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review 2018-09-20 13:19
Book Review - Christmas in Paradise by Deborah Brown - Paradise Series
Christmas in Paradise (Paradise Series) - Deborah Brown

Book Review - Christmas in Paradise by Deborah Brown - Paradise Series (Florida Keys Mystery Series Book 13) 'An absolute gem from Deborah Brown again.'....

"What can go wrong in Paradise over Christmas? Well. if you have met Fab and Madison before you will not be surprised and if it’s your first time with them you will be drawn into their crazy world. When a Santa Suited robber takes a liking to robbing banks our duo are drawn into another adventure. As usual they plans and actions don’t run smoothly and bring more troubles to their doorstep. With their loved ones trying to keep them out of trouble and safe they have to devise cunning actions not to let themselves get caught. An absolute gem from Deborah Brown again."

Read more on the #book, series and author here...
https://beckvalleybooks.blogspot.com/2017/11/christmas-in-paradise-by-deborah-brown.html 

Book description
My name is Madison Westin. Unless it’s Christmas, in which case my official title is “Holiday Cheermistress.” Nothing stops me from getting my ho-ho-ho on, not even my friends’ Grinch-worthy attitude toward sparkling tinsel, twinkling lights, and tinkling bells.

Hey, if Creole, Fab, and Didier wind up with coal in their stockings, it won’t be my fault.

When some bah-humbug bandit makes the rounds of Tarpon Cove, Fab and I are on the case. It’s the least we can do for our loyal friends. Seasonal crime-victim disorder seems to be on the rise.

Some guy in a Santa suit—well, the top half of one anyway—is robbing local banks. The cops are fingering the wrong guy. And you can bet your light-up Rudolph boxers that if we can’t track the real thief down, one of my merry band of miscreants could be spending the holidays behind bars.

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text 2018-09-04 06:12
Making you Dress up Like an Enchanting Diva

 

Either a casual get together it is or an official meet up, a glamorous event or just a walk to a nearby park, dressing up accordingly is always on the list. Most of you must be having differentiated sections of outfits for each one of them and if any of you somehow lacks it, you should definitely make it land into your wardrobes! To shop for it, you can always hit up on the Top Vouchers code as it contains an enormous assortment of mind-blowing stores that are cataloged below. You can also use Black Friday deals and other offers at this amazing portal to cut off your bills to a much more extent!


Simply Be


Starting off with this mind-blowing fashion store, Simply Be will just make you gasp in amazement over the fascinating articles it loads up itself with. Make your selections from dresses, tops, blouses, jeans, trousers, skirts, swimwear, jackets, and much more. You can also go for shoes including boots, flats, heels, trainers and others. Just use thanksgiving coupons when you exit to get jaw-dropping discounts on whatever you have in your cart.


Fashion World


Ever imagined of actually dropping by in a world of fashion where it’s all trends and styles? The fashion world, transporting you to it, is an online clothing store for all those who are big freaks for it! Providing you with an extensive collection of clothing items for men, women & kids, it also lets you have pretty accessories, trendy footwear, toys for kids, home décor, electrical appliances and everything else you’re fond of. Hook up on Christmas day sales to save your pockets from not losing a big amount!


RoseWholesale


Crowding your head up with a ton of options, this one more incredible outlet has a bulk to offer you. RoseWholesale along with a huge cluster of clothing, shoes, jewelry, accessories, and others, brings you an astonishing stock of plus size articles. As they love the beautiful curves you’ve got, they ensure to make fashion accessible for all regardless of the shapes and sizes. The great Cyber Monday deals will help you slice off your bills alongside too!


DJPremium


Where long hauling dresses and 6-inched heels take you up to the heights of discomfort, this fantastic store sets you up in a puddle of ease! DJPremium offers you apparel that makes you relax and sneak into the comfort at discounted rates on the use of Halloween deals. It counts in t-shirts, tops, leggings, jackets, hoodies, sweaters, denim, and a lot more.


Hanro


As you put all your efforts getting ready when going out, a bit of them when you’re indoors will transform the comfort you experience at home. Hanro racks up an extremely comfortable loungewear for you to chill and snug in at home. It includes pajamas, slip dresses, pants, warm wear, dressing gowns, boxers, briefs, and so much more. Latch on to the Black Friday discounts for super-colossal tare in prices.

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review 2018-09-04 00:52
An enchanted town, the power of believing, a mystery, and the perfect romance.
The Christmas Wishing Tree. An Eternity Springs Novel - Emily March

I am thankful to St Martin’s Press for offering me an ARC copy of this novel that I freely chose to review and for the opportunity to participate in the blog tour of its launch.

 Although I am not a big fan of Christmas, I do enjoy some Christmas stories, movies, and songs (especially out of season, when one isn’t surrounded by it). The offer to read and review this novel reached me in the middle of a pretty hot summer and it felt like the perfect way to combat the heat. It worked, for sure, and although I had never read any of the other novels in the Eternity Springs series, I quickly became enamoured of the place and its inhabitants. I can reassure you, though, that the story goes beyond the Christmas theme, and there are wonderful scenes that take place in other seasons (the Fall, the Fourth of July…) and other locations apart from Colorado (Nashville, Florida, Australia, and the Caribbean).  But I have to agree that the overall theme of the novel, and the spirit that suffuses it, is that of Christmas.

The novel, written in the third person, shares the alternating points of view (and locations) of a part-time resident of Eternity Springs, Devon Murphy (the son of Cam and Sarah Murphy, and brother to Michael, long-term residents of the town), and Jenna Stockton, a doctor specialising in Obstetrics and Gynaecology whom we meet in Nashville. While Devon seems to be a free-spirited man who loves the sea, boats, fishing, and women, but avoids commitment like the plague, Jenna is a model of responsibility. She is a single mom to Reilly, whom he adopted after looking after his mother, a young woman down on her luck who died when the boy was a toddler. She works hard and would do anything to ensure the safety and happiness of her son. But he has a Christmas wish that is out of her hands. Somehow, luck, magic, or the power of believing puts Reilly and Devon in contact, and in a roundabout way, the destinies of the three of them intersect in the wonderful town of Eternity Springs. Both main characters have secrets (as readers of the genre will probably expect): Devon has a traumatic past in the relationships department and has a lot in common with Reilly, and Jenna’s life is haunted by a stalker who seems intent on upping-the-ante and putting her and her son’s lives at risk.

I liked the characters and their relationship, that follows the well-known formula of will-they/won’t-they so successful in the romance genre (they both have very valid reasons for their hesitation, although if you get easily impatient, I must warn you that the book is quite long and the story develops over close to two years), and I liked many of the secondary characters as well (despite not having read other novels in the series, I got a fairly good sense of who they were, and I did not feel I could not fully enjoy the story because of lack of background information. And I wouldn’t mind getting to know more about many of them), particularly Celeste, her resort, and the wonderful idea of the Wishing Christmas Tree that gives the book its title. She has a touch of the magical and is the fairy godmother of the town and all the characters (and I’d love to meet her).

What I most enjoyed of the book was the town of Eternity Springs. I have read a number of novels that take place in charming towns (islands or other locations) where outsiders come and are quickly adopted by the community, becoming, in many cases for the first time, part of a big family. I always enjoy the fact that the town becomes a protagonist in its own right and when the novels works well, you feel as if you had spent time in a real place and look forward to future visits to the magical location. Eternity Springs is one of those towns, and to add to its attraction, it is located within a marvellous natural setting, and the writer does a good job of introducing us to parks, lakes, mountains, taking us on sledge rides, fishing, camping, and exploring the wonderful facilities and the traditions of the place. Although it has more than a touch of the fairy tale (everybody seems to be well-off, everybody is fairly happy, apart from the main protagonists, temporarily, and even the bad things that happen are pretty mild) and it can be a bit sugary at times, I think it would take a very cold heart to read the novel without falling for the magic of the town and its inhabitant. (And perhaps shed a tear or two. Good tears, though).

If I had to point out some things that readers might have issue with, one would be the mystery element. Jenna’s background story and her circumstances bear heavily upon her actions and how cautious she is when it comes to meeting new people and possible romances. Although the mystery element ramps up the tension and adds to the interest of the story, on occasions it seemed to be more of an afterthought and an opportunity to show Devon and his friends (all male) as a team capable of investigating and keeping everybody safe (and yes, some elements of the rescue fantasy and the knight in shining armour were clearly at work there). Although Jenna herself complains at times about being treated like a weak woman in need of protection —despite being a competent professional who had managed well by herself until that moment— this novel keeps to conventional and traditional gender roles rather than challenging them. I know that such plots and story-lines are typical of many romantic (wish-fulfilment) novels but might not suit all readers, especially those who prefer women in charge of their own destinies. As a reader of thrillers and mystery novels, I did not feel the mystery would have satisfied fans of the genre, as we are not given enough information to solve it (we get some details of the case but others are brushed over quickly and the resolution, when it arrives, is somewhat anticlimactic), and it takes a backseat to the romantic part of the story. Having read other books that mix both genres, and this being a romance with some mystery thrown in, rather than the other way round, I did not think its intended readers would be too disappointed.

There are many other subplots I have not mentioned, including dogs, pregnancies, health scares, fishing, older motherhood, baking, National Parks, love of nature, adoption, social media, stalking, counselling, vocation, tropical storms, family, traditions, Santa Claus, magic, traumatic relationships… There are wonderfully vivid and memorable scenes, the style of writing is easy and fluid, and the descriptions bring to life both the locations and the characters (without going overboard with the physical descriptions of the protagonists and love interests, although yes, don’t worry, they are attractive), and there are some sad moments, some funny ones, and many emotional and heart-warming scenes as well. There is plenty of sexual attraction and tension between Devon and Jenna, but there is no graphic sex and although there are some thrilling scenes, the doors stay firmly closed behind the protagonists when it comes to that side of things.

I know readers of romantic novels expect a happy ending. Well, you won’t be disappointed here. What’s more, I know some readers can get really upset if they feel there are elements in the story that are not fully solved and hate it when they feel that writers are using hooks and unresolved issues to keep them buying books in a series (not everybody feels the same, though). As I have said before, this novel can be read independently from the rest of the series, and all the plots and subplots of the story, even the secondary ones, are solved satisfactorily. So don’t hesitate to pick up this novel just because it’s part of a series. You will feel sad it has ended but it won’t keep you awake at night trying to guess what happened next. I kept imagining this novel as either a movie, or better even, a TV series, and would be surprised if some production company didn’t snatch it up. Done well it would be irresistible.

In sum, this is a novel that takes place in a magical location, in gorgeous settings, with a Christmas theme and a hopeful message, a romance that includes elements of mystery/thriller, with likeable characters that will make you feel home. I, for one, won’t hesitate to visit Eternity Springs again in the future.

 

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review 2018-09-01 22:50
All I Want for Christmas is a Cowboy by Jessica Clare
All I Want for Christmas is a Cowboy - Jessica Clare

 

Jessica Clare takes on the holiday season with an emotionally stunning romance. Eli and Cass are two lonely hearts desperately searching for something to hold on to. A winter storm, a fluke accident and a case of amnesia changes the course of two lives in All I Want For Christmas is a Cowboy. Alone is no way to spend the holidays, yet Eli does so every year. When a storm sends Cass his way, he has to risk his heart or lose her forever. The perfect fireside read. Clare touches the heart with tempting romance and heartbreaking emotion.


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review 2018-08-31 02:49
Cowboy SEAL Christmas (Navy SEAL Cowboys, #3) by Nicole Helm
Cowboy SEAL Christmas - Nicole Helm

 

Gabe and Monica are both warriors. They just are fighting different battles. Gabe is haunted by physical and mental demons. Dogged by the tragedies of a past he couldn't control and the pain he can't forget. Monica is the complete opposite. She always wears a smile, but hides the pain in her soul. Joined by a common cause these two wounded warriors are about to learn the power of love. Cowboy Seal Christmas finds power in the tragedies and courage from the pain. Helm guides us through the storm as she points us toward the rainbow. Emotion is the life force behind this heartwarming read.

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