Review: Battle-Tested Love by Lynda Bailey

Welcome to our stop on the blog tour for Battle-Tested Love by Lynda Bailey!

We are really excited to be pimping this book.

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Reviews: The Army Doctor’s Christmas Collection by Helen Scott Taylor

The Army Doctor’s Baby by Helen Scott Taylor

After his wife betrayed him, Major Radley Knight dedicated himself to becoming the best Army doctor he could be, dedicated himself to saving soldiers’ lives. When he returns on leave from Afghanistan he is ready for a break. Instead he finds himself helping a young mother and her newborn baby. He falls in love with Olivia and her sweet baby boy and longs to spend the rest of his life caring for them. But Olivia and her baby belong to Radley’s brother.

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I must admit that I’m a sucker for military romances. So when I saw this book, I was excited to read it.

 

To start off, ih ave to say that this is a novella. I always get nervous reading novellas because they can feel rushed. Helen Scott Taylor did a good job of making me care about the characters  with such a short book. I really liked Radley. We got some info about Rad’s past and it made my heart break for him. Even though we never met his ex, I hated her. I just kept hoping that he wasn’t going to go through that again. I also liked, and respected Olivia. She was a strong woman that was doing everything she could to provide for her son. And the scenes between Rad and little George were just adorable.

I found this book to be really enjoyable. It was a sweet, fluffy romance with no angst or dark hidden secrets. It was a nice change of pace compared to everything else out there. 

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The Army Doctor’s Wedding by Helen Scott Taylor

Army doctor, Major Cameron Knight, thrives on the danger of front-line Battlefield medicine. Throwing himself into saving the lives of injured servicemen keeps the demons from his past away. When he rescues charity worker, Alice Conway, and a tiny newborn baby, he longs for a second chance to do the right thing, even if it means marrying a woman he barely knows so they can take the orphan baby to England for surgery. The brave, beautiful young woman and the orphan baby steal his heart. He longs to make the marriage real, but being married to an army officer might do her more harm than good.

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I have to start out by saying that I really disliked Cameron in the first book. He was an immature twit and I wanted to kick his butt for the way the acted toward Olivia and George. George was just a novelty to him and he was put out when Radley and Olivia fell in love. So coming into this book, I wasn’t looking forward to reading Cameron’s story.

After reading The Army Doctor’s Baby, I was glad that Cameron was stepping back and letting Rad be a father to George. Cam was a stupid immature guy that refused to step up to his responsibility. But after getting to know him in this book, I felt kind of bad for him. He realized what he missed out on and that was just sad.

In some ways, I felt like this book wasn’t as rushed as the previous one. Maybe it’s because the course of the book seemed like was months longer or maybe it was because there was more action. Either way, much to my surprise, I enjoyed this one more than the first.

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The Army Doctor’s Christmas Baby by Helen Scott Taylor

After he loses his wife, army surgeon Colonel Sean Fabian protects his damaged heart by cutting women out of his life. He dedicates himself to his career and being a great dad to his twin babies. When he asks army nurse Kelly Grace to play nanny to his children over Christmas, he realizes how much he misses having a beautiful woman in his life and in his arms. Caring for Sean’s adorable twin babies is Kelly’s dream come true. She falls in love with the sweet little girls and their daddy, but she’s hiding a devastating event from the past. If she can’t trust Sean with her secret, how can she ever expect him to trust her with his bruised heart?

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This was a short and (maybe too)sweet romance about two people finding love when they least expected and creating a family where there was once almost no hope of having one. Sean lost his wife in a car accident just after their twin daughters were born. What he never told anyone was that their relationship was ending which led him to close himself off to ever trusting another woman or finding love. Kelly has been in lover with her friend for years and after watching him marry someone else, she’s decided to retire from the military and take her nursing skills overseas to help a children’s charity. A chance meeting one night brings Sean and Kelly together. Ok, maybe not so chance… She’s dressed as a sexy bunny to sing Sean Happy Birthday as arranged by mutual friends. I found this pretty funny 🙂 Turns out Sean is in need of a nanny while his au pair is on holiday and Kelly fits the bill. What starts out as a harmless way to pass another lonely Christmas for Kelly leads the two to realize that it’s ok to start over in love and that when you meet the right one, you just know. ❤ It was a sweet romance that had no drama, I’m just mad that there was no sex 😉

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Review: Trust in Me by J. Lynn

Welcome to the Trust in Me blog tour!!!! 

I have to say that I am a HUGE fan of Jennifer L. Armentrout/J. Lynn. She can write no wrong with me! So when I heard that Cam was getting a book from his POV, I literally 

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And I’m proud to day that I’m a card carrying member of the Author Stalker club, the Jennifer Armentrout chapter!


So, you can imagine my excitement when the invitation to read & review this book came into the blog. I think Nikki’s ears are still ringing.



So, without further ado, here is my review for Trust in Me! 🙂


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REVIEW: The Perfect Distraction (The Perfect Distraction, #1) by Melissa Rolka

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Book Description:

***For Mature Readers 18+***

When Katherine “Kate” leaves for her freshmen year at college, a grounded and stable piece of her is missing. She pushes away the ghosts of her past, determined to start her college life single, carefree and distracted.

Throughout high school Kate was reserved and shy, with little experience. Now, on her own, with little holding her back, Kate is ready to branch out. She bonds with a tight knit group of friends and even starts casually dating. What starts out as innocent flirting on the tennis courts slowly turns into a friendship and eventually something more complex. Reed comes into her life giving her the distraction she craves more than anything; but is she ready to give her heart away so easily?

Things get complicated when Kate’s ex-boyfriend and first love continues to pursue her. Kyle deeply regrets breaking her heart when he left for college the year before and is now on a mission to reclaim her. Kyle’s persistence and relentlessness is nothing short of obsessive. He will stop at nothing to win her back and prove his love.

Kate finds herself torn between her past and the unknown of the future. Her determination to stay distracted may just be her downfall or the beginning of something new and wonderful.
***For Mature Readers 18+***


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REVIEW: Spark (Spark #1) by Brooke Cumberland

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book Description:

When your past controls your future, how do you move forward?
Velaney Wills knows about that all too well.
Weak, powerless, and fearing the one person who has hurt her the most…can she overcome the barriers to move forward?

 
Being saved by a muscled Godsend was never on her agenda, but when firefighter, Eric Reilley comes into her life unexpectedly, everything changes.

Velaney has never felt loved or cared for, and her past prevents her from letting anyone in. Eric manages to break down her walls—despite the repercussions that come for them afterwards.

They have an undeniable spark—something she has never felt before, but will it be enough? Can love overcome all obstacles? Can they save each other to protect their love or will her past shatter everything she never knew she needed…?

**Spark is for mature audiences only – strong language, explicit sexual content, and sexual abuse are apparent.**

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Review: BURN by Brooke Cumberland

Welcome to the Burn blog tour! Even since we took part in the cover reveal for Spark, we’ve been dying to read Brooke Cumberland’s books. But, we held off on reading Spark when we found out it had a cliff hanger.


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Just when Velaney thinks she is safe again…her worst nightmare comes back to haunt her.

Eric is dealing with his own insecurities as he tries to accept Velaney’s decision to help the enemy…can he get past it? Will they be there for each other in the end?

He struggles to step aside and trust Velaney…but will his past keep him from doing so? Can he let go in order to move forward?

Velaney and Eric had their fair share of ups and downs in SPARK…they love was undeniable and intense. Just when you think they could get their happily ever after…pasts collide and merge together…will they fight for what they want?

Or will their love crash and burn?

  

After reading Spark, I couldn’t wait to read Burn and find out what happened to Velaney and Eric. I was also dying to find out if Aiden was drawn and quartered (per my wishes) or if he just went to prison (finally!). 



Initially, in the first 1/3 of the book, I had issues. red flags were popping up and I was crying foul on a lot of things. It was so bad at one point that I feared I wouldn’t be able to finish the book. But after venting about my issues to a friend, I persevered and was able to go back to the story. 



Everything finally came together into a cohesive way. At teh time, when things were out of left field, I was confused and irritated. But when everything was finally revealed, it made sense. I can’t say more without giving things away. So, if you want to know all the secrets and dirt…read the book! winking



While I didn’t enjoy this as much as I did Spark, the overall story was decent. Brooke Cumberland definitely has talent and I can’t wait to read more from her. 


 This is how I saw the characters as I was reading:

 

But I’m not opposed to who the author cast as the characters. winking

 

Taylor Kinney as Eric Reilley  
Kendall Jenner as Velaney Wills

 

 



**Songs that relate to Eric & Velaney’s journey or songs that were involved in creating their story.**
“Dancing in the Sky” by Dani & Lizzy (For Ethan, Megan, & Baby Reilley #1)
“Wake Me Up” by Avicii
“Stars” by Grace Potter
“Marry Me” by Train
“God Gave Me You” by Dave Barnes/Blake Shelton
“What Can I Do (But Love You)” by Joy Williams
“I Could Not Ask For More” by Sara Evans
“Stuck Like Glue” by Sugarland
“Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts
“Here Comes Goodbye” by Rascal Flatts
“Blown Away” by Carrie Underwood
“Roar” by Katy Perry
“Hurt” by Christina Aguilera
“I Bruise Easily” by Natasha Bedingfield
“Soldier” by Gavin Degraw
“More than Anyone” by Gavin Degraw
“Stay” by Rihanna
“Dreaming With A Broken Heart” by John Mayer
“Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus

 

Brooke is a midwestern gal, from the cheese state of Wisconsin! Go Packers! She’s a stay-at-home mom of three beautiful children (one daughter & two stepsons) and a black fury dog. She’s studied psychology in college, and counseling and education in graduate school where she found her love for writing. Most days you can find her reading or writing, or just hanging out with her family! She loves movies, cooking, and shopping! She’s addicted to Starbucks, Coach purses, and wearing yoga pants. 


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