A Stardance Summer by Emily March

A Stardance Summer

Title: A Stardance Summer

Series: Eternity Springs #13

Author: Emily March

Release Date: June 27th 2017

Pages: 320

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Sometimes the end of one road
Brick Callahan enjoys every minute of chaos at his campground, Stardance Ranch, especially after the Tornado Alleycats arrive for an extended summer stay. The members of the all-female glamorous camping club are primarily seniors—active and adventurous, friendly and fun. But when he discovers Liliana Howe frolicking with the glamping grannies in a late night skinny-dipping session, he fears he’s in for a summer of trouble. Because his best friend’s kid sister has grown up to be drop-dead gorgeous.
. . .is the start of another

Betrayed by those she trusted, Lili decides she’s put her career first for too long. She sells her practical sedan, buys a travel trailer, and heads to Eternity Springs for a summer of rest, relaxation, and reassessment as the newest member of the Alleycats. The last person she expects to find running an RV resort is her high school crush. Their undeniable mutual attraction is a reminder that life is full of surprises. But when the past comes calling, will their summer romance stand the test of time?

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Lili decides to go to Eternity Springs for the summer to get away from all that went down back at home. She joins the all female  camping club called the Alleycats. Lili has spent all her life doing what others expect her to do, but now she’s had enough and she wants to do what makes her feel happy and alive. She wanted to spend a fun summer at the RV resort, but when she finds out who is running the RV resort, she’s more than surprised because it’s her high school crush Brick. Lili and Brick were teenagers back then, but now years later as adults there’s a mutual attraction. Is it now the right time for Lili and Brick to be happy and in love?

It was my first book in the series and I really enjoyed reading it. I definitely want to read more from this author in the future. I liked how that there was a glimpse to the main characters teenage time and then how things progressed in the present. It was a sweet, feel-good novel – perfect for the summer time.

The Cotswolds Cookery Club -A taste of Italy by Alice Ross

The Cotswolds Cookery Club A Taste of Italy

Title: The Cotswolds Cookery Club – A taste of Italy

Series: Cotswolds Cookery Club

Author: Alice Ross

Release Date: July 21st 2017

Pages: 180

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit

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Rating: four-stars

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…where the ingredients to happiness are found.

Connie has had enough. Enough of the city, enough of her job – and most importantly, enough of her cheating husband! So, when her best friend jets off to sunny Australia and calls on Connie to house and dog-sit, the timing couldn’t be more perfect.

When Connie arrives at the gorgeous Cotswolds getaway, she can’t resist opening the doors to the town, offering up cooking lessons – and a lot of wine! Cue the three – very different – women who respond to Connie’s cookery club advert. But it’s soon clear they will need more than a glass of wine to overcome their problems…

Can Connie conjure up the right ingredients to help her new friends? And with two gorgeous men thrown in the mix, Connie may have just ended up with a recipe for disaster!

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Connie’s life isn’t  going the way she would like it to go, she’s enough of her cheating husband, her mother is constantly reminding her that she’s not getting any younger and her job is very solitary. When her friend calls and offers Connie to house sit for six months, she happily agrees. Connie enjoys being in Cotswold and when she gets the idea to start a cookery club, local women are really supportive of the idea. For the start there are three other members in addition to Connie herself-village shop owner Eleanor, local vet Kate and a housewife Melody. Their lives are quite different, but cooking and the cookery club unites them. In a new place for Connie, there certainly has to be someone special to make Connie’s heart beat faster. Connie spends quite a lot of time with the young builder, but clearly it couldn’t be more than just a hot fling, but there’s this other man, who is very intriguing, a man called Max.

It’s the first book in the series and it was wonderful, it’s packed with interesting characters, delicious food and a great setting. There’s great build up for the following installments and I’m very much looking forward to learn more about the characters, especially as it ended at a very interesting part.

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Maybe This Summer by Jennifer Snow

 

Maybe This Summer

Title: Maybe This Summer

Series: Colorado Ice #2.5

Author: Jennifer Snow

Release Date: July 11th 2017

Pages: 224

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports

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Rating:four-stars

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Always a wingman . . .

Owen McConnell is used to being ignored. After all, it’s only when he appears as the Colorado Avalanche’s team mascot that he gets all the attention. When the costume is off, women tend to gravitate toward his famous hockey player friends. But after he meets lovely, damaged Paige Adams, he knows he can be the star player for her. She’s raising funds for the hospital burn unit, and Owen’s determined to help her out—and sweep her off her feet.

The burn unit has been near and dear to Paige’s heart ever since the doctors helped her after a vicious attack. Yet the scars—both emotional and physical—haven’t faded as much as she’d hoped. She’s closed herself off from relationships, and the thought of opening up is terrifying. But Owen’s sexy charm might be just the push Paige needs to start loving again.

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Owen is an ex-hockey player, who is now the team’s mascot and also the team’s promotion manager. When Owen and his friend Ben go to a local hospital to meet the woman, who is raising funds for the hospital burn unit, it’s the first time Owen and Paige meet. Paige is a victim of a vicious attack and working in a burn unit is something really close to her heart. She’s been avoiding dating since the attack, but ever since she and Owen meet there’s an attraction between them, but it takes time for Paige to open up again. Are Owen and Paige ready to leave the past behind and be happy in the present?

I absolutely adore this series, I wish it didn’t come to an end soon. Even though it’s a novella, it didn’t feel rushed to me and the romance between the main characters came quite naturally, it was packed with a great story and characters and worked all together really well. I had a great time with this book and I’d definitely recommend this series to anyone, who likes sports romances.

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The Summer House by Jenny Hale

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Title: The Summer House

Author: Jenny Hale

Release Date: June 9th 2017

Pages: 282

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romance

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Some summers will stay with you forever…

Callie Weaver and best friend Olivia Dixon have finally done it: put their life savings into the beach house they admired through childhood summers, on the dazzling white sand of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. They’re going to buff the salt from its windows, paint its sun-bleached sidings, and open it as a bed and breakfast.

Callie’s too busy to think about her love life, but when she catches the attention of local heartthrob Luke Sullivan, his blue eyes and easy smile make it hard to say no. He’s heir to his father’s property empire, and the papers say he’s just another playboy, but as they laugh in the ocean waves, Callie realizes there’s more to this man than money and good looks.

Just when true happiness seems within reach, Callie and Olivia find a diary full of secrets… secrets that stretch across the island, and have the power to turn lives upside down. As Callie reads, she unravels a mystery that makes her heart drop through the floor.

Will Callie and Luke be pulled apart by the storm it unleashes, or can true love save them?

The Summer House is an absolutely gorgeous, heart-warming summer romance, about the importance of family, not keeping secrets, and learning how to open your heart.

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Callie and her friend Olivia decided to buy and restore the cottage across from Olivia’s grandmother Gladys. They want to open a bed and breakfast by the late summer and therefore they have a lot of work to do before that. Callie and Olivia are both focused on work and didn’t have romance in mind, but life had other plans and Callie’s path collides with a local millionaire Luke. She’s a bit hesitant, but the time she spend with Luke showed that he’s way more than a playboy with a lot of money. The more time they spend together, the more they get to know each other and feel the connection they haven’t felt before. Like usually in life, everything can’t go only smoothly and when an old diary is found in the cottage, it brings an old secret to the surface, a secret that can and is going to change a lot for some people.

Another wonderful novel by Jenny Hale, it was a great summery beach read. It had all the good elements-great location, wonderful characters, sweet romance and of course the secrets and intrigues entwined into the story. All in all it was a magnificent story to read, especially during the summer!

 

Jilted by Sawyer Bennett

Jilted

Title: Jilted

Series: Love Hurts #2

Author: Sawyer Bennett

Release Date: July 11th 2017

Pages: 232

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Eden Goodnight went to Los Angeles to make it big, not to be publicly humiliated by her cheating fiancé at a red-carpet premiere. But when Eden returns to her hometown to put the scandal behind her, she can barely find a sympathetic shoulder to cry on. Turns out the locals are worse than the paparazzi, and they all think she’s turned into a spoiled brat. But in a strange twist of fate, the one person who seems to understand what Eden’s going through is Cooper Mayfield . . . the boy she left behind.

Small-town charm is no match for the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. At least that’s what Coop’s been telling himself all these years. As Eden’s old flame—and the landscaper for her family’s historic home—Coop feels some responsibility for getting her out of her funk. But as soon as he sees that million-dollar smile, he’s a goner. Soon they’re making out like teenagers again. But when a life-changing role falls into Eden’s lap, Coop just hopes she doesn’t give up on a love that’s meant to be.

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Eden and Cooper were high school sweethearts, but life tore them apart. Cooper continued his life in their hometown, but Eden became a famous model and actress in Hollywood. While attending a red carpet event Eden finds out that her fiancee cheated on her and the next logical step for her is to go back to her hometown. When she gets back to her home, she find out that the house doesn’t belong only to her, but also to Cooper. Being back in town isn’t as great as it seemed, the people in town aren’t that nice to her and living with Cooper, the only man he ever loved, can it all be right again?

I did like the first book a bit more, but it was still a fun read. I didn’t warm up to Eden so much, but I really liked Cooped, he was very sweet, hard working and determined. It’s a well written novel with interesting plot and characters who stand out. Overall I enjoyed reading about Eden and Cooper’s story.

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One Week to the Wedding by Olivia Miles

One Week to the Wedding

Title: One Week to the Wedding

Series: Misty Point #1

Author: Olivia Miles

Release Date: June 13th 2017

Pages: 352

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romance

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Kate Daniels couldn’t be more excited to be planning her best friend’s wedding…in theory.
Lately, just thinking about gowns and centerpieces makes her want to hide under the covers with her dog and a good book –one that doesn’t include a romantic plot, thank you very much. Maybe it’s because her fiancé cheated. Or maybe it’s because he cheated with her younger sister, Charlotte. Or maybe it’s because her newfound reputation as jilted wedding planner isn’t exactly doing wonders for her career.

Charlotte knows she messed up. Big time. But she also knows something Kate doesn’t-something that might bring them close again, if her sister will ever take her calls. But as time passes and silence grows, Charlotte begins to realize she can’t hide from her problems forever, and that sometimes the only place to run is home.

With the wedding only a week away, Kate expects a few surprises. But what she doesn’t expect is to find herself believing…in the strength of family, and the possibility of finding love again.

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Kate is planning her best friend’s wedding and she wants it to be perfect. Kate’s life hasn’t been a bed of roses-she’s working hard, but her boss still has some sort of grudge against her and when she was planning her own wedding, she was jilted by her fiancee, who cheated on her with her own sister. Time has passed, but her sister’s betrayal still hurts and it doesn’t help that people in the town are trying not to upset Kate, when the weddings topic comes up. Kate is trying to show that everything is under control, but sometimes some things take time to heal. When things seem to get better, Kate’s life becomes messy again- her sister starts to search contact with her and the workaholic best man gives her a headache, even though there’s an attraction between them.

It was a sweet and engaging story about love, betrayal, misunderstandings, devotion and friendship. I found the characters well developed and the story well written, I thoroughly enjoyed it and can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

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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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