Thursday, May 31, 2018

Swoon Worthy Spotlights

Welcome to Swoon Worthy Spotlights,
Swoon Worthy Spotlights features 1-3 of our favorite books that we have read during the month.
We will share the cover(s), our review(s)
and a link to each other's posts
so you can check out which books we have all chosen!

  I read some fun ones this month!
What are some books that made you swoon?


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Happy Reading!!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

If the Suit Fits by Sally Johnson {Review}

If the Suit Fits (A Destined for Love Romance: Resorts) by Sally Johnson
Published May 28th 2018 by Pink Bloom Publishing 
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own and are not compensated in any way.
Finding love at the amusement park can be quite a ride.

Becky Perkins has lost her job, her lease, and her car. As a result, she moves back in with her parents and takes the only job she can find: a seasonal position at the local amusement park as a sign spinner. Unfortunately, it includes wearing a foam hot-dog suit.

When she crashes into fellow park employee Hudson Lowell, on her first day, suddenly the job doesn’t seem so bad.

Actuary Hudson Lowell feels the weight of the world on his shoulders with this assignment. The Gainesville Amusement Park has been struggling for years. It’s his responsibility to advise the owners as to the viability of the park. Going into the deal, the solution seems pretty simple—until he meets Becky.

The more time Becky and Hudson spend together, the more their feelings grow, making it harder and harder for Hudson to be objective about his decision. If the park closes, it will impact the whole town and directly hurt Becky. And how can he hurt the woman he has fallen for?
My Review: 4 Stars
Bad Luck Becky is about the have the summer of all summers--working as a dancing hot dog at a local amusement park. But her luck starts to change when she meets Hudson, a fellow employee. I don't think I could do the type of work that Becky does, no matter how hard-pressed I was for work, which just goes to show how admirable she is--she'll do what it takes to make a buck. She also comes across as a character who is comfortable in her own skin, even through her awkwardness. But she does have a stubbornly loyal streak and that causes some issues.
Hudson is a very likable guy and I love that he tries hard to carve his own pathway in life, instead of riding on coattails. Chrissy, Becky's "boss" at the hot dog truck, is a very sweet and fun girl and I love the encouragement she offers to Becky.
Overall, this is a fun story in a unique setting. There are so many quirky situations that really makes this one stand out--signing wavers, caramel apples, tanks, mopeds, angsty teenage brothers with a hot rod car, and lots of hot dogs, to name a few. I only wish the romance was a tiny bit deeper and more reader-connected, but I still enjoyed my time at the Gainesville Amusement Park!
Content: mild romance

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Timeless Love: Romantic Stories {Review}

Timeless Love: Romantic Stories That Span the Ages Collection
Kindle Edition
Expected publication: June 19th 2018
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own and were not compensated in any way.

This 7-novella romance collection will only be available until the first week of July, and then it will be "unpublished" from sell sites. *The ebook edition of the collection will remain on the buyer’s device after the ebook is disbanded.

And then all of the novellas and short stories in the collection will be published separately in print and ebook! Look up each author for sneak peeks of all the gorgeous covers for these upcoming novellas!

All proceeds from the sale of this collection will be donated to the LiveStrong Foundation.

Enjoy seven romances through the ages in this Timeless Love limited time ebook. An open invitation to fall in love with the writing styles of a few new-to-you multi-published authors of your favorite Christian romance eras.

Give Me Thine Heart 1812 Andrea Boeshaar
Moira loathes the man she is set to marry. But when she meets Samuel Stryker, she soon guesses that he's from the colonies. When she finds a deep secret, Sam must make the decision: kill her or take her with him.

This Freedom Journey 1833 Misty M. Beller
Adrien Lockman left France to finally live life on his own terms, but when he discovers a half-starved and half-frozen woman in the treacherous Canadian mountains, the truth soon becomes clear--the only way they'll survive is together.

The Heart of Home 1865 Stephenia H. McGee
Opal Martin aspires to scrub the remnants of the War Between the States from her tattered life. When a nearly drowned soldier appears and asks if he can die on her porch, she must guard against the sudden revival of her heart's hope for love. Tristan Stuart wants to escape the pain of war. He wakes up at a house that's too much like home, with a woman determined to mend him he may discover a life worth fighting for. To save the last of what Opal holds dear, will he become the man she needs or let the troubled waters carry him away?

Enchanting Nicholette 1893 Dawn Crandall
Young, widowed, and newly out of mourning, Nicholette Everstone is an heiress yearning to be loved. Her parents had arranged for her to marry her loving late husband, but the marriage ended tragically on her wedding day. Returning to Boston after being away, she finds there's someone new to her set of friends and family she can't help but fall for. But when she learns of the danger and sacrifices this man takes on, will her heart be strong enough to keep her fears at bay?

Teach Me To Love 1899 Kari Trumbo
Izzy Lawson has taken her last abuse. When her husband dies, she rushes to Belle Fourche to stay with the only friend she has. The wall she's worked so hard to build crumbles in the arms of a man so different from her husband. Conrad Oleson can't read and it's shamed him for longer than he can remember. As Izzy reveals her painful past, he can't stay away. He'll do about anything, to get closer. Including, teach her how to love.

Façade 1942 Pepper D. Basham
Olivia Rakes has excellent observations skills for facts and details, but stumbles through matters of the heart. When her brother goes missing in German-occupied France, Livy enlists her services with a group of search-and-rescue spies, who not only thrust her toward espionage, but...romance. Agent Christopher Dawson has avoided Livy since she broke his heart. When the search for his best friend brings them together, the heart takes on a mind of its own. In a world where war changes the rules of life and love, can they work together to complete their rescue mission before the enemy catches them?

Bookishly Ever After 2018 Sarah Monzon
It all started with a bet and a book.
Emory Blake is the ultimate bibliophile. She'd take curling up with a novel over a night on the town any day. But then her best friend, Tate Woodby, accuses her of living between the pages of her paperbacks instead of the real world, and he makes a bet that will force her to experience the adventures of her fictional friends...instead of just reading about them. With her face no longer buried in books, Emory must confront the pain of the past.

My Review: 5 Stars

I've only read three of these stories so far, but wow! I was completely blown away by the variety, the plots, the romance, and the characters, and I'm excited to finish the collection. They claim to be novellas, but they are on the longer side and didn't feel like they were. These really are timeless stories that will warm the coldest heart and give a reader a few hours of enjoyable escape.

In ENCHANTING NICHOLETTE, I was transported back to the beloved Everstone family. An undeniable and instant chemistry exploded and my heart sang at the potential for Nicholette to finally have her happily ever after. There is humor mixed with tender love in this bittersweet, heartfelt, and inspiring offering. I love the way Crandall writes and brings her characters to life and I really enjoyed coming to know Nicholette on a deeper level.

It's a known fact--I could NEVER be a spy, but I love reading about them. Olivia proves to be a natural in FACADE. The fascinating escapades and sizzling romance really captured my attention and I often wondered how in the world she would get out of the various situations she found herself in. This one is intense on so many different levels and I loved every minute of it.

BOOKISHLY EVER AFTER has a special spot in my heart because I tend to hold contemporary romances at a higher standard, wanting both an escape and something realistic at the same time, and this one totally delivered both. Emory is a bookworm (like me) and would rather curl up with a book on the weekend than go out (again, like me), but her BFF, Tate, has a plan to get her out more and in a deliciously romantic way, it backfires. Such a satisfying conclusion to this collection.

Content: each story has mild romance and mild Christian elements 

A Gentle Heart by Christie Logan {Book Blast and Giveaway}bls

A Gentle Heart by Christie Logan

Ambitious realtor Alex has plans for his life—big plans—and getting dumped by his fiancée won't sidetrack him. He'll have to face her again at an important business function, but he won't let himself be the object of pity and scorn. What better way to show the world—and his ex— how well he's doing than to arrive with a beautiful woman on his arm? A woman he finds, of all places, behind the lingerie counter of a department store.

Tyffanie has dreams that extend far beyond her sales counter, but she's been burned by men only interested in her looks. Deep inside, she's still the gawky, freckle-faced girl other kids used to tease. When handsome, successful Alex enters her life, everything changes. He's the first to look beneath the surface, respect her, and care about her hopes and dreams.

Alex discovers there is so much more to Tyffanie than outward beauty. He's falling in love with her kind soul and gentle heart when he must decide how far he's willing to pursue success and all its trappings. Because his need to win at all costs may cost him Tyffanie's love.

Excerpt from A Gentle Heart:

"Jeeves, huh?" He tried to pet the cat too but when it slunk away from him, Alex realized he had a rival for Tyffanie's affection. "He looks awfully solid for a street cat."

"I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one who feeds him."

The cat meowed loudly, as though he objected to them talking about him as if he weren't there.

"Oh, I think he's hungry," Tyffanie said. "I've got some food upstairs for him. Would you mind just waiting a minute while I grab it?"

So she wasn't going to ask him up? A wave of disappointment hit Alex, followed by frustration. He wanted to be alone with Tyffanie, not stand here and babysit some dopey cat. Come on, guy, think of something! "Those stairs are awfully dark. You should let me go with you—"

"Oh, it's fine, don't worry. I'll be right back." She pushed open the door and disappeared inside.

Alex scowled at the cat, and he could have sworn the silly animal smirked back.

Author Christie Logan

Christie Logan writes sweet romance straight from the heart. She lives in upstate New York with too many pets, too many dust bunnies lurking under the bed, and too many plot bunnies bouncing around in her head. She thinks everyone deserves a happy ending and in her books, they get one.

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Monday, May 28, 2018

Cash Valley by Ryan K. Nelson {Review}

Cash Valley by Ryan K. Nelson
202 pages
Publication Date: November 27, 2016
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own.

When FBI Agent Alex Travis receives an anonymous phone call on a September morning in 1954 with a tip concerning the now cold case of the Cache County Bank robbery, it has his undivided attention. The tip leads Travis to the top of the secluded Green canyon in Logan, Utah, where a young man named Jack Pepper proceeds to tell a story spanning the two years from the time of the robbery, when he and his girlfriend, Kate Austin, stumbled upon the crime of the century for the Cache valley. Travis must decide if he is dealing with the suspects or the victims of one of the largest bank robberies in U.S. history.

To get the answers, it will take one more trip up the canyon, to the entrance of the Spring Hollow mine, where the daylight ends and the cold dark begins.

My Review: 4 Stars

Cash Valley is an intense and gripping story about a bank robbery in my old stomping grounds. I grew up in Cache Valley and enjoy reading books from that area. Although I did grow up across the valley and years later from this setting, I still found it to have a familiar feel.

As the book began, I wasn't sure if the tip this FBI agent received was from a victim or a thief and I enjoyed watching the mystery unfold, along with Agent Travis. Most of it takes place in an almost journal, or flashback, mode, but it was entertaining.

The quick pace of the plot didn't allow for much character depth, but this book really is plot driven and that didn't bother me too much and I found myself on the edge of my seat, dying to know how it would all end.

Content: mild romance; mild-moderate violence

Friday, May 25, 2018

Her Big Fat Dreamy Billionaire Ex by Victorine Lieske {Review}

Her Big Fat Dreamy Billionaire Ex 
by Victorine E. Lieske
Kindle Edition
Published May 22nd 2018 
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own.
Felicity should have suspected something when she got hired to take pictures at a resort in Belize, all expenses paid. When she arrives and bumps into her ex-fiancé, Aiden, she realizes she’s been set up. His grandmother is playing matchmaker and every time she turns around Grams is forcing Aiden and her together. But she can’t fall for him again, it was a disaster last time, and she doesn’t want to repeat the past. 

Aiden can’t believe Felicity is at his resort. She broke his heart five years ago, and he’s determined not to allow it to happen again. But one disaster after another keeps forcing them together and he’s sure Grams is behind all of it. He’s just not sure how long he can hold out without pulling Felicity into his arms and confessing that he never really got over her.

Her Big Fat Dreamy Billionaire Ex is a sweet romance, and it is a stand-alone novel. 

My Review: 5 Stars

This Destined For Love Romance: Resorts series is making me add places to my bucket list like crazy and now Belize is at the top. Not only is there a second chance romance looming at this resort, but the lush, tropical location is to die for.

The characters are fascinating and lovable: Grams is a meddler, to be sure, but she's pure in her matchmaking intentions and in hilarious ways; then there's Felicity, who has trust issues; and finally, Aiden, a good and wholesome workaholic. The whole reason for the breakup was tragic, but meant to be, since both characters obviously had some growing to do.

I fell in love with the whole plot and story line, even with the drama that unfolded. The romance was very realistic--hesitant, yet undeniable; tentative, yet swoony. And so much fun. If you love a sweet romance in a tropical location with very real characters, be sure to check this one out.

Content: mild, swoony romance

Also part of the Destined for Love: Resorts collection:
— Matched by Design by Lindzee Armstrong
— Keep Me At Christmas by Lucinda Whitney
— Second Chance in Paradise by Jennifer Peel
— The Trust of a Billionaire by Michelle Pennington
— Marrying an Athlete by Anne-Marie Meyer
— Her Big Fat Dreamy Billionaire Ex by Victorine E. Lieske
— If the Suit Fits by Sally Johnson
— Kings Crossed Lovers by Donna K. Weaver

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Perfect Set by Melanie Jacobson {Blog Tour Review and Giveaway}

Perfect Set by Melanie Jacobson
Paperback, 226 pages
Published May 1st 2018 by Covenant Communications, Inc. 
Source: I received a copy from the publisher, which had no influence on my opinions

Bree Mercer is an ambitious sports reporter who has risen through the ranks to land her dream job. Basking in the sun, sea, and seriously cute guys in her new singles ward, things couldn't be better. That is, until she's assigned to write a feature on the one person she can't stand—professional beach volleyball player Kade Townsend. A typical cocky athlete, Kade's previous attempt to woo her was foiled by Bree's hard-and-fast rule: don't date athletes. Ever.

Kade loathes the media, and for good reason: when his hard-partying ways were exposed by a reporter who claimed to be his friend, the scandal rocked his entire family. Now reformed, Kade has put his life back together, and he has no interest in talking to reporters—least of all Bree Mercer. But when the pair is thrown together despite their best efforts, their chemistry is undeniable. They can't seem to put the brakes on their feelings—until their connection threatens Bree's reputation and Kade's hard-won redemption. Now they must decide if there is a place for love in their plans for the future.

My Review: 5 Stars

This cover is perfection and the characters within are perfectly imperfect. Kade and Bree are each everything that they hate, yet with both of their driven and persistent personalities, they come to know each other on a deeper level, thus treating the reader to a great, personal friendship. I love that they are both flawed, yet very likable, especially as the story progresses and the reader learns more about them.

I love watching the Olympics and beach volleyball is such a fascinating sport because it's so intense and fast-paced. The athletes are incredibly quick and strong. I loved reading more about the sport in this book through Kade's story. I also loved learning more about journalism and Bree is very admirable in her passionate quest to uncover the truth, whether it's flattering or not.

The relationship aspect is great, as they are both determined not to go there and jeopardize their careers, yet they can't ignore the blatant chemistry that enshrouds them. I loved the alternating banter and friction--heck, I loved everything about this book!

Content: mild, swoony romance; very vague innuendo and mention of a porn addiction; mild religious elements, specific to the LDS faith (no preaching)


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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Rescue by Susan Aylworth {Book Blast and Giveaway}


Rescue by Susan Aylworth

What will it take to stay alive? When Dulce wakes up hanging in a giant mapajo tree, she fears she may be a lone survivor, stranded in the Amazon rainforest. What comes next may be even worse.

The last thing sixteen-year-old Dulce Donovan wants to do is move away from her friends and hot new crush. But her parents insist, and she has no choice but to get on the airplane taking her to Lima, Peru.

When the plane crashes in the middle of the Amazon jungle, Dulce feels lucky to survive. But as she faces injury, disease, and deadly insects and reptiles, she discovers that the price of living is high. Injured and miles from any civilization, Dulce must push her way through a dangerous jungle, looking for any miracle that might come her way.

Praise for the Book

"RESCUE is exciting and fresh and inspiring. When Dulce is one of the only survivors of a plane crash deep in the Amazon jungle, she faces all kinds of dangers as she fights to survive. A fascinating insight into one of the most mysterious places in the world and a strong heroine that will make you cheer for her determination."

"I found myself unable to put the book down. The story is well-crafted, with twists and surprises that kept me a little on edge, frankly--wondering what would suddenly leap out (or slither up to!) Dulce next. Aylworth cleverly weaves her considerable understanding of survival skills and of the native peoples of the Amazon throughout the story. I found myself mentally cheering Dulce on, impressed with her ingenuity at dealing with the harsh realities of her environment."

"I really liked this book. It was very interesting how this young woman was able to survive this terrible tragedy."

"For a time I just sit, my head pressed backward against the seat, my eyes closed, thinking of how desperately I don’t want to be here, how I can’t face this, how frantically I want this all to go away. But the minutes pass and I’m still hanging in the tree, recognizing that if no one has come to my rescue yet, it’s possible no one is coming. I may just have to rescue myself."

"'I am not going to die here,' I say aloud. Then I shout it to the whole forest: 'I am not going to die here!' I grasp that little lump in the tree bark with my left hand, reach up with my right, and grab my toe, yanking it free. There’s a moment of elation until I realize my left foot is slipping. I scrabble with both hands, trying to find anything to hang onto, but there’s nothing. The next thing I know I am sliding, the mapajo’s slick bark slipping by beneath me. Then there is nothing but air."

"I’m almost out of the clearing when I’m stopped cold. What I see looks like a thick, bright green vine curled around the limb of a tree. What I recognize is the ambush-hunting strategy of a pit viper, a seriously venomous threat. I know what it is because Chambi pointed one out on one of our jungle walks. Silently thanking him, I change direction. We’ll avoid that risk by leaving this clearing in an entirely different direction. Even as I think it, I realize it may be foolish; we could run into poisonous snakes anywhere. I’ll just have to be careful to keep a close watch on the foliage."

"I’m home! I don’t know how I got here, but I am standing on the porch of our home in Santa Cruz and there’s my mother! She’s running to me and I’m running to her. She is saying, “Marissa! Oh Marissa!” over and over and I just keep saying, “Mom, Mom, I missed you so much!” We hold each other and cry and then …I wake up aching, wishing my mother were here. I’ve never missed her or needed her more than I do now. I have never imagined I would miss her or want her this much. The missing is so painful, it almost chokes me."

Author Susan Aylworth

Susan Aylworth started her first book when she was nine. "It was called Buff, The Proud Stallion. I wrote eight whole pages." For her fifth grade career day, she stated her ambition to become "a rich and famous author." Decades later, she is pleased to have achieved the 'author' part of that goal. A former university professor, she enjoys researching backgrounds and careers for her novels. "It's one way to live many lives at once."

Susan lives with Roger, her husband of 48 years, who is also a writer. Although they maintain a home in northern California, they currently serve as addiction recovery missionaries in the Navajo Nation. Susan loves hanging out with her seven children, their perfect-for-them spouses and 26 grandchildren. When she can't be with her blood family, she hangs with her fictional characters, the children of her mind. Rescue is her fifteenth published novel.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

With a Kiss: A Sweet Romance Anthology

With a Kiss: A Sweet Romance Anthology
Published: May 22, 2018
666 pages
Source: I received a copy, which had no influence on my opinion

WITH A KISS: A Sweet Romance Anthology

A collection of 10 brand new sweet romance novellas by USA Today bestselling & award winning authors.

**On sale for a limited time only!**

Romances in this collection:
DANCING TO FREEDOM by Traci Hunter Abramson: A Russian ballerina. An American hockey player. A forbidden romance. Can Katrina follow her heart when freedom is the one thing she lacks? Or will the Cold War cost her the only man she has ever loved?

RYLEE’S MIX-UP by Rachel Branton: Rylee Williams didn’t want to be a bridesmaid at her estranged sister’s wedding, the sister who’d grown up with the family she was supposed to have. So why does she find herself in a dress two sizes too big and no date for the wedding? Maybe it’s time to give up on her family once and for all. But a greased pig contest and handsome cowboy Beck Seeger might just change her mind—both about sticking it out and taking a chance at love.

THE REFUGEE’S BILLIONAIRE by Rachelle J. Christensen: Shawn Halstrom has an assignment: travel to Atlanta, Georgia to investigate The Heart of Atlanta refugee center so that Burke Enterprises can make a donation. The job should take two weeks tops, but he wasn’t planning on falling for a Cuban refugee named Carolina Diaz. She’s a single mother who isn’t interested in dating, even if the guy might be a billionaire.

JUST THIS MOMENT by Joyce DiPastena: Alys’s late husband thought her useful only for spinning thread. Now a mysterious monk has come to take her to a nunnery. Can a sightless woman like Alys exert her independence to forge a future of her own choice? And will the monk, who stirs forbidden longings in her, help or hinder her?

ORIGAMI GIRL by Danyelle Ferguson: Josephine loved teaching crafts at the children's hospital until she was assigned to help Dr. Blake learn how to relate with his patients. As she helps the young doctor soften his sharp edges, relax his rigid folds, and open up to the people around him, she finds she can't help but love the man he's becoming.

SABRINA’S HERO by Donna Hatch: For weeks, Sabrina daydreams about a mysterious gentleman who frequents the lending library. Is he perchance an agent for the crown? A returning war hero? A highwayman? A fateful public assembly introduces her to the mystery man as well as an intriguing newcomer. Now she’s torn between a charming rake promising the adventure she craves, and a handsome barrister who offers security. Only one will stand by her when it matters most.

FALLING FOR LUCY by Heather B. Moore: Lucy Morley’s older sister is perfect, yet Lucy can’t even hold down a job, let alone stick with something like college. After another disastrous firing, she lands her dream job at a bookstore—and it doesn’t hurt that her new boss, Adam Parks, is pretty much her dream man. But if Lucy is good at one thing, it’s guarding herself from heartbreak. Adam has other plans in mind that include finding a way into Lucy’s heart.

MY DEAREST EMMA by Luisa Perkins: Since her husband died at 25, Johanna has worked at a busy hotel in the new railroad town of Danube, Minnesota, soothing her loneliness by writing home to her sister in Germany. When she meets August, a shy widower, her letters reveal a budding friendship. But Johanna soon begins to question whether their romance can survive a demanding employer, August’s jealous daughter, and the misgivings of two recently broken hearts.

COVERTLY YOURS by Janette Rallison: Paisley Spencer never needed a knight in shining armor—until she finds herself surrounded by three gangsters in a bad part of Phoenix. A handsome stranger intervenes, rescuing her from certain disaster. The only catch? Now she has to pretend to be his girlfriend for the next hour. She finds it’s a job she doesn't want to end.

Novella by Heather Tullis: description coming soon

My Review: 5 Stars

I love the idea of some of my favorite authors coming together to write this book for charity. And I love that a lot of the stories reflect perfectly each author's writing styles and some of them even connect to series that the authors have already written, which is an added bonus.

I didn't have a chance to finish all of the stories yet, but I did read more than half and have loved the uniqueness of every single one of them. Although they are short (less than 100 pages each), they each felt complete and satisfying. I really enjoyed the variety of characters and time periods and can't wait to finish the rest!

DANCING TO FREEDOM really portrays the importance of freedom well. Katrina, a Russian ballet dancer, lives in a glass cage and Robert is determined to break her out of it. I loved the obvious adoration and growing love that ensues through this tenderly heart-wrenching story. My emotions were really drawn out and the characters came to life.

Assumptions cause some conflict in THE REFUGEE'S BILLIONAIRE. I enjoy reading stories with big-hearted, selfless characters and this one delivers. The threads of redemption and hard work really added to the plot. There was an immediate and sweet connection between Shawn and Carolina that warmed my heart and Daniel, Carolina's young son, was the icing on the cake.

ORIGAMI GIRL is a true case of opposites attract. First impressions aren't always accurate and sometimes walls need to be knocked down to get to the heart of a person and sometimes a person isn't as flighty as she seems. I loved the setting and the character growth, especially with Dr. Blake. Jojo was such a fun an light-hearted character. The romance was a sweet complement to the slightly sad hospital situation.

Sabrina dreams of meeting a man of adventure and her mysterious library companion turns out to be too boring and safe for her taste. SABRINA'S HERO is slightly reminiscent of Pride and Prejudice, with the heroes and villains, but definitely earns praise on its own. I loved the way the story unfolded and the character realizations that developed, especially as they involved a very sweet and swoon-worthy romance.

FALLING FOR LUCY proves that everyone has a niche in life. It's especially hard for siblings to feel like they have to fit in the same mold as each other and when Lucy doesn't feel like she measures up to hers, she's hard on herself. A part-time job interview at a bookstore changes her life. And not just in the job sense. She clicks with her boss, Adam, and the subtle sparks and the passion for books completely captivated me.

I was a little surprised by COVERTLY YOURS. Paisley is rescued in a bad part of town late at night, but now has to pretend to be the guy's girlfriend. She's obviously an innocent and good girl, but the chemistry ignites with this bad gang boy, Ice, anyway. I was nervous for her, especially as the night got worse and worse, but in true Rallison style, it all tied together in a delightful tale.

Content: all of these stories are sweet and clean