BOOK REVIEW: Wrapped Up in You by Cyn D. BlackBurn

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Title: Wrapped up in you
Author: Cyn D. BlackBurn
Publication: November 13th 2017
Pages: 220
Synopsis:

For Officer Justin Weaver, Christmas is the most hideous time of the year. To improve his “holiday cheer,” he’s been put on Officer Kringle duty, collecting toys for the Ho-Ho-Patrol.

It’s a week in holiday hell.

Worse, it comes with an elf—his little sister’s gorgeous best friend—but Lilly Maddox isn’t so little anymore. And as an annoyingly festive reporter looking to make her mark, she’s there to document his every move.

Justin’s always had a thing for Lilly, but he refuses to go there with her. Ever. Not after watching what his mom went through as a cop’s wife. But now that they’re trapped in his squad card, avoiding her just got a lot more complicated…

MY RATING: 4.5/5 STARS

I was provided an arc in exchange for an honest review.

Wrapped up in you must be one of my favourite holiday reads so far this year. Given the fact that I didn’t actually read that many holiday romances so far, this still tops the list. And I’ll explain why.

First, the writing was really fun and easy to slip into. You start off with getting to know the loveable cop, Justin, who just wants a break from all the buzz about how cops need to be seen more friendly. In order to make them appear more public friendly, cops are forced to wear Santa outfits and interact with the newscaster of a big local television news channel.

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BOOK REVIEW: Sugarplum Way by Debbie Mason

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Title: Sugarplum Way
Author: Debbie Mason
Publication: October 31st 2017
Pages: 368
Synopsis:

“Heartfelt and delightful!” -RaeAnne Thayne, New York Times bestselling author

Romance writer Julia Landon knows how to write a happily-ever-after. Creating one for herself is a whole different story. But after a surprising–and surprisingly passionate–kiss under the mistletoe at Harmony Harbor’s holiday party last year, Julia thought she might have finally found her very own chance at true love. Until she learns her Mr. Tall, Dark, and Broodingly Handsome has sworn off relationships. Well, if she can’t have him in real life, Julia knows just how to get the next best thing….

Aidan’s only priority is to be the best single dad ever. And this year, he plans to make the holidays magical for his little girl, Ella Rose. But visions of stolen kisses under the mistletoe keep dancing in his head, and when he finds out Julia has written him into her latest novel, he can’t help imagining the possibilities of a future together. Little does he know, though, Julia has been keeping a secret that threatens all their dreams. Luckily, ’tis the season for a little Christmas magic.

The Harmony Harbor series: Mistletoe Cottage
Christmas with an Angel (short story)Starlight BridgePrimrose LaneSugarplum WayDriftwood CoveSandpiper Shore

AMAZON / KOBO

MY RATING: 3/5 STARS

I was provided an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Sugarplum Way started off the way I want every book to start. It includes a generic over-the-top sweet heroine named some ridiculous name like Julia Landon and a too hot for his own good cop, Aidan. The story was easy to read, and super easy to fall in love with. Because come on! Although it’s only October, I’m already in the Christmas spirit and reading about two love birds like Julia and Aidan getting cozy near the fire? It’s definitely something I want to read.

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BLOG TOUR + BOOK REVIEW: From This Moment by Melanie Harlow

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From This Moment, an all-new sexy and emotional standalone from USA Today Bestselling author Melanie Harlow is available NOW!

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From This Moment by Melanie Harlow

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publishing Date: October 10th, 2017

It was like seeing a ghost.

When my late husband’s twin brother moves back to our small town, I want to avoid him. Everything about Wes reminds me of the man I lost and the life we’d planned together, and after eighteen long months struggling just to get out of bed, I’m finally doing okay. I have a new job, an amazing support group, and a beautiful five-year-old daughter to parent. I don’t want to go backward.

But I’m drawn to him, too. He understands my grief and anger and guilt like no one else—and I understand his. Before long, that understanding becomes desire, and that desire becomes uncontrollable.

He says he doesn’t care what people think, and love can never be wrong. But life has taught me its cruelest lesson–love doesn’t always win.

If only my heart would believe it.

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BOOK REVIEW: This Baby Business by Heatherly Bell

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Title: This Baby Business
Author: Heatherly Bell
Publication: October 1st 2017
Pages: 384
Synopsis:

Strictly business…or is it?

Air force pilot Levi Lambert has seen plenty of danger—but his infant daughter might be the death of him. Fortunately, Levi’s found the answer to his sleep-deprived prayers: his next-door neighbor! Carly Gilmore is willing to be his nanny…until a small white lie turns their arrangement from business to very personal.

The fake engagement was intended to keep Levi from losing custody of his baby girl, but is causing all sorts of new problems. Not only does Carly attract trouble like bees to honey, but there’s the little matter of Levi’s smokin’-hot attraction to her. The last thing he needs is to fall in love…

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MY RATING: 3.5 /5 STARS

MY RATING: 3.5/5 STARS

I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This Baby Business was the first novel by Heatherly Bell that I have read and it certainly will not be last. After being contacted by Heatherly on twitter to review, I must say I was a little bit skeptic. AND NOT BECAUSE IT WAS HEATHERLY. IT WAS SIMPLY BECAUSE…it came from Harlequin Super Romance.

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BOOK REVIEW: If You Were Mine by Melanie Harlow

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Title: If You Were Mine
Author: Melanie Harlow
Publication: February 28th 2017
Pages: 293
Synopsis:

Theo MacLeod wasn’t supposed to be the one.

Tall, dark and handsome suits me just fine, but the cocky grin, know-it-all attitude, and mammoth ego? No thanks. I only hired him so I wouldn’t have to sit at the singles table again. It was just pretend.

He wasn’t supposed to kiss me.

My heart wasn’t supposed to pound.

We weren’t supposed to spend the night together—the hottest night of my life.

One night turns into a snowed-in weekend away, and even the blizzard of the century can’t cool the fire between us. I can’t get enough—of his smile, of his body, of the way he makes me feel.

We’re nothing alike. He’s a daredevil, and I’m a nervous Nellie. He’s a drifter, and I want to put down roots. He’s an opportunist with a checkered past, and I’m a Girl Scout volunteer.

But none of it matters when I’m in his arms.

I know he’s made mistakes. I know his wounds are deep, and he doesn’t trust easily. I know he doesn’t believe he could ever be enough to make me happy, but he could.

All he has to do is stay.

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MY RATING: 3/5 STARS

This is my second read from Melanie Harlow and I must say it followed the troupe of fake boyfriend and followed basically most of the cliches that are known to all romance readers. So, in short, If you Were Mine was kind of a snore fest sometimes.

And the reason why I’m going to say this was a basic read was because I cannot even tell you what happened in the book without a quick glance at the synopsis.

*takes a quick glance*

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BOOK REVIEW: After We Fall by Melanie Harlow

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Title: After We Fall
Author: Melanie Harlow
Publication: November 28th 2016
Pages: 355
Synopsis:

Jack Valentini isn’t my type.

Sexy, brooding cowboys are fine in the movies, but in real life, I prefer a suit and tie. Proper manners. A close shave.

Jack might be gorgeous, but he’s also scruffy, rugged, and rude. He wants nothing to do with a “rich city girl” like me, and he isn’t afraid to say so.

But I’ve got a PR job to do for his family’s farm, so he’s stuck with me and I’m stuck with him. His glares. His moods. His tight jeans. His muscles.

His huge, hard muscles.

Pretty soon there’s a whole different kind of tension between us, the kind that has me misbehaving in barns, trees, and pickup trucks. I’ve never done anything so out of character—but it feels too good to stop.

And the more I learn about the grieving ex-Army sergeant, the better I understand him. Losing his wife left him broken and bitter and blaming himself. He doesn’t think he deserves a second chance at happiness.

But he’s wrong.

I don’t need to be his first love. If only he’d let me be his last.

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ACTUAL RATING: 3.5/5

This was my third read from Melanie Harlow. I have yet to review the previous books I have read: If You Were Mine & From this Moment but I’ll get on it shortly. A quick summary of my reviews will be that I’m not really that impressed about the conflicts Melanie created for characters to not be possible to be together. And I’ll explain.

Okay, so since this was my third read, I must say that this was one of the more interesting ones simply because of Jack. I don’t know what to tell you except I guess I really like rude pricks like Jack and bubbly characters like Margot. I was digging it. I just had to keep reading to see how Jack and Margot interacted with each other. One, who was colder than ice. And the other one who was like what is your problem dude?

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BOOK REVIEW: Top 10 by Katie Cotugno

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Title: Top 10
Author: Katie Cotugno
Publication: October 3rd 2017
Pages: 320
Synopsis:

Ryan McCullough and Gabby Hart are the unlikeliest of friends. Introverted, anxious Gabby would rather do literally anything than go to a party. Ryan is a star hockey player who can get any girl he wants—and does, frequently. But against all odds, they became not only friends, but each other’s favorite person. Now, as they face high school graduation, they can’t help but take a moment to reminisce and, in their signature tradition, make a top ten list—counting down the top ten moments of their friendship:

10. Where to begin? Maybe the night we met.
9. Then there was our awkward phase.
8. When you were in love with me but never told me…
7. Those five months we stopped talking were the hardest of my life.
6. Through terrible fights…
5. And emotional makeups.
4. You were there for me when I got my heart broken.
3. …but at times, you were also the one breaking it.
2. Above all, you helped me make sense of the world.
1. Now, as we head off to college—how am I possibly going to live without you?

GOODREADS / AMAZON / KOBO

MY RATING: 4/5

I received an arc from Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review.

Let’s start this review off with me saying that I love Katie’s works. I adored How to Love, and yes, 99 days was kind of problematic, and I didn’t really read her other release from this year, Fireworks, yet but I still hold onto the fact that she will be one of my automatic buys. Have you seen the cover designs of her books? Granted, I shouldn’t be purchasing a book based on it’s cover art because the graphic designer does not affect the contents of the book but fellow booknerds, we know we’re on the same page when we say a prettier cover definitely holds our interest.

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BOOK PROMO: The Day She Cried by K. Webster

The Day She Cried

by K. Webster
Publication Date: October 17, 2017
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Preorder: iBooks | Kobo

She was my first love.
She was my first hate.
The very sun in my world tried to burn me alive with her lies and cruelty.
Until I dimmed her light for good…
Or so I thought.

Now she’s back.
Cracked. Broken. Lost.
And for the first time in a long time, I feel free.
Free from our past. Free from my present that suffocates me. Free to destroy her future.

Her misery is my music.
Thrilling. Invigorating. Intoxicating.

For so long, all I’ve done is hate her.
So why do I love her?

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