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Daughter of Moloka’i – by Alan Brennert

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My rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Content Rating 18+
Daughter of Moloka’i is a lovely written novel by Alan Brennert and is the companion book to Moloka’i. Although I did not read the first book, I was able to jump right into this book. I do plan to go back and read the first book.
This book is a sweeping historical fiction that follows the life of Ruth Utagawa. She was born in 1917 on the leper colony, Kalaupapa, on the island of Moloka’i and is taken from her parents and brought to Kapi’olani orphanage on Honolulu, where she lives until a Japanese couple adopts her. The family then moves to California and life becomes difficult for Ruth’s family. I enjoyed the twists and turned that Ruth’s life takes and how the author interweaves history throughout the book. Mr. Brennert does an outstanding job with character development. I especially loved the relationship that develops between Ruth and her adoptive parents, Etsuko, Taizo and their three sons, and later in the book the relationship she develops with her birth mother. 
 This book was very well researched. I enjoyed the in-depth description of Hawaiian and Japanese culture. Mr. Brennert majestically captures the raw beauty of Hawaii in his storytelling, to where I could feel the warm trade winds like I was in Hawaii. Also, he almost entirely, in my opinion, delves into a dark period of American history where Japanese Americans were placed in internment camps during WWII. There was one small problem that I had, and that was the comparison between what Japanese Americans experienced and what the Jews experienced at the hands of the Nazis.
Overall this was an exceptional book, and I was delighted to have the opportunity to read it. I would recommend this book if you enjoy reading about one women’s struggles and the joy she discovers in spite of them — happy Reading.
***I kindly received an ARC of this book by way of NetGalley/publisher/author. I was not contacted, asked or required to leave a review. I received no compensation, financial or otherwise. I have voluntarily read this book, and this review my honest opinion .***

The Wrong Gentleman– by– Louise Bay

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My Rating 3.5 Stars
Content Rating 18+

The Wrong Gentleman is the first book I have read by Louise Bay. This hot international romance hit all my must-haves for a page-turning, slow-burning, sizzling romance book. The book is well written, and the characters are entirely developed and grow throughout the book.

The author takes us from Ohio to the South of France and then to one of my favorite cities in the world London. I enjoyed the storyline and loved the whole idea of the rich yachting microcosm where people seem to get whatever they want, but I would have appreciated a little bit more of this in the book. Some twists come at the end, and I did like that, but I just wanted more of the undercover theme, the danger, and the suspense this plot-line could have delivered.

The book in written in a dual point of view going between the two main characters Skylar and Landon. And although I do like internal dialogue from characters, at times it was a bit overdone. I would have enjoyed more interaction between Landon and Skylar. Landon is retired special forces and has a successful security business, which he just sold, so he is taking some time off to relax when a friend asks him to do some undercover work on a luxury yacht. And, did I mention he is broodingly HOT and British? Which of course makes him all the hotter. Can you imagine how the audio of this book will sound? Landon doesn’t do relationships…ever, so when he meets the hot blond, Skylar, he goes for the one night stand. Skyler has had a difficult life, and definitely has trust issues when it comes to men, but not in the usual way. She is solely focusing on maintaining her independence and moving forward with her career as a head steward in the luxury yacht circuit. At the beginning of the book, I liked the way the author portrayed Skylar to be superficial and a bit of a gold digger, but we soon found out there was so much more to her character. Skylar and Landon are two very lonely people and believe they are happy. They have some darkness in their pasts and have built up walls to keep them from ever getting hurt. It was fun watching those walls crumble.

So what could one little indulgence hurt?? This story is about when a one night stand is just not enough. Landon and Skylar’s story was an enjoyable read, and I do look forward to reading more from Louise Bay.

***ARC kindly provided by the author/publisher, this is my honest review.***

Beauty in the Broken by Charmaine Pauls —COVER REVEAL—

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Six years ago, Harold Dalton framed me for theft and sent me to jail to steal my diamond discovery. He gave his daughter to Jack Clarke in exchange for the excavation rights. Today, I’m free, and I’m coming for him with a vengeance. Six years of cruelty make beasts out of men. I’m going to take back what he stole from me, and more. I’m not interested in his properties or shares. I don’t want his small change. I want his biggest asset. Beautiful, mentally unstable, Angelina Dalton-Clarke. Worth billions, she’s the wealthiest widow in the country, and also the craziest. Her self-harming tendencies had Jack declare her incompetent before he put a gun to his head and blew out his brains. Lina isn’t allowed to touch a cent of her riches. Her father manages her finances. He has all the signing power. As her husband, that chore will fall to me. But if she thinks I only want her for her money, she’s sadly mistaken.

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Tumble (Dogwood Lane #1) – by, Adriana Locke

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My Review ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Content Review 18+

Tumble (Dogwood Lane #1) written by Adriana Locke is a second chance romance that will capture your heart from the first page to the last.  I have a few of this author’s books on my want to read list but for some reason have not gotten around to reading one of them. So when this book became available on NetGalley, I figured now was a great time to read one of Ms. Locke’s books, and I am happy that I did. 

Tumble is an emotional, romantic ride that will warm your heart and had me cheering on the two main characters, Neely and Dane. The story is told from the first person point of view going between the two main characters with both characters imparting their versions of the past. And that past holds a ton of drama, but unfortunately for you, I will not be discussing that past in my review as I consider that a spoiler.  I love the storyline of second chance love. This book is well written and the storyline utterly believable even though it was a bit predictable, but sometimes it’s not about whether you are able to figure out what is going to happen in a book but the journey the books takes you on while you are reading it. 

 Neely comes home to Dogwood Lane, Tennessee, after living and building a career as a journalist in New York City where she was overlooked for her dream job. She comes home to regroup and center herself. Dane a hunky country boy on the one hand and on the other side a single father who is unconditionally devoted to his daughter Mia, but he has never forgotten what he had with Neely, and so the country version of seduction begins. 

Tumble is a small town romance that hit all of my country girl buttons, and I thoroughly enjoy this book.  Tumble has amazing support characters, and I look forward to reading their stories. This is an excellent start to, and I look forward to the next book. 

***I kindly received this galley by way of NetGalley/publisher/author. I was not contacted, asked or required to leave a review. I received no compensation, financial or otherwise. I have voluntarily read this book, and this review is my honest opinion .***

Cover Reveal: THE WRONG GENTLEMAN

Blurb:

I’m an all-or-nothing man—100 percent focused on whatever has my attention.

First, it was serving my country in the Special Forces. Then it was building my business. Right now it’s the hot blonde at the bar who’s about to become another notch on my bedpost.

But women never keep my attention for more than a night.

Until I peel off Skylar Anderson’s clothes and her mask starts to crumble, showing me glimpses of the girl she’s hiding. She’s funny, sexy and vulnerable and throws me out of bed before I can catch my breath and suggest breakfast.

When I start my last undercover job on a yacht, turns out, she’s one of the crew. I try, but I can’t look away.

Her high ponytail shows off her kissable neck that tastes like summer.

Her short uniform reveals the killer legs that were wrapped around me last night.

And her provocative smile? I know what that mouth is capable of.

I want to explore her body, discover her secrets and sail off into the sunset with her.

I might want to go all in for Skylar, but she should stay away from me. I’ve got secrets of my own and they can only bring her trouble.

This is a stand-alone novel.

 

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No Prince Charming (Secrets of Stone #1) –by Angel Payne and Victoria Blue

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My Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Content Rating 18+

No Prince Charming, by Angel Payne, is a modern-day Cinderella story complete with of course the evil stepmother and the devious, conniving and hateful stepsister, who I loved. This book has lots of heartbreak, deception, and of course lusty, steamy scenes.

The best part of the book was Killian Stone, Mr. Prince Charming himself. I enjoyed these authors giving this version of prince charming a total makeover into, in my opinion, the perfect alpha male. He is tall, dark and handsome, the type of guy that every woman looks at when he walks into a room. Now for what kind of drove me crazy, Clair. Clair was smart on the one hand but insecure on the other. Did her job perfectly but was socially awkward and not in a cute way. I did find the chemistry between Killian and Claire pretty hot…but I got whiplash every time Claire ran from him, and oh boy did she run and run. And yes I did get that she was hurt in the past, but time to get over it.

This book was quick and easy to read, the writing, not the best I have ever read, but certainly not the worst. The book was written in the first person, going back and forth between Clair and Killian. I did like the back and forth banter the two had, but there was a bit too much internal dialogue for my personal tastes. I did like the storyline, but there were some parts that I would have liked the authors to expand. I wanted more of Killian’s past and his secrets. I am guessing that it is all in the next book.

***I kindly received this galley by way of NetGalley/publisher/author. I was not contacted, asked or required to leave a review. I received no compensation, financial or otherwise. I have voluntarily read this book, and this review is my honest opinion .***

The Promise — by Teresa Driscoll

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My Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Content Rating 18+

Teresa Driscoll has written an intriguing novel about three friends and the secret they have kept for three decades…The Promise, the title so fitting to this story, is about three young girls, Beth, Sally, and Carol, who met at a boarding school and became best friends and when the most innocent of events occur, their lives are changed forever and as a result, a promise that was made.  

The Promise is not your typical psychological suspense thriller.  This book takes its time to build each character, slowly developing the good, and the bad.  I liked the way the author gave a voice to each of the characters, and I felt that I was easily able to relate to all three of these women in different ways.  Ms. Driscoll perfectly conveyed the love and the friendship that these women shared,  but at the same time, she also showed us the envy, jealousy, and tension that their secrets caused.

The story is told mostly by Beth, bouncing between the past and present day. And, intermittently, the author has the other characters telling their story too. 

The story is not rushed but slowly entraps the reader into the lives of these three women and how the promise they made to each other has shaped their lives.  There are some dark elements to the book, but I thought the author handled them well.  So many secrets, twists, and turns kept me reading. I will say most of the of the build-up was in the first sixty percent and then in the last forty percent the story came together. I would have liked a little more depth to the ending.

The Promise is the first book that I have read by Teresa Driscoll.  Overall I enjoyed this book and her writing style and would definitely consider reading more of her books. 

***I kindly received this galley by way of NetGalley/publisher/author. I was not contacted, asked or required to leave a review. I received no compensation, financial or otherwise. I have voluntarily read this book, and this review is my honest opinion .***