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Sunday, October 25, 2020

Review: Happily Letter After by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward

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From New York Times bestselling authors Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward comes a love story about taking chances, and the surprises that come with them.

My love story all started with a letter.

Only it wasn’t from the man I’d eventually fall in love with. It was from his daughter.  A sweet little girl named Birdie Maxwell who’d written to the magazine that I worked for.

You see, once a year, my employer fulfilled a few wishes for readers. Only that column didn’t start up again for months.

So I fulfilled some of her wishes myself. It was harmless…so I thought. Until one day I took things too far.

While anonymously granting yet another of Birdie’s wishes, I got a look at her father. Her devastatingly handsome, single dad father.

I should have stopped playing fairy godmother then. I should have left well enough alone. But I just couldn’t help myself.  I had a connection to this girl. One that had me acting irrationally.

Like showing up on their doorstep.

  Happily Letter AfterHappily Letter After by Vi Keeland
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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A strange thing happened to me while I was reading Happily Letter After, by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward. I almost exclusively read on my Kindle, but today was the first time in a long time, that was I thankful to be holding a physical copy of the book. Happily Letter After felt so special that I had the overwhelming need to hug the book. Is that weird that I needed to hold a paperback physically? Maybe, but this story felt like it hugged my soul.

I hit the last page, and I planed to contact Vi and Penelope to tell them how I felt. I wanted to tell them that this might be my all-time favorite co-written book by them. It feels weird saying it because I love all of their books, and I didn't want to commit to saying this "was my favorite." So I didn't write my note. Instead, I went outside to reread a few key scenes with Sebastian, Sadie, and Birdie to take a few notes for my review and make a cute graphic. While I was copying down a quote, a bird decided to poop in my book, hitting Birdie's name! I know, gross. This story was all about fate; those crazy "meant to be" moments and signs in life and coincidences. You'll understand the strange significance of this random act once you read this book. I ended writing that note about my feelings since a little birdie put it out there. You would think I would be mad that a bird crapped in a signed book that I loved. Nah, it was meant to be. It was a sign that I needed to send it.

HLA is on the top of my Best of 2020 book list.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Review: Peacekeeper by Laura Pavlov

Peacekeeper by Laura Pavlov is LIVE and FREE to read on using Amazon's Kindle Unlimited.  Try Kindle Unlimited FREE for one month here.  Check out my spoiler-free review below. This book is a contemporary romance and does not end with a cliffhanger. 

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I thought she'd be my forever, but then life threw me a curveball and I changed course.

I loved Laney Landers before most people learned to read.

Blonde hair, blue eyes that rivaled the ocean, and an invisible halo over her head.

She stole my heart the same day she threw sand in my face.

What started as a friendship grew into so much more.

I thought she'd be my forever.

But then life threw me a curveball and I changed course.

Laney moved on and found a different happily ever after…

While I wallowed in grief and regret.

And now she's here, reminding me that I made the biggest mistake of my life.


I loved Harrison Montgomery since the first day he saved me a seat in kindergarten.

He was my best friend, my own real-life prince.

He taught me to ride a bike and showed me how to shoot a three-pointer in basketball.

He was my first kiss.

My first love.

My first heartache.

My first everything.

I don't believe in happily ever after anymore.

Harrison forced me to write a new ending to my story.

But seeing him again after all these years--it makes me want things I shouldn't.

Because that chapter of my life is closed forever.

Or is it?

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Peacekeeper (Montgomery Brothers, #2)Peacekeeper by Laura Pavlov
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Peacekeeper, by Laura Pavlov, is the second installment in the Montgomery Brothers series of interconnected standalones. Harrison reconnects with Lainey after pushing her away years ago. Lainey comes home after being away for five years to take care of her sick mother.  Lainey has to make some hard decisions about her current life in Chicago. Can she move forward, find true happiness, and heal from her past?  Will Harrison make her see that they should be together?

This second chance childhood friends-to-lovers romance packs the perfect amount of angst, drama, and steam! What a fantastic read! One-click worthy!

Meet Laura

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Laura Pavlov writes sweet and sexy contemporary romance that will make you both laugh and cry. She is happily married to her college sweetheart, mom to two awesome almost-grown kids, and dog-whisperer to a couple crazy yorkies. Laura resides in Las Vegas where she is living her own happily ever after.


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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Review of Sorrow by Tiffanie DeBartolo

From Tiffanie DeBartolo, author of God Shaped Hole, How to Kill a Rock Star, and Grace: The Jeff Buckley Story, comes Sorrow, a poignant story about friendship and love, art and music, and how these pursuits can save us from ourselves. Check out my spoiler-free review below. 

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Joe Harper has backpedaled throughout his life. A once-promising guitar prodigy, he’s been living without direction since abandoning his musical dreams. Now into his thirties, having retreated from every opportunity he’s had to level up, he has lost his family, his best friend, and his self-respect.

But Joe finds an unlikely path to redemption when he starts working as a carpenter for the bohemian conceptual artist October Danko. The job returns him to his hometown, loaded with bittersweet reminders of his former life, in the shadows of his beloved redwood trees. As Joe’s relationship with October develops, he yearns to take a daring step toward a bold future but struggles to escape the craven decisions of his past.

Sorrow is a stunning, moving novel that explores masculinity and suspended adolescence, all the while begging the questions: Can courage be learned? And is it ever too late to follow your heart?

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SorrowSorrow by Tiffanie DeBartolo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Joe Harper is a work in progress. He takes a job as an assistant set-maker with a world-renowned performance artist, October Danko. Joe finds himself back in his California hometown, where he grew up surrounded by the redwood trees and trails he has always been enamored with throughout his life. Unlike the redwood trees he is obsessed with, he can't seem to find the courage to plant his own roots and branch out. Joe is so full of regret and sorrow that he can't find happiness within himself. When he finally seems to find the courage to lead him to the right trail in life, his world starts to resemble a forest fire.

While reading this book, I felt like I was part of Joe and October's complex story and was deeply involved in their own emotional performance art exhibition. As the reader, you are in for a journey of he(art) and soul set to a backdrop of art, music, and the beauty of Muir Woods.  You should go into this book knowing your own takeaway is truly the experience of Tiffanie's storytelling art. I lived and breathed the words and worlds of Joe and October. Reading Sorrow was a unique and galvanizing experience. You might dislike Joe or even October at times. Think of them as a work in progress. One-click Sorrow on October 20th.

About Tiffanie:

Tiffanie's most recent novel is Sorrow. Her previous works include God-Shaped Hole, How To Kill a Rock Star, the graphic novel Grace: Based on the Jeff Buckley Story, and the film Dream for an Insomniac, which she wrote and directed.

Tiffanie grew up in Youngstown, Ohio where she insists there was nothing to do but read and listen to music. It is no surprise then that after graduating high school a year early to study philosophy at UC Berkeley, she became a writer and founded a record label.

She is the founder and Chief Executive Super Goddess of Bright Antenna Records, whose roster includes The Wombats, Sports Team, Wilderado, and Prep. She also cofounded the ShineMaker Foundation, a charity organization dedicated to making the world a better place. And she is a faculty member of the Jackson Hole Writers Conference, where she teaches writing every June.

In her spare time, she is a runner, hiker, yogi, world-traveler, cook, feminist, poet, and artist.

Tiffanie lives in Mill Valley, California with her husband Scott Schumaker and her two Irish Wolfhounds, Dipsea and Kazoo.

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Monday, October 12, 2020

LIVE & FREE in Kindle Unlimited: The Hookup by Kindle Alexander

The Hookup by Kindle Alexander is LIVE and 99 cents or FREE to read in Kindle Unlimited.  Check out my spoiler-free review of this new m/m romance novella below. 

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A well-deserved celebration is in order for attorney Easton Elliott. Everything is going as planned until a tempting glimpse of the past sidebars the handsome attorney’s party.

An unexpected invitation has linguist Grant Holt excited about the spur-of-the-moment rendezvous. But words are futile when he arrives to find there’s been a mix up.   

A text, a celebration, and a misunderstanding all lead to…The Hookup

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The HookupThe Hookup by Kindle Alexander
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Hookup by Kindle Alexander is the quick and dirty distraction you might be looking for. This sexy m/m romance is about Grant and Easton, who meet at the bar and decide to hook up. It turns out they were more than a one-night stand. The Hookup was previously released in The Bookworm Box's special edition charity anthology, Unconditional, 2019.

Sunday, October 11, 2020

REVIEW: Tarnished Empire by Ava Harrison

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My plan was simple.

Get invited onto his yacht.

Find information to destroy him.

But I wasn't prepared for Alaric Prince.

Dangerous and seductive, he trapped me in his gilded cage.

He calls me Dove.

Easily preyed on.

Easily broken.

A man that ruthless only wants to crush me.

I must resist the temptation to let him.

He's my father's enemy.

At war with my family.

A danger to me.

Falling for him would be my demise.

But if my plan works, it will be his.

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Tarnished EmpireTarnished Empire by Ava Harrison
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I just finished Tarnished Empire by Ava Harrison and loved it. This enemies to lovers mafia romance was equally addictive and unputdownable. Ava Harrison spins a wicked web of love, lies, and revenge. I loved Alaric. He might be one of my favorite anti-hero book boyfriends. This new release is one-click worthy!

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Ava Harrison is a USA Today and Amazon bestselling author.

When she's not journaling her life, you can find her window shopping, cooking dinner for her family, or curled up on her couch reading a book.


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Thursday, October 8, 2020

Review + 25.00 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway: Affinity by Dyan Layne is LIVE!

Check out my spoiler-free review of Affinity by Dyan Layne.  Enter for a chance to win a $25.00 Amazon gift card below.  This M/F/M romance is nuclear hot and can be read for free using Amazon's Kindle Unlimited.  

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Be careful what you wish for…

When Chloe was seventeen, she wished she belonged to the man in the poster on her bedroom wall. Taylor Kerrigan. Lead guitarist of the debauched band Venery. Tattooed rock god with a bad-boy smirk. Reputed sexual deviant.

And a puppy.

Make a wish, Chloe.

But Chloe isn’t seventeen anymore, and now the only thing she wishes for is to be loved by the man right here in front of her. Jesse Nolan. Former football player. Soft-spoken bartender with the purest heart, eyes she could drown in, and a smile she wishes was only for her. Maybe it is.

And a puppy.

Make a wish, Chloe.

She kept the poster of the bad-boy rock star, but she left her girlhood fantasy behind when she packed up her life for college. The city. She thought she was ready for whatever awaited her here. She wasn’t.

New friends. New family. New loves. New dreams.

Make a wish, Chloe.

…because sometimes they come true.

And sometimes you get more than you ever wished for.

Affinity is the second interconnected stand-alone romance in the Red Door series and ends with a HEA and no cliffhanger. While each novel in the series depicts a unique romance, all of the characters appear and some storylines connect throughout each book. Affinity is suitable for readers 18+ and contains MM, MF, and MMF scenes.


Affinity (Red Door, #2)Affinity by Dyan Layne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Are you in the mood for a nuclear hot read? Check out Affinity (Red Door #2) by Dyan Layne. Affinity is the second installment in the Red Door series of interconnected standalones. I would recommend reading Serenity (Red Door #1) to understand the character’s background and relationships. This unconventional love story is about Chloe, Jessie, and Taylor, who we met in Serenity. Jessie is dating Chloe, and she learns about his longterm relationship with Taylor. Will Chloe also fall for Taylor, the hot rock star who once adorned a huge poster on her wall? I’ll just say this story is smutastic.


Dyan Layne is a nurse boss by day and the writer of edgy sensual tales by night--and on weekends. Serenity, the first book in the Red Door series, is her debut novel. She's never without her Kindle, and can usually be found tapping away at her keyboard with a hot latte and a cold Dasani Lime--and sometimes champagne. She can't sing a note, but often answers in song because isn't there a song for just about everything? Born and raised a Chicago girl, she currently lives in Tampa, Florida, and is the mother of four handsome sons and a beautiful daughter, who are all grown up now, but can still make her crazy--and she loves it that way! Because normal is just so boring.


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