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DANCES UNDER THE HARVEST MOON
Heartache, TN #3
Joanne Rock
Releasing Oct 1st, 2015
Harlequin Superromance
Heartache—the best place to heal
Chance of a lifetime
It’s finally Heather Finley’s moment. After spending years looking after her mother in the tiny town of Heartache, Tennessee, Heather’s about to follow her dream of singing country music. She can nearly hear the audiences hollering…until the town’s handsome mayor, Zach Chance, comes to her with troubling questions about her late father’s past. Once again, Heather has to choose: protect her family or chase her heart’s desire? Zach is determined to help, and to convince Heather that she belongs in Heartache—with him. But is he just another distraction? Or could he be the one to show Heather how a small-town love can make her big-time dreams come true?
Review

I received an ARC of this book from Tasty Book Tours in exchange for an honest review and as part of the book’s release blast promotions.

I followed this series from the very beginning. The first book was good, but I felt like it was too simple, and there wasn’t really anything that stood out in the story. When I read the second book, I enjoyed it more than I did the first one. I liked the teenage love story that was injected into it. This third book, though, I think this would be my favorite in the series.

I’ve read numerous books from this author because she has a way of writing deep love stories in a simple environment. Readers won’t have to go through a state of being an emotional wreck over her books. However, the message behind every story is clear and powerful enough for readers to easily understand. Another thing that I love about this series is the small-town feel it has. I love stories with country and small town settings.

I will definitely recommend this book. While it is the third book in the series, this is a standalone, so you don’t have to read the first two books. I suggest, though, that you actually do read them as well because they are worth the hours you spend. Every book in this series is touchingly sweet and romantic that any romance reader will appreciate.

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Three-time RITA nominee Joanne Rock has never met
a romance sub-genre she didn’t like. The author of over seventy novels enjoys
writing contemporary romance and medieval historicals alike, recently exploring
Young Adult romance under a pseudonym. An optimist by nature and perpetual
seeker of silver linings, Joanne finds romance–in all its forms– fits her life
outlook perfectly. When she’s not writing, Joanne enjoys travel, especially to
see her favorite sports teams play with her former sports editor husband and
three athletic-minded sons.
 

 

 

Review

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I’ve wanted Boone’s book since How To Lose A Groom In 10 Days. When I saw that Annamae broke up with him in Book 2, I was even more excited for his book. Turns out, it was worth the wait. I like this hero a lot, so his story being how it is was really a good thing, as far as I can see it.

It may sound weird that he was now with the radio talk show persona who encouraged Annamae to call off the wedding. However, Valeria and Boone was written for each other. I like Valerie. There was a mix of toughness and vulnerability in her. Oh, and I can just imagine Don Johnson as her father. Can you?

I like how this story panned out. In the beginning, it sounded too complicated, with a stalker, a crime family, and a jolted ex fiance. However, the resolution to the issues will surprise you. If it was any other book, I would wish for a different approach to the conflicts. However, since the books in this series focus more in the romance side than other factors, it was just a good way to end a book.

I find that this series has had its ups and downs for me. The first introductory novella was good, but Annamae’s book was better. The third story was the one I liked the least. Boone’s story ranks the same as his ex fiance, Annamae. All in all  this is an entertaining series with all books being light, fun, and easy reads.

Reading Order [book-series]
Book 4 – Bride On The Run

 

 

Review

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I’ve followed this series since the very first book. so far, I’d still say that my favorite is the second book. I felt like there was a better character development in that book. The first one was too short for me to really be invested in it. In this third book, we have another bride who ran away from her wedding on the day itself.

Everything that you read in the book’s synopsis is really what you get when you read the book. There are no surprise twists. We will get the answers to our questions, but those answer’s arent a surprise at all. Regardless of its predictability, I still liked it. The book gave me an easy time, and I liked that I got to finish it fast and that it did not take me on a roller coaster of emotions. When I finished reading it, I wasn’t bawling my eyes, wasn’t angry, wasn’t disappointed. Instead, I had a quiet time myself and just enjoyed the story for what it was – a simple romance novel for a couple of hours or detachment from reality.

I also wish that the secret that the heroine swore an oath to protect wasn’t as big as it was. I mean, that thing was a big deal. It wasn’t just a lie told to a few people. It was a deception to the whole country, the whole world, probably. I wish it was resolved or something like that.

These two authors who have collaborated for this series are two well-known authors in the contemporary romance genre, so it’s no surprise that they know what they were doing with this book. While I did not LOVE the book, I liked it and enjoyed it, and I will definitely see this series through its end.

Reading Order [book-series]

Book 1 – How To Lose A Groom In 10 Days

Book 2 – The Wedding Audition

Book 3 – There Goes The Bride

 Synopsis

The tabloids call her the Hit and Run Bride after reality show star Annamae Jessup walked out on Atlanta’s favorite baseball player on cable television. Eager to escape her notoriety, Annamae takes a road trip to find the grandmother she’s never met and winds up discovering a whole lot more than a band of back woods relatives. There’s no escape from reality TV, even in Beulah, Alabama, population 3000.

The last thing Wynn Rafferty needs in his new life is a spoiled television princess who can’t even know his real name. He’s in temporary witness protection as an apple farmer after his undercover work put his life in danger. He needs to lay low until the heat dies down from his last case— even if he sucks at growing apples as badly as he sucks at relationships. But Annamae turns his new town into a media circus, unwittingly threatening the lives of him, her and most of Beulah. Wynn is an expert at keeping the world at arm’s length, but when it comes to Annamae, the only way he can keep her safe is too keep her very, very close.


 
I received a copy of this book from Tasty Book Tours in exchange for an honest review and as part of the book’s blog tour promotions.When I was introduced to the heroine in the previous novella, I was intrigued by her. Reading this book, I liked her even more. I have to say, I really thought that Annamae and her golden boy athlete were going to end up with each other. I kind of liked them both. However, when I met the hero, I was a fan of him right away.

I liked this book better than the novella because it gave me a bigger story than just two people falling in love ancd figuring out their differences. In The Wedding Audition, we have a heroine who’s trying to know her real self by distancing her life from the things that she was used to. We also have a hero whose life was on pause because of the dangers of his job. Both of them were trying to stay out of the spotlight. Both of them were trying out life in peace. Fate, however, had different plans.

I also liked the small town setting. I mean, I love books with stories that occur in glamorous New York, star-studded LA, and even the most popular European cities. However, stories set in a small town always have that warm, homey feeling to them. They are always the easiest and the most fun to read.

Needless to say, I truly enjoyed this book and I hope that more books come from the Runaway Brides series because the series is proving to be an enjoyable mix of adorable characters and heartwarming stories. Kudos to the authors of coming up with the idea of this book as well as the novella that came before this.

 
 
 

USA Today bestseller and RITA Award winning author Catherine Mann writes contemporary romance for Berkley, Harlequin, Sourcebooks and Tule. With over sixty books released in more than twenty countries, she has also celebrated six RITA finals, an RT Reviewer’s Award finalist, three Maggie Award of Excellence finals and a Bookseller’s Best win. Catherine and her flyboy husband live on the Florida coast where they brought up their 4 children – and still have 5 four-legged, furry “children” (aka pets). Catherine is an active volunteer with an animal rescue, serving on their Board of Directors and fostering over 200 puppies, ill dogs, and dogs with service/working potential.

 

 

Three-time RITA nominee Joanne Rock has never met a romance sub-genre she didn’t like. The author of over seventy novels enjoys writing contemporary romance and medieval historicals alike, recently exploring Young Adult romance under a pseudonym. An optimist by nature and perpetual seeker of silver linings, Joanne finds romance–in all its forms– fits her life outlook perfectly. When she’s not writing, Joanne enjoys travel, especially to see her favorite sports teams play with her former sports editor husband and three athletic-minded sons.

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Synopsis
He thought their love was a grand slam, until his bride calls foul…
 
After an impulsive courthouse wedding with one of baseball’s rising stars, Melanie Webb wonders if she’s fallen victim to lust at first sight. She hardly knows Grady Hollis, the Atlanta outfielder who swooped into her Florida hometown and charmed the socks—and more!—right off her. She couldn’t resist when he proposed under the stars right on the outfield. But when the aftermath means moving to Atlanta and following him around the country for his eight-month a year travel schedule, she gets cold feet.
 
But Grady has never been a man to give up on a dream and Melanie is everything he ever hoped for in a woman. He knows if only he can persuade her to come along for the ride, he’ll convince her that their forever can be something special… with a love every bit as fiery as the passion.

 
I received a copy of this book from Tasty Book Tours in exchange for an honest review and as part of this book’s blog tour promotions.This novella is a fun and easy read that I finished in just a couple of hours or so. It was about a heroine who had second thoughts about her marriage to the hero just minutes after they were married. The heroine thought that the hero was too good for her and that they wanted very different things in life. The hero, however, did not give up on the heroine even after she tried pushing him away many times.

It was a funny story because the romance was supposed to be a whirlwind love affair, so the heroine was still in a state of disbelief over her relationship with the hero, much less her marriage to him. I liked the hero better tha the heroine because he was clearly the more mature one in the relationship, contrary to how the heroine thought he was.

I liked the ending of the book, with the heroine being the one who made the grand gesture and proved how much she loved the hero, since she was the one who had doubts from the very beginning. I wish there was a scene where they had a bigger wedding because I believe every heroine deserves that.

 
 
 

USA Today bestseller and RITA Award winning author Catherine Mann writes contemporary romance for Berkley, Harlequin, Sourcebooks and Tule. With over sixty books released in more than twenty countries, she has also celebrated six RITA finals, an RT Reviewer’s Award finalist, three Maggie Award of Excellence finals and a Bookseller’s Best win. Catherine and her flyboy husband live on the Florida coast where they brought up their 4 children – and still have 5 four-legged, furry “children” (aka pets). Catherine is an active volunteer with an animal rescue, serving on their Board of Directors and fostering over 200 puppies, ill dogs, and dogs with service/working potential.

 

 

Three-time RITA nominee Joanne Rock has never met a romance sub-genre she didn’t like. The author of over seventy novels enjoys writing contemporary romance and medieval historicals alike, recently exploring Young Adult romance under a pseudonym. An optimist by nature and perpetual seeker of silver linings, Joanne finds romance–in all its forms– fits her life outlook perfectly. When she’s not writing, Joanne enjoys travel, especially to see her favorite sports teams play with her former sports editor husband and three athletic-minded sons.

 

Enter to Win

For the Runaway Bride’s Great Escape:

A heart-print tote, scarf for going incognito, and cute dark sunglasses. 

(US Residents)

Or, 

Print copy of Catherine Mann’s RESCUE ME and Joanne Rock’s NIGHTS UNDER THE TENNESSEE STARS 

(International)

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