The Seat Filler

This celebrity romance by Sariah Wilson was pretty fun. Some parts seemed implausible to me (like the misunderstanding that tears them apart at one point), but the author did a good job at the end making you semi-believe it could happen. It wasn’t my favorite Sariah Wilson book, but I still enjoyed it a lot. She always does a great job at immersing you into the Hollywood lifestyle.

Juliet Nolan, our heroine in this one, is helping out her best friend by being a seat-filler for a Hollywood award’s night (so the venue looks at full capacity on camera). She ends up being assigned to sit next to Noah Douglas, the heartthrob bigtime actor that she’s been in love with since junior high. But when he talks down to her, thinking she’s a stalker, she tells him she’s never heard of him before and tries to knock his ego down a peg or two. The two get further tangled up later when she ends up at his house to wash his dog (she’s a dog groomer).

It’s a silly story line (yet one many people probably dream about), but this author makes it work. That’s one reason I like her books. She writes fun characters and has crazy celebrity stories, and does a decent job making you journey into the lifestyle of the rich and famous vicariously. If you want a light, fun read to take your mind off your troubles, this is a great book to do that. I definitely recommend it.

Check it out here.

Happy reading,

Love Unexpected

Don’t miss this new one by Jenny Proctor. Love Unexpected releases today and it was one of my favs. Here’s the blurb:

A famous boss. A secret identity. And a hilarious road trip to love. 

Yes. Yes, Rosie does have a crush on Isaac, her YouTube-famous boss.

Does she ever talk to him?

Absolutely not. Crippling social anxiety can do that.

But Rosie is nothing if not tenacious. Ignoring her friends’ advice to just talk to him already (Nope, that’s way too hard), she instead opts to pursue a virtual relationship with Isaac using a secret identity.

The plan is genius. Online, Rosie has social skills she’d never dream of having in person. She’s possibly even cool. If Isaac can just get to know her, he’ll see how amazing she is.

But then a spontaneous road trip throws Rosie and Isaac together, and their virtual and in-person lives collide. (Eleven hundred miles in a seventy’s era VW hatchback? What could possibly go wrong?)

Much to Rosie’s surprise, she doesn’t constantly humiliate herself. Conversation is easy, and their chemistry? It’s pretty much off the charts.

But every road trip is bound to hit a speed bump or two.

Will Rosie’s secret identity be the thing that brings them together? Or the thing that tears them apart?

My Review

Now this book focuses on a road trip. So my decadent cake rating probably should be replaced with Cherry Coke and licorice (black for Isaac – Red for Rosie). So imagine that in your mind.

This was a super-duper cute contemporary romance that I gobbled up in practically one sitting. There’s nothing I didn’t like about this story. The characters and side characters were awesome. Each has flaws, but so much goodness and worth. I couldn’t help loving them all. They became my new friends and I was cheering for all of them. This features Dani and Alex from Love Redesigned, so it was fun to see them in their HEA together as side characters. Tyler is a funny side character, and I loved Jade and Deidre and their boy Max (so cute). They were all such supportive, wise friends to Rosie—like a second family for her in a new place. The dialogue, the humor, the beautiful setting and intriguing life of a Youtuber set forth all combined for an incredibly fulfilling read. I highly recommend this one. It was adorable.

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Making the Marquess

Here’s another fun Scottish highlands romance by Nichole Van.

This story features Lady Charlotte and Dr. Alex Whitaker in a forbidden romance that will have your heart aching. Alex learns that he is next in line for the marquess-ship of Charlotte’s father’s estate who has died. But her sister’s husband, a second son of a duke, has received management of the estate until the title can be sorted out. He wants it for his son, which would mean he keeps managing it as his son is only three years old.

It’s a messy situation, to say the least. The house of lords demands that Alex—who doesn’t want anything to do with the title—come look at his holdings before he makes a final decision. He wants nothing more than to wash his hands of the whole ugly business for the three days he must be there and then get back to Scotland and his medical practice.

But…(there’s always a BUT in these kind of books—ha ha)…he is injured while out riding and laid up for a couple months at Fromme Abby where Charlotte lives. And the suspense and heart-tugging begins with a vengeance.

I really loved this story. This author always grabs my heart tight in her books and doesn’t let go. It’s a roller coaster ride, but such a fulfilling one as the characters grow and learn to listen to their hearts. I highly recommend this if you want a great Regency read with some Scottish charm weaved into it.

Favorite quote:

Loyalty, after all, was only good if those you were loyal to returned the sentiment. Otherwise, loyalty devolved into a sort of exploitation.”

Making the Marquess by Nichole Van

Check out the book HERE.

Happy reading,

Love the One You’re With

This cute book by Jennifer Peel had all the feels. If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend it (like all of her books). Here’s my 5-star review:

This is such an awesome, heart-tugging, fun story. Jake and Kasie are married and dropping their only child off to college. They married right after graduation senior year and Kasie has felt distance between her and her husband for a while now. She knows he regrets her roping him into a marriage he never wanted. He didn’t get to love the one he wanted, so he loved the one he’s with. She suggests they separate, since he doesn’t really love her anymore. He doesn’t argue, which breaks her heart even more.

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