To Kiss a Wallflower

About the Book:

To Kiss a Wallflower (Timeless Regency Collection Book 19) by [Jen Geigle  Johnson, Heather B. Moore, Anneka R. Walker]

Title: To Kiss a Wallflower
Series: Timeless Regency Collection
Author: Jen Geigle Johnson, Heather B Moore, Anneka R Walker
Publisher: Mirror Press
Release Date: June 21st, 2022
Genre: Regency Romance

Eventually, all wallflowers will have their chance at love . . . This is where it begins.

The Wallflower’s Dance 
by Jen Geigle Johnson
Lottie Hughes likes people, as long as they aren’t too close. Does it bother her that no one asks her to dance? Yes, but she’s not sure how to drum up dance partners when she has almost no dowry, no title, and freezes up when anyone tries to talk to her. When she suddenly inherits a huge amount and is the new center of attention all over London, her secret dreams might come true but also her worst nightmares. Suddenly everyone wants to talk to her. Men ask her to dance. And she is inundated with interested suitors. She fights to stay close to the few friends she knows are true. One man saw her before her life changed forever. But does she want to accept his help when he, too, might be insincere?

Letters to a Wallflower by Heather B. Moore
Ellen might be beautiful and considered a diamond of the first water by Society, but she is so very tired of the pressure to marry a titled gentleman so that her beauty won’t go to waste. When her cousin Dinah dares Ellen to attend a ball with no frills and to stand with the wallflowers, Ellen takes on the dare. What’s in the wager for her? The prize cuttings of her aunt’s extraordinary roses. But what Ellen isn’t expecting is Lord Ravenshire to engage her in the most interesting conversation. When she confesses to him of her opposition in marrying for a title, he confesses his distaste of the London scene. They strike a bargain together, one which will either push them apart or lead to a future sweeter than either of them could have imagined.

To Marry a Wallflower by Anneka R. Walker
Charlotte Winters is destined to spinsterhood until she turns down an unwanted proposal and everything changes. With gossip rampant, her father attempts to salvage her reputation by betrothing her to another. Soon she is sent off to her aunt’s to meet Lord Templeton, her intended. Anxiety-ridden, Charlotte begs her aunt to let her observe Lord Templeton from afar before their introduction. She never planned to pretend to be her fictional cousin to learn more about him, or to fall in love with Lord Templeton’s friend in the process. Lord Templeton dreads returning to the empty halls of Newcliff Manor. When his father’s old friend, Mr. Winters reaches out for assistance, Lord Templeton finds himself returning home engaged to a woman he has never met. Desperate to learn more about Miss Winters, he befriends her cousin. He wouldn’t have spoken to her, or lied about his identity, if he’d known the quiet woman would sneak into his heart.

Book Review:

Another lovely collection from the Timeless Regency Series, To Kiss a Wallflower has three sweet novellas. I love novellas! There is something so satisfying about finishing a story and novellas give you that feeling so quickly. I have read quite a few of the collections from the Timeless Romance authors and love the variety of stories that I get to read. 

The Wallflower’s Dance by Jen Geigle Johnson

Lottie Hughes is fine with people, even if they do overwhelm her. She can’t seem to find dance partners though, with no title, a small dowry and the unfortunate habit of freezing in conversations. An unexpected inheritance makes her the focus of the season. Suddenly, she has more suitors than she can meet and everyone wants to talk to her. As she fights to keep her few true friends close, she struggles as the one man who knew her before also seems more interested. But is he sincere?

This was quite sweet! I liked Lottie, she felt very real and I related to her. She struggled with talking to people and I think that is something that most people relate to. I think that it was also cool to see her as she deals with her newfound popularity amongst Society. Denny was also very sweet. I was rooting for him as he figured out his feelings. The story was quite sweet and had a few twists that were fun!

Letters to a Wallflower by Heather B. Moore

Ellen is considered a diamond of the first water, but is feeling the pressure to marry a titled gentleman so her beauty is not wasted. When her cousin Dinah dares her to try being a Wallflower for a night, she takes it on. Her prize would be cuttings of her aunt’s amazing roses. However, Ellen is not expecting Lord Ravenshire, who provides the most interesting conversation. When she confesses her struggle with the pressure of marrying for a title, he also shares his distaste of the Season. So they create a plan, but will it push them apart or lead to a beautiful future?

  Ellen was sweet, she was trying to be grateful and take advantage of the opportunity she had given. However, she felt like she was constantly being paraded around for Society to discuss and judge. She was not seeking a title or a stately manor, she wanted the comfort and quiet of being the wife of a country gentleman as her mother was. Yet as she gets to know Aaron, she finds someone who she likes and who listens to her. They enjoy one another’s company, even if their initial assessment of each other was not one of suitability. 

Aaron had goals that were not intertwined with the endless balls and rides that come with being in London. But he did not want to disappoint his mother, who wanted him to find a wife. I appreciated the relationship he had with his mother. Even though they did not agree, he was still gracious and respectful. The story moved along pretty quickly as novellas usually do. However, it did not feel rushed, just engaging. 

To Marry a Wallflower by Anneka R. Walker

Charlotte Winters has no prospects amongst her suitors. However, after rejecting an unwanted proposal, she is faced with scandal. So her father tries to save her reputation with a betrothal. She is sent to meet her intended, Lord Templeton, at her aunt’s. Anxiety-ridden, Charlotte begs her aunt to let her observe before meeting him. However, she does not plan to introduce herself as her fictional cousin or fall for Lord Templeton’s friend as she learned about him. Lord Templeton is dreading returning to his lonely home at Newcliff Manor. When his father’s friend, Mr. Winters asks for help, he finds himself engaged. As he has never met her before, he seeks to learn more through her cousin. But he would not have connected with her or lied about his identity if he had known she would sneak into his heart. 

This was a sweet story! I enjoyed their letters and their interactions. It was also interesting with the hidden identity between them. It certainly adds another layer. But I’m glad that it did not add a lot of drawn out drama to the story, I felt like it was dealt with but not excessive. I liked Charlotte’s character, it is nice to have some more gentle and timid characters to relate to. I felt like I knew her and understood her. Luke was also lovely. He wanted a family and companionship. It was sweet to see him find it with Charlotte. Overall, I really enjoyed this story. I think it might be my favorite from the collection! 

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.

So That Happened

So That Happened: A Romantic Comedy by [Katie Bailey]

About the Book:

Title: So That Happened
Series: An Accidental Romantic Comedy
Author: Katie Bailey
Release Date: June 3rd, 2022
Genre: Rom-com

I spent the night with a hot, grumpy stranger in an airport hotel.

No, not like that. Get your mind out of the gutter. It was just sleeping. And… maybe a little cuddling.

Long story short, I embarrassed the heck out of myself. But at least I never have to see him again.

Except the universe is clearly out to get me, because Monday morning, I arrive at my new job and who’s the first person I see?

Hot stranger himself: Liam Donovan.

AKA my new boss.

AKA Annie, you are so freaking screwed.

While the HR rulebook doesn’t explicitly say you can’t share a bed with your boss, I can read between the lines. And I need this job.

Which is why I have to pretend that night never happened. Luckily for me, sexy as Liam—excuse me, Mr. Donovan—is, he’s surly, rude and totally not my type.

Or so I keep telling myself.

Because I’m starting to think there’s a warm, gooey cinnamon roll with extra frosting lurking beneath that impressive, muscular form.

I promised I’d never choose between my career and love.

But when a scandal threatens to break, that promise could prove impossible to keep…

Book Review:

An enjoyable rom-com perfect for summer reading! Annie has a lot going on. After her flight is delayed, she is forced to stay at an airport hotel, in the same room as a hot, grumpy stranger. Not that anything happened except sleeping…and maybe some cuddling. Needless to say, it was an embarrassing time, at least she never has to see him again. Except for when she arrives at her brand new job and who is her new boss? The same stranger from the flight, Liam Donovan. But she needs the job, so she needs to pretend that the night never happened. Good thing that Liam, or Mr. Donovan, is surly, rude, and definitely not her type. Except there seems to be a warm, gooey center under all the sternness and muscles. But Annie has promised herself that she will never choose between her career and love, and when scandal threatens to break that promise, what will she choose?

This was really fun! I will admit, some of the situational humor leaned towards awkwardness, so there were some points where I was feeling the second-hand embarrassment. However, I am particularly sensitive to second-hand embarrassment and I did find a lot of it pretty funny! It was overall lighthearted and very fun to read. I loved the dynamic between the Donovan siblings, they teased and supported one another. I really enjoyed reading about them all, especially Legs! She was adorable and so funny! I loved how she had everyone wrapped around her finger. I also appreciated Annie’s determination and focus. She was awkward and a bit all over the place in her head, but I definitely saw some people I knew in her and was very endearing. I also thought Liam was so sweet, I love the grumpy outside and soft inside! 

I enjoyed reading this! It definitely feels like a summer read, perfect for warm lazy days! It was also really fun to see cameos of some of the characters from the other books! It is a close-door romance, and very enjoyable!

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.

Horses, Hounds, and Happily Ever After

About the Book:

Horses, Hounds & Happily Ever After by [Clarissa Kae, Jolene  Perry, Josi Kilpack, Jennifer Moore, Nancy Campbell Allen, Martha Keyes, Jess Heileman, Jen Geigle Johnson, Rebecca Connolly, Charlie N.  Holmberg, Penny  Fairbanks, Chalon Linton, Julie Daines, Julia Ridgmont, Anneka R. Walker, Samantha Hastings, Tiffany Odekirk, Julie  Wright, Ashtyn Newbold, Brittany Larsen, Rosalyn  Eves, Kaylee  Baldwin, Mindy Burbidge  Strunk, Jo Noelle, Sally Britton, Gemma Stuart]

Title: Horses, Hounds, and Happily Ever After
Author: Multiple Authors
Publisher: Carpe Vitam Press
Release Date: May 3rd, 2022
Genre: Historical Romance

Escape with over 20 Historical Romance stories

✔ Horses, animals and love, oh my!

✔ Happily ever afters

This sweet historical romance collection contains over 20 original historical romance novellas from best-selling authors.
All proceeds benefit animal rescue All Seated In A Barn. Don’t miss this limited edition box set, featuring some of your favorite authors.

A few of the stories included…

The Wolf of Heathrow Manor Clarissa Kae
When wolves threaten her home, Lady Josephine rides through Lord Fennyson’s woods, a man as wild as the wolves.

Della and Archie’s Second Chance Jo Perry
One awful mistake separated Della and Archie. Can they return to love or be doomed to always wonder, what if?

The Connecting Door Josi S. Kilpack
Norman has spent years devoted to his reputation at the expense of his marriage. Can he change his course before it’s too late?

Pride and Pedigree Jennifer Moore
When Alastair Rutherford III’s prized dam fraternizes with a mongrel, he meets Nora. Perhaps pedigree is not as important as love.

Wuthering Hounds Nancy Campbell Allen
Clementine and Mr. Baskerville are stranded in the moors, finding love amidst a most unexpected circumstance.

Connall’s Return Martha Keyes
Connall is tasked with protecting Anabelle’s cattle, but it’s her heart she’s most worried about.

Yours Sincerely, Rose Jess Heileman
Rose is determined to marry her friend, Colin. He is resolved to see her marry someone who can give her the life he can’t.

A Midnight Ride Jen Geigle Johnson
Ella hides in her own home from a prince who wants to marry her.

A Midsummer Day’s Scheme Rebecca Connolly
While visiting Sir Bramwell’s estate, Hattie hatches a plan to get everything she wants and more.

Maria’s Perfect Gentleman Penny Fairbanks
The last thing Maria expects is to be rescued by a charming dog—and an even more charming gentleman.

Waiting for Willard Chalon Linton
Charlene begs Willard for help selecting a spouse, only to learn the man beside her is her ideal match.

Floods and Foes Julie Daines
When Beatrice’s dog pulls a man from the flood, she is shocked to find it’s the man who betrayed her.

A Heart’s Quest Julia Ridgmont
Can Camilla, a mail-order bride, help an anguished father and his little girl overcome a tragedy and catch a killer?

Sir Jack and Lady Jill Anneka R. Walker
When Sir Jack loses his memory, can Lady Jillian convince him to love her before it returns?

The Duchess Contract Samantha Hastings
Lady Selina marries for convenience. As she gets to know Theophilus, she wants a new bargain…for love.

Falling for Felicity Tiffany Odekirk
Felicity is determined to free the fox. Her older brother’s best friend joins the hunt, jeopardizing everything.

The Stable Master’s Son Julie Wright
Clara must distract Holden from hindering her sister’s engagement. She doesn’t count on falling in love.

Miss Bird’s Desperado Brittany Larsen
A disfigured recluse finds love when his guard dog becomes smitten by an adventurous pastor’s daughter.

Love Among the Brambles Rosalyn Eves
When a prickly widower takes on a practical governess, neither expects to bond over kittens.

All of Beauty Kaylee Baldwin
When Rosalie falls for Theo Bradshaw, she doesn’t realize he’s the detective investigating her brother.

Walking Lady Guinevere Mindy Burbidge Strunk
Mariah hates dogs. But could a simple walk in the park change everything?

May the Best Earl Win Gemma Stuart
His manor house, a noble title—to love Bethany, Lord William Cottrell has to choose or lose it all.

Book Review:

This was such a fun collection! There are a variety of stories, so I just picked a few to give some reviews on.

Wuthering Hounds by Nancy Campbell Allen

Super cute! Loved Clementine and her joyfulness. The dog was hilarious and I loved Ethan’s grandfather. There was a lot of suspense too, the storyline was not what I was expecting when I started the story. 

A Midsummer’s Day Scheme by Rebecca Connolly

Hattie was really unique as a main character. I appreciated her ambition and drive. I liked how she went for her passions and how Bram appreciated her for it. I also liked how it wasn’t insta-love (I enjoy it sometimes, but especially with novellas it can feel too fast). It is nice to have more of a connection and friendship emphasized first and less of the romance.

Maria’s Perfect Gentleman by Penny Fairbanks

Adorable! Loved their romance, it was so soft. Readers!! I appreciated how different the cousins were and how much they supported each other. This story just made me smile, probably my favorite of the anthology!

Sir Jack and Lady Jill by Anneka Walker

Very sweet, I liked watching them enjoy one another’s company and fall in love. It was an interesting take on the amnesia plot. I liked how though there was tension and angst, there was not unnecessary drama. 

Falling for Felicity by Tiffany Odekirk

I liked the family relationship and how Luke was accepted into the family. Felicity was fun too! I appreciated her tender heart and her will. I was also pleasantly surprised with how much I liked her mother and brother. 

All of Beauty by Kaylee Baldwin

I appreciated how Rosalie found ways to be cheerful and tried to still love her father and brother. It was also a little peek into a time period I don’t normally read about. Theo was also very gallant. I liked how they bonded over literature and poetry. 

These are only a few of my favorites out of the 20 (20!) novellas in this collection! I enjoyed reading this collection and while not all of them are really my favorites, there is something for everyone! 

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.

The Connection

The Connection: Two Worlds. One Connection. (The Blood-Light Trilogy Book 1) by [Dana Claire]

About the Book:

Title: The Connection
Series: The Blood-Light Trilogy
Author: Dana Claire
Release Date: November 25th, 2020
Genre: YA

Beatrice Walker thought she lived in a normal world—that is until she learned she’s a living hostel for an alien energy source, and apparently the answer to preventing extinction. Bea has no memory of her last moments with her mother. The week they’d gone missing is a complete mystery. Suddenly moved back to her hometown with her father, Bea has rekindled her friendship with her two best friends—and seems to have caught the attention of an arrogant, yet gorgeous boy named Cash Kingston. But there’s more to Cash than his annoying attitude and good looks. Cash isn’t human, and he’s now in charge of protecting Bea from those who know what she keeps safe inside her: the energy source that once belonged to his murdered girlfriend. Tensions mount as Bea learns her energy source must be paired with the one Cash holds to protect both their planets from an imminent threat. But what Bea doesn’t realize is there’s more to her than being human a host, that her feelings for Cash are not just a prophetic plan that will save their planets, and that the fate of everything lies in her choices.

Book Review:

An exciting and quick-paced read, The Connection is the 1st in Dana Claire’s YA series. Beatrice is just trying to finish high school after her mom’s death in an accident she cannot remember. Back in her hometown, she finds solace in her best friends and running track.  The arrival of Cash Kingston, who is gorgeous and arrogant, and his attention to her is yet another thing in her life she does not understand. But Cash is not human, he is an alien and he and his team are tasked with protecting an alien energy source. An alien energy source that is hosted by Bea, and one that used to belong to Cash’s murdered girlfriend. As Bea learns more about the reason she holds the energy, she discovers that there is more to her than just as a human host and the fate of planets are in her hands. 

This was super fun and exciting! Like many YA books, it was easy to read and quickly pulled me in. I liked Bea and understood what she was going through. While I did not always agree with her choices, I could see her struggle. She had so much thrown at her, at an already trying time  in her life. I also felt for her as the revelations and plot twists kept coming! As the reader, you learn most of what’s going on alongside Bea. The first couple chapters I was flying through trying to figure out what was happening! I honestly didn’t know what to think of Cash at first! He had a lot on his shoulders, but at the same time he was a bit irritating. As Bea gets to know him, it is easier to understand some of his motives. I appreciated the dual perspectives too. It was clear who was who and allowed different sides of the story to be seen.

Overall, it was a great start to the series! Upon starting it, I did not know it was part of a series, but now I am really excited to read more! I felt like I have an investment now in the story! I need to know what happens next! This was a sci-fi/fantasy YA book. It was mostly clean, though there was some cursing and a few innuendos. I think it is suitable for most teens, though I would suggest it for older ones.

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.

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.

Fauxmance

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.

Sir Andrew and the Authoress

About the Book:

Sir Andrew and the Authoress: A Regency Romance (Clairvoir Castle Romances Book 3) by [Sally Britton]

Title: Sir Andrew and the Authoress
Series: Clairvoir Castle Romances #3
Author: Sally Britton
Release Date: April 9th, 2022
Genre: Regency Romance

Lady Josephine, the duke’s eldest daughter, has a secret. When her brother’s horrid best friend discovers what she’s been hiding up in the castle tower, she has no choice but to take him into her confidence.

As the daughter of a duke, Lady Josephine has a long list of responsibilities, and an even longer list of things she must never do to dishonor the family name. Josephine knows exactly which side becoming an author falls upon, but she’s determined to try her hand at it anyway. For months she has worked on her novel in secret, writing chapter after chapter of intrigue and romance. Unfortunately for Josephine, her sworn enemy stumbles upon her secret.

Sir Andrew Wycomb’s close relationship to the Duke of Montfort’s family and heir gives him more than one advantage in life. His loyalty to the family is absolute, even if he finds at least one of its members an annoyance. He and Lady Josephine have never seen eye-to-eye. But when he discovers that she’s written a novel upon a subject she knows nothing about, he cannot help but sympathize with her dream. This creates an unlikely ceasefire between them.

But things at the castle are always changing, and when a determined suitor arrives to court Josephine, Andrew has to decide which secrets he’s going to keep. Especially when he discovers the one he’s kept even from himself – that perhaps he doesn’t find Josephine an annoyance at all. In fact, she is quite charming. The more time they spend together, the more he hopes she will realize they aren’t enemies, and they could be so much more…

Book Review:

The third book in Sally Britton’s Ladies of Castle Clairvoir, series Sir Andrew and the Authoress is a sweet and adorable romance! Sally is one of my favorite authors and this series has been such an enjoyable series to read. It is an overall gentle and sweet story and each of the books have been 5 star reads for me! Lady Josephine has many responsibilities and expectations as the daughter of a duke. However, one of her dreams is to be an author. As she secretly writes her novel, her secret is discovered by her sworn enemy. Sir Andrew Wycomb is practically part of the family and is absolutely loyal to them. While he and Josephine have never seen eye-to-eye, he is sympathetic to her dream. But as things at the castle change and a suitor comes to court Josephine, Andrew is forced to discover which secrets he will hold onto. Including the ones he is holding from himself about his feelings for Josephine and hopes for the future. 

Like I said, this was really sweet and enjoyable. I sometimes struggle with the enemies-to-lovers trope because it can feel a bit mean-spirited  or spiteful instead of fun in terms of banter. So I appreciate that though Josie and Andrew bickered and argued, it was never mean-spirited, nor was it spiteful. Josie felt a bit more off-kilter, but she knew Andrew wasn’t trying to hurt her feelings or attack her. She felt a bit isolated because of her position and life stage. It left her struggling to figure out her place and Andrew really supported her. They were really able to relax around one another. I liked how aware Josie was of her position. I felt like it was very realistic in terms of her efforts to represent her family well, the privilege she had as a duke’s daughter, and the uncertainty she felt as her closest friend was now married and had her own separate life. She was an easy character to relate to and empathize with. Andrew was also very sweet and I appreciate how caring he was for their family. His banter with Josie was fun too. It was sweet to see their relationship grow, and I appreciate that there was no drawn out dramatic love triangle. 

Overall, while I think the second book of the series was my favorite, this was a really sweet and enjoyable book that I would definitely recommend. While it may not be necessary to read the other books in the series, I think it enhances the story and creates more of a connection with the characters. It is always fun to see characters throughout a series. This is a clean historical fiction romance that is sweet and lighthearted. 

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.

Rebelwing

About the Book:

Rebelwing by [Andrea Tang]

Title: Rebelwing
Author: Andrea Tang
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: February 25th, 2020
Genre: YA

Things just got weird for Prudence Wu.

One minute, she’s cashing in on a routine smuggling deal. The next, she’s escaping enforcers on the wings of what very much appears to be a sentient cybernetic dragon.

Pru is used to life throwing her some unpleasant surprises–she goes to prep school, after all, and selling banned media across the border in a country with a ruthless corporate government obviously has its risks. But a cybernetic dragon? That’s new.

She tries to forget about the fact that the only reason she’s not in jail is because some sort of robot saved her, and that she’s going to have to get a new side job now that enforcers are on to her. So she’s not exactly thrilled when Rebelwing shows up again.

Even worse, it’s become increasingly clear that the rogue machine has imprinted on her permanently, which means she’d better figure out this whole piloting-a-dragon thing–fast. Because Rebelwing just happens to be the ridiculously expensive weapon her government needs in a brewing war with its neighbor, and Pru’s the only one who can fly it.

Set in a wonderfully inventive near-future Washington, D.C., this hilarious, defiant debut sparkles with wit and wisdom, deftly exploring media consumption, personal freedoms, and the weight of one life as Pru, rather reluctantly, takes to the skies.

Book Review:

Rebelwing, set in a future Washington D.C follows Prudence (Pru) who is attending a school alongside children and siblings of the leaders of that time. A part-time media smuggler, she is thrown into government intrigue when she bonds with a mechanical dragon. From there, she is engrained in a battle for freedom and life. 

This was super fun and exciting! I was originally drawn to this book because of the conver. On the cover was an Asian girl and a dragon! In looking further, I learned that Pru was of Chinese descent. It is always cool to read books about Asian characters, as an Asian-American myself. There are not as many books with Asain main characters, though more are definitely being written. Pru was determined and stubborn, quick-thinking, and a bit snarky. She has grown up in the aftermath of a war. The society she is within has many of features of our own, so in some ways it feels familiar. I didn’t feel lost. It is sci-fi just enough to be imaginative, but close enough to be easily understood. 

I loved Alex, Cat, and Anabel, and all the other side characters. They all felt so real and human. It was a really tragic story with issues that felt very relevant to today. The struggles with freedom of speech and expression, access to art: written, visual and auditory. But back to the characters, Prue and Anabel’s friendship was so nice! They argued, poked fun, but they stood by each other. There were definitely struggles in their relationship, however, they were still friends. Alex and Pru were so cute! I loved how she was kind of brought into their family. The other three, Anable, Cat, and Alex had bonded in different ways and I loved seeing their connections. I am not super into technology, so I do not know a lot about the newest advances or how realistic the technology is in here. However, I thought that a mechanical dragon just seemed really cool, even though the dragon in this book had a bit of an attitude. It was just so cool!

I am honestly hoping for a sequel, but I do not know what the author has planned. It was not a very satisfying ending, though few endings are. A  lot of questions were answered, but it felt like there was more to come. I really hope so! I would love to see more! This was a YA novel, so I would take that into account with recommendations. It has some language, some LGBTQ representation, and deals with some heavy topics including war and death. I would probably generally start recommendation with older teens, though it definitely depends on the person!

Karthik Delivers

About the Book:

Karthik Delivers by [Sheela Chari]

Title: Karthik Delivers
Author: Sheela Chari
Publisher: Amulet Books
Release Date: April 5th, 2022
Genre: Children’s Fiction

rom the award-winning author of Finding Mighty, a moving middle-grade novel about finding your place by following your heart

Karthik Raghavan is good at remembering things. Like his bike routes. Or all the reasons he likes Juhi Shah—even if she doesn’t even know he exists. It doesn’t help that she seems to have a crush on his arch nemesis, Jacob Donnell, whose only job is to humiliate Karthik (and get his name wrong). Then Karthik’s luck changes when he secretly agrees to be in a play about the famous musician, Leonard Bernstein. But he can’t tell his parents. The family store is in jeopardy, and they need him delivering groceries on his bike to help save it. His mom is also worried about the Financial Crisis, and she’s convinced that studying hard and staying focused is the only way to succeed. But Karthik is having fun being Lenny. Besides, what if acting is Karthik’s special talent? And what if acting is the one way to catch Juhi Shah’s attention? With all the pressure from his family to succeed, will Karthik be able to really imagine and hope when he’s not sure what will happen next?

Book Review:

Karthik Raghavan is good at remembering things, from his bike routes to ice cream flavors. His summer is full from helping out at the family store, to his mother’s pushing to study and focus to succeed. When he secretly agrees to be in a play about the famous musician, Leonard Bernstien, it seems his luck changes. But the pressures of his family from their worries about the Financial Crisis and the family store in jeopardy, is worrying. What if acting is his talent, what can he truly imagine with such uncertainty?

What a compelling story! I really enjoyed seeing Karthik’s world. It was full of interesting people that I felt like I could have met in my life. They had their own stories and hopes that Karthik discovered as he was on his journey. None of the characters seemed flat. Karthik was also very engaging. He seemed very real and relatable. He was trying to figure out his place amongst his family, peers, and in the world. There was a lot in his life that felt uncertain and it was exciting to follow him as he learned. 

I think that the story moved along smoothly, though there was definitely a slow resolution. It is a story based on life, and things do not all fix themselves. But Karthik learned a lot and gained a greater understanding of the world he had around him. He gained people and perspective into their lives. He was able to become closer to his family and understand them. I really enjoyed the relationships and having the play of Leonard Bernstein was really cool. I enjoyed seeing some of the parallels and growth Karthik saw in it.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book! It is a middle grade novel, with some language. I would recommend it to those who enjoy coming-of-age stories, especially for those looking for some diversity in their characters.

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. 

Timeless Fairytales

About the Book:

Title: Timeless Fairytale Series
Series: Timeless Fairytale Series
Author: K M Shea
Genre: Fairytale Retelling

A series of standalone fairytale retellings that are all set in the same world. They all have a connected plot and build up but they can be read in any order.

Order of books:

Beauty and the Beast

Wild Swans

Cinderella and the Cononel

Rumpelstiltskin

The Little Selkie

Puss and Boots

Swan Lake

Sleeping Beauty

The Frog Prince

The Twelve Dancing Princesses

Snow White

Book Review:

The Timeless Fairytales are a collection of interconnected fairytale retellings by K.M.Shea. They are clean and sweet fantasy stories. I really enjoyed all of these books. Each one told a different story, with unique and interesting characters. None of the books are super long.

Beauty and the Beast

I always am excited for Beauty and the Beast retellings. This one did not disappoint! I thought Elle, the female lead, was so fun. She definitely had a personality!  Severin was such a sweetheart, even though, as with most Beauty and the Beast stories, he was a bit gruff in the beginning. I thought it was also an interesting twist the way the curse displayed itself and the story itself had many twists I did not expect. The book also is the first in the series, so there were quite a few interesting characters introduced and mentioned that began the set up for future books.

The Wild Swans

The Seven Swans is a story that I have only read a few times. I have seen more stories recently, but it is always interesting to see different takes on it.I really enjoyed the characterization in this story. There are a lot of characters, but each one was interesting. Elise was such a strong character! I loved her strength and integrity. The story was exciting and there were some twists that I was not expecting. Fairytale retellings are nice, because there is a certain comfort in seeing familiar elements.While this is not one of my favorite in the series, (the story was not my favorite)I do love the characters.

Cinderella and the Colonel

Cinderella is one of the most common fairytale that is retold. This is definitely a fun one though! I love Cinderella’s spunk and stubborn spirit, she reminded me a bit of my sister! It was a different setting that I usually read, but I enjoyed how it connected further into the world. Friedrich was hilarious! I loved their relationship and banter. His men were also so fun! I loved how they supported each other and teased each other. I think that Cinderella and Friedrich were one of my favorite couples, they seemed to truly enjoy each other’s company .

Rumpelstiltskin

In this entertaining retelling of Rumpelstiltskin, Gemma, a hard-working seamstress, is the heroine. Through unfortunate circumstances,  (almost) following the beginning of the classic tale, she is imprisoned by a crazy king. Thankfully, she has a mysterious magical helper. I thought that this was quite an exciting book. Gemma’s friend, was so funny, she is such a character! I loved seeing her arc as well, even though she was a side character. I also really like Stil, Gemma’s magical helper. This book was the start of bringing some of the earlier stories together and connecting things. That was also quite exciting, because the overarching plot began to clear up.

The Little Selkie

The fifth book in the Timeless Fairytale Series is a sweet retelling of the Little Mermaid. Dylan, a young selkie is stuck on land after chasing a sea witch and being captured. She has lost her pelt, and so begs a traveling enchantress to seal her voice, rather than allow its magic to be used for evil. Dylan is left struggling to find her pelt and to combat the evil sea witch. Thankfully, she finds help and friendship with Prince Callen, whose kingdom is also combating the sea witch’s magic. They have to work together and learn to trust each other to save their kingdoms. 

This was such a fun and sweet book! Dylan is so vibrant and energetic. She is stubborn, impulsive, and fearless. Callen was so sweet! He is trying to be responsible and take care of his family. The side characters are also so fun1 Dooley and Cagney are hilarious!  I loved reading this book and would definitely recommend it. I think it is great for tweens and up! It is clean and fun!

Puss in Boots

Puss in Boots is a prequel story to Wild Swans. It tells the story of Prince Stefen and Gabrielle, his wife in the Wild Swans. Gabrielle is merely a miller’s daughter, beautiful and intelligent, but with limited opportunities. Her chance meeting with a talking cat sets her off on a journey, battling monsters and saving villages. Puss also connects her to the royal family, who is traveling through the country. Prince Stefan feels the pressures of his role as crown prince and is irritated by the amazing but disruptive Gabrielle. As they combat dangers to their kingdom, they grow to appreciate and eventually develop feelings for each other. Gabrielle and Stefan are able to trust and depend on one another in times of stress. I loved the banter in this book! Puss was so funny and Gabrielle grew so much! It was great to see the characters from the original book. It was also a chance to see Stefan and Gabrielle in a different context, to see into their heads. They both grew so much and I loved seeing his interaction with his siblings.

Swan Lake

Swan Lake, the classic story of the girl cursed to turn into a swan, when the sun rises. Odette is the leader of the Black Swans, a group all cursed to turn into swans at dawn. She protects her people and helps them survive, as they live in the lake behind Sorcerer Rothbart’s castle. Prince Alexi is trying to combat the magical darkness that seems to be spreading through his kingdom. When he stumbles upon the magical group, he is immediately apprehensive. Along with his brother, he seeks how to break the curse and overcome the sorcerer. 

Alexi was so sweet! This was my sister’s favorite book, she loved him. Odette was super strong-willed and protective of her people. She was stubborn and loyal. Her entire group was super funny and each character had their own personality. Yakov, Alexi’s brother, was also such a character! I really loved meeting all of the characters.This book was super fun and sweet. It was super cool to see the overarching plot move forward too. 

Sleeping Beauty

Another sweet retelling of a classic fairytale, Sleeping Beauty follows Briar Rose, a strong-willed and clever girl enjoying her life spent in learning and her best friend Isaia. She is shocked and unprepared to learn that she is the cursed hidden princess, and her best friend is in fact a Magic Knight sworn to protect her. Briar chafes under her grandfather’s, the king, stubborn protectiveness, as well as his refusal to send the Magic Knights to protect the country of Sole. Sole is being ravaged by the evil mage, Carabosso, who cursed her as a baby. How will she respond to Carabosso’s evil and her grandfather’s refusal to act?

This was such a fun book! Briar was so stubborn, but she was fearless. I loved Isa!  He was so sweet and so honorable. He and Briar were so perfect for one another. I also loved the many side characters! As always, Shea has so many funny ones, Briar’s fairy godparents are hilarious!

 The Frog Prince

What a fun book! I was so excited to see Lucien again, I knew that there was more to him than first appeared by the end of Beauty and the Beast. In this story, he really displays his hidden strength of character and abilities. He is so much smarter and discerning than he tries to show. This book is one where the earlier stories really start to connect, all of the characters meet and begin to work together. This is one of the books that you should read after reading the previous one for sure. It connects the rest of the mostly stand-alone books. 

As representatives from different kingdoms meet together, danger lurks for Lucien, crown prince of Loire. For his own safety, he is turned into a frog and given to the capable and strong-willed Ariane to escort around. Ariane would much rather be working than having to carry a frog around the castle, but as attacks continue to come, she begins to see through Lucien’s facade of indifference. Will they be able to stay alive and unarmed long enough to discover the source of danger? 

As always, this was hilarious! It was so great to see characters again and see them interact. I love Ariane, she was sensible and intelligent. She also was, in many ways, fearless, always seeking to care for others. She did not let Lucien push her around or let him be lazy.

12 Dancing Princess

This was probably one of my top favorites of the series! It is such a unique twist on the fairytale, I don’t think I have ever read any quite like it! First of all, it is not about the princesses, or at least they aren’t the main focus. It is a definite integral part of the story though and the fairytale flows through, but I love the imagniate take Kitty took!  In Farset, the mission to investigate the nightly disappearance of the twelve princesses is well-known as a dangerous one. But when a member of her squad volunteered, Quinn and the rest of the squad join in. Thorough their quest, Quinn discovers that there is more danger than they suspected, for the princesses are cursed and they aren’t the only ones. After meeting Emerys, the Elf king and saving his life, Quinn will join him in trying to free the princesses and the elves. 

Quinn was so nice and such a likable character. Even though she was really nice, she was also super capable. It was really cool to see her grow in herself though, and in her confidence. Emerys was hilarious! He is one of my sister’s all-time favorite characters (though definitely her favorite in this series). I loved their interactions, with his snark and her polite sassiness. It was so cute! It was also a great peek into the overarching plot. These later books are really showing what is going on throughout the kingdoms. I am really excited to see how everything connects. From the action and excitement, to the quirky characters, this is another amazing book!

Snow White The last of the Timeless Fairytale series, Snow White is a sweet retelling of the classic fairytale! Once again, Kitty has made this story her own! I love the twists that she added to this story. Here Snow White and her stepmother live in harmony and peace, until the queen’s headaches and mood swings escalate into violence. Convinced that her stepmother is under dark magic, Snow White seeks aid from the outspoken warriors living in the kingdom’s forests. Though they are hesitant to help her, one of the warrior Fritz senses that there is much under the surface to the princess. When they are attacked by magical creatures, he is determined to help her. The seven warrior pledge to help the princess, but there is more dangers than they know. This is the final book in the Timeless Fairytale series and things are happening! While Snow’s story is occurring and she is discovering the evil facing her kingdom, the dangers to all the kingdoms is also lurking. Those seeking to fight against it are working and searching for answers in this book and discoveries will be made! I don’t want to spoil anything but I am so glad that at least some of the  Enchantress books are out!  Snow is sweet and shy, but finds her voice throughout the story. She becomes in truth, the future ruler of her kingdom. Fritz was also really sweet. He was the strong, silent type and they were adorable together. I also thought that the Seven were so funny! I love the personalities they all had, it made for such a fun story. Overall, I definitely enjoyed this book and would totally recommend you finish the series!