Release Day e-ARC Review ~ The First Kiss of Spring by Emily March

Book: The First Kiss of Spring (Eternity Springs #14)

Author: Emily March

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release: February 27, 2018 | St. Martin’s Press

Life could be a dream…

Goal-oriented and gorgeous, Caitlin Timberlake’s dreams took her to the top of the corporate ladder in New York City. Now years later, her goals have changed. She wants to come home to Eternity Springs and build a business and a family of her own—with the new man in town. So what if sexy mechanic Josh Tarkington wants nothing more than a fling? Caitlin is a patient woman who knows how to work hard and strategize to win what she desires. She desires Josh. Unfortunately, he has other plans.

If only things were different…

Josh craves Caitlin and all she has to offer. However, he is a man with secrets. He has worked hard to overcome his tragic past, but he’s afraid to risk having a future because he knows trouble is never very far away. When a selfless act brings that trouble to his door, he stands to lose everything he cares about—including Caitlin. Will her love and the healing magic of Eternity Springs be enough to save him?

What a lovely title. I love spring. And I loved this book. As I come to realize with my second experience with Emily March’s Eternity Springs series, there is something special and magical in these stories that keeps me glued to the page.

It seldom happens to me, but sometimes I come across a book that awakens that love at first sight thing within me. And this was such a book. I loved both Caitlin and Josh’s characters from the very first moment, I remembered this whimsical town and the quirky community, sat back and enjoyed the ride. It was funny, it was sexy, it was heartbreaking. I’m not talking the ending, just the journey. I really enjoyed being back in Eternity Springs. Wouldn’t mind going back there again sometime.

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Release Day e-ARC Review ~ Maybe This Time by Nicole McLaughlin

Book: Maybe This Time (Whiskey and Weddings #2)

Author: Nicole McLaughlin

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release: February 27, 2018 | St. Martin’s Press

Jen Mackenzie has been knocked down more than a few times, but she always gets up and makes sure she has the last word. It’s the reason she now considers herself equal parts self-sufficient and free-spirit. But since losing her job and trying to help her mother beat cancer, real life―and her occasional careless choices―have begun to catch up with her. Her one saving grace: The Stag, a boutique distillery that has become Kansas City’s go-to wedding venue. The only catch: One of the owners, TJ Laughlin, happens to be the one man who somehow manages to make Jen feel inadequate.

TJ has secretly had a thing for Jen since high school. Now, as her new boss, it’s a daily struggle between revealing his feelings and wringing her beautiful neck. Only one thing is for certain: he can’t stand idly by and watch the woman he cares for struggle. She may be convinced that accepting TJ’s help is a weakness. But all he sees in Jen is beauty and strength, inside and out. As things finally heat up between them, can TJ find a way to convince Jen that love is about give and take―and having it all, together?

This book reminded me why I love a good ol’ romance to make me feel better. From awkward high school crushes to office relationships this book hit all my buttons.

Jen and TJ didn’t exactly start out as friends but acquaintances, having known each other from their high school years. And though they’ve both been a little in love with one another since then, they never acted on their feelings. The point where we’re involved in the book is where TJ is Jen’s boss and they’re still back and forth with their feelings. TJ is still put together as ever, and Jen is still the smartass who gives him a hard time.

What I loved most about this book was that neither TJ nor Jen came on too strong concerning their romance. They were both hesitant at times, and forward when they needed to be. That balance about their working relationship as boss/employee was most fun for me to read.

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Release Day e-ARC review ~ Darkest Night by Tara Thomas

Book: Darkest Night (Sons of Broad #1)

Author: Tara Thomas

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release Date: February 27, 2018 | St. Martin’s Press

Tilly Brock has learned—the hard way—how to take care of herself. Once a pillar of Charleston society, her family lost everything in the wake of a shocking scandal. And then Tilly lost the only boy she ever loved.

Keaton Benedict is Charleston’s most notorious bachelor. But in spite of all his advantages—the money, the women,the family name—he longs for more: the heart of the young woman he still can’t forget.

When Keaton re-enters Tilly’s life, after all these years, she is torn between feelings of doubt and desire. Can they put the past behind them and learn to love again? Tilly is willing to try. But Keaton is afraid that a vengeful enemy is watching—and waiting to destroy them. Can the rekindled flame of their love defeat the deadliest rival and light their way forward in the darkest night?

This was my second read by Tara Thomas after the first of the prequel novellas to the Sons of Broad series. Although I didn’t like the novella, this first novel length book of the series was much better. Just as I thought, romantic suspense, at least for me, reads better when it’s longer.

Tilly Brock and Keaton Benedict had been friends when they were both young and their families were close. Then a scandal about Tilly’s father-that he stole money from the Benedicts- caused the two families and the two friends to drift apart. Until one day, when they met again by chance, and while wanting to try to rekindle their friendship and let go of the past, they also have to battle with an unknown enemy to them both.

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