Waiting for Tom Hanks review

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I haven’t posted any book reviews for a while, and I think it is high time I did. I read this one in a single day and enjoyed everything about it from this adorable cover right on through.

And really, who among us hasn’t dreamed of falling in love with a movie star?

The heroine in this book is a writer who is addicted to rom-coms because she used to watch them with her late mother. Then she finds herself in the middle of the filming of one with a devastatingly handsome leading man. Of course, sparks ensue.

I was charmed by the author’s voice and found myself laughing out loud a few times. I also bought the message: love rarely goes as planned but it’s our only hope. Oh, and did I mention the cast of quirky secondary characters and strong sense of community, two musts for me to make a book a favorite.

If you are a Hallmark fan, you will probably love this as much as I did, but be warned that it is not squeaky clean. I’d give it a solid PG-13.

Rewriting fairy tales

Her Beast of a Billionaire Boss by Lucy McConnell

When Bella Creer’s father has a heart attack and is unable to finish his contract for Adam Moreau, a ruthless lawyer based in Seattle, she steps in to take his place and save The Cove Phase II.

Adam, a billionaire who lives in a secluded castle on a cliff, is gruff, demanding, brilliant, and injured. An acid attack left its mark on Adam’s face but it’s his heart wounds that Bella sees clearly.

As she takes on the management of a multi-billion-dollar project, Bella’s confidence in herself strengthens and her attraction to Adam grows. But Adam didn’t become the best lawyer in the state by making friends and the wolves circle, ready to attack him at his weakest. Bella will have to be stronger than she’s ever been just to survive. And, before it’s too late, she’ll need to realize that her true power lies in her ability to love beyond measure.

This clean romance will sweep you away to a castle where maids do your laundry, a cook makes lobster for dinner, and there’s a beauty parlor in the basement.

Welcome to The Cove

With heavy iron gates, two security stations, and a groundskeeper’s cottage, The Cove has everything a billionaire could ask for in a home. Dubbed Billionaire Bachelor Cove because of the resident’s single status and income portfolios, The Cove is the perfect place to hide away from the world. But, as the residents soon find out, they can’t hide from love.

“I loved this story and the authors style of writing. The story flowed easily and held my attention. Good , clean with no sex or swear words. Would recommend to all ages.”

“Brilliantly scripted and a fun read! The characters are engaging and strong. They draw you in and have deep chemistry in this sweet and clean read. I didn’t want this story to end though I was itching to see how the nicely crafted story concluded.

I especially love that the story seemed to occur over a long time span and conversations/intetactions were not superficial.

Am glad it’s part of a series and hopefully we’ll encounter the characters again.”

“I really enjoyed the characters, the subtle plot twists, and the growth of the main characters’ relationship. It was a fun read and hard to put down.”

Uncle Philip broke the silence and Adam’s concentration. “You remind me so much of your father.”

Adam slapped the folder shut. He had enough information to win the case. “I hope you mean that as a compliment, because it’s been said both ways many times.”

The lines around Philip’s eyes had softened. “Same noble brow. Same wavy blond hair. Though I think you’re an inch taller than him.”

“The old man just rolled over in his grave.” His father never gave him an inch in life; it was unlikely he’d give him one in death.

“I offered to take you, you know. After Alicia passed.” Philip ran his thumb over the swollen knuckle on his ring finger. “Your father had other ideas.”

Adam stared out the window as the early days of boarding school, the loneliness, and the emptiness of a child still mourning his mother washed over him like a soft Seattle drizzle. He took in the man across from him. A simple man with a simple life—a life that would have made Adam soft. “Thank goodness for that,” he muttered. At least his father had saved him from a small and unimportant life.

Uncle Philip sighed. “You have more in common with him than your looks.”

This time Adam understood that the words weren’t a compliment, though they were spoken with honesty. The realization unexpectedly stabbed, like a thorn in his flesh. No matter. He would shortly prove that being fierce was better than being … whatever it was Uncle Philip wished him to be. He lifted the folder. “This should only take a moment, and you’ll be on your way.”

The car stopped in front of King County Courthouse. The aged gray building was shaped like a letter H, with two columns of justice connected by a tunnel of office space. There were decorations on the exterior to recommend it as an architectural beauty.

Impatient, Adam threw open the door before his driver had a chance to open it for him and marched towards the entry. He was single-minded in his movements and didn’t notice the woman in the yellow dress until their hands touched on the door.

“Oh!” she exclaimed, a smile blossoming on her face.

Feeling a jolt up his arm, Adam gave her his full attention. Her brown hair was pulled back in a style reminiscent of the 1940s with a few thick, loose curls bouncing to her chin and framing her enchanting, heart-shaped face. She had large, doe-like brown eyes that dropped demurely as his cheeks colored.

He never blushed. The sensation was enough to knock him off his course. She smelled of lilacs and fresh rain.

“I’m so sorry. You go first,” she said. Her voice was strong and yet a caress that drew him near. He had the strangest feeling that he’d like to slay a dragon.

He thrust the door open and motioned for her to enter. “I insist.”

“Thank you.” Her cheeks dusted pink, and for the first time in his life, Adam was quite out of his mind over a woman. He couldn’t remember where he was going or why it was important.

“You look lovely,” he said, not even sure the words made it out of his mouth. He didn’t throw out compliments to strangers. Heck, he didn’t compliment anyone.

Her smile deepened. “Thank you. I’m meeting my fiancé upstairs. We’re getting married today.” She nodded once, her smile lighting up the entire lobby and cracking through the plaster he’d applied to his heart long ago, and then she was off to the elevators and he was left feeling as though he’d missed the opportunity of a lifetime.

Author Lucy McConnell

Award-winning author, Lucy McConnell, loves Christmas, romance, chocolate and Elvis.

After graduating from the University of Utah, she became an editor at an advertising agency before moving on to teach in the marketing department of the local community college. She loved teaching and often misses the academic environment.

Lucy retired from teaching and began to write articles and sweet romance novels. She has been published in national magazines, newspapers, short story compilations, and she writes cookbooks under the name Christina Dymock.

If she’s not at the computer, you can find her trying to keep up with her husband and four kids on the ski slopes, on a bike, in the kitchen, or on a horse.

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Holiday Wishes review

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Jill Shalvis gives us another installment about a delightful group of friends. In Holiday Wishes, bad boy Sean O’Riley is in charge of his brother’s bachelor weekend. For once in his life, he wants to avoid screwing up. He owes it to his brother to make all the details perfect.

Being California, weather throws a monkey wrench into his plans. Fortunately, his first love happens to be running the B&B where the event is scheduled.

Her love life has gone off the rails and the last thing she needs is this blast from the past. Or so she says.

This Heartbreaker Bay story is novella length, so you will have no trouble fitting it in between shopping, cooking, and merry-making. Give yourself a wee gift. You deserve it.

 

Sugarplum Way book review

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Sugarplum Way is Book Four in Debbie Mason’s Harmony Harbor series. In it, Mason finally lets us in on some of the secrets alluded to in earlier books.

The matriarch of the town’s leading family had written them all down in her diary. Although she has now departed in body,  her ghost lingers on, still meddling and trying to keep the book away from those who might be hurt by the revelations.

Julia, aka Sugarplum, has been keeping a whopper of a secret. To atone for past wrongs, she’s been acting as a fairy godmother instead. Intense, but gorgeous Aiden is one of the recipients of her largesse. His suspicions about her motives don’t keep him from falling under her “magic.”

The rather large cast of characters might be a tad confusing to those who haven’t read the earlier books. The premise and the town, however, are delightful all by themselves. Like her heroine, Mason has a sense of whimsy that makes for a perfect holiday novel.

Get ready for NANOWRIMO

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If you are gearing up for National Novel Writing Month, Book in a Month by Victoria Lynn Schmidt may be just the tool you need. The book includes lots of fill-in-the blank worksheets to guide your process each and every day. In addition to paperback and e-book versions, it comes in a spiral bound version that should be perfect to write in and keep track of all the details that go into planning and plotting a book.

I particularly like her advice to celebrate your successes along the way. Making a contract with yourself is a good idea too. The book is relatively short but manages to cover a lot of territory.

My understanding is writers are allowed to do prep work on their novels before November starts. But remember, if you don’t make it to 50,000 words in 30 days the world will not come to an end.  Schmidt says you can also  use her book to complete a detailed outline or revise an existing manuscript. Grab this book and get started.

Necessary Roughness book review

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I was so saddened to read of the recent death of Julie Brannagh. As a fellow football fan, I have read several of her previous books and enjoyed them.

What I particularly liked about this one is the internal dialogue the burly football player uses to describe the heroine. Beneath that crabby exterior lurks an unexpected whimsy. The description of Jordan’s roommates adds to the metaphors.

The contrast between Tanner’s lack of a plan for his inevitable exit from playing football and Jordan’s very clear path for her life’s work is nicely done.

R.I.P., Julie. We’ll miss your voice.

BOOK SYNOPSIS

Tanner Cole’s football career was over in less than thirty seconds one Sunday afternoon. After a lifetime playing the sport he loves he’s been forced into an early retirement. Between figuring out his plan for the rest of his life and dealing with the pain of his injuries, this grouchy hottie isn’t in the mood for the perky physical therapist who makes him in ache in more than one place. Jordan Mueller doesn’t have time for a sulky ex-NFL player, even one who looks like Tanner. She’s done with falling for the bad boy without a heart. When she’s forced out of her apartment and offered an opportunity too good to pass up, she agrees to move in with Tanner. She’s only there to speed up his recovery. No funny business, even if her body is telling her otherwise. As Tanner and Jordan spend more and more time together, they begin to see each other in a new light that threatens to change everything. But when the ghosts of girlfriends past reappear, Tanner must decide if he’s willing to put everything on the line for a shot at a future with Jordan.

BOOK INFO

Necessary Roughness by Julie Brannagh

Series n/a; standalone

Genre Adult Contemporary Romance

Publisher Avon Impulse

Publication Date October 10, 2017
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ABOUT JULIE BRANNAGH
USA Today bestselling author Julie Brannagh has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil. She lives in a small town near Seattle, where she once served as a city council member and owned a yarn shop. She shares her home with a wonderful husband, two uncivilized Maine Coons and a rambunctious chocolate Lab. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, or armchair-quarterbacking her favorite NFL team from the comfort of the family room couch. Julie is a Golden Heart finalist and the author of contemporary sports romances.
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Christmas anthology book release and review

For a Floridian like me, spending the holiday season in England would be a delight–actual snow, towering trees that aren’t palms, the chance to wear a velvet dress. Since I can’t get there in person, these short stories by some of my favorite historical authors are the next best thing. All of the stories involve a character who is willing to sacrifice his or her own happiness by trying to live up to obligations to family or friends.

Kleypas gives us a dissolute son pretending to change his ways so as not to be disinherited by his dying father. And a heroine who agrees to go along with him to save her brother from drowning in debt.

Heath’s hero tries to do right by the fiancee of his dead brother. That fiancee has other plans, and he must mend fences to get back with the woman he loves.

In Frampton’s book, the hero attempts to pacify his mother, silly though she be. For me, this was the most entertaining of the four stories.

Lorret twists the theme. Her book features a heroine who wants to find a husband for her best friend and is willing to overlook her own attraction to the prospective groom.

There’s not a lot of substance here–the  stories are short, but oh so sweet. And isn’t love the best Christmas present of all?

Here are the blurbs:

Romance stars Lisa Kleypas, Lorraine Heath, Megan Frampton, and Vivienne Lorret prove in this collection of stories that love is the most magical during Christmas…

“I Will” by Lisa Kleypas

To be reinstated into his father’s will, Andrew, Lord Drake, must court a respectable woman-his friend’s spinster sister, Miss Caroline Hargreaves. After he blackmails Caroline into helping him, the charade begins-but is it really a charade once love takes hold of their hearts…?

“Deck the Halls With Love” by Lorraine Heath

Alistair Wakefield, the Marquess of Chetwyn, devastated Lady Meredith Hargreaves when he proposed to another. But when he becomes free to pursue her, it’s too late for she’s on her way to the altar…. As Christmas approaches, Chetwyn vows to lure Lady Meredith back into his arms.

“No Groom at the Inn” by Megan Frampton

James Archer detests his mother’s matchmaking ways. When ordered to attend a Christmastime house party filled with simpering maidens, he produces a fiancée-Lady Sophronia Bettesford. James and Sophronia pretend to be in love for one month. But their pact soon turns into love.

“The Duke’s Christmas Wish” by Vivienne Lorret

To the Duke of Vale, science solves everything-even marriage. When the impulsive Ivy Sutherland makes him question all of his data, he realizes that he’s overlooked a vital component in his search for the perfect match: love.

 

BOOK INFO

A Christmas to Remember Anthology by Lisa Kleypas, Lorraine Heath, Megan Frampton, and Vivienne Lorret
Genre Adult; Romance
Publisher Avon Books
Publication Date September 26, 2017
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