Thursday, September 29, 2016

Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: Stolen Away by Jennie Marts


Stolen Away by Jennie Marts
(Hearts of Montana #3)
September 26, 2016
280 pages
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Contains: Sex and some language

Elusive charmer Cash Walker is a tough-as-nails cowboy, except when it comes to the shy woman who shows up with a pretty smile, a wounded spirit, and a goat riding shotgun in her passenger seat.

Recently divorced from an abusive husband, Emma Frank has come home to Broken Falls, Montana. Lost, alone, and unable to escape the bullying tactics of her ex-brothers-in-law, she finds solace and friendship at the Tucked Away farm and with the handsome cowboy who believes in her and who helps her find her own courage.

There's a darkness in Cash's past that's kept him from ever letting anyone get too close, but he can't seem to stay away from Emma, who seems to be the one to finally break through his tough exterior and steal this cowboy's heart.

'Stolen Away' was my first Jennie Marts book, and I am a new fan. Being a big city girl myself, I loved being swept away into this small town with country girl Emma, cowboy Cash, and their endearing friends. But what I especially liked was being swept away into Emma and Cash's sweet love story.

Emma, with her abusive past and harassing ex-family, clearly needs to catch a break and a gentle touch. Stumbling into Cash's life, and with that a new set of friends, was just the tender hope she needed. And Cash, with his own complicated past, was the perfect person to know what kind of friend she needed. What neither expected was that the simple extension of kindness and friendship would lead to so much more.

I enjoyed watching Emma's journey from timid victim to strong survivor. I loved the support she got from those around her, and how her confidence and hope grew. To have gone through what her ex did, yet still have a heart of kindness and hope, and then a willingness to put her heart and vulnerability on the line with her blossoming feelings for Cash, truly showed how strong she was. I loved her redemption.

Cash had his own journey to travel. With a past that continued to affect him, he had almost as much to overcome as Emma did. I loved his heart, though. He was the perfect match for Emma, and though he didn't recognize it in himself, he was such a gentleman, with overflowing gentleness, compassion, and love. He's quite the cowboy catch. Then to see Cash and Emma journey together, overcoming obstacles both internal and external, had me cheering for them from start to finish. I loved the final outcome!

'Stolen Away' was a beautiful journey of overcoming abuse with strength, friendship, hope, and love. It was a broken woman becoming a champion, a broken man becoming a hero, and a love story of two hearts healing each other.

He looked down at her, and his heart swelled with the love and compassion he saw shining in her eyes.

“Thank you,” she said.

“Thank you? What the hell are you thanking me for? For telling you that I’m an emotionally closed-off broken man?”

“For telling me your story.” She reached up and caressed his cheek. “And we’re all broken. We all have things in our past that form who we are now. I thought I was broken, thought my heart was so torn apart that it wouldn’t ever work again, that I wouldn’t ever be able to feel anything real again. And that I’d never be able to care for another man. But meeting you started my heart beating again. And even in the short time I’ve known you, my heart acts like it’s been waiting for you all along.”

Her words flowed through him, like a salve to his bruised and shaken soul. “I haven’t cared enough about anyone since then to want to take the chance on—to risk letting myself get caught up with—to hazard giving them my heart.”

“You can take a chance on me.”

He looked into her eyes, and he believed her. He’d been alone for so long, and she was the first person he’d wanted to try having a relationship with. The first person who made his heart stand up and take notice.

Hell, it wasn’t just his heart that took notice when she was around. Every part of him responded to the simple nearness of her.

Looking at her now, her eyes full of care and her lips slightly parted—rose-colored and full—and just waiting to be kissed.

“I already have.” Leaning down, he took her mouth, captured it in his, kissing her with all the passion and hunger that he felt for her. He’d bared his soul, and she hadn’t gone running.

In fact, she’d snuggled closer and held out her own heart.

And he didn’t want to hurt her. Ever.

If he took her heart, he vowed to protect it, to protect her, to never let her be hurt again.


CATCH UP WITH THE OTHER BOOKS IN THE HEARTS OF MONTANA SERIES!

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Synopsis: Sometimes you find what you need in the most unlikely places... Charlie Ryan's cheating fiancé left her with a broken heart and even broker bank account. She's hit rock bottom, but everything is about to change. Suddenly, she's inherited a Montana farm named Tucked Away from a grandmother she never knew existed. A fresh start is just what she needs - and no men in her future this time, even if the local vet is as hot as a Montana summer. Zack Cooper is content with his simple life. Running his veterinary practice and raising his daughter are enough to keep him busy, and he doesn't need a high-maintenance city girl like his ex who plans to sell her grandma's ranch and split faster than a setting sun. So why can't he stop thinking about Charlie and her hot-pink cowboy boots...and the way her eyes say she wants to stay while her lips tease him with plans of leaving? Just when both start to believe love might be worth the risk...one night will change everything.

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Synopsis: Secrets have a way of revealing themselves…. Right after a fire breaks out in her diner, a phone call changes Cherry Hill’s life. The tragic death of her cousin leaves Cherry sole guardian of her eight-year-old nephew. But the upper crust side of the Hill family deems her unfit and is determined to take Sam away from her. The only one on her side is the sexy sheriff, Taylor Johnson, the man who broke her heart nine years ago when he left town. Taylor Johnson has sworn to protect the citizens of Broken Falls, but should that extend to a fake engagement to the woman who captured his heart so long ago? It doesn’t take long for his pretend feelings to turn real for both Cherry and her adorable nephew, Sam. But Cherry’s been hiding a secret from Taylor that could rip this new family apart…


ABOUT JENNIE MARTS

Jennie Marts Jennie Marts loves to make readers laugh as she weaves stories filled with love, friendship and intrigue. She is a USA TODAY Best-selling author and writes for Entangled Publishing. Reviewers call her books “laugh out loud” funny and full of great characters that are “endearing and relatable.”
She is living her own happily ever after in the mountains of Colorado with her husband, two sons, two dogs and a parakeet that loves to tweet to the oldies. She’s addicted to Diet Coke, adores Cheetos, and believes you can’t have too many books, shoes, or friends.
Her books include the contemporary western romance Hearts of Montana series, the romantic comedy/ cozy mysteries of The Page Turners series, and her latest series about hot hockey players, the Bannister Brothers Books. Jennie loves to hear from readers. Follow her on Facebook at Jennie Marts Books , or Twitter at @JennieMarts. Visit her at www.jenniemarts.com and sign up for her newsletter to keep up with the latest news and releases.


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