Dreaming About the Boy Next Door

About the Book:

Dreaming About the Boy Next Door (Most Likely To Book 2) by [Sarah Sutton]

Title: Dreaming About the Boy Next Door
Series: Most Likely To #2
Author: Sarah Sutton
Release Date: October 25th, 2022
Genre: YA

Is being voted Most Likely To: Never Have Their First Kiss by the popular crowd at school the end of the world? Probably not, but I’m still not convinced.

Does it mean that I have to find someone to kiss to ditch myself of the label? No, but I do it anyway.

Is choosing my best friend’s twin brother as my first kiss the best choice? Ha, not in the slightest. But when he walks into his kitchen after midnight shirtless, inspiration strikes.

Even though it’s a bad, bad idea.

Because what is supposed to be a quick, three-second peck of awkwardness in the middle of their dark kitchen turns into however many seconds of pure bliss. I’m talking the kind of kiss in a rom-com that totally would’ve made me blush. The kind that makes your toes curl.

For my first kiss ever, Reed Manning isn’t holding back.

Book Review:

Just have to warn you guys, this will basically just be me gushing 😉 I absolutely loved this book! I was honestly a little nervous because I really liked Falling for the Teacher’s Pet, but this was just amazing. 

I loved getting to see more of Ava, and it was interesting to see her perspective. Dreaming About the Boy Next Door and Falling for the Teacher’s Pet are simultaneously occurring. I’ve read books like this before, and I’ve always found them fascinating. It really shows how we have no idea what someone is going through in a given day even if we’re close to them. I think Sutton does an amazing job with balancing this, so you still get to see some scenes from Ava’s perspective but there’s also a lot of new things going on.

I loved Ava! She was trying so hard to keep herself together, and she was falling apart. I loved her wittiness, but also her goofiness and drama. She’s definitely different than Maisie, and it was fun to see those differences. Her journey was beautifully done even though it hurt my heart a little bit.

Reed was so cute! He comes off as a bit of a jerk at first, but there’s so much going on underneath his playboy act. I like watching him and Ava open up to each other. They were both scared, yet they protected themselves in different ways. It was cute seeing them learn to trust each other even though they were trying not to trust each other.

The family aspect of this book was heartbreaking. It was so sad. Ava’s parents are going through a divorce, and Reed’s dad cheated. But I loved how Ava learned the importance of talking and being vulnerable. She had to see that she was allowed to be sad. And Reed learned how to open up his heart again and trust someone. It was totally adorable!

I loved this book! It can be read standalone, and I believe the order in which you read the books doesn’t really matter. It was fun though knowing all that was going on with Maisie while Ava was having her drama. I would recommend it to any clean, YA, romance lovers especially if you love the drama but don’t want the explicit stuff .

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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I’m Not Charlotte Lucas

About the Book:

I'm Not Charlotte Lucas by [Kasey Stockton]

Title:I’m Not Charlotte Lucas
Author: Kasey Stockton
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Release Date: February 7th, 2023
Genre: Contemporary Romance

orthern California girl Charlotte “Charlie” Lucas has two great loves: Diet Coke and Pride and Prejudice. But her passion for Regency classics is tempered by a very real fear: Charlie is terrified of having to endure the fate of her namesake—spinsterhood. Despite her best attempts to maintain a modern sensibility, she can’t say no when an elderly neighbor asks Charlie to attend a charity ball with her grandson. Blind date or not, Charlie is powerless to resist the allure of a real-life ball. Soon it’s clear that she will struggle to resist the charms of her blind date too.

Liam Connell is every bit the swoon-worthy leading man, straight out of Charlie’s daydreams. But he’s completely unattainable—his last girlfriend was a gorgeous actress and a far cry from Charlie’s world. So after a magical evening with Liam, Charlie is ready to get back to reality, even if her best option right now is a former boyfriend who wants to give it another shot. Unfortunately, despite imagining she’ll never see Liam again, he seems to be everywhere. How is a lady to move past a fantasy when life suddenly seems to be imitating fiction to an alarming degree?

Book Review:

I loved this book! It was just the perfect sweet and romantic read that I needed. I’m Not Charlotte Lucas is written by Kasey Stockton and it was just a great read! This was a sweet contemporary read with wonderful and engaging characters! 

Charlotte was such a wonderful character! I loved how relatable she was. She was trying to find herself and she feared making mistakes. Charlotte was in a rut. She was stuck in a life cycle and she didn’t know what to do with her life. Charlotte had to learn to let go of the past and look towards the future. She had to learn to hope again. I loved reading about Charlotte growing. Liam helped her see that she was perfect just the way that she was. Charlotte had to work on herself and realize that she didn’t need to fit a mold. Charlotte learned to reach for the stars. 

Liam was a sweetheart. He was just trying his best and I loved him. I loved his relationship with his brother and how he was down to earth. I liked how Liam wasn’t perfect but he had his own things to work through. He was trying to raise his brother and he just didn’t know what to do. It was also cute to read about him with Charlotte, he really fell hard. Liam had to learn how to love Charlotte and show her that he cared. 

Liam and Charlotte were just a perfect couple. I loved their interaction and banter. It was so fun. They really complemented each other and it was sweet to read about them falling in love. They had to work through exes, meddling grandmothers, and social status but it was worth the journey. I really like the way Stockton wrote her characters, they felt so real. I also really liked the side characters and I hope that Charlotte’s best friend, Beth, gets her own book. 

I adored I’m Not Charlotte Lucas and I would definitely recommend it! You need to add it to your TBR! I want to read more of these characters and I hope that Stockton writes more books to add to this one. I’m Not Charlotte Lucas is a clean contemporary romance with hints of Pride and Prejudice sprinkled within, hence the name.

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.

Not Friends

About the Book:

Not Friends: A Sweet Romantic Comedy (Sworn to Loathe You Book 3) by [Rachel John]

Title: Not Friends
Series: Sworn to Loathe You #3
Author: Rachel John
Release Date: October 24th, 2022
Genre: Closed Door Romantic Comedy

Friends come and go. I wish this one would go.

Sadie…
 I know Denver Talcott hates me as much as I hate him, but since we’re sharing custody of the same friend, I can’t get rid of him. Believe me, I’ve tried.

Worse, he’s now working at the same startup as me. My dream job cannot be his dream job, because my dream is to not see him on a daily basis.

Denver… You wouldn’t think a prickly introvert could also be a busybody, but it’s possible. I’ve met one. Sadie raises my blood pressure with her mere presence, and she can’t ever know that. She’d weaponize it. And then sell the recipe to other sadists.

Plus, I have another secret—this pesky attraction I feel towards her.

It’s got to be one of those inappropriate reactions to stress, like when you laugh while being reprimanded, or see your to-do list and decide to take a nap.

I’ll be fine. It’ll be fine. I just won’t ever look at her. Except now we’re desk mates at work…

Book Review:

I loved this book! I haven’t read all of the books in this series yet, but I still loved reading Sadie and Denver’s story! They were so cute and funny even as Sadie tried to kill Denver with a dodgeball 😉

Can you unfriend someone in real life? Because if you can, Sadie would gladly unfriend her annoying neighbor, Denver. Unfortunately, she’s stuck with him at her house and at her work. But as she spends more and more time with Denver, she finds out that it’s actually kind of fun messing with him. And it might be even more fun to work with him 😉

Okay, first of all the banter in this book was awesome! Sadie and Denver have amazing banter and insults against each other. They are so funny, and I loved watching them prank their office mates too. And the dodgeball thing was just amazing! It’s hilarious because they are trying so hard to pretend that they don’t like each other.

But they slowly fall for one another and break down each other’s walls too. I really liked how there wasn’t a specific moment where they fell in love or started liking each other. Because in a way, they had never really hated each other. They just had to learn to let go of their past judgements of the other person.

And it was sweet to watch their character development. Sadie had a lot of trust issues she needed to work through while Denver was always trying to save people. I think it was cute to see how they matched and balanced each other out. Sadie needed to learn how to relax while Denver had to learn how to make commitments.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves romcoms! It is a clean, sweet, amazing read 🙂

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

That Time I Kissed My Brother’s Best Friend

About the Book:

That Time I Kissed My Brother's Best Friend: A Sweet Christmas-in-July Rom Com by [Julie Christianson]

Title: That Time I Kissed My Brother’s Best Friend
Series: The Time of Your life #1
Author: Julie Christianson
Release Date: November 28h, 2022
Genre: Romantic Comedy

ireworks plus mistletoe equal one explosive kiss …

Beau Slater sure brings the fireworks. Too bad they’re not the good kind. My brother’s best friend was so smoking hot, he blew up our small-town graduation night with one humiliating almost-kiss. It took me five years, one potential dream job, and three thousand miles to diffuse that horrifying memory.

So when my worst enemy and I are forced together by our meddling mothers for a first-ever Christmas in July, I can’t risk Beau reigniting my heart. Which means I’m probably supremely stupid to enlist him in my plot to teach our manipulative families a lesson.

Still. Beau’s future is a world away from mine, and neither one of us will give up on our dreams. So how hard could it be to fake-date the off-limits man I’m secretly pining for?

The answer is EASY, Kasey.

Just as long as I don’t let this old flame and his sugarplum lips burn me again …

Book Review:

A rewrite of her novella is now the first in a new series, That Time I Kissed my Brother’s Best Friend is a fun holiday themed rom-com. I was so excited to read another book in the world of the Apple Valley Romances. This expanded story follows Kasey who has returned home in July to celebrate Christmas with her family for her grandmother’s sake, only to find more

What a fun story! It is overall a lighthearted story with fun characters. Kasey loves her family, but they are a lot. From her mom who can feel smothering in her exuberant love, her brother who has reminded in their hometown and their longtime family friends, the Slaters. Her brother’s best friend Beau is also home from his work as a celebrated photographer. After years of torment from the two as children up to high school graduation. She is determined to appease her family, avoid Beau, and return to her journalist career that is finally taking off. Being constantly thrown together by her family is draining on her, as she finds that there may be more to the story than she realized. I enjoyed seeing Kasey’s interactions with her family. They were so funny! It was especially enjoyable knowing the characters from the previous books. Kasey was very passionate, about her work, her feelings for her family, and her feelings for Beau. She was a fun main character though I sometimes felt like she was holding onto the past pranks a bit too much. Beau was sweet. It was nice to also have his POV too, I feel like it really rounded out the story. 

The plot moved along pretty quickly, but I think it fit for the genre and the story. There was already a lot of history between the two and they already knew each other in a lot of ways. I enjoyed the family interactions and their role in Kasey and Beau’s relationship. Overall, this was a cute book that made me look forward to the continuation of the 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.

Luca and Ivy and the Four Calling Birds

About the Book:

Luca & Ivy and the Four Calling Birds: Small town, feel good, romantic comedy (The Costa Brothers Cozy Christmas Comfort Romance Series Book 3) by [Ellie Hall]

Title: Lucy and Ivy and the Four Calling Birds
Series: The Costa Brothers Cozy Christmas Comfort Romance #3
Author: Ellie Hall
Release Date: September 15th, 2022
Genre: Romantic Comedy

Would you rather be stranded in a snowstorm with Miss All-things Christmas or the Grinch?

Ivy
If you ever find yourself on the run, do not, I repeat, do not drive off the road and into an icy pond. Should you have such an accident, do not wander into the woods to a chalet with a blazing fire. But if you lose feeling in your toes and go inside to warm up, do not, I repeat, do not, doze off.

Luca
I came up to the mountains to escape: myself, responsibility, and most of all women. So when I return home to find one snoozing in front of my fire, I can’t be blamed for being ticked off. Did I threaten her? Absolutely not. Did I offer her a warm meal? Probably should’ve. As for a place to stay? No way.

Ivy
With a blizzard raging outside, I’m stuck with a grumpy, gruff, grouchy huntsman who hates Christmas. Who doesn’t love the most wonderful time of the year? A beast, that’s who. Although Luca would be a hot beast if he’d tame his beard.

But that’s the least of my problems. Actually, it’s one I’m determined to solve (the Christmas thing and the wild facial hair) because the actual issue is a problem for tomorrow…if there is a tomorrow, seeing as my “ex” is after me and all. Time to seize the holiday!

Luca
Just because I run a Christmas tree farm, doesn’t mean I have to put one up, trim it, or expect Santa to pop out of the chimney and deliver presents. That’s for people who have holly, jolly cheer. Who still have hope. People like the woman who appeared in my life.

Come to think of it, Ivy is kind of like Mrs. Claus, if old Saint Nick’s missus were a knockout. Haunted by ghosts of the past, I’ll need a Christmas miracle to enjoy the season. Then again, maybe the biggest gift is already sitting in my living room.

Book Review:

Okay, I think this might be my favorite Costa Brothers book yet! I loved Luca and Ivy, and I felt like they were both such real characters. Their drama did not feel forced at all, and their conflict made it a lot of sense.

Ivy was the strong one. She had to be for her sister. I adored her, and her straightforward way of dealing with things. She helped Luca open up, and their banter was adorable. I liked how her personality fit Luca’s in a lot of ways. She made him laugh, and helped him actually express himself while still being a strong partner.

Luca was such a sweetheart! I really liked him because I think his struggles were actually real problems. He had experienced a lot, and his guilt was eating him alive. So even though there were times when he was quite frustrating, the conflict inside of him made sense. And he was a total softy underneath all of his gruff exterior.

Luca and Ivy fit together well. Luca made Ivy feel safe, and he gave her the home she had always wanted. Though they had to fight for their home and their future together. There was a side plot with Ivy’s sister’s ex-boyfriend which was interesting, and the whole story made it so I couldn’t put the book down.

I would definitely recommend this sweet, Christmas story! It is a quick read, so things progress very quickly. But it’s a clean, adorable romcom perfect for people wishing it was Christmas 🙂

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.

Christmas with the Boy Next Door

About the Book:

Christmas with the Boy Next Door (Christmas in Snow Hill Book 2) by [Jess Mastorakos]

Title: Christmas with the Boy Next Door
Series: Christmas in Snow Hill #2
Author: Jess Mastorakos
Release Date: 
November 23rd, 2022
Genre: Contemporary Romance

He’s a Marine turned small-town cop, and she’s the single mom next door. Can the magic of Christmas unite them even with all that stands in their way?

Marine veteran Jack Rhodes returns to Snow Hill, PA to join the local police force. It’s a good gig because it means he’ll be close to his sister and her growing family, but taking this job has other perks, too, like living next door to his sister’s best friend.

Robin McBride is determined to give her daughter a happy, stress-free life. So even though she’s had a crush on Jack since the day they met, he’s a police officer now, making him off-limits. Her late husband worked for the same department and died in the line of duty. There’s no way she’ll put her daughter—or herself—through that again.

As they grow closer over hot cocoa and holiday traditions, Jack knows he needs a Christmas miracle to convince Robin to risk her heart. And when her past comes back to haunt her, he’ll do anything to show her he’s worth believing in.

Book Review:

This was just as good as I had hoped! Everything that Mastorakos writes seems to be a hit and this one was just lovely! Christmas with the Boy Next Door is the second book in Jess Mastorakos’ Christmas in Snow Hill series. I have been waiting for this book to be released and it was worth the wait! 

Jack was just so much fun! I love his relationship with his sister and how kind and considerate he was. I really loved Jack and getting to know more about him. He was such a wonderful character, I was definitely rooting for him as he tried to make a relationship work with Robin. Jack had to learn to get go of his feelings about Christmas and embrace the hope for a future.

Robin was also lovely! I connected with her from the beginning and I wanted to see her end up with Jack. Robin was such a strong character and I loved how she cared for her daughter, Abby. Robin had to learn to let go of the past and her fears, hoping for the best. She had to trust that loving Jack was worth the risk of losing him.

Jack and Robin had such great chemistry and I loved reading about them together. Their interactions were easy and they had a great connection. Their romance was super sweet and fun to read about. I also love the side characters, Holly, Jack’s sister, and Noelle, Jack’s niece, were just wonderful additions. I love the family aspects in this book and the siblings’ relationships. It was cute to read about Jack interacting with Abby. I also loved Tommy and I am so excited to see that he is going to get his own book!

The plot was interesting and I was engaged the whole time. I read this book in one day! I could not recommend it more! It had a wonderful mix of romance and a hint of suspense and mystery. Christmas with the Boy Next Door is a clean contemporary romance and I would recommend it to those who have enjoyed Mastorakos other books and just even clean contemporary Christmas 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.

Cabin Mate

About the Book:

Cabin Mate: A Sweet Friends to Lovers RomCom (Under Kansas Skies Book 4) by [Leah Brunner]

Title: Cabin Mate
Series: Under Kansas Skies #4
Author: Leah Brunner
Release Date: December 1st, 2022
Genre: Romantic Comedy

When the woman of my dreams finally becomes available, all bets are off.

I lost a bet to my older brother. My evil, life-ruining older brother. (Okay, maybe that’s a little over-dramatic).

Now I can’t go on a date for FOUR months. I can’t even touch a woman. No hand holding. Forget kissing.

I’m walking the straight and narrow (AKA dateless and lonely) just fine. Until my best friend (the woman I’ve been pining over since college) gets her heart broken.How can I say no to those big, gorgeous blue eyes when she asks me to fly to Vermont to attend her sister’s wedding with her? As her fake boyfriend.

Yeah, all bets are off. (Don’t tell my brother).

It’ll be easy… pretend to be my best friend’s boyfriend without holding her, kissing her, or falling even more in love than I already am.

But when we end up having to share a room at her family’s cabin, the line between real and fake becomes very blurry…and very tempting.

Book Review:

Can I just say that this book was amazing! I finished it in one day and I was trying to finish a paper for school 🙂 Cabin Mate is the fourth book in Leah Brunner’s Under a Kansas Sky series and it was just as good as I had hoped!

Brooks was even better than I had hoped! He made his mistakes in the past but he was such a sweetheart. I loved getting to read about Brooks and seeing him grow. He was kind and considerate and he really loved Molly. He had liked Molly for a long time but he ultimately wanted her to be happy so he let her be. It was cute to read about him trying to woo Molly but also trying to be a good friend. 

I also loved Molly! She was a great character and it was cool to see Brooks through her eyes. It was sweet to read about her start to fall for Brooks and see what a great guy he was. Molly never expected to fall for Brooks but he managed to wiggle his way into her heart. 

Brooks and Molly were such a lovely couple! I loved their chemistry and how they were friends first. This was just such a cute friends to lovers book! The plot was engaging and I wanted to know how they were going to end up together. 

I also really enjoyed the family scenes, especially seeing Brooks’ siblings again. I adore sibling relationships and Brunner writes great ones! I am so sad to see this wonderful series end but I think that this was a stunning conclusion! Cabin Mate is a must read!! It is a closed door contemporary friends to lovers romance. I would recommend it to those who enjoy contemporary closed door romances and probably at least 13 years and up. 

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.

Just Between Us

About the Book:

Just Between Us (Just Us Book 2) by [Madison Wright]

Title: Just Between Us
Series: Just Us #2
Author: Madison Wright
Release Date: November 18h, 2022
Genre: Closed Door Romance

Ellie Bates is in big trouble.

When her parents, the owners of the apartment complex she manages, tell her she’s on her last strike, Ellie knows she can’t break any more rules or risk getting fired. She needs to tread very, very carefully or chance falling straight through this thin ice beneath her feet.

That’s easier said than done when Camden Lane moves into her complex and starts flipping her world upside down. But dating residents is off-limits and getting close to him is a rule she’s not willing to break.

Camden Lane can’t get Ellie out of his head.

He may be in town for work, but it’s Ellie that his focus keeps drifting toward. Between his impending departure date and her parent’s rules, he knows nothing can happen. Except, the more time they spend together, the harder and harder it gets to resist the pull they feel toward each other.

When the lines between them start to blur, Camden and Ellie have to decide where their priorities lie. Is what they have worth what’s at stake?

Book Review:

This is the first book that I have read by Madison Wright and yet I really enjoyed it! But I still need to read the first book, which is next on my list. Just Between Us is the second book In Madison Wright’s Just Us series. 

Ellie was a work in progress but I still enjoyed reading about her. She was trying so hard to please her parents and make them proud of her, but she was losing herself along the way. I liked seeing Ellie’s growth in the book and watching her falling for Cam. Ellie was sweet but she had to learn to live her own life. Ellie had to learn to fight for what she wanted and what she believed in. Ellie had to decide if Cam was worth the effort or if she wanted to stay in the easy zone forever. 

Cam was also a wonderful character! I liked him from the beginning and it was fun to learn more about him. He was burnt out from work and searching for a break, but he never expected to fall in love or feel settled in Nashville. Cam was just so sweet and it was cute to read about him falling for Ellie. Cam had to learn to hope for the best. He had to decide if he was willing to take the leap with Ellie. 

I was drawn to the characters from the beginning and the story was really compelling. I love Cam and Ellie’s relationship. There were times when I was frustrated with Ellie but things worked out in the end so I was happy. 🙂 Ellie and Cam had to figure out how they were going to make their relationship work, but how to still reach for the stars. The side characters were so funny and really added to the story. I also adored the relationship between Ellie and her brothers, it was so sweet. 

Just Between Us was a great book! I am so excited to see what Wright writes next! Just Between Us is a closed door contemporary romance.

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.

Hostile Intent

About the Book:

Hostile Intent: A Sweet Romantic Suspense (Black Tower Security Book 2) by [Tara Grace Ericson]

Title: Hostile Intent
Series: Black Tower Security #2
Author: Tara Grace Ericson
Release Date: November 14th, 2022
Genre: Romantic Christian Suspense

He hired her to find out who is spilling corporate secrets.
She’s determined to find out his.

When Black Tower Security sends Joey Rodriguez undercover at Zia Pharmaceuticals, she has her own motives for agreeing to the assignment – namely, to prove to her boss that Cole Kensington isn’t what he seems.

Cole has always had one goal—a cure for Alzheimer’s. Now that he and his company are close, he’s got a big problem. Corporate espionage in the pharmaceutical industry is par for the course, but this time he called for help. The undercover hacker they sent gets under his skin, but she is supposed to be the best—and he needs the best. Cole won’t let a spy in his ranks jeopardize something this important.

Helping a billionaire wasn’t what Joey signed up for. But as she starts to untangle the web of secrets and spies inside Zia, she finds herself in the crosshairs—and trusting the very man she hoped to expose.

Book Review:

This was a fun and engaging book! I had enjoyed the first book in this series so I was excited to see how the second book would turn out. Hostile Intent is the second book in Tara Grace Ericson’s Black Tower Security series

Joey and Cole were cute together. They did not get along at first but it was sweet to read about them connecting and breaking past each other’s walls. I really liked the progression of their relationship and how they learned to trust each other. They were really sweet together as they learned to let go of the past and let others in. They had been through a lot so they were both a little jaded. 

I really liked the characters and their development. They felt real and relatable. I also love how Ericson is able to sprinkle faith and God so easily into her books. The characters go through life but they are also challenged to trust and rely on God more. 

The plot was interesting and I was engaged in the story from the beginning. I wanted to know how Joey and Cole were going to save Cole’s company. It was fun to read about Joey going from suspecting Cole to falling in love. The romance didn’t feel rushed and I think that it had the perfect amount of suspense. There was suspense and mystery but it didn’t feel scary. 

This was a good book and I would recommend Hostile Intent to those who enjoy Christian romantic suspense. I am super excited for the next book in the series and I can’t wait to see what happens next!

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.

How to Kiss Your Grumpy Boss

About the Book:

How to Kiss Your Grumpy Boss: A Sweet Romantic Comedy (How to Kiss a Hawthorne Brother Book 2) by [Jenny Proctor]

Title: How to Kiss Your Grumpy Boss
Series: How to Kiss a Hawthorne Brother #2
Author: Jenny Proctor
Publisher: Four Petal Press
Release Date: November 1st, 2022
Genre: Romantic Comedy

Perry Hawthorne is my boss. Only my boss. And I do NOT have a crush.

When one of THE Hawthorne brothers—known by their chiseled jawlines and their family-run farm and event center—hires me to be his virtual assistant, I do everything I can to keep him firmly in the work zone.

His grumpy demeanor helps.

His smoking hot profile picture does not.

But even if I do have a crush (a very tiny one), I can’t catch real feelings for a million different reasons.

Besides the whole business part of our relationship, I’m a single mom. I have to think about what’s best for my son, Jack. And my grumpy, divorced, humorless boss isn’t exactly giving me “ready to be a stepdad” vibes.

When Perry upgrades me from virtual to in-person assistant, I wonder if I’ve gotten him all wrong. He’s actually pretty great with Jack. And with me? Let’s just say the chemistry crackling between us might vaporize all my reasons for keeping my distance.

Trouble is, after his messy divorce, I’m not sure Perry’s ready to bet on a new relationship. But it isn’t just my heart that’s on the line. It’s Jack’s, too. And after everything we went through before my husband died, I’m not sure that’s a gamble I’m ready to take, no matter how desperate Jack is for a daddy.

How to Kiss Your Grumpy Boss is a sweet romantic comedy with all the sizzling kisses you want in a closed-door romance but no explicit scenes.

Book Review:

This was such a fun book! I mean I was really excited for it but it exceeded my expectations. I love the grumpy/sunshine trope and this book was perfect. How to Kiss Your Grumpy Boss is the second book in Jenny Proctor’s How to Kiss a Hawthorne Brothers Series. This series has been wonderful and I am super excited for the next book.

Oh, Perry. I felt so bad for Perry, he was just trying so hard to control things. But life was throwing him upside down. Perry was the grumpy brother but he had a heart of gold and he loved his family. He fell hard and fast for Lila and she really managed to shock up his world. Perry had to learn that he didn’t have to be perfect to make things work with Lila. He had to learn to enjoy life and just hope for the best.

Lila was also an amazing character. She was so funny to read about. She was a single mom just doing her best to care for her kid. She never expected to fall for her virtual grumpy boss, but life had other plans. She met Perry and she was smitten but she was also careful because of her son, Jack. I really liked Lila and how she was reasonable but she also saw the best in life. She cared for Perry but she also had to put her son first, which I admire. Lila had to learn to trust Perry and maybe learn that her wishes could come true.

Lila and Perry were so cute together! I really enjoyed their interactions and their fun banter. Jack was just so sweet and I loved reading about his interactions with Perry. He was a fun little kid. The Hawthorne family really just adds to the story and I enjoyed reading the sibling banter and advice. I love books with siblings that love each other and honestly want the best for each other. The story was sweet and I was rooting for Perry and Lila as they tried to work out their relationship.

How to Kiss Your Grumpy Boss was even better than the first book! I would definitely recommend it! I would recommend it to those at least 13 years and up because it is a closed door romance. I am also beyond excited for How to Kiss Your Enemy! How to Kiss Your Grumpy Boss is a closed door contemporary romance. 

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.