Book Review: Bobbins & Boots by Shanna Hatfield

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“How does an act of kindness result in. . . marriage?

One carefree cowboy is about to find out in this sweet historical romance!

Born dirt-poor into a life of hardship, Allie Tillman seizes the opportunity to better her situation by answering an advertisement for a mail-order bride in the West. Upon her arrival in Baker City, Oregon, she discovers her intended is a low-down, lying thief. Determined to avoid a life of drudgery with him, she grasps at the one thing that will keep him from forcing her to be his wife — marrying another man.

Good-natured cowboy Ben Amick had no idea a simple trip into town would completely change his life. When he happens upon a mail-order bride desperate to avoid marrying her fiancé, Ben does the first thing that pops into his head and weds her. Willingly, he gives her the protection of his name and his arms, never expecting her to capture his heart.

Humorous, heartfelt, and awash in sweet romance, Bobbins and Boots captures the tender and tumultuous emotions of falling in love.”

Blurb from Amazon.com

As much as I adore all things Fantasy, Sci-fi, and Paranormal; Historical Romance is also dear to my heart. This book has everything I crave in a clean read.  Humor, strong relationships, solid backstory for the main character, and a good old-fashioned romantic storyline. Ben is a sweet and gentle hero, while Allie is strong and smart (but not without her flaws).  I also love a good CLEAN read every once in a while and Hatfield’s book is it! I was so focused on the story and what was going to happen next, that I didn’t need any naughty scenes to forward it along (not that there’s anything wrong with that, but they would’ve been out of place here).

I would recommend this to  ALL ages who are interested in Historical Romance, or those who enjoy well-written stories about the American West. This is Book 4 in a series, and can be read as a stand alone. It’s the first book of Shanna Hatfield’s that I’ve read and I will absolutely be reading more in the future. This book left me feeling hopeful and happy and I hope it does the same for you.  I should also mention there are recipes included with each book 😉 Definitely a 5 out of 5 Star Rating!

Happy Reading!

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Title: Bobbins and Boots

Author: Shanna Hatfield

Genre: Western, Historical Romance

Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR

Blurb:

How does an act of kindness result in… marriage?

Born dirt-poor into a life of hardship, Allie Tillman seizes the opportunity to better her situation by answering an advertisement for a mail-order bride in the West. Upon her arrival in Baker City, Oregon, she discovers her intended is a low-down, lying thief. Determined not to marry him, she grasps at the one thing that will keep him from forcing her to be his wife — marrying another man.

Good-natured cowboy Ben Amick had no idea a simple trip into town would completely change his life. When he happens upon a mail-order bride desperate to avoid marrying her fiancé, Ben does the first thing that pops into his head and marries her. Willingly, he gives her the protection of his name and his arms, never expecting her to capture his heart.

Humorous, heartfelt, and awash in sweet romance, Bobbins and Boots captures the tender and tumultuous emotions of falling in love.

USA Today Bestselling Author Shanna Hatfield writes character-driven romances with relatable heroes and heroines. Her historical westerns have been described as “reminiscent of the era captured by Bonanza and The Virginian” while her contemporary works have been called “laugh-out-loud funny, and a little heart-pumping sexy without being explicit in any way.”

Convinced everyone deserves a happy ending, this hopeless romantic is out to make it happen one story at a time. When she isn’t writing or indulging in chocolate (dark and decadent, please), Shanna hangs out with her husband, lovingly known as Captain Cavedweller.

Shanna is a member of Western Writers of America, Women Writing the West, Romance Writers of America, Sweet Romance Reads, Cowboy Kisses, and Pioneer Hearts.

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“Tully suggested the best way to keep Joe from marrying Miss Tillman was for her to already be married, so I did.”

Thane rocked back so hard, he had to scramble to keep from tipping off the chunk of wood. “You did what?”

“I married Miss Tillman. It all happened so fast, I wasn’t exactly sure what I’d done until I was partway home. I went to the bank, took money from my account, and left it at the jail for Tully to give Joe. I figured him punching me in the stomach and threatening to shoot me was worth five dollars. Then I got Pastor Eagan and we went to the boardinghouse. He married us. I remember signing a marriage certificate and Hattie and Edwin witnessing the ceremony, but everything else is kind of a blur.”

Thane jumped up and looked around. “Where’s your wife, Ben? What did you do with her?”

As though he finally regained his full mental faculties, Ben stood while a look of panic settled on his face. “I left her at the boardinghouse. I didn’t even think about bringing her home with me.” Ben groaned and sank back down on the stump. “I stepped in it good this time, Thane. What am I gonna do with a wife? I’m too young to be married. I don’t even have a house. I’m no better than Joe Lambery.”

Thane jerked him to his feet and shook a finger in his face. “I don’t want to ever hear you say anything like that again, Benjamin Ross Amick. You’re a good man and you’ll make a fine husband, once you get your head set back on straight. It’s too late to go back to town tonight, but first thing in the morning, you’re going to Baker City and bringing home your bride.”

“But, Thane, what am I gonna do with her? She can’t sleep in the bunkhouse, for gosh sakes.” Ben slapped his hat against his leg. “What was I thinking?”

“That there was someone who needed your help. I’ve never known you to walk away from trouble, Ben, and I’m sure this seemed like the best way to handle the situation at the time.” Thane pointed to the cabin across the ranch yard. “You and Allie can live in the cabin. It probably needs a good cleaning but you’d be welcome to use it.”

“Allie?” Ben gave Thane a confused look. Was that the name of the woman he’d married? The details remained rather unclear.

Thane offered him a pointed look. “Your wife’s name is Allie. You certainly can’t go around calling her Miss Tillman now that she’s Mrs. Amick.”

Ben looked as though he might be sick. Thane chuckled and thumped him on the back. “Come on. Eat supper with us. I don’t think you’re up to the teasing all the men will offer when they find out you’ve wed and forgot to bring home your bride.”

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Review: Edenhart’s Rivalry by J.N. Tomczak

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A dark power is rising, and a kingdom is in dire need of a leader when the King of the Faeries falls in battle. Or so, that’s what they’re led to believe, but his only heir and daughter, Aurora, suspects murder.

But when she and her loyal friend Percy, the Captain of the Elite Guard, discover an ancient prophecy foretold by the enigmatic Faerie Sorcerers, Aurora finds herself an unwilling pawn in a dark plot that will threaten everything she holds dear.

Her courage and magic will be her greatest weapons if she hopes to succeed where all others have failed. But will she? Aurora must ask herself this very question: just how far is she willing to go to save her kingdom, and at what costs?

~Source, Goodreads Book Page

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I love a good Fantasy, I mean who doesn’t? This one has it all, Faeries, Goblins, Humans, etc.  The book starts out with Aurora, the Faerie crown princess mourning the death of her father and trying to find her footing as ruler of her kingdom.  While everyone believes the king’s death was a terrible tragedy as a result of battle, Aurora suspects murder.  Together, she and her childhood friend turned Captain of the Elite Guard, Percy, set out to solve the mystery.   Aurora soon learns how shady and dangerous court intrigue and politics can be.

The story is solid and I enjoyed reading it.  It’s safe for the younger crowd, although there is some violence.  It’s published by Clean Reads which means nothing explicit and no graphic violence.  The pacing is fairly steady and easy to follow and the characters are three dimensional.  I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys Fantasy, especially a more traditional type of Fantasy.  Tolkien fans, Jordan fans, take heed, you might need a copy for the holidays! I’m giving this one a 4 out of 5 Stars!

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Amazon: The Kingdom of the Faeries: Edenhart’s Rivalry

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Book Review: Healing Hearts by Miranda D. Nelson

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You know that feeling you have after you’ve read a really fun and lighthearted book? Yeah, it’s been a while for me too, but; I’ve got the solution.  Sweet and Clean Regency Romance.giphy-1

I just read Healing Hearts (Roselund Heights Book 1) and can’t stop smiling.  It’s a great story by Miranda D Nelson that has the uplifting spirit and pace of a Janette Oke novel and the nostalgia of an Austen tome.  The heroine, Joanna, has decided that marriage isn’t for her.  She spends her days assisting her uncle, the local physician, and managing her sister and father in their daily pursuits (ie she’s a control freak).  Her neat and orderly world gets thrown into full blown chaos when the handsome new guy moves to town.

Colin, is the hero of the story.  He has the brooding good looks of Mr. Darcy and is a talented artist.  He basically oozes 19th century perfection.  His reasons for moving to Roselund Heights is a mystery and Joanna finds herself hopelessly attracted to him.  Both characters are trying to heal in some way and have character flaws to overcome.  Neither is perfect, which results in realistic and balanced characters.

austen-book-quote-memeThe world building and character building was excellent.  I felt connected to the characters instantly and the author did a magnificent job at getting me to understand each one’s complexities.  The technical skill was also well done.  I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves uplifting and positive reads.  It’s a clean romance which means nothing more than kissing, so I can safely recommend it for the younger YA crowd and up.  I think Janette Oke fans will be quite pleased to stumble upon this series.  It’s the first book in the series with the others yet to be released.  I’m giving it 5 out of 5 stars.  It was a great morning read ( I started it at breakfast and finished it before lunch) and I look forward to the continuance of the series.

For more on author Miranda D Nelson check out her Facebook page.

Happy Reading!

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Book Review: In Want Of A Wife by Odelia Floris

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The 3rd review in my Historical Genre month-long series of reviews is a sweet and clean regency romance. I have to say, if you like the writing style of Jane Austen, then I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with this novel.  download

The story starts with sisters Rosa and Arielle. Arielle is a social butterfly while, Rosa is an introvert….to the extreme. In fact, I would compare them to Mary and Lydia Bennett. Both ladies are sent to London to find suitable matches before the Season ends. Arielle is determined to marry for love, while Rosa just wants to do her duty and never repeat a Season again.

tumblr_n4ad8x8v8f1twtq8po1_1280As the story progresses, Arielle only has eyes for a dashing Captain in the military. Rosa, unexpectedly, finds herself juggling 2 suitors! She soon has to decide between love or duty.

I enjoyed this book very well.  It’s fast paced and if you’re used to a traditional style of writing (like Austen or Bronte) you’ll find it a light and easy read. It’s a sweet and clean romance which means just a few kisses and nothing more.  This also means it’s good for the YA crowd should they be so inclined.  I’m giving this a 5 out of 5 stars, but I have 1 complaint: It needs an epilogue! Or maybe a novella-esque sequel. I’d recommend it for austen-book-quote-memeRegency ‘shippers and as this book reminds me of Jane Eyre and a mix of several Austen novels, I think it’s a win for traditionalists as well.

Happy Reading!

Bibliogal

If you’re interested in learning more about Odelia and her books check these links out:

AUTHOR’S WEBSITE: www.odeliafloris.com

AUTHOR’S FACEBOOK PAGE

February Bethany House Books: Romantic Tension

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Thanks Bethany House for providing some alternatives!

Source: February Bethany House Books: Romantic Tension

Sometimes I get burned out on reading actual lovemaking scenes and need to take a break. The solution to the problem? Romantic Tension, all the clean fun you can handle! (not being cheeky, I really do enjoy this type of read just as much as the regular “steamy” Romance novel)

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