Monday, June 27, 2022

COVER REVEAL: Tease by Melanie Harlow


TEASE, an all new billionaire, fake engagement, small town romantic comedy from USA Today and #1 Amazon bestselling author Melanie Harlow is coming July 11th, and we have the delicious cover!

I didn’t mean to say I was engaged to a hot billionaire–it just slipped out.

In my defense, I’d had a really bad haircut, a really strong drink, and I was trying to save face in front of the Mean Girl at my high school reunion.

Lucky for me, I happen to know a hot billionaire. Hutton French and I have been friends forever, and even though big social gatherings are not his thing, I called him from the coat closet and begged him for a favor–show up and play my fake fiancé for the night.

Except that word of our engagement spreads like wildfire. Our families are ecstatic. We’re front page news. My little food blog is launched into the stratosphere.

Of course, I offer to set the record straight right away, but Hutton wants to give it a little time–the phony engagement will keep his matrimony-mad mother and every matchmaking granny in town off his back.

He even suggests I move in with him to make the ruse more real.

And we don’t stop there.

We practice kissing. Undressing each other. Saying things–and doing things–we’d never dare if we weren’t pretending. Because it’s all for show, right? We’re just role-playing. Hutton doesn’t want a real relationship, and I don’t want to get hurt. But the more time we spend faking it, the more I start to wonder.

Could Hutton French and I actually be right for each other, or is it all just one big tease?

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About Melanie Harlow
USA Today bestselling author Melanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her heels high, and her history with the naughty bits left in. When she's not writing or reading, she gets her kicks from TV series like Ted, Lasso, Schitt’s Creek, and Fleabag. She occasionally runs three miles, but only so she can have more gin and steak.

Melanie is the author of the BELLAMY CREEK series, the CLOVERLEIGH FARMS series, the ONE & ONLY series, AFTER WE FALL series, the HAPPY CRAZY LOVE series, and the FRENCHED series. She lifts her glass to romance readers and writers from her home near Detroit, MI, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and pet rabbit.

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Sunday, June 26, 2022

REVIEW: Between Hello and Goodbye by Emma Scott



Snatching up a new Emma Scott novel is an absolute no brainer for us. We know that we're going to have an absorbing, emotional read that we won't want to put down until we get to the last page and Between Hello and Goodbye was exactly that. 

You may remember Faith from Someday, Someday, though she was more in the background. This novel is all about her and proving to all parties involved (her boss, herself, Asher, us) that she's more than what she's always appeared to be. From the time we meet her and then when Asher meets her, she's putting off the party girl, shallow vibe but it's very clear that she's so much more than that, if for no other reason than that she willingly took time off to figure some things out for herself. As her time in Hawaii and with Asher ticks by, we see her begin to see herself as the person she is underneath the party girl façade; her confidence and sense of self grows, in part because of the work she's doing but also because of the way Asher sees her. Speaking of Asher, this dude has some issues. Considering his history, it's all understandable but yeeesh, he's got some serious anxieties about letting go of some of the control and adult responsibilities he took on and never seemed to be able to shake off. In many ways those things work for him but sometimes the very things that seemed to save him, hurt him. I couldn't help but like him and his broodiness, though, because underneath his reluctance to letting yet one more person in, he was a true sweetie.

Faith and Asher hooked me from the beginning--their stories of grief and hurt, insecurities and responsibilities and their combined evolution into the characters we are left with at the end are what kept me glued to my kindle all day. At times emotional, other times snarky and fun, Between Hello and Goodbye was a great summer read. 

From USA Today and Wall St. Journal bestselling author comes a brand-new contemporary romance—an angsty, emotional love story between a grumpy firefighter who thinks he has his life figured out and a beautiful ad exec whose life is anything but.

Between Hello and Goodbye by Emma Scott is now live!

She's a city girl in Seattle. He's a firefighter in a rainforest. This is never going to work...

Faith Benson isn't your emergency contact, she's the party-girl friend you call for a good time. The gal-pal who loves mimosas at brunch and martinis at Happy Hour. But her carefree lifestyle threatens her job at a top Seattle ad agency. There's no one better at landing big accounts (when she shows up) but her boss demands she take a leave of absence to get her head on straight.

Faith heads to the remote Hawaiian island of Kauai, far away from the vices that get her in trouble. A twisted ankle on Day One requires rescuing by a man who is vice personified--a gorgeous firefighter who awakens feelings in her heart she never knew existed.

Asher Mackey doesn't get involved with beautiful tourists beyond taking them to bed and then watching them leave his tiny island. He's devoted his life to the safety and care of everyone around him...except himself. Until he meets Faith Benson, the city girl whose vibrant, inner beauty shines a light on the dark corners of his life, showing him how safe—but empty—it truly is.

Despite their best efforts to keep their distance, Faith and Asher fall hard and fast, but there's an ocean between them. Both are building their lives on opposite sides of the Pacific while their feelings for each other grow more profound and undeniable by the day.

Something has to give.

When Asher receives devastating news, he and Faith have to decide once and for all to entrust their hearts fully to the other or return to their safe—but separate—worlds. Because neither can endure much longer, living somewhere between hello and goodbye.

Between Hello and Goodbye is a contemporary romance about love, loss, and experiencing life in all its facets. It deals with sensitive topics that may be triggering for some readers.

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Emma Scott is a USA Today and Wall St. Journal bestselling author whose books have been translated in six languages and 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 kind-hearted heroes, you will enjoy her novels. Visit

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Tuesday, June 14, 2022

REVIEW: Can't Look Away by Carola Lovering


 I've never read a book by Carola Lovering but I can tell you that I will now be looking into what else she's written and be procuring those asap. Can't Look Away was nuts and I couldn't put it down. The basic premise--girl meets boy, falls in love, relationship ends + girl meets other boy, falls in love and tries to live happily ever after, even though there are still deep feelings for boy number 1--isn't new. The love story of to twenty somethings at the beginnings of their lives is one we can all identify with and made that part of the story relatable. It's what she builds around Molly, Jake, and Hunter that makes it so that you can't look away (sorry! I couldn't help it). Primarily, it's Sabrina and what a complete obsessed psychopath that she is that kept me on my toes. She was so cringe-y and made me want to face palm so many times and yet at the same time I had a teeny tiny bit of sympathy for her. Just a smidge though. Mostly I just wanted her to clue in and move on. While Sabrina was busy plotting and planning, Molly, Jake, and Hunter were finding themselves, together and apart, and growing up. 

Fast forward a decade later and life seems to have settled down, though clearly it has not. Molly and Hunter are happy, minus one major aspect--having a second child and Sabrina should be completely content and happy with how things are in her life, but noooo, she has to be a little psychopath and can't leave well enough alone.

Can't Look Away had me pick it up every second I could and now I can't wait to dive into her previous novels. 



In 2013, twenty-three-year old Molly Diamond is a barista, dreaming of becoming a writer. One night at a concert in East Williamsburg, she locks eyes with the lead singer, Jake Danner, and can’t look away. Molly and Jake fall quickly and deeply in love, especially after he writes a hit song about her that puts his band on the map.

Nearly a decade later, Molly has given up writing and is living in Flynn Cove, Connecticut with her young daughter and her husband Hunter—who is decidedly 
not Jake Danner. Their life looks picture-perfect, but Molly is lonely; she feels out of place with the other women in their wealthy suburb, and is struggling to conceive their second child. When Sabrina, a newcomer in town, walks into the yoga studio where Molly teaches and confesses her own fertility struggles, Molly believes she's finally found a friend.

But Sabrina has her own reasons for moving to Flynn Cove and befriending Molly. And as Sabrina’s secrets are slowly unspooled, her connection to Molly becomes clearer––as do secrets of Molly's own, which she’s worked hard to keep buried.

Meanwhile, a new version of Jake's hit song is on the radio, forcing Molly to confront her past and ask the ultimate questions: What happens when life turns out nothing like we thought it would, when we were young and dreaming big? Does growing up mean choosing with your head, rather than your heart? And do we ever truly get over our first love?

Monday, June 13, 2022

How to Fake it in Hollywood by Ava Wilder



I selected this novel on a whim and I'm so glad that I did. I really enjoyed the character of Grey and her strong sense of self. She went into this fake Hollywood relationship fully knowing what it was and I really liked that she had this confidence and desire to do good things for herself, even if this isn't exactly how she wished it would all go down. 

Ethan, on the other hand, felt so self indulgent in his grief and I didn't really love him at first. As he opened up more, I found that I was more open to him, despite my ultimate dislike for his inability to take a step back and see how messed up he was...and how he was directly contributing to his own downfall. It's definitely what made his redemption that much more ...he had so much growing to do and to see how he turned it around was *chef's kiss*.

I enjoyed their getting to know each other, their bumpy romance, and the friendships and side stories that surrounded them. I found myself trying to quickly come back to this novel when I could and am looking forward to the new things Ava Wilder writes next. 



A talented Hollywood starlet and a reclusive A-lister enter into a fake relationship . . . and discover that their feelings might be more than a PR stunt in this sexy debut for fans of Beach Read and The Unhoneymooners.

Grey Brooks is on a mission to keep her career afloat now that the end of her long-running teen TV show has her (unsuccessfully) pounding the pavement again. With a life-changing role on the line, she’s finally desperate enough to agree to her publicist’s scheme: fake a love affair with a disgraced Hollywood heartthrob who needs the publicity, but for very different reasons.

Ethan Atkins just wants to be left alone. Between his high-profile divorce, struggles with drinking, and grief over the death of his longtime creative partner and best friend, Ethan has slowly let himself fade into the background. But if he ever wants to produce the last movie he and his partner wrote together, Ethan needs to clean up his reputation and step back into the spotlight. A gossip-inducing affair with a gorgeous actress might be just the ticket, even if it’s the last thing he wants to do.

Though their juicy public relationship is less than perfect behind the scenes, it doesn’t take long before Grey and Ethan’s sizzling chemistry starts to feel like more than just an act. But after decades in a ruthless industry that requires bulletproof emotional armor to survive, are they too used to faking it to open themselves up to the real thing?

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

REVIEW: A Kiss for a Kiss by Helena Hunting


It's been a while since I finished book 3 of this series, but within a page I was immediately back into the world of this hockey team and their significant others and boy, have I missed them!

We all knew that Jake and Hanna were being sneaky so it was fun to read from their perspective how it all happened and what, exactly was happening. And while all of that was fun to read, I really loved that very early on this novel really focused on the aftermath of one unprotected night. I was glad that we didn't have chapters and chapters of build up to the big reveal of Hanna's pregnancy and instead we got to read how they adjusted to their new lives. I also appreciated that both Jake and Hanna presented some flawed perspectives, were sometimes dickish or impatient, but quickly handled things like the adults they were. I also really loved seeing all of the other characters come out to play-getting to revisit all of the couples in multiple scenes was so satisfying.

Reading this novel a year after it was released now has me eager to pick up with the kids of these characters because they've been so much fun to read. 

I’m Jake Masterson, single dad, and the General Manager of Seattle’s NHL team. I walked away from a career as a player so I could raise my daughter. For the last twenty-plus years, Queenie has been my main priority, but now she’s getting married.

And there’s a small complication.

A beautiful, sexy complication named Hanna.

She’s my son-in-law’s older sister. Or at least that’s how they were raised. The truth is a little more scandalous than that.

I’ve been drawn to her from the moment I laid eyes on her. And I spent months trying to keep a lid on that attraction.

Until we finally give in.

It starts with one searing kiss, but quickly ends with us between the sheets—and in the shower, and the hot tub, you get the picture—and turns into months of sneaking around.

Here’s the problem: we live on opposite ends of the country. It can’t be anything but casual. And as I’ve already said…it’s complicated.

But when Hanna finds out she’s pregnant…suddenly things get real serious.


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