How Good It Was by Scarlett Cole

5 STARS

Release Date: February 22, 2022

SYNOPSIS: Willow – Love’s an illusion.
Everyone around her is out for what they can get, except a drummer who wanted nothing more than a steamy one-night stand. Two blue lines later, she’s on the fast track to career destruction as America’s number one wholesome content creator. Saving her reputation and collaborations will require a plan and a little social media fakery. Okay, a lot. Like twelve months of pretending to build a family with the rockstar of her dreams.
Luke – Love’s an anchor. Responsibilities and lack of band success have kept him trapped. But now, with the band suddenly making it big and his family obligations gone, life is off the rails. Yet fame, women, and arena tours only go so far in helping keep his pain buried.
Until one of the most spectacular nights of his life comes back to haunt him. She saved his career, now she wants him to help save hers.
A baby. A fake relationship. And a million dollars. Is it the perfect arrangement to avoid responsibilities? Or a deal guaranteed to ruin them both?


REVIEW: I absolutely adored this one. I’m so glad I found this series, because I’ve loved every book so far. The connections between the band members are really deep and meaningful. It’s been awesome to see them grow and learn to love/support each other better. The main female characters have all added something to the group and grown with the men. This series just have so much heart. Luke started off as a strong presence in book one, but after everything happened with his best friend and sister he kind of pulled away from the band, while simultaneously falling into some very bad habits. It was really good to see him grow into himself and recognize all he’s been through. He’s done some great things when handed some not so great situations. Luke just ended up being such a realistic character, and I enjoyed getting to know him better.
Willow happens to be the influencer that played the band’s song, which was the exposure they needed to get signed with a label. Willow has experienced all the good and bad of being an influencer. The author did an amazing job of showing both sides of social media fame and how it can greatly impact not only the person’s life, but everyone around them. Watching them both navigate fame, their own difficult experiences, and fall for one another made this one captivating read. They both have been hurt in different ways and just seeing them deal with that and help each other through it was really wonderful. I think what I like about this book is the realistic way they have to analyze, and then come to terms with their experiences that are impacting them as adults. I also love the normalization of therapy as a tool to analyze yourself and grow. I was just so happy at the end of this book, and I cannot wait for the next one. Alex’s story is sure to be one of my favorites. I have been copying quotes of Alex throughout all three books, because he’s such a ridiculously awesome character. I cannot wait to see his story. Thank you to Scarlett Cole and Wildfire Marketing Solutions for the eARC in exchange for an honest review!

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Scarlett Cole

The tattoo across my right hip says it all really. A Life Less Ordinary. Inked by the amazingly talented Luke Wessman at the Wooster Street Social Club (a.k.a. New York Ink). Why is it important? Well, it sums up my view on life. That we should all aspire to live a life that is less boring, less predictable. Be bold, and do something amazing. I’ve made some crazy choices. I’ve been a car maker, a consultant, and even a senior executive at a large retailer running strategy. Born in England, spent time in the U.S. and Japan, before ending up in Canada where I met my own, personal hero – all six and a half feet of him. Both of us are scorpios! Yeah, I know! Should have checked the astrological signs earlier, but somehow it works for us. We have two amazing kids, who I either could never part with or could easily be convinced to sell on e-bay. I’ve wanted to be a writer for a really long time. Check through my office cupboards or my computer and you’ll find half written stories and character descriptions everywhere. Now I’m getting the chance to follow that dream. I am represented by Beth Phelan at The Bent Agency, NY.

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Excess All Areas Series by Scarlett Cole

5 STARS

Release Date: September 21, 2021

SYNOPSIS: Matt – Loving Izabel Bryson should be the easiest thing in the world. Heck, she’s been the inspiration for at least half a dozen of the songs he’s written for his rock band, Sad Fridays. He’s loved her for a decade. But she’s his best friend and fellow-band mate’s little sister, and he promised a decade ago that he’d never put his hands on her. She can never be his, no matter how much he craves her.
Izabel – Loving Matt Palmer is the most hopeless thing in the world.The hours she spends working at the Manchester homeless shelter only go so far in distracting her from the painful truth. He doesn’t want her. Because she screwed up that awful night two years before when she slept with Matt’s brother. He will never be hers, no matter how much she yearns for him. When a good deed leads to one bed, and one night of ruthless honesty, everything is laid bare. They belong together, but acting on it will cost them everything.


REVIEW:I originally picked this one up, because I found the blurb for the second book. I am so glad I picked it up first. I absolutely LOVED this book. It pulled at all my heartstrings. Matt and Izabel’s situation was pretty tragic and their journey was a total mess, but man was I completely invested in them getting their HEA. Both of them had rough childhood experiences that have definitely impacted them as adults, but I enjoyed the depth this added to their characters. I also loved learning the band’s dynamics and meeting Nan! It was hard to read Matt and Jase’s interactions at times, but despite Jase being a complete jerk, I still felt bad for him through all of it and I’m glad his book is next. While I’m excited to get all the band member’s stories, I think I really want Alex’s the most!! Alex completely intrigued me in this book, and I can’t wait to see how he pops up in others while we wait for his story!


4.5 STARS

Release Date: November 26, 2021

SYNOPSIS: Jase – Love sucks. Especially when your own brother and fellow band-mate stole the woman you were in love with. Sitting in a Michigan recording studio with him, singing lyrics he wrote about her, is a special kind of torture. The only thing more frustrating might be the producer’s assistant who radiates sunshine and has more motivational quotes than a greeting card company.
Cerys – Love rocks. Heavy guitars, a voice with the burn of pure single malt, and lyrics that distil the meaning of love are the greatest things. If only the man singing didn’t have a temperament as foul as the Michigan winter. Jase sitting in her car while yelling at her to get him out of there is a surprise. Why she hits the accelerator and takes him to her father’s cabin on the lake is an even greater mystery. How was she supposed to know they’d end up snowed in for days? Or that when they got out again, their relationship, and her views on love, would be changed irrevocably?


REVIEW: Oh, I just absolutely loved this couple!! I saw this blurb and knew I needed to read this book, but I always feel like I have to read a series in order, so I picked up book 1 first. I am SO glad I did that. I absolutely loved One Day Like This. Also, it made this book much better, since we meet Jase then too. He was a complete mess as the antagonist of book 1, and I really wanted to learn his story. The childhood experiences that he endured were tragic, and it was heartbreaking to see how they impacted his relationship to his brother and cousins in the band. Watching him grow throughout this book was therapeutic, honestly. Cerys could definitely think about a backup career in therapy. She was PERFECT for Jase. After the not so great beginning, the way their relationship developed was so heartwarming. This is one of those books where the relationship is solid, but everything around them is messy. Which makes the ending even more satisfying. Plus, at the end we get a sneak peek of the next book, and let me tell you, I CANNOT wait for How Good It Was!!!


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Scarlett Cole

Four-time RITA finalist, Scarlett Cole, is a contemporary romantic suspense / contemporary romance author (represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency) who calls both Toronto, Canada and Manchester, England home. A born city dweller, she periodically quashes the urge to live in the country by hiking up a mountain to remind herself that living away from people would terrify the pants off her. She believes everybody deserves their love story to be told and loves her heroes on the rough and rugged side…and usually tall (because she married one of those 6ft 6” men you read about in romance!). She’s an A-type personality and Scorpio star sign, so good luck getting her to do anything she doesn’t want to. When she isn’t writing, she’s happy to talk hot men and expensive shoes while drinking a cold gin and tonic. Don’t bring up olives. As far as Scarlett is concerned, they are the devil’s food. As long as you don’t bring up olives, she’s happy to hear from any time.

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