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Romance in Rehoboth Boxed Set (Books 1-3): A Small Town Romantic Comedy Series by K.L. Montgomery – Review by Jana Teppih

Romance in Rehoboth Boxed Set (Books 1-3)Romance in Rehoboth Boxed Set by K.L. Montgomery
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Romance in Rehoboth Boxed Set (Books #1 to 3) is a present from K.L. Montgomery to all her avid fans – you can simply have all three first books in one nice set, making it easy to lose yourself into hours and hours of goodness! You could read all the books as standalones but getting them as a book set makes this point moot as you will read all of them!
The set includes Music Man (Book 1), The Flip (Book 2) and Plot Twist (Book 3).
The whole series gives us stories that are about how to love oneself, what happens when you follow your dreams (or do not), and how does it feel to find the other half of your soul.
The first book – Music Man – is Jack and Clare’s poignant story about what you do when your moment in the limelight arrives when you are already settled in another kind of life and have found a woman that is the other half of your soul. The second book – The Flip – is the story of Andrew and Sonnet who have hated each other since high school. It takes 10 years for them to come to the point where they have to come together in honouring someone’s bequest and what a journey it starts them on! The third book – Plot Twist – this is the crazy story of Meric Chandler and Lindy Larson filled with music and backstage romance and I have to say that Lindy is probably the one out of all three heroines that I could most relate with.
You will not go astray by picking up the set and losing yourself into the Rehoboth Beach, Delaware with independent heroines and down-to-earth men that have to work hard to earn their love!

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FLOWERS IN DECEMBER TRILOGY: Flowers in December, Coming Home, Second Chance by Jane Suen – Review by Jana Teppih

FLOWERS IN DECEMBER TRILOGYFLOWERS IN DECEMBER TRILOGY by Jane Suen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Flowers in December gives us all three of Jane Suen’s books in the series – Flowers in December, Coming Home and Second Chance. I love when the writers give us a treat and combine their series in sets, it gives us pages and pages and hours upon hours of pleasure. You only notice that the time has passed when you come up for air!
Flowers in December is the opening act and it introduces us to Connor who has just lost his mother and he is struggling hard with his loss. It also introduces us to Tom, Connor’s mother’s orange tabby, a character you will not forget … and then there is Mary Ann …Flowers in December is a profound journey of grief and how we deal with it and the writer takes care of Connor and how she tells his story. What makes it even more profound is that Connor is alone, utterly alone; he has no one to come home to …
Coming Home takes place four months after the end of Flowers in December when Connor ‘comes home’ for holidays. I was delighted to meet up with Connor, Tom (the orange tabby of Connor’s diseased mother) … and Mary Ann! Is it going to be the second chance for Connor who is still grieving his mother … The writer has given us a story filled with hope and healing and forgiveness … it is also a story of possibility of a Christmas miracle! I read the story when the holiday season was long gone and the writer’s words took me back to the holiday season when everyone hopes for something special (and someone special)! And you should read the first book before you jump into this one; you will enjoy the ride much more! The writer gives us also the delight of meeting Ron and Norma and Alana again … Close your eyes and you will wonder down the streets of the town with them while getting lost in your imagination! (I pictured the small town in California that I lived in for some years when picturing the small town that the writer has brought us to!)
And then we have the conclusion – Second Chance. We are back with Connor and Mary Ann and Connor’s mother’s cat Tom. Connor is back to stay and he has finally acknowledged that it was a grave mistake to leave Mary Ann and he is going to go out on a limb to make her part of his and Tom’s life, again … from scrambled eggs to finger licking grilled cheese … If you love second chances stories then this series is the one to go to and you will be keeping your fingers crossed for Connor and Mary Ann until they cramp!

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TWO HEARTS UNLIKELY HEROES (Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance Book 8) by Tamara Ferguson – Review by Jana Teppih

Two Hearts Unlikely Heroes (Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance #9)Two Hearts Unlikely Heroes by Tamara Ferguson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Two Hearts Unlikely Heroes is the ninth book in Tamara Ferguson’s Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance series. I think I have read every single one of Tamara’s books – I was hooked from the very first one I picked up! There is something magical about the world she creates with her words, magical in a sense of the humanity and togetherness and brotherhood and the goodness and the eternal hope for the best, for that there shall be light after the darkness … When I feel down then I know that picking up one of Tamara’s books I will feel better.
Two Hearts Unlikely Heroes gives us Captain Samantha Caldwell and Captain Ben Nash who are thrown together when Sam is being targeted by terrorists after she killed their leader in Iraq and Ben is there to keep her safe. The ride that Sam and Ben takes us on is thrilling and nail-biting and I was happy to meet couple of ‘old friends’ from other of Tamara’s books and it is always a pleasure to return to Crystal Rock! You could read this story as a standalone but I promise you that you will get even more out of it by reading also the other books as the Crystal Rock universe will pull you in and then you want to venture outside the Wounded Warrior series as it is like an old tapestry with threads interwoven and having created a magnificent piece of art!

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IRRESISTIBLE VALENTINE (Irresistible Romance Book 3) Anthology – Review by Jana Teppih

IRRESISTIBLE VALENTINE (Irresistible Romance Book 3)IRRESISTIBLE VALENTINE by Tamara Ferguson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Irresistible Valentine is pages and pages and hours upon hours of goodness aka it is the third instalment in the Irresistible Romance anthology series and is filled with Valentine stories by nine amazing writers – Tamara Ferguson, Natalie Ann, Suzanne Jenkins, Cynthia Cooke, Alicia Street, Jacquie Bigger, Stacy Eaton, Susan Jean Ricci and Patrice Wilton. I love anthologies as they give you a sample of multiple writers so it is a great way of discovering new writers! This is how I had already found quite a few of the writers who contributed to this anthology.
I will share my review for Tamara Ferguson’s Two Hearts’ Reconnaissance – she is my absolute favorite writer out of all nine writers here! I think I have read every single story she has written and I have not encountered anything that I would not love! Two Hearts’’ Reconnaissance is part of her Two Hearts Wounded Warrior romance series and it is the 13th!!!!!! instalment! (can you just imagine all the goodness you have to look forward to if this is your first encounter with her!) As you can imagine from the title of the series then the stories have a very serious subject matter but I promise you, they are filled with hope and we always get our happy ending!
Two Hearts’ Reconnaissance gives us Eva Loughlin and Harry Giordano who has survived a lot! (Have a box of tissues at hand! You will need it from the start!) There is this amazing connection between them since the moment they met when they were just kids! Life takes them into different directions and as it is with living, there are ups and downs and thorough it all we keep our fingers crossed for a chance for them to find a way back to each other! I also loved learning more about some of the characters that I have read about in the other stories.
There were three writers in the anthology that were new for me and it was Jacquie Biggar’s story the Player that took the cherry! I love sports stories (especially hockey ones) and Jacquie gives us Roy who gets sidelined from NHL thanks to his stalker ex so he ends up needing some little help from a PA Patience … so you can imagine the good laughs and antics and aww moments she mixed up for us and to be frank, I think the story would have deserved to be longer! I for sure will keep my eyes open for more by Jacquie!

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Rockin’ It Home: a Lawson Family Novel by Tracey Cramer-Kelly – Review by Jana Teppih

Rockin' It Home (Lawson Family #3)Rockin’ It Home by Tracey Cramer-Kelly
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Rockin’ It Home is the third book in Tracey Cramer-Kelly’s Lawson Family Series! Finally Ben is getting his book! If you have read the first two books in the series then you know what I mean by ‘finally’! It is a beautifully written story of second chances and new beginnings and family …
Rockin’ It Home gives us Benjamin Lawson’s story – he is our recovering divorced dad who is trying to keep his visitation right to the only person he cares about, his two year old daughter, and then we get Danielle de Luca, from a true Italian family, who is his PA and his babysitter … I have always liked Ben and I was impatiently waiting for his book as I was wondering into what direction the writer would take his journey and she did it beautifully … She gave us a flawed man who feels at home only on the stage, with his music, who learns to accept his flaws and who needs to find his faith and give himself for the mistakes he has done in the past … I admire the writer for the way she is addressing the issue of addiction in a way that hit home but at the same time did not drag you down into the despair … I also loved meeting the characters from the previous two books so it truly felt like visiting family back at home! AND let’s not forget about the teaser for Carly’s book so keep your schedule open!

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Out Of The Shadows by Theresa Sederholt – Review by Jana Teppih

Out Of The ShadowsOut Of The Shadows by Theresa Sederholt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Out of the Shadows by Theresa Sederholt is a book that will stay with you for a while. It rips you apart and leaves you laying in pieces. It will also give you hope. From the first book I picked up by this writer, I have gone back each time another of her books pops up on my radar. She has her way with words, the images she paints in your mind are powerful and they stay with you. She is not afraid to tackle sensitive subjects and when she does, she takes such care that you feel cared for.
Out of the Shadows is another one of those subjects that are not so much talked about. She grabs you from the first page and doesn’t let go. You are there, with Brady and Dane, and you are confused first and once you realized what you have ‘walked into’, you are stuck … you cry, you laugh, you hope and you have a deeper understanding of what so many struggle with and what it takes to survive! I wish I could give more than 5 stars …

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A KISS BENEATH A STRAWBERRY MOON (Daydreams & Dragonflies Rock ‘N Sweet Romance 3) By Tamara Ferguson – Review by Jana Teppih

A KISS BENEATH A STRAWBERRY MOON (Daydreams & Dragonflies Rock 'N Sweet Romance 3)A KISS BENEATH A STRAWBERRY MOON by Tamara Ferguson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A Kiss Beneath a Strawberry Moon is the third book in Tamara Ferguson’s Daydreams & Dragonflies Rock ‘N Sweet Romance series. It is a series that combines the magic of Dragon Pointe and the music so be prepared to be swept away! Each story can be read as a standalone but you will want to read them in order and not miss any of them as there are characters that pop up again and again and in the big picture they all end up being connected one way of the other!
A Kiss Beneath a Strawberry Moon gives us Marielle McKinnon and Drew Kendall who meet in the music camp in Crystal Rock. Marielle is an amazing aspiring vocalist and Drew is an aspiring song writer. Both of them have their own burdens that make the whole story even more inspiring and beautiful and like any other true love story there are challenges that need to be overcome! The writer has taken care with spinning their story and lets the strawberry moon shine its beautiful light on it!

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Call of the Alpha (Powder River Pack Book 2) by Brooke May – Review by Jana Teppih

Call of the Alpha (The Powder River Pack #2)Call of the Alpha by Brooke May
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Call of the Alpha is the second book in Brooke May’s paranormal Powder River Pack series. It was not my first encounter with the writer and even though the other book I had read by her was not a paranormal, I was not disappointed! I love paranormal genre and she is someone I will gladly go back to and as Call of the Alpha is the second book then it means I have already downloaded the first book and will spend my Saturday with digging deeper into the Powder River Pack in Wyoming! I know everyone says that you can read this story as standalone and after having finished it and having read the blurb for the first book, I completely agree THOUGH you should still go and read the first book (I know you will want after meeting Derek in the Call of the Alpha).
Call of the Alpha gives us Rylie, the biologist returning to her home town, and Mason, the alpha of the Powder River Pack and a single father to young Archer who simply steals your heart! The writer gives us heartbreak and laughter and action and passion and pain … there are some secrets that see the light of the day and then there are secrets that are still to be revealed so hopefully the writer will not make us to wait too long for Miles and Alexa’s story (fingers crossed they are next)!
Even though it is a paranormal story, we are all human deep down so there is a lot we can relate to, hope for and swear by … I believe that this story telling goes beyond the paranormal and the writer gives us the depth she has with describing relationships and deep feelings and that I fell in love with while reading the first book I ever read by her (Back in the Ring).

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Before the Second Show by Thia Finn – Review by Jana Teppih

Before the Second ShowBefore the Second Show by Thia Finn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Before the Second Show is a beautiful second chances rock star romance by Thia Finn. It is the first book I have read by this writer and I know that from now on I will keep my eyes out on anything new that she releases. I absolutely love second chances stories and I also love stories that span over long period of time (whether in actual narrative or simply jumping the years and giving us the experience of those years passed).
Before the Second Show gives us Emmy and Alex. Emmy is our young teenager filled with angst and dreams and in the throes of a young love that goes unanswered, Alex is your quintessential musician – sex, drugs and rock’n’roll! Add to the mix Marcus, a guy who is perfect on paper and seems just the right man for Emmy to move on with and leave the teenage crush behind …
As it is a story of second chances then it is not as simple as it could be and the writer takes us on a rollercoaster ride. She gives us banter and she gives us craziness as there is a whole gang aka Trace band members along on the ride that makes it even wilder and makes us hope that Before the Second Show is just a beginning to a series that we all rocker girls, young and mature, want to go back to!

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Scoring Chance: A Mile High Miners Novella by Lane Martin – Review by Jana Teppih

Scoring Chance : A Mile High Miners NovellaScoring Chance : A Mile High Miners Novella by Lane Martin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Scoring Chance: A Mile High Miners Novella by Lane Martin was a great and quick contemporary sports read that left me wishing for more! It is my first read by the writer so I went looking for what else she has written and whether there is a Mile High Miners series (as I am sure all of us who read this novella are asking ourselves)!
Scoring Chance gives us Eden Snow and Rhett Crawford – Eden whose past is a mystery and keeps us guessing for a while, and Rhett who is a backup goalie for NHL Mile High Miners Hockey Team. I loved the opening to the story as it made me sit up and go…what is going on here???!!! The story also had great secondary characters who all deserve their own stories (hint, hint Ms Martin)! The writer has given us a story that takes us on a rollercoaster ride with slaying our fears and overcoming a childhood that no child deserves to live … I hope that this is not the last time the writer takes us to the Mile High Miners in Colorado and that she will give us more than ‘just’ novellas!

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