From the sexy cover to the captivating synopsis, J.T. Geissinger has completely***Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World. :)***
From the sexy cover to the captivating synopsis, J.T. Geissinger has completely outdone herself in Melt For You. Having read the previous book in the series, I couldn’t wait to read the next book and it didn’t disappoint at all. The author has managed to create a charming story filled with swoon worthy moments that will leave you wanting for more.
At the beginning of the story we are introduced to Joellen Bixby, a thirty-six-year-old copyeditor who has been working for Maddox Publishing for the last ten years. She has also been in love with her boss and CEO, Michael Maddox for that long. Although she is socially awkward, Joellen wants to get her boss to notice her but doesn’t know how and that frustrates her. It’s when she gets back to her apartment one day that Joellen comes to a stop when she hears very loud music coming from her neighbor’s apartment. She walks up to the apartment and comes face-to-face with a very handsome stranger who happens to have a very sexy Scottish accent. The spell immediately crashes the minute he starts to bicker with her and he tells her that he will stop with his music if she cooks for him return. They make a bargain of some sorts and when he finds out that Joellen has been wanting to get her boss’ attention he is willing to help her. It is through Michael that she finds out who her neighbor really is.
Cameron McGregor ends up being the captain of a rugby team called the Red Devils. Although he is well known, Cameron has been on the papers lately and not for good reasons. This concerns Michael and he tells Joellen to be careful and to not trust Cameron. She knows that her neighbor is bad news, but he has offered to be there for her and spending time together has definitely made Joellen see him in a new light. What I loved about the story was how entertaining it was and all the heavy banter that they have is sizzling. Although they have fantastic chemistry, Joellen is set on getting her boss’ attention and love. She has viewed herself as the ugly duckling in her family and not being in a relationship at her age makes everyone around her see her differently. She has a lot of self-esteemed issues that she needs to overcome and Cameron is there to remind her that it’s okay to be herself no matter what other people think of her. In the end she has to decide if she truly wants Michael or if giving Cameron a shot is worth it or not.
As I mentioned before, I truly loved reading this story it was sweet and charming. Cameron is swoon worthy and just the perfect guy that anyone would want to have. He loves bickering with Joellen and causing trouble, which made things that much more fun to read. There is a big issue of self-esteem that the author handled very well and this empowered Joellen to be who she wanted to be in the end. We also be to find out more about Cameron and what brought him to New York. It’s evident from the very start that both of the characters have issues to overcome and it all ends up tying really well in the end. There are a bit of twists and turns as well, but I wish the author could have added more details towards the end. There were a few issues that felt unresolved to me that could have made the book that much better. I would highly recommend reading this book, it was lovable and swoon worthy, a definite must-read for sure. :)
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Love You Like Christmas was such a heartwarming story about second chances making it the perfect***Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World.***
Love You Like Christmas was such a heartwarming story about second chances making it the perfect Christmas read. Right from the start I was hooked on the cover and the synopsis, especially if it’s based on a Hallmark movie, those are my favorite. In this particular story we are introduced to Maddie, a marketing executive who loves representing things that she truly loves in and has no trouble selling them to the masses. But when it comes to Christmas, she loves seeing what people are attracted to and buying, not necessarily the meaning behind them. It is when one of her clients invites her to her wedding that Maddie decides to take a road trip to the venue and avoid plains (her biggest fear) at all costs. It’s when she is on her way that things turn for the worse the minute she gets stranded in a small town called, Christmas Valley. Everything around her suddenly looked different, and it’s when she meet Kevin that her life truly changes forever.
Kevin has always lived in Christmas Valley, it’s where generations of his family go way back, and inheriting a farm of Christmas trees should have made his life and the one of his daughter better. But harsh weather has made things difficult and now he is very close to losing the farm. When he meets Maddie unexpectedly for the first time he is attracted to her, there is something about her that makes him want to get to know her better, but he thought he’ll never see her again. Little did know that she was on her way to Christmas Valley after her car stopped working. Now it’s his chance to make her see that a life there isn’t so bad, especially if they’re together. When her work threatens to take her away from him, he’ll have to act fast and convince her that there really is a holiday spirit in Christmas Valley after all.
I loved reading this story, it’s just one of those stories that will give you hope again and give you a little Christmas magic. Although the characters are complete opposites they fit together really well. In this case, one believes in Christmas while the other not as much. It really became a story about Maddie, a busy New Yorker getting to feel the Christmas holiday again, she has been through a lot and we get to see her make progress throughout the book. Just like Maddie, Kevin has also been through a lot especially after being a single dad, he wants to make his daughter happy and he needs to make the farm profitable again. When Maddie gets to town, she sees how everyone looks after one another and it gives Christmas a whole new meaning for her. She loves her job in New York, but it’s not fulling anymore. When she is told about Kevin’s farm, she is able to gather everyone to help save the farm. But one thing is unresolved and that is her relationship with Kevin and that’s one thing you’ll have to find out when you read the story! Keri F. Sweet has done a great job with this story from beginning to end. I would highly recommend reading it even after Christmas is over (You are going to love the ending)! :)
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Christmas at the Castle was such a great holiday read that will leave you wanting for more. From***Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World.***
Christmas at the Castle was such a great holiday read that will leave you wanting for more. From the beautiful cover to the intriguing synopsis, McClone delivers a perfect story just in time for Christmas. When Katrina “Kat” Parsons is sent to camp as a teen she never imagined just how her life was going to change after meeting two siblings who turned out to be royalty. Now years later, she is working as a veterinarian when she gets the call that her best friend (Sophie) is getting married and she wants Kat to be a bridesmaid in her wedding. After talking back and forth about the country where her friends are from, Kat is excited to finally get to see their home. But she knows that Sophie’s brother, Guillaume has never really liked her and staying away from him might just be good for the both of them. Kat wants to make sure that Sophie’s day does not get ruined and if she has to put up with people that do not like her she is going to do that for her best friend.
After being ignored by her parents growing up, Kat has had a rough time connecting to a family even though she was loved by her grandparents, it never really felt the same. It is when she found a best friend in Sophie that she felt like she gain a sister as well. That can’t be said for Sophie’s older brother Gill, as from the moment they met he put a distance between them and never really cared to make a connection with her. Now years later, they meet again in his home of Alistonia, a little European country who happens to be ruled by a monarchy. With the wedding approaching, Kat is on a mission to make her friend happy no matter what but things quickly changed the minute Gill starts to show feelings for her.
Crown Prince Guillaume has never really liked Kat or taken the time to get to know her. Her ways are too different from theirs and he thinks that she’ll be a bad influence on his sister. When he sees Kat entering his castle for the first time he immediately sees just how much she has changed and he is attracted to her. She still has the same attitude, but there is something about older Kat that he is drawn to and he doesn’t like it at all. He suddenly feels the need to put a distance between her and his sister, before she ruins the wedding. Yet, after spending time together that he starts to develop different feelings towards Kat that could be dangerous for both of them if he is not careful.
I loved this story, it had me reading non stop until the very end! I think a lot by now love a good royal romance and this one starts different and that’s what I liked about it the most. It’s evident that Kat and Gill don’t have the best relationship at the beginning and he does everything he can to make sure Kat doesn’t ruin his sister’s wedding. We get to learn more about Kat’s parents and why they left as well as why Gill is so uptight when it comes to his role in the family. He has been through a lot as well and when they’re together everything makes sense and they somehow fit together really well. Their interactions were nothing but sweet and you can see that Gill can be kind and caring, the perfect prince charming. I would highly recommend reading this story, it’s a great holiday read that will leave you swooning for the perfect prince charming especially after reading the ending! :)...more
For being Charlee James’ debut novel, The Bookworm and the Beast is sure to make you all modern***Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World.***
For being Charlee James’ debut novel, The Bookworm and the Beast is sure to make you all modern fairy tale lovers happy with this retelling of Beauty and the Beast. At the very beginning we get to meet Izzy Simon a quiet bookworm whose Christmas holiday has been put on hold when she accepts a job as an assistant to Derek Croft. Wanting to make some extra money for the holidays, she never imagined that Derek would end up being a handsome but grumpy author who also happens to write children’s books. But when he makes it clear that he doesn’t need her, she is ready to go back home when he suddenly makes her a proposition that would end up benefiting both; to be his live-in girlfriend for the holidays. Yet everything starts to change the minute they start to get to know more about each other that would lead to them developing feelings for one another.
Derek Croft doesn’t have much of a Christmas spirit, he is happy with how his life is with his dog as a companion, but when Izzy arrives to his house as his assistant he starts to doubt the life that he has created for himself. He finds himself wanting to make her happy and that could end hurting them both in the end. Nevertheless, Derek is happy to spend time with her but when trust is broken between them he’ll have to decide if a relationship is worth it or not in the end.
I very much enjoyed reading this story, both of the characters have their own pasts and they somehow are able to help each other move on from them. The whole book has a Beauty and the Beast vibe that I’m sure a lot of people are going to love. The author has done a good job making the characters relatable which made them that much more interesting to read. Izzy is caring and a hardworking woman who happens to be love books and her relationship with her grandmother. While Derek can be a jerk at times, he is totally swoon worthy when he lets loose with Izzy. He has his own demons that he needs to overcome, and all he needed was a push from her to make him see what’s important in his life. Though the two are polar opposites, they compliment each other and their relationship ends up working so well. I absolutely loved the ending, you will not want to miss it! :)
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Not having read other books by the author before, I didn’t know what to expect before reading Be***Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World.***
Not having read other books by the author before, I didn’t know what to expect before reading Between You and Me, needless to say I was very impressed with how well the author executed the story from start to finish. At the beginning of the book we get to meet Tess Harrison, a workaholic who hasn’t really had good luck in the romance department. When she sees that the rest of her siblings are getting married and having children, Tess becomes fixated on the idea of having her own little family without having a husband/partner. So after telling her family that she is taking some time off everyone is shocked and worried about her, but all she tells them is that she going to finally take a vacation and she selects Aspen to spend a couple months in. This will give her time to think about what she is about to do and find a good sperm facility to start the process. But when arrives and sees her house manager, Logan Carter things start to take a different turn in her plans. They soon realize that they have a lot in common and that they have chemistry, but Tess knows that what they have will need to end soon. That does not stop her from asking him to be her donor and after a lot of thinking he agrees.
Logan Carter has always has a crush on Tess, ever since he got the job as the Harrison’s house manager. Over the years, he saw less of her but when she shows up again he takes the opportunity to spend time with her. As their friendship starts to grow so does her feelings for her, but he doesn’t want relationship or children and he makes sure she knows that. But as her friend he wants to help her and that’s exactly why he agrees to be her sperm donor while taking things the old- fashioned way. Soon he starts to see that being with Tess might just be what he has been looking for all along.
I absolutely loved reading this book, it was sweet and full of possibilities that had me reading until the very end. The characters were refreshing and relatable. Tess has been so focused on her career that she longs to have a family of her own. Yet, she doesn’t have a partner and she decides that she doesn’t need one. She takes charge of her life by making bold decisions, but the universe had other plans for her. Now she has to decide if she wants to be in a relationship with Logan or not. On the other hand, Logan is kind and caring. He wants to make Tess happy no matter what and if she needs him to be her sperm donor he’ll do it. He is totally swoon worthy, you will not want the story to end! Although the story focuses on Tess and Logan, we also get to see them interact with each others’ families. Tess’s brothers care for her and we get to see the playfulness in them, while Logan’s mom is funny and kind. In the end we get a well developed story from beginning to end. Jennifer Gracen has definitely delivered a great story, perfect for the holidays. I would highly recommend reading this book, you will not regret. :)
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A Winter’s Wish Come True is a story about second chances at love and new beginnings. Not having***Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World.***
A Winter’s Wish Come True is a story about second chances at love and new beginnings. Not having read other books by the author before, I didn’t know what to expect before reading the book and it didn’t disappoint. At the beginning of the story we get to meet Cleo Jones, a baker who is still struggling to move on from her previous break-up with her boyfriend, Scott. Her friends have been very supportive and there for her, but when she sees Scott again things immediately change. After he was offered a job in Australia, Scott basically left her to pick up the pieces, but Cleo can’t get over him and that leads her back to him. It is after a couple of weeks that she starts to get sick and finds out that she is pregnant that her life has changed forever. Now she has to figure out where she stands with Scott and if decide if she wants him in her life or not.
Scott Robinson has always loved Cleo and it hurt him to leave her behind when he was offered a job in Australia, but he is back now and ready to make things work with her (if she lets him). When he finds out that she is pregnant, Scott is ready to make things work with Cleo, but their past keeps getting in the way and now he has to convince her that they’re perfect for each other before it’s too late. I throughly enjoyed reading this story, it was quick and romantic. Scott was sweet and caring, definitely swoon worthy! On the other hand, Cleo had her doubts throughout the story, she wanted to make the right decision for her baby and it all worked out in the end. Although both of the characters had flaws, they made them work by helping each other. The epilogue will melt your heart, it was sweet and short. I would highly recommend it, it makes a great holiday read. :)
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Not having read other books by the author before, I was really intrigued by the synopsis and***Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World. :)***
Not having read other books by the author before, I was really intrigued by the synopsis and the cover! Right away we get to meet Lexi Stuart, after multiple fail attempts at finding love, she is quickly losing hope of ever finding Mr. Right. All of those that have shown interest in her are after her money and she is tired of being used. So when it comes time for her to meet the rest of her family at a retreat in Lake Tahoe, Lexi is ready to relax and have a good Christmas. What she wasn’t expecting to bump into was yet another gorgeous guy just in time for Christmas. Meeting Adam was never in her plans, but after spending time together the two seemed to get along really well and that all turns into so much more rather quickly. But soon Lexi starts to question what they have and it’s her insecurities that ultimately get in the way. Now it’ll be up to her to decide if giving their relationship a try is worth it or not.
Adam Hunt never expected to meet Lexi Stuart, but after spending time with her he knows that she is it for him, now he just have to convince her to give in to a relationship with him before it’s too late. I liked the overall idea of the story, what I wasn’t so sure about was the characters themselves. I couldn’t connect with Lexi, her insecurities overshadowed everything else about her and made it hard to understand her decisions in the book. Adam was great, her was understanding and caring. The fact that he wanted to be with Lexi no matter was really sweet. We do get some steamy scenes in the story, but that was it. There was very little excitement, but it wasn’t that bad at all. I would recommend it if you’re looking for a quick holiday read. :)
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The Billionaire Christmas Baby by Marion Lennox was a such sweet and addicting book to read.***Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World. :)***
The Billionaire Christmas Baby by Marion Lennox was a such sweet and addicting book to read. I mean, who wouldn’t want a hot billionaire for Christmas?!? Lennox was able to capture the Christmas spirit while bringing us a great romance as well. At the beginning of the story we get to meet Runny Raye, a hotel maid who has been working really hard to make the holidays special for her family. After being in charge of her siblings at a young age, Sunny has put her life on hold while they grew up. Now that they’re living with her grandparents, Sunny wants to make sure they all have everything they need during the holidays. But when she is asked to clean Max Grayland’s hotel suite, she never imagined that she would end up calming a baby instead. It’s when Max demanded her to stay with him during the holidays to take care of the baby that Sunny agrees, only if they spend the holidays with her family instead. As the two start to spend time with each other, the more we get to learn about their pasts and about the feelings that they’re starting to feel for each other.
Max Grayland wasn’t expecting to spend the holidays with a baby, but he is now in charge of Phoebe and he needs all the help he can get. But it is the holiday season and he can’t find anyone to help him, but when Sunny enters the room and somehow manages to calm the baby, he knows that he has the right person to him right in from of his eyes. After spending the holidays with her family, he knows that that’s exactly what he wants for Phoebe, and he will not stop at nothing to convince Sunny to give their relationship a chance.
I really enjoyed reading this story, it has a good mix of holiday spirit and a magnetic romance between the characters that will leave you wanting for more. Although Max is demanding at first, he starts to show how sweet he can be with Sunny and Phoebe. He is protective of both of them and wants to make them happy. On the other hand, Sunny is a hard working woman who has struggled to keep her little family together, and when she sees Phoebe he is immediately taken with her. There were some scenes that really had me in tears towards the end, so be prepared! The ending was perfect, it really tied everything together really well. I would highly recommend reading this story, you will not regret it! :)
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From the eye-catching cover to the intriguing synopsis, Kendall Ryan has managed to take this***Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World. :)***
From the eye-catching cover to the intriguing synopsis, Kendall Ryan has managed to take this novella and take it to a whole different level. It will most certainly leave you wanting for more.
The Bed Mateevolves around Sam and Maggie, two friends who met when they were in college. Though it has been years since they met, the two of them have been through ups and downs but at the end they always have each other to rely on. When the two find themselves involved in break ups, Sam is the one that flies Maggie from New York to Colorado for a weekend getaway. When she arrives to the hotel, they both find out that they’ll be sharing a room together which shouldn’t have been a problem, but what Maggie doesn’t know is that Sam has feelings for her. Ever since they met in college, Sam has always had a crush on Maggie that soon developed into something so much more, but he has been afraid to tell her how he feels. Now that they’re together it’ll be up to him to decide if he is willing to risk their friendship if she doesn’t end up feeling the same.
I loved the story, it didn’t feel rushed at all and the characters were well thought out. Sam is one those characters that will leave you swooning and rooting for the couple. Their relationship was definitely relatable and for that reason it made their transition to becoming a couple much more authentic. The story as a whole was great, I would highly recommend reading it now, it would make a good holiday read. :)
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This was such a cute story, not having read any other books by Barbara Wallace before I was impressed with the overall story as a whole. The main charThis was such a cute story, not having read any other books by Barbara Wallace before I was impressed with the overall story as a whole. The main characters were relatable and it was evident that they had an instant chemistry that kept on growing throughout the book. Max is such a kind character that makes him irresistible especially after all the things that he does for Arianna. With such a cute story, there was cute ending that will definitely leave you wanting for more. I would highly recommend it if you're looking for a sweet story with a touch of Christmas in it. :)
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The Prince's Christmas Vow is a story of new beginnings and second chances at love. I was imm***Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World. :)***
The Prince's Christmas Vow is a story of new beginnings and second chances at love. I was immediately hooked with the story the minute I read the synopsis, it's one of those stories that I knew I was going to love and it didn't disappoint at all.
When Crown Prince Demetrius Castanavo used to still be in his playboy ways he met a young interior designer, Zoe Sarris who he secretly got married to without anyone of his family knowing about it. Needless to say, it was an scandalous event that completed changed their lives, especially when Zoe was forced to leave the prince for good by his family. Now she has come back to his life after he requested her interior design services. With the hopes that they can put their personal past behind them, she shows up at the palace only to find that she still has feelings for the Crown Prince. But then she realizes that she will never make a good princess, and the secret that she managed to keep away from him could damage their relationship all over again. Soon she focuses on staying on task, only to find the shocking news that she is still married to Demetrius and that's when the story really takes off and Zoe has to decide whether staying married to the prince is worth it or not.
Demetrius Castanavo has been trying to fix his public persona for the good of the country, but now as a Crown Prince things have started to get harder to hide from the press. But when he finds out that he is still married to Zoe, he promises to do anything to protect him, even letting her go once again. I really loved this story, it was filled lots of holiday spirit and romance that had me reading until the very end. It is evident that both of the characters have a lot to grow now that their lives have changed. Zoe tries so hard to hide the secret that could damage her relationship with the prince, but in the process she realizes that she loves him and doesn't know what to do about it.
On the other hand, Demetrius is going to be king one day and he needs the public to see that he is serious about taking on the task, but his secret elopement could damage his reputation, and he is willing to fix the problem once and for all. Things start to get shaky when the both get word that someone knows their secret, and that's when the story gets twists and turns that will definitely keep you reading. The overall plot was great, although I wish we could have seen a separate chapter on how they met. It would have tied everything nicely, but it all ends up great at the end. The epilogue was sweet and it really felt like Christmas all over again. I highly recommend this book, I will most certainly be reading more from the author in the future. :)
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From the cover to the synopsis, I was immediately intrigued to read the book. Having read Cantre***Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World.***
From the cover to the synopsis, I was immediately intrigued to read the book. Having read Cantrell's works before I really wanted to read what she came up with time around. Needless to say, I was hooked with the story and how the characters evolved throughout the book.
In Triplets Under the Tree we get to meet Caitlyn and Antonio, whose paths crossed and for different reasons they ended up becoming brother and sister-in-law, instead of getting the chance to be in a relationship. Right from the very beginning we get a quick flash of what was happening to Antonio and it all happens fast, we get the feeling that he is in some type of trouble and the whole scene is confusing for the character. Then we go back to the present in which Caitlyn is boried about her three babies, she goes on to remember the events leading up to her present state. That is when we get to find out that she had been a surrogate for her sister, aka Antonio's wife.
After learning that both Antonio and her sister had died in a plan crash, she took over Antonio's fortune and company. Now she has to take care of a lot of things, including her children, and that has changed her life forever. As a single mother, she had to change her plans, but she loves what she calls her children now and is willing to do anything to protect them. When Antonio unexpectedly shows up at his house, she doesn't believe that he is really back, but now she fears that he'll want to take the babies away from her. Finding out that he has no idea who she is or that he is even a father is worse than she thought, now she has to teach him everything that he missed. But the more time she spends with him, the more she falls for him, and she'll have to decide whether to be with him or turn her back on him for good.
After been in a plan crash, Antonio Cavallari has lost his memories and the life that he once knew. Now he is back and ready to claim what is his no matter the cost. But the more he starts to trigger the memories that he once had, the more complicated his life becomes when he finds out the secrets that he kept and the ones that could potentially hurt his relationship with Caitlyn. I really enjoyed reading this book, it was interesting to read how Antonio slowly got some of his memories back. It is evident from the very start that the characters have chemistry and they can't get away from that. But things from their past could harm their relationship if they don't trust each other. Throughout the book we do get both perspectives and that just made the story that much more interesting to read. The babies have a lot of personality as well which was cute. Overall I highly recommend reading this book, it was funny and romantic with a lot of holiday spirit. : )
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Having read previous works by Victoria James, I couldn't wait to read yet another more festiv***Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World. :)***
Having read previous works by Victoria James, I couldn't wait to read yet another more festive book by her. In Billionaire's Christmas Proposalwe get to meet social worker Allison Barrington, who has struggled in her life, but working at a homeless shelter has giving her a greater purpose and for that she has been also able to provide for her teenage sister. But things go incredibly wrong when her home gets caught in fire a month before Christmas. With all her hard work disappearing before her eyes, she does the only think that she could think of at the time and that is to go to her friend Ethan (aka long-time crush) for help. But soon things start to change when Ethan insists on them to stay in his house until things got better. It is then that between the holidays and everything that was happening to them, that Allie starts to feel the chemistry between them grow, and she wonders if they could be something more just in time for Christmas.
Ethan Dane has always had a thing for Allie every since they met at a friend's wedding. But at the time she had actually turned him down, but he always hoped for a chance to be with her. Now that she is staying at his house everything that he had hidden from her could no longer be a secret and that could risk their friendship. Soon their attraction towards each other grows and they spend a lot more time together at Allie's work where Ethan really shows that he is the perfect man for her.
I really liked the overall story of this book, it was filled with lots of holiday spirit and some steamy moments as well. The characters have kept their feelings to each other and when they realize that they want the same thing it is then that things start to change in the story. Allie is a sweet and kind character, she really wants to help others, whereas Ethan is more reserved and a typical billionaire who wants to get things done without a word. Yet underneath all of that he hides a secret that he has hold for a very long time, and it is when he he decides to do something about it that he realizes that he can't be away from Allie. From the cover to the synopsis this was a great book to read, the plot kept me interesting and it's just a book that needs to be read during the holidays. I highly recommend picking it up, you will absolutely love it. : )
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I just started to read holiday-theme books, and Falling for Her Enemy was full of holiday spi***Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World. :)***
I just started to read holiday-theme books, and Falling for Her Enemy was full of holiday spirit that just made it enjoyable to read.
From the very beginning we get to meet Alex McAllister, who has done anything and everything to provide for her adopted daughter. With the hopes of buying the bakery that she has been working at for years, she is disappointed when the owner informs her that she will be selling the property soon. With no idea of how she is going to get the money, she decides to focus on what she can do now that her daughter's biological father is said to be looking for her now that he knows that he has a daughter. Not knowing what he wants terrifies her, and the possibility of having her daughter taken away from her is not an option for her. So as she waits for the stranger to show up at Still Harbor she plans her next move. That all soon changes when the stranger does show up unexpectedly at the bakery, and when she sees him eye-to-eye, she knows that is going to be in deep trouble now that she knows what he looks like and how nice he seems to be.
Hayden Brooks has a very successful career in the city, but his playboy ways have come back to haunt him when his ex/one-night-stand gets word of his success and has come back to tell him that he fathered a baby with her. In return of her silence she wants money, but Hayden is quick to let her know that she is not going to get anything until he finds his little girl. So now he is at Still Harbor ready to take back what is his, but not before performing a paternity test. With the holidays approaching he knows that he doesn't have a lot of time to prove that Alex's daughter is his, but he is willing to do anything to prove that he is going to be a good father to both Alex and the little girl. Which soon changes when his relationship with Alex gets stronger as they get to know each other, but the surprising revelation at the end changes the course of their lives.
I really liked the overall idea of the book, the characters are well thought out, and their back stories made the book that much more interesting to read. I could understand the decisions that Alex had to make in order to protect herself and give another a second chance. Though it is a full novel, it felt like a novella to me. The characters don't seem to grow much, and it all just happens in a very short time. There were things that were left unanswered as well, which could have made the story complete and whole. Overall the story does make you feel like it's Christmas already, and it really has the perfect festive romance to make you want to pick up this holiday. I still recommend it if you are looking to read a quick festive read. :)
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Adrian Blackstone didn't grew up having everything at his disposal, he worked hard to build***Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World*** :)
Adrian Blackstone didn't grew up having everything at his disposal, he worked hard to build his million-dollar business empire, but although he now has succeeded in the business world, he doesn't have what he wants the most. Having worked with his assistant, Rachel Carter for sixteen months without showing his affection towards her has been difficult to maintain for Adrian, yet he knows that he can't ruin their professional job.
Rachel Carter has had a crush on her boss, Adrian Blackstone for a while, but she knows that mixing their professional life with a romantic one is not going to end up well. Yet she is still willing to hide her feelings for him, but little did she know that they will end up getting stranded in the middle of the mountains due to a snowstorm. What begins as a typical work day, ends up with them getting closer by the end of the night and they have to choose whether hiding their feelings is the right thing to do after spending the night together.
Although this is novella and it was short, I really enjoyed reading it. The author did a good job describing the conflict and the resolution of the story in the novella. The story was well-written and engaging as well. Adrian is a hard working men that really fought his way to the top, and now having accomplish everything that he wanted in his career, he is able to focus on what his heart wants. On the other hand, Rachel is a funny character, she has a sense of humor that immediately captivates Adrian and their chemistry is undeniable. The ending was spot on and I highly recommend the book to those that want something short and sweet, filled with the Christmas spirit. :) ...more
The Reunion Lie is a fast-paced romance that is enjoyable to read. I like the overall idea of the*Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World :)*
The Reunion Lie is a fast-paced romance that is enjoyable to read. I like the overall idea of the book, it has a great premise that immediately pulls you in and the cover is stunning. Lucy King did a good job portraying the characters and the challenges that they have to face. Both with painful pasts, Zoe and Dan are the perfect couple that need each other in order to overcome their separate obstacles. Having triumph in her career, Zoe would have never imagined that after attending her high school reunion everything in her life was going to change.
She didn't want to attend her high school reunion and have to see all the people that hurt her in her past. But thinking that she was brave enough to do it, she attends her reunion only to be questioned by her high school classmates. Not knowing what to tell them that would impress them, she invents a whole story of having the “perfect” fiancé. When things get out of hand, she stumbles upon Dan and after she kisses him, she asks him to be her fake fiancé (at least around her old classmates).
Dan was only getting to the restaurant when Zoe bumps into him and he is surprised to hear her ask him to be her fake fiancé. He sees how desperate she is and decides to help her, but soon he is forced to tell everyone who he is without measuring the consequences of his actions. As the two start to spend more time together, their attraction grows and so is their love for one another. Little do they know that spending time together will leave them to make difficult decisions in the future.
The writing of the book is very well-written and it flows quite well. I liked Zoe's character the most, she is driven and straight to the point. Both Dan and Zoe have insecurities and by being near each other, they are helping one another overcome their troubles. Overall, the story had a great plot and I would recommend everyone to give it a try.
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A heartwarming story of love and new beginnings...
Kissing Under the Mistletoe is by far one of my favorite holiday books that is a must read.Bella Andre does it again with this book and it didn't disappoint at all. I love the Sullivan series and to read where it all begin brought me to tears. This book is a heartfelt story of true love and what it can accomplish when two souls are truly destined for each other.
While waiting for her children to arrive to their Lake Tahoe cottage, Mary Sullivan finds herself putting the last touches to her Christmas tree. With each ornament that she pulls out, she remembers back to where every single one of them took place. She recalls the precious moments that she has had over the years with her children and just how much joy she had with them and her husband. But there is one specific ornament that she holds dear the most, and that is the one her husband, Jack Sullivan gave her on their first Christmas together. Meeting Jack was not on Mary's agenda and it wasn't planned at all. Some might call it destiny, or it might have been fate that brought them together. But just when Mary thought she had nothing else to look forward to in her life, she meets a handsome engineer whose irresistible looks pulled her in the minute he spoke to her for the first time. Jack was only looking to get his big break and invention out to the public, but when his idea is rejected, he took it upon himself to find the one person that would save him and his invention. Little did Jack knew that by asking Mary to help him would it change his life forever.
It all happened fast for the two of them, the chemistry between them brought them closer and their story truly begins when they start facing obstacles in their lives. Mary's past hasn't been the easiest, she left her parents in Italy as a young girl to pursue a modeling career, but not even the most luxurious life would bring her back to her parents and she understood that. Now after many years away from home, she is faced with challenges that only she can overcome. From the very start it's evident that Jack and Mary have had their struggles in life, the two seem to be lost souls, but when they are together it's impossible to pull them apart. That's one of the many things that I loved about this book, the characters are so believable that I really connected with them till the very end.
Bella Andre did not only created one of my favorite series of all time, but she also created memorable characters that give me a sense of hope every time I read one of her books. From the story line to the setting, everything flowed beautifully and it comes together very well in the end. I highly recommend everyone to give this series a try, you will not regret it.
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I really enjoyed reading A Billionaire for Christmas, it was compelling and the relationship betwe*Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World* :)
I really enjoyed reading A Billionaire for Christmas, it was compelling and the relationship between Phoebe and Leo made the whole book interesting to read. When it comes to putting things before others, Leo Cavallo does exactly that. He puts business before himself and it's because of that, that his brother and sister-in-law sent him away to get him away from his multi-billion dollar business. But he wasn't expecting to find himself in the middle of a storm without any place to stay. Now he suddenly finds himself staying with his neighbor, Phoebe and her baby nephew. After suffering from a heart attack before he was sent away, he started to question the things that he has and wants. But seeing Phoebe now with her nephew brings a whole new set of feelings that he can't explain, all he knows is that he is attracted to her.
All Phoebe wanted was a quiet time with her nephew, but instead she got a storm and a handsome guest staying in her cabin. Struggling to keep her past in the past, Phoebe is committed to give her nephew a great Christmas day with the help of Leo. His stay has brought her back memories of her past, but as the two start getting to know each other, she discovers that Leo has secrets and that she is madly attracted to him. Now the two will have to help each other overcome their past experiences if they want to keep moving forward.
There were a lot of things that I liked about this book, for starters, Leo and Phoebe are the only characters in the whole book. There really wasn't much interaction with other characters, it was great to see them grow and start to overcome their pasts. Yet would have been nice to hear from other characters, not just them. The overall story was really well thought out and the writing flow beautifully. I liked their moments with Phoebe's nephew. It brought more to the story that made it enjoyable to read. Overall I would recommend everyone to give this book a try, it's fairly short and the romance between the characters is great.
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I absolutely loved this novella! I enjoyed every part of it, it was a heartwarming story that left*Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World :)*
I absolutely loved this novella! I enjoyed every part of it, it was a heartwarming story that left me in a good Christmas spirit. When Trish Ackerly finds out that her childhood bully has comes back to town, she wasn't expecting to cross paths with him, but Ian Rafferty has other plants. He plans to hire her to paint the windows of his house to add just a bit more live and Christmas spirit. But what happens when he doesn't remember who she is? With this new found opportunity, Trish plants to give Ian what he deserves for tormenting her childhood. What Trish doesn't realize is that her plan comes with a consequence, and she is not going to like once she finds out just how Ian has changed.
Christine Feldman does an amazing job developing the characters in this novella, the story in general flowed perfectly. The ending tied everything together so well, that I'm really looking forward to reading more of this series. I recommend everyone to read this novella and the upcoming ones in the series, you are going love them all. :)
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All Enzu wanted was a “loving mother” for his orphaned niece and nephew, but he wasn't expectinReview can also be found at Jackie's Book World Blog :)
All Enzu wanted was a “loving mother” for his orphaned niece and nephew, but he wasn't expecting to find love in none other than someone working for him, Audrey. Audrey is desperate to find a solution to her financial problem, so when she learns that her CEO is looking for a “mother” for his niece and nephew, she is determined to teach him that he can't buy love for the two orphaned children. As these two start to spend time together, they learn the meaning of family and most of all, love.
From the very beginning, I was immediately pulled into the story, it's fast-paced and very entertaining. I enjoy reading both characters' back stories, it made the story that much more enjoyable to read. The author did a good job describing the story and tying all of the events together in the end. Although it seems like a Christmas story (from the cover), it is not. At least not until the very end, which I was completely fine with. Enzu is your typical tycoon trying to pay for whatever he wants and he is not stopping until he gets it. On the other hand, Audrey is caring and she has given up a lot of things to protect her brother. She is strong and independent women that made me connect with her even more. Overall, if you are looking for a good romance novel that is fast-paced and with a great ending I would recommend everyone to give this book a try.