“Under the Whispering Door is thought-provoking with loads of questions from several characters dead or alive…depressing and sad…a home filled with the most delightful people you will ever meet…I was crying by the end – pleasantly surprised, incredibly moved, and oh-so happy. Klune has once again crafted an outstanding and memorable novel. 5 stars!”
“How Harriet and Jensen come to be together made this book a 5-star read for me. The growth of their relationship and as individuals was enthralling. The story wrapped up nicely with a big beautiful bow. Loved it!” (read full review)
ABOUT:If you play with fire…
One of the most notorious cowboys in Cold River, Jensen Kittredge always has willing women with sweet smiles vying for a place in his bed. So when the prissy high school librarian sidles up to him in the most disreputable bar in town with a scowl on her face, he has no idea what to make of it. Much less the attraction he feels toward the bespectacled creature who wants something from him… but not that. Yet.
Someone gets burned…
Harriett Barnett doesn’t care for dens of iniquity— or the insolent cowboy she certainly shouldn’t find attractive. But one of her students needs her help, and if she needs to corral the infamous Jensen to save him, she will. Trouble is, the town’s favorite Kittredge brother is a lot more than she bargained for. Harriett’s happy little life is orderly and neat, just how she likes it—until Jensen blows it all apart with his particular brand of addictive passion. Can a modern-day schoolmarm really tame the wildest cowboy in town? Or is Harriet headed for a terrible fall?
ABOUT:Their family’s historic bed-and-breakfast in Charleston, South Carolina, is a legacy the four very different Richardson sisters are determined to protect at all costs. But sudden passion is a seductive–and dangerous–complication…
For fashion boutique owner Yolanda Richardson, coming home is a matter of life and death. Witness to a brutal crime, her family’s quiet B&B is her only refuge until she can testify against the perpetrator. But her reserved hired bodyguard, Charles Montgomery, is anything but safe. His icy cool-under-fire–and hidden intensity–is too explosive for Yolanda to resist…
Love always equals loss–Charles knows that hard equation all too well. Controlling his emotions keeps his clients from harm–and his heart safe. Yolanda’s beauty and headstrong spirit have him wanting her in all kinds of ways. But for her own protection, he has to do his best to keep her at arm’s length. Until unexpected danger and lethal misunderstandings put their survival–and any chance at a future together–on the knife-edge…
My Review: This is the first story I read by Cheris Hodges and I really liked it! Open Your Heart was a charming love story.
I admire Yolanda’s independence to strike out on her own and open up her own fashion boutique. She’s got a good head on her shoulders but can be incredibly stubborn when she wants to. There were small moments when she was a tad whiny and her behavior towards Charles unfounded. But I liked her character all the same and how far she’s willing to go to protect her family from danger.
Charles is a swoon-worthy love interest who takes his job very seriously. Though very good at what he does, he has his work cut out for him trying to keep Yolanda safe. I like that he’s not afraid to be real with her about how dire the situation is, though that hot and cold does cause some friction between them. It’s also a struggle at times to maintain his logic and reason around Yolanda when he’s so drawn to her. To both their frustrations Charles holds himself back but for truly tragic reasons. His path towards healing and a second chance at love was so sweet.
I love the relationship between Yolanda and her three other sisters. They argue and sometimes get on each other’s nerves. But it’s clear how much they love and are super protective of one another. The family’s close relationship is unshakable, which was nice to see within the story.
Overall, Open Your Heart was an entertaining romantic suspense. The characters were well written and interesting. The story kept my attention the entire time. And the romance between Yolanda and Charles was tantalizingly slow, sweet as can be, and steamy!
Open Your Heart is book 3 of 4 of the Richardson Sisters series. I’m looking forward to reading the other books featuring Yolanda’s sisters as I got to know them really well in this one.
“Chad Lucas has crafted a successful debut. Thanks A Lot, Universe was a fantastic read…as enjoyable as it is emotional, providing beneficial and relevant lessons and experiences for this age group and beyond.”
Super Tuesdays (as I like to call them) are thrilling days for me because a ton of awesome new books are being released all at once! *bookish swoon* It only happens a few times a year, which makes them extra extra special.
Happy #PubDayTuesday to the following titles and authors:
“Gilded Serpent was devastatingly good! Jensen has wowed me once again with her intense and complex storytelling skills that made me feel all the feels and then some. This book will not go as you think it will….Tense, sad and depressing but incredibly captivating with wonderful moments of brevity sprinkled within. You could not have asked for a better book or outcome before the conclusion.”
Fairytales from Verania by TJ Klune (read more) The Seat Filler by Sariah Wilson (read more) Witching Moon by K. E. Bonner (read more) The Squire by Duncan M. Hamilton (read more) The Hate Project by Kris Ripper (read more) The Music of Bees by Eileen Garvin (read more)
“These Feathered Flames is a queer, #OwnVoices retelling of a Russian folktale, “The Firebird”…I did not expect the bit of romance to happen in such a bleak place! And all the huge revelations were mind-blowing! Those scenes were intense, pivotal changes to the plot that really spiced things up.The climax was amazing and the fallout left me with tons of questions (in a good way!)…I think it will only get better as the series progresses.”
Thank you St. Martin’s Griffin and NetGalley for the eARC to read and review! Float Plan is on sale now!
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance, Mental Health Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Recommend to Others?: Yes
ABOUT:Heartbroken by the loss of her fiancé, adventurous Anna finds a second chance at love with an Irish sailor in this riveting, emotional romance.
After a reminder goes off for the Caribbean sailing trip Anna was supposed to take with her fiancé, she impulsively goes to sea in the sailboat he left her, intending to complete the voyage alone.
But after a treacherous night’s sail, she realizes she can’t do it by herself and hires Keane, a professional sailor, to help. Much like Anna, Keane is struggling with a very different future than the one he had planned. As romance rises with the tide, they discover that it’s never too late to chart a new course.
In Trish Doller’s unforgettable Float Plan, starting over doesn’t mean letting go of your past, it means making room for your future.
Content Warning: Death by suicide, depression.
If you or someone you know is experiencing thoughts of suicide, self-harm, or harm to others, please seek help.24/7 support and resources are listed at the end of this post.
My Review:Float Plan beautifully weaves together a story or grief and loss as Anna (the MC) – rather than continue on isolated and depressed – searches for closure on the high seas after the loss of her fiance by suicide.
It was a great idea to explore such heavy/important topics through sailing trip because it gave Anna the freedom to really examine her feelings, her relationship with Ben, why he might have committed suicide, and figure out how to continue on with her life without him. As she gets to know Keane – who she hires to help guide the sail – she sees her inner turmoil reflected in a whole new light.
Keane is a charming and optimistic man who lives freely as a passionate, professional sailor. But the loss of his leg made it hard to find opportunities, causing cracks to form in his up-beat persona. His character is the perfect counterpart to what Anna is going through.
Anna and Keane’s personal stories really put a spotlight on how trauma affects one’s mental health: the hardships of living day to day within a new normal that has a dark gaping hole in it and learning to love life again. Anna’s life used to be all “Anna and Ben” but now she’s unsure how to be just “Anna” without Ben. For Keane, it’s proving he is more than his disability. It’s a painful story and I want to wrap Anna and Keane in a big hug and help them.
Float Plan is also an exciting adventure as you travel with the characters to places you may or may not have heard of or been to, learning little known histories of people, places and events along the way. Trish Doller paints a colorful, scenic view and cultural experience of Anna and Keane’s travels. The details and what the characters encounter made me want to travel to some of these places someday.
Tragically beautiful yet fun and humorous, Float Plan was an enjoyable contemporary, second-chance romance. I was transfixed by the emotional depth of the story and its characters. The ending left me wanting more. I highly recommend Float Plan by Trish Doller if you enjoy books set at sea, second chance romances and plots that take you on a transformative voyage.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
TRISH DOLLER is the author of novels for teens and adults about love, life, and finding your place in the world. A former journalist and radio personality, Trish has written several YA novels, including the critically acclaimed Something Like Normal, as well as Float Plan, her adult women’s fiction debut. When she’s not writing, Trish loves sailing, traveling, and avoiding housework. She lives in southwest Florida with an opinionated herding dog and an ex-pirate.