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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Love Like Her, by Claudia Burgoa

Love Like Her by Claudia Burgoa is now live!

USA TODAY Bestselling Author Claudia Burgoa charms readers in this romantic comedy that’s whimsical and fun.

Eros Brassard and I met at JFK years ago while trying to catch two different planes. We had an instant connection that was too powerful to deny. Love happened, and we hooked up.

After our crazy romp, we agreed we couldn’t be together. We live too far away to make it work. Yet ever since, destiny has brought us together. Our paths have crossed so many times it’s obvious fate has intervened in our lives.

But there’s always something else–or someone else–getting in the way. Until now.

I’m hired to plan the wedding of Eros’ best friend, Misty. He thought Misty was the one who got away… until I walked in.

Will circumstances push us apart again?

Or is it the perfect time… maybe… for us to finally admit the truth?

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Love Like Her is a funny rom-com of fated lovers and cute crushes. This warm novel that’s cozy and flirty portrays a perfect ending of second–or third–or fourth–chances.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars
Another great story for the Broussard family with Eros and Olivia! I love how their relationship spans more than a decade, multiple cities, how they are always so close yet so far, sharing a few moments before passing each other by again. Fate keeps bringing these two together over and over again, and in between their moments, mere weeks, of being lovers, a strong friendship is built as they stay in touch through phone calls, emails and text messages.

But when it matters, they are there for one another. Through her family tragedy and his, they build each other back up, support one another, until it’s time to to say “until next time…”

I’m not gonna lie, part of this story had me feeling like, enough already! But then once I got to the last 25%, when they are finally in the same city, I actually cried as it all unraveled and then was built back up. Eros and Liv have an incredible base to their relationship, and I loved how falling in love kind of snuck up on them both.

I thought that Claudia Burgoa did a great job of using text messages and emails to further along this story as the years to by. Keeping Eros and Liv connected even while they were building their own lives. I didn’t love the subplot with his friend Misty… it kind of felt shoehorned in, but I see why it was needed to prompt Eros and Liv along to making their own commitment.


This story overlaps the events of the other two books in the series, and Eros’ sisters and their guys are all secondary characters, so it was great to catch up with Nyx and Persy! I have to say, that Broussard family tragedy was not expected at all!! I am curious now about how the 4th book in this series will fit in!

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Claudia is an award-winning, USA Today bestselling author.

She writes alluring, thrilling stories about complicated women and the men who take their breath away. She lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband and her youngest two children.

She has a sweet Bichon, Macey, who thinks she’s the ruler of the house. She’s only partially right.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: The Things We Leave Unfinished, by Rebecca Yarros

 

 

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Told in alternating timelines, THE THINGS WE LEAVE UNFINISHED examines the risks we take for love, the scars too deep to heal, and the endings we can’t bring ourselves to see coming.

Twenty-eight-year-old Georgia Stanton has to start over after she gave up almost everything in a brutal divorce—the New York house, the friends, and her pride. Now back home at her late great-grandmother’s estate in Colorado, she finds herself face-to-face with Noah Harrison, the bestselling author of a million books where the cover is always people nearly kissing. He’s just as arrogant in person as in interviews, and she’ll be damned if the good-looking writer of love stories thinks he’s the one to finish her grandmother’s final novel…even if the publisher swears he’s the perfect fit.

Noah is at the pinnacle of his career. With book and movie deals galore, there isn’t much the “golden boy” of modern fiction hasn’t accomplished. But he can’t walk away from what might be the best book of the century—the one his idol, Scarlett Stanton, left unfinished. Coming up with a fitting ending for the legendary author is one thing, but dealing with her beautiful, stubborn, cynical great-granddaughter, Georgia, is quite another.

But as they read Scarlett’s words in both the manuscript and her box of letters, they start to realize why Scarlett never finished the book—it’s based on her real-life romance with a World War II pilot, and the ending isn’t a happy one. Georgia knows all too well that love never works out, and while the chemistry and connection between her and Noah is undeniable, she’s as determined as ever to learn from her great-grandmother’s mistakes—even if it means destroying Noah’s career.

 

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

The Things We Leave Unfinished is another spectacular novel by Rebecca Yarros. While it has all of the elements of a romance, I didn’t find it to follow the general formula that most contemporary romance novels do. There is a lot of family drama involved, an enemies-to-lovers romance thread, and a wonderful story of soul mates and a wonderful happily ever after.

There are actually two storylines happening at once in this novel — the current-day tale of Noah and Georgia, and the WW2 storyline of Georgia’s great-grandparents, Scarlett and Jameson. The letters of Scarlett and Jameson are wonderful. The chapters go back and forth between the two tales, telling the overall story. Both romances are epic and swoony, and there is a fantastic plot twist at the end that kind of upends everything that Georgia knew to be true about her life and family.

Although I found this book to be a little slow going at first, I couldn’t put it down by the time I really got into the story. I wanted to see what happens next — but didn’t want it to end! Somehow, The Things We Leave Unfinished manages to be a heartwarming, emotional, gripping, entertaining, sorrowful, happy novel all at the same time!

I received an advanced copy via NetGalley and voluntarily left a review.

About the Author:
Rebecca Yarros is the Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of over fifteen novels, including Great and Precious Things and The Last Letter. “A gifted storyteller” (Kirkus), she is also the recipient of the Colorado Romance Writer’s Award of Excellence for Eyes Turned Skyward from her Flight and Glory series.

Rebecca loves military heroes and has been blissfully married to hers for almost twenty years. She’s the mother of six children, ranging from kindergarten to law school, and is currently surviving the teenage years with three of her four hockey-playing sons. When she’s not writing, you can find her at the hockey rink or sneaking in some guitar time while guzzling coffee. She and her family live in Colorado with their stubborn English bulldogs, two feisty chinchillas, and a Maine Coon kitten named Artemis, who rules them all.

Having fostered then adopted their youngest daughter who is nonverbal and on the autism spectrum, Rebecca is passionate about helping children in the foster system through her nonprofit, One October, which she co-founded with her husband in 2019. To learn more about their mission to better the lives of kids in foster care, visit www.oneoctober.org.

To catch up on Rebecca’s latest releases and upcoming novels, including The Things We Leave Unfinished, which just received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, visit www.RebeccaYarros.com.

 

 

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Three’s A Crowd, by Everly Ashton

Release Date: March 1

Damn, the man has the body of a god. Like a real-life statue of David or something. It’s unfair that someone so annoying looks so delicious.

Keane and I have been enemies since childhood.

 
He thinks I’m a Goody 
Two-shoes and I think he’s an arrogant a$$hole.
 
Years later nothing’s changed except the fact that we’re cohabitating in the same apartment along with his sister, who’s also my best friend.

Even though I’m fighting like hell to keep the city from tearing down the building he wants to replace with a new restaurant, we somehow find ourselves doing the horizontal mambo.

Maybe it’s the magic of the letter I found in our ancient apartment that predicted I’m going to meet the man of my dreams. Or maybe it’s just hormones. But just when I start to buy into us as a couple, someone from his past shows up with a shocking secret that Keane’s adamant is untrue.

Now I’m questioning if I can really trust the guy who told the entire football team in high school that I still slept with a stuffie at fifteen years old. In my experience, the answer is no.

Three’s A Crowd is a best friend’s older brother rom-com full of laughs and sexy times. No cheating. HEA.
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

The Love in Apartment 3B series continues with Fiona and Keane’s story — we met them both in Hit or Miss, but Three’s A Crowd is a standalone story (with crossover characters).

Keane and Fiona have been adversaries since they were kids, and now that they are adults, their relationship isn’t much better. But the more time they spend together as roommates, the more they each discover that the other isn’t so bad after all. There are a few obstacles thrown their way before they can get to their happily ever after, but this book is pretty light-hearted and a quick, fun read with all the right steamy moments.

This is the second book by Everly Ashton, and again, I am impressed. The story flows so nicely, and she hits all the right highs and lows in telling the tale.

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

Meet Everly Ashton
Everly Ashton is a USA Today Bestselling Author who wanted to try something a little different under a new name. She loves brooding heroes, spunky heroines, and happily ever afters. You can usually find her with a Kindle in one hand and a cup of caffeine in the other. And because she’s using a pseudonym she can’t tell you much more than that. 😉
 
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: The Knockout Rule, by Kelly Siskind

The Knockout Rule, an all-new sexy and addictive standalone romance from bestselling author Kelly Siskind is available now!

Growing up with an adoring father for a boxing legend isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. It looks more like hospital visits, bloody noses, and cracked ribs.

Isla Slade now works as a physiotherapist, helping athletes heal their bodies. Except for boxers. She has no interest in reliving the stress of her teen years. Dating someone in the boxing world? She’d rather snort wasabi powder.

Until she meets Preston Church.

Preston manages heavyweight boxing darling Brick Kramarov. A brute who’s built tougher than his name, with a cocky attitude to boot. She wants nothing to do with either man, but her father begs her to help them prepare for a huge Vegas fight.

She doesn’t expect Preston to recite romantic poems and slowly break her resolve. His fascinating mind gets under her skin, even if his star athlete reminds her how much she hates boxing.

Too bad it’s Brick coaching Preston how to woo Isla, falling for her from the sidelines. Once she finds out, she’ll have to decide if she can risk loving another man who puts it all on the line for the knockout.

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“Don’t let the resistance pull your arms forward at the top,” Isla told him. “Keep your hands in line with your ears.”

He repeated the movement, noting her suggestions, sweat gathering along his neck. “Like this?”

“Exactly. Take it slow.” 

She crouched next to him, the closest they’d been all session, and his stomach swooped. Fucking swooped, like he was a love-struck teen. The sensation divided his focus, part of it staying on the rope in his hands, a fraction diverting to her proximity, another locked on his reacting body. She shifted positions slightly, seemed to hesitate, then she placed her hand on his back. 

Forget divided. All his attention zeroed in on that one spot. Isla. Hand. Hot. So much heat concentrating where she touched. He leaned back a bit, couldn’t control his body’s urge to ask for more. More contact, more Isla. 

Her fingers spread wider. “Don’t overarch your back,” she said, her voice lower, breathy. “Sit straighter.”

He paused with the triceps rope at his chin, fixed his posture and turned his head, bringing them almost nose to nose. “Like this?”

Her gaze dropped to his lips. His thighs flexed. 

“Yeah,” she murmured. “Like that.” 

The moment lingered, sexual tension vibrating between them so thoroughly he was surprised the walls didn’t shake. And he was pissed. Angry at their circumstances. Upset for Isla and all she’d dealt with in her life. Mad that the easy friendship they’d developed had devolved in a matter of hours to broken sentences and awkward glances. None of it was okay.

Determined to salvage something from this mess, he worked through his next rep with slow precision, keeping his back straighter, his arms at the correct angle. At the end of the rep, he said, “What do you call spending the afternoon with a cranky rabbit?”

Isla made a startled sound, a muffled kind-of-laugh. From the corner of his eye, he caught the hint of a smile. “I don’t know,” she said.

“A bad hare day.”

Her tentative smile grew. “Have I told you your humor hovers at a grade-one level?”

“Have I told you that you have no sense of humor?”

“I wouldn’t know. I usually tune you out.” 

He chuckled at that, turned his head toward her, bringing their lips dangerously close again. Her hand was still on his back, maintaining his posture. Her thumb moved, a small stroke he felt everywhere. They breathed deeply at the same time, their chests expanding like their hearts were reaching toward each other.Then they got back to work. Less awkward this time. They talked more easily. Joked occasionally. Everything out of Isla’s mouth sounded like foreplay to him: move slower, hold that position, yeah like that. But he somehow found his focus, stayed attuned to his body’s needs and pains, assessing when muscle fatigue meant a break was due. Neither of them crossed the invisible line they’d drawn. They were once again patient and physiotherapist, no different than during their early sessions. But everything was different.

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

The Knockout Rule is a fun, modern spin on the Cyrano de Bergerac story, a super slow burn romance set in the world of professional boxing. I loved how my initial misconceptions about big, brutish Brick (aka Eric) were proved wrong, because he is super sweet, so smart, and has such a sensitive heart. Isla is a smart, fun, strong, heroine, but I really adored Eric. Swoony, swoony Eric.

It took me a while to really get into this book, but once I did, it was a page-turner. Eric turned out to be everything that Isla didn’t think she wanted, and absolutely all that she really needed. They don’t really like one another much at first, but as the story goes on, they end up being perfectly perfect for one another! I haven’t read anything else in this series; this is actually the first Kelly Siskind book I’ve read. I thought she handled the subplot regarding Isla’s mental health quite nicely, and found this story overall to be very well-written.

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

About Kelly

A small-town girl at heart, Kelly moved from the city to enjoy the charm of northern Ontario. When she’s not out hiking with her husband or home devouring books, you can find her, notepad in hand, scribbling down one of the many plot bunnies bouncing around in her head.

Her novels have been published internationally.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: The Wedding Game, by Meghan Quinn

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Release Date: March 1st

Genre: Romantic Comedy

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USA Today bestselling author Meghan Quinn’s latest bauble is the charming story of a crafting queen battling a jaded divorce lawyer on a wedding reality show.

Luna Rossi is a veritable crafting genius—she can bedazzle and bead so hard her Etsy site is one of the hottest in the world. So it’s only natural that Luna would convince her brother and his husband-to-be to compete on The Wedding Game, a “do-it-yourself” TV show, for the title of Top DIY Wedding Expert.

As a jaded divorce lawyer, Alec Baxter scoffs at weddings and romance. But when his recently engaged brother begs him to participate in The Wedding Game, Alec grudgingly picks up a glue gun and prepares for some family bonding.

Both fierce competitors, Luna and Alec clash on national TV as harsh words and glitter fly with abandon. But as they bicker over color swatches and mood boards, they find themselves fighting something else: their growing mutual attraction. While Luna is torn between family loyalty and her own feelings, Alec wonders if he might have been wrong about love and marriage all along…

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EXCERPT:

“Are you ready?” Farrah says, coming from behind me and massaging my shoulders. I move my head side to side while we both hop up and down. “Did you do those finger exercises I told you about?”

I flex my fingers and nod. “Yup, all warmed up.”

“Do you have your game face on?” Farrah spins me around and grips my shoulders as I mean mug it at her. “Ooo, you’ve been practicing in the mirror. I can tell.”

“When I brush my teeth. I really feel like I’ve mastered the scowl.”

“Honey, you mastered the scowl years ago. Now you’re just coming into your own with it.” She holds up her hands, and I start boxing into them as we leap around the apartment. “Quick on your feet, quick on your feet.” Farrah swings her hand at me, and I duck. “Focus, hone your attention.”

“Focused.”

“Tell me, who’s going to kill it today?”

“I am.” I bob back and forth and then give Farrah a one-two punch to her hands.

“Who’s going to do anything necessary, even sit on someone’s face if you need to, in order to win today’s challenge?”

“I am. Show no mercy. My ass is coming for your face.”

Farrah pauses, winces. “I’m not sure I like that.”

“Just go with it.”

“Okay, Luna’s ass is coming for your face.” She shrugs. “Next week let’s work on your trash talk.”

“Might be necessary.”

Circling again, I box at Farrah’s hands, feeling light on my feet and ready for anything that comes my way. “You’re going to ignore all conversations from Mr. Snobby Shoes.”

“I don’t even know he exists.”

“Your eyes are on the prize. And what is that prize?”

“Giving Cohen and Declan the best wedding possible.”

“Exactly.” She lowers her palms. “Quick, flash me your hands.”

I lift my hands, and she inspects them carefully.

“You lotioned—good. Nails are clipped to a perfect length, and those fingers are stretched and strong. Rotate your wrists for me.” She lowers her ear to my wrists as I circle them around. “Perfect, no cracking, no tension.” She points to the ground. “Fast feet.”

My feet start bouncing up and down, like in those football movies, and I hold my hands at my hips, ready for the call . . .

“Draw!” Farrah shouts.

I pull my glue gun from my hip and point it at her. “You’ve been glued.”

Farrah claps her hands. “Reaction time was spot on. You’re ready.”

“Yeah?”

She nods. “You got this, girl. This competition is yours for the taking. And remember what we talked about: don’t focus on what you think will win . . .”

“Focus on what will bring Cohen and Declan joy.”

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

I really don’t know how the heck Meghan Quinn does it, but she just keeps writing heroes that outdo the one who comes before him! The Wedding Game is unlike any MQ book I’ve read before (and I actually find myself saying that quite often, which is a testament to her talents as a writer!). And if there was ever a book that could be turned into a Hallmark movie, it is The Wedding Game!

Set against a wedding-themed reality show, this hilarious romcom features Luna, a sunshiney bedazzler-happy DIY fanatic, and anti-commitment divorce lawyer Alec, who has begrudgingly agreed to help his brother out. Alec and Luna immediately get off on the wrong foot when he mistakes her for a PA on the show’s set and all but demands that she get him a cup of coffee. Which she, of course, adds “something special” to!

What starts out as Luna and Alec trading barbs turns into them swapping recipes (kinda) and decor ideas. But they are each other’s competition, technically, so keeping their relationship a secret is a must. Which isn’t so bad at first, but loyalty to her brother begins to compete against Luna’s growing feelings for Alec. And just as Alec realizes that being in love and sharing his life with one person might not be so bad, their relationship blows up in the worst way.

The Wedding Game is just what the book world needs right now. It’s got a quirky heroine, a broody hero, sequins and tulle and burlap galore. The chemistry between Alec and Luna is electric, and the arc of their journey as a couple is heartwarming. Add in the awesome side characters, and The Wedding Game is an absolute winner!

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Moments Like This, by Anna Gomez & Kristoffer Pohala

Moments Like This (From Kona With Love)
Anna Gomez & Kristoffer Polaha
Published by: Rosewind Books
Publication date: March 9th 2021
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

After Andrea “Andie” Matthews chooses her career over a marriage proposal and then loses a promotion she worked so hard for, she jumps at the chance to take a break and help run a friend’s coffee shop.

Alone in Hawaii, Andie befriends the staff and quickly grows to care for them, making her determined to revive the company.

As luck would have it, she meets the mysterious Warren Yates on Christmas Eve. They share a cup of coffee, some conversation, and even a moment, which leads to many more in the coming weeks.

But when Andie learns who Warren really is—and what he actually wants—she is torn between her feelings and his deception.

Will Warren be able to win her heart back?

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

Set against the beautiful backdrop of Hawaii, Moments Like This is a contemporary romance filled with sweet and swoony moments… but are were they all a lie? This book was a real page turner. As more and more of Warren and Andi’s story unfolded, I wanted to see where it would go next… especially when their friendship and romance hits a speed bump.

Warren is a bit of a tortured hero who is not looking for love but is completely captivated by Andi. She’s trying to find herself again after her life turned into a bit of a dumpster fire. Will he open himself up to love? Will she remain in Hawaii or return to the mainland? This story has a bit of a Hallmark feel to it (clean romance, so lots of sweet moments, but no sexy time), and is a nicely written collaboration between Anna Gomez and actor Kristoffer Pohala, making his writing debut.

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

Author Bio:

Kristoffer Polaha is best-known for his long starring role in the critically acclaimed series Life Unexpected (The CW). Other TV series credits include Get Shorty with Ray Romano and Chris O’Dowd, the limited series Condor opposite William Hurt and Max Irons, The CW’s Ringer (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and Valentine, as well as North Shore (FOX).

In addition to co-starring with Rainn Wilson in Backstrom (FOX), he had a multi-season role on the acclaimed series Mad Men (AMC) and Castle (ABC). Polaha is also well-known for starring in Hallmark Channel movies such as Dater’s Handbook with Meghan Markle, and the Mystery 101 franchise on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

Polaha first received attention for his portrayal of John F. Kennedy, Jr. in the TV movie, America’s Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story, opposite Portia de Rossi. He has appeared in numerous independent features, including Where Hope Grows, Devil’s Knot (Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon), and the Tim Tebow film, Run the Race.

Polaha has a featured role opposite Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman 1984 and in Jurassic World: Dominion.

In addition to his work as an actor, producer, and director, Polaha is branching into the book world by co-authoring a new series. He is also involved with several charitable organizations, including being an ambassador for World Vision, a board member for HerArtsInAction, and The Polaha Family Circus Foundation.

Polaha was born in Reno, Nevada, and he is married to actress Julianne Morris. They have three sons.

Anna Gomez was born in the city of Makati, Philippines and educated abroad. She met and married her best friend who whisked her away to Chicago over twenty years ago. She is Chief Financial Officer for Leo Burnett Worldwide, a global advertising company founded in 1935. In her capacity, Anna serves on the board of several not-for-profit organizations, namely the Hugh O’Brien Leadership Organization and Girl Scouts of America. She is also the executive sponsor for a number of employee resource groups focused on Diversity and Inclusion.

Under the pen name Christine Brae, Anna has published six novels, has an established fan base, and a dedicated following. Her titles rank in the Top 100 months following their release. Her last three novels, In This Life, Eight Goodbyes, and The Year I Left, have won literary awards and were immediate bestsellers on Amazon, ranking #1 across multiple categories.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Beneath The Stars, by AL Jackson

Beneath the Stars

A Friends-to-Lovers Rockstar Romance from A.L. Jackson

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“Haunting. Exquisite. Hot. AL Jackson slayed me heart and soul. Beneath The Stars is a definite favorite and re-read for 2021. I couldn’t get enough of this epic tale of love and redemption.”

-Michelle Heard, USA Today and Wallstreet Journal bestselling author


“Beneath the Stars is nothing short of amazing and I wish that I could give it ten stars.”

-Veronica’s Reading Vault

 

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TITLE: BENEATH THE STARS

RELEASE DATE: FEBRUARY 22ND, 2020

 

Synopsis

From NYT and USA Today bestselling author A.L. Jackson comes a friends-to-lovers romance about an unattainable rockstar and his best friend’s younger sister…

Maggie Fitzgerald is the last girl I should think about taking to my bed.

On the cusp of turning 21, she has her whole life waiting out ahead of her. Sexy AF while still radiating an innocence that I know better than to taint. 

And here I am, itching to reach out and touch a girl who is so forbidden that just thinking about her feels like committing a mortal sin.

Thing is, I love playing with fire. 

Rhys Manning is everything I shouldn’t want.

Country-rock’s newest superstar.

Fun. Wild. Ready to show the world a good time.

He’s so off-limits it isn’t even funny.

So out of reach he might as well be a poster tacked on my wall.

Too bad every time he looks at me, my heart races out of control.


Now, I’m stuck living with him for the entire summer…

We’re only supposed to be friends. Still, I should have known it was a terrible idea when I started sneaking into his room. Especially when it’s clear he’s keeping secrets.

Secrets that might destroy us both.

One touch, and I want more.

One kiss, and I’m spiraling out of control.

I know it’s reckless to start dancing in the flames.

But in exchange for getting to spend one night with this brooding bad boy? I might be willing to get burned… 


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“Maggie and Rhys’ story was everything and more and it had me soaring. A.L. Jackson brought her signature touch to this phenomenal story.”

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

The Falling Stars series comes to an end with Rhys and Maggie’s story in Beneath The Stars. Swoony, angsty and sweet, this friends to lovers romance had me flipping through the pages. The chemistry between Rhys and Maggie is explosive, although they try to stay away from one another. Both of them are carrying around some major baggage and fighting demons from their past, especially Rhys. There is a bit of an underlying suspense to the story as the mystery of Rhys’ past unfolds, and his reasons for believing that she deserves better than he can give her.

The age difference between them (12 years), Maggie being his best friend’s baby sister… and that tortured, tortured hero. Rhys is walking around with so much guilt due to past events. And Maggie’s life has been filled with so much pain. They perfectly complement one another, and become each other’s safe place.

Rhys and Maggie’s story is a wonderful journey, written perfectly, and hits all the notes of a swoony, sweet romance with the right amount of angst and a magical ending! I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.


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A.L. Jackson is the New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance. She writes emotional, sexy, heart-filled stories about boys who usually like to be a little bit bad.

Her bestselling series include THE REGRET SERIES, CLOSER TO YOU, BLEEDING STARS, FIGHT FOR ME, CONFESSIONS OF THE HEART, and FALLING STARS novels. Grab her newest stand-alone, BENEATH THE STARS, a friends-to-lovers rockstar romance.

 

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Bet The Farm by Staci Hart

Bet the Farm is LIVE and available from your favorite online book retailer! This heartfelt, flirty story of opposites attract from Staci Hart is just what you need. Happy reading! 💕

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Olivia Brent has one summer to save the dairy farm she just inherited.

But there’s one problem, and it’s not her lactose intolerance.

Jake Milovic.

The brooding farmhand has inherited exactly fifty percent of Brent Farm, and he’s so convinced the city girl can’t work the land, he bets she can’t save it in a summer. 

Determined to prove him wrong, Olivia accepts what might be the dumbest wager of her life.

His strategy to win seems simple: follow her around, shirtlessly distracting her between bouts of relentless taunting. And it’s effective—if his dark eyes and rare smiles aren’t enough to sidetrack her, the sweaty, rolling topography of the manbeast’s body would do the trick.

What they don’t know: they’ll have to weather more than each other. 

Mysterious circumstances throw the farm into disarray, and with the dairy farm in danger, Olivia and Jake have to work together. But when they do, there’s more to fear than either of them imagined.

Because now their hearts are on the line, and the farm won’t be the only casualty if they fail.

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

Bet The Farm is so much fun! Jake and Olivia’s story is magical! From the first page until the very end, I was completely hooked on this second-chance romance. Does one kiss make it a second-chance story? Well, it’s definitely an enemies-to-lovers tale with lots of swoon, plenty of snark and a HEA that had me in tears.

When Olivia’s grandfather dies, she inherits half of her family’s dairy farm. The other half goes to broody, sullen Jake — Pop’s right-hand man who was like a grandson to him. Livi doesn’t want to give up her birthright, and Jake just wishes she’d go back to the city. As they work through their grief, they also attempt to work together in saving the farm. Jake is resistant to every one of Olivia’s “big city ideas” and his stubbornness causes her endless frustration.

I loved the history between these two, and how they were both suffering after Pops died. That common ground between them leads to a deep connection, and this story was so well-written as they cross the bridge from hating one another to being head over heels in love. This story is sweet, playful, full of sass and snark. The chemistry between Jake and Livi jumps off the page, and as much as I couldn’t wait to see what happens next, I didn’t want this story to end!

I was sad to see Bet The Farm come to an end! I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life — a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can’t forget that. She’s also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She’s been a wife, though she’s certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She’s also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she’s been drinking whiskey. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Call Me Crazy, by Melanie Harlow

Call Me Crazy, an all-new enemies to lovers standalone romance from USA Today bestselling author Melanie Harlow is available now!

It was the perfect plan.
I needed a wife–temporarily–in order to inherit the family business.
And she needed a favor–the kind that takes nine months to deliver.

We had it all worked out, from the no-touching policy on our wedding night (her rule) to the no-falling-in-love decree (mine). She’d marry me, I’d give her the means to have the baby she’d always wanted, and one year later we’d amicably part ways with no hassle, no demands, and certainly no regrets.

After all, Bianca DeRossi and I are experts at infuriating one another–we’ve been doing it since we were kids. Trouble is, she grew up gorgeous and feisty, and she still knows exactly how to get under my skin.

And that wedding night? Well, it doesn’t exactly go down hands-free.

Then she moves in with me, and I really start to lose my mind. From her sexy little pout to her wicked sense of humor to those meatball sandwiches she makes just because she knows they’re my favorite . . . I find myself wanting to break every rule we put in place.

Our story was never supposed to end with happily ever after.
But call me crazy, I just might be in love with my wife.

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“So how’s your ego tonight? A little bruised, huh?”

“It’s fine,” I said, tightening the knot in my tie. “Reina obviously wasn’t the right choice for a wife. I’m glad she said no.”

Bianca started to choke on her olive. “Wait a minute.” She fanned her face and managed to swallow. “You proposed to—to—what was the little girl’s name?”

“Reina. And you’ve got no room to call someone little, Tiny.”

As I’d hoped, the old nickname drew a brief scowl from her. “We’re talking about you right now. Did you actually propose tonight? Like with a ring?” 

I exhaled, regretting I’d mentioned it. “Yeah. I did.”

Her eyes lit up. “Let me see it.”

“No.”

“Why not?”

“Because you just want to rub salt in my wound.”

“For fuck’s sake, Enzo. You’re not wounded. You don’t even love this girl, you just needed to put a ring on her finger so your dad would put your name on the company letterhead.” She held out her hand. “Now give it here.”

Something told me I was going to be sorry, but I reached into my jacket and pulled out the ring box. 

She took it from me and opened it up. “It’s pretty,” she said with grudging admiration. Then she squinted at it, pushing her glasses up her nose. “Did you have it engraved?”

I picked up my bourbon and took a hefty swallow. “No.”

“But it says  .  .  .” She set the box down and pulled the ring from the velvet to examine it closer. Then she started laughing. “‘Love Always, Ricky?’”

“Give me that.” Leaning forward, I tried to swipe the ring from her hand, but she held it out of my reach. 

“Just a second! I want to try it on.”

I thumped against the back of the booth, picking up my drink again and tossing back the rest of it. Could this night get any worse? 

Bianca slipped the ring on her finger—it fit—and held out her hand, studying it. “So what did you say?”

“I proposed.”

“But how? Like, did you say, ‘You’re the love of my life and I want to be with you forever’ kind of thing?

”“Uh, not exactly. I didn’t want to lie to her. I just, you know, gave her the ring.” I made a grand, sweeping gesture with one hand. 

“But you must have said something.”

“What difference does it make?” I asked irritably. 

“Look, I’m only trying to help you. You obviously blew it tonight, and by your own admission, you need to find a Lucy for your Ricky sooner rather than later, right?” 

I looked around for Lara. I needed another drink. And then a ride home. 

“Right?” Bianca prodded me with her foot under the table again. “So let me help you.”

“The only way you could help me is to marry me,” I grumbled, waving Lara over. “And since that’s out of the question, this discussion is over.”

“Well, wait a minute. Who said it’s out of the question?”

I stared at her like she’d sprouted horns. “Huh?”

Bianca continued to study the ring on her finger. “I’m just thinking out loud here. But it seems to me we each have a goal, and they could both be accomplished with one simple—fake—relationship.”

I shook my head, as if to clear it, but the fog remained. “I know I’m drunk, but what the hell are you talking about?”

She sighed and picked up her martini for a sip. “I’m talking about the fact that you need a wife to get what you want. I’m willing to be that wife—temporarily, and under the strictest of conditions—if you’ll agree to give me what I want.”

I shook my head. “Oh, no. No fucking way. I see what you’re doing here. I’m not paying you to fake being my wife.”

Bianca rolled her eyes. “Give me a break, Enzo. I don’t want your money. Nor do I need it.”

“Then I don’t understand, ”I said, feeling—once again—completely baffled by a woman. “What could you possibly want that I could give you?”

The smile that crept over those hellfire lips should have been a warning. “A baby.”

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

I have loved the snarky relationship between Enzo and Bianca in the other Bellamy Creek books, so I was very excited to dig into Call Me Crazy. And Melanie Harlow did not disappoint!

The push and pull between these two is amazing. Their barbs are razor-sharp. He is an egomaniac, and she is snarky as hell. He needs a wife to inherit the family construction business, and she wants a baby ASAP because of fertility issues. But somewhere along the way, trying to make a baby “the old fashioned way” and their snarky bickering leads to a genuine affection for one another. And before either of them know it, they are head over heels in love. But will either Bianca or Enzo confess their feelings, since their fake marriage is supposed to be nothing more than a business transaction?

I loved that Enzo and Bianca have actually known each other since they were kids, and that their first “date” was to one of her school dances — and she had her nose buried in Twilight all night! How that comes back into play with their wedding vows (and then some!) was awesome. I love how he brings up each of their annoying habits as a way to ground Bianca, and remind her of the things she loves to hate about him. But the best part of this story was the extended epilogue on Melanie Harlow’s website — I had tears in my eyes!

This book was perfect!

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

About Melanie

USA Today bestselling author Melanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her heels high, and her history with the naughty bits left in. When she’s not writing or reading, she gets her kicks from TV series like Schitt’s Creek, Homeland, and Fleabag. She occasionally runs three miles, but only so she can have more gin and steak.

Melanie is the author of the CLOVERLEIGH FARMS series, the ONE & ONLY series, AFTER WE FALL series, the HAPPY CRAZY LOVE series, the FRENCHED series, and the sexy historical SPEAK EASY duet, set in the 1920s. She lifts her glass to romance readers and writers from her home near Detroit, MI, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and pet rabbit.

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Sunny Shelly Review: My Saving Grace, by Melanie Moreland

A fun and emotional opposites attract office romance that will speak to your heart.

Meet the next generation of BAM

“This standalone is the first of a new generation that is everything I loved about The Contract blown up. The scorching heat, the hurt and anger, the broken grumbly hero with the huge heart he knows nothing about. A top 2021 read for me, My Saving Grace had it all and I can’t wait for more of the ABC Corp!”

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Series: Vested Interest: ABC Corp #1

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Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Grace VanRyan has her life mapped out.

Law school, a career with ABC, and a bright future ahead of her.

Until Jaxson Richards steps into the picture. He’s everything she hasn’t planned for.

Older, sexy, off-limits.

And her new boss.

When the passion between them explodes, will her life blow up along with it?

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

My Saving Grace is the first book in a new spinoff series, and a connector between Melanie Moreland’s ABC Corp and Vested Interest series. It is a standalone, and I enjoyed it, but I think i would have been more into it had I read the other books. Still… it’s hot and sexy, and Grace and Jaxson are full of sizzling chemistry.

Grace is fresh out of law school and interning at a prestigious firm. She has her career plans mapped out in front of her, but meeting her sexy boss, Jaxson, throws her for a loop. There’s an immediate attraction between them, despite their age difference. Since she’s only planning to work there for a year, and Jaxson doesn’t believe in forevers, a flirty, secret, after-dark romance works well for both of them. Until it doesn’t any more. Will one of them walk away? Is there a chance of forever?

Jaxson is the typical alpha boss. Protective, dominant… but with a soft spot buried deep inside for the woman who has brought him to his knees. When things between them implode, he knows how to grovel to make things right, and he is actually very sweet once he lets his guard down and lets Grace in.

While I found this story to be all sorts of sexy and steamy, I think I would have loved it even more had I read the previous books first. From other reviews I’ve read, it seems there are a lot of parallels to Grace’s parents’ book. So maybe that is the difference in this being a 4 star versus a 5 star read. But I’m intrigued enough to want to see more from this series!

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New York Times/USA Today bestselling author Melanie Moreland, lives a happy and content life in a quiet area of Ontario with her beloved husband of thirty-plus years and their rescue cat, Amber. Nothing means more to her than her friends and family, and she cherishes every moment spent with them. 

While seriously addicted to coffee, and highly challenged with all things computer-related and technical, she relishes baking, cooking, and trying new recipes for people to sample. She loves to throw dinner parties, and also enjoys traveling, here and abroad, but finds coming home is always the best part of any trip. 

Melanie loves stories, especially paired with a good wine, and enjoys skydiving (free falling over a fleck of dust) extreme snowboarding (falling down stairs) and piloting her own helicopter (tripping over her own feet.) She’s learned happily ever afters, even bumpy ones, are all in how you tell the story.

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