The Highlander’s Princess Bride by Vanessa Kelly

There was never a single moment in THE HIGHLANDER’S PRINCESS BRIDE where I was not totally immersed in the happenings of this outstanding story. Often a book will keep me enthralled during certain parts, but this story is one of those rare novels where my attention only increased because of how much reading pleasure I was receiving. My emotions ran through a wide range of sentiments, from uncontrollable laughter to deepest worry, and each feeling was because of the very real circumstances being depicted. Vanessa Kelly managed to create imaginative scenes at all times, where characters and situations are extremely believable. This is the third book in The Improper Princesses series, and the many first-time characters were fascinating while those already met were still charmingly likable. I never wanted this story to end because of how much I enjoyed every aspect.

Since the father of Victoria Knight was the Prince Regent and not married to her mother who worked at an inn, she was glad her career as a governess has been successful since society looks down on people like her. When an incident makes it necessary for her to seek a new position, she learns about a man in Scotland who needs someone with her skills to instruct his brothers. Thrilled at the prospect of still being able to teach, Victoria prepares to leave London for the colder Scottish Highlands.

Upon her arrival, she discovers her new home is a rather gloomy castle. Its owner is Nicholas Kendrick, Earl of Arnprior, and her students are actually much older than her normal charges. It seems control over his siblings has been lost, and he thinks perhaps a woman’s influence will make them listen. Though against her better judgment, Victoria agrees to try and achieve at least some of the requirements which Nick wants his brothers to accomplish. Then her situation takes an unforeseen turn that she never saw coming.

I truly adore the Kendrick family, as this big group of Scottish men had such winning personalities. From the oldest to the youngest, I could not help but love these males, even when they pulled a practical joke or made a tactless comment. I laughed so hard at some of their more comical adventures, while I was touched when their more sensitive side was on display. I can only hope the author has some ideas for future books which will feature these charming men.

Once again, Vanessa Kelly brings the Regency period to life with delightful characters, engaging emotions, and unexpected twists. Victoria is a spirited woman trying to make the best of her situation, but life is not always fair. Even when events are against her, she keeps a clear head and does her best to reach a goal. Her logical mind and calm behavior certainly come in handy when she meets the Kendrick family, as problems keep mounting. I really felt for Nick at times, as his life has not been easy either. The responses of this couple were genuine and honest as they worked through their troubles, whether it was raw emotion or witty comebacks. When it comes to sexual passion, Nick and Victoria express their needs to the fullest during encounters that are lusty yet also amusingly fun. THE HIGHLANDER’S PRINCESS BRIDE is filled with realism, and I just wish these characters could have actually existed.

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Series:  Improper Princesses – Book 3

Publisher:  Zebra

Releases:  October 31, 2017

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/y7f3zuoe

Genre:  Historical

Author website:  http://www.vanessakellyauthor.com/

Rating:  5 Stars

Touch of Red by Laura Griffin

TOUCH OF RED keeps every thought engaged during the countless riveting scenes. Though the Tracers series is now up to twelve books, the entertainment has not diminished at all, and I actually think this is one the best stories yet. The plot is very gripping with a large number of mysteries to resolve, while various characters have roles that play an important part in what ultimately takes place. I was totally captivated by the opening scene, and my interest never waned until the very last word was read. Laura Griffin has outdone even herself with the cleverly imagined developments in TOUCH OF RED, where each revelation had me reading faster.

The latest case undertaken by Brooke Porter is particularly horrific, but also very frustrating. As a CSI for the Delphi Center, she usually investigates not easily solved crimes, and she is proud of how her assistance often gets needed results. But the unknowns just keep mounting in this case, which only makes Brooke more persistent about uncovering any pertinent facts related to the murder and possibly another person who might have seen what happened.

Since Brooke is aiding the local police, she and detective Sean Byrne end up spending much time together. With his respect for her skills plus being secretly drawn to her, he is glad for the opportunity to work with tempting CSI. even when she seems to be guarded around him. Sean and Brooke share theories and whatever evidence is learned, yet the killer remains unidentified. But as more clues become concrete proof, the danger does not subside but seems to escalate.

Uncertainty, concern, and determination are words that can be used to describe the case which Brooke and Sean are working on plus their potential relationship. Both are very dedicated when it comes to finding answers in order for victims to have justice, and she is particularly involved this time. I often worried when she took a chance, as nothing was going to stop her from tracking down a fact. The discussions Brooke has with Sean about her behavior really affected me, as their reactions are backed by such genuine feelings. Regardless of what these two were doing when they interacted, the moment was so true-to-life. Their personal conversations were filled with insight and compassion, while sex between them was steamy yet filled with caring tenderness. Sean certainly demonstrated over and over again that he is an honorable man whom any woman would be lucky to have in her life.

What is actually going on when it comes to the murder is not only fascinating but absolutely engrossing. Laura Griffin excels at getting the details correct, and anything connected to the investigation felt very accurate. There were a few times when I needed to stop reading, but I just could not find a place to take even a short break. When an author can keep me this immersed in a story, then her skill as an outstanding writer is definitely proven. I can only hope this series has many more releases.

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Series:  Tracers – Book 12

Publisher:  Pocket Books

Releases:  October 31, 2017

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/yd3nkdta

Genre:  Suspense

Author website:  http://lauragriffin.com/

Rating:  5 Stars

Gray Wolf Mate by Dianna Love

For her first venture in writing a paranormal book, Dianna Love has created a story overflowing with vividly imagined scenes. The League of Gallize Shifters series is definitely original in many areas, and I was totally intrigued during every compelling incident. From characters with unique capabilities to escapades where the situations are not the norm, I was constantly captivated because the details were always fascinating and held my complete attention. GRAY WOLF MATE is a truly ground-breaking paranormal romance. Ms. Love is a writer who can conceive an innovative idea, and then cleverly bring it to life for readers to enjoy.

When the fact that shifters were living amongst humans was revealed, Cole Cavanaugh was stunned like other mortals. Then his college days and relationship with Tess Janver were suddenly over when he shifted because Gray Wolf made its presence known inside his body. Cole is a Gallize shifter, and he now watches over all beings to make sure rules are followed. His actions can also turn deadly in an instant if an event requires it. Though he sometimes has a difficult time controlling the part of him which is wolf, he is determined to be the one commanding his actions.

While Cole is still capable of carrying out his missions, Gray Wolf is becoming very demanding lately plus the mating curse that affects Gallize shifters is starting to bother him, too. With no potential partner, his time left to live is growing ever shorter. When Tess unexpectedly comes back into Cole’s life, her work investigating shifters puts her at odds with him. But after his enemies also become hers, he will do whatever it takes to ensure she is not harmed.

I was certainly excited when I learned Dianna Love was writing in a new genre, and GRAY WOLF MATE never disappoints as the inventiveness of the story only increases with each new development. The Gallize shifters are so distinctive when it comes to beings that can change shapes, and I would like to think there would actually be such a group watching over humans if one day the supernatural proves to be factual. Numerous individuals with specific abilities related to their species left me in awe at times, especially since many of their gifts are ones which I have never before encountered in a book. Also, many of the different groups mentioned are very unusual, whether they are comprised of humans or preternaturals with unusual origins.

From the very beginning, I was taken with how ethical Cole was regardless of what he attempted. Despite abruptly losing what was most important to him, he accepted his destiny to protect others and rose above all the challenges that came his way. Tess likewise had to overcome plenty of hurdles when she decided to use her degree to make certain all beings are treated fairly, as she has a good reason to not like shifters. She and Cole are compassionate individuals, and it really shows in how they react to one another or even strangers. While they may have been apart for years, it only takes one touch for sentiments thought buried to resurface. When truths come out, I feared their already shaky relationship may not last. Several tense moments caused an adrenaline rush, while the scenes depicting profound feelings deeply touched me. What an emotional journey Ms. Love devised for this couple.

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Series:  League of Gallize Shifters

Publisher:  Silver Hawk Press LLC

Releases:  October 23, 2017

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/ycgwktcm

Genre:  Paranormal

Author website:  http://authordiannalove.com/

Rating:  5 Stars

Ready for Wild by Liora Blake

In the concluding story of the Grand Valley series, a man and woman enjoy being outdoors and both even like to hunt. While he is a game warden, she has her own TV show where hunting is the main topic. When they have to work together on a project, sparks fly when one issue after another is met with conflicting opinions. Yet even when his respect for nature battles with her flashy show ideas, there is still a simmering attraction between them that will not be denied. I laughed when a moment turned comical and repeatedly felt the heat of their passion. I was also deeply touched when this couple laid their hearts on the line. READY FOR WILD has very appealing characters plus an adventurous premise, and Liora Blake cleverly entwines delightful humor with heartfelt emotions to create a compelling story of unexpected romance.

Since Braden Montgomery likes the outdoors, he became a game warden in Colorado. At the present, he has no interest in having a relationship because of a past incident, so his time is devoted to his career and helping the community. When he gets word that a TV show about hunting might want to shoot some episodes around Grand Valley, he is not happy, even though the host of the program is female and temptingly hot.

After the area that he watches over is chosen to be the site of a televised elk hunt, Braden ends up spending much time with Amber Regan. While the couple often do not agree on a subject at first, he comes to realize there is much more to her than stunning looks and attention-grabbing clothes. Amber is trying her best to make this new series something hunters will enjoy watching, or there is a good possibility her show will not be renewed. Although Braden also entices her, she is not going to let him make decisions which could lead to her failing.

Though I live in the country and have always been around hunters, I have never been the one holding the gun. So it was interesting to read about a woman who can hold her own when it comes to knowing how to correctly track down her own dinner. Amber is very lively, says what she thinks, and is always ready for a good time. But there is also a side to her that wants something more in life, even if she is not completely aware of this fact. Braden has been burned by an ex-girlfriend, so he is cautious when it comes to women. But Amber is not like anyone whom he has encountered before, and their relationship is fiery from the start. At first it was different views which had them disagreeing and heated, but their arguments gradually turn to lust-filled fantasies coming true. These two are definitely enthusiastic when it comes to sex. Much soul-searching is also done by Amber and Braden, as Liora Blake gives them some difficult life choices.

Amusement is scattered all throughout the story, from witty comments to intelligent banter, and I always looked forward to Braden and Garrett conversing because their remarks where especially chuckle inducing. The scenes outdoors were vividly detailed and let me experience the moment to the fullest. READY FOR WILD has passionate romance, hilarity, and intense emotional circumstances.

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Series:  Grand Valley – Book 3

Publisher:  Gallery

Releases:  October 31, 2017

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/y76md6pw

Genre:  Contemporary

Author website:  http://www.liorablake.com/

Rating:  4 Stars

Slay Bells Ring by Karen Rose Smith

The winter holidays are fast approaching in the seventh book of the Caprice De Luca Home Staging Mysteries, and what should be a festive time for the residents in a small Pennsylvania town turns to sorrow when a beloved citizen is murdered. Though Caprice De Luca has been warned by family and the police to not interfere in these types of investigations, her inquisitive nature plus the desire to help friends will have her once again trying to find anything that points to the identity of the killer. Though her prying questions sometimes put the amateur detective in danger, it will not stop her from seeking answers. I really enjoyed this compelling mystery where nothing is ever known for certain until the final piece of evidence is revealed. Karen Rose Smith interweaves family matters with countless mysteries, making SLAY BELLS RING delightfully intriguing.

When a couple in Kismet, Pennsylvania decide they want to sell their house, Caprice De Luca offers to use her expertise as a home stager and help them get a quick offer. Since it is November, she uses Christmas decorations to highlight the features in the older home to make it appealing. While talking to Sara Merriweather who lives in the house, Caprice learns that it was her husband Chris’s idea to sell as she really does not want to move. It seems the normally jovial man has been more subdued lately, and his change in personality became more noticeable upon his return from a trip with fellow veterans.

As the days go by and Christmas gets closer, Caprice keeps working with the Merriweathers. Every time she sees Chris, he appears preoccupied, making her wonder what could be bothering him. When he is discovered killed by a Christmas decoration, the whole town is sad to hear the man who crafted toys and even played Santa Claus was dead. With Chris being such a good friend of her dad’s, Caprice wants the culprit found swiftly and perhaps she can find some answers on her own.

There are scenes in the story where holiday fun, family gatherings, and pet antics are taking place, and these events give insight into the nature of Caprice. Her family is extremely important to her, and now that Grant is her fiancé, he is also a vital part of her life. How she interacts with loved ones demonstrates her compassionate side, and this concern is shown to others when a murder occurs. In SLAY BELLS RING, a client is mysteriously killed, and Caprice wants to help his family discover what happened. As more and more details about the life of Chris are exposed, I along with all those investigating felt confused and often at a loss. Karen Rose Smith skillfully sprinkles in informative hints, if one pays very close attention. SLAY BELLS RING has plenty of mysteries to keep the guesses coming.

With the Christmas season being a big part of the story, there are lots of celebrations where tasty food is being served. I certainly want to try out one of the recipes included in the book. The Pennsylvania setting had me remembering my visits to this state, and now I want to revisit. Another entertaining installment in the Caprice De Luca Home Staging Mystery series, and I look forward to more escapades featuring these likable characters.

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Series:  Caprice De Luca Mystery – Book 7

Publisher:  Kensington

Releases:  October 31, 2017

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/y9ukdy7v

Genre:  Mystery

Author website:  http://karenrosesmithmysteries.com/

Rating:  4.5 Stars

A Pregnant Courtesan for the Rake by Diane Gaston

The third book in the Society of Wicked Gentlemen miniseries is about a man who has felt little love in his life and has doubts of ever experiencing it. When his path crosses with a woman who actually has him feeling at ease, their futures become unexpectedly entangled and both lives are never the same. Diane Gaston makes her main couple very interesting, and I immediately became concerned for the well-being of these two lonely individuals. A PREGNANT COURTESAN FOR THE RAKE is engagingly believable with realistic circumstances. I really felt as though each scene could have taken place during this period in history.

Since Oliver Gregory is part owner of a club in London which caters to gentlemen, he has traveled to Paris in order to check out similar establishments in that city and get some new ideas. He and three other men started the club as a way to give people a place where various pleasures could be enjoyed with anonymity. During his trip, Oliver meets an Englishwoman, Cecilia Lockhart, and the two have a wonderful chat plus spend an even more gratifying night together.

When Oliver leaves Paris the next day, he never expected to see the enticing Cecilia again. But after she shows up in London, he is completely stunned, especially upon learning her news about carrying his child. Though being a father and having a wife were not something Oliver thought would happen to him, he comes to realize after spending time with her that there is no way he will let Cecilia go through this situation alone.

There is a clever concept behind the Society of Wicked Gentlemen miniseries, and the installment by Diane Gaston adds many new aspects to the storyline. With the author putting in relevant information about the previous connected books, this story can be thoroughly enjoyed on its own. There are numerous references to actual people, places, and events, and these facts cause any happenings to come across as more convincing. Ms. Gaston makes her Regency story very colorful, and I particularly liked reading about all the delicious foods and drinks of the era. The author has also included several much-loved activities from that time.

A PREGNANT COURTESAN FOR THE RAKE has emotional heartrending moments. Although the backgrounds of Cecilia and Oliver are vastly different, both have been treated unfairly and now feel dejected. I really got a sense of how much the past affected these two, and their journey to possible happiness has lots of obstacles. Whether it was doubts about their relationship or interference from outside forces, I quickly became caught up in not only what was occurring but also what would be the consequences. The choices Oliver and Cecilia must sometimes make are extremely hard, and it was often nerve-wracking to wait on their decisions because of the effect it would have on their relationship. Ms. Gaston definitely kept me entertained the whole time I was reading.

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Series:  Society of Wicked Gentlemen

Publisher:  Harlequin Historical

Releases:  October 17, 2017

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/y78tevd9

Genre:  Historical

Author website:  http://dianegaston.com/

Rating:  4 Stars

Kiss in the Dark by Sharon Ashwood

Since a ghost has always been a favorite paranormal being, I was very excited about the premise of the Corsair’s Cove Chocolate Shop series. Though most situations in the previous three books have been about normal contemporary events, many of the incidents in the fourth story have a supernatural aspect to them. Sharon Ashwood has conceived numerous innovative ideas for her contribution to the series, and each one made me want to consider the possibility of the circumstances being true. KISS IN THE DARK is imaginatively original all the way through. Some of the current happenings in Corsair’s Cove just might be caused by a curse, and though no one is ready to admit that the legendary hauntings are real, some rather strange occurrences do take place at times. Every fact seems very genuine, and if a place actually had such an unusual past, I would definitely like to visit the area for a chance to interact with all the current residents and perhaps encounter something paranormal.

When Eloise Wilson came to Corsair’s Cove, Washington, she was thankful for the opportunity to have a place to live, because she has yet to find work after graduating from college. The rent-free room is located above the Red Gem’s Chocolates and Confections, the business a great-aunt willed to her and three other cousins. What Eloise did not expect was to find Captain Daniel Blackthorne, the town’s most famous ghost, was also living in the building. While she knows all too well that spirits live amongst us, since they became visible to her when younger, she wants the long-ago pirate gone and just hopes her protections can keep him away from her.

An upcoming Hallowe’en charity event sponsored by the chocolate shop will let Eloise use her marketing skills to aid in making a big profit, and she needs to concentrate on the event, not the persistent ghost in her apartment. But Daniel has to break the curse put upon him by midnight on the 31st, or he will lose everything. If he can help Eloise to fall in love, then he can save himself. Yet getting close enough to assist her is not easy when she makes him keep his distance.

The town of Corsair’s Cove is filled with a vast assortment of residents, and these individuals have their own personalities and behavior. None are more unique than Eloise, but she is hiding a painful past that she feels nobody would understand. I really felt for her, and was so hopeful that perhaps this move would be the one where she is finally accepted. With every interaction with Daniel, I could sense a change in them both. But with such huge challenges for them to face, I could not see a positive outcome for either of them. I simply adored Daniel from the moment he is met, and some of his responses are rather hilarious while others are dramatically serious. Eloise is someone who only wants to be loved for herself, and her fears and anguish came across as so realistic. I am so glad to have met the many appealing residents in the series, and am looking forward to my next visit. KISS IN THE DARK is intriguingly fascinating and very believable.

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Series:  Corsair’s Cove Chocolate Shop – Book 4

Publisher:  Rowan & Ash Artistry

Releases:  September 30, 2017

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/yb3u5cc6

Genre:  Contemporary

Author website:  http://www.rowanartistry.com/authors/sharon-ashwood/

Rating:  4.5 Stars

Kiss on the Beach by Shelley Adina

With each new story in the Corsair’s Cove Chocolate Shop series, additional facts are learned about a town with a very colorful history. Since Corsair’s Cove is along the coast, it once had its share of pirates and questionable residents. Curses and supposedly haunted places are part of the charm, and the town even celebrates with a Pirate Fest. But when a man and woman with very little in common meet up again after years apart, they discover the town that she once called home is a place where dreams might possibly come true, if risks are willing to be taken. Shelley Adina makes KISS ON THE BEACH entertaining with an engaging couple and compelling circumstances. The story certainly kept my attention during every riveting scene.

After receiving word that she was now part owner of a shop in Corsair’s Cove which offers chocolate items for sale, the only thought Brynn Kato has is to sell the unwanted inheritance to her three cousins. When she arrives in the town located along the Washington coast, she wants to quickly sign the necessary papers and return to her job working at Ocean Technology because several critical matters require her attention. But her carefully thought out plan falls apart when nothing goes as anticipated, and Brynn is forced to stay longer than expected.

Being back in Corsair’s Cove puts Jamie Finlayson in her life once more. He is the man with whom she shares fond childhood memories, yet there can never be anything between them now as their lives are way too different. Since Jamie has not completely gotten over what he felt for Brynn since they were younger, he hopes her short time in their hometown will let her realize what they could have together.

There are at times an enchanted feel to Corsair’s Cove, and each interesting detail that is revealed about the town always captured my thoughts. Wanting to know about anything supernatural kept me eagerly reading to uncover the truth. Regardless of what is going on, every incident is realistically depicted and made me want to believe. One aspect of the story which is very enjoyable is whenever Bonney the parrot is featured. This talkative bird had me smiling and wanting to see what witty comment she would say next.

KISS ON THE BEACH has spirited characters and heartfelt feelings being expressed. The romantic path created for Brynn and Jamie is sometimes emotional, while other instances are more carefree. Shelley Adina has created a couple who must consider how they want their futures to turn out. She has achieved her life’s goals, or so she thinks, but being back where she grew up gives her lots to ponder. Jamie is a wonderful man, so friendly and kind, yet thinks marriage may pass him by. I never knew how these two would interact with one another, but I was sure it would be with true-to-life responses. This series becomes more fascinating with each new release, and I am highly eager to find out more secrets in the fourth story.

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Series:  Corsair’s Cove Chocolate Shop – Book 3

Publisher: Moonshell Books, Inc.

Releases:  September 15, 2017.

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/ycqxg9gx

Genre:  Contemporary

Author website:  http://shelleyadina.com/

Rating:  4 Stars

Kiss in the Wind by Rachel Goldsworthy

The Corsair’s Cove Chocolate Shop series continues with a second installment, where lives are once again changed because the wishes of one cunning woman requests it. Livy Tarbert has a good career as an employee at a food company in Chicago, but she has dreams of being able to create her own concoctions one day and not always following the directions of someone else. When she comes to Corsair’s Cove to work with her cousin, she is eager to try out a variety of recipes that have been in her mind. But Livy quickly discovers the new position still makes her answerable to others. Rachel Goldsworthy takes this independent woman on a journey of self-discovery, where emotions are often conflicted. KISS IN THE WIND is delightfully enjoyable, and I want to believe these characters and the old-fashioned town actually exist.

When Livy Tarbert found out part ownership of Red Gem’s Chocolates and Confections was her inheritance from a great-aunt, she is excited about the prospect of living in Corsair’s Cove and working in the family business. With a degree in chemistry, she hopes to come up with some original ideas which will make the chocolate sold at the shop even more tasty. Since Livy’s social life has been pretty much nonexistent for years, she will not have any difficulty in putting much time into making her aspirations a reality.

There are many good memories for Livy when she thinks about Corsair’s Cover and her childhood visits, and right after arriving in town, she meets some citizens whom she does not know. One man in particular stands out, and the owner of Zephyr’s Rest Tavern seems determined to have her join in various community activates. But what Mack Johanssen secretly wants is for Livy to become involved with him personally.

In KISS IN THE WIND, there are emotional moments, humorous incidents, and lots of engaging townsfolk. Rachel Goldsworthy had me wanting to visit the businesses that are depicted in the story, as the proprietors sound charming. What happens to the town is important to those who live in this small community, and I had a good time watching them discuss business and partake in fun events. Mack is charismatic, and his sunny disposition had me smiling. The scientific mind of Livy has kept her rather isolated from other people, and I waited to see if the local residents could get her to be more outgoing. With her being intent on developing her own creations, there are plenty of especially yummy mixtures being experimented on all through the story, making me very hungry for something sweet. Also, once again there is as indication that something paranormal might perhaps be occurring, and I am eager to find out what is really going on.

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Series:  Corsair’s Cove Chocolate Shop – Book 2

Publisher:  Amazon Digital Services LLC

Releases:  August 31, 2017

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/ybgeh5ks

Genre:  Contemporary

Author Website:   https://rachelgoldsworthy.com/ 

Rating:  4 Stars

Kiss at the Cove by Lee McKenzie

In the first book of the Corsair’s Cove Chocolate Shop series, much information is given that sets the foundation for all four stories. Significant characters are introduced, while important details that impact the future are also conveyed. The picturesque town of Corsair’s Cove is depicted with very colorful visuals, and these striking images let me fully experience the region as though I was actually there. Lee McKenzie is definitely skilled at drawing the reader into her stories, and I constantly felt like the residents were people whom I wanted to know. KISS AT THE COVE is an entrancing start to an original series, sprinkled with compelling emotions and featuring fascinating characters.

Although Prudence Parker could have moved away from Corsair’s Cove, Washington just like her three cousins, she decided to live in the coastal community and be a wedding planner. She also watches over an elderly great-aunt who runs Red Gem’s, a local shop that makes chocolate treats and is allegedly haunted. Some days are rather hectic, but Prudence gets much satisfaction when her hard work results in a successful wedding.

Sadly, the romance in her life has not gone well, as two upcoming marriages were called off by her. When Prudence meets a biologist who is now living in the area to work on a research project, she sees him as very appealing. But Spencer MacKewan has his own romantic problems, as his fiancée decided they should not wed at the last minute, so neither is interested in starting a new relationship. However, fate sometimes has other ideas.

There are several serious emotional issues in the story, ones which really touched me on a deep level. The reactions of the characters are very convincing, and this added to the believability in KISS AT THE COVE. While certain moments are moving, others contain humorous situations or comments. Prudence and Spencer are a delight from the beginning, as they had such likable dispositions. Whether they were interacting with each other or someone else, I was always involved in how they would behave. As they face what life throws at them, I came to like each of them even more.

Since the chocolate shop might be haunted, I am looking forward to seeing how this fact is carried out in upcoming releases, especially since I enjoy the paranormal so much. KISS AT THE COVE is a captivating contemporary romance, where a hint of the supernatural could lead to surprising possibilities.

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Series:  Corsair’s Cove Chocolate Shop – Book 1

Publisher:  Self

Releases:  August 12, 2017

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/y7sxhsq5

Genre:  Contemporary

Author website:  http://www.leemckenzie.com/

Rating:  4.5 Stars