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review 2020-04-13 02:03
This was sweet...but it just didn't pack the feelz that I was expecting...
Change of Address - Jordan S. Brock,Daniel James Lewis

After months in a VA Hospital in Washington, Michael Baldwin and his service dog Kaylee head to his families summer home on Hartsbridge Island to try and get on with his life. A head injury sustained during his enlistment has left Michael with PTSD, aphasia and other cognitive issues.

 

The last thing he needs is a father who wants to cash in politically on what happened to his son during his deployment overseas by parading him around like a show pony. Ironically it's because of his father's machinations that Michael encounters what he truly does need...a kind and gentle man who wants to feed not just his body but his heart and soul. 

 

Josh's life hasn't exactly gone according to plan...but then for Josh the plan was never very clear to begin with. Dropping out of high school to care for his father and help run the family business was only suppose to be a temporary thing but somehow it's become Josh's life and he's ok with that. Josh doesn't consider himself to be much of a cook unless it's bagels and breakfast on the menu. Add in the fact that Josh has a couple of issues of his own and you'd almost wonder how these two came to be. 

 

There was a lot about Michael and Josh that worked for me. In general they both felt like someone that you meet out there in the real world they had their good traits and their bad. They were flawed like any average person.  But they also saw the best in each other. For me the characters had a very genuine and real feeling about them. 

 

The other thing that stood out for me in this story was the dichotomy of Michael's relationship with his father versus the relationship between Josh and his father. Ironically the one thing that also didn't work as well for me as it could have is that the issue between Michael and his father felt like it needed a bit of a clearer resolution although when it comes to family issues the resolutions are often not as clear as we would like them to be. So while this needed more clarity in it's own way the resolution felt realistic enough to be believable.

 

Unfortunately in spite of the fact that overall I enjoyed this story and I liked both of the MCs as well as some of the secondary characters and while the narrator...Daniel James Lewis is a new to me narrator who really delivered voices that for me matched and suited each of the characters helping to bring them to life.

 

While everything worked in theory and the story held the potential to pack such an emotional punch somewhere along the way things just fell short and what I had thought would be an 'I love it!!!' story turned out to be a case of 'This was a sweet story and I enjoyed listening to the audio book.' so all in all still not a bad thing by any means.' 

 

"Change of Address" was originally intended to be the first book in the 'Heartsbridge Island' series, however, it's been four years since it's release so I'm not sure whether there is more to come with this series or not but this story can easily be read as a standalone with a solid HEA ending, so if there's more to come that's cool but if not readers can comfortably stop at this story and not feel like they're left hanging with unanswered questions.

 

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An audio book for "Change of Address" was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2019-08-30 01:02
BROCK (7 Brides for 7 Blackthornes #5) - Roxanne St. Claire

What an excellent story that I could not put down!

Brock Blackthorne is part of the wealthy Blackthorne family that has made their money through whisky, yachts and race cars that all bear their name.  Brock's job is to keep the brand name clean and he takes his job very seriously.  When Brock heads back to Boston after a vacation at the family house in King Harbor, Maine he happens upon a beautiful woman, Jenna Gillespie, when they both try to get the same cab in the middle of a rainstorm.  One thing leads to another and they end up spending the night together.

The next day, back at work, Brock meets with the journalist who would like to write a book about the Blackthorne family and it is none other than Jenna!  Brock decides he will work with Jenna just so he can oversee and control what she will write about.  Of course the more time they spend together, the more feelings start getting involved.  

When Brock and Jenna uncover an interesting lead, they work together to try to find out answers until Brock ends up blindsided.  It will take a whole lot of looking inside their hearts before these two can get to their happy ending but it will be so worth it!

I just adored Brock and Jenna.  They both were looking for something in their lives and they ended up finding it in each other.  It was fun watching both of them fall hard!

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text 2019-08-29 08:30
Release Blitz - Brock
 
Brock by Roxanne St. Claire is available now!
 
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Brock Blackthorne is the keeper of the family brand and he takes that role seriously. His job is to protect the Blackthorne image, to keep the company’s reputation as clean as possible, and ensure that skeletons stay well-hidden at the family compound in King Harbor, Maine. So when an ambitious and inquisitive biographer is tasked to pen an “authorized” profile of the Blackthornes, Brock is forced to personally guide the beautiful writer far away from any family landmines. But the more time he spends sharing the history and heart of his unusual clan, the more he realizes how much he wants this captivating woman in his arms…and in his life.
 
The daughter of renowned investigative reporters, Jenna Gillespie has a lot to prove when she takes on the task of writing the first in-depth biography of one of America’s wealthiest families. Raised to question every source and burned by the last one she trusted, Jenna seethes with resentment toward the maddeningly sexy Brock Blackthorne. Not only does he detour her every time she attempts to discover the real story about the family’s multi-million dollar whisky making recipe, he also has her feeling things that threaten the walls she’s built to protect a few secrets of her own.
 
As Jenna gets closer to what she believes is a shocking truth, she has to trust the one person whose job it is to see her fail. And if Brock allows her into the inner-workings of the business and family, he has to believe she won’t betray him. There is much more than pride at stake when these two give up the control they cherish…there is a chance for a lifetime of love.
 
 
 
 
Meet the Blackthorne men, each one as hot, fast, and smooth as the whisky that built the family fortune, and yachts and race cars that bear their name. From proud Scottish stock, Blackthornes never lose. But, one by one, the seven sexy men in this family are about to risk everything when they fall for strong and beautiful women who test their mettle in life…and love.Don’t miss these sexy, heartwarming, emotion-filled books by seven bestselling authors: Barbara Freethy, Julia London, Lynn Raye Harris, Cristin Harber, Roxanne St. Claire, Christie Ridgway and Samantha Chase.
 
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About the Author:
 

  Published since 2003, Roxanne St. Claire is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of nearly fifty romance and suspense novels. She has written several popular series, including The Dogfather, Barefoot Bay, the Guardian Angelinos, and the Bullet Catchers. In addition to being an ten-time nominee and one-time winner of the prestigious RITA™ Award for the best in romance writing, Roxanne's novels have won the National Reader's Choice Award for best romantic suspense four times, as well as the Maggie, the Daphne du Maurier Award, the HOLT Medallion, Booksellers Best, Book Buyers Best, the Award of Excellence, and many others. She lives in Florida with her husband, and still attempts to run the lives of her teenage daughter and 20-something son. She loves dogs, books, chocolate, and wine, but not always in that order.

 
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review 2019-08-27 19:20
BROCK (7 Brides for 7 Blackthornes #5) by: Roxanne St. Claire
BROCK (7 Brides for 7 Blackthornes #5) - Roxanne St. Claire

 

 

He's the man with a plan. She's a woman with her own agenda. What neither counted on was their emotions getting in the way. With every Blackthorne this series keeps getting better. This time around Roxanne St. Claire puts the family fixer in the spotlight. Brock is the keeper of secrets. He takes his duties quite seriously. When a inquisitive woman who plays by her own rules sets her sites on his family, all bets are off. Between butting heads and tempting fate, Brock and Jenna start to face some hard truths about themselves and the people around them. But when the blinders come off and feelings are exposed, will they be able to trust each other enough to fall in love? Brock is a firework that never loses heart.

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text 2019-06-06 07:05
Cover Share - 7 Brides for 7 Blackthornes

 

We're so excited to share the covers for this hot new series!

 

 

- Coming August 2019 -

 

Don’t miss these sexy, heartwarming, emotion-filled books by bestselling authors: Barbara Freethy, Julia London, Lynn Raye Harris, Cristin Harber, Roxanne St. Claire, Samantha Chase and Christie Ridgway.

 

 

 

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Exclusive Apple Preorder - More links coming soon!

 

 

Meet the Blackthorne men, each one as hot, fast, and smooth as the whiskey that built the family fortune, and yachts and race cars that bear their name. From proud Scottish stock, Blackthornes never lose. But, one by one, the seven sexy men in this family are about to risk everything when they fall for strong and beautiful women who test their mettle in life…and love.

 

 

 

Devlin by Barbara Freethy: August 1st

Jason by Julia London: August 8th

Ross by Lynn Raye Harris: August 15th

Phillip by Cristin Harber: August 22nd

Brock by Roxanne St. Claire: August 29th

Logan by Samantha Chase: September 5th

Trey by Christie Ridgway: September 12th

 

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