Friday, March 5, 2021

REVIEW: Candy Colored Sky by Ginger Scott




๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐˜† ๐—–๐—ผ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฆ๐—ธ๐˜† by Ginger Scott is LIVE! This is a coming of age love story, stand alone. One-click your copy and take a peek inside below!


As I told Ginger when I finished reading Candy Colored Sky,  when you read this novel, you aren't going to want it to end. I got to the last page and wanted there to be so much more because I just loved the sweet story of Jonah and Eleanor. As a matter of fact, I loved their story so much that I'm hoping they decide to pester Ginger and keep talking to her so that she revisits them later. 

What makes Jonah and Eleanor such a stand out for me? Well, Jonah for one. He was the most adorkable, awkward, sweet characters I've come across in a long time. He had this wonderful combination of confidence and self-awareness with the most adorable case of nerves when he was with Eleanor. I also loved his grandfather and mom and best friend--they're banter, inability to not give him shit about everything, and just all around care they had for each other made it a warm and hard to put down read. 

Then, of course, is the whole first love aspect. Reading about a guy getting the girl he's had a mad crush on for years, is just so heart-squeezingly sweet. Jonah thinks Eleanor is totally out of his realm and so reading them finding a way to each other was so very John Hughes movie wonderful--a complete throwback to my teen years--nostalgic and heartwarming. Of course, that they connect through grief and hardship, makes for some hard, teary moments but with Ginger Scott's ability to weave levity through tears, I found myself smiling way more than crying. 

Mark my words, you will not want Candy Colored Sky to end so here's to hoping that Ginger finds more of Jonah and Eleanor's story in the vault in her brain.


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“This book is coming of age PERFECTION. You’ll see pieces of yourself, of your heart and your soul in this story. This is a top read forever for me. There aren’t enough stars. HIGHLY recommend!” - Bestselling Author Dylan Allen


Jonah Wydner has been in love with his neighbor Eleanor Trombley for years. He has watched her life play out from the sidelines—homecoming dances, football parties, and first dates. Her life seemed easy…simple…๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ต. The complete opposite of his own.

But when Eleanor’s younger sister goes missing and the national media sets up camp in the middle of their street, the girl with the seemingly perfect life shows up in Jonah’s garage in search of a place to hide from the hurt and chaos. What begins as one night becomes many filled with unexpected surprises and unveiling, healing truths about Jonah’s own messy past. 

Soon, Jonah gets to know the real Eleanor, and discover all the ways they’re the same. Friendship blossoms into more, plans turn into promises, and hopes and dreams become shared under the warm glow of the fading Midwestern sunsets. But how far can a kiss under a candy-colored sky take them? And what happens when the clouds close in?


 “You know, it’s an excellent time to climb up on the roof and watch the sun go down.” Her fingers slip away as she makes the suggestion, and I find my hands frozen in place for a moment all on their own. I shove them back into my pockets.

“Is it really that late?” I lift a brow.

“It’s almost four.” She winces and I join her.

“I don’t think I’ve slept this late since I had the flu sophomore year,” I admit.

She laughs at my response, then hits the button for the garage door.

“This used to be a regular Saturday morning occurrence for me,” she says.

“I’m pretty sure you can’t call it morning,” I add.

She spins on her heels as she moves out of the garage and points at me.

“You are probably right.”

We cross my driveway to the very dead grass in our side yard. Eleanor leaps up to grab the eave but her fingers slip at her first attempt. She crouches to jump again but stops, spinning to face me as she points over her shoulder with her thumb.

“You been sunset watching without me?” she asks.

The ladder is still out. I haven’t touched it since the last time we went up there.

“That would sound a lot better than admitting I’m too lazy to put it away, but sadly, I’m a lazy ass.” I mush my lips together and shrug.

“Well, my muscles are not feeling it today, so let’s just say you were planning ahead.” She marches to the ladder and scales it two rungs at a time. Even at her laziest, she’s got me beat.

She waits at the roof’s edge for me this time, and I’m a little embarrassed because I climb ladders the same way my grandfather does—like one wrong move might break a hip. I crawl onto the shingles as she stands and holds a hand out for me.

“I can’t run and leap over there like you do,” I say, waving my hand just out of reach. It’s like I’m about to shake on a deal and I want to make sure I know the terms.

Eleanor leans her head back and the sound of real laughter pours out with the rasp that I’ve missed.

“It’s fine. I’ll go slow,” she says, taking my hand and helping me to my feet.

I sway a little, only half joking that I’m searching for my balance. I notice that she walks along the rooftop on her toes, almost like a ballerina making her way to center stage. I move with the grace of a Clydesdale.

We settle in the ridge this time and I lower myself carefully, dividing my weight over both sides of the roof. Eleanor seems to collapse into a sitting position, her legs knotted together as she perches at the apex facing me. I breathe out a laugh at how different we are.

“What?” she asks.

“Just, you can tell you do things like gymnastics and stuff. It’s pretty clear I work out math equations.” I shrug.

“You’d think that would make you more confident up here, being able to compute the exact angles and all that junk,” she argues.

“Huh,” I say, taking her reasoning to heart. I glance to my left and then my right, but before I can fully take in the angle of the descent behind me I grip the roof’s surface beneath my thighs.

“Nope. There’s no math logic for this,” I say.

She giggles, an actual giggle. It’s the best sound, like a children’s birthday party with a petting zoo kind of glee.

REVIEW: The Devil in Her Bed by Kerrigan Byrne


I've loved reading the stories of the Red Rogues--each story has been interesting and filled with strong friendships and strong women. And as much as I've enjoyed each novel, I've officially found my new favorite Kerrigan Byrne in The Devil in Her Bed

I've been insanely curious about the story of Francesca and this novel not only gives the history but gives me a heroine who is so fierce and independent and strong that I can't imagine another character topping her in my top favorite heroines. I loved her story--her bravery, sleuthing, and lack of effs to give filled my entire afternoon. I enjoyed being a fly on the wall as she solved the mystery of the slaughter of her childhood and 'seeing' Chandler become completely smitten by her. He really was the perfect partner for her--he had his own secrets, matched her strength and stubbornness and also had run out of effs to give--and reading his reactions to her was just so much fun.

As what I'm assuming is the final novel featuring the Red Rogues comes to an end, it was fun to see what Cecilia and Alexandra were up to and to see all three of them have their happily ever afters. And while I'm sad to see them go, I'm excited to explore even more of the characters and stories written by Kerrigan Byrne.



The Devil in Her Bed is the third book in the stunning Devil You Know trilogy by USA Today bestselling author Kerrigan Byrne!

He lives in secret service to the Crown—a man of duty, deception, and an undeniable attraction to a woman who threatens to tear his whole world apart.

They call him the Devil of Dorset. He stands alone, a man of undeniable power. Moving in and out of shadows, back alleys and ballrooms, he is unstoppable and one of the Crown’s most dangerous weapons. However, when he sets his sights on the undeniably beautiful Countess of Mont Claire, Francesca Cavendish, he doesn’t realize that he has met a match like no other.


Francesca is a countess by day and stalks her prey—those responsible for the death of her family—by night. What she does not expect is to be thrown into the path of the devil himself, the Earl of Devlin. She has secrets of her own and he seems determined to lay them bare. Can her heart survive finding the love of her life and losing him when all is revealed?

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

NEW REVIEW: Marriage and Murder by Penny Reid


The Devil is in the details . . .

Cletus Byron Winston wishes to marry Jennifer Anne Donner-Sylvester (aka The Banana Cake Queen) poste haste! He's spent the last year wanting nothing more than for the celebrations to be brief, libations flowing, and BYOB (bring your own blueberries). His future mother-in-law has other plans, plans his intended has been willing to indulge, much to Cletus's chagrin. Therefore, so must he. To a point. But truth be told, he wouldn't mind if the meddlesome matriarch disappeared, at least until the nuptials are over.


Marriage and Murder is the second cozy murder in a limited series. So far this series has been focused on Jenn's messed up family and Cletus's desire to protect her from any fall out that may happen because of them. The mystery of who did what, and when, is the primary focus of this novel but truth be told, it's just a vehicle for more Cletus and Jenn and I'll always be 100% down for more Cletus and Jenn. They never get old. Cletus and his code for living are immensely entertaining. The way his family and community accept him and yet are so exasperated by him never fail to crack me up. And his capacity for love and concern for his loved ones under that curmudgeonly exterior just keeps my love affair for him alive and well. Plus, Jenn and her old lady southern mannerisms in her young self just cracks me up. For those who aren't from the south, many of things she says or thinks are really things I've heard older southern women say all of my life--it's just funny hearing it from a younger person. Her absolute adoration of Cletus and her huge heart for all those who cross her path make her the perfect addition to the Winston family. Together these two are incredibly charming and when you throw in cameos from many of our favorite Green Valley couples, it's just real good time. 

If you're a Cletus and Jenn fan, you're going to have so much fun with Marriage and Murder

On the night of Cletus and Jenn's long-awaited engagement party, just when the surly schemer is of a mind to take matters into his own hands, a shocking event upends everyone's best laid plans and sends the small hamlet of Green Valley into complete disarray. The final months leading up to Cletus and Jenn's matrimonial bliss are plagued with chaos and uncertainty. Will Cletus and Jenn finally make it to the altar? Or will murder and meyham detrail their happily-ever-after?

And most importantly, who done it?

'Marriage and Murder' is the second book in the cozy mystery series Solving for Pie: Cletus and Jenn Mysteries. It is best read after Winston Brothers #3, 'Beard Science' (which can be read as a standalone) and Solving for Pie: Cletus and Jenn Mysteries #1, 'Engagement and Espionage.'

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Monday, March 1, 2021

Still Standing by Kristen Ashley


 Unless you’re brand new to KA, you know what you’re getting into when you buy her books. For me it’s the comfort of reading characters who, inevitably, are going to be a mess or cause a mess, and eventually will have to clean up that mess. It’s the relationships that are built, the friendships that are challenged and yet somehow make it...or don’t. It’s the sisterhood and the brotherhood and the sense of family that runs through her works. It’s all of this and that one little thing or twist that makes this book or the next a little different. But ultimately it’s all the comfort of knowing I’ll have all of these things and more that keep me buying and reading (and rereading) KA’s books.

Additionally, the humor, the love, and the connections to other series all hook me in and keep me coming back for more. So is STILL STANDING a break from any of this? Uh, no. Did I enjoy it? Of course. I spent my entire day getting to know new characters and excited that a new series is now underway. Clara and Buck and their crew are guaranteed to entertain me for many books to come and I’m here for it.


When Clara Delany walks into the Aces High Motorcycle Club’s hangout, she’s hit rock bottom. She’s hiding her car from the repo man, she has less than two dollars in her bank account and the only employment she can get is delivering messages for a criminal.

All because of a man. Therefore, she’s sworn off them.

And then she meets West “Buck” Hardy, president of the Aces High MC.

Buck also meets her, and the minute he does, he makes it clear (to everyone but Clara) that they’re starting something. Since Clara doesn’t get that message, she decides to leave Buck and sort out her life in order to come back to him clean.

She’s not gone but hours before life hits Clara with another blow. Which means Buck and his boys have to ride in and save the day. After that, Buck makes no bones about where they stand.

But does he?

Welcome to the first novel in the Wild West MC series which will tell the stories of the brothers of the Aces High MC, the Resurrection MC and the Chaos MC…and the women who love them.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

REVIEW: The Things We Leave Unfinished by Rebecca Yarros


Release Date: February 23rd   



The Things We Leave Unfinished is a definite must read. It's part historical romance, part contemporary romance, and 100 percent hard to put down and immersive. 

As I was reading, I kept thinking that I was getting two books in one--the story of Jameson and Scarlett and the story of Noah and Georgia--and it almost feel too good to be true. While their storylines were completely interconnected, it also felt like they were mini-novels on their own. Yarros did a really good job of totally sinking me into one couple's story and then the other without making it feel confusing or like I was having whiplash trying to keep up. If anything, she did such a good job that I always found myself loving the couple's story I was in, impatient to get back to it, only to love the progression of the other couple's story and equally impatient to get back to that one. I have no idea how she managed to keep her sanity balancing it all but I'm so glad she wrote it the way she did. It made for a truly unique reading experience. 

Not only was it a reading experience I wasn't expecting, it was also much more emotional than I anticipated. I was verklempt almost the entire time Scarlett and Jameson were together--just waiting for the other shoe to drop--and dang it, the tears! the tears just leaked right out when that shoe did drop. I loved Jameson and Scarlett so much--their entire love story was just so romantic--even if it was what you might expect from a WWII romance in some ways, it never felt clichรฉ or overdone. Equally, fun to read was Noah and Georgia's story. Their snark and snappishness, their stubborn natures, and the chemistry, really all of their story, was so modern and just fun to see how ultimately, resistance was futile. 

The Things We Leave Unfinished was one of those reads that I wanted to continue reading long after the last page. I enjoyed reading about these characters and their lives and while their endings were completely satisfactory, I just wasn't ready to say goodbye; just one of many reasons I enjoy Rebecca Yarros's novels and am eager to see what she writes next.



  Blurb: Told in alternating timelines, THE THINGS WE LEAVE UNFINISHED examines the risks we take for love, the scars too deep to heal, and the endings we can’t bring ourselves to see coming. Twenty-eight-year-old Georgia Stanton has to start over after she gave up almost everything in a brutal divorce—the New York house, the friends, and her pride. Now back home at her late great-grandmother’s estate in Colorado, she finds herself face-to-face with Noah Harrison, the bestselling author of a million books where the cover is always people nearly kissing. He’s just as arrogant in person as in interviews, and she’ll be damned if the good-looking writer of love stories thinks he’s the one to finish her grandmother’s final novel…even if the publisher swears he’s the perfect fit. Noah is at the pinnacle of his career. With book and movie deals galore, there isn’t much the “golden boy” of modern fiction hasn’t accomplished. But he can’t walk away from what might be the best book of the century—the one his idol, Scarlett Stanton, left unfinished. Coming up with a fitting ending for the legendary author is one thing, but dealing with her beautiful, stubborn, cynical great-granddaughter, Georgia, is quite another. But as they read Scarlett’s words in both the manuscript and her box of letters, they start to realize why Scarlett never finished the book—it’s based on her real-life romance with a World War II pilot, and the ending isn’t a happy one. Georgia knows all too well that love never works out, and while the chemistry and connection between her and Noah is undeniable, she’s as determined as ever to learn from her great-grandmother’s mistakes—even if it means destroying Noah’s career. 


  About the Author: Rebecca Yarros is the Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of over fifteen novels, including Great and Precious Things and The Last Letter. “A gifted storyteller” (Kirkus), she is also the recipient of the Colorado Romance Writer’s Award of Excellence for Eyes Turned Skyward from her Flight and Glory series. Rebecca loves military heroes and has been blissfully married to hers for almost twenty years. She’s the mother of six children, ranging from kindergarten to law school, and is currently surviving the teenage years with three of her four hockey-playing sons. When she’s not writing, you can find her at the hockey rink or sneaking in some guitar time while guzzling coffee. She and her family live in Colorado with their stubborn English bulldogs, two feisty chinchillas, and a Maine Coon kitten named Artemis, who rules them all. Having fostered then adopted their youngest daughter who is nonverbal and on the autism spectrum, Rebecca is passionate about helping children in the foster system through her nonprofit, One October, which she co-founded with her husband in 2019. To learn more about their mission to better the lives of kids in foster care, visit To catch up on Rebecca’s latest releases and upcoming novels, including The Things We Leave Unfinished, which just received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, visit  

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