Title: Down Too Deep
Author: J. Daniels
Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
Publication Date: October 8, 2019
Down Too Deep will hit you with all the feels. Nate lost his wife and is struggling to get himself together. He has a little girl named Marley and he isn’t sure how to navigate raising this little girl on his own. After his wife’s passing he shut himself off and lost himself in his work.
Life is about to be changed dramatically when single mom Jenna walks into his restaurant. She has 8 year old twins, Oliver and Olivia. Jenna steps up to help Nate take care of his little girl while he works and these families slowly start to blend and function phenomenally well together.
This was just the sweetest love story, but not solely because of the romantic love. They fall hard for each other’s families and it is absolutely the most heartwarming story. I flew through this one and quickly became a huge fan of J. Daniels. After finishing this story, I went on to binge read the rest of the Dirty Deeds series.
Thank you Netgalley and Forever publishing for my copy. All opinions are my own.
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: 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.
Title: Fix Her Up
Author: Tessa Bailey
Publisher: Avon Romance
Publishing Date: June 11, 2019
I absolutely love Georgie and Travis’s story. Their chemistry is fantastic. They understand each other in ways that no one else has ever been able to understand them. They make each other better, stronger people. There is a lot of steamy romance, so if it’s not your thing, this may not be for you.
This book had me laughing out loud. I love how hilarious and down to earth Georgie is. She may be small, but she is mighty. Georgie is the little sister of Travis’s best friend. No one thinks of Georgie as a grownup, but Georgie doesn’t want to be thought of like that anymore.
Travis has been living the life of a professional baseball player, but an injury has him retiring before he was ready. He’s been wallowing and Georgie is determined not to let him lose himself. She’s exactly what he needs. Together they work to improve themselves.
This book was a quick, fun read! I highly recommend!
I don’t frequently listen to audiobooks, but I try to do some occasionally. It helps me squeeze in some reading while I’m doing dishes or other mundane tasks. My mind has a tendency to drift. I lose my place and have to replay portions, but when they are good it’s like an entirely different experience. I may still not catch as much as I do if I am physically reading the book. Does anyone else struggle with this? It’s like going to a really great play though. The characters are given voices and it changes how you might have visualized them in your head (or even pronounced their names).
Some Great Listens due to Great Narrators
- Harry Potter Series written by J.K. Rowling and Narrated by Jim Dale (phenomenal)
- Anne of Greene Gables written by L.M. Montgomery and Narrated by Rachel McAdams
- The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line (Veronica Mars #1) written by Rob Thomas, Jennifer Graham, Narrated by Kristen Bell
- The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings Series written by J. R. R. Tolkien Narrated by Rob Inglis (I’ve only listened to The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring so far)
- The Night Circus written by Erin Morgenstern and Narrated by Jim Dale (need I say more)
- The Cruel Prince written by Holly Black Narrated by Caitlin Kelly
- Six of Crows written by Leigh Bardugo and Narrated by Jay Snyder
This is also my preferred medium for nonfiction.
What are your favorites? What should I add to my list for future listening? How do you squeeze in extra reading time?