Friday, May 22, 2015

A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade

About the Book
Former Marine Jake Porter has far deeper scars than the one that marks his face. He struggles with symptoms of PTSD, lives a solitary life, and avoids relationships.
When Lyndie James, Jake's childhood best friend, lands back in Holley, Texas, Jake cautiously hires her to exercise his Thoroughbreds. Lyndie is tender-hearted, fiercely determined, and afraid of nothing, just like she was as a child. Jake pairs her with Silver Leaf, a horse full of promise but lacking in results, hoping she can solve the mystery of the stallion's reluctance to run.
Though Jake and Lyndie have grown into very different adults, the bond that existed during their childhood still ties them together. Against Jake's will, Lyndie's sparkling, optimistic personality begins to tear down the walls he's built around his heart. A glimmer of the hope he'd thought he'd lost returns, but fears and regrets still plague him. Will Jake ever be able to love Lyndie like she deserves, or is his heart too shattered to mend?

My Thoughts
I have been anxiously awaiting the release of this novel because I absolutely could not wait to read Jake's story! I had insanely high expectations, but thankfully this book met them and I loved every minute! In the previous books Jake was brooding closed off man who was basically a mystery and I loved getting inside his head. After what he had experienced it really was no wonder he was the way he was but it was wonderful to watch Lyndie break through his barriers! She was like a ray of sunshine to his storm cloud and they were absolutely perfect for each other! I loved that they had been best friends growing up and it added another layer of adorable to their relationship. Jake's fierce protectiveness of Lyndie was so sweet even if it was occasionally a little too much. And I loved how Lyndie just seemed to get Jake and could usually see his good heart and motives through his gruffness.
It was great to hang out with the other Porters again as well as see Amber find a great guy! This book was wonderful from start to finish and I definitely recommend this series! I can't wait for the next book!

Meet the Author
Becky Wade is a native of California who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and moved to Dallas. She published historical romances for the general market, took time off to raise her children, then felt God nudging her to pursue contemporary Christian fiction. Becky's work has been a finalist for both a RITA and an INSPY Award. Learn more at www.beckywade.com.

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


Fall in love with Becky Wade's new book, A Love Like Ours, a story of healing, romance, and cowboys. A glimmer of the hope Jake thought he’d lost returns when Lyndie lands back in Texas, but fears and regrets still plague him. Will Jake ever be able to love Lyndie like she deserves, or is his heart too shattered to mend?

To celebrate the release of her new book, Becky is giving away a $100 cash card and a book-inspired prize pack!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A $100 cash card
  • A copy of A Love Like Ours
  • A copy of the Secretariat DVD
  • A scarf
  • A dog-tag/cross keychain
  • A pair of earrings
  • A Scarf
  • A Texas-shaped cutting board
  • A Jake Porter mug
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Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 26th. Winner will be announced May 27th on Becky's site.

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Friday Memes 5/22

Book Blogger Hop

The Question:
Why would you stop reading a book? Too long, wrong genre, bad language, not what you expected, or something totally different? 

My Answer:
I used to try to finish every book I started but now I have way too many books to read to waste time on ones that I'm not loving. Some of the biggest turn-offs for me are: language, head-hopping, unlikable main characters, too much telling instead of showing, and just generally bad writing! 


Hosted by: Rose City Reader

"Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name."

The gale nearly knocked Elizabeth Benjamin flat. In all of her sixteen years, she'd never experienced such terrible winds, and Key West enjoyed it's share of storms.
Love's Rescue by Christine Johnson

My Thoughts
Great beginning!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Hawk by Ronie Kendig

About the Book
Raptor’s communications expert, Staff Sergeant Brian “Hawk” Bledsoe is struggling with his inner demons, leaving him on the verge of an “other than honorable” discharge. Plagued with corrupted intel, Raptor team continues to track down the terrorist playing chess with their lives. Afghan pilot Fekiria Haidary is devastated when a systems glitch on her aircraft forces a weapons launch on a safe target. And when the deadly bombing separates Brian from the team, he must make an impossible choice: save his brothers-in-arms, or save the woman and children depending on him to survive a brutal snowstorm.

My Thoughts
Another amazing book from Ronie Kendig! As is always the case with her novels, as soon as I started reading I was sucked in and did not want to put it down!
I loved Brian “Hawk” Bledsoe! He was an amazing hero and I loved his determination to get the job done no matter the cost. He could be rash at times but it was cool to watch him work on controlling himself more. One of my favorite things about Brian was the fact that he was a man of his word, once he made a promise he kept it no matter what!
Fekiria took me a bit to warm up to but once I did I loved her too! She had a lot of anger and hate built up and it was amazing to watch the walls come down as she was exposed to God's love. I admired how strong she was, how she fought for what she believed in and to protect those she cared about.
This wasn't a typical romantic suspense since for about two-thirds of the book Fekiria pretty much hated Brian and wanted nothing to do with him. But as she saw him for who he really was instead of just seeing his uniform their relationship began to blossom and I can't wait to see how it plays out. I also really enjoyed Mitchell “Harrier” Black's side story/romance! It was really cute!
I cannot wait until the Raptor team finally tracks down these terrorists because they are really ticking me off! It's cool how Ronie also gives us a glimpse into their thoughts and what makes them tick, but I am looking forward to their defeat. After the way this book ended I am very glad that I have Falcon on hand to start immediately!

Meet the Author
Ronie Kendig is an award-winning, bestselling author who grew up an Army brat. She married a veteran, and together their lives are never dull with four children and two dogs--a a Maltese Menace and a retired military working dog, Vvolt N629. Ronie's degree in psychology has helped her pen novels of intense, raw characters.
Since launching onto the publishing scene in 2010, Ronie and her books have hit bestseller lists and garnered awards and critical acclaim.
Ronie can be found at www.roniekendig.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/rapidfirefiction), Twitter (@roniekendig), and GoodReads.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #162: Now & Forever

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we're
eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Now & Forever by Mary Connealy
Bethany House-June 2, 2015

About the Book
Saddle up for romance and adventure with the Wilde sisters!
Shannon Wilde is the middle sister--and the one who loves animals. She's established her own homestead and is raising sheep for their wool. Things are going fine...until Shannon gets swept over a cliff by Matthew Tucker!
Tucker seizes every opportunity to get away from civilization, but one particular walk in the woods ends with him sprinting away from an angry grizzly and plunging into a raging river, accidentally taking Shannon Wilde with him. Their adventure in the wilderness results in the solitary mountain man finding himself hitched to a young woman with a passel of relatives, a homestead, and a flock of sheep to care for.

As Tucker and Shannon learn to live with each other, strange things begin to happen on Shannon's land. Someone clearly wants to drive her off, but whoever it is apparently didn't count on Tucker. Trying to scare Matthew Tucker just makes him mad--and trying to hurt the woman he's falling in love with sets off something even he never expected.

Why I Want It
Mary Connealy's books are always so much fun and I love them!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Top Ten Book Titles That Get Songs Stuck in My Head

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

So right before I realized that this week was Freebie week I had been discussing with my sister the fact that some book titles got various songs stuck in my head. And when I saw that it was Freebie week I thought it would make a fun topic! So here are ten book titles and the songs that they get stuck in my head!

Book: Just Between You and Me by Jenny B. Jones
Song: Just Between You and Me by DC Talk

Book: The Art of Losing Yourself  by Katie Ganshert
Song: If I Lose Myself by OneRepublic

Book: When a Heart Stops by Lynette Eason
Song: Heart Stops by David Dunn

Book: Take A Chance On Me by Susan May Warren
Song: Take A Chance On Me by ABBA

Book: It Had to be You by Susan May Warren
Song: It Had to Be You by Frank Sinatra

Book: A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade
Song: Ours by Taylor Swift

Book: Catch a Falling Star by Janice Thompson
Song: Catch a Falling Star by Perry Como

Book: Fools Rush In by Janice Thompson
Song: Fools Rush In by Elvis Presley

Book: A Broken Kind of Beautiful by Katie Ganshert
Song: Broken and Beautiful by Mark Schultz

Book: After a Fashion by Jen Turano
Song: Always True to You Darling in My Fashion from Kiss Me Kate

Monday, May 18, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #174 & Bout of Books 13: Wrap-Up

 Hosted By: Book Journey

Bout of Books


Here is what I finished last week:
I had a pretty great week of reading during this read-a-thon! I didn't make my ultimate goal but I did make my secondary goal of finishing my 8 review books! My favorite was Falcon!

What I am currently reading:
So excited to finally read Always on My Mind! And AHA is my new non-fiction read and I am looking forward to it!

What I hope to read this week:
My next review book and a book that I can't wait to read!

Blog Posts
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #173
Bout of Books 13: Day 1 Challenge
Top Ten Authors I REALLY Want to Meet
Bout of Books 13: Day 1 Update
Waiting on Wednesday #161: In Firefly Valley
Bout of Books 13: Day 2 Update & Day 3 Challenge
The Wood's Edge by Lori Benton
Bout of Books 13: Day 3 Update & Day 4 Challenge
No Place to Hide by Lynette Eason
Friday Memes 5/15
Bout of Books 13: Day 4 Update & Day 5 Challenge
Bout of Books 13: Day 5 Update & Day 6 Challenge
Bout of Books 13: Day 6 Update

Hope you have a great reading week, thanks for taking the time to check out mine!
Leave your link below and I'll be sure to stop by!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Bout of Books 13: Day 6 Update

Bout of Books
Books I Read Today:
Together With You by Victoria Bylin (14 pages)
Books I Finished Today:
Pages Read Today: 14
Total Books Finished: 7
Total Pages Read: 2,232

My Thoughts on Today
Well I kinda figured this would be the case! I did have a small window in which I could have/should have read but I got distracted by replying to blog comments! I'm hoping that today I can at least finish this book!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Bout of Books 13: Day 5 Update & Day 6 Challenge

Bout of Books
Books I Read Today:
In Firefly Valley by Amanda Cabot (345 pages)
Books I Finished Today:
In Firefly Valley by Amanda Cabot
Pages Read Today: 345
Total Books Finished: 7
Total Pages Read: 2,218

My Thoughts on Today
Well today was my lowest page count so far but with the day I had I was happy to get that much read! Saturday is guaranteed to be worse since I'll be working at my second job.

Favorite Read Photo Challenge
Hosted by: Once Upon a Chapter

"My challenge is fairly simple: take a photo of your favorite read so far in Bout of Books 13 and share that link with me" 

I've read some great books this week but my favorite was definitely Falcon by Ronie Kendig!



Friday, May 15, 2015

Bout of Books 13: Day 4 Update & Day 5 Challenge

Bout of Books
Books I Read Today:
Hawk by Ronie Kendig (202 pages)
Falcon by Ronie Kendig (350 pages)
Books I Finished Today:
Hawk by Ronie Kendig

Falcon by Ronie Kendig 
Pages Read Today: 552
Total Books Finished: 6
Total Pages Read: 1,873

My Thoughts on Today
Well I fell only 12 pages short of my daily goal so I would say that today was a pretty great reading day! I loved these two books so much!

Cover Color Challenge
Hosted by: Wishful Endings
Pick a color.  Find four books with covers almost completely in that color/those colors (they need to be at least 2/3 similar - basically they need to match or be the same color - i.e. all green's, all yellow's, or match like black and purple).



Friday Memes 5/15

Book Blogger Hop

The Question:
If you see a book you like but see it is 400 or 500+ pages, will you still read it? 

My Answer:
Yup! I'm a pretty fast reader so page count doesn't scare me!


Hosted by: Rose City Reader

"Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name."

It wasn't the homecoming of her dreams. When she'd pictured this moment, Marisa St. George had imagined herself riding in a shiny new Lexus. She'd be wearing a designer dress and sporting an impressive diamond on her left hand, while her tall, dark, and handsome husband smiled at her like she was the most beautiful woman in the world. 
In Firefly Valley by Amanda Cabot

My Thoughts
Sounds like a pretty nice dream and I'm interested to see what happened to prevent it from coming true!