My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island – Review

Reading My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island was the most pleasant walk down memory lane for me. When I saw this title on NetGalley, I had to request it immediately due to the title alone.  I was born in Michigan and have vivid memories of visiting Mackinac Island and nearby St. Ignace as a child, though I haven’t been there in probably 20 years. The book featured scenes around Mackinac Island’s most famous landmarks, such as Arch Rock and The Grand Hotel and other areas around the island. One of the most interesting things about Mackinac Island is its restriction of motor vehicles. All of the sights must be seen from a carriage, bicycle, or on foot. I enjoyed the author’s use of bicycles in the story, making it seem realistic to the actual island, though the book was set in a time period before cars would have been common.

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In the first half of the story, we are acquainted with Maude, a young woman who finds she has been jilted by her beau. Her hopes of running the inn that has been in her family for years are dashed by her two-timing lover. Maude’s father’s refusal to turn the business over to his unmarried daughter forces her to take matters into her own hands by getting a job at the Grand Hotel as a maid, to prove her competence in managing a hotel.

Along the way, Maude meets a wealthy German aristocrat who seems immensely intriguing and kind.  She cannot help but be captivated by him after he inadvertently helps her young brother. Unfortunately, this impressive German man also has a secret he isn’t telling, and Maude is loathe to trust anyone after being deceived. Continue reading “My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island – Review”

Wait for It – Review

Wait for ItOne of the hardest things to do as a book blogger is to read an entire (670 page) book and give it a low-star review, especially when nearly half of Goodreads readers gave it the full 5 stars. Be warned, dear readers, I have an unpopular opinion ahead. Please don’t grab your torches and pitchforks.

Wait for It was the first Mariana Zapata book I have picked up. I knew about her high ratings, her hardcore fans, and her slow-burn romance style. All of these elements factored in to me choosing to read Wait for It, as it had been sitting on my TBR list for around a year. I needed a break from my current read and was looking for something I was bound to love. Unfortunately, Wait for It didn’t do it for me, as much as I wanted it to. I waited for it…I waited for the story to get rolling, I waited for the writing to get better, and I felt like it took until the last pages of this long book to improve incrementally.

Wait for It features the life of Diana, a young woman who inherited her nephews after the death of their parents, one being Diana’s brother. Diana is finally getting her life sorted out after such an unexpected and heartbreaking disruption, by moving into a new neighborhood. When Diana hears a fight happening outside of her new home, she decides to help out and break it up. The ungrateful recipient of Diana’s help is the younger brother of Diana’s new neighbor, Dallas. Eventually Diana and Dallas develop a friendship, which eventually grows into a deeper relationship.
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The Over Duet – Review

The”Over Duet” which consists of Low over High and Ever over After was sitting on my kindle for what it seems like forever. I honestly don’t know why I waited so long to pick those books up  because I really enjoyed them.

IMG_0050editedLow Over High begins with an angsty, mysterious, yet powerful prologue of the main character Marlo Rivers (a part of the prologue is also the blurb of the novel). She talks about her cynical personality and her non-belief in hope and faith in humankind because those are only cliches “to keep the dreamers dreaming.” Marlo was not always like that, circumstances in her past made her that way. She tried to run from it for the last eight years but the past has a way of catching up and for Marlo it is in form of a crumpled note left on her porch. Continue reading “The Over Duet – Review”

Edge of Regret – Shared Review

IMG_0013editedMolly E. Lee never fails to take her readers to the Edge with her exceptionally adventurous stories, tough leading ladies, and her brave male leads.  We couldn’t wait to read more about Wade after reading about him in Edge of Brotherhood in April.  Molly fed us bits of mystery about his past and left us dying to know him better.  Luckily, Molly writes quickly and didn’t leave us hanging for too long.

Wade Roberts was the hunky and hilarious stuntman that joined our favorite guys from Molly’s previous books in the new E.D.G.E television show.  I think all of Molly’s readers instantly fell for Wade’s sense of humor and haunted past. Continue reading “Edge of Regret – Shared Review”

The Foxe & the Hound – Shared Review

When my fellow Texan, R.S. Grey, releases a new book, I am always eager to read it. Her books always happen to come out at a great time for me, though when is there a bad time to read a book by her? I know her stories will make me laugh, because they are always witty, fun, and light. The latest release by Grey is no exception. The Foxe & the Hound picks up with Daisy’s best friend, Madeline, from Anything You Can Do. Remember her endearly crappy car? Things haven’t changed much for Madeline, she still has the old beater, her appliances don’t work, and she’s a struggling real estate agent living in tiny rental apartment.

I love when previous characters make an appearance in an author’s new book. It makes me instantly attached to the new story as a reader. This was a wonderful and unexpected surprise because Anything You Can Do was such a fun read for me. Continue reading “The Foxe & the Hound – Shared Review”

Here’s To Yesterday – Review

IMG_9914editedIf you’ve read my review of Here’s To Tomorrow, you probably know that I really enjoyed it (and that you should pick it up too!). Here’s To Yesterday is the second installment in the Here’s To series and I couldn’t wait to dive into it.

To others, Maura Doughers lives the perfect life: she has money and the perfect soldier boyfriend. But appearances can be deceiving. Maura starts to realize that the person everyone wants her to be, is not the person she is meant to be. The boyfriend she should be happy with, makes her everything but happy.
What Maura really wants is forbidden, but she wants it, no matter the consequences! Continue reading “Here’s To Yesterday – Review”

Here’s To Tomorrow – Review

IMG_9901edited“Teagan Hunter who?” I have to admit, that was my initial reaction about a year ago too, when I heard her name for the first time. But you know what I love? Indie authors! It is a shame that too many of them are still unknown. On top of that, they have to compete against the big well-known published authors. So why not take a chance on them? And that’s what I did with Teagan Hunter‘s Here’s To Tomorrow – and Teagan didn’t disappoint.

Rae Kamden just graduated from college and can’t wait to conquer the big world – or at least that’s what she thinks she wants. She’s torn between leaving her small town and moving to Boston to start a big career. This is when she runs into Hudson Tamell. Although the last seven years haven’t been easy for him, he finally has his life exactly where he wants it. However, meeting Rae and her unfiltered mouth that day makes him rethink everything. Can both handle each others baggage? Continue reading “Here’s To Tomorrow – Review”