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review 2017-05-22 02:01
I had to suspend belief just a tad, but I really enjoyed this!
Not Quite Mine - Catherine Bybee

Not Quite Mine - Catherine Bybee 

 

Ok, I'm not gonna lie, I had to give this book the side eye a little bit because the premise was so unbelievable.  But, you know what.  It really didn't matter because I enjoyed it anyway.  I loved Katie and Dean together.  But more than anything, I loved the joy that Katie got from being a mom.  There's nothing like it in the world and I loved the fact that no matter how unrealistic the way she got Savannah was, Katie got the chance to be mom after wanting it so badly.

 

Considering I only tried this series because it was free on Kindle Unlimited, I've really found a gem.  I can't wait to read the next one in the series!

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text 2016-07-25 20:35
Escape to New Zealand Series) by Rosalind James 99 cents-$1.99 I adore this series!
Just This Once - Rosalind James
Just For Now - Rosalind James
Just Once More - Rosalind James
Just My Luck: Escape to New Zealand Book Five - Rosalind James
Just Not Mine (Escape to New Zealand) (Volume 6) - Rosalind James
Just Good Friends - Rosalind James
Just for You (Prequel Novella) (Escape to New Zealand) - Rosalind James
Just in Time: Escape to New Zealand, Book 8 - Rosalind James
Just Stop Me (Escape to New Zealand Book 9) - Rosalind James
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text 2016-02-16 05:02

audreybenjaminsen: Happy Belated Birthday Harry and Jo! In the immortal words of Hagrid (ones that I live by)… “SORRY I’M LATE!” Wishing you all great big Hagrid hugs! <3 

 

I can't remember if I already shared this this adorable drawing by Audrey Benjaminson, but oh well. I'm back on tumblr for the first time in forever and I just found it again. :] 

Hope everyone had a lovely weekend!
xoLuna

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text 2015-07-28 22:09
Just Not Mine By Rosalind James 99 cents
Just Not Mine (Escape to New Zealand) - Rosalind James

After his father’s death, Hugh must care for his two half-siblings and sacrifice his rugby career. His neighbor Josie seems to have it all — but she’s hurting from a painful past. Together, can they find the love they’ve been searching for?

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text 2015-01-05 17:21
Cat's Best Independently Published Romance Reads of 2014
Imperfect Chemistry - Mary Frame
Artistic License - Elle Pierson
Beauty and the Mustache: A Philisophical Romance (Knitting in the City Book 4) - Penny Reid
Sun-Kissed - Laura Florand
Just Not Mine (Escape to New Zealand) (Volume 6) - Rosalind James
The Key - Victoria Darkins
Talk Sweetly to Me - Courtney Milan
Charming the Duke - Holly Bush
Peanut Goes To School: A Short Story of the Elder Races - Thea Harrison
Apples Should Be Red - Penny Watson

I love giving my money in the right percentage to authors. I adore the quitting of day jobs to write more books for me to read. 

 

Here are my best Indie Author Romance Reads of 2014!

 

Published in 2014 (in no particular order because I lack those kind of skills or inclinations)

 

1. Imperfect Chemistry by Mary Frame

 

Lucy London puts the word genius to shame. Having obtained her PhD in microbiology by the age of twenty, she's amassed a wealth of knowledge, but one subject still eludes her—people. The pendulum of passions experienced by those around her both confuses and intrigues her, so when she’s offered a grant to study emotion as a pathogen, she jumps on the opportunity.

When her attempts to come up with an actual experiment quickly drop from lackluster to nonexistent, she’s given a choice: figure out how to conduct a groundbreaking study on passion, or lose both the grant and her position at the university. Put on leave until she can crack the perfect proposal, she finds there’s only one way she can study emotions: by experiencing them herself.

Enter Jensen Walker, Lucy's neighbor and the one person on the planet she finds strangely and maddeningly appealing. Jensen's life is the stuff of campus legend, messy, emotional, complicated—in short, the perfect starting point for Lucy's study. When her tenaciousness wears him down and he consents to help her, sparks fly. To her surprise, Lucy finds herself battling with her own emotions, as foreign as they are intense. With the clock ticking on her deadline, Lucy must decide what's more important: analyzing her passions...or giving in to them?

 

2. Artistic License  by Elle Pierson

 

"Picasso would have loved his face."

An art exhibition in Queenstown, New Zealand results in an unlikely friendship and a reluctant love when shy art student Sophy James meets reticent security consultant Mick Hollister. Content with her solitude and independence, Sophy has never desired a long-term relationship. Born with a face that apparently not even a mother could love, Mick has given up hope of having one. They don't have a lot in common; they shouldn't even like one another - and they can't stay away from each other.

 

3. Beauty and the Mustache: by Penny Reid

 

There are three things you need to know about Ashley Winston: 1) She has six brothers and they all have beards, 2) She is a reader, and 3) She knows how to knit.

Former beauty queen, Ashley Winston’s preferred coping strategy is escapism. She escaped her Tennessee small town, loathsome father, and six brothers eight years ago. Now she escapes life daily via her Amazon kindle one-click addiction. However, when a family tragedy forces her to return home, Ashley can’t escape the notice of Drew Runous— local Game Warden, bear wrestler, philosopher, and everyone’s favorite guy. Drew’s irksome philosophizing in particular makes Ashley want to run for the skyscrapers, especially since he can’t seem to keep his exasperating opinions— or his soulful poetry, steadfast support, and delightful hands— to himself. Pretty soon the girl who wanted nothing more than the escape of the big city finds she’s lost her heart in small town Tennessee.

 

4. Sun-Kissed by Laura Florand

 

They called her the Ice Queen.

Anne Winters. Self-made billionaire. Household name. Divorced single mom. Convicted felon. She didn’t let anyone or anything get to her. No one was allowed to breach the walls around her heart except for her own son. She had only one trusted friend: her vacation house neighbor. They’d been walking the beach together for twenty years. Not that this gave him access to her heart, of course…

They called him a man who got what he wanted.

Mack Corey. Self-made billionaire. Dominant world player. Widowed father of the bride. No felony convictions yet, although his daughters had come close. He’d transformed his family company into one of the top 500 by the age of thirty. He’d raised two daughters who dumped him for idiot arrogant French chocolatiers and went off to live in Paris. Hell, he even managed to tolerate his dad. But that Ice Queen act Anne Winters had going was really starting to get to him…

They’d been best friends for twenty years. Could they become lovers?
Could a frozen heart be kissed by the sun?

 

5. Just Not Mine by Rosalind James

 

Destiny can sneak up on you. Or it can smack you in the face.

Hugh Latimer’s coping with a few problems just now. A broken hand, missing the European rugby tour . . . and a half-brother and sister who are playing havoc with his love life. Instead of packing down in the scrum, he’s driving the carpool to ballet—or forgetting it’s his turn. When he hears his neighbor wailing out bad pop in the wee hours, it’s the last straw.

Josie Pae Ata is a fortunate woman. A new house, good friends, a gorgeous boyfriend—oh, and stardom, too. Getting involved with her new neighbors would bring risks she doesn’t need. But life has a way of changing the rules. And when you get more than you can handle, sometimes all you can do is hang on for the ride.

 

6. The Key  by Victoria Darkins

 

ack and Carrie are lost souls. Jack is an eminent university lecturer in English Literature who suffers from quadriplegia after a spinal cord injury in his late teens. Having convinced himself that he was better off on his own he has closed the door on any romantic entanglements and instead directed all his energy into his work.

Carrie is trying to unchain herself from a cruel, neglectful and guilt ridden childhood. She has earned a place on a degree course of her dreams but it comes at a costly price.

Both are thrown together by Mary, a mutual friend and past social worker, who has hatched a plan to help Jack and Carrie with their predicaments. Carrie becomes Jack's live-in carer securing her with an income and unexpected benefits.

Will it be too late from them to find out that they both hold the key to unleash each other from the chains that hold them to their past? A key that will unlock their hearts.

 

7. Talk Sweetly to Me by Courtney Milan

 

Nobody knows who Miss Rose Sweetly is, and she prefers it that way. She’s a shy, mathematically-minded shopkeeper’s daughter who dreams of the stars. Women like her only ever come to attention through scandal. She’ll take obscurity, thank you very much.

All of England knows who Stephen Shaughnessy is. He’s an infamous advice columnist and a known rake. When he moves into the house next door to Rose, she discovers that he’s also wickedly funny, devilishly flirtatious, and heart-stoppingly handsome. But when he takes an interest in her mathematical work, she realizes that Mr. Shaughnessy isn’t just a scandal waiting to happen. He’s waiting to happen to her…and if she’s not careful, she’ll give in to certain ruination.

 

8. Charming the Duke by Holly Bush

 

1849 . . . Matilda Sheldon, the middle daughter of the sixth Earl of Bisset, has never been interested in the fashionable society events that so preoccupy her parents and siblings. Her loving, albeit, daft family cannot understand why. But Matilda has little use for silly rules and dramas. She would rather occupy her time with a worthwhile cause such as opening The Sheldon Home for Orphans, much to the chagrin of her mother and grandmother. They are quite certain a venture of this nature will discourage suitors. Matilda is quite certain that if suitors are discouraged it is because she is clever, plain, a bit clumsy, and inevitably compared to her beautiful sisters.

The Duke of Thornsby is in tight spot. After receiving the title on the death of his father, he discovers the inheritance is to be gifted elsewhere if he does not marry before his thirtieth birthday. Unfortunately, our man-about-town is embroiled in a scandal, not of his own making, and the marriage mamas won’t let any eligible misses anywhere near him. What’s a Duke to do? Get invited to a house party hosted by the notoriously absent-minded Earl of Bisset, who just happens to be Papa to some young ladies of marriageable age!

Thornsby finds himself fascinated, not with the two Sheldon debutantes actively seeking a husband, but rather with the ‘brown wren’ he first mistakes for a servant. Matilda is counting the hours until the house party ends when the necessity of conversing with the guests will be over, and ridiculously handsome men go far away. Can a worldly Duke convince a sensible girl to accept his court? Find out in Charming the Duke.

 

9. Peanut Goes to School by Thea Harrison

 

Dragos Cuelebre is no longer the only dragon.

Dragos’s son Liam Cuelebre (a.k.a. Peanut) is springing into existence, reminiscent of the first of the Elder Races who were born at the beginning of the world. At just six months of age, he has already grown to the size of a large five-year-old boy. He can read, write in complete sentences, and his math skills are off the chart.

A white dragon in his Wyr form, Liam also holds more Power than almost anyone else. In an effort to give him a taste of normality, no matter how fleeting, his parents Pia and Dragos enroll him in first grade.

They hope school will help teach Liam how to relate to others, a vital skill that will help him control his growing Power. But school has a surprising number of pitfalls, and relating to others can be a tricky business.

When a classmate is threatened, Liam must quickly learn self-control, how to rein in his instincts, and govern his temper, because there’s no doubt about it—he is fast becoming one of the most dangerous creatures in all of the Elder Races.

 

10. Apples Should Be Red  by Penny Watson

 

Recipe for Thanksgiving Dinner:

Start with 62-year old politically incorrect, chain-smoking, hard-cussing curmudgeon.

Add 59-year old sexually-repressed know-it-all in pearls.

Throw in a beer can-turkey, a battle for horticultural supremacy, and nudist next-door neighbor.

Serve on paper plates, garnished with garden gnome.

Tastes like happily ever after.

 

Here are some Indie's that I wished I had been able to read but haven't been able to yet!

 

1. Six of Hearts by L.H. Cosway

2. Tempted by a Rogue Prince by Felicity Heaton

3. Seducing Lauren by Kristen Proby

4. Embattled Home by J.M. Madden 

5. Broken Blade by J.C. Daniels

6. Into the Shadows by Carolyn Crane

7. I Love How You Love Me by Bella Andre

8. Mistress of Melody by Anthea Lawson

9. The Syrian Virgin by Zack Love

10. Legal Briefs by N.M. Silber

 

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