Author: Kate Burrows
Publisher: Independently Published
Pub Date: September 26, 2019
Kate Burrows wrote a lovely, heart-warming story, Repurposed. Claire was raised by her grandmother. Her grandmother passed away and leaves Claire a farmhouse that needs to be renovated.
Claire has been working hard to build up her own business in which she fixes up old furniture and sells them in her store. She is fiercely independent and it’s all due to the circumstances of her childhood. She has decided she can only count on herself in life.
She needs to hire help restoring her grandmother’s house. Help comes in the form of a hot, charming carpenter. Mason makes Claire rethink some of her reservations. I loved their chemistry. I felt like they had great banter. I always love when I feel like the characters seem real and are having genuine conversations.
Claire was such a lovely character. She had her hang ups but she really cares about people. I loved that she was a tomboy and could wield her power tools. Mason was charming and loved that Claire shared his love of building things. They connected really well.
This was a quick, delightful romance.
Thank you Kate for allowing me to review your book! I hope to read many more books from you in the future.
A copy was given to me through Book sprout and all opinions are my own.
Author: Lucy Watson
Publisher: Lucy Watson Books
Pub Date: September 19, 2019
Lucy Watson just published a phenomenal debut novel, Shortcake. If you love rom-coms, then you should definitely give this one a read. This is one of the best that I’ve read. I was seriously laughing out loud on several occasions. This wasn’t one of those with just a line or two here and there that put it in the rom-com category. It was most of the book. Emelia Anderson’s inner dialogue and overall personality are going to make you want to add her to your book besties list.
Emelia Anderson was a live-in caregiver for a lovely old lady named Rose. Rose has passed away and Emelia is devastated because she and Rose had become so close. She meets Rose’s family at the funeral and they are not very welcoming or kind. Her handsome, motorcycle riding grandson Ben Crawford is extra cold to Emelia. He becomes even less of a fan after he finds out that his grandmother has included Emilia in her will. He believes she conned his grandmother. Now they are forced to live together because of stipulations in Rose’s will. For anyone to get what she has left them they must live together and fix up her old house.
Seriously this book is steamy and hilarious! You will fall in love with Emelia and Ben. Even the secondary characters were fantastic. Ben’s friends were all amazing and I hope they all get books. This is free on Kindle Unlimited if you subscribe to that or just $2.99 on Amazon.
Title: The Wonder of Now (Sanctuary Sound #3)
Author: Jamie Beck
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Pub Date: September 10, 2019
This story dealt with heavy subject matter in such a beautiful way. Peyton Prescott’s life has been completely changed following a battle with breast cancer. Through her treatment she wrote a book and now the book is being published. Before cancer she was a travel blogger and now she feels lost because she doesn’t feel like she can go back to that, but she also doesn’t know where she should go now.
In the meantime, she is stuck doing a book tour that is forcing her to relive all of her experiences. Her publicist Mitch Mathis is very type A to Peyton’s type B personality. They challenge each other and really work well together. I enjoyed watching their romance slowly grow. There was plenty of sexual tension in this story and Mitch could not have been more respectful and understanding of Peyton’s reservations.
This book is about living in the now and trying your best to live in the moment and enjoy where you are. Do things that bring you joy and take chances. An overall enjoyable read about love and self growth.
Thank you to Netgalley and Montlake Romance for my free review copy. All opinions are my own.
Title: Love on Lexington Avenue (Central Park Pact #2)
Author: Lauren Layne
Publisher: Gallery Books
Pub Date: September 17, 2019
This was such a cute, slow-burn romance. Claire is widowed and she found out at her husband’s funeral that he had been cheating on her for quite some time with at least two women. These women became best friends. They all thought they were the only woman in Brayden’s life. They make a pact to keep each other away from the bad guys.
Claire is trying to reinvent herself, starting with her old house. Her friends introduced her to her contractor, Scott. Scott is the opposite of Claire and normally not at all the kind of guy she’d be interested in. They have good banter. Their relationship starts off as quasi enemies and then they transition to friendship.
I love the slow build where they had to work up to even being friends and admitting that they enjoyed each other’s company. They’ve both had their guards up from their previous relationships. There is very minimal steam, but plenty of tension.
This is my first Lauren Layne book and I am definitely a fan. Also, this is book two in the Central Park Pact series, but works as a stand alone. I’m going to go back and read the first one and I can’t wait for Audrey’s story in the third installment.
I love the setting and character development. It was a quick read and I really enjoyed it. This would make such a cute movie.
Thank you Netgalley and Gallery Books for my eARC copy. All opinions are my own.
Title: The Accidental Life Swap
Author: Jennifer Joyce
Publisher: HQ Digital
Pub Date: September 1, 2019
The Accidental Life Swap turned out to be quite the charming story. Rebecca works as a PA for Vanessa Whitely of Vanessa Whitely Events. Vanessa is a difficult boss. She’s brash and doesn’t value her employees. Rebecca has a degree in Events Management, but Vanessa only sees her for her organizational skills and ability to run her errands. Vanessa bought a home in a small town out in the country that was in need of restoration. Rebecca is more of a people-pleaser and not used to sticking up for herself, so when Vanessa sends her to oversee the remainder of the remodeling there is no push back.
The first day on site, Rebecca is mistaken for Vanessa among the work crew. She doesn’t correct the mistake since everyone is a little intimidated by Vanessa, and thus the accidental life swap is in full swing. Rebecca is able to be more assertive by hiding behind her borrowed identity. She didn’t foresee the falsehood causing any real trouble until she falls in love with the town and it’s people.
This story really was charming. The pacing was a bit slow. It took a little while to fully get into it. It felt like a lot of the story was just following Rebecca and her inner monologue. I would have liked a little more interaction and dialogue with the community. The love story was cute, but I would have liked to have seen a bit more chemistry other than them just bantering over their fiercely competitive nature when it comes to board games. Overall, if you enjoy a cute non-steamy romance then this was a good one.
Thank you Netgalley and HQ Digital for my review copy. All opinions are my own.