Review: Love's Faithful Pomise

Love's Faithful Promise
by Susan Anne Mason

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When her mother suffers a stroke, medical student Deirdre O'Leary makes the difficult choice to put her career on hold to care for her. Dr. Matthew Clayborne is renowned for his amazing results with patients, but when Deirdre approaches him about helping her mother, she finds him challenging and surly. Deirdre has had enough of complicated men in her life. After her fiancé left her, she vowed never to give a man that kind of power again.

Widower Dr. Matthew Clayborne is devoted to two things: his work with wounded soldiers and his four-year-old daughter, Phoebe. He won't abandon either of these priorities to care for one older woman. However, when Phoebe suffers a health scare, they're offered respite at the Irish Meadows farm, where his daughter's weakened lungs can recover--but only if he cares for Mrs. O'Leary.

Matthew intends to hate Irish Meadows, yet he immediately feels at home, and soon both Mrs. O'Leary and Phoebe are showing improvement. But since he has no intention of leaving his life up north forever, and Deirdre has sworn off marriage in favor of her career, how will they deal with the undeniable attraction between them?

What I Loved...

While many other writers water their writing down by stretching out storylines, author Susan Anne Mason loves to pack in as much story as she can get into a single novel. I love that we get both a main and minor storyline that wrap up by novels end. So this series ended up with seven loves stories in a three novel series. LOVE it! (Each novel with two storylines and a very minor storyline of the parents woven throughout the entire series)

The minor storyline of Connor and Jo in this novel ended up being my favorite of all. I really would have loved had this been a main plot.

What I Liked...

As much as I loved Connor and Jo's story, I really enjoyed the main story with Deirdre and Matthew. It did take a a bit longer than I like to get warmed up but once it did, I was all in and ended up staying up past bedtime to finish it.

I was so pleasantly surprised that Mason didn't take the road most traveled in resolving Deirdre's dilemma regarding her future. I am so used to characters gettung it all at the end. It is nice reading a more realistic ending that is still plenty happy!

I always like to see what previous characters are up to and Mason gives us plenty of that with the O'Leary Family. It always makes you feel like part of the family.


This is my favorite covers of the series. I pictured Deirdre this way.

This is a standalone novel. In fact, I read A Worthy Heart (Book 2) just six months ago and did forget a little of who was who before it all rushed back, but even before then, I didn't have trouble keeping up. However, I always suggest reading the others in the series to get more enjoyment out of it.

I am sad to see the end of the series, but I look forward to Mason's new work.

Disclaimer: This book was provided by the publisher through Netgalley. The opinion of this book, is my own and I was not paid or compensated for my review.


Review: Just A Kiss

Just A Kiss
by Denise Hunter

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Watching the love of his life falling for his brother was enough to send Riley straight to boot camp. But over a year later, he’s officially a marine, and Beau and Paige are no longer an item. When Riley’s tour in Afghanistan is up, he intends to confess his feelings to Paige and win his best friend’s heart once and for all.

But all that changes when an IED takes the life of a comrade and leaves Riley an amputee. Now he’s heading home, injured and troubled. His plans to win Paige are a distant dream. She deserves so much more than the man that’s left. All he can do now is put some healthy distance between them. But upon his return he discovers his family has arranged for him to stay with Paige.

Paige is a nurturer at heart and happy to take care of her best buddy. By all appearances he’s adjusting miraculously well to his disability. But as the days pass, Paige begins to see that the smiles and laughter are just a mask for the pain he’s hiding. He has nightmares and mood swings, and his unwavering independence keeps him from accepting help from anyone, including her. To make matters worse, her job is in serious jeopardy. The animal shelter that she’s poured her heart into has lost its funding, and she has three months to come up the money needed to save it.

As the weeks wear on with the two in such close proximity, Paige’s feelings for Riley begin to shift into unchartered territory. Why is she suddenly noticing his corded arm muscles and the way his lips curl at the corners? Will she be able to deny her feelings for another Callahan brother? And will Riley let his heart heal so he can let Paige in?


Just A Kiss is the fourth and final installment in Denise Hunter's Summer Harbor Series. I didn't read the first two books, although I wish I would have, but did read book three, The Wishing Season. The novel is a stand alone novel but characters and storielines from the previous books are intertwined into this book.

If you enjoy lots of angst in your romance novels, than this is right up your alley! I could literally feel the tension between characters Paige and Riley. Lots of emotion (not just attraction) pent up behind a wall that was ready to explode. That always makes for a reader invested and wanting to turn a page. And I was. Denise did not disappoint.

This was my first book with an amputee. I was pleased how Denise conveyed the depth of such a tragedy but it didn't weight down the rest of the book. A good blend of heavy and light reading.

My one issue: I was a little irritated that the communication level between Paige and Riley at times seemed a bit immature. It wasn't a real big deal just a bit of a nuisance.

Overall, I really enjoyed Just A Kiss by Denise Hunter and I do suggest you pick it up. Be sure to pick up and read the others in the series first.

Disclaimer: This book was provided by the publisher through Netgalley. The opinion of this book, is my own and I was not paid or compensated for my review.