Smooth Operator by Stuart Woods and Parnell Hall

I loved this first book starring Teddy Fay. I always liked him in the Stone Barrington novels. I look forward to many more Teddy Fay novels. I received this from firsttoread for a fair and honest opinion.

From #1 bestselling author Stuart Woods comes an extraordinary new series starring an old fan favorite: Teddy Fay. When President Kate Lee calls Stone Barrington to Washington on an urgent matter, it s soon clear that a potentially disastrous situation requires the kind of help more delicate than even he can provide . . . and he knows just the right man for the job. Teddy Fay: ex-CIA, master of disguise, and a gentleman not known for abiding by legal niceties in the pursuit of his own brand of justice. “From the Hardcover edition.””

An Elegant Facade by Kristi Ann Hunter

This is the second full length book in the Hawthorne series. It was wonderful. It is best to read A Noble Masquerade first to understand some of the characters. I loved Lady Georgina and Colin McCrae. Lady Georgina has a secret that she doesn’t want anyone to know and feels she must marry a rich man To hide it. Can Colin change her mind? I received this from Bethany House for a fair and honest opinion.

An Exciting New Voice in Regency Romance Lady Georgina Hawthorne has worked tirelessly to seal her place as the Incomparable for her debut season. At her first London ball, she hopes to snag the attention of an earl. With money and business connections, but without impeccable bloodlines, Colin McCrae is invited everywhere but accepted nowhere. When he first encounters the fashionable Lady Georgina, he’s irritated by his attraction to a woman who concerns herself only with status and appearance. What Colin doesn’t know is that Georgina’s desperate social aspirations are driven by the shameful secret she harbors. Association with Colin McCrae is not part of Georgina’s plan, but as their paths continue to cross, they both must decide if the realization of their dreams is worth the sacrifices they must make.

Kristi Ann Hunter graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in computer science but always knew she wanted to write. Kristi is an RWA Golden Heart contest winner, an ACFW Genesis contest winner, and a Georgia Romance Writers Maggie Award for Excellence winner. She lives with her husband and three children in Georgia. Find her online at http://www.kristiannhunter.com.

Loving Roxie by G.G. Vandagriff

This was a nice romantic story. I loved how Roxie and Stefano first meet and soon learn to be friends. It is always nice to see people be friends before they become romantically involved. There was a little intrigue within the story also and this made it go smoothly. I think anyone who enjoys a romance will like this book. I received this from ebook so for review for a fair and honest opinion.
 Italy to help her friend Georgia heal after the death of her husband. While there she decides to chase her dream of being an author, collaborating with the gorgeous Professor Stefano Nae in researching the murder of Princess Isabela di Medici. However, when they begin to delve into her history, strange things start happening to Roxie: panic attacks, the resurfacing of buried memories, and a fear that something from her past has come forward to haunt her future.
The professor’s help triggers her powerful attraction to him, and this in turn worsens the attacks.The closer they get to solving the mystery surrounding her past, the more tangled her emotions become. Will discovering Roxie’s secret finally free them to explore their newfound feelings or will it snatch away the one chance they have for a lasting love?

Among the Wicked by Linda Castillo

I love this one as always. There were many twists and turns. This one was a little different from her other books in this series. I loved that she goes undercover as an Amish. I always look forward to reading more of these books.
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Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called upon by the sheriff’s department in rural, upstate New York to assist on a developing situation that involves a reclusive Amish settlement and the death of a young girl. Unable to penetrate the wall of silence between the Amish and “English” communities, the sheriff asks Kate to travel to New York, pose as an Amish woman, and infiltrate the community. Kate’s long time love interest, State Agent John Tomasetti, is dead set against her taking on such an unorthodox assignment, knowing she’ll have limited communication – and even less in the way of backup. But Kate can’t turn her back, especially when the rumor mill boils with disturbing accounts of children in danger. She travels to New York where she’s briefed and assumes her new identity as a lone widow seeking a new life. Kate infiltrates the community and goes deep under cover. In the coming days, she unearths a world built on secrets, a series of shocking crimes, and herself, alone… trapped in a fight for her life.

Devoted Defender by Rachel Dylan

I loved this book. It was so much fun. I loved how Caleb and Annie first met. This is a book with big town and small town feelings. I could not put this down. There were twists and turns that had me guessing who could be at fault. I look forward to reading many more of Rachel Dylan’s books.
 I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest opinion.

Personal Chef Annie Thomas thought she’d finally found a safe haven from her past. But when her boss is shot in cold blood leaving her as the only witness, she’s forced to go on the run–again. And this time there is an even bigger target on her back. 
Navy SEAL turned small town police chief Caleb Winters doesn’t like that danger has come to Maxwell, Georgia. But he vows to protect the innocent woman seeking refuge from an organized crime network that he knows will stop at nothing to tie up loose ends.
When hiding is no longer an option and threats surround them, will Caleb be the devoted defender Annie needs with her life on the line?

God Made You Just Right by Jill Roman Lord and illustrated by Amy Wummer

This is a wonderful children’s board book. It has a great message and fantastic illustrations. I believe that young children will love this book and want it read over and over. I received this book fromFirstLook for a fair and honest opinion.

Here is a message that every parent will want to share with his or her child: “You’re brilliantly created and there’s no one else like you!” With easy-to-understand descriptions and simple, rhyming text, Jill Roman Lord shares the message that God created each of us in just the right way in a manner that even the youngest child will understand. Bright and engaging illustrations from Amy Wummer pair perfectly with the text and enhance the appeal of the book.

What Matters Most by Kellie Coates Gilbert

This has been my favorite book in the Texas Gold series. Can two people who are so different get together? Yes, of course. Leta and Nathan are fantastic characters. This helped me enjoy some politics. I had a hard time with the dementia because I just lived through some of that with my mother-in-law but it was nice to see that there are more drugs that are slowing it down more. I received this fromRevell for a fair and honest opinion.

Deeply Emotional Writing Highlights the Complexities of Human Relationships Leta Breckenridge is forced to drop out of college to care for her dementia-ridden mother. After learning a severely delinquent account may force her mother into a less desirable facility, Leta steps out of her comfort zone and lands a high-paying job at an Austin public relations firm. But her dream job turns into a nightmare when she learns the firm is a front for a political opposition machine–and that the research she’s been collecting will be used against her new love interest, Nathan Emerson. Nathan is a rising political star being pressured to run a bid to unseat the current governor of Texas. He’s already in a relationship with a woman much better suited to be a politician’s wife, but he’s never met anyone like Leta. Could this feisty, challenging woman hold the key to his heart?

Kellie Coates Gilbert is a former legal investigator and trial paralegal and the author of “A Woman of Fortune,” “Where Rivers Part,” and “A Reason to Stay.” Gilbert crafts her emotionally charged stories about women in life-changing circumstances in Dallas, Texas, where she lives with her husband. Learn more at http://www.kelliecoatesgilbert.com.

A Treasure Concealed by Tracie Peterson

This was a well done historical western romance. I really liked Emily and Caeden. They seemed to get along really well. I enjoyed the storyline and that Emily wasn’t looking to get rich but only to be able to have a real home someday. I look forward to book 2 in this series.
Emily Carver longs to have a home of her own, but instead she endures a transient existence in the gold mining camps of Montana, where her father’s hopes for riches lie endlessly buried. Promises of wealth from this wild land have brought only hardship and disappointment, causing Emily to wonder if her own modest dreams will ever see the light of day.
Caeden Thibault, a young geologist working for the government, is a man trying to escape the pain of his past, and the idyllic mountains of Montana serve his purposes well. In the course of his work, he has seen more than his share of starry-eyed gold seekers. So when Emily Carver catches his attention, he is intrigued by the fact that she isn’t pinning her hopes on striking it rich.
Will an unexpected discovery come between them or draw them together?

Guide Me Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer

I loved reading about Mammoth Caves. I remember going there when I was in fourth or firth grade. This was a while ago. I remember the rickety bridge over the bottomless pitt. It was scary. The blind fish were neat also. If you go there now it is much safer and the river has gone underground more so you can’t see the fish anymore. This book took me back to my childhood and it was a nice romance. I had a hard time putting this down to go to work or to sleep. I enjoyed Rebekah and her family and Devlin but my favorite character was Tolly. I would have loved him to be a guide for me. I received this book from bloggingforbooks for a fair and honest opinion. 
Working in the massive cave might allow 

Rebekah the chance to bring joy back to her family.

But will it claim more than it gives? 

 

After tragedy leaves its mark on Rebekah Hardin’s family, she plans to help her parents and six siblings honor her beloved brother’s memory and alleviate their poverty by working as a guide in the dangerous cave system. Kentucky’s renowned Mammoth Cave presents profitable opportunities in for hardworking, capable men. But Rebekah is determined and if it means presenting herself as a himself, then she’s up to the job.  

     

Under the wing of experienced guide Tolly Sanford, “Reb” begins to learn the complexities of the cave and the two are joined by an aspiring young cartographer, Devlin Bale. 

     

The university student has traveled to the hill country to map tunnels—not to fall for a girl in disguise. Can the God who designed miles of underground astonishment shape Devlin’s ambitious plans and free Reb from the weight from the past?    

 About Kim Vogel Sawyer

KIM VOGEL SAWYER’s titles have garnered awards including the ACFW Carol Award, the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Kim lives in central Kansas with her retired military husband Don. She enjoys spending time with her three daughters and grandchildren.