‘Lord Bachelor’ by Tammy L. Bailey

lb-tlbSTORY: Edmund Rushwood is a single English lord in possession of a great fortune who is in desperate need of a rich wife.

In accordance with his father’s will, Edmund has until he turns twenty-six to find a wealthy bride or lose his vast inheritance. To retain his selfish lifestyle, he agrees to join an American dating game show to find the woman who can save him. He doesn’t bargain on meeting Abby Forester, an impoverished, spirited American woman who is content to live out her father’s dreams in his vintage record shop.

With covert intervention from an unlikely source, Abby lands on the dating game show as one of Edmund’s potential brides. As their worlds entangle and love begins to bloom, Abby discovers Edmund cannot marry her and retain his wealth at the same time. Will love keep them together, or will greed triumph and tear them apart?

REVIEW: Portland Oregon

Abby Forester is working as a waitress to pay off her college loans and bills left by her Dad when he died. One table she’s waiting on has an English guy in the group whom she can tell is quite wealthy. A guy who had been in one of her classes, Will Simpson, is at the table and tells her that he is now the host of Love Match, a dating game show on TV. Abby is being run off her feet serving beer and fighting off groping men. Just as Abby is nearly forced to break a bottle over a guy’s head, Edmund, Lord Rushwood, rushes over to assist her.

It turns out that Edmund has been told that his father’s will stipulates he must wed a rich and socially acceptable bride by his 26th birthday or lose his inheritance. His mother’s friend suggests he look for a bride in America so he heads to Portland to escape and visit with his friend, Will Simpson. So Will talks him into going on his Love Match show as Lord Bachelor ensuring him that some of the women contestants are wealthy in their own right.

But Abby and Edmund have formed a friendship and are truly attracted to each other. Is there some way they can get around his inheritance stipulation that he must marry a wealthy woman?

This is a clever enough novel that can entertain a reader for awhile. However, I didn’t bond with either of the main characters.

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Spotlight on Debbie Mason and ‘Mistletoe Cottage’!

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mistletoe-cottage-coverBOOK BLURB: ‘Tis the season for love . . .

Sophie DiRossi loved growing up in Harmony Harbor. But after fleeing in disgrace many years ago, it is the last place she wants to be. Left homeless by a fire, she’s forced to go back to the small coastal town that harbors a million secrets, including her own. Sophie sees this secret reflected every day in her daughter’s blue eyes-and she must keep it hidden from the only man she has ever loved.

Sophie’s return is a shock for everyone . . . especially Liam Gallagher. The firefighter had some serious feelings for Sophie-and seeing her again sparks a desire so fierce it takes his breath away. Now Liam will do whatever it takes to show Sophie that they deserve a second chance at love, even if everything they’ve concealed threatens to keep them apart.

In this special town at this special time of the year, Sophie and Liam can only hope for a little holiday magic…

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TEASER:

Liam lifted his phone and took a picture of Sophie and Mia twirling under a shower of red and yellow leaves that were substituting for snow. Sophie sang “Let it Go” with Mia mouthing the words.

He held up the bag from Jolly Rogers when they took their bows. “Okay, Elsa and Anna, it’s time to go. I’m starved.”

If he didn’t have to take care of the repairs at the apartment before his shift, he’d be happy to watch them play make believe for however long they wanted. He loved seeing this side of Sophie. Loved hearing her laugh, watching her face light up when she looked at her daughter. But what was supposed to be a ten-minute walk through the woods to the cottage had already taken an hour.

“Kristoff sounds grumpy, Anna. Should we take him to the cottage and feed him, or make him sing for us first?”

Mia spread her arms wide and tipped her head back.

“Sorry, Kristoff. Looks like you’re singing for your lunch.”

He shook his head with a laugh, then belted out a couple choruses of the song. By now, he knew the words. He should since Sophie had been singing the song for the better part of twenty minutes. Mia clapped and ran to hug his legs.

“Be still my heart,” Sophie said, patting her chest. Then she hugged him too. “Thank you.”

“For what?” he asked her when Mia let him go to skip along the path.

“For being you.”

He took her hand, reminding himself he didn’t do serious. But like the last six times he’d told himself that in the past hour, it wasn’t really working.

Especially when Sophie smiled at him like she was now. “In case you can’t tell, we’re having fun.”

He lifted their joined hands to her face and traced her lips with his thumb. “I got that. I’m glad. It’s nice to see you happy. Both of you.”

She glanced at Mia who’d crouched on the path to collect rocks. “You’re great with her, you know. I should have thought of telling her to mouth words.”

“Forest for the trees, Soph. Sometimes it’s hard to see what’s right in front of you. Cut yourself some slack. You’ve had a lot to deal with.”

“What about you? All we ever do is talk about me.” She gave his hand a gentle squeeze. “How are you doing, Liam?”

“I’m good. Why?”

“Um . . . shot in the line of duty ring a bell? I heard what happened, Liam.”

“Of course you did. It’s Harmony Harbor.” He glanced at her, smiled. “I’m getting there. You don’t have to worry about me.”

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REVIEW: Ms. Mason starts her new Harmony Harbor series with this second chance at love and I loved it. But then I’m a sucer for that trope, so …

Sophie and Liam are complicated characters, but very likable and their road to happily ever after is a bit rough, but never the less intriguing and entertaining.

If you’re a fan of small town romance ala Sherryl Woods, then you gotta read this one. It’s filled to the brim with secondary characters you’ll love and hate. Seriously, this is perfect story for this season. Grab it!

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debbie_mason-200x300AUTHOR BIO: Debbie Mason is the bestselling author of the Christmas, Colorado series. Her books have been praised for their “likable characters, clever dialogue and juicy plots” (RT Book Reviews).

She also writes historical paranormals as Debbie Mazzuca. Her MacLeod series has received several nominations for best paranormal as well as a Holt Medallion Award of Merit.

When she isn’t writing or reading, Debbie enjoys spending time with her very own real-life hero, their four wonderful children, an adorable grandbaby, and a yappy Yorkie named Bella.

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‘The Angels’ Share’ by J.R. Ward

tas jrwSTORY: In Charlemont, Kentucky, the Bradford family is the crème de la crème of high society—just like their exclusive brand of bourbon. And their complicated lives and vast estate are run by a discrete staff who inevitably become embroiled in their affairs. This is especially true now, when the apparent suicide of the family patriarch is starting to look more and more like murder…

No one is above suspicion—especially the eldest Bradford son, Edward. The bad blood between him and his father is known far and wide, and he is aware that he could be named a suspect. As the investigation into the death intensifies, he keeps himself busy at the bottom of a bottle—as well as with his former horse trainer’s daughter. Meanwhile, the family’s financial future lies in the perfectly manicured hands of a business rival, a woman who wants Edward all to herself.

Everything has consequences; everybody has secrets. And few can be trusted. Then, at the very brink of the family’s demise, someone thought lost to them forever returns to the fold. Maxwell Bradford has come home. But is he a savior…or the worst of all the sinners?

REVIEW: William Baldwine, patriarch of the family that produces Bradford Bourbon, appears to have committed suicide by jumping off a bridge. It has also just come to light that a great deal of money is missing from the company which has been around for over 200 years. The company bears the name Bradford as it was William’s wife’s family that started the company and she inherited it. However at this point, the woman lives in her room in a drug-induced state as she has chosen not to deal with life anymore.

Lane Baldwine is the youngest son of the family which consists of three sons and one daughter. He is currently trying to deal with the aftermath of his father’s death and the question of what has happened to all of the money.

Lizzie has been employed at the estate for years. She is a horticulturist and cares for the famous gardens of the estate. She and Lane have been in love for a long time but they have never been able to be together.

Edward Baldwine is a man who stays inebriated most of the time to deal with his physical limitations and constant pain. These are a result of having been kidnapped, beaten, and ransomed years ago. Edward has spent his life with horses training them to be future Derby champions. He should be the heir apparent but he does not want anything to do with the family.

The Bradford Bourbon’s competition is the Sutton Distillery Corporation run by the Smythe family. Head of the family, Reynolds Smythe, whose health is failing, has just named his daughter, Sutton Smythe, to be the new head of the company.

In the days following William Baldwine’s death, a gruesome discovery has brought in the police and now it appears the man may have been murdered. No one is above suspicion. The rush is on to try to find out what happened to the missing money before word gets out about it that could bring the company crashing down.

The author has picked up where she left off with her first novel, “The Bourbon Kings.” This is an ongoing family saga that will grab the reader and you can’t let go. I do recommend reading the books in order to keep up with the story.

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‘My Husband’s Wives’ by Faith Hogan

mhw fhSTORY: Better to have loved and lost, than never loved.

Paul Starr, Irelands leading cardiologist dies in a car crash with a pregnant young women by his side.

United in their grief and the love of one man, four women are thrown together in an attempt to come to terms with life after Paul. They soon realise they never really knew him at all.

The love they shared for Paul in his life and which incensed a feeling of mistrust and dislike for each other, in his death turns into the very thing that bonds them and their children to each other forever.

As they begin to form unlikely friendships, Paul’s deaths proves to be the catalyst that enables them to become the people they always wanted to be.

REVIEW: When Grace Kennedy meets Paul Starr, she is working in an art gallery and caring for her widowed mother and sisters. Paul is a very successful heart surgeon in Ireland and is married. He and Grace begin an affair which results in her getting pregnant and giving birth to Delilah. Paul is thrilled. He says he has divorced his wife, Evie Considine Starr, and marries Grace. Over the years together, Paul wants more children and is disappointed that Grace never conceives again. When he finds that she has been taking birth control pills, he is hurt and angry. Grace still loves Paul but knows he is upset and she thinks he will learn to accept it.

That is when Paul meets Annalise who had been working in TV and had been Miss Ireland. She has to return the crown because she made a comment when being interviewed on TV that showed her ignorance of a part of history. When Annalise becomes pregnant, Paul is thrilled. They have one son and soon after have another son.

One day, a news flash reports that Paul has been killed in a car accident and there is another woman in the car with him believed to be Annalise. When Annalise hears this, she is devastated at the loss of her husband and wonders who the woman is who was with him. This news reaches Grace and Evie as well and they all rush to the hospital to identify Paul.

The meeting of the three women is fraught with all kinds of emotions as they all find they were all still married to Paul. The woman in the car turns out to be Kasia, who is from Romania and she is pregnant. Is she another of Paul’s wives?

How will they handle the fact that they had been married to a bigamist? Will their love for Paul help them overcome their grief and betrayal?

This is an interesting plot, but I found it a bit too contrived and too drawn out. However, I think that readers will truly enjoy the book.

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‘Dear Thing’ by Julie Cohen

dt jcSTORY: Claire and Ben are the perfect couple. But behind the glossy façade, they’ve been desperately trying – and failing – to have a baby for years. Now, the stress and feelings of loss are taking their toll on their marriage. Claire’s ready to give up hope and get on with her life, but Ben is not. And then Ben’s best friend, Romily, offers to conceive via artificial insemination and carry the baby for them.

Romily acts in good faith, believing it will be easy to be a surrogate. She’s already a single mother, and has no desire for any more children. Except that being pregnant with Ben’s child stirs up all sorts of emotions in her, including one she’s kept hidden for a very long time: Ben’s the only man she’s ever loved.

Two mothers—and one baby who belongs to both of them, and which only one of them can keep.

REVIEW: Ben and Claire have been trying for 10 years to have a baby using IVF with no success. The doctors have told them that Claire’s eggs are simply not good. After their last failed try, Claire decides that she is done. She is not going through all this any more only to be disappointed again.

Romily is a single Mom to Posie who was conceived after a brief affair with Jarvis. They had both decided that she would have an abortion before they went their separate ways. However, she is did not go through with it.

Romily and Ben have been friends for a very long time. Posie loves Ben and Claire and enjoys getting to visit them and stay overnight too. A precocious child, she has even said she wishes they were her parents.

Ben is really devastated when Claire makes her decision. That’s when Romily says she will be a surrogate for them using her own eggs and Ben’s sperm. At first, Claire is not sure that she wants to do it, but her desire for a child is so great that she agrees.

Romily gets pregnant right away and while she had an easy pregnancy with Posie, she is nauseated this time around and bothered with all types of hormonal problems. Ben is over the moon and while Claire is excited, she is still somewhat uncertain about it all. She tries to make sure that Romily eats right which doesn’t settle well with Romily. Claire is a Type-A personality and Romily is a Type-B. In addition, Claire believes that Romily is in love with Ben and she truly is. But Romily knows a relationship with Ben can never be and truly wants to help them.

When Jarvis comes back on the scene and finds that he has a daughter he has mixed emotions. He is angry because Romily has not told him she went through with the pregnancy and he has lost time with a daughter he never knew he had.

Emotions build for all of the characters and when Romily suffers an accident that puts the baby’s life in danger, some truths come out that require careful examination.

I really liked this novel. The author created each of the characters perfectly. I feel like I know each of them as a friend. I did not know until the very end who would end up with the baby. This is a fabulous book. Don’t miss it!

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‘Hotel Vendome’ by Danielle Steel

hv dsSTORY: When Swiss-born Hugues Martin sees a small, run-down hotel in New York for the rough diamond it is, he transforms it into a beautiful boutique hotel of impeccable elegance, run with the precision and attention to detail he learned through his hotelier training in Europe.

Renowned for its unparalleled service, the Hotel Vendôme soon becomes the ideal New York refuge for the rich and famous, as well as a perfect home for Hugues’ beautiful wife and their young daughter. But when his wife tires of his obsession for the hotel, she walks out on him for a notorious rock star, leaving Hugues a single parent to four-year-old Heloise.

Heloise and her family live happily amid a colourful, exciting and sometimes mysterious milieu of celebrities, socialites, politicians, world travellers and hotel employees–and their inevitable intrigues.

As unexpected challenges arise, the hotel is the centre of their world. And when Heloise grows us, she longs to follow in her father’s footsteps and one day run the Hotel Vendôme. The lessons she learned at his side will carry her through it all, in a story no reader will forget.

REVIEW: I have read many of Danielle Steel’s books over the years and agree that she deserves all of the accolades that she has received.

In “Hotel Vendome” divorced owner/general manager Hugues Martin is busy building a world class hotel while caring for and raising his daughter, Heloise. Heloise is fascinated by the hotel and at a very early age learns all of the ins-and-outs involved in running it. Thus, she decides to be like her father and attend hotel school to learn all she can about the business.

Along the journey, Hugues and Heloise find difficulties and triumphs. Although it was a little slow at the beginning, I did enjoy this books very much and highly recommend it.

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‘To the Moon and Back’ by Jill Mansell

ttmab jm When Ellie Kendall tragically loses her husband she feels her life is over. But eventually she’s ready for a new start – at work, that is. She doesn’t need a new man when she has a certain secret visitor to keep her company…

Zack McLaren seems to have it all, but the girl he can’t stop thinking about won’t give him a second glance. If only she’d pay him the same attention she lavishes on his dog.

Moving to North London, Ellie meets neighbour Roo who has a secret of her own. Can the girls sort out their lives? Guilt is a powerful emotion, but a lot can happen in a year in Primrose Hill…

REVIEW: Ellie lost her husband, Jamie, in an auto accident a year ago and she still conjures up a vision of him when she needs to talk to him. This gives her comfort.

She has worked for several years as a PA in a OK job and still lives in the not-so-OK flat she shared with Jamie. Jamie’s father is a successful actor who encourages her to move into a nice home in a nice area which he also will use as his pied-de-terre when back in the UK from his filming in California. Ellie finds a new job, new neighbor and new boss. This change where no one really knows she is a widow helps her to find new happiness in her life.

I really enjoyed this book with its great characters. Watch Ellie find the strength to let go of the past and learn to love again.

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