About How to Not Fall for Your Ex

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They dated twelve years ago. Because of an anonymous dating app, they’re about to unknowingly date each other again.

Timini Jensen doesn’t think there’s a point to dating. Relationships drag people down. After all, nobody runs faster when they’re in a three-legged race, right? Plus, there’s the part where she seems to pick guys who are only pretty on the outside.

When a friend asks her to test a new dating app his company made that doesn’t allow users to see pictures of potential matches, she tries it out. Since it’s all anonymous and she’s not even looking for someone to date, it’s harmless.

Except she really connects with a guy she’s been messaging—Jackson.

He’s sweet. And great to chat with. The fact that he’s her opposite makes their conversations that much funnier and more interesting.

And she’s about to find out that he is actually her high school ex-boyfriend, Jack Oliver. The guy whose personality flipped when his family’s business suddenly started doing extremely well. The guy who ripped her heart out.

Now she doesn’t know if she can trust that he’s the sweet, funny Jackson she has gotten to know so well through messages, or if he’s the too-good-for-everyone Jack she remembers from high school.

All she knows is that chances are good that she is not going to fall for her ex.

My review

Meg Easton books make me so happy! I love the way she includes romance, a bit of comedy and great characters. This one has all of these as well as a great plot. I was kind of kicking myself that I haven’t read all of these yet. Reading them all in order probably would have made them make more sense, but reading on their own does work. I did read How Not to Fall for the Guy Next Door. Reading the rest is on my list.

I loved Timini! She’s the type of girl who is always late, wears high heels and coasts in to the city on fumes. And she accidentally finds her ex-boyfriend on a brand new dating app. It made me smile that he was always in trouble some way or another. She’s just really great.

Then there’s Jackson. Jackson is the type of guy who always wakes up at 6, makes his bed, works out and tries to beat his record getting ready. I loved the way he and Timini connected over texting through the dating app. They are complete opposites, but perfect for each other.

And then they meet. Timini realizes that Jackson was the guy who broke her heart. And that’s when everything falls apart.

I’m not going to tell you what happens from there, you’ll have to read it. But the journey was worth it. I loved the whole book!

I was sent an e-copy of How to Not Fall for Your Ex as a gift from the author. All opinions are my own.

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About Round Up

Round Up

Broken Heart? Check. Ranch retreat? Check. Handsome cowboy? …Check.

The rules at Broken Hearts Ranch are pretty simple: no romance between staff and visitors. Ryan Prosper, rodeo has-been and ranch manager, hasn’t had a problem with that. His sister runs the therapy side of the place while he handles the ranch itself, and the balance has worked well. But when Talia James shows up for her turn at the retreat, things get a little more challenging.

Talia needs this therapeutic retreat badly, and hopes that it will be just what she needs to get unstuck after her tragic loss. The charming cowboy brother of her new therapist is a ray of sunshine she hadn’t anticipated, and spending time with him seems to do as much good as her sessions. But is her still broken heart ready for romance, and does she really have the heart to resist him?

My review

I love the sports romances written by the authors of the Swoony Sports Romance Facebook page. This series features rodeo. And I’m really excited to read them all.

I loved Talia. She’s just lost in the brain fog from when her son died. And it makes everything in her life hard. That’s when she finds Broken Hearts Ranch. It’s a therapeutic ranch set up for women to go, have some therapy, and work out their troubles while working on the ranch. What a great idea! I loved the way Talia was able to grow through the story. She had plenty of help from Kellie, the owner of the ranch. But also from her brother Ryan as well.

I loved the lengths Ryan was willing to go through to help Talia move beyond her grief. And that was even before he actually knew what her grief was coming from. He’s just a great guy. And he’s where the rodeo part comes in. He wants to save the Lost Creek Rodeo that seems to be having problems, so he brings his rodeo friends.

One of my favorite things about this one were the cameos from Grizz and Clint. I love seeing characters again from books I’ve loved.

Reading more of this series is on my list of goals! Next up, Chute Boss.

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About August Blues

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As a daughter of a bestselling novelist, Annie Shaw is determined to establish herself as a romance author apart from her father’s name. When a career-threatening review sends her on vacation at Deerbourne Inn, she wonders if she should quit writing.

Book critic Zane Barrett hates all things romance—especially novels. Every August, he travels to Willow Springs, Vermont, to cope with a loss he’s never relinquished.

When the two meet in the idyllic town, even Zane admits they’ve fallen victim to love at first sight. But what will happen when Annie discovers her hated critic and the perfect man are one and the same?

My review

I’ve enjoyed reading books by Amey Ziegler! You should definitely read Summer of Sundaes if you haven’t yet! This book is a little different from her other books she’s written. She shows that she can write funny romantic books and just great romantic books. I loved this one!

I loved the characters. Annie is a struggling author. She is sure that her newest book is going to be her ticket to best selling books. But…she gets a bad review from The Stand. And that really throws her. I loved the way Annie ends up using this bad review to grow. Annie works so hard to make herself better. And she comes out in the end happier for what she’s gone through.

She steps back for a minute, and heads to the Deerbourne Inn. And that’s where she meets Zane. Little does she know at first that he’s the book critic from The Stand that gave her such a bad review for her book. I loved watching their relationship unfold. It was just…magic. But, of course, Annie realizes who Zane was. Zane is also forced to grow. I loved that part.

The plot of this one made me happy. I loved every bit of it. And the ending was amazing! Grab your own copy.

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About Dear Dalia

Dear Dahlia

Outdoor-enthusiast Beck Alvarez is afraid of nothing.

As a counselor at an all-girls summer camp, she can handle anything that comes her way, from disputes over who gets what bunk to beating the other cabins in camp competitions.

What she can’t handle is Colin Donovan, the ridiculously rich and handsome widowed dad from San Francisco who decides he needs to spend the whole summer at camp and make sure everything is perfect for his daughter. Despite bad first impressions, the pair of them build a budding friendship, and no matter how many times Beck tells herself the parent of a camper is completely off limits, she finds him hard to resist until the end of summer sends him home.

But when a mysterious letter brings Beck to San Francisco and into Colin’s elite world of the wealthy, Beck suddenly has to choose what she wants more: go back to the comfortable and familiar world of camp, or stay with Colin and hope she’s not the only one who thinks their relationship is more than friendship.

Beck Alvarez is afraid of nothing—except risking her heart for a man who may be too broken to love again.

My review

I don’t know how author Dana LeCheminant does it. But her books suck me into them so easily. I loved everything about this one. Including getting to see familiar friends from her other books.

The reader sees this whole book through the perspective of camp counselor, Beck Alvarez. I loved everything about her world, especially how much she loved her job and the girls. I really had to laugh when she first met Colin. She did not like him, and I’m pretty sure the feeling was mutual. But as the two worked to make Macy’s first year of camp great, they grew to like each other. At least a little bit.

When things changed for Beck, knowing Colin made things at least a little easier. It’s always better to have a friend. I loved how Beck had to work to learn what to do and how to act. She really got thrown for a loop in this book.

The plot of this one is great. I really hope we get to see these characters again soon!

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About Her Hidden Falls Bodyguard Cowboy

Her Hidden Falls Bodyguard Cowboy

A small town cowboy turned FBI. A woman who has been running for way too long. The fake marriage that just might save both of them.

Sean Hardman, police officer and part-time poet, had a dream to be FBI, but he was willing to give it up for a woman. Too bad said woman told him she’s not interested. Fine, he’ll leave this small town in the dust.

Angela Orion never wanted to hide out in Hidden Falls and she really never wanted to put the lives of her friends in danger. But when the mafia thug who killed her brother finds her, a shooting match ensues; the Hardman family will not go down without a fight.

When the FBI shows up to protect her, she really never expected Sean would be the agent in charge of her case and she definitely never expected that pretending to be married to him would be part of she’d be posing as his wife. Will Sean and Angela be able to trust each other enough to keep her safe and get a second chance at love or will the mafia thug take them both down?

My review

I LOVED this book! Taylor Hart did such a great job with her characters, and her setting. I really loved how the plot came together. Everything about this one just worked.

Sean and Angela. I loved that they had chemistry, even though Angela is obviously pushing Sean away. Angela has her reasons. I really liked how she watched out for herself. She knew she had to protect herself and stay at least one step in front of the bad guys.

I really liked Sean. He might be my very favorite Hardman brother. He’s a police officer turned FBI agent. And the only one they can count on when Angela needs someone to stay with her. I loved how he refused to be pushed away. And how good he was at pretending to be someone he wasn’t. My favorite thing about him is his poem quoting. And the reason behind that is revealed in this book. So cute!

I really liked the intense plot of this one. It kept me interested and wanting more.

This is such a great book! I can’t wait for more by this author.

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About Melodies and Mistletoe

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She dreams of becoming a famous musician, and he has the ability to make her dreams come true.

When Hailey Grant loses the gig she thought would launch her music career, her hope wanes, and not even Christmas movies have the power to cheer her up. So when her roommate suggests filming a song and posting it on the internet, she agrees. She never expected it to go viral, or that it would launch her into the biggest opportunity of her life. But when that opportunity comes from the smug guy who critiqued her song, will pride get in the way of her career—or her heart?

Ryan Bierman hasn’t posted to his music critique platform in years, but when he hears a song that touches him to the core, he wants to do something to help give the woman a leg up in the music industry. He doesn’t expect her to be angry about his critique, or to put him firmly in the friend zone. But that doesn’t stop him from helping her, or from falling in love.

My review

Christmas books just make me happy! This one read like a Hallmark movie. I loved the way the author wrote it. Her characters are great. The whole thing just felt like it could be real.

I loved Hailey in this book. It was almost like she could have stepped off the pages of the book. She’s a nanny for a super sweet girl. And her life is just good. Except for her dream of performing. But that seems like it could be a reality, if Ryan has anything to say about it. I loved Hailey’s loyalty to Ryan’s sister who she nanny’d for. But sometimes, a girl just has to folow her dreams.

Ryan’s a great guy. I loved the way he goes after what he wants. In this case, a music career for Hailey. He really stuck his neck on the line for her several times in this one.

There were so many great things to love about this book. I really loved the photo shoot scene and the way Hailey saved the day. I’m going to have to read all of the books in this series! But, these stand alone just fine too.

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About Snowed in for Christmas

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Three things are to blame for the Christmas Eve chaos:

Easton lost a bet.
Ivy wants a promotion.
And Denver was hit with the biggest blizzard its seen in years.

Now, they’re stuck in a hut for Christmas with nothing but the fire to warm them. Unless, of course, they can warm up to each other.

My review

This book hooked me from the very first page! I loved everything about it. The characters, the plot, the author’s writing. It’s all fabulous.

Easton is a bachelor, and he’s being considered for one of those bachelor reality TV shows. Only, he doesn’t want to be on it. The only reason he’s thinking about it is that he lost a bet to his sister. He agrees to do the interview with Ivy, but that’s all he’s promising. I loved Easton. He’s a good guy. But he doesn’t think he can ever love someone because of his parents. And the way he treated Ivy was so great!

Ivy is an assistant to a producer of the bachelor shows. She’s trying to get her last interview before Christmas. She never planned to be stuck in a yurt with Easton for Christmas. But Denver’s weather didn’t cooperate. I loved the way Ivy was. She went for what she wanted, even when things didn’t work out right.

The parts in the yurt with just Easton and Ivy were so great! And that was a lot of the book. But the ending…it was fantastic. I loved everything about this one!

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About Her Hidden Falls Bronc Riding Cowboy

her hidden falls bronc riding cowboy

A small town cowboy. A Billionaire. And the woman who has to choose between them.

Beau Hardman, bronc rider and proud owner of the Hardman Ranch, doesn’t need a woman to make his life complete. Sure, it’s nice for his brothers to settle down and find love but he’s always been the lone cowboy and been just fine with it. Too bad his brother’s best friend is putting the moves on his best friend. Pfft. Beau could care less about the rich billionaire and all of the flowers he’s buying Star. Did you hear that? He doesn’t care a bit.

Star Haven has always been content in Hidden Falls. Content, running the family Inn she was instrumental in restoring. Content, dating here and there and enjoying her small town. Until Richard Chavez shows up and invites her to a ball at his estate. A ball he plans to send a helicopter to pick her up for.

When Beau discovers Star’s thinking of leaving Hidden Falls–for good, he has to come clean about his feelings….or is it too late?

Will Beau and Star be able to dig through complicated pain of the past and make a happily ever after together? Or will Beau be left in the dust by the rich billionaire and his helicopter?

My review

I really loved this book! Not sure if it was the characters, or the plot, or both. But something just combined to make this one great.

Star seemed almost real to me. She’s the kind of girl who works hard for what she has. And she’s able to enjoy it. She happens to spend a lot of time enjoying it with Beau.

Beau is just the boy next door. He’s the type of cowboy that opens doors for women and just wants to take care of everyone around him. I loved how he was always fixing things.

The extra characters in this one are great! I loved all of Beau’s family. And Richard. I’m really hoping for a happy ending for him in another book.

The plot of this one is great. I loved how Star has a hard time knowing who she should choose. But she does gets to ride in a helicopter and go to Paris. Ultimately, she determines who her heart wants. And it just works.

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About His Accidental Bride

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Dorothy Bednar is living a life she despises. Forced to work as a double-dealing saloon girl, Dorothy has finally had enough. The next train out of town is her ticket to freedom, and Dorothy jumps aboard without a thought for where she’s going—until she meets a kind woman aboard the train. Her fellow passenger was originally traveling to Colorado to marry a man she’d never met, but her cold feet offer Dorothy the perfect opportunity to set up roots somewhere new. Dorothy soon finds herself posing as the mail-order bride—after all, marrying a stranger can’t be worse than what she left behind.

Young Colorado lawyer Ronald Smith is astonished when he spies the lovely woman who comes to greet him—the woman who is to be his wife. Dorothy is beyond Ronald’s wildest dreams, a kindhearted partner eager to be a homemaker and mother. To Dorothy, Ronald is the most gentlemanly man she’s ever met—a man who makes her feel safe and cherished. What begins as a deception soon deepens into true love, but too soon, Dorothy’s secret past threatens the beautiful life she’s built—a life that feels truer than anything she’s ever known.

My review

I think it’s so fun when an author writes about the same city, containing the same people over and over. That’s the case with Carolyn Twede Frank. She has written several in the city of Craig, Colorado. If I were you, I’d start with Heart of the West. It made me happy to see characters again that I’d already grown to love. And add new characters to them.

I loved the characters in this one! Dorothy was a great character, so strong. She seemed to be stuck in a terrible situation, forced by her brother to do his bidding. But she changed her life by running away and hopping on a train. I loved the scene when she ran into Wilhelmina. A kind soul who believed that Dorothy was a good person. When she gave her a chance, Dorothy’s confidence grew. And that started her growth that continued through the whole book.

Ronald Smith has advertised for a mail-order bride. He thought he was getting Wilhelmina Cooper. And he’d made all kinds of plans. Ronald is a make a list and stick to it guy. I think that works in some things. But he needed to learn a lesson about not having to stick so closely to his own plans. Something I really liked about Ronald is that he really is like all of us. We make plans, but sometimes they just don’t work out the way we think we will. And we need to learn to adapt to whatever we end up being given.

I loved the plot of this one! Dorothy ends up pretending to be Wilhelmina. That lands her in some really funny and sticky situations. And, of course, she ends up in danger and needing to be saved. Will she save herself or will Ronald become her hero and save her just when she needs him.

I loved this book!

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About Widows of Somerset

widows of somerset

Rules of the Secret Society of Young Widows:
Rule 1: Be a widow.
Rule 2: Have an impeccable reputation.
Rule 3: Don’t fall in love again.

AN HEIR TO SPARE by Rebecca Connolly
Widowhood has changed much for Anna—Lady Lyndham—but an unconventional heir to the estate was not something she had anticipated. Nor had she anticipated that he would have no intention of forcing her out, although he has every right to. And she certainly did not anticipate finding him handsome, charming, and unfailingly generous. But Ned Richards, the new Lord Lyndham, has a world of surprises in store for her, and not anticipating them will become quite the adventure.

As a widow, Lillian Hunter has never been in love and plans to never marry again, so the rules of the Secret Society of Young Widows suit her just fine. Her days are spent attempting to transform her newly inherited Lavender Cottage into a livable space until Oliver Wentworth shows up, asking for her late husband. Anxious to establish himself as a landed gentry in Somerset, Oliver is none too pleased to discover that a widow lives alone in a tiny run down cottage bordering his new property. The fact that she’s young and attractive only adds frustration to his sense of responsibility over her. And confound her, she challenges his every attempt to help manage her affairs.

Charlotte Ashford never thought she’d marry a vicar, and she never thought she’d find herself widowed with a young child to care for on her own. She certainly never thought she’d return to Somerset to live with her mother again, and Charlotte never thought she’d see him again. But Lord Wilshore has never forgotten her, and he has never forgotten their promise made long ago. Charlotte would love nothing more than for Lord Wilshore to forgive her, but too much heartache and too much time might make that impossible. Friendship is all she can hope for, but that hope may be dashed as well.

My review

Book collections like this make me happy. I love having short books by several authors to read. It makes things fun. And I loved the common denominator of the Secret Society of Young Widows in this one.

First up is An Heir to Spare by Rebecca Connolly. I liked Anna. I also liked that she was the introduction to the Secret Society of Young Widows. She kind of showed us what it was and how it worked before she moved on. This one was kind of funny with Anna versus Ned. She was Lady Lyndham, and he was Lord Lyndham, but they weren’t married. Which seemed kind of awkwardly funny. But these two grew close through living life the way they did. And it was sweet to watch. I loved it!

The Widow of Lavender Cottage is the next story in the book. Jen Geigle Johnson did a good job with this one. I loved the independent way Lillian plans to live her life. Only Oliver shows up and basically throws her plans on the ground and stomps on them. One of my very favorite scenes was the rooftop scenes where Oliver has to save the day. And it’s hilarious when the Secret Society of Young Widows comes calling unexpectedly. Such a great story!

And last in this book is Heather B Moore’s A Promise Forgotten. This one started off sad with Charlotte leaving her husband’s grave for the last time with her young daughter. But then she finds out that Brand, the man she was promised to didn’t die the way she thought he did. And that’s when things become fun! I loved this second chance type story. The author did a fabulous job with the characters. And the plot was cute.

If you haven’t read any of these collections, you should read this one!

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