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Excerpt & Giveaway: Snowbound With The Soldier by Jennifer Faye

Posted September 27, 2013 by Rowena in Promotions | 2 Comments

Snowbound with the Soldier


Maybe this Christmas…?

It has been seven long years since Kara Jameson last saw Jason Greene. Returning home as a wounded war hero, Jason looks a shell of the man she once knew. Yet her heart still skips a beat as if it was yesterday….

Stepping back into civilian life, Jason looks to Kara for help. But there’s too much water under the bridge—not to mention too much lingering attraction.
But it seems that the mountain weather has other ideas, and when Kara and Jason end up snowbound together they are forced to confront the ghosts of Christmas past.

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II“How are you?”

He wanted to exchange pleasantries as though they’d parted on good terms? She didn’t have time to beat around the bush. She should already be home, getting dinner for her daughter before they went over her homework.

“When you left Pleasant Valley, you swore you’d never return. So what happened? What finally changed your mind?”

His expression hardened. If he’d been expecting a warm welcome, he’d been sadly mistaken.

IIIHe shrugged. “Things change.”

Well, most things did, and generally not for the better, but not in Jason’s case. He hadn’t gained so much as a beer gut or a receding hairline. Even the jagged scar on his face added to his sexiness.

Kara’s gaze rose to meet his. At first glance, she thought his intense blue eyes were the same as she remembered, but a closer inspection revealed a hard glint in them. He no longer resembled the warm, lighthearted guy she’d dated for nearly four years. Or had he been that way all along? Had those rose-colored glasses she’d been wearing back then obscured his real character? Had she ever truly known him at all?

Author Bio

AuthorJennifer Faye is a two-time RT Book Reviews TOP PICK author. Maybe that’s partly due to the fact that she has spent most of her life with her nose in one book or another. It was only natural that she dreamed of becoming a romance writer and spinning the tales of the imaginary people running around in her mind. But first life took her on a couple of detours. Refusing to give up on her dreams, she finally succeeded in getting her name on a book cover. She currently resides in Pennsylvania with her very, very patient husband, one amazing daughter (the other remarkable daughter has flown the coop to chase her own dreams) and two spoiled rotten cats. When she’s not glued to her laptop writing another contemporary romance (which isn’t often) or enjoying some family time, she loves to get lost in a good book, cross-stitch, embroider, quilt, knit, watch hockey (go Pittsburgh Penguins!), and garden. Jennifer loves to hear from readers–you can contact her via her website.

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Review: How A Cowboy Stole Her Heart by Donna Alward

Posted October 21, 2011 by Holly in Reviews | 0 Comments

Holly‘s review of How a Cowboy Stole Her Heart by Donna Alward.

Clay Gregory’s known Megan Briggs her whole life, and he’s been plenty worried about her while she’s been getting medical treatment. Now she’s back home and hiding away on the family ranch.
Knowing the stubborn cowgirl won’t accept his help willingly, he invites her to a family wedding to help him avoid his aunt’s matchmaking!
He plans to remind Meg she’s still the girl who can beat him in a horse race! But as she steps out in her curve-hugging red dress, her skills on a horse are suddenly the furthest thing from his mind….

Don’t let the title and cover fool you, this isn’t a light piece of fluff. There’s quite a bit of emotional depth in these pages.

Megan and Clay have been friends for a long time. Meg has been away going through chemo and radiation for breast cancer. Before she left, she and Clay said some harsh words to each other. Now that she’s back and in remission, she wants to mend fences but isn’t sure how.

Clay lost his father to cancer, and in a way, his mother as well (she abandoned them because she couldn’t handle his father’s illness). When Meg tells him she has cancer Clay knows he isn’t strong enough to be there for her. He says some harsh things that he can’t take back..but he wants to make it up to her.

Surprisingly, while they’re trying to mend their friendship they realize there’s more between them. But they’re both afraid to move forward with their relationship. Meg doesn’t trust that Clay will stick around for the long haul..and frankly neither does Clay. He doesn’t want to lose another person he cares about.

Meg and Clay are just two big balls of issues. Meg is dealing with the scars from her fight with cancer – both the physical and emotional ones. She’s determined to live her life to the fullest, and yet at the same time she’s scared. Scared that next time she might not make it. She’s also scared that Clay won’t be the man she needs him to be. She needs someone she can rely on. Someone she can count on to be there in case the worst happens and her cancer comes back.

Clay has lost enough people in his life. He doesn’t want to take the chance that he’ll end up having his heart broken. Instead, he pushes Meg away, thinking they’ll both be better off. But as time goes on he comes to realize he wants Meg in his life – even if that means risking his a broken heart. The problem will be convincing Meg he’s the man for her.

Although there were some very touching scenes in this book and many emotional pitfalls, I had frustrations with both Meg and Clay. They kept saying harsh things to each other and pulling back at the slightest hint of deeper feelings. While I understood this in the beginning, as the novel progressed I found myself losing patience with them.

3 out of 5.

This book is available from Harlequin Romance. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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Guest Review: Soldier On Her Doorstep by Soraya Lane

Posted July 18, 2011 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 0 Comments

Judith’s review of  A Soldier On Her Doorstepby Soraya Lane.

Soldier Alex Dane promised his dying comrade he’d make sure his wife and daughter were okay, and so he finds himself on a doorstep with his heart in his mouth.

Lisa Kennedy loved her husband, but she must focus on her daughter, Lilly, who hasn’t spoken since her daddy’s death. Still, the least she can do is offer this battle-weary hero a place to rest.
When Lilly’s little hand reaches for Alex’s big, strong one, for the first time Lisa feels her buried emotions begin to stir.…

This Harlequin novel is one that reaches out to our current consciousness of how the world is working right now, and especially America’s involvement in the Middle East conflicts that continue.  While there are now numerous novels and short stories about veterans and their families, this is rather unique in that it is highlighting the experience and anxieties of a man who must try to bring comfort to the family of one of his fallen buddies. Yet he himself is wounded in so many ways and on so many levels, and doing this for his friend is probably one of the most difficult tasks he has ever undertaken.

The characters in this story are not flamboyant and this is not a romance that is filled with erotic love scenes.  Rather, it is the pathos and hurt of love lost as a loving husband and father is now dead and his wife and child must find their way forward without him.  Alex’s discomfort and uneasy demeanor is apparent right from the start and while his friend’s wife seeks to comfort him with food and attempted conversation, it is the young Lilley whose open acceptance and immediate friendship which begins the long healing process in Alex’s heart and soul.

This is a kind and gentle story that does not back away from the realities of what war can do to our service personnel nor does it fail to deal honestly with the fact that so many come home without external wounds but who carry deep fissures of the spirit within.  Alex is doubly screwed in that he has no family or home to which he is returning.  Yes, he is home from the war, but now where does he go?  Who is waiting for him?  It is Lilley’s unwillingness to speak at all that begins to grab Alex and convinces him that he is needed.  And in the weeks he stays with Lilley and her mother, he begins the long journey toward wholeness he so desperately needs.

With the decade-long involvement of the United States in the Middle East, fiction writers are most certainly going to find stories to write set within the military genre.  Most of the novels and novellas I have read on this subject so far have been quite good, and I would have not difficulty adding this one to the list of really good novels that tell the stories of those who have returned from war and who need to rebuild their lives.  This is a story of love and loss, of hope and disappointment, of reaching out in a way that brings healing not only to those who are the object of the caring, but to the caregivers themselves.  It is the story also of a little girl whose open heart and curious mind wiggle under the defenses of a man who would always be alone if it were not for her kindness and genuine regard for this warrior.  It is also the story of a war widow who is not really ready to be a war widow and who is given the courage to move past those who would bind her in her grief and find a new start for herself that will bring love and renewal into her heart and that of her daughter.

This is a very substantive story and one that will be very uplifting.  It is entertaining, yes, but it is also one of those books that makes me glad that I took the time and made the effort to read it.  It is definitely one that I highly recommend.

I give this novel a 4.25 out of 5 rating.

You can read more from Judith at Dr J’s Book Place.

This book is available from Harlequin. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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Review: Her Lone Cowboy by Donna Alward

Posted April 8, 2010 by Holly in Reviews | 0 Comments

Holly‘s review of Her Lone Cowboy (Larch Valley, Book 2) by Donna Alward

“Grouchy Noah was a challenge, but a Noah who started to trust Lily was far more difficult to handle…”

Noah Laramie has come back home to run Lazy L Ranch. Injured and now out of the army, he wants to shut himself off from the world.

Lily Germaine is just there to help him, but loner Noah is the most stubborn-as-a-mule man she’s ever met. Losing an arm doesn’t mean he has to lose sight of who he is. His courage, strength and loyalty make him one in a million. She just needs to convince him of that….

This is the second book in Alward’s Larch Valley duet. I enjoyed the first one, though the end did leave me feeling a little unsettled, and I have to say it was the same for this one.

Noah was injured while at war – he’s a Captain in the Army – and Lily, who is best friend to Noah’s sister-in-law – agrees to help him out a bit until he gets more settled. Noah is frustrated by his new circumstances and not sure how to deal with them. Having Lily around isn’t helping much either. She only serves to remind him that he isn’t whole and therefore not fit for someone like her. Lily was hurt in the past and is terrified of commitment. She’s willing to help Noah only because she knows he won’t be around permanently.

I really liked both Noah and Lily. Lily was practical and fun loving, the perfect antithesis for Noah’s dark broodiness. He’s having trouble adjusting to life after his injury and Lily is really good at pulling him out of his shell. Noah really gave Lily something to focus on, and I loved that they formed a friendship. As they came to trust each other their relationship really blossomed.

I really enjoyed this story, right up until the end. Then I was frustrated with Lily for pushing Noah away. But at the end of it, I couldn’t really blame her for having done so. Neither of them really gave all they could to the relationship, and therefore neither was solely responsible for the way things turned out. I don’t want to spoil it, but I’m still trying to decide my overall feelings.

I also think Noah’s injury and the emotional trauma he suffered could have been explored farther. It was hinted at that he had unresolved issues, but they were never full addressed.

For the most part this was a sweet story with strong emotional pull on both sides.

3.75 out of 5

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This book is available from Harlequin Romance. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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Review: One Dance with the Cowboy by Donna Alward

Posted March 23, 2010 by Holly in Reviews | 0 Comments

Holly’s review of One Dance with the Cowboy by Donna Alward

“Care to take those boots for a spin, Miss O’Keefe?”

Jen O’Keefe will agree to just one dance with coolheaded cowboy Drew Laramie. But only for old times’ sake. She can’t risk losing her heart to him again.

Drew left Larch Valley, promising Jen he’d return. When he didn’t, she moved on…. Now the childhood sweetheart Jen had stopped waiting for is back!

I really enjoyed this story. I’m kind of a sucker for the “lovers reunited” plot anyway, but Alward did a good job of bringing these two back together.

Drew and Jen were high school sweethearts. Jen thought for sure they’d end up married and living happily ever after, but Drew had other ideas. He wanted to make a career for himself and get out of Larch Valley, which meant leaving Jen behind. But now he’s grown up and moved back home and can’t deny Jen still heats him up.

Jen was crushed when Drew broke up with her all those years ago. She knows she can’t deal with that kind of heartbreak again, so she’s determined to avoid him at all costs. Unfortunately, she’s an adult with responsibilities, so when Drew needs to hire to cater an event for him, she can’t say no. She can’t deny the chemistry between them, but she isn’t willing to give up her heart. Of course, she may not have a choice…

I’ve read Alward in the past and have yet to be disappointed. Jen and Drew were both strong characters.I did wonder at the way Jen was constantly rushing after Drew, despite swearing she wouldn’t get sucked in by him again. It was obvious she still had feelings for him. Drew wasn’t as easy to figure out. He was attracted to Jen, but I’m not sure he had leftover feelings for her. It seemed to me that his feelings were newly developed as he got to know the grown-up version of his high school sweetheart.

I did feel like the end was a bit abrupt. Throughout Jen is the one who constantly puts herself out there. I would have liked to see Drew go to her and grovel a bit more. Otherwise it was good.

If you’re looking for a light, heart-warming read, I’d say this it.

3.75 out of 5

This book is available from Harlequin Romance. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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