Review: Always a Bridesmaid (Cindi Madsen)

Always a Bridesmaid
Series: Getting Hitched in Dixie, #2
Author: Cindi Madsen
Publication Date: May 26, 2020
Publisher: Entangled: Amara
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Violet Abrams has always been in love with everything love and weddings. Good thing, too, since she’s been a bridesmaid no less than seven times. Sure her turn was next, she’d been planning her own nuptials meticulously in a treasured three-ring binder…until her longtime boyfriend left her for someone else.

Fast-forward to the day of his wedding, an ill-advised match being lit to said binder, and the fire department getting called to her sister’s bakery. Violet’s always been a little impulsive and a lot awkward, but having to explain to the super-cute firefighter, Ford Maguire, why she was setting fire to a bunch of wedding dress photos? Worst day ever.

Except now her bridesmaid expertise has her helping Ford cover his “man of honor” duties in his best friend’s upcoming wedding. Ford may be a “bridesdude,” but forever is the last thing on his mind. And if there’s one thing a perpetual bridesmaid knows, it’s the importance of a happily ever after.

Each book in the Getting Hitched in Dixie series is STANDALONE:
* Just One of the Groomsmen
* Always a Bridesmaid


I have been impatiently waiting for Cindi Madsen to release this book since I read Just One of the Groomsmen. I could not wait to be back with the amazing cast of characters she created and the friendships they shared. All that build up could have lent to some self over hype or a big let down, but I’m incredibly happy to report it didn’t. Always a Bridesmaid was just as great of a read as Just One of the Groomsmen.

This book makes me feel all gushy and I don’t want to be too long winded in this review, so I’m going to give you my 3 favorite things about it.

1. You know how some contemporaries are just fun to read? It doesn’t matter what the deeper issues are the characters because the romance is that sweet? That’s how I felt about Always a Bridesmaid. Violet and Ford both had reasons to avoid dating. Both had to fight through their issues to admit to themselves what they wanted and needed. I liked that they had this in common. Their love story was so cute and sweet!

2. The friendships in this story continued to be fabulous. Ford had his whole bridesdude thing going with Addie. Tucker, Shep, and Easton were still around. Even Lexi joined in on the friendship fun. I loved every minute of all the wedding planning for Addie and Tucker that involved the gang. I’m also going to throw family in here. Addie’s nonna continued to be a highlight of the series, and Violet’s sister was also a great addition. All these moments with friends and family added in so many laughs.

3. Puppies! Yes, you read that right. Three adorable puppies try to steal the show.

A sweet relationship between great characters, great friendship moments, laughs, and adorable puppies. What else could you ask for in a book, right? Well, maybe first person, but the writing and story was so good I didn’t notice the third person at all. That’s saying a lot because usually I’m complaining about third — but right now all I’m complaining about is having to wait for the third book in this series of standalones. I can only pray Cindi Madsen doesn’t make me wait too long for Easton’s story.

Review: Finding Mr. Right Next Door (Sarah Ballance)

Finding Mr. Right Next Door
Author: Sarah Ballance
Publication Date: May 11, 2020
Publisher: Entangled: Lovestruck
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

For Lexi Dean, burning down her kitchen was disaster enough. Agreeing to move in next door with her totally off-limits best friend, Matt Freeman, until her house is livable again?

Utter madness.

They’ve always been close, but this is ridiculous. If she’s not bumping into him at the refrigerator, he’s at the front door giving her date the third degree. And slipping between his borrowed sheets? That’s about as distracting as listening to his shower run, because suddenly all she can think about is rivulets of water cascading down is spectacular body—the one he seems to be going out of his way to make sure she notices.

Not that it matters. He can flaunt his firefighter abs around her all he wants. They already share everything—their jobs, their friends, their backyard, even their dog—and that means only one thing: Lexi is not going to risk losing any of it by dipping a single toe in the temptation that is Matt Freeman.

Lexi may not know how to handle a fire extinguisher, but this is one fire that just might burn them both if they’re not careful…


It’s been a while since I’ve read a book by Sarah Ballance. I don’t know why her books fell off my radar, but I’m happy I came across Finding Mr. Right Next Door. This romance was exactly the type I was looking for: fun, light, fast-paced, and sweet. I loved the whole best friends to lovers trope that was going on here. Matt and Lexi were just too cute for words.

There are only two things I can find fault with. One, this book was written in third person and it would have been even better in first. Two, I would have loved for it to be longer. It was really more a novella than a full length novel. Other than, it was darn near perfect.

I guess this was a second in a series of connected romances, but I didn’t even notice that. I’m excited to go back and read the first book if it’s as adorable as this one.

Review: Heartless King (Maya Hughes)

Heartless King
Series: Kings of Rittenhouse, #5
Author: Maya Hughes
Publication Date: April 23, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Sports
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Two blue lines. That means not pregnant, right? Right? Oh, sh*t.

Five years ago, Colm Frost asked me to marry him and I ran. I ran from my painful past too raw and fresh to escape. He was the only one who looked at me like I wasn’t broken and made me believe it. He made me feel it.

Now, he’s the hot, angry, hockey player on the mend.

I’m the physiotherapist who’s supposed to get him back on his feet.

I don’t think our night together was what his doctor prescribed, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t dreamt of him every time I close my eyes. I woke up beside him with my body still singing from the way he fanned the flames of my desire, but I couldn’t stay.

His lips on my neck. His hands wrapped around my waist. His impressive…ahem, touch leaving me breathless.

One moment of wild inhibition and it’s come back to bite me in the butt. Kind of like he did that night.

But a baby? Our night was supposed to be a one time thing, closing a door on the future I couldn’t handle.

Will this new bump in the road be everything we needed to find our forever?

Heartless King is a standalone friends to enemies to lovers, accidental pregnancy romance that brings all the laugh out loud, angsty feels!


I feel like I’ve been waiting on this last Kings of Rittenhouse book for a long time. It was nice to finally get Colm’s story — and his side of things when it came to everything that went down in the last book. I can’t say I loved or even liked how he dealt with Liv and Ford, but finding out how he hit rock bottom cleared some things up. His actions/reactions didn’t make me feel bad for him, but it did make me understand him. When the blurb talks about angst, it’s pretty much all Colm created.

Imogen (or Imo for short) was one of those nice people who give everything to others. She sacrificed so much of herself to her past, her clients, and to Colm. Her journey in this one was just as important as Colm’s — if not more so. So, yeah, she had big stuff going on too.

Colm and Imo together… Sigh. These two had nothing but an uphill battle. A lot of that was due to their separate issues and things only got easier when they worked together. I loved that. I could truly feel their relationship building as they worked through Colm’s injury. Col and Imo were actually great together.

As for the accidental pregnancy… I have some mixed feelings about this one. I don’t wan to give too much away, but how the timing all worked out was fine. It was where things went with it after. I felt like I was missing some doctor appointments and such. I guess maybe that part of the story felt rushed? I mean, I like what the pregnancy did to the love story.

Overall, I found Heartless King to be a great ending to a wonderful series that I will miss.

Review: Bachelor Boss (Sara Ney)

Bachelor Boss
Series: The Bachelors Club, #2
Author: Sara Ney
Publication Date: April 7, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

What is The Bachelors Club?

It’s a gentleman’s club—like the dignified men of the past used to have. Except, we’re not gentleman, and we’re not dignified.

We’re ineligible bachelors, bored, jaded and not looking for relationships. Quite the opposite actually. So committed to being single, we’ve created a high stakes bet to see who can remain single the longest…

Four days co-habitating in a shared work space shouldn’t be a big deal. It shouldn’t be distracting. But Spencer Standish saw me puking in a company trash can, and won’t let me live it down. Cheerful, aggravating Spencer, who wants me to fetch her coffee.

As if she’s the boss of me.

And now I’m stuck sharing her office.

Let’s face facts: I can’t be in a relationship; not when there’s a bet to win—not with Spencer, who loves my uncontrollable basset hound, lazy Sundays, and grilled cheese as much as I do. I refuse to fall for her.

I will be the last Bachelor standing.


Sara Ney is back with a new addition to her The Bachelors Club series. Bachelor Boss was a fun addition to the series. Here are my thoughts broken down about what I loved and didn’t about this book.

What I loved:

  • The whole co-worker scenario that went on. What a great idea!
  • The banter. Spencer and Phillip cracked me up. They were both into each other and trying to piss each other off. It made for so many LOL moments.
  • Phillip. I just liked the dude. He didn’t come off like Brooks did. He seemed like more of a decent guy from the beginning.
  • Spencer. As a follower of Ney’s Instagram, I felt like I could see parts of her personality in Spencer. I really liked that and Spencer in general.
  • How things worked out for Spencer and Phillip.
  • Humphrey. The basset hound was just perfect.

What I didn’t like:

  • There wasn’t really anything that stood out to me. Well, except that I don’t think the title goes well with the story. No one’s a boss — maybe bossy, but that’s it. This wasn’t my favorite Sara Ney book, but it was a fun read.

Review: Madam Temptress (Meghan March)

Madam Temptress
Series: The Magnolia Duet, #2
Author: Meghan March
Publication Date: April 14, 2020
Publisher: Meghan March LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

I didn’t choose this path. No one would.

I played the cards I was dealt.

This life made me. This city made me.

I won’t apologize for who I’ve become.

Moses wouldn’t have me any other way.

He says he wants forever, and I’m starting to believe him.

But I can’t outrun my past, and my sins are catching up with me.

If it’s time to atone, I’ll gladly pay my penance.

We might be getting our second chance, but we have to make it out alive first.

Madam Temptress is the conclusion of the Magnolia Duet and should be read after Creole Kingpin.


Oh, boy! Madam Temptress was quite the ride. There were twists and turns around every corner! I was on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading it. On top of all the action, I loved getting to know Magnolia and Moses even better. They weren’t perfect people, but their relationship was perfect for them. It was a relationship I could easily root for. Madam Temptress was so much fun to read. I hope Ms. March will continue to write books in this New Orleans setting.

Where to buy:

https://meghanmarch.com/madam-temptress
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 About the author:

Making the jump from corporate lawyer to romance author was a leap of faith that New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author Meghan March will never regret. With over thirty titles published, she has sold millions of books in nearly a dozen languages to fellow romance-lovers around the world. A nomad at heart, she can currently be found in the woods of the Pacific Northwest, living her happily ever after with her real-life alpha hero.

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Mini Reviews: Parental Guidance, Throw Like a Girl, You’d Be Mine, & Pike

Hi, friends. Today, I’m sharing with you four quick reviews.

Parental Guidance
Series: Ice Knights, #1
Author: Avery Flynn
Publication Date: May 31, 2019
Publisher: Entangled Publishing LLC (Amara)
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

All I want is to play hockey on the Ice Knights, instead, I’m in a viral video for all the wrong reasons and my mom—yes, my mom—has taken over my dating apps. Then, when I think it can’t get any worse, the fates deliver Zara Ambrose, a five-feet-nothing redhead with more freckles than inches and who’d rather be anywhere other than on a date with me.

Now a bet with her friends and my PR nightmare have us both stuck in this go-on-five-dates-with-the-same-person hell situation. But if we band together, we can get the whole thing over with and go on with our lives. It’s perfect! No feelings. No future. No fuc— *ahem* fun. No naked fun.

What could go wrong? Nothing—as long as I remember the rules. Don’t notice the way she looks in a dress. Don’t react when she does that little shivery sigh thing whenever we touch. Don’t think about the fact that she’s never had a toe-curling orgasm that wasn’t self-delivered and just how badly I want to change that.

Five dates—that’s it—and then we go our separate ways. At least, that was the plan..

My thoughts:

A while back I read Awk-Weird, the second book in this series, and absolutely adored it. I was excited to go back and read the first book in the series. I didn’t fall in love with Parental Guidance the way I did Awk-Weird. It took me longer to get into the story. It wasn’t until Zara and Caleb met (a bit into the story) that I started to love it. Parental Guidance ended up being a cute read with characters I loved. It’s worth the read, so power through the build up to Zara and Caleb meeting to get to the good stuff — all those hilarious dates.

Throw Like a Girl
Author: Sarah Henning
Publication Date: January 7, 2020
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, Sports

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Friday Night Lights  meets Morgan Matson’s  The Unexpected Everything  in this contemporary debut where  swoon-worthy  romance meets underdog sports story.

When softball star Liv Rodinsky throws one ill-advised punch during the most important game of the year, she loses her scholarship to her fancy private school, her boyfriend, and her teammates all in one fell swoop. With no other options, Liv is forced to transfer to the nearest public school, Northland, where she’ll have to convince their coach she deserves a spot on the softball team, all while facing both her ex and the teammates of the girl she punched… Every. Single. Day.

Enter Grey, the injured star quarterback with amazing hair and a foolproof plan: if Liv joins the football team as his temporary replacement, he’ll make sure she gets a spot on the softball team in the Spring. But it will take more than the perfect spiral for Liv to find acceptance in Northland’s halls, and behind that charming smile, Grey may not be so perfect after all.

With well-drawn characters and a charming quarterback love interest who’s got brains as well as brawn, Throw Like a Girl will have readers swooning from the very first page.

My thoughts:

I’ve wanted to read Throw Like a Girl since I first saw the cover and title. It was just so fierce and cute at the same time. The story was pretty much the same. Liv was a star softball player who made a huge mistake that ended with her at a new school playing football after being recruited by Grey, the quarterback. I loved that Liv was tough, but also had a softer side. I like that she stood up for herself even when she was embarrassed or hurt. I also loved how she was the one with the athletic prowess. Liv was able to transition quickly between sports and I thought that it was great because you see that with guys in books but rarely girls. This book was one that was over before I was prepared to part ways with the characters.

You’d Be Mine
Author: Erin Hahn
Publication Date: April 2, 2019
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Annie Mathers is America’s sweetheart and heir to a country music legacy full of all the things her Gran warned her about. Superstar Clay Coolidge is most definitely going to end up one of those things.

But unfortunately for Clay, if he can’t convince Annie to join his summer tour, his music label is going to drop him. That’s what happens when your bad boy image turns into bad boy reality. Annie has been avoiding the spotlight after her parents’ tragic death, except on her skyrocketing YouTube channel. Clay’s label wants to land Annie, and Clay has to make it happen.

Swayed by Clay’s undeniable charm and good looks, Annie and her band agree to join the tour. From the start fans want them to be more than just tour mates, and Annie and Clay can’t help but wonder if the fans are right. But if there’s one part of fame Annie wants nothing to do with, it’s a high-profile relationship. She had a front row seat to her parents’ volatile marriage and isn’t interested in repeating history. If only she could convince her heart that Clay, with his painful past and head over heels inducing tenor, isn’t worth the risk.

My thoughts:

This is another book I wanted to read when it came out, but never got to. It wasn’t until I read (and LOVED) an ARC of her upcoming book that I rushed back to buy You’d Be Mine. I couldn’t wait to read more from Hahn. I knew I loved her writing, but I was even more impressed knowing this was her debut novel. It was perfection. I loved everything about it. Annie and Clay were such amazing characters and their story warmed my heart. I hate that I have to wait to read another book from Hahn. I love her writing so much!

Pike
Series: The Pawn Duet, #1
Author: T.M. Frazier
Publication Date: March 24, 2030
Publisher: Frazier Publishing
Genre: Dark Romance, Contemporary, Fiction

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

**A King Series Spin-Off**

Born into chaos. Baptized in the gutter.
I was raised by the violent laws of the streets, spilling blood without the hindrance of useless emotions or connections.
Unfeeling. Unloved. Alone.

My life was perfect.

Until her.

While on a manhunt for a mysterious enemy, one hellbent on taking both my business and my life, I find Mickey. She’s covered in mud, rambling nonsense, and clearly out of her mind.

She’s also a distraction I don’t need.

That is until I discover a connection between the girl and my enemy.
Mickey isn’t a distraction anymore.
She’s the perfect weapon.
One I’ll use to exact my revenge.

The plan is an easy one, but there’s something about Mickey that’s making it more and more difficult.
A familiarity I can’t place. A need I can’t explain.
A want I have to deny.

After all, she’s not mine to keep. She’s a tool. My pawn.
My sacrifice.

My thoughts:

I don’t know… I’m not sure what’s not sitting right with me about Pike. Maybe it was the speed of the story. Everything moved so fast — I even was a little confused at one point. Or maybe it was that I didn’t 100% buy the level of attraction between Pike and Mickey at times because of the situation at hand. Then, there was the frustration I felt not knowing what Mickey was hiding… It might have been all three of these books combined. The only time I felt like I could truly enjoy things was when Preppy made himself useful. Pike totally needed his levity. So, yeah. This one wasn’t my favorite in the series, but I’m still looking forward to finding out what happens next. Maybe I’ll fall more in love with Pike and Mickey as things go on.

Review: I’ll Be the One (Lyla Lee)

I’ll Be the One
Series: I’ll Be the One, #1
Author: Lyla Lee
Publication Date: June 16, 2020
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance, LGBTQ+
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

The world of K-Pop has never met a star like this. Debut author Lyla Lee delivers a deliciously fun, thoughtful rom-com celebrating confidence and body positivity—perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Julie Murphy.

Skye Shin has heard it all. Fat girls shouldn’t dance. Wear bright colors. Shouldn’t call attention to themselves. But Skye dreams of joining the glittering world of K-Pop, and to do that, she’s about to break all the rules that society, the media, and even her own mother, have set for girls like her.

She’ll challenge thousands of other performers in an internationally televised competition looking for the next K-pop star, and she’ll do it better than anyone else.

When Skye nails her audition, she’s immediately swept into a whirlwind of countless practices, shocking performances, and the drama that comes with reality TV. What she doesn’t count on are the highly fat-phobic beauty standards of the Korean pop entertainment industry, her sudden media fame and scrutiny, or the sparks that soon fly with her fellow competitor, Henry Cho.

But Skye has her sights on becoming the world’s first plus-sized K-pop star, and that means winning the competition—without losing herself.


The first thing that drew me to I’ll Be the One is the fabulous cover. The colors and the model just pop off it. There’s such joy in the model’s face, that I couldn’t help be drawn to this book. I wanted to feel her joy and know what she was so happy about. The second thing that caught my attention was blurb. I loved that there was going to be a message about body positivity. Third, I know very little about K-pop and I wanted to learn more.

Skye Shin was a character who couldn’t help but shine. She was upbeat and positive when she could have been sullen and feeling sorry for herself. I loved that she didn’t let her weight define her or hold her back from her dreams. That’s a super important thing for teens who are reading this book to takeaway from it — adults, too.

The relationship between Sky and her mom fascinated me. I got where Skye was coming from, but I could also see where her mom was too. (Not that I agreed with how she conveyed her opinions most of the time.) It really made me think about how I talk to my own preteen daughter about weight or really anything. I liked how their issues were examined and how things ended up at the end.

Henry… I loved his character. He was slightly mysterious and very sweet. Skye’s friendship/relationship with him was exactly what she needed and I loved how it had drama, but wasn’t crazy over the top. The way the competition fueled their interactions was really cool. Plus, Snowball. That dog was awesome.

Skye also had some amazing friends in this book. They all lifted Skye up and kept her going when parents, competitors, judges, and people in general judged her. I especially loved Lana.

Earlier I said something about wanting to learn more about K-pop. I don’t know that I really learned a lot about it in this book. Most of the plot was based around the competition TV show and not K-pop specifically. I did like the competition. It reminded me of a combination of So You Think You Can Dance and The Voice. What did I end up learning more about was Korean culture. I loved that.

I could go on and on about how fabulous I’ll Be the One was. I adored every minute of the time I got to spend with Skye and her friends. I cannot recommend this book enough!

Review: What You Wish For (Katherine Center)

What You Wish For
Author: Katherine Center
Publication Date: July 14, 2020
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

From Katherine Center, the New York Times bestselling author of How to Walk Away comes a stunning new novel full of heart and hope.

Samantha Casey loves everything about her job as an elementary school librarian on the sunny, historic island of Galveston, Texas—the goofy kids, the stately Victorian building, the butterfly garden. But when the school suddenly loses its beloved principal, it turns out his replacement will be none other than Duncan Carpenter—a former, unrequited crush of Sam’s from many years before.

When Duncan shows up as her new boss, though, he’s nothing like the sweet teacher she once swooned over. He’s become stiff, and humorless, and obsessed with school safety. Now, with Duncan determined to destroy everything Sam loves about her school in the name of security—and turn it into nothing short of a prison—Sam has to stand up for everyone she cares about before the school that’s become her home is gone for good.


Katherine Center is one of those authors who manages to impress me with each new book she releases. Somehow, she is able to take the saddest, most serious topics and write an inspirational and upbeat story about them. That’s what she did with What You Wish For.

Sam Casey is someone who has been through a ton of crap in her life. She’s finally managed to get to a point in her life where she’s truly happy with her situation and then everything changes. I loved Sam’s positive outlook on (almost) everything and how she’s willing to take charge and fight for what is most important. Sam was quirky, but her quirkiness wasn’t odd or crazy. It was relatable in the way she explained herself. I loved how she accepted herself and her insecurities. I especially loved how she dealt with her feelings for Duncan, then and now.

There’s so much more to this story than just Sam’s life. There’s a huge part of this story that involves her school community. I won’t go into it because I don’t want to spoil anything, but I loved it. I loved how Duncan was woven into that, how Sam and her friends came together. It was all fun to read about.

I honestly am not sure what else to say about What to Wish For. It was just such a good reading experience. It shows once again how talented of an author Katherine Center is and why I will continue to reach for her books when they are released.

Mini Reviews: Mister Tonight, Runaway Road, & Pucks and Penalties

Mister Tonight
Author: Kendall Ryan
Publication Date: June 18, 2018
Publisher: Kendall Ryan Books
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

From New York Times bestselling author Kendall Ryan comes a standalone romance about a swoony single dad and the new neighbor he falls for.

Last night was the most embarrassing night of my life.

I was that girl.

You know, the highly intoxicated chick celebrating her thirtieth birthday with her two best friends—who are happily married. And the more I drank, the more I wanted to do something reckless to celebrate.

By reckless, I mean the sexy and alluring man dressed in a business suit standing near the bar. You know his type—tall, dark, handsome. I was sure he was out of my league, but I’d had just enough alcohol that things like that no longer seemed to matter. I’m not fat, mind you, but you can tell I like french fries, so there’s that.

He took me home, and I enjoyed the hottest birthday sex of my life. Well, until it came to a screeching and rather unwelcome halt.

There’s nothing quite like being interrupted mid-ride with a little voice asking, “What are you doing to my daddy?”

Just kill me now . . . or so I thought.

Come to find out, the man I rode like a bull at the rodeo is my new landlord.

My thoughts:

Mister Tonight was a great read for someone who has been having a hard time focusing on books lately. It was a fast-paced romance on the shorter side. Everything about it was fun and sexy. There was also a lot of funny and awkward moments. The MCs were ones I loved and rooted for. Hunter was a single dad with an adorable 4 year-old who wasn’t so sure about the woman she found in her dad’s bed. He was kind and patient. Kate was a commitment phobe who found herself in an hilariously unfortunate situation. Maddie was an adorable 4 year-old, who wasn’t quick to warm up. The three of them lit up the page in an entertaining way. This might just be one of my favorite Kendall Ryan books yet.

Special thanks to Kayla @ Books and Blends for pointing me in the direction of this book!

Runaway Road
Series: Runaway, #1
Author: Devney Perry
Publication Date: March 6, 2020
Publisher: Devney Perry LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Londyn McCormack didn’t have a typical childhood. She ran away from home at sixteen, escaping parents more interested in drugs than their daughter. She doesn’t have loving siblings or an adorable pet. Her only family is the five other runaway kids who shared her junkyard home.

Life pulled them all in separate directions, taking her to Boston. For a short time, she thought she’d found something permanent. But after a devastating divorce, she’s running away again, this time to find a lost friend.
She’s driving across the country in her convertible. As a teenager, the rusty car was her shelter. As an adult, it’s her ride to freedom.

Except one flat tire derails her trip. Her life collides with Brooks Cohen. They walked away from the first crash. The second might destroy them both.

My thoughts:

When it comes to Devney Perry’s books, I’m expecting a certain type of emotional impact. Most of her contemporary romance books pack a punch to the feelings. Runaway Road didn’t have that emotional punch I was expecting. Despite a heavier background for Lyndon, the MC, Runaway Road actually felt like a lighter read. It was this fun, accidental, insta-lust stop on a road trip that ended up being more than planned. I enjoyed the feel to the story and had a good time reading it. Was it my favorite Devney Perry book? No, that will probably always be Letters to Molly, and that’s okay. Runaway Road still fit my mood and delivered a good romance.

Pucks & Penalties: Pucked Series Outtakes & Deleted Scenes 2.0
Series: Pucked, #6.5
Author: Helena Hunting
Publication Date: March 30, 2020
Publisher: Helena Hunting
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Sports, Novellas

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

An extensive compilation of outtakes, deleted scenes and a crossover novella from The Pucked Series, which now includes:

ENDORSE THIS: An Area 51 invasion outtake in which Alex once again tries to persuade Violet that he should go where no man has gone before. And likely never will. Also includes Alex & Violet inspired outtakes such as Weiner Warmers: a Holiday Outtake, Let’s Make An Alex Jr, Pretty Eyes (a Pucked-Good Luck Charm crossover), MILF in Training, and Kick Stand Kid.

From PUCKED OFF
A Valentine’s Day love note, a series of deleted, never before seen scenes from the cutting room floor of Pucked Off and a special birthday outtake.

From PUCKED LOVE
The original Prologue that didn’t make the cut in Pucked Love and a Valentine’s Day letter from Darren to Charlene guaranteed make you swoon.

Area 51: Deleted Scenes and Outtakes
Originally published in 2016, this compilation of outtakes and deleted scenes features Alex and Violet ridiculousness, lost chapters from Pucked Up, and alternative POVs from our sexiest, horniest hottie: Randy Ballistic.

Get Inked: A Pucked Series and Clipped Wings Crossover Novella
Worlds collide when the PUCKED crew decide it’s time to commemorate their love of hockey with a team tattoo and pay a visit to Inked Armor, the renowned Chicago tattoo studio where master artists Hayden Stryker and Chris Zelter ply their trade. Ink cherries will be popped, cupcakes will be consumed, and the hazards and enhancements of boob bling will be pondered.

NOTE: * Pucks & Penalties contains over 90 000 words in outtakes and deleted scenes, as well as the full Get Inked novella. Pucks & Penalties was previously only available at signings.

My thoughts:

Pucks & Penalties was a look back at characters I didn’t realize I missed so much. It was fun — and crazy because these people are just shy of being nuts — to read. I really loved getting to spend some more time with the gang. I didn’t realize I needed it, but I did.

Review: Southern Storms (Brittainy C. Cherry)

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Southern Storms
Series: Compass, #1
Author: Brittainy C. Cherry
Publication Date: April 2, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

All I wanted to do was run away, I never expected to crash into his arms…

After leaving the city life behind to escape my loveless marriage, I moved to small town Havenbarrow for a fresh start.

What I didn’t expect was to find myself drawn to the town’s black sheep.

They called him troubled. Cold. A man with a dark past.

What everyone seemed to miss about Jax was the splashes of light in his eyes. The random acts of kindness he performed when no one was watching. The way he made me smile and laugh.

Jax helped unpack the baggage I’d been carrying around with me. He was patient with my pain and gentle with my scars. He was the stillness during my hurricane.

Yet when both of our pasts came back to haunt our present days, we realized quickly that sometimes love stories didn’t end the way we’d hoped.

Sometimes you were left with only the damage from the storm.

*Book One in New Compass Series of Standalone Novels.


I hate to admit it, but I was hesitatnt to crack open Southern Storms — now, don’t get me wrong. It had nothing to do with the book and everything to do with how I have been feeling with the turmoil the world is in at this time. My emotions were already high, and I feared Ms. Cherry’s emotional writing style might just cause me to break. I was completely wrong about that. Even though Southern Storms hit me emotionally in tough ways, it also built me back up and filled my emotional cup, something I so very badly needed.

Jax and Kennedy… I feel like I can’t even begin to tell you how beautiful their love story was. They were both so broken, but also resilient. Neither of them knew that until the other helped prove it to them. They both just needed someone to lean on who understood. I don’t want to say much else because I don’t want to give anything away. Just know that this was a beautiful story about second chances in finding both oneself and love.

I did have a couple of small things that bugged me (maybe they will be changed prior to publication). One was a shock I got in one scene. It felt so out of character for Kennedy, but then it was explained and I got it. It just shocked me in a weird way. Not sure if I liked the direction or not, I still can’t decide. The other thing was revolving around Kennedy’s divorce. I felt like I needed something final about it…which will probably only make sense once you read the book. Nothing big, but I was left wondering about it.

Overall, Southern Storms was another brilliant, heartwarming novel by Brittainy C. Cherry. She continues to be a sorceress of words. Every story she writes pulls me under her spell, and Southern Storms did just that. I don’t know how to describe her writing other than magical. I can’t wait to find out what is next for the Compass series. (I kind of feel like maybe Amanda deserves a book next?)

 

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About Brittainy

Author Brittainy C. Cherry is an Amazon #1 bestselling author.

She has been in love with words since the day she took her first breath. She graduated from Carroll University with a Bachelor Degree in Theatre Arts and a minor in Creative Writing.

Her novels have been published in 18+ countries around the world. Brittainy lives in Brookfield, Wisconsin with her fur babies.

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