Entrusted

About the Book:

Entrusted (Knights of Brethren Book 6) by [Jody Hedlund]

Title: Entrusted
Series: Knights of Brethren #6
Author: Jody Hedlund
Publisher: Northern Lights Press
Release Date: September 13th, 2022
Genre: YA Historical Romance

During a time when legends were born . . .

ENTRUSTED

The feisty enemy princess, the cunning knight holding her captive, and the ultimate battle that will determine their fate.

Hoping to minimize the death and destruction of the coming war, Princess Birgitta of Swaine leads the Dark Warriors as part of her brother King Canute’s efforts to take the throne of Norvegia. As she engages in a skirmish with a band of elite Knights of Brethren, she’s kidnapped by Kristoffer Prestegard, a cunning warrior.

While searching for the holy lamp that can help defeat the Dark Warriors, Kristoffer realizes that Swaine has already seized the ancient relic. Since King Canute is fiercely protective of his sister, Kristoffer offers to return Princess Birgitta in exchange for the coveted holy lamp.

While trying to keep his feisty prisoner from escaping, Kristoffer learns that his father and uncle have set in motion a scheme that would give him the kingship of Norvegia. Where will Kristoffer’s loyalties lie, and how will he choose sides without losing everything, including the princess he’s grown to love?

Book Review:

Yes! This book was just a wonderful conclusion to an amazing series. I have so loved this series and I am so sad to see it end. I am crossing my fingers for a companion series. Entrusted is the sixth and final book in Jody Hedlund’s Knights of Brethren Series. And boy was it worth the wait.

I loved Birgitta. She was an amazing character. She was so strong and stubborn. Birgitta was a princess and raised by her brother. She was fearless and loved her people. Birgitta was unafraid to fight for what she believed in. It was sweet to see this strong woman fall for Kristoffer and learn that she doesn’t always have to be strong. Kristoffer helped Birgitta be herself and didn’t fault her for being different. But Birgitta would have to figure out what she was willing to risk to get the fighting to stop. 

Kristoffer was also a great character. It was fun to get to know Kristoffer more. He seemed like such a focused series character, it was cool to get to see a different side of him. Kristoffer was loyal to a fault and he was doing his best to serve his king. He strived to prove himself worthy not only to his king, but also to his father. Kristoffer had to figure out if he was willing to defy his father in order to fight for the greater good. 

Kristoffer and Birgitta were a cute couple. They connected with each other right away. It was fun to see them interacting, they had such good banter. They were more of enemies to lovers but they fell quickly. I don’t usually like insta love but I feel as if it fits the book and pace. Kristoffer and Birgitta helped each other be better people and they understood each other. 

Entrusted is a wonderful book and I would definitely recommend it! I would recommend this whole series. It does need to be read in order though because the books follow each other. Entrusted was engaging and the characters were wonderful. It was so exciting to see the series come to an end! Entrusted is a clean historical 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.

The Forever Farmhouse

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About the Book:

Title: The Forever Farmhouse
Series: Hometown Brothers #1
Author: Lee Tobin McClain
Publisher: HQN Books
Release Date: September 6th, 2022
Genre: Sweet Contemporary Romance

A Chesapeake island homecoming—and a life-changing discovery

When Ryan Hastings first came to Teaberry Island, he was a troubled teen on his last chance. He’s returning as a renowned scientist, checking in on his widowed foster mother. But one thing hasn’t changed—Ryan’s feelings for the girl next door whom he loved…and left. Mellie Anderson has a son now, and a good life that Ryan believes he’s still too damaged to share. But he knows he can help young Alfie, who’s getting picked on at his new school.

Mellie is grateful her gifted son is getting extra support, and torn about where it’s coming from. Ryan has no idea he’s Alfie’s father. No matter how valid her reasons were, could Ryan ever understand why she didn’t tell him? But in this close-knit community, friendship and forgiveness are always near at hand, and forever love might be waiting just next door.

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Book Review:

I’m a huge fan of small town stories. I think they’re adorable, and I love the community aspect of them. And this is a sweet small town second chance story. It was more intense than I was expecting, but it was still really cute!

I loved Ryan! He was such a sweetheart, and I felt so bad for him as you learned more about his past. He was a foster kid who had an abusive stepfather. McClain doesn’t give a lot of details, but he was beaten often and shoved into dark spaces for hours upon end. Even though he has a huge heart, he thinks he’s emotionally damaged. He believes he can’t do relationships, yet Mellie and Alfie make him want to try.

Mellie was struggling, and she didn’t know what to do. She wanted to protect her son, but she also wanted to protect herself. She didn’t want to get hurt again. Mellie was definitely a caretaker and a sweet character. I felt like she was understandable, so I didn’t end up resenting her for not telling Ryan about Alfie.

Alfie was so much fun! I love books with kids in them, but I feel like generally they’re a lot younger. Alfie is ten and incredibly smart, so he added a different flavor to the book. It was sweet to watch him bond with Ryan. He also adored Betty, Ryan’s foster mom. I wasn’t sure how I felt about Betty honestly. I understood her grief, but there were many times when it felt like she was acting like a 20 year old.

I think this is a cute romance about the importance of second chances. It was a bit more drama filled than I was expecting, but it was still really good! There is one moment where Alfie flips off his mom, but otherwise this is a clean read. I would recommend it for fans of romantic dramas 🙂

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

Lee Tobin McClain

Lee Tobin McClain is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty novels. A professor-turned-writer, she finds inspiration in her beautiful and brilliant daughter, her goofy goldendoodle, and her aptly named cat, Trouble.

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No Place Like Home

About the Book:

Title: No Place Like Home (Part of Fall Back in Love Collection)
Series: Love in Charlotte Oak #1
Author: Jess Mastorakos
Publisher: Enchanted Quill Press
Release Date: September 1st, 2022
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Love second chance romance?
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We’ve hand selected the best stories from bestselling authors, to give you all the feel good, romcom vibes with sweet heroes and even sweeter kisses.

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Book Review:

This was of course another win by Mastorakos. I have to admit I was a bit worried about this book, but it ended up being amazing! No Place Like Home is the first book in Jess Mastorakos’ Love in Charlotte Oak and it is part of the Fall Back in Love Collection. 

Laney was a great character. Although she was a superstar, she still kept to her roots. She did not allow fame to change her or at least she was trying to stay true to herself. I liked Laney, she was trying to figure out who she was and what she wanted to be known for. Laney was sweet and I liked how she had a great relationship with her family and her old town. 

Everett was a sweetheart. He had fallen hard for Laney and never recovered when she left. Everett was a complicated character but just as fun to read about. He truly loved Laney and he wanted her to be happy. But Everett also had to work through his feelings of being left and learn to trust Laney again. 

Everett and Laney’s relationship was so sweet to read about. I liked how they were friends first. Although this was a second chance romance, it did not feel awkward or weird. The story was sweet and I liked how Everett and Laney were never hostile to each other. Everett and Laney had to work through a lot, especially their past. 

I liked the pace of the story. It did not feel dragged out but it also didn’t feel rushed. The characters were fun, and I adored the small town feel. No Place Like Home is a wonderful book and I would definitely recommend it! You need to get your hands on this book! I am also so excited for this new 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.

Teaching the Teacher’s Pet

About the Book:

Teaching the Teacher's Pet: An Enemies to Lovers Romance (Most Likely To Book 1) by [Sarah Sutton]

Title: Teaching the Teacher’s Pet
Series: Most Likely To #1
Author: Sarah Sutton
Publisher: Golden Crown Publishing
Release Date: August 17th, 2022
Genre: YA Contemporary

When the popular crowd at Brentwood High votes me Most Likely To: Marry A Math Book, I’m ready to put my ruler into the eye of any egotistical jock who comes near me.

Including the idolized Bobcats football player, Connor Bray, when he asks me to tutor him.

His only requirement?

Our tutoring sessions must be top-secret—meaning that because Connor is too embarrassed to be seen with the resident math geek, I can’t even tell my boyfriend I’m helping Brentwood High’s all-star player.

And I’m about to tell him where he can stick his protractor when the principal steps in, saying that if I agree to help Connor pass his makeup test—and keep him on the team to lead Brentwood to the State Championships—she’ll reinstate the valedictorian award I’d been striving for my entire life.

Brentwood High’s finest, cornering its top student with bribery.

But there is one thing Connor might have to offer in return—love advice to recapture the spark with my ever-distant boyfriend. Connor, who keeps the student body mesmerized just by flashing a forearm, is bound to have a good game plan, right?

Except when Connor begins to give me lessons in love—and his demonstrations are breathtakingly thorough—it starts to feel like I’m the one getting schooled.

Book Review:

I have read almost all of Sarah Sutton’s books, but this one was hands down my favorite! I loved it even though it was the first book in her new series, Most Likely To. I think sometimes the first books can feel too set-uppy. But in this one, Sutton introduced a bunch of people and set up their stories without taking anything away from Maisie and Connor.

Okay, I really understood and empathized with Maisie. She didn’t feel one dimensional or irrationally angry at the popular crowd. And she actually had a really good reason for being frustrated with Connor too. Plus, I thought it was an interesting spin to have her family be artsy and her be more analytical. It isn’t done as often, and I think it’s important for there to be more diversity in storylines. And I loved the fact that she actually got along with her sister even though they were different!

Connor grew on me. He could be a jerk at times, but he was also really sweet. He was hiding a lot under his mask. I loved how Maisie helped him realize that he could be himself and not hide. They were both able to take off their masks with each other.

I loved this book! I cannot wait for the other ones in the series. I’m so excited for Dreaming About the Boy Next Door and Madison and Landon’s books. I would totally recommend this clean read along with any of Sarah Sutton’s 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, a positive review was not required.  

The Bachelor and the Bride

About the Book:

The Bachelor and the Bride by [Sarah M. Eden]

Title: The Bachelor and the Bride
Series: The Dread Penny Society #4
Author: Sarah M Eden
Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishers
Release Date: September 6th, 2022
Genre: Historical Romance

London, 1866

Dr. Barnabus Milligan has always felt called to help people, whether that means setting a broken bone or rescuing the impoverished women of London from their desperate lives on the streets as part of his work with the Dread Penny Society.

Three years ago, he helped rescue Gemma Kincaid by secretly marrying her to protect her from her family of notorious grave robbers.

But six months after Gemma and Barnabus exchanged vows, she realized her love for her new husband was unrequited. To protect her heart, she left, telling Barnabus to contact her if his feelings for her ever grew beyond a sense of duty.

When Barnabus sends a letter to Gemma inviting her to return home, she hopes to find a true connection between them. But unfortunately, he only wants her help to foil the Kincaids, who have been terrorizing the boroughs of London, eager to gain both money and power.

Heartbroken, Gemma agrees to help, but she warns Barnabus that she will not stay for long, and once she goes, he’ll never see her again.

Yet as the couple follows the clues that seem to connect the Kincaids to the Mastiff, the leader of London’s criminal network, Gemma and Barnabus realize they might make a better match than either of them suspected. Perhaps the marriage that had once saved Gemma’s life might now save Barnabus―and his lonely heart.

But before the once-confirmed bachelor can properly court his secret bride, they’ll need to evade the dangerous forces that are drawing ever closer to the hopeful lovers and the entire Dread Penny Society itself.

Book Review:

Okay, so this was just so good! And I need the next book right now! The Bachelor and the Bride is the fourth book in Sarah M Eden’s Penny Dreadfuls Series! I was super excited for this book and it did not disappoint. This was such a fun book especially because it had a marriage of convenience! I love these kinds of stories, and the romance was so sweet. 

Dr. Barnabas Milligan was the bachelor of the group, content to be by himself but little was it known to his friends that he had a wife. It was so interesting to read about him. He had so many layers hidden behind his walls and facade. I loved him from the beginning. He cared greatly for those who were hurting. He wanted to help create a better world especially for the women who were forced into jobs. However, he was also scared of losing those he loved so he closed himself off. Baz will have to learn how to let Gemma in and allow her to bring light into his life. 

Gemma Kincaid married Baz to save herself from her family. But she lost her heart along the way. Gemma was used to the shadows, to be ignored, but she couldn’t handle that from Baz. Oh, I loved Gemma. She was so full of life and joy. She had not had an easy life but she strived to look to the light. It was lovely to read about her and get to know her. She had to learn to open her heart back to Baz. Gemma had to learn to trust that Baz was different from those who had left her and led her astray. 

Gemma and Baz were a fun couple. I just really enjoyed reading about them falling in love and connecting again. I liked their easy banter and how they made each other better. I also liked how the romance didn’t feel rushed but fit with the story. 

The plot was also very engaging, and there were a lot of surprises and twists. I didn’t know what was going to happen and it was very exciting to read. It was a bit hard when the penny dreadfuls interrupted the main story, but it was not that bad. I also liked seeing the other characters and I am excited to see whose story Eden is going to write next. I have some theories but I really don’t know. 🙂
I would totally recommend The Bachelor and the Bride! It was a wonderful book! It is a clean historical romance. However, there is some violence and mentions of brothels because of the time period and where the characters are in London. The Bachelor and the Bride is part of a series, and it is best read in order. 

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.

Kiss and Tell

About the Book:

Kiss and Tell: A Small Town Romantic Comedy (Creekville Kisses) by [Melanie Jacobson]

Title: Kiss and Tell
Series: Creekville Kisses #3
Author: Melanie Jacobson
Release Date: August 12th, 2022
Genre: Romantic Comedy

Her ex is back to hold her to a marriage pact they made ten years ago . . .

Tabitha Winters, glamorous celebrity chef, loves her life and growing empire in New York. But when her best friends buy the old summer camp where they worked as counselors, she can’t turn down their invitation to appear at the opening week fundraising gala . . . even if it means confronting the memories of her first love and its disastrous ending.

She never imagines she’ll run into Sawyer Reed again—her old flame has no business being at Oak Crest. And worse? He’s there to collect on a marriage pact they made ten years ago when they were clueless college kids.

But Tabitha never could resist a dare, and when Sawyer double dares her to give him a week to show her they still have their old magic, she’s all in to prove he’s wrong.

Only she doesn’t count on him knowing her better than he has a right to. Or having the perfect dates to charm her. And she definitely didn’t plan on their attraction still burning hotter than the end-of-season bonfire. But summer camp isn’t real life, and Tabitha won’t let the spell he’s weaving derail her well-planned future. Except no other guy has ever gotten to her the way Sawyer does, and as his knee-buckling kisses work their magic, Tabitha wonders: can she risk her heart again on the only man who ever broke it?

Book Review:

This was such a fun romcom! I honestly love the romcom genre so much. They always make me laugh and swoon. And Kiss and Tell was no exception.

Tabitha was definitely a strong personality. She was feisty and determined, but she had a tendency to hide her feelings. She didn’t want to show who she really was, so she hid herself behind pranks and games. I didn’t connect with her as much as I connected with Grace, but I still understood her. And I loved Natalie! She was so funny and definitely a little too opinionated 🙂

Sawyer was a sweetheart! I honestly didn’t like him that much in the beginning, but he definitely grew on me. It felt like he was playing too many games for me at first, but he knew that Tabitha would run away if he came on too strong. 

I thought it was cute to see how they helped each other relax and open up. They were still good together even though it had been nine years. And their banter made me laugh out loud!

We get to see all of our favorite characters again too! Of course Miss Lily, who is very willing to give Tabitha some advice. She always makes me laugh. And Grace is back too. I was happy to see their good sibling relationship 🙂 Overall this was a fun, cute book that I would recommend to any rom com fans!

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 on Camera

About the Book:

Love on Camera: A Sweet Romantic Comedy (The Wonder Boys Book 1) by [Dana LeCheminant]

Title: Love on Camera
Series: The Wonder Boys #1
Author: Dana LeCheminant
Release Date: July 15th, 2022
Genre: Romantic Comedy

Madi doesn’t have time to date. Oliver has all the time in the world.

When wedding photographer Madi is challenged to find herself ten dates in three months, she turns to her older brother’s three best friends to be her stand-ins. It helps her win the challenge without having to deal with the stress of dating. What could go wrong?

Oliver hasn’t had much to do since selling his company, and helping Madi has given his life meaning again. But when she asks him to pose as her boyfriend—more than just a fake date here and there—he suddenly finds himself questioning his feelings toward the girl he always saw as a little sister. Feelings that would get him murdered by his best friend.

No one sees the real Oliver the way Madi does, and Madi has never been as comfortable around anyone as she is with Oliver. With the fake part of their relationship feeling less and less fake, they both have to decide if they’re brave enough to take that first step toward something real. Is a chance at love worth risking a lifetime of friendship?

Book Review:

Wow! This was another amazing book! Love on Camera is the first book in Dana LeCheminant’s new series, The Wonder Boys and I am blown away. I was so excited for this new series especially because it was a rom-com series and it did not disappoint. The characters were so fun and I am already excited for the next books.

Madi was a sweetheart; she was just so thoughtful and kind. And that is probably how she finds herself challenged to find 10 dates in three months. She never expected to actually fall in love, but when she enlists the help of her brother’s friends, The Wonder Boys, she finds more than she expected. 

It was cute to read about Madi interacting with the boys and falling in love with Oliver. He was her brother’s best friend, but he was also one of her closest friends too. I loved their interactions and how they really knew each other. Madi was able to see Oliver even when his best friends didn’t and he helped her relax. 

Oliver was such a nice guy. He appeared to be a bit lazy at first, but he actually worked hard. I really liked Oliver and I felt for him as he struggled to find himself. He was looking for a purpose and he was a bit lost. It was sweet to read about him coming alive with Madi. She helped him be his best self and she listened to what was going on with him. 

Oliver and Madi were perfect together. I liked how they were friends first and then they fell in love. They were comfortable with each other and were able to connect. I also liked how it wasn’t angsty but instead easy to read. They started off as just fake dating but it slowly grew to more especially as they got to reconnect. 

The side characters were a lot of fun and I liked how LeCheminant started to expand upon the boys’ friendships. The Wonder Boys were definitely a lot of fun and I can’t wait to read more about them. 

Love on Camera is a must read! I can not gush about it more! I read it so quickly and it left me wanting more. I am excited to see how all of the Wonder Boys will find love. Love on Camera was a perfect blend of funny and series, with wonderful characters. Love on Camera is a clean romantic comedy.

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.

Complete

About the Book:

Complete: A Friends to Lovers Sweet Romantic Comedy (The Sweet Rom"Com" Series Book 3) by [Kortney Keisel]

Title: Complete
Series: The Sweet Rom “Com” #3
Author: Kortney Keisel
Release Date: August 24th, 2022
Genre: Romantic Comedy

Ben and I are just friends.

We’ve tried to be more, but it never works. There’s no chemistry between us.

At least that’s the story I tell everyone.

Truth is, I’m pining for Ben. HARD. Like Taylor Swift, You Belong With Me, hard. I don’t know what happened. Suddenly, his casual touch is fire, and his easy smile stops my heart.

But Ben has put me in the friend zone. Permanently. His supermodel girlfriend and him setting me up with a pro football player confirm this.

It’s time to bury these feelings. Lock them up. A famous pro athlete is exactly what I need to get over my infatuation. Except Ben isn’t making things easy. He’s leveled up his touching and flirting—all good stuff unless you’re trying to move on with your life.

So what’s a girl to do? Confess my feelings and risk losing my best friend? Or keep on pretending and end up with the wrong man?

Book Review:

This was my first book by Kortney Keisel, and I loved it! I haven’t read the other books in the Rom Com series, but I will definitely have to pick them up after this one. Complete is the third book in Kortney Keisel’s Sweet Rom “Com” series. This book can be read stand alone though which is nice. I didn’t feel too confused, and I was still able to get into the characters.

I adored and understood Brooke. She was so sweet, and I loved how both confident and dorky she was. She was a lot of fun, and her relationship with her siblings was funny and sweet! I loved how close they were, and they actually felt like real siblings to me.

Ben was also cute. He was a little bit of an idiot and a player, but he had a good heart. It was cute to see him grow up and really prove himself. And I loved him and Brooke together. Friends to lovers is adorable because they already acted like an old married couple. And we got to see the progression of their friendship too.

It was interesting because the book starts in the past and goes through all the major moments in their friendship. I thought that writing it that way was genius! You actually got to see their relationship grow, so it made more sense as you read the rest of the book. Plus, it made you fall in love with Brooke and Ben even more!  I loved this clean, romantic comedy, and I would recommend it to anyone who loves sweet romances!

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. 

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 Contract

About the Book:

The Contract: A Sweet, Small Town, Military Romance (Brides of Beaufort Book 5) by [Jess Mastorakos]

Title: The Contract
Series: Brides of Beaufort #5
Author: Jess Mastorakos
Release Date: 
August 24th, 2022
Genre: Contemporary Romance

She’s got a bad roommate situation in the barracks and I have to clear my father’s debts before it’s too late.

So we strike up a deal and prepare to give Oscar-worthy performances to everyone we know. We’ll get married, solve both of our issues thanks to the benefits we’ll get as a dual military couple, and then when it’s over we’ll go our separate ways.

There’s just one problem. I think I might be falling in love with my new wife, and that makes this marriage of convenience pretty inconvenient.

Book Review:

Ahhh! I love the marriage of convenience troupe and I was beyond excited when I saw this book! It was just amazing!!! The Contract is the fifth book in Jess Mastorakos’ Brides of Beaufort series. Chase gets his own book which is awesome. He has been through so much and definitely deserved his own story. 

Zoe was fun and I adored her family. She loved her big Greek family and their traditions but she also wanted to choose her own life. I loved how Zoe still respected her family but how she also stood up for what she believed in. It was cute to read about her interacting with Chase. She wanted him to be happy and she loved having him with her. Zoe had to figure out what it meant to love Chase and how to make a marriage of convenience work.

Chase was a sweetheart. Zoe had captured his heart, but he never knew how to say more. It was cute to read about Chase interacting with Zoe and her family. They accepted him. Chase had to learn to work through his family issues and what it meant to marry Zoe. 

Chase and Zoe were a sweet couple. They encouraged each other to be better and they tried to understand each other. I enjoyed reading about their interactions and I loved how they were friends first. I also adored Zoe’s family, they were just a lot of fun. Chase and Zoe had to learn that marriage was hard but that it was worth it. The story was easy to read and I read this book in one day!

The Contract is perfect and I would totally recommend it! It is definitely my favorite Mastorakos’ book right now! I am also so excited for the next book. Mastorakos’ books just keep on getting better and better. The Contract is a clean marriage of convenience 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.