Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Book Review for Pirate of My Heart: A Novel by Jamie Carie


Pirate of My Heart


By: Jamie Carie
 5stars
Reviewed by:Angels
Format:Kindle/Hardcover/Paperback
Published: B&H Books
Source: Purchased Copy Gene:Christian Romance



Book Blurb/Synopsis-


When her doting father dies, Lady Kendra Townsend is given a choice: marry the horrid man of her cold, money-grubbing uncle's choosing or leave England to risk a new life in America with unknown relatives. Armed with the faith that God has a plan for her, Kendra boards a cargo ship and meets American sea captain Dorian Colburn. But the captain has been wounded by a woman before and guards his independent life. A swashbuckling man doesn't need an English heiress to make him slow down, feel again, or be challenged with questions about his faith-or so he thinks. It is not until Dorian must save Kendra from the dark forces surrounding her that he decides she may be worth the risk


Our Review


First off I love Jamie' s books and style of writing. She puts so much emotion into her books one minute she has you laughing hysterical and the other bawling your eyes out .Once I read her book the Angels Den I was hooked.I enjoyed this book immensely. 10 pages into the book I was bawling and 40 pages in I was laughing so hard that I woke my husband out of a sound sleep ! LOL Kendra was my favorite character in this book she kept me entertained the whole time.

Kendra was a strong character in this story. Her mother died giving birthday to her and it was just her father and herself. They were a close family considering they were aristocrats that is out of the ordinary. Her father was loving and caring Earl and when he died she was lost.Her Uncle steps into the picture and tries to marry her off to a 70 year old Earl and when she refuses her Uncle ships her off to the Americas.Being the strong person she is Kendra is up for the challenge.

Her voyage on a ship to America lead to many things. The start of a budding romance with the ships captain and pirates attacking the ship and they lived to tell the tell.Kendra is a sweet and loving person and your heart breaks the whole time for her loss and also the misery her wretch of an Uncle is causing her.And things are not looking up once she get to her Aunt and Uncle house either.

While working on her romance with Dorian the ships Captain making new friends and adjusting to a new life becomes a challenge.She has walked right into a hornets nest as she just left one in England and her future is not looking like a bright one.

This book was full of adventure for Kendra .She needs to be strong as danger is afoot someones out to kill her and dispose of her suitor.She needs to keep her whits to stay alive to see if she will be able to find true love after all and have the kind of marriage her parents had.This Christian Romance had a little bit of everything laughs, tears ,heart ache, betrayal at every turn and danger keeping you in suspense to see what happens next. Couldn't put the book down once I started love it!

This is a Recommended Read for all! And her other book Angels Dens was wonderful to. Working on the Guardian Duke right now as we speak.





Book Review for The Guardian Duke: A Forgotten Castles Novel by Jamie Carie


The Guardian Duke

By: Jamie Carie
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Reviewed by:Angels
Format:Kindle/Hardcover/Paperback
Published: B&H Books
Source: Purchased Copy Gene:Christian Romance



Book Blurb/Synopsis-

The Guardian Duke is award-winning novelist Jamie Carie’s most exciting story yet, a uniquely arranged Regency-era romantic adventure where hero and heroine know each other through written letters but have yet to meet.

Gabriel, the Duke of St. Easton, is ordered by the King to take guardianship over Lady Alexandria Featherstone whose parents are presumed dead after failing to return from a high profile treasure hunt. But Alexandria ignores this royal reassignment, believing her parents are still alive and duly following clues that may lead to their whereabouts. Gabriel, pressured by what are actually the King’s ulterior motives, pursues her across windswept England and the rolling green hills of Ireland but is always one step behind.

When they do meet, the search for earthly treasure will pale in comparison to what God has planned for both of them.


Our Review

What a great start to a series. I found the characters to be engaging funny , serious and some to be our white Knight !Alexandria becomes the guardian of the Duke of St. Easton when Alexandria's parents are presumed dead.Her parents are treasure hunting looking for a lost tomb that has gone missing from a collection. Alexandria does not believe her parents are dead so puts forth a plan to rescue them but, to do that she needs money to travel with. Alex corresponds with the Duke making up or stretching the truth about the amount of money she needs to keep things running at home. Alex letters are so funny they have you cracking up. She is talking to the Duke not knowing what to say to him, saying things no lady would say, speaking her mind in those letters a crossing certain parts out but ,sending the letter as is.Hilarious !The purpose of the letters is really to distract the Duke from making her leave her home a coming to him but, in doing so she is building a relationship with her Duke. Alex sets forth on looking for her parents and finds a champion to help her in her travels. The Duke learning she has gone from her home sets out to travel after her and bring her back to safely. 

These two play at Cat and mouse game the whole story through. 

Alex lets the Duke know her where abouts just enough to keep him interested but, always several steps ahead and out of reach as she is not going back to England she is finding her parents even if it kills her !

I loved this story it was a very fun read and quite the page turner. I never laughed so hard reading the parts where Alex is writing her letters to the Duke.The Duke feels he has gotten to know who Alex is through her letters and learns that she is one of a kind.He is falling in love.This little adventure was packed with enough intrigue to keep you on the edge always wondering what will happen next. There adventure led them to developing a  long and lasting relationship.Alex might be developing a love interest which will complicate things for the Duke.The story right up to the end was delightful leaving a cliff hanger on what happens next ! This book is a keeper for me just one of the heart felt romances that is developing little by little without either party realizing the extent of there feeling just yet! 


Recommended read to all ! 



Spotlight & Giveaway for A Firefighter’s Flame by Dani Hart

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If you dig into the deepest parts of your soul, what would you find? Happiness, pain, love, regret, peace, sorrow? Now imagine experiencing all those feelings at once and then nothing at all. These were the average days in the life of Lennox. An unhealthy and unstable mind is further challenged when fate intervenes. One tragic moment will test her wavering strength and leave a permanent scar on her conscience. Follow her journey of rediscovery, falling in love, and searching for her own fairy-tale ending.
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Dani’s passion for writing started at a very young age. It all started with a multitude of diaries, then as her passion grew she turned to poetry and short stories. She received her Bachelor’s Degree at USC in Theatre with an unofficial minor in writing. While at USC she wrote her first screenplay and post-graduation was fortunate to be hired to write another screenplay. As family life got busy her passion was pushed aside, but as she fell back into the love of reading her desire to write again increased, so she returned to it in the summer of 2013. She is currently working on a YA Urban Fantasy Romance series, The Life of Arie, with book 1 already published, and a Romance Novel to be released on March 17, 2014. You can connect with Dani through her website http://www.danihartbooks.com.
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There was a time in my life when the light within me shined so brightly. At some point I lost it. I lost me. Life used to course through my veins like an out of control wildfire, unstoppable and infectious. Time was supposed to heal, but all it did was slowly strip me down to an empty vessel void of passion, desire, and drive. I wanted to scream, “Be the one to save me,” but my soul was drained, my heart was shattered, and time had siphoned the life out of me.
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Book Review for The Snowflake by Jamie Carie


The Snowflake

By: Jamie Carie
 stars
Reviewed by:Angels
Format:Kindle/Hardcover
Published: B& H Books
Source: Purchased Copy Gene:Christian Romance



Book Blurb/Synopsis-

Christmas 1897. Ellen Pierce and her brother are determined to reach the Alaska gold rush. But when ice stalls their steamship, all seems lost, until Buck Lewis makes a decision: he'll lead all who dare to follow on foot toward Dawson City.Buck is determined to leave behind a heartbreaking past. No amount of ice or weather will stop him. But he never counted on a woman joining a dangerous wilderness trek--or on falling in love with her.As their journey unfolds and Christmas approaches, Ellen and Buck discover that the greatest gift of all can't be wrapped in paper and tied with a bow. It comes from, and is received in, the heart.Come share in a soul-deep romance that gives a joyful reminder of a redeeming God who makes us each unique, yet loves us all the same.


Our Review

This was a touching story about a brother and sister who set out to be part of the Gold Rush. Being stuck on a stream ship and ice-locked they decided to venture out on foot with a part to make there way.This trip will make you or break you its not for the faint at heart and the most enduring will survive.Ellen is living in hell with and abusive brother and this trip is not making it any easier as he is a weak individual and not only does she have to survive herself she has to look out after the brother who should be looking out for her. She made a promise to her mother to take care of her brother but, in doing so has sacrificed a life of her own.On this trip Ellen sees a glimpse of hope in there guide Buck perhaps there is someone out there who will love her after all.

I had mixed feelings about this book whether to give this read 3 or 4 stars. Ellen loses her brother along the trek to safety and nearly her own life. Once in town she is taken in by a women Kate who owns a brothel and nursed back to health.My problem with the story I guess is I did not like the turn of events that happen once this party reached safety.Here is a young frighten girl left alone in the world to fend for herself without anyones help. It seemed that once they were to safety she was on her own a know one to look out for her.They all seemed to have built a friendship and a closeness on the trip and Buck obliviously seem to care for her just up and left without seeing her settled first all the sake of hunting the killer of his dead wife!

Ellen's belief and God and her kind heart and spirit saw her through her trying time. No matter what has happen to her she hasn't lost faith in God and is still wishing for her happily ever after.A touching story of endurance.Just proves that only the stronger survive.You had to love Ellen with all her strength and compassion for others this story could have ended and totally different way. 



Book Review for Wind Dancer for Jamie Carie


Wind Dancer 

By: Jamie Carie
 stars
Reviewed by:Angels
Format:Kindle/Paperback/Hardcover
Published: B& H Books
Source: Purchased Copy Gene:Christian Romance



Book Blurb/Synopsis-

Raised in a British-held frontier town during the American Revolution, Isabelle Renoir is not like other women around her. A free spirit, she dances in the moonlight as a praise offering to God and is more at home fearlessly taking her long rifle and knife into the woods for adventure and inspiration.But Isabelle's latest journey may be more than even her strength can handle when a huge storm throws the raven-haired beauty off course and into the path of rugged American spy Samuel Holt. After matching wits and denying their passion for each other, they are attacked by Indians, held prisoner, and forced to watch the horrific killing of Isabelle's brother. Now together but in captivity, they must fight spiritual forces that no knife or rifle could ever conquer in order to be free.


Our Review



This was a nice easy read with a slow romance building between Isabelle and Samuel. Isabelle has a wild spirit of sorts. She and her brother set out to locate some books there Priest has ordered for there village.Things seem to go smoothly for this young couple where the meet Samuel who is a scoot for the US Army.Samuel mission is pretty much secretive . The encounter a couple who invites them to stay the night without thinking he introduces Isabelle as his wife !This is where things get you laughing with the dialog between Samuel and Isabella have you cracking up as he never ask her for her corporation in posing as a wife and she is getting even just a little bit . LOL These two characters have great chemistry and there romance slowly builds but before things can progress they are attacked by Indians and taken prisoner. Samuel will be able to hold his own but, Isabelle is a different matter but this tribe sees her strength in her and thinks she is special and will make one of there tribe members a happy wife and that she is there destiny of hope! 

Isabelle and Samuel ordeal bring them closer and each with do what ever it takes to save one another and hope for a future together. She showed her strength and belief in God that they will prevail and be together.Samuel is rescued and Isabelle left behind but, she never gives up hope she believes in her heart the Samuel her one true love will save her from her fate after all ! 


Enjoyed the story and the trying times this couple had to endure to be together.To even find a love like this during trying times of war is a miracle.One of the sad points of the story that broke my heart was when the Indians killed Isabelle's brother and she was left to mourn and also survive herself ,must have be an enduring task for her .Your heart went out to her for the pain she must feel and not being able to grieve as to show your weakness to your enemy.Isabelle is exactly what Samuel needs she will be the one to heal is old wounds and perhaps sooth his broken heart. These two were made for each other they just need to overcome there many obstacles to find the happiness that the both deserve!





Book Review for A Firefighters Flame by Dani Hart


A Firefighters Flame

By:  Dani Hart
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Reviewed by:Tonya
Format:Kindle/Paperback
Published:Dani Hart
Source: Purchased Copy Gene:Contemporary Romance



Book Blurb/Synopsis-

If you dig into the deepest parts of your soul, what would you find? Happiness, pain, love, regret, peace, sorrow? Now imagine experiencing all those feelings at once and then nothing at all. These were the average days in the life of Lennox. An unhealthy and unstable mind is further challenged when fate intervenes. One tragic moment will test her wavering strength and leave a permanent scar on her conscience. Follow her journey of rediscovery, falling in love, and searching for her own fairy-tale ending.


Our Review


This book took me longer than normal to read. I didn't want to miss anything, it drew me in, riding the waves with Lennox, dealing with her bi-polar tendencies, her mood swings, her feelings of being lost, alone, unable to bear, wanting to cave into herself, into nothingness...had me in tears so many times. 

Feeling the love she had for Dean as she explained how they met, how their relationship grew and where it ended up. Her relationship with her best friend Kylie, how strong it was, how it was destroyed by lies and a tragic accident and then slowly being rebuilt. Of her secret love for another. Dani Hart does an amazing job detailing all of this and literally making the emotions drip from the pages of her book. 

Dani does a fabulous job showing you the dark and secret life of someone battling with depression, love, pain, and the many obstacles that are in Lennox's path not just mental but physical as well. And how she overcomes them. It is an amazing and painful and wonderful story all in one. 

Don't go into this book thinking its going to be a mushy love romance - it is by far not that - this is raw and powerful emotion in this book - many will relate to all of it, the rest will related to most of it there are so many emotions, love, hate, betrayal, trust, mistrust, etc within the pages of this book and the author has done such an amazing job weaving them all together. 

The outcome well you have to read to find out. Lets just say this book i
s in my top ranking books. I absolutely loved it.