Nothing Less than Fabulous by Allie Pleiter

Nothing Less than Fabulous

by Allie Pleiter

Available everywhere March 14

 

About the Book

If Gretchen wants to keep her great job at Seattle’s largest coffeehouse chain, she’s got to come up with the best marketing idea of her life. When she discovers charming, charismatic barista Nate—otherwise known as “Señor Fabulous”—she knows God’s led her to exactly what she needs. Can Gretchen woo Nate away from his current spot at Higher Grounds Cafe? What if landing the barista her company needs might cost her the man who’s already stolen her heart?

 

 

 

My review

If you’ve read any of Allie Pleiter’s Love Inspired books but not any of her “Sweet City Hearts” series, you’re in for a treat. Nothing Less than Fabulous is a good way to introduce yourself to the series that’s a little different than the Love Inspired formula. The biggest difference? First person POV (point of view). The entire story is told from Gretchen’s perspective

While characters from the previous book in the series make an appearance, this novella stands alone. Even if you start from the back of the series, you’re not going to be lost. In fact, you might enjoy the story so much, you want to read the previous books after this fun novella.

Gretchen finds herself in quite the predicament—save her job or save her relationship. As she gets to know Senor Fabulous (aka Nate), she discovers things about herself as well. A sweet story with lots of coffee, a mountain of whipped cream, humor, and heart.

 

 

Disclosure statement:

I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

 

An Uncommon Courtship by Kristi Ann Hunter

An Uncommon Courtship by Kristi Ann Hunter

 

About the Book

Life for Lady Adelaide Bell was easier if she hid in her older sister’s shadow–which worked until her sister got married. Even with the pressure of her socially ambitious mother, the last thing she expected was a marriage of convenience to save her previously spotless reputation.

Lord Trent Hawthorne couldn’t be happier that he is not the duke in the family. He’s free to manage his small estate and take his time discovering the life he wants to lead, which includes grand plans of wooing and falling in love with the woman of his choice. When he finds himself honor bound to marry a woman he doesn’t know, his dream of a marriage like his parents’ seems lost forever.

Already starting their marriage on shaky ground, can Adelaide and Trent’s relationship survive the pressures of London society?

 

 

 

My thoughts:

How have I not read anything by this author before? I loved, loved, loved this book. In fact, I enjoyed An Uncommon Courtship so much, I immediately ordered the first two books in the series once I’d reached the end.

Adelaide, with her penchant for clumsiness, is likable from the get-go despite her annoying mother, and I couldn’t help but feel for her situation. It took me a little longer to warm up to Trent Hawthorne (and if I’d read the previous books in this series, I may have had a different opinion of him at the beginning of the book).

The tension between two strangers who now found themselves married was palpable, neither one knowing how to interact with the other, afraid of doing something wrong. Their friends and family added to the stress of the marriage (both those who supported them and those who were a sore spot).

And I have to say it was nice to read a book set in the Regency period that focused on the day-to-day interaction instead of someone trying to steal, overthrow, or besmirch another member of the ton (there was the smallest hint of that last one, but it wasn’t the main plot of the book).

 

 

 

Disclosure statement:
I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Christmas Conspiracy by Susan Sleeman

As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. And a fantastic book series is no exception.

Susan Sleeman’s final installment in the First Responders Series (FRS) is a satisfying and fitting conclusion. As a reader, I’ve gotten to know the six members of the team over the last five books, it is their leader who has held the most mystery for me.

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The commander of the team is focused, serious, and excellent at his job. He cares for each and every person under his protection, including the “family” he works with. But his focus has always been on his career, protecting people, and atoning for an event in his past he believes he could have stopped.

Rachael Long has devoted herself to her childcare facility and helping less fortunate parents get their feet under them. After losing two people she loved, she knows this is her role.

When someone attempts to kidnap one of the children in Rachael’s care, members of the FRS team are brought in to resolve the situation. As the investigation proceeds, Jake’s fierce drive to protect keeps him watching out for Rachael. But there’s something…more.

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Will Jake and the rest of the FRS team untangle the mystery behind who the attempted kidnapper is and who was the true victim of the crime? Before someone loses their life?

Once again, Susan Sleeman delivers an action-driven, heart-pounding story that kept me on the edge of my seat. There were some good surprises thrown into this one along with Christmas cheer despite the intense subject matter. And hints of happy additions to the team in the future.

Cuddle up by the fire or with your favorite blanket and savor another winning story full of hope and healing. Christmas Conspiracy delivers both and then some.

***The author provided me with a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write either a positive or negative review, and all opinions expressed are my own.

Home on the Range by Ruth Logan Herne

This week, Home on the Range, Ruth Logan Herne’s second book in her Double S Ranch Series is available to purchase. Here’s a fun fact. I got to meet Ruth Logan Herne (and a bunch of other Christian fiction authors) at the Christian Fiction Readers’ Retreat this summer. It was a blessing to get to learn more about several of my favorite authors—and there was lots of laughter throughout the day.

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But let’s get back to why you’re here. Readers met Nick Stafford and his daughters in Back in the Saddle but we get to know this little family more in Home on the Range. As Nick’s oldest daughter Cheyenne struggles with school, she’s on the verge of being held back. When the principal suggests a counselor, Nick is unsure. Surely he can help his daughter—both of his daughters. He doesn’t need any help.

Upon their first meeting, Elsa Andreas doesn’t seem interested in taking on the challenge of his daughters either. But it doesn’t take Nick long to realize that he does need help and seeing Elsa with his girls, he realizes she’s the best person to work with them. Soon he finds himself taking her advice with his relationships and he is drawn to this quiet, even-keeled woman. A woman who is so different from his ex-wife.

Both Elsa and Nick must come to terms with letting go of the hurts of their past, of realizing their perceptions of the past aren’t reality (the difference between a child’s perspective and an adult’s), but will those understandings come to late to build the future they both long for and dream of?

These two characters were a perfect fit for each other. Nick’s a gentleman at heart, caring for the little ladies (and the new woman) in his life. Elsa is patient and everything Nick needs in his hectic life.

The author depicts life on the farm (the good and the bad) in a beautiful way. And since some of my family lives in Washington State, I could picture the Stafford Ranch clearly in my head. Even if you’ve never been to the beautiful Pacific Northwest, you’ll experience it in Home on the Range.

***The publisher provided me a complimentary copy of this book via Bloggingforbooks. I was not required to write either a negative or positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Just a Kiss by Denise Hunter

When I’m in the mood to read a feel-good romance that is guaranteed to make me smile by the end, Denise Hunter is always a good bet. And with the third and final installment of her Summer Harbor series, readers get to experience the youngest Callahan brother’s journey as he returns from war.

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If you’ve followed this series, you know that Riley’s heart already belongs to his best friend, Paige Warren. But in all these years, Paige has never seen him as more than a friend. She even dated his older brother for a time. And now that he has returned home less one leg, he knows he can never be the man Paige deserves but being forced to live with her is testing his resolve.

The Callahan brothers are swoon-worthy, and Riley’s no exception. Hunter handles the darkness and depression of coming home after the trauma of war well—you sense Riley’s despair and struggle with who he once was versus how he sees himself now—less of a man because he can’t do all he once took for granted. In addition to the physical pain brought to life on the page, the mental struggles are even more evident. And as expected with Hunter’s books, there are some kissing scenes that may leave you fanning yourself.

An excellent story of healing (both on Riley’s and Paige’s sides of the story), enduring love, and family. Oh, and all of the beloved characters from the series are back—including Aunt Trudie and Sheriff Colton.

***Thomas Nelson and Booklook Bloggers provided me with a complimentary electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. All opinions expressed are my own.