The Runaway

About the Book:

The Runaway: A Sweet, Small Town, Military Romance (Brides of Beaufort Book 4) by [Jess Mastorakos]

Title: The Runaway
Series: Brides of Beaufort #6
Author: Jess Mastorakos
Release Date: 
October 26th, 2022
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Could rescuing a runaway bride be the detour I never knew I needed?

I had a plan. But then, my cross-country road trip to my new duty station started with me getting dumped. Two seconds later, I got roped into bringing a family friend’s niece, Nikki, and her teenage daughter on the road with me.

To make matters worse, I’m aiding Nikki’s escape from her own wedding. The last thing I need after getting ditched by one flighty woman is to be stuck in the car with another one. Especially one who thinks I’m grumpy and rigid and too obsessed with keeping on schedule.

But despite the ball-of-sunshine act she’s putting on for her kid’s sake, there’s more to this story. And when I finally get it out of her, I realize this detour from my perfectly planned road trip is even more complicated than I feared.

And now, no matter what it costs me, I’ll stop at nothing to protect them.

Book Review:

Amazing of course! I can’t believe that this series has come to an end, but this was a wonderful end to this lovely series. The Runaway is the sixth and final book in Jess Mastorakos’ Brides of Beaufort series. I have been getting more and more excited for this book and it was even better than I had hoped! I read it in one day!

Nikki had a lot of things to work through but she was so still strong and considerate. Nikki had her daughter to consider and she was just trying her best. I loved how Nikki tried to see the best of things but how she could be herself with Nate. Nikki had to learn to let others in and to fight for what she wanted. 

Nate was a grump but he was a sweetheart on the inside. He was trying to work through the break up of his on again off again girlfriend, never expecting a road trip to change his life. I really liked Nate and his character. He was kind and considerate and he did his best to help Nikki and Marigold. Nate had to learn to believe that things could get better. 

Nikki and Nate were such a cute couple together. They really balanced each other out and helped the other person be better. I really liked their relationship and reading about them falling in love. It was fun to read about the progression of their relationship. Marigold was a lot of fun! I adored her relationship with Nate. He was just so sweet with her. 

Let me say, I was also so excited to see some old characters. There were some awesome scenes with the characters and I loved it! I also saw hints of a new series. The Runaway needs to be on your TBR, I could not recommend it enough! The Runaway is a clean contemporary romance with a grumpy and sunshine trope

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

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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.

The Fake Date

About the Book:

The Fake Date (Brides of Beaufort Book 4) by [Jess Mastorakos]

Title: The Fake Date
Series: Brides of Beaufort #4
Author: Jess Mastorakos
Release Date: June 29th, 2022
Genre: Contemporary Romance

My rules as Mr. Fake Date? Weddings only. Kissing has a surcharge. And catching feelings is absolutely forbidden. What could go wrong?

As a professional wedding date, I have strict boundaries.

Feelings make things messy, and I need this side gig because my pay as an active-duty Marine isn’t nearly enough to cover my old man’s medical bills.

Then my pops shocks me with one of those gut-wrenching “Make me a promise, son” kinda talks, saying he wants me to give up this fake-dating business and find something real.

But then the bookish stunner I’ve been low-key crushing on for over a year suddenly needs my services.

And even though this gorgeous woman and her beautifully different brain could be the one to make me risk it all, I’ll be her perfect fake date … and then I’ll walk away.

Because despite the promise I made to my pops, I won’t fall in love with her only to lose her like I’ve lost everybody else.

I can’t.

Book Review:

I always love love love Jess Mastorakos books and this was just another amazing book! The Fake Date is about Lyndi and it is the fourth book in Jess Mastorakos’ Brides of Beaufort series. 

I loved learning more about Lyndi. She had been in previous books but you did not know that much about her. I loved Lyndi’s little quirks and the things that made her different. She was introverted, a bookworm, and overthink everything. She was just such a relatable character. It was fun to read about Lyndi as she figured out how to be herself and how to let others in. She was a wonderful character. Lyndi would have to figure out if Beau was worth the uncertainty of life, he was a Marine and there was no guarantee of where he would end up. 

Beau was also a sweetheart. I was so excited to see that he was going to end up with Lyndi. Beau was a fake date for hire but he was also kind. He did enjoy his side job but he never let anyone in. He had lost people at a young age and he was guarded. However when he agrees to fake date Lyndi, he finds himself opening up. She had a way of breaking down his walls. Beau will have to decide if Lyndi is worth it and if he is willing to risk love. 

Beau and Lyndi were a sweet couple. I really liked how they were able to connect with each other and how they truly saw the other person. Beau and Lyndi were both people who put up walls but around each other they could be themselves. The romance was so sweet and cute. They did have some bumps to go over especially since they were fake dating. However I never felt like the book was awkward or moving too fast or slow. 

The side characters were fun and I love seeing cameos. Mastorakos does cameos so well! The relationship between the main group of friends is always a lot of fun because they get each other. I am super excited for the next book! Chase has been a side character in so many books and it is cool that he finally gets his own book!

The Fake Date was amazing as Mastorakos’ books always are! I would definitely recommend this book! I am also counting down the days until the next book, The Contract.The Fake Date is a clean contemporary Marine 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 Bridesmaid

About the Book:

The Bridesmaid: A Sweet, Small Town, Military Romance (Brides of Beaufort Book 3) by [Jess Mastorakos]

Title: The Bridesmaid
Series: Brides of Beaufort #3
Author: Jess Mastorakos
Release Date: 
April 27th, 2022
Genre: Contemporary Romance

You’ve heard that expression about always being a bridesmaid and never the bride? Well, my ex has been in more weddings than I can count.

They’re all for mutual friends, too, so every time I turn around I’m seeing her name tagged in somebody’s wedding album.

One of these days, I’m sure she’ll be the bride. I just hope she can forgive me in time for me to be the groom.

Book Review:

Ahh! This book was perfect and everything I could have hoped for. I loved it and read it in one day! The Bridesmaid is the third book in Jess Mastrorakos’ Brides of Beaufort And it was amazing! I have been loving this series and they keep on getting better and better. 

Layla had been hurt by Zac before. Is she willing to let him back into her life? Layla was fun. She worked as a teacher and she loved to paint. She was kind but she was also weary because Zac had left her before. I loved Layla’s strength. She wasn’t a pushover but I also love how she forgave Zac. She was smart but she did not allow her feelings to control her. But if her relationship with Zac were to grow, Layla is going to have to learn to trust him again. 

Oh, Zac, he truly was just trying his best. I loved his relationship with his son, Grayson, and how protective he was of his sister, Jo. Zac made poor decisions at times but he was trying to amend his mistakes. I liked how he was open to help. He wasn’t perfect but he was willing to grow and he truly did love Lydia. 

Zac and Layla were so cute together. I loved their easy banter. They had their issues at times, but they still loved each other. Grayson was also such a sweet character! I enjoyed reading about Grayson connecting with Layla, too cute. I also adored Jo, she was so funny. The sibling relationships were a great addition to the book.The characters were so much fun in this book and I really enjoyed seeing the girls and guys interact with each other. They were true friends to each other. 

I just loved everything about this book! I did not want to put it down and finished it before I knew it. I was really sad about finishing it so quickly because the next book doesn’t come out till later. The Bridesmaid is a sweet second chance, single dad contemporary Marine 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 Planner

About the Book:

The Planner: A Sweet, Small Town, Military Romance (Brides of Beaufort Book 2) by [Jess Mastorakos]

Title: The Planner
Series: Brides of Beaufort #2
Author: Jess Mastorakos
Release Date: 
February 23rd, 2022
Genre: Contemporary Romance

When I agreed to be the best man at my closest friend’s upcoming wedding, I didn’t realize how much time I’d be spending with the wedding planner, his gorgeous younger sister.

She used to bug us when we were kids, but now the only thing that bugs me about her is the fact that I’m attracted to her.

I know her big bro would not approve, so now I just need to get through this wedding without acting on it. Which might be a problem if she doesn’t stop looking at me like she feels the same way.

Book Review:

This was another amazing book by Jess Mastorakos. I am constantly blown away by her characters and stories, they are always awesome books! The Planner is the second book in her series, Brides of Beaufort. I was super excited for this next book and it did not disappoint, I mean can I gush even more about an author and her books. 

Aria was so sweet and cool. She is running a wedding planning business, that is just so cool. I loved her spunk and her kindness. She was stubborn and she worked hard. I felt for her as she helped brides with the happiest day of their life, while longing after a guy who wouldn’t date her. She had fallen for her brother’s best friend but it had never gotten anywhere. Aria had to fight for Will, he was stubborn but so was she. She didn’t let people walk over her or make decisions for her, but she still listened to counsel. I enjoyed reading about Aria, she felt real and relatable. Aria had to learn what it meant to love Will and how to show him that she loved him. 

Even with all of his faults, I still loved Will. He was kind and he was just trying his best. He didn’t have the best childhood so he was afraid of becoming like his father. He had loved Aria since high school but he was scared of hurting her. I felt for Will, he was trying to be a better person. He was also afraid of losing the only family that had cared for him. It was fun to read about Will, reading about him growing. He fought for the underdogs, he just had to learn to cut himself some slack. Will has to take a chance and hope for the best. 

Will and Aria were cute together, I liked their chemistry. They had known each other for most of their life so they already knew each other well. It was sweet to read about them admitting their feelings for each other. Although Paul made some blunders, I loved getting to see more of him and Shelby. Mastroakos writes such stunning characters, I always enjoy the interactions and relationships between the characters. 

I finished The Planner in one day! It was just so great! I would totally recommend it. The Planner is a clean contemporary Marine romance. It has great characters, brother’s best friend, and an engaging plot. I am super excited for the next book! I just wish I didn’t have to wait so long. 🙂

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 Proposal

About the Book:

The Proposal: A Sweet, Small Town, Military Romance (Brides of Beaufort Book 1) by [Jess Mastorakos]

Title: The Proposal
Series: Brides of Beaufort #1
Author: Jess Mastorakos
Release Date: 
December 23, 2021
Genre: Contemporary Romance

My best friend is basically my dream girl. Too bad I can’t have her.

As a Marine who jumps out of perfectly good airplanes for fun, you could say I’m fine with taking risks. But not when it comes to Shelby.

For years, I’ve been firmly in the friend zone, right where she wants me. And since I won’t risk our friendship, that’s where I’ll stay. But I can’t pine over her forever.

When I propose to my girlfriend and get rejected in front of the whole town, the joke’s on me. Turns out proposing to the wrong woman because you can’t have the right one is a bad idea.

Shelby’s always had my heart. Can I convince her to trust me with hers?

Book Review:

Um yes, this book was amazing! I have been in such a bad reading slump that even the books I love take a couple of days to finish, but I finished this book in one day! The Proposal is the first book in Jess Mastroakos new series, Brides of Beaufort. It was such a sweet and fun read!

Paul was ready to take the next step in his relationship with his girlfriend and propose, but when she rejected him, his plans went down the drain. Thankfully he has a best friend who will stand by him, Shelby. Shelby has been in love with Paul since high school but because of her heart condition, she has kept him at arm’s length. But when they are drawn back together, they throw caution to the wind and decide to try and make a relationship work. Will their relationship survive or are they destined to just be best friends? 

Shelby was so cool! She was strong and she cared about others deeply. She was kind but she was also more closed off, she let few people really into her life. However Paul was one of those people who would stand by her against anything. She had some health issues so she was worried about life. It was interesting to read about Shelby as she was navigating life with her health condition, it did not define her but it was still a part of her. I loved reading about Shelby as she learned to let Paul into her heart and how to learn life to the fullest. She was just a wonderful character.

Paul was a sweetheart. I adored his relationship with Shelby and how he cared for her, he was so sweet. I also liked reading about his interactions with his family and friends. Paul just wanted the best for Shelby and he was trying so hard to be a good friend. It was differently cute to read about him caring for her and just being a great friend. I loved reading about them falling in love. Paul had to figure out what it meant to be in a relationship with Shelby and how to make her feel loved. 

Shelby and Paul were such a sweet couple together and I loved that they were friends first. They had a comradery and it was just so cute to read about them interacting. I also adored the side characters. Paul’s sister was so much fun and the other friends were also great! I think I have an inkling of who the next book is going to be about, I don’t know how I am going to wait to read it. 🙂

The Proposal was everything that I had hoped for and more! I adored the characters and the storyline. Shelby and Paul tugged at my heartstrings and I would totally recommend it! The Proposal was just an amazing 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.