September 3, 2016 | By: Cynthia Marcano

Review: Just A Kiss by Denise Hunter

Just A Kiss
Author - Denise Hunter
Rating - 4 out of 5 Stars
Would I Recommend:Yes 

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Watching the love of his life falling for his brother was enough to send Riley straight to boot camp. But over a year later, he’s officially a marine, and Beau and Paige are no longer an item. When Riley’s tour in Afghanistan is up, he intends to confess his feelings to Paige and win his best friend’s heart once and for all.

But all that changes when an IED takes the life of a comrade and leaves Riley an amputee. Now he’s heading home, injured and troubled. His plans to win Paige are a distant dream. She deserves so much more than the man that’s left. All he can do now is put some healthy distance between them. But upon his return he discovers his family has arranged for him to stay with Paige.

Paige is a nurturer at heart and happy to take care of her best buddy. By all appearances he’s adjusting miraculously well to his disability. But as the days pass, Paige begins to see that the smiles and laughter are just a mask for the pain he’s hiding. He has nightmares and mood swings, and his unwavering independence keeps him from accepting help from anyone, including her. To make matters worse, her job is in serious jeopardy. The animal shelter that she’s poured her heart into has lost its funding, and she has three months to come up the money needed to save it.

As the weeks wear on with the two in such close proximity, Paige’s feelings for Riley begin to shift into unchartered territory. Why is she suddenly noticing his corded arm muscles and the way his lips curl at the corners? Will she be able to deny her feelings for another Callahan brother? And will Riley let his heart heal so he can let Paige in?

What I Loved...

Part of the reason I am such a huge fan or romance novels is not just happy endings but the angst and rollercoaster emotions an author can take you through before getting said happy ending. Just A Kiss is a wonderful example of that. I could literally feel the chemistry between characters Paige and Riley. Lots of emotion (not just attraction) pent up behind a wall that was ready to explode. That always makes for a reader invested and wanting to turn a page. And I was. Denise did not disappoint.

What I Liked...

This was my first book with an amputee. I was pleased how Denise conveyed the depth of such a tragedy but it didn't weight down the rest of the book. A good blend of heavy and light reading.


I'm not a big fan of the cover. It's nicely done, but I'm just a little over covers with couples posed in this way.

My one issue: I was a little irritated that the communication level between Paige and Riley at times seemed a bit immature. It wasn't a real big deal just a bit of a nuisance.

Overall, I really enjoyed Just A Kiss by Denise Hunter and I do suggest you pick it up. Be sure to pick up and read the others in the series first.

Disclaimer: This book was provided by the publisher through Revell Book Publishers. The opinion of this book, is my own and I was not paid or compensated for for my review.
August 22, 2016 | By: Cynthia Marcano

Review: Without Warning by Lynette Eason

Without Warning
Author - Lynette Eason
Rating - 4 out of 5 Stars
Would I Recommend: Probably

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Intensity. Skill. Tenacity. The bodyguards of Elite Guardians Agency have it all.

Katie Singleton, a partner with the Elite Guardians Protection Agency, stumbles upon her next assignment quite by accident. Spotting blue lights at a familiar restaurant, she stops to investigate, only to discover that owner Daniel Matthews has become the target of someone who will go to any lengths to put him out of business.

Daniel might be concerned, but he's not convinced that a bodyguard--and a female one at that--is necessary. A new attack and his niece's urgings are enough to make him reconsider. He and Katie must figure out who's behind the intimidation and threats--before a would-be killer strikes again.

What I Loved...

I am a big fan of kick-butt women and heroines! Like, Wonder Woman in the recent blockbuster Batman Vs SuperMan Movie was the star in my opinion. Although Superman is nice to look at.

I love reading about the Elite Guardians. Katie was a fun heroine to read. Gun toting, intelligent, ready, willing and able to do what she needs to in a "man's world" yet still womanly and human.

Eason made Katie's character real and flawed yet strong and determined making me want to root for her all the more.

What I Liked...

I don't often read suspense novels because I need more angst and swoon worthy bits of romance in my novels, but the angst from the suspense helped curb my craving a little. It was a maze of a story providing the reader lots of options for the villain's identity. It can definitely keep one guessing.


The cover is kick-butt just like the heroine.

I did guess pretty early on "Who Dunnit" which was a little disappointing. But I still think it's worth the read and I loook forward to reading more in the Elite Guardian series.

Disclaimer: This book was provided by the publisher through Revell Book Publishers. The opinion of this book, is my own and I was not paid or compensated for for my review.

July 28, 2016 | By: Cynthia Marcano

Review: A Heart Most Certain

A Heart Most Certain
Author - Melissa Jagears
Rating - 5 out of 5 Stars
Would I Recommend: Yes

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While Lydia King's reasons for joining the Teaville Moral Society might be suspect to some members, her heart is in the right place. Because of her father's debts and her mother's persistent illness, her best chance at a secure future and curing her mother is to impress the politician courting her. Her first task--to ask the town's wealthiest man to donate--seems simple enough . . . until he refuses.

 Despite appearances, Nicholas Lowe wants to help others, but prefers to keep his charity private. When Lydia proves persistent, they agree to a bargain, but Nicholas still intends to do things his own way. Neither predicts what they'll learn about true charity or foresee the complications their actions will bring to the town, forcing Lydia to decide where her beliefs and heart truly align.

What I Loved...

Nicholas Lowe, oh how I love thee. Not because he's rich, heaven forbid, or because he is so handsome, but because of his deep seeded love for the Lord and ministry. His genuine desire to help those who were deemed soiled and his ability to see through "Christians," spoke to my heart.

Although this is a historical romance, much of the behaviors of the Christians then still apply today. I applaud Jagears for taking a road less often traveled in CF and not just writing about a typical villain whose greed or violence is what makes him the antagonist but about Christians that accept what is popular as appropriate or turn a blind eye in order to save their reputation or not get too involved.

But Jagears didn't stop there, she touched on the church body as a whole, from the Pastor and his wife on down and how we can get caught up in Pharisaical living and don't even recognize it.

I know this sounds like it is a preachy book, but what makes this such a gread read, is that it ABSOLUTLEY ISN'T. It's just great story telling. Jagears simply told a story that convicts or inspires, depending on the reader.

What I Liked...

Usually, I'll add the romance, comedy and swoon worthy in the "What I Love..." section and while I did love the beautiful romance between Lydia and Nicholas, it took a backseat to the message of the book, so I downgraded the romance a little. But let me be clear, the chemistry between Lydia and Nicholas lit up page after page and I found myself missing the other whenever they weren't written together. Crazy, I know. Lydia and Nicholas are in my Top 10 favorite couples in CF. They are that great together. I hope they make an appearance in book 2 of the Teaville Moral Society Series.


The cover is nice, although I wish I could have seen Lydia's clear blue eyes, that are so often mentioned.

Disclaimer: This book was provided by the publisher through Netgalley. The opinion of this book, is my own and I was not paid or compensated for my review.