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Kingdom Of Lies

I received a free electronic copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

She’s sworn off love. But fate has other plans.  In a kingdom full of lies, her heart will be torn in two. The Dark Witch killed one of Ellie Parrish’s sisters. Now Ellie is determined to save her youngest sister as well. This time from their own vile parents. Through adoption, Ellie can free her from them. But it may require her to enter into that one contract that has screamed of lies and misery her entire life. Marriage. An offer from her closest friend, Micah, is tempting . . . in so many ways. But his love is only a reminder of what she’s incapable of giving—her heart. However, a chance meeting with the Prince of Terra, and an unimaginable invitation, may give her another option. A chance to convince him to change the law so an unwed woman can adopt. She’ll simply need to keep herself from falling for him while doing so. In a kingdom full of lies, everyone has someone to protect, everyone has something to hide, and with whispers of the Dark Witch’s return, no one knows what evil is coming.

When I first heard about this book I was excited about the concept. I was intrigued to see how the love-triangle would work, especially since I don’t always enjoy reading love-triangles. I was happy to see that the love-triangle aspect of this story was done really well. I very quickly picked my side and am proudly Team Aden.

I really enjoyed the characters in this book. There was so much depth to them and I was immediately invested in their lives. The progression of the different relationships was also done well and was really interested.

Probably the thing I liked the least about this book was that I felt as if there was too much going on. If you read the blurb above you will think the focus is the romance and relationships. Yes, this is a big part of the book but the magic plot line is just as big as the romance. This meant that at times it felt like there were two complete stories going on simultaneously. The book was enjoyable but did feel like it was a lot.

This is the first book in the series and I was glad that ti did not end on a cliffhanger. I will say that this book is not necessarily a happily-every-after, it is more a happy-for-now.

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If It’s You

I received a free electronic copy of this book in exchange for my honest review

Synopsis

You can’t win a war by falling for the enemy. Christian wanted nothing more than a relaxing summer to forget about the loss he’d experienced at home. But the farm is anything but relaxing, and the farmers beautiful daughter is determined to send him packing before he even makes it a week. But he needs a distraction, and teasing her seems to be the perfect way to keep his mind off of his life. It’s a harmless game, because he’d never fall for a girl like her. Maizie is no stranger to pain. Which is exactly what this handsome city boy is: a pain in her rear. She could’ve gotten over the embarrassment of their first meeting if he didn’t seem so hell-bent on ruining her life. Two can play that game, though, and she’s determined to win, even if it means losing something even more important.

I’ve been finding a lot of new-to-me authors recently and I am loving it. Jenessa Fayeth is one of these new authors. If It’s You is the first book of Jenessa’s that I have read.

This is another book where there is just so much to love. This is a YA romance with one of the characters still in highschool for the majority of the story, but that doesn’t mean that only teenagers can read it. I am definitely not a teenager and I still loved this book.

I really enjoyed the contrast of the seriousness and the lightheartedness of this book. This contrast was done really well and did not take away from importance of both parts. I also really appreciate how well the themes of grief were covered in this book.

There was so much emotion is this book. There were moments I laughed, moments I cried and of course there were the swoonworthy moments as well.

There is an element of enemies-to-lovers in this book and as I am sure you know, this is not my favourite trope. However, I did not mind this trope in If It’s You. I did not feel as if the “hating” was over the top or unnecessary. Jenessa did a great job and tempering the hatred and justifying the emotions the characters were having.

This was a fantastic book and I am definitely looking forward to reading more from Jenessa.

Definitely check this book out, you will not be disappointed.

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Love Off-Limits

I received a free electronic copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis

Tyler is hard enough to resist. Put a baby goat in his arms? Oh, I’m a goner. Romance is the last thing on my mind when I meet Tyler at a wedding. Yes, he’s gorgeous. Yes, we have instant chemistry. But I can’t go there with him. I’m too busy convincing my skeptical parents I’m ready to run our family farm to give Tyler’s smoldering smile a passing glance. Fine. I glanced. And possibly . . . kissed. But then I went home all the way in a different state. See? Crisis averted. Until Tyler shows up in North Carolina looking for a job. Of course, I give him one. We’ve already established I’m terrible at resisting his charm. It’s a disaster waiting to happen, really. Tyler doing manual labor within easy sight of my office window. Me trying NOT to randomly tumble into his arms. But no matter how cute he looks holding a baby goat (or how much I wish I was that baby goat), he’s off-limits until I earn my dad’s trust. The trouble is, there’s always a risk when you push away something good. If you push too hard, you just might lose it forever.

Oh my goodness!!! I absolutely loved this book. And honestly I don’t really know where to start to tell you how good this book is.

This book is an insta-love story, which I normally do not like, but the insta-love aspect was done really well. It wasn’t a case of falling immediately in love and then a relationship. Tyler and Olivia were immediately attracted to each other but there was definitely a journey they both went on before they could have a relationship.

I loved the journey that both characters went on, particularly Olivia’s journey. It is fantastic to find books that are not only sweet and swoony romances, but also challenge readers with depth. There were so many moments in this book that drew me in and made me really feel for the characters.

Of course, since this is a romance story, there were a lot of swoony worthy romantic scenes to sigh over and love. Penelope was definitely a big part of these swoony worthy moments. If only I could find my own Tyler and I’m sure I’d be happy.

I have loved this whole series and I am sure you will too.

*note* – Unfortunately I lost half of this post after writing it. So my second post was written almost a week after reading it. This means that a lot of what I wanted to talk about has been missed. But still this is a fantastic book I will be reading again soon.

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Love Off Limits

I received a free electronic copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis

Tyler is hard enough to resist. Put a baby goat in his arms? Oh, I’m a goner. Romance is the last thing on my mind when I meet Tyler at a wedding. Yes, he’s gorgeous. Yes, we have instant chemistry. But I can’t go there with him. I’m too busy convincing my skeptical parents I’m ready to run our family farm to give Tyler’s smoldering smile a passing glance. Fine. I glanced. And possibly . . . kissed. But then I went home all the way in a different state. See? Crisis averted. Until Tyler shows up in North Carolina looking for a job. Of course, I give him one. We’ve already established I’m terrible at resisting his charm. It’s a disaster waiting to happen, really. Tyler doing manual labor within easy sight of my office window. Me trying NOT to randomly tumble into his arms. But no matter how cute he looks holding a baby goat (or how much I wish I was that baby goat), he’s off-limits until I earn my dad’s trust. The trouble is, there’s always a risk when you push away something good. If you push too hard, you just might lose it forever.

Oh my goodness!!! I absolutely loved this book. And honestly I don’t really know where to start to tell you how good this book is.

This book is an insta-love story, which I normally do not like, but the insta-love aspect was done really well. It wasn’t a case of falling immediately in love and then a relationship. Tyler and

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Two Risks I’d Never Take Again

I received a free electronic copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis

Picking up a stranger off the side of the road is risky. Falling in love with him is . . . not going to happen. Probably.My life is all doughnuts and sprinkles, and I can’t lie to save my life. None of that is a problem until I find a man beaten up on the side of the road. In the dark. In the rain. And even though I promised I’d never again pick up a stranger, I load him into my car—not an easy task—and drive him to a hospital. I couldn’t just leave him there. That’s how I end up spending a week in a luxurious house, soaking in a hot tub, gazing at the stars, and playing nurse to Garrett. Besides the bandages and bruises, it’s a recipe for romance. Except I want no part in anything romantic. Dating will land my heart on the butchering slab, and I refuse be hurt again. He’s interested. I wish I could lie and say I’m not. Instead, I suggest we just stay friends. What’s the risk in that?

I absolutely love this book and I’m sad it is the last in the series. When I found out that this book was Tessa’s story I was so happy she would get her happily ever after. Garrett and Tessa are probably my favourite couple of this series.

There are just so many things that I absolutely loved about this book. Firstly Garrett is the ultimate swoony hero and I think I’m a little in love with him myself. He is patient and sweet; exactly what Tessa needed.

Reading this book made me want doughnuts (and yes I ate way too many doughnuts whilst reading this book) and even though I’m finished I still want doughnuts. I also want a hot tub. The hot tub was one of my favourite parts of the book.

My only negative about this book was that there were a couple small sections that I found confusing. It felt like I had missed some important information. I did discover that this book very closely intersects with another series and because I hadn’t read that series there was some information I was missing. This doesn’t impact the story in a major way, I was just confused for a little bit.

One of the things I absolutely love about the Never Say Never series is that there isn’t really the dramatic breakup part of the story. So if you want a straight forward happily ever after this series is for you. You will not be disappointed.

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A Lady On The Chase

I received a free electronic copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis

Lady Alicia Kendall has it all: wealth, beauty, suitors–and a history of creating scandals. The only thing she doesn’t have is her best friend and man of her dreams, Henry Crawley. When Henry announces his plans to join the Regulars, her father’s adamant disapproval of him deepens and prompts a deal to be struck: She has two weeks to secure Henry’s proposal, or she must give him up forever and marry a man of her father’s choosing. Alicia agrees. But when one of her attempts goes awry, she gets a begrudging proposal from someone else entirely–Matthew Wycliffe. The most condescending man ever to walk the face of the earth, and her newly-discovered nemesis. If only to avoid yet another scandal, Alicia accepts Mr. Wycliffe’s offer. After all, with the deal she struck with her father, she’ll never marry the man anyway. But as they endure dark castles, hot-tempered soldiers, and hidden secrets brought to light all in their quest for a proposal from Henry, Alicia notices something different about the insufferable, grumbling Matthew Wycliffe. And she wonders if perhaps the proposal she wants is the one she’s already received.

Jessica Scarlett is a new-to-me author. So when I realised that this book was actually the third in the series I very quickly grabbed the first two books and read them. And I have to wonder, how had I not heard of these before. This is a fantastic series.

There are so many things to love about this book: the intrigue, the romance, the drama. So much is happening throughout this book. I could not put it down.

I would definitely say that this is an enemies to lovers story. As you know these aren’t my favourite, but it was the only thing I didn’t enjoy as much of in this book. Everything else was fantastic.

Probably my favourite part of the book was the witty banter. Alicia and Matthew were constantly in a battle of wits, which was fun to follow.

I recommend reading this whole series. I don’t think I can pick a favourite out of this series because it was all so good. I’m keen to see more from Jessica in the future.

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Eight Days of Christmas

I received a free electronic copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis

Ready or not, Isabella Whitley is returning to her snowy hometown of Pineridge, Colorado for her sister’s Christmas wedding. She wants in and out unscathed. Unlikely. A decade ago, she headed to New York and hasn’t looked back. Now she must explain her disappearing act to not only her family, but the high-school sweetheart she left behind as well. Enter Leo Hoffman. He’s frosty after striving—and failing—to forget Isabella, the only woman capable of jingling his bells. Since his brother is marrying her sister, Leo is forced to celebrate Eight Days of Christmas with Isabella and her family—a tradition where they perform a different holiday activity each day leading up to December 25th. Soon, their close proximity brings back memories—and the inability to keep their hands off one another. There’s only one problem. Isabella’s ex unexpectedly enters the equation, and she faces a difficult choice. Listen to her heart or her head? Isabella will need to decide, once and for all, where she belongs.

A Christmas second chance contemporary romance? Sign me up.

As soon as I saw this cover and read the synopsis I knew I had to read this book. And thankfully it did not disappoint. This book is a fantastic swoony Christmas romance. So many great elements to this book. It is a fade to black romance but is on the steamier end of fade to black.

Izzy and Leo have so much chemistry, sparks were flying off the page. I loved their relationship whilst at the same time hurt along with them for the pain of the past.

The Christmas elements were also fantastic. I love all of the traditions the Whitley family have. Some I definitely want to add to my own family traditions.

You do not want to miss this fantastic swoony Christmas romance.

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More Than A Heartthrob – Blog Tour and Giveaway

I received a free electronic copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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About the Book

Book: More Thank A Heartthrob

Author: Kari Trumbo

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

Release date: September 28, 2021

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Whoever said beauty is only skin deep lied. Beauty begins from within.

Jazzy is comfortable in her own skin, but the world cringes at it. Her personal armor since her teen years, makeup hides the scars that make anyone who sees them wince. The true test of any friend is: will they accept her without it?

Chris races to Hooper Island to escape a life-altering situation. The only person he knows and can trust there is a woman he met once. It wasn’t a good meeting. Lost and lonely after being the center of attention in Hollywood, he won’t risk losing the one friend he has.

Befriending Chris poses a risk Jazzy is loath to take. If anyone will reject her for her scars, it’ll be a guy whose life is focused on beauty. But as she helps him work through his own problems and his struggles with faith, will she gather the courage to pluck the plank from her own eye?

Once alone and vulnerable, will Jazzy and Chris rely on one another? Or will the force of their polar opposite lives push them apart—for good.

More Than a Heartthrob continues the Hooper Island stories of the Independence Islands Series featuring five islands, six authors, and a boatload of happily-ever-afters.

The Independence Islands Series: beach reads aren’t just for summer anymore.

Click here to get your copy!

My Review

Another fantastic book in the Independence Islands series. As with the rest of the series, this book was a sweet romance with a fantastic faith element. I’ve always loved books that have strong, important messages and this is one of them. You don’t want to miss this book and the rest of the series.

About the Author

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Kari writes swoony heroes and places that become characters with detail and heart.
Her favorite place to write about is the place her heart lives, (even if she doesn’t) South Dakota.

Kari loves reading, listening to contemporary Christian music, singing when no one’s listening, and curling up near the wood stove when winter hits. She makes her home in central Minnesota, land of frigid toes and mosquitoes the size of compact cars, with her husband of over twenty years. They have two daughters, two sons, one cat, and one hungry wood stove.

More from Kari

Hello Readers!

Welcome to the blog tour for More than a Heartthrob. I hope you’ve had a chance to read about the book a little. Thank you to today’s blog host and to Celebrate Lit for the tour and for publishing this great set.

Have you ever walked into a room and felt like everyone was staring at you for whatever reason? For me, it’s my weight. I’ve been overweight since my second year of marriage when I made a personal (and poor) decision to take a medication that made me gain a lot of weight quickly. And because of back pain, I’ve never been successful in shedding it.

For Jasmine (Jazzy), it’s her scars and lack of hair that she hides under makeup and wigs. She’s carefully kept them a secret her entire life. Only her friends and family know. She even has a beauty vlog (video blog) where she talks about faith and gives beauty tips.

But she isn’t happy. She’s lonely because it’s all fake. The skin she shows the world isn’t hers. I know I feel like that sometimes when I hide behind baggy clothes or sit behind a table so no one can really see me.

But, do people really think in their heads what we think they are? All that worry is spent, but it is fruitful? The answer to that, is no. Do some people judge us on our looks, behavior, or faith? Absolutely, but this book challenges the view that people “always” do.

Jazzy is challenged to forgo what she thinks makes her beautiful, it’s a twist on the old beauty and the beast story and I think you’re going to enjoy it. Especially because the guy who believes in her most, is the one society says should be the most critical, a Hollywood actor.

I hope, if you’re one of those people who wishes for a tall plant to hide behind when you’re in a crowded room, that you’ll find a kindred spirit in Jazzy.

Kari

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 2

Blossoms and Blessings, October 2

lakesidelivingsite, October 3

Texas Book-aholic, October 3

She Lives To Read, October 4

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 4

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, October 5

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, October 5 (Author Interview)

Inklings and notions, October 6

CarpeDiem, October 6

Mypreciousbitsandmusings, October 7

SusanLovesBooks, October 7

For Him and My Family, October 7

Connect in Fiction, October 8

deb’s Book Review, October 8

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, October 9

Splashes of Joy, October 9

Batya’s Bits, October 10

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, October 10

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 11

Blogging With Carol, October 11

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, October 12

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, October 12

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, October 13

Simple Harvest Reads, October 13 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, October 14

Kayem Reads, October 14

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, October 15

Daysong Reflections, October 15

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Kari is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/11dd0/more-than-a-heartthrob-celebration-tour-giveaway

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A Wish For Father Christmas

I received a free electronic copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis

Life has taught Lady Alice Nightingale she cannot trust a man. She would never even consider remarrying, if it wasn’t painfully clear that her son needs a father. With no male relative to help her see past the masks everyone wears among society, Alice chooses to embark on a most risky endeavor—she will be Lady Nightingale half the time, and Mr. Allen, her own cousin, the other half. Lord Isaac Brooks has tried everything else, but it is now clear he must marry a woman with a large dowry or lose everything. Such would be simple, if Lady Nightingale would stay out of his way and out of his mind—as the daughter of the man responsible for his near ruin, Isaac would court any woman before her. Alice practices and rehearses and yet she still isn’t prepared for Lord Brooks, a man who shows Lady Nightingale utter disdain while showing Mr. Allen friendship, and even trust. Nor is she ready for her heart to find in him the companion she’d only ever dreamed of. But how can they ever become more when, if she were to tell him the truth, she’d only prove herself to be as manipulative as her father?

Another fantastic Christmas book has released. If you are looking for a great historical, Christmas romance with a single mum trope and the hidden identity trope, then look no further. You have found what you are looking for.

I loved this book. It was relatively drama free, a perfect escape into fiction. Lady Nightingale and Lord Brooks are great characters that have depth and the chemistry between them made me smile.

Another character I loved was Joseph. It was great seeing the close relationship between Alice and Joseph,especially since that wasn’t the norm at the time.

So if you are looking for a Christmas romance to get you in the Christmas mood, start here with A Wish For Father Christmas. This is my first book by Laura Rollins, but I do know I’ll be reading more from her soon.