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📝REVIEW📝: “Grumpy Cowboy” Single Dad Collection #3 by Author: Max Monroe ~ My Rating: 5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Stars! ~ #SingleFather #EnemiestoLovers #Romance #PreOrderAvailable ~ Release Date: May 22nd 2021

Grumpy Cowboy
Single Dad Collection #3

By
Author Duo Max Monroe

Purchase: Grumby Cowboy

Genre/Trope: #Romance #SingleFatherRomance #EnemiestoLoversRomance #Bookboyfriend

My Rating: 5

Cover: 5

Publication: May 22nd 2021

Read: May 17th 2021 *Review copy provided by That’s What She Said Publishing

POV: First-person alternating perspectives (Leah, Rhett, Tex)

Kindle: 346 pages

Add to TBR: Grumpy Cowboy

Check out The SIngle Dad Collection on Goodreads

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.

MY 📝REVIEW📝: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Wow! This book has it all! I was engaged from the very first pages and could not put this book down. I have never read this author before but you can be sure that I will be changing that after having read this gem. What an amazing, passionate novel! This book is heavy on family and loyalty. I loved the equal bullheadedness between both the hero and heroine. Even the secondary characters such as Tex, made the story more poignant. I just can’t say enough. I don’t want to give any of the story away but I can tell you a few things you already inferred from the blurb.

Rhett’s pride and loyalty to his friend gets him injured. The injury is pretty bad but that won’t keep Rhett from doing his job even despite the obvious fact his stubbornness is only hindering his recovery. Tex, who is Rhett’s father, takes it upon himself to bring in a medical professional to help move along Rhett’s recovery without him hurting himself further. Of course when the beautiful Leah arrives on the ranch, Rhett is not happy with his father’s interference. To say he is beyond accepting of the doctor’s help is an underestimation.

The story moves along in a perfect pace as Rhett and Leah navigate their doctor/patient relationship. Rhett was a real jerk at times to Leah but because she is just as stubborn, they made it work and as a result, there are some pretty humorous moments. As they got to know each other, their feelings changed and grew. Some of the best moments in this book was watching that unfold. Oh, and the humor was tear-worthy. I have to say, Leah was hysterical. This is definitely a book I would re-read over and over. There is a perfect balance of seriousness and humor. And if those attributes aren’t enough, you can be sure to fall in love with the scene stealer of the story which is Rhett’s adorable daughter Joey.

I loved this book so much and truly believe you will as well. While I received and advanced reading copy of Grumpy Cowboy, this is my honest and unbiased review. Thank you for taking the time to read it. 🙂

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📝Review📝: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 5 Stars to “Wishing for a Cowboy” Wishing River Book #3 by Author Victoria James, #ContemporaryRomance is #AvailableNow ~ #VictoriaJamesAuthor @entangledpub

Wishing for a Cowboy
Wishing River Book #3

By
Victoria James

Purchase: Wishing for a Cowboy

Genre/Trope: #ContemporaryRomance #CowboyRomance #SurpriseFatherhood

My Rating: 5

Cover: 5

POV: Third-person alternating perspective

Kindle Edition: 364 pages

Publication: March 9th 2021

Read: March 10th 2021 *Review copy provided by NetGalley

Add to TBR: Wishing for a Cowboy

Check out the series: Wishing River Series

Synopsis:

Janie Adams has been a single parent to her nephew since he was a baby. Fifteen years later, she’s finally found out who his father might be, so the two of them travel across the country to find him. She’d do anything for this kid. But when they arrive in the small town of Wishing River, Montana, and Janie finally meets the ruggedly handsome cowboy she’d been told had abandoned his son, his shocked response changes everything.

Aiden Rivers can’t dispute this is his kid when he sees his own features staring back at him, but he had no idea Janie’s sister was pregnant when she left him. He didn’t even know she had a sister—clearly they’d all been lied to. Now he has fifteen years of fatherhood to make up for and no idea how to be a dad. This was never in his plans.

Janie sticks around to help him ease into parenting, everything from showing him how to lure a sulky kid out of his bedroom to keeping up with the latest teen-speak. Together, they surprisingly make a good team, this city girl and country boy. But when the past catches up with them, Aiden and Janie must decide what’s best for the boy who’s connecting them, not only for each other…which could mean splitting them apart.

My 📝Review📝: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

What a perfect book! All the feels!
Wishing for a Cowboy is the third book in the Wishing River series by Victoria James. I have not yet read the two previous but am definitely looking forward to it. From the first pages I was engaged and distraught each time life got in the way causing me to put the book down. I was fully immersed in the storyline and could not wait to see how things turned out for Will, Janie & Aiden. I felt there was a lot of real-life issues that the author did a fabulous job with writing into the story. Often we read stories with similar premises and predictably know how it will turn out. While I had made my inferences, there were a few emotional surprises along the way. This book had a lot of different feels. From Will and Aiden understandably and Janie as well. All three of these characters had so much taken away from them.

Janie comes to Montana with her nephew Will in hopes to gain financial help from WIll’s father. Once she arrives and states her reason for being there, the book understandably takes on a serious tone. My thoughts? I was angry from the injustices that Janie’s sister brought to them all and took no responsibility for. I won’t go into any details but I will say that the author did a great job with realistically putting these three hearts back together.

If you are looking for an emotional story, set in the backdrop of Montana that is well written and engaging, I highly recommend Wishing for a Cowboy by Victoria James.

While I received a review copy from NetGalley, 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📝: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 5 Stars to “A Spoonful of Temptation” (A Recipe for Love Novel) By Author Kelly Collins, #ContemporaryRomance #AvailableNow ~ @kcollinsauthor

A Tablespoon of Temptation
A Recipe for Love novel

By
Author Kelly Collins

Purchase: A Spoonful of Temptation

Genre: #ContemporaryRomance

My Rating: 5

Cover: 5

Publication: January 6th 2020 *Review copy provided via NetGalley

Read: February 13th 2021

Add to TBR: A Spoonful of Temptation

Synopsis:

She’s a woman who values honesty. He’s a man telling a lie. Will the truth bring them together or tear them apart?

Danielle Morgan doesn’t need a recipe for love, she needs one for life. Hounded by her best friend to find a man or a hobby, she chooses the latter. After all, a hobby won’t break her heart. Perusing the aisles of a flea market, she purchases a box of books with one that promises to unlock what her heart desires. Right now, all she wants is to keep her job and stay ahead of her mounting debt. That is until she meets James, the hot new construction lead at Luxe resorts. Dating a coworker is against her rules, but James is a temptation she can’t resist.

After a failed attempt at marriage, James Parks is happily wedded to his career as CEO of Luxe Resorts. His job doesn’t complain when he gets home late, and it’ll never take half of everything. Working undercover as the construction lead is his only passion until he meets Danielle Morgan. The last person he should date is a woman who works for his company. But like a decadent dessert, the more he tries to resist, the more he wants her. Will finding out his true identity sweeten the deal or leave a bad taste in her mouth?

Do they have the right ingredients to create something magical or are they a recipe for disaster?

Find out in A Tablespoon of Temptation…

My 📝Review📝:
5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

I have to tell you I discovered this author over the last twelve months. A book from her Aspen Cove series had been waiting on my TBR for me to read, and one day I decided to read something from that never ending list. Well, I was so happy after I read it. In fact, it led me to purchase several more of Kelly’s books. When I came across this book while browsing NetGalley, I knew I had to read it. A Tablespoon of Temptation was amazing. For a lack of a better adjective at the moment, I was impressed. This book had everything I look for in a romance. Character development is important. While this book doesn’t have a broad timeline, I felt the characters developed nicely. Both James and Danielle were burned by romance before. And while they each did not swear off love, they certainly weren’t seeking it out. Regardless, love found them anyway. Thanks to a wonderful cast of secondary characters, I was doubly immersed in the story. Engaged is an understatement. I loved this book!

The blurb does a good job in giving you a look into what the premise of the story it so I’m not going to ruin your reading experience by giving spoilers. I can tell you that from the first chapters, I knew this was going to be a five star read for me. There were quite a few elements involved in making this more than just a love story. There are secrets, humor, some angst and even a bit of whimsy.
And the end tied up perfectly, everyone getting what they deserve 😉

I definitely recommend this book to all lovers of romance and a feel good story with some complexity and a lot of heart! In fact, I recommend you add this author to your TBR. You won’t be disappointed.

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

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📝Review📝: “The Cowboy Finds a Family” Cowboys of Horsethief Mountain #1, By Author Anne McAllister, #ContemporaryRomance ~ Release Date: February 11th 2021 ~ My Rating is 3.5 Stars ~ #AnneMcAllisterAuthor @Tulepublishing

The Cowboy Finds A Family
Cowboys of Horsethief Mountain #1

By
Anne McAllister

Purchase: The Cowboy Finds A Family

Genre: #ContemporaryRomance #CowboyRomance

My Rating: 3.5

Cover: 5

Kindle: 214 pages

POV: Third person alternating narrative

Publication: February 11th 2021

Read: January 3rd 2021 *Review copy provided by Tule Publishing Group

Add to Goodreads: The Cowboy Finds A Family

Synopsis:

Mr. Stubborn.

Mace Nichols is an ‘I’ll die with my boots on’ cowboy. Old-school. Tough, silent and honorable. Which is why he’s leaving his wife, Jenny. She has helped him build his dream—the Montana ranch they loved. Now he can’t give her the family she’s always dreamed of, so he has no choice: he needs to set her free. It makes perfect sense to him.

It doesn’t make a bit of sense to Jenny! She loves her stubborn, bull-headed husband. She admires his courage, his tenacity and his determination to always Do The Right Thing—even if, in this case, it is the stupidest thing he’s ever done.

Mace is right—Jenny has always wanted a family. But she wants a family with Mace! How can she convince the most honorable, stubborn man in the world what really matters in life?

My 📝Review📝:

3.5 stars
I struggled with my review for this book. While the writing itself is done well, I didn’t like the storyline. After the first several chapters I was ready to call it quits. Because I’m the type of person whole hates to leave things unfinished, I continued to read. There is definitely a happy ending to Mace and Jenny’s story although predictable. I have read many other books by this author in which I enjoyed. That was partly the reason I didn’t hesitate to read this one. The synopsis gives a great indication of the premise so there were no surprises in that aspect. Unfortunately, Mace took being stubborn to a level that really wasn’t necessary. He acted selfishly, though he claims his actions are selfless. Mace was immature and I felt even cruel at times. I understand male pride. I truly do. But Mace received no sympathy from me; I was just so frustrated with him.

I truly can’t continue this review the way I want to without giving spoilers. There are just several aspects that I didn’t enjoy, didn’t connect with. I will say however, that I believed Mace and Jenny were meant to be together. Though they spent nearly the entirety of the book separated, the flashbacks helped me understand their relationship. I never enjoy leaving negative reviews, so I want to make sure you understand this. The author’s writing was good and the pace of the story moved steadily which is why I didn’t rate less. My disappointment is due to a matter of preference. This book was not for me. The separation of the H/h was too long.

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




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📝Review📝: “Come Away With Me” (Calamity Falls) by Erika Kelly, #ContemporaryRomance #Novella, My Rating: 4 🌟🌟🌟🌟, Release Date: September 17th 2020! ~ @ErikaKellyBooks @GiveMeBooksPR

*This story takes place during the time frame between Christmas & New Years

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Come Away With Me
A Calamity Falls Small Town Romance

By
Erika Kelly

PreOrder/Purchase:  Come Away With Me

Genre:  #ContemporaryRomance #SingleMother #Novella

My Rating:  4

Cover:  5

POV:  First-person dual perspectives

Kindle:

Publication:  September 17th 2020

Read:  September 8th 2020  *Review copy provided by Give Me Books Promotions

Add to Goodreads:  Come Away With Me

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Synopsis:

Can the handsome loner win the heart of the single mom? He’s about to find out on their Vegas road trip.

Single mom Skylar James is absolutely not interested in the broody, inked artist who works in her brother’s motorcycle repair shop. She’s focused on her four-year-old son and her thriving business as an image consultant. But when he asks her to work her magic on his widowed mom, how can she say no? She’s in—even if it means a road trip with the man who can’t take a hint.

When Jinx Costello rolled into Calamity, Wyoming, he met the woman who owned him heart and soul. Unfortunately, he hasn’t been able to convince her about their destiny. She won’t even go on a date with him. But when he sees her in action with a client, he puts his own needs aside to ask for help with his mom.

Away from her family and business, Skylar finally lets down her guard and realizes why she’s been fighting Jinx so hard: she’s wildly attracted to him. Which makes it hard to uphold her vow not to date while her son’s little.

Jinx can’t believe the woman of his dreams is finally giving him a chance. But is she just letting loose on a Vegas road trip?
Because this is it for him. She’s it.

And now he just has to prove it to her.

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My 📝Review📝:  4 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Come Away With Me (Calamity Falls)Come Away With Me by Erika Kelly

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Loved this short story with all the feels.
When an author can pack intensity, complexity, as well as all the feels into a short story, you know you’re going to love it. Right from the first pages I was hooked. When this story was over, I was immediately disappointed. I wanted more. Jinx won my adoration the first time he appeared on the pages. By the end of the book, I could not stop my ready-to-burst heart. Jinx is the epitome of a perfect hero. Sadly, I will not say too much. This book is only one hundred pages, steadily paced and easy to devour in one short sitting. However, I will tell you that both Skylar and Jinx have emotional pasts. And despite those pasts, they were amazing, selfless, people with big hearts and so much love for others. A truly wonderful couple.

Skylar and Jinx had so much chemistry. Their connection was beautiful AND believable. That said, Skylar was not easy to like at first; her past experiences make her cautious and not able to trust easily. But I quickly grew to adore her as well. As a matter of fact, I adored all the characters in this book. I haven’t read anything else by this author with the exception of a short in a holiday anthology. After I finished this book, I stalked her profile here on GR. There are so many books that look good and I am looking forward to reading more. I truly recommend this beautiful little gem. It will warm your heart and leave you smiling, wanting more.

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

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Review: “Truth, Lies & Second Dates” by Author: MaryJanice Davidson, Genre: Multi-Genre, My Rating: 3.5 Stars, Release Date: December 15th 2020 ~ @MaryJaniceD @StMartinsPress

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Truth, Lies, & Second Dates

By
MaryJanice Davidson

Genre:  #ContemporaryRomance #RomanticComedy #MurderMystery #RomanticSuspense

My Rating:  3.5

Cover: 3.5

POV:  Alternating Third-person narrative

Publication:  December 15th 2020

Read:  September 11th 2020  *Review copy provided by NetGalley via St. Martin’s Press

Add to Goosreads:  Truth, Lies, & Second Dates

PreOrder/Purchase:  Truth, Lies, & Second Dates

Synopsis:

A sweet and sassy contemporary romance from New York Times bestselling author MaryJanice Davidson!

Captain Ava Capp has been flying from her past for a decade. She’d much rather leave it, and her home state, behind forever. But when she finds herself back in Minnesota, against her better judgment, everything goes sideways in a way she never expected it to.

M.E. Dr. Tom Baker has never forgotten Ava and the cold case she ran away from. When she shows up unexpectedly in town, in spite of himself, sparks fly. Which is terrible because he can’t stop his growing attraction to her. Can these two Type-A’s let their guards down and work together to put Ava’s tragic past behind her for good? And keep their hands off each other at the same time?

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My Review:  3.5 Stars

Truth, Lies, and Second DatesTruth, Lies, and Second Dates by MaryJanice Davidson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 Stars…
I was actually torn between 3 & 3.5 stars for this rating. I ended up generously awarding the latter. Truth, Lies and Second Dates had the potential to be a five star read for me. Unfortunately, I didn’t love it, didn’t connect nor did I feel the writing was smooth. The pace was slow in my opinion. At least the first half of the book felt that way. This book is 320 pages but it felt like much more.

From the synopsis, I inferred the story to be different from what it was. The premise was explained well enough but the execution didn’t work for me. To be honest, I expected a darker tone. Ava, one of the main characters, was too sarcastic for me to take seriously; and her humor made me cringe during certain conversations. There is a time and a place for everything. This author didn’t feel that way. As a result, I wasn’t laughing all the time. The dialogue between characters was okay, but at times I had to re-read paragraphs because I could not follow along. Several times, I wondered if I missed some vital information because too many aspects didn’t make sense. Another aspect that interrupted my reading flow was the inserts of definitions at the end of each chapter and way too many parenthesis throughout the text. Also, the sudden switches in POV were another issue I had with flow. This book was very busy.

At some point after 30%, I ignored the monotony and decided if I wanted to like this book at all, I would view this story as a murder mystery and not a romantic comedy, as well as ignore the numerous onslaught of tropes. While the romance aspect ended up being cute, I didn’t feel this book was romance. That’s ok, though because I knew going in that the author was integrating many tropes; unfortunately that just didn’t work for me. But thankfully, one stood out so I focused on that. The “who done it” aspect. And to my delight and surprise, I didn’t see the end coming. Nor was I able to guess the murderer until that moment of resolution. I warn you now, there is no foreshadowing in this book. Situations just spontaneously arise. That said, regarding the climax, or my view on it, it was rushed. I had to re-read part of that final scene a few times.

To sum this review up, I didn’t hate the book. While there were parts of the writing I didn’t connect with, there were a few that I delighted in. This author took the dark undertone from the main focus and wrote characters with intellect, witticism, flaws, outrageousness and created an original story. Truth, Lies, and Second Dates, was most definitely something I have never read before. Nor have I read this author before. You cannot take this book seriously.

I want to close this review with one thought. If you are researching this book, deciding if you will read it, don’t look too deeply into the reviews. There are many mixed feelings about this book. Some loved it, some hated it and like me, some thought is was okay. We all have different preferences when we chose a book and while this book didn’t resonate with me in a fully posiitve light, you may love it.

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

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