Love, Strictly Speaking

About the Book:

Love, Strictly Speaking (Terms of Inheritance) by [Dana LeCheminant]

Title: Love, Strictly Speaking
Series: Terms of Inheritance
Author: Dana LeCheminant
Release Date: April 4th, 2022
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Wes Hawthorne has always been a man of few words. For him, everything is easier when he’s quiet. Content to speak only through his writing, he’s overjoyed when he gets picked for an internship to write the biography of one of the country’s wealthiest venture capitalists, and it’s exactly what he needs to start his future life and make his dad proud.

What he didn’t count on was another author working on the project with him. Sammy Faraday is everything Wes isn’t—spontaneous, exuberant, endlessly cheerful—and she seems to love nothing more than pushing him over the edge. Sometimes literally.

But the longer Wes works with Sammy, the more he starts to open up and find courage he’s never known. When feelings grow on both sides, the two of them make a pact to keep things professional (aka firmly in the friend zone). But with every passing day, Wes loses more of his heart and finds himself no longer chasing the safe and certain future he always thought he wanted, but something less so with the potential to be infinitely better.

All he has to do is convince Sammy that an uncharted future is better faced together. But to do that, he’ll have to find his ever-elusive voice or risk losing her at the end of the semester. No pressure.

Book Review:

I can’t believe how good this book was! I have been eagerly awaiting Wes’s book and it did not disappoint. First, let me just say that I have loved all of the other books in this series, so I had high expectations, but this one just blew me away! Love, Strictly Speaking is the the third book in Dana LeCheminant Terms of Inheritance series. 

Wes definitely needed his own book and it was just a perfect addition to the series. I loved reading about Wes and getting to know him. He was quiet and different from his siblings, so it was interesting to read from his perspective and learn more about him. Oh my goodness there was so much hidden in Wes behind his quietness. He saw people and he had a lot to say, he just didn’t know how to say it. I just grew to love Wes as I read about him. He was struggling but he was also trying to reach out and find his voice. I don’t know what else to say, but I loved him!

Sammy was so full of life. I loved her contrast to Wes. Sammy was a generally happy and talkative person but there was more hidden to her beneath smile. I enjoyed seeing Sammy from Wes’ perspective, it was quite sweet. At first, Sammy was a lot to deal with but as I read more I grew to understand her. She was deeper than she seemed and she was observant in her own way. Sammy had to learn to let others in and not try to carry the weight of the world on her shoulders. 

Oh, Sammy and Wes were so fun to read about! Their relationship was so sweet and I just loved reading about them interacting. They were able to understand each other and encourage each other. I was so invested in Sammy and Wes’s journey as they interacted with each other and those who were placed in their life. 

The plot was so engaging. It was interesting to read about Sammy and Wes as they wrote a biography about one of the country’s wealthiest venture capitalists. Their journey was so much fun and it really helped you get to know the characters. There were also a lot of interesting and unique side characters which really added to the story. And of course, there were camoes which I loved. 

Love, Strictly Speaking was a wonderful book and I would definitely recommend it! Everything was perfect and I can’t wait to see what LeCheminant writes next! Love, Strictly Speaking is a clean contemporary romance.

Content Warnings: mentions of anxiety, depression, infertility, and suicide

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 World Without You

About the Book:

Title: A World Without You
Terms of Inheritance
Dana LeCheminant
Release Date: 
October 29, 2021
Clean Contemporary Romance

With a video channel that gets millions of views, Sara Hawthorne is the authority on convincing women around the world to live their best lives. If only she was practicing what she preached… She’s never felt a part of her perfect family, and the only person who truly knows her is her best friend, Rohan, who’s in love with her.

And she doesn’t feel the same way.

After her mom kicks her out of the house with an impossible task to earn her inheritance, Sara takes a job in the family hotel and crashes on Rohan’s couch until she can find her own place. The more time she spends with him, though, the more Sara starts to question how she feels about Rohan, and she’s hit with heartbreak when he starts dating someone who totally deserves him.

Trapped between her love for him and her desire to see him happy in his new relationship, Sara does everything she can to hide her feelings. But doing so risks the only friendship she’s ever known, and letting Rohan live his best life might mean she has to live in a world without him. 

Book Review:

Yay! I loved this book! It was even better than I had expected, the storyline and the characters had my heart. A World Without You is the third book in Dana LeCheminant’s series, Terms of Inheritance. I was excited to learn more about Sara especially after seeing her in the previous books. 

Sara Hawthorne gets millions of views on her video channel. She helps women all over the world, and yet she never feels like she is doing enough. She doesn’t feel like she fits in, and the only one who truly understands her is Rohan, her best friend who is in love with her. But she doesn’t feel the same way. After her mom kicks her out of the house to fulfill her terms of inheritance, Sara finds herself on Rohan’s couch with no one else to turn to. As she tries to figure out how to complete her terms of inheritance, she takes a job at the family hotel. But as she spends more time with Rohan, she is finally able to truly see her best friend. Can she risk the only friendship she’s ever known? What will Sara do if she has to live in a world without Rohan?

At first I wasn’t sure how I felt about Sara, but once I started reading the book, I grew to love her as I learned more about her. She was hurting. She felt alone, so she shut people out. However, there was one person she couldn’t shut out and that was Rohan. Rohan was her rock; he was her best friend. Sara had to fulfill her terms of inheritance, but she didn’t know how. She had to learn to trust herself and maybe allow others into her life. I adored reading about Sara’s growth and reading about her falling for Rohan. She tried so hard to be strong, but she was still human. 

Rohan was awesome. I could definitely see that he loved Sara, and he just wanted the best for her. He wanted her to be happy. He was so kind, and I loved how hard he worked. All of the people under him thought that he was amazing. I liked reading about Rohan interacting with Sara. He always encouraged her. Rohan had to wait patiently for Sara, and he also had to see his own worth. He didn’t always see how great he was. 

Rohan and Sara had a great relationship. I liked how they were friends first and how they seemed to understand each other. It was cute to see some of Sara’s interactions with her brothers, but she was still working on letting them into her life. I wanted to cheer for Sara when she started making friends. The side characters were a lot of fun. 

A World Without You was so interesting, and it is definitely my favorite in the series! I liked the messages that this book had about learning to trust yourself and letting others see you. Rohan had to learn to believe that he was doing well in his job. He had to fight his doubts. And Sara had to learn to believe in herself and see that she was loved and worth it. A World Without You was an amazing book and I would definitely recommend it! A World Without You is a clean 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.

Holding on to Everything

About the Book:

Title: Holding on to Everything
Series: Terms of Inheritance #2
Author: Dana LeCheminant 
Release Date: August 30, 2021
Genre: Clean Contemporary Romance

As CEO of a billion-dollar hotel company, Jace Hawthorne had everything he could ever want. So, naturally, he gave it up to live with nothing on the streets of Manhattan under the name Tom. It’s the only way to fulfill his father’s dying wish and earn his share of the family fortune. But he didn’t count on falling for Madeleine, the nurse who helps him after he’s hit by a cab.

Because Madeleine thinks he is someone else, Jace runs back to his old life before his lie hurts them both. But Madeleine shows up to his office asking for donations for her clinic and doesn’t recognize him, and Jace is torn between revealing who he is and keeping his distance; she has never been shy about her hatred of CEOs.

The closer Jace gets to Madeleine as he helps her find more donations, the more he falls for her and the less his old life seems to fit him. But telling her the truth will only break both their hearts, and he’s in too deep to walk away.
Trying to decide what he values most in life, Jace hopes he can find a way to keep his fancy life and the woman he loves. The chances of losing everything are growing with every passing day, but Jace is willing to risk it all for a chance at happiness.

Book Review:

What a powerful story. This was such a good book and makes me want to be a better person. Holding On To Everything is the second book in Dana LeChemiant’s new series, Terms of Inheritance. I loved the first one, Forever You and Me. I was really excited to read this book, I adored all of LeChemiant’s previous books and Holding On To Everything was no different. 

Jace Hawthorne was just trying to do his best and live up to his father’s legacy. He wanted to complete his terms of inheritance too, but it was far more difficult than he thought it would be. He gave up everything and lived on the streets going by the name Tom, but it doesn’t seem to be enough. When he is hit by a car, he finds himself being tended to by Madeleine Wu, a nurse who loves people but seems to hate CEOs. Jace finds himself falling for this kind nurse, but runs away because of the lies he is keeping. When Madeleine comes to him asking for donations, he can’t seem to walk away again. Trying to figure out what is most important in life, Jace struggles to choose between his family life and the woman he loves. 

Jace was easy to like from the beginning. I was a little worried because I hadn’t liked him that much from Jake’s book, Let Go, but he won me over from the beginning. I liked reading about Jace as he tried to find his place in the world and tried to figure out how to be the best person he could be. He had to give up everything to see the value in orders and to be a person that he could be proud of. It was fun to read about Jace as he learned what it meant to see people, all those around him, as people who deserve to live and enjoy life. 

Madeleine was a feisty girl, who loved to help others. She wanted to help those who couldn’t help themselves. You don’t get to see from her perspective but I could tell that she was kind. However she did have the tendency to judge people quickly, but she still looked out for those around her. She was a strong woman, who had a huge weight on her shoulders. It was fun to read about her from Jace’s perspective and see how much he loved her. But Madeleine will have to learn how to trust Jace even when she finds out that he has been keeping things from her. 

Jace and Madeleine were a sweet couple to read about, but I also enjoyed reading about their journey. They were learning how to help each other become better people. Holding On To Everything was a lovely book with wonderful messages. People deserve to live, they are not pones in a game. Jace had to learn that he could help those around him and that maybe having everything wasn’t worth having people who loved you. 

I would definitely recommend Holding On To Everything! It was a great book with wonderful characters. I read it so quickly and I am so excited for Sara’s book! 

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