Monday, June 3, 2024

A Summer To Remember: Read My Review + Enter to Win

 **Book received for consideration. All opinions are my own. 

A Summer to Remember JustRead Blog + Review Tour

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for A Summer to Remember by Lisa Phillips, Andrea Christenson, Rebecca Reed, Gina Conroy, Angela Ruth Strong, Carrie Padgett, Tabitha Bouldin, and Bell Renshaw, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

About the Books

Eight summer novels across 2 volumes.
From Christian fiction’s hottest contemporary romance authors.

Bright Lights A Summer to Remember

Title: Bright Lights
A Summer to Remember #1
Lisa Phillips, Andrea Christenson, Rebecca Reed, Gina Conroy
Two Dogs Publishing, LLC
Release Date:
May 16, 2024
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

Finally Home - Lisa Phillips 

Ashlynn Monroe knows she has a reputation as the Ice Queen, but being the police commissioner's assistant that rep serves her just fine thank you. When her Aunt Ruby comes to visit from Last Chance County on the anniversary of Ashlynn's mom's death, neither realizes it's a week that will alter both their lives in ways they never imagined. 

 Fire Chief Greyson Frayer followed in his father's footsteps. Saving lives is who he is, but the burn scars he earned along the way seem to have kept him from the life he wants...until he sees a familiar face as if for the first time. Is Ashlynn the future he's been looking for? 

With a romance brewing between Russ and Ruby in the background, Adelynn and Greyson discover the future they've always wanted. And the chance to finally come home.  

Summer at Trillium Lake - Andrea Christenson 

Privileged Athena Vassos is banished to the family’s lake property near Sunset Falls, WI, to “think about” her place in the family’s multimillion dollar business. She isn’t sure what she wants with her life now that she has finished her graduate degree. 

At the rustic Trillium Lake Bible Camp, Sean Campbell is overwhelmed. He was only supposed to be the deputy director, not much more than a glorified handyman, not running the whole show. 

When a devastating tornado rips through the camp, Sean and Athena need to work together despite their differences.  

Loving the Rodeo Queen - Rebecca Reed 

Quinn Mulroney, former rodeo queen, lost it all. Now, she’s dreaming of becoming a veterinarian while caring for her daughter. She’s never forgotten the one man she called hero. 

Tiago Vargas is seeking his passion, hoping to prove himself to his exacting father. When fate brings Quinn back into his life, he sees a second chance at his first love and offers her a job. 

But she’s not the same woman he rescued. She carries a secret, and if Tiago discovers it, will he still be her hero, or will her hidden life destroy her last shot at happiness?  

Anxious for Love - Gina Conroy 

Event planner Charlee Lovelle, with a talent for creating perfect moments, except her own, is fed up with online dating games. Australian dating coach Maxwell Adams just wants to help people find love and take his business to the next level, not play the dodgy Love Doctor. Both frustrated with the superficiality of modern relationships, Charlee and Maxwell engage in an emotional game of tug-of-war as they embark on separate paths of self-discovery. In a whirlwind of humor, heart, and unexpected connection, they navigate the complexities of romance and relationships, but will they recognize the pull towards each other or will their own inner struggles keep them apart?

PURCHASE LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Bookshop | BookBub

Starry Nights A Summer to Remember Title: Starry Nights
Series: A Summer to Remember #2
Angela Ruth Strong, Carrie Padgett, Tabitha Bouldin, Bell Renshaw
Publisher: Two Dogs Publishing, LLC
Release Date:
June 6, 2024
Christian Contemporary Romance

Out of Play - Angela Ruth Strong 

When single mom Bex Lemaire is asked to step down as her eight-year-old daughter’s soccer coach for getting too competitive, she’s hoping the new coach will let her assist. Former child star Skylar Hayes agrees to take over the team as research for his comeback role. At first, he mistakes Bex for a raving fan but eventually realizes she's only crazy about soccer, which gives her the skills needed to train him. She's all work, while he likes to play, but together, they just might win.  

Lauren's Second Chance - Carrie Padgett 

Lauren’s Second Chance is a contemporary romance for readers who love sun, sand, and satisfying endings. Lauren and Mason were each other’s first loves, until life broke them apart. A decade later, when the opportunity arises to appear with Mason on a reality show, Lauren is conflicted. She needs this show for what it means to a project near to her heart. But can she keep that heart safe from the man who broke it once? Grab your shades and SPF 30 sunscreen to dive into a reality television dating show story where first love is also forever love.  

Her Cowboy Champion - Tabitha Bouldin 

It’s true that money can’t buy happiness. No one knows that better than Sage Rhett after her boyfriend steals her photography business and leaves her penniless. Heartbroken, faith shattered, she returns to Apple Creek–the last place she called home. 

Maverick Pierce is used to people seeing him for the money attached to his family name. As a Pierce, he’s afforded anything that money can buy, but the one thing he wants can never be bought. 

When Sage accepts a job working at the Pierce ranch, Maverick discovers he never stopped loving the fiery cowgirl who broke his heart when she left twelve years ago. If he wants to win her over, he’ll have to do more than flash a little money. This second chance, rags to riches, cowboy romance pits love against responsibility as Sage and Maverick struggle to overcome their history and trust God for a happily ever after. 

Love in the Lyrics - Bell Renshaw 

Liberty “Libby” Taylor has maxed out on space for her equine therapy business. The best way to gain the capital she needs in order to expand requires a bit of subterfuge, but that will also mean pulling one over on her new boss. 

Singer and songwriter Harland Grey left LA for Winter, Montana in the hopes of finding peace from the demons of his not-so-distant past, but purchasing Melody Ranch may not hold the answers he’s looking for. 

Thrown together, sparks fly between the two, but will the secrets kept between them finally be what tears them apart?  

PURCHASE LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon

Book Review

A Summer to Remember is a collection of 8 contemporary romance novels written by various Christian fiction authors. Some of these authors were some I was already familiar with and enjoyed, but there were a few new to me authors included two. There are two volumes in the collection with four books in each. 

Bright Lights-

All of the books included in this first volume were absolutely fantastic! I could try to choose a favorite, but honestly, they each have something unique to offer and I loved each and every one for different reasons. Finally Home by Lisa Phillips was first up. I have read and enjoyed several of her suspense reads and was pleasantly surprised to see that she does contemporary romance just as wonderfully. I immediately found myself drawn into these characters, and I loved that we get not just ONE romance, but a secondary one (with a later in life couple) going on in the background too. Such a wonderful story all around. Next up, Summer at Trillium Lake by Andrea Christenson. Having attended church camp every summer as a teenager, this one definitely won me over with the summer camp nostalgia... and while it may have been that nostalgia that drew me in, it was the great story that kept me intrigued from start to finish. Sean and Athena both had some issues they had to work through throughout the story and I loved seeing them grow... and get their happily ever after too. Then we come to Loving the Rodeo Queen by Rebecca Reed. Oh goodness, this one was an emotional roller coaster--- in the best way possible. I loved the rodeo aspect of the story, but there was so much depth to Tiago and Quinn's story that kept me captivated throughout. This definitely has a beautiful message of healing throughout, but readers should be aware that a previous assault is mentioned and could be triggering for some readers. Finally, we come to Anxious for Love by Gina Conroy. This one was such a unique read and one that I really enjoyed. Following the heavier themes of the previous book, I really appreciated the humorous moments that this one brought in, though it also had a great message of healing too. These characters won me over very quickly, and while it was certainly a bit of a slow burn, the payoff was absolutely worth it. 

Starry Nights-

The second volume of the collection features four more Christian romances and they were just as wonderful as the previous volume. There was something to love about each and every one of them. First up, Out of Play by Angela Ruth Strong. Bex and Skylar were a great example of opposites attracting... and balancing each other out. Bex is super competitive to the point that I wasn't sure I was going to like her character at first (she's definitely a mom who takes kids' sports super seriously), but I loved watching her growth throughout the story... their chemistry was absolutely fantastic and the girls on the soccer team added so much heart and humor to the story...I couldn't help but love it. Lauren's Second Chance by Carrie Padgett is perfect for reality TV fans... but also super fun for the rest of us too. The idea of bringing in exes to a dating show made it fun and unique. I always love a good second chance romance and this one was done really well. It was a fun read and I really enjoyed not only the main characters, but the side characters too. Her Cowboy Champion by Tabitha Bouldin is another wonderful second chance romance. I really enjoy books with cowboys and/or rodeo, so I was really happy to see another rodeo book in the collection... and it absolutely did not disappoint. Maverick and Sage were really sweet together and I enjoyed seeing them finally get their happily ever after. Finally, we have Love in the Lyrics by Bell Renshaw. I love musician romances almost as much as cowboy, and with this one taking place on a ranch in Montana, you get a little bit of both vibes... and I absolutely adored it! Libby and Harland were wonderful characters with great chemistry, and I couldn't get enough of them together. 

If you're looking for great Christian summer romance reads, this collection is not to be missed! 

About the Authors

Lisa Phillips  Andrea Christenson

Lisa Phillips is a USA Today and top ten Publishers Weekly bestselling author of books that span Harlequin's Love Inspired Suspense line, independently published series romantic suspense, and thriller novels. She's discovered a penchant for high-stakes stories of mayhem and disaster where you can find made-for-each-other love that always ends in happily ever after.

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Andrea Christenson lives in a Minneapolis, MN suburb with her husband and two daughters. When she is not busy homeschooling her girls, she loves to read anything she can get her hands on. She believes that a great loaf of artistic bread can turn a meal into a masterpiece. Andrea’s prayer is to write stories revealing God’s love.

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Rebecca Reed  Gina Conroy

Rebecca Reed loves adventure. From riding race horses to sampling the world's ice cream flavors to writing tales of identity and purpose, she sees obstacles as challenges. You might find her listening to audiobooks on her rural Indiana farm. A wife, mother, and grandmother with a huge, fruit-eating canine, her dream is to bring God glory through fiction that delights readers with compelling, flawed characters whose search for identity and purpose reveals God's truth.

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Born and bred in New York, Gina Conroy now lives in the Midwest where she splits her time, and sometimes her personality, as a writer, teacher, and life balance coach. Whether writing fiction or real life stories, Gina infuses faith with fun and hopes her readers take away a satisfying read that delves just beneath the surface.

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  Carrie Padgett

Angela Ruth Strong works as a flight attendant, survived breast cancer, and uses her own crazy life experiences as inspiration for the stories she writes. Her books have earned TOP PICK in Romantic Times, been nominated for a Christy, won the Cascade Award, and become Amazon bestsellers. She and her husband also got to play extras when her novel Finding Love in Big Sky was adapted for film. To help aspiring authors, Angela started IDAhope Writers where she lives in Idaho.

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Carrie Padgett has lived in every part of California, and currently writes from her office with a view of the Sierra Nevada. She thinks nuts take up room where chocolate ought to be and chips and dip should be its own food group. She and her husband have been married for far longer than most reality shows last. She has two daughters, two sons-in-law, and six grandkids who call her Grammie.

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Tabitha Bouldin  Bell Renshaw

Tabitha Bouldin has a bachelor's degree in creative writing/English from Southern New Hampshire University. She is a Publishers Weekly bestselling author and an avid reader. When she's not homeschooling her kids, you'll find her curled up with a book. Tabitha's genre of choice is Contemporary Christian Romance which she describes as: Adventure with heart.

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Bell Renshaw is a pen name for Emilie Haney. She grew up in the Pacific Northwest and has a love for the outdoors that matches her love for the written word. She turned her passion for stories toward writing at an early age, finding entertainment and adventure in made-up worlds fed by the books her parents read to her as a child. Now, she's still getting lost in those worlds but they are of her own making.

She believes that—no matter what—love fights for what's right. 

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Tour Giveaway

(2) winners will each win paperback copies of both Bright Lights and Starry Nights.

(4) additional winners will each win ebook copies of both Bright Lights and Starry Nights.

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  1. you are a ROCK STAR reviewing all 8 books! Thank you, Randi :)

    1. It was down to the wire on the last one! Ha!


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