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Weddings in Aspen

A Wedding In December Book Cover A Wedding In December
Sarah Morgan
romance, women's fiction
HQ
31st October 2019

In the snowy perfection of Aspen, the White family gathers for youngest daughter Rosie's whirlwind Christmas wedding.

First to arrive are the bride’s parents, Maggie and Nick. Their daughter’s marriage is a milestone they are determined to celebrate wholeheartedly, but they are hiding a huge secret about their own: they are on the brink of divorce. After living apart for the last six months, the last thing they need is to be trapped together in an irresistibly romantic winter wonderland.

Rosie’s older sister Katie is also dreading the wedding. Worried that impulsive, sweet-hearted Rosie is making a mistake, Katie is determined to save her sister from herself. If only the irritatingly good-looking best man, Jordan, would stop interfering with her plans…

Bride-to-be Rosie loves her fiance but is having serious second thoughts. Except everyone has arrived – how can she tell them she's not sure? As the big day gets closer, and emotions run even higher, this is one White family Christmas none of them will ever forget.

Another wedding story – yes Xmas seems to be the season for it… here with a sister who is a cynic and firmly determined to stop her flaky sister from going through with it. This sister cynic is also an A&E doctor (Emergency Room for US readers), and this really influences her view on life as she so often sees the train wrecks of lives that women have made with hasty marriages and unsuitable husbands who are lovely until the ring is on their finger!

The sister’s romance was a trifle predictable from the very first moment of meeting and rather unexceptional which down-grades the book from 4 to 3.5 stars.

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Weddings and Animals

Meant To Be Yours Book Cover Meant To Be Yours
Susan Mallery
Fiction, romance
HarperCollins UK, Mills and Boon
October 22, 2019
464

Renee can plan the perfect wedding, but does love always go to plan? Wedding coordinator Renee Grothen isn’t meant for marriage. Those who can, do. Those who can’t, plan. But she never could have planned on gorgeous, talented thriller writer Jasper Dembenski proposing—a fling, that is. Fun without a future. And the attraction between them is too strong for Renee to resist. Now she can have her no-wedding cake…and eat it, too. After years in the military, Jasper is convinced he’s too damaged for relationships. So a flirtation—and more—with fiery, determined Renee is way too good to pass up…until his flame becomes his muse. Renee is an expert at averting every crisis. But is she finally ready to leap into the one thing that can never be controlled: love?

Here we have an author and PTSD and Dog meets a Wedding Planner with a Mum who can… (spoiler not included).

It is this Mum who gave her daughter serious issues with her won relationships – the daughter loses boyfriend after boyfriend… Absolutely love the Mum here!  And what she discovers.

Now Happily inc, a wedding themed town, I can believe in but could never live there… Overall a nicely written story with an unusual setting and wacky ideas – for weddings! I just had to assume that people had actually done this, and sure enough there were several Pinterest pictures of a Zebra theme but no actual zebras in these pics…

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Contracts are tricky things

Claiming My Hidden Son Book Cover Claiming My Hidden Son
Maya Blake
Fiction, romance
HarperCollins UK, Mills and Boon
October 17, 2019
192

My contract bride’s secret… …is about to turn my world upside down! My marriage to Calypso was simply business. Until our unexpectedly passionate wedding night shook us both! Unwilling to muddy our convenient arrangement with such inconvenient emotions, I reluctantly left. Now discovering the baby in my estranged wife’s arms is mine, it’s about securing my legacy. I will claim my son and again enjoy the one thing Calypso cannot hide—the chemistry that still sizzles between us…

An interesting take on why the story line goes up and down but for me, it was still a case of macho men and lust but not love.

Love takes time, trust and truth. All 3 of which were largely missing in the characters and storyline even though they admitted they were required.

Also, why would a 7 month pregnant woman travel to Kenya to volunteer when she had a potential life altering illness? That would have been better dealt with back in Switzerland? And which could have made her delivery problematic? Just didn’t add up. So (just) a 3 star.

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What makes Passion: We hear from the author

Passion Punch Book Cover Passion Punch
Key West Escape, #3
Tricia Leedom
Genres: Adult, Adventure, Romance
Firefly Hill Press, LLC
(October 22, 2019)

When April Linus’ best friends find themselves in trouble with the Miami Mafia, the former heiress turns to an even more dangerous criminal for help… her father.

Not an easy decision for the young, single mother who found herself pregnant at nineteen and forced to choose between her trust fund and having a baby. April’s father agrees to loan her the money, if she moves home for a few months so he can get to know his grandchild. Before she can decide what to do, she comes face to face with the last man she ever expected to see again… her father’s former bodyguard who disappeared five years ago after she slept with him.

Black Ops operative Jonas Ostergaard made a nearly fatal mistake the last time he was in Key West. After working his way into Philip Linus’ circle of trust, Jonas let the Arms Dealer’s beautiful, kindhearted daughter distract him from his mission. He was yanked off the job by his superiors, but now he’s back to stop Linus from selling a dangerous new technology on the black market.

Needing to prove himself to save his job, Jonas is determined to keep his distance from April this time. But when he suspects she knows more about her father’s illegal business dealings than she admits, he’s torn between protecting her and uncovering the truth.

Passion ignites when April and Jonas end up on the run dodging arms dealers in the steamy Amazon rainforest, but April wonders what kind of relationship she could have with a man who has more secrets than she does. A man who could disappear at any moment and leave her heart in tatters.

Trapped between loyalty to her father and a new allegiance with the man she’s falling in love with, April realizes none of it will matter if they don’t escape the jungle alive.

  • Can you tell your readers something about why you chose this particular topic to write about? What appealed to you about it? Why do you think it is different and your approach is unique?

I love action/adventure movies and I love romance novels, but as a reader, it was difficult to find books that blended the two. Everything I’ve ever written has had elements of both adventure and romance. Before I was published, I used to write Historical Romance with elements of adventure. When I went to grad school, I decided to challenge myself to write something contemporary, and I’ve always wanted to write a book inspired by one of my favorite movies “Romancing the Stone.” That’s how The Key West Escape Series came about.

Passion Punch, and The Key West Escape Series, is considered to be Romantic Adventure, which falls under the umbrella of Romantic Suspense. It’s a little different though because Romantic Adventure is lighter and funnier than traditional romantic suspense, but it’s still filled with lots of action and suspenseful elements. I’d like to think of my books as action/adventure movies in book form written for women.

  • Did you need to self-publish on e-books before a publisher took you up?

I have never self-published. I was lucky enough to be signed for a three-book contract when my publisher accepted my first book. Books 2 and 3 weren’t written yet, so I felt a little pressure to deliver something as good as the first book, but I’m really happy with the way the series turned out, and I love my publisher Firefly Hill Press.

  • What is your favourite genre?

I enjoy reading romantic suspense, paranormal, and historical romance.

  • If you could recommend a living author – who would it be?

            I would recommend Diana Gabaldon. I adore her and the Outlander series.

  • Which author had the most influence on your writing? Your writing style? Your writing genre?

JR Ward has had the most influence on my writing style. After a contest judge told me early on in my career that my writing style was ordinary and boring, I realized that maybe she was right. I decided to study some of the authors I admired, and I was draw to Black Dagger Brotherhood series. I loved the rawness of Ward’s style. While I didn’t want to copy her, I realized I could punch up my own voice in similar ways, and that’s how I approached Rum Runner, my first published novel, and the first book in The Key West Escape Series.

  • In your opinion who is the funniest author now writing?

My books are quite funny. I hope you’ll check them out. 🙂

  • Do you have any pets? Yes.
    • If so, what are they?  I have a two-year-old tabby cat. I rescued him from an animal shelter a few months ago.
    • And what are they called?  Finnegan
    • Do they help you write?  Finnegan like to walk across my keyboard and add extra letters to my words, so I guess he’s trying to help.
    • What is the funniest thing they have done while you are writing? He rolled off his cat tower. I was sitting on the couch writing when I caught this out of the corner of my eye. I reached my hand out with ninja-quick reflexes I didn’t know I possessed and caught him just in time to break his fall. He was fine. He’s just really clumsy.
    • Do you want to add a photo of them to this Q&A? [please add a separate file, not embedded into document] I don’t have a good photo of Finnegan yet, because he always looks p*ssed off. I think he hates having his picture taken.
  • If you could be any fictional character, which would you be? And why?

Claire Fraser. Why? Two words: Jamie Fraser. 😉

  • If you could choose to live in another country/town – which would you choose? And why?

I’m in love with Scotland. I’ve been there five times, and I would love to move to Glasgow, in particular. The vibrant city has the perfect blend of old and new. Great people. Great pubs and restaurants. Art and culture. And I love the Glaswegian accent.

  • What would you take on a desert island to read if you could only take 3 books?

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Lover Awakened by JR Ward

A Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught

Thank you so much for having me on your blog. I hope you enjoy Passion Punch, (Book 3 of The Key West Escape Series.)

~ Tricia Leedom

Author Bio

TRICIA LEEDOM enjoys traveling to exotic destinations and having torrid love affairs with hot, dangerous men… even if it’s only in her own mind. When she’s not writing romantic adventure novels, she reads voraciously, tweets compulsively, and fangirls over a TV show based on her favorite book series. Tricia earned her BA in Creative Writing from The University of Tampa and her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. Her favorite authors include Diana Gabaldon, J.R. Ward, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Karen Robards, and Johanna Lindsey. She lives in Southwest Florida with two very spoiled dogs. Follow Tricia on Twitter and Instagram @tricialeedom

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It gets White

Let it Snow Book Cover Let it Snow
Sue Moorcroft
romance, women's literature, family
Harper Collins

This Christmas, the villagers of Middledip are off on a very Swiss adventure…

Family means everything to Lily Cortez and her sister Zinnia, and growing up in their non-conventional family unit, they and their two mums couldn’t have been closer.

So it’s a bolt out of the blue when Lily finds her father wasn’t the anonymous one-night stand she’d always believed – and is in fact the result of her mum's reckless affair with a married man.

Confused, but determined to discover her true roots, Lily sets out to find the family she’s never known; an adventure that takes her from the frosted, thatched cottages of Middledip to the snow-capped mountains of Switzerland, via a memorable romantic encounter along the way…

Family sagas and then second chance love collide in this feel good novel that sorts out a tangled set of relationships.

I liked that the parents were a same sex couple and that not only had they had a very long life together, but that they had weathered some tricky issues with both women wanting babies at the same time, and subsequent, and later, affairs.

The book showed the difficulties that children of same sex couples can have at school, but that they can also grow up to be ‘normal’ and well balanced adults. Demonstrating that the lack of a male figure in their family was no deterrent to a happy childhood and future careers etc.

The novel was well rounded and the style was coherent and well written. The storyline took us to pubs and Switzerland and singing and included a lively dog for those readers who need a family pet to be included. There was enough drama and misunderstandings to allow for the norm of this type of genre with a happy ending

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