A Chance at Forever by Melissa Jagears


In early 1900s Kansas, Mercy McClain, determined to protect Teaville’s children from the bullying she experienced as a child, finds fulfillment working at the local orphanage and serving on the school board. When Aaron Firebrook, the classmate who bothered her more than any other, petitions the board for a teaching position, she’s dead set against him getting the job.

Aaron knows he deserves every bit of Mercy’s mistrust, but he’s returned to his hometown a changed man and is seeking to earn forgiveness of those he wronged. He doesn’t expect Mercy to like him, but surely he can prove he now has the best interests of the children at heart.

Will resentment and old wounds hold them back, or can Mercy and Aaron put the past behind them in time to face the unexpected threats to everything they’re working for?

My Thoughts:

This is the 3rd book in the Teaville Moral Society series by Melissa Jagears. Melissa Jagears always writes characters with depth and relatable flaws. I always find myself immersed in these books due to how realistic these characters seem. I loved Aaron right from the start! He was my favorite character in this book. I really loved that we got to see his brokenness because of his past, but also the tremendous growth his character had undergone. He was grace in the midst of suspicion, doubts, and hurtful reminders of his past. The lengths that Aaron went through to make amends for the actions in his past were astounding. Aaron is my fave for sure! Mercy was harder for me to connect with. I recognize that she was guarded because of past hurts and skeptical in order to protect herself and the orphans she cared for, however I wanted her to be more kind and lighten up a little bit. I think she was admirable because she was strong and capable despite her physical obstacles and being orphaned at a young age. There was a bit of an underlying mystery going on within this story that comes to light in the last chapters and it added a bit of intrigue and some suspense to the already tense situation at the orphanage. Definitely a little twist I didn’t see coming! I don’t want to give any spoilers, but the book wrapped up in an unexpected yet satisfying way! I love epilogues at the end of books that give a glimpse of characters and how their lives look as time has progressed. I enjoyed this book and think it was a great addition to this series.

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*I was provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.


Oath of Honor by Lynette Eason


Police officer Isabelle St. John loves her crazy, loud, law-enforcement family. With three brothers and two sisters, she’s never without someone to hang out with–or fight with. And she knows they’ll be there for her when things get tough. Like when her partner is murdered and she barely escapes with her own life.

Determined to discover exactly what happened, Izzy’s investigation sends her headfirst into a criminal organization, possibly with cops on the payroll–including someone from her own family. With her dead partner’s handsome homicide detective brother Ryan shadowing her every move, Izzy’s head is spinning. How can she secure justice for her partner when doing so could mean sending someone she loves to prison? And how will she guard her heart when the man she’s had a secret crush on for years won’t leave her side?

My Thoughts:

It appears we are in for another fast paced, action filled series from Lynette Eason! This story had me hooked from the beginning. The first chapters were intense. When Izzy’s partner was killed, I was in shock. It happened so fast, I had so many questions, and I really had a hard time believing he was gone. Yep, hooked from the beginning. As the story progressed there were twists and turns that I did not expect. I love it when a book can surprise me with a twist. This book had me guessing until the last chapters. I loved Izzy and Ryan. I loved that they were brought together because of their love for Kevin and their need to find justice for his death. One of the things that I enjoyed most about this book was being introduced to the St. John family. They seem to have such a fun family dynamic and I am anxious to see what come from the rest of the family as this series continues! I enjoyed this book and will definitely be keeping up with this series!

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If I Run by Terri Blackstock


Casey Cox’s DNA is all over the crime scene. There’s no use talking to police; they’ve failed her abysmally before. She has to flee before she’s arrested . . . or worse. The truth doesn’t matter anymore.

But what is the truthThat’s the question haunting Dylan Roberts, the war-weary veteran hired to find Casey. PTSD has marked him damaged goods, but bringing Casey back can redeem him. Though the crime scene seems to tell the whole story, details of the murder aren’t adding up.

Casey Cox doesn’t fit the profile of a killer. But are Dylan’s skewed perceptions keeping him from being objective? If she isn’t guilty, why did she run?

Unraveling her past and the evidence that condemns her will take more time than he has, but as Dylan’s damaged soul intersects with hers, he is faced with two choices: the girl who occupies his every thought is a psychopathic killer . . . or a selfless hero. And the truth could be the most deadly weapon yet.

My Thoughts:

Moment of truth. The cover of this book caught my attention the first time I saw it in a bookstore. I just love this cover. So when our book club gals were trying to decide on our March read, and they wanted a mystery or thriller, this book came to mind. I didn’t know the plot, hadn’t read this author before, but I knew the cover was fabulous. So I suggested it. I sat down to read it earlier this week, opened to the first page and saw that this book is written in first person, present tense. For the one or two of you who may actually read and follow my blog posts you will know that I struggle with books written from a first person perspective. Throw in present tense and I was read to toss in the towel before page 2. But…this was our March book. I have never not read and finished one of our books, and had no reason for letting my personal preferences keep me from getting it done. So, I pressed on. Honestly speaking, I struggled until the half way mark of the book. I was super distracted by the way it was written. Again, this is not a complaint against the writing, its my own preference. And then something seemingly magical started to happen and it all kind of melted away. I was getting more wrapped up in the story. The suspense was growing, the mystery was intriguing, I was invested in the characters, and I barely noticed the point of view or the tense anymore. Towards the end of this book I felt like I was holding my breath in certain scenes because it was just so suspenseful. I just love a book that keeps me hooked until the last page, and this book definitely did! And, I knew this was a series, but had no idea it would be like a movie that someone pressed pause on 1/3 of the way through. Before I finished the last pages I had already reserved the next book in the series from the Library. Now I am at their mercy. Just waiting for an email telling me its on the hold shelf. So excited that the third book If I Live released last week! Now I can just binge read the last two books!

I truly love it when I am skeptical going into a book and the writing completely wins me over and changes my perspective. Totally happened with this book, and now I am hooked.

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A Dangerous Engagement by Melanie Dickerson


Just as merchant’s daughter Felicity Mayson is spurned once again because of her meager dowry, she receives an unexpected invitation to Lady Blackstone’s country home. Being introduced to the wealthy Oliver Ratley is an admitted delight, as is his rather heedless yet inviting proposal of marriage. Only when another of Lady Blackstone’s handsome guests catches Felicity’s attention does she realize that nothing is what it seems at Doverton Hall

Government agent Philip McDowell is infiltrating a group of cutthroat revolutionaries led by none other than Lady Blackstone and Ratley. Their devious plot is to overthrow the monarchy, and their unwitting pawn is Felicity. Now Philip needs Felicity’s help in discovering the rebels’ secrets—by asking her to maintain cover as Ratley’s innocent bride-to-be.

Philip is duty bound. Felicity is game. Together they’re risking their lives—and gambling their hearts—to undo a traitorous conspiracy before their dangerous masquerade is exposed.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this latest book in the Regency Spies of London series. A Dangerous Engagement has a little bit of everything to keep the readers interest. This book was full of suspense! As the story progresses it becomes more and more suspenseful. Felicity is trapped at Doverton Hall, cut off from the outside world and surrounded by unpredictable and irrational revolutionists. I really like that Melanie Dickerson writes heroines that have personality, wit, and a mind of their own and Felicity proves all these things to be true. Philip McDowell’s character was the perfect agent hero! Philip was dedicated to his mission, mindful of Felicity and her situation, but overall he put his country before himself or his personal desires which I really admired. I thought this story balanced the suspense and romance nicely. I really ached for Felicity, being caught in such a hard situation, and with each page I wanted her and Philip to find a way to succeed in their mission and come together. The conclusion of this book was sweet and satisfying and I thought it was the perfect addition to this series. I highly recommend this series if you like Regency era stories or historical fiction.

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The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo


The last time New Orleans attorney Jean-Luc Valmont saw Maribel Cordoba, a Spanish nobleman’s daughter, she was an eleven-year-old orphan perched in the riggings of his privateering vessel proving herself as the best lookout on his crew. Until the day his infamy caught up with them all and innocent lives were lost. Unsure why he survived but vowing to make something of the chance he was given, Jean-Luc has buried his past life so deep that no living person will ever find it—until a very much alive and very grown up Maribel Cordoba arrives on his doorstep and threatens all he now holds dear.

My Thoughts:

I was so excited for this book! Pirates! How fun! This book absolutely lived up to all of my expectations! I would call this a fantastic Historical adventure novel! I loved it! I instantly fell in love with Maribel, the intelligent girl with a love of reading and a spirit of adventure. She was kind, smart, and easy to like. I was curious as to how this story line would work because Maribel was so young when the story begins, but I really enjoyed that the book was separated into two parts and time had passed between them. I really appreciated that even though years had gone by, and her situation had changed, Maribel had matured yet still retained so many of those characteristics that I loved about her as a child. It was like meeting an old friend years later. I really don’t want to give too much away about this book, it is just too good. However, the second half of the book is filled with twists, turns, and gave me a little anxiousness at so many near meetings for two of my favorite characters. I have no complaints about this book except I wish it had been longer. I wanted more pages of adventure and pirates! Or Privateers, to be precise. Can we get more pirate books in our lives? I am a fast fan! This book is available for Pre-Order and will release soon!

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*I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

Freedom’s Ring by Heidi Chiavaroli


Boston, 2015

Two years after nearly losing her life in the Boston Marathon bombing, Annie David is still far from “Boston strong.” Instead she remains isolated and defeated—plagued by guilt over her niece, crippled in the blast, and by an antique ring alongside a hazy hero’s face. But when she learns the identity of her rescuer, will he be the hero she’s imagined? And can the long-past history of the woman behind the ring set her free from the guilt and fears of the present?

Boston, 1770

As a woman alone in a rebellious town, Liberty Caldwell finds herself in a dangerous predicament. When a British lieutenant, Alexander Smythe, comes to her rescue and offers her employment, Liberty accepts. As months go by, Alexander not only begins to share his love of poetry with her, but protects Liberty from the advances of a lecherous captain living in the officers’ house where she works.

Mounting tensions explode in the Boston Massacre, and Liberty’s world is shattered as her brother, with whom she has just reunited, is killed in the fray. Desperate and alone, she returns home, only to be assaulted by the captain. Afraid and furious toward redcoats, Liberty leaves the officers’ home, taking with her a ring that belonged to Alexander.

Two women, separated by centuries, must learn to face their fears. And when they feel they must be strong, they learn that sometimes true strength is found in surrender.

My Thoughts:

I have come to really love split time novels! Its like getting the best of both worlds all in same book. I felt that this book flowed seamlessly between the Historical and Contemporary setting. Usually with split time novels I am always more drawn toward the historical story line, but this book had me so captivated by each story that I truly could not say that I preferred one over the other. Reading this book felt like going on a treasure hunt for secrets. I felt that both Liberty and Annie were great characters. I was so interested to see how these two stories connected. I absolutely loved Brad! It was great to see Annie and Brad’s relationship develop as he helped her through some of her anxiety and fears. I really appreciated that Annie’s character had flaws that she was working to improve, but she never came across as bitter or overly negative. It made me connect with her as a character and allowed me to really sympathize with her hurts and struggles. This book tackled some deep things, but I never felt like to was too heavy or that I needed to take a break from it. I really enjoyed this book. I am looking forward to reading more from Heidi Chiavaroli. I definitely recommend this book to fans of historical fiction or readers who like a novel that keeps you turning the pages quickly.

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As Easy As Riding A Bike by Bell Renshaw


Emma Holland is almost finished with the renovation of The Brown Bear Lodge nestled just off the Pacific Coast 101 Highway in picturesque Justin Harbor, Oregon. Being a business owner in a small town isn’t easy, but Emma’s got more than enough determination—not to mention an excellent eye for interior design. There’s only one problem. One of her first guests of the season is someone she hoped she’d never see again.

As a famous landscape photographer, Connor Pearson has traveled far and wide following his dreams at the cost of losing his first love. Now, back in Justin Harbor, Connor is looking for more than just a place to stay. He’s looking for himself.

As Emma and Connor rediscover their lost friendship and seek to find common ground in the present, Connor feels the tug of his small town roots. Is it possible that a man who’s traveled the world could find his home where his dreams began? Can Emma come to terms with the fact that self-reliance isn’t all it’s cracked up to be? Will their bonds from the past weather the storms of the present?

As Easy as Riding a Bike will introduce you to the salty air and calming waters of Justin Harbor, the first novella in a series featuring small town women business owners.

My Thoughts:

I absolutely love a sweet romance story that effortlessly keeps me turning the pages and wanting more. This latest novella by Bell Renshaw does just that! This is the first novella in the Justin Harbor series and we are introduced to the charming town of Justin Harbor. I loved this story! For the longest time I was skeptical of novellas. I thought they were too short, lacked character development, and rushed through a story. If you have ever been disappointed by a novella, then please, please pick up one of Bell’s. She has a way of crafting a story that draws you in as a reader, allows you to get to know her characters and their personalities, while at the same time weaving in a well thought out plot that flows easily and never feels rushed. Now, I am not going to say that I have never been left wanting more…but that’s in a greedy–this is so good–I don’t want it to end–kind of way. I thought Emma and Connor’s story was so sweet. There were glimpses of past hurts that shaped their views and thoughts which really brought depth to their characters. I felt like this was more like a true to life love story than a fairy tale one, which is refreshing. Emma and Connor did not simply meet up and instantly fall in love. They had their pasts, their futures, and other obstacles to confront which made this story feel very genuine instead of unrealistic and forced. This story’s conclusion was perfect in my opinion. It gave me all the feels and smiles. No spoilers here! Anytime you you end the last page with a sigh and a smile you know it was a good read. I cannot wait to see what comes next in this series! And, how fun is that? A novella series? I love it! I definitely recommend this novella for fans of contemporary romance or anyone who wants a quick sweet read that will give you the warm fuzzies! Planning my next fictional vacation to Justin Harbor!

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*I was given a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.