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A Legacy of Love and Murder by Brenda Whiteside (Book Review)


In Austria to meet her great-grandfather and explore his castle estate filled with priceless art, August Myer arrives to find he’s died suspiciously. As one of the heirs, her life is in danger, turning this fairytale Alpine adventure into a nightmare of veiled threats, unexplained accidents, and murder.

Inspector Tobias Wolf splits his time between his profession and fighting the spread of neo-Nazism. But when the beautiful, intriguing American crosses his path during a murder investigation, ensuring her safety challenges his priorities…and his heart.

When August learns the handsome inspector is concealing a personal involvement and the death of her great-grandfather is somehow connected, she takes the investigation into her own hands. The outcome could be the death of both of them.


(review request submitted by the author for an honest critique) 

(Per the author’s request, I am posting a WARNING my review does contain the villain’s name. Proceed with caution!)

Eike used her body to get what she wanted, hurt and orchestrated the deaths or attempted to kill off anyone who got in her way. In medical terms, she would be classified as a narcissist or a psychopath. However, I think anybody who reads this book would proudly label her a total BIOTCH or as my momma would say, a gold-digging hussy!! 
Brenda, congrats on creating a character even my momma would proclaim needed a good ass whopping. 

Oh and Wolf, he sure knows how to rescue a woman….. in style – as in a silver Porsche. 

What a ride, Wolf. Oh, and you ain’t so bad yourself either. 

Heart Rating System:
1 (lowest) and 5 (highest)
Score: ❤❤❤❤



Convinced she was born to be an artist, Brenda never took her love of writing seriously. And then one day, sometime after college, after marrying a man doing a stint in the army, and after the birth of her son, she found more satisfaction filling a blank page with words than an empty canvas with color.

Brenda and her husband are gypsies at heart having lived in six states and two countries. Currently, they split their time between the prairie in Northern Arizona and the RV life near Roosevelt Lake. At home or in the RV, she spends most of her time writing stories of discovery and love entangled with suspense.

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Journey of an American Soldier by John Hazen (Book Review)


In 1920, the chance to travel to India on a business trip is a great boon for a smart and talented young man. Until he wakes up in a Calcutta jail, framed for murder. Benjamin Albert is a brilliant rising star at his firm, a war hero and a loving husband and father. But when his own government turns its back on him and leaves him to rot in prison 8,000 miles from home, his wife Catherine must take matters into her own hands and battle a ruthless and unscrupulous corporation abetted by a corrupt colonial government. Timeless issues like racism, anti-Semitism, nationalism and women’s rights are exposed during Catherine’s race to save Benjamin.


(review request submitted by the author for an honest critique) 
First thing I liked about Journey of an American Son was the multiple strong roles (male and female) created by John . Hirsch (Harry) traveled to America with his family for the opportunity of a better life. Starting over is hard but starting over in a foreign land, that’s takes guts and determination. Traits also found in his wife (Molly), son (Ben), Catherine (Ben’s wife), and Sergeant Jones. 
As a matter of fact, this whole tale kept showcasing their strengths in some form or fashion. The four mentioned above had their share of joys and their share of losses. John wrote a book that didn’t just touch of the bright moments of a person(s) life. So if you are looking for a upbeat story, then I’d pass on this. However, if you want to “live” through their struggles right alongside them, then I suggest going for the ride. It sure as hell is a bumpy one, but one I think you’ll like. 
John is, if nothing else, a very detailed writer. Case in point, the trench scene. The action practically exploded off the pages. 
One last thing I’d like to remark about: I’m a fast reader but Ben’s capacity to fly through the pages was astonishing. 550 pages in 45 min and can retain all the info/recite it verbatim…. Seriously, that is quite a feat. 
Heart Rating System:
1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤
PURCHASE LINKS:  Paperback / Kindle
Don’t let the gray hair fool you; writing keeps me forever young! Author of four acclaimed suspense novels and working on more!
Connect with John via his website or on Twitter.


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Spanish Lessons by Jessica Peterson (Book Review)

Vivian Bingley has big plans for her semester abroad in Spain…

Along with her BFF Maddie, Vivian hopes to indulge her inner Art History nerd by visiting the best museums in the world. She also wants to tackle more practical concerns—like a less than stellar GPA in her major, Economics—with the help of a Spanish tutor.

But falling for her studly Spanish tutor definitely isn’t one of them.

Madrileño Rafa Montoya is the stuff study abroad dreams are made of: super studly and super smart. He also happens to be super into Vivian. With his wicked dancing skills and his passion for the arts, he tempts her to throw caution to the wind and live out her wildest dreams.

Only problem? Maddie wants Rafa, too, and Vivian promised herself she’d never settle for second best again…not after a hookup-gone-awry last semester left her heartbroken. Is it best for Vivian to protect her heart at all costs? Or is letting Rafa in worth the risk?


(review request submitted by the author for an honest critique) 
Attending school abroad sounds like quite an adventure and it was for Vivian. On her first night in Madrid, she met a sweet, charming, and romantic man who made her less homesick. He brought happiness into her life when she was feeling pretty sad and lost. Lost as in… What the heck am I doing with my life?
It was inevitable they would fall in love. Yes, the timing wasn’t ideal. But cupid doesn’t care about that. When his love arrow strikes, there’s no fighting it. You can try but why. LIVE IN THE NOW. 
That’s exactly what Jessica had Vi and Rafa doing and the result was a relationship which didn’t end with one semester. With true love, you find a way to stay together because when you love someone that intensely, you make it happen. 
Jessica, thank you for writing a truly romantic love story and for also teaching me a bit of Spanish along the way. I am far from fluent but I can say and recognize more than a handful of words now. 

So thanks, teach. You are one heckuva tutor. 🙂
Heart Rating System:
1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
 Score: ❤❤❤❤

Jessica Peterson began reading romance to escape the decidedly unromantic awkwardness of her teenage years. Having found solace in the likes of Rhett Butler and Mr. Darcy, it wasn’t long before she began creating tall, dark, and handsome heroes of her own.

A graduate of Duke University, Jessica worked at an investment bank before leaving to pursue her writerly dreams. She lives with her husband, the tall, dark, and handsome Mr. Peterson, in Charlotte, North Carolina.


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Catalina and the Winter Texan by Hebby Roman (Book Review)


Catalina Reyes has sacrificed everything to own a beach-front recreational vehicle Park. Widowed and struggling, her Park falls on hard times and needs extensive renovations to stay open.
When Manuel Batista, a widowed and successful contractor rents a slot at the Park, he’s immediately attracted to Catalina and captivated by her fiery spirit and determination. Manuel helps Catalina to renovate her Park. Working together, their relationship sizzles, but Catalina realizes Manuel will return north after the winter. Unwilling to start a long-distance relationship after a painful breakup in her previous marriage, she must learn to trust again.
Can they overcome Catalina’s fears and bridge the gap of hundreds of miles between their homes and families to find a second chance at love?

(review request submitted by the author for an honest critique)  
Catalina and Manny were two people, of mature age, finding love again in an RV park. A setting which is a rarity in romance books. At least, I haven’t run across too many. 
Also, most best-selling (romance) reads aren’t solely based around a couple over the age of 50 so I applaud Tena for stepping out of the “norm”.

In Catalina and the Winter Texan, Catalina and Manny had fiery and sweets moments — two adjectives also used to describe them (personally). 
Of course, Manny wouldn’t call Cat totally sweet. He would definitely put her in the class of a MILF and she would concur he was a GILF. 
Since they couldn’t help but kiss (often) and finally made love, my assessment is 100% true. 🙂
Before I wrap up this review, I want to address the amusing sections of Catalina vs. the computer. When Cat couldn’t figure out how to turn it on or how to do a internet search on it, I thought of my mom. My mom is computer illiterate. Heck, she can’t figure out texting and still uses a VCR which can be found flashing 12:00 regularly. 
So, Tena, I want to say THANK YOU for making me smile. 
Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 

 Purchase Links:  Kindle  / Paperback

Hebby Roman is the multi-published, Amazon best-selling author of both historical and contemporary romances. Her first contemporary romance, SUMMER DREAMS, was the launch title for Encanto, a print line featuring Latino romances. And her re-published e-book, SUMMER DREAMS, was #1 in Amazon fiction and romance. Her medieval historical romance, THE PRINCESS AND THE TEMPLAR, was selected for the Amazon Encore program and was #1 in medieval fiction. 

Hebby is a member of the Romance Writers of America, and the past president of her local chapter, North Texas Romance Writers. She was selected for the Romantic Times “Texas Author” award, and she won a national Harlequin contest. Her book, BORDER HEAT, was a Los Angeles Times Book Festival selection.|Facebook
Catalina and the Winter Texan | SUMMER DREAMS | TEMPT FORTUNE


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