Going Through Laura Frantz Book Withdrawal? Try The Captive Heart by Michelle Griep!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The Captive Heart
by Michelle Griep
Copyright 2016
Shiloh Run Press
Paperback ISBN: 9781634097833
The Story:
Proper English governess Eleanor Morgan flees to the colonies to escape the wrath of a an angry duke. When the Charles Town family she’s to work for never arrives to collect her from the dock, she is forced to settle for the only reputable choice remaining to her—marriage to a man she’s never met. Trapper and tracker Samuel Heath is a hardened survivor used to getting his own way by brain or by brawn, and he’s determined to find a mother for his young daughter. But finding a wife proves to be impossible. No upstanding woman wants to marry a murderer.

Available for preorder from Amazon or your favorite bookseller.

My Thoughts:
Before I requested this on Netgalley, I read some of the reviews to see if I should give this a try. To be honest, I loved Griep's first few books (see Undercurrent), but I did not enjoy Brentwood's Ward at all, and was leery of requesting this for that reason. One reviewer noted that The Captive Heart was something fans of Laura Frantz should read, and naturally, since I'm her #1 fan, I decided to go for it. It is after 1:30AM and I'm typing this review on Goodreads via my iPad. I read this book straight through. (Note to readers: do yourself a favor and stay off of Netgalley at bedtime, because chances are you will lose sleep when you decide to request all the books.) There were a few anachronisms and I was annoyed by the use of "woman" by Samuel when he was attempting to gain Eleanor's attention, but other than that it was one of my favorite romances in a long while. The chemistry really burned bright and the setting definitely reminded me of a Laura Frantz novel. Frontier set novels are fascinating. Plus the spying, tracking missions, etc. give this a bit of a Turn vibe. Good stuff! I enjoyed this one a lot.

Fall in Love In NYC with Sunset in Central Park by Sarah Morgan

Friday, September 2, 2016

Sunset in Central Park
Sarah Morgan
Copyright 2016
Paperback ISBN: 9780373789238
The Story:
In the chaos of New York, true love can be hard to find, even when it's been right under your nose all along… 
Love has never been a priority for garden designer Frankie Cole. After witnessing the fallout of her parents' divorce, she's seen the devastation an overload of emotion can cause. The only man she feels comfortable with is her friend Matt—but that's strictly platonic. If only she found it easier to ignore the way he makes her heart race… 
Matt Walker has loved Frankie for years but, sensing how fragile she is beneath her feisty exterior, has always played it cool. But then he uncovers new depths to the girl he's known forever and doesn't want to wait a moment longer. He knows Frankie has secrets and has buried them deep, but can Matt persuade her to trust him with her heart and kiss him under the Manhattan sunset?

My Thoughts:
I'm such a sucker for the best friends fall in love trope. Honestly. I could read that stuff every day of the week. Naturally, I gravitated towards this book because the blurb mentioned long time friends discovering that the feelings they had went deeper than friendship. Unfortunately, it did not live up to my lofty expectations. Booooo. Ha ha. I kid. This book is actually good, but I was a bit disappointed.