Book Review ~ Must Love Babies by Lynnette Austin

 

Book: Must Love Babies

Author: Lynnette Austin

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release: Sourcebooks Casablanca | June 5, 2018

This baby’s not the only one in need of a cuddle…

Brant Wylder is a bachelor and loving it! He’s in Misty Bottoms, Georgia, property-hunting for his vintage car repair shop when he gets the call. His sister’s been in an accident, and Brant has to drop everything and take care of his five-month-old nephew. That’s the end of the bachelor lifestyle.

Bridal boutique owner Molly Stiles is all business all the time, until she sees that Brant’s in trouble. In this Southern town, nobody ever has to go it alone. And besides, how can she resist that beautiful baby in the arms of a beautiful man…?

 

 

I believe the title tells all in this book. If you want to read and enjoy this book to the fullest, you Must Love Babies, because the majority of the book chronicles the adventures Brant has with his nephew, baby Jax. If you know me, you know that I love stories involving children, especially the heroes’ interactions with them melt my heart, but be prepared to read a lot of baby Jax and Brant.

I have to admit, I felt this story was more Brant’s unexpected and sudden plunge into parenting territory than the romance. It was quite fun to read about a man who enjoyed his bachelor status to the limit becoming the father figure to a little baby—and struggling with it completely— but if I have to be honest, that took a bit away from what he could’ve had with the heroine. Perhaps a little less of the baby—and I can’t believe I’m saying this because again, I love children in stories— and a little bit more with Brant with Molly would’ve been much better for this contemporary romance.

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Spotlight ~ The One You Can’t Forget by Roni Loren ~ Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

Book: The One You Can’t Forget (The Ones Who Got Away #2)

Author: Roni Loren

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release: Sourcebooks Casablance | June 5, 2018

Most days Rebecca Lindt feels like an imposter…

The world admires her as a survivor. But that impression would crumble if people knew her secret. She didn’t deserve to be the one who got away. But nothing can change the past, so she’s thrown herself into her work. She can’t dwell if she never slows down.

Wes Garrett is trying to get back on his feet after losing his dream restaurant, his money, and half his damn mind in a vicious divorce. But when he intervenes in a mugging and saves Rebecca—the attorney who helped his ex ruin him—his simple life gets complicated.

Their attraction is inconvenient and neither wants more than a fling. But when Rebecca’s secret is put at risk, both discover they could lose everything, including what they never realized they needed: each other

She laughed and kissed him. This morning she’d melted down. But somehow this man had her laughing and turned on only a few hours later. Everything inside her felt buoyed. 

She felt…light.

She’d forgotten what that felt like.

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Cover Reveal ~ Race The Darkness by Abbie Roads + Excerpt

RaceTheDarknessIt’s precisely 7:22 pm ET, the sun has just set in the east, and it’s starting to get dark…

We are excited to reveal the cover of Race the Darkness, a dark, gritty, emotional and sexy romantic suspense novel by debut author Abbie Roads.

First in a gripping paranormal romantic suspense duo by a Golden Heart finalist debut author whose clinical work gives her chilling insights…

Cursed with a terrible gift
Criminal investigator Xander Stone doesn’t have to question you—he can hear your thoughts. Scarred by lightning, burdened with a power that gives him no peace, Xander struggles to maintain his sanity against the voice that haunts him day and night—the voice of a woman begging him to save her.

That threatens to engulf them…
Isleen Walker has long since given up hope of escape from the nightmare of captivity and torture that is draining her life, her mind, and her soul. Except…there is the man in her feverish dreams, the strangely beautiful man who beckons her to freedom and wholeness. And when he comes, if he comes, it will take all their combined fury and faith to overcome a madman bent on fulfilling a deadly prophecy.

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Review ~ Brave The Heat by Sara Humphreys

BraveTheHeatBook: Brave The Heat

Series: The McGuire Brothers #1

Author: Sara Humphreys

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Format: e-book

Page Count: 266

Published: Sourcebooks Casablanca, September 1, 2015

Source: Publisher

The only fire he can’t put out…

Jordan McKenna is back in town, and Fire Chief Gavin Maguire’s feelings when he sees her after all these years are as raw as the day she left. Then he was just a kid wearing his heart on his sleeve. Now he spends every day trying to atone for the tragedy he couldn’t prevent.

Is the torch he carries for her…

Jordan’s life has not exactly worked out the way she expected. A divorced mother of two with a failed acting career, Jordan’s biggest concern about coming back to Old Brookfield was seeing her first love. But when a series of suspicious fires breaks out, Jordan and Gavin realize that dealing with the sparks between them may be the least dangerous of their problems.

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HodgepodgeReview

Firefighters, small town and family, all rolled into one in this book. It was as if this book was molded especially for me, with all my favorites from romantic fiction. In addition to all this, there were children involved, and old flames sparking back up-and no, that was no pun, though it was good, wasn’t it?-

While I loved the idea of this book, there were a few things that I thought could’ve been better if elaborated. I liked Gavin and Jordan’s characters, their struggles through life, especially the mess that was Jordan’s personal life and her determination to stand up on her own to be a better example for her children. I could understand where she was coming from and the why of her past mistakes.

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Review ~ Made For Us by Samantha Chase

MadeForUsBook: Made For Us

Series: The Shaugnessy Brothers #1

Author: Samantha Chase

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Format: e-book

Page Count: 352

Published: Sourcebooks Casablanca, August 4, 2015

Source: Publisher

Can’t make time for love?
The Shaughnessy brothers have spent the years since their mother’s untimely death taking care of each other and trying to make their father proud. Oldest son Aidan is hard-working, handsome, successful—and still single. Sure, he’d like to have his own family someday, but who has the time?

She’ll show him how to find it

Zoe Dalton, a stunning designer Aidan meets on one of his construction jobs, has the beauty and heart to make Aidan realize how much he could be missing. But it’s not easy to break down walls you’ve spent years building up. Now there’s a major storm bearing down on the North Carolina coast, and it could be catalyst enough to force Aidan and Zoe into some major decisions of the heart.

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HodgepodgeReview

If there’s something I like as much as small town romances-and I like them a lot– it is a good ol’ family saga. Add to that a pretty cover and a promising plot, and hopefully I got myself a recipe for good romance.

Although I liked this book, there were still a few things that didn’t sit well with me. For starters, Aiden is introduced as a workaholic control freak who lacks in the romance department. I could see and like that, but only if he made some solid progress. He was all of the above from beginning to end, and then he said and did some really hurtful things to Zoe, and although I’m all for making mistakes only to atone for them later, I thought some of those things were pretty harsh. And that’s where I lost a bit of my connection with Zoe because I would’ve preferred she not caved so easily.

To be so honest, Aiden and Zoe weren’t as strong as I would’ve liked as the main characters. Their romance felt rushed in the almost teenage like way they handled things. Zoe, though portrayed as a hard worker serious young woman, didn’t convince me with the way she reacted to some bad luck coming her way. And Aiden, a creature of habit, was not convincing at all with his obsessive objection towards change, which included Zoe spending time with his family. Now, there was a reason behind it of course, there was a reason behind everything, but the author seemed to scratch the surface with them.

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