Tuesday, November 21, 2017

A Christmas Kiss by Susan Hatler


Synopsis:

Harper Avery is a jaded divorce attorney who loves helping her clients move on to better things. After all, they’ve struggled enough being in an unhappy marriage. When one client’s soon-to-be ex-husband suddenly says he wants a second chance with his wife, Harper’s dubious, certain that her client is just going to get hurt again.

Despite his career as a divorce attorney, Gabriel Hart still believes that love can work miracles. Sure, there are no guarantees, but he totally supports his client’s efforts to reconcile with his wife—even if it means Gabriel has to go head-to-head with Harper to keep her from ruining the couple’s chances.

With the holidays approaching, husband and wife set out to see if they can work through their issues, while Harper decides to spend the long Christmas weekend at her friend’s cabin in Lake Tahoe. Only when she gets there, someone is already occupying her last-minute rental—Gabriel Hart. Both refuse to give up their holiday retreat. Will their adversarial working relationship make for a stressful weekend? Or will the magic of Christmas sprinkle them with a love that can beat the odds?

My Review: 4 Stars

Jaded divorce attorney, Harper, does not believe in love or happily ever afters. There's a reason for the wall she's built around her heart. In her experience, love always ends in hurt. It should be no surprise that she is pro divorce. Why be married and miserable? So when her client's soon to be ex decides he still loves her and wants another chance, Harper will fight with everything she has to make sure that doesn't happen.  

Despite being a divorce attorney, Gabriel believes in love, second chances and happily ever afters. He doesn't see the harm in giving his client and his wife another chance to talk and work things out. No one is perfect and you don't always get things right the first time around. He will do everything he can to make sure his client has every opportunity to work things out with his wife. 

Harper cannot stand Gabriel. Who does he think he is? A second chance is not what their clients need! They need to sign those divorce papers ASAP so they can both move on with their lives. But when her client goes against her wishes, Harper decides she needs a change of scenery. She needs to get away from it all and recharge.

So when her old college friend reaches out letting her know her cabin is available for Christmas, Harper jumps at the chance to get away from the city. But she's not the only one the cabin was offered to. Enter Gabriel. This just can't be happening. Now what is she going to do?!

Neither Harper nor Gabriel are willing to leave the cabin. They will just need to make the best of it. Harper will have to do her best to stay as far away from Gabriel as possible. But when the magic of Christmas fills the air, Harper feels herself softening towards Gabriel. 

Will her client's circumstances remind her why she's stayed away from relationships all these years? Or can the magic of Christmas and Gabriel change her mind on love, second chances and happily ever afters? 

*dreamy sigh*

I really need to get caught up on my Susan Hatler books! This is the first book I have read in the Kissed by the Bay series and I'm excited to read the rest of them! Ms. Hatler is a genius when it comes to swoony books! I have loved every one of hers that I have read! 

And these two.. *dreamy sigh* I think I love them! 

Tradition Tuesday - Week 1


We are so excited for our first annual
Have Yourself a Very Swoony Christmas event,


Traditions are what really make the holidays memorable!
Each Tuesday we will be posting about some of our
favorite Christmas traditions.

Katie will be posting about one of her family's
favorite traditions for Week 1.

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I don't watch a lot of TV because I'd rather be reading, but one of my
favorite Christmas traditions is watching Christmas movies and TV shows.
Every few days, we sit down as a family, grab some popcorn and treats,
and watch some of our favorite shows by the twinkling lights of the tree.

Our Top Ten family favorites are:

Elf
The Polar Express
White Christmas
A Christmas Carol
A Charlie Brown Christmas
It's a Wonderful Life
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Home Alone
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Frosty the Snowman

Of course, I also LOVE many Hallmark Christmas movies as well,
but my husband and kids aren't really into those. 😊

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Sweet Morsels Monday - Week 1


We are so excited for our first annual 
Have Yourself a Very Swoony Christmas event,


Welcome to Sweet Morsels Monday!
Mondays can be rough, but nothing can make it better than something sweet.
Each Monday, we'll be sharing a Christmas treat recipe.
Aren't Christmas treats the best?!

For the first week,
Katie will be sharing one of her family's favorites.

**I'm not sure where I got this recipe, but it was about 10-15 years ago.
Not only do we love to eat it, but we love to deliver it to neighbors as well.**

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Christmas Chex Mix

9 cups rice Chex cereal
9 cups corn Chex cereal
2 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup butter
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups Christmas colored M&M's

Directions:

Heat oven to 250 degrees F. Spray roasting pan with cooking spray. Put cereals in pan. In medium saucepan, mix brown sugar, karo syrup, and butter. Cook and stir for 8-9 minutes over medium-high heat until mixture boils. Boil for 1 minute, constantly stirring. Remove from heat and stir in baking soda. Pour over cereal and gentle mix until coated. Bake 40-50 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes and then stir in M&M's. Spread mixture onto waxed paper and let cool for 10 minutes. Break into pieces and store in an airtight container.

*Makes 18 cups

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Home for Christmas by Melissa McClone


Synopsis:

Ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon...the smells of Christmas. The smells of home.


Rachel Murphy longs for home and family. Since childhood, she's dreamed of owning her own pastry shop, but after being burned by a celebrity chef and losing her new bakery in Arizona, Rachel's spending the holidays with her brother in Montana. To keep her dream alive, she's creating custom gingerbread houses and selling them around town. All she needs is a bigger kitchen...and to stay away from her brother's handsome boss.

Former venture capitalist Nate Vaughn has embraced his inner cowboy and now runs a successful dude ranch where Rachel's brother works. Nate's commercial kitchen is perfect for Rachel's baking needs, and seeing the cute blonde's business acumen, Nate knows she'd be the perfect partner for a new venture. When he makes her an offer she can't refuse, he discovers he's interested in more than her gingerbread.

While Nate could make her dreams come true, Rachel's heart, as well as her head, tells her mixing business with anything else could be a recipe for disaster. Should she return to Arizona, and leave Nate and her new eager-for-more customers behind? Or can Nate convince her that, here with him in the mountains of Montana, she's already home? For Christmas...forever.

My Review: 4 Stars

Rachel has been hurt, betrayed and had her dreams ripped right out from under her. Longing for home and family, she heads to Montana to spend Christmas with her brother, Ty. Determined to keep her dreams of owning her own bakery alive, she sets out to make customized gingerbread houses to sell all over town. Hopefully she can earn enough money over the holidays for a new lease deposit. 

But if she's going to do this, she needs a bigger kitchen than the one in her brother's apartment. Enter Nate, her brother's boss and best friend. He'll do anything he can to help out his best friend's little sister. From the moment he lays eyes on Rachel, he knows he's in trouble. He's definitely going to need to keep his distance. Best friend or not, there is no way her overprotective brother will ever see Nate as good enough for his baby sister. 

But the more time the spend together, the closer they become, and the stronger their feelings grow. Nate knows that Bar V5 is not only where Ty belongs, but where Rachel belongs as well. He needs to help change her mind and get her to stay in Montana. He can't take the chance of losing his best friend, or his little sister. The businessman in him sets out to make a plan that she won't be able to say no to. 

However, he takes his plan one step too far and does the unthinkable. He has hurt Rachel and sent her running in the opposite direction. He's going to have his work cut out for him if he's going to prove to her what she really means to him and what he's willing to sacrifice if she'll just give him one more chance. With a little Christmas magic and help from the Santa of What Could Be, Rachel and Nate just might get their happily ever after after all. 

Home for Christmas was such a cute book! It's perfect for an afternoon read to help get you in the Christmas Spirit. If I have only one complaint it would be that it just ended! I really, really wish there would have been just one more chapter... or even an epilogue! I was left wanting more! 

This is my first book by Ms. McClone and I already have others on my list to read! And I will definitely be reading the remaining books in this series. I love adding new authors to my list! 

And of course we can't forget my casting! I am loving these two! 


Content: Mild swearing. Mild innuendo. 

The Bookworm and the Beast by Charlee James


Synopsis:

When quiet, bookish Izzy Simon accepts a two-week assignment as an assistant for an author of children’s books, it seems like the perfect way for her to make some much-needed extra money, but the grumpy author claims he doesn’t want or need her services. He might be as handsome as a storybook prince, but his prickly personality and resistance to all things Christmas are sure to make for a chilly holiday season.

Derek Croft never agreed to the cheery temp his staff arranges for him while they’re on vacation. Izzy is his polar opposite, but Derek soon realizes she could be the perfect solution to his interfering family…if he can get her to agree to pretend to be his live-in girlfriend. Before long Izzy’s sweet disposition and unflappable optimism has him decorating a tree and looking forward to late night hot cocoa, but he’s all too aware their time together can’t last.

My Review: 4 Stars

When Izzy accepted a two-week assignment as a personal assistant to a children's author, she never expected the man to look like Derek. Nor does she expect him to be such a grump. But she needs the extra cash this assignment will bring. She can't let him dismiss her without even giving her a chance. But how can she convince him that he really does need her? 

Derek is none too pleased when he discovers Izzy standing on his doorstep. He does not need a personal assistant.. he needs peace and quiet if he's ever going to meet his deadline. But when his stepmother calls, determined to set him up yet again, he lies and tells her he's already dating someone... and it's serious. Now all he has to do is convince Izzy to be his live in girlfriend. 

Izzy can't believe her ears. One moment Derek is trying to throw her out of his house. And now he wants her to be his live in girlfriend? If she didn't need the money so bad she would tell him no. But this will definitely help her get ahead. She has no other choice but to agree to this fake relationship. 

But the more time Izzy and Derek spend together, the closer they become, and the more the walls both of them have built around their hearts slowly start to fall. Can they really let go of past hurts and move forward together? Or will one choice made out of love on Izzy's part ruin any chance they have at a happily ever after? 

I am a sucker for a beauty and the beast retelling. They have always been on of my favorites. The Bookworm and the Beast was a cute read. I really enjoyed watching Izzy and Derek's relationship grow from friendship into something more. If anyone deserves a HEA it's these two! 

And let's not forget my casting! I saw these two from the very beginning... *dreamy sigh*


Content: Sketchy clean. Semi detailed fade to black scenes. Mild swearing. Moderate innuendo. 

*I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are solely my own.*

Have Yourself a Very Swoony Christmas is HERE!


TODAY IS THE DAY!

We are so excited for our first annual 
Have Yourself a Very Swoony Christmas event,
hosted by KJ's Book Nook, Bookworm Nation, and Katie's Clean Book Collection!

Have you guys made your lists yet? Are you like me and have already started your reading? Which book are you looking forward to reading the most? Inquiring minds want to know!

Eeeeeeeeek! Guys! This is going to be AMAZING! I hope you guys have as much fun during Christmas Swoon Fest as we did planning it! 

Now... let the SWOONING begin! 



Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Have Yourself a Very Swoony Christmas - Reading List


I am SUPER excited for our "Have Yourself a Very Swoony Christmas" Swoon Fest! I have been DYING to start reading these books!

So... without further adieu... I give you my list!

1. More Trouble in Loveland by Jennifer Peel
2. A Christmas Kiss by Susan Hatler
3. Mistletoe Wedding by Melissa McClone
4. A Christmas Homecoming by Melissa McClone
5. The Christmas Groom by Taylor Hart
6. The Chef, the Holidays & the Husband by Erica Penrod
7. The Bookworm and the Beast by Charlee James
8. Marrying Miss Kringle: Lux by Lucy McConnell
9. Christmas Secrets by Donna Hatch
10. Sawdust and Mistletoe by Michelle Pennington
11. The Lumberjack's Yuletide Bride by Kimberly Krey
12. Keeping Christmas by Rebecca Blevins
13. Home for Christmas by Melissa McClone
14. Forever Yours in Christmas Falls by Susan Hatler
15. How to Kiss a Billionaire by Cami Checketts
16. Hot Cocoa Wars by Christene Houston
17. One Enchanted Christmas by Melissa Tagg
18. One Enchanted Eve by Melissa Tagg
19. One Enchanted Noel by Melissa Tagg
20. A Sugar Creek Christmas by Jenny B. Jones

Yes... this is a very ambitious list! Cross your fingers that I can read them all!

What are some of the books on your Christmas reading list?

Monday, November 13, 2017

The 411 On Our Have Yourself a Very Swoony Christmas!


Hey party people! Since we have finalized what we'll be doing for our Have Yourself a Very Swoony Christmas we thought we would share the details with you! It is going to be SO much fun! We cannot WAIT for it to start!

So... without further adieu... here's all the fun stuff we have in store for you!

Sweet Morsels Monday - What are holidays without yummy treats?! This is a post sharing the recipes to some of our favorite treats we love to make during the holidays!

Tradition Tuesday - No holiday would be complete without traditions! We all have them! This is a post sharing some of ours with you!

Whispering Wednesday - Are you like us and love getting to know your favorite authors? Without amazing authors writing books we wouldn't even have a Swoon Fest! This post is a Q&A with 4 of our favorite authors!

Happily Ever After Thursday - We are all suckers for a Happily Ever After! When we shared our lists with each other we discovered that we all wanted to read the same books written by the authors for Wednesday's post. We thought it would be perfect to interview the characters from each of these books! We just HAVE to know how their HEA is going!

Festivity Friday - You cannot have a Swoon Fest without winners! Each Friday we will be announcing the winners for the week. We will also be posting the links to the various reviews that come in.

For the prizes that will be mailed out, it will be open to US Residents only. 

There will be several ways for you to win! *Post a review for any Swoony Christmas book on Amazon or Goodreads, post a review of any of the books we highlight on Thursdays, leave a comment on any of our blog posts, share the giveaway on social media, follow each of us and the authors we highlight on Wednesdays.

*For the reviews, they will need to be at least 100 words and MUST be read during Swoon Fest.

And there you have it folks! All the 411 for our very first Christmas Swoon Fest! We hope everyone is as excited about it as we are! Make your lists... check them twice... and HAVE YOURSELF A VERY SWOONY CHRISTMAS! It all starts on Sunday!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Author's Corner #11


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...




SUSAN HATLER is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, who writes humorous and emotional contemporary romance and young adult novels. Many of Susan’s books have been translated into German, Spanish, and Italian. A natural optimist, she believes life is amazing, people are fascinating, and imagination is endless. She loves spending time with her characters and hopes you do, too.

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I first discovered Susan Hatler when I grabbed one of her free books. I was hooked from the start! I remember reading all her books back when reviewing books was far from my mind! But now that I am a blogger/reviewer, I get to reread her books! YAY! The book that got me back on the Susan Hatler Train was Forever Yours in Christmas Falls. Oh. My. Gosh! Guys! I absolutely LOVED it! It's AMAZING! I'm honestly thinking about adding it to my Christmas Swoon Fest list. And yes... I know I just read it last month but you don't understand! It is SO good!


Morgan Reed is excited to return to her hometown of Christmas Falls and open her beauty salon, but when she arrives to her rented business space she’s shocked to find it already occupied by Dallas Parker—her brother’s best friend, the guy she had a childhood crush on, and the one her mom blames for their family’s greatest tragedy. 

With their landlord out of the country and unreachable, Morgan and Dallas must open their businesses together. But, no worries, all small towns need a combo furniture store/beauty salon, right? Ugh. As they work together, Morgan tries to keep her emotional distance but time and off-the-charts chemistry soon turn a childhood friendship into a blossoming romance. 

Unfortunately, just when their relationship develops into something deeper, an unexpected crisis re-opens her family’s old wounds and the blame is on Dallas once again. Will Morgan’s sadness and fear pull them apart, or make her realize Dallas has always been her heart’s true safe harbor?

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!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Let the Swooning Begin!

It 'twas the month before Christmas and all through the net not a reader was stirring not even a bit. 

The books were all placed on the shelves with care, in hopes that the bookworms would soon have time to spare. 

The readers were nestled all snug in their chairs while visions of reading time danced in the air.

When what to their wondering eyes should appear a notification from their bloggers so dear. 

With excitement and squeals and dreamy sighs, they just couldn't believe their eyes! 

Swoony reads, treats and prizes galore, we hope this is something y'all will adore! 

A Christmas Swoon Fest is just what you need, and these three bloggers hope you'll agree! 

So come on over and join in the fun, our Christmas Swoon Fest has almost begun!

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We are extremely excited to announce our very first Christmas Swoon Fest! 



Who's invited?

Why YOU... and YOU... and YOU... and YES! Even the little old lady down the street dancing around in her bathrobe! ;)

What are we doing?

We're going to HAVE OURSELVES A VERY SWOONY CHRISTMAS of course!

Where can you find this FANTABULOUS event?

On our blogs of course!

KJ's Blog: KJ's Book Nook
Kathy's Blog: Bookworm Nation
Katie's Blog: Katie's Clean Book Collection

When are we doing it?

It starts on November 19th and goes through December 16th.

Why are we doing this?

Because we LOVE all things Christmas! And what better way to get into the holiday spirit then to read Swoony Christmas books!

So what do we have in store for you?

We are still working on finalizing everything. Stay tuned for more details! 

How many prizes are there and how do you win?

We will have one winner each week and then have one "Grand Prize" winner at the very end. We'll be using Rafflecopter to keep track of the entries. In order to win, you will need to participate in Swoon Fest. 

Reading and reviewing books during this time period is going to be the main way to enter. You're review will need to be at least 100 words. But there will be other ways to enter. Like I said before, we're still working to finalize everything. 

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We hope that you'll join us! We always have a blast during Swoon Fest! 

Stay turned for my Have Yourself a Very Swoony Christmas reading list! I can't wait to start reading! 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Autumn at Apple Hill by Angie Ellington


Synopsis:

Elise Jacobs is ready for a change. Recently divorced, she relocates to her hometown of Landover, Maine to operate a bed and breakfast she inherited from her grandmother. After growing up with the fondest memories of her childhood being spent there, she relishes the chance for a fresh start and an opportunity to revive the inn. As summer gives way to Autumn, the inn is returning to its' grandeur. A handsome guest sets out to challenge Elise at every turn. She knows the type...or does she? Join Elise in finding a renewed zest for life, friendship, and possibly...even...love.

My Review: 3.5 Stars

Elise is trying to get her life back in order after her divorce. She's in need of a fresh start and decides to move to Landover, Maine to run the Bed and Breakfast she inherits from her grandmother. From the moment she arrives, she knows this is where she's meant to be and starts making plans to get the B&B back up and running. 

Everything has been going perfectly until one particular guest arrives. Luke Donovan is an instant thorn in her side. With his snooty comments, she can't help but throw her own right back. But she knows that's not the image she wants to portray for the B&B. It will take everything she has to be pleasant towards him. Hopefully he will decide to move on sooner than he has planned. 

But the more Luke is around Elise, the more she finds herself warming up to him. She starts to think that maybe her first impression is wrong because the more she gets to know him, the more she likes him. 

Things seem to be going smoothly until one misunderstanding arises. Can Elise really trust Luke enough to give him a chance? Or will her insecurities be the end of their relationship? One thing is for sure, never underestimate the magic that seems to surround Apple Hill. 

I enjoyed Autumn at Apple Hill. It was a cute book and had a lot of promise. But there were a few things that kept me from completely getting lost in it. 

I'm not sure if it's a formatting issue or what but there didn't seem to be any kind of separation between characters and conversations. I had the hardest time trying to keep up with who was saying what. At one part in the book there were three people talking in the same paragraph and I couldn't tell you who was saying what. 

Another thing that bothered me is when it would switch from different POV's without any warning. It happened in mid paragraph on several occasions and I found myself rereading various parts trying to figure out if I had missed the switch. One sentence would be Elise and the next would be Luke, only to switch back to Elise in the following sentence. It got confusing and a bit frustrating. 

All in all, it was cute. I liked the overall idea of the book but sadly it fell a bit short for me. 

As for my casting... I love these two! 


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Stone Silence by Taylor Dean


Synopsis:


Great big beautiful love.

Does it really exist?

Everyone tells me it does. They say, “Spencer Elliott, don’t worry, you’ll find it one day. You just have to find the right man and when you do, it will surprise the heck out of you.”

I’m still waiting for that heck of a surprise to hit. It has proven to be elusive thus far. I’m pretty sure the entire world is lying about love and the joke is on me.

I know I want a man in my heart and in my life. Unfortunately, most men immediately push my OFF button and I lose interest quickly.

Feeling pressure to prove I’m trying to find my soulmate, I finally give in and agree to a date. Huge mistake. Afterward I find myself abandoned in the middle of nowhere, in desperate need of help.

That’s when I meet Stony by chance.

He’s a silent and unsmiling man who intrigues me with his ability to keep going after life has knocked him down. Suddenly the abstract notion of love becomes tangible and within my reach. Once I experience it, I wonder how I ever lived without it.

That’s when I stay with Stony by choice.

But when Stony’s hidden past and present-day reality collide, his silence is broken. And the truth about his life nearly brings me to my knees. I can’t compete with ghosts from the past.

I refuse to fight for a man’s love. He either loves me or he doesn’t. It’s as simple and as complicated as that.

My only hope is . . . he does.

My Review: 5 Stars!

Spencer has been waiting for her big beautiful love her entire adult life. She starts to think that something is seriously wrong with her because she is repulsed by the touches of the men she has dated. She wishes that love would just hurry up and find her already. But alas, nothing. 

Until a horrible incident leaves her stranded in the middle of no where. Hours of walking in the Texas summer sun has her in need of water and facing heat exhaustion. She knows she needs to find help soon or she could very well die out in the middle of nowhere. Add in the fact that a torrential downpour is heading her way and she knows she needs to find help sooner rather than later. 

All of the sudden she hears a loud buzzing noise. She doesn't know where it's coming from but she just knows that she needs to follow that sound. She knows that this will lead her to the help she so desperately needs. 

The moment she lays eyes on Stony she knows that her life is about to change in a very big way. She feels an instant connection to him that she has never felt with anyone before. This man right here is going to change her life. 

They don't get off to the best of starts, but Stony soon comes to his senses and helps Spencer in her time of need. He nurses her back to health and has her feeling safer than she ever has in her life. But when the time comes for her to head back to her life, neither one of them are wanting to say goodbye. 

It seems fate has something special in store for these two because circumstances beyond Spencer's control and a job offer from Stony has her staying in the small town for the foreseeable future. This will allow them to get to know each other better and give them time to see where their new budding relationship will go. 

Life seems to be perfect and blissful until Stony's past comes knocking. All it takes is one moment, one look and Spencer is second guessing everything she has been feeling for Stony. Feeling blindsided she runs. She needs to get away before Stony can stop her. She's not going to make him choose between his past and his present. If she truly loves him like she knows he does, then she'll make it easy for him. She'll be the one to walk away even though it will kill her. 

But Stony refuses to let her go. He refuses to let his past get in the way of his present and his future. His future is with Spencer. He has never loved someone as much as he loves her. She looks at him and love radiates from her eyes. He would be an idiot to let her slip through his hands and he will fight to keep her in his life. He will prove his love for her and prove that she is his happily-ever-after!

*dreamy sigh* 

Oh. My. Gosh! I absolutely LOVE Stoned Silence! Talk about swoony! This book is AMAZING! I was sucked in from the very beginning and found myself lost in the journey of Spencer and Stony. I laughed out loud, got teary eyed, let out little dreamy sighs and refused to put this book down until I finished it! I devoured it! 

I am definitely looking forward to the other books in this series! I can't wait to read them! 

Ms. Dean has done an amazing job making me fall in love with more of her characters! I have loved all her books I have read so far and can't wait to see where she takes us next! 

As for my casting... I saw these two from the very beginning! What do you think?!


*I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are solely my own.*

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Swoon Worthy Spotlights #10


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!

I had such a hard time trying to pick my favorites! I read so many this month that I absolutely LOVED! Be warned... I have more than 3 choices... ;) Hehe.

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


Beauty and the Clockwork Beast by Nancy Campbell Allen


Just Maybe by Crystal Walton


Mergers & Acquisitions by Jennifer Griffith


Honeymoon for One in Christmas Falls by Jennifer Peel


Forever Yours in Christmas Falls by Susan Hatler

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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!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Finding the Truth in Christmas Falls by Danielle Stewart


Synopsis:

Olivia Mackey spent her whole life hearing how she was destined for bigger and better places than Christmas Falls, Tennessee. A regular on the beauty queen scene from a very young age, she learned from her stage mom, that appearances mean everything. Having spent the years after high school traveling the world and failing at the dream everyone told her she should have, she's back home and wondering what she's to do next.
 
Nothing is where she left it. Friends have scattered, her mentor is ill, and Olivia is fumbling her way through a big life in a small town. 

Tim Avondale and his young daughter showed up in Christmas Falls one evening looking for a fresh start. Buying the Sleepy Hound Bookstore seemed the perfect opportunity. Life had gone so wrong and now here in this quiet town he could keep anything bad from happening to his daughter again.
When the two cross paths Olivia and Tim find an instant connection. A tug toward each other they don't want to ignore. The problem is, in the process they are being tugged away from all the things they thought were important in their lives. He can't hide out from real life forever. She is more than just what people see on the surface. But when they're forced to decide will they choose to be better together or safer apart? 

My Review: 5 Stars


Olivia has returned to Christmas Falls feeling like a failure. Her modeling and acting career have come to an end and she finds herself with nothing to show for it. Too afraid to reach out to any of her old friends, she takes to hiding and sneaking around town until she can figure out her next move. 

But no one should try to stay away from Miss Anna Cate. The woman has sources everywhere! One visit with her childhood mentor and she's already feeling better. And a bonus... she has a lead for a job at the Sleepy Hound Bookstore. She should have known that Miss Anna Cate would be there to help her when she needs it most. 

From the moment Olivia walks into the Sleepy Hound she feels an instant connection to the new owner, Tim. She doesn't know what it is, but she's drawn to him and finds herself confiding in him with things she has never told another soul. He, too, finds himself opening up to Olivia. But both Olivia and Tim come with baggage. They must learn to trust each other and work together if their new relationship is going to work out. 

But far too soon the past comes knocking and now Olivia is torn. Does she stay in Christmas Falls and give herself a fresh start with Tim and his adorable daughter, Cora? Or does she head back out on the road for her next big audition? Will Tim be willing to put their relationship on hold while she's away? Or will he choose to move forward with his life in Christmas Falls without her? 

Once again her beloved Miss Anna Cate steps in and doesn't hold back. She helps Olivia to realize what she has been missing in her life and to see what her heart truly wants. 

*dreamy sigh* Oh how I loved this book! I was sucked in from the very beginning and stayed up WAY past my bedtime in order to finish it! And boy was I glad I did! This book is amazing! I loved seeing Olivia, Tim and Cora get their HEA! 

And that epilogue! I absolutely loved it! And yes... I totally got all teary eyed! It was perfect! <3

This is my very first book by Ms. Stewart and, just like other authors in this series, I can tell you it won't be my last! She is very talented and I loved the journey that she took me on! I can't wait to read more by her! 

Oh my gosh! Guys! I love Return to Christmas Falls! This series is AMAZING! I am SO glad that these very talented authors got together and decided to give us this wonderful treat! I can tell you right now that I will definitely be reading it over and over and over again! I really am hoping that they decide to collaborate on another series together! I would buy it in a heartbeat! 

And let's not forget my casting! *dreamy sigh* I love it!  


Sunday, October 29, 2017

Love Notes in Christmas Falls by Beth Labonte


Synopsis:

When Caitlin Cook left the small town of Christmas Falls, Tennessee to attend Harvard University, she left behind the burden of her parents' slowly increasing hoard of antiques, a much younger brother, and Shane Mitchell--the boy who blindsided her with the news that he loved her on the night before she left.

Shane Mitchell spent his high school years fascinated by Caitlin Cook. The quiet flute player with her nose always in a book, he wanted desperately to find out what made her tick.

Eight years later, Caitlin returns to Christmas Falls--unemployed and newly single--after receiving a devastating letter from her beloved high school mentor. Caitlin is shocked to find her childhood home in disarray, and her little brother in desperate need of his sister. With Shane's help--now a pillar of the community rather than the carefree teenager Caitlin once knew--she begins to rediscover her love for music, antiques, and possibly even Shane. When faced with the choice of rebuilding her life in Boston, or giving love a second chance in Christmas Falls, will Caitlin be able to decide on the true meaning of home?

My Review: 5 Stars

When Caity left Christmas Falls eight years ago to attend Harvard, she never imagined her life would end up the way it did. Upon receiving a letter from her childhood mentor, Miss Anna Cate, the newly single and unemployed Caity doesn't waste any time heading home to Christmas Falls. 

Arriving at her childhood home, Caity can't believe the state it's in. It seems the insides have started spilling to the outside. But once she's inside she can see why. How long has this been going on? Her parents seem to have gone from collectors to hoarders. While she's home, she'll have to see what she can do to help get things back under control. 

But first she needs to face Shane Mitchell, the boy who blindsided her with his confession of love the night before she moved away to college. It's been eight years since she has seen him. Will his feelings still be the same after all these years? Has he moved one? Will she be able to finally admit that she loved him too? 

Spending time in Christmas Falls is just what Caity needs. She's able to reevaluate her life and figure out what she really wants. But an unexpected call from Boston has her floundering. Does she officially move back home to Christmas Falls? Or does she try to make a go of it again in Boston? And what about Shane? Now that both their feelings are out in the open, can she leave him again?  

Life is never easy and there will always be some tough choices to make. But with the help of Miss Anna Cate, Caity will finally realize what she needs to do and where she needs to be. 

*dreamy sigh* Love Notes in Christmas Falls is SO cute! I absolutely adored it! Shane has got to be one of the sweetest guys ever! And Caity, while she is a bit stubborn, she's pretty amazing too! These two are perfect for each other! <3

Another hit in the Return to Christmas Falls series! Can I tell you that I am SO glad these authors decided to team up and write this series! I'm secretly hoping they do it again! ;) 

This is my first book by Ms. Labonte and if her others are anything like this then I will definitely be checking them out! :) 

I just have to say that I love this casting! But I may just be bias... ;) Hehe. 


Saturday, October 28, 2017

Forever Yours in Christmas Falls by Susan Hatler


Synopsis:

Morgan Reed is excited to return to her hometown of Christmas Falls and open her beauty salon, but when she arrives to her rented business space she’s shocked to find it already occupied by Dallas Parker—her brother’s best friend, the guy she had a childhood crush on, and the one her mom blames for their family’s greatest tragedy.

With their landlord out of the country and unreachable, Morgan and Dallas must open their businesses together. But, no worries, all small towns need a combo furniture store/beauty salon, right? Ugh. As they work together, Morgan tries to keep her emotional distance but time and off-the-charts chemistry soon turn a childhood friendship into a blossoming romance.

Unfortunately, just when their relationship develops into something deeper, an unexpected crisis re-opens her family’s old wounds and the blame is on Dallas once again. Will Morgan’s sadness and fear pull them apart, or make her realize Dallas has always been her heart’s true safe harbor?

My Review: 5 Stars

Morgan Reed's life is not her own. Everything she has ever done, has been for her parents. And she is miserable! She does not want to get her MBA and she does not want to work in her parents bank. Ever since she was a little girl, the only thing she ever wanted to do was be a beautician. So with the money from the trust her grandparents set up for her, she goes to school to become an esthetician. And now she is moving back to Christmas Falls to open up her very own beauty salon. 

But there seems to be a problem with the building she's leased. She's not the only person the landlady has leased the spaced to. Who might the other person be? Dallas Parker. THE Dallas Parker. Her older brother's best friend. The boy she fell in love with when she was a young girl. The boy who, according to her mother, has caused their family a lot of pain and heartache. The boy the whole town thinks is a menace. 

Oh why is this happening to her?! How will she get her parents to understand this is what she was meant to do? Especially when they find out who she'll be sharing a space with. There's only one solution. She has got to get him out of her space. She'll sabotage him. She'll turn the space into the most girly place you have ever seen. He'll want to leave for sure. 

But the more time they spend together, the more old feelings start to resurface. And Morgan will discover that she wasn't alone in her feelings. Dallas felt the same way. But with all the rumors going around about him, he had to make something of himself before anything could happen between them. He had to make himself worthy of her. 

And now that she is back in his life, he will fight to keep her in it. He will fight to keep her dreams alive. He will fight to make her life her own. Tragedy or no tragedy, Dallas will NOT let her slip through his hands. They are meant to be together and he will do everything in his power to make sure they finally get their HEA!

*dreamy sigh* Oh my gosh! You guys! This book. This one right here is absolutely amazing! I loved it! I was sucked in from the very beginning and instantly fell in love with Morgan and Dallas! The feels were definitely real my friends! I laughed out loud, got teary eyed, growled in frustration, had a goofy smile on my face and let out quite a few little dreamy sighs. Loved it!

Guys! I am seriously loving Christmas Falls! I can tell you right now that this will be a series I will be reading over and over and over again! It's amazing! I can't wait to finish the rest of the books!

It's been awhile since I have read any books by Ms. Hatler and I forgot what I have been missing out on! It's about time to pick up more of her books! She definitely knows how to write a swoony romance!

And these two! *dreamy sigh* I think they make the perfect Morgan and Dallas! <3

Rumor Has It In Christmas Falls by Melinda Curtis


Synopsis:

Twelve unlucky years ago, rumors flew about Lexi and Kevin. And now? Well, not much has changed, except this time neither can run away. Not from Christmas Falls. And maybe . . . not from each other.

As a political strategist at Dunlop Bennet & Associates, Lexi Townsend's career is going nowhere. She's a cubical dweller writing speeches for freshmen senators in DC. But if she can hitch her career wagon to a rising political star, she’ll be on her way to a corner office in no time. When she’s offered a plum holiday assignment–an ideal candidate with deep pockets, someone who could make the leap from local to national politics–she starts to dream about that corner office.

Until she realizes her candidate is Kevin O’Malley, aka Kevin the Hottie, Kevin the Snob, Kevin the Liar, the same guy who shattered her high school reputation back home in Christmas Falls with a rumor. Assignment in hand, Lexi braces herself for the most difficult political race of her career--because this time it’s personal.

My Review: 3.5 Stats

12 years. It has been 12 years since Lexi has seen Kevin, her first love. It was the night of the school Halloween dance when the rumors started flying about her and he did nothing to stop them. In fact, he left town the next day without even a goodbye leaving her to deal with the aftermath of his actions... alone. 

And now Lexi can't believe her luck. Not only is she back in Christmas Falls, but she's also working as Kevin's campaign manager. You see.. he has decided to run for mayor... against his father. The man is straight evil and gives Lexi the creeps! She just can't let him win. She will do everything she can to get Kevin elected as the next mayor. 

But when rumors about Lexi start flying again and Kevin still doesn't do anything to stop them, she has to decide if she's in it to win it or if she should just cut her loses and move on. 

I am loving Christmas Falls! But I have to admit that this one was a bit harder for me to get into. I had a hard time connecting with both Lexi and Kevin. The rumors did get a bit out of control and I had a hard time believing them at times. With that being said, it was a cute book and I liked it. Sadly, I just didn't love it. :( 

This is my first book by Ms. Curtis and I enjoyed it enough to give her other books a try. :)

And of course we can't forget my casting! What do you think? 


Friday, October 27, 2017

Once Again in Christmas Falls by Becky Monson


Synopsis:

In one day, London Walsh finds out her ex is going to be her boss and that her parents are getting a divorce—and they want her to referee the situation. So when she’s offered the chance to spend the holidays in her old hometown of Christmas Falls, far away from all the drama, she jumps on it.

But the quaint town doesn’t feel quite like the home it once was. London shed the goth image that defined her in high school long ago, but no one recognizes the woman she's become.

Except for Andy Broll, London’s childhood next door neighbor. He recognizes her immediately, which sends London’s heart fluttering as she starts to see Andy in a whole different light. But when her time in Christmas Falls doesn’t go as planned, will London face it head on? Or will she find a reason to run?

My Review: 5 Stars

London is having the worst day of her life. She's quit her job, her parents are getting a divorce, and her childhood mentor, Miss Anna Cate, is dying. Can't anything ever go right for her? In a bold move, she buys a plane ticket and runs home to Christmas Falls. 

Upon returning, she wonders if she should've even come in the first place. No one remembers her. How can they just forget her like that? Of course she's no longer in her "goth" phase. But shouldn't they remember her for who she was, and not what she wore?

She's contemplating going to her parents to "referee" their divorce until she runs into Andy, the boy next door, her childhood best friend. Her heart will be crushed if he doesn't remember her. But she has nothing to worry about because one look at her and he knows exactly who she is! And to her surprise, nothing has changed between them... it's like they picked up where they had left off. 

But something has changed... something inside. She feels nervous whenever she's around him... her heart beats double time, she's got butterflies, and her mind is constantly running with "what if's?". What are these feelings she is feeling? She and Andy are just friends, right? He can't possibly have the same feelings in return, can he? One mind blowing kiss with him lets her know that he most certainly can and is feeling the same feelings she is. *dreamy sigh*

However, one phone call from her mother ruins it all. According to her, London is doing what she does best... running. Her mind is filled with all kinds of doubt. Is any of this real? Is Christmas Falls home? Or is it just her next stop on the list of places she's running from? And what about her feelings for Andy? Are they real? Or is he just another escape for her? 

Too many conflicting feelings sends her running to Miss Anna Cate. If anyone can help her to see and understand what's really going on, it's her. One heart to heart later and she knows exactly what she needs to do. She refuses to run again. This is going to be a fresh start, one that she's determined to fight for. For the first time in her life, she is grabbing hold of everything she wants in life and not letting it go... including Andy. 

*dreamy sigh* Can I just say that I am loving Christmas Falls?! This is the perfect escape! I am so glad these authors decided to band together and create this wonderful world for us! I can't wait to see where we go next! 

Can someone please tell me why I haven't read any of Ms. Monson's books before now?! She sucked me in from the very beginning, had me laughing out loud, tearing up and letting out little dreamy sighs. I can tell you that her other books that have been sitting on my kindle will be read sooner rather than later! ;) 

And of course I just cannot forget my casting! *dreamy sigh* Oh how I love these two! 


First Line Friday's


Ok party people! It's that time again! First Line Friday's hosted by my amazing friend Kathy over at Bookworm Nation! Are you ready?! 

This week's First Line Friday is:


Once Again in Christmas Falls by Becky Monson

In one day, London Walsh finds out her ex is going to be her boss and that her parents are getting a divorce—and they want her to referee the situation. So when she’s offered the chance to spend the holidays in her old hometown of Christmas Falls, far away from all the drama, she jumps on it. 

But the quaint town doesn’t feel quite like the home it once was. London shed the goth image that defined her in high school long ago, but no one recognizes the woman she's become. 

Except for Andy Broll, London’s childhood next door neighbor. He recognizes her immediately, which sends London’s heart fluttering as she starts to see Andy in a whole different light. But when her time in Christmas Falls doesn’t go as planned, will London face it head on? Or will she find a reason to run?

FIRST LINE

"Your father and I are getting a divorce."

Confession. I have never read a Becky Monson book. I have 4 of her books on my kindle but I haven't read any of them. What's wrong with me?! A lot apparently! Lol. Well... no more! Today's the day that I read my very first book by her! And bonus... it's part of the Return to Christmas Falls series! I have been DYING for these books to be released! Stay tuned for A LOT of reviews this weekend! Gotta love a 4 day weekend filled with nothing but READING! 

Do you want to participate in First Line? Yes?! Then tell us what your First Line is! Are you going to do a blog post? Then don't forget to link your post back to Bookworm Nation! Post your link in the comments. Don't have a blog? No worries! Just leave a comment with the title, author name and first line.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Homecoming in Christmas Falls by Ciara Knight


Synopsis:

Eight years after fleeing Christmas Falls because of a high school prank gone wrong, Ashley Brooks receives a mysterious letter from her mentor asking her to come home. She arrives to face all she left behind—her family, her friends, and the rich boy she’d loved who would never date the girl from the wrong side of town.

Brent Donnelly, high school jock, brainiac, and dutiful son did everything right until the day Ashley returns to Christmas Falls. With one look at the girl who got away he questions all his life choices, including following in his father’s footsteps in the family business.

Faced with a potentially devastating decline of tourism in their hometown, Brent and Ashley must work together to save the magic of their town, but when Ashley discovers he still has feelings for her best friend she must finally face the real reason she left Christmas Falls—to try to heal her broken heart.

My Review: 5 Stars

It's been eight years since Ash left Christmas Falls without a backwards glance. Had it not been for the letter from her childhood mentor, Miss Anna Cate, she wouldn't be here now. But her she is. Back in Christmas Falls and she has no idea why. All she has to do is get into town undetected, find out what Miss Anna Cate needs, and then hightail it out of there before anyone finds out she was ever there. Easy peasy, right? Wrong! Ash should've known luck would not be on her side. 

Brent has spent his entire life doing whatever his father wanted him to do. All he's ever wanted was to make his father proud. He even stayed away from Ash, the one an only girl he has ever loved. But nothing he does will ever be good enough for his father. The moment he sees Ash back in town, he knows things have got to change. He let her get away once, he refuses to let that happen again. 

But before Ash can even think about a relationship with Brent, she has to first mend the ones she has been neglecting for the past eight years. Between her parents, her friends and Brent, Ash will need to do a lot of soul searching to figure out what she really wants out of life. Can she give up her life in Florida to start over in Christmas Falls? Will Brent finally go against his dad so that they can finally be together? Or will it be too late for them? One thing is for sure, Ash and Brent will not give up without a fight!

Oh how I loved Homecoming in Christmas Falls! I devoured it in one day! (It would have been hours but alas, I had to work. Boo! Lol.) I loved seeing Ash realize who she really is and what she really wants in life. I loved seeing her make amends with all the people in her life who love and care about her, even though she can't see it. And Brent! *dreamy sigh* What an amazing guy! He and Ash are definitely perfect for each other! 

I have to tell you that I have been dying for this series to come out! From the moment I first heard about it, I was counting down to release day! I may or may not have squealed when all the books that I preordered started downloading to my kindle. I was going to wait until this weekend to start them but I just couldn't! I can't wait to read the rest of the books in this series!

This is my very first book by Ms. Knight and I can tell you that I will definitely be checking out more by her! 

And of course I can't forget my casting! I absolutely love these two! *dreamy sigh*


Monday, October 23, 2017

The Middle Aisle by Taylor Dean


Synopsis:

Zoe Grayson is back in Lancaster House, ordered to bed rest for the duration of her unexpected pregnancy. Doctor Wade Channing, her overzealous psychiatrist, is living in Lancaster House, taking care of her, waiting on her, and tending to her every need. It seems to be the perfect arrangement.

There’s just one catch.

She has to tell him her story—everything that has happened in her life since the moment she escaped from Serenity Hills. It’s been quite an adventure to include renovating another home and a walk down the middle aisle.

But, that’s all over now. Nothing is real. It never was.

How did she end up in this miserable situation?

My Review: 5 Stars

After escaping Serenity Hills, Zoe finds herself back at Lancaster House, unexpectedly pregnant and at the mercy of Doctor Channing. To say life is complicated would be an understatement. How in the world did she get where she is? She thought it was all real. Every. Single. Bit. But the more she talks with Doctor Channing, the more she realizes that it's not. Now she has to come to terms with living her life without Andre. 

But the harder she tries to come to terms with everything that happened, the more depressed she becomes. Was her life with Andre so bad? Why can't everyone leave her alone and let her live the way she wants to live. She's not hurting anyone so why is Doctor Channing so focused on expelling Andre from her life?

But what if Doctor Channing is wrong? What if Andre is indeed real? Can she live the rest of her life with all the "what if's" running through her head? She loves Andre, real or not. And she wants him back. Now she just has to figure out how to make that happen while leaving Doctor Channing in the dark. Because if there's one thing she's learned on this journey it's never acknowledge that Andre is real out loud. You never know what people will do when faced with the impossible. 

Wow! Talk about a roller-coaster of emotions! This book is full of twists and turns that I honestly did NOT see coming! And I have to tell you that I found myself doubting what in the world was going on! I'm going to tell you now, don't even try to guess what happens! You will NEVER figure it out! Just go with it... you will not be disappointed! This is the PERFECT series to read in the month of October! I am SO glad I finally bumped this up my list!

Ms. Dean did an amazing job of sucking me in again! I was getting angry when real life was getting in the way of my reading time! I was SO not happy! Lol. I thoroughly enjoyed the journey she took me on! I can't wait to read more books by her! 

You have already seen this but my review wouldn't be complete without it! *dreamy sigh*


Content: Mild swearing. Mild Violence. Talk of rape but no detail.