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.

Saturday, January 28, 2023

Bitter Sweet Hell by Alex Grayson

Bitter Sweet Hell (Hell Night Series #2)
Author: Alex Grayson
Published: January 2019
Publisher: Alex Grayson
Format: Paperback
Pages: 317
Rating: 3.5/5
As the Sheriff of Malus, Texas, JW takes his oath to protect its citizens very seriously. Born from an ugly past, he swears no child, woman, or man will ever endure what he and his brothers have. As he seeks retribution of the ones who have wronged him, his past and his present finally collide. Secrets are laid open. Ones that are so heinous, they'll rock the very foundation of JW's life.

When Eden blazes into town, hot with her own threatening troubles baring down on her, JW steps in as her protector. It's not only his duty, but a need he can't ignore. The chemistry between the two is instant and all too tempting.

Giving in was easy, but the consequences were high.

JW never knew the disturbing destruction that would rain down on Malus by getting involved with the red-headed gypsy.

Danger lurks just around the corner--it's dark, terrifying, and malicious.

JW is bitter because of his gruesome past. Eden is sweet despite hers. Together, will they create a beautiful future, or will it all end in bitter sweet hell?

DISCLAIMER: Intended for readers 18 years and older due to mature content, abusive situations, and harsh language. May contain triggers for some readers. Please read with caution.

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Fighting Temptation by: K.C. Lynn

Fighting Temptation (Men of Honor #1)
Author: K.C. Lynn
Published: January 2014
Publisher: K.C. Lynn
Format: Paperback
Pages: 399
Rating: 4.5/5
Jaxson is arrogant, angry and aggressive. Yet he’s also beautiful, strong and honorable. I unconditionally and irrevocably love every damaged part of him. And for the boy, who didn’t believe in love, he would always and forever have mine. ~Julia Sinclair

Julia was different from anyone I’d ever met. I never thought someone so good and genuine existed until her. The more I saw of her the more I became addicted to her. Every time I was around her she would destroy some of the darkness that lurked inside of me. She made the bad shit in my life seem not so terrible. Then, before I knew it, I had fallen for a girl from another world. ~Jaxson Reid

Two unlikely friends—the innocent, good girl and the notorious bad boy. One fateful night brought them together, and they formed a bond—one so strong it was unbreakable—until one night they gave into temptation.

Fast forward five years and Jaxson is back to fix the mistakes he’s made with the only girl who’s ever mattered to him. Only someone isn’t happy with his return, someone who thinks Julia is theirs and they will stop at nothing to make sure it stays that way—forever.

Jaxson will not only fight to protect Julia, but will also battle the new and existing demons that haunt his soul from death, corruption, destruction and war.

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

The Boss Who Stole Christmas by: Jana Aston

The Boss Who Stole Christmas (Reindeer Falls #1)
Author: Jana Aston
Published: November 2019
Publisher: Rutherford Press
Format: E-Book
Pages: 78
Rating: 2/5
Dear Santa,

Please bring me a new boss for Christmas. Mine is the worst. The worst, hidden in a six foot tall package of male perfection. It’d be easier if he looked like an old Scrooge, wouldn’t it?

Nick Saint-Croix doesn’t look like an old scrooge. He’s hot as-

Um, never mind. Just bring me a new boss. Please.

Holly Winter

Sunday, January 22, 2023

A Broken Kind of Love by: Colleen Young

A Broken Kind of Love
Author: Colleen Young
Published: December 2020
Publisher: Collee Young
Format: E-Book
Pages: 386
Rating: 4.5/5
𝘈 π˜‰π˜³π˜°π˜¬π˜¦π˜― π˜’π˜ͺ𝘯π˜₯ 𝘰𝘧 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦 π˜ͺ𝘴 𝘒 𝘯𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘭 𝘡𝘩𝘒𝘡 𝘲𝘢𝘦𝘴𝘡π˜ͺ𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘭π˜ͺ𝘧𝘦 𝘒𝘧𝘡𝘦𝘳 𝘡𝘳𝘒𝘨𝘦π˜₯𝘺 𝘒𝘯π˜₯ 𝘡𝘩𝘦 𝘡𝘳𝘢𝘦 𝘀𝘒𝘱𝘒𝘀π˜ͺ𝘡𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘸𝘩𝘒𝘡 𝘰𝘢𝘳 𝘩𝘦𝘒𝘳𝘡𝘴 𝘀𝘒𝘯 𝘩𝘒𝘯π˜₯𝘭𝘦. ⁣⁣⁣
After Delia’s parents abandoned her and her sister at a young age she spent her childhood dreaming of a better future. As an adult, Delia finally has everything she’s ever dreamed of - a husband, three great kids, surrounded by the love and stability that she craved as a child. ⁣⁣⁣
Mitch has retired from the Army nursing mental and physical battle wounds from his time spent overseas. In his second career as an EMT, he takes solace in saving lives and running from the regrets in his past. ⁣⁣⁣
One fateful night Mitch and Delia’s path’s cross, changing the course of their lives forever. ⁣⁣⁣
Will these two be able to find their way to 𝘈 π˜‰π˜³π˜°π˜¬π˜¦π˜― π˜’π˜ͺ𝘯π˜₯ 𝘰𝘧 π˜“π˜°π˜·π˜¦? ⁣

Friday, January 20, 2023

The Godparent Trap by: Rachel Van Dyken

The Godparent Trap
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Published: July 2022
Publisher: Forever
Format: Paperback
Pages: 333
Rating: 4.5/5
Colby's living her best life: as a popular food blogger, she gets to fulfill her dreams of exploring the globe. But her world comes crashing down when a tragic accident leaves her co-guardian of her best friend's two adorable children. Not only does she need to put down roots—fast—but she'll be sharing custody with the one man she can't stand sharing a continent with, let alone a house.  

Accountant-extraordinaire Rip values rules and plans. But when he loses his sister and his best friend and becomes an insta-guardian all in one night, Rip sees his organized life imploding. What he really doesn't need is his sister's irresponsible, flighty—albeit kind and gorgeous—best friend making it worse.

Rip doesn't trust Colby to take their new responsibilities seriously, while Colby can't believe Rip thinks children will thrive under his rigid control. Yet soon Rip and Colby discover they need each other more than they hate each other. Could it be possible that following their hearts is just what their new little family needs?

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

A Merry Little Meet Cute by Julie Murphy & Sierra Simone

A Merry Little Meet Cute
Author: Julie Murphy & Sierra Simone
Published: September 2022
Publisher: Avon
Format: Paperback
Pages: 418
Rating: 3.5/5
Bee Hobbes (aka Bianca Von Honey) has a successful career as a plus-size adult film star. With a huge following and two supportive moms, Bee couldn’t ask for more. But when Bee’s favorite producer casts her to star in a Christmas movie he’s making for the squeaky-clean Hope Channel, Bee’s career is about to take a more family-friendly direction.

Forced to keep her work as Bianca under wraps, Bee quickly learns this is a task a lot easier said than done. Though it all becomes worthwhile when she discovers her co-star is none other than childhood crush Nolan Shaw, an ex-boy band member in desperate need of career rehab. Nolan’s promised his bulldog manager to keep it zipped up on set, and he will if it means he’ll be able to provide a more stable living situation for his sister and mom.

But things heat up quickly in Christmas Notch, Vermont, when Nolan recognizes his new co-star from her ClosedDoors account (oh yeah, he’s a member). Now Bee and Nolan are sneaking off for quickies on set, keeping their new relationship a secret from the Hope Channel’s execs. Things only get trickier when the reporter who torpedoed Nolan’s singing career comes snooping around—and takes an instant interest in mysterious newcomer Bee.

And if Bee and Nolan can’t keep their off-camera romance behind the scenes, then this merry little meet cute might end up on the cutting room floor.

Monday, January 16, 2023

Better Than The Movies by Lynn Painter

Better Than The Movies
Author: Lynn Painter
Published: May 2021
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Format: Paperback
Pages: 356
Rating: 4.5/5

Liz Buxbaum has always known that Wes Bennett was not boyfriend material. You would think that her next-door neighbor would be a prince candidate for her romantic comedy fantasies, but Wes has only proven himself to be a pain in the butt, ever since they were little. Wes was the kid who put a frog in her Barbie Dreamhouse, the monster who hid a lawn gnome's severed head in her little homemade neighborhood book exchange.

Flash forward ten years from the Great Gnome Decapitation. It's Liz's senior year, a time meant to be rife with milestones perfect for any big screen, and she needs Wes's help. See, Liz's forever crush, Michael, has just moved back to town, and—horribly, annoyingly—he's hitting it off with Wes. Meaning that if Liz wants Michael to finally notice her, and hopefully be her prom date, she needs Wes. He's her in.

But as Liz and Wes scheme to get Liz her magical prom moment, she's shocked to discover that she actually likes being around Wes. And as they continue to grow closer, she must reexamine everything she thought she knew about love—and rethink her own perception of what Happily Ever After should really look like.

Saturday, January 14, 2023

Remember to Dream, Ebere by: Cynthia Erivo

Remember to Dream, Ebere
Author: Cynthia Erivo
Published: September 2021
Publisher: Little Brown Books
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 40
Rating: 5/5
An inspirational and heartwarming tale of a mother and child, and the dreams they build together.

When Ebere's mother puts her to bed at night, she always says, "Remember to dream, Ebere." And dream, Ebere does! Encouraged by her mother to make her dreams as big as possible, Ebere imagines herself as the captain of a rocket ship with the ability to go anywhere in the universe.

A message of hope and possibility, award-winning star of stage and screen Cynthia Erivo's debut picture book is an ode to a child's imagination, a parent's love, and the big dreams shared by both.

Thursday, January 12, 2023

Then Again, Maybe I Won't by: Judy Blume

Then Again, Maybe I Won't
Author: Judy Blume
Published: April 2014 (First Published 1971)
Publisher: Antheneum Books
Format: Paperback
Pages: 176
Rating: 3/5
Get a guy’s perspective on adolescent hang-ups in this classic Judy Blume novel, now with a fresh new look.

“That’s an interesting way to solve the problem, Tony.”

Miss Tobin is talking about a math problem on the blackboard, but Tony is thinking about real problems.

If his parents or his friend Joel or Joel’s sixteen-year-old sister Lisa knew what Tony was thinking about a lot of the time, they’d probably freak out. About snitching on Joel, who Tony knows is a shoplifter. About watching Lisa undress each night and liking what he sees. About money and the changes money makes in people (especially his mother).

Hung up at thirteen. That’s Tony Miglione—especially this morning in math class in front of Miss Tobin, for everyone to see...

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

This is Your World: The Story of Bob Ross by: Sophia Gholz

This is Your World: The Story of Bob Ross
Author: Sophia Gholz
Published: September 2021
Publisher: Running Press Kids
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 40
Rating: 5/5
Discover the true story of iconic American painter and TV host Bob Ross in this official picture book biography.

Bob Ross continues to inspire young and old alike with his public television painting program, "The Joy of Painting," almost 30 years after the show went off the air. Bob Ross fell in love with painting and wanted to inspire others to find joy in their happy accidents. Follow his footsteps toward becoming a TV painter icon in this delightful and reverent picture book biography of a gentle soul who loved painting and teaching others how to paint too.

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