Romance

Kings of Mayhem by Penny Dee

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Kings of Mayhem (Kings of Mayhem MC, #1) by Penny Dee
Series: Kings of Mayhem MC, #1
Published by Penny Dee on June 27, 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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four-stars

When a King loves He loves hard
CADE I’ve loved her since we were five years old. We grew up side by side. Two kids tied together by the Kings of Mayhem Motorcycle Club. But I broke us. I broke her. So, she fled. Now she’s back after twelve long years. And I’m going to show her all the reasons why we should be together and make her forget all the reasons why we shouldn’t.
INDY I’m back in town but only because I have to be. I’m here to help my mom bury my father. And the sooner we get it done, the better. Because I want to see Cade as much as I want a hole in the head. He broke me once—no, he broke my everything— and I’ll be damned if I’ll let him do it again. Get in and get out. That is the plan. But you know what they say about best-laid plans.

If you liked the Sons of Anarchy show on TV then this is a book for you to try. Cade and Indys story is one that started when they were very young, but then through events, misunderstandings and help from others breaks off. But when you are meant to be together things tend to work out that way in the end. As adults now their story is one of finding trust in one another after years of mistrust, and also trying to figure out what is happening with their motorcycle family. Because either they are having a run of bad luck or someone is out to get them.

This was another quick ready that’s perfect for the beach or pool this summer. The characters are realistic and likable, you just want them to have that happy ending.

Rogue Most Wanted by Janna MacGregor

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Rogue Most Wanted (The Cavensham Heiresses #5) by Janna MacGregor
Series: The Cavensham Heiresses #5
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on June 25, 2019
Genres: Fiction, Historical, Romance
Pages: 384
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four-stars

There’s one creed all Cavensham men subscribe to: they fall in love completely and decidedly. But what happens when the woman you fall in love with swears she'll only marry you as a last resort? Rogue Most Wanted is the next book in the sparkling, romantic Cavensham Heiress series by Janna MacGregor.
SHE NEEDS TO MARRY SOMEONE
Lady Theodora Worth needs to marry fast in order to keep her estate. It’s been her heart and home for years, and she’ll not lose it to anyone. There’s just one problem—as a woman who was raised in isolation by her grandfather, she’s completely incapable of pouring a cup of tea, never mind wooing a man. She’ll need a little matchmaking help from her sprightly next-door neighbor in order to find a convenient husband…
IT’S JUST NOT GOING TO BE HIM
Lord William Cavensham’s heart was broken years ago, and since that day he vowed to never love again. But his spirited Great Aunt Stella is determined he’ll marry or not inherit a single penny from her. And she’s got just the woman in mind—her beautiful and completely hapless next-door neighbor, Thea…
Thea and Will agree there’s no sense in marrying each other. Will wholeheartedly believes he’s incapable of love, and Thea refuses to marry the first man she’s practically met. But Will may be the rogue Thea wants the most after all…

Two people thrown together by a “grandmotherly” figure who thinks that she knows what is best for them. Thea and Will are thrown together to help Thea save a title and land that are hers, but because she is a woman someone is contesting it. So Thea needs to wed a man who will help her gain the title and the Ladykyrk estate. Thea knows she needs to wed, though she doesn’t really want to and is not planning on wedding the first available man who suits her needs. Will who was jilted when he was younger is very gun shy about getting married so has no interest in being the one for Thea. Though after their first meeting he is more than willing to help her find a husband.

This story of how they come to realize that they are in fact perfect for each other, though they both fight it. They need to learn to trust themselves and one another, to have a chance with one another. The story is one that will have you cheering for them, and hoping that they can both over come their troubles and have that happy ending.

Andrew by Jennifer Beckstrand

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Andrew by Jennifer Beckstrand
Series: The Petersheim Brothers #1
Published by Zebra on June 25, 2019
Genres: Fiction, Historical, Romance
Pages: 352
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four-stars


Andrew, Abraham, and Austin Petersheim's family business has earned them the nickname The Peanut Butter Brothers. But if their matchmaking younger siblings have their way, all three may soon bear another title: husband . . .

Handsome, hardworking, and godly, Andrew Petersheim has always been sure of his place in his Wisconsin Amish community. He'll be a welcome catch for the local girl who finally captures his heart. Mary Coblenz certainly isn't that girl. Two years after "jumping the fence" for the Englischer world, she's returned, unmarried and pregnant. Yet instead of hiding in shame as others in the community expect, she's working at the Honeybee Farm, ignoring the gossips--and winning over Andrew's eight-year-old twin brothers . . .
For all Andrew's certainty about right and wrong, it seems he has a lot to learn from Mary's courage, grace, and resilience. She's changing his notions about forgiveness and love, but will she in turn accept the challenge of starting over and choose to stay--with him?
Praise for Jennifer Beckstrand and her Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series "Full of kind, sincere characters struggling with the best ways to stay true to themselves and their beliefs." --Publishers Weekly
"A heart-warming story of faith, hope, and second chances. The story will captivate readers who love the Amish culture and enjoy an endearing romance." --Amy Clipston, bestselling author of A Place at Our Table

This is a good fun read, set in the Amish culture which is not something I have read a lot of lately. The characters, especially the younger twin brothers of Andrew are definitely a comedic factor. Andrew and Marys story is one about learning to forgive and to give second chances. That we are all Children of God and imperfect, but that doesn’t mean we are not worthy of love. Which I think is a really great message and one people need to take to heart, we all make mistakes after all because we are human.

The Earl Next Door by Amelia Grey

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The Earl Next Door (First Comes Love, #1) by Amelia Grey
Series: First Comes Love #1
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on May 28, 2019
Genres: Historical, Romance
Pages: 294
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four-stars

What does a Wickedly Wonderful Widow really want? One noble suitor is about to find out. . .
Adeline, Dowager Countess of Wake, is all on her own after her husband’s sudden death. The good news? Losing him allowed her to find herself. Finally, Adeline is free to do, go, and be as she pleases. She cherishes her newfound independence and is not looking for another man to wed. But seeking out a new lover? Well, that is a whole ’nother story. . .
Lord Lyon, son of the two-timing Earl of Marksworth, wishes to have a respectable, loving wife someday. When he meets the beautiful and self-reliant Adeline, Lyon is instantly smitten. But Adeline would rather have the handsome suitor in her bed than to take his hand in marriage. It’s a scandalous proposal—and one that’s hard for Lyon to refuse. Unless the fire of his passion can melt Adeline’s resolve. . .and he can find a way to be the Wickedly Wonderful Widow’s lover for all time?

This was another fun quick read book. A story of two people who keep having the wrong impressions of one another. Until they finally stop looking for the bad in one another and start to let their blooming attraction to each other blossom. 

The characters  are very likable and funny from the girls in the school to the nosey neighbors  and  interfering  family members.  I love the idea that Adeline and the other widows of the disastrous boating accident that left them all widows. Starting a school for the daughters of those on the boat to give them a better chance at life is a great backdrop for this story.  

The Magnolia Inn by Carolyn Brown

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The Magnolia Inn by Carolyn Brown
Published by Montlake Romance on January 15, 2019
Genres: Romance
Pages: 286
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four-stars

A #1 Washington Post and Amazon Charts bestseller.
New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Brown brings together two wounded hearts in a Texas romance of second chances and twice-in-a-lifetime true love.
Inheriting the Magnolia Inn, a Victorian home nestled in the East Texas pines, is a fantasy come true for Jolene Broussard. After living with the guilt of failing to rescue her self-destructive mother, Jolene knows her aunt and uncle’s B&B is the perfect jump start for a new life and a comforting place to call home. There’s just one hitch: stubborn and moody carpenter Tucker Malone. He’s got a half interest in the Magnolia Inn, and he’s planting his dusty cowboy boots squarely in the middle of her dream.
Ever since his wife’s death, Tucker’s own guilt and demons have left him as guarded as Jolene. The last thing he expects is for his new partner to stir something inside him he thought was gone forever. And as wary as Jolene is, she may have found a kindred spirit—someone she can help, and someone she can hold on to.
Restoring the Magnolia Inn is the first step toward restoring their hearts. Will they be able to let go of the past and trust each other to do it together?

This was a great book to read, Jolene and Tucker are hurt people who have a lot to overcome in themselves before they can really be open to someone else. Restoring an old Victorian house is the perfect opportunity for them to work together and work on themselves as they come together to find that there really is good in the world if they are willing to take the chance.

Highlander Ever After by Paula Quinn

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Highlander Ever After (The MacGregors: Highland Heirs, #8) by Paula Quinn
Published by Forever on December 18, 2018
Genres: Fiction, Historical, Romance
Pages: 400
Format: ebook
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five-stars




They tried to resist a marriage of convenience…As the clan chief’s son, Adam MacGregor is duty-bound to marry a royal heir. Yet when he meets his bride—a beautiful but haughty young lass who thinks he is nothing more than a common savage—he realizes she’s more than he bargained for. But the more Adam gets to know his new wife, the more intent he is on proving her wrong about him.
But can they resist each other?Sina de Arenberg wants nothing to do with the unsavory MacGregors, especially the fierce Highlander she now calls husband. But the more time she spends with the man she married, the more she sees his honor and courage. Just when she thinks there might be a future for her and Adam, Sina is called back to court. England isn’t the place she remembers, though, and soon she’ll be forced to choose between the life she once knew, and the Highlander who has captured her heart.

Ok, I really loved this book, Adam and Sina are great characters. Both put in the horrible position of having to get married when they don’t want to. Adam to help protect his clan, who he’d actually stepped away from for a bit because he didn’t believe he was worthy and ready for what was expected of him as the eldest son of the Clan Chief. Sina because that is. what her queen told her to do. This love story is filled with anger, forgiveness, fighting, rescues, self-discovery and most assuredly love.

five-stars

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