The Dark King and the Eternal Dance

About the Book:

The Dark King and the Eternal Dance (A Villain's Ever After) by [Alesha Adamson]

Title: The Dark King and the Eternal Dance
Series:
A Villain’s Ever After
Author: 
Alesha Adamson
Release Date: 
September 24 2021
Genre:
Fairytale Retelling

An intertwined retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses and of Hades and Persephone.

An unwanted proposal. An unexpected curse. Will Rayna, and her eleven sisters ever be free of the Dark King and this eternal dance?

Rayna is not usually the boldest of her sisters. However, when her eldest sister, Faelynn, seems ready to abandon her own happily ever after and accept the Dark King’s proposal, Rayna knows she must act and take drastic measures before someone gets hurt. Measures that just might cost her her heart.

Drake’s reputation as the Dark King precedes him—a reputation he doesn’t quite deserve. When the opportunity arises, Drake seizes the chance to barter for Princess Faelynn’s hand. Weaving his magic, he establishes a weekly ball to court his intended. After six months of rejection, something must change. He never anticipated finding Princess Rayna in his castle disrupting his quiet life.

Will he change directions and acknowledge his heart before it is too late? Or will he live up to his reputation as the Dark King, shattering more than one happily ever after?

Book Review:

Another amazing book in the Villain’s Ever After series, The Dark King and the Eternal Dance is a retelling of 12 Dancing Princesses and Hades and Persephone. First of all, I must say that I am so glad that this series is as good as I hoped! All the books that I have read have been so fun! This one was especially intriguing to me because of the mythological inspiration. I love mythology and think it is so cool to see how they can be reimagined in different stories. This one was no different! I thought it was such an interesting twist on the story and it was such a sweet romance too.

Rayna is not the boldest of her sisters, but when her eldest sister Faelynn seems ready to give up her own happily ever after to accept the Dark King’s proposal, she is determined to act. But will the measures cost her heart? Drake’s reputation as the Dark King precedes him, even if he doesn’t deserve it. When the opportunity comes, he seizes the chance to barter for Princess Faelynn’s hand. With his magic he creates a weekly ball to court his intended, but after six months of no progress he knows that something must change. Finding Princess Rayna in his castle disrupts his quiet life, will he be able to make his own happily ever after?

This was super cute! I was excited to read this book after reading the description. Rayna was a really cool main character. She wasn’t very bold or loud, but she was thoughtful and had courage. Once she realized that she needed to act for her sister, she went for it. I loved the sister relationship between the girls, they were all different, but they were there for each other. I liked the way that Rayna found her place throughout the story. She was one of twelve, but was able to discover how she flourished. She and Drake were really cute too! He needed to step back and see what had happened to his kingdom and himself. He was a bit stuck and Rayna shook up his quiet life. He was actually such a sweetheart, underneath his gruffness and reputation. They complimented each other and helped each other flourish. 

This was such a cute book and I thought it was especially great considering it is the first book by Ms. Adamson! I am so excited for her future books, especially as they are going to be connected to this one! I can’t wait for the continuation of the series. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy fairytales, romance, and mythology! 

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.

Trusting in You

About the Book:

Trusting in You: A Sweet Standalone Romance (San Diego Marines) by [Jess Mastorakos]

Title: Trusting in You
Series:
San Diego Marines
Author: 
Jess Mastorakos
Release Date: 
November 24 2021
Genre:
Clean Contemporary Romance

Am I falling for my client? I plead the fifth.

The moment Lucy James walks into my office, I know beyond a reasonable doubt that I’m in big trouble.

Exhibit A: The way my heart kicks up a notch every time she looks at me.

Exhibit B: The fierce need I have to help her and her neurodivergent teen brother, even though I’m already swamped and shouldn’t take on another case.

Exhibit C: The fact that I can’t seem to get her off my mind long after she leaves.

Once we sign on the dotted line, a relationship between us could get me disbarred. So even though she appears to be everything I’ve ever wanted in a woman, I know I need to stay far, far away.

But helping Lucy means spending time in each other’s worlds. And now I have a feeling mine will never be the same.

Book Review:

This was simply amazing! I stayed up past midnight finishing it, and now, I have a book hangover. It was that good! Trusting in You is a companion novel to Jess Mastorakos’ San Diego Marines series. I was so excited to read this book because I had really liked Eric, and it did not disappoint. 

Eric Moore knew that he was in trouble when Lucy James walked into his office. She had him from the beginning. However, she was his client and he couldn’t take the risk. As he spent more time with her though, he found himself falling for this stubborn, kind Marine who would do anything for her brother. Lucy just wants to help her brother, and she is even willing to fight for him in court. She never expected to fall for her lawyer. Will Lucy and Eric be able to make their relationship work or are the lines between them too blurred?

Lucy was such a great character. She was strong and considerate of those around her. I loved her relationship with her brother. She truly cared for him, but she was also struggling to figure out how to best help her brother. I loved her vulnerability and how she truly wanted the best for her brother. I loved her throughout the book, and I adored reading about her growth and learning to overcome her own insecurities and past. I liked how Lucy felt real. She had her own problems, and she wasn’t perfect. But she tried her best. 

Eric was amazing! I loved him, he was such a kind guy, and he really cared for those around him. I loved him in this book and getting to see things from his side. He was so sweet, and I loved how he fell in love with Lucy. It was sweet to read about him interacting with Lucy and Lucy’s brother Patrick. Eric had to figure out how much he was willing to risk in order to be with Lucy. 

Lucy and Eric had a sweet relationship. I loved reading about them together. I also adored their interactions with Patrick. Lucy loved her brother and she wanted him to flourish, not just be okay. It was so cool to read about Eric reaching out to Patrick, and seeing Patrick beyond his autism. Patrick was such a cool character and I loved reading about him. I also loved seeing old characters from previous books. It was a lot of fun. These characters had such good banter and I just loved everything!

Trusting in You was all that I had hoped for. I can not recommend it enough! The characters were lovely, and I fell in love with them from the beginning. Eric was so swoony and sweet and I adored Lucy. The storyline was engaging and I could not put it down. Trusting in You is a must read! Trusting in You is a clean 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 Explorer’s Daughter

About the Book:

The Explorer's Daughter: A Regency Romance Mystery (The Reluctant Heirs Book 1) by [Kate Renae]

Title: The Explorer’s Daughter
Series:
The Reluctant Heirs
Author: 
Kate Ranae
Release Date: 
October 9, 2021
Genre:
Regency Romance

When Adeline Dawson arrives at Fairstone Hall, her past is enshrouded in mystery. She comes as if she’s running from something, with no lady’s maid and little to carry. The only thing of importance she brings with her is an invitation – because the residents of Fairstone Hall are technically family.

William Wakefield is the young, brooding earl who resides at the grand manor. He knows Adeline only as his recent sister-in-law, but has never laid eyes on her until she came to his home. After less than amiable first impressions, the two seem unlikely to be friends. But as William observes her, he sees her kindness, resilience, and an invisible burden she carries. He becomes determined to overcome his broody demeanor to help her if he can – but could never predict that his heart would be at risk.

Della is equally determined to protect herself – and her secret. But as she races the clock to save the things she loves most, she fights an unexpected battle between love and loyalty. Things begin to spiral out of control, and she begins to doubt both herself and her ability to choose what’s right.

As the mystery of Fairstone Hall unravels, the truth seeps into the light: one of love and burdens that surround the standoffish earl and the explorer’s daughter.

The Explorer’s Daughter is a clean regency romance and mystery. It is a standalone novel and Book 1 in The Reluctant Heirs series.

Book Review:

Oh my goodness! I was blown away by this book. It was sooo good! This is Ms. Renae’s first book, but it was simply amazing. I loved the fascinating plot and the adorable characters. I was honestly a little bit worried about reading this because I’m not super into Regency books, but I really loved The Explorer’s Daughter 🙂

Adeline(Della)’s idyllic world has fallen apart, and she’s forced to go to her brother in law’s house with a huge secret. William Wakefield has no idea how to interact with people, but his intriguing sister in law has captured his notice. He’s determined to get to know her better, and Adeline is equally determined to protect her secrets at all costs.

Adeline was such a fun, spirited character! She was so strong and loyal even through a ton of challenges. I loved how there wasn’t a ton of drama between her and William. There was the normal hesitation to share with each other, but it was definitely not as bad as I thought it was going to be.

I thought William was so adorable! He felt very Mr. Darcylike to me because he seemed super aloof, but he was actually just shy. I loved all the little things that he would do for Della like buying her a copy of Frankenstein. I feel like they fit together really well too. They were both kinda homebodies, but Della added some much needed light in William’s life.

I loved this book! The plot was super interesting without being overly dramatic and stressful. The characters were so loveable, and the side characters made the book so much better! I’m hoping that Rose and Lidia will get their own books too. This is a clean, Regency set book that I would totally recommend even if Regency isn’t your first choice!

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

Turret

About the Book:

Title: Turret
Series: The Kingdom Chronicles #8
Author: Camille Peters
Publisher: Rosewood Publications
Release Date: 
November 21, 2021
Genre: Fairytale Retelling

Turret (The Kingdom Chronicles Book 8) by [Camille Peters]

Princess Gemma has been trapped for years within a magical turret, a fate she deems fitting for a sickly princess with little purpose. The enchanted walls offer security, which she’d do anything to maintain, for though she knows she should want to escape, her prison seems far safer than the outside world. But the magic of the tower has begun to fade, bringing with it not only unpredictable dangers but the very real possibility that soon Gemma will be forced to leave the prison she’s grown to trust.

The tower’s shifting magic isn’t the only thing changing, for the longer Gemma spends with her faithful guard, Quinn, the more she realizes that her feelings for him are inappropriate for one of her royal status. But the deeper her feelings for her guard grow, the more Gemma yearns not only to escape the tower in order to see more of the world beyond, but to break through the walls she’s built around herself.

But even if she finds the courage to fight for the life she wants—one filled with possibilities far more beautiful than she’s ever allowed herself to imagine—there’s one final obstacle for her to overcome…for she’s not the only one who has created walls. Though she’s striving to lower hers in order to allow her guard in, Quinn is determined to protect her from his devastating secret by keeping her out.

Book Review:

I have been waiting for the next book in Camille Peter’s Kingdom Chronicle series and Turret does not disappoint. It was sweet and cute! I am so glad that we finally get to read Gemma’s book and see the royal family again. This was a great book and a wonderful addition to the series. 

Gemma was an interesting character to read about. She had been labeled as sick and weak all of her life, and she was learning how to stand up for herself. She was stuck in a tower with only her guard and handmaid. Yet there were times when she enjoyed the isolation of her tower because she believed it kept her safe. It was cool to read about Gemma as she learned to fight for herself and to realize that she was stronger than she knew. Gemma had to learn how to be brave and take steps of faith even when it was hard. As the book grew on, I started to like Gemma more and more. She was a character learning what it meant to be strong and to love. 

Quinn was the sweetest. I adored his devotion to Gemma and how he wanted what was best for her. I really liked Quinn, and I so wanted him to find his happy ending. I loved reading about him interacting with Gemma. He truly loved her. However, Quinn had to learn to deal with his own obstacles and learn how to trust Gemma. He had to learn that Gemma was stronger than even he knew and how to keep on encouraging her. 

Gemma and Quinn were super cute together, and this was such a fun retelling. I thought that the tower was such a cool “character.” It was definitely interesting to read this twist on Rapunzel. I always love Peter’s retelling and how she makes these fairytales her own. I was very interested in seeing how Gemma and Quinn would get their happy ending and how everything would work out in the end. 

I totally enjoyed Turret, and I would definitely recommend it! The characters felt real and the storyline was intriguing. I also really liked how Gemma and Quinn were learning more about themselves and how to overcome their insecurities.Turret is a great book! I would recommend it to teens 13 and up. It is a clean fairytale inspired retelling of Rapunzel 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.

You and Me

About the Book:

You and Me: A Misty River Romance Christmas Novella by [Becky Wade]

Title: You and Me
Series:
A Misty River Romance
Author: 
Becky Wade
Publisher:
Bethany House Publishers
Release Date: 
November 23, 2021
Genre:
Clean Contemporary Romance

Easy-going, artistic Connor Bryant fell hard for his friend Shay Seaver when they were both in the seventh grade. Sixteen years later, he’s returned to Misty River. She’s finally between boyfriends. And his crush on her hasn’t wavered. Now’s his chance.

He tells Shay that he’s found someone he wants to date and is in need of a makeover when it comes to his appearance and dating strategies. He asks if she’ll serve as his consultant — in hopes that he’ll learn how he can become her ideal man. What he doesn’t tell her? That she’s the one he wants to date.

Sporty stationery shop owner Shay immediately agrees to Connor’s request because he’s one of the best guys she knows. However, she quickly realizes she’s in over her head. She’s pledged to help him win the affection of another woman — even though she dearly wants to claim his heart.

Book Review:

Ohh, I loved this book! You and Me is a novella. 2.5 in Becky Wade’s Misty River Romance series. It is a cute and sweet Christmas novella. This was such a great book and I read it in one evening! I was so distracted and I couldn’t get anything done until I had finished the novella. It was that good!

Easy-going, artistic Conner has been in love with the same girl since the seventh grade, but he has always been a bit too shy to tell her how he feels. However, she’s finally between boyfriends, and all he has to do is get up the courage to tell her. He tells Shay that he wants to impress the girl he has fallen for and asks her to be his consultant on how to become her ideal man. But Shay doesn’t know that it is she who he has fallen for. Fun, sporty, stationary shop owner Shay immediately agrees to help Conner, afterall he is one of the nicest and best guys she knows. As she spends time with him though, she finds herself way over her head. How can she help him impress this mystery girl, when she finds herself falling for him?

Okay first of all, I loved Conner! He was so sweet and kind. He was shy, but he still looked out for others. And he was steadfast in his decisions. I loved his artistic and easy-going nature. He is definitely a person I would love to have as a friend. I adored reading about Conner as he worked up the courage to tell Shay about his feelings. He was such a sweetheart and it was lovely to read about him helping out his mom. He was faithful,  but he was also lonely. He was carrying the burden of his mom’s health on his shoulders, and he needed to learn to reach out to those around him. He needed to let others in. It was definitely cute to read about him interacting with Shay and seeing Shay through his eyes. He was so in love.

Shay was also a lot of fun! She was a joy to read about and I loved her spirit and excitement about life. Although she was a lot, she was kind and cared about those around her. Her relationship with Gabe was so much fun. They were hilarious together. Shay was very sweet and it was fun to read about her falling for Conner. She hadn’t seen him in that kind of light before but as she helped him out, she started to fall in love. Shay will have to figure out how to help Conner and show him that she has fallen hard for him. 

Conner and Shay were perfect together. And it was so sweet to read about Conner trying so hard to impress Shay. I loved Conner, if you can’t tell from all of the gushing. Shay was also awesome. 🙂 This was such a cute and fun novella about falling in love while still keeping true to the theme of Christmas which is Christ. 

I would totally recommend You And Me! It was simply amazing and it definitely should be on your TBR! You and Me is a clean Christian Christmas novella.  

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.

My Own Best Enemy

About the Book:

My Own Best Enemy : A Sweet Romantic Comedy (Apple Valley Love Stories Book 2) by [Julie  Christianson]

Title: My Own Best Enemy
Series:
Apple Valley Love Stories
Author: 
Julie Christianson
Publisher:
Northern Lights Press
Release Date: 
September 23, 2021
Genre:
Sweet Romantic Comedy

This isn’t a wedding. This is war …

I get it. We were in elementary school. Just a couple of kids on the playground. But after Nash Hendrix called me Enemy instead of Emily, his stupid nickname ruined my life.

Now our best friends are getting married, and they expect me to stand across the aisle from Nash the Ruiner without killing him?

Whatever. I can survive being maid of honor. It’s only for one weekend.

Until it’s not.

When I get roped into wedding planning at the same places Nash is fundraising, I’m ready to blow up our temporary truce.

All I wanted was to start over. New job. New permanently-single status.

But the more time we spend together, the more I feel like … not murdering him.

Is it possible Nash and I don’t hate each other?

No way. He’s still my enemy.

My big, dumb enemy.

My big, dumb, gorgeous, sweet-talking, dog-loving —

Emi, you’re doomed.

Book Review:

The second book in the Apple Valley Romance series, My Own Best Enemy is a sweet enemies-to-lovers rom-com.  I was very excited for this book, after reading the first book. Emi’s life was ruined when Nash Hendrix called her Enemy instead of Emily in elementary school. But with their best friends getting married, she needs to get through the wedding, just through the weekend. Until she is pushed into wedding planning…at all the same places Nash is fundraising. All Emi wanted was to start over, but the more time that she spends with Nash, the more confused she becomes. Are they still enemies?

I thought that this was a cute book! Emi was very relatable and after a few pages I felt like I was able to understand her. It was great to see things from her perspective after reading about her in The Mostly Real McCoy. She seemed very real. Even when I was frustrated with her, and there were a few times where I was, I empathized with her. I really enjoyed seeing her grow and become more self-aware, especially as she planned Brooke’s wedding. It was also super cute to see her with Nash.

Nash was super sweet! I loved how he was basically part of the McCoy family. He was very guarded and had a lot of bad experiences around relationships. However, he couldn’t seem to get away from Emi. He was falling for Emi so fast and I loved hearing his thoughts. I also really enjoyed the addition of pets, the gecko was hilarious! You will understand when you read the book 🙂 I also enjoyed seeing the further development of characters throughout the Apple Valley world. Crossing my fingers for a book for Tess! 

I thought that this was a great addition to the series! It was sweet and funny.  I don’t think that I enjoyed it as much as I did the first one, but it was definitely a fun book. I would recommend it to those who enjoy rom-coms, especially those who enjoy the enemies-to-lovers trope. 

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

Falling for Your Boss

About the Book:

Falling for Your Boss: a Sweet Romantic Comedy (Love Clichés Sweet RomCom Book 2) by [Emma St. Clair]

Title: Falling for Your Boss
Series: Love Clichés Sweet RomCom #2
Author: 
Emma St. Clair
Release Date: 
December 19, 2020
Genre: 
Romantic Comedy

I am not that woman. The one who falls for her much older, extremely handsome, and totally unavailable boss. That’s what I keep telling myself, anyway.

I’ve watched the other women in the office fawn over Gavin, who just so happens to be one of Texas’ richest and most desirable bachelors.

But I’m interested in business. Totally professional.

We would be a terrible idea. And yet … I can’t seem to make myself want to stay away, despite the whole boss thing and an age gap bigger than the Grand Canyon.

When Gavin’s past slams into his present, the lines between business and personal suddenly become very hazy.

Now I have to decide what I want most: my carefully planned future or a man who offers me everything I didn’t know I wanted…

Book Review:

The Love Cliché series had a fabulous start, and it just got better with Zoey and Gavin’s book! Zoey is Abby’s best friend and Zane’s twin sister. She is practical, smart, and not at all the type of woman who falls in love with her much older boss. She’s prepared to quit her job when a surprise causes her to have to help Gavin. But the more time she spends with Gavin, the more she realizes that she doesn’t want to step away. She’ll have to decide whether or not she’s willing to fight for her new family!

Falling for Your Boss is the second book in The Love Cliché series which is about five friends who fall in love through various clichés. The friendship dynamics are amazing, the romances are adorable, and the books never fail to make me laugh! And I loved that you got to see Zoey’s HEA. Zoey was super practical, and she cared a little too much about what people thought. She had to decide whether or not she was going to live her life by other people’s opinions. She also had to figure out how to deal with the fact that her twin and her best friend were dating. I think this picture of a different life stage was handled very well. Abby and Zane could have been a little more sensitive, but Zoey also had to simply deal with the fact that things were different. And it was nice to see Gavin come into her life during this time too.

Gavin was also very practical, and it was cool to see the romance of two like-minded people. In Abby and Zane’s book, it was opposites attract, so it was nice to see a different sort of couple. And Gavin and Zoe’s romance was definitely different especially with the addition of Ella. I loved Ella’s character, and it was sweet to watch her bond with Zoe and Gavin. Gavin found this new side of himself where he was suddenly a father overnight, but it was adorable to watch their interactions. It showed too how perfect Zoe was for their family because Ella’s mom was definitely a horrible person. She’s barely in the book, and I still don’t like her at all! Even though Zoe wasn’t the traditional mother for Ella, you could see how she was the perfect person for the job.

Gavin also had the addition of Thayden, his best friend, in his life. You get to see Thayden and Delilah’s first meeting in this book, and it’s very memorable! Thayden seems like a bit of a playboy in this book, but I strongly recommend Falling for Your Fake Fiance to see his actual character. This was a hilarious, fun, clean, and super sweet read that I would recommend to anyone who needs a good laugh!

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

A Name Unknown

About the Book:

A Name Unknown (Shadows Over England, #1) by Roseanna M. White

Title: A Name Unknown
Author: Roseanna M. White
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Release Date:
July 4th, 2017
Genre: Historical Christian Fiction

Edwardian Romance and History Gains a Twist of Suspense

Rosemary Gresham has no family beyond the band of former urchins that helped her survive as a girl in the mean streets of London. Grown now, they concentrate on stealing high-value items and have learned how to blend into upper-class society. But when Rosemary must determine whether a certain wealthy gentleman is loyal to Britain or to Germany, she is in for the challenge of a lifetime. How does one steal a family’s history, their very name?

Peter Holstein, given his family’s German blood, writes his popular series of adventure novels under a pen name. With European politics boiling and his own neighbors suspicious of him, Peter debates whether it might be best to change his name for good. When Rosemary shows up at his door pretending to be a historian and offering to help him trace his family history, his question might be answered.

But as the two work together and Rosemary sees his gracious reaction to his neighbors’ scornful attacks, she wonders if her assignment is going down the wrong path. Is it too late to help him prove that he’s more than his name?

Review:

She needed to protect and help provide for her family. What could she do, what choice did she have? She was finally seeing the good in the world, but was he just a good actor, a good spy?

A Name Unknown is a historical fiction story written by Roseanna M. White. This is set right before World War 1. England is on edge waiting for the war to come. I really enjoyed this book, it showed the evil of man and his prejudice, but it also showed the acceptance and kindness of others. This book reminded me that there are still good people in this world who God uses in different ways for his glory. 

Rosemary Gresham is a thief and a good one. She has had to survive on what she can steal and odd jobs. She is not proud of having to steal, but she is proud of her skills and the things she has done to help her family. She is not like other thieves though, she has a reason to steal and it is not just so that she can eat. She steals to feed the bellies of other children, of other people. She knows that stealing is wrong, but how bad can it be when it puts food into the stomachs of hungry little children.

One day, Rosemary gets a new job. She is hired to work under cover, and find documents to prove that a certain German man, named Peter Holstein, is a spy. She knows that this will be no easy job, but it will be worth it. Her family will finally have the money they need to buy the kids clothes and things that they need. All she had to do was find papers to prove that Peter was a spy, easy to do. Unless her heart gets in the way.

Peter was such an interesting character. He was a sweetheart. Those in his village were afraid of him because he didn’t really get out much. But he was really just shy and didn’t really know how to interact with others. I loved how he grew in the book and I adored seeing his friends and how he interacted with his staff.

Rosemary and Peter were such a sweet couple, they really balanced each other out. I loved how they could drive each other crazy for one moment, and then they would make up. Rosemary was able to pull Peter out of his dream world when he was writing. They were perfect for each other.

This was such a cool book, I loved seeing what Peter did as an author. It was so amazing to see how an author worked, and it was really funny to see his process. This is the first book that I have read of Roseanna M. White’s and I will definitely read more of her books. I would totally recommend this book.

Right Here Waiting

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Right Here Waiting by Michelle Sass Aleckson presented by Susan May Warren, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Right Here Waiting (Deep Haven Collection Book 6) by [Susan May Warren, Michelle Sass Aleckson]

Series: Deep Haven Collection #6

Author: Michelle Sass Aleckson presented by Susan May Warren

Publisher: Sunrise Publishing

Release Date: November 9, 2021

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

She doesn’t belong in his world—but she’s determined to try.

Sled dog musher and outdoor adventurer Nick Dahlquist doesn’t mean to be a loner—he just feels at home in the woods, with his dogs, and online in his vlogging world, where he’s amassed nearly a million viewers. But he’s just a simple guy, with simple goals—care for his dogs, teach people how to survive the cold, and run the Iditarod. Unfortunately, life turns cold when his lead dog is injured, and he’s low on funds. Good thing he has LadyJHawk to chat with. She’s become an online friend he can turn to, and he’s starting to need her more than he’d like to admit. But the last thing he wants is for some random woman to show up on his doorstep…

Chopper pilot and Texas gal Jae Lynn Washington has been following Nick’s DogQuest videos and Get Lost in the Woods vlogs since she inherited her deceased boyfriend’s military working dog. Three years later, his online friendship has made her wonder if he could be more than a friend. What if she moved to Deep Haven? Would that be considered stalking, even if she got a bonafide job on the Crisis Response Team?

When Jae shows up in Deep Haven—and on Nick’s doorstep—he’s not at all the man she met online. And when Nick is tapped to train the team, he’s pretty sure petite, summer-loving Jae won’t last a moment in the brutal cold—a fear he pours out to LadyJHawk. As their training takes a personal turn, their chilly start begins to thaw. But what will happen if he discovers that Jae and LadyJHawk are one and the same?

When a blizzard strikes, and the CRT is called out into the storm, more than just their relationship is at risk…

Cozy up to this delightful twist on You’ve Got Mail set in the snowy escape of Deep Haven.

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Book Review:

*happy sigh* We’ve come to the end of the Deep Haven series. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading these books and meeting all these new characters! These authors have beautifully taken Ms. Warren’s work and added their own spin on it. I am so happy Nick finally got his own book! And I loved that a little bit more diversity was added to this series too 🙂

Nick Dalquist’s life has fallen apart. Not only does he have to watch the love of his life fall in love with another man, he also is in danger of losing his entire business. The only person he can open to is LadyJHawk, an online friend that he’s chatted with for years. Jae owes Nick Dalquist her life. He’s the one who inspired her to start living again, but he only knows her as LadyJHawk. When she gets the opportunity to move to Deep Haven, she jumps at the chance. It’s not just a desire to meet Nick though Jae longs for a real community, one where she would finally fit in. But will Jae and Nick have the courage to step out of an online relationship and into a real one?

I loved how Ms. Aleckson handled Nick’s character! To be honest I totally thought he was going to end up with Vivian, but once I met Jae, I realized they made so much more sense together. Nick had never really opened up to Vivian. He put up a front for her instead of showing her who he really was. On the other hand, he showed Jae everything whether by telling her or LadyJHawk. He did have to learn to take risks though in the real world and believe that love was worth the risk of trying and failing.

I loved Jae’s character! I am a bit biased because I’m so happy that an Asian American character was added, but I also just love her! As you can probably tell by all the exclamation points 🙂 I loved how strong she was even though she was struggling with a lot of different things. Jae was searching for her community, but she had to learn that if she wanted a community, she had to let people in.

This was a super satisfying end to a wonderful series! Everyone is happily paired off, and we are once again saying goodbye to Deep Haven. Fingers crossed that we get another series though! I would personally love to see any of the main character’s kids. This is a clean, Christian romance that I would totally recommend to anyone who wants the small town feel!

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 AUTHORS

Susan May Warren
Michelle Sass Aleckson

Susan May Warren is the USA Today best-selling novelist of 80 books. With more than 1.5 million books in print, she is beloved by reviewers and readers around the world. Visit Susan at www.susanmaywarren.com.

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After growing upon both the east and west coasts, Michelle Sass Aleckson now lives the country life in central Minnesota with her own hero and their four kids. She loves rocking out to 80’s music on a Saturday night, playing Balderdash with the fam, and getting lost in good stories. Especially stories that shine grace. And if you’re wondering, yes, Sass is her maiden name. Visit her at www.michellealeckson.com.

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Hansel and the Gingerbread Queen

About the Book:

Hansel and the Gingerbread Queen: A Retelling of Hansel and Gretel (A Villain's Ever After) by [Lea Doué]

Title: Hansel and the Gingerbread Queen
Series:
A Villain’s Ever After
Author: 
Lea Doue
Release Date: 
September 17th, 2021
Genre:
Fairy Tale Retelling

No matter how the sugar sparkles, never sample the sweets.

Evony is the daughter of a witch, with all of her reputation but none of her powers. She’s spent her whole life in the heart of the forest, safe from outsiders in a wondrous candy cottage as dangerous as it is beautiful. Kept company by a trio of tiny companions—a loyal gingerbread dragon and two mischievous brownies—Evony’s one desire is to find a place in the human world. But first, she must find a way to undo her mother’s spells and free the poor souls who fell to temptation. Only two obstacles stand in her way. A traveler with distracting molasses-brown eyes, and the one creation the witch left behind with the power to stop her: the gingerbread man.

Book Review:

A retelling of Hansel and Gretel (with other influences as well!), Hansel and the Gingerbread Queen is sweet, exciting, and fun! I was very excited to have the opportunity to read and review this book! Ever since I saw the announcement about this villains series, I have been so excited to read them all! Many of the authors have books that we have enjoyed and it has been fun to read them as they come out! 

The story of Hansel and Gretel seems pretty straightforward right? Wrong! This was so creative and such an interesting take on the story. I liked how the author also incorporated some other fairytale elements with the gingerbread man! I was really invested from the first chapter, and throughout the book, I was surprised by different twists and turns in the plot. Evony was such a sweet character. Although she didn’t have magic, like her witch mother, she was really trying her best to undo the spells left behind by her mother’s magic. She was hoping for her own place in the world of humans, but she had to finish her work, especially regarding her mother’s last and most dangerous creation, the gingerbread man. Her companions were also so fun! The brownies were hilarious! I loved reading their scenes and Juniper, Evony’s gingerbread dragon was also amazing. I loved that idea too, the magic was so inventive! Hansel and Gretel were also great. Hansel was really sweet and I loved the twist on Gretel.

Overall, this was a very inventive take on Hansel and Gretel, with characters I really enjoyed and fun magic. It is a clean fantasy novella, with some romance in it. I would totally recommend it to fairy-tale lovers!