#Blogmas A Wedding In December by Sarah Morgan

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“Do you ever read a feature praising a woman whose life is to care for her disabled child or parent with Alzheimer’s? No, you don’t. When someone talks about ‘achievement’ they’re talking about Salary and Status, not the fact that you actually managed to take a shower and change your clothes after being in the hospital with your child for two nights straight even though, believe me, that’s an achievement. You read about Hedge Fun Managers who get up at three in the morning so they can get their workout done, use the gym, clear their emails and make a healthy breakfast for the whole family before putting in a full day of work in the city and returning home in time to read bedtime stories and then do another few hours of work before having perfect sex, three hours undisturbed REM sleep and waking up and starting again. You read about women who were at home with children and suddenly realized that if they started charging for all the cupcakes they made for their children’s friends and school events, they could turn their baking skills into a profitable business. And, by the way, the woman I read about didn’t look as if she’d ever baked a cupcake in her life and she certainly  hadn’t eaten one. What you never read about is the millions of normal women who are struggling to hold it all together and don’t own a planner because we don’t exactly know what we’d write in one.”

A Wedding In December was a five star read from me. I like that the holiday romances we are getting from Sarah Morgan are more women’s fiction yet still have a love story at it’s core. A Wedding In December all centers around Rosie getting married and her parents and sister traveling to America from Europe for her December wedding. The family doesn’t just show up however, they come with secrets tucked away. Sister Katie who is a doctor back in Europe is hiding a work place situation from her family which really has her on the fence as to if she wants to continue with her current career. Rosie’s parents are faking a happy marriage when in reality they have been separated for months. Katie arrives with every intention of digging up skeletons from Rosie’s fiancé’s closet because being the big protective older sister she is..she doesn’t want to see her sister get hurt.

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I think Sarah Morgan did a fantastic job of keeping the central story line in the forefront, while also weaving in the emotional journeys and issues that each woman was dealing with and not leaving any loose ends in the end. Also at times when reading a book following different main characters, I find that certain characters can be overshadowed but I didn’t get that with A Wedding In December. Each character was well fleshed out and very well developed.

This book delves deep into the relationship between sisters. What it’s like to be the oldest and have a younger sibling who is sick a lot. We see Katie have to learn to lean on her younger sister for a change. Now that they’re grown women Katie has to learn that their relationship can change, can be different.

I think for most of the book we put Rosie into this needs protection box because that’s how her family views her and treats her, but she has this moment of defiance towards the end of this book where she sticks up for herself and has to remind her sister that her decisions, are her decisions!

The Mother, Maggie, was kind of my favorite character. I adored the fake marriage, but really married trope. It was interesting to see how long Maggie and her husband could pull it off but in the course of being a fake couple, things are set up for them to do as a couple which I really enjoyed seeing. It puts them in this predicament where you either continue to try and fake the funk or..you know, maybe work things out.

I could go on and on but what it boils down to is, treat yourself to Sarah Morgan’s writing. This was a wonderful, wonderful read that I absolutely adored. This is what women’s fiction should read like. This one is part of my Holiday Romance 5 Star Predictions list and I am so thrilled to say it lived up to my expectations.

xx.

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#Blogmas Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses by Jenny Hale

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Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses by Jenny Hale should absolutely be on your holiday tbr. This is the romance between single Mom, nurse Abbey who is trying to hold it all together and Nick. Nick is a millionaire, divorcee, who is hosting family Christmas at his place this year and is suggested to hire Abbey to come decorate and get things nice and festive for everyone.

Jenny Hale does an amazing job at creating and capturing conflict. Nick, who has always wanted to make his father proud, was handed down his dad’s business. He’s very business minded and his dedication to work and not wanting a family is a big reason behind his failed marriage. He wants none of that business again which obviously causes some issues as feelings between he and Abbey begin to grow.

It’s like these feelings are there, but can only go so far because Abbey knows Nick’s stance on certain things. She tries really hard to guard herself and her son but it eventually gets way too hard to.

I loved this book so much and can totally understand why Hallmark wanted to adapt it into a film. It is sweet and cozy. It is a reminder to slow down and that there are more important things out there than working all the time. Don’t miss out on those moments you won’t get to experience again.

Obviously, I highly recommend checking it out. It’s amazing.

xx

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#Blogmas Her Naughty Holiday by Tiffany Reisz

Her Naughty Holiday

by Tiffany Reisz

#2 in the Men At Work series

Goodreads Rating: 4.08 Stars

Plot:

Clover Greene would sooner crawl into her oven than host family for Thanksgiving dinner. Yet another annual ritual of too much food, served with a side of criticism over “Clover’s Bad Life Choices.” This year, she needs to distract them all—with a handsome fake boyfriend. And she has the perfect guy in mind.

Contractor Erick Fields is the poster boy for sexy single dads, and Clover has been secretly crushing on him for ages. She certainly wasn’t expecting Erick to agree to her insane charade…or to add lots of hot, wicked sex to the deal. If they can pull it off, the worst Thanksgiving ever might give them something to be really thankful for!

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Why Read This Book:

Her Naughty Holiday was a funny as hell, super sexy, fake dating holiday romance. This is my first Tiffany Reisz romance and will definitely not be my last. I really enjoyed that the heroine and the hero were a tad bit older. Erick is actually the Dad of Ruthie, who works for Clover, our heroine. Ruthie is a total force herself to be reckoned with. I adored her. She is this total 17 year old feminist and I couldn’t get enough of her scenes.

The entire beginning and middle half of this book is build up for Thanksgiving day where Clover and Erick prepare for Thanksgiving dinner with Clover’s terrible, so terrible, family. Clover and Erick agree to ‘fake date,’ so that there is a possibility that Clover’s family will back off and give her a break about being single. These people are hilariously terrible people. They give Clover a hard time about being a college drop out, despite the fact that she is still a successful business woman. They want her to settle down and have kids, but not with Erick who is the father of a 17 year old daughter because “step kids are second best.”

I was expecting a very passive scene that I see in a lot of books where the heroine is “the bigger person,” and doesn’t say anything but oh boy, was I wrong and a total Stan for it. This book had one of the best stick up for yourself scenes I’ve read in a book and it didn’t stop there. After Clover is done with everyone’s crap, she kicks THEM ALL OUT, even Erick. Her family is stunned and stubborn and doesn’t seem to get the point, so Erick has to help them understand why Clover is so pissed.

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I loved his scene alone with Clover’s family just as much, if not more than I did hers.  It was great, and in true romance fashion, she heard it all while standing in the background on the stairs unnoticed.

You have to add this holiday gem to your tbr. If you can snag a copy of the audiobook, I can’t recommend it enough. Erick is very sarcastic and uses a lot of jokes, and it just translates so well via audio.

I hope you read it and I hope you love it.

xo.

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#Blogmas Christmas With the Marine by Candace Havens

‘You don’t know how Beautiful you are, do you?’

Christmas With the Marine

by Candace Havens

Published October 18, 2016 by Harlequin Blaze

Goodreads Rating: 3.69 Stars

Plot:

Mission: To make one sexy civvie’s Christmas wish come true 

Christmas is almost here, and guys are the last thing on personal shopper Ainsley Garrett’s list. But her icy resolution melts when she sees an incredibly hot Marine shopping for toys. A man in uniform with a hot bod and a heart of gold? Maybe a gal can believe in Santa after all… 

Major Ben Hawthorne has his career to think about, but when it comes to Ainsley, he’s willing to break his own rules, at least for one night—provided they can get this insanely wicked attraction out of their system. Only, once isn’t enough. Now Ainsley’s checking her list twice…before she falls for a Marine who’s naughty and nice.

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‘I’ve just never met a selfless man before. You’re an anomaly.’

Christmas With The Marine was my first ever read from the Harlequin Blaze series.

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It was fun, and sexy as hell. Ben meets Ainsley while being tasked to buy toys on behalf of his unit for Toys For Tots. Their running into each other was totally meant to be, because Ainsley is a Professional Shopper.

This was a fun holiday romance because the meet cute and so much of the story is about these two getting gifts for other people but in the end, their meeting each other is the gift neither one of them expected or thought they needed.

Both have their reasons for trying to convince themselves that they can only be friends; Ainsley is trying to get her business off the ground and Ben wants to progress to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and knows the hard work and sacrifice that will go into that.

The fact that Christmas With the Marine takes place in Texas was a bonus. The city I live in was mentioned a few times, so I loved that. The story has a twist to it too that I actually enjoyed seeing. Marines are so proud of being Marines, but Ben definitely has to humble himself; Ainsley’s father is constantly trying to set her up with these big time business guys who behind the scenes are total jerks, but her dad doesn’t think Ben is good enough for her. It was a different kind of spin on the story. You have the guy who serves his country in probably the proudest branch of the military, but he’s made to not feel good enough.

The writing was easy. The pacing felt right, and I overall really enjoyed this story. I think if you want a holiday romance that is going to easily hook you from the first page and move quickly, I can’t recommend Christmas With The Marine enough.

xo.

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#Blogmas Miracle On 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan

This is crazy. He groaned the words against her mouth. “You want true love, and I’m not Prince Charming.”

Prince Charming was a weird stalker guy with a foot fetish.”  Breathless, she locked both hands behind his neck to stop him pulling away. “You taught me that.

But he married the girl.”

I don’t want to marry you. I just want you to give me an orgasm.

Just the one? You have low expectations.”

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Plot:

Hopeless romantic Eva Jordan loves everything about Christmas. She might be spending the holidays alone this year, but when she’s given an opportunity to house-sit a spectacular penthouse on Fifth Avenue, she leaps at the chance. What better place to celebrate than in snow-kissed Manhattan? What she didn’t expect was to find the penthouse still occupied by its gorgeous—and mysterious—owner.

Bestselling crime writer Lucas Blade is having the nightmare before Christmas. With a deadline and the anniversary of his wife’s death looming, he’s isolated himself in his penthouse with only his grief for company. He wants no interruptions, no decorations and he certainly doesn’t appreciate being distracted by his beautiful, bubbly new housekeeper. But when the blizzard of the century leaves Eva snowbound in his apartment, Lucas starts to open up to the magic she brings…This Christmas, is Lucas finally ready to trust that happily-ever-afters do exist?

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Miracle On 5th Avenue was a reread for me. I rated it 5 out of 5 stars my first time reading it, and this go around was no different.

Although Miracle on 5th Avenue is book three in the From Manhattan With Love series, I whole heartedly believe you can read it as a standalone.  Eva and Lucas are complete opposites so if opposites attract is your thing, you will love these two. While Eva is the hopeless romantic, Lucas is a crime fiction author and complete cynic. Their romance takes place during the holidays but the fast approaching Christmas Day isn’t a major plot point in the story, so if you’re in the mood for a good December read but don’t want to be hit over the head with the fact that Christmas is coming, add this one to your tbr.

The romance between Eva and Lucas is a bit of a slow burn but I love Eva so much as a character that I didn’t notice. Yes, I want you to read this for the romance but honestly, I want you to read it more for Eva. Everyone could use an Eva in their life. She is a proud hopeless romantic. She blogs. She has a Youtube channel. She was raised by and adored her Grandmother. She is one of my all time favorite heroines. She is unapologetically herself and true to herself.

I can’t recommend Miracle on 5th Avenue enough. If you are looking for a fun romance amidst a New York City in December back drop between a true girl’s girl and a guy who writes books where someone always dies in the end, I think you’ll enjoy this one.

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Weekly Wrap Up

Weekly Wrap Up

November came and went so quickly, and I can’t believe it. I literally still feel the excitement over knowing Halloween was coming followed by the excitement of knowing November was coming along with my birthday.

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I literally only read one book this week and that was Little Miss Perfect by Julia Kent which is a novella. I rated it 4 out of 5 stars. It is the 0.5 in the Fluffy series which I have the audiobook for the next book on audible escape. I really can’t wait to read it!

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This week I mostly listened to Podcasts, in particular, the Fated Mates podcast. The episode I want to highlight is their most recent episode which is where Sarah and Jen discuss The Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase. I have not read this historical romance and probably would have never even considered it, but hearing what these ladies have to say about it, has me very intrigued!

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This week I watched a few Hallmark movies, and really loved them. If you haven’t watched A Christmas Duet, I highly recommend that one and last night I watched Christmas In Rome which was so, so good! I love a good destination Christmas romance.

It is December and over on Youtube, I will be participating in vlogmas!! My first video is up!

That’s all from me friends, I will chat with you later!

 

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WEEKLY WRAP UP

Happy Sunday friends, time for another weekly wrap up!

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I had a pretty good reading week this week. I finished Christmas In Vermont by Anita Hughes which was a book I picked up on a haul due to it’s really beautiful cover and hello! I’m totally in holiday romance binge mode. I ended up not loving this one as much as I’d anticipated though. You can see more of my thoughts on it my most recent holiday romance wrap up, here.

I also finished This Christmas by Sarah Spade, which you can also see my thoughts on in the video! I highly recommend this series by Sarah Spade, and last I checked, all of the books are part of Kindle Unlimited if you subscribe to it.

I finished F*Ck and Fall In Love by Nicole Falls. I chatted a bit about this in my recent Kindle Haul post. I enjoyed it. It was a short novella, basically showcasing two characters who meet, fall in love and pursue what they’re feeling.

I also finished The Loner’s Lady by Jessa Kane, another new to me author. Basically what happened was, I woke up really early on day 1 of the weekend edition of ContemporaryAThon and wanted to completely deviate from my to be read list and add some novella action into it, so I picked this up. LOVED IT! Totally taboo and so damn sexy. 

Yesterday, I finished The Corner of Holly and Ivy by Debbie Mason which I rated four stars and Shopping for the Billionaire by Julia Kent which I rated three stars.

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Have I been living under a rock? I don’t know, it’s totally questionable. What has taken me so long to listen to the Fated Mates podcast? The hosts of this podcast are Sarah Maclean and Jen Prokop. I am absolutely a fan of the discussions these two ladies have. They are so engaging and so insightful. I listened to two really good episodes this week; first is season 2, episode 11 where they give recommendations based off emails and tweets they received. Click here to check it out. The other episode I listened to and LOVED SO MUCH was Season 2, episode 9 which you can click here to check out. In this episode, the ladies chat about Priest by Sierra Simone which if you don’t know, is one of my all time favorite books. Period.

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My friend Amanda posted her response to the Get To Know The Romance Reader tag, and it is a must watch! I really love seeing how different all of my friends’ answers are. It is a true testament to just how huge the romance genre is and how there is something for everyone; you just have to find what works for you.

Also, this week my husband and I sat and watched The Apollo documentary on HBO. It is so good. So insightful. Having never been to New York City, the Apollo theater is only an entity I know of because of television and just hearing people discuss it. This film really opened my eyes and educated me on its cultural importance; the entertainment it provided for people of color during times when we weren’t allowed to go into just any location for entertainment and how it has survived time. It was beautifully shot and such an eye opener.

I am slipping on my Hallmark movie watching. Last night, my hallmark app reminded me there were two films premiering and I could have swore I had them recorded. Well, I ran to the grocery store under the assumption that I was okay, my DVR was recording the movies, I’d only be about 45 minutes and could come home and watch them. nope!   I don’t know what I saw, but I didn’t see that I had them recorded! I have already searched to see when they come on again and have them both set to record. I did watch Write This Christmas which was okay and Small Town Christmas which was also okay. I am looking forward to this upcoming week because we are getting some Thanksgiving films, so that’s exciting!

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I hope your week was amazing and your weekend has been full of relaxation. We will chat again soon,

xx.

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WWW Wednesday: 20 November 2019

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Every Wednesday, we participate in a blog post known as ‘WWW Wednesdays.’ This was originally hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm before moving to Taking on a World of Words. 

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

I am currently reading two books.

F*ck and Fall In Love by Nicole Falls which is a novella. I am a girl who loves a story where the heroine travels to another city for whatever reason (typically work) and while there finds herself growing feelings for someone. In this case, our heroine travels to NYC and finds herself to Nigel, who works at the hotel she works out. Things get pretty hot and intense pretty quickly. I was reading last night completely hypnotized! Nigel’s charms were completely rubbing off on me!

My other current read is The Corner of Holly and Ivy by Debbie Mason which I am reading for my holiday romance binge. This is my first ever Debbie Mason romance and so far I am really enjoying it. I will definitely have to backtrack and read the previous books in the series because there are a few things that have been mentioned in this book that I’d like more clarity on, but so far, so good.

For what I recently finished,

I recently posted a holiday decor haul/wrap up video over on my Youtube channel which I will leave here. Towards the end of the video, I wrap up my most recent five reads.

 

What I plan to read next

This weekend I am participating in the weekend edition of ContemporaryAThon hosted by Chelseadollingreads and Julie from Pages and Pens over on Youtube. I will leave my to be read video for that here:

 

That’s what’s up with me today reading wise! Let me know what you are currently reading or plan to read next. There are a ton of readathons happening in December, do you plan to participate in any?

xx

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RECENT KINDLE ROMANCE HAUL

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Hello Friends! It has been a while since I shared a Kindle haul with you, so I thought today I’d let you know what’s new on my kindle.

This Christmas by Sarah Spade, which is book 2 in her Holiday Hunk series. Back In October I read and loved Halloween Boo which is book one and followed Dani and Zack. In This Christmas we are following Dani’s older brother Max and Allison and so far it is so, so good! I feel like I may like it just a little bit more than Halloween Boo, but we’ll see once I finish. If you’re wondering, “I have heard those names before,” it’s because you have; they are from Hocus Pocus. If you are subscribed to Kindle Unlimited, this and I believe the entire series, is available to KU users.

F*ck and Fall In Love by Nicole Falls. This will be my first romance by this author and I am very excited! This is another one that is available to Kindle Unlimited users. I don’t know much about it other than it is a novella, and I am in the mood for something short and sweet! I will keep you posted on what I think of it.

Frosted Whipped Buttered by Christina C. Jones is another novella I have downloaded, know nothing about, but am so excited for. I feel like I am going to be in for a real treat with this one. Just going off the title alone, I feel like maybe there will be some foodie action in this romance and I am totally here for it! This one is also available to Kindle Unlimited users, so definitely take advantage if you’re subscribed!

Dirty Letters by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward. I downloaded this one after seeing my friend Lisa from RemarkablyLisa on Youtube mention it, but I am slightly nervous now.. She started it and last time we chatted, she was DNF’ing it because something made her uncomfortable. This one I downloaded via Kindle Unlimited and paid 1.99 for the audiobook, so definitely take advantage of this deal and give it a try for yourself if you are already fans of these authors. I have yet to read anything by them but am still going to give this one a try.

Insatiable by Melanie Harlow, which is book 3 in her Cloverleigh Farms series. I cannot wait to start this one; I don’t know why I haven’t yet. This series has been such a joy to make it through. Harlow gives the right balance of small town charm and just the right amount of sexy. I can’t wait to see whose story we get in Insatiable. This title is available to Kindle Unlimited users as well, enjoy.

Those are my recent Kindle downloads friends. Let me know what you have hauled recently. I hope today is amazing for you, we will chat again soon.

xx.

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Weekly Wrap-Up

Happy Sunday friends. I have decided I would like to do weekly wrap-ups here on the blog. I will share whatever highlights from my week there are, what I’ve been reading, watching-all the jazz! So let’s get into it.

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Besides reading for school, I did manage to read a few things for fun..

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I am kicking my holiday romance binge’s butt and my fingers are crossed that the momentum keeps up. This week I finished two books, A Coldwater Christmas by Delores Fossen and Christmas In Winter Valley by Jodi Thomas. Reviews for both will be up in December during my attempt at #Blogmas. I am vlogging my progress through my stack, so if you want to keep up with my video diaries and see firsthand thoughts of my reading, click here to subscribe to my Youtube channel.

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One of my favorite romance focused Podcasts is The Wicked Wallflowers Club. I love their blend of asking questions to get to know their author guests both as readers and diving into their writing life. I checked their website and the episode I listened to this week and loved isn’t posted on the website yet, but click here to check them out! Wherever you listen to your podcasts, episode 106 is the most recent episode and it’s an interview with author Andie J. Christopher, author of Not The Girl You Marry. Along with the author, they had her editor from Berkley Romance and the interview was such an insightful look into the world of getting published.

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I watched two really good Hallmark movies this week; Picture A Perfect Christmas and Two Turtle Doves. I tend to wait until after the premiere to watch but these were both new releases and oh, so good! Picture A Perfect Christmas specifically is now in my top five favorite Christmas movies. I highly recommend them both though.

My friend Sarah, at Steeped In Books over on Youtube, posted her 2019 Holiday Book Bingo announcement video here, and I was so excited. In the summer she hosts the summer romance book bingo which I am always sad to see come to an end, so I am so overjoyed that she does this during the holiday season. I already have my bingo card printed out and can’t wait to get started.

Also, this week, my friend Stephanie from Steph’s Romance Book Talk did a live show while answering the End of Year Book tag which you can see here.  I am always amazed at how many books a day Steph reads and how many she rounds out each year having read. It was a nice group of viewers watching and just what I needed that day. It felt like a group of friends hanging out, chatting about books! We need more positive spaces like that. Certain spaces within the book community have become so toxic lately.

As for me, I have two videos that went up this week. First, I vlogged through a few Kindle Unlimited and Audible Escape romances and I posted my to be read list for next weekend’s Contemporary-A-Thon.

 

I hope this week was amazing for you! It was a chill, low key week for me because I didn’t have a crap ton of school work due. I definitely overindulged on the relaxation time. Let me know what you read/watched/listened to this week. Anything you’d recommend?

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