Friday, February 28, 2014

His Favorite Regret by Sydney Strand

His Favorite Regret by Sydney Strand

How many of you have memories of someone in your past that you dated/wanted to date but you went separate ways? What would you do if he/she showed up in your life today? Would you be excited? Frustrated? Annoyed? This is a story about that very thing! Bo and Cadie struggle as they meet back up and go through all the emotions you would expect. For the full description, click HERE.

This book was absolutely adorable. I really enjoyed it from the very first page, all the way through. This book is slightly different from the typical romance books that I have read and I appreciated that. Bo was amazing (aren't most romance men?  LOL) He was there for Cadie as she struggled through her emotions. I believed him and thought he was sincere. Cadie was a mess, she had alot going through her head, alot of baggage and she struggled to believe that Bo was real and honest. Again, very believable. I thought the author did a great job making the reader feel every emotion.

This author is making it on my list. I want to read all of her books and see if they are all as good as this one was!

***This book was given to me in exchange for an open and honest review***

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Goodnight Angels by By Melody Carlson, illustrated by Sophie Allsop

Goodnight Angels by By Melody Carlson, illustrated by Sophie Allsop

Description from the publisher

Now available in the popular board book format, Goodnight Angels is a beautifully written bedtime book for young children that presents a new spin on the bestselling, Goodnight Moon complete with the message of prayer and thankfulness. This charming bedtime story in the vein of Goodnight Moon will lull little ones to sleep with its soothing rhymes and gentle rhythms. Children will love the board book format, and parents and grandparents will love the quiet message of peace and gratitude for God’s tender, loving care.
This book is......interesting. They call it a spin on Goodnight Moon so of course, the entire time I was reading it, I was comparing the two and this book did not add up. The rhymes were not as good, the pictures were ok but Goodnight Moon was phenomenal to me so this one was just ok. That being said, I liked the concept. I liked that this book brought prayers and angels in, but I would have liked to see more of that as well.  I would have a totally different review if they had not called it a spin on Goodnight Moon. As a stand alone book, it is cute and fun but as a spin from Goodnight Moon, it is not as good.
I would  like to explain some of this so you can understand what I liked and did not like. Each page has two lines that rhyme. The problem for me is that they do not read easily, it is as if there are too many words so it does not flow as well as I would like it to and I see this on several pages. 
My favorite part of Goodnight Moon is that the colors change from page to page as the sun sets. This book does not do that, it is colorful from beginning to end. To me, that is sad and disappointing but you may like it this way.  It is all about personal preference. 
For some positive notes, We loved the dog that you can find throughout the pages, the little boy is adorable and this is a good bedtime story.  As a board book, it can withstand some toddler wear and tear and we all know how important that is!!
Please do not let me discourage you, I would love for you to read this book and let me know what you think of it!
Review from my six year old son, Max- "This book is really cool. I liked all the pictures and the whole book was fun!"
***This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an open and honest review***

Friday, February 21, 2014

Three Minutes to Happiness by Sally Clements

Three Minutes to Happiness by Sally Clements

Speed dating? No thank you! But Logan and Val both got got roped into going and hit it off. Unfortunately for them, neither one of them believe in love or want anything to do with it. But Fate is funny and soon, they can not get away from each other! Will they fall in love and live happily ever after or will they let their own fear keep them apart? For a full description, click HERE.

To be honest, I thought this book was going to be boring, and while it DOES have a few boring places, I have found it to be a cute book. There are serious ups and downs in their relationship just as there are in real life and I thought that was refreshing. Alot of  people do not believe in love for one reason or another so I liked that this book was more realistic, less mushy!

***This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an open and honest review***

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown

Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown

A bulletin board falls on Stanley one night and flattens him! Gasp! This little boy is now flat as a pancake but no worries, he can still walk, talk and think. He quickly discovers that being flat has some advantages but of course there are also disadvantages. Follow Stanley on his flat life adventures.....

For a full description, click HERE.

This book has been on my son's shelf because I know alot of kids that like this series but  we never got around  to reading it. This week we decided to read it and I am glad we did. The concept of a child being flattened is very strange and creepy but it was fun. Thinking about things that we could do if we were  flat was fun and my son seemed to enjoy it. We will have to find the rest of the series now so we can see what else Flat Stanley does!

Review from my six year old son, Max-"This book was pretty cool because in real life a bulletin board that falls on someone can not make them flat. My favorite part was when Stanley caught the bad people! I would definitely read this book again!"

Monday, February 17, 2014

Get Tempted Blitz by Joanne Rock

Get Tempted Book blitz by Joanne Rock

Get Tempted… with four of Joanne Rock’s Temptations!
Joanne Rock writes sexy romance for Harlequin Blaze. Now, for the first time, you can read the books that launched her career before Blaze-- Joanne’s fun and sexy Harlequin Temptation novels in Kindle and NOOK! Read her Golden Heart winning book, Learning Curves and her first RITA finalist book, One Naughty Night, which is also her most reprinted book around the world. All of Joanne’s Temptation books won multiple awards and paved the way to her long career in Blaze. Join her as she celebrates this fun walk down memory lane with hard-to-find books you’ll love!
This book blitz is organized by Lola's Blog Tours.

Before we look at these four amazing books, lets have a chat with Author Joanne Rock....

Joanne Rock fell in love with reading at a young age and stayed out of trouble- mostly- as a teen thanks to long stints at her local library where she routinely checked out as many books as a bicycle basket would carry. She still pronounces all the names of the Greek gods incorrectly because she learned them through reading- a small price to pay for the vast amount of knowledge she gained from books! She started writing when the voices in her head kept her awake at night, demanding she tell their stories. A successful romance author and former Golden Heart winner, she’s penned dozens of books for a variety of Harlequin series and has been nominated for the prestigious RITA award three times. Her work is reprinted around the globe and has been translated into twenty different languages. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s cheering on her three sons in sporting endeavors of every variety.

~~ You have written a lot of romance books, what attracts you to this genre? Do you also read a lot of romance books?
I love everything about romance. From Romanticism in art and the way it privileges strong emotions as an aesthetic, to the way romantic love is the foundation for marriage and family. My home is full of romantic paintings, I can quote the Romantic poets (“A thing of beauty is a joy forever!”) and I put a lot of hard work into my personal HEA. But then, I’m a sensitive, emotional sort of person. The first romance I ever read was probably Wuthering Heights, although it certainly wouldn’t qualify as a romance novel. Mixed in with the more literary romances I came across as a teen were also a few Silhouette books that I adored. I still love both kinds of romances. Today, I don’t read nearly as much as I would like to, but that’s the mixed blessing of being a writer. My days are still spent with words, but I’m writing them! Still, I read as much as I possibly can because I enjoy our genre tremendously.

~~How do you come up with the names for your characters in your books?
This is always fun. I have baby name books that I browse or I look up popular baby names from different time periods depending on the age of the character and the time period of the book. I do look at the meanings of names or else I try to mix up the sounds and styles of names. In other words, you don’t want to have multiple characters’ names beginning with the same letter or to choose names that are too similar. In books with a lot of characters, that can get to be a challenge.

~~How do you come up with the titles for your books?
I consider this word play. I look at other titles in the line or genre to see what kinds of titles are currently popular and let that inspire me while I try to be careful not to choose anything too similar. I might make lists of words or phrases related to my book and see how I can use those in the framework of the current popular titles. I cross match words from different lists (ie- lists related to the setting, lists related to heroine, lists related to the romantic theme) and see what I come up with. I enjoy it. If all else fails, I look to song and movie titles to see if there’s something that will inspire me there. The editors will help if I get stuck!

~~What are your Top ten favorite romantic foods?
Anything chocolate, but especially chocolate lava cake or chocolate fondue, red velvet cake, crème brulee, filet mignon, coq au vin, red wine, spaghetti (Lady and the Tramp!), oysters, deep dish pizza (you know pizza and a movie was your first date… it’s a romance classic food)

~~How can my readers follow you and your books?

Ok, Thank you for answering my questions Joanne, now we can look at these four great books, I will ask you a few questions as we go through them as well!!!

Learning Curves
By Joanne Rock
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: Adult

Sociology scholar Madeline Watson can't wait to undertake the study of human mating rituals for her dissertation. Too bad the university thinks upstanding Madeline has spent too much time in the ivory tower to undertake such an earthy subject. Now she needs to shed her good girl image in a hurry, and she knows just the man to help her.
Mechanic-turned-business mogul Cal Turner might teach part time at the university, but he's definitely not ready to provide the proper Miss Watson with the kind of lessons she's looking for. Besides, despite his long-standing reputation as a rebel, Cal is ready to turn his life around now that guardianship of his younger sister is on the line.

Once Maddy decides to turn herself into bad girl extraordinaire, Cal has no choice but put out the fire in her wake. Will he be able to bring her to her senses, or will he get caught up in the blaze along with her?

You can find Learning Curves on Goodreads:

You can buy Learning Curves here:

Joanne, can I ask you a few questions here?
~~ How did you come up with the idea for the book Learning Curves?
This book is set on the college campus where I received my Master’s degree. The heroine is working on an advanced degree there too! So I pulled some of that story from real life. It’s good to pull ideas from the creative wells that are full and I had lots of story details to offer this one from the local bar scene to the way my heroine is struggling to come up with the right project for her dissertation.

~~ Can you tell us some behind the scenes fun facts about Learning Curves?
There is a memorable car wash scene! Readers enjoy this one . I like that the hero is a blue collar guy and proud of it. There is something so appealing about a man who can take things apart and fix them. Cal is that kind of guy.

Now before we head into the next books, I would like to ask a few questions about it.

~~How did you come up with the idea for the book Revealed?
My critique partner, romance author Catherine Mann, and I plotted this story over margaritas at a hotel bar during a writer’s conference. This is one of my best, happiest memories of brainstorming and I miss living close to Cathy so we could brainstorm in person. When we lived nearby, we use to go out for long lunches, laugh a lot, and talk non-stop about books. She’s a brilliant writer and fantastic storyteller.

~~ Can you tell us some behind the scenes fun facts about Revealed?
I wanted to call this one The Birthday Suitor because the singer heroine accidentally ends up on a strip-o-gram assignment at a bachelor party. She has no idea that’s why she’s there. I liked the “birthday suit” reference!

By Joanne Rock
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: Adult

A bachelor party seems an unlikely place to find romance, until the best man runs off with the reluctant stripper…
When her costume ends up falling around her ankles in an impromptu striptease, Jackie Brady realizes she just sang to the wrong party. Somehow these bachelors weren't expecting "Happy Birthday"-even if it was a rather revealing rendition. But the steamy look in gorgeous best man Greg De Costa's eyes tells her he's more than pleased she crashed the party. So what harm would there be in accepting bachelor number two's seductive invitation?
Greg is spellbound by this sexy singer-even before she loses her costume! He definitely wants to know more about the sensual Jackie. But, through a not-so-funny twist of fate they're working together and he's vowed never to mix business with pleasure. Too bad the memory of her scorching kisses has him forgetting about his good intentions…

You can find Revealed on Goodreads

You can buy Revealed here:

Tall Dark and Daring
By Joanne Rock
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: Adult


Her dare
Tessa O’Neal has taken on her sexy old flame, Mitch Ryder, as a client. That means she has to spend the next seven days in this man’s constant company and not fall into his bed. No problem. They may have once set the sheets on fire but she can definitely resist him. After all, that was then, this is now and she got him out of her system long ago.

His challenge
Mitch has never forgotten the passionate time he spent with Tessa. And he wants to relive it. So before the week is up, he’s going to use every sensual secret he knows to seduce her back into his arms. But their hot embraces are more powerful than ever and now they’ll have to decide if they’re daring enough to extend their week…

You can find Tall Dark and Daring on Goodreads
You can buy Tall Dark and Daring here:

Joanne, before we go on to the last book, I have a few more questions for you.

~~ How did you come up with the idea for the book Tall, Dark and Daring?
This was the first contemporary story I ever penned. I had just decided to see what it would be like to write a contemporary book after writing a handful of historicals. I told my critique partner I wanted to do this, but I didn’t know where to start. She advised me to work from real life—look at a real couple and imagine if their story took another path, if they had different jobs or if I tweaked a few things about them. That helped me to start brainstorming! I quickly used some key conflicts from my own marriage (HEAs don’t make the conflicts go away… we just learn how to compromise!) and then gave the characters different jobs, a different history. They are different people, absolutely! But starting with something familiar helped. I still create stories this way sometimes.

~~ Can you tell us some behind the scenes fun facts about Tall, Dark and Daring?
I used to live close to the Mirror Lake Inn in Lake Placid, New York, the real life inspiration for the setting of this novel. The property is breathtaking and Lake Placid is a magical place in the winter. I am proud of how that comes out in the story in addition to the romance.

And some questions about this last book.....

~~ How did you come up with the idea for the book One Naughty Night?
This book started with the heroine. I knew the kind of heroine I wanted to pen and I asked myself what kind of hero would give her the most trouble? Esme and Renzo arrived fully formed in my mind before their story line. Then, I came up with how they would meet—a blind date gone wrong. I loved the set-up and the characters, then worked from there.

~~Can you tell us some behind the scenes fun facts about One Naughty Night?
This book is my most reprinted book around the world! It appeared in print in the Harlequin Temptation series in 2003 and it went on to be printed in at least 15 other countries. However, it’s been gone from U.S. shelves for over a decade, so I’m thrilled it’s now available as a digital book. It was a RITA finalist for contemporary series romance.

One Naughty Night
By Joanne Rock
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: Adult

One naughty woman…
The sweet, innocent blonde on the dance floor is way out of her league in this hot, singles club. And the minute Renzo Cesare recognizes that, his protective instincts step up to the plate while he tries to rescue her. If that means pretending to be Esme Giles's blind date, well, so be it. But before he can escort her to safety, she starts whispering some not so innocent suggestions in his ear. How is a guy supposed to be noble when all he can think about is hitting the sheets?
One naughty man…
Esme Giles is turning over a new leaf-starting with a seduction. Sure, it's a bold move for her reserved self, but one look at her sexy date and she'll do almost anything to convince this hottie to spend a sizzling night with her. Too bad he's the wrong man! But Renzo's red-hot kisses convince her that she's found the right man…for more than just a night!

And a bed that's just right!

You can find One Naughty Night on Goodreads
You can buy One Naughty Night here:

There is a tour wide giveaway for the Get Tempted book blitz! This giveaway is open International. These are the prizes you can win:

- Grand prize, which includes: Shayla Black's Strip Search, a special 2-in-1 Harlequin Blaze of Tawny Weber's Midnight Special and Coming on Strong, autographed special 2-in-1 Blaze of Joanne Rock's My Double Life and Wild & Wicked, A Soldier's Christmas holiday Blaze anthology featuring Leslie Kelly, Karen Foley and Joanne Rock, mini journal, wallet and Victoria's Secret Very Sexy body mist.

- 4 e-copies of My Secret Fantasies by Joanne Rock

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Thank you Lola for arranging this blitz!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Franklin's Day With Dad

Franklin's Day With Dad

Franklin wants to spend a day hanging out with just his dad. He had lots of plans of all the fun things they can do but plans never work out the way we want. Franklin learned that he is spending time with his dad no matter what they do, even if that means helping other people, rather than fishing or playing.

This book has some great life skills that all children need to learn. Helping other people is very important, you do not have to be playing with your parents to be spending quality time with them, ect. I did not let Max read this book since he does not have a dad and that is a sensitive subject for him but I did want to read it for myself. As a teacher, I am always looking for books on specific themes. I can use this book in the classroom for Father's Day and for themes about helping other people! Perfect! I enjoyed it alot!

This book is a typical Franklin book. You see a few of the popular characters and all the bright and fun colors you expect from this series!

***This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an open and honest review***

Monday, February 10, 2014

Married for Christmas Noelle Adams

Married for Christmas Noelle Adams

Have you ever had a best friend of the opposite sex that you have fallen in love with? Have you ever dreamed about marrying them? In this book that is just what happens but not because they were in love, but  because it was convenient. Can Jessica and Daniel both survive being married to their best friend or will it tear them apart? I am not going to tell you, you will have to read the book to find out! For a full description, click HERE.

I thought  this book was really good.  I felt like I could really see into Jessica and Daniel's lives.  I could feel their pain, frustration, laughter and excitement. As Daniel struggles to let go of his past and accept his future it is easy to understand his hesitation. I thought the characters were easy to follow and understand. There is no mystery or real excitement but it is a cute, love story that is perfect to read in front of the fire!!!!

***This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an open and honest review***

Friday, February 7, 2014

Innocent in Las Vegas by A.R. Winters

Innocent in Las Vegas A Tiffany Black Humorous Mystery by A.R. Winters

A female wanting to be a private investigator---you know this will be fun! As Tiffany lands her very first case she discovers that investigating a murder is not as easy as it seems. She battles through death threats, break ins and even gets to hang out with a hot, mysterious bodyguard!!! For the full description, click HERE.

I thought this was a great book. It was not as exciting as I had hoped but it was still great. I enjoyed watching Tiffany grow and mature through the book. Nanna is the best character to me. She is hilarious, spunky and really makes this book great! The mystery was good, but I felt like something was missing, I just can not figure out what it was. The murderer came as a surprise to me which was good and makes me happy! What were your thoughts on this book?

***This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for the open and honest review***

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Princess Ever After (Royal Wedding #2) by Rachel Hauck

Princess Ever After (Royal Wedding #2) by Rachel Hauck

A southern girl is a long lost princess? Right. Who believes that one? Well  guess what? That is what this book is about. Regina is living her life in Florida when she is approached by Tanner and she finds out that she is indeed a Princess and her Country needs her. She struggles with all the decisions and heads across the ocean. What will she find when she gets there? I am so not telling you, you  will have to read the book to  find out! Hahahahaha.

Ok, so first off, let me say that this will not impact most of you but Regina lives in Tallahassee, Florida. Since that is where I live, I thought that was REALLY cool. This book mentions several roads and counties near us and even talks about FSU  (which of course won the National Championship this year,  GO SEMINOLES!!! WOOT! So to me, that was really really neat and I enjoyed looking for the next piece about my town.

This story is not believable but it IS a story. It is fun and has you coming back for more.  I did not want to put it down. There was some comedy, tragedy, love, frustration and serious life changing decisions. Together, that made for a great read. I thought the cover was catchy, the title was fun and the writing was great. If you like to read about regular people becoming royalty, you will enjoy this book! Check it out and come back to tell me what you thought!!!

***This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an open and honest review.***

Monday, February 3, 2014

Honeymoon For One by Chris Keniston

Honeymoon For One by Chris Keniston

This story is about two people that meet on a cruise and have a fun fling. Once the cruise is over, they go their separate ways without any contact info and no thoughts of seeing each other ever again but of COURSE things never go as planned and they DO run into each other. If you would like to read the full description, click HERE.

This was a pretty short book but it was amazing! I loved  it all the way through. This was a sweet and mushy romance book and it was perfect for my mood today! Hahahaha. I loved the characters and how they got along, both on the ship and off the ship. I thought the way they met was fun and the way they came back together in "real life" was hilarious. Watching them struggle through their emotions and daily life was entertaining and seemed realistic to me.

I thought the length was perfect for the story line, the cover is cute and catchy and the title makes you want to see what the book is all about. All in all, I thought it was an excellent book and perfect for these cold nights!!!!