Thursday 8 February 2024

Book Review: A Royal Christmas


From the Back:

Adelaide Smith is too busy for fairy tales. She's been working hard to put herself through law school, and she's determined to stay focused on her goals. Then she receives a letter notifying her that she is a direct descendant of King Maximillian Konig V, the ruler of a small European principality called Montovia.

What? No. That's the stuff of cheesy made-for-TV movies, not real life.

Still, curiosity gets the best of her, leading to a Christmas break trip chock-full of surprises, including a charming village, an opulent palace, family mysteries, royal jealousies, a handsome young member of Parliament, and the chance at a real-life fairy tale romance.

My Reflections:

Melody Carolson's Christmas novel was a lovely twist. Who doesn't love a modern fairytale, for grown-ups? This novel is reminiscent of Princess Diaries and Knotting Hill or a Hallmark movie, and well I love those. This one was tantalizingly sweet with humour and wit thrown in for good measure, a perfect combination for an epic Christmas read. 

A struggling college girl meets royalty, a fantasy come true! 

This is a quick read, very Christmassy and a perfect combination paired with hot cocoa and a warm crackling fire.

If you are looking for a fun, warm and fuzzy book for the Christmas season look no further!

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin

 Communications, Inc.

Melody Carlson

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of more than 250 books with sales of more than 7.5 million, including many bestselling Christmas novellas, young adult titles, and contemporary romances. She received a Romantic Times Career Achievement...

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Book Review: Into The Fire


From the Back:

Instinct only takes you so far. After that, you need proof.
But cunning killers hide their tracks.

As a former smokejumper, arson investigator Bri Tucker knows her way around fires. But after a mysterious blaze takes the life of a former colleague, Bri inherits a curious puzzle from him that raises questions about several fiery deaths. Someone, however, doesn't want her picking up where he left off in search of answers.

When she teams up with ATF Special Agent Marc Davis to solve the puzzle, the case heats up--as does the attraction between them. Sparks fly as the danger escalates, but will they manage to track down the person behind the mysterious deaths before their budding romance--and maybe even their lives--go up in flames?

In this pulse-pounding new series from the bestselling and award-winning queen of romantic suspense, you'll be swept up in a whirlwind of danger, mystery, and romance. Get ready to burn through the pages as Bri and Marc race to solve the puzzle and uncover the truth.

My Reflections:

Irene Hannon always delivers. Her novels are action-packed with both suspense and romance. Who doesn't love that! As always Hannon's characters are easy to relate to and written with depth.

On this novel, I really enjoyed how it was written. I loved getting the opportunity to get into the minds of every character, even the bad guys and... girls!

I enjoyed the sparks between Bri and Marc. Their relationship developed at a nice pace. I like that, some novels are way too quick at "Ohh you are cute, now let's get married"  Marc was such a sweet character, his grandma taught his right on how to treat a lady. 

Both Bri and Marc had instances where their vulnerability really shone. It was refreshing to see how well Hannon was able to bring the reader to these places, and how they were able to reach a degree of healing and redemption.

If you are a lover of romance mingled with suspense don't walk run to get this one!

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

Irene Hannon

Irene Hannon is the bestselling and award-winning author of more than 60 contemporary romance and romantic suspense novels. In addition to her many other honors, she is a three-time winner of the prestigious RITA Award from Romance Writers of America. She is...

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