April 24, 2017

Book Review: Texas Homecoming


Texas Homecoming, by Leigh Greenwood is an interesting historical romance set in the 1860s.

Cade Wheeler left home to serve with the army for three years, yet his team was betrayed by his fellow soldier and hometown neighbor, Laveau. Now, Cade and his remaining team are set on justice for those who died and revenge against Laveau. 

When returning home to the ranch, Cade is surprised to find his neighbor's sister, Pilar, living and working for his grandfather. While Cade and Pilar work together to rebuild and reclaim their families' ranches, they start to fall in love. However, Cade and the surviving team members are hiding their secret intent against her brother. As the story unfolds, Cade and Pilar are forced to deal with their family dynamics, ranch complications, and issues from the past affecting their future.

It's the first book in the Night Riders series, and this book ends without fully wrapping up the overarching story line. Each of the following books in this series focuses on the surviving Night Riders team, as well as their quest for revenge proceeding along with romance.

Texas Homecoming is geared towards those who enjoy reading historical romances with some intrigue interlaced into the story.


Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Book Spotlight: His Family of Convenience


His Family of Convenience, by Amy Ayers is the first book in The Medina Legacy series, and the release date is April 24, 2017.

Book Summary:  
"Senna Calla's one-night stand with the alpha boss, Marco Medina, was supposed to mark the end of her internship and their ridiculous attraction. After being unreachable and ignoring Senna for a year, Marco sweeps back into the country and summons her to his office, revealing he knows her secret...the secret created during their explosive night together. Marco is determined to be there for the son he's just discovered he has, but when it comes to being with Senna, his choices aren't his own. His meddling family expects him, the firstborn son, to follow through with the arranged marriage set up when he was a child. And Senna has no plans on being his mistress and still resents how her attempts to contact Marco were ignored. The only thing going right between them is the attraction that burns no matter the complicated situation they're in. Marco would do anything to protect his family, anything except decide between the legacy he was born into and the young family he's just found."

I've not yet read the book, His Family of Convenience, since I only received promotional information (not a review book copy) from the publisher. However, it's on my future reading list. Have you read this book or do you have plans to read it soon?

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Book Spotlight: Playing the Spanish Billionaire


Playing the Spanish Billionaire, by M. K. Meredith is the second book in the International Temptation series, and the release date is April 24, 2017.

Book Summary:  
"Mateu Espasa, CEO of Barcelona's most luxurious hotel, knows how to deliver a five-star experience. When he learns the identity of hotel reviewer, London Montgomery, it seems harmless to play as her local tour guide to make sure she enjoys her stay and places his hotel back in the running for the Elite Life and Travel Magazine's hotel of fame. But every moment with London makes Mateu want her just a much as he needs that review. Constantly working to cover her mother's medical bills, London needs to have a little fun on this vacation. First on her list: Kiss a hot Spaniard, and her knight-in-shining-Armani at the train station seems to fit that bill--he's local and definitely hot! But when she discovers the man charming her is really CEO of the hotel she's reviewing--supposedly secretly--she decides to see how far he'll go to make her dream vacation a once in a lifetime experience. Mateu shows her the romance of his city and his soul, but when the truth comes out, the fun is over, and it turns out nobody wins in a game of hearts." 


I've not yet read the book, Playing the Spanish Billionaire, since I only received promotional information (not a review book copy) from the publisher. However, it's on my future reading list. Have you read this book or do you have plans to read it soon?

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April 22, 2017

Blog Hop: Stacking the Shelves, Mailbox Monday, and What Are You Reading

My blog, Reading with Beth, is participating in Stacking the Shelves, Mailbox Monday, and It's Monday, What Are You Reading blog hops.


Welcome to new visitors! My blog focuses on reading, particularly book reviews. Check out my blog archive for recent posts, including the April Giveaway and Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway Hop, which both end on April 30.

Recently, I finished listening to The Battle of the Labyrinth, by Rick Riordan, which is book four of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. This is such an enjoyable book series to listen via audiobook.

Also, I've continued to focus on reading review books this past week. My list (with links to my recent book reviews) are listed below.

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Do you ever listen to audiobooks? What books are you currently reading?

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And remember to visit all the other linked blogs at the host sites: Mailbox Monday, It's Monday, What Are You Reading, Stacking the Shelves, and Sunday Post.

Book Review: Falling Hard


Falling Hard, by Stacy Finz is an interesting contemporary romance with intriguing characters living in the small town of Nugget, California.

Shortly after leaving his life as a Navy SEAL, Logan Jenkins discovered the true identify of his now deceased biological father. Logan arrived in Nugget in searching for a sense of connection to his father and extended family, who once lived on the Rosser Ranch.

 
During his initial visit to Rosser Ranch, Logan meets Annie Sparks, who hires him to help out for a few weeks, while uncovering his historical roots. Despite her productivity and determination, Annie recently had to leave her family farm to branch out on her own in agricultural economics, yet she's still dealing with on-going family drama.

Even though their situation is temporary, Logan and Annie give into their attraction to each other. As the story unfolds, they continue to deal with family issues, career choices, and geographical living options. Plus, Nugget is a typical small town with gossipy neighbors and quirky characters, yet there's underlying problems.

Since it's the ninth book in the Nugget series, it's recommended to start with the first book, Going Home, yet it's not necessary to read the books in order.

Falling Hard is an interesting story with intriguing characters, and it's geared towards those who enjoy reading modern romances, particularly small town romances.


Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

April 20, 2017

Book Review: Compact Thinline Bible


The Thomas Nelson Compact Thinline Bible is a King James Version (KJV), and it's designed to be easily transported and accessible in various situations.

According to the back cover, this particular Bible is "designed to be a convenient Bible for reading or travel...easily fits in purses, backpacks, or glove compartments. This easy-to-carry Bible comes with features that will enhance your reading experience."

This navy and gray cloth over board copy of the Bible features the full text of Old and New Testaments in an easy-to-read Thomas Nelson KJV font. It's a red letter edition with the word of Christ in red, and this Bible features double ribbon markers. Other sections include the One Year Reading Plan, 30 Days with Jesus, and full-color maps.

The Compact Thinline Bible is recommended and geared toward all ages, from teenagers to older generations.

"Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path." Psalms 119:105


Note: I received this book from Book Look Bloggers, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Book Review: Mighty Salads

 
Mighty Salads: 60 New Ways to Turn Salad into Dinner--and Make-Ahead Lunches, Too is cookbook written by editors of Food52 with photography by James Ransom.

This book is divided into the following six main sections: Leafy Salads, Less-Leafy Vegetable Salads, Grain and Bean Salads, Pasta and Bread Salads, Fish and Seafood Salads, and Meat Salads, as well as the Foreword, Introduction, and Building Blocks.

According to the Introduction, "It's salad at its fullest potential.... While...recipes in this book are mighty, the are just the beginning.... We've filled the book with tips and riffs and unscientific formulas. Each recipe is broken down into loose equations so that you can follow along, improvising with your ingredients of choice, and know you'll skill end up with a good meal. We've also included some ideas from food luminaries we turn to for inspiration."

While featuring brilliant full-color photographs, Mighty Salads is geared towards all ages, from young adults to older generations, interested in new recipes with a baseline salad theme.


Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

April 19, 2017

Book Review: 100% Real


100% Real: 100 Insanely Good Recipes for Clean Food Made Fresh is a delightful cookbook written by Sam Talbot.

As the title indicates, this book features 100 recipes focused on whole-foods and clean eating, and it includes more than 150 brilliant full-color photographs.

According to the Introduction, Talbot shared, "I suppose it's because I'm both a chef and a type 1 diabetic that I'm forever being asked questions about what I eat.... What I eat, simply put, is 100% real food...I have chosen a much simpler philosophy--to eat real food.... What I know for sure is this: there is nothing better for us and nothing that tastes better than 100% real food." 

This book is divided into the following seven chapters: Morning Essentials for the Grind, Sandwiches, Salads, and Spreads, Banging Bowls, Food for the Hustle, Proteins on the Ground and Out of the Surf, The Vegetable Fix, Sweet Thang, Maybe I Shouldn't...Yeah, of Course You Should. Also, this book features the Introduction, What's Real and What's Not, Real Food Kitchen, Basic Recipes, Metric Equivalents, Resources, and Index.

Recipes in this book are marked accordingly as vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free, if applicable.
 
100% Real is geared towards all ages, from young adults to older generations, and it's ideal for those interested in healthy recipes and clean-eating options.


Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

April 18, 2017

Book Review: Fractured Silence


Fractured Silence, by Carrie Ann Ryan is a captivating paranormal romance with continuing drama and plenty of issues to resolve amidst the wolf shifters that fall in love.

Parker Jamenson is a part of the Redwood Pack, yet he's connected to three packs, as well as the universal pack mediator. Due to insufficient housing, Parker is forced into living as a roommate with Brandon Brentwood, the Omega of the Talon Pack.

Humans are aware of the shifters' existence, and it's causing detrimental problems to the packs. Avery Montag is the daughter of the man who tried to destroy the shifters, yet she despises her deceased father and wants to assist the packs in proving to the humans that shifters aren't dangerous monsters. Unfortunately, she's forced into more than she planned.

Brandon and Parker agree to assist and protect Avery. However, the guys are both in pain and possibly dying, due to extreme circumstances that may only be healed once each find and claim their mate...or mates.

All three are hiding secrets from each other, as well as their families and the packs. As the story unfolds, the trio is forced to deal with health concerns, family complications, and issues from the past affecting their future, while falling in love and becoming mates.

Since it's the fifth book in the Talon Pack series, it's recommended to start with the first book, Wicked Wolf, since the overarching story line is more understandable after reading the previous books in the series. Also, it's recommended to read the connected Redwood Pack series, since there are numerous characters--most of which are family members--mentioned throughout the story. Plus, both book series are enjoyable to read.

Fractured Silence is an enthralling story with captivating characters. It's geared towards those who enjoy reading paranormal triad romances with some suspense interlaced into the story.


Note: I received this book from the author, who provided ARC copies for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.