Sunday Coffee

Hello Friends. We have made it to another Sunday and wow, what a week. Thursday and Friday in particular were crazy days for me. I feel like I earned the hell out of this weekend. Grab your Sunday drink of choice and let’s catch up.

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This past week I finished the second two books in Melanie Harlow’sHappy Crazy Love trilogy.

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Both were fantastic, but the third book, Some Sort of Love I’d have to say is my favorite of all three. Melanie Harlow has become one of the few authors who after reading one book of hers, I want to read anything and everything I can get my hands on by her.

I had another incident of right place, right time, new favorite song. Seriously, I need to create a playlist dedicated to songs I hear on a whim, while out and about. I was at my local Central Market yesterday morning after grabbing coffee and heard this reggae beat being played throughout the store. Reggae isn’t a genre I know basically anything about but I have an ear for older music. Older music is a first love of mine. I immediately pull out my phone and Shazam it. I learn that song is, It’s True by Alton Ellis from his album, Sunday Coming. It’s True gives feeds my old school, crooning, doo wop soul what it needs while on top of a reggae beat that transports me to an island paradise I need to visit sooner rather than later.

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One of my current reads is a poetry collection by Andrea Gibson, The Madness Vase.

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I am enjoying this one a whole lot more than a previous read of hers. I was pretty let down by that one after reading and loving, Pansy.  I’ll share some of what I have highlighted so far:

Like drumbeats forever changing their rhythm I am living today as someone I had not yet become yesterday, and tonight I will borrow only pieces of who I am right now to carry with me to tomorrow.

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I am whatever I am when I am it.

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I will say I have never cared to Be nearly as much as I care to Become.

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I am also currently in the middle of Sin and Ink by Naima Simone.

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I don’t want to say too much about it, because I am pretty far in and will definitely post a full review once I am done, but I am enjoying it so far. Up to this point I felt like I’ve read some very forbidden romances. Like, what else could be out there? Then I started reading Sin and Ink and all I’ll say I if you like a good forbidden romance. A totally messed up situation? You have to give this one a try! More to come on it once I’ve finished.

This past week was insane. One of those weeks which consisted of early mornings to get to work and attempt to catch up, yet still leaving feeling like I accomplished nothing. I am determined to do better at time management while also not stressing myself out. My Psychologist I have been seeing is moving out to Arizona, so I start therapy with a new doctor this week. Wish me luck. I’ve met this particular doctor before and she seems nice, but I have built trust with the doctor I’ve been using and it kind of feels like starting all over again.

Let me know what is going on in your corner of the world. How did your week go? Anything awesome coming up this week for you? I am wishing you the best. Take care of yourself. Until next time, xo.

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Goodbye Winter, Romance Faves

Hello Friends, and Happy Spring! I am very much looking forward to Spring, 2019. I am determined, reading wise, to really enjoy myself. I want this Spring to be a memorable one thanks in part to reading some awesome stuff. Before moving on and living my best Spring Life though, I want to share what my top 3 romance reads from Winter were. Narrowing my favorites down to only 3 was tough, because I can count on one hand how many books from my Winter reading that I didn’t like. I read a lot of stories that are standing the test of time and are really sticking with me. These 3 (and one honorable mention) are the ones that have had the most impact.

 

First up is A Tall, Dark Cowboy Christmas by Maisey Yates. I received this one thanks to the Harlequin Publicity Team and really enjoyed it. I read A Tall, Dark Cowboy Christmas as part of my Holiday Romance Binge which honestly is in the works to become an every holiday season thing! Holiday Romances are my absolute favorites and this one didn’t disappoint. It is Grant and McKenna’s romance. What I loved most about this book was Grant. I love a grieving hero romance and Grant was so well written. He ripped my whole heart out as he lived day to day refusing to move on out of survivor’s guilt. I loved how Maisey Yates explored that in this one and I am so excited to try more out from her.

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My next pick is Grip by Kennedy Ryan. I’ll probably never stop recommending this book by Kennedy Ryan. I was obsessed with it! Obsessed! This is Grip and Bristol’s romance. We meet the two in the novella, Flow which leaves off on this total cliff hanger and will have you immediately one clicking Grip so you can find out what in the heck is going on! This is an interracial romance which grapples with some heavy topics. I think it is an important book that more readers should read. I could seriously go on and on but let’s just say: police brutality toward people of color is discussed in this book, along with what it must be like to be a police officer in today’s America-I liked that both sides were explored, the mother’s of both Bristol and Grip wanting their kids to be with someone of their own kind, and a third party whose head over heels for the hero! There is so much going on in this story, amidst beautiful, poetic writing, a sexy romance and important message. Kennedy Ryan knocked it out of the park with this one.

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My third pick is going to Queen Bev herself, Ms. Beverly Jenkins! I have been gradually making my way through works by hers and have successfully completed her Destiny trilogy and while each book brought its own unique spin to the trilogy, one in particular really stood out to me. My favorite from this trilogy and my final favorite from this Winter, is Destiny’s Captive. This is Noah and Pilar’s romance. The two cross paths after Pilar, a female pirate, steals Noah’s ship. All 3 heroines from this trilogy were basically bad asses, but Pilar was my favorite. We see how tough she is, and it felt genuine. It felt like the life she had been living was truly all she ever knew and wanted.  So when Noah comes around she really struggles with the change. Noah though! Oh my goodness. If a damaged hero is your thing, you have to read this book. We learn at the end of this romance why Noah is so broken and dammit, I didn’t think Queen Bev would go there, but she did. It still breaks my heart thinking about it.

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I have to have an honorable mention, because this is my show and I’m allowing myself the liberty to bend the rules! In the spirit of bending rules, my honorable mention isn’t going to be a romance, which can be a tad bit debatable. My honorable mention is Hollywood’s Eve: Eve Babitz and the Secret History of L.A. by Lili Anolik. I have yet to read any of Eve Babitz’s fiction but when I saw the cover to this one, I couldn’t resist. I found it absolutely fascinating. I have never been to L.A. and find the 60s and 70s fascinating. I feel like those years get forgotten about as time continues to pass, but so much amazing music and pieces of pop culture happened during them. I loved how this book is one woman who lived during this time’s own experience. We learn how much of a recluse Babitz is know, but I felt Anolik really showcased her voice well. Literally after finishing this I jotted down all the Babitz titles I need to read sooner rather than later with the intention of decoding what I’m reading. I loved it!

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So those are my favorite reads from this past Winter. I am sad to see it go, but I hoping this Spring is an amazing one. I have so many awesome reads lined up! Let me know what your favorite reading favorites were from this past Winter, I’d love to know. I hope you’re taking care of yourself. Until next time, xo.

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Hello Spring, Romance Recommendations

I feel like when it comes to seasons, we as readers have two favorite seasons which really dictate what we’re reading. Everyone knows their go to’s for the fall: darker, cozier stories to curl up with. Then there is the summer, where our to be read piles look more light and fun. I know me personally, I don’t give Spring the respect it deserves. It’s the time of year for new beginnings. The flowers are beginning to bloom. The weather is getting cooler (unless you live in Texas, it already feels the the dog days of summer) and Its the perfect time to treat yourself to a trip to your favorite coffee shop’s patio to sip on a cool drink with a good romance for a bit. If you’re unsure of what to read, I have you covered. These are a few romances I have read in the past few months that I think will be perfect for those cool spring days.

First up is My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren. This is a fun friends to lovers romance. I like what the author duo did with this one. Very realistic to how a lot of people nowadays are tackling the dating world, the plot line involves online dating. A group of co-workers have an upcoming office party, and one of the friends puts out the idea that the crew should all create online dating profiles on a website. Millie (the only female in the crew)  goes along with the plan, yet creates a fake profile, and finds herself matched up with Reid, one of the guys from the crew. This was my first read by Christina Lauren. It was a lot of fun and very realistic. As someone who hasn’t been on the dating scene for a long time, it was a fun glimpse into how much it has changed with continuous growth of technology. If you want a fun, sexy romance that’s easy to get into, and follows a crew of educated professionals, I highly recommend this one.

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My next recommendation is Priest by Sierra Simone. I would probably recommend you read Priest in any season but if you’re looking for a romance that is going to hook you through the last page, you have to give this one a try. Priest is told from Tyler, aka Father Bell’s perspective. In the outskirts of Kansas City, Tyler is a Priest at a local Catholic Church and his world Is flipped upside down when Poppy stumbles in to make confession. Without even trying really, Simone created a very dark, atmospheric vibe that is almost an ode to how forbidden Tyler and Poppy’s romance is. Things that take place in this book are so wrong but so damn sexy. Save this one for those cool, breezy Spring nights..it is totally worth the read.

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Only You by Melanie Harlow is my next recommendation. At this point it’s safe say, Melanie Harlow can do no wrong in my book. I love her characters. I love her Detroit, Michigan settings and although I read the third book in this trilogy first, I absolutely adored Only You. This one has the accidental baby trope, but with a twist that works and won’t leave you pissed off..I know that is a lot of romance readers’ least favorite trope! It is also a friends to lovers romance, which I think Spring is perfect for. Emme and Nate have been neighbors for years. They are complete opposites. Nate is a divorce attorney and well known player. Emme is a wedding planner who wears her heart on her sleeves and has been known to fall easily and quickly. Let’s just say the unexpected baby with a twist makes the two see each other in a totally new light and brings them much closer than they every could’ve expected. I loved it.

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Fall in love with the romance of Grip and Bristol, in Kennedy Ryan’s Grip. This is the novella to the Grip series and I loved it so much. This is an interracial romance and although it’s a novella it truly sets everything you need for the rest of the series up. It takes place out in California and I could feel the breeze from the ocean on my skin and the whole vibe was just perfect. Grip is a poet/rapper and he’s become one of my favorite heroes of all time. I love what he stands for. This is a quick read, but one you won’t want to miss a thing with. It is fun and forbidden and sexy yet entangled with some very important dialogue. Amazing, you have to read it.

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My last recommendation is another shorter romance, but one that was a lot of fun and that’s Catastrophe Queen by Emma Hart. Mallory is a complete klutz which adds a funny, lighthearted edge to this story. Her family is freaking hilarious. Her aunt and grandfather have been staying with her and her parents and there is the constant banter back and forth. I was literally sitting at the coffee shop one morning reading this on Kindle laughing hysterically, I know people around had to think I was losing it. Mallory literally steps into traffic due to not paying attention and is almost ran over by her soon to be boss, Cameron. Long story short, this is their romance. I am finding that I really enjoy office romances, so if they are a setting you enjoy, I can’t recommend Catastrophe Queen enough. You are literally on edge the entire time, worrying that Mallory is going to spill coffee all over the edge, or trip over her own feet.

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Thank you for reading. I hope you found something in this list that you want to add to your Spring to be read list. Share some of your Spring reading recommendations with me. xoxo,

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Some Sort of Crazy by Melanie Harlow

Okay Friends, I haven’t read many series, trilogies or whatever else is out there. Until I started reading romance, I cringed at the thought of continuing on with a cast of characters in multiple books. I was a one and done kind of girl. I am so glad my love of romance has changed my perspective on this crazy way of thinking because I would totally be missing out on trilogies like Melanie Harlow’s, Happy Crazy Love trilogy.  Thanks to a couple of friends on Instagram, I went into book two, Some Sort of Crazy a little aware that I was going to love it..and I did.

Some Sort of Crazy by Melanie Harlow

Published November 17, 2015

4/5 Stars

Narrated on Audiobook by Nelson Hobbs and Lucy Malone

 

“The entire night was just ours, like we existed outside of time, in our own little world.”

 

Synopsis:

When a psychic tells Natalie Nixon her life is about to be upended by a mysterious stranger, she laughs it off. After all, she has everything she’s ever wanted—a successful bakery, a the perfect boyfriend, and the keys to her dream house.

Who could possibly make her want to throw all that away?

Then Miles Haas comes back to town.

But he’s no stranger—they’ve known each other since high school. Plus, he’s only around for the summer, he’s still a shameless playboy, and he makes a living writing articles for a men’s magazine with titles like ‘Should You Bang the Boss’s Daughter? A Flowchart’ and ‘Butt Stuff for Beginners: A Field Guide.’

He’s not the man of her dreams, and she’s not about to abandon everything she’s worked so hard for just for a little fun. Except he makes her laugh like no one else, smells like heaven, and looks sexy as hell in those panty-melting glasses.

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My Thoughts:

Some Sort of Crazy was a fun roller coaster ride while also being sexy as hell. Where with book 1, Some Sort of Happy, the vibe felt very dark, the vibe in Some Sort of Crazy felt very light hearted and just completely different. I liked that although following one of the sisters of the main character from book 1 and still feeling pretty invested in this world and characters, this book was able to stand on it’s own. You can totally skip book one and read this one without it..but don’t! 

I liked Natalie as a main character. She gives you the good girl vibes without feeling ridiculous. I love that she owns her own coffee shop. She’s been in a relationship with her boyfriend Dan for forever and long story short, things happen and they break up. This is shortly after Miles, a long time friend of Natalie’s has come home. After Natalie thank you next’s Dan, she allows herself the liberty of hanging out with Miles.

Miles, oh Miles. Miles is a single guy, living the single guy dream. He does what he wants unapologetically but has always secretly been in love with Natalie. He is a blogger with a blog dedicated to different sexual situations he has found himself in with women.

Total friends to lovers. Guy finally gets the girl kind of story. I liked that Natalie’s cutting Douchebag Dan off had nothing to do with Miles and everything to do with the strength she realized she had. I was happy to not have any moments where she regretted cutting him off. That is mostly thanks to Miles, but despite the reputation he has built for himself, I respected that Miles respected Natalie enough to not allow anything initially to happen that she may regret later.

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I really enjoyed the family aspect you get in this one. It was there in book one too, but I felt like we got more insight into the relationship between the 3 sisters in Some Sort of Crazy. Even Sebastian, the love interest from book one. He has obviously become part of the family, and I liked seeing him written into certain scenes as one of the family members.

In true Harlow fashion, this book was sexy as hell. Very descriptive sex scenes that will leave you breathless. In this story though, during each sex scene I found myself rooting for Natalie. She deserved each and every moment of it after what she had been through with Douchebag Dan. Miles was crazy about her and wanted to make her happy and make her feel good. When Miles begins to realize he is feeling something he’s never felt before, it truly felt earth shattering. I had to laugh at him, because as he begins to realize and question his feelings for Natalie, he thinks he’s getting sick.

Now, I will forewarn you-this romance does have a twist that I know many people aren’t fond of. I typically roll my eyes at it as well, but in Some Sort of Crazy, it worked. It made sense, and I honestly can’t imagine the twist having went any other direction and actually working.

Onto book 3  I go. Let me know if you’ve given this trilogy a go, or anything by Melanie Harlow. Until next time, take care of yourselves. We will chat again soon. xo

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Sunday Coffee

I was literally just on Pinterest before logging on to type this week’s Sunday Coffee and came across a quote that said, “Never underestimate the power of good morning texts, apologies and random compliments.” I saw it, loved it and am hoping that it reaches someone who could use this little reminder. The simplest of things can go a long way.

Welcome to another Sunday, Friends! Grab your Sunday morning drink of choice and let’s chat.

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This week was a blur. In between the early risings, constant on the go during the day and struggle to stay asleep at night, it feels like nothing really significant took place. Work was work. It’s this never ending cycle of getting there early to attempt to stay on top of things, yet leaving at 1630 (4:30 p.m.) feeling like I accomplished absolutely nothing.

My reading this past week consisted mostly of romance on audio and poetry on my Kindle. I read two poetry collections by Trista Mateer and loved both of them, so so much. I am a huge fan of her collection, Honeybee, which I read upon its release back in 2018 but there are a few available thanks to Kindle Unlimited, that I downloaded and read. First, I read Redacted, which I gave 4/5 Stars. After Redacted, I read, The Dogs I Have Kissed which I also gave 4/5 Stars to as well.

Here’s the thing when it comes to me and poetry: I may be 32, but I absolutely adore and poetry that speaks to the 17 year old girl that still resides within me soul. I am a total Stan for how radical poetry can be and how important a lot of the poetry coming out these days is. There are some poets out here these days who will gut you with the honesty, the brutal deliverance and the rawness to their poems- but to my core, I am sucker for angsty as hell love poems. Don’t even get me started on break up poems! So, I devoured these two collections by Trista Mateer and am on the prowl for more by her. Is there anything mind blowing about her poetry? Not really, but damn! It speaks to me. If I could recommend poetry to 17 year old me, Mateer’s writings would be on that list.

Besides the two poetry collections by Trista Mateer, I also read Some Sort of Happy by Melanie Harlow. I have already posted a review of this romance, but I loved it and am already in the middle of book 2 from the trilogy. Harlow has become a favorite author of mine and I can already tell that my current read of hers, Some Sort of Crazy is on it’s way to being my new favorite of hers.

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It has been a priority for me to get out and explore new to me coffee shops in my city. I found and fell in love with one local chain which was great but I wanted to see what else was out there. It has been a fun adventure and one I am glad I’ve been taking the time to do. I discovered Estate Coffee Co and oh my goodness their Kentucky Smoke Latte is absolutely delicious! They are this kind of tucked away gem downtown that literally my first day looking for them, I almost gave up looking for altogether. I drove around the same block probably four times before realizing I needed to go just a bit further down the road and there it was! It looked like nothing was there from where I was originally. They have these big windows in the front, so when the sun is up, the natural lighting from outside mixed with the artificial lighting insides makes it this perfect shade of brightness. I love it.

I sat there yesterday morning and started an arc I was sent..

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The Girl He Used To Know is my first read by Tracey Garvis Graves and although I am very early into it, I am enjoying it. The following is a passage from the first page I loved:

“From the corner of my eye, I catch a glimpse of his face. It’s been ten years since we’ve seen each other and though I often struggle to recognize people out of context, there’s no need for me to question whether or not it’s him. I know it’s him. My body vibrates like the low rumble of a faraway train and I’m grateful for the freezer’s cold air as my core temperature shoots up. I want to bolt, to forget about the strawberries and find the nearest exit. But, Tina’s words echo in my head, and I repeat them like a mantra: Don’t run, take responsibility, be yourself.”

I haven’t reached the part in the book where I find out what the hell happened, but I’m already getting the vibes that this book is going to be un.put.down.able. There is something about the writing that has Hooked me already. I like how the story is being told so far and I love that each chapter thus far is to the point, then onto the next. I’m a fan of a good, short chapter!

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The kids and I went to Barnes and Noble yesterday. It is always a joy for me to see what piques their interest. My 8 year old son is a huge fan of R.L. Stein’s The Goosebumps which makes my heart super happy and my daughter is a lover of The Dork Diaries. With Jase it feels like he hauls them, skims them, but is also obsessed with watching the Goosebumps films and writing his own fan fiction. Aysia devours her Dork Diaries though. She sits on the couch all cozy in her blanket and just breezes through them. I’ll share some pictures of our book store trip along with the two poetry collections I hauled.

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Let me know how your week went. Did you read anything good? Try anything new? Until next time, take care of yourself. I’ll chat with you soon. xo.

 

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Some Sort of Happy by Melanie Harlow

What’s up Friends? I have been slowly but happily, making my way through Melanie Harlow’s bibliography. Back in December of 2018, I participated in round 2 of Smutathon hosted by two booktubers, Lainey and Riley. I made this whole tbr that in the end I didn’t stick to. A friend on Instagram posted the cover of a Melanie Harlow novel, and being the curious being that I am, I took to Goodreads to investigate. Long story short, your girl is hooked on Harlow. This addiction I have to her books is a real thing. Here are my thoughts on Some Sort of Happy which I finished on Audible yesterday.

Some Sort of Happy by Melanie Harlow (Happy Crazy Love, Book 1)

Published September 22, 2015

4/5 Stars

Narrated on Audio by Nelson Hobbs & Lucy Malone

 

Synopsis:

Skylar Nixon is a twenty-seven year old failed actress with no Plan B. After a humiliating stint on a reality TV show crushes what’s left of her childhood dream, she finds herself back in her hometown with no money saved, no college degree, and no confidence she’s anything but a joke—a small town starlet who couldn’t hack it in the big city.

When she runs into former classmate Sebastian Pryce, she can’t believe the hot body and chiseled jaw belong to the shy, troubled loner she knew ten years before. He’s not exactly friendly at first, and she’s heard the rumors about his tragic past, but something in his sad eyes intrigues her. She only wants to get to know him better.

Until the night she wants more—and takes it. (Hard and deep. Twice.)

Are they just two lonely people seeking solace? Or can a disgraced beauty queen and flawed, frustrated man find some sort of happy ever after?

 

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My Thoughts:

Wow! What a ride. Melanie Harlow sure knows how to tug at a girl’s heart. From the very beginning of this book, I knew I’d be on a roller coaster ride. I liked how when we are introduced to Skyler she is down on her luck. Everything isn’t perfect for her. She has honestly in a lot of ways, hit rock bottom. I liked that the hit had already happened, so we meet her, and the focus is on how do I move past this and on from here? Also, when it comes to Skyler, her insecurities felt very real and genuine. She is the perfect example of not judging a person by appearance. She is a pretty girl who is insecure because she feels she doesn’t have a lot going for herself in comparison to her sisters. One of which is a doctor (I think) and the other is a business owner. Skyler was on a reality show and with a lot of editing and manipulation, painted as the bad girl. Especially after the shows airing and all the of the edited words in Skyler’s mouth, it causes a lot of doors to close in her face. I loved this reality tv backstory.

Sebastian, oh my heart! He’s not broken, I don’t want to say that, but oh my goodness he has his own insecurities he has to work through. Sebastian lives with a form of OCD. He and Skyler went to high school together, but didn’t run in the same crowd. In fact, Sebastian’s high school experience sucked! Sebastian has always secretly had a thing for Skyler and I was totally here for it. He gets the girl in this one! But in true Melanie Harlow fashion, he has to work through his issues before that happens, which I love and appreciate.

I liked how Sebastian as the love interest wasn’t perfect. I loved seeing how he lives with his OCD and we get to see the constant up and downs he experiences. We get to see how he goes a little too far in the deep end when he’s not taking care of himself like he should. I thought the author did a really good job of writing him. You want so bad for him to just be okay. And I loved how Skyler loved him regardless of his OCD. He truly thought he wasn’t good enough for her. I love when a hero doesn’t think he’s worthy. Hah! Skyler begins to learn his ticks and triggers and I just adored their relationship. It truly is team work and takes work.

I think out of the novels I’ve read by Melanie Harlow so far, this one felt the sexiest. I haven’t read one yet that didn’t include some sexy time, but Wow! Sebastian and Skyler’s sex scenes are like embedded in my brain at the moment. Onto book two I go..

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The Cottage on Rose Lane by Hope Ramsay

What’s up Romancers? I feel like it has definitely been a while since I’ve read a more cozy romance and I needed to rectify that because honestly the cozy romances is where my love of romance began. I had to have The Cottage on Rose Lane when I saw it, and wasn’t disappointed.

 

The Cottage on Rose Lane by Hope Ramsay

Published December 4, 2018 by Forever

My Rating 4/5 Stars

Audiobook Narrator: Amanda Dolan

 

Synopsis:

Jenna Fossey’s life is about to change. An unexpected inheritance and the chance to meet relatives she never knew existed has her heading to the charming little town of Magnolia Harbor. But as soon as she arrives, long-buried family secrets lead to even more questions, and the only person who can help her find the answers is her sexy-as-sin sailing instructor.

Nothing makes Jude St. Pierre feel more alive than racing on the open sea – at least, not until Jenna comes strolling down his dock asking for sailing lessons. But it feels wrong to be attracted to her – especially when he learns why she came to town. Jude knows she deserves the truth but can he help her discover it without losing her and the family he’s come to think of as his own?

 

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My Thoughts:

I really love when you pick up a novel not knowing what to expect and you find that thing within the pages that really blows you away. For me, in The Cottage on Rose Lane, the thing, that blew me away was the location with its culture and history. This romance takes place in the Deep South, on the South Carolina coast. A place with beautiful waterways and rich with history, and plenty of history being stripped away with the booming coastal resort and golf industry that’s taking over.  I really admired the way the author handled all of the historical aspects she incorporated into the story. With being a white female author, writing a story that shed light on a part of African American history I was ignorant to due to not being from that part of the country, it felt very natural and respectful.  I found myself down a rabbit hole for a straight hour researching as much as I could about the Gullah Geechee culture she writes into the romance. We can’t let our history slip away!

I am not the biggest fan of plot lines where there is a secret. My anxiety just can’t always handle it and Jenna has found her way to Magnolia Harbor with the secret of: one of the town’s prominent figures is her dead father’s brother, she’s inherited money from her Grandfather but none of the family has ever met her. It drove me crazy at times. Usually at least halfway through the book the secret will come out, and Jenna does confess to her love interest Jude, but it was still the big elephant in the room up until the last few chapters. I have to give it to the author, the secret aspect definitely keeps you on the edge of your seat, but it took me a while to get into it. During the entire book, Jenna is getting to know the townspeople, and her family, under a fake name, fake identity and has to sit idly by chatting with her aunt as if the family’s hate for her doesn’t matter. Even the love interest thought she was Magnolia Harbor for something totally different for a few chapters and didn’t trust her.

I liked that Jude and Jenna’s romance is an interracial romance. Both are people dealing with abandonment issues and really, so many odds are stacked against them but it works. Their love story did take me a little while to find believable but once I did, I was hooked. Ramsay really found a way to make everything complicated without feeling overly complicated. 

I’m not sure if this is the start to a new series or not, but there are a few storylines I’d like to see more from. I also wouldn’t mind exploring the slight bit of paranormal activity we see in the book. I thought it added a fun twist to the story, and I mean, you can’t really have a story set in the Deep South without a few haunts. 

Overall, I thought this was a nice re-introduction back into the world of cozy romances which I have missed so much. Aside from the history, the other part of this romance I enjoyed, was the fact that the love interest was a man of color. I loved the descriptions of his beautiful brown skin, his pretty eyes and his curly hair. It was refreshing to see a black man, in a cozy romance, as the hero.

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