Friday, September 27, 2013

Five Great Reads for Romance Junkies

I’ll admit to being a romance-reading junkie. There are very few happily-ever-after books I can honestly say I don’t enjoy reading. The biggest problem I have is the fact that when I get on a reading jag, I will read a book in one day. This could be a very expensive addiction but fortunately, I have found some great authors who offer their work free through Amazon’s KDP program. I know there are authors who think it will lead to the demise of Indie authors’ survival but I disagree. I am a member of the program and frankly, I’m glad to gain the extra readers and exposure. Of course, that debate will rage on and I’m not going to try to convince anyone either way. As a reader, I appreciate the opportunity to discover books I would probably never have bought because the author was new or unfamiliar to me. Besides, who can seriously afford to buy a new book every day? Not this gal! Most but not all of the titles I am going to list today were downloaded from the Amazon Top 100 Free Books. If you take a few minutes each day and peruse the lists of your favorite genre, it’s possible to find some true gems. All of these books mentioned below are worth their list price to add to your library or if available, to borrow through Prime. You may even catch them on a KDP free day! I’ll put them in alphabetical order since it’s impossible to pick a favorite for me.
Off Limits by Sawyer Bennett
I loved this book and read it quickly because I simply could not put it down. It did a number on my heart. I felt Emily and Nix's pain, joy, regret, and love. I was totally invested in their outcome. Off Limits was an emotional roller coaster and I truly enjoyed the ride! Sawyer Bennett did a fantastic job of storytelling and I will be looking for more of her works. I will remember this one for a long time.
A Soft Place to Fall by Barbara Bretton
I found A Soft Place to Fall a delightful read. Barbara Bretton did a wonderful job in creating very believable characters. It was easy to relate to everyone in the small town of Shelter Rock Cove. The way she described Sam and Annie's feelings towards each other brought me into the story as if I were a fly on the wall. The storyline was great. It was a very hard book to put down and I found myself with a sappy grin quite often. I'm also a sucker for a great dog added into the mix. I will be looking for other books in this series. If you enjoy a sweet love story with secrets kept and revealed, you will love this book!
Significance by Shelly Crane
Let me start by saying I don't usually read paranormal books. I'm one of the few romance readers that hasn't read the Twilight series. (Yeah, I know) I admit to being more of a cheesy romance reader even though it is not what genre I write. The Amazon reviews of Significance were so intriguing that I took the plunge. It was very enjoyable and I was sucked into the plot right away. It is one I have no qualms about giving a 5 star review. The only problem now is I want to know what happens to Maggie and Caleb so I'm actually going to buy the second book in the series!!
Saving Justice by Tasman Gibb ebook/dp/B00D0HWI2S/
I really enjoyed Saving Justice from the very first page. It has a bit of everything I love...dogs, romance, action and mystery. It is one of those books where I tell myself I'll read one more chapter before I stop. Of course, in reality that means I will read as many as possible before I can bear to turn off my Kindle. There are some tough scenes in this book but they are necessary to explain the characters’ quirks. I hope there are more books coming in this series!
The Wreck by Marie Force
This was my first Marie Force book and I loved it! Actually, I found myself turning my Kindle light on so I could finish it before I even attempted to go to sleep. The Wreck is one of those books where you simply MUST know what happens as soon as possible. Of course, then you wish that you could stretch it out a little longer because you really don't want it to end! I don't want to give anything away but this book had me laughing, crying and on the edge of my seat with curiosity and hope for a "happily ever after.”
Promise Cove By Vickie McKeehan
Jordan Phillips is trying to fulfill her husband’s dream of opening a Bed and Breakfast in his hometown of Pelican Pointe. Following his death in Iraq, she struggles against snobbish townspeople, a dilapidated house, and a looming deadline to open her business. When a stranger with secrets of his own shows up and offers her help, she doesn’t know if it’s a blessing or not. This story will make you laugh, hope, cry, and cheer. Most of all it will make you beg for more. I highly recommend the Pelican Pointe series.
These are just five of the hundreds of books I have enjoyed over the past few years and I will be sharing more with you each week. I know everyone’s taste is different and I urge you to read the book’s blurb to see if they sound like books you’d enjoy. They were certainly ones that had me captivated.

Recipes You’ll Wish You Didn’t Know **Warning: Highly Addictive
Cajun Crackers
1 box Premium Crackers
1 ¼ cup Canola Oil
1 pkg. Ranch Dressing (Dry Mix)
2 Tblsp. Red Pepper Flakes
1 ½ tsp. Tony Chacere’s or Zatarain’s Creole Seasoning
1 tsp. Garlic Powder
2 tsp. Paprika
1 (2gallon) Ziploc Bag
Mix all dry ingredients together. Add crackers then oil. Tumble and shake gently for 15 minutes. They are ready to enjoy but they taste better IF you can wait until the next day! I tumble the crackers a few more times throughout the day.