Contemporary Romance

#BookReview Second Chance at Sunflower Ranch (The Ryan Family #1) by Carolyn Brown @ReadForeverPub @GrandCentralPub #ReadForever #Forever2021 #CarolynBrown #SecondChanceatSunflowerRanch #TheRyanFamilySeries

#BookReview Second Chance at Sunflower Ranch (The Ryan Family #1) by Carolyn Brown @ReadForeverPub @GrandCentralPub #ReadForever #Forever2021 #CarolynBrown #SecondChanceatSunflowerRanch #TheRyanFamilySeries Title: Second Chance at Sunflower Ranch

Author: Carolyn Brown

Series: The Ryan Family #1

Published by: Forever on Jul. 27, 2021

Genres: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 375

Format: Paperback

Source: Forever

Book Rating: 8/10

From the bestselling author of Queen of Cowboy: regrets and old heartbreaks are unearthed in this sweeping love story as hometown sweethearts get a second chance at love—and being a family.

Retired combat medic Jesse Ryan hasn’t been home much since he enlisted twenty years ago. Now he’s headed back to Texas to help take care of his aging foster parents and run Sunflower ranch. But when he gets there, he finds his parents’ live-in nurse is Addison Hall, his high school best friend and the woman he always regretted leaving behind after their one steamy night together before he shipped out. He’s not at all surprised that their chemistry is still sparking, but Jesse is shocked to learn Addy gave birth to a little girl about nine months after he left—his little girl.

​Addy has her hands full as a single mom of a nineteen-year-old daughter who suddenly wants to rebel at everything. The last thing she needs is Jesse Ryan complicating her life even further, especially since she’s always had a crush on the handsome cowboy. But the more time she spends with Jesse, the more she wonders what might happen if they finally let their friendship blossom into something more and became the family she’d always hoped for. 
 
Includes the bonus novella Small Town Charm for the first time in print!


Review:

Big-hearted, sweet, and engaging!

Second Chance at Sunflower Ranch is an emotive, second-chance romance between the driven, successful Jesse and the kind, hardworking, single mother Addy as they discover that beneath all the miscommunication and past secrets is a deeply-rooted friendship, sizzling attraction, and unconditional love that is still smouldering and certainly worth fighting for.

The writing is fluid and warm. The characters are caring, hesitant, and appealing. And the plot is a push-pull tale of relationship dynamics, familial expectations, parenthood, introspection, acceptance, forgiveness, friendship, love, romance, and new beginnings.

Overall, Second Chance at Sunflower Ranch is a charming, colourful, tender tale that is a fantastic start to The Ryan Family series by Brown with characters you can’t help but root for, a storyline with a nice mix of drama and passion, and a happy-ever-after ending that definitely leaves you with a smile.

 

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About Carolyn Brown

Carolyn Brown is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author and RITA® Finalist who has sold more than 3 million books. She presently writes both women’s fiction and cowboy romance. She has also written historical single title, historical series, contemporary single title, and contemporary series. She lives in southern Oklahoma with her husband, a former English teacher, who is not allowed to read her books until they are published. They have three children and enough grandchildren to keep them young.

Photography by Charles C. Brown.

#BookReview Love Next Door (Lakeside #1) by Helena Hunting @helenahunting @AmazonPub @ThomasAllenLTD #LoveNextDoor #HelenaHunting #LakesideSeries

#BookReview Love Next Door (Lakeside #1) by Helena Hunting @helenahunting @AmazonPub @ThomasAllenLTD #LoveNextDoor #HelenaHunting #LakesideSeries Title: Love Next Door

Author: Helena Hunting

Series: Lakeside #1

Published by: Montlake Romance on Jul. 27, 2020

Genres: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 304

Format: Paperback

Source: Thomas Allen & Son

Book Rating: 10/10

When Dillion Stitch left her hometown, she had no intention of going back. But when her brother gets into trouble, Dillion reluctantly agrees to return home to take her place at the family business.

Being back in Pearl Lake after all these years feels familiar, but also brings a few surprises. She’s quick to notice that someone new has shown up at the cottage next door. Dillion gets more than an eyeful when she goes to check out the newcomer and meets Donovan “Van” Firestone—her beloved neighbor’s grandson—in all his unclothed glory.

Having gotten off to a rocky start, it’s not long before they begin bickering with each other all over town. All that back and forth inevitably sparks an undeniable attraction. But Dillion’s family has issues, Van’s family resents him, and neither Dillion nor Van feels truly at ease in the small town. For these Pearl Lake exiles, home isn’t just where the heart is—it’s where things get complicated.


Review:

Sincere, sexy, and sophisticated!

Love Next Door is a heartfelt, adorable tale that features the sweet, spirited Dillion and the handsome, dependable Van as they navigate a relationship that includes undeniable attraction, smouldering tension, a legacy bursting with memories and mementoes, families mired in drama and troubles, and one unforgettable kiss from a long time ago.

The writing is smooth and fluid. The characters are generous, charismatic, and kind. And the plot is an irresistible mix of family, friendship, introspection, tender moments, witty dialogue, passion, emotion, and swoon-worthy romance.

Overall, Love Next Door is another emotional, playful, charming read by Hunting that has without a doubt become one of my new all-time favourites and is an absolutely brilliant start for this new Lakeside series.

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About Helena Hunting

Helena Hunting is the author of The USA Today and NYT bestselling PUCKED Series. She lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She writes everything from romantic sports comedy to new adult angst.

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#BookReview Only for You by Barb Curtis @barb_curtis @readforeverpub @grandcentralpub #ReadForever #Forever2021 #BarbCurtis #OnlyForYou #SapphireSprings

#BookReview Only for You by Barb Curtis @barb_curtis @readforeverpub @grandcentralpub #ReadForever #Forever2021 #BarbCurtis #OnlyForYou #SapphireSprings Title: Only For You

Author: Barb Curtis

Series: Sapphire Springs #2

Published by: Forever on Jul. 27, 2021

Genres: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 319

Format: Paperback

Source: Forever

Book Rating: 10/10

Barb Curtis returns to Sapphire Springs with this heartwarming romance where a small-town bakery owner finds herself in a fake relationship with the man she’s always pined after.

Will a fake relationship between two friends lead to true love?

After having his heart broken on national television, Tim Fraser knows only one way to stop the gossip about his love life-a new girlfriend. The problem is, he’s done with romance forever. A fake relationship with his friend and Sapphire Spring’s sweetest baker, Emily Holland, seems the perfect solution to getting rid of his newfound fame, but their fleeting fauxmance is stirring up the kinds of feelings Tim has sworn off for good.

Emily has secretly lusted after Tim for years, but pretending her feelings are all for show never factored into her fantasy. Still, her decades-long crush makes it impossible to say no to Tim’s proposal. But with each date, the lines between pretend and reality blur, giving Tim and Emily a tantalizing taste of life outside the friend zone . . . if they can find the courage to give real love a chance.


Review:

Cute, romantic, and utterly beguiling!

Only For You is an uplifting, highly entertaining tale that takes you on a journey into the life of Emily Holland, a kind, considerate, young baker who finds herself inadvertently faking her true feelings for the one man, Tim Fraser, who she’s always secretly adored when he requires a temporary, pretend girlfriend to ward off his newly acquired, unwarranted stardom.

The writing is smooth and sweet. The characters are charismatic, supportive, and endearing. And the plot is a delightfully irresistible mix of friendship, family, fame, life, community, introspection, misunderstandings, secrets, and ultimately true love.

Overall, Only For You is another lighthearted, cosy, lovely addition to the Sapphire Springs series that I absolutely devoured and which I can confidently say has quickly solidified Curtis on my must-read authors list.

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About Barb Curtis

A happily-ever-after-crafter at heart, Barb Curtis’ love for writing began with a quick-witted style column, and her background in marketing led to stints writing print and web copy, newsletters, and grant proposals. The switch to fiction came with the decision to pair her creativity with her love for words, and crafting characters and settings she could truly get lost in. Barb happily lives in a bubble in rural New Brunswick with her husband, daughter, and dog. You’ll find her restoring the century-old family homestead, weeding the garden, and no doubt whistling the same song all day long.

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#BookReview Wunderland by Scarlett Se Leva @letshavemocha #Wunderland #ScarlettSeLeva

#BookReview Wunderland by Scarlett Se Leva @letshavemocha #Wunderland #ScarlettSeLeva Title: Wunderland

Author: Scarlett Se Leva

Published by: Bookends Publishing LLC on Jul. 20, 2021

Genres: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 198

Format: ARC, eBook

Source: Scarlett Se Leva

Book Rating: 8/10

Twenty-one-year old Simone thinks that she’s finally gotten over her breakup with her high school flame, Ryan Mulligan. The emerald-eyed boy who has haunted her dreams since she was a teen. That is, until she sees him at her best friend’s birthday party, and their love is reignited. As they become reacquainted, Simone and Ryan’s bond grows stronger and stronger. But while Ryan is convinced they are soulmates, Simone’s heart is incapable of accepting his love.

The past resurfaces, bringing along its dark secrets. Consumed by past hurt and longing, Simone makes the heart-wrenching decision for them to part, determined not to make the past mistake of others. Simone moves through the latter years of her life conflicted, trying to reconcile the decisions she made about Ryan. Will the darkness ever vanish? What if she could do it all over? Would she make the same decisions? How many chances do you get to rewrite your wrongs? How many shots does one get with their true love?


Review:

Seductive, dramatic, and intense!

Wunderland is a taut, heart-wrenching, second-chance romance featuring the intelligent, scarred Simone Goodman and the wealthy, successful Ryan Mulligan as they discover that no matter the obstacles, time lost, interferences by meddling parents, or multiple times in the past that they’ve pushed each other away, the heart wants who the heart wants, and a love like theirs is definitely worth fighting for.

The writing is fluid and edgy. The characters are brokenhearted, impulsive, and stubborn. And the plot is a push-pull tale of life, love, attraction, emotion, desire, angst, trust, familial dynamics, and smouldering chemistry.

Overall, Wunderland is a tender, charming, steamy debut by Scarlett Se Leva that highlights she’s not only a wonderful member of the blogging community but a fantastic writer, and I can’t wait to read what she comes up with next.

 

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About Scarlett Se Leva

Scarlett Se Leva, worked in banking for over 20 years. In 2019, after giving birth to her third child she made the decision to walk away and pursue her passion as a writer. Scarlett a.k.a Scar has been a storyteller since the age of fourteen; you would find her sitting on the veranda in Jamaica with a pen and paper. She enjoys writing unexpected, steamy, suspenseful romance.

Scar resides in Florida with her husband and three daughters. When Scar isn't busy penning another story you can find her with the family watching movies, playing dominoes, drinking wine or curled up in a corner with a book.

#BookReview How Sweet It Is by Dylan Newton @ReadForeverPub @GrandCentralPub #ReadForever #Forever2021 #DylanNewton #HowSweetItIs

#BookReview How Sweet It Is by Dylan Newton @ReadForeverPub @GrandCentralPub #ReadForever #Forever2021 #DylanNewton #HowSweetItIs Title: How Sweet It Is

Author: Dylan Newton

Published by: Forever on Jul. 13, 2021

Genres: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 352

Format: Paperback

Source: Forever

Book Rating: 10/10

Event planner Kate Sweet is famous for creating the perfect happily-ever-after moment for her clients’ dream weddings. So how is it that her best friend has roped her into planning a bestselling horror writer’s book launch extravaganza? But the second Kate meets—or rather, accidentally maims—the drop-dead-hot Drake Matthews, her well-ordered life quickly transforms into an absolute nightmare.

Drake Matthews is tired of the spotlight and tired of his reputation as the Knight of Nightmares. He’s really a nice guy! But he’s not prepared for Kate, a fearless agent of chaos in steel-tipped stilettos, or for that sweet sting of attraction he feels for her. She’s inspiring him to take his writing in a whole new direction—one that no one expects. Because now Kate and Drake are changing up the rules, and this plot twist might just surprise everyone . . . including themselves.


Review:

Witty, engaging, and sweetly romantic!

How Sweet It Is is an enchanting, whimsical tale featuring the kindhearted, affable, event planner, Kate and the private, thoughtful, horror writer, Drake as they discover that even though they got off to a rocky start, in the end, they might just be perfect for each other.

The writing is sharp and crisp. The characters are endearing, supportive, and dependable. And the plot is an irresistible, charming blend of tension, humour, chemistry, familial drama, friendship, awkward mishaps, tender moments, self-reflection, tricky situations, taking chances, and unconditional love.

Overall, How Sweet It Is is a delightfully amusing tale by Newton that had everything I look for in a lighthearted rom-com and more. I loved the characters, I loved the storyline, and I loved the happy-ever-after ending. It is undoubtedly one of my favourite contemporary romance reads of the year, with my only complaint being that I now have to wait a whole year, until the summer of 2022, to read the next novel in the series.

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About Dylan Newton

Dylan Newton was born and raised in a small town where the library was her favorite hang-out. After over a decade working in corporate America, Dylan quit to pursue her passion: writing books. When she isn't writing, Dylan is pursuing her own happily ever after with her high school sweetheart as they split time between Florida and Upstate New York with their two much cooler daughters and a tone-deaf cockatiel.

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#BookReview The Rehearsals by Annette Christie @MsAnnetteMC @littlebrown @HBGCanada #TheRehearsals #AnnetteChristie

#BookReview The Rehearsals by Annette Christie @MsAnnetteMC @littlebrown @HBGCanada #TheRehearsals #AnnetteChristie Title: The Rehearsals

Author: Annette Christie

Published by: Little Brown and Company on Jul. 13, 2021

Genres: Contemporary Romance, Women's Fiction

Pages: 320

Format: Hardcover

Source: Forever, HBG Canada

Book Rating: 9/10

Have you ever made a life-changing decision and then wondered if you made the right one…? A clever, captivating and bittersweet story of what might have been. Perfect for the fans of Jojo Moyes and Marian Keyes.

When Liv and Nate walked up the aisle, Liv knew she was marrying the one, her soul mate and her best friend.

Six years later, it feels like routine and friendship is all they have left in common. What happened to the fun, the excitement, the lust, the love?

In the closing moments of 1999, Liv and Nate decide to go their separate ways, but at the last minute, Liv wavers. Should she stay or should she go?

Over the next twenty years we follow the parallel stories to discover if Liv’s life, heart and future have been better with Nate… Or without him?


Review:

Creative, thought-provoking, and delightfully optimistic!

The Rehearsals is a moving, time-loop tale that takes you into the lives of Megan and Tom, as after a disastrous rehearsal day, when difficult families, long-buried secrets, and thoughts of what-if leave them tired, confused, heartbroken, and calling the whole thing off fate magically intervenes leaving them reliving that same day over and over again in order to change, forgive and potentially rekindle the love they once shared.

The writing is sensitive and sincere. The characters are flawed, genuine, and weary. And the multi-layered plot is a heartfelt, absorbing tale about life, love, family, friendship, secrets, betrayal, compassion, romance, happiness, destiny, and second chances.

Overall, The Rehearsals is an emotional, pensive, brilliant debut by Christie that reminds us that life is complicated, things happen for a reason, secrets always have a way of coming to light, often the choices we make have far-reaching consequences, and love is, ultimately, always worth fighting for.

 

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About Annette Christie

Annette Christie is a Canadian-American hybrid with a BFA in Theatre and a history of very odd jobs. Her writing has been published in HelloGiggles and The Guardian, and the back of her head is featured prominently in the film Mean Girls. She currently resides in Alberta with her husband and two children.

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#BookReview Too Good to Be Real by Melonie Johnson @smpromance @MelonieJohnson @StMartinsPress #TooGoodToBeReal #MelonieJohnson #smpromance #smpinfluencers

#BookReview Too Good to Be Real by Melonie Johnson @smpromance @MelonieJohnson @StMartinsPress #TooGoodToBeReal #MelonieJohnson #smpromance #smpinfluencers Title: Too Good to Be Real

Author: Melonie Johnson

Published by: St. Martin's Griffin on Jul. 6, 2021

Genres: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 352

Format: ARC, Paperback

Source: St. Martin's Press

Book Rating: 7.5/10

She plans to prove there’s a dozen reasons why life isn’t like a romantic comedy, only to discover the one reason it is…

While her friends wish for meet cutes worthy of their favorite rom-coms, Julia is ready to give up on love. Swiping right has replaced getting swept off your feet and good old-fashioned romance has become, well, old-fashioned.

A writer for a popular website, love becomes the last thing on her mind when impending layoffs threaten her job. As Julia searches for the ultimate pitch to impress her boss, she stumbles upon a resort offering guests a chance to live out their romantic comedy dreams. Real life dating is so bleak, who wouldn’t want to spend a week in a fantasy rom-com world with your best friends?

At the resort, Julia literally falls into a not-quite-meet-cute involving an aggressive seagull and an adorably awkward guy named Luke who is also participating in the rom-com experience. Julia hides the fact she is there to do a story, but Luke harbors a few secrets of his own. Among further encounters with thieving seagulls, a gaggle of corgis, kisses in the rain, and even a karaoke serenade, their feelings deepen quickly. But could their love be real when they haven’t been honest about their true identities? Once the fantasy is over, can they have a relationship in the real world?


Review:

Cute, charming, and quirky!

Too Good to Be Real is a heartwarming, comical tale that takes you into the life of website writer Julia Carpenter as she sets off with her two best friends to the Notting Hill Resort to immerse herself in a world of romcoms, forget her lacklustre, somewhat negligible dating life, write a kickass article that will ultimately save her career, and perhaps even experience a perfect meet-cute of her own.

The writing is witty and light. The characters are friendly, sweet, and endearing. And the plot is an amusing blend of life, love, introspection, friendship, family, embarrassing moments, awkward situations, misunderstandings, taking chances, and the ups-and-downs of finding the one.

Overall, Too Good to Be Real is a dreamy, humorous, engaging read by Johnson that will not only make you laugh and smile but also have you hunkering down to indulge in all those old romcoms, like Sixteen Candles and Pretty in Pink, you can never get enough of.

 

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About Melonie Johnson

USA Today bestselling author Melonie Johnson—aka #thewritinglush—enjoys sipping cocktails that start with the letter m. Declared a “writer to watch” by Kirkus and a “fizzy, engrossing new voice” by Entertainment Weekly, her smart funny contemporary romances include Too Good to Be Real and her award-winning Sometimes in Love debut series: Getting Hot with the Scot, Smitten by the Brit, and Once Upon a Bad Boy. A former high school English and Theatre teacher, she spends her days in her Star Wars office, dreaming up meet cutes. She lives in Chicagoland with her husband, their two redhead daughters, and one very large dog.

Photo by Heather Stumpf.

#BookReview A Week at the Shore by Barbara Delinsky @BarbaraDelinsky @StMartinsPress #AWeekattheShore #BarbaraDelinsky #SMPInfluencers

#BookReview A Week at the Shore by Barbara Delinsky @BarbaraDelinsky @StMartinsPress #AWeekattheShore #BarbaraDelinsky #SMPInfluencers Title: A Week at the Shore

Author: Barbara Delinsky

Published by: St. Martin's Press on May 19, 2021

Genres: Contemporary Romance, Women's Fiction

Pages: 416

Format: Paperback

Source: St. Martin's Press

Book Rating: 8/10

In her new bestseller, New York Times bestselling Barbara Delinsky explores how lives and relationships are forever changed when three sisters reunite at their family Rhode Island beach house.

One phone call is all it takes to lure real estate photographer Mallory Aldiss back to her family Rhode Island beach home. It’s been twenty years since she’s been gone—running from the scandal that destroyed her parents’ marriage, drove her and her two sisters apart, and crushed her relationship with her first love. But going home is fraught with emotional baggage—memories, mysteries and secrets abound.

Mal’s thirteen-year-old daughter, Joy, has never been to the place where Mal’s life was shaped and is desperate to go. Fatherless, she craves family and especially wants to spend time with the grandfather she barely knows.

In just seven watershed days on the Rhode Island coast three women will test the bonds of sisterhood, friendship and family, and discover the role that love and memory plays in defining their lives.


Review:

Heartwarming, sentimental, and sweet!

A Week at the Shore is an intimate, moving tale that sweeps you away to the beautiful Rhode Island coast in summer and immerses you into the lives of the Aldiss sisters, Mallory, Anne, and Margo, as they confront the past, accept the things they cannot change, take chances, repair fractured relationships, and embrace the future.

The prose is emotive and fluid. The characters are troubled, stubborn, and compassionate. And the plot is a tender tale about life, loss, love, forgiveness, secrets, responsibilities, familial drama, parenthood, friendship, hope, ageing parents, and second-chance romance.

Overall, I found A Week at the Shore to be another heartwarming, uplifting, nostalgic tale by Delinsky, complete with strong female characters, a heartfelt storyline, and an insightful look into the complex, unbreakable ties that bind us as family. 

 

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About Barbara Delinsky

Barbara Delinsky is the author of such New York Times bestselling books as Before and Again and Sweet Salt Air. She has been published in twenty-eight languages worldwide. A lifelong New Englander, Delinsky earned a B.A. in psychology at Tufts University and an M.A. in sociology at Boston College. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, more books than she'll ever be able to read, two tennis racquets, and enough electronic devices to keep in close touch with her children and their families.

Photo by Kerry Brett.

#BookReview The Summer Sisters by Sara Richardson @SaraR_Books @ReadForeverPub @GrandCentralPub #ReadForever #Forever2021 #SaraRichardson #TheSummerSisters #JuniperSprings

#BookReview The Summer Sisters by Sara Richardson @SaraR_Books @ReadForeverPub @GrandCentralPub #ReadForever #Forever2021 #SaraRichardson #TheSummerSisters #JuniperSprings Title: The Summer Sisters

Author: Sara Richardson

Series: Juniper Springs #2

Published by: Forever on Jul. 6, 2021

Genres: Contemporary Romance, Women's Fiction

Pages: 352

Format: Paperback

Source: Forever

Book Rating: 10/10

Fans of Lori Foster and Maisey Yates won’t be able to put down this heartwarming, multi-generational story about three sisters’ search to reunite their family and the love they find along the way.

The Buchanan sisters share everything—including their inherited Juniper Inn. But when their mother won’t let go of a decades-long feud with their Aunt Sassy to attend the inn’s grands re-opening, the sisters decide a family reunion is long overdue.

Youngest sister Rose is determined to put together an extravagant celebration. Only she needs to convince a certain surly hardware store owner to help finish the inn’s renovations.

After a heartbreaking end to her marriage, Dahlia and her kids are just starting to rebuild their lives. Dahlia’s even considering opening herself up to love again, but will that upset the stability she’s worked so hard to give her children?

Sassy McGrath has never stopped missing her sister, Lillian, and though they’ve both been too stubborn to reconcile, some shocking news might finally change everything. As family bonds are tested, will these two very different generations of women find the strength to believe in themselves and each other?


Review:

Quaint, uplifting, and delightfully addictive!

In this second novel in the Juniper Springs series, The Summer Sisters, we head back to the idyllic Colorado mountains and into the lives of the Buchanan sisters as they navigate the ups and downs of relocating, renovating their beloved Juniper Inn, smoothing old familial grudges, fresh opportunities, and blossoming new love interests.

The writing is expressive and fluid. The characters are genuine, reliable, and compassionate. And the plot, including all the subplots, is an immersive, enchanting tale about life, love, family, determination, kindness, forgiveness, self-discovery, contentment, friendship, and romance.

As some of you may remember, Home for the Holidays was one of my top reads for 2020, so when I heard Richardson would be writing a second book for the wonderful characters in Juniper Springs, I was beyond ecstatic, and she didn’t disappoint. The Summer Sisters is another thoughtful, emotive, beautiful tale with a lot of heart, hope, humour, and happiness that I am happy to say I absolutely devoured and is certainly one of my top reads of 2021.

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About Sara Richardson

Sara Richardson grew up chasing adventure in Colorado’s rugged mountains. She’s climbed to the top of a 14,000 foot peak at midnight, swum through Class IV rapids, completed her wilderness first-aid certification, and spent seven days at a time tromping through the wilderness with a thirty-pound backpack strapped to her shoulders.

Eventually Sara did the responsible thing and got an education in writing and journalism. After a brief stint in the corporate writing world, she stopped ignoring the voices in her head and started writing fiction. Now she uses her experience as a mountain adventure guide to write stories that incorporate adventure with romance. Sara lives and plays in Colorado, still indulging her adventurous spirit, with her saint of a husband and two young sons.

#BookReview What If You & Me by Roni Loren @SourcebooksCasa #WhatIfYou&ME #RoniLoren #SayEverythingSeries

#BookReview What If You & Me by Roni Loren @SourcebooksCasa #WhatIfYou&ME #RoniLoren #SayEverythingSeries Title: What If You & Me

Author: Roni Loren

Series: Say Everything #2

Published by: Sourcebooks Casablanca on Jul. 6, 2021

Genres: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 320

Format: Paperback

Source: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Book Rating: 9/10

The world can be a scary place. At least, that’s what Andi Lockley’s anxiety wants her to believe. It doesn’t help that she narrowly escaped a dangerous man years ago, or that every relationship since has been colored with that lingering fear. But things are better now―she’s channeling everything into her career as a horror novelist and true crime podcaster, and her next book may be the breakthrough she needs.

If only her grumpy new neighbor would stop stomping around at all hours of the night.

Former firefighter Hill Dawson can’t sleep. After losing part of his leg in a rescue gone wrong, he’s now stuck in limbo. He needs to figure out what he’s supposed to do with his life, and he can’t let himself get distracted by the pretty redhead next door. But when someone breaks into Andi’s place, Hill can’t stop himself from rushing in to play the hero. Soon, a tentative bond forms between the unlikely pair. But what starts out as a neighborly exchange quickly turns into the chance for so much more…if Andi can learn to put aside her fear and trust in herself―and love―again.


Review:

Intimate, sweet, and hopeful!

What If You & Me is a lighthearted, heartfelt tale that takes you on a journey into the lives of the dispirited, lonely, retired firefighter Hill who, after surviving a fire that claimed his lower leg, is still struggling to come to grips with a new life that no longer seems to have any purpose, and the scarred, sociable, podcaster Andi whose fascination with horror and true crime may have her leaning on her reclusive, reluctant neighbour for protection as well as a little companionship.

The prose is emotionally charged and honest. The characters are hesitant, vulnerable, and resilient. And the plot is a delightfully charming, sensual tale about life, love, trauma, friendship, self-discovery, happiness, taking chances, growth, healing, and the ongoing physical and psychological struggles suffered by those who have endured traumatic events. 

Overall, What If You & Me is another uplifting, heartfelt, sensual tale by Loren that is an absolute treat, with its beautiful characterization, unique, unforgettable storyline, and a happy-ever-after ending that leaves you smiling, satisfied, and undoubtedly hoping for more.

This novel is available on July 6, 2021.

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About Roni Loren

Roni wrote her first romance novel at age fifteen when she discovered writing about boys was way easier than actually talking to them. Since then, her flirting skills haven’t improved, but she likes to think her storytelling ability has. She holds a master’s degree in social work and spent years as a mental health counselor, but now she writes full time from her cozy office in Dallas, Texas where she puts her characters on the therapy couch instead. She is a two-time RITA Award winner and a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author.

Photo courtesy of Author's Website.

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