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Review: A Thousand Heartbeats by Kiera Cass

Review: A Thousand Heartbeats by Kiera Cass

#1 New York Times bestselling author of The Selection series Kiera Cass is back with her most epic novel yet—a sweeping enemies-to-lovers standalone romance.

“Love has a sound. It sounds like a thousand heartbeats happening at the same time.”

Princess Annika has lived a life of comfort—but no amount of luxuries can change the fact that her life isn’t her own to control. The king, once her loving father, has gone cold, and Annika will soon be forced into a loveless marriage for political gain.

Miles away, small comforts are few and far between for Lennox. He has devoted his life to the Dahrainian army, hoping to one day help them reclaim the throne that was stolen from them. For Lennox, the idea of love is merely a distraction—nothing will stand in the way of fighting for his people.

But when love, against all odds, finds them both, they are bound by its call. They can’t possibly be together—but the irresistible thrum of a thousand heartbeats won’t let them stay apart.

Kiera Cass brings her signature sparkling romance to this beautiful story of star-crossed lovers and long-held secrets.

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MY REVIEW

“Love doesn’t look like anything.” “Love has a sound. It sounds like a thousand heartbeats happening at the same time. It sounds like the rush of a waterfall or the still of the world at daybreak. You can hear it at night, lulling you to sleep, and, in the middle of your darkesst days, it breaks through like a laugh.”

“It had been fascinating to watch how love chipped the jagged edges from someone, made them sharper in some ways and softer in others. It left me, for the first time, awed by the prospect. Love is complicated. Compicated, but so unexpectedly beautiful.”

“It was so easy. I understood now why anyone dared to let someone else have control over their heart. She could do whatever she wanted. She could throw my heart back into that hurricane, and I would thank her for it. I was hers. I was Annika’s. And there was nothing to be done about it.”

I have been a fan of Kiera Cass’ books for quite some time. She captured my heart with the Selection series and stole it once again with A Thousand Heartbeats.

From the moment my eyes caught the cover of A Thousand Heartbeats, I knew I had to read this book. I mean how could you possibly go wrong with the enemies-to-lovers trope in a fantasy setting? And let me tell you, this book does not disappoint. I was sucked into Lennox and Annika’s story from the very first page. Despite being from two very different backgrounds, Annika and Lennox’s background was very similar. Both of them were broken by the direction their lives took, but their sense of duty kept pushing them along. Lennox and Annika are destined to be enemies but for these two fate has other plans. And so begins an unforgettable, fantastical story of love against all odds and the duty their lives have thrust upon them…

A Thousand Heartbeats is a fantastic read from beginning to end. I loved the plot and the rich scenery. I loved the characters, flaws, and all. I will be the first to admit that this book does start out a bit slow but, honestly, that is to be expected with a fantasy novel. But I promise the pace does pick up around the 40% mark.

As far as characters go, I absolutely adored Annika and Lennox. Annika might have been a princess, but don’t let her status fool you. There is so much more to this girl than meets the eye and she is so much stronger than people give her credit for. And Lennox, 100% had my heart from the beginning. There was just something about him that intrigued me. I loved his sense of duty and how he was desperately trying to right a wrong. Together, these two were destined to be enemies and I love watching their relationship grow and change throughout the story.

In the end, A Thousand Heartbeats was everything I was hoping it would be. I thoroughly enjoyed getting lost in this story. If you’re looking for a Young Adult Fantasy novel with an enemies-to-lovers/starcrossed lovers vibe, you won’t want to miss A Thousand Heartbeats.

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

Blog Tour with Review: Untying the Knot by Meghan Quinn

Blog Tour with Review: Untying the Knot by Meghan Quinn

“Your heartbeat is the cadence of my life, and without it in my palm, I’m an aimless wanderer.”

UNTYING THE KNOT, a brand new steamy, witty, emotional romance full of heart and humor from USA Today bestselling author Meghan Quinn, is Now Available in all formats! Dive into this romantic comedy sure to keep you on your toes. One-click your copy today!

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A spin-off from the #1 Amazon bestsellers, A Not So Meet Cute and So Not Meant To Be, USA Today bestselling author Meghan Quinn brings you a heart-warming, yet hilarious full-length novel on what life is like after the happily ever after.

Ryot Bisley is my husband.

Yes, the former third baseman for the Chicago Bobbies and absolute heart throb of the Windy City. That Ryot Bisley.

The first time I ran into him, he was grumpy, a horrific host, and left me on his sofa with nothing but a nylon baseball flag to use as a blanket.

The second time, he reluctantly bought me dinner, stared at my chest the entire night, and still sported that permanent frown.

The third time . . . well, that was a game changer. His smile captured me, his teasing charmed me, and his touches excited me.

So when he was called up to the majors that didn’t stop us from knocking it out of the park and all the way down the aisle.

Eleven years later…I’d love to say we’re happy as ever but the man who sent me dirty text messages every day is long gone and Mr. Frowny Face is back.

He’s so focused on trying to build a life after baseball that he doesn’t see the life we’ve already created together. . .so I make the hard decision and serve him divorce papers.

Problem is…my husband refuses to accept those papers. Instead, he has a new game plan that makes untying the knot of our marriage a little tricky. And just when I thought I wanted to be traded . . . he’s slowly, tantalizingly roping me back in.

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MY REVIEW

“Your heartbeat is the cadence of my life, and without it in my palm, I’m an aimless wanderer.”

Untying the Knot left me an emotional, exhausted mess. This story really put me through the wringer with all of its angst and feels. Wild horses couldn’t have stopped me from devouring each second of this story. Untying the Knot is real, honest, and messy. Its utter perfection will consume you and leave you gasping for more.

From the moment I picked up this book, I was consumed. I was completely lost in Ryot and Myla’s story. Ryot and Myla were the dream team. Their banter and chemistry was contagious. They fought hard to be together through all the curveballs life kept throwing at them. But, somewhere along the way, life happened. They both lost their way and before they knew it, they were in for the fight of their lives.

I loved everything about this book from beginning to end. When I say Ryot and Myla’s story consumed me, I mean it CONSUMED me. I was addicted and couldn’t get enough. From the banter and chemistry to the hate and disappointment. To the moments that tugged on my heart and left me ugly-crying. This book had it all and was everything I never knew I needed. Ryot and Myla’s story was real, honest, and at times hard and I think that’s why I loved it so much. The journey wasn’t easy, but boy was it an incredible one.

Untying the Knot is hands down one of my favorite reads for 2022 and is probably one of my top reads from this author. If you’re looking for a book that will hit you with all the feels and isn’t afraid to hold back, you won’t want to miss Untying the Knot.

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

Jason Clarke and Stella Hunter narrate this sexy romance in duet and bring Ryot and Myla to life! You won’t want to miss this audiobook and all the heat and emotions they bring to it. One-click your copy and get your newest eargasm today!  

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ABOUT MEGHAN QUINN:

USA Today Bestselling Author, wife, adoptive mother, and peanut butter lover. Author of romantic comedies and contemporary romance, Meghan Quinn brings readers the perfect combination of heart, humor, and heat in every book.

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Release Blitz with Review: Single and Ready to Jingle by Piper Rayne

Release Blitz with Review: Single and Ready to Jingle by Piper Rayne

Single and Ready to Jingle by Piper Rayne is now live!

The girl who loves Christmas falls for the Grinch—it’s a Christmas miracle.

What started as a dumpster fire of a blind date turns into a deal.

In truth, it probably didn’t help that I showed up dressed like an elf but that’s a story for another time. Our start was rocky at best which is why it’s so frustrating that I can’t stop thinking about his sexy British accent. Or the way his chest and arms fill out his suit. Or his perfect hair with that single streak of grey at the front.

Santa likes lists and so do I, so here’s all the reasons why Andrew and I aren’t right for each other:

He’s my brother’s best friend
He’s the biggest grump I’ve ever met.
He hates Christmas.

That last one is big for a girl like me who thinks that the entire month of December should be a national holiday. So, when he calls for my help in planning his firm’s holiday party, I can’t pass up the opportunity to grow my small business. Bonus, we make a deal, and he agrees to attend three holiday events with me so I can make him fall in love with Christmas. As if I’d pass up an opportunity to make a Grinch’s heart grow three times its size.

It isn’t long until I discover Andrew has a very real reason to hate Christmas and I start to see him in a different light. That’s when the Christmas miracle begins.

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MY REVIEW

“I feel as though I’ m standing at the edge of a cliff with a parachute looking down into a cavernous void, wanting to take the dive, feel the adrenaline and excitement of the free fall, but worried my parachute will fail and I’ll plummet to the ground.”

Single and Ready to Jingle is the perfect holiday read that will not only put a smile on your face but deliver all the feels.

Kenzie is a ray of sunshine and her love for Christmas is 100% contagious. It’s hard to be in a bad mood when she’s around. Andrew is the grumpy, broody grinch who loathes Christmas and keeps his heart guarded. Together these two are as opposite as they come, but when fate keeps throwing them into each other’s paths, this unlikely pair is in for an adventure of a lifetime.

Grumpy Sunshine Romances are a top favorite for me, so when you add in the best friend’s sibling and forbidden aspect to it, you just know you’re in for a real treat. As someone who was just coming off of a really dark read, I was looking for something light, fun, and filled with romance and this book totally delivered. The characters were fun and easy to relate to. I loved Kenzie’s quirkiness and imperfections. I adored Andrew’s grumpiness and loved watching all of his walls break down. The chemistry between the two of them was simply off the charts and oozed off of the pages. I loved watching these two navigate their way through all the ups and downs life can throw at you and in the end, I was left with a huge smile on my face.

Single and Ready to Jingle had me completely hooked and I finished it in just a few short hours. I couldn’t wait to see how this story would play out. If you’re looking for an entertaining, Grumpy Sunshine Romance that’s well written, with just the right amount of drama and angst, you won’t want to miss Single and Ready to Jingle, a must-read for the holiday season.

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

Meet Piper Rayne

Piper Rayne is a USA Today Bestselling Author duo who write “heartwarming humor with a side of sizzle” about families, whether that be blood or found. They both have e-readers full of one-clickable books, they’re married to husbands who drive them to drink, and they’re both chauffeurs to their kids. Most of all, they love hot heroes and quirky heroines who make them laugh, and they hope you do, too!

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Review: A Light in the Flame by Jennifer Armentrout

Review: A Light in the Flame by Jennifer Armentrout

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes book two in her Flesh and Fire series…

The only one who can save Sera now is the one she spent her life planning to kill.

The truth about Sera’s plan is out, shattering the fragile trust forged between her and Nyktos. Surrounded by those distrustful of her, all Sera has is her duty. She will do anything to end Kolis, the false King of Gods, and his tyrannical rule of Iliseeum, thus stopping the threat he poses to the mortal realm.

Nyktos has a plan, though, and as they work together, the last thing they need is the undeniable, scorching passion that continues to ignite between them. Sera cannot afford to fall for the tortured Primal, not when a life no longer bound to a destiny she never wanted is more attainable than ever. But memories of their shared pleasure and unrivaled desire are a siren’s call impossible to resist.

And as Sera begins to realize that she wants to be more than a Consort in name only, the danger surrounding them intensifies. The attacks on the Shadowlands are increasing, and when Kolis summons them to Court, a whole new risk becomes apparent. The Primal power of Life is growing inside her, pushing her closer to the end of her Culling. And without Nyktos’s love—an emotion he’s incapable of feeling—she won’t survive her Ascension. That is if she even makes it to her Ascension and Kolis doesn’t get to her first. Because time is running out. For both her and the realms.

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MY REVIEW

“For the first time in my life, I felt like I was more than a destiny I’d never agreed to. More than the embers I carried within me. I felt like…more.”

You know you’ve read a good book when it leaves you absolutely speechless and that’s what this book has done to me.

Picking up where A Shadow in the Ember left off, we are faced with the truth about Sera’s plan and the fallout it leaves behind. Even after shattering the trust between herself and Nyktos, Sera remains determined to destroy Kolis at any cost. Nyktos has a plan, but in order for it to work he must find a way to work with Sera. The last thing these two need is to acknowledge the passion that burns between them. Bound by destiny and duty, Nyktos and Sera’s story takes readers on an unforgettable journey…

A Light in the Flame is brilliantly written and will capture your attention from the very first page. Nyktos and Sera’s story absolutely consumed me. The push and pull, the undeniable connection…Ugh! I just couldn’t get enough. You knew these two characters were meant to be, it was only a matter of time before they weren’t able to deny it anymore. I live for those moments.

A Light in the Flame is filled with romance and betrayal, revelations, and crazy twists all leading up to an unforgettable ending that will leave you begging for the next book. I lived for all of the angsty and heart-pounding action. The sense of duty, fate, and destiny had me devouring each and every word. A Light in the Flame is a fantastic addition to the Flesh and Fire series and I can not wait to see how things play out in the next book.

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

Review: Princess and the Player by Ilsa Madden-Mills

Review: Princess and the Player by Ilsa Madden-Mills

A masquerade ball brings together an NFL player and a penniless princess in this smart and sexy romance from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills.

Level-headed Francesca Lane never thought she’d miss her own wedding. But when her fiancé betrays her, she puts on her wedding dress and ditches the altar for a masquerade ball—at a sex club.

There, she meets NFL star Tuck Avery, dressed as a prince and hiding behind a mask as he celebrates his birthday. For one night, Francesca and Tuck indulge in a wickedly incognito affair. No names. No strings. And the masks don’t come off.

Unfortunately, Francesca soon realizes her prince is the wealthy jock who lives in the penthouse of her apartment building. His hobbies include parties and supermodels—or so the tabloids say. Another shallow jerk is the last thing Francesca needs, so she vows to keep Tuck from recognizing her, not that she’s his type anyway.

But fate has a teeny-tiny trick up her sleeve… a plus sign on a pregnancy test. Can this tormented prince accept love, or will he push his princess away forever?

Princess and the Player is a complete stand-alone romance with nuanced characters and a swoony happily ever after.

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MY REVIEW

Princess and the Player follows the story of Tuck and Francesca. Tuck and Francesca were two lost and broken souls who met at the most unconventional places. They end up spending one glorious night together, with no strings attached. However, fate had other plans for these two. Suddenly their paths are crossing at every possible chance and despite not wanting a relationship, Tuck and Francesca are powerless to fight the pull they feel toward one another…

Princess and the Player is a fast-paced and addictive read. I devoured this book in just a few short hours and wild horses couldn’t have made me put this book down. I was consumed by the entertaining banter and explosive chemistry. I loved the push and pull between Tuck and Francesca. Neither one of them was perfect and had their fair share of flaws, but when they set their hearts on something, they’re not afraid to fight for what they want. I loved watching these two navigate past their fears and disappointments, and thoroughly enjoyed their journey to happily ever after.

This story was everything I was hoping it would be and in the end, it left me with the biggest smile on my face. If you’re looking for an entertaining, swoon-worthy story that has just the right amount of angst, you won’t want to miss Princess and the Player.

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

Review: Wicked by Amo Jones

Review: Wicked by Amo Jones

I remember the day he walked through our front door, bloodied and broken with the kind of torment that breeds, but never dies. Papa had one rule for him. Stay away from his daughter.

He didn’t.

Years later, he crashes back into my life and tears down all of the walls I built up around myself. We’re both hiding secrets, but when the mafia world collides with the MC world, the shrapnel could destroy everyone around us.

Now the president of the Chicago chapter, not even I was prepared for his return. He’s going to see that I’m no longer the precious princess of the Cosa Nostra, and I won’t play his games anymore.

He’ll play mine.

This is a story about two souls destined to be together, but who are trapped in bodies that hate each other. It’s what happens when you both let love kill you.

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MY REVIEW

“She stared at me from across the room. It was the exact reason why I loved her. She was reckless with her need for me. She didn’t give a fuck who was watching. I felt it, she sure as fuck felt it, and I’m one thousand percent everyone in this goddamn room felt it.”

“Love was a distraction to destruction. Nothing more, and nothing less.”

“Because with Wicked, he needs to own you. All of you. Every animalistic tendency that man has comes out to play with you when he’s fucking you. He fucks to own you, not sleep with you.”

After weeks of teasing, Wicked is finally here! And let me tell you, this book is twisted and boundary-pushing. It makes you question everything and leaves you on the edge of your seat wanting more…

One thing I can count on with an Amo Jones book is that she’s going to pull out all the stops and test every single one of my boundaries and Wicked is no exception. Wicked is intense from the very first page and will keep you captivated the entire time. This story hits the ground running and had my head spinning, not knowing which way was up or which was down. The romance, web of lies, betrayal, and twists kept me on my toes the entire time. And just when I thought I knew the direction this story was going to take, the carpet was pulled out from under me, and I fell further into the rabbit hole.

Wicked is probably one of Amo Jones’ darkest books yet and isn’t for the faint of hearts. Wicked is brilliantly written and completely consuming. This is the kind of book that you’re going to hate one minute and love the very next. The chemistry between Wicked and Ruby is explosive and will leave you all twisted up in knots. If you’re looking for a hearts and flowers type of read, Wicked is not for you. But, if you love dark and twisted tales, go into this story blind. Heed the warnings. Trust the process, and enjoy because you are about to be taken on a crazy, wild ride.

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

Release Blitz with Review: Tempt by Piper Lawson

Release Blitz with Review: Tempt by Piper Lawson

Tempt by Piper Lawson is now live!

He’s a single dad and my new boss. He’s scorching hot, with gorgeous dark eyes and a smile that makes me burn up every time he looks at me. Too bad he’s ten years older, with trust issues and more layers than my psych degree could ever unwrap.

I shouldn’t fall into bed with him, not to mention let my heart get involved. But he makes me feel things I never expected to feel.

She’s my son’s nanny, and a student at the university where I’m a professor. Seeing her play with my kid, hearing her laugh from the bedroom across the hall, watching her walk by with those legs that would look amazing over my shoulders… it’s the best kind of torment.

I should know better than to pursue this attraction, no matter how intense. I haven’t wanted a woman since my wife died. But she makes me want things I never thought I’d want again.

I need to stay professional, but she’s too tempting.

Tempt is a steamy, swoony forbidden romance in the addictive Off-Limits series. It can be read as a complete standalone!

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MY REVIEW

“You’re a game I can’t stop playing. A puzzle I won’t quit solving. I’m obsessed with you and it’s not going away.”

Tempt is a steamy, addictive romance that hits all the marks and leaves readers thirsting for more.

Tempt is the fourth book in the Off-Limits series, but can be read and enjoyed as a standalone novel. When we first meet up with our lead, Kat she’s at a bit of a turning point in her life. Her roommates are all finding love and moving on with their lives. Meanwhile, Kat is just going with the flow, taking one day at a time and trying to figure out what to do next with her life. So, when Daniel asks Kat to consider being his son’s nanny, she’d be foolish to turn him down. This unexpected offer may provide the answers Kat never knew she needed.

From the moment I met Kat and Daniel, I knew I was in for a special treat. Kat was such a special character. She had her share of faults and issues, but there was so much more to this girl than meets the eye and I couldn’t wait to see just her character flourish. And Daniel…Daniel is the swoon-worthy single dad who just wanted to give his son the world. Sadly, he was just going through the paces and didn’t realize how much he was missing out on until Kat entered his life. Together these two steamed up the pages and left me wanting more in the best possible way.

Checking off a lot of my favorite tropes, Tempt was everything I wanted and hoped for. This story was smartly written with entertaining banter. The characters were fun and relatable. The plot was fast-moving and kept me engaged the entire time. I laughed. I swooned. I fell head over heels. If you’re a fan of sexy, single-dad stories with a forbidden romance flare, you won’t want to miss Tempt.

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

Meet Piper


Piper Lawson is a Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of smart and steamy romance.

She writes women who follow their dreams, best friends who know your dirty secrets and love you anyway, and complex heroes you’ll fall hard for.

Piper lives in Canada with her tall and brilliant husband. She’s a sucker for dark eyes, dark coffee, and dark chocolate. 

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Release Blitz with Review: Bittersweet Promises by Carrie Ann Ryan

Release Blitz with Review: Bittersweet Promises by Carrie Ann Ryan

New York Times Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan returns with the next generation of Montgomerys and a second chance romance bound in memory and heat.

Leif Montgomery fell hard for Brooke Alder in Paris when they were young, and he thought their fling was just an early taste of what life had in store for him.

But life had other plans, and he didn’t find that kind of love—or see Brooke’s face—for years. 

Until he visits his cousin’s house and sees who’s moved in next door.

They’ve both changed: she’s a struggling single mom, he’s running from a past he’s trying to hide while opening up a new tattoo shop. Yet the moment he sees her again, he knows she’s the one for him.

And with one look, Brooke knows that she can’t fight the desire that pulled them together before, despite the skeletons in both their closets. 

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MY REVIEW

Bittersweet Promises is the first book in the Montgomery Ink Legacy series and is a second-chance romance that is sure to capture readers’ hearts as they embark on Leif and Brooke’s unforgettable journey.

When we first meet up with Brooke, she’s returned home to Colorado, ready for a fresh start for herself and her son. The last thing she expected was to be reunited with a former flame. You see, Leif and Brooke fell hard and fast for one another when they were in Paris many years ago. But for reasons neither one of them could understand, they ended up parting ways. Fast forward to six years later and fate has once again intervened with this pair. A chance encounter between Brooke and Leif not only stirs up old feelings but also brings some long-awaited questions to the table. Will Leif and Brooke get a second chance at love? There’s only one way to find out….

Bittersweet Promises is a fabulous read from beginning to end. I was sucked into Leif and Brooke’s story from the very first page. I loved what a strong character Brooke was. She was a dedicated mother and had an exciting career. She loved big and loved hard. She wasn’t used to depending on anyone and when Leif stormed back into her world, he certainly gave her a run for her money. And lets talk about Leif. Talk about being a total catch. He was a complete family man and valued everything that he worked for. His life was anything but easy, but he wasn’t afraid of the hard work. And when fate brought Brooke back into his life, he couldn’t help but jump at a second chance. Together, these two were quite a force. I loved their chemistry and the ease of the two of them being together. Sure, they weren’t always perfect and had their share of issues to contend with, but in the end, these two totally grabbed onto my heart and ran away with it.

Bittersweet Promises is a second-chance romance filled with swoon-worthy moments and just enough drama to keep readers on their toes. The Montgomery Ink Legacy series is off to one heck of a start and I am super excited to see where this series will take us next.

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

COMING SOON

#2 At First Meet – Releasing February 27

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#2.5 Happily Ever Never: A Montgomery Ink Legacy Novella – Releasing March 14

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#3 Longtime Crush – Releasing July 3

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Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary, paranormal, and young adult romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Fractured Connections, and Elements of Five series, which have sold over 3.0 million books worldwide. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn’t stopped since. Carrie Ann has written over seventy-five novels and novellas with more in the works. When she’s not losing herself in her emotional and action-packed worlds, she’s reading as much as she can while wrangling her clowder of cats who have more followers than she does.

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Review: A Cosmic Kind of Love by Samantha Young

Review: A Cosmic Kind of Love by Samantha Young

Space is the last thing an event planner and an astronaut need in this charming new romantic comedy from New York Times bestselling author Samantha Young.

When event planner Hallie Goodman receives party-inspiration material from the bride of her latest wedding project, the last thing she expects to find in the files are digital videos from Darcy’s ex-boyfriend. Hallie knows it’s wrong to keep watching these personal videos, but this guy is cute, funny, and an astronaut on the International Space Station to boot. She’s only human. And it’s not long until she starts sending e-mails and video diaries to his discontinued NASA address. Since they’re bouncing back, there’s no way anyone will ever be able to see them…right?

Christopher Ortiz is readjusting to life on earth and being constantly in the shadow of his deceased older brother. When a friend from NASA’s IT department forwards him the e-mails and video messages Hallie has sent, he can’t help but notice how much her sense of humor and pink hair make his heart race.

Separated by screens, Hallie and Chris are falling in love with each other, one transmission at a time. But can they make their star-crossed romance work when they each learn the other’s baggage? 

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MY REVIEW

A Cosmic Kind of Love is a fun and entertaining romantic comedy by author Samantha Young.

A Cosmic Kind of Love follows the story of Hallie and Chris. When event planner, Hallie receives an inspiration file from one of her clients, the last thing she expected were videos of her client’s ex, Chris. Hallie knows it’s wrong, but can’t help but watch the videos and before long, Hallie finds herself making and sending video diaries of her own to Chris. Even when Hallie’s emails bounce back, it doesn’t deter her from putting herself out there. Hallie and Chris’s connection starts out rather unconventional, but somehow these two start to fall for one another one transmission at a time.

Overall, I thought this book was such a cute and unique read. I loved the way that Hallie and Chris’s story started out. It was refreshing and unconventional. I loved getting to know Chris and Hallie. They were perfectly imperfect, with flaws and real insecurities. Their family lives were far from perfect and they were both no strangers to life’s disappointments. I think both of these characters experienced a lot of growth and I loved following their journey to happily ever after.

If I had one complaint about this book it would be that it had a bit of a slow start to it. It seemed to take a bit to really get the flow going, but once it did, I couldn’t put it down.

In the end, Samantha Young delivered a sweet and fun romantic comedy that kept me entertained and unable to walk away.

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

Review: Love and Kerosene by Winter Renshaw

Review: Love and Kerosene by Winter Renshaw

Two people find love in the embers of their painful pasts in this slow-burn romance from Wall Street Journal and #1 Amazon bestselling author Winter Renshaw.

For me, family is a curse. My father and brother made my life hell. My mother’s untimely death still keeps me up at night. Now that my brother, Donovan, has been killed in an accident, I can forget the past.

The last remnant is the childhood home I’ve inherited—and which I intend to burn to the ground. The only obstacle? Anneliese Nielsen, Donovan’s fiancée.

Donovan left her destitute, and selling this run-down house is her only chance to recoup her losses. I shouldn’t care, but…maybe it’s her eyes when she sees me. I look strikingly like my brother, a man she loved despite everything.

So we strike a deal. We’ll renovate the house together, but she’ll have to convince me to sell—or up in flames it goes.

But the more time we spend in the house, the more its terrible history threatens to come out.

And even more dangerous, the harder I start to fall for Anneliese.

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MY REVIEW

“If my life was a story, you’d be the plot twist.”

Love and Kerosene is one contemporary romance that I didn’t see coming. From damaged characters to an intriguing plot, this story will captivate and intrigue readers right until the end.

Anneliese was living the dream until the sudden passing of her fiance. Her eyes have been opened to disappointing secrets and hits that never seem to stop coming. The latest hit, discovering that her dead fiance not only has a brother she’s never heard about but learns that the home she’s been renovating belongs to him. For Anneliese and Donovan, what started off as hate at first sight, quickly turns into more…

Overall, I thought this book was a good read. I was really intrigued by the premise of this story and was excited to see this author’s take on the “falling for your dead exes brother” trope. The sparks between Anneliese and Donovan were instant. I enjoyed their love/hate relationship and the entertaining banter it brought along with it. I think this story offered some good mystery and I enjoyed the unraveling of secrets and the past.

However, despite the instant sparks between our two main characters, their story is a definite slow burn. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good build-up/anticipation as much as the next person, but this was a little much for me. And as much as I enjoyed these characters and their story, I found some parts of their story to be lacking; like it just needed to be fleshed out a little more and not rushed.

Despite my issues with this book, I did find it to be an enjoyable read. The story wasn’t over the top or overly dramatic. I think the author delivered when it came to the angst and romance, I was just left wanting more from the characters and their story.

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