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A Duke in Shining Armor by Loretta Chase–#Book Review

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New Historical Fiction Romance by Loretta Chase, Coming 11/28/17!

 

A Duke in Shining Armor, is an entertaining fictional story, and the first book, in Loretta Chase’s Difficult Dukes Series.

Lady Olympia Hightower is about to become the new Duchess of Ashmont. She should be ecstatic. But, instead of basking in all of the luscious benefits that will come with her new title, Olympia’s been drowning her fears with alcohol. The problem, according to Lady Olympia, is that the Duke of Ashmont, is as handsome as an angel, and she, was practically on the shelf. Lady Olympia has been passed over, year after year and was considered by most men, to be bookish and boring. So, what would a man like the Duke of Ashmont want with her? That’s the question she needed to figure out before marrying the handsome devil. When Hugh, the Duke of Ripley came knocking at her door, she knew that her time was up. Lady Olympia took the only escape she could think of, out the window.

The Duke of Ripley was given the responsibility of making sure his best friend’s wedding went off without a hitch. Hugh was pretty sure, though, that Lady Olympia, escaping her own ceremony, was going to put a damper on his friend’s day. So, without giving it much thought, Hugh hoisted himself up and climbed out the window, to be about the business, of fetching the soon-to-be-new Duchess of Ashmont.

When Hugh took on the mission of bringing Lady Olympia back to the wedding, he fully expected a challenge. What he didn’t expect, though, was that his challenge would include stuffing his growing attraction to Olympia, and keeping his hands to himself.

Although I enjoyed reading this book, I didn’t find it realistic or emotionally captivating. However, if you are looking for a light historical fiction romance, this may be the perfect book for you.

Thank you, Avon Publishing and Edelweiss, for my advanced review copy.

~3.5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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The Wake Up by Catherine Ryan Hyde-5 Shining Stars–#Book Review

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Don’t Miss Catherine Ryan Hyde’s Newest, Heartwarming, 5-Star Release, The Wake Up—Coming 12/5/17!

The Wake Up is an outstanding, five-star, character-driven book. Once I started reading this novel, I lost all track of time. I quickly became absorbed in the character’s lives and had a hard time putting the book down, for even a moment. The Wake Up is a heartfelt story about love, trust and acceptance, and how two struggling, lost boys, found their place in the world.

Aiden Delacorte is an empath; he is also a cattle rancher. From a young age, Aiden learned to shut out his feelings. He hid his true self under layers and layers of blocked emotions. Aiden wouldn’t come alive again until the day he stopped drinking. But, by then, Aiden’s business as a cattle rancher, was a successful and thriving one. So, Aiden was at a loss; because, he could no longer stomach the fact, that he was raising cattle, for slaughter.

Aiden’s life took another major turn when he fell in love with, Gwen, a single mother. Gwen’s daughter, Elizabeth, was an easy child to love, but her son, Milo, not so much. Milo had a unique ability to zero in on a person’s weakness and bait them until they reacted. Aiden found himself to the point of violence when he saw Milo hurting his dog. Aiden could feel his dog’s pain and fear, and those feelings drove Aiden almost to the point of no return. Little did Aiden know though, that he had a lot in common with Milo and that they would become each other’s teacher.

This story is absolutely beautiful. It touched my soul. Catherine Ryan Hyde has a magnificent ability to bring her characters to life. All the characters in this book are developed, but Milo and Aiden came alive for me. This book warmed my heart, made me think and feel, tear up and smile. It’s a heartfelt story with many layers. I was engrossed from the first page until the last. The Wake Up is a quality read that I highly recommend.

Thank you, Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I loved it!

~5 out of 5 shining stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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The Secret Child by Kerry Fisher-5 Shining Stars–#Book Review

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Don’t Miss This Extraordinary Novel by Kerry Fisher. The Secret Child, Coming 11/29/17. I Absolutely Loved It!

 

The Secret Child is a powerful and emotionally charged character-driven novel. The story is heartbreaking and well as touching. I didn’t want to put the book down, for even a moment. And, this superbly written story stayed with me, long after I turned the last page.

Susie counted herself lucky to be married to Danny, even though as a military man, he was gone for long stretches of time. When Danny was home, though, he was a kind, loving and devoted husband. And, that was exactly why Susie couldn’t confess her infidelity to him. To make matters worse and add to her list of sins, Susie had given her son away. So every time Susie witnessed Danny with their grandson or her friend Jeanie’s son, her gut would wrench. And each time her insides twisted with guilt, Susie withdrew more into herself.

The carefree, beautiful wife Danny had left with their daughter before deploying overseas, was not the same women he came back to. Susie had become moody, withdrawn and depressed and Danny had no idea why. He tried everything he could think of to make Susie happy, without success. Danny even left the Navy and took a factory job, which he despised, just to be home more. But, Susie’s guilt over giving away her son and now losing her daughter’s affection, was tearing her up inside and stealing the very life out of her. It would be Susie’s estranged daughter, of all people, who would be the one to step-up, comfort her mother, and help her to heal.

The Secret Child is an unforgettable, moving novel. The characters are well-developed and alive. I felt their pain, their brokenness, their trials and their forgiveness. Truly a beautiful story, so well-written that even days later, I was still thinking about it. This is an outstanding novel and one that I will read again and again. Kerry Fisher is fast becoming a favorite author of mine. I will definitely be reading her next book.

Thank you, Bookouture and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I absolutely loved it!

~5 out of 5 shining stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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11/7/17 #Today’s New 5- Star Releases -Written In Blood by Layton Green, Taking A Chance by Maggie McGinnis & No Other Duke Will Do by Grace Burrowes- #Edelweiss, #NetGalley, #Book Reviews

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Don’t Miss These Fab New Releases. All Of Them Are 5-Star Books!

 

Written In Blood by Layton Green-Thriller- 5-Stars
https://write-escape.com/2017/10/07/written-in-blood-by-layton-green-5-stars-book-review

 

Taking A Chance by Maggie McGinnis- Romance- 5 stars
https://write-escape.com/2017/10/29/taking-a-chance-by-maggie-mcginnis-5-stars-book-review

 

No Other Duke Will Do by Grace Burrowes- Historical Fiction- 5 stars
https://write-escape.com/2017/10/11/no-other-duke-will-do-by-grace-burrowes-5-stars-book-review

 

 

10/31/17 #Today’s New Releases- The Christmas Cowboy Hero, The Bride Who Got Away, The Scandalous Flirt & The Right Kind of Rogue- #Book Reviews

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In Case You Missed My Reviews on Today’s Fabulous New Releases, I’ve Included the Links Below:

 

The Bride Who Got Lucky by Janna MacGregor-5 Stars
https://write-escape.com/2017/10/08/the-bride-who-got-lucky-by-janna-macgregor-5-stars

The Christmas Cowboy Hero by Donna Grant-5 Stars
https://write-escape.com/2017/10/30/the-christmas-cowboy-hero-by-donna-grant-5-stars-book-review

 

The Scandalous Flirt by Olivia Drake- 5 Stars
https://write-escape.com/2017/10/04/the-scandalous-flirt-by-olivia-drake-5-stars-book-review

 

The Right Kind of Rogue by Valerie Bowman- 4 Stars
https://write-escape.com/2017/10/25/blog-tour-the-right-kind-of-rogue-by-valerie-bowman-stmartinspress-book-review

 

 

The Christmas Cowboy Hero by Donna Grant-5 Stars–#Book Review

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New 5-Star Christmas Romance by  Donna Grant–Coming Tomorrow!

 

I thoroughly enjoyed The Christmas Cowboy Hero. This romantic holiday tale is well-written, captivating and delightfully entertaining.

Abby Harper was only eighteen-years-old when her mother abandoned the family and left her as the sole guardian of her two younger brothers. Although the three of them didn’t have much, they survived and protected one another with a fierce and unconditional love. Abby did her best to stay calm and keep the family together, but when, Brice, one of her brothers, was arrested for stealing cattle, she lost it. Abby was barely making enough money to buy food. How would she ever make bail and pay attorney fees? But to her surprise and delight, Brice was at home, when she pulled into the driveway. Clayton East had told Brice that he wouldn’t press charges if Brice were willing to work at the East family ranch every day after school until his debt was paid. Abby knew that she’d have to guard her heart against, falling in love, with Clayton East, the handsome rancher.

Clayton never planned on coming home to manage the family’s Texas ranch, but his father’s illness and the family’s financial difficulties necessitated that he do just that. When he discovered that the family’s finances had suffered because of cattle theft, he was furious and had every intention of pressing charges against the guilty party. But, that was, before, he met Abby, one of the thieve’s sole guardian. Clayton’s heart softened when he saw the pain in Abby’s eyes and decided to have Brice work off his debt, rather than have him sitting in jail. What Clayton didn’t expect, though, was for Brice to fall in love with the ranch-life and for him to lose his heart to the bravest, kindest woman he’d ever met. Clayton knew that Brice wasn’t the only culprit in the ranch’s financial demise, and he was hoping that Brice might lead him to the person or people who had hired the teen to steal.

The East family welcomed Abby and her brothers into their home as if they’d known them for years. And, although, it felt wonderful to be part of a family, Abby was cautious; her history had taught her to be that way. Clayton was also weighted down from his past, as well. Being an ex-seal came with heavy baggage and dark secrets, the very thing, that kept Clayton from enjoying a full life.

This is not only a fabulous love story; it’s a mystery as well. The Christmas Cowboy Hero is a perfectly paced, engaging, and delightfully entertaining novel. I loved it.

Thank you, St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

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Taking A Chance by Maggie McGinnis-5 Stars-Book Review

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Don’t Miss Maggie McGinnis’s Newest Small Town Romance.

Taking A Chance-5 Stars- Coming 11/7/17

 

Taking A Chance is a delightful love story that takes place, in Carefree, Montana, five miles outside the magical waters of Whisper Creek.

Emma Winthrop has been trying to impress her parents, for forever. She’s been climbing the corporate ladder at Galway Health for ten years. When she was called into the office, Emma was sure it was for a promotion, but instead of getting a new office, she was handed a temporary nursing home assignment in Montana. Emma had a masters degree in Health Administration but knew very little, about the day to day, decisions of running a nursing home. She was hoping that her inexperience wouldn’t be blatantly obvious to the staff. It was. Emma would discover, though, that keeping her heart from breaking was much more difficult, than being a nursing home administrator.

Jasper Stone owned a coffee shop, in downtown Carefree Montana. He was also the go-to-person for anyone who needed help; such as, caring for kittens, or cooking a meal at Shady Acres nursing home. Jasper believed that he had a lot to atone for, especially in the romance dept. He never wanted to destroy a woman’s life again. So when Emma Winthrop walked into his life and stole his heart, Jasper was beside-himself. He wanted Emma desperately but knew that he could never have her.

Jasper and Emma, both carried unresolved guilt, and couldn’t enjoy life to the fullest, because of it. Self-forgiveness is many times much harder than forgiving another person. Whisper Creek, however, is a magical place of healing. Some say the magic is in the air and the mountains, others say it’s the friendliness of the staff and horseback riding. But the people from Whisper Creek will tell you that the secret is in the water. I loved both of these characters. It was heartwarming to watch Jasper and Emma, grow and blossom. Maybe, Whisper Creek truly is an enchanted place for healing the soul.

Taking A Chance is a touching story. It’s a light, wholesome heartfelt romance. Thank you, Random House Publishing- Loveswept and NetGalley, for my advance review copy.

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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