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Loving You At Christmas By Kristen Wallace

Loving You At Christmas
Loving You At Christmas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE LOVING YOU AT CHRISTMAS BY KRISTEN WALLACE:

Loving You At Christmas, unfortunately, is the last book in the Shellwater Key Tales series.  Former actress and Broadway star Annaliese Matheson feature in the finale of this excellent series.  Annaliese still grieves for her husband Matthew; Annaliese believes she will never love again. Her soul mate’s death left a hole in her soul and heart.  Noticing a handsome, sexy stranger on the beach, Annaliese begins to wake up from her three-year emotional sleep.

John-Luke “Duke” Evans, famous football star, finds himself raising his four nieces after his sister’s death.  Hot, sexy, and handsome, the women of Shellwater Key pant as he walks by; including the pregnant, married ones.  Meeting Annaliese, the attraction is immediate and intense.

Will Duke persuade Annaliese to give him a chance?  Or will Annaliese continue to grieve and mourn; living in the past.  My romance book reviews of Loving You At Christmas follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

I am sad to say Loving You At Christmas, by author Kristen Wallace, ends our sojourn in Shellwater Key, Florida.  An excellent series of love and happily ever after, this book‘s a perfect ending for the series.  Kristen Wallace filled this story with intense emotion; grief, attraction, love, and romance.

Although a novella, Wallace, created a substantial tale which grabs the reader immediately.  With skillful plotting and well-developed characters, Wallace made this novella feel like a full-length novel.  I found the pace perfect for the length of the book and her writing flowed well;  making the book easy to read.  Her scenes transition from scene to scene smoothly and with vivid writing, I felt the character’s emotions.  My heart broke for Annaliese;  enduring a childhood, no child should and then the death of her anchor and soul mate, Matthew, brought tears to my eyes.  I could feel her resistance as she began to care for Duke and his nieces, as well as, Duke’s sorrow at the passing of his beloved sister.  Annaliese must face her fears of losing the ones she loves, but can she?

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Shifter’s University by K. R. Thompson

 

Book 1

SHIFTER'S UNIVERSITY
SHIFTER’S UNIVERSITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE SHIFTER’S UNIVERSITY BY K. R. THOMPSON:

Claire Pratten is not a typical teenager.  She has a secret she has kept and revealed to no one.  When Claire’s frightened, she becomes something other than human teenager Claire.  Her foster home has become a nightmare of abuse, and it’s becoming harder to hide her other self.

Logan Fairmont, a dragon shifter, searches Roanoke and Salem for other shifters who are on the verge of revealing their nature to humans. Finding Claire, he knows she needs the help of Imperium University;  where she can learn to control her other self.   However, it’s not as simple as it seems because Claire is more than just another shifter.  My paranormal book reviews of Shifter’s University follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

K. R. Thompson‘s shifter world is original and unique.  A university where shifters attend classes next to unsuspecting humans as they learn to control their other self.  It’s also a  place of werewolves, eves, witches, dragons, and a multitude of other magical shifters.  Thompson filled this story with magic, greed, hatred, prejudice, and attractionShifters share the same ugly traits as humans, with one exception, the humans in Shifter’s University want the shifters dead. Known as the Dark Watch, they are willing to kill to achieve their goals.

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Second Chances For Trampled Hearts By Shoshanna Gabriel

 

Sweet Inspirational Cowboy Romance

Second Chances For Trampled Hearts
Second Chances For Trampled Heart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE SECOND CHANCES FOR TRAMPLED HEARTS BY SHOSHANNA GABRIEL:

In Miami, Allie has a dream of owning her own diner.  Bill’s Uncle Fred owned a diner;  after his death, Bill inherited the diner and closed it down.  Deciding to reopen the diner on a 50/50 partnership, he will fund all the repairs and renovations, and the partner will handle the day-to-day operation.  Allie and Bill email back and forth;  becoming close friends and a partnership’s formed.

Allie invested every cent she had in the partnership.  With rent due, she heads across the country to Bear Creek Saddle, Idaho and Bill.  However, she’s arriving almost out of gas, down to her last few pennies, and two weeks early.   To say their first meeting did not go well would be an understatement.  Allie can not afford to back out of the deal at this point, but upon seeing the run down nasty diner, sparks fly between Bill and Allie.

God has a plan for these two broken people.  With faith, love, and God on their side, Allie and Bill could have something beautiful.  Will they grab on and not let go?  My inspirational romance book reviews of Second Chances For Trampled Hearts follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Shoshanna Gabriel created a firecracker of a story in Second Chances For Trampled Hearts.  The sparks fly around Bill and Allie as they square off. Sparks of attraction, disappointment, and anger.  I loved Bill’s characters; his dry humor was so much like my son-in-law.  Allie’s always primed and ready to explode at the drop of a hat.  What a feisty woman!  When she goes off on Bill, which she did over and over, I laughed and giggled.  My husband would never stand still for what Allie dished out to Bill.

Each had their own point of view.  Allie did not hesitate telling Bill what she thought;  she had a  dream of what the diner could become.  Each had strong opinions, and they butted heads often.  Bill’s determined to have his way while Allie’s determined to bring him around to her way of thinking;  making the reader wonder if a compromise is in their vocabulary.  I loved watching them spar and dance around each other.  Also, I loved that Shoshanna Gabriel gave Bill and Allie morals and standards.  It was terrific to find they would go no further than kissing unless united in marriage.

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Sweet Christmas Kisses 4: Loving You At Christmas By Kristen Wallace

 

Sweet Christmas Kisses 4: Loving You At Christmas
Sweet Christmas Kisses 4: Loving You At Christmas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A collection containing 14 stories complied into a boxed set.  Excerpt from collection:  Usher in the holiday season with 14 heartwarming all-new, stand-alone stories from New York Times, USA Today, national bestselling, and award-winning authors. Sweet Christmas Kisses 4 takes you from the Pocono Mountains to sunny Florida, and as far away as Portugal.

I chose to review the romance story by Kristen Wallace, Loving You At Christmas

STORY-LINE LOVING YOU AT CHRISTMAS BY KRISTEN WALLACE:

Loving You At Christmas, unfortunately, is the last book in the Shellwater Key Tales series.  Former actress and Broadway star Annaliese Matheson features in the finale of this wonderful series.  Annaliese still grieves for her husband Matthew; Annaliese believes she will never love again. Her soul mate’s death left a hole in her soul and heart.  Noticing a handsome, sexy stranger on the beach, Annaliese, begins to wake up from her three-year emotional sleep.

John-Luke “Duke” Evans, famous football star, finds himself raising his four nieces after his sister’s death.  Hot, sexy, and handsome, the women of Shellwater Key pant as he walks by; including the pregnant married ones.  Meeting Annaliese, the attraction is immediate and intense.

Will Duke persuade Annaliese to give him a chance?  Or will Annaliese continue to grieve and mourn; living in the past.  My romance book reviews of Loving You At Christmas follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

I am sad to say Loving You At Christmas, by author Kristen Wallace, ends our sojourn in Shellwater Key, Florida.  A wonderful series of love and happy ever after, this book‘s a perfect ending for the series.  Kristen Wallace filled this story with intense emotion; grief, attraction, love, and romance.

Although a novella, Wallace, created a solid tale which grabs the reader immediately.  With skillful plotting and well-developed characters, Wallace made this novella feel like a full length novel.  I found the pace perfect for the length of the book and her writing flowed well;  making the book easy to read.  Her scenes transition from scene to scene smoothly and with vivid writing I felt the character’s emotions.  My heart broke for Annaliese;  enduring a childhood no child should and then the death of her anchor and soul mate, Matthew, brought tears to my eyes.  I could feel her resistance as she began to care for Duke and his nieces, as well as, Duke’s sorrow at the passing of his beloved sister.  Annaliese must face her fears of losing the ones she loves;  but can she?

Adding the mama drama with the Queen of Shellwater Key, gave the story an extra element.  What a witch Wallace gave us in these booksWallace also included a lot of humor in Loving You At Christmas.  When Layla called in the big guns, I laughed and laughed. By the way, Noah’s the big guns; Shellwater Keys resident soul searcher, advise giver, and counselor to one and all.  Not only does this story have grief, it has a lot of funny snips and snarks.  If I was not laughing, I found myself crying.  I cried buckets at the end of the story.

Kristen Wallace also included characters from the earlier books.  I love a series with continuing characters;  we get an update on their life and all the town gossip.  Loving You At Christmas, is a wonderful romance perfect for anytime of the year.  I would not hesitate to buy this sweet, clean, romance for myself or a friend.  Although sad to say good-bye to my friends in Shellwater Key, I am sure Wallace has another series up her sleeve.

LOVING YOU AT CHRISTMAS RECOMMENDATION:  STARS 4

FINALLY, PLEASE NOTE;

In addition, I received this book from the author and chose to voluntarily review the book with honest romance book reviews.  Lastly, book reviews of any novel are dependent on the book review author’s opinion.  Consequently, all book reviews on-line and on my blog, are my opinions.  Additionally, no on influences my voluntary romance book reviews.

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Slow Burn In The Wilderness By Renee Hart

 

Alaska Adventure Romance (Volume 7)

Slow Burn In The Wilderness
Slow Burn In The Wilderness

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE SLOW BURN IN THE WILDERNESS BY RENEE HART:

Alaska’s on fire in Slow Burn In The Wilderness.  Trevor, a smoke jumper from Boise, arrives as the rookie in camp where he finds Jo the crew chief’s not a man, but definitely a female.  A female who affects him as one never has.  However, Trevor has secrets.  He left Boise under a cloud he does not want to talk about.

Josie, has never had a fellow crew member affect her as Trevor.  Her heart beats faster when he’s around.  But they have a job to do, one that’s dangerous and deadly.  Josie’s worried about the fire, bears, her twin brother who’s on the team, and her smoke jumper father who taught her all she knows;  she tried to ignore the fact he’s older and slower working the fires.  She has her hands full with just the fires.  She doesn’t need a romantic interest to gum up the works even more.  Also, Josie’s unsettled about this new comer, can he fit in with this top-notch crew of fire fighting smoke jumpers?  What is Trevor hiding?  So much more’s happening in this book than fighting fires; relationships, family dynamics, and secrets.  My romance book review of Slow Burn In The Wilderness follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

A sweet romance set in Alaska, Slow Burn In The Wilderness describes the danger smoke jumpers face everyday as these tight-knit men and women work to contain deadly fires.  A serious job in which attention can not waver. One mistake or miscalculation can cost life’s.

I loved the way Hart danced Trevor and Jo around each other; each denying the attraction they felt from their first meeting.  Hart

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The Wrong Bride By Emma Harper

 

A Western Historical Mail Order Bride Romance (Mail Order Brides Go West Book 4)

The Wrong Bride
The Wrong Bride

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Wrong Bride contains a collection of 15 bonus western romance stories and the lead story, The Wrong Bride.  A fantastic deal for readers; a total of 16 mail order bride stories with a total page count of 1095, for the price of one.  I chose to review the lead story The Wrong Bride.

STORY-LINE THE WRONG BRIDE BY EMMA HARPER:

In The Wrong Bride, Bethany finds herself pregnant and unwed.  She has her friend, Carol, answer a mail order bride advertisement from a man out west, correspond, and agree to marry Cody Bowles in her name.  Cody has a house ready and impatiently waits for his bride.  When her lover and father of her child proposes, Bethany ask Carol to break the news to Cody; she will not be coming to marry him.

Carol unattached after recently breaking up with her fiancé, does not have the heart to write Cody the bad news.  She wants a husband and family to love and if Bethany doesn’t want Cody, she does.  She decides to take Bethany’s place and marry Cody; using Bethany’s name she arrives to find Cody very sick.

Nursing Cody, Carol has an immediate attraction to this large handsome man; Carol finds she can’t tell him she’s not Bethany.  What is she going to do?  Can she stand in front of God, in his house of worship, and marry Cody under another

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Billionaire Publisher: Secretary (Alpha Billionaire Romance Series Book One) Sofia Madrigal

Billionaire Publisher

 

 

The Handsome Rich CEO

And His New Secretary

Let The Fun Begin!

 

STORY LINE:

Sebastian Reed has been appointed CEO of Reed Publishing by his father.  He is handsome, rich, well-known, has an active social life, and many women in his life.  However he has a problem; his father’s long time secretary, Marie, is retiring.  Sebastian must find and hire a new secretary to facilitate his running

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Conflicted on 5th Avenue By Abbie St. Claire

Conflicted on 5th avenue

 

 

Handsome Talented Doctor

Beautiful Next Door Neighbor

Love And Romance on 5th Avenue

 

 

 

STORY LINE:

Author Abbie St. Claire has created an emotional novel of need, insecurities, and love. Widower Dr. Ian Briggs is raising his son, Oliver, trying to deal with his wife’s death, and has a thriving surgical career.  He will do anything for his small son including moving from Los Angeles, California to Dallas, Texas to insure

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Complicated on 5th Avenue by Abbie St. Clare

complicated on 5th avenue

 

How Does Life Become So Complicated

Love, Crisis, And Tragedy

Come Join This Roller-coaster Ride Of Emotion

In The Continuing Story of Ian and Chelsie

 

 

STORY LINE:

Author Abbie St. Claire continues the story of Ian and Chelsie in book 2. This is not a standalone book, you must read book 1 to fully enjoy Complicated on 5th Avenue.

 

What a story!  Ian and Chelsie are trying to commit to their love, share their lives, and knit two children together in acceptance of their commitment.  Oliver is standing off from Chelsie, Ian is feeling insecure of

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