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Rescuing Mary by Susan Stoker

The book we’ve all been waiting for… Finally ”Truck” and Mary’s story.  I’ve been rooting for them through this whole series, now I get to have an inside look.

Title: Rescuing Mary 
Author: Susan Stoker
Series: Delta Force Heroes
Publish Date: October 30, 2018
Genre: Military Suspense Romance
Narrator: Stella Bloom
Source: Audible

Publisher’s Description:  Ford “Truck” Laughlin and Mary Weston have weathered their share of storms over the last couple years. Truck’s job, Mary’s health. His bossiness, her bitchiness. All while dancing around their intense attraction. Mary’s tried to push him away for his own good but Truck won’t let her give up…on herself or on them. Just when she decides they deserve a fair shot, disaster strikes.

Truck has wanted Mary since the moment he saw her. The prickly woman pushes all his buttons and looks beyond his scarred exterior, something few women have managed. His plan to take their relationship to the next level is stalled when he’s injured on a mission. And he’s barely feeling like his old self again before the couple is dealt another blow, one that could permanently end their chances…and their lives.

 

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words… SPOILERS. *BEWARE*


Nervous Nellie says…

This is a romance series, hot military guys, standalone story. No cliffhanger. No sex. I have not read these books in order, and it doesn’t mess up the overall arc much.  The parts that gets confusing is when one SEAL pairs up and they are mentioned in another book.  It’s also not all that confusing, really.  I just jumped over that part because who belongs to who is just the series but not necessarily ruins the story line.

I have been waiting for this story through the whole series.  Mary frustrated me over and over again, but she’s a pretty screwed up person.  Her mother really did a job on her as Mary grew up.

Mary and “Truck” are married.  That bombshell was dropped and every character was thrown for a loop.  Mary treated “Truck” so… badly isn’t the word exactly.  More like held him at arms length so “Truck” really never knew Mary’s true feelings.  This was a hard book to listen to.  I cried through most of the first chapters and then later on again.  Mary’s story is so sad and her opinion of herself is very low.  “Truck” doesn’t know what to do.  He waits and waits, but Mary isn’t warming up.  What should he do? Cut his losses and move on?

I have to tell you I loved this book.  Loved, loved, loved it.  It ripped my heart out and I could feel every stabbing emotional pain Mary had.  Mary is so lucky that she has Rayne.  Thick and thin, people.  She’s with Mary through it all…almost.  Mary is going to die (don’t worry, she doesn’t in the end) and she pushes Rayne out and convinces herself that she’s only using “Truck” for his insurance.  She loves him but can’t admit it because her mama trained her from the age of 5 that men suck.  Mary is really screwed up – but how can she not be?  She’s been through hell – all nine circles of it.  And then another circle of hell crops up.  Tragedy takes Mary out of “Truck’s” life through amnesia.  Holy cats.  How much more can they take?

It all turns out fine, don’t worry.  The story winds around up and down and then splits before coming back together to twist around again.  It was a ride that was very hard to put down.  Listened to the whole audio in 2 days.  It was amazing.

The narrator of this story is female, but she does a really good job of diversifying the characters.  I like her so much that I’ve listened to a lot of her audios.

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Ain’t She a Peach by Molly Harper

There’s a new Sheriff in town.  He “thinks” he’s got everything under control until he meets the local coroner.  She’s purple haired goth chick who has her county business in the family funeral home slash bait shop.  She’s quick witted, smart and a handful.

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

Title:  Ain’t She A Peach
Author: Molly Harper
Series:  Southern Eclectic #4
Publish Date: June 12, 2018
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Narrator:  Amanda Ronconi
Source: Audible.com

Publisher’s Description: An Atlanta ex-cop comes to sleepy Lake Sackett, Georgia, seeking peace and quiet—but he hasn’t bargained on falling for Frankie, the cutest coroner he’s ever met.

Frankie McCready talks to dead people. Not like a ghost whisperer or anything—but it seems rude to embalm them and not at least say hello.

Fortunately, at the McCready Family Funeral Home & Bait Shop, Frankie’s eccentricities fit right in. Lake Sackett’s embalmer and county coroner, Frankie’s goth styling and passion for nerd culture mean she’s not your typical Southern girl, but the McCreadys are hardly your typical Southern family. Led by Great-Aunt Tootie, the gambling, boozing, dog-collecting matriarch of the family, everyone looks out for one another—which usually means getting up in everyone else’s business.

Maybe that’s why Frankie is so fascinated by new sheriff Eric Linden…a recent transplant from Atlanta, he sees a homicide in every hunting accident or boat crash, which seems a little paranoid for this sleepy tourist town. What’s he so worried about? And what kind of cop can get a job with the Atlanta PD but can’t stand to look at a dead body?

Frankie has other questions that need answering first—namely, who’s behind the recent break-in attempts at the funeral home, and how can she stop them? This one really does seem like a job for the sheriff—and as Frankie and Eric do their best Scooby-Doo impressions to catch their man, they get closer to spilling some secrets they thought were buried forever.

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words …SPOILERS. *BEWARE*


Nervous Nellie says…

This is an incredibly fun story.  Eric is coming from the big city and sees murder in every death that happens in the small town.  He is running from a past that is haunting him and is the reason he had to come to the slower small town.  Frankie is the county medical examiner and she has quirks.  I think she was a quirky and fun character to read.

The McCready family is a hoot.  There are eccentric relatives and each one of them have qualities about them that make them individuals and incredibly likeable.  Just hearing the fact that they all are associated with the funeral home that also serves as a bait shop makes me laugh.  Only in a small town.  I like Molly Harper’s writing because of her humor and comedic influence.  Each character is individual and separate which makes all of them feel like a family to me for the short time I’m in their world.

There is a little sex, a wanna be burglar and a fun read.  I listened to this book out of series order, but the story is a standalone and though there may be back stories I missed, I could follow along just fine.  There is no cliff hanger and there is a HEA.  I just love Molly Harper and her imagination.  5 stars all the way.

Other recommendations…

…you might try

How to Date Your Dragon by Molly Harper

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

 

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The Duchess Deal (Girl Meets Duke #1) by Tessa Dare

Military man meets seamstress.  Tough as nails little Emma Gladstone demands payment for a hideous wedding gown.  He sees an opportunity.  She has nothing to lose.  Only problem is that the Duke has met his match…

Title:  The Duchess Deal
Author: Tessa Dare
Series:  Girl Meets Duke #1
Publish Date:  August 22, 2017
Genre:  Historical Romance
Source: reviewer’s local library
Publisher’s Description:  When girl meets Duke, their marriage breaks all the rules…

Since his return from war, the Duke of Ashbury’s to-do list has been short and anything but sweet: brooding, glowering, menacing London ne’er-do-wells by night. Now there’s a new item on the list. He needs an heir—which means he needs a wife. When Emma Gladstone, a vicar’s daughter turned seamstress, appears in his library wearing a wedding gown, he decides on the spot that she’ll do.

His terms are simple:
– They will be husband and wife by night only.
– No lights, no kissing.
– No questions about his battle scars.
– Last, and most importantly… Once she’s pregnant with his heir, they need never share a bed again.

But Emma is no pushover. She has a few rules of her own:
– They will have dinner together every evening.
– With conversation.
– And unlimited teasing.
– Last, and most importantly… Once she’s seen the man beneath the scars, he can’t stop her from falling in love…

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In some cases…spoilers. *BEWARE*


Nervous Nellie says…

This is a super story.  Emma has got nerve and she means to impose her will on a DUKE!  There is no cliffhanger and no blood, gore or violence.

I love Emma.  The Duke of Ashbury is a doofus.  He’s so mired in the past that he can’t see past it.  Sure he’s been bounced by a glory hound superficial little brat but who hasn’t? He uses his scars to be a super hero but gets himself into trouble and it’s not like Emma didn’t warn him!  Emma is a great character.  She is down to earth, smart as a whip and she is a master manipulator to her Duke.  Make it be his idea and all will be well.  She’s been through a lot of tough situations; poor, homeless, stuggling and is not afraid to live through it again though it would not be fun.

Emma never really notices the Duke’s scars.  Sure they look like they hurt like mad when they were inflicted, but they aren’t as hideous as he believes.  This was really an awesome story.  It’s kind of got the same framework as other historicals, but it’s the characters that make it different.

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Nell’s Gossip and book hunt 10/13/18

Welcome to my Sunday book hunt and author gossip.  Keep coming back for updates on book releases and news from favorite authors.

Ruby Lee and I went to Sioux Falls, SD this weekend to see the authors participating in the Fall Into Books Event hosted by On The Run Book Reviews.

Ruby and I didn’t know what to expect since this is the first ever of a hopefully every other year event.  We got to Sioux Falls in time to hear through the grapevine that there was going to be an informal meet and greet that evening.  After settling in we ventured out. Lo and behold, as we were walking out of our room, here was author Terry Maggert battling the ice machine like it was some ancient demon.  You know, writers are pretty tough cookies…

Around 6 pm, we went to see if we could crash the meet and greet event.  Ruby sat next to Jane Ashley Converse who wrote Backroads that released July 19, 2018.  It’s now in my TBR pile.

Title:  Backroads
Author: Jane Ashley Converse
Published:  July 19, 2018
Description:  A detour is what she needed.

Holly:

I was living the life I always thought I wanted. Good job, rich fiancé, and a glamorous social life. But in a blink of an eye it was all taken away. With nowhere else to go, my aunt offers me a job on her ranch. I didn’t know I’d be forced to work alongside her gorgeous ranch hand Chase. Instead of getting my old life back, I’m finding he’s a distraction I didn’t see coming.

Chase

I’ve spent years running from my past. Don’t stay in one place too long, don’t make long-lasting friendships, and most definitely don’t fall in love. The day I met Holly, I was done running—I just didn’t know it yet. Those heels, that skirt—all wrong for the country, but perfect for her. Her past is keeping her from trusting me. But I’m going to show her she’s more than worth the wait.

For a bit (because she fluttered around from person to person like a super hostess) I got to sit and visit with Annaliese Murine.  She flies through this world like a bullet on crack.  Her On The Run Book Reviews is perfectly named.  Annie knew that I was super stoked to meet Kris Michaels – the author that, as she walked into the room, the sky opened and angels sang.  Okay, that’s maybe a bit dramatic, but I was very excited to meet her.  Kris writes The Kings of Guardian series, The Guardian Security Shadowland jewellseries and she’s also taking part in the Silver SEALs series.

Annie sat me next to Kris Michaels who was super nice and very modest.  “I’m no celebrity” she says.  Uh huh.  Right.  In my book, she definitely is a celebrity. While we sat visiting, her husband sent her a picture of the sunset overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, where Kris lives.  It was an warm and inviting photo not only because it was picturesque, but because it had snowed in Sioux Falls that day.

I got to ask questions of all the authors that were there but the thing I had always wondered was how Kris got so in depth with her characters and well, it’s a complicated process.  In my opinion, she is a great writer because of all the research and effort she puts into creating her books.  If you haven’t read them, stop over to your local ebook store and check them out.

mira lyn kellyOn my other side was Mira Lyn Kelly.  She was another author that had a lot of insight as to how the book world worked as she should because of all the books she has published.  She’s also now on my TBR pile.

ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT – Saturday.  Ruby and I stood in line so we could be one of the first 50 to get swag bags.  After we were admitted, there was so much to see that I didn’t know where to start.  That turned into a no brainer since Kris Michaels was practically inside the door.  We kind of felt like Norm on the tv show Cheers.  It made us both feel all warm and fuzzy inside to be recognized. I went from table to table looking at book covers trying to decide if they were my genre or not.  Either way you look at it, my TBR pile multiplied.  There are a lot of great authors out there, we just don’t know them yet!

Ruby’s holy grail meeting was E.J. Whitmer who wrote Iowish Roots.  According to Ruby it was amazing, so I think that endorsement alone should warrant a wander over to your ebook store and check it out.

Title:  Iowish Roots
Author:  E.J. Whitmer
Published:  December 15, 2017
Description:  After suffering a devastating loss, Violet Monroe needs a fresh start. Billybog, Ireland is the ideal place to open a coffee shop and finally live the life of her dreams. With her Instagram-famous dog in tow, she says goodbye to Iowa and runs toward her next adventure.

Pub owner Aidan Donovan is the epitome of a wounded soul. Jaded by his last relationship, he’s dedicated his life to never giving his heart to anyone again… then, he meets “Lettie”, Billybog’s newest resident. She’s beautiful, funny, and an American, and that makes her too much of a risk. While he does everything he can think of to keep her at a safe distance, her quirky American sensibilities and irresistible nature prove to be more difficult to resist than he imagined.

Will Lettie find her new home in the arms of a brooding Irishman, or will his tortured soul keep them from the happily-ever-after they both deserve?

Here comes the picture of the haul that Ruby made.  I was thrilled with the books and swag I got too.  I just want to say, if you ever come across a book signing of authors that are not known – take a risk and check them out.  They are worth it. 

Now, let me talk quick about the logo below.  Stitches Embroidery had these very cool screen prints available on just about anything.  I ordered the reading team in a sweatshirt, hoarding books in a tshirt and I got the audio nerd in a coozie.  I am positive that if anyone out there wants to order something, the proprietor would be more than happy to accommodate. Contact her through her website or she also has a page on Facebook.  As a reader, I love to promote my habit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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His Bluestocking Bride (Branches of Love #3) by Sally Britton

Called a spinster at 26 (I mean, really?), what does Ellen have to look forward to?  Shuttled around from family member to family member being treated basically like a servant because she’s not got a husband.  Blech!  Well, Ellen is going to have to take her own future into her hands and she does…

Title: His Bluestocking Bride
Author: Sally Britton
Series: Branches of Love #3
Publish Date:  June 6, 2018
Genre: Historical Romance
Source: purchased by reviewer
Publisher’s Description:  He vows to never risk his heart again. She hides her love to avoid rejection. A marriage of convenience is not what either of them wished for.

Overlooked by society and underappreciated in her family, Ellen Bringhurst has resigned herself to spinsterhood and a life of reading. Until her match-making friends contrive to reintroduce Ellen to the man she has secretly loved since their shared childhood.

As the younger son to an earl, Marcus Calvert must wed in order to inherit his estate. Still nursing a broken heart, he prefers a practical approach to matrimony rather than romantic love. When Ellen is presented as a possible bride, he proposes a marriage of convenience.

Ellen accepts his hand, hiding her feelings rather than risking her husband’s rejection. Marcus, though determined not to expose his heart again, finds more to admire in his childhood friend with each passing day. What began as a sensible arrangement now has the possibility to become so much more. But is Marcus willing to risk his heart a second time?

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In some cases…spoilers. *BEWARE*


Nervous Nellie says…

This is a historical romance can be labeled a proper romance.  No sex, no violence but lots of things that were just plain miscommunicated.  It’s a happy ever after and the historical part of the romance was done with a lot of research.  I learned a lot about things in that slice of history that I didn’t know and this author researches it all.  It’s kind of fun to read about a romance and learn a little history too.

Marcus is kind of a “slap up side the head” kind of hero.  Ellen is a great woman and he’s too blind to see her.  She grew up with him as a friend and still he’s blind.

I liked this story because it was standalone (I didn’t have to read the others in the series first) and it had a strong leading lady.

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