her Queen City Ranger: A Victorian Western Romance (Colorado City Series Book 1) by [Harris, Emilee]

Introducing "Her Queen City Ranger"- a new Historical Western Romance by Emilee Harris.  Her Queen City Ranger” is a work of historical western romance fiction. It is a standalone romance set in Victorian era Colorado. A guaranteed HEA with no cliffhangers.

Circumstance has placed them at odds, can love lead them to common ground?

A woman on the run...
When Sofie Augustine is kidnapped from her father's estate in Prussia, she finds herself halfway across the world in the United States. Though she manages to escape her captors, she’s not out of danger. They’ve turned the tables and her only chance is to reach her father’s solicitor in Denver for protection.

She soon realizes, however, that she won’t make it alone. Stranded on the Eastern Colorado plains, the only person she can turn to is a man who believes the worst of her.

A man determined to do what's right...
Cleighton Palmer has spent his life trying to prove his worth in a world where good breeding is everything. As a Colorado Ranger, he’s taken an oath to uphold the law in his wild western state. When news of a murderer on the run comes over the wire, he’s not about to let that threat make it to his town.

But Sofie isn’t what he expected, and when she’s put in danger, he has to decide who’s side he’s on.

Sofie and Cleigh battle the elements, hired guns, and growing attraction as they make their way to Denver and put together a plan to clear her name.  AMAZON    3.5 STARS

I liked this story and enjoyed the main characters.  They sure did come from a huge difference when it came to backgrounds.  I also liked the woman Lucy who became like a second mother to Cleighton.  She was his lifelife since he was about seven years old.
I also liked the struggle between Sofie and Cleigh; the struggle to get to the truth of what is really going on.  Sofie has one wild story and he finds it hard to believe what she is telling him.  He does have a good way of measuring up people.  Hes usually pretty good at telling when people are telling the truth or not.  It's kind of a good thing that Sofie held a few things back because it would have made things even harder for him to believe.
There are a few surprises awaiting Cleight and Sofie as well as fighting to get their own H.E.A together.  Sofie's father loves her so dearly but in his determination to protect her almost ruins the whole thing.  He has a few secrets of his own too.  And seeing Lucy again stirs up a lot of memories that only they know about.   
I want to say in passing that I really don't understand the title for this book.  It's not a biggie but I just don't get it.  I must have missed something. 

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

BOOK REVIEW- The Mail-Order Bride Carries a Gun (Brides of Sweet Creek Ranch Book 1) by Wanda Ann Thomas

The Mail-Order Bride Carries a Gun (Brides of Sweet Creek Ranch Book 1) by [Thomas, Wanda Ann]
THE BRIDES OF SWEET CREEK RANCH is an uplifting Sweet Historical Western Romance series introducing the untamed Haven brothers. A cattleman, gunslinger, rodeo cowboy, cattle rustler, and gambler, the adopted brothers struggle to save the family’s frontier ranch. Only women with grit and courage would consider making a home in the remote wilds of Wyoming as well as give the safekeeping of their hearts to the Haven men. Come visit Sweet Creek Ranch and experience love, adventure, and happily ever after. 

The mail-order bride seeks justice. Not a husband…

ELLA HUNTER never thought she’d be a mail-order bride. But when she sees a photo in the Marriage Gazette of the man she believes killed her brother, Ella agrees to marry the Civil War soldier turned cowboy. Prepared to confront a cold-hearted killer then return home, she finds all her expectations dashed when her intended husband appears to be a good man. Ella’s loyalties are torn between honoring the memories of her family and her undeniable attraction to Ty Haven. 

TY HAVEN needs a wife. The ranch he runs in the wilds of Wyoming Territory could use a woman’s influence. Frankly, so could he. So when Ella arrives like a gift tied up in a cornflower-blue hair ribbon, more intelligent, practical, and, yes, beautiful, than he could have imagined, he hopes she will give him and the West a chance. Turns out, he doesn’t just need a wife. He needs Ella. But she has a secret, and it might destroy their marriage almost before it’s begun. 

Can the unforgivable be forgiven? What will the cowboy ranchman do when he learns why…THE MAIL-ORDER BRIDE CARRIES A GUN?   AMAZON  5 STARS

 I feel like I just ate a full, satisfying meal after reading this book. 
It had great main characters, both with their own emotional scars but putting one foot in front of the other.  The longer Ella was around Ty, the more attracted she became to him.  She also began hoping that there was more to the story of her brother's death and his saber.  As she watches him with his brother/second chance boys she sees a side to him that really makes her wonder.  One minute her mind is made up that she was leaving in the spring and the next, she wanted to stay.  
The emotional tug of war for both of them was so well done.
The other men and boys at the ranch added so much more to the story and  Seth is at least one of the boys struggling almost as much as Ella is.  
I just felt like the author did a really good job building the personalities, challenges and pasts for each one of the people in the story. I also want to credit the author with grabbing my attention right away with a really great title for this book. 

What was an unexpected surprise was when Boone, one of the "brothers" from the ranch shows up with more of his story included.  He is a gunslinger looking to get out of the game.  Things really hit the fan when one of his brothers signed him up for a mail order bride. Then things really go south after he marries Margaret Lily.  But not at first, you see Margaret has a few dangerous secrets of her own.  This is a really interesting story line that won't be finished in this book.  "Gunslingers Don't Die (Brides of Sweet Creek Ranch Book 2)" continues that story. 
I've got to be honest and say that I will be following that story soon.  
Overall I was really happy with how the book ended.  Well, except for that black-hearted wannabee land baron, Blackwell.  Can someone please do something about him WITHOUT getting hanged for it? 

Monday, December 3, 2018

BOOK REVIEW- JACK 11 by Stella Marie Alden

Just when I thought I had it made, I stepped in shit.
I overheard someone blackmail a senator, my wife got kidnapped, and now I'm accused of murder.
Are you f'cking kidding me?
Even if you didn't read book 1, you'll love Jack II. He and Blakely will take you on a rollercoaster ride that you won't soon forget. AMAZON 4 STARS

This was a fast moving story with a lot danger and action in it.  Also the two main characters Blakely and Jack are still wildly in love with each other and it shows.   Even after having appeared in the first book, they still were having "adventures."  It was danger of a different kind but still with the possibility of being lethal.  I think that it probably would be pretty easy to get into and understand even without having read the first book.  
If you didn't guess from the book blurb yes, there will be some rough language and hot married sex but there is a story there.  I felt like the sex scenes could have been scaled back a it.  But the story isn't sacrificed by being overtaken with only sex and language.  There is still some strong friends and allies in this book too.  Good thing, Jack and Blakely are going to need them.   There are some big egos, big dollars and several power plays going on.  All which make the book even more interesting.  Also a plot twist that I didn't see coming.
What a great cover on the book, right?

I voluntarily read an advanced copy of this book and this is my honest opinion of it.  

BOOK REVIEW- Christmas with the Sheriff (Shadow Creek, Montana Book 1) by Victoria James

Christmas with the Sheriff (Shadow Creek, Montana Book 1) by [James, Victoria]
After fleeing her beloved small town five years ago, Julia Bailey is back to spend Christmas with her family. Returning is hard, but keeping the devastating secret about her late husband is even harder. Her place isn't in Big Sky Country any longer...but the more time she spends with the irresistible Sheriff who saved her once before, and his adorable little daughter, the more Julia starts wishing she could let go of the past and start a new life.
Single dad and county Sheriff Chase Donovan had been secretly in love with his best friend's wife for years. But after her traumatic loss he knew Julia needed to get away from Shadow Creek, even though helping her leave was the last thing he wanted to do. Now she's home and he doesn't intend to lose her a second time. Chase is going to prove to Julia just how good they can be together this Christmas...and forever.  AMAZON 3.5 STARS

This was a sweet story with really good main characters.  Main characters that had gone through a boat load of heartache too. So there was a bitter sweet element to the story too.  Maggie ( who is Chase's daughter)  added some sweet but spunky flavor to the story too.   She made me smile more than a time or two.  And what a great relationship she had with her father.  He wasn't perfect  especially when it came to girly things but he did try.

It was a great community of people too and some of the best people were Julia's ins-laws.  Her late husband, Michael's parents were the best and still loved her like another daughter. 

The patient love that Chase had for Julia was so well drawn, that it just made you want to see that rewarded.  Julia needed to stop running but I could see why she was. She was terrified to put her heart out there again.

I liked the ending but would have like to have the Epilogue added.  I see that you can get that Epilogue if you sign up for the author's newsletter.  I'm not a fan of doing things that way even though there is a bonus when you sign up with being able to read for free, "Sweet Surrender." 

Thursday, November 29, 2018

BOOK REVIEW- Blackthorne's Bride: A Bitter Creek Novel by Joan Johnston

Blackthorne's Bride: A Bitter Creek Novel by [Johnston, Joan]
A rogue nobleman, a rescued lady, and revenge undone by romance all play a part in New York Times bestselling author Joan Johnston’s irresistible novel of best-laid plots, delicious deception, and unexpected passion.

Two years have passed since Josie Wentworth was bought from the Sioux for a gold watch and whisked back to England by Marcus Wharton, the Duke of Blackthorne. When Marcus breaks his promise to return Josie to America, she ends up as a maid in the home of his charming but neglected nephews. Once Josie’s long-lost family finds her, however, the suddenly wealthy heiress sets out to save the two boys from their indifferent uncle—and teach the duke a lesson in honor.

Learning that Marcus is seeking a rich American bride to save his estate, Josie plots to catch his eye—certain he’ll never recognize the beauty she’s become as the ragged captive he rescued. But Josie doesn’t wager on her marital charade taking a tender turn, as the nobleman she’s despised for years proves to be a very different man than she’s imagined. And there’s no denying his passionate caresses, as she falls deeper under the spell of a husband determined to claim her heart.  AMAZON 4 STARS

I really enjoyed this story.  It had great main characters along with some very interesting major misunderstandings.  Most of those were on Josie's part; leaving a very confused Marcus.  When they first met, their was a really brutal situation that he rescued her from.  Too bad she doesn't remember too much about what happened after.  And she's really mad about where she got dumped.  Until she meets both of his nephews, Spencer and Clay.  She ends up standing up for them every chance she can as they are mistreated. She becomes their protector and it just adds another bone for her to pick with Marcus. Those who boys have had to be kind of tougher to survive this household but somehow find a way to remain sweet too.  Spencer is the older brother who has protected Clay as much as he can but he's still a little boy too.  How could Marcus leave them at the mercy of this household and never check up on them?
There are plenty of mysteries that have to be unraveled to get to the truth of that.  
Marcus has been a man deep in grief over the death of his wife Fanny in child birth.  Not even his son lived either.  It was easy to see after a while why Josie was confused about who he really is.  Is he a caring, loving man or is he the thoughtless, neglectful man that facts seem to say he is?  A man with two totally different sides maybe?  It does get straightened out when ALL of the facts come out. 
Marcus has twin sisters and one of them Lark, has a bit of a side story in this book. she has had a crush on Seaton, who is the best friend of Marcus.  Yes, trouble follows those two but you'll have to read it to find out that happens.
It was kind of fun to realize as I was reading this book, I recognized some of the characters from other books that I read and they were about Josie's family.
Thing do come to a happy conclusion with a surprise or two at the end. Nice Epilogue.
Just wanted to add that I thought the eBook cover was really attractive too.  

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

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BOOK REVIEW- The Bachelor Prince by Debbie Macomber

The Bachelor Prince (Celebration 1000) by [Macomber, Debbie]
A man who happens to be a prince…
Prince Stefano Giorgio Paolo is the kind of man most women only dream of marrying. And now the very handsome—and very eligible—bachelor has arrived in America to search for a bride. Hope Jordan’s prince has finally come, but there’s no happy ending in sight. Her royal suitor needs a wealthy wife to save his country from ruin. And Hope has nothing to offer Stefano…except her heart. Hope is the first woman to make Stefano feel so deeply. But can he give up his kingdom for love? 

Originally published in 1994   AMAZON  3.5 stars

I liked it but it was just okay to me.  This was a fun but also emotional story with interesting people in the story.  Not only Stefano and Hope but also Stefano's right hand man, Pietro and the possible next princess, Priscilla.    The emotional turmoil was well done.  As was Priscilla's over bearing mother.  Hope's mother was kind of driven too but she was looking after Hope's happiness and Priscilla's mom was more about being important through her daughter.

I do have to say that I hesitated about getting this book when I saw that it was by Debbie Macomber.  I know people are going to hate this. But even though she is considered a #1 New York Times best selling author, her books don't always do it for me.  I found a couple of books by her that I liked but more that it was just, "meh" to me.  Will I still keep trying?  Probably.  But not my first choice.  I am glad that she does have loyal followers though. I hate to cut down any author's work

This is the cover on the book that I read.  I actually think I like it better than the one it has now.  I also think that  I read the 1994 copy.