Contemporary Romance

#BookReview The Wedding Season by Katy Birchall @smpromance @KatyBirchall @StMartinsPress #TheWeddingSeason #KatyBirchall #smpromance #SMPInfluencers

#BookReview The Wedding Season by Katy Birchall @smpromance @KatyBirchall @StMartinsPress #TheWeddingSeason #KatyBirchall #smpromance #SMPInfluencers Title: The Wedding Season

Author: Katy Birchall

Published by: St. Martin's Griffin on May 3, 2022

Genres: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 384

Format: Paperback

Source: St. Martin's Press

Book Rating: 8.5/10

Freya Scott is getting married. Her wedding to Matthew, her long-term boyfriend, is the first of eight in her calendar this year, and as someone who prides herself on being meticulously organized, Freya is intent on making it the perfect day to remember.

But when Matthew calls things off hours before they walk down the aisle, Freya’s entire life plan goes up in smoke. Humiliated and heartbroken, the last thing she wants is to attend a summer of other peoples’ nuptials on her own.

Fortunately, her friends have an idea: together they devise a series of outrageous challenges for Freya to complete at each event, designed to distract her from Matthew and what might have been. From getting stuck in an old church bathroom and needing to be rescued by the vicar to making out with a barman at a French chateau, Freya realizes that despite herself, she might just be having fun.

By the time the final wedding arrives, she will discover that the road to a happy ending sometimes has unexpected detours, that “I do” is only the beginning––and that perhaps her own love story isn’t over just yet.


Review:

Cute, amusing, and highly entertaining!

The Wedding Season is a lighthearted, feel-good tale that takes you into the life of Freya Scott, a young woman who, after recently being jilted at the altar, endeavours to tackle a wedding season survival task list created by her two best friends that will challenge her to be more, do more, and perhaps provide an opportunity for a meet-cute with a man she could never have dreamed of liking but who is actually absolutely perfect for her.

The prose is flirty and fun. The characters are friendly, lovable, and sweet. And the plot is an engaging, push-pull tale of family, friendship, tricky situations, playful banter, embarrassing moments, humorous hijinks, self-discovery, happiness, romance, and love.

Overall, The Wedding Season is another charming, smart, enjoyable tale by Birchall that I thoroughly enjoyed and which, in my opinion, is the perfect choice for anyone who loves romcoms that have a whole lot of hope, heart, and humour.

 

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About Katy Birchall

Katy is the author of several young adult novels including The It Girl series, the Hotel Royale series and Morgan Charmley: Teen Witch. She is the co-author of the middle grade Lightning Girl series and Star Switch with Alesha Dixon, and the Find the Girl teen series with YouTube stars Lucy and Lydia Connell. Katy was proud to be the author of a retelling of Jane Austen’s Emma for the Awesomely Austen series, a collection of Austen’s novels retold for younger readers. She has also written a non-fiction book, How to be a Princess: Real-Life Fairy Tales for Modern Heroines.

Katy lives in London with her partner, Ben, and her rescue dog, Bono.

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#BookReview Maggie Moves On by Lucy Score @readforeverpub @grandcentralpub #ReadForever #ReadForeverPub #ReadForever2022 #MaggieMovesOn #LucyScore

#BookReview Maggie Moves On by Lucy Score @readforeverpub @grandcentralpub #ReadForever #ReadForeverPub #ReadForever2022 #MaggieMovesOn #LucyScore Title: Maggie Moves On

Author: Lucy Score

Published by: Forever on Jun. 21, 2022

Genres: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 416

Format: ARC, Paperback

Source: Forever

Book Rating: 10/10

Can these opposites turn up the heat… without burning down the house?

House-flipping sensation and YouTube star Maggie Nichols can’t wait to dig into her next challenge. Arriving in tiny Kinship, Idaho, with only a cot and a coffeemaker, Maggie is prepared to restore a crumbling Victorian mansion in four months or less. She has her to-do lists, her blueprints, and her team. What she doesn’t have is time for sexy, laid-back landscaper Silas Wright.

The man takes flirtation to a whole new level. And he does it shirtless…sometimes pants-less. He and his service school-dropout dog are impressively persistent. But she’s not interested in putting down roots. Not when fans tune in to watch her travel the country turning dilapidated houses into dream homes. A short-term fling on the other hand could fit nicely into her calendar. After all, Maggie remembers what fun is like. Vaguely.

As their summer gets downright steamy, Silas manages to demolish the emotional walls she’s spent years building, sending Maggie into a panic. He’s the wrench in her carefully constructed plans. With the end of the project looming, she has a decision to make. But how can she stay when her entire career is built on moving on?


Review:

Amusing, absorbing, and incredibly romantic!

Maggie Moves On is an alluring, heartwarming tale that takes you into the life of the successful, house-flipping YouTuber Maggie Nichols as she juggles the biggest renovation she’s ever tackled, a business partner that’s ready to settle down, and a sexy, persistent landscaper who’s always available to share a smile and lend a hand.

The writing is warm and fluid. The characters, including the hardworking, sassy Maggie, the flirty, deliciously handsome Silas, and the adorable four-legged Kevin, are unique, fun-loving, and endearing. And the plot is an uplifting, lighthearted tale about life, love, family, friendship, tension, attraction, self-discovery, reconnecting with the past, special moments, community, and finding a place to call home.

Maggie Moves On was one of my most anticipated reads of 2022, and it didn’t disappoint. I purposely didn’t read any reviews for this book as I wanted it to be a complete surprise, and boy am I happy I didn’t because I loved it! How much did I love this book? Well, let’s just say if I had to be stranded on a deserted island with only one book, I’d want it to be this one. It’s funny, sweet, sexy, and downright swoony, and if Lucy Score was granting wishes, I’d be asking for each supporting character to be getting their own book.

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Thank you to Forever & Grand Central Publishing for gifting me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

About Lucy Score

Lucy Score is a Wall Street Journal and national bestselling author. Small-town contemporary romcoms are her lady jam, and she enjoys delivering the feels with a huge side of happily ever after. Her books have been translated into several languages, making readers around the world snort-laugh, swoon, and sob. Lucy lives in Pennsylvania with the devastatingly handsome Mr. Lucy and their horrible cat. In her spare time, she enjoys sleeping, drinking dirty martinis, and reading all the romance novels in the universe.

#BookReview Sea Glass Summer by Miranda Liasson @readforeverpub @grandcentralpub #ReadForever #ReadForeverPub #ReadForever2022 #SeaGlassSummer #MirandaLiasson #SeashellHarborSeries

#BookReview Sea Glass Summer by Miranda Liasson @readforeverpub @grandcentralpub #ReadForever #ReadForeverPub #ReadForever2022 #SeaGlassSummer #MirandaLiasson #SeashellHarborSeries Title: Sea Glass Summer

Author: Miranda Liasson

Series: Seashell Harbor #2

Published by: Forever on Jun. 28, 2022

Genres: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 368

Format: Paperback

Source: Forever

Book Rating: 9/10

A moving, uplifting novel about motherhood, starting over, and an unexpected summer romance…

Kit Blakemore is ready to live again. After her husband died while serving in the military, she was in a haze of grief. Now she wants to reclaim her former self—finish her degree and find a better career to provide for their sweet little boy, Oliver. To do that, she’ll need to sell her late husband’s dilapidated Victorian in Seashell Harbor. But first, Kit intends to give Ollie the kind of unforgettable seaside summer she had growing up, making lifelong memories and friendships.

Of course, nothing goes exactly as she planned. Ollie is struggling with his confidence, and frankly, so is Kit. But everything changes when her husband’s best friend, Alex de la Cruz, returns to town, offering to help her renovate. She doesn’t expect Alex to temporarily move in…or for him to bond with Ollie…or for her numb heart to begin thawing. Slowly he’s helping Kit and Ollie heal, and it scares her to death.

Kit swore she wouldn’t leave herself open to the pain of loss again. But if she’s going to teach her son to be brave and move forward, Kit must first face her own fears.


Review:

Quaint, absorbing, and sweet!

Sea Glass Summer is a heartfelt, uplifting tale set in the small town of Seashell Harbor that takes you into the lives of Kit Blakemore, a young widow and mother who is still grappling with the loss of her husband and the all-consuming grief that is preventing her from moving on, and Captain Alex de la Cruz, a retired air force pilot struggling to come to grips with the death of his best friend and the feelings he’s always had and still has for the woman he actually fell in love with first.

The prose is genuine and smooth. The characters are heartbroken, hesitant, and kind. And the plot is an addictive, alluring mix of friendship, family, life, loss, introspection, support, forgiveness, community, new beginnings, furry friends, and the power of love. 

Overall, Sea Glass Summer is a charming, hopeful, romantic read by Liasson that is a fantastic addition to a series, Seashell Harbor, which I absolutely love and highly recommend.

 

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About Miranda Liasson

Miranda Liasson loves to write stories about everyday people who find love despite themselves, because there's nothing like a great love story. And if there are a few laughs along the way, even better! She's a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart winner and a bestselling author whose heartwarming and humorous small-town romances have won accolades such as the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence and have been Harlequin Junkie and Night Owl Reviews Top Picks.

She lives in the Midwest with her husband and three kids in a charming old neighborhood, which is the inspiration for many of the homes in her books.

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#Q&A #GuestPost 20 Questions with Sariah Wilson @sariahwilson @KayePublicity @AmazonPub #TheCinderNanny #SariahWilson #Montlake #KayePublicity

#Q&A #GuestPost 20 Questions with Sariah Wilson @sariahwilson @KayePublicity @AmazonPub #TheCinderNanny #SariahWilson #Montlake #KayePublicity Title: Cinder-Nanny

Author: Sariah Wilson

Published by: Montlake Romance on Jun. 21, 2022

Genres: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 334

What could come between a nanny and an earl in a fairy-tale love story? A reality check—in an endearing and witty romance by Sariah Wilson, the bestselling author of Roommaid.

With her sister’s medical bills mounting, Diana Parker can’t say no to a high-paying opportunity like this: accompany a wealthy couple to Aspen and nanny their precocious five-year-old son for three months. Necessary qualifications? She must know how to ski and teach math, speak fluent French, excel at social graces, and hold a master’s degree in childhood development. Who’ll be the wiser that Diana’s only skill is packing for Colorado?

So far, so good—having a con woman for a mother has turned out to be a benefit, even if Diana has complicated feelings about telling lies. But she’s doing this for her sister. And the perks—like a ticket to a lavish charity fundraiser, a new gown, and a Prince Charming–adjacent earl named Griffin Windsor—are pretty irresistible. Diana can’t deny the Cinderella vibe.

Wary of gold diggers and scandal, England’s most eligible bachelor is nevertheless falling for Diana, and sweeping the not-quite princess off her feet.

The warmer their relationship becomes, the slipperier the slopes are for Diana. Sooner or later, she’ll have to come clean. When that happens, does an honest-to-goodness happy ending stand a chance?

 

 

“Diana and Griffin’s slow-burn closed-door passion is authentic.”

— Kirkus Reviews

 

And Now a Little Q & A with Sariah Wilson

 

What is the title of your latest release?

My newest release is called CINDER-NANNY and it is out June 21st!

 

What’s the “elevator pitch for your new book?

This is a loose retelling of CINDERELLA with a woman who takes a nannying job that she is not qualified for in order to help her sister’s medical issues. She tries to keep her lack of skills secret, and it’s not helped when a yummy English earl comes along, needing her help.

 

How did you decide where your book was going to take place?

It takes place in Aspen, Colorado and I chose that city because I wanted a city famous for its skiing and the wealthy people that live/play there. Plus, Aspen is really beautiful!

 

Would you hang out with your heroine in real life?

Absolutely, but I might keep an eye on my wallet.

 

What are three words that describe your hero?

Charming, delightful and British.

 

What’s something you learned while writing this book?

The same thing I have to learn every book—that I can actually do it! I can write a full-length novel that makes sense and that other people enjoy. It always feels impossible in the beginning, and especially halfway through, and at the end I’m always telling myself that I’ve done it before and can do it again, but I’m not sure my brain actually believes it.
 
 
Do you edit as you draft or wait until you are totally done?

I edit as I go. To get me back in the right frame of mind with the story, I edit/reread what I wrote the day before and then start writing from there.

 

What’s your favourite foodie indulgence?

Dove ice cream bars. I’m not really a foodie—I have the palate of a six-year-old child, but I really love ice cream.

 

Describe your writing space/office?

It used to be my bedroom. I have blackout curtains and I would sit in my bed and write. But now we have a puppy and so I write in the family room on the couch so that I’m available to her. I miss writing in my room!

 

Who is an author you admire?

There are so many for so many different reasons, but I think Zoraida Córdova is awesome.

 

Is there a book that changed your life?

Probably the first romance novel I ever read. My mom used to subscribe to Harlequin, and we had romance novels in my house by the ton. I picked one up one day (being very bored) and it was about a Greek shipping magnate who has an enemy and blackmails the enemy’s daughter into marriage (she had red hair). Then they fell in love, and I remember being shocked by it and then very, very happy. I’ve been chasing the high of my very first “they fall in love???” ever since.

 

Tell us about when you got “the call.” (when you found out your book was going to be published)

Essentially—I won a contest Amazon had for writers (Kindle Scout) and I had entered in large part because my goal was to publish with Montlake, Amazon’s romance house. The contest coordinator asked why I’d entered, and I told her. Next thing I knew, I was getting a phone call from the editorial director of Montlake. I thought it was a networking type of thing, getting my foot in the door and meeting her. But at the end of the call she told me she was going to offer me a two-book contract and I was so stunned that it was difficult to speak (she still teases me about it). That’s not usually how things work in publishing, so it was a bit hard to process, but super thrilling!

 

What’s your favourite genre to read?

Romantic comedies and YA fantasy.

 

What’s your favourite movie?

Impossible to answer as I have so many favorite movies for so many different reasons. But as far as romance goes, it might be MAD ABOUT MAMBO. I really love that rom com, and not many people have seen it. But I highly recommend it!

 

What is your favourite season?

Fall. I love the leaves changing and getting to wear long dusters/cardigans that make me feel like a character out of a fantasy novel when I go to the grocery store and it’s gently flapping in the breeze like a cape.

 

How do you like to celebrate your birthday?

Quietly, with my family. I’m an introvert and a homebody and my choice would always be to stay home and do nothing.

 

What’s a recent tv show/movie/book/podcast you highly recommend?

If you haven’t seen THE LOST CITY yet (Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum), go see it! It’s really funny and romantic and Hollywood needs to make dozens more of this type of movie.

 

What’s your favourite type of cuisine?

American, usually. Depends on what my inner six-year-old is up for.

 

What do you do when you have free time?

I don’t really have a lot of free time, but I like to read and play videogames.

 

What can readers expect from you next?

My next book is called THE CHEMISTRY OF LOVE, and it will be out next year. It’s about a cosmetic chemist who starts fake dating her boss in order to make his brother jealous while trying to start her own company. It was so much fun to write (love STEM heroines!) and hopefully readers will enjoy it!

 

“A refreshing, addictive modern-day Cinderella story with irresistible characters that I devoured in one sitting”

— What’s Better Than Books

 

 

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Thank you to Sariah Wilson and Kaye Publicity for being featured on my blog today!

 

About Sariah Wilson

USA Today bestselling author Sariah Wilson has never jumped out of an airplane, never climbed Mt. Everest, and is not a former CIA operative. She has, however, been madly, passionately in love with her soulmate and is a fervent believer in happily ever afters—which is why she writes romance. She grew up in southern California, graduated from Brigham Young University (go Cougars!) with a semi-useless degree in history, and is the oldest of nine (yes, nine) children . She currently lives with the aforementioned soulmate and their four children in Utah, along with two cats named Pixel and Callie, who do not get along. (The cats, not the children. Although the children sometimes have their issues, too.)

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#BookReview Cinder-Nanny by Sariah Wilson @sariahwilson @KayePublicity @AmazonPub #TheCinderNanny #SariahWilson #Montlake #KayePublicity

#BookReview Cinder-Nanny by Sariah Wilson @sariahwilson @KayePublicity @AmazonPub #TheCinderNanny #SariahWilson #Montlake #KayePublicity Title: Cinder-Nanny

Author: Sariah Wilson

Published by: Montlake Romance on Jun. 21, 2022

Genres: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 334

Format: ARC, Paperback

Source: Kaye Publicity

Book Rating: 9/10

What could come between a nanny and an earl in a fairy-tale love story? A reality check—in an endearing and witty romance by Sariah Wilson, the bestselling author of Roommaid.

With her sister’s medical bills mounting, Diana Parker can’t say no to a high-paying opportunity like this: accompany a wealthy couple to Aspen and nanny their precocious five-year-old son for three months. Necessary qualifications? She must know how to ski and teach math, speak fluent French, excel at social graces, and hold a master’s degree in childhood development. Who’ll be the wiser that Diana’s only skill is packing for Colorado?

So far, so good—having a con woman for a mother has turned out to be a benefit, even if Diana has complicated feelings about telling lies. But she’s doing this for her sister. And the perks—like a ticket to a lavish charity fundraiser, a new gown, and a Prince Charming–adjacent earl named Griffin Windsor—are pretty irresistible. Diana can’t deny the Cinderella vibe.

Wary of gold diggers and scandal, England’s most eligible bachelor is nevertheless falling for Diana, and sweeping the not-quite princess off her feet.

The warmer their relationship becomes, the slipperier the slopes are for Diana. Sooner or later, she’ll have to come clean. When that happens, does an honest-to-goodness happy ending stand a chance?


Review:

Lighthearted, charming, and fun!

Cinder-Nanny is a delightful, character-driven rom-com set in the idyllic mountains of Colorado that introduces you to the determined, complicated Diana and the charismatic, persistent Griffin as they each discover the power of friendship, the pull of attraction, and the inescapable euphoria of falling in love.

The prose is whimsical and witty. The characters are multilayered, kind, and endearing. And the plot is an amusing blend of life, love, introspection, friendship, family, secrets, embarrassing moments, awkward situations, misunderstandings, taking chances, and finding the one.

Overall, Cinder-Nanny is a well written, refreshing, addictive modern-day Cinderella story with irresistible characters that I devoured in one sitting. I absolutely adored this novel and remain, as always, one of Sariah Wilson’s biggest fans.

 

This novel is available now.

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Thank you to Kaye Publicity for gifting me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

About Sariah Wilson

USA Today bestselling author Sariah Wilson has never jumped out of an airplane, never climbed Mt. Everest, and is not a former CIA operative. She has, however, been madly, passionately in love with her soulmate and is a fervent believer in happily ever afters—which is why she writes romance. She grew up in southern California, graduated from Brigham Young University (go Cougars!) with a semi-useless degree in history, and is the oldest of nine (yes, nine) children . She currently lives with the aforementioned soulmate and their four children in Utah, along with two cats named Pixel and Callie, who do not get along. (The cats, not the children. Although the children sometimes have their issues, too.)

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#BookReview Wicked Beauty by Katee Robert @katee_robert @RaincoastBooks @SourcebooksCasa #KateeRobert #WickedBeauty #DarkOlympus #SourcebooksCasa

#BookReview Wicked Beauty by Katee Robert @katee_robert @RaincoastBooks @SourcebooksCasa #KateeRobert #WickedBeauty #DarkOlympus #SourcebooksCasa Title: Wicked Beauty

Author: Katee Robert

Series: Dark Olympus #3

Published by: Sourcebooks Casablanca on Jun. 7, 2022

Genres: Contemporary Romance, Fantasy

Pages: 400

Format: ARC, Paperback

Source: Raincoast Books, Sourcebooks Casablanca

Book Rating: 9/10

She was the face that launched a thousand ships,
The fierce beauty at the heart of Olympus,
And she was never ours to claim.

In Olympus, you either have the power to rule… or you are ruled. Achilles Kallis may have been born with nothing, but as a child he vowed he would claw his way into the poisonous city’s inner circle. Now that a coveted role has opened to anyone with the strength to claim it, he and his partner, Patroclus Fotos, plan to compete and double their odds of winning.

Neither expect infamous beauty Helen Kasios to be part of the prize… or for the complicated fire that burns the moment she looks their way.

Zeus may have decided Helen is his to give to away, but she has her own plans. She enters into the competition as a middle finger to the meddling Thirteen rulers, effectively vying for her own hand in marriage. Unfortunately, there are those who would rather see her dead than lead the city. The only people she can trust are the ones she can’t keep her hands off—Achilles and Patroclus. But can she really believe they have her best interests at heart when every stolen kiss is a battlefield?

A scorchingly hot modern retelling of Helen of Troy, Achilles, and Patroclus that’s as sinful as it is sweet.


Review:

Smouldering, fervid and sinfully sexy!

Wicked Beauty is a tantalizing, action-packed retelling that takes you on a journey into the life of Helen of Troy, Achilles, and Patroclus as they all enter their names into the competition to become the next Ares and vie to take to the one coveted open spot as a member of the Thirteen but first they will have to survive three dangerous trials that will test their intelligence, speed, agility, strength, and wit, and a passion burning between them that could destroy their dreams but solidify their desire and hearts forever. 

The writing is spicy and seductive. The characters are driven, consumed, and intense. And the plot is a provocative, exhilarating tale full of competition, sexual tension, red-hot chemistry, sizzling attraction, flirty banter, murderous intentions, threatening situations, and scorching menage (MFM) sex scenes.

Overall, Wicked Beauty is another salacious, dramatic, erotic treat by Roberts that just took the desire, danger, and dirty of the Dark Olympus series to a whole other level and has left me curious and exceptionally eager to read whatever she manages to come up with next.

 

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About Katee Robert

Katee Robert is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. Entertainment Weekly calls her writing “unspeakably hot.” Her books have sold over a million copies. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, children, a cat who thinks he’s a dog, and two Great Danes who think they’re lap dogs.

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#BookReview Same Time, Same Place by David M. Barnett @Sourcebooks @sbkslandmark #SameTimeSamePlace #DavidMBarnett #bookmarkedbylandmark

#BookReview Same Time, Same Place by David M. Barnett @Sourcebooks @sbkslandmark #SameTimeSamePlace #DavidMBarnett #bookmarkedbylandmark Title: Same Time, Same Place

Author: David M. Barnett

Published by: Sourcebooks Landmark on Jun. 7, 2022

Genres: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 336

Format: Paperback

Source: Sourcebooks Landmark

Book Rating: 8/10

An utterly charming and heart-warming love story and the perfect tonic for difficult times.

Daisy is the night security guard at the Manchester Museum of Social History. She takes her job very seriously, protecting the museum from teenage troublemakers.

Nate works the day shift, though he’d be more suited as a museum guide the way he chats with the visitors. Daisy doesn’t approve: how does he find it so easy to talk to strangers?

For five minutes each day, their shifts overlap at handover. It’s the only interaction they have…until mysterious things begin to happen at the museum. Daisy notices priceless objects going missing and then reappearing, with no explanation (and with nothing on the security footage!). No one believes her except Nate, and he agrees to help her investigate.

They soon discover they have a lot more in common than they realized…and their investigation uncovers not only the truth, but new possibilities for their future.


Review:

Cute, heartwarming, and light!

Same Time, Same Place is an amusing, enticing tale that takes you into the life of Daisy, a socially awkward, dedicated evening museum guard who, after stumbling upon some items periodically going missing from exhibit rooms and then surprisingly turning back up, requires a little help from her coworker Nate, a divorced father of one, to apprehend the culprit and solve the case.

The prose is light and witty. The characters are quirky, friendly, and scarred. And the plot is an engaging blend of friendship, family, introspection, deduction, attraction, childhood trauma, new beginnings, amateur sleuthing, and touching moments.

Overall, Same Time, Same Place is a funny, sweet, uplifting tale by Barnett that was a delight to read with its charming storyline and abundance of special characters I couldn’t help but root for.

 

This novel is available June 7, 2022!

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About David M. Barnett

David M. Barnett is a writer based in the North of England. He writes novels, like this one, and he also writes journalism, for places such as the Guardian, Independent, and the BBC. He writes comic books for DC and Archie among others. In fact, he'll pretty much write anything if you ask him nicely. He was born in a place called Wigan, near Manchester, and now lives in West Yorkshire, just over a hill from where the Bronte sisters dwelled. He was born in the 1970s, grew up in the 1980s, and spent his 20s in the 1990s, with all that entails.

#BookReview Love Radio by Ebony LaDelle @EbonyLadelle @SimonSchusterCA @simonteen #LoveRadio #EbonyLaDelle #SimonTeen

#BookReview Love Radio by Ebony LaDelle @EbonyLadelle @SimonSchusterCA @simonteen #LoveRadio #EbonyLaDelle #SimonTeen Title: Love Radio

Author: Ebony LaDelle

Published by: Simon & Schuster BFYR on May 31, 2022

Genres: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult

Pages: 320

Format: ARC, Paperback

Source: Simon & Schuster Canada

Book Rating: 8.5/10

Prince Jones is the guy with all the answers—or so it seems. After all, at seventeen, he has his own segment on Detroit’s popular hip-hop show, Love Radio, where he dishes out advice to the brokenhearted.

Prince has always dreamed of becoming a DJ and falling in love. But being the main caretaker for his mother, who has multiple sclerosis, and his little brother means his dreams will stay just that and the only romances in his life are the ones he hears about from his listeners.

Until he meets Dani Ford.

Dani isn’t checking for anybody. She’s focused on her plan: ace senior year, score a scholarship, and move to New York City to become a famous author. But her college essay keeps tripping her up and acknowledging what’s blocking her means dealing with what happened at that party a few months ago.

And that’s one thing Dani can’t do.

When the romantic DJ meets the ambitious writer, sparks fly. Prince is smitten, but Dani’s not looking to get derailed. She gives Prince just three dates to convince her that he’s worth falling for.

Three dates for the love expert to take his own advice, and just maybe change two lives forever.


Review:

Sweet, tender, and uplifting!

Love Radio is a bighearted, passionate tale that takes you into the lives of two main characters. Prince, a young DJ who spends most of his days juggling school, a radio slot, and taking care of his disabled mother and young brother, and Danielle, a high school senior struggling to socialize and do the thing she’s always loved to do, write, after being violated one night at a college party.

The writing is smooth and fluid. The characters are well-drawn, genuine, and kind. And the plot is the perfect blend of heart, hope, humour, drama, and emotion.

Love Radio is, ultimately, a story about coming-of-age, life, friendship, family, self-discovery, culture, trauma, responsibilities, patience, independence, and the joys of falling in love. It’s an empowering, charming, heart-tugging novel by LaDelle that’s also a true love letter to the city of Detroit, Motown, and some of the greatest authors of all time.

 

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Thank you to Simon & Schuster Canada for gifting me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

About Ebony LaDelle

She co-hosted Why Not YA?, a @belletrist and @epicreads monthly video series where she interviewed authors in the young adult space. Born in MI, awoken at Howard U, and cultivated in Brooklyn, Ebony can usually be found searching for her next live concert, scouting out the latest food craze to try, rocking out to Motown, or being the undisputed Mom Friend of any group. You can follow her on social at any of the links below.

Photo by Taylor Baldwin.

#BookReview It Takes a Villa by Kilby Blades @KilbyBlades @entangledpub @angelamelamud #ItTakesaVilla #KilbyBlades

#BookReview It Takes a Villa by Kilby Blades @KilbyBlades @entangledpub @angelamelamud #ItTakesaVilla #KilbyBlades Title: It Takes a Villa

Author: Kilby Blades

Published by: Entangled Publishing on May 24, 2022

Genres: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 352

Format: Paperback

Source: Angela Melamud, Entangled Publishing

Book Rating: 8/10

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

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

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


Review:

Cheery, warm, and romantic!

It Takes a Villa is a charming, uplifting tale that sweeps you away to the idyllic Amalfi Coast and into the life of the grief-stricken Natalie Monroe as she reluctantly leaves her current life behind and heads to Italy to honour the plans she made with her late grandmother to renovate an abandoned villa on a tight budget, a limited renovation window, and the unexpected help from a sexy Italian architect.

The writing is fluid and sweet. The characters are hardworking, helpful, and kind. And the plot is an enchanting mix of life, love, family, friendship, hopes, dreams, community, self-discovery, taking chances, and finding a place to call home.

Overall, It Takes a Villa is an amusing, refreshing, enjoyable treat by Blades that I thoroughly enjoyed and which, ultimately, reminded me that life is truly an adventure!

 

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Thank you to Entangled Publishing and Angela Melamud for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

About Kilby Blades

Kilby Blades is a USA Today Bestselling author of Romance and Women's Fiction. Her debut novel, Snapdragon, was a HOLT Medallion finalist, a Publisher’s Weekly BookLife Prize Semi-Finalist, and an IPPY Award medalist. Kilby was honored with an RSJ Emma Award for Best Debut Author in 2018, and has been lauded by critics for “easing feminism and equality into her novels” (IndieReader) and “writing characters who complement each other like a fine wine does a good meal” (Publisher’s Weekly).

During her fifteen year career as a digital marketing executive, she moonlighted as a journalist, freelanced as a food, wine and travel writer and lived it up as an entertainment columnist. She has lived in five countries, visited more than twenty-five, and spends part of her year in her happy place in the Andes Mountains.

#BookReview Welcome to the Neighborhood by Lisa Roe @lisaroewrites @SourcebooksCasa #WelcometotheNeighborhood #LisaRoe #SourcebooksCasa

#BookReview Welcome to the Neighborhood by Lisa Roe @lisaroewrites @SourcebooksCasa #WelcometotheNeighborhood #LisaRoe #SourcebooksCasa Title: Welcome to the Neighborhood

Author: Lisa Roe

Published by: Sourcebooks Casablanca on Apr. 5, 2022

Genres: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 304

Format: Paperback

Source: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Book Rating: 7.5/10

After years of struggling to make ends meet, Queens single mom Ginny falls for sweet, divorced Jeff, and relishes the idea of moving with her quirky eleven-year-old daughter Harri to his home in an upscale New Jersey suburb. Though she’s never been impressed by material things, she is thrilled that getting a second chance at love comes with the added bonus of finally giving Harri everything she never could before.

And then she meets the neighbors.

Ginny is quickly thrust into the complicated realities of a neighborhood defined by the ever-shifting alliances of PTA moms, Real Housewife contenders, and their mean-girl daughters. When the neighbors’ secrets, back-stabbing, and bad behavior take a devastating toll on her daughter and new marriage, Ginny must decide what really matters—and protect it at all costs.


Review:

Spirited, uplifting, and sweet!

Welcome to the Neighborhood is a heartwarming, playful tale that takes you into the life of painter and single mother Ginny Miller as she juggles a new marriage, a relocation to the snooty suburbs, a husband away on contract in another country, and a daughter taking extreme measures to try and fit in.

The writing is genuine and tender. The characters are insecure, easygoing, and multilayered. And the plot is a delightful blend of life, love, family, friendship, motherhood, self-reflection, tricky situations, and touching moments. 

Overall, I found Welcome to the Neighborhood to be a charming, heartfelt, effortless read by Roe that did a lovely job of mixing heavier issues with some lighthearted fun.

 

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About Lisa Roe

After graduating from the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and spending many years as an advertising creative director and copywriter in New York City, Lisa Roe accepted the tougher job of stay-at-home mom and turned to writing fiction — mostly to entertain her kids, but then to tell her own stories. A classic first born, a reluctant empty nester, and a Dr. Doolittle wannabe, Lisa lives in New Jersey with her husband and three incorrigible dogs. WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD is her debut novel.

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