Lord Farleigh and Miss Frost

About the Book:

Lord Farleigh and Miss Frost: A Regency Romance (Clairvoir Castle Romances Book 4) by [Sally Britton]

Title: Lord Farleigh and Miss Frost
Series: Clairvoir Castle #3
Author: Sally Britton
Release Date: September 21st, 2022
Genre: Historical Romance

An Irish miss and a duke’s son have little in common, but Christmas at the castle has a way of bringing the most unlikely people together.


Isleen Frost wishes her family had stayed in Dublin for Christmas but understands it would have been folly to decline an invitation to the Duke of Montfort’s Christmastide house party. Isleen refuses to allow the opulent castle and powerful duke to impress her. But the duke’s eldest son, Lord Farleigh, is another matter entirely.

Raised as the heir to a duke, Simon Dinard, Lord Farleigh, has learned to project a calm self-assurance despite an inner fear he will never be as confident a leader as his father. When a friendly wager and a spirited Irish lady challenge all his unspoken thoughts, he determines to prove her wrong—and ignore the growing attraction between them.

Christmas celebrations at the castle are always full of surprises, but Isleen and Simon are not at all prepared for the feelings the season inspires between them. An Irish miss and a duke’s son have no business falling in love. But the magic of sleigh rides, snow-covered hills, and mistletoe might change their minds…

Book Review:

Such a perfect holiday read from Sally Britton! I love this series, it is the perfect gentle romance for a stressful season. I got this book right after my midterms and it was a lovely treat to read. The Clairvoir Castle series follows the inhabitants of Clairvoir Castle as they find their path in life and find love!  

Isleen Frost would rather spend Christmas at home in Dublin, than in England, but knows the foolishness of declining the invitation to the Duke of Montfort’s Christmas party. She is determined to not let the powerful duke or the stunning castle impress her, but the duke’s son, Lord Farleigh is a surprise to her. Simon Dinard, Lord Farleigh has learned to project a calm self-assuredness as the heir to duke, but he has an inner fear that he will never be as confident a leader as his father. A friendly wager with the spirited Irish lady visiting the castle challenges him, even as he tries to ignore the growing attraction between them. The Christmas celebrations at the castle are full of surprises, but an Irish miss and a duke’s son have no business falling in love. Will the magic of sleigh rides and mistletoe change their minds?

As always, an amazing book from Sally Britton! I was so excited to read Simon’s book after meeting him in the previous books! He seemed very sweet and a great brother to the rest of the siblings. I am happy to report that he is just as sweet as I thought! He is finding his place as the heir, standing in the shadows of his noble and powerful father. He was definitely a relatable character in that sense. I appreciated his sense of responsibility, even though he tended to take things a bit too seriously. But Simon found a match in Isleen! She was so fun! I loved her spirit and intelligence. She was confident and opinionated, but still very thoughtful. I appreciated the positive relationship she had with her family as well. The two of them were super cute together! They could have meaningful conversations, but also brought out the playfulness in each other.

Through wagers and Christmas celebrations, Simon and Isleen grew closer. I liked how they had a chance to spend time together in different settings and the support of returning characters. One of my favorite things about the series is seeing old friends again. This book definitely brought back some fun characters and I enjoyed seeing them in different spaces. Nearly all the characters were there and it was so funny reading their interactions. The story moved along pretty quickly and as said before, it is meant to be a gentle romance, so although there is some excitement, overall it is a sweet and clean book. I would definitely recommend it to readers 13 and up. It is part of a series, but can be read as a standalone.

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.

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Love On Display

About the Book:

Love on Display: A Sweet Romantic Comedy (The Wonder Boys Book 3) by [Dana LeCheminant]

Title: Love on Display
Series: The Wonder Boys #3
Author: Dana LeCheminant
Release Date: November 18th, 2022
Genre: Romantic Comedy

They’re sworn enemies. They also happen to be incredibly attracted to one another.

After bonding at a half-marathon, rival gym owners Cam and Kailani discover the person they thought could be their soulmate turns out to be the reason their respective businesses are failing. When a heat-of-the-moment kiss leads to the pair becoming viral sensations, they pretend to be a couple to keep up interest despite the hatred they feel toward each other.

But new clients are not the only thing drawn in by the star-crossed lovers’ fake relationship. They also grab the attention of a famous fitness mogul who tells them he wants to sponsor one of their gyms. The catch? One of them has to beat the other in a televised competition.

With undeniable attraction pulling the two together for real, Cam and Kailani agree to set their differences aside and enjoy the time they get to spend together while competing. Each new challenge becomes a chance for the two of them to get to know each other better, but their pasts keep getting in the way.

Unless they can learn to truly trust each other, not even a miracle can save a relationship that was doomed from the start.

Love on Display is a sweet, closed door romantic comedy that can be read as a standalone or as part of the series.

Book Review:

Cam’s book is here! The next in the Wonder Boys romances, Love on Display features rival gym owners Cam and Kailani who after bonding at a half-marathon, find out that the other person is the reason their respective businesses are failing. A heat-of-the-moment kiss pushes them into going viral and they decide to pretend to be a couple to keep the interest up. The attention brings not only new clients, but a famous fitness mogul who wants to sponsor one of their gyms, after one of them beats the other in a televised competition. With their undeniable attraction and the connection they feel, Cam and Kailani agree to set aside their differences and enjoy the time they have together. Each challenge brings them closer, but their pasts seem to get in the way. Will they be able to trust each other, so they can have a future?

I flew through this book! It was even better than I hoped! Cam was such a sweetheart and I really empathized with him from the first chapter. He had such a big heart and a lot to grow in, but he was so cute with Kailani. I loved how they supported and opened up with one another. I also enjoyed watching Cam’s friendships with the Wonder Boys. I feel like every book I get to know them better, seeing their group through different sets of eyes. Cam’s sensitivity was something that I do not see a lot in romcoms, especially in these confident and athletic types. He had his own issues to work through and relied on his friends, especially Kit (who I already love and whose book I am so excited for!), for counsel and support. Kailani was also such an inspirational character! Strong, capable, running her own business! She was trying so hard to be a good sister and daughter, but had so much hurt bottled up. I adored seeing how Cam helped her open up and see her family in a new light. Her sister was so fun and I really hope we get to see more of her going forward!

The story was really cute and I loved how the challenges brought them together. It was a relatively low-stress book in terms of plot, the real heart-tugging came from the characters. I already felt for Cam and Lani from the previous books, but this one definitely made me fall in love with them. I would 100% recommend it and I think reading the previous books make it so much more meaningful. This is a clean rom-com with amazing characters and a swoony love story!

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.

A Lady’s Heart of Gold

About the Book:

A Lady's Heart of Gold: An American Victorian Romance (Hearts of Arizona Book 3) by [Sally Britton]

Title: A Lady’s Heart of Gold
Series: Hearts of Arizona #3
Author: Sally Britton
Release Date: September 14, 2022
Genre: Historical Romance

When a determined English newspaper woman arrives in the Arizona desert, she expects to find the lawless and the illiterate. Instead, she meets a well-spoken and handsome cowboy who’s ready to prove to her there’s more to the Territory than cattle and cacti.

English newspaper reporter Molly McKinney is determined to make a name for herself by writing about the wilds of the American West. After convincing her editor to take a chance on her idea, Molly travels to the United States looking for tales that will transport and inspire her readers. When she meets a quiet cowboy in the middle of Arizona Territory, she can sense that his story might be the most important of all—if only he’ll open up enough to tell it.

Eduardo “Ed” Byrd has worked at the KB Ranch for five years, making an honest living and trying to ignore his past. He’s one-quarter Cherokee, three-quarters Mexican-American, and entirely his own person. Light-hearted and hard-working, Ed keeps to himself and reserves his dreams for the privacy of his notebooks. When one meeting with the tenacious English woman rattles his mind and heart, Ed can’t help but wonder if he’s been playing things safe for too long.

A reporter’s natural curiosity spurs Molly to make her way to the ranch where Ed works, and she’s determined to find out what the cowboy is hiding beneath his gentle smiles. There’s more to Ed than he lets on, and when Molly starts to unravel his past, he realizes their story might only have a happy ending if he’s willing to risk more than just his heart.
This is the third novel in the Hearts of Arizona series. Each story is set in Arizona Territory and features a Victorian hero or heroine, with a mild heat level.

Book Review:

The next in Sally Britton’s western romances, A Lady’s Heart of Gold  tells the story of Ed Byrd, one of the cowboys of the KB ranch and newcomer, English newspaper writer, Molly McKinney. Molly is searching for the true story of the western America. She is trying to establish herself as a writer, looking for tales to transport and inspire her readers. Meeting a quiet cowboy in the Arizona Territory makes her think that his story might be the most important, but will he open up to tell it? Eduardo “Ed” Byrd  has been at the KB Ranch for five years, making an honest living and trying to ignore his past. As one-quarter Cherokee and three-quarters Mexican-American, he has established himself as his own person, but keeps to himself and keeps his dreams to his notebooks. The meeting with the determined English woman makes Ed wonder if he has been playing it safe too long. When Molly finds herself at the ranch Ed works at, she is determined to learn more about him and his story. Will their story have a happy ending, if they are willing to risk more than their hearts?  

Once again Sally has written a sweet and touching romance, with engaging characters and a lovely HEA. This particular story also deals with a difficult situation that was the reality of the Native Americans, Mexican-Americans, and others in the American West during this time. I felt like she addressed it with honesty, but a gentleness that is often found in her books. It was approached from an outsider’s POV and explained by a mixed Cherokee, Mexican-American character. In the book, different characters also use the term “Indian” when referring to Native Americans. 

However, the story is very sweet and I love how the characters grew in their relationship. It starts with a bit of insta-love vibes, but quickly grows as they connected. I liked seeing them connect over stories and writing. It was really sweet to see them encourage and support one another. Molly was such an independent spirit! I loved her determination and work ethic. I definitely admired her! 

Ed was super sweet! I was excited to see his story after meeting him in the earlier books. He was fun and seemed to have a backstory that I really wanted to know about. It was cool to see his story and read how he and Molly connected. They were so sweet together, even though they were from such different backgrounds and places in life. They both learned a lot from each other. I always love reading  series and how you can really get to know characters throughout it. It was fun to see the other characters from the previous stories.

This was such a fun read! I loved visiting the KB ranch and Arizona again! It is a clean western romance in a series that does not have to be read in order, but I definitely feel that it adds to the story. Overall, while it has a few heavier topics, it is primarily a sweet 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.

Pleasantly Pursued

About the Book:

Pleasantly Pursued (Bradwell Brothers Book 2) by [Kasey Stockton]

Title: Pleasantly Pursued
Series: Bradwell Brothers #2
Author: Kasey Stockton
Release Date: September 7th, 2022
Genre: Historical Romance

Thea Northcott cannot abide Benedict Bradwell, and the feeling is mutual. Or, is it?

Thea
I would do nearly anything to avoid the lecherous advances of an eager earl, including running away from my finishing school and finding employment under a false name. The work turned out to be harder than I expected, however, and the prospect of returning to a life of comfort and a significant reduction of welts on my hands and shadows beneath my eyes just might be a temptation I’m too weary to refuse. The problem: the invitation comes from Benedict, the ultimate tormentor of my youth and brief object of my infatuation—the latter of which he can never find out.

Benedict
When I found Thea working in the belly of a grand house and did my best to convince her to return home with me where my mother awaited her, I did not expect her to agree. Our years of quarreling had solidified the woman as my enemy, and traveling alone together was a prospect that both terrified and intrigued me. Thea had only been my friend for a brief time years ago, and I do not know why she turned us against one another. But now that we’re forced together again, I cannot help but renew my determination to find out. Because a woman who would hate me with such fire was bound to love with the same fervor.

Book Review:

Thea Northcott is willing to do anything to avoid the lecherous advances of an eager earl, even run away from finishing school to find employment under a false name. But when the work is harder than she expects and she discovers that there are those searching for her to come home, it is a temptation that is hard to resist. Even when it comes from Benedict, the tormentor of her youth and who was once the object of her brief infatuation, and must never find out about it. When Benedict Bradwell finds Thea in the midst of a grand house working as a servant, he is not expecting his efforts to convince her to return home, to his mother and her guardian to be successful. The years of quarreling between the two has solidified her as his enemy, traveling alone together was a terrifying and intriguing prospect. Although he and Thea used to be friends, he does not know what turned her against him. As they spend time together, he becomes more determined to discover why and if the fiery hate she seemed to carry could turn to fervent love.

I was excited to read this book after seeing the hints of Thea and Benedict’s tumultuous relationship in the first book. They are both very stubborn and strong characters. Thea was such a fiery one! She was willing to run away to escape and willing to work to stay hidden. She was looking for a love match where she would be safe from the fears of her past. I appreciated her determination and strong will, though she did allow her feelings to influence her choices. She had to let go of her past and her fears in order to find happiness and love. There were a lot of secrets revealed for Thea throughout the story and they helped her come to terms with where she was and her hopes for the future. 

Benedict was also a strong-willed character and he and Thea would often banter. He was also figuring out his future and how Thea fit into it. He was trying to help Thea and reconnect with her, but he does not know why she seems to hate him. Benedict was also settling into his place amongst his family with all the recent changes. 

It was so sweet to watch them grow closer and work through their individual arcs. They were a really fun couple and there was a lot of  uncertainty in how it would work out, but it was really interesting to read. I also enjoyed reading about the other members of the family. It was nice to see James and Felicity again, as well as their mother and Henry. I am excited for Henry’s book too! 

Overall, this was a cute enemies-to- lovers regency romance! It is sweet and clean. It is the second in a series, so it would be helpful if you read the first one. I would suggest it, but it’s not necessary. 

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.

Love in Writing

About the Book:

Love in Writing: A Sweet Romantic Comedy (The Wonder Boys Book 2) by [Dana LeCheminant]

Title: Love in Writing
Series: The Wonder Boys #2
Author: Dana LeCheminant
Release Date: September 15th, 2022
Genre: Romantic Comedy

Allie has sworn off dating.

Which is unfortunate, because the cute guy at the grocery store has finally struck up a conversation, and shy and sweet Ben is even more adorable than he looks. When an ex shows up trying to rekindle the flame at the same time her mother tries to set her up with a neighbor, Allie ropes Ben into being her fake boyfriend to get everyone off her back.

Ben has been in love with the stranger at the grocery store for months despite never speaking to her. When he finally works up the courage to say hi, he’s suddenly thrown into a fake relationship with no chance of things becoming real. Not unless he helps Allie on her journey of self-discovery.

A weekend of pretending to be a couple turns into weeks of hanging out and discovering together the people they want to be. But despite Allie’s growing feelings for practically perfect Ben, she isn’t sure she can risk the best friendship she’s ever had when all of her past relationships have failed.

Or maybe a little risk is worth a chance at real love.

Book Review:

This was such a cute book! I was so excited for this book after reading Love on Camera. Meeting the Wonder Boys was really fun and I was really looking forward to Ben’s book. He seemed really sweet and the set up in Love on Camera was really intriguing. 

Allie has sworn off dating to figure out who she is apart from a boyfriend. Unfortunately, the cute guy at the grocery store has finally started a conversation and shy and sweet Ben is even more adorable than he looks. An ex intent on rekindling their relationship and her mom trying to set her up with a neighbor, cause her to rope Ben into being her fake boyfriend to get everyone off her back. Ben has been smitten with the girl at the grocery store for months, despite never speaking to her. After finally working up the courage to say hi, he finds himself in a fake relationship and no chance of it becoming real. Determined to help Allie on her journey of self-discovery, Ben also begins to find the person he wants to be. However, despite Allie’s growing feelings for Ben who seems practically perfect, she isn’t sure it is worth the risk to lose the best friendship she has ever had. Is it worth a chance at real love?

One of the things I really have grown to appreciate about romance books is the focus on relationships. The characters usually have to figure out some things about themselves in order to build relationships, familial, platonic, and romantic. It is about finding the people who support them and make them feel like they can really grow. This book is a lovely example of this! Allie and Ben both found themselves unhappy with where they were in their lives. Ben felt stuck in his job and stuck when comparing himself to those around him. Allie was trying to find who she was outside of her relationships. They really supported each other and were able to feel secure around each other. It was really sweet how amazing they thought the other was. They really were better together! 

Ben was such a sweetheart! He was quieter, but really observant. He was used to being overlooked and felt stagnant. Ben was hesitant in reaching for things, but eventually began to see how much he had to offer and how many trusted him. Allie was floundering a bit. She also felt overlooked and she was quite insecure in who she was. It took some time for her to figure out herself and where Ben fit into her life. The story mostly followed their journey, but I liked the little glimpses we also got of the other Wonder Boys too! It was sweet to see their relationship grow as well. 

This was a clean and sweet romance that can be read as a stand-alone or as part of a series. I would definitely recommend it and think it is best enjoyed as part of the series!

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 Even Odder Couple

About the Book:

The Even Odder Couple: A Sweet Romantic Comedy (Apple Valley Love Stories Book 4) by [Julie Christianson]

Title: The Even Odder Couple
Series: Apple Valley Love Stories
Author: Julie Christianson
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Release Date: July 25th, 2022
Genre: Romantic Comedy

Spencer Crane thinks I’m a human tornado.

I think he’s a calendar app come to life.

While he schedules? I spin-out.

When I spontaneously combust? He overcompensates.

And this is why convincing my new boss to hire him is a completely brilliant idea.

You see, workplace romance is forbidden, but attraction between total opposites like Spencer and me is a non-issue.

I repeat: Non. Issue.

I only wish I hadn’t discovered Mr. Clark Kent Glasses is (secretly) scorchingly hot. Even worse, he’s funny and chivalrous, and shoving me straight out of my Tess the Mess comfort zone.

But we both need this job. Like, a lot. And if our boss catches wind of any fraternization, we’ll be fired. Not to mention my heart’s already at risk of being axed.

So when Spencer starts treating me like I’m a magnet and he’s a fistful of iron, I’ve got a tornado-sized problem on my hands.

Starting now, I’m doubling down. I absolutely cannot fall for Spencer Crane.

Even if my total opposite might be everything I need …

Book Review:

The final installment in the Apple Valley, An Even Odder Couple is Spencer and Tess’s story! I was so excited to read this after seeing Spencer and Tess throughout the series. They have consistently been interesting side characters and so fun to get to know. Spencer Crane has his life organized, scheduled and controlled. Tess McCoy is a whirlwind of ideas and spontaneity. They are complete opposites and so will have no problems working together and not getting together. Workplace romance at Tess’s new job is forbidden, so good attraction between them will be a non-issue. Of course, this had to be the time where Spencer reveals himself as secretly hot, funny, and chivalrous. But they both need the job and if their boss catches wind of any fraternization they will be fired.  But Tess can’t fall for Spencer, even if he seems drawn to her.

This was a really fun and sweet story. I found the beginning a bit slow going for me to get interested, but I got invested soon after. Tess is upbeat, spontaneous, and can be a bit of a whirlwind. She feels a bit like she is still finding her place and proving that she can take care of herself. Her new job is an opportunity to prove herself and maybe find her place. Tess is honestly not a lot like me, so there were times where I felt a bit removed from her. However, I did feel like I understood her and enjoyed reading her perspective. It was also cool to see the returning characters through her eyes. Tess has to learn about who she is on her own and how to trust that she is moving towards something for her and the journey was worth it. Spencer was more relatable for me. I really like having a plan and knowing what is coming next. He was struggling with focusing a little too much on his plans and lists. He found that sometimes the unexpected could be better than any plans. 

The opposites attract trope can be really cute to me. I love it when a couple complements each other and Tess and Spencer really did! I liked seeing them get to know each other and how they supported one another. It was fun to see the antics of the town around them too! It has been fun to get to know Apple Valley and all of its eccentricities. This is the final book in the series and I felt like it was a nice conclusion. Overall, this was a sweet conclusion to a lovely series! An Even Odder Couple is a clean romantic-comedy perfect for lazy summer days! It is part of a series, but can be read as a stand-alone. 

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 Bad Boy’s Good Girl

About the Book:

The Bad Boy's Good Girl by [Michelle Pennington, Cookie  O'Gorman]

Title: The Bad Boy’s Good Girl
Series: A King’s Prep Academy Romance #1
Author: Michelle Pennington and Cookie O’Gorman
Release Date: June 4th, 2022
Genre: YA

Logan King was trouble.

I knew it from the moment I laid eyes on him. But when I challenged him, I had no idea he’d take his revenge so far.

To make up for his inexcusable behavior, his parents gave me a scholarship to King’s Prep Academy. My mom insisted that I accept. Now, I’m the poor, public school girl attending an elite academy for the rich.

Even worse, Logan is here. He rules the school, and he wants me gone.

But I have a dream to chase, and no one, not even a King, will stop me.

Book Review:

Ava is in trouble. After challenging the son of her mom’s customer, Logan she finds herself in a predicament. His parents offer her a scholarship to King’s Prep Academy to make up for his awful behavior. When her mom insists that she accept, Ava finds herself the poor, public school girl attending the elite academy. And here, Logan rules the school. But Ava has a dream to chase and no one is going to stop her.

Now this was a little bit angstier than I usually read, but it was also a very cute story! I have enjoyed many of Cookie’s books and that was how I heard of this one. It was initially published on Kindle Vella and honestly, I can’t imagine only getting a chapter at a time, because there is so much going on! Every chapter was a new surprise and brought new twists. It definitely kept me invested.

Ava was very strong and determined. I liked how dedicated she was to her mother and how they supported one another. It was cool to see her determination and how she carved out her place. Logan was also a really fun character. While I don’t know if I would like him if I met him, he was definitely fun to read about. Reading from his POV was really helpful in getting me to like him and understand what his character was going through. Both Chris and Bash were also such enjoyable characters! I loved their friendship and honestly would read their stories too!

Overall, this was a really fun story! It was a bit more angsty than I usually read, but it did not feel out of place. Neither of their POV’s felt too crazy, I was drawn into the world. It was interesting to read and I did like most of the characters. This is a YA romance with some more mature elements. Content warning: teenage pregnancy scare and innuendos

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.

Sensibly Wed

About the Book:

Sensibly Wed (Bradwell Brothers Book 1) by [Kasey Stockton]

Title: Sensibly Wed
Series: Bradwell Brothers #1
Author: Kasey Stockton
Publisher: Golden Owl Press
Release Date: June 29th, 2022
Genre: Historical Romance

When Felicity Thurston is caught alone with a man at a ball, she must marry him to avoid a ruined reputation. What she doesn’t know—he’s the brother of the man she loves.

I, Felicity Thurston, suffer from an incurable case of nerves. They attack with great zeal when I find myself the center of attention, regardless of whether or not I have taken measures to subdue them, and they have often made social gatherings unbearable. So when I met a man last summer who connected with me on a deeper level, I was certain at once that he could be the one. Henry Bradwell was both easy to converse with and an avid reader, and I spent the last eight months determining how I might contrive to further our acquaintance.

So when I snuck out of the ballroom during a veritable squeeze and found myself alone with a gentleman, it was my desire to vacate the room before we were discovered. Fate had other plans. Leading gossips of the ton discovered us in what appeared to be an intimate embrace, and to save both of our families’ good names, we opted to marry.

It was only after agreeing to the wedding that I discovered my husband-to-be was not only a Bradwell man, but a brother to the man I love. And there is nothing I can do about it now.

Book Review:

The start of a new series, Sensibly Wed is a sweet and engaging story! Kasey Stockton is a great author, and I have really enjoyed the stories of hers that I have read. I am excited for this new series, because I love family series! 

Felicity is struggling through the Season, as her incurable nerves make her unable to dance and is barely able to make it through a ball. Despite her hopes after meeting someone who finally seemed to understand her, 8 months have passed without any further connection. After escaping a ballroom for a little quiet, she finds herself alone with a gentleman. Although she hopes to avoid scandal and quickly leave, fate has other plans and for both of their name’s sake, they must marry. It is not until they are officially engaged that Felicity realizes that her husband-to-be is the brother of the very man she had hoped for a future with. 

Felicity was a very relatable character. She had a lot of anxiety and was thrown into a new situation where she felt overwhelmed. Her feelings seemed very real and understandable. I thought that it was admirable how she sought to grow and decided to seek a relationship with her husband. I appreciated how much she pushed herself, but also stood up for herself. She found her place and it was really lovely to see.

James was so honorable and sweet. He was such an opposite from Felicity, but was trying so hard to build a relationship with her. We also get to meet the other Bradwell brothers and get snippets of who they are. As this will be a series, it is fun to see the characters that will be in other books. This story really centers on Felicity’s journey through her marriage and new life because of it. It is a sweet story and I would definitely recommend it! I am excited to read the rest of the series too! This is a clean historical fiction 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.

Check Mate

About the Book:

Check Mate : A Sweet Enemies to Lovers RomCom (Under Kansas Skies Book 3) by [Leah Brunner]

Title: Check Mate
Series: Under Kansas Skies #3
Author: Leah Brunner
Release Date: July 1st, 2022
Genre: Contemporary Romance

How did I find myself sharing a tent with my obnoxious—albeit gorgeous—neighbor, Isabella Romero?

It all started with a stupid bet. 

All I had to do in order to win was something unpredictable. (Which my brother thought was impossible for the ever-boring David Windell).

Well, I showed him… by booking a trek in the Andes Mountains to see Machu Picchu.

When the brochure for the expedition mysteriously appeared on my front porch, along with Isabella’s cat who doesn’t have boundaries, it was like fate interceded: I could win the bet while simultaneously getting a vacation from my irritating neighbor. 

Two birds, one stone.

Except, it turns out that was Isabella’s brochure… and she booked the same trip.

So here I am, stuck sharing a tent with the woman who drives me crazy—and makes my heart race like never before.

This is book three in the Under Kansas Skies Series, but can be read as a standalone. Check mate is a dual POV, closed-door romcom. It contains mild language and innuendo.

Book Review

Opposites attract, in Checkmate, the latest in the Under Kansas Skies series. David is perfectly happy with his organized and contained life. Everything is great, except for his neighbor. She is nice enough, but her yard is a mess and she seems determined to push his buttons. Well, at least this bet with his brother to break him out of his comfort zone will give him some space. Isabella is doing her best to balance her mother’s expectations that she will take over the family restaurant and her own dreams of taking her travel blog full-time. Her grumpy and uptight neighbor is not helping. At least her latest trip will give her a few days free from all of that. But when Daivd and Isabella find themselves on the same trip to the Andes, they will have to reconsider their plans.

I love romance series where character’s stories are set up throughout the series. We get to see David in the earlier books and even hints of his story. It was fun to see his organized routine. He liked his regular schedule and his predictable life. Yet, he also felt a bit stuck. The bet pushed him out of his comfort zone and Isa did too. Isa was a free-spirit. I loved her connection with her family, especially her sisters. They seemed to really like one another which was sweet. All of the family relationships in this were really nice to read about. Even though they did not always understand one another and got on one another’s nerves, they still did their best to love and take care of each other. Isa and David’s adventure in Peru was also really fun to read about and I loved the side characters that we also got to meet! 

Overall, this was such a sweet book! There is a little bit of tension in the beginning, but nothing too embarrassing or angsty. I thought the romance was so cute and I loved the inclusion of their families! This is a clean romance with some innuendos. It is part of a series and can be read as a standalone, but I think it is better to be read with the other books.

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.

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.