Tuesday, August 24, 2021

NEW REVIEW: A Small Hotel by Suanne Laqueur



A few Christmases ago I dug into my first Suanne Laqueur novel and from there went through everything on her backlist as quickly as I could. I've enjoyed every single thing she's written and A Small Hotel is another absorbing read that I now want to give to all of my reader friends. 

I'll be honest, I am usually pretty strategic when I read her novels because I know these two things to be true:

1. It's going to be an emotional reading experience so I need to have the mental space for that kind of journey.

2. I'm going to be useless to do anything else while I'm reading her novel.

A Small Hotel continued with those two truths--it was emotional and I was absolutely worthless when it came to doing life things. Within the first pages I was completely taken with the entire Fiskare family. Their familial bonds, their kindness, how they were each other's friends and confidantes and while also their siblings/uncle/father. Their bond reminded me a lot of my own family and extended family and it just felt like home to me; being in this world she created was warm and loving and familiar. I recognized so much of our family in theirs, which only made my investment in the narrative of Kennet and his observations about life, his family, his love, the war, and the world that much more. I fell in love with everyone he did, I laughed for him, at him and with him, and was devastated when he was. 

Suanne Laqueur's attention to detail, the obvious investment of time to research, and basically the entire construction and craftmanship of the novel from characters to dialogue to plot were all done exceedingly well. Because of all of this, reading A Small Hotel was just such a treat and it was really hard to get to the end and know there wasn't another page to read. 

It looks like this may be the first of several novels with this family and to say that I'm eager and excited to read whatever comes next, is a huge understatement. If you are new to Suanne Laqeuer's writing, start now and start here; I think you'll love A Small Hotel. 


An American Family. A World War. A First Love. A Small Hotel.

It’s the summer of 1941. Europe is at war, but New York's Thousand Islands are at the height of the tourist season. Kennet Fiskare, son of a hotel proprietor, is having the summer of a lifetime, having fallen deeply in love with a Swedish-Brazilian guest named Astrid Virtanen. But the affair is cut short and the young lovers permanently parted, first by Astrid’s family obligations, then by America’s entry into the war.

The rigors of military life help dull his heartache, but when Kennet’s battalion reaches France, he is thrown into the crucible of front line combat. As his unit crosses Europe, from the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium to Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria, Kennet falls into a different kind of love: the intense camaraderie between soldiers. It's a bond fierce yet fragile, vital yet expendable, here today and gone tomorrow. Sustained by his friendships, Kennet both witnesses and commits the unthinkable atrocities of warfare, altering his view of the world and himself. To the point where a second chance with Astrid in peacetime might be the most terrifying and consequential battle he’s ever fought.

With her signature blend of soul-stirring prose and emotional complexity, Laqueur takes readers on a journey through events that shape an American family’s weakest moments and finest hours. A Small Hotel illuminates the experience of ordinary people thrown into extraordinary circumstances, and their once-in-a-generation camaraderie, courage and resiliency. It’s a novel for the world, a heartbreaking, uplifting story of family, love and human endurance.

Monday, August 23, 2021

REVIEW: There With You by Samantha Young



There With You is the second novel in a series of interconnected novels. In this particular book we are following the love story of Thane and Regan, siblings to Lachlan and Robyn. Y’all, I enjoyed this novel so much. I loved that Samantha Young got me to actually like someone I really didn’t like in book one. And not only did I like her, I loved her whole arc—from seemingly shallow, flighty girl to this really warm, smart, brave woman—all things that were always there, just hidden by years of feeling forced to be something she wasn’t. 

I also really enjoyed Thane’s growth as well, even though he pissed me off time and time again.

Everything about this novel—the plot, the romance, the characters and secondary character were exactly what I wanted to read. It was at times funny, other times serious or just sad, sexy, and an HEA that felt right. I couldn’t put it down and am so eager for the next Adair to fall in love—can’t wait to see what Young does next!

There With You by Samantha Young is now live!

For Regan Penhaligon, there's no better place to run to than the exclusive Ardnoch Estate in the remote Scottish Highlands. Her impulsive behavior has finally caught up with her and Regan's visit with her sister, Robyn, is an opportunity to hide from someone who has grown dangerously obsessed with her.

Determined to make amends for her mistakes, Regan plans to repair her relationship with Robyn by staying close. And when an offer of help comes from Thane Adair, Regan gratefully accepts.

Widower, Thane, needs a new nanny housekeeper for his two young children and when they bond with Regan Penhaligon, he offers her the job. But as the weeks pass and the complex American reveals who she really is, Thane struggles with his growing attraction to her.

Regan never expected to feel so intensely for Thane, but she can't deny her passion for him or her love for his children. When someone from Thane's past threatens his family, Regan wants to be his pillar of support. However, his continued inability to trust her might just destroy their chance at future happiness... and the person who drove Regan to Ardnoch might snuff out her chance for any future at all.


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Meet Samantha

Samantha is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of over forty books, several of which have been nominated for Goodreads Choice Awards. She writes adult contemporary and paranormal romance, YA urban fantasy and YA contemporary fiction. Her books have been published in 28 languages in 30 countries. She resides in Scotland.

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Friday, August 13, 2021

REVIEW: Battle Royal by Lucy Parker


If you know me, you know I'm a HUGE FAN of The Great British Baking Show and this novel definitely gives me those vibes--with a lot more humor and A LOT more terrible contestants. Everything about this novel that works for me:

*enemies to friends to lovers


*royal families and intrigue

*grumpy cat

*romance + comedy + with a nice undercurrent of emotion

There's really so much to enjoy about this novel--but especially the evolution of Sylvie and Dominic's relationship from contestant and judge to co-judges to competitors for a contract to friends to lovers. And in Lucy Parker's hands the plot, banter, secondary characters, and overall atmosphere are balanced well. I found myself laughing and smiling a lot--with lots of happy swoony sighs to go along with those laughs. I can't help but hope that we get to revisit this world with some of the secondary characters she introduced--I'm really not ready to let it go and I'm ALWAYS down for more of anything Lucy Parker writes. 

BUY IT: https://amzn.to/3fILkTW


Four years ago, Sylvie Fairchild charmed the world as a contestant on the hit baking show, Operation Cake. Her ingenious, creations captivated viewers and intrigued all but one of the judges, Dominic De Vere. When Sylvie's unicorn cake went spectacularly sideways, Dominic was quick to vote her off the show. Since then, Sylvie has used her fame to fulfill her dream of opening a bakery. The toast of Instagram, Sugar Fair has captured the attention of the Operation Cake producers…and a princess.


Dominic is His Majesty the King’s favorite baker and a veritable British institution. He’s brilliant, talented, hard-working. And an icy, starchy grouch. Learning that Sylvie will be joining him on the Operation Cake judging panel is enough to make the famously dour baker even more grim. Her fantastical baking is only slightly more troublesome than the fact that he can’t stop thinking about her pink-streaked hair and irrepressible dimple.


When Dominic and Sylvie learn they will be fighting for the once in a lifetime opportunity to bake a cake for the upcoming wedding of Princess Rose, the flour begins to fly as they fight to come out on top.

The bride adores Sylvie’s quirky style. The palace wants Dominic’s classic perfection.

In this royal battle, can there be room for two?

Sunday, August 1, 2021

NEW REVIEW: Burn by Ginger Scott



𝐁𝐮𝐫𝐧, the final book in the Fuel Series by Ginger Scott, is LIVE! This second-chance romance completes this angsty, steamy, new adult trilogy.


Court: Buckle your seat belt, you are about to go from 0 to 100 in this epic conclusion of the Fuel series. It's one of those books where as soon as you start it, you won't stop until you've finished it. I honestly don't know how to put into words how this book (the whole series) has impacted me that would do it justice. From the first moment, Dustin and Hannah have grabbed my heart and put it through a torturous journey with their ups and downs, but these two have a deep soul connection, that can't be broken, but doesn't mean it can't be hurt. Burn is a race around the track, with every lap you're not sure how it's going to end until the final lap and they cross the finish line. Dustin and Hannah are worth the edge of your seat, heart racing, nail biting, gut-wrenching emotional speed race. These two have been through a lot and this final book will be the final test to see how these two figure things out or if it's too late. I don't want to say anything else except, you need to read this conclusion. It's everything!

Shel: I'll just jump in here to add that not only did I manage to forgive so many of the characters but I also got a sense of why they did what they did. For me, that's one of the beauties of this final novel--that sense of understanding and sense of closure. I was irrationally angry at Hannah and, honestly, her parents, and even Dustin sometimes and so their redemption was so satisfactory. 

Shel: All loose ends where tied up and the HEA was perfect for Hannah and Dustin. I adored this series and if you've been waiting for the final book to release, now's the time to grab the series and get ready to binge!

Purchase 𝐒𝐡𝐢𝐟𝐭 (1) here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B097TTSBN8

Purchase 𝐖𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐤 (2): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B097SBSX3J

Purchase Burn (3): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B097SCCH12

The Fuel Series link: https://amzn.to/3j5mQ7S

“The whole Fuel Series is one I rate alongside the best I have ever read. It’s one I will read over and over.” – The Saucy Bookshelf


Dustin Bridge’s world is about speed. About the edge. His life has been carved by cutting corners and making moves, following impulsive decisions while weighing the facts at hand.

On the track, that has never steered him wrong.

In life, though? That’s another story.

On the cusp of greatness, the world’s up-and-coming racing star seems to be living the perfect story. A hero to his hometown. A partner to his best friend. A man poised to take the throne, to become the greatest, and to reap the rewards and attention that come along with it.

He’s been branded the track’s most eligible bachelor. And rarely does he cross a finish line without a dozen screaming, adoring women brandishing his name on glitter-covered T-shirts across their chests, just hoping he’ll break his own rules and take one of them to bed.

But he won’t. As loose as Dustin may be on the road, he’s become disciplined in life. He let love in completely—once. For one person. Hannah Judge. And she wrecked him.

And now, she’s back.


Add them to your TBR!

𝗦𝗛𝗜𝗙𝗧: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58077726-shift

𝗪𝗥𝗘𝗖𝗞: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58077746-wreck

𝗕𝗨𝗥𝗡: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58077766-burn

Find more books by Ginger Scott here: www.littlemisswrite.com

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