Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Review - All She Wants for Christmas by Amy Rose Bennett

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of --
All She Wants for Christmas: A Regency Christmas Novella by Amy Rose Bennett 

Overall star rating --- 5

About the book:
A frosty bluestocking and a hot-blooded rake. A stolen kiss and a Yuletide wedding. Sparks fly, but will hearts melt this Christmas?

When confirmed bluestocking, Tessa Penrose, is thoroughly compromised at a Yuletide ball by Jasper, the Earl of Arlington, she is none too pleased to have to marry him. But not only her reputation is at stake. Can Tessa trust this disreputable rogue with a secret she will do anything to hide?

One thing is certain: she dare not trust her husband with her heart.

Book creation ratings -- Max. total of 30 possible --
Overall total, out of 30 -- 30
-- Story & characters -- 10
-- Cover & title -- 10
-- Editing & formatting -- 10
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The Christmas Quotient --- 7
** How many Christmas trees a book gets tells how Christmassy it was. The scale runs from 1-7 trees. **

The review --
I so totally loved this book. The story is simply wonderful. When Tessa sneaks off from the ball, she gets more than she bargained for - an engagement. The Earl of Arlington has a liaison with a lady friend of his, but little does he know, they're not alone.

How it all works out, and their engagement, and their discovering they have more in common than they know, it all makes for a wonderful romance story that I simply adored.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- historical romance, christmas
Age recommendations -- 17 plus
Sex content rating -- mild
Violence rating -- none

Links for the book:

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Christmas review - A Christmas Kiss by Elizabeth Mansfield

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of --
A Christmas Kiss by Elizabeth Mansfield

Overall star rating --- 4

About the book:
After defending her virtue by striking the besotted son of her employer, Miss Evalyn Pennington is discharged from her position under a cloud of scandal. With no place to go and no prospects for the coming year, the impoverished governess accepts an invitation from Jamie Everard, heir to an earldom, to spend the holidays at his family’s estate. But Evalyn has barely settled in at Gyllford Manor when she catches the eye of Philip Everard, the fourth Earl of Gyllford—and Jamie’s father.

After his wife died, Philip vowed to never marry again, despite his sister’s best efforts to reintroduce him to London society. Then, his son brings a guest home for Christmas. Is the lovely, intelligent Evalyn the woman to make his footloose son settle down at last? But why does Jamie treat Evalyn in such a cavalier manner? And what is Philip to do about the reigning beauty of London who has set her cap for him—and is about to set in motion a scheme that will have far-reaching consequences for them all?

Book creation ratings -- Max. total of 30 possible --
Overall total, out of 30 -- 28
-- Story & characters -- 8
-- Cover & title -- 10
-- Editing & formatting -- 10
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The Christmas Quotient --- 4

** How many Christmas trees a book gets tells how Christmassy it was. The scale runs from 1-7 trees. **

The review --
This is a very nice historical romance book, and I did enjoy reading it. One of the nice things about it is no sex scenes, if that's something you like. Overall, it's a very good book, with an engaging story and interesting characters.

When the governess strikes her employer's son, because of his amorous advances, the results are tragic for her. She is dismissed, and right before Christmas. But his 2 friends have a plan - invite her to his house for Christmas, and get his aunt to find her a position. But the timid governess gets much more than she bargained for.

Overall, this is a very delightful Christmas romance, that's a very fun read.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- Christmas historical romance
Age recommendations -- 17 and up
Sex content rating -- mild
Violence rating -- none

Links for the book:

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Christmas review of Christmas Reflections by Joanne Jaytanie

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of --
Christmas Reflections (Forever Christmas Book 1) by Joanne Jaytanie

Overall star rating --- 3

About the book:
As a teenager Juliet Swanson couldn't wait to get out of her home town of Glenville, WA and move to the big city. She moved to California to attend college, and then went to work for a large corporation. It didn't take her long to realize that clawing her way up the ladder at others expense wasn't the life she wanted. She moved back to her home town, fell in love with the 'family feel' of living there and has a close knit group of girlfriends she shares everything with. Now if she could only find a way to make her dream career a reality she would have it all, except for Mr. Right.

Colton Weatherly is a city guy who eats and breathes his career as a project manager for a acquisitions corporation. He is assigned to acquire the Glenville Ski Resort, along with the Schwartz Christmas Tree Farm. By his estimation it will be an easy close, and he plans to wrap it up in one short weekend. What he didn't plan on was butting heads with Juliet, who is not the average 'local girl.'

Book creation ratings -- Max. total of 30 possible --
Overall total, out of 30 -- 19
-- Story & characters -- 7
-- Cover & title -- 7
-- Editing & formatting -- 5
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The Christmas Quotient --- 3 
** How many Christmas trees a book gets tells how Christmassy it was. The scale runs from 1-7 trees. **

The review --
This is a nice book, a fun light read, that has a nice Christmas theme running through it. It's a nice story of 4 friends who decide to buy the local Christmas tree farm, and set up their own business.

Of course, there is romance involved, in the way of the representative of a company that has other plans for the Christmas tree farm. There are, needless to say, bumps and jolts along the way of this romance; but it all culminates in a happy ending.

If you're wanting a fun romance to read over Christmas, this book will fill the bill.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- Christmas romance
Age recommendations -- 18 plus
Sex content rating -- mild to moderate
Violence rating -- mild

Links for the book:

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Review of Let it be Me by Barbara Speak

Reviewed by -- Lee'Anne
** Note - this blog used to have a review team, and this review is by one of those. **         

Book Review of --
Let it be Me by Barbara Speak

Overall star rating --- 5   
    

About the book:
Arianna Dubray is nothing like the girl she left in Baltimore. Once a Prada shoe wearing, Michael Kors bag carrying, on top of the world seventeen-year-old girl, Arianna knew that her life would never be the same when she got out of the car in middle-of-nowhere Montana.
Canyon Michaels is the keeper of his own dark secrets. Plagued by his family name, he's forced to prove the town wrong and make it on his own.
The last thing Arianna needs is a reason to stay, but with every passing day the decision to leave becomes harder. Once their paths cross nothing can tear them apart, other than the secrets that start to surface and the nightmares that soon become their reality.

Book creation ratings
Overall total, out of 30 -- 27        
-- Story & characters -- 9        
-- Cover & title -- 9        
-- Editing & formatting --9        
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
I LOVED this book, one of the best I’ve read this summer. Ari Dubray is 17 and her and her family have been forced to uproot their lives and move across the country to Montana. With an abusive step-father, a mother who has checked out from the world, and a little sister who looks up to her Ari has a lot to deal with in life. Ari’s step-father trades in her nice car for a crappy truck upon arriving in Montana and when Ari drives it to school she’s unable to get it started to leave. Ari knows her family won’t come save her so she begins walking home and has a run in with her neighbor Canyon. Trying to save Ari from her step-father Canyon gets Ari to work on his farm and their relationship begins to bloom. Ari is counting down the days until she turns 18 so that she can leave but after a few says with Ari Canyon realizes he can’t let her go and sets out to change her mind.

I really enjoyed the mystery during the whole story about Ari’s past, and when it finally comes out it’s a shocker for everyone. This book has a little bit of everything, it’s hot, romantic, funny, and real. I quite enjoyed it and can’t wait to read more from this author!"                        

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- Contemporary romance        
Age recommendations -- 16        
Sex content rating -- mild        
Violence rating -- moderate        

** The author's links **

Amazon

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Christmas review - Christmas on My Mind by Janet Dailey

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers 📘

Book Review of --
Christmas on My Mind (A Cowboy Christmas) by Janet Dailey

Overall star rating --- 3.5 

About the book:
The future looks merry and bright…

The little town of Branding Iron, Texas, keeps an annual tradition that makes the holidays especially festive—the Cowboys’ Christmas Ball. But Sheriff Ben Marsden, busy with work, joint custody of his son, and caring for his aging mother, has no plans to attend.  Not until a pretty newcomer to his small town gets involved in the planning. Suddenly Ben finds himself wanting to keep a close eye on Jessica Ramsey, and not just because her relatives seem to be in jail more than out. He can tell the mysterious redhead has secrets in her past, but now that she’s bought a little fixer upper with her mom to start a bed and breakfast, the whole family’s turning over a new leaf. With the prospect of dancing and celebrating ahead, surely there’s time for everyone to unwind. Because this year, more than ever, Ben’s got Christmas—and loving—on his mind.

Book creation ratings -- Max. total of 30 possible --
Overall total, out of 30 -- 22
-- Story & characters -- 7
-- Cover & title -- 8
-- Editing & formatting -- 7
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The Christmas Quotient --- 4 
** How many Christmas trees a book gets tells how Christmassy it was. The scale runs from 1-7 trees. **

The review --
This was a good book, but not a great book. I got a little bored in a few places. The very beginning is good, and it really picks up towards the end. It doesn't have any sex scenes in it at all, which I was good with. Just has some good kissing scenes. The characters are strong, and the story is interesting.

Overall, it's a book I enjoyed and would gladly recommend. It has a wonderful ending and makes for a very nice Christmas read, especially for those who prefer books with no sex scenes in them.

This book has a good storyline, good characters, and very Christmassy too. Just an all around good book that makes for great Christmas reading.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- romance, christmas
Age recommendations -- 17 plus
Sex content rating -- mild
Violence rating -- none

Links for the book:

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Christmas Review of A Different Christmas by KM Lowe

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of --
A Different Christmas by KM Lowe

Overall star rating --- 5

About the book:
Two people. Two upbringings. One Christmas.

Sam was brought up to her happy family gathering at Christmas. Filled with many traditions that as an adult she thought were normal for everyone.

Getting ready to finish work for the holidays to go home to her family in Scotland, was her idea of fun and relaxation. Well, that was until her boss, Luke, told her he was dragging her to New York for work.
Much to Sam’s irritation, she has to go along and attend New York before flying home on Christmas Eve.

Luke grew up with parents that had a multimillionaire company and wanted for nothing. Apart from a family to celebrate Christmas with.

Luke grew up thinking he had what everyone had at Christmas, until he grew up and realized that Christmas is a family occasion.

Two characters that clash at the slightest thing is a recipe for disaster. Throw Sam and Luke into New York and it is either a make or break for their working relationship.

Would Christmas be different after this year?

Book creation ratings -- Max. total of 30 possible --
Overall total, out of 30 -- 30
-- Story & characters -- 10
-- Cover & title -- 10
-- Editing & formatting -- 10
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The Christmas Quotient --- 7 
** The scale runs from 1-7 trees, and rates Christmassyness. **

The review --
I totally loved this book. It was so very, very Christmassy; and had characters that I adored. Not a clunker in the bunch. The story is awesome! You'll love it. The ending rocks, and doesn't leave you wanting more, but gives you everything you want; wraps it all up in a neat bow.

This book is such a delicious present. When PA Sam is told to accompany her boss Luke, home for Christmas, well that's where the fun just starts. There are tons of great moments in this book. This is one Christmas book that I'll remember next year. Yes, it was that good.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- romance
Age recommendations -- 17 and up
Sex content rating -- mild
Violence rating -- none

Links for the book:

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Review of Hollywood Bear by Zoe Chant

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Review of --
Hollywood Bear: BBW Bear Shifter Paranormal Romance (Hollywood Shifters Book 1) by Zoe Chant 

Overall star rating --- 5 

About the book:
A BBW stuntwoman + a movie director bear shifter + Hollywood hijinks = one blockbuster romance!

Curvy stuntwoman Shelley loves showbiz but hates the roles she usually gets, that use her body as the butt of a joke. Then she's hired to show off her real skills as a stunt rider, playing an Evil Goth Biker Chick in a new movie by hot director Mick Volkov.

Bear shifter and famous director Mick Volkov knows all too well that money can't buy you love, and fame is no consolation for a broken heart. Burned by one bad relationship too many, he's sworn off love... Until he sees Shelley.

A whirlwind of motorcycle rides, hot loving in a forest cabin, and fancy Hollywood parties lights a bonfire of passion between them, but they're both afraid of getting their hearts broken once again. Will they run from destiny, or will they find their very own Hollywood happy ending?

This is a sizzling hot, standalone BBW bear shifter romance. No cliffhangers!

Book creation ratings:
Overall total -- 30 out of a possible 30
-- Story & characters -- 10
-- Cover & title -- 10
-- Editing & formatting -- 10
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
Awesome 5 star paranormal romance book. This was a book that I got on a free promo, and read when I was taking a wee break from my read and review list. Wow, am I glad I did. It's a great book. All the characters rock, and the action is great. The ending is absolutely, hands down, awesome! You'll love it. Yes, there are sex scenes, but there is also a great story there as well. I heartily recommend this book and this author.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- paranormal romance
Age recommendations -- 18 plus
Sex content rating -- spicy
Violence rating -- none

Links for the book:

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Review of The Mistletoe Melody by Jennifer Snow

Reviewed by -- Shannan Williams
** Note - this review is by a member the review team this blog used to have. Even though the team has been retired, I still have some reviews of theirs to share. ** 

Book Review of --
The Mistletoe Melody by Jennifer Snow        

Overall star rating --- 5    
   

About the book:
Tis the season of forgiveness…but can she ever forget?

Brad Monroe was truly unbelievable. Blowing back into Brookhollow for three days to film a Christmas special—three years after the accident that killed his best friend…her husband—and expecting Melody to be civil? Please. He'd been the only one who'd survived the tragedy, hightailing it to Nashville and hijacking her dream…Patrick's dream. She'd spent that time grieving, working three jobs, struggling to raise her boys and keep a roof over their heads. Now she was losing ground on all fronts, and not about to forgive and forget. Or give him the one thing that could save them all…"        

Book creation ratings -- Max. total of 30 possible --
Overall total, out of 30 -- 30        
-- Story & characters -- 10        
-- Cover & title -- 10        
-- Editing & formatting -- 10        
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
This was the first book I have read by this author and I can tell you, it won’t be the last. This book has it all … love, tragedy, strength, passion, loss, learning to love again, etc. Once I started reading this book, it was nearly impossible for me to put it down. I just loved it to pieces! The characters are so well developed … I just felt as if I was right there with them cheering them on. I fell in love with Brad and Melody and their story. I found myself rooting for them pretty quickly despite everything that had happened prior. I can’t wait to read more by this author. She has me hooked … I am a new devoted fan for life! I highly recommend this book.                

Reader Recommendations:
Genre -- romance        
Age recommendations -- 18        
Sex content rating -- very mild        
Violence rating -- very mild        

Links for the book:

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Christmas review - A Very Jaguar Christmas by Terry Spear

Welcome to the first of my Christmas theme 
book reviews for this year.
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Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of --
A Very Jaguar Christmas (Heart of the Jaguar Book 5) by Terry Spear

Overall star rating --- 5 

About the book:
There are all kinds of surprises under the mistletoe!

As a protector of all jaguar-kind, Guardian agent Demetria MacFarlane isn't surprised to get a call near Christmas-but when she's sent to protect a cub whose species she didn't even know existed, her holiday season gets complicated. And it doesn't help that her partner is a distraction of the hottest kind.

Hotshot JAG agent Everett Anderson can handle dangerous poachers and wildlife traffickers, no problem...but kids? Everett fears he'll be stuck cub-sitting under the Christmas tree, but working with one sexy Guardian she-cat may be the best present he's ever gotten.

Book creation ratings -- Max. total of 30 possible --
Overall total, out of 30 -- 30
-- Story & characters -- 10
-- Cover & title -- 10
-- Editing & formatting -- 10
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The Christmas Quotient --- 7 
** Tells how Christmassy it was, scale runs from 1-7 trees. **

The review --
I loved it. It was very Christmassy and a very good story. Good characters, great writing. Yes, it had sex scenes, but there weren't a lot of them, they were very well written, and didn't dominate the story.

This was a wonderful book to start off my Christmas reviews with. As you can see above, I've added a new rating to my Christmas book reviews, The Christmas Quotient, which rates how Christmassy. Not only did this book get 5 stars (I would have given it 6 if I could), but it got 7 Christmas trees too.

This was a very fun Christmas paranormal romance to read. It had all the bells and whistles that you could want. It does start off with a sad moment in the prologue of the book, but it quickly moves away from that; but that will be a key part of the plot of the book.

It's a great paranormal romance Christmas read for fans of this genre.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- paranormal romance, Christmas
Age recommendations -- 18 plus
Sex content rating -- mild to moderate
Violence rating -- mild to moderate

Links for the book:

Buy it on Amazon

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