August 31, 2017

Blog Hop: Month in Review, Stacking the Shelves, Sunday Post, Mailbox Monday, What Are You Reading





Welcome to new visitors and returning readers! My blog, Reading with Beth, focuses on reading, particularly book reviews, blog hops, reading challenges, and giveaways! And I'm participating in the following weekly blog hops: Stacking the Shelves, Sunday Post, Mailbox Monday, and It's Monday, What Are You Reading. Links to these sites are listed towards the end of this post.
 
Since the month of August is over, this post includes my monthly summary, and I'll also link up with Month in Review at The Book Date blog. As usual, I've read a rather random mix of review books, so I divided the categories into fiction, non-fiction, and children's books.
 
 
  
 
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August 30, 2017

Book Review: Hot and Badgered


Hot and Badgered, by Shelly Laurenston is the first book in The Honey Badgers series. Even though this book won't be published until March 2018, I had the opportunity to read a preview of chapter one.

Berg Dunn, body guard and grizzly bear shifter, meets Charlie MacKilligan when she literally falls onto his hotel balcony. As a honey badger shifter, Charlie is trying to simply survive, while protecting her sisters.

From what I've read so far, Hot and Badgered is geared towards those who enjoy reading entertaining paranormal action-suspense romances, particularly focused on shifters. I'm definitely looking forward to reading the rest of the book in 2018.


Note: I received this preview chapter 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 Review: The Billionaire in Her Bed


The Billionaire in Her Bed, by Regina Kyle is a contemporary romance filled with romance, secrets, and quirky neighbors.

Due to strive within his real estate company, Eli Ward decides to hide out for awhile, as he pursues his next project. When he moves into the building that he plans to buy, Eli is surprised to find his recent and absolutely memorable one-night stand.

Brooke Worthington, bartender and graphic designer, is shocked when Eli suddenly reappears in her life, especially when he wants to pursue her. However, both are hiding parts of their lives from each other, which leads to drama amidst their new romance.

The Billionaire in Her Bed is geared towards contemporary romance fans, especially those who appreciate small-town neighbor vibes in a city.


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.

August 29, 2017

Book Review: Her Dark Half


Her Dark Half, by Paige Tyler is an intense paranormal action-suspense romance.

As a coyote shifter, Trevor Maxwell works at a secret government organization, and his new partner is Alina Bosch, who has been hired to spy on Trevor. Due to her past and former co-worker's betrayal, Alina is hesitant to trust anyone. Despite their differences, Trevor and Alina form a tentative bond and romantic relationship, while searching for the people trying to destroy all the shifters.

Since it's the seventh book in the X-Ops series, it's recommended to start with the first book, Her Perfect Mate. Readers will be able to meet the shifters and various characters mentioned, as well as properly follow the overarching series plot.

Her Dark Half is geared towards those who enjoy reading paranormal suspense romances, particularly stories involving shifters.


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.

August 28, 2017

Book Review: Highland Flame


Highland Flame, by Mary Wine is a highly entertaining historical romance novel with captivating characters and an intriguing storyline focused on a Highland laird and English lady.

Diocail Gordon is a new laird dealing with strife in throughout his clan and a crumbling castle. While sorting out clan issues, Diocail encounters a lovely lass who needs protection, yet doesn't want it.

Jane Stanley is newly widowed and trying to walk back home to England, and she doesn't want to depend on men, particularly highlanders. Due to particular circumstances, Diocail and Jane are forced into a relationship. Both main characters have darker pasts due to their relatives, yet they've each overcome various obstacles and opposition. Plus, there's an adorable young boy to brighten up their lives and the story.

Since it's the fourth book in the Highland Weddings series, it's ideal to start with the first book to meet all the characters, yet it's not necessary to read the books in order. The other three books in the series include Highland Spitfire, Highland Vixen, and Highland Hellion.

Highland Flame is recommended and geared towards those who enjoy reading historical romances, particularly stories involving highlanders.


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.

August 25, 2017

Book Review: Here Comes the Bride


Here Comes the Bride, by Hope Ramsay is an intriguing contemporary romance, and the third book in the Chapel of Love series.

With a perfect fairy-tale wedding day, Laurie Wilson is delighted to marry her long-term boyfriend, Brandon Kopp, until he leaves her at the altar. Even though Andrew Lyndon is  the groom's friend and best man, he attempted to recuse and help Laurie. Due to extensive scheming and interference by family and friends, Laurie and Andrew band together, which eventually leads to their attraction discovery. 

As the story continues, Laurie and Andrew deal with their new romance, as well as issues involving their jobs, family, friends, dates with other people, and Brandon. Despite the wedding title and theme, there's a lot of random dating and flirting throughout the story between various characters.

Here Comes the Bride is geared towards those who enjoy reading contemporary romances with family drama intermixed in 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 Review: Mess with Me


Mess with Me is a contemporary romance by Nicole Helm, and the second book in A Mile High Romance series.

Mile High Adventures is run by Sam Goodall, along with his two best friends, in Gracely, Colorado, which was once a booming mining town, yet now their hometown is slowly falling apart. Due to a tragedy in his past, Sam primarily keeps to himself, except when he's leading outdoor adventures with the company. However, Sam's best friends convince him to hire and train their half-sister.

Hayley Winthrop, who recently arrived in Gracely to find out about her past, discovered that she has two half-brothers. Even with an non-existent relationship, the brothers want Hayley to work with them. Throughout their outdoor excursions, Sam and Hayley build a friendship with an underlying attraction. As the story unfolds, Hayley and Sam are forced to deal with business drama, family issues and complications, and unexpected surprises.

Even though this book may be read as a standalone, it's ideal to start with Need You Now, which is the first book in series.

Mess with Me is an entertaining story, which is recommended and geared towards those who enjoy reading modern 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.

Book Review: Rescued by the Wolf


Rescued by the Wolf, by Sasha Summers is a paranormal romance focused on werewolves.

Mal and Olivia meet as captives in cages -- he's a werewolf and she's human. After their struggle to escape, Mal returns to the wolf pack with Olivia, even though his friends previously abandoned him. As the story unfolds, there's plenty of drama and action, while dealing with their evil enemy, as well as traitors in the wolf pack.

Rescued by the Wolf is geared towards those who enjoy reading paranormal action-suspense romances, particularly stories involving werewolves.


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.

August 18, 2017

Book Review: Sweetly, Deeply, Absolutely


Sweetly, Deeply, Absolutely, by Kira Archer is a contemporary romance focused on unexpected surprises, job choices, and plenty of romance.

While dealing with her meddling extended family, Jenny Boyd is temporarily back home from her life in Paris as a culinary school student. Due to her temporary status, she's interested in a temporary relationship and she's found the perfect guy. 

Even though Jared Crew is attracted to her, their connection through friends causes him to be hesitant, especially since Jenny doesn't initially remember him. As the story unfolds, Jared and Jenny have to deal with a possible pregnancy, their lives in two different countries, and their personal issues with relationships.
 
Sweetly, Deeply, Absolutely is geared towards contemporary romance fans. Even though it's the third book in the Sweet Love series, it's a stand-alone book, so it's not necessary to read the series in order.


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 Review: Devotions for a Sacred Marriage


Devotions for a Sacred Marriage: A Year of Weekly Devotions for Couples, by Gary Thomas is a devotional guidebook for marriage couples.

According the the back cover, this book "explores how God can reveal himself to you through your marriage and help you grow closer to him as well as to your spouse.... These...devotions offer practical, biblical wisdom for nurturing your marriage as an expression of your love for God." 

As the title indicates, this book consists of 52 weekly devotionals for couples. These devotionals feature a scripture verse, title, and devotional text that spans several pages, as well as an ending comment or question to consider.

In the Introduction, the author shared, "While this devotional book consists of 100 percent new material, I based it on the principles first stated in my book Sacred Marriage. Although it's not necessary to have read Sacred Marriage to enjoy or benefit from this book, I would recommend going through Sacred Marriage first, and then reading this devotional book with your spouse or small group."

Devotions for a Sacred Marriage is geared towards marriage couples to read together or in a bible study group.

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. 

August 14, 2017

Giveaway: Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop

My blog, Reading with Beth, is participating in the Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop! 



The winner will receive a print copy of We're Going to Need More Wine Stories, by Gabrielle Union. I received this ARC uncorrected proof sample chapters at a recent book conference, and I'm looking forward to reading the full text when this book is published in October 2017.



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Book Review: Ten Days with the Highlander


Ten Days with the Highlander is an enjoyable and humorous contemporary romance by Hayson Manning.

As the owner of a small hotel in the Scottish Highlands, Callum MacGregor prefers his hometown to remain exactly the same without modern changes. However, Georgia Paxton has decided that his hotel would be perfect as the next step in her business plan. Even though Callum and Georgia are at odds, their instant attraction builds as they try to discourage each other's plans. As the story unfolds, quirky characters, unusual animals, and creative folktales create an intriguing storyline.

Ten Days with the Highlander is a quick read that's geared and recommended towards those who enjoy reading contemporary romances set in the highlands.


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 Review: Her Sexy Challenge



Her Sexy Challenge is a contemporary romance by Sarah Ballance, and the first book in the Firefighters of Station 1 series.

After moving to a new town, Caitlin Tyler is excited about her new dream job. Due to her fears and unusual circumstances, she needs to be recused twice in one day by the same firefighter, Shane Hendricks. While Caitlin is new to the town of Dry Rock, Colorado, Shane is planning to move away in two weeks, yet their instant attraction leads to a romance. And Shane's group of close friends are prominently featured in the story.

While this book focus on an interesting premise of the new woman in town needing rescued twice in one day by the same firefighter, the dialogue is slightly inauthentic and not quite expected. However, the situations provide humor, along with the close group of friends.

Her Sexy Challenge is a quick read and geared towards those who enjoy reading contemporary 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.

Book Review: Two Dukes and a Lady


Two Dukes and a Lady, by Lorna James is an usual historical romance novella.

Charles Ashdown and William Kenwood are both dukes and best friends. Their childhood friend and the only woman they've loved, Lillian Drew, has returned to England as a widow. Since she's in desperate need of financial assistance, Lillian is seeking a husband and both dukes are interested in sharing that role with plenty of issues to sort out. In an unsettling manner, Lillian continues to befriend the ex, who tries to trick her and ruin the relationship.

Even though it's a short book, there's a lot of drama and romantic encounters, as well as a few surprises. It's definitely not a typical regency romance, and I didn't enjoy the story.

Two Dukes and a Lady is geared towards those who prefer reading descriptive and intense historical 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.