Memories of Love by Jean Joachim

In this third installment of the Hollywood Hearts Series, Jean tells the story of Cara and Grant, star-crossed lovers who first fell in love seven years prior to the beginning of the story.  Cara, an aspiring actress, leaves New York, and Grant, for Los Angeles to begin her movie career.  Grant fears that she will find other men as well as a career, and breaks off the relationship though he loves her deeply.   Both are hurt and angry when they part, and neither know that there is more heartbreak to come from their relationship.

Grant moves on, or tires to, and marries Evelyn.  He finds that he has a daughter with Cara when she becomes ill and can no longer care for her.  Evelyn agrees to raise the little girl, and they become a family.  But, does Cara ever really leave Grant’s mind?  Does little Sarah accept Evelyn as her mother?  Is Evelyn completely honest with Grant and does she really accept Sarah?

Through twists and turns, drama and heartache, will these star-crossed lovers find their way back to each other?  Or will the people in their lives prevent them from the happiness they both deserve?  Will Sarah finally get to know her real mother?  Or will tragedy part them forever?

This book is amazing!  It has elements of romance, drama, and intrigue.  I highly recommend it.

5 of 5 stars.

The Space Between by Kristie Cook

This novel is part one of The Book of the Phoenix. It is the story of Leni and Jeric, or so the reader thinks. As the book goes on, we find that it is not only their story, but the story of Jacey and Micah, Guardians, Warriors, who protect the universe from evil. So many mysteries and so much evil abound in their stories. The book is intriguing and hard to put down!

Leni and Jeric meet in Italy when Leni is dancing with a ballet troop there, a long time dream of hers. She feels drawn to him in a way that she has never felt drawn to anyone before. But, thinks she will never see him again as she is to leave for the states and home the next day. A series of coincidences, or are they? bring them together again, and again.

Strange occurrences continue to throw them together, along with a book that tells a strange story. Will they follow their hearts and the pull that they feel to each other, or will they destroy what has been for centuries? Will evil win this day?

This book drew me in from the beginning. I found it hard to put it down, and was intrigued by all the twists and turns and the dual storyline. I can’t wait for the next book, as the characters are well written and the plot is intriguing.

5 stars!

Sword’s Call by C.A. Szarek

Sword’s Call, the first book of The King’s Riders Series, tells the story of Lady Ceralda Ryhan, heir of the Duke of Greenwald and possessor of a magic sword. She is in danger, being sought by Lord Varthan after he murdered her family, seeking to possess the sword and become king of the kingdom of Terraquist. In hiding, and running to her only remaining family, an aunt and uncle, Cera saves the life of a half-elf named Jorrin who joins her on her trek along with her bond mate, a white wolf named Trikser.

Set in the time of Kings and Queens, Knights and Ladies, Cera encounters elves, mages, wizards, and healers along her path to save not only her sword, but the King and kingdom of Terraquist. But, will she find the help she needs, or will Lord Varthan and his evil Shades win? Will Cera find more than she bargains for at the end of her quest? Can she open her heart and learn to trust and maybe even love again?

Ms. Szarek has woven a tale of danger, intrigue, power and love in this medieval tale. A bit slow in the beginning, but soon the story began to be filled with drama and was hard to put down. It was truly enjoyable to read. I can’t wait to read more of these characters, and see not only them, but the author continue to grow and develop!

4 stars.

New and Out Today!!!!

Cards and Caravans by Cindy Spencer Pape

The newest installment of The Gaslight Chronicles does not fail to live up to the standard set by the previous books in the series. Set in Scotland, this book is the story of Belinda Danvers and Sir Connor MacKay. Belinda, a widow, has been accused of witchcraft, is jailed and is to be burned at the stake. Sir Connor has been sent to investigate. As a Knight, it is his duty to investigate all things magickal in the kingdom, and the Order is the only group authorized to prosecute in such cases.

Will Sir Connor be able to save Belinda from the stake and those who have accused her? Can Belinda open her heart to another man? Can Sir Connor overcome his love for another woman? Or will the evil that threatens them all win at last.

This novel grabbed my attention from the first page, I had a difficult time putting it down. With witches, werewolves, sorcerers, and all the intrigue, what more could a reader of paranormal books want? And of course, there is the romance! Ms. Pape has once again written a novel full of all the elements that this reader enjoys. Anyone looking for a steampunk romance with paranormal elements will enjoy this book immensely!

5 of 5 stars!

Red Carpet Romance by Jean Joachim

This contemporary romance is the story of Quinn Roberts and Susanna Barnes, set in New York and Hollywood, it is a modern twist on a Cinderella story.

Quinn Roberts is handsome, sexy, single and a movie star. And…he finds himself with a 5 month old boy he calls junior. What does a movie star know about babies? Nothing. So, needing help, he hires a nanny. The moment Susanna Barnes enters his apartment, he feels that there is something different about her, he’s drawn to her in a way he never has been to another woman. But, she’s here to take care of Junior.

Susanna Barnes is starting her life over after a tragic accident changed everything. Taking a job as a nanny seemed like a simple way to start. But, her job turns out to be anything but simple. Working for a movie star puts her in the spotlight in more ways than she ever imagined. And, she is drawn to Quinn in ways she has never been to another man. But, she is the nanny, she can’t become attached to him, or his baby, can she?

This book brings many twists and turns, as well as a cast of family and friends, and some unexpected heroes and villains into the lives of Quinn and Susanna. Can they each learn to trust and follow their feelings in order to find the happiness they both deserve? Or will the obstacles and people who try to get in their way win and stop them from their happiness?

Jean has once more delivered a wonderful read! Very enjoyable with endearing characters that are well developed. The plot flows very well from beginning to end. I highly recommend this book!

5 of 5 stars!