Monday, December 18, 2023

Betting on You by: Lynn Painter

Betting on You
Lynn Painter
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published: November 2023
Pages: 432
Format: ARC Paperback
Rating: 5/5
When seventeen-year-old Bailey starts a new job at a hotel waterpark, she is less than thrilled to see an old acquaintance is one of her coworkers. Bailey met Charlie a year ago on the long flight to Omaha, where she moved after her parents’ divorce. Charlie’s cynicism didn’t mix well with Bailey’s carefully well-behaved temperament, and his endless commentary was the irritating cherry on top of an already emotionally fraught trip.

Now, Bailey and Charlie are still polar opposites, but instead of everything about him rubbing Bailey the wrong way, she starts to look forward to hanging out and gossiping about the waterpark guests and their coworkers—particularly two who keep flirting with each other. Bailey and Charlie make a bet on whether or not the cozy pair will actually get together. Charlie insists that members of the opposite sex can’t just be friends, and Bailey is determined to prove him wrong.

Bailey and Charlie keep close track of the romantic progress of others while Charlie works to deflect the growing feelings he’s developed for Bailey. Terrified to lose her if his crush becomes known, what doesn’t help his agenda is Bailey and Charlie “fake dating” in order to disrupt the annoying pleasantries between Bailey’s mom and her mom’s new boyfriend. Soon, what Charlie was hoping to avoid becomes a reality as Bailey starts to see him as not only a friend she can rely on in the midst of family drama—but someone who makes her hands shake and heart race. But Charlie has a secret—a secret that involves Bailey and another bet Charlie may have made. Can the two make a real go of things…or has Charlie’s secret doomed them before they could start

Thursday, December 14, 2023

The Burbon Bride by: Adrian R. Hale

The Bourbon Bride (Southern Gods #1)
Adrian R. Hale
Published: December 2023
Publisher: Adrian R. Hale
Format: ARC E-Book
Pages: 348
Rating: 5/5
She could have fled, but she chose to stay, and I’m just shameless enough to use that to my advantage to get what I want.

Hayes Olsen: Billionaire, Demanding Businessman, Killer of Dreams…

I rule as king of the corporate underworld, my worst deeds performed as CFO of Olympus International where I reign with my two brothers. My ruthlessness means I’m not well-liked, and far from accepted, but as luck would have it, the fates intervene on my behalf, sending a sweet debutante into my garden on the very night society gets its claws in her. Her innocence kept her at my mercy and now I’m never letting her go.

Paige Fairchild: Hotel Heiress, Southern Belle, Virgin…

I begged Mama to have my debutante ball at an exclusive nightclub. Meeting the club’s mysterious owner, however, was a bittersweet twist of fate. Hayes is refined, well-aged, and sinfully hot in a way that promises temptation and a world of pleasures I’ve never known. He could be the very key I’ve needed to leave my tightly controlled life behind, but it’s a risk that could have disastrous consequences.

I ran straight into the arms of the devil, and now he’ll never let me leave.

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Hello Star by: Stephanie V.W. Lucianovic

Hello Star
Author: Stephanie V.W. Lucianovic
Published: September 2021
Publisher: Little Brown Books
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 40
Rating: 5/5
Stunningly illustrated by #1 New York Times bestselling artist Vashti Harrison, Hello, Star (written by Stephanie V.W. Lucianovic) is an inspiring story about a love of science and the importance of empathy.  When a young girl learns that a bright light in the sky is coming from a dying star, she promises to keep it company until the light goes out. Every night the girl reassures her friend that she is still there.

As the years pass, the girl learns everything she can about planets, space, and the universe, inspired by her dimming friend—until she realizes she needs to do something more.

This touching tribute to stars, space, and science celebrates how a small act of compassion can flourish into a life full of meaning and wonder.

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

This Expanse of Eventually by: Ryan Jones

This Expanse of Eventually
Author: Ryan Jones
Published: November 2023
Publisher: Ryan Jones
Format: ARC E-Book
Pages: 227
Rating: 4.5/5
When you think about it, there’s not a definite measure of time for eventually.

When Lainie’s twin brother Leslie dies, her world implodes and grief drowns her. She wonders what she’ll do without her brother, but when she’s able to still see him and is able to talk to him, her anxiety and grief subside. Leslie is stuck on Earth as a ghost because both twins need to learn to overcome their grief.

When Greyson, a childhood friend, rekindles a friendship with Lainie, she realizes she doesn’t need to steep in grief alone, that there are still moments and people worth living for.

But will it be too late for Leslie to move on?

A struggle of grief, loss, and moving forward, This Expanse of Eventually teaches you that it may not be easy to overcome grief, that the pain may be there for a long while, but in the end you are strong enough to conquer it.

Night Shift by: Annie Crown

Night Shift
Author: Annie Crown
Published: January 2023 (Paperback release November 2023)
Publisher: W by Wattpad Books
Pages: 283
Format: ARC E-Book
Rating: 4.5/5
The bookworm and the basketball player are about to meet their match.

Kendall Holiday spends her Friday nights exactly where she wants to be: with her head buried in a spicy romance novel while she works the graveyard shift at her university's library. She knows she could join her friends for a weekend of drunken debauchery and college parties, but she likes her alone time, so she tells herself she isn't hiding when she gets lost in the pages of fictional love stories.

But that all changes when Vincent Knight, captain of the basketball team, turns up with an injured wrist, a sour mood, and a pressing need for poetry recommendations for a class he hates. Vincent is tall, smart-mouthed, and challenges Kendall like no one has before. Suddenly, she's falling headfirst into her very own romance novel—but it takes a lot more truth than tropes to get to a happy ever after in real life.

Friday, November 3, 2023

Where We Started by: Ashley Muñoz

Where We Started (Stone Riders MC #1)
Ashley Muñoz
Published: November 2023
Publisher: Ashley Muñoz
Pages: 316
Format: ARC E-Book
Rating: 5/5
Usually, watching a notorious biker club mourn the loss of their beloved president would be a dangerous choice.
Ten out of ten do not recommend.
Unless of course, you’re family.
I didn’t really consider myself part of my father’s legacy, until I found out what he left behind in his will. Ten acres of property, which included the headquarters for his beloved motorcycle club.
I had no idea that by accepting the terms of my inheritance it would thrust me into a battle with the new club president.
Wesley Ryan was unfathomably handsome, menacing and formidable in every way. But his derision toward me only made me cling that much tighter to my birthright.
That is until he decided to play dirty.
Wes didn’t just taunt me by bringing up our past, he wanted us to go all the way back to where we started.
Back to when we were nine and I was just the girl next door who snuck into his treehouse.
Back to when he’d fight the boys who made me cry.
Back to when he first kissed me and stole my heart.
I had to remember Wes wanted to claim my father’s property, not me.
I walked away once, I just had to prove I was strong enough to do it again.

Monday, October 30, 2023

The Rivals We Hate by Brooke O'Brien

The Rivals We Hate (Braysen U #1)
Brooke O'Brien
Published: October 2023
Publisher: Brooke O'Brien
Format: ARC E-Book
Pages: 361
Rating: 5/5

Football players are treated like royalty in our small town, which makes Beckham Carver their king. And as the new quarterback of the Braysen Bulldogs, he's also my boyfriend's biggest rival.

Add that to the list of reasons I should stay far away from him.

But when my truck breaks down, Beckham makes me an offer I can't He'll repair my pickup in exchange for me tutoring him.

I have only one stipulation—no one, including my boyfriend, can find out.

The more I try to convince myself and Beckham that I hate him, the more he pushes my buttons to prove me wrong.

Worse, the lines we've drawn between us blur as we spend more time together. And when my relationship comes crashing down around me, I almost forget why I couldn't stand him all along.

If I've learned one thing about Beckham Carver, it's that he always gets what he wants...

... and now, he's set his sights on me.

The Rivals We Hate features the following rivals to lovers, sports/football, boyfriend's rival, reformed player, hate to want you, touch her and I'll hurt you, and small college town.

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Kissing the Cowboy by: Kennedy Fox

Kissing the Cowboy (Circle B Ranch #5)
Author: Kennedy Fox
Published: July 2021
Publisher: Kennedy Fox
Format: ARC E-Book
Pages: 232
Rating: 5/5
After drinking a bottle of wine, Harper tells her business rival that she recently got engaged. Once the hangover wears off, Harper realizes she now needs a fake fiancé or to admit she lied. Wanting to avoid the backlash, she asks her childhood best friend for a favor.

She can pretend she’s not in love with him, but her traitorous body reveals otherwise.

Ethan Bishop will do anything for Harper, even if it’s crazy and means risking his heart. Pretending to be engaged to the woman he’s always loved proves to be difficult—especially when repressed feelings bubble to the surface.

He only wants to help, but everyone in his life sees through his façade.

It’s hard to know what’s real or fake when their private moments turn intimate. When they cross the line and fall between the sheets, the truth is undeniable. 

Just as they feared, their friendship’s no longer the same. However, one thing’s certain—there’s no going back now.

**Kissing the Cowboy is a complete stand-alone and can be read without reading any of the other books or spin-off series, but if you prefer to read in order, start with Hitching the Cowboy as the characters and families do interconnect. Suggested for mature readers only.**

Friday, September 15, 2023

Bossing the Cowboy by: Kennedy Fox

Bossing the Cowboy (Circle B Ranch #4)
Author: Kennedy Fox
Published: May 2021
Publisher: Kennedy Fox
Format: ARC E-Book
Pages: 240
Rating: 4.5/5
After surviving a messy divorce and custody battle, Dr. Connor Wallen quickly became married to his job. Helping animals is the perfect distraction from his crazy ex, but he finds it difficult to concentrate when an attractive woman joins his veterinary clinic. Getting involved with someone who works for him would only lead to disaster, so staying professional is key.

He tries to ignore her, but their chemistry is undeniable.

Elizabeth Bishop can’t stand her boss or how he treats her, but there aren’t many job options in small-town Texas. No matter what she does, it’s never good enough for Connor, but she continues trying to impress him anyway.

She’ll never admit she’s attracted to him and denies it every chance she gets.

Avoiding him is impossible, but Elle keeps her distance whenever possible. After his walls start to crumble, she knows her feelings aren’t one-sided. She’s tired of playing his games and is ready to prove who’s really in control.

Although he pushes her away, she’s determined to pull him closer—showing him exactly what they’ve both been missing.

**Bossing the Cowboy is a complete stand-alone and can be read without reading any of the other books or spin-off series, but if you prefer to read in order, start with Hitching the Cowboy as the characters and families do interconnect. Suggested for mature readers only.**

Monday, September 11, 2023

The Fall of Us by: Kennedy Fox

The Fall of Us (Love in Isolation #5)
Author: Kennedy Fox
Published: October 2022
Publisher: Kennedy Fox
Format: BETA/ ARC E-Book
Pages: 256
Rating: 5/5
What happens when you travel across the country for your dream job and end up sharing a bed with an older man who volunteers you to be his fake girlfriend? You hope you don’t fall in love when it’s time to say goodbye.

Dirty Little Secrets by: Trilina Pucci

Dirty Little Secrets (Hillcrest Prep #3)
Author: Trilina Pucci
Published: February 2021
Publisher: Trilina Pucci
Format: ARC E-Book
Pages: 98
Rating: 4/5
Everyone has a dirty little secret...I just have two.
One secret I met at a party I didn’t want to go to. We lied about our names, trespassed onto a Ferris wheel, and he made me see stars while I stared into the night’s sky.
The other secret wooed me with picnics in an orchard and the taste of honey on his lips. He held me close until I had to say goodbye, even though I wished I could stay forever.
The worst thing about having these dirty little secrets is that where one goes, the other follows.

Trilina Pucci, gives you a naughty little novella, introducing new characters: Jackson, Holt, and Ava, with guest appearances by some of your favorites from Filthy Little Pretties and Vicious Little Snakes.
Dirty little Secrets does not need to be read to understand the series but may enhance your reading experience.

Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Here With Me by Brooke Montgomery

Here With Me (Sugarland Creek #1)
Author: Brooke Montgomery
Published: September 2023
Publisher: Brooke Writes Romance LLC
Pages: 392
Format: ALPHA eBook
Rating: 5/5
A forbidden age gap stand-alone from small-town romance author Brooke Montgomery about a daring horse trainer and her off-limits ex-boyfriend’s dad…

When we met at the rodeo, I only knew his first name.

Sparks ignited between us, and we spent an unforgettable night together.
It's not until the morning after when I recognize his last name do I realize who he is.

So I do what any rational woman would and make the walk of shame while he sleeps. It's not like I'll ever see him again or have to explain why I left.

But I'm proven wrong when he shows up at my family's ranch as the new farrier.

We can't be more than friends—for many reasons. 
He's twice my age, workplace relationships are off-limits, and he moved back to rebuild a relationship with his son—the one I used to date. 

Getting involved would ruin everything.

As we struggle between right and wrong, our connection deepens even though his traumatic past makes him doubt he deserves a second chance.

But it doesn't matter when everything's against us, including a rival who's out to get me and my ex who's determined to win me back.

After a riding trick goes wrong on his watch, he insists on taking care of me. Even though the odds are stacked against us, we keep the truth to ourselves.

But secrets don't stay hidden for long in a Southern small town.

Here With Me is book 1 in the Sugarland Creek series. Contains 20+ year age gap, ex-boyfriend's dad, workplace romance, opposites attract, and secret relationship vibes. Each book in this Southern, small town series is a stand-alone and ends in a happily ever after. Please read the content warning before the prologue.

Monday, July 10, 2023

Pushing the Limits by Brooke Cumberland

Pushing the Limits
Author: Brooke Cumberland
Published: January 2022 (First published September 2015)
Publisher: BC Books
Format: Paperback
Pages: 414
Rating: 5/5
He’s my art professor.
I’m his student.
With an electric connection and undeniable chemistry, I know it won’t be long until one of us cracks.

When the opportunity arises to pose naked for the entire art class, I can’t help the thrill of knowing he’ll be watching me.
While they all look past me with their eyes narrowed and concentrated, drawing only the lines and angles of my body, he sees right through me down to my vulnerability.
He sees more than just the physical aspects—he sees me.
That’s when I see the struggle in his features as he tries to stay in control.

How do we keep our distance when everything seems to be pulling us together?
What feels so right can only go wrong if we keep pushing the limits.

Tuesday, July 4, 2023

Saving the Single Dad by: Ashley Muñoz

Saving the Single Dad (Mount Macon #3)
Author: Ashley Muñoz
Published: May 2023
Publisher: Ashley Muñoz
Format: Paperback
Pages: 350
Rating: 5/5
Being a nanny for three girls who belong to a grumpy boxing legend was not on my list of plans when I followed my brother to Macon, Oregon.

I went from ruling the boardroom to baking cupcakes in the blink of an eye.

And aside from a few mishaps and seemingly always upsetting their dad, it oddly fits me better than anything else I’ve ever done.

Until Liam put everything into question.

Bossy, broody, and rude, he’s twelve years older than me, and a force–An annoyingly overprotective wall of muscle and ink.

But behind that perpetual scowl on his face was something deeper…worry and fear that no one saw him carry.

I wanted to help him.

But Liam Croft doesn’t want my help…

He just wants me.

I gave in to his touch, surrendered to our desire, and handed him my heart.

It was reckless and maybe even a little stupid…Because I want to rescue Liam Croft…

Even if saving him means losing him.

*Each book in this series can be read as a complete standalone*

Sunday, June 25, 2023

Wrangling The Cowboy By: Kennedy Fox

Wrangling The Cowboy (Circle B Ranch #3)
Author: Kennedy Fox
Publisher: Kennedy Fox
Published: October 2020
Format: ARC E-Book
Pages: 277
Rating: 4/5

Bull riding is all Gavin’s known for years, but when it’s time to retire, he can’t let go of the reckless lifestyle. He finds a job that brings him to a small-town Texas ranch and face-to-face with the woman who snuck out after their one-night stand.

She can pretend she’s over him, but he’s not letting her go that easily. 

Maize Bishop spends her days cooking and baking for her family’s bed and breakfast. The last thing she has time for is a relationship, especially when there are no single men within a hundred-mile radius. When a mysterious newcomer flirts with her over drinks, she gives in to his mesmerizing green eyes and goes home with him.

Now that he works for her family’s ranch, she’ll avoid him at all costs.

There are only so many places to hide, and keeping her distance is easier said than done. After months of giving her space, Gavin’s tired of waiting for Maize to admit what he knows they both want—a second round between the sheets. It may only take eight seconds to win a championship, but he’ll prove to her that he can go all night long.

She’s too young, he’s too arrogant, and together, they’re electric—the perfect recipe for disaster.

**Wrangling the Cowboy is a complete standalone and can be read without reading any of the other books or series, but if you prefer to read in order, start with Hitching the Cowboy as the characters and families do interconnect.**

Friday, June 23, 2023

Mia and Nattie: One Great Team by: Marlene M. Bell

Mia and Nattie: One Great Team!
Author: Marlene M. Bell
Published: October 2020
Publisher: Marlene M. Bell
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 32
Rating: 4/5
In a read-aloud picture book for children who love animals, award-winning writer and sheep breeder Marlene M. Bell presents Nattie the lamb’s true story. MIA AND NATTIE is a heartwarming book that teaches readers about problem-solving, teamwork, and love.

On a visit to her grandma’s farm, eight-year-old Mia discovers a newborn, orphaned lamb outside in the cold and takes her to the laundry room, naming her Nattie. As she tries to nurse the lamb back to health, Mia discovers that Nattie is different from the other lambs and struggles to fit in with them like Mia does with other kids her age.

When her grandmother says she will sell Nattie to a neighbor, Mia must come up with a plan to keep her friend around—one that will show the family just how special Nattie truly is.

Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Come With Me by: Brooke Montgomery

Come With Me (Sugarland Creek Series #0.5)
Author: Brooke Montgomery
Published: Brooke Montgomery
Published: June 2023
Format: BETA/ARC E-Book
Pages: 200
Rating: 5/5

A second chance prequel from small town romance author Brooke Montgomery about high school sweethearts who find each other again after ten years and reveal secrets that change everything...

I didn’t know I was pregnant.

Ayden walked away from me a decade ago and never looked back.
The only thing he left me was our sweet, amazing daughter.
And a mile-long list of small town secrets.

When his father—the town’s mayor—threatens me, Ayden’s childhood best friend steps in.
And I have no choice but to fight the battles he ran away from.

I spent years looking for the only man who’s ever stolen my heart.
When I finally find him in Sugarland Creek, Tennessee, I go and face him.

He deserves to know the truth.
Not just about his child but his best friend, too.

No matter how much time has passed and how far apart we are, my heart still beats for him.
But I don’t want to get hurt again.

Even though I want to give us another chance, it’s not just my heart on the line...
It’s our daughter’s, too.

Come With Me is a prequel in the Sugarland Creek series. If you love second chances, secret child, and small town tropes, you’ll fall hard for Ayden, Laney, and Serena! Each book in the series is a stand-alone and ends in a happily ever after.

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Catching the Cowboy by: Kennedy Fox

Catching the Cowboy (Circle B Ranch Series #2)
Author: Kennedy Fox
Published: April 2020
Publisher: Kennedy Fox
Format: E-Book
Pages: 326
Rating: 4.5/5
Settling down and starting a family is something Diesel has considered, regardless of his one-night stand reputation. However, he just might be single forever since who he wants is off-limits—his best friend’s little sister.

He’s been in love with her for years, but betraying his friendship could ruin everything.

Rowan Bishop is over men, especially after finding out her boyfriend cheated and left her heartbroken. After graduating from college, she’s back home and has to face the one guy who purposely gets under her skin—her older brother’s best friend.

She hates that she’s attracted to him, but she’s willing to fight for who she wants.

Spending time together is a bad idea, but neither can deny the chemistry sizzling between them. Late night talks turn into spontaneous adventures and just when Rowan’s willing to admit how she truly feels, Diesel’s past catches up with him and ruins their picture perfect romance.

One secret turns into another and before either can grasp their new reality, more truths unravel—threatening to expose their forbidden relationship.

**Catching the Cowboy is a complete standalone and can be read without reading any of the other books or series, but if you prefer to read in order, start with Hitching the Cowboy as the characters and families do interconnect. Suggested for mature readers only.**

Sunday, March 12, 2023

Hitching the Cowboy by: Kennedy Fox

Hitching the Cowboy (Circle B Ranch Series #1)
Author: Kennedy Fox
Published: November 2019
Publisher: Kennedy Fox
Format: E-Book
Pages: 260
Rating: 4/5
Wedding bells are the last thing on twenty-two year old Riley Bishop’s mind, but that’s exactly what he hears after waking up in Vegas next to a woman he just met—his new wife.
He never saw her coming, but she might be worth the risk.

Zoey Mitchell is high on life, free spirited, and adventurous. However, learning she married a rowdy cowboy after a night of partying is not what she expected—even for her.
She’s risking it all, gambling with her heart.

Deciding to give their instant marriage a chance, Zoey moves from her big city life to a small town Texas ranch. She has to know if their connection is based on more than just a wild one-night stand before announcing to her family that she got hitched.

One moment changes everything—for better or worse—and a secret could destroy them both.

**This is a full-length stand-alone novel in the Circle B Ranch series and is a second-generation spin-off from the Bishop Brothers series. You don’t need to read any of the other books beforehand to enjoy this one! Suggested for mature readers only.**

Friday, February 10, 2023

The Certainty of Chance by: Jacquelyn Middleton

The Certainty of Chance
Author: Jacquelyn Middleton
Published: October 2021
Publisher: Kirkwall Books
Format: ARC Paperback
Pages: 312
Rating: 4/5

Madeleine Joy is feeling more meh than merry. When an Icelandic volcano erupts six days before Christmas, hazardous ash congests European airspace, canceling flights indefinitely—including the thirtysomething's connection to Paris. Stranded alone in London, separated from her sister, and with the devastating one-year anniversary of her best friend’s tragic death just days away, Madeleine has never felt less festive. And as if things couldn’t get worse, the cute guy driving the cab to her hotel won’t shut up about carolers and tinsel…

Julian Halliwell is one of life’s sunny optimists. A former music journalist, he’s embraced his love for London by starting his own black cab business, enthusiastically ferrying passengers from one historic landmark to another. But life hasn’t always been easy for Julian. Having navigated several life-changing setbacks including a cruel betrayal by his former fiancée, Julian remains hopeful that he’ll meet somebody kind, who shares his love of music, his corgi named Winnie, and of course, the magic of Christmas time in London.

Despite being an unlikely match, fate seems determined to throw them together. But can the grieving American find joy again in a world where the lights have all but dimmed?

Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Needing You Close by: Kennedy Fox

Needing You Close (Lawton Ridge Duet Series)
Author: Kennedy Fox
Published: August 2020
Publisher: Kennedy Fox
Format: E-Book
Pages: 314
Rating: 5/5
Working with my ex-boyfriend is no easy task—especially when he looks good enough to eat. Flirting with the past is like playing with fire, and I’m bound to get burned. 

I should ignore my feelings for him, but I can’t when our happily ever after is finally so close. Threats and ultimatums are made, and revelations nearly bring me to my knees. Since we can’t stay away from each other, he’s determined to fight to be with me until the end.

Tyler will be mine—no matter who stands in my way.

NEEDING YOU CLOSE is book 2 in the Tyler & Gemma duet and must be read in order.

Sunday, February 5, 2023

Hot for the Bartender by: Alexandria Goncalves

Hot for the Bartender
Author: Alexandria Goncalves
Published: March 2022
Publisher: Alexandria Goncalves
Format: Paperback
Pages: 70
Rating: 4/5

When the woman I once loved walks into my bar, the life I’ve built is shattered.

I fled everything I’ve ever known for a small town, forced to run from the motorcycle club I considered family after a deal gone wrong.

After thirty years of laying low, my past has caught up to me in the gorgeous, green-eyed form of Roxanne Archer.

She was my world back then. One look at her now, wearing that crest I once wore with pride, and it all comes rushing back. Everything we had… and how I ruined it all.

But I’m not running this time. I’ve been given a second chance, and I’ll do whatever it takes to make her mine.

Friday, February 3, 2023

Whispers of You by: Catherine Cowles

Whispers of You (Lost & Found Series #1)
Catherine Cowles
Published: January 2023
Publisher: Page Smith LLC
Pages: 334
Format: ARC E-Book
Rating: 5/5

One night—a single bullet—cost me everything.

My body, broken beyond repair. The boy I’d thought was my forever. The life I’d always dreamt of.

Now, Holt’s back. And he’s no longer a boy, but a man with shadows in his eyes and demons haunting him.

He says he’s here to make things right. To get back a little bit of all we’ve lost. And he doesn’t show any signs of leaving the small town that has been my refuge.

As stolen moments turn to days, Holt’s around every corner. With his burning stare and lingering touches. Before long, my walls come crashing down and I’m just hoping that taking this second chance isn’t as reckless as it feels.

But not everyone is happy that Holt has returned. As tragedy strikes again, I’m the one left in the crosshairs. And Holt might not be able to save me this time…

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Behind the Scenes by Karelia Stetz-Waters

Behind the Scenes
Karelia Stetz-Waters
Publisher: Forever Romance
Published: January 2023
Format: ARC E-Book
Pages: 352
Rating: 4/5

Business consultant Rose Josten might not have officially reached “pug lady” middle age, but she’s already got the pugs—along with their little Gucci coats and trash-lovin’ appetites. Still, life is good, with her work, her sisters, and a secret hobby creating incredibly tactile (if surprisingly sexy) mindfulness videos. So why does it feel like it’s not quite enough? Which is exactly when former filmmaker Ash Stewart enters camera left, and Rose’s world suddenly goes full technicolor . . .

Ash never looks at anyone. Not since her ex ripped her heart from her chest in Spielberg-esque style, crushing Ash’s reputation, dreams, and directorial career in one brutal blow. But Rose is altogether different. She’s curvy, beautiful, and just so damn put together. And her business expertise might be Ash’s best bet for getting her last film—and her last chance—financed. Now if they can just keep their attraction under wraps, Ash’s lost dream could finally come true. But are they creating movie magic . . . or setting the stage for disaster?

Monday, January 30, 2023

Priest by: Sierra Simone

Priest (Priest #1)
Sierra Simone
Publisher: Bloom
Published: March 2022
Format: Paperback
Pages: 378
Rating: 4/5

There are many rules a priest can't break.

A priest cannot marry. A priest cannot abandon his flock. A priest cannot forsake his God.

I've always been good at following rules.

Until she came. Then I learned new rules.

My name is Tyler Anselm Bell. I'm twenty-nine years old. Six months ago, I broke my vow of celibacy on the altar of my own church, and God help me, I would do it again.

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