Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Healing Hearts by C.B. Clark

Healing Hearts
Title: Healing Hearts
Author: C.B. Clark
Genre: Romantic Suspense/Western
Rating: 3.5 out 5 stars
Available:  Amazon  ~  Google Play Kobo

About the Book

Reeling from loss and heartbreak, Stella King is desperate to escape painful memories. The position of nanny on an isolated ranch in British Columbia’s rugged Chilcotin Plateau seems the answer to her prayers.

Cattle rancher, Dawson Wheeler, has worked hard to overcome grief and build a predictable world for his young daughter. The last thing he needs is the all-too-attractive Stella disrupting the smooth running of his ranch, especially now that disturbing incidents are happening on his property.

Defending his land against those who want to gut it will be a challenge, but the biggest threat of all may be to his heart.


Set in a beautiful backdrop, Healing Hearts by C.B. Clark depicts the struggles of a couple damaged by life and love. Rancher Dawson Wheeler is an emotionally broken single dad hiding in his work and booze to chase away the memory of his long-dead wife. Dawson's character is well thought out, and the reader can clearly get a feel for this character's raw emotions. This character has that hurt and unapproachable thing in spades. Dawson's counterpart, lawyer, turned nanny, Stella King, is also lugging some hefty issues of loss and betrayal.

Though this is a story about healing old hurts and finding new routes to love and to trust again, the author adds in a bit of suspense to keep readers interested. The suspenseful moments are enough to break up the bouts of self-blame that both leads languish in and the moments where these characters fight their mutual attraction. The secondary characters round out this tale, and this is especially true for Dawson's daughter. This little dynamo lights up the pages and serves as the perfect catalyst for bringing Dawson and Stella together. Though this a good, easy, and quick read, the ending was a bit rushed. There was definitely more story to tell, but this is a thoroughly satisfying read.

Thank you to the author and the Wild Rose Press for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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About the Author

Secret Betrayal is award-winning author, C.B. Clark’s fifth romantic suspense published by The Wild Rose Press. She has worked as an archaeologist and an educator, and enjoys hiking, canoeing, and snowshoeing with her husband and dog near her home in the wilderness of central British Columbia.

Monday, March 9, 2020

Forever My Duke (Unlikely Duchess #2)

Forever My Duke (Unlikely Duchesses, #2)Title: Forever My Duke (Unlikely Duchesses #2)
Author: Olivia Drake
Publication Date: December 31, 2019
Genre: Historical Romance
Rating: 3.5 out 5 stars
Available:  Amazon  ~  B&N Google Play  ~  Kobo

I find Miss Fanshawe to be quite charming—for an American.”—The Prince Regent 

Hadrian Ames, the Duke of Clayton, needs a bride. He even has the perfect one picked out. That is, until he meets the lovely, free-spirited Natalie Fanshawe. She’s the opposite of what a man of his high rank should desire in a wife—an outspoken American who has never even set foot in a London ballroom.

But Natalie doesn’t have time to be swept off her feet by a handsome duke who must be a spoiled scoundrel like every other British lord. And she couldn’t care less about Hadrian’s title. After all, it’s not as if he actually worked to attain his wealth and status. He surely can’t understand what it’s like to be a busy woman, planning to open a school while trying to reunite a six-year-old orphan with his English relatives. Nevertheless, Hadrian launches his campaign to win her heart. Can the utterly delightful American beauty ever find a way to love him…despite his being a duke?


It is useful when reading that the story's characters fall into their proper place. Not only should characters fall into their designated roles, but they should be memorable. In the second installment of Olivia Drake's Unlikely Duchesses series titled Forever My Duke, the heroine and hero fit their character rolls well. As the adventurous yet principled American young lady, Natalie Fanshawe plays her role well. This post-war American Miss goes beyond what is expected of any young woman of the period to fulfill a dying friend's request. The heroine's journey is designed to show her strength and her dedication to those that she loves or loved. Also, the author does well to highlight the supposed unconventional personality traits between American and English young women of the time. Natalie Fanshawe is an all-round likable character. As for the hero, the Duke of Clayton - Hadrian Ames, pulls off the snotty, misunderstood gentleman very well. His character makes a seamless transition from stand-offish boar to a loving suitor/guardian. The secondary characters fit expected personality traits for the period, but some outshone others. Overall, this is an easy afternoon read for fans of historical romances.

Thank you to the St. Martin's Press and Netgalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.


Olivia Drake is a New York Times bestselling author who lives in Texas. Her novels have won critical acclaim and numerous industry awards, including the prestigious RITA. Olivia is the author of Scandal of the Year, Never Trust a Rogue, and If the Slipper Fits among others.