Title: Don’t Stop Me Now
Author: Colleen Coleman
Release Date: March 22nd 2017
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit, Romance
Poppy Bloom planned to finish her PhD and walk straight into a job at her university. But here she is, unemployed, unceremoniously dumped by her boyfriend, and living back at her mum’s in her vampire-themed childhood bedroom.
Not exactly what she was hoping for.
But when Poppy sets her mind to something, nothing can stand in her way. She scores herself an internship at the hottest radio station in town, joins a netball team, and renews her friendship with her oldest friend Leanne. Spending time with Leanne’s gorgeous twin Tom is just a bonus…
But life has a way of tripping you up when you least expect it, and Poppy soon has to decide where her priorities lie… With new friends, a new career and a new romance, can Poppy keep everyone happy, or is everything about to tumble down around her?
The story follows Poppy, who has been studying her whole life, at 29 she has PhD in psychology and is ready to start working at the university, but instead of getting the job, her life changes completely in a negative way. She didn’t only lose the future job, but also a boyfriend and a friend. Poppy doesn’t have any other choice than to go back at her parent’s home. At first it looks like a really bad situation to be in, but slowly things are going upwards again. Poppy meets her old friend and her gorgeous twin brother, she joins a netball team and gets a job at a radio station.
I really enjoyed this book and loved reading about Poppy’s journey. It’s a great book about new beginnings, friendship and love. It’s definitely a feel good read and I’d recommend it to any romance reader.
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.