America’s Next Reality Star by Laura Heffernan

America's Next Reality Star

Title: America’s Next Reality Star

Series: Reality Star #1

Author: Laura Heffernan

Release Date: March 7th 2017

Pages: 256

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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SEEKING THE SMART ONE

Twenty-four-year-old Jen Reid had her life in good shape: an okay job, a tiny-cute Seattle apartment, and a great boyfriend almost ready to get serious. In a flash it all came apart. Single, unemployed, and holding an eviction notice, who has time to remember trying out for a reality show? Then the call comes, and Jen sees her chance to start over—by spending her summer on national TV.

Luckily The Fishbowl is all about puzzles and games, the kind of thing Jen would love even if she wasn’t desperate. The cast checks all the boxes: cheerful, quirky Birdie speaks in hashtags; vicious Ariana knows just how to pout for the cameras; and corn-fed “J-dawg” plays the cartoon villain of the house. Then there’s Justin, the green-eyed law student who always seems a breath away from kissing her. Is their attraction real, or a trick to get him closer to the $250,000 grand prize? Romance or showmance, suddenly Jen has a lot more to lose than a summer . . .

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Jen is jobless, homeless and newly single, but despite that she’s going to have an amazing summer, because she’s going to spend it on national TV. Jen likes the reality show Fishbowl because there are a lot of puzzles in addition to other tasks. The grand prize is $250, 000, which would be very useful for her. When Jen and other contestants arrive at the Fishbowl set, it all gets real, there are people in whom she can find good friends and people, who want her off the show as fast as possible. Will Jen win the show and get the amazing grand prize?

I’ve never read a book about a reality show and therefore it was such a unique story. I really enjoyed  Jen’s journey from the casting until the end of the show. I liked that there was such a colorful cast of characters and enough tension, drama and romance, but not over the top silliness that can be found in reality shows on TV. I also liked the fact that there were a lot of mental and physical challenges and the plot was not wholly built on the relationship between the characters. While reading the book I thought I knew what the ending might be, but it totally surprised me in a good way. All in all I found the book entertaining, well written and a pleasure to read.

 

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Maybe This Love by Jennifer Snow

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Title: Maybe This Love

Series: Colorado Ice #2

Author: Jennifer Snow

Release Date: May 30th 2017

Pages: 304

Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Sports

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THE GAME OF HIS LIFE

Hockey player Ben Westmore has some serious skills—on and off the ice—and he’s not above indulging in the many perks of NHL stardom. When a night in Vegas ends in disaster, he realizes two things: 1) it’s time to lie low for a while, and 2) he needs a lawyer—fast. But the smoking-hot woman who walks into his office immediately tests all his good intentions.

Olivia Davis doesn’t need anyone derailing her career—or her dreams of starting a family—least of all a skirt-chasing player like Ben. But soon he’s unleashing a full-court press to convince her that he’s the real deal. She’s slowly falling for his sweet, rugged charm, but with so much on the line, Olivia has to decide whether Ben can truly change—or if he’s just playing the game.

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Ben is a professional hockey player, who has skills on and off the ice. He knows he can have any woman he wants and quite often he takes advantages of it. When he suddenly hears what he had done on New year’s Eve, he’s in big trouble and needs a lawyer to take care of the situation. He’s not a big drinker, but a moment from his past hit him hard and drunken night out led to a mistake he never meant to make. Olivia is a divorce attorney for professional athletes and she’s worked hard to get where she’s now. Concentrating on work didn’t leave time for her personal life, but being in her 30-s, she longs for a family, especially because she doesn’t have any family members herself. When Ben and Olivia meet there’s instant chemistry, but considering the circumstances, they just can’t be together at the time. Fate on the other hand has other plans and they start to bump into each other and as they spend more time in each other’s present, feelings are starting to develop.

It was my first book by Jennifer Snow and even though it’s the second book in the series it can be read as a standalone. I really enjoyed this book and I definitely want to read about the other Westmore brothers. It’s a well written book that makes you devour this sweet romance. It has a great storyline, characters and romance. I loved seeing both main characters open up to each other and working through their issues towards the ir happily ever after. I’m really happy I decided to read this book, because I found a new author whose work I enjoy.

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Just for the Holidays by Sue Moorcroft

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Title: Just for the Holidays

Author: Sue Moorcroft

Release Date: : May 18th 2017

Pages: 400

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit

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In theory, nothing could be better than a summer spent basking in the French sun. That is, until you add in three teenagers, two love interests, one divorcing couple, and a very unexpected pregnancy.

Admittedly, this isn’t exactly the relaxing holiday Leah Beaumont was hoping for – but it’s the one she’s got. With her sister Michele’s family falling apart at the seams, it’s up to Leah to pick up the pieces and try to hold them all together.

But with a handsome helicopter pilot staying next door, Leah can’t help but think she might have a few distractions of her own to deal with…

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When Michele asked her sister Leah to come along with her family to a vacation, she hesitated a bit, but decided to go. Michele and her husband are getting divorced, but with two teenagers, she needed her sister to be there for everyone’s sake. In France Leah is thrown into a situation she never expected-her sister is pregnant and went away for a while with the father of her child while Leah has to take care of the rest of the family. As one situation happens after another, there’s one thing that brightens Leah’s days and that’s a handsome neighbor Ronan, who has a teenage son himself. How’s the vacation going to continue and what happens afterwords they leave France?

It was my first book by the author, but definitely won’t be my last, I really enjoyed the writing style and how the characters and the setting was brought to life. It shows a real family with real issues and how life is with teenagers. It’s a great summer read that whisks you away to France. If you like emotional family story in a gorgeous setting it’s a great book for you.

Sex in the Sticks by Sawyer Bennett

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Title: Sex in the Sticks

Series: Love Hurts #1

Author: Sawyer Bennett

Release Date: May 2nd 2017

Pages: 245

Genre: Romance, Contemporary

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Valentine French may be the sassiest dating columnist in New York City, but the abundance of metrosexuals in her adopted metropolis is seriously cramping her style. Where are the beefy all-American boys? Hoping to find some inspiration, Val heads to Alaska, where the men outnumber the women fifteen to one and wrestle grizzly bears for sport. Or so she can only imagine. Suddenly the most eligible bachelorette in a town full of horny lumberjacks, Val is writing her best columns ever. But if she doesn’t get her nose out of her laptop, she just might miss out on Mr. Right.

Logan Burke is the sheriff of the little podunk town that Val finds so charmingly backward. He’s not that different from the guys she’s using for her little experiment; it’s just that one date would never be enough for Logan. As he listens to Val complain about love over beers in the local tavern, he realizes that she can’t see the forest for the trees. Because if she would ever give up her Prada bags and fourteen-dollar martinis, Logan would give her the only luxury that matters: his heart.

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Valentine is a dating columnist whose blog is successful, but lately she’s lacking inspiration, because she is getting tired of the same type of men in New York City. When her cousin suggests that she should go to Alaska to find dating inspiration there, Valentine quite likes the idea, especially because there are more men than women. When she arrives in Alaska she meets Logan,a local sheriff and Valentine realizes the life there is not what she had expected. Valentine and Logan couldn’t be more different, but sparks are flying from the first moment they meet. Is the spark going to last, when things get tough between them?

It was really fun and entertaining read, I very much enjoyed the location in Alaska and the characters, who didn’t fall flat at all. I didn’t like Valentine very much at first, but throughout the book I warmed up to her. I can’t say the same about Logan, he was a great hero from the beginning. Overall I enjoyed it and I’m excitedly waiting for the second book in the series.

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It Happened on Love Street by Lia Riley

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Title: It Happened on Love Street

Series: Everland, Georgia #1

Author: Lia Riley

Release Date: April 25th 2017

Pages: 368

Genre: Romance, Contemporary

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The most romantic place she never wanted to be . . .

Pepper Knight moved to Everland, Georgia, as step one in her plan for a successful legal career. But after this big-city gal’s plans go awry, going home with her tail between her legs isn’t an option. So when the town vet-and her sexy new neighbor-offers Pepper a temporary dog-walking job, she jumps at the chance. No one needs to know that man’s best friend is her worst nightmare . . . or that Everland’s hot animal whisperer leaves her panting.

The last thing Rhett Valentine wants is to be the center of small-town gossip. After his first love left him at the altar, he’s been there, done that. These days, life is simple, just the way he likes it. But sultry southern nights get complicated once sparks fly between him and the knockout next door. When she proposes a sexy, secret fling-all the deliciousness and none of the prying neighbors-it seems too good to be true. And it is. Because Pepper’s determined to leave Love Street, and when she goes, she just might take his heart with her . . .

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Pepper moved to Everland for a job position that was actually given to somebody else before she even got to the town. Pepper is in a new town without a job, but luck seems to be on her side, when she bumps into a local vet Rhett, who offers her a job. Being a dog walker is not something Pepper would have wanted, especially because she is afraid of dogs, but there’s not much of a choice. There’s chemistry between Rhett and pepper since they met, but because of Rhett’s past, he wants to keep things rather private. Pepper didn’t plan on staying in Everland, but after meeting Rhett can she actually leave  him and the town?

It was the first book by the author and enjoyed this small town romance. I liked how things progressed between Rhett and pepper and the cute dogs. It offered several lough out loud moments, but it wasn’t very believable how easily Pepper got over her fear of dogs. Overall it was a sweet story and I definitely want to read the next book in the series.

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Spring at Blueberry Bay by Holly Martin

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Title: Spring at Blueberry Bay

Author: Holly Martin

Release Date: April 7th 2017

Pages: 353

Genre: Chick Lit, Romance

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Welcome to beautiful Hope Island where the sea sparkles, the daffodils are blooming and a blossoming romance is just around the corner…

Bella has always had a sunny outlook and caring nature, despite recently falling on hard times. When she finds a handsome homeless man on her doorstep, her kind heart tells her she must help him. So, she invites Isaac into her cottage and into her life in ways she could never have imagined…

But Isaac is not what he seems. He’s keeping a huge secret from Bella, yet he never expected to fall for this open, generous and charming woman.

Bella can’t ignore the chemistry between her and Isaac, but she’s had her trust badly broken in her past. Will she run when she learns the truth about Isaac, or will he be the one man who can help Bella believe in love again?

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Bella recently lost her job due to a scandal she actually had nothing to do with and now she is hoping to get a new job at the homeless charity Umbrella Foundation. Bella is hard-working,creative, determined and caring and when a homeless man appears at her door, she doesn’t hesitate to help him. Right from the start there’s a spark between them, but Isaac has a huge secret, which can change everything. Bella and Isaac both have had difficult times in their past and it has resulted in not trusting other people. When Isaac’s secret comes out, can Bella and him make it work?

It’s another great book by the author and once again I really enjoyed reading about the characters and the setting was terrific as well. I liked how close everyone were and how much they cared for one another and how attentive they were. It was a heart-warming story that made me laugh out loud at times. I had a great time reading this wonderful book and I’m eagerly waiting for the next masterpiece.

 

The Secrets of Ivy Garden by Catherine Ferguson

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Title:The Secrets of Ivy Garden

Author:Catherine Ferguson

Release Date: April 3rd 2017

Pages: 368

Genre: Chick Lit, Romance

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When Holly breaks up with her boyfriend Dean, she’s at a loss as to what to do next. But things go from bad to worse when her beloved grandmother Ivy dies – and Holly is left in charge of sorting out Ivy’s house and garden. As she sorts through her grandmother’s belongings and makes her way through the wilderness outside, Holly soon finds that there is more to Ivy than meets the eye, and uncovers a surprising family secret that changes everything…

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When Holly’s grandmother dies, she has to go to Appleton to sort the cottage out and then she wants to put it up on sale. When she is going through her grandmother Ivy’s things, she finds her diary, which tells her things she didn’t know about, but can really affect her life. Holly is trying to solve the mystery that surrounds the diary and also take care of Ivy’s garden that was very important to her grandmother. Holly didn’t intend to stay in Appleton for a long time,but unexpected events kept her there longer. While taking care of everything, Holly gets closer with locals and also meets two guys, who’ll have very different yet important part in her life. Will Holly solve the mystery and find the right guy for her?

It was my first book by the author and I really enjoyed it. I found all the characters likeable and realistic and the mystery was very well written, I didn’t have a clue until the very end. It’s a great book to read during spring/summer time.