What are you #reading? This week’s #FridayReads are #free on #KU

I’m so sorry for missing last week’s #FridayReads! To make up for it, I’m posting an entire series this week. If you’re a fast reader, this one will keep you busy all weekend.

Katie Mettner’s Northern Lights Series is one of my favorites. I’ve read every book in the series and they’re truly great reads. Katie has recently had new covers designed for this series. The covers were done by Carrie Butler from Forward Authority. Carrie is also the designer behind all of the new Embrace Series covers. Be sure to click the link to check out her work.

Granted Redemption, Book One

A lifetime ago Grant Harris was an Australian surfer at the top of his sport, until one wave changed everything. Fifteen years later, Grant had become bitter, lonely, and disillusioned. He was ready to put his past behind him, but to do that he must face it head-on. A new job all the way across the country in Duluth, Minnesota was his only hope of ridding himself of the ghost that haunts him.

A lifetime ago Carla Coffers was a runaway teen with no family and no hope for a future. Fifteen years later, she was a successful businesswoman as owner of Carla’s Kinky Café, on beautiful Lake Superior. Her friends thought she had it all, but Carla still yearned for the one thing she never had, a family.

Grant and Carla’s lives collide one fall day, neither of them expecting to find their future in the eyes of the other. A cup of coffee, a car, and a confession come together to grant them redemption from the past and hope for the future.

My Review

Katie Mettner has done it again. She has drawn me in and made me fall in love with her characters. Carla and Grant so beautifully bring themselves out of their daily despair and allow themselves a second chance. However, it seems without the other, it wouldn’t have been possible. The characters so carefully compliment each other. At first, Carla comes across and a smart and sassy businesswoman, but you quickly realize she fights invisible demons every day. Grant’s a free spirit on the outside, making people believe he doesn’t have a care in the world. The surfer dude who belongs on a beach. He too bears heavyweights on his shoulders. He’s too tightly bound to his past and to his regrets to let himself live happily.
You’ll love reading about their journey and getting to know them. You’ll feel like a member of their community and wish you could drink a Kinky Karmel Kuffs with them in the café, but most of all, you’ll love reading about their growth and redemption.
Don’t be fooled by though, this is a HOT love story about two people who fight their way to a happy ending.
Granted Redemption is more than an inspirational love story, it’s an adventure in self-forgiveness and restoring the human spirit. And how can I get my hands on a mashed potato pizza?

Autumn Reflections, Book Two

Dr. Autumn Hanson, a prestigious orthopedic surgeon, uses her busy professional life as a way to distract herself from the loneliness building inside her. When she became a single mother to disabled Grayson, her seven-year-old son who wears superheroes on his leg braces, she vowed to give up those things to protect him, no matter how much she longed to share her life with someone.

Kade Franco, a respected journalist in Cloquet, Minnesota, and the city’s most eligible bachelor, has had his share of love’s regrets. He could have any woman he wants, but he’s waiting for his Lois Lane. Where he doesn’t expect to find her is in the beautiful hazel eyes of the newest doctor in town.

Autumn spent seven years building a wall around her heart, but she quickly discovers Kade’s sexy chocolate eyes to be her kryptonite. She may be tough, but she’s no match for her man of steel. Together, Kade and Gray will show her love never fails.

My Review

I picked this book up to read a few weeks ago and then set it down for another. Bad idea. When I started reading again last weekend, I had trouble putting it down at all. When I couldn’t read it, I was thinking about it. This is a truly heartwarming and inspirational book.
I fell in love with all the characters, human and otherwise. Have you ever met someone whom you think has it all figured out, but then you’re surprised to realize, it’s an act? Or at least surprised to realize they needlessly question themselves and their actions. The main character in this book is like that. She’s smart, caring, loveable, and a fantastic mother. Unfortunately, she doesn’t know it. She doesn’t see what the rest of the world sees. Thankfully, Kade Franco does, and he’s man enough to point Autumn to a mirror so she can see it too.

I think Katie Mettner is an incredible author. She’s not your typical Christian Romance writer. She doesn’t write fluff with the intention of fooling people into believing they’ll live the perfect life if they give themselves over to Christ. She writes real life. She writes real world. But she’s also very sneaky and a little conniving…in a very good way. She’s sneaky in a way where she gets people like me, who have very short attention spans, to sit through a bible study. Each of her books teaches something, and before you realize the value of the session, you’ve finished the book. Good job, Katie. Thank you for inviting me to get to know your fabulous characters and for the lesson.

Winter’s Rain, Book Three

Winter Cheyne was a child bride, sold for the price of a gambling debt. After years of abuse she knew breaking free of his hold would be dangerous, maybe even deadly, but it was a chance she had to take.

Dr. Jedidiah Raintree never knew the truth about what happened to his best friend, Winter. Growing up on the Native American reservation they were inseparable, until fate intervened and tore them apart. He’s spent the last twenty years looking for the girl with the long black hair and almond eyes. Where he didn’t expect to find her was huddled in his cabin, pointing a gun at his chest.

Hidden somewhere in her are the secrets she’s being hunted for. Hidden somewhere in him is the strength she will need to face them and be free. Hidden somewhere in their past is the key to their future. As the snow falls hard around them, desperation, deceit, and death must work in harmony to fulfill their destiny.

My Review

Wow! What a read. Talk about a myriad of emotions. I’m a Katie Mettner fan, I love all her books, but I think this one might be my favorite.

Rain and Winter were once best friends. Separated at a young age, they never forgot each other. She focused on survival and he focused on finding her. When he does, she’s skittish as a cat, and hiding in his cabin. What happens when they are reunited and their restored relationship, will leave you breathless.

Winter is such a complex character, so well written and thought out. She’s human, and she’s flawed, and you’ll love her for it. She was cheated out of a normal childhood and loving parents. Left in the care of a madman, she somehow manages to survive and break free from the cruelty she’s suffered. Unfortunately, that freedom doesn’t last long, sending her on the run. Beaten but not yet broken, she runs into the arms of her savior.

Jed or Rain as I prefer to call him, is the perfect hero. He’s gentle, considerate, but isn’t a pushover. Once Winter reenters his life, he becomes solely focused on getting her to safety. Once she’s safe, he slowly helps her along the long road to recovery.
This book is many things. It’s romantic suspense, it’s inspirational romance, it’s a story about one woman’s fight to find herself while fighting for the right to live a normal life. You’ll root for Winter as you read her story and realize, she’s only asking for something most people take for granted, love, safety, and a life without fear.

Katie Mettner masterfully takes you on a rollercoaster ride full of fear, hurt, confusion, and then love in Winter’s Rain. Reading about Winter’s suffering and then recovery will restore your faith in the human spirit. It certainly did mine.

I wish I could give this story 10 stars! The Northern Lights series is a gem, all three books are diamonds in the rough. I can’t wait for the next one.

Forever, Phoenix, Book Four

Phoenix Korby’s soul was tortured by the secret she hid from everyone. On the outside, she was a fun loving, sweet, beautiful woman, but on the inside there was a storm brewing. Tasked with saving her friend, she quickly realized she was out of her depth, but the last person she expected to be her hero was her high school crush, Adam.

The last time Adam Erwin saw Phoenix was in his rearview mirror, as he drove away from her, his hometown, and the ghosts that haunted him. Six long years later he was back, and his first official assignment had him staring into her sad brown eyes once again. What he saw in the shadows of her heart gave him hope he could resurrect from the ashes the only thing he had ever wanted, her love.

Unbreaking Phoenix’s heart wouldn’t be easy, but Adam was determined to try. A wig, a wedding and a wish are what’s needed to bring Adam and Phoenix together, forever.

My Review:

Prepare yourselves! It’s another heartbreaker from Katie Mettner!

Ms. Mettner is the queen of inspirational romance. She can take the most broken characters and turn them into the most giving and forgiving characters you’ll wish you knew in real life.

I knew Phoenix and Adam from Winter’s Rain. If you loved Winter’s Rain, you will thoroughly enjoy Forever, Phoenix. The two stories intertwine beautifully. Winter’s happy ending is prolonged here and you’ll get plenty of chances to see her happy and successful.

Phoenix and Adam come together beautifully too. Adam is a sweet and very attentive person who loves with his whole heart. His story is littered with tragedy that he fights to overcome.

Phoenix is also beautifully broken. With a secret and a severe case of insecurity, Phoenix accepts that she’s destined to be alone until Adam swoops back into her life after being gone for 6 years.
Their love story is a test of time and by the end, you’ll have no doubt they’re meant to be together.

Right when you think the story is over, you’re rewarded generously with the happiest of endings for this loving couple.

As with all of Katie’s books, I loved this story. I cried, laughed and even got a little mad a couple of times, but if you’re not feeling the full range of emotions with one of Katie’s books, there’s something wrong with you.

More about Katie Mettner

Katie Mettner writes from a little house in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. She’s the author of more than thirty romance novels, all featuring a disabled hero or heroine. Most of her series are set in the Midwest and are a mix of new adult and romantic suspense.
Katie lives with her soulmate, whom she met online on Thanksgiving and married the following April. Together they share their lives with their three children and one very special leopard gecko named Gibbs.
Katie has a slight addiction to Twitter and blogging, with a lessening aversion to Pinterest now that she quit trying to make the things she pinned.
Read about more of Katie’s adventures as an amputee writer at KatieMettner.com
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