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New Adult Spotlight! The Reluctant Bachelorette by Rachael Anderson

I have my adult blog, Clean Adult Fiction, where I post all of my wonderful clean adult reads, but sometimes a book is so wonderful that I have to share it here on my teen blog too. The main character is 24 so this would be in the “New Adult” genre. I was part of the tour with an AWESOME giveaway so CLICK HERE to see my blog tour post with the giveaway!

Title: The Reluctant Bachelorette
Author: Rachael Anderson
Publisher: HEA Publishing
Release Date: September 2012
Pages: 300
Series: none

Unknowingly cast as the bachelorette for her town’s charity event, Taycee Emerson wants out. Especially when she discovers her old teenage crush, Luke Carney, is one of the bachelors and it’s up to the viewers–not her–to decide which bachelors stay or go.

Coerced into participating, Taycee does what any self-preserving girl would do. She launches a subtle attack on Luke’s good name with the hope of getting him voted off the show. Unfortunately, Luke’s an eye-for-an-eye kind of guy, and when he discovers what she’s up to, it means revenge.

But when their pranks go south, will they screw up any chance they have at a future together, or will they be able to forgive and forget and prove that love really does conquer all?

My Thoughts:
Wow I loved this book!! It was the cutest sweetest romance!!! If a clean romance is something you’re interested in (you’re reading my blog so it probably is) then this is the book for you.

Let’s start with the unique story line of the romance. Taycee (I love that name by the way) was twenty-four and an owner of a florist shop in the small Colorado town she grew up in. Luke was her older brothers best friend and her friend too. He left for college when she was 14, and she never seemed to get over her huge crush on the guy. I loved that! How many of us had huge crushes on guys 3 or 4 years older than us when we were 14? I know I did. I didn’t continue the crush after they left high school though, but I wasn’t best friends with the guys like Taycee was with Luke. I just loved how I could really relate to the memories of her youth emotions. So it’s been 10 years since Luke left, and now he’s back in town! Dun dun dun. Hahaha I loved it. I’m sorry if this review is full of giddy-ness. 🙂

The story also revolved around the fact her town was trying to save their farmers. The farmers in their town were losing profit and needed a way to raise money to change their farming methods. The Bachelorette show was a way to earn money for the farmers so there are a lot of emotions Taycee deals with throughout the show. She had a lot of pressure on her for different reasons which I think really added to the depth of the story.

All I can say is I loved this book! I recommend The Reluctant Bachelorette to anyone who loves a unique, beautiful, squeal worthy romance.

Content Ratings: highlight between ( ) to view details
Sexual Content: mild ( kissing )
Language: none
Violence: none

I received the book from Kathy with I Am A Reader, Not A Writer Blog Tours. Thank you! I am not paid for my reviews. My reviews are solely my opinion.

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Reviewed by Kathryn Cooper
Creator of Clean Teen Fiction 
and Clean Adult Fiction

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Adult Book Showcase: Glamorous Illusions by Lisa T. Bergren

I reviewed this book on my Clean Adult Fiction blog and wanted to share it with you since the character is only 20 years old.

Title: Glamorous Illusions
Author: Lisa T. Bergren
Publisher: David C. Cook
Release Date: June 2012
Pages: 416
Series: Grand Tour Series #1
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
4 Stars: I Really Liked It

It’s the summer of 1913 and Cora Kensington’s life on the family farm has taken a dark turn. Not only are the crops failing, but someone dear to Cora is failing as well.

In one fateful afternoon, a stranger comes to call, and Cora discovers a terrible secret about her past…a secret that will radically change her future.

Cora is invited to take the “Grand Tour” of Europe, a journey intended to finish a person’s eduction, to solidify an understanding of ancient culture and contemporary refinement. As she travels from England to France, with kin she’s never known, Cora encounters the blessings of a family name, as well as the curses. But when an unbidden love begins to form, she realizes the journey is only beginning….

The first book in the Grand Tour series will take readers on a journey of cultural refinement, but moreover, explores what truly informs a person’s sense of identity.

My Thoughts:
I loved Lisa T. Bergren’s River of Time series so when I saw this one I knew I had to read it. It was very different from the River of Time books with much less action, but Lisa delivered again with amazing characters you can’t help but fall in love with and scenery you’ll be dying to visit.

Cora (side note: I love that name) was twenty years old when her life changed drastically. Obviously I don’t want to ruin the mystery so I won’t tell you what happens. Some of the other kids her age on the Grand Tour aren’t happy to have a girl from a farm accompanying them. Cora had to learn to maneuver through some tricky relationships. Cora was someone I really wanted to see succeed. I enjoyed watching her journey. There were a few guys with romantic interest involved which always makes the read more interesting for me.

The scenery was beautiful. It made me want to take a tour of Europe. I’ve always wanted visit London and France and Italy. The characters were able to see some amazing sites. There was mystery and excitement throughout. I’m looking forward to continuing the tour with Cora in the next book of the series!

Today is the last day to enter Lisa’s Glam Giveaway for a $350 Visa Cash Card. Click HERE to go to Lisa’s blog post to learn more about it.

There will be a Glamorous Illusions Author Chat Party tomorrow night at 8/7central. Click HERE for the facebook page.

Content Ratings: highlight between ( ) to view details
Sexual Content: mild ( kissing )
Language: none
Violence: very mild ( scuffles, death )

*I received the eBook from the publisher via NetGalley. Thank you! I am not paid for my reviews. My reviews are solely my opinion.*

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Reviewed by Kathryn Cooper
Creator of Clean Teen Fiction and Clean Adult Fiction

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Adult Book Showcase: Queen In Exile by Donna Hatch

Occasionally I want to showcase an adult book I review on my new blog, Clean Adult Fiction. These will be books where the main character is 18-25 years old, pretty close to the Young Adult genre.

Title: Queen In Exile
Author: Donna Hatch
Publisher: Walnut Springs Press
Release Date: March 2010
Pages: 373
Series: none
Source: publisher
5 Stars: I Loved It!

Rumors of War hang over Princess Jeniah’s peaceful country of Arden, a land that shuns both magic and warfare. Following a lifelong dream, Jeniah forms a telepahtic bond with a revered creature called a chayim, who is prophesied to save her kingdom. But when a Darborian knight comes upon Jeniah with her chayim, he sees only a vicious monster about to devour a maiden, and he slays the beast.
Devastated by the loss of her chayim, and fearing that her own magic is evil, Jeniah doubts her destiny. When an enemy invades Arden City, they slaughter the people, storm the castle, and execute the entire royal family except the princess. Rescued by the knight who slew her chayim, Jeniah is now heir to the throne of Arden and the only hope for freeing her people from tyranny.
On the run and hunted by enemy soldiers, Jeniah must place her life and the fate of her kingdom in the hands of this trained killer. Torn between embracing her destiny as queen af Arden, and her love for a mere knight, she must ultimately rely on her magic to save herself and her people from death and tyranny.

My Thoughts:
This book is a new favorite! Writing this review makes me want to go back and read it again. It was so great! I’m gushing now.

This could be Young Adult or Adult. It’s borderline. Jeniah was 18 at the start but nineteen for the majority of the book and twenty at the end. The boy interest was definitely not a little boy. Kai was twenty-six and a powerful warrior brought from an ally country to Jeniah’s country to train their troops. One little detail of Kai’s character I loved was the way he treated his young squire. His kindness made me think highly of him.

I wasn’t sure I would like this book at the beginning. The chayim thing was weird to me at first, but I quickly grew to love the scenery, characters, plot . . . everything! I’m pretty sure I went through every emotion possible during this read. I laughed, sighed, and cried. I was terrified, relieved, and excited. It was as if I lived that year of Jeniah’s life crammed into the two days it took me to read it. I love books that can take me on that journey of emotions.

I recommend Queen In Exile to everyone! It has action AND romance. It doesn’t get better than that.

Content Ratings: highlight between ( ) to view details
Sexual Content: mild/moderate ( kissing, desirous thoughts, threat of rape, 1 country has high moral standards while another country doesn’t think it necessary to wait until marriage for intimacy )
Language: none
Violence: moderate ( war battles, blood, death, torture, mention of rape then murder of woman during a battle )

*I received a review copy of the book from Walnut Springs Press. Thank you! I am not paid for my reviews. My reviews are solely my opinion.*

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Reviewed by Kathryn Cooper
Creator of Clean Teen Fiction