Review: Awakened by Him by Eyta Jade

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Title: Awakened by Him
Author: Eyta Jade
Genres: Romance
Series: Zinklaus Duet #1
Published: August 6, 2020
Pages: ~388
My Rating: 4/5
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Falling into him was a dance with destiny; little did she know it would be her unravelling.

Zina at 24 and fresh out of the academic world, arrives in London for a new paralegal job. She is thrown for a loop when her chance at something new and uncomplicated is threatened from the moment she meets business magnate, Niklaus Clarke.

He wants more from her than she’s willing to give, because giving him more means undoing her past which she’s been running from. Unable to resist the undeniable attraction she feels or the allure of the unyielding billionaire who didn’t get to where he is by giving up, Zina surrenders.

What should have been a mere awakening turns into blurred lines and shattering of boundaries. Until their secrets, lies and half-truths threaten the gravity that pulls them toward each other.

Bridges will be crossed, bridges will be burnt. But, will bridges be rebuilt?

-Goodreads

MY REVIEW:
This book was so dang steamy! I haven’t read a romance novel like this in quite a bit and now I’m hooked! The characters are great, their chemistry starts right from the beginning. I can’t wait until the sequel comes out, the book does leave you with a twist and a cliffhanger! Great read, this author is definitely going on my auto-buy list!

Review: Happily Whatever After by Stewart Lewis

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Title: Happily Whatever After
Author: Stewart Lewis
Genres: Women’s Fiction. Chick Lit, Rom-Com
Published: July 28, 2020
Pages: ~288
My Rating: 4/5
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A dark comedy about putting yourself in unexpected places, reaching for your dreams, and believing in second chances.

Thirtysomething Page was content with her life in New York City—until it went to the dogs. Unceremoniously dumped by her boyfriend of four years and fired from her art gallery job in the same week, she flees to Washington, DC, and moves in with her big brother. She hopes the new setting and familial comfort will help her finally find her bearings. What Page finds instead is an unlikely refuge: a park for the neighborhood’s poshest pooches, and a quirky pack of companionable dog-run regulars who become fast friends.

Both four-legged and two-, these new allies offer Page a world of possibilities. The woman who hit rock bottom now has dreams: of having her own business, getting her own place, and even wilder ones about the ruggedly handsome owner of a vineyard and two equally fetching Bernese mountain dogs.

Unleashed from all that once held her back, Page finds everything might be falling into place. But just when she thinks her life is headed in the right direction, the road takes a sharp turn to show her just how unpredictable second chances can be. Will Page get her happily ever after? Is there even such a thing?

Witty, smartly funny, and modernly romantic, Happily Whatever After shows us all that sometimes imperfect can still be good enough.

-Goodreads

MY REVIEW:
Such a great book! It wasn’t exactly what I expected but turned out to be delightful. Great comedy, some romance sprinkled in and then removed and sprinkled back in. New friendships forming and a lot of self discovery. Tragedy hits and then makes everyone put their lives into perspective. It’s a really feel good book that you finish with a smile. Great writing, doesn’t start to slow in the middle and it ends perfectly. Great read!

Review: How to Save a Life by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke

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Title: How to Save a Life
Author: Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke
Genres: Romance, Fantasy, Time Travel, Women’s Fiction
Published: July 14, 2020
Pages: ~303
My Rating: 5/5
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TRIGGERS: DEATH

Dom is having a very bad day—one he literally can’t escape.

When Dom bumps into Mia, his ex-fiancée whom he hasn’t seen in almost a decade, he believes they’ve been given a second chance and asks her out. When Mia dies tragically on their date, Dom makes a desperate wish: to be given the chance to save her life. And when he wakes the next morning to the shock that she’s alive, he thinks his wish may have been granted. But day after day, no matter what he changes about their time together, she still meets a terrible fate.

Dom frantically searches for answers to save his beloved Mia and rekindle their former love. But the further he digs, the more obsessed he becomes, making him realize that slowing down time may be the only way to see things clearly. As he’s forced to confront the truth about himself and those he’s closest to, Dom vows that he’ll watch Mia die a thousand times if it means he can save her once.

-Goodreads

MY REVIEW:
** spoiler alert ** Wow. Wow. Wow. Ok so I was part of a ARC and let me tell you, there was deff mixed reviews and I didn’t know what to think going into it and sometimes I don’t even like,bowing other people’s opinions. I’m a registered nurse and placing IVs in one thing we always do—so it’s like when another nurse says “good luck placing that IV they are a hard stick” and you instantly get nervous and confidence is gone. That’s how I kind of felt because there was some totally for the book but then some who weren’t and have you that dread feeling like you didn’t want to waste your time. LEMME👏🏼TELL👏🏼YOU👏🏼 I loved this book, my first from these two ladies and I can’t wait to read their other collabs. It’s very redundant but each Thursday has different aspects and Dom seeks to crack the Groundhog Day effect. The friendships are awesome, you start to wonder about Amanda and then the end—gaaaah. No ugly crying (never have once with reading a book) but I had the total watery eye business going on. This was such a good read that wasn’t a big cookie cutter ending but one that also didn’t leave you depressed for days wondering WHY. It was an ending I did not see coming but was totally fitting. Read it! 

Review: Vanilla Bean Vengeance by Agatha Frost

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Title: Vanilla Bean Vengeance
Author: Agatha Frost
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Series: Claire’s Candles #1
Published: February 28, 2020
Pages: ~206
My Rating: 4/5
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TRIGGERS: MURDER

Claire Harris loves nothing more than crafting homemade candles. She has always dreamed of one day opening a quaint candle shop in her home village of Northash, but at thirty-five, she still can’t afford to take the risk. Stuck in a dead-end job at the local candle factory, and back living with her parents, Claire knows her life needs a shakeup.

The last place she expected change to come from was the factory itself, but when the owner is shockingly pushed to her death, Claire’s life is flipped upside down. She isn’t the only person in the village depending on the factory, so when the murder plunges the business’s future into uncertainty, Claire feels compelled to solve the crime.

With the help of her retired-detective father and closest friends, Claire uncovers a tangled web of conspiracies, cover-ups, secrets, and lies, but can she uncover the truth before her candle shop dream slips through her fingers forever?

Book 1 in the Claire’s Candles Cozy Mystery series! Can be read as a standalone. A light, cozy mystery with a candle-loving British amateur female sleuth, in a small village setting with quirky characters. Written in British English. No cliffhanger, swearing, gore or graphic scenes! Contains mild peril.

-Goodreads

MY REVIEW:
This was a first “cozy mystery” read for me. I enjoyed it, it was light and not overly predictable. It wasn’t anything WOW-worthy but I kept wanting to read. Not a long read so I could see myself reading more Agatha Frost books in between heavier reads. I did not realize this was part of a continuing series about Claire, so I can’t wait to read book two soon (Black Cherry Betrayal.)

Review: Play Only For Me by R.B. O’Brien

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Title: Play Only For Me
Author: R.B. O’Brien
Genres: Contemporary Adult Romance
Published: April 26, 2021
Pages: ~200
My Rating: 4/5
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Colton Masters:
I have no idea why I’m being so rude to her. She hasn’t done anything wrong to me. She seems nice actually, sweet. She’s attractive, that’s for sure, but she certainly isn’t trying to capitalize on it. A baggy sweatshirt and a pair of jeans? Maybe it’s the UGGS that get under my skin. The screaming designer label on her sweatshirt. Maybe it’s the fact that I haven’t stopped fantasizing about what she might look like underneath it.

Lauren Percy:
Why is he being so rude to me? He has a face that has that boy charm. Dimples, big brown eyes, sandy hair, clear skin. But as I travel to his chest, I can see this is no innocent boy. Through his white t-shirt that grips his biceps, I see the black ink of tattoos. Where I come from, I have never seen a tattoo up close and personal. His hands are calloused, his fingernails slightly bitten, and he has a slight scar on his collarbone, but it’s hard to see under the hemp choker he’s wearing. He’s sexy as hell.

Play Only For Me is a standalone New Adult Romance of two college music majors discovering themselves but ultimately discovering that true love and dreams can come with sacrifice, and that happy endings are not always one-note, scripted, already-heard songs. 

-Goodreads

MY REVIEW:
This was a very cute read. You can almost cut the tension with a knife while wanting to strangle Colton 😂 The book went at a good pace, a great coming of age story. Bad boy & a virgin. The ending wasn’t what I usually go for but it was good!

Review: The Sound of Love by Kyle Shoop

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Title: The Sound of Love
Author: Kyle Shoop
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Series: Senses of Love #1
Published: January 15, 2020
Pages: ~307
My Rating: 4/5
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“I never stopped looking for you.”

Experience the compelling, heart warming romance of Charlotte and John as they rekindle their long-lost love.

Charlotte and John grew up as young orphans in the secluded outskirts of a rural town. Each day, they’d sneak out to the nearby forest to escape the cold grasp of the orphanage’s tyrant-ruler. However, the safety that came from their friendship was suddenly ripped apart when they got caught.

Years later, Charlotte conquered the marketing world in downtown Portland. Having gained normalcy in her life since her days in the orphanage, Charlotte never expected her world to be turned upside down by John abruptly being thrust back into her life.

But the years since the orphanage had not at all been kind to John, leaving him unable to open up to Charlotte about the details. So, Charlotte seeks to reignite John’s love for playing music, finding that his songwriting is the only way to help him express what he otherwise has difficulty saying.

Would the reunited friends discover that John’s rekindled love for music also rekindled their long-awaited, and much desired, love?

-Goodreads

MY REVIEW:
I loved reading this book. Kyle is such a great author. This story takes you from a sad spot in two kids lives to such a perfect spot in their adult lives. The ending is amazing. You finish the book smiling from ear to ear. It was thee perfect feel good read!

Review: Hero by Lauren Rowe

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Title: Hero
Author: Lauren Rowe
Genres: Romance, Adult, Emergency Services (Firefighter)
Series: The Morgan Brothers #1
Published: March 10, 2018
Pages: ~360
My Rating: 5/5
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A standalone contemporary romance in the MORGAN BROTHERS series from USA Today Bestselling Author Lauren Rowe. The story of firefighter Colby Morgan that proves heroes come in many forms . .
The first time I laid eyes on Lydia Decker, I couldn’t speak. Or breathe. Or string two coherent thoughts together. 

And I don’t mean any of that figuratively. 

I’m not talking about a guy being floored by the sight of a gorgeous woman—although, of course, Lydia is gorgeous beyond words. 
No, when I first laid eyes on Lydia Decker—my physical therapist—I was lying flat on my back in the ICU, high as a kite on painkillers, breathing on a ventilator, my bones as broken and splintered as my spirit. 
When I first laid eyes on Lydia Decker, she was a ray of light in the dark. Hope for the hopeless. A salve for my singed and battered soul. 
She said she’d been assigned to fix me. That she was there to bring me back to life. She said helping me was her calling. 

And then she touched me. Physically, emotionally, spiritually. She healed me. And I fell in love. 
But what I didn’t know . . . what I couldn’t possibly know . . . was that Lydia Decker needed fixing far more than I ever did.

-Goodreads

MY REVIEW:
I literally read 2-3 books A DAY multiple days a week (I have a newborn haha) and I’ve never left a review on any book until now. This book is the absolute best. I laughed, I cried, I silently screamed for joy. This was absolutely written perfectly. A perfect fairytale story ending. You knocked this one out of the park! Can’t wait to read all your other books!