Bargaining for the Barrister

About the Book:

Bargaining for the Barrister by [Anneka R. Walker]

Title: Bargaining for the Barrister
Series: Matchmaking Mamas #1
Author: Anneka K Walker
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Release Date: March 7th, 2022
Genre: Historical Romance

Louisa Cox is tired of fortune hunters pursuing her dowry. So when Lady Kellen offers to help her find an eligible suitor, Louisa eagerly accepts and makes a list of what she wants in a husband. The man selected is barrister Paul Sheldon. He may be a complete stranger, but he has one thing in his favor: he is unaware of her fortune. What Louisa did not anticipate was his curious behavior—or being so attracted to him.

When Paul catches wind of the matchmaking organization his mother and her friends are establishing, he pities the fellow who will be caught in their scheme—until he realizes he is to be their first victim. Horrified, Paul determines to thwart his mother’s plans by whatever means necessary. After meeting his intended, however, his increasing desire to be near her threatens to disrupt his convictions. Louisa is everything he could want in a wife, and when an unexpected adventure sets in motion the very plan he had determined to halt, he almost wishes his mother’s plot could succeed. But Paul harbors a secret and a past that make it impossible for him to give Louisa the life she deserves.

Book Review:

This book was just perfect! I loved everything about it, the characters were sweet and I was engrossed with the story. Bargaining for the Barrister is the first book in Anneka R Walker’s Matchmaking Mamas series. And it was a great start to this series! I can’t wait to read more!

I really liked the characters and the storyline! The mother’s matchmaking was so much fun, and they totally meddled. Louisa and Paul were wonderful characters who had me from the beginning. They were complex and so interesting to read about. I felt as if they had become my friends by the end of the book. It was sweet to read about Louisa and Paul interacting. They started off as friends and grew to more. I liked their connection and how they looked out for each other. I really liked Pual and Louisa interactions, they were both so witty and quick. The conversations in books are some of my favorite parts and their conversations were just so much fun to read. 

Louisa was such a complex character. She was trying her best to be happy and yet she was weary. With the death of her parents, she carried a weight on her shoulder, she wanted to live life for her parents and she didn’t want to make things harder for her brother. I liked Louisa from the beginning. She was kind and thoughtful but she wasn’t a statue, she had a fire to her. It was fun to read about her quick wit and see her falling for Paul. She wasn’t naive but she chose to hope for the best. Life hadn’t always been kind to Louisa but she was up to the challenge. 

Paul was also awesome! He was kind and considerate, but he had his own quirks. He didn’t always enjoy being around people and he didn’t like to be touched. He was generous and thoughtful to a fault, but he truly cared about those around him. He had his own troubles to work through and it was fun to see him grow. Louisa worked past his walls and it was so cute. Paul had to learn how to let people in and learn that he didn’t have to do everything on his own. 

I also adored the side characters. The matchmaking mamas were definitely stirring things up. Paul’s friends were also lovely, they all really added to the book! They totally need their own books. I liked how Louisa and her brother had a good relationship, they didn’t always agree but they still cared about each other. The families and friends in this book reminded me of my family and friends whom I love

All in all, this book was pretty amazing! I would totally recommend Bargaining for the Barrister! It is a clean historical romance with meddling mothers and a sweet romance. This is another win for Walker!

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

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Far to Go

About the Book:

Far To Go by [Noel Streatfeild]

Title: Far to Go
Author: Noel Streatfeild
Publisher: Harper Collins Children’s Books
Release Date: April 2nd, 20220
Genre: Children’s Fiction

When Margaret Thursday lands a role as a child actress at a well-known London theatre, becoming famous almost overnight, news of her success reaches her bitter enemy, the matron of her old orphanage.

Margaret knows that Matron is set on revenge, but she keeps her head held high, focusing on the play. But Matron’s evil plans are well prepared, and Margaret is going to need her wits about her – and the help of her friends – if she is to escape unharmed…

Book Review:

The sequel to Thursday’s Child, Far to Go continues Margaret Thursday’s journey to make herself a name and establish herself.  I love the older style that this book is written in! I was trying to explain it to my sister, but it usually involves a 3rd person semi-omniscient narrator, a certain phrasing, that I can’t explain, and a sort of space for the audience. For me it creates a sense of nostalgia because I read a lot of books written that way growing up! The story is continuing her actress journey as she lands a role at a famous London theatre. Suddenly famous, the news reaches the matron of her old orphanage, who is out to get revenge. Margaret is focused on the play, but she will need to keep her wits about her and enlist the help of friends to keep herself safe.

Margaret is so fun! She is very focused on her career and establishing herself. She is not particularly rambunctious, but she knows her mind and her goals. It is also fun to read about all the new characters! They are all interesting and fun to read about.

Overall, this is a fun read that continues the story. So definitely this is a book where you probably should read the first book! It is a lovely story that I think is suitable for older elementary readers and up, because of some scenes that could be frightening. However, it may differ depending on the person, of course! It is an older style, so be prepared too!

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

The Mozart Code

About the Book:

Title: The Mozart Code
Author: Rachel McMillan
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: March 15th, 2022
Genre: Historical Romance

No matter how you might try to hide in a war to escape your past, it is always close at hand.

Lady Sophia Huntington Villiers is no stranger to intrigue, as her work with Alan Turing’s Bombe Machines at Bletchley Park during the war attests. Now, as part of Simon Barre’s covert team in post-war Vienna, she uses her inimitable charm and code name Starling to infiltrate the world of relics: uncovering vital information that could tilt the stakes of the mounting Cold War. When several influential men charge her with finding the death mask of Mozart, Sophie wonders if there is more than the composer’s legacy at stake and finds herself drawn to potential answers in Prague.

Simon Barrington, the illegitimate heir of one of Sussex’s oldest estates, used the previous war to hide his insecurities about his past. Now, he uses his high breeding to gain access to all four allied quarters of the ruined city in an attempt to slow the fall of the Iron Curtain. He has been in love with Sophie Villiers since the moment he met her, and a marriage of convenience to save Simon’s estate has always kept her close. Until now, when Sophie’s mysterious client in Prague forces him to wonder if her allegiance to him—and their cause—is in question. Torn between his loyalty to his cause and his heart, Simon seeks answers about Sophie only to learn that everything he thought he knew about his involvement in both wars is based on a lie.

Book Review:

I wanted to like this book, and I did end up enjoying it. However, I was a bit confused while reading the book, and it made it hard to understand and get into the book. But I did end up liking it by the time I got to the end of the story. There are still a couple of things that I think I missed but otherwise it was really good. The Mozart Code is my first book by Rachel McMillian, and it was really fascinating and thought provoking. 

I picked up this book because I thought that it would be interesting, and it definitely met that expectation. The characters were very unique and it was intriguing to read from their perspectives and see things from their eyes. 

Sophia and Simon were drawn together because of a marriage of convenience. They were both using their marriage to help themselves avoid situations. They never expected to be anything more than friends. However, as the secrets of their work are drawn to light, things become more complicated than they expected. They were both playing games that could lead to someone getting hurt. They were working a thin tightrope together between friendship and love all the while trying to complete tasks secretly. 

I liked Sophia and Simon. They had a flair and a secrecy to them. It was cool to read about Simon’s connection to chess and how it affected his view of life. And how Sophia loved music and the way her mind could see the music. They were both trying to do good in their own ways. He worked for the government while she tried to return artifacts to their rightful owners. I liked the chemistry between the characters, and I could definitely see how well they fit each other. It was a bit frustrating to see them dancing in circles around each other, but at the same time, I understood them. They were both afraid of different things, and it affected their ability to love each other. 

The storyline was engaging, but I really didn’t know what was going on til at least half way through the book. It made it harder for me to read, and I kept on having to take breaks. I did enjoy the book by the end of it, but it was harder for me to understand. I felt as if I was missing a lot of things. All in all, this was a good book. I would recommend The Mozart Code to those who enjoy historical fiction that stimulates your mind a bit to think. 

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.

My Own Best Enemy

About the Book:

My Own Best Enemy : A Sweet Romantic Comedy (Apple Valley Love Stories Book 2) by [Julie  Christianson]

Title: My Own Best Enemy
Series:
Apple Valley Love Stories
Author: 
Julie Christianson
Publisher:
Northern Lights Press
Release Date: 
September 23, 2021
Genre:
Sweet Romantic Comedy

This isn’t a wedding. This is war …

I get it. We were in elementary school. Just a couple of kids on the playground. But after Nash Hendrix called me Enemy instead of Emily, his stupid nickname ruined my life.

Now our best friends are getting married, and they expect me to stand across the aisle from Nash the Ruiner without killing him?

Whatever. I can survive being maid of honor. It’s only for one weekend.

Until it’s not.

When I get roped into wedding planning at the same places Nash is fundraising, I’m ready to blow up our temporary truce.

All I wanted was to start over. New job. New permanently-single status.

But the more time we spend together, the more I feel like … not murdering him.

Is it possible Nash and I don’t hate each other?

No way. He’s still my enemy.

My big, dumb enemy.

My big, dumb, gorgeous, sweet-talking, dog-loving —

Emi, you’re doomed.

Book Review:

The second book in the Apple Valley Romance series, My Own Best Enemy is a sweet enemies-to-lovers rom-com.  I was very excited for this book, after reading the first book. Emi’s life was ruined when Nash Hendrix called her Enemy instead of Emily in elementary school. But with their best friends getting married, she needs to get through the wedding, just through the weekend. Until she is pushed into wedding planning…at all the same places Nash is fundraising. All Emi wanted was to start over, but the more time that she spends with Nash, the more confused she becomes. Are they still enemies?

I thought that this was a cute book! Emi was very relatable and after a few pages I felt like I was able to understand her. It was great to see things from her perspective after reading about her in The Mostly Real McCoy. She seemed very real. Even when I was frustrated with her, and there were a few times where I was, I empathized with her. I really enjoyed seeing her grow and become more self-aware, especially as she planned Brooke’s wedding. It was also super cute to see her with Nash.

Nash was super sweet! I loved how he was basically part of the McCoy family. He was very guarded and had a lot of bad experiences around relationships. However, he couldn’t seem to get away from Emi. He was falling for Emi so fast and I loved hearing his thoughts. I also really enjoyed the addition of pets, the gecko was hilarious! You will understand when you read the book 🙂 I also enjoyed seeing the further development of characters throughout the Apple Valley world. Crossing my fingers for a book for Tess! 

I thought that this was a great addition to the series! It was sweet and funny.  I don’t think that I enjoyed it as much as I did the first one, but it was definitely a fun book. I would recommend it to those who enjoy rom-coms, especially those who enjoy the enemies-to-lovers trope. 

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

With Every Breath

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for With Every Breath by Natasha D. Frazier, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

With Every Breath (McCall Family Series Book 1) by [Natasha D. Frazier]

Title: With Every Breath

Series: McCall Family #1

Author: Natasha D. Frazier

Publisher: Encouraging Works

Release Date: October 5, 2021

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

She has nothing to lose, but loving her could cost him everything. Is he willing to risk it all a second time around when she has less than thirty days to live?

Renowned motivational speaker Nina Marie Robinson has received a grim prognosis. With the little time she has left, she’s giving one last commencement speech at her alma mater Jackson State University and taking a well-deserved vacation to the Bahamas. Nina is also determined to show her college sweetheart she’s still in love with him, but can she convince him to drop everything and board that plane with her?

Andrew McCall is one step away from being promoted to professor at Jackson State University. If anything goes wrong, Andrew will find himself in the last place he wants to be—chief executive officer of McCall Resorts as his father’s successor. When Nina comes to town and requests that he accompany her to the Bahamas, will he have to choose between the woman he’s always loved and everything he’s worked for?

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Guest Post:

I love second chance romances! I had a general idea about writing a second chance romance with college sweethearts that would reunite on a vacation, but hadn’t quite come up with how it would happen. Earlier this year, I experienced sudden onsets of dizziness. At times, it felt like I was dying when the room would spin and I hadn’t moved from my seat or bed. Scary thought! My doctor diagnosed me with vertigo and prescribed medicine and exercises for the dizziness. 

After that, it hit me! 

Boom!

I amped it up a thousand and put my main character, Nina, in a situation where she had to determine what was most important to her and decide what to do about it. Then, With Every Breath, was born.

Sometimes we live like we have a limitless amount of time, but when faced with the reality of our mortality, we change, and that’s what happens to Nina. That’s also what I’d like readers to know after reading this book. Our time on earth is limited. If you love someone, tell them. Share your love and the beauty that is you with the world while you still can. And remember, above all else, that God loves you and is always with you. You are called for His purpose.

Natasha Frazier

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Natasha D. Frazier

Natasha D. Frazier fell in love with love around the age of twelve because of artists like Babyface, Boys II Men, Whitney Houston, and New Edition. Around sixteen when her mother purchased a romance novel and left it lying around the house untouched, Natasha read it and a spark for the written word had been ignited.

Natasha believes that writing is one of her purposes and contributions to the world. She feels accomplished when she can get a few words written and like blah when life gets in the way. Her hope is that at the end of every novel, readers will feel like they’ve been wrapped in a cozy blanket with a mug of their favorite coffee/tea/warm drink.

When she isn’t reading or writing, she is likely watching movies with her family. Natasha resides in Richmond, TX with her husband, Eddie Frazier, Jr. and their three children, Eden, Ethan, and Emilyn. Her greatest joy and commitment is to her family who she hopes to inspire above all else. One of her many mottos in life is: Faith removes limitations. Natasha and her family attend Parkway Fellowship in Richmond, TX, where she volunteers as a small group leader for elementary students. Natasha is also a member of the Houston Area Alumni Chapter of Jackson State University and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

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I’m Dreaming of a Wyatt Christmas

About the Book:

Title: I”m Dreaming of a Wyatt Christmas
Series: Seeing Voices #2
Author: Tiffany Schmidt
Publisher: Amulet Books
Release Date: October 5, 2021
Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction

Ballet and babysitting bring two teens together in this very merry holiday rom-com from the author of the acclaimed Bookish Boyfriends series

Noelle Partridge is known for three things: being the best ballet dancer, babysitter, and person with the most Christmas spirit in her small town. But lately she’s bored by the lessons at her dance school, and her friends and father are more bah humbug than deck the halls. So when her favorite babysitting clients ask her to accompany them on a ski trip over winter break, she packs her bags for the slopes. It helps that they’re offering double her rate–she’ll need the money for Beacon, an elite ballet academy that has granted her an audition.

Noelle is ready to have fa la la la fun, until Wyatt, the older half-brother of her babysitting charges, decides to surprise his family for the holiday. He’s one of the best dancers at Beacon, and makes Noelle’s head spin faster than pirouettes. Unfortunately, she also manages to step on his toes–spoiling his surprise and complicating his secret plans. After a few missteps, Noelle and Wyatt begin to thaw toward each other and bond over the big decisions looming in each of their lives. With enough Christmas magic, Noelle might just start the New Year with lots of babysitting cash in her pocket and a chance with the pas de deux partner of her dreams

Carving for Miss Coventry

About the Book:

Title: Carving for Miss Coventry
Series: Sons of Somerset Book 1
Author: Deborah M Hathaway
Publisher:  Draft Horse Publishing
Release Date: July 17, 2021
Genre: Historical Romance

He’s determined to finish the job, even if she distracts him…

With his deceased father’s woodworking business now failing, Edward Steele will do anything to see its return to prosperity, even if that means accepting work from the Coventry family far outside of Bath. His two goals? Finishing this new task swiftly and making as few acquaintances as possible. But such things are easier said than done, especially when the Coventry’s daughter finds it necessary to spy on him at every turn.

Marianne Coventry doesn’t mean to stare, but such a task is difficult when a man as handsome as Mr. Steele works right before her eyes. Besides, at twenty years old and not yet out in Society—due to an unmarried elder sister and a strict, rule-abiding father—she will take any distraction she can get. Perhaps turning to a dashing woodworker for entertainment isn’t a wise decision, but does she really have any other choice?

As Edward becomes aware of Marianne’s sheltered life, an unexpected friendship sprouts between them—a friendship her family cannot discover, especially when Marianne begins to realize she’s been living half a life. Still, Edward’s heart remains cautious, for becoming distracted and losing his family’s business would mean forfeiting his livelihood and everything his father worked so hard to achieve. Despite the forces working against them, only the two of them can decide what they want most in life—and if they’re willing to risk everything for love.

Book Review:

This was such a wonderful book! I have not read a ton of historical fiction, but I really enjoyed Carving for Miss Coventry. The Regency period was definitely interesting even though there were a lot of really messed up ideas. I felt bad for our characters as they navigated Society’s fickle opinions. It was an especially fascinating dynamic because Edward and Marianne weren’t trying to follow Society’s beliefs. Instead everyone around them was striving to obey whatever the upper class wanted.

Edward Steele is hovering on the brink of total poverty. His business is completely destroyed due to rumors about his late father, so when a gentleman offers him work, he accepts. He’s determined to quickly finish his work, and then return home to his mother. But as he begins to spend more and more time with his employer’s daughter, Marianne Coventry, he finds himself wanting to stay. Marianne is almost on the shelf in Society’s eyes, but she hasn’t even come out. Her parents are determined to wait until her sister is married, so when she meets Edward, her curiosity is piqued. A friendship starts to develop between Edward and Marianne, and it quickly turns into love. But what will they do when their love is put to the test and Edward’s whole livelihood is at stake?

This was such a cute book! Edward is simply trying to put food on the table and a roof over his and his mother’s heads. I felt so bad for him because he was terrified of being accused like his father. However even through his fear, he was so kind to Marianne. He listened to her, and I loved watching the two fall in love with each other. It was clear that it wasn’t just attraction, and I thought it was adorable when they would basically gush about each other in their thoughts 😉

While I loved Marianne’s positivity and mischievousness throughout the story, I had a little bit of a harder time getting into her character. I think a part of it is because I haven’t read a lot of Regency books, so I had no knowledge of that time period. I couldn’t really understand why it was so difficult for Marianne to not come out, and I couldn’t fully comprehend the desperation behind some of her actions. But I enjoyed her spirit, and I liked how she grew to realize what she really wanted. It was sweet to watch her fall in love with Edward, and I thought it was really cute how they only addressed each other as Mr. Steele and Miss Coventry! It was like the Regency version of a special nickname 🙂

I would definitely recommend this book! There are some very human and flawed side characters who add extra depth to the story. While I felt like a lot of the characters were immature in their actions, they were also very desperate. The rules and restrictions of this period were quite stifling for a lot of our characters, but thankfully, love does win! This was a sweet, clean, Regency romance perfect for anyone who enjoys this time period!

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 Merchant and the Rogue

About the Book:

Title: The Merchant and the Rogue
Series: The Dread Penny Society
Author: Sarah M Eden
Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publisher 
Release Date: August 17, 2021
Genre: Historical Romance

London, 1865 

Vera Sorokina loves reading the Penny Dreadfuls and immersing herself in tales of adventure, mystery, and romance. Her own days are filled with the often mundane work of running the book and print shop she owns with her father. The shop offers her the freedom and income to employ and protect the poverty-stricken Londoners she’s come to care about, and it gives her father something to do other than long for their hometown of St. Petersburg. She is grateful for the stability in their lives, but she often feels lonely.

Brogan Donnelly was born and raised in Ireland, but has lived in London for several years, where he’s built a career as a Penny Dreadful writer. He has dedicated himself to the plight of the poor with the help of his sister. His membership in the secretive Dread Penny Society allows him to feel he isn’t entirely wasting his life, yet he feels dissatisfied. With no one to share his life with but his sister, he fears London will never truly feel like home.

Brogan and Vera’s paths cross, and the attraction is both immediate and ill-advised. Vera knows from past experience that writers are never to be trusted, and Brogan has reason to suspect not everything at her print shop is aboveboard. When the growing criminal enterprise run by the elusive and violent Mastiff begins targeting their area of London, Brogan and Vera must work together to protect the community they’ve both grown to love. But that means they’ll need to learn to trust each other with dangerous secrets that have followed both of them from their home countries.

Book Review:

A Future to Fight For Blog Blitz

Welcome to the Blog Blitz for A Future to Fight For by Mindy Obenhaus, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK 

Title: A Future to Fight For

Series: Bliss, Texas

Author: Mindy Obenhaus

Publisher: Love Inspired

Release Date: August 1, 2021

Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Romance

All their dreams will come true…

if they can work together.

Widow Paisley Wainwright’s so close to taking her Texas event-planning business to the next level by turning Renwick Castle into a wedding venue. Only one thing stands in the way: her longtime rival, Crockett Devereaux, who wants the building to become a museum. When the building’s owners insist they collaborate to implement both plans, can Paisley and Crockett put their differences aside…and fight for their dreams together?

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Excerpt:

While the kids cast their lines, Crockett took hold of Paisley’s hand. “Come with me.” She looked from the kids to him and back again. “Are you sure they’ll be okay?”
“We’ll still be within earshot.”
Hand in hand, they picked their way into the woods until they came to a sprawling live oak.
Taking in the tree’s wide-reaching limbs, she said, “I can’t get over how peaceful it is out here.”
“It’s even better when you’re here.”
She turned to find Crockett’s gaze fixed on her. Staring into his eyes, her mouth went dry and her heart
couldn’t seem to decide if it should stand still or beat a rhythm like a mighty bass drum. And when his
calloused hand cupped her cheek, she thought she might melt into a puddle.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mindy Obenhaus

Award-winning author Mindy Obenhaus lives on a ranch in Texas with her husband, two sassy pups, and countless cattle. She’s passionate about touching readers with Biblical truths in an entertaining, and sometimes adventurous, manner. When she’s not writing, you’ll likely find her in the kitchen, spending time with her grandchildren or roaming the ranch in search of inspiration. She’d love to connect with you via her website or on Facebook.

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The Mostly Real McCoy

About the Book:

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

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

Our arrangement was supposed to be for just one month…

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

This is a terrible idea.

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

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

Water can’t get wetter, Brooke.

That’s what I keep telling myself.

Too bad I’m all wrong…

Book Review:

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

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

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

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