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Review: It Takes a Villa by Kilby Blades

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Review: It Takes a Villa by Kilby Blades

For the reasonable price of $1, Natalie Malone just bought herself an abandoned villa on the Amalfi Coast. With a detailed spreadsheet and an ancient key, she’s arrived in Italy ready to renovate—and only six months to do it. Which seemed reasonable until architect Pietro Indelicato began critically watching her every move…

From the sweeping ocean views to the scent of the lemon trees, there’s nothing Pietro loves more than his hometown. And after seeing too many botched jobs and garish design choices, he’s done watching from the sidelines. As far as he’s concerned, Natalie should quit before the project drains her entire bank account and her ridiculously sunny optimism.

With Natalie determined to move forward, the gorgeous architect reluctantly agrees to pitch in, giving her a real chance to succeed. But when the fine print on Natalie’s contract is brought to light, she might have no choice but to leave her dream, and Pietro, behind.

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MY REVIEW

It Takes a Villa transports readers to the beautiful and unforgettable Amalfi Coast where Natalie has just gotten herself the deal of a lifetime. Armed with a 6-month renovation plan and a detailed spreadsheet, Natalie’s ready to make her dreams come true. However, with local architect, Pietro, watching her every move, things don’t go quite as planned.

It Takes a Villa pulled me in from the very first page. I loved the idea of this story and all of the complications that could arise from renovating in a foreign country. I thought the author did a really good job with her description of things and found it very easy to visualize everything.

I adored Natalie’s ambition. She was tough and didn’t let much knock her down. Pietro loves his hometown and will do whatever it takes to stop renovators from ruining his town. Together, I thought that Pietro and Natalie had some wonderful chemistry. I enjoyed the tension between the two of them. If I had any complaints it would be the slow-burning romance. I’m not the biggest fan of slow burns, but when done right, I really find them enjoyable. Unfortunately, this one didn’t work for me. In other words, the slow burn was too slow for this reader.

Overall, I thought this book was an ok read. I enjoyed the setting, the renovation drama, and the intrigue along the way. The chemistry and tension between Pietro and Natalie was on point, but for me, the slow burn fell flat.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book via the publisher & NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

Review: Looking for You by Kelly Elliott

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Review: Looking for You by Kelly Elliott

The last person I would ever expect to be waiting on the front porch for me in the middle of the night was Everly Higgins. To say I was both surprised and thrilled to see her would be an understatement. I hadn’t been able to stop thinking about her since we met last fall when my sister, Greer, fell in love with Everly’s brother, Hudson.

When I see her bruised up face, I instantly want to hurt someone. The problem is, Everly won’t tell me who hurt her or who she’s running from. The only thing she’ll tell me is that she needs a safe place to stay where no one can find her.

Being a cop, I have the urge to unravel this mystery, but the other side of me simply wants to protect Everly from whatever it is she’s running from.

But as the people she is hiding from catch up with her, I quickly discover there is nothing I wouldn’t do for Everly Higgins.

I’d even die for her.

Looking for You is book six in the Boggy Creek Valley series. It can be read as a stand alone, but for a better reading experience it is recommended to read the books in order.

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MY REVIEW

Talk about a story that hits you with all of the feels. Looking for You is a suspenseful romance that will keep you on your toes and leave you breathless for more.

When we first meet up with Kyle and Everly, the sparks between them are instant. But due to Everly’s challenging job, she knows she can’t pursue anything with Kyle. A year has passed and for Kyle, Everly is the one that got away. So, when Kyle finds Everly on his porch one night, he was both surprised and thrilled to see her. That is until he discovers that someone has hurt Everly. Now, Kyle will do everything in his power to keep Everly safe and bring the people that hurt her to justice….

Looking for You took me by surprise in the best possible way. Kyle is the ultimate catch. I’m talking seriously swoon-worthy book boyfriend here. I mean, he is absolute perfection. All he wants to do is protect Everly, no matter the cost. This brings us to Everly. She has the biggest heart ever. She’s tough and independent. She doesn’t want to bring trouble around her family but knows that she can trust Kyle. Kyle was just what Everly needed in her life and I couldn’t get enough of the two of them together.

Looking for You had quite a different feel from the other books in the Boggy Creek Valley Series. I loved how suspenseful this book was. Kelly Elliott weaved quite the web of mystery that kept me on the edge of my seat, dying to know more. I really enjoyed all of the twists and turns and once you add in a steamy, hot romance, you just can’t go wrong.

Looking for You had everything I was looking for and then some. I was completely lost in Everly and Kyle’s story. I loved their connection, the chemistry, the sparks. As much as I wanted to savor it, I couldn’t help but devour their story. If you’re looking for a romantic suspense that will keep you on your toes but also swooning, Looking for You is just the book you’re looking for.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

Review: Starry-Eyed Love by Helena Hunting

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Review: Starry-Eyed Love by Helena Hunting

Charming, hilarious, and emotional…Starry-Eyed Love is Helena Hunting at her very best!

Having just broken up with her boyfriend, London Spark is not in the mood to be hit on. Especially not when she’s out celebrating her single status with her sisters. So when a very attractive man pays for their drinks and then slips her his number, she passes it right back to him with a ‘thanks, but no thanks’. As the business administrator for their family’s event hotel, the Spark House, London has more important things to worry about, like bringing in new clientele.

As luck would have it, a multi-million-dollar company calls a few months later asking for a meeting to discuss a potential partnership, and London is eager to prove to her sisters, and herself, that she can land this deal. Just when she thinks she has nailed her presentation, the company’s CEO, Jackson Holt, walks in and inserts himself into the meeting. Not only that, but he also happens to be the same guy she turned down at the bar a few months ago.

As they begin to spend more time together, their working relationship blossoms into something more. It isn’t until their professional entanglements are finally over, that London and Jackson are finally ready to take the next step in their relationship. But between Jackson’s secretive past and London’s struggle with her sisters, London must question where she really stands – not just with Jackson, but with the Spark House, too. 

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MY REVIEW

Starry-Eyed Love took me by surprise in the best possible way. I was hooked on London from the very first page and was excited to see where her story was going to take me.

When we first meet up with London, she’s fresh off a break up and has sworn off men. The last thing she’s looking for is to be hit on by a sexy, mysterious stranger. Flash forward to a few months later and London finds herself reunited with Jackson, the man she turned down. The more time London and Jackson spend together, the lines between business and pleasure become blurred. Will Jackson and London take a chance on love? There’s only one way to find out….

Starry-Eyed Love is a fun and refreshing romance. You could feel the chemistry and sparks between Jackson and London instantly. I enjoyed the push and pull between them, how they desperately tried to keep things on a business level, yet couldn’t ignore the sparks between them. I thought that Jackson was a pretty good book boyfriend. Of course, he wasn’t without his flaws. He didn’t always communicate the best and was a little guarded when it came to his past, but I truly believe he had the best of intentions.

Overall, I found this book to be a really wonderful read. I loved getting to know London and Jackson. Their story consumed me and definitely had me devouring it in just a few short hours. I thought their story had the perfect mix of steam, tension, and swoon and was filled with all the ups and downs you’d expect from a truly enjoyable love story. In the end, Starry-Eyed Love was just the romance I was looking for.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book via the publisher and NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

Review: Every Summer After by Carley Fortune

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Review: Every Summer After by Carley Fortune

Six summers to fall in love. One moment to fall apart. A weekend to get it right.

They say you can never go home again, and for Persephone Fraser, ever since she made the biggest mistake of her life a decade ago, that has felt too true. Instead of glittering summers on the lakeshore of her childhood, she spends them in a stylish apartment in the city, going out with friends, and keeping everyone a safe distance from her heart.

Until she receives the call that sends her racing back to Barry’s Bay and into the orbit of Sam Florek—the man she never thought she’d have to live without.

For six summers, through hazy afternoons on the water and warm summer nights working in his family’s restaurant and curling up together with books—medical textbooks for him and work-in-progress horror short stories for her—Percy and Sam had been inseparable. Eventually that friendship turned into something breathtakingly more, before it fell spectacularly apart.

When Percy returns to the lake for Sam’s mother’s funeral, their connection is as undeniable as it had always been. But until Percy can confront the decisions she made and the years she’s spent punishing herself for them, they’ll never know whether their love might be bigger than the biggest mistakes of their past.

Told over the course of six years and one weekend, Every Summer After is a big, sweeping nostalgic look at love and the people and choices that mark us forever. 

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My Review

Every Summer After is a fantastic debut novel filled with all the mistakes of young love, forgiveness, and second chances.

It took six summers and one unforgettable weekend to change Persephone’s life forever. No matter how hard she tried, she never got over her first big love. When tragedy strikes, Persephone finds herself returning to the place she never thought she’d step foot in again. Suddenly Persephone is forced to confront the ghosts of her past…

Every Summer After is a beautiful story of young love and the mistakes we make trying to find our way. I fell instantly in love with Persephone and Sam. Their story hit me with all the feels and left me hanging on each and every word. The road to happily ever after for these two is not an easy one. It’s filled with longing and regret. It’s filled with mistakes and betrayal. It’s filled with hope and second chances. Persephone and Sam’s story took me on one heck of an emotional journey. I loved the push and pull, the will they/won’t they moments. And I just loved every second of it.

Every Summer After is well-written, engaging, and will easily consume your afternoon. This book gave me all the feels and checked off all the boxes for this reader. I’m blown away by the fact that this is Carley Fortune’s debut novel and can not wait to read more from this author in the future.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book via the publisher & NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

Release Blitz with Review: The Reluctant Bride by Monica Murphy

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Release Blitz with Review: The Reluctant Bride by Monica Murphy

The Reluctant Bride by Monica Murphy is now live!

Everyone’s for sale, including me. One moment I’m the forgotten daughter of one of the most wealthy families in the country, and the next I’m the blushing bride in an arranged marriage. My fate is sealed in my wedded union with a complete stranger.

In public, Perry Constantine is the life of the party. Easygoing. Adored. In private, he’s brooding. Dark. Angry. But so am I. It’s a contest of wills to see who will break in the bedroom first, and while I try to remain strong, I find myself craving the very man I swore to hate.

My husband.

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My Review

Fans of the Midnight Dynasty Series will be dying to sink their teeth into Monica Murphy’s latest release, The Reluctant Bride. Charlotte Lancaster and Perry Constantine find themselves in quite the predicament, an arranged marriage to a virtual stranger. As with other stories set within the Midnight Dynasty Series, there’s more going on than meets the eye. A web of passion and mystery has been set and will leave readers hanging on each and every word….

The Reluctant Bride captivated me from beginning to end. I easily devoured this book in just a few hours. I enjoyed getting to know Charlotte and Perry. I loved their chemistry and how Perry put Charlotte at ease. They have a ton of potential and I can’t wait to see how their story will play out in the end. Fans of the Midnight Dynasty Series won’t want to miss The Reluctant Bride.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

Meet Monica

Monica Murphy is a New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling romance author. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and have sold over two million copies worldwide. Both a traditionally published and independently published author, she writes young adult, new adult and contemporary romance.

A native Californian, she lives on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere with her husband, son, their goofy dog, and three cats. When she’s not writing, she’s thinking about writing. Or reading. Or binge watching something.

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Blog Tour with Review: THE NO-SHOW by Beth O’Leary

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Blog Tour with Review: THE NO-SHOW by Beth O’Leary

“The attention to detail adds depth to each character—even Joseph will win readers over—and the twisty plot keeps readers both guessing what will happen next and rooting for happy endings across the board. This is a knockout.”Publishers Weekly, STARRED review

“With thoroughly likable characters—even Joseph becomes appealing—this plot-driven novel is fast-paced and engaging throughout. Full of both humorous and heart-wrenching moments, the novel is packed with the perfect mix of contradictions to keep it engaging… An expertly plotted romantic surprise about self-forgiveness and second chances.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Beth O’Leary is that rare, one-in-a-million talent who can make you laugh, swoon, cry and ache all in the same book . . . surprising and deeply satisfying.” —Emily Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read

“Achingly clever.” —Sophie Cousens, New York Times bestselling author of I Just Haven’t Met You Yet

“Even as it taps beautifully into emotions and experiences that feel so universal, The No-Show is fresh, surprising, and oh-so-clever. It made me laugh, brought me to tears, and kept me reading late into the night. It’s the kind of book that leaves an impression on your heart. A truly special read.”—Holly Miller, author of The Sight of You

“Sweepingly romantic, bursting with character, and so, so clever I gasped out loud. Many writers make you feel good, but O’Leary also makes you think.”—Gillian McAllister, Sunday Times bestselling author of That Night

“A rom-com with a side of mystery.” —PopSugar

On April 12, Berkley is proud to publish THE NO-SHOW by bestselling author Beth O’Leary.

In 2019, O’Leary made a splash with her debut, The Flatshare, which sold over half a million copies. The book became one of the year’s most popular reads, receiving glowing praise from People, USA Today, Real Simple, Bustle, Refinery29, and so many more. The Hollywood Reporter recently announced the adaptation news for The Flatshare, naming Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey, Brave New World) and Anthony Welsh (The Great) as stars in the upcoming series.

Now, O’Leary returns with her most ambitious novel yet. THE NO-SHOW is a brilliantly sharp romantic comedy that manages to bring the laughs, while simultaneously breaking your heart—don’t miss the book that Publishers Weekly declared a “knockout.” Fans of romantic comedies and smart, feel-good women’s fiction will adore this highly anticipated title.

ABOUT THE BOOK THE NO-SHOW

THE NO-SHOW begins on Valentine’s Day with three seemingly unrelated women realizing they’ve all been stood up by the man of their dreams… which just so happens to be the same man. Siobhan is a quick-tempered life coach with way too much on her plate. Miranda is a tree surgeon used to being treated as just one of the guys on the job. Jane is a soft- spoken volunteer for the local charity shop with zero sense of self-worth. But where is Joseph Carter? More importantly, who is Joseph Carter? Is there more to him than meets the eye?

Once they’ve each forgiven him for standing them up, they let him back into their lives and are in serious danger of falling in love with a man who seems to have not just one or two but three women on the go………………………………………………………………….. Will they each untangle

the truth before they all get their hearts broken?

While it may seem like The Other Woman, the story reads more like One Day. The story is woven together perfectly while still highlighting how messy and nonlinear life can be. THE NO-SHOW offers readers the chance to experience how time passes, people change, and life goes on, with such authenticity that each scenario easily could have happened off

the pages and in the real world. It’s a beautiful reminder that there’s power in claiming your feelings and that happiness looks different for everyone.

O’Leary is a #1 bestselling author in the UK, and the reason why is on full display for THE NO-SHOW. Her latest is a smart, utterly captivating new romance that readers will devour this spring.

Paperback | ISBN: 9780593438442 | $16.00 Available in E-book | E-book ISBN: 9780593438459

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MY REVIEW

3 women stood up on Valentine’s day by the same man….need I say more. The plot of this story sounded so fresh and so unique. I had to pick up this book and see what the fuss was about.

The No-Show follows the story of Joesph and the three women he’s seeing. None of them know about each other and are stood up on Valentine’s Day for reasons yet to be revealed. This story is told from the points of view of the three women in Joesph’s life. To me, this was really intriguing. I thought it helped the reader connect to the characters and it made you want to know more about Joesph and the reasons behind his actions. Could he be redeemed for his behavior/actions?? You’ll have to read for yourself to find out….

The No-Show was a completely unexpected read. I went into this book thinking it was a rom-com and was a bit disappointed that it was not in fact a romantic comedy. Sure there were some humorous moments, but this book read more like women’s fiction than a romantic comedy, in my opinion. Despite that, I did find this story to be written well and very intriguing. I really enjoyed the characters and was curious how everything would come together in the end. The plot twist definitely caught me by surprise and connected all the missing dots for this reader.

While I enjoyed this book, for the most part, it wasn’t without its share of issues. I touched briefly on the categorization of this book genre-wise. I still feel that this book should be classified as women’s fiction. My other issues with the story were the pacing and overall timeline. Let’s start with the pacing. For me, this book started off rather slow and took me a while to get into. Don’t get me wrong, the story was very interesting, it just took a while to get into the flow. But, once I did get into the story, I found myself hooked and wanting to know more. Now, for the timeline. The timeline was a bit confusing to me. The chapters were broken up by character name instead of the number and didn’t indicate whether or not we were in the past or present. I think including “past” or “present” with each chapter heading would have made things a lot easier to understand and follow.

Overall, I thought this book was an ok read. It has been on my radar for a while and despite the issues I had, I’m certainly glad I checked it out. This is my first book by this author and I look forward to discovering more from her in the future.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book via Berkley Publishing and NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Beth O’Leary is a Sunday Times bestselling author whose novels have been translated into more than thirty languages. Her debut, The Flatshare, sold over half a million copies and changed her life completely. Her second novel, The Switch, has been optioned for film by Amblin Partners, Steven Spielberg’s production company. Beth writes her books in the English countryside with a very badly behaved golden retriever for company. If she’s not at her desk, you’ll usually find her curled up somewhere with a book, a cup of tea, and several woolly jumpers (whatever the weather). Learn more at betholearyauthor.com, and follow O’Leary on social media:

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Review: She Gets the Girl by Rachael Lippincott and Alyson Derrick

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Review: She Gets the Girl by Rachael Lippincott and Alyson Derrick

She’s All That meets What If It’s Us in this swoon-worthy hate-to-love YA romantic comedy from #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Five Feet Apart Rachael Lippincott and debut writer Alyson Derrick.

Alex Blackwood is a little bit headstrong, with a dash of chaos and a whole lot of flirt. She knows how to get the girl. Keeping her on the other hand…not so much. Molly Parker has everything in her life totally in control, except for her complete awkwardness with just about anyone besides her mom. She knows she’s in love with the impossibly cool Cora Myers. She just…hasn’t actually talked to her yet.

Alex and Molly don’t belong on the same planet, let alone the same college campus. But when Alex, fresh off a bad (but hopefully not permanent) breakup, discovers Molly’s hidden crush as their paths cross the night before classes start, they realize they might have a common interest after all. Because maybe if Alex volunteers to help Molly learn how to get her dream girl to fall for her, she can prove to her ex that she’s not a selfish flirt. That she’s ready for an actual commitment. And while Alex is the last person Molly would ever think she could trust, she can’t deny Alex knows what she’s doing with girls, unlike her.

As the two embark on their five-step plans to get their girls to fall for them, though, they both begin to wonder if maybe they’re the ones falling…for each other.

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MY REVIEW

She Gets the Girl is a sweet and authentic coming-of-age story. I’ll be the first to admit that this is quite the departure from the normal romances that I read, but I’m really glad to have picked it up and given it a chance.

She gets the Girl pulls you in from the very first page and you just can’t help but root for Alex and Molly. While their story might be YA, it deals with some very heavy, very real issues.

Overall, I found this to be a really entertaining read and loved the way it was written. This is my first book by this duo and I look forward to checking out more from them in the future.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book via the publisher, in exchange for an honest review*

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Rachael Lippincott is the coauthor of All This Time, #1 New York Times bestseller Five Feet Apart, and She Gets the Girl and the author of The Lucky List. She holds a BA in English writing from the University of Pittsburgh. Originally from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, she currently resides in Pennsylvania with her wife and their dog, Hank.

Alyson Derrick was born and raised in Greenville, Pennsylvania, a town where burn barrels take the place of recycling bins. After making her great escape to Pittsburgh, where she earned her bachelor’s in English writing, Alyson started her own food truck, but soon realized she much prefers telling stories over slinging cheesesteaks. Alyson currently resides in Pennsylvania with her wife and their dog, Hank.

Release Blitz with Review: Say It’s Forever by A.L. Jackson

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Say It’s Forever

A Close Proximity, Single Parent Romance from A.L. Jackson

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My loves! It is HERE! I am so excited to share SAY IT’S FOREVER with the world! I’m so in love with these beautiful characters, and I can’t wait for you to fall in love with them, too!

“Oh my heart and my soul……this book took both and I’m never getting them back!” -Melissa ❤️ bookaddict_fanatic

“Dark, gritty and undeniably sexy, this romance stole my heart and didn’t let go until the very end.”-Kelly, Goodreads Reviewer

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TITLE: SAY IT’S FOREVER

RELEASE DATE: MARCH 28TH, 2022

From NYT and USA Today bestselling author A.L. Jackson comes a close proximity, single-parent stand-alone romance about a woman on the run and the man who will do anything to save her…

Jud Lawson found me stranded in the rain.
Broken down on the side of the road in a deserted neighborhood with my piece of crap car.
I wasn’t looking for a hero, and definitely not one who looks like him.
An obscenely hot, mountain-of-a-man who screams danger.
But I have little choice other than climbing onto the back of his bike.

One look at Salem Aguilar, and I’m hooked.
The girl is devastation wrapped in a black, seductive bow.
A knockout.
A dream.
Turns out, she needs a job, and I need the help.
Now I have a vixen strutting around my shop, and I’m the fool who’s itching to reach out and take what he can’t have.

But neither of us can ignore the burning attraction.
The fire that leads to a kiss.
A kiss that has us falling into my bed.
The connection that has me wanting the one thing I’d never thought I could have again.
Because monsters like me don’t deserve love.

Only Salem has a secret, too.
She’s been running for years, and her past just caught up to us…

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MY REVIEW

“Attraction was something you couldn’t control. It was instant. Unstoppable.  Awakened in a beat before you even knew what was happening.”

“All of us need someone on our side. Someone to lean on when times get tough.”

“Sometimes the scariest journeys are the ones where the lost finally find the right path to lead them home.”

Some choose light in this life, Salem, others choose darkness. And some? Some get lost along the way, but inside of them, they burn with the fire of goodness.”

“Say it’s forever. ” “It’s forever, baby. Today, tomorrow, and always. “

Trying to find the words to articulate what I’m feeling right now and I’m coming up empty. I’m speechless.  I’m in awe. I am totally blown away. Say It’s Forever is an instant favorite and top read. This story is fire. It’s romance. It’s the definition of true love. Jud and Salem and absolute magic.

Say It’s Forever is the kind of story that consumes you from the very first page. The characters will capture your heart and burrow themselves into your soul, making you connect with them on a deeper level that you just never saw coming.

There is something just incredibly special about an A.L. Jackson novel. When you pick it up, you know you’re about to go on a life-changing, soul-searing journey and this book is no exception. A.L. Jackson’s lyrical and spellbinding writing never disappoints and always leaves readers salivating for more.

There is so much I wish to say about this book. I want to shout from the rooftops what a beautiful and heartbreaking story this is. I’m crying all of the happy tears right now. This story was so beautiful and just so much more than I ever expected. I honestly never saw it coming. The characters are real and raw. They’re beautifully broken, unforgettable, and written with so much depth. Their story is so intense, it will consume every fiber of your being. In true A.L. Jackson fashion, she has written an incredible story that will stick with you long after you reach “The End”.

No good love story would be without its share of ups and downs, and boy do Jud and Salem get put through the wringer. Their story is tough. It will tug at your heart and at times, make you feel like your heart is being ripped out of your chest. But, I promise you, the journey is so worth it.

Say It’s Forever is a heartbreaking and beautiful second chance romance.  It’s filled with pain, intensity, and love. The twists and turns will knock you off your feet and when the pieces of the puzzle finally come together, you’ll be left breathless. Al Jackson has really outdone herself with this book. This is a definite top read for 2022!

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A.L. Jackson is the New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance. She writes emotional, sexy, heart-filled stories about boys who usually like to be a little bit bad.

Her bestselling series include THE REGRET SERIES, CLOSER TO YOU, BLEEDING STARS, FIGHT FOR ME, CONFESSIONS OF THE HEART, FALLING STARS, and REDEMPTION HILLS novels. Grab her latest stand-alone romance, SAY IT’S FOREVER, now!

If she’s not writing, you can find her hanging out by the pool with her family, sipping cocktails with her friends, or of course with her nose buried in a book.

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Review: Hearts in Motion by Kelly Elliott

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Review: Hearts in Motion by Kelly Elliott

Brighton Rogers thought her life was as normal as normal could be, even better than normal. She has a thriving career as a lawyer in Boston. Friends and family back in her hometown of Boggy Creek love and adore her. And her boyfriend, Luke Morrison, showers her with love and attention, making her life finally feel complete.

But when Brighton discovers what life with a famous actor is all about—her normal life is turned upside down. All this time, Brighton felt that what they shared was genuine, that Luke was her forever; but now she can’t help but wonder if it was all an act. Was she playing a role she had no idea she’d been cast in? So, she does the one thing she can do and runs straight back to the safety of Boggy Creek.

Luke Morrison never imagined he would entertain the thought of leaving behind his successful career as an actor. Not just any actor, one of the top paid actors in Hollywood. But the moment he meets Brighton on a blind date, his life is changed forever. The only problem is balancing his career while attempting to keep his private life just that…private.

When one too many misunderstandings happen because of the press, Brighton breaks up with Luke, causing him to rethink what lies ahead in his future. A future he cannot imagine without Brighton Rogers in it. But Brighton is no ordinary woman and winning her back will force Luke to make one of the biggest sacrifices he’s ever made; one he is positive he can make because a life without Bree in it, is no life at all.

Now, to win back the love of his life and prove to her she is all that matters to him…

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MY REVIEW

“The moment my mouth covered hers, I knew everything was going to change. My life was about to get very complicated, and I was going to turn Brighton Rogers’s world upside down.”

“The way he made me feel, the way he kissed me back. It was like he was giving me his soul. And I greedily took it while I gave my own to him as well.”

“I have a feeling that love–true love–the kind that makes your breath catch in your throat and your heart feel like it’s in a free fall, only comes into our life once. Don’t let it slip through your fingers.”

Brighton and Luke’s story consumed me from the very beginning. This book was everything I could ask for in a swoon-worthy, small-town romance!

Hearts in Motion is the 5th book in the Boggy Creek Series but can be read and enjoyed as a standalone novel. When we first meet up with Brighton, she’s returned home with a broken heart. The last thing she expected was to see the love of her life show up in her hometown. You see, a misunderstanding rocked their foundation to its core, leaving them both heartbroken. Now, Luke is a man on a mission. His mission is to win back the woman he loves, no matter what it takes…

Hearts in Motion is my absolute favorite in this series so far. I was hooked on Luke and Brighton from their very first encounter. The feisty Brighton was just what Luke needed in his life. Brighton never held back and always spoke her mind. And for a man like Luke, it was refreshing. I loved the way the two of them were brought together. The sparks were instant and their chemistry contagious. Despite their fears of being in a relationship, Brighton and Luke were helpless to stay away from one another.

The road to happily ever after definitely wasn’t an easy one for Brighton and Luke. Mistakes were made and words were said that broke their hearts. As sad as it made me, this gave Luke the opportunity to really examine his life and see what really mattered the most. I really enjoyed watching these two navigate their way through all the ups and downs a relationship and fame can put you through.

In the end, Hearts in Motion was just the small-town romance I was looking for. The characters captured my heart and demanded that I read their story in just a single sitting. I can’t get enough of the Boggy Creek community and Brighton’s mom was no exception. She was exactly what you would expect of a small-town mom, who just wanted the best for her family and I just adored her.

If you’re looking for a small-town romance that is consuming, swoon-worthy, and destined to leave you with all the feels, look no further. Hearts in Motion is just the book you’ve been waiting for. I hope you’ll fall head over heels for this story and these characters as I have.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

Blog Tour with Review: Our Best Shot by A.M. Williams

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Blog Tour with Review: Our Best Shot by A.M. Williams

My life seemed perfect until he came back to town. With his sights set on me, he’s ready to settle down and face any challenge. Fans of Briar U by Elle Kennedy will devour Our Best Shot by A.M. Williams, a small-town, forced proximity, hockey romance.

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Rory

On the outside, my life seems perfect. I have my friends, family, and quirky small town to keep me satisfied plus my secret writing career that’s done better than I ever dreamed. What’s not to love?

There’s just one thing missing. But I don’t know what it is.

At least until he comes back to town. The man I crushed on so hard in high school, I couldn’t talk in full sentences around him.

He’s back, he’s ready to settle down, and he’s set his sights on me, the wallflower.

Every time I turn around, there he is. He wants to know about me. And no matter how hard I try to ignore him…I can’t. He’s everything I wanted as a teenager.

And as an adult? I’m discovering that he’s the total package and is ready to sweep me off my feet.

Alex

Deciding to retire from my professional hockey career was easy. I miss my family, friends, and hometown. I crave a slower lifestyle so I can finally settle down.

What isn’t easy? Figuring out how to coach teenaged boys in how to play hockey and win over the woman I can’t stop thinking about.

I think about her constantly and am constantly finding ways to run into her ‘by accident’. I want to know everything about her, but she’s hesitant and I have my work cut out for me to convince her to step outside her comfort zone and date me.

But I’m up for the challenge. I’m ready to show her what being with me could be like and that she doesn’t need to be scared.

With outside forces working against us, can we get it together for our best shot at a happily ever after?

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MY REVIEW

Small-Town Romance ✅

Hockey Romance ✅

Drama ✅

Melding exes ✅

Ever since I came across the blurb for Our Best Shot, I have been dying to get my hands on it. I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of this book and let me tell you, this book does not disappoint. Our Best Shot is well written, entertaining, and is the perfect small-town romance.

From the moment I met Alex and Rory, I was hooked. Their story captivated me from the first page and left me wanting more. The chemistry and sparks between Rory and Alex were instant and I just couldn’t wait to see where their story would take us.

The road to happily ever after wasn’t an easy one for Rory and Alex. With meddling exes and an agent who couldn’t get the hint, Rory and Alex were tested in ways neither one of them expected. At times, it felt like the hits just kept coming. The drama kept me on my toes and I couldn’t wait to see how things would play out.

Our Best Shot is a fantastic small-town, sports romance. It checked off all the boxes this reader was hoping for and I devoured it in a single sitting. I absolutely loved the small-town setting and all of the drama that went along with it. Speaking of drama, this story had it in spades and I just couldn’t get enough.

Small-town, Sports Romance fans are in for a real treat with Our Best Shot. AM Williams doesn’t disappoint. I had the best time getting swept up in Rory and Alex’s story and look forward to seeing what this author has in store for us next.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

Excerpt

Copyright 2022 @A.M. Williams

 “You want to sit for a little while?” Alex asked, pointing to a bench just ahead of us and off the main path.

I nodded, hoping that the bench would be enough out of the way that people wouldn’t notice us sitting there and stop staring.

We settled in and I sipped my coffee, looking the park over.

Compared to the weekend before, the park looked totally transformed.

There were bright tents throughout the trees with local crafters and artisans, and loud chatter filled the air from people walking around.

“This festival looks no different from when I came as a kid,” Alex said, pulling my attention to him.

I glanced at him and watched as he looked over at what I’d just been looking at.

“Are you surprised? You know we like tradition here.”

Alex chuckled. “Not really. I guess since it’s been so long since I was here, that I expected something to have changed. But nothing has. The same tents, same vendors, same atmosphere.”

I made a noise low in my throat. “There are some new vendors. They’re just peppered throughout. Some ones you’re thinking of don’t come anymore.”

What I didn’t say was that some owners had died because of how old they were and their businesses closed. The town had to get some new life for the vendors, otherwise this festival would have dwindled.

“Still. This is the same. If I close my eyes, I bet I could recall where everyone is and the order of the games at the rink. I feel like no time has passed.”

I said nothing at first. Then I asked, “Are you happy to be here at least?”

Alex met my gaze and nodded. “I am. It’s weird how I didn’t think about so much related to town while I was gone. I came home for holidays and brief visits, but everything else was just background. But now that I’m here, I can’t help remembering coming as a kid with my mom and sister. Hanging with my friends before our games. And all the other shit that the town does throughout the year.”

I thought about what he was saying. I didn’t have any experience not coming to the town events, considering I went to college close by and returned to town the minute I could. I’d kept coming to everything, even throughout college.

About A.M. Williams

A.M. Williams is just a simple girl from the south that found herself living abroad. When she’s not annoying her cat or reading, she’s spending time with her husband and traveling as much as possible. She has a serious case of wanderlust and wants to go as many places as possible while she can. She loves Cheerwine, sweet tea, and North Carolina (eastern style) BBQ as well as those crystal clear waters on the North Carolina coast.

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