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.

And so begins the story of whether they can resurrect their love or not. It’s a great tear-jerker, but with enough comedic relief through a reality TV show to give you some laughs as well. I always love Peel’s books, and this was no exception. Super touching love story and character growth (my favorite part of a book).

Happy reading,

All’s Fair in Love & Blood

You all know how much I love Jennifer Peel’s book. Her latest is no different. I keep falling in love with each new book she releases and think it will be my new favorite…until her next one. Ha ha. I didn’t know what to think when I saw this title. My first thought was: “Ew. Blood?” I wondered if it would be a vampire book, but nope! All’s Fair in Love & Blood is a solid contemporary romance. Here’s the blurb:

They are both out for blood, but could it end in love?

Scarlett Armstrong and Kane Hudson have a tangled past involving not only their families but their own failed love affair. Now, eight years later, to make things more complicated, they’re both in the running to become the next CEO of Scarlett’s family’s business, Armstrong Labs, a privately held blood plasma company. It all comes down to who presents the best business plan to the board of directors.

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In Name Only

Here’s another deep, heartwrenching romance by Jennifer Peel. Warning: This one was very emotional. Midstory, I couldn’t contain my tears. She made me feel as if I was living Dani’s and Brock’s story…and it was a sad one. My heart was tugged all over the place and put through quite the wringer.

This covers some very sensitive subjects of PTSD and miscarriage. Don’t go into this thinking it’s a light, fluffy romance. This one has so many layers to wade through  with deeply emotional and complicated relationships, among not just the MCs but the side characters. I love character depth, and this one fulfilled that craving.

This story stunned me, leaving me breathless with awe. It’s one I will definitely reread. This is the kind of story that leaves me a better person after I finish reading it, by teaching me more empathy and mercy, without ever preaching a sermon. This is the kind of story I am always searching for, and am so happy when I find, because I know it will live in my heart forever, helping me make better decisions every day.

If you haven’t read any of Jennifer Peel’s book, you’re missing out. Start today to remedy that hole in your life. 🙂

Here’s the Amazon link: In Name Only by Jennifer Peel

Happy Reading.

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. Continue reading

My Not So Wicked Boss

mynotThis Giveaway is closed. Congrats to Sarah B, Samantha, and Denise for winning a copy of this ebook. Hope you enjoy. 

Have you read any of Jennifer Peel’s books? Or all of them? Ha ha. If you read one, you might get addicted and have to read all. Just a warning. Her Not So Wicked series has been a super fun set of books to read. This latest one was so yummy. (Can you tell I’m hungry? I should probably go eat a cookie instead of talking about books, but priorities.) I have to share this one with you, because it was just fun-fun-fun.

MY REVIEW

My Not So Wicked Boss was fantastic. This forbidden celebrity romance features Aspen, who has been a man-hating side character in other books. She meets best-selling author Miles Wickham (who happens to be her favorite author ever), who goes by a pen name, and he asks her to quit her bank job and work for him as his nanny for the little boy he has “inherited” and as his personal assistant. Continue reading

My Not-so Wicked Ex-Fiance

IMG-1487This was amazing! I gobbled it up in one day—just took a break from my own writing to splurge on Peel’s latest. And I don’t regret a second. 😊 This romance feast had everything I loved—clean sizzle, a heart-tugging plot that made me grieve with the heroine for much of the book, and spectacular Southern characters with grace and charm I adored. Peel’s good at making me gain long-lasting friendships with her characters, and Ryder and Shelby are some of her best yet! And the chemistry between them—sizzling hot. I loved seeing Emma in here from her last Wicked book, and can hardly wait for the next one in this series that will feature Aspen.

Short non-spoiler summary of this book is: Shelby escaped to Colorado in the last book when she was shown pics of her fiancé cheating on her with another woman. When she learns that he’s moving to her same city to open a new dot.com business, she wants to die. It’s been a year since she saw Ryder, and her heart can’t stand to see him again…because she still hasn’t gotten over him. Ryder is ticked when he sees Shelby. He’s still bitter about how she ran and left him without even a goodbye…or an address. Or a reason for breaking off their engagement. And the story begins. Dum-dum-dum! And it’s a wild ride I enjoyed the whole way through. I hope you get to enjoy it, too!

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My Not So Wicked Stepbrother

newbookHere’s another great book I read last month. My Not So Wicked Stepbrother by Jennifer Peel. I’ve read all of Jennifer Peel’s romances. She will probably always be one of my top favs!!! The start of her new Not So Wicked series was so much fun! I’m looking forward to reading more of these! Here is the summary:

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Loveless is more than a name, it’s a curse.

I, Emma Loveless, have a destiny. It’s not the greatest of destinies, but when you have a name like Loveless, what can you do? I’m cursed to always be the friend, never the girlfriend. Unless you count my love affair with Duncan Hines, Dr. Pepper, and the ever-lovable Pillsbury Doughboy. Continue reading

Great Reads

If you need ideas of books to read for the holidays, here are six I’ve enjoyed in the past couple months. Also, you can look back at previous posts to see highlights of other books I’ve already featured. There has been a lot of good reading this fall. I hope you have good books to read as well!

The Secretive Wife by Jennifer Peel

z5This might be my new favorite by this author. Seriously, this book had so much emotion and mystery pulling me deeper into Delanie’s life. Delanie is married to Peter, an ex-priest who is the sweetest, purest man on earth. Peter’s mom despises her new daughter-in-law, and makes Delanie’s life most miserable when she unearths her secret (a famous secret). When the news hits the tabloids and national media, Delanie’s and Peter’s blissful marriage is shattered by paparazzi, rabid fans, and nasty haters wanting their 5 minutes of fame in exchange for spreading lies. Delanie’s worst fear—that of losing her husband—is one more secret away from happening.

I inhaled this story. It’s a literary feast. The characters are phenomenal—so deeply layered and complex…and Delanie and Peter are one of my favorite couples ever!!! I can’t recommend this one highly enough. It’s SUPERB! Continue reading

Narcissistic Tendencies

nar***This giveaway is over: Winner is Emilee!!!

Today I have a fun treat for you. The 3rd book in the Dating by Design series by Jennifer Peel–Narcissistic Tendencies–was so good that I want to give the 1st book away to a lucky commenter. So read all about it, then leave a comment at the end if you’d like a chance to win Book 1–His Personal Relationship Manager.

Each of the books have been so awesome…and witty. This one pairs up Kate, Binary’s Dating Service’s resident psychologist, with Nick Wells, an over-the-top handsome, egotistical movie star. When Nick signs up for Binary’s matchmaking services, Kate questions whether that is wise. The man seems like a total narcissist to her. And she should know since she’s dealt with one up close and personal before. Her boss asks her to be his Relationship Manager, which she is loathe to do. But her job is on the line. So Kate tries to do her best. But when Continue reading

Beastly Second Chances & Slaves

NOTE: That title is NOT a name of a book. Unless you decide to name your next book that. But Beastly Second Chances & Slaves is a hodgepodge of three books I’ve recently read that went in my FAV bucket. So put on your flip flops, because I’m taking you wading through books today. (Pretend you’re at the ocean since it’s summer).

Second Chances in Paradise by Jennifer Peel

seconPeel is one of my favorite go-to authors. Thankfully, she writes quickly and keeps my sweet romance tooth satisfied. This is a first love-second chance trope set in a gorgeous beach setting in Paradise, Alabama.

Holland is a brilliant scientist working on her doctorate degree. She comes from a rough background where she never felt any love from family or those who should have cared for her. She’s always focused on her studies to fill the emptiness within her. Except for a summer she spent working at the Claibourne hotel in Paradise when she was in high school and met Porter, the owner’s son. He taught her how it felt to be loved…before he broke her heart and she fled Paradise forever.

Circumstances (aka, a friend’s wedding) bring her back eight years later…and she meets Porter again for a Continue reading