About Catching the Perfect Man

Catching the Perfect Man

Jess is ready to leave the Virgin Lips Club behind, and she has the perfect man in mind to make it happen…

Step one, get a job at the office where her best friend’s gorgeous brother works.
Check!

Step two, get him to fall in love with her and kiss her senseless before the summer ends.
Umm, that’s going to take some work…

Still, her plan seems doable until a big distraction shows up in the form of Tyson—the small town, baseball-playing, super-crush of her teenage dreams—who inconveniently works in her office building.

Grownup Jess tries to forget how easy it was to drown in Tyson’s ocean blue eyes. And ignore the way his smile can still turn her bones to jelly.

She only has one summer to catch her perfect man. And she knows who that is…right?

Catching the Perfect Man is a laugh-out-loud, sweet friends-to-lovers Rom Com, with a sprinkle of love triangle but absolutely NO cheating. It’s brimming with sizzling chemistry that culminates in passionate kisses and of course a HEA. This book is the 2nd edition. It was released under the same title in 2018 but has undergone significant edits.

My review

I love a good rom-com! This one by Bella Ricks took me a few chapters to get into. But once I did, I really enjoyed it!

I really liked Jess. She’s trying to intern for a lawyer, but somehow ends up with a secretary. And that woman HATES her! I had to laugh at the pranks that the secretary played on Jess. Poor Jess had a lot of issues at work.

It was kind of fun to read about Jess’ past. Her history with Tyson Avery was one of my favorite parts. Who knew the two of them would run into each other years later and that he would recognize Jess. I really loved watching the friendship these two developed. It was something special. Even though Jess didn’t want to even consider him a friend.

And Blake. I’m not sure just what to say about him. There are plenty of laugh out loud moments where Jess’ relationship with Blake is concerned.

This is a fun rom-com. I’m glad I read it!

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About Not Dead Yet

Not Dead Yet

Cassidy Edgemont has been dead for four years. At least, that is what the world has been led to believe. After becoming unwittingly entangled in a group called the Coalition, known for using fake news to generate political unrest in the United States, Cas was offered a devastating choice: stage her own death and join her rescuers, the guardians, or risk the wrath of the organization she betrayed. She chose death.

As an invisible government operative, Cas has been living in Paris with no complications—until her family pays an unexpected visit to the European city, changing everything. They think Cas is dead, and she has to keep it that way. But when a bomb is detonated nearby and fake news incites riots in the city, Cas recognizes the mark of the Coalition.

Donovan, a fellow guardian, is summoned to join her in Paris to attempt to untangle the intricate web linking Cas’s past with the recent bombings. But as the threat level escalates, Cas must again make an impossible decision: face possible exposure to her family in her race to uncover the truth or risk the loss of innocent lives.

My review

Traci Hunter Abramson is one of my very favorite authors. Her books suck me in. They always have great characters, settings and a killer plot that keeps you interested from the very beginning.

I loved getting to read about Cas in this one. She’s been in other of the Guardian books. So it was fun to get to know her story a little bit. I loved the way she had immersed herself in Paris, almost to the point of becoming Parisian. So when she had to go somewhere else, she brought that with her. Another thing I really loved about her was that she loved to bake. It was fun to imagine the things she was baking for her and Donovan. Speaking of Donovan, Cas wasn’t quite sure about being the one needing rescued.

I really enjoyed seeing two Guardians in this one. It was fun to see the perspective they both had. I loved the way Donovan jumped in to help Cas. And the way the two of them just worked.

You really need to read this series! If you haven’t already. I love each and every one of the books.

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About Praying with the Enemy

Based on the true story of an American POW during the Korean War and a North Korean soldier who become unlikely allies united in their shared faith in God during a daring escape to freedom.

When pilot Captain Ward Millar is forced to eject over enemy territory in North Korea, the ejection explosion snaps both of his ankles. Unable to walk, he is easily captured by North Korean and Chinese soldiers who interrogate, threaten, and starve him for strategic wartime information. He feeds the enemy false information while plotting his escape. But it’s only a matter of time before they discover his lies. He knows it will take a miracle to gain his freedom, but his previous self-reliance on his own capabilities has never included appealing to a higher power. If only he had faith like his wife, Barbara, whose firm belief in God can move mountains.

North Korean soldier Kim Jae Pil was raised to believe in the power of prayer, but, knowing the Communist Party’s views on religious groups, Kim and his family must keep their Christian faith secret. He is desperate to escape the army, return to his family, and then flee to South Korea.

With Millar imprisoned and unable to walk, and the North Korean army increasingly suspicious of Kim’s actions, it seems impossible that either man will find the freedom they so desperately desire. But when these wartime foes cross paths, they find in each other an unlikely ally. Despite speaking different languages, Millar and Kim find common ground in their fragile faith and must rely on each other to undertake a daring escape.

Praying with the Enemy is a story of courage, determination, unlikely friendship, and enduring faith.

My review

I love books like this! Steven T Collis is great at writing a great story. This one is based on a true story. And it’s such a great book!

Ward Millar is a jet flying captain in the Korean War. He gets shot down and captured. His story is amazing. I loved the way he was able to use prayer, when he didn’t even necessarily believe in it. Prayer can bring many miracles. And his story is nothing short of miraculous.

I loved the way the author had a point of view from Kim Jae Pil as well. He’s just a normal North Korean soldier. But he doesn’t want to be there. He was courageous and he escaped the army. When he got pulled back in the paths of these two God-fearing men collide. I loved his courage and trust in God, even when he had no reason to believe things would be okay.

This book kept me interested and intrigued. I loved the way the author wrote it. Such a great book and a great story!

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About Edward and Amelia

Edward and Amelia

The last thing Amelia Kennington wants is to participate in the London Season. But the daughter of a duke is not afforded such opinions. She must put forth a subdued facade, but beneath it is a well-hidden fire that surfaces only when provoked—such as when an overly familiar gentleman startles her and she falls into the Serpentine.

Edward Drayton, the Earl of Norwich, has gained a reputation as Society’s most decorated rake. And while there are benefits to such a reputation, it no longer gives him the satisfaction it once did. This Season, he plans to find a wife—except she seems to find him instead. And she is nothing like he expected.

Scandal is inevitable following Edward and Amelia’s ill-conceived meeting, forcing them to marry. Amelia’s disdain for this man she hardly knows is more than clear, and Edward’s pride is wounded before their marriage has even truly begun. Yet, against all odds, the two slowly let their guard down, discovering the truth of who they married. But when Society gossip, a sister’s jealousy, and long-held secrets threaten their budding relationship, the unlikely couple must determine if their unconventional love is strong enough to withstand the opposition they face.

My review

I loved this book so much! Karen Thornell does such a great job writing her characters, and her plots. Her books always leave me wanting more.

Amelia…I loved the way she was. She simply wanted to avoid having her sisters and her father censure her for every little thing she did wrong. And she did a lot of things she shouldn’t do. But that wasn’t her fault, not completely. Her family had left her alone much of her growing up years. She felt unseen and uncared for. And her sisters, wow, they were not nice to her. At. All.

Edward was such a complicated character. He appears to be a scoundrel, ruining young women almost as fast as he can. But his care for his valet and his valet’s family make that seem wrong. I loved the way he and Amelia meet. And are compromised so they must marry.

For much of the book, Edward and Amelia are married. And the reader gets to see their love story. I loved the gradual way they grew to care for each other. They had so many ups and downs, misunderstandings and others trying to mess up their relationship. I loved every bit of it!

This is one you really need to read!

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About Hannah: Mother of a Prophet

hannah: mother of a prophet

Journey back in time to the dusty roads of Shiloh and witness anew the story of Hannah and her son, Samuel. 

Hannah is no longer a young woman. In the twilight of her life, she holds her memories close to her heart. Above all, she treasures the miracle of conceiving Samuel after years of barrenness and the promise she made to the Lord to release her child to the high priest Eli’s care to train and serve in the temple. But Samuel’s story does not end at the gates of the temple and neither does his family’s enduring legacy of faith, patience, and deliverance. In this richly detailed and sweeping fictional account of Samuel’s life as a prophet in the making, discover how his mother, Hannah, made impossible decisions guided by her deep and abiding love of God.

My review

This book was so amazing! I loved getting to read it, especially right after getting to read the story of Hannah and Samuel in the Bible. It really made the whole story come alive for me.

The story opens with Hannah, she’s an older woman. And she tells her story to her daughter, Noa and her daughter’s friend Abigail. I loved the way the author did this. It seemed like Hannah understood what had happened better because of all the other experiences she had had through her life. Kind of like all of us, I guess. And that made her seem so much more real to me than she ever has when I’ve read her story in the scriptures.

I loved the way the author had viewpoints from so many characters in this one. Noa, Abigail, Samuel. This made the whole thing so much better.

This book is amazing! You really need to read it.

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About How to Kiss Your Best Friend

How to Kiss Your Best Friend

Brody Hawthorne is not in love with his childhood best friend. If he says it out loud often enough, maybe he’ll start to believe it. There’s no chance things will ever work out with Kate, anyway. Most of the time, they aren’t even in the same country.

Is it possible to love someone through their Instagram feed alone? Definitely. Is it fun? Absolutely not.

Kate Fletcher has spent the last decade as a globetrotting travel writer. Roots? Who needs them! When Kate left Silver Creek the first time, she swore she’d never move back home. And yet, here she is.

The only bright side? Her best friend Brody still lives in town, teaching chemistry at the local high school.

Brody and Kate fall right back into their easy friendship, except this time . . . something is different. Did they always touch this much? Were their hugs always so . . . lingering?

The more time they spend together, the more obvious it becomes: more-than-friendship feelings are definitely happening.

But Kate’s never going to stay in Silver Creek permanently, and Brody’s never going to leave. Is it worth risking their friendship when so much could go wrong?

The answer seems easy . . . until they kiss. And suddenly, all bets are off.

How to Kiss Your Best Friend is a full-length sweet romantic comedy, with all the crackling chemistry you want in a closed-door romance and sizzling kisses only.

My review

I’ve been looking forward to this book by Jenny Proctor for a while now. Getting to see Olivia’s brothers get their own stories was so exciting! (If you haven’t read Love Off-Limits, go do it now!) And this one did not disappoint. I loved everything about it!

Brody is such a great guy. I love everything he does for the kids he teaches at school. The reader doesn’t quite get the whole scope of what he does for the school until a bit later in the book. Brody is the kind of guy you can count on.

I liked Kate too. Kate needed to learn some things. She saw her childhood one way, when it was not quite what she thought. I loved that she was willing to figure things out and try harder to put things the way they should be than she had been willing to do before.

This book guys…it made me laugh so hard. I loved the easy relationship that Kate and Brody have. And that it only gets made stronger by the awkward and funny things that happen between them.

You must read this one! I can’t wait to read the next brother’s story!

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About Belonging with Her Best Friend

Belonging with Her Best Friend

I love three things in this world more than life itself:

1. My family and housemates (both current and former)
2. Musicals
3. My best friend, Eric Moody

The first two are no surprise to anyone who knows me.

The third is a secret I’ll carry to my grave.

Because even though Eric fits in well with my crazy family and he’s the outgoing complement to my quiet self, we want different things.

I want him. He wants something I can never give. And I refuse to sacrifice his happiness for my own.

Most of the time, I manage to keep my feelings for him under lock and key—but things change when Eric moves in with me temporarily.

Now, he’s here all the time. And it’s harder and harder not to imagine what life together could be like … if only.

The final straw? When he starts helping me prepare for my (forced) lead role in a local musical.

Because yeah. You try holding back the tidal wave of feelings you’ve been keeping at bay when your sexy best friend offers to “practice kiss” you.

My fortitude is headed straight for the edge of a cliff—and the thrill of the impending fall has never felt so electrifying.

Or so terrifying.

My review

Sometimes I love to read a rom-com as a break from life. This one was a great break! I loved escaping to San Diego. And to Shelby’s problems, instead of my own.

I loved Shelby. She’s been in love with her best friend, Eric, for a long time. Everyone around her knows it. But Shelby doesn’t want to ruin their friendship. And she also has a secret that she thinks Eric won’t like her any more for. I really loved the way she wanted to be like her mom, kind, loving, brave. And she couldn’t even see that she was already those things.

I liked that Eric was willing to let Shelby have her space. But he was always there for her. These two worked so well together. They calmed each other when they needed calm. And could see what the other needed without having to be told.

I loved the other friends in this book. They each have their own book and story. I’ve only read this one and Saving the Secret Prince, but I need to read more. And they can be read as stand alones without a problem.

This is a great book that I didn’t want to put down!

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About The Secrets We Treasure

The Secrets We Treasure

Often, the secrets we hold will be the ones that either make or break us …

Single mom Treasure Montgomery has worked hard to rebuild her life after the loss of her husband. Reconnecting with Greer Nash, her first love, was not something she counted on. Neither did she count on going back home to Honeysuckle Island and facing all the demons that have plagued her for a lifetime. Can she summon the courage to face break free from the boundaries of her fear and open her heart to the man who knows her best, or will the secrets of the past consume her?

My review

I am really loving this series by Jennifer Youngblood. They could be read as stand alone novels, but you’ll get a more complete picture if you’ve read them in order.

This one focuses on Treasure. She grew up on Honeysuckle Island, but she has some secrets about why she left that the reader doesn’t know. That was a fun part of the plot. And this one is filled with danger, because Treasure has a stalker. This book starts off with a bang when Treasure’s home gets broken into when she’s there alone with her son.

I really loved the way neither Treasure nor the reader knew just what was happening, why, or who was behind the problems. There are plenty of characters with motives. So that makes it exciting too!

This is such a great book! I’m excited to read the next one in the series.

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About The Fragile Truth

The closer one gets to the truth, the more pernicious and fragile it becomes …

The mystery and intrigue of Honeysuckle Island continues with Sheriff Ian Russell. As Ian struggles to come to terms with his heartache and anger over Lina’s betrayal and then disappearance, he meets newcomer Sadie Thomas, a feisty blonde who sweeps into town like a fresh breeze. Charming and fun to be around, Sadie has a way with the customers at the local seafood house where she works as a server.

However, Sadie seems awfully interested in the disappearance of Brent Allen, Ian’s former deputy. Ian begins to wonder what secrets Sadie is hiding beneath her keen wit and easy smile.

As he sets out to learn more about this fascinating woman who’s quickly claiming his heart, Ian finds himself drawn into a web of deception that could not only destroy him, but also rock the foundation of Honeysuckle Island and all that he holds dear.

Welcome to Honeysuckle Island … where secrets abound and love and hope work together to find a place where the heart can belong.

My review

I love a good series. And this one is really dragging me in. I read Chasing Whispers last year and really enjoyed it. I’m finally getting to the rest of the series.

I loved that this one featured different characters than the first book. But still had some of the same characters. It was fun to see the plot through different and new characters eyes.

I liked that Ian was one of the main characters. In the first book, he was kind of one of the bad guys. So seeing things through his eyes cleared a lot of things up. Ian was not at all what I had thought he was from the first book. He was a good guy, just trying to do his job.

Sadie is a new addition to the island. And she has a secret. That kept me intrigued, trying to figure out what her secret was. I liked the way she got Ian to meet her. Sadie is a spunky person who isn’t afraid to get in and try to figure things out, despite the danger.

This book kept me guessing. There are tons of secrets that come out. I had no idea who the bad guy was in this one until the very end. Such a great book!

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About Engaging Emma

Engaging Emma

As a successful doctor in Los Angeles, Tucker Madsen left his small-town roots behind long ago, trading his flannel shirts for a glossy lifestyle and a beautiful fiancée. But when his mother requests his help to sell the family farm, Tucker reluctantly returns to a place that holds more memories than he cares to admit. Normal, Missouri, was the site of the golden days of childhood—and the blush of first love. 

Tucker fell in love with Emma McAllister at seventeen, but when youthful promises of forever ended in heartbreak, he and Emma both moved on. Or so they thought. When they are unexpectedly reunited at the Madsen family farm, both are unprepared for the rush of feelings that brings into question everything they thought they knew. They could never have imagined that now, years after they were torn apart, fate would offer them a second chance in the place where it all began. But when faced with the realities of the separate lives they’ve built, history seems doomed to repeat itself.

My review

You never quite know what you’re going to get with a debut author. I was really impressed with this book by Elle M Adams. Her characters were great, her plot was engaging. This book is so great!

I love the way the reader is introduced to the backstory of Emma and Tucker. Little by little, through each of their eyes. It really kept me drawn in to the story. This is a second chance love story. And the author did such a great job with that part of the plot.

I really loved Emma. The way she and Tucker’s grandma, Miss Lily, were such great friends was sweet. I loved that there were things about her relationship with Tucker from before that Emma didn’t know and had to find out along the way. And she must have been a saint to deal with the mother-of-the-bride she had to deal with in this book!

Tucker is a California guy, come home to help sell the family farm. I loved his surprise for what was going to be done and concern for the family home. He thought he’d take care of things and head back, but that’s not quite how things went.

There are so many great side characters in this book. I’d love to know more about what happens to the people in the town, Nina, and Miss Lily in particular.

This is such a great debut novel, make sure to grab your own copy!

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