Friday, December 6, 2019

REVIEW: Gilded Lily by Staci Hart




The wait is over! Gilded Lily, the second standalone in Staci Hart's Bennet Brothers Series, is LIVE! Trust me when I say you do NOT want to miss this one! Lila & Kash are everything. Grab your copy today on Amazon or snag this beauty in Kindle Unlimited today!














OUR REVIEW:


Shel: If you’ve followed the blog you know that I’ve been a huge fan of Staci Hart for years.  I’ve enjoyed all of her novels and sworn that I loved many of them, because I did. Tonight, though, I think I’ve found my number one favorite—Gilded Lily. The combination of Lila and Kash hit all the right notes for me. Lila's hard exterior and Kash's laissez fare demeanor played well off each other and their falling in love was simply delightful. Court: YES! Her writing is so good, and her series are ones that we really have fell for every single time. And each of them offers something different...every single time! This one, though, I realllllly like this series!

Shel: I loved getting to know them separately--they were interesting all on their own-- and then to see them mesh so well together was (chef’s kiss) perfect. But it wasn’t just their story that made this such a good read to me—it was also getting to know the Bennets more.  The parts when the parents interact with Kash was sweet and funny and to also have the siblings all continually band together was heartwarming and added to all the good vibes I was feeling...vibes that even terrible, manipulative, horrible characters couldn’t steal (the villains by the way were perfectly villainous in every way). Court: Good vibes are my fav...but Shel always says it so well! This world is a delight to be in, and I will say it again...this band of characters because I always tell you how much I love great supporting characters really make our hearts happy over here.

Shel: I adored this opposites attract romance. It was sweet and sexy and fun and has me very eager to see who can bring Marcus to his knees. Court: Ditto, babe. I can't wait for more, and hope y'all get this one and the first one because you will not regret it!


They say there’s no such thing as perfect.
But I’ve built my life to perfection—the perfect boyfriend, the perfect apartment, the perfect career planning celebrity weddings. My job—my only job—is to make sure every event is absolutely and completely perfect.
What’s not perfect? Kash Bennet.
And I wish I didn’t find that so appealing.
I could have told you every perfectly imperfect thing about the gardener at Longbourne. Like his hair, lush and black and far too long. Or his nose, the flat bridge of a Greek god, bent a little like it’s been broken. Or his size. Beastly. Roped and corded with muscles, gleaming with sweat and peppered with dirt.
There’s no escaping him, not if I’m going to use his family’s flower shop for my events.
But nothing is what it seems. And in the span of a heartbeat, my perfect life is turned inside out.
They say the best way to get over somebody is to get under somebody new. When Kash offers his services to the cause, it sounds like the perfect plan.
What’s not part of the plan? Falling in love with the gardener.
But they were right—there’s no such thing as perfect.
And I’m the fool who finds out the hard way.






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Everyone hates parts of their job.
Maybe it’s the paperwork. Maybe it’s the day-to-day grind. Maybe it’s that client who never knows what they want, or the guy who always cooks fish in the microwave.
But not me. I love every corner of the Longbourne Flower Shop, every flower, every petal, every stem. I love the greenhouse, and I love Mrs. Bennet, my boss. I love creating, and I love being a florist. I don’t hate anything at all.
Except for Luke Bennet.
The Bennet brothers have come home to help their mom save the flower shop, and Luke is at the helm. His smile tells a tale of lust, loose and easy. He moves with the grace of a predator, feral and wild. A thing unbridled, without rules or constraint. When he comes home to save Longbourne, I almost can’t be mad at him. Almost.
He doesn’t remember that night I’ll never forget. That kiss, touched with whiskey and fire. It branded me like a red-hot iron. But it meant nothing to him.
Everyone hates part of their job, and I hate Luke Bennet.
Because if I don’t, I’ll fall in love with him.






Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life -- a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can't forget that. She's also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She's been a wife, though she's certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She's also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she's been drinking whiskey. When she's not writing, she's reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

NEW REVIEW: Beard Necessities by Penny Reid

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Billy Winston’s family is going to see him happy and in love if it’s the last thing they do.

Beard Necessities, the final standalone in the bestselling romantic comedy Winston Brothers series from New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Penny Reid, is available now!

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  OUR REVIEW:

Shel: I finished Beard Necessities and have been mulling over this review since last night. I mean how to you really do the ending of a series you've loved justice? I don't know but I'm going to try my hardest. Court: Especially such an epic one. I know. It's way harder than it looks, people.

Shel: The story of Billy and Scarlet (aka, Claire, but I'll forever think of her as Scarlet) was such a good one to end on. Having the mystery of why Billy was the way he was solved in Beard With Me (by the way, read this if you haven't) meant that we could just sit back and enjoy the show...and what a show it was. The novel picks up where Roscoe's ended and so we start in the hospital with Cletus running the show (so you know hilarity will ensue...and it does). The entire Winston clan, with the help of their significant others, is in on the plan to get Billy and Scarlet to their HEA. It's not easy. Billy is as stubborn as they come but thankfully with a little help from the family, the years of them longing for each other are over and they can finally, FINALLY, have the happiness they should've had from the very beginning. Court: Girl, this family is just the best. No matter what they've went through (and obviously, with seven + books it has been a lot...their love and devotion to one another always shines through. I wax poetic on our characters having such a great cast of people having their back, and this one is no different. 

Shel: This novel was full of laughter and love and I could not think of a better way to close out this chapter. Having a chance to get a glimpse of all of the siblings and their happiness and then an epic epilogue really made what could've been a bittersweet final novel nothing but sweetness. I look forward to the new adventures Penn Reid will take us on and have a feeling that these Winston brother novels will be well loved with all the rereads I plan on doing between reading the new reads she has planned. Court: YES! From the stories we have loved and especially the COVERS! this series has been a special part of our life, and THANK YOU Penny Reid, we love you! I have a special place for her lovely words and sense of humor, and definitely cannot wait to see what she comes up with next.


No one deserves a happily-ever-after quite as much as the second oldest Winston brother and his lady love, Claire McClure (aka Scarlet St. Claire). Cruelty and circumstance tore them apart almost twenty years ago. Secrecy and bitterness kept them separated. But you know who's tired of their separation and stubbornness? Everyone. Especially Billy Winston’s family. And now they're going to do something about it. Well-meaning interference means the star-crossed lovers can’t stop tripping over each other in the hills of Tuscany, the catacombs of Rome, and the waterways of Venice. Billy and Claire find themselves thrown together and at the mercy of the Winston siblings’ shenanigans. But will their forced proximity bring them together? Or push them even further apart? This second-chance romance brings back the entire Winston gang, playing cupid in one last story of love, hi-jinks, and family collusion. BEARD NECESSITIES is a full-length contemporary romantic comedy, and can be read as a stand-alone, but it’s probably best read after books 0.5, 2, 3, 5, and 6 of the Winston Brothers series.

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Strolling to the desk, I set down the milk and cookies, crossed my arms and turned to face my brother. “You’re pointing out that Scarlet and I will see each other during various family functions.” “Correct.” “And, therefore,” I continued reasonably, “I need to be nice to her.” I knew that already, and tonight—after watching her face crumple and feeling a part of my soul shrivel at the sight—I’d finally accepted it. I would be nice. I would be so damn nice. I’d be a saint. But then Cletus said, “No, Billy. Not nice. Nice is for tea parties and doctor’s visits. You need to woo her.” I blinked once. “Woo her.” “That’s right. You need to woo the pants off her, hopefully literally, and then make that woman yours. Permanently. Once and for all. Put a ring on it. Woo is where it’s at. Jenn still has the centerpieces from our wedding if you’d like to borrow them.” During this enlightening monologue, he’d moseyed over and picked up the glass of milk and a cookie, dunked the cookie into the milk, and then took a bite just as he’d finished his listings of delusions. “That’s never going to happen.” “Why not? Those centerpieces are lovely. You don’t know your color scheme yet. Ask Scarlet before you decide.” I ground my teeth. “Scarlet and I are never going to happen, Cletus.” He shook his head firmly. “I’m disappointed in your lack of ambition, Billy. I thought we’d be on the same page. But I see now, I’m going to have to take a tough love approach.” “Cletus—” “I’m going to give you one chance,” he said, then pushed the rest of the cookie in his mouth and spoke around it as he continued, “One more chance is all you get. I’ve waited long enough for this and you know my feelings on delayed gratification.” “Pardon?” “It’s overrated.” He took a gulp of milk and picked up another cookie. “No, Cletus. One chance on what?” “I’m giving you one chance. One.” He pointed the cookie at me. “Tomorrow, you’re going to go find her, apologize to her for whatever that kerflufflefuck was I walked in on. Tell her you were suffering from temporary insanity, hopped up on illicit drugs, abducted by asshole probing aliens, whatever. I’m giving you one chance to make this right, and if you don’t take it, you are not going to like what happens next.” BN-BT-GIVEAWAY.jpg

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Meet Penny Reid
Penny Reid is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Best Selling Author of the Winston Brothers, Knitting in the City, Rugby, and Hypothesis series. She used to spend her days writing federal grant proposals as a biomedical researcher, but now she just writes books. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.
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Monday, December 2, 2019

NEW RELEASE: Enemies by Tijan

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Stone Reeves was my neighbor, and I’ve hated him since sixth grade.

Enemies, an all-new enemies to lovers stand-alone from New York Times bestselling author Tijan, is available now!

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Gorgeous and charismatic, he became the town’s football god, while I became the town’s invisible girl.
He went to a Division 1 school for football, while my father was fired by his father.
His team won the National Championship, while my mother died the same day.
He was a first round pick for the NFL ...
… while I made the worst decision of my life.
Now I’m in Texas trying to pick up the pieces of my life.
But, Stone is here.
Stone is everywhere.
It doesn’t matter that disaster has struck my life again.
It doesn’t matter that he’s the one trying to console me.
It doesn’t matter that he’s the nation’s newest football obsession.
Because for me, he always has been and always will be my enemy.
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About Tijan
Tijan is a New York Times Bestselling author that writes suspenseful and unpredictable novels. Her characters are strong, intense, and gut-wrenchingly real with a little bit of sass on the side. Tijan began writing later in life and once she started, she was hooked. She’s written multi-bestsellers including the Carter Reed Series, the Fallen Crest Series, and the Broken and Screwed Series among others. She is currently writing a new YA series along with so many more from north Minnesota where she lives with a man she couldn’t be without and an English Cocker she adores.
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Monday, November 25, 2019

REVIEW: In the Unlikely Event by L.J. Shen

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"Romance masterpiece" - Kylie Scott, New York Times bestselling author

From USA Today and #1 Amazon bestselling author L.J. Shen comes a new, contemporary romance with heart-wrenching twists and laugh-out-loud moments.

In The Unlikely Event is available now!

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OUR REVIEW:

In the Unlikely Event has characters that have what we've come to expect from LJ Shen: charisma, quirkiness, snark, and strong personalities. Both Mal and Rory have these traits in spades. What makes this novel such a stand out are some of the features that we don't always see in such abundance when it comes to her work. For instance, the sheer variety and number of voices we hear from is something you don't see very often in literature and enhances the reading experience by adding levity, perspective, and drama. Another thing that stood out to me as different from Shen's previous novels is the humor--sometimes it felt like a romcom and sometimes the humor seemed to work as a shield against some of the deeper truths. Additionally the build up to the big reveal was more fun than angsty which had me turning pages and making guesses about what was to come. While none of my guesses were wrong, and there was definitely a sense of satisfaction to guessing correctly, it was how the characters revealed and reacted to the information that made it even more pleasurable to read. 

This more lighthearted love story was an unexpected delight from LJ Shen and just reiterates what I already know--I'm here for everything she writes and I always look forward to what's coming next. 




Sometimes you meet people who are out of this world, so you make them a part of yours.
A one-night stand born from vengeance in a foreign land.
An explosive chemistry neither of us could deny.
We signed a contract on the back of a Boar’s Head Pub napkin that said if we ever met again, we would drop everything and be together.
Eight years and thousands of miles later, he’s here.
In New York.
And he’s America’s music obsession.
The intangible Irish poet who brings record executives to their knees.
The blizzard in my perfect, unshaken snow globe.
Last time we spoke, he was a beggar with no intention of becoming a king.
But a king he became, and now I’m his servant.
I’m not the same broken princess Malachy Doherty put back together with his callused hands.
I have a career I love.
A boyfriend I adore.
An apartment, a roommate, a life.
I changed. He changed, too.
But Mal kept the napkin.
Question is, will I keep my word?
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When I finally come face to face with the street artist standing on the side of the pavement, his guitar case open and full of rolled-up notes and change, I understand why his grandfather told me I’d recognize him with the self-assurance of an avid believer.
I’ve never seen someone like him before.
He is beautiful, true, but that’s not what stands out to me. He is radiant.
It’s like his presence has a presence. He sucks the air out of everything in his vicinity, making it impossible not to look at him. Malachy is tailor-made for a huge, colossal heartbreak. Everything about him—his tattered jeans, filthy boots, white shirt, and leather jacket that was broken in decades ago—screams trouble. He looks like a seventies heartthrob. An icon. A Terry Richardson muse. Bruce Springsteen pre-fame.
His voice is like honey and warm spices. It lulls me into a place in my mind I’ve never been before, even though it’s far from beautiful. It is gruff, throaty, and smoky. When someone bumps my shoulder to get closer to him, I snap out of my reverie and realize what I’m listening to.
“One” by U2.
The coincidence is strange. I try to tell myself it’s nothing. This is Ireland. U2 is a national treasure.
His eyes are squeezed shut as he sings. It’s like no one exists other than him and his guitar. Something warm rushes through my skin, like a heat wave, and I shudder in delight.
Warmth.
I always thought there was something melancholy about street performers—the way people walk past them, ignoring their music, their art, their passion. But this guy, he’s the one doing the ignoring. The tables have turned. He’s got the crowd eating from the palm of his hand. Every woman here is under a thick, sweet spell. He’s got that Harry Styles quality that makes girls want to bed him and older women want to adopt him. The men are a cross between impatient, annoyed, and jealous. You can see it in the way they tap their feet, check their watches, nudge their wives and girlfriends to move it.
The song ends, and Malachy Doherty cracks his eyes open and stares directly at me, like he knew I’d be here. Like he watched me watching him through closed eyes. Disoriented—and for some reason wanting to do something, anything—I throw a bill into his guitar case and look away, realizing to my horror that I threw the fifty euros his grandpa gave me. Everyone around me murmurs and whistles. They think it was intentional. I can feel my face flaming red. I bet he thinks I want to sleep with him.
Do I? Probably. But should he know that? Hell no.
LJShenAbout LJ Shen
L.J. Shen is a USA Today, Washington Post and Amazon #1 best-selling author of contemporary, New Adult and YA romance. Her books have been sold to nineteen different countries.
She lives in California with her husband, son, cat and eccentric fashion choices, and enjoys good wine, bad reality TV shows and catching sun rays with her lazy cat.
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Sunday, November 24, 2019

NEW REVIEW: Someday, Someday by Emma Scott

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How long would you wait for true love?
Someday, Someday, an all-new standalone romance by International bestselling author Emma Scott, is LIVE!
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OUR REVIEW:

When I think of Emma Scott romances, I think about how I know I'm going to get a read that really drills down deep into the emotional head space of her characters. I know that I'm going to feel a sorta of melancholic nostalgia in sepia tone. Does that even make sense? It's that sense of warmth and soft edges and curiosity about what you're looking at/reading that keeps you thinking about long after you've walked away from it. No matter what Emma Scott writes, I have that sense of warmth and soft edges and emotional fulfillment when I've put the novel down.

At first it's really Max who provides a lot of the warmth and softness in Someday, Someday; he has such a kindness and gentleness that comes off just right--not too soft, not too gentle, and he definitely takes no crap from anyone. He's easy to love. Silas, on the other hand, is chilly and stand offish and broody and tortured and the more you get to know him, the more you feel for him, want to fight for him. As the story of how's become the hard-nosed Silas is revealed, and the more he allows himself to relinquish some of the ways he's punished himself, the more you find yourself falling for him too. I guess what I'm saying is that it was easy to fall under the spell of Max but falling for Silas was equally rewarding. Somehow seeing those tough guys melt a little has a way of melting us all, doesn't it? I think I say this about all? of her novels--I really enjoyed meeting them and knowing them and now I find myself thinking about them days after reading their story.

In Someday, Someday Emma Scott takes on a lot with Max and Silas--addiction, alienation from family, and company corruption-- and in any other authors hands it may have been too much; but in her hands these major, heavy topics are given the space to be developed and woven into narratives that address each major plot point and work together seamlessly. 

This was not what I'd call an easy read. The past lives of Max and Silas are ones that I can't imagine having either one of my children live through and yet I know some parents, even in the more enlightened age of 2019, willingly allow or participate in. It's intolerable and terrible and hateful. So even though it was hard to read, I think it was important to read and to honor those who've lived through it and are sharing their stories; and for those who haven't, that we honor them by doing better. It's for this reason, and many more, that I appreciate that Emma Scott continues to create characters who not only give us something to think about but also give us hope that better days can come.

Max Kaufman was kicked out of his home as a teen and his life has been an uphill battle ever since. From addiction and living on the streets, to recovery and putting himself through nursing school, he’s spent the last ten years rebuilding his shattered sense of self. Now he’s taken a job as a private caretaker to Edward Marsh III, the president and CEO of one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. Max soon learns Marsh’s multi-billion-dollar empire is a gold and diamond-encrusted web of secrets and lies.
The longer Max works and lives with the Marsh family, the tighter the secrets tangle around him. And his heart—that he’s worked so hard to protect—falls straight into the hands of the distant, cold, and beautiful son of a dynasty…
Silas Marsh is set to inherit the family fortune, but his father is determined his heir be the “perfect” son. Before Silas can take over the company and end its shady business practices, he must prove himself worthy…and deny his true nature.
Silas must choose: stand up to his father by being true to himself and his undeniable feelings for Max. Or pretend to be someone he is not in order to inherit everything. Even if it means sacrificing a chance at happiness and real love.
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About Emma: Emma Scott is an internationally bestselling author whose books have been featured in Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, New York Daily News and USA Today's Happy Ever After. She writes emotional, character-driven romances in which art and love intertwine to heal, and in which love always wins. If you enjoy emotionally-charged stories that rip your heart out and put it back together again, with diverse characters and heroes with a heart of gold, you will enjoy her novels.

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