Series I’m Loving:The Big Sky Series

Technically I believe this is two series according to Goodreads, but contains many overlapping characters existing in the same small town. There are currently 8 books or novellas in the series (written by Kristen Proby) but there is an exciting crossover event to come that will bring a new book by the author and 6 new novellas from guest authors that will take place in Cunningham Falls or include characters we’ve met before (more on this soon!).

I think there’s too many for me to talk about on a book by book basis, so I’ll just give my thoughts on the series in general.

I love the small but vibrant town that is adjacent to Glacier National park and a ski resort, so there is no shortage of activities for the characters to partake in. The descriptions are so good I feel like I’ve been to this place. Each couple is different, obviously, but in general the men are strong, reliable, and faithful, and the women are even stronger, sassy, and career oriented. There is is a bit of drama but not a lot of angst.

In general these are sweet stories about falling in love. There’s not a lot of will they-won’t they- you know for sure they will. They tend to fall in love early on in the books, the rest is hot sex and figuring out how to fit into each other’s lives.

The truth is they read to me like the harlequin romance novels I used to sneak from my mother when I was young, but updated for today’s audience. I really enjoyed reading each one. They are quick, fun reads that leave you feeling good about love.  

I can’t wait for the crossover series to see more of the town and its characters!

Tumble- Adriana Locke

Neely Kimber’s back in her hometown after burning out at her big city job after avoiding it for a decade. Shortly after arriving she immediately runs into her ex, the reason she’s been avoiding the town.  She finds herself growing closer to him, after she realizes the young girl she’s been mentoring is his daughter. Can they overcome their past to work together on their future?

I love Adriana Locke’s writing style. She engages you immediately, and you really grow to know her characters and their intentions.  This book is a good one if you like a small town, single father, second chances story. And I do love all those things!

However I always have issue when the “hero” is a dumbass and makes dumbass decisions that impact our heroine and everyone else without consulting them. It’s so insulting to the heroine and the reader. I understand he was young and thought he was doing what was best but it’s super annoying.  I just can never get over details like this and it kind of spoils the book for me. I’m still going to give it 4 out of 5 stars due to the awesome writing and characters.

Irresistible- Melanie Harlow

Frannie and Mack live very different lives. Frannie is a young, sheltered woman helping out at the inn her parents run. Mack is a decade older, single father of three precocious girls who works as CFO at the same inn/winery. Their paths bring them together, and soon they can’t resist each other.

This is a straightforward pure love story. There is minimal angst or drama, just the sweet story of two people falling in love. There is plenty of passion between Frannie and Mack though, don’t be concerned by my “sweet” designation. If you just want to read about people falling in love and their path to get there (and I do!), this is a fun quick read. 4/5 stars

Side Hustle- Emily Goodwin

ARC Review

Scarlet Cooper is used to lying, cheating, and stealing in order to support her family. When a new opportunity to make money presents itself, she agrees to nanny for a rich family with hopes of conning the husband. Instead, she finds she agreed to nanny for a single father who is running for sheriff. Left with no other option but to work for him anyway, she slowly finds herself falling for both Weston, and his cute son Jackson.

The chemistry between Scarlet and Weston was crackling from their first meeting, and I always appreciate a cute kid. It was enjoyable seeing characters from the first two books in the Dawson family series (Cheat Codes and End Games).  I liked seeing Scarlet’s growth and change throughout the book. My only issue is Weston was maybe a little too quick to forgive and accept, especially considering his career, but I guess morality is fluid and its not like Scarlet didn’t have reason for her “sins.”

Overall I found it very enjoyable. 4/5 stars

Official Synopsis:

When Scarlet Cooper takes a new job as a nanny, she assumes she’s going to work for the rich couple who hired her. But instead of pulling up to their million-dollar estate, she finds herself on the front porch of a humble farmhouse, looking into the eyes of dark and brooding single dad, Weston Dawson.

It’s bad enough that Weston doesn’t have a fortune to charm out of him, but he’s also a cop.  After marrying his high school sweetheart only to have her up and leave weeks after their baby was born, Weston has sworn off women for life. All that matters now is taking care of his son, Jackson.

If anyone can break down the tough exterior of the former soldier, it’s Scarlet. But just when she’s close to getting exactly what she wants, she’s faced with a whole new challenge, which just might be the biggest con she’s ever pulled: pretending she doesn’t love him.

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Fight or Flight- Samantha Young

Samantha Young has consistently been one of my favorites since I first read On Dublin Street  6 years ago. It was the first time I realized romance could be more than paperbacks my mom would buy when I was a kid and I would sneak as I got older.  I’ve read the full On Dublin Street series multiple times as the series continued to roll out.  I love the way she combined angst, love, and Edinburgh. I love Scotland, and Edinburgh is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever been, so I was curious if I would love her writing as much when my one of my favorite places wasn’t a main character.

Fight or Flight kicks off in Arizona, where Ava and Caleb first meet as Caleb steals the last first class ticket on their flight. They have several other less than stellar encounters throughout the airport, only to discover they are seated next to each other on the plane where their dislike of each other fully comes to head.  During a layover in Chicago they decide to give in the passion they feel for one night then go their separate ways, but happenstance bring them together again through a mutual friend.  Although they may not like each other personally, they do enjoy each other in bed so they agree to spend the nights together while Caleb is in town on a business trip. How long will they be able to continue the arrangement without their dislike turning into like?

I liked this book a lot, although Ava and Caleb both irritated me at times (Ava especially in the beginning and Caleb towards the end). Ava is a type A, everything in its place, doesn’t own jeans, Interior Designer. Caleb is an arrogant, bearded, tattooed, successful Scot. They both want to be in charge, and both are unwilling to fall in love and try a real relationship after being burned in the past. The sex is seriously steamy, and the B characters are well developed (hopefully a sequel with Harper and Jamie to come).  This was funnier than I generally expect the author’s books to be, although there is still plenty of angst as per usual.  I’m giving it 4 stars because the characters were both pretty unpalatable at times and it lessened the over all enjoyment. 4/5 Stars

Release Date: 10/9/18

Kindle Unlimited: No