Publisher: Tule Publishing

Guest Review: The Jingle Bell Bride by Scarlet Wilson

Posted October 11, 2017 by Tracy in Reviews | 3 Comments

Guest Review: The Jingle Bell Bride by Scarlet WilsonReviewer: Tracy
The Jingle Bell Bride by Scarlet Wilson
Series: Christmas Brides #2
Published by Tule Publishing
Publication Date: October 3rd 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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three-half-stars

New York wedding planner Jessica Christie always goes above and beyond for her clients. So, stopping in Alaska to pick up the famed Jingle Bell flower for her famous client's bouquet doesn't seem too outrageous–until she ends up stranded there.

Matt Holden has spent the last five years since his fiancée died, living in a virtual bubble in Alaska. His research work as a botanist and assistant at the local reindeer farm keep him busy during the holidays.

But when Jessica Christie bursts into his life, all bets are off. Her stay is definitely temporary, but the feelings she ignites aren't. Could Ms. Oh-So-Wrong actually be Mrs. Right?

Jessica is a New York wedding planner and does a lot of celebrity weddings.  She has an amazing attention to detail and likes what she does.  She doesn’t absolutely love it though, and her true dream is to open a bookstore, maybe multiple bookstores, that are focused on literacy for both children and adults.  She’s never told anyone about her dream and she’s not sure it will ever come true.

Jessica is currently working for an incredibly demanding pop star, Renee, and will head over to England right before Christmas to make sure that the wedding goes off without a hitch.  Six days before the wedding Jessica is set to leave for the UK when Renee calls and says that she’s heard that there is a flower called the Jingle Bell Flower and she wants it in her wedding bouquet. (Insert whining and foot stomping.) Jessica doesn’t have a problem with that news until Renee tells her that the flower is only available in Alaska and that Jessica must go personally get it.  What????

Being the great wedding planner she is, Jessica heads to Corona Creek, Alaska to get the flower.  Unfortunately for her she flies in right before a snow storm hits and she has no way of flying back out.  The botanist who is to give her the flower reluctantly lets her stay at his house until she can leave.

Matt has been in Alaska for three years…hiding.  He was engaged and his fiancé died.  The place he was living in Montana had too many memories so he took a job in Alaska and has been hiding from his previous life and feelings ever since.  When Jessica arrives he has no plans to break the ice around his heart but she ends up getting to him in ways he didn’t think possible.  He soon finds himself in love but how can he make it work when he’s in Alaska and she’s from New York?

The Jingle Bell Bride was a cute story.  Jessica was a great character and I liked her devotion to her clients.  She was a strong woman for the most part and that played well with Matt and his equally strong personality.

Matt could have easily been dismissed as meek in the story because of his emotionally charged state of mind due to the death of his fiancé.  Despite that he didn’t let the past dictate his future and when he found himself in love with Jessica he went for it.  I loved that!  Good for him.  He did do something a bit sneaky that I didn’t agree with and of course Jessica hated. It was done from a place of love, however, and I hated that Jessica blew it out of proportion.  Despite that the two got their HEA and I had a smile on my face by the end of the book.

Oh, and this book is clean.  When I say clean I mean that they only kissed and that’s it.  They didn’t ever even kiss in a bedroom.  No clothing came off but fit the story and timeline so it was all good.

This is a cute, sweet romance that was a fun holiday read.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

three-half-stars


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Review: Tanner by Sarah Mayberry

Posted May 30, 2017 by Holly in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Tanner by Sarah MayberryReviewer: Holly
Tanner (American Extreme Bull Riders Tour Book 1) by Sarah Mayberry
Series: American Extreme Bull Riders Tour #1
Published by Tule Publishing
Publication Date: May 9th 2017
Pages: 217
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four-half-stars

He’s used to risking it all in the ring, but nothing prepared him for love…

After flying half-way around the world to surprise her boyfriend, Evie Forrester finds herself heartbroken and stranded in a strange city. What could be a total disaster becomes something else when a tall, dark bull rider turns out to be a white knight in disguise. Evie isn’t sure she needs saving, but Tanner Harding is a difficult man to deny.

He’s even harder to resist…

Tanner Harding can tame a monster bull with ease, but he never expected to be floored by someone like Evie. Sparks fly between them until injury threatens to end Tanner’s career –and suddenly he’s the one in need of a rescue.

Evie can’t turn her back on her wounded hero and, as Tanner struggles with his recovery, she’s not sure she can guard her heart against him either. Tanner knows Evie has slipped under his skin, but she lives in Australia and his future is under a cloud. Can two people with too many reasons to walk away make the bold decision to stay?

Mayberry always delivers sweet, lovely contemporary romances. Tanner was no exception.

Evie Forrester grew up with Troy, a foster kid her family took in when he was a teenager. She’s been in love with him most of her life, but he doesn’t know she exists…until he comes home for a wedding and they hook up. For months they’ve been video chatting and emailing. She decides to fly to the states to surprise him with a two week stay. She wants to cement their relationship and move on to the next step now that they’re together.

Only it turns out Evie was the only one feeling that way. When she arrives it’s to discover that Troy doesn’t share her vision of a future together. Stranded in the States with little available cash and a non-refundable plane ticket, she has two weeks to kill. Tanner Harding, another bullrider and friend of Troy’s, comes to Evie’s rescue. He lets her stay with him and helps her get back on her feet.

When Tanner is injured, Evie decides to repay the favor by helping him out until he’s back on his feet. They have chemistry in spades, but can they make something more lasting out of two weeks together?

Tanner was such a sweetheart. I really liked how sweet he was to Evie, and what an all-around stand-up guy he was. He did what needed to be done and didn’t complain about it. It was great how he rescued her, but then needed to be rescued in return. It made for a well balanced romance.

Evie was great, too. She was practical and down-to-earth. I really liked that she took responsibility for her part in the Troy fiasco, but she didn’t completely let him off the hook, either.

Though they didn’t have a lot of time together, their romance was believable. I enjoyed watching them take care of each other and fall in love. My only complaint is the story ended too soon.

4.25 out of 5

four-half-stars


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Review: Make-Believe Wedding by Sarah Mayberry

Posted September 29, 2014 by Holly in Reviews | 3 Comments

Review: Make-Believe Wedding by Sarah MayberryReviewer: Holly
Make-Believe Wedding by Sarah Mayberry
Series: Great Wedding Giveaway #9
Published by Tule Publishing
Publication Date: July 28th 2014
Pages: 130
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four-half-stars

The Great Wedding Giveaway - Book 9
Everyone in Marietta, Montana, is in love and getting married - at least that’s the way it feels to Andie Bennett the night of the Valentine’s Ball. As she watches the man she’s loved from afar for half her life dance with another woman, Andie allows herself a moment of sheer fantasy as she fills out a stray entry form for the Great Wedding Giveaway.
Andie channels years of fantasy and yearning for Heath McGregor onto the page, but she never intends to actually enter the Giveaway. Only a crazy woman would do that. But fate has other ideas….
When Heath learns he and Andie are last minute finalists in the Great Wedding Giveaway, he’s completely baffled. How on earth could anyone make such a ridiculous mistake? When it becomes clear that Andie will be humiliated if the slip-up becomes public, Heath does what any good friend would - he suggests they pretend the engagement is real until the Giveaway is over and then quietly “break up” when no one is paying any attention. It’s the perfect solution, except Heath very quickly realises that pretending Andie is his is no hardship at all. In fact, it may just be the best thing that’s ever happened to him…

This was a great read. Andie has been in love with Heath, her brother’s best friend, since she was 13. They grew up together and now she works for him, but he’s never noticed her as a woman. The night of the town Valentine’s Day Dance, she hopes to finally change that and dresses to knock his socks off. Except..he doesn’t notice. A little drunk and a lot frustrated, she fills out a questionnaire about her and her fiance – adding her name as the bride and Heath’s as the groom – for a Great Wedding Giveaway the town is hosting. She accidentally leaves it on the table, then forgets all about it. Until three months later when the Chamber of Commerce tracks them down to tell them they’re semi-finalists in the giveaway.

When Heath sees how humiliated Andie is, he offers to pretend to be her fiance until the winners of the giveaway are chosen. He doesn’t see much harm in it, especially if it will save Andie embarrassment in town. Until they share a kiss in public. Then he suddenly realizes Andie is a woman, not just his best friend’s little sister and his employee.

There were so many great things about this book. Andie is an electrician, for one. She’s also tall, reed thin and more cute than pretty. She can out-fish, out-hunt and out-spit most men. All-in-all, she’s pretty much the opposite of every romance heroine out there. I loved it. Her feelings for Heath came across as very real. A lot of times when one is carrying a torch for someone their feelings are shallow or they love the ideal of the person. Andie really knew Heath. Her love made sense.

Heath was a little dense when it came to Andie’s feelings, but I like how his eyes were slowly opened to her and how his feelings developed once he realized she was an actual woman. His attraction to her came on slowly – he was so used to seeing her in the role of friend/employee – but he didn’t deny it. He realized pretty quickly he wanted more than just a fling with Andie and did his best to show her how he felt.

Mayberry has always been great at pulling me into a story. I finished this one with a smile on my face and a happy heart.

I’m told Beau, Andie’s brother, and Lily, her best friend, will get a book early next year. I’m really looking forward to it.

4.25 out of 5

The Great Wedding Giveaway Series 

Prequel: Beauty’s Kiss by Jane Porter 
Book 1: What a Bride Wants by Kelly Hunter 
Book 2: Second Chance Bride by Trish Morey 
Book 3: Almost a Bride by Sarah Mayberry 
Book 4: The Unexpected Bride by Joanne Walsh 
Book 5: The Reluctant Bride by Katherine Garbera 
Book 6: Game Of Brides by Megan Crane 
Book 7: The Substitute Bride by Kathleen O’Brien 
Book 8: Last Year’s Bride by Anne McAllister
Book 9: Make-Believe Wedding by Sarah Mayberry

four-half-stars


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