January Wrap Up and February TBR

Hey Guys,  

How was the first month of the year for you ? Even if I did not manage stick to my resolutions too much so far, I do believe my month was good and February started even better. I’ve read a few great books and for February I plan on reading even more.  

Let me give you a bit of a rundown of my January reads: 

  1. Filthy Rich Prince by Lynn Raye Harris 
  2. Detour by DD Prince 
  3. Don’t Kiss the Bride by Carian Cole 
  4. In The Penalty Box by Lynn Rush and Kelly Anne Blount 
  5. Lights Out by Kat Ransom 
  6. Fallen by K.L. Bone & Greg Wilkey 
  7. A Dark and Stormy Night by Kerrigan Byrne 
  8. Wicked Rivals by Lauren Smith 
  9. Beautiful Mess by Melody Adams 

Yes, I missed a few of the titles that I was including in my January TBR, but fear not! They will be carried over to February!  

In terms of my predictions, I was of course right about “Lights Out”. I mean, it’s Kat Ransom, it was an easy prediction. I was very wrong about “Detour”. I am still thinking about the rating, but it will be below 4. I can’t say anything about my other assumptions, since I have not finished those books yet.  

February started with some interesting reads. I plan on focusing on the ones I missed in January, but I also have some commitments for the below books:  

  1. The Elmentalist: Journey to Zlorta by S. N. Hunt 
  2. Broken by Evelyn Sola 
  3. Rise for Me by Kristal Dawn Harris 
  4. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown 
  5. Inked Persuasion by Carrie Ann Ryan 
  6. Winning the Schoolmarm by Lacy Williams 
  7. Shadow and Poison by J.B. Curry 
  8. Starlet by Sophie Lark 
  9. Tongue’s Target by K.L. Savage 
  10. Splintered Stars by Rachel Madbury 
  11. The Bridal Discipline Series by Golden Angel (5 books + 1 novella) 
  12. Cursed by Athena Floras 
  13. Miss Trust by Aubrey Bondurant 
  14. Thrasher by K.L. Savage 
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I PREDICT 5 STARS FOR… 

“Miss Trust”, because it’s an office romance and lately I’ve been loving them a lot! K. L. Savage has not let me down either, so I predict 5 stars for “Thrasher” as well, with it being book one from a new series.  

NOT HIGH HOPES FOR… 

“Rise for Me”, because it has 60 pages and it is a vampire story…. I don’t expect the plot to be very tight. Let’s see, it’s my read for this evening. I hope The Bridal Discipline Series will not become boring toward the end. The stories seem more or less the same.  

INTERESTING READ 

Definitely Brené Brown’s book is the most interesting I have in this list. I hope I will learn something from it.  

I have not added the books carried over from January, though I do plan to read them. I have a lot to do this month, so there will be 21 full days (7 are already gone).  

Until next time, Happy Reading! 

Book Review: Fallen by K.L. Bone & Greg Wilkey

 

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the FALLEN by K.L. Bone & Greg Wilkey Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 About the Book

 

Title: FALLEN (Starbound Book 1)

Author: K.L. Bone & Greg Wilkey

Pub. Date: January 5, 2021

Publisher: K.L. Bone & Greg Wilkey

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 180

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle

Sometimes, even stars must share their light to stop the darkness… 

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The dream was always the same. Stars falling from the sky, their dying screams echoing across a bleak canvas. Rosalind never imagined the horrors which plagued her sleepless nights were not dreams, but warnings of an uncertain future. Nor that her visions were shared by another.

Across an ocean, Zeke gazes at the sky each evening, helplessly watching as his beloved stars vanish from sight. Most believe these disappearances to be natural, but as the light of the night sky rapidly fades, Zeke knows in his heart, something far worse is at play.

When this unlikely pair meet, romance sparks under moonlit nights. Little do they know their union will awaken a long-dormant power which seeks to consume all within its grasp.

Together, they must discover a way to save the stars, before only darkness remains.

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This was such a fantastic read! It did not came as a surprise at all, since I’ve read (as in listened to) another book by K.L. Bone – Embracing the Dragon (review here) that was also a 5 star book. Not only it brought me closed to the stars I also happen to love, but it made me feel so intrigued and so determined to find out what is behind this strange connection that our main characters have.  

The opening scene, with the two professors debating about the Universe captivated me from the start and I started making my own scenarios about how the story would unfold. Still I was not expecting the outcome. Then we have our main characters, Rosalind and Zeke, who have so much in common. Their connection feels natural and unusual at the same time. They both love the stars, they both have the same nightmares and they both love their studies with a passion. Their dedication is impressive.  

As a Romance reader myself, I cannot but appreciate how the relationship between Rosalind and Zeke evolves and how their connection moves forward, at a natural pace. The cliffhanger killed a piece of my heart, but I am now so looking forward for the next book in the series. 

Yes, I loved it in a crazy way and I devoured every page! I hope you’ll love it just as much!  

Cover Review: I love it! I love the sky, the stars, the font, even the & between the authors’ names! It feels balanced and it is really well connected to the story!  

5 stars

 

About K.L:

K.L. Bone is a USA Today bestselling author of dark fantasy and paranormal romance. Her works include the bestselling Black Rose Guard dark fantasy series. The bestselling Flames of Kalleen paranormal romance series. The Rise of the Temple Gods fantasy series. And a stand-alone science fiction novel, The Indoctrination and numerous novellas.

Bone has a master’s degree in modern literary cultures and is working toward her PhD in creative writing at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland. She wrote her first short story at the age of fifteen and grew up with an equally great love of both classical literature and speculative fiction. Bone has spent the last few years as a bit of a world traveler, living in California, London, and most recently, Belfast. When not immersed in words, of her own creation or studies, you’ll find her traveling to mythical sites that have inspired storytellers for generations.

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About Greg:

“Greg Wilkey is a writer to watch. His three suspenseful Mortimer Drake teen vampire novels delight male as well as female readers, and Greg’s imagination, and storytelling
have enchanted fans, young and old. I applaud Greg’s immense talent and his willingness to go it alone as an indie published author. Obviously word of mouth is bringing the intrepid Mortimer Drake to new readers every day. Many a New York published writer would be grateful for Greg’s ever increasing sales.” — Anne Rice, author of Interview with the Vampire.

Greg Wilkey was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1971. He developed a love of stories and adventure at an early age. He has always loved to read and write. He graduated from college with a degree in education and began a career in teaching world languages in 1993. He spent the next 15 years as a classroom teacher of Spanish until moving into school administration in 2007. He is currently in his eigth year as an assistant principal. He was married for 21 years to the love of his life, Alicyn Melton Wilkey. She died suddenly of a heart attack on February 28, 2014. He makes his home in Chattanooga where he is the proud pet parent of three spoiled cats. Currently, he is the author of the Mortimer Drake Series of vampire books for young adults and the Neither Nor Series of supernatural thrillers starring his young hero, Edgar Flax.

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Weekly Quote #18

Hey there and Happy New Week!  

I hope you had a great weekend and that you are full of energy for the next 5 days 😊  

On my end, I’ve finished with Kat Ransom’s book on Saturday. I simply did not want to rush through it. I took my time reading all the scenes and memorizing all our character’s reactions. My review will probably be up in the coming days, so stick around to read my thoughts. Until then, here goes another quote from this great story:  

Ginny scoots toward the fire. “oh, please! No one’s shit gets fixed. That’s not how life works. You always have the same shit. It never goes away. You just learn how to live with it, how to cope. 

The entire camping scene was great, with our characters bonding and admitting a lot of their issues. Suffice to say, I cannot wait for the next book in the series.  

Enjoy your week everyone, and remember to stop by for your daily dose of bookish 😊  

Book Review: Naughty Boss by Whitney G.

Title: Naughty Boss 

Author: Whitney G. 

Published: December 15th 2016 by WGW Books, LLC 

Source: owned 

Type: e-copy 

Blurb

He definitely wasn’t supposed to get that email… 
 
Subject: My Boss. 
 
Have I already told you that I hate my boss today? 
 
Sexy as hell or not, this pompous, arrogant, ASSHOLE asked me to pick up his dry cleaning the second I walked through the door. Then he told me that I needed to take his Jaguar to a car wash that was ten miles outside of the city, but only after I needed to stand in a never-ending line to buy some type of limited, hundred-dollar watch. 
 
I honestly can’t wait to see the look on his face two months from now when I tell him that I’m quitting his company and that he can kiss my ass. KISS. MY. ASS. 
 
All those former fantasies about him kissing me with his “mouth of perfection” or bending me over my desk and filling me with his cock are long over. OVER. 
 
Your bestie, 
Mya 
 
PS–Please tell me your day is going better than mine… 
 
Subject: Re: My Boss. 
 
No, you haven’t already told me that you hate your boss today, but seeing as though you’ve sent me this email directly, I know now… 
 
Yes, I did ask you to pick up my dry cleaning the second you arrived to work to day. (Where is it?) And I did tell you to take my Jaguar to the car wash and pick up my thousand-dollar watch. (Thank you for taking five hours to do something that could be accomplished in two.) 
 
You don’t have to wait two months from now to see the look on my face when you tell me you’re quitting. I’m standing outside your office at this very moment. ( Open the door. ) 
 
No comment on your “fantasies,” although I highly doubt they’re “long over.” 
 
Your boss, 
Michael 
 
PS–Yes. My day is definitely going far better than yours… 

Check it on Amazon & Goodreads 

My Review

Oh, this is very steamy indeed!  

I was sold from the blurb. I know it would be great from the description. This was a very enjoyable read. Quick, fun and full of hot moments between our main characters, “Naughty Boss” was the perfect book to get me through my reading slump (I spoke about it more here).  

Mya definitely has a problem with her boss. Well two problems: he is very demanding and he is very attractive. Things get really heated up when her boss accidently receives an e-mail that was not addressed to him, but to Mya’s best friend. What happens next is a series of burning encounters, in which each of our characters tries to figure out the length to which they are willing to push this relationship.  

What made me devour this book was the easy writing style, with many witty lines and fun moments. The beginning was amazing, the e-mail exchange was fun to read about. I liked how Mya’s conflicting emotions were portrayed and I liked her relationship with her best friend.  

Maybe, just maybe, some of the elements in the book could have been less accentuated. For example, I believe Michael’s love life was a bit exaggerated, some of Mya’s expectations came too fast in the book. Sometimes she gives the impression of being materialistic.  

 However, I still enjoyed “Naughty Boss” and I still devoured it. It is indeed a quick read, one that I would advise reading with a glass of something cold to avoid burning out with the characters 😊  

Let me know in the comments below if you’ve read it, if you’ve enjoyed it or if you plan on reading it 😊 Until next time, happy reading!  

Cover Review: I like it! I like the mysterious man on the cover, is care-free attitude and I even like the contrast color of the title. Yup, a good one!  

About The Author 

Whitney G. is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author. Her books are currently published in over a dozen languages. 

She lives deep in the Tennessee woods and spends most of her time drinking coffee while penning dirty-talking alpha males. 

Find out more about her next project at www.whitneygbooks.com 

2020 – Goodreads Stats

Hey Guys,  

Happy Sunday! Finally I decided to accept my fate when it comes to my Goodreads statistics – a disaster. In 2020, my objective was to read and review 100 books. Well, I managed to have reviews up for 39 of them. Yes, I did read more than this, but as I was mentioning in one of my previous articles, if it not official, I am not counting it.  

39 books read, with a total of 7,072 pages, according Goodreads is still something. I mean… I could have read way less right?! (no, I am a book reviewer, I need to read more, not less).  

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This is my journey in books for 2020! 
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My shortest book had 55 pages and my longest 512 – The Raven and The Dove by Kaitlyn Davis (an amazing book, by the way – check out my review here). But wat surprised me was the average book length: 181 pages. I was expecting somewhere in the range of 230? Come on, I read medium size books…  

Most popular and least popular books are no surprise. Honestly, I did not like Reble Heir that much and Outer Space and Its Colors is indeed a weird book.  

Average rating: 4.3 stars. Let’s see if this year I am as generous (spoiler alert: I have just finished a 1 star book…) 

There are currently 7 books marked as “Currently Reading” on my Goodreads page, 6 of which are completed since months and one that I have just started. I am not considering the 6 in this statistics but here are all the other 39: 

For 2021 my goal is to read 120 books, which would mean 10 books per month in average. Seams doable. I would also like to improve my average page count and this can also be achieved, since I plan on reading at least 4 books that are more than 500 pages. Stick around to see how this goes 9I know I am curious 😀 )  

Until next time, let me know in the comments below what is the longest book you’ve read in 2020 and if you have a number of books planned for 2021.  

Happy Reading! 

Cover Reveal: Cole by Eden Summers

Finally, it’s here! From International bestselling author, Eden Summers, comes the thrilling conclusion to the Hunting Her series.

Blurb

These men don’t build bridges… They bury bodies.

I fell for the enemy. A man whose actions resembled the devil so closely it was sickening. But I learned from my mistakes.

At least I thought I had. Until I’m tempted back into his life with a case I can’t refuse.

Cole Torian needs my help. And I’m unable to deny him.

This time I voluntarily put my career on the line. Along with my safety. My heart. My sanity. I risk everything for him and his family of accomplished criminals.

But succumbing to my tormentor comes with more than a personal price. Everyone will pay for my mistakes with Cole. And not all will live to tell the tale.

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My Reading Slump: Reasons and Remedies

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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

Blurb:

 

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

 

Blurb:

 

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

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Author: Lacy Williams

Published: August 4th 2020

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

Type: ARC, e-copy

Tags: #smalltown

Blurb:

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 .

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Genre  RomanceHistorical Fiction