Book Reviews

Review: Silver Bells by C.J. Hunt

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Silver Bells by C.J. Hunt 5/5.

6tag_291117-063918Isaac MacAllister’s life revolves around building his business and doing his best to give his daughter Sara a strong sense of family. Over the years he’s had to learn how to keep their little family together on his own, but this Christmas Isaac is going to have some unexpected help.

Christmas blogger Jenna Murphy has one goal for the holidays this year: to get far away from anything to do with Christmas. Her website sale is done, and after 1,825 posts about the big C, it’s one “season” she never wants to celebrate again. She’s ready to start a new life, and the Big River Lodge seems like the perfect place for her to figure out the details. The lodge is isolated, she has her own private cabin, and no one in her family will know where she is.

But she didn’t plan on the highly distracting presence of Isaac MacAllister. Is Jenna going to let one sexy dad and his sweet kindergartener derail her plans for her holiday … and her life?

Review:

This is the best Christmas novella I have read in a long time. The characters, setting, and narrative made me feel so festive, and everything simply fell into place for a potential happy ever after.

Who doesn’t like the idea of a hunky, single Dad taking care of you when you’re injured and alone? Even better when he has the hots for you. Isaac was an endearing character, and I could visualise his lifestyle with his daughter Sara and the small town they live in where everyone knows everyone. Despite her lifestyle before, Jenna’s character made the easy transition into Isaac’s world, and I could well believe the ending. That brother, though. Some people are just assholes.

I devoured this book in one sitting. I highly recommend this read to any romance lovers looking to get in the Christmas spirit.


The opinions expressed here are those of K.J.Chapman and no other parties

All books reviewed on this blog have been read by K.J.Chapman

K.J.Chapman has not been paid for this review

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Indie Book Advent

Indie Book Advent #21

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Day 21 of my Indie Book Advent features Daughter of Llathe by Ben Cassidy.

#.jpgWhen Wayfinder Nali is dispatched to the isolated village of Veel’na in the rainforest lowlands of the planet Llathe, she soon discovers that her task is larger than she thought. A dark terror is killing the people of Veel’na one-by-one during the Long Night, and there is no help coming until daybreak several weeks away.

As Nali races to find out exactly what is responsible for these deaths and stop it, she faces rising tension from the captain of the town’s mercenary guard and the frightened villagers themselves.

Will Nali overcome her own doubts and fears, or will the ancient evil that rots out in the heart of the Llathese jungle ultimately consume her?

Where to find Cassidy and his book:

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Indie Book Advent #18

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Day 18 of my Indie Book Advent features Brianna West’s Guardians in Love series.

Victor (Book One) Blurb:

Lilly Hughes, pureblood witch and Guardian-in-training, has worked arduously the last three years to become the best Guardian in her class in hopes of securing a position on Lucas Easton’s team, the highest coveted position in the Guardians and the team her late mother was a member of. However, she suffers from a dangerously clumsy nature that threatens to make that dream just that, a dream.

Until she meets Victor, supervising angel to Lucas Easton’s team and active member on the Promiscus Guardian council. He’s an angel with a gentlemanly demeanor and incredible looks that immediately turns her bad luck for good. Or does he? His gentle nature is hiding a dark secret, a past that Lilly has been desperate to know since she was told of how her mother perished in a mission.

What is Victor’s connection to it? How can she control these subsurface desires for the one man who might hold the key to her future and the secret behind her mother’s death? Will it ultimately lead to tragedy?

Where to find West and her books:

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Indie Book Advent #17

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Day 17 of my Indie Book Advent features Unexpected Gifts by Bronwyn Green

00Feeling sorry for herself, Cassie Williams plays sick to skip out of her family’s Christmas Eve gathering. She loves her family, but on the heels of a divorce and her ex’s new engagement, an evening of togetherness is the last thing she wants.

Long-time friend, Sam MacLane has been in love with Cassie for years, and he isn’t about to let her have her pity party. There’s a blizzard on the way, and Sam shows up on her doorstep—bearing gifts….

Where to find Green and her book:

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Review: Pastels and Jingle Bells by Christina. S. Feldman

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Pastels and Jingle Bells by Christina. S. Feldman 5/5

15497761_1367612613290152_439208163_n.jpgTrish Ackerly never expected to cross paths with Ian Rafferty again, but when she spots the former bully of her childhood years through her bakery window, she thinks she may just have been given the best Christmas gift ever: the opportunity to finally give Ian the comeuppance he deserves.

But clearly she does not have a knack for this whole revenge thing, because before she can make good on her plans, Trish gets inadvertently drawn into Ian’s life in an unexpected way that lets her see just how different the man is from the boy he used to be. In fact, much to her astonishment, she actually starts to like the guy.

A lot.

Trouble is, Ian doesn’t know who she really is, and explaining it to him is going to be a little difficult now—which is bad news, because Trish is starting to realize that all she really wants for Christmas this year…is Ian.

I downloaded this novella for free from Amazon.

Review:

When he was a boy, Ian Rafferty used to pick on Patricia ‘Pattycakes’.  Years later, the opportunity arrives for Trish to give Ian a taste of his own medicine, but can she bring herself to do it? The man in front of her is different from the boy she knew, and could she actually be falling for the guy?

This novella left me all warm and fuzzy inside. I was fully submerged into Trish’s world as baker and artist. Ian’s backstory was convincing and understandable, and this tale is an homage to how people can turn their life around and become a better version of themselves. I was continually waiting for the bomb shell moment, which was delivered thanks to ‘Pop’.

The sub characters in this book are well written and have clear voices. The relationship between Trish and Ian’s daughter, Kelsey, was sweet and well developed, and an anchor for the couple to grow closer. An all round, heart lifting, Christmas read.


The opinions expressed here are those of K.J.Chapman and no other parties

All books reviewed on this blog have been read by K.J.Chapman

K.J.Chapman has not been paid for this review

Indie Book Advent

Indie Book Advent #10

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Day 10 of my Indie Book Advent features Leeah Taylor’s Dark Secrets.

31427654What happens when everything you thought you knew was a lie?

That’s exactly what William must face when he meets Becca one night in a local bar. Their connection curious as William feels a familiar draw to her. Sure that he knows her, William digs deeper for information by returning to the Bottom. His curiosity, though, reveals twenty years of lies, secrets and betrayal; all at the hands of his parents.

William is thrust back into the world of vampires, conjurers and wolves when Becca is taken by an old enemy. And as family is reunited and truths revealed, William is faced with a legacy that will change everything he thought he knew about himself, his father and the world he came from.

All that matters, though, is his growing affection for Becca. A bond forged at birth and reignited as they discover who they are and what they are meant for. And as they do, they will awaken the Heir and Heiress within them. Setting into motion their legacy to once again rule the Bottom World. But first, they must die before they can live.

Where to find Leeah Taylor and her book:

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Indie Book Advent #8

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Day 8 of my Indie Book Advent features L.M. Bryski’s Book of Birds.

41fslX0OMeL.jpgIn post-war Canada during the late 1940s, Elly McGuinty and her younger sister, Dot, are newly orphaned. The girls are sent to live with their grandparents in a small prairie town. Still grieving the loss of her parents, Elly chafes at the responsibility of helping care for Dot and struggles to find a place for herself in her new life. When a travelling circus comes to town, Elly’s desire for new experiences leads her, Dot, and new friend Stammer – a shy boy mocked for his halting voice – down a path where lives are altered forever.

Where to Find Bryski and her book:

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