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Friday, April 16, 2021

Veronica Reviews ~ SCARRED HERO by Hope Ford


Scarred Hero

(Heroes with Heart, Book 1)


Hope Ford



5 Stars

Military Romance (Novella)

Wounded war hero, Cole Prince, chooses to hide in the shadows.  Coming back wounded with scars both seen and unseen, Cole can’t believe he let his friends talk him into venturing out to a bar for drinks.  Keeping his scarred face hidden the best he can, Cole is mesmerized by the bartender and is completely blown away when she looks upon him without flinching…and smiles.  In that moment, Cole has hope…hope that maybe he can find some measure of peace and happiness with this beautiful woman that sees the man beyond the pain.

Hope noticed the soldier the moment he entered the bar, but can’t figure out why he keeps hiding his handsome face.  Yes, he has the markings of someone that was wounded and lived to tell the tale, but looking into his eyes, Hope knows he’s going to be hers…if she can just get him to give her a chance…

Scarred Hero is one of my top romance reads of the year!  I’m so in love with beautifully broken heroes, and the author has given me a perfect one with Cole!  What a wonderful world we would live in if we saw each other with our hearts rather than our eyes!  We could all use a little hope right now.  Highly recommend this quick insta-love story!

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

The Lady Brewer of London by Karen Brooks

 A historical romance in the early 1400's under the rule of King Henry IV with a factual basis for the era, reveals an incredible life of a fifteenth century woman forced to survive through her own means.

Anneke Sheldrake's father is lost at sea and leaves the family and property without money to survive.  Concerned for her siblings, the staff, and her own survival, she decides to reenact a family trade, brewing ale.

This was a risky business at this time for a woman.  With the help of Sir Leander and several others, Anneke begins to make a profit.  Yet, regulations are unfairly placed on her business, and tragedies are imminent with an evil man masquerading as help.

Sir Leander, secret half-brother of Anneke's brother, takes a special interest in the beautiful and bold woman.  Help is not a phone call away in 1406, and many setbacks arise as Leander pushes for safety to her craft and to herself.  He uses his status to save the woman he's fallen in love with free from more harm.  Although, can his superiority block his love for a woman brewer?

If Anneke can keep her business running and stay alive, is it enough to bring Sir Leander permanently into her life?  


Sunday, April 11, 2021

Upcoming Release ~ HONOR THE FALLEN: OUT OF THE ASHES OF GRENADA by Sharon Hamilton


Honor the Fallen: Out of the Ashes of Grenada

(SEAL Brotherhood: Legacy Book 2)


Sharon Hamilton

*Pre-order Now - Release date: April 20, 2021

Blurb ~

Libby and Coop’s happy family of four is shattered by news that Libby’s mom has terminal cancer. Meanwhile, the past comes back to haunt all of them as Will Brownlee, Libby’s uncle and former SEAL who died in Grenada, has fathered a daughter who finds them through DNA testing and presents herself for the first time.

An extreme athlete and the opposite of Libby on so many fronts, she comes between Libby and her husband, as well as her father. In the middle of a family crisis, Cooper is sent back on an emergency deployment, leaving the family unit behind in shambles.

Read this emotional story about love and loss, saying hello and good-bye at the same time, as they all journey on this rocky ride of unpredictable events where control is an illusion.

Will the love they create between them be a strong enough bond to hold this family unit together, or will it explode and fragment into unbelievable pain and loss forever?

Libby and Coop learn about family, and love, and the commitment they hold to themselves, their children, and their legacy, and the risks they must take to have it all.

You won’t want to miss this gut-wrenching story of Libby and Cooper and what they will have to do to survive, ten years later when we first met them in Fallen SEAL Legacy.

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Author Bio ~

Sharon Hamilton is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author most known for her SEAL Brotherhood series.

Her Golden Vampires of Tuscany are not like any vamps you’ve read before, since they don’t have to go to ground and can walk around in the full light of the sun.

Sharon’s Guardian Angels struggle with the human charges they are sent to save, often escaping their vanilla world of Heaven for the brief human one. You won’t find any of these beings in any Sunday school class.

 All of Sharon’s books are available on eBooks (most formats), print and Audible.

 A lifelong organic gardener, Sharon lives with her husband in the Wine Country of Northern California, where most of her stories take place. When she’s not writing, she’s getting verra verra dirty in the mud or wandering Farmer’s Markets looking for new Heirloom varieties of vegetables and flowers.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

An Excellent Visit

             Hello, gentle readers! Hope you are all well and staying safe!
            My son and his girlfriend came to visit last weekend. It was the first time I’ve met her (we’ve chatted on the phone and texted) and she was as lovely as can be. I enjoyed getting to know her.
Being in lock down for the past year, only going to the grocery, the pharmacy, and work twice a week, I was unprepared (and out of shape) to go gallivanting all over creation (properly masked, of course, and physically distanced whenever possible), but it was worth it (I was able to recover after they went home). We went up to Sedona, which is lovely any time of year, but the weather was perfect for this spring day. Had lunch outdoors so we could look at the view…if you’ve never been to Sedona, Arizona, let me just say the view is spectacular. Breath-taking. The red rocks, especially when the sun is shining on them, is nothing short of awe-inspiring. I attempted to take pictures, but I'm not very good, although I will say, I got some fantastic shots of my thumb! This was definitely not taken by me (notice, no thumb). 

For just plain fun, we went to this little place out in Apache Junction called Goldfield’s Ghost Town. Took a train ride where the conductor pointed out the relics of the old mining operation and learned that the mine is still producing gold. Also took a tour of the bordello. Learned a bunch of stuff I didn’t know, which kinda surprised me a little. I’ve done a lot of research into the old west, but the tour-guide told me things I hadn’t read or heard of before. Which just goes to prove that research is never quite done (I always consider it a plus when I can learn something new). Of course, while I was there listening to this woman speak and seeing the inside of a bordello, I came up with yet another idea for a story (this is in addition to the one I came up with just a little over two weeks ago). It’s all good though. I jotted down some notes for when I’m ready to write it (during their visit, I still managed to write in the mornings…didn’t matter what time I hit the sack the night before, I was still up before the sun rose).  
We went up to Cave Creek, too, to shop for souvenirs and listen to some really good live music.
And we ate a lot (my son is a foodie). After a year of restricting my carb intake, I admit, I splurged a little. I had cake! I had bread! I had French fries! I even had an alcoholic beverage! I know! I was so bad! I’m not even upset that I gained back two pounds (well, that’s a lie…I am upset a little, but seriously, it was worth it…when you’re a self-described carboholic and haven’t had any of the things you love in over a year…yeah, it was worth it).
It was sad to see them pack up and go home, but I’m so looking forward to their next visit!
Stay well! Stay safe! And remember to spread kindness wherever you go!


Sunday, April 4, 2021

New Release ~ WOLF HUNTER by Linda Thomas-Sundstrom


Wolf Hunter

(A standalone Wolf Moon series story)


Linda Thomas-Sundstrom

WOLF MOONS series **** WINNER - Paranormal Romance Guild Reviewer's Choice Awards for best paranormal romance fantasy series. ****

Blurb ~

Two enemies fated to be supernatural lovers...

A secret sect of wild game hunters are after werewolves in


A young woman able to sense and locate Weres meets up with

someone unexpected.

A decorated cop with a secret might have to run from the wolf

hunters... until his help is needed by a woman in trouble.

As emotions heat up between two moon-crossed lovers,

danger lurks in the shadows.

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About Linda ~

Linda Thomas-Sundstrom is an award-winning author of paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and fantasy novels and novellas, with more than 40 books in the realms of the supernatural. She has written books for Kensington Publishing, Amazon Montlake, HarperCollins/Harlequin Nocturne and Desire, and GothicScapes... and has a Muse that sings madly to her most of the time.

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Friday, April 2, 2021

Veronica Reviews ~ MY DARLING DUKE by Stacy Reid


My Darling Duke
(Sinful Wallflowers #1)
Stacy Reid


Historical Romance

“You are the only person I’ve ever wanted to share my silence.”

Miss Katherine “Kitty” Danvers is going to be bold, daring, and a wee bit wicked to save her sisters from spinsterhood. Claiming to be the betrothed to the recluse Duke of Thornton, Kitty knows her family will begin to receive invitations to balls, dinners, and all the top social functions of the ton. Being a “duchess” will make her sisters stand out amidst the crowd, and will give them the opportunity to find husbands to care and protect them. But when the Duke of Thornton suddenly comes out of hiding to meet his soon-to-be duchess, Kitty is not at all prepared for the “Beast” she encounters, nor the way her heart beats faster, but not out of fear…

Alexander Master, the Duke of Thornton, starts hearing rumors of his upcoming marriage to a Miss Katherine Danvers. Wondering who would dare claim to want to be engaged to a beast of a man, Alex begins to study and gather as much information about this bold woman. With his curiosity spiked, Alex does the one thing he vowed not to do…enter back into society if for no other reason than to lay his eyes on Miss Danvers. But when she does not shy away from his appearance, and in fact looks upon him with something akin to desire, Alex knows he must possess her…at least until she no longer interests him…

To convince her darling duke he is worthy of love and a happily ever after, Kitty must use the same wicked boldness that started their affair…and hope she doesn’t lose her heart in the process.

Stacy Reid is a new to me author I am ever so thankful to have discovered! My Darling Duke reads like Phantom of the Opera meets Beauty and the Beast (two of my fav kinds of romance). While heartbreaking at times, I devoured every page. Loved and highly recommend!

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**I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. **

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

On the Edge, A Dublin Nights Novel by Brittney Sahin

The first two things in this romance are a paradox to me because I love Dublin, Ireland and hate fighting.  So, of course, I had to read this story and find out what Brittney Sahin  creates to make me love the tale.

Granted an internship in Dublin, Anna, filled with excitement and fear, packs up and leaves the U.S. for the summer.  

Her roommate in Ireland is as good as a blind date.  She found Leslie online, the supposed woman who turns out to be a man.  Only she meets Adam instead on her entry of the apartment.

Adam is Leslie's best friend, a fighter - kind of like boxing only worse and illegal, and a billionaire.  Quite the unique combination.  Leslie had been beat up pretty bad in the ring, so Adam is sent to meet Anna.

The meeting of Adam and Anna is uncomfortable, but it is even worse when Anna starts her internship and finds Adam is her boss and owner of the tech company.  

Leslie is still a big part, but hardly seen.  He also fights and lost a lot of money.  Adam had quit fighting, but is put in a position to get his friend out of trouble and ultimately to keep Anna safe.  Adam is blackmailed into returning to the fight, almost a bad addiction for him.

Let's not forget, during the close contact Adam and Anna continually have, they are extremely attracted and can't hide that fact.  I have to like her because she abhors fighting just like me.  He has some hidden good points other than being a fine business man.  Between his looks and charitable goodwill, Anna just might be able to find a good man in him.

Let's hope she gets a job through her internship, can overcome the distance from her family, and he finds a way to stay away from the fighting!

Happy reading,