The Secret Ingredient

The Secret Ingredient

Author: Laura Browning

Genre: Romance,

Goodreads Summary:

Becca Allred’s returning to Mountain Meadow with big plans. First, make her new bakery, The Secret Ingredient, a huge success. Second, steer clear of the complications that made her last job a pain in the butt. Third, manage to live her own life without family interference. Tough to do when you have too many older brothers keeping an eye on you. Even tougher when one of their best friends wants to put a lot more than his eyes all over you—but he thinks you’re back to be his business rival, not his bed partner.

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Spoiler free Summary:

Here I go again reading a contemporary novel. Once again I came across this book and thought it sounded interesting, so I decided to give it a try. I was actually amazed by how much I enjoyed this book! This book actually is somewhat based around baking, which is something that I have always said I would do if I hadn’t chose English instead.

The book is centered around Becca, the main character, who is has returned to her home town to have a fresh start and open up a bakery. Then comes in Eli, the new owner of the restaurant across the street, who has also recently returned to town with his young son. Becca and Eli have typical bantering at the beginning, but once Eli realizes he is being ridiculous they begin to start a romance. Bring in a an evil ex-wife, drama, and controlling older brothers and you have the perfect mixture for an awesome romance read.

I really enjoyed the whole concept and the beautiful execution of this book. I am starting to think that I actually do like contemporary novels, I guess I just had to find the one that fitted me. It was very evident that the author is passionate about baking, considering the amount of detail about baking that was included. I would definitely suggest this book to anyone looking for a nice romance to cozy up with, don’t make any day plans you will be sucked in!

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The Soul’s Expression

The Soul’s Expression

Author: Amy Alston

Genre: Historical, Romance

Goodreads Summary:

Katherine did what was expected of her, she married the man her parents deemed suitable. However, she could not do all that was expected of her. 

After less than a year of marriage, Katherine is coerced to a doctor’s office, where she must admit the humiliating fact that she hasn’t shared her husband’s bed. She knows what the diagnosis will be and the degrading treatments women with hysteria are subject to. But with a judgemental mother-in-law in tow and an impatient husband at home, the choice is not hers. 

Despite herself, she comes to trust the unusual and unconventional man treating her. And, when her increasingly volatile husband threatens to force from her that which she’s unable to give, she feels she must acquiesce to all of her doctor’s recommendations.

Swept up in a surge of self-discovery and sexual awakening, Katherine faces a new reason to be terrified. One she could never have imagined.

Due to adult themes and language, this novel is intended for readers 18 and over.

 

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Spoiler free Summary:

I’m typically someone who sticks to anything and everything paranormal. I came across this book and was very intrigued. This is a topic that was covered not only in my history classes in college, but also my women’s writer class (I was an English Lit major). Hysteria is something that many women were accused of and sentenced to places such as the Mary Magdalene Hospital. Women could go there for things such as being a prostitute, pregnancy out of wedlock, and any man wanting to commit a woman.

The book started off with Katherine, the main character, who is forced to seek a doctors attention for the problem of not being able to bed her husband after 8 months of marriage. She is sure that the doctor is going to accuse her of hysteria and give her surgery or commit her. Then when she gets to know Dr. Hershaw and she discovers that he is truly wanting to help her. Bring in a mistress, drugs, and a budding romance and you have the perfect mixture for a historical romance that you cannot put down until the end.

I really enjoyed the ideas and concepts that the author put into the making of this book. This is a part of history that I had some background knowledge on and this really built off of that. It was very evident that the author did a lot of research into the making of this novel. I would definitely suggest this book to anyone looking for an intriguing historical romance!

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So I Married a Sorcerer (Embraced #2) Spoiler Free Review

So I Married a Sorcerer (Embraced #2)

Author: Kerrelyn Sparks

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

Goodreads Summary:

Growing up on the Isle of Moon, Brigitta knows nothing of her past, except that she is Embraced: born with powers that forced her into hiding. Everything changes when she learns she’s a princess, hidden away from her villainous half-brother who now rules the kingdom. But he knows about Brigitta, and he’ll do anything to get her back. Unless a certain roguish pirate has anything to say about it…

Rupert is both an infamous pirate and a sorcerer with the power to harness the wind. He’s been waiting nineteen years for revenge—and he needs Brigitta to get it. What begins as a kidnapping of the fiery beauty turns into a fierce attraction. But can he win the captive princess’s heart?

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Spoiler free Summary:

I discovered my love for Kerrelyn Sparks in November and have blown through all of her books. This is the second book in the Embraced series. I put off reading this book for awhile because I knew once I finished it that I would have to wait until March for the next book to come out. I am always looking for romance paranormal books. This book is the perfect mixture of historical romance and paranormal romance.

The book started off with Brigitta, the main character, on her way to see her adopted sister, Luciana, who was going to give birth any day. While on the boat the navy, to a bordering country, shows up to take her. The nuns with her suddenly inform her that she is the missing princess to this country who is believed to be dead. Then the infamous pirate Rupert shows up and blows away the navy ships. Birgitta decides to sacrifice herself to save her sisters and willingly goes with the pirates. Birgitta knows there are secrets aboard this ship and is intent on uncovering them.

This story was very thrilling and different from the usual Kerrelyn Sparks books I am used to, it was very refreshing and exciting! I really enjoyed the creativeness and thrill that she put into the making of this book. There were definitely some plot twists that I did not see coming and I loved it! Once again her brilliant writing skills shine through in this book.

I would definitely suggest this to anyone looking for a new paranormal romance to read. I am excited to continue the series in March!

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Midnight Magic

Midnight Magic

Author: Jo-Ann Carson

Genre: Paranormal, Romance

Goodreads Summary:

Midnight Magic: A Ghost & Abby Mystery

Ghostly Charms, Magic Spells and Secrets.

As the janitor in a haunted house, single mom Abby Jenkins has many contacts with the living and the dead in the small Pacific Northwest town of Sunset Cove, which puts her in a perfect position to solve local mysteries. Or so she thinks. Hired to find diamonds hidden in a haunted manor she gets help from a Viking ghost with existential issues. Will she survive? This book contains bad-boy ghosts, mischievous magic, and a woman who knows what she wants in a Viking hayloft.

Spoiler free Summary:

I am always looking for new romance paranormal book. This being because this past year I really discovered my liking to them. I stumbled across Midnight Magic and thought the plot sounded like nothing I have ever read before in the past. This book was such an interesting take on the typical private investigator plot. It has a little bit of paranormal for everyones taste from sexy viking ghosts to blood sucking beings to witches.

The book started off with Abby, the main character, looking to start up her new private investigation service in the town of Sunset Cover. Her current job is being a janitor and is not enough to support her children, especially since her boyfriend is a viking ghost and cannot make any money. Then it switches to her boyfriend who is seeking out a way to become human once again so that he may be with Abby. Bring in a dark sorcerer and an investigation job to find secret jewels and you have the perfect concoction for a page turning paranormal book.

I really enjoyed the ideas and the concepts that the author put into the making of this book. I love when I can find a story that truly intrigues me and is out of the box thinking compared to other that you find in its genre. If an author tries to mimic others with a slight difference it really turns me off from wanting to read it.

I would definitely suggest this to anyone looking for a new paranormal read. I am sure I will end up read the next one in the future!

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