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Review: 3.5 stars to “When Sparks Fly” by Author Helena Hunting, Genre: Contemporary Romance, #BestFriendstoLoversRomance ~ Release Date: September 21st 2021

When Sparks Fly by Author Helena Hunting

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Genre/Trope: #ContemporaryRomance #BestFriendstoLovers

My Rating: 3.5

Cover: 3.5

Release Date: September 21st 2021

Read: May 27th 2021 *Review copy provided by NetGalley

POV: First-person alternating perspectives

Kindle: 288 pages

Blurb:

Charming, hilarious, and emotional…When Sparks Fly is Helena Hunting at her very best!

Avery Spark is living her best life. Between her friends, her sisters, and Spark House, the event hotel her family owns, she doesn’t have much time for anything else, especially relationships. She’d rather hang out with her best friend and roommate, Declan McCormick, than deal with the dating scene. But everything changes when she is in a car accident and needs someone to care for her as she heals.

Declan avoids relationships, giving him a playboy reputation that he lives up to when he puts a one-night stand ahead of a promise he made to Avery. While he may not have been the one driving the car, he feels responsible for Avery’s injuries and is determined to make it up to her by stepping into the role of caretaker.

Little did they know that the more time they spend in compromising positions, the attraction they’ve been refusing to acknowledge becomes impossible to ignore. When they finally give in to the spark between them, neither is prepared for the consequences. Their love is fragile and all it will take is a blow from the past to shatter it all.

My Review: 3.5 stars

3.5 stars
I have mixed feelings about this book. There were moments I liked but unfortunately there were parts of this book that fell flat for me. The pace and plot just didn’t hit the mark. I have read this author plenty of times and enjoyed all those other books which is why I didn’t hesitate to read this one. But it almost felt like a different author wrote it. Both the H/h frustrated me too often. And don’t even let me get started on my true feelings about Declan. To be honest, if I had this man in my life, I’d be concerned whether or not he was all in. I should tell you that there were enough moments with secondary characters that helped me to overall give this book a 3.5 rating. So, I didn’t hate it; I just wish the author was able let me experience the connection I expected.

One aspect of romance for me that is a hard no is when there are other woman/other men intimacy on the pages before our MCs get together. I don’t want to hear about that. And in this case, I wasn’t a fan of Declan as a result. Even at the very end, I didn’t have that sigh-worthy moment. Something was missing.

To sum it up, this review is what it is because of my reading preferences; you should decide on your own, especially if you are a Helena Hunting fan, if you’ll read it. Not every book I read is a five or even a four star. As I said, I didn’t hate this book but I will admit that I’m still considering if I will read the rest of the Spark sister’s books when they become available. At some point, because I am a fan of this author, I think I’d like to do a reread and see if my feelings change. 

While I received an advanced reading copy of When Sparks Fly,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 “The Santa Suit” by author Mary Kay Andrews ~ Genre/trope: Women’s fiction, Christmas, mystery, romance, Release Date: September 28th 2021 ~ 🎅🎄

The Santa suit by Mary Kay Andrews

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Genre/Trope: #WomensFiction. #SecondChance. #Romance #Smalltown. #Mystery. #Christmas

My Rating: 5

Cover: 3.5

Release Date: September 28th 2021

Read: August 31st 2021 *Review copy provided by NetGalley

POV: Third person narration (Female protagonist)

Blurb:

From May Kay Andrews, the New York Times bestselling author of Hello, Summer, comes a novella celebrating the magic of Christmas and second chances in The Santa Suit.

When newly-divorced Ivy Perkins buys an old farmhouse sight unseen, she is definitely looking for a change in her life. The Four Roses, as the farmhouse is called, is a labor of love–but Ivy didn’t bargain on just how much labor. The previous family left so much furniture and so much junk, that it’s a full-time job sorting through all of it.

At the top of a closet, Ivy finds an old Santa suit–beautifully made and decades old. In the pocket of a suit she finds a note written in a childish hand: it’s from a little girl who has one Christmas wish, and that is for her father to return home from the war. This discovery sets Ivy off on a mission. Who wrote the note? Did the man ever come home? What mysteries did the Rose family hold?

Ivy’s quest brings her into the community, at a time when all she wanted to do was be left alone and nurse her wounds. But the magic of Christmas makes miracles happen, and Ivy just might find more than she ever thought possible: a welcoming town, a family reunited, a mystery solved, and a second chance at love.

My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Hopelessly sentimental, rewarding, refreshing, perfect feel-good read. I can’t wait to read more from this author. Superbly written fiction with a touch of the best tropes. 
I literally gobbled this up in a couple of hours. I woke up, had my coffee and sat down to read before the rest of my household woke up. I enjoyed this book, uninterrupted and hated when it was over. In fact, while reading I glanced at my page count and saw that I was already at 85%. That rarely happens that I am that engrossed.

The Santa suit first caught my eye from an email I received highlighting upcoming releases. And after reading the blurb, I was hooked despite the fact I don’t usually delve into the Christmas trope until at least October. I’m so glad I did.

While this book has a bit of several tropes for example: Christmas, second chance, mystery, women’s fiction, romance and new beginnings, I did not feel the plot was overdone. In addition, there is a wonderful plot twist at the end that just made me tear up.

I won’t go into detail about the premise of this book. The blurb will tell you all you need to know and the book will leave you teary-eyed and smiling. This is actually my first book by this author and I will most definitely be reading more from her.

Do I recommend this book? Absolutely! Don’t wait for the holiday season to read this fulfilling fat paced Christmas gem,

While I received an advanced reading copy of The Santa suit,this is my honest and unbiased review and I thank you for taking the time ro 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📝: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 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📝: “Strong, Silent Cowboy” (Moving Violations #2) By Authors: Lora Leigh & Veronica Chadwick, #RomanticSuspense Release Date: March 9th 2021 ~ #LoraLeighAuthor @RoniChadwick @NetGalley

REVIEW

Strong, Silent Cowboy
Moving Violations #2

By Authors:
Lora Leigh and Veronica Chadwick

Purchase: Strong, Silect Cowboy
#PreOrder Available

Genre: #RomanticSuspense

POV: Third-peson alternating perspectives

My Rating: 3.75

Cover: 5

Publication: March 9th 2021

Read: January 18th 2021 *review copy provided by Net Galley via St. Martin’s Press

Add to you TBR: Strong, Silent Cowboy

See the series: Moving Violations Series

Synopsis:

He Will Do Anything…

Sallie Hamblen had three incredibly hot, sexy nights with Jacob Donovan, an undercover CIA agent, before he disappeared, leaving her broken hearted and forever yearning for the man she lost. Years later, Jacob doesn’t know that the beauty he’s about to seduce in a small town bar is the woman he held in his arms all those years ago… and that she’s on the run from her past.

To Keep Her Safe…

Former CIA agent turned cowboy, Jacob Donovan wants nothing more than a simple life. Just the ranch and occasionally someone warm and sweet in his bed. Until Sallie comes back into his life and all of a sudden he wants to be in her bed every night…all night. When he discovers that her life is in danger, he swears he’ll protect her. Even when secrets are revealed that threaten everything between them, he will lay everything on the line to keep her in his arms.

My 📝Review📝: 3.75 Stars

3.75 stars.
I really enjoy Romantic Suspense, especially when it involves cowboys and small towns. After reading book one in this series, I knew I’d read the next book.

Sallie and Jacob
The H/h have an over-the-top amount of chemistry; with just one look at each other, I knew things were going to get hot. Having both perspectives made the book incredibly erotic. As with the first book in the series, I felt there was way too many pages of intimacy. These too were so intense that they couldn’t be in the same room with each other without touching, kissing, etc. I enjoy intimacy between the H/h because it helps to show me their true feelings. However, this book had pages and pages and pages of it and I found myself skimming to get past it all. In my opinion that unfortunately took away from the story. My biggest intrigue was the suspense/mystery aspect and I felt there were too many cracks in the story despite how exciting parts of the book were. I had many questions by the end where I assumed everything would have been wrapped up nicely. Instead, I did not have closure on a few things. Like, why did John do what he did to Sallie and lie to Jacob in the hospital? How did Rance end up at that last conflict when did? Although the book ended in a happily-ever-after, I expected an epilogue to tie everything together and give me answers to questions I still had. I was disappointed with no epilogue.

I also had some of the same issues after reading the first book in the series; questions that needed answers. Even though I felt let down with a few things, I overall enjoyed the book. The talents of the authors are amazing and they definitely know how to give you all the angsty, emotional feels using a broad imagination. Truthfully, it was the suspense/mystery aspect of the book I enjoyed the most.

This second book in the series is a standalone and you don’t have to read book one prior.

I just want to say something else. I recently learned that Veronica Chadwick recently passed away. My heart goes out to her family and close friends. I am sure she will be missed and it saddens me that we won’t have more stories from her. She will be missed.

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



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