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My Story for His Glory

Sweet On You by Becky Wade May 28, 2019

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Britt Bradford and Zander Ford have been the best of friends since they met thirteen years ago. Unbeknown to Britt, Zander has been in love with her for just as long.

Independent and adventurous Britt channels her talent into creating chocolates at her hometown shop. Zander is a bestselling author who has spent the past eighteen months traveling the world. He’s achieved a great deal but still lacks the only thing that ever truly mattered to him–Britt’s heart.

When Zander’s uncle dies under mysterious circumstances, he returns to Merryweather, Washington, to investigate, and Britt is immediately there to help. Although this throws them into close proximity, both understand that an attempt at romance could jeopardize their once-in-a-lifetime friendship. Britt is determined to resist any change in their relationship, but Zander finds it increasingly difficult to keep his feelings hidden.

As they work together to uncover his uncle’s tangled past, will the truth of what lies between them also finally come to light?

My thoughts:

I have been waiting for Britt and Zander’s story and it was as good as I hoped.

Becky is such an excellent writer and I love she infuses a bit of mystery into this series.

My only complaint was there was a lot of backstory thrown in. The reader was often pulled out of the present and placed in the past for a good amount of time.

But aside from that I loved this story and how Becky brought Zander and Britt together.

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A copy of this book was given to me. All opinions are my own. 

 

The Christmas Heirloom October 22, 2018

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In Kristi Ann Hunter’s “Legacy of Love,” Sarah Gooding never suspected returning a brooch to an elderly woman would lead to a job . . . and introduce her to the woman’s grandson, a man far above her station.

In Karen Witemeyer’s “Gift of the Heart,” widow Ruth Albright uses the family brooch as collateral for a loan from the local banker. But the more she comes to know the man behind the stern businessman, the more she hopes for a second chance at love.

In Sarah Loudin Thomas’s “A Shot at Love,” Fleeta Brady’s rough-and-tumble childhood means she prefers hunting to more feminine activities. She never expected her family’s brooch might be how a fellow hunter turns her attention from competition to romance.

In Becky Wade’s “Because of You,” Maddie Winslow has spent years in love with a man whose heart was already spoken for. When a church Christmas project brings them together and she stumbles upon an old family brooch, might it finally be her turn for love?

My thoughts:

This is by far one of the best collections I have ever read. But look at the authors, how could you go wrong?

I am a fan of each of these authors and none of them disappointed me in these novellas. Each story was unique and drew me in. I loved the connection running throughout each story and some characters that popped up from their previous novels. I had a moment of, “Wait, what? I know that character.” How fun.

If you are looking for some good Christmas romances you won’t go wrong this collection.

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A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley.com. All opinions are my own. 

 

Review and Giveaway: Falling for You by Becky Wade July 3, 2018

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Famously beautiful model Willow Bradford is reveling in the peace and quiet of her hometown right up until the moment she comes face-to-face with her ex-boyfriend, Corbin Stewart.

Former NFL quarterback Corbin is forceful, charming, and accustomed to getting what he wants . . . except where Willow is concerned. He’s never been able to forget her, but Willow makes it crystal clear she’s unwilling to risk her heart again.

When a decades-old mystery in Corbin’s family brings them together, will the heartbreak in their past and the complications in their present keep them from falling for one another all over again?

My thoughts and giveaway:

I am a Becky Wade fan. Her contemporary romances are real and deal with real issues and wounded people.

I loved this book and the romance that bloomed between Willow and Corbin.

It would seem Willow has the perfect life and that is actually what has lead her down some paths that have been twisted.

Corbin has his own brokenness but with Christ he sees there is redemption.

Then there is the mystery that is thrown in there, and I love a good mystery. So with Becky Wade I am getting a hot romance and intense mystery as well.

If you like a good contemporary romance that doesn’t shy away from the brokenness in the world around and the temptations that come crashing our way then I am sure you will love this book.

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Leave a comment by July 10th for your chance to win a copy of this book. One winner will be chosen by random.org. (U.S. addresses only. I will not replace books lost or damaged in the mail.)

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own. 

 

Review and Giveaway: True To You by Becky Wade June 13, 2017

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After a devastating heartbreak three years ago, genealogist and historical village owner Nora Bradford decided that burying her nose in her work and her books is far safer than romance in the here and now.

Unlike Nora, former Navy SEAL John Lawson is a modern-day man, usually 100 percent focused on the present. However, when John, an adoptee, is diagnosed with an inherited condition, he’s forced to dig into the secrets of his ancestry.

John enlists Nora’s help to uncover the identity of his birth mother, and as they work side by side, this pair of opposites begins to suspect that they just might be a perfect match. But can their hope for a future survive their wounds from the past?

My thoughts and giveaway:

I love Becky Wade’s books so I was anxious to start this new series.

Nora is such a sweetie and kind of dorky, which made me like her even more. She isn’t some seductress, although she might like to be, but she’s anything but smooth. I really liked her and could identify with her insecurities.

John is truly a hero and when we meet him he is most definitely that. Becky did a great job of not letting the reader know too soon what his diagnosis was. Although I was wanting to know what exactly what was going on with him.

The town of Merryweather is super sweet too. I want to visit there 🙂

This really is a great story and I can’t wait to read about the other Bradford sisters.

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Leave a comment by June 26th for your chance to win a copy. One winner will be chosen by random.org. (U.S. addresses only. I am not responsible for books lost or damaged in the mail.)

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own. 

 

 

Review and Giveaway: Her One and Only by Becky Wade June 14, 2016

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After ten years in the NFL, superstar Gray Fowler is accustomed to obsessive fans. But when Gray starts receiving death threats from a stalker, his team hires an executive protection agency to guard him until the culprit is caught. Dealing with bodyguards 24/7 is a headache, especially when one of them is a young, beautiful woman. How can a female half his size possibly protect him better than he can protect himself?

Dru Porter is a former Marine, an expert markswoman, and a black belt–none of which saved her from disaster on her last assignment. In order to rebuild her tarnished reputation, she’s determined to find Gray’s stalker and, since relationships between agents and clients are forbidden, avoid a romantic attachment between herself and the rugged football player with the mysterious past.

Yet every secret that leads Dru closer to the stalker also draws her closer to Gray. As the danger escalates, they’ll survive only if they can learn to trust their lives–and their hearts–to one another.

My thoughts and giveaway:

This is the final book of the Porter series and Becky has done a great job of wrapping everything up. Not only do we get to hear Dru’s story but we meet up with all the other Porter’s who we have met previously and get to see what is going on.

With that being said, have no fear if you haven’t had a chance to read the other books, Becky works everything in so new readers won’t be confused.

Dru is one tough lady and Gray isn’t used to dealing with woman who don’t fall all over him. What I loved about this book was how Becky made this romance a slow burn. With her other books (which I loved) there was a quick burn, a lot of heat from the get-go but  not so with this one. The romance in this one takes more time but it’s never dull.

Gray has some major wounds from his past and these are slowly revealed, just enough to satisfy but not too fast that the suspense is over.

I honestly had to keep reminding myself this was a romance book and not a romantic suspense but it definitely has those elements.

Overall, another great book by Becky Wade.

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Leave a comment by June 21st for your chance to win a copy of this boo. One winner will be chosen by random.org. (U.S. addresses only. I will not replace books lost or damaged in the mail.)

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

 

 

A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade May 18, 2015

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Former Marine Jake Porter has far deeper scars than the one that marks his face. He struggles with symptoms of PTSD, lives a solitary life, and avoids relationships.

When Lyndie James, Jake’s childhood best friend, lands back in Holley, Texas, Jake cautiously hires her to exercise his Thoroughbreds. Lyndie is tender-hearted, fiercely determined, and afraid of nothing, just like she was as a child. Jake pairs her with Silver Leaf, a horse full of promise but lacking in results, hoping she can solve the mystery of the stallion’s reluctance to run.

Though Jake and Lyndie have grown into very different adults, the bond that existed during their childhood still ties them together. Against Jake’s will, Lyndie’s sparkling, optimistic personality begins to tear down the walls he’s built around his heart. A glimmer of the hope he’d thought he’d lost returns, but fears and regrets still plague him. Will Jake ever be able to love Lyndie like she deserves, or is his heart too shattered to mend?

My thoughts:

I have read the first two books in this series and loved them. I couldn’t wait to read this one.

The first book took me a while to get into while the second had my heart twisting and aching from the first few pages. I was hoping this book would be more like the second.

However, it took me a while to really get into this one. It was good, don’t get me wrong. I think I just had this expectation that it would grip me from the beginning. And although, I did care about the characters my heart wasn’t twisting in pain for them from the very beginning. It took awhile, but it did happen.

Lyndie is such a sweet spirit. I love her determination when it come to life. She has a disabled sister that honestly has prepared her to deal with Jake. Also, there is a horse that Lyndie is determined to win over. You’ll just have to read the book to see what happens.

Jake, or “tall, dark and brooding” as Lyndie likes to call him, totally fights his feelings for Lyndie, yet has this need to protect her and take care of her. The internal struggle within him is so real, you will feel his pain.

One thing I don’t remember in the other books is being inside the head of secondary characters. But this time we get to meet up with a character from the first book and see her point-of-view on things.

I also enjoyed seeing the other Porters and what they are up to.

If you haven’t read the other two books you won’t be lost. This can be read as a stand-alone.

Overall, another great book by Becky Wade. Contemporary romance lovers will enjoy this newest installment.

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An e-copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

Meant to be Mine by Becky Wade June 5, 2014

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From the back cover:

Ty Porter has always been irresistible to Celia Park. All through high school–irresistible. When their paths cross again after college–still irresistible. This time, though, Ty seems to feel exactly the same way about Celia. Their whirlwind romance deposits them at a street-corner Las Vegas wedding chapel.

The next morning they wake to a marriage certificate and a dose of cold reality. Celia’s ready to be Ty’s wife, but Ty’s not ready to be her husband. He’s a professional bull rider, he lives on the road, and he’s long planned to settle down with the hometown girl he’s known since childhood.

Five and a half years pass. Celia’s buried her dreams so that she can afford to raise her daughter. Ty’s achieved all of his goals. Or thought he had, until he looks again into the eyes of the woman he couldn’t forget and into the face of the child he never knew he had.

How much will Ty sacrifice to win back Celia’s trust and prove to her that their spontaneous marriage can still become the love of a lifetime?

My thoughts:

Oh. My.

This book is amazing. I am pretty sure Becky Wade is my favorite contemporary romance author. She writes like I want to write.

This is Becky’s third book, but only the second one I’ve read by her. I loved Undeniably Yours and wondered how Meant to be Mine could be even better. But I have to say I am pretty sure she topped it.

Meant to be Mine had my heart aching from the first pages. I don’t know how she does it but she writes so real I feel it in my core. This was a book that had my mind so engaged I didn’t get sleepy at all, yes, that sounds strange. I usually read before I go to sleep and I will read until I get tired. Well, I never got tired as I read this book and I finally had to just put it down and make myself sleep.

Celia is a wonderful, fun heroine. She’s a struggling single mom trying to scrape by. I am sure there will be many readers how will relate to her. I love her sense of humor, she is one funny lady 🙂

And there’s Ty…sigh. Wow, Becky describes him maybe a bit too vividly;) He’s definitely flawed and has these plans that really aren’t God’s. He is way too charming for his own good.

I can’t forget about sweet Addie, Celia and Ty’s daughter. She’s so sweet, I can hear her little voice in my ear as she talks to Ty for the first time after the finds out he is her daddy. So precious.

Overall I have to say this is probably the best contemporary romance I have read this year. If you are looking for something to grab your heart and a bit edgy this it the book for  you.

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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.