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
Presley and Nathaniel have hated each other for years. He’s a knowitall mentored by her father. She is a spoiled princess who doesn’t appreciate it when her father takes Nathaniel on as a new owner/investor to the family business. They have to learn to work together, without driving each other crazy, while also negotiating Presley’s divorce, her father’s illness, and all the stresses of running a successful business.
I enjoyed the banter between the two as the relationship moved from hate to love. The chemistry between them was evident, and I enjoyed the plot and secondary characters. My main issue with this book is that I just could not stand Presley. She went from a rich family to marrying a rich man to be handed a great job at her dad’s company, and didn’t appreciate any of it. She was a spoiled princess throughout as Nathaniel correctly pointed out. I still liked the book, Nathaniel especially, I just couldn’t get over my dislike of her. If that sort of thing doesn’t bother you, then I definitely recommend the book because aside from her attitude, I enjoyed everything else about it. 3/5 stars
Bram Scott has had feelings for his best friend’s younger sister since college. The only problem? Julia has never shown any interest in him, and besides, he has his wild oats to sow. He’s made a name for himself among the New York real estate scene, and now he’s ready to settle down. Julia Westin has also made a name for herself in an entirely different manner. She’s the creator of an innovative matchmaking service. When Bram comes to her for help finding love, will she find they are compatible after all?
I love Meghan Quinn’s writing style, she really nails the romcom genre. The book is funny and sexy, even though the sex part doesn’t come in until late in the book. It’s a quick, fun, lighthearted read. That being said, I wanted to shake the stupid out of both main characters. Bram, for not manning up to tell her how he feels, and wasting all her time going through the matchmaking process when he had no intention of ever dating. Julia, for having her head in the sand and not realizing that Bram had feelings for her.
If you are looking for something funny and breezy, I recommend it, just don’t expect complex and logical development. I do hope there are further books in this world, I’m looking forward to seeing more from Rath and especially Roark. For a romcom standpoint, I give it 3.5/5 stars
I’m a little late to the game on this one, but how GORGEOUS is this cover? I’m so stinking excited about this book. Karina Halle is one of my favorite authors and Ireland is one of my favorite countries so I can’t wait for the two to collide. My Life in Shambles is out February 11th 2019.
When Valerie Stephens made the resolution to say yes to new adventures, she never thought she’d end up in the tiny town of Shambles, fake engaged to one of Ireland’s top rugby players. But there’s a first time for everything.
They say bad things happen in threes.
After my boyfriend broke off our engagement, I lost my apartment, and was laid off from my job, I can definitely attest to that.
They also say life is what happens when you say yes to new adventures.
So when my two sisters invited me to ring in the new year in Ireland, I decided to throw all caution to the wind and go for it. I was going to let “saying yes” be my new resolution.
Little did I know I’d spend New Year’s Eve having a hot and dirty one-night stand with Padraig McCarthy, one hell of a sexy Irishman. I also didn’t know that the brooding and intense sex god was one of Ireland’s top rugby players.
A rugby player with a proposition for me:
Come with him to his tiny hometown of Shambles and pretend to be his fiancé for a few days, just so that his ailing father can have some peace of mind.
It sounded simple enough.
It was anything but.
Not when a town gets up in your business, not when the media hunts you down, not when your past comes back in the picture, not when there are real hearts and feelings at stake.
Not when there are secrets that could break you.
They say life is what happens when you say yes to new adventures.
This is my life in Shambles.
This is a full-length contemporary standalone romance.
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
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.
Amy Daws is an Amazon Top 25 bestselling author of sexy, contemporary romance novels. She enjoys writing love stories that take place in America, as well as across the pond in England;especially about those footy-playing Harris Brothers of hers. When Amy is not writing in a tire shop waiting room, she’s watching Gilmore Girls, or singing karaoke in the living room with her daughter while Daddy smiles awkwardly from a distance.
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