Title: Kissed By the Rain
Author: Claudia Winter
Publication: February 17th 2017
This wildly romantic novel from the author of Apricot Kissesproves that the recipe for love sometimes needs just a dash of the unexpected—and the magic of the Scottish Highlands.
Josefine Sonnenthal has it all under control. A successful lawyer with a sensible fiancé and big plans for marriage and children, she is sure that everything in her life is going according to plan.
But without a very important family ring—one that may possess mystical powers to doom or bless Josefine’s impending marriage—there will be no wedding. And that’s why she finds herself on a plane heading to Scotland with her two eccentric great aunts, desperately searching for a wayward cousin who holds the coveted heirloom.
When Josefine finds herself in one near-disaster after another along the Highlands countryside, she repeatedly crosses paths with the handsome but notoriously moody confectioner, Aidan Murray. Enchanted by her lush new surroundings, she tries to resist his rugged charm, but soon she begins to question everything. Does having a plan really mean having it all together? Or could this unexpected love be the best plan yet?
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MY RATING: 5/5 STARS
I received a copy from Thomas Allen & Sons in exchange for an honest review.
I must admit that I asked to review this book because it reminded me so much of the movie Leap Year featuring Matthew Goode and Amy Adams that I had to read it like right now. It tells the story of Josefine who is living a pretty much perfect life. She’s a family lawyer, engaged to a man that is going to be made partner in her law firm, and she is financially stable with investments and multiple type of accounts. She strictly follows the rules and learn to be rational in a time when chaos occurs. Sounds a lot like Amy from Leap Year, huh?
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Title: The Devil’s Intern
Author: Donna Hosie
Publication: July 15th 2015
“How did you die?”
It’s the most popular question in Hell, and Mitchell Johnson has been answering it ever since he was hit by a bus at age seventeen and inexplicably ended up in the Underworld. Now Mitchell is The Devil’s intern in Hell’s accounting office. Lately, he’s noticed a disturbing trend: the volume of new arrivals is straining Hell’s limited resources. Then Mitchell overhears his boss discussing plans to limit newcomers with a legendary time travel mechanism. With a device like that, Mitchell realizes, he could change history and prevent his own death.
Mitchell’s plot goes awry when his three closest friends—Alfarin, the Viking prince; Elinor, from 17th-century London; and Melissa, from 1960s San Francisco—insert themselves into his plans. It soon becomes clear that the fates of all four are entwined in dangerous and unpredictable ways. With unforgettable characters and a thrilling premise, this original novel is by turns funny, poignant, and thought-provoking.
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We grow as humans.
We hopefully learn from our mistakes and become a ‘better’ person. You know that type of person that’s really kind, compassionate, sympathetic, patient, and basically any ‘good’ adjective there is out there?
Over the past few years of living, I realized that through self-growth and development, I learned that in the past I was an…asshole. More specifically, I was an asshole in my reviews. I mean, why not? I have the right to stand by my opinions and I solely believed that my readers wanted the truth and nothing but the truth. If I were to be extremely honest, I actually wrote my reviews thinking nobody would read them and therefore, they were open diaries to myself. I wanted to let the future me know why I exactly hated this book if I were ever to go back to it and wonder why my belly burns whenever I see it.
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Title: Confessions of a Domestic Failure
Author: Bunmi Laditan
Publication: May 2nd 2017
From the creator of The Honest Toddler comes a fiction debut sure to be a must-read for moms everywhere
There are good moms and bad momsand then there are hot-mess moms. Introducing Ashley Keller, career girl turned stay-at-home mom who’s trying to navigate the world of Pinterest-perfect, Facebook-fantastic and Instagram-impressive mommies but failing miserably.
When Ashley gets the opportunity to participate in the “Motherhood Better” bootcamp run by the mommy-blog-empire maven she idolizes, she jumps at the chance to become the perfect mom she’s always wanted to be. But will she fly high or flop?
With her razor-sharp wit and knack for finding the funny in everything, Bunmi Laditan creates a character as flawed and lovable as Bridget Jones or Becky Bloomwood while hilariously lambasting the societal pressures placed upon every new mother. At its heart, Ashley’s story reminds moms that there’s no way to be perfect, but many ways to be great.
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MY RATING: 4/5
I picked this book on a whim from a thrift shop and immediately purchased it when I read on the back that it was a mixture of Becky Bloomwood from Confessions of A Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella and Bridget jones.
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Obviously, I’m a reader.
I have a blog filled with majority of book reviews and promos. My instagram is dedicated to photos of books. And for the past month, I’ve spent 3 hours each week taking photos of books and I’ve read over 20 books for the month of February.
Reading is a hobby. For some, reading is taken more seriously. I remember for the past two or three years since starting the Goodreads Reading Challenge that it wasn’t just a challenge to read a certain amount of books each year but how many books I can read to surpass my personal goal. Then it went to being competitive against myself and beating my personal best.
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Title: My Lady’s Choosing
Author: Kitty Curran & Larissa Zageris
Publication: April 3rd 2018
The romance novel that lets you pick your path, follow your heart, and find happily ever after
You are the plucky but penniless heroine in the center of eighteenth-century society, courtship season has begun, and your future is at hand. Will you flip forward fetchingly to find love with the bantering baronet Sir Benedict Granville? Or turn the page to true love with the hardworking, horse-loving highlander Captain Angus McTaggart? Or perhaps race through the chapters chasing a good (and arousing) man gone mad, bad, and scandalous to know, Lord Garraway Craven? Or read on recklessly and take to the Continent as the “traveling companion” of the spirited and adventuresome Lady Evangeline? Or yet some other intriguing fate? Make choices, turn pages, and discover all the daring delights of the multiple (and intertwining!) storylines. And in every path you pick, beguiling illustrations bring all the lust and love to life.
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MY RATING: 4/5 STARS
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Title: The Upside of Falling Down
Author: Rebekah Crane
Publication: January 30th 2018
For Clementine Haas, finding herself is more than a nice idea. Ever since she woke up in an Irish hospital with complete amnesia, self-discovery has become her mission.
They tell her she’s the lone survivor of a plane crash. They tell her she’s lucky to be alive. But she doesn’t feel lucky. She feels…lost.
With the relentless Irish press bearing down on her, and a father she may not even recognize on his way from America to take her home, Clementine assumes a new identity and enlists a blue-eyed Irish stranger, Kieran O’Connell, to help her escape her forgotten life…and start a new one.
Hiding out in the sleepy town of Waterville, Ireland, Clementine discovers there’s an upside to a life that’s fallen apart. But as her lies grow, so does her affection for Kieran, and the truth about her identity becomes harder and harder to reveal, forcing Clementine to decide: Can she leave her past behind for a new love she’ll never forget?
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MY RATING: 5/5 STARS
I was given a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
This book is my second 5/5 star read of 2018. It was so well written, it made me cry for so long during the last couple of hundred pages. The Upside of Falling Down taught me that life was beautiful no matter the circumstances. Your family and friends that surround you and their relationship they have with you are strong and unbreakable. They are they there to support you, lift you, and be there when you think you’re at your lowest.
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Title: Dear Dwayne, With Love
Author: Eliza Gordon
Publication: January 23rd 2018
Wannabe actress Dani Steele’s résumé resembles a cautionary tale on how not to be famous. She’s pushing thirty and stuck in a dead-end insurance job, and her relationship status is holding at uncommitted. With unbearably perfect sisters and a mother who won’t let her forget it, Dani has two go-tos for consolation: maple scones and a blog in which she pours her heart out to her celebrity idol. He’s the man her father never was, no boyfriend will ever be—and not so impossible a dream as one might think. When Dani learns that he’s planning a fund-raising event where the winning amateur athlete gets a walk-on in his new film, she decides to trade pastries and self-doubt for running shoes and a sexy British trainer with adorable knees.
But when Dani’s plot takes an unexpected twist, she realizes that her happy ending might have to be improvised—and that proving herself to her idol isn’t half as important as proving something to herself.
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This is a work of fiction. While Dwayne Johnson p/k/a The Rock is a real person, events relating to him in the book are a product of the author’s imagination. Mr. Johnson is not affiliated with this book, and has not endorsed it or participated in any manner in connection with this book.
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MY RATING: 4.5/5 STARS
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
I was approached to review this book and honestly, I didn’t read the synopsis when I said yes. I saw the adorable cover featuring the donuts and dumbbells and saw the title and just knew in my gut this book was for me. It was only until my friend pointed out to me that it was about diary entries to Dwayne ‘the rock’ Johnson did my gusto falter. A bit. I mean, really? A book featuring diary entries written to a real life celebrity?
It happened. I read them. And I loved them.
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Title: Can’t Forget You
Author: Rachel Lacey
Publication: December 19th 2017
YOU NEVER FORGET YOUR FIRST LOVE
Jessica Flynn can’t wait to buy up that patch of unspoiled North Carolina woodland next door and expand her spa. What could be more sensuous than a hot-tub soak under the stars? Jessica would love to bask in the romantic view herself-but first she needs to find the right man to join her in this fantasy. Back in high school, she thought that was the dark and brooding Mark Dalton. But then he left to join the Special Forces, and when he returned to town, it felt like their teenage love affair had never even happened.
Mark Dalton has his eye on the same property for his own business. Yet there’s something he wants to have even more. Because Jessica is sweeter than he remembered, and he’s finding it hard to resist his attraction to the competition. When they finally find themselves alone, deep in the forest, nature can’t help but run a little wild. But if she ever finds out what he’s been hiding all these years, she may never forgive him…
MY RATING 3/5 STARS
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This is my first novel from Rachel Lacey and upon closer inspection of my shelves, I apparently bought two books she’s written for Forever Romance. I didn’t know what to expect from Rachel but I was happy with how Can’t Forget You started. You’re never wrong when you first start off with a book about two ex-lovers who are pitted against each other who want the same property so they can either build a bigger spa (Jessica) or build a bigger obstacle course (Mark). It’s also never wrong when we start off the book with the classic scene with the hero or heroine falling sick and the other person has to take care of them and nurse them back to health.
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Title: Always You
Author: Denise Grover Swank
Publication: November 28th 2017
First love is better the second time around.
Matt Osborn had no idea coaching his five-year-old nephew’s soccer team would get him so much attention from the mothers-attention he doesn’t want now that he’s given up on love and having a family of his own. Yep, Matt’s the last of his bachelor buddies, and plans on staying that way. That is, until he finds himself face-to-face with the woman who broke his heart.
Single mom Anna paused her life in England to help her father recover from an illness. She can’t afford complications, and too-hot-for-his-own-good Matt Osborn-her almost former fiancé-is definitely a complication. He’s a reminder of what might have been-or should have been. That irresistible pull between them isn’t over. Not even close. But if she’s not careful, she’ll break both their hearts . . . again.
MY RATING: 4/5 STARS
I was provided an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This is my second book from Denise Grover Swank and it honestly was not a disappointment. I love second chance romances especially an emotional one like what college sweethearts Anna and Matt went through. Matt always knew Anna was the one. He fell completely head over heels for her when he first met her and knew his heart would forever be hers whether he wanted it to be true or not. It pained me to read how these two lovebirds fell apart. Anna was too young, too scared, and too weak to get locked down in a marriage when Matt popped the question. She said she accepted a job in London, England, and didn’t want kids or want to stay in the small town she grew up in. It completely shattered Matt when he heard all this.
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