Thursday, February 28, 2019

Book Review: Misadventures of a Good Wife

Misadventures of a Good Wife
by Helen Hardt and Meredith Wild
Misadventures of a Good Wife (Misadventures, #6)

Book Blurb from Goodreads:


Kate and Price Lewis had the perfect marriage—love, fulfilling careers, and a great apartment in the city. But when Price’s work takes him overseas and his plane goes down, their happily-ever-after goes down with it.

A year later, Kate is still trying to cope. She’s tied to her grief as tightly as she was bound to Price. When her sister-in-law coaxes her into an extended girls’ trip—three weeks on a remote island in the South Pacific—Kate agrees. At a villa as secluded as the island, they’re the only people in sight, until Kate sees a ghost walking toward them on the beach. Price is alive.

Their reunion is anything but picture perfect. Kate has been loyal to the husband she thought was dead, but she needs answers. What she gets instead is a cryptic proposal—go back home in three weeks, or disappear with Price...forever.

Emotions run high, passions burn bright, and Kate faces an impossible choice. Can Price win back his wife? Or will his secrets tear them apart?

My Opinions on the Misadventures of a Good Wife:


I was excited to read this book because I enjoy both Meredith Wild’s and Helen Hardt’s works. I was disappointed. The authors lost their unique voices in this book. There is really nothing wrong with it. It just didn’t draw me in and hold my attention. I had to force myself to keep reading, and I was bored. While the romance was fantastic, you know being taken on the bow of a yacht watching the sunset over the Pacific, the plot was slow and labored. Right where the plot started to quicken, I felt like it was rushed and then the book ended. I wish there was as much regular action as there was bedroom action. Luckily, I love both these authors so I will continue to read them but maybe not a collaboration.

Thank you to the publisher for this book. This is my honest opinion.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Book Review: Lily and the Duke

Lily and the Duke: A Sex and The Season Novel

By Helen Hardt

Lily and the Duke (Sex and the Season #1)

Book Blurb from the Back Cover:

Wiltshire, England

Lady Lily Jameson is thrilled to attend a house party given by Daniel Farnsworth, the Duke of Lybrook, but not because he’s the most eligible bachelor in the peerage. Her only interest is his famous art collection, which reputedly includes a painting by her favorite artist, Jan Vermeer.

Daniel, duke only by virtue of the untimely deaths of his father and older brother, wants nothing to do with his new duties. He’d rather continue his rakish ways. When he finds the lovely Lily sneaking around the property in search for his art collection, sparks fly.

Despite her father’s wishes, Lily has no intention of marrying. She wants to travel the world to gain real life inspiration for her painting and writing. And what could be better wordly experience than a passionate affair with the notorious Duke of Lybrook?

But circumstances may change the game and the players… and danger lurks as well.



Waterhouse Press

My Opinion on Lily and the Duke

This is my first experience reading a Helen Hardt novel. It was such a treat! I didn’t know what to expect as my friend, Wendy, has been practically begging me to read her for a long time. I have downloaded her books before, but this is the first one I actually cracked. I wish I would have read her works sooner! Her writing is engaging and wonderful. I just couldn’t put this book down.

Lily is my kind of character. She is spunky, smart, and independent. She just wants to see the world and work on her art, when in her world she is expected to get married and raise heirs. She is actually dreading the coming of the London season as it is “nothing more than a thinly veiled meat market.” Then, she crashes into the Duke, literally, and gets swept up into his arms.

Daniel (the Duke) is a fairly likeable character. He is tall and handsome. I pictured him as a blond Mr. Darcy. He has a questionable history with the women until he meets Lily. She catches his attention and he can’t let her go. He does have a mysterious, tragic past that just makes him all the more likeable.

Once they get united, the sparks just fly. The sex scenes are oh so hot and juicy. I just love the connection the two of them have and how the romance just keeps bringing them closer together, even if it is the last thing either one wants.  This story is absolutely adorable, and it will be one I reach for to read again.

Thank you to the publisher for this book. This is my honest opinion.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Book Review: Misadventures of a Backup Bride

Misadventures of a Backup Bride

by Shayla Black

Misadventures of a Backup Bride (Misadventures, #2)

Book Blurb from Back Cover:

An Overnight Billionaire…
When Carson Frost inherits a confectionary that rakes in billions but is too cash-strapped to last another sixty days, he agrees to take a loan from his late father’s rival. There are two catches: Carson has to sign over a permanent stake in the company and marry the man’s daughter.

Concocts a Fake Bride…
Two weeks before the wedding, he gets cold feet an claims he’s in love with someone else. The investor says he’ll still hand over the cash if Carson takes a stroll down the aisle – with the woman who owns his heart. Since he isn’t even dating anyone, Carson panics. Where is he going to find a bride willing to jilt him at the altar on such short notice?

And Whips Up a Little Love.
Ella hope is an actress happy for any paying gig, but jilting a hottie in public isn’t what she had in mind. Still, she needs rent, and he’s in a bind. How hard can it be? While playing at matrimony, suddenly their intimacy isn’t so fake. Ella can’t help but fantasize that Carson is her groom and they will live happily ever after. But once his company is safe, will he want her anymore?



Waterhouse Press

My Opinions on Misadventures of a Backup Bride


This is my first time reading anything written by Shayla Black, and I absolutely loved it.
First off, I absolutely adore the cover. I think those shoes are to die for and I wish I had some in my closet. Also, I find the color scheme to be easy and fun to look at. What do you think?

Second, I find the characters likeable and relatable. I can totally emphasize with Ella. A working girl working towards her dreams but she is not the ideal body type. Thus, she struggles to get jobs and pay rent. She is very average and down to earth. If we met somewhere, we could be friends. Then, there is Carson. Of course, he is hot, but he also has personality, worries, and concerns just like in real life. He is just not some brooding hot guy to fill up scenes. The way they interacted with each other was cute and charming. I found myself rooting for them throughout the whole book.

Third while the plot wasn’t a new idea (I have read countless romance where someone has to marry someone against their will to save something) Ms. Black added enough twists and turns and nuances to make the read light and enjoyable. Her writing style had me engrossed in the story and left me wanting to read more.

Thank you to the publisher, Waterhouse press, for this book. This is my honest opinion.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Tank's Thoughts

Hi Everyone,

February is known for being the most romantic month of the year. Valentine’s Day probably has something to do with that. πŸ˜Š Today, we are going to discuss our favorite romance authors. Well, Tank really doesn’t care about romance so this will mainly be my list.

1.       Nora Roberts

I have been reading her for years and I haven’t found one book or series that I don’t love. She is the queen of romance. My favorite of hers is the Bride Quartet series.

2.       Janet Evanovich

She may not be the conventional romance novelist, but her stories almost always have a girl and a guy falling in love. She writes the Stephanie Plum series. But I absolutely adore her quirky sense of humor and fun writing style in all of her non-Plum books. If you haven’t tried her, start with Love In a Nutshell.

3.       Meredith Wild

Her stories are so fun and she always has strong heroines and sexy men. I am currently hooked on the Red Ledger series.

4.       WJ May

She is a little off the beaten path but I love her paranormal romance stories. She writes series so I would definitely wait for several of the series to come out before starting. Her books are around 100 pages each and lead into the next one. The best part is she is a prolific writer so you don’t have to wait to long for the next one.

5.        LizzieLamb

I was introduced to her through Rachel’s Random Resources blog tours, and she writes wonderful romances. They are sweet, there is some sort of trouble, but the hero and heroine end up together.

Who are your favorite romance authors? I would love to check them out!

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Book Review: Forbidden By Destiny

Forbidden by Destiny 

by Negeen Papehn

Forbidden by Destiny (Forbidden Love Book 2)

Book Blurb from Goodreads:

Leyla had never known what it felt like to fall in love. Not until her best friend Sara broke Ben’s heart. 
After the devastating break up, Leyla reluctantly agreed to pick up Sara's things from Ben's home. Leyla thought she was being a good friend, but when she finds Ben completely shattered, her loyalties are tested. He had been her friend too. An afternoon of an innocent lunch and a walk on the beach to cheer him up turns into fireworks when Leyla can't get Ben out of her head. 
Pushed to her limits, fighting for a love she’s always dreamed of, and against a demon she never knew existed, Leyla must ultimately make a choice. Her decision will come down to loyalty to her best friend, the expectations of her family, or the desires of her wanting heart. Is love worth taking the risk? 

My opinions on Forbidden by Destiny

This is the second book in the Forbidden Love series. As a disclaimer, I did not read the first book so I came into the story cold. I did not have a problem figuring out what was going on or who was with whom.

Overall, I really enjoyed this story. The author tells a realistic love story with all its wonderful and gory details. I appreciated how the Leyla made mistakes that affected her relationships with family, friends, and lover as I have made several of those same mistakes. It was a nice change of pace from the predictable romance story. I loved how she realized her mistakes and she grew as the story progressed. I am totally in love with Ben. He is so sweet and caring that I honestly cried when he was heartbroken. I couldn’t stand to see him in pain. This book evoked a lot of strong feelings for me. I laughed and I balled my eyes out.

Ms. Papehn’s writing was engaging. I literally read the book in 24 hours. I took to work with me but had to hide it in my desk so I wasn’t reading it. I just couldn’t put it down. I am excited to read the first book in the series Forbidden by Faith. I loved how she integrated Leyla’s culture into the story. I don’t have a lot of exposure to Iranian culture but it was a real treat to read about it.

As a trigger warning, there is an attempted rape scene. The author does go delve into excruciating details and the reader gets swept into black feelings that Leyla has afterward. She does a great job capturing the terror and blankness that the victim faces, but it maybe too intense for some readers. 

Thank you to the author for this book.


Monday, February 4, 2019

Tank's Thoughts!

Hi ya’ll! Tank here!

It has definitely been a long time! I know I have said that twice already this fall, but this time we are back for good! Yah! We really missed blogging and reading all of our blogging friends’ posts. We can’t wait to read, enjoy, and comment on your posts again.

As this is a new year, I wanted to recap what has been going on for Allie and my family. Well as you know, Allie had a major accident earlier last year that has been life changing for all of us. She is totally healed and getting back to normal, although she has some cool scars now. She kind of looks like Frankenstein! LOL!

Allie and the hubby packed us all up and moved us to San Antonio. That was a lot fun. I just love riding in the car. When I was little, I used to sit in the front seat but now that I am so big. I get the back seat all to myself! San Antonio is a cool place to visit, but alas, the employment was not as enjoyable for either Allie or Hubby. So we got packed up again when Allie was offered her dream job in East Texas. This looks more like my home state of Wisconsin except no snow. I haven’t had to wear my sweater at all! There are tons of big pine trees, and the best part… SQUIRRELS!!! I can sit on my couch and look out the big window and see them running around my backyard. I don’t actually want to go chase them as I would get wet and muddy. Then, Allie would give me a bath. Not my favorite activity.

So anyway, she is working at a horse ranch in the ranch’s vet clinic. How cool is that! We get to see beautiful horses all day long. Plus, now I am a ranch dog because we live on the ranch. I will have to work on my swagger and maybe get some chaps.

Now with her cool job, she has lots of energy to read, write, and blog.  She has a back list of books to review, so look for those. Plus, she has been writing some stories and I want to share my opinions on all things book related, so lots of fun planned this year.

Thank you to all of our readers and blog friends that stuck with us as we were MIA. This past year was a challenge, and we are looking forward to 2019! What do you have planned for this year?

Hugs and Tail wags

🐾 Tank


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