Friday, April 16, 2021
Authors: Danielle Young, Emma Creed, Melissa Williams, Adina D Grey, Amali Rose
Release: May 3, 2021
Genre: 2nd Chance Romance Anthology
With one story representing each of the main boxes from our second 12 months there is surely something for everyone included here.
If you like your hero’s able to strum a tune then why not try For Real by Danielle Young? Empty Souls by Emma Creed takes us into the dangers world of Motorcycle Clubs whereas All The Rage is a lighter romantic comedy style story from Melissa Williams.
Ready for Christmas already? Adina D Grey is bringing all kinds of festive feelings in Spindle Together before we delves into She Hates Me, She Loves Me Not; an enemies to lovers romance from Amali Rose.
All proceeds are going to Together For Short Lives. The UK charity that is here to make sure the 99,000 seriously ill children and their families can make the most of every moment they have together – whether that’s for years, months or only hours.
Thursday, April 15, 2021
I can hide away in a big city, pretend as if I’m not drowning. I can ignore the sadness inside my heart that is begging for a change. But if I’m being honest, my sense of belonging has disappeared. I thought I wanted the big city life, the fast track and all the glamorous things. Turns out, there’s nowhere I’d rather be than home.
Coming back to help run my mom’s business gave me the perfect escape.
But there is one problem.
An unresolved past has a way of haunting anyone. Things can sure get complicated when the man that broke your heart all those years ago is now your new landlord.
It may get a little messy, I may regret my decision to stay…
But then again, this might just be the Perfect Risk.
My Thoughts… Perfect Risk is the perfect start to a series that I am already looking forward to reading more of. As I read the book, I kept looking at the secondary characters and wondering what their story would entail, would I meet new characters, was their happily ever after already in Mason Creek. C.A. Harms has started a series and it is already a must-read for me.
In Perfect Risk we meet Wyatt and Sadie. Wyatt is the guy who broke Sadie’s heart when they were in high school and the last person Sadie wants to see when she returns home. Of course, he is one of the first people he runs into and then ends up renting his cottage. From their first meeting when she comes home the sparks fly and when she moves in next door, they cannot help but feel their attraction grow. I loved seeing Sadie fight her feelings while Wyatt is working to figure out how to win her heart. There is no doubt that they will come together. The question is if Sadie can open her heart enough to let Wyatt in forever.
C.A. Harms has written an wonderful, sweet, and sexy story set in a cute small town.
Amazon Review - “Welcome to Mason Creek! This book was absolutely beautiful.”
Fun Under the Covers - “Absolutely beautiful story of love and forgiveness”
Amazon Review - “On Fire with Feels 🔥❤”
Amazon Review - “The perfect small town read 😍”
She lives in Illinois and enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. You will always find her with her kindle or paperback in hand as it is her favorite pass time.
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Little Pieces of Me by Alison Hammer
Paperback, 400 pages
publication: April 13th 2021 by William Morrow Paperbacks
Women’s Fiction, Contemporary, Adult
When Paige Meyer gets an email from a DNA testing website announcing that her father is a man she never met, she is convinced there must be a mistake. But as she digs deeper into her mother's past and her own feelings of being the odd child out growing up, Paige begins to question everything she thought she knew. Could this be why Paige never felt like she fit in her family, and why her mother always seemed to keep her at an arm's length? And what does it mean for Paige's memories of her father, a man she idolized and whose death she is still grieving? Back in 1975, Betsy Kaplan, Paige's mom, is a straightlaced sophomore at the University of Kansas. When her sweet but boring boyfriend disappoints her, Betsy decides she wants more out of life, and is tired of playing it safe. Enter Andy Abrams, the golden boy on campus with a potentially devastating secret. After their night together has unexpected consequences, Betsy is determined to bury the truth and rebuild a stable life for her unborn child, whatever the cost.
When Paige can't get answers from her mother, she goes looking for the only other person who was there that night. The more she learns about what happened, the more she sees her unflappable, distant mother as a real person faced with an impossible choice. But will it be enough to mend their broken relationship?
Told in dual timelines, Little Pieces of Me examines identity and how the way we define ourselves changes (or not) through our life experiences.
My Thoughts…Dual timelines are wonderful when done right. Alison Hammer did a great job of writing two timelines, one in the present and one in the past, and bringing it all together perfectly. I loved learning about Paige’s struggle with the results of a DNA test and learning how the results of that DNA test came to be.
Paige’s story tore at my heart. Learning that the man she loved and thought she was her father was not. Her mother would not tell her about her father, and she questioned everything she thought she was. I could not imagine what she was going through but through Alison Hammer’s amazing work I felt like I was invested in Paige finding her place in the world. I needed her to get her answers and to accept them and be okay.
Little Pieces of Me is a story of being true to yourself, finding yourself, and acceptance.
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Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Courage, My Love by Kristin Beck
publication: April 13th 2021
Genre: Historical Fiction, WWII, Adult Fiction, Italy
When the Nazi occupation of Rome begins, two courageous young women are plunged deep into the Italian Resistance to fight for their freedom in this captivating debut novel.
Lucia Colombo has had her doubts about fascism for years, but as a single mother in an increasingly unstable country, politics are for other people--she needs to focus on keeping herself and her son alive. Then the Italian government falls and the German occupation begins, and suddenly, Lucia finds that complacency is no longer an option.
Francesca Gallo has always been aware of injustice and suffering. A polio survivor who lost her father when he was arrested for his anti-fascist politics, she came to Rome with her fiancé to start a new life. But when the Germans invade and her fiancé is taken by the Nazis, Francesca decides she has only one option: to fight back.
As Lucia and Francesca are pulled deeper into the struggle against the Nazi occupation, both women learn to resist alongside the partisans to drive the Germans from Rome. But as winter sets in, the occupation tightens its grip on the city, and the resistance is in constant danger.
In the darkest days, Francesca and Lucia face their pasts, find the courage to love, and maintain hope for a future that is finally free.
My Thoughts…No one can ever say that WWII, or any war, is anything but horrific. The ways that people are forced to live, the lives lost, and the countries destroyed are nothing less that horrific. But out of these wars come some amazing friendships. In Courage, My Love I chose to focus on the friendship of Lucia and Francesca. They are two strong, fearless women who work together with the resistance to fight the Germans. As the war moves on their losses add up and their strength grows. The Allies are coming, and they must be ready.
The research that Kristin Beck put into this book had to be immense. She took a time in life when people were living in fear of being captured or killed and brought it to life. I could picture the ghetto as the soldiers rounded up the people living there. The sounds of artillery being fired and planes flying over headed were sounds that I heard as I read her book. I could see the Resistance hiding, running down alleys, and doing their dangerous work all while trying to keep themselves alive. Courage, My Love is a book that came alive to me as I read it.
I love WWII and learning about that era. Kristin Beck did a wonderful job in telling a story while teaching her reader the history of the time. I recommend Courage, My Love to any WWII readers, historical fiction readers, or those interested in losing themselves in a wonderful story of friendship and strength.
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Meet Kristin Beck… Kristin Beck first learned about World War II from her grandmother, who served as a Canadian army nurse, fell in love with an American soldier in Belgium, and married him shortly after VE Day. Kristin thus grew up hearing stories about the war, and has been captivated by the often unsung roles of women in history ever since. A former teacher, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Washington and a Master’s in Teaching from Western Washington University. Kristin lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and children.
Monday, April 12, 2021
Series: A Love and Laughs Novel
Author: Jackie Walker
Release: April 25, 2021
Genre: Romantic Comedy; Fake Marriage; Friends to Lovers; Billionaire Heroine
Cover Design: Kim Bailey at Bailey Cover Boutique
A temporary marriage of convenience that would only last a few days — then we’d go back to just being friends.
After all, Cort Amos and I aren’t in love. We only tied the knot so I wouldn’t have to marry the greedy social climber my billionaire father had chosen as the son-in-law he wanted to inherit the company.
But then came the romantic honeymoon across Europe — my father’s apology gift to me.
Day after day. Night after night. Spent with a man I’ve been drooling over since the day we met, while we're in some of the most romantic places on the planet. So when he suggests we explore our physical attraction while on this vacation ... just for fun, I can’t help but say yes.
He’s sweet and charming, and he knows just how to make me laugh. Not to mention those shoulders and that smile and those washboard abs. I can hardly catch my breath around him.
But it’s all in fun — he doesn’t want a serious relationship any more than I do. When we get back home, it will all come to an end, just like we planned.
Simple right? We can totally pull this off without feelings getting involved. No sweat.
I think I’m a big fat liar.
Jackie is a fresh face on the romance author scene destined to shake things up with her signature blend of light-hearted comedy, over the top characters and romantic heartwarming moments. A voracious romance reader herself, Jackie writes stories featuring the four S's: Snark, Swoons, Steam and Sarcasm. Her heroines are bad-ass and her heroes are easy on the eyes and heavy on the charm.
When she is not writing funny stories about swoony heroes and the women who get to play with them, she is reading all types of romance novels or taking care of her army of cats and her teenage son (who also speaks fluent sarcasm).