Thursday, January 17, 2019

Falling for You

Falling for You (Peak City Romance Book 2) by [Noelle, Jo]

Ms. Noelle delivers a well-paced sweet romantic read. There's mystery, intrigue, and the great outdoors. What's not to love?

Zara and Trevor are a bit of a second chance romance, and well worth the wait for both of them to grow up. 
There are hard, even tragic, obstacles between them, all of which will tug on your heartstrings on multiple levels. They handle their trials with grace and you'll be cheering for them all the way to the end. 


A billionaire returning home as an undercover boss. She's his childhood crush with too much on her plate. Can they find the time for a second chance at love?



Zara Hollis never thought that at twenty-three, she’d trade in her passion for hiking and spelunking to run a mortuary and care for her mother, who has advanced Alzheimer’s. When Trevor Cooley, all grown up and gorgeous, moves back to town, Zara is drawn to the quiet man who used to be her childhood friend, but now in a much-more-than-friendly way.

Trev wants to pull Zara, as fun-loving and beautiful as ever, back into his life and hopefully, into his arms. But there’s a problem. He’s only in Colorado for a short time on a stint as an undercover boss. He and his company can’t afford distractions, especially when this particular distraction may jeopardize not only his plans, but also his heart.

**Note: This book was previously published in the Stormy Kisses anthology.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Damen's Secret


Damen's Secret: Novella (Regency House Party: Somerstone) by [Johnson, Jen Geigle]

Ms. Johnson and regency romance? Yes, please!

If you ever read one of Ms. Johnson's books, you know they are well researched, emotionally deep, and totally swoon worthy. This book is no exception.

Ms. Johnson delivers a tale of interest in a compact format. My only complaint...I wanted more!
Please also note, that I read this as a standalone against the advice of the author to read Tabitha's Folly it's companion novel. That means I'll be adding it to my TBR list.

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What happens when a villain falls in love? Will his newfound true feelings be strong enough to divert him from his nefarious plans?

The Story of a villain and the life he makes for himself. This is a companion novella to Tabitha's Folly. And although it can be thoroughly enjoyed alone, the true nature of Damen and all his secrets will be better understood having read Tabitha's Folly where his first villainous nature is revealed. Many wanted to understand him better and so, Damen's Secret was born. 

Damen Laconi is of noble blood from both of his parents. Unfortunately neither will claim him. Legitimacy is hard won as a footman in England. He values his position as the handsomest footman on the countess' estate but hungers for more, a title of his own.

Giorgia comes from Italy, sent by Damen's mother, to woo him and bring him home. Can she accomplish such a thing before her own secrets are revealed, and before he carries out his own reckless plans?


Thursday, January 3, 2019

Never Say Match



The characters are fully developed, the conflicts and stakes set, and the emotions come pouring off the page. I rooted for both MC's from page one and enjoyed reading the story from both their perspectives. A delightful sweet and clean romance. 


Cassidy Erickson refuses to obsess over the fame-chasing ex-fiancĂ© who left her at the altar. Instead, she’s focused on making her new cupcake shop a success. Then the unthinkable happens. Jase Larson—A-list actor and co-star of her heartless ex—shows up at the family ranch to research an upcoming role.Jase’s career is taking off, but years of chasing the perfect role hasn’t filled the emptiness in his heart. When he visits Sunset Plains to prepare for a cowboy film, it feels like the place he was always meant to be—especially when he meets Cassidy, the stunning cupcake shop owner who can’t seem to stand him. Too bad it’s all temporary and he’s returning to Hollywood in a month. When a freak lighting storm fries the appliances at Cassidy’s cupcake shop, Jase becomes her unexpected hero. But Cassidy can’t shake the fear that she’s just a fill-in heroine. Can Jase convince her that he’s really a country boy at heart before he loses her forever?

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Marrying a Spy


Marrying a Spy (A Fake Marriage Series Book 5) by [Meyer, Anne-Marie]

Lots of emotional struggle in this book. The characters are so conflicted they can hardly see straight. Talk about baggage!

And yet, the characters were relateable and the reader could emote along with them.

Well told, clean, and with an element of suspense. We are talking about crime lords here.

I fine wrap up to the series.

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She's protecting her heart. He's protecting her. Their old feelings weren't supposed to reignite.

Sophia feels as if she's finally been able to put her past behind her. Her father left, Noah left, and her mother and brother passed away from a suspicious car accident ten years ago. Even though she is an orphan, she has her town and her perfectly predictable life as a dentist to keep her company. That is, until Noah shows up with secrets of his own.

Noah's back after leaving Sophia and the suffocating small town. Even though he joined the military, became a pararescueman, and was recruited by the CIA, nothing seemed to blot out the memory of the only woman he's ever loved, Sophia. When his boss proposes the plan of a fake marriage to snuff out Sophia's father, he jumps at the opportunity. After all, he would only trust the job of her safety to himself—even if he is pretty sure his heart is in jeopardy of breaking. 

Old feelings bubble to the surface and Sophia and Noah struggle to interpret each others actions as the lines between acting and truth become blurred. Just when they decide to be honest with each other, Sophia's father shows up and informs them, they've been compromised. Now both must decide if loving each other is worth the risks.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Rule #4: You Can't Misinterpret a Mistletoe Kiss


Rule #4: You Can't Misinterpret a Mistletoe Kiss (The Rules of Love) by [Meyer, Anne-Marie]

A cute romp through the teenage world of angst and crushes.

Two competitive families go on holiday together in a cabin in the woods. Sounds like a recipe for disaster, and there is plenty of that.

All the parents are over the top.

There are secrets and deep misunderstandings. And the kids eventually call the parents to correct their foolish ways.

If you're looking for a romantic comedy holiday style, then you have the right book.

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A mistletoe kiss is just a simple kiss, right? Wrong.

All I want to do during this Christmas break is survive. A week at the cabin with our family’s friends/rivals, the Stephensons, every yuletide activity is turned into a competition where my family must win. Every. One. 

Yep. Lots of Christmas spirit around here. 

But, I've survived past holidays, there's no reason why I can't survive this one. 

Until Mom informs me that Jacob Stephenson, my brother's ex-best friend and resident bad boy, is back from his grandmothers after having been gone for the semester. I guess, after you find out your son robbed a gas station, you banish him to the most southern state. 

Now my ridiculous crush is back in full force and I’m trying really hard to stay away from him. My brother is frustrated that Jacob is home and I'm supposed to put my family above boys. Right?

Maybe… 

I was attempting to be loyal until Jacob and I kiss. Sure, it was a forced one brought on by mistletoe tradition, but there was something in the way he held me and pressed his lips to mine that told me, he just might be feeling something more. 

But when he keeps pulling away and acting like the bad boy I'm pretty sure is fake, I begin to realize that there's more at stake here then just my heart. A truth that is eating away at him. I just hope I can unearth it before Christmas is over and any chance that I have at discovering the real Jacob disappears.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Love, Snow, & Mistletoe


Love, Snow and Mistletoe: Four Sweet Christmas Romance Novellas by [Lieske, Victorine E., Pennington, Michelle, Dearen, Tamie, Houston, Annie]

This four story anthology is perfect holiday reading.

Each other brings her own unique voice and tale to the holiday season. Each has it's own imaginative twist. All have wonderful characters, solid writing, and sweet kisses.

Grab a cup of cocoa and curl up by the fire for a satisfying read.

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Her Fake Christmas Date

BY VICTORINE LIESKE

Jennifer uses an old friend as an excuse for why she can’t go on a blind date. She doesn’t know he’s been secretly in love with her since grade school.

A Holiday Rescue

BY TAMIE DEAREN

Despite her fame as an author, Amy is all alone at Christmas. Stranded in a snowstorm, she's rescued by a handsome stranger. Can shared cocoa lead to love?

 A Second Chance for Christmas

BY MICHELLE PENNINGTON

Grace planned to spend December moving into her new apartment and getting ready for Christmas with her daughter, not falling for her neighbor, Sam--whose heart she broke years ago.

 The Billionaire’s Perfect Match

BY ANNIE HOUSTON

Heading up large corporations is tough on your love life. A trip home throws high school friends Aurelia and Lander together and sparks fly. They each have everything, except love.


Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The Gift of a Child


The Gift of a Child by [Weaver, Donna K.]

This is a short, simple, and mighty tale with lots of heart.

We follow two single parents navigating the difficult waters of providing temporally and emotionally for their littles. Holidays can be especially tough when missing loved ones are on their minds. Still this mom and uncle find their way to peace through their friendship.

Looking forward to the next installment of this story.

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Recently widowed Rae Cavanaugh just survived the worst birthday of her life. She and her two young children must now face a holiday season filled with so many reminders of what they've lost. But when a coworker who’s raising his young nephew moves next door, Rae discovers that the support of a good friend, and the gift of a child, can bring back some of the joy of the season.