Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Book Review: Tried and True by Mary Connealy

Tried and True by Mary Connealy
Bethany House Publishers, August 26th, 2014
 
Saddle up for a wildly fun ride with the Wilde sisters!
Kylie Wilde is the youngest sister--and the most civilized. Her older sisters might be happy dressing in trousers and posing as men, but Kylie has grown her hair long and wears skirts every chance she gets. It's a risk--they are homesteading using the special exemptions they earned serving in the Civil War as "boys"--but Kylie plans to make the most of the years before she can sell her property and return to the luxuries of life back East.

Local land agent Aaron Masterson is fascinated with Kylie from the moment her long hair falls from her cap. But now that he knows her secret, can he in good conscience defraud the U.S. government? And when someone tries to force Kylie off her land, does he have any hope of convincing her that marrying him and settling on the frontier is the better option for her future? 


Again, Mary's book arrive when I need them. Our whole house was down with the flu and finally after a few days, I was able to read and Tried and True arrived - what a perfect way to keep the sick blues at bay. The first thing I thought of not long after starting this book was that it reminded me of Mary's Sophie's Daughter's Series - different from it, but similar. I am now in the process of rereading Mary's collection of books: Lassoed in Texas Trilogy, Montana Marriages Trilogy and Sophie's Daughter's Trilogy - Tried and True inspired me to revisit those characters.

So Tried and True is a lovely book, funny with genuine moments. Kylie and Aaron both fought in the Civil War and those memories haunt them and drive their decisions. I liked Kylie, I liked how she simply embraced being a woman and actually enjoyed it. It was refreshing to read a story, where someone enjoys being what they were created as. She's got the spunk to go along with it too. Aaron was a solid hero, able yet also a man who has made mistakes and is paying for them. These two made a strong couple.

The story played out well and I thought was well paced. I enjoyed meeting Kylie's sisters and I'm really looking forward to the rest of the books when we see how Baily and Shannon fair in the love stakes!


 Thank you to NetGalley for a copy of this novel for review.  I was in no way obliged to give a positive review.



Jess' favourite genre is contemporary women's fiction and contemporary romance fiction. She also enjoys historical fiction with a focus on romance. She loves books set in country towns or farms with a cowboy featured in either historical or contemporary settings.

She is currently writing her first novel, a contemporary women's fiction/romance set in a small country town.

Book Review: Fatal Exchnage by Lisa Harris

Fatal Exchange by Lisa Harris
Revell, April 29th 2014

Emily Hunt might come from a family of cops, but she never goes looking for an adrenaline rush. She lives the quiet--well, relatively quiet--life of a teacher and thrives on making a difference in the lives of her students. But she'll have to draw on a well of strength and savvy she didn't know she had as student Rafael Cerda takes her class hostage for ransom money to save his brother's life.

Undercover cop Mason Taylor has been working with Rafael to find his brother and bring the cartel thugs who hold him to justice. Can he talk Rafael down from his impulsive actions? And is there something more sinister at work here than he realizes?

Fatal Exchange draws readers into a complex matrix of intertwining lives and unraveling secrets, where every answer creates more questions. Romantic suspense fans will hardly want to come up for air.


My first impression of this book was that it wasn't nearly as busy as the previous book in the series, Dangerous Passage - which automatically made it a better book for me. By simply being less busy and focusing on the two main characters more, I was able to enjoy the whole process from beginning to end.

I also liked the two leads in this one. They having an interesting history and it makes for a more compelling read. The situation they are in is tense and keeps the reader on edge. The mystery surrounding the story is solid and had me guessing until the end.

I'm enjoying this series more now.

Thank you to NetGalley for a copy of this novel for review.  I was in no way obliged to give a positive review.



Jess' favourite genre is contemporary women's fiction and contemporary romance fiction. She also enjoys historical fiction with a focus on romance. She loves books set in country towns or farms with a cowboy featured in either historical or contemporary settings.

She is currently writing her first novel, a contemporary women's fiction/romance set in a small country town.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Book Review: Full Steam Ahead by Karen Witemeyer

Full Steam Ahead by Karen Witemeyer
Bethany House Publishers, 27th May 2014
 

When love simmers between a reclusive scientist and a wealthy debutante, will they abandon ship or is it full steam ahead?

Nicole Renard returns home to Galveston, Texas, to find her father deathly ill. Though she loves him, Nicole's father has always focused on what she's not. Not male. Not married. Not able to run Renard Shipping.

Vowing to find a suitable husband to give her father the heir he desires before it's too late, Nicole sets out with the Renard family's greatest treasure as her dowry: the highly coveted Lafitte Dagger. But her father's rivals come after the dagger, forcing a change in Nicole's plans.

After a boiler explosion aboard the Louisiana nearly took his life, Darius Thornton has been a man obsessed. He will do anything to stop even one more steamship disaster. Even if it means letting a female secretary into his secluded world.

Nicole is determined not to let her odd employer scare her off with his explosive experiments, yet when respect and mutual attraction grow between them, a new fear arises. How can she acquire an heir for her father when her heart belongs to another? And when her father's rivals discover her hiding place, will she have to choose between that love and her family's legacy?


I always look forward to a Karen Witemeyer book and this one sounded interesting. It's the story of a lost soul searching for answers and a woman trying to prove her worth - they collide with fireworks.

Nicole Renard is a strong woman - like many in Witemyer's books. She is assertive and determined to prove her worth to her loving father by protecting them the way a son would his family. This lands her in some hot water, running from her father's enemies. She lands a job transcribing her employer's notes and ends up with more than she bargained for.

Darius Thornton is a tortured man. He's left society life behind to pursue his impossible goal of amending for past incidents that were not his fault and were out of his control. What's also out of his control is his growing feelings for Nicole, who is not all she appears to be. They both keep secrets from each other - to be fair, the secrets if revealed sooner would have made things much smoother. But this is a book, I choose to suspend realty when I read one for the most part.

Overall I enjoyed this book, but I did feel that the relationship between them progressed very quickly. Too quickly for it to be really realistic. Thus making the overall relationship feel a but rushed. I did like Darius and felt him to be the more well rounded of the two main characters. I could empathize with him and liked how he moved through his issues.

A solid read from Witemeyer.

Thank you to NetGalley for a copy of this novel for review.  I was in no way obliged to give a positive review.



Jess' favourite genre is contemporary women's fiction and contemporary romance fiction. She also enjoys historical fiction with a focus on romance. She loves books set in country towns or farms with a cowboy featured in either historical or contemporary settings.

She is currently writing her first novel, a contemporary women's fiction/romance set in a small country town.