Review: How to walk away by Katherine Center

★★★★★

Margaret finally found her dream job and her boyfriend is just about to ask her to marry her. Until her perfect fairy tale is ripped off of her. Just a few hours after the proposal she’s in a hospital bed, paraplegic! While her brand new fiancé is drowning himself in sorrows and alcohol. The only good thing going on for her is Ian, her physical therapist, who seems to be the brightest thing in her darkest time!

So, I have a problem: I deliberately feel the character’s pain. It’s just something that I can’t help. So imagine me reading a book about a woman that just lost her ability to walk and the man who wanted (note the past tense)!

I kid you not, I’m the biggest fan of a good romance story but what kept me going in this book was Margaret’s tragedy. This was one hell of an emotional rollercoaster! I think this is the kind of book that everyone should read from time to time for a reality check. Because contemporary romance is pretty much all ladies’ dreams nowadays even though they’re not always true.

“It’s the trying that heals you”.

So, real-life conversations aside, this book is perfection! Absolute perfection! The writing style is really enjoyable. You get so much of Margaret’s feelings and thoughts without boring and long descriptions! Honestly, my first book by Katherine Center and I’m already a fan! And then the story is so different and so real! With so many problems that a family can go through and the many blessings that you have without even realizing!

Also, because I know you want to know this,  there is a man involved too! And no, I’m not talking about her supposed-to-be-future-husband, I’m talking about her physical therapist! Who is a very much asshole in the beginning but ends up warming up to Margaret (if you know what I mean)!

“You’re standing,” he said. “You’re smiling”, I said.

Overall this is a pretty serious story with some serious lessons even though it goes hand in hand with a cute tale! So go ahead and read it!

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Review: Taking Chase by Lauren Dane

★★★★

Cassie Gambol is looking for a new life. A new town, a new job and a new place with new people. So she moved to Petal, Georgia, and the sheriff looks mighty good! Which would be a good thing if she wasn’t still recovering from the years of domestic abuse that she went through with her ex-husband because, all demons aside, she wants him bad!

Cassie is a strong character. She’s the kind of person who wants to do it all on her own, refusing any help and if I’m honest, that was kind of annoying sometimes but at the same time, I guess independence is something you would want after trusting a man with your life and end up alone and close to dead.

On that note, she’s still fighting her demons when it comes to men. She’s not comfortable around them and has a hard time trusting them. Which is understandable. So I think it was really sweet the way that Shane always tried to reassure her that he was nothing like her ex.

Regarding Shane, he’s the man that you all ladies would want at home so nothing to say here but, the book’s description mentions an ex-girlfriend that cheated on him and how that still affects him. Honestly, I don’t think this point was actually made because he’s not that “traumatized” as the book’s description makes you believe, ok? It’s just not that big of a deal for him, at least that’s what it looked like to me.

Now, let’s take a moment to appreciate the funniest character of the book which is Shane’s mother. I think she was the sugar to this bittersweet story! She’s always really funny and perky with that wisdom that you only get with age that makes us young (young people!) feel dumb sometimes!

Overall, the story is good but the plot is not that remarkable because, let’s face it, we all know that her ex is coming back and we all pretty much know how that’s going to end. So no surprises there. Anyhow, I think this could be a cute yet serious addiction to your TBR since it can be read as a standalone.

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CHASE BROTHERS SERIES:

Giving Chase (Chase Brothers) by [Dane, Lauren]Taking Chase (Chase Brothers) by [Dane, Lauren]Chased (Chase Brothers) by [Dane, Lauren]Making Chase (Chase Brothers) by [Dane, Lauren]

Review: Until there was us by Samantha Chase

Until There Was Us (Montgomery Brothers) by [Chase, Samantha]

★★★★

Alex and Megan shared a passionate weekend two years ago, but things didn’t work out at the time: long working hours and long distance were more than they could take.
Since then, they never saw each other or so much as exchanged texts. But they never stopped thinking about the unforgettable weekend that brought them together in the first place.
Now, Megan has moved to Portland, Alex’s hometown, to work with her cousins for the family’s business crossing their paths once again.

So, obviously, this is a second chance romance. Two years ago Megan’s mind was always on her work. She lived for her job and didn’t have the time for a relationship with Alex. Or with anyone else for that matter. But now things are different because she’s working with her family who won’t let her work until the wee hours.

Besides that, Alex is persistent. He’s confident that what they shared was special so he’s trying his hardest to show her that there’s more to life than work. So they start off by being friends: hiking together, driving around so Megan can meet her new town… they basically do everything they can to spend time together, as friends!

And we all know where that leads them! This a sweet romance rather than a steamy one. In the beginning, the storyline progressed really slowly thanks to Alex’s efforts that would go on for way too long in my opinion but, overall,  I would describe this book as a light and cozy read that you can enjoy in two days time!

Although the book features the entire cast of the Montgomery Brothers Series, this book can be read as a standalone.

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Review: One way or another by Colleen Coleman

One Way or Another: An absolutely hilarious laugh out loud romantic comedy by [Coleman, Colleen]

★★★

Katie wants to be a chef. And when the opportunity to work for one of her idols comes up, she doesn’t need to think twice. She was always hardworking so this doesn’t scare her. What scares her is having her ex-boyfriend, the man that still has her heart, competing against her to get the same job as her.

On Goodreads, the book’s title os “One way or another: a totally uplifting laugh out loud romantic comedy”. Well, I wouldn’t exactly call this a romantic comedy. It didn’t find it that funny and the romantic part is also doubtful, but I’ll get to that in a sec.

Now, what I agree on is the “uplifting” part. The book really is great on that side! It shows Katie’s struggles, how she worked hard for her dreams and how the first failure is not proof that you can’t do it!

Regarding the writing style, it was ok. Sometimes the descriptions were a little too long but the book actually has plenty of dialogues and dynamic scenes, so it worked out well. It’s also really fast-paced, or actually not! Ok, let me rephrase that: it is fast-paced when it comes to her career but not so much when it comes to her personal life. Which leads me to my problem with this book.

I’m not gonna lie, I’m here for the romance and this book left me hanging! I like cuddles, and the chase and the unforgettable love and this book has none of that! Her love life is definitely not the most important part of the book. So you’re only looking for some hearts and flowers (like me), this is probably not a good choice for you.

Anyhow, if you’re looking for a handful of life lessons and you’re content with a pinkie of love (handfull – pinkie, see what I did there?!), I would say this is a great choice for you.

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Review: The wedding date by Zara Stoneley

The Wedding Date: The laugh out loud romantic comedy of the year! by [Stoneley, Zara]

★★★★

Samantha has a problem: her best friend is about to get married. No, that’s not the problem. The problem is that the best man is her ex who cheated on her and whose new girlfriend is now pregnant.

She really doesn’t want to go, but she really has to, so she needs to do something to not look like she’s still thinking about her ex. Something like getting a new boyfriend, even if it has to be a pretend one.

I know what you’re thinking: “this is such a cliché”. Well, let me tell you it’s not. I know that she paid him to pretend to be her boyfriend and I know that this fake relationship thing already happened in about 1001 books, but this is different! Because this is funny as well!

Samatha’s character covers two sides of the same coin: the insecure one and the funny one. Regarding the first side: Sam is way too self-doubting with next-to-none self-esteem. She’s mostly conscious about her body, always thinking she’s fat when she’s actually not that bad. On the bright side, she’s so so funny. She’s kind of hysterical when she gets nervous so there were some babbling moments and incoherent sentences that had me laughing really hard!

Jake is the epitome of kindness! He’s always right by Sam, always trying to protect her from her ex and reassure her that she’s beautiful and not the ugly thing that she thinks she is. He’s also an actor and a good-looking one so I guess that’s all you need to know about him!

The wedding happens in Scottland so expect a Scottish setting with lots of kilts!

Oh! Almost forgot! There’s a puppy too! Which was kind of a problem at first but turned out being a good addition to the story!

The only thing that I would have liked to see was a stronger connection between them because for the most part of the book they fall on the friend-zone quite often which kind of deflected the way I saw them as a couple!

Overall, I liked it! There were no tough subjects or heated scenes so I would recommend this as a very fun and chilled read to brighten up your day!

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Review: The boy and his ribbon by Pepper Winters

The Boy and His Ribbon (Ribbon Duet Book 1) by [Winters, Pepper]

★★★★★

Ren was sold for cheap labor to the Mclarys, a family that branded kids the same way they did cows. He endured true hell for two years until he decided to run away on his own. Or so he thought because on his backpack was Mclarys’ baby with a blue ribbon.

She was the enemy but he couldn’t take her back and have her turning into someone like her parents who he despised so much.

So he would raise her on his own, like a sister!

“Because I had nowhere to go, no guarantee of survival, and a baby reliant on me for every tiny thing.”

If you’re a fan of Pepper Winters’, you already know that you can’t expect what she’s about to do. Forget it, you won’t be able to predict anything! She’s completely out of the box and unpredictable. And this book is just one more proof of that.

The only thing that I didn’t really enjoy was the prose. The descriptions were so long and so many. But, besides that, all gold stars!

The story goes back and forth in time from the time they ran away to the present day which are 18 years apart. So when they ran away, Ren was ten years old and Della was just a baby, but by the end of the book (which is the present time) he’s reaching his thirties and she her twenties. The book has both POV’s: the present time it’s only in Della’s POV but the past is in both.

There’s a lot to this story, the major thing being a brother and sister falling in love! Now, technically they’re not brother and sister since they’re not blood-related but I understand that their situation might be controversial for some people (not for me though).

I was mostly blown away by the child logic in this book and by how well created these characters were! Winters goes to such detail when he comes to their experiences as humans growing up. As I said before you will go through their teenage years, when they’re experiencing periods, first kisses and hormones and sex which are all things that people know about in school and at home, but for kids that grew up in the middle in the jungle, those were all unknown subjects. Like, the first time someone told them it was Christmas day, they didn’t know what that meant!

“My heart stopped with how perfect she was. How smart. How kind. How brave. I’d never look at the color blue again without thinking of her. I’d never hold another ribbon again without wanting to hold her.”

Besides the magnificent technical job that Winters did with the characters, there’s also another thing that’s equally magnificent: their love. Their simple, and humble and true love as a brother and sister! Their affection was the sweetest thing to witness. Della saw Ren as her idol. The man who did no wrong and that would do anything for her! In return, she was his heart and soul!

Okay I’m done! The book is overall freaking amazing and I can not wait for the next one! Yes because this book ends with a freaking cliffhanger!

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Review: When Bruce met Cyn by Lori Foster

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★★★★★

Cynthia Potter, twenty-two years old, has been on her own since she was seventeen. She ran away from a bad life only to get herself into something not really that much better. But she survived, and that’s all that matters. That was all that ever really mattered, until she met Bruce.

Bruce Kelly is used to taking care of people. And that’s something that Cynthia is not used to. But when her past starts to get really close to her happy present, she has no other way than to stay close to the kind of man that she always wanted but never met.

I know I’m late to the party because this is my first book of the series but this is not my first Lori Foster’s book since I’m a huge fan of good ol’ Foster (she’s not old, she’s just really good at what she does)!

So, what’s with all the fuss about this book? Bruce is a preacher! Yes, a preacher or a minister or whatever you want to call it. Now, I don’t know how it works where you live, but where I’m from, a preacher is just that, a preacher. He can’t have kids, or marry or so much as think of a woman the wrong way! So it is kind of expected that some people absolutely hate this book. But between you and me, do I hate it? Hell no!

Want more? Cynthia is an ex-hooker. She was a hooker for five years in order to survive. Did she like was she was doing with her life? No, but she didn’t have any other option either.

So, besides a relationship between a preacher and an ex-hooker, another subject that might bother some of you is the age gap. She’s twenty-two whilst he’s already thirty-five and counting. So, if any of this is something that’s out of your comfort zone, this might not be the ideal book for you.

My opinion? Honest to God, contemporary romance books are currently being done like printer paper: all the same except dimensions (length in this case). So how do I feel about this book that has, not only one, but three topics that are so different? I feel like Lori Foster just blessed us all! Besides what I already mentioned there’s also some mystery involved along with the ol’ good hot romance we all love!

Each book of the series feature different couples, so even though they’re all friends or even blood related, you don’t need to read the other books to read this one! But if you already did, then do yourself a favor and read this one two so you can revisit some of your favorite characters!

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    Jamie (Visitation Book 5) by [Foster, Lori]