Cat’s Meow Reviews that Purr~~ Valentines Special ~~Valentines Pets and Kisses Box set

Hi Y’all Its time for a new review special. This month I am featuring Valentine books. Some will have sweet romances of Valentine stories other may have the cupid himself. I have rounded up a few great sounding books so join me for the fun and see if you find a book or several to add to your reading list this month.

I am kicking the month off with a boxed set called Valentine Pets and Kisses. It has 14 sweet romances books by 14 fabulous authors.

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I am reviewing three of the stories for you this week and featuring Rachelle Alaya, Aubrey Wynne, and Cindy Flores Martinez.

First up is Aubrey Wynne with

19 Ivy Lane –  A mysterious woman and her cat befriend a postman and set tongues wagging on Ivy Lane. But when he delivers a long-awaited letter, will his heart be “returned to sender?”

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My Review ~5 meows

Eloise is a young want to be actress. She is young, beautiful and gullible. She falls for a popular screenwriters charms and thinks he is going to ask her to marry him. Instead, he tells her he is going to go to Rome for a shoot. Left near penniless and homeless he makes her and offer to get a place his aunt left him in a small remote town ready to place on the market.
Victor, the local mailman, has had his eye on 19 Ivy-lane for all of his life. It has been his dream home but when the widow died and left it to her sister, no one ever came to sell it. One day a beautiful woman shows up to clean it up. Will he get more in the bargain than a home or will he get broken heart?

19 Ivy-lane is a poignant historical, romance. I loved Eloise and Victor and routed all the way. If you like a lovely, well-written, clean historical romance you will adore this one!

I asked Aubrey if she ever received a Pet for Valentines.

The Year of The Fish: I wanted a puppy or another horse. My husband did not. “We have two horses and a mule and two dogs. We’re good.” Over 40, I knew it would fill that maternal need that my classroom children could not. I needed something else to smother.

On Valentine’s Day, my stubborn husband presented with a beta fish. Much to his surprise, I loved him. I named him Azul for his bright beautiful blue color, put him in a huge crystal flower vase (that made my mother daily, wiggling his tail.

Yes, I know. That’s how they swim. Yes, I know. They can’t “hear.” But I swear that fish enjoyed my company. He would stay and watch me for as long as I sat next to his crystal aquarium. He lived almost three years. Quite long for a beta, I think. And I give credit the one-sided conversations we had.

Meet  Aubrey Wynne

Bestselling and award-winning author Aubrey Wynne resides in the Midwest with her husband, dogs, horses, mule and barn cats. She is an elementary teacher by trade, champion of children and animals by conscience, and author by night. Obsessions include history, travel, trail riding and all things Christmas. Her stories, Merry Christmas, Henry, and Pete’s Mighty Purty Privies received Best Short Romance and Other in the Preditors & Editors Reader’s Choice of 2013 and 2014.

Aubrey’s life experiences are often hidden “between the lines” of her books. As a volunteer humane investigator for rural Illinois, the furry friends she has encountered often make appearances in her stories. The upcoming  series “A Vintage Romance” was inspired by tales of her stepfather, who served for the British Air Force in WWII. The stories will be set in the first half of the 20th century, beginning with 19 Ivy Lane, in 1950s Hollywood. Wynne’s first love is historical romance. Her medieval fantasy series “Medieval Encounters” will launch in 2016 with Rolf’s Quest.

You can stalk—oops—follow Aubrey
Website:

http://aubreywynneauthor.wordpress.com

Amazon page:

http://www.amazon.com/AubreyWynne/e/B00II8QD6G/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/magnificentvalor

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/Aubreywynne51

Pinterest:

https://www.pinterest.com/aubreywynne51/

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/Aubreywynne51

Next up is Rachelle Alaya and The Valentine Hounddog

Valentine Hound Dog – Rachelle Ayala
A fashion designer and her basset hound puppy convince a burned ex-firefighter that beauty is never skin deep and neither is love.

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 My Review 5 meows 

I loved this story. It is my first in the Have a Hart series( I did buy the first after reading this) and am eagerly waiting for Connor’s story.
Valentine Hounddog is a sweet short story about a beautiful fashion designer and an ex-fireman that was burned severely in a fire. This is a fresh take on the beauty and the beast story though I hated whenever the presses or anyone referred to him as a beast. I never saw him as anything but a hero and a very sexy, sweet, kind man at that.
Take a hot man that risk’s his life to save children falls in love with a cute, funny basset hound and a fashion designer he thinks is out of his league you have a well-written story you won’t want to put down.

I asked Rachelle a favorite Valentine Memory

  Playing Stupid Cupid in our college dorm and buying nasty magazines for my target. Cutting out pictures and pasting them inside a heart shaped box of chocolate so when he opened the chocolate box everyone got a great view of the pictures. 

Meet Rachelle

Rachelle Ayala is a bestselling author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. Her foremost goal is to take readers on a shared emotional journey with her characters as they grow and become more true to themselves. Rachelle believes in the power of love to overcome obstacles and feels that everyone should find love as often as possible, especially if it’s within the pages of a book.

Her book, Knowing Vera, won the 2015 Angie Ovation Award, and A Father for Christmas garnered a 2015 Readers’ Favorite Gold Award.

She is also a writing teacher and founder of the Romance In A Month writing community. She lives in California with her husband and has three children and two birds.

You can stalk—oops—follow Rachelle

Download a FREE surprise ebook by subscribing to her newsletter: http://bit.ly/RachAyala and find her books at online retailers Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Apple iBookstore, Google Play, and Smashwords. Borrow her books at Scribd.

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Last but  not least is  Cindy Flores Martinez with Three plus Three by Cindy Flores Martinez

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Two years after losing her husband, a grieving widow, Violet, and their beloved bichon fries visit their favorite place the day before Valentine’s Day. While they are there, Violet meets a handsome widower who makes her feel alive again.

My Review 5 meows

  I can’t say much more about this without spoilers the blurb above says it all.

Three Plus Three is a bit sadder than the other two, yet just as beautiful and a sweet romance. My heart went out to both Violet and Tom. A lovely well-written story perfect for a valentine read.

Cindy is going to share a favorite Valentine Memory.

My Favorite Valentine’s Day

by

Cindy Flores Martinez

 

When I look back through the past, I can remember so many wonderful Valentine’s Days. There were the times my dad took my mom and me to dinner, the times I went to school dances or parties, and the times I celebrated with the men in my life. I can even remember some of the gifts I received, but when I consider my most favorite Valentine’s Day, my thoughts drift back to my childhood. Nothing else was more exciting than being in the first, second and third grade and celebrating that special day at school.

Every year was the same fun-filled experience. The night before the big event, my parents would take me to the store where I pored over all the boxed Valentine’s Day cards, which always had a variety of designs on the inside. Choosing only one wasn’t easy, but I finally settled on a collection. Afterward, I would rush home, spread them all out on the dining room table and decide which students I wanted to give them to. The prettiest cards always went to my friends. The cards I liked the least were for the mean kids. It was my childish revenge, I guess.

The next day, the anticipation overwhelmed me as I made my way to school with all of those cards carefully stored inside a shoe box. Sheer excitement followed as we all exchanged cards and then admired the ones we received during our party, which was full of sweet Valentine treats. Those days were so simple.A complete contrast to the romantic dinners and gifts of adulthood, but they were unforgettable. I’m sure I’m not the only one who fondly looks back at those times.

 

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You can stalk—oops—follow Cindy

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FOURTEEN ALL-NEW, SWEET VALENTINE ROMANCES

Candy and canines. Flowers and felines. Celebrate this Valentine’s Day with your sweethearts of the human and fuzzy varieties!

Nothing is more heart-warming than kisses from the pet who adores you and the man who loves you, so snuggle up with VALENTINE PETS & KISSES — an anthology of fourteen sweet romances from USA Today bestselling and award-winning authors — and strike the perfect mood for moonlit walks and candlelight dinners with your pet and sweetheart.

Valentine Hound Dog – Rachelle Ayala
A fashion designer and her basset hound puppy convince a burned ex-firefighter that beauty is never skin deep and neither is love.

The Crazy Girl’s Handbook – DelSheree Gladden
Watching her nephews was supposed to be a fun and relaxing weekend for Greenly, not a never ending disaster all witnessed by the best blind date she ever stood up.

The Vet’s Valentine Gift – J.L. Campbell
A veterinarian is caught between his job, an ex, a menagerie and love. Can a little Cupid fix things by Valentine’s Day?

Her Perfect Catch – K.L. Brady
Years of faithful dog-sitting pays sweet dividends when a struggling sports writer scores tickets to the Super Bowl and encounters her favorite football player.

Inflamed – Jade Kerrion
A firefighter running from his past convinces a hard-luck single mother to believe in happy endings.

Remember When – Hope Welsh
Laura and Brent really tried to make their marriage work, but in the end, it just wasn’t meant to be–or was it?

Your Biggest Fan? – Sydney Aaliyah Michelle
Snowed in with the man of her dreams, a football fan and her dog find love.

The Feline Fix – Caroline Bell Foster
A scientist questions her cat’s loyalty when it comes to love and a hunky policeman.

Trembling Hearts – Suzette Riddick

A daring young woman crashes into the life of a disfigured recluse and his pooch. Can love be far behind?

Valentino, Be Mine – Tina D.C. Hayes
Sparks fly when two people who can’t stand each other wind up dog-sitting a rambunctious little Yorkie that needs a new home.

Lost and Found – Jeanne Bannon
Stuck with her ex’s puppy, a young teacher meets a new man after a series of unfortunate events.

Surviving San Francisco – Susan Oloier
A small town girl survives San Francisco after she hits a cat and falls for a handsome veterinarian.

19 Ivy Lane – Aubrey Wynne A mysterious woman and her cat befriend a postman and set tongues wagging on Ivy Lane. But when he delivers a long-awaited letter, will his heart be “returned to sender?”

Three Plus Three – Cindy Flores Martinez
A grieving widow and her beloved doggie meet a handsome widower the day before Valentine’s Day.

More books by Rachelle Ayala

 

Michal’s Window

Sports Romances

Played by Love

Playing the Rookie

Roaring Hot!

Playing Without Rules

The Remingtons: Leap, Laugh, Love

Intercepted by Love [Parts 1 – 6]

Playing Catch

Christmas Romances

A Father for Christmas

Christmas Flirt

Christmas Stray

A Pet for Christmas

Christmas Lovebirds

Santa’s Pet

Jewells in Love

Whole Latte Love

 

Chance for Love

Broken Build

Hidden Under Her Heart

Knowing Vera

 

Sánchez Sisters

Taming Romeo

Claiming Carlos

 

Comments

  1. Thanks so much for the spotlight!

  2. Great posts and awesome reviews!! Thanks for hosting this stop our tour!!

  3. Thanks so much for sharing and for the wonderful review~&

  4. Cindy Flores Martinez says:

    Thank you so much for welcoming us! I’m glad you enjoyed my story.

  5. All three books sound wonderful. Thanks for bringing them to our attention. I also love the valentine question. Great spotlight for the month.

    • Cathy Brockman says:

      Thank you It made me want the rest of the box set. if you like sweet fum romance these were awesome and i think can be bought separately as well

  6. Thanks so much, Cathy! Lovely page and hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

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