Saturday, March 1, 2014

The Ransom

Imagine me 13 years younger, in a cute blue and white cheerleader outfit with a smile the size of Montana.... and don't you dare laugh! ....OK, maybe you can laugh a little bit.

Give me an "A": A!
Give me an "L": L!
Give me an "E": E!
Give me an "X": X!

Gooooooooo, ALEX!!! WOOOO!!!!! (Jumping up and down, waving pom-poms kicking--etc, etc.)

Well, I can tell you couldn't imagine such a thing without rolling on the floor, IN TEARS from laughter, but seriously--you will do the same thing when you read MaryLu's new book The Ransom. It is definitely one of THE BEST!

Book Rating: Best of the Best

I knew I was going to love this book. I am a HUGE MaryLu fan--in fact I can't think of a single one of her books that I didn't devour in a matter of days--or hours in some cases! This book was no different.

Juliana Dutton is not unlike many heroine's you have read about--but that doesn't stop her from being fabulous! Stubborn and brave, Juliana is determined to continue her mother's legacy of caring at the orphanage and run her dying father's business no matter what anyone says--or does to stop her! If only she can get that dashing--and frighteningly mysterious--Pirate Earl out of her mind.

Alex Hyde is just about one of the most dashing heroes I have ever read, ladies. (Hence the cheering at the beginning...) The thing I really enjoyed about this hero was his struggle to find himself and his eventual "coming to Christ".  Not only were his good looks (think Chris Hemsworth in Snow White and the Hunstman...) and charm enough to make any woman stay up until three in the morning, you get to enjoy several FABULOUS rescue scenes, and we KNOW ladies love a damsel in distress, right?! *teehee* At least I do....

There are so many fun twists and mysteries in this book, I don't want to say much more for fear of giving anything away. But I will say this--the setting, Port Royal, Jamaica was enchanting! MaryLu can always make you feel, taste and smell everything around you. Let's just say, as much as I loved it, I wouldn't have wanted to visit there! Yikes! (Read it and you'll know what I mean!)

Thank you so much, MaryLu, for allowing me to read this as an influencer! I loved every word and can't wait for more!!

Here's where the GIVEAWAY comes in! If you are interested in being entered to win, please comment below and tell me which of MaryLu's books is your favorite! Don't forget to leave your email addy. This giveaway will be open for two weeks. Tell your friends! Believe me--you'll want to read this!

Can't wait to hear what you think about this one!


Happy Reading!!
BUY IT! (Just FYI, right now it's only available in ebook, but in a few days it will be available in print as well!!)


  1. Wow! This book sounds good. I love reading your reviews, Amber. You get right to the point in what you loved and what you didn't particularly like about a book.

    I have really enjoyed the two books of MaryLu's that I have read so far. That's correct. You heard me right. Only two. Between my e-reader and my TBR stack on my floor there are SIX of her novels waiting to be read by me. Aaa! Out the two I have read I would say my favorite is "Surrender the Heart". That will probably change once I read her others. Have you read all of hers so far, Amber?

    1. Hi Sylvia!!
      So glad you stopped by and left a comment, I always love hearing from you!
      I loved SURRENDER THE NIGHT! So, so good!!! No, I haven't read all hers yet, but I really want to! She's one of my favorite authors--I just love her style. :)
      Let me know when you've read this one! Can't wait to know what you think about it!

  2. I have several of her books on my to-read list, but haven't started any of them yet. After hearing you rave, I'm going to get started asap! Thanks for your great review!

    colorvibrant at gmail dot com
    Heidi Reads...

    1. Heidi!
      (I'm going to email you back regarding your email from yesterday, by the way...;))
      So glad you commented, thank you! Oh, I can't wait for you to start reading some of MaryLu's books, they are some of my favorite! You'll have to let me know what you think!

  3. Hi Amber,
    I haven't read anything by her yet, although I have three in my TBR pile. Sounds like I need to read her next! Also, looking forward to YOUR new book!! :)

  4. Amber, loved the review I am looking forward to reading the Ransom.
    I have read Elusive Hope and loved it. Mary Lu is such a gifted writer. I am hoping to get to her other books soon. Thank you

  5. I haven't read any of MaryLu's books, but I have several in my TBR stack. They all look good.
    susanmsj at msn dot com

  6. It looks like Mary Lu has quite a few books out there, but I think I have only read two of them... Veil of Pearls and Surrender the Heart. Both very good!


  7. I loved her first book in this series, Redemption, and the other two are in my TBR pile. I also loved the Surrender to Destiny books (3rd one is in my TBR pile, too). Thanks for the giveaway.
    garfsgirl [at] hotmail [dot] com