The Earl’s Lady Geologist

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for The Earl’s Lady Geologist by Alissa Baxter, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: The Earl’s Lady Geologist
Series: The Linfield Ladies Series
Author: Alissa Baxter
Publisher: Vinspire Publishing
Release Date: 
February 28, 2021
Genre: Clean Regency Romance

Cassandra Linfield is a lady fossil collector who declares she will never marry as no man will ever take her studies seriously. When circumstances force her to travel to Town for the Season, Cassy infiltrates the hallowed portals of the Geological Society from which she has been banned. She is horrified when she comes face to face with her nemesis, the infuriating Earl of Rothbury.

Lord Rothbury is a gentleman-geologist with a turbulent romantic past. After a youthful disappointment, he vows never to fall in love again and makes the decision, instead, to seek out a convenient wife when he returns to England from his geological travels abroad.

Brought together by their close family ties, Cassy and Rothbury collaborate on a geological paper and discover a powerful attraction. Marriage, however, is the one subject they cannot agree upon. But when Cassy’s life is threatened, the two realize that love matters more than their objections.

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Book Review:

A unique and sweet Regency romance, The Earl’s Lady Geologist is the first book I have read of Ms. Baxter. It was so cute! I went in intrigued, because I had little knowledge about the geology and archeology of that time. It was fascinating to see that setting for this book. Cassandra, Casssy is a lady fossil collector. She is adamant that she will never marry, yet her aunts are just as determined to get her to Town for a Season.There she at least can attempt to infiltrate the Geological Society. However, while in Town she is dismayed to encounter the Earl of Rothbury, who she finds infuriating and confining. Rothbury, a fellow geologist, has had troubles with love in the past and now is ready for a sensible marriage of convenience. Through family ties, Cassy and Rothbury are brought together and begin working together on a geological paper. As feelings emerge and the two clash, will they find that love is greater than their objections?

This was super cute! I really like Cassy. She had a backbone and opinions, but she was not stubbornly obstinate or thoughtless. She cared about her family, even though she had her own views.I appreciated her intelligence and her love of geology. Her passion was so cool to see! It was also cool to see some of the work done by females at that time.Rothbury was also a sweet character. He was also quite sure of his beliefs and cared for his family. I liked seeing the family interactions and setting that it brought to the story. He cared for them and tried to listen to them. I thought that their love story was also adorable!  They grew to appreciate one another and like each other as people. I loved seeing how they cared for each other, especially how Rothbury tried to court her.At the end of the book, I actually said aloud, “That was so cute!”.

The elements of mystery and danger that come through are also very exciting. I think it was a nice addition that fleshed out the story. I am also interested in Harriet, she had a secondary plot with her featured and I would love to see her story continued! Overall, this was a clean, sweet Regency read! I liked the addition of geology, though I am by no means an expert myself, I was able to understand and I thought it added to the story. I would recommend this to those who enjoy a sweet romance and like historical fiction!

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.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Alissa Baxter

Alissa Baxter wrote her first Regency romance, The Dashing Debutante, during her long university holidays. After traveling the world, she settled down to write her second Regency romance, Lord Fenmore’s Wager, which was inspired by her time living on a country estate in England.

Alissa then published two chick-lit novels, The Truth About Clicking Send and Receive (previously published as Send and Receive) and The Truth About Cats and Bees (previously published as The Blog Affair).

Many years later, Alissa returned to her favorite time period and signed a three-book contract with Vinspire Publishing for her Linfield Ladies Series, a trio of Regency romances that feature women in trend-setting roles who fall in love with men who embrace their trailblazing ways… at least eventually.

Alissa currently lives in Johannesburg with her husband and two sons. She is a member of The Beau Monde – Regency Fiction Writers.

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The Earl's Lady Geologist

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A Brother’s Promise

Welcome to the Blog Tour for the A Brother’s Promise by Mindy Obenhaus, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: A Brother’s Promise
Author: Mindy Obenhaus
Publisher: Harlequin Love Inspired
Release Date: 
February 23, 2021
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Romance

A little girl will change his world…

He didn’t realize he wanted a family…

until he suddenly became a single dad.

After his sister’s death, rancher Mick Ashford’s determined to ensure his orphaned niece, Sadie, feels at home. And accepting guidance from Christa Slocum is his first step. But just as Christa and Sadie start to settle into Mick’s heart, Sadie’s paternal grandparents sue for custody. Now Mick must fight to keep them together…or risk losing the makeshift family he’s come to love.

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We were so excited to be able to interview Mindy Obehaus, here is our interview.

Author Interview

  • Is it easier or harder to write a continuation of a series? Why or why not?


I think it’s a little easier because there are things that have already been
established, like many of the characters and the setting.

  • How did you decide to write about who to write about next?


You know, I’m not really sure. One book in the series is a Christmas story, so
I had to work around that. Of course, I also had to look at what time of the
year each story was set, so that was likely the biggest factor when choosing.

  • Is it more difficult to write children than adults? Why or why not?


Kids are definitely easier to write, at least for me. I love writing children
and old people because you never know what they might say, so they can
really put the hero/heroine on the spot.

  • How did you come up with the idea for this story? 


I knew Christa had been a savvy tech industry exec who’d walked away from
it, looking for a simpler life. So in coming up with a partner for her I took
the opposites-attract approach. Throw in a little fish-out-of-water by having
a single cowboy suddenly become a father and it seemed like the way to go.

  • Are you a pantser or plotter? How did this tendency show up with this book?


I’m a pantser at heart, but I’m forced to plot. However, if I’m writing along
and something deviates from the plot, I usually take it as a nudge from God
and go with.

  • As you were writing, did you always know how the story was going to go? Were there any surprises for you?

The ending was actually a surprise for me. I had envisioned it much
differently. It turned out much better than I’d anticipated.

  • Do you have a favorite character in this book? Who is it and why?


Definitely Sadie because I never knew what she was going to say. And she
made a pretty good voice of reason, too.

  • Do you have ranch/cowgirl roots? Is there any inspiration for Mick and his ranch from your own life?


I actually live on a working cattle ranch, though my husband is not a rancher.
We lease the land. That said, I know lots of ranchers and have watched
them work cattle, aid with birthing calves when a cow is in distress and all
sorts of other things. It was inevitable I put that knowledge to use one day.
Though I’m glad it was only through storytelling. Those ranchers are some
tough people.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mindy Obenhaus

Award-winning author Mindy Obenhaus is passionate about touching readers with Biblical truths in an entertaining, and sometimes adventurous, manner. She lives on a ranch in Texas with her husband, two sassy pups, countless cattle, deer and the occasional coyote, mountain lion or snake. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, cooking and watching the Hallmark Channel. Learn more at www.MindyObenhaus.com

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A Captain for Caroline Gray

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: A Captain for Caroline Gray
Author: Julie Wright
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Release Date: 
March 2, 2021
Genre: Regency Romance

Regency London

Caroline Gray’s third season in London society ends as badly as her first two—no marriage proposal, no suitor, not even a glimmer of an interested prospect. She suspects it’s because she is far too quick to speak her mind to men who are put off by her forthright opinions, her eager intellect backed by a formal education, and her unconventional ideas about the future. She is far more daring than demure to suit the taste of her class. Besides, Caroline thinks there will always be next season to find a husband.

However, her family’s dwindling income leaves Caroline with only one choice to secure her future: a one-way ticket to sail with the Fishing Fleet to India, where the son of a family friend waits. If the match doesn’t work, Caroline cannot return home.

Captain Thomas Scott loves the thrill of the open sea, and as commander of one of the ships of the Fishing Fleet, he ferries scores of young English girls to the shores of India to find husbands. The voyages pay well, but he struggles to understand why families would allow young women to be matched with total strangers so far away.

The trips have always been routine and uneventful—until this trip’s first night’s dinner with one Miss Caroline Gray. She engages in a lively political conversation, presenting opposing viewpoints to the conventionally opinionated gentlemen at her table. Captain Scott is secretly amused and delighted at her boldness, not to mention quite drawn to her beauty.

The rest of the passengers are shocked by her behavior and Caroline finds herself an outcast, suffering harsh judgments from the other passengers. However, she finds an unlikely ally in Captain Scott which quickly draws them closer.

Both know an arranged marriage awaits Caroline at the end of their voyage, yet the attraction between them is undeniable. Caroline will have to decide if she will honor her mother’s wishes and marry a man in India whom she has never met, thus securing a future for her and her mother, or be brave enough to throw convention to the wind and commit to love a sea captain. He may be enchanted by her bold and unconventional ways, but will his love and admiration last?

Book Review:

A Captain for Caroline Gray is the first book that I have read written by Julie Wright and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. This book had such an interesting concept and I had never heard of girls going to India to find husbands before. 

Caroline Gray has run out of options, there is no man to marry and she must now travel to India. Caroline has no choice, there is no place left for her to go and she must now sail with the Fishing Fleet to India, where the son of a family friend is willing to consider an engagement to her. Captain Thomas Scoot loved the open sea, but he disliked ferring young English girls across the ocean; he can’t imagine why families would send their daughters to marry questionable English men in India. However Caroline Gray is different from the others he has ferried, and before he knows it they have created an undeniable attraction. But their relationship is impossible, after all Caroline has obligations to fulfill in India. 

Caroline was such an interesting character. She was different from the rest of the ladies around her, she was smart and she said what was on her mind. However she was kind, she didn’t look down on people. I felt so bad for her thought, she was trying to figure out how to be herself. She wanted to be true to herself, but she also didn’t want to cause trouble. I felt connected to her and by the end of the book, I was totally rooting for her. I wanted her to find her happy ending and not change herself to fit someone else’s mold. However learning to be oneself is hard, especially when it seems like you could never be enough. 

I had mixed feelings about Captain Thomas Scott. He wasn’t a bad guy, but he got on my nerves sometimes. He judged Caroline without knowing her and I wanted to shake him at times. However I liked reading at him growing, seeing the error of his ways and falling for Caroline. He was a kind man, but he was quick to judge and he had to learn to see past first impressions.

Caroline and Captain Scott had to learn how to love each other. They judged each other harshly at first, but as they saw past their first impressions they fell in love. However there are secrets and dangers that could drag them apart, will their love survive India? 

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed A Captain for Caroline Gray. The characters grew on me and I was soon engrossed in the story. My only problem is that there was no epilogue, but I have heard from others that the author has added an epilogue. There were so many fun characters and I really enjoyed reading about Tom and Peterson, they really added to the story. 

I would totally recommend A Captain for Caroline Gray! It was a clean regency romance and super enjoyable. 

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.

Unknown Threat

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: Unknown Threat
Series: Defend and Protect #1
Author: Lynn H Blackburn
Publisher: Revell
Release Date: 
March 2, 2021
Genre: Christian Suspense

US Secret Service Special Agent Luke Powell is lucky to be alive. Three of his fellow agents have died in unusual circumstances in the past ten weeks. Luke is devastated by the loss of his friends and colleagues, and his inability to locate the killer feels like a personal failure. He’s an expert at shielding others, but now the protectors are in need of protection.

FBI Special Agent Faith Malone is driven to succeed and confident in her ability to solve every case she’s assigned. She’s been put in charge of the investigation into the unprecedented attacks, and with Luke’s life in danger, the stakes have never been higher. But it’s hard to know how to fight back when you don’t know who the enemy is.

As more agents are targeted, Luke and Faith will have to work together to bring a killer to justice and prevent any more names from joining their fallen brothers and sisters on the Secret Service Wall of Honor.

Book Review:

Wow! Blackburn has done it yet again. I was hoping for great things from this book and it far exceeded my expectations. Unknown Threat is the first book in Lynn H Blackburn’s new series, Defend and Protect series. Blackburn is my favorite Christian suspense author and pretty much the only one I read. Her books are the perfect mix for me of suspense, romance, and religion. 

FBI Special Agent Faith Malone is put in charge of an investigation that manages to shake the US Secret Service. Four Secret Service Agents have died from unusual circumstances in the span of ten-weeks. In order to complete her investigations, she will have to work with USSS Agent Luke Powell to bring the killer to justice before his name is added to the list alongside his friends. 

I loved the characters in Unknown Threat, they draw you in from the beginning. Faith was an awesome female character. She felt real, she was trying her best to do her job, but she was also struggling. Life was hard and she had been hit with some big challenges, solving this case would be no easy thing. I really enjoyed reading about her as she learned to trust God. Luke was such a nice guy, but he was no pushover. He wanted to find his friend’s killer and he wanted to be able to live. He had his own demons to deal with, but he may not have the time. 

I loved the suspense, I could not put Unknown Threat down! It was simply put, amazing! Everything about this book was written so well and it was such a great book! I don’t even know what else to say except that I would totally recommend it! It is my new favorite of Blackburn and I can’t wait for the next book!

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.

The Lost Heiress

ABOUT THE BOOK

The Lost Heiress (Ladies of the Manor Book #1) by [Roseanna M. White]

Title: The Lost Heiress
Series: Ladies of the Manor Book #1
Author: Rosanna M. White
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Release Date: 
September 1, 2015
Genre: Historical Christian Romance

Brook Eden has never known where she truly belongs. Though raised in the palace of Monaco, she’s British by birth and was brought to the Grimaldis under suspicious circumstances as a babe. When Brook’s friend Justin uncovers the fact that Brook is likely a missing heiress from Yorkshire, Brook leaves the sun of the Mediterranean to travel to the moors of the North Sea to the estate of her supposed family.

The mystery of her mother’s death haunts her, and though her father is quick to accept her, the rest of the family and the servants of Whitby Park are not. Only when Brook’s life is threatened do they draw close–but their loyalty may come too late to save Brook from the same threat that led to tragedy for her mother.

As heir to a dukedom, Justin is no stranger to balancing responsibilities. When the matters of his estate force him far from Brook, the distance between them reveals that what began as friendship has grown into something much more. But how can their very different loyalties and responsibilities ever come together?

And then, for a second time, the heiress of Whitby Park is stolen away because of
the very rare treasure in her possession–and this time only the servants of Whitby can save her.

Book Review:

 This book has been on my tbr for a long time. I have read some of Ms. Whites’ other books and loved them, but never got around to reading this one. However, I finally read it for the prompt “Set in the Past”. The Lost Heiress is set in the early 1910’s primarily in England. It is an exciting tale of family, mystery, and love.

Brooke has always felt out of place as the un-official adopted granddaughter of the prince of Monaco.Though she has grown up in Monaco, she is not of the land or its people. She has been longing and praying for answers about her heritage and family for most of her life. When her best friend, Justin brings possible answers, she comes eagerly, even though it is to England. There she meets both welcoming love, distrustful hostility, and possible danger. Will Brook ever truly find her family?

Even from the first few chapters, I was sucked into the story. Brooke was so strong and compelling. Despite her fets and others’ actions, she stayed true to her God and her convictions. Though she could be a bit reckless and impulsive, she cared deeply for people. She was open to people and sought to truly help. Ultimately, what she really wanted was a family. Justin was so sweet! He felt such responsibility for all that was entrusted to him. He had tragedy in his life and was very honorable about what he ought to do. Unfortunately, this often led to him focusing on what he thought he needed to do without seeing God’s working. I loved their friends-to-lovers relationship, although there was a long way to go before they got to their HEA. It was so cool to meet the other characters along with Brooke. Her grandfather was incredibly sweet!  I am excited to see more in the future.

I would totally recommend this book! It was exciting and interesting. I loved the characters and was totally pulled into the story. This is the first book in the series, so although it has an overall conclusion, the overarching story is not finished. It is a clean Christian historical fiction/romance book. I would recommend it to teens and up!

The Revived

ABOUT THE BOOK

The Revived: A MMORPG and LitRPG Online Adventure (Second Age of Retha Book 3) by [A. M. Sohma]

Title: The Revived
Series: Second Age of Retha #3
Author: A. M. Sohma
Release Date:
September 14, 2018
Genre: A MMORPG and LitRPG Online Adventure

Kit is back. And she’s still stuck playing her ridiculous elf dancer character.

After leading a group out of the full submersion video game, Chronicles of Retha, Kit knew she couldn’t leave the remaining players to suffer their fate alone. So she returned to the game with the goal to get everyone out.

There’s just one problem.

Forcing a system wide logout requires the defeat of the end game boss character. A boss who hasn’t ever been beaten before.

Solus Miles, the best player on the server, is famous for fighting solo, but Kit’s return changes that. With Kit fighting for their freedom, Solus realizes that he’ll have to travel with her and her motley crew and play up the charade of their “fake” relationship as pledged players if he really wants to help her in this fight. (Besides, if he goes with her, maybe he can keep her from dying all the time, too.)

When the top guilds are still skeptical of Kit’s plan, she turns to those whom others overlook: the non-playable characters controlled by the game mechanics.

But Retha has changed.

Monsters, events, and quests have shifted, complicating her task. The journey across an altered Retha tests even Kit’s veteran knowledge and strains her leadership like never before.

Can she leverage her NPC allies and convince the other players to join her?

Book Review:

You know that feeling when you finish a book, and you’re happy, but at the same time so sad because it’s over. And the rest of the series isn’t out yet! This is the feeling I had when I finished The Revived. It was so good, but there are no other books out yet. I can totally understand how authors have a lot on their plate though. I’m just happy that I got to read this one!

“The Revived” is the third book in the Second Age of Retha series. It picks off right after Kit comes back to Retha. She has to figure out a way to defeat the end game boss character which will log everyone out. Unfortunately, none of the top guilds want to partner with her, but fortunately, she has Solus Miles! Who is basically the best player in the game, and also, Kit’s pledged. After not believing that Kit could defeat Malignus, he is willing to do whatever she needs to get them out. Kit also tries to get the help of the non-player characters, but will it be enough to convince the players to join?

“The Revived” has Prowl and Riko back as minor characters who are as funny as ever, but there are quite a few new ones. These new characters include Noir who is a healer and hilarious. His dialogue is so funny, and his personality combined with the fact that he’s a healer makes him even funnier, like threatening not to heal someone even though they’re on his team because they’re a jerk and an idiot. Another new character is Alistair, who has an incredibly entertaining short about them that I would definitely recommend. Alistair is a knight who is in the nicest way possible, insane. Just imagine the most cheerful, reckless, and charismatic person ever, multiply it by 10, and then you get Alistair. She also has plenty to say about the fact that she is so much taller than her guildmaster, Gared.

Additionally, “The Revived” includes a lot more of Solus Miles which I love. It’s so cute to see him and Kit together, and I have to say that I need their fake romance to become real. But, even for a romantic like myself, I really like how Kit is determined not to let her romance with Miles distract her from getting everyone out of the game. K.M. Shea does such a great job of making a great female protagonist who is strong, but still has plenty of insecurities to make her relatable.

This book is also super clean with zero actual cursing, but some very creative fake cursing. Kit can’t swear in the game, so she has to substitute some hilarious child-appropriate curses. It’s also really clean in the romantic area especially because they are not a real couple, but they should be! Just a warning though this is not the last book in the series. It’s a five book series, and the fourth book might come out in 2021. But, I would still definitely recommend this book to games and non gamers alike.

The Amish Quiltmaker’s Unexpected Baby

ABOUT THE BOOK

The Amish Quiltmaker's Unexpected Baby by [Jennifer Beckstrand ]

Title: The Amish Quiltmaker’s Unexpected Baby
Series: The Amish Quiltmaker #1
Author: Jennifer Beckstrand
Publisher: Zebra Books
Release Date: 
February 23th, 2021
Genre: Amish Romance

Esther Zook is starting over after her father’s death, piecing together a new life with as much care as she puts into her intricate quilts. When her wayward sister abandons her baby, it throws all those plans for a fresh start asunder. Esther had accepted her status as an old maid—but a mother? And a single one, at that? Not that she hasn’t noticed Levi Kiem, the eligible young man who’s making repairs in her house. Yet he surely has no interest in Esther as anything other than a friend . . .
 
It’s true that Levi has plenty of marriage prospects. His dat has even offered to send him to Ohio to find a wife. Yet the more time he spends with Esther, the more intrigued he becomes. Feisty and independent, she’s nothing like the wife he once imagined for himself. Yet just as a quilt is crafted from contrasting cloth, they might find that together, they can create a family to cherish . . .

Book Review:

This was so cute! I have read a couple of Jennifer Beckstrand’s books and I always enjoyed reading them. The Amish Quiltmaker’s Unexpected Baby is Jennifer Beckstrand’s newest book. Esther Zook is just trying to start over after the death of her father, but her sister has other plans for her and abandons her baby with Esther. Esther has accepted her status as an old maid, but can she be a mother? Luckily she has Levi Kiem, the eligible young man who’s making repairs on her house to help her. But he has no interest in Esther other than a friend. However, the more time Levi spends with Esther, the more intrigued he is by this feisty independent woman. 

Esther was such an amazing independent woman. I was so jealous of her crafting abilities. I loved reading about her with Winter or Winnie, which they called her. It was so sweet how she tried so hard to be a good mother. Although Esther did not feel prepared to be a mother, she did her best and she wanted what was best for Winnie. Esther had to learn what it meant to love Winnie and her sister, Ivy. Esther would have to find that God’s plan is better than her own.

Levi was funny! I liked him from the moment I read about him. He was kind and he loved children, however, he could be a little conceited. It was sweet to read about him helping Esther with Winnie. However, he needed to get over himself and his ideas about a perfect wife. I loved reading about him falling in love with Esther and Winnie. Levi had to learn to trust God’s plan and what it meant to love Esther. 

Esther and Levi had to work together to care for Winnie. However, their biggest obstacle would be figuring out how to protect Winnie and keep her safe although she does not legally belong to them. The Amish Quiltmaker’s Unexpected Baby was a great book! It is now one of my favorite Beckstrand books. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series. 

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.

Treasured in Turtle Bay

ABOUT THE BOOK

Treasured in Turtle Bay: A Sweet, Fake Relationship, Military Romance (Kailua Marines Book 1) by [Jess Mastorakos]

Title: Treasured in Turtle Bay
Series: Kailua Marines Book #1
Author: Jess Mastorakos
Release Date:
February 24, 2021
Genre: Clean Contemporary Romance

It’s all fun and games until their fake relationship sparks real feelings.

Molly Whitman’s carefully arranged life unravels when her fiancé dumps her right before their wedding. Now she’s headed to Hawaii on the honeymoon of a lifetime—alone. 

Helicopter Crew Chief Roman Russo has never thought of himself as a knight in shining armor. But when Molly forgets to cancel some honeymoon activities and needs someone to stand in as her husband, he’s right there to save the day.

Armed with her fake husband and three weeks of sand, sun, and sightseeing, Molly intends to forget the past and move forward. But is pretending to be married to this handsome Marine clouding her vision of the future?

Book Review:

I was super excited for this book and I was hooked from the start. Treasured in Turtle Bay is the first book in Jess Matorakos’ Kailua Marines series. I had loved Mastorakos’ San Diego Marine series, so I hoped that this series would be good and it exceeded my expectations. I loved the characters and the story!

You meet Molly Whitman in the 8th book of Mastorakos’ San Diego series, Adored by You. Molly is Paige’s assistant. Molly was the type of person to plan everything. The only thing she didn’t plan on being left at the altar and spending her honeymoon alone and single. And she never expected to see Roman Russo again. However when he ends up standing in as her husband for newlywed games at the resort she is staying, she finds herself falling for him. Roman was the opposite of Molly, he was the kind of person who went with the flow. As he spent more time with her, he can’t help but want to show her there’s more to life than being uptight all the time. 

I really related to Molly, she needed everything to be in order. I loved her little quirks, like how she had to eat her food in order and how she colored coordinated everything. I liked reading about Molly learning to relax, but not changing herself. She was learning how to be at peace when things don’t quite go her way. I loved how spontaneous she was when she was spending time with Roman. Molly had to learn to trust Roman especially after the bad break up with her ex. 

Roman was a lot of fun, he was so different from me but I really enjoyed reading about him. He had grown up all over the place and he wasn’t really planning on settling down. But as he pretended to be Molly’s husband, he found himself wishing for someone to grow old with. Roman was such a nice guy and I really liked reading about him with Molly. They definitely complemented each other. However, Roman had to figure out if he was ready to commit and trust Molly with his heart.

I really enjoyed reading about Roman and Molly falling in love. They were such a sweet couple and perfect together. I loved seeing Noah and Paige again, that was a lot of fun. I also see hints of the next book :). I loved Treasured in Turtle Bay and I would definitely recommend it! Treasured in Turtle Bay is a clean contemporary Marine 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.

The Desperate Quest

ABOUT THE BOOK

The Desperate Quest: A MMORPG and LitRPG Online Adventure (Second Age of Retha Book 2) by [A. M. Sohma]

Title: The Desperate Quest
Series: Second Age of Retha #2
Author: A. M. Sohma
Release Date:
September 14, 2017
Genre: A MMORPG and LitRPG Online Adventure

Chronicles of Retha was meant to be a full submersion video game filled with adventure and magic…but it has become a prison.

Kit and her party of misfit players have managed to collect two of the four seals that are required to face Malignus—Retha’s ultimate villain whose defeat may be the only way out of the game. Unfortunately for Kit—who is stuck playing as a defective elf dancer—the quest only grows more difficult.

The remaining seals are hidden in areas of Retha that Kit and her low-leveled party can’t fight through. Even worse, they will need to unite other players and guilds to face Malignus–an unlikely event as riots have spread across the game world.

Unwilling to give up, Kit and her party band together with Solus Miles—one of the best players in the game—and throw everything they have against Malignus.

But is their strength enough, or will Retha be their end?

Book Review:

The second book in the Second Age of Retha was so good! I am even deeper in love with this series, and I especially loved seeing a little bit more of Solus Miles. A very brooding and mysterious knight. I don’t often use the word brooding, but that word definitely describes Miles. He was definitely a fun addition to the party especially with his obsession for leveling which Kit is not pleased with.

“The Desperate Quest” is the second book in the Second Age of Retha series about a girl named Kit who is stuck in a full immersion game. Her only hope is to beat the ultimate villain in the game with the help of Solus Miles who is one of the best players and a ragtag group of low level players. Unfortunately, Kit is stuck in an elf dancing character that is basically useless, and who makes her look like a total newbie. This does not impress the many other guilds and players that Kit needs to unite to get out of the game. She has to work with her team and Solus Miles to find a way to bring everyone together and defeat the villain before it’s too late.

This was such a good book! You get to see the whole gang again with a new character, Luther, who has even more snark and bite than Prowl and Axel. But, at the end of the book, you really warm up to him. It was definitely hysterical watching the rest of the gang interact with him. I loved seeing Riko and Prowl’s interactions as well. Their banter is so funny, and even in the midst of battle, they love to go at each other. Riko’s obsession with money is also hilarious especially when she tries to push Kit to Solus Miles because he’s rich.

The action was also really interesting. I liked how she balanced the fact that they are in a bad situation, but they’re also in a video game. It was definitely a different view from the fantasy adventure books I mainly read. Even if they die, they’ll just be respawned, but at the same time, there is always a sense of urgency because they need to get out. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants a funny, clean, and awesome book. I know that it is a video game story, but I think that even non-gamers can enjoy it.

Protected by the Cowboy

ABOUT THE BOOK

Protected by the Cowboy: A Contemporary Christian Romance (Blackwater Ranch Book 4) by [Mandi Blake]

Title: Protected by the Cowboy
Series: Blackwater Ranch #4
Author: Mandi Blake
Release Date:
February 17th, 2021
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

She’s running from trouble, and now he’s protecting more than just his ranch. 

Laney Parker is in dire need of a fresh start. With broken bones and a broken heart, she shows up at Blackwater Ranch hoping to land the housekeeper position for the new bed and breakfast. When the caring family begins to ask questions, she struggles to trust them with her secret. 

Micah Harding is the manager of Blackwater Ranch. His plate is full as it is, but he can’t turn his back on the secretive stranger. Laney may be leading trouble to their door, but he can’t help but think she’s worth the risk. 

She’s beaten up and tight-lipped about where she came from. Slowly, Micah shows her that she can trust him with her heart. When Laney’s past catches up to her, Micah won’t stop until he brings her home. 

Protected by the Cowboy is the fourth book in the Christian Blackwater Ranch series, but the books can be read in any order.

Book Review:

I have been eagerly waiting for Protected by the Cowboy, I knew that it was going to be amazing and I was right! Protected by the Cowboy is the fourth book in Mandi Blake’s Blackwater Ranch series. Micah finally gets his book, it was so fun getting to read about him and see things from his perspective!
Laney Parker was running away, she was in dire need of a fresh start. She finds herself at Blackwater Ranch hoping to become the housekeeper for the bed and breakfast. But as she gets to know the family, she finds her secrets harder to keep. Micah Harding knows his place on the ranch, he is the manager of Blackwater Ranch. He has his plate but he can’t turn his back on the girl who comes with bruises and secrets. Slowly Laney learns to trust Micah, but when Laney’s past catches up to her will Micah be able to protect the one who stole his heart?
I loved reading about Laney and Micah! They were so sweet together. I liked how strong Laney was, although she encountered many hardships she didn’t give up. Laney was such a sweet girl and she was just trying her best. Laney had to learn what it meant to trust God and how to rest in God’s grace. It was so fun to see her find a family, but what will she do when her past comes to haunt her?
Micah was such a sweetheart, I loved him. I was so excited for him to find his happy ending. Miach was kind of gruff but he was super kind and he cared for his family. It was so fun to read about him falling in love with Laney. Micah had to figure out had to balance work and family. He had to figure out what it would mean to protect Laney.
Micah and Laney how to trust each other. They were perfect for each other. Micah made Laney feel safe and Laney taught Micah how to love and what it meant to protect the ones he loved. I loved seeing old characters, which I always say. I mean seeing old characters is so much fun! I, of course, adored the whole Harding family and I am so excited for the books to come!
I thought that Protected by the Cowboy was amazing! I would definitely recommend it! Protected by the Cowboy is a clean, Christian 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.