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Review ~ One in a Million (Lucky Harbor #12) by Jill Shalvis

By : Heather Coulter

As the brains behind wedding site TyingTheKnot.com, Callie sees it all: from the ring to the dress, the smiles . . . to the tears. It's that last part that keeps her single and not looking. Getting left at the altar will do that to a girl. But when Callie returns to her old hometown, she finds that her sweet high school crush is sexier than ever. And he makes it hard to remember why she's sworn off love . . .

Tanner is a deep-sea diver with a wild, adrenaline-junkie past—and now his teenage son is back in his life. How can Tanner be a role model when he's still paying for his own mistakes? It's hard enough that gorgeous Callie has appeared in town like a beautiful dream, challenging his best-laid plans to keep his heart on lockdown. Though there's something about being around her again that makes him feel like he can be the man she—and his son—deserve. Little Lucky Harbor holds their past; can it hold a beautiful new future?
“And then he proceeded to kiss the living daylights out of her, a hot, wet, deep kiss that was good. So very good.”
I tried to savor this since story it is the final book in the Lucky Harbor series and I am not ready to let these fantastic characters go. However, in typical Jill Shalvis style I was immediate swept into their courtship and my need (it’s an addiction really) to witness their HEA…I could not put it down.

I enjoyed the romance between Callie and Tanner. They are not your typical eyes-meet, instant love, feel-good couple – it is the challenges they faced/face that make them worth the read.

DoughnutWarning: If you are a doughnut lover (like this reader) I recommend a quick trip to the bakery before you start this book..

Disclosure: This book was provided to me free of charge for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.

Review ~ Evidence of Passion (Shadow Agents #7) by Cynthia Eden

By : Heather Coulter
Friends become endangered lovers in New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden's Shadow Agents: Guts and Glory miniseries

Trusting the wrong man had almost cost EOD agent Rachel Mancini her life. Now, years later, the killer's back to make the hit he missed. But he won't succeed while Rachel's gorgeous partner, Dylan Foxx, is on the case. He's been the sexy ex-lawyer's friend for years and will do anything to keep her safe. And though it could prove fatal, he wants her in his arms...and his bed.

But first he has to stop the madman obsessed with Rachel. Ex-SEAL Dylan has the skills and determination to meet every danger the twisted assassin can unleash. A relationship has never had a place in his life...until he senses Rachel wants him as badly as he wants her.
Adam Wright’s betrayal -
“You’re mine,” he told her. His hands lowered to his sides. “Either mine to kill or mine to love. The choice is all on me…I knew it from the beginning.”
leads Rachel Mancini reluctantly into the protective arms of Dylan Foxx.
“I’m going to take care of you,” Dylan promised her. “We’re the good guys. We’re going to keep you safe.” A pause. “I’m going to keep you safe.”
Cynthia Eden dialogue and writing style, regardless of genre, always keep this reader intrigued. This is the first book in The Shadow Agents: Guts and Glory line that I have read; each is stand alone. Dylan is everything a heroine needs – sexy, protective, and 100% devoted. I loved his intimation tactics…they always brought a smile to my face. Rachel complements his character perfectly. Considering she has a killer obsessed with her I expected a meeker woman – someone in need of fortification. Instead Ms. Eden gave us an independent survivor who stands beside (or in front of) her hero.

I have added the other installments to my TBR…and if you like romantic suspense I recommend this line of Harlequin Intrigue.
Disclosure: This book was provided to me free of charge for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.

Review ~ The Promise (Thunder Point #5) by Robyn Carr

By : Heather Coulter
#1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr returns to Thunder Point with an uplifting story about overcoming loss and finding unexpected love 

Scott Grant has a bustling family practice in the small Oregon community of Thunder Point. The town and its people have embraced the widowed doctor and father of two, his children are thriving, and Scott knows it's time to move on from his loss. But as the town's only doctor, the dating scene is awkward. That is, until a stunning physician's assistant applies for a job at his clinic. 

Peyton Lacoumette considers herself entirely out of the dating scene. She's already been burned by a man with kids, and she's come to Thunder Point determined not to repeat past mistakes. When Scott offers her a job, at a much lower salary than she's used to, Peyton is surprisingly eager to accept…at least for now. She's willing to stay for a three-month trial period while she explores other options. 

Scott and Peyton know the arrangement is temporary—it isn't enough time to build a real relationship, never mind anything with lasting commitment. But love can blossom faster than you think when the timing is right, and this short visit just might hold the promise of forever.
I was a huge fan of Robyn Carr's Virgin River series and that fandom has now extended to Thunder Point.

Ms. Carr creates phenomenal characters that make each return to Thunder Point an adventure. Scott Grant's character is a sexy doctor, but he was made even more attractive by his devotion to his children. However, I was sightly annoyed by Peyton's non-stop comparisons/expectations. I loved her extended family!

The most impressive part of this story was how the author was able to squeeze a complete courtship into a short period of time (the trial period).

Just an FYI, I read this book out-of-order - I read The Homecoming before this one. It was not a problem just wanted to state that for the record.
Disclosure: This book was provided to me free of charge for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.

Review ~ Great Little Gifts to Knit: 30 Quick and Colorful Patterns by Jean Moss

By : Heather Coulter
Today's knitters are avid—and busy. Although they love to knit for friends and family, and enjoy trying out new patterns and stitch techniques, they're constantly faced with the challenge of finding enough time to complete their projects. Great Little Gifts to Knit solves this problem. Jean Moss, author of Sweet Shawlettes, has designed 30 fun, fresh, beautiful patterns that incorporate traditional knitting techniques from all over the world: from Fair Isle and Aran knits to Peruvian intarsia patterns and Japanese shadow knitting techniques. Beautiful, clever, and, most of all, quick to knit, these projects offer knitters a chance to learn and experiment with new techniques—all in projects that can be made in less than a weekend.
I was very excited to receive this book.

This book has some great inspirational patterns within it's covers. the pictures are extraordinary.

My projects so far:
Shower Set (pgs 12-15) - I only made the slippers & hat. These knitted up quickly and made a great gift. I tagged this pattern to use for future gifts.

Fiesta Shrug and Fingerless Gloves (pg 32-36) - I completed the fingerless gloves in two different color schemes. I did not complete the shrug. I did not like the fit - it was awkwardly shaped.

Galaxy Beret (pgs 59-61) - These make great gifts...I even sold a couple at a recent craft show. I adorned a couple of these with knitted flowers instead of the recommended buttons. One I topped with a pom-pom. These are easily modified into different looks.

Galway Beanie and Head-Wrap (pgs 82-84) - I was not overly-impressed by this pattern. This is a basic knitted hat with a cable pattern. However, it is a great pattern to knit for someone whose head size you may not know. It is very stretchy.

My favorite pattern in this book was the Wensleydale Tea Cozy (pgs 105-107) - This pattern was challenging, but it is also very forgiving. I purchased a vintage teapot and added this cozy for a housewarming gift. I was well received. It can also be converted into a hat pattern (I have not yet done that, but I do see the potential.
Disclosure: This ebook was provided to me free of charge for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.

Review: On Her Father's Grave (Rogue River #1) by Kendra Elliot

By : Heather Coulter
In a small town like Solitude, Oregon, keeping a secret can be murder.

Stevie Taylor had left her sleepy Oregon hometown for a more exciting life. But after her police chief father passes away, the LAPD cop returns to Solitude and signs on as a patrol officer, hoping to heal from her loss…and from the horrific things she’s seen in the city.

In Solitude, everyone knows everyone else’s business—and, to Stevie’s dismay, local gossip soon ties her to the new police chief and a man from her past. Tragedy then shakes up the small town when a teenager dies after taking a strange new drug. Now, the seasoned LA cop must hunt down the dealer while investigating the most important case of her life, one that could divide her tranquil town.
The first of four thrilling Rogue River novellas, On Her Father’s Grave launches a new romantic suspense series from Kendra Elliot and Melinda Leigh.

Kendra Elliot has wowed this reader with each release – I adore her Bone Secrets series. So when the author reached out and asked if I would review her latest book, On Her Father’s Grave I was ecstatic. Then I learned it was a series she is collaboration with another favorite suspense author of mine, Melinda Leigh. I read the book immediately after receiving it, then again over the weekend. It releases tomorrow and I highly recommend all romantic suspense fans pre-order so that it is waiting for you on your e-reader when you awaken in the morning. You are going to love Stevie and her family. 

A snippet of Romance:
“This wasn’t any little questioning first kiss. This was lust and passion and attraction wrapped up in a hot package and delivered directly into her hands.” 

A snippet of Suspense:
“But tonight, on this Memorial Day weekend, sadness hung like a heavy fog over the recreation site.
Some had died during the fun”
Disclosure: This ebook was provided to me free of charge for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.

Review ~ Loom Knitting Afghans, Blankets & Cushions: More Than 20 No-Needle Designs by Isela Phelps

By : Heather Coulter

Popular loom knitting maven Isela Phelps is back with a new book containing patterns for afghans, blankets, and throws. Whether you're new to loom knitting or a serial afghan knitter looking for some new exciting projects, this book has lots to delve into from blankets featuring graphic chevron patterns or a variety of stitches and textures, to easy patchwork throws or blankets showcasing intricate cables and lace patterns. As the projects are arranged from beginner to advanced, new loom knitters can progress through the designs while learning and mastering techniques along the way. 

Isela provides the clear, easy-to-follow instructions her books are known for, and shares hints and tips for how to choose the right loom and yarn for a project. An illustrated introductory chapter explains and demonstrates everything you need to know about loom knitting and serves as a great refresher course. A finishing section helps you achieve expert results and provides instructions for how to personalize your designs with a range of embellishments.
I was very excited to receive this book.

This book has some great inspirational patterns within it's covers.

My projects so far:
The Stroller Stripes Blanket (pgs 82-83) - I made it in Purple & Green since my stubborn friend refused to reveal the baby's gender.

The Braid Circular Lapghan (pgs 104-105) - I modified this pattern to create a shawl. I simply left out 3 wedges and added 5 funky buttons.

Sampler Block Bedspread (pgs 116-121) - This is a work in progress. I am using leftover/scrap yarn to make this spread. This is a great beginner project; the knitter can decide to use all 9 stitches or any combination of them to create the design you want. I favor the Big Bamboo stitch pattern for this blanket.

Striped Mitered Square Blanket (pgs 130-133) - I started this blanket in Dark and light purples. However, after about 8 squares I frogged it. I am not sure if it was the color scheme or the pattern. Maybe i'll try this pattern again one day...but for now it remains in the someday pile.

FYI - this book requires different looms for different patterns. I did not see this mentioned anywhere; so I thought I would make others aware.
Disclosure: This book was provided to me free of charge for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.

Review ~ Hope Burns (Hope #3) by Jaci Burton

By : Heather Coulter
A novel of small-town hearts and big dreams...

Molly Burnett dreads returning to her hometown of Hope for her sister’s wedding, especially knowing she’ll have to endure a weekend with the oneman she never wants to see again. It’s only a couple of days, so Molly will try to forget her painful past with high school sweetheart Carter Richards. Because despite the bitter memories, she still can’t forget what they once meant to each other.

But when Molly is forced to extend her stay, Carter sees this as his second chance to do things right, to start over again with the only woman he’s ever loved. This time, he isn’t going to let Molly run. Together they’re going to confront the past and put it behind them, and hope for a future as bright as the flame that still burns hot between them.

Molly Burnett left Hope, OK shortly after her high school relationship with Carter Richards ended abruptly -- 12 years ago. She lives nomad lifestyle; often relocating. She has not once returned to her hometown, even for a short visit, until now.  However, this weekend’s visit is unavoidable. Her sister, Emma Burnett, is getting married to Luke McCormack.

Carter knew Molly would be returning for the Burnett/McCormack wedding, but he is caught completely off-guard by the feelings that still exist between them.  I especially enjoyed the maturity of Carter’s character. The story gains momentum once he makes the decision to mend the riff and create a future with Molly.

All the elements of small-town life are incorporated into a familiar temperament. The author successfully navigated the intricates of a realistic second chance romantic courtship. As a long-time fan of Jaci Burton's writing style, I recommend this to contemporary romance fans.

Looking forward to reading Love After All featuring Chelsea Gardner and Bash Palmer.
Disclosure: This book was provided to me free of charge for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.

Spotlight: Hopes Toy Chest 7 ~ Cover Reveal: Destiny's Wish by Marissa Dobson

By : Heather Coulter

Hope's Toy Chest, the first book in the Cedar Grove Medical series, is now out for pre-order. The pre-order price is discounted to only $0.99. 
Hopes-Toy-Chest2Blurb: At thirty-one, Kingsley Mathews has been named the head of the pediatric oncology department at one of the best children’s hospitals in the country—Ceder Grove Children’s Hospital. His life is dedicated to his patients—until one Christmas when he learns there’s more than his work. Chelsea Waters lost her daughter two years ago on Christmas Day to a rare form of childhood cancer. Her career was over, then her marriage. Now all she has left is Hope’s Toy Chest. The toy drive she started in the memory of her daughter has become her everything. When she ends up flat on her back in a pile of snow, she begins to wonder if there’s room in her heart for anything more. Could the doctor who worked so feverishly to save her daughter bring the meaning of Christmas back into her heart? 

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Cover Reveal: Destiny's Wish - Book Two 
Single mother Nora Horton has the weight of the world on her shoulders. After her husband died while serving his country, she was left alone to raise their beautiful daughter, Destiny. She was able to pick up the pieces and move on for her daughter, but when Destiny’s cancer returns, Nora isn’t sure she can handle it any longer. She’s not certain she can be strong for her daughter when she’s falling apart inside. Doctor Brian West is a pediatric cardiologist at Cedar Grove Children’s Hospital and has seen many sick children during his years there. He’s always been able to do his job without letting it get to him because he knows that if he’s distracted for even a minute, someone could die because of him. When he stumbles upon Nora, the recognition is instant and he can’t distance himself from her or her sick little girl, especially not when the little girl tells him her wish. A sick child’s dying wish isn’t meant for her mother’s ears this time...because she wants her mother to have someone to love. Release Date: February 3, 2015

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