Title: The Valentine Quest
Series: Love at the Chocolate Shop #5
Author: Melissa McClone
Release Date: February 2nd 2017
Pages: 278 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Keep your competition close…and your heart even closer.
When Nevada Parker travels to Marietta, Montana, she anticipates enough peace and quiet to finish her PhD dissertation. Cupidville turns out to be anything but quiet. In fact, it looks like Valentine’s Day—her least favorite holiday—exploded all over the small town.
Among the sea of red hearts, “Be Mine” signs, and pink, pink, pink, Nevada spots a flyer for a multi-day race called The Valentine Quest. The grand prize—a luxury tropical vacation—would be the perfect welcome-home gift for her brother who’s leaving the military.
Dustin Decker sure could use a break from giving city slickers sleigh rides. Even with a bum knee from his bull-riding days, the race’s grand prize is as good as his—until he realizes he needs a partner if he wants to win.
He makes a strategic pact with the prim, bookish Nevada. But with a kiss, their unlikely alliance turns into something more…and soon, racing isn’t the only thing on their minds. As the finish line nears, they must decide if the grand prize is worth more than what they’ve found together…or if one of them will walk away empty handed—and brokenhearted.
Nevada travels to Marietta, Montana to stay with her sister and write the PhD dissertation. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and the town is covered in all sorts of decorations for the day. Nevada doesn’t like Valentine’s Day because of the events that happened in the past. Her sister works at the chocolate shop and that’s where she finds out about the multi-day competition called Valentine Quest. Nevada decides to participate, because the grand prize is luxury tropical vacation to Fiji and she would like to give the prize to her brother, who is leaving military very soon. While visiting her sister at work she meets Dustin, who is also interested in the competition and as other people compete in couples, they decide to unite their forces to win the whole thing.
It was a sweet small town story that takes place around Valentine’s Day. I adored the setting and found the competition part really interesting. It was a heart warming story and the whole series seems to have the same nice tone to them. It’s more fun to read the series in order, but each story stands on its own very well.
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Two Christmas books and one steamy book, liked them all!
I was suppose to start Bayside Desires a while ago, but haven’t had right time to listen to the audiobook, so I’m really hoping to start it this week. I’m quite excited about Don’t stop me now, it sounds really good and it’s another new to me author! 🙂
Title: The Office Christmas Party
Author: Aimee Duffy
Release Date: November 24th 2017
Genre: Romance, Christmas
Natalie Taylor and Dean Fletcher are serial Christmas party crashers. But when they start crashing the same parties…the mittens come off and the sparks fly!
As much as she loves Christmas, after her mother’s death, events planner Nat can’t face the jolly season anymore. So to get her festive hit she crashes everyone else’s party. It’s a sweet gig, until she meets her competition, tech empire millionaire, Dean, under the mistletoe…!
When it comes to relationships, Dean doesn’t do serious—being left at the altar will do that to a guy. So when he meets feisty Nat, the first woman in ten years to pique his interest, he’s tempted to break his one-night rule…just for the holidays!
Nat and Dean might get more than they bargained for in their stockings this Christmas!
Natalie is party planner and due to her work she has the access to holiday parties. Dean is an IT software developer and he as Natalie has the access to the parties due to his work. This season Natalie and Dean are both alone, when they crash the parties, usually both of them had their bestie with them. When Natalie and Dean meet at the same parties they crush, they know that it’s one more party-crasher than expected and start pranking each other.
I really liked the party-crashing concept, it’s something I haven’t read about before. I also liked how the main characters met and how playful and creative they were. It’s a great book to get cozy with during the wintry and/or festive season.
Title: Off Limits
Author: Clare Connelly
Release Date: February 1st 2018
Genre: Romance, Erotica, Harlequin Dare
“I want to taste you tonight.”
With chemistry this hot, it’s worth getting burned…
Billionaire Jack Grant is totally off-limits to Gemma Picton. He’s wild, deliciously dangerous…and her boss. When working late turns X-rated, it’s better than her wildest imaginings—and Gemma’s imagined a lot! But Jack has major emotional baggage, so when Gemma starts wanting to heal his heart as well as enjoy his body, she knows she’s in big trouble…
Gemma is Jack’s assistant and knows exactly what kind of a man Jack is, when it comes to women. After losing his wife, Jack has been having meaningless affairs with lots of women, but he’s also attracted to Gemma. When passion takes over them, Jack starts to open up about his past and their relationship becomes more meaningful. Even though they get closer to each other, Jack’s past is still holding him back, but Gemma is not going to let him play with her. Can Jack finally let go of his past?
It was my first read by the author and Harlequin new line. It has two strong characters, great banter and a lot of steamy scenes. It’s a quick and fun read and I really liked it, especially the second half of the book.
Title: The Little Village Christmas
Author: Sue Moorcroft
Release Date: October 9th 2017
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit, Christmas
Alexia Kennedy – interior decorator extraordinaire – has been tasked with giving the little village of Middledip the community café it’s always dreamed of.
After months of fundraising, the villagers can’t wait to see work get started – but disaster strikes when every last penny is stolen. With Middledip up in arms at how this could have happened, Alexia feels ready to admit defeat.
But help comes in an unlikely form when woodsman, Ben Hardaker and his rescue owl Barney, arrive on the scene. Another lost soul who’s hit rock bottom, Ben and Alexia make an unlikely partnership.
However, they soon realise that a little sprinkling of Christmas magic might just help to bring this village – and their lives – together again…
Alexia is an interior decorator, whose current job is to transform the village pub to a community cafe. It’s a really important job for her future career. When a builder steals the money and the materials, she is devastated. The whole village had helped to raise money for the project and now it’s all gone. Alexia is determined to make it work and as a handsome man Ben is lending a hand, there might be a chance to make it work. Alexia and Ben’s first meeting didn’t go the way they expected, so the project might be the best place to get to know each other better.
It was a compelling and heart warming story. I enjoyed reading about the close-knit community, friendship and the romance. It was my second book by Sue Moorcroft and I’ve loved both books, can’t wait to read the next one. I’d surely recommend this book to anyone, who likes romance, animals and wonderful village life(at Christmas time).
Series: Redemption Harbor #1
Author: Katie Reus
Release Date: July 11th 2017
Genre: Romantic Suspense
She faked her own death…
Skye Arévalo left the CIA and faked her death to protect Colt Stuart, the only man she ever loved. Months later, a brutal kidnapping draws her to infiltrate a dangerous cartel. Just when she thinks she’s home free, things go horribly wrong and she escapes with bloodthirsty enemies on her heels…only to find herself face to face with a bewildered and angry Colt.
He’ll cross every line to save her…
When Colt, a former Marine, finds out the woman he loved betrayed him, he’s shocked and hurt, but it doesn’t stop him from breaking every law on the books to keep her alive. Unfortunately, it might not be enough to stop a powerful enemy who will do anything to see Skye dead.
Colt is a former Marine, who got a clue that his friend’s wife Mary Grace might be alive in Mexico and he decides to go and rescue her, if it’s true. On the mission he learns that somebody else is also rescuing Mary Grace and to a surprise it comes out that it’s his partner Skye, who had faked her own death months ago. Colt had been devastated by her death and wants to know what happened. When Mary Grace eventually tells what made her act the way she had, they have to figure out how to save them all from a big disaster.
It was a suspenseful and romantic page turner of a story that I thoroughly enjoyed. It’s not a genre I’ve read a lot, but it sure is genre I want to read more. I liked the friendship between the characters. They would’ve done anything for each other, that’s how tight their bond was. I found the writing style and pace really good and I’m definitely going to continue with the series.
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