Tuesday, July 7, 2020

The Danger with Fireworks (Holiday Romance #3) by Robin Daniels {Review}

The Danger with Fireworks (Holiday Romance #3) by Robin Daniels
Kindle Edition, 76 pages
Published June 26th 2020 
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Garland's love life took a rocky ride when his roommate started dating the girl he liked. It was inevitable, really. Somehow he always makes friends with "that guy"--the one who can get any girl he wants. It sucks, always feeling like the third wheel. So, when he's offered a position as a summer camp counselor, he jumps at the opportunity. It's the perfect chance to escape...in a place where he's not tied to best-friendship with a chick magnet.

However, from the moment he arrives, Garland realizes that the grass won't be any greener. He meets Chloe, a beautiful, energetic co-worker and they hit it off right away. Naturally, her ex--who's desperate to win her back--happens to be "that guy". Except this time it's different because there's nothing likable about Chloe's ex. And since there's no rule saying Garland has to be best buds with the resident lady bait, he decides it's time to challenge the status quo. For once, he's going to get the girl.

NOTE: This story can be read as a standalone, but it's better if the series is read in order.
My Review: 4 Stars
Years ago, before my first summer camp experience, I watched The Parent Trap and thought for sure that's how it would be. Although this story doesn't give many details from the campers perspective, but it was full of swoony encounters with the counselors. And it, too, wasn't much like the movie, hah.
Garland is a great guy--but kind of blind to what's in front of him--which leads to all sorts of misinterpretations and laughs, while drawing in a little angst. Chloe came across as an insincere flirt at first, but she quickly grew on me. It was fun to get to know her, Garland, and the other cast of characters, in this short, sweet, and fun summer romance. I would have loved to see things developed over the course of the entire summer because I simply didn't want it to end.
Daniels does a great job of incorporating this new adult romance in with humor, adventure, dancing, and love.   

Content: mild romance; mild language

Monday, July 6, 2020

Facial Recognition by Jennifer Peel {Review}

Facial Recognition by Jennifer Peel
Kindle Edition, 240 pages
Published July 2nd 2020 
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.
For her, it was love at first sight. For him, love wasn't an option.

Twenty years ago, Gracie Cartwright became the first prom queen in the history of Pecan Orchard High School to be stood up. Now, she's on a mission to plan the ultimate high school reunion and get the prom night she always envisioned. All she has to do is find the perfect date. But after going on thirty-five blind dates, she's losing hope that she'll find Mr. Right--or at least Mr. Right Now. Then Brooks Hamilton, the man she knew she was meant to marry, walks into her spa for a facial massage. Too bad she's never forgiven him for standing her up at prom all those years ago. If that isn't enough, she finds out he's dating her nemesis and he's a divorce lawyer who doesn't believe in marriage. And what's worse is, he doesn't recognize her.

However, when Brooks's estranged father falls ill, the pair are thrown together and sparks fly when the old friends butt heads about almost everything. But despite the tension, it doesn't take long for Brooks to recognize that maybe he made a huge mistake letting Gracie go all those years ago. But is it enough for him to let his guard down and admit he was wrong about relationships and give Gracie the prom night she always dreamed of? Or will they miss out on the love that's been right in front of their faces the entire time?
My Review: 5 Stars
Gracie Cartwright has an amazing life--even if she is still single. She lives at home (by choice) and has the best relationship with her father and next door neighbor, who happens to be the dad of her high school crush. And the friendship she shares with her business partners almost made me jealous. As for Brooks? Yum! The connections, in all regards, are what truly made this story stand out and won me over, heart and soul. Well, that and the chemical romance.
I laughed out loud at the first meeting between Brooks and Gracie after twenty years and was completely hooked from the very first page. There are so many nuances that layer together to deliver a charming treat that left me both satisfied, yet wanting more.
I loved Peel's writing style in this magically delicious romantic comedy. There is plenty of heart through all the laughs, marvelous characters, a high school reunion looming, and the best relationships ever in this small Texas town.  
Content: mild+ romance (innuendo, talk of teen sex, kissing); mild language

Friday, July 3, 2020

Enchantment by Camille Peters {Review}

Enchantment by Camille Peters
Kindle Edition, 376 pages
Published June 11th 2020 by Rosewood Publications 
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given
When Maren runs away from the threat of a forced marriage, the last place she expects to end up is the Malvagarian Palace, home to the enchanted gardens, a cursed prince, and a magical rose that traps her there. Crown Prince Briar isn’t pleased to be stuck with a troublesome guest, especially one as mischievous and curious as Maren. She, on the other hand, is determined to escape, but instead finds herself inconveniently falling in love with him. Despite her lack of beauty, feelings steadily blossom between her and the prince.

Their budding romance is soon threatened when sinister magic begins to eclipse the enchanted gardens, a darkness which quickly spreads not only to the kingdom, but to the king himself. In order to stop it, Briar and Maren will both be forced to make a heart-wrenching sacrifice, only to realize that the gardens’ requirements may prove too high a price.

Inspired by Beauty and the Beast
My Review: 4.5 Stars
I have to start by saying that this series has some of the most beautiful covers I've ever seen and the story found beneath this beauty was delightful.
Beauty and the Beast is one of my most favorite fairy tales and Peters does a phenomenal job of translating this tale into something fresh, making her own mark in the retelling world. The way she builds this world into something tangible is amazing and incorporating plants and nature is ingenious.
I'm a sucker for a crown prince and Briar was an intriguing character. I loved the way he interacted with Maren, how he stuck up for her, and the way they worked together to unravel mysteries, magic, and more in this winsome fairy tale romance. A book with charismatic characters is always a bonus and I really enjoyed watching the progression. Although there were few characters to start with, the ending had an influx and the climax was dazzling, making my head spin and giving me slight anxiety.
This book is long, so give yourself some time to get through it, but if you love fairy tales like I do, you'll enjoy it.
Content: mild romance; mild moments of danger/peril/adventure 

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Her Senator's Second Chance by Cindy Ray Hale {Review}

Love Under Lockdown Set
Her Senator's Second Chance by Cindy Ray Hale
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.


Enchanted Quill Romance is thrilled to present this huge anthology of sweet romantic shorts guaranteed to warm your heart.

This collection features 25 short stories about finding love while locked down in one place. It has a wide variety of all your favorite tropes including:

Friends to lovers
Second chance
Enemies to lovers
Forbidden love

And so much more. Laugh, cry, sigh and swoon during this beautiful collection of short stories by sweet romance authors handpicked by Enchanted Quill Romance.

This heart-stirring boxset is a limited edition, so pick it up now to avoid missing out.

My Review: 4 Stars

There's always something pleasing about characters who are given another shot at love. Natasha dumped Adam out of the blue in high school and a chance meeting (that could only be fate) years later proved that their attraction was just as strong as ever.

Each of these characters has worked hard through life to accomplish what they have and to get to where they are, and that message showed me just how committed they could be to each other. Alas, Adam has a small problem--he's engaged to someone else. Someone who could help further his political career. I love this author's writing style and the way she is able to draw me right into a story written with wonderful characters, and supply me a wonderful escape.

This story hit the sweet spot in heartwarming factors and length--it wasn't too long, but long enough to deliver a favorable tale that engaged my heart and left me feeling satisfied.

Content: mild romance

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Cover Reveal: All That Really Matters by Nicole Deese

All That Really Matters by Nicole Deese COVER REVEAL
Coming....Spring 2021

Molly McKenzie's bright personality and on-trend fashion and beauty advice have earned her an impressive social media following, as well as a shiny monthly paycheck. When her manager-turned-boyfriend tells her of an upcoming audition to host a makeover show for America’s underprivileged youth, all her dreams finally seem to be coming true. There's just one catch: she has little experience interacting with people in need. 

To gain an edge on her competitors, she applies to volunteer at a transitional program for aged-out foster kids during summer, only the program's director, Silas Whittaker, isn’t nearly as charmed by Molly as her online fans. But since forfeiting a goal has never been her style, Molly’s only option is to accept the terms Silas lays out and submit to his rules—even the most ridiculous ones pertaining to social media. 

But as the residents of the home become more than a means to pad her career resume, and Silas becomes more than an obstacle on her path to fame, her once-narrow focus expands to include the deep needs of those she’s serving… and perhaps the ones she’s neglected inside herself as well. It took years to build her platform, but only one summer to discover what really matters most..

Monday, June 29, 2020

Moment of Truth by Kasie West {Review}

Moment of Truth by Kasie West
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by HarperTeen 
Source: Library
At sixteen, Hadley Moore knows exactly who she is—a swimmer who will earn a scholarship to college. Totally worth all the hard work, even if her aching shoulders don’t agree. So when a guy dressed as Hollywood’s latest action hero, Heath Hall, crashes her swim meet, she isn’t amused. Instead, she’s determined to make sure he doesn’t bother her again. Only she’s not sure exactly who he is.

The swim meet isn’t the first event the imposter has interrupted, but a little digging turns up a surprising number of people who could be Heath Hall, including Hadley's ex-boyfriend and her best friend’s crush. She soon finds herself getting caught up in the mysterious world of the fake Heath Hall.

As Hadley gets closer to uncovering the masked boy’s identity she also discovers some uncomfortable truths about herself—like she might resent the long shadow her late brother has cast over her family, that she isn’t as happy as she pretends to be with her life choices… and that she is falling for the last guy she ever thought she would like.
My Review: 4 Stars
How many 16 year olds know exactly what they want in life? My guess is not a ton, but Hadley sure does. When a masked action hero crashes her swim meet, she finds herself smack in the middle of a mystery that won't leave her alone. 
I loved the dangling mystery element and the way Hadley sets out to solve it, but Kasie West is a genius at allowing her characters to struggle and grow. This coming-of-age story tugs at the heartstrings and takes the reader on a delightful journey of self-discovery, as the characters are brought to life. 
I really enjoyed this book and the way it all came together in both expected and unexpected ways. 
Content: mild romance 

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Not a Fine Gentleman by Donna Hatch #NFGPrism {Blog Tour Review and Giveaway}

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Not a Fine Gentleman
(Rogue Hearts, #5)
By Donna Hatch
Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 448 Pages
June 18, 2020 by Mirror Lake Press LLC

Lady Margaret secretly yearns for love, but fate has exchanged wedded bliss for a lie. When she is caught hovering over her cheating husband’s dead body, she is instantly doomed to hang for his murder. Without hope for justice, Margaret flees into the night alone.
A cynical Bow Street Constable, Connor Jackson, vows to bring the fugitive Lady Margaret to face the law—but, he doesn’t expect sparks to fly between them. Could the strong yet tender lady truly be a killer? 
As more suspects—and even more condemning evidence—surface, the less certain Connor is of his duty. He must choose between his growing feelings for Lady Margaret and the demands of justice. Will the truth tear them apart or set them free to find love?

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My Review: 4 Stars

I've really enjoyed this series and love how each sibling gets a story of his or her own. It was a treat to see glimpses of the family and to check in with them to see how they're doing. I absolutely loved how they rally together in tough times and the murder of the eldest sister's husband, with her as the prime suspect, is definitely a good reason.

Margaret comes across as cold, but there's definitely more to her than that mask. Watching her spark to life, especially with Connor Jackson, was entertaining and my favorite moments were the forbidden attraction, moments of danger, and loyalty. Things were a lot different in this time and it was harder for different classes to mesh. Both Margaret and Connor had challenges and weaknesses to overcome and they each tackled them in realistic ways.

I felt like I was in the game of Clue at times, although we know where and with what weapon the murder took place. I loved the cat-and-mouse mystery and watching the puzzle pieces slip into place, and I thought this element was well done.

This is a story for lovers of intrigue and romance to settle in with, with its thrilling plot and enchanting characters. 

Content: mild romance; mild violence

*I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.*

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Multi-award-winning author of more than twenty best-selling Regency Historical Romances, Donna Hatch is a hopeful romantic and an adventurer at heart. Each book she writes is filled with wit and heart and plenty of swoon-worthy romance. Donna sings, plays the harp, and loves to ballroom dance. Her family, including six children and two cats, recently left their native Arizona for the Pacific coast of the US. No matter where they live, she and her husband of over twenty years are proof that there truly is a happily ever after.

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