Happy New 2021

Happy New 2021!  

A new year, new beginning, new chapter in the big book of life – that’s what we all say!  

Take a moment to remember all the good things that 2020 offered you, however small and insignificant they may be. Bad things are there so that we can appreciate the better ones more, right?  

I wish you all a 2021 filled only with goodness and kindness, with joy, with love and energy to accomplish your plans and fulfill those new year resolutions (we all make them, even if we don’t admit it). To all the bookish community out there, here’s to many great books!  

Happy 2021 Reading!  

2021 Bookish Resolutions

Another year has passed. After all the good and the not so good that 2020 has brought us, it is time to look forward with confidence and determination. 

Yup, I have started this article like a politician 🙂 as you all have seen, I have not been on top of my game in 2020. I would like to blame it all on my job, but if I am honest, it was not only that (it does play the major role though). In the end, it doesn’t matter. My blog still stands, my love for reading is there and it is a powerful motivation.  

So I am very anxious to start the new year with new goals which I plan to achieve (this time) 🙂  

  1. Be organized: finally I have found a tool (OneNote) that is extremely useful for what I have in mind and I have been using it for a while. I want to keep using it and be more organized.   
  2. Be more active on social media: as I was mentioning many times, the bookish community is amazing. Every time I interacted, I was met with kindness and I love that. I love having a group of friends with whom to talk about books.  
  3. Read 100 books: according to my reviews posted on Goodreads, I have read way less this year. I know there are many books I have finished but not reviewed, but…if it’s not official, I am not counting it here. So  I intend to read and review officially 100 books. For the record, my Goodreads goal is 120.  
  4. Lear more about beta reading and editing: beta reading is something that I like doing and it is also something that at the moment I am doing without a defined structure. I have a plan drafted, but it needs improving. As for editing, it will help my own articles and it will help my beta reading. No harm in learning more. article_break
  5. Have better diversity in my articles: my blog is mainly focused on reviews. Well, I want more. I want to discuss characters, themes, chapters, spoilers… there is a lot more I could write about and I want to do it in 2021. I want us to talk more and I want you to get the best from my blog. 
  6. Be more involved in the bookish community: this is where I say that I want to be more involved in readathons and bookish challenges. I said that last year too and …. didn’t happen. 2nd time is the charm? (Hopefully I don’t have to wait until the 3rd)  
  7. Promote more (books and authors): I read a lot, this is clear. But I talk very little about the books and some of them deserve a lot more than just a review. 
  8. Try to read more Fantasy: I used to love YA and Fantasy, but I got so wrapped up in Romance that I forgot about anything else. This needs to change. Slowly and with courage, but it needs to change. 
  9. Post daily: I have a lot to write about, so the ideas are there. I need to invest more time, I need to go back to point 1 of this list and also follow point 10.  
  10. Stick to the plan!  

Reading is amazing. It has been one of my anchors in 2020 and it has been my refuge for the last 9 years at least. With this in mind, let’s start the first TBR from 2021 – subject for my next article.  

Until next time, let me know below what are your reading goals for 2021 as I would love to know 😉 Happy Reading! 

My Reading Slump: Reasons and Remedies


Hey guys, 

I’ve been MIA for a while, longer than expected or intended. Unfortunately work became unbearable these past couple of months and I was struggling opening up a book, or even touching the keyboard to write. I’ve stressed myself to a point I was not able to rest (and I still do) and no book could help me forget about it.  

So I’ve experienced the most awful reading slump I’ve ever had to deal with. I could not, for the love of God, find a book to keep my interest longer than 3 minutes. After the first few pages, I would switch to a game similar to Candy Crush. My mind would not allow me to focus on anything else. Psychologically, it was painful and it still is. I know I should seek professional help in these situations and I am very aware that with every emotional crisis it gets harder to come back, but so far I can still face them.  

After slowly recovering from this ugly phase, I have a few advices that worked for me and that maybe would work for you as well: 

  1. Admit you have a problem: this is the beginning of any healing process. I admitted I had a problem concentrating on my reading which, initially fueled my stress levels even more. E-mails were  piling up, deadlines were not met. I was a failure! Ok, fine. What was I going to do about it? I took a step back and decided to ride the wave for a while.  
  2. Keep reading: it may not be the next book on your TBR, but at least continue reading. I read articles online and even a non-fiction book. I read cooking books, magazines, anything that would keep me connected to reading 
  3. Start doing something else: draw, play games, do random stuff. My sewing classes kept my mind away from my reading slump and thus I avoided becoming even more pessimistic or absorbed by it. 
  4. Watch Booktube: believe me, this actually works. You may not be in the mood to read a book or to read book reviews, but hearing someone else talk about books or show off their recent purchases is great! It made me so eager to buy books and talk about them. My favorite booktubes became my inspiration. And I will talk about them soon on my blog.  
  5. Start planning your comeback: it doesn’t have to be strong, it doesn’t have to be all at once. Plan, write articles and see how that go. So far, for me it looks good.  

Well my friends, this is all I wanted to share with you at the moment. Reading slumps are ugly as hell, mental blockage is ugly as hell, but there are some simple steps to take to find the light again. Let me know in the comments below how did you deal with your last reading slump, if you have experienced one, and how long it lasted. 

Until next time, Happy Reading! 

Book Review: Office Grump by Nicole Snow

Title: Office Grump Office Grump by Nicole Snow

Author: Nicole Snow

Published: November 13th 2020 by Ice Lips Press

Source: Received in exchange for an honest review

Type: e-copy



My “interview” with bosshole supreme was anything but normal.

He picked the worst day ever to chase me off my favorite park bench.

I retaliated with a spray of cinnamon latte all over his Italian shoes.

Then—for some unholy reason—Magnus Heron offered me a job.


Even his name sounds like a piece of work.

Guess what? He is.

But when you’re single, broke, and barely surviving in Chicago, you hop on the gift horse offering a six-figure salary and ride.

I picked the stallion on a one-way trip to hell.


It’s not the impossibly long hours working under Grump-zilla.

It’s not the fact that he’s snarly, demanding, horribly rich, and chiseled.

It’s not even the pesky way he makes me blush every flipping time we’re together.

Mag is my boss. I’m his lowly assistant. Some rules are carved in stone.


That’s my mantra until we’re sharing a sunset too beautiful for life.

Alone with wandering lips, whispered secrets, and disaster in the making.

The plan was simple: punch the clock, get paid, and keep hating my boss.

What’s the blueprint when the office grump brings me to my knees?


Full-length enemies-to-lovers romance with the banter, intrigue, and slow-burn love worthy of a Happily Ever After. The bossman from Hades meets the hellion he totally can’t stand—until he can’t live without her.


Check it on Amazon & Goodreads


My Review

This was such an amazing read! I loved this book with all my heart and I would reread it times and times again. It made me laugh, it made me immerse completely into the story and the romance was very very good.

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">Sabrina is all that Magnus needs from the first pages. After another failed job, she finds herself accepting the position of Assistant CEO at Heron Communications, precisely for the arrogant guy she meets in one of her worst days. Little did she expect to make an impression on THE Magnus Heron (of whom she knows nothing about). With no experience in such an important position, she is determined to succeed and face the crazy hours her boss asks from her. As for Magnus, he is constantly fighting his attraction for the best assistant he ever had. Still, things have a way of getting out of control.Sabrina is all that Magnus needs from the first pages. After another failed job, she finds herself accepting the position of Assistant CEO at Heron Communications, precisely for the arrogant guy she meets in one of her worst days. Little did she expect to make an impression on THE Magnus Heron (of whom she knows nothing about). With no experience in such an important position, she is determined to succeed and face the crazy hours her boss asks from her. As for Magnus, he is constantly fighting his attraction for the best assistant he ever had. Still, things have a way of getting out of control.

When it comes to the action, this is a slow-burn romance. Our characters have time to know each other and to win watch other’s confidence. If Brina is closer to an open book, Magnus has sides he is not willing to shed light upon so easy.  She is so determined to prove her worth and to prove to her boss she can be a trusted employee. I loved this about her. I loved the way she kept her professional attitude (for the best part of the novel) and how she did not let Magnus push her around. I admire Magnus as well, for the way he manages his business and how he manages to keep the respect of his employees.

At some point, things change between them. All it takes in one small step and a beautiful sunset. But Magnus has to let the past go and also he has secrets to face. If Brina will be there for him personally and professionally… it remains for you to uncover.

Indeed, there are moments of miscommunication, she is sometimes acting like a spoiled child. Her best friend as well. But these items make this book a little less dull and a little more fun. And I had fun.

Suffice to say I read it in one sitting (yes, one sitting! ) I could not put it down. It’s addictive and heart-warming. I hope you’ll enjoy it at least as much as I did.

Until next time, Happy Reading!

Cover Review: I am not such a big fan of the cover. I see Magnus a bit less … gentle. I would have preferred a more “corporate” cover.

Favorite Quote: I have so many to many to mention here, but I’ll stick with:

“Garlic wards off evil spirits and vampires. Like my boss, for one.”

About The Author

Nicole Snow is a Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author. She found her love of writing by hashing out love scenes on lunch breaks and plotting her great escape from boardrooms. Her work roared onto the indie romance scene in 2014 with her Grizzlies MC series.

Since then Snow aims for the very best in growly, heart-of-gold alpha heroes, unbelievable suspense, and swoon storms aplenty.

Current fan favorites include her Enguard Protectors series, accidental love novels, plus long beloved MC romance thrillers like the Grizzlies and Deadly Pistols.

Find more about Nicole here:

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Book Review: A Favor for a Favor by Nat Chelloni

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Author: Nat Chelloni


Published: August 28th 2020


Source: received from the Author in exchange for an honest review


Type: e-copy




A time for love can’t be more deadly…


Julia Leonardi thought she put her past behind her. The widow of a mobster, all she wants is to steer clear of the criminal elements. Then she meets Domenico Bonacci…


Dom is handsome, charming, and intense. The world knows him as a prominent businessman, but Julia sees him as everything she fought to escape.


Once the scion of a powerful Mafia family Dom left the world of organized crime after his father’s death. And he swore he would never go back.


No matter how hard she tries, Julia can’t seem to ignore the powerful spark of attraction between them and her growing feelings for him. But when Dom’s shady past catches up with him, the two forbidden lovers find themselves trapped in a deadly game.


Will Dom renege on his vow and lose the woman he loves, or he will manage to break free of his past for once and for all? 



Check it on Amazon & Goodreads

My Review

I was mentioning in one of my previous reviews that I have not read as many mafia romances as I would have liked. Well, I was lucky enough to receive a copy of “A Favor for a Favor” from the author and what a great read it has been! I was captivated from the opening scene and I could not put it down. It was an addictive read.

The story is told on the third person, from our main characters’ perspective. This was refreshing and somewhat help me have the full picture. Julia has done her best to be as far away from the Mafia world as possible. After losing her husband in mysterious ways, she is now focused on making her business a success. However, a family incident brings her to Domenico Bonacci’s club. Their first encounter is fiery, to say the least, with both characters trying to act as bold as possible. True emotions will quickly come to light however.

I loved how Julia and Dom interacted, but especially how he was trying to mix his own affairs with convincing Julia of his feelings. I would divide the story in two parts. The first one is mixing romance, action and politics with Dom being on top of both. I see him as the center of the book, with Julia being more of a love interest. The second part is centered more on the political side. Both parts are entertaining and kept me on the edge.

As much as I loved the characters and the plot, I must mention that it was a bit difficult to keep track of all the families and connections. It would have been easier having like a genealogy tree with each member belonging to which family or fraction. At some point I was a little lost among all the political interests. Another thing that made me decrease my rating was the ending. For how well the biggest part of the plot was developed, I would have expected a more complex ending, with more action.

Overall, this was a great debut novel. Nat Chelloni is a fantastic writer and I cannot wait to read more from the series. I think I have an idea of who we will have next, but let’s see if I’m right 🙂 Keep your eyes out for this book, as well as the next ones, I’ll sure be doing that 🙂

Until next time, happy reading! 

Cover Review: Here is where I may have an issue. I am not very fond  of the cover. It does remind me of old mafia movies but it’s too much like those old ones. Dom is the center of the cover, Julia comes in a small corner – I would expect her to be at his side though. The colors are aligned and create a balanced image.

4 stars

About The Author


Nat Chelloni is a TV personality, a screenwriter, a film critic, an avid book reader across all genres, and now a published author of a debut novel A Favor For a Favor.

Book Review: Cowgirl Next Door by Lacy Williams

Title: Cowgirl Next Door (Sutter’s Hollow #3)53710575. sy475

Author: Lacy Williams

Published: August 4th 2020

Source: Received from the author, in exchange for an honest review

Type: ARC, e-copy

Tags: #smalltown


She’s a reminder of everything he lost.

He can’t escape the darkness.

Unlocking the past can only end in heartbreak.

Cancer stole everything from Jilly. Now she’s taking her life back by force, choosing an unconventional path to motherhood, and gambling it all to purchase the farm she’s always dreamed of. Her reclusive neighbor might be a jerk, but that’s a minor problem. Until her foster kids turn it into a major problem…

Noah likes being alone. It’s safer that way. But his new neighbor—who happens to be his former rival—has no boundaries and it isn’t long before she starts stirring up his past—a past that’s better left forgotten.

Check it on Amazon & Goodreads

My Review

The third and final book in the Sutter’s Hollow series is the best, in my opinion! I read these books in the same month and now all the pieces fall together in a beautiful complete picture. Finally, we get Jilly and Noah’s story and I am so happy the author decided to bring them together.

Both have scars from their past but, while one is trying to move forward and create a future, the other is stuck in a place that can provide a limited comfort. It takes three misbehaving children to give a little push in the right direction.

The story is one full of emotion. Jilly has had to deal with cancer and, after surviving is battle, she now wants to continue her life and adopt the three little (not so) angles that are currently living with her. Noah, on the other hand, still deals with the consequences of an accident that happened years ago, the accident that took away his sight. He lives isolated from the world and refuses contact with almost everyone. Their connection is so beautiful and the way their relationship evolves feels so natural. I really really enjoyed this book!

The author addressed three important themes with this book: we have a cancer survivor that learned to cope with her illness. We have Noah’s sigh issues and we how he learned to adapt and live a life as close to normal as possible. Additionally, we have the adoption of the three kids and how they try to adapt to a new home, struggling to attach themselves or not to their new potential family. Throughout all these themes there is an optimistic tone in just the right amount.

I must mention the only thing that made me give 4 stars to this book. And it’s the same reason I decreased my rating in the previous ones also: I don’t think that Noah received the proper closure for the accident. I believe this conflict (it’s not a real conflict, more like a turning point in our main characters’ lives) was not resolved for cord, Callum or Noah.

Overall, I definitely enjoyed “The Cowgirl Next Door” the most from the series. It’s a book with a lot of emotional baggage, that deals with significant themes, but with a lovely love story. The entire Sutter’s Hollow series has beautiful stories and it’s a great series if you want to relax with three beautiful couples.

Cover Review: I like the cover. We see the consistency with the small-town background, even if I would have imagined Noah and Jilly a little different. But overall, I like it.

About The AuthorLacy Williams

Lacy Williams wishes her writing career was more like what you see on Hallmark movies: dreamy brainstorming from a French chateau or a few minutes at the computer in a million-dollar New York City penthouse. In reality, she’s up before the sun, putting words on the page before her kids wake up for the day. Those early-morning and late-night writing sessions add up, and Lacy has published fifty books in almost a decade, first with a big five publisher and then as an indie author. When she needs to refill the well, you can find Lacy birdwatching, gardening, biking with the kiddos, or walking the dog. Find tons of bonus scenes and reader extras by becoming a VIP reader at www.lacywilliams.net/vip .

Website  http://www.lacywilliams.net

Twitter  lacy_williams

Genre  RomanceHistorical Fiction

Book Review: His Small-Town Girl by Lacy Williams

Title: His Small-Town Girl (Sutter’s Hollow #1)52647791. sy475

Author: Lacy Williams

Published: May 12th 2020

Source: Received from the author, in exchange for an honest review

Type: ARC, e-copy

Tags: #smalltown


She’s sweet and wholesome. And hiding something.

He’s back home, resurrecting old ghosts.

One of them is going to get hurt.

Molly arrives in Sutter’s Hollow out of gas and out of options. The rundown ranch seems like a perfect place to hide. Except the man who owns it seems just as dangerous as what’s chasing her.

Cord’s mantra growing up? Get out of Sutter’s Hollow. Now he’s back in town, but only long enough to get rid of his grandma’s ball and chain—the ranch. He doesn’t need a complication like Molly, who reminds him of an injured baby bird. He’s no protector. So why can’t he tell her to get lost?

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My Review

Finally I start a series at book 1 and finally I can tell you I did manage to complete all the three books in the same period! Lacy Williams is amazing at creating characters and developing back stories and my love for this series increased with each title.

Book one in the Sutter’s Hollow series focuses on Cord and Molly. He is back in town to sort out some family affairs – selling his grandmother’s ranch and she is running from her past. Well, actually Cord is trying to run from his past in a way. What he actually wants is to finish the renovations of the ranch, sell it and be done with it. He is not in town to make friends or to reconnect. Still, when he sees Molly, he immediately understands there is something wrong – sleeping in her old truck, scarred.

They have a connection which Cord is not willing to admit for most of the book. Molly may seem a bit nosy, as she constantly tries to fix something, weather this something is a truck, a tractor, his life or lifestyle. There is also a bit of an age gap and I like that it is also visible in how the characters act. Molly feels a bit like a teenager sometimes and this gives Cord the breath of fresh air he needs.

Both characters have an intense and interesting past, but Cord’s story is the one that is continues throughout the series, as it affects not only him, but also the other characters that we will read about in books 2 and 3. When he speaks about that difficult night and when he finally has the courage to let it all out, it’s like a weight has been lifted. The atmosphere in the book changes, if you can understand what I mean.

I loved “His Small Town Girl”. It’s an easy and sweet romance, noting on the tense side of the Romance genre. Yes, I think the romance happened a bit too fast and yes, maybe there was not a big enough conflict here, but it is a great book to pass some time, it’s a great town and it speaks about new beginnings. Give it a chance 😉 4 out of 5

Cover Review: It pains me to say I do not like it that much. I like the small town image in the background, I like the colors and the font – it’s all optimistic. But the lady on the cover seems not to belong there somehow. The idea of the book is not necessarily a small town girl. It’s more than that. He is also a small town guy so… ? Title and cover vs content – may be not that great.

Favorite Quote: “It’s okay for you to not be okay”

About The AuthorLacy Williams

Lacy Williams wishes her writing career was more like what you see on Hallmark movies: dreamy brainstorming from a French chateau or a few minutes at the computer in a million-dollar New York City penthouse. In reality, she’s up before the sun, putting words on the page before her kids wake up for the day. Those early-morning and late-night writing sessions add up, and Lacy has published fifty books in almost a decade, first with a big five publisher and then as an indie author. When she needs to refill the well, you can find Lacy birdwatching, gardening, biking with the kiddos, or walking the dog. Find tons of bonus scenes and reader extras by becoming a VIP reader at www.lacywilliams.net/vip .

Website  http://www.lacywilliams.net

Twitter  lacy_williams

Genre  RomanceHistorical Fiction

Weekly Quote #16

Hey there my lovely readers and booklovers! 

A lot has bren going on in the last month or so since I have not posted. Suffice to say that work kept me away from the things I really enjoy doing and it threw me off balance for a big while. I’ve been doing my best to combine my three main activities (work, book blogging and sewing) and it takes a lot of effort. Still I am not willing to give up, so here I am, with new reviews and new articles.  

Even if my reviews and my articles have not neen posted, I can tell you that I did read A LOT. It keeps my thoughts away from work issues and since those thoughs seem to be more frequent, I also need my “medicine” more often.  

For this week the quote that I am proposing is from “Shook” by Sonya Jesus. This is book 1 from the Internet Famous Collection and it is an interesting retelling of Cinderellla.  

“Mom always says life isn’t meant to be counted by the tears we cry, just the smiles.” 

The reason why I have sellected this particular line is because regardless of how hard sometimes life may get, we should always keep our eyes focused on our target. Happiness is in each small thing around us, we just have to look closer to see it. Stay positive, keep a smile on your face and make time for the people and things you love.  


Until next time, Happy Reading! 

Book Review: Brutal Price by Sophie Lark

Title: Brutal Prince (Brutal Birthright #1)54278218. sy475

Author: Sophie Lark

Published: July 15th 2020

Source: Received from Give Me Books in exchange for an honest review

Type: ARC, e-copy

Tags: #mafiaromance


He’s No Prince Charming…Callum Griffin is the heir to the Irish Mafia. He’s ruthless, arrogant, and he wants to kill me. We got off on the wrong foot when I set a (very small) fire in his house. Our families believe a marriage pact is the only thing that will prevent all-out warfare. I think I might need to murder him while he sleeps.

This would all be a lot easier if Callum wasn’t so damned good-looking. But I’ve got a lockbox around my heart. Because even if I’m forced to marry him…

I could never love a brutal prince.

“Brutal Prince” is the explosive first act in the epic “Brutal Birthright” series. It’s a stand-alone Dark Mafia Romance, complete with HEA and no cliffhangers. It contains blazing hot bedroom scenes for mature readers only!!!

Check it on Amazon & Goodreads

My Review

After a long, long time of reading mostly Romance, it’s strange to admit I have not read as many mafia romances as I would have expected. That’s too bad because a mafia romance, if properly written, can be wonderful! Such was the case for “Brutal Prince”!

Let me start my review by saying I want more from this series and from this author! This book is addictive, regardless of its few flaws. Aida and Callum come from the same mafia scene, but their sides have different tactics. Forced to marry after Aida accidently started a war between their families, the two need to work together, or at least learn to tolerate each other. However, neither is willing to give up.

Aida comes from a family that represents the Italian Mafia. She enjoys the comfort of her world, her home and her brothers. Being forced to live now with Callum and his family takes her out of her safe zone. So she attacks. She pushes his limits and comes back with an even stronger replica. I loved their banter and I loved seeing Aida step up and impress the living soul out of everybody.

Callum, on the other hand, is surrounded by people he does not particularly like, but needs.  He is not at all interested in small talk but understands the importance of connections. He believes having money and a position of influence in society are the most powerful weapons. Still, his rigid attitude and his inability to connect beyond politics are his weakest points. Aida complements him and that is something painful to admit.

 Their attraction was well described in the book, but at some point sex became like a drug they both needed and I am not sure I liked how it was all illustrated. One of the scenes I really really felt uncomfortable reading was after a house incident involving guns – I completely felt a bit grossed. Also the admission of love came too sudden. I wanted to see Callum as a true mafia prince and based on the tile, I thought he would be more dangerous, but most of the other characters contributed to his success more than he did. He felt more like the front guy of an operation, not its leader.

To summarize, I really loved the book (despite my previous negative comments). It kept my interest from chapter to chapter  and it was hard to put down. I am anxious to read the other books in the series as well as any other book by Sophie Lark, If you are a mafia fan, this book may seem mild and too focused on politics, but it’s a great read nonetheless. 4 out of 5 stars.

4 stars

Until next time, Happy Reading!

Cover Review: I love the cover and I love this guy’s look. Also, the fonts combination in the title is suggesting the opposites. Yup, I like it! But by comparing the cover to the content, I still believe the cover gives up too dangerous vibes.

Favorite Quote: “Trust is rarer than love. It’s putting your fate, your happiness, your life in someone’s hands. Hoping they keep it safe.”

About The AuthorSophie Lark

Sophie Lark is an Amazon Bestselling author who writes intense, intelligent romance, with heroines who are strong and capable, and men who will do anything to capture their hearts. She lives with her husband, two boys, and baby girl in the Rocky Mountain West.

She has a slight obsession with hiking, bodybuilding, and live comedy shows. Her perfect day would be taking the kids to Harry Potter World, going dancing with Mr. Lark, then relaxing with a good book and a monster bag of salt and vinegar chips.

Website: https://www.sophielark.com


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Book Blitz: Dating Mr. Darcy

Dating Mr. Darcy
Kate O’Keeffe
(Love Manor Romantic Comedy Series, #1)
Publication date: August 25th 2020
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Romance

Is it a truth universally acknowledged, that a girl must compete on reality TV to win a modern-day Mr. Darcy’s heart?

Clothing designer Emma Brady is having serious doubts about how far she’ll go to promote her new activewear line. Sure, being on a reality show would be great for business, but is putting up with Mr. Darcy-wannabe Sebastian Huntington-Ross really worth it?

Sebastian is straight out of an Austen novel. But it’s hard to focus on his chiseled jaw, broad shoulders and wickedly sexy accent when all Emma can see is his pride, arrogance, and smug demeanor.

But Sebastian has a secret reason for being on the show, and when Emma figures out what it is, her heart warms to him—without her permission.

Will Emma hold fast and keep the aristocratic Sebastian at arm’s length? Or will she put her reservations aside when the lines between reality and “reality show” start to blur?

Goodreads / Amazon


How on this sweet Earth did I get myself into this position?

I’m not talking metaphorically or spiritually or anything like that here, you understand.

Oh, no. I’m being much more literal.

Right now, I’m all alone in the back of the limo, whizzing through the outskirts of Houston on my way to some ranch out in banjo territory. I’ve managed to remove my mic, which was a feat all its own, and now I’m wrangling with my Timothy leggings. With an almighty effort, I pull them up to my thighs, my dress bunched up under my chin. Ever bunched up a sequin dress under your chin? Not comfortable.

As the car turns corners, my task becomes increasingly complex. Just when I scoop my butt up off the seat to pull the leggings up, the car turns, and I go crashing into the door. Luckily it’s firmly shut or I’d be splattered across the road somewhere.

By the time I’m halfway done, I’m hot and sweaty and panting like I’ve gone three rounds in the ring with Muhammad Ali. Or some other boxer from this century. (Fighting’s so not my thing).

My leggings finally in place, I heave a sigh of relief. Time for my Timothy top. I pull my sequined dress over my head, only for it to get snagged on my hair.

I tug at the dress. It pulls at my hair but it holds tight. I tug again. This thing is not budging.

The car begins to slow. I peer out the smoky glass window and see a large house at the end of the long drive. It looks like a ranch in the middle of nowehere.


Panic begins to set in. I need to get this darn dress off and pull on my T-shirt over my strapless bra, and I need to do it now.

As the car slows to a stop, I yank on the dress, hard, only to cry out in pain as my hair refuses to untangle itself from the many sequins.

I hear a car door thud closed and know the driver is about to walk around to open my door.

No! We can’t be here already!

Think, Emma, think!

In just my leggings and strapless bra, my dress acting as some sort of weird hair extension, I’m not only going to be the laughing stock of the nation, but I’m sure the Mr. Darcy wannabe will send me home before he can say “that one was totally cray cray.” Penny’s and my dream will amount to nothing.

With probably less than about three seconds to go before the driver reaches my door, I ditch the near-impossible hair issue and focus on getting my top on. I grab it out of my clutch and loop one leg through, then the next. With a strength that would impress Wonder Woman herself, I yank the top up over my thighs, and begin to loop an arm through one side. So far, so good. All I’ve got to do now is loop the other arm through and …

The next thing I know, the wall I’m leaning up against gives way and I fall backwards out of the privacy of the limo and land with a thud on my butt.


As my butt meets the hard, unforgiving ground, the wind is instantly sucked out of me and the pain sears. Trying to regain my balance, my legs flail in the air like I’m some kind of insect that can’t get itself back up. At least twelve different cuss words erupt from my mouth. Cuss words my mother would blush to hear me say.

Everything goes quiet around me.

Smooth, Emma. Real smooth.

“Well, that was quite an entrance,” a voice says.

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