Friday, September 22, 2017

Book Beginnings + Friday 56: Assaulted Caramel (Amish Candy Shop Mystery #1) by Amanda Flower

Book Beginnings is a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader that asks you to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you're reading.

Friday 56 is hosted by Freda's Voice and asks you to grab a book (any book), turn to page 56 or 56% in your ereader and share a non-spoilery sentence or two.

This week I'm featuring Assaulted Caramel (Amish Candy Shop Mystery #1) by Amanda Flower.


Book Beginning

"I still can't believe you left!" Cassandra Calbera shouted into my ear. "They're making the announcement Monday. You have to be here!"

Friday 56 (56% on my Kindle)

I glanced around. There were still a few people walking around the town square - an English couple and some Amish women out for a stroll. All evidence of the farmers' market was gone. "Let's not talk about it out here."

About the Book

Sometimes you need a sweet tooth to take a bite out of crime . . .

Bailey King is living the sweet life as assistant chocolatier at world-famous JP Chocolates in New York City. But just when Bailey’s up for a life-changing promotion, her grandmother calls with news that her grandfather’s heart condition has worsened. Bailey rushes to Harvest, Ohio, where her grandparents still run Swissmen Sweets, the Amish candy shop where she was first introduced to delicious fudge, truffles, and other assorted delights.

She finds her grandfather is doing better than she feared. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for a local Englisch developer, whom Bailey finds dead in the candy shop kitchen—with Jebediah King’s chocolate knife buried in his chest. Now the police are sweet on her grandfather as the prime suspect. Despite the sincere efforts of a yummy deputy with chocolate-brown eyes, Bailey takes it on herself to clear Jebediah. But as a cunning killer tries to fudge the truth, Bailey may be headed straight into a whole batch of trouble . . .

What have you been reading lately? Leave a comment below and let me know.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Review: Love's Eternal Breath (Eagle Harbor #4) by Naomi Rawlings


About the Book

The bestselling Eagle Harbor Series continues with Book 4, Love’s Eternal Breath.

Lindy Marsden once dreamed of having a husband, a house, some children, and maybe even a sewing machine. But since she grew ill five years ago, those dreams have become too much to hope for. Now she just wants to provide for herself and help the abandoned children she found living in the woods until their father returns… and avoid doctors for the rest of her life. Their medicine never leads to any good, and she has the scars to prove it.

Seth Harrington loves being a doctor, but treating patients in the small town of Eagle Harbor is nothing like working at a prestigious Boston hospital, especially with the other doctor in town trying to steal Seth's patients. When he's called to treat a reluctant woman, Seth finds Lindy Marsden's fiery dislike for him rather insulting. He has the ability to help her, but she wants nothing to do with him. Until she shows up on his doorstep one night...

When the plight of a young abandoned boy brings Seth and Lindy irrevocably together, Seth finds himself in the most difficult situation of his career. His expertise can help him heal the sick, but will his love be enough to soothe Lindy's wounded soul?

Come visit the rugged yet beautiful coast of Lake Superior and the remote historical town of Eagle Harbor that readers can’t get enough of.

Eagle Harbor Series--Where Love Finds Its Anchor
Book 1: Love's Unfading Light (Mac and Tressa)
Book 2: Love's Every Whisper (Elijah and Victoria)
Book 3: Love's Sure Dawn (Gilbert and Rebekah)
Book 4: Love's Eternal Breath (Seth and Lindy)
Book 5: Love's Constant Hope (Thomas and Jessalyn)
Book 6: Love's Bright Tomorrow (Isaac and Aileen--winter 2018)
Prequel Novella: Love's Violet Sunrise (Hiram and Mabel)
Short Story: Love's Beginning (Elijah and Victoria)


My Review

Five Stars

Love's Eternal Breath was another wonderful addition to the Eagle Harbor Series. Just when I think there's no way to top the previous books, this one comes along and proves me wrong. I was completely captivated by it, never wanting to put it down.

I've been very curious for Seth and Lindy's story. Seth's such a caring guy, doing his absolute best treating the residents of Eagle Harbor. It's impossible to not fall for him. He's trying to find his way in a town that already has a doctor, albeit one who's drinking problems, old way of doctoring and thinking are more likely to do more harm than good. And then there's Lindy. She's a very compassionate person, helping others even at the detriment of her own health. Lindy has breathing problems and doesn't trust any doctor. In her experience, they only bring more pain and more trouble. It was absolutely heartbreaking reading about her past. Seth and Lindy have great chemistry and it was great watching them grow and learn to trust one another.

I found all the medical history fascinating. We've sure come a long way since the nineteenth century. The 'procedures' some of the so-called 'doctors' performed were gut-wrenching to read about.

I fall more in love the town of Eagle Harbor and the characters who call it home with each successive book. I can't wait to read the next one! I highly recommend this series!

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts and comments are my honest opinion.


To learn more about Naomi Rawlings, visit her website and Facebook page.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Waiting On Wednesday: Kill Zone: Ten Deadly Thrillers

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that highlights upcoming eagerly anticipated releases.

This week I'm featuring Kill Zone: Ten Deadly Thrillers by Various Authors releasing October 3.


About the Book

Espionage, hacking, police procedural, international crime and intrigue, covert action, spy, secret police, revenge, snipers...and so much more! Ten brand-new, never-before published novellas of suspense, intrigue, and thrills from ten bestselling Christian thriller authors, all packed into this one anthology. KILL ZONE is available for a limited time only. Read new stories by

Rick Acker
Christy Barritt
Patricia Bradley
Braxton DeGarmo
Luana Ehrlich
Heather Day Gilbert
Heather I. James
Robert Liparulo
Jordyn Redwood
Jan Thompson

SECRETS
by Rick Acker
Everyone has secrets. Silicon Valley billionaire Scott Sherman’s could forever change three women’s lives—and possibly much, much more.

THE WRECKING
by Christy Barritt
A car crash on a lonely road turns into a nightmare for Andie Meadows when she’s abducted by a serial killer. When the killer begins his terror again years later, she’s the only one who can help the FBI find him before he strikes again.

REVENGE
by Patricia Bradley
Murder becomes a case of mistaken identity at a remote drug rehab. An old threat resurfaces, and Andi Hollister finds herself in the crosshairs of a killer.

TEN SECONDS TIL…
by Braxton DeGarmo
An explosion kills three well-known thugs, and Detective Seamus O’Connor is assigned to a task force to assist the FBI with the investigation. When two more explosive devices target criminals who have escaped justice, the hunt turns its focus on finding a vigilante. But when O’Connor starts getting close, the vigilante begins to hunt him.

ONE STEP BACK
by Luana Ehrlich
When CIA intelligence officer Titus Ray attempts to recruit an Iranian nuclear scientist in Tehran, he puts himself in the crosshairs of the Iranian secret police and triggers a series of events leading to deadly consequences.

UNDERCUT
by Heather Day Gilbert
When Marine sniper-turned-lumberjack Zane Boone finds himself in the crosshairs of vengeful terrorists, will he be able to protect Molly McClure and save his own heart in the process?

BURN TIME
by Heather I. James
Charlotte finds herself at the end of a prison term for committing a felony against a man who deserved it. Upon her release, she finds that he is coming after her. Not for revenge but because he believes she has something of his, something that could put him away for life and topple a criminal enterprise.

FULL DRAW
by Robert Liparulo
After a lifetime of obsession, a vast fortune, and countless murders, Anton Talisen is on the brink of unleashing a powerful, ancient secret against mankind. Hutch has three days to stop him.

MALICIOUS INTENT

by Jordyn Redwood
Bestselling thriller author Lexie Sloan’s life upends when people close to her wind up dead, mirroring the plots of her award-winning novels.

Why I Need It

There's so many great authors in this collection! Can't wait to read this!

What book are you eagerly anticipating? Leave a comment below and let me know.

Monday, September 18, 2017

The Pursuit of Lady Harriett by Rachael Anderson Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

http://www.iamareader.com/2017/08/blog-tour-sign-ups-the-pursuit-of-lady-harriett-by-rachael-anderson.html


The Pursuit of Lady Harriett by Rachael Anderson

When wills clash and hearts collide, who will reign victorious?

Termed an Incomparable during her first London season, Lady Harriett Cavendish is beautiful, spirited, and confident, capturing the attention of a great many suitors. Unfortunately, they all failed to capture her attention, and she concluded the season as unattached as she’d begun it.

Only weeks prior to her second season, Harriett encounters Lieutenant Christopher Jamison while visiting Tanglewood Manor. Recently returned from war, the lieutenant is everything that Harriett’s previous suitors were not. He’s arrogant, ungentlemanly, irritating, and challenges her at every opportunity. When he goes too far, Harriett decides that it’s time to turn the tables on him. But as she sets out to put the lieutenant in his place once and for all, she discovers there is more to him than meets the eye, and when it comes to matters of the heart, she has no control whatsoever.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0753L9YPL?tag=blasttours-20


My Review

I'm a huge fan of Rachael Anderson and am always excited when she has a new release. She's a master at writing engaging clean romance, so I couldn't wait to start reading The Pursuit of Lady Harriett. It did not disappoint! I was captivated from the very beginning to the very end and had such a fun time reading it. This book definitely kept a smile on my face throughout the entirety of the story.

Lady Harriett is constantly irritated by Lieutenant Jamison and his antics, but at the same time, inexplicably drawn to him. Lieutenant Jamison finds great delight in pestering Harriett. He constantly seems to one-up and outwit her, which further infuriates her. They're at odds a lot, but their chemistry is off the charts. The back and forth banter between them was so entertaining and provided many laughs. There were many heartwarming moments, too.

The Pursuit of Lady Harriett was a wonderfully delightful, feel-good romance that I highly recommend! Even though this is book three in the series, it can be read as a standalone just fine.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts and comments are my own honest opinion.


EXCERPT

Harriett looked at what remained of the cake. Appar-ently, he didn’t intend to finish it off after all, so she collected their forks and stood. “Forgive me for saying so, but you look quite done in, Chris. If you do not go up to bed now, you will probably fall asleep here. Only imagine what Mrs. Caddy might say if she discovers you here with the mostly-eaten cake. For your own sake, you ought to retire. I will do my best to tidy things up.”
Before she could move away from him, he grabbed her hand and guided her to sit back down, keeping hold of her fingers. “Not so fast, my lady. I meant it when I said that I’m in desperate need of the distraction that only you can provide. Thus far, all I have done is burden you with my troubles.”
“I do not feel at all burdened, sir.” Indeed, Harriett suddenly felt breathless and somewhat giddy. The effect this man had on her was something of a wonder.
“Sir?” he asked. “I thought we were beyond that.”
“I thought so as well, but you only just called me ‘my lady.’”
He frowned and blinked as though he hadn’t realized he had. “Forgive me, Harry. I fear my exhaustion has muddled my thinking.”
This time, she did not let the name slide. She snatched her hand free and frowned at him. “Obviously it has.”
He laughed—not a tired attempt at a laugh, but a real one filled with the richness that warmed her straight through. Only this time, it did not bother her at all. In fact, it felt wonderful, almost like a compliment.
“I knew you’d come through for me,” he said, leaning close enough to touch shoulders with her. “You have no idea how much I needed to laugh or how good that felt. I could honestly kiss you right now.”
Harriett tried her best not to blush or appear astonished by the suggestion—he had obviously made the comment in jest—but when his smile widened into a devilish grin, she knew she’d failed. He leaned in closer, and his gaze wandered briefly to her mouth before returning to her eyes. She could smell vanilla and lemon and a hint of something else—leather perhaps? A delightful pulse whipped down her arm, and she was hard-pressed not to shiver.
“Admit it,” he said. “You have missed me.”

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0753L9YPL?tag=blasttours-20

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36117818-the-pursuit-of-lady-harriett





Author Rachael Anderson

A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.


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Ends 10/1/17

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Week in Review: September 11 - 16, 2017


Week in Review is where I recap posts from the previous week and preview what's to come.

Monday, September 11

http://rusticreadinggal.blogspot.com/2017/09/review-these-healing-hills-by-ann-h.html


Tuesday, September 12

http://rusticreadinggal.blogspot.com/2017/09/top-ten-tuesday-throwback-childhood.html


Wednesday, September 13

http://rusticreadinggal.blogspot.com/2017/09/waiting-on-wednesday-all-this-time.html


Thursday, September 14

http://rusticreadinggal.blogspot.com/2017/09/review-deadly-proof-atlanta-justice-1.html


Friday, September 15

http://rusticreadinggal.blogspot.com/2017/09/book-beginnings-friday-56-fatal-mistake.html


Saturday, September 16

http://rusticreadinggal.blogspot.com/2017/09/review-brightest-fell-october-daye-11.html


Coming Up Next

I've got two historical fiction reviews coming up. The first one is a regency romance that will also have a giveaway! (So exciting!) The second is the fourth book in a wonderful series set in 1880's Michigan. Top Ten Tuesday will showcase some books on my Fall TBR. And as always, I'll have my weekly Waiting On Wednesday and Book Beginnings/Friday 56 posts.

What have you read this week?

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Review: The Brightest Fell (October Daye #11) by Seanan McGuire


About the Book

New York Times-bestselling October Daye faerie series • Hugo Award-winning author Seanan McGuire • "Top of my urban-paranormal series list!" —Felicia Day

Contains an original bonus novella,
Of Things Unknown!Things are slow, and October “Toby” Daye couldn’t be happier about that.  The elf-shot cure has been approved, Arden Windermere is settling into her position as Queen in the Mists, and Toby doesn’t have anything demanding her attention except for wedding planning and spending time with her family.

Maybe she should have realized that it was too good to last.
               
When Toby’s mother, Amandine, appears on her doorstep with a demand for help, refusing her seems like the right thing to do…until Amandine starts taking hostages, and everything changes.  Now Toby doesn’t have a choice about whether or not she does as her mother asks.  Not with Jazz and Tybalt’s lives hanging in the balance.  But who could possibly help her find a pureblood she’s never met, one who’s been missing for over a hundred years?
               
Enter Simon Torquill, elf-shot enemy turned awakened, uneasy ally.  Together, the two of them must try to solve one of the greatest mysteries in the Mists: what happened to Amandine’s oldest daughter, August, who disappeared in 1906.
               
This is one missing person case Toby can’t afford to get wrong.


My Review

Five Stars

There is no book I anticipate more every year than the new addition to the October Daye Series. In THE BRIGHTEST FELL, Amandine, Toby's mom, is back with a seemingly impossible demand for Toby - find August, who's been missing for over a century. Easy, right? NOT! With no leads, nothing to go on, and owing Amandine nothing, Toby refuses. Well... that doesn't go over too well. To force Toby's compliance, Amandine kidnaps a couple of Toby's loved ones. Now the stakes are too high for Toby to fail.

There was one part in the first chapter (I won't spoil what) where I was laughing so hard I was literally crying. SO FUNNY! I haven't laughed that hard in awhile and even now, thinking back on it, I can't help but chuckle. But in typical Toby fashion, it didn't take long for things to turn more serious and for the action to pick up.

Okay, so let me get this out of the way... Amandine is an absolutely horrible person. I didn't think I could like her any less... well, this book proved me wrong! It's amazing how much more I dislike her now! I think she's in line for the Worst Mother of the Year award. Amandine's always been a mystery and even though she's such a terrible person, it was still completely fascinating to read about her, to learn a little more about her.

THE BRIGHTEST FELL was epic! I wanted it to go on forever... why did it have to end? This was the best in the series since THE WINTER LONG. Not to say the ones in between were bad, they weren't. They were spectacular... But this one... Gosh! The payoff from a lot of events that began in previous books was amazing! There's so many layers of complexity woven seamlessly throughout this series from beginning til now! I can't wait to find out what comes next!

There's so much more I want say, but the right words won't come and even if they did, they'd probably be full of spoilers anyway. So it's just better if I stop here and say go pick up a copy! There's so much awesomeness in this book, so many answers, so much payoff! It doesn't get better than this!

OF THINGS UNKNOWN
(Bonus Novella)

OF THINGS UNKNOWN was a novella from the viewpoint of April O'Leary. April was never one of my favorite characters, so I wasn't expecting to like this novella as much as I did. It was awesome and absolutely exceeded my expectations. It was super interesting to see things from April's unique perspective. I think this is my favorite novella in the Toby-verse. I want to say so much more, but again... it would all be spoilers. So, I'll just say... it was amazing!

Note: This series does contain strong language

To learn more about Seanan McGuire, visit her website, blog, and Twitter.