Weekly Wrap-Up: March 3rd through March 9th, 2019

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Books I’ve Read (clicking on the picture will bring you to Goodreads):

Play to Win: A Wynn Hockey Novel by [Jamieson, Kelly]
An Unfortunate Dimension by [Schunker, Dominic]
The Lich's Heart (The Windhaven Chronicles) by [Davis, Watson]

Books with pending reviews (clicking on pictures will bring you to Amazon):

Inspection: A Novel by [Malerman, Josh]

Play to Win—review coming March 19th, 2019

Play to Win: A Wynn Hockey Novel by [Jamieson, Kelly]

The Lich’s Heart—review coming March 14th, 2019

The Lich's Heart (The Windhaven Chronicles) by [Davis, Watson]

Springtime at Hope Cottage—review coming March 5th, 2019

Springtime at Hope Cottage: Includes a bonus short story (Sweetwater Springs Book 2) by [Rains, Annie]

Between the Lies—review coming March 5th, 2019

Between the Lies by [Adams, Michelle]

Books with published reviews (clicking on pictures will bring you to Amazon):

An Unfortunate Dimension by [Schunker, Dominic]
Springtime at Hope Cottage: Includes a bonus short story (Sweetwater Springs Book 2) by [Rains, Annie]
Ice Hot: A New York Nighthawks Novel by [Goodwin, Tracy]
Between the Lies by [Adams, Michelle]

NetGalley Haul:

Rogue Most Wanted (The Cavensham Heiresses Book 5) by [MacGregor, Janna]
I Know You: A gripping suspense thriller with a heart-stopping twist by [Therme , Erik]
Bright Burning Stars by [Small, A.K.]
Realm by [Weis, Alexandrea]

Email Haul:

The Goal (Off-Campus Book 4) by [Kennedy, Elle]
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Caught on Camera: Part one: Gay Romance by [Harlem, Lily]
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Fatal Lies by [Luciani, Kristen]
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Until You Set Me Free: Book 1 in the Until You Series by [Davis, D.M.]
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Blue Angel (The Doyle Sister Series Book 2) by [Kelly, Kristen]
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Making Ends Meet
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Into the Shadows: A Young Adult Paranormal Vampire Romance (The Shadow Vampire Trilogy Book 1) by [Crawford, Sara]

Freebies I Scored:

Rescued By A Viscount (Regency Rakes Book 2) by [Vella, Wendy]
Stripped From You: (Prequal to Strip Me Bare) by [Never, M.]
From BookFunnel
The Brawny Billionaire (Clean Billionaire Beach Club Romance Book 2) by [Johnson, Elana, Bay, Getaway]
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The Brainy Billionaire (Clean Billionaire Beach Club Romance Book 1) by [Johnson, Elana, Bay, Getaway]
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What Fate Portends (The Frost Arcana Book 1) by [Coulson, Clara]
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Her Husband's Harlot (Mayhem in Mayfair Book 1) by [Callaway, Grace]
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The Last Man in London (Rogues and Gentlemen Book 9) by [Leech, Emma V]
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Turn the Tide by [Ruggle, Katie, Anders, Adriana, Rushdan, Juno, Mann, Connie]
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When Love Comes (Diamond Creek, Alaska Novels Book 1) by [Croix, J.H.]
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Flirting With Death: The Hunted Series: A short story by [Winters, Ali]
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Game Player by [Harvey, BJ]
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Such a Clever Deception: A Stolen Tears Prequel by [Pearson, Cortney]
From BookFunnel (via author’s newsletter)
Shade (Shade Series, #1)
From Prolific Works
Relics and Runes: A Limited Edition Urban Fantasy and Fantasy Anthology by [Adkins, Heather Marie, Dawn, CK, Etherton, Tameri, Lane, Amir, Ember, N.J., Wilson, Muffy, Flinthart, Aiki, Schlag, Jennifer Ann, Hogan, Mirren, French, Lee, Swain, Kimbra , Shand, Tiffany , Jenkins, Robyn]
From Amazon
By Twilight (Vampire Delights Book 1) by [Kallysten]
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The Other by [Peake, Marilyn]
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Curse of the Fae Queen by [Castel, Delia]
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Perfection Unleashed (Double Helix Book 1) by [Kerrion, Jade, Helix, Double]
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Wiccan Wars by [Adkins, Heather Marie]
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The Forever Girl: A New Adult Paranormal Romance Novel (The Forever Girl Series Book 1) by [Hamilton, Rebecca]
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Lord of Pleasure: Regency Romance Novel (Rogues to Riches Book 2) by [Ridley, Erica]
BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON: RISE OF THE ARKANSAS WEREWOLVES by [Vaughn, Jodi]
From BookFunnel
A Wanton Woman (Mail Order Bride of Slate Springs Book 1) by [Vale, Vanessa]
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Finding Cory (Island Escapes Book 1) by [Lynch, Caitlyn]
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Flow (The Flow Series Book 1) by [Littlemore, Clare]
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Mate's Baby: Royal Dragon Curse by [Gabriel, Lola]
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From BookFunnel (No link)
Alien Warrior's Captive Bride: A SciFi Alien Romance by [Wells, Juno]
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Giveaways/Contests I entered:

The Do Not Disturb Book Club Spring Into Books Giveaway

Yoga Retreat in Your Living Room Sweepstakes

Cover Reveals/Blog Tours:

Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap-Up

Freebie Sunday

Music Monday

Top Ten Tuesday

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Foodie Friday

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Springtime at Hope Cottage (Sweetwater Springs: Book 2) by Annie Rains

Springtime at Hope Cottage: Includes a bonus short story (Sweetwater Springs Book 2) by [Rains, Annie]

4 Stars

Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)

Date of publication: March 5th, 2019

Genre: Romance

Series: Sweetwater Springs

Christmas on Mistletoe Lane—book 1 (review here)

Springtime at Hope Cottage—book 2

A Wedding on Lavender Hill—book 2.5

Meet Me at Sweetwater Springs—book 2.75 (expected publication date August 6th, 2019

Snowfall on Cedar Trail—book 3 (expected publication date October 8th, 2019)

Where you can find Springtime at Hope Cottage: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | BookBub

Synopsis:

Fans of RaeAnne Thayne and Debbie Mason will want to cozy up with this small-town series from USA Today bestselling author Annie Rains.

When opposites attract…

As an editor at a major New York City magazine, Josie Kellum is always on the go…until an injury sidelines her in the small town of Sweetwater Springs. Luckily, her new physical therapist is easy going and easy on the eyes. When their sessions start to heat up, in more ways than one, Josie is intrigued. But she has a city and career she loves waiting for her. So why does the thought of leaving him suddenly feel a lot like leaving home? 

Tucker Locklear is just starting to move on after his wife’s death. While he can’t deny his attraction to the gorgeous, vivacious Josie, he won’t risk the pain of losing someone again. The sooner he gets Josie back on her feet and back to her real life, the safer he’ll be. But in Sweetwater Springs, love has a way of mending even the most damaged heart.

Includes the bonus short story “Last Chance Bride” from Hope Ramsay.


My review:

Josie needed a vacation. Sweetwater Springs is the obvious choice. Since her best friend runs a successful B&B. Josie meets Tucker when he picks her up at the airport. Her relationship with him continues after she falls and injures her knee. Tucker, a physical therapist, offers his services. The Josie receives a call. Her apartment was involved in a fire. Which means she can’t go home. Stuck, she agrees to live in an apartment above Tucker’s garage. What could go wrong?

Tucker has decided to move on after his wife’s death, 2 years ago. While he was attracted to Josie, he knows that having a relationship with her wouldn’t happen. But, the more they get thrown together, the more Tucker realizes that he needs Josie in his life. Can he convince her to stay in Sweetwater Springs?


Josie: I liked Josie’s character. I liked that she was real and that she was easy to relate to. She was a spitfire. She didn’t hold back her opinions on things. But she also had a soft side. She didn’t throw temper tantrums when her love interest had different views than her. Instead, she talked about it with him. I loved it.

Tucker: I liked him. He was the perfect foil for Josie’s character. Where she was always on the go, he was more laid back. I did like that he was a physical therapist. It was interesting to read about the different ways that he helped people heal. As for his relationship with Josie, he eased into it. There was no Instalove. No jumping into bed the first hour they met. Instead, he formed a relationship with her. It was refreshing to read.


Springtime at Hope Cottage was a great romance to read. The plot was easy to follow. The romance between Tucker and Josie was realistic and believable.

The plotlines of Springtime at Hope Cottage were well written. There was zero unnecessary drama in the book. Y’all know what I mean. A character comes out of nowhere to throw a wrench in the relationship of the main characters. Not here. The only surprise wasn’t a surprise. I figured it out early in the book. But, I still liked how that storyline played out

My only complaint with Springtime at Hope Cottage was that I didn’t get a feel for Tucker and Josie sexually. There was sexual tension but those scenes were far between. By the time they did have sex, I couldn’t get into it.

The end of Springtime at Hope Cottage was sweet. The author did a fantastic job of wrapping up all the storylines. Nothing was left hanging. There were no sudden twists in the plot. It was a sweet ending to a sweet story.


I would give Springtime at Hope Cottage an Adult rating. There is sex. There is language. There is mild violence. I would recommend that no one under the age of 21 read this book.

I would reread Springtime at Hope Cottage. I would also recommend this book to family and friends.


I would like to thank the author, the publisher, and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review Springtime at Hope Cottage.

All opinions stated in this review of Springtime at Hope Cottage are mine.


Have you read Springtime at Hope Cottage?

What are your thoughts on it?

Do opposites really attract?

Let me know!!

Weekly Wrap-Up: February 24th through March 2nd, 2019

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Books I’ve Read (clicking on the picture will bring you to Goodreads):

Springtime at Hope Cottage: Includes a bonus short story (Sweetwater Springs Book 2) by [Rains, Annie]
Between the Lies
The Queen's Opal: A Stone Bearers Novel (Book One) by [Stevens, Jacque]
Within the Darkness (Wisteria Book 2): A Dark Fantasy Dystopian With Demons and Monsters - Mature Content by [Lamb, Shelby]

Books with pending reviews (clicking on pictures will bring you to Amazon):

Books with published reviews (clicking on pictures will bring you to Amazon):

Only Ever You—review here

Only Ever You by [Davis, Siobhan]

The Queen’s Opal—review here

The Queen's Opal: A Stone Bearers Novel (Book One) by [Stevens, Jacque]

It’s Getting Scot in Here—review here

It's Getting Scot in Here (The Wild Wicked Highlanders Book 1) by [Enoch, Suzanne]

The Last Letter—review here

The Last Letter by [Yarros, Rebecca]

Love-Lines—review here

Love-Lines by [Langer, Sheri]

My Favorite Cowboy—review here

My Favorite Cowboy (Heart of Texas Book 3) by [Grant, Donna]

After She’s Gone—review here

After She's Gone: A Novel (Hanne Lagerlind-Schon Book 2) by [Grebe, Camilla]

The Woman in the Lake—review here

The Woman in the Lake by [Cornick, Nicola]

Within the Darkness—review here

Within the Darkness (Wisteria Book 2): A Dark Fantasy Dystopian With Demons and Monsters - Mature Content by [Lamb, Shelby]

A Life for a Life—review here

A Life for a Life: A Mystery Novel (Appalachian Mountain Mysteries Book 1) by [McDaniel, Lynda]

NetGalley Haul (clicking on the picture will bring you to Goodreads):

The Scent Keeper: A Novel by [Bauermeister, Erica]
The Truth Behind the Lie: A Novel
We Went to the Woods: A Novel by [Dolan-Leach, Caite]

Email Haul (clicking on the picture will bring you to Goodreads):

Trusting The Billionaire: A Marriage Of Convenience Romance (The Billionaire's Reluctant Bride Book 3) by [Savage, Cynthia]
A Safe Place (The Devereux Family Book 1) by [Watson, Margaret]
Welcome the Little Children: A Mystery Novel (Appalachian Mountain Mysteries Book 3) by [McDaniel, Lynda]
The Roads to Damascus: A Mystery Novel (Appalachian Mountain Mysteries Book 2) by [McDaniel, Lynda]
Prince of Persuasion (The Novi Navarro Chronicles Book 1) by [Cannaday, Emigh]

Freebies I Scored (Free at the time of posting. Please check the price before purchase!!) :

The Forbidden Duke (The Untouchables Book 1) by [Burke, Darcy]
Freebird: The Service (Freebird Series Book 2) by [King, Vincent ]
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One More Night: A Wanderlust Romance by [Hunter, Rebecca]
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Daddy Dom: A BDSM Romance by [Hamel, B. B.]
From Amazon
The Substitute: The Wedding Pact #1 by [Swank, Denise Grover]
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Detour (An Off Track Records Novel) by [Shea, Kacey]
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Taking It Easy (Boys of the Big Easy) by [Nicholas, Erin]
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Hope Over Fear (The Over Series Book 1) by [DeRouen, J.A.]
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Fugitive Mate (Silverlake Shifters Book 1) by [Wilde, Anastasia]
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The Challenge (Fated & Forbidden Book 1) by [Kallysten]
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An Unexpected Diversion: A Hot Paranormal Shifter Story (Hidden Hills Shifters Book 1) by [Day, Vella]
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The Druid Series Boxed Set (Volumes 1-3): Dark Paranormal Vampire Reverse Harem Romance by [Eros, Marata]
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Dangerous Desires: Contemporary Romantic Suspense Collection by [Branigan Books, Bree]
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Wicked Dirty (Wicked Nights Book 2) by [Kenner, J.]
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Survival of the Richest (Trust Fund Duet Book 1) by [Warren, Skye]
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Rich CEO (New York Billionaires Book 4) by [Wilde, Amelia]
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Modern Fairy Tale: Twelve Books of Breathtaking Romance by [Proby, Kristen, Blake, Lexi, Grover Swank, Denise, Dodd, Jillian, Simone, Sierra, Winters, Pepper, Blaufeld, Rachel, Winters, Willow, Warren, Skye, Malone, Nana]
From Amazon
Colton (Special Forces Book 1) by [Winters, KB]
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Escorting the Billionaire (The Escort Collection Book 1) by [James, Leigh]
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First Shift (Bears in Blue Book 0) by [Taylor, Mia]
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Bad Neighbor (The Debt Book 1) by [O'Keefe, Molly]
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Mr. Accidental Hero: Jeremy (Jet City Matchmaker Book 1) by [Robinson, Gina]
From Amazon
The North Star: Galactic Sentinel Book One by [Carter, Killian]
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Single Dad Billionaire by [Hamel, B. B.]
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Conquered by the Highlander (Conquered Bride Series Book 1) by [Knight, Eliza]
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The Reluctant Duke (A Seabrook Family Saga Book 1) by [Donovan, Christine]
From Amazon
Just a Touch (Heartthrob Hotel Book 1) by [Kiss, Tabatha]
From Amazon

Giveaways/Contests I entered:

Taken (Deep Ops: Book 1.5) Giveaway

Cover Reveals/Blog Tours:

It’s Getting Scot in Here—blog tour (February 27th)

Weekly Posts:

Weekly-Wrap Up

Freebie Sunday

Music Monday

Top Ten Tuesday

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Foodie Friday

WWW Wednesday: February 27th, 2019

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Wars. So here what I have read/are reading/will be reading.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Personal:

Miss R: Things are going good with her. She’s starting to read a little bit. Her writing is getting better. Instead of huge printed letters that are all over the page, her letters are smaller and next to each other. Which thrills me to no end. She also starts T-Ball soon. I’m just waiting for her coach to call me and let me know when practice is.

Miss B.: So, we are getting to the bottom of Miss B’s homework/classwork kerfuffle. Long story short, her ELA teacher isn’t recording the grades. I have the graded paperwork that she passed back to Miss B. BK and I are waiting to see if she updates over the weekend. If she does and it that stuff doesn’t change, we are going to the principal. I know harsh but I have spoken to the teacher several times regarding this. Plus, there are other things going on that I am not thrilled about. I’ll update when I can.

Mr. Z: This boy blows my socks off. On a benchmark test which simulates End of Grade testing (EoG’s). His Reading benchmark was a 100. A 100!!!! I couldn’t believe. I am hoping that he gets into AIG (Advanced classes) next year.

Me: So, I adulted this past weekend. BK and I bought a loveseat and sofa. Expensive loveseat and sofa. A comfy loveseat and sofa. I also started playing a new game. Black Desert Online. I like it. It was hard to get used to the controls.

Reading/Reviews:

Readingwise, I am doing well. Right where I wanted to be.

Reviewwise, I am doing good. I have stuck to my guns and not requested any books from NetGalley. I have gotten a few publisher requests. I am also still getting an influx of requests from indie authors. Including a few that I thought had dropped me as a reviewer…lol.


What I am currently reading:

Between the Lies by [Adams, Michelle]

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The truth is hiding between the lies.

A page-turning psychological thriller with twists that keep the reader guessing until the last page, this addictive read will be loved by fans of Shari Lapena’s A STRANGER IN THE HOUSE and Liz Lawler’s DON’T WAKE UP.

What would you do if you woke up and didn’t know who you were?

Chloe Daniels regains consciousness in a hospital with no memory of how she got there. 
She doesn’t recognize the strangers who call themselves family. She can’t even remember her own name.

What if your past remained a mystery?

As she slowly recovers, her parents and sister begin to share details of her life. 
The successful career. The seaside home. The near-fatal car crash.
But Chloe senses they’re keeping dark secrets – and her determination to uncover the truth will have devastating consequences.

I started this late last night and have only read the first chapter. But, the bit I have read is fantastic. I can’t wait to start reading it again!! Between the Lies is currently on pre-order. It’s expected publication date is March 5th, 2019.


I recently finished reading:

The Queen's Opal: A Stone Bearers Novel (Book One) by [Stevens, Jacque]

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Elves never use magic or leave the forest.

They aren’t supposed to get sick either, but Drynn’s mother just died from a mysterious illness, which has targeted the elven queens for generations. With no female heir left, the symbol of the curse—a green stone called the Queen’s Opal—passes to Drynn. Unwilling to lose another family member, Drynn’s impulsive and overprotective brother drags him out of the forest to search for a cure. And the oft-diseased humans seem the most likely place to start.

But the opal isn’t all that it seems. Once outside the forest, it shows Drynn visions of the first queen—a time when the mortal avatars of the lost gods walked the earth and the humans and elves lived in peace. Much has changed in the human lands since then. It’s a darker world, ruled by power-hungry wizards who covet any kind of magic. Magic like the opal. Magic like the natural energy the wizards can see inside the elves.

More than healing one illness, Drynn’s visions call for him to restore the world’s former peace, but if the wrong wizard learns about the elves’ innate gifts, even the forest will no longer be safe. 

Family bonds will be tested. Friends will become foes. With two kingdoms spiraling into chaos, can a shy bookworm conquer his fears to bring peace to the realm?

The Queen’s Opal is book one in a new high fantasy adventure series set in the same magical and exotic world as The Stone Bearers (2016).

This coming of age story will appeal to teen and young adult fans of the TV show Avatar: The Last Airbender, Cinda Willams Chima (The Demon King), Christopher Paolini (Eragon), and other works of epic sword and sorcery.

Clean Read. Fantasy violence and a few darker themes. Recommended for young adults and teens twelve and up.

This was a fantastic book. I have read the prequel to the book and was interested where this series was going to start. The Queen’s Opal is available for purchase.


What books I think I’ll read next? (click on the pictures for Amazon links)

Springtime at Hope Cottage: Includes a bonus short story (Sweetwater Springs Book 2) by [Rains, Annie]

When opposites attract…

As an editor at a major New York City magazine, Josie Kellum is always on the go…until an injury sidelines her in the small town of Sweetwater Springs. Luckily, her new physical therapist is easy going and easy on the eyes. When their sessions start to heat up, in more ways than one, Josie is intrigued. But she has a city and career she loves waiting for her. So why does the thought of leaving him suddenly feel a lot like leaving home? 

Tucker Locklear is just starting to move on after his wife’s death. While he can’t deny his attraction to the gorgeous, vivacious Josie, he won’t risk the pain of losing someone again. The sooner he gets Josie back on her feet and back to her real life, the safer he’ll be. But in Sweetwater Springs, love has a way of mending even the most damaged heart.

I have had read book 1 in this series and liked it. I’m hoping that I enjoy book 2. Springtime at Hope Cottage is currently available for pre-order. It’s expected publication date is March 5th, 2019.

The Lich's Heart (The Windhaven Chronicles) by [Davis, Watson]

A rebellion rising. A land under siege. Can a conflicted priestess defeat an ancient, ruthless magic?

Hanno’s husband is dead. Filled with pain, the priestess and healer questions her faith in the almighty Eternal Council. When she unknowingly aids a wounded rebel, she’s forced to choose between returning to her old life or taking up arms against the rulers she used to worship…

Deep within the heart of the rebel ranks, Hanno witnesses the Council cut down the lives of her new and dwindling allies. But the healer knows a secret. And if she’s able to reach the enemy’s hidden, vulnerable weakness, then the rebels may just have a chance to avoid obliteration.

Can Hanno guide her people to freedom, or will vicious rulers make her pay dearly for her betrayal?

The Lich’s Heart is a thrilling dark fantasy in the sweeping Windhaven Chronicles. If you like determined heroes, mythical lands, and swords and sorcery, then you’ll love Watson Davis’s epic adventure.

Buy The Lich’s Heart to rise up against dark magic today!

I have been reading this series and enjoying it. I am hoping that The Lich’s Heart is as good as the previous books. The Lich’s Heart is currently available for pre-order. It’s expected publication date is March 14th, 2019.

An Unfortunate Dimension by [Schunker, Dominic]

An Unfortunate Dimension is a psychological thriller with a twist you’ll never see coming. 

Salvador is thrown into battle and intense laser fire. He doesn’t know how he got here or why, and that’s just one of his problems. He’s been experiencing a sort of dimensional schizophrenia, jumping into bizarre scenes past, present and future. Is the universe messing with him, interfering with his only goal, to bring his wife Jemma out of her coma? 

He grows sure Jemma is trying to communicate a solution from her dimension, trying to tell him how to save her, to bring her back round. She tells him to look for signs, find a pattern, and soon he does. His dad’s old car, a song, a demon, and Camille, his lost best friend from school. 

He learns Jemma was the teacher on going-home-duty when a little girl, Ashlen, vanished a few months ago. Why didn’t she tell him about Ashlen? He becomes convinced it’s a clue. The school is quizzed, the police are quizzed but still no answers. His mission races on when he learns they’ll turn off Jemma’s life support in seven days. 

What if Jemma’s goal is not to save herself, but something else? Eventually, he realizes it’s to save Ashlen, to ease her guilt, allow her to recover. That’s the link, here is the reason for the pattern: save Ashen and that will bring Jemma round. 

Between dimensions and interactions with Jemma and Camille, from a VR game, space travel and a distant planet awaiting its foretold enlightenment, Salvador knows what he must do. Nothing is as it seems, and the invasive truth is coming.

The blurb for An Unfortunate Dimension caught my eye and my interest. I am looking forward to reading this book. Hopefully, it lives up to the blurb!! An Unfortunate Dimension is currently available for purchase.

Play to Win: A Wynn Hockey Novel by [Jamieson, Kelly]

After an injury forced Théo Wynn to give up professional hockey, he turned to his second love: numbers. Now, as the general manager of his grandfather’s NHL team, the Los Angeles Condors, Théo is dying to prove to the rest of his family—especially the brother who betrayed him—that he’s just as successful as the rest of them. If only Théo had a gorgeous woman on his arm to complete the picture. . . .

Lacey Olson needs to get out of Las Vegas right now, thanks to her no-good, crooked brother. When a handsome stranger who’s out partying with friends comes to her rescue in the cocktail lounge where she works, they strike up a conversation that leads to a crazy plan: her leaving with Théo for L.A. tomorrow. A few drinks later, the idea gets even crazier: a quickie marriage that works for both of them.

But back in California, Lacey immediately turns Théo’s precise, well-ordered life into one big beach party. And before long, she’s tempting him with her smart mouth, sexy body, and sunny charm. The last thing Théo needs is a real relationship to distract him. Because he only plays to win. . . .

When I saw that Kelly Jamieson had another hockey series out, I was thrilled. From what the blurb says, this book should be good!! Play to Win is currently on pre-order. It’s expected publication date is March 19th, 2019.


So that’s it. Be on the lookout for the reviews of all these books in the near future.

Have you read any of these books?

Let me know what you thought of them!!

Weekly Wrap-Up: February 17th through February 23rd, 2019

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Books I’ve Read (clicking on the picture will bring you to Goodreads page):

A Life for A Life

A Life for a Life: A Mystery Novel (Appalachian Mountain Mysteries Book 1) by [McDaniel, Lynda]

Only Ever You

Only Ever You by [Davis, Siobhan]

The Woman in the Lake

The Woman in the Lake by [Cornick, Nicola]

Love-Lines

Love-Lines by [Langer, Sheri]

Books with reviews pending (clicking on pictures will bring you to the Amazon page):

Only Ever You—review coming February 28th, 2019

Only Ever You by [Davis, Siobhan]

The Woman in the Lake—review coming February 26th, 2018

The Woman in the Lake by [Cornick, Nicola]

It’s Getting Scot in Here—review coming February 27th, 2019

It's Getting Scot in Here (The Wild Wicked Highlanders Book 1) by [Enoch, Suzanne]

Books with published reviews (clicking on pictures will bring you to the Amazon page):

Let’s Talk About Sext—review here

Let's Talk About Sext by [Claire, Evie]

NetGalley Haul (clicking on the picture will bring you to the Goodreads page):

Then Came You: A Laws of Attraction Novel by [Meader, Kate]
Springtime at Hope Cottage: Includes a bonus short story (Sweetwater Springs Book 2) by [Rains, Annie]

Kingdom of Exiles

Kingdom of Exiles (The Beast Charmer Book 1) by [Martineau, Maxym M.]

Sunset Beach

Sunset Beach: A Novel by [Andrews, Mary Kay]

Email Haul (clicking on the picture will bring you to the Goodreads page):

TEN: Part 1 by [Ribbon, Sin]
Darwin's Cipher by [Rothman, M.A.]
A Light in the Desert by [Montgomery, Anne]
The Hemlock Girl by [Heckman, C. L.]

Only Ever You

Only Ever You

Freebies I Scored (Free at the time of purchase) :

Search For Maylee by [Oviatt, Didi]
Good Girl (Wicked Book 1) by [Lawson, Piper]
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The Corner of Holly and Ivy by Debbie Mason

The Corner of Holly and Ivy: A feel-good Christmas romance

4 Stars

Publisher: Forever, Grand Central Publishing

Date of publication: October 30th, 2018

Genre: Romance

Where you can find The Corner of Holly and Ivy: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Goodreads synopsis:

Sometimes love is just around the corner . . .

With her dreams of being a wedding dress designer suddenly over, Arianna Bell isn’t expecting a holly jolly Christmas. Instead, her heart feels about three sizes too small. That is until her high school sweetheart Connor Gallagher returns to town and she finds his mere presence still makes her pulse race. But just when she starts dreaming of kissing under the mistletoe, he announces that he will be her opponent in the upcoming mayoral race…

Hot-shot attorney Connor Gallagher has something to prove. He’s tired of playing runner-up to his high-achieving brothers. So when the opportunity to enter the campaign comes up, he takes it. Even if it means running against the only woman he’s ever loved. But with a little help from Harmony Harbor’s local matchmakers and a lot of holiday cheer, Connor and Arianna may just get the happy ever after they both deserve.


My review:

I have read a lot of Christmas themed romances lately. I love reading these types of books. They get me in the mood for Christmas. Plus, they’re romances. And everyone knows how much I love romances. So when the publisher approached me to review The Corner of Holly and Ivy, I jumped at it. I was also excited to read a book by Debbie Mason. I have seen her books around the blogosphere but I never have had the chance to review one.

The Corner of Holly and Ivy is Arianna and Connor’s romance. Arianna was injured in a fire that destroyed half the businesses on Main Street, including her business. Harboring guilt over surviving the fire, she has sequestered herself in her house with her grandmother. Connor is an attorney who is back in Harmony Harbor after being blackballed by his ex-employer. Sparks fly when Arianna and Connor, who dated as teenagers, are forced to run opposite of each other in a mayoral race. Old feelings come back as they run against each other. But, Arianna has a secret. A secret that can threaten her and Connor’s love. Can they survive it?


I liked and pitied Arianna. She had been through so much before the book even started. The fire did a number not only on her body but on her self-confidence. She wasn’t able to do what she loved, designing wedding dresses. She was living in a state of depression until her grandmother forced her out of it by deciding to run for mayor. I loved her relationship with her grandmother. It was sweet and pure (as weird as that sounds). She would do anything for her Glamma. That includes stepping in for her when Glamma asked her. I also liked how she dealt with Connor and his being around more often. She didn’t want to fall back in love with him. She fought it. Her secret was heartbreaking too!!

I liked Connor. He was upfront with his feelings for Arianna right from the beginning. His distress at seeing her die and being brought back to life came off the pages. I also liked how loyal he was to his family. When Daniel had a “heart attack“, Connor was there to take over his mayoral campaign. I did think it was great that he was able to keep a sense of humor while running against Arianna. And he was in tune with his feelings for her.

I have to mention Glamma. I loved her. She was outspoken and she supported her granddaughter no matter what she did. I felt awful with what she was going through but I liked that she got a diagnosis. She was one of my favorite characters in the book. Her and Colleen. Colleen’s anger at Daniel and what she did to get back at him was hilarious. It was even funnier because she was a ghost and he had no flipping clue what was going on. Only Jasper and the cat.

I do have to mention Daniel. I didn’t like him. I thought he was a manipulator. What he did to his brother and his wife was unforgivable. But, he did get what was coming to him. I laughed that entire scene in the book. I might or might not have said: “You go Colleen“.

The secondary character in the book fleshed it out. They all had individual personality and quirks. I loved that these characters were so relatable (both secondary and main).


There were 3 major plotlines in The Corner of Holly and Ivy. What I enjoyed about the plotlines is that they went seamlessly from one to another. There is usually some choppiness when transitioning from plotline to plotline. Not here.

The first plotline was Arianna and Connor’s relationship, both past and present. I liked that while acknowledged, Arianna and Connor’s past relationship was kept in the past. I liked that the author had Connor work to be with Arianna. He had to show her that he wasn’t the jerk she remembered from her divorce. Just reading his escapades trying to win her over. I’ve gotta say that the puppy was perfect!!

The second plotline was Arianna’s relationship with her Glamma. I liked that Glamma was there for Arianna. She loved her unconditionally. She stepped up when Arianna’s mother didn’t. I sympathized with Arianna with Glamma’s issues with memory. I did laugh when Glamma asked Arianna to take over her campaign and her “help“. I loved it.

The third plotline was Arianna and Connor’s run for mayor. I wasn’t too sure how it was going to work out with them running against each other. I also wasn’t sure how much Daniel was going to be involved in Connor’s campaign. I thought the result of the election was hilarious and loved what the old mayor came up with. Then it was watching Arianna and Connor trying to one-up each other. I was a little surprised by the result.

The secondary storylines brought extra depth to the book. I loved the secret admirer one. I figured out who it was before it was revealed in the book. Arianna’s secret was another memorable one. I do wish that it had been introduced earlier in the book. I also didn’t like how her secret came out. It was heartbreaking and I don’t blame Connor for reacting the way he did. But still. She should have told him on her own terms.


There is no Instalove in The Corner of Holly and Ivy. While the main part of the story took place over a couple of months, Arianna and Connor’s relationship began when they were teenagers. I had no issue believing that they could fall back in love within a couple of months.

The romance in The Corner of Holly and Ivy was great. I liked seeing Connor work to win Arianna over. I liked seeing him admit that he screwed up. It made the romance so much sweeter.

There was chemistry between Connor and Arianna was there. I liked that it didn’t overwhelm the book. I understood that they wanted each other. Instead of being in your face, it was subtle. Sometimes you need subtle. Which brings me to the sex scenes. They were not graphic. Actually, I didn’t quite grasp that Arianna and Connor had sex until the end of the book. Then I was like “WHEN. When did you have sex?

The end of The Corner of Holly and Ivy seemed rushed. I was confused at how certain events went down and certain characters reactions. But, I did like it. The author did a great job of wrapping everything up. She did leave a couple of storylines unended. I am hoping that will be a sequel to this book.


I gave The Corner of Holly and Ivy a 4-star rating. This was a cute read that got me into the Christmas spirit. I was a little confused at the ending. I felt that it was rushed. But overall, it was a great book that I enjoyed reading.

I would give The Corner of Holly and Ivy an Adult rating. There is sex but it is not graphic. There is mild violence. There is language. I would recommend that no one under the age of 21 read this book.

I would reread The Corner of Holly and Ivy. I would also recommend to family and friends.


I would like to thank Forever, Grand Central Publishing, and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review The Corner of Holly and Ivy.

All opinions stated in this review of The Corner of Holly and Ivy are mine.

**I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**


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Books I’ve Read (clicking on the picture will bring you to Goodreads page):

Until We Are Free (Until #1)

The Corner of Holly and Ivy: A feel-good Christmas romance

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The Corner of Holly and Ivy: A feel-good Christmas romance

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Dear Santa: A Novel

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Aaru: Halls of Hel (The Aaru Cycle #2)

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The Christmas Star (Christmas Hope #9)

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The Girl He Used to Know

 

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