What a treat to read Mistaken for Love by Delancey Stewart! This story has a really lovable couple, the heroine, Virginia or Gin, is young but has had a life changing event that happened a little less than a year before we meet her and it still effects her life on a daily basis. She is temporarily living with her dear Aunt Amelia and Uncle Floyd in Brooklyn. She’s working at the family Bodega.
Bryce, the hero, is a really respectable man. He has goals and proving to his father he can run the family marking corporation is high on his list.
The premise of the story is somewhat a suspended reality situation. Gin drops off a bogota delivery to Bryce’s company and they mistake Gin for someone else and she works at the business for weeks without anyone figuring out that she’s not who they think she is. Gin wows Bryce with her marketing acumen. There is a lot of attraction between them but they don’t act on it at first, but they really can’t fight it. When everything comes to light, both Gin and Bryce suffer for a while, but eventually get their HEA.
I truly loved this story and it’s a perfect vacation read with lots of classic romance feel!
Ah, yes, back I go to the land of Pippa Grant, which I imagine is full of unicorns, cotton candy, baseball pants, inappropriate sausages in buns and athletic talent! Do you smell popcorn and cracker jacks? Well you should cause we’re on winter break with the Fireballs baseball team, in Shipwreck, with Cooper Rock and his buddies. Most notably Max Cole who is our grumpy hero.
First, I love this story and the the author’s writing talent. It’s always a lot of laughs, a nice storyline that has a message and the message in The Grumpy Player Next Door put a spotlight on childhood trauma, resilience and anxiety. The anxiety part is well handled as Max has anxiety and he’s being treated for it, so, it’s there but being managed. And the author handles this perfectly as usual. The childhood trauma is handled really well and we’re with Max as he wrestles with being good enough for Tilly Jean.
This book brings all of the laughs with winter prank wars and the eclectic cast of Ship Wreck characters we normally encounter in a Pippa Grant novel. There’s even a foul mouthed parrot.
Tilly Jean Rock is our heroine and she’s a little stuck in her life. Outwardly she appears content, however, she’s pretty rooted in Shipwreck and really can’t see herself moving away. Her family is there, comfort in her routine is there, but she’s having trouble figuring out what to do with her life.
Max doesn’t have family and baseball is everything to him and has been since he was a child. He’s overcome a lot and has worked hard to be one of the best starting pitchers in the league. He’s an ace who brought the rank of the Fireballs up, so he’s feeling some pressure for the upcoming season. He counts Cooper Rock as one of his best friends and Cooper is protective of both Max and Tilly Jean. Cooper doesn’t want them together but it goes a lot deeper than a brother protecting his sister.
Max and Tilly Jean dance around each other, start up then stall a lot of times, but this story does take place in Shipwreck! This was a 5 star read for me, with a whole lot to love, laugh and enjoy. I’m never disappointed with a Pippa Grant book, and The Growly Player Next Door is perfect summer reading!
I have quite a few books to share. Most of these books are ARCs and I enjoyed all of them! I read romance on the eclectic side, so I don’t have a lot of “hard pass” tropes, so I’m game for most anything.
I really enjoyed this debut contemporary romance novel. This book was written in a very classic romance style and I really enjoyed CJ and Colette’s relationship. This book takes place in California and Baltimore, Maryland. No triggers.
CJ was a bit of a complicated character because he appears to be a workaholic, but turns out he’s hiding from actually having a life. He left everything he knew at age 18 after graduating from high school. His parents had problems, CJ’s Dad wasn’t there for him, and, emotionally CJ seems to feel abandoned. What CJ did do is excel at college, go to law school and follow his father’s footsteps right into the firm his Dad works at but, interestingly, CJ stays on the west coast never returning home for 10 years.
Colette had some unexpected sorrows that landed her home after a short run in NYC as an actor in the theater. She’s a high school teacher, but, we don’t get to see much of her teaching. She’s also raising money to save a community theater that she’s involved in, but again, we don’t actually see her doing anything at the theater. I would have loved to see more of her environment, especially since she and her friends keep making statements about the community theater saving Colette’s life.
CJ is sent to the Baltimore office for the summer to head up a mentoring program. He meets Colette again as they were friends in high school. These two have a mutual attraction and it’s great. Along the way CJ starts to figure things out about his family, his life and what he ultimately wants.
This was a solid four stars!
Well, Love Me Nots did not disappoint. This book was really enjoyable and I almost felt like it could be a grumpy heroine with a sunshine hero, but, it’s more in a grey area! No triggers.
Perrin has sworn off men. She was burned in book 1 of this series and now, she’s concentrating on taking care of the business she and her sister Maggie, run. It’s a bar and Perrin has plans to expand the structure, but she needs to purchase the land behind the bar.
Gage walks into Perrin’s bar looking like he came off the cover of a gentleman’s magazine. He’s very attracted to Perrin, but once Perrin and the bar patrons find out why Gage is in town, all of Perrin’s plan become uncertain. Perrin, while attracted to Gage, is also annoyed.
This is a great story, I loved the character development and really appreciated Gage’s past history.
I’ve read all thee of the books in this series up until now and I liked all three, but this book and book 1 are my favorites. this is a great four stars book!
Ok, here’s our shifter entry! Unexpected Claim was a great story, albeit, somewhat slow in parts, but intriguing nonetheless! I don’t purposely look for shifter books to read, but really glad this one feel in my lap! Possible triggers: assault
This Nathan and Peyton’s story and isBook 1 in the Silver Lake Shifters series.
Before I start my review, I want to be transparent here and let you know this book ends with a pretty big cliffhanger. I know many readers will want to wait for the whole series to be released before reading, so I wanted you to be aware.
Peyton is, of all things, a panther shifter; she’s a lone alpha female shifter who doesn’t belong to a pack, which is normal for a panther shifter. She’s lived as a nomad for years and makes a living as a hacker. She doesn’t have many friends or ties to anyone, but in this story, she’s in NYC working for her friends who own a bar. Peyton meets Nathan in the bar and they have a one night stand, but are forever bonded to each other after their night together.
Nathan is an alpha wolf shifter with immortality, he runs a security business and is the Alpha of his pack. He slowly comes to realize that Peyton is his true mate. These two are hard headed and Nathan is not used to having someone challenge him and question him. They drive each other crazy. As things heat up, Nathan does everything he can to protect Peyton who is in harms way.
This book get four stars and I’m looking forward to the next!
Have you read The Rivers Wild series by Dylan Allen? The Daredevil by Dylan Allen is part of that world, and it’s quite a read!
Tyson Wilde is the youngest of the Wilde siblings and most likely to take a chance. Professionally he’s a daredevil, he enjoys taking chances and risks. He’s had his eye on the CCO position of Wilde World, his family’s grocery business. His Mother is a tough business woman and does not make allowances for Tyson when he makes mistakes.
Dina Lu also works for Wilde Foods, her nickname is The Huntress and she loves her job and finds it challenging. These two are attracted to each other and, one Christmas, Dina acts on her feelings, when Tyson reciprocates things get heated, but then he rejects her.
There are time gaps in this relationship and Dina is assigned by Mrs. Wilde, to act as Tyson girlfriend in Paris to gather intel on a possible purchase of a struggling food market. They initially intensely dislike each other, but then there is that attraction and it’s still smoldering.
This is an amazing story and they are a great couple. One of the things I really enjoy about this series is that fact that these characters are millionaires, but they work hard to be so and they, like everyone else, face the same problems as all of mankind.
This was a 5 star read! ARC provided for an honest review.
I’ve been reading a bit lately, but honestly, I’m back in school finding my escape hatch, which is a huge undertaking for a person in their early 50s. As an RN, 2020 kicked my butt, put my back to the wall and had me opening my eyes to my life as it is, and after a lot of soul searching, it’s time for a change.
But, onto other, bookish things! I have a small and wonderful Facebook group and we are celebrating Pride month! We have a book club and are celebrating Pride month. A member of our group is our host for book club and she picked the book Second Chance by Jay Northcote. It’s an #ownvoices read and it’s a great story of a true second Chance romance. Both of the main characters, Jack and Nate are 45 years old. Jack is truly starting over after a bad relationship break up with his boyfriend and Nate’s teenage daughter had some difficult times that required Nate to make the move back to his hometown where he moved in with his Mother. Jack is also home with his Mom and Dad as well.
Jack and Nate where best friends as teenagers, Nate always had a crush on Jack but Jack is gay so there wasn’t any closure to those feelings. Now that Nate is back in town, Jack is amazed at the the changes in Nate and the attraction is there for them to start a relationship.
I loved this story and my heart hurt for Nate sometimes because Jack’s parents were not accepting of him. There were pronoun problems among other issues from Jack’s parents but at the end they tried. The ending was absolutely lovely and lifted my heart up. All in all a 4 star read!
Time to review the Suit Daddy himself, Abe Royal, the founder of Codex, a firm of investigators who specialize in rare book theft.
This is book 3 in the Codex series, and I’ve read the first two in this series, however this book can be read or listened to as a stand alone.
This book is narrated by John Masterson and Anastasia Watley. Both of these narrators do an amazing job bringing Abe and Sloane Argentine to life!
Sloan is around 30 and has her own private investigation business. She’s a very talented detective an recently had a high profile case involving recovery of a stolen rare book. She is currently in England on a job to track down high profile rare book librarian, Bernard Allerton, who is in hiding.
Abe arrives in England with the guise of a vacation, at least that’s what he tells his crew at Codex, but he is also looking for Allerton.
These two meet and it’s instant sparks, but they play a game of cat and mouse for a while.
Well, this is a sexy smoldering adventure. There are many twists and turns. There is a lot of suspense, but the very best part of this book is Abe being able to relax a bit because he’s very buttoned up. He loves his Codex team, they mean the world to him and he’s a pretty reserved guy with them. Sloan brings out the best in him and while she’s the complete opposite of him, they work together.
The rare book aspect of this romance is just amazing. It’s so interesting and different! ❤️
Yesterday kicked off a week of celebration for nurses. As a nurse myself, I appreciate the gesture, but pizza and cookies aren’t really cutting it after this really awful year. What I really want is an extra day off! Lol.
Nursing has changed drastically since I started and nursing has become a gateway for higher education of nurses. A four year degree in nursing is a stepping stone for most nurses and many move on to an advanced degree. so who does that leave at the patients bedside?
But, if you’re a nurse, I hope you have a wonderful week! Remember taking this pledge?
Well, I don’t know what came over me yesterday! I’m in an app called Nextdoor and I really love it because it connects people in your immediate area. I have a lovely little book group there and we’re planning a socially distant meet up in a local park once everyone is vaccinated fully.
But, aside from the book group, I belong to a succulent group that’s run by a very nice person nearby my home…and she had a succulent sale yesterday. She posted a photo ahead of time so I had a good idea which succulents I wanted, however, I ended up with two house plant cutting plus all my wishlist succulents. I need all kinds of encouragement with these cuttings. One is a Marble Queen Pothos Plant AKA “The Devil’s Ivy” and a Begonia Maculata AKA “Polka Dot Plant.” I’ve ordered larger pots, house plant potting soil and fertilizer for when the roots grow enough to be put in the dirt, so I’m ready.
So, I’m off today and I’ll definitely be reading up on how to take care of these new to me house plants. The woman said I can definitely message her with questions and I’ll probably be taking her up on that! I will say, this plant pick up gave me a whole lot of joy today!
If you haven’t joined a neighborhood app like Nextdoor, I really recommend it! During the pandemic it’s been nothing short of magical because so many people have come together to help each other. It’s a wonderful way to support small businesses too!
Ah, rom com is always at it’s best when in the hands of the master, Pippa Grant. With every release I think she can’t top it, then…she does.
I Pucking Love You picks up shortly after the end of Charming as Puck (have you read this? If not, you should!) This is part of the Copper Valley Thrusters Series. Each book in the series is a stand alone.
I Pucking Love You is Tyler Jaeger and Muffy Periwinkle’s story. Muffy runs a dubious dating service (In her defense, she’s new to it), but is also a recent medical school drop out, because of-situation. Muffy is very likable as a character, she lives with her Mom, Hilda, who is, for lack of a better descriptor, a cougar. I kind of knew Hilda was hot to trot, but, I actually didn’t realize she treated Muffy as she did; I felt bad for liking Hilda in Charming as Puck. Hilda seems to put Muffy down quite a bit and that’s normally about her appearance, so that’s pretty harsh.
This book has some pieces of things I love, there’s a little forced proximity, kind of not-a-virgin, a protective hero who lifts his girl’s confidence and, of course, professional hockey.
The rom com scenes are classic physical comedy and very on brand for Pippa Grant. These always make me cackle in a 13 year old boy kind of way.
Bottom line, Pippa Grant’s books make me happy and we can all use some happiness. Pippa Grant is very clear that her mission is to spread happiness and she does with a lot of heart and a side of funny.
I do want to point out I’m a volunteer administrator for Pippa Grant’s author readers group, The Pipsquad. That being said, I don’t have a close relationship with this author other than posting in her group, approving memberships, approving posts and huddling up with other admins and Pippa on group issues and book release stuff as it pertains to The Pipsquad; I do not get paid for helping/admining the author reader group. This is an unbiased review and is my own opinion of I Pucking Love You. #NewRelease #IPuckingLovePippaGrant
Where do I possibly start with this review? This was a very beautiful story, but also heartbreakingly tragic. It takes a lot for me to cry while reading a book, but this one, gah, it had the tears welling up in my eyes. The last book that caused me to cry was My Life as a Country Album by LJ Evans (https://amzn.to/2RhnMMn), which I always recommend that everyone read or listen to the audiobook.
This is the story of Holly, a young woman who was abducted by a monster as a very young child and held hostage for 11 years, and Tyler, a man with a tragic past. Tyler finds Holly in a hole in the forest and saves Holly from an absolute monster who inflicted physical and emotional abuse on Holly and the chain of events that are set in motion are, I think, fate. However, the very painful path they both need to travel is harrowing at times. Holly has so much therapy to go through and she’s very stagnated in a sense that the world is not a place she is comfortable functioning in and the author does a good job describing the roadblocks of Holly’s recovery.
Sadly, Holly’s parents really struggle with Holly being back in their lives and that was a particularly sad part of Holly’s story. As a parent this broke my heart so much because Holly was so fragile and needed gentleness and acceptance. Holly’s brother and his fiancé were Holly’s anchors as well as Holly’s roomate later.
Holly spends time after her rescue thinking about Tyler as her Prince, because when she was abducted she had a backpack full of fairytale books that she read over and over during her captivity and they helped her cope but also gave her hope of finding her prince and living happily ever after. After she is rescued, Holly still carries the backpack and her books as they are a comfort and coping item for her. They are what she turns to when she is stressed.
Tyler himself bears scars both outside and inside and many things in his past cause him regrets. Because of these regrets and his appearance, he has distanced himself from society and his family. While he still has a relationship with his brothers, he hasn’t seen his Mom or sister in several years. His story is entwined to Holly’s and we do find out there are more twists to everything that happens in both of their lives. Undeniably, they are meant to be together. The way that Holly finds Tyler is unique and they form a friendship and become companions. Tyler, for his checkered past, is extremely gentle with Holly and it’s absolutely heart melting.
This book has a lot of complex characters but is simply written and brimming with emotions and heart. This is a 5 star read and I recommend my recommendation is to purchase or borrow from Kindle Unlimited. #BackList #TBRpile