Mountain Charm by Sydney Logan

Mountain Charm by Sydney Logan

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5 out of 5 Stars

*I was provided a copy of Mountain Charm by the author in exchange for an honest review. I am not compensated for my honest opinion.*

Do Appalachian Mountain witches really exist? That’s exactly what Dylan Thomas sets out to find out in the sweet love story, Mountain Charm. Sydney Logan has created another engaging plot, and you’ll be convinced that love charms and healers are real.

Angelina Clark casts a spell on her thirteenth birthday, just like her female ancestors before her have, to find her true love when she turns twenty-one. Unfortunately, by the time of her twenty-first birthday life has dealt her a sour hand and she no longer wants any part of the spell. She believes the attraction she feels to journalist Dylan Thomas isn’t real, and neither is his devotion to her.

But with Dylan’s persistence and her mother’s love, Angelina begins to realize that even if the charm played a part in bringing her love to her, it has no part in keeping them together. Dylan’s not perfect, and he has issues of his own to resolve, so they’ll need to work together like any other couple to make their relationship successful.

If you’re looking for a charming love story, look no further than Mountain Charm. This is another well-written tale with just enough family issues and outside interference to balance the sweetness. I loved that the hero wasn’t the run of the mill alpha male. He had flaws to overcome, making him more believable. And although the story was mostly focused on Angelina, Dylan also had family issues to resolve, adding depth to his character and the plot.

Ms. Logan is a master at happily ever afters, and this book did not disappoint. I look forward to reading more by her in the future.

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Once Upon a December (A Holiday Short Story Collection) by Sydney Logan

Once Upon a December (A Holiday Short Story Collection) by Sydney Logan

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5 out of 5 Stars

*I was provided a copy of Once Upon a December by the author in exchange for an honest review. I am not compensated for my honest opinion.*

Once Upon a December is a collection of three short holiday stories that will lift you up and keep you smiling long after you finish reading. They are sweet and enchanting, and will make you a true believer in holiday miracles.

In Mistletoe Magic, Melanie Taylor’s marriage is on the verge of breaking down. She has no idea what to get her husband for Christmas. But as it turns out, the gift is not what’s important. A chance encounter in an elevator could turn everything around. This story reminds us that the cost of the gift isn’t important, but that the holiday is a chance for reconnecting.

What Child is This? is a story about a man who no longer celebrates Christmas due to events in his past that left him scarred and emotionally absent. But when Thomas Fisher is stranded at the airport not far from his hometown, a young boy shows him what he’s been missing all these years. This sweet tale of love and loss will give you hope that even the most difficult situations can be repaired.

In The Little Drummer Boy, a homeless man points Justin Banks in the direction of a little boy in need, and Justin realizes this is the perfect gift for his wife. Giving little Luke the perfect Christmas also gives Justin and Megan the family they’ve always wanted. This is a moving story filled with hopefulness and love.

As always, Ms. Logan delivers inspiring stories that are a pleasure to read.

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Songbird by Sydney Logan

Songbird by Sydney Logan

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5 out of 5 Stars

*I was provided an ARC of Songbird by the author in exchange for an honest review. I am not compensated for my honest opinion.*

Callie Franklin wants nothing more than to work her way up the newsroom ladder so she can report on something interesting and make a name for herself. So focused on her career, she doesn’t have time for a boyfriend, and she doesn’t do one night stands. That is, until she meets someone in a bar the night before her best friend’s wedding.

Devin McAllister prefers casual relationships so he’s not tempted to give over his heart—something that’s not available. But since his night with Callie, he can’t get her off his mind. When he runs into her at a charity function, he hopes to make the most out of the chance encounter. Callie telling him she’s pregnant with his child is not at all what he expects.

Neither Devin nor Callie are ready for a baby, but they’ll have to take what life’s thrown at them. Now they’ll just need to figure out if they also have a place in each other’s hearts.

Songbird is a sweet contemporary romance with a touch of drama. The heartfelt story will leave you with a feel-good smile on your face. Neither of the main characters is ready for a relationship when they meet, but their attraction is undeniable. When circumstances push them back together, they have to do their best to adapt while their feelings continue to grow. In the end, they make a lasting relationship out of an unusual situation.

I truly enjoyed every minute of this book. Watching Devin and Callie grow—separately and together—was a pleasure. Callie didn’t have a very good role model in her mother, which pushed Callie to be more independent than she needed to be. She took on her mother’s mistakes as her own and tried to prove herself better. It wasn’t until Devin came into her life and wanted to make it easier on her that Callie realized she didn’t have to be the perfect independent woman her mother wanted her to be. Devin’s desire to take care of Callie and the baby gave Callie the chance to let go of the reins a little.

While Devin’s family was near-perfect, his heart had been shattered at a young age and he was unwilling to risk it again. He’d lived his life with little attachment, but his attraction to Callie had him all tied up in knots. Then a baby was added to the mix, and Devin didn’t know how to handle himself. With the help of his family, he was able to let go of his fears and open his heart once again, letting in his love for not only his baby, but Callie too.

The secondary characters were an enjoyable addition. The relationship between Callie and her two best friends was natural and fun to watch. I loved seeing them share ice cream over boy-talk or arguing over what Callie should do.

This book was truly engaging and kept me reading page after page. Mostly lighthearted, there was just enough drama to make things interesting. I would definitely recommend it and look forward to reading more by Ms. Logan.

Songbird will be available on October 3, 2015.

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Pros & Cons by Sydney Logan

Pros & Cons by Sydney Logan

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4 out of 5 Stars

*I was gifted a copy of Pros & Cons by the author. I am not compensated for my honest opinion.*

Jenna York has made a good life for herself as a con artist and doesn’t understand why her partner wants to stop living the life and settle down—especially since her partner is in love with one of their rivals. The other half of the rival con artist team, Ethan Summers, pushes all of Jenna’s buttons every time they cross paths. With Jenna’s father pressuring her to get out of the business, she wants nothing more than to keep him out of the line of fire.

Ethan is attracted to Jenna; there’s no denying that. What he doesn’t realize is that his feelings may run deeper than he thought he was capable of. When tragedy strikes, Ethan and Jenna band together to fight their common enemy, but more surprises are in store for the conniving couple, and suddenly all their plans and dreams look different than before. With more at stake than ever, they’ll be in for the fight of their lives to save their family.

Pros & Cons is a contemporary romance with a little bit of thriller added in. I loved the idea of the main characters being involved in a life of crime, yet somehow they were still the “good guys” of the story. The tension between Jenna and Ethan as they pushed each other away was exciting without being overdone. I especially enjoyed the way they bickered back and forth while their feelings remained just under the surface.

The story included some secondary characters who were also easy to love. Ethan and Jenna were each partnered with their best friends, and their best friends fell in love with each other. The relationship between their partners was well-incorporated into Jenna and Ethan’s story, enough so I felt an attachment to this secondary relationship as well. We also got a peek into the lives of Ethan’s parents, Jenna’s father, and Ethan’s pilot who became an important part of the story.

Only a few things kept this from being a five-star book in my opinion. I would have liked to see a little more of the actual con jobs that Ethan and Jenna pulled, either separately with their original partners or together once they formed their own team. We got more detail of their home life than their adventures. I also felt the climax was a little lacking in action, although I still enjoyed the resolution of the plot very much. Thankfully the few minor editing issues didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the story.

Overall, I was caught up in Ethan and Jenna’s lives and really liked this book. I will definitely read more by this author.

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