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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
Genres: Contemporary
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

Guest Review: Wait for Me by Sarah Mayberry

Posted November 5, 2015 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Wait for Me by Sarah MayberryReviewer: Tracy
Wait for Me by Sarah Mayberry
Published by Sarah Mayberry
Publication Date: October 20, 2015
Genres: Contemporary
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four-stars

 

Three unlucky-in-love girlfriends make a road trip to the Outback Bachelor & Spinster Ball, a highlight of rural Australia life. One’s looking to move on, one’s thumbing her nose at romance, and one’s looking to slip away and hide. None of them are looking for love…

Three women are about to meet their match in a cowboy, a soldier and a country rock star. One magical night. One less than magical morning after. Forty-eight hours can change your life.

Sometimes it pays to wait for the things you want, even if it’s the hardest thing you ever do.

Beth Walker hasn’t just been burned by her philandering country music star ex, she’s been barbecued to a crisp. Coming home to Australia and into the arms of her best friends is exactly the balm she needs. Cocktails and laughter at an Outback Bachelor and Spinster Ball seem like the perfect distraction. Until she bumps into the last person she wants seeing her heartsick and pathetic — Jonah Masters, rising country music star and witness to the failure of her marriage. If only she’d met Jonah first. Now she’s broken and won’t ask him to wait until she heals.

Jonah can’t believe he and Beth are finally standing under the same stars. The connection they shared on the road years ago has haunted him but he wouldn’t pursue a married woman. Now she’s free, and Jonah can’t refuse the one night Beth impulsively offers. Can he convince the woman he’s always loved that he’ll wait — however long it takes — for her trust?

Beth met her husband in Thailand and it was almost love at first site. He was a country rock star and though she didn’t really listen to country she fell hard. Unfortunately he turned out to be a scumbag of epic proportions! He took infidelity to a whole new level so she’s been hiding out trying to keep the media and paparazzi off of her tail. Taking the trip to Australia is perfect for Beth’s situation and it adds the bonus of her seeing her boarding school friends once again.

Beth is dared to dance with any decent guy that asks her while at the Ball and she complies. She is stunned when she sees Jonah Masters arrive at the ball. On the first tour Beth ever went on with her ex Jonah’s band was the opening act. During the course of the tour Beth and Jonah became great friends and Jonah fell in love with Beth. Jonah is thrilled that Beth is at the Ball and takes every chance he has to get her to spend time with him. When they end up sleeping together it’s magical and extremely hot. They each know that there’s something between them but Beth isn’t ready to explore any kind of relationship with anyone.

This was a really great book. I loved Beth and Jonah together and the flashback we got showing us a bit of Beth and Jonah’s time together when they first met was pretty great. It gave the reader a good foundation to the relationship and I could see that they weren’t just starting from scratch.

The time that Jonah and Beth spend together looking at a house that he is looking to buy was sweet and I loved every minute of it. I also loved that the author didn’t rush this relationship. Beth was pretty broken when the series began and she needed that extra time to set her world straight. I loved that in the end it was Beth who seeks Jonah out as it just showed that she knew it was their time.

Overall a very sweet and romantic story with lots of laughter and fun.

Rating: 4 out of 5

four-stars

Review: Wait for Me by Sarah Mayberry

Posted October 20, 2015 by Holly in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Wait for Me by Sarah MayberryReviewer: Holly
Wait for Me by Sarah Mayberry
Series: The Outback Bachelor Ball #3
Also in this series: Win Me, Woo Me
Published by Sarah Mayberry
Publication Date: October 20, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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four-stars

Book Three in The Outback Bachelor Ball Series

Sometimes it pays to wait for the things you want, even if it’s the hardest thing you ever do.

Beth Walker hasn’t just been burned by her philandering country music star ex, she’s been barbecued to a crisp. Coming home to Australia and into the arms of her best friends is exactly the balm she needs. Cocktails and laughter at an Outback Bachelor and Spinster Ball seem like the perfect distraction. Until she bumps into the last person she wants seeing her heartsick and pathetic — Jonah Masters, rising country music star and witness to the failure of her marriage. If only she’d met Jonah first. Now she’s broken and won’t ask him to wait until she heals.

Jonah can’t believe he and Beth are finally standing under the same stars. The connection they shared on the road years ago has haunted him but he wouldn’t pursue a married woman. Now she’s free, and Jonah can’t refuse the one night Beth impulsively offers. Can he convince the woman he’s always loved that he’ll wait — however long it takes — for her trust?

Wait For Me is Book 3 in The Outback Bachelor Ball Series. Don't miss out on Book 1 - Win Me by Joan Kilby and Book 2 - Woo Me by Karina Bliss.

Of the three books in this series, this is my favorite.

Beth was royally screwed over by her ex, a country music star who cheated on her for the entirety of their marriage. He had her convinced the rumors were just that, and she ignored evidence to the contrary in order to make her marriage work. When the women he cheated with came forward, she was humiliated on top of being betrayed. Several months later, she’s still in hiding and wants nothing to do with men. Her best friends talk her into attending the Outback Bachelor Ball and dancing with any man who asks that isn’t a total creep. She agrees, but only to make them happy. When she runs into Jonah Masters, she’s happy to see him, but also ashamed, since he was there when she first heard the rumors of her ex cheating, and he knows she chose to ignore them.

Jonah is thrilled he found Beth. He was one of the acts on her ex’s tour. They spent a lot of time together and he felt a serious connection to her. He’s been thinking about her a lot since the news of her husband’s infidelities came out. He can’t wait to catch up with her and see how she’s really holding up. He isn’t surprised to see they still have a striking connection, but he is surprised by the blinding amount of lust he feels for her – and that she seems to return.

Beth agrees to spend some time with Jonah, but she isn’t prepared for the feelings he stirs up inside of her. After they spend the night together she agrees to accompany him on a trip to look at a potential new home for himself. She can’t deny the connection between them, but she isn’t in a place where she can pursue anything with him. She can’t ask him to wait for her. He can’t do anything but.

I was most anxious for this book at the beginning of the series. Beth was pretty broken in the beginning, and I wasn’t sure how Mayberry was going to make a happily ever after – or even a happy for now – work. Beth had her world rocked when her husband’s cheating came to light in such a public way. Not only was her heart broken, but she lost trust in her judgement. How could she have stayed with a man so long when all the signs pointed to his perfidy and she just ignored them? To buy into her falling for someone else in short period of time wouldn’t have made sense. Thankfully that wasn’t the case.

Jonah was a well-balanced character. I thought there’d be more angst over the fact that he, too, was a country music star, but Beth recognized the differences between him and her ex. I thought that was well done. It can be frustrating when a woman paints all men with a tarnished brush because of the actions of one. It was easy to see why Beth felt for him the way she did. He was a strong, steady guy whose values and ideals lined up with her own. They had great chemistry in and out of the bedroom. There was a strong connection between Beth and Jonah that came across very well. I believed in their chemistry and their friendship. Since they knew each other before the burden of forming a connection wasn’t there.

When Beth makes the decision to leave Jonah behind to find herself and establish her life, I was both sad and relieved. She needed to find herself again, and put some distance between her old life and her new one. I’m so glad she took that time.

I really loved both Beth and Jonah, together and on their own. They were well suited and their friendship and connection really worked for me. The ending was very satisfying. I finished the book on a happy sigh with the feeling that all would work out as it should.

To be honest, I’m sad to see the series end. I would have loved more time with all three woman. Do yourselves a favor and pick this up now.

4.25 out of 5

four-stars

Five Books Everyone Should Read: Author Sarah Mayberry

Posted March 29, 2015 by Holly in Features | 8 Comments

Five Books Everyone Should Read is a new feature we’re running in 2015. We’ve asked some of our favorite authors, readers and bloggers to share five books that touched them or have stayed with them throughout the years.

5 Books Project

sarah mayberry This is going to be hard. My 5 books probably changes with the years, so I’ll try not to feel too guilty about including some books and leaving others out. I tend to read across a lot of genres, and I started my reading life with a lot of fantasy novels, inspired by The Hobbit, which we listened to on audio when I was in primary school (that’s the Australian equivalent of elementary school). Then I discovered romance. And then I started writing romance…

Dragonflight by Anne McaffreyAnne McCaffrey’s DragonFlight

HOW CAN ONE GIRL SAVE AN ENTIRE WORLD?

To the nobles who live in Benden Weyr, Lessa is nothing but a ragged kitchen girl. For most of her life she has survived by serving those who betrayed her father and took over his lands. Now the time has come for Lessa to shed her disguise—and take back her stolen birthright.

But everything changes when she meets a queen dragon. The bond they share will be deep and last forever. It will protect them when, for the first time in centuries, Lessa’s world is threatened by Thread, an evil substance that falls like rain and destroys everything it touches. Dragons and their Riders once protected the planet from Thread, but there are very few of them left these days. Now brave Lessa must risk her life, and the life of her beloved dragon, to save her beautiful world. . . .

I’m pretty sure my aunt gave me this book to read. I DEVOURED it, followed by the rest of the Pern books. I loved the romance, the world of Pern, the action, the prickly, stubborn heroine and the noble, determined hero…Sigh.

anyone but you by jennifer crusieJennifer Crusie’s Anyone But You

For Nina Askew, turning forty means freedom–from the ex-husband, freedom from their stuffy suburban home, freedom to focus on what she wants for a change. And what she wants is something her ex always vetoed–a puppy. A bouncy, adorable puppy. Instead she gets…Fred.

Overweight, middle-aged, a bit smelly and obviously depressed, Fred is light-years from perky. But he does manage to put Nina in the path of Alex Moore, her gorgeous, younger-by-a-decade neighbor.

Alex seems perfect–he’s a sexy, seemingly sane, surprisingly single E.R. doctor–but the age gap convinces Nina that anyone but Alex would be better relationship material. But with every silver-haired stiff she dates, the more she suspects it’s the young, dog-loving doc she wants to sit and stay!

This is the book that changed my life. I had been trying to get published for a while, writing Regency romances (so, so bad!) and trying my hand at Harlequin Presents type books. They were what I tended to read, so that was what I was trying to write. Then I picked up Anyone But You, one of the launch books (if not THE launch book) for Harlequin’s Love and Laughter line. This book was like a revelation to me. The characters in it where normal, not millionaires and secretaries, and it was so funny and sexy and there was so much attitude leaping off the page. I guess what I’m trying to say is that this is the book where I understood what “voice” was for a writer, and seeing what Ms Crusie had so masterfully done made me realize that I should put more of myself into my writing and not try to sound like everyone else. I still love this book. It’s gorgeous.

sugar daddy by lisa kleypasLisa Kleypas’s Travis family trilogy – Sugar Daddy, Blue Eyed Devil, Smooth Talking Stranger

Here together for the first time in a convenient ebook bundle, the first three books in New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas’ beloved series featuring the Travis family:

Sugar Daddy

Liberty Jones has dreams and determination that will take her far away from Welcome, Texas. Hardy Cates’ ambitions are bigger than Welcome, and Liberty Jones is a complication he doesn’t need. But something magical and potent draws them to each other, in a dangerous attraction that is stronger than both of them. Hardy leaves town to pursue his plans and soon Liberty finds herself under the spell of a billionaire tycoon. But the relationship goes deeper than people think, and Liberty begins to discover secrets about her own family’s past. Two men. One woman. A choice that can make her or break her. A woman you’ll root for every step of the way. A love story you’ll never forget.

Blue-Eyed Devilblue eyed devil by lisa kleypas

Hardy Cates is a self-made millionaire who comes from the wrong side of the tracks. He’s made enemies in the rough-and-tumble ride to the top of Houston’s oil industry. He’s got hot blood in his veins. And vengeance on his mind. Haven Travis refuses to set out on the path her wealthy family has chosen for her. But when Haven marries a man her family disapproves of, her life is set on a new and dangerous course. Two years later, Haven comes home, determined to guard her heart. And Hardy Cates, a family enemy, is the last person she needs darkening her door or setting her soul on fire.

smooth talking stranger by lisa kleypasSmooth Talking Stranger

Jack Travis leads the uncomplicated life of a millionaire Texas playboy. But no one has ever truly touched his heart or soul. Until one day, a woman appears on his doorstep with fury on her face and a baby in her arms. It seems Jack is the father and this woman is the baby’s aunt. The real mother has abandoned the child to her more responsible sister. And now, Jack is being called upon to take responsibility for the first time in his life.

Yes. I am totally cheating including these three books under one heading. They remain my go-to comfort reads, as well as the books that inspire me when I think about the kind of writer I’d like to be when I grow up. Funny, sexy, smart, moving… I could go on and on.

 

The Long Goodbye by Raymond ChandlerRaymond Chandler’s The Long Goodbye

Marlowe befriends a down on his luck war veteran with the scars to prove it. Then he finds out that Terry Lennox has a very wealthy nymphomaniac wife, who he’s divorced and re-married and who ends up dead. and now Lennox is on the lam and the cops and a crazy gangster are after Marlowe.

– I went through a stage where I gobbled up everything Raymond Chandler ever wrote. His books are so of their time, and they practically define the whole noir fiction genre. I picked The Long Goodbye because it’s got the amazing blonde quote in it. Someone has very kindly created a page all of its own for it over at Good Reads. Yes, it’s probably terribly misogynistic, but it’s so freakin’ noir… http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/33504-there-are-blondes-and-blondes-and-it-is-almost-a

faro's daughter by georgette heyerGeorgette Heyer’s Faro’s Daughter

THE HIGH STAKES OF LOVE

Skilled in the art of card playing, Deborah Grantham, a gambler’s daughter, uses that skill as her sole means of support as mistress of her aunt’s elegant and exclusive gaming club in 18th-century London. The beautiful young must find a way to restore herself and her aunt to respectability, preferably without accepting either of two repugnant offers. One is from an older, very rich and rather corpulent lord whose reputation for licentious behavior disgusts her; the other from the young, puppyish scion of a noble family whose relatives are convinced she is a fortune hunter.

Lady Mablethorpe was aghast. Her young son Adrian was marrying Miss Deborah Grantham–a gambling-club wench! Thus she sent her trusted nephew, the vastly wealthy, clever, and imperturbable Max Ravenscar, speeding to the faro tables to buy the hussy off. To Ravenscar’s surprise, Deborah turned out to be remarkably handsome, witty, and–he could scarcely believe it–well-bred. Nevertheless, he expected she’d be grateful far the price he offered to give up her young suitor. Arrogant Ravenscar comes to buy her off, an insult so scathing that it leads to a volley of passionate reprisals, escalating between them to a level of flair and fury that can only have one conclusion….

I discovered Georgette Heyer when I moved into a friend’s house and discovered her mother’s extensive collection. I practically did a backstroke through those books, I immersed myself in them so completely. I can still remember the decadent pleasure of finishing one and then walking up the hallway to grab another one off the shelf. The kind of on-tap self indulgence we enjoy every day now with e-books. I’ve picked Faro’s Daughter because I love the battle of wills between the hero and heroine. I love the code of honor that they share. I love that their wrangling is foreplay. There’s a scene where the heroine’s sniveling brother tries to suck up to the hero by releasing him from imprisonment, and the hero is so contemptuous of him for betraying his sister, he refuses to take advantage of what’s happened. Instead, he waits for the heroine to come visit him in his “cell”, a sort of courtesy to her… Just thinking about how much these two people understand each other makes me smile.

Thanks so much for asking me to play today! I loved thinking about these books and why I love them so much.

 

ANTICIPATION by Sarah MayberryAbout Sarah Mayberry:

Sarah Mayberry is the New York Times best selling author of more than 35 books. When she’s not writing romance, she writes scripts for TV and works as a story consultant to the Australian and New Zealand film and television industries. She’s is happily married to another writer, and they live together by the Bay in Melbourne, Australia, with a small furry Cavoodle called Max. Visit her at her website: www.sarahmayberry.com

Check out Sarah’s latest release: Anticipation

 

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
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, General
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