Harlequin Love Inspired Series {review}

Whenever I would think of a Harlequin romance, my mind would run to a book cover with a man and a woman enveloped in each other’s arms. I heard how steamy the stories were, so I never read them when I was younger. As I got older, my interest never moved towards wanting to read a Harlequin romance novel.

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My opinion regarding Harlequin books changed when I was introduced to their Love Inspired book series, which are faith-based and everything, as a Christian, I want in a romance novel. The book covers are even ones I would not be embarrassed for someone to see while I am reading one of the books.

The books come monthly in a quantity of six. I received The Bachelor Takes a Bride by Brenda Minton; The Doctor’s Second Chance by Missy Tippens; The Single Dad Finds a Wife by Felicia Mason; Winning the Teacher’s Heart by Jean C. Gordon; Bachelor to the Rescue by Lorraine Beatty and A Firefighter’s Promise by Patricia Johns. The book covers made me smile with depictions of happy couples or families. All of the aforementioned books and others may be purchase from Harlequin {http://www.harlequin.com/store.html?cid=236}.

Love Inspired books: faith-based entertainment for women that nourishes the soul as it affirms the values of devotion, hope and love.

With six books from which to choose, it was really a toss-up as to which book to read first. The lucky book that really caught my eye and grabbed my interest was A Firefighter’s Promise.

I like romance, but I do not like to read torrid type romances. Just as in real-life, you want the romance to be slow, thoughtful and how you would want to be romanced as a Christian. And yes, the stories do draw you in.

A Firefighter’s Promise, which was actually hard for me to put down, tells the story of Deputy Fire Chief Matt Bailey, Rachel Carter and her son, Christopher. Rachel is a firefighter widow who has been raising her son, whom Matt saved when Christopher was an infant. Haunted by an on-the-job failure, Matt is wants to escape from the town where he has lived all of his life, while Rachel is returning to the same to start a new life for her and Christopher. They both must decide if what they desire for their lives is the path God really has for them.

I read the book in three days in between life – cooking, cleaning and doing every thing else one needs to do. There was good story telling, romance, anticipation of how the story would end and nothing “preachy.” Johns’ writing style was engaging in a manner that made following the story very easy holding my attention to see what was going to happen next.

Each month, readers receive six titles. That may seem quite a bit for your average reader like me, but I could see myself reading and finishing the books in a little over one month. The books offer a good and clean (content) escape, where grabbing a few minutes throughout each day would make it possible to quickly finish each book before your next month delivery arrived.

The books are currently on sale through Thursday, May 28 and would make a perfect gift for Mother’s Day. They only have a shelf life

Take a look at the books offered through the Love Inspired Series.

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“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

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