Christmas Like This

About the Book:

Christmas Like This: A Romantic Comedy (A Love Like This Book 2) by [Carina Taylor]

Title: Christmas Lik This
Series: A Love Like This Book #2
Author: Carina Taylor
Release Date: 
November 14, 2019
Genre: Romantic Comedy

MARLA

I know exactly what I’d like to put in Trey’s stocking: the biggest lump of coal I can carry. 
Unfortunately, I won’t get the chance, because our boss has delivered an ultimatum: plan the company Christmas party with Trey and learn to get along, or else.
After only one day of trying to plan the Christmas party, I’m ready to pick the “or else.” Is it possible to learn to get along with the most aggravating, overprotective, handsome guy I’ve ever known?
We’re about to find out if we can get our names off the naughty list or not.

Book Review:

Christmas Like This is a sweet, Christmas novella part of the A Love Like This series! All of these books are stand-alone, but they are all set in the same world and you get a few cameos. Christmas Like This is about Marla and Trey, Kylie’s coworkers. I try my hardest to summarize plots in my own words, but I loved Ms. Taylor’s blurb of the book. So this time I’m going to cheat and put it in my review.

I know exactly what I’d like to put in Trey’s stocking: the biggest lump of coal I can carry. Unfortunately, I won’t get the chance, because our boss has delivered an ultimatum: plan the company Christmas party with Trey and learn to get along, or else.

After only one day of trying to plan the Christmas party, I’m ready to pick the “or else.” Is it possible to learn to get along with the most aggravating, overprotective, handsome guy I’ve ever known?

We’re about to find out if we can get our names off the naughty list or not. 

As you can tell this is an enemy to lovers’ romance. The conflict was definitely instigated by Trey, and he had definitely had a good reason for his behavior. But I loved how when he explained to Marla he recognized that it didn’t excuse his actions. He gave his reason, but he really stepped up to apologize. Marla’s reason for her side was very heartbreaking. She had experienced a huge loss in her life, and it was sweet to watch Trey come alongside her. Even when she tried to push him away, he refused to leave her.

While Marla and Trey reconciled, they never lost that fun flirty banter! It was so funny, and I loved reading their exchanges. One of my favorite things about Ms. Taylor’s book is the humor, and I was so happy to see that element even in a novella. Even though it was a novella, I felt like the pace was really nice. I was able to connect with the characters and the romance was believable even though it was fast. And it was cute how their boss was shipping them all along. As always this is a clean romance, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who needs a smile and a laugh.

One She Never Expected

ABOUT THE BOOK

One She Never Expected (Finding Home Book 3) by [K. Leah]

Title: One She Never Expected
Series: Finding Home #3
Author: K. Leah
Release Date:
April 22, 2021
Genre: Clean Christian Romance

Will Piper see the perfect guy when he’s standing right in front of her?

Piper is discouraged when she realizes the career she’s always wanted isn’t quite what she dreamed. She’s at a crossroads, and her future rests on what she decides to do next. There’s no room for distractions.

Nolan came home to work for his dad after his big city career took a nosedive. Now, he’s realized small town life isn’t so bad. When a quirky blonde catches his eye, he’s surprised to find the girl he once knew is all grown up. Too bad he’s the last thing on her mind.

Piper can’t see what’s right in front of her. Nolan doesn’t know how to capture her attention. Can he bridge the gap before they miss their chance?

Book Review:

This was so cute!! I loved the storyline and the characters! I was super excited to read this book. One She Never Expected is the third book in K. Leah’s Finding Home series. I loved Piper in the second book, When I Found You! She was such a fun character and I have been eagerly waiting to read about Piper’s happily ever after.

Piper has been waiting for the man who would finally win her heart, but she never seems to fall for the right one. And then Nolan comes along and manages to change everything. Nolan and Piper will have to figure how to work through their new relationship even when life gets busy. 

Piper was so much fun, and she was such an interesting character. She was smart, but she was also the youngest child and she felt it. Piper was just trying to find her place in life, she didn’t know where God was leading her and she was really struggling. However, throughout the book, she learned to trust God and go to him for guidance. It was fun to read about her maturing and falling in love with Nolan. 

Nolan was such a nice guy, I liked him from the beginning. He fell for Piper first, and he quietly pursued her. But he wasn’t creepy about it. He was also trying to find his place in life. He wanted to listen to God’s leading. He was trying to win Piper’s heart, but he was also trying to figure out what to do with his life. I liked reading about him falling in love. And I just generally liked how he was a nice guy. But when job opportunities open up for him, what will he choose?

Piper and Nolan were super cute together. He was such a steady man, he stood by Piper. I really liked how Nolan tried to make decisions with Piper, and how he went to God for help. Although life got busy, they still tried to listen to God and talk with each other. I loved the progression of their relationship and seeing their families. It was so fun to see old characters again! It was also cool to meet new characters, Elle was hilarious! 

One She Never Expected was a great book! I really enjoyed reading about Piper and Nolan. The story was super interesting and I couldn’t put the book down. I would definitely recommend it! One She Never Expected is a clean, Christian, contemporary 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.

Matchmaker’s Best Friend

About the Book:

Matchmaker's Best Friend: Elnora Island (Independence Islands Book 9) by [Kari Trumbo]

Title: Matchmaker’s Best Friend
Series: Independence Islands Book #9
Author: Kari Trumbo
Publisher: Celebrate Lit Publishing 
Release Date: 
March 30, 2021
Genre: Clean Contemporary Christian Romance

“You’re just like a brother to me. I don’t like you in that way.”

When they dated ten years ago as teens, it almost destroyed their friendship. So Pen Reese did the only logical thing.  She lied about how she felt—and still feels—about him.

She’s still paying for that lie.

A brilliant plan to set Mike and a friend up and get over him has one problem.

It’s breaking her heart.

When Pen pushed him away, Mike Gaines assumed she just didn’t understand his faith. People like her persnickety aunt even claim he’s part of a cult—ridiculous, but it’s true. Still, if she wants him to play the part of a big brother, fine. At least he can stay close this way.

At first, Pen’s attempt to set him up with one of her close friends hurts. But what if it’s the perfect opportunity to show her what she’s missing if she sees him with someone else?

In this friends-to-more-meets-second-chance romance, The Matchmaker’s Best Friend continues the Elnora Island romances of the Independence Islands Series featuring five islands, six authors, and a boatload of happily-ever-afters.
The Independence Islands Series: beach reads aren’t just for summer anymore.

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Book Review:

This was a sweet and cute book! I read it in one day. Matchmaker’s Best Friend is the 9th book in the multiple author series, Independence Islands. Pen Reese and Mike Gaines were best friends who were both on the verge on wanting more. However their relationship hits a bump when Pen tries to set up Mike with one of her friends. Will their relationship survive? Will it be able to grow to something more?

I really liked Pen and Mike. They were such sweet friends, there were times where I wanted to shake them though because they were tiptoeing around each other and their feelings. I enjoyed reading about them realizing their feelings for each other, it was also fun to read about their relationship. They were such good friends, and it was a miracle that they hadn’t realized how much they meant to each other before. 

I liked the progression of the story, it felt a little fast but I think it worked well because they had been friends for so long. Pen and Mike were already in love with each other, they just needed the push to finally take the leap. I did feel bad for Jen though because Pen had been trying to push her and Mike together. I am really excited to read Jen’s books!

I think that this is a great book! It was a cute and fast read, I would recommend it to those 13 and up. Matchmaker’s Best Friend is a clean, contemporary Christian 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.

About the Author

Where western meets happily ever after.

Kari writes swoony heroes and places that become characters with detail and heart.
Her favorite place to write about is the place her heart lives, (even if she doesn’t) South Dakota.

Kari loves reading, listening to contemporary Christian music, singing when no one’s listening, and curling up near the wood stove when winter hits. She makes her home in central Minnesota, land of frigid toes and mosquitoes the size of compact cars, with her husband of over twenty years. They have two daughters, two sons, one cat, and one hungry wood stove.

More from Kari

Pen is Mightier than the Sword

Especially in sparkly, stacked espadrilles and pink power suit. Don’t let Pen Reese’s pink façade fool you, she’s a businesswoman to the core, with a heart of gold. She has built a party planning business from the ground up, and she’s about to create another.

Pen is one of those characters that I could just see CLEARLY as I was writing. She is about ninety percent Elle Woods from Legally Blonde and ten percent a close personal friend. I heard her voice in my head. I could hear her talking as I wrote the book. Her personality was perfect for the energetic party planner.

I’m sure if I put a character description up without context or clarity many people wouldn’t want to read the book, they would write Pen off as shallow. But she’s not. She’s heartbroken.

Do you still remember your first love? Maybe you still care for them? Pen fell hard for her first love and no matter how professional she is or how many lavish weddings she plans, she can’t forget the one wedding she’ll never get to create. Her own.

Pen things that if Mike falls for someone else, goes off and gets married, she’ll finally be able to move on. So, she sets a plan in motion. That’s when her world completely falls apart and you see the tender parts of Pen that she doesn’t show to just anybody.

She is a very complex character and I hope she touches you like she touched me.

I hope you enjoy Pen’s tale of matchmaking gone wrong.

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Artistic Nobody, April 17 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 18

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She Lives To Read, April 19

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Library Lady’s Kid Lit, April 20

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Splashes of Joy, April 20

Aryn the Libraryan, April 21

For Him and My Family, April 21

Texas Book-aholic, April 22

Blogging With Carol, April 22

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, April 23

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, April 23

CarpeDiem, April 23

Locks, Hooks and Books, April 24

Connect in Fiction, April 24

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 25

Simple Harvest Reads, April 25 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Inklings and notions, April 26

Godly Book Reviews, April 26

Batya’s Bits , April 26

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, April 27

Blossoms and Blessings, April 27

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Kari is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/10acd/matchmaker-s-best-friend-celebration-tour-giveaway

Keeping the Cowboy

Keeping the Cowboy: A Contemporary Christian Romance (Blackwater Ranch Book 5) by [Mandi Blake]

Title: Keeping the Cowboy
Series: Blackwater Ranch #5
Author: Mandi Blake
Release Date: 
April 17, 2021
Genre: Clean Christian Romance

When her dreams become a reality, will she be able to leave the family she’s come to love?

Jade Smith has always dreamed of teaching abroad. While she waits for her chance, she takes a nannying position at Blackwater Ranch. It’s supposed to be temporary, but she soon learns that this devoted single dad and his boisterous five-year-old won’t be easy to leave when the time comes.

Aaron Harding was wrecked when his ex bailed on him and their son, leaving him to raise Levi alone. He’s in no hurry for either of them to fall in love again. It just isn’t worth the risk. But as he watches the way Jade cares for his son, he starts to wonder if a happy, two-parent family is finally within their reach.

When the opportunity of a lifetime leaves Jade with an impossible decision to make, will she choose to follow the dreams of her past or to make this man and his son her future?

Keeping the Cowboy is the fifth book in the Blackwater Ranch series, but the books can be read in any order. 

Book Review:

I am loving the whole Blackwater Ranch series, and I was super excited to read Keeping the Cowboy! Aaron deserved his happy ending, and it was super sweet to read about Levi. Aaron was the first son married, and yet he was the son who was all alone. He was trying to raise his son as best as he could, and so he decided to hire a nanny/teacher for his son so that Levi could thrive. Jade came to Blackwater ranch expecting to teach Levi, but not expecting to fall in love. However, what will she do when her dream job calls, will she go or will she stay?

Aaron was struggling. He was trying to care for his son as best he knew, but he felt overwhelmed. I really liked Aaron and it was fun to get to know more about him. He was such a sweet guy. He truly cared for his family and his son, Levi. He had troubles trusting that Jade would stay, but he learned to lean on God. Jade was not his ex wife, and he needed to learn to remember that and not let his past define him. 

Jade was also a sweet character, and she sounded like such a fun teacher! I liked how she connected with Levi from the beginning, and how she fell in love with Aaron. She had been searching for something her whole life, and she was struggling to find the path that God wanted her to walk. She had to learn to trust God’s leading and what it meant to love someone. 

I really liked how Jade and Aaron balanced each other out. I also loved reading about them with Levi. I could tell that they loved and cared for Levi. However, they had to learn to trust each other as they built their new relationship. I enjoyed reading about their relationship. They really balanced each other. Jade was book smart while Aaron was more hands on. And where Aaron was steady, Jade was more energetic. This book was super sweet, and it didn’t feel rushed. Levi was super fun and it was adorable to read more about him. 

Keeping the Cowboy was a great book! I really like seeing the family aspects of this book, and getting to see old characters. I would definitely recommend it and I am super excited for Hunter’s book! Keeping the Cowboy is a clean, sweet Christian book.

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

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History

About the Book:

Title: Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History 
Series: Little Leaders #1
Author: Vashti Harrison
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Illustrated edition
Release Date: 
December 5, 2017
Genre: Children’s American History

An important book for all ages, Little Leaders educates and inspires as it relates true stories of forty trailblazing black women in American history. Illuminating text paired with irresistible illustrations bring to life both iconic and lesser-known female figures of Black history such as abolitionist Sojourner Truth, pilot Bessie Coleman, chemist Alice Ball, politician Shirley Chisholm, mathematician Katherine Johnson, poet Maya Angelou, and filmmaker Julie Dash.

Book Review:

An adorable book that tells the stories of some amazing women in Black history, Little Leaders is perfect for all readers looking to learn a little in a fun format. I always love finding books with beautiful illustrations and Ms. Harrison has some amazing ones! She combines them with short biographies highlighting some of their achievements in simple language that allows even children to clearly understand.

I appreciated how Ms. Harrison found such a diverse group. There were some more known figures and others who I had never heard of.. There were ladies from fields of art, science, literature, and athletics. They are from the far past to the present. Yet, all are inspiring and they are women to admire. Her artwork is also so cute! I love the attention to detail she put into each one, considering their history and story to incorporate.

This is definitely a great book for any child’s library! The biographies are probably about a 2nd or 3rd grade reading level, but can be read to and explained to anyone! I would definitely suggest getting it in hardback or paperback, it is just not the same in e-book format!

Until Vienna


ABOUT THE BOOK

Until Vienna by [Heather B. Moore]

Title: Until Vienna
Series: Romance on the Orient Express #3
Author: Heather B. Moore
Publisher: Covenant Communications 
Release Date: 
April 1, 2021
Genre: Historical Romance

Georgina Ballard has been disappointed in love more than a few times, a fact that she is uncomfortably aware of amid her sister’s wedding preparations. When her elderly aunt Rowena bids Gigi to accompany her on an art tour across Europe, Gigi hesitates but eventually resigns herself to the train journey alongside a group of aged art connoisseurs, if only to mollify her aunt.

Once aboard the Orient Express, Gigi is pleased to discover that not everyone on the tour is in their twilight years: Clyde Haskins, an energetic young art professor from the University of London, will serve as the group’s tour guide. Clyde is equally intrigued that a young lady has joined the tour, and Aunt Rowena and her friends immediately set out to play matchmaker. Clyde and Gigi both find humor in Aunt Rowena’s antics despite knowing that each is determined to keep their heart carefully guarded. Yet, the enchantment of their European exploration weaves an undeniable spell between them. When their journey ends, can their holiday love story endure the obstacles of real life?

You can read the first chapter here: https://read.amazon.com/kp/embed?asin=B08PQ82135…

Book Review:

I have been really enjoying the series from Covenant communications and this book was no different. Until Vienna is the third book in Romance on the Orient Express series. It is so cool how different authors are writing different books and to see the parallels that hold the story together and yet the differences. 

I liked Gigi and Clyde from the beginning. They were so much fun and I liked how they became friends first. They had a sweet relationship and I really enjoyed reading about their love for each other grow. Gigi had wanted to get married before, but failed relationships have made her realize the fact that she is not meant to marry. 

Gigi’s aunt and her friends were hilarious! I loved them and their relationship, they were kind of shameless but so sweet. Gigi and Clyde were pushed together by Gigi’s Aunt while on the Orient Express but when Gigi and her Aunt are forced to leave early will their relationship still grow? Gigi cared for her Aunt and I loved how she was willing to sacrifice in order to care for her Aunt. 

I would definitely recommend this sweet, clean romance! I loved the characters and the story line. There were parts where I wanted to shake Gigi, but she grew on me. Until Vienna was a great addition to the series and I can’t wait for the next book!

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.

Giveaway:

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Neighbors Like That

ABOUT THE BOOK

Neighbors Like That: A Romantic Comedy (A Love Like This Book 1) by [Carina Taylor]

Title: Neighbors Like That
Series: A Love Like This Book #1
Author: Carina Taylor
Release Date: 
September 30, 2019
Genre: Romantic Comedy

KYLIE

He started our war–I intend to finish it.

Buying a house in the suburbs was supposed to be low stress: my own little haven to decorate and landscape exactly how I want. Instead I find myself locking my garbage can to keep pests out–pests that are six-foot-one, green-eyed, and far too good looking.
My trespassing neighbor is rude and entitled. It isn’t long before war is declared and I find myself stooping to immature pranks.
When trouble lands at my door, my unlikely neighbor starts knocking on my heart. Was I ready to answer?

HAGEN

I will win no matter what it takes.

I moved to this neighborhood for a fresh start. The one thing I’m not looking for is a relationship, so when I mistakenly assume my neighbor is hitting on me, I lash out at her.
I didn’t mean to start the war, but now she taunts me from across the street. Our harmless pranks have become the highlight of my day. I should stay away–but I can’t. I want to spend more time with her.
When a stalker begins sending Kylie a series of notes, I’m only too willing to help protect her.
Maybe I’m looking for a relationship after all.

Book Review:

If you’re looking for a funny, romantic, and clean romance, then you will love Neighbors Like That. I am always looking for clean romance, but a lot of them are very serious. That’s why I love to find clean romantic comedies, and Neighbors Like That perfectly satisfied my itch. It is the first one in the A Love Like This series, and it tells the story of Kylie and Hagen.

Kylie is normally a very sweet and non confrontational person, but Hagen manages to push all of her buttons. Not only does he insult her when she tries to do the neighborly thing and bring him cookies, but he’s also rude and entitled. Their prank war starts before she even realizes it. Hagen did not mean to offend his pretty neighbor, but he lashes out when she thinks that he’s hitting on her. Their harmless pranks are the highlight of his day, but everything changes when he realizes that a stalker is after her. Hagen’s determined to protect her even if she doesn’t always want his help.

Hagen is such a sweet character, and he does not at all want a relationship for very good reasons. He’s just broken up with a very manipulative ex, and he doesn’t have the time or the energy to be in a relationship. And while he loved pranking Kylie, he never took it too far. He’s also one hundred percent willing to help Kylie when she needs him. 

Kylie was also such a sweetheart. She had some trouble standing up for herself, but she also had a lot of crazy in her. And that definitely came out in her prank wars. The crazy is definitely hereditary which you get to see when you meet the rest of her cousins. They are hilarious, and I love all of the insane antics they get into. This book is also very clean in the romance and the violence section. But, there is a stalker storyline which is a little different from the normal lighthearted rom coms. Otherwise though it is super clean and a very funny and romantic read.

The Faerie Prince

ABOUT THE BOOK

The Faerie Prince: A Retelling of Snow White (Fairytales of Folkshore Book 8) by [Lucy Tempest]

Title: The Faerie Prince
Series: Fairytales of Folkshore #8
Author: Lucy Tempest
Publisher: Folkshore Press
Release Date: 
April 7, 2021
Genre: Fairy Tale Retelling

A FUGITIVE PRINCESS. A DARK SORCERESS. AN UNLIKELY HERO

After her stepmother usurped her father, Princess Snezhana of Belograd escapes into the most treacherous parts of Faerie. Her last hope is the Prince of Autumn, whose court houses horrors only he can navigate.

But Prince Keenan is the last partner Jana would have picked for her quest. Confounding and possibly mad, he treats her desperate situation with frustrating levity, and drags them onto paths rife with heart-stopping danger—and excitement. What she unwillingly realizes is exactly what has been missing from her life.

But for that life to continue, Jana must stop Arsenia’s bid for power, not to mention survive Keenan’s maddening, exhilarating company.

As their clashing personalities and unexpected bond are put to the test, they embark on a perilous search for the Golden Gardens that hold the one thing to tip the balance of power in her favor.

But will they reach their destination in time before the poison stops her heart, or will the dark cloud her stepmother casts over the land rise, and fracture the Folkshore?

Book Review:

OH My Gosh! The Faerie Prince is my new favorite Lucy Tempest book! I have been eagerly waiting for the Faerie Prince to come out and it was simply amazing! I loved everything about it! The Faerie Prince in the 8th book in Lucy Tempest Fairytales of Folkshore series! The Faerie Prince is a retelling of Snow White and we finally get to see Keenan settle down. 

Princess Snezhana of Belograd, Jana, is on the run from her stepmother, Arsenia, and her only hope to save her family is to search for the Golden Gardens that might give her the power to save her family. She escapes into the most treacherous parts of Faerie and finds the Prince of Autumn, Prince Keenan is her last hope. Keenan is the last person Jana would have chosen, but as they travel together she finds that he is actually the best person for the trip. Will they find the Golden Gardens before Arsenia gets to Jana and will their relationship grow into something more?

Jana was such a fun character! She tried so hard to be prim and proper, but underneath all that she had been taught, she wanted to be free. I loved reading about her learning to embrace herself and getting out from behind the walls she had built. It was so fun reading about her interactions with Keenan. He made her a better person.

Keenan was absolutely amazing in this book! I have been waiting for his story and I have to say, I loved him and his growth! It was so cool to finally learn more about him. He was hilarious, and behind his smiles and pranks, is a man who truly cares for those around him

I loved reading about Jana and Keenan as they traveled through the Autumn court to find a way to defeat Jana’s aunt. They had so many fun adventures and it was really cute to read about them falling for each other. Keenan helped Jana let loose, and Jana helped Keenan stay grounded and yet allow him to fly. I read this book so quickly, and I didn’t want to put it down! I loved the storyline and the characters, and it was fun to see some camoes from the previous book.

The Faerie Prince was truly amazing! I loved it and I would definitely recommend it! It can be read standalone, but it is so much more enjoyable when you read the books in order! I would recommend The Faerie Prince to those who like fantasy, and romance. It is clean, but it doesn’t hide away from the fact that those who do evil deserve to be punished. It is more along the lines of the Grimm fairy tales in content. 

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 Match for the Marine

About the Book:

A Match for the Marine: A Sweet Romantic Comedy (First Comes Love Book 1) by [Jess Mastorakos]

Title: A Match for the Marine
Series: First Comes Love #1
Author: Jess Mastorakos
Release Date:   
March 31, 2021
Genre: Clean Rom-Com

Matchmaker Rule #1: Never fall in love with the client.

Amy Thomas is in the running to become CEO of First Comes Love. All she has to do is outmatch her conniving co-worker. Maintaining her perfect matchmaking track record should be no problem, especially since her client is a hot Marine with bulging biceps and a killer smile.

Gunnery Sergeant Dexter Harrington is not looking for love, but his mother has been laying on the guilt about not wanting him to die alone. So when she buys him the VIP package at Southern California’s premier matchmaking company, he has no choice but to play ball.

Right from the start, Dex recognizes Amy is a better match for him than any of the disastrous dates she arranges. Amy isn’t going to let the gorgeous gunny get in the way of achieving her life’s goal. What happens when the matchmaker is the perfect match for the Marine?

Book Review:

A Match for the Marine is a rom-com written by Jess Mastorakos. This is the first rom-com that I have read written by Mastorakos, but I really enjoyed it! I have read Mastorakos’ past books and I have loved them. A Match for the Marine had a cute story and lovely characters

Amy Thomas is so close to becoming the CEO of First Comes Love, but first she needs to outmatch her conniving co-worker. It should be easy, especially since her client is a hot Marine. Gunnery Dexter Harrington isn’t looking for love, but who can say no to their mother? He finds himself a client at Southern California’s premier matchmaking company. From the start, Dex can tell that Amy is the perfect match for him, much better than the disastrous dates she is arranging. However, Amy doesn’t plan on letting the handsome gunny get in the way of achieving her dream job. But Dex makes her want to rethink her plans.

Amy was a lot of fun. She loved her job of matchmaking people and she was really kind. I liked the way she thought of matchmaking, how she cared for her clients. She was super focused on work though, and work was all she did. It was fun to read about her letting loose with Dex and falling for him. She tried so hard to stay unattached, but Dex was just too sweet. 

Dex was a cute guy, I really liked him. He was focused and kind of awkward, but he was really nice. He had had his heart broken before and just preferred to stay single. But he was willing to try out the matchmaking business because his mom guilted him into doing it.He was super honorable and I really just liked him. I  wanted him to fight for Amy and his happy ending.

Amy was trying to match Dex up with another client, but Dex was trying to convince Amy that she was the one for him. It was super fun to read about their interactions. I really enjoyed reading about Dex’s dates, and reading about Amy’s reactions. However, Amy has a competition to win and she needs to match Dex up with the perfect woman, but with her dates getting sabotaged and falling for Dex, her plans are all out of wrack. 

A Match for the Marine was super good and I would totally recommend it! I love the cover, it is just perfect. I can’t wait for the next book, Dex’s friends were a lot of fun and I really want to read their stories! A Match for the Marine is a clean, romantic comedy book.

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 Dark Beauty

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: A Dark Beauty
Series: Victorian Retellings #1
Author: Clarissa Kae
Publisher: Carpe Vitam Press
Release Date: 
March 7, 2021
Genre: Fairytale

A Victorian Twist on Beauty And The Beast

Bold and brilliant, Georgiana has a gift for fixing machines—from clocks to carriages—while her father has a penchant for finding trouble. In an accidental fire, Georgiana and her father scar the once handsome face of Lord Pichon, cousin to the queen.
Rumors of Georgiana’s gift raise her family’s status. Her incomparable beauty captures the eye of many gentlemen and the wrath of Lord Pichon. Abandoned by his peers and alone in his cold castle, Lord Pichon is determined to enact revenge.
When Georgiana’s father makes a terrible mistake, she sacrifices herself to pay his debt—as a lowly maid in Lord Pichon’s castle.
Her wit and warmth begin to thaw Lord Pichon’s estate, making him question his version of the past. Will her kindness break the beastly lord or will he hold her family hostage forever?

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Book Review:

Ahh! This was such a good book! I knew that I would like it but it was even better than I expected. A Dark Beauty is the first book that I have read written by Clarissa Kae and I am now hooked. It’s the first book in Clarissa Kae’s new series, Victorian Retellings. It was a wonderful twist on Beauty and the Beast.

Georgiana was a strong woman but she was also hurting. She grew on me as I read more about her. Although life had not been kind to her, she was still loving and cared for those around her. Dom confused her but it was sweet to read about her falling in love with him. 

Okay, so I think I liked Georgiana from the beginning, however, Lord Pichon had me from the beginning. I really liked Dom. He had gone through some hard times, and he was really scared. But he was a really nice guy underneath it all. It was so fun to read about Dom coming out of his shell. I loved how he respected his staff, and they cared for him. 

I really liked the characters from this book, and I enjoyed the story line. It was such a unique twist on Beauty and the Beast! Oh my goodness, this book had my attention and I couldn’t put it down.The suspense and action grew as Dom and Georgiana tried to figure out what was true. The storyline was amazing. I had no idea what was going to happen. It was so cool to see the parallels to Beauty and the Beast, and yet still be its own book. Georgiana and Dom were forced to confront the secrets of their past that haunted them both. They were on a race to figure out the secrets of Georgiana’s father that could very well be to their detriment. 

A Dark Beauty was such a thrilling book and I would definitely recommend it! I can’t wait for the next book in the series, it is a great start! 

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

About the Author

Clarissa Kae is a preeminent voice whose professional career began as a freelance editor in 2007. She’s the former president of her local California Writers Club after spending several years as the Critique Director.Since her first novel, she’s explored different writing genres and created a loyal group of fans who eagerly await her upcoming release. With numerous awards to her name, Clarissa continues to honor the role of storyteller.Aside from the writing community, she and her daughters founded Kind Girls Make Strong Women to help undervalued nonprofit organizations—from reuniting children with families to giving Junior Olympic athletes their shot at success.She lives in the agricultural belly of California with her family and farm of horses, chickens, dogs and kittens aplenty.

More from Clarissa

As a young girl most of the fairy tales talked about beauty as the only attribute but when Disney came out with Beauty and the Beast, my world was rocked. For the first time the heroine was a woman with a brain and a plan. I began researching the fairy tale and read every version. When my youngest daughter was born (with dark hair and big beautiful brown eyes) I named her Isla Belle. For as long as I can remember, I dreamed of writing a Beauty and the Beast retelling. And finally, that dream as come true.

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Clarissa is giving away to two winners one $25 Amazon gift card each!!

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