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📝REVIEW📝: 4 🌟🌟🌟🌟 to “Wrapped Up in Christmas Hope” by Author Janice Lynn ~ Genre: Christmas Romance, Release Date: October 26th 2021

WRAPPED UP IN CHRISTMAS HOPE

By

Author Janice Lynn

Genre/Trope: #ContemporaryRomance #SmalltownRomance #ChristmasRomance #HolidayRomance #HallmarkRomance

Purchase: Wrapped Up in Christmas Hope

My Rating: 4

Cover: 4

POV: Third-person alternating perspective

Publication: October 26th 2021

Read: September 17th 2021. *Review copy provided by NetGalley via Hallmark Publishing

Add to Goodreads: Wrapped Up in Christmas Hope

Other Books in the series: Wrapped Up in Christmas & Wrapped Up in Christmas Joy

Visit the Author on Goodreads: Janice Lynn

Synopsis:

He’s willing to risk his life to save others.
Is she willing to risk her heart on him?

 


Morgan’s late husband was a daredevil…and now she’s a widowed single mom. All she wants now is to set up a stable life for herself and her son in the small town of Pine Hill, Kentucky.

Andrew’s a firefighter who thrives on the rush of saving others. His secret dream is to become a smokejumper and fight raging wildfires across the country. But it’ll mean leaving his hometown and the people who rely on him.

Morgan and Andrew are drawn together as they both volunteer to make quilts for veterans at the local quilt shop. Morgan’s son looks up to Andrew, and Morgan can’t help but notice how good Andrew is with him. Meanwhile, Andrew’s torn between his ambition and his growing attraction to Morgan. They both have choices to make about their future…and about each other. 

My 📝Review📝: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

I enjoyed this book so much that after I finished reading it, I purchased the previous two books in the series. I enjoyed those books as well. Give me a warmhearted, all-the-feels, emotional Christmas romance set in a small town and you’ll find me first in line. I know I’ve said this in so many of my reviews but I’ll say it again….Christmas doesn’t last long enough for me to read all the holiday romances released for the season so I start reading them in September. There are so many wonderful Christmas romances available, it’s impossible to read all the ones I want in one season. But I try anyway.

Wrapped Up in Christmas Hope was the first book I read from this author. The story has a good reading pace and a slow development of the H/h relationship. When you meet the two protagonists in this book you’ll understand why they each were so careful with protecting their hearts. Hence the reason for keeping a distance. Or at least trying to.

Both Andrew and Morgan were strong characters and while I liked them both, Morgan was a touch standoffish at first. I couldn’t blame her for that, though.

The premise of the story is one that I found interesting however, because of the angsty plot, I wasn’t able to predict what would happen in the end. The ending was good although, I wished there was an epilogue. I wanted to see for myself how things worked out. I hope I’ll get a glimpse of their lives when/if there is another book in the series. And I can promise you that I will be looking out for that in the future.

While I received an advanced reading copy of Wrapped Up in Christmas Hope, this is my honest and unbiased review and I thank you for taking the time to read it. 🙂

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📝Review📝: 4 🌟🌟🌟🌟to “Christmas Ever After” by Author Clare Connelly ~ A Cape Hope Series Novel ~ Genre: Contemporary Romance ~ Release Date: October 6th 2021

Christmas Ever After
A Cape Hope Series Novel

By
Author Clare Connelly

Purchase: Christmas Ever After

Genre/Trope: #ContemporaryRomance #Smalltown #Christmas #SecondChance

My Rating: 4

Cover: 4

POV: Third-person alternating perspectives

Release Date: October 6th 2021

Read: September 1st 2021. *Review copy provided by Tule Publishing Group

Blurb:

He once chose her happiness over his. Can this Christmas be their second chance?

Cassidy Hanna never felt like she belonged in Cape Hope, so she fled town and heartbreak ten years ago for a new life in Manhattan and everything she ever dreamed of—a great job and the perfect boyfriend. Only she’s never felt emptier and more alone. When her beloved grandfather falls ill, she knows she must push aside the past and return home to help.

Letting Cassidy go without a fight was the hardest thing Cape Hope doctor Phoenix Walker had ever done. Even as his own life fell apart, he lied and encouraged her to fly far from home to live out her dreams. Now Cassidy’s back—just for Christmas—and Phoenix wonders if they can have a second chance at a happy ever after…even if it’s just for the holiday.

📝My Review📝: 4 🌟🌟🌟🌟

I enjoyed this novel very much despite that I found it to be sad for nearly the entire length. This is one of those books where I am being extra careful with my review. How can I articulate my feelings without giving away the plot? I can’t. Christmas Ever After spans years. The author goes back to the past on several occasions which makes the premise even more complex and filled with character depth and development. I read the first book in this series and enjoyed that as well. I found that I have a connection with this author’s writing. While I did not experience what the characters did, she engaged me from the very beginning and I refused to put this book down until I got my happily-ever-after. I wasn’t at all sure of how this book would end due to the angst and behavior of certain characters. Phoenix was a hero I had to love despite his choices that I did not agree with. I’ve never been a fan of a man making decisions in the relationship that HE thinks is best without talking about it with the heroine. People should be able to make their own choices. And here is where I won’t comment about that further. Cassidy is amazing, strong, caring and independent. I admired her a great deal.

I can tell you that this book was beautifully written bringing the characters and town to life where you could feel the presence strongly; you are there in Cape Hope. Lots of twists and turns. A book that is not forgettable. 

While I received an advanced reading copy of Christmas Ever After, this is my honest and unbiased review and I thank you for taking the time to read it. 🙂

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📝Review📝: 4 🌟🌟🌟🌟 to “The Sheriff and The Cowgirl” Tremaynes of Texas Book #4 by Author Debra Holt ~ Contemporary Romance ~ Release Date: September 21st 2021

The Sheriff and The Cowgirl
Tremayne of Texas

By
Author Debra Holt

Purchase: The Sheriff and The Cowgirl

Genre/Trope: #ContemporaryRomance #CowgirlRomance #BestfriendstoLovers

My Rating: 4

Cover: 5

Release Date: September 21st 2021

Read: August 23rd 2021. *Review copy provided by Tule Publishing

POV: Third-person alternating perspectives

Blurb:

What happens when a tenacious sheriff takes on a determined cowgirl and her champion bull?

It’s never easy to make it in a man’s world, and cowgirl Tori Tremayne has chased the same dream most of her life—producing a champion bucking bull on the pro rodeo circuit. With her prize bull Maximus, she’s so close to winning top prize in the finals this year she can taste it. She can’t afford any distractions, especially not the tall, dark and swoony sheriff she’s admired all her life.

Sheriff Gray Dalton has been in love with Tori since they were kids. He doesn’t want to change Tori or derail her goals, but he does want to combine their dreams—build a life and family with her while she continues to pursue her career and passion. Gray knows he has to shake Tori up so that he can step out of the friend zone she’s so determined to keep him in.

Can Gray prove to Tori that with him she can have it all—career, love and a family? 

My 📝Review📝: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Gray and Tori’s book is finally here! I must say I did appreciate how the author released this series with a short wait in between. From the very first book, I wanted to know what was going on between Gray and Tori. And with each book that followed my curiosity only grew. Lifetime friends since childhood, Gray always loved Tori. He fell in love with her as soon as he understood what that truly meant. And while Tori also loved Gray, she was slow to catch up. In fact, for so many years, Gray put her feelings first. He was so generous of heart and selfless when it came to Tori. That said, Tori was a likable character but I did not like how she took Gray for granted, over and over. And it took nearly losing him for her to realize her true feelings and how selfish she has been.

This was not and easy relationship. Gray had finally come to the conclusion that he needed to let her go. She was too focused on her career and Gray didn’t want to be taken for granted any longer. I loved him from the first three books so I understood it might be time to let Tori go. However what I didn’t connect with was the back and forth; that despite his resolve to stay away he kept showing up. That gave the story more angst than I like. In addition, I felt that Tori and Gray were not the people I thought I knew from the previous books. I guess I was just expecting a sweeter story.

The Tremayne family was a constant and that helped break up a bit of the angst. I loved all the family members and it was rewarding to catch up with their lives. In the end, Gray and Tori got their act together and I was satisfied how things turned out. They became the couple I always believed they would be albeit the few bumps in their road to forever-after. I loved this series and definitely recommend it. This is an author that I have read and enjoyed for a long time.

While I received and advanced reading copy of The Sheriff and the Cowgirl, this is my honest and unbiased review and I thank you for taking the time to read it. 🙂

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📝Review📝: “Truly, Madly Texas” Texas True #2 by Author Eve Gaddy ~ My Rating: 4 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Stars, #ContemporaryRomance ~ Release Date: April 29th 2021 ~ @EveGaddy @TulePublishing

REVIEW

Truly, Madly Texas
Texas True Book Two

By
Author Eve Gaddy

Purchase: Truly, Madly Texas

Genre/Trope: #ContemporaryRomance #CowboyRomance

My Rating: 4

Cover: 4

Publication: April 29th 2021

Read: March 26th 2021 *Review copy provided by Tule Publishing Group

POV: Third-person alternating perspectives

Add to TBR: Truly, Madly Texas

Also in the Series: Texas Forged

Synopsis:

Can they turn one spectacular night into a lifetime of love?

After a disastrous ride forces world champion saddle bronc rider Chase Walker back to his family’s ranch to recuperate, he’s happy to distract himself for a night with a mysterious, gorgeous woman. It should have just been a one-night stand, but she’s unforgettable.

Thanks to her cheating ex-fiancé, Ella Slade is done with rodeo cowboys…until she meets a sexy cowboy who catches a thief who stole her purse. What harm can one night of indulgence do? A lot, apparently, because when she arrives at her interview for a ranch manager job, Chase turns out to be her prospective boss. She’s adamant she won’t mix business with pleasure, but Chase suggests a deal—Ella takes the job, and they pretend that night never happened.

The longer they work together, the harder it is to pretend. Chase knows he’s falling for his midnight lover, but can he convince Ella to risk her heart again?

My 📝Review📝: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Not mixing business with pleasure is easier said than done for Chase and Ella. Truly, Madly Texas was an enjoyable romance between two characters just trying to move forward in their lives. Chase is a side-lined Rodeo saddle bronc rider due to an injury. Unexpectedly, his recuperation is going to be life-changing. Chase just doesn’t know it yet. Ella is interviewing for a job as a ranch manager at Chase’s family ranch. She is hopeful and desperate to get the job. However, when she learns one of her bosses is a man she spent an unforgettable night with just days prior to her interview; Ella is crushed. Even if she is offered the job, how can she take it? Chase knows Ella is the best one for the job. So, they both agree to keep their night together a secret and basically forget it ever happened. With the amount of attraction and chemistry between them, it will be a losing battle.

Now while you might think the ending is predictable, the journey to get there wasn’t easy. Chemistry is only one aspect. Ella has trust issues a mile long and Chase isn’t planning on retiring from the rodeo circuit. Watching the ups and downs, with a bit of angst and two very likable characters was the perfect recipe for a well-written, sweet romance.

I truly, madly enjoyed this book~ ;). I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
While I received an advanced readers’s copy of Truly, Madly Texas, this is my honest and unbiased review and I thank you for taking the time to read it. 🙂

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📝Review📝: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 4 Stars to “Montana Cowboy Daddy” Wyatt Brothers Book #3 by Author Jane Porter, #ContemporaryRomance, Release Date: April 1st 2021 ~ @AuthorJaneP @Tulepublishing

Montana Cowboy Daddy
Wyatt Brothers #3

By
Author Jane Porter

Purchase: Montana Cowboy Daddy

Genre/Trope: #ContemporaryRomance #RodeoCowboy #SurpriseBaby

My Rating: 4

Cover: 5

POV: Third person alternating perspectives

Publication: April 1st 2021

Read: March 13th 2021 *Review copy provided by Tule Publishing Group

Add to TBR: Montana Cowboy Daddy

Check out the Series: Wyatt Brothers Series

Synopsis:

Professional rodeo cowboy Billy Wyatt is in the prime of his career. He’s having a fantastic year on the circuit, earning big money and leading the standings. Too immersed in his success and enjoying bachelorhood, he’s not interested in getting serious. But when a woman he’s never seen before shows up with a baby she claims is his, Billy’s world is turned inside out.

Erika Baylor, a PhD grad student, never planned to be a single mom, but when her cousin dies in a car accident, orphaning her infant son, Erika steps forward. She’ll help to care for her 4-month-old nephew until the baby can be reunited with his dad. She doesn’t expect the dad to be cocky, infuriating, and utterly irresistible.

Billy never thought he wanted to be a father, but looking into the eyes of the baby who is supposedly his—and whose blue eyes mirror his own—he’s hooked. But he’s hooked on the woman who’s holding the baby too… 

My 📝Review📝: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Montana Cowboy Daddy is the third book in the Wyatt Brothers of Montana Series. I have read the previous books and enjoyed them as much. The Wyatt family is very much the epitome of a loving and loyal. While each brother has their own interests, they will never hesitate to be there for each other. From the first book, the loyalty, love, and camradarie are present. Add a strong, protective, loving grandfather with mother who will except nothing but respect and strong ideals. I truly adored this family. I especially loved the closeness.

Billy is a rodeo champ. He has been very successful in his career and has a strong financial standing to help when he finally retires. Unfortunately, Billy has no plans to retire anytime soon. He plans on a rodeo career for as long as he can. Nothing will come in the way of that. Especially not finding out he is a father. Billy was a great character. I respected how he was determined to be a father as well as continuing his rodeo career. At first, Billy wasn’t going to make compromises but he soon realized he had to make some changes. If he wanted to be the best father he could be, Billy would have to stop thinking of only himself. He was very lucky to have Erika on the road with him so she could care for his son. At the beginning, Billy took Erika for granted although I don’t feel it was intentional. He was just so used to living footloose and fancy free. Watching his character grow and mature was one of my favorite aspects of the story.

The chemistry between Erika and Billy is strong from the beginning but neither acted on their feelings believing that they should just focus on baby Beck. I don’t want to spoil any of this story for you but I will tell you the whole story in itself is a slow build to an incredible ending.

There is a bit of a hint that has me very curious as to how Tommy’s story will go. I already feel like it will be emotional. If you are a fan of Montana cowboys, strong heroines, and emotional romances, I recommend this series. The books can be read in any order but I believe your reading experience will be more rewarding if you start with book one.

While I received a review copy from Tule Publishing, this is my honest and unbiased review and I thank you for taking the time to read it. 🙂

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