#Bookreview – Down Too Deep by J. Daniels #Downtoodeep @jdanielsbooks #netgalley

35157158._SY475_Title: Down Too Deep

Author: J. Daniels

Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)

Publication Date: October 8, 2019

Rating: 5⭐️

 

Down Too Deep will hit you with all the feels. Nate lost his wife and is struggling to get himself together. He has a little girl named Marley and he isn’t sure how to navigate raising this little girl on his own. After his wife’s passing he shut himself off and lost himself in his work.

 

Life is about to be changed dramatically when single mom Jenna walks into his restaurant. She has 8 year old twins, Oliver and Olivia. Jenna steps up to help Nate take care of his little girl while he works and these families slowly start to blend and function phenomenally well together.

 

This was just the sweetest love story, but not solely because of the romantic love. They fall hard for each other’s families and it is absolutely the most heartwarming story. I flew through this one and quickly became a huge fan of J. Daniels. After finishing this story, I went on to binge read the rest of the Dirty Deeds series.

 

Thank you Netgalley and Forever publishing for my copy. All opinions are my own.

#Bookreview – Perfect Strangers by J.T. Geissinger #PerfectStrangers @JTGeissinger @jenw23

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Author:  J.T. Geissinger

Publisher: J.T. Geissinger, Inc

Pub Date: October 1, 2019

Rating: 4⭐️

 

This story hooked me quickly! I was obsessed with Olivia and James. They had fantastic chemistry and I couldn’t get enough of them. It was super steamy.

 

This story was full of surprises. I feel like this is a hard one to review. At one point in the story I wasn’t sure if I would be able to finish it, but I’m so glad I stuck with it. I ended up really enjoying it.

 

This story was very meta. It was really interesting and I like the path it took even if I briefly was infuriated. It evoked such strong emotions because I was so invested in the characters. I’m going to include a synopsis so you can get a feel for this read and so I can keep it spoiler free.

 

Synopsis:

 

Author Olivia Rossi hasn’t been able to write a word since tragedy struck two years ago and ripped her world apart. Heartbroken and still haunted by the past, she accepts an offer to spend the summer at a friend’s apartment in Paris in search of healing and her lost muse.

 

What she finds instead is James, an enigmatic stranger who ignites in her an unexpected and all-consuming passion.

 

Agreeing to tell each other nothing more than their first names, Olivia and James embark on a torrid affair. But the more time they spend together, the more Olivia begins to realize her summer fling is turning into a powerful connection…and that the magnetic man she’s falling in love with might not be what he seems at all.
Thank you @socialbutterflypr for my copy. All opinions are my own.

Review – Shortcake by Lucy Watson #shortcakebook @lucywatsonbooks

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Author: Lucy Watson

Publisher: Lucy Watson Books

Pub Date: September 19, 2019

Rating: 5⭐️

 

Lucy Watson just published a phenomenal debut novel, Shortcake. If you love rom-coms, then you should definitely give this one a read. This is one of the best that I’ve read. I was seriously laughing out loud on several occasions. This wasn’t one of those with just a line or two here and there that put it in the rom-com category. It was most of the book. Emelia Anderson’s inner dialogue and overall personality are going to make you want to add her to your book besties list.

 

Emelia Anderson was a live-in caregiver for a lovely old lady named Rose. Rose has passed away and Emelia is devastated because she and Rose had become so close. She meets Rose’s family at the funeral and they are not very welcoming or kind. Her handsome, motorcycle riding grandson Ben Crawford is extra cold to Emelia. He becomes even less of a fan after he finds out that his grandmother has included Emilia in her will. He believes she conned his grandmother. Now they are forced to live together because of stipulations in Rose’s will. For anyone to get what she has left them they must live together and fix up her old house.

 

Seriously this book is steamy and hilarious! You will fall in love with Emelia and Ben. Even the secondary characters were fantastic. Ben’s friends were all amazing and I hope they all get books. This is free on Kindle Unlimited if you subscribe to that or just $2.99 on Amazon.

Review – Love on Lexington Avenue by Lauren Layne #LoveonLexingtonAvenue #LaurenLayne #bookreview #netgalley

loveonlexingtonaveTitle: Love on Lexington Avenue (Central Park Pact #2)

Author: Lauren Layne

Publisher: Gallery Books

Pub Date: September 17, 2019

Rating: 4⭐️

 

This was such a cute, slow-burn romance. Claire is widowed and she found out at her husband’s funeral that he had been cheating on her for quite some time with at least two women. These women became best friends. They all thought they were the only woman in Brayden’s life. They make a pact to keep each other away from the bad guys.

 

Claire is trying to reinvent herself, starting with her old house. Her friends introduced her to her contractor, Scott. Scott is the opposite of Claire and normally not at all the kind of guy she’d be interested in. They have good banter. Their relationship starts off as quasi enemies and then they transition to friendship.

 

I love the slow build where they had to work up to even being friends and admitting that they enjoyed each other’s company. They’ve both had their guards up from their previous relationships. There is very minimal steam, but plenty of tension.

 

This is my first Lauren Layne book and I am definitely a fan. Also, this is book two in the Central Park Pact series, but works as a stand alone. I’m going to go back and read the first one and I can’t wait for Audrey’s story in the third installment.

 

I love the setting and character development. It was a quick read and I really enjoyed it. This would make such a cute movie.

 

Thank you Netgalley and Gallery Books for my eARC copy. All opinions are my own.

Review – The Accidental Life Swap by Jennifer Joyce #TheAccidentalLifeSwap

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Title: The Accidental Life Swap

Author: Jennifer Joyce

Publisher: HQ Digital

Pub Date: September 1, 2019

Rating: 3⭐️

     The Accidental Life Swap turned out to be quite the charming story. Rebecca works as a PA for Vanessa Whitely of Vanessa Whitely Events. Vanessa is a difficult boss. She’s brash and doesn’t value her employees. Rebecca has a degree in Events Management, but Vanessa only sees her for her organizational skills and ability to run her errands. Vanessa bought a home in a small town out in the country that  was in need of restoration. Rebecca is more of a people-pleaser and not used to sticking up for herself, so when Vanessa sends her to oversee the remainder of the remodeling there is no push back.

      The first day on site, Rebecca is mistaken for Vanessa among the work crew. She doesn’t correct the mistake since everyone is a little intimidated by Vanessa, and thus the accidental life swap is in full swing. Rebecca is able to be more assertive by hiding behind her borrowed identity. She didn’t foresee the falsehood causing any real trouble until she falls in love with the town and it’s people.

        This story really was charming. The pacing was a bit slow. It took a little while to fully get into it. It felt like a lot of the story was just following Rebecca and her inner monologue. I would have liked a little more interaction and dialogue with the community. The love story was cute, but I would have liked to have seen a bit more chemistry other than them just bantering over their fiercely competitive nature when it comes to board games. Overall, if you enjoy a cute non-steamy romance then this was a good one.

Thank you Netgalley and HQ Digital for my review copy. All opinions are my own.

Review – Caraval by Stephanie Garber #caraval #bookreview

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Title: Caraval

Author: Stephanie Garber

Publisher: Flatiron Books

Publishing Date: January 31, 2017

Rating: 3⭐️

Synopsis:

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic

Review:

This series has garnered a lot of hype. I went in with high expectations, which can sometimes work against you. I wanted to love this one so much. It just didn’t deliver for me. Garber’s prose is really beautiful. I liked it, but I wasn’t blown away by it.

It started out really strong. I loved the prose, there was a big, suspenseful build up, and a lot of promise with building likeable, strong characters. It just didn’t deliver for me. If I had to have a book with a strong narrative or  strong characters, I would choose a story that has well developed characters. I need characters that I can be invested in.

This book made me feel like I couldn’t believe any of the characters or anything within the world. It made it hard to connect to. I liked it enough to try book two, Legendary, and I hope that I can enjoy that one a little more.

Review – Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey #fixherup @tessabaileyisanauthor

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Title: Fix Her Up

Author: Tessa Bailey

Publisher: Avon Romance

Publishing Date: June 11, 2019
Rating: 5⭐️

 

I absolutely love Georgie and Travis’s story. Their chemistry is fantastic. They understand each other in ways that no one else has ever been able to understand them. They make each other better, stronger people. There is a lot of steamy romance, so if it’s not your thing, this may not be for you.

 

This book had me laughing out loud. I love how hilarious and down to earth Georgie is. She may be small, but she is mighty. Georgie is the little sister of Travis’s best friend. No one thinks of Georgie as a grownup, but Georgie doesn’t want to be thought of like that anymore.

 

Travis has been living the life of a professional baseball player, but an injury has him retiring before he was ready. He’s been wallowing and Georgie is determined not to let him lose himself. She’s exactly what he needs. Together they work to improve themselves.

This book was a quick, fun read! I highly recommend!