Review: Mistletoe and Mr. Right

I loved The Tourist Attraction when I read it last year. Zoey and Graham and the town of Moose Springs just warmed my heart.

Zoey’s friend Lana, on the other hand, was my least favorite character in the book. Right from the beginning of The Tourist Attraction, Lana rubbed me the wrong way.

However, Mistletoe and Mr. Right is Lana’s story of finding love and romance. I was so excited to spend time in Moose Springs, but a little wary of spending multiple hours with Lana.

That said, Lana comes off much more sympathetic and likable in this book. 

Lana is spending the holidays in Moose Springs – her family is all over the world working on deals and with clients for the Montgomery Group. She’s been in Moose Springs working on the Moose Springs deal to build condos above the town.

Lana’s budding relationship with the town’s billiard hall owner is sweet. I enjoyed watching as the two of them grew their friendship and eventually their romantic feelings. 

I found myself warming up to Lana, and loved visiting with Graham and Zoey and the doggy Jake. And I definitely found myself laughing at some of the antics that they all got into throughout the holiday season in Moose Springs.

While this is the second book in the Moose Springs series, it can definitely be read and enjoyed as a standalone.

Thank you to Sourcebooks Casablanca and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for my honest review.

Review: In a Holidaze

This was 100% a Bookstagram made me do it, purchase. In a Holidaze was such a fun book to end 2020 on.

Mae and her family, spend Christmas in Utah with their extended chosen family. On the way to the airport, Mae makes a wish to the universe to “show her what makes her happy.” Then her family’s car is t-boned by an oncoming truck on the way to the airport, and Mae wakes up back on the plane heading to Utah, at the beginning of their Christmas celebrations and stuck in a time loop.

This was such a cute story about family – the one we are born into and the one we choose – and finding and being yourself. I definitely got Groundhog Day vibes from this story.

I will say, I wanted to know more about how and why the time looping started and ended, it almost felt forgotten. Or, I maybe I wanted another loop thrown in in the 2nd half of the book?

I really liked Mae, I thought she was an easy character to root for and relate to – someone who is a pleaser and is learning how to be who she really is through the time-looping.

I also thought the relationship came together a little too quickly and smoothly, but in a sweet romcom, I also didn’t want too much drama, either.

I also like the chosen family dynamic. Mae’s mom and dad are divorced, but still spent every Christmas together with their friends from college at this cabin in Utah. It’s their tradition to come together every year and the group’s traditions made that crazy time between Christmas and New Year’s feel extra cozy for me as I read.

Book Feature! Mail-Order Brides for Christmas

Mail-Order Brides for Christmas
Authors: Fiona Davenport, Frankie Love, Hope Ford, Kelli Callahan, S.E. Law & Tracy Lorraine
Genre: Steamy Mail Order Bride Romance
Release Date: November 17, 2020

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The Mistletoe Brothers are ready to save Snow Valley … even if it means marrying complete strangers.

The six women who arrive in this mountainside town all have very different reasons for agreeing to an arranged marriage. And none of them quite know what to make of the six ruggedly handsome brothers who greet them. 

But they do know this: there’s no turning back.

It’s Christmas, the season for miracles … but is it also the season for falling in love?

Join six of your favorite romance authors this holiday as they show you around the most romantic town you’ve ever visited. It’s got an ice-skating rink where you can hold hands, hot cocoa to sip by the fire, and plenty of mistletoe that you can kiss under. This collection of all new stories are filled with high heat…because with six brothers, there are plenty of packages to unwrap.

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Review: Love on the Rocks

This was the such a fun romance read right now – as the days are getting shorter and the the weather is getting cooler. Melina works in guest services at Holiday Springs Resort in a mountain town in Pennsylvania. 

(Living in PA all of my life, I could picture that small, mountain town, the ski resort at the heart of it so clearly. The foliage turning beautiful colors this time of year and the cold biting winters that bring lots and lots of snow.)

After Melina’s mother passes away, she becomes the breadwinner for her family – two younger sisters and her father who has had a stroke and can no longer work. With bills piling up for the house, her car, medical bills, Melina doesn’t have time for a relationship. Especially since she’s gunning for a promotion at the resort.

Which is why, when Zane Wilder asks her out, she flat out tells him no. 

It’s not a romance novel without a little tension, right?

Zane does convince Melina into a date – one single date. And he absolutely woos her, in a way that, seriously, every boyfriend, girlfriend, significant other out there needs to read about because, seriously, I don’t know how anyone could resist that sort of  wooing.

I was definitely cheering on Melina throughout this book. While the romance was fun and the steamy scenes were fun, Melina working hard despite her challenges, supporting herself and her family, and wanting to make it on her own, without meddling from Zane, I completely understood that feeling. I wanted to give her a big ol’ hug and I wanted to be her friend – because someone who cares that much about their family and their job would be a welcomed addition to my network and support system. 

Love on the Rocks is a standalone in the Holiday Springs Resort series by Kim Bailey.

Thank you to Give Me Books PR and author Kim Bailey for the advanced reading copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

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Melina Morales is a good girl.  

A hardworking, ambitious, follows-all-the-rules girl. Maybe that’s why her coworkers call her the ice queen. She might care if it weren’t for the looming pile of debt and her family depending on her. But with her dream job on the line, she’s determined to succeed, no matter the sacrifice.

There’s just one tiny, six-foot-something problem…

Zane Wilder is a bad boy.

The Holiday Springs bartender is the guy everyone turns to for a good time—especially the women. Except, lately he’s been unsatisfied. Maybe it’s got something to do with the drunken kiss he shared with Melina, but since he’s not interested in commitment, he figures there’ll never be a chance to find out.

When Melina agrees to one date in return for a favor, they both quickly realize there’s something between them. But it’s going to take Zane a lot more than his fun-loving ways and easy charm to convince the good girl to give him a serious shot.

This time, he’ll have to risk his heart.

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AUTHOR BIO

Kim Bailey is a born procrastinator and sarcasm junkie who gets her motivation from coffee and good books. She enjoys lively conversations, usually with imaginary people, and can often be found daydreaming at work.

Most of all, she loves writing about love.

Her romance stories range from small-town contemporaries to action-packed suspense but always have a high heat level. She writes strong-willed women, broody alpha males, deep family bonds, and fiercely passionate lovers.

Kim proudly became a USA Today Best-Selling Author with her contribution to Wanted: An Outlaw Anthology. This charity anthology raised over $5000.00 for St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital.

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Review: A Very Bossy Christmas

I don’t think I have laughed so much while reading a Christmas romance as I did while reading A Very Bossy Christmas. Man, oh man, the banter between Maddie and Declan was laugh out loud funny. Not to mention the steamy parts being hot enough to warm you up on a cold winter night.

And, while I loved Maddie and Declan, Maddie’s 14-year-old niece, Piper, totally stole the show in this one for me! She’s so fun and spunky and obviously loves her aunt and wants her to be happy. But I truly, truly loved her text exchanges with Declan and getting a peek into her diaries.

This might have been my first foray into the fake dating trope, and to be honest, I didn’t hate it. Although, admittedly, it was so cute that Declan had feelings for Maddie from the very beginning and that he uses the fake dating as a cover to not have to actually ask her on a proper date.

I also have to say, my nerdy, geeky side appreciated the references to some of my favorite fandoms. I mean, Maddie definitely has the best Star Wars reference, hands down. I cracked up, and I’m definitely stealing it.

Thank you to author Kayley Loring, and Give Me Books PR for the review copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

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What’s the actual last thing you’d ever want your executive assistant to see you doing the morning after you had hot, drunk, angry sex with her in a terrible hotel room? Dancing around your terrible hotel room to “Come and Get Your Love” like Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy—naked? Yeah. Me too.

And yet, here we are.

This isn’t even the most unprofessional thing that’s happened between us in the past couple of weeks.

The first was when I agreed to let her have Christmas Day off, but only if she goes with me to three family gatherings as my fake girlfriend.

The second was when she caught me belting out a Christmas song on stage in the awful hotel bar.

The third was the hot, drunk, angry sex that followed, but I do not regret it.

And she hasn’t even found out the real reason I need her by my side this holiday season.

I need to pull it together before I do the dumbest, most unprofessional thing of all—fall head over heels in love with the only assistant who’s lasted more than a month at the job and claims to hate me and my moods more than she hates eggnog.

And I’ve seen how much she hates eggnog.

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Before writing steamy romantic comedy novels, Kayley Loring got a BFA in creative writing from a Canadian university and had a fifteen-year career as a screenwriter in Los Angeles (under a different name). She mostly wrote PG-13 family comedies that studios would pay her lots of money for and then never make into movies. In 2017 she decided to move to the Pacific Northwest and write about all the fun stuff that she wasn’t allowed to write about in those PG-13 scripts. Now she’s breathing cleaner air and writing dirtier words. It’s an adjustment she’s happily getting used to.

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COVER REVEAL: A Very Bossy Christmas

Title: A Very Bossy Christmas
Author: Kayley Loring
Genre: Steamy Romantic Comedy
Cover Design: Kari March Designs
Release Date: October 26, 2020
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What’s the actual last thing you’d ever want your executive assistant to see you doing the morning after you had hot, drunk, angry sex with her in a terrible hotel room? Dancing around your terrible hotel room to “Come and Get Your Love” like Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy—naked? Yeah. Me too.

And yet, here we are.

This isn’t even the most unprofessional thing that’s happened between us in the past couple of weeks.

The first was when I agreed to let her have Christmas Day off, but only if she goes with me to three family gatherings as my fake girlfriend.
The second was when she caught me belting out a Christmas song on stage in the awful hotel bar.
The third was the hot, drunk, angry sex that followed, but I do not regret it.

And she hasn’t even found out the real reason I need her by my side this holiday season.

I need to pull it together before I do the dumbest, most unprofessional thing of all—fall head over heels in love with the only assistant who’s lasted more than a month at the job and claims to hate me and my moods more than she hates eggnog.

And I’ve seen how much she hates eggnog.


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AUTHOR BIO

Before writing steamy romantic comedy novels, Kayley Loring got a BFA in creative writing from a Canadian university and had a fifteen-year career as a screenwriter in Los Angeles (under a different name). She mostly wrote PG-13 family comedies that studios would pay her lots of money for and then never make into movies. In 2017 she decided to move to the Pacific Northwest and write about all the fun stuff that she wasn’t allowed to write about in those PG-13 scripts. Now she’s breathing cleaner air and writing dirtier words. It’s an adjustment she’s happily getting used to.


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TEASER REVEAL: Spying Under the Mistletoe

Spying Under the Mistletoe (Love Undercover #2) by Stina Lindenblatt releases September 24!

She’s a former mafia princess. He’s been hired to track down her family secret… 
 
After escaping my life as a Russian mafia princess, I’ve got everything I could possibly want—other than a family.
 
So when the Christmas concert at the seniors’ residence where I volunteer is at risk of being canceled, I have a perfect solution. My kindergarten students can perform for them. Because who doesn’t love cute singing kids?
 
Well, it would be cute if I knew what the heck I was doing. On top of that, one of my grandfather’s enemies has a different future in mind for me, which is putting a major damper on the festivities.
 
Fortunately, Landon Reed, the sexy substitute teacher, might be the one person who can help me with both situations…
 
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My mission? Pretend to be a kindergarten teacher and become Chloe’s boyfriend so my team can track down her mafia cousin, the new crime boss who’s gone into hiding.
 
Except, my time in the Navy SEALs didn’t prepare me enough for this. For one, the last thing Chloe wants is a boyfriend. And what the heck do I know about teaching kids and putting on Christmas concerts?
 
But when her grandfather’s enemy attempts to kidnap her, the truth becomes a tangled mess—taking my heart along with it.
 
Because if there’s one thing Chloe doesn’t want, it’s to fall down the rabbit hole of her past. And that’s exactly where we’re heading.

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#1 While You Were Spying
 
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