Jan 292015
 

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Jack Holland has some issues. He recently saved the lives of some young teens and now the town worships him – except the family whose son didn’t make it out okay – but the nightmares and guilt are messing with Jack’s head. Add to that a needy ex-wife that wants Jack back and he’s ready for a break.

When Jack hears that Emmaline Neal needs a date for an uncomfortable wedding he jumps at the chance for a few days in sunny California.

What he didn’t expect was how much he’d like Emmaline or how different it would be returning with her.

Hott Review:

What I liked: “In Your Dreams” is a really good book. I loved the characters and, though it seemed like everyone they’d ever met was introduced in the book, it didn’t get confusing at all.
The plot is good and I loved the exes. They made this seem so real though I did want to smack each of them a time or two.
The steam is there but it’s not graphic or all-encompassing. Just a sweet side-note.
What I didn’t like: There is a little cursing & I promise you’ll have strong negative feelings toward Jack (or Hadley) as their relationship is very irritating.

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Author: Kristan Higgins
Source: Harlequin HQN via Netgalley
Grade: B+
Ages: 18+
Steam: Adult
Setting: Manningsport, New York
This Counts for these Challenges: 2015 Let Me Count The Ways Reading Challenge, 2015 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge, 2015 Women Challenge, 2015 NetGalley Reading Challenge, 2015 Full House Reading Challenge, Reading Road Trip 2015 Challenge, Monthly Mix-up Mania, 2014 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge
Series: Blue Heron #4

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Author Bio:

I live in a small Connecticut town with a beautiful library, a great agricultural fair, nice people and not much else. I have two lovely, entertaining children and a brave firefighter for a husband, who is, perhaps more importantly, a fantastic cook. Digger from Fools Rush In is inspired my very own Digger, our cheerful Lab mutt. We also have two cats and grieve for an occasional, short-lived beta fish.

I worked as a copywriter until I had kids and started writing fiction when my children graced my life with simultaneous afternoon naps. Writing, I surmised, was infinitely more satisfying than folding laundry, and so I started my first novel. Before long, I had finished Stalking Joe, whose title was later changed to Fools Rush In. Catch of the Day followed, winning the 2008 Romance Writers of America’s RITA© award, which just thrilled me to my toes. Then came Just One of the Guys (August 08), Too Good To Be True (Feb 09), The Next Best Thing (Feb 10), and All I Ever Wanted, summer 2010. More books are in the pipeline.

I love to write books about relationships, since the search for love and security is one of the driving forces of life. And I try to focus on an aspect that’s common, if not universal, hence the “stalking” in Fools Rush In and the crush on the unattainable man in Catch of the Day. People ask if I’ve ever stalked a guy. Of course not! Jeez! Come on! It’s fiction! They also ask if I’ve ever had a crush on a priest. Of course not! Jeez! Come on! It’s fiction! As far as being crazy about one of my brother’s friends, which is the plot of Just One of the Guys, well, yes to that one. But I’m not naming names. Dating a fictional man, like Grace does in Too Good To Be True? Um…can I take the fifth on that one? Whether it’s my own experience or not, I try to find something we can all relate to.

When I’m not writing, I like to be with my kids, goof around with my husband, read, watch baseball, ride my bike and bake. I suffer from chronic bedhead and an unhealthy (and completely understandable) obsession with Derek Jeter, shortstop for the New York Yankees. Like Millie Barnes, I run, which provides the neighbors with some real entertainment.

We spend as much time as possible at our family home on Cape Cod, swimming in the Atlantic, shivering on the beach, swatting horseflies and watching fish evade my lure at Higgins Pond. It’s as close to heaven as it gets.

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Jan 282015
 

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Twins, Emma and Charlie Nelson, aren’t too excited about spending their summer vacation on a remote island with little to do. Bored, with the exception of a slight dating prospect, the teens go camping. Only to find that there is much more to life than what this world would have them believe.

Stuck in parallel universes and on extraordinary planets Charlie, Emma, and their newfound friends race against time to save themselves and the universes from succumbing to The Void and it’s minion, Vik.

Hott Review:

What I liked:The Universes Inside the Lighthouse is a really cool book. It’s a complete non-stop adventure! I really enjoyed this book from the first to the last word. The published synopsis & cover do not do it justice.
The multi-universes and time traveling elements along with the teen heroics made this an utter win for teen readers.
I LOVED The Void. The terror in this book is essentially a reference to depression and self-absorption. I think these are both very important topics that need to be shown as an enemy, especially to teens!
What I didn’t like: The science references can be construed as anti-Christian, so if you’re not into fantasy that calls that into question, this isn’t the book for you.

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Author: Pam Stucky
Source: This was a gift from Pam Stucky in exchange for an honest review.
Grade: B
Ages: 14+
Steam: Nada
Setting: Balky Point, Washington
Series: Balky Point Adventures #1
This Counts for these Challenges: 2015 Let Me Count The Ways Reading Challenge, 2015 New Authors Reading Challenge, 2015 Women Challenge, 2015 Full House Reading Challenge, Monthly Mix-up Mania, 2014 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

Author Bio:

Pam Stucky is the author of the beloved Wishing Rock series, which takes place in Wishing Rock, Washington, a town in which everyone lives in the same building. Letters between the neighbors and their friends chronicle the twists and turns of the characters’ daily lives, and are interspersed with recipes tried and tested by the characters themselves, in these witty and wise novels that explore community, relationships, hope, fear, forgiveness, risk, dreams, trust, and love.

Pam also has a series showcasing another of her loves: Travel! The Pam on the Map series brings readers an intimate insight into Pam’s adventures and misadventures as she travels around the world, near and far, meeting new people and discovering new cultures. These books, filled with wit and wanderlust, are the embodiment of Pam’s passions of curiosity and connection. Currently, the series includes a full-length book on Iceland, and shorter travel tidbits in the Ireland and Switzerland books.

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Jan 272015
 

Raised in a series of hotels while helping her father, Shannon Kavanaugh, research and write his book, Kerry knew they had little and her mother wanted more. When Shannon’s death shatters the illusion that life is fine, Kerry’s mother goes on a spending spree and hastily marries a louse that had been dogging her steps [More…]

Jan 262015
 

Professor Merrideth Randall is hiding something from her best friends. The computer program that helped the three of them time-surf back in the day is working again and she’s been using it alone. What happens when a genealogical mystery arises and they find out Merri’s secret? Will they throw the book at her or help [More…]

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