Get Your (Book) Travel On

Summer is coming to an end here in the Pacific Northwest. I am ready for fall, but not quite ready to let summer go. Summer seems to be a time everyone loves to travel, so in the spirit of keeping summer going I’m going to share with you some of my favorite travel romances.

Meghan Quinn takes Bonnie (and us) along to a small Scottish town to find love and purpose.

Jen Frederick takes us along on emotional journey to South Korea to find Hara’s birthparents.

In Karen White’s book we travel to London with journalist Maddie to interview Precious about her life in London prior to WWII.

Robinne Lee takes Solène to many destinations as she embarks on a whirlwind affair with a famous, much younger musician.

There may be trouble in paradise for Chloe Liese’s characters, but visiting the Hawaiian islands is always a good time.

If you’re looking for a more magical destination, I would recommend you visit The House in the Cerulean Sea.

This one is actually set during the holidays, but there are so many fun traditions and places in Germany that Meghan Quinn’s characters visit. It would still make for some summer fun.

Summer trip to New Zealand? Kelly Siskind has got you covered.

Want a family vacation in Hawaii? It won’t be your family, but it will be entertaining.

Feeling like a crazy cruise adventure? Spend a semester at sea with Rebecca Yarros’s extreme athletes.

How about spending the summer in Rome with a friend?

Maybe family time in Hawaii wasn’t for you, but how about a fake honeymoon?

Here’s another one that visits many locations around the world.

Have you read any of these or have anymore ideas for books that will fill our travel wants and needs as fall rolls in?

Review: The Highland Fling (Meghan Quinn)

The Highland Fling
Author: Meghan Quinn
Publication Date: August 24, 2021
Publisher: Montlake

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

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 

Synopsis:

In this steamy tale by USA Today bestselling author Meghan Quinn, an American searching for her purpose escapes to a Scottish town but finds more questions than answers when she meets a brooding yet handsome handyman.

Freshly fired from her third job in a row, Bonnie St. James has lost her way. So when she and her best friend stumble upon a “help wanted” post to run a coffee shop in the Scottish Highlands, they apply on a whim. Who knows? Maybe traveling to a new place is just what she needs to figure out her next move.

When the friends arrive in the tiny idyllic town of Corsekelly, they instantly fall for the gorgeous Highland landscape and friendly townspeople. But Bonnie finds a less-than-warm welcome in Rowan MacGregor, the rugged local handyman. Busy wrestling his own demons, Rowan’s in no mood to deal with the quirky American—even if she is a bonny lass.

As Bonnie and Rowan’s paths inevitably cross, insults—and sparks—fly. Can the pair build on their similarities to help each other find purpose and direction…and maybe romance too? Or will their passionate tempers fling them apart?


Every time I see Meghan Quinn’s releasing a new book I get excited. She’s one of my auto-buy authors for a reason. I can always count on her to entertain me and make me laugh. That’s exactly what she did in The Highland Fling.

Bonnie was a ray of sunshine. She was awkward in some ways and clumsy, but normal and relatable. She tried to keep an upbeat attitude, even when things were going sideways. I loved being inside her mind. She was hilarious. Rowan was the grump. Life hadn’t been easy under the weight of expectations and tragedy. He was a good man with good intentions and a great set of friends. Bonnie and Rowan didn’t get off the on the greatest of starts, but I loved seeing their relationship go from a strong dislike to an infatuation to love. It was rocky, but so much fun! I adored them together.

The Scotland setting was amazing and perfect for this romance. The town came to life with Quinn’s descriptions. Who doesn’t like hearing little tidbits about Scotland and its history in a fun and entertaining way? I also loved Quinn’s addition of the language — I don’t know if it was correct because I don’t have experience with it, but it was fun so I’m hoping it was.

I said before Rowan’s friends were amazing and they were. I loved the twins and Isla. They built a strong base behind Rowan’s character. The rest of the small town residents added to the fun as well. I also loved how they mixed with Bonnie and her best friend, Dakota. It was fun to see Bonnie and Dakota’s interactions, too. Their friendship was such a special one. It was so supportive.

I don’t have much else to say other than I truly adored this book. Meghan Quinn has done it again! It was a good time from beginning to end. I loved every minute of it and didn’t want it to end. It’s exactly what I would expect from this author.

Review: Earn Your Extra Credit (Meghan Quinn)

Earn Your Extra Credit
Author: Meghan Quinn

Publication Date: April 15, 2021
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ¼

Synopsis:

“She went home with someone else that night?”

Hearing the disbelief from my best friend’s mouth makes the events of my failed date sting that much more.

I would like to make it known, I have a lot more swagger than what it seems. I don’t normally ask a girl out, have her fail to recognize it’s a date, and then give me a high five–as if I’m her wingman–and take off with someone else.

No. Normally I’m the one taking the girl home but with Stella, it’s been one failed attempt after another and frankly, I’m done trying.

But thanks to my best friend getting married in Hawaii right before the school year starts, I’m stuck on a tropical island, watching Stella parade around in what she claims is a bathing suit.

Unfortunately, that’s not the worst of it, just the tip of the iceberg. Because what I think is going to be a relaxing vacation, avoiding the one girl I can’t seem to make it work with, has turned into a spectacle of being recruited as Stella’s doting fake fiancé so she can save face with an old “friend” from high school.

Now I’m navigating through purgatory while trying not to get turned on by the way she holds my hand or kisses my jaw. It’s all fake, that’s what I keep telling myself, even though it feels entirely too real.


Can I start by saying I’m loving this series of teacher-teacher romances by Meghan Quinn? It’s so refreshing for the relationships set at school to be between the teachers. Plus, Meghan Quinn knows just how to combine humor and heat to make things even more fun.

Stella and Romeo’s romance was one that I had been waiting for. I couldn’t wait for these best friends/co-workers to fall for each other. Things didn’t start out easily for them, though. Stella was pretty oblivious to Romeo’s feelings and it made for some awkwardness and frustration on a trip to Hawaii to celebrate their friends’ wedding. Things got even weirder between them when Romeo became Stella’s fake fiancé. There was a whole lot of drama. Most of it was hilariously fun. Some was super hot. A tiny bit was a little cringeworthy. Overall, it made for a great love story since these two were perfect for each other.

I only had one little complaint when it came to Earn Your Extra Credit. Stella drove me absolutely batty. I understood her completely, but it didn’t make it any easier. I just wanted her to get a clue at times. Luckily, all the sweet and steamy moments between Stella and Romeo made up for it.

Overall, this was a great read that had me laughing out loud and swooning. I loved the friendships, the family moments, and the romance. It’s another win from Quinn in my book.

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Review: The Office Party (Whitney G.)

The Office Party
Author: Whitney G.
Publication Date: December 18, 2020
Publisher: WGW Books
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

I can’t believe that I pulled my boss’s name for our company’s annual Secret Santa tradition…

As the devil incarnate, this infuriating, cocky bastard never gives us the holidays off, and he honestly expects us to be grateful for his generous alternative: The Office Party.

It’s a mandatory, all-expenses trip for two weeks at a surprise luxury resort—where we still have to work twelve to fifteen hours a day.

I’m so over this…

So, I put zero percent effort into his gift. I tear the tag off whatever my sister gifts me, add a five-dollar amazon gift card, and hand it off to him.

It’s not until my sister sends me a text that I realize how terrible of a decision that was.

Georgia: Why haven’t you sent me a ‘LOL’ about the brand-new vibrator I got you? I really do hope that you use your boss’s face as a muse, like my note says. 🙂

If that’s not bad enough, this year’s “luxury trip” will be in my hometown–the place I’ve avoided for years. At the resort that my grandmother owns…

If the universe gets me out of this, I will never ‘regift’ anything ever again…


Once again, Whitney G. has graced us with an incredibly entertaining holiday romance. This novella was so sassy and fun! It made me smile and laugh on more than one occasion — which is impressive since I read this book in one sitting. I loved the evil boss vibe Garrett had going on and the way Savannah reacted to him. I loved all the texts, emails, and chats that were included along with both Garrett and Savannah’s POVs. The whole “regifting” thing was plain awkward, but it made the story move from funny to fire. These two had amazing chemistry!

The Office Party is the office/enemies to more trope Whitney G. does best. It worked well a novella, but could have been fleshed out even more to be a more in depth story. I didn’t necessarily need that for it to be a better book, I just wouldn’t have minded more time with workaholics Garrett and Savannah. I”m greedy like that. The Office Party is a fun, flirty holiday romance that’s sure to keep you warm this winter holiday season.

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Review: The Romantic Pact (Meghan Quinn)

The Romantic Pact
Series: Kings of Football, #2
Author: Meghan Quinn
Publication Date: December 10, 2020
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Sports Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

I haven’t seen her in three years.

I haven’t talked to her since the kiss.

So why am I on a plane, flying across the world to spend a week with her in Germany?

One word: Pops.

My life’s a mess.

My possible football career is hanging on by a thread.

I’m driving the roads of Germany in honor of Pops with the one girl I can never have.

And I’m sharing a bed with her, the girl I’ve measured everyone else up to, while desperately trying to not to touch her.

We made a pact growing up, never to get romantic with each other – never fall in love.

And I’m about to break that pact. For good. 


Only Meghan Quinn could write a book about dealing with the loss of a beloved grandparent and getting a second chance with a childhood friend/crush like The Romantic Pact. Somehow it ended up being both touching and hilarious. I didn’t know whether to cry or laugh at times. It was magical.

The Romantic Pact is a holiday romance set along The Romantic Road in Germany. It’s not always easy to visualize settings I haven’t been to or seen before, but Meghan Quinn brought Germany to life for me. Every stop had a special sentimental quality to it that added to the experience. I ached for Crew and Hazel as they revisited Bernie’s path, but also grew happier for them with each moment they spent with each other.

Crew and Hazel were such different people. Crew was all about football, while Hazel was all about his grandfather’s farm. I loved each of their characters for a different reason. They almost wouldn’t seem like they would be a good fit, but their personalities meshed so well. I adored their easy banter and friendship while getting caught up in their chemistry.

What I loved most about this book was everything. Yes, everything. There wasn’t one thing I didn’t love. It was the magical setting, Bernie’s involvement in everything, the romance and friendship between Crew and Hazel. Heck, it was even the biggest problem they faced and how it resolved. All of it was simply perfect. A+ to Meghan Quinn for giving us such a unique and special holiday romance novel.

    

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Review: Beard Necessities

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Beard Necessities, the final standalone in the bestselling romantic comedy Winston Brothers series from New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Penny Reid, is available now!

Beard Necessities
Series: Winston Brothers, #6
Author: Penny Reid
Publication Date: November 4, 2019
Publisher: Cipher-Naught
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Billy Winston’s family is going to see him happy and in love if it’s the last thing they do.

No one deserves a happily-ever-after quite as much as the second oldest Winston brother and his lady love, Claire McClure (aka Scarlet St. Claire). Cruelty and circumstance tore them apart almost twenty years ago. Secrecy and bitterness kept them separated.

But you know who’s tired of their separation and stubbornness? Everyone. Especially Billy Winston’s family. And now they’re going to do something about it.

Well-meaning interference means the star-crossed lovers can’t stop tripping over each other in the hills of Tuscany, the catacombs of Rome, and the waterways of Venice. Billy and Claire find themselves thrown together and at the mercy of the Winston siblings’ shenanigans.

But will their forced proximity bring them together? Or push them even further apart?

This second-chance romance brings back the entire Winston gang, playing cupid in one last story of love, hi-jinks, and family collusion.

BEARD NECESSITIES is a full-length contemporary romantic comedy, and can be read as a stand-alone, but it’s probably best read after books 0.5, 2, 3, 5, and 6 of the Winston Brothers series.


If Beard with Me was a storm, Beard Necessities was the rainbow left in its aftermath. It was everything I needed after finishing Beard with Me. It brought hope, love and understanding in all the ways I wanted. I honestly couldn’t think of any better way to complete Billy and Scarlett’s story. It was filled with all the Winston goodness. Everyone in action to help push Billy and Scarlet together was heartwarming and hilarious. I couldn’t get enough of it. Add in the fact that there’s an epilogue that wraps up the series perfectly, and I couldn’t ask for more. Well, maybe a new Winston sibling to keep the series going, but I get that it has to end at some point.

Thank you, Penny Reid, for bringing us all full circle with Beard Necessities.

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Review: The Billionaire’s Forbidden Little Sister (Max Monroe)

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Question: What do you do when you fall for your best friend’s little sister?

More important question: How long can you keep it a secret before it all goes up in flames?

The Billionaire’s Forbidden Little Sister
Authors: Max Monroe
Publication Date: November 7, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Theo Cruz, a New York man known for his family’s billion-dollar empire, Cruz Enterprises, has been indicted this afternoon in the Court of Public Opinion on charges of Bro-Code Conspiracy.

Chief counsel for the prosecution, Caplin Hawkins, spoke candidly about the accusation.

“Once thought of as a best friend to many—including myself—Theo Cruz has officially turned his back on human decency. He’s conniving and dishonest, and a habitual offender of Bro-Code Law 676. He’ll rue the day he forgot that you never—under any circumstances—get involved with your best friend’s little sister.”

Fact: I haven’t actually been arrested or indicted.
More important fact: I inadvertently messed up—big-time.

Two strangers in a foreign country, we said hello.
Hello turned into a kiss.
A kiss turned into a rendezvous.
And a rendezvous turned into more than I’d ever imagined.

But her unruly golden curls and beautiful body hid an important detail—She’s my mouthiest billionaire best friend’s forbidden little sister.

Fact: I knew not of my crimes.
More important fact: I know now, but even though I know I’m playing with fire, there’s no way I’m stopping. I can’t leave her alone.

Question: What do you do when you fall for your best friend’s little sister?
More important question: How long can you keep it a secret before it all goes up in flames?


Max Monroe are at it again! They upped the antics in this book and I totally loved it! Want to know why? Here’s a list for you.

  • It’s another younger sister/older brother’s best friend romance in Max Monroe’s Billionaire world. These NEVER get old! This one was so different from the last one of that trope. I love that it didn’t feel like a carbon copy.
  • This book was on FIRE! from the start. The chemistry between Theo and Lena was palpable.
  • Theo was just the right amount of uptight, while Lena was just the right amount of impulsive. It was a winning combination. I loved these two characters.
  • The Italian setting for the first half of the book made me feel like I was on vacation.
  • Cap. I don’t want to exactly say why, but it has everything to do with protecting his baby sister Lena.
  • Max Monroe are always funny, but this is their funniest book in the series. I couldn’t stop laughing while reading it.
  • Brogan. You need to read this book just to meet Brogan. He’s a big part of the laughing above.
  • The Billionaire Book Club was going strong in this one. I loved those texts and interactions surrounding it. They guys are such an entertaining group!

I could go on and on about all the things I loved about The Billionaire’s Forbidden Sister. It was so much fun to read. It’s my new favorite in this series.

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Max Monroe is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of more than ten contemporary romance titles. Favorite writing partners and long time friends, Max and Monroe strive to live and write all the fun, sexy swoon so often missing from their Facebook newsfeed. Sarcastic by nature, their two writing souls feel like they’ve found their other half. This is their most favorite adventure thus far.

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Mini Reviews: Reign of Brayshaw, I Knead You Tonight, & The Simple Wild

Reign of Brayshaw
Series: Brayshaw, #3
Author: Meagan Brandy
Publication Date: October 1, 2019
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Young Adult?

Rating: ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

“Trust only those who earn it.”

A sentiment I follow without direction but holds more consequence than ever before.

One decision, five lives, three futures.
This is what’s at stake.

One night, one choice, four broken Brayshaws.
That is where we’re headed.

Unless I stop it.
I 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 to stop it.

I have to remind him of what he’s chosen to forget.

My town. My choice. 𝘔𝘺 ending.


This is the third book in the Brayshaw Series, and the conclusion of Maddoc and Raven’s story.

My thoughts:

I don’t know, you guys… This series has been a solid 3 star for me the entire way through. Sometimes I love the crazy, over the top drama. Other times, I’m just not into it — it’s too crazy. Reign at Brayshaw straddled the line towards too crazy. There were some great shocking moments. Some of them rubbed me wrong, some made me happy. What it comes down to is that a lot of what happened made me slightly uncomfortable since it takes place in a high school world. None of it was believable or even okay for KIDS who hadn’t even graduated from high school yet. Maybe college, but high school no. Some things were way too romanticized and I would be having a big talk with my teen about some of it if I knew they were reading this book. I do have to say the unraveling of all the mysterious stuff was fascinating, though.


I Knead You Tonight
Series: Slice, #2
Author: Teagan Hunter
Publication Date: October 17, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

I hate Drew Woods, and she hates me.

Even so, I’m not the cold jerk most make me out to be, and I have no problem moving the single mom and her baby into my home. I do, however, draw a line when it comes to acting on the way her loose lips make me feel.

Alive.

She’s too mouthy, too prying, and her curves are way too distracting.

I might have lost my way after a nearly fatal car accident, but I’m not stupid. Giving in to Drew would be a short-lived fix for this pain I’m saddled with, and I knead something permanent.

I’d be insane to think what we have could be anything other than temporary…right?

My thoughts:

I freaking loved this I Knead You Tonight. Dare I say that it could possibly be my new favorite Teagan Hunter book? Yes, I would. That’s a big deal because I adored Let’s Get Textual. There was just something about this book, though. The enemies to lovers aspect was spot on. Drew and Winston had some of the best banter. I loved the way they hated each other. 😉 I was completely shocked by Winston’ character. There was definitely more than I thought going on with that dude from the previous book, and he proved himself in some of the best ways. I couldn’t get enough of this romantic comedy, and I need Teagan Hunter to hurry up and release the next book in this series. I need it NOW.


The Simple Wild
Series: Wild, #1
Author: K.A. Tucker
Publication Date: August 7, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Fiction

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Calla Fletcher wasn’t even two when her mother took her and fled the Alaskan wild, unable to handle the isolation of the extreme, rural lifestyle, leaving behind Calla’s father, Wren Fletcher, in the process. Calla never looked back, and at twenty-six, a busy life in Toronto is all she knows. But when Calla learns that Wren’s days may be numbered, she knows that it’s time to make the long trip back to the remote frontier town where she was born.

She braves the roaming wildlife, the odd daylight hours, the exorbitant prices, and even the occasional—dear God—outhouse, all for the chance to connect with her father: a man who, despite his many faults, she can’t help but care for. While she struggles to adjust to this rugged environment, Jonah—the unkempt, obnoxious, and proud Alaskan pilot who helps keep her father’s charter plane company operational—can’t imagine calling anywhere else home. And he’s clearly waiting with one hand on the throttle to fly this city girl back to where she belongs, convinced that she’s too pampered to handle the wild.

Jonah is probably right, but Calla is determined to prove him wrong. Soon, she finds herself forming an unexpected bond with the burly pilot. As his undercurrent of disapproval dwindles, it’s replaced by friendship—or perhaps something deeper? But Calla is not in Alaska to stay and Jonah will never leave. It would be foolish of her to kindle a romance, to take the same path her parents tried—and failed at—years ago. It’s a simple truth that turns out to be not so simple after all.

My thoughts:

I’m kicking myself right now because The Simple Wild has been sitting on my bookshelf for almost a year now. I’ve wanted to read it, but I shied away from actually picking it up. I wish I wouldn’t have. It’s hands down one of my favorite books I have read in 2019. I loved everything about it: the writing, the setting, the characters, the plot, the romance, the emotions…just everything. The Simple Wild was just so dang beautiful. I was sad when it ended because I wanted to be lost in its world for a lot longer.

Review: The Mister (E.L. James)

The Mister
Author: E.L. James
Narrators: Dominic Thorburn, Jessica O’Hara-Baker
Publication Date: April 16, 2019
Publisher: Random House Audio
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

The passionate new romance from E L James, author of the phenomenal #1 bestselling Fifty Shades Trilogy

London, 2019. Life has been easy for Maxim Trevelyan. With his good looks, aristocratic connections, and money, he’s never had to work and he’s rarely slept alone. But all that changes when tragedy strikes and Maxim inherits his family’s noble title, wealth, and estates, and all the responsibility that entails. It’s a role he’s not prepared for and one that he struggles to face.

But his biggest challenge is fighting his desire for an unexpected, enigmatic young woman who’s recently arrived in England, possessing little more than a dangerous and troublesome past.  Reticent, beautiful, and musically gifted, she’s an alluring mystery, and Maxim’s longing for her deepens into a passion that he’s never experienced and dares not name. Just who is Alessia Demachi? Can Maxim protect her from the malevolence that threatens her? And what will she do when she learns that he’s been hiding secrets of his own?

From the heart of London through wild, rural Cornwall to the bleak, forbidding beauty of the Balkans, The Mister is a roller-coaster ride of danger and desire that leaves the reader breathless to the very last page.


So… The Mister… You may wonder what made me want to read this book. To be honest, I was interested in what would come next for author E.L. James. I am one of the people who hopped on the 50 Shades hype back in the day and read all three books plus Grey. I actually liked the first three books. Grey not so much, but that’s okay. I wasn’t sure where E.L. James would go after that and Grey left me doubting whether or not I would like what was next. I did, for the most part.

If you’re wondering if E.L. James’ writing has changed much since her début series, the answer is no. It has exactly the same feel, so if it wasn’t for you then it wouldn’t be for you now. I didn’t find it to be a big deal because I didn’t expect anything else. She had a couple of different tenses going on in The Mister, so that took a while to get used to. Maxim’s POV was in first person while Alessia’s was in third person. By the end, I actually liked that. I think it helped that both of the narrators did a great job narrating their parts.

As for the actual story, I had to admit that I wasn’t immediately into it. It’s all Maxim’s fault. Dude was a manwhore. I don’t particularly like reading about a hero’s exploits with other women, so that made it hard to like Maxim at first. I kind of got the Caroline thing because it had to do with one part of the plot, but still…

Once Alessia was in the picture, it was easier to like Maxim. He seemed more authentic and like a better guy with her. Their relationship was way too insta-love, but I did find it to be cute. Of course, this is E.L. James’ book, so it was sexy as well. Not like 50 Shades, though. It was a more subtly sexy romance. Alessia and Maxim’s relationship would be considered vanilla to Christian Grey.

What really pulled me into the story and kept me reading wasn’t the romance. It was actually Alessia’s character and her past. It was mysterious and I liked how it unfolded. The dangers she faced made for an exciting plot. I also liked learning about her life in Albania and the differences between life in London.

Besides Maxim’s womanizing ways and the insta-love thing, my only other complaint would be about the ending. I couldn’t tell if this was the end for Maxim and Alessia or not. Things felt both concluded and open-ended — like there could maybe be more to come… or not? Personally, I was curious as to what might come next. I could have used an epilogue or maybe 2 more chapters. That’s what makes me think E.L. James might have a second book up her sleeves. I guess we’ll see.

Overall, I found The Mister to be an entertaining read. It wasn’t my favorite book, but it kept my interest and I ended up liking the characters.

Mini Reviews: Naked Love & Look the Part

Today I have two mini reviews for you. They are both for books by Jewel E. Ann and were recommended to me by Daisy Gal over at DG Book Blog.

Naked Love
Author: Jewel E. Ann
Publication Date: February 28, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

What happens when a high-heeled diva goes camping with her sister’s dog?

Avery Montgomery, fashionista and preacher’s daughter, needs a ride from Milwaukee to Los Angeles.

“Make my death quick, and please don’t tie me up. I’m claustrophobic.”

Jake Matthews, diva-hater, agrees to let her tag along on his annual but primitive trek to the West Coast.

“Okay, Princess, I’ll take you to L.A., but your crown won’t make it there in one piece.”

She’s desperate and out of options.
He’s ruthless and out of patience.

Don’t miss this sexy, hilarious, and heart-warming journey of self-discovery and raw … naked love.

My thoughts:

I have some big mixed feelings on Naked Love. I started off not liking it so much because Avery is this materialistic, clueless woman who wants a sugar daddy to take care of her. I was really turned off by the fact that she felt so slighted. Then she meets Jake. Jake is pretty much her opposite and hates Avery from the moment he meets her. Things got fun at the part with all their animosity and banter. Where things got messy for me were when they started having a sexual relationship and falling for each other. They taught each other some things about themselves, which I liked. Then everything goes sideways and they were learning some new things. I wasn’t sure what to make of Avery’s new conclusions. Part of me liked it, but part of me felt like maybe she was backsliding. I don’t know. In the end, I wasn’t completely sold on Avery and Jake’s relationship. It was a fun book to read, though.

Look the Part
Author: Jewel E. Ann
Publication Date: January 29, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Flint Hopkins finds the perfect tenant to rent the space above his Minneapolis-based law office.

All the t’s are crossed and i’s dotted on Ellen’s application. Her references are good. And she’s easy on the eyes.

Until …

Flint discovers Ellen Rodgers, Board-Certified Music Therapist, plays music. Bongos, guitars, singing—not Beethoven administered through noise-cancelling headphones.

The cut-throat attorney serves up an eviction notice to the bubbly, constantly humming redhead who’s too sexy for her own good. But luck is on Ellen’s side when Flint’s autistic son, Harrison, takes an instant liking to her. A single dad can’t compete with guitars—and rats. Yes, she has pet rats.

This woman …

She’s annoyingly happy with a constant need to touch him—adjust his tie, button his shirt, invade his space, and mess with his mind.

Still …

She must go.

My thoughts:

I loved Look the Part. It was a really sweet romance between two people trying to move on from their pasts. Ellen was almost there when she met Flint, but Flint had a lot of growth and realization coming his way. I loved how Ellen pushed in him the ways he needed. I also loved how Ellen was with Flint’s autistic son. Harrison was such a special character. Look the Part was just one of those special romances that are so fun to read.