About An Unlikely Pair

an unlikely pair

After a family tragedy, aspiring ballerina Amaliya Marcell is adrift. When she is forced to leave behind everything she knows, the lost young woman struggles to build a new life in an unfamiliar city. But when she meets a handsome world-class figure skater, she finds a glimmer of hope.

After his sister’s unexpected retirement from figure skating, Tyler Linden is devastate to give up his shot at the US national championships. His only hope is to find a new partner, a task that proves nearly impossible—until he observes a beautiful young woman at the local ice rink. Struck by her grace and poise, Tyler takes an unthinkable risk and asks Amaliya to become his new partner. To both of their surprise, she agrees. The path to the championship won’t be easy, but Amaliya and Tyler quickly establish a solid partnership and a profound connection—both on and off the ice. However, competition at the championships is fierce, and when the times comes, they will be forced to put everything on the line if they hope to achieve their dreams.

My review

I LOVED this book so much. I was able to read it so quickly and I didn’t want to put it down. This one is fun, because if you’ve read Dancing to Freedom by Traci Hunter Abramson, this book continues that story.

I loved Amaliya. She’s such a strong character. She knows what she wants, to dance. But things change when her parents, Katerina and Robert are in an accident. I loved how she was able to get through this hard time. And even reach out to help someone else in a similar situation. It was so fun to see her learn a new skill as she started figure skating.

I loved seeing how Amaliya and Tyler’s relationship grows. They start as nothing more than people in the same skating rink and end up figure skating together. It was great to see Tyler teaching Amaliya the skills she needed, not only for skating, but for coping with life. Their relationship was one of the best things about this book.

This book is so well written. I loved everything about it. The setting, the love story, the characters. It was simply amazing. You won’t want to miss it!

I was sent a copy of An Unlikely Pair as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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Excerpt

Washington, DC

January 1982

Frigid air, skates scraping against the ice, the scent of stale popcorn. Amaliya Marcell sat in one of the twenty thousand seats of the Cap Centre and laced up her figure skates before she tugged her leg warmers into place and watched while twenty hockey players worked through their last drill.

As soon as they finished, they joined her father at center ice.

The great Robert Marcell. Amaliya still missed watching her father compete, but his transition from player to assistant coach to head coach had allowed her to enjoy her routine of spending time with her dad at work. She could hardly remember a Saturday when the Washington Capitals were home and she hadn’t been here with him.

Travis, the goalkeeper, stepped off the ice and gave her a disapproving shake of his head. “You’re wearing the wrong skates again.”

“You sound like my dad.”

“Coach knows what he’s talking about,” Travis said.

“Maybe for you, but I don’t think I’m going to be joining a hockey team anytime soon.” Amaliya stepped past him. “Figure skates are more my style these days.”

“Too bad. With a bit more practice, maybe you could score on me.”Amaliya’s eyebrows lifted. “I scored a goal on you last week.”

“That was a lucky shot.”

“That’s what he always says,” her dad said as he joined them.Amaliya grinned. “Yeah, I know.”

“Travis, get some rest. It’s the kid’s turn to play.”

“Kid?” Amaliya stepped onto the ice and twirled to face her dad. “I hate to break it to you, but I’ll be an adult next week.”

“Don’t remind me,” Robert groaned.“Good luck, Coach.” Travis started toward the locker room.

“Thanks. I’m going to need it.” Robert turned his attention to Amaliya and spoke in French, his preferred language, thanks to his upbringing in Quebec. “Are you going to play a little one-on-one with your old man?”“Don’t you have to check on your players?”

“I can spare a few minutes.” He tapped his stick against the ice. “Show me what you’ve got.”

“Okay.” Amaliya combined her years of ballet training with growing up on the ice and executed a spin that resembled a pirouette.

“When you skate like that, you look like a ballerina on the ice.”Amaliya laughed. “I am a ballerina on the ice.”

“Honey, I hate to break it to you, but most ballerinas can’t do that once they put on ice skates.”

“If you say so.” She skated backward so she could still see her dad. “You’re going to let me skate while you’re in your meetings, right?”

Robert grabbed an extra hockey stick and held it out. “Play a little hockey with me first, and I might be persuaded.”Amaliya made a quick stop and returned to her father. She took the offering and grinned. “Deal.”

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About Inventing Vivian

Inventing Vivian

Ladies of London’s High Society are known for their social graces and poise. Vivian Kirby boasts neither of these enviable qualities, though she does offer impressive conversation on chemical compositions. Unfortunately, it appears that not many men want a brilliant wife. So it is that Vivian finds kinship with a group of young women who embrace each other’s differences: The Blue Orchid Society.

After an extended stay in China, Lord Benedict has returned transformed to his family’s estate, where an encounter with Vivian, whose scientific knowledge he once undermined, leaves him determined to make amends. He arranges to help forward her research—anonymously, of course. Through letters, Vivian establishes a warm friendship with her secret benefactor, even as she’s unexpectedly drawn into a murder investigation that forces her to work alongside Benedict to unearth the truth. Soon, Vivian fears she may be falling in love with two men, never suspecting that they are one and the same.

My review

I love everything about this book! The way the author, Jennifer Moore, wrote her characters, her plot, and the added mystery. Everything combines to make this book amazing.

Vivian is such a great character! You don’t often see young ladies of the Victorian period in a questionable shop. But Vivian goes there, and she makes the owner her friend. I loved her inventor side. She had so many fun inventions in her home. And she worked to be sure she was the best inventor she could be. She must have done a good job because she secured a spot in a special exposition. Which she put in jeopardy to help a friend. I love Vivian.

Then there’s Benedict. He’s a kind man. Recently returned to England from China, and longing for the culture and food of China. I loved how he brought his friend back with him. And how he fought for better working conditions and treatment of all kinds of people. Benedict is good people. It was interesting how these two had a history that wasn’t the best. But ended up having to put it aside to work towards a common goal. I loved that!

This book is fantastic! I think you’d be wise to read Solving Sophronia before this one. There are certain pieces of the puzzle that will make more sense that way.

I was sent a copy of this book as a gift by the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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About Let It Be Me

let it be me

The one woman he wants is the one he cannot have.

Former foster kid Sebastian Grant has leveraged his intelligence and hard work to become a pediatric heart surgeon. But not even his career success can erase the void he’s tried so hard to fill. Then he meets high school teacher Leah Montgomery and his fast-spinning world comes to a sudden stop. He falls hard, only to make a devastating discovery–Leah is the woman his best friend set his heart on months before.

Leah’s a math prodigy who’s only ever had one big dream–to earn her PhD. Raising her little brother put that dream on hold. Now that her brother will soon be college bound, she’s not going to let anything stand in her way. Especially romance . . . which is far less dependable than algebra.

When Leah receives surprising results from the DNA test she submitted to a genealogy site, she solicits Sebastian’s help. Together, they comb through hospital records to uncover the secrets of her history. The more powerfully they’re drawn to each other, the more strongly Sebastian must resist, and the more Leah must admit that some things in life–like love–can’t be explained with numbers.

My review

There are so many things to love about this book! I loved Leah and the mystery she was trying to solve. I loved Sebastian and the things he was learning about himself. And I loved that the reader gets to see characters from the previous book, Stay With Me, that were much loved.

I loved Leah. She’s a high school math teacher. She loves teenagers, that’s so obvious. She has a teenage brother that’s she’s raising on her own. Her parents are terrible! And she goes out of her way to help the ones she teaches at school. I loved that about her. I loved the mystery of trying to figure out what was up with her DNA not matching her parents. She had a lot of work to do to figure that out. And the way it ended surprised me and blew me away!

Sebastian had a mystery too. The mystery of the woman who helped him when he had his car accident. I loved the way he found Leah. And the way things worked out for them, even when it seemed as though they wouldn’t.

I highly recommend this book and this series. It’s so good!

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About A Match for the Marine

A Match for the Marine

Matchmaker Rule #1: Never fall in love with the client.

Amy Thomas is in the running to become CEO of First Comes Love. All she has to do is outmatch her conniving co-worker. Maintaining her perfect matchmaking track record should be no problem, especially since her client is a hot Marine with bulging biceps and a killer smile.

Gunnery Sergeant Dexter Harrington is not looking for love, but his mother has been laying on the guilt about not wanting him to die alone. So when she buys him the VIP package at Southern California’s premier matchmaking company, he has no choice but to play ball.

Right from the start, Dex recognizes Amy is a better match for him than any of the disastrous dates she arranges. Amy isn’t going to let the gorgeous gunny get in the way of achieving her life’s goal. What happens when the matchmaker is the perfect match for the Marine?

My review

This is my first book I’ve read by Jess Mastorakos. I guarantee that it won’t be my last. I really enjoyed reading this one. I thought the author did a great job with the characters. And the plot was fun, not one I’d seen done before.

I loved that the reader gets to see the story through both Amy’s eyes and Dex’s. Both characters were great. And it just made the story pop with both points of view.

I liked Amy. She was funny. I liked the way she changed from being so focused on her job at the beginning to being willing to give up everything for what she wanted by the end. And her date planning was the best!

Dex is the marine in this book. He wants nothing to do with getting married or even dating. That leaves a huge job for Amy. Their first meeting was really funny. Dex didn’t know Amy was who he was supposed to be meeting with. And she used that to her advantage.

I loved the plot of this one. There are so many funny little things that happened to Dex on his dates. And Amy is left not quite knowing why they happened, but having to pretend they were her fault.

This is a great book. If you’re looking for a fun rom-com to get lost in, look no further!

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About Falling for My Sister’s Ex

falling for my sister's ex

She’s had to force her feelings for him away.
Now that he’s no longer with her sister, does she dare take a chance?

Jeremy was the boy next door.
Blaire’s first love.
Her first kiss.

After he graduated from college and moved back to Harvest Ranch, his attention shifted to Blaire’s twin sister, Savannah, instead. Blaire has been forced to suppress her feelings and watch their relationship grow faster than the tulips in the field her family owns.

But right in the middle of their engagement, they break up.

Savannah claims he cheated.

Jeremy’s brother says she did.

Blaire isn’t sure who is telling the truth, so she goes right to the source. She meant to remain an impartial seeker of the truth, but talking to Jeremy has always had the ability to scramble her senses. When she finds out what really happened, she’s left with a painful decision–

Following her heart means turning against her family’s wishes and her own resolve. Can she trust the man she’s always loved or is she better off without him?

My review

This is my first book by Catelyn Meadows, but it won’t be my last. I loved the way she wrote this. I thought her characters were great. And the plot was awesome. Plus, it’s set in Harvest Ranch!

I really liked that the reader got to see both Blaire and Jeremy’s perspectives. It just really brings the whole book to life for me when authors do that. The picture of what’s going on becomes more complete.

I really, really liked Blaire. She’s the kind of girl I could see as a friend. Her sister, Savannah, not so much. It was interesting that the whole plot of this one was based on what Savannah told Blaire and her parents about what happened when she and Jeremy broke up. There were a lot of misconception. And unkindness on their part. And I was maybe a bit biased against Jeremy as well, at the beginning.

But as the story goes along, the reader learns what really happened. That left me wondering just what could happen for these two. I loved that it was a second chance story. And the tulip festival. I really need to go to one now.

This is a great book! I loved it.

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About That Fine Line

That Fine Line

All I wanted was a quiet summer on my family’s ranch in Idaho…

I didn’t think that was too much to ask. With my fiancé in California, I was back home for three months to plan my wedding. I had colors to pick, cows to milk, and a wedding dress to squeeze into.

Which was why I didn’t need anybody messing with me.

Especially not the guy who had dedicated his whole life to making mine a joke. The guy who filled my high school locker with frogs and my hot car with cans of tuna. I mean…I always got him back. But not this summer. Things were different now. I was engaged. I had grown up. I would NOT fall victim to Cade’s pranks, teasing, or his manly charms.

If only my dad hadn’t hired the moron to cowboy for him this summer.

Now my childhood enemy is living on our ranch and seems to think we have a score to settle.

And all bets are off.

My review

I was so excited to see that Cindy Steel had a new book. A Christmas Spark was amazing when I read it last year. And I wasn’t disappointed by this one, not even a little bit.

I loved the characters! This book is shown all through Kelsey’s perspective. And she is hilarious! I loved everything about her. She’s always game for almost anything. There is a scene in this book that really proves that. I wish I could tell you what it is, but you’re going to have to go read it. And I really loved the way she was with Cade. She was so light and just herself in those parts.

I’m going to be honest and say that I hated her fiance, Parker. And his mom is the absolute worse. I hated how they made Kelsey feel about herself. I was so glad to see that she learned they were wrong as the book went along. And she realized she was okay just how she was.

Then there’s Cade. He has the most epic pranks for Kelsey. Some of them left me laughing so hard. Some of them seemed downright mean. But he and Kelsey had a relationship that was misunderstood by at least her through all the years they knew each other. And he obviously cared about her, especially when he could see the way Parker and his mom treated her.

This book is one of those that I didn’t want to put down. And I smiled the whole time I read it. I’m really hoping that Kelsey’s best friend, Tessa, gets her own story eventually.

I was sent an e-copy of That Fine Line as a gift from the author. All opinions are my own.

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About The Stone Family Heart

The Stone Family Heart

A woman looking for a vacation. A man who hates vacations. Will a hurricane re-kindle a long lost love?

Kensi Stone comes to South Port to take care of the Inn for two weeks and to get away from the drama of her ex husband. Little did she know that a hurricane would hit and Tim Tucker would end up coming to her rescue. The same Tim Tucker she’d been in love with all those years ago. The same Tim Tucker who had broken her heart.

It had been a rough two years for Tim. After losing his wife to cancer, he didn’t like the looks of pity that people in the town seemed to give him. He was the sheriff for heaven’s sake, not to mention an ex marine; hard was part of his life. But hard gets dissolved quickly when he finds himself in Kensi’s presence. The trouble is the woman is still punishing him for the stupid thing he’d said to her all those years ago. The stupid thing was, he’d thought he’d been protecting her.

As the six Stone siblings find a way back to each other, they must learn to let go of what doesn’t matter and cling to the things their parents always wanted for them; family, love, and fun memories on the beach.

My review

I was so excited to get to read the second Stone Family book by Taylor Heart. I read The Stone Family Inn in February, and I loved it. I’m so glad that this book is just as good as the first.

This book features Kensi. She’s come home to take care of the inn while Trey and Ava go on their honeymoon. Kensi thinks her life in Boston is everything she wants out of life. So coming home to the small town of South Port seems a little foreign. So many things happen quickly to Kensi in this one. There’s a storm and danger. And getting arrested. So many great things!

Tim is the other point of view. He’s the sheriff of South Port. But he and Kensi have a history. They were close in high school. And went separate directions after they graduated. I loved the way he looks out for Kensi. He’s always wanting to help her. But he also knows that sometimes she needs to want help before it’s given. He’s a great guy. But he’s got his own demons.

This book kept me wanting to read more and more. I loved the way the plot drew me in. This is such a great book. And I can’t wait to read more of these.

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About Loving His Flower Shop Girl

loving his flower shop girl

A florist, a builder, and the subdivision that’s keeping them apart.

Becca Taylor has found her groove as a florist in a small town. She’s content and happy—until a handsome builder shows up with plans for a new subdivision. Now, she’s at war between her attraction to him and the upheaval he promises with his new development project. 

The only thing standing between Colton Maxfield’s promotion to project manager is getting the Sage Creek town council to approve the project. Seems simple enough until the cute florist stops him in his tracks. She’s been fighting the changes but as he gets to know her, it seems they have more in common than they thought. 

But will her past and his future plans keep them from moving forward or will love build a path they can walk together?

My review

I love a good small town romance. They just have a way of holding my attention. It’s almost as if the town itself, becomes a character. That was how this one was. The town of Sage Creek has so many people that are just great. This book just made me happy.

I loved Becca. She’s the town florist. Something interesting about her is that she never leaves Sage Creek anymore. There is a reason, but I don’t want to spoil anything for you, you’d better just read it yourself! Becca ends up thrown together with Colton more than she would like. And as they spend more time together, she realizes that she likes him. And that is scary for her, on it’s own, because of a prior relationship.

Colton is simply trying to do his job. His boss is demanding that he get the town council to approve the development. So he stays put. I loved the way Colton started out trying to get Becca to approve the project, but he ended up falling in love with the whole town. It was fun to watch the ways that he went out of his way to help the people in the town.

This is a great book. I enjoyed reading every bit of it!

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About Full Rigged

Full Rigged

Ford Hopkins is a simple guy. Loves his rodeo life, loves his family, loves his dog, and wants to find his place in the world. Not too complicated, and spending more time down in Lost Creek, Texas, is just what he needs to remind himself of that. But a spitfire doctor staying at his friend’s ranch there could change his simple, uncomplicated life.

Brynn Kershaw needs Broken Hearts Ranch and the haven of recovery it claims to be. Her ex-husband had broken her ability to trust and her emotional stability, both of which are keeping her from living a fulfilling life after the divorce. While she’s at the ranch, calm, quiet, unassuming cowboy Ford somehow manages to sneak through her defensive walls, and could be the key to breaking them all down.

Welcome to Lost Creek Rodeo!

Best friends at a small college in Texas, six cowboys rise to become pro-rodeo stars. Follow Ryan, Reid, Westin, Ford, Eric and Lars in these six swoony sports romances.

Visit us on Facebook: Swoony Sports Romances

Lost Creek Rodeo Series:
Round Up
Chute Boss
Rough Stock
Full Rigged
Half Hitch
Ace High

My review

I’m always up for a new book from the Swoony Sports romance group! I have the worst time picking favorites by Ford and Brynn are right up there. I loved their story. And the sweet romance they shared. I love Broken Hearts Ranch. The way these women stand by each other and help each other just makes me happy. There is no competition there, they are just there for each other.

Brynn has a bit of a different story. She’s gone through a hard divorce that has just left her angry. And when she gets to where she’s surging with her anger more than not, she knows that she’s got to get help. That’s when she goes to Broken Hearts Ranch.

I loved that we saw a little more of Kelly, the owner of Broken Hearts Ranch, in this one. I really hope that Kelly gets her own story. It’d be nice to see her get her own happy ending sometime.

Ford is a great guy. I love how the authors introduce each hero one at a time. The reader gets to know them a little before their own story. I loved the way Ford was there for Brynn when she needed him to be. He went out of his way to just be there, not romantically, especially at first. And his dog is the best!

This book is so great! I loved the plot, the characters. And I can’t wait to see what these ladies have coming next.

I was sent an e-copy of Full Rigged as a gift from the author. All opinions are my own.

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About Love Unexpected

Love Unexpected

A famous boss. A secret identity. And a hilarious road trip to love. 

Yes. Yes, Rosie does have a crush on Isaac, her YouTube-famous boss.

Does she ever talk to him?

Absolutely not. Crippling social anxiety can do that.

But Rosie is nothing if not tenacious. Ignoring her friends’ advice to just talk to him already (Nope, that’s way too hard), she instead opts to pursue a virtual relationship with Isaac using a secret identity.

The plan is genius. Online, Rosie has social skills she’d never dream of having in person. She’s possibly even cool. If Isaac can just get to know her, he’ll see how amazing she is.

But then a spontaneous road trip throws Rosie and Isaac together, and their virtual and in-person lives collide. (Eleven hundred miles in a seventy’s era VW hatchback? What could possibly go wrong?)

Much to Rosie’s surprise, she doesn’t constantly humiliate herself. Conversation is easy, and their chemistry? It’s pretty much off the charts.

But every road trip is bound to hit a speed bump or two.

Will Rosie’s secret identity be the thing that brings them together? Or the thing that tears them apart?

My review

I always love Jenny Proctor’s books! She just has a way with characters, and plots. And I love the humor she includes as well. Her books just make me happy.

This one was no different. Honestly, I didn’t want to stop reading it. I loved it so much! Rosie and Isaac’s story kept me enthralled from the beginning.

Rosie is just a normal girl. She’s a web designer working for Isaac Bishop. And he’s anything but normal. He’s a YouTube star on is channel, Random I. And he makes Rosie tongue tied. I loved the way she decided that she was sick of seeing him date women who really didn’t get him. So, Rosie was in. Sort of. Using a different name.

I think Isaac is a great guy. He’s always trying to do nice things for others. But I think he got lost just a little bit along the way. To him, everything became about his channel. He’s really into posting on it, every little thing. Even if he should maybe not post about certain things, or at least ask before posting other’s things.

These two both grew during the story. They both changed in good ways. And I loved it! I really loved how they grew together. And the ending of this one was so good!

Make sure to grab a copy of this one! It’s so, so great!

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