We Love Small Town Romance with Melinda Curtis & Anna J. Stewart (Reviews & #Giveaway)

If you're in the mood from some sweet small-town romance, check these out...

Marrying the Wedding Crasher
(Harmony Valley #11)
by Melinda Curtis
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages
March 1st 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming


This bachelor’s pretend girlfriend just made a shocking discovery—

She’s pregnant!

Although they dated for only a month, Harley O’Hannigan just agreed to be Vince Messina’s plus-one at a Harmony Valley wedding. Big mistake, given her deepening feelings for the tall, dark, unavailable bachelor. And what about Vince’s long-buried family history? Then there’s the growing secret that could transform this pretend relationship into the real thing…

Praise for Melinda Curtis:

“Wonderfully entertaining!” Jayne Ann Krentz, NYT Bestseller (referring to Playing for Love)

“Reading Slade and Christine’s story reminded me of why I enjoy romance. SEASON OF CHANGE has found a place on my keeper shelf!” Brenda Novak, NYT Bestseller

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My Review

MARRYING THE WEDDING CRASHER is a story full of charm, chemistry, family, and heartbreak. It's sure to pull all the emotions from readers: tears, laughs, and swoon-worthy sighs. If you like your romance on the sweet side, with plenty of heart, and some sizzling chemistry, then this story is perfect for you!

I tend to love the trope of characters pretending to be a couple for one reason or another. They tend to fall in love against their better judgment. It makes for an entertaining read. Every time. There's always this underlying chemistry that both characters try to resist and plenty of fun dialogue, which is definitely true here. In this story, the characters were so much fun! I loved them from the start! There's humor, definitely chemistry, a few surprises (like a spontaneous hug and the secret Harley is trying to hide), and heartbreak and guilt that both of these characters have to work through in order to find the happiness they deserve. It makes for a heartfelt story that pulls on your emotions.

In the end, was it what I wished for? I really enjoyed this one and those who are fans of sweet romance with heart and some sizzle, will also find much to love here!

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Source: I received a complimentary advanced copy from the tour host, which did not require a positive review nor affect my review in any way.

Always the Hero
(Butterfly Harbor #4)
by Anna J. Stewart
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 368 Pages
March 1st 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming


He never relied on anyone but himself…but he needs her now!

Butterfly Harbor deputy Matt Knight wants two things: to date Lori Bradley and the chance to adopt Kyle, a troubled teen. Wounded in Afghanistan, Matt knows he can’t move forward anchored to the past. But once he regains the guarded hotel manager’s trust, will his need to protect those he loves cost him a future with this extraordinary woman?

Praise for Anna J Stewart

“The talented Anna J Stewart delivers every time.” ~NYTimes Bestselling Author Brenda Novak

“Anna J. Stewart will tug at your heartstrings more than once while leaving you utterly besotted with her characters.” ~The Romance Reviews

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My Review

ALWAYS THE HERO is a sweet story about forgiveness, second chances, and trust. The characters are easy to relate to, the small-town setting adds charm, and the relationships tug on the heart. An enjoyable story from the first page to the last!

I loved these characters! Matt is such a great guy in so many ways. He tries so hard to do right by the people in his life. He isn't perfect, which makes him more lovable. Lori is a sweetheart. She's talented, beautiful and loved, but she doesn't see it. She judges herself by the past and her dress size, even though her friends and Matt don't see her that way. I so wanted to shake some sense into her so many times, but I also saw why she felt as she did. These two, with their challenges, the other things going on in the town, and with Matt trying to adopt, really tugged on my heart. A story that can do that, that can bring out emotions, is a story well written. And to top it all off, the ending was perfectly sweet.

In the end, was it what I wished for? This story is a fabulous addition to this line of books. It's heartwarming, sweet, with lovable characters, and a happily-ever-after that readers will love.

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Source: I received a complimentary advanced copy from the tour host, which did not require a positive review nor affect my review in any way.

About the Authors

Melinda Curtis is an award-winning, USA Today Bestseller of over 40 romances. She writes sweet romance for Harlequin Heartwarming, sweet romantic comedies and sexy sports contemporary romances. When not working on DIY projects around their home, Melinda and her college sweetheart enjoy watching Duke mens basketball and visiting their three kids and one grandchild. Sign up for her mailing list to receive two free reads.

USA Today and national bestselling author Anna J. Stewart writes sweet to sexy romance for Harlequin’s Heartwarming and Romantic Suspense lines. Early obsessions with Star Wars, Star Trek, and Wonder Woman set her on the path to creating fun, funny, and family-centric romances with happily ever afters for her independent heroines. Anna lives in Northern California where she deals with a serious Supernatural & Sherlock addiction, surrounds herself with friends and family and tolerates an overly affectionate cat named Snickers (or perhaps it’s Snickers who tolerates her). When she’s not writing books or her monthly blog for USA Today’s Happy Ever After, you can find her at fan conventions or at her local movie theater, or building her client list for her content editing services.

Tour Schedule

March 5th
I Am A Reader – Spotlight
A Writer’s Life – Spotlight
Lynn’s Romance Enthusiasm – Spotlight
Why Not? Because I Said So! – Spotlight
Aubrey Wynne: Timeless Romance – Spotlight
Laura’s Interests – Spotlight
Jersey Girl Book Reviews – Review
The Christian Fiction Girl – Review

March 6th
Bargnhtress – Spotlight
Bonnie Phelps, Author – Spotlight
Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – Spotlight
The Avid Reader – Spotlight
T’s Stuff – Spotlight
My Devotional Thoughts – Spotlight
Susan Heim on Writing – Spotlight
Remembrancy – Review
Wishful Endings – Review

March 7th
Rainy Days and Pajamas – Spotlight
Bookworm Lisa – Spotlight
The Eco Lifestyle – Spotlight
Diana’s Book Reviews – Spotlight
Stacking My Book Shelves! – Spotlight
Reading Is My SuperPower – Review
Always Books – Review

March 8th
Room With Books – Spotlight
Hearts & Scribbles – Spotlight
Queen of All She Reads – Spotlight
BookHounds – Spotlight
StoreyBook Reviews – Spotlight
Thoughts of a Blonde – Spotlight
Alina Snow Book Adventures – Spotlight
Among the Reads – Review
Rockin’ Book Reviews – Spotlight
Kindle and Me – Review

March 9th
Heidi Reads… – Spotlight
Paulette’s Papers – Spotlight
Tianna Holley, Author – Spotlight
Bunny’s Review – Review
books are love – Spotlight
Kerrific Online – Review

Tour-Wide Giveaway

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Ends 3/18/18

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