Sunday Coffee

“I’m learning to become all the space I need.”- Danez Smith

Hello Friends, and Happy first Sunday of April.  It is Sunday morning and I already know tomorrow I am going to miss is. I need more days of relaxation. Life has been go go go so much lately. Life of a working Mother. Life of a Mother, period. I need a getaway. Just one night, in a hotel room all to myself. Phone cut off, no obligations. I don’t want to kick this off though in my feelings and complaining. Grab your Sunday drink of choice and let’s catch up.

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This past week was a slow reading week for me. My main focus was finishing The Girl He  Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves which released April 2nd. If not reading that, I had the audio version of A Girl’s Guide to Moving On by Debbie Macomber, which I’m still making my way through. I am really enjoying it, and have missed Debbie Macomber’s writing so much. This story in particular feels so special to me for some reason. I love a good moving on/starting over romance and the friendship between the two main characters and their loyalty to one another and commitment to moving on is written so well.

One I started later in the week is, California Girls by Susan Mallery.

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This is my first Susan Mallery novel, and wow, it is good! In California Girls we follow three sisters who within a matter of days, are all dumped by the men they’ve been seeing. In the beginning I’d convinced myself that something would make this story unbelievable but I was totally wrong. I love that Mallery has us following three different perspectives but it is so easy to keep up with who is who and what they’re going through. I also like how I don’t necessarily prefer one storyline over another. Each perspective holds its own. I know there are some crummy sister relationships out there, but it’s always refreshing and delightful to read sister stories where the women actually get along.

I came home Friday after work to book mail that made my disastrous week totally worth it. My girl Stephanie from Steph’s Romance Book Talk on Youtube sent me a big box of books and bookish swag she hauled at her recent trip to ApollyCon. I need to make attending bookish events a priority and stick with it. I want to go to stuff so bad, meet friends, see authors and pay my respects. The box she sent to me was such a joy and reminder of why I love the romance community.  Stephanie is an O.G. when it comes to romance reading. I get so many recommendations from her and I love how she goes hard for the genre she loves.

This week was kind of weird. A rapper that I honestly didn’t really listen to was killed out in L.A. and it’s one of those situations that surprisingly broke my heart. I love, love. This rapper, Nipsey Hussle was the husband of an actress I’ve followed and admired for a while now, Lauren London. She’s beautiful, with the most adorable dimples, cool girl next door vibes with a slight sass to her while also being sunshine can chill vibes. When the news that he got killed hit the world, my heart broke for her. I can’t imagine getting the phone call that you’ll never see the love of your life alive again. Since his passing I’ve been watching videos and listening to interviews and this guy truly was a Legend. He had touched so many lives in a positive way. He gave back so much to his community. Although I never met the guy, I am grateful for the positive things he was able to accomplish in his short time here in the world. I feel like a lot lately, we are getting reminders that tomorrow isn’t promised. Tell your loved ones that you love them and don’t take a single moment for granted.

“The end isn’t coming soon, just what’s next.”-Neil Hilborn

I’ve been making my way through poetry collections, slowly but surely this month. I finished my first Danez Smith and am making my way through Neil Hilborn’s, The Future. I’d love to get through as many collections in the month of April as I can.

This past week was another overwhelming, chaotic, hot mess. I don’t mind being busy, but I hate being overwhelmed. I don’t like early days which turn into another day of getting in your car 30 minutes after your shift is technically over, still behind. It wouldn’t be so bad if I spent my days doing something I love doing. I’m at the point in my life where I don’t want to waste anymore Time. Keep your fingers crossed for me because your girl might be on the right path..only time will tell.

Anyway, I hope you had a great week and a relaxing weekend. If you’re reading anything that you’d like to suggest, let me know. Take care of yourself and until next time, xo.

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Only You by Melanie Harlow

Okay, let’s get this out of the way before I go any further: I totally read the last book in this trilogy, Only Love, first. It happens. I was too far into it when I realized this, so I went ahead and finished it and have finally back tracked and read book one, Only You.

 

Only You by Melanie Harlow

Published March 10, 2018 by MH Publishing

I listened to the Audiobook via Audible. Narration was done by Stephen Dexter & Lauren Ezzo

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Synopsis:

Nate Pearson is ridiculously handsome and wears the hell out of a suit and tie, but I’ve seen the parade of beautiful women leaving his apartment across the hall—a different one every time—and I want no part of it. When it comes to romance, I’m looking for something real, something that will last: the happily ever after.

As a divorce attorney, he loves to tell me there’s no such thing.

As a wedding planner, I choose to disagree.

We disagree on almost everything, in fact. Everything except James Bond. The only time we really get along is when we’re watching 007 flicks together, and I’ll admit—he has rescued me from a disaster or five. So when one of the baton twirlers from his parade leaves a baby girl at his door with a note that says “I’ll come back for her” and he begs me for help, I can’t turn him down.

But it’s a mistake.

Because watching him with his daughter, I start to see another side of Nate, a side that has my breath coming faster, my body craving his, my heart longing for him to change his mind about love and tell me there’s a chance for us.

I don’t want to be just another girl leaving his apartment in the morning.

I want to be the one he asks to stay.

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My Thoughts:

Melanie Harlow has quickly become a new favorite romance author for me. Firstly, I have never been to Detroit, Michigan, but it is one of those American cities that gets a pretty bad rep. I have only read a handful of Harlow’s novels at this point, but I love that her romances all seem to take place in Detroit and it’s surrounding cities. I love that she is able to  focus her romances in a place that is typically shown in a negative light.

In Only You, I loved the spin on the  “surprise baby,” trope. This is a trope that a lot of romance readers admit is not their favorite, but Melanie Harlow does something different with it. I felt it added a creative spin to the story while feeling very realistic at the same time.

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I really loved Nate and Emmy with their friends to lovers romance. I enjoyed how they were neighbors for years and had complete opposite outlooks when it comes to relationship, yet the surprise baby began to blur the lines on what had been keeping the two apart.

If you’re a fan of “the broken hero,” I think you’ll be a fan of Nates. He has chosen to live his life unattached after the loss of someone very important to him. It is so understandable yet I loved when he admitted to Emme that he would try to push her away, and requested that she not let that happen.

In true Harlow fashion, the ending was absolutely swoon worthy. In each book I’ve read by hers so far, I find the way the hero uses creativity and truly steps outside of his comfort zone to get his girl, and this one didn’t disappoint.

Only You was fun and sexy while being sweet and giving a slight glimpse into the life we create after a great loss. I highly recommend checking it out.

 

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