Every Day in December Review

I have finally gotten around to review this gem!!

I received an e-Arc from the publisher and Netgalley for an honest review!

Author: Kitty Wilson
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SUMMARY
Belle Wilde loves December. Yes, she’s just lost her job and Christmas is not a good time to find yourself ‘financially challenged’. And yes, her parents are still going on about the fact that she really should have it all together by now. But Belle believes that in December, magic can happen.

Rory Walters hates December. Whilst it looks like his life is together, he’s still reeling from a winter’s night five years ago when his life changed forever. Now back at home, he’s certain that this will be yet another Christmas to endure rather than enjoy.

But as midnight on December 31st draws closer, Belle and Rory’s time together is coming to an end. With a little help from a Christmas miracle could Belle find the one thing she really wants underneath the mistletoe?

MY REVIEW:

This book was soooo cute and I was smiling ear to ear at the interaction of Rory and Belle. (I love their names!). The two had such playful banter! They even had me giggling a bit here and there! While reading this story, it gave me a positive and warm feeling. I even had a cup of hot coco while reading.

Rory and Belle reconnect again as they do, they learn and teach each other many things. You can see their relationship grow but they do struggle with their feelings at times. They are good for each other. Rory brings out a sturdy side to Belle and Belle gives Rory a side of having fun and being in the moment! They are friends but it grows to them falling in love. It was a slow burn too. I always looked forward to seeing their text messages to each other.

I have to point out that I loved this line mentioned in the story: “I’m your Christmas elf” – Belle says.

It’s a slow, warm hearted holiday story! I am glad I took the time to read this wonderful gem. If you are looking for a holiday, cute, fast, slow burn, friends reconnecting to lovers, then this book is for you!

Psst…even Shakespeare is mentioned in this book. Belle hearts Shakespeare!

E-Arc Book Review: The Promise of Summer

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Avon
  • Date (Uk ) : ‎ July 22, 2021
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 416 pages
  • Author: Bella Osbourne
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I received an e-Arc from the publisher and Netgalley for an honest review!

SUMMARY:

Ruby’s life is about to change for ever…

With a terrible track record when it comes to men, Ruby has all but given up on love. She finally decides to take fate into her own hands and boards a train to London to attend the appointment of a lifetime.

When a stranger starts chatting to her, Ruby’s faith in romance is restored as he nervously reveals a sparkling diamond and an extravagant proposal plan. When he leaves the ring behind, Ruby is determined to track him down – but fellow passenger Curtis has other ideas about how best to save the day.

Can this unlikely pair reunite the ring with its rightful owner before it’s too late?

MY REVIEW:

Oh my gosh! I laughed at so many parts in this book. It was so fun to read. Just when I thought the story was going to go in this direction, something else happens! It had the right amount of adventure, friendship and romance.

The main character, Ruby is a woman of many talents! She is great at rearranging flowers, has tons of patience dealing with customers and Curtis. Plus her way with words captured my attention. I love how Ruby’s life changed when Curtis comes into the picture. I really liked the interaction between them. It was like “serious life” meets “vibrant life”. What can I say about Curtis? The character is quite interesting and to me he kind of opens up a bit more but in a turtle pace way. (I keep trying to picture which actor could pull him off.) When Ruby and Curtis are together, they’re opposites. Like that song “Opposites Attract”, anything is possible!

Now Kim is the other a character in the book who is dealing with her life, ex husband and more. Even her story was fun to read. There were twists and turn with her. She also has a great friendship with Ruby. She comes across a man named Adrian who might be a new flame for her but does it happen? Adrian is a nice man who lost his wife a few years ago and has a daughter. I love the interaction between him and Kim. There’s respect and kindness between the two. (For some reason I keep picturing Dermot Mulroney as Adrian. Anyone else think this?) I do have to mention that Kim does take in a dog named Boomerang from the shelter which she ends up nicknaming Boomer. I thought it was perfect for her to take care of a dog.

There are two storylines in this book which worked really well. It was like a movie going on. I loved it! I could keep up with the plot, characters and setting. The pace was perfect for me! I am definitely going to read more from this author!

By the way does Kim and Ruby get their happy ever after or will there be more drama for them in the end?

Read this contemporary romance now to find out!

Snippet from the E-Arc “The Promise of Summer”

Currently reading “The Promise of Summer” E- Arc by Bella Osbourne

“Train? London? Gorgeous man who smells of your strawberry shower gel? Spill,” said Kim, all thoughts of her Vince confession completely superseded.

“It’s not what you think,” said Ruby, hanging up her jacket and pulling out the order for that day’s wedding.

Review of Honorable Rogue

I received an e-Arc from Netgalley and publisher for an honest review!

Publisher ‏ : ‎ City Owl Press
Date: July 2, 2021
Author: Linda J. Parisi

As a Roman gladiator and slave, vampire Hunter Pierce only knew death and destruction. Never love.

Dr. Victoria Roberts only knew love and safety, never fear or death, until the day her life was shattered with a home invasion that destroyed her world.

Now Hunter and Tori’s worlds collide, with Blood Rogues continuing to menace both human and vampire alike.

Tori is in danger and it’s all Hunter’s fault. To keep watch over the clever scientist, the vampire enlists her to aid in finding a cure for Nirvana, the dangerous poison rogue vampires are using to kill.

When Tori is kidnapped, Hunter faces his corrupt former master and a race against the clock to save his own life.

But can a vampire who has only watched out for himself risk his life, and his immortality, for the love of a human?

Can a woman who has lost everything rebuild her shattered heart with a man who thinks he hasn’t got one?

Only love, trust, and an Honorable Rogue can save them all.

REVIEW

Well this book held my attention! I could not put it down. The story, the history, the characters and how they all interacted with each other. It was good.

The beginning caught my attention as I continued to read and thought this was going to be a typical vibe that I have read before. Boy I was wrong! I have read tons of vampire paranormal romance books and let me tell you that the feeling of reading them for me is always fun! That feeling will always be with me. This book brought that feeling back so yay! Anyways back to the story, Hunter closed himself off because that how he thinks he should be. When Tori comes into the picture, does she break Hunter’s wall down?

Now Tori on the hand is a woman of guts and living life to the fullest but she also has a wall too. She’s a great character. She can hold her ground too. I love that. So you can imagine how Tori felt when she finds out Hunter is an actual vampire.

The two characters do have chemistry with each other. It’s instant lust at first but then further along I think it becomes something more. They compliment each other. They are for each other.

While the story goes there is a danger involved. Someone from Hunter’s past targets Tori. There is a lot of history from Hunter’s past which is not pleasant. I felt bad for Hunter and what he went through. I can understand how he is from that past.

There were some other characters that came into play such as Stacy and Charles which Tori knew. Charles is also a vampire while Stacy is not. Plus some other vampires show up which were pretty cool. I loved how one of the vampires interacted with Tori. Stacy and Tori chatting was so fun too. It was nice to see a variety of characters.

The plot was great — fast paced, exciting, adventure, steamy scenes, dialogue that keeps you entertained and the ending took me by surprise! I thought the author did a great job with this story. I look forward to reading more from her.

Just a Warning: Hunter’s past is dark. Back in the day of Roman Gladiator times things happened

Book Review: A Magical New York Christmas

I received an e-Arc by NetGalley and the publisher, St. Martin’s Griffin for an honest review!

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ St. Martin’s Griffin
  • Date: September 28, 2021
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
  • Author: Anita Hughes

It’s Christmas week when 26-year-old Sabrina Post knocks on the door of the Vanderbilt suite at the Plaza Hotel in New York City, ready to accept the ghostwriting position for the memoir of Grayson Westcott―a famous art dealer.

A struggling journalist, Sabrina can’t believe her luck: a paycheck and six nights in her own suite at the Plaza. She feels like Eloise, the heroine from her favorite children’s books. To make the job even more exciting, Grayson recounts how he worked as a butler at the Plaza sixty years ago for none other than the author of the Eloise books, Kay Thompson.

What promises to be a perfect week is complicated when Sabrina meets Ian Wentworth, a handsome British visitor, at the hotel bar. When Ian assumes Sabrina is another wealthy guest at the hotel, she doesn’t correct him ―a decision she doesn’t regret after learning that Ian is a member of the British aristocracy. But, things are not what they seem. The truth is: Ian is not a wealthy lord; he’s actually the personal secretary of Lord Spencer Braxton.

As the week unfolds, will Sabrina and Ian learn the truth about one another?

Filled with the magic that can only be found at the Plaza Hotel during the holidays, and revealing facts about the author of the Eloise books, Anita Hughes’s A Magical New York Christmas is both a holiday treat and a heartwarming story that reminds us that falling in love is the greatest miracle of all.


REVIEW:

Oh my goodness this book was so good! I did have some issues downloading the book but when I managed to get it fixed, I was ready to see what this story was all about.

While reading the story, there were two stories playing off of each other. It could be confusing to some but for me I had no problem with the flow. Both stories meshed really well together. One takes place in the past which had the characters Grayson and Veronica while the other takes place in the present with Sabrina and Ian. It was amazing. I loved it. The flow of the story was on point for me.

All the characters were really unique and interesting. It kept my attention of wanting to know what was going to happen with all of them.

I am not giving it all away because you need to read this book.

The fact that the story takes place in NYC is amazing!! I have only been there once and let me tell you it was a fantastic adventure. I did go to the top of the Empire State Building which was magical. I loved the fact that it was mentioned in the book. Something about NYC is magical. It’s different, fun, and busy. So in the story the setting gave off a magical Christmas vibe and that anything positive could happen. I want to visit the Plaza.

I love how Sabrina and Ian connect and how they explore the world of the Plaza and the world of simple things of enjoy like rom cons and ice skating! It was such a nice balance in the story. There was a connection which I think is important.

I could totally see this book be made into a movie with the story, characters and settings! I fell in love with this book.

The story will draw you in making you feel cozy, sweet and enjoying the ride with the character’s chemistry! I recommend you pick this book up.

Review: Never Fall for Your Fiancee

SUMMARY:

The last thing Hugh Standish, Earl of Fareham, ever wants is a wife. Unfortunately for him, his mother is determined to find him one, even from across the other side of the ocean. So Hugh invents a fake fiancée to keep his mother’s matchmaking ways at bay. But when Hugh learns his interfering mother is on a ship bound for England, he realizes his complicated, convoluted but convenient ruse is about to implode. Until he collides with a beautiful woman, who might just be the miracle he needs.

Minerva Merriwell has had to struggle to support herself and her two younger sisters ever since their feckless father abandoned them. Work as a woodcut engraver is few and far between, and the Merriwell sisters are nearly penniless. So when Hugh asks Minerva to pose as his fiancée while his mother is visiting, she knows that while the scheme sounds ludicrous, the offer is too good to pass up.

Once Minerva and her sisters arrive at Hugh’s estate, of course nothing goes according to his meticulous plan. As hilarity and miscommunication ensue while everyone tries to keep their tangled stories straight, Hugh and Minerva’s fake engagement starts to turn into a real romance. But can they trust each other when their relationship started with a lie? The first book in the Merriwell Sisters series, Never Fall for Your Fiancée is a hilarious, sparkling historical romantic comedy from Virginia Heath.

REVIEW:
I received this e-ARC from Netgalley and the publisher for an honest review!

This story felt like a romance historical novel where drama exploded. I could totally see this book being made into a movie. It had one thing after another which kept me wanting to know what was going to happen to Minerva, her sisters and Hugh. Would there be a happy ending? Would Hugh and Minerva get caught?

Characters: At first I did not really like Hugh’s mother, she seemed a bit of a pushy person. Towards the end she seemed a bit better character in my eyes. Giles, Hugh’s best friends had one of those personalities that you could bag him for a bastard or for a gentleman? He could go either way. I would be interested to see where his story goes. Hugh’s stepfather comes into play which seems like a good guy. Even Hugh’s butler is a great character! I liked that man quite a bit who has his head on his shoulders and seems to know everything. All the characters come into play to give a great story.

Hugh and Minerva’s interaction with each other seems to run hot and cold. Sometimes it was great, other times I’m like trying to figure out what’s up. They are both stubborn at times too. Overall they do match for each other nicely. I wished there was a tiny bit more connection between them. I loved the tender moments they had together especially where Hugh takes Minerva to the beach.

There were some parts where I gasp because I was not expecting that at all. The beginning was well set, the middle did take me some time to get through and the ending was well done.

It’s a great story for a historical, lighthearted, romance fiction book. I did like the book and I am so looking forward to see more from this author.

How Not to Fall in Love Review

Summary:
Harper works in her mom’s wedding shop, altering dresses for petulant and picky brides who are more focused on hemlines than love. After years of watching squabbles break out over wedding plans, Harper thinks romance is a marketing tool. Nothing more. Her best friend Theo is her opposite. One date and he’s already dreaming of happily-ever-afters. He also plays the accordion, makes chain mail for Ren Festers, hangs out in a windmill-shaped tree house, cries over rom-coms, and takes his word-of-the-day calendar very seriously.
 
When Theo’s shocked to find himself nursing his umpteenth heartbreak, Harper offers to teach him how not to fall in love. Theo agrees to the lessons, as long as Harper proves she can date without falling in love. As the lessons progress and Theo takes them to heart, Harper has a harder time upholding her end of the bargain. She’s also checking out her window to see if Theo’s home from his latest date yet. She’s even watching rom-coms. If she confesses her feelings, she’ll undermine everything she’s taught him. Or was he the one teaching her?

I received an e-arc from Netgalley and HMH Books for Young Readers for an honest review! So here it is!!

My Review
I received this story as an e-arc. Oh my gosh! I could not stop reading it. I did have some issues trying to download it. Luckily I did get some help from Netgalley! Thank you.

Back to the story – I love all the names in this book for the characters. The beginning of the book hooked my attention and kept going throughout the entire story. When I kept reading on so many interesting things were happening with Harper. I loved the fact she helped her mom out and that their relationship was pretty interesting.

I had a hunch that this book would be up my alley to read and it was.

I can see how some people might see this book as a triangle love story but to me it seemed more about Harper’s sense on love and how to figure out how love works in a relationship. She learns how to cope with those feelings. I also believe these same concepts go to Theo. The story focuses on Harper as the main character and I think Theo would be the second main character. Felix, Pippa, Harper’s mother and Theo’s family also come into play which is great.

Such a sweet novel with friendship and love! I really liked it.

So if you are looking for something sweet, fast paced, coming of age of what love is, friendship and a geek like me who likes great endings, then you need to read it.

(Sorry if this is review is a bit different than my usual ones but I just loved the whole book!)

Some things that I liked:

Harper helping her mother out at the bridal shop

Communication between Harper and her mom about birth control

Loved Theo’s creativity of stories and LARPing

Harper and Theo sharing a tent

Treehouse

Kissing

Harper and Theo share and help each other with SAT/ACT vocabulary. There were some words I did not even know.

Love that Theo plays the accordian

Funko Pop is mentioned

Harper finding out who she is and what love it

Theo finding out who he is

Pippa’s description

The ending!

Review of Sixteen Scandals by Sophie Jordan

Summary:

The youngest of four daughters, Primrose Ainsworth is used to getting lost in the shuffle. But when her parents decide to delay her debut into English society, Prim hatches a plan to go rogue on the night of her sixteenth birthday.

Donning a mask, Prim escapes to the infamous Vauxhall Gardens for one wild night. When her cover is nearly blown, a mysterious stranger intercedes, and Prim finds an unexpected partner in mischief . . . and romance. But when it’s revealed her new ally isn’t who he says he is, her one night of fun may last past dawn.

In this frothy regency romp perfect for fans of Austen-esque flirtation and Shakespearean hijinks, sometimes a little scandal can be a good thing.

My Review:

I got an e-Arc from Netgalley and the publisher for an honest review! Thank you so much!

I finally had a chance to get to this wonderful gem! I loved it. This is what I needed right now with lots of things going on. The beginning of the book caught my attention as I began to wonder how did the main character get herself in that situation. Where was she? What happened? What was the cause? I had to read more to find out what had happened.

I continued to read on. The main character Primrose Ainsworth turns sixteen which means she gets to go into society. Coming out society to see the world and have adventures. Primrose was so excited about it and casually mentions it in the morning to her parents but its brushed off by her mother mostly. Her father is not help at all. Her mother decides to delay her coming out so she can focus on her other sister. The way the mother came across was cruel. I could feel Primrose heart break into pieces. I wanted her to have her adventure.

While feeling a bit heartbroken Primrose ends up visiting her friend, Olympia and Olympia’s mother for tea and delicious things to eat out in public since its Primrose 16th birthday after all. Ladies back then had to be chaperoned. While being out in public, a spark happens for Primrose which made me feel happy for her since her mother ruined her morning. That spark had me realize what could happen next. You need to pick up this book to find out.

After a lovely time out and about for tea and food, Olympia and Primrose talk and somehow they ended up planning a sneaky night out at Vauxhall Gardens alone! What happens next?

Adventure happens….as the summary says up above “when her cover is nearly blown, a mysterious stranger intercedes and Prim finds an unexpected partner in mischief and romance…..” That pretty much sums it up but let me tell you it was sooo fun and cute to read. I really enjoyed Prim’s adventure night out and I could not stop reading it. Prim’s night out gave her a sense of freedom and that is she needed. Although will there be a consequence to Prim’s night of freedom?

You gotta pick this book up to find out.

I really liked it because it was fun, had romance and adventure! As I said I could not stop reading it. It flirty, fun, adventure, seeing new things and feelings! Just to let you know it was fast paced and wrapped up nicely.
I think it’s nice to read those types of stories once in a while.

The Bookshop of Second Chances Review

  • Author: Jackie Fraser
  • Date: May 4, 2021
  • Publisher : Ballantine Books

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for letting me read an E-Arc for a review!

Summary:
Thea Mottram is having a bad month. She’s been let go from her office job with no notice–and to make matters even worse, her husband of nearly twenty years has decided to leave her for one of her friends. Bewildered and completely lost, Thea doesn’t know what to do. But when she learns that a distant great uncle in Scotland has passed away, leaving her his home and a hefty antique book collection, she decides to leave Sussex for a few weeks. Escaping to a small coastal town where no one knows her seems to be exactly what she needs.

Almost instantly, Thea becomes enamored with the quaint cottage, comforted by its cozy rooms and shaggy, tulip-covered lawn. The locals in nearby Baldochrie are just as warm, quirky, and inviting. The only person she can’t seem to win over is bookshop owner Edward Maltravers, to whom she hopes to sell her uncle’s antique novel collection. His gruff attitude–fueled by an infamous, long-standing feud with his brother, a local lord–tests Thea’s patience. But bickering with Edward proves oddly refreshing and exciting, leading Thea to develop feelings she hasn’t felt in a long time. As she follows a thrilling yet terrifying impulse to stay in Scotland indefinitely, Thea realizes that her new life may quickly become just as complicated as the one she was running from.

My Review:
Scotland, a bookstore, coping with changes life and finding romance slowly is a great combination in this story. I loved the story. It took me a while to read it because once again life has been throwing me some curveballs. The writing for me was a bit different but not in a bad way, it was amusing.

Thea is the main character in this book who I could identify with a bit. She finds out her husband leaves her for another woman which all the emotions hit her. While she is dealing with this, she finds out she has to deal with her Great Uncle cottage in Scotland. Off she goes! I love how she adjusts to the life there. How she tries to figure things out for herself.

While being up there she meets Edward who is such a grumpy character that owns a bookstore. He has his own baggage that he is dealing with too. You’ll learn more of that as the time goes on. Anyways, Thea’s interaction with Edward is hilarious. They throw comments to each other and yet they do talk to each other. I could see a communication between them. It was totally different and strange at the same time but they click. It was like a slow connection to each other, that’s how I saw it.

It is an up and down story but at a slow pace which was really nice. There was tons of drama, detail of landscapes and even some swears from the characters which made it enjoyable too. Just when I think I knew what was going to happen next, I was wrong. That kept me interested in the story. You should definitely give this book a read if you wan to try for something different!