Posted in 3 1/2 paws, Australia, fiction, Review on September 11, 2013

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Synopsis:

Beth Carter is a psychologist to many and a single mother to four unruly boys. Patients might almost be manageable, but her boys aren’t. While the household lurches inevitably from one catastrophe to another, Beth finds herself barely managing to hold onto the vital threads of sanity whilst leading her often complex patients through their own remarkable journeys.

Beth finds it to be a lonely venture, leading her to look for love—but in all the wrong places.

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This book is about one dysfunctional family!  Beth runs her psychology practice from her home and is mother to four boys, who can be out of control especially the older ones!  She has some quirky patients, most in denial (but then it wouldn’t be a psychology practice would it?!) but offering interesting perspectives on life.  I’m not sure how Beth didn’t go crazy as much as the boys put her through.  I thought it was funny how the baby of the family (who was called Baby) didn’t have a proper name until he was about 4 and then it was a group decision.  All of the characters lend themselves to rounding out the story from the inane and insane to the somewhat serious moments.  You do find yourself rooting for Beth that she manages to find love but not in the wrong place.

Overall we give it 3 1/2 paws.  It was enjoyable and an interesting read.

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About the Author:

jcallahanJoan Callahan is a clinical psychologist practicing in Melbourne, Australia. She commenced her career teaching English and history at the prestigious Melbourne High School and later retrained in the field of psychology. Joan set up her own private practice and has a heavy forensic caseload, while providing consultancies to commerce, industry, and government. She also enjoys several mediation contracts. She particularly likes working with anxiety disorders, couples, and the full spectrum of psychological disorders.

Joan is the divorced mother of three boys, has three brothers, and three grandsons—not to mention that she taught only boys at Melbourne High School. By her sheer survival as teacher, mother, and psychologist, she considers herself something of an expert on boys. Joan loves her job, going to the gym, making bread, (boring, boring, boring. Next it will be romantic fireside chats and long walks on the beach at sunset!), socializing widely, and traveling around the world as often as she can with the love of her life. Her vast travels around the USA have provided fodder for the third book in this series as the inimitable Carter clan enjoy the wilds of Yeehaw Junction.

Life remains wonderfully hectic. Any similarity between Joan’s life and Beth’s is not purely coincidental.  Beth’s patients are pure fiction; her dogs are not. Her boys? Close!

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Posted in 5 paws, animals, Review on September 8, 2013

The author’s daughter contacted me about reading one of her mom’s stories. She had offered up another one but this one caught my eye, probably because it involved a dog!  Jeanne Donnelly has 2 other short stories .  One is called Blood Aversions and the other is Betrayed by an Angel.

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Synopsis:

She was dying. Her life draining away on a hot city sidewalk and she gave it up willingly. Life had been hard and she was ready. With a jolt and a prayer she awakens in Heaven.

Through her flows all the joy and wonder of existence and she comes face to face with God. Overwhelmed, she begs to reincarnate to share this wonderful message of God’s unconditional love with those on earth. Will God give her this chance?

One thing before she goes, “Please,” she begs. “I want to be blond and petite and find my soul mate in this new life.”

Poof! She wakes up on earth as one of the smallest dogs on the planet!

Does God have a sense of humor or what?

Review:

What an emotional short story! A woman who falls into the grips of drugs and homelessness dies and asks God to come back as a petite blonde. What she failed to factor in is God’s sense of humor and she comes back as a Chihuahua. I wasn’t sure I was going to make it through the first bit because of an abusive man named George that mistreated the dog and called her Rat. But it takes a turn for the better and then bad again and then better. If you cannot handle reading books about dogs that are mistreated then DO NOT pick up this book. While it is such a small part, it did make my heart heavy to read about the abuse (even though fictional, we know it happens around us every day).

We give this 5 paws and it is not a long read at all.

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Posted in 4 1/2 paws, Blog tour, contest, Cozy, excerpt, Giveaway, mystery, Review on September 6, 2013

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Genre: Cozy Mystery
Published by: Gallery Books
Release Date: September 3, 2013
Number of Pages: 304

Synopsis:

Unjustly accused of cooking the books, Maggie Grady is forced to retreat from her high-flying New York financial career to the town where she grew up. Her aunt Clara greets her with open arms and a job at the family-owned business that has baked the best pies in the South for over forty years. Unfortunately, while Maggie is determined to return to banking, her reputation there seems permanently in the pits. That is, until her old boss, Lou, visits with news that he’s found the real crook. Before he can reveal the details, though, Maggie finds his body right behind the pie shop.

With only her own word that Lou planned to exonerate her, Maggie is in the spotlight. The police seem to suspect that Aunt Clara’s damson pie may not be just dangerously delectable, but downright deadly. Maggie doesn’t just have her own name to clear; she has to make sure that her aunt’s beloved business isn’t harmed, either. Yummy local reporter Ryan Summerour appears eager to help, and Maggie can’t help hoping that it’s not just the police who find her a person of interest—but Ryan, as well. She’d thought it challenging to make the perfect pie crust that Aunt Clara demands, but that turns out to be nothing compared with finding a murderer. . . .

Excerpt:

Aunt Clara and Uncle Fred had raised Maggie after her parents’ death in a car crash. They’d been there through high school and college when Maggie had worked right here at Pie in the Sky for spending money, dreaming her big dreams about the future.

“I could use a little more tea,” an intense young man with spiky, green-tinged brown hair yelled out.

“I’ll get it,” Maggie said. “How’s that mystery pie coming along? People are waiting for it. I think we’ve already had a hundred suggestions for names. It’s smart of you to introduce new pies that way. Good marketing.”

Aunt Clara shrugged her shoulders. Her unnaturally red hair was a little frizzier than usual. It looked like an orange fringe around her still pretty face. She looked like Maggie’s mother, with that red hair and green eyes. Maggie had inherited her father’s dark brown hair.

“It’s what I’ve always done. The kids like it. I never guessed when your uncle and I opened this pie shop forty years ago that I’d be here making pies without him.” Aunt Clara sighed. “But then things don’t always go the way you plan.”

You said a mouthful there. Maggie brought another small pot of hot water and a tea bag to the young man’s table.

He looked as though he was working on something important. He raked his hand through his hair again and spilled Amazing Apple pie on his black superhero T-shirt that had already seen better days. The table was covered with diagrams and charts.

“What are you working on?” She tried to be friendly. It wasn’t always easy. It had been different when she’d worked here and known most of the students. Now she felt a lot like their mother.

“None of your business,” he barked, protectively covering the documents. “I have tea now. Go away.”

“You don’t have to be rude. Didn’t anyone ever tell you that you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar?”

He stared at her like she’d lost her mind.

Obviously not.

Review:

I love food and especially pie, so I was very excited to have a chance to read this book centered around a pie shop.  The pie names had me drooling all throughout the book, that’s for sure!  I thought this book had good characters that were pretty well developed for the first in a series.  I liked that there were a couple of storylines going on in this first book – Maggie losing her job, her boss dying after visiting her at the pie shop and the “big ugly” developer trying to purchase the property.  They all tied in well and while I had a sneaky suspicion who the killer was, I wasn’t 100% sure until that person was revealed.

This series is definitely going on my list of books to read and cannot wait to see what comes out with book 2!  We give this a solid 4 1/2 paws up and highly suggest checking out the book!

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About This Author:

j&j 2Ellie Grant writes award-winning, bestselling mystery fiction as themselves, J.J. Cook and Joyce and Jim Lavene. They have written and published more than 60 novels for Harlequin, Berkley, Amazon and Gallery Books along with hundreds of non-fiction articles for national and regional publications. They live in rural North Carolina with their family.

 

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Posted in 4 1/2 paws, Review, Romantic Suspense on August 28, 2013

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Synopsis:

The ghost of la Llorona is said to haunt the riverbanks, always searching for her drowned child. She also haunts high school teacher Johanna Rios, whose own mother believed so deeply in the legend she tried to drown her daughters. And now the ghost has become real, a young woman murdered, and the safe world Jo created is falling apart.

Since returning home from his last tour of duty to become a school principal, Ray Vargas has fought his attraction for his employee, the sensual woman who’d once been the girl next door. But the Llorona Killer will not stop until he claims his final victim—Johanna—and Ray will do anything to protect the woman he’s come to love.

With a serial killer out to prove the curse is real, will Ray and Johanna’s future be drowned in the ghostly waters of the past? Or will the power of their love give them the strength to stop a killer…and heal their wounded hearts?

Review:

I love Melissa’s Dressmaker cozy series and thought it would be fun to read a romantic suspense by her to see how the writing styles differed.  While getting the information to write this review, I noticed that this is actually the second book in a series and the first is called Sacrifice of Passion.  Who knew?!  Not me, that’s for sure!  The two books are about two brothers, Vic and Ray, who while have other jobs also own a bar together.  Ray and Johanna knew each other as kids and I think Ray had a thing for her back then. I started reading the book and it took me just a little to get into it ONLY because I am so used to her lighter Dressmaker series that I had to turn that style of writing off in my brain.  I was able to do that and WOW what a book!  I liked how the book centered around a curse that Johanna truly believed in (even wrote her Master’s thesis on it) and that maybe it really wasn’t a curse, unless you let it control your life.  The characters were laid out nicely and I had some suspicions about some of them and turns out I was partially correct!  (That RARELY happens!)

Anyway, this is definitely a romantic suspense book….lots of action, some romance (but not too much) and characters that you might even feel a connection with on some level.  If you like romantic suspense then I think you will enjoy this book, and probably even Sacrifice of Passion!  We give it 4 1/2 paws up.

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About the Author:

Melissa-Bourbon-RamirezMelissa Bourbon, who sometimes answers to her Latina-by-marriage name Misa Ramirez, gave up teaching middle and high school kids in Northern California to write full-time amidst horses and Longhorns in North Texas. She fantasizes about spending summers writing in quaint, cozy locales, has a love/hate relationship with yoga and chocolate, is devoted to her family, and can’t believe she’s lucky enough to be living the life of her dreams.

She is the founder of Books on the House, the co-founder of The Naked Hero, and is the author of the Lola Cruz Mystery series with St. Martin’s Minotaur and Entangled Publishing, and A Magical Dressmaking Mystery series with NAL. She also has two romantic suspense novels, and is the co-author of The Tricked-out Toolbox, all to be released in 2012/2013.

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Posted in 5 paws, Blog tour, contest, Giveaway, Review, romance on August 20, 2013

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Author Rachael Renee Anderson

Rachael Anderson is the author of five novels (Working It Out, The Reluctant Bachelorette, Minor Adjustments, Luck of the Draw, and Divinely Designed) and two novellas (Twist of Fate, from the All I Want anthology and The Meltdown Match from The Timeless Romance Anthology: Summer Wedding Collection). She’s the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.


Working It Out

A chance encounter . . .

Grace Warren’s life is safe and predictable—exactly the way she likes it. But when she gets roped into going to an auction to help out a friend, everything changes. She meets Seth Tuttle—a guy who unexpectedly kisses her then disappears, leaving her flustered and upset. If she never sees him again, it will be too soon.



A chance for love . . .

Weeks later, when Seth limps into Grace’s rehab clinic post surgery, she immediately recognizes him. Unfortunately, he’s every bit as frustrating and annoying as she remembered. Yet there’s something about him that makes her second-guess her carefully placed boundaries even though he’s everything she’s sure she doesn’t want in a man. But maybe Seth is exactly what Grace has needed all along—assuming she’s willing to risk safe and predictable for a chance at love.

 

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“How about this?” Seth finally said. “I’ll agree to volunteer if you agree to go with me.”
It was a brilliant suggestion, actually. If Grace declined, Seth wouldn’t feel obligated to volunteer. And if she said yes, she would have to spend time with him outside of work. Either way, he won.
 “Oh . . . I, uh, don’t think that’s a good idea.”
“Why not?” Seth said with mock innocence. “Don’t tell me you’re against giving up a few hours of your time to help the less fortunate.”
Grace leveled him a warning look. “No, but you’re my patient. It wouldn’t be appropriate to do something with you outside of work.”
“But you came to the basketball game,” Seth pointed out.
“That was different.”
“How so?” Seth asked. “It’s not like I’m asking you on a date or anything.”
“I know, it’s just—” She fidgeted, looking flustered.
Seth cocked his head to the side, molding his expression into one of sympathy. “Think of the children, Grace. Think of the children.”
She rolled her eyes and threw up her hands in a gesture of defeat. “I walked right into that one, didn’t I? Okay fine, you win. I’ll go.” She gestured toward the machine. “Now row.”

Seth grinned and resumed rowing, suddenly feeling as though he really were in a kayak, cutting through the waters on Lake Union. The sun warmed his skin, a breeze whipped at his face, and the smell of lake water lingered in the air. Or was that the smell of triumph?

Review

I truly enjoyed this book!  It was upbeat and a quick read at that.  I liked the characters, they all seemed real as if they might be a friend or someone we know in real life.  Grace is dedicated to her work but learns how to step outside of that box.  Seth is a daredevil and is he willing to curb that energy for the woman of his dreams?  I liked that it wasn’t filled with sex scenes, this is a very PG book but I really enjoyed that. I don’t need sex thrown in my face all of the time.

We enjoyed it so much we are giving it 5 paws

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Posted in 4 1/2 paws, chick lit, Review, romance, women on August 8, 2013

st patricks day

Synopsis:

For three best friends, one winter will change everything.Chronically optimistic Jayne is surprised she’s still single at twenty-eight. But as always for Jayne, there’s hope. This time his name is Gray–a successful, gorgeous marketing VP that she can’t believe is going out with her. She’s never given up on the belief that the right man for her is out there, somewhere. Maybe Gray could be the one…if she just works hard enough to make it happen.Her cynical friend Karen is suspicious of Jayne’s new guy with his model looks and over-inflated ego. She’s concerned for Jayne, but has her own relationship to worry about. Not that anything’s wrong with her boyfriend. He’s actually perfect for her, which is why she’s terrified. Not sure she can ever fully trust a man again, she considers bailing on yet another relationship.

Claudia is always there for her friends, no matter what they’re going through. She mothers them like the children she craves to have, relieved she’s no longer navigating the dating world. Happily married, Claudia can’t wait until the day her husband finally agrees it’s time to start a family.

‘Til St. Patrick’s Day is a novel exploring the depths of friendship and what happens when love doesn’t go according to plan.

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I really enjoyed this book!  I thought it was a great story about three friends and their life experiences (with men!) over a six month time frame.  The title of the book is based on a song and that relationships usually end by St. Patrick’s Day when all of the holidays are over and you don’t need a “date” or want to be alone.  I thought all three women were strong characters in their own way and learned a lot about themselves in these relationships and what they would and would not accept….and in the end realized that they were stronger than they thought.  I think they also learned things from their relationships and about who they are as people.

We give this book 4 1/2 paws!

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About the Author:

holly gilliatt When she’s not busy daydreaming of someday spending her life writing from a cozy house in the woods, Holly Gilliatt has a hectic life in the suburbs as a wife and mom to three glorious—and crazy—kids. Working full-time selling packaging supplies and equipment in St. Louis, Missouri pays the bills (most months). A hopeless romantic and music addict, she finds time to pursue her passion for writing by avoiding housework. Her biggest ambition is to someday be caught up with the laundry.

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Posted in 4 1/2 paws, Middle Grade, Review, Young Adult on August 6, 2013

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Genre: YA/Grades 6-8
Published by: Untreed Reads Publishing
Release Date: May 29, 2013
E-Book File Size: 289 KB

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Sixth-grader Vannie Taylor’s mom has just died. Her father’s completely lost without his wife and brings Vannie and her younger brother to live in a dismal cottage on the estate where he manages craft fairs, dinners, and other events.

A ghost named Archie befriends Vannie, and helps her prepare a wonderful supper for her brother. After Vannie discovers Archie’s secret, he asks Vannie to help him make amends for something in his past. But helping Archie means accepting a very large change in her own life. Things get back to normal for Vannie, but not in a way she’s ever imagined.

 

Review

This was a fun read.  I wouldn’t have thought that I would like YA books that are truly geared towards the 10-12 year age range, but I thought this book had a lot of good morals and could teach a child a thing or two.  The book was written from a child’s perspective and I thought the author did a great job with that, I truly felt like an 11 year old was telling me this story.  The ghost, Archie, isn’t a scary ghost and is truly trying to help someone have a better life.  He even helps Vannie see that life can go on despite the tragedies in the recent past.

We give this 4 1/2 paws and if you are looking for a book for your child, definitely check this one out!

 

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About the author

marlilyn levisonMarilyn Levinson, a former Spanish teacher, writes mysteries, romance, and books for children and young adults.

Her romantic suspense, DANGEROUS RELATIONS, is a love story entwined with an intriguing mystery. GIVING UP THE GHOST is an entertaining ghost mystery. The first of her Twin Lakes Mysteries, A MURDERER AMONG US, was awarded a Best Indie of 2011 by Suspense Magazine. A new edition of A MURDERER AMONG US and its sequel, MURDER IN THE AIR, will be out soon.

A ghost, a mansion, and a feral Maine Coon cat feature in Marilyn’s brand new YA, GETTING BACK TO NORMAL. Three of her popular out-of-print children’s books, AND DON’T BRING JEREMY, NO BOYS ALLOWED, and RUFUS AND MAGIC RUN AMOK are now available as ebooks.

Marilyn is co-founder and past-president of the Long Island chapter of Sisters in Crime. She lives on Long Island.

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Posted in 3 1/2 paws, humor, Review, romance on August 4, 2013

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Synopsis:

When Emily is rudely woken from a blissful dream on a beautiful beach with her lover, and told she’s on air with her local radio station diskjockeys, she does what any normal woman would do. She fakes it, and pretends she was already awake.

The competition to win an engagement ring has been drawn, but Emily won second prize. Squeee! She’s won a Valentine weekend in Spain with her boyfriend, Brian, and a limo will be there soon to whisk her off to the airport.

The story begins in not-so-sunny England, and quickly moves to Spain. Emily and Brian meet a sexist expat driver, and then endure two days of comedies of errors discovering Ronda and the white villages of Andalucia.

Emily tortures herself over-analysing every word Brian says, watching his every move for any hint Brian really wants to propose to her. After all, why wouldn’t he want to marry her? She’s perfect for him, isn’t she?

Emily and Brian make the discovery that could make or break their relationship. Neither is happy with the way things are. Over three days, they are thrown out of their comfort zone. Emily learns to assert herself as she struggles to save their relationship, often with humorous consequences for Brian.

In the end, Emily discovers she is more than others think of her, and hatches a plot to start a new career as a fashion blogger, with Brian her faithful sidekick. Now all she needs to do is convince Brian that’s what he wants too.

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Posted in 4 paws, Blog tour, mystery, Review, romance, Romantic Suspense on July 30, 2013

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Review:

If you know me, you know I’m a sucker for a good mystery….well the first two books in this series (because I see a third is in the works) intrigued me and left me wondering who did what and why!  All good elements of a mystery novel.  The first book, Harbour Falls sets the scene for Maddy and Adam, former classmates that have always had an interest in each other.  While Maddy was away becoming a famous author, Adam has been making his way in the computer industry.  During those years he was set to marry Chelsea, not because he loved her but because of blackmail.  However, she disappeared the day before their wedding and Adam was the prime suspect at the time.  Maddy writes mystery novels and wants to try her hand at a true crime book, but she didn’t count on reuniting with Adam and falling in love.  Maddy discovers during her research that not was all as it seemed and perhaps the police didn’t quite do their job.  There were a lot of twists and turns in the first book, Harbour Falls and I have started Willow Point and this one is going to be just as fascinating!

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Synopsis:

Best-selling author Maddy Fitch, researching material for a new novel, returns to her hometown of Harbour Falls to investigate a disappearance that has haunted the tiny Maine coastal town for the past four years. Maddy soon discovers that the case has gone cold, but the prime suspect, Adam Ward, is hotter than ever. Now living on an isolated island, Maddy takes up residence near the sexy Mr. Ward’s home. As she begins to seek out answers, the mystery deepens, putting Maddy in jeopardy.
Lies, secrets, deceptions. Nothing is ever what it seems in Harbour Falls.

A steamy novel that immerses the reader in an intricate storyline that will keep them glued till the very last page.

First in a series. Romance/Mystery genre.

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Synopsis:

With the Harbour Falls Mystery solved, author Maddy Fitch hopes secrets and lies are behind her. But a cryptic letter from her former best friend would seem to indicate otherwise. Is the man Maddy fell in love with while solving the Harbour Falls Mystery, the gorgeous and rich Adam Ward, keeping a damning and potentially dangerous secret from her? Only the writer of the letter, Ami Hensley, knows for sure. But Maddy is hesitant to confront her, since the last time they saw one another Ami tried to kill her.
But if Maddy wants answers–ones that could potentially save Adam–then she must face her fears and visit her former friend. Unfortunately for Maddy, Ami is currently locked up in the creepiest place in Maine, an old gothic structure that houses the criminally insane, known simply as Willow Point.

Will this new mystery tear Maddy and Adam apart?

Who else is in on Adam’s secret?

And will Maddy find the answers before it’s too late?

Another heart-stopping page turner from the author of Harbour Falls. Willow Point promises to keep you on the edge of your seat.

2nd in A Harbour Falls Mystery series. Romance/Mystery genres

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sr grey S.R. Grey is the author of Harbour Falls and Willow Point, first and second books in the A Harbour Falls Mystery series. She resides in western Pennsylvania. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Robert Morris College, as well as an MBA from Duquesne University. Ms. Grey is currently working on a New Adult novel (title not yet determined) due out in the fall of 2013. And she is starting on Wickingham Way, the third novel in A Harbour Falls Mystery series.  Other interests include reading, traveling, running, and cheering for her hometown sports teams.

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Posted in 4 paws, Review, romance on July 28, 2013

pink slips

Synopsis:

Brooke Hart was beautiful, smart, and groomed from birth to deal with adversity.

Her widowed father did his best to raise his baby girl to be a strong-minded business woman. Then she found Tanner. Just when her world seemed perfect, everything turned upside down.
Following Tanner’s tragic death, Brooke joins a start-up company that is developing a cure for the disease that killed the love of her life. Just before the treatment is ready to market, the company is gobbled up by a giant conglomerate. She moves to the acquiring company as its youngest VP and becomes enamored with CEO Chase Allman—only to be betrayed by him.

Brooke rebounds again and sets out on a personal journey to discover what will truly make her happy. Sparks fly when she and Chase cross paths again in an unlikely way. Now, they need each other to find an abducted child and save thousands of people.

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Amazon has the book for the bargain price of $2.99 (or borrow for free if you have a Prime account).  This book isn’t available on the Nook but his other two books are – The Bliss List and Bliss List Journal.

Review:

I thought it would be interesting to see how a guy would write a romance novel that would appeal to women.  I have to give him 4 paws for writing a witty story that while at times seemed more masculine, was filled with what you find in a normal relationship….miscommunication and misunderstandings!  I also found Brooke’s story to be very well written and her grief for her husband was very realistic.  Chase is a strong character but also has some secrets in his past that add to those misunderstandings!  But Brooke learning to live and love again was well timed.

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About the Author:

J.P. Hansen is an award-winning, bestselling author of three books, a professional speaker and life coach. In addition, he is CEO of an executive search company, and for the past twenty years, he has helped thousands of people find their dream jobs. A self-made millionaire at a young age, prior to founding his own business, he was the youngest vice president of sales & marketing at a Fortune 30 company (ConAgra). Previously, he successfully ascended the corporate ladders at blue-chip companies Nestle, SC Johnson Wax, and Bristol-Myers Squibb. He graduated from Boston College with a BA in English and an area of concentration in Economics.

His first two books, “The Bliss List: The Ultimate Guide to Living the Dream at Work and Beyond!” and “The Bliss List Journal” have garnered four awards (two international), including:

* ForeWord Book of the Year medal winner
* Next Generation CAREER Book OF THE YEAR Award winner
* Indie Excellence Award National Finalist

His latest book, “Pink Slips and Glass Slippers,” became the #2 most downloaded book in the world (Amazon) within its first week and continues at or near the top in most rankings.  J.P. has appeared live as a career expert, reaching over 15,000,000 people through print, radio, and TV interviews on the following (can be seen/read at his website)

Website * Facebook

**I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**

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