The One Who Got Away

About the Book:

The One Who Got Away: A Christian Firefighter Romance (Second Chance Fire Station Book 1) by [Tara Grace Ericson]

Title: The One Who Got Away
Series: Second Chance Fire Station #1
Author: Tara Grace Ericson
Publisher: Silver Fountain Press
Release Date: July 22nd, 2022
Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance

The relationship is fake. But the sparks are real.
Can these best friends rekindle a second chance at first love? Or will they both end up burned?

Right here at the Minden Fire Department is exactly where I belong. But when I became Captain Storm, apparently it meant I needed a wife. Or at least, that’s what my mom’s friends think.

When Krystal comes back to town, I don’t know what to think. She was my best friend in high school. The truth is I loved her–as much as any eighteen-year-old kid could have. I think she loved me, too.

But she left, anyway.

I really do understand why. She had dreams to chase in Hollywood. How could I deny her that?

She’s here now, though. For eight weeks. And she’s taking over the fire department charity auction while her mom recovers from her fall, which means working with me.

I know we’re just friends. She’s going back to LA after the auction, but maybe her presence could get my mom’s friends off my back for a minute. We’ll just let people assume there is more to our friendship… No harm, no foul. I really could use the break from my personal matchmakers’ attention.

And I won’t say no to a little extra time with Krystal. I’m probably torturing myself. Friends is all we’ll ever be. Even a fake relationship can’t change the fact that she was The One Who Got Away.

Book Review:

Oh, this was so cute! I always adore Tara Grace Ericson’s books and this one was just a great start to a new series! The One Who Got Away is the first book in Tara Grace Ericson’s new series, Second Chance Fire Station. 

Krystal had left home right after college to follow her dreams. But when her mom gets hurt, she finds herself back in town and paired off with the guy she left to help plan a fundraiser. Captain Bryce Storm had been pinning after Krystal ever since she left.

Krystal was a sweet character who was just trying to follow God’s leadings. She had left home to follow her dreams but now that she was back, she didn’t know what to do. Krystal had a lot to work through, but I love how she still tried to look to God for guidance. She truly cared for Bryce but she didn’t want to regret her life decisions. 

Bryce was a sweetheart, he really cared for his community. I loved getting to read from his perspective. He worked hard to be a good captain. I liked how he never pushed Krystal or really got bad at her for her choices, he was understanding. He did not always understand but he still wanted what was best for her. 

I really liked the story and the characters. The romance was sweet and it did not feel rushed. I was able to connect with the characters and I wanted to see how they would end up together. I liked that they had history but how it was not full of angst. I also love how Ericson is able to weave faith so seamlessly into the story. The characters learned to trust God even when life felt crazy. These are the kind of Christian books that I love. 

The One Who Got Away was a wonderful book and I am so excited to read the rest of the books in this series. I would definitely recommend this book! The One Who Got Away is a clean Chrisitan second chance 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.

Speak Your Truth

About the Book:

Speak Your Truth: A Sweet Second-Chance Romance (Canyon Cove Love Stories Book 1) by [Marie Soleil]

Title: Speak Your Truth
Series: Canyon Cove Love Stories #2
Author: Marie Soleil
Release Date: March 1st, 2022
Genre: Contemporary Romance

You might have heard of me. I’m Amethyst King, the 26-year-old who wrote that viral article about drinking celery juice for 30 days. Sure, I’m a little embarrassed that everyone knows about the inner workings of my digestive tract for the last month, but I’m one step closer to getting a promotion and finally pleasing my incredibly opinionated, high status parents.

But my next assignment is a little different: speaking my truth for 30 days. Now I have to say exactly what’s on my mind, all the time. Maybe that wouldn’t be so hard if I didn’t dream of quitting my job and pursuing a career in calligraphy. Or if I weren’t hopelessly in love with my long time friend, free-spirited musician Lucas: the exact opposite of who my parents expect me to be with. The same Lucas I rejected after high school graduation, who just moved back home.

I got this! I can somehow manage thirty days of speaking my truth and getting a promotion, all without ruining my friendship with Lucas or my relationship with my family.

Right?

Book Review:

This was such a cute rom com! I love rom coms, and this one gave me all the feels. It was full of sweet moments, supportive friends, and amazing character growth. This is also Marie Soleil’s first series, and I’m so impressed!

Amy has spent her whole life trying to be enough for her incredibly rich and incredibly selfish parents which means trying to do whatever it takes to get a promotion and finally make them proud of her. But her next assignment is a little trickier, she’ll have to speak her mind for the next 30 days. It would be fine if she didn’t dream of quitting her job and starting her own calligraphy business and finally confessing her love to Lucas, the musician who is everything her parents hate. Will any of her relationships survive her finally speaking her truth?

Okay, Amy is so relatable. I mean who hasn’t felt like they’re not enough, and it’s easier just to keep your head down. I loved watching her find the courage to speak her mind and seeing the amazing fruits of it. And I loved how Soleil showed how speaking your mind doesn’t mean you get to be a jerk. Amy learned how to still be kind without hiding her real thoughts and feelings.

Lucas was a sweetheart! He was so in love with Amy, and it was absolutely adorable. I did have some struggles with how perfect he was. He was super, super sweet, but I would have loved to dig into his flaws a little bit. The other relationships in this book were amazing too. Ivy was such a character, and I loved her! She is an amazing friend to Amy, and I cannot wait to read about her romance with Scott. That looks sooo cute!

I liked the pace of the plot too. It is a little bit fast and unrealistic, but it’s also a romcom. So I’m okay with authors taking a little bit more liberty to give readers the happily ever afters. This is a clean, sweet romance, and I would recommend it to anyone who loves a good romcom!

Town (Shipped)

About the Book:

Townshipped: A small town, bride on the run, amnesia romcom (Getting Shipped! Book 3) by [Savannah Scott]

Title: Town(Shipped)
Series: Getting Shipped #3
Author: Savannah Scott
Release Date: June 6th, 2022
Genre: Rom-com

Everyone said it wasn’t as though a woman was going to land on my doorstep and fall in love with me.

Never say never.

Now, this woman literally crashes into my life, but she doesn’t remember a thing about what happened before she got here.

She’s beautiful and a little sassy.
The longer she’s here, the more I feel like she’s the missing piece of a puzzle I didn’t even know I was trying to solve.

Our small town has her pegged as my imported bride, my mom’s already sharing family recipes, and my best friend won’t stop taunting me about the way I look at her.

For once in my life, I can picture a future with someone — with this woman fate seems to have brought me from out of nowhere.
The funny thing about fate? Things never go quite the way you planned.

Book Review:

Aiden finally gets his happily ever after! I was so excited to read Town(shipped). I loved Aiden in all the other books, and this one does not disappoint. It’s so cute and filled with a lot of tropes that Scott has made her own. And I was happy to see all of our other favorite characters back too.

I love Em! She’s funny, sassy, and compassionate. I love how she fits Aiden in so many ways. She opens up the playful side of him and helps him relax. It’s cute how she helps him process and get out of his head without pushing him.

Okay, I absolutely adore Aiden! He is so cute and so willing to sacrifice anything for someone he loves. Ty and Paisley were such a perfect addition to this story, and it showed how kind Aiden is. He truly is Em’s “white knight.” I think that I would have liked to see more ways in how Aiden helped make Em better. There were a lot of ways he protected and cared for her though that were adorable!

Town(shipped) also made me love Bordeaux even more. Since Em is completely new to the town, we get to see it more from her eyes. They’re all so quirky and noisy, and I love it. All of their interactions and the crazy, odd things that happen make me laugh out loud too.

Some of the plot points did feel a little unrealistic like Em and Aiden falling in love in three weeks. I’m not a fan of insta love, and while I still think they were really cute, I would have liked a little more time for them to find each other. But this was a super cute book that I really enjoyed! I would recommend it to anyone who loves rom coms 🙂

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.

Tommy and Mary and the Twelve Days of Christmas

About the Book:

Tommy & Merry and the Twelve Days of Christmas : Small Town, Feel Good Romantic Comedy (The Costa Brothers Cozy Christmas Comfort Romance Series Book 1) by [Ellie  Hall]

Title: Tommy and Mary and the Twelve Days of Christmas
Series: The Costa Brothers Cozy Christmas Comfort Romance #1
Author: Ellie Hall
Release Date: July 15th, 2022
Genre: Romantic Comedy

No matter which way you slice it, pizza and pie are delicious, but love is complicated.

Merry
My lifelong dream is to open a pie shop in my hometown. But because I’m flat broke, to defray the liability, the leasing agent insists I go into business with what’s sure to be a pimply pizza boy.

Problem 1: He’s more like an Italian Stallion. Problem 2: That tossing action really builds the biceps. Is it hot in here? I’ll blame it on the oven. Problem 3: I knew Tommy in college and he still bakes my buns.

Tommy
To reunite my family, I’m opening a pizza place. The catch is I have to share the space with a pie baker. Not going to happen. As a former fireman, I’m all about teamwork, but I’m not sharing the dough.

Problem 1: Back in college, as a joke, we made a marriage pact. Problem 2: Like a pair of responsible adults, we agreed not to mix business and pleasure. Problem 3: Ten years later, Merry is still a cutie pie.

Merry
With a flurry of orders, twelve families in need, and a pie thief on the loose, it’s hard to know if we can crust each other. Trust. That was supposed to be trust each other. I’ve got pie (and Tommy) on my mind…and heart.

Tommy
Actually, those are the least of our problems. With only twelve days until Christmas, we have to prove to the building owner that we’re the best business for the spot or risk losing it to a chain coffee shop…and with all the pressure and stress, we also risk losing each other.

Book Review:

This was such a cute book! It’s only slightly longer than a novella, but it was so much fun. I love the banter between siblings, and I cannot wait for the next books!

Merry hasn’t seen her college best friend( and secret love) in years, but now, they’re running a business together. She’s always dreamed of opening up a pie bakery, but how is she supposed to work with the man she’s in love with? Tommy Costa feels lost after he’s forced to resign from being a firefighter. But one thing he always knows how to do is rally his siblings. When his parents need help, he jumps to the challenge and starts a pizza and pie shop with his former and maybe current crush. Can Tommy control his feelings about Merry and does he even want to?

Merry is so relatable! I loved her awkwardness, and I totally understood her as she tried to step out of her comfort zone. She’s been hurt a lot over the years, and I love how Tommy protects her and helps her. He combats all her negative self-talk and helps her see how wonderful she is.

Tommy is so cute! I love his siblings and all their awesome banter. They felt really real! I also appreciated how he didn’t beat around the bush. He realized that he was in love with Merry, and he was mature enough to admit it and fight for her.

Tommy and Merry’s relationship was pretty fast, but it made sense because they had known and loved each other in college. I think I would have liked to see them talk about how they’ve changed since college. But this is shorter than a regular novel, so I understand why it wasn’t added as much.

This was a sweet and funny romcom! Some of the resolutions felt a little forced, but I generally give romcoms a little more grace. I would totally recommend this book to anyone who loves hilarious siblings stories and adorable romances!

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.

Feel the Rhythm

About the Book:

Feel the Rhythm: A Sweet Romantic Comedy (Canyon Cove Love Stories Book 2) by [Marie Soleil]

Title: Feel the Rhythm
Series: Canyon Cove Love Stories #2
Author: Marie Soleil
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Release Date: July 5th, 2022
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Moving back home at 27 was not in my original plan. But after the car accident that completely upended my family’s life, I just had to be there for them.

I can’t complain, though. They let me blast Britney Spears’s greatest hits while making dinner, and they still respect my freedom as an adult. I can even meet up with my secret guy friend without any questions. No one can know about him, especially not my best friend. If she ever found out, she’d say “Bye Bye Bye” to our friendship.

He’s not my boyfriend or anything (as much as I daydream about him). And it’s not like he’s into me, anyway. Besides, I have zero time for romance in between running three dance teams, working an extra job to help support my family, and dealing with my snooty coworker.

Did I mention I’m also taking over snooty-coworker’s dance teams?

But don’t worry about me. I can handle everything!Right?

Book Review:

4.5 Stars
This is the second book in the Canyon Cove Love Stories series, and it is even better than the first! I feel like the characters had a little bit more depth in them, and I loved watching Scott and Ivy find each other. They are too cute!
Ivy has everything under control. Sure she’s struggling a bit with trying to help her parents after her dad’s accident which left him paralyzed from the waist down. And yes she’s currently helping her snooty co-worker’s dance teams for free while also trying to manage her own. Plus dealing with her secret guy-friend who’s not her boyfriend. But she has everything under control right?
I loved Ivy! She is so funny and spontaneous, but I loved seeing the struggle behind her smiles. She desperately wanted to be strong enough for everyone, but she had to learn that she doesn’t need to be. I think that Soleil has picked up on another really relatable struggle, and while I was frustrated with Ivy because she kept picking up more responsibilities, I also understood her.
Scott truly is so adorable! I think it’s sweet how much he loves Ivy and wants to take care of her. I think that while I really liked his character I would have liked to see more of his flaws. He felt a little too perfect, and I wanted to see more clashes as he and Ivy worked out how different they are. 
The plot in this one was amazing! I was hooked from the beginning, and I was getting pretty mad on Ivy’s behalf. I liked how the ending wasn’t too unrealistically happily ever after. But don’t worry there was still a happily ever after! And I’m getting more and more excited for Thea and Ethan’s book! I think they’re going to be very cute together! 
This is a clean, sweet romcom that I would recommend to anyone who loves romance novels! It can be read separately from Speak Your Truth, but I think it’s better to read them in order.
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.

Matched with Her Fake Fiance

About the Book:

Matched with Her Fake Fiance (Romance by Love, Austen Book 2) by [Britney M. Mills]

Title: Matched with Her Fake Fiance
Series: Romance by Love, Austen
Author: Britney M Mills
Release Date: June 22nd, 2022
Genre: Romantic Comedy

Adulting is hard. So is finding a partner who’ll stick around.Dani Higgins’s life has been nothing but one change after another over the last few months. From graduating college to a broken long-term relationship, and now, more struggling to keep her job of six days. When an attractive Boston bachelor asks her to be his fake girlfriend, she agrees. But as they spend time with each other, Dani’s feelings move from pretend to real.

Miles Clark is done being set up by his mother, and with his family’s event season on the horizon, he figures his best bet at side-stepping her is showing up with a girlfriend. When he meets cute Dani, he suggests a partnership that will be mutually beneficial for both of them—only after a few dates, his heart isn’t on the same page.

As their agreement comes to an end, will they risk their hearts and reveal their feelings?

Book Review:

This was just so cute and fun! I loved everything about it. I have not read any books by Britney M. Mills but I have now just added a bunch of books to my TBR! Matched with her Fake Fiance is the second book in Britney M. Mills’ new series Romance by Love, Austen.

Dani was a breath of fresh air. I loved her honestly and how she worked so hard. She was trying to make a life for herself, but nothing was going according to plan. She never expected to be fake dating someone and then ending up fake engaged to the same guy, but that was where she was. Dani was sweet as she interacted with Miles. I loved how Dani was able to calm Miles and help be himself. But Dani would have to figure out if falling in love was worth the risk of her heart.

Miles was also a wonderful character! I liked him from the beginning. He carried such a heavy burden on his shoulders, but I loved how he could just relax around Dani. It was cute to read about him falling in love and wanting to care for Dani. Miles had to learn what he wanted, will he keep on following his mother’s lead or will he find his own path. 

I loved the chemistry between Miles and Dani, they really helped each other. The side characters were also a lot of fun! Miles’ friends and Dani’s roommates all need their own books. Dani’s family was also fun, I liked reading about their interaction. All in all this was a pretty great book!

The characters were just a lot of fun to read about and the story was so easy to read. I have been trudging through my ARCs but this one was a breeze to read. I liked the characters and I wanted to see how this book would end. I actually ended up reading it in one day, it was just that good! I would totally recommend Matched with her Fake Fiance. I am also really excited for the next book, I have no idea who it will be about but I cannot wait!

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.

Betsy

About the Book:

Betsy: A Sweet Romantic Comedy (Sewing in SoCal Book 5) by [Sarah  Monzon]

Title: Betsy
Series: Sewing in SoCal #5
Author: Sarah Monzon
Release Date: June 13th, 2022
Genre: Rom-com

Rule #1. Never fall for a musician
Rule #2. There are no exceptions to rule #1

As a professional sound engineer, I’m around musicians every day, so I know what I’m talking about when I say they aren’t boyfriend material. They’re only looking out for number one, and that ain’t you, honey. Give them a map with destination Not on Your Life, Mister highlighted, underlined, and circled for good measure.

That being said, what am I supposed to do with Asher North, lead singer of the band True North and my new boss? My glares don’t intimidate him, and my sarcasm only seems to draw him closer instead of pushing him away. The longer we’re on tour together, the less my rules make sense. And the more he looks at me the way he does, as if he can see right through the wall I’ve so diligently constructed, the more I want to throw those rules right out the window.

Book Review:

The end of the Sewing in SoCal series! This was such a fun series. I loved seeing Betsy’s happily ever after. It was so cute to watch her find her match, and I loved seeing the reasons behind some of her hostility. And we got to see all the rest of the gang again too!

Betsy is not a fan of musicians. And she is determined to never become one or date one, but when Asher North, a Christian artist, works with her, he starts proving her wrong on every turn. He’s kind, humble, and honestly trying to follow God. But will she be able to put aside her prejudice and actually trust him?

Betsy was super sarcastic and kinda harsh in all the books, but she had such a big heart. She genuinely loves her friends and her families, and I love how Asher saw that side of her right away. It was sweet to see how he liked all of her though, her snarky comments and her big heart. And the big reveal of why Betsy doesn’t like musicians was quite satisfying. It felt really fresh and different in a way that fit her personality.

Asher was a sweetheart! He was such a good guy, and he really was trying to love God and love people. While I thought it was sweet how he tried to balance showing interest in Betsy and pursuing her without pushing himself on her , I think he was a bit too pushy sometimes. 

The plot itself was fun! It is a bit rushed, but I felt like it fit the rom com vibe. But I would have loved to have more conversations with the two of them. This is a clean romance with some innuendo. I would recommend it to anyone who likes rom coms!

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.

Almost Everything

About the Book:

Almost Everything: A Christian Cowboy Romance (Wolf Creek Ranch Book 2) by [Mandi Blake]

Title: Almost Everything
Series: Wolf Creek Ranch #2
Author: Mandi Blake
Release Date: June 17th, 2022
Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance

Her fairytale ending turns into a disaster. Can her brother’s best friend convince her that she was chasing the wrong happily ever after?

Everly Cooper had it all. A successful fiancé, a dream home being built, and the life she always wanted away from the spotlight.

And then it all crashed and burned… publicly, and her brother’s best friend, Blake, was all too eager to race to her rescue.

Blake Lawson left the world of professional football for the small town life five years ago. His friend, Ridge, needed help, and being closer to Everly was more than just a bonus. He’d been silently in love with his best friend’s sister for years. He had everything he could possibly want, except her.

Blake refuses to watch her cry over a man who didn’t deserve her. He’s ready to fess up to Everly and show her how a real man treats the woman he loves.

When Blake’s plan to win her heart backfires, he’ll have to figure out what loving someone really means before he loses Everly forever.

Almost Everything is the second book in the Christian romance Wolf Creek Ranch series.

Book Review:

This was just a sweet book! I enjoy reading Mandi Blake’s books because they always shine Christ throughout the book and they have happily ever afters. Almost Everything was another wonderful book! I was excited to see how this book would turn out and it was really good!

Everly was such a sweet character, she was really thoughtful and kind. I liked Everly from the beginning and I felt so bad for her as she tried to pick up the pieces of her life. She had everything until it all crashed and burned. I loved how strong Everly was and how she tried to lean on God even when her life felt crazy. However Everly also had to learn how to stand up for herself and how to rest in God’s plan.

Blake was a fun character. He had loved Everly for a long time but he stayed away because she was engaged. However now she was single but she was also reeling from her break up. I liked how honorable Blake was and how he respected Everly. He didn’t try to push his feelings on her. It was cute to read about him interacting with Everly and seeing how much he liked her. He really cared for and he wanted her to be happy. Blake would have to learn how to listen to Everly and not just try to fix things for her. 

Blake and Everly were fun to read about together. They had an easy chemistry especially because they had a lot of history together. Blake was Everly’s brother’s best friend and he was also her friend. I liked the easy interactions. It was interesting to read about them falling in love and working through their struggles. They had a lot of hurdles to jump over. 

I really liked the side characters and I spotted at least two different books in the making! I liked Everly’s brother, Ridge, and I am super excited for him to get his own book. It looks like there is going to be quite a story. 

Almost Everything was a lovely read and I would totally recommend it! The characters are sweet and I love how faith is woven so seamlessly into the story. Almost Everything 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.

An Unlikely Alliance

About the Book:

An Unlikely Alliance: An Uplifting Inspirational Romance (K-9 Companions Book 7) by [Toni Shiloh]

Title: An Unlikely Alliance
Series: K-9 Companions #7
Author: Toni Shiloh
Publisher: Love Inspired
Release Date: June 28th, 2022
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

To save her animal shelter,
She’ll have to work with her biggest foe…

With her emotional support dog at her side, Jalissa Tucker will do whatever it takes to ensure the survival of the local animal rescue—even ally herself with her nemesis, firefighter Jeremy Rider. As working together dredges up old hurts, putting the past aside could be the key to their future joy. But can Jalissa resist falling for the man she’s always considered the enemy?

From Love Inspired: Uplifting stories of faith, forgiveness and hope.

Book Review:

This was a great read! It took me a bit to read it, but once I really took the time to start it I really enjoyed it. An Unlikely Alliance is written by Toni Shiloh. This book is standalone but it does have some old characters from An Unlikely Proposal. I always love Toni Shiloh’s books so I was super excited to read this one!

Jalissa was kind of hard for me to get at first. She was a bit abrupt and generally saw things only one way, but I grew to like her as I got to know her better. Jalissa was stubborn but she was also kind, she really cared for the animals at the shelter and she would do anything for them. I also liked learning about Jalissa’s anxiety and how it did not define her as a character, but how it did not shy away from it. Jalissa was rough around the edges because of her past, but she learned to trust God and what it meant to forgive. 

I thought that Rider was the sweetest! He worked hard to care for those around him and he had a heart for kids who had experienced bullying. Rider was kind and he worked hard, I liked how he tried to understand Jalissa and be open. His past made him wary of her but he was willing to put it aside to help the kids who had experienced bullying at SAFE. 

Jalissa and Rider had a rough start, they did not like each other at all. However they were willing to put aside their differences to save the animal shelter and SAFE. It was fun to read about them interacting and seeing them fall in love. They were enemies to lovers, and were drawn together by the same cause. The storyline was interesting and I was interested to see how Jalissa and Rider were going to be able to raise money in order to save the animal shelter and SAFE. 

An Unlikely Alliance was an enjoyable read! It was fun to see old characters too! I liked how Shiloh was able to weave faith and forgiveness so seamlessly into the book. I would definitely recommend this book! An Unlikely Alliance 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.