A Fair of the Heart (Welcome to Redemption: Book 1) by Donna Marie Rogers



Date of publication: July 11th, 2011

Genre: Romance

Series: Welcome to Redemption

A Fair of the Heart—Book 1

A Fair to Remember—Book 2

The Perfect Blend—Book 3

Grounds for a Change—Book 4

Home is Where the Heart Is-–Book 5

The Heart of the Matter—Book 6

Never Let Me Go—Book 7

Hold on to Me—Book 8

Purchase Links: Amazon | B&N

Goodreads Synopsis:

Single mother, and work-at-home beautician, Lauren Frazier can barely keep a roof over her head, let alone stop it from falling down around her. When handyman Caleb Hunter stops by for a haircut, he’s like the answer to her prayers—and the attraction is instantaneous. Too bad her troublesome ten-year-old son isn’t quite as thrilled to have Caleb hanging around.

Old wounds have kept Caleb from returning to Redemption permanently. When he receives word of his mother’s unexpected death, guilt and regret bring him home again, but will the love of a good woman keep him there? Lauren excites Caleb like no woman ever has, but she’s a package deal, and he’s not sure he’s prepared to take on a ready-made family.

A Fair of the Heart is a perfect book for the beach or a day by the pool. Perfect in that it is a quick read. I got through it in about 2 hours. That is a record these days for me (almost no time to read).

It was a good bit of fluff too. It had it all: troubled kid, a woman whose husband left her, and the adorable toddler. And instant chemistry!!! So it is safe to say that no, this is not a “G” or even a “PG” rated romance novel. I would give it an “R” rating.

So, will I reread this book and will I recommend it to family and friends, yes, I will.

Chief Cook and Bottle Washer (Travers Brothers: Book 1) by Rita Hestand


Publisher: Smashwords

Date of publication: October 5, 2009

Genre: Romance

Series: Travers Brothers

Chief Cook and Bottle Washer—Book 1

Courting Abby—Book 2

Hannah’s Man—Book 3

Along Came Love—Book 4

Avalanche of the Heart—Book 5

Purchase Links: Amazon

Goodreads Synopsis:

Emma Smith hadn’t been straight with her new boss, but he hadn’t given her much of a chance to explain. Trapped in her own lies and uncertainties Emma was running in fear of losing her baby. Deke Travers, the oldest son on the 4 Bar None Ranch, needed one thing to make his life more peaceful, his brothers to settle down and get with the business of ranching. There was only one solution, to marry them off to country girls. And Emma will be the first bride on the 4 Bar None Ranch.

Don’t let the title or the cover of this book fool you; it was an adorable romance. I almost didn’t download it because of the title and cover. But reading the book, and seeing what Emma was doing, I can forgive the title. But the cover, no way. I don’t like it. So, if the author reads this blog, please change it!!!

The story itself was cute. I did think Emma was dense and very thick-headed. I mean, at any point she could have told Deke that Sammi Jo wasn’t hers. He told her straight up how he felt about people who withheld the truth, and she still didn’t say anything, which made me smack my head at one point in the story.

I loved that the author made everyone out to sound like they are from Texas. I could almost hear the drawl coming from them, and with her wording, it was like they were right in bed with me. Well, not exactly in bed but you know what I mean.

I liked the fact that it was clean, with no sex, romance. Some kissing, yes. But none of the other stuff.

I did question about what decade this book took place. It came across as the late 60’s/early ’70s to me. There was no usage of the Internet or cell phones, so that might have piqued my interest. I also wonder if Sammi Jo is going to have a follow-up romance novel? Inquiring minds want to know!!!

Will I reread this book, and will I recommend it to friends? Change the cover and I definitely will recommend it. I would recommend it even with the cover.

The Legend of Kimberly: Inheritance (The Legend of Kimberly: Book 1) by J.R. Leckman



Date of publication: October 22, 2011

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Series: The Legend of Kimberly

The Legend of Kimberly: Inheritance—Book 1

Pursuit—Book 2

Purchase links: Amazon | WorldCat

Goodreads Synopsis:

When Kimberly finds a magic sword, she is taken away from Earth and her abusive father to a world called Auviarra, a place she thought her grandfather had invented. Striving to become the kind of hero she has always read about, Kimberly soon discovers growing darkness inside, a darkness that is being cultivated by the evil creatures she is hunting. Will she stay human, or succumb to the magic?

I liked this book, but it was very dark. I know it is geared towards young adults, but I would say that it should say towards young adults 16 and older. I say that because there are some pretty detailed scenes of child abuse. I also want to warn you that those same scenes could be a trigger if you have PTSD or severe anxiety.

The book was well written, and even I missed Hal’s character. He stood up for what was right and the legacy he left her was unbelievable!!!

The world of Auviarra was great too. It came alive in my mind. Kim’s friends (Serra, Trey, Helena, and Ronnee) were diverse. I liked Serra because she connected the most with Kim.

The twists (and there were a couple of BIG ones) were that, twists. One, I didn’t even see coming, and I am good at figuring out stuff like that.

I will tell people to read this book, beware of triggers.

The Circle of Sorcerers (Mages of Bloodmyr: Book 1) by Brian Kittrell


Publisher: Late Nite Books

Date of publication: October 1, 2011

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal

Series: Mages of Bloodmyr

The Circle of Sorcerers—Book 1

The Counsuls of the Vicariate—Book 2

The Immortals of Myrdwyer—Book 3

Purchase Links: Amazon | Audible | B&N | Kobo

Goodreads Synopsis:

When Laedron Telpist’s sorcery training is interrupted by a knock on the door, what once seemed a proper profession must now be hidden. In a world where priests and mages vie for the limitless power of the elements and a new Grand Vicar has sworn death to all sorcerers, Laedron is tossed into a nightmare which would see his destruction at every turn.

From the home shores in western Sorbia, through the Cael’Brilland heartlands, and even across the seas to the great city of Azura, Laedron finds himself embracing old friends, consorting with unlikely allies, and confronting potent enemies. As he struggles to train himself in spellcraft, Laedron must face that he lives in a time when the utterance of a simple spell could be the signature on his death warrant.

I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to other people.

There are some things that I would love to change. I would have liked to see more of Lae’s Ma and sister in the book. I am sure that they both show up in the other books, but I would have loved to have seen more of them in this one.

The slaying of Madam Ismerelda. There was so much that she could have given in the book. Of course, her being killed in front of Lae set the tone for the rest of the book, and it made Lae into the person/mage he was.

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