I’m Yearning for Spring and so is Friday Book Round-Up #books #amreading #romance


Friday Book Round Up

 

Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round-Up! The weather has been frightfully cold this week and it makes me yearn for spring. I’ve started reading and re-reading spring romances on my reader. So in honor of my longing for spring, I’ve listed 10 super spring romances on my Kindle (a few even free):

American graduate student Zoe Gallagher doesn’t believe in romance.

She’s in Paris on Valentine’s Day doing research to prove that romance is an illusion and love based on it doesn’t last. When she meets New Yorker Gabe Ross, there to fulfil his mother’s dying wish by placing a lovelock on a bridge crossing the River Seine, even she finds it hard to resist the most romantic city in the world on the most romantic day of the year.

An impulsive challenge to try a psychological experiment feels like more, much more, for both of them.

Zoe tells herself their one wonderful day together proves nothing, only gives more evidence her theory is right. But on her return to London, she discovers she needs Gabe’s help to learn the biggest lesson of all, that love does last.

Especially God’s love…

Book 4 in the Love In Store series of sweet inspirational romances.

The series is set around a stately old London department store, and many of the same settings and characters appear in each book. But there is no need to read them in order. Every story is a complete romance, following a different couple through the trials and joys of a developing love, to their happy-ever-after.

 

Includes an anti-romance heroine, some sweet kissing, and British spelling. Complete with British English Glossary.

Love can make life complicated…

 

Sports teacher Fraser Maclean has worked with Sarah Browne for eight months at their Edinburgh high school. She’s not involved with anyone else, and she seems to enjoy his company, so why won’t the pretty trainee teacher see him outside school? Despite their attraction, he has to take no for an answer. Besides, he wants a simple, uncomplicated life, and he suspects Sarah is far from uncomplicated.

 

Sarah’s worked hard to control her feelings for Fraser and keep him at arm’s length. He’s kind, athletic, funny, and he appeals to her like no other man, but she can’t trust he’ll love her enough to share her burdens and stick around when things get tough. They’re safer staying friends. That’s enough. It has to be.

 

When they build a sensory garden at their church together, he discovers the real reason she won’t date. Caring for her ill mother dominates Sarah’s days and nights. Getting involved with her means things will get a whole lot of complicated. No more simple life. And Sarah still won’t trust him with her biggest secret of all.

 

Can the two teachers learn God’s lessons in love, or will fear and doubt keep them apart?

 

33,000 words, 144 paperback pages

 

The Macleans books #1 & 2 show Fraser’s older brother Mac and sister Catriona finding the partners God intends for them. But there’s no need to read their stories first. Each book is a complete-in-itself romance.

A week of no-strings fun is never that simple.

 

Tessa Sullivan figures she can handle a no-strings-attached fling with the handsome stranger she meets at her sister’s Spring wedding. After all, she doesn’t believe in love. Or so she tells herself.

 

Trevor Jackson’s painful past leaves him adamant he’ll never open his heart again. But a week of uncomplicated fun with the beautiful bridesmaid? Now that’s an arrangement he can work with.

 

All’s well that ends well—a mutually enjoyable relationship that will end as simply as it started—until someone breaks the rules and falls in love.

 

EXCERPT:

Gesturing toward her empty glass, Trevor asked, “Can I buy you another?”

 

“It’s an open bar, but no, thank you.” Red-gold curls bounced as she gave a quick shake of her head. One of the daisies came loose and tumbled past her shoulder. He caught it as she added, “I should’ve stopped at one.”

 

“Why didn’t you?”

 

“The first went down so smooth, I figured a second might carry me through to the end of the night.”

 

Brushing his thumb over the petals of the flower in his hand, he imagined her skin would feel equally soft. “Are you in love with the groom?”

 

“No.” Her shocked gaze collided with his, then she laughed again. “God no. I barely like him.”

 

He arched his eyebrows. “Couldn’t tell from your toast.”

 

Speculation filled her eyes. “What was wrong with my toast?”

 

“Nothing.” He placed his hand with the daisy against his chest, and her attention dropped to the flower as he added a touch of drama to his voice. “It was very touching. Inspiring. Heartwarming.”This time the roll of her eyes was accompanied by an unladylike snort.

 

“If you didn’t mean it, then that was an Oscar-worthy performance.”

 

“Oh, I meant it.” She glanced toward the reception where the festivities were still in full swing. “But it certainly did not make it sound like I was in love with Nash.”

 

“And yet you’re out here drinking for a reason. Is it because you don’t like him?”

 

She shook her head. “I misspoke a moment ago. I like Nash. Now, anyway. Six months ago, not so much.”

 

“Why’s that?”

 

Her gaze met his once more. “You don’t know the story?”

 

“No.” He did his best not to get lost in the rich blue of her eyes. It was hard with the way they stood out against her fair, lightly freckled skin, framed by long, frosted lashes and shimmery shadow that complimented her spring dress. Up close, the whole combination made her look somewhat like a fairy.

 

A sexy fairy whose daisy-laden, disheveled, reddish-gold locks suggested she’d been rolling around in May flowers, even though it was only mid-April. He knew the tumbled curls were a result of her enthusiastic dancing earlier, but he much preferred the alternative image his imagination provided.

 

Suspicion replaced speculation when he didn’t answer her question. “You’re not a friend of the groom?”

 

“No.”

 

“And I know you’re not a friend of the bride. So, how did you hear my toast?” Blue eyes narrowed for a second before she accused, “Did you crash my sister’s wedding?”

~~~

To everything there is a season…

 

Love finds a way during the four seasons in the Romancing Wisconsin Series. Starting with Christmas/Winter, then moving on to the rest of the seasons, check out this bestselling, heartwarming series set in small town Wisconsin, where hope springs eternal for each happily ever after. Sexy military heroes, runaway brides, surprise babies, single parents—meet the Rileys, the Walshes, and best of all, Butch…a.k.a. Santa Butch. The mischievous matchmaker makes a cameo in each story—adding a touch of magic to the lives of everyone he loves, and even those he’s just met.

Spring Love by H.T. Night

 

Book #6 in the Winning Sarah’s Heart Series

 

Cody isn’t like the other boys. For one, he has a very high emotional IQ. In fact, he’s particularly sensitive and romantic, especially for a middle-schooler. And no one knows that better than Sarah Davis. Cody and Sarah make plans to go to the Spring Fling dance together.

 

In Spring Love, soon to be fourteen-year-old Cody has lots of new changes to deal with. First of all, it’s baseball season. Cody is on two different baseball teams–and these two teams couldn’t be any more different. The second big change in Cody’s life is that his dad shows up with big promises.

 

With National Teen Chess Finals coming up, Cody has a lot on his plate. Will the stress eventually get to him? Or will Cody rise above everything and become the man his mother raised him to be?

 

 

REVIEWS:

 

“What a fun ride! Night displays an uncanny knack to capture the thoughts and language of youth. Cody Greer is heroic, funny, and most of all, real.”

―Summer Lee, author of Kindred Spirits and Beach Angel

 

“Cody Greer is pitch-perfect. More than anything, the author is a natural born storyteller. Think Nicholas Sparks meets Judy Blume. The story itself is inspiring and hilarious and will stay with you for some time to come. Night captures the thoughts and feelings of six-graders everywhere in a wonderfully touching and moving tale.”

―J.R. Rain, author of Moon Dance and The Body Departed

 

“This is why I love reading! Cody Greer is hilarious, thought-provoking and poignant!”

―Elaine Babich, author Relatively Normal and You Never Called Me Princess

 

“Sweet and heart-warming. I absolutely fell in love with Cody Greer.”

—Ella Quinn, author of The Glass Secret and Beautiful Force

Montana, 1871

 

Meet Julia Sullivan – she just had the worst luck. After a rocky trip by steamboat over a river that has just started to thaw, she’s arrived in Rocky Point, Montana, months delayed. Unfortunately her groom, Timothy Mitchell, recently married another woman.

What she didn’t expect was to be stuck with the option of the surly twin.

 

After losing to his brother, in a battle to win the heart of his intended bride Alice Johnson, Terry Mitchell doubts he has anything to offer a replacement bride. Certainly not a woman better matched to another man. But her presence in his mother’s home brings them into close proximity and he can’t get her out of his mind.

 

Sometimes when everything goes wrong it is exactly the way it should be. The Almighty works in mysterious ways.

 

In this wonderful new series by Hope Sinclair, a string of strong women venture out to the frontier to find a new life and true love with men, who will treat them right. Buy it now to find out how it ends for Terry and Julia.

 

A Bride For Spring is a Clean Western Historical Romance about the mail order brides that arrive at Rocky Point. Each story can be read as a standalone but if you wish to read about the other stories these are available for just $0.99 or ALWAYS FREE on Kindle Unlimited.

 

Hope Sinclair writes clean, inspirational, western romance stories that always have a good old fashioned happy ending.

 

Mail Order Brides of Rocky Point:

Book 1: A Chance For Love: An Abused Widow For The Weary Sheriff

Book 2: A Call Of Destiny: The Deputy’s Pretend Bride

Book 3: Abandoned Bride: A Jilted Bride For The Shopkeeper

Book 4: A Bride For Christmas: An Unexpected Bride For The Wrong Twin

Book 5: A Bride For Spring: A Replacement Bride For the Jilted Twin

 

Mail Order Brides of Cedarwood Creek:

Book 1: A Twist Of Fate: A Barren Bride for The Lumberjack (Out Now! Exclusively part of Multiauthor boxset)

 

Mail Order Bride Agency:

Book 1: The Lonely Pioneer and the Cripple Bride – Lilly

Book 2: The Weary Saloon Owner and the Novice Nun – Mary Margaret (due February 2016)

Book 3: The Faithful Rancher and the Scarred Bride – Mercy (due in February 2016)

Book 4: The Prideful Preacher and the Dwarf Bride – Amelia (due in February 2016)

Sam Mackenzie rode into the town of Hidden Springs looking for a place to belong. He takes a job at Ryan’s Ranch and is immediately attracted to the ranch’s pretty, female, owner.

 

Kate Ryan is a woman determined to make it on her own. Chafing at the thought of having to hire help, she nonetheless falls for the handsome stranger who answers her ad.

 

When they meet, sparks fly and they are drawn to each other. But life in 1867 Arizona Territory isn’t easy. When a secret from Kate’s past comes to light, they are each faced with the challenge of making a difficult decision.

 

Will they turn and run or are they here to stay?

 

MATURE CONTENT Sex; violence

Star-crossed lovers and second chances … meet guys and gals with good reason to guard their hearts even as they follow their dreams.

 

Enjoy eight sweet contemporary romances penned by award-winning and best-selling authors in the Spring Into Romance Boxed Set. From betrayal and conflict to secrets and scandals, get ready for a variety of books that will satisfy the romance junkie in you.

 

Cleaning Up Love by Lacey Wolfe

Penny Watson is hiding from her horrific past as the housekeeper to celebrity Brock Foxx. With a scandal of his own, he entices Penny to be his fake girlfriend. Before long, Penny is swept up in the spotlight as Brock Foxx’s latest fling. While she should be loving it, she’d also worried that the men she’s running from will find her.

 

The Vet’s Secret Wish by J.L. Campbell

Matthias Laing strikes an uneasy compromise with Toni Nevers, who agrees to marry him on Valentine’s Day—eleven months away. A man of action, Matthias can’t rest easy after Toni’s ex admits he wants her back. With Toni’s daughter and her small army of pets on his side, Matthias rolls out a plan to get Toni to reconsider the length of their engagement and opt for a summer wedding.

 

Misty Mountain by P.C. Zick

When Lacy and George begin dating, each of them keeps a shield around their hearts. Lacy’s been hurt so many times, she’s afraid to let another man come close. George, reeling from a bitter divorce, doesn’t trust women. If they can put down their shields long enough to discover the love growing between them, then nothing will stand in their way to finding happiness.

 

You Belong with Me by Melissa Storm

Will Porter lives a life of order and routine, so, of course, he’s miffed when a savage Rottweiler picks a fight with his golden retriever at the dog park. His anger quickly vanishes when he looks into the tearful eyes of the dog’s owner—eyes that look strikingly similar to his ex’s. Even though he’d like nothing more than to run in the other direction, he’s unable to ignore the beautiful stranger’s request for help in taming her new dog…

 

Love & Light by Michele Shriver

After watching her mother succumb to illness, Kori Walsh sank into a depression that she can’t snap out of. As the star pitcher on his college baseball team, Landon Grayson has plenty of girls vying for his attention, yet finds himself drawn to the sullen girl who keeps showing up to watch practice every day. Can Landon show Kori that there is light after darkness, and if he does, will love blossom?

 

Mail-Order Groom by Cindy Flores Martinez

Lisa’s wedding is canceled when she catches her fiancé, Jeff, with another woman. In a twist of fate, she meets Krzysztof from Poland who is seeking an American woman to marry him and help him stay in America. After hearing his heart-tugging story, Lisa says “I do” to him. It’s strictly a business deal. He’s not planning to stay in America forever, but she starts falling for him.

 

Love on the Slopes by Amy Manemann

Jessa Hartley is haunted by memories of the night she threw herself at her childhood crush, Dominic DeRenzi – and he turned her away. Now all grown up, Jessa has moved on and is determined to buy the ski lodge of her dreams. Until Dominic shows up and buys it out from under her. Dominic broke her heart the first time he left. Can he make her see this time around he’s here to stay?

 

Ensnared by Jade Kerrion

The two Falconer boys, Raphael and Michael, were named for the archangels. At twenty-two, Lily Herald married Raphael, the first Falconer boy. By twenty-five, she was divorced, having traded in her wedding ring for two near-fatal bullet wounds. No one knows why she’s returned home, to the place of so many shared and painful memories, but Michael Falconer’s determined to find out before she destroys what’s left of his family.

Olivia Sarlin is head-over-heels and seconds from meeting the man of her fantasies. But when a sexy, dark mystery man bowls her over like china in a tea shop, her plans go awry. His unapologetic manner ignites her fiery temper. That is until the sparks between them set off an inner flame and she is irresistibly drawn to him.

 

There is, however, an obstacle. A wealthy but ridiculous would-be suitor places himself in their path. His malevolent heart will stop at nothing to have her, setting off a string of events that threaten to throw a wrench into her life and come between her and the man she loves.

 

Spring Rush is a steamy, contemporary romance with colorful characters and a splash of humor.

 

Don’t miss the unfolding Raven Harbor Series…

 

Book 1: Spring Rush, Olivia

Book 2: Summer Season, Olivia

Book 3: Autumn Dreams – NEW! and out now!

Book 4: Winter… out 2016

 

Don´t miss Amy’s brand new spicy series of short reads: Raven Harbor Lane. Book 1 – Prelude – is out now.

 

(This book contains adult situations and explicit content, 18+)

If you paint a man’s horse pink, be prepared to face the consequences!

 

Alissa McLeod wants Craig Murchison’s attention. She wants him to see her as a woman, and not as his best friend’s little sister. But when Craig ignores her prettiest dresses, her shy flirtation and her award-winning chocolate raspberry cake, then there’s only one thing for it—she’s going to have to turn this Texas cowboy’s world upside down until he realises the one thing he needs is right in front of him: her.

 

For fans of first kisses, sparkling romance, ex-soldier heroes, and shy women who find the courage to risk everything for the men they love.

 

“First Kiss” is a short story, a 45 minute read.

10-          Spring Vacation Collection (A Timeless Romance Anthology Book 2) by several authors

Amazon #1 Bestselling series in New Release for Clean Romance

 

4.5 stars! “All six books are wonderfully well-written… like a buffet of mini desserts: diverse, delectable, sweet and satisfying.” –IND’TALE MAGAZINE, Stephenia McGee

 

5 stars! “Ah… I’ve been to my happy place. Six sweet romances compiled into one awesome book. These are some of my favorite writers.” –Aimee Brown

 

5 stars! “These collection of romance stories are delightful! I am so impressed with all of the authors.” –Susan Russell

 

Six Award-Winning Authors have contributed new stories to A Timeless Romance Anthology: Spring Vacation Collection. Readers will love this collection of six sweet contemporary romance novellas, centered on a Spring Vacation, all with one thing in common: Romance.

 

In Moonlight Kiss, a delightful story by Josi S. Kilpack, Sarah is looking forward to the company retreat, namely because she’ll finally meet Clint—the man she’s been Instant Messaging for a few months. As a single mom, Sarah gets out . . . well, never. So adding vacation days onto the retreat so she can spend time with Clint is daring, yet exciting. She just hopes that the suave on-line Clint will live up to the man she hopes to share her heart with.

 

In Annette Lyon’s charming novella, Chasing Tess, Tess had been patiently waiting through three years of law school for James to pop the question. The night has finally arrived—at his graduation party. But his big announcement turns out to be completely unexpected . . . and devastating. Tess flees the party, promising herself she’ll never let herself waste time on James again. But as she makes a desperate cross-country drive, James makes his own plans on how to win her back.

 

Dancing at the Flea Market is a sweet romance by Heather Justesen. Mara, fresh out of the cold North Dakota tundra, spends her spring break in Texas with close friend, Anna. When the two women run into Carter, an impatient man with a painful past, it takes hearing Mara’s stunning voice at the local Karaoke club to thaw his heart. But as Mara gets to know Carter, she has to decide if the distance between their lives and homes is worth trying to bridge.

 

In Sarah M. Eden’s captivating novella, The Best Laid Plans, Madison gives up a vacation to Cancún with her office friends to return home and babysit her mother, who is in another sketchy relationship. The only problem with returning home is running into Derek, her ex-boyfriend who she decided to break up with before he could break up with her—Madison believes in always being one step ahead. When Derek teams up with Madison to investigate whether her mother is dating the right guy, Madison has a hard time ignoring what her heart is telling her about giving Derek another chance.

 

Picture Perfect, an exciting story by Heather B. Moore, follows Gemma who has never done anything out of the ordinary, until her boyfriend Randy starts to ignore her. But even cutting and dyeing her hair doesn’t get his attention. She decides to join her old high school friends for spring vacation, only to be faced with Drew, her best friend who suddenly seems interested in her as more than a friend. Gemma must determine if her heart is on the rebound or if it’s finally met its true match.

 

In Aubrey Mace’s enchanting romance, The Science of Sentiment, Rosie will do anything to forget Kevin, his completely perfect kisses, and the fact that he dumped her. When she arrives at her grandfather’s mountain cabin for a spring getaway, she discovers her worst nightmare—Kevin has been invited to stay the weekend too. Since there is only room for one in such a small space, Rosie is determined to kick Kevin out. But Kevin has other plans . . . which might include a reminder of why he’s the perfect kisser.

 

What spring romance book(s) do you recommend? Share in the comments below.

 

Happy Reading!

 

MRS N, Book Addict

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