Review: Love in Europe

Have you ever read a book and just didn’t feel like you could connect with any of the characters?

That’s how I felt while I was reading Love in Europe. Granted, I loved Barb, a side character who, for me stole every scene she was in and I definitely wanted more of her. But I didn’t feel a connection with Ab or Celine.

What kept me interested was the adventure through Europe and the description of the tours Ab takes her our group on. It had me wishing for better days when I can be traveling through Europe myself.

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What comes next when all your dreams are coming true?

Annabelle has it all. She finally owns her own tourism company and travels the world. She loves her life. But what happens when you have it all, and it’s not enough anymore?

The universe may just have the answer for her…

After a mix-up with another group, she’s stuck with the sexy and brooding Celine for the next few weeks.

After a rough breakup, Celine wants nothing more than to do her job driving tourists around Europe. No matter how hard Celine tries to resist Annabelle, the assertive American, with her quick mouth and sleeve of tattoos, gets under her skin.

Can Annabelle capture Celine’s heart? Or will Celine’s past destroy Annabelle’s dream of love?

Love in Europe is the second in the Love Abroad series and can be read as a standalone book. This FF contemporary romance is filled with laughs, steam and a whole lot of heart!

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EXCERPT

The limestone cliffs are jagged and unwelcoming from the boat. The small entrance to the cave is even less welcoming from this view. Celine tenses under my arms, and I squeeze her tighter to me.

“Lean back, everyone, so you do not hit your head on the rocks,” the boat guide instructs.

Celine leans back into me, as I lean into the back of the boat. The oars scraping against the side of the boat are heavy as we head into darkness. We pass under the walls of the cave with inches to spare. The sun disappears as darkness takes over. Inside the cave, bright aquamarine colors dance in the water. Finally able to sit up, we see a few other boats drift lazily in the cave.

“The waters are pristine,” Celine whispers. “Stunning.”

The water reflecting off her face is what’s stunning. She’s still leaning back into me, not quite ready to let go in this tiny cave. Voices echo off the walls as we take in the crystal waters. 

“I don’t think the water at the beach is this clear.” The water whirls and sparkles with the motion of the boat. It’s like thousands of gleaming diamonds are floating just beneath the surface. “Thank you for coming with me, Celine. I’m glad I got to experience this place with you,” I whisper softly into her ear. 

She grabs my hand and places a kiss in the center of my palm. “I should be thanking you. I get to have all these new and wonderful experiences I wouldn’t have if I was with my usual group.”

Her deep brown eyes are mirrors for the water. Now that we have this thing between us, her eyes give her away. I love seeing how happy she is on this adventure with me. These last few trips, I was left to explore on my own. Or I just stayed near the hotel and did any planning from afar. But having Celine at my side now makes these little side trips infinitely better. I can be carefree with someone at my side.

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AUTHOR BIO 

Emily Silver is a lover of all romance books and a first time writer. As an avid travel, she’s been to all seven continents and sailed around the world. What better way to start writing than with traveling!?

When she’s not writing, Emily is working to pay for her next big adventure, trying to learn a foreign language and reading all the romance she can get her hands on!

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Review: A Very Friendly Valentine’s Day

Are you ready for Valentine’s Day romance books to be a thing, because A Very Friendly Valentine’s Day has here for all of them!

This was so unique – the majority of the story takes place on an Amtrak train from LA to Chicago. I don’t think I’ve ever read a romance that takes place on a train before! 

Eddie is heading to New York City to meet his Instagram girlfriend for the first time for Valentine’s Day. His best friend, who also happens to be a girl, Birdie, has a New Year’s resolution to see NYC, and scheduled her trip over Valentine’s Day as well, total coincidence. But Birdie is afraid to fly, and Eddie decides to ride the rails with her to make sure she gets to the East Coast safely.

The fun begins when the two board the train in LA and realize their family suite isn’t very large. And they’ll be spending the next 3 days in very tight quarters.

I definitely found myself laughing out loud as Birdie and Eddie tried to navigate living in the small living  space and the train travel, and their feelings for each other.

The sexy, steamy scenes were steamy but also felt very honest and realistic. So did the feelings between two friends who were finally coming to terms with their romantic feelings for one another.

This was a fun, cute read, and definitely had me dreaming of long train adventures.

A Very Friendly Valentine’s Day tied into Kayley Loring’s A Very Bossy Christmas, but can definitely be read as a standalone.

Thank you to Give Me Books PR and author Kayley Loring for the advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion!

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EDDIE: Cancel your dinky little roomette on the train. I’m booking us two of the big bedroom suites. 

BIRDIE: I’ll cancel it AFTER you’ve booked the other sleeper rooms. And reimburse you.

EDDIE: Don’t worry about it. Just cancel your tickets. I got this. Round trip. I’m on the Amtrak website right now.

BIRDIE: You don’t have to leave NYC when I do! You’ll hardly be able to spend any time with your Instagram girlfriend that you’ve never met!

EDDIE: It’s fine. She’ll be fine with it. Cancel your tickets.

BIRDIE: You aren’t going to stop texting me until I’ve canceled them, are you?

EDDIE: Damn right I’m not. Just do it. You can thank me later.

***

EDDIE: Um. Did you cancel your tickets?

BIRDIE: Yes, Edward. I canceled them.

EDDIE: Okay, because it turns out they only had one Family Bedroom from LA to Chicago. But the good news is I booked it for us. It’s the biggest room they had. The bad news is I booked it for us. And it’s the only sleeper room they have left now.

EDDIE: In related news, there was also only one room left from Chicago to New York. 

EDDIE: Hands up if you’re excited! *man raising hand emoji*

BIRDIE: I am so mad at you right now.

***

BIRDIE: I’ve compiled a list of ground rules re shared train bedroom. Check your email, please read carefully, and refer to it again on the ninth of February. Thank you.

EDDIE: *nerd face emoji* Received. I have some notes. 

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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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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: Swept Away

I am so sad that Swept Away in the end of the Wildfire Lake series. I loved spending time with this group of characters and becoming immersed in the town of Wildfire.

While Swept Away is the third book in the series, you can definitely read these out of order, or read this one as a standalone.

Swept Away is Chloe’s story. Chloe, KT and Layla became friends during a sudden cyclone that hit a yoga and meditation retreat Chloe was teaching and KT and Layla were attending.

Chloe is such a relatable character for me. She’s been hurt by a previous relationship and doesn’t want to get involved because she’s still healing from the betrayal.

However, Xavier has been in love with Chloe sine he moved to Wildfire, but was friend-zoned because of Chloe’s inability to open herself to new romantic relationships. But when the man who hurt Chloe so much comes to town, Xavier finds the perfect opportunity to escape the friend-zone, even if it’s just an act.

This is a really cute friends-to-lovers romance. I really enjoyed the growth from friends to lovers – not to mention the tension and the heat – with Chloe and Xavier. 

I also found myself sitting and thinking about my breathing and my inner thoughts as Chloe thought about her inner monologue or taught a meditation class. 

At under 300 pages, this short romance read is a swift read, but definitely packs a punch. With less than 40 pages left, I was on the edge of my seat wondering how the author was possibly going to tie things up! 

Thank you to the author, Skye Jordan, for gifting me with a finished copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion!

COVER REVEAL: Kickstart My Heart

Series: Burgers and Brew Crüe #1

Author: Lacey Black

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Cover Design: Melissa Gill

Photo: Wander Aguiar

Model: Pat Tanski

Release Date: February 9, 2021

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Walker

There’s nothing better than a packed house on a Saturday night, and co-owning the hottest restaurant and bar in town with my best friends, isn’t so bad either. We put everything into Burgers and Brew. My job is to keep the alcohol moving and the patrons coming back for more. I won’t let anyone break my focus.

That was until I saw her.

As much as I try, I can’t fight it. Mallory makes me crave a future I never wanted for my own.

Now, I want it all.

Mallory

When I started my new job at a local specialty burger restaurant, I wasn’t expecting to find a tall, dark, and devastatingly handsome distraction in the form of Walker Meyer. He’s one of the owners, which means hands off. Only problem, it’s a lot easier said than done.

Especially when he’s so good with my daughter.

I try to keep him at a distance, but he’s insistent, slowly breaking down every one of my walls. He’s fighting to convince me I can trust him with not only my heart, but my daughter’s too.

I pray he’s right.


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Lacey Black is a Midwestern girl with a passion for reading and writing. She carries her e-reader with her everywhere she goes so she never misses an opportunity to read a few pages. Always looking for a happily ever after, Lacey is passionate about contemporary romance novels and enjoys it further when you mix in a little suspense. She resides in a small town in Illinois with her husband, two children, and a chocolate lab. Lacey loves shooting guns and should only consume one mixed drink because she’s a lightweight.


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COVER REVEAL: A Very Friendly Valentine’s Day

Title: A Very Friendly Valentine’s Day

Author: Kayley Loring

Genre: Steamy Romantic Comedy

Cover Design: Kari March Designs

Photo: miquelanxo

Model: Sergio Carvajal

Release Date: January 14, 2021

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EDDIE: Cancel your dinky little roomette on the train. I’m booking us two of the big bedroom suites. 

BIRDIE: I’ll cancel it AFTER you’ve booked the other sleeper rooms. And reimburse you.

EDDIE: Don’t worry about it. Just cancel your tickets. I got this. Round trip. I’m on the Amtrak website right now.

BIRDIE: You don’t have to leave NYC when I do! You’ll hardly be able to spend any time with your Instagram girlfriend that you’ve never met!

EDDIE: It’s fine. She’ll be fine with it. Cancel your tickets.

BIRDIE: You aren’t going to stop texting me until I’ve canceled them, are you?

EDDIE: Damn right I’m not. Just do it. You can thank me later.

***

EDDIE: Um. Did you cancel your tickets?

BIRDIE: Yes, Edward. I canceled them.

EDDIE: Okay, because it turns out they only had one Family Bedroom from LA to Chicago. But the good news is I booked it for us. It’s the biggest room they had. The bad news is I booked it for us. And it’s the only sleeper room they have left now.

EDDIE: In related news, there was also only one room left from Chicago to New York. 

EDDIE: Hands up if you’re excited! *man raising hand emoji*

BIRDIE: I am so mad at you right now.

***

BIRDIE: I’ve compiled a list of ground rules re shared train bedroom. Check your email, please read carefully, and refer to it again on the ninth of February. Thank you.

EDDIE: *nerd face emoji* Received. I have some notes. 

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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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Review: The Mountain Man’s Runaway Bride

I am absolutely in love with the men of Matrimony, Alaska! The Mountain Man’s Runaway Bride, the second in the series by L. Nicole, focuses on Ash finding his forever wife.

Dixie is flying into Matrimony because she agreed to be a mail-order-bride, but when she doesn’t have sparks for the man she’s suppose to marry, but does with Ash, she leaves her groom at the alter.

The Matrimony, Alaska series are perfect, quick romance reads! And, I adored reading Ash’s story. He’s so tender and sweet, and readers can immediately feel the spark between he and Dixie.

I also like that the author didn’t write Dixie to be a perfect, mass-media ideal woman, but a curvy woman and let Ash worship her body.

I cannot wait for more mountain men from Matrimony, Alaska! These are such fun weekend reads!

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Running away from her wedding seemed like the perfect option, until the best man decides to chase her.


When Ash Grayson agreed to stand in as best man at his friend’s wedding, he was only doing it to get a glimpse at the single women in the crowd.

He never thought that the one catching his eye would be the bride to be.

Dixie Sutton was beautiful—long flowing black hair, huge doe eyes, with curves a man could drive for miles.

And those are just a few of the things that Ash likes.

Ash’s friend might be mad as hell when Dixie stops the wedding, but Ash?

He’s determined to chase down the runaway bride and make sure she stays in Alaska with a ring on her finger.

His ring.

Welcome back to the town of Matrimony, Alaska. A town full of Mountain Men looking for the women of their dreams. I’m bringing you back in town just in time for the New Year. Ash has plans to ring out 2020 happily ever after style.

Please note this book is a standalone, safe, drama free, and tied up in a pretty bow.
 
 
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L. Nicole likes to write quick romance stories that are safe, hot, and easy reads to take you away from reality. 
 
 
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Review: Stroke of Luck

Stroke of Luck was my first book by Opal Carew and it definitely did not disappoint.

I have to say, though, I wasn’t a huge fan of how quickly Quinn flipped from “April’s a gold-digging good for nothing biotch” to “yeah, we could have a sexual relationship where you stay with me for a whole month” to “I’m in love with her.”

I liked that Carew kept the plot going throughout the whole book, even once Quinn and Austin and April become physical together.

I didn’t LOVE April. Through the entirety of the book, she just grated on me the wrong way. I think it’s because she was so attention needy – and don’t get me wrong, I love being the center of attention. But the fact that she left one man because he was focused on studying for his future and couldn’t spend all of his time with her, and then was ready to marry a man who used his money to make her feel like he was showering her with attention, really made me dislike her. 

All of that said, the steamy scenes between April, Austin and Quinn were definitely steamy and the story moved along quickly, and kept me engaged. I read this really fast and couldn’t put it down.

Review: The Mountain Man’s Bad Luck Bride

I’m a sucker for romance stories set in Alaska. So when I saw L. Nicole’s Matrimony Alaska series I was totally on board!

When Agnes booked a two-week vacation in Alaska, she didn’t anticipate her bad luck following her. First, she booked at a resort in a remote town that the major airlines don’t fly to and she needs a local air taxi to take her there.

Unfortunately, her bad luck strikes mid-flight and they crash in the lake in Matrimony. Locals help to rescue her and the pilot, but not before her rescuer falls in instant love with her.

In the remote town, with no way back to Juneau to fly home, her rescuer, Birk, invites her to stay with him. 

I’m absolutely okay with the instant love trope, but the sexy sexy scene in this felt just a little off to me. Almost like he pushed Agnes (a virgin) into it. Or it was too quick into their relationship. Like, come, stay at my house…oh, and maybe stay in my bed, now. (Queue sexy eyebrow waggle.)

Overall though, I enjoyed this. It was a quick read, and despite that initial discomfort with Birk, I found him to be a likable guy who wanted to take care of Agnes.

The Mountain Man’s Bad Luck Bride is the first in the series, and while I’m not much of a series reader, I’m really excited to read more stories about finding love in Matrimony, Alaska. The Mountain Man’s Runaway Bride, Ash’s story, releases on December 30, 2020.

Review: Daughter of Darkness

I spent the first couple of chapters of Daughter of Darkness confused about what was going on, but I’m glad I pushed through and kept reading.

Two parallel storylines – the past wit Kianna and the present with Kenna – and the thread that ties them together is Devon.

Devon is a warrior, called on by the gods to fix a mistake he made , but has no memory of the mistake and has no guidance from the gods on what his mission is.

I really enjoyed this story, flipping back and forth between the past and present, and, since the reader, similar to Devon, doesn’t know what his mission is, is figuring it out as the book progresses. 

There is a sexy sexy scene in this book, which makes me question whether this should be classified as YA (it is listed as “Upper YA/NA Contemporary Fantasy Romance”). Maybe I’m just being a prude? Maybe it’s because the 18 year old is sleeping with an immortal who’s hundred of years older than her (talk about an age gap!)?

I will say, I figured out Devon’s mission before he did in the book, which made the last couple of chapters before the next set of action drag a little bit for me. But, even regardless of that, I enjoyed Daughter of Darkness.

Thank you to Book of Matches Media and Juliana Haygert for the gifted copy of this book!

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She is destined to kill a demon.
He is sent to protect her.
One of them is about to fail …

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He spent centuries in the dark …
 
After 300 years spent in the underworld as a punishment, warrior Devon is called on by the gods for a chance to fix his mistake–and to win his redemption. But there’s a catch: the gods won’t tell him details about his mission. He’s supposed to suffer while trying to figure out what he did wrong in the past, and fix it in the present.
 
All Kenna ever wanted was to be the owner of her own life and destiny. But for now all she can do is run away from the evil wanting to claim her powers.
 
 … until she came …
 
When Devon becomes unintentionally entangled in his new neighbor’s life, he can’t help but feel he’s closer to his purpose. Every moment he spends with Kenna makes him confused, and every time he touches her, glimpses of the past, of his failed mission, come back to haunt him.
 
… and showed him the light.
 
Darkness is closing in, and with Kenna’s help, Devon needs to put the pieces of the puzzle together before he fails his mission again and evil consumes the world.
 
Only this time, he’s sure he won’t be the only one damned.