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review 2020-05-25 07:16
Chance
Always a Bridesmaid - Cindi Madsen

This is book #2, in the Getting Hitched In Dixie series.  While each book in this series in listed as a standalone and can be read that way, I recommend reading them in order.  Well worth it if you do.

 

Violet comes to visit and help her sister.  She has crashed and burned recently with the bad breakup she has just experienced.  Then she meets Ford, and its like she just has to tell herself she is here to recover temporarily.  

 

Ford never expects one woman to knock him off his feet.  Since they have met, he has felt like he always wants to be around her all the time.  Is it turning in your man card if you like being around someone so fun and full of life?

 

This author is a 1click standard for me, I will be honest about that.  Not since her Taking Shots series have I stayed up and not put a book down. (I surely would love if she wrote more hockey - whoo!) Anyway, this story was full of rich characters with full backstories.  The people in this town are all quirky and interesting to read.  I laughed and eagerly turned the pages.  Excited to see the next installment!  I give this read a 5/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This early copy was given by Netgalley and its publisher, in exchange for honest review.

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review 2020-01-21 07:10
Release Day Blast - Country Hearts
 
We're celebrating the release of Country Hearts by Cindi Madsen! This is a sweet cowboy romance from Hallmark Publishing that you won't want to miss!
 
 
Country Hearts by Cindi Madsen
January 21, 2020

 

 

BLURB:


She shouldn't get involved with the cowboy next door...

Laid off from her teaching job in the city, Jemma Monroe takes a job teaching in a tiny town and rents a house on the outskirts. A visitor soon shows up at her door—a horse. His owner, a handsome neighbor in boots and a cowboy hat, comes by to collect him.

When single dad Wyatt Langford meets Jemma, it’s the first time he feels interest in a woman since his wife left. But she’s his daughter’s new teacher, so they both know they should keep their distance.

Nonetheless, Wyatt keeps finding excuses to spend time with Jemma, and Wyatt’s daughter becomes more and more attached to her. With them, Jemma discovers the good things about country life, from starry skies to s’mores cooked over a fire. But she still misses her past life in the city. Is there any reason for them to dream of a future together?

 

 

 

 

Country HeartsCountry Hearts by Cindi Madsen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Jemma has an upheaval in the middle of the school year. Luckily she ends up in the most heavenly small town. When she meets her neighbor, she decides he must hate helping her.

Wyatt cannot believe how attracted to his daughter's teacher he is. He knows she should be off limits. She is not planning to stay, either. If he could just turn the attraction off enough to be just friends.....

This story just grabbed me from the start. The characters are witty, charming, and seriously attracted to one another! With this story, I eagerly turned the pages. Humor, surprises, and even bits of whimsy appeared.


***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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Cindi Madsen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and young adult novels. She sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting, revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she'd be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a pretty new pair, especially if they're sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music and dancing and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband, three children, an overly-dramatic tomcat, & an adorable one-eyed kitty named Agent Fury.

You can visit Cindi at: www.cindimadsen.com, where you can sign up for her newsletter to get all the up-to-date information on her books.
Follow her on Twitter @cindimadsen.

 

 

 

 

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review 2020-01-20 04:35
Change
Country Hearts - Cindi Madsen

Jemma has an upheaval in the middle of the school year.  Luckily she ends up in the most heavenly small town.  When she meets her neighbor, she decides he must hate helping her.  

 

Wyatt cannot believe how attracted to his daughter's teacher he is.  He knows she should be off limits.  She is not planning to stay, either.  If he could just turn the attraction off enough to be just friends.....

 

This story just grabbed me from the start.  The characters are witty, charming, and seriously attracted to one another!  With this story, I eagerly turned the pages.  Humor, surprises, and even bits of whimsy appeared.  I give this read a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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review 2019-05-26 07:10
Blog Tour w/Review - Just One Of The Groomsmen
 

Meet the Author:

 

 
Cindi Madsen
is a USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance and young adult novels. She sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.
 
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Addison Murphy is the funny friend, the girl you grab a beer with—the girl voted most likely to start her own sweatshirt line. And now that one of her best guy friends is getting married, she’ll add “groomsman” to that list, too. She’ll get through this wedding if it’s the last thing she does. Just don’t ask her to dive for any bouquet.
 
When Tucker Crawford returns to his small hometown, he expects to see the same old people, feel comfort in the same old things. He certainly doesn’t expect to see the nice pair of bare legs sticking out from under the hood of a broken-down car. Certainly doesn’t expect to feel his heart beat faster when he realizes they belong to one of his best friends.
 
If he convinces Addie to give him a chance, they could be electric…or their break-up could split their tight-knit group in two.
 
Hiding the way he feels from the guys through bachelor parties, cake tastings, and rehearsals is one thing. But just as Tucker realizes that Addie truly could be the perfect woman for him—he was just too stupid to realize it—now she’s leaving to follow her own dreams. He’s going to need to do a lot of compromising if he’s going to convince her to take a shot at forever with him—on her terms this time.
 
 

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Tucker cautiously wrapped his arm around her shoulders, and when she didn’t shove him off, the way she’d done a few times back in the day when he’d dared to console her, he curled her closer. “Don’t worry. I’ll take it to the grave.”

“I’m not sure I can chance that. I might have to push you off the back of the boat now.”

“Sure. If I didn’t know how to swim, that’d be a fail-safe plan.”

“Maybe the gators will get to you first,” she quipped, only then she tucked her feet up, like she’d remembered there might be a few of the toothy beasts slumbering in the water, despite the fact that they rarely saw any on this side of the shore. She swiped a tear off her cheek and sniffed. “I hate feeling weak. Hate feeling like a girl. Even though I’m apparently not one.”

“You’re not weak. I’ve seen grown men cry in my office, so I don’t think it’s a girl or guy thing.”

“I notice you didn’t admit to crying yourself.”

He puffed out his chest. “Well, that’s because I’m far too macho.” The last few times he’d gotten choked up had been over his dog having to be put down, his grandfather passing away, and—even though he’d done his damnedest to hide it—the day he’d said goodbye to his friends before leaving town.

The girl at his side was there for all those instances, but his conflicting feelings for her made it hard to admit to ever being anything but strong. Like not saying it aloud would make her forget bike wrecks and scraped knees that’d brought tears, the times in his life he hadn’t stood up for other people when he should’ve, or any other time he’d been less than strong.

Just do it, Crawford. Find a way to make her feel better, the way she always did for you.

“There were cases, ones where I was fighting for a worthy cause, or for someone who truly deserved a break, and it didn’t matter how much research I put in, or how hard I fought, I’d still lose ’em. That made me feel weak and helpless.” Those “cases were why he’d originally chosen law, but they’d been so few and far between. “So did the cases where we had to defend people knowing full well they were guilty.”

He gazed out over the lake, unable to look at her as he admitted the next part. “I missed home and all of you guys, but I quit over more than that, and more than the long hours.” His fingers drifted down her arm, and her face tipped up, but he kept his eyes on the rippling reflection of the moon in the inky black water. “One guy walked on a stupid technicality because of something I’d found in the police report—some procedure the cop didn’t follow. Everyone at the firm was celebrating, and I was sick over it. The guy deserved to go to jail, and no amount of money seemed worth ignoring that fact. It was the final straw.”

Addie covered the hand he had on her arm with hers. “Most people wouldn’t have been able to walk away from the money.”

“I don’t know about that. Half the time I still think I was an idiot to quit like that with no backup.”

“If it makes you feel any better, I’m glad you’re here.”

He met her big brown eyes and smiled. “It does.”

“I’m sorry you were so unhappy. I should’ve checked in more.”

“I should’ve told you that I was struggling with my job. But that’s neither here nor there. Now I’m on a different path, and all’s I’m saying is, it’s not weak to care about things. You’re not a robot.” He renewed the drag of his fingers on her arm, and her chin lifted another inch or so, some of the sorrow fading from her features. He tried not to think about how close her lips were to his, how he felt each one of his heartbeats, and how having her tucked against him made his entire body hum. Despite knowing better, he couldn’t help the words that slipped out, or that his dipped when he said them. “It also hasn’t escaped my notice that you’re a girl.”
 
 
 
 
 

Just One of the Groomsmen (Getting Hitched in Dixie #1)Just One of the Groomsmen by Cindi Madsen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Addison AKA "Murph" is the only girl in her group of friends. She is one of the guys and she likes it that way. Why not hang out with those you have more in common? Well with a wedding to be a part of this could be interesting.

Tucker has always loved his home and his friends. He misses them and realizes that he is pretty lonely. When he suddenly notices the body on one of his closest friends he finds he must re-evaluate his priorities.

This was such a fun start to the new series. I find this author to be a must click - and I will tell you why. This story, like many of her other books, has great humor, some hijinx, and always a great tale. Let's not forget the sexy heat and steady pace too.


***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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review 2019-05-26 06:50
Surprises
Just One of the Groomsmen - Cindi Madsen

Addison AKA "Murph" is the only girl in her group of friends.  She is one of the guys and she likes it that way.  Why not hang out with those you have more in common?  Well with a wedding to be a part of this could be interesting.

 

Tucker has always loved his home and his friends.  He misses them and realizes that he is pretty lonely.  When he suddenly notices the body on one of his closest friends he finds he must re-evaluate his priorities.

 

This was such a fun start to the new series.  I find this author to be a must click - and I will tell you why.  This story, like many of her other books, has great humor, some hijinx, and always a great tale.  Let's not forget the sexy heat and steady pace too.  I give this a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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