How to Lose a Fiancé by Stefanie London

4.5 STARS

Release Date: June 17, 2019

Publisher: Entangled

SYNOPSIS

Sophia Andreou has always been the “good daughter” who tried to keep her domineering father happy. She followed the rules and did everything that was asked of her. But this time, her father is asking too much. The family company is crumbling, and her father has arranged a marriage to a Greek billionaire who can save their property business. What?! Umm no thank you. If Cinderella can dress up to win a prince, surely Sophia can do the opposite and ditch hers…

Dion Kourakis has come a long way from being an orphan with only a single friend to his name. Now he runs a billion-dollar investment company and has the respect of everyone in Europe. His charming personality covers a lot of emotional scars, including his desire to make his mentor proud. Dion doesn’t exactly want a bride to go along with his next business deal, and he plans on letting the lass down gently when they meet…

Only, his future bride has turned out to be nothing like what he thought she’d be. She’s quirky and has a habit of turning up to social events in strange outfits. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out what she’s up to, but the harder she tries to convince him she’d be an awful wife, the more he wants to convince her they’d be perfect together.

REVIEW

Dion is my type of male lead–the difficult upbringing, the self-made successful man, and he’s nice?! I understand why Sophia does what she does, but I would have caved right off the bat. Haha. Dion’s reasons for wanting Sophia’s family’s business really hit me in the feels. Stefanie London does a great job delivering a story that makes you feel all the emotions. I was invested in the characters, and laughing my butt off at the ideas Sophia came up with. Seriously, I had to stop reading during their first meeting, I was laughing that hard. I had too much fun with this book, and I’ll definitely be rereading it!

Thank you to Entangled and Social Butterfly PR for the eARC in exchange for an honest review!

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Sisters of Summer’s End by Lori Foster

4 STARS

Release Date: June 11, 2019

Publisher: Harlequin Romance

SYNOPSIS

As the summer ends, friendship begins…When single mom Joy Lee abandoned her old life to take a job at a lakeside resort, she found something that her family’s wealth and influence could never buy: peace of mind. Not easy to come by for the once-burned divorce who keeps everyone at a distance. But when her new friend, Maris, dares her to take a chance with the drive-in’s charismatic new owner, everything changes for Joy and her young son.A difficult childhood has left Maris Kennedy with definite priorities. Her job running Summer’s End, the camp store and cafe, comes first. Always. Nothing could ever make her risk that hard-won security–especially not her free-spirited colleague. But the more she encourages Joy to open herself up to new experiences, the more Maris begins to wonder what she, too, might be missing.Learning how to trust will bring Joy and Maris together. And soon they form a friendship that leaves them as close as sisters–and open to love where they least expect it…in Summer’s End.

REVIEW

Lori Foster has given us a sweet, lighthearted two-for-one romance. As we see both Joy and Maris find romance, we also get to see them build a friendship. I think this budding female friendship adds so much to the book! Joy is a single mother that has a hard time trusting people, so even letting Maris in is a big step for her. I think it also makes it easier for her to explore the potential with Royce, even if they both say that it’s just sex. And Maris is a total hard ass, but for good reasons. Seeing her and Daron come closer is such a treat. This book is a wonderful journey of building bonds and letting people in.

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Kickin’ It by Rachel Van Dyken

5 STARS!!

Release Date: June 11, 2019

Publisher: Skyscape

SYNOPSIS

Successful, high-profile sports agent Matt Kingston thinks he can handle anything. Then soccer player Parker Speedman shows up at his door. She is young and gorgeous, has natural talent, and is looking for a team. She’s also a hothead with a punchy past who floored her last coach on live TV. Despite his misgivings, Matt agrees to be both her agent and her coach. Professional common sense says she’s off-limits. But what can he say about the raw attraction between them?

Parker plays soccer with her heart and soul. But after the events of the last year, she’s shaken. She’s already seen what a powerful man can do to a female athlete’s career. And her beloved dream is in the hands of a sexy, gorgeous man with the uncanny ability to slip past her defenses…and into her heart.

Now Matt and Parker are about to learn that when it comes to love, the only way to win is by breaking every rule they know. And by playing nice. Real nice.

REVIEW

THIS FREAKIN’ SERIES! I am here for it! Seriously, I love the explosive attraction between characters. Rachel Van Dyken does a wonderful job of creating characters with such realistic depth. They’ve been through experiences that make them relatable, and just add to their connections. When Matt was introduced in the first book, Risky Play, I fell in love with the dynamic between him, Slade, and Jagger. They are his clients, but also his friends, and they all mess around with each other is the best way. I was pretty excited to get his story in this book. I wasn’t expecting his love interest to be so amazing. Parker is determined, smart, and coping in the aftermath of trauma.

I couldn’t put this book down. They both have their reasons to hold back, which makes the journey to each other that much better. It’s almost like an enemies to lovers story with how hard they go at each other in the beginning. But I think my favorite part is witnessing Matt’s fall through all of his actions along the way. I sincerely recommend this series!!!

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Release Day: Smitten by the Brit by Melonie Johnson

ALL THE DAMN STARS!

Release Date: May 28, 2019

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

SYNOPSIS

DEFINITELY, MAYBE…OR LOVE, ACTUALLY?

English professor Bonnie Blythe expects her life to play out like her favorite novels, especially now that her long-term boyfriend has finally proposed. So when a shocking discovery leads Bonnie to end her engagement, she decides to close the book on love. But the plot thickens when a brand-new character enters the scene―and quickens Bonnie’s heart.

With his brilliant blue eyes, sexy accent, and irresistible charm, Theo Wharton is like a romantic hero straight out of a Jane Austen novel. When fate places Bonnie in England for a summer―conveniently close to Theo―she realizes a hot friends-with-benefits fling is exactly what she needs to start a fresh chapter. Just as Bonnie begins to believe she’s falling in love, an eye-opening revelation into Theo’s life makes Bonnie feel like she’s wandered into one of her favorite books. Will Bonnie have the courage to risk her heart and turn the page with the dashing Brit to find her true happy ending after all?

REVIEW

Heavy-handed there much, Lady Catherine? Bonnie had often wished to be in the middle of an Austen novel. Only now that she was, she couldn’t wait to escape.”

Okay, the moment when Bonnie meets Theo in Getting Hot with the Scot, I just knew I needed their story. Smitten by the Brit did NOT disappoint. Bonnie is always spouting off Shakespeare and Austen, which makes me love her even more. She’s been with the same guy since she was just a little girl, and she cast him, her best friend, and herself in the roles of Anne of Green Gables. She’s a total book nerd, which I’m sure many of us can relate to. She is just so sweet, yet strong, and I really enjoy that in a female character.

Don’t even get me started on the dashing and chivalrous Theo. Just kidding, I definitely want to talk about one of my new book boyfriends. We got a peek at the amazingness that is Theo when he helped Cassie in Getting Hot with the Scot, but man you really get to see it in this story. He is just always trying to do what’s right. But he does get to experience the saying, “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.” Will he completely screw everything up, that question is exactly what kept me sucked in to the very end.

And did I mention Theo’s sister helps Bonnie plan a hen party, which ends up being Harry Potter themed?! YES, this book is THAT AWESOME. I preordered my physical copy in Janurary, because I need to hold this piece of heaven in my hands.

Special thank you to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for the free ARC in exchange for an honest review!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

A Star Wars junkie and Shakespeare groupie who quotes both Yoda and the Bard with equal aplomb, award-winning author Melonie Johnson—aka #thewritinglush—is a two-time RWA Golden Heart® finalist who loves dark coffee, cheap wine, and expensive beer. And margaritas. And mimosas. And mules. Basically any cocktail that starts with the letter m. She met her future husband in that most romantic of places—the mall—when they were teenagers working in stores across the hall from each other. They went on to live happily ever after in the suburbs of Chicago with two redhead daughters, a dog that’s more like a small horse, and a trio of hermit crabs. After earning her Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude from Loyola University Chicago, Melonie taught high school English and Theatre in the northern Chicago suburbs for several years. Now she writes smart and funny contemporary romance and moonlights as an audiobook narrator under the pseudonym, Evelyn Eibhlin.

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Runaway Heir by Ruth Cardello

5 STARS!!

Release Date: May 28, 2019

Publisher: Montlake Romance

SYNOPSIS

The Boston Westerlys are reuniting for a wedding—a longtime wish for its matriarch. If only Nicolette, the youngest of the clan’s siblings, could find love. With her true parentage suddenly in question, she feels like more of an outsider than ever. It figures that the one guest of any comfort is her grandmother’s greatest enemy. Now, Nicolette’s only impulse is to run. Disappearing to a small Iowa town, she can build a future on her terms without the Westerly name or money—or the secrets that have divided the family for years.

Despite his damning history with the Westerlys, Bryant Taunton recognizes a kindred spirit in Nicolette. He is drawn to the beautiful loner. When she vanishes, he follows. But Bryant has his own secrets, and gaining Nicolette’s trust won’t be easy. It might even require the help of the family she left behind.

Now, for Nicolette and Bryant, coming to terms with the past is the only way to make both their dreams come true, and to finally find a way home.

REVIEW

Have you read this series!? Well, you really should! I mean the Westerly’s are chaos in the best way. The crazy family dynamics really make each character’s story that much more endearing. Delinda is the meddling grandmother with a lot to learn about dealing with her grandchildren. She just wants what is best for them and she is a force to be reckoned with. I have loved seeing her evolution, and I actually liked her in this book, which was not always the case.

Nicolette is trying to cope with the questions around her parentage, but she is a HOT MESS. I really enjoyed the realness this brought to her character. She doesn’t handle things well, and that makes her relatable. I was just so invested in her, and really loved all her growth throughout the story. Now, let’s discuss the insta-love of this story. I mean do you need a new book boyfriend?! Because Bryant Taunton is delicious with a heart of gold. Between these two and the connections between characters, I couldn’t put this book down! I’d definitely recommend it, as well as the rest of the series.

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Praise for Ruth Cardello’s Westerly Billionaire Series

“IN THE HEIR is a wondrously fun jaunt and contains all the important elements of a delightful romantic comedy.” — Fresh Fiction

“I really, really enjoyed this book…I spent most of the book with a big grin on my face.” — The Good, The Bad, and the Unread on Up For Heir

” Hollywood Heir is a hot rollercoaster ride that is funny and emotional. Ruth Cardello provided romance, angst, forgiveness, second chances, friendship, and family.” — Harlequin Junkie

Paperback ISBN: 978-1542005128 | $9.99 US | 250 pages

Ebook ASIN: B07MV8GW47 | $4.99 US