Seven Letters by J. P. Monninger

Kate Moreton is a PhD candidate at Dartmouth who has an opportunity to go to Ireland to do research on the Blasket Islands. She is very serious about doing her research and vows not to get involved in a love relationship. Kate meets Ozzie, a handsome fisherman who is Irish-American, living now in Ireland and quickly forgets her promise! The two enter into a relationship that proves to be as rocky as the Irish coast! A powerful story that will have the reader turning pages as quickly as possible to see how the story ends. Endearing characters and beautiful locations that are described in such detail that you will see the landscape and feel the sand under your feet! A solid four stars for this emotional story! 

Thanks to St. Martin’s Press for allowing me to read and review this book.

Anna of Kleve: The Princess in the Portrait by Alison Weir

Anna of Kleve: The Princess in the Portrait is the fourth book in the “Six Tudor Queens”series written by Alison Weir. In this book, Henry VIII is older with medical issues and he has just suffered the loss of his wife, Jane Seymour. He now has to marry again and he chooses Anna, only after he sees a portrait of her. She arrives in England, is married to the king but Henry has the marriage annulled and she is allowed to live out her life in a comfortable fashion. Obviously, she is the “lucky” queen when it comes to Henry VIII. I have enjoyed reading Alison Weir’s stories in the past. She always presents a beautiful picture of a historical figure based on research. I really didn’t know that much about Anna of Kleve and found the book to be very interesting. The only reason I gave it three stars is because I thought the story dragged a bit and kept the same problems in Anna’s life popping up (redundantly) throughout the story. Still, I do recommend this book as well as any other written by Alison Weir. She is a phenomenal writer and her extensive research makes her books excellent reading!

The Perfect Catch by Joanne Rock

Cal comes from a long line of professional baseball players so when he loses his starting position and then is cut completely from the team, he must head home to face his family. His mother has hired a caretaker, Josie, to stay in her country home while she is away. Josie is young, ambitious and beautiful. She realizes the attraction between she and Cal but knows that she is still the hired help. As their relationship progresses, Josie is torn over the the idea of being in the public eye and having her heart broken by a handsome athlete. Good story but I didn’t feel a real connection between the two. Josie’s character was a little “light” and I didn’t feel any empathy toward her situation. For the reasons listed, I give this book three stars because it was likable and I think that many will enjoy the story.
Thank you to Tule Publishing for allowing me to read and review this book.

Sullivan’s Promise by Joan Johnston

One cool night in Montana, Rye Sullivan met a beautiful lady, Lexie, and ended up in bed with her. When Rye woke up the next morning, he was alone and bewildered! He thought he had met his soulmate! Time went by and he found out that one night of passion had turned into a baby! Unfortunately, Lexie didn’t want a child and she was willing to give up her rights and her child to Rye. Six months later, Lexie was back, full of remorse and sadness as she tried to explain to Rye that she had made a mistake and wanted to be part of her child’s life again. Rye is reluctant to take her into his son’s life as he worried what danger he would chance with his own heart. I enjoyed this sweet story that shows a strong dad and a “flighty” mom and their fight to make the best life for their son and their family. Four strong stars for this contemporary romance.

Thank you Random House Publishing Group-Ballantine for allowing me to read and review this book.

Her Wild Ride by Heather Van Fleet

Summer is in need of a getaway! Her hard work as a middle school teacher is going to start again as soon as summer vacation ends! She offers to drive across country to California (because she wants to see the Pacific Ocean) and to take along her friend’s stepbrother, Niyol. The ruggedly handsome Niyol just happens to be an ex-con and has to get away from dangerous members of his old motorcycle club. Their trip is a long one and it will be hard for the two to remain friends as they are deeply attracted to each other. Sizzling is the description in the title and that’s exactly what you get in this book! Great characters, who are likable and realistic make this a fun read for those who like good girl/ bad boy stories. Four stars for this book!
Thanks to Bookouture for allowing me to read and review this book.

The Little Teashop on Main by Jodi Thomas

Three different people and three totally different personalities are the best way to describe childhood friends, Emily, Zoe and Shannon. When we meet these women, Emily is a sweet, fragile person who has some issues with her mental health. Zoe is a fun, free-spirited blonde whose goal is to become an actress in New York City. Shannon is a serious, tall and athletic person who is leaving to attend the Air Force Academy. We also meet Jack, the man who loves all three women and is a faithful friend to each one. This moving book takes us through their lives and shows how love, family and friendship is so important to us all. Great, well-developed characters and a solid, emotional story made this an excellent four stars for me.

Biker Baby by Penny Dee

Honey meets the bad-boy motorcycle club guy! Honey and Caleb hook up and Honey finds out she’s pregnant, two months later. Once again the bad boy turns out to be a really kind and loving guy. Even though this is a common story line, it still was a fun, sweet read that I never get tired of! Great characters galore made this a solid four stars for me.