Timeless Honor by Amber Daulton – Review

Jaye Ramsey decided to prove to her eccentric grandmother that time travel only existed in movies by vacationing in Bolivia with her friends. When she woke up in Hawksatter, England, 1735—the same town her grandmother supposedly vanished from as a young woman—Jaye found refuge at a hunting lodge but the strapping, reclusive baron who took her in reminded her all too well she was a lone woman at his mercy.

Accused of murdering his newly-wedded wife a decade earlier, Lord Lucas Kenway closed the family farm and shut out the world. He never expected the little spitfire he claimed responsibility for would turn his quiet life upside down. Pushed together by fate and his meddling servants, Lucas wanted Jaye on his own terms and refused to surrender his hardened heart.
Then a mysterious wise man offered Jaye a way home.

Should she return to the future and the only life she’d ever known, or stay in an uncertain past as a stranger in a new world?

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Writing is the fruit to happiness.
Amber Daulton lives her life by that one belief even though she normally isn’t so Zen.
As a fan of contemporary, paranormal and historical novels alike, she can’t get enough of feisty heroines and alpha heroes. Her mind is a wonderland of romance and adventure, laughter and awesome ways of kicking a guy when he’s down. She probably wouldn’t be too sane without her computer and notebooks. After all, what’s a girl to do when there are people jabbering away in her head and it’s hard to shut them up? Write! Nothing else works.

My Review –

I am a huge fan of time travel romance novels. That may very well come from thinking so often that I was born in the wrong era. Books such as Timeless Honor allow us to sit on our front porch swing and do just that – wander into another era via the characters and time travel.

I felt that Amber Daulton did a great job with Timeless Honor. While reading the book, I became aware that Jaye’s friends are also having their own time travel adventures and I cannot wait to read those books.

I thought the characters were very developed and I enjoyed the banter and humor between them as they blended time. The book was error free and can be considered a stand-alone even though there are two more books in the friendship circle.

I am going to rate Timeless Honor with five stars.

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Christmas in Mustang Creek, A Brides of Bliss County Book by Linda Lael Miller – Review

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CHRISTMAS IN MUSTANG CREEK October 2015 A Brides of Bliss County Book

Charlotte Morgan grew up in Mustang Creek, Wyoming, and couldn’t wait to escape to the big city. But life in New York isn’t as fabulous as she’d like to admit—she’s lonely, doing a job she doesn’t love and dating too many frogs she meets online. There was one potential prince, though—Jaxon Locke, a veterinarian with definite possibilities—but his move to Idaho to fill in at his dad’s vet practice ended things just as they were getting interesting.

What Charlotte doesn’t know is that he misses her, more than he expected… Meanwhile, Charlotte’s great-aunt Geneva—the woman who raised her—needs to enter an assisted-living facility. So, just before Christmas, Charlotte moves back home. When Jax catches wind of her move back West, he’s determined to get to Wyoming and do whatever it takes to win her back.

Christmas in Mustang Creek is a magical time in a magical place, not least because of a mysterious visitor named Mrs. Klozz. She knows that love is the greatest gift of all, and she’s ready to help out Santa by giving these two a push in the right direction!

CHRISTMAS IN MUSTANG CREEK is available wherever books are sold, and at Harlequin.com.

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MORE PRAISE for LINDA LAEL MILLER

Linda Lael Miller creates vibrant characters and stories I defy you to forget.” —#1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber

“Miller has found a perfect niche with charming western romances and cowboys who will set readers hearts aflutter. Funny and heartwarming, The Marriage Pact will intrigue readers by the first few pages. Unforgettable characters with endless spunk and desire make this a must-read.” —RT Book Reviews

“Miller’s masterful ability to create living, breathing characters never flags….[The] romance won’t disappoint.” —Publishers Weekly

 

The daughter of a town marshal, Linda Lael Miller is a #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than one hundred historical and contemporary novels, most of which reflect her love of the West. Raised in Northport, Washington, the self-confessed barn goddess now lives in Spokane, Washington. Linda hit a career high in 2011 when all three of her Creed Cowboys books—A Creed in Stone Creek, Creed’s Honor and The Creed Legacy—debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Linda has come a long way since leaving Washington to experience the world. “But growing up in that time and place has served me well,” she allows. “And I’m happy to be back home.” Dedicated to helping others, Linda personally finances her “Linda Lael Miller Scholarships for Women,” which she awards to those seeking to improve their lot in life through education.

More information about Linda and her novels is available at www.lindalaelmiller.com. She also loves to hear from readers by mail at P.O. Box 19461, Spokane, WA 99219.

My Assessment – 

I’ve been reading Linda Lael Miller stories for more than one hundred books and I love every single one of them. Christmas in Mustang County was especially sweet. The story takes place at Christmas and there’s love in the air. And Bliss County is the perfect place to be, right alongside all the girlfriends from previous books. It’s like family.

Who wouldn’t fall in love with a cowboy who is always smiling! As always, the book is well-written and a joy to read. My only request would be about a hundred more chapters!

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Unbound – Colours of Love by Kathryn Taylor, Debut Novel Review

 

Grace is young and has led a sheltered life. She hasn’t yet taken much of an interest in men. It’s only while doing an internship in London, where she meets the alluring Jonathan Huntington, that our sleeping beauty is awoken from her slumber. Jonathan is rich, incredibly attractive, and stems from British royalty – but he is a far cry from Prince Charming. He lures Grace ever deeper into his world of sinister passion, and she is sucked further and further into the maelstrom of her own growing desires. But when Jonathan demands she do the unthinkable to prove her love for him, she realizes just how dangerous her feelings for him are.

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Author Kathryn Taylor wrote her first story when she was eleven years old, and was determined from then on that her future career would be as a writer. After a few career detours and a happy ending in her personal life, her dream finally came true, and her first novel Unbound: Colours of Love was published in Germany in 2012, and has been translated into Italian, French and English.

My Assessment – 

“A captivating and steamy love story which will delight the fans of Sylvia Day and E.L. James…” was the beginning sell for this book. I think readers will be pleasantly surprised with the similar writing styles. I have read and enjoy books by both of the mentioned authors and felt that Kathryn Taylor held her own; especially considering that Unbound Colours is her first novel. The story was captivating and has a real love story at its core.

I think most romance readers enjoy a fix-it book in which one of the characters has a deep need for love and it is masked because of pain, and it takes the love of a good man or woman to heal their heart and teach them to love again. This doesn’t happen in the first book, which will leave you wanting to grab the second book to continue the story to see where it will lead.

The writing was good and I enjoyed the book and I am looking forward to the second installment. I feel Unbound Colours is a five-star book.

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A Man of Character by Margaret Locke – Review

What would you do if you discovered the men you were dating were fictional characters you’d created long ago?

Thirty-five-year-old Catherine Schreiber has shelved love for good. Keeping her ailing bookstore afloat takes all her time, and she’s perfectly fine with that. So when several men ask her out in short order, she’s not sure what to do…especially since something about them seems eerily familiar.

A startling revelation – that these men are fictional characters she’d created and forgotten years ago – forces Cat to reevaluate her world and the people in it. Because these characters are alive. Here. Now. And most definitely in the flesh.

Her best friend, Eliza, a romance novel junkie craving her own Happily Ever After, is thrilled by the possibilities. The power to create Mr. Perfect – who could pass that up? But can a relationship be real if it’s fiction? Caught between fantasy and reality, Cat must decide which—or whom—she wants more.

Blending humor with unusual twists, including a magical manuscript, a computer scientist in shining armor, and even a Regency ball, A Man of Character tells a story not only of love, but also of the lengths we’ll go for friendship, self-discovery, and second chances.

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As a teen, Author Margaret Locke pledged to write romances when she grew up. Once an adult, however, she figured she ought to be doing grown-up things, not penning steamy love stories. Yeah, whatever. Turning forty cured her of that silly notion. Margaret is now happily ensconced back in the clutches of her first love, this time as an author as well as a reader. Margaret lives in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley in Virginia with her fantastic husband, two fab kids, and two fat cats. You can usually find her in front of some sort of screen (electronic or window; she’s come to terms with the fact that she’s not an outdoors person). Please visit her at margaretlocke.com.

My Review – 

I loved this book! And before I write my review, I have to say that when I saw the second book excerpt at the end, I was super excited.

This storyline – having characters from stories you wrote about the perfect man come to life – is a new one to me. I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline. Not to give away too much of the story, I found it quite interesting how the “perfect” men of Catherine’s stories came to life and she fought a hard battle with her feelings before realizing that what was perfect man at the time she wrote the story, wasn’t necessarily her perfect man now. The book is about her journey and the discovery of a special power that she has that she is unaware of and friendship and romance.

The writing was great; sentences well-formed. I love intelligent dialogue and this book had it. I am not talking about dialogue above anyone’s head, just great writing. And, I did not find one grammatical error, which if you follow my reviews you know that I am a stickler for errors. I spot them too easily and so I find them quite distracting. I do want to say that if I receive a book that clearly states “uncorrected proof” I do not comment on the errors I find, but I do expect a completed book to be pretty much error free.

I am giving A Man of Character five stars. It’s a great book with a brilliant storyline, developed characters and you won’t want to put it down.

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Lindsay McKenna, author of RUNNING FIRE, on tour April/May 2015

Running Fire by Lindsay McKenna_book coverAbout Running Fire

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HQN Books (April 28, 2015)

He was a haven in the midst of Hell…

Temporarily assigned to the Shadow Squadron in a troubled region of Afghanistan, Chief Warrant Officer and pilot Leah Mackenzie is no stranger to conflict—even if most of her physical and emotional scars are courtesy of her vicious ex. Still, she’s got a bad feeling about picking up a team of stranded SEALs. A feeling that’s all too justified once enemy fire hits their helicopter and all hell breaks loose…

SEAL Kell Ballard’s goal was to get the injured pilot out of harm’s way and find shelter deep in the labyrinth of caves. It’s a place of dark intimacy, where Leah finds unexpected safety in a man’s arms. Where prohibited attraction burns brightly. And where they’ll hide until the time comes to face the enemy outside…and the enemy within their ranks.

Praise for Lindsay McKenna’s work:

  • “Fans of military romance will appreciate.” –Booklist
  • Taking Fire is a pure page-turner.” – RT Book Reviews
  •  “…fast-paced romantic suspense that renders a beautiful love story, start to finish. McKenna’s writing is flawless, and her story line fully absorbing. More, please.” – Library Journal
  • Chosen as a Library Journal Editor Spring Picks 2015
  •  “When it comes to women in combat, McKenna never disappoints. As always, her battlefield action is rapid-fire and relentless. The sounds and imagery seem so real they draw the reader into the crossfire.” –ReaderToReader.com

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Lindsay McKennaAbout Lindsay McKenna

A U.S. Navy veteran, she was a meteorologist while serving her country. She pioneered the military romance in 1993 with Captive of Fate, Silhouette Special edition.  Her heart and focus is on honoring and showing our military men and women.  Creator of the Wyoming Series and Shadow Warriors series for HQN, she writes emotionally and romantically intense suspense stories.

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My Review –

Running Fire was an amazing read. The writing was superb. The action keeps you on the edge of your seat. The romance leaves you swooning.

I truly don’t know what else to say about the book. It was a perfect story. Running Fire depicts real life in the military. It picks you up, flies you in a helicopter, and sets you down in a front row seat of war. The action swallows you whole. You never quite know what lies around the next corner, in the next cave, or the next mountain. It is a story of trust, betrayal, and taking care of one’s own.

If you’ve never read a Lindsay McKenna book, start with this one. You will soon find yourself devouring every one of her books.

I wish there were more than five stars. 

Lindsay McKenna’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, April 13th: Book Mama Blog – author guest post

Monday, April 20th: Feminist Reflections

Monday, April 20th: Books a la Mode – author guest post

Tuesday, April 21st: Palmer’s Page Turners

Wednesday, April 22nd: The World As I See It

Thursday, April 23rd: Romance Novels for the Beach

Friday, April 24th: Sara’s Organized Chaos

Monday, April 27th: The Romance Dish – author guest post

Monday, April 27th: Hot Guys in Books

Monday, April 27th: Booked on a Feeling

Tuesday, April 28th: My Life. One Story At a Time.

Wednesday, April 29th: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews

Thursday, April 30th: Mignon Mykel Reviews

Monday, May 4th: Books and Spoons

Tuesday, May 5th: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom

Wednesday, May 6th: Bibliotica

Thursday, May 7th: The Pen and Muse

Friday, May 8th: From the TBR Pile

Friday, May 8th: Written Love Reviews

Monday, May 11th: Life is Story

Wednesday, May 13th: Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

Thursday, May 14th: Read Love Blog

Untamed Heart by Catherine Sharp (Review, Fiction)

Shane Cordell, raised by the Cheyenne, is savagely handsome. Women are drawn to him like a moth to a flame, and he’s every bit as dangerous. His heart never gets involved

…until now. Ashley Clayton is beautiful and independent, She was raised without a mother’s touch, having only her father and ranch hands to ease her into womanhood. She is naïve in the ways of etiquette but not in the ways of the flesh, horseflesh mostly. Upon her first encounter with Shane, she feels a strong attraction immediately, but there is a lie…a lie she is sworn to keep. A lie that seems so innocent now bodes heartache for their future. Shane must face his past in a courtroom where he is charged with rape and murder. Just as he’s found not guilty, Ashley’s innocent lie sends him running again, this time into a prostitute’s arms.

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  • Print Length: 197 pages

The Author:

Catherine Sharp is a flight attendant with the private airline Flexjet. She is the mother of two grown sons and lives in a suburb of Dallas, Texas with her husband and West Highland White Terrier. Determined to contribute a novel of high quality to one of her favorite genres of historical romantic fiction, Untamed Heart is her first book.

Untamed Heart book trailer can be found here http://goo.gl/AyO6ZL. For further information, please visit http://www.catherinesharp.webs.com 

My Review:

“Ashley Clayton is a strong female heroine who has no need to be rescued by any man, a pleasant change from many other romance novels where the woman is often seen as a damsel in distress.”

I thought the cover of Untamed Heart did an excellent job of setting up the story of Shane and Ashley. I cut my teeth on western romances of this era and having Cherokee blood in my heritage, I really enjoyed the story. I found that the author stayed true to the era and the characters were nicely developed.

While I thought the story was well written, information and relationship wise, there were parts of story where the author seemed to get bogged down in the details and it tended to simplify the writing. While this tended to be a distraction for me, the average reader may not notice, and for that reason I am giving the book 4 stars.

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I received a copy of Untamed Heart in exchange for an honest review.

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