Series Review: The Walshes (Kate Canterbary)

The past couple of years I have been trying to read more books that have been hidden in the depths of my Kindle. One of those books was Kate Canterbary’s The Cornerstone (The Walshes, #4). Reading that book prompted me to go back and read the entire series from beginning to end. Since I have enjoyed the series, I wanted to share it with you. Here are some brief thoughts on each book in the series.

This is going to be a little out of order because I feel like starting with the book I read first and going from there.

The Cornerstone, book 4 – ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This is still my favorite book in the series. Shannon was this brilliant, hardworking woman who was known as being a witch with a capital “B”. She ran the show and Navy SEAL Will gave her a run for her money. He didn’t back down and knew when to take over. They kind of hated each other at the start, but their sizzling chemistry won out. There was a secret romance that involved a lot of texting. I loved every moment of their relationship. I also loved every character I met in Shannon and Will’s families. I couldn’t wait to read more! I know at some point I’ll reread this book. Also, I kind of have to mention that I love that I met Shannon first instead of having preconceived notions of her.

Underneath It All, book 1 – ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Underneath It All is my second favorite in this series — and that’s a very close second. Lauren and Matt were adorable, but in a steamy kind of way. Lauren meets Matt when she hires him to help her find a building for her new school. Sparks flew from the minute they met and ignited a full on fire. Their chemistry was amazing, and I was surprised by the sweetness between the two of them. This was a great start to a series…if you want to start from the beginning.

The Space Between, book 2 – ★ ★ ★ ★
The Space Between was a little slower start for me. There was more build up to Patrick and Andi’s relationship than the previous two books I had read, and I felt like it took me longer to warm up to them because of that. They started off in kind of an office mentor/mentee relationship that developed into a romance. I ended up loving their relationship and chemistry.

Necessary Restorations, book 3 – ★ ★ ★ ½
Necessary Restorations was good, but it had a some moments that weren’t my favorite. Sam’s manwhore ways were a little problematic. There wasn’t cheating, but some will put something that happens in the cheating category and it wasn’t especially fun to read. I did love Sam and Tiel together. I read this series out of order and started with book 4, so it was nice to finally understand some stuff that was going on. I also liked getting to know Sam and his inner workings. He had some major issues that I got wind of in The Cornerstone, so it was good to find out what was going on. I also didn’t realize there was another whole book for this couple, so I’m curious to see where it goes since these two still had some demons to deal with.

Restored, book 5- ★ ★ ★ ★
Restored was basically a necessary addition to Necessary Restoration after The Cornerstone. It brought Sam and Tiel back and gave some much needed answers to what was going down with them outside of Shannon’s perspective. I liked seeing where their relationship went and it upped the sweetness factor between Sam and Tiel for me.

The Spire, book 6 – ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
As I was binging The Walshes series, Erin’s story was one I was waiting for  the most. I blame that on reading Shannon’s book first and wanting to know what the deal was with 1) Shannon and Erin and 2) Erin and Nick. This book didn’t let me down. I am finally happy to know all about Erin, her history with Shannon, and her relationship with Nick. Erin and Nick together were adorable! I loved the fire between them and the emotional connection. I love how Nick saw beyond what Erin’s siblings saw. I especially loved the emails and all other communication between Erin and Nick. I was only happy their situation went on the way it did because of how much I loved that piece of it. The Spire made me very happy.

Preservation, book 7 – ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I was a little nervous going into this book — especially after that prologue. I always understood why Riley would have a crush on Lauren, but I hated it. HATED IT. I was worried what he would do and what it would mean. I’m so happy Alex was thrown in Riley’s path before he did anything too stupid. I loved Alex and Riley together. I loved their story and the text exchanges that were included. I especially loved how the whole story wrapped up. It was perfect.

Thresholds, book 8 – ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
All the Walshes in one place? Yes, please! It was so fun to get to catch up with my favorite characters during the holidays. Everyone was going through something different, but I loved the ways their lives still connected. I was going to say that I was especially happy for a certain couple’s updates, but I really loved all of them equally. Oh, and but I have to say there’s one new doctor’s POV that had me laughing out loud. I wanted his hijinks to continue.

Foundations, book 9 – ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I adored this novella about Matt and Lauren. They have a new addition to their family and it shakes things up a bit. I loved the way they got things back on track. It was so Matt and Lauren. It was also very real and easy to relate to if you have had children. Now, can I get a solo novella for Will and Shannon, please? (Also, I wish this book would have had a white cover.)

Final thoughts:
The Walshes was a great series about a family who has been through some rough stuff together growing up, but has moved on in life as each of them find love. I adored the Walsh sibling and their partners. The side characters were really great, too. There could be some triggers with parental abuse for some readers, but there isn’t a ton of detail.  I am super excited to read more of Kate Canterbary’s books, especially Wes and Magnolia’s books. Overall, this series was a big winner for me.

Review: Broody Billionaire: The Wes Lancaster Collection (Max Monroe)

Broody Billionaire: The Wes Lancaster Collection
Series: Billionaire Bad Boys, #3
Author: Max Monroe
Publication Date: June 19, 2021
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

The next awesome collection in our Billionaire Bad Boys Series!
Sexy-as-sin, broody and mysterious, Wes Lancaster is the ultimate billionaire bachelor.
Meet the broodiest billionaire of all time in one sexy, steamy, downright hilarious, and binge-worthy romantic comedy collection.
This collection includes the following three books:
*Scoring the Billionaire
*Scoring Her
*And a BRAND-NEW novella, Red, White, & You

I read Scoring the Billionaire and Scoring Her back in 2016. I loved both of those books. If you’re interested in reading my thoughts on those two parts of this collection check out my reviews:

What I really read Broody Billionaire: The Wes Lancaster Collection for was the brand new novella Red, White, & You. I could not wait for another new way to catch up with Wes, Winnie, and the entire gang. It was honestly everything I have come to expect from this series: sweet, witty, hilarious, and oh so Thatchtastic. It was fun getting to find out what Wes, Winnie, and Lex were up to these days. I also enjoyed how Winnie’s brothers were involved since we’re getting a new series about them. This novella was just a great time — perfect for summer with it’s Fourth of July timing. I couldn’t have asked for anything more. Well, other than it being a full length novel since I can never get enough of these characters.

Review: Grumpy Cowboy (Max Monroe)

Grumpy Cowboy
Series: Single Dad Collection, #3

Authors: Max Monroe
Publication Date: May 22, 2021
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

ATTENTION: If you have been a victim of false advertising, you may be entitled to compensation. If you were ever hired to take care of a fourteen-year-old boy’s knee injury on a luxury ranch in the Middle of Nowhere, Utah, but that fourteen-year-old boy ended up being a tall, rough-and-tumble, muscular, one-hundred-percent all-man cowboy by the name of Rhett Jameson, you may have been put at risk for falling in love. Please seek counsel immediately.

Dear Counselor,

It was supposed to be simple favor for my very important boss, Frank Kaminsky of the Salt Lake Slammers professional basketball team—go to his good friend Tex Jameson’s luxury ranch and provide personal medical care for his recently injured teenage son.

I thought it’d be a working vacation of sorts—a chance for my city-girl self to experience something I would never otherwise do—but everything is upside down, and absolutely nothing is as I thought it would be.

For one, this patient is not a teenage boy.
He’s a real-life, blue-eyed, tough-as-nails, thirtysomething cowboy who is so darn strong he looks like he could lift a car just for the heck of it.

He’s also stubborn, rude, and we don’t get along…at all.

Add in the heart-melting vision of him as a single father to the cutest little girl on the planet, and I’ve found myself in a whole different dimension of trouble.

Lust. Feelings. A whole lot of enemies-to-lovers-style complication.

Please help me. My name is Dr. Leah Levee, I am a victim of false advertising, and if I’m not careful, this Grumpy Cowboy might just be the death of me.


Reading a Max Monroe book is one of my favorite things to do. I can always count on them to make me laugh. They definitely accomplished that with Grumpy Cowboy. This enemies to lovers romance was so much fun. Rhett Jameson, grumpy cowboy extraordinaire, put Leah through the rank ringer and it was hilarious. I felt sorry for her at times. She was just trying to do the job she was hired to do, but Rhett was not making it easy for her. I loved the way she handled it. Those two were perfect for each other. I also really loved Rhett’s daughter, Joey. She was so freaking adorable and added so many entertaining moments herself. This slow burn romance was a win for me.

Review: The Temporary Roomie (Sarah Adams)

The Temporary Roomie
Author: Sarah Adams
Publication Date: April 1, 2021
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

What happens when you have to play nice with your greatest enemy? Revenge.

Drew Marshall may have let me move into his spare bedroom while my house is being renovated, but don’t think for one second his kindness comes without strings. Big, ugly, fake relationship strings.

That’s okay, though, Dr. Andrew. I’ll agree to your terms, move into your house, and act like
your girlfriend when the big day comes; but I also plan to make your life miserable—make you pay for what you did to me.

I may not be good at forgiving or forgetting, but I’m excellent at getting even.

Get ready to laugh until you cry with this sizzling, hilarious, closed-door romantic comedy!


Sarah Adams’ books keep getting better and better. The Temporary Roomie made me laugh harder than I have in a long time. It was an enemies to more romance/prank war I couldn’t get enough of. Jessie and Drew hate each other for all the wrong reasons, and what they’re willing to do to annoy each other is hilarious and almost endless. Underneath all that “hate” is a sizzling chemistry and a surprising tenderness. I loved every minute of their shenanigans romance.

Review: The Last Carolina Sister (Michelle Major)

The Last Carolina Sister
Series: Magnolia Sisters, #3
Author: Michelle Major
Publication Date: March 30, 2021
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

In Magnolia, North Carolina, love might be waiting right next door…

Meredith Ventner knows a wounded creature when she sees one. Though her temporary new neighbor may be—on the surface at least—a successful, drop-dead gorgeous doctor, she recognizes the deep hurt Ryan Sorensen is carrying, and it’s catnip to her soul. But even though Meredith is the youngest, scrappiest and single-est of Magnolia’s most famous sisters, she’s committed to expanding the animal shelter on her newly inherited farm. She can’t waste her energy on a man who’s only passing through town.

Ryan is hoping that after a month of small-town living he’ll be healed enough to return to his busy ER. His injured leg isn’t half as painful as his guilt from the tragedy he’s trying to forget. Yet somehow, helping feisty, tenderhearted Meredith care for her menagerie is making him question his career-first priorities. Here in this quirky small town another future is coming into view, but can he change his life, and open his heart, to claim it?


It’s been a while since I read a book by Michelle Major. The Last Carolina Sister was a nice reintroduction to her writing. Despite being the third book in the series, it was easy to jump right in. There was just enough background information given about Meredith and her sisters for their relationships and the story to make sense. It was also given in a way that didn’t feel like information dumping or cause a break in the story. My only complaint about the writing would be the switch between Meredith and Ryan’s POVs. It was a small change in font rather than a new chapter or heading with their names to discern when things changed between the two. That made it feel more abrupt when it changed and took me a while to get used to.

As for the story and characters, I liked them both. Meredith was dealing with who she was after finding out her father was not her biological sister, that she had sisters, and that she was the only one of them still single. She also was trying to expand her animal shelter. Ryan was dealing with a tragic shooting that left him injured, mourning a friend, and on a “vacation” from his job as an ER doctor. The more time Meredith and Ryan spent together, the more I loved them together. Meredith was a little insecure, but also determined. Ryan was grumpy and trying to wallow in his pain. I enjoyed how Meredith’s animal rescue brought them together. Helping out at the rescue and falling for Meredith became part of what helped Ryan heal, and in turn he helped Meredith heal. I loved the emotional journey they took together and love they built. The whole animal aspect just added such a special connection.

The Last Carolina Sister was a sweet, well written love story. I’m looking forward to going back and reading Meredith’s sisters’ stories.

Mini Reviews: Make It Sweet, Like You Love Me, & The Sweetest Fix

Today I’m sharing with you three contemporary romance mini reviews for books that made my heart swoon.

Make It Sweet
Author: Kristen Callihan

Publication Date: February 23, 2021
Publisher: Montlake
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts:

Last year I read my first book by Kristen Callihan. I quickly devoured her entire backlist after that. To say I was excited for Make It Sweet would be an understatement. I had very high expectations for it, and it reached them with no problem. This book was a hit for me. I loved how gruff Lucian was and how sweet Emma was. The fact that they were at a similar place in life worked well. The way their relationship blossomed was exciting. They had so much chemistry. AND THE FOOD. The chemistry may have been hot, but the food was the seductress here. It made me crave pastries I’ve never tried before. Foodies are going to LOVE this book. So, yeah. I don’t have any complaints when it comes to Make It Sweet. Kristen Callihan truly made it sweet for the reader.

Like You Love Me
Series: Honey Creek, #1
Author: Adrianna Locke

Narrators: Ryan West, Lidia Dornet
Publication Date: February 216, 2021

Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts:

Adriana Locke is another author I started reading in 2020. I haven’t read her backlist, but I’m loving her new releases. I listened to Like You Love Me and it was such a fun experience. The narrators were fabulous and brought the story to life in the best way. I adored the story and characters. Sophie and Holden were childhood friends. When Holden returns to Sophie’s small town to help out his grandfather, they end up married in order to help each of the come out ahead. Their marriage may be real, but their relationship is fake…until it isn’t.  Like You Love Me was cute, sweet, and such a good time. I loved it!

The Sweetest Fix
Author: Tessa Bailey

Publication Date: January 22, 2021

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

My thoughts:

I am a fan of Tessa Bailey’s writing, so I hate to admit that I almost DNF this book early on. I am not a big fan of lying and a relationship built on a lie was hard for me to stomach. I pushed through because my friends that read The Sweetest Fix loved it. I’m glad I did because I wouldn’t have wanted to miss the good things about Reese and Leo’s relationship. Their connection was sweet and their chemistry was off the charts. All the good moments outweighed the anxiety I got from the lies Reese was telling, so overall I enjoyed this one.

Review: Dirty Charmer (Emma Chase)

Dirty Charmer
Author: Emma Chase
Publication Date: May 19, 2020
Publisher: Emma Chase LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Abigail Haddock is stunning, sensible, and some would say…stuffy. But it’s not really her fault. She was raised in one of Wessco’s oldest, most affluent, aristocratic families—“stuffy” is their middle name. So is successful. Abby’s working overtime to distinguish herself as a top-notch physician, just as her family legacy demands.

She doesn’t have time for nonsense.

Tommy Sullivan’s all about nonsense.

Sure, he’s an elite bodyguard with lethal skills and co-owner of the renowned, S&S Securities Firm—protector of the wealthy and titled. But he’s also rowdy, fun and thoroughly irresistible.

Tommy knows how to have a good time, and he’s never seen someone more in need of a good time than Abby. The lass needs long, wet, filthy kisses—STAT—and he’s just the man for the job.

It doesn’t take long for a wildly sexy, sinfully satisfying, no-strings attached arrangement to turn into something more. Something sweet and addictive and real. But Tommy and Abby are too royally stubborn to admit it.

Opposites attract, everyone knows that. But can they last—can they love…for forever?


I think it’s safe to say that Tommy Sullivan is probably Emma Chase’s most popular side character. We have all been waiting for his book for what seems like forever. Well, I’m here to tell you that Ms. Chase did not let us down with Tommy’s book. It was everything I could have hoped for.

Tommy was just as delightful as expected. He is hilariously cocky and puts himself out there just like I expected him to. His story started out in the cutest, funniest way. I loved how loyal he was. I also loved how sweet he was underneath all his self-confidence.

Abby was the perfect love interest for Tommy. Where he was all go with the flow, she was all buttoned up. She definitely needed his lightness more than he needed her strictness, but they somehow balanced each other out perfectly. I really loved them together.

So much happened with the plot in this book. I loved the ups and downs. It was somehow both funny and serious. That’s a compliment to Emma Chase’s writing. Reading Dirty Charmer reminded me how much I love her books. I know I just finished this one, but I can’t wait to find out what’s next!

Oh! I can’t forget. If you’re a fan of her Royally series, you’re going to love some of the cameos in this book. Plus, there’s Tommy’s whole family to meet. There’s just so much goodness to enjoy.

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About Emma:

New York Times bestselling author Emma Chase writes contemporary romance novels known for their clever banter, emotional, and sexy, swoonworthy moments. Her books have been translated into over twenty languages around the world. 

Emma lives in New Jersey with her amazing husband, two spirited children, and two adorable, but badly behaved, dogs. She has a long standing love/hate relationship with caffeine. 

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Reviews: Forever Right Now & Someday, Someday (Emma Scott)

Good morning! Today, I have reviews for you for two of Emma Scott’s novels. Forever Right Now was published back in 2017. Someday, Someday is a new release that is related to Forever Right Now by a side character in that first book. I thought it would be a good idea to read and review them together. Here we go!

Forever Right Now
Darlene Montgomery has been to hell and back…more than once. After a stint in jail for drug possession, she is finally clean and ready to start over. Yet another failed relationship is just the motivation she needs to move from New York to San Francisco with the hopes of resurrecting her dance career and discovering that she is more than the sum of her rap sheet. As Darlene struggles in her new city, the last thing she wants is to become entangled with her handsome—but cranky—neighbor and his adorable little girl…

Sawyer Haas is weeks away from finishing law school, but exhaustion, dwindling finances, and the pressure to provide for himself and his daughter, Olivia, are wearing him down. A federal clerkship–a job he desperately needs–awaits him after graduation, but only if he passes the Bar Exam. Sawyer doesn’t have the time or patience for the capricious—if beautiful—dancer who moves into the apartment above his. But Darlene’s easy laugh and cheerful spirit seep into the cracks of his hardened heart, and slowly break down the walls he’s resurrected to keep from being betrayed ever again.

When the parents of Olivia’s absentee mother come to fight for custody, Sawyer could lose everything. To have any chance at happiness, he must trust Darlene, the woman who has somehow found her way past his brittle barbs, and Darlene must decide how much of her own bruised heart she is willing to give to Sawyer and Olivia, especially when the ghosts of her troubled past refuse to stay buried.

My thoughts:

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I really, truly loved this book. I’ve been in a funky mood and I worried this emotional romance would gut me. While it did make me feel all kinds of emotions, some sad, it was such an uplifting story. I loved how much Darlene and Sawyer grew on their own and together. It was such a sweet romance. I do have to say that little miss Olivia was good at stealing the show and giving me a lot to smile about. Forever Right Now is Emma Scott’s writing at its finest.

Someday, Someday
How long would you wait for love?

Max Kaufman was kicked out of his home as a teen and his life has been an uphill battle ever since. From addiction and living on the streets, to recovery and putting himself through nursing school, he’s spent the last ten years rebuilding his shattered sense of self. Now he’s taken a job as a private caretaker to Edward Marsh III, the president and CEO of one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. Max soon learns Marsh’s multi-billion-dollar empire is a gold and diamond-encrusted web of secrets and lies.

The longer Max works and lives with the Marsh family, the tighter the secrets tangle around him. And his heart—that he’s worked so hard to protect—falls straight into the hands of the distant, cold, and beautiful son of a dynasty…

Silas Marsh is set to inherit the family fortune, but his father is determined his heir be the “perfect” son. Before Silas can take over the company and end its shady business practices, he must prove himself worthy…and deny his true nature.

Silas must choose: stand up to his father by being true to himself and his undeniable feelings for Max. Or pretend to be someone he is not in order to inherit everything. Even if it means sacrificing a chance at happiness and real love.

My thoughts:

Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This book… Wow. It was a thing of beauty. I knew Max was an amazing person from Forever Right Now. He had been to hell and back and it had made him all the wiser. What I didn’t expect was to be so floored by his convictions and his ability to help others in so many situations, and also to stand up for what he needed for himself. It’s been a while since I loved a character so much.

Max’s love interest Silas was unexpected part of the story for me. Yeah, I knew he would be dealing with his sexual orientation as it related to his family and their business. It was way more than that, though. He had some baggage that was just as rough as Max’s. It made so happy that he and Max were thrown together because who better to help Silas with his past than Max?

Someday, Someday was not just an epic romance. It was an epic read filled with topics relevant to today’s social and business culture. Emma Scott went big on everything in this one and it paid off. What a phenomenal story!

Mini Reviews: Hotshot Doc, Not So Nice Guy, & Arrogant Devil (R.S. Grey)

Hotshot Doc
Author: R.S. Grey
Publication Date: December 6, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Fiction

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Dr. Russell has a bad reputation around our hospital. The scrub techs say he’s cold-blooded, the nurses say he’s too cocky for his own good, and the residents say he’s the best surgeon in the world—really, just a swell guy!—on the off chance he’s within earshot.

I try to avoid him and his temper at all costs. It’s just as easy to admire his sexy, grip-it-while-he’s ravishing-you hair and chiseled jaw from a healthy distance, preferably from the other end of the hallway half-hidden behind a plant.

Unfortunately, my plan crumbles when my trusty ol’ boss decides to swap his white coat for a Hawaiian shirt. His retirement leaves me with two terrible options: switch specialties and spend months retraining, or take an open position as Dr. Russell’s surgical assistant.

That means I have to stand near him in the OR for hours on end and anticipate his every need without letting his biting words and bad attitude intimidate me. Oh, and as if that’s not difficult enough, my silly crush on him—the one I’ve tried to stomp on until it disappears—might just be reciprocated.

It’s fine.
I’m fine.

I take my job seriously. There will be no smoldering bedroom eyes across the operating table, no angry almost-kisses in the storage closet. (Well, no more of those.)

What’s the phrase? An apple a day keeps the doctor away?
Maybe I should go for a whole damn bushel.

My thoughts:

It’s been a while since I’ve read an R.S. Grey book, and Hotshoc Doc reminded me why I enjoy her writing. She excels in combining wit, romance, and emotion into an addictive story. Hotshoc Doc just became my new favorite of hers. There was almost an enemies to lovers vibe that created a fun push and pull between Matt and Bailey. They had great chemistry inside and outside of the operating room. I also enjoyed how both of their siblings were involved in the story. Hotshot Doc made me so happy that I am immediately picking up another R.S. Grey novel.


Not So Nice Guy
Author: R.S. Grey
Publication Date: August 9, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Fiction

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

“Oh my god. Who is that?”
I get asked this question a lot.
“Oh him?” I reply. “That’s just Ian.”

Just Ian is the biggest understatement of the century.
Just the Mona Lisa. Just the Taj Mahal. Just Ian, with his boring ol’ washboard abs and dime-a-dozen dimpled smile.

Just Ian is… just my best friend.

We’re extremely close, stuck so deep inside a Jim-and-Pam-style friendzone everyone at works assumes we’re a couple – that is until one day, word spreads through the teacher’s lounge that he’s single. Fair game. Suddenly, it’s open season on Ian.

He should be reveling in all the newfound attention, but to our mutual surprise, the only attention he seems to want is mine.

He’s turning our formerly innocent nightly chats into x-rated phone calls. Our playful banter sports a new, dangerous edge.

I want to assume he’s playing a prank on me, just pushing my buttons like always – but when Ian lifts me onto the desk in my classroom and slides his hands up my skirt, he doesn’t leave a lot of room for confusion.

I’m a little scared of things going south, of losing my best friend because I can’t keep my hands to myself. So, I’m just going to back away and not return this earth-shattering kiss – oh who am I kidding?!

Goodbye Ian, ol’ buddy, ol’ pal!

Helloooo mister not so nice guy.

My thoughts:

Not So Nice Guy might just be the cutest friends to lovers book I have read recently. It was so dang cute! Ian and Sam were these best friends who everyone assumed was together but weren’t. They both secretly had crushes on each other, but neither thought the other was interested. Their journey from friends to more was so cute and funny. I couldn’t get enough of it. I adored every minute I spent with this book. It made me want to continue with my R.S. Grey binge read!


Arrogant Devil
Author: R.S. Grey
Publication Date: May 10, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Fiction

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Everyone in Cedar Creek, Texas, knows Jack McNight is an arrogant devil. Physically, I get it: he’s tan and fit, with coal-black hair that’s clearly been scorched by hellfire. Oh, and his personality? It burns just as hot.

When I show up on the doorstep of Blue Stone Ranch, I’m run-down and rockin’ my last pair of underwear. I’m hoping for a savior, but instead, I find him.

My opinion of Jack is marred by a dismal first impression, but his opinion of me is tainted even before I arrive. He’s heard I’m a spoiled princess there to take advantage of his goodwill. To him, I’m more trouble than I’m worth.

Our button-pushing banter should get under my skin. His arrogance should be a major turn-off. Problem is, devils are known to offer their own form of temptation.

Every one of his steely glares sends a shiver down my spine.

Every steamy encounter leaves me reeling.

Sure, it could be the Texas heat messing with my head, but there’s no way I’ll survive the summer without silencing him with a kiss and wrestling him out of those Wranglers.

Who knows…going to bed with the devil might just be the salvation I’ve been looking for all along.

My thoughts:

Oh, boy. This one was a ton of fun. It was all about two people who started out clashing in a major way and then fell for each other. I really enjoyed it.

Mini Reviews: Salt to the Sea & More Than Word

Salt to the Sea
Author: Ruta Sepetys
Narrators: Jorgeana Marie, Will Damron, Cassandra Morris, Michael Crouch
Publication Date: February 2, 2016
Publisher: Random House
Genre: Historical Fiction, Young Adult

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

The author of Between Shades of Gray returns to WWII in this epic novel that shines a light on one of the war’s most devastating yet unknown tragedies.

In 1945, World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia, and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, almost all of them with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer toward safety.

Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. Not country, nor culture, nor status matter as all ten thousand people aboard must fight for the same thing: survival.

Told in alternating points of view, and perfect for fans of Anthony Doerr’s Pulitzer Prize-winning , Erik Larson’s critically acclaimed #1 New York Times bestseller Dead Wake, and Elizabeth Wein’s Printz Honor Book Code Name Verity, this masterful work of historical fiction is inspired by the real-life tragedy that was the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff–the greatest maritime disaster in history. As she did in Between Shades of Gray,, Ruta Sepetys unearths a shockingly little-known casualty of a gruesome war, and proves that humanity can prevail, even in the darkest of hours.

Review:

Salt to the Sea is my first Ruta Sepetys novel. I was so very impressed by it. It was such a heartbreaking, beautiful story. I loved the way it switched back and forth between the characters. The way their sad stories intertwined was special. I truly loved listening to the way the narrators brought life to the story. Whether you read or listen to this book, you’re in for an amazing book.


More Than Words
Author: Mia Sheridan
Publication Date: June 12, 2018
Publisher: Forever
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

The moment she met Callen Hayes, eleven-year-old Jessica Creswell knew he was a broken prince. Her prince. They became each other’s refuge, a safe and magical place far from their troubled lives. Until the day Callen kissed herJessica’s first real, dreamy kiss—and then disappeared from her life without a word.

Years later, everyone knows who Callen Hayes is. Famous composer. Infamous bad boy. What no one knows is that Callen’s music is now locked deep inside, trapped behind his own inner demons. It’s only when he withdraws to France to drink his way through the darkness that Callen stumbles into the one person who makes the music return. Jessica. His Jessie. And she still tastes of fresh, sweet innocence . . . even as she sets his blood on fire.

But they don’t belong in each other’s worlds anymore. There are too many mistakes. Too many secrets. Too many lies. All they have is that instinctive longing, that need—and something that looks dangerously like love.

Review:

Years ago, I read Archer’s Voice. That book broke me. I have several other of Mia Sheridan’s books, but have yet to read them. I guess I’ve been scared of the emotional impact. I decided to brave her writing again with More Than Words. There were several things I loved about this book. That initial connection between Jessie and Callie was so sweet. I loved that fate brought them back together, and that they got more than one chance to be together. I also loved how Jessie’s job and her interpretations paralleled with her relationship with Callen. The only thing I wasn’t a big fan of was Callen’s womanizing and drinking. I guess I’m just over that in romances right now. It made it harder for me to emotionally connect to Jessie and Callen’s relationship. Other than, I enjoyed reading More Than Words.