A new heartwarming western... Her Temporary Cowboy by Tanya Agler (Review & #Giveaway) #newbooks #booktwitter #romancebooks #cleanreads #hertemporarycowboy #tanyaagler @harlequinbooks @justreadtours

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Her Temporary Cowboy
Her Temporary Cowboy
(Rodeo Stars of Violet Ridge #3)
By Tanya Agler
Contemporary Western Romance, Clean & Wholesome
Paperback & eBook, 262 Pages
March 26, 2024 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Summary

He’s never known love… 

Until a chance encounter 

Rodeo cowboy Lucky Harper is only making a short stop in idyllic Violet Ridge. So how did he go from being an outsider to pretty rancher Elizabeth Irwin’s wedding date—and her fake fiancĂ©—in one night? For the first time, this lone cowboy is suddenly part of a real family. But even he’s not lucky enough to find family and love by accident…or is he?  

From Harlequin Heartwarming: Wholesome stories of love, compassion and belonging.

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My Review

HER TEMPORARY COWBOY is a heartwarming story about a rodeo cowboy who grew up in the foster system and has made his two best friends his family, and a woman with a wonderful family who runs her family's ranch but who feels unheard and unseen. They find themselves dating by her family's assumptions and then mistakenly engaged when two kids witness what they think is an engagement and they never get a chance to explain. Things just get more complicated from there. It's a fun, light story with some delightful characters and a few romantic sparks.

I liked all the characters. There are quite a few of them, but I didn't have any issues keeping them all straight. Both Lucky and Lizzie were equally frustrating at parts. Communication and honesty would have cleared things up between them, but instead they let outside pressure and expectations as well as their own inner doubts fuel things. Eventually they do figure it out, with some cute moments as well as a few sad ones along the way, to a very satisfying happily-ever-after.

I did struggle with this story. I had a hard time completely buying into the premise in how the story unfolded. There was also a lot of redundancy and more telling instead of experiencing the story than I would have liked. I've enjoyed other books by this author, so I think this one wasn't quite right for me, but others won't have the same issues. Regardless, it was still a cute read.

In the end, was it what I wished for? I wanted more from this story or to connect with it better, but it was still a light, fun, heartwarming story. Fans of the genre should enjoy it.

Content: Clean
Source: I received a complimentary copy through JustRead Publicity Tours, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.

Other Books in the Series

Caught by the Cowgirl

About the Author

Tanya Agler

Tanya Agler fell in love with romance novels when her grandmother brought one home from work. After years of reading happily ever afters, she decided to write a sweet contemporary romance with the support of her wonderful husband, four children, and her lovable dogs (Linus the Beagle and Corky the Yorkie). A graduate of the University of Georgia, she loves Cary Grant movies, walking, reading, and all things chocolate.

Connect with Tanya by visiting tanyaagler.com to follow her on social media and sign up for email updates.

Tour Schedule

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Tour-Wide Giveaway

(1) winner will win a $20 Amazon gift card and a signed, print copy of Caught by the Cowgirl!

Her Temporary Cowboy JustRead Blog Tour Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked above. The giveaway begins at midnight March 25, 2024 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on April 1, 2024. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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Are you a fan of the Heartwarming line of books? Have you read any of Agler's books? What do you like about this one?

I Can't Wait for... Meet Me at the Starlight by Rachel Hauck (Can't-Wait Wednesday) #CWW #WOW #booktwitter #newbooks #christfic #romancebooks #splittime #meetmeatthestarlight #rachelhauck #bhpfiction @bethany_house


Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted here to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. Find out more here.

If you have yet to pick up a Rachel Hauck book, you're missing out. She always has at least one quirky character, loveable characters, genuine faith, and swoon-worthy romance. Her upcoming release is my pick this week...

Meet Me at the Starlight
By Rachel Hauck
Christian Split-Time Romance
Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook & eBook, 384 Pages
July 2, 2024 by Bethany House Publishers

Summary

"I was fully invested in these memorable characters who are as colorful as the iconic Starlight's neon sign."--Nancy Naigle, author of The Shell Collector

"A charming story set across three generations. . . . Themes of forgiveness, trust, second chances, acceptance, and love will leave you grinning at the last page."--Katherine Reay, bestselling author of Dear Mr. Knightley and The Printed Letter Bookshop


1987. Supermodel Harlow Hayes seeks solace in a quaint Florida beach town to heal from a heartbreak that shattered her entire world. To her surprise, she encounters Matt Knight--a Hollywood A-lister with a bad-boy reputation--who has returned to his hometown to help his plucky grandmother, Tuesday, save her century-old skating rink, the Starlight.

The Starlight holds a special place in the hearts of the community, once acting as a refuge for Depression-era families and bringing the town together with gatherings and celebrations. Tuesday's determination even protected her beloved rink from her husband's shady business dealings. Yet when the Starlight is threatened with demolition, Tuesday begins to wonder if an era has come to an end.

As Matt and Harlow strategize to save the rink, they find themselves on a journey of surprises, self-discovery, and the kind of healing that leads to love.

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Will you be reading this one?

Another uniquely creative and heartfelt book in this series... A Noble Scheme by Roseanna White (Review) #bhpfiction #romancebooks #newbooks #booktwitter #histfic #inspirationalfiction #anoblescheme #RoseannaWhite @RoseannaMWhite @bethany_house @austenprose


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A Noble Scheme
(The Imposters #2)
By Roseanna White
Christian Historical Romance, Suspense
Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook & eBook, 352 Pages
March 19, 2024 by Bethany House Publishers

Summary

In the opulent and perilous world of high society's most elite—and most dangerous—families, two investigators must set aside their broken hearts to uncover the truth.

Gemma Parks is known to the London elite as G. M. Parker, a columnist renowned for her commentary on the cream of society. Behind the scenes, she uses her talents to aid the Imposters in their investigations by gathering intel at events and providing alibis for the firm's members through her columns. Yet her clandestine work would be more exhilarating if it weren't for the constant presence of the gentleman who broke her heart.

Graham Wharton has never had eyes for anyone but Gemma, and she left his heart in tatters when she walked away from him. When the Imposters take on a new job to recover a kidnapped boy mistaken for his aristocratic cousin, Graham is determined to use the time with Gemma to not only restore the missing boy, but to also win back the only woman he's ever loved. As they trace the clues laid out before them, Graham and Gemma must devise a noble scheme to save the boy's life and heal their hearts.

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My Review

A NOBLE SCHEME is a story about a group of characters who make a livelihood by being paid investigators. This second book in the series focuses on a couple introduced in the first book where their lives are unfolded, both past and present. It's also about two little boys who are cousins and the scheme they're involved in. It's full of suspense, family, and friendship as well as just a bit of danger and a strong theme of faith and forgiveness. Fans of the author, series and genre will find much to enjoy about this story!

I fell in love with these characters in the first book and enjoyed re-entering this storybook world to get reacquainted with them. I loved Graham even more as this story started off. Gemma took me a bit longer to warm up to even though I understood how she was feeling. These two had a pretty tough path to reconcile with their past and each other and move forward to their happily-ever-after, leading to some major feels in this story. I also liked the intrigue and suspense of the case they investigate in this story. There were a few things here and there that didn't quite work for me, but otherwise this was a solid second book in this series. I can't wait for book three!

In the end, was it what I wished for? This was a uniquely creative and heartfelt story. I liked the characters, the setting, the faith elements, and the ongoing comradery of these characters. An overall excellent release from this author!

Content: Clean
Source: I received a complimentary copy through Austenprose PR, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.

Other Books in the Series

(Linked to my 5-star review.)

About the Author


Roseanna M. White (roseannamwhite.com) is a bestselling, Christy Award-winning author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she's homeschooling, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books. . .to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary.


Are you a fan of this author or series? Do you like books with detectives? Do you have a favorite?

Check out a Q&A with the author... The Rancher's Secret Crush by Cari Lynn Webb (Interview & #Giveaway) #newbooks #booktwitter #romancebooks #western #clean reads

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Check out an interview with the author and  the giveaway below...

The Rancher's Secret Crush
(Three Springs Texas #6)
By Cari Lynn Webb
Contemporary Romance, Clean & Wholesome Romance
Paperback & eBook, ? Pages
March 26, 2024ate by PubliHarlequin Heartwarmingsher

Summary

Everything good…  

Starts with unexpected kindness 

When city girl Elsie Parks comes to Three Springs to care for her nieces while her brother recuperates, she’s in for a surprise—he expects her to run the ranch! Thankfully, Ryan Sloan—the rugged cowboy next door—is happy to help. As they get into a groove working the farm together, their attraction grows like Texas wildflowers. But can this temporary detour become something more? 

USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR  

From Harlequin Heartwarming: Wholesome stories of love, compassion and belonging.

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Author Interview

Would you tell us about your main characters, Elsie and Ryan, from THE RANCHER'S SECRET CRUSH?

Elsie Parks is a by-the-book city girl and Ryan Sloan is a free-spirited rodeo cowboy. They are complete opposites. And I could not have enjoyed writing their love story more. They challenged each other in so many unexpected ways.

What was the most important thing Elsie learned from Ryan as he helped her learn about ranching?

Elsie learned that she is capable of so much more than she believed. Ryan helped Elsie find a deeper confidence in herself – one that ultimately gives her the courage to reach for what she really wants.

What part or aspect of this story do you love the most, and do you have a favorite quote you could share with readers?

This quote came to mind right away. When I was writing this particular scene, I had planned to stop for the evening when I finished the chapter. However, when I wrote this last line, I had to keep writing that night. I needed to know just how Elsie was going to respond to Ryan’s honesty.

At the back door, Ryan turned around and watched her for a beat. Then one more. Finally, he said, “What I really want is to kiss you, Elsie Marie. But sometimes we just don’t get what we want.”


What’s one of your hobbies or something we might not know about you?

I love to cook and bake. If you subscribe to my newsletter, I’m usually talking about baking, and I often share my latest favorite baking recipe. Something readers might not know is that when I have scenes in my books with the characters eating, I use meals and dishes that I have cooked (or plan to cook) for my own family. I’ve gotten way off track more than once researching specific cocktail recipes or specific dishes when I’m supposed to be writing. And if it’s a new to me recipe, then I have to print it out, make a shopping list, and get to cooking. LOL! Fortunately, my family doesn’t complain.

What three books are currently on your tbr?<

Claimed (Lair of the Wolven, Book 1) by JR Ward

The Bride Wore White by Amanda Quick

Just One More Moment (The Sterling Family, Book 1) by Carly Phillips

What are you working on next?

I’m working on a new story for the Christmas Town anthology that I am fortunate to write with other Harlequin Heartwarming authors. Christmas Town is such a fun place, and I can’t wait to jump back in with the characters there whenever I get the chance.

Other Books in the Series

    Her Cowboy Wedding Date

   

About the Author

Cari Lynn Webb

Cari Lynn Webb lives in South Carolina with her husband, daughters and assorted four-legged family members. She's been blessed to see the power of true love in her grandparent's 70 year marriage and her parent's marriage of over 50 years. She knows love isn't always sweet and perfect, it can be challenging, complicated and risky. But she believes happily-ever-afters are worth fighting for. She loves to connect with readers.

Connect with Cari by visiting carilynnwebb.com to follow her on social media and sign up for email updates.

Tour Schedule

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Tour-Wide Giveaway

(2) winners will win a $25 Amazon gift card and signed copies of 2 backlist books by Cari Lynn Webb!

The Rancher's Secret Crush JustRead Blog Tour Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked above. The giveaway begins at midnight March 26, 2024 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on April 2, 2024. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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What connects with you in the interview or about this book?

A western retelling of Cinderella... If the Boot Fits by Karen Witemeyer (Review & #Giveaway) #newbooks #booktwitter #western #romancebooks #christianromance #christfic #bhpfiction #ifthebootfits #karenwitemeyer @bethany_house @celebrate_lit


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If the Boot Fits
(Texas Ever After #2)
By Karen Witemeyer
Christian Historical Romance
Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook & eBook, 368 Pages
March 12, 2024 by Bethany House Publishers

Summary

One fateful night will change their destinies forever. . . .

Convinced that his stepmother and half brothers have been wrongfully evicted by cattle king Eli Dearing, Asher Ellis uses the cover of an extravagant ball to break into the Three Cedars’ ranch house to search for proof. On the verge of discovery, he flees, but a boy’s cry compels him to make a daring rescue.

Spunky and independent Samantha Dearing balks when she learns the ball her father is hosting is nothing more than a matrimonial ambush. Taking a break from unwanted suitors, Samantha spots a thief fleeing her home. When the stranger ends up saving her brother’s life, she hides the only clue to his identity left behind–his boot–and resolves to find him herself.

When Samantha encounters the older brother of a student she tutors, all thoughts of the bootless mystery man vanish. Asher values family above wealth, a rare trait that opens her heart. Afraid she will discover his past misconduct, Asher tries to keep his distance, but when a series of suspicious accidents befall her, he vows to protect her, even though saving her life could mean losing her love.

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My Review

IF THE BOOT FITS is a gender-bending, smartly rewoven tale of Cinderella set in historic Texas. It's classic Witemeyer with this inspirational western romance full of family, humor, romance, faith, and a bit of suspenseful danger. Fans of the author and genre are sure to enjoy this delightful story!

I'm really enjoying this series where each books stands on its own and is a twist on a classic fairy tale, this one being Cinderella. This time it's not the girls who loses a shoe behind, but the hero of the story instead. He's also the poor one trying to support his family instead of it being the heroine. I loved seeing how this author parallelled the original in this story in such a creative way. It was very well done. Add to that characters who I couldn't help but love, emotional depth between all the different themes, faith that is interwoven throughout in a natural way, a bit of suspense and danger, and romance that literally sparks off the page and you have a story that I thoroughly enjoyed!

Here are a few of the pieces of wisdom I highlighted from this book:

"...you need to serve from a place of humility, otherwise people will likely reject the help you wish to give. . . . Ministry is not about you helping those in need, it's about God helping those in need through you."

"Feeling fear don't make you weak. It makes you human. Bein' strong means you don't let fear dictate your actions."

In the end, was it what I wished for? This was a wonderful story! It was fun with all the feels and kept me engaged from beginning to end. I'm looking forward to the next western fairy tale retelling in this series!

Content: Clean
Source: I received a complimentary copy through Celebrate Lit, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.

Other Books in the Series

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About the Author


Voted #1 Reader’s Favorite Christian Historical Author of 2023 by Family Fiction magazine, bestselling and Carol and Christy Award-winning author Karen Witemeyer offers warmhearted historical romance with a flair for humor, feisty heroines, and swoon-worthy Texas heroes. She and her husband make their home in Abilene, Texas.

Photo by Amanda Carpenter.

You can find the author here.

Tour Schedule





Batya’s Bits, March 14

By the Book, March 15





EmpowerMoms, March 16







Simple Harvest Reads, March 19 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)




Alena Mentink, March 21


Splashes of Joy, March 21

Betti Mace, March 22






Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, March 24 (Author Interview)

Mary Hake, March 24

Lily’s Corner, March 25

Wishful Endings, March 25

Pause for Tales, March 25




Tour-Wide Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Karen is giving away the grand prize package of a $15 Amazon gift card and a paperback copy of If the Boot Fits!! (US only)

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


Are you fan of this author, Christian western romances, or fairy tale retellings? What attracts you about this book?

A contemporary Asian American twist on an Austen classic... Pride and Preston Lin by Christina Hwang Dudley (Spotlight) #prideandprestonlin #christinadudley #austenesquefiction #romancebooks #janeausten #prideandprejudice #newbooks #booktwitter #bookx #austenprosepr @CNDudley @ThirdStateBooks @Austenprose


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Pride and Preston Lin
By Christina Hwang Dudley
Contemporary Romance, Retelling
Paperback & eBook, 288 Pages
March 19, 2024 by Third State Books

Summary

In this modern-day retelling of Pride and Prejudice, the quick-witted and contrarian Lissie Cheng must navigate societal pressures and her growing attraction to the rich and enigmatic Preston Lin.

Lissie is the middle of three sisters, orphaned and taken in by their aunt and uncle. Both she and her older sister, Jenny, work in the family restaurant while pursuing their education and career dreams. When Lissie accidentally serves a dish containing shellfish paste to an allergic customer, she runs afoul of the wealthy Lin family. Their golden boy, Preston, star swimmer and Stanford Ph.D. student, is as handsome as he is self-righteous. Lissie hates him and everything he stands for, but circumstances keep bringing them together. Can she overcome her pride and her initial misgivings about Preston Lin and his condescending mother? Will love prevail, and will these enemies turn into lovers?

Pride and Preston Lin by popular Regency romance writer Christina Hwang Dudley is a hilarious and earnest contemporary riff on Jane Austen’s classic work. And readers will undoubtedly root for Lissie Cheng, a sassy new Elizabeth Bennet for our times, to find lasting love and happiness.

Praise for the Book

"In a world with so many Pride & Prejudice adaptations, a new one has to be truly special to stand out, and this one is. Dudley’s contemporary debut is faithful to its source material but finds clever ways to make it work in a modern setting, while also adding an authentic Chinese American perspective on the beloved story. A warm, sweet story with all the witticisms Austen fans savor."— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Like Crazy (not) Rich Asians meets Jane Austen, Pride and Preston Lin is a delightful retelling of a beloved classic that had me smiling from page one."— Evelyn Skye, New York Times bestselling author of The Hundred Loves of Juliet

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About the Author


Christina Dudley's books have been called "enchanting," "sparkling" and "swoon-worthy" by reviewers like Austenprose and Austenesque Reviews. She's authored two award-winning Regency series: The Hapgoods of Bramleigh and The Ellsworth Assortment, as well as PRIDE AND PRESTON LIN, a contemporary riff on Austen's classic which was chosen as a February 2024 Editor's Pick by Kirkus Reviews Magazine and received starred reviews from both them and Booklist. She and her family live in Bellevue, Washington.

Find the author here.


Are you an Austen fan or a fan of retellings? What do you like about this book?

I Can't Wait for... The Grandest Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (Can't-Wait Wednesday) #CWW #WOW #booktwitter #newbooks #yalit #yabooks #mystery #thinheritancegames


Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted here to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. Find out more here.

I loved The Inheritance Games with its Knives Out feel. This upcoming addition to this storybook world is my pick this week...

The Grandest Game
(The Grandest Game #1)
By Jennifer Lynn Barnes
YA Contemporary Mystery, Suspense, Romance
Hardcover, Audiobook & eBook, 384 Pages
July 30, 2024 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Summary

Get ready for a new series that brings readers deeper into the lush, romantic, and puzzle-filled world of the #1 bestselling Inheritance Games series (over 3 million copies sold!), set a year after we last saw Avery and the Hawthornes.

Seven tickets. An island of dreams. The chance of a lifetime.


Welcome to the Grandest Game, an annual competition run by billionaire Avery Grambs and the four infamous Hawthorne brothers, whose family fortune she inherited. Designed to give anyone a shot at fame and fortune, this year’s game requires one of seven golden tickets to enter. With millions on the line, those seven players will do whatever it takes to win.

Some of the players are in it for the money. Some for power. Some for reasons all their own. Every single one of them has secrets. Amidst it all is Grayson Hawthorne, tasked with a vital role in this year’s game. But as tensions rise and the mind-bending challenges push the players to their limits—physically, mentally, and emotionally—it soon becomes clear that not everyone is playing by the rules.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Lynn Barnes delivers a brand-new series in the world of The Inheritance Games, where fan-favorite and new characters collide in a game you’ll never forget.

Do you have what it takes to play?


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Will you be reading this one?

A gratifying ending to this YA fantasy series... Calling of Light by Lori Lee (Review) #newbooks #booktwitter #yalit #yabooks #fantasy @lorimlee @tbrbeyondtours


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Calling of Light
(Shamanborn #3)
By Lori Lee
Young Adult Fantasy
Hardcover, Audiobook & eBook, 352 Pages
April 16, 2024by Page Street YA

Summary

In this epic conclusion to the Shamanborn trilogy, Sirscha must destroy the Dead Wood and defeat the Soulless before his magic consumes them all.

Queen Meilyr is dead, and a tenuous peace has settled over Evewyn. King Meilek's acension has ended his sister's oppression of the shamanborn, marking a new start for the country where Sirscha, once a prisoner, has been elevated to a position as the King's Shadow. Yet, beneath the surface, tensions between shamanborn and other citizens remain high. Conflicts rage at Evewyn's borders. The Soulless still lurks in the darkness. And while some might call Sirscha a hero for allegedly killing the Queen, to many she's a monster―a soulrender just like the Soulless. Sometimes Sirscha even believes that herself.

But Sirscha recognizes the Soulless as the world's common enemy, and she is determined to hunt him down to prevent yet another war. As the Soulless reemerges and both his power and the Dead Wood grow, Sirscha knows time is running short. She'll have to trust in her true friends―and her own power―if she hopes to end the Soulless's hold over the land for good.

But when defeating him requires a sacrifice too terrible to conceive, Sirscha will have to decide how far she's willing to go to save Evewyn.

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My Review

CALLING OF LIGHT is the conclusion to a young adult fantasy series where a trained assassin must choose her future and the part she will play in defeating an evil ancient magic. It's set in a lush fantasy world with likable characters and an interesting magical system. Those who have or would enjoy Leigh Bardugo's The Shadow and Bone series and YA fantasy will enjoy this book and series.

I think the best part of this book and series were the characters. I adored Sirscha, Saenta, Meilek, and Theyen. I especially loved the friendships and banter and teasing, but also the sweet moments between them and the dangerous ones when they fought to protect and save. I also really enjoyed seeing Sirscha slowly come a bit more into her own along with the rest of these characters who step up as they face danger and to protect Sirscha and their different peoples. I also really liked the magical world with the different types of magic and an ancient lore. I liked getting to journey with these characters through different lands and people. I liked that Sirscha was a trained spy and assassin but a flawed human as well. The ending was quite well done and very gratifying.
 
There were some pretty decent words of wisdom throughout this book. Here is one such piece of wisdom:
"But I've long since decided to stop allowing others to define who and what I am."

I really enjoyed this series and this final book. I would have loved it more if I felt it didn't feel a bit too much like The Shadow and Bone series from Leigh Bardugo. This won't be an issue if you haven't read that series. There were also action parts that didn't work for me because what the words described didn't visualize correctly (or written out on paper) didn't work, so I think those scenes needed to be worked through better. There were also some hints to different things but some that never came into play or led to anything. Sometimes Sirscha wasn't consistent with her character. I liked that romance wasn't a big part of the story and there were no love scenes (thank goodness!), but I also had some issues with parts of how that played out as well since it didn't always make sense to me. I also got frustrated with so much inaction on Sirscha's and others' parts.

In the end, was it what I wished for? This was an enjoyable ending to an enjoyable series. I wanted a bit more development in some areas, but I fell in love with these characters and this fantasy world. I'll definitely be checking out this author's next book!

Content: Some suggestive references, LGBTQ+ relationships, and violence that is a bit gruesome in parts, but would consider this clean.
Source: I received a complimentary copy through TBR and Beyond Tours, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.

Other Books in the Series

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About the Author


Lori is an avid writer, reader, artist, and lover of unicorns. She should probably spend less time on the internet (but she won’t). She considers herself a unicorn aficianado, is fond of talking in capslock, and loves to write about magic, manipulation, and family.


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Have you read any of the books in this series? What do you like about it or about Calling of Light?

The climatic conclusion to this scifi series... Guardian by Cathy McCrumb (Review & #Giveaway) #newbooks #booktwitter #scifi #sciencefiction @EnclaveBooks @Celebrate_Lit


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Guardian
(Children of the Consortium #3)
By Cathy McCrumb
Science Fiction, Space Opera
Hardcover, Audiobook & eBook, 368 Pages
February 20, 2024 by Enclave Publishing

Summary

The Recorder’s fate has been sealed, but the Consortium is not the only enemy.

Labeled an aberration by the Consortium, the Recorder is not yet free. Time is running out as an engineered bioweapon wreaks havoc on friend and foe alike.

Stopping both the biological agent and the people who created it is no easy task, especially since the Recorder and her friends are trapped on a research station infested with behemoth insects. Without Consortium technology, the probability of neutralizing the threat falls to nothing. In order to save her allies, the Recorder must activate a drone, but her success might destroy any hope for freedom, a future, and a name.

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My Review

GUARDIAN is the concluding book in this recorder's story as she continues to fight to protect those she cares for and help in finding a cure to a deadly virus. It's full of danger, adventure, friendship, political intrigue, and a touch of romance and faith. Recommended to science fiction and space opera fans.

I've loved diving into this science fiction world with its different classes among the people as well as government. The recorders themselves and the Consortium is fascinating on its own as well as how it interacts with society. There were so many questionable ideals and policies, but readers weren't specifically told what to think. Instead the author allowed readers to come to their own conclusions along with the characters as the series proceeded. I liked that the faith element was light and the theme of each human life having value. I liked that the romance was also light as it wasn't the main focus of the story, but enhanced the story instead. I also really liked these characters. There are quite a few of them and I didn't always keep them straight, but I really enjoyed the found family and friendships. It's an exciting read with these characters not always knowing who they can trust. They battle massive insects as well as members of the Consortium and then other members of their society.

I only had a couple of issues with the story. One was that the dialogue was so stilted sometimes. I did have to remind myself that the three books in the series take place over a very short space of time so the heroine might not have organically developed as I would have wanted and as she would have over more time. I also wanted her to be braver, act quicker, and do better in relaying information to others so things were figured out faster. I also would have like a better recap at the beginning and a bit of a refresher on why the consortium believed and acted as they did.

In the end, was it what I wished for? This is such a unique series with its fascinating storybook world and characters. I enjoyed reading this third book and will definitely grab this author's next release. Definitely a recommended read for sci-fi fans!

Content: Some violence, but clean.
Source: I received a complimentary copy through Celebrate Lit Publicity, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.

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About the Author


Cathy graduated from Biola University with a degree in English Literature and a love for stories. She and her husband, whom she met while writing letters to soldiers, have five children and currently live within the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. While writing is one of her favorite things to do, she also enjoys reading, long hikes and long naps, gluten-free brownies and raspberries, and crocheting while watching science fiction movies with friends and family.


Tour Schedule


Through the Fire Blogs, March 8 (Author Interview)


Splashes of Joy, March 10 (Author Interview)


Artistic Nobody, March 12 (Author Interview)

Guild Master, March 13 (Author Interview)

A Reader’s Brain, March 14 (Author Interview)

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, March 15 (Author Interview)

Wishful Endings, March 15

Simple Harvest Reads, March 16 (Author Interview)

Blossoms and Blessings, March 17 (Author Interview)

The Lofty Pages, March 17

Fiction Book Lover, March 18 (Author Interview)


Vicky Sluiter, March 20 (Author Interview)

Tour-Wide Giveaway


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