Romance on the Reef

About the Book:

Title: Stranded at the Sandbar
Series: Kailua Marines #3
Author: Jess Mastorakos
Release Date: July 28, 2021
Genre: Clean Military Romance

It’s pretty hard to stay away from her when she moves in right next door…

I’m the jokester of the group. I always have that one-liner that lightens the mood, even in the darkest of moments. It’s just who I am. It’s who I had to be. I lost my wife eleven years ago when I was on my first deployment, so now I’m just trying to keep things light.

And because of that, I refuse to put my heart out there again while I’m a Marine. It’s not worth the risk. What if I’m gone and she needs me? Nope. Screw that.

So when a beautiful single mom and her daughter move in next door, I’m going to fight that attraction tooth and nail. Good thing Maggie doesn’t want to be with me any more than I want to be with her. Her late husband was a Marine, too. And there’s no way she’ll let her daughter go through that again. Or herself.

But we run in the same group of friends and now we share a wall. It’s not going to be very easy to keep our distance.

And we need to.

It doesn’t matter that sparks fly whenever we’re together. It doesn’t matter that her daughter is just as much of a book-nerd as I am and we get along great. And it definitely doesn’t matter that the three of us are somehow turning into a family without meaning to.

Because we both know what it’s like to lose the one you love, and that old saying about how it’s better to have loved and lost than not loved at all? We disagree.

Book Review:

Once I read the description of this book, I knew that I had to read it! Romance on the Reef looked so good and it was even better than I had hoped!! Romance on the Reef is the fourth book in Jess Mastorakos’s Kaiual Marines series. 

PJ was such a sweet guy and I was super excited to learn more about him. He was kind and I loved his relationship with Bree. It was super cute to read about him interacting with her and how much he cared for him. He was the quiet one in the group, but he was also funny. I enjoyed his little quirks, how he was sarcastic and he always had a book with him. However he had lost someone close to him before and he was weary of letting people in, will Maggie and Bree be able to wiggle their way into his life?

Maggie was also super cool, she was a mommy blogger and was determined to give her daughter a good life. She was willing to work hard and she had found a way to create a life for her and her daughter, Bree. Maggie had mourned the death of her marine husband, while raising a daughter. She was an amazing woman, but she was also human. She wanted to protect herself and her daughter from heartbreak and so she swore off all military men. But would PJ be able to change her mind?

PJ and Maggie were super fun to read about, I loved their chemistry together. It was fun to read about them falling in love and learning to let their grief go. They helped each other see their coping mechanisms and they understood each other. Bree was super fun, she was such a bookworm. I loved all of her scenes, especially the ones with PJ. PJ’s friends were awesome of course, it is always so fun to see old characters. 

Romance on the Reef was an awesome book! I would definitely recommend it! It is currently my favorite of the Kauila series! This is a must read book! Romance on the Reef is a clean marine romance.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.

Hearing Lies

About the Book:

Hearing Lies (Seeing Voices Book 2) by [Olivia Smit]

Title: Hearing Lies
Series: Seeing Voices #2
Author: Olivia Smit
Publisher: WhiteSpark Publishing
Release Date: July 15, 2021
Genre: YA Inspirational Contemporary Fiction

They’re all fighting different battles … and no one wants to tell Skylar the truth.

After a year of navigating her final year of high school, Skylar Brady can’t wait to go back to Golden Sound. But when she gets there, nothing is quite like she expected. Anastasia is gone, the library is in danger of closing, and there’s something Cam isn’t telling her. Skylar is sure she can rescue the library. But can she save Cam?
Mike, on the other hand, never wanted to return to Golden Sound, but after his summer internship falls through, he finds himself headed straight back to the unresolved mess he left behind. So many secrets: the summer job that went wrong. The woman who paid the price. And the fact that Eric knows the truth … and plans to hold it over his head in more ways than one.

Book Review:

I loved Seeing Voices by Olivia Smit and I was really excited to read Hearing Lies, which is the sequel to Seeing Voices. I had a harder time getting into Hearing Lies but I still greatly enjoyed it. Also can I just say, I love how the titles match the story. It is just so perfect. Skyler and Mike find themself back in Golden Sound but life has moved on in the small town. Will Skyler and Mike be able to pick up the pieces of the life they left months ago? Will the lies that lie between them ruin their relationship yet again?

I had some issues with Skyler in the beginning of the book, but by the end of it I felt like I understood her. She was trying to do her best, to help Cam, to save the library, and to care for Mike. She didn’t want to see anyone suffer but there were often things just out of her control. She was also struggling to figure out what it means to be a christian and how to trust God in all of life. I did like reading Skyler maturing and learning that God accepts her worst and loves her even when she fails. 

I was so excited to see Mike’s perspective, it was such a fun change. Mike was trying hard to pick up the pieces of his life. I liked learning more about Mike and finally learning about some of the demons that haunted him in the past. I felt bad for him and I wanted him to find peace. It was so sweet to read about Mike growing up as he found himself surrounded with Christians, and as he learned how to make amends for his mistakes. Mike still had a lot to learn, but it was fun to see his growth. 

Oh, poor sweet Cam. I felt so bad for Cam. We did not get to read through his perspective but I still felt like you got to know him better. He carried the weight of the world on his shoulders and he had to learn to trust Skyler. Cam was trying so hard, but in his own strength. He had to give it all to God, the good and the bad. Cam was not perfect but that was what made him relatable. 

Hearing Lies was such a heart wrenching book. Mike was trying to figure out what to do with himself and Cam and Skyler were trying to save the library. This is not an easy book but it also leaves you hopeful. Hearing Lies reminds you to trust God and to learn from your mistakes. The storyline was interesting and I was really engrossed in the book wanting to see how it would end. 

I would recommend Hearing Lies but it is a heavier book so be prepared to be hit with the feels. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.

Courting His Amish Wife

Courting His Amish Wife (Love Inspired) by [Emma Miller]

About the Book:

Title: Courting His Amish Wife
Author: Emma Miller
Publisher: Love Inspired Romance
Release Date: April 30, 2021
Genre: Amish Romance

He offers her his hand,

but will she ever take his heart?

When Levi Miller learns Eve Summy will be forced to marry her would-be attacker or get shunned, he marries her instead. Now husband and wife, but complete strangers, they must figure out how to live together in harmony. But with Levi’s family questioning the motives for their surprise wedding, getting to know each other—and possibly finding love along the way—is harder than they expected.

Book Review:

This was a cute book and I enjoyed it. Courting His Amish Wife is a Love Inspired book by Emma Miller. I haven’t read any of her books before, but this was a great start.

The characters were really interesting, I wasn’t quite sure how I felt about them. There were points where I really liked them and there were other points where they just got on my nerves. However, the storyline was entertaining and I was able to finish this book relatively quickly. 

Eve wasn’t really my sort of character, but I still wished the best for her as I read about her. She was in a really unfortunate circumstance, but she tried to make the best of her situation.  I felt sorry for her, and I grew to like her more as the book went on. Her father had given her a horrible choice, get married to the man who tried to take advantage of her or leave the church. But Levi gave her another solution, marry him, a stranger, but someone who wanted to help her. As the book went on, Eve learned to see the good in where she was in life and what it meant to love her husband, Levi

Levi was kind, but he also seemed sort of impulsive. I did like him, but he was kind of moody. However, he was trying to help out someone in need and was learning to leave with the ramifications of his actions. He had good intentions, but being married was a lot of work. Levi needed to learn how to love Eve and lead her as the head of the household. 

Courting His Amish Wife was a good book. It was cute and sweet, great for a quick afternoon read. Courting His Amish Wife is a clean, Amish romance. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher through Netgalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, a positive review was not required. 

Falling for Your Enemy

About the Book:

Falling for Your Enemy: a Sweet Romantic Comedy (Love Clichés Sweet RomCom Book 6) by [Emma St. Clair]

Title: Fly Home to Me
Series: Love Clichés Sweet RomCom #6
Author: Emma St. Clair
Release Date: July 21, 2021
Genre: Romantic Comedy

People who say keep your enemies closer never took a road trip with a guy who hated their guts.

A month ago, my identity as Dr. Love was a secret. A month ago, I thought I was getting engaged.

A month ago, I wasn’t stuck with the guy who hates me most in the world.

Now… if I don’t make nice with my #1 hater, I might lose my book deal.

Without that, I’m not sure what I have left.

But when I’m forced on a publicity tour with everyone’s favorite guy, the guy who says I ruined his relationship, I didn’t know how low I could go.

At every stop, I get roasted and he gets more revered.

You would think after a while, I would hate him too.

And you would be very, very wrong…

Book Review:

*sigh* We’ve finally come to the end of this amazing book series! I have loved every single one of the Love Clichés series, and I’ve been so excited for Sam and Rhys’ books. It was fun too because we got to see a little bit more of everyone else’s story too. And Ms. Clair also said that she might write a book about Harper’s family! I am so excited because I fell in love with them all right away 😉

This book was amazing! I loved it as part of the Love Clichés series, but it can also be read stand-alone. Sam finally gets her HEA! The poor thing had to go through a lot to get there though. I felt really bad for Sam as she had to deal with all of this backlash from what happened with Dr. Love. She had a lot of anger directed toward her, but I like how she didn’t let it break her. There were definitely some ups and downs. However, Sam kept her positivity and her quirkiness still which I appreciated. Also, it was fun to see more of her personality in this book. I feel like you didn’t get to see as much of Sam’s character in the other books, so it was fun to see more of her spark!

Okay, I actually really, really, loved Rhys! He was honestly a super honorable and nice guy, but he had this messed up idea of Sam in his head. He also had a lot of issues with his mom that definitely didn’t help. I liked how you could see his kindness especially in how he treated Sam when he was mad at her. It was fun too because Sam really balanced him. She was a total extrovert, and he was really, really shy. But Sam let out all the crazy in him that most people didn’t see. Their romance had definite Pride and Prejudice vibes. So, if you’re a fan of Mr. Darcy, I think you will love Rhys!

The plot was also just as fun as the rest of Ms. Clair’s books. Some things were quite over the top, but it was still a ton of fun. If you’re okay with a less believable rom com, I think you’ll enjoy the comedy in this book. I never really expect rom coms to be imaginable, so I’ve loved this whole series! It is a bit more PG-13 than her other books, especially the final epilogue. But overall it is a clean read that I would definitely recommend to anyone who is a fan of rom coms!

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, a positive review was not required.  

The Ice Swan Blog Tour

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About the Book

Book:  The Ice Swan

Author: J’Nell Ciesielski

Genre: Historical Romance

Release date: July 6, 2021

Amid the violent last days of the glittering Russian court, a Russian princess on the run finds her heart where she least expects it.

1917, Petrograd. Fleeing the murderous flames of the Russian Revolution, princess Svetlana Dalsky hopes to find safety in Paris with her mother and sister. But the city is buckling under the weight of the Great War, and the Bolsheviks will not rest until they have erased every Russian aristocrat from memory.

Born the second son of a duke, the only title Wynn MacCallan cares for is that of surgeon. Putting his talents with a scalpel to good use in the hospitals in Paris, Wynn pushes the boundaries of medical science to give his patients the best care possible. While treating Svetlana for a minor injury, he is pulled into a world of decaying imperial glitter and underground Russian clubs where drink, culture, and questionable dealings collide on bubbles of vodka.

Out of money and options, Svetlana is forced into a marriage of convenience with Wynn, who will protect her and pay off her debts. It’s the right thing for a good man to do, but Wynn can’t help hoping the marriage will turn into one of true affection. As the Bolsheviks chase them to different corners of the earth, Wynn and Svetlana begin to see they will never be able to outrun the love they have for one another.

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Book Review:

I wasn’t sure how I would feel about this book, but I knew that I really wanted to try it out. However, it was even better than I had hoped, and now, I want to read all of Ciesielski’s books. The Ice Swan was a daring, breathtaking historical romance. 

Svetlana is a princess fleeing from the murderous flames of the Russian Revolution with her mother and sister to Paris. However, living as a refuge is more difficult than she could have imagined and the horrors of Russia are not that far away. Wynn MacCallan loves his work as a surgeon and doesn’t care for his title of second son of a duke. When Wynn treats Svetlana for a minor injury, he finds himself drawn into the world of a world of decaying imperial glitter and underground Russian clubs where drink, culture, and questionable dealings collide on bubbles of vodka. 

I really liked Wynn, he was such a nice guy who had a kind heart. He didn’t care about titles, and just wished to be a surgeon. He fell for Svetlana at the beginning, but it took a lot for him to break down her walls. He did have his faults, and he placed such a big burden on himself, but he truly cared for Svetlana. I liked reading about him winning Svetlana’s heart and learning how to live with the repercussions of a war. 

Svetlana had to grow on me, she was proud and strong. She had learned not to trust others and not to show her emotions. However hidden behind the ice, was a kind woman who was just trying her best. Svetlana had to learn to trust Wynn and to let him into her heart. She had to learn to let down her walls. 

Svetlana and Wynn will have to learn to trust each other and to work through the demons that haunt them. Will their relationship be able to weather the storms of life? They were a good couple, and they helped each other stay grounded and find the joy of life. I was really intrigued by the plot of the story, I couldn’t put it down and ended up staying up late to read it. 

I really enjoyed the Ice Swan and I would totally recommend it! The characters were complete and I really liked Svetlana’s sister and Wynn’s friend. The Ice Swan is a clean historical romance, but it does deal with issues seen during a war. So I would probably recommend it to 13 years and up.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher through Netgalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, a positive review was not required.

About the Author

J'nell Ciesielski official

With a passion for heart-stopping adventure and sweeping love stories, J’nell Ciesielski weaves fresh takes into romances of times gone by. When not creating dashing heroes and daring heroines, she can be found dreaming of Scotland, indulging in chocolate of any kind, or watching old black and white movies. Winner of the Romance Through the Ages Award and the Maggie Award, she is a Florida native who now lives in Virginia with her husband, daughter, and lazy beagle. Learn more at

More from J’nell

When we think of the Great War we often only think about events happening right on the battlefield of France, Belgium, and Germany. It was a time of great upheaval for so many people and countries, none more so than Russia. It was during the Great War that the Bolsheviks rose up against the monarchy, assassinated the tsar and his family, and plunged Russia into civil war. The country was in such chaos that they pulled out of the war to deal with their own revolution. The Russian Revolution was the result of centuries of oppression and imperialism that finally boiled over. As the Bolsheviks seized power, nobles and anyone associated or favorable to the monarchy were stripped of their privileges and homes, many killed, and still thousands of others fled in fear of their lives where they became the great wave of White emigres.

The stories of the ill-fated Anastasia and the evil Rasputin are legendary, but it wasn’t until recently when I watched a Russian miniseries called Road to Calvary that I became fascinated with the nobles and their struggle and from all that an idea sparked that would become my upcoming release, The Ice Swan. It’s about a Russian princess fleeing the Revolution to Paris in 1917 where she meets a handsome surgeon who is breaking new grounds in cardiology. We see the plight of the White emigres who have taken refuge in Paris and founded their own little Russia in the heart of the city, the exhausted City of Light after four years of war, the overflowing hospitals, and highly controversial advancements in surgery. Plus, a romance to prove that true love can overcome any difference and who doesn’t need a little more love these days?

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Redeeming the Cowboy

About the Book:

Redeeming the Cowboy: A Contemporary Christian Romance (Blackwater Ranch Book 6) by [Mandi Blake]

Title: Redeeming the Cowboy
Series: Blackwater Ranch #6
Author: Mandi Blake
Release Date: July 17, 2021
Genre: Christian Contemporary Fiction

They didn’t need anyone until they needed each other.

Felicity Ford is on the run after her cousin’s suspicious death. At the suggestion of her brother, she escapes to Blackwater Ranch to hide out. When she meets the mysterious Hunter, she recognizes the familiar brokenness inside of him. 

Hunter Harding was marked as an outcast a long time ago. The scars on his face are the least of his problems when half the town refuses to do business with him. When Felicity moves into the cabin next door, the solitude he keeps is shaken up. 

Will helping Felicity pick up the pieces of her life give them both the new beginning they need or destroy everything they have left?

Book Review:

I have been waiting for this book and it did not disappoint! I read it in one day! Redeeming the Cowboy is the final book in Mandi Blake’s Blackwater Ranch series. This series was a wonderful series and I am so sad to see it come to an end, but I can’t wait to see what else Blake writes!

Hunter was such a complex character and I couldn’t wait to read his story! You don’t really know a lot about him from her other books. He seems kind of like a loner and he prefers to stay away from the spotlight. However he also works hard and is kind. But the scars on his face make life difficult for him and makes him weary of others. Felicity was also so interesting, she basically raised her younger brother on her own and she is used to carrying for herself. But when she finds herself at Blackwater ranch after running because of the death of her cousin, she finds a family that she never expected. She also finds a man who seems to understand her like no one else. Will Felicity and Hunter be able to pick up the pieces of their life and start living, or will they destroy everything they have left?

But anyway, I loved Hunter. He was such a sweetheart underneath his stormy exterior. He loved his family deeply and he just wanted them to be proud of him. He never felt like he truly belonged, so he was always trying to earn his keep. I liked reading about Hunter as he learned to appreciate the family he had in the Harding family and as he interacted with Felicity. It was sweet to see this stubborn man, falling in love. Will Hunter learn to let go of the past so that he can create a future?

Felicity was a lot of fun, she was such a hard worker. The scenes with her and Hunter were super cute. I also adored the sibling relationship she had with Jameson. It was nice to read about Felicity bonding with the other Harding ladies and to read about such strong family relationships. Felicity had to learn to let others help her and that she couldn’t do everything on her own. 

Hunter and Felicity balanced each other out, they both had rough upbringing so they understood each other. They could trust each other and be comfortable. They had to learn to overcome their past together as people came back into their life. I liked how they also found their family in the Hardings. The rest of the Harding family was a lovely addition to the book and I really liked how we got to see more of the parents. 

Redeeming the Cowboy was an awesome book! It was touching and heartwarming, but it was also very interesting! I didn’t want to put it down. I would totally recommend it! Redeeming the Cowboy is a clean christian book. I am eagerly waiting for Jameson’s book, Truth is a Whisper!

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.

Flight Risk

Flight Risk by [Cara C. Putman]

About the Book:

Title: Flight Risk
Author: Cara Puttman
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: 
April 7, 2020
Genre: Christian Suspense

Bestselling author Cara Putman returns with a romantic legal thriller that will challenge the assumptions of truth tellers everywhere.

Savannah Daniels has worked hard to build her law practice, to surround herself with good friends, and to be the loyal aunt her troubled niece can always count on. But since her ex-husband’s betrayal, she has trouble trusting anyone.

Jett Glover’s father committed suicide over a false newspaper report that ruined his reputation. Now a fierce champion of truth, Jett is writing the story of his journalism career—an international sex-trafficking exposé that will bring down a celebrity baseball player and the men closest to him, including Savannah’s ex-husband.

When Jett’s story breaks, tragedy ensues. Then a commercial airline crashes, and one of Savannah’s clients is implicated in the crash. Men connected to the scandal, including her ex, begin to die amid mysterious circumstances, and Savannah’s niece becomes an unwitting target.

Against their better instincts, Jett and Savannah join ranks to sort the facts from fiction. But can Savannah trust the reporter who threw her life into chaos? And can Jett face the possibility that he’s made the biggest mistake of his life?

Book Review:

Flight Risk was one of those books where everything is going wrong for almost every single character in the book. And something that I liked about the book was that not all the problems were solved by the end of it. The characters still had a lot of problems, but they had each other and they had God. They made a conscious decision that they would let go off of their past hurts and trust that what they had was enough.

Flight Risk is about a reporter named Jett Glover who printed an article about four people who go to Thailand, party and do all sorts of horrible things with young girls. One of the men happens to be Savannah Daniel’s ex husband. While the article devastates Savannah’s niece, it does not cause any real damage until the men in the article start to end up dead. Savannah suspects that something deeper is going on, but Jett is convinced that what he wrote is the truth. However, he starts to work with her to find out why someone is so determined to kill the men in his article. And because it’s a romantic suspense novel they fall in love.

I actually enjoyed Flight Risk a lot more than I thought I would. Even when I read romantic suspense, I do not usually read the most intense books, so I wasn’t used to Cara Putman’s style. But I thought the characters were really interesting and the twists and the turns of the book were shocking. I liked Savannah right away, but I had to warm up to Jett. He’s quite arrogant, and he has a lot of issues with his childhood which makes him act like a jerk sometimes. However, I ended up really liking him because he’s loyal and steady even if he is overzealous.

I really enjoyed Flight Risk, and I definitely would recommend it. But I didn’t read the other books in the series, and while I understood the book completely, I think I would have enjoyed it better with the other books. This book is an adult book, but I don’t think that there was anything inappropriate for a teen. There are some heavier themes, but nothing too bad. It kept me on the edge of my seat.

Fly Home to Me

About the Book:

Fly Home to Me (Flying in Love, #2) by [Chalon Linton]

Title: Fly Home to Me
Series: Flying in Love #2
Author: Chalon Linton
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Release Date: July 2, 2021
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Fiction

A traffic jam is the last thing Piper Holland needs in her already stressful day. The dry cleaner’s will soon close, and she really hopes to wear her luxury silk blouse when she pitches her theme to the editors of the magazine she works for. But when she finally sees what’s caused the backup, she feels a pinch of guilt: a man in a military uniform is gallantly pushing a stalled vehicle off the road. Suddenly, her rush to the dry cleaner’s seems incredibly unimportant. Fate offers Piper a chance to redeem herself, however, when the handsome good Samaritan crosses her path again.

Gabriel Orsini, a fighter pilot stationed at Luke Air Force Base, seems to be the perfect man, and an assignment at the magazine offers Piper the perfect chance to get to know him better. Her “Day in the Life: Hometown Heroes” article was tailor-made for the bighearted pilot. Before long, their interviews for the article enter date territory, and Piper realizes she’s falling for Gabriel. But her tragic past has taught her one thing: no one stays. And the transient lifestyle of a military man leaves her no doubt that Gabriel will eventually abandon her too. With her heart on the line, Piper must decide: is the risk of loss worth the possibility of forever?

Book Review:

This book was just what I needed to read! Fly Home to Me is the first contemporary of Chalon Linton that I have read and I really enjoyed it. Fly Home to Me is the second book in Chalon Linton’s Flying in Love series. I haven’t read the first book yet, but I don’t feel like you need to, Fly Home to Me was still really good!

Piper Holland has her life in control, but a chance encounter with Gabriel Orsini, a fighter pilot stationed at Luke Air Force Base changes everything. Piper and Gabriel’s paths cross again when she asks him to be part of Her “Day in the Life: Hometown Heroes” article. As they spend time together, Piper finds herself falling for Gabriel. But can she let him into her heart knowing that he might leave her? As they fall in love Piper will have to decide if taking the risk of loss is worth the possibility of forever. 

I was kind of on the fence regarding Piper, I liked her and I didn’t at the same time. I had mixed feelings, but as I read more about her she grew on me. I did however feel really bad for her. She was trying to find her footing in life, and she needed to be in control. I could relate to her in a sense and I wanted her to be happy. It was sweet to read about her with Gabriel, he helped her relax and enjoy life. But Piper had to learn to trust God and to jump hoping that she could fly. 

Gabriel, Gabe, was a lovely character. He was a bit of a flirt but he cared for Piper. It was fun to read about them interacting. He jumped in headfirst with Piper and it was sweet to read about their relationship progress. He tried so hard to win Piper’s heart and to be there for her. I just really liked him, he was easy going and kind. 

Piper and Gabe had such a fun relationship! He helped her relax and look to God. Piper had been struggling with life, and Gabe was steady. Fly Home to Me was such a fun contemporary read about characters living in life. I really enjoyed the pace and just the everyday feel. I also really liked reading about Piper’s brothers. They had such a nice relationship, but Piper did have to learn to forgive and to let people in. 

Fly Home to Me was a really good book! I would definitely recommend it! Fly Home to Me is a clean, contemporary romance with hints of religion. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher through Netgalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, a positive review was not required.


The Mostly Real McCoy

About the Book:

The Mostly Real McCoy: A Sweet Romantic Comedy (Apple Valley Love Stories Book 1) by [Julie Christianson]

Title: The Mostly Real McCoy
Series: Apple Valley Love Stories #1
Author: Julie Christianson
Release Date: April 30, 2021
Genre: Romantic Comedy

Our arrangement was supposed to be for just one month…

Single-dad Mac needs a temporary nanny for his daughter, Daisy. I need a second job until my promotion kicks in. Since our arrangement is only for one month, I am positive I won’t get attached. Medium positive. Okay, I’m negative.

This is a terrible idea.

Because I can’t give Mac and Daisy what they need, and I won’t risk breaking their hearts. But his green eyes and her crooked pigtails have me dreaming about forever. And who can resist a dad buying pink ballerina tights after a day spent in a hard hat?

The thing is Mac is a fixer, and I need to repair my own life. Better yet, I don’t want to feel broken. So it’s a good thing the worst has already happened to me. Nothing will hurt more now.

Water can’t get wetter, Brooke.

That’s what I keep telling myself.

Too bad I’m all wrong…

Book Review:

The Mostly Real McCoy by Julie Christianson is so fun and cute! It is a clean rom-com, and the first in her Apple Valley Love Stories series. Brooke is settling for independence and security. Not everyone is meant for happily ever after, less attachment means less getting hurt. When Mac, a single dad in need of a nanny, and his daughter Daisy come into her life, she is initially hesitant. But she does need  a second job while she waits for her promotion, and it is only a month. Surely, she won’t get attached in only a month. Although Brooke is falling for his green eyes and her crooked pigtails, she knows that she can’t give them what they need. Mac wants to fix things and Brooke wants to be responsible for herself. She has already gone through the worst, what else could hurt her now?

This was super cute! First of all, Daisy was adorable! I loved her and seeing her blossom again with Brooke was the cutest thing! I have seen little girls like her, full of light and life and it was so fun to read about her. Watching the little family interact was one of my favorite parts of the book, I am such a sucker for kids in a story. It was so obvious how good Brooke was with her, and she had such a connection with her. Although Brooke tried to hold herself apart, she was falling for them. Brooke was trying to protect herself and pull her life back together. She was trying desperately to be strong, but she was such a softy. She was also quite quirky. Her and Mac’s interactions made for some funny moments! They were so awkward and so cute. Mac was doing his best to take care of his daughter. Daisy was his top priority. But with all of his responsibilities and the new development of Brooke, he isn’t sure what is best for them. He was totally falling for Brooke too. It was really cute, especially when his sister came and teased him about it.

The story was full of surprises, while still being an entertaining romcom that is perfect for springtime. It was really engaging, I finished it in one sitting! The characters were so funny! I really liked all of them and I can’t wait to read more in the series! It was a great start to the series. I would recommend it to anyone who likes romcoms!

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.

Little Lost Love Letter

About the Book:

Little Lost Love Letter: A Romantic Comedy Novella by [Shari L.  Tapscott]

Title: Little Lost Love Letter
Author: Shari L Tapscott
Release Date: April 6, 2021
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Lucy never meant for her boss to read the letter confessing her feelings. Too bad she lost it in his office.

The day started out like every other—with me crushed under the weight of my wicked-hot boss’s expectations and inevitable disappointment.

And then something bad happened.

It’s worse than the time I spilled scalding hot coffee in Mr. Devlin’s lap. It’s even worse than the morning I accidentally saved a playlist of pop workout songs over a building schematic right before a big meeting.

I lost a love letter somewhere in the office.

The thing is, it’s not even an actual love letter. Let’s call it a therapeutic form of hate mail that went down a twisted bunny trail and ended up sounding like a love letter.

It was addressed to my boss.

And I think he might have found it…

Originally published in Love in the City, a USA Today bestselling romantic comedy collection, this 30,000 word enemies-to-lovers boss romance is a quick read that’s sure to make you smile.

Book Review:

I have read almost all of Shari L. Tapscott’s contemporary novels, and I have loved every single one of them! This adorable novella was no exception. I feel like Ms. Tapscott’s blurb about this book is so funny and cute. I definitely couldn’t do justice to it, so I added it above.

And this book is just as fun as the blurb makes it sound. Lucy is hilarious, and I loved her mix of warmth and clumsiness. The crazy things that kept happening to her kept making me laugh. Her POV was hilarious! Ryland was also super cute. Don’t worry he is not a total jerk. It was actually pretty cute the way Lucy could rile him up. It was nice though to see his POV too. This was an adorable, hilarious, and clean novella that I loved. My only complaint that it was way too short! I’m waiting for more Shari L. Tapscott contemporary novels, and I can’t wait for her to write more!

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