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Book Review: The Girl Next Door – Jennifer Hanks

Rating: 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Rom-Com

Review:

This book was such a surprising discovery for me and this author new to me. I hadn’t come across Jennifer Hanks’ books before and I have to admit I got this one mostly because the cover’s so cute. Plus, I just love the girl-next-door/boy-next-door trope. I started it on a whim and it was so much fun I read it in one sitting.

Millie Solanski is not your typical woman. She redefines the meaning of ‘original’ & ‘eccentric’. She marches along to the beat of her own drums, knows exactly who she is, and makes no apologies for it. She was such a fun, unique character, I absolutely loved her.

Who could blame Colin Campbell for being fascinated with her? Especially after his hard past, his regrettable choices, his need for atonement, and his hopes and determination to build a good, safe home for his son, Noah. The boy is adorable and kids always make life so much fun, right?

The characters were relatable and I had the best time reading this book. Some of the scenes were so hilarious, they left me in stitches. Some of the conclusions to the plot twists were a bit lukewarm but otherwise, this book left me in smiles long after I finished reading it.

Stay tuned.

∼Lyn

 

Synopsis:
After a disastrous marriage and an even worse divorce, Colin Campbell is looking forward to a fresh start with his son in their new home, and the calm that will bring to his life.
The quiet life he’s been craving is well within his reach.
Until he meets his new neighbor.
Millie Solanski.
Uninhibited.
Outspoken.
And maybe even a little crazy.
Somehow, he finds himself involved in her world and the ridiculous situations she seems to constantly find herself in, squashing any hope for the life he wants.
Or at least the life he thought he wanted.
Before he met the girl next door.
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ARC Review: The Siren and the Deep Blue Sea (Embraced by Magic #2) by Kerrelyn Sparks

Rating: 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Rom-Com

Release Date: 25 Aug 2020

Review:

When two months go by without word from the shape-shifter spy, Brody, no one seems perturbed—except for Maeve, the youngest of the five embraced sisters who always had a special bond with him. Maeve goes in search of him, unaware that this course of action will lead Brody and her into a world of peril and painful secrets.

Side-note – Although this appears to be book 2 in a new series, it’s actually a continuation of the series before it called, Embraced. But all the books in these two series can also be read as stand-alones as the author’s segue is easy to follow.

I have to say upfront, I loved the plot-line of this story. So many secrets and conflicts had me turning the page and unwilling to stop reading. Kerrelyn Sparks crafted a compelling story with dashes of humor that made it a boatload of fun to read. I only read one book in this series but the author’s segue was easy to follow and her writing style a pleasure to read.

The main characters each had complicated back-stories and secrets hiding in their pasts, waiting to blow in their faces. The romance was in equal parts sizzling & funny. The side-characters were hilarious, making me laugh out loud numerous times from their witty comments.

After I finished How To Love Your Elf, I thought for sure Kerrelyn Sparks couldn’t possibly top it but I was wrong. The Siren And The Deep Blue Sea was a delightful read with side-characters that left me grinning and satisfactory resolutions to all the stories in the Embraced and Embraced by Magic series.

*Thanks to the publisher, Kensington Books and NetGalley for the ARC.

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Book Review: How to Love Your Elf (Embraced by Magic #1) by Kerrelyn Sparks

Rating: 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Rom-Com

Review:

When Sorcha and her friend, Aleksi get kidnapped by elves, a.k.a “arrogant, two-faced bastards” in an ambush meant for her sister, she’s determined to escape and save the both of them. Then a mysterious stranger called the Woodsman shows up in the nick of time to help them escape. Before she knows it, Sorcha’s embroiled in elf politics and falling for the Woodsman.

Side-note – Although this appears to be book 1 in a new series, it’s actually a continuation of the series before it called, Embraced. But all the books in these two series can also be read as stand-alones as the author’s segue is easy to follow.

This was my first book by Kerrelyn Sparks so I didn’t really know what to expect going in. But from the first page, the author’s writing drew me in and I was invested in the world she had created and its happenings. The main characters were unique with the side-characters adding much value and comic relief.

Sorcha was easy to like but I have to say it’s the Woodsman I liked more. I found myself with stars in my eyes, devouring every new information about him. I love how Sorcha baffled and exasperated him, making him lose that tranquil zen state of his. And I found myself laughing out loud at so many of their interactions, especially that hilarious picnic scene that I won’t be forgetting for a long, long time.

The additional budding romance of two of the side-characters was quite endearing. I enjoyed this book a lot and Kerrelyn Sparks’ writing left me in smiles long after I turned the last page.

Synopsis: Raised in isolation on the magic-shrouded Isle of the Moon, five girls became five sisters. Now women, they are ready to claim their places in the world—and perhaps change it forever . . . FLAME AND FORTUNE Sorcha knew the mission was dangerous. Leaving the safe grounds of her brother’s kingdom and parlaying with the elves across their border . . . well, treachery seemed at least as likely as true peace. But to support her sister, Sorcha would brave far more than the underhanded ways of the elves. Or so she thought, before she was taken hostage. Of course, her captors didn’t count on her particular abilities—or on the help of the Woodsman, the mysterious thief who made his home in the forest. He saw the battle from the trees, saw the soldier attacking against incredible odds to save a comrade—and then saw the valiant fighter revealed as Princess Sorcha of Norveshka. He can’t tell if he wants to kidnap her or kiss her. But despite Sorcha’s stubbornness, his inconvenient honor, and a rebellion on the cusp of full war, something burns between them that neither can let go . . .
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Book Review: The Happy Ever After Playlist (The Friend Zone #2) – Abby Jimenez

Rating: 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Rom-Com

Review:

From the moment I finished The Friend Zone, I wanted Sloan’s story. After what she went through, I wanted a happy ending for her. Losing her fiancé as she did, only days before her wedding, it rips at the heart. How do you deal with grief like that? Sloan couldn’t. Until a mischievous dog crossed her path and forced her to live again, not just survive.

There was only one little hiccup. The dog belonged to someone else, one Jason Larsen who had no idea his beloved dog was missing. And so starts a hilarious bid to get his dog back, only Sloan no longer wants to give him back.

Sloan’s grief, how she tried to get through it, was heart-wrenching to watch. I can’t imagine the courage it took to let Jason in, to give herself a second chance to love, to have a relationship after what she lost. I loved what great friends Kristen and Josh were to her, how they supported her and tried to be there for her during her grief.

I loved how Sloan and Jason got to know each other. All the meaningful texts and phone calls, conversations—deep and frivolous, all the references that felt like fate was pushing them together and it was no wonder Jason fell for her. I have to say upfront, I loved Jason. I loved how he was with Sloan, everything he did for her. Yes, he fell fast, but sometimes, love works like that. I love how he put her first. And that climactic scene? Holy cow, talk about grand gestures!

The only issue I had was the name-dropping of famous real life actors or singers in the story. That felt off to me but it was more like a pet peeve rather than an actual problem with the story. The Happy Ever After Playlist was a wonderful story about getting through the grief of losing a loved one, trying to live again and saying yes to second chances.

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Synopsis: Two years after losing her fiancé, Sloan Monroe still can’t seem to get her life back on track. But one trouble-making pup with a “take me home” look in his eyes is about to change everything. With her new pet by her side, Sloan finally starts to feel more like herself. Then, after weeks of unanswered texts, Tucker’s owner reaches out. He’s a musician on tour in Australia. And bottom line: He wants Tucker back. Well, Sloan’s not about to give up her dog without a fight. But what if this Jason guy really loves Tucker? As their flirty texts turn into long calls, Sloan can’t deny a connection. Jason is hot and nice and funny. There’s no telling what could happen when they meet in person. The question is: With his music career on the rise, how long will Jason really stick around? And is it possible for Sloan to survive another heartbreak?

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Book Review: Undercover Bromance (Bromance Book Club #2) – Lyssa Kay Adams

Rating: 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Rom-Com

Review:

Undercover Bromance is the story of the man who started it all, Braden Mack. We first meet him and the feisty Liv Papandreas in The Bromance Book Club, where they clash over Chinese food, which results in Liv disliking him. Then as life often tends to do with people you don’t want to meet but who end up on your path just to annoy you, Mack and Liv meet again, in a situation that ends up with Liv catching her boss red-handed in sexual harassment and losing her job. Continue reading “Book Review: Undercover Bromance (Bromance Book Club #2) – Lyssa Kay Adams”

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New Book Releases – 22 April 2020

Hola, Book Dragons! I got this book on Netgalley and it looks really good. Happy Book Birthday to:

Don’t Go Stealing My Heart – Kelly Siskind

Dont go stealing my heart

Synopsis:

She wants to steal his Van Gogh. He wants to steal her heart.

Some people would call Clementine Abernathy a criminal. She considers herself a modern day Robin Hood, who steals from the rich and gives to the poor. Not exactly on the up-and-up, but she knows what it’s like to lose everything. Her latest heist involves swiping a priceless Van Gogh from its owner, who’s supposed to be an egotistical trust-fund brat.

Turns out Jack David is a sexy, kind-hearted man…and Clementine is in trouble. Falling for her mark would make her the World’s Dumbest Conwoman, but Jack is charmingly persistent, always singing sweet songs in her ear.

And that earth-shattering kiss? She never stood a chance.

Now she’s imagining a fresh start with this dashing man, but that means telling Jack about her past. And other nefarious sorts are after the same painting. Too soon, Clementine learns what it means to risk it all for love.

What about you guys? Is this book on your TBR?

∼Lyn

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New Book Releases – 24 March 2020 – The Honey-Don’t List – Christina Lauren

Hola, Book Dragons! Still getting used to being in the same time zone as book releases lol.

Happy Book Birthday to this highly anticipated new book!

The Honey-Don’t List – Christina Lauren

The Honey-Don't List
Synopsis: Carey Douglas has worked for home remodeling and design gurus Melissa and Rusty Tripp for nearly a decade. A country girl at heart, Carey started in their first store at sixteen, and—more than anyone would suspect—has helped them build an empire. With a new show and a book about to launch, the Tripps are on the verge of superstardom. There’s only one problem: America’s favorite couple can’t stand each other. James McCann, MIT graduate and engineering genius, was originally hired as a structural engineer, but the job isn’t all he thought it’d be. The last straw? Both he and Carey must go on book tour with the Tripps and keep the wheels from falling off the proverbial bus. Unfortunately, neither of them is in any position to quit. Carey needs health insurance, and James has been promised the role of a lifetime if he can just keep the couple on track for a few more weeks. While road-tripping with the Tripps up the West Coast, Carey and James vow to work together to keep their bosses’ secrets hidden, and their own jobs secure. But if they stop playing along—and start playing for keeps—they may have the chance to build something beautiful together… From the “hilariously zany and heartfelt” (Booklist) Christina Lauren comes a romantic comedy that proves if it’s broke, you might as well fix it.

What about you guys? Is this book on your TBR? 😉

∼Lyn

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Book Review: The Unhoneymooners – Christina Lauren

Rating: 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Rom-Com

Review:

I picked this book on a whim. It sounded like a nice romantic comedy and a fast read. It was a romantic comedy but it was so much more. I was pleased to find it was better than I’d expected and I’d had no expectations really.

Meet identical twins, Olive and Ami. Ami had all the luck, everything going for her, big fairytale wedding including winning the honeymoon trip to Hawaii, while Olive had all the bad luck, loss of a job, lack of a good love interest. In her mind she’s unlucky in everything. When the entire wedding party gets food poisoning except for Olive and the groom’s brother, Ethan, Ami and her new husband being too sick to go on their honeymoon, they offer the tickets to their respective siblings, Olive and Ethan, who hate each other but neither is willing to give up an all-expenses-paid trip so they put aside their issues with each other and go on the un-honeymoon. Continue reading “Book Review: The Unhoneymooners – Christina Lauren”

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Book Review: Can’t Get Enough (The Original Heartbreakers #6) – Gena Showalter

Rating: 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy

Review:

I chose this book on a whim. I was feeling blue and decided to give it a try. By the second chapter, I was deep in chuckles and I had forgotten I was supposed to be down the doldrums.

A tough, bad boy falling for a kindergarten teacher, both of them dragging their suitcase of issues and scars behind them. Add in a marriage of convenience, which turned out to be anything but. Continue reading “Book Review: Can’t Get Enough (The Original Heartbreakers #6) – Gena Showalter”

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Book Review: Audrey, Wait! – Robin Benway

Rating: 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Young Adult, ContemporaryRomantic ComedyRom-Com

Read Count: 3

Review:

This was my third re-read of this book over the years and it still made me fall all over for it. Audrey’s a high school girl whose boyfriend wrote a song about their breakup. He titled it Audrey, Wait!, and to her misfortune the song turned out to be so good, it became famous. Suddenly, she’s popular at school, everyone wants to be around her and the paparazzi are hounding her. And all she did was break up with him. Continue reading “Book Review: Audrey, Wait! – Robin Benway”