Thursday, February 16, 2017

Seven Brides For Seven Texans by various authors



The Setup:

GW Hart gives his 7 sons the ultimatum of marry within the year or lose your inheritance. Each brothers story is written by a different author.

FIRST COMES LOVE by Gabrielle Meyer:

Hays Hart is the youngest of the Hart brothers and he is determined to be the first to wed following his fathers ultimatum. Hays decides that he will put up posters asking for women to apply to be his wife. When Emma Longley the new school teacher catches him hanging one of his posters outside of the church she is highly offended. Hays has always tried to make people happy and Emma is no exception. When Hays finds out that Emma wants to build a schoolhouse he's happy to jump right in and help her. Working with Hays, Emma grows more and more attracted to him, but she mustn't allow that to happen because she is determined to move back to her home in Minnesota sure that God is calling her to teach among the Ojibwe Indians. Besides, how can she be sure Hays isn't attracted to her just to get a wife so he can get his inheritance?

I loved this beginning to the Hart brothers finding wives! I've never read any books by this author, but I was immediately drawn into her story and was quite pleased with how Hays's story turned out. I loved Hays's character. He was funny and yet he was serious in his goal to find a wife. He went after what he wanted. I liked that about him. I liked how sassy Emma was, she won't be pushed around by Hays that for sure! Great story!

THE HEART OF TEXAS by Lorna Seilstad

This is the story of Texas Ranger Chisholm Hart, the next youngest of the Hart brothers. When Chisholm and his partner Whit arrive to investigate cattle rustling they come upon Caro Cardova being overtaken by a group of men attempting to hang her cousin for the cattle rustling. Caro swears that Ricardo is innocent and Chisholm and Whit end up staying at the ranch that Caro and her mother work at. Caro is a spit-fire that captures Chisholms attention immediately. With her quick tongue and feisty behavior it isn't long before Chisholm is quite attracted to Caro. But Caro swears she will have nothing to do with a man who puts duty above those he loves like her father did. And Chisholm is all about his duty as a Ranger.

What a fun story! I loved how feisty Caro was. Yes, she did frustrate at points with not listening or heeding warnings, but that is what endeared her to Chisholm so I forgave her. ha! There was a touch of suspense throughout the story as well as some humor that kept me thoroughly entertained. Another Hart brother has found his match!

THE TRUEST HEART by Amanda Barratt

Years ago Annie Parker's father made her marry a man she did not love. Now a widow and wishing to give her 9 year old son a better upbringing Annie moves back to Hartville. Annie is now a midwife ready to serve in the community, but not ready to meet doctor Travis Hart, the man she has always loved, but the man she can never have.

Travis Hart knew when his father issued his edict that he must marry within a year in order to receive his inheritance that he would probably not get his. There was only one woman that Travis ever loved, and that woman was Annie Parker. Now that Annie is back in Hartville does Travis have a chance to win her heart?

Travis and Annie make a good team. I was definitely not a fan of Annie's father, and wanted to reach through the pages and give him a swift kick to the backside! Loved the way that Travis was with Annie's son Robbie. This is number 3 of the Hart brothers, will the rest find their matches?

A LOVE RETURNED by Keli Gwyn

Houston Hart has returned from California to prove to his father that he can be a cattle rancher like his brothers. Houston left years ago, leaving family and his love Coralee behind. Coralee broke his heart then and Houston has no intention of letting it happen again.

Coralee couldn't possibly leave with Houston years ago, but he didn't even give her a chance to explain why so she has no interest in renewing her relationship with him. Coralee has been happy with her life so she is definitely not interested in Houston being home again.

Awww, poor Houston and Coralee! Both so determined to ignore each other and be just friends, but their hearts have different ideas. I enjoyed this Hart brothers story very much. This couple really complement each other well. They are both very caring and love their families. I loved the way Houston stepped in to help Coralee's brother with their ranch and the way he was so caring to Coralee's father. I also loved that after Houston left the first time that Coralee didn't just whither up and fade away, but she became a part of the community and showed her love for people even in the midst of caring for her father. Another sweet story and another Hart brother to the alter! Three more to go!

FOR LOVE OR MONEY by Susan Page Davis

When Crockett Hart finds their neighbors house on fire he immediately jumps in to help put out the fire. Crockett has always liked his neighbor Jane, but her father is a drunk who has let their ranch sink into disarray. Jane and her brother have tried their best to keep up, but now with the fire they have nothing. Crockett enlists the help of his brothers and other neighbors to help Jane and her family rebuild. With his father's edict hanging over his head even though Crockett knows he must marry soon is he willing to let himself fall for Jane and all of her troubles?

I liked Crockett's care for his neighbors, and his willingness to rally everyone to help the Haymaker's get their home rebuilt. I also liked Jane's character. Even though she and Ben had a lazy father they somehow had developed a moral character that he didn't teach them. I did think that there was a giant leap from the normal concern for a neighbor to the hey, I think I love you, let's get married ending. I wish there had been a bit more character development along with some more romantic scenes between Crockett and Jane. That being said, I am happy to see another Hart boy happily paired up with his lady-love...Two more to go and only a couple of months left to fulfill the edict. Who's next?

MAIL-ORDER MAYHEM by Vickie McDonough

Austin Hart is running out of time to meet his father's edict of marrying in one year. He's come up with a plan to meet that deadline. Austin has sent for a mail-order bride.

Rebekah and her sister Jenny are soon to be penniless and homeless. The only way Rebekah sees out of their predicament is to marry. Rebekah's fiance refuses to allow Jenny to live with them so the only thing that Rebekah sees to do is for Jenny to marry Austin Hart. The problem is that Jenny is not ready to marry and Rebekah is already spoken for. Will Austin have to start all over again to find a wife?

I love mail-order bride stories and found MAIL-ORDER MAYHEM to be quite entertaining. I really like Austin's character and was hoping for he and Rebekah to realize that they were meant for each other. Only one Hart brother left, will Bowie find his perfect mate before the year is up?

LOVE AT LAST by Erica Vetsch

Bowie Hart is the last Hart brother left to fulfill his father's edict to marry in a year in order to receive his inheritance. Bowie knows that no woman around Hartville would ever consent to marry him, a broken and scarred replica of humanity. But Bowie has never forgotten his nurse during the war, the only person who never cringed at the sight of his wounds. Bowie sets off to find her and hope that she will consent to be his wife, at least on paper.

Awwwww, Bowie! I absolutely loved this last Hart brothers story! Bowie is such a wounded soul, and Elise is his perfect match. Both starving for affection, one so ready and willing to give and the other so wounded he pushes people away. I loved how Elise managed to break down Bowie's defenses and show him he wasn't the monster he thought he was. Excellent ending to the Hart brothers stories!

The Wrap Up:

What a fun read! I totally loved the whole book and looked forward to each brother's story. Each author did a great job in portraying their brother and gave each brother a unique character. I was attached to some brothers more than others, but I enjoyed all of them. The ending of the story had me crying happy tears for all of the brothers, and left me satisfied that they all were going to live their Happily Ever After lives with their special brides.




Monday, February 13, 2017

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A former tomboy resolves to be the perfect lady for her new husband. A mute struggles to break through the silence to win her rescuer’s heart. A shy advice columnist develops a secret crush on her most devoted correspondent. The Old West holds challenges galore for these brides…but true love is a worthy reward.

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Moving Target by Lynette Eason


Maddy has stood by Quinn through all of his rehabilitation even though he was a hard patient to be around. Quinn was there for Maddy when someone cut her throat and she almost lost her life. Now they are both running for their lives after a madman kidnaps them and places them on an Island to hunt them. But Quinn and Maddy refuse to be victims and they are determined to find the person responsible and put them away. Not only are they fighting for their lives, but they are fighting for their relationship. Both have family issues to deal with that keep them from pursuing a more personal relationship. But being in danger and having those they love threatened brings them closer together and willing to work through emotions they would rather stifle.

Moving Target was exciting from the beginning to the very end! Fast-paced and suspenseful, it kept me staying up late to finish it and find out who was behind the games. I loved Quinn and Maddy together. I especially love the Elite Guardian team. They are some strong women! I also have to say that I love love love the covers of the Elite Guardian series. Back to Quinn and Maddy's story...the beginning did have me wondering about a Hunger Games theme, but the feeling quickly went away and I was pleasantly surprised by the direction the story went. Woven throughout the story was Quinn and Maddy's personal relationship. Not just between them, but also with their family members. It made them much more personable and showed a more vulnerable side to both which makes them seem more real. I enjoyed Moving Target very much and am looking forward to the next installment of the Elite Guardian series.




Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Her Motherhood Wish by Keli Gwyn




Callie Hunt and Chip Evans are on their way to the Double T Orphanage run by Tess and Spencer. Callie is hoping for a job at the Double T and Chip is on his way to make some furniture for a new dorm that the orphanage is adding. On the way they find Ruby and her brother Jasper who's father has just been taken by robbers. Fearing for their father's life Chip goes to find him. The news he brings back is not good and what is worse, the robbers didn't get what they were looking for so now the children's lives are in danger as well.

As Callie and Chip grow to care for Ruby and Jasper they also grow to care for each other. Unfortunately Callie doesn't fit into The Plan that Chip has mapped out for his life. In The Plan Chip doesn't plan to court for another 3 years. So he and Callie can only remain friends. But in Chips dreams Callie fits the perfect wife for him, if only they hadn't met before he was ready. Callie is quickly learning to see that Chip is a wonderful man and would make a wonderful husband and father. Callie realizes though that Chip is very set on The Plan and that his plan leaves no room for Callie or the children that Callie has quickly fallen in love with.

I really enjoyed Her Motherhood Wish. I loved that there was some suspense added to the story! I've seen several other people comment that they would like to have smacked Chip upside the head, add me to the group! Oh my goodness was he thick-headed! Such a good man and so thoughtful and caring towards others, very protective even, but that blasted plan of his was going to be the end of me! I loved catching up with Tess and Spencer from Family Of Her Dreams and I definitely loved Chip and Callie. If you haven't ever read a Love Inspired Historical before I highly recommend them.


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Still Life by Dani Pettrey

Avery has been shunned by the art world, but she has come to a showing because her friend Skyler is featured in one of the pictures by a local artist. When Skyler doesn't show up Avery becomes very worried. What is more concerning is that the picture of Skyler is a death pose and the artist is furious because it isn't his! Who took the photograph and replaced the original with it, and is her friend really dead?

Parker is on the job helping Avery find out what happened to Skyler. Avery and Parker are attracted to each other, but neither knows what to do about that attraction. Both have a past that is keeping them from being able to commit to each other. Will they be able to work together to find Skyler and still maintain their distance?

There were so many things that I enjoyed about Still Life! I loved the characters of Avery and Parker even though I did get frustrated with their circling around the same issues again and again. I loved the spiritual message throughout the story of forgiveness and moving on with ones life. Getting a glimpse of what is going on with Griffin and Finley's lives was fun and we were teased with further sightings of Luke, the friend who supposedly died 7 years ago, but that Kate has never given up hope that he is still alive. Still Life had it's moments of suspense and catching a glimpse now and then into the thoughts of a stalker kept the suspense alive. I'm definitely looking forward to the next installment of the Chesapeake Valor series which will feature Tanner and Declan and hopefully more sightings of Luke!


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Without Warning by Lynette Eason


Katie Singleton is supposed to be starting her vacation, but when she sees emergency vehicles at a local restaurant Katie stops to see what is going on. Finding out that a murder has taken place in one of Daniel Matthews restaurant has Katie worried for his safety. She brings in the other members of the Elite Guardian team to help protect Daniel and his niece Riley. Daniel thinks he can protect himself, but it doesn't hurt to have another set of eyes, and to give Riley piece of mind Daniel agrees to hire the Guardians.

Both Katie and Daniel have felt let down by God. Will their lives in danger help them to turn to God again and let go of their anger? As Katie and Daniel's lives are constantly put in danger they keep trying to determine why Daniel is being targeted. Several suspects come to mind, will they be able to figure out who wants Daniel gone before it is too late?

I am really enjoying this series. I love the team of Elite Guardians and am enjoying reading each ones story. I enjoyed the fact that there were several people that could possibly be the "bad guy" and it kept me turning the pages well past midnight to find out how it all turned out! If you enjoy a good suspense then definitely pick up one of this authors books, you will not be disappointed! I can't wait to read the next book which comes out January 31, 2017(just a few more days!)


Monday, January 16, 2017

Fatal Mistake by Susan Sleeman



From the very first page FATAL MISTAKE had me in it's grip! From the moment Tara finds out that her life-long friend and neighbor is the Lone Wolf Bomber she is on the run from him. After all, she found all of his bomb-making equipment and he shot her AND threatened her while she was in the hospital. Tara had no choice but to run.

Special Agent Cal Riggins was the person who answered Tara's desperate 911 call and he has promised to protect her from Oren. But how can he protect her when Oren was able to get to her in the hospital? If Cal and his team can find Tara so easily then of course Oren will be able to. Once Tara realizes that Oren is targeting people she has come in contact with she agrees to help the FBI track him down before it is too late for another person.

Both Cal and Tara are attracted to each other but both are struggling with issues in their life and neither is in a right place with God to pursue a relationship. But the more danger that each of them is in the more they realize there is no fighting what the heart wants.

You know you are in for a great read when from the very first page you can't seem to put the book down. FATAL MISTAKE was just such a book! The author takes the reader on a roller coast ride that keeps the heart pounding and the fingers swiping or turning pages(whichever way you prefer to read your books nowadays). Not only was there suspense, but there was also romance. Two of my favorite things! While the suspense kept my on the edge of my seat the romance melted my heart. I loved Cal and Tara's characters. I also loved the spiritual aspect of the book. There isn't a lot of preaching in the story, but it shows both characters having natural struggles with their faith in God, and how those struggles formed their character and their relationship. This is the first book in the White Knights Series and I have to say that I am hooked and cannot wait for book two! Which by the way, there is a sneak peak of at the end of book one!