Sunny Shelly’s Review: That Swoony Feeling, by Meghan Quinn

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THAT SWOONY FEELING: by Meghan Quinn

Release Date: August 6th

Genre: Romantic Comedy

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USA Today bestselling author Meghan Quinn brings more humor and heart with the fourth novel of her Getting Lucky series: a story about breaking curses and finally finding that swoony feeling.

I’m single . . . so single it’s painful.

Yup, ladies, Brig Knightly–that’s me–is still a lonely bachelor, stumbling through the streets of Port Snow, looking for the girl he’s supposed to end up with.

That is until my brother, Rogan, presents me with the opportunity of a lifetime. The Summer of Love, a secret pen pal program in Port Snow is looking for applicants and I’m the perfect fit.

I couldn’t sign up fast enough.

I found myself quickly falling in love with a pair of red lips at the bottom of a letter. Just like in the movies . . .

Life could not have been better, that was until I started hanging out with Ruth Barber. Starting a new business right next to my shop, I found myself gravitating toward her. Her smile, her humor . . . her tea sandwiches.

My attraction for Ruth came in full force, leaving me dazed, confused, and *ahem* excited.

As new feelings for two women come to a screeching halt, I have to figure out who to choose. But when I discover my pen pal is Ruth, it might be too late.

All I want in life is to experience that swoony feeling . . . but I think I might have just missed my chance.

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PROLOGUE:

**BRIG**

Hands stuffed in my pockets, I look at Reid while nibbling on the corner of my lip. “But—”
“Brig, I swear to God,” Reid says, dragging his hand down his face while we make our way past Jackson Square, toward Café Du Monde. “Do not ask about your penis turning green one more goddamn time. We all looked at it. It’s flesh colored. Any signs of green you might have seen was from the shit lighting in the bathroom. Now, drop it.”
“Yeah, okay,” I sigh, even though I don’t feel convinced.
Something happened last night.
Something terrifying.
Something that has left me shaking in my shoes—because I don’t wear boots—wanting to rip my pants down repeatedly to make sure things are still intact.
Two days ago, I turned twenty-one, and to celebrate the youngest Knightly’s freedom to hold a beer in his hand legally, my three brothers took me to New Orleans to party in style. And we did . . . up until last night, when the depths of hell tried to swallow us all whole.
Mom warned us, saying, “Don’t get into any trouble.”
My dad slapped the back of our heads before we left and told us to use our brains.
Even our sister, the oldest and wisest of the Knightly children, stared us in the eyes and told us not to do anything stupid.
And yet, we failed all of them.
Have you ever been to New Orleans? Neither had I, but I’d heard great things about the place. Drinking in the streets and peekaboo boobs on every corner.
Beignets and rice and beans.
Scandalous fun.
Sounded like a great time.
But after doing extensive research before the trip—I like to plan ahead—the one thing I wanted to avoid, the one thing that made me extremely nervous, was the voodoo magic prevalent on the grimy cobblestone streets.
You know what I’m talking about. The dark stuff, the chilling life-altering spells that can change you as a man . . . as a human.
*Whispers* Black magic . . .
We did a great job avoiding any and all scary things, until last night, when I inadvertently ran smack dab into the palms of evil.
Shocking news: I was drunk. I couldn’t tell if I was walking on cobblestone streets last night or lobster rolls—that’s how far gone I was—so when I stumbled over a palm reader’s table and broke it, I wasn’t exactly aware of the severity of my mistake.
She roared with displeasure.
Her eyes tore through me with veritable hatred that shook me to the tip of my dick.
And her gangly fingers rattled while she spoke vehemently.
Terrified out of my wits, I held up my palm while my brothers tossed her twenty bucks and asked her to read it.
I wish I could remember what she said.
The future she spoke of is all a blur at this point. Pretty sure she said something about how incredibly handsome I am and how I outshine my brothers with the curves of my jaw, but I can’t be quite sure. The boys deny that part of the story, but they don’t deny the stark hatred that spit like venom from the petrifying woman’s mouth.
My brothers, of course, didn’t make the situation any better by making fun of her predictions. They actually sparked the flame that set the fire. I might be telling this wrong—you know, completely wasted and all—but the moment the palm reader turned an evil shade of hate, I felt every ounce of fun-loving booze seep from the bottom of my feet and out into the streets, sobering me up to the point of understanding.
In a whirlwind of vengeful movements, her arms waved about, the wind swirled around us, trash from the streets danced around my jean-covered legs, and the palm reader’s eyes turned yellow—I confirmed that fact with all three brothers this morning.
Indeed, her eyes were yellow.
And then she said something I will never forget . . .
This wretch of a wench cloaked in the devil’s garb took our fate into her own hands and punished us with broken love.
Broken.
Love.
If you know me at all, you’d know that would cut deep to my very being.
Then Reid said something about her telling us our dicks were going to fall off or turn green; can’t be sure, because I was stunned. Stunned with the notion that my entire life goal of getting married and becoming a doting husband was quickly stripped from my soul and set into blazing embers, never to be seen again.
The miscreant cursed the one thing I strive for as a man . . . that swoony feeling of being wrapped up in a warm, safe relationship with a woman.
And I can’t shake it.
No matter what my brothers say, no matter how many times they tell me to drop it, I keep worrying. I keep remembering the whirl of evil that was cast upon us. I keep trying to decode the meaning of it all.
Are we truly cursed?
“There’s a table over there,” Griffin, my oldest brother, says, making a beeline toward the back corner of the incredibly busy beignet-making icon. We came here for their famous beignets when we first arrived and decided to indulge one more time.
We catch a flight to Port Snow this afternoon and before we get back to our gossip-loving town, I want to set some things straight.
Taking seats, we quickly put in an order for beignets and a café au lait each, and when the waitress leaves, I say, “Can we talk about last night?”
Reid groans and slouches in his chair. He’s in a shit mood, and I’m not sure if it’s from the phone call he got last night that he’s not talking about or if it’s because he’s hung over. Maybe a combo of both. “Can we not?”
“Aren’t you worried?” I ask, looking around at my brothers. I can’t possibly be the only one who’s concerned here.
But it seems like I might be.
Griffin is texting. His wife, I’m sure.
Rogan is staring at the trifold menu on the table.
And Reid is rubbing his eyes with his palms, looking like he wants to be anywhere but here.
“Uh, hello? Do you guys not remember what happened last night? The whole alarming witch in a cloak thing, waving her dangly bone fingers at us. Table-breaking, palm-reading curses being flung about like beads off a balcony? Ring a bell?”
Griffin sets his phone down and lets out a deep breath. His tone is the even, oldest-brother sensible voice. “We were drunk last night, Brig.”
“Yeah, we were, but it doesn’t negate the fact that we all woke up with the same story this morning. She cursed us. You’re telling me none of you are concerned?” I glance around to all three pairs of blue eyes, the same blue eyes I share, and none of them are returning the look. Which tells me they’re not willing to admit they’re just as scared as I am.
I poke Rogan in the side. “Hello, are you listening?”
“Trying not to,” he says, his fingers pressing to his left eye. “Fuck, my head is pounding.” Rogan is my second oldest brother, the quiet and annoyed one. He’s had a rough go at life and barely cracks a smile anymore. He’s more interested in punishing himself for the decisions he’s made in the past than in parting the dark cloud that hangs over his head so he can experience the world. As a retired football player, if pushed too hard, he’s been known to fight back. I think I’ll pass on leaning on him now.
“Griff.” I turn to the reasonable one in the group. “You saw it all, the way she spouted off that little limerick about broken love. She came up with that out of nowhere. It rhymed and everything. Who does that? Who wishes broken love on unsuspecting tourists? Frankly, it’s fucked up.”
The waitress drops off our food and drinks. We give her a mumbled thank you before she takes off to serve another table in the busy outdoor seating area.
Mouth full of beignet and powdered sugar coating his lips, Griffin says, “If she was half the palm reader she said she was, then she would have known that I was already married and this curse she set upon us was flawed. Yeah, was it strange that there was wind whipping around when she raised her arms—”
“The wind was weird,” Rogan says.
“Wind freaked me out,” Reid grumbles while bringing his coffee up to his lips.
“Now you chime in,” I say with an eye roll.
“Can I finish?” Griff asks, sounding annoyed. We all silence ourselves with bites into our beignets. “The wind was a strange coincidence, but I also think she was deranged. There’s no merit to what she said, and I think we would waste time thinking about it anymore than we have. Let’s just enjoy breakfast and then get the hell out of here.”
“Agreed,” Rogan says.
“Yeah,” Reid murmurs.
“But—”
They all shoot me a death glare, and I snap my mouth shut.
I’m outnumbered, and even if I try to press it, they’re not going to change their minds. They’re chalking this experience up to what seems like a drunken it-was-all-an-illusion-we’ll-soon-forget night.
But just a quick glance around the table, and I don’t buy it.
Worried brows.
Keeping to themselves.
Shifty eyes.
They’re thinking about it just as much as I am.
Listen to me, to the words I have spoken.
From this day on, your love will be broken.
It isn’t until your minds have matured
That the weight of this curse will forever be cured.
Might not seem like a big deal, but I have a bad feeling our worlds are about to be flipped upside down.
And boy, were our lives flipped.
Griffin lost his wife.
Rogan’s high school sweetheart re-emerged with a vengeance.
Reid’s restaurant, his pride and joy, was stolen from him.
And me . . . well, I haven’t been in a relationship since the fateful day when my taut and beautiful ass tumbled over a palm reader’s table. Just bad luck? That everything good, everything we loved was taken away from us?
No.
It was the curse, but surely things would improve on their own. Wouldn’t they?
From this day on, your love will be broken.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

I am so sad to see the Getting Lucky series come to an end! I have loved spending time in Port Snow with the Knightly family as the brothers try to break the unlucky in love curse and find happiness.

Brig is a moron. An adorable, loyal, sweet, handsome moron. Of the four brothers, he took the curse the hardest, and has been so obsessed with trying to break the curse that he can’t see what — or who — is right in front of him. The local coffeeshop owner, Ruth has had a crush on Brig forever. But he’s barely noticed her as anyone other than the girl who he buys his coffee from. So when Ruth figures out that Brig is her secret penpal — at the same time that he’s agreed to help her open a new teahouse — she’s afraid to let him know that she is the woman behind the whoopie pies he so loves.

So Brig is a moron. It’s a good thing he’s pretty. He’s so clearly conflicted about wanting to make sure that his penpal is his soulmate and his growing feelings for Ruth. The doofus can’t even piece it together when Ruth tells him the exact same things she’d written to him. He just thinks that Ruth and his “Summer” would be great friends.

The whole thing is ridiculous, yet Meghan Quinn writes it so well that it doesn’t SEEM ridiculous. She’s a master storyteller, and Brig’s road to breaking the curse and opening his eyes to what is right in front of him is a wonderfully sweet journey. Brig and Ruth are so sweet together, and the slow burn build-up between them is a great payoff. Even if he retreats into himself after “sacred shower sex” and ruins it all. I was cheering Ruth on as my heart was breaking for the poor girl when she finally told Brig enough was enough.

If you read MQ’s Two Wedding Crashers, you will enjoy the catch-up with Rylee (who is Ruth’s best friend) and Beck, who are now parents of triplets. I loved the advice that Rylee gives to Ruth, and how Ruth always fires back that her love life is not one of Rylee’s romance novels!

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USA Today Bestselling Author, wife, adoptive mother, and peanut butter lover. Author of romantic comedies and contemporary romance, Meghan Quinn brings readers the perfect combination of heart, humor, and heat in every book.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: When The Time Is Right, by M. Mabie & Aly Martinez

 

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I will always be here for you. There isn’t a world that exists where I’m not gonna be around for you.

When the Time is Right, a funny, sweet and emotional standalone from USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez and M. Mabie is available now!

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Fate doesn’t always happen overnight.

Hudson Bradley is the cockiest, most stubborn, hard-headed man I’ve ever known. And for fifteen years, he’s been my brother’s best friend.

But lately, what I’m feeling for him isn’t friendship at all.

Why is my heart racing every time his blue eyes lock on mine?
Why does every word he rumbles in my ear make my body come alive?
And worst of all, why did I bet him that I could find a woman he and his son would both love?

If I hadn’t given up on love altogether, Hudson would have been perfect for me. After all, he was there the day my world fell apart. He’s spent the last six years piecing me back together.

There are a million reasons why we could never work, but after a single kiss, I can’t remember any of them.

Now that the time is right, I have to make him mine—before I lose him forever.

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Excerpt

I did everything I could to not make eye contact.
Actually, my MO for the past week had been no contact period, but that was a little hard to do when the guy you’re dodging knows things about you. Specifically, the lock code on your front door.
“You can go home, Hudson. I’m fine.” Out of my periphery, I watched him perch his hands on his hips.
“No,” he argued. “Not until we figure this out.”
So he had noticed my ghosting. I hoped he wasn’t as good at calling my bluff.
“There is no this.”
“What about what you said at the—”
“Yeah, I must have had a cold or something. Whatever it was, I’m over it.”
Lies. Lies. Lies. Hopefully, I’d start believing them.
“Over it?”
“Yep. Hey, how was your date?” My topic-swapping skills were on point. When he stopped, only an arm’s length away, I finally seized what scrap of pride I had and looked up into his blue eyes. “Are you seeing her again?”
He huffed. “Well, that’s kind of up to you.”
“Me?” I dropped the spoon into the sink and put the ice cream down so I could cross my arms over my chest. “What do I have to do with it?”
His lids fell shut, and he tipped his head at the ceiling, stretched his neck from side to side, and then brought his gaze back to mine. “Kate seems to think that, maybe, I have a thing…for you.”
My face flushed hot, and I wondered if maybe I’d fallen down trying to get out of my leather skirt earlier and I was dreaming, passed out on my bedroom floor. The issue with that theory was I could smell him, feel the warmth from his body in front of me, and see his heartbeat thumping in the vein in his neck.
This was real, but I still wasn’t sure I could handle it.
“Well, that’s just, uh, dumb,” I contended weakly. Shaking my head to rattle myself back to sanity, I asked, “W-why did she say that?” I tried to laugh, but it was as fake as my gusto.
“Because, apparently, I talked about you the whole night.”
Okay, I was wrong. I’d thought riding in a car with him and seeing him shirtless and watching him play with Jack and seeing how much he loved my family and having him touch me and avoiding him all week had been torture.
This moment was a whole new level of torment.
“So?” I said childishly.
It didn’t matter how I felt or what I wanted. I couldn’t just leap into his arms and expect everything to turn out the way it was supposed to. That’s not how my life worked.
“So I need to find out if this, whatever’s been building between us, is something.”
Wouldn’t that be nice? Up until that very second, it had all been one-sided. I’d racked my brain all week to understand why I’d felt the crazy things I did about him.
“How you gonna do that?”
“We’re going to kiss,” he stated very matter-of-factly, and then he closed the distance between our bodies.
“We are?” I whispered. My voice had all but left the building.
“Unless you stop me right now.”
I wanted to.
I didn’t want to.
I was scared.
I was excited.
But mostly, I wasn’t stopping him.

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

When The Time Is Right is another great collab from M. Mabie and Aly Martinez. This is a great story about letting go of the past, and what to do when you recognize your soulmate is your best friend — but the timing is not right for you to be together.

Hudson and Lex are super close friends, as he is best friends with her brother, Cal. The fourth in their circle is their other best friend, Lauren, who Hudson had a one-night fling with that produced his 7 year old son, Jack.

The book opens six years earlier, when Lex’s boyfriend passes in a horrible accident. The prologue gutted me, and it perfectly set the stage for how Hudson steps into the protector and fix-it mode for Lex moving forward. When their feelings begin to change and they realize that they mean more to one another than just being friends, Lex is understandably wary to jump into a relationship with Hudson. They easily transition from best friends to boyfriend and girlfriend, which I loved because there is so much history between them. So when the ghosts of Lex’s past resurface and threaten to ruin their future, Hudson graciously bows out until the timing is right for Lex to fully be with him.

I loved how this bigger group made an unconventional family with Lex’s parents, Lauren and her parents, Cal. These people are tight, and it comes across on the page. So when Lauren makes a major life decision without having discussed it first with Hudson — or anyone else in the “family” — I loved how Lex ripped into her, making Lauren see how she was affecting all of them. Yet another obstacle for Hudson and Lex to get their happily ever after due to bad timing.

This book follows When The Walls Come Down, as Lex works for Maggie and Shane at their new consulting business in Atlanta. There are a few cameos from the Old Man and the Peach, which I loved having read their book.

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

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About Aly
Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her husband and four young children.
Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and olives. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person.
She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side.

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M. Mabie lives in Illinois with her husband. She writes everything from steamy romantic comedies to angst-filled, pull your hair out drama. She enjoys it all. With her unconventional love stories, she tries to embody “real-life romance.”

She cares about politics, but will not discuss them in public. She uses the same fork at every meal, watches Wayne’s World while cleaning, and lets her dog sleep on her head. She has always been a writer. In fact, she was born with a pen in her hand, which almost never happens. Almost.

M. Mabie usually doesn’t speak in third-person. She promises.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Dare To Tempt, by Carly Phillips

 

Release Date: August 4

He’s a smooth talking jock in trouble.  


She’s the solution to his problems.



Love is the last thing they expected to find.

 

 
Damon Prescott had it all. Star quarterback. Money. Fame. 
Now? 
He’s being accused of taking performance enhancing drugs and banned from the sport and team he loves.

 

Determined to prove he’s innocent, he hires tough as nails private investigator, Evie Wolfe.
She’s able to bring a man to his knees with a glare, yet sensual in ways that take him off guard – and she’s everything Damon didn’t know he needed.

 

 

 

Evie’s used to men dismissing her, especially playboys like Damon Prescott so she’s not buying the sexual lines he’s trying to sell. She’s with him to do a job, nothing more. But you know what they say about the best laid plans? Sometimes you end up between the sheets with an arrogant football player anyway.

 

 

 

But when the case is over, can Damon convince Evie she’s the only woman for him or will she leave him tied up in love? 

 

 

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars
When a random drug test shows performance-enhancing drugs, Damon Prescott is about to lose all that he has worked for. As the star quarterback sets out to prove that he is being framed, he falls in love with the sexy PI, Evie, working his case.

Dare To Tempt follows Dare To Resist; Quinnlan calls in a favor from her friend Evie to look into her brother-in-law Damon’s situation. Evie and Damon pretend to be dating so that she can try to figure out who may be after him, and it’s not long before the lines blur between the fake relationship and some very real feelings.

Damon and Evie have great banter and chemistry. These two have some ups and downs as they go from pretending to bona fide romance, but it’s a sexy and sweet journey for these two. They don’t really like each other much at first, thanks to some preconceived notions, but it’s a joy to see them discover something unexpected in the other. They both are definitely carrying around their fair share of baggage, and Damon and Evie are a classic case of a commitaphobe being brought to his knees by a smart, strong heroine.

This book is set in the larger Dare family world, so there are some catch-ups with a few of those characters, and we get to know the Prescott siblings more as well. I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

Meet Carly Phillips
NY Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestseller, Carly Phillips gives her readers Alphalicious heroes to swoon for and romance to set your heart on fire. 
 
She married her college sweetheart and lives in Purchase, NY along with her three crazy dogs: two wheaten terriers and a mutant Havanese, who are featured on her Facebook and Instagram. 
 
The author of 50 romance novels, she has raised two incredible daughters who put up with having a mom as a full time writer. 
 
Carly’s book, The Bachelor, was chosen by Kelly Ripa as a romance club pick and was the first romance on a nationally televised bookclub. 
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Smitten, by Lauren Rowe

 

SMITTEN by Lauren Rowe
Release Date: July 27th

 

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I met Alessandra at a party. Tried to impress her. Was almost positive I was going to fail.

I think I said something along the lines of, “I’m a Goat called Fish who’s hung like a bull—but not really. I’m actually pretty average.” Smooth. I know. Try not to be jealous.

When she laughed—and I mean, really laughed—I knew she wasn’t like the other girls I’d been meeting on tour. Hell, she wasn’t even in the same stratosphere as those fangirls and gold-diggers.

At one point during the party, Alessandra said, “There’s nothing like a girl’s first love.” I knew she was talking about the first smash hit by my band, 22 Goats. Alessandra said it was the first song she’d heard by us and it “hit her like a ton of bricks.” Ironic, seeing as how I was having the same reaction from being in her presence.

I made it my mission to impress her. Give her the kiss of a lifetime that night. But since I’ve always been the dude with zero game, nothing went according to plan.

I’m not giving up, though. I’m going to win this girl over. I’m done sitting on the sidelines, watching the bad boy getting the girl. This time, the nice guy will finish first. Even if it’s the last thing he’ll do.

Smitten is an all-new standalone friends to lovers romance!

 

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

I adored this book! That cover is amazing, and really captures nice guy Fish’s personality! I am a sucker for the celebrity and the ordinary girl, so this rockstar romcom was right up my alley. And Ally and Fish were a delight!

She’s completely star-struck when she meets Fish at a party, but she holds her own and these two have amazing chemistry. It’s funny, heartfelt, romantic, sweet and all kinds of good. I loved that Matthew doesn’t see himself as the hot rockstar he is. He will forever think of himself as the dorky kind of geeky kid, and that is so endearing in this book.

I was totally Smitten! I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

About the Author:
Lauren Rowe is the USA Today and international #1 best-selling author of newly released Reed Rivers Trilogy, as well as The Club Trilogy, The Josh & Kat Trilogy, The Morgan Brothers Series, Countdown to Killing Kurtis, and select standalone Misadventures.

Lauren’s books are full of feels, humor, heat, and heart. Besides writing novels, Lauren is the singer in a party/wedding band in her hometown of San Diego, an audio book narrator, and award-winning songwriter. She is thrilled to connect with readers all over the world.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Our Way, by TL Swan


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OUR WAY by TL Swan

Release Date: July 27, 2020

Cover Design: Hang Le

Model: Christian Hogue

Genre: Contemporary Romance

 


SYNOPSIS

Nathan Mercer, the only man in my life.

Falling for him was never an option.

We met ten years ago, when we started at the same company on the same day.

With being new in town and nobody else to rely on, we quickly became friends.

And while Nathan went on to rule San Francisco, I’m still doing the same job with the same people.

We finish each other’s sentences, we spend Christmas together and he sleeps at my house more than his.

He’s beautiful…. beyond belief.

In another life, he’s probably my soul mate.
However, lately things have changed. He’s started looking at me differently.

His eyes drop to my lips as I speak.

His hugs are tighter…. longer.

Our fights are more passionate, his jealousy insane.

I know it’s all in my head….it has to be.

They say to never love someone who treats you like you’re ordinary.

I don’t, to him I’m a queen.

But our story is complicated.

And as much as I love Nathan Mercer with all of my heart.

He’s the one man I can never have.


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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

This book was not what I was expecting! I never suspected the reason why Nathan was so forbidden as a boyfriend for Eliza was the actual reason why they weren’t together.

Nathan struggles A LOT as he goes back and forth with his feelings for Eliza and whether to act on them. And there is a lot of hurt on both sides — unintended, but hurt nonetheless — as they try to navigate their situation. Is Nathan only using Eliza because he suddenly (unconsciously or not) realized that he wants a family? How did he just suddenly develop feelings for his best friend after 10 years? Is Eliza setting herself up for a lifetime of hurt and are her insecurities that he will return to his former life valid? Is Nathan right for feeling hurt that Eliza should be the one person to truly know his heart and he feels like she doesn’t?

This book was a lot to digest. But I was happy to see these two work out their issues and find a happy life.

What bugged me, however, was looking past the phrases and bits of dialog that are clearly not American by a non-American author setting a book in an American city. It’s always a pet peeve of mine.

But overall, Our Way is a winding story of twists and turns as best friends Eliza and Nathan try to figure out how to move from best friends and roommates to life partners. I received an advanced story and voluntarily left a review.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Knox, by Prescott Lane

From USA Today bestselling author Prescott Lane comes a standalone second-chance romance between a Hollywood heartthrob and the small-town girl he left behind…

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Sexiest man alive, scene stealer, Hollywood headliner.

That’s what the world calls him. I’ve got more colorful names for him, all of which would be bleeped out if I was on air doing my radio show. Even if he hadn’t broken my heart, he would just be Knox to me. Not a famous movie star.

Just a boy.

The boy who grew to be my first love.

That is, until he ripped my heart out of my chest and stepped on it, live on the red carpet.

I thought that was all behind me. Until he decided to come waltzing back into my life. Granted, he looked hot as heck doing it, but that’s neither here nor there.

He may have acted alongside some of Hollywood’s hottest “it” girls, but being my leading man is a much harder part to win.

 

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

Knox is a swoony second chance romance about first loves, forever loves and the one who got away.

Five years after they have broken up, Knox is now a mega movie star. His college sweetheart, Mae, is the one he’s never gotten over. One night, he hears her voice on a radio show and is suddenly transported back in time and wants to reconnect with his lost love.

Ok, so it bugged me that it took hearing Mae on the radio to want to win her back. It never occurred to him to try to contact her earlier? Once I got past that, I was all on board with this reunion. Knox really works hard to make their long-distance relationship work, and make sure that Mae is comfortable in his fast-paced Hollywood life. Mae has some barriers up, rightfully so, but Knox makes the best swoony gesture to remind her of who they really are and how great they were together. But when a crazed fan begins to threaten Mae’s life, will Knox be able to protect her and her loved ones?

I loved, loved, loved how Prescott Lane uses the cassette tapes between Knox and Mae to flash back on their younger years together. It really gave me a sense of just how much these two meant to one another. The resolution of the stalker was quite clever, even if I did suspect who was behind the fan mail.


I loved that tease for Knox’s brother, Ryder, and can’t wait to read his book! I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.
 
 

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Prescott Lane is the USA TODAY best-selling author of ALL MY LIFE. She’s written several other romance books with strong heroines and swoon-worthy heroes. She is originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, and holds a degree in sociology and an MSW from Tulane University. She married her college sweetheart, and they currently live in New Orleans with their two children and two crazy dogs. Prescott started writing at the age of five, and sold her first story about a talking turtle to her father for a quarter. She later turned to writing romance novels because there aren’t enough happily ever afters in real life. 

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Desk Banger, by K.S. Rochell

 

Title: Desk Banger
Author: K.S. Rochell
Genre: Contemporary Office Romance

Release Date: July 29, 2020

Blurb
What happens when your boss catches you making scans of your
butt instead of the case files he asked you for?
Any normal boss would fire you right on the spot before you can even explain
yourself.

But mine asked to see the pictures in color.

Nicholas’s Brighton is one of the best attorneys of my generation.

Somehow though, he’s more known for being New York’s hottest bachelor.
Not like I have any time to drink in his features with all the work he’s
assigned me.

The man is such a mean and demanding jerk… but somehow that only makes him
more irresistible.

If things keep going this way I’m not sure if he’s either going to fire or f*ck
me.

And I definitely know which one I’d prefer.

 

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 3.5 Stars

Desk Banger is a solid debut novel from KS Rochell. Amber is sweet and sassy, a bit naive with starts in her eyes. And Nicholas is your stereotypical grumpy boss. This workplace romance is hot and steamy, a great beach or pool day read.

Some of the dialogue and exposition felt clunky and unrefined, but I am chalking that up to this book being the author’s first. Otherwise, Desk Banger is a steamy rompfest between an alphahole attorney and the paralegal he can’t get out of his mind.

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.
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K.S. Rochell is a rabid reader turned blogger turned author.
This feisty Texas native loves her book boyfriends alpha and her heroines
strong. Her plan? Bring bad boys to their knees one glance at a time. 
K. S. has been married to her husband, Daniel, for two
years. Her other passion besides writing is the joy she gets from working with
special needs children, a job she has enjoyed for over sixteen years. 
K.S. appreciates the support of her loving family and devoted
friends who have been instrumental in making her lifeline dream of becoming an
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: How To Date A Younger Man, by Kendall Ryan

 

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How to Date a Younger Man

By Kendall Ryan

Release Day: July 21, 2020

 

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Tips for Surviving a Fling with a Sexy Younger Man

 

First, you’d think as a thirty-something-year-old woman, I’d be immune to Griffin’s flirty comments and six-pack abs. You’d think that his carefree playboy attitude, or the fact that he’s still finishing grad school, would deter me.

 

You’d be wrong.

 

If you accidentally bang your best friend’s younger brother, here are a few important tips . . .

 

One: Do not brag to your friend about how well-endowed her brother is.

 

Two: Do not go back for seconds (or thirds).

 

Three: Do not let him see your muffin top or jiggly behind. And definitely don’t let him feed you cookies in bed. Cookies are bad. Remember that.

 

Four: Act like a damn grown-up and apologize for riding him like a bull at the rodeo. And do not flirt with him when he laughs at said apology.

 

Five: This one is crucial, so pay attention.

 

Do not, under any circumstances, fall in love with him.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

How To Date A Younger Man is a refreshing, sweet contemporary romance. Layne is a career-driven lawyer who is desperate to find her partner in life — but she has no idea when her assistant books her a massage that the 10-years-younger hunky guy will turn out to be the love of her life. Or her best friend’s younger brother, for that matter!

From the moment he meets Layne, Griffin is absolutely smitten. He carries a torch for her for years before anything happens between them. Well, there is always this simmering undercurrent of *something* between them. Griffin bides his time, is patient and sweet. When Layne finally gives in to what has been brewing between them, she’s afraid to put more than fun and casual into the relationship. But Griffin sees their fling as testing the waters for something bigger and better.

I love that Layne struggles with how Griffin could possibly be a reliable, romantic life partner, because he has been reliable and romantic during their whole friendship. She finally sees past the preconceived notions she had about him and their age-gap — but it’s just as Griffin is about to move to New York. Can she convince him to stay?

This book was a delight! I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

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A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than three dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 3 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Hasty, by Julia Kent

 

Title: Hasty

Series: Do-Over #4

Author: Julia Kent
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: July 28, 2020

 

Blurb
AN
ALL-NEW STANDALONE FROM NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR JULIA KENT
I never
thought my perp walk would lead to true love.
Then again,
I never thought I’d be arrested on RICO charges and hauled away in zip ties on
camera for the world to see, minutes after closing the most amazing deal of my
career.
And all of
it in front of my biggest rival, billionaire wunderkind Ian McRory.
I am broke.
I am
disgraced.
I am alone.
I am a
sucker.
But the
worst part? I have to go back to my hometown and live in my bedroom filled with
relics from my childhood.
Lisa Frank
never made me so mad before.
Just when I
needed a rescue, I got one — in the form of help from my biggest rival.
He can’t
bring back my money.
He
certainly can’t bring back my reputation or my pride.
But there’s
one thing he can bring back to me.
A sense of
hope.
Maybe even
love.
Ian sees
something in me no one else does, and he’s relentless about making me see it,
too. As we grow closer, I’m starting to see that while my entire life used to
be a lie, the truth is staring me in the present — and it’s a truth I like
very, very much, hot eyes and gorgeous smile and all.
But I have
to be careful.
I can’t be
too —
That’s
right.
Hasty.
The final
book in the USA Today bestselling Do-Over Series (Fluffy, Perky, Feisty), as
Mallory’s sister, Hastings “Hasty” Monahan gets her turn at a happily
ever after that starts off with an arrest.
Hers.

 

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Ian keeps chasing me, though. Why? And why does the fact that he won’t
let up thrill me?
That’s the part I hate. The thrill. The zing of arousal that shoots
through me every time that jerkface–who isn’t a jerk–does this. He’s pursuing
me and I don’t understand it, but I do like it.
More than I want to admit.
The fight inside me feels like layers of muscles in my abs are in a
tug-of-war. Ian McCrory represents everything I fought to achieve in my old
life. Self-made billionaire. Liked by everyone. Admired by even more.
Respected for his hardcore negotiating skills.
And droolingly handsome.
He was my nemesis. My enemy. The guy who sniped deals, and who I
sniped from. We were adversaries, but he flipped the script, didn’t
he? Coming to my rescue. Aiding me in a time of need.
I don’t want to need him.
And I especially don’t need to want him.
I stare at the phone. Just as my finger goes to the Power button to turn
it off again, three dots appear.
One dinner. Indulge me?
I go into my contacts, and I block him.
He just proved me right.
Taking help from people means you’re obligated.
And no matter how sweet the currency he’s dangling, I don’t like owing
him.
I don’t like owing anyone.
Burke turned my entire life into one big debt.
But my body isn’t available as collateral.
And neither is my heart.

 

 

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars 

The Do-Over series comes to an end with the conclusion of Hasty. We’ve seen and heard about Hastings (Mallory’s older sister) in the other books, and I always thought she was a super-stiff stick. A financial whiz, she was uppity and snobby and judgmental and not as mellow and funny as the rest of the girls in the group. But when Hastings falls from grace thanks to her sleazy non-husband, she falls hard. She finds herself living back with her parents in small-town Massachusetts, a few hundred dollars to her name, her savior is the last guy on earth she ever expected to be helping her, and elbow-deep in a birthing cow.

Ok, that part was hysterical. And how easily Ian just jumped in to help Cowtherine give birth was hysterical. I thought this guy can’t be all that bad, Hasty!

Ian helps Hastings rebuild her life when no one else would give her a chance at a job. He is sweet and charming, and not at all what I expected. Then again, Hasty turned out to not be such a witch when all was said and done, too. This book was a fun, clever conclusion to this series!

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New York Times and USA
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Since 2013, she has sold more than 2 million books, with 4 New York Times
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books have been translated into French and German, with more titles releasing
in 2019.
From billionaires to BBWs to new adult rock stars, Julia finds a sensual, goofy
joy in every contemporary romance she writes. Unlike Shannon from Shopping for
a Billionaire, she did not meet her husband after dropping her phone in a men’s
room toilet (and he isn’t a billionaire she met in a romantic comedy).

She lives in New England with her husband and three children where she is the
only person in the household with the gene required to change empty toilet
paper rolls.

 

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: The Path To Us, by Jennifer Van Wyk

Title: The Path to Us
Author: Jennifer Van Wyk
Genre & Trope: Contemporary Romance, Small Town Romance, Single Parent, Friends to Lovers

 

⭐️ small town romance
⭐️ single parent romance
⭐️ friends to lovers
⭐️ emotional
⭐️ angsty
⭐️ sweet and all things JVW

Our story started the day I saved her from a playground bully when we were only four years old.
She thought I was her hero, but I was just Beau Aikin, small town boy.
Eventually we became more than classmates. We were best friends.

When tragedy strikes, I don’t think twice about stepping in to help.
To once again be Addy’s hero.
Not just hers, her five-year-old daughter’s, too.

Only now, I want her. More than anything.
Friendship isn’t enough anymore.
But she’s off limits for so many reasons.

Love.
Lust.
Guilt.

It all haunts me and it feels like everything is against us.
But I’ll do anything to make her mine.
This is our story of the path to us.

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Zoey gets tired of the hug-fest long before I do and not so subtly demands to be set down and runs to play with Macaroni. Before Addy can leave me also, I hug her alone, loving the feel of her softness in my arms. “I got something I want to talk to you about after Squirt goes to sleep.”

She looks up at me, chin resting on my chest. “Good stuff or bad stuff?”

“Good.”

“Well, I have something I want to talk to you about, too, so it works out.”

“Good stuff or bad stuff?” I ask, repeating her question.

“Good. I think.”

There’s heat in her eyes and with the way she’s touching my arms, as if she can’t not touch me, and hope flares in my chest that maybe she’s on the same path as I am.

“Addy…” I lean my head down so our foreheads are resting against one another and breathe her in. She always smells so good. A mixture of the flowers she’s been arranging all day and her own unique sweetness. I bet she’s sweet everywhere. My mouth waters just thinking about it. She shudders under my touch, almost like she knows what I’m thinking. “Damn, I hope your good stuff is the same as mine.”

She nods her head against me and I give her waist a squeeze. She stumbles just enough that it gets her closer to me. Closer isn’t enough. The need to become one with her is almost more than I can bear. Addy’s everything I ever wanted and for the first time in my life, I feel like she’s within reach. Like maybe it’s finally our time.

One hand travels slowly up my arm and over my shoulder until it settles against my neck. Her thumb slides over my chin, barely grazing the edge of my mouth. Her eyes watch her own movement until slowly they rise, connecting with me.

“Beau.” I breathe in my name from her lips and it fills me with so much need and want. It’s caveman-like. I understand why stories are told of them throwing their women over their shoulders and tossing them into a cave so they can have their wicked way with them.

Macaroni barks and scratches at the door, breaking the moment. We jump apart like we were just caught doing something wrong but I can’t allow the thought to settle in. Nothing about being with Addy is wrong and I finally get that.

I just hope she does, too.

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

Jennifer Van Wyk always writes a great, emotional romance. Addy and Beau’s journey is a rough one, but these two love each other so much. That came through so clearly with the author’s words as she described the guilt both of them felt in the face of their current predicament.

The flashbacks are fantastic, placed at the perfect moment to propel the story. I got such a feel for what Addy and Beau felt for each other even back then, back when they both thought the other didn’t feel the same way. And the guilt that Addy felt about being pregnant with another man’s baby — and Beau’s reaction to not being the father and realizing just how in love he really was with his best friend — was so well-written.

It’s a messy, messy situation, but Addy and Beau are one of those meant-to-be couples. Her daughter Zoey is adorable, and I loved the way she had Beau wrapped around her little finger. The Path To Us is heartfelt, and swoony and all of that good stuff!

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

 

From the Ground Up is Jennifer’s first published novel, with the hopes of many more to come. Jennifer makes her home in rural Iowa with her high school sweetheart, three beautiful and amazing kids, one crazy Jack Russell terrier. This is where her love for all things reading, baking, and cooking happen. Jennifer’s family enjoys camping, boating, and spending time outside as much as possible. When she’s not writing or editing/proofreading manuscripts for the many talented authors she’s come to love, she’s sipping coffee or iced tea with her kindle in her lap or binging on Netflix.

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