Sunday, September 30, 2018

September Swoony Award Shout Out!

Wow! Can you guys believe that it's the last day of September already?! Where has this year gone?! We only have 3 months left in 2018! And once I realized that, I knew it was time for another Swoony Award Shout Out!

But first.... let's review!

Are you new and wondering what the Swoony Awards are? Check out our updated 2018 Swoony Award post here!

Are you wondering who the Swoony Awards Hosts are? Check out our Introduction post here!

Wondering which books I have read so far this year?


And just in case you're wondering, here's all the ways to stay updated on all things Swoony!

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I want to say THANK YOU to everyone who has participated so far! The Swoony Awards would not be possible without you guys! You guys ROCK! 

If you have friends that you think would enjoy being apart of the Swoony Awards, please invite them to join us! Help us get the word out about clean, secular fiction!

Happy reading our fellow Book Dragons! 

Swoon Worthy Spotlights #21

Welcome to Swoon Worthy Spotlights hosted by KJ's Book NookKatie's Clean Book Collection and Bookworm Nation! 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...

The Unwanted Suitor by Michelle Pennington


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


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!
Friday, September 28, 2018

The Paramedic's Second Chance by Elana Johnson


Paramedic Andrew Herrin delivered Gretchen Samuels's daughter on the side of the road when she and her husband couldn't make it to the hospital in time. When their paths cross again in small-town Hawthorn Harbor, she's a widow and the baby is ten-year-old Dixie.

Dixie gets along great with Drew, and Gretchen finds herself falling in love with the man who's rescued her twice now. But when Drew's ex-girlfriend comes back to town, Gretchen's trust issues rear their ugly head. Can she and Drew find their way toward finding love in the lavender?

My Review: 4.5 Stars

What's meant to be will always find a way... 

After her husband dies in a car accident, Gretchen Samuels and her daughter Dixie find themselves back in Hawthorne Harbor. Not only was she the happiest she's ever been while living there, this was also the only place that has ever felt like home. Determined to make it on her own, Gretchen has become fiercely independent. She doesn't ever rely on anyone else and will wear herself out before she even thinks to ask someone for help. 

Three years ago, Drew Herrin left Hawthorne Harbor when his ex-girlfriend broke up with him. Since then he has sworn off women. He doesn't need them in his life. But Drew feels restless and can't shake the feeling that something is missing from his life. He's not sure exactly what it is, he just knows he feels incomplete. He's hoping he'll figure out what it is now that he's back home in Hawthorne Harbor.

While travelling down the Lavender Highway, Drew sees a stranded van along the side of the road. Seeing the van brings back memories from ten years ago when he delivered a baby on the side of the road. He often thinks about the family he helped that day, wondering what happened to them and how they're doing. Imagine his surprise when he discovers that it's Gretchen and Dixie, the mom and little girl he helped bring into the world. 

From the moment Drew sees Gretchen again, he feels a connection to her. He can't explain it but all he wants to do is help and protect her and Dixie in any way that he can. He quickly notices that Gretchen is still fiercely independent but he's determined to do whatever he can to keep them both in his life. 

As time goes by, Drew and Gretchen are able to build their friendship and nurture it into something more. They fall in love slowly and have a hard time admitting it out loud. When outside forces threaten to destroy the bound they have made, it will take determination, dedication, love and a wishing well to make sure they get their HEA. 

Oh my gosh! You guys! Can I tell you how much I adored this book?! It was SO good! I loved Gretchen, Drew and of course Dixie! I was invested in these three from the very beginning and was rooting for their HEA! 

This was a great start to a fun new series! I can't wait to read the other books! I have already purchased books 2 and 3 and pre-ordered book 4! I'm looking forward to spending more time in Hawthorne Harbor! 

This is my very first book by Ms. Johnson and I can already tell you that it won't be my last! I am looking forward to reading all her other books!

And let's just take a moment to look at these two. I'm loving this casting! What do you think?

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

#FallingInLove – Author Jennifer Griffith – $25 Giveaway


  My 90's Boy Band Boyfriend by Jennifer Griffith 

Teenage singer Oakley Marsden is having a rough week. Pop-star Hudson’s rough week is twenty-three years long

Sixteen-year-old Oakley just wants to win a spot on TV’s The Next Radio Star. But when her bad audition goes viral, going back to school is a nightmare.

Even more humiliating, she discovers her own mother was a boy band groupie. Cringe. And Mom still has a thing for a nineties boy band killed in the tragic plane crash twenty years ago.

When things can’t get worse, a strange beggar guy ends up carrying Oakley home—and Oakley’s mom loses her mind. She’s convinced he’s the long-dead popstar Hudson Oaks, frontman for Girl Crazy and Mom’s long-lost love.

And the guy isn’t denying it. Curse him.

Oakley has to save her mom from this impostor before Mom does something insane—and before Oakley starts falling for his charm too.

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Mom’s voice got that suppressed squealing quality again. “Don’t you know who that is?”

“Who who is?” Oakley refused to believe her mom knew the seventeen/forty-year-old currently in her master bathroom shower. “That guy? He’s probably a drug addict, Mom. Believe me, I see a lot more of them at high school than you see in kindergarten. They’re actually pretty easy to spot: lack of self-care, bad personal hygiene, general disorientation, smell of smoke.”

“Sweetheart.” Mom looked more serious than she had in days, and she grabbed both of Oakley’s hands again for emphasis. “That guy who is now showering in our house is Hudson Oaks.”

The housing development guy from the boy band two decades ago?

“Mom.” Oakley wondered how many times she was going to have to call her mom out today for making wildly ridiculous statements. It was climbing into the dozens category now. “I think you and I both know that’s impossible.”

“He sounds like him, walks like him, says his name is Hudson Oaks. All the reasons. Trust me, I’m probably the greatest living expert on Hudson Oaks besides the man himself.”

That guy in her shower couldn’t be more than seventeen, and therefore not, legally, a man. Her mom should stay right away from that jailbait. Weren’t school teachers specifically trained on stuff like this? Apparently Mom had shelved all that based on seeing a … what?

Oakley’s world shifted on sands she hadn’t even known she’d been standing on. This new version of her life contained a mom who might just run off with a minor.

“Did you look at him, Mom? He’s, like, a seventeen-year-old kid. This whole incident happened over two decades ago. Don’t tell me you can explain that.”

“Of course I can.”

Of course she could. Oakley swallowed all the acid-tinged words and asked, “How?”

“Obvious. Time travel.”

A tiny explosion detonated in Oakley’s brain, but before she could react, a soft knock came at Oakley’s door. Mom hadn’t heard it, too enthralled in her moment of brilliant discovery. But Oakley had.

She looked over.

There in the doorframe, lit from the hall light behind, stood a dripping wet, formerly dirty boy, clad in just a towel at his waist. His hair was combed, and he had a definite young Tom Cruise quality about him—dark hair, charming smile, and those shoulders. Great Gatsby, those shoulders! Oakley caught her breath and had to swallow hard. The way he held his mouth, like he expected every woman to want to kiss it, made a little muscle tremble at the back of Oakley’s stomach.

She immediately tightened the muscle to put a halt to that nonsense.



Loved it! Fun and witty and had enough twists to keep me guessing. The hero was totally swoony and I really identified with the heroine. It had a perfect ending! ~Donna H

Time for a blast from the past! I had a lot of fun reading this book. I loved all the references to 90s music and culture. I had some pretty good laughs every time I came across a reference from that time. ~Julie C

Fun, fun read! Between a time-traveling rock star who looks like Tom Cruise, finding out about her mother’s teenaged craziness, learning to give her stepfather the credit he deserves, and coming to terms with her own insecurities and talent, Oakley has a lot on her plate! Let the fun and games begin! ~Traci A

This brought back a lot of memories as I was a teen in the 80’s. I loved this story. Sweet read & definitely good for teens & pre-teens or adults looking for a clean, fun story with a little romance, a little mystery & feel good ending! ~Rose D


Author Jennifer Griffith 

Jennifer Griffith writes light, sweet romances she calls Cotton Candy for the Soul. Her Legally in Love Collection stems from the fact she fell in love with a handsome law school student who now serves as a judge–as well as her muse. She also writes the Millionaire Makeover Romances, millionaires and makeovers being some things with which she has less experience.

Jennifer loves old cars, landscape paintings, fresh bread with raspberry jam, and reading. She lived in Japan during college, where she once ate a cricket on a dare. She also traveled through Europe, where she slept a night in a castle on the Rhine. Jennifer worked summers in a cookie factory, and she spent a few years working for the U.S. Congress before becoming a wife, a mom and an author.






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