Night Moves

About the Book:

Night Moves: (Nighthawk Security Book 4) by [Susan Sleeman]

Title: Night Moves
Series: Nighthawk Security #4
Author: Susan Sleeman
Release Date: June 18th, 2021
Genre: Christian Suspense

If you’re in his sights…

County social worker, Natalie Dunn discovers a horrible secret about the father of her juvenile clients. The man not only killed one woman, but Natalie suspects he’s killed several others. She plans to go to the authorities, but before she can, the killer turns his sights on her. Fearing for the lives of this man’s children, she removes them from their home and calls in former U.S. Marshal, Drake Byrd of Nighthawk Security to protect her and the children and help her prove their father is a ruthless killer

You’re as good as dead.

As they investigate, Drake learns the father is a former elite sniper and assassin, and he has done a professional job of hiding any evidence of his wrong doing. Drake vows to protect Natalie and the three children—all of whom he has come to care for—putting everything on the line for them. When bullets start flying, can he save them all from a certain death?

Book Review:

Night Moves is the fourth book in the Nighthawk series by Susan Sleeman, and at least for me, the one with the most surprises! The Nighthawk series is about the five Bryd brothers, and the last one features their sister in law. They are all either former military or with police background, and they formed a protection and investigation agency. This book is about the fourth brother, Drake. I loved getting to see a bit of his softer side in this book. It was soo cute!

Natalie Dunn, a county social worker, had her suspicions about her newest case, the Gentry family. But she’s horrified to learn that the father of her clients is a serial killer who’s killed multiple women. She goes to her friend Malone Reed for help, and Malone points her to Nighthawk Security. Drake Bryd, a former U.S. Marshal, is determined to help this brave and beautiful woman. But will he be able to not only protect Natalie but also the three children in their care.

Natalie was such an interesting character to me. She had a lot of family issues in her past, and it pushed her to help these kids who were like her. She was adorable with the Gentry kids, and they simply loved her. But she still didn’t let anyone get too close. She was trying so hard to keep all these walls around her, but the whole Byrd family wore her down especially Drake. I loved seeing the sweet side of Drake in this book! 

In the other books, he has the role of the bad guy in the family. He said all of the things that no one else is willing to say. So it was cute to see how soft he was with Natalie. She helped him see how trying to get an adrenaline rush wasn’t the only way to truly live. Instead, it was through quiet moments that were packed with meaning, and the Gentry kids had a huge role in helping him see this. It was funny and sweet to see how awkward Drake was with them. He had no experience with kids, but they quickly wormed their way into his heart. And he’s going to need every skill and resource he has to protect them.

As usual I had no idea where this story was going! Though I was writing this review, I was trying to convince myself that I did in fact see the twists coming(but I totally did not). Of course there were the main twists in the suspense side of the story, but I definitely wasn’t expecting a lot of the other surprises. I try very hard not to do any spoilers, so you will need to read this wonderful book to find out what I’m talking about! I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves clean suspense novels.

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.

Once Upon a K-Prom

About the Book:

Title: Once Upon a K-Prom
Author: Kat Cho
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: May 17th, 2022
Genre: YA Rom-Com

What would you do if the world’s biggest K-pop star asked you to prom? Perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Sandhya Menon, this hilarious and heartfelt novel brings the glamour and drama of the K-pop world straight to high school.

Elena Soo has always felt overshadowed. Whether by her more successful older sisters, her more popular twin brother, or her more outgoing best friend, everyone except Elena seems to know exactly who they are and what they want. But she is certain about one thing – she has no interest in going to prom. While the rest of the school is giddy over corsages and dresses, Elena would rather spend her time working to save the local community center, the one place that’s always made her feel like she belonged.

So when international K-pop superstar Robbie Choi shows up at her house to ask her to prom, Elena is more confused than ever. Because the one person who always accepted Elena as she is? Her childhood best friend, Robbie Choi. And the one thing she maybe, possibly, secretly wants more than anything? For the two of them to keep the promise they made each other as kids: to go to prom together. But that was seven years ago, and with this new K-pop persona, pink hair, and stylish clothes, Robbie is nothing like the sweet, goofy boy she remembers. The boy she shared all her secrets with. The boy she used to love.

Besides, prom with a guy who comes with hordes of screaming fans, online haters, and relentless paparazzi is the last thing Elena wants – even if she can’t stop thinking about Robbie’s smile…right?

Book Review:

Ohhh! This was just as amazing as I had hoped! I am Asian American and I am always so excited to read books written by Asian Americans about Asian Americans. Once Upon a K-Prom was such a fun, cute teen read! This was such a great book!

Elena was such a relatable character. She was the youngest and there were times when she felt invisible. She was also a very focused character, she was trying her best to plan for everything. I really felt for Elena as she tried to find her place in this world. She was trying to do so much to prove her worth, she wanted to make her family see her. I loved reading about Elena as she learned about herself. Elena had to learn to let go of control and enjoy life. She had to learn that maybe things weren’t the way that she thought them to be.

Robbie was also fun, I liked how he felt real. He was an idol, a star and yet he was also just trying to find his way through life. He was kind but he was also young, and he just wanted to be himself. Robbie was trying to balance being an idol, listening to the rules and branching out. Elena was a bright spot in his life, but he had to understand that she had grown up. Robbie had to learn that people are worth more than the accomplishments of life. 

Robbie and Elena were sweet together. I liked how although they were cute, this book was also about them finding themselves. Robbie and Elena had to work through their own issues and learn to find out how to truly live life. They were young and still growing. The side characters were fun, Robbie’s band members and Elena’s friends plus the kids she worked with. I read this in one day, it was such a great book! 

I liked how the book didn’t feel rushed. I was a little worried that it would be really awkward because some teen books are, but this one was just perfect. It felt real without being really crazy. I also loved the protatial of Elena’s family, that was just lovely to me. I liked how it showed how Asian families could be, Elena’s family just wanted to give their children a better life. 

Once Upon a K-Prom was such a wonderful book! I would totally recommend it! The characters were awesome and I loved the story. Once Upon a K-Prom is a clean, ya rom-com book! I would recommend it to those who enjoy fun, feel good, high school romances. It was clean with a couple of curse words so probably at least 13 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.

Poisoned Heart

About the Book:

Poisoned Heart: A Retelling of Snow White (The Emerald Realm Book 1) by [Abigail Manning]

Title: Poisoned Heart
Series: The Emerald Realm
Author: Abigail Manning
Release Date: November, 5th, 2021
Genre: Fairytale Retelling

Princess Arabella is truly the fairest in all the land, and she knows it. With her pretty face, elaborate ball gowns, and glorious castle, she truly lives the perfect royal life. That is, until she is forced out of her home by a mysterious assassin.
With only the clothes on her back and the tiara on her head, Arabella flees from her castle in the dead of winter. As a last resort for shelter, Arabella takes up work in a laundry mill with seven other women. The once adored princess is now subjected to sleeping in piles of dirty laundry, but at least she is hidden. Well, she hopes so…
In the midst of her deadly game of hide-and-seek, she discovers that her kingdom is endangered by her absence. With the help of a dashing captain, a quirky noble, and her seven new companions, she must protect both her life and her kingdom. Will Arabella learn what true beauty is as she navigates her new life as a nameless commoner? While evil builds and secrets unfold, there may be more than her heart that’s poisoned.

Book Review:

A fairytale retelling of Snow White, Poisoned Heart is the first in a series of retellings. Arabella, princess of Isalla, knows that she is beautiful and privileged. In fact, her father would always brag about her to anyone. But with his death, she is left with her mother, who she had never connected with. The arrival of a neighboring king and his son sets into motion changes for her kingdom and the rest of her life. She finds herself being hunted by a mysterious assassin and seeks shelter amongst a group of women working at a laundry mill. Suddenly forced to work and sleep amongst dirty laundry, she hopes that she is at least safe. However, when her kingdom is endangered, she must join forces with a dashing captain, a quirky noble, and her seven new companions to protect it

Will Arabella discover true beauty and the hidden secrets embedded within her land?

This is a new-to-me author who we connected with through Instagram. I love fairytale retellings and this one was really fun! Arabella definitely grew over this story. In the beginning, she was a bit spoiled and selfish, but it was very sweet to see her grow over the story. I appreciated how influential the people around her were in her growth. It is much easier to understand and be compassionate when you truly see what others are going through and connect to them. It was so sweet to read about how she built friendships with the other ladies at the laundry mill. Hazel in particular was such a sweetheart! 

I also enjoyed how Arabella grew as she interacted with Aurelia and Peter. Aurelia was so fun and I loved her passion. She really sought to use her privilege for helping others. Hopefully, we get to see more of her story! Peter was also so swoony! He was kind and supportive, while being competent and strong. 

There were points where I felt like things moved a bit quickly in the story, like with Arabella’s character development, but overall it was an engaging and interesting story. There were definitely some surprises in there too! This is the first in a series, so there were some hanging strings that I am sure will be picked up further along in the series. I am excited to read more! This is a clean fairytale retelling that I would recommend to teens and up. There are some mentions of death and assassins, but nothing darker than the original fairytale. 

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.

Dear Friends

About the Book:

Title: Dear Friends
Author: Lisa Greenwald
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: May 10th, 2022
Genre: Children’s Fiction

From Lisa Greenwald, the beloved author of the TBH and Friendship List series, comes a novel about one girl’s quest to discover the ins and outs of friendship—how and why of some friendships end—and to prove that despite some friendship fails, she’s totally best friend material!

Eleni is the kind of person who’s always had a BFF—an automatic, guaranteed by-her-side person—at home, at school, and at camp. And since before she was even born, her very best friend has been Sylvie Bank.

But when Sylvie’s end-of-summer birthday party becomes the end of their friendship, Eleni can’t picture starting middle school without her BFF by her side. She can’t picture anything without her BFF—especially the looming school overnight. Who will she even room with?

So before the big overnight, Eleni sets out on a mission: to figure out where her friendships went wrong, what’s wrong with her, and what makes a good friend. But if she’s totally honest, there’s only one real goal: to win back Sylvie Bank!

Book Review:

Oh my goodness! This book brought me right back to my middle school drama days, definitely not fun times 😉 Leni is such a relatable character, and I was invested in her world from the beginning. It reminded me how much friend drama sucks, and I think any tween girl can sympathize with Leni.

Eleni, also called Leni or Len in the book, has always had a best friend, Sylvie. They have been together forever, but when Sylvie’s back to school party becomes the end of their friendship, what will Eleni do? She can’t imagine starting middle school without her best friend by her side. So she decides to try and investigate where all her friendships went wrong in hopes of winning Sylvie back. As Len goes on this journey though, she realizes some hard truths about friendships and about herself.

This was such a good book for any tween girl! Leni’s problems are incredibly relatable as she tries to find her place. This is told from the first person perspective, so we get to see all of her thoughts and feelings. I thought Eleni was an interesting character because she was in some ways quite outgoing. I think many books about friendships make it seem like this kind of friend drama only happens to quiet people. I loved the fact that Eleni was a different kind of character.

And I loved all the different characters in this book. They’re flawed and immature, but they all feel very real. It’s sweet to watch some of them come alongside Leni as she tries to find her place. I love that Ms. Greenwald shows that each friendship ends for different reasons. It was sometimes Leni’s fault, it was sometimes the other person’s fault, and sometimes it was just a result of change.

One thing I would have loved to see though is a conversation between Leni and her mother. Eleni has a rocky relationship with her mom. And while that is definitely common, I think tween girls need to see more characters talking with their mothers. Ms. Greenwald ends the book with some hope for change, but I would have loved to see an actual conversation. Overall though I really enjoyed this book! The story and the characters are wonderful, and I would definitely recommend it to any tween girl!

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. 

Turn to Me

About the Book:

Turn to Me (Misty River Romance, A Book #3) by [Becky Wade]

Title: Turn to Me
Series: Misty River Romance
Author: Becky Wade
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Release Date: May 3rd, 2022
Genre: Contemporary Romance

His promise will cost him far more than he imagined.

Guilt has defined Luke Dempsey’s life, but it was self-destructiveness that landed him in prison. When his friend and fellow inmate lay dying shortly before Luke’s release, the older man revealed he left a string of clues for his daughter, Finley, that will lead her to the treasure he’s hidden. Worried that she won’t be the only one pursuing the treasure, he gains Luke’s promise to protect her until the end of her search.

Spunky and idealistic, Finley Sutherland is the owner of an animal rescue center and a defender of lost causes. She accepts Luke’s help on the treasure hunt while secretly planning to help him in return–by coaxing him to embrace the forgiveness he’s long denied himself.

As they draw closer to the final clue, their reasons for resisting each other begin to crumble, and Luke realizes his promise will push him to the limit in more ways than one. He’ll do his best to shield Finley from unseen threats, but who’s going to shield him from losing his heart?

Book Review:

Oh, this was such a satisfying end to an amazing series! This series has been so good and I was super excited to finally get to read Luke’s book! Turn to Me is the third book in Becky Wade’s Misty River Series.

Luke was a complicated character but it was so fun to read about him. He hid his emotions and feelings, which are two different things, behind walls to protect himself. I liked Luke and it was fun to get to know him. I knew of him from previous books but I did not really know him. He had been through a lot and he had a lot of guilt to work through. It was sweet to read about Luke interacting with Finley. However, Luke had to learn to let God in and give God his guilt.

Finley was fun. She was a whimsical character, and I loved her personality. She was passionate about caring for animals, and she also cared for people. Finley was super sweet and I loved her quirkiness. She had a deep faith in God but there were times when she had to learn to trust Him again. I loved the growth of her faith, Finley had to learn to wait on God’s time.

Finley and Luke were a fun couple to read about. They were both working through different things and they had experienced life in different ways. I liked the development of their relationship. But there were times when I was a bit unsure of it because Finley was a believer and Luke was not. However, otherwise this was a good book. 

The side characters were fun and I loved the little story about Ben! I loved his romance and getting to read more about him, amazing! The plot was also very interesting and it was a lot of fun to read about Finley and Luke trying to solve the treasure hunt together.

Turn to Me was a lovely book and I would totally recommend it! Turn to Me is a clean contemporary romance with interesting characters, sweet dogs, and an engaging plot. 

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.


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Shadowed Loyalty

About the Book:

Shadowed Loyalty by [Roseanna M. White]

Title: Shadowed Loyalty
Author: Roseanna M White
Publisher: Chrism Press
Release Date: May 2nd, 2022
Genre: Historical Romance

Sabina Mancari never questioned her life as the daughter of Chicago’s leading mob boss until bullets tear apart her world and the man she thought she loved turns out to be an undercover Prohibition agent. Ambushes, bribes, murder, prostitution—all her life, her father sheltered her from his crimes, but now she can no longer turn away from the truth. Maybe Lorenzo, the fiancé who barely paid her any attention in the last two years, has the right idea by planning to escape their world. But can she truly turn her back on her family?

All his life, Lorenzo’s family assumed he would become a priest, but he has different ideas—marrying Sabina and pursuing a career in the law. Despite his morals, he knows at the core he isn’t so unlike his mafiosi father and brothers. Has he, in trying to protect Sabina, forced her into the arms of the Prohibition agent bent on tearing her family apart? How can they rebuild what has so long been neglected and do it in the shadow of the dark empire of the Mafia?

Shadowed Loyalty, set amid the glitz and scandal of the Roaring Twenties, examines what love really means and how we draw lines between family and our own convictions, especially when following one could mean losing the other.

Book Review:

This was an excellent book! I have not read a book in this setting before so it was exciting to read. Shadowed Loyalty is a standalone book written by Roseanna M White. It was kind of a different genre but I still loved it!

Sabina was a complicated character. She had lived the life of a mafia boss’ daughter for all of her life and that is all she knew. It was interesting to read about Sabina. There were times when I felt like she was a bit naive, but she ended up growing on me. I felt for her as she tried to navigate her life, learning what right and wrong meant to her. Sabina was struggling to find herself. Along the way she had forgotten what love meant. Sabina had to learn what love truly meant and how she would choose to live her life.

Lorenzo was a sweetheart and I really liked him. He was not without his faults but you could really tell that he loved Sabina. He wanted to protect her and care for her but he also struggled on figuring out how to do that. Enzo had to learn to trust God’s plan and forgive. Enzo wanted to get away from the mafia and honor God. But his past and family kept on creeping back up on him. Enzo had to fight to stay on the narrow path, loving Sabina and striving to do his best in all. 

I really enjoyed Sabina and Enzo’s relationship. They had been friends first and grew to lovers. But things had changed over time. However circumstances in their life brought them back together. I liked how they choose to love each other and work for their relationship. 

The story was so complex and I loved the themes hidden in it. The characters were real and flawed, they each had their own issues to deal with. I greatly enjoyed this book and getting to know the characters. I felt for them both as they struggled to come to terms with the life they lived. I really enjoyed the truth and faith that White wove into the story. There were so many encouraging moments from this book.

Shadowed Loyalty was a great book and I would definitely recommend it! It does not shy away from hard topics though as it does speak of the mafia. I would give the content warning of mentions of death, murder, prositution, and brothels. However White also points us back to God and the hope found in Him. Shadowed Loyalty is a clean historical Christain 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.

Games in a Ballroom

About the Book:

Title: Games in. a Ballroom
Author: Jentry Flint
Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishers
Release Date: May 3rd, 2022
Genre: Regency Romance

She was forbidden to love him. He only wanted her heart. Can a childhood game bring them together?

London, 1815

Olivia Wilde has resigned herself to never finding a love match. Her father has insisted she marry a man with a title, but the men her father deems acceptable are either boring or are only interested in increasing their own diminishing coffers. With her future looking dismal, Olivia vows to enjoy the last few months of freedom with her childhood friends, including Emerson Latham. His devilish smile and flirtatious teasing stirs up feelings she knows she cannot entertain.

Emerson is struggling to rise to his responsibilities after his father’s death. Though he is still learning his place, one thing he knows for certain is that he wants Olivia Wilde to be his wife. Emerson had long ago fallen in love with her quick wit, beauty, and passionate heart. Yet, without a title, he will never be permitted to court Olivia openly. But he has a plan that may give him a chance to court her in secret.

As the Season kicks off, Emerson proposes a playful game of tag. Olivia’s friends are delighted by the idea, though Olivia is wary. After all, the game must be played in secret as they tag each other at dinners and balls. As the romance builds between Olivia and Emerson, so does the risk of being discovered. Not only are their reputations at stake, so is their safety if they are caught by Olivia’s strict father.

Can their love find a happily ever after before the game ends?

Book Review:

This was a fun book with lovable characters! I absolutely adore this story, at first I was a little nervous but it was so good! Games in a Ballroom is Jentry Flint’s debut novel and it was excellent! The story was really interesting and I fell for the characters at the beginning. I am so glad that I took the chance on it.

Olivia was just trying to humor her father. He was controlling her life, and she was tiptoeing around him. However, when Emerson suggests a game of tag to pass the time during the balls, she can’t help but risk it all for the chance to be herself. Emerson is struggling to find his place after the death of his father, but there is one thing that he knows, he has fallen for Olivia Wilde. As he tries to show her his feelings, he proposes a game of tag. They never expected the fun they would have, but there are devastating consequences if Olivia’s father finds out that Emerson fancies her. Will their relationship ever grow past friends?

Olivia was a bit timid when it came to her father, but she was quick and kind. I loved reading about Olivia. Although she may seem shy, she hid a quick wit about her and it was fun to read about her interacting with Emerson and his friends. She was a strong character and she had endured much from her father. I actually really liked her and I so wanted her to find her freedom and happiness after she had been stuck in her father’s cage. It was sweet to read about Olivia coming out of her shell as she played the game with Ermerson, Arabella, Emerson’s sister, and his friends. Olivia had to learn to stand up for what she believed and fight for a better future. 

Emerson was the sweetest. I really liked him. He was just trying his best to live up to his father’s shoes. He wanted to help his sister find a good match, care for his mother, and convince Olivia of his love. I really enjoyed reading from his perspective, he had quite a journey. He was trying to find the balance between his old jokersty self and the more serious lord he had become. He really cared for his friends and family, and I loved his interactions with his friends. Emerson will have to figure out what he is willing to risk for love?

Emerson and Olivia were great characters and I loved reading their story. I wanted them to fight for their love and happiness. I did not know how it was going to have a happy ending and there were some surprises. It was a really good book! I also loved the side characters. They were awesome and I hope they get their own books. I adored Bradbury, Northcott, and Arabella. They really helped make the story. 

I loved Games in a Ballroom and I would definitely recommend it! I hope that there are more books to come in this series. Games in a Ballroom is a clean historical 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.

About the Author:

Jentry Flint is a bookworm-turned-writer with the propensity to try just about anything. She has a true love of history and believes a good quote can fix most things. She lives in southern Utah with her husband and two daughters—who, naturally, are named after characters from books.Her favorite things in life are flavored popcorn, her grandmother’s purple blanket, and curling up on the couch to watch a movie with her husband. Games in a Ballroom is her debut novel.


About the Book:

Fauxmance by [Cookie O'Gorman]

Title: Fauxmance
Author: Cookie O’Gorman
Release Date: April 28th, 2022
Genre: Contempoary YA

Fauxmance (fow-mans): Term for a romantic relationship that is fake. Real feelings, like love, are strictly prohibited. See also: Why would anyone enter a fake relationship?

Eighteen-year-old Magnolia believes in true love.

Or she did.

When her boyfriend dumps her the day before her sister’s wedding, Maggie is devastated—but her broken heart is only part of the problem. Maggie is the maid of honor, and her sister insists: Every member of the bridal party must have an escort. No exceptions.

Thank goodness for Hayden Davenport.

Sarcastic, cocky, a surprisingly good listener and self-professed player, when Maggie gets stuck in an elevator with the handsome stranger, she thinks she’s found the perfect wedding date. Unfortunately, Hayden hates weddings. Like really hates them.

But one soul-shattering kiss changes everything.

Maggie needs a fake boyfriend. Hayden wants to prove he’s changed his playboy ways. Faking it should be easy. The hard part?

Remembering it’s all pretend and not falling in love for real.

This book features two opposites with sizzling chemistry, a sweet, hopeless romantic and a cynical bad boy who’ll steal your heart. Elevators, fake romance, and weddings, oh my! Get ready to swoon, laugh, and say ‘I do’ to this heartfelt YA romance.

Book Review:

Magnolia believes in true love. But it is hard to believe it when she is dumped the day before her sister’s wedding. As the maid of honor, she has to have an escort. No exceptions. Her rescuer comes in the form of Hayden Davenport, who is sarcastic, cocky, and a self-proclaimed player. But after being stuck in an elevator with him, Maggie thinks she has found the perfect wedding date. Except Hayden hates weddings, until there is a kiss. Maggie needs a fake boyfriend and Hayden needs to prove that he has changed his playboy ways. All they need to do is remember that it is fake, easy enough, right? 

This was super cute! I read it really quickly and thoroughly enjoyed it. Maggie was such a fun character. She was smart and kind. I liked her love of music and her dedication to the soup kitchen. I loved her relationship with her sister and mom. They were so sweet and supportive of each other, but they weren’t perfect. I also thought Hayden was so sweet! Even though he was a bit of a bad boy, they had an opposites-attract romance. It was very sweet to read. I loved their relationship honestly, even though it was supposed to be fake, it was so cute! 

All of the supporting characters were also so fun! Constance especially was hilarious! I loved her drama and confidence. It was also so fun to have Hayden’s band mates in the story, they were also so funny! The characters are what make the story for me and Fauxmance had such amazing ones!

This is a YA romance that I would suggest for older teen readers. There are some innuendos and other content. I would definitely recommend it! It is sweet, swoony, and so much fun!

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.


About the Book:

Battleshipped: A Second Chance, Enemies-to-Lovers Sweet Romcom (Getting Shipped! Book 2) by [Savannah Scott]

Title: Battle(Shipped)
Series: Getting Shipped #2
Author: Savannah Scott
Release Date: March 7th, 2022
Genre: Romantic Comedy

I am not in love with my ex-boyfriend … I’m not.

You know those stories where high school sweethearts reunite to find their happily-ever-after bliss together?

Well, that won’t be me.

Sure, my ex-boyfriend, Rob, has the smolder down to a science, which makes sense, because to him, everything is science. He’s a famous YouTuber, making a living using that beautiful brain of his.

He’s destined for greatness … which means he’ll leave … again.
And this time, I won’t be falling for him.

The battle is on. Rob thinks he’ll win me back, but I’m fighting him with all I’ve got.

My heart is locked up tight, behind an obstacle course with every booby trap imaginable ….
Wouldn’t you know it? Rob happens to be an expert at finding his way around locks and obstacles. Just my luck.

Book Review:

Battle(shipped) was my first rom-com in awhile, and it was so much fun! I had read Friend(shipped) and really enjoyed it, and I thought Rob and Laura might be next in line. They had such fun banter and chemistry, and a lot of hurt to work through. I think Ms. Scott balanced the seriousness of forgiveness with lots of laughter and wacky adventures well. Let’s just say I want to live in their town too!

Rob and Laura were high school sweethearts, but when Rob left for college, he broke up with Laura on the same day that her dad left. Laura has her defenses up now, and she won’t let Rob in anytime soon. Unfortunately for her, Rob’s willing to wait, and be super sweet and kind while he waits. Will their love survive Rob’s successes and Laura’s fears?

Okay, first off let me just say that I really appreciated the fact that there were real issues they had to work through. I think too often romances could be worked out with an honest conversation, but this was actually complicated. They both had fears and insecurities they needed to work through, and I think Ms. Scott did a wonderful job of making their growth believable. It didn’t happen overnight.

Now, let’s talk about Rob and Laura. I felt for Laura so much, and she’s actually not really my type of character. She’s spunky and outspoken, but she’s also lost. She wants to be cherished and loved, but she’s scared of letting anyone in. And Rob is the only one who she lets take care of her! Cue the awws 🙂 While I have to say, Rob was an idiot through certain parts of the book. He was a sweetheart who genuinely adored Laura. And their banter was super cute! Plus, I love it when couples have special nicknames for each other!

The comedy in this book was so funny. I love all the random touches that just make you want to live in a small town like goats showing up at a wedding. And the side characters in this book were amazing! All of the old ladies were hilarious, so opinionated, and so free. I loved it!

I would totally recommend this book to anyone who likes rom coms! I can’t wait for Aiden’s book. I think it’s going to be totally adorable 🙂

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.

Facing the Enemy

About the Book:

Facing the Enemy (Roxbury Heirs, #1) by [Paige Edwards]

Title: Facing the Enemy
Series: Roxbury Heirs #1
Author: Paige Edwards
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Release Date: April 4th, 2022
Genre:  Suspense

Lady Elise Henderson lives two separate lives. At home in Scotland, she’s the titled daughter of the Marquess of Roxbury, an heiress in her own right. In London, however, she’s Elise Taylor, a top MI6 operative for the “home office.” But when a devastating accident threatens to end her career, Elise is left with far too much time for self-reflection and the regret of a decision made long ago that features one man: fellow MI6 agent Harry Benson.

Harry Benson, the son of servants, has loved Elise for the better part of a decade. But life took them on separate journeys until their worlds converged once more. An immediate assignment to the Scottish Borders leaves Harry little time to make provisions for his small, rambunctious son, Sammy. Harry knows only one person he can rely on for the boy’s care—Elise. When Elise brings Sammy to her ancestral estate, she never imagines that a nemesis from her past looms in the shadows, hungry for revenge. Stalked at every turn, Elise and Harry discover that fighting their feelings for one another is futile, but can they survive long enough to get another shot at true love?

Book Review:

Wow! This book was really good. I have been so looking forward to this book and it didn’t not disappoint! Facing the Enemy is the first book in Paige Edwards’ new series, Roxbury Heirs. Edwards weaves such a fascinating tale with engaging characters. This was just a wonderful book.

I really liked the characters in this book. I didn’t always agree with them, but I felt as if I got to know them. Both Elise and Harry were struggling with different things and learning how to move on with life; they felt real. 

I have to admit that there were times where Elise got on my nerves, but as I read more about her I grew to like her. She was going through a lot and she was trying to work through the waves of life. Elise was a strong woman and I liked how she pushed herself. She was stubborn and opinionated but she cared for her family and for Harry. I liked how Harry was able to see past Elise’s walls and truly get to know her. Elise will have to learn that being an agent isn’t everything and how to let herself enjoy life. 

Harry was also interesting. I liked that although he was dedicated to his job, he was still a good father. He cared about Sammy and he was truly trying his best. But he was struggling to balance his job and care for his son. I really liked Harry. He was kind and full of life, but he could also be serious. It was sweet to read about him interacting with Elise and trying to encourage her. Harry will have to figure out how to find that fine line between work and family. 

Harry and Elise were a sweet couple. They had known each other before and it was cute to read about them connecting and falling in love. I liked their chemistry and easy banter, they truly did understand each other. 

The plot was so engaging and I was on the edge of my seat. I needed to know what was going to happen and how it was going to end. I really enjoy the suspense, I felt as if it was perfect. It wasn’t too scary but I still wanted to read more. Sammy, Harry’s son, was also a lot of fun. I loved his mischievous nature, but also how sweet he was. He really added to the story. 

Facing the Enemy is definitely a book you should read especially if you enjoyed Edwards’ other books. This was a sweet second chance romance with lovable characters and thrilling plot! I did not want to put it down. 

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.