Saturday, January 5, 2019

Wager for a Wife by Karen Tuft

Wager for a WifeWager for a Wife by Karen Tuft
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I just typed up this nice long review, hit save and it all disappeared! Ugh, sometimes I hate technology. I'll have to come back later and try and rewrite it. For now, I liked this one. It has a fun spin on the marriage of convenience trope and our Hero and Heroine are both likable characters. I liked that they were opposites in a lot of way, but have a strong connection that makes for a fun story.

Content: Clean romance, no language or violence

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Friday, January 4, 2019

My Brother's Bride by Rachael Anderson

My Brother's Bride (Serendipity Book 2)My Brother's Bride by Rachael Anderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Rachael’s books always captivate me, I have a hard time putting them down! I had to wait until after the holidays were over to dive into this one because I didn’t want any interruptions! As usual, I fell in love with the characters and setting.

I decided to just jump into this one without reading the synopsis first (I've been doing that more and more lately and really enjoy it), just going off the title I was wondering how this story was going to come about. I was glued to the pages as this story unfolded and these character jumped off the pages and really came to life for me. I liked Abby and Morgan. I don't want to give too much away, it's better to just read and enjoy. One of the many things I love about Rachael's books is the obvious time and effort she puts into them. Her writing is always on point, character's are unique and well developed and the story always sucks me in and keeps me turning the pages.

Romance: Clean
Language: None
Violence: Mild (view spoiler)
Series: Serendipity, Book Two: Can stand on its own

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

The Best of 2018

So, I'm going to jump on the bandwagon with KJ's Book Nook and Katie's Clean Book Collection and share my favorite 18 books of 2018! I didn't read as much as I usually do this past year, it's actually one of my worst years as far as reading goes. I only read about 95 books (which I guess is still a lot!). I really want to READ MORE in 2019 and I am going to make more time for it. Anyway, since I wasn't reading as much I was a bit picker about what I did read and ended up finding some great books! Below are the ones that really stuck with me, in random order.

2018 Swoony Award Winners

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Swoony Awards! The Swoony Awards were created to recognize excellence in clean fiction. We wanted a reference for all those out there looking for a swoony romance without the steam. We also wanted to recognize and show our appreciation to all these great authors who write the kinds of books we love. We couldn't be more pleased with all the participation and great book nominations we received. We have found a lot of great books this year and even found some new authors to try!

So, without further ado, here are the winners...

Best Novel of the Year
The Sidelined Wife by Jennifer Peel

Best Anthology
A Night in Grosvenor Square by Sarah M. Eden, Annette Lyon, Heather B. Moore

Best Billionaire Romance

Best Christmas Romance
Keep Me At Christmas by Lucinda Whitney

Best Contemporary Romance
The Sidelined Wife by Jennifer Peel

Best Fairy Tale Retelling Romance

Best Fantasy Romance 
Mistress Grim by Jane Redd

Best High Fantasy Romance 
Champion of the Crown by Melissa McShane

Best Historical Romance 

Best Historical Western Romance 
A Perfect Bride by Ginny Sterling

Best Medieval Romance 
Highland Secrets Revealed by Bridget Freya

Best Military Romance
The Protective Warrior by Cami Checketts

Best Mystery/Suspense Romance
If I Could Stay by Annette Larsen and Pass Protection by Christine Kersey

Best New Adult Romance 
#Starstruck by Sariah Wilson 

Best Novella 
Stone Cold Sparks by Cami Checketts

Best Paranormal Romance 
Lady of Breken Manor by Heather Moore

Best Regency/Victorian Romance 
My Sister's Intended by Rachael Anderson

Best Royal Romance
Dating the Prince by Addison Quinn

Best Science Fiction Romance 
Royal Ball by Sheralyn Pratt 

Best Sports Romance
Match Me if You Can by Lindzee Armstrong

Best Steampunk Romance
Kiss of the Spindle by Nancy Campbell Allen

Best Time Travel Romance
Against the Magic by Donna Weaver

Best Urban Fantasy Romance
Lightning Struck by Nichole Van

Best Western/Cowboy Romance 
Once Hitched, Twice Shy by Kimberly Krey

Best YA Contemporary Romance 
Love, Life and the List by Kasie West and Meet Me There by Judy Corry 

Best YA Fantasy Romance 
Flicker by Rebecca Rode

Best YA High Fantasy Romance 
More Than Just Luck by Jaclyn Weist

Best YA Urban Fantasy Romance 
The Dragon Lords by CJ Hill

Kathy's Choice 

Katie's Choice 
Illegally Wedded by Jennifer Griffith

Kathy Jo's Choice 
The Secretive Wife by Jennifer Peel

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