Five Stars, Giveaway, Low Language, Low Religion, Low Romance, Low Violence, Rachael Anderson

Good Clean Fun

One of the reasons we started this side adventure is due to the fact that we were tired of picking up a book that was “clean”, and it not really fitting that description for us. We wanted some place people could go and know exactly how clean the romance was, how strong the language was and how much violence was involved. We make sure we screen a book or author before we promote it. Any book we review has ratings shown in the tags above the post title. If you ever wonder what our ratings mean you can see our rating meter in the sidebar or go here.

That’s why we love to promote Rachael Anderson’s books. They’re always full of charming conversations, intriguing characters, and good clean plots. You can see our five star review of My Sister’s Intended here, or see what other books of her we’ve loved here.

We are really excited for her next book to be released in November, come back around then to see our thoughts.

“Abigail Nash leads a lonely existence. Her mother died giving birth to her, her father’s business dealings took him away more often than not, and her ailing great-aunt, unable to provide much in the way of companionship, was a lack-luster guardian at best. So when her dear friends offered to launch her into London society, it appeared Abby’s life was taking a turn for the better, with suitors and social engagements aplenty. When she marries a proclaimed darling of the ton, it seems she will at last settle into the life of her dreams.

But appearances aren’t always what they seem, and dreams often become disappointments.

Just months into her marriage, Abby finds herself widowed, penniless, increasing, and determined to never hope again. But when her late husband’s brother, the Earl of Brigston, attempts to thaw the numbness surrounding her heart, Abby must decide if she has it in her to risk another chance at happiness, knowing the odds are not in her favor.”

 

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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Ends 10/5/18

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Giveaway, Low Language, Low Religion, Low Violence, Moderate Romance, Three Stars

Southern Storm

With tropical storm Florence hitting the Carolina’s this past weekend, a story about a devastating hurricane was a little too timely. Kimberly Montpetit did a good job of illustrating the heartaches and losses such a disaster can cause in her recent release, The Owner’s Secret. 

“Melody de Leon’s cozy New Orleans bookstore is her pride and joy – until a violent hurricane sweeps it all away. Forced to flee the storm by boat with her ailing grandmother, she wonders how she will ever pick up the pieces of this disaster.

Then, in a fevered state, her grandmother utters a cryptic message that sets Melody on the quest of a lifetime: “Go to White Castle.”

With nothing left to lose, Melody seeks out the old mansion – a beautiful Southern relic haunted by secrets. Once there, she finds Britt Mandeville, the handsome and charming White Castle caretaker.

Sparks fly, but any hopes of a relationship between them are dashed when she discovers that Britt is already spoken for.

When Melody stumbles across a strange 60-year-old photograph in the house, she is determined to find answers – and the shocking revelations and strange twists of fate lead her right back to Britt.”

This is a lighthearted romance with a tiny twist of a mystery. Melody’s sister’s involvement made for a fun surprise, but I almost wish she was a little more down to earth, it would’ve added more tension if she was someone you could almost, but not quite, root for and not someone you were happy to see leave. –N.C.

 

 

Author Kimberley Montpetit

When she was in Paris, Kimberley Montpetit spent most of her souvenir money at the La Patisserie shops with their beautiful and delicious pastries. She grew up in the fabulous city of San Francisco, loves all things chocolate, and now lives in a small town along the Rio Grande with her engineer husband and three sons.

She once stayed in the haunted tower room at Borthwick Castle in Scotland and didn’t sleep a wink, sailed the Seine in Paris, rode a camel in the ancient world wonder of Petra, shopped the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, and spent the night in an old Communist hotel in Bulgaria.

Kimberley also writes Award-winning Middle-Grade novels with Scholastic and epic Young Adult novels with Harpercollins under the name, Kimberley Griffiths Little.

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Ends 10/8/18

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Donna Hatch, Giveaway, Low Language, Low Violence, Moderate Religion

I’m Tellin’ the Story

I’ve read every one of Donna Hatch‘s books and loved them all, “The Guise of a Gentleman” was one of my favorite. Perhaps it has to do with the pirates, who doesn’t love a good pirate story? Donna Hatch combines both wit and adventure to create a compelling and enchanting novel every time.

“The widowed Elise is a perfect English lady living within the confines of society for the sake of her impressionable young son. Her quiet world is shattered when she meets the impulsive and scandalous Jared Amesbury. His roguish charm awakens her yearning for adventure. But his irrepressible grin and sea-green eyes hide a secret.

A gentleman by day, a pirate by night, Jared must complete one last assignment from the Secret Service before he can be truly free. Elise gives him hope that he, too, can find love and belonging. His hopes are crushed when his best laid plans go awry and Elise is dragged into his world of violence and deceit. She may not survive the revelation of Jared’s past…or still love him when the truth is revealed.”

I also just recently re-read “Unmasking the Duke”. I read it for the first time in the Timeless Regency Collection, “Autumn Masquerade” it was just as good the second time around. Her female characters are always unique and strong and her male characters are swoon worthy, but atypical, making for interesting pairings and delightful encounters.

 

Author Donna Hatch

Best-selling author of Regency Historical Romances, Donna Hatch is a hopeful romantic and adventurer at heart. Donna sings and plays the harp, and loves to ballroom dance. Her family, including six children, recently left their native Arizona for the west coast of the US. No matter where they live, she and her husband of over twenty years are living proof that there truly is a happily ever after.

 

Giveaway Details

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Ends 10/5/18

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3 1/2 Stars, Low Language, Low Religion, Low Romance, Low Violence, Uncategorized

If You Build It…

I have a confession: my dad is the coolest. And I’m not just saying that cause he’s my dad. In High School he was the pitcher for his High School baseball team and instead of taking a scholarship to play college ball, cause he was that good, he decided to serve a two year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and that changed everything for him and shifted his dreams. Baseball was still a pretty big deal in our house and movies like Field of Dreams and The Natural were staples, which probably explains why I have a soft spot for baseball stories; especially when it come to ones where the hero is a pitcher.

“Julie’s calm life is thrown a curve ball when her brother arrives the night before his seven-month deployment asking her to take care of his son. As a preschool teacher, she’s used to dealing with toddlers, not nine-year-olds. Noting her nephew’s interest in baseball, Julie signs him up for little league. She’s anything but thrilled to find out that his coach is a celebrity.

Eric returned to St Marys to lick his wounds and start over. But even in his hometown, he’s known more for his unfortunate appearance on a reality dating show than for his seven years in the major leagues. All he has to show for that poor decision is an ex-wife and a broken heart.

Julie’s obvious disapproval makes her the perfect choice for his team mom. If she doesn’t like him, she won’t cause any problems. But will that be enough to keep his growing interest in her in check? And as Julie’s preconceived notions about sports figures slowly unravel, will she be able to resist the man behind the public persona?”

This story was a little cheesy with a few parts that seemed less natural and more contrived, but I appreciated the lack of angst and the sweet way the romance built. Pretty cute, and very clean. –N.C.

 

 

Author Delaney Cameron

I’m a Georgia girl at heart if not by birth. I love to read, watch college football, and spend time with my husband. I’m a hopeless romantic so there will always be a happily ever after in my stories. I also like to write about second chances because love doesn’t always work out the first time.

My books are sweet romances set in both contemporary and regency settings featuring stories about the journey to love, from that first meeting to the point where two people know their hearts are no longer their own. My characters aren’t perfect. They make mistakes and have faults like the rest of us. They learn the sometimes painful truth that the path to love isn’t always smooth, but it’s a road worth traveling.

 

 

 

Giveaway Details

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Ends 10/5/18

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use money sent via Paypal or gift codes via Amazon.com. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. This giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Giveaway, Low Language, Low Religion, Low Romance, Low Violence, Three Stars

Deeper

 


“After losing her job, Darcy Conti takes a tour guide position at Sturgeon Widows Tours, a quirky family-run business in the small town of Hendricks on the shores of Lake Superior. As she settles into her new role narrating local history excursions, she fights an undeniable attraction to the man she was hired to replace—the owner’s son.

Fresh from a relationship gone sour, Sean Stetman plans to avoid dating for the foreseeable future. Taking a leave of absence from his parents’ tour company, he wants nothing more than time to fish, hike, and work on his cabin. But when the tour driver quits, he is suddenly back on board, reluctantly shuttling Darcy and the tour guests along the North Shore.

Together Darcy and Sean survive unruly tourists, meddling mothers, and even an unscrupulous developer looking to give the Stetmans’ tour company some fierce competition. Can they also survive falling in love?”

This is a cute quick read. The author did a good job of creating tension in the plot while pulling in a lot of fun side characters as well. The one thing I would’ve liked to see more of was the development of Darcy and Sean’s relationship. The author wrote the physical connection between the characters really well, and even showcased their common interests, however there wasn’t a ton of communication between them. The relationships that are the most fun to read are those that convey a connection on levels more than just physical. The author wrote some cute experiences between them that made you go, “awww”, but it didn’t ever go deeper than that. But, sometimes a light read is exactly what you need.

 

 

Author D.E. Malone

D.E. Malone writes contemporary romance and is the author of LOVE LIKE WATER, the first book in the Hearts in Hendricks series. Her second title, LOVE LIKE FIRE, is forthcoming in November 2018. She also writes for middle grade audiences under Dawn Malone, and is the author of BINGO SUMMER and THE UPSIDE OF DOWN. Her work has also appeared in Highlights for Children, Pockets, and the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. She loves traveling to places off the beaten path which inspire the small-town settings in her stories. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, hiking, volunteering with shelter dogs, and continuing her never-ending quest for the holy grail of bakeries.

 

Giveaway Details

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Ends 10/5/18

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Giveaway, Sariah Wilson

#We love this Author

Sariah Wilson is the highlighted author for the #fallinginlove Clean Romance Event.  We love the strong female characters that she writes and the morale values she gives them even in the midst of all that chemistry. You can see our review of #Moonstruck here and our review of #Starstruck here. (Don’t miss the giveaway at the bottom.)

 

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Author Sariah Wilson

Bestselling author Sariah Wilson has never jumped out of an airplane, never climbed Mt. Everest, and is not a former CIA operative. She has, however, been madly, passionately in love with her soulmate and is a fervent believer in happily ever afters–which is why she writes romance. She has published many happily ever after stories. She grew up in southern California, graduated from Brigham Young University (go Cougars!) with a semi-useless degree in history, and is the oldest of nine (yes, nine) children. She currently lives with the aforementioned soulmate and their four children in Utah, along with three tiger barb fish, a cat named Tiger, and a recently departed hamster that is buried in the backyard (and has nothing at all to do with tigers).

 

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“Ambitious intern Ashton Bailey is about to get closer to her dream of being a sports announcer. All she has to do is prove that too-perfect-to-be-true NFL quarterback Evan Dawson isn’t quite as wholesome as his contract requires. It’s also the perfect opportunity to get delicious payback on the boy who broke her teenage heart. At least that’s her plan. But she forgot just how easy it is to crush on the irresistible charmer. #OhNoNotAgain.

Evan has a knack for getting through the opposing team’s defenses, and he won’t let this tall, redheaded knockout be the exception. He’s determined to make things right between them and earn back Ashton’s trust—and maybe her heart, too.

Then the press mistakenly announces their engagement, and Ashton and Evan find themselves going along with the lie. Now the whole world is watching as Ashton flirts with attraction and disaster. But while revenge is sweet, it just might come at the cost of something sweeter still.”

Giveaway Details

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Ends 10/5/18

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use money sent via Paypal or gift codes via Amazon.com. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. This giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

 

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3 1/2 Stars, High Romance, Low Language, Moderate Violence

My “oh I need to read that” button

I have been having a hard time finding a book that as I read its synopsis pulls at my “oh I need to ready that” button. I have looked around Pinterest on those if you liked this you will like that type of pins and was getting no where until I saw The Jewel by Amy Ewing. I thought now there is a book that looks good. I’m always a fan of the strong female who concurs all!

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The Jewel has many meanings: wealth, beauty, royalty. But for Violet, the Jewel has always meant servitude.

Born and raised in the Marsh, Violet is destined for the Jewel. She is trained as a surrogate for the elite and is bought by the Duchess of the Lake at auction. And she quickly learns that beneath the Jewel’s glittering façade lies the cruelty, backstabbing, and hidden violence that have become the royal way of life.

Violet must accept the ugly realities of her life…all while fighting for her survival. But before she can accept her fate, Violet meets a handsome boy who is also under the Duchess’s control. A forbidden love sparks.

But their illicit affair has consequences, which will cost them both more than they bargained for. And toeing the line between being calculating and rebellious, Violet must decide what, and who, she is willing to risk for her own freedom.
As I started reading I’ll admit I was a little surprised by some of the mythical parts of the book that I was not expecting but it definitely gave it a twist, and the intrigue was well written.

As I read,  I started to see some parallels to “The Handmaids Tale” which confession: I have read and is most definitely NOT a clean book. Shhh don’t tell my mother 😮 That being said the jewel in my opinion is a YA version of handmaids tale with some of its own twists.

I enjoyed her writing style and how she made it seem realistic even with the slightly magical side of things. My pregnant, full of hormones self had a hard time with how real and cruel she made the royalty a appear, but it was just an example of how well she wrote it as reality.

I got to a point towards the end where I thought why is this girl being so dumb! To the point where I didn’t know if I wanted to read the next but then she did a really good job of cliff hanging the ending just right so now I just have to find out what happens next. –A.B.

Giveaway, High Language

If You Can Get Past…

The author highlighted on today’s #FallinginLove Clean Romance Event, is actually one that I can’t personally recommend. I started her book “Summer at Sea” over the weekend and was not able to get past the language, and so did not finish it. I’m not sure if all her books are that way, and some people don’t mind strong language.

Summer at Sea (The Summer Series) (Volume 1)

That being said, for those of you that are be interested, she has a sale on her Christmas book now through the 14th and you can enter the giveaway below.

 

 

Author Beth Labonte

Beth Labonte received a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She worked as an administrative assistant for fourteen years, turning to writing as her creative outlet in an excruciatingly mundane corporate world. Beth now writes full-time and resides in Massachusetts.

 

 

 

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$25 Amazon Gift Code or $25 in PayPal Cash

Ends 10/5/18

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use money sent via Paypal or gift codes via Amazon.com. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. This giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

 

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4 1/2 stars, Giveaway, Low Violence, Moderate Language, Moderate Romance

Segue not Segway

You know what I love? A Good segue. When a writer can transition seamlessly from one point of view to another, or one time period to another, or one chapter to another. That’s one of the things that first caught my attention when reading Bria Quinlan‘s “The Catching Kind”, her transitions from one chapter to another keeps pulling your interest along, keeping you hooked.

“Hailey Tate thought she was worth more than a straight flush. Apparently not.

When camera-shy author Hailey Tate’s agent loses a bet and brokers a deal, it leaves Hailey in the last place she wants to be: backed into the corner of Publicity and Paparazzi. Now, thanks to her girl-next-door image and role as pretend girlfriend to a womanizing shortstop, she’s getting the attention she always managed to avoid.

Connor Ryan is not only America’s Sexiest Athlete, he’s also the current Bad Boy of Baseball. But when he goes a base too far, management wants to bench him…permanently. One thing he never counted on? Falling for his sweet, fake girlfriend. He’s the guy who can catch anything and now she’s next on his list”

Bria Quinlan’s writing is delightful, she creates witty banter that made me smile through the whole book. She exhibits the life of an author in Hailey. From her insecurities, to her crazy schedule, to her quirkiness, she was such a fun and authentic character to read.

I loved Connor and Hailey’s romance, it was not just believable, but adorable. It is a little higher on the romance meter than I usually read, thought there wasn’t even very much kissing, but there were more inuendos for those who want a heads up about those kind of things. That being said, I plan to read the other’s in the Brew Ha Ha series.  The second in the series, “Worth the Fall” is free today, so I guess that’s going on my kindle 🙂

 

 

Author Bria Quinlan

RWA RITA award finalist and USA Today Best Seller Bria Quinlan writes Diet-Coke-Snort-Worthy Rom Coms about what it’s like to be a girl and deal with crap and still look for love. She also writes books for teens that take hard topics and make you laugh through your tears. Some people call them issue books. Some people call them romantic comedies. Bria calls them what-life-looks-like.

Her stories remind you that life is an adventure not to be ignored.

 

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Ends 10/1/18

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use money sent via Paypal or gift codes via Amazon.com. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. This giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

 

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Annette K. Larsen, Five Stars, Low Language, Low Romance, Low Violence

Broken Storms Yield Light

Grief is a tricky thing. Everyone copes and responds to it differently. Most people have experienced it, yet none of us really know how to respond to it. My husband’s brother died in a car accident as a teenager and the ripple affect of that painful experience are much smaller 20 years later, but still there. In Annette K. Larsen’s novella “All Our Broken Pieces”, she addresses some of the more intense complexities of grief with discernment and tenderness.

All Our Broken Pieces by [Larsen, Annette K.]

“Ginny and Devin have been best friends for most of their lives. They’ve relied on each other, laughed with each other, kept each other sane.
But now Devin is dead, and Ginny is floundering to find a way to cope with the loss and continue living when the one person she’s always relied on is gone. So she does what she’s always done. She pours her frustrations into texts to Devin, or at least to Devin’s useless phone number. She sends her pain and anger out into the void of cellular data with no hope of response.
Until the day when someone does respond. Ginny knows that this person—this Not-Devin—won’t ever replace her best friend, but maybe he can help her heal, or at least give her a reason to smile again.”

The first person narrative made the grief seem raw and personal. Annette Larsen’s characters are always genuine and well developed. Her portrayal of Ginny was unapologetic in her irrational responses making her feel authentic.

What she did with Alex’s character was just as impressive to me. He “didn’t have rock-hard muscles”, and he got “a little winded” carrying her, but he was empathetic and steady; the best kind of prince charming.

The way she wrote the romance, showcasing the differing connection between her friendship with Devin and her chemistry and connection with Alex, created a love story that felt more real, and more magical because of their flaws and experiences.

I was so invested in the characters and the plot that I wasn’t prepared when I swiped the page and saw, “the end”. I wanted more Ginny and Alex, yet I also loved where she left the story, with so much hope, potential and honesty.