Sunday, April 23, 2017

Happily Ever After Book Club - May Book Choices


Some of you may not know this but there is a group over on Goodreads that I am a moderator for along with Kathy over at Bookworm Nation and Katie over at Katie's Clean Book Collection. It's called Happily Ever After Book Club! We have decided that it's time to start up our Monthly Book Chats up again. And guess who got to pick the choices for the month of May?! Me! Let me tell you... it was tough! Kathy always made it look so easy! 

Now... since we are trying to get everything up and going again... Kathy had mentioned there was an HTML code that I could use to spread the word. So what better way to spread it than to just do a blog posting! Hehe. 

So... have you ever wanted to join a book club but you don't have one around you? Or if you do maybe they don't read the kind of books you like to read? Well... then the answer is simple! Come join our online Book Club and help us choose which book to read for the month of May! ;) 

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So... we have decided to start our monthly book chats up again! And I have been chosen to pick the books for the month of May. I have to tell you it's a lot harder than I thought it would be! Props to Kathy for doing it so many months in a row... ;) Now... let's see which book we will be reading... On your mark... get set... vote!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

The Artist Cries Wolf by Heather Horrocks


Synopsis:

Moonchuckle Bay ... Movies ... Monsters ... Magic! 

SHE’S LOOKING FOR A CHANGE — AND THE FULL MOON IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER! 

Amber has been in love with Samuel for four years and she’s determined to find out if what she feels is real or not — and, if it is, to win him over. Samuel’s just come back from a tour of duty in Afghanistan when his buddy’s cute little sister shows up. Too bad his guilt won’t allow him to let her into his heart, because if she ever learned what he’d done, she wouldn’t give him the time of day. Will a puppy, parents who want to keep them apart, and a town filled with monsters scare off their romance?

My Review: 4 Stars


Moonchuckle Bay... home to movies... monsters... and magic! 

Amber is on the run from a stalker and headed to Moonchuckle Bay. She not only needs to hand deliver a letter to Samuel, her deceased twin brother's best friend, but she also needs to find out once and for all if the feelings she has for Samuel are real or if it's just been a four year long crush. 

Samuel is beyond surprised to see Amber waiting for him on his doorstep. But one look at her and even his guilt over her brother's death can't keep him away. Especially when he discovers that she's in need of protection. His inner wolf is screaming that she is his mate and there is no denying his wolf. 

But outside forces are at work to keep these two apart. Can the connection they feel for each other be strong enough to keep them together? Or will everything prove to be too much and send Amber running again? If Samuel has anything to say about it, she will be by his side for a long, long time. 

This was such a cute, light paranormal romance! It was the perfect Sunday read. I really enjoyed the setting and will definitely be heading back to Moonchuckle Bay for more! 

And of course I can't forget my casting. We all know how much I love this part... ;) Hehe. 

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Author's Corner #4


Welcome to Author's Corner hosted by Bookworm NationKatie's Clean Book Collection and KJ's Book Nook! Once a month we will feature either a favorite author or new to us author. We will share the author's bio, one of our favorite books of theirs and a review. Each of us will be featuring a different author each month so there will also be links to each of our posts.

For this month's Author's Corner I am going to choose...



Jennifer Shirk is the award-winning author of sweet (and sometimes even funny) romances for Montlake Romance and Entangled Publishing. She won third place in the RWA 2006 NYC's Kathryn Hayes Love and Laughter Contest for her first book, THE ROLE OF A LIFETIME. Recently, her novel SUNNY DAYS FOR SAM won the 2013 Golden Quill Published Authors Contest for Best Traditional Romance.

She resides in a beach resort in NJ, so when she's not writing or working on her tan, she's taking care of her most treasured possessions: her husband, daughter, guinea pig (Rocco), puppy (Sox) and four hermit crabs.

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There are a lot of amazing books by Jennifer Shirk! It really is hard to pick just one. But I was finally able to narrow it done. I absolutely devoured this book and wanted to reread it as soon as I was finished! 


Matchmaking guru Kennedy Pepperdine’s life is perfect. Perfect job. Perfect friends. Perfect boyfriend. Except...when she gets trapped in an elevator with a handsome stranger, she accidentally confesses a secret: maybe her perfect boyfriend, Justin, isn’t so perfect for her after all. But a matchmaker should be able to successfully match herself, right? Thankfully, she’ll never see the handsome stranger again. Until she heads home with Justin for the holidays and learns that the sexy stranger is none other than Justin’s older brother, Matt.

Matt Ellis is trying to be on his best behavior for his mother—it is Christmas, after all. But when he recognizes the beautiful woman from the elevator—the one he hasn’t been able to stop thinking about for months—his best behavior is being held by a thread. Matt’s always sacrificed for his family, and nothing is more important than their happiness, but the more time he spends around Kennedy, the more he wonders if her supposed "right match" might just be the wrong brother.

You can check out my review here.

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And don't for get to check out Kathy's post here and Katie's post here

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Do you have a blog and want to join us for Author's Corner? Then grab the picture and post with us! We will be posting the 2nd Saturday of each month. Make sure you share your link with us so we can check out your favorite authors as well! 

Happy reading my fellow bookworms!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Delay of Game by Lucy McConnell


Synopsis:

Physical therapist Elise Smith lands her dream job with the St. George Redrocks. She loves baseball and knows each player on sight before her first day of work. With the team in turmoil after the owner hires a new manager, Elise works hard to make a good impression and follow all the rules. But there’s something about relief pitcher Blake Rygs that leaves her light headed and impairs her judgement. When they are caught kissing in the physical therapy room, Elise is placed on probation. If she can’t stay away from Blake, she could lose her job. The only problem is that Blake is everywhere and it doesn’t take long before he’s worked his way into her family’s hearts by loading groceries, crashing birthday parties, and changing flat tires. The more she learns about Blake the harder it is to stick to the “no dating” rule. Can she walk away from the career she’s always dreamed of to have the man of her dreams or will the rule be a permanent delay of game?

My Review: 4 Stars

Growing up in the Smith household, it was a given that Elise's first love would always be baseball. But when she blew out her knee her life would take a different course. Landing her dream job as one of the Physical Therapists for the St. George Redrocks was just one of the silver linings to her injury. The other? Relief pitcher Blake Rygs. ;)

The moment Blake met Elise he knew he was in trouble. There was just something about her that called to him. From that first touch she was in his head and under his skin. There was an instant connection that both of them felt. But getting caught kissing by Coach Wolfe in the PT room put a damper on their "relationship". There was a strict no dating policy and if they were caught violating the rule, Elise would lose her job.

Elise does her best to stay away from Blake. She really needs this job. She can't let her family down. But the more time she spends trying to stay away from Blake, the harder it gets. Especially when he does his best to keep himself in her life.

Blake knows that he's meant to be with Elise. There is no question about it. She is his happily ever after and he will do everything in his power to make sure they end up together. He will bide his time until he can approach coach about lifting the no dating policy. After all, he's married to the owner of the team so how is that fair?!

I absolutely loved Elise and Blake! These two were made for each other! There were definitely some swoony moments between these two... ;) And I loved that Elise's family welcomed him with open arms. It was so fun to see all of them together. And how about that Kiss of Death?! ;) You'll just have to read the book to see what I'm talking about... hehe. 

I haven't read a Lucy McConnell book that I didn't like. I am loving all these series she's writing. From billionaires to baseball to Snow Valley... it gives me lots of options for reading.. ;) 

And this casting... *dreamy sigh* I love it! What do you think? 


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Athletic Groom by Lucy McConnell


Synopsis:


Harper Richmond inherited a locker room full of trouble upon her father’s death. She got a womanizing pitcher, a forbidden office romance, and a balance sheet in the red. As if that wasn’t enough, she needs a new manager—pronto. With her contacts exhausted, she turns to Pamela Jones for help only to realize Pamela doesn’t run an employment agency—she runs a marriage brokerage. With no other options, Harper agrees to a business marriage in hopes that Pamela can work her magic and find the man who will help her maintain her father’s legacy.

The St. George Redrocks are ripe for reorganization and Isaac Wolfe is ready to take on the challenge. He’s been married before, and didn’t particularly enjoy the experience, but for a shot at the big leagues, he’d marry a turnip. Only Harper isn’t anything like a turnip. She’s warm, inviting, smart, and treats Isaac’s son like a member of the family. The more time he spends with her, the more he realizes a year-long marriage isn’t going to be enough. But, if they can’t work out their differences when it comes to managing the team, then they’ll lose everything important before the seventh inning stretch.

My Review: 4 Stars

A baseball team. That's what Harper's father left her in his will. Is this for real? She's got no clue what to do with a baseball team! But that doesn't stop her from keeping her father's dream alive. She will do what she needs to in order to honor him. Even if it means schmoozing the team womanizer, dealing with sleazy reporters and being snubbed by those who think she doesn't belong with the Redrocks. She'll show them! Enter in Pamela Jones, BMB extraordinaire! 

Jobless. That's how Isaac finds himself after doing what he knows is right for one of his baseball players. But doing what's right isn't going to get the bills paid, put food on the table or get clothes for his son Logan who is in the middle of a huge growth spurt. So what's a guy to do? Man up and take Pamela Jones up on her offer of marrying a billionaire. 

Due to past relationships, both Harper and Isaac have a hard time trusting and opening up to others. But they will need to if they are going to be successful both on and off the field. They definitely have their work cut out for them but the more time they spend together, the more they realize that maybe, just maybe, Pamela knows what she's doing. ;) 

Harper and Isaac are definitely one of my favorite couples in this series! I enjoyed watching their relationship develop. I found myself giggling, getting frustrated and letting out little dreamy sighs throughout the book. I absolutely adored Logan! He was such a fun addition to the story. I wish he would've been more involved though. It would have been awesome to see his and Harper's relationship develop more rather than it just suddenly appearing in the middle of a chapter like they were thick as thieves. I also would have loved an epilogue! Especially seeing Logan's reaction to his dad's and Harper's relationship lasting far beyond the contract.. ;) Oh! And I would have LOVED seeing Jackson get what was coming to him. The man deserved the absolute worst! Lol. 

Another awesome read by Lucy McConnell! I am so glad that she had the idea to do this BMB series! I have loved every single one that I have read so far! Super cute and fun! 

And of course... what review of mine wouldn't be complete without the casting. So what do you think? ;)

Friday, March 31, 2017

Swoon Worthy Spotlights #3


Welcome to Swoon Worthy Spotlights hosted by Bookworm NationKatie's Clean Book Collection and KJ's Book Nook! Once a month we will feature 1-3 of our favorite books that we have read during the month. We will share the cover(s), our review(s) and a link to each other's post so you can check out which books we have all chosen!

For this month's Swoon Worthy Spotlights I am going to choose...


My Sweetheart by Shannon Guymon


Undeniably Chosen by Shelly Crane


Statistically Improbable by Jennifer Peel

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And don't for get to check Kathy's post here and Katie's post here!

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Do you have a blog and want to join us for Swoon Worthy Spotlights? Then grab the picture and post with us! We will be posting on the last day of each month. Make sure you share your link with us so we can check out your favorite authors as well!

Happy reading my fellow bookworms!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

My Sweetheart by Shannon Guymon


Synopsis:

Jane Kendall loves her new life. She loves baking. She loves working with her sisters. And oh yeah, she loves Tate Matafeo most of all. Which would be great if he loved her back. Jane refuses to let heartbreak rule her life though, so she turns to Google and finds 10 easy steps on How To Fall Out Of Love. As helpful as Google is, Tate Matafeo is a hard habit to break especially when her new friend Meredith insists she come to a Rugby game and Tate happens to be on the team. Alex Foster is one man willing to take her mind off of Tate, but Jane knows trouble when she sees it and ends up getting a restraining order. Between Kit's wedding, Tate's mixed signals, Alex's obsession and her father's rehab, Jane wonders if she'll ever get her happy ending.

My Review: 5 Stars

So... I've got no clue how many times I have reread this book! I've lost count! Haha. I still absolutely LOVE it! *dreamy sigh* These Matafeo men! Where can I find me one?! ;)

Okay... I changed my mind! My Sweetheart is my FAVORITE in the Love and Dessert Trilogy!! I was really sad to see it end and I immediately wanted to start it all over again the second I finished!!

Jane is a hopeless romantic who is hopelessly in love with Tate Matafeo and has been from the moment she met him. The sad thing is, he's a stubborn man and even though he feels the same way that she does, he will not do anything about his feelings. Like I said.. stubborn man!! Grrr.

Jane decides that she is going to do anything and everything she can to get over Tate. Not only did she consult Google for help but she also enlisted Rob, yes.. I said Rob, to help her as well. In actuality Jane and Rob end up helping each other... she needs to get over Tate and he needs to get over Kit. It's a win/win. ;) We get to see how much Rob really does regret doing the things he did to Kit and we also get to see him making some changes in his life. In the end... you will end up liking him... I promise!

*sigh*

And as for Tate... the poor guy is torn between his love for Jane and his respect for his family. They are very traditional people and do not really like change.. but who can blame them?! None of us do! They really only wanted what they thought was best for Tate. And, thanks to Jane, they were able to open their eyes and see that happiness is what they want the most for him. And his happiness is JANE!! I absolutely LOVED when she went up to Toa and Pika in the restaurant and thanked them for helping to raise an amazing man that she would soon be able to call her husband. That took a lot of guts and really helped them to see just who Tate was bringing into their family. It was awesome!

Ugh! Let's just address the creep Alex in a very tiny and short paragraph. He is a psycho, creepy loser that got what was coming to him. The End!

And as for their father... it was good to see that they were able to get some kind of closure with him. He still has a long way to go but with their help he was able to make some good decisions and get the help he so desperately needed. I don't think they will ever be close but at least they know they did everything they could to help him out whether he deserved it or not.

And let me just say... I absolutely LOVED the weddings!! It was the perfect way to end an amazing series!! I cannot tell you how many times I have read this series but the more I do... the more I love it!! This series is definitely an all time favorite for me and has gotten me out of many a reading funks!! Shannon's books are literally my go to's whenever anything is going wrong. I know that by picking up any of her books my day will be brighter and my load will be lighter!! It really is a great break from reality!!

So I say if you have NOT read this series.. you are missing out and you DEFINITELY need to add these to your TBR List... you will not be disappointed!! ;)

Oh... and a little tidbit I learned this time around?! How Shannon came up with the titles for the books in this series!! It was from the song Ho Hey by The Lumineers!! And yes... even though I've read this series at least 6 times I JUST caught it!! How cool and perfect is that?! ;)

And of course I can't forget my casting!! ;)