Romancing the Rake

02A71A26-6631-4FA0-BD00-7742F79B0CF5How are you doing during this unique time of social distancing? Are you finding it difficult to stay at home? We are definitely having to be exercise more creativity to do things differently than we’re used to. What has been your favorite/least favorite thing about this time?

One of my favorite things is all the awesome books that have come out. This latest book by Nichole Van made my heart so happy. I absolutely loved-loved this book. It’s even better than the first in the series.

Romancing the Rake is a stellar forbidden romance, with lots of heart-tugging, tear-jerking, and nail-biting action involved as you journey along with the characters. Sophie feels invisible and overlooked. She has a scientific brain in an era that girls are looked down upon for that quality and called bluestockings. She has labeled Lord Rafe a Rakus Licentious (or something to that affect) because of his rakish ways with the ladies. She has watched him from behind the curtain at several balls and is intrigued by his instinctual habits to charm every female in the vicinity.

When he surprises her by joining her behind the curtain, she is aghast to find that she, too, is smitten by his charms—even knowing that it’s all an act. Her heart races, her body warms, and all that good stuff. But Rafe’s ducal father, Kendall, forbids his son from seeing Sophie again when he spies them spending time together at a later ball and realizes his son is falling for her. For some reason, he despises Sophie and threatens his son with his mother going to an insane asylum if he ever speaks to Sophie again.

I won’t spoil anything, but years go by and Rafe has let his dad hold him on a tight leash to keep his mother safe, giving up the woman he loves most—the only woman he’s ever loved. You’ll have to read it to see how and if they get together and what barriers stand in their way, but I will say that this book kidnapped me quite literally and I couldn’t get anything else done until I finished it. It has tenderness, heartbreak, laughter, and oh-my moments. It’s clean, yet sizzles with that tension of the heart that keeps you on the edge of your seat. SO. DANG. GOOD!!! Going on my favorites list.

Awesome Quotes

Perhaps. But at the very least, consider harnessing all your rage and molding the energy into determination for good. Otherwise, I fear the power of it will destroy your soul. You will burn on the pyre of your hatred.” Sophie to Rafe 

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Love did not need similarity of thought or interest. Love required only attention and care, thoughtfulness and generosity of soul.

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This was a great one. If you have extra time to read, consider adding this one to your list. You won’t regret it.

Stay safe and be healthy,

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Blind Dates…& Disasters

feb1Another fun surprise from my February reading. I wasn’t expecting much from this one when I grabbed it off of Kindle Unlimited. The cover didn’t really mesmerize me or anything like that, but after reading it, I fell in love. Blind Dates, Bridesmaids & Other Disasters by Aspen Hadley was a super awesome piece of chick lit. A book I would definitely read again in the future.

Rachel has been out of the dating loop for years. After she broke off her engagement to James 7 years ago, she hasn’t had any heart left to put into finding someone else. James was perfect, but she’d been a scared 20-year-old who had run when her doubts got the better of her. But now, just as she agrees to go on 6 blind dates before her roommate (James’s sister) get married, James moves back into town. But Rachel knows there is no hope there, after slamming the door on his heart all those years ago.

As Rachel goes on her blind dates, disaster after disaster happens. It’s quite hilarious all the lame dates she endures (and the funniest is that they’re all based on real dates readers wrote in about to the author. Yikes!).  Rachel figures she deserves the disasters happening to her after breaking James’s heart all those years ago.

But things aren’t always as they seem, and maybe, just maybe, a happily ever after awaits Rachel…if she just keeps putting her heart out there.

I don’t want to give anything away, but this story was a gem. I couldn’t put it down once I started it. I loved every character, the main and the side ones. It made me laugh. It made me swoon. It made me cry. I highly recommend this story if you’re longing for a great romance to make your heart feel happy.

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27 Ways to Find a Boyfriend

feb3Here’s another February read. I vacationed in Northern California last week and finished several books when we relaxed each evening in our hotel room.

27 Ways to Find a Boyfriend was a super cute chick lit. Addison and Carter are the MCs and they are adorable. Carter works for Addison’s dad as a mechanic of classic cars. Addison works there too and has had a crush on him for as long as she can remember. But her dad’s rule for all the guys who work for him is to leave his daughter alone…or they’re gone.

Carter has the chance of a life time to work on a celebrity’s fancy car restoration, but his growing feelings for Addison as she starts working on her list to get a guy threatens all his dreams. Yet, he can’t stand to sit by and watch her attract the wrong guys to her as she tries to act helpless.

This was a fun forbidden romance with lots of sizzle and witty dialogue that kept me turning the pages to get to the ending. It’s FREE on Kindle Unlimited, so check it out if you need a good read.

Also, if you haven’t already joined, check out the giveaways on my Stuck on Love FB page. Most weeks I do a giveaway and there is a birthday drawing each month. Also, I’ll be hosting characters from my books on MCMondays on my FB author page. Get to know them a little better outside the pages of the books. See you there.

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The Dear Wife

dear wifeHere’s a book (or series) that everyone should read. Seriously. It’s amazing and I can’t say enough good about this book. It delves into a deep, hard subject–pornography and how it tears apart a marriage. Yet, it’s one of the best romances I’ve ever read. That’s talent!

The Dear Wife is the last in the More Than A Wife series by Jennifer Peel. It was a beautifully told tale of true love and what it takes to hold onto that precious gift. Avery and James have been side characters in the other 2 books, but this is their story. We’ve known they lost their ten-year-old daughter four years ago, and knew something was up between this wonderful couple…but we never knew what their issue was.

The poop hits the fan in this book though when Avery discovers texts on her husband’s phone to the bookkeeper at his business—intimate texts that should be to her, not another woman. She’s devastated, but determines not to keep her silence any longer about his pornography problem that has led to this ultimate betrayal.

They separate while she tries to find herself again, and James spirals into drinking and self-destruction. She loves the man she married, but doesn’t know where he’s gone. This tragically heartbreaking love story was a skillfully woven tale of betrayal, deepest love, hard work and sacrifice to become one again and earn trust back when it’s been shattered. I couldn’t put the book down once I started. I loved these characters so much and am in awe of what this author created…a masterpiece of the heart.

Get yours today HERE.

Did you have a great weekend? I just returned from a fabulous trip to Monterrey bay area in California. It was fantastic. First time to Northern CA, and I’m now a super-fan. 🙂 Saw some redwoods (had one even fall down about a minute up the trail from us–whew–that was slightly terrifying), saw sea lions, otters, and magnificent ocean and cypress trees. I’m in love with that rocky coastline. Hope your weekend was awesome as well.

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Too cute!

my fairAh! This set of  2 shorter novels was a gem. I like this author, but didn’t know if I’d like this set, since I’m not a fan of novellas. But I was drawn in and wowed by Rallison’s writing and this turned out to be one of my favorites…enough so that I am excited to blog about it.

The first story, My Fair Lacey, is a contemporary twist on the My Fair Lady story, with the educated man teaching the uneducated heroine to speak right so she can get a loan from the bank…and if he successfully achieves his goal, he will have his doctoral thesis done as well.

Characters are Garrett and Lacey. And they were super adorable. The author did a super good job, even though it’s a shorter novel, at pulling me in to love them both and enjoy every single page of this romance. Though I knew how it would end, I had fun all the way through and totally loved it. Bravo! Continue reading

Just a BOYfriend

nr5Sariah Wilson always writes super fun romances. Her latest, Just a BOYfriend, is no exception. Lots of twisty-twists and deep-seeded demons for the characters to overcome, a forbidden romance that drives the heart crazy, and awesome characters you can’t help but love.

In this book, Bash (Ian Sebastian) returns to town. His family is excited. Everyone that is except for Ember…who unfortunately became his step-sister when their parents eloped to Vegas after dating for a month.

What Ember and Bash never told anyone was that they were once-upon-a-time secret girlfriend/boyfriend in high school…before their parents met and caught them all up in their whirlwind. But Bash moved away after Ember told him she loved him, and she hasn’t seen him for three long years. Continue reading

Fun Sister Author Team

I loved, loved, loved these two YA books I recently read. They’re written by two awesome sisters–Robin Daniels and Kelly Oram. The first book is One of the Girls by Robin Daniels. The companion book is Girl at Heart by Kelly Oram.I adored both. Here are my reviews.

One of the Girls

one of girlsThis YA romance was super cute. Nick is a second-string football player who has crushed on Mia for years. She’s the head cheerleader and most popular girl at school. She’s also a complete sweetheart and pushover when it comes to guys and her friends. She isn’t able to stand up for herself and ever say no. When her star-quarterback boyfriend breaks up with her, Nick yearns to swoop in to pick up the pieces of her heart. But he’s only an acquaintance and has no normal way to talk to her, without looking dumb or desperate. And he’s terrified of rejection. Then he gets a wild and crazy idea on how to get close to her—by trying out for the cheer squad. He’s had years of tumbling and gymnastics experience and hates sitting the bench each game. So he quits football to try out for a spot as a cheerleader…and he makes it. Continue reading