Tuesday, July 23, 2019

The Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

Dani@ Perspective of a Writer tagged me in The Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag!  She has an awesome blog that focuses on Fantasy, Manga, and Asian flavored Reads!  If you haven't gotten a chance, you should check out her book blog.

Best Book You've Read In 2019 So Far:
*My Review

Best Sequel You've Read So Far:
*My Review

New Release You Haven't Read Yet, But Want To:

Most Anticipated Release For The Second Half Of The Year:

Biggest Surprise:
*My Review

Favorite New Author:
Helen Hoang!!!
*The Kiss Quotient Review
*The Bride Test Review

Newest Fictional Crush:
Curran "The Lord of the Beasts"
*Kate Daniels Series

Newest Favorite Character:
*Catalina Baylor

Book That Made You Happy:
*My Review

Book That Made You Cry:

Favorite Review You Have Written This Year:
*My Review

Most Beautiful Book You've Gotten So Far:
*My Review

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Stacking the Shelves & Sunday Post (38)

Hosted by:  Tynga's Reviews
Hosted by:  Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer

Monday my air conditioner broke, and it was so hot and stuffy in my apartment! It didn't get fixed until Thursday, so the only place I could tolerate was my bedroom.  We celebrated my dad's 65th birthday at dinner on Wednesday, and I visited with a friend of mine this week.  My daughter goes back to school in two weeks, so I started her back to school shopping.  Her summer vacation flew by!  

I read Million Dollar Marriage by Katy Evans, which I loved and Book 2 & 3 in the Kate Daniels Series by Ilona Andrews.  Book 2 of the series finally picked up, I loved Book 3, have just started Book 4, and now the series has gotten really good. 
Last Week on the Blog:

*Blog Hops: Summer Romance & Christmas in July (Giveaway)
*Sweet Retribution (Rydeville High Elite #3) by Siobhan Davies (Cover Reveal)
*Making Up (Shacking Up#4) by Helena Hunting (Blog Tour, Review & Interview)
*Glow of the Fireflies by Lindsey Duga (WOW)
*A Wedding in December by Sarah Morgan (Book Review)

I am participating in two different blog hops where I am  giving away (2) $10 Amazon Gift Cards! Click Here if you're interested in entering the Summer Romance Hop and/or the Christmas in July Hop!

Friday, July 19, 2019

Book Review: A Wedding in December by Sarah Morgan

A Wedding in December
By: Sarah Morgan
Release Date: September 24, 2019
Publisher: Harlequin Books
Source: eARC from the publisher in exchange for a honest review
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This funny, charming and heartwarming new Christmas novel is USA TODAY bestselling author Sarah Morgan at her festive best! 

In the snowy perfection of Aspen, the White family gathers for youngest daughter Rosie’s whirlwind Christmas wedding. First to arrive are the bride’s parents, Maggie and Nick. Their daughter’s marriage is a milestone they are determined to celebrate wholeheartedly, but they are hiding a huge secret of their own: they are on the brink of divorce. After living apart for the last six months, the last thing they need is to be trapped together in an irresistibly romantic winter wonderland.

Rosie’s older sister, Katie, is also dreading the wedding. Worried that impulsive, sweet-hearted Rosie is making a mistake, Katie is determined to save her sister from herself! If only the irritatingly good-looking best man, Jordan, would stop interfering with her plans…

Bride-to-be Rosie loves her fiancĂ© but is having serious second thoughts. Except everyone has arrived—how can she tell them she’s not sure? As the big day gets closer, and emotions run even higher, this is one White family Christmas none of them will ever forget!

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed, A Wedding in December by Sarah Morgan.  It's not a fast-paced story, but rather the kind of story that you take your time with, enjoy, and savor.  While the beginning had a slower start, things started to really pick up at the half way point.

This is a story about family, self-discovery, and the continuous journey of learning about oneself and growing.  I loved that Ms. Mogan gave us three different points of view.  We get Maggie, who is an empty-nester and has been separated from her husband Nick for months; Katie, who is the eldest daughter, has suffered from a traumatic experience, and started to doubt her career choice as an E.R. doctor, and Rosie, the youngest daughter, who has had a whirlwind romance, and is now engaged to get married at Christmas time. 

All three of these women have secrets that they are keeping from each other, and are battling self-doubt, and emotional distress for different reasons.  When the whole family comes together a few weeks before Rosie's wedding day they will each face their individual challenges, as well as challenges as a family.  Romance is in the air, as well as Rosie's wedding serving as a catalyst for growth and change.

If you enjoy Women's Fiction, stories about family, self-discovery, growth, romance, and the holidays, you need to check out, A Wedding in December!  I enjoy Sarah Morgan's writing style and this story is sure to make you laugh, smile, and see a bit of yourself and your own family in it, due to the authenticity and relatability of the main characters.

About the Author:

USA Today and Sunday Times bestselling author Sarah Morgan writes romance and contemporary women's fiction and her trademark humour and warmth have gained her fans across the globe. Sarah lives near London, England, and when she isn't reading or writing she loves being outdoors.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday (91)


Glow of the Fireflies
By: Lindsey Duga
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: October 1, 2019

Book Synopsis:

Briony never planned to go back to the place she lost everything.

Firefly Valley, nestled deep within the Smoky Mountains, is better kept in her past. After an unexplained fire gave Briony amnesia, her mother disappeared and her dad moved them to Knoxville.

But now her grandmother needs a caretaker and Briony's dad volunteers her to help. The moment she returns, her whole world shifts. She feels a magical connection to this valley, as if it's literally part of her somehow.

And when she meets a hot guy who claims he was her childhood friend but now mysteriously keeps his distance, Briony starts piecing together her missing past...and discovers her mother didn't leave to start a new life somewhere. She's trapped in the hidden world within the valley.

Now, Briony will do whatever it takes to rescue her, even if it means standing up against dangerously powerful nature spirits. Even if it means giving up her first love. 

Why I'm Eagerly Waiting:

I love the beautiful book cover, and the synopsis sounds like this story is going to have mystery, magic, and love!  I can't wait to read it!

What are you waiting on?

Blog Tour: Making Up by Helena Hunting

Making Up (Shacking Up #4)
By: Helena Hunting
Release Date: July 16, 2019
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Source: eARC from publisher in exchange for a honest review
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A new standalone, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy by New York Times bestselling author Helena Hunting.

Cosy Felton is great at her job—she knows just how to handle the awkwardness that comes with working at an adult toy store. So when the hottest guy she’s ever seen walks into the shop looking completely overwhelmed, she’s more than happy to turn on the charm and help him purchase all of the items on his list.

Griffin Mills is using his business trip in Las Vegas as a chance to escape the broken pieces of his life in New York City. The last thing he wants is to be put in charge of buying gag gifts for his friend’s bachelor party. Despite being totally out of his element, and mortified by the whole experience, Griffin is pleasantly surprised when he finds himself attracted to the sales girl that helped him.

As skeptical as Cosy may be of Griffin’s motivations, there’s something about him that intrigues her. But sometimes what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas and when real life gets in the way, all bets are off. Filled with hilariously awkward situations and enough sexual chemistry to power Sin City, Making Up is the next standalone in the Shacking Up world.

My Thoughts:

Helena Hunting is such a fun author!  It never fails, but every time I read her stories, she has me laughing, swooning, grinning, and enjoying my reading experience!

Making Up is part of the Shacking Up Series, but it can be read as a standalone.  The main characters were extremely likeable.  Cosy Fallon was such a delight.  She was a free spirit, lacked pretense, was down to earth, lived life in the moment, and had an exuberance and enthusiasm for life that was refreshing!  Griffin Mills was a hard worker, serious, sexy, honest, devoted, a planner, gave his all, and had been heartbroken after his four year relationship and engagement had ended.

When Griffin draws the short straw and has to buy the gag gifts for his friend's bachelor party he finds himself attracted to the beautiful, fun, and spirited salesgirl, Cosy.  She is also attracted to the gorgeous and sexy Griffin, who decides to pursue her when he can't stop thinking about her, despite the eleven year age difference.  

Griffin is in Las Vegas on business for a couple of months before he returns to where he lives in New York.  Cozy is happy with having a fun fling, because she's not ready for a serious relationship.  However, soon Cozy and Griffin find their feelings for one another growing stronger, and external problems begin to challenge their happiness as a couple...

Making Up was such a light-hearted story!  I enjoyed the fact that Cosy and Griffin were opposites.  They complimented one another perfectly.  I continuously swooned and sighed from watching Griffin sweep Cosy off of her feet.  I found myself wearing a dopey smile for most of the book, and could easily see how the charismatic Griffin charmed Cosy, because he charmed me too. Cosy was such a wonderful character as well.  She was the type of woman, that woman are also drawn to. I would love to have a friend like Cosy.  Her sense of adventure and excitement made being in her presence a real treat!

The chemistry between Cosy and Griffin was off the charts.  These two sizzled, and their attraction was palpable.  Being together was effortless in the way they just fit perfectly.  Helena Hunting's signature bawdy sense of humor and use of innuendo and suggestive insinuation was a lot of fun as well!  She had me cracking up repeatedly. In case you couldn't tell; I loved this story.  If you like your romances sweet and spicy, this is one I'd highly recommend.


1. What inspired you to write Making Up?

I’d introduced Griffin in the previous Shacking Up Series novels, Shacking Up and Hooking
Up—he was a bit of a mystery for readers because he was talked about, but not really present. I
had a very clear picture in my mind of who he was, and the kind of woman who would end up
being the perfect fit for him, and it was not his fiancé from the previous books.

2. Introduce us to your main characters!

Griffin Mills is the oldest of the three Mills brothers. At thirty-three he’s had several very long
term relationships and was formerly engaged, but that relationship went up in flames. He’s
gorgeous, smart, loves the numbers side of the family business he’s part of—a chain of hotels
he’s set to inherit with his brothers. Also, he’s a little awkward, which I love, because there’s
nothing quite like a hot guy who doesn’t have all the lines and fumbles a bit when he’s dealing
with someone he’s attracted to. It makes for some hilarious banter with his love interest, Cosy
Felton. Our heroine is a twenty-two year old who has been a bit of a nomad for most of her life,
but is finally finishing school and happens to work at an Adult Toy Store part time. It’s definitely
not her favourite job, but it pays the bills. She’s sassy, not much of a planner and definitely more
than Griffin bargained for.

3. Lots of aspiring authors out there. Any advice for them?

Just keep writing. Every day put words on the page and surround yourself with positive
people who are there to support you. Ask questions, join book groups, be an avid reader
and an observer.

4. How is Making Up different from your other books?

Making Up has a trope I’ve never really explored or played around with before, so it was a lot of
fun to write. While I’ve written age gaps before, it hasn’t been a key part of the storyline, or had
a significant impact on how the characters perceive the relationship. Griffin and Cosy are from
two very different worlds and balancing their expectations and insecurities was one of my
favourite parts of writing their story. Making Up has my signature quirky, sassy heroines and I
love writing heroes that are sexy, yet a little awkward. While it’s a light read, there’s some
drama, and some heavy baggage, which I think grounds the story and balances out the hilarity.

5. I know asking someone’s all-time favorite book is a loaded question so what’s your
current favorite read?

I’ve been so lucky to read so many amazing books this year but I’m going to go with Broken
Knight by LJ Shen which releases this August. I love YA/NA romance and angst, and she knows
how to deliver both flawlessly.

6. Alright, the ultimate question: why should we read your book?

We all need a little escape from our own realities once in a while and Making Up is a fun, sexy
romance that’s perfect for the summer. Also, Griffin is hot, and not particularly suave at times. I
think we can all appreciate a guy who doesn’t have all the lines, especially if he looks like he

7. A famous movie producer wants to make your books into movies and they want you to
cast your characters from Making Up. Which actors/actresses make the cut?

This is always a fun question and I’ll be 100% honest, I never actually look at actors prior to
writing a story because I generally have a picture of the character in my head. But, I went on a
Pinterest mission and Alex Morgan (she’s a soccer player, not an actress) would make a fabulous
Cosy if she suddenly switched career paths. Hailee Steinfeld (Bumblebee) is super sassy, and
could definitely play up the humor in this story, so she would be a legitimate actress choice.
Gabriel Macht has a great smolder and can rock a seriously sexy suit, so I think he’d be great as

8. Favorite quote or scene you wrote in Making Up?

Making Up is definitely a rom-com with some incredibly hilarious moments, but Griffin has
some heavy baggage, which means there are also serious moments, and this is one of my
favourites: “Talk to me. Fall apart on me. Show me your weakness so I can give you my

9. What inspired you to become a writer?

I’ve always loved to write, but finding time was a challenge during university and then afterward
I was building a career and we renovated a house down to the studs—which takes up a lot of
time and doesn’t leave much of an opportunity for putting down words (but it was an amazing
experience). When I gave birth to my daughter she struggled to sleep—or rather stay
asleep—and that meant I spent a lot of time awake in the middle of the night. So I started writing
again during those late nights, and finally penned my first full novel.

10. What is a typical writing day like?

I usually start with a run and then copious amounts of coffee while I manage the administrative
side of things—ie emails, social media posts etc. But when I sit down to write I have a playlist I
put on repeat, more coffee, sparking water (so I can stay hydrated) and my cat Pumpkin
generally lies on top of my closed laptop and supervises me for the day.

11. Do you have any interesting writing quirks or habits?

I listen to the same playlist while I write a novel. So if it takes me two months, then I listen to the
same set of songs for two full months. I’ve destroyed A LOT of albums for my husband over the
past several years. I just need the background noise, and listening to the radio or unfamiliar songs
can be distracting.

12. What has been one of the most surprising things you’ve learned as a published author?

I’ve only been in the industry for five years and there has been so much change, learning to
adjust and adapt and just staying true to your personal goal is really the most important thing I’ve
learned. I think when you start out there are just so many unknowns, and taking risks can be
scary, but if you don’t take those risks, it’s hard to grow as an author.

13. Can you tell us about what’s coming up next after this for you writing wise?

I have one more book in The Shacking Up Series, HANDLE WITH CARE, which releases at the
end of August! Griffin’s cousin and best friend, Lincoln Moorehead, is the hero and if you didn’t
know, he is also Armstrong’s brother. Lincoln is the polar opposite of Armstrong so it was so fun
to write. I can’t wait for people to meet Griffin and Cosy and Lincoln and Wren.

14. How can readers connect with you online?

They can connect with me all over social media! (add links)

Website→ http://www.helenahunting.com/

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Twitter → http://bit.ly/HelenaHTwitter

Facebook → https://www.facebook.com/helena.hunting69/

Pinterest → http://bit.ly/1oQYRVN

Instagram → http://instagram.com/helenahunting

Goodreads→ http://bit.ly/GoodReadsHH

NEWSLETTER → http://bit.ly/HelenaHnewsletter

Bookbub → http://bit.ly/BookBubHH

Facebook Reader Group → http://bit.ly/TheBeaverDenHH


We’re a couple of minutes away from my apartment, which also means we’re
almost at the end of our date. End-of-date protocol often means a goodnight kiss.
And I’ve eaten onions. Lots of them. What the hell was I thinking? I feel around
in my shorts pocket, hoping I have a random stick of gum. I find a tiny square packet and
pull it out, along with an old tissue. I shove that back in my pocket and sigh with relief as
I carefully open the Listerine Pocketpak. There’s one strip left. I pop it in my mouth,
wishing I had water since my mouth is dry and I’m suddenly super nervous.
Griffin pulls up in front of my apartment building. I swallow a bunch of times,
trying to get the strip to dissolve on my tongue and glance out the tinted window, seeing
it from his perspective. I don’t live in a bad part of town, but I sure as hell wouldn’t leave
this car sitting out here for any length of time unless I wanted it keyed or stripped down.
Griffin shifts into park and turns to me, one hand resting on the back of my seat
near the headrest. “I had a great time, Cosy.”
“Me too, thanks for dinner.” I tried to fork over my share, but he was quick on the
credit card draw.
“It was my pleasure.” He leans in the tiniest bit, a nonverbal cue that he’s going in
for a kiss.
I mirror the movement, giving him the go ahead. My stomach flutters in
anticipation. I exhale slowly through my nose. Even though the Listerine strip should be
doing its job to mask the onions, I don’t want to ruin the moment by breathing that in his

His fingertips skim my jaw, and I close my eyes. And then his lips brush my
cheek. I wait for them to move a couple of inches to the right, but after what feels like a
lot of seconds—and is probably only a few—I crack a lid.
Griffin is still close, a wry smile on his lips and a smolder in his eyes.
“Seriously, that’s it? A kiss on the cheek?”
His smile widens, making his eyes crinkle at the corners. He’s nothing like the
guys I usually end up on dates with. College boys don’t take things slow. If I were out
with one of the guys from school, I’d be sitting in a beat-up Civic with some stupid music
playing, and he’d be all over me with his tongue halfway down my throat, copping a feel.
“I thought all the onions you ate were the equivalent to garlic for vampires.”
Griffin fingers my hair near my shoulder. I’d really like him to finger something else.
Wait. I mean I’d like to feel his hands on me. Not in my pants. Okay, maybe I’d like
them in my pants, but not after date number one.
“I wasn’t thinking, and I really like onions. A lot. In hindsight, it’s not a great date
food. I feel kinda dumb. And I guess at first I wasn’t so sure about you. How was I
supposed to know you’d actually be kind of normalish?”
“Well, you drink club soda on purpose, so you can’t be all there.” I tap his temple.
Griffin circles my wrist with his fingers and drops his head, lips brushing over my
knuckle. “We can’t all be perfect, now, can we?”
“I suppose not, and perfect is boring.”
“That it is.” He hums against my skin, and I feel it through my entire body. “I

would like to try that kiss again, if you’re still interested.”

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About the Author:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of PUCKED, Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She's writes contemporary romance ranging from new adult angst to romantic sports comedy.