Monday, December 23, 2019

Review:Win Big (Wynn Hockey #3) by Kelly Jamieson

Win Big(Wynn Hockey #3)
by Kelly Jamieson

When your name is Wynn, victory’s the only option...

Everly Wynn: As the only daughter in the Wynn family of hockey heroes, I never shared the ice with my brothers—or the approval they got from my father.
And that was before the scandal that ruined my life at sixteen.
Now that I’ve put all that behind me and built a successful career, the last thing I need is another hockey player in my life.
Especially one like Wyatt Bell.
He’s an arrogant, fast-living party boy. I hate how he gets by on his good looks and charm.

So why can’t I get him out of my mind?

Wyatt Bell: Life is short, and you’ve got to live it to the fullest. I learned that the hard way.
So on the ice, I always play to win, and on the town, fun and flirting are my game.
Because it’s better to laugh your way through the pain than to let them see you’re hurting—but I’ll never stop wishing I could find someone to share the real me with.
Something about Everly Wynn makes me think she could be the one.
But all she sees is a hockey jock hooked on good times.

If she didn’t take herself so seriously, maybe she would take a chance on being happy.

What I thought about Win Big

After Everly Wynn wakes up in Wyatt Bell's bed, she's torn between staying away from him or going with her strong attraction to him.  And it's not one sided -- there's a definite spark between the two of them that has playboy Wyatt inwittingly falling for Everly. 

When an online photo threatens to become a PR nightmare, the decision gets made for them both and they engage in a fake relationship for the media.  Only their feelings for each other are real, and they'll have to deal with some past history before they can move forward together.

I have really been loving this series.  There's a definite "dynasty" feel to it overall, and there's some great family drama.  And the romance part hasn't disappointed at all -- Wyatt and Everly are both steamy and soulful with each other. And there's just the write amount of conflict to resolve to get their HEA.  

If you are looking for a hockey romance series, I would recommend this series from Kelly Jamieson.

A complimentary copy was provided for review.

About Kelly Jamieson 

Kelly Jamieson is a USA Today bestselling author of over 40 romance novels and novellas. Her writing has been described as “emotionally complex”, “sweet and satisfying” and “blisteringly sexy”. She likes black coffee, white wine and high heels…and of course cheering on her Winnipeg Jets during hockey season! 

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Sunday, December 22, 2019

Review: Winter Tales by Tiffany Reisz

Winter Tales (The Original Sinners #8.7)
by Tiffany Reisz An Original Sinners Christmas Anthology

Return to USA Today bestseller Tiffany Reisz's Original Sinners series with Winter Tales, a collection of three fan-favorite Christmas novellas plus a brand-new novella exclusive to this anthology. 
In December Wine, the long-awaited story of Nora Sutherlin's first meeting with Nico can finally be told. Nora enlists her editor (and sometimes lover) Zach Easton on a mission to track down Kingsley's long-lost son. Nicolas "Nico" Delacroix turns out to be young, strikingly handsome, and very French. He wants nothing to do with his father...but everything to do with Nora.

This special holiday-themed collection also includes the novellas Poinsettia , The Christmas Truce , and The Scent of Winter (previously available only as ebooks). A bonus short story starring Søren rounds out the Winter Tales anthology. 

What I thought about Winter Tales

With Winter Tales Tiffany Reisz has put together a wonderful collection of winter themed short stories set in the Original Sinners world.  I started out reading this (and bad on me for not reading this closer to release date ) with the intention to just read the newest in the bunch, but ended up reading the entire offering. There's something about Tiffany Reisz's characters and her writing that this reader in and won't let me go.  It's like visiting old friends.

In December Wine, Nora and Zach go looking for Nico in France.  I really like how these stories reveal little bits of a larger puzzle that the reader doesn't get to see until Ms. Reisz lets you.  It's an intriguing and sometimes frustrating way to compose a story.  It really keeps things interesting.

This story had me thinking about secrets and the trouble knowing a secret can cause and had me examining my own feelings regarding marriage fidelity.  I like that about this series.

Fans of the series definitely need this.  It's hard for me to say how it works for new readers.

I loved the time I spent revisiting with these characters reading Winter Tales. The characters fascinate me, and it's all good.  

A complimentary copy was provided for review.
 About the Author

Tiffany Reisz is the USA Today bestselling author of the Original Sinners series for Mira Books and Mills & Boon, including the RT Book Reviews Best Erotic Romance 2012 winner The Siren and the LAMBDA Literary Award-winning The King. Her novel The Saint won the Romance Writers of America RITA® for best Erotic Romance in 2015.

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About 8th Circle Press
8th Circle Press is a Lexington, Kentucky-based publisher of literary friction. For more information, visit our website at

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Heartland (True North #7) by Sarina Bowen



Heartland by Sarina Bowen
Book #7 in the True North Series
January 28, 2019

An emotional friends to lovers romance full of risky secrets and late-night lessons in seduction.Dylan is my best friend, and the only person in my life who understands me. He doesn’t mind my social awkwardness or my weird history. The only glitch? He doesn’t know that I’ve been hopelessly, desperately in love with him since the first day we picked apples together in his family’s orchard.

But I know better than to confess.

Now that we’re both in college together, I’m seeing a new side of him. College Dylan drinks and has a lot of sex. None of it with me. Until the night I foolishly ask him to tutor me in more than algebra…and he actually says yes.

But the cool morning light shows me how badly I’ve endangered our friendship. And I don’t know if anything will be the same again.

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About Sarina

Sarina Bowen is the RITA® Award winning author of over two dozen contemporary and LGTB romance novels. She most recently hit the USA Today bestseller's list in February, with Brooklynaire. Formerly a derivatives trader on Wall Street, Sarina holds a BA in economics from Yale University.

Sarina Bowen is a New Englander whose Vermont ancestors cut timber and farmed the north country since the 1760s. Sarina is grateful for the invention of indoor plumbing and wi-fi during the intervening 250 years. On a few wooded acres, she lives with her husband, two boys, and an ungodly amount of ski and hockey gear.

Sarina's books are published in a dozen languages on four continents. In 2016, The Romance Writers of America honored HIM by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy with a RITA award for Best Contemporary Romance, Mid-Length.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Release Day Review: 5 stars for Meet Me On Love Lane (Hopeless Romantics #2) By Nina Bocci

Meet Me on Love Lane

(Hopeless Romantics #2) by
From the USA TODAY bestselling author of On the Corner of Love and Hate comes a romantic comedy about a woman who grudgingly returns home to small-town Pennsylvania, only to find herself falling in love—not only with the town, but with two of its citizens.

Charlotte Bishop is out of options in New York City. Fired, broke, and blacklisted by her former boss, she’s forced to return to her hometown of Hope Lake, PA to lick her wounds. Although she’s expecting to find a miserable place with nothing to do, she is pleasantly surprised to discover it is bustling and thriving.

She’s only supposed to be in Hope Lake temporarily until she can earn enough money to move back to New York. She’s not supposed to reconnect with her childhood friends or her beloved grandmother. She’s not supposed to find her dream job running the local florist shop. And she’s definitely not supposed to fall for not one but two of Hope Lake’s golden boys: one the beloved high school English teacher, the other the charming town doctor.

With a heart torn between two men and two cities, what’s a girl to do?

A perfect blend of humor and heart, Meet Me on Love Lane is the second in a new series from USA TODAY bestselling author Nina Bocci that is sure to charm fans of Josie Silver and Sally Thorne.

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What I thought about Meet Me On Love Lane

What a joy!  I love a good small town romance where the town is almost like another character, and Meet Me on Love Lane did that for me.  I really liked this story and was immediately drawn into it.

Charlotte escapes the city in the middle of the night, returning home after a long absence from the town but also her friends and family.  It changes Charlotte to some extent, but she gradually finds the pieces of herself she lost when she was living in the city.

I really enjoyed Charlotte's journey and her rediscovery of her home town and old friends.  Henry is wonderful and I just loved his and Charlotte's story. His friend Nick provides a lot of fun, and grandma adds a bit of spice as does the new town doctor. There's lots to like here, including the return of Emma from the first book in this series. 

If you are fan of small town romance and romances that value the woman's journey, I think you might like Meet Me on Love Lane as I did.

A complimentary copy was provided.


About Nina

Nina Bocci is a USA Today bestselling novelist that loves reading and writing about swoony, relatable heroes and smart, witty heroines. If it's set in a small town, even better. If you're looking for the shiniest lipgloss, poke her on Twitter or Facebook to ask! 

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Release Day Review:Chase the Butterflies by Monica James

Monica James 
Release date: December 5th
 “Victoria, will you marry me?”

Those words changed my life forever…just not in the way it would for most. I had it all until one fateful evening transformed my life in ways I never imagined.

Nine months later, I move to a sleepy little town, hoping to escape the demons of my past. As I attempt to claim back my life, Jude Montgomery enters my world, and things begin to change.

I thought running would appease the nightmares, but I soon discover my past won’t let go. Things are not what they seem, and I begin to question the world as I know it. Jude may hold the answers, but will my love for him blind me to the truth?

Does the flap of a butterfly’s wings in Brazil set off a tornado in Texas?
In my case, yes, it does.

Will the truth set me free? Or will it imprison us both?

My name is Victoria Armstrong, and this is my story…I think.

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“With heart and heat and a depth we adore for in our favorite reads, James has penned an absolutely stunning novel.” Christina Lauren, NYT and #1 International Bestselling Authors of Twice in a Blue Moon.

What I thought about Chase The Butterflies

Wow!  What a mind bender!  Unexpected twists and turns made this book really interesting for me, so I don't want to spoil that for other readers, but I will say that there was a point in this book that I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to find out what was going to happen.  Chase the Butterflies is creative and a different sort of romance, and I really liked the story and the sentiments behind it.

Victoria's life is shattered, and somehow she has to learn to move forward again.  Things get complicated when Jude arrives. Victoria knows that he's important to her life, she just doesn't know how. That importance turns into something much more, and there's clearly a serious romantic connection between them.  Finding out more about that connection brings one of the many surprises in this title.

I really did love this story, mostly for it's investigation into death, dying and the afterlife and what happens to those left behind. Chase the Butterflies is a touching story and I will say there were a number of pages that had me choked up.  If you are looking for a different sort of romance and like surprises, you might just like Chase the Butterflies. 

An ARC was provided for review.


About Monica James
Monica James spent her youth devouring the works of Anne Rice, William Shakespeare, and Emily Dickinson.

When she is not writing, Monica is busy running her own business, but she always finds a balance between the two. She enjoys writing honest, heartfelt, and turbulent stories, hoping to leave an imprint on her readers. She draws her inspiration from life.

She is a bestselling author in the U.S.A., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, and the U.K.

Monica James resides in Melbourne, Australia, with her wonderful family, and menagerie of animals. She is slightly obsessed with cats, chucks, and lip gloss, and secretly wishes she was a ninja on the weekends. 

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