Once upon a Bad Boy by Melonie Johnson

Once Upon a Bad Boy (Sometimes in Love, #3)

A Sometimes in Love Novel

Sadie Gold is ready for something big after her soap opera tour. She wants to be taken seriously and not just seen as rich, spoiled and very well connected. When she is finally offered a part in a hit movie she is thrilled. Right up until she meets her stunt coordinator.

Bo Ibarra is hot, sexy and Sadie’s first love. After a decade the sparks are all still there. But they broke up for reasons that are still in play. The wrong side of the tracks, money, love is never easy. And on top of all of the issues they need to get past, Sadie has a secret she has been keeping all these years and now it’s out and there may be no way to find their way back to each other this time.

I loved the friends and other characters. Melonie Johnson is really good at writing love stories that feel real. And funny. I’m sure we will be seeing much more from this series.

NetGalley/June 25th, 2019 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks

THE CHRISTMAS WISHING TREE by EMILY MARCH * An Eternity Springs Novel*

The Christmas Wishing Tree (Eternity Springs, #15)

I would love to live in Eternity Springs. It is truly a magical place.

Devin is perfectly happy with his life. Being a fishing guide in Australia with no wife or kids. And he loves coming home to his family in Eternity Springs. And it is during that Christmas visit that mysterious and magical things begin to happen. Doing a good deed ruins his phone and the one he has borrowed is apparently the number for the North Pole. So when he gets a Christmas Eve call from a little boy in Nashville who really wants a Dad for Christmas, something about it pulls at him.

In Nashville, Dr. Jennifer Stockton is celebrating Christmas Eve with her son when all hell breaks loose as the doors are broken down, and a SWAT team with guns is staring at her. She has been swatted. But who is this mysterious stalker who keeps finding her and terrorizing her and her son, Reilly?

When the two finally meet in Eternity Springs, Devin and all the guys are determined to help Jenna and uncover her stalker.

Will her phone Santa come through? Will she finally be able to find peace and safety for herself and Reilly? You will have to read this one to find out.

A story of family, love, healing and maybe a bit of magic!

Netgalley/September 25th 2018 by St. Martin’s Press

 

MAYBE FOR YOU by NICOLE MCLAUGHLIN (A Whiskey and Weddings Novel)

Maybe for You (Whiskey and Weddings, #3)

Alexis Parker, sister of Dean, is back stateside after a year long deployment in Italy. For the past year she has been in mourning for her fiance, Nate, who was killed in a helicopter accident just weeks before their wedding.

Coming back to her family and her brother and his two partners in the distillary, she still hasn’t really faced her grief and the loving couples all around her are like salt in a wound.
When Jake goes on a two-week tour with the Whiskey RV to check out some festivals and try to drum up some more business for their product, Alex decides to go along.

Her brother is horrified and lets Jake know up front that nothing better happen with his baby sister. But how long can a girl hold out stuck in close quarters with a hunky and so sweet guy?  Not too long I can tell you!

I have so enjoyed this series. There is something damaged in all of these characters but they all have learned to lean on each other and to not let the past define who they want to be in the present.

This was an emotional and sad and happy and hopeful story of forever love and what makes a family.

Well Done!

Netgalley/ St. Martin’s Press  August 28, 2018

Should’ve Been You by Nicole McLaughlin

Should've Been You (Man Enough, #3)

Childhood neighbors get a chance at love in Should’ve Been You, an achingly romantic novella in Nicole McLaughlin’s Man Enough series!

National Guardsman Jase Beckford wants to live a quiet life raising cattle and taking care of his mother. His childhood friend and neighbor Hannah is still his best friend, but when he walks into the Walters house one morning and sees her twin sister Becca for the first time in five years, he wonders if he missed out on something special.

Becca Walters has nursed a secret crush on Jase since childhood, but he always preferred Hannah, so she buried her feelings assuming her sister and Jase would one day turn their flirtation into a real relationship. And this Christmas, she is anticipating a proposal of her own, so Jase’s reappearance in her life doesn’t mean anything. Much. Okay, maybe more than Becca would like to admit.

However, when Becca’s sister gets engaged to someone who’s not Jase, Becca and Jase find themselves spending more together. And when secrets are revealed, suddenly those dormant feelings come back to life; but is the possibility of something between them worth risking the happiness of everyone they love?

This was a sweet story.  High School is over and the three friends have gone their own ways. Hannah is still best friends with Jase, but it seems rather one-sided as she uses him to get her out of jams and as a plus one. But Jase wants more and always has.

He was always romantically interested in Becca, not Hannah, but one small lie led Jase to believe she did not return those feelings and both moved on but never lost that feeling that they could have been something.

Can this homecoming Christmas fix the past and lead to love? It just might!

Netgalley/Swerve     January 30, 2018

When the Stars Come Out by Laura Trentham

When the Stars Come Out (Cottonbloom, #5)

Willa Brown never planned to stay in Cottonbloom. She was on the way to somewhere else when she landed there and found work at the Abbot brothers’ garage. . .and a sense of comfort and safety that she had never known. The same holds true for Jackson Abbott himself. With one glance in her direction, he can make Willa’s heart melt. But what begins as an unrequited crush turns into something far more powerful than Willa could have ever imagined. . .

Jackson’s most meaningful relationship has always been with his car—and he’s not afraid to admit it. Still, he can’t help but become emotionally entangled with his new star mechanic Willa, who is definitely hiding some dark secrets of her own beneath the hood. Jackson desperately wants Willa to trust him, and to seek protection in his arms. But even as the two slowly surrender to their shared attraction, the danger lurking in Willa’s past remains a stubborn obstacle. Can she open up enough to give them both a chance at having real and lasting love?

This is the fifth book in the Cottonbloom series. Willa is still carrying the world on her shoulders. Afraid to let anyone into her life or heart. “She doesn’t deserve good things” her head tells her, but with Jackson, she may just have met her stubborn match!

They’ve worked together in the garage for a couple of years now and while Willa is carrying around a massive Jackson crush, it’s not until Jackson sees her out of her coveralls and hat covering every inch of her, that he realizes she’s a girl! And a hot girl at that.

This is such a lovely series of stories. Where we learn that secrets are heavy, and probably not true, and sharing them not only lessens the load, it may just lead to love!

January 30, 2018  Netgalley/St.Martin’sPress

Christmas at Two Love Lane by Kieran Kramer

Christmas at Two Love Lane

From the moment he strode through the iron gate and into the offices of Two Love Lane on a crisp December day, it was obvious that Deacon Banks was something different. He wasn’t a Charleston native, not with that adorable Yankee accent. And unlike the usual client at the elegant matchmaking agency, he had no interest in finding a woman to marry–just a few no-strings dates while he was in town.

Macy Frost takes her professional services very seriously–how could she not, when she’s rumored to be a direct descendant of Cupid? Tech entrepreneur Deacon says he’s just trying to make his social-climbing aunt happy by being seen out and about with a few prominent beauties, but Macy insists she can make her client fall in love…for real. And Deacon can’t help but think she might be right. As charming as the palmetto trees and magnificent harbor may be, it’s the beautiful, breath-of-fresh-air Macy who’s become Deacon’s favorite part of the scenery. But can the hopelessly romantic Southern belle stop trying to fix him up and just let Cupid do his work on her own heart?

First I would like to say this is a gorgeous cover! And although I never read Romance books, I thought of this more as a Christmas book. I even lit a pine candle to get in the mood.

Macy and her friends, Greer, Ella and Miss Thing, are running a successful matchmaking service in Charleston.

Deacon Banks has followed his famous Aunt Fran to Charleston for a month and has promised her he will at least date some potential love interests while he is there,  but he falls hard for Macy the moment he sees her.

How could you not fall in love in Charleston at Christmas time? Well, Macy is trying awfully hard not to do that.

The descriptions of Charleston were wonderful as was the food and traditions. Even I was not immune to the charm of Macy and her lovable cast mates!

A holiday book I would highly recommend! And there’s Coconut Cake Y’all!

Netgalley/St.Martin   October 3, 2017

Accidental Cinderella by Emily Evans

Accidental Cinderella (Accidental, #6)

Accidental Cinderella by Emily Evans

First can we just talk about what a lovely cover this book has! And the inside is as lovely as the outside!

Ella Marie Aschen has no idea how she received a scholarship to the elite boarding school in Massachusets.
Ella as been through a lot in her short time on earth. Her mother has died, leaving her with a step-father who remarries giving her a step-mother also. Ella doesn’t know anything about her father.

When an invitation/scholarship arrive at her door along with a trunk of uniforms, she is more than curious, but also more than ready to be gone!
Ella’s goal is to just stay under the radar. Don’t do poorly and don’t do outstanding. Just middle of the road, not attracting attention. She knows she doesn’t belong at this school, with these privileged students and she would just like to fade into the background.
That however is not meant to be. She isn’t the only one hiding things, keeping secrets.
And the biggest secret of all will send her head spinning.

Ella is a great character and I can see young adults loving this author and this story.
I don’t usually read YA fiction, but someone asked me to read this and I did. And I am really glad I did!
I would feel very comfortable recommending this book.

Emily Evans writes fun, young adult romance. She holds a BA in Psychology from Texas A&M University and an MFA in Creative Writing from American College Dublin. A native Houstonian, she loves travel, movies, and books and may be found at http://www.EmilyEvansBooks.com