Saturday, July 20, 2013

Review: Once Upon A Princess by Rachel Hauck

Once Upon a Prince
Rachel Hauck
Royal Wedding Series, book #1

Once Upon a Prince, the first novel in the Royal Wedding series by bestselling author Rachel Hauck, treats you to a modern-day fairy tale. Susanna Truitt never dreamed of a great romance or being treated like a princess---just to marry the man she has loved for twelve years. But life isn't going according to plan. When her high-school-sweetheart-turned-Marine-officer breaks up instead of proposing, Susanna scrambles to rebuild her life. The last thing Prince Nathaniel expects to find on his American holiday to St. Simon's Island is the queen of his heart. A prince has duties, and his family's tense political situation has chosen his bride for him. When Prince Nathaniel comes to Susanna's aid under the fabled Lover's Oak, he is blindsided by love. Their lives are worlds apart. He's a royal prince. She's a ordinary girl. But everything changes when Susanna receives an invitation to Nathaniel's coronation. It's the ultimate choice. His kingdom or her heart? God's will or their own?

 My review:
A beautiful romance that breaks down social barriers between Royals and Commoners.  Once Upon A Prince is a lesson in getting out of your comfort zone.  Suzanna "Suz" finds out there can be 
"the right ring, but the wrong girl."  Does God have a better plan for Suzanna?  Sure he does and 
she gets more than she ever expected.  I really enjoyed this modern day fairytale. 
I give Once Upon A Prince 4 out of 5 stars.

I received this book from Net Galley and Zondervan Fiction for my honest review. I was not paid in any way for this review.

About the author:
Rachel Hauck is the bestselling author of #1 Amazon Kindle Bestseller and RITA finalist, The Wedding Dress, as well as the ACFW Book of the Year winner Sweet Caroline, and RITA Finalist Love Starts With Elle, and of the critically acclaimed fiction collaboration with multi-platinum country artist Sara Evans, The Songbird Novels.
She lives in sunny, though sometimes hurricane plagued, central Florida with her husband and their ornery pet.Rachel earned a degree in Journalism from Ohio State University and is a huge Buckeyes football fan.
She is the past President of American Christian Fiction Writers and now serves on the Executive Board.
 Rachel's  website

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Review: Talon by Ronie Kendig

by Ronie Kendig
A Breed Apart, Book #2
Air Force veteran Aspen Courtland wants her brother back—dead or alive. Instead she adopts his combat tracking team dog, Talon. But after the attack that separated dog and handler, Talon is afraid of his own shadow. Military Intelligence Operative Dane Markoski has spent his life running from the truth. Now it’s the only thing that can save him—and rescue Austin Courtland—if he dares to face the past. Dane and Aspen need each other to untangle the web of lies. . .and they both need Talon. But can Talon overcome his fear—or will he put everyone in danger?

My Review:
Talon by Ronie Kendig is packed full of adventure. This is a new genre and author for me, but I will be reading more by this author.  First up will be Trinity, book #1 in the A Breed Apart Series, which introduces the reader to the world of military war dogs. 
The suspense, romance and danger kept me reading long after I should have been asleep.  With the unforgettable characters of Cardinal, Aspen and the "star" of the book Talon, this is a book and series for men as well as women and sure the please both.  I give Talon a 5++ rating.

I received this book from Net Galley and Barbour Publishing for my honest review and was not paid in any way for the review.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Review: A Most Peculiar Circumstance by Jen Turano

A Most Peculiar Circumstance 
by Jen Turano
The Ladies of Distinction Series, Book #2 

Private Investigator Theodore Wilder is on a mission to find Arabella Beckett. But this feisty suffragette may be more trouble than he bargained for! 

Miss Arabella Beckett, defender of the down-trodden women of America, is returning from her travels in support of the women’s suffrage movement when she makes a simple offer of assistance to a young woman in need. But things go sadly awry, and both ladies soon find themselves in dire need of rescue. Arabella, always loath to admit she needs help, is particularly reluctant to receive assistance from the arrogant, narrow-minded knight in shining armor who shows up just in time.
Private investigator extraordinaire Mr. Theodore Wilder is on an assignment that began as a favor to his good friend Hamilton Beckett, but swiftly evolved into a merry chase across the country. He is already in a less than pleasant mood, and when Hamilton’s sister turns out to have radical ideas and a fiercely independent streak, he’s at his wit’s end.
Much to their chagrin, Theodore and Arabella’s paths continue to cross when they return home to New York, but the most unusual feelings beginning to grow between them certainly can’t be anything serious. When the trouble Arabella accidentally stirred up in her travels follows her home and threatens her very life, the unlikely couple must face the possibility that they might have landed in the most peculiar circumstance of all: love.

My Review:
I was ready and waiting for book #2 in The Ladies of Distinction Series, A Most Peculiar Circumstance by Jen Turano. I have read and reviewed A Change of Fortune, the previous book in series and could not put it down. Yep it was that good.  As expected Jen did not disappoint and I found myself being totally amused by all the delightful characters once again, especially Miss Arabella Beckett and Mr. Theodore Wilder. If you like to smile, laugh and be happy when you read a book then A Most Peculiar Circumstance and the rest of the series are sure to please.
I really hope to be able to review book #3. Thank you, Jen. You are on my favorite author list. I give this book a 5+. (I wish the rating when higher)

I received this book from Bethany House Publishing In exchange for my honest review.

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About the author:
Jen Turano is a graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in Clothing and Textiles. She pursued a career in management for nine years before switching to full-time motherhood after the birth of her son. When she's not writing, Jen can be found watching her teenage son participate in various activities, taking long walks with her husband and dog, socializing with friends, or delving into a good book. She lives in suburban Denver, Colorado. Learn more at

Coming soon~ 8 more book reviews.

I have 8 more book reviews to post. I had lots of time to read while my back and "Marcelle" as I have dubbed my hemi-vertebrea has been giving me fit. If I did not have my spinal cord stimulator I would have made several trip to the ER already.  I have been swelling up also which I need to get checked out. Sitting at my computer seems to make it worse. I have been taking some Standard Process products the help, but lying down seems to be be the best cure. Melissa is worried and want me
to go to the real doctor.  I wish Dr. Boz could check it out as I can not find a GP who will take on a disabled back patient on Medicare. Well I have rambled enough. I am falling asleep sitting here.
Our out of town company wore me out, but we were so very happy to see them. Before I go here are the books I have read and have reviews for.

Good night,  sleep tight,

Here are the books I am now reading. Stealing the preacher is on my favs list. I love all Karen Witemeyer's books. It you like Mary Connealy you will also enjoy Karen's book.

Here are the books I have and will be reading this week.
 Another favorite author is Kathleen Y'Barbo and the others are all author's I have read before  and enjoyed.

 I am really saying good night now. lol
Good night. :O ( that is me yawning) rofl in my sleep