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Monday, June 1, 2020

ARC Review: Queen Move by Kennedy Ryan

I love Kennedy Ryan! She is an amazing human and her books are fantastic. Each new book of hers I go in with such high expectations because of all she has written but telling myself that it’s okay if it isn’t as good as her previous ones, and yet she always delivers something beyond my expectations. Queen Move proved this yet again, and I honestly think her talent just continues to grow. 

My favorite thing about Kennedy Ryan’s books is her ability to create unique and relevant characters that are so realistic, while also delivering a powerful story full of subjects that are meaningful. I love that her books make you think and want to constantly be a better person while growing as a reader and as a human. Ezra and Kimba definitely fit this, and I just loved them so much! Their story was one that had me from page one, and I loved getting to know them and what made each of them who they were. Their journey wasn’t easy, but it was exactly what it should have been. 

Overall, this was another amazing book from Kennedy and I cannot recommend it enough. My all time favorite Kennedy Ryan man is Grip, but Ezra gave him a run for his money for sure! He was just the kind of hero that makes me keep reading romance. Kimba was fantastic as well, and I loved her even more than I did after reading the All the King’s Men duet. If you haven’t read those books, I highly recommend them! They are so good, and that is where you get to meet Kimba. I can’t wait to see what Kennedy Ryan writes next, I know it will be another must read just like this and all her other books!

**ARC Provided by Social Butterfly PR**

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

ARC Review: The Hunter by LJ Shen

I love LJ Shen’s books so much, and I definitely couldn’t wait to get my hands on Hunter’s book after seeing him in the All Saints High series books. This book is a standalone, so you don’t need to have read anything before starting here, though I highly recommend reading Shen’s ASH series because it is fantastic! 

Hunter and Sailor had me from the very first page! They are both so different, and yet you could tell that they were exactly what the other needed! Sailor was so goal oriented and I loved that she was driven, yet still had time for her friends. She also had so much sass and knew how to put Hunter in his place! Hunter was the fun loving playboy that didn’t seem to take life too seriously, yet he also had this vulnerable side that drew me in and had me falling for him so hard! These two had sparks right away, and I loved seeing them as they got to know one another better and really open themselves up. 

This was such a great book, I didn’t want to put it down for anything! I loved seeing familiar faces while getting to know new ones too! Shen always creates such fun and sexy books that pack so much depth and feeling in them as well. She has become one of my favorite authors, and she has yet to disappoint. It seems like each book just gets better and her talent continues to grow. The Hunter is definitely one of my favorite books from her, and the perfect start to her new Boston Belles series. I can’t wait for more and think that this is a must read for fans of Shen as well as anyone who hasn’t read anything from her yet. It won’t let you down!

**ARC Provided by Social Butterfly PR**

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Friday, May 1, 2020

ARC Review: My Favorite Souvenir by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland

Penelope and Vi are two of my favorite authors and they did it again with My Favorite Souvenir! I couldn’t put this one down. I loved it so much!! The characters and the story captivated me from the very first page and I read it in one sitting. This book was everything I have come to know and expect from these two and I can’t recommend it enough! 

Hazel and Matteo were perfect for one another and so much fun to read about! Their adventure was exactly what they both needed, and I loved seeing them get to know each other and themselves along the way. Each of them had been through a lot, but it wasn’t until they met each other that they really began to live. The chemistry was hot and the connection strong, these two are everything I look for in a great read. 

I honestly loved this book so much and couldn’t get enough of Hazel and Matteo. The way they met and how things transpired was just such a fun and unique read. This is one I won’t forget any time soon, and I already am looking forward to a reread. If you are looking for a read that will capture your attention and have you laughing and swooning the whole way through, My Favorite Souvenir is a must read! Can’t wait for more from these two!

**ARC Provided by Authors**

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Thursday, April 30, 2020

Feature and Giveaway: One-of-a-Kind Bride by Charlene Sands

It's a promise she plans to keep at all costs.

Taylor Preston never breaks a promise, especially to her dying mother about following her dreams to become a successful New York bridal gown designer. But when Taylor unexpectedly loses her high-profile job, she returns early to Last Stand, Texas where she happily spent childhood summers, to help with her cousin’s wedding. On Taylor’s first day back, the boy she left behind twelve years ago comes to her rescue and her sleeping heart inconveniently reawakens.

All during their youth, Ryan “Coop” Cooper played Taylor’s “promise game,” and they never once broke a promise to each other, but that was years ago, and Coop, now an established contractor, isn’t the same person. Building a wedding gift she-shed brings Coop closer to Taylor. They recall their promises – silly and solemn – and realize the spark could easily once again flame.

But Taylor’s life is in New York, and Coop, a single father, won’t risk his heart or his daughter’s again…

Thursday, March 19, 2020

ARC Review: Take Two by Heather M. Orgeron

I was really excited to read Take Two by Heather M. Orgeron when I first read the blurb. I love second chance romances, especially ones with couples who have been divorced and find their way back to one another. This one was cute and I enjoyed it, but I didn’t love it. 

Nya and Liam were great together and it was clear that love wasn’t ever the problem. I especially loved how supportive and generous Liam was. He was such a great father and husband. I hated that because of one poor decision he made when he was young, Nya did what she did. Especially because Nya was short sighted and immature about how she handled a lot. She was very reactive and hard to connect to for me. I kept waiting for her to figure things out and realize how great Liam really was and thankfully she did. 

I think readers will enjoy this one like I did, but I have to say that Nya was ultimately what kept me from loving this book. I still think it was worth reading, but I just wish that we had been given a heroine I felt really deserved Liam because he was one of a kind and such a great character! Liam is what heroes are made of and I couldn’t get enough of him!

**ARC Provided by Give Me Books**

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Monday, February 24, 2020

ARC Review: Just One Year by Penelope Ward

I am a huge fan of Penelope Ward. I love her books and her characters and read anything with her name on it. So I couldn’t wait for her newest standalone Just One Year. I enjoyed this book, but at the same time it wasn’t my favorite of hers. For some reason, it felt different than what I have come to know and expect from her. 

While I liked the characters, I didn’t love them or connect with them as much as I would have liked. Their story was good, but it wasn’t one that had me staying up late to finish it and it was easy for me to put down and come back to later. 

I think for me, something was missing here and I’m not really able to put my finger on it or say what it was but i’m sure it was me personally rather than the story itself. There were times that the dialogue felt a bit on the cheesy side and there wasn’t as much angst or urgency like I normally feel in her books. While this one might not have been all that I had hoped for, it was still a good read and I think readers will enjoy it. Penelope Ward is still one of my favorite authors and I am looking forward to her next solo book as well as her co-authored book. You can’t go wrong with any of her books, so I recommend giving this one a shot.

**ARC Provided by Author**

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ARC Review: Angry God by LJ Shen

Angry God is the third book in the All Saints High Series by LJ Shen. This series is a spin-off of her Sinners of Saints series and while each book is a standalone story, I highly recommend reading them in order if possible for the most enjoyment. I honestly feel like I’ve been waiting for this story forever! I love Vaughn’s parents so much, and I just knew their son’s story would become another favorite and LJ Shen definitely didn’t let me down. 

Vaughn was so fascinating to me and such a tortured soul. I couldn’t get enough and I knew whoever he ended up with would have to be special. (just like with his dad and mom) Lenora was everything I had hoped he would find and more. She balanced him out and was the light to his dark. I won’t go into details on the actual story here, trust me you need to just experience it! 

Each new book I read from LJ Shen just shows why she is one of my top favorite authors. Her talent goes beyond what I could put into words, and she just gets better with each new story. The emotion and detail she is able to add to each book is something that draws me in every time. This book was captivating and I think fans of this series are going to love it just as much as I did! Already anxious for her next book!

**ARC Provided by Social Butterfly PR**

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Sunday, January 26, 2020

A Historical Christmas Event Winners

There are many winners to announce but before we do so, we just wanted to take the time and say a SUPER BIG THANK YOU to each and every author that participated in the Historical Christmas Event. We loved each and every scene you all created and this event would be nothing without you. Thank you so very much. =)

Now, on to the winners!

Friday, January 24, 2020

ARC Review: Inappropriate by Vi Keeland

Vi Keeland is one of my all time favorite authors! I absolutely love her books, both her solo releases and her co-written stories. I couldn’t wait to read Inappropriate though, and it definitely didn’t disappoint! I couldn’t stop reading this one and didn’t want to put it down for anything! 

Grant and Ireland were amazing! I loved how things started out for them and how they quickly evolved. It was amazing to see the connection and chemistry they had right away. But watching them get to know one another and seeing how they really got to know one another in a way that they didn’t have with others was what kept me turning pages. Grant had been through a lot, and it explained why he was the way he was. It took someone special like Ireland for him to really start living again, and I was glad that he saw how different she was. These two were meant to find one another, and I couldn’t get enough of them! 

Overall, this was another fantastic read from Vi Keeland. I felt connected and invested in Grant and Ireland’s story, and really enjoyed reading about them. Vi Keeland is a great story teller and I honestly can’t wait to read more from her or recommend her books enough! If you are a romance fan, she is a must read author! Trust me you won’t be disappointed, and Inappropriate is a great book that I'll definitely read again in the future!

**ARC Provided by Author**

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Friday, January 10, 2020

ARC Review: Hearts and Thorns by Ella Fields

Hearts and Thorns is the third book in the Magnolia Cove series from Ella Fields. This book is a complete standalone, but the characters are interconnected and I honestly recommend reading the previous books as they are amazing and just made me enjoy this one that much more! This cover is so gorgeous, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the story since I first started this series but it was honestly more than I could have hoped for. I couldn’t put it down, even as it was wrecking me. Luckily, Ella Fields always takes care of us in the end and it was perfection! 

Willa and Jackson grew up together from a young age, forming an unbreakable bond that neither expected and yet they knew was forbidden. They were best friends and as they got older it grew into so much more. They were also each other’s destruction and this story was absolutely heartbreaking at times. Ella knows how to write angsty reads like no one else, and this one was on a whole other level for me. I loved Willa and Jackson so much, and my heart broke right along with theirs. I felt so connected to them, and I honestly just kept hoping that things would work out for them because they were meant for one another and had to be together. 

The writing is amazing. The characters are impossible not to fall in love with. The story was captivating and I never wanted to stop reading, even while I wanted to make it to the end to see how things would turn out. Ella Fields is an author that I have learned never disappoints and while she will break you down, will also put you back together. I honestly can’t recommend her books enough and I definitely recommend Hearts and Thorns for fans of the Magnolia Cove series or angst lovers in general. This book was fantastic and I can’t wait for more from Ella Fields.

**ARC Provided by Candi Kane PR**

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

ARC Review: Release by Aly Martinez

As soon as I read the blurb for Release by Aly Martinez, I knew I had to read it! She is a fantastic writer and I’ve never been disappointed by her. Release was everything I had been expecting and more. It was emotional and had my heart breaking at times, but it also put me back together piece by piece. This book does deal with some difficult topics, so I would check if you have any possible triggers. 

Thea and Ramsey met as kids and got off to a rough start, though things quickly changed between them. Soon they were inseparable and planning their lives together. They might have been young but they knew where they were headed, until one night changed everything. Ramsey was sent to prison for killing the man that assaulted Thea, stealing years from both of them. Thea vowed that she would never leave Ramsey, so while he told her to move on she continued to wait for him. But when he is released 12 years later, things are nothing like they were before. 

My heart broke so much for both of them, and I hated all they each went through. These two were meant to be, and it was clear the connection and chemistry they had from such a young age. Things progressed between them naturally and everything was so real, which is why I think I felt so emotionally connected to them and their story. I just kept hoping that after everything, there had to be a happy ending for them, because if anyone deserved it, it was Thea and Ramsey. 

This book was great. I read it in one sitting and didn’t want to put it down. Besides Ramsey and Thea, I really enjoyed the rest of the characters here. It was hard at times seeing what all they experienced and my heart broke right along with theirs, but I also loved the book so much and just knew that Aly Martinez wouldn’t let me down and she didn’t. I definitely recommend this one, and I am already anxious for her next book!

**ARC Provided by Social Butterfly PR**

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

ARC Review: Between Now and Always by Dylan Allen

I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the final book of Dylan Allen’s Forever Trilogy, Between Now and Always! This book felt as necessary to me as breathing after reading the first two books in the series! These aren’t standalones and must be read in order, but trust me when I tell you that these three books are absolutely amazing, and you won’t regret reading a single word here! 

Beth and Carter have been through so much, yet their connection is unbreakable and undeniable. While they are clearly connected in a way that is rare and special, life has been unkind to both of them and circumstances have them wondering if things will ever go their way. I felt so much for each of them over the course of this series, and that was especially true here. I can honestly say that these two felt like more than just characters in a book to me, they were easy to root for and I really felt like I was right there with them through every triumph and every heartbreak. I loved them both and their journey is one I won’t forget anytime soon. 

I won’t say how things turn out or what happens here, but I honestly felt like Dylan Allen did a fantastic job with this book and how everything played out. I couldn’t get enough, and didn’t want to put their story down. It was hard waiting for more after each of the first two books, but so worth it. Carter and Beth are fantastic and multi-layered characters that are so genuine and real, they are easy to relate to and fall in love with. While I have loved everything I’ve read from Dylan Allen, the Forever Trilogy is hands down my favorite so far. I look forward to seeing what she writes next, and can’t recommend this series enough!

**ARC Provided by Social Butterfly PR**

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