Thursday, January 4, 2018

Book Obsessed Chicks Series Spotlight on JULIE JOHNSTONE Highlander Vows: Entangled Hearts


The past haunts them. Treachery awaits them. Love will save them. 

A shattered lass…

Scarred by the cruel whims of her late husband, Lena MacLeod lives in fear of men and marriage. So when the king’s edict obliges her to wed Scottish warrior Alex MacLean, she never expects to feel safe, let alone happy. But behind Alex’s fierce exterior lies a gentle, gallant highlander who renews her soul, emboldens her, and offers her the one thing she never thought she would possess—true love. Now that Alex has her whole heart, she’ll settle for nothing less than all of his.

A tortured highlander… 

Haunted by violent nightmares of his dark past, Alex MacLean has put off getting married for as long as possible. But now he finds himself the husband of the fragile, beautiful Lena, and he’s drawn to her as he has never been to another. He vows to protect and heal her, and as she grows stronger, so does his love for her. Yet, his horrible memories and a treacherous task are preventing him from giving himself to her entirely, and the secrets he harbors threaten to destroy their life together.

A union… 

When Lena uncovers a dangerous scheme involving Alex, she embarks on a desperate journey to save the man she loves. But Alex still hasn’t let her in, and he runs the risk of losing her—and his life—unless he can accept that his once delicate wife is now an ally strong enough to light his way. 

Kimberly's Thoughts

This second chance romance by Julie Johnstone is a wonderful read and my favorite of this series so far. Two broken people coming together to try to repair all the hurt that has been reaped upon them in their short lives.

Alex MacLean has been through indescribable atrocities which haunt him every time he lays his head down to rest and Lena MacLeod was only saved from an evil husband and his cruelty by his demise. Once again, of use to a King who has an agenda, Lena is thrown into the marriage pool, where Alex vows to be the gentle husband Lena deserves after all the pain.

Secrets will keep these kindred souls apart if they don't open up their hearts and minds to each other, as the intrigue going on around them threatens their union. Will they overcome the barriers? Can Lena break down that wall that Alex has placed between them? Read this compelling story to find out all these answers and much more.



Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Return to the House of Sin (Bastards of London #4) by Anabelle Bryant

Waiting for this book, in particular, has been a lesson in patience. Return to the House of Sin, the fourth and final book in the Bastards of London series, is a prime example of Anabelle Bryant's expertise in bringing a lost cause back from the brink and making him into a hero. Crispin Daventry, Lord Hastings, made a hasty exit of London after the "love of his life" marries one of the Bastards, and loses a mound of money at the Underworld. He runs from everyone who loves him, even the sister who was his best friend.

Wasting his life away in over-excess and debauchery has taken its toll on Crispin, who has resolved, though not wholeheartedly, to return to London to exact revenge on the gaming hell, The Underworld and the proprietor who stole his love. Crsipin has gained a fortune in his time away from London and will use all at his disposal  to regain his reputation. Traveling back to London from Italy on a ship along with his mischievous friend the Count of Este.

Lady Amanda Beasley, daughter of the earl of Huntindon was supposed to travel to France from Italy with her widowed father and her sister, but circumstances separate the family members, and Amanda ends up on the wrong ship headed to England while her family board their ship to France. Frantic and without help, Amanda stows away in the first open chamber she finds, which happens to be Crispin's. What a dilemma! 

Crispin is trying so hard to turn over a new leaf, but Amanda is a tempting morsel. Between attempting to keep her presence a secret from everyone on the ship to keeping himself , Crispin becomes a steadfast friend to Amanda whilst keeping her hidden from the crew. He makes sure she has food and drink and even comforts her when she falls ill. Amanda has never had any type of relationship with a man, but she falls into complacency with Crispin's friendship. Dare she  he ever hope for anything else? Crispin continually pushes back his emerging feeling for Amanda knowing she would make someone a perfect wife, just not him. He was far too heartbroken to accept any new possibilities of love. 

Once the ship docks in English waters and Amanda and Crsipin go their separate ways, but the inevitable happens when Crispin and Amanda begin to see one another at ton events. Denying the undeniable is a task neither will win when feelings eventually tear down the walls that both Amanda and Crispin have erected around their hearts, and the journey to the point of no return is sublime.

Author, Anabelle Bryant has written a superb send off  to the Bastards of London and everything is as it should be in the land surrounding the Underworld. Miss Bryant takes a character that readers had come to dislike through his actions in the past and wondrously redeem his to the point of his becoming a favorite hero in this tale. Amanda Beasley and he sensual innocence becomes the catalyst in this redemption, making RETURN TO THE HOUSE OF SIN one of my favorite books this year. I highly recommend this, and any expertly written book written by the ever talented, Anabelle Bryant.


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

A Place at Our Table (An Amish Homestead Novel) by Amy Clipston

Young Amish woman, Kayla Dienner  has already lost one family member to tragedy, she doesn't want anything to happen to her younger brother,Nathan , who is all about becoming a firefighter after he meets part time firefighter, Jamie Riehl. 

Kayla meets Amish firefighter, Jamie Riehl when he responds to a fire on the Dienner's property. Jamie was acquainted with the elder Dienner brother who perished in a fire the year before and when the younger Dienner, Nathan, shows an interest, he is glad to help in any way he can. Meeting Kayla also sparks an interest which Jamie has never had before, but knowing that Kayla is so against having Nathan go into firefighting, makes Jamie pause.

Jamie and Kayla begin a friendship and a courtship of sorts but both have reservations which can make or break their relationship.  It seems to Kayla, that she cares more for whatever the two have together since Jamie misses dates with her. When a heartbreaking tragedy strikes Jamie's family, he feels the weight of the world on his shoulders doubt that he can ever be what Kayla needs.

Can two people who obviously care so much for each other overcome the obstacles blocking their paths? Can both Kayla and Jamie set aside their sadness and look to a future with one another? All these questions and more are answered in Amy Clipston's A PLACE AT OUR TABLE.

Having only started reading Amish romance novels the past year or so, I have quickly fallen in love with Amy Clipston's stories subject matters and the people she so eloquently describes. This story in particular hits home for me because I have a son who is a volunteer firefighter who wants to make a career of it in the FDNY. Kayla's feelings for her brother Nathan mimic this reader's and add to the appeal. I enjoyed learning about the Dienner family and the Riehl family and I hope to reading more about them in the future. 


Monday, October 30, 2017

BOOK OBSESSED CHICKS EARLY REVIEW ** The Heart of an Agent (The Adirondack Pinkertons #2) by Tracey J. Lyons

Lily Handland had no one for so long . The former Pinkerton agent who wants more than being undercover and without roots, hands in her resignation and seeks out a purpose.  In the New York Adirondack Mountain region, a town called Heartston draws Lily into laying down some roots and using the monies earned from her hard-living as a Pinkerton agent, for some business purpose. When the local banker suggests she partner with the widowed owner of  Great Camp, a resort of sorts which has fallen into disrepair, Lily sees promise when she see the hidden beauty herself. Having the owner, Owen Murphy agree to the partnership is going to take a bit of convincing.

Owen Murphy lost his zest for living when his beloved wife passed away two years ago. Still in deep mourning, the Great Camp is falling apart and he's neither noticing nor caring. Even his loyal caretakers, Mr. and Mrs. Cuddieback are at their wits end watching their employer/friend, remain in self-imposed limbo. When the feisty Lily Handland appears to save the day, Owen resists at first, but slowly returns to the land of the living with each task and idea Miss Hamdland sets before him.

Never having been in love before, Lily quickly falls for the brooding Owen Murphy, but knowing Owen's late wife was nearly perfect, and the fact that Lily was a Pinkerton agent who held may secrets, gives the young lady pause in finding true happiness. Keeping her past a secret may be the downfall of the life she is yearning to grasp onto, but what can she do? Read, The Heart Of An Agent by the wonderful author Tracey Lyons to find out!

The Heart Of An Agent is the follow up to A Changed Agent, and what a follow up it is. Tracey J.  Lyons brings the reader full force into the beauty of the Adirondack Mountain region and shares its breathtaking views, as well as a tender story to tug at the heart-strings. Ms. Lyons brings the reader to a region little read about in historical romance and what a fresh insight it is. The emotions brought forth by the widower and the former agent gave this reader a roller coaster of a ride. The Heart Of An Agent is a recommended read for those who love second chances. Bravo Tracey J. Lyons, you have a new forever fan.

~ Kimberly ~

Friday, October 27, 2017

Book Obsessed Chicks Release Anticipation : Cremains of the Day (A Tallie Graver Mystery) by Misty Simon

There's no reverse on the hearse . . .
For Tallulah Graver, marrying wealthy Waldo Phillips seemed like the best way out of the family business, the Graver Funeral Home. But when her marriage falls apart and Tallie is left with next to nothing, she turns to cleaning houses to make ends meet. As humbling as it is to tidy the mansions of the snobby socialites she used to call friends, at least she doesn't have to be around dead bodies. Until . . .
She discovers one of her employers lying in a closet with a knife sticking out of her chest. This unpleasant shock seems to be part of a web of weird experiences: Tallie's friend Gina's shop is broken into, her ex is stun-gunned where it hurts the most, and now she's receiving flowers from the dead woman. Granted the deliveryman is handsome, but seriously, that's enough to cast a pall over anyone’s day. Now Tallie needs to dig deep to clean up this mess—before she finds herself in a grave situation

About Misty:

Laughter and Love are two main components of any story I write. Laughter really is the best medicine and my heroines always figure that out at some point, though perhaps some later than others. I live in Central Pennsylvania with my family and two rambunctious dogs in a house that is about to celebrate its two hundredth birthday.

Book Obsessed Chicks Recommended Read
Hey awesome peeps... Sooooo, if you are looking for something humorous as well as exciting and expertly written, you have come to the right place! Misty Simon's Cremains of the Day is just the thing you should grab. Ms. Simon has a wicked sense of humor and an awesomely twisted mind when it comes to crafting her works of art. If you have never read anything by this wonderful author, please do, you will not be sorry you did. Misty Simon took this reader of historical only reader to an all new level with this book. Now I want to go back and read every book in her back list...

Friday, October 20, 2017

BOOK OBSESSED CHICKS SHOUT OUT ~Hotter Than The Caribbean (Building Love Book 2) by Stacy Hoff

Luis Serrano, the unwanted love child of a hotel construction magnate, is determined to reach his father’s level of success. When Luis finds himself pitted against his half-brother for control over their ailing father's company, sibling rivalry comes to a head. The stakes are high. The brother who best completes their portion of the Caribbean construction project will gain control over the entire company. To win, Luis hires an interior design firm. But the firm will have to perform difficult work under serious time constraints.

Melanie Merritt is used to sibling rivalry. She’s always been second best to her older sister, the "golden child" of their parents' interior design firm. Melanie's desire is to be an artist. She works for her family to appease them. Her newest task is to implement a complex project for Luis Serrano under an impossibly short deadline. If she fails, her family’s company may go bankrupt. But Melanie can’t keep her too-creative ideas away from her family, and the client. 

Completing work on time won't be easy. Especially when dual sibling rivalries threaten to destroy the project, and a passion hotter than the Caribbean.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

#BOC Release Day Bliss ** Her Duke at Daybreak (Mythic Dukes Trilogy) (Volume 1) by Wendy LaCapra **

She promised three nights, he’ll crave a lifetime Infamous for his pedigree of madness and murder, the reclusive Duke of Ashbey believes he cannot feel until a mysterious woman unlocks a world of sensation in a single, shattering moment of connection. Ash casts a desperate bid for more. Recent widow Alicia Stone has long been reviled as the chief impediment to a love affair that captured the nation’s imagination. Publicly, she settled for respectability’s cold comfort, but, secretly, she longs to experience what she never found with her famous husband—uninhibited passion. When Ashbey proposes a discreet three-night assignation, Alicia shocks herself by accepting. But will their explosive union cost them both far more than they bargained?


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