She avoids men like him. He needs a woman like her. One lie changes everything…
Gabriel Antonov is a mechanic who can fix anything, even a woman’s hesitance. His talents have earned him the well-deserved reputation as a player, but when a routine one-night stand goes wrong, he’s haunted by what he’s done. Nothing can free him from those depraved memories, until he meets Leigh Nelson.
Leigh avoids strong, silent types like Gabe, who is stronger and quieter than most guys. The only man she’s focused on is her father, who is suffering from a devastating health crisis. She’ll do anything to help him, even at the cost of ignoring her own well-being, but the stress is getting to her. Gabe’s strength is tough to resist, and his silence might be hiding a crushing secret only she can understand.
He can’t outrun his gut-deep craving for her. Problem is, she’s running from him. When they’re marooned in his lakeside cabin, he might finally catch her…if he can admit why he’s falling apart without her.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of RUN TO HER by Lynn Kellan for the purpose of an honest review.
It is always a pleasure to read a well written novel, and RUN TO HER by Lynn Kellan did not disappoint!
Ms. Kellan has written more than a boy meets girl, you know the rest right up until the HEA! She has written a story with heart, and hurt, and second chances. RUN TO HER feels incredibly real and was very hard to put down!
The realities of PTSD and it’s affects on those who suffer is not lost on me, as I’m all to familiar with those symptoms. Ms. Kellan handles it very honestly, without sensationalizing it.
I highly recommend RUN TO HER by Lynn Kellan and give it five steaming hot cups of Room With Books coffee!
A fat raindrop splattered on the porch screen. And another. Tiny fragments of water landed on Leigh’s shoulder like little kisses. A shiver trickled across her back, forcing her to step toward the center of the porch to avoid getting wet.
The carefree humor fled from his expression. His gaze dropped to the tips of her toes and slowly rose up her legs, her body, her face. Gabe locked eyes with her, reached out, and opened his hand.
She gazed at his broad palm and dark memories rose, fueled by a violent incident that flashed through her mind whenever a big man got close…but this man was different. Gabe used his considerable strength to protect, not dominate. Months ago, he’d pulled off the Interstate to help her when no one else had. After that, he’d showed up to run with her when no one else would. And a few minutes ago, he’d tamed his powerful Harley so she’d enjoy the ride when no one else seemed to care if she had any fun. Even tiny things like ladybugs received his special brand of kindness.
She had no reason to believe Gabe would willfully hurt her. Even so, her heart tripped at the sight of the thick rope of muscle along his arm.
Lynn Kellan writes contemporary romance about strong men who have a weakness for smart women. She believes men and women aren’t that different, because everyone wants to be with someone who will empty the dishwasher. To prepare for her career as a romance author, she fell in love with bad boys, burly athletes, battle-hardened Marines…and married a chemist. Lynn has won numerous writing contests and served two terms as President of her local Romance Writers of America chapter, but she feels a true sense of accomplishment whenever she doesn’t embarrass her teenaged kids.
Shane was ready for a change from his demanding and dangerous job. Just as he finished his final assignment in Europe, he received a request from his best friend back home asking him to use his skills and chase down his wife’s flighty friend. Once he located her, he found himself attracted and feeling protective when troublesome incidents kept occurring around her.
Liz’s desire for love and fulfilment took her to Ireland to explore the land of her ancestors. Little did she know she’d walked right into a dangerous situation that could put her life in jeopardy. Now the sexy, arrogant Shane has inserted himself into her life. Confused and irritated by her attraction to him, she knew she could trust him to keep her safe. She just wished she could trust him with her heart.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of Chasing Her Heart by J.L. Petersen in exchange for an honest review.
It was truly a pleasure to immerse myself in Chasing Her Heart by J.L. Petersen.
I started reading, and before I knew it I had completed the entire book! I haven’t had the pleasure of reading the previous two books in the Mile High Romance Series, but I will be rectifying that situation very soon!
Mrs. Petersen wrote very strong characters for this book. Both Liz and Shane are very headstrong and used to getting their own way. Learning to compromise didn’t seem to be on the horizon for either of them until dangerous presented itself.
Who was following Liz and trying to harm her? The plot didn’t unravel itself too soon, and although it was predictable and I was interested through the entire book.
Was true love on the horizon? This wouldn’t be the third book of the Mile High Romance Series if it weren’t. Besides, I was rooting for Liz and Shane almost from the beginning!
Al-in-all Chasing Her Heart by J.L. Petersen is a sweet romance, with some nice and spicy parts. The book works very well and I can’t wait to see what Mrs. Petersen has next on the horizon!
I give Chasing Her Heart by J.L. Petersen five steaming hot cups of Room With Books coffee (rounded up from 4.5).
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Seventeen-year-old Annie Rebarchek is thrilled when industrialist Houston Monroe hires her to look after his baby for the summer. But something’s not right. Monroe’s baby is weak and cries constantly. When Annie confronts Monroe about it, he goes into a rage and tells her to mind her own business. She tells her father but he thinks she’s exaggerating. Annie knows something is suspicious, but what? The next day she discovers something that makes her skin crawl. She nabs the baby and flees.
Now she’s on the run. Her only hope is exposing Monroe’s deadly evil before it’s too late—for her and the baby.
It was a pleasure to read Saving Baby by Gregg Bell.
Gregg never fails to amaze me with the scope of his imagination in the suspense novels he writes!
The plot of Saving Baby was quite different from his previous novels and I found it very intriguing. It truly made me stop and think! What would I do if I found out a baby was being neglected and abused by it’s father? Would I have the courage, even in my “over-the-hill” years to snag the little tyke and run? How would I have reacted at the ripe young age of seventeen?
The main characters are very well thought out and are strong opponents. The ancillary characters could have used more fleshing out to become real. Eli is someone I think would have added more depth to the story with his backstory since he ended up being crucial to the ending.
Annie managed to get in and out of a number of close calls, and that makes me wonder about the seventeen-year-olds of today. Would they have the knowledge and wherewithal to maneuver themselves through the challenges that Annie found herself in? I’m wondering if she shouldn’t have, perhaps, been a bit older with more life experience.
Overall, I was very happy with Saving Baby. It had enough suspense to keep me involved in the story. It had enough depth to have me asking questions of myself and about the world in general. That makes Saving Baby by Gregg Bell a great book in my library! Thank you, Gregg, for another exceptional novel!
I give Saving Baby by Gregg Bell five steaming hot cups of Room With Books coffee!
The baby was crying. Annie Rebarchek didn’t even know if it was a boy or a girl. This whole interview process was psyching her out. It was like something out of a spy novel—she’d had to follow all these instructions, do this and do that, just to get to the interview. It had seemed simple enough at first. Her father had just insisted she get a summer job. Having a substantial summer job would make her applications to top colleges that much more attractive, especially in today’s super-competitive environment. Annie had chafed at his demand—she wouldn’t have minded a firm request—but what could she do, she was only seventeen, and like her father always said, ‘If you live under my roof, you play by my rules.’
This baby kept crying. It was in a back room of the mansion somewhere. It might be on a different floor for all she knew. She wondered why nobody was comforting it, as it wasn’t a colicky cry. It was a sad, a very sad cry, a lament. Not like Annie was an expert but she knew what hurt sounded like. She was intimidated to say anything to this man, her potential boss, Houston Monroe, but the baby’s crying was making her so uncomfortable.
“So, Annie,” Monroe said with a smirk as he leaned back in his ergonomic recliner. “What makes you think you can handle such a large responsibility?”
“Because I’ve been babysitting since I was thirteen, and well, because I’ve always been a very responsible person.”
Monroe frowned. He was still handsome though, Annie thought, in his crisply white shirt and with his wavy, silver-ish hair. But oh, his baby crying.
“Annie, the position is not babysitting. It’s being a domestic assistant.”
“Let me stop you right there. I’m going to insist you call me Houston.”
Annie bit the inside of her cheek. Calling Houston Monroe, Phoenix’s billionaire environmentalist, by his first name was beyond her. But his baby crying was so sad. “Uh…”
“Houston.” He looked her sternly in the eye.
She had no choice. “Houston.”
“Houston, your baby is crying.”
Monroe tilted his head at her, to the left, to the right. “Did you notice hearing aids in either of these ears?”
She exhaled and shook her head.
“Thank you,” he said. “In other words, I can hear very well that Chase is crying, and let me assure you that Chase is fine, that he is in fact in optimal health. Now to return to my question. Are you prepared to handle the responsibilities of being a domestic assistant?”
Annie rolled back in her chair, forgetting it was on casters. Monroe’s office was ultra modern: a jade-green Lucite oval desk, a long-armed chrome extender lamp over it. “Yes. Very much so. But the baby crying—”
“I told you Chase is fine.”
“Houston. Forgive me, but I’m telling you, your baby needs something. It’s hurting.”
Monroe stretched his long fingers behind his head and laughed as if he’d never heard anything more outlandish. He looked around at the Ming vases on his teak wood bookcases, at the photos of Phoenix’s mayor and himself, of movie stars and himself, hanging on his office walls. His face grew severe. “Are you saying that you know what Chase needs better than I do?”
“No. Just that I know he needs something now.”
He glowered. “Chase is learning discipline.”
Annie gripped the arms of her chair, fingernails digging into the fine leather. Oh, he just wasn’t getting it. Behind Monroe, Phoenix’s city lights down in the valley were popping on like thousands of little starbursts. Annie was so frustrated with Monroe, but now she really wanted the job, because if she got it, she’d be able to comfort his baby. She gripped the chair even tighter.
“So you think you’re mature enough to handle the position?” Monroe stated more than asked as he perused her job application and then flipped it onto the desk. “I must say your grades and references are superb.”
Annie could barely hear him. All she could think about was comforting his poor baby who was wailing so sadly. “Can I see the baby?”
Monroe snorted a laugh. “Want to see if he passes inspection?”
She shook her head quickly. “No. I just love babies.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Gregg Bell writes suspense. Suspense loaded with intrigue and excitement but lacking gratuitous violence, sex and profanity. Gregg likes reading books that entertain but also challenge him and would like to think he writes the same.
He was born in Chicago, Illinois. He’s done everything from selling puka shells on the beach in Florida to working for Sears in their corporate headquarters at Sears (now Willis) Tower. A lifelong Midwesterner, he lives in suburban Chicago. He’s a biking enthusiast, a photographer, and insists he would be a good golfer if only he could putt.
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How I Lost a Million Dollars on a Dating Service could be the title of this book but The Woman Behind the Smile is so much more than a “Catfish” story – a term used to refer to someone who creates a false online persona to reel someone into a romantic relationship. Many people are looking to online dating as a way to get back into real life after the death of a spouse, divorce or a failed relationship. We paint ourselves as the “perfect partner” with a profile that reflects our life’s story, or does it? In The Woman Behind the Smile, Debby shows how during much of her life she hid behind the mask of being the perfect wife, mother, Air Force Officer, banker, legal assistant and friend – until life was completely changed by “The Call.” The subsequent rebuilding of her life would include a journey only seen on Lifetime Movie Channel! Like Debby, we all have some hidden stories and like her, it’s now time for us to STAND UP in our power.
Debby Montgomery Johnson is a woman on a mission. In her book, “The Woman Behind the Smile” she shares her personal experience with a love that turned into betrayal and financial disaster and she removes the mask of shame and shows others how do to the same. Many of us have something, something we’re hiding, something we’re ashamed of, something that through no fault of our own or through our own making, something that we keep hidden and that, in turn, keeps us hidden, from each other and the world.
From Vermont and a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Debby is the President of Benfotiamine.Net, Inc, a vitamin supplement company that provides an alternative for the pain of neuropathy, a nerve disorder. (Benfotiamine.Net). Benfotiamine makes an extraordinary difference especially for diabetics and their families.
Her background is diverse, from working as a paralegal and bank branch manager to being a U.S. Air Force officer, serving as an Intelligence Officer at the Pentagon, the Defense Intelligence Agency and in Wiesbaden, Germany. Debby is just like you. A woman on a mission to live an authentic, joyful life as the Woman WITH the Smile rather than behind it.
DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of The Woman Behind the Smile by Debby Montgomery Johnson for the purpose of an honest review.
It was a pleasure to read The Woman Behind the Smilefor review. I admire Debby for being able to come forward and write about her experience with “catfishing“. I’m certain it is never easy to write about being scammed.
The Woman Behind the Smileis written very clearly and Debby shares many actual IM conversations between herself and “Eric” which let me feel as if I was the woman in this book, being hoodwinked by the man I thought I was preparing to spend the rest of my life with.
I’m glad Debby has been able to forgive Joseph and move forward with her life. I know, from personal experience of a different kind, that learning to trust and love again isn’t always easy. A strong faith in God is helpful to rebuilding a shattered life.
I would like to see Debby flesh this book out with more of how this “relationship” affected her daily life during the duration and the months immediately after the reveal. Giving the book more depth would have made the story more interesting to me.
I am pleased to offer The Woman Behind the Smile by Debby Montgomery Johnson four steaming hot cups of Reviews by Room With Books coffee.
A BLIND GIRL’S TERRIFYING “GIFT” ALLOWS HER TO REGAIN HER EYESIGHT–BUT ONLY AS SHE FERRIES THE RECENTLY DECEASED INTO THE AFTERLIFE.
Loreena Picket thinks she knows herself. A blind young woman who lives with her uncle, a reverend at a small-town church, she’s a dutiful niece and talented pianist for the congregation.
But they’re both hiding a terrible secret. Loreena can kill people with the touch of her hand.
While her uncle sees her as an angel of mercy, helping usher the terminally ill members of his flock into the afterlife, Loreena has her doubts.
Torn between doing her uncle’s bidding and the allure of the fleeting moments when her eyesight returns on the journey to the other side, Loreena cooperates with her uncle until her troubled older brother returns to town. When she reveals her power by saving him from a local drug dealer, she is drawn into a sinister and dangerous world that will test the true nature of her talent and force her to consider how far she is willing to go to survive.
An exciting debut that crosses fantasy and literary fiction, Loreena’s Gift is a thought-provoking meditation on life and death and what ultimately lies beyond this world.
* Loreena’s Gift was recently named 1st place fiction in the 2016 Idaho Author Awards *
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the author in exchange for an honest review.
It was my pleasure to read Loreena’s Gift by Colleen M. Story.
This is a very different type of story. Loreena’s “gift” is the ability to kill with the touch of her hands. My first thought was that no one would be able to control such a gift, and then we learn that Lorenna is blind. How would a blind woman be able to avoid touching people as part of her daily life.
I was surprised by the progression of events in Loreena’s Gift. From helping terminally ill parishioners to killing to save her brother’s life was a huge jump for me to make. It isn’t a plot that was had much of a surprise to me once her darling brother came back into Loreena’s life.
The descriptive writing was, however, some of the best I’ve had the opportunity to read. Ms. Story managed to put me in Loreena’s shoes with her words and phrases. It was very easy to close my eyes and imagine myself walking Loreena’s walk at times.
I am pleased to offer Loreena’s Gift by Colleen M. Story four steaming hot cups of Reviews by Room With Books coffee.
When my father was in his sixties, his doctor suggested that he stop drinking coffee. He was experiencing some stomach upset, and the doctor thought all that coffee was bad for him.
For a long time, other doctors felt the same way—that coffee was something that most Americans enjoyed drinking, but that wasn’t especially good for us.
More recent studies, however, have turned that thinking around. Now we know that there are a number of things about coffee that are beneficial for our health.
Yes, coffee is acidic, and if you have a sensitive stomach, it probably is a good idea to back off. Barring that, however, there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy a cup or two. In fact, there are several reasons why you should indulge—and why coffee makes the perfect beverage to accompany your reading time.
Is It the Caffeine?
Studies have found that coffee can provide a number of health benefits, because of the good-for-you antioxidants in the beans, but also because of the caffeine.
We used to think that it was only the antioxidants that were helpful, but recent studies have found that in some cases, the caffeine is what creates the positive effects.
Coffee has been found to have a protective effect against Parkinson’s Disease (PD), for example, and researchers credit the caffeine for that. In animal studies, caffeine actually counteracted the symptoms of PD, and enhanced the effects of traditional treatments.
There have been a number of human studies, too. In 2000, researchers analyzed data from over 8,000 men and found that a higher coffee and caffeine intake was associated with a significantly lower risk of Parkinson’s.
The caffeine in coffee is also thought to help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. A 2010 analysis concluded that most studies support coffee’s ability to help prevent cognitive decline and dementia. (Tea seems to help, too.)
A later 2011 animal study also showed that a component in coffee works with caffeine to increase a growth factor to protect against the development of Alzheimer’s.
What About the Antioxidants?
Would you be surprised to learn that coffee is the world’s number-one preferred source of antioxidants?
That’s what researchers found in 2005. “Americans get more of their antioxidants from coffee than any other dietary source,” says study leader Joe Vinson, Ph.D. “Nothing else comes close.”
Antioxidants are healthy nutrients that protect us from heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other health problems. Of course we also find them in other things like tea, fruits, vegetables, and nuts, but according to this study, as a nation, we consume more coffee than any of these things.
The antioxidants in our favorite beverage have been found to help protect against a number of our most common modern diseases. These include:
Heart Disease: In a 2014 analysis of 36 studies, researchers found that coffee consumption was associated with a small reduction in the risk of coronary heart disease. It took only about 1.5 cups a day to earn the protection. Other studies have suggested it may also help to reduce risk of stroke.
Cancer: Antioxidants, in general, are cancer fighters. Those in coffee have been found to potentially reduce risk of various types of cancer, including uterine and liver cancer. Earlier this year, a panel of experts convened by the World Health Organization concluded that regularly drinking coffee could protect against at least two types of cancer.
Type 2 Diabetes: If type 2 diabetes runs in your family, you may want to drink another cup of coffee. In 2014, a study led by researchers from the Harvard School of Public health concluded that people who increased the amount of coffee they drank each day by more than one cup over a period of 4 years had an 11 percent lower risk for type 2 diabetes than those who made no changes. In addition, those who decreased consumption of coffee by more than a cup a day increased their risk by 17 percent. Other studies have shown similar results, with coffee consumption linked to decreased risk of type 2 diabetes.
Dementia: Rates of dementia and Alzheimer’s are increasing. As mentioned above, drinking coffee may help, both because of the caffeine and the antioxidants. In 2010, researchers reported that most studies support coffee’s protective effects against cognitive decline. In one study, drinking 3-5 cups a day at midlife was associated with a 65 percent decrease of Alzheimer’s and dementia late in life. Researchers concluded that it could be because of the caffeine, or other factors like the antioxidants.
Feel Free to Enjoy a Hot Cup with Your Novel
In addition to all this good news, coffee may even help you life longer. That was the conclusion researchers made in one 2012 study. They looked at data that included about 400,000 adults between the ages of 50 and 71, and found that coffee consumption (caffeinated or decaffeinated) was associated with a lower risk of death overall.
So if you’re a reader who enjoys a nice hot cup of coffee with your novel, don’t feel guilty for a second. You’re doing something that’s good for you! Of course, if you experience stomach irritation, or if you find the caffeine keeps you awake at night, adjust your intake. But don’t feel you have to give it up.
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Ding M. et al (2014) Long-term coffee consumption and risk of cardiovascular disease: a systematic review and a dose-response meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies. Circ, 129(6):643-59.
Neal D. Freedman, et al., “Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality,” New England Journal of Medicine, May 17, 2012, 366:1891-1904, http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1112010.
About the Author
Colleen M. Story writes imaginative fiction and is also a freelance writer, instructor, and motivational speaker specializing in creativity, productivity, and personal wellness. Her latest novel, “Loreena’s Gift,” was released with Dzanc Books April 12 2016. Her fantasy novel, “Rise of the Sidenah,” is a North American Book Awards winner, and New Apple Book Awards Official Selection (Young Adult). She is the founder of Writing and Wellness (writingandwellness.com) a motivational site for writers and other creatives.