Thursday, July 21, 2016

No Way Up By Mary Connealy REVIEW


No Way Up by Mary Connealy
Book #1 in the Cimarron Legacy Series

Synopsis
When Cimarron ranch patriarch Chance Boden is caught in an avalanche, the quick actions of hired hand Heath Kincaid save him. Badly injured, Chance demands that his will be read and its conditions be enforced immediately.
Without anyone else to serve as a witness, Heath is pressed into reading the will. If Justin, Sadie, and Cole Boden don't live and work at home for the entire year, the ranch will go to their low-down cousin Mike.
Then Heath discovers the avalanche was a murder attempt, and more danger might follow. Deeply involved with the family, Heath's desire to protect Sadie goes far beyond friendship. The danger keeps them close together, and their feelings grow until being apart is the last thing on their minds.


My Review
3.5 stars
Chance Boden is desperate to bring his family together. After being severely injured in an avalanche, he informs his 3 adult children that unless the 3 move to the ranch and live there together for a year, than the ranch goes to a cousin they cannot stand. His children come together and attempt to please their father, and save the ranch.
Heath Kincaid is a ranch hand who saved Chance's life in the avalanche, is crushing on Chance's daughter, Sadie, and discovers the avalanche wasn't an accident.
I really enjoyed the novella prequel to this book, The Boden Birthright, but this book fell a little flat for me. Mary Connealy is known for her humor and witty banter in her writing, and I felt like this book lacked it. It focused more around the mystery of who wants Chance Boden dead, with a little romance between Sadie and Heath. I REALLY liked Heath, but Sadie frustrated me.
Overall, it was a good read. The mystery is intriguing. And even though I thought the premise of forcing your adult children to live together was somewhat silly, it was a cute book. I'll be reading the next in the series. :)


* Thank you to Netgalley and Bethany House for the opportunity to review this book. 

Thursday, July 07, 2016

The Spy's Revenge RELEASE BLITZ & REVIEW


Title: The Spy’s Revenge
Author: Nadine Millard
Series: The Revenge Series
Genre: Regency Romance
Publisher: Blue Tulip Publishing


HE’S LOST EVERYTHING, BUT WILL HE FIND LOVE AGAIN?


Jonathan Spencer has dedicated his life to working for the crown.
He loves the thrill of the chase, the sense of adventure, the lure of danger.
Most of all, he loves Gabrielle Dumas, the fellow spy who stole his heart.
Jonathan’s life is wonderful…until one fateful night in Paris, a night that brought his whole world crashing down.
Three years later, Jonathan hasn’t recovered from the events of that night.
And now he finds himself in the middle of a mystery that will rock his whole world.
Can Jonathan figure out who is trying to destroy his life, before his last chance of happiness is snatched away?
And will he get the chance to open his heart and love again?



“You told Evie?” he barked. “I knew you would go soft in retirement, Drew, but Christ! Even you must remember that we tend not to chat to our family and friends about what it is we do.”
“I understand you’re under a lot of stress,” Andrew answered casually, flicking a piece of lint from his superfine, “so I will allow that comment about my going soft pass.”
Jonathan snorted, but Andrew continued as though he had made no sound at all.
“And it seems to have escaped your memory that my wife was exposed to what it is we do, or did in my case, when we helped her all those years ago at Spencer Park.”
“Be that as it may, you have no right divulging secrets of the past, my past to my interfering little cousin,” Jonathan snapped.
Andrew looked at him then, fury flashing in his green eyes.
“Be careful, Jonathan,” he muttered quietly.
His quiet, cold ire served to heat Jonathan’s even more. It had always been thus. Andrew’s anger had always presented itself in icy, steely form while Jonathan’s raged with fire and heat.
“Or what?” he snarled in answer.
Jonathan wasn’t sure what was going on with him. He had never spoken to Andrew like this. He’d never really spoken to anyone like this. Unless it had been an enemy of sorts. And Andrew hadn’t really done anything wrong, Jonathan could admit to himself.
The truth was he felt furious, irritated, frustrated and even a little frightened. But it wasn’t Andrew’s fault, and he was well aware of that.
Andrew arched a brow, looking every inch the haughty aristocrat.
Jonathan huffed out a breath and ran a hand through his dark blond hair, mussing it enough to give his poor valet palpitations.
Damn it all.
Andrew must think he should be carted off to Bedlam, and, all things considered, he had no idea where to even start trying to get to the bottom of the mystery surrounding Gabby.
This day couldn’t possibly get any worse, he decided.
A discreet cough signalled the arrival of yet another person.
Bloody hell. It was like Piccadilly during the Season in here.
“What is it, Jeffries?”
“Captain Lucas Townsend to call,” the butler answered, holding out a silver tray with the captain’s calling card.
Jonathan felt his temper flare once more.
He’d been wrong. The day could get worse, it seemed. And it just had.

I had the opportunity to read an advanced copy of The Spy's Revenge and it DID NOT disappoint. I read it in one day- reading every chance I got. Nadine Millard has easily moved into my top 5 favorite authors list- I've read (& loved!) all her books. The first in this series, Highway Revenge, I fell in love with immediately! I ordered the paperback version to go in my personal library as soon as I finished the Kindle version. The Spy's Revenge was no different. We met Jonathan in the first book. So I was excited to see him again and to read his love story. He is charming, a brave, and totally broken as the book begins. He is just a shell of the man he used to be because 3 years prior he believes he saw his true love, Gabrielle Dumas, die at the hands of a murderer.  Gabrielle is, well, the word "badass" comes to mind. She can hang with the boy spies. Anything they can do, she can do better. ;) I thoroughly enjoyed her character.
I don't want to give anything away. So, I'll just say this: The characters are awesome. You can't help but like them. Nadine does a great job in letting us know what each character is thinking and feeling. She makes clean romantic scenes scald you with the steam. The witty banter and "lust-filled" thoughts of the characters are entertaining.

A few of my favorite lines that made me laugh out loud:
"Even if she could force her mind to forget about him, her heart would forever remember and forever crave his touch. Her heart was an idiot."

"How could her brain work properly when it was too busy urging her to do all sorts of improper things with the man at her side? Her brain, it turned out was a bit of a wanton." 

"Dear Lord, the man could make her combust with just a look, she was sure."
 
I also loved catching up with Andrew and Evelyn, from Highway Revenge. And I am pretty sure there will be a book 3 with Anna and Captain Townsend's story. Overall, I totally loved losing myself in The Spy's Revenge. It was a mystery throughout the book, that I was pretty sure I had solved, but wasn't sure what the whole story was until the end. I will definitely be adding the paperback to my library when it's available!


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Nadine is a writer hailing from Dublin, Ireland. Before writing historical romance, Nadine worked in law and has a degree in legal studies. She now divides her time between raising her three beautiful children, writing and hiding her online shopping addiction from her long suffering husband, Larry.
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Thursday, June 09, 2016

An Elegant Facade by Kristi Ann Hunter Review

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Summary
 Lady Georgina Hawthorne has worked tirelessly to seal her place as the Incomparable for her debut season. At her first London ball, she hopes to snag the attention of an earl.
With money and business connections, but without impeccable bloodlines, Colin McCrae is invited everywhere but accepted nowhere. When he first encounters the fashionable Lady Georgina, he's irritated by his attraction to a woman who concerns herself only with status and appearance.
What Colin doesn't know is that Georgina's desperate social aspirations are driven by the shameful secret she harbors. Association with Colin McCrae is not part of Georgina's plan, but as their paths continue to cross, they both must decide if the realization of their dreams is worth the sacrifices they must make.

My Review
 I'll admit, when I started this book Lady Georgina irritated me to death! I was frustrated with her and I wanted her to end up with a big jerk as her husband. But as the story progressed, and her secret was revealed, you understand her vulnerability and I started to feel sorry for her. She is nothing like she presents herself in society. She is kindhearted, loyal to her friends, and really just unsure of herself and her future.
Colin McCrae- I loved this guy the entire book. He is not part of aristocracy, but he is a successful business man who will never worry about money. He's also honorable, witty, and protective. He also learns Georgina's secret. He knows her weakness and being able to see what he does with this knowledge was awesome.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It did drag in a few parts and may have been a little longer than necessary. However, it was well-written and I loved the overall message. 4 stars
Thank you to Netgalley and Bethany House for the advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, April 18, 2016

From This Moment by Elizabeth Camden





I had the opportunity to review an advanced copy of Elizabeth Camden's new book From This Moment. This was my first book to read by Ms. Camden and I was impressed with her writing and research!

Summary from Goodreads:
Romulus White has tried for years to hire illustrator Stella West for his renowned scientific magazine. She is the missing piece he needs to propel his magazine to the forefront of the industry.
But Stella abruptly quit the art world and moved to Boston with a single purpose: to solve the mysterious death of her beloved sister. Romulus, a man with connections to high society and every important power circle in the city, could be her most valuable ally.
Sparks fly the instant Stella and Romulus join forces, and Romulus soon realizes the strong-willed and charismatic Stella could disrupt his hard-won independence. Can they continue to help each other when their efforts draw the wrong kind of attention from the powers-that-be and put all they've worked for at risk?


My Review:
I wasn't quite sure when I first started the book. It dragged a little and honestly, when I "met" Stella and Romulus I wasn't impressed. However, throughout the book their characters grew on me. Stella was pretty hardcore! She wanted to find what happened to her sister, and she wasn't afraid to keep trying. Her bravery was inspiring. And I liked how even in the toughest situations, she kept her wits about her and figured a way out.  Romulus, besides having a really weird name that kind of annoyed me, just seemed overly concerned about appearances. But he turned out to be very witty and likeable. I also really liked his sister, Evelyn, and her husband Clyde. They were an nice side-story in the novel.
The mystery surrounding Gwendolyn's, Stella's sister, death was really captivating. Even when I thought I had it solved, I didn't know WHY or who all was involved. I liked that. It kept me intrigued and had me guessing until all was revealed. 
Overall, I thought it was well written. It may have been a little longer than necessary, dragging at some parts, but for the most part it was enjoyable. 3.5 stars

Sunday, April 10, 2016

With This Ring?: A Novella Collection of Proposals Gone Awry





I love reading novella collections. And honestly, when I saw the authors in this collection I knew it would be great before I even started!! Overall I gave the collection 4 stars and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a fun, historical fiction, CLEAN romantic read!!

The Husband Maneuver by Karen Witemeyer

"...Like a glutton, she turned page after furious page, desperate for more..., even as she wished it would never end."
^^^ This is me when I read a Karen Witemeyer book! I loved reading about Daniel from A Worthy Pursuit So fun! Even with a novella, I didn't finish it feeling jipped. She packed a full punch into 89 pages. Loved it!!



Engaging the Competition by Melissa Jagears

I think the idea of this novella was cuter than the actual execution of it. I liked Harrison, but Charlie irritated me. I'm glad Harrison kind of "put her in her place." This was my least favorite of the novellas in the With This Ring?: A Novella Collection of Proposals Gone Awry. But it was still a fun read.

  


Runaway Bride by Mary Connealy

I enjoyed this novella a lot. Mary Connealy is a fun author! I've read several of her books, but as I read this novella I wished I had read more about the Kincaid brides! I felt a little lost with the introduction of characters from other books. But it made me curious and I've updated my "to read" list. I loved the Texas Ranger to the rescue aspect and was happy Carrie wasn't a whiney female. Cute read!



Her Dearly Unintended by Regina Jennings 

Regina Jennings is such a great author. And this was a fun read. I liked Josiah a lot, but Katie Ella bugged me for a chunk of it. But the more you learn, the more you understand why she acted the way she did. Cute, quick read. :)

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Flirtation Walk by Siri Mitchell

I have not read any books by Siri Mitchell, but I have several on my to-read list on Goodreads. So, Flirtation Walk was my first!

Synopsis
Trying to escape the shambles her con-man father has made of their reputation, Lucinda Curtis arrives in West Point, New York, determined to land a husband from the military academy. Campbell Conklin is first in his class and preparing to embark upon a storied career in the U.S. Army. Lucinda thinks Campbell will make the perfect husband . . . as long as he does not find out about her father.

Seth Westcott also has taken a liking to Lucinda. He's kind, smart . . . and working extremely hard to graduate last. Tradition states that the worst cadets are assigned to the cavalry out west. And west is where Seth must head to track the swindler who stole all of Seth's mother's money. Seth is smart enough to vie for the top spot, but life isn't fair and this is his chance to catch the man who ruined his family. It's too bad Campbell is all shine and no substance, but Lucinda will surely see through all of that, won't she?


The Author
Siri Mitchell graduated from the University of Washington with a business degree and worked in various levels of government. As a military spouse, she has lived all over the world, including Paris and Tokyo. Siri enjoys observing and learning from different cultures. She is fluent in French and loves sushi.
But she is also a member of a strange breed of people called novelists. When they’re listening to a speaker and taking notes, chances are, they’ve just had a great idea for a plot or a dialogue. If they nod in response to a really profound statement, they’re probably thinking, “Yes. Right. That’s exactly what my character needs to hear.” When they edit their manuscripts, they laugh at the funny parts. And cry at the sad parts. Sometimes they even talk to their characters.
Siri wrote 4 books and accumulated 153 rejections before signing with a publisher. In the process, she saw the bottoms of more pints of Ben & Jerry’s than she cares to admit. At various times she has vowed never to write another word again. Ever. She has gone on writing strikes and even stooped to threatening her manuscripts with the shredder.


My Review
3.5 stars
Lucinda was raised by her con-man father. She knew nothing about him other than the lies he had told her. Now he's died and she has gone to the only family she has left- her mother's family in West Point, NY. The longer she is there, the more she learns about who he father really was. She wants to marry a respectable man. Campbell Conklin seems like the perfect match...maybe.
Seth is a top cadet at West Point. But his sister has been swindled by someone, and is stranded and money-less. Seth needs to help his sister and is desperate. He's also falling for Lucinda...
I honestly had a hard time getting in to this book. I just never felt a connection to the characters. It moved slowly and gave so much detail about things I didn't think were important. So, it dragged at parts and I found myself skimming. I will say that the historical aspect seemed well-researched and I really liked the fact that Seth's decision to stop attending classes and racking up demerits closely resembled the real life choices of Edgar Allen Poe. I really enjoy when history is portrayed correctly and I think Siri Mitchell did a good job with that!
Overall, I think people will enjoy this book. I think maybe it just wasn't a perfect match for me and sometimes that just happens. I was given a free copy of this ebook via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

No Other Will Do by Karen Witemeyer



Karen Witemeyer is one of my favorite authors. You can see her name listed in my sidebar with a link to her Goodreads profile. I also had the opportunity to meet her last May in Dallas. It was awesome. I love reading her books because I've never been disappointed. I know it will be clean, and fun, and full of romance! I was lucky enough to be able to read a review copy of her newest book, to be released in June this year, No Other Will Do. Before I give my full review, I'll start by telling you- I've already pre-ordered the paperback from Amazon for my personal library. That says a lot!


Emma Chandler is a headstrong, smart, and independent woman who has founded an all-women colony Harper Station, Texas. But her community is under attack by an unknown assailant and she needs help. So she calls the only person she knows she can fully trust - Malachi Shaw.
Emma saved Malachi's life when they were just children. But now he's a grown man, working with explosives on the railroad. When he receives Emma's call for help, he comes with no hesitation. (**When he receives her telegraph, it was seriously one of my favorite parts of the book- how quickly he leaves the help her!!)
I really, really liked the mystery in this book. I was guessing who might be the attacker, who was the spy, etc... up until the truth was revealed. It was fast paced. I also loved the clean romance.  Emma and Malachi fought their affection and attraction for each other from the minute they set eyes on each other again after 10 years. It was entertaining to watch them fight the inevitable.


Just a few of my favorite scenes:
"She glanced up at him, and got her first true glimpse of the man Malachi had become. Oh my. In her excitement to see him, she hadn't actually seen him. If she had, she'd probably still be glued to the porch, clinging to the railing for support."


"Mal grinned triumphantly at the smirking moon. Ha! He could be more comforting than a rock. Wasn't so hard. Just had to imagine she was his horse... Yeah. Should've known that wouldn't work."


"Willing his body to remain still even though every muscle tensed at her approach, he forced himself to continue breathing at a steady rate. In. Out."


Karen Witemeyer has done it once again. The characters are likeable. The romance is endearing. The community of Harper Station is sweet. And Karen's writing is inspirational. Well done.




*I was given a copy to review by Bethany House via Netgalley. Thank you!



Monday, March 14, 2016

If We Were a Movie by Kelly Oram Blog Tour & Book Review GIVEAWAY

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If We Were a Movie by Kelly Oram (Power of the Matchmaker #3)
Music meets Movies in this sweet college romance from the bestselling author of Cinder & Ella. NYU freshman Nate Anderson is a triplet who is desperate to escape his wild and crazy brothers. After they screw things up for him one too many times, Nate flees his housing situation and takes the first available room for rent as far from his brothers as he can get. Enter his new roommate Jordan--a quirky LA girl who believes that everything in life has already been done in the movies. In this heartfelt tale of love, friendship and family, Nate learns how to deal with his new adult life using Hollywood films as a guide.
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  • "I loved this story and was humming along to the songs from the book whilst reading. I can see this book becoming the movie it was written to be."
  • "If We Were a Movie made me want to binge watch movies, listen to old playlists and re-read it all at once."


My Personal Review
****4 stars****
Let me start by saying I am totally enjoying the Power of the Matchmaker series. There hasn't been a book I haven't enjoyed. I really liked that this one was from a male point of view. That doesn't happen very often. It was refreshing to hear inside a guy's head.
Nate is a triplet, and very talented musician, at NYU on a double scholarship. His brothers, Tyler and Chris, are driving him crazy, so he moves out of their squished dorm into an apartment with Jordan. Pearl, our favorite matchmaker, is the one who introduced him to Jordan. She just didn't mention Jordan wasn't a he, "he's" a she until it was too late.
Jordan is awesome. Any guy would fall in love with her. She's fun, a soccer fan, owns a Ferrari, and a total movie buff. I liked her the entire book. She was just really cool. I want to be her friend.
Sophie is Nate's longtime girlfriend who I wanted to throat punch through the entire book. In fact, I still want to throat punch her, and I finished the book an hour ago, and she's a fictional character.
I really loved how each chapter referred to a movie. That was fun- especially since I had seen most of them. It was a cute idea, and made the book even more fun! I just wish I had been able to hear the songs Nate wrote throughout the book. That would be awesome if this book had a soundtrack. :) I'm looking forward to the next book in the series!!!

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TEASER:
“So this is what a Pearl-approved guy looks like.” She shook her head once and cracked a smile. “She’s got good taste, I’ll give her that. You’re an odd mix of sexy and adorable. Don’t see that often.”
I was a little taken aback by the compliment, if that’s even what it was. She may have just been stating what she considered to be fact. She laughed at my surprise and held out her hand to me. “Nice to meet you. I’m Jordan Kramer.”
I’d been afraid of that. “You’re a girl.”
Jordan laughed. “That’s what it says on my birth certificate, but I’m really glad you were able to figure it out without needing to read it.”
Nope. I definitely didn’t need that.

TEASER:
I handed Jordan the electric guitar that I’ve had since I was twelve, and laughed when her eyes got really big. “You play the electric guitar, too?” “Music major,” I teased, picking up my keyboard. “I play this, too. A little. And the bass guitar.” “Awesome.” She examined the electric guitar with awe. “Why do you seem so surprised?” She looked at me as if the answer to that question should be obvious. “Hello. Have you met yourself? You with an acoustic guitar singing soft songs around a campfire or in a coffee house makes perfect sense. But I can’t picture you up on a stage, jamming on your electric guitar like a rock star.” She studied me a moment, then shook her head. “You’ll have to play for me, or I’m not going to believe it.”
 
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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Painting Rain by Annette K. Larsen Blog Tour GIVEAWAY

Painting Rain by Annette K. Larsen
How do you heal your heart after tragedy leaves you broken? When the person you loved didn’t deserve it and they can’t earn your forgiveness because they’re already dead? How do you move on, and heal, and love?
If you’re Princess Lorraina, you paint. A year ago Lorraina watched Tobias die, and she still doesn't know how she's supposed to heal—or forgive. How can she when she’s still running away? In an attempt to reinvent herself, she steps outside her comfortable life as princess and seeks the tutelage of a master painter—a man who is not at all impressed by her pedigree, and demands not just talent, but emotional honesty. Struggling to learn what’s being taught, she finds herself drawn to someone who not only knows her secrets, but who she once considered far below her notice. Now she is compelled to seek him out despite knowing their relationship would be forbidden if discovered. Staying away from him doesn’t seem possible when discovering him may be the key to healing her heart and rediscovering herself.


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 I was born in Utah, but grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona and St. Louis, Missouri, the fifth of seven children. I attended Southern Virginia University and Brigham Young University, where I studied English and Theater. I now live in Idaho with my husband and four children. I have Charlotte Brontë to thank for the courage to write novels. After being bombarded with assigned reading about women who justified abandoning either their families or their principles in the name of love, I had the great fortune of reading Jane Eyre. And that was it: finally, a heroine who understood that being moral and making the right choice was hard, and sometimes it hurt, but it was still worth it. After rereading it several years later, I realized that if I wanted more books to exist with the kinds of heroines I admired, then I might as well write a few myself. My books are about women who face hard choices, who face pain and rejection and often have to face the reality of sacrificing what they want for what is right. The consequences are often difficult or unpleasant, but in the end, doing what’s right will always be worth it. I believe there is no substitute for good writing or good chocolate. Fortunately, one often leads to the other.




My Personal Review
***** 5 stars ***** LOVED it.
I have really enjoyed all of Annette K. Larsen's books.  You'll see her listed as a favorite in my sidebar. This book was no exception. I'll just be honest- I was seriously crushin' on West, Raina's guard- like for the entire book. It was ridiculous. But anywho...
Lorraina is the least likeable sister in the series. She's very worried about acting as royalty should act. Although this book can stand alone, you should probably at least read
Missing Lily so you have a little bit of background on what Lorraina is working through. She had been in love (or what she thought was love) with Tobias, and he was killed in front of her. For a year she's been trying to work through those emotions, and find herself. However, after "acting the part" for so long, she isn't sure she knows who "Raina" really is. Lorraina has never felt she was the noticed princess or even someone to really be loved. She begins to confide and lean on someone who has been a constant in her life... and then he leaves. Will Lorraina be able to see and find the real her? Can she finally heal and learn to live?
I just adored this book. I never really disliked Lorraina in the other books. I just KNEW there had to be more to her! I loved seeing her discover herself. And I loved, and reread several times this one part of the ending: "Then he looked up toward the castle - toward me- and dropped his sword. He took off at a sprint, heading for the nearest doors leading inside. It took me a moment to realize what was happening. Was he truly running to find me? Could I inspire such action in a man?" Oh my word, y'all. I want a man to sprint to find me. :)
I have this on my kindle- as I was given a copy for an honest review. But when I finished the book last night, I ordered the paperback to complete my set. I know it's one I will read over and over again.



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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Not Always Happenstance by Rachael Anderson GIVEAWAY

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Not Always Happenstance  
Not Always Happenstance by Rachael Anderson
Lani has lived in Hana, Hawaii for five years. She’s learned to surf, fish, dive, and manage her grandmother’s bed and breakfast. She’s also learned to take one day at a time the way it should be taken—relaxed and unrushed, savoring every moment. But, like a large wave on the brink of breaking, her life is about to crash out of control. A proposal of marriage, a conniving grandmother, a cryptic Asian woman, and a handsome guest, and suddenly everything calm begins to churn, everything clear becomes confused, and all that was normal segues into peculiar. As Lani struggles against the current to hold her ground, she realizes that she can either continue to fight and eventually lose, or take a take a leap of faith, hold her breath, and ride the wave wherever it takes her. ***This book is part of the Power of the Matchmaker series that features one recurring character—the match maker—but it is a STAND-ALONE novel.***



My Review
Loved it!! Rachael Anderson has done it again. Everytime I read a book written by her, I asked myself why I've waited so long to read it. She has such a gift for weaving stories that grab hold of you and pull you in.
** This book is part of the Power of the Matchmaker series which will be releasing one book a month for this year. But it can definitely stand alone. **
I loved the setting for this book- Hawaii. I love Hawaii. I love the culture and the beauty, and cannot wait to go back!
The characters were awesome. Easton started out as sort of a womanizer. You didn't want him to get the girl because getting girls came easily to him and he left broken hearts in his path all over the place. But he grows on you. A lot. Like I loved him by the end because I learned more about him and understood him better. :) Lani is so caring and selfless and giving. She moved from California to Hawaii to temporarily help her grandma with her bed and breakfast. She had been there 5 years and called it "home." I liked her so much, and wanted her to find true love, having given so much of herself already. Pearl, the matchmaker star of Power of the Matchmaker series, was in this book more than in Broken Things to Mend. Magical things always happen when she's around. She's the cutest.
The entire book was just really great. I didn't want to put it down. It had some twists and things I didn't expect. I loved the whole "ohana" theme. Easily 4.5 stars... pushing a 5.


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Author Rachael Anderson 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.
   




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