The Billionaire’s Holiday Engagement by Jenna Bayley-Burke – a Review

The Billionaire’s Holiday Engagement by Jenna Bayley-Burke – a Review

 

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Venture capitalist Cameron Price is a workaholic and great at his job, but his boss is convinced Cam needs a more balanced life. A wife on his arm would prove Cam’s the right man to take over the company. When a gorgeous caterer cooks up the perfect event and catches Cam’s eye, he proposes an innovative arrangement they’ll both benefit from. 

Lauren Brody knows Cam’s plan is crazy, but pretending to be his fiancée will allow her access to networking at events she’d never get into otherwise. It could be just the break she needs to get her catering business on the map and book the kind of clients she’s always dreamed of cooking for.

If she can convince Mr. Buttoned Up Tight to have some unscheduled fun along the way, theirs could be a perfect arrangement. 

 


Review;

Having had the chance to read a previous book by Jenna Bayley-Burke and enjoying that one, I knew I was in for another fun read by this author.  After reading The Billionaire’s Holiday Engagement I can safely say that Ms. Bayley-Burke did not disappoint.  The Billionaire’s Holiday Engagement is another fun, flirty, sexually charged story complete with a strong hero and heroine in Cameron and Lauren.  Ms. Bayley-Burke wrote a well balanced story filled with enough sexual tension to keep the fires at a simmering point.  Lauren and Cameron carry the story with ease and make it believable and real.  I quite enjoyed Lauren and Cameron together as a couple. I found them to be fun and quirky, but with a professional drive that sometimes got in the way of romance and relationships. It’s almost as if both were using their professions as an excuse to really get close to someone and give themselves the chance to fall in love with that special someone. 

As Cameron and Lauren play out Cameron’s crazy plan of pretending they are engaged is when the fun really starts.  It’s during this crazy plan where we start to see their feelings about relationships and each other change.  It was fun to watch this scenario play out and watch the sexual tension between the two escalate to the boiling point.  It was nice that Ms. Bayley-Burke didn’t just toss the two together once Lauren agreed to Cameron’s crazy plan. I liked that there was that sexual tension between Lauren and Cameron, it kept things interesting between them and also helped to showcase their changing feelings towards each other.  I also enjoyed the ensemble of quirky secondary characters who also helped move Lauren and Cameron’s adventure along.  Their interactions are comical at times, but other times brought out bits and pieces of both Cameron and Lauren that maybe we wouldn’t have seen if these characters weren’t involved.  

Ms.Bayley-Burke does a superb job of tying everything together by books end, and for anyone who knows me, then you know I’m not spoiling any plot lines.  Just trust me, go and read the book, its well worth it.  Ms. Bayley-Burke has a knack for writing fun, flirty reads with just the right amount of sexually charged and steamy love scenes to keep you entertained from beginning to end.

Until next time, happy reading!!    

Reviewed by Marcie

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Mating Needs by Milly Taiden – Review & Giveaway

Mating Needs by Milly Taiden – Review & Giveaway

 

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A cougar shifter meets his mate and match in this latest sexy paranormal adventure in the A.L.F.A. series as another Alpha League Federal Agent finds love and passion in the midst of danger by the New York Times bestselling author of Elemental Mating.

 

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Mating Needs by Milly Taiden is the second book in her A.L.F.A series.  When I read the first book in this series (Elemental Mating), I had mixed feelings and was not sure I would continue reading this, but since I did like the shifter theme, I decided I would give the next book a chance.  I am glad I did. I really enjoyed Mating Needs.   This book also had a lot of humor, but it was very well done, and seriously fun, exciting and endearing throughout the book.

Ameralla Capone, our heroine, is a Mafia princess, who is totally different than most princesses.  When we meet Amie, she is doing personal business in her bank, when a robbery occurs.  Amie recognizes two of her cousins behind the robbery attempt, with one getting killed.  Amie is beside herself to watch her good cousin die, and despite the danger, tells the detective she will testify what she saw against her bad cousin. 

Frank Dubois, our hero, is a member of the A.L.F. A.  ( Alpha League Federal Agent), who is assigned to be the bodyguard for Amie.  But when they meet, there is a big surprise….Frank and Amie were lovers back in their college days, when she up and left him.  Frank has never forgotten Amie, who is the love of his life and as it turns out..his Mate.  Frank is a cougar shifter, which helps him be one of the best agents A.L.F.A. needs.

Amie is in trouble, as her Mafia uncle will do anything to find her.  Unbeknownst to most people, Amie has a young son, whom she worries about because he has some strange quirks, like claws coming out on his hands.  Amie thinks the boy is seriously ill, and tries to teach him to not show anyone.

What follows is Amie and Frank spending all their spare time together, as this second chance romance builds very quickly.  The lust for each other is sizzling hot, something neither can resist.  This is definitely a sexy romance, with lots of sexual scenes.  But the best part of this story, is the fun when Frank takes Amie to live in his mom’s house in home town (all shifters) to protect her.  I loved this part, as it was a blast, especially since Amie did not know about shifters. The townspeople were great, as Amie shows the women how to dress, or change their business to look nicer and how to treat their men.  I got such a kick out of the comments made early on that almost gave away the secret….send the cat; she has many bunnies; he’s a wolf, etc.  When Amie finds the truth, she did accept it really well, and laughed at those hints.  

Mating Needs turned out to be an exciting suspense story line, but the fun humor elevated this to a different level that made this book such a enjoyable read.  You can read this very well as a standalone.  Milly Taiden won me over in this book.

Reviewed by Barb

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Gray Wolf Mate by Dianna Love – a Review

Gray Wolf Mate by Dianna Love – a Review

 

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Eight years ago, shifters came out to the public and, since then, the world has never been the same for many.

Tess Janver and Cole Cavanaugh fell deeply in love in college … then he disappeared without a word. She feared the worst, or thought she had. After seven years, he returns as a beefed up version of his former self. That’s not the only thing different. As someone working in a preternatural criminal investigation unit and the daughter of a senator determined to rid the world of dangerous shifters, Tess is caught between performing her duty to humans, protecting the only family she has left and risking her heart to a man who once destroyed it.

Cole had no choice in becoming a Gallize shifter and now faces a deadline from a fatal mating curse he can’t stop. The only woman he’s ever loved is human and wouldn’t survive bonding with him. He never planned on Tess finding out he was a wolf shifter, but she’s in danger from a rogue pack. He’s not leaving until she’s safe … and he has a chance to redeem himself in her eyes before his time is up.

 

 

Review:

Gray Wolf Mate by Dianna Love is the first book in her new League Of Gallize Shifters series.  I was very excited when I found out that Dianna Love was doing a new series revolving around shifters, and I always enjoy whatever Dianna creates for us.   Upon finishing Gray Wolf Mate, I am happy to say that I loved it.

Cole Cavanaugh is a wolf shifter who works for an elite group of shifters called Gallize, who are run by an ancient and powerful shifter, and they are the good guys, who secretly protect humans from the bad shifter groups.  Shifters became known  8 years ago, when a jackal shifter exposed them, causing them to be constantly watched, especially with some other shifter groups at war with each other.  

Cole is on assignment to stop a shipment of a lethal drug, as well as to find his missing friend and member of his team. When he tries to save an elderly homeless woman, Cole realizes he has walked into a trap, and the warehouse explodes.

Tess Janver, our heroine, works for SCIS ( preternatural criminal investigation unit) , who monitor and investigate issues with shifters.   7 years ago, Tess and Cole were college lovers, but one night he disappeared and she never saw him again. Tess does not recognize the badly damaged shifter in the hospital, who unbeknownst to her is in danger from other shifters who want to kill him

This is an exciting, action packed adventure that will have Tess question her knowledge of shifters, and how her Senator father was determined to have them all under confinement; and her shock on discovering that the injured man was Cole. Can Tess forgive or even trust Cole, especially since he is now a shifter?

Tess and Cole can feel the electrical attraction between them is still alive and even stronger. Cole and his wolf can identify that Tess is their mate, but Cole does not want this life for her. A slow built romance begins to sizzle, with both knowing their love is real, but can there be any future?  The jackal shifters, and the Black River pack are determined kill the Gallize shifters, which will also put Tess and Cole’s life in danger.

What follows is an exciting action packed story, but I do not want to give any spoilers, as saying too much more would ruin it for you.  The last half of the book was great, especially as we raced to the wild climatic ending;  it was an edge of your seat suspense that had us holding our breaths to find out if they would survive.  I loved Cole and Tess together, as well as Cole’s team members, who we will learn more about in future books.

As always, Dianna Love once again gives us another wonderful series for us to savor and enjoy. Gray Wolf Mate was a fun, exciting adventure; great sexy couple, wonderful secondary characters, and bad villains.  I cannot wait for the next book. I strongly suggest you start with Gray Wolf Mate and enjoy the ride.

Reviewed by Barb

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Twice as Wicked by Elizabeth Bright -a Review

Twice as Wicked by Elizabeth Bright -a Review

 

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Miss Alice Bursnell is determined to wreak revenge on Nathaniel Eastwood, Viscount Abingdon, for the seduction, ruin, and death of her beloved twin sister. But how to expose a seducer without falling prey herself? As she gets closer to Nathaniel, she finds she is in serious danger of following in her sister’s much-too-tempted footsteps. The man is nothing like the heartless rake she expected…and his kisses are truly divine. Could she be wrong about him? 

When a mysterious and gorgeous woman confronts Nathaniel at a fancy ball, he suspects she has murder on her mind—his own. But the more he tries to determine who the deceptively innocent beauty is—and what she’s up to—the deeper he falls under her alluring spell. Nathaniel fears he’s in imminent danger of losing his life…or worse, his heart.

 

 

Review:

Twice as Wicked by Elizabeth Bright is a steamy romance that is mixed in with some mystery.  

Alice needs someone to blame for the death of her sister, So Alice goes on a hunt for revenge and her search leads her to Nathaniel, as far as Alice can tell, it’s totally Nathaniel’s fault that her twin sister died.  So she decides to face him and make him pay for what he did. 

Nathaniel is not your typical hero or rogue turning over a new leaf, he is shy and awkward, not at all like Alice thinks he should be. He seems kind, shy and very self conscious, and does not always appear comfortable in his position as Viscount. 

Nathaniel has been finding himself in life threatening situations whenever Alice seems to always be around, causing him to grow suspicious of her. But he’s totally enamoured with the mystery lady. 

As the story develops, we see that things are not what they seem. As few twists and turns kept me turning the pages in an otherwise predictable story. Even when Alice learns the truth about Nathaniel’s twin brother. She still wants revenge. 

Nathaniel wants to stop her, which as you can imagine creates conflict between the two, and the added fact of their attraction and fondness for the other.  Confuses him no end. 

As Nathaniel falls in love with Alice, he is frustrated she cannot get past her revenge. And he still needs to resolve issues with his brother. 

Alice realizes she is falling in love with Nathaniel, but she needs to make a choice between avenging her sister or the man she loves.  Twice as Wicked was a very enjoyable read and I’m looking forward to what’s next in this series.

Reviewed by Julie B

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The Thrill of Love by Melissa Foster – Review Tour & Giveway

The Thrill of Love by Melissa Foster – Review  Tour & Giveaway

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THE THRILL OF LOVE
The Bradens at Peaceful Harbor
by Melissa Foster
Genre: adult, contemporary, romance
Release Date: October 4, 2017

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The Bradens are a series of sexy stand-alone romances. These hot contemporary romance novels feature alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. They’re flawed, funny, passionate, and relatable to readers who enjoy new adult romance, contemporary romance, and women’s fiction.

Fall in love with Ty Braden, a world-renowned mountain climber and nature photographer. He’s about to take on his toughest assignment yet–winning the heart of the one that got away.

Do you believe in fate?

World-renowned mountain climber and nature photographer Ty Braden never believed in second dates, much less heart-pounding, steal-his-breath love. But that was before a trip to Saint-Luc, where he met funny, strong, and entrancingly beautiful Aiyla Bell, a ski instructor and fellow photographer whose hopes and dreams, and love of the outdoors, aligned perfectly with his—and whose kisses alone turned him inside out.

After spending five magical days and four sweet, soulful nights falling in love, Aiyla couldn’t imagine a day without Ty. But when he asked her to go with him on his next assignment, his reputation for having women at his beck and call stopped her from upending the life she’d worked so hard to create.

Months later fate steps in when a chance encounter brings Ty and Aiyla together for a five-day wilderness event held in the Colorado Mountains. Their deep, passionate connection is stronger than ever, and Ty is bound and determined not to lose her again. But when tragedy strikes and their worlds are turned upside down, their love faces the truest test of all

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The Thrill of Love by Melissa Foster is the 6th book in her The Bradens of Peaceful Harbor, MD Melissa Foster always gives us sweet sexy romances, and The Thrill of Love is no different; however there is a twist that takes over the storyline a bit past the half way point that is totally different. 

Ty Braden, a known womanizer and famous mountain climber met his match, in our heroine, Aiyla Bell, a fellow climber and photographer.  They spent 4 days together, when they were both in Saint-Luc and Ty still thinks constantly about the girl who got away.  Months later, in another tournament, to his pleasant surprise, Aiyla is also in the same event in the Colorado Mountains.  This time Ty is determined to not let Aiyla out of his site.  Of course, Aiyla has also not forgotten the gorgeous sexy Ty, but she felt he was not the type to settle down into anything serious.  In a very short time, she will learn that she is wrong and Ty is determined to win her over.  The first half of the book was a fun filled sexy romp between Ty and Aiyla, as well as spending time with his friends, and especially the wonderful Braden family.   Aiyla finds herself totally fitting in with the Bradens and it was a fun time with them all.

Aiyla is bent on winning her events, even if her leg is hurting from overuse.  After a bit, I began to suspect that this will become something more, and at this point the story changes to become more serious, with some heart wrenching moments.  Rather than tell too much more, what follows is an amazing story that brings everyone in Ty’s family, Aiyla’s sister and their friends to help support them. I absolutely loved the Braden family; how they all rallied behind Ty and Aiyla, and totally fell in love with Ty.  He was a fun sexy hero to start, but as time went on, he was awesome and supportive to Aiyla in her need. Aiyla was also a fantastic heroine, and an amazingly strong independent woman, who was strong enough to fight her fears and make mind boggling decisions.

Melissa Foster once again gives us a sensational couple, whom we rooted hard for; but added an element to this romance that gave us some dark moments.  The Thrill of Love was a wonderful story, great couple and terrific secondary characters.   I suggest you find time to read this book, which reads very well as a standalone.

Reviewed by Barb

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Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and new adult romance, contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café and Fostering Success. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

Melissa hosts an Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.

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It’s Gotta Be You by LuAnn McLane – a Review

It’s Gotta Be You by LuAnn McLane – a Review

 

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Meet the Heart Brothers: formerly the members of the cult-phenomenon boy band Heartbeat, now they’re all grown up and back together for one last reunion tour. Trends may come and go, but a group of sexy brothers with a penchant for song and dance never goes out of style…

After the success of the Heartbeat reunion, Oliver Heart wants a shot at a solo singing career. But you don’t get famous without publicity so he decides to agree to fake a romance with former pop sensation Belinda Beal, who is desperate to revive her career or face financial ruin. Oliver and Belinda are already experts at playing this silly game with the paparazzi back in their glory days and definitely hate the public displays of fake affection. But it isn’t long before pretend romance begins to lead to more in this rollicking romance featuring LuAnn McLane’s “lovely, sweetly sexy, terrifically enjoyable”

 

 

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It’s Gotta Be You by LuAnn McLane is the 2nd book in her Heartthrob series.  I loved the first book, All I Ever Wanted, in this series.   I am happy to say that It’s Gotta Be You was equally as good.  This series revolves around the brothers of a former boy band ‘Heartbeat”, who in the last book made a comeback with a special reunion show, which had a successful release of a new song.  The proceeds went to the Lupus foundation that they had created for their deceased mom.  The brothers have not really decided if they want to restart the band, despite the successful reunion.

In It’s Gotta Be You, Oliver Heart, our hero, is considering a solo career, and he has his brothers blessing.  However, Oliver’s agents are pushing him to get some needed publicity by doing a fake romance with Belinda Beal, our heroine.  Belinda and Oliver had a fake romance as teenagers, when both careers were at the top.  Belinda had quit, but now she needs money to help her family, and wants to restart her career, so she is gung ho to do this.

Belinda shows up unexpected (an eye opener) at Oliver’s house, and even though he isn’t sure he wants to do this, it doesn’t take long for his old hidden feelings to rise and he changes his mind.   Belinda all grown up is beautiful and sexy, and though she hides her nerves, she entices Oliver. 

In a short time, we learn that the fake romance from years before hid both of their true feelings, with each not admitting that they had fallen for each other.   With attractions at a high, they both agree to move on with the fake romance (which is not really fake), and make sure people (media) see them together.   Their romance becomes scorching hot, with so much chemistry we figure it’s a no brainer that they will find a way to make this real.  Oliver already knows he is in love with Belinda, but when her family gives her a surprise, she decides she needs to go home to help her family, even though she loves him too.  Will Oliver leave all he has behind and follow Belinda?   Will Belinda be able to get over her love of Oliver?  You will have to read this book to find out.

It’s Gotta Be You was a sweet sexy romance, with a great couple, wonderful secondary characters, music theme, and pure fun throughout the story. LuAnn McLane once again gives us another sweet romance, and I for one cannot wait to see who will be the hero in the next book.

Reviewed by Barb

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Meeting His Match by Shannyn Schroeder – a Review

Meeting His Match by Shannyn Schroeder – a Review

 

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Malcolm “Mac” Sterling has one goal: take over the family matchmaking business. His final obstacle? Host his family’s new dating show and prove he can help each contestant find true love. One catch. Mac’s meddling mother has approved a co-host, a so-called expert who seems impervious to his charms. Now he could lose everything, because if his co-host proves she’s the better matchmaker, he can say goodbye to his legacy.

Natalie “Gem” Hale never intended for her alter ego as an online dating expert to get her the opportunity of a lifetime—or for that opportunity to come with a co-host who’s as infuriating as he is tempting. But she didn’t get this far by backing down from a challenge. All she has to do is keep her secret identity a secret.

Except as sparks fly and the competition heats up, Mac realizes his co-host is hiding something. He’s just got to figure out what.

 

 

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Meeting his Match by Shannyn Schroeder is a sweet fun romance that is a stand alone novel.

We meet our hero, Mac Sterling, as he is complaining to his mother, Gail and his best friend Paul.  Mac is not happy that he has to compete in a new television dating show.  Seems his mother has arranged for an internet sensation to be the co-host, with winner take all.  Mac needs to prove to his mother that he can help each contestant find a true love match.  Mac’s family owns a successful matchmaking business, which Mac feels he is ready to take over the business, since his mother is hinting at retirement.  But now he has to compete, and win against someone who has no matchmaking experience.

Natalie Hale, our heroine, uses her alter-ego name of Gem, when she posts video’s of her dating experiences, and gives advice.  Natalie is an out of work, librarian, and needs the money to hold her over until she gets another job.  Natalie is the conservative studious librarian, and Gem, is the one who has all the fun, and is totally liberated. It is Gem, who applies and gets the job as the co-host. 

When they first meet, Mac and Natalie do not really get along, and act the part of competitors, especially when disagreeing on how their chosen candidates should act.  The producers are thrilled to get scenes of them arguing, and want more of the same.  Slowly, both begin to feel an attraction to each other, which they desperately try to avoid.   Mac is also hell bent on finding out who Gem really is, as he knows it is only the internet persona. 

What follows is a fun romance, as we get to see the ladies that each of them will train, and help them with matchmaking skills.  This will bring them together, and in time, they will both tell each other about their lives; Mac fighting to win control of the company and Natalie expressing her true side, the quiet and smart young lady, whom Mac is really falling in love with.  Both Mac and Natalie were great and had wonderful chemistry together.  I loved watching how they worked with the three girls.  A lot of fun.

Meeting His Match was a fun, quick, sweet story, a wonderful sexy couple, with a matchmaking tv show background.  I really enjoyed this book, which is no surprise, as I have come to expect that from Shannyn Schroeder.  If you enjoy light hearted, sexy romances, I suggest you read Meeting His Match.

Reviewed by Barb

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Deck the Halls by Donna Alward – a Review

Deck the Halls by Donna Alward – a Review

 

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In the last year, George’s life has drastically changed. The formerly homeless veteran now has a job he likes, a family in the residents of Darling, VT, and for the first time in years, a home. But while his present is good, he’s still haunted by the past, a past that appears shortly before Christmas when the older sister of his brother-in-arms hunts him down and finds him in Darling, working at the Ladybug Garden Center.

Amy’s looking for closure for her family after her brother’s death in the Middle East, but the serious man she finds working in Vermont doesn’t resemble the soldier she remembers from years before. This man is hardened and yet somehow fragile, too, and in her desire to find out what really happened to her brother, she learns more about George than she ever expected.

With a little Christmas magic and the whole town supporting them, can these two bruised hearts make a future together?

 

 

Review:

Deck the Halls by Donna Alward is a novella that is part of her wonderful  Darling, VT series.  Each book in this series is sweet heartwarming romances, and Deck the Halls continues this trend.  I loved this book, and the couple that we fell in love with from the start.

George, whom we met in the first book of this series, is a homeless veteran, who has PTSD.  Laurel and Aiden (the first book couple) befriended him and helped him slowly restart his life.   In Deck the Halls, George is our hero, starting to find a life working for Laurel, at the Garden Center;  living in a small apartment, and slowly allowing himself to make friends.  The past though still haunts him, which he never talks about.

Amy Merck, our heroine, comes to Darling looking for George to find closure on the death of her twin brother, who was George’s best friend and died in the Middle East.  When George sees Amy, he is shocked and immediately closes up, refusing to discuss anything with the past. When he tells her to leave, Amy sees he is not the same person.   The next day she returns, apologizing for not respecting his wishes.  She convinces him to go to lunch just to talk to each other, even if he can’t discuss what happened to change him so drastically.

What follows is a slow built romance that was very touching.  Amy herself had her own issues, having been divorced, but she was simply wonderful trying to slowly get George to open up and try to tell her what happened.  Slowly George will begin to trust Amy, and tell her how her brother died.  He blamed himself, but she knows from his descriptions that he was not at fault.  Amy was a fantastic heroine, as she did everything in her power to show George how much everyone in Darling cares about him, and to give their relationship a chance, as well as fight those demons that was destroying his life.

Donna Alward once again, gives us a wonderful story, with a fantastic couple, wonderful secondary characters, and showing us the terrible scars of PTSD.  Deck the Halls was a touching and heartwarming story, with a beautiful Christmas themed background.

Reviewed by Barb

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