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📝Review📝: “The Magic of Christmas” By Author Christi Barth, Genre: Contemporary Christmas Romance, Release Date: October 15th 2020 ~ My Rating: 4 Stars ~ @TulePublishing @Christi_Barth

The Magic of Christmas

By Christi Barth

Genre: #Romance #ContemporaryRomance #ChristmasRomance

My Rating: 4

Cover: 5

POV: Third-person alternating perspectives

Publication: October 15th 2020

Read: September 21st 2020. *Review copy provided by Tule Publishing Group

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Synopsis

It’s the opportunity she’s dreamed of…

After spending two years focused on her career, Rowan West is finally up for an advertising manager promotion. Holiday parties and gift-buying are on hold as Rowan travels to New Hampshire to create a marketing campaign that can revive a struggling, Christmas-themed resort and adventure park. Rowan’s brains and ambition make her shine, and she won’t allow anything to get in her way—especially not her far-too-handsome competitor with a sense of humor and high-up connections.

He needs to prove himself…

Jeremy Kincannon is competitive enough to fight tooth and nail for a promotion he doesn’t even want. Because his stepfather owns the company, no one believes he earned his spot despite having climbed up from the bottom like everyone else. He’s intrigued by his button-upped, business-only colleague who’s distractingly pretty. So he lays down a challenge—he’ll call a truce to their verbal sparring if she tries to have fun.

As their rivalry wanes and attraction grows, will Jeremy and Rowan embrace the magic of Christmas? 

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The Magic of Christmas by Christi Barth

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


4 Stars to The Magic of Christmas by Christi Barth.
I loved the premise of this book. The fact that the majority of the story takes place at a Christmas themed resort and amusement park is just icing on the cake. I wish there was such a place near where I live. Upstate and several hours of driving there was a Christmas themed amusement park. But because it was so far away and didn’t have striking reviews, we never visited. The author gave me such excitement as she described her little town in New Hampshire with the Christmas resort. I felt the fun and excitement as if I was there. There were so many fun things to do that I was swept away by not only the storyline, but Christmas as well.

Rowan and Jeremy are rivals at the same marketing firm. Rowan was vying for a promotion and she won’t let anything get in her way of receiving it. Especially Jeremy who is up for the same promotion. When they both are named finalists, Rowan isn’t happy. While in her own mind, she is better than Jeremy, he has a better chance. Jeremy is the bosses stepson. Rowan, as with many of the staff at the firm, believe Jeremy got his position due to nepotism. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Both Jeremy and Rowan are being sent to New Hampshire to create a campaign to save the theme park, which hasn’t been doing well. They both must come up with their own campaign and present it to the board. There can only be one winner.

I’m not going to lie, I disliked Rowan and her condescending attitude from the moment I read the first page. She was so full of herself. Unfortunately, it took me a good portion of the book to understand her better. Jeremy, however, I liked from the beginning. He was a gentleman. He made me laugh and he was considerate of Rowan from the beginning, even when I didn’t believe she deserved his friendship.

As the story goes on, their friendship grows into romance. But before they even have a chance to admit their feelings for each other, something happens that sends Rowan back to Chicago earlier than planned. And alone.

This is a sweet, fun, and sometimes whimsical story and I recommend it to anyone who loves romance with a Christmas theme. It was a pleasure to read.

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

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📝Review📝: “The Christmas Makeover” An Angel Point Novel By Author Susan Lute, Genre: Contemporary Holiday Romance, Release Date: October 6th 2020, My Rating: 5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 ~ @SusanLute. @TulePublishing

🎄. The Christmas Makeover 🎄
An Angel Point Novel

By
Susan Lute

My Rating: 5

Cover: 5

Genre: #ContemporaryRomance #ChristmasRomance #SmallTownRomance #HolidayRomance

POV: Third-person alternating perspectives

Publication: October 6th 2020

Read: September 4th 2020. *Review copy provided by Tule Publishing Group

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Synopsis:

He’s ready for the lights…

Baker Grant Reed loves discovering new Christmas recipes, making people smile, and Angel Point—not necessarily in that order. But when his editor turns down his proposal for a Christmas cookbook, he must show her how serious he is about becoming the premier pastry chef in the country. He turns to his best friend, Faith—if anyone can give him a complete makeover that will turn heads, she can.

She knows how to make things sparkle…

In her past, Faith Hathaway was a costume designer for some of Broadway’s most prestigious plays. Now, after moving to Angel Point to help her grandfather, she owns and operates a vintage boutique and helps out at the local theater. When Grant asks for a makeover, she’s torn—she loves him the way he is, mismatched socks and all.

In exchange, he promises to show Faith, who has never enjoyed the holiday season, the magic of an Angel Point Christmas. But as the two grow closer, Grant can’t help but wonder…has he got his Christmas wish all wrong?

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The Christmas Makeover by Susan Lute

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


What a wonderful, feel-good story. This book was a breath of fresh air, an original story and I absolutely loved it!

Why did it have to end? How often do you read a great book and then when it’s over, that book is all you think about? Well, The Christmas Makeover was that book for me. I read so many books each month and most of them become forgettable. There was just something special about this book that is still strongly resonating with me. I want to live in Angel Point. I want to be friends with Grant and Faith. Another wonderful thing about this book is the premise. I haven’t read one like this in so long which only added to my enjoyment. The Christmas Makeover is a sweet, clean romance. So if you’re looking for intense and dirty, this book is not for you. The pace was steady, the characters, which there are many of, were all amazing in their own ways and added even more enjoyment. My only complaint is that I wish there was an epilogue. The H/h didn’t have enough time together as a couple before the book was over. I am not going to give you a summary for the sole reason, that I don’t want to spoil your reading enjoyment. I will add that the author does an amazing job depicting the holidays. I am so ready for the fun and chaos of Christmas. Especially this year.

This book is part of a series so I can only hope the author will let us revisit Grant and Faith in the next book. Gosh, I adored them! I recommend this adorable, heartwarming book to anyone looking for an endearing, feel-good holiday story. It was wonderful and a must read.



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📝Review📝: 5 Stars ~ “A Home for the Holidays” Holly, Idaho Book #1 By Author Jeannie Watt, Genre: ContemporarySmallTownChristmasRomance, Release Date: October 22nd 2020 ~ @JeannieWatt. @TulePublishing

🎄🎁 A Home for the Holidays. 🎄🎁
Holly, Idaho Book #1

By
Jeannie Watt

Genre: #ContemporaryRomance #ChristmasRomance #HolidayRomance #SmallTownRomance

My Rating: 5

Cover: 5

POV: Third-person alternating perspectives

Kindle: 168 pages

Publication: October 22nd 2020

Read: October 1st 2020. *review copy provided by Tule Publishing Group

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Synopsis:

Jason Regan is a man on the go. Excluding his high school years in Holly, Idaho, he’s never settled in one place. Building his engineering company requires a lot of travel, so when he returns to Holly to visit his aunt and pay a decade-old parking ticket, he’s not planning to stay for Christmas. The judge’s ruling changes that—he’s assigned community service at an animal shelter requiring his skills.

Former lawyer Tess Evans moved home to pursue her true calling—managing the Forever Home Animal Shelter. The shelter is chronically underfunded and understaffed. So, to raise money and awareness, she organizes a ‘Home for the Holidays’ adoption event at Holly’s Christmas festival. Getting a skilled volunteer at such a critical time is a gift and Tess takes full advantage. Their to-do list is long, and not falling in love is number one.

As their attraction grows, they keep forgetting Jason’s stay in Holly is temporary. Can Tess, a lonely terrier named Neville and some Christmas magic change his mind? 

My 📝Review📝: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

A Home for the Holidays by Jeannie Watt

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


A Home for the Holidays by Jeannie Watt was a fun and enjoyable Christmas related romance. While most of the book was predictable, I found myself enjoying it as if I hadn’t ever read anything similar. The characters especially, were endearing and complex at the same time. I knew there would be a happy ending however, I wasn’t sure how Jason and Tess would get there. So, there was the intrigue in that aspect. I have read this author many times previously and always enjoy her stories, characters and premises. I’m probably in the minority, but I don’t like a lot of angst in my romances unless I’m reading a specific genre where I know it will be prominent. That said, this book has a bit, but not too much.

As the Christmas aspect of this book goes, I loved it. I love the holiday season and everything that goes with it. For me, Christmas romances are a part of my holiday traditions and I start reading them as early as September. Christmas comes and goes to quickly as far as I’m concerned.

Tess runs the local animal shelter. While she does have volunteers, she could always use more help. There is always some task needing to be done. But her biggest worry is whether or not she will receive the grant she applied for. The town council will only award her the money IF she finds homes for all the remaining animals at the shelter by Christmas Eve.

Jason has come back to Holly to visit his aunt and pay a parking ticket fine. A decade old fine. Instead of a monetary penalty, the judge requires Jason to spend 100 hours helping at the animal shelter. While Jason pays his dues, he finds himself enjoying the time spent with furry friends. One furry friend, in particular. In addition, Jason is growing feelings for Tess. But that is not a good idea since he is planning to go back to California in a couple of weeks.

I enjoyed watching Tess and Jason become more than friends. Jason was an amazing character; a gentleman and a thoughtful and considerate man. Tess was a great match for him in every way. This was such a sweet story and I recommend it for anyone looking for a sweet, holiday romance.

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Review: “Fake Heart” ~ 4 Stars ~ Series: My True Heart Series Book Two, by Author Britney Bell, Genre: Contemporary Romance, Release Date: October 5th 2020, Available Now! ~ #BritneyBellAuthor #Love2ReadRomanceIndieToolBox

Fake Heart
My True Heart Series Book Two

By
Britney Bell

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My Rating: 4

Cover: 5

POV: First-person dual perspectives

Publication: October 5th 2020

Read: September 28th 2020. *Review copy provided by Love2ReadRomancePR

Genre: #Romance #ContemporaryRomance

Kindle: 147 pages

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Synopsis:

Contemporary romance author Britney Bell brings you a workaholic small town veterinarian and a city interior designer who’s trying to escape her family obligations.

Clay Walker doesn’t have time to date. One-night stands are perfectly fine to get him by, but something’s missing. His day-to-day schedule is tighter than his jeans, and he doesn’t see anyway out of the rat race.

Romi Caldwell was born to carry on the legacy of her father’s family business. That’s the last thing she wants to do, and she’ll go to extreme lengths just so she won’t have to.

One paint soaked pooch, a sexy as hell cowboy, and a plan is set in motion. Romi needs a date, and Dr. Wrangler needs a break from reality.

Fake relationship, or could it be something real? One-click to find out what’s happening in Heartville, Texas.

Can be read as a standalone. No cliffhangers. 

Fake Heart by Britney Bell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Fast paced, enjoyable read! Loved Romi and Clay!

Here’s the thing…..I love romances that are set around small towns and cowboys. I can admit that this is one on my top five, favorite romance genres. Add a sexy, sweet, protective vet into the fold and just bring on the sighs.

Fake Heart is the second book in the My True Heart series and I enjoyed it even more than the first book. Clay is the town’s only vet and to say he is busy is an understatement. The man has no time for anything other than work. He has a huge heart and will always go help an animal in need; probably more so than humans. And while he loves his job, Clay is neglecting a social life and his friends. And while he wishes he had more free time, Clay knows that isn’t likely to happen unless he makes some changes. And it isn’t until he meets Romi that Clay considers change.

Romi was a great heroine. Having to deal with the criticism of her parents regarding the life she is leading doesn’t stop Romi from making her own way. I have to admit, I didn’t much care for Romi’s superficial family. The fact that she doesn’t let their snobbery influence her only made me respect her more.

I don’t want to say too much about the story so I don’t ruin it for you. I did love the way that Romi and Clay met for the first time. That scenario says a lot about the types of characters they are. This book has a tiny bit of angst and an amazing cast of characters. The pace is steady and I was able to read this book in one sitting, uninterrupted. You do not have to read the first book in the series to fully enjoy this one. But I do recommend it. There is where you meet Clay for the first time.

Looking forward to the next in the series. I’d love to see a Christmas story out of one of the characters. That would definitely make my day.

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



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📝Review📝: “Miracles and Menorahs” A Friendships and Festivals Novel One by Author Stacey Agdern, #SmallTownHolidayRomance ~ My Rating: 4 Stars, Release Date: October 13th 2020, PreOrder Now!

Miracles and Menorahs
A Friendships and Festival Novel One

By
Stacey Agdern

Purchase/PreOrder: Miracles and Menorahs

Genres: #SmallTownHolidayRomance #HanukkahRomance

My Rating: 4

Cover: 5. *I love when a cover properly depicts the book and characters!

Publication: October 13th 2020

Read: September 14th 2020. *Review copy provided by Tule Publishing Group

POV: Third-person alternating perspectives

Kindle: 220 pages

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Synopsis:

Sarah Goldman loves Hanukkah, and she’s thrilled to be appointed as vice chair of the Hollowville Hanukkah Festival. So when the festival is threatened with cancellation, she comes up with an idea: a new slogan and advertising campaign topped off with a metal menorah large enough to fill the center of town. But even though her heart and dreams are large, the committee’s budget constraints threaten to stop her grand plans right in their tracks.

Famous metal sculptor Isaac Lieberman also loves Hanukkah. But his vision of a perfect Hanukkah isn’t a commercial community event—it’s spending time with family, following age-old traditions. He’s not interested in the festival, no matter how many times his grandmother, his bubbe, asks him to contribute one of his sculptures.

Then Sarah comes tumbling into his life…can she change his mind about more than just the holidays?

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Miracles and Menorahs by Stacey Agdern

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


What an enjoyable and insightful read. Miracles and Menorahs was my first book by Stacey Agdern. I will definitely look into reading more of her titles. While I don’t personally celebrate Hanukkah, I loved and connected with this book. I especially loved the characters of the town of Hollowville and how most of them came together to help make the annual Hanukkah celebration a success. The author describes the small NY town in detail with such entertaining narrative that I felt truly connected to the town and the story. I loved learning about the traditions of Hanukkah in a way that I hadn’t before. This book was beautifully written and a gem for anyone who loves small-town holiday romance.

As romances go, the relationship growth between Sarah and Isaac is very slow and doesn’t culminate until the end of the book. But I appreciated the slow build because otherwise this book wouldn’t have been so realistic. There are many secondary characters that help to move the story along, each bringing a certain depth. While this book was just a touch angsty, all the characters (except one ignorant antagonist) were loyal, mature, and friendly.

As you’ve learned from the blurb, Sarah is in charge of the annual Hanukkah festival this year. While she is honored and excited to make the festival a success, there is a great deal of pressure and worry that she will fail. This year could be the last for the festival and that can’t happen. Sarah continues to work toward her goal of making sure every aspect of the festival is successful. But what would be the best offering, a giant sculpted metal menorah for the town square, may not happen.

Isaac loves Hanukkah but not the commercialism of it. He will not contribute to a festival whose goal is to only make money. Isaac is devoted to age-old traditions and this is why he refuses to help. So, you have to wonder how Sarah and Isaac even become friends. As I said earlier in my review, the characters are mature as well as charming, friendly, and considerate.

I definitely recommend this sweet story; it is sure to inspire in many ways. This is my honest and unbiased review and I that you for taking the time to read it. 🙂

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📝Review📝~ “Subscriber Wars” by Author Kristy Marie! 5 Stars from me! ~ #ContemporaryNew AdultRomance, Release Date: September 30th 2020! ~ @AuthorKristyM @WordsmithPublic

Subscriber Wars

By
Kristy Marie

Genres: #ContemporaryRomance #NewAdultRomance #RomanticComedy

My Rating: 5

Cover: 5

POV: First-person dual perspectives

Publication: September 30th 2020

Read: September 27th 2020. *Review copy provided by Wordsmith Publicity

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Purchase: Check Amazon on Release day! September 30th 2020!

Synopsis:

I can explain.
Kind of.
I realize the wig and makeup don’t help my case, but that’s not the point.
The point is, Sebastian came at me first.
He’s the one who started this war, but I’m the one who finished it.
I’m not even sorry about it.
Fine. Maybe I am. A little.
That’s the only explanation as to why I just agreed to play his fake girlfriend so he—we—can win a million dollars on the hottest reality show contest ever filmed on campus.
Don’t get it wrong though, Sebastian and I may look like we love each other, but everyone knows reality TV is nothing but scripted lies and staged kisses.

My Review: 5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Subscriber Wars by Kristy Marie

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Wow! This is another original story from this author. Her talent for storytelling is incredible. You can’t help but to fall helplessly in love with her characters.
If you’re a little bored with the same old romance tropes and genres then Kristy Marie is an author you will want to read, if you haven’t already. Her writing style is crafty, witty, engaging and down-right exceptional. I am 100% in love with her books. Each book is better than the one before. Each book has depth, complexity and originality. ALL her characters are amazing and you will love them all.

So, Subscriber Wars is a standalone and part of a series. They are next generation to her Commander in Briefs series. You don’t have to read those books prior but I promise you will have an even better reading experience if you do. Subscriber Wars is Valentina and Sebastian’s story. This book has a myriad of emotions throughout. Angst being first and foremost. Wit, snark, humor, and sexiness is in abundance as well. This book is thorough and entertaining and for me, it will be hard to knock it off the pedestal I have placed it on.

Unfortunately, I cannot tell you anything about the book other than it’s fantastic. The story/drama unfolds with each chapter and culminates with a fantastic and unpredictable ending. Those two epilogues? Priceless!

Vee and Sebastian have incredible chemistry. One of my favorite aspects of this book is having both H/h perspectives. So happy I could be inside both their heads. Vee is a unique heroine; I adored her personality and the way she owned up to her mistakes. Sebastian was another amazing character. His persona is willful, arrogant, and sexiness oozes from him. And yet he is not perfect. Sebastian also doesn’t run from his mistakes. But there are things he does want to run away from. That aspect gives the book depth. I wondered throughout, what his decision would be in the end.

I absolutely recommend this book to everyone who loves romance with a side of snark and a whole lot of humor. Subscriber Wars is a perfectly balanced novel.

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


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Review: “All the Stars in Montana” Property Sisters of Montana Book #3, #ContemporaryRomance by Author Debra Salonen, Release Date: September 21st 2020! My Rating: 4 Stars

All the Stars in Montana
Property Sisters of Montana #3

By
Debra Salonen

Genre:  #ContemporaryRomance

My Rating:  4 Stars

Cover:  3 (pretty cover but not a great depiction of the book)

POV:  Third-person alternating perspectives

Kindle:  159 pages

Publication:  September 21st 2020

Read:  September 13th 2020. *Review copy provided by Tule Publishing Group

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Synopsis:

She’s the first woman to tempt him to lower his carefully constructed walls…

Aspiring screenwriter Jade McCall looks at every temp job as inspiration for her next screenplay. Her latest boss, nicknamed the “Realtor to the Stars,” is sit-com gold: handsome, rich, charismatic and intensely brooding. But it’s his intelligence, dry humor and thoughtfulness that reels her in deeper than she’s ever been.

Mega-successful real estate broker Zachary Masters revels in his prestigious reputation—and why not? He wrote his own story, and hides the truth of his past behind the glamorous facade of his success. Jade intrigues him from the start, and soon he’s tempted to take their agreed upon fling to the next level. But then Jade’s career takes off, sending her home to Montana.

He thinks he’s lost her for good, but the consequences of their brief affair create an unexpected second act. Zach never thought he’d have a shot at a real family until Jade returns with a secret of her own.

Review:

 

All the Stars in Montana (Property Sisters of Montana, #3)All the Stars in Montana by Debra Salonen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 Stars
All the Stars in Montana by Debra Salonen is the third book in the Property Sisters of Montana series. A lot of this book takes place in California. That said, I was a bit disappointed in that because I believed the book would primarily take place in Montana. It bothered me a little that Jade didn’t want to make Montana her permanent home instead of splitting time between the two states. That aside, I enjoyed the story.

I met Jade in the the first book. From the times she was on the pages, I inferred that she would be a strong, independent character. She had goals and a strong determination to succeed. Her career was first and foremost in her mind. Even her relationship with Zach was supposed to remain casual. The more time she and Zach spent together, Jade’s feelings grew into love. But how would she make the relationship work when Zack was in California and she was constantly traveling between the two? And would Zach want anything more than casual. He has a couple of secrets and is worried how Jade will react if he tells her.

I have read this author many times before. The writing is clear and engaging and her characters are likable. This book has a bit of angst but not so much to be a nail-biter. I enjoyed the premise, and interactions between all the characters. I especially enjoyed watching Zack fall in love. The way he treated Jade was beautiful. Jade couldn’t help falling in love with him. I, myself, fell in love with Zach.

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

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Genre:  #ContemporaryRomance #SingleMother #Novella

My Rating:  4

Cover:  5

POV:  First-person dual perspectives

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Publication:  September 17th 2020

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

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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 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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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

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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

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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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