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.

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How to Kiss Your Best Friend

About the Book:

How to Kiss Your Best Friend: A Sweet Romantic Comedy (How to Kiss a Hawthorne Brother Book 1) by [Jenny Proctor]

Title: How to Kiss Your Best Friend
Series: How to Kiss a Hawthorne Brother #1
Author: Jenny Proctor
Publisher: Four Petal Press
Release Date: May 24th, 2022
Genre: Romantic Comedy

He’s a hot high school chemistry teacher living in a small town. She’s a globetrotting journalist running from her past. They used to be best friends. Then one kiss changes everything.

Kate Fletcher is my kryptonite.

She’s also my best friend. Former best friend?

I’m not sure what you call it when we grew up attached at the hip and then she left Silver Creek (and me) to travel the world.

The important thing is: Kate is back. (Temporarily.)

And I’m still in love with her. (Permanently.)

But something is different now. The attraction doesn’t seem one-sided. I don’t think I’m imagining the heat in Kate’s eyes or the chemistry crackling between us.

But will that be enough to keep Kate here, when, for as long as I can remember, all she’s wanted to do is leave?

I’m determined to give her a reason to stay. Family. Connection. Roots. And me. I’ll have to start with sparks and fire, but if I take this step, there’s no turning back to simple friendship. And if she doesn’t feel the same way, I might lose her again—this time for good.

Book Review:

This was just too cute! I have not read many of Jenny Proctor’s books but I am now adding all of her books to my TBR. How to Kiss Your Best Friend is the first book in Jenny Proctor’s new series, How to Kiss a Hawthorne Brother. I have not read many friends-to-lovers books but I enjoy this troupe when done well, and this one was perfect. 

Kate was just trying to see the world, she ran away from Silver Creek as fast as she could. But now she is back home and suddenly her best friend, Brody, seems different. I loved Kate, she was just trying to find herself and her home. I enjoyed reading from her perspective. She wanted a place to call home but she just didn’t know what that meant. Brody was her steady place, but suddenly everything was all upended when she began to see him differently. It was cute to read about her interacting with Brody and finally seeing him. Kate had to figure out what she was running from before she could think of a relationship with Brody.

Ahhh, Brody was just sweet. He had loved Kate for as long as he could remember and he just wanted her to be happy. But he was also trying to figure out if it was time to move on. I adored Brody, he was just a great guy. However he was struggling because he didn’t know what to do about Kate and to make matters worse he was dealing with things at work. Brody had to figure out what it meant to love Kate and if it would be worth it. 

I loved Brody and Kate’s relationship. They were friends and they had great chemistry. It was so fun to read about them falling in love and their interactions. I loved the dialogue in this book. I also enjoyed the pace of their romance, it did not feel rushed or drawn out. They were both figuring things out as they fell in love. 

I just loved the characters and was drawn into the story! Also the side characters were so much fun and I am beyond excited for the next books. How to Kiss Your Best Friend is a wonderful book and definitely a must read. How to Kiss Your Best Friend is a rom-com closed door friends-to-lovers 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.

Love On Display

About the Book:

Love on Display: A Sweet Romantic Comedy (The Wonder Boys Book 3) by [Dana LeCheminant]

Title: Love on Display
Series: The Wonder Boys #3
Author: Dana LeCheminant
Release Date: November 18th, 2022
Genre: Romantic Comedy

They’re sworn enemies. They also happen to be incredibly attracted to one another.

After bonding at a half-marathon, rival gym owners Cam and Kailani discover the person they thought could be their soulmate turns out to be the reason their respective businesses are failing. When a heat-of-the-moment kiss leads to the pair becoming viral sensations, they pretend to be a couple to keep up interest despite the hatred they feel toward each other.

But new clients are not the only thing drawn in by the star-crossed lovers’ fake relationship. They also grab the attention of a famous fitness mogul who tells them he wants to sponsor one of their gyms. The catch? One of them has to beat the other in a televised competition.

With undeniable attraction pulling the two together for real, Cam and Kailani agree to set their differences aside and enjoy the time they get to spend together while competing. Each new challenge becomes a chance for the two of them to get to know each other better, but their pasts keep getting in the way.

Unless they can learn to truly trust each other, not even a miracle can save a relationship that was doomed from the start.

Love on Display is a sweet, closed door romantic comedy that can be read as a standalone or as part of the series.

Book Review:

Cam’s book is here! The next in the Wonder Boys romances, Love on Display features rival gym owners Cam and Kailani who after bonding at a half-marathon, find out that the other person is the reason their respective businesses are failing. A heat-of-the-moment kiss pushes them into going viral and they decide to pretend to be a couple to keep the interest up. The attention brings not only new clients, but a famous fitness mogul who wants to sponsor one of their gyms, after one of them beats the other in a televised competition. With their undeniable attraction and the connection they feel, Cam and Kailani agree to set aside their differences and enjoy the time they have together. Each challenge brings them closer, but their pasts seem to get in the way. Will they be able to trust each other, so they can have a future?

I flew through this book! It was even better than I hoped! Cam was such a sweetheart and I really empathized with him from the first chapter. He had such a big heart and a lot to grow in, but he was so cute with Kailani. I loved how they supported and opened up with one another. I also enjoyed watching Cam’s friendships with the Wonder Boys. I feel like every book I get to know them better, seeing their group through different sets of eyes. Cam’s sensitivity was something that I do not see a lot in romcoms, especially in these confident and athletic types. He had his own issues to work through and relied on his friends, especially Kit (who I already love and whose book I am so excited for!), for counsel and support. Kailani was also such an inspirational character! Strong, capable, running her own business! She was trying so hard to be a good sister and daughter, but had so much hurt bottled up. I adored seeing how Cam helped her open up and see her family in a new light. Her sister was so fun and I really hope we get to see more of her going forward!

The story was really cute and I loved how the challenges brought them together. It was a relatively low-stress book in terms of plot, the real heart-tugging came from the characters. I already felt for Cam and Lani from the previous books, but this one definitely made me fall in love with them. I would 100% recommend it and I think reading the previous books make it so much more meaningful. This is a clean rom-com with amazing characters and a swoony love story!

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 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.

Hope for the Hero

About the Book:

Hope for the Hero: A Christian Bodyguard Christmas Romance by [Mandi Blake]

Title: Hope for the Hero
Series: Heroes of Freedom Ridge #16
Author: Mandi Blake
Release Date: November 9th, 2022
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

She’s his opposite, and opposites don’t attract. So why is she impossible to resist?

Tessa Mitchell is finally getting a chance to work at her brother’s private security firm, and after one hundred other jobs that didn’t work out, this one needs to stick. Headquarters could use a makeover anyway. Oh, and she’s working for up-tight Adam. Ruffling his meticulous feathers should be fun.

Adam Roberts doesn’t need an assistant, especially not flighty Tessa. If she’d let him get a word in between her constant questions, he’d save her the trouble. She’s not meant to work in the security field.

Except, Tessa is intelligent underneath all that flirty chatter, and Adam can’t focus when she’s around. The smart thing to do would be to shut down the feelings and put some space between them. Instead, they’re sent out of town for work. Together.

When a snowstorm descends on their first co-assignment, will a change in the weather cause a change in their hearts?

Book Review:

Another wonderful book.  I have been so lucky and the past few books that I have read have been really good and this book is no different. Hope for the Hero is the 16th book in the Heroes of Freedom Ridge series. I have loved Blake’s additions to the series and this was just as good as I had hoped.

Adam and Tessa were so much fun to read about! Tessa was just so full of life. I really enjoyed reading from Tessa’s perspectives and learning more about her. She was constantly trying new things, but she was also trying to prove herself. Tessa had to learn to find her worth in Christ and trust that God was working out all things. I love how Tessa stayed true to her convictions. 

Adam was such a complicated character, but I loved reading about him. He had been hurt in the past and he had closed himself off. Adam had a lot to work through but I loved seeing him grow. He had to learn to give it all to God and trust that God was good even when life was hard. I love how Adam always seemed to encourage Tessa to hope for the best and never settle. 

I really liked reading about Adam and Tessa interacting together. They balanced each other. It was sweet to read about them interacting and connecting with each other. They helped each other be better and it was sweet to read about. It was fun to read about them both growing and learning to trust God more. I love how Blake is able to weave faith into her stories 

Hope for the Hero is a must read and was just a wonderful read. Hope for the Hero is a clean Christian romance book. I would recommend it to those who enjoy sweet romances with faith woven into the story. 

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.

A Lady’s Heart of Gold

About the Book:

A Lady's Heart of Gold: An American Victorian Romance (Hearts of Arizona Book 3) by [Sally Britton]

Title: A Lady’s Heart of Gold
Series: Hearts of Arizona #3
Author: Sally Britton
Release Date: September 14, 2022
Genre: Historical Romance

When a determined English newspaper woman arrives in the Arizona desert, she expects to find the lawless and the illiterate. Instead, she meets a well-spoken and handsome cowboy who’s ready to prove to her there’s more to the Territory than cattle and cacti.

English newspaper reporter Molly McKinney is determined to make a name for herself by writing about the wilds of the American West. After convincing her editor to take a chance on her idea, Molly travels to the United States looking for tales that will transport and inspire her readers. When she meets a quiet cowboy in the middle of Arizona Territory, she can sense that his story might be the most important of all—if only he’ll open up enough to tell it.

Eduardo “Ed” Byrd has worked at the KB Ranch for five years, making an honest living and trying to ignore his past. He’s one-quarter Cherokee, three-quarters Mexican-American, and entirely his own person. Light-hearted and hard-working, Ed keeps to himself and reserves his dreams for the privacy of his notebooks. When one meeting with the tenacious English woman rattles his mind and heart, Ed can’t help but wonder if he’s been playing things safe for too long.

A reporter’s natural curiosity spurs Molly to make her way to the ranch where Ed works, and she’s determined to find out what the cowboy is hiding beneath his gentle smiles. There’s more to Ed than he lets on, and when Molly starts to unravel his past, he realizes their story might only have a happy ending if he’s willing to risk more than just his heart.
This is the third novel in the Hearts of Arizona series. Each story is set in Arizona Territory and features a Victorian hero or heroine, with a mild heat level.

Book Review:

The next in Sally Britton’s western romances, A Lady’s Heart of Gold  tells the story of Ed Byrd, one of the cowboys of the KB ranch and newcomer, English newspaper writer, Molly McKinney. Molly is searching for the true story of the western America. She is trying to establish herself as a writer, looking for tales to transport and inspire her readers. Meeting a quiet cowboy in the Arizona Territory makes her think that his story might be the most important, but will he open up to tell it? Eduardo “Ed” Byrd  has been at the KB Ranch for five years, making an honest living and trying to ignore his past. As one-quarter Cherokee and three-quarters Mexican-American, he has established himself as his own person, but keeps to himself and keeps his dreams to his notebooks. The meeting with the determined English woman makes Ed wonder if he has been playing it safe too long. When Molly finds herself at the ranch Ed works at, she is determined to learn more about him and his story. Will their story have a happy ending, if they are willing to risk more than their hearts?  

Once again Sally has written a sweet and touching romance, with engaging characters and a lovely HEA. This particular story also deals with a difficult situation that was the reality of the Native Americans, Mexican-Americans, and others in the American West during this time. I felt like she addressed it with honesty, but a gentleness that is often found in her books. It was approached from an outsider’s POV and explained by a mixed Cherokee, Mexican-American character. In the book, different characters also use the term “Indian” when referring to Native Americans. 

However, the story is very sweet and I love how the characters grew in their relationship. It starts with a bit of insta-love vibes, but quickly grows as they connected. I liked seeing them connect over stories and writing. It was really sweet to see them encourage and support one another. Molly was such an independent spirit! I loved her determination and work ethic. I definitely admired her! 

Ed was super sweet! I was excited to see his story after meeting him in the earlier books. He was fun and seemed to have a backstory that I really wanted to know about. It was cool to see his story and read how he and Molly connected. They were so sweet together, even though they were from such different backgrounds and places in life. They both learned a lot from each other. I always love reading  series and how you can really get to know characters throughout it. It was fun to see the other characters from the previous stories.

This was such a fun read! I loved visiting the KB ranch and Arizona again! It is a clean western romance in a series that does not have to be read in order, but I definitely feel that it adds to the story. Overall, while it has a few heavier topics, it is primarily a sweet 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.

Forget Me Twice

About the Book:

Forget Me Twice: A Romantic Comedy by [Carina Taylor]

Title: Forget Me Twice
Author: Carina Taylor
Release Date: November 10th, 2022
Genre: Romantic Comedy

Have you ever brought your ex-husband home and pretended to still be married?

Yeah, me either.When my local hospital calls to say “I’m sorry to tell you this, but your husband has been in an accident” I try to explain the basics to them.

  1. I am not married—anymore. (Archie Dunmore is a thing of the past.)
  2. If there’s a husband in the hospital, it’s not mine.

Except Archie is back, and he’s been in an accident. One that has left him with amnesia. Yup. He believes we’re still happily married. Oh joy.

Too bad for me, the doctor believes it would be best for Archie to remember things on his own. He needs familiar surroundings to heal.

No big shocks.
No emotional trauma.

Which means I can’t tell him the truth.

Archie bursts back into my life with all the warmth and joy of a freshly married man, confident that I’m the love of his life, and determined to fix the rift between us.
Except how do I tell him that he walked out on me?
Especially when Archie is desperately trying to remember what I’ve worked so hard to forget.

What’s a girl to do with an amnesiac ex-husband at her breakfast table?

Content TW: Adult conversations discussing substance abuse and assault.

Book Review:

I loved this book! I have read all of Carina Taylor’s books, and I have enjoyed all of them. But I think this one might just be my favorite. It was sooo funny, and there were several times when I was giggling to myself as I read:)

I really liked Meyer. It was interesting because in some ways she really couldn’t handle confrontation. However, at the same time, she was constantly bantering with Archie. I loved that though, it was so cute! I felt like I understood Meyer, and her inner voice was hilarious. She was trying not to freak out while simultaneously freaking out.

Archie was a sweetheart! I actually really liked him. Honestly, I was a bit worried that he would be a jerk, but he was incredibly sweet and kind with Meyer. I think they both had issues to work through because he was all out there with his thoughts and feelings while she kept things inside. It was fun to watch them connect and figure each other out.

The pace of this was awesome! I couldn’t put it down, and I was so intrigued to see what would happen next. It didn’t feel stressful though which was really nice. It was a fun, clean read that I would recommend to any romcom lovers!

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 Confidant

About the Book:

The Confidant: A Best Friends/Forbidden Romance (Eden Falls Academy) by [Judy Corry]

Title: The Confidant
Series: Eden Falls Academy #4
Author: Judy Corry
Publisher: Cherry Blossom Romance
Release Date: October 17th, 2022
Genre: YA Romance

I’m trying very hard not to be in love with my best friend. After all, we’ve “been there, done that.”

Or rather, we dated for three amazing weeks last spring before Scarlett’s overprotective dad found out and made her break up with me.

And now that I’ve left her dad’s church, there’s no chance for us. I’m considered dangerous—a threat.

Though, it’s really the secrets I hold that scare Pastor Caldwell the most.

As long as I don’t talk about why I left The Fold, her dad won’t transfer Scarlett from our private boarding school before graduation.

But when Scarlett is set up with a college guy from their church, I know waiting on the sidelines is no longer an option. I need to break out of the friend zone. Fast.

If only doing that didn’t require telling her the secret I’ve been keeping for six months.

Because when Scarlett discovers the truth, I might just lose her forever.

Book Review:

Wow this was a heavy book. I have read the other books in the series and loved them. So I was definitely excited about this one. The Confidant is the fourth book in Judy Corry’s Eden Falls Academy series. The Confidant is a closed door contemporary YA romance. 

Scarlett was a complicated character. I am honestly not sure how I feel about her. She was deeply religious and it ruled most of her life. However Scarlett was also trying to figure out her life and what it meant to fall for her best friend. She was struggling to figure out how to overcome the obstacles before them because of her religion and the realities of life. 

I loved Hunter! He was a great character and I felt so bad for him at times. I was able to understand him and I was rooting for him the whole time. He had stepped away from a religion that had ruled his life. I love how Hunter stood up for himself and he stuck true to his beliefs. He was kind and such a sweet character. 

Hunter and Scarlett’s relationship was sweet. I liked how they were friends first and then grew to more. They understood each other. The romance part was sweet, it is a closed door book though. I do have to admit that I had a harder time with the religious parts of this book. It was such a good book, however there were a lot of religious, cultish things in this book. I think that Corry did a good job with how she presented it and I like how she made up her own religion for it. However I am a religious person myself so I was unable to connect to that part as well. I think that she created a religion that was evil but that is not always how religion is in real life. 

Overall this is a good book and I would recommend it to those who enjoy Corry’s other books. I am also really excited for the next book. But I would give the content warnings of religious/cult abuse, a bit of depression, and the experience of leaving a religion that consumes a person’s life. I would recommend The Confidant to those who are at least 16 up because of the content and because it is a closed door 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.

Pleasantly Pursued

About the Book:

Pleasantly Pursued (Bradwell Brothers Book 2) by [Kasey Stockton]

Title: Pleasantly Pursued
Series: Bradwell Brothers #2
Author: Kasey Stockton
Release Date: September 7th, 2022
Genre: Historical Romance

Thea Northcott cannot abide Benedict Bradwell, and the feeling is mutual. Or, is it?

Thea
I would do nearly anything to avoid the lecherous advances of an eager earl, including running away from my finishing school and finding employment under a false name. The work turned out to be harder than I expected, however, and the prospect of returning to a life of comfort and a significant reduction of welts on my hands and shadows beneath my eyes just might be a temptation I’m too weary to refuse. The problem: the invitation comes from Benedict, the ultimate tormentor of my youth and brief object of my infatuation—the latter of which he can never find out.

Benedict
When I found Thea working in the belly of a grand house and did my best to convince her to return home with me where my mother awaited her, I did not expect her to agree. Our years of quarreling had solidified the woman as my enemy, and traveling alone together was a prospect that both terrified and intrigued me. Thea had only been my friend for a brief time years ago, and I do not know why she turned us against one another. But now that we’re forced together again, I cannot help but renew my determination to find out. Because a woman who would hate me with such fire was bound to love with the same fervor.

Book Review:

Thea Northcott is willing to do anything to avoid the lecherous advances of an eager earl, even run away from finishing school to find employment under a false name. But when the work is harder than she expects and she discovers that there are those searching for her to come home, it is a temptation that is hard to resist. Even when it comes from Benedict, the tormentor of her youth and who was once the object of her brief infatuation, and must never find out about it. When Benedict Bradwell finds Thea in the midst of a grand house working as a servant, he is not expecting his efforts to convince her to return home, to his mother and her guardian to be successful. The years of quarreling between the two has solidified her as his enemy, traveling alone together was a terrifying and intriguing prospect. Although he and Thea used to be friends, he does not know what turned her against him. As they spend time together, he becomes more determined to discover why and if the fiery hate she seemed to carry could turn to fervent love.

I was excited to read this book after seeing the hints of Thea and Benedict’s tumultuous relationship in the first book. They are both very stubborn and strong characters. Thea was such a fiery one! She was willing to run away to escape and willing to work to stay hidden. She was looking for a love match where she would be safe from the fears of her past. I appreciated her determination and strong will, though she did allow her feelings to influence her choices. She had to let go of her past and her fears in order to find happiness and love. There were a lot of secrets revealed for Thea throughout the story and they helped her come to terms with where she was and her hopes for the future. 

Benedict was also a strong-willed character and he and Thea would often banter. He was also figuring out his future and how Thea fit into it. He was trying to help Thea and reconnect with her, but he does not know why she seems to hate him. Benedict was also settling into his place amongst his family with all the recent changes. 

It was so sweet to watch them grow closer and work through their individual arcs. They were a really fun couple and there was a lot of  uncertainty in how it would work out, but it was really interesting to read. I also enjoyed reading about the other members of the family. It was nice to see James and Felicity again, as well as their mother and Henry. I am excited for Henry’s book too! 

Overall, this was a cute enemies-to- lovers regency romance! It is sweet and clean. It is the second in a series, so it would be helpful if you read the first one. I would suggest it, but it’s not necessary. 

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 in Writing

About the Book:

Love in Writing: A Sweet Romantic Comedy (The Wonder Boys Book 2) by [Dana LeCheminant]

Title: Love in Writing
Series: The Wonder Boys #2
Author: Dana LeCheminant
Release Date: September 15th, 2022
Genre: Romantic Comedy

Allie has sworn off dating.

Which is unfortunate, because the cute guy at the grocery store has finally struck up a conversation, and shy and sweet Ben is even more adorable than he looks. When an ex shows up trying to rekindle the flame at the same time her mother tries to set her up with a neighbor, Allie ropes Ben into being her fake boyfriend to get everyone off her back.

Ben has been in love with the stranger at the grocery store for months despite never speaking to her. When he finally works up the courage to say hi, he’s suddenly thrown into a fake relationship with no chance of things becoming real. Not unless he helps Allie on her journey of self-discovery.

A weekend of pretending to be a couple turns into weeks of hanging out and discovering together the people they want to be. But despite Allie’s growing feelings for practically perfect Ben, she isn’t sure she can risk the best friendship she’s ever had when all of her past relationships have failed.

Or maybe a little risk is worth a chance at real love.

Book Review:

This was such a cute book! I was so excited for this book after reading Love on Camera. Meeting the Wonder Boys was really fun and I was really looking forward to Ben’s book. He seemed really sweet and the set up in Love on Camera was really intriguing. 

Allie has sworn off dating to figure out who she is apart from a boyfriend. Unfortunately, the cute guy at the grocery store has finally started a conversation and shy and sweet Ben is even more adorable than he looks. An ex intent on rekindling their relationship and her mom trying to set her up with a neighbor, cause her to rope Ben into being her fake boyfriend to get everyone off her back. Ben has been smitten with the girl at the grocery store for months, despite never speaking to her. After finally working up the courage to say hi, he finds himself in a fake relationship and no chance of it becoming real. Determined to help Allie on her journey of self-discovery, Ben also begins to find the person he wants to be. However, despite Allie’s growing feelings for Ben who seems practically perfect, she isn’t sure it is worth the risk to lose the best friendship she has ever had. Is it worth a chance at real love?

One of the things I really have grown to appreciate about romance books is the focus on relationships. The characters usually have to figure out some things about themselves in order to build relationships, familial, platonic, and romantic. It is about finding the people who support them and make them feel like they can really grow. This book is a lovely example of this! Allie and Ben both found themselves unhappy with where they were in their lives. Ben felt stuck in his job and stuck when comparing himself to those around him. Allie was trying to find who she was outside of her relationships. They really supported each other and were able to feel secure around each other. It was really sweet how amazing they thought the other was. They really were better together! 

Ben was such a sweetheart! He was quieter, but really observant. He was used to being overlooked and felt stagnant. Ben was hesitant in reaching for things, but eventually began to see how much he had to offer and how many trusted him. Allie was floundering a bit. She also felt overlooked and she was quite insecure in who she was. It took some time for her to figure out herself and where Ben fit into her life. The story mostly followed their journey, but I liked the little glimpses we also got of the other Wonder Boys too! It was sweet to see their relationship grow as well. 

This was a clean and sweet romance that can be read as a stand-alone or as part of a series. I would definitely recommend it and think it is best enjoyed as part 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.