Monday, October 3, 2016

Review: The Sheriffs of Savage Wells by Sarah M. Eden

Book Description:

The small town of Savage Wells is barely big enough for the people who call it home; it certainly isn’t big enough for more than one sheriff.

Yet when famed lawman Cade O’Brien rides into town, he finds he’s not the only man ready to take on the job. What’s more, one of his competitors is a woman.

Paisley Bell loves her town and the eccentric people in it. She’s been the job to anyone else. Not only does she love the work, but she also needs the income to take care of her ailing father.

It’s a true battle of the sexes, and sparks fly between the two as Cade and Paisley banter and boast, neither one ready to acknowledge the attraction they have for each other. But when Paisley’s former beau shows up, along with a band of bank robbers, Savage Wells is suddenly faced with the kind of peril that only a sheriff can manage. Who will be man enough—or woman enough—to step up, claim the badge, and save the town?

My Review:

While I read a lot of sweet romances, I enjoy contemporary settings most, with a few historicals thrown in if like the author. Westerns, though, are really not my thing. Because I had enjoyed Sarah Eden's Hope Springs series, however, I decided to give this one a shot. After the first couple of chapters, I almost decided to abandon the book completely. There wasn't anything wrong with it other than my particular mood, so eventually I returned to the book (a couple weeks later) in preparation for this review. And I'm fairly glad I did.

If you like clean, western romances, you'll want to snag this one. Absolutely no bad language (though I didn't particularly care for vainly addressing "Saints" or "Heavens" all the time) and no more than yummy kisses, this is appropriate for all ages. I grew to like the characters, and the theme of a female "lawman" being as good as a male one had me more than once humming "Anything You Can Do" from Annie Get Your Gun (which was appropriate on many levels). Some of the things I liked most about the book were the quirky townsfolk, and of course, the absolutely adorable, snarky banter between Cade and Paisley--one of Eden's fortes. Eden has a way of making even the Wild West worth the trip for me. A pleasant escape in a well-written novel.

*I received an advance reader's copy in exchange for my honest review. Which reminds me, there was one place, on page 52, where there was a continuity issue that threw me off. I expected and ignored the few typos, but this omission of an important fact left me confused for a couple of pages. I hope they fixed that in the final copy!

The Sheriffs of Savage Wells

by Sarah M. Eden

is available in Paperback & eBook

Friday, September 30, 2016

Review: Rachel Anderson's The Fall of Lord Drayson

The Fall of Lord Drayson by Rachael Anderson

Book Description:

When Colin Cavendish, the new earl of Drayson, informs Lucy Beresford that she and her mother need to vacate the house they've called home for the past two years, Lucy is fit to be tied. They have no money, no relations they can turn to for help, and nowhere to go. How dare the earl break the promise his father had made to the Beresfords without so much as a twinge of conscience?

Fate plays her hand when Lucy discovers the earl unconscious and injured in the middle of the road. When he awakens with no recollection of who he is, Lucy seizes the opportunity to teach the earl a much-needed lesson in humility and tells him that he is nothing more than a mere servant. Her servant, in fact.

And thus begins the charming tale of a pompous lord and an impetuous young woman, caught together in a web so tangled that it begs the question: Will they ever get out?

My Review:

It has been a long time since I've stayed up reading way past anyone's bedtime, yet that's what I did reading this one. I didn't want to close my Kindle or put the book down--I was immersed in my own little world with the characters of The Fall of Lord Drayson. Rachael Anderson is one of my favorite authors, one I would read without knowing anything about the book just because she wrote it, but I enjoyed this one even more than most. Rachael Anderson's spin on Regency romance was fresh and intriguing, and I loved the interaction between the characters. It was a fun way to spend a few evenings, and I hope she writes more in this genre.

*I received a complimentary copy for my honest review.

About the Author:

A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can't sing, doesn't dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.

Visit her Amazon page for links to all of Rachael Anderson's books.


The Fall of Lord Drayson

by Rachael Anderson

is available in ebook and paperback.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Book Review: Between Hope & the Highway by Charissa Stastny

Between Hope & the Highway by Charissa Stastny

Book Description:

Sometimes things get so messed up you have to pick up and get the heck out of Dodge. That’s what Liz Ruthersford does. Memories can be weapons, and hers have become incoming missiles. Fleeing home and her parents’ pity, she seeks refuge on a remote ranch in Montana where no one knows her tragic past. 

When she meets Bentley and Rawson Law, brothers with wounds of their own, life veers off course. Embers of hope flicker to life, but will bias, bitterness, and misunderstanding smother them before they burn bright enough to warm her heart? Or will she hit the highway and run once again?

For readers who crave a clean, yet heart-pounding romance and redemption story, this one’s for you.

My Review:

Between Hope & the Highway is a fantastic read--well thought out, beautifully penned, and full of depth. This book made me laugh, and it also made me cry . . . twice. (Even the second time I read it.) The best part--the romance has the just the right snap, crackle, and pop. The best scenes are about cereal and ice cream--clever banter with sparks. The setting for the book is gorgeous--as is the cover, isn't it adorable? Between Hope & the Highway is well worth the read. Charissa Stastny is a fantastic author!

Because my blog is about "clean" reads, I do have to pass along a slight warning. Along with some of the milder swear words, there's a scene that makes me blush, so for those reasons, I would rate it in the PG-13 level.

*I received a beta copy with no commitment to review.

About the Author:

Charissa Stastny is married to her high school sweetheart and has four children who are the light of her life. She’s an avid reader, happy writer, BYU graduate, and lover of irises, clouds, chocolate, sushi, and nature. Though born and raised in Las Vegas, she has never pulled a handle of a slot machine and can’t shuffle cards to save her life. She shuffles kids, laundry, and church responsibilities rather well though. She currently lives in Utah with her family, where shuffling cards isn’t required.

Currently, Charissa Stastny's other books (the Bending Williow Trilogy) are on sale for 99 cents each on Amazon. Visit her Amazon page for links to each of these books as well.

You can connect with her in the following places:
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Between Hope & the Highway

by Charissa Stastny

is currently available in ebook.

Paperback available soon.

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