Dueling Reviews and Giveaway: Breathless by Beverly Jenkins

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I have heard good things about Beverly Jenkins’ books, so when the opportunity arose to be part of the blog tour for Breathless, I jumped at the chance.  I thought it would be fun to ask Poo Penny to read and review the book, too, so we could give you two opinions of the title.  Poo was not a fan; this was not her cup of tea. I had a mixed, but overall, positive reading experience.  Check out our reviews and then enter for a chance to win a copy of Breathless for yourself!

Poo Penny’s Review:

All right, I am sorry. I really tried. I wanted to really like this one. But, it had a few things already going against it that I don’t typically like in my romances. First, its a western, and second, its a western. Alright, so I guess that didn’t sink in when my Aunt told me it was a western, all I heard was it was Avon Books, Dare’s publisher, and I was like, Tessa Dare! I love her.

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Review: Baby on the Oregon Trail by Lynna Banning

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I love stories about traveling West on the Oregon Trail. I can’t imagine surviving the journey across thousands of miles in a covered wagon, battling the elements, hungry, thirst, disease, and the Native tribes. I am always drawn to these stories, and Baby on the Oregon Trail was mostly a successful read.
At first I couldn’t stand Jenna or her stepdaughters. They were all so mean and unpleasant. I could certainly understand Jenna’s frustration; she’s pregnant, she’s been forced on a journey she don’t want to be on, and her husband has just been shot dead for trying to steal a horse. Now in charge of her late husband’s bickering daughters, she’s at her wits end. She doesn’t even know how to hitch and drive the two old oxen that pull the wagon. And she’s terrified of large animals. She has no survival skills, and they have just started out on the long trip West. Ugh.

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Review: Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

 

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Review:

I loved this book. Lee is forced to flee her home after her parents are murdered. Disguising herself as a boy, she heads west during the Gold Rush. Keeping her ability to sense gold a secret, as well as her true identity, she begins a dangerous, life changing adventure that teaches the meaning of trust, friendship, and courage. Lee is a wonderful, empowering character who learns to take charge of her own destiny, and works selflessly to ensure the survival of everyone in her wagon train to California.

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Spotlight and Giveaway: Thunder on the Plains by Rosanne Bittner

Enter for your chance to win Thunder on the Plains by Rosanne Bittner!

Thunder on the Plains Excerpt

Sunny held her chin higher and faced him. “I’ll race you,” she told him.

“What?”

She gave him a daring look, a new boldness in her eyes. “I said I’ll race you. If you catch me and manage to pull me off my horse, you’ve won!” She charged away, and Colt sat there a minute, wondering what she was up to. What was this sudden change in conversation? She was like a crazy woman today, and she had turned his feelings a thousand different ways.

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Review: Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

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Review:

I’m so glad my local library received this book so soon after release date!  I actually had an eARC, but a Kindle version wasn’t available, and I could not get the ePUB file to load on my iPad.  Talk about frustrating!  Vengeance Road was probably my most anticipated summer read, and having that broken file on my tablet was driving me nuts.  Turns out the library saved the day!  This book is so good, I urge you to run to your own library and borrow it right away!

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Spotlight and Giveaway: Do Not Forsake Me by Rosanne Bittner

This July marks the release of Do Not Forsake Me, Rosanne Bittner’s long-awaited sequel to her beloved title Outlaw Hearts. To celebrate, we’re pleased to welcome father and son Jake and Lloyd Harkner, who have agreed to sit down with us today to answer a few questions about their relationship and the impact it has on this latest release.

What is your earliest memory of your father?

JAKE: You don’t want to know. I refuse to talk about the man. I was raised by Satan.

LLOYD: Earliest memory is very vague. My dad was hanging on to me and there was a lot of shooting.

Title: Do Not Forsake Me

Author: Rosanne Bittner

Series: Outlaw Hearts, #2

Pubdate: July 7th 2015

ISBN: 9781492612810

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Spotlight and Giveaway: Outlaw Hearts by Rosanne Bittner

 

This June Rosanne Bittner’s beloved title, Outlaw Hearts, will be back in print for the first time in over twenty years! To celebrate, we’re pleased to welcome the hero and heroine of the book Jake Harkner and Miranda Hayes, who will be sitting down with us today for a quick Q&A.

Complete this sentence: I knew I had found the love of my life when…

Jake: When she shot me!

Miranda: When he searched for me after he first rode out of my life. He found me dying from a snake bite, and he nursed me back to life and was gentle and respectful and made me feel so safe.

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Review: Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee

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Review:

Under a Painted Sky was such a fun read!  The time period is unusual – 1849 America.  The adventurous protagonists, Samantha, a young woman of Chinese descent, and Annamae, a runaway slave, disguise themselves as boys and head west from Missouri, hitting the Oregon Trail and pretending to be prospectors.  I love anything to do with the Oregon Trail, and this book is exciting, suspenseful, and completely engaging.  All I know is that I would never have had the courage to do the things both Samantha and Annamae are forced to do to save themselves after an accident forces them to run for their lives.

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