Monday, November 7, 2016

Christmas with the Sherriff by Victoria James & Snowbound with Mr. Wrong by Barbara White Daille - Book Reviews, Excerpts & Giveaway

 
Book review
 
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Review by Suze
 
Julia is back in Shadow Creek after five difficult years. Losing her husband and son broke her heart and she couldn't stay. Being back means seeing Chase again, the man who was there for her when she needed him the most. Julia kept in touch with him and they're still friends, but seeing him makes her want to be so much more. Does she dare to take the risk or isn't she ready to give love another chance because it hurts too much when it's being taken away?
 
Chase is the local sheriff. He's a single dad and taking care of his little girl on his own is tough, but he also loves being a father. He tries to find the time to stay with his daughter whenever he can and if he can't, he makes sure she's around people who love her very much. When Julia is back in Chase's life he knows this might finally be his chance to get the woman he's been in love with ever since the first moment he saw her. Will he be able to convince Julia that Shadow Creek can be her home once more?
 
Christmas with the Sheriff is a wonderful romantic story. Julia is a kind woman who has so much love to give. She's also afraid. The grief she felt was incapacitating and she doesn't want to feel like that ever again. Avoiding it means that she doesn't really live. My heart ached for her, because she's a warm and generous woman who deserves to be happy. I hoped Chase would be the one she'd trust with her insecurities and secrets. He is caring and protective. He's easy to feel comfortable with and he has a beautiful soul. I liked how amazing Victoria James's characters are. Her thorough descriptions of their personalities make them come to life incredibly well and it made me enjoy her story very much.
 
Victoria James's writing has an easy flow. I flew through the pages and instantly loved Christmas with the Sheriff. It's a perfect winter story with a lot of snow, chemistry, loving family, delicious holiday food descriptions and romance. There's also a good amount of depth and Victoria James describes grief in such an understanding an sympathetic way that brought tears to my eyes. I really liked this fantastic festive story, which has such a lovely ending, it put a big smile on my face.
 
Advice
 
Christmas with the Sheriff is perfect for readers who like emotional Christmas stories that first put tears in your eyes and then make you smile.
 
 
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Excerpt

He’d come to the conclusion before she came home for Christmas that he needed to stop feeling guilty about his feelings for her. He’d never done anything to let on that he was in love with Julia. Never to Michael, Jack, or Julia. It had been his secret and he’d been willing to go on his whole life without ever letting it out.

            More than anything, more than his feelings for her, his wanting her, he wanted a happy ending for her. He wanted their little boy to be alive. He wanted Michael to be alive.

            Nothing had ever come close to hurting more than when he found out about the accident. And then witnessing the pure hell Julia went through. He vowed to his friend the day of the funeral that he would watch out for her. But then she was packing up and tearfully trying to tell him why she couldn’t stay in Shadow Creek, and hell, he couldn’t blame her one bit.

            But now she was back. And God, he’d missed her.

            “Looking for a Christmas tree?”

            She shot him a surprised glance, looking over at him. “Oh, hey, Chase.” Her full lips pulled into a gorgeous smile and he cursed himself. He didn’t need to be noticing her mouth. He turned away to look at the lot full of trees.

            “No, I just love the smell. I was out for a walk and thought I might do some Christmas shopping.” 
“You walked here?”

            She nodded. The tip of her nose was pink and her cheeks were rosy. “I had to. They have all been force-feeding me pies and cookies. This morning, I walked into the kitchen to find Edward sitting alone at the kitchen table eating pie. Minutes later Cassy comes in and he shoved the pie at me, and I had to pretend it was mine and eat it! I’m not going to fit into my clothes by Christmas.”

            Chase laughed and tried not to sound like he was choking. He didn’t want to think of her figure. Julia thought it was some nonchalant ha-ha comment, while he thought of beautiful curves. Perfect curves. “I don’t think you have anything to worry about.” He wanted to add that he thought all her pounds were in the nicest places, but he had no intention of coming off like some sort of creep. Or someone who’d been in love with her since high school. Or like someone who hung her picture on the front of his refrigerator door next to Luigi the pizza guy. Dammit.
 
About Victoria James
 

Victoria always knew she wanted to be a writer and in grade five, she penned her first story, bound it (with staples and a cardboard cover) and did all the illustrations herself. Luckily, this book will never see the light of day again.

Victoria is a hopeless romantic who is living her dream, penning happily-ever-after’s for her characters in between managing kids and the family business. Writing on a laptop in the middle of the country in a rambling old Victorian house would be ideal, but she’s quite content living in suburbia with her husband, their two young children, and very bad cat.

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Review by Suze
 
Lyssa's sister asks her to help her out with a last-minute job. Lyssa has to dress up as an elf for a children's Christmas party. When she finds out who Santa is she's ready to bolt, but she doesn't want to let anyone down. She broke up with Nick and didn't expect to see him again, especially not while he's dressed in a Santa suit. Playing happy together for the sake of the children isn't easy. There are still so many unresolved feelings and Lyssa isn't sure how to handle them.
 
Nick is a successful businessman. The only area he isn't excelling in is his love life. Lyssa broke his heart and he doesn't understand why she left him. When a snowstorm messes up their plans he and Lyssa are forced to spend more time together. Will they be able to work things out between them? Can Lyssa make Nick understand what she wants from him and is there a chance he will be able give it to her?
 
Snowbound with Mr. Wrong is a heartwarming winter story. I immediately loved the main characters. Lyssa is sweet and it's easy to make her happy. She knows very well what makes her smile and she enjoys all the little things that matter in every day life without any effort. I liked that very much. I hoped she and Nick could work things out as they have a strong connection. Nick is a problem solver and he doesn't like it when things don't go according to plan. He's quick at changing tactics just to make them work. He's also a passionate and caring man. It's clear from the start there's a lot of love between the main characters and it was obvious to me that they belong together, which is something that made me smile.
 
Barbara White Daille has a great sense of humor. Snowbound with Mr. Wrong is both funny and romantic. It's a great combination for a perfect Christmas story. The beautiful setting, the large amount of snow, homemade decorations and gifts and abundance of love made this a fabulous festive story. I really enjoyed reading this joyful Christmas story, it's both cheerful and sweet.
 
Advice
 
Snowbound with Mr. Wrong is the perfect story for readers who like lighthearted Christmas stories that will make them smile.
 
 
 
 
Excerpt

Someone’s going to pay for this.

Nick Tavlock stared at the woman in the elf costume and swore under his breath. When his so-called friend and associate Michael DeFranco had roped him into playing Santa at his lodge for a second year, he’d agreed to do the man the favor. Michael brought a lot of business his way. But this was pushing friendship and client satisfaction too far.

He’d had Michael’s word there would be a new elf this year.

He swallowed his irritation. Or tried to. “Lyss—”

“Hello, Santa!” she interrupted with a meaningful glance at the kids around them.

“Saved by an elf,” he murmured. “Almost put my boot in my mouth with that one, didn’t I?” He was still trying to pick his jaw up off the floor after the enthusiasm of her greeting. Too bad she hadn’t meant that beautiful smile for him. Too bad she had dumped him months ago, or he’d have had more chances to see that smile of hers. “Thanks for the warm welcome. A big surprise, considering the chill of your last good-bye.”

“Those Arctic blasts at the North Pole will do that to an elf.” She smiled again, but her eyes didn’t meet his. “So…Santa, are you ready to hear some wish lists?”

“Sure am,” he said in his best jolly-old-Saint-Nick voice.

He followed her to the velvet-covered chair set in a cleared space beyond the fireplace. Though the flames danced behind a safety screen several yards away, he’d already started to sweat. And it didn’t have a thing to do with the fire or the extra padding inside this Santa suit. His quick inspection of Lyssa had his temperature soaring, something he should have anticipated. She had always managed to get him overheated—in the best way possible—every time he was around her.

 “Santa?” Her brows rose to fur-trimmed cap level.

“Huh?” Great. After all the years he’d spent attending his parents’ cocktail parties, that was the best he could do? But any sophisticated comment he’d ever learned had flown right out of his head.

He couldn’t let Lyssa throw him. Clamping his jaw closed, he resettled his own cap firmly and raised his brows back at her. She gestured with both hands, indicating the mob of children now surrounding him. How had he missed that?

Lyssa provided more distraction than he needed.

No, Lyssa didn’t provide anything for him anymore.

“Are you ready?” she asked.

“Yeah,” he muttered.

She frowned at him over the kids’ heads. Her cheeks had turned pink, and not from the fire, he’d bet. The glow certainly didn’t come from overheating herself, either—not in that skimpy elf suit. That outfit led him naturally to other visions of her he’d had the pleasure of seeing over the past year. But this wasn’t the time or place to relive those memories.
 
About Barbara White Daille
 

From the time she was a toddler, Barbara found herself fascinated by those things her mom called “books.” Once she learned the words between the covers held the magic of storytelling, she wanted to see her words in print so she could weave that magic spell for others.

After much hard work at her craft, she achieved her longtime dream when she began selling romance and mystery fiction to national and regional publications. Not long after, she received “The Call” from Harlequin Books and sold her first two novels. Since then, her books have garnered many positive reviews, appeared on numerous bestseller lists, and won a number of awards.

Originally from the East Coast, award-winning author Barbara White Daille now lives with her husband in the warm, sunny Southwest, where they don’t mind the lizards in their front yard but could do without the scorpions in the bathroom.

Barbara hopes you will enjoy reading her stories and will find your own storytelling magic in them!
 
  
Giveaway
 

One very lucky winner will receive a $10 Amazon gift card.
 
 
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3 comments:

  1. Comprehensive reviews: if you're fans of HEAs then these are must-reads!

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  2. Thanks so much for hosting us, and early good wishes to you and your readers for the happiest of holidays!

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  3. This book sounds great. I will have to check it out. Thanks for the review!!

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