Thursday, April 30, 2020

Book Review: The Changeling (Bryn and Sinjin, Book #8) by H.P. Mallory ~ #Paranormal #5stars

Book Details:

Print Length: 237 pages
Publication Date: March 30, 2020
Sold by: Services LLC
Language: English

About the Book:

Something is wrong with Bryn and Sinjin’s baby. Whereas once Bryn could feel the baby’s emotions, now she can’t feel anything.

Sinjin will find himself traveling to Africa in his search to discover what evil is threatening his child.

To make matters worse, Kinloch Kirk is under a magical attack.

The question remains: by whom? Half the constituents of Jolie’s council believe the newly relocated Daywalkers are the one responsible, but others aren’t so sure.

Find out what happens in The Changeling!

My Review:

The Changeling is book 8 in HP Mallory's Bryn and Sinjin series, and the second book I've read in the series. I am not a stranger to HP Mallory's stories or writing style and The Changeling fits in with all things HP. The Changeling is a great book in the Bryn and Sinjin series. 

Sinjin and Bryn are going to be parents soon and their excitement flows off the pages. Unfortunately, something mysterious happens and the baby Bryn could "feel" and "hear" is now silent. The baby issue has Sinjin traveling to Africa to find out what might be causing the abnormalities in Bryn's pregnancy. While he's gone, Kinloch Kirk goes utterly mad.

The Daywalkers are settling in a but relations are strained. Tensions escalate when mysterious occurrences and sabotage rear their ugly heads. Between the problem with the baby and the restlessness of the residents of Kinloch Kirk, there also seems to be a magical attack happening. Some are more immune to the effects than others but if the mysterious magic isn't revealed and removed there is going to be an all out war between the residents and the Daywalkers.

The interactions between Bryn and Sinjin are sweet and romantic. I love them together. My favorite part of Sinjin is his touch of humanity and it shines through in many ways, especially in his love for Bryn. I love and admire Bryn's strength and endurance. She's a warrior, seen and been through more than anyone should have ever had to, and came out on the other end. She's not unscathed but her experiences aid her in making sure she attempts to be the best person she can be and help as many people as she can, such as her rescue of the Daywalkers from Luce.

The story is well-paced and flows along nicely. I enjoyed to the character development and world building. The characters are original and the story is fresh. The story and characters captivated me and kept me engaged. I look forward the next book in the series.

I was provided a copy of the book to read.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Book Review ~ Tents, Trails and Turmoil (A Camper & Criminals Cozy, Book #11) by Tonya Kappes ~ #CozyMystery

Book Information:

Print Length: 338 pages
Publication Date: April 28, 2020


About the Book:

Welcome to Normal, Kentucky~ where nothing is normal.

Mae West knows tourism and nothing stops tourists like a dead body found in the Daniel Boone National Park.

Unfortunately, Yaley Woodard, a local tour guide, is found dead at Happy Trails Campground. Mae is determined to put her amateur sleuth skills to investigate along with the help of the Laundry Club gals.

But when Yaley's past ends up being tied to forest trails and local Joel Grassel, Mae realizes Yaley's death has caused much more turmoil than she'd originally thought - and the killer might want to close the tourism in the Daniel Boone National Park for good.

My Review:

When the body of a missing local is found in the dumpster on the property of the Happy Trail Campground, Mae knows she has to figure out the who's and why's of the death. One sure fire way to get reservations cancelled in her campground is to the be hub of a murder. Murder never goes well with tourism.

Tents, Trailers, and Turmoil is only the second book in the Camper & Criminals series by Tonya Kappes I've had a chance to read. I really enjoy the characters and the setting of the series. The interactions between Mae and her campground tenants and the other residents of Normal are fun and realistic.

The mystery was exciting, intriguing, and kept me guessing. Author Tonya Kappes did a wonderful job introducing a number of potential suspects. There were twists and turns that had me going in one direction only to have the mystery shift. The author did a great job building up the suspense until the reveal of the murderer and motive. As Mae and the Laundry Club unravel the murder, shocking events are revealed, suspects are added, as well as removed, from the list, and danger abounds.

I love how the author developed the characters and created such a fun and entertaining world. If felt like I was in Normal, Kentucky with the characters, helping Mae and the Laundry Club figure out who killed the victim and why. I was engaged in the story from the very beginning and loved the adventures as Mae and company “helped” the police figure out the murderer and the motive. You can be sure that I’ll be backtracking to the beginning of the series.

I was provided a copy of this book to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Friday, April 24, 2020

Book #Review ~ Death Below Stairs (Kat Holloway Mysteries, Book #1) by Jennifer Ashley ~ @BerkleyMystery

Book Details:

Series: A Below Stairs Mystery (Book 1)

Paperback: 336 pages

Publisher: Berkley
Publish Date: January 2, 2018

ISBN-10: 0399585516
ISBN-13: 978-0399585517

Purchase Link:


About the Book:

Victorian class lines are crossed when cook Kat Holloway is drawn into a murder that reaches all the way to the throne.

Highly sought-after young cook Kat Holloway takes a position in a Mayfair mansion and soon finds herself immersed in the odd household of Lord Rankin. Kat is unbothered by the family’s eccentricities as long as they stay away from her kitchen, but trouble finds its way below stairs when her young Irish assistant is murdered.

Intent on discovering who killed the helpless kitchen maid, Kat turns to the ever-capable Daniel McAdam, who is certainly much more than the charming delivery man he pretends to be. Along with the assistance of Lord Rankin’s unconventional sister-in-law and a mathematical genius, Kat and Daniel discover that the household murder was the barest tip of a plot rife with danger and treason—one that’s a threat to Queen Victoria herself.

My Review:

Kat Holloway high demand as a cook affords her the rare opportunity to take a job at Mayfair mansion. Becoming a part of the household of Lord Rankin takes a bit of time, as is to be expected in a new household. As Kat tries to assimilate, blending in proves a bit difficult at times, especially with the various oddities Kat observes. She’s relatively unconcerned with the strangeness if the family stays out of the kitchen - until she discovers the body of her young, Irish assistant in the larder.

Kat enlists the assistance of her friend Daniel McAdam, along with Lord Rankin’s sister-in-law and a mathematical genius friend of Daniel’s, to assist her in finding out who killed her assistant. Together, the four of them realize the death of Kat’s assistant is just the tip of the iceberg. A plot has been hatched that directly threatens Queen Victoria’s reign.

Daniel is more than who he pretends to be and is a great asset to Kat. I love their dynamics. Kat is strong and independent, but she also has a secret that had me breaking down into tears. Daniel is a strong character and I enjoyed his protector-type demeaner and his ability to see Kat is capable and not weak.

The mystery was captivating and had twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat. The story kept me engaged, was interesting, and had great characters. The author did a wonderful job creating a historical English mystery with imagery I could visualize and made me feel like I was in the story. I look forward to reading book 2.

My book is a verified Amazon purchase.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Book #Review ~ Death Waits in the Dark (A Writer's Apprentice Mystery, Book #4) by Julia Buckley ~ #CozyMystery @BerkleyMystery @juliabucks

About the Book:

Writer's apprentice Lena London is back and better than ever when her friend bestselling suspense novelist Camilla Graham needs help solving a town murder that hits a little too close to home...

It's summertime, and Lena and Camilla are busy working away while a town vandal runs amok. Things get even more complicated when Jane Wyland pays Camilla a not-so-friendly visit and gives her an ultimatum: reveal Camilla's husband James's family secret, or she will. Lena assures Camilla that nothing will come of the woman's threats, since the family has no secrets to hide.

When Jane Wyland is later found dead, they're convinced that whatever secret she was planning to expose led to her death. With Lena's assistance, Camilla is determined to solve the case before the finger points at her...

Print Length: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: April 2, 2019
Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC

My Review:

Death Waits in the Dark is another fantastic book in the Writer's Apprentice Mystery series. Having picked up almost where book 3 ended, Lena is living the dream as a co-author to her favorite author, Camilla Graham. With Nikon in police custody and baby Athena back in the arms of her mother, Victoria, Sam's ex-wife, life is starting to resemble something normal....that is until a blast from Camilla's past barges into her home and threatens her with exposure of a family secret unless Camilla, herself, comes clean. The only problem is, Camilla doesn't have an scandalous secrets to admit to anyone so she had no idea what Jane Wyland is even talking about. When Jane is found dead shortly after her visit to Camilla's, Lean knows they have to figure out what the secret is that she thinks ultimately lead to Jane's death.

I love Lena's character and her love and affection for everyone around her. Her relationship with Sam has been taken to the next level and they are so cute together. Lena's relationship with her mentor, Camilla, is one of mother/daughter (at least to me) and there is genuine affection between them - and with Camilla's guy, Adam. I love how Cliff was introduced in book 3 and how he fits right in with everyone in Blue Lake. 

The twists, turns, and red herrings kept my mind actively trying to put the pieces together of this mystery. I didn't feel like there were any dull or slow moments as we spent more time with Lena, Sam, Cliff, Belinda, Doug, Allison, John, and of course, Camilla and Adam. It wasn't until the very end that I was able to put the pieces together and have the "ah ha" moment right along with the characters.

I reviewed a paperback I own.

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Monday, April 20, 2020

Book #Review ~ Murder in the Secret Maze (A Tory Benning Mystery, Book 1) by Judith Gonda ~ #CozyMystery

Murder in the Secret Maze
A Tory Benning Mystery, Book 1
 Judith Gonda

Cozy Mystery 
Beyond the Page Publishing 
February 26, 2020
Paperback: 273 pages 
ISBN-10: 1950461386 
ISBN-13: 978-1950461387 
Digital ASIN: B084HNMVGV

About Murder in the Secret Maze:

First in a new series featuring California landscape architect Tory Benning!

Landscape architect Tory Benning knows the lay of the land, but she’ll have to dig through the clues to unearth a killer . . .

After a whirlwind romance and a glorious wedding at the luxurious Hotel Santa Sofia, Tory Benning is ready to let down her hair, slip into her dancing shoes, and celebrate—until she discovers that her newly minted husband has vanished. The police suspect cold feet and second thoughts are behind Milo’s disappearance, but Tory’s certain he’s met with foul play. And since she designed the plush resort, she knows every nook and cranny of the grounds and adjoining secret maze, and wastes no time delving into her search.

As clues begin to emerge that Milo may have taken his last breath in the maze, Tory steps up her sleuthing, even as she learns she’s the prime suspect of a cop with a chip on his shoulder and is squarely in the sights of a menacing stalker. And when a second body is found on the grounds, Tory fears she’s up against a killer determined to silence any and all who get in the way. .

Not to be deterred, Tory forges ahead, navigating a case with more twists and turns than the maze itself, until the labyrinth of clues leads her to shocking revelations about her husband, her family, and the identity of a killer who’s dead set on making her the next victim . . . .

My Review:

Tory Benning is part of the family that own's a California landscaping company. On the day she marries her husband, Milo, after a short, whirlwind courtship, he disappears. After a brief text to Tory, Milo misses his and Tory's wedding reception. His car is missing and phones calls go right to voicemail. A cop with a vendetta against Tory tosses her concerns aside and chalks Milo's disappearance up to cold feet. Tory is sure Milo didn't disappear on his own accord. Clues eventually start emerging inside the maze on the luxury hotel's property where the wedding was held, confirming Tory's suspicions. Milo didn't get cold feet and just leave her minutes after the wedding ceremony.

Even as her worst fears are coming true, the cop with the vendetta is determined to pin the mysterious and violent disappearance of Milo on Tory. When the body of a second person is found in the maze, Tory knows What follows is a murder mystery so tangled up it makes the secret maze look like a run in the park. As Tory and her friends unravel the clues, Tory discovers shocking information about every facet of her life, and they all boil down to desperation and greed. Now, Tory just has to stay alive while pinpointing exactly what happened and by whom.

The author created a diverse cast of characters and several viable suspects. I found all of the characters believable for the most part. They worked will together and were able to realistically investigate the clues. I enjoyed the interactions between Tory and her family and friends. I did find Tory's lack of emotions throughout the book to be pretty off-putting, however. Her ability to hunt down clues, examine them, and still be able to go to work, and act normal just didn't sit quite right. I realize people deal with grief in their own way but Tory was stony and didn't show any emotions of loss of sadness. I didn't find her character believable in that regard.

Despite the lack of the appropriately grieving widow aspect of Tory's character, I enjoyed Murder in the Secret Maze. The mystery was intriguing and, although I suspected who the murderer was, the motives behind everything were shocking and a complete surprise. The author did an amazing job weaving together this cozy mystery. The book was fast-paced, easy to follow, and full of twists and turns. There is a great foundation for this series and I look forward to the next book.

I was provided a copy of this book to review.

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Friday, April 17, 2020

#Book #Review ~ A Dark and Twisting Path (A Writer's Apprentice Mystery, Book #3) by Julia Buckley @BerkleyMystery #CozyMystery

About the Book:

Writer's apprentice Lena London is happily working on a new collaboration with her idol and bestselling suspense novelist and friend Camilla Graham, but her joy is short-lived when a dark cloud descends upon the quaint town of Blue Lake, Indiana...

Lena's best friend, Allison, is in a panic. On a walk in the woods by her home, Allison discovers the body of her mail carrier, an argumentative man who recently had a falling out with Allison's husband. Lena quickly realizes that Allison has nothing to worry about as the murder weapon points to a different suspect altogether: Lena's embattled boyfriend, Sam West.

Sam was cleared of his wife's murder when she was found alive, and now someone is trying to make him look guilty again. Surveillance video of a break-in at his house shows a shadowy figure trying to incriminate him by stealing the weapon from his desk. Lena and Camilla work on a suspect list, but a threatening note and a violent intrusion at Graham House prove that the devious killer has decided to write them into the plot.


Print Length: 300 pages
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: July 31, 2018
Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC

My Review:

A Dark and Twisting Path is another fantastic book in the Writer's Apprentice Mystery series. Having picked up almost where book 2 ended, Lena is living the dream as a co-author to her favorite author, Camilla Graham. Sam is still helping investigate the disappearance of his ex-wife, Victoria's, daughter. The baby is still missing after being kidnapped by Victoria's ex, Nikon and now Sam is the target of a murder set-up.

During the continued investigation into the kidnapping, Lena's bestie Allison, finds their mailcarrier dead in her backyard. Evidence is eventually revealed as to why he may have been killed, especially when the murderer tried to incriminate Sam in yet another death. Fortunately, Sam has a surveillance system and was able to record the break-in and subsequent theft of the murder weapon.

I love Lena's character and her love and affection for everyone around her. Her relationship with Sam has been taken to the next level and they are so cute together. Lena's relationship with her mentor, Camilla, is one of mother/daughter (at least to me) and there is genuine affection between them - and with Camilla's guy, Adam. A new character is introduced and I love how this new person fits right in with everyone in Blue Lake. I love the extra dark tone in which the last few chapters of the book were written and what it means for the rest of the series.

The twists, turns, and red herrings kept my mind actively trying to put the pieces together of this mystery. I didn't feel like there were any dull or slow moments as we spent more time with Lena, Sam, Cliff, Belinda, Doug, Allison, John, and of course, Camilla and Adam. It wasn't until almost the very end that I was able to put the pieces together and have the "ah ha" moment right along with the characters.

My review copy is my own paperback.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Book #Review: Another One Bites the Crust (A Bakeshop Mystery, Book #7) by Ellie Alexander ~ #StMartins #CozyMystery #Mystery #5Stars

Book Details:

Series: A Bakeshop Mystery (Book 7)
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (January 2, 2018)
ISBN-10: 1250159350
ISBN-13: 978-1250159359

About the Book:

Torte―the beloved small-town bakeshop run by Jules Capshaw―is set to hit the stage. But who would have guessed that murder would makes a surprise appearance?

It’s the role of a lifetime for Jules. The Shakespeare Festival has returned to Ashland, Oregon, for the season and Torte has been cast as the supplier of Elizabethan-era treats for the main event. But on the eve of opening night, a brawl between Jules’s friend Lance, the artistic director, and a strapping young thespian named Anthony almost brings down the house. . .and the next morning, Anthony is dead. Jules knows that Lance loves his drama―and his just desserts―but she also knows that murder is way off-script for him. Now it’s up to Jules to cut through a bevy of backstage betrayals and catty co-stars who all have their own secrets―before the curtain drops on someone else. . .

My Review:

Jules' bakeshop, Torte, has been contracted to supply the baked goods for the opening season of the Shakespeare Festival. Her friend, and artistic director of the festival, Lance, is looking forward to period-time pieces of delectable handmade desserts. His plan is to show the Board of Directors he can do his job and bring more promotion and marketing to OSF. When Lance is observed arguing with the lead in the upcoming play, and said lead is found dead the next day, Jules knows she has to help clear Lance's name. 

I love the Bakeshop Mystery series. All of the books are wonderful. I enjoy Jules, her estranged ex Carlos, Jules' mom and The Professor, Lance, and Stephanie, Sterling, and Andy. Each story is different, containing not just the murder mystery but other threads. The author does a fantastic job weaving multiple stories within each book. Each thread makes sense as you move along in the book, some intersecting with the murder and others just additional everyday life. The books are descriptive and I am able to immerse myself into the town of Ashland or wherever the author takes the characters in this series.

The world building continues as new events take shape, book settings change, and new characters are introduced. The familiar favorites are always a pleasure to see on the pages. I enjoy the characters including Jules, Jules' mom, Stephanie, Sterling, Lance, Andy, Thomas, and the Professor. I connect with all the favorites on some level and can't imagine these books without them.

The story is fast paced and engaging. I enjoyed trying to unravel the murder mystery. Every time I thought I had things all figured out, the author tossed in a complication that changed my mind. Ellie Alexander does a great job keeping everything under wraps and revealing things methodically and at the right time.

I purchased a paperback from Amazon.

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Monday, April 13, 2020

Book #Review ~ Hunting Avery (Alpha Wolf SEAL, Book #1) by Zoë Normandie

Book Details:

Print Length: 168 pages
Publication Date: September 16, 2019

About the Book:

Always in control, always tough US Navy SEAL Mason Ajax is forced to take a knee - to breathe, and feel part of the world again. The exotic tropical paradise of the Maldives are a good start. A post-tour decompression he's never had.

Ankle deep in beachy white sand, someone too good to be true falls from the flawless blue sky and disrupts him. Who the hell is she?

Bombshell brunette Avery Nylander has eyes on the target, and moves in for the kill. A seasoned agent, she's going to break the SEAL, and get her wings. She knows that everyone has a secret to spill, and she's never failed before.

She fears nothing. Not even an elite SEAL.

Or so she thought.

The heat between them is undeniable, and she's running out of ways to

My Review:

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Saturday, April 11, 2020

Book #Review ~ Crave (Crave, Book #1) by Tracy Wolff ~ @EntangledPub #Vampires #Shifters #PNR

About the Book:

My whole world changed when I stepped inside the academy. Nothing is right about this place or the other students in it. Here I am, a mere mortal among gods…or monsters. I still can’t decide which of these warring factions I belong to, if I belong at all. I only know the one thing that unites them is their hatred of me.

Then there’s Jaxon Vega. A vampire with deadly secrets who hasn’t felt anything for a hundred years. But there’s something about him that calls to me, something broken in him that somehow fits with what’s broken in me.

Which could spell death for us all.

Because Jaxon walled himself off for a reason. And now someone wants to wake a sleeping monster, and I’m wondering if I was brought here intentionally—as the bait.

Book Details:

File Size: 1409 KB
Print Length: 592 pages
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Publication Date: April 7, 2020
Sold by: Macmillan

My Review:

After the untimely and sudden death of her parents, San Diego, CA native Grace ends up being unceremoniously shipped to Alaska to live with her uncle Finn and cousin Macy. Uncle Finn is the headmaster at a large, gothic, school academy that is full of monsters. Not just the clique-y groups of high school students, but flat out monsters. After a horribly uncomfortable trip from CA to AK, Grace didn't think the day could get any worse. Then, Grace comes face-to-face with the hottest guy she's ever seen, who decides scaring her and telling her to leave the school is the best way to welcome her. Grace knows there is something weird going on at this school but can't put her finger on what it is.

Jaxon can't believe headmaster Finn brought his human niece to Katmere Academy. Full of shifters, vamps, and witches, the academy is absolutely no place for Grace. He tries to scare her away but when you've lost everything in her life like Grace has, clinging to what little bit of family she has left means more to her than the subtle warning of a hot, broody guy. Jaxon is the leader of the vampires and harbors many secrets that have molded him into the person he is today. All it takes is one human teenage girl to unravel his very existence. By the time Grace is finally privy to the goings on within the walls of Katmere it may be too late for anyone to protect her.

I've been a huge fan of vampire stories for a very long time (think, Bunnicula c. 1979) and it doesn't matter what genre: adult, new adult, young adult, or children's. Young adult, paranormal novel Crave consumed my life for two days. As a huge fan of the Twilight saga (the books more than the movies), I noticed several similarities between Crave and Twilight. However, there were enough differences to keep the story and the characters original and fresh. I'm still lost on why heroines become obsessed with heroes that are moody, rude, and treat them badly during the initial meeting(s) between them. I understand why Jaxon acted the way did but Grace did not and she still obsessed over him when he ignored her, disappeared on her, and was verbally unfriendly (I don't want to use "verbally abusive" because Jaxon was never that way). 

Despite the obsession with the rude bad boy persona, I was mesmerized by Grace, Jaxon, Macy, Flint, and Lia. Grace is a strong teenager, forced to be upon the death of her parents, but is that - just a teenager. A teenager who was just uprooted from her whole life and moved to a new school filled with strangers. While Jaxon is a broody vampire, his intentions toward Grace are honorable. Macy is a wonderful cousin that tries to help Grace acclimate and get comfortable in her new environment. 

This is my first book by author Tracy Wolff and I love her writing style. The descriptive passages had me easily visualizing the scenery, making me feel like I was in the book with characters. I found the author wrote the book with depth and emotion and there were several scenes where I teared up. The revelations revealed at the end of the book are shocking and the cliffhanger has me wanting more.

I look forward to Book 2 in the series.

I was provided a copy of this book to read.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Book #Review ~ Cowboy for Hire (Wishing River, Book #2) by Victoria James ~ Contemporary Romance ~ #Romance #Cowboys #ReviewsBySaph @VicJames101 @EntangledPub

Book Details:

Print Length: 359 pages
Publisher: Entangled: Amara
Publication Date: March 31, 2020
Sold by: Macmillan
ASIN: B0826MV728

About the Book:

When a shy woman inherits a ranch, she’ll have to find an inner strength to succeed—and open herself up to love—in this heartwarming novel from New York Times bestselling author Victoria James.

Sarah Turner has led a very sheltered life. So when her parents pass away tragically, suddenly she’s left in charge of the family ranch with little know-how but plenty of will to keep it afloat. Determined not to lose her parents’ legacy or her newfound independence, she needs a hero fast—not to save her, but to show her how to save herself. But she’s unprepared for the ruggedly handsome cowboy who answers her ad.

“Cowboy for Hire,” the ad said, and Cade Walker is quick to respond. Betrayed as ranch manager by his former boss, he’s looking for a new place to put down roots—without the pressure to prove himself again. Except when he meets his new boss, it’s clear he’s not only there to run a ranch but to also teach Miss Independent how to run it. But as they struggle to make the ranch flourish, they’ll both need courage if they hope to find a family...together.

My Review:

With the sudden death of Sarah Turner's parents, she inherits her family's ranch. She can't stomach the idea of losing the ranch so she decides to find someone who can help her keep the ranch afloat. She's not looking for someone to take over but someone who will teaching her everything she'll need to know to keep it up and running. With absolutely no experience or know-how, and a ranch manager who abandons her, Sarah places an ad in the local paper. After some misunderstandings with the wording of the ad, her knight in shining cowboy books appears.

Cade Walker answers a local ad for a ranch manager and doesn't expect the woman who comes to the door. He's looking to change employment locations without having to prove he's worthy. When he accepts the ranch manager position from Sarah Turner, he realizes he won't just be running the ranch but also playing training specialist. 

Both Sarah and Cade are wonderful characters. They both have emotional baggage but the author, as she always does, presents it with realism and believability. Sarah also suffers from migraines that for some reason has caused those in her life to treat her like a delicate flower. I also suffer from migraines and my triggers are chocolate, dill pickles, and stress; chocolate and pickles are primary and stress is secondary. My worst headaches debilitate me, as they do Sarah's character, but other than leaving me alone during the episode, I don't require coddling. I feel really bad for Sarah's character in that respect. 

As per every review I do for a book by Victoria James:

Victoria James is one of my absolute favorite authors. Her writing is realistic and her subject matter for each book is believable. Her heroines and her heroes are not perfect, but they are perfect for one another. There is a reason that Victoria James is one of my all-time favorite authors - she writes impassioned and realistic contemporary romances. To date, I've read most of her books and each one manages to evoke emotional responses from me. At the very least, I always tear up during some part of the novel. Her characters are believable and realistically written.

Victoria's writing is phenomenal. Her characters, the plot, themes, drama, and passion pull the reader in and keeps them engaged. There is true emotion that can be felt by those readers that become one with the books they read. I get lost in the novels and put myself right into the middle of them. I feel for the characters and drawing on my emotions is what makes a book worth 5 stars for me. If I hurt with them, cry with/for them, laugh, or get angry, then the author did a fantastic job and has written the perfect book for me. Victoria James is amazing!

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