Thursday, October 29, 2020

The Cowboy's Fake Marriage/Marrying the Cowboy

Ms. Livingston likes writing the fake marriage trope, and it shows in the best possible ways. 

I thoroughly enjoyed watching the designer and the cowboy work to save the house and his love life. Or rather get rid of his ridiculous ex-wife. There were great antics and tug and pull as they try to deny their real feelings as they sell their fake relationship. 

A fun read to get lost in. 


A designer who’s lost her job, a cowboy with a crumbling home, and a business arrangement that’s mutually beneficial.

When Grace Maddox breaks down in Willow Valley, Texas, she finds herself suddenly jobless and staying at a rundown bed and breakfast. The only benefit, besides the handsome and rugged cowboy who owns it, is the gorgeous old house that's begging to be restored. But when she overhears his ex, threatening to force him to sell the place, she can’t help but rush in to save the place by claiming to be his fiancĂ©e.

Jackson Bellamy’s ex-wife leaves nothing but trouble in her wake. When she shows up at his family’s 1800s bed and breakfast and demands that he take her back or her father will foreclose on his property, he’s stuck between a rock and a hard place. But when his mysterious and pretty guest jumps to his rescue, his ex gives him the bad news that he has three months to sell the place or pay it off.

Now, Jackson and Grace must keep the illusion going as they work together to save the family home and maybe, in the process, save each other.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Silver Screen Dreams

I'm usually a fan of Ms. Bennett's writing, but this one didn't quite connect for me.

The writing is solid. The characters well crafted. But the plot didn't quite come together. I had no issues with the ethnic or cultural backgrounds of the characters. And I don't even mind far-fetched over the top romance either. I felt like there were holes or missed plot points or something. Maybe another book in this series would be more to be taste. 


Summer Henley is sick of playing it safe. Safe career path (accounting,) safe place to live (with her parents,) and a safe best friend (Mark.)
In her dreams she was a screenwriter with a home in Malibu and a hot actor boyfriend, but that was saved in her someday file. For the moment, she’d play the part of a good worker, good daughter, and good friend. Even though her heart longed for something more, especially with Mark.
It wouldn’t be so hard to stay just friends if Mark would quit being so amazing to her. Knowing her dream, he’s secured her a spot as an extra in Korean television show⸺placing her directly in the path of the handsome lead actor. Now, two incredible men are vying for her attention and she has to decide if her dreams are really what she wants, or if her reality is better than she could ever imagine.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

A Billioniare Romance Collection

Ms. Lieske has kindly bundled some of her billionaire romances together for a seamless romantic read. 

Four couples. Four scenarios. Four adventures. Four happy endings. I picked this up for a steal and didn't mind that I'd read one or two before. If you need a break from reality, then this is a luxurious way to spend sometime. 


Book 1: Her Big Fat Fake Billionaire Boyfriend
Kenzie just wants to show up at her sister's wedding and not look like a loser. When she mistakes Camden for her date-for-hire, things spin out of control. Camden starts to fall for her wacky personality, but Kenzie has her heart well guarded. Can her heart take another chance at love?

Book 2: Her Big Fat Foxy Billionaire Best Friend
Miranda is devastated when she's dumped days before her wedding. She convinces her best friend, billionaire game designer Drew Tucker, to go with her on her dream vacation -- the cruise that was supposed to be her honeymoon. She doesn't realize Drew has been in love with her since high school, and this trip will be torture for him. Can he convince her he's not the same high school nerd?

Book 3: Her Big Fat Hunky Billionaire Boss
Katherine adores her job at the small town newspaper. When Damian, the handsome owner, shows up right before Christmas, she suspects he's there to shut them down. Things get complicated when her manager forces her to be nice to the man and show him around town. How can she be falling for the one who could cost her the job she desperately needs?

Book 4: Her Big Fat Dreamy Billionaire Ex
Felicity should have known something was up when she took the all-expenses paid job photographing the beautiful resort in Belize. When she arrives, she finds her ex-fiance, Aiden, is the owner, and Grams, her beloved almost in-law is the one behind the setup. But Aiden hasn't changed, and she can't allow herself to fall for him again.

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Chinese Cinderella

This true story was sad and infuriating. 

It raised many questions. And sometimes I wondered if it was a cultural misuderstanding to some degree. But there were frequent times, when the behavior between the family members was simply cruel. And it wasn't just the step-mother. The father needed some lessons in humanity as well. 


A Chinese proverb says, "Falling leaves return to their roots." In her own courageous voice, Adeline Yen Mah returns to her roots to tell the story of her painful childhood and her ultimate triumph in the face of despair. 

Adeline's affluent, powerful family considers her bad luck after her mother dies giving birth to her, and life does not get any easier when her father remarries. Adeline and her siblings are subjected to the disdain of her stepmother, while her stepbrother and stepsister are spoiled with gifts and attention. Although Adeline wins prizes at school, they are not enough to compensate for what she really yearns for -- the love and understanding of her family. Like the classic Cinderella story, this powerful memoir is a moving story of resilience and hope. 

Thursday, October 1, 2020

A Princess for the Gentleman

Ms. Strunk has done a wonderful job of creating characters that fall in love under an fake relationship marriage while making the reader fall in love with the story. 

Zia undergoes quite a transformation from haughty princess to loveable wife. Dugray isn't a step behind her. He has his own demons to wrestle with, though his are of the psychological kind. Zia's are more physical peril. 

The pacind is solid and I was curious from beginning to end as to how Ms. Strunk would have the scenes play out. 

Definitely worth your time. 


A princess in hiding. A gentleman in financial straits. And the accident that brought them together.

Life is falling into place for Dugray Dawson. He has finally purchased a run-down estate of his own. But to make it successful he must work hard and follow his plan precisely. He has no time or inclination toward love. But when he comes upon a carriage accident and the maid who survived, he cannot simply walk away.

Zia Petrovich arrives in England in search of her uncle, a man she has never met, in hopes that he will protect her from an unwelcome arranged marriage. When her carriage crashes, she is removed to the dilapidated estate of a surly, albeit handsome, gentleman who refuses to believe she truly is the princess she claims to be.

When Zia’s betrothed discovers her location, both Zia and Dawson must decide if they will follow their carefully constructed plans or their unreasonable hearts.