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Penny For Your Thoughts (Sand Dollar Series Book 1) by JD Boudreaux – Review by Michelle Austin

Penny For Your Thoughts (Sand Dollar Series Book 1)Penny For Your Thoughts by J.D. Boudreaux
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Penny for your thoughts was a good four star read and book one in the Sand Dollar series.

Alex notices a woman on the side of the road with a flat, he turns around to help her and gets more than he bargained for.

Penny is a reporter and when Alex stopped to help her she let him in on a little secret. It seems she had been on the side of the road for hours and he was the only one to stop.

Fate steps in and these two end up running into each other at the mall getting lunch. They move forward from here and get to know each. They both have some things in their past that they are trying to move forward from. It was great reading how their relationship developed and the things that were challenging them.

It may not always be in front of you, but it’s there. My love is always there. -Alex

Maybe not every question leads to an answer, and maybe not every answer stems from a question.

Alex was very kind and had a big heart. Penny was up and down for me overall she was a strong character. The secondary characters added a great element to the story. I was emotionally spent by the time I was done and the ending really threw me for a loop. I need to see where this goes and hope it continues in book 2. J.D. Boudreaux does a great job of pulling you in with her writing. Overall I enjoyed this book and suggest you 1-click and get started today on this series.

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Penny For Your Thoughts: A Sweet Romance (Sand Dollar Series Book 1) by J.D. Boudreaux – Review by Tracy Wilkin

Penny for Your ThoughtsPenny for Your Thoughts by J.D. Boudreaux
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Penny For Your Thoughts is book one in the Sand Dollar series by J.D. Boudreaux. As this was my first time reading this author, I was unsure of what was to be this story, but I had a feeling I would enjoy this book immensely.

This wonderful story was sweet and adorable. The characters easy to relate to and enjoyable to learn about. The story flowed along seamlessly and it was apparent the effort the author put in to deliver a high quality, entertaining read. I was smitten with the main characters and hung off every word. A masterclass of words. A talented web of glorious moments and good love and romance. 4 stars.

Reviewed by @tracywilkin

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Penny for Your Thoughts (Sand Dollar Series, #1) by J D Boudreaux – Review by Gail Guerrero

Penny for Your ThoughtsPenny for Your Thoughts by J.D. Boudreaux
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Penny for Your Thoughts by J D Boudreaux

Four Stars

Finding the right partner is always difficult even when the meeting is easy. When you take that next step and decide it’s really love. But what people I think people miss is that having a person to talk to or that takes care of you is different then loving someone. Penny and Alex learn the differences and it takes their relationship in a different direction. As the story progressed I noticed the moments that seemed forced between them. I noticed their need for independence. The author put a spot light on relationships that are done out of convenience. Relationships based on fleeting emotions. I really liked this story it wasn’t all rose colored glasses.
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Penny For Your Thoughts: A Sweet Romance (Sand Dollar Series Book 1) by JD Boudreaux – Review by Maura Harper

Penny For Your Thoughts (Sand Dollar Series Book 1)Penny For Your Thoughts by J.D. Boudreaux
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS is a “sweet romance”.  A sweet romance as defined by Cathy McDavid: “sweet romances emphasize the developing romantic relationship, focusing on the emotional conflicts standing between the couple and their struggle to overcome those conflicts. Love scenes have no more physical intimacy than kissing. They can be tender or a bit more intense but always with undeniable sexual undercurrents which are gently stated rather than explicit. The characters can have ugly or traumatic pasts, such as abuse or rape or addiction, but none of that takes place in the here and now. Mild curses like damn are acceptable if used in moderation and not gratuitously.”

The typical sweet romances that I’ve read are shorter than full length novels and have a complete beginning, middle and end in its brevity. That is not the case with PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS. This is an extremely detailed telling of a story and, at times, it is so detailed that I found myself a little frustrated wanting the story to move quicker.

I really enjoyed how the story started out. I think it’s a great look at the human condition of how people help others in distress. There is a lot good about both of the main characters, I think the point sometimes got buried in all of the details. There are some really cute and funny moments while this relationship develops. It was all just too much.

I always appreciate an author’s hard work when putting “pen to paper” and you can see the effort that this author put into the story and I will keep an eye out for future books this author writes.

Review by @mauraharper

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Penny For Your Thoughts (Sand Dollar Series, #1) by JD Boudreaux – Review by Krystal Gaston

Penny For Your Thoughts (Sand Dollar Series Book 1)Penny For Your Thoughts by J.D. Boudreaux
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Penny For Your Thoughts by JD Boudreaux is book one in the Sand Dollar Series. This is a slower paced story focused on Penny and Alex. The storyline is smooth and flows from one point to the next flawlessly. I’m not quite sure about my feeling with this story, there were some real life struggles in it that I’m sure many can relate to. Penny and Alex each have their own issues and goals with life but can their love survive it?

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Penny For Your Thoughts (The Sand Dollar Series) By J. D. Boudreaux – Review by Laura Furuta

Penny For Your Thoughts (Sand Dollar Series Book 1)Penny For Your Thoughts by J.D. Boudreaux
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Penny For Your Thoughts: A Sweet Romance (Sand Dollar Series Book 1)
By: J. D. Boudreaux
5 out of 5 stars

The story Penny For Your Thoughts: A Sweet Romance (Sand Dollar Series Book 1) by J. D. Boudreaux is a contemporary romance book. It is a story that grabbed my attention from the beginning and had me hooked. I loved reading about the characters of Penny and Alex. Penny is a woman who has her future planned. She has the determination and drive in order to be successful. Alex is a man that is kind and thoughtful. He has a need to help others. He meets Penny through one act of kindness. What does the future hold for both Alex and Penny? Read this book to find out. This is a wonderful story that I enjoyed reading. There is romantic, emotional, and humorous dialogue. There are moments that are sad and also moments that are heartwarming. As you read about Penny and Alex, I got a better idea of how each one of them deals with situations that occur. There are characters that I grew to care about with each chapter that I read. The book had my emotions going up and down the entire time. The story had me lost in the pages and not wanting to put it down until I had finished it. There are other additional characters that are introduced. Some have a larger part than others. Each has their own part to play in the story as they interact with either Penny, Alex, or both of them together. This was a wonderful story to read and one I would recommend to others.

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Hometown Heroes: A Christmas Anthology – Review by Renee Ullery

Hometown Heroes: A Christmas AnthologyHometown Heroes: A Christmas Anthology by Carrie Dalby
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hometown Heroes: A Christmas Anthology
Stars:4

This set of books include the following books: Courtship and Courage by Carrie Dalby, When Time Stood Still by Chelsi Arnold and J D Boudreaux, Hobbes House Noel by CJ. Peterson Talking in Code: A Christmas by E. A. Hale, and Safe Haven by Jolie St. Amant. As a whole group, this anthology was put together well. The individual stories were short and quick, but had sweet romances in each book. I very much enjoyed all of these stories, but I particularly enjoyed Safe Haven. If you looking for a set of quick stories to read in between all the wrapping, this is a great holiday romance set to read!!!!!!

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Hometown Heroes A Christmas Anthology- Review by Gail Guerrero

Hometown Heroes, A Christmas AnthologyHometown Heroes, A Christmas Anthology by Cj Petterson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hometown Heroes A Christmas Anthology

Four Stars

This is a collection of books about men and women who have put themselves on the front line so to speak. They give even when they have very little for themselves. All the stories were well written and had good character development. Sometimes short stories are better because it gives you just enough to satisfy you. There is no mincing words just straight to the point with only a few curves. These stories were a great distraction from my cranky 7 month old. I love anthologies because you get to read a variety of books and sample an author before reading their other stories. Overall I liked this book and will check out more from these authors.

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Hometown Heroes: A Christmas Anthology – Review by Maura Harper

Hometown Heroes: A Christmas AnthologyHometown Heroes: A Christmas Anthology by Carrie Dalby
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This collection of Christmas short stories was a quick and easy read. Each story features a different genre and each featured a hero of some type (hence the title of HOMETOWN HEROES).

Courtship and Courage by Carrie Dalby is a period romance. This is not a genre I read and I kind of rolled my eyes when I realized what it was. I have to say that I enjoyed it. It talks about a time in US history that I am unfamiliar with (shame on me) and I would like to learn more about. It is a sweet romance that takes place between a school teacher and a boat captain. It is well written, quick and to the point.

When Time Stood Still by Chelsi Arnold and J D Boudreaux is a contemporary romance. I have read both of these authors before and loved the fact that the male protagonist is reading one of Chelsi Arnold’s books. This is a story of how opposites attract and features a character with PTSD. My favorite line in the story – actually the entire anthology – “All a girl needs is her dog, caffeine, and a good pair of shoes. Everything else can be winged.” Well plotted with a very clear beginning, middle and end – I would love to read this as a full length novel.

Hobbes House Noel by CJ Petterson – This is a story where we learn that all is not as it appears. I believe that each character in this story is a hero in there own way.

Talking in Code by EA Hale is a full length novel in 13 short chapters. Complex and detailed story about a lost art.

Safe Haven by Jolie St. Amant – This is a short story\novella which is more like a scene from the author’s series “Chateau Rouge”. Paranormal Romance at its best. Makes you wonder what actually is going on around us.

The other thing I realized after writing the review is that there are no sex scenes and I don’t remember any foul language.

I would recommend this anthology to my mother’s book club.

Review by @mauraharper

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Hometown Heroes: A Christmas Anthology by Carrie Dalby, Chelsi Arnold, Cj Petterson, E.A. Hale, JD Boudreaux, Jolie St. Armant – Review by Lisa Boltiador

Hometown Heroes: A Christmas AnthologyHometown Heroes: A Christmas Anthology by Carrie Dalby
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hometown Heroes has a good mix of stories centered around Christmas, heroes, and love. It has a little somethin for everyone. Courtship and courage is a historical romance with a sassy girl and a determined boat captain, centered around Christmas. I like how he’s making all his choices to be ready for a future with her, it’s sweet. When time stood still is sort of an opposites attract situation. These two were meant to meet, it was fate. Though they definitely butted heads for sure. Safe Haven takes place at this hotel I’ve read about before. All sorts of paranormal things going on, but falling in love is what it’s all about. Such a fun and sweet story.

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