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REVIEW: 4 Stars to “The Rancher” The McAllister Brothers #1, by Author Julia Justiss, #ContemporaryRomance ~ Release Date: April 8th 2021 ~ @juliajustiss @TulePublishing

REVIEW

The Rancher
The McAllister Brothers Book One

By
Julia Justiss

Purchase/Preorder: The Rancher

Genre/Trope: #ContemporaryRomance #CowboyRomance

My Rating: 5

Cover: 4

POV: Third-person alternating perspectives

Publication: April 8th 2021

Read: March 7th 2021 *Review copy provided by Tule Publishing Group

Add to TBR: The Rancher

Synopsis:

When he sets out to regain his family’s heritage, he never expects to fall in love.

Cowboy Duncan McAllister has worked tirelessly to make the family ranch profitable enough to buy back the section of land hard times forced them to sell a decade ago. When the owner of that land unexpectedly dies, leaving the ranch to his city-based daughter, Duncan finally sees his opportunity.

After her business partner boyfriend runs off with an intern—and all their clients—CPA Harrison Scott retreats to her Daddy’s Hill Country ranch to decide her next move. Her father’s sudden death leaves her floundering—does she rebuild her professional career or carry on the ranch he loved? After rebuffing Duncan’s offer to buy her out, Harrison is forced to turn to her handsome neighbor to learn the ropes of ranching.

Duncan tells himself he’s just being neighborly, but their immediate attraction soon deepens. How can he convince her that he wants her even more than his beloved land when she’s already been betrayed once before?

My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

One of my favorite aspects about cowboy romance is the picturesque scenes the author paints in my mind. Living in the suburbs, close to everything, I more than appreciate the beauty of the landscapes in places such as the Hill Country in Texas where this story takes place. I love the idea of owning land that has been in the family for hundreds of years. Where I live, that isn’t the norm. That said, I find myself longing for some of the places I read about. And The Rancher did an incredible job of bringing me there.

This story is about the love of the land, legacy and loyalty. It is a story of two people who will have to learn to trust again in their decisions and each other if they want a truly happy and fulfilled life. This book is about carrying on a legacy.

Duncan McAllister grew up on land such as I described. Having lost his mother at a very young age, and then his father while barely in his teens, Duncan takes on the responsibility of running the ranch. Through financially tough times, Duncan’s stepmother had to sell off some of the generations-old McAllister land. Growing up, Duncan’s only goal was to buy the land back but unfortunately the gentleman who bought it loves it just a deeply and refuses to sell. And when he dies unexpectedly, the land is left to his daughter Harrison.

Harrison is devastated at what life has thrown at her recently. Her heart is overflowing with sadness. Because of recent events, Harrison is no longer a trusting person. Despite her inexperience, Harrison is determined to carry on the legacy her father has left for her. It is not going to be easy and she knows that. She also knows that there are people who want to buy the ranch property from her and she worries what they’ll do to make that happen.

I’ll tell you that the relationship between Duncan and Harrison builds steadily, but slowly due to Harrison’s as well as Duncan’s trust issues. Although I felt Duncan was sincere, there were more than a few times I became frustrated on his behalf because of Harrison’s behavior. I felt she gave off too many mixed signals. In the end, both Harrison and Duncan became the couple I knew they would be. Their love for each other was believable and they each put the other’s concerns before their own. Both seeming to make sacrifices for the other but in the end both gaining everything they dreamed of.

The Rancher is book one in The McAllister Brothers series in which I was given an advanced reading copy. This is my honest and unbiased review and I thank you for taking the time to read it. 🙂

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📝REVIEW📝: 4 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Stars to “The Cowboy Steals a Lady” (Cowboys of Horse Thief Mountain #2) by Author Anne McAllister ~ #ContemporaryRomance ~ Releasing on March 23rd 2021 ~ @AnneMcAllister5 @Tulepublishing

REVIEW

The Cowboy Steals a Lady
Cowboys of Horse Thief Mountain #2

By
Anne McAllister

Purchase: The Cowboy Steals a Lady

My Rating: 4

Cover: 5 *Anne’s covers are some of my favorites

Genre: #ContemporaryRomance #CowboyRomance

POV: Third-person alternating perspectves

Publication: March 23rd 2021

Read: February 28th 2021 *Review copy provided by Tule Publishing Group

Add to TBR: The Cowboy Steals a Lady

The Series: The Cowboys of Horse Thief Mountain

Synopsis:

Mr. Impulsive.

Rodeo bull rider Shane Nichols will do anything for a friend. So when his pal Cash’s girl is about to marry the wrong man, Shane does what needs to be done: he kidnaps the bride!

Poppy Hamilton isn’t expecting to be slung over some gorgeous cowboy’s shoulder and spirited off to a remote mountain cabin in the middle of a blinding Montana snowstorm—even if it’s only until the wedding is over. Poppy still thinks that’s a bit extreme, but she has her own reason for missing the wedding. Besides, she’s the florist, not the bride!

So much for good deeds! What’s Shane supposed to do now—snowbound with a woman who makes all his hormones sit up and take notice, who isn’t anybody’s fiancée, and who is dangerously close to stealing his heart?

My 📝Review📝: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

I found this second book of this series to be a sweet, enjoyable read. I won’t lie though, I did think at the beginning that Shane wasn’t a very intelligent character. His thoughts and actions brought me to that realization. However, once I got to experience parts of the book through his perspective, I realized that Shane was just a simple man with simple needs. He wasn’t looking for love or commitment during this time in his life. In addition, Shane was thoughtful and considerate of others as well as being a loyal friend. I believed he was a goodhearted hero. Shane was the type of character I’d love to know in real life.

Poppy had her own frustrations and vulnerabilities. While Poppy loved her father, he could be more than a bit intimidating. Poppy’s dad, while not often on the pages was a big part of the story. I won’t say why but as you read, you will no doubt, be aware of his interfering and influences.

As you will see from the blurb, Poppy and Shane meet when he mistakenly believes her to be someone else. Poppy could have stopped him by saying he had the wrong girl. However, she has her reasons why she didn’t.

This book is a safe read. There is not a lot of angst, if any. And even though the story is predictable sometimes, I enjoyed it. The Cowboy Steals a Lady was lighthearted and fun to read. I liked it better than the first book in this series. Of course, I’ll be looking out for Cash’s book next.

If you are looking for a short, sweet story to lighten your day, I recommend The Cowboy Steals a Lady. This is my honest and unbiased review and I thank you for taking the time to read it. 🙂

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📝Review📝: 4 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Stars to “When I Think of You” (An 80’s Baby Short) By Author Dee Ellis, #RomanticShortStory #80sRomance Release Date: February 1st 2021 ~ @authordeeellis

When I Think of You
An 80’s Baby Short Romance

By
Author Dee EIlls

Genre: #Romance #80sRomance #Instalove #SmalltownRomance

My Rating: 4

Cover: 5

POV: First-person dual perspectives

Kindle edition: 70 pages

Add to your TBR: When I Think of You

Purchase/PreOrder: When I Think of You

Synopsis:

Mandi Locke doesn’t know yet what she wants out of life–but she has a good time trying to figure it out. Never taking much seriously–besides Ralph Macchio, the Thriller album, and Tab–her days are spent working at Pine Star Cinema and her nights dreaming of a place better and bigger than Pine Grove.

Noah Teller is ready to get out of this town after he graduates college. Until he lands a job at the Pine Grove Galleria and meets Mandi. The two couldn’t be more different but whenever he thinks of her, he sees a future. A future that he will do whatever it takes to make happen.

Welcome back to the 80’s baby. Put away the Aqua Net and slip into something a little more comfortable with one of these eleven couples as they fall in love in Pine Grove.

My 📝Review📝:

4 Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟
When I Think of You takes place during the 1980’s. Oh boy, was I brought back in time. The 80’s was the best of times for me. I was still finding myself, hanging out at clubs, going to movies, and experiencing my first tastes of alcohol. Don’t get me started on the music. My favorite possession was my Sony Walkman! To this day, I listen to 80’s music almost daily. While this book cannot be described as 80’s overkill; the references were done moderately as not to take away the focus of the story. But truthfully, I wouldn’t have minded if there was overkill, lol.

The 80’s Baby Series will start releasing by the various authors next week. I am so excited to read more!

Mandi and Noah
Both main characters are 24/25 years old and come from the small town of Pine Grove, Louisiana. Noah left to go to college in Boston. Other than visiting his parents now and then, Noah has no desire to make Pine Grove his permanent home. Not only is the small town a bit stifled, the economy is poor. In less you want to make a career as a mall employee, the younger generation wants out. Noah was planning an internship for the summer but his father called him home to spend the time in Pine Grove. Noah’s mother is sick so he doesn’t hesitate to come home to see her and help out where he can. I loved Noah. He was a great hero. So sweet and attentive and patient. He took one look at Mandi and his whole outlook on life changed. She became the focus of his future.

Mandi was a sweetheart. She was fun and loyal. During a break from school, she takes a job for the Summer in the Pine Grove movie theatre located in the mall. It wasn’t how she wanted to spend her Summer but Mandi viewed her job as a means to an end. She wanted to go to film school in Baton Rouge and make her screenplays into successful movies.

Mandi and Noah’s attraction was instant. The chemistry between them was so intense. However, despite the fact their relationship started off with a conflict, they took things slow. The slow burn was perfect. Truthfully, in short stories, there is only so many words you can write when you’re given a limit to length. And I thought the author did a nice job incorporating emotions, plot, and conflict, culminating in a satisfying epilogue. This book was very short but had all it needed to be enjoyable. There is even an option to read a bonus chapter at the end of the book.

This is my honest and unbiased review and I thank you for taking the time to read it. 🙂

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📝Review📝: 4 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Stars to “Texas Christmas Baby” Corbyn Sisters of Last Stand Book Two, By Author Katherine Garbera, #SmallTownContemporary HolidayRomance is #AvailableNow ~ @KatherineGarbera @TulePublishing

TEXAS CHRISTMAS BABY

REVIEW

By Author Katherine Garbera
Corbyn Sistersof Last Stand Book 2

Purchase: Texas Christmas Baby

Genre: #Romance #ChristmasRomance #HolidayRomance #ContemporaryRomance #SmallTownRomance

My Rating: 4

Cover: 5

POV: Third-person alternating perspectives

Publication: November 18th 2020

Read: October 31st 2020 *Review copy provided by Tule Publishing Group

Add to Goodreads TBR: Texas Christmas Baby

The series on Goodreads: Corbyn Sisters of Last Stand

SYNOPSIS:

They have more than one surprise in store this Christmas Eve…

Zara Mitchell is about to be a single mother. After finding out her baby’s father lied about everything, she’s decidedly on her own. But when her car breaks down outside Last Stand, Texas, she’s rescued by the most beautiful man she’s laid eyes on. He’s her knight in shining armor, and Zara is starting to believe in fairy tales.

J.T. Williams has a charmed life, or so he thought until his parents’ marriage deteriorated and exposed a half-sister, Amelia, in Last Stand. Intent to make up for his father’s shortcomings, he sets out to meet her but is derailed when he comes across a pregnant beauty stranded outside of town. And when he learns that Zara and Amelia are best friends, he impulsively decides to hide his identity to get to know both women without added pressure.

As Christmas nears, J.T. and Zara find themselves giving in to their feelings. But J.T.’s well-intentioned lie might cost him everything. 

MY 📝REVIEW📝: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

More romance in Last Stand, Texas! This has been another one of my favorite places to read about. Multiple authors write about the abundance of love and the amazing ambience and setting in this small, endearing town. Each book is an engaging, enjoyable read. Texas Christmas Baby is the second book in the Corbyn Sisters of Last Stand series.

Zara and J.T.
While this book is a stand-alone, reading some of the prior books will give you even more enjoyment. For example, Her Texas Ex, book one in the Dangerous Delaney series, is where the mention of J.T. comes from. When I first read that book, I had my suspicions that we might see a story from him one day. So glad that day came. If you have the time to read that book, you will have an even greater reading experience. Also, there is some closure for Amelia. That’s all I’m going to say about that.

The blurb does a great job of summing up the book. Of course, J.T. is keeping a big secret; that wasn’t his original intention. But because of his growing feelings for Zara, things become complicated. Zara is already mistrusting of men due to her recent past so you can understand why she is guarded. How will she react when she learns the truth?

There is Christmas galore in this tale. There are plenty of visits from my favorite Last Stand citizens. And there is the best happily-ever-after I could have asked for. For both J.T. and Zara. I enjoyed this book very much and, as usual, I am looking forward to more books from this lovely town.

This is my honest and unbiased review and I thank you for taking the time to read it. 🙂

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📝Review📝: 4 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Stars to “A Convenient Christmas Proposal” (The Shannon Sisters Book 2) By Author C.J. Carmichael, #ContemporaryHolidayRomance, Release Date: November 17th 2020 ~ @cj_carmichael @TulePublishing

A CONVENIENT CHRISTMAS PROPOSAL
The Shannon Sisters Book Two

By Author C.J. Carmichael

Purchase: A Convenient Christmas Proposal

Genre: #Romance #ChristmasRomance #SmallTownRomance

My Rating: 4

Cover: 5

Publication: November 17th 2020

Read: October 29th 2020 *Review copy provided by Tule Publishing Group

POV: Third-person alternating perspectives

Add to Goodreads TBR: A Convenient Christmas Proposal

The series on Goodreads: The Shannon Sisters

SYNOPSIS:

She’s the Christmas light in a world that seems so dark…

When Patrol Officer Kelly Shannon answers a suspected DUI call that results in the suspect’s death, she has to deliver the grim news to his young family, including his brother—her friend and crush, Mick. Kelly convinces herself that she’s only making amends when Mick begs for help looking out for his niece and nephew as his sister-in-law grieves and neglects her young children. But as Christmas approaches, Kelly admits the truth. She’s falling in love.

Journalist Mick Mizzoni spent his life trying to keep his younger brother out of trouble. When he gains temporary guardianship over his niece and nephew, he crosses the professional line he drew years ago and turns to Kelly Shannon for help. As she embraces him and his new family, she gives him hope that this Christmas could be different.

With their happiness hanging by a thread, Kelly hopes for a Christmas miracle, but Mick, who’s not as jaded as he thought, wants so much more. 

MY 📝REVIEW📝: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

A Convenient Christmas Proposal by C.J. Carmichael

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Sweet story but a bit of a nail-bitter.

A Convenient Christmas Proposal by author C.J. Carmichael is book two of The Shannon Sisters series. While this book can be read as a stand-alone, I highly recommend you read book 1, A Cowboy’s Proposal prior, for a more thorough reading experience. I have read many of this author’s works and have enjoyed them all. In particular, I love the Christmas ambiance of the small Montana town of Whitefish.

Mick and Kelly…..
Kelly is a police officer for their hometown. She takes her job seriously and she is standardly a by-the-book officer. One night. while on duty, Kelly is following up on a call about a possible DUI. Before she even has the chance to make her presence known by flashing her lights and turning on her siren, the driver speeds up and looses control of his car and crashes. Danny, who I met in book one was killed instantly. While Danny hasn’t been an upstanding citizen, Kelly is heartbroken. You see, Danny leaves behind an older brother, wife and two adorable small children. I’m going to say that for me, Billy and Mandy, were the story. It was their well-being that kept me fully engaged and nail biting at times.

Mick is heartbroken about losing his brother the way he did. However, because of Danny’s lifestyle and choices, Mick wasn’t surprised. Though he is grieving, his first priority is taking care of Danny’s family; especially his adorable niece and nephew. Unfortunately, Mick’s sister-in-law has her own issues of drug abuse and her first priority is not her children. I won’t go into details as there is a bit of suspense to the story and I wouldn’t want to ruin that aspect for you.

To sum this book up, A Convenient Christmas Proposal is emotional and sad at times. But there is hope and healing. Mick and Kelly get off to a slow start and that is just how it should have been given the circumstances. I enjoyed catching up with characters from book one and there is even a pleasant surprise for the Shannon sisters that I didn’t see coming. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series. I think that one will be the most emotional of the three.

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📝REVIEW📝: 4 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Stars to 🎄”Montana Cowboy Christmas”🎄 By Author Jane Porter, Genre: Second Chance, Contemporary Holiday Romance, Release Date: November 10th 2020, #AvailableNow ~ @AuthorJaneP @TulePublishing

🎄 MONTANA COWBOY CHRISTMAS 🎄
Wyatt Brothers of Montana #2

By
Author Jane Porter

Purchase: Montana Cowboy Christmas

Genre: #SecondChanceRomance #ChristmasRomance #HolidayRomance #ContemporaryRomance #CowboyRomance #CowgirlRomance

My Rating: 4

Cover: 5

Publication: November 10th 2020

Read: October 22nd 2020 *Review copy provided by Tule Publishing Group

Add to Goodreads TBR: Montana Cowboy Christmas

The Series on Goodreads: The Wyatt Brothers of Montana

POV: Third-person alternating perspectives

SYNOPSIS:

It’s almost Christmas and nationally-ranked barrel racer Ivy Wyckoff has returned home to Montana desperate for a miracle. A cowgirl to her bones, she’s always solved her own problems, but when her ex—rodeo champ, Sam Wyatt—shows up offering more than a shoulder to cry on, Ivy’s tempted to grab the safety line he throws.

Sam Wyatt just wrapped his most successful year on the PRCA circuit. After long days and even longer nights, all he wants is a quiet holiday on his family’s Paradise Valley ranch…until he sees Ivy again. He can tell she’s in trouble. They may have called it quits two years ago, but she’s the one woman he regretted walking away from.

Sam will do anything to keep Ivy safe, including putting a ring on her finger and sharing his name with her this Christmas.

MY 📝REVIEW📝: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Montana Cowboy Christmas by Jane Porter

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I really enjoyed the character presence in this book. Every character on the page had a great personality and I wanted to know more about them. Sam and Ivy’s story was very enjoyable. Despite the angst and tenseness surrounding them, it was so apparent they belonged together. I felt their connection strongly. Having once been a couple, Sam and Ivy broke up leaving each other heartbroken. Their situation is one where a better element of communication between them would have likely kept them together.

Sam has returned home from a very lucrative season on the PBR circuit. He is spending the holidays with his family, then Sam will venture off to build a life for himself on his own ranch. It isn’t that he doesn’t adore his family, because that couldn’t be further from the truth. The Wyatt family is loving, loyal and protective of each other. Sam just wants something of his own.

Ivy has come to town to get herself together. Putting her trust in the wrong person cost her dearly; emotionally and financially. Ivy is definitely down on her luck. Being the strong independent woman she is makes her fierce and determined to get back on her feet. If that means taking a job as a bartender in a seedy local Montana bar, then so be it.

When Sam learns Ivy is in town, he has mixed feelings. But finding out that she is working in a seedy bar causes him to reevaluate his feelings. What happened to her? Why isn’t she barrel racing? What happened to her money? Sam is concerned and as a result, he puts his feelings aside to try and help her.; if she’ll let him.

I won’t go into details as you should definitely read this book on your own. There are a few twists and turns and even a pleasant surprise. I love this series thus far and can’t wait for the other two Wyatt brothers to get their books. I definitely recommend this sweet, slightly angsty holiday romance to anyone looking for a great story.

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REVIEW: 4 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Stars to “The Secret Christmas” By Authors: Mallory Kane & Deborah Cox, Genre: Small-town Christmas Romance, Release Date: November 9th 2020, #AvailableNow @mallorykane #DeborahCoxAuthor @TulePublishing

THE SECRET CHRISTMAS

By
Mallory Kane & Deborah Cox

Purchase: The Secret Christmas

Genre: #SmallTownRomane #ChristmaRomance #Romance #ContemporaryRomance

My Rating: 4

Cover: 5

Publication: November 9th 2020

Read: October 20th 2020 *Review copy provided by Tule Publishing Group

Add to Goodreads TBR: The Secret Christmas

Synopsis

Can two childhood friends return the spirit of Christmas to this small town?

When Nicholas Frost comes back to Christmas Valley, he’s shocked. The town he fondly remembered as a Christmas wonderland is now completely barren of the season. He learns that his landlord uncle banned his business tenants—everyone in town—from openly celebrating Christmas after his wife died. When his uncle demands that he spy on the townspeople, Nick is torn. Should he choose family loyalty or his heart?

Christmas Valley restaurant owner Angela Corker isn’t happy to see Nicky Frost again. After his uncle banned Christmas, the residents have been struggling financially. So every year she puts on a “Secret Christmas” celebration for the town. Nick is beyond handsome and friendly, but can she trust him with her secret when his uncle is the town Grinch?

They both have secrets, but as they join forces to bring back the joy of Christmas, they discover so much more than they were looking for.

My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

The Secret Christmas by Mallory Kane

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Small towns love to do up the Christmas holiday like no other time of the year. A town called Christmas Valley would have the best presentation with the citizens loving and appreciating every element of it. However, this small town, despite its name, doesn’t do Christmas at all. One of the town’s wealthy residents has decreed there shall be no decorating or celebrating the holiday in his town. Mr. Frost lost his wife several years prior. Since then, he closed himself off from the town he and his wife loved so much. He bought up all the property in town and even some residences. Because he owned nearly all of Christmas Valley, he made sure that no one would celebrate Christmas while he was still alive. There is a story to go with Mr. Frost’s ‘Scrooge’ behavior but I’ll let you unravel that on your own.

Nicholas and Angela…….
Two childhood best friends separated by life circumstances. When Nicholas’s uncle is injured, he is summoned to Christmas Valley after so many years. His uncle wants him to be his spy and make sure the town is not sneaking around behind his back, since he can’t do it himself. To say Nick is shocked by his uncle’s behavior is an understatement. Additionally, Nick is shocked by the lack of Christmas in the town, as he had many fond memories from that time of the year.

While Angela is surprised and delighted to see her ‘Nicky’ after so many years; she is suspicious of him. You see, Angela and the delightful citizens of Christmas Valley are planning a ‘secret Christmas.’ Trusting Nicky might be a huge mistake. She hasn’t seen or heard from him in years. How could she trust someone she hardly knows to keep the town’s biggest secret.

While these two become close and their feelings turn from friends to something more, the clock is ticking. Christmas Eve is coming and so is the nearing departure of Nicholas. He has a life in another state that he plans to return to. So, how will he and Angela work.

I really enjoyed this sweet story. The characters are so lovable, the town and its citizens are fierce and loyal and even grumpy Mr. Frost’s icy heart will melt. There is humor and a touch of angst to keep you turning those pages. I was endeared by this book as a whole; there were so many memorable moments. I would love to visit this town again while Christmas is done up properly. Though, I don’t know if these authors are planning another trip to Christmas Valley but if they are, I’m definitely coming along!

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📝REVIEW📝: “A Merry Texan Christmas” Prentice Brothers of Sweet Ridge #3, By Author Nicole Flockton, Genre: Contemporary Christmas Romance ~ My Rating: 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟 ~ @NicoleFlockton @TulePublishing

A Merry Texan Christmas
Prentice Brothers of Sweet Ridge #3

By
Author Nicole Flockton

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Genre: #Romance #ContemporaryRomance #ChristmasRomance #FormerNBL #SmallTownRomance

My Rating: 4

Cover: 5

POV: Third-person alternating perspectives

Publication: October 20th 2020

Read: October 8th 2020. *Review copy provided by Tule Publishing Group

Kindle Edition: 167 pages

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The Prentice Brothers of Sweet Ridge

Synopsis: A Merry Texan Christmas

This former all-star never knew Christmas could be so competitive.

Former baseball star Trey Prentice is happily adjusting to life as a bookstore owner in his hometown of Sweet Ridge, Texas. While he loved his competitive and elite lifestyle in New York, he craved a quiet life with friends and family more. As Christmas approaches, Trey is excited to decorate his newest venture and participate in the town’s holiday traditions. He never expected to find himself battling Sweet Ridge’s very own Miss Christmas. Game on.

The only thing librarian Maggie Watson loves more than books is Christmas. She’s even earned the nickname of Miss Christmas because she decorates shop windows and spreads Christmas cheer around town. But this year she’s got some competition. No way is she going to let the cocky Trey Prentice take away her Christmas crown, even though he makes her heart flutter.

When their verbal sparring turns to flirting, Maggie finds there’s more to life than books and Christmas. But will her past insecurities steal her newfound happiness?

My 📝Review📝: 4 Stars. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

A Merry Texan Christmas by Nicole Flockton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This book was a fun read. A whimsical treat sure to attract readers who love sweet romance with a Christmas theme. Maggie and Trey had so much in common, yet they were so different at the same time. One thing they both loved though, was Christmas. Maggie is so over-the-top obsessed with Christmas that she is known by her small town as ‘Miss Christmas’. This is a title Maggie takes very seriously. She prides herself on being the best at decorating and she loves to dress up all the store windows in town. Her Christmas displays are known as the best and everyone looks forward to them. But when Trey Prentice, former professional baseball player, returns home and purchases a local book store, Maggie finds she has competition.

Trey is not aware of Maggie and her ‘Miss Christmas’ alter ego. So, when he decorates his store window for Christmas, Maggie is upset, and a bit jealous. The town is amazed by Trey’s display and comments are made to Maggie that maybe she has competition now. You can guess that Maggie and Trey don’t hit it off right away. Truthfully, Trey is not a bad guy. He is not trying to one-up Maggie. He simply decorated his store window. Maggie admits that Trey’s window display was amazing but she was not happy about it.

So, Trey and Maggie are off to a rocky start. But Trey doesn’t let Maggie and her bad attitude about him continue for long. As he finds himself trying to be her friend, he is able to cause Maggie to drop her guard and trust him a little more each day.

Without giving details, I’ll tell you that is was so much fun to watch these two grow as a couple. The pace of their relationship is slow which makes it more realistic. There is a bit of angst as well when Trey is offered a mentor job in the NBL. What will happen to his growing relationship with Maggie if he takes the job? You’ll just have to read it and find out.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Reading this book kept me smiling throughout. A Merry Texan Christmas is the third book in the Prentice Brothers of Sweet Ridge series. I am looking forward to reading about Trey’s brothers in the previous books.

This is my honest and unbiased review and I thank you for taking the time to read it. 🙂

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📝Review📝: “Bully King” By Author Andi Jaxon, Genre: YA Bully MM Romance, My Rating: 4 of 5, Release Date: October 15th 2020 ~ #AndiJaxonAuthor @EJBookPromos

BULLY KING

By Andi Jaxon

Genre: #YARomance #BullyRomance #MMRomance

POV: First-person dual perspectives

My Rating: 4

Cover: 5

Kindle: 345 pages

Publication: October 15th 2020

Read: October 2nd 2020. *Review copy provided by Enticing Journey Book Promotions

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Synopsis:

I’m the pastor’s son.
He’s the star quarterback for a small Kentucky high school.
While the town worships him, I pray for God to take my life.
He makes my life a living hell by making me his victim.
This perverse game we play could end us both.
How can something that feels so right be so wrong?
The price if the truth is discovered is death, but I can’t stop.
Neither can he.
No one can know.
Can I risk it?
Is Roman King worth dying for?
**This story is a bully romance including dubious consent, assault, talk of suicide, and is intended for readers 18+. Please proceed with caution.** 

My 📝Review📝: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Bully King by Andi Jaxon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


First, I’ll start off by saying that one of the heroes in this book was an awful person. The author justified why he acted like the huge jerk he was but not the way he treated Jonah. I despise bullies and despite that fact, I wanted to read this book anyway. I am a fan of this author and the way she pulls my emotions forward. She isn’t afraid to cross boundaries and put her characters in horrific circumstances then give them the happily-ever-after they deserve. Unfortunately, there was just no full redemption for me regarding Roman. While he turned things around late in the book, I couldn’t let go of the cruel things he did, or let happen to Jonah. And for that reason, I could not award this book five stars. This deduction of one star is based on how I felt during and when the book was finished. It was NOT based on the author’s writing talent. As I said, Andi Jaxon is an author that will rip my heart out and put it back together. She has the ability to make me so angry, so frustrated and so incredibly sad, as well as some happy moments. All the feels!

Jonah comes from an incredibly religious family. They just moved to town as Jonah’s father is the new pastor. There is a lot of religious references in this book. Truthfully, that didn’t bother me. We have many religious traditions in our family. That said, while people have their own opinions on the subject in this book, never is it okay, in my eyes or heart, to condemn a person for who they are. As long as they aren’t hurting people, I am accepting and welcoming. It broke my heart that Jonah was terrified to be himself. I’m not going to get into the story so you can form your own opinions. I will say that I was happier in the last third of the book and more so during the last chapters. This book is so emotional, I had to put it down for hours at a time before I could continue.

Warning…..there are triggers in this book. Talk of suicide. Tremendously cruel bullying. Violence.
Domestic abuse. The author states all intimacy was consensual however there was a time or two where I felt the lines were blurred. But that is just my take on it. Because we all have different experiences in our lives, I believe readers will have different opinions of this book. As I mentioned earlier in my review, my dislikes for the book were because of my own feelings and not the author’s writing. I’ll say this though, if you’re looking for an emotional journey, I recommend this book; it will gut you.

This is my honest and unbiased review and I thank you for taking the time to read it. 🙂


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