Friday, November 16, 2018

Her TV Bachelor Fake Fiance by Kimberly Krey {Review}

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Her TV Bachelor Fake Fiance by Kimberly Krey
Kindle Edition, 162 pages
Published November 13th 2018 
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.
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Cambria gave this year’s TV Bachelor the face-slap seen & heard across America.
Can she offer him redemption too?

Canyon Byer, pharmaceutical rep turned famous model, is the new eligible bachelor on Find My Fiancé. Weeks into filming the reality TV show, Canyon earns the title of America’s Shallow Bachelor, as he seems to eliminate women with substance. As the finale draws near, he needs a shot at redemption, but in order to get it, America’s favorite bachelorette—the same woman Canyon wishes he hadn’t wronged—will have to give him a second chance.

While Cambria Wilson sits among family and friends during finale night, mixed feelings fight for a place in her heart. Sure, she and Canyon shared a very memorable kiss and she’d even been falling for him until she realized what a jerk he was, but that doesn’t explain the strange sadness that looms as she waits to see which of the finalists he’ll propose to.
 
In an unexpected twist during the final episode, Cambria learns that Canyon’s not going to propose to either of the bachelorettes left on the show. In fact, he’s about to appear on the doorstep of a woman he hopes to win back—all on live TV.
 
The bachelorette will be asked to join Canyon on a two-week winter wonderland getaway. Cambria would bet her Soap and Body Shop that she’s the last woman he’d choose; that is, until the chime of her doorbell proves her wrong.

My Review: 5 Stars

I love books based on The Bachelor! I haven't ever watched more than a part of one episode of the show, but I know what it's all about and I love the romantic premise. Kimberly Krey does a great job of taking that basic idea and twisting it enough to make it her own and I would love a show like this one.

Canyon made a serious mistake and he's left with two women, but he can't go through with a proposal to either one. An alternate plan is presented and he takes it--he's given a second chance with the one who got away. Cambria is as sweet as can be and accepts the challenge.

I love the undeniable chemistry that oozes between these two characters. I mean, I am seriously in love. It's easy to see why there were sparks of attraction in the first place and that it's deeper than a superficial level. Canyon and Cambria are strong, admirable, and gorgeous people--inside and out. I loved the twists and the turns that the show puts them through and the added dimension of tough issues, fears, and trials brought a solid element to the story. 

The swoon, forgiveness, romance, and Christmastime elements made this one a keeper in my book. This is one I have to put on my holiday re-read list.

Content: mild+ romance (swoony, steamy-clean kissing) 

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Out of the Mouth of Babes by Stephanie Fowers {Review}

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Out of the Mouth of Babes by Stephanie Fowers
Kindle Edition, 394 pages
Published October 29th 2018 by Triad Media and Entertainment 
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Kids get away with saying most anything, like Aunt Gina should marry that "charmer" she met at her sister's wedding.

But Gina won’t have anything to do with that guy who played with her heart that night—he’s a heartbreaker—no matter how much her niece and nephews adore him now. Besides, the two come from different worlds. Gina’s a workaholic career woman; he’s the irresponsible flirt. Whenever they meet, there are fireworks, and not the good kind.

That is, until her sister wins a cruise to the Caribbean and asks the two to babysit for 2 weeks. Sparks fly as they find a way to play house without burning the place down. Forget marriage—these two shouldn't even date.

And what do kids know anyway? Maybe everything.

My Review: 5 Stars

This book is on the longer side but DO NOT let that keep you from reading it! I was fully immersed from the very first chapter. I felt every emotion through every single page and loved every minute that I spent in these pages. I think I lived this story too, as a fly on the wall, of course.

Before I say anything else, I have to say that the first meeting between Gina and Ash had me cringing, laughing, and completely swooning. The flirtatious banter was captivating. And then life brings all that to a halt and the book skips forward.

Gina is a strong and capable businesswoman, but she's losing her passion for her job and who better to help her gain her zest for life back than Ash? Timing is everything, people! I loved Gina, especially as her humanness shines through as she plays mom to her niece and nephews. The antics and mishaps had me chuckling with empathy, being a mom myself. But she handles it--in her own way.

I can't say enough about the playboy, Ash. He's the whole package, human fears and all, and I love how he complements Gina. 

I don't want to give everything away, but this story wrapped itself snug and tight around my heart. Every character is well done, even the villains, and the chemistry is snapping and popping with swoony heat. The comic relief is spot on, too. I honestly didn't want this one to end and was still thinking about it days later.

Content: mild+ romance (swoony kissing, light innuendo)

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The Risky Groom by Carly Morgan (.99 Cents) {Book Spotlight}




The Risky Groom by Carly Morgan

A football player and the woman who got away! How much would you bet on true love this holiday season?

The generous and seriously hot, Dalton Ruff, wide receiver for the Denver Storm, has had a rough twenty-four hours. Spending time in jail with his teammates a week for Christmas wasn’t on his to do list. But after fellow player and good friend, Will Kent bets him that he can’t find, date, and kiss the woman who got away, he accepts the challenge.

The beautiful and talented, Lydia Landon is newly relocated to the quaint town of Port St. Austen. The fact that it happens to be her ex boyfriend, Dalton’s, hometown doesn’t bother her at all, until she runs smack into his naked chest on the beach and then finds herself at his brother’s house having dinner with his family. When Dalton asks her to go out with him again, she tells him no because there’s NO way they could ever work out. But when he shows up to help out with the Christmas program she’s in charge of…she remembers how determined he is.

After exploring a cave of sea creatures together, unexpectedly discovering the secret acts of service Dalton was doing for a family down on their luck, and finding herself being comforted in Dalton’s arms when she’s attacked by a dangerous stalker, Lydia can’t help but find herself falling for him all over again.

Now they have to make a choice, let the problems of the past keep them apart or give the ultimate sacrifice and get everything they ever wanted.

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Praise for The Risky Groom

This is a refreshing and thoughtful love story with characters that will just steal your heart and lift your spirits with their journey towards true love.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Uncharted Journey (The Uncharted Series Book 6) by Keely Brook Keith {Review}

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Uncharted Journey (The Uncharted Series Book 6)
by Keely Brooke Keith
ebook, 280 pages
Published November 9th 2018 by Edenbrooke Press 
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Young widow Eva Vestal assumes loneliness is God’s permanent plan for her life. She keeps busy by raising her son and co-managing the Inn at Falls Creek with her elderly father, but her heart yearns for more.

Solomon “Solo” Cotter has spent his life working with horses, but he secretly wants to write a book of the children’s stories his grandfather told him as a boy. He barters with Eva’s father for a 40-night stay at the inn, a needed respite from work to get his stories on paper.

Once Eva discovers the barter, she believes Solo is taking advantage of her father’s failing memory. But when tragedy strikes and Solo works hard to save the inn, Eva sees his true nature. As her heart stirs with feelings for Solo, she wrestles with the guilt of loving someone new.

Meanwhile, outside the Land...

Bailey Colburn arrives at the coordinates of the Land on the autumn equinox and finds nothing but ocean. The sun sets, ending Bailey’s dream of a safe and simple life with the family she’s never known. Just when she decides Justin Mercer lied about visiting a hidden land in the South Atlantic Ocean and meeting Bailey’s distant relatives, the atmosphere around the boat changes and ushers her into an uncharted world, but her entrance into the Land comes at a devastating price.
My Review: 5 Stars

I'm completely captivated by this series! This author has tapped into a very unique and intriguing genre--it's slightly futuristic with a very historical feel to it. This hidden community is a mystery to the rest of the unsettled world and there are mysteries secreted away within this society as well. I'm not sure if a 20 book series would uncover everything.

The book takes on two different accounts that slightly overlap. Eva is a widow and desperately needs help at her father's inn because of his failing memory. Solo is there to help, but she resists, yet a romance may be on the horizon. I love the tender feelings of this thread of the story, and especially loved the feelings of hope and commitment. 

Meanwhile, Baily and her crew show up on shore from the outside world and a whole new can of mysterious worms are opened. I'm so fascinated by the possibilities that emerge and enjoyed this set of characters just as much, especially the familiar faces.

This is one series that I know will surprise me time and again, yet there is a gentleness about it as well. I can't quite put my finger on what makes it so intriguing--almost like a Lost in Space meets Little House on the Prairie--and my imagination is spurred by the plot, characters, and content. I'm eagerly awaiting the next installment.

Content: mild romance; mild violence

Monday, November 12, 2018

Fate & Fortune (Books ONE and TWO) by Robin Daniels {Blog Tour Review and Giveaway}

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Fate & Fortune
(Fate & Fortune #1)

By Robin Daniels
YA Contemporary Romance, Duology

ebook, 279 Pages
September 20th 2018

Bryce has liked Paige since they were little but has never had the guts to act on his feelings. Paige is devastated over being dumped by her long-time boyfriend and can’t seem to move on. They’re stuck in a rut, until fate decides to pull them out.

Both Paige and Bryce are talked into seeing a fortune teller at the annual Summer’s End Carnival. Neither of them buys into the mysticism, until the psychic’s predictions start coming true. Now, the most bizarre things are happening and there isn’t a clear explanation. Each of them must figure out if they’re the subject of an elaborate hoax or a bigger plan forged by destiny.

*This book is part one of two. Books should be read sequentially.

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My Review: 5 Stars

What a creative tale! I love a story that can take me back in time, deliver a solid plot, and have strong, lifelike characters. Just so everyone knows, I felt like an honorary member of this group of friends and siblings. I wish so much that I could go back and have such a strong bond with my own sister. 

At the end of summer, this group goes to a carnival and most of them visit a fortune teller. The results from that visit had me smiling and swooning, as good friends Bryce and Paige end up in a fake relationship. The magical elements were utterly charming and the chemistry almost melted my Kindle.

The characters rocked the book. The camaraderie, friendly banter, loyalty, and slight mystery gave this story a firm foundation for the flirting and drama and I adored the way everything played out. 

My favorite things were the way the story alternated between Bryce's and Paige's points-of-view, while still heavily involving the supporting cast, and the swoony sweet romance.

This first book is a must read before diving into Kismet and Karma.

Content: mild+ romance (kissing, suggested sex/waiting for it, some light innuendo); mild violence

Kismet & Karma


(Fate & Fortune #2)

By Robin Daniels
YA Contemporary Romance, Duology

ebook, 270 Pages
October 25th 2018


Bryce and Paige belong together, but they’ll never make it happen alone. When inspiration strikes in multiple ways, a friend decides it can’t be a coincidence; it’s a call to action. With a little luck, the help of fate, and the matchmaking plan of the century, Bryce and Paige just might get their happy ending.


You heard Paige and Bryce's version of the story in Fate & Fortune. Now join Eric, Amy, Cody, Kennedy and Genie to see how things really went down.


***This book completes the series. Book one can be read as a standalone, but book two cannot. Fate & Fortune should be read first.***


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My Review: 5 Stars

Just when I thought the story of Bryce and Paige was complete, along comes this book to fill in the gaps of the magic and mystery, through their friends and siblings points-of-view. It's a favorite thing of mine to have the chapters alternate characters because I can really get inside their heads and get to know their sides on a personal level.

And guess what? I absolutely loved this book, because honestly, I wasn't quite ready to let this group go, and enjoyed seeing the behind-the-scenes events. The reader is treated to some complicated relationships, hilarious moments, scheming, and more. I wondered at first could possibly make Fate & Fortune better, but knowing the whole picture really did it for me.

This is one creative, highly entertaining, and FUN set and I would definitely recommend it to lovers of YA sweet romance.

Content: mild+ romance  


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The most important thing to know about me is that I'm basically a sixteen-year-old trapped in an adult's body. It's why I feel such a great connection to all of my characters and why I love to write romantic comedy. The kid in me just wants to be goofy. Besides being a writer; I'm a wife, mother of five, volleyball enthusiast and home decorating guru. My list of favorites includes: reading, Christmas, pedicures, dessert, steak, Arizona winters and most importantly, Diet Coke.

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Author's Corner #23


Welcome to Author's Corner hosted by Bookworm NationKatie's Clean Book Collection and KJ's Book Nook! Once a month we will feature either a favorite author or new to us author. We will share the author's bio, one of our favorite books of theirs and a review. Each of us will be featuring a different author each month so there will also be links to each of our posts.


For this month's Author's Corner I am going to choose...

Beth Labonte
Beth Labonte received a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She worked as an administrative assistant for fourteen years, turning to writing as her creative outlet in an excruciatingly mundane corporate world. Beth now writes full-time and resides in Massachusetts.

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Friday, November 9, 2018

The Queen's Ball (A Timeless Victorian Collection) {Review}

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The Queen's Ball (A Timeless Victorian Collection)
by Anthea Lawson, Rebecca Connolly, and Jennifer Moore
Kindle Edition, 223 pages
Published October 9th 2018 by Mirror Press 
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WALTZED by Anthea Lawson:
Eleanor Tremont never expected her father to pass away unexpectedly – leaving her with a horrible stepmother, two grasping step-sisters, and no dowry whatsoever. Relegated to a servant in her own home, she struggles to come to terms with her bleak new life. Summoned to Queen Victoria’s Stuart Ball, can Ellie find her happily-ever-after despite impossible odds? Add an absent-minded Godmother, an orange carriage, and a dancing-slipper mishap, and prepare to be swept away into this fairytale romance…

A LOVE TO CLAIM by Rebecca Connolly:
Abigail Sterling is not at all pleased to see that the man who broke her heart is in London, and even less pleased that he wants to renew their friendship. But, against her better judgment, she finds herself drawn to him, just as she always had been. Letters from a secret admirer keep her from completely giving into Matthew again, and soon her heart is torn between a familiar love and a mysterious one.

COMING HOME by Jennifer Moore:
After the sudden death of her father, Clara Brightly is sent far from her home in India to live with relatives on the Isle of Wight. The islanders are suspicious of newcomers, and none more so than a local landowner, Grant Mason who, at first meeting, considers Clara to be arrogant and disdainful of the island he loves. When the two are appointed to lead the church choir in an island-wide competition, Clara discovers that she may have a place on the island after all. Grant comes to realize that what he took as haughtiness was merely shyness, and Queen Victoria’s ball at Osborne house seems the perfect place to tell her. But when Clara is offered a chance to return to India, she must decide once and for all what “home” really means.
 
My Review: 4 Stars

What a fun and adorable collection of stories! I've always been a fan of royalty and could just imagine the excitement of receiving an invitation to a ball hosted by the Queen of England herself. I enjoyed how each offering had that common event to revolve around, but had truly unique plots.

WALTZED is a Victorian Cinderella story and I loved the way that Ellie and Kit connected. They built upon a childhood friendship, while both trying to avoid some devious stepsisters. It was fun to see the fairy tale elements incorporated into this setting, giving it a sweet and hopeful flavor.

Swooning abounded in A LOVE TO CLAIM, especially as the mystery of a secret admirer and love letters captured the heart. Everyone makes mistakes and I loved the second chance idea as well, especially as beloved family members got involved. Matthew and Abigail are sure to steal your hearts!

Music and home are the general feelings of COMING HOME. This author always delivers a tale that isn't set in your typical England and the vivid descriptions of this island were great. I loved the musical theme that binds Clara and Grant together, especially as she comes to realize where her home really is.

This collection has it all when it comes to balls and was a very enjoyable read.

Content: mild, sweet romance; A LOVE TO CLAIM has mild language

Thursday, November 8, 2018

The Spinster and I by Rebecca Connolly {Book Spotlight and Giveaway}


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About the Book

The Spinster and I
Series: The Spinster Chronicles
Genre:  Adult, New Adult, Romance
Publisher: Phase Publishing
Publication date: November 1, 2018
Poor, unfortunate Spinster…
Prudence Westfall, spinster, has unexpectedly had the greatest misfortune of all: she has inherited a fortune, and is now an heiress. But as a Spinster, and a stammering shy one, nothing could be worse than having a bevy of suitors pay her attention. Opportunity strikes at a house party when the most unlikely person offers the perfect solution.
Camden Vale is no gentleman, and he’s not prone to saving anyone, but something about Prue changes all that. When his offer to befriend her extends beyond the house party, and his feelings extend beyond expectation, no one is more surprised than he. Except, perhaps, for the other Spinsters, and they have much to say on the subject.

About the Author

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Rebecca Connolly writes romances, both period and contemporary, because she absolutely loves a good love story. She has been creating stories since childhood, and there are home videos to prove it! She started writing them down in elementary school and has never looked back. She currently lives in the Midwest, spends every spare moment away from her day job absorbed in her writing, and is a hot cocoa addict.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Rule #4: You Can't Misinterpret a Mistletoe Kiss by Anne-Marie Meyer {Review}

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Rule #4: You Can't Misinterpret a Mistletoe Kiss (Rules of Love Series) by Anne-Marie Meyer
Kindle Edition, 128 pages
Expected publication: November 9th 2018 
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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.


My Review: 4 Stars

Best friends and worst enemies pretty much sums up the relationship that Jacob's and Ava'a families have with each other and Christmas is a perfect time to keep the competition alive and well. Jacob has the rap of being a bad boy, but Ava can't ignore the attraction she feels towards him and the feeling she has that there is more to meet the eye where he is concerned. Ava, on the other hand, is innocent and naive.

The pull of this opposites-attract, friends-to-lovers chemistry is undeniably sweet, but I wasn't a fan of the way Jacob's family, especially his mother, treats him. I also wanted justice to be served to those who truly deserved it. I felt so bad for Ava--that is NOT how I would have wanted my first kiss to go down. But wowza--what a kiss it was. And that kiss was the whisper of things to come.

This is a sweet and fun holiday romance, balanced with some frustrating competition and people.

Content: mild romance (kissing, some of it was behind a closed bedroom door, but nothing more than kissing happened)   

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The Betting Groom: Last Play Christmas Romances: The Legendary Kent Brother Romances by Taylor Hart


How much would you bet on true love this holiday season?

After getting caught in a media frenzy at a charity event, Will Kent, Quarterback for the Denver Storm and five of his buddies found themselves in jail—with no one coming for them. After bemoaning their situation, Will challenges the guys to a Christmas Bet to find the woman they had always loved, the one who had gotten away…and kiss her by Christmas Eve.

Tara Lighthouse never would have expected to find herself barefoot, on a ledge, in the middle of a snowstorm. But the recent divorce and the pregnancy test made her feel hopeless. After saying a prayer, she is shocked when Will Kent shows up at her door. And even more shocked when he offers to hire her as his PR consultant for the next four days.

After playing Mr. and Mrs. Claus, buying Christmas for a bunch of children, skiing, and spilling secrets, both of them recognize something magic is happening between them.

When the truth comes out, they are left with a choice: forgive or walk away from the only love they’ve ever wanted.

From the Author

Oh man, I can't even tell you how much I love Will! Not only is he fun, loving and generous-he's also...good. Really good.
He has a depth that most people don't see in him because he keeps it hidden.
And the love he has for Tara is inspiring!
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Praise from Readers

Such a great story! She turned him down once but will she give him a second chance? Sweet romance at it's best.

I’m rarely surprised by a Taylor Hart book because they are nearly always good...but this one took me by surprise...because it’s pure gold!

Another Kent brother bites the dust in this 2nd chance love story. A sweet story of finding your HEA with your one true love.

As someone who has loved, lost, and loved again, it's so nice to have stories that inspire the hope for those of us who have relationships that have ended in loss.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Just a Name by Becky Monson {Book Blast and Giveaway}




Just a Name by Becky Monson


Holly has a plan for everything. But she never could have planned for this.

If there’s one thing Holly Murphy loves, it’s a solid plan. She has her entire life figured out—or so she thinks. But when life pulls the rug out from under her, she’s left to deal with a canceled wedding—hers, to be precise. And the promotion she’s worked toward for years is now in jeopardy because the team she supervises doesn’t like her management style.

Thinking that Holly is too tightly wound and needs a break from everything, her boss demands she take a vacation. But how can she take a vacation when her promotion is on the line? Trying to help out, her best friend, Quinn, suggests she still go on her honeymoon and conduct a nationwide search to find a man with the same name as her ex-fiancé to use his plane ticket. Leaving Holly to wonder if she’s the only sane person left on the planet.

Yet when her boss gets wind of the idea and loves it, Holly finds herself in a corner she can’t get out of. And when handsome Nate Jones from Newport Beach gets picked to go with her, she wonders if this whole thing won’t be so bad after all.

Can Holly learn to let go? Or will this crazy adventure send her running right back to her safety net?

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Praise for Just A Name

“Just a Name is a delicious escape! I devoured every character, every moment, and every quirk and couldn’t get enough. This book is Becky Monson at her finest!” -Author Whitney Dineen

“Becky Monson has outdone herself with Just a Name. It’s FANTASTIC! I’m still swooning.” -Author Jennifer Peel

“Fans of romantic comedies should grab a copy of Just a Name; it has the perfect balance between sweet and sassy.”-Readers’ Favorite

"Full of fun, swoon, and humor, all topped with unexpected twists. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in these pages!" -Katie's Clean Book Collection

"I loved it. Becky Monson is so good at writing humor into her books. Sarcasm and wit reign supreme right along with a slow growing romance." - Aimee Brown from Getting Your Read On




I hate today.

Which doesn’t bode well, since it’s only eight thirty in the morning.

This is par for the course with my life right now, since the past three weeks haven’t particularly been my favorite either. Before that—which feels like ages ago—I was feeling like I was on the right path. Like everything I had planned for myself was happening. And I actually remember thinking, “Life can’t get any better.” Clearly, I jinxed myself.

Because my life is not on track. Not even close.

Lately, every morning I wake up with hopes that this will be the day when things will look up for me. The day my life will take a turn for the better and I’ll get myself back on track. Apparently, today is not that day.

Right now, I’m sitting in an air-conditioned office, holding a piece of paper in my hands, staring at the words in front of me and trying to make sense of it all. The top of the paper, in bold lettering, says, “CT Anderson Bank,” and underneath it, “Holly Murphy—Supervisor Assessment.”

Under that are a whole bunch of words I can’t believe I’m reading. Words like “too controlling” and “micromanaging” and “not a team player.” It’s all there, in Times New Roman, eleven-point type. Coincidentally, these are some of the words Nathan—my ex-fiancé—used when he called off our wedding nearly three weeks ago. He even used the words “not a team player”—whatever that’s supposed to mean. And this was all only a little over two months before we were to marry.

Way to kick me when I’m down, Life.


 
Author Becky Monson

By day, Becky Monson is a mother to three young children, and a wife. By night, she escapes with reading books and writing. An award-winning author, Becky uses humor and true-life experiences to bring her characters to life. She loves all things chick-lit (movies, books, etc.), and wishes she had a British accent. She has recently given up Diet Coke for the fiftieth time and is hopeful this time will last... but it probably won't.



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Sunday, November 4, 2018

A Convenient Engagement by Ashtyn Newbold {Review}

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A Convenient Engagement by Ashtyn Newbold
Kindle Edition, 182 pages
Published October 24th 2018 
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.
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A false engagement. A mysterious coast. Two reluctant hearts.

Much to her father’s dismay, Miss Amelia Buxton aspires to become a spinster, just like her eccentric aunt. Growing up with parents who married for every reason but love, she has never seen a joyful marriage. When Amelia requests a summer trip to the legendary waters of Brighton, her father allows her the excursion, but with one requirement: she must return engaged, or agree to the proposal of the man of his choosing.

Crawling with tourists, Brighton is not the town Adam Claridge had once loved. When his sister Eleanor disappears without warning, Adam is desperate to bring her home. In his search, he happens upon Miss Amelia Buxton, a young tourist that proves vital in his search for Eleanor. But Amelia is conducting a search of her
own—a search for a husband—and Adam has little choice but to offer a fair trade: he will play the role of Amelia’s betrothed in exchange for her assistance in finding Eleanor.

Convenient at first, Amelia and Adam’s arrangement quickly plummets into disarray. Falling in love had not been part of their bargain.


BRIDES OF BRIGHTON SERIES:

A Convenient Engagement (October 2018)
Marrying Miss Milton (November 2018)
Romancing Lord Ramsbury (December 2018)
An Unexpected Bride (January 2019)
My Review: 4 Stars

The search is on! Amelia is desperate for an engagement and Adam is madly looking for his lost sister and it seems that fate has brought them together in Brighton, as they each have something to offer the other.

This charmingly delightful tale delivers witty banter and a cozy mystery. A steady pace is set from page one and the characters come to life in a fun way. I love how Amelia can be herself and her aunt is hilarious. They have a good rapport with each other and quickly draw Adam into their lines of fire. He is one determined young man, who is tired of the games of society, and is persistent, creative, and relentless in the search for his dear sister. I enjoyed wondering at the outcome throughout the pages and was definitely entertained.

A Convenient Engagement is a great start to this new series that looks to be promising.

Content: mild romance

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Lies, Love, and Breakfast at Tiffany's by Julie Wright {Review}

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Lies, Love, and Breakfast at Tiffany's by Julie Wright
Paperback, 320 pages
Expected publication: November 6th 2018 by Shadow Mountain 
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.
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The Lie
Women in Hollywood are just pretty faces. But Silvia Bradshaw knows that’s a lie, and she’s ready to be treated as an equal and prove her worth as one of Hollywood’s newest film editors.

The Love
She and Ben Mason had worked together as editors before Silvia got her big break, so he’s the perfect person to ask for feedback on her first major film. But even as their friendship begins to blossom into something more, a lawsuit surfaces, jeopardizing both Ben and Silvia’s jobs—as well as their fledgling romance. Audrey Hepburn once said: “The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it’s all that matters.” Silvia agrees. Or she used to. It’s one thing to risk her job and her heart, but can she really risk Ben’s, too? Does she have the right to make decisions for her own happiness when they affect so many other people?

The Breakfast
With everything to lose, Silvia meets Ben for breakfast at his favorite diner, Tiffany’s, for one last conversation before the credits roll on true love.

My Review: 4 Stars

Hollywood isn't all it's made out to be and Silvia learns that the hard way. I love old movies and the glitz and glamor of a famous lifestyle, but a lot of it is simply a facade. Basing this one on Audrey Hepburn was pure genius, especially the "object" with her namesake.

Silvia is a film editor and she's good at what she does, but has had to fight to get to where she is. I love that she's strong and not a person to back down when treated unfairly. She's a very quirky, confident woman, yet she has fears just like anyone else. I loved when she gets Ben, her former boss, to help her with a project. He's a genuinely funny and sweet guy and the banter they shared using movie quotes was both hilarious and endearing.

It was fun to see Silvia's best friend, Emma (from Lies Jane Austen Told Me), make some appearances. People who can accept others, flaws, quirks, and all are winners in my book. The supporting cast of characters was great--especially Silvia's spunky, sassy grandma. I love a book with great relationships and this one scored on all levels.

Content: mild romance