Almost Everything

About the Book:

Almost Everything: A Christian Cowboy Romance (Wolf Creek Ranch Book 2) by [Mandi Blake]

Title: Almost Everything
Series: Wolf Creek Ranch #2
Author: Mandi Blake
Release Date: June 17th, 2022
Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance

Her fairytale ending turns into a disaster. Can her brother’s best friend convince her that she was chasing the wrong happily ever after?

Everly Cooper had it all. A successful fiancé, a dream home being built, and the life she always wanted away from the spotlight.

And then it all crashed and burned… publicly, and her brother’s best friend, Blake, was all too eager to race to her rescue.

Blake Lawson left the world of professional football for the small town life five years ago. His friend, Ridge, needed help, and being closer to Everly was more than just a bonus. He’d been silently in love with his best friend’s sister for years. He had everything he could possibly want, except her.

Blake refuses to watch her cry over a man who didn’t deserve her. He’s ready to fess up to Everly and show her how a real man treats the woman he loves.

When Blake’s plan to win her heart backfires, he’ll have to figure out what loving someone really means before he loses Everly forever.

Almost Everything is the second book in the Christian romance Wolf Creek Ranch series.

Book Review:

This was just a sweet book! I enjoy reading Mandi Blake’s books because they always shine Christ throughout the book and they have happily ever afters. Almost Everything was another wonderful book! I was excited to see how this book would turn out and it was really good!

Everly was such a sweet character, she was really thoughtful and kind. I liked Everly from the beginning and I felt so bad for her as she tried to pick up the pieces of her life. She had everything until it all crashed and burned. I loved how strong Everly was and how she tried to lean on God even when her life felt crazy. However Everly also had to learn how to stand up for herself and how to rest in God’s plan.

Blake was a fun character. He had loved Everly for a long time but he stayed away because she was engaged. However now she was single but she was also reeling from her break up. I liked how honorable Blake was and how he respected Everly. He didn’t try to push his feelings on her. It was cute to read about him interacting with Everly and seeing how much he liked her. He really cared for and he wanted her to be happy. Blake would have to learn how to listen to Everly and not just try to fix things for her. 

Blake and Everly were fun to read about together. They had an easy chemistry especially because they had a lot of history together. Blake was Everly’s brother’s best friend and he was also her friend. I liked the easy interactions. It was interesting to read about them falling in love and working through their struggles. They had a lot of hurdles to jump over. 

I really liked the side characters and I spotted at least two different books in the making! I liked Everly’s brother, Ridge, and I am super excited for him to get his own book. It looks like there is going to be quite a story. 

Almost Everything was a lovely read and I would totally recommend it! The characters are sweet and I love how faith is woven so seamlessly into the story. Almost Everything is a clean Christian contemporary romance. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.

Edward and Amelia

About the Book:

Edward and Amelia by [Karen Thornell]

Title: Edward and Amelia
Author: Karen Thornell
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Release Date: June 6th, 2022
Genre: Regency Romance

The last thing Amelia Kennington wants is to participate in the London Season. But the daughter of a duke is not afforded such opinions. She must put forth a subdued facade, but beneath it is a well-hidden fire that surfaces only when provoked—such as when an overly familiar gentleman startles her and she falls into the Serpentine.

Edward Drayton, the Earl of Norwich, has gained a reputation as Society’s most decorated rake. And while there are benefits to such a reputation, it no longer gives him the satisfaction it once did. This Season, he plans to find a wife—except she seems to find him instead. And she is nothing like he expected.

Scandal is inevitable following Edward and Amelia’s ill-conceived meeting, forcing them to marry. Amelia’s disdain for this man she hardly knows is more than clear, and Edward’s pride is wounded before their marriage has even truly begun. Yet, against all odds, the two slowly let their guard down, discovering the truth of who they married. But when Society gossip, a sister’s jealousy, and long-held secrets threaten their budding relationship, the unlikely couple must determine if their unconventional love is strong enough to withstand the opposition they face.

Book Review:

This book was just too cute! I loved everything about it. Edward and Amelia is Karen Thornell’s second regency book, and it was even better than her first! Edward and Amelia is such a fun book. Marriages of convenience are one of my favorite troupes and this was just amazing!

Okay so first I loved the characters; they felt so real and relatable. I was able to connect with them right from the start. They were fascinating to read about, and I loved seeing behind their walls. The plot was absolutely fantastic and I loved reading about Edward and Amelia connecting. There were just a lot of amazing moments, and the side characters were also lovely. 

Amelia was super sweet but she was also fiery and full of life. I felt for her as she had to endure her family. It was fun to read about her interacting with Edward, there were times when she was able to be herself. I loved Amelia from the beginning and I really enjoyed her growth throughout the book. She learned to be herself and to trust Edward. But Amelia will have to decide if she is willing to risk her heart for love. 

Ah, Edward, poor Edward. He had a lot going and honestly he was a mess at times but I adored him. Edward had been putting up a front for society for so long and now he was trying to figure out who he truly was. Edward didn’t believe in marriage and yet he found himself married to Amelia. There were times when he started to believe it could work, but Edward had to learn to fight for Amelia and figure out how to love her.

All in all, this book was simply amazing! I would totally recommend it! I loved everything about it, the characters were engaging and the story was interesting. I read it in one day. Edward and Amelia is a clean regency romance. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher through Netgalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, a positive review was not required.

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To Kiss a Wallflower

About the Book:

To Kiss a Wallflower (Timeless Regency Collection Book 19) by [Jen Geigle  Johnson, Heather B. Moore, Anneka R. Walker]

Title: To Kiss a Wallflower
Series: Timeless Regency Collection
Author: Jen Geigle Johnson, Heather B Moore, Anneka R Walker
Publisher: Mirror Press
Release Date: June 21st, 2022
Genre: Regency Romance

Eventually, all wallflowers will have their chance at love . . . This is where it begins.

The Wallflower’s Dance 
by Jen Geigle Johnson
Lottie Hughes likes people, as long as they aren’t too close. Does it bother her that no one asks her to dance? Yes, but she’s not sure how to drum up dance partners when she has almost no dowry, no title, and freezes up when anyone tries to talk to her. When she suddenly inherits a huge amount and is the new center of attention all over London, her secret dreams might come true but also her worst nightmares. Suddenly everyone wants to talk to her. Men ask her to dance. And she is inundated with interested suitors. She fights to stay close to the few friends she knows are true. One man saw her before her life changed forever. But does she want to accept his help when he, too, might be insincere?

Letters to a Wallflower by Heather B. Moore
Ellen might be beautiful and considered a diamond of the first water by Society, but she is so very tired of the pressure to marry a titled gentleman so that her beauty won’t go to waste. When her cousin Dinah dares Ellen to attend a ball with no frills and to stand with the wallflowers, Ellen takes on the dare. What’s in the wager for her? The prize cuttings of her aunt’s extraordinary roses. But what Ellen isn’t expecting is Lord Ravenshire to engage her in the most interesting conversation. When she confesses to him of her opposition in marrying for a title, he confesses his distaste of the London scene. They strike a bargain together, one which will either push them apart or lead to a future sweeter than either of them could have imagined.

To Marry a Wallflower by Anneka R. Walker
Charlotte Winters is destined to spinsterhood until she turns down an unwanted proposal and everything changes. With gossip rampant, her father attempts to salvage her reputation by betrothing her to another. Soon she is sent off to her aunt’s to meet Lord Templeton, her intended. Anxiety-ridden, Charlotte begs her aunt to let her observe Lord Templeton from afar before their introduction. She never planned to pretend to be her fictional cousin to learn more about him, or to fall in love with Lord Templeton’s friend in the process. Lord Templeton dreads returning to the empty halls of Newcliff Manor. When his father’s old friend, Mr. Winters reaches out for assistance, Lord Templeton finds himself returning home engaged to a woman he has never met. Desperate to learn more about Miss Winters, he befriends her cousin. He wouldn’t have spoken to her, or lied about his identity, if he’d known the quiet woman would sneak into his heart.

Book Review:

Another lovely collection from the Timeless Regency Series, To Kiss a Wallflower has three sweet novellas. I love novellas! There is something so satisfying about finishing a story and novellas give you that feeling so quickly. I have read quite a few of the collections from the Timeless Romance authors and love the variety of stories that I get to read. 

The Wallflower’s Dance by Jen Geigle Johnson

Lottie Hughes is fine with people, even if they do overwhelm her. She can’t seem to find dance partners though, with no title, a small dowry and the unfortunate habit of freezing in conversations. An unexpected inheritance makes her the focus of the season. Suddenly, she has more suitors than she can meet and everyone wants to talk to her. As she fights to keep her few true friends close, she struggles as the one man who knew her before also seems more interested. But is he sincere?

This was quite sweet! I liked Lottie, she felt very real and I related to her. She struggled with talking to people and I think that is something that most people relate to. I think that it was also cool to see her as she deals with her newfound popularity amongst Society. Denny was also very sweet. I was rooting for him as he figured out his feelings. The story was quite sweet and had a few twists that were fun!

Letters to a Wallflower by Heather B. Moore

Ellen is considered a diamond of the first water, but is feeling the pressure to marry a titled gentleman so her beauty is not wasted. When her cousin Dinah dares her to try being a Wallflower for a night, she takes it on. Her prize would be cuttings of her aunt’s amazing roses. However, Ellen is not expecting Lord Ravenshire, who provides the most interesting conversation. When she confesses her struggle with the pressure of marrying for a title, he also shares his distaste of the Season. So they create a plan, but will it push them apart or lead to a beautiful future?

  Ellen was sweet, she was trying to be grateful and take advantage of the opportunity she had given. However, she felt like she was constantly being paraded around for Society to discuss and judge. She was not seeking a title or a stately manor, she wanted the comfort and quiet of being the wife of a country gentleman as her mother was. Yet as she gets to know Aaron, she finds someone who she likes and who listens to her. They enjoy one another’s company, even if their initial assessment of each other was not one of suitability. 

Aaron had goals that were not intertwined with the endless balls and rides that come with being in London. But he did not want to disappoint his mother, who wanted him to find a wife. I appreciated the relationship he had with his mother. Even though they did not agree, he was still gracious and respectful. The story moved along pretty quickly as novellas usually do. However, it did not feel rushed, just engaging. 

To Marry a Wallflower by Anneka R. Walker

Charlotte Winters has no prospects amongst her suitors. However, after rejecting an unwanted proposal, she is faced with scandal. So her father tries to save her reputation with a betrothal. She is sent to meet her intended, Lord Templeton, at her aunt’s. Anxiety-ridden, Charlotte begs her aunt to let her observe before meeting him. However, she does not plan to introduce herself as her fictional cousin or fall for Lord Templeton’s friend as she learned about him. Lord Templeton is dreading returning to his lonely home at Newcliff Manor. When his father’s friend, Mr. Winters asks for help, he finds himself engaged. As he has never met her before, he seeks to learn more through her cousin. But he would not have connected with her or lied about his identity if he had known she would sneak into his heart. 

This was a sweet story! I enjoyed their letters and their interactions. It was also interesting with the hidden identity between them. It certainly adds another layer. But I’m glad that it did not add a lot of drawn out drama to the story, I felt like it was dealt with but not excessive. I liked Charlotte’s character, it is nice to have some more gentle and timid characters to relate to. I felt like I knew her and understood her. Luke was also lovely. He wanted a family and companionship. It was sweet to see him find it with Charlotte. Overall, I really enjoyed this story. I think it might be my favorite from the collection! 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.

Romancing Daphne

About the Book:

Romancing Daphne by [Sarah M. Eden]

Title: Romancing Daphne
Series: Lancaster Family #3
Author: Sarah M Eden
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Release Date: June 1st, 2017
Genre: Historical Romance

As her first London Season looms before her, the thought of the impending social whirl fills Daphne Lancaster’s timid heart with dread. She hasn’t her sisters’ beauty nor their talent for conversing easily. Even her family’s enviable connections may not be enough to prevent disaster. But Daphne’s misery turns to surprised delight when the first event of her Season brings an unexpected visitor to her door—James Tilburn, whose tender kindness stole her heart in her youth. When the handsome young gentleman expresses his desire to court her, Daphne is elated. Their feelings for each other quickly grow, and it appears that, much to Daphne’s disbelief, her happily ever after is within reach.

Yet nothing is as it seems. The couple finds themselves caught in a tangled web of greed and deceit, leaving James and Daphne to determine whether they are willing to risk everything for true love. “Sarah M. Eden has a knack for just the right pacing in her books while endearing the characters to us and showcasing a more universal human dilemma.”

Book Review:

I have finished 3 of the Lancaster Family books in 2 days! They’re just that good, and my favorite one so far was probably Romancing Daphne. Daphne is so relatable, and she and James are adorable together. I loved their relationship together! It was so fun to see everyone else again too. The parts with Linus in it just made me want to read his book more 🙂

Daphne Lancaster is terrified to be making her way into Society. She already knows she is both plain and completely incapable of making a conversation. She is certain it will be a complete disaster, and she will spend the rest of her life alone. So she is overjoyed when James Tilburn shows interest in her and begins to court her. His kind manner captured her heart when she was a girl, and it seems like her happily ever after is within her reach. But her courtship is not what it seems, and suddenly, Daphne’s fragile heart looks like it is in danger of being broken again. James and Daphne will have to decide whether they will risk everything for true love.

Let’s start off with Daphne because she’s awesome! Daphne is convinced that she does not measure up or is enough for anyone. When she was a child, she was constantly dismissed by her father, and those scars stayed with her. I felt for her soo much. I think almost everyone can relate to her feelings at some point in their lives, and Ms. Eden masterfully wrote her in a believable way. She had to choose whether she was willing to give her heart to James even if it meant more pain.

James was such an honorable character. He was determined to protect his family even if it meant pain for himself. I loved watching him fight for Daphne. He was soo nice to her, and it was sweet to watch him fall in love with her. This book was honestly amazing! The characters were so compelling, and the story was interesting without being too intense. I’m not a huge Regency fan, but I loved it! Sarah M. Eden is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors🥰🥰

Almost Sure

About the Book:

Almost Sure: A Sweet Small Town Billionaire Romance (Back to Silver Ridge Book 3) by [Claire Cain]

Title: Almost Sure
Series: Back to Silver Ridge #3
Author: Claire Cain
Release Date: June 22nd, 2022
Genre: Closed Door Contemporary Romance

When an oddball billionaire sets his eye on the local songstress and single mom, they’re Almost Sure.

I want Quinn Darling with an intensity I’ve never felt, but she won’t have me. So what do I do? I make a move she can’t ignore.

Sure, it may seem like I hold the cards, but she has all the power. The reality is, I’ve fallen for the one woman I can’t charm with money or material things. The more I learn about her, the more I admire her. And the more I try to buy her affection, the faster I seem to fall from her grace.

She says she wants to know the real me—the man behind the billions. But I know better. For a woman like her, I’ll never be enough.

Book Review:

Ahhh, I just adored this book! It was simply perfect. Almost Sure is the third book in Claire Cain’s Back to Silver Ridge. This was just so much fun! I have been waiting for Julian to get his own book and it was just as good as I had hoped.

Quinn was a fun character, she was stubborn and knew how to get her way but she was also at the end of her rope. Quinn was trying to do so much and she just didn’t know if she could handle it anymore. But she still tried. It was sweet to read about Julian trying to help her and Quinn learning to let him. She was warrying of trusting people, but Julian managed to break past her walls. However Quinn will have to learn that accepting help from others isn’t a bad thing and that she doesn’t have to do everything on her own.

Julian was such an interesting character. He had a lot of quirks and it was cool to finally get to know more about him. Although he came off a bit standoffish, he was kind and he cared for those around him. I really liked Julian and it was fun to read about him interacting with Quinn and to read his thoughts. Julian had to work through what it would mean to love Quinn and if it was worth it. 

The characters were on point and it was so fun to get to know Quinn and to see Jamie again. I love getting to see old characters. Quinn’s daughter, Cara was also a great addition to the book. I found her relationship with Julian so sweet. The romance was so sweet and I really liked the progression. It did not feel too fast or rushed. Quinn and Julian were so different and yet they were perfect for each other. They were able to be themselves and trust the other to still love them. 

Almost Sure was a wonderful book. The characters were engaging and I was drawn into the story from the beginning. I really enjoyed this book and I am beyond excited for the next one. Almost Sure is a closed door contemporary romance.  

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.

So That Happened

So That Happened: A Romantic Comedy by [Katie Bailey]

About the Book:

Title: So That Happened
Series: An Accidental Romantic Comedy
Author: Katie Bailey
Release Date: June 3rd, 2022
Genre: Rom-com

I spent the night with a hot, grumpy stranger in an airport hotel.

No, not like that. Get your mind out of the gutter. It was just sleeping. And… maybe a little cuddling.

Long story short, I embarrassed the heck out of myself. But at least I never have to see him again.

Except the universe is clearly out to get me, because Monday morning, I arrive at my new job and who’s the first person I see?

Hot stranger himself: Liam Donovan.

AKA my new boss.

AKA Annie, you are so freaking screwed.

While the HR rulebook doesn’t explicitly say you can’t share a bed with your boss, I can read between the lines. And I need this job.

Which is why I have to pretend that night never happened. Luckily for me, sexy as Liam—excuse me, Mr. Donovan—is, he’s surly, rude and totally not my type.

Or so I keep telling myself.

Because I’m starting to think there’s a warm, gooey cinnamon roll with extra frosting lurking beneath that impressive, muscular form.

I promised I’d never choose between my career and love.

But when a scandal threatens to break, that promise could prove impossible to keep…

Book Review:

An enjoyable rom-com perfect for summer reading! Annie has a lot going on. After her flight is delayed, she is forced to stay at an airport hotel, in the same room as a hot, grumpy stranger. Not that anything happened except sleeping…and maybe some cuddling. Needless to say, it was an embarrassing time, at least she never has to see him again. Except for when she arrives at her brand new job and who is her new boss? The same stranger from the flight, Liam Donovan. But she needs the job, so she needs to pretend that the night never happened. Good thing that Liam, or Mr. Donovan, is surly, rude, and definitely not her type. Except there seems to be a warm, gooey center under all the sternness and muscles. But Annie has promised herself that she will never choose between her career and love, and when scandal threatens to break that promise, what will she choose?

This was really fun! I will admit, some of the situational humor leaned towards awkwardness, so there were some points where I was feeling the second-hand embarrassment. However, I am particularly sensitive to second-hand embarrassment and I did find a lot of it pretty funny! It was overall lighthearted and very fun to read. I loved the dynamic between the Donovan siblings, they teased and supported one another. I really enjoyed reading about them all, especially Legs! She was adorable and so funny! I loved how she had everyone wrapped around her finger. I also appreciated Annie’s determination and focus. She was awkward and a bit all over the place in her head, but I definitely saw some people I knew in her and was very endearing. I also thought Liam was so sweet, I love the grumpy outside and soft inside! 

I enjoyed reading this! It definitely feels like a summer read, perfect for warm lazy days! It was also really fun to see cameos of some of the characters from the other books! It is a close-door romance, and very enjoyable!

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.

An Unlikely Alliance

About the Book:

An Unlikely Alliance: An Uplifting Inspirational Romance (K-9 Companions Book 7) by [Toni Shiloh]

Title: An Unlikely Alliance
Series: K-9 Companions #7
Author: Toni Shiloh
Publisher: Love Inspired
Release Date: June 28th, 2022
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

To save her animal shelter,
She’ll have to work with her biggest foe…

With her emotional support dog at her side, Jalissa Tucker will do whatever it takes to ensure the survival of the local animal rescue—even ally herself with her nemesis, firefighter Jeremy Rider. As working together dredges up old hurts, putting the past aside could be the key to their future joy. But can Jalissa resist falling for the man she’s always considered the enemy?

From Love Inspired: Uplifting stories of faith, forgiveness and hope.

Book Review:

This was a great read! It took me a bit to read it, but once I really took the time to start it I really enjoyed it. An Unlikely Alliance is written by Toni Shiloh. This book is standalone but it does have some old characters from An Unlikely Proposal. I always love Toni Shiloh’s books so I was super excited to read this one!

Jalissa was kind of hard for me to get at first. She was a bit abrupt and generally saw things only one way, but I grew to like her as I got to know her better. Jalissa was stubborn but she was also kind, she really cared for the animals at the shelter and she would do anything for them. I also liked learning about Jalissa’s anxiety and how it did not define her as a character, but how it did not shy away from it. Jalissa was rough around the edges because of her past, but she learned to trust God and what it meant to forgive. 

I thought that Rider was the sweetest! He worked hard to care for those around him and he had a heart for kids who had experienced bullying. Rider was kind and he worked hard, I liked how he tried to understand Jalissa and be open. His past made him wary of her but he was willing to put it aside to help the kids who had experienced bullying at SAFE. 

Jalissa and Rider had a rough start, they did not like each other at all. However they were willing to put aside their differences to save the animal shelter and SAFE. It was fun to read about them interacting and seeing them fall in love. They were enemies to lovers, and were drawn together by the same cause. The storyline was interesting and I was interested to see how Jalissa and Rider were going to be able to raise money in order to save the animal shelter and SAFE. 

An Unlikely Alliance was an enjoyable read! It was fun to see old characters too! I liked how Shiloh was able to weave faith and forgiveness so seamlessly into the book. I would definitely recommend this book! An Unlikely Alliance is a clean Christian contemporary romance. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.

Night Prey

About the Book:

Night Prey: (Nighthawk Security Book 6) by [Susan Sleeman]

Title: Night Prey
Series: Nighthawk Security #6
Author: Susan Sleeman
Publisher: Edge of Your Seat Books, Inc
Release Date: October 15th, 2021
Genre: Suspense

She lived for upholding the law…
Defense attorney, Malone Rice, doesn’t want to go to her fifteen year class reunion. Attending means running into her former high school flame, now Portland police detective, Ian Blair. But when the committee decides to honor her for her pro-bono work with homeless teens, she knows it would be churlish not to attend. She will have to go and make the best of it.

But now the law won’t save her.
As expected, Ian attends the reunion, but what Malone doesn’t expect—could never expect—is that Ian would find her standing over their classmate’s dead body. Or that she would still have feelings for the once bad-boy of their high school. Ian’s struggling too, between arresting Malone for murder and his age-old attraction to her. He walks a tightrope, until evidence surfaces that the real killer’s still out there, and Malone becomes his prey. Can Ian overcome his feelings to focus and uncover the truth before the killer strikes again and Malone ends up dead?

Book Review:

Oh my goodness! We’ve reached the end of the Nighthawk series. All the Bryd brothers are happily in love, and now, Malone gets her own book! Malone is Sierra Byrd’s sister-in-law, but the Bryd and Veritas family have basically adopted her. Poor Malone and Ian had a lot to work through, but I loved watching them come together.

When an old classmate tells Malone her parent’s death wasn’t an accident, she has to find out what he knows. But she could have never expected being a witness to a murder. Police detective, Ian Blair, has had a crush on Malone since high school, but he’s not going to let his feelings get in the way of doing his job. When he finds Malone standing over a dead body, he’s forced to arrest her. But when the murderer comes for Malone, they’ll have to work together to find the real story among all the lies.

Wow! This was an exciting book with a lot of twists that I was not expecting. I kept thinking I knew who the villain was, but then someone else would pop into the scene. I was really happy that Malone and Ian worked together though. I think because I know the main characters aren’t evil it’s always a bit frustrating to me when the protagonists doubt each other. So I was very pleased that Malone and Ian didn’t have all that drama.

Malone’s character was so interesting to me! She was living in the past in a lot of ways, and she had to learn how to move on. She wasn’t willing to accept God’s plan for her life, but He was faithful even though she was a little bit bitter. One content warning is that Malone was assaulted by one of her classmate’s in high school. She never told anyone, and she doesn’t tell an authority or her brothers in the book. 

Ian was such a sweet guy! He had saved Malone from rape when they were in high school, and he was still determined to protect her. He loved Malone, but he didn’t believe that he could be a good husband or father. His parents were not great, and he was worried he was going to turn into them. I felt like his growth was really realistic. It was slow because he had believed this lie his whole life, and it was hard to accept anything else.

This book was such a rollercoaster! The plot was fascinating, but there were some loose ends that I would have loved to get resolved. It was a clean read in the romance section, but like I said before, there was an attempted rape that was still negatively impacting Malone, but it was not described with a lot of detail. And there are mentions of sexual assault, and the characters witness murders. But again Ms. Sleeman does not give a lot of details which I appreciate. I had a bit of trouble staying into the story, but overall, it was still really interesting. I would recommend this to anyone who loves suspense books and has fallen in love with the Bryd brothers!

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

Ensnared

About the Book:

Ensnared (Knights of Brethren Book 3) by [Jody Hedlund]

Title: Ensnared
Series: Knights of Brethren #3
Author: Jody Hedlund
Publisher: Northern Lights Press
Release Date: June 14th, 2022
Genre: YA Historical Romance

During a time when legends were born . . .

ENSNARED

A poor maidservant struggling to survive, a brave knight who secretly loves her, and a chalice that has the power to unite them.

Nursemaid to the Earl of Likness’s two young daughters, Mikaela despises the earl for his cruelty to his subjects, and she longs for the day when she can make a difference in the lives of her suffering friends and family.

As one of the Knights of Brethren, Gunnar is on a mission to find the sacred chalice for the queen, convinced it’s the cure for her deadly bleeding disease. His quest takes him home, and he soon learns his brother, the earl, may know more about the chalice than he lets on.

As Gunnar reunites with Mikaela, the maiden he’s always loved, he tries to keep his feelings for her a secret, desperate to protect her from his brother. But as they venture into the perilous Hardanger Forest and battle to survive, will Gunnar realize her love is worth fighting for?

Book Review:

I have a book hangover; this was just so good! This book did not disappoint! Ensnared is the third book in Jody Hedlund’s Knights of Brethren series. I have been eagerly awaiting this one and it was of course wonderful! Ensnared follows Gunnar as he searches for the holy grail. His journey will take him home, home to the only woman who has ever held his heart, Mikaela.

I really liked the characters in this book. Both Mikaela and Gunnar endeared themselves to me from the beginning. Mikaela was such a strong female character and yet she knew when she had to be silent. She was a servant to an evil man, but she tried to stay true to herself and protect her family. Mikaela had to learn to trust God and Gunnar even when things felt crazy. She had to fight for what she believed in and hope for a better future. 

Gunnar was another awesome character; I loved reading about his development and growth. He had always tried to hide from his brother, slipping under the radar. But when he came home again, he knew that he would have to stand up for himself especially if he wanted to protect the woman that he loved. Gunnar had to fight for what’s right even if it meant going against his brother. He had to learn that sometimes taking the first step of faith is the hardest especially when it means going against your family.

Gunnar and Mikaela were cute together. They had history, but it was also soured by deceit. They had to learn to trust each other again and how to fight for their love. Gunnar and Mikaela also had to figure out how to keep their friends and family safe from the evil overlord. Will they be able to come together and save not only each other but also Mikaela’s family?

I really enjoyed the plot and I was engaged throughout the whole story. The characters were great and I am super excited for the next book. I was on the edge of my seat, waiting to see how Gunnar and Mikaela were going to end up together. They were facing so many odds. All in all, this book was amazing.

I loved, loved, loved Ensnared and I would totally recommend it! It was a wonderful addition to the series. It could be read standalone, but I think that it is best read in the series. Ensnared is a medieval YA book inspired by the stories of King Arther and his knights. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.

Horses, Hounds, and Happily Ever After

About the Book:

Horses, Hounds & Happily Ever After by [Clarissa Kae, Jolene  Perry, Josi Kilpack, Jennifer Moore, Nancy Campbell Allen, Martha Keyes, Jess Heileman, Jen Geigle Johnson, Rebecca Connolly, Charlie N.  Holmberg, Penny  Fairbanks, Chalon Linton, Julie Daines, Julia Ridgmont, Anneka R. Walker, Samantha Hastings, Tiffany Odekirk, Julie  Wright, Ashtyn Newbold, Brittany Larsen, Rosalyn  Eves, Kaylee  Baldwin, Mindy Burbidge  Strunk, Jo Noelle, Sally Britton, Gemma Stuart]

Title: Horses, Hounds, and Happily Ever After
Author: Multiple Authors
Publisher: Carpe Vitam Press
Release Date: May 3rd, 2022
Genre: Historical Romance

Escape with over 20 Historical Romance stories

✔ Horses, animals and love, oh my!

✔ Happily ever afters

This sweet historical romance collection contains over 20 original historical romance novellas from best-selling authors.
All proceeds benefit animal rescue All Seated In A Barn. Don’t miss this limited edition box set, featuring some of your favorite authors.

A few of the stories included…

The Wolf of Heathrow Manor Clarissa Kae
When wolves threaten her home, Lady Josephine rides through Lord Fennyson’s woods, a man as wild as the wolves.

Della and Archie’s Second Chance Jo Perry
One awful mistake separated Della and Archie. Can they return to love or be doomed to always wonder, what if?

The Connecting Door Josi S. Kilpack
Norman has spent years devoted to his reputation at the expense of his marriage. Can he change his course before it’s too late?

Pride and Pedigree Jennifer Moore
When Alastair Rutherford III’s prized dam fraternizes with a mongrel, he meets Nora. Perhaps pedigree is not as important as love.

Wuthering Hounds Nancy Campbell Allen
Clementine and Mr. Baskerville are stranded in the moors, finding love amidst a most unexpected circumstance.

Connall’s Return Martha Keyes
Connall is tasked with protecting Anabelle’s cattle, but it’s her heart she’s most worried about.

Yours Sincerely, Rose Jess Heileman
Rose is determined to marry her friend, Colin. He is resolved to see her marry someone who can give her the life he can’t.

A Midnight Ride Jen Geigle Johnson
Ella hides in her own home from a prince who wants to marry her.

A Midsummer Day’s Scheme Rebecca Connolly
While visiting Sir Bramwell’s estate, Hattie hatches a plan to get everything she wants and more.

Maria’s Perfect Gentleman Penny Fairbanks
The last thing Maria expects is to be rescued by a charming dog—and an even more charming gentleman.

Waiting for Willard Chalon Linton
Charlene begs Willard for help selecting a spouse, only to learn the man beside her is her ideal match.

Floods and Foes Julie Daines
When Beatrice’s dog pulls a man from the flood, she is shocked to find it’s the man who betrayed her.

A Heart’s Quest Julia Ridgmont
Can Camilla, a mail-order bride, help an anguished father and his little girl overcome a tragedy and catch a killer?

Sir Jack and Lady Jill Anneka R. Walker
When Sir Jack loses his memory, can Lady Jillian convince him to love her before it returns?

The Duchess Contract Samantha Hastings
Lady Selina marries for convenience. As she gets to know Theophilus, she wants a new bargain…for love.

Falling for Felicity Tiffany Odekirk
Felicity is determined to free the fox. Her older brother’s best friend joins the hunt, jeopardizing everything.

The Stable Master’s Son Julie Wright
Clara must distract Holden from hindering her sister’s engagement. She doesn’t count on falling in love.

Miss Bird’s Desperado Brittany Larsen
A disfigured recluse finds love when his guard dog becomes smitten by an adventurous pastor’s daughter.

Love Among the Brambles Rosalyn Eves
When a prickly widower takes on a practical governess, neither expects to bond over kittens.

All of Beauty Kaylee Baldwin
When Rosalie falls for Theo Bradshaw, she doesn’t realize he’s the detective investigating her brother.

Walking Lady Guinevere Mindy Burbidge Strunk
Mariah hates dogs. But could a simple walk in the park change everything?

May the Best Earl Win Gemma Stuart
His manor house, a noble title—to love Bethany, Lord William Cottrell has to choose or lose it all.

Book Review:

This was such a fun collection! There are a variety of stories, so I just picked a few to give some reviews on.

Wuthering Hounds by Nancy Campbell Allen

Super cute! Loved Clementine and her joyfulness. The dog was hilarious and I loved Ethan’s grandfather. There was a lot of suspense too, the storyline was not what I was expecting when I started the story. 

A Midsummer’s Day Scheme by Rebecca Connolly

Hattie was really unique as a main character. I appreciated her ambition and drive. I liked how she went for her passions and how Bram appreciated her for it. I also liked how it wasn’t insta-love (I enjoy it sometimes, but especially with novellas it can feel too fast). It is nice to have more of a connection and friendship emphasized first and less of the romance.

Maria’s Perfect Gentleman by Penny Fairbanks

Adorable! Loved their romance, it was so soft. Readers!! I appreciated how different the cousins were and how much they supported each other. This story just made me smile, probably my favorite of the anthology!

Sir Jack and Lady Jill by Anneka Walker

Very sweet, I liked watching them enjoy one another’s company and fall in love. It was an interesting take on the amnesia plot. I liked how though there was tension and angst, there was not unnecessary drama. 

Falling for Felicity by Tiffany Odekirk

I liked the family relationship and how Luke was accepted into the family. Felicity was fun too! I appreciated her tender heart and her will. I was also pleasantly surprised with how much I liked her mother and brother. 

All of Beauty by Kaylee Baldwin

I appreciated how Rosalie found ways to be cheerful and tried to still love her father and brother. It was also a little peek into a time period I don’t normally read about. Theo was also very gallant. I liked how they bonded over literature and poetry. 

These are only a few of my favorites out of the 20 (20!) novellas in this collection! I enjoyed reading this collection and while not all of them are really my favorites, there is something for everyone! 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.