Review of “Not What you Seem”, by Lena Maye @HGRomanceDeals @LenaRMaye

Wow, what a story. This was a great story of two star crossed lovers. A young man and woman whose lives are intertwined by an awful event involving their parents when these two were very young. They used to play together as young children, but then they moved away from the little town they lived in, only to return as young adults and meet again.

Dean is happiest on the water sailing. It’s his escape from everything and gives him control in his life. When his father becomes ill and no longer able to run the charter service that has been in Dean’s mothers family for years, Dean returns to Portage Bay, Maine. He has decided to take over the charter business and has asked his twin brother to return and help him. The pain of his childhood and his fathers abuse when they were children causes a dark cloud over their lives and they aren’t sure they can stay and run the business.

Ella is a young woman who had a rough childhood as well, because of her mother, but now she lives with her father and step-mother, and helps to run the family bakery. She keeps to herself and tries to avoid the towns people. She feels that they all look at her with distrust and disgust because of her mother.

When these two see each other for the first time as adults it’s like their lives have taken a turn. Ella remembers Dean, but it takes him a little bit to remember her. This story was well written and the situations covered in this story were very well done. I enjoyed this story and look forward to reading more by Lena Maye.

Review of “Love Waltzes In”, by Alana Albertson @HGRomanceDeals @AlanaAlbertson

What a great read! I loved this book. This is not your typical Second Chance Romance or Military Love Story. It was better.

Selina Marcil has her sights set on continuing to hold the United States Professional Latin-American Title in dance, and she is a Professional dancer on the Dancing Under the Stars show. Her dance partner for competition was her teacher when she was a teen. He is the best and can help her get to the top and remain there, if they continue their partnership.

Staff Sergeant Bret Lord is in the Marines. He was Selina’s dance partner when they were young. He was also her first love and her fiancé. He has been asked by Dancing Under the Stars, to come on for a season as a Professional dancer. The only reason he agrees is so that he can fulfill his promise to a friend who died in the line of service. He promised to take care of his family. He wants to win so that he can fulfill that promise.

Bret and Selina’s past could be a problem for them. They have to spend a lot of time together for fifteen weeks to do the show. Will they be able to get past the hurt from their split? Will Bret ever be able to forgive Selina for breaking off their engagement through a letter? The passion and love are still there, perhaps things can work out for them.

If you like second chance romance and Military love stories, this is a great book to read. Add in the dancing and competition and you have a very good story. I loved the competition between the dancers, but also the camaraderie that they had as a group. They worked together, but they also competed against each other in various facets. For me that brought more to the story.

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BEWARE THE PAST by Joy Ellis

A stunning new standalone crime thriller from #1 best-selling author Joy Ellis.

Detective Matt Ballard is haunted by one traumatic case he never solved. In the 1990s three boys were murdered in the same area, the remote and bleak Gibbet Fen. When the main suspect was killed in a hit-and-run, the killings stopped. But Matt was never satisfied that the real murderer had been caught.

25 years later, Matt gets a photo in an unmarked envelope. It’s of the Gibbet Fen crime scene. Taken before the murder.

More photos arrive, relating to the historic murders, and intimate pictures of Matt’s secret relationship.

Another killing takes place, with some of the hallmarks of the old case. Has the killer returned or is this just a sick copycat determined to ruin Matt’s life and reputation?

In an absolutely breathtaking conclusion, Matt and his colleagues, race against time to stop a vicious killer who knows no limits.

The setting

Rural fenland is a strange place, with its never-ending fields, winding tracks, and long straight droves that lead to nowhere. The lonely lanes are flanked either side by deep drainage ditches and are, for a good part of the year, filled with tall, whispering reeds. Closer to the Wash, high seabanks form a barrier between river and marsh, and the richly fertile soil of the drained land. But when the mists come down, as they so often do, perspective is destroyed and all sense of direction lost, and then the fens become a rather frightening place of mystery and danger. Somewhere that you do not want to be at night.

 

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JOY ELLIS

UK #1 Best Seller with THEIR LOST DAUGHTERS and THE FOURTH FRIEND

700,000 books sold and rising!

“I was born in Kent but spent most of my working life in London and Surrey. I was an apprentice florist to Constance Spry Ltd, a prestigious Mayfair shop that throughout the sixties and seventies teemed with both royalty and ‘real’ celebrities. What an eye-opener for a working-class kid from the Garden of England! I swore then, probably whilst I was scrubbing the floor or making the tea, that I would have a shop of my own one day. It took until the early eighties, but I did it. Sadly the recession wiped us out, and I embarked on a series of weird and wonderful jobs; the last one being a bookshop manager. Surrounded by books all day, getting to order whatever you liked, and being paid for it! Oh bliss!

And now I live in a village in the Lincolnshire Fens with my partner, Jacqueline, and our two second generation Springer spaniels. I had been writing mysteries for years but never had the time to take it seriously. Now I can, and as my partner is a highly decorated retired police officer; my choice of genre was suddenly clear. I have set my crime thrillers here in the misty fens because I sincerely love the remoteness and airy beauty of the marshlands. This area is steeped in superstitions and lends itself so well to murder!”

ARC Review of “Beware the Past”, by Joy Ellis

“A gripping crime thriller full of stunning twist”, a quote on the front of the book, and it’s so very true! This book was full of twists and suspense. It was a great read, and I wanted to keep reading it, but I also wanted to finish it to find out the end. It was a well written crime thriller that kept the pages turning and kept me on the edge throughout the whole book. I loved it!

A horrific crime over 20 years old comes back to haunt DCI Matt Ballard. He was hoping to solve it years ago, but he had no luck. Now someone is trying to make him question whether the real killer is still alive, or if he’s actually dead. DCI Ballard is getting ready to retire and is hoping for a smooth retirement, but someone else has other ideas. He is planning to work on this crime after he retires so that he can solve it. It’s one of those cases that he could never let go of. His whole team is in danger, but he isn’t sure who is out to get him and why they have to bring in his whole team to make their point.

If you love a book with suspense, twists, and a great detective story, then you will want to read this book. It has all of that and more. I give this book a 5 star review.

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Congratulations To The Winners Of The #RBRT 2017 Book Awards #TuesdayBookBlog

Congratulations to all of the winners of the #RBRT 2017 Book Awards!

Rosie Amber

It is the end of another busy year of book reviewing for my team.

So I now have great pleasure in announcing the winners of our #RBRT 2017 Book Wards

Fantasy / Scifi

Winner: Do You Realize? by Kevin Kuhn 

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George is a middle-management, middle-class, middle-aged guy who hates his job and struggles to stay connected to his wife and teenage children. Most guys might end up with a steamy affair and a flashy car for their midlife crisis, but George gets a quirky, philosophical physics professor named Shiloh. Trapped with this mysterious misfit on his morning commuter train, George is dragged into awkward conversations about love, fear, music, and the meaning of life. Shiloh asks George to beta-test an app he wrote for the new Apple Watch–and with a free watch included, how could he say no?
When tragedy strikes, throwing George out of his uncomfortable comfort zone, he…

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ARC Review of “Ruin Me: Vegas Nights”, by Bella Love-Wins and Shiloh Walker @HGRomanceDeals @BellaLoveWins @shilohwalker

Great read! I loved this book and hated to put it down to work, sleep, eat, do life, or for it to end. It was such a great read and the story of Mac and Angel was a beautiful story.

Mac, a scarred man, who comes from a wealthy family, and keeps everyone at a distance because if anyone gets too close they will just leave him. He had a terrible childhood, and he doesn’t know how to let anyone love him now, nor does he know how to love anymore. He finds his way back to life when he meets Angel and spends one very hot night with her, which ends with a life time of love from a woman who doesn’t take any shit from him.

Angel, a young woman who comes from a wealthy family, lives near Niagara Fall, Ontario. Visiting Las Vegas before moving to Mexico to work for two years, she meets Mac in the bar of the hotel she is staying in, which also happens to be the hotel that Mac and his two partners owns. He saves her from a persistent man who can’t take the hint that she is not interested in him.

This is the first Vegas Nights book that I’ve read, but I will go back and read the first one to get all of LeVan’s story.

This was a story with some dark parts, but it still made me feel good to read it.

ARC Review of “Heart of a Cowboy”, by Kristin Vayden @KristinVayden @givemebooksblog

Beautiful story! This story had all of the feels. I cried, laughed, and got angry throughout this story. It was a beautiful story of a family going through a tragedy, but regaining their family in the process.

Jack is a rough rancher who made some bad choices when he was younger and hurt his son and his wife, and lost their love in the process. He is terminally ill and wants to make amends with his son before he dies. Cyler, Jack’s grown son, hates his father with his entire soul. When Cyler gets a phone call from his father telling him that he is terminally ill, he only wants to go home to give him grief and make him suffer before he dies.

Laken is Jack’s palliative care nurse, she is young, but very experienced in palliative care. She is a strong woman who can handle a strong willed and grumpy man. Jack has met his match in Laken.

The story is very well written, the characters are all very strong, loving people, and the plot is not predictable. I loved this story, and give it a 5 star review.

If you enjoy a story with strong heros and heroines, and all the feels, in it, then this is a great story to pick up and read. I hated to put it down, and I didn’t want it to end. The pages turned very easily, and too quickly.