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Friday, June 15, 2018

TLC Book Tours presents... HERONS LANDING by JoAnn Ross - REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!

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Today, we're joining TLC Book Tours for a stop along their current promotion for a recent release via HQN!  It stars the work of JoAnn Ross (new-to-me, but not anymore!) and just so happens to be the FIRST in a NEW SERIES, so if you're like me and love nothing more than to sink your teeth into a great small town romance with the promise of more to come, THIS ONE'S FOR YOU!  Ready or not, get your bags packed and ready to go...oh, and bring a slicker, rain is a usual occurrence...because we're heading to the great north west as we escape between the pages of today's blog tour guest and book of choice...

Honeymoon Harbor, Book 1
JoAnn Ross

About the book...
There’s no place to fall in love like the place you left your heart 

Welcome to Honeymoon Harbor, the brand-new, long-awaited series by beloved New York Times bestselling author JoAnn Ross, where unforgettable characters come face-to-face with the kind of love that grabs your heart and never lets go.

Working as a Las Vegas concierge, Brianna Mannion is an expert at making other people’s wishes come true. It’s satisfying work, but a visit home to scenic Honeymoon Harbor turns into a permanent stay when she’s reminded of everything she’s missing: the idyllic small-town charm; the old Victorian house she’d always coveted; and Seth Harper, her best friend’s widower and the neighborhood boy she once crushed on—hard. After years spent serving others, maybe Brianna’s finally ready to chase dreams of her own.

Since losing his wife, Seth has kept busy running the Harper family’s renovation business and flying way under the social radar. But when Brianna hires him to convert her aging dream home into a romantic B and B, working together presents a heart-stopping temptation Seth never saw coming. With guilt and grief his only companions for so long, he’ll have to step out of the past long enough to recognize the beautiful life Brianna and he could build together.

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This is a story about love and friendship, heartbreak and healing, loss and second chances.  This is a story that will have falling in love with the lead characters, only to feel like one of the family as you let all those that surround them into your heart.  This is a story by a new-to-me author that opens a new series that will have a home on my wish list as long as it's being written.  Yes, my friends, I fell that hard for this book.

Brianna is SUCH a great leading lady, though she'd never steal the spotlight from anyone else.  She's kind yet strong, talented in so many ways, and a romantic through and through, though her heart has always belonged to the one that got away.  Well, okay...honestly, he didn't so much get away as fall for another before actually being "got" in any sense of the word, but despite that obstacle, their friendship remained (all three of them actually!), and that connection from days gone by will show its strength through the years, good times and bad, and when the time is right shine for all its worth to reveal what was there all along.  

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Seth, on the other hand, is...okay, he's a great lead as well, and SO easy on the eyes, but the trauma he's faced has frozen his heart like the Washington landscape in winter.  Don't get me wrong, he still cares for others, takes in stray dogs, and lends a helping hand, but he's done away with any of those niceties towards himself, making him a bit of a miser.  (Sorry,'s true though!)  Lucky for him, Brianna's unexpected arrival and life plan is about to tempt him to thaw out the icebox he calls a heart...and while she's teaching him the finer points of actually LIVING, he may find that second chances are well worth the risk.

Like I said, I fell hard for this one, from cover to cover.  I adored the leads, but their friends and families were JUST as wonderful as the two of them.  The backstory's for everyone were both fitting and realistic...I can totally vouch for Bri's "acting" abilities as anyone can that has made it in the customer service or hospitality industries...and the potential futures were tinged with just enough hope to make you hold on til the end to see just how things worked out.  So yes, I'm recommending this one to adult Contemporary Romance fans (some steamy scenes!), and suggesting you make room on your wish list for future installments because it has the potential to REALLY make a splash!

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About the author...

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author JoAnn Ross has been published in twenty-seven countries. A member of Romance Writers of America’s Honor Roll of bestselling authors, JoAnn lives with her husband and three rescued dogs — who pretty much rule the house — in the Pacific Northwest. Visit her on the web at

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Special thanks to Lisa at TLC Book Tours for the chance to bring this tour to you and to the Harlequin Books team for the ARC for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, the publisher, THIS TOUR, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title celebrated its book birthday just last month via HQN, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.  Be sure to check out the rest of the tour for more bookish fun!


Up for grabs, (1) print copy of Herons Landing to call your own!
To enter, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below and you're in it to win it.
*Open to US residents only; no PO Boxes please.  Entries will be accepted through June 23rd, 2018 midnight CST.  Winner will be drawn, emailed, and have 48 hours to respond with their full mailing information, which will be passed to the tour contact/publisher for prize send out.  If no response is received in the given time frame, a new winner will be chosen.  No personal information will be used or retained for purposes outside of this contest.  SFIR is not responsible for prizes not received.

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!


traveler said...

This book sounds emotional, captivating and the characters interesting. Your review was great. I haven't read this author's novels but this new release and the town sounds wonderful.

Tracy Terry said...

'Unforgettable characters come face-to-face with the kind of love that grabs your heart and never lets go' .... This book didn't particularly shout to me until I read this, thanks for featuring it.

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

What a fantastic review! I'm thrilled to see how much you loved this one! Thanks for being on the tour.

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