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“Shadowed Loyalty” by Roseanna M White ~ Book Review

Shadowed Loyalty by Roseanna M White

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

About the Book:

Sabina Mancari never questioned her life as the daughter of Chicago’s leading mob boss until bullets tear apart her world and the man she thought she loved turned out to be an undercover Prohibition agent. Now she sees how ugly the underworld can be. Ambushes, bribes, murder, prostitution—she thought her beloved Papa was above all that, but clearly he isn’t. What does that mean, though, for her and their family? Maybe Lorenzo, the fiancé who has barely paid her any attention in the last two years, has the right idea by planning to escape their world.

All his life, Lorenzo’s family assumed he would join the Church, but he has different ideas—marrying Sabina and pursuing a career in the law. But despite his morals, he knows at the core he isn’t so unlike his father and brothers, which has always terrified him. Has he, in trying to protect Sabina from his flaws, in fact harmed her? It sure seems that way when he realizes he all but forced her into the arms of the Prohibition Agent now bent on tearing her family apart at all costs. But how can they rebuild what has so long been neglected…and do it in the shadow of the dark empire of the Mafia?

Shadowed Loyalty, set amid the glitz and scandal of the Roaring Twenties, examines what love really means and how we draw lines between family and our own convictions, especially when following the one could mean losing the other.

My Thoughts:

Always eager for a new Roseanna M White novel, I was very curious to see how it would go with this being a little different than the other books I’ve read and loved by this author, and I was not disappointed in the least. I love the writing style and how the history – no matter the setting or time period – comes alive so effortlessly through the author’s writing. The 1920’s have always been an era that’s intrigued me, so it was easy for me to fall in love with every aspect of Shadowed Loyalty. The characters were brilliant – Sabina was so well constructed and so life-like, she was easy to relate to and route for. 

This story displayed so many of the complex layers that go along with family, loyalty, faith, and more. The faith theme was so inspiring and encouraging, and I really appreciated how authentic it was to the setting and the history. Lots of wisdom, and lots of touching moments – definitely what I have come to expect from one of White’s novels, and that’s a big reason why I always look forward to her novels.

It was so fascinating getting to read about the mafia aspect, and what it would have been like to have grown up as a Mafiosi’s daughter, and a believer as well. 

Sabina and Lorenzo were absolutely marvelous, and I loved reading how they grew, on their own and together. The forgiveness and love that was shown time after time was deeply beautiful, and all in all, I very much enjoyed this story. <3

I received a copy of the book from the publisher/author. I was not required to write a positive review, all thoughts are my own.

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“Counterfeit Love” by Crystal Caudill ~ Book Review/ Blog Tour I Read With Audra Giveaway!

“Counterfeit Love” by Crystal Caudill

Book One in the Hidden Hearts of the Gilded Age Series

About the Book:

Can this undercover agent save the woman he loves–or is her heart as counterfeit as the money he’s been sent to track down?
After all that Grandfather has sacrificed to raise her, Theresa Plane owes it to him to save the family name–and that means clearing their debt with creditors before she marries Edward Greystone. But when one of the creditors’ threats leads her to stumble across a midnight meeting, she discovers that the money he owes isn’t all Grandfather was hiding. And the secrets he kept have now trapped Theresa in a life-threatening fight for her home–and the truth.
After months of undercover work, Secret Service operative Broderick Cosgrove is finally about to uncover the identity of the leader of a notorious counterfeiting ring. That moment of triumph turns to horror, however, when he finds undeniable proof that his former fiancée is connected. Can he really believe the woman he loved is a willing participant? Protecting Theresa and proving her innocence may destroy his career–but that’s better than failing her twice in one lifetime.
They must form a partnership, tentative though it is. But there’s no question they’re both still keeping secrets–and that lack of trust, along with the dangerous criminals out for their blood, threatens their hearts, their faith, and their very survival.
Combining rich history, danger, suspense, and romance, Crystal Caudill’s debut novel launches this new historical series with a bang. Fans of Elizabeth Camden, Michelle Griep, and Joanna Davidson Politano will be thrilled to find another author to follow!
 

My Thoughts:

This book was so good. Upon first seeing it, I was intrigued by the cover and title, and saw that Kregal would be publishing it, and so all those things combined were enough for me to want to give it a try. I’m so glad I did!
Counterfeit Love is the debut novel of Crystal Caudill and the author started out with quite a winner. The writing was wonderful, the plot captivating, the characters were fantastic, and the faith theme was brilliant. All checked boxes for me!
From the first page, main character Theresa Plane came to life, her personality vividly painted by the well-written words. The novel is told through two point-of-views, Theresa’s and Secret Service operative Broderick Cosgrove’s. Who is also a smashing character, by the way. ;) He was a wonderful hero, and I eagerly gathered him into the fold of book boyfriends, haha.Truly though, these characters were so alive and fun to follow, and I loved the relationships displayed throughout. The romance was so real, and deep, and sweet. The plot was engaging – there were many twists and turns, and while I had my suspicions of who the villain was (and yay I was right XD I love guessing), the dangers and mystery kept me turning the pages to find out for sure who all were involved in the counterfeit ring. What really made this book shine all the brighter for me though, was the beautiful faith strand. The message of trusting God even if – even if He doesn’t do what we want, or rescue us in the way we hoped. It was really timely for me, and blessed me deeply with the wonderful reminder. I also loved the hymn that was included – How Firm a Foundation. That is one of my favorite hymns, one I cling to frequently, so I loved seeing the characters gain hope and encouragement from it as well. I greatly look forward to the next book in the series, as well as anything this author may write. :)

GIVEAWAY:

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I received a copy of the novel from the publishers. I was not required to write a positive review.

About the Author:

Crystal Caudill is the author of “dangerously good historical romance,” with her work garnering awards from Romance Writers of America and ACFW.

She is a stay-at-home mom and caregiver, and when she isn’t writing, Caudill can be found playing board games with her family, drinking hot tea, or reading other great books at her home outside Cincinnati, Ohio.

Learn more at crystalcaudill.com. You can also find her on Facebook and Instagram.

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“Enchanting the Heiress” by Kristi Ann Hunter ~ Book Review

“Enchanting the Heiress” by Kristi Ann Hunter

Book Three in the Hearts on the Heath Series

Launch Team

My rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

About the Book:

Harriet Hancock likes to make the lives of those around her better whether they like it or not. So, she is surprised when her friend Sophia Whitworth has ideas of her own on how to make Harriet happier–by throwing her together with Sophia’s brother, stable hand Jonas Fitzroy. When Harriet discovers his natural way with words, she hatches a plan that would benefit them both.

Holding a grudge against Harriet for her meddling in Sophia’s life, it is only because of his sister that Jonas agrees to approach Harriet about a possible artistic project. What he doesn’t expect is for her to request his help writing a book.

As they work together, they start to see each other in a different light, but when the truth of Harriet’s schemes is revealed, she’ll find her good intentions for once have gone too far.

My Thoughts:


This was so, so good. 
Main character Harriet Hancock surprised me in so many delightful ways. I loved the little glimpses we got in the previous books of the series, but oh there was so much more to be discovered about who she was on her own.
Outgoing with a heart for adventure, she shined bright on the page and seemingly lept off of those pages.  She was witty, and smart, and kind-hearted, while still having flaws and struggles, and lessons she had to go through. Jonas was such a stalwart, steady, and strong character – so sensible with a heart of gold and a devotion to God and the Bible. I absolutely loved all the verses he had memorized by heart.Both of these spectacular characters went through such a journey of growth in this novel, it was so touching. I personally deeply appreciated the message of purpose – or what happens when you don’t know what your purpose is, or what you want. Seeing that played out among the characters lives bonded me to them in a special way. I only wish they were real. ^.^The plot was so good, the faith message beautiful, and the romance extremely sweet. There was just a lot of heart in this novel that I absolutely loved, and it will remain a favorite. <3





I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion. 

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“The Thief and the Noble” by Dana LeCheminant ~ Book Review

“The Thief and the Noble” by Dana LeCheminant

A Robin Hood Regency Novel

About the Book:

“Remember who you’re fighting for.”

As the daughter of a marquess, Lady Marian Russell is poised to impress in her first London Season. She is young, beautiful, and wealthy—but catching an eligible husband is the last thing on her mind. Marian is disillusioned with how the upper class lives while the poor of London suffer, and she is determined to right this imbalance. When she comes face-to-face with a mysterious man who steals from arrogant aristocrats and redistributes the spoils to the poor, Marian recognizes a motivation that mirrors her own. She is determined to discover the true identity of the unscrupulous hero and offer her assistance.

When she unmasks the bandit Robin, he begrudgingly agrees to train the lovely Marian in the art of thievery in exchange for her silence, quickly realizing that his heart may be stolen next. But when they discover a copycat thief operating in London, they are faced with a foe whose purpose is far from noble. Amid distracting suitors, becoming a champion of the poor, and a growing attraction Marian can’t ignore, can she and Robin expose the renegade pilferer without risking themselves.

My Thoughts:

A Regency Robin Hood re-imagining sounded like a fun read, and I am pleased to say that it was just such the thing. This is the first book I’ve read by this author, but I enjoyed the writing style, and the characters were lively and fun to follow along with.

I liked this Robin Hood character better than the original (I know, gasp….the original isn’t my favorite, but I like retellings of this well known tale), and his escapades were amusing for certain.Lady Marian was a plucky and high-spirited character, even as she was young and sometimes naive. The plot was very entertaining – The Thief and the Noble is an easy-to-read novel that keeps you turning the pages to the end. I also appreciate the clean content.
Oh and the interior design!! The chapter headings and all the accents are absolutely gorgeous and add such a delightful touch to the book. The cover is also just as stunning.If you’re looking for a fun retelling, as well as a unique regency read, certainly check out this one!


This book was provided courtesy of Revell through Interviews and Reviews for my honest opinion.

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“Sunrise” by Susan May Warren ~ Book Review

“Sunrise” by Susan May Warren

Book One in the Sky King Ranch Series

About the Book:

Pilot Dodge Kingston has always been the heir to Sky King Ranch. But after a terrible family fight, he left to become a pararescue jumper. A decade later, he’s headed home to the destiny that awaits him.

That’s not all that’s waiting for Dodge. His childhood best friend and former flame, Echo Yazzie, is a true Alaskan–a homesteader, dogsledder, and research guide for the DNR. Most of all, she’s living a life Dodge knows could get her killed. One of these days she’s going to get lost in the woods again, and his worst fear is that he won’t be there to find her.

When one of Echo’s fellow researchers goes missing, Echo sets out to find her, despite a blizzard, a rogue grizzly haunting the woods, and the biting cold. Plus, there’s more than just the regular dangers of the Alaskan forests stalking her . . .

Will Dodge be able to find her in time? And if he does, is there still room for him in her heart?

Sunrise is the first explosive volume in a new nail-biting series from USA Today bestselling author Susan May Warren.

My Thoughts:

Everybody gets excited for a new SMW book! And rightfully so. “Sunrise” starts off the new series Sky King Ranch. Set in Alaska, I really felt like I was transported there myself as I read, and I loved all the vibes it gave. The characters were so realistic and well written, and I loved following along with their story.
Dodge and Echo have had an enduring history together, and also bear a lot of their own individual scars. I liked that they both had issues to work through, and that it wasn’t all wrapped up in a bow at the end. I mean, their romance certainly was lovely at the end (sooo sweet), but they both were still progressively growing in their journey and I appreciate that.
The faith message was subtle, evident in small pieces, but done very well. There were definitely some truths that hit home for me too, and I marked down a few different things.
Echo was relatable for me, especially her ‘what ifs’ – “What if I’m too happy?…What if I love you too much? What if-” “Stop what-iffing” XD That is so me.
Sunrise has great characters, and enthralling plot, and suspense that keeps you turning the pages for more. It’s going to be hard to wait for the next book in this series!!

This book was provided courtesy of Revell through Interviews and Reviews for my honest opinion.

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“Codename: Mermaid” by Michael James Emberger ~ Book Review

Codename: Mermaid by Michael James Emberger

About the Book:

FBI agent Ben Blanchard is angry at God for allowing his wife to die. He’s tasked with investigating a Nazi sabotage operation with a new partner, Vicky, a known German spy who looks strikingly like his late wife…and they’ll be posing as a married couple.

They arrive in the isolated town of Sugar Falls, Ontario, where they find a mysterious lumber mill, a distressed German soprano, and murderous disputes over maple tapping. With outside support cut off, Ben is forced to rely on a shaken faith and a woman he can’t trust in an attempt to stop the Nazis from spreading their poisonous plan.

Rife with grief, deception, swords, songs, and scars, Codename Mermaid is a historical thriller inspired by Beethoven’s 9th, the Ode to Joy.

My Thoughts:

The writing style of “Codename: Mermaid” was very strong and easy to fall into. I love first person narratives, and so easily found myself turning the pages one right after the other, curious to see how the story would go. The grief the main character, Ben, displayed going through in the beginning chapters was poignant and real, and I appreciated the way it was shown. 

This novel is set during WWII, and involves a lot of spies and intrigue – even as the reader, you’re unsure who you are to trust and who you are to be suspicious of. 

I liked the characters, especially Kirsten. Ben could sometimes come across as a little…bland; I’m not entirely sure why, because he had a backstory and was involved in the plot, but there was just something about him that sometimes made him seem to fade more into the background of the story, even though we were reading from his POV. I still liked him, though.

Kirsten had to endure a lot, and faced many trials and pain. Her faith throughout the novel was encouraging, and I also liked the music theme woven throughout. Even among the horrors she saw and was forced to participate in, she still clung to God, and I loved that.

The ending was a bit surprising to me. To be honest, I’m still a little uncertain about it, but it did end happily which I appreciate.

The plot was intriguing and I enjoyed following along, and spending time within the pages.

Thanks to the author for the review copy. 

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“The Girl Who Could Breathe Under Water” by Erin Bartels – Review

“The Girl Who Could Breathe Under Water” by Erin Bartels 4 stars 

About the Book:

When Kendra Brennan moves into her grandfather’s old cabin on Hidden Lake, she has a problem and a plan. The problem? An inflammatory letter from A Very Disappointed Reader that’s keeping her from writing her next novel as long as its claims go unanswered. The plan? To confront Tyler, her childhood best friend’s brother–and the man who inspired the antagonist in her first book–in order to prove to herself that she told the truth as all good novelists should.

What she discovers as she delves into the murky past is not what she expected. Facing Tyler isn’t easy, but facing the truth of her failed friendship with his sister, Cami, may be the hardest thing she’s ever had to do.

Award-winning novelist Erin Bartels searches the heart with this lyrical exploration of how a friendship dies, how we can face the unforgiveable, and how even those who have been hurt can learn to love with abandon. 

My Thoughts:

This book was such a poetic expression. The writing style was truly beautiful, and captivated me from the get-go. It flowed flawlessly, and some parts were down right lyrical. I soaked that in like a sponge – I love when the very style is beautiful by its own right.

If you’ve read other reviews for this book, you’ll already be aware that there are some content warnings needed that were not supplied or implied by the synopsis. The Girl Who Could Breathe Under Water deals very heavily with sexual molestation and assult, and the facing and recovering of that trauma. I don’t feel that the telling of it was R-rated graphic, but it was not shied away from, and so for those sensitive to such content (and understandably so, everyone has a right to decide what they can and can’t read), I would definitely advise caution in picking this novel up. There were parts that were difficult to read, and an overall saddening vibe to the story. While written from a Christian worldview, I wouldn’t classify this novel as Christian Fiction, in my own opinion. There was perhaps one mention of God, and faith did not play any particular role in the characters’ lives. And this is a small sideline thought, but I was personally a bit saddened by the heavy use of alcohol spread throughout this novel so frequently and so casually. I’m not saying drinking is inherently a sin, I’ve just noticed how across the years of Christian Fiction, the inclusion of casually drinking (or even not so casually drinking) has been included more and more lately.

I think had I picked this up, knowing it was general market instead of CF, my expectations on that front would have been a little different.

However, that being said, I did still enjoy this novel and found it hard to put down. As I said, it was beautifully written, and the main character was so life like. The Girl Who Could Breathe Under Water is beautifully raw. And I very much appreciated reading the authors note at the end. 

I find it difficult writing reviews sometimes, because on one hand, I want to give an accurate review for other readers. But on the other hand, I know how therapeutic writing is, and so no matter how hard the content might be, I want to applaud the author for writing it too. There were two quotes that I saved because they resonated with me so much, and also help in why I want to applaud every author for writing what they feel led to write:

“But you know what it’s like when someone attacks your writing. Criticize me about anything else – what I look like, what I drive, what my ancestors did to your ancestors- who cares? But my writing, your writing…that’s the real you, isn’t it? That’s what is inside of you. To have it thrown back in your face is just the worst feeling in the world.”

“All fiction is based in reality. That’s why we read it. That’s why we write it. To process reality. To deal with all the crap that happens to us.” 

So, yes, I think I shall end my review with those quotes, as beautiful and true as they are.

*I received a copy of this review from the publishers. All thoughts expressed in my review are my own.

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“To Treasure an Heiress” by Roseanna M White ~ Book Review

To Treasure an Heiress (The Secrets of the Isles, #2)

To Treasure an Heiress by Roseanna M White

The Secrets of the Isles Book Two

Review copy from the publishers as apart of the launch team

My rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

About the Book:

Beth Tremayne has always been drawn to adventure. During her childhood, she fed that desire by exploring every inch of the Isles of Scilly. As an adolescent, she dreamed of love in London’s ballrooms. Now, stumbling across an old map on her family’s property, she’s found more adventure than she ever craved in the hunt for pirate treasure. Unfortunately, Beth can’t escape the attentions of her family’s guest, Lord Sheridan.

Sheridan has spent years pursuing whatever archaeological interests caught his imagination. And when he discovers that Beth’s search connects with one of his favorite pirates of history, he can’t help getting involved. Plus, he finds her irresistible, even though she insists he stole a prized possession of hers.

As they work together following different clues and drawing closer to danger, they start to piece together a story of tragic love and piratical adventure. But the true surprise is the treasure they discover in each other.

My Thoughts:

Oh was this a good one. To Treasure An Heiress is a book to be savored, and thoroughly enjoyed – which I gladly did. When reading the first book (The Nature of a Lady), I was looking forward to reading Beth’s story, but also vastly curious about getting to know Lord Sheridan better. And oh did we get to know him better! I loved his character, honestly. His wit and banter – both internal and external – was absolutely delightful, and I was just charmed by the whole story.I loved his and Beth’s relationship; it was certainly not friendly at first! But their exchanges were great.The plot was excellent as always, but really it was the characters that won it over for me. Beth and Sheridan were so different from each other yet shared a love of adventures and mystery, and they each were so rich in character strength on their own, not to mention as a pair as well. I really liked Serena’s side story as well – she had a part near the end that had me tearing up, and its message really hit home for me and was one I very much needed to hear. So that being said, the faith strand was handled beautifully, and so poignantly. Ainsely was such a stalwart and honestly good character as well, and his faith was encouraging. Really, I enjoyed every second of this book, loved following along on their pirate-treasure-seeking-adventure, and look forward to the next book in this series (though I’m not sure it will top my love for Sheridan and Beth, haha. They really were spectacular!).

More Quotes:

“Even if you have upset her…sometimes we need to be upset. Sometimes that’s the only thing that will convince us to let down our walls and allow someone in. Or even to turn to God.”

“And sometimes it builds the walls higher.”

“Yes, sometimes. But my valet – he’s rather wise when it comes to such things – would say that every time we make a mess of things, every time we take a wrong step, it’s just an opportunity for the Lord to meet us in an unexpected way. He would say that if you really care for her, and if she’s hurting, then the best thing you could possibly do is put her in God’s hands and just pray that He’ll give you the honor of being one of the people He uses to heal her.”

“I want to be. I always want to be one of the people He uses, but especially this time. I’m just afraid I’ve ruined it.”

Sheridan sighed. “I’m always afraid I’ve ruined it, every time I open my mouth. But God is bigger than our mistakes, I’m told. In fact, I’m fairly certain my wise valet would say that the best thing we can ever be is a willing instrument in His hand. That we ought to stop worrying that our every word is wrong and instead let the Master Craftsman wield us however He will. There may be stray chisel marks, the times we slip. But He’ll still set the stone where it belongs. We just need to remember our loves are a monument to Him, not to ourselves.”

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“How strange were regrets. So many things she hated, yet without them, things she loved would never have been.”

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“It was a reminder to me of what His salvation really means. I think…I think too often we compare our souls and our sins to a grass stain. We think that His sacrifice is sufficient to knock off the clumps and blades clinging to the outside of us, but not quite strong enough to get rid of the stain in the fabric. But we’re not fabric, Senara. We are pearls.” He reached for her hand, turned it over, and set the pearl onto her palm. This time she didn’t argue. Just looked at it, gleaming so brilliantly. White and clean and beautiful. “I realize I risk preaching here like his lordship always accuses me of, but it must be said. He makes us with great worth. Creates us that way intrinsically. Our sins, our bad choices, perhaps they coat us like mud. But the mud cannot take away the value He instilled in us. Mud does not make a pearl any less valuable. If it did, then why would Jesus have deemed us worthy of the sacrifice of His life? But He loves us, as does the Father. Because we are valuable. And the blood of Christ, when it washes us clean, fully restores us to what He created us to be. A pearl cannot be stained. No matter how many centuries it sits in the mud, wash it in a bit of water and it’s gleaming again.”

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Thanks to the publisher and author for a copy of the book. I was not required to write a positive review; all views expressed are entirely my own.

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“The Debutante’s Code” by Erica Vetsch ~ Book Review

“The Debutante’s Code” by Erica Vetsch

Book One in the Thorndike and Swan Regency Mysteries

Review copy from the authors as apart of the I Read With Audra Tour

My rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

About the Book:

Jane Austen meets Sherlock Holmes in this new Regency mystery series

Newly returned from finishing school, Lady Juliette Thorndike is ready to debut in London society. Due to her years away, she hasn’t spent much time with her parents, and sees them only as the flighty, dilettante couple the other nobles love. But when they disappear, she discovers she never really knew them at all. They’ve been living double lives as government spies–and they’re only the latest in a long history of espionage that is the family’s legacy.

Now Lady Juliette is determined to continue their work. Mentored by her uncle, she plunges into the dangerous world of spy craft. From the glittering ballrooms of London to the fox hunts, regattas, and soirees of country high society, she must chase down hidden clues, solve the mysterious code her parents left behind, and stay out of danger. All the while, she has to keep her endeavors a secret from her best friend and her suitors–not to mention nosy, irritatingly handsome Bow Street runner Daniel Swann, who suspects her of a daring theft.

Can Lady Juliette outwit her enemies and complete her parents’ last mission? Or will it lead her to a terrible end?

My Thoughts:

I love Erica Vetsch’s writing style. It’s so beautiful and captivating. “The Debutante’s Code” is filled with intrigue and mystery, as well as a touch of romance. I think the romance will develop more in the following books in the series. I really liked “getting to know” the characters; Juliette Thorndike was a strong heroine who still maintained a very feminine and genteel personality. Being thrust into a world of codes and spies brought her on a whole new adventure, and it was enjoyable to see not only how she coped, but how she adapted and learned. The supporting characters – and let us not forget the hero, Daniel – were all well written, and the plot really was engaging. Also, I loved getting to see some familiar characters from the author’s previous series, Serendipity and Secrets. :)The faith strand was a soft but lovely message woven through the story, and I appreciated how Juliette went through doubts and lessons regarding her faith.This new series looks to be extremely promising, and I can’t wait to continue!


*I received a complimentary copy of the novel from the publishers. I was not required to write a positive review.

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“Tacos for Two” by Besty St. Amant ~ Book Review

Tacos for Two

“Tacos for Two” by Betsy St. Amant

Review copy from the publishers

My Rating:4 out of 5 Stars

About the book:

Rory Perez, a food truck owner who can’t cook, is struggling to keep the business she inherited from her aunt out of the red–and an upcoming contest during Modest’s annual food truck festival seems the best way to do it. The prize money could finally give her a solid financial footing and keep her cousin with special needs paid up at her beloved assisted living home. Then maybe Rory will have enough time to meet the man she’s been talking to via an anonymous online dating site.

Jude Strong is tired of being a puppet at his manipulative father’s law firm, and the food truck festival seems like the perfect opportunity to dive into his passion for cooking and finally call his life his own. But if he loses the contest, he’s back at the law firm for good. Failure is not an option.

Complications arise when Rory’s chef gets mono and she realizes she has to cook after all. Then Jude discovers that his stiffest competition is the same woman he’s been falling for online the past month.

Will these unlikely chefs sacrifice it all for the sake of love? Or will there only ever be tacos for one? 

My thoughts:

This was such a cute and light-hearted but fun story! While I haven’t yet seen the movie “You’ve Got Mail”, I do know the story and this novel was a really sweet spin on that as well. I loved the characters – I found Rory to be really relatable, albeit maybe just a little moody (understandable), and I loved her online relationship with “Strongerman99”. All the messages sprinkled throughout the book was an absolute delight, and I loved seeing how it all progressed.All of the characters were marvelous, from Jude, to Nicole and Grady, Hannah, and even Jude’s family – they all had a lot of depth and realisticness to them, it was a joy to read about them. And the food – I don’t think I’ve craved Mexican food more than when reading this book, haha. It made everything sound absolutely delectable, and I really need several tacos now ;)There was a very faint faith strand, mostly about loving our enemies. Which is definitely a good truth to have, I just had hoped for a bit more emphasis on the faith in the end. Still, this was a very cute, clean, romantic story that I definitely enjoyed and am glad to have on my shelves!


*Thanks to revell publishing for the copy of the book. I was not required to post a positive review; all thoughts expressed are entirely my own.