Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Sheriffs of Savage Wells

Sarah Eden came to our book club last week and I have to say, everyone there is now a lifelong fan of hers. She is not only witty and fun, but took time to make each person who came feel like they were the only people in the room. She is amazing, just like her books!

As you all know, my favorite Sarah Eden book is Kiss of a Stranger. I love all of her books, but that one struck a chord in me since it was the first one I'd ever read of hers.

All of that is out the window now, though.

Sarah's new release, The Sheriffs of Savage Wells, is hands down my new favorite Sarah Eden book. It is so funny, but has emotional tension running underneath it that will keep you turning pages when you should be doing things like eating or sleeping.  This will be a book that you come back to on rainy days just so you can experience it again. I loved it!

Paisley Bell has been "filling in" for the town's unmotivated sheriff for months, but the town council puts out an advertisement for a new sheriff when the old one finally leaves town. Paisley throws her hat in the ring for the job, but three other men are also vying for the position. (I loved the little challenges they had for the sheriff's job. So funny!) Paisley is a woman with a steel backbone. She's seen heartache in her life and is trying to deal with it the best she knows how, but the fact is, she needs the money that job would bring. She's already been unofficially doing the job, but would they give it to her, even though she's a woman?

Cade O'Brien has a reputation in the West for being a gun-slinging, law-abiding, amazing sheriff that can keep the peace. He's even had a gun named after him, but he's tired of that life. He's ready for a sleepy little town where the biggest crime is a forgetful storekeeper who misplaces things and believes they are stolen. Savage Wells just might be the town he's been looking for, but when Cade meets Paisley, the sparks fly between them. Her will and determination earn his respect, but the more he gets to know her, the more he realizes she might steal his heart if he's not careful. If only they weren't competing for the same job. And if that weren't enough, things get even more complicated when bank robbers come to town. Which one of them can keep the town safe?

This book is the perfect balance of suspense and romance. I loved Cade and how he is so exasperated with the townspeople and their unique problems and quirks, but is slowly softened the longer he's with them. His interactions with Paisley, though, are the highlight of the book. They are fun and frustrating and full of romantic tension. Both of them are strong-willed, yet vulnerable and had things in their past that shaped who they were.  The secondary cast of townspeople were memorable and they each could have their own book! There were laugh out loud moments and heart-tugging scenes that make this a standout historical romance.

Here's the back copy:

Paisley Bell knows the eccentric people of Savage Wells. From the absentminded shopkeeper who always thinks she's been robbed to the young man who has returned shell-shocked from the war, Paisley has compassion for them all. When the sheriff up and leaves town, Paisley steps up and assumes the responsibility, partly because she loves the work, but also because she needs the income to take care of her sick father. So when the town council decides that the position of sheriff should really go to a man, Paisley finds herself fighting to prove that she's the perfect candidate for the job, even though she wears a skirt.

Cade O'Brien is heartily sick of shooting people. In his many years as a lawman, Cade has seen his share of blood and violence. So when he answers an advertisement for a sheriff job in the sleepy town of Savage Wells, he believes he's found the peace and quiet he's always desired. But when he discovers that his biggest competition for the job is a woman, he begins to question his decisions.
Tension between the two begins to sizzle when both Cade and Paisley realize the attraction they have for each other, but when Paisley's former beau shows up in town, along with a band of bank robbers, the blossoming relationship between the two sheriffs is tested. They will have to work together to thwart the bank robbers and keep the town safe.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Book Review: King of the Friend Zone

Sheralynn Pratt is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Her book, The Kiss That Launched 1000 Gifs is one of my favorites, but King of the Friend Zone is not far behind.

Esme Taylor gets engaged and is excited to tell her lifelong best friend Hunter. Only Hunter isn't thrilled exactly, since he's had a crush on Esme for years but never told her. He sucks it up, though, and tries to be nice to the fiance, since he really only wants Esme's happiness. The problem is, the fiance picks up on the fact that Hunter loves her and wants to cut him out of Esme's life for good. And that's where the story gets good.

There are so many ups and downs and twists to this story, my emotions were all over the place! I loved Hunter and how amazing he was. He was a swoon-worthy hero and I really, really wanted him to get his happily-ever-after. Esme was a fun, quirky character that I could totally relate to and felt so bad for her with the situation she found herself in. Of course since this is part of the Power of the Matchmaker series, Miss Pearl is an integral part, and I loved how the author gave her a cookie cart to illustrate to her "customers" the differences in love.

Ms. Pratt truly shines in the witty dialogue and how down-to-earth her characters are. They have so much depth from every angle, it was easy to immerse myself in the story. There's just enough angst to keep me completely engrossed and turning pages. This is an awesome addition to the Matchmaker set and readers will come away with a happy sigh.

Here's the back copy:

Esme Taylor has an amazing fiancĂ©, a lifelong best friend, and a problem. The problem stems from the fact that her best friend is named Hunter and, well. . .he’s kind of (totally) hot. It’s hate at first sight when her fiancĂ©, Jon, and Hunter meet. Jon’s convinced that Hunter is in love with Esme, and that Hunter must be out of the picture if their upcoming marriage is to succeed.

Esme thinks Jon is paranoid.

The truth is, Jon’s not that far off. Hunter is in love with his best friend and always has been. What Jon has wrong, however, is that Hunter never had any plans of ruining Esme’s happily ever after. Hunter wants what’s best for Esme, even if that’s not him.

When Jon pushes hard to end Esme and Hunter’s friendship, opposition comes from the most unlikely of places. It’s an eccentric lady with a cookie cart who suggests a different solution to Esme’s problem: Hunter and Esme should give each other a chance.

They’ve both thought of the possibility over the years—of course they have. But with a ring already on Esme’s finger and a heap of hurt feelings and broken trust in the mix, there hasn’t been a worse time to explore the depths of their feelings for each other.

Both Esme and Hunter think it’s time to move on and leave childhood crushes in the past. The question is: Can one woman and the taste of one cookie change their minds?

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Hawaii Five-O Season Premiere Thoughts

I have been waiting on pins and needles for the season premiere of Hawaii Five-O. Last season we left off with McGarrett getting a liver transplant from Danny and the new season picks up from there and there were so many things to love about this episode.

Well, one of the most talked about thing on the premiere was the "appearance" of Jack Lord in the form of a CGI cop in the chapel. Steve is reflective of his life choices, wondering if he let the right woman get away because of his job. (It is so clear that he still loves Cath and my heart was happy about that.) Jack is there, waiting for his wife to get out of surgery, and tells him his legacy is helping people and giving them closure. The sentiment behind the scene was beautiful, but that CGI Jack Lord was creepy. He didn't look real and it took me out of what they were trying to do.

The other talked about part was the wheelchair race between Steve and Danny as they are being released from the hospital. Both of them cheated, scared doctors and patients, and yet it was still fun and so them. They have such a brotherhood, it makes it fun to watch in those sorts of scenes. The carguments are still a little on the whiny side for me and the witty banter in them is few and far between, so I liked the wheelchair race a lot, since it represented so much without saying a word.

Of course the big conversation piece was the chase scene that lasted six minutes. I'd never heard of parkour and free running, but the parkour guy in the show was amazing! Definitely more of a Spiderman feel and quite impressive. For me, it went on a tiny bit too long, but having Steve realistically have to stop chasing him since he was just released from the hospital was good to see. It was definitely not something you see on TV every day!

My favorite comedic part, besides the wheelchair race, was when Danny was reminding Steve that he's not supposed to be driving so soon after being released from the hospital, so he gets out and offers the driver's seat to Danny, but he can't drive either, so they have to call Chin. The look on all their faces was hilarious!

Chin had a great storyline as well. Little Sarah is sticking around for a while and Chin is playing daddy/uncle. I love him in this role, he's so natural! Abby is sticking around, too, as part of HPD and I like them together, so I was glad.

The main plot was creepy, with two serial killers being killed and leaving their bodies in H50 headquarters and Lou's truck. (When are they going to get some decent security?) Chess pieces were stuffed in their mouths and even though at the end of the ep they thought they'd caught the killer, Steve has a little run-in and he knows they haven't. Dun, dun, dun. It will be interesting to see where the writers go with it.

It was an exciting opener that has me anxious for next week. Did you watch? What did you think?

Friday, September 23, 2016

Freebie Friday

Since it is dark and stormy at my house today, I'm going to highlight Star Crossed Hurricane by Wendy Knight as my Friday Freebie! It looks romantic and spooky all rolled into one.

Here's the back copy:

You don’t date your best friend’s ex.


It doesn’t matter how head-over-heels, absolutely and completely in love with her you are.

Does it?

Sawyer met the girl of his dreams, and then found out she was the ex his best friend can’t get over. He’s forced to keep her in the friend zone, no matter how much it hurts him. And the fact that he knows she wants him, too, only makes it harder. But it’s a fight he’s determined to win.
Until they’re trapped together in a condemned house during a massive storm. For the first time since he met her, Sawyer’s not sure he can keep his heart to himself.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Premiere Week And I'm Excited!

I have been waiting for this week all summer!

Last night I watched the premiere of Kiefer Sutherland's new series, Designated Survivor, and it was amazing! Seriously, it was like watching a feature film and I wish it had been a two hour premiere. Lots of intrigue and character investment right up front with tons of places to go. Although I have to say, there were a few times when I wanted him to start tossing the table and going Jack Bauer on some people. There was also a defining moment with the Iranian ambassador that just made a shiver run down your spine. The writers seem to be running a tight ship so far and I cannot wait for next week! Did you watch? What did you think?

The two other premieres I've been waiting for are Blacklist (which we are about to watch as soon as the popcorn is popped) and Hawaii Five-O tomorrow. Woohoo! James Spader and Alex O'Loughlin are fantastic actors (each in their own way, of course) and I'm looking forward to this season's storylines.

I still miss Castle Mondays, though. That was a staple in my life for so many years. *sigh* *moment of silence*

What premiere are you looking forward to this season?

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

What I'm Reading Wednesday

I've been reading a wagon trail romance called Phoebe's Promise by Kay P. Dawson. This is a new author to me and so far, I've enjoyed her writing style. As you all know, I enjoy historical romance and this novella has just enough romantic tension to keep me turning pages.

Phoebe is fleeing an abusive uncle with her younger sister and they join up with a wagon train heading to Oregon. At first, Phoebe dresses as a boy, but the wagonmaster, Colton, figures out pretty quick she's a woman. He does his best to protect her, but there's a lot going on, including facing death and uncertainty.

I think the author describes the setting really well so the reader can experience the trail along with the characters. The plot is straightforward with enough depth and an easy pace to keep me invested. Colton has a few secrets he's keeping that may keep them apart, so I'm anxious to see if they get their happy ending!

Here's the back copy:

In order to keep a promise she made to her dying mother, Phoebe sets off with her younger sister to head across the country on a wagon train bound for Oregon. Dressed as a boy, all she has to do is find the captain of the outfit and convince him to take them along.

When Colton sees the young boy in front of him, he knows instantly it’s a woman - and he has no choice but to take them along. Their wagon is packed and ready to go.

The weeks ahead will bring many challenges, heartbreak and hardships. Does Phoebe have the strength to get them safely to Oregon? And, can she learn to trust Colton to help when it’s needed?

You can download your copy here

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

My Week From You Know Where

Last week I had some minor same day surgery, but all did not go as planned. I had a reaction to the general anesthesia and I could not get out of bed without vomiting and I was extremely dizzy. It was so hard! I hadn't planned to recuperate for an entire week in bed, but I'm so grateful to finally be feeling better and to be able to sit up without the room spinning. It's amazing how much I take my health for granted.

Unfortunately, my illness has put me behind for my new book release. I thought I was going to be able to go forward with the release of Love's Broken Road for Oct. 10, but I think I may have to postpone it for two weeks. I hope you all understand! I'm really excited to share this book with you, but want you to have the best story I can give you and if that means a small delay, I would rather do that so no one is disappointed. It's so hard! But I have the best fans in the world. I truly do. And thank you so much to everyone who has emailed and messaged me. Your support means the world to me!