Blog Tour: Moments Like This (From Kona With Love) by Anna Gomez and Kristoffer Polaha

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Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

Published on: 09 March 2021
Published by: Rosewind Books
Type: HEA, standalone, series
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Multicultural Romance, Clean Romance
Author(s): Anna GomezKristoffer Polaha
Read: 16 February 2021
Shelved: 18 February 2021
Rating: 5 / 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Synopsis

After Andrea “Andie” Matthews chooses her career over a marriage proposal and then loses a promotion she worked so hard for, she jumps at the chance to take a break and help run a friend’s coffee shop.

Alone in Hawaii, Andie befriends the staff and quickly grows to care for them, making her determined to revive the company.

As luck would have it, she meets the mysterious Warren Yates on Christmas Eve. They share a cup of coffee, some conversation, and even a moment, which leads to many more in the coming weeks.

But when Andie learns who Warren really is—and what he actually wants—she is torn between her feelings and his deception.

Will Warren be able to win her heart back?

Book One in the From Kona with Love series depicting multicultural romance, love, loss, and redemption woven into a family saga set in the beautiful islands of Hawaii. Though connected, each installment can be read as a standalone.


Review

Andrea “Andie” Matthews is the daughter of mixed culture parents (her mother is Filipino!). She is driven, ambitious and works at a successful Chicago marketing firm. She was on the fast track to a big promotion until she wasn’t. With a big blow in her life (and health), she impulsively packed her things and flew to Hawaii to help with her friend’s business. She unexpectedly meets Warren Yates, a mysterious man who evades from say his connection to the shop and instead wants to explore the island and her for whatever time she has.

Moments Like This appealed immediately upon reading the blurb. I didn’t realize later that one of the authors is a fellow Filipina, so the more the story was piqued my interest! There were many elements that I felt an affinity with the female protagonist and even the author. This story talks about cultures, beliefs, and expectations of second-generation migrants living overseas, trying their best to fit-in and assimilate to maybe the only home they know (due to birthright) as best as possible.

Just because you’ve made a fool of yourself today, doesn’t mean you’re a fool everyday.

–Moments Like This (From Kona With Love), Anna Gomez and Kristoffer Polaha

The book’s POV is mostly from Andie’s, with a little of Warren’s nearing the end. Some readers might think this technique will erode the story’s beauty. I have to contradict this thought because it made a lot of sense and gave a bit of mystery on Warren’s side until things got “settled.” Given this technique, the story enables readers to focus on Andie taking a step back from her Chicago life and reassess things in Hawaii while experiencing the island’s magic and beauty, then after Warren’s thoughts. I have read a few more recent books with this “more current writing” style, so some readers might need to adjust and be patient to give the characters the chance to develop. 

NOTE: The authors want readers to focus on the beauty of Hawaii (especially Oahu) and the Aloha Spirit, which helps Andie “find herself” as she tries to make new connections in a lang of second chances and hope. Engrossed with Andie’s story, something unprecedented was happening. The book grabs readers immediately to connect with everything – the people at the plantation, the magic island, the sea, etc. 

This book’s uniqueness is how it places the story and “connections” in the forefront than the characters. The characters become tangible tools to showcase the intangible – power of love and connections. Yes, there is the connection to Andie and Warren, BUT I was looking for the “A-Ha Epiphany” moments, where Andie discovers her power within to reach her goal – her happiness. 

The authors beautifully wrote the Hawaiian and Filipino cultures and traditions, wherein both cultures respect and honor family, love, and food. There was a wonderful merging of Hawaiin and Filipino beliefs and customs, which are evident in the family gatherings Andie missed out on in Chicago due to work.
The saying is very true:- anytime another Filipino overseas or otherwise meets another “kababayan” or country-man/womanperspectives change, eyes glimmer, and an uncontrollable smile comes out. We all act like we found our long-lost friends/relatives. We start seeing each other as a brother/sister (Kuya or Ate) or an aunt/uncle (Tito/Tita), then a truckload of questions will start tumbling out. 

This disposition change may surprise an outsider seeing the scene unfold, but this is common, even expected. Questions like spewing out various locations in the Philippines, asking where you are from back home or if you know so-and-so due to common last name – are the norm – like when Maele and Lani pry “details” into Andie’s personal life like they were sisters within a few days. It was hilarious since Andie didn’t know whether to be insulted or laugh about how they asked her about Warren!

A thing to note is how hospitable the plantation people were. They took to Andie “in” not because she is a family friend but also because they felt a “connection” with her and their plight. 

I can relate to Andie’s work burn-out plight so well. I am sure other readers relate to this. What Andie did was correct – to step back and reassess. She had to do what all of us had to do at one point – learn to reprioritize things. She loses it all in one swoop but later discovers a whole world of options – a 180-degree change in Hawaii. At Oahu, Andie finds an entirely New Andie within her. The location and people brought her to be braver than she would have been at her workplace. The story builds on this and shows her “the other side,” a possibly great life – from seashells, surfs, and hidden waterfalls. Being temporary will make anyone brave and take risks for the moment, but what if there was an excellent chance to make it permanent, rooted in connections, family, and purpose? Will Andie take the plunge? Will she choose relationships over a career that she fought for so long?

We stood quietly, alone. But alone together.

–Moments Like This (From Kona With Love), Anna Gomez and Kristoffer Polaha

I love Warren’s spontaneity in pulling Andie into his orbit, even if it’s just for as long as she was there. He knew that she is there temporarily, and he was willing to invest his time and heart for them to explore the island and each other. From the start, I can see his wooing style – determined but respectful. He took what he knows he can get away with but respected Andie by being outspoken with his thoughts. He may keep some things from Andie, but he also knew she was cautious with exposing herself to a stranger. 
Warren seems to have designed their “tours” to showcase the best of Hawaii and, at the same time, show Andie what he and the island life can offer. I felt this was his way to silently plea for her to stay with him. 

Andie had taught me there was a sweetness in not giving yourself everything you want right when you want it. The more I ached for her, the more I valued her. This, while common practice for some, was totally foreign to me. I had never had this much patience or self-control before, but she made me want to be a better man.

–Moments Like This (From Kona With Love), Anna Gomez and Kristoffer Polaha

Andie and Warren’s chemistry is a slow-build and a more wholesome approach, but it works due to Andie’s roots and background. It is more the norm of being “wooed” in the Filipino, more traditional aspects than being whisk away by an alpha-dominant man. This decision works well for the unsureness and uncertainty for both characters.

I love the supporting characters – they are a lot!
They provide excellent support as a “community” and prove the saying “it takes a village to raise a child.” These supporting characters (Duke, the Flores gals, Lucas, Jade, etc.) provided emotional and psychological support that readers can feel throughout the book’s pages. Their words of wisdom are GOLD! I saved a few to my “quotes bank” as mantras. I shared a few here, but reading it at the right moment in time for Warren or Andie is critical.

The deception/secret was epic. It wasn’t so surprising on my end since I had a clue, but it was perfect, nonetheless. It still ends up with HEA, but where will things stand at the end? I will leave this to the readers. It is a tricky one, especially when Warren and Andie decided to keep some of their information private so how things unraveled, in the end, was a welcome relief for all of us. Just a hint – it doesn’t “sort out” as quickly as their first meet, but it is a realistic one.

I would have wanted an epilogue since the ending was abrupt, but maybe both main characters will be back for the upcoming books in the series. Did Warren push through with the “M” word? What happens to Andie’s Chicago job? 

In summary, I highly recommend Moments Like This to readers who want something different, unique, and refreshing. Something that would grab readers and take them to a new world – where hope and second chances only take a single step forward. Hawaii’s sights and sounds, its various hidden gems visited by Warren and Andie were a welcome treat, especially to readers like myself going through travel bans/lockdowns. I liked how the authors stressed the importance of family, customs, and self-empowerment. Goals can change, but it is up to everyone to adjust and find their “centers” to move forward to find their happiness. I am excited for the next book in this promising series!

This is what makes a life. The ones who love you, the ones you love. If you focus on what’s important, you’ll see that everything else around you is fluff.

–Moments Like This (From Kona With Love), Anna Gomez and Kristoffer Polaha

About the Authors

Anna Gomez was born and raised in the city of Makati, Philippines before she met and married her best friend who whisked her away to Chicago over twenty years ago.

She is Chief Financial Officer for Leo Burnett Worldwide, a global advertising company founded in 1935. In her capacity, Anna serves on the board of several not-for-profit organizations, namely the Hugh O’Brien Leadership Organization and Girl Scouts of America. She is also the executive sponsor for a number of employee resource groups focused on Diversity and Inclusion.

After experiencing a great loss in her life, Anna Gomez, who writes as Christine Brae, decided that it was time to channel her feelings on paper and see where it would take her. Anna thought she could write a book about her life (The Light in the Wound, Christine Brae 2013) and then run away as far as possible from it. She never imagined that her words would touch the hearts of many women with the same stories to tell. Since then, Anna has released five more books under her pen name, Christine Brae.

In December 2019, her agent convinced her to write one more book. Different model, different subject matter. Clean, contemporary, happy endings. Reluctantly, she decided to give it a try. This time, under her real name, Anna Gomez.

With an established fan base and a dedicated following, Anna Gomez has published six novels, three of which have won Literary Awards: The Light in the Wound series, Insipid, In this Life, Eight Goodbyes and the Year I Left . Her books have debuted in the top 1,000 at Amazon and continued to rank in the Top 100 in the months following their release.

When not listening to the voices in her head or spending late nights at the office, Anna can be seen shopping for shoes and purses, running a half marathon or spending time with her husband and three children in Chicago.

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Kristoffer Polaha is best-known for his long starring role in the critically acclaimed series Life Unexpected (The CW). Other TV series credits include Get Shorty with Ray Romano and Chris O’Dowd, the limited series Condor opposite William Hurt and Max Irons, The CW’s Ringer (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and Valentine, as well as North Shore (FOX).

In addition to co-starring with Rainn Wilson in Backstrom (FOX), he had a multi-season role on the acclaimed series Mad Men (AMC) and Castle (ABC). Polaha is also well-known for starring in Hallmark Channel movies such as Dater’s Handbook with Meghan Markle, and the Mystery 101 franchise on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

Polaha first received attention for his portrayal of John F. Kennedy, Jr. in the TV movie, America’s Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story, opposite Portia de Rossi. He has appeared in numerous independent features, including Where Hope Grows, Devil’s Knot (Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon), and the Tim Tebow film, Run the Race.

Polaha has a featured role opposite Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman 1984 and the forthcoming Jurassic World: Dominion.

Polaha was born in Reno, Nevada, and he is married to actress Julianne Morris. They have three sons.

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Cover Reveal: Room For Us by L.M. Halloran

Title: Room For Us
Author: L.M. Halloran
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 18th

Check out this beautiful cover from L.M. Halloran’s Room For Us coming this March 18!

Pre-orders will be available soon. For now, add it to your Goodreads TBR list today!

Synopsis

Ethan Hart thinks I’m his maid. Too bad I need his money more than my pride.

The intense, arrogant author has booked my entire Inn to write his next fictional masterpiece.

I have no choice but to put up with his demands.

Breakfast is a daily endurance test.

Making his bed and doing his wash? A different kind of torture.

And that’s not even the worst part.

With his haunted eyes, frozen heart, and heated touch,

Ethan makes me burn in ways I swore I never would again.

There’s no place in my life for him, nor in his for me.

But six weeks together might create…

Just enough room for us.



About the L.M. Halloran

When not writing or reading, the author enjoys walking barefoot, subjecting her husband to questionable recipes, and chasing her spirited daughter. She’s a rabid fan of coffee, moon-gazing, and small dogs that resemble Ewoks. Home is Portland, Oregon.

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Fate (The Perfect Time for Love Series 2) by Natasha D. Frazier

Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

Published on: 30 November 2020
Type: HEA, standalone, series
Genre: Sweet Christian Romance, Contemporary Romance, Holiday Fiction
Author: Natasha D. Frazier
Read: 24 February 2021
Shelved: 26 February 2021
Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐1/2

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Synopsis

Melanie Bennett and Detective Brian Morris met over a year ago when he solved her best friend’s murder case, and now Nashville’s annual Christmas festivities have them crossing paths again, could it be fate?

Melanie Bennett has spent the last six months in therapy to erase the self-assigned blame and eradicate the night terrors that plagued her at every attempt to close her eyes after witnessing her best friend’s murder. The Christmas season always had a way of lifting her spirits, and this year is no different. The spark within her to live again couldn’t have come at a better time when she and Detective Brian Morris are reacquainted, but first she must believe that she deserves happiness.

Brian was drawn to Melanie when he first laid eyes on her over a year ago; he wanted to ask her out, but the timing was all wrong. Expressing interest in her when she’d just lost her best friend was tacky, but fate dealt him another opportunity when he walked into her hair salon delivering flyers for the annual stuff the cruiser toy drive a year later. Though Brian wants to be ready to love her, he must first deal with his “mother issues.”

Every moment spent with one another can only be described as fate. Will this Christmas season bring about the healing and love both Melanie and Brian crave?

Fate is book 2 in the Perfect Time for Love Series (Sweet Christian Romance).


Review

Melanie Bennett is a salon owner. She had the unfortunate experience of witnessing a traumatic event in the past involving her friend. The loss still affects her, even after two years. The crime was a tragic one that shattered Melanie with issues. She later found her healing through therapy and focusing on her business.

Detective Brian Morris is a detective for the Nashville Metro Police Department. He met Melanie from a tragic case a few months ago, and given the circumstances, he knew it would have been in bad taste to ask her out, even if he felt something that day.

Their common denominator is a tragic one and, even though Brian felt a “connection” with Melanie, God’s answer was a “not yet.”
That first encounter did not yield anything until a chance encounter brought both characters’ to each other’s orbit again. This time around, Brian did not hold back. Brian is braver and willing to take a chance to see if something can come about between him and Melanie. 

I cannot stress the importance of mental health. Unfortunately, some people had experienced trauma in their past. The best we as outsiders do is support and empower these people in whatever way we can to help them get back to their routine. I appreciate the author discussing this a bit more in the book and showed how far Melissa has come with this healing type.

Note: I did not like what happened between her therapist at one point – and to think that she is supposed to be a professional. It does get sorted out, but I was in shock with what was said when I first read it. I was pretty much affected – enraged and upset – to be exact.

Aside from therapy, God led Melanie back to His kingdom through Brian. God used Brian to show Melanie the love around her and the trust she can give. These people empower her to take on difficult situations in the book, and it was good Melanie listened to those instincts and good-intentioned friends. She lifted each doubt or problem to God those scenes, and it all got “sorted out” at the end.

One thing to note is that certain situations were not answered or clarified by the author. This may leave the reader feeling “unresolved” to some like myself, who will want answers. Missing pieces like what happened further to Melanie’s “walk-in client” or a backstory of Melanie’s past would have been great to discuss quickly or “determined” before the ending. There were hints of danger, but there was no follow-through. I was a bit lost on those incidents, so I focused on what present – what Brian and Melanie’s friendship was evolving into – something deep and more meaningful.

Overall, Fate is a sweet, clean romance, religious and thoughtful book. Although there were “outside conflicts”, the author focuses on Melanie and Brian’s many internal struggles and what they did to cope – prayer and each other. These inner battles provide uncertainty to the story. The book will make readers feel for the main characters, even if some backstory was lacking. Readers will have to piece things together on their own if they will not be reading Book 1. The main thing is honesty, open communication, seeking the proper channels for further healing, and trusting in God. Readers wanting clean, easy, and romantic stories will surely gobble this book up.


About the Author

Natasha is a magna cum laude graduate of Jackson State University’s College of Business where she earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree in Accounting. Natasha has also earned a Masters of Science degree in Accounting from Texas A&M University. Since graduating, Natasha has earned her CPA license and worked in both public accounting and the federal government.

Natasha has penned an award-winning devotional, The Life Your Spirit Craves and a Henri award nominated devotional, Not Without You: 365 Days in the Lord’s Presence. Natasha desires to encourage readers to live the life they have been created to live in God. Natasha’s Love, Lies & Consequences fiction series has also been nominated for the Henri award.

Natasha is also a motivational speaker, in much like her literary works, who speaks to encourage women to take their lives to the next level, release fear and become the women they have been predestined to be.

Natasha currently attends Parkway Fellowship in Richmond, TX, where she serves as a small group leader to Kindergartners. Natasha is married to Eddie Frazier and resides in Richmond, TX with him and their three children, Eden, Ethan and Emilyn.

Natasha enjoys couponing, trying to allergy friendly recipes to serve the different needs of everyone in the household, and watching crime dramas like Quantico, Blindspot, and NCIS: LA. If she isn’t doing either of those things, she is enjoying family time with her husband and children. Natasha is also a proud member of the Jackson State University Houston Area Alumni Chapter and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

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Lovebug (Natural History Book #2) by Erin Mallon

Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

Published on: 24 February 2021
Type: HEA, standalone, series
Genre: Contemporary Women’s fiction
Author: Erin Mallon
Read: 17 February 2021
Shelved: 20 February 2021
Rating: 5/ 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (Kindle Book Reviewed)

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Synopsis

My name is Mabel, the girl who “wouldn’t hurt a fly.”

Of course I wouldn’t.
I’m an entomologist for goodness’ sake.
I work in a nature center.
Bugs are my jam.

It’s the humans in my life who are starting to get me down. I’m used to them calling me sweet and innocent. I can even handle them calling me naïve. But when they lie and keep secrets from me? That’s when my proverbial pincers want to come out.

Trouble is, I’m not the girl who fights back.

Not until a handsome groundskeeper with a dirty mouth and secrets of his own shows up and lights all sorts of fires in me.

In the bug world, the female is always the fiercest. The praying mantis doesn’t worry about being a “good girl.” Nope, she follows her instincts no matter how crass or crude they may seem to others.

Turns out I could learn a thing or two from her.

I’m not necessarily looking to tear anyone’s head off, but after decades of being nice, it’s high time for me to return to nature and unleash my wild side. 


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Review

Mabel McGonigle loves her bugs! She is an Entomology scientist at the Museum of Natural History, who is currently the supervising counselor at arboretum summer camp. She still lives at home with her parents and is very sheltered. Being with her boyfriend of six years, eight months, and thirteen days, Mabel should not be surprised when her boyfriend proposed to her in front of his mother and family, right? Wrong – caught off guard with some “what-ifs” and “what the heck,” Mabel starts discovering how much she needs to grow and mature, away from the “toxicity” that she is in. 

Lovebug is my first encounter with the author’s work. I have been intrigued with her voice-over projects and was pleasantly surprised that she also writes books (screenplays also) and feel fortunate to have the opportunity to review this book. 

Lovebug is told from Mabel’s POV only. It gives many puns, jokes, laughter, flirtatious banter, overzealous posse, and some “suspicious people” who try to manipulate her. The writing is easy to relate to and very humorous. There are a few references to 80s and 90s pop culture that will see older readers smile as they reminisce.  

Mabel is adorable and a big “chatter bug.” She is young, intelligent, and thoughtful of everyone’s needs, except for her own. She is so positive that people tend to take advantage of this trait. 

Mabel livens up the story immensely with the things that come out of her mouth and gets even better with her internal thoughts. Expect an array of random observations, weird trivia, and movie quotes/references that will have readers chuckling, snickering, and laugh-out-loud! 

**I got the Seinfeld reference even before I read it!!! 


I want to point out that Mabel’s character was initially reserved and would ramble in uncomfortable situations versus facing it head-on. In the beginning, Mabel was a sheltered “caterpillar” who later learns to shed her “cocoon” to form into a beautiful butterfly. But before this could happen, some “crazy events” had to happened midway that required her to look deep into herself and go head-to-head with her “oppressors” as she is no longer happy with being “status quo.” Yes, the pinchers and fangs start coming out by then.

I love how adorable and yet brooding Wallace (aka “Wally”) is. He’s the juxtaposition of sweet yet spicy hot tamales or a huggable yet ferocious bear. Wally’s opinions and outlook amazed and “knocked-me-off-my seat” with the random things that come out of his flirtatious mouth! It is NOT what you would expect in a burly, supposedly quiet man.

Her interactions with Wally were epically funny, steamy, and humbling. Her new lease in life because of “wonderfully insistent” friends, a supportive burly man, and her parents’ absence during this phase made it all possible.

There is more to the story aside from Mabel’s regaining her self-esteem. There are more secrets in this book than I realized. These secrets grazed through the book quickly at the beginning because everyone’s attention was on Mabel. But after one thing gets resolved, another secret pops up and doesn’t get disclosed until closing the end. It deals with her whole identity, which will stun and shock. 

The book’s stellar casts of Calliope, Cyndi, Louise, April, and Chloe helped Mabel “level up” to adulthood. They are more outspoken and expressive, which works well since Mabel seems too uptight and needed as much “adulting.” These gal pals are most helpful when they start inquiring about her boyfriend that no one knew about, and things got a lot entertaining. Aunt Tina plays an important role, and even if the “truth” came out in the end, her words and thoughts shared with Mabel tips all the scales to have her realize what she needed to be and do in the end. 

Overall, Lovebug is a sure win! This book is impossible NOT to like! 

It is unique, exceptional and will leave you a belly full of laughs way beyond the chapters. 

The writing style is a catchy, no-nonsense, no-holds-barred approach. Expect the story to grab and take readers to a “wild ride” of hilarious fun, rambling rants, embarrassing “positions,” crazy banter, and witty comebacks. 

Edgy, raw characters are current with a sassy side that jumps out of the pages. This book talks about self-reflection, self-discovery, and self-growth for Mabel. She sees it when she cannot condone any longer the things going on around her and through her friends’ life experiences, especially Wally. Mabel matures and becomes braver to pursue her happiness and the truth in the end. 

This book is so worth it!


Meet the Author

Erin Mallon‘s debut romantic comedy novel, Flirtasaurus, releases in July 2020. She is an award-winning narrator of over 450 books and an accomplished playwright and producer in New York City. She has written over 40 plays, which have been produced Off-Broadway and all over the country, including These Walls Can Talk, a raucous theatrical love letter to the romance audiobook community. She lives in a little yellow house on the outskirts of NYC with her husband and Three J’s.

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My Saving Grace (Vested Interest, ABC Corp #1) by Melanie Moreland

Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

Published on: 25 February 2021
Published by: Moreland Books Inc
Type: HEA, standalone, series
Genre: New Adult Romance, College Romance, Office Romance
Author: Melanie Moreland
Read: 08 February 2021
Shelved: 10 February 2021
Rating: 4 / 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Synopsis

It’s time for the next generation of Vested Interest to find their Happily Ever Afters.

Grace VanRyan has her life mapped out. Law school, a career with ABC, and a bright future ahead of her.

Until Jaxson Richards steps into the picture. He’s everything she hasn’t planned for. Older, sexy, off-limits.

And her new boss.

When the passion between them explodes, will her life blow up along with it? 


Review

Grace Van Ryan is a law student trying to finish her degree through her articling (intern) position. Even with her entitled background and parental influences, she chose to earn her keep and work hard. Grace preferred NOT to ask “favors” to get ahead. She’s got high morals and great work ethics to see her through – until she meets her interim boss.

Jaxson Richards is the man who can do no wrong but believes that he is okay with being alone. He expects the worst in people and thus prefers to be alone instead of forming any relationship. His outlook is based on his past and protected him from feeling vulnerable or being hurt.

The book was written from Grace and Jaxson’s POVs, with the former having more “air-time.” The writing is easy to relate, and will make readers emphasize with both “flawed characters.” Coming into 1/3 of the book, I thought the plot was a “predictable one.” Ironically, I was wrong because halfway through the book – the story twisted and turned into an unexpected direction and changed everything. There were a lot of raw emotions that I did not expect from a “nonchalant Jaxson.” Believe me that I am not exaggerating – there will be a lot of “uprooted emotions” coming up that will boggle readers as to what Grace went through.

I love strong and “rational” women. Grace is one of them. She is strong and consistent, except for when she is with Jaxson. She has a goal, and even if, at first, it didn’t work out, she changed course and pushed ahead to her ultimate goal. Grace’s women support, Addie, and her mother were terrific and added excellent family dynamics sprouting from love and unwavering support. It took a “whole village” that guided Grace to the upstanding woman that she is.
I love the “inclusive” feel in the writing of the book. There is are many multi-cultural aspects that are very Canadian – Tsingtao beer, streetcar, etc.
I also love the perfectly placed movie references. It’s a popular one; some might find this “forced,” but because the chemistry between Jaxson and Grace complemented this to the scene. It DID NOT FAIL to make me smile.

“I’m glad your world is different from mine”

— My Saving Grace, Melanie Moreland


Both main characters’ backgrounds on relationships are complete opposites. It is fascinating as readers will see either one bringing in their points of reasons for this stance. They both have a “front” but seem to “crumble” amid each other’s presence. But, it is through those points that made each other complement each other. 

Grace helped Jaxson realize there is love all around and that people are worthy of being recipients of it, as long as one doesn’t give up.

Yes, this book is not all “roses and rainbows.” There were a few delicate moments that I felt was because of Jaxson’s “closed mindset,” the more problems came into play. They drifted and ended up simply as boss and intern.

But somewhere along the way, things “switches” for Jaxson and Grace. It was Jaxson convincing Grace for something “more.” It was a real eye-opener to me since there weren’t enough details to point out when this happened and how Jaxson “gave into his feelings.” One thing is for sure – it is up to Jaxson, who will have to prove that Grace is HIS Saving Grace.

“Because it was the only way I could keep you.”

— My Saving Grace, Melanie Moreland


In summary, I highly recommend My Saving Grace (pun all intended – love it!) to readers who love their slow-burning, office-romance, prove-them-wrong-on-relationship-alphas, strong female protagonists books. This book will surely give you a better appreciation for “evolving” and maturing characters like Grace and Jaxson, who become better versions of themselves with each other.

Love isn’t a guarantee. But the effort you make helps.

— My Saving Grace, Melanie Moreland

About the Author

New York Times/USA Today bestselling author Melanie Moreland, lives a happy and content life in a quiet area of Ontario with her beloved husband of twenty-seven-plus years and their rescue cat, Amber. Nothing means more to her than her friends and family, and she cherishes every moment spent with them.
While seriously addicted to coffee, and highly challenged with all things computer-related and technical, she relishes baking, cooking, and trying new recipes for people to sample. She loves to throw dinner parties, and also enjoys traveling, here and abroad, but finds coming home is always the best part of any trip.

Melanie loves stories, especially paired with a good wine, and enjoys skydiving (free falling over a fleck of dust) extreme snowboarding (falling down stairs) and piloting her own helicopter (tripping over her own feet.) She’s learned happily ever afters, even bumpy ones, are all in how you tell the story.

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Four Weddings and a Swamp Boat Tour (Boys of the Bayou Book 6) by Erin Nicholas

Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

Published on: 23 February 2021
Type: HEA, standalone, series
Genre: Romantic Comedy, Contemporary Romance, Sweet Romance
Author: Erin Nicholas 
Read: 12 February 2021
Shelved: 14 February 2021
Rating: 4 / 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Synopsis

She’s been proposed to five times.
Five.
She even said yes to one of them.
And then broke his heart when she called it off. Not to mention her mother’s heart. And her grandmother’s. And his mother’s. And…you get the picture.

Paige Asher has now officially sworn off all dating. Diamonds give her hives.
All she wants is to be a yoga-doing, cat-collecting, vegetarian in peace. Away from her marriage-crazy family and all their expectations.

So when her weekend fling turns into a real friend and offers her a place to escape, she finds herself on his doorstep in Louisiana. And right in the middle of not just one family wedding, but three. Of course.

Charming, sexy bayou boy Mitch Landry gets stuff done. Whatever anyone needs. From alligator-sitting to getting a buddy drunk to showing a woman a good time to fixing a swamp boat, he’s the man. No problem. No drama.

But he wants a hell of a lot more from Paige than a temporary friends-with-benefits arrangement. He wants to take care of her. And her five cats. He also really wants other men to stop asking her to marry them.

But if a roommate and a few orgasms are all she wants, that’s what he’ll deliver.

He can just be her friend and not commit the greatest sin of all…asking her for forever.

Probably.

**Note that there’s a prologue novella that I read first before embarking on Four Weddings and a Swamp Boat Tour called Oh Fudge that will shed light to some of the details mentioned in this book. It might help some readers get better understanding on the dynamics of Paige and Mitch’s stories.


Review

Paige Asher is a yoga and cat cafe owner who felt trapped in her small town of Appleby. Having been proposed too many times and for the wrong reasons, and after another pitiful proposal, Paige decided to close shop, pack her cat babies and travel to Lousiana early and “visit” her friend, Mitch, and help with wedding preparations for a friend. She wanted to get away from proposing men, her meddling family, and gossiping townies. She wanted a period of Aloneness to find herself again. 

Mitch Landry is one of the Bayou Boys in Louisiana who met Paige a few months ago, started something (definitely not a relationship or anything), and has agreed to have Paige hang out at his home as a roommate. He is the all-around good guy, and even after disclosing Paige’s intentions with her visit to his family, he was very accommodating.

Still being infatuated with Paige’s early visit but cautious of his heart, he rightfully decided to be wiser (and as per Ellie’s advice) and placed Paige in the friends-without-benefits zone as he welcomed another new roomie to his home.

Coming Oh FudgeFour Weddings continues well to Paige was feeling good with her decision to pack up and leave Appleby earlier than expected to head to Louisiana for her friend’s wedding and surely to see Mitch. This decision comes after she got proposed to again at another wedding!

Written from Paige and Mitch’s POVs perspective, it works out effectively for Four Weddings! It shows readers how serious things were but hilarious enough to see both main characters fail with keeping each other in the friendzone. It was a laugh-trip to see them act casually outside and desperately losing control inside. 

Mitch is a fantastic character. He is level-headed, rational (on the outside), and thoughtful (even when it hurts him already). I thoroughly enjoyed how his maturity and personality developed from Oh Fudge to now.
It was evident how Mitch feels about Paige even when they were not together, and seeing him falter (on the inside) when he and Paige decided to just-friends is cute and hilarious. It was a mature move and will protect his heart and wait for Paige to decide what to do next – stay or move on. 
How funny how things turned for Paige when Mitch also puts more stringent rules to commit to Paige’s no-commitment status request after Mitch’s families’ advice on their situation. Mitch even places the strictest rules of “friends only” than what Paige initially wanted, “friends with benefits.”

Roles reversed, expectations managed, but at what cost? 

I kept laughing my head off when the “rules” came into effect. Paige’s reaction to the Agreement was hilarious as she taunts Mitch on each suggestion and double meaning in his rules

Seeing Mitch and Paige be proven wrong – that they cannot “play it cool” under the same roof…or deny that they mean more to each other than just friends. They have a great connection that is rare, an understanding that is mature beyond years, but also stubborn to see them act miserably inside. Their negotiations, amendments, and back-and-forth regarding the rules show how they cannot just-be-friends. Mitch and Paige mean much more to each other than they first realized. Something that commitment-phobe Paige should learn soon else these “risks” is not a huge risk and instead enables her to gain so much more individually and as a partner!

Everyone here knows everything about everyone else, but they’re all accepting of how each of you is unique and needs and wants different things.

— Four Weddings and a Swamp Boat Tour, Erin Nicholas

The cool thing about the ending is that things sorted themselves out with the Lawdry family, and Autre showed Paige how things are different from what she previously experienced with her past partners. In that given the “right person” for her, she would not give up on her independence or miss out on life but make things a lot more fulfilling in the end. Someone who would empower versus entrap her, someone who would support her in her crazy endeavors and love her for the beautiful person she is.

Paige will soon discover that there are many types of relationship dynamics. She finds a more meddling and emotionally charged family, but she also sees a different take to loving ferociously individually and as a community.

When you learn history, you learn the highlights. And those are always told from one viewpoint.

— Four Weddings and a Swamp Boat Tour, Erin Nicholas

I love the secondary, supporting characters that made the story work. Cora, Ellie, Maddie, Juliet, Tori, Kennedy, etc., all made the story more meaningful and dynamic. It was impossible for Paige not to see how different life could be with these funny, smart, and strong women. The “energy” and understanding they have for Mitch and Paige’s situation is very accepting. 

In summary, I love Four Weddings and a Swamp Boat Tour! I knew it from the blurb/summary and most definitely after reading Oh Fudge. I was giddy with excitement in getting to know Mitch and Paige’s story better in this book. The book is steamy, magnetic with a side of funny that it would be hard to keep a straight-face at the same time. I love how the author shows us the importance of family but, at the same time, “different strokes for different folks” with an ultimate goal of love and respect.  

Sometimes, you have to figure out what the place where you want to be needs from you. You should do something that makes you happy, of course, but there are a lot of ways to fit.

— Four Weddings and a Swamp Boat Tour, Erin Nicholas

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Erin Nicholas has been writing romances almost as long as she’s been reading them. To date, she’s written over thirty sexy, contemporary novels that have been described as “toe-curling,” “enchanting,” “steamy,” and “fun.” She adores reluctant heroes, imperfect heroines, and happily ever afters.

Erin lives in the Midwest, where she enjoys spending time with her husband (who only wants to read the sex scenes in her books), her kids (who will never read the sex scenes in her books), and her family and friends (who claim to be “shocked” by the sex scenes in her books).

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Bet the Farm by Staci Hart

Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

Published on: 23 February 2021
Type: HEA, standalone
Genre: Romantic Comedy, Contemporary Romance, Enemies-to-Lovers
Author: Staci Hart 
Read: 14 February 2021
Shelved: 16 February 2021
Rating: 5/ 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Synopsis

Olivia Brent has one summer to save the dairy farm she just inherited.

But there’s one problem, and it’s not her lactose intolerance.

Jake Milovic.

The brooding farmhand has inherited exactly fifty percent of Brent Farm, and he’s so convinced the city girl can’t work the land, he bets she can’t save it in a summer.

Determined to prove him wrong, Olivia accepts what might be the dumbest wager of her life.

His strategy to win seems simple: follow her around, shirtlessly distracting her between bouts of relentless taunting. And it’s effective—if his dark eyes and rare smiles aren’t enough to sidetrack her, the sweaty, rolling topography of the manbeast’s body would do the trick.

What they don’t know: they’ll have to weather more than each other.

Mysterious circumstances throw the farm into disarray, and with the dairy farm in danger, Olivia and Jake have to work together. But when they do, there’s more to fear than either of them imagined.

Because now their hearts are on the line, and the farm won’t be the only casualty if they fail.


Review

Olivia “Livi” Brent works in the marketing industry in New York. She lost her parents early and was brought to the farm to live under her Uncle Frank’s (a.k.a. Pops) guardianship at his farm until she moved to the East Coast for her degree. When word came of Pop’s sudden passing, Livi immediately decided to resign and fly back to her tiny hometown in California and take over Brent’s Dairy Farm. Little did she know that Pop made sure that he is still looking out for her and the farm when Pop’s will was read. 

Jake Milovic is the brooding farm handler who unexpectedly inherited half of the farm with Livi. Loss and guilt make up Jake’s life since he was a child. He was an orphan who found his way to Brent’s farm and was given a chance by Livi’s grandfather, Pop’s. He later gets endowed as part-owner of the farm, wherein he hopes all his time and effort will help the farm get back to its feet and honor Pop’s legacy. 

Told from both Olivia and Jake’s POV, readers will relate to both main characters well. The author spills every emotion beautifully on each carefully gut-wrenching word and chapter. 

Both share the same grief and background but handled situations very differently. Their only common denominator is being “rescued” by Pop. They sympathize with each other’s plight, but with egos and arrogance running high, expect sparks and passion at every turn. Now, if it’s love or hate, that’s another thing.

I love Livi’s optimism and determination in saving the farm. Her background is perfect for a business that needs a fresh start. She exuded a sunny and positive attitude that spills out to readers. I am glad that Livi did move away to get the skill she needs to one day take over the farm. Yes, there were sacrifices for this, but Pops knew. I firmly believed that Pops knew that things would work out even better than he had hoped for the farm and the family one day. She is determined, persistent, and creative in doing her best to get to the bottom of things and stop-the-bleeding. The only one that could not see it is Jake. 

Jake thought little of Livi’s value to help the farm. He challenged her and contradicted her in every turn that I thought were great ideas and made the farm “current.” Jake wanted so much to help the farm, but something was “holding him back” from progressing and facing change. I believe that Jake has anger management issues borne from a deeper underlying problem. The author tackles this when Jake starts examining his actions that seem to target Livi solely.

The long-running family feud of the Brents vs another family farm adds another dimension to the story. Manipulations and deception are present with generations pitted against each other. No one trusts the other. So, besides Livi and Jake having to worry about the struggling farm, there are “outside people” who are waiting to see the farm’s demise. When things started to go wrong at the farm, could Livi trust her instincts to trust a friend who betrayed the farm in the past when everyone else tells her otherwise? And how will Livi react when she discovers Jake’s secret that puts the farm further at risk? 

Overall, Bet The Farm is a great standalone from the author. 
I have read her books in the past, and Bet The Farm is a very different take from her usual plot scenes. Agree that the author still has the romance and humor elements. It’s a great take on the total opposite of what she writes – city, urban setting and she did well on this book’s research. The author did a thorough job researching and incorporating farm life like milking a cow, clipping animal hooves, organizing farm logistics, and production. As a reader with zero background on this, it is greatly appreciated and makes the story relatable. The author pulls out ALL the internal raw emotions each time her books come with a warning label!

Warning: Book will bring out raw emotions, make readers cry UGLY, and root for broken, brooding characters. 
Be conscious of unexpected chuckles, snickers at random times in the book, so read with discretion.

The character development is stellar since Jake and Livi grew to appreciate each other’s situation and made sacrifices for the farm. They were motivated by each other to be the best versions of themselves for a vital cause.  
There were a lot of discoveries and conflicts as the story unravels. As such, this is NOT your simple save-the-farm story. The author brought me into a rollercoaster of emotions – one with many underlying messages/truths, humbled learnings, and unexpected love. This book will surely bring out a bag of emotions and feelings in the process. 

Bet The Farm is undoubtedly a gem of a book from an author who pulls out every known human emotion with her storytelling skills!

She was unsinkable, facing her loss with a smile and her pink suitcase in tow, eyes on the future and sun on her face.

— Bet The Farm, Staci Hart

About the Author

Staci Hart has been a lot of things up to this point in her life: a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can’t forget that. She’s also been a mom to three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She’s been a wife, even though she’s certainly not the cleanest, nor is she the best cook. She’s also super, duper fun at a party–especially if she’s been drinking whiskey–and her favorite word starts with f and ends with k.

From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north in Denver, where snow is magic and the mountains have become home. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, gaming, or designing graphics.

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Release Blitz: The Naughty Pine by Sibylla Matilde

Today we have the release day blitz of Sibylla Matilde’s The Naughty Pine! Check out this gorgeous new romance and be sure to get your copy today!  

Title: The Naughty Pine 
Author: Sibylla Matilde
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Synopsis

 On the fourteenth anniversary of my first divorce, I went to a kink club.

Thirty-three and no clue who I was. What I wanted out of life. I only knew it was passing me by and I was tired.

Tired of surviving the day-to-day.

Tired of trying to forgive myself for two failed marriages.

Tired of being a single mother with no semblance of a social life, of bending over backwards to be a fitting role model for my teenage daughter.

That was, until I stepped foot in The Naughty Pine.

I didn’t plan to participate. I only went to appease the dark corners of my curiosity. To see something wild and taboo and full of life. Something sinful to shock the loneliness clean out of my system.

Don’t know what I expected, but it sure wasn’t him…


Excerpt

 “You and I really need to have a talk,” he quietly stated.

“About what?” I asked, somewhat dazed.

“You and I.”

My heart stopped. In a sudden panic, afraid of what he might say, I clumsily weaved against him and lifted up on my tippy-toes. Clasping my hands against his bearded jaw, I sought his lips. I prayed that his arms would come around me, and I dang near cried when he firmly pulled me tight up against him.

“Där—” he whispered against my lips.

“I don’t want to talk, Jace,” I whispered back. My fingertip trailed down his chest, reaching the edge of his Henley at his waist before dipping up to touch his bare skin. Raking my nails up his torso, I relished in the deep indrawn breath that tore through him.   “I just want to pretend you still love me.”

“Honey, I don’t have to pretend.”

“That’s right,” I said against his lips, deliberately misunderstanding. There was simply too much to lose if I believed in him. I’d done it before and it had about killed me. So I chose to take this all as a dream. A fantasy. “Exactly, just like that.”


About the Author

Sibylla Matilde grew up on the back of a horse exploring in the mountain valleys of Southwest Montana. She attended a two-room schoolhouse 1st through 6th grade where she had same teacher the whole time. At the age of 12, Siby discovered historical romance, devouring the work of Jude Devereaux, Lisa Kleypas, and Karen Robards. She began writing in 2013 with her debut novel, Little Conversations, and self-published ten works over the next three years. She took a few years off to deal with life (it proved very difficult to move on from her Bangin’ Mofos…they were a blast to write), but is back at the keyboard with new steamy stories brewing in her naughty little brain.

Music is her emotional trigger. Growing up with a Wagnarian-opera-loving mother, Sibylla loves music that digs deep into her soul and covers her with goosebumps. The soundtrack to her life includes different genres and generations, but her favorites include Thirty Seconds to Mars (she’s a bit obsessive about Jared Leto, actually), Kings of Leon, The Killers, My Chemical Romance, and many other artists and bands. Her inspiration playlists on Spotify truly drive her writing, and she loves to share her eclectic taste with anyone who will listen.

Siby strives to write books that make the reader bask in the sweet glow of new love, burn hot with a passionate intensity, and day drink from gut-wrenching heartache. Her characters are not world-famous rock stars or billionaires, rather every-day small-town people experiencing their own extraordinary romantic adventures in the Rocky Mountains she calls home.

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Beneath the Stars (Falling Stars #4) by A.L. Jackson

Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

Published on: 22 February 2021
Published by: A.L. Jackson Books Inc.
Type: HEA, series, standalone
Genre: Family Saga, Billionaire Romance, Contemporary Romance, Drama, Suspense/Mystery
Author: A.L. Jackson
Read: 10 February 2021
Shelved: 11 February 2021
Rating: 4/ 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Synopsis

Maggie Fitzgerald is the last girl I should think about taking to my bed.

On the cusp of turning 21, she has her whole life waiting out ahead of her. Sexy AF while still radiating an innocence that I know better than to taint.
And here I am, itching to reach out and touch a girl who is so forbidden that just thinking about her feels like committing a mortal sin.
Thing is, I love playing with fire.

Rhys Manning is everything I shouldn’t want.

Country-rock’s newest superstar.
Fun. Wild. Ready to show the world a good time.
He’s so off-limits it isn’t even funny.
So out of reach he might as well be a poster tacked on my wall.
Too bad every time he looks at me, my heart races out of control.

Now, I’m stuck living with him for the entire summer…

We’re only supposed to be friends. Still, I should have known it was a terrible idea when I started sneaking into his room. Especially when it’s clear he’s keeping secrets.
Secrets that might destroy us both.
One touch, and I want more.
One kiss, and I’m spiraling out of control.
I know it’s reckless to start dancing in the flames.
But in exchange for getting to spend one night with this brooding bad boy? I might be willing to get burned…


Review

Meghan “Maggie” Fritzgerald is the sister of Royce, leader of the band, A Riot of Roses, and is the husband of Emily of Carolina George. 
Rhys Manning is part of a band called Carolina George and is the best friend of Emily, Maggie’s sister-in-law. He is the big, bad “playboy” and even has a hashtag for his female fans.
Maggie and Rhys are just friends. They also know that there is something undeniable between them. BUT nothing is to happen – so they stayed away, kept to themselves, and focus on their endeavors. Except, this summer, with everything that happened to Maggie and a band collaboration between Carolina George and A Riot of Roses, Maggie and Rhys will be orbiting each other in very close proximity.

Beneath the Stars is my first time reading one of the author’s works.
Initially, this book was a challenging read for me. Don’t get me wrong – The writing is excellent and relatable (to a point), but coming midway into a series is tougher. I had to learn so many characters to at one go and run with what they say, so even backstories would have been assumed. I got hold of myself and had a crash course on who was who quickly. I had to catch up fast to overcome all the information because the other characters were already living their HEA stories in the book. 

If you plan to start the series, I would say to start from Book 1 since spoilers would have been out by this book. I was slightly overwhelmed because of not reading the previous books. There were many implied secrets that the book tackled, especially about what Maggie went through. For those who want to push through, do not fear, readers! Everything will become apparent and will slowly unravel in about 1/3th of the way. By then, I was relieved to be on the “same page” as everyone.

Both main characters have dark pasts that are not immediately disclosed in the book, unless maybe if you read the series from the beginning. Maggie and Rhys’ pasts’ is filled with blackmail, threats, traumatic pasts, and tragedy to themselves and their loved ones. There was little love or hope between them, so their reaction to relationships in general – familial or otherwise is not in the best states. These pasts made them put up brave fronts for all to see as they are the opposite inside. Maggie and Rhys prefer to keep it within themselves than ask for help outside. They believe they are protecting each other and their loved ones but taking on and deciding without consulting anyone. Both act “normal,” though Rhys puts a braver front – a joker, carefree but broken man. 

…sometimes brokenness went so deep it was hard to reach the bottom of it, and I was sure Rhys was terrified to dig around in the gaping ravine of his past.

— Beneath the Stars, A.L. Jackson

As things try to get sorted out within Rhys and Maggie, something big, separate and sinister is brewing and threatening to destroy each individual. There are other backstories related to their pasts – secrets that torn families apart and will bring in the suspense that readers will thoroughly enjoy to balance out the gut-wrenching emotions inside the main characters.

…squinting more in the bare light when I saw the lettering on the back.
I’m already yours.

— Beneath the Stars, A.L. Jackson

If you thought Rhys’ and Maggie’s internal conflicts would stay in the past, readers – nope. It becomes more significant than anticipated – the flashbacks, the revelations, and the ending. It all climaxed into unprecedented proportions that my head is still reeling with what happened. It will “blow your mind!”  
I love Maggie’s character development from her “victimized past” to the strong fighter at the end of this book. She rose from her past and did not let it stop her from seeking justice for herself and the “womenkind.” 
Rhys has his own “alpha-protector” phase that I enjoyed seeing though it was a lot later – closer to the end that his purpose and intentions were more apparent. There was a lot to take in when the secrets came out. Rhys discovers what he thought was the truth is all a lie, and harboring this “supposed truth” wrecked him for close to a decade, but he did good in the end. The ending was epic – full of suspense. I was gaping, but it all made so much sense!!!

The humor/cute moments were great! I laughed during the parts that little Daisy Mae is around to infuse humor, especially her language and her banter with Uncle Rhys. She undoubtedly got the accent down and have everyone “wrapped around” her cute fingers. A great addition to a suspenseful book.

Overall, I highly recommend Beneath the Stars (and most definitely the Fallen Stars series) to readers who love their “full of feels,” broken leads, strong female protagonists, and some family ties banter/humor. 

Readers need this book! It has electrifying romance, powerful connections, and mystery/suspense elements that will make you revisit the book even after you closed out the last chapter. It will make you re-read critical chapters to see if you missed out on any of the clues that could have prepared you for the revelations.

And my heart – it got molded into a new shape. It got mended into the shape of you.

— Beneath the Stars, A.L. Jackson

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About the Author

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A.L. Jackson is the New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance. She writes emotional, sexy, heart-filled stories about boys who usually like to be a little bit bad.
Her bestselling series include THE REGRET SERIES, CLOSER TO YOU, BLEEDING STARS, FIGHT FOR ME, CONFESSIONS OF THE HEART, and FALLING STARS novels. Grab her latest stand-alone, CATCH ME WHEN I FALL, free with Kindle Unlimited!
If she’s not writing, you can find her hanging out by the pool with her family, sipping cocktails with her friends, or of course with her nose buried in a book.

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Blog Tour: Adam: Small Town Family Romance (Winter Peaks Book 1) by Anna Castor

Author: Anna Castor
Series: Winter Peaks #1
Release Date: February 19, 2020

ADAM is book one in the Winter Peaks series about the ups and downs of several families in a small tourist town in Colorado. The series is a spin-off of the sweet and sexy Lucky Irish series, about several close-knit families in Austin, Texas.

Each book is an interconnected standalone. As we read a new sexy romance, we can also catch up with favorite characters throughout the series.

Although the heroine, Caitlin, comes from the Lucky Irish series, it’s not required to read those books first.

This book can be read as a standalone.

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Synopsis

If Caitlin Ryan had known Pops’ grandsons in Colorado were freaking hot with an equal amount of irritating traits, she’d picked another place to overthink her life. Adam Mills, the oldest brother of the family that agreed to take her in, has an unnerving sexy confidence and overall hotness. And the former snowboard star has his eyes set on her.

As an Olympic gold medalist on the half-pipe, Adam Mills has seen and done it all before. He’s finally ready to give his heart to a woman and settle down. But can Adam win over Caitlin’s heart?

Welcome to Winter Peaks, Colorado! A small tourist town where all year round, people come and go to enjoy the mountains. But the families of the Winter Peaks series have made the town their home.

ღ Small town romance
ღ Strong heroine & steamy alpha man
ღ Funny, relatable family members


Excerpt

“Here, let me help you.” Adam leaned over her shoulder and secured her. His closeness did wonders for her nerves. “We can go together? Maybe that would make you more comfortable?”

She shot a glance at the zipline. “Can we?”

“Sure.” Adam made work of clasping their clips to the next lanyard. He stepped to the end of the platform, turned around and squatted with his ass partially hanging over the platform.

“Hop on,” he said on a wink.

“Oh, my God. You can’t be serious?”

“Yeah, Cait, I am. If you want to go together, you must straddle me.”

Her eyes widened. Adam laughed and said, “Ah, come on. Bring those pretty titties to my face.”

She busted out laughing at his way with words. “Geez. Such a sweet talker.”

He joined her laugh and after a beat he said, “I promise you’ll enjoy the ride…”

“I’m going to hop on, just to shut you up.”

Caitlin straddled his tree trunk thighs and held herself stiffly in an upright position.

With one hand, he swooped her closer to him. So close, she felt him. There.

Her body tingled all over and her palms got sweaty again.

His breath caressed her throat. Caitlin almost let a moan slip from her mouth. She quickly coughed to cover the sound.

“Just sit back and relax. Let me do all the work,” he said with the biggest grin she’d seen.

“I bet you say that to all the girls,” she laughed, but the hint of truth to those words also pained her.


About the Author

Anna loves to write heartfelt and steamy romance series. She falls in love with her characters as they go through their ups and downs. Anna laughs out loud behind her laptop as she writes the banter between siblings. Sometimes she cries as a result from the real talk that comes with family. There’s no hiding from a nosy Pops 😉 Her books are for mature readers only because of their steamy content.

Author of the Lucky Irish series. A series about several large and close-knit Irish families in Austin, TX with strong heroines, quirky family banter and steamy alpha’s.

Anna is a former wedding photographer turned author. While photographing weddings, Anna loved being a part of the couple’s special day to tell their (love) story through her pictures. Each wedding had a different story to tell: the histories of the bride and groom, their family dynamics, their challenges in life, and of course, how they met and fell in love.

And now Anna takes her readers through the troubles and hardships her characters may come across on their journey to a happily ever after.

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