How to Bake a Man by Jessica Barksdale Inclan & Giveaway (International)

October 27th, 2014

bakeHow to Bake a Man by Jessica Barksdale Inclan is a deliciously fun read with great characters and yummy recipes!

Becca is in one of the oldest students in her grad school class and very uncomfortable with it when she realizes that going back to school really isn’t what she wants.  She wants to bake.  She’s loved to bake since she was a young girl learning from her mother.  So she makes a life changing decision to drop out of school and follow her dream of eventually owning her own bakery.

Becca gets all the paperwork in order and even manages to land herself a job delivering up her baked treats to an office building.  Her hope is that she will soon be delivering to even more businesses and word of her phenomenal baking will spread.  With the help of her mother and her neighbor Sal she begins her venture. What she doesn’t plan on is meeting Jennifer, her look-a-like at the office.  The two of them are polar opposites in personality though as Jennifer is evil to everyone  and Becca can’t believe how she treats people.  She also doesn’t plan on meeting Jeff, a man she feels an instant connection to.  The problem – he is Jennifer’s boyfriend but when he shows an interest in Becca she is over the moon and can’t resist seeing where it will go.  Yet is Jeff really everything she’s ever wanted or is she missing out on a true love that may be sitting right under her nose.

I really liked Becca.  She’s funny and vulnerable and just the kind of person you could picture being good friends with.  Then there are those wonderful mouth watering recipes she’s always whipping up.  Who wouldn’t want a friend like that?  One that would invite you for coffee and serve up some Sugar Cookies, Sand Tarts, Snickerdoodles, or Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese glaze.  Yummo!  The other characters were great as well and even though Jennifer was so evil to everyone I didn’t even hate her.  Actually I found her quite amusing at times.  If I had one complaint it would have been that I would have liked to find out more about the connection that Becca and Jennifer may or may not have had.  That’s a minor detail though as the story itself is just delightful and a wonderful way to spend a snowy afternoon.

For fans of sweet romances and even sweeter recipes How to Bake a Man is certainly one to add to your reading list!

 

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Source: Digital review copy and giveaway copy provided by the publisher.  No compensation was received and all thoughts and opinions are that of the blog owner.

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Butternut Summer by Mary McNear (Audiobook)

October 17th, 2014

Butternut-SummerButternut Summer by Mary McNear was just what I was expecting. A lovely, heartwarming story of a charming little town with a whole host of characters that you won’t soon forget. Butternut Summer is the second in the Butternut Lake Trilogy with the first being Up at Butternut Lake which I read last year and loved. Part of a trilogy this book does stand on its own although the benefit of reading the first book before this one would be familiarizing yourself with the characters a little more and getting a bit of back story. Both books are so wonderful and just perfect for cozying up with now that the weather is cooling off.

Daisy is home from college for the summer and nothing could make her mother Caroline happier. Daisy will spend the summer working with her mom in their diner called Pearl’s and Caroline is really looking forward to spending time with her daughter. Caroline is in for a surprise though because unknown to her Daisy has been meeting with her father for more than a year. The same father that walked out on Daisy and her mother when Daisy was just a baby. Of course Caroline is still very bitter towards Jack but has always kept that from Daisy and can understand that Daisy wants to have a relationship with her father but that doesn’t mean that Caroline has to as well. However it seems that Jack is thinking exactly that and he doesn’t seem to want to give up too easily in his determination to win Caroline back.

Daisy, on her way to meet her parents, ends up having trouble with her truck and has to stop at the mechanics. She ends up meeting Will a boy she went to school with but he was considered a bad boy then so he wasn’t anyone Daisy associated with. Even now the two have nothing in common. Daisy is on her way back to college at the end of the summer and Will is going nowhere really working at the garage. Secretly though Will remembers the fierce crush he had on Daisy in school and it seems that attraction is still there and now he’s brave enough to act on it. Will it be a summer of love for the two?

I loved this story of love and second chances. I love that the author dealt with some real issues in this novel like alcoholism and the effects that it has on a family. I like that forgiveness and moving on plays a big role as well. Caroline was one of my favorite characters from the first book and it was great getting to know her so much better. I love that she got a second chance at life and love. I thought Daisy was a great character too. For a young woman and especially a young woman in the throes of her first love she still maintained a sensible outlook on things. The author also does a wonderful job of making the reader fall in love with Butternut and it sure made this reader wish she lived somewhere so beautiful.  I was lucky enough to snag the audiobook from my local library and it was wonderful.  It is narrated by Carrington Macduffie who I’ve not listened to before but would again.  She really did a great job of bringing these characters and this story to life for me.

I can’t wait to see whose story will be told in Moonlight on Butternut Lake which is the third and final book in the trilogy. Butternut Summer is perfect for fans of women’s fiction and romances. Highly recommended!

 

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The Betrayed by Heather Graham & Giveaway (US/Canada)

October 13th, 2014

betrayedThe Betrayed by Heather Graham is part of a series called the Krewe of Hunters and another winner for me!  This series is terrific because they all stand alone with their only commonality being paranormal  investigators from the Krewe of Hunters.  What I love most about this series is the supernatural element, the romance, and the mystery to be solved.  Be prepared to spare a few hours when you start this book because it was one that hooked me from the beginning and I dreaded having to put it down to do something else because I was just too anxious to find out the ‘who done it’ part of the story.

Aiden is a new member to the Krewe of Hunters.  Even though he is valiantly trying to ignore the fact that he can communicate with the dead it is in fact a reality for him.  After being visited in a dream by his old friend Richard Highsmith he is alerted the very next day to the man’s disappearance and sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate.  Upon arriving he meets Maureen, nicknamed Mo, and her dog Rollo and together they are called in on searches for missing people but Mo has another more hidden talent – she can see and communicate with the dead.  They find Richard, unfortunately not alive, and even worse she finds Richard’s head displayed on the statue of the legendary Headless Horseman.  Who would do something so grotesque?  Aiden and Mo become desperate in their search for the killer as whoever it is escalates the game and even Aiden and Mo find themselves in danger.  Who is responsible for the disappearances and killings?  Will Aiden and Mo find the killer before it’s too  late?

The characters of Aiden and Mo are great and Rollo even better.  I love books that have dogs in them and of course connected to Rollo instantly.  Their romance was sweet although Aiden needed a bit of a kick in the butt to let Mo know how he was feeling.  The weaving of history within the story is one of the things I enjoy most about this series of Graham’s.  I love getting to learn a bit while enjoying a good book.  Graham’s ability to immerse the reader in the setting she creates is pretty awesome as well.  Her vivid descriptions of everything just seem to lure the reader in more and more into the story she’s telling.

This is the perfect book for Halloween reading with it’s ghosts, graveyards, and haunted mausoleums.  I listened to the audiobook which I think just adds to the creepiness a person feels.  It’s narrated by Luke Daniels who I really enjoy listening to.  He has the perfect voice for a book like this and really manages to bring the story alive in your mind to the point where you feel like you’re in the middle of a movie set. Just fantastic!

Highly recommended for those who enjoy paranormal mysteries with a touch of romance!

 

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Source: Digital review copy provided by the publisher however audiobook is personal copy.  No compensation was received and all thoughts and opinions are that of the blog owner.

The Night Visitor by Dianne Emley & Rafflecopter Giveaway

September 11th, 2014

nightI don’t imagine it’s any surprise now to anyone who reads my blog that I really enjoy paranormal stories so of course The Night Visitor by Dianne Emley was right up my alley!  From the first page which starts with a bang to the last page I was hooked.  I love a good mystery/thriller and the added paranormal elements really heightened my enjoyment of this novel.

Starting with a chilling murder we fast forward five years and right into the life of Rory.  Rory, whose sister was murdered that fateful night and her fiancee Junior who was left in a coma and deemed responsible for that murder.  Oh gossip abounds that there was an affair and all sorts of things but Rory doesn’t believe for a second that Junior killed her sister.  Either way Rory has moved on with her life and is busy running a cosmetics company and is engaged to a wonderful man.  Yet in one instance the past comes rushing back with a vengeance when Junior’s brother attempts to murder Rory in an act of revenge.

Then there are the visions that Rory is having.  At first she isn’t sure what they mean but it quickly becomes apparent to her that she is seeing scenes from the murder.  But how?  Soon enough she realizes that it is Junior – Junior who is in a coma – is showing her what happened that night.  She can’t keep Junior out of her mind and even more terrifying her body starts to exhibit the same things that Junior is experiencing and it isn’t long before everyone thinks she is losing her mind.  She knows that she has no choice but to solve the mystery that shrouds that night – to clear Junior’s name.  As she delves deeper and deeper into her search it also leads her to learning more about her own family.  Secrets and lies that threaten to shatter her world.  Will Rory find out the real truth behind that night before it’s too late?

The Night Visitor is a well written novel with an intriguing plot and enough twists and turns that entice and keep the reader guessing.  I didn’t figure it out until the end which is unusual for me but made me like the book even more.  Recommended for those who enjoy murder mysteries, thrillers, and of course the paranormal! Yours truly enjoyed it a great deal!

 

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Source: Digital review copy provided by the publisher. No compensation was received and all thoughts and opinions are that of the blog owner.
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