Crashers by Lindy S. Hudis
Genres: Adult, Crime, Mystery
THAT SUMMER FEELING by Bridget Morrissey
Berkley Trade Paperback; May 30, 2023; LGBTQ+ Romance; Romantic Comedy
Amid camp tournaments and moonlit dances, Garland continues to be pulled toward the beautiful blonde outdoorswoman who makes her laugh and swoon. Summer camp doesn’t last forever, but if Garland can learn to trust her heart, the love she finds there just might.
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Esme Cahill Fails Spectacularly by Marie Bostwick
Publication May 30, 2023
Genre: Womens Fiction
Esme Cahill thinks she has failed spectacularly: fired from her New York City publishing job, divorced from her husband, and possessing little more than a broken-down car and a pile of unfinished manuscripts, she drives home to Asheville at the request of her late grandmother, Adele, who had begged her, just before she died, to return to the place she grew up.
There she discovers the once-charming lakeside retreat run by her family is sliding toward financial ruin, so with the help of her grandfather, George; estranged mother, Robyn; and a travelling chef Dawes (maker of the world's best grilled cheese sandwich) they set to work. In the attic, Esme unearths a trove of museum-worthy art quilts, sewn by Adele. Piecing together the inspiration behind them, Esme discovers a forgotten chapter in her family history and her grandmother's untold story, that of a gifted artist who never received her due.
This is an always-emotional, sometimes humorous, very human novel of what it means to be family--the ties that bind us together and the unintentional hurts that can rend us apart. And, along the way, Esme learns that failure can be the first step toward the life you're meant to find.
My Thoughts: Nothing has worked as Esme had hoped, so she heads back to her family lakeside retreat. There she finds a mother that she is not close to, a grandfather who is struggling, and the retreat that has fallen into disrepair. She sets herself up to stay for the summer and get everything back in running order. Of course, things do not go as planned and surprises happen.
I really enjoyed this book. Esme is not a poor me character, she is a character that works hard for what she has and is not afraid to go for what she wants. I enjoyed watching her work through her life and figure out what was important. The choices she made were not always easy and often caused her extra work, but they were the choices that she felt good about, most often they were the right choices. I liked the fact that as the story went on, her life seemed to come together and not always as she thought it would.
Esme Cahill Hails Spectacularly is a fun book. I read it pretty quick and enjoyed each page.
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Love Me Today by A.L. Jackson is now live!
A jaded single dad. A woman returning to her small-town roots. Neither was prepared for their paths to collide…
I should have known I was in trouble when I backed my old, beat-up truck into the shiny Range Rover.
The driver looked like a gorgeous fallen angel – one who’d been booted right out of paradise for being a giant prick.
Good thing I’ll never have to see him again.
Except when I show up for my new job to teach a little girl how to ride her horse, I find the same icy blue eyes glaring back at me.
Paisley Dae is completely reckless. She’s also the best trainer in this small town. And Evelyn gets the best.
Protecting the little girl is my one focus.
Only the sassy trainer in her cut-offs and cowgirl boots quickly gets under my skin. Distractions are dangerous, but she soon becomes everything I crave.
One reckless night of giving in, and Caleb and I spiral into a web of passion.
But when I begin to unravel the secrets hiding in this place, I find there is more riding on this job than I thought.
Caleb and Evelyn are worth any sacrifice – only Caleb has to decide what he will sacrifice for me…
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A.L. Jackson is the New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance. She writes emotional, sexy, heart-filled stories about boys who usually like to be a little bit bad.
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