Monday, September 19, 2016

REVIEW: Just a Kiss by Denise Hunter

About the Book

Riley Callahan’s plans to reveal his secret feelings for his best friend are derailed when his life is drastically altered in Afghanistan.

Watching the love of his life fall for his brother was enough to send Riley straight to boot camp. But over a year later, he’s officially a marine, and Beau and Paige are no longer an item. When Riley’s tour in Afghanistan is up, he intends to confess his feelings to Paige and win his best friend’s heart once and for all.

But all that changes when an IED takes the life of a comrade and leaves Riley an amputee. Now he’s heading home, injured and troubled. His plans to win Paige are a distant dream. She deserves so much more than the man that’s left. All he can do now is put some healthy distance between them. But upon his return he discovers his family has arranged for him to stay with Paige.

Paige is a nurturer at heart and happy to take care of her best buddy. By all appearances Riley is adjusting miraculously well to his disability. But as the days pass, Paige begins to see that the smiles and laughter are just a mask for the pain he’s hiding. To make matters worse, her job is in serious jeopardy. The animal shelter that she’s poured her heart into has lost its funding, and she has three months to come up with the money needed to save it.

As the weeks wear on, Paige’s feelings for Riley begin to shift into uncharted territory. Why is she suddenly noticing his arm muscles and the way his lips curl at the corners? Will she be able to deny her feelings for another Callahan brother? And will Riley let his heart heal so he can let Paige in?

My Review

Just a Kiss is the third installment of bestselling author Denise Hunter's Summer Harbour series. In this story we meet Riley Callahan who is in love with his best friend, but she falls for his brother and Riley heads off to boot camp. Paige and his brother are no longer together a year later and Riley is a marine. Riley plans to tell Paige how he feels about her when he returns home from Afghanistan. However, things change when Riley is in an IED blast that kills his friend and comrade. Riley goes home with issues and troubles believing winning over Paige can no longer happen because he feels she deserves more than who he is now. To his suprise, Riley's family has decided he should stay with Paige so she can care for him. Spending so much time with Riley, Paige learns that Riley is just saving face when in reality he is hurting. 

Just a Kiss is a story of love and healing. A love between two people and a love between those people and their creator. Healing of physical and emotional wounds. Denise Hunter has yet again crafted and beautiful, poignant, and relatable novel that Denise Hunter fans will revel in. A story filled with characters you will want to root for.

Note::: I recieved this book for free in exchange for my review.

Monday, September 12, 2016

REVIEW: Starving Hearts by Janine Mendenhall

“Are you being obedient, or just martyring yourself for another good cause?”

About the Book

Since her assault, Miss Annette Chetwynd has been plagued by nightmares and worries about an arranged marriage. But she yearns to find her anonymous rescuer. Unfortunately, her health and intellect prevent it. Both repel suitors and cause Annette to doubt God's existence, at least until He answers her prayers in an unusual way ...

Mr. Peter Adsley is joining the clergy, and he desires a godly wife by his side. After his failed attempt to obtain one, he engages in a clandestine meeting with the bewitching young woman who keeps crossing his path. But she is so unsettling.

Destined for disappointments, Peter and Annette endure disgraceful situations. Will Peter's faith sustain him through overwhelming setbacks? Can Annette overcome her doubts? Or will their starving hearts yield to the machinations of a mad man?

My Review

Starving Hearts is the story of faith, doubts, romance, and mystery. Annette longs to find her unknown rescuer while her health and intellect turn away suitors. Thus begins Annette's doubt of God's existance. Peter is joining the church as a clergyman and wants a godly woman to stand at his side. After one failed engagement he meets a beautiful young woman who intrigues hims yet makes him feel unsettled. Annette and Peter go through awkward situations. Will their faith and love for each other sustain them? Will Annette overcome her fears and doubts? And will they sucumb to a mad man?

Starving Hearts is definitely for fans of Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters. It is really that good. Full of twists and turns, romance, and learning to overcome your not-so-good current situations. They are is also a very well written villain that I loved reading about. Being that Starving Hearts is not only the first book in a new series, but the debut of Janine Mendenhall I must say that I am very impressed. With a debut they either fall completely flat for me or they are extrordinary. Starving Hearts absolutely falls under the latter.