Fire On The Farm by Betty Shreffler – Review by Jenni Bishop

Fire On The FarmFire On The Farm by Betty Shreffler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Amy Flanders didn’t know how to go on, she has had to endure something someone so young should never have to go through. The loss of the man she loved from a horrible accident has left her reeling. After love and patience she is pulling her life together. Amy Flanders has decided to throw herself into what she loves best and turn it into a business dedicated to training and caring for not only her horses but for horses that need love and nurturing and time to mend. After a stressful day Amy finds herself left alone at a pub after being cancelled on, that is until a handsome stranger steps through the door.

Brock Baisdin spends his time working his own business and for the most part enjoys it but something is missing. After stepping through the door of the pub he is instantly drawn to the blue eyed beauty sitting by herself. After learning she has been left alone Brock decides to step in and help her out because he wants to get to know this woman. After a great time and no longer being able to contain their attraction they find themselves in each other’s arms.

Amy finds herself trying to reconcile her feelings from the past and feelings for a possible future. Brock knows what he wants and he wants to be the man that Amy Flanders can love again. He wants to be the man to see her smile and find her love of life again.

Will Amy be able to put her past behind her? Will Amy let go of her fears? Will Brock be able to show her how to love again? Will Amy lose her second chance at love?

This is a sad and yet beautiful story of love and loss. Of overcoming fears to put yourself out there for another chance at love. This book will make you cry and is full of so many emotions, at times I wanted to slap sense into people but could not stop reading. You know it’s a good story when you get emotionally involved. I can’t recommend this book highly enough. Grab, read and enjoy. Oh and don’t forget tissues.

Reviewed by @jennadb

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Playing for Keeps (Playing Series Book 3) by Ashlie Knapp – Review by Heidi Eich Woodring

Playing for Keeps (Playing Series Book 3)Playing for Keeps by Ashlie Knapp
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Playing for Keeps is the third book in the Playing series by Ashlie Knapp. I loved this book because I am always drawn to the books where someone is on the run from a bad past and this one hit it home for me. While this book can be read as a standalone, characters from past books in this series do appear. I love how I am able to connect with the characters in this book and others in the series. Another great book in a great series.
Aria Cook might be the sassy and not a car in the world girl her friends and family see. Everyone sees what she wants them to see while she tends to her father’s bar and is a dancer for the Oklahoma City Thunders. What everyone doesn’t know or see is that she is running from a past that no matter how hard she tries she can’t escape. Then enter Trent, NBA star and the guy who doesn’t want anything other than to have fun. He cares about his career, his mother, and his sister. After a not to good date with Aria, he can’t walk away. He care about her and she can’t seem to get rid of him! What can happen to these two amazing characters, read and find out!
I loved this story.. From the guy who was a love and leave them, to Aria and her needing to get away from a past that haunts her. These characters are real and the story line draws you right in. I have to say this one is the best book I have read in the series. I love how Both Trent and Aria see what is blooming together as something so different and I love when things all start to come together. I give this book 4 stars and highly recommend not just this book but the series. This author truly has talent to draw you in and wanting more. I was able to read this book in one sitting and truly loved it, this is a book that I KNOW I will be reading again!

Review by @Heidi Eich Woodring
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Make Me Yours by Charity Ferrell – Review by Debi Kircher

Make Me YoursMake Me Yours by Charity Ferrell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Make Me Yours by Charity Ferrell

Stella Mendes, a TV star whose long running series came to an end so she has decided to try her hand at movies. Being brought up in the business she never got to enjoy her childhood as her Mom had her in the spotlight from an early age. She has given up on love because a long term relationship she had ended very badly. She has an awesome best friend that is also her assistant named Willow. Her longtime bodyguard, Dallas was forced to resign so that he could go home and be with his wife and daughter. He brings in his brother Hudson to temporarily take his place until they can hire someone else.

Hudson Barnes, a Marine that just returned home after a 9 month deployment on his 2nd tour overseas. He’s from a small town in Iowa where everybody knows everybody and he loves it. Its home, and he is very close to his parents, his sister and his brother. Family is everything to him. The last thing he wants to do is fly off to LA to “follow around some fancy-ass, high maintenance chick”. His brother guilts him into taking the job temporarily and he agrees to 2 months. Hudson has also given up on love since he returned home to find his fiance is now planning a wedding with his now ex best friend.

The sparks are immediate when Stella and Hudson first meet. The connection is undeniable the more time they spend together. It doesn’t take long for Hudson to realize that he may have rushed to judgement when it comes to Stella. Both Hudson and Stella are so close to rethinking the giving up on love as their attraction to each other just gets stronger. Her contract holds some pretty strong stipulations that don’t make a lot of sense to Hudson and is an issue that he might not be able to get past. When Hudson receives a phone call and has to rush home because of a family emergency Stella joins him. Although they aren’t aware of it, so does the paparazzi. What happens next broke my heart and at the same time made me so angry I was yelling at my kindle. Can these two that have serious trust issues get past everything that lies ahead for them, and even if they do can these two people who are complete opposites make it work?

I double loved this book. I love this author and although this was my first book by her, it will absolutely not be my last. I am just hoping that there is another book coming in this series. I want more Stella, Hudson, Willow and the Barnes family. 5 Stars aren’t enough for this book 🙂

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The Boy Friend by Mika Jolie – Review by Debi Kircher

The Boy FriendThe Boy Friend by Mika Jolie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Boy Friend by Mika Jolie, a standalone novel.

This is the story of Cori and Dean, 23 years ago he yanked on one of her pigtails and she punched him in the gut in elementary school and they have been BFFs ever since, like peanut butter and jelly totally inseparable. This story is told 100% from Dean’s POV, it is the first book I have read by this author and also from the guys POV, it was written so that it seemed he was actually talking to me. “Don’t roll your eyes” it really did feel that way. 🙂

Coriander “Cori” Phillips is Dean Morello’s smokin’ hot best friend, an art teacher at their former elementary school, she is smart, perceptive, funny and extremely kind. She didn’t have the most stable childhood but has just about everything figured out in her life except for one thing.

Dean Morello, is confident, cocky, good looking and has no problem finding women to spend time with him. He is definitely not into commitment, love, or marriage and is completely upfront with anyone he chooses to spend time with. He was born with a silver spoon in his mouth yet along with his two best friends work hard as their fathers mold them into taking over the financial firm they own.

Cori and Dean’s relationship is completely platonic, they have never even kissed. They are each other’s shoulder to cry on and can and do talk about anything. On one of their weekly non-date dinner dates Cori announces that she has made a decision about her life. Dean is taken by surprise and a bit shocked by this decision but decides it’s best to just be the friend he is supposed to be and offer to help her. The problem is helping her has him dealing with thoughts and feelings that have never really entered his mind before. He was also starting to deal with fears that this decision could be the beginning of the end for their friendship.

Can a man and woman just be friends? What happens when one makes a decision causing the other to question this and possibly want more? What happens when those lines get blurred? Can their friendship survive?

I really liked this book, I loved the friends that were a part of Cori and Dean’s lives, I loved both of their families and I loved the comical interaction between all of them. I loved that the hot scenes were just enough and didn’t take away from the actual storyline. I’m left wondering if other characters in this book will also get their own books in the future. I hope so because I would definitely want to check back in on all of them. I’m giving this book 4 stars only because it was hard to get used to not having anything from Cori’s POV, it was hard not knowing how she felt during a lot of the book. The author did a great job from his POV of how she felt and most of the time it really worked. I definitely recommend this was great!!

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Choosing You (Cedarville Series #3) by Bree Kraemer – Review by Debi Kircher

Choosing You (Cedarville #3)Choosing You by Bree Kraemer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Choosing You by Bree Kraemer, book 3 of the Cedarville series.

This can be read as a standalone, which is what I did since this was the first book I have read by this author. I will though be downloading the first 2 in this series today and reading them as soon as possible.

Carly Graham, an independent woman who had her heart not only broken but shattered back in college and will never allow falling in love to rule her life ever again. She has two awesome best friends, family she adores, and owns a successful business. She lives her life exactly how she wants it. So why does a good friend of her 2 cousins cause her to question everything? He is so bossy and aggravating and makes her crazy, yet she always feels safe whenever he is near.

Anthony Scott owns his own security firm and is training his sister Addison to run it with him. He loves the new town he moved to. He has some great friends and a very supportive family. His only problem is his good friends cousin, she drives him crazy and has taken over most of his thoughts and is seriously cramping his hooking up with anyone else because all he can think about is her.

A bottle of vodka, and some seriously hot drunk texts causes too many questions that need answers. It seems Carly and Anthony are the only two that don’t know the answers to these questions. One day Anthony becomes aware of an issue with his sister and enlists the help of Carly and her friends. Fixing this issue is easy, the hard part is it causes Anthony and Carly to spend even more time together. Just when Carly is ready to face and deal with her feelings for Anthony something from her past slams into her life. She is left with a huge choice, and no matter which choice she makes it will affect everything and everybody in her life.

I loved this book, it made me happy, sad, hopeful, and angry all within just a few pages. The story flowed perfectly and the author created all of the characters in this book so that you couldn’t help but fall in love with them, or seriously detest them in a few cases. I will not only be getting the first two in this series but will also be checking out her other books as well. Definitely a five star read!!!

Review by @debikircher

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Mercy & Mayhem (Men of Mercy #6.5; Operation Mayhem, #0.5) by Lindsay Cross – Review by Jenni Bishop

Mercy & Mayhem (Men of Mercy #6.5; Operation Mayhem, #0.5)Mercy & Mayhem by Lindsay Cross
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Colonel Mack Grey and his team of Marines are after one thing an ex-CIA operative, Jack Mankel. Mankel’s evil knows no bounds to what depth they will soon find out. They want vengeance for this traitor who betrayed his team in the worst possible way. Now they have a chance to finally get their hands on him, to capture Jack Mankel. Their mission will take them to Africa and into more than one enemy.

Marley Mitchell is a single mother and an air force pilot, she loves her job and is damn good at it. Her current Mission is to fly a team of special forces for a HALO jump into Africa. She has flown many missions and has always returned home safely to her daughter. Easy, right? After realising they need to evacuate the plane, Marley is forced to jump with the team and put her life in their hands to keep
her safe from the harsh dangerous jungle she now finds herself in. Marley finds the Colonel constantly in her thoughts but she can’t let that happen, she has to focus on staying alive. The Colonel finds himself drawn to the sassy, smart and independent woman but he can’t let that distract him, he has to keep her alive. But trust does not come easy, it has to be earnt and betrayal in more ways than one
seem to be the name of the game.

With the enemy all around them the team find them in a game of kill or be killed, but can they survive? Will betrayal be too much for them to bear? Will they lose each other before they get to know each other? Will Mankel’s evil be too much for the team? Will Marley make it home to her daughter?

If you love military romance you will love this book. There is lots of action, passion, intrigue, suspense and twists and turns that will keep you thoroughly enthralled. Loved the book it is right up there with my favorites.

Reviewed by @jennadb

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Mercy & Mayhem (Men of Mercy #6.5; Operation Mayhem, #0.5) by Lindsay Cross – Review by Jana Teppih

Mercy & Mayhem (Men of Mercy #6.5; Operation Mayhem, #0.5)Mercy & Mayhem by Lindsay Cross
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Mercy & Mayhem by Lindsay Cross is the first book in her Operation Mayhem series that probably can be classified as a spin-off of her Men of Mercy series. I have not read the Men of Mercy series but I got a feeling while reading Mercy & Mayhem that many of the men in the Task Force Scorpion have had their stories already and I might have benefitted of knowing them but well, I managed without that and got a real kick out of this book.
It was hell of a ride that Marley and Mack took us on while going after the elusive Mr. J (a traitor who has been tinkering with a serum and creating super soldiers). I like this kind of genre where you deal with ‘mad scientists’ who want to manipulate the genes and create super soldiers/assassins etc.
I found the insta-love/lust between Marley and Mack a bit over the top but I could see how it fit in the story line. At no point felt I that I can put the book down and walk away. There is a lot of emotion and guilt and healing and action and heat in this book so there is no boring moment!
There are quite a few openings here for several potential books so the writer leaves you pondering and asking yourself ‘who will be next’, ‘what will happen next’, ‘where will we go from here’…. It is a good way to finish and I personally am looking forward to the next story!

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Love, Me (Pleasant Valley, #2) by Anna Brooks – Review by Jenni Bishop

Love, Me (Pleasant Valley, #2)Love, Me by Anna Brooks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Rayne Garner can not let go from the past and she made a promise she has vowed to keep which has stopped her from living a loving and fulfilling life for the last two years. However when she has a chance meeting with a man, it has her second guessing everything she thought she knew and wanted. Things Rayne has not felt in years and it is currently testing her love, loyalty and especially the vow she made and the promise that she made to keep that vow. Rayne doesn’t know how to let go of the past and be able to move on with the future.

Vaughn Morris has a love for tattooing and he is good at it. He has only ever wanted a normal life, whatever that is. He has now returned to his home town but along with it comes the most extremely painful reminders of his past and lost youth. A past that has caused scars so deep in his soul that he is unable to fully live that is until he meets Rayne. Vaughn doesn’t know how to love but he knows what he wants and that means Rayne, any how any way he can get her. The idea of relationships and love is one foreign concept.

Can Vaughn and Rayne just be friends? Can they get over their past to have a future? Will they fight for each other? Will honesty keep them apart? Will they find their happily ever after? Will Rayne realise what has held her back? Will Vaughn finally be free when the past is no longer a threat? Will those who love Rayne the best help her to get her life back on track or will they keep her in the past?

This story is well written and about how two people fall in love and learn that some people are just as necessary as the air they breathe. It pulls on your heart strings to see what these two young people have had to endure in their past but can over come for the one they love when they truly let go.

Reviewed by @jennadb

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The Fix (The Carolina Connections #1) by Sylvie Stewart – Review by Sheri Schrader

The Fix (The Carolina Connections #1)The Fix by Sylvie Stewart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Fix by Sylvie Stewart is the first book in the Caroline Connections series. This is a fun, romantic novel about Laney Monroe and Nate Murphy. Laney is a 25-year-old single mom trying to balance work, being a mom, and helping her immature brother. Nate has moved back to town to help at his family’s construction business. The two meet when her brother finally decides to go out and get a job. Little does Laney know that her brother getting a job would be such a great decision for her love life as well.
Laney has so much going on in her life except a love life. She is relatable on many levels. She is trying to do the best with what life has given her and be a good mom at the same time. Her brother lives with her since her parents moved out of town. He’s finally got her hints to go out and get a job. In her neighborhood, there is new construction and come to find out it is being built by her brother’s new employer. What will happen when life brings Nate and Laney together?
This is a fun, sexy novel with some great characters. The topics of how to balance family, work, and love is a such a relatable, realistic theme. This is a hard balance to find and sometimes opportunities arise when we least expect them. I enjoyed that the characters had to make decisions that were real and can have a long-term effect on themselves and others in their lives. I am looking forward to reading the second novel by the author.

Review by @sherimichelle1

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Love, Me (Pleasant Valley, #2) by Anna Brooks – Review by Jana Teppih

Love, Me (Pleasant Valley, #2)Love, Me by Anna Brooks
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Love, Me is the second book in Anna Brooks Pleasant Valley series and I read it as a standalone. It was my first encounter with this writer and I fell in love with her writing! I am looking forward to the third book as we got a glimpse into the characters who will be the leads in the third book already here!
The story captivated me from the start! The way how the writer manages to spellbound you, oh my lord, she sucks you in and doesn’t let go – I literally had to spend my whole Sunday with Vaughn and Rayne, our main characters of this story!
Both of them fight such crazy demons and at times you might ask yourself how on earth do they manage to get up in the morning and face another day and is it really possible for one to have lived all this without anyone stepping in earlier and … yes, it is! We are so good at closing our eyes to other’s suffering and not getting involved (Vaughn’s case) and we are also so great at keeping appearances so that the people closest to us and who should help us, do not even get a hint of what is going on behind the closed doors (Rayne’s case).
The writer was very considerate and caring and the way she puts the words together is like pearls on a strand that just keeps going and giving! Thank you Anna Brooks for this amazing story and please do not keep us waiting too long for the next one!

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