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One Last Play

I received a free electronic copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

Synopsis

She could be the one. I’ve spent twelve years caring for my niece Maddie who I adopted after my sister died. Having a daughter has made me picky when it comes to the women I spend time with. But when I spot MJ at a mutual friend’s wedding, something draws me toward her. My friend tells me to forget about her, but how can I when she becomes Maddie’s art teacher and our paths cross again? I ask her out, she turns me down. Rinse and repeat. But I don’t plan on giving up any time soon. My instincts are always right, and they’re telling me Meadow Jane Carter might just be my future wife.

I have been so excited for this book. Ever since Annah Conwell gave us a sneak peek of this book in her previous book, The First Taste. A sports romance, single father, teacher, and he falls first. A combination of tropes I was excited for and of course this book did not disappoint. I absolutely loved this book.

I don’t even know where to start with how much I loved this book. I absolutely loved the way Sebastian pursued MJ. There were so many sweet moments, including him looking after her when she was sick. Maddie was also a fun character. This book made me laugh out loud, swoon a little and cry. The full range of emotions packed into a book that made me fall a little in love with the characters.

I loved the sneak peeks of the couples from the rest of the series, plus the introduction of MJ’s brothers. I am so excited they get their own series soon. I can’t wait to read all the stories.

This book has definitely been one of my favourite reads this year. You don’t want to miss this book.

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Famous For A Living

I received a free electronic copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

Synopsis

She’s Insta-famous. He uses a flip phone. When her business partner is accused of serious financial crimes, superstar influencer Cat Cranwell—an engineered marvel of beauty, energy, and fun—falls from her penthouse perch. Des­perate to get away from the online trolls and paparazzi docu­menting her disgrace, Cat accepts her uncle’s offer to work with him in Kannery National Park, Montana. About as far as possible from life as she’s known it. Cat’s world shifts from the swirling haze of likes and comments to lit­eral blizzards of frostbite temperatures and waist-deep snow. In place of negotiating brand deals, she finds herself negotiating at the ledge of a frozen lake with her die-hard Polar Bear Plunge coworkers. Instead of padding through the marble kitchen of her Manhattan loft, she’s sharing a tent-sized cabin with a roommate eager to bond like characters in sitcoms. But something curious is also happening in this overwhelming breath of fresh air as she reacquaints with the most honest parts of her­self and begins to ask the hard questions. Can Cat love herself with, and without, the world watching? Then there’s that other tiny problem—she’s falling for Zaiah, the ruggedly handsome park ranger—and he hates anything remotely connected to social media, quite possibly her included.

Melissa Ferguson has written a fun book about influencers and social media. Although this book is advertised as a romantic comedy, this book is more about personal growth than romance. The romance doesn’t really come into the story fully until the second half of the book. But that did not stop me from enjoying this book.

Despite a slow start to the story, Cat became someone you quickly cared about. Life as she knew it changed in the blink of an eye. And a change of scenery was everything she didn’t know she needed. I loved the journey Cat went on discovering who she truly was and the impact social media and her phone had started to have on her. It was great to see Cat understand that she didn’t need to completely change herself, just start to make some changes to her life. Also understanding that her skills could be adapted and help more than just herself.

If you are looking for a light-hearted book with strong character development and a little bit of romance, I am sure you will love this book.

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Matched With Her Athlete Boss

I received a free electronic copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

Synopsis

Being matched isn’t for the faint of heart. Especially after the relationship train wreck I’ve been through. After a rough year, both in relationships and her career, Kenzie Sullivan has sworn off dating and decided to take the self-employment route. She never thought it would lead her to landing Trey Hatch, her longtime crush, as a client. She tries to keep life separate, but Trey keeps worming his way through every wall she puts up, giving her a sliver of hope that something could happen between them. Trey is ready to share his busy hockey life with someone. When his agent sets him up to be part of a matchmaking docuseries, he’s not sure that’s the way to find love. But after spending time with Kenzie, and convincing her to try the matchmaking app again, he’s hoping she’ll be one of his matches.

Britney M. Mills once again brings a sweet yet swoony matchmaker romance. This is the third book in her Romance by Love, Austen series. It can be read as a standalone, but I recommend reading all of the books in the series.

Kenzie and Trey were fun characters to read about. I loved the development and growth Kenzie undertook in order to truly know and be herself. I also loved the banter between the characters. It was fun, as the reader, knowing more about Kenzie and Trey’s past than they each realised. This was cleverly done in a way that still kept the story interesting.

If you are looking for a clean sports romance, that subtly tackles more serious topics, then this is the book for you.

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How to Kiss Your Enemy

I received a free electronic copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

Synopsis

How is it possible for the chemistry between two chefs to be hotter than a ghost pepper yet colder than liquid nitrogen? When THE Tatum Elliott shows up to run the catering kitchen at my family’s farm and event center, I don’t trust her anymore than I did back in culinary school. But like it or not, she’s here. On my territory. My turf. In the kitchen that shares a building with my farm-to-table restaurant. And she can’t seem to keep her hands off my parmesan. Our old rivalry flares to life faster than a flambé, but there’s something else flaming between us too. And it’s heating up quicker than anything we’re making in the kitchen. But I can’t forget that Tatum is the daughter of Christopher Elliott—America’s most famous chef. She belongs in a big city, in a restaurant with her name on it. Not running the catering arm of Stonebrook Farm. Whatever her reasons for being here now, I can’t see her permanently walking away from the fame and fortune her father can offer her, no matter how well she fits in on the farm—how well she fits with me. She’ll leave eventually—I’m sure of it. I just have to make sure that when she does, she doesn’t take my heart with her.

Oh my goodness!!! I absolutely loved this book. Jenny Proctor has written a fantastic enemies to lovers romance that you are not going to be able to put down. This is the third book in her How to Kiss A Hawthorne Brother series. This book can be read as a standalone but you are going to want to read the rest of the series as well. They are all amazing books.

There are so many things to love in this book. I’m not always a fan of enemies to lovers but Jenny has written this trope with the perfect amount of competive spirit, teasing and conflict that I am sure you will love. The pages of this book are filled with swoon-worthy moments, chemistry that flies of the page and wonderful characters you are invested in, right from the start.

I loved the growth both characters had to go through in order to be ready for a relationship. These characters are so much more than one dimensional. I fell in love with both Tatum and Lennox from the very start.

If you haven’t read anything by Jenny Proctor before you definitely need to read her books. You will not be disappointed.

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Ripped & Shipped

I received a free electronic copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

Synopsis

If you had asked me if I’d ever be dating Chris St. James, well, let’s just say it’s more likely Jimmy Choo would name a shoe after me. Which, Jimmy, if you’re out there, the “Ella Mae” would definitely be a big seller. Call me, Mkay? But, back to Chris. Sure, he’s handsome. I mean, his arms are as big as my legs! He’s got those lips that would make Michelangelo pause and grab a rock to start sculpting. And when you top his looks off with the whole hero-vibe he has going for him. Yes. He’s a fine specimen of manhood. But, Chris is closed off, and judgy. And even if he weren’t, we’re from two separate sides of our town. Remember Romeo and Juliet? That didn’t end so well, did it? Besides, Chris and I don’t have any desire to date, or even talk to one another most days. We’re not exactly what you’d call friends. But, here’s the thing. You never know what situations life is going to throw at you. And right now, I’m in a doozie. Which means, Chris St. James–yes, that brawny, broody man–is now my boyfriend. Well … He’s not really my boyfriend. But don’t tell anyone.

Savannah Scott brings us the final book to her Getting Shipped series. And as sad as I am about that, I am very happy this book is out. This laugh out loud, small town romance is one I am sure you are going to enjoy.

Chris and Ella Mae are by far the most unexpected couple in this series (and maybe in any book I’ve read). If you love a strong protector who will go out of his comfort zone to help someone in need, then I am sure you are going to fall in love with Chris.

I love the fake dating trope and this book creatively used this trope in real life and on social media. It was an interesting plot point that I don’t think I have seen in this way before.

One thing I will say is that it was a little hard to like Ella Mae because (if you have read the rest of the series) we were taught to not really like her in the other books. This did take me awhile to move past, but I eventually started to understand her and enjoyed the story.

If you haven’t read the rest of the series you definitely should before reading Ripped & Shipped. Yes, it is a standalone book, but major plot twists and spoilers appear from the other books. So grab the rest of the series and then settle in to enjoy this book too.

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Somebody to Lean On

I received a free electronic copy of this book. All opinions are my own

Synopsis

Do I want to kiss my best friend? Yep. Always have. Too bad it’s not that simple. Jackson Wilson and I are long-distance co-guardians of our friends’ daughter, and even though we’re best friends and we’re totally committed to Phoebe, this isn’t a romcom where the best friends get together in the end. Unfortunately. But now, Phoebe and I have nowhere to go but Jackson’s tiny Tennessee town. And even though it’ll be hard to ignore my feelings, we’ll raise this adorable, sassy ballerina—while patching up the injury-prone busybodies of Charlotte Oaks—side-by-side, as friends. Except … what’s with that fire in his eyes? And why is he smiling at me like that? Uh-oh. I don’t deserve to ride off into the sunset with Jackson and Phoebe. And if we go there and it blows up, Phoebe is the one who’ll pay the price, and not even a pair of former combat medics have the skills to repair that kind of damage. Then again, this job has taught me that there are no guarantees in life or love, but the reward is always worth the risk. Am I brave enough to risk everything for a chance at a romcom-worthy happily ever after, or are we destined to stay in the friend zone forever?

Jess Mastorakos is back with another incredible small town romance. And of course, I absolutely loved this book.

This book made me think of the movie Life As We Know It except the couple aren’t enemies, they are best friends. There were so many cute moments involving Phoebe and all of Jackson’s family. If you love friends to lovers, small town romance and forced proximity, then you are sure to love this book.

One of the biggest things I loved about this book was the character growth. Both Jackson and Bailey had issues from their past that they had to deal with. I love how Jess showed this growth and didn’t shy away from some of the hard topics.

I also loved all the fun moments in this book. I enjoyed the way the whole town got involved in Jackson and Bailey’s relationship. All of the fun of a small country town.

A book I am sure you are going to love and one you definitely need to check out soon.

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That Time I Kissed The Groomsman Grump

I received a free electronic copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

Synopsis

BRADY

Yeah, I shouldn’t have kissed Natalie Slater. Not on the porch. Or at the beach. Or in the storage closet. Especially not the storage closet. But to be fair, she kissed me first. Six months later, I’m still thinking about it. Trouble is, I’ve made promises that tie me to our small town, while Natalie can’t wait to escape. I’ve got no business pursuing her or my secret ambitions. My future’s set, and good people here are depending on me. Too bad my gut’s not listening to reason, and I’m being pulled toward different dreams: the career I’ve always wanted, and the woman whose smile I can’t forget…

NATALIE

Brady Graham and I used to be friends. For a while there, I was even the teensiest bit attracted to him. But Brady’s sister is marrying my brother, and my brother is Brady’s best friend. How awkward would family dinners be if things went south? We need to let our mutual attraction fizzle out. Except…nothing seems to be fizzling. With all the time we’re spending together as Maid of Honor and Best Man, our attraction’s just burning hotter. Then the guy decides to show me his secret soft side. Hot and vulnerable? So. Not. Fair. Because the only heat I need in my life is the sunshine in Los Angeles. I’ve made commitments on the west coast, and I can’t risk being sidetracked by Broody Brady. I just need to put three thousand miles between me and his so-not-fairness…

Natalie and Brady may have just become my new favourite fictional couple. Right from the beginning of this book I was pulled into their relationship, enthralled to see how everything would work out. This laugh-out-loud rom com was so enjoyable to read. I already want more.

There are so many things I loved about this book. I love the depth of the characters, swoonworthy kisses, brother’s best friend and best friend’s sister, forced proximity, Big Mama’s poem and so much more. Honestly, just read the book, it’s probably quicker than me typing out everything I loved about it.

If you’re looking for a lighthearted, swoony but sweet, romcom then this is the book for you. You do not want to miss this book. I definitely recommend reading That Time I Kissed My Brother’s Best Friend (the first book in the series) first, but this book could be read as a standalone.

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Windswept Way

I received a free electronic copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

Buying a haunted house was never in Ashley Scott’s plans, but when an intriguing opportunity drops into her lap after a major setback, she finds herself trekking cross-country to Hope Harbor on the Oregon coast to launch a new life. Wounded warrior Jonathan Gray isn’t sure what to make of the attractive woman on his reclusive older neighbor’s isolated property, but her presence is none of his business–until she enlists his help with an ambitious project. When Jonathan finds his interest in the new arrival becoming more personal than professional, however, his defenses go up. There’s no room in his life–or his heart–for romance. Yet, as these three hurting people join forces to restore life, laughter, and love to a historic estate that has known too much sadness, they may also find healing, hope, and happiness for themselves.

One of the things I love the most about Irene Hannon’s books is that there is always something more than just a nice romantic story. Her writing is filled with hope and strong Christian messages. For me, her books always inspire and challenge which is one of the reasons I love them so much.

Ashley and Jon’s story has so many layers. Of course, I love the romance and the development of their relationship, but I love the growth and depth so much more. I really enjoyed the fact that this story wasn’t just about Ashley and Jon, but also included Rose. There were so many powerful lessons and messages shown through these three characters.

If you love stories with strong messages of hope and reminders of God’s love, then you are going to enjoy this book. Yes, it is part of a series, but all of the books can be read as standalones. Though, I do recommend them all.

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Why Trey Let Me Get Away

I received a free electronic copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

Synopsis

Second chances are relationship Hail Marys. I’ll either win Whitney’s love or go home brokenhearted.

Trey: Whitney Savittieri is the one that got away, and I’ll do anything—including strategizing with my teammates—to get her back. Never mind that she’s giving me the stiff arm and wants nothing to do with me. We’re going head to head, and I’m playing for keeps. I’ve been in a lot of pressure-packed games, but the stakes are higher this time—my heart and my happiness are on the line. 

Whitney: I’m avoiding my ex like the plague—like a really, really handsome plague. While Trey’s risen to fame in the NFL, my life has gone so far off track I’ve derailed and am careening into a ditch. So I promised myself I’d never love again. It’s too risky—a woman can only take so much disappointment. Giving us another chance is a mistake my future and my heart can’t afford.

A second-chance sports romance… sign me up. These are two of my favourite tropes and Kortney Keisel has done an amazing job of writing this story. I was intrigued about Trey when we first met him in Complete and I am so glad he got his own story.

This book was full of laughs and fun moments. I loved how Trey’s teammates were helping him win Whitney using the different love languages. It reminded me a little of The Cheat Sheet by Sarah Adams, so if you enjoyed that book, definitely check this one out. I also loved Grandma G.

Don’t go thinking this book was just laughs and silliness, there is so much depth to these characters as well as issues they needed to work through. Kortney has done a fantastic job of balancing the serious with the light-hearted moments and I am sure you will love it.

If this is your first time hearing about Kourtney Keisel then you are in for a treat. This is a great book to start with as it is the begininning of a new series/duology. There are plenty of other great books in her backlist so you won’t run out of books to read.

So if you are looking for swoony moments, laugh-out-loud situations, growth through difficult pasts and a healthy dose of romance and sports, then this is the book for you.