Where Love Abides

Where Love Abides (Heartland Homecoming, #3)Where Love Abides by Irene Hannon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sheriff Dale Lewis is a single widowed dad, with a four-year-old girl and a melancholy past. Christine is a newcomer to Oak Hill, a purveyor of organic flowers, fruits, and vegetables on her farm. She is completely closed off to strangers and especially to men in uniform. She hasn’t met Marge from the B and B, though. No one is immune, and Christine begins to meet everyone in town.

When Marge fixes Christine up with a part-time job at the library, Christine begins a Story Hour and its most fervent attendant is….. Dale’s daughter Jenna. So many things happen here and Dale and Christine find that they don’t want to resist the attraction between them.

It takes a restoration of trust and a resumption of faith for these two, and there is an HEA!

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A Dream to Share (Heartland Homecoming)

A Dream to Share (Heartland Homecoming, #2)A Dream to Share by Irene Hannon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Back in the small community of Oak Hill, Abby Warner is about to lose the local newspaper her family has operated for four generations. The paper can’t make money anymore and it is being reviewed by a large publisher of local papers, the Campbell Group.

Abby is unhappy about the prospect of losing her legacy, and even unhappier when she meets Mark Campbell who’ll complete the financial and operational audits the prospective buyer needs prior to making the sale offer. They are mutually attracted but each has a lot of baggage.

They find the faith to reach out and a solution is found that can satisfy everyone.

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From This Day Forward

From This Day Forward (Heartland Homecoming, #1)From This Day Forward by Irene Hannon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Nice inspirational romance with a second chance story. Sam and Cara are a married couple, separated by anger and betrayal. When Cara becomes a crime victim, she suffers from PTSD and can’t leave her home.

Sam has left his big-time surgeon post in a Philadelphia hospital due to a horrible event. He is now a small-town doctor and living a different life. When Cara comes to him for refuge, Sam is grateful for a chance to mend fences.

It takes a lot of trust to get over the betrayal and loss on both sides, but there is a love there that can’t be beaten.

First of the Heartland Homecoming stories.

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Jewell (Kings of Guardian)

Jewell (The Kings of Guardian Book 8)Jewell by Kris Michaels
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a very good one, continuing the Guardian adventures. Jewell King is the Tech Queen, running all aspects of the Guardian virtual world. She is overworked, underappreciated and babied by her brothers.

Zane Reynolds is a former ghost and is now working as Jewell’s PSO, aka bodyguard. When he left her earlier, it niggled at her consciousness and she was hurt. When the hacker’s threat arises, Jason calls Zane back to look after her. When he lets it be known that he has feelings for her, the predictable chaos erupts from the brothers. Zane is their match, however. An unexpected ally appears in Joseph, who knows Zane as well as he knows himself.

Finding the hacker becomes job one for all of them because he has threatened the family. Michaels does a very good job of showing Zane’s feelings as well as Jewell’s and that makes the story more enjoyable. Unfortunately, we see where the next story will come from; the threat has not been eliminated yet. The family – all of the family – will rise to help the target escape.

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Celebrating Love (Saints Protection)

Celebrating Love (Saints Protection & Investigations Book 9)Celebrating Love by Maryann Jordan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was a little disappointed here. Really, jump in your car and follow the bad guys? Sorry, that just soured me on the story. I had enjoyed most of it until then. I loved the Clauses, Uncle Bernie and Vera, and seeing the Saints and families again.

I also saw that a lot of the small errors in the previous book had been corrected. For example, Cam and Miriam have a daughter again. Grace is a brunette again, and they have had their first child, Ben. Still no mention of Jack and Bethany’s baby, though.

In any case, this one is good but the following of bad guys and disregarding of folks trying to help is just TSTL. I have hopes for Nathan, Scarlett and whoever Agnes is now.

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Shelter for Sophie

Shelter for Sophie (Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes Book 8)Shelter for Sophie by Susan Stoker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Insta-love, Stoker style. Sophie stutters and has been admiring Chief (Roman) of Fire Station 7 since he moved in next door to her. What Sophie doesn’t know is that Chief has admired her, too. When he mistakes an overheard conversation between Sophie and her co-workers, he confronts her rudely. She gives it right back and tells him he has no idea what he’s talking about, and to investigate before he makes accusations.

He, of course, has to apologize to her, and so the romance begins. She thinks he’s too gorgeous for her and he has to convince her he is interested. The backdrop of the abandoned building next door and the homeless folks Sophie has adopted, the fires all over town set by an arsonist, and the accident at Sophie’s home all allow Chief to be the hero she knows him to be. Sophie is no pushover, though. She is a brave woman and she is Chief’s true match.

There are sweet moments here, as well as a little conflict. Best of all, there are hints of three upcoming romances.

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