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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Reason to Believe by Rebecca Yarros

REASON TO BELIEVE by Rebecca Yarros

Release Date: April 26th

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“I’ll take them!”

That’s what I tell the social worker when my pre-k student and his baby brother need an emergency foster placement. I’ll do anything to keep the brothers from being split up. But my apartment’s flooded and there’s only one house I can take them to on such short notice…his.

Knox Daniels, my older brother’s best friend, offers his new place without hesitation. He’s not moving back to our tiny town until next month—that’s when all our hotshot firefighters are returning for their one and only chance to rebuild our fathers’ fallen, iconic crew.

It doesn’t matter that I’ve been silently in love with Knox since we were kids. It can’t matter that we pretend that reckless prom night kiss never happened. It won’t matter that my feelings for him could destroy his lifelong friendship with my brother and threaten the certification of their hotshot crew. Because I’ll be out of his house long before he gets back.

Except Knox just walked in…a month early. And the icing on this awkward cake? He’s gorgeous as always and I’m covered in baby puke. He takes one look at the boys and tells me we can make this work—

We can temporarily fake a relationship to keep them from being separated by the system.

Suddenly, everything matters.

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

Reason to Believe is perfection. I was hooked on Harper and Knox’s connection from the very first chapter — her senior prom when they shared a kiss that would soon lead to him pushing her away for seven years — and was there for all of it as these two found their way back together thanks to a fake marriage in order to be foster parents for her preschool student and his infant brother.

Despite the fact that they weren’t a legit couple, Knox and Harper were perfect together. I loved that it snuck up on Knox just how much he was actually in love with Harper and had been for all these years. With his troubled background, he didn’t think he was capable or worthy of being loved, but Harper was the one woman who had always had his heart. Harper has been in love with Knox since she was a teenager, but she had no idea that he had feelings for her as well and it was her brother’s fault that Knox never made a move on her.

In creating a safe place for Liam and Jamie, Knox and Harper along the way created a family unit for themselves. There are lots of obstacles along the way before these two find their happily ever after — Harper feeling like he’s only with her because of the kids, Knox feeling abandoned when Harper walks out after a fight — but these two were so worth fighting for!

Reason To Believe is the start of a new series in Legacy, Colorado, focusing on a group of hotshot firefighters. I definitely want to go back and read the previous two novellas that came before this book, and can’t wait to see what comes next with the rest of the group!

I received a complimentary copy 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.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: The Doctor’s Daughter by Shari Ryan


THE DOCTOR’S DAUGHTER
by Shari J. Ryan


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Release Date: April 28, 2022


Genre: Historical Fiction

Trope: World War II



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Auschwitz, 1941: It was her father’s job to save the lives of the SS. But she chose to risk everything and save the lives of prisoners.

In Nazi-occupied Poland, Sofia cannot look her father in the eye. Sofia’s mother, her papa’s cherished wife, is Jewish—how dare he work as a doctor for the SS? She cannot forgive him, even if the bargain was made to spare their lives.

In the middle of the night, Isaac emerges from a packed train with hundreds of others. Beneath Auschwitz’s barbed wire, soldiers surround them, and gunshots pierce the dark sky. The SS decide prisoners’ fates on the spot—and Isaac is chosen to work, rather than to die.

Every day, Isaac and his fellow inmates are sent to a nearby farm. From sunup to sundown, they toil the land with barely a scrap to eat. Every breath feels like it could be Isaac’s last, so when he sees a beautiful auburn-haired girl peering out of the farmhouse window, it feels like a dream…

Sofia refuses to accept what she is seeing. Disobeying her father and evading the guards, she risks her life to sneak a letter to the green-eyed boy outside. She explains that she has hidden them food, and that she’ll do everything in her power to save them.

This secret exchange sparks an escape that should have been impossible—and a love story that is unforgettable. But is love enough in the face of evil? And when Sofia and Isaac are concealed underground, holding their breath as the Nazis hunt them, will they survive?

Fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, The Choice, and Orphan Train will be utterly gripped by this heartbreaking and unputdownable tale. This tear-jerking page-turner shows that even if your freedom has been robbed, and your loved ones torn from you, nobody can steal your hope…




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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars


The Doctor’s Daughter is another fantastic WW2 historical story by Shari J. Ryan. Sofia and Isaac both showed so much strength despite the horrible surroundings around them and found a sweet, beautiful love in the darkest moments.

The story is primarily told through the POV of Sofia and Isaac, but there are a few heartbreaking chapters from his little sister, Olivia, as well. Sofia is a Jewish girl protected under the “Privileged Marriage” of her mother and father, an Aryan doctor who is now training the Nazi doctors in 1941 Poland. Meanwhile, Isaac and his family are trying to survive living in the Warsaw Ghetto before they family is broken up and he and his sister are sent to Auschwitz. When Isaac is one of the laborers sent to work at Sofia’s family farm, there is an immediate connection between them just through her bedroom window. She may be living in her family home, but it’s still something of a prison. Why should she be inside and not outside with him?

Determined to help Isaac, Sofia and her parents open up their home to him. But with danger lurking around every corner, are they really all safe?

Once again, Shari Ryan delivers a heartbreaking story set in the time of the Holocaust. I cried as these characters clung to hope and felt inspired as they found little bits of faith to get them through such horrible times. Ryan’s words paint a magnificent picture, and I can’t recommend The Doctor’s Daughter (or any of her other books in this genre!) enough! I do hope that we get a story about sweet Olivia some day!

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Love You Right, by Julia Kent

Title: Love You Right
Series: Love You, Maine #1
Author: Julia Kent
Genre: Romantic Comedy/Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 26, 2022
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A missed opportunity five years ago makes for an unexpected encounter now between two people meant for each other – but who square off in a very public battle of wills in the small town of Love You, Maine, where every day is Valentine’s Day. Can love conquer all in a town steeped in it?
 
Kell Luview refuses to be a sucker at love again. Five years ago, he left D.C. with his tail between his legs and his heart broken. Fiercely protective of his small town in rural Maine, he’s determined to save the family tree business and avoid his feelings at all costs, no matter how much he longs to solve the mystery of what happened in D.C.
 
L.A. native Rachel Hart hates being underestimated almost as much as she hates this small town. She has two goals on this trip: get out of the cheesy tourist trap of Love You, Maine with a completed business deal, and avoid running into Kell, her old friend from D.C. who never became an old flame because of a huge misunderstanding.
 
One that still aches.
 
When her rental car breaks down on a logging road and Kell comes to her rescue, it’s clear he’s a changed man – and not for the good. Grumpy and reserved, he pushes all her buttons, still stubbornly convinced she betrayed him all those years ago. He’s never forgiven her, and she’s never forgiven herself for carrying a torch for him.
 
An embarrassing incident gets the town gossip mill going when residents wrongly assume Kell and Rachel are the newest couple to find love in the most romantic place on Earth. But the townsfolk aren’t wrong for long…
 
As Rachel breaks through his defenses and charms the town, he faces his biggest fear: all those pesky feelings he’s been avoiding.
 
Because they’re all about Rachel now.
 
And maybe they always were.
 
Can Kell and Rachel fight their growing attraction in the one place in the world where you can’t avoid love?
 
If you’re looking for a fun read about enemies to lovers, forced proximity, heroines who get their comeuppance and sworn bachelors felled by unexpected true love, featuring a hot bearded lumberjack impervious to poison ivy, and a city-slicker, jaded career woman with a penchant for great coffee, set in a small town in New England – then this is your book.
 
Grab a cup of (properly good) coffee, a can of hot cocoa mix, a jar of Fluff and maybe some calamine lotion (just in case), and get your happymeter ready as you read the very first book in New York Times bestselling romantic comedy author Julia Kent’s Love You, Maine series – where love isn’t just a feeling – it’s a way of life.
 
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“Kell,” she whispered against his mouth. “Thank you.”
 
“For what?”
 
“For this.” She motioned at the romantic dinner he’d created for the two of them, the wide table in this conference room an ample spread for a…
 
Ample spread.
 
“We haven’t even had dinner. Thank me after.”
 
She batted her eyelashes. “Is that an offer?”
 
“Rachel,” he said, moving his hand from her waist to cup her ass. “That’s more than an offer.”
 
He started to kiss her again, but she put her fingers on his lips. “If we don’t eat dinner first, we’ll never eat. And I have a meeting here in this very room, to try to pitch the deal again, in three days. Boundaries, Kell – boundaries. I refuse to have sex on this conference table.”
 
“The thought never, ever occurred to me,” he lied.
 
“Liar.”
 
“Caught.”
 
With a deep laugh he adored, she reached for the bottle of wine. “How about you uncork this and we start with a lovely glass.”
 
“Fine. The table is off the table.”
 
 
 

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

Love You Right is the first book in a new series by Julia Kent set in the small town of Loview, Maine, where every day is Valentine’s Day. The story follows former friends Rachel and Kellan (Kell), who worked together 5 years ago in DC before she betrayed his trust… or so he thought. Now Rachel has come to Love You to close a business deal with the town’s chocolate company, but Kell has pretty much bad-mouthed her all over town, making the deal impossible for her to close. Will Kell realize that he’s wrong about what happened all those years ago? Will Rachel find comfort in the small town that she didn’t know she needed in her life?

This book had the right amount of push and pull. Some of the scenarios Rachel and Kell find themselves in are hilarious. Superglued together. Skinnydipping in the spring to get off poison ivy. Julia Kent wrote a charming enemies-to-lovers second-chance story with lots of heart, sizzling heat, a plucky heroine, and a sexy lumberjack hero who isn’t afraid to do some groveling to win back the woman he’s lost. Twice.

I can’t wait to see what comes next in this series! I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

 
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julia Kent writes romantic comedy with an edge. Since 2013, she has sold more than 2 million books, with 4 New York Times bestsellers and more than 21 appearances on the USA Today bestseller list. Her books have been translated into French, German, and Italian, with more titles releasing in the future.
 
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 Secrets to Heartbreak by Brittany Taylor

Release Date: April 22

 

Secrets aren’t meant to be kept forever.
 
Colton Adler was one hundred percent off limits up until the night we shared together nearly two years ago. Both of us forged a deal between illicit touches and unrelenting kisses.
 
A secret.
 
A promise. 
 
A vow made to one another that we would never be anything more than the one night.
 
Regardless of the feelings I still harbored for him, I understood Colton could never truly be mine.
 
Since then, we’ve kept our secret buried deep, pretending as if it never happened at all.
 
But now, after attending my brother’s wedding, Colton was a flashing wave of hot and cold. One minute he was teetering on the edge of giving in to false promises of a forever with me; the next he retreated, reminding me once again that I would never truly be his.
 
Secrets aren’t meant to be kept forever and it didn’t take long for me to learn I wasn’t Colton’s only one.
 
*This is Book Two in the Heartbreak Series. It is recommended you read The Rules of Heartbreak, Book One first.*

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars
I love a good secret-crush book, and Colton and Vada’s story did not disappoint. I really loved the emotional angst of Sloan and Dallas’ story and was wondering how Colt and V would compare. It was totally different and didn’t hit me in the gut the same way, but just as good.

Colton has lived his life to meet other people’s expectations. There has always been an attraction between him and Vada, but he’s kept her at a distance. Two years ago, they had a one-night-stand when they were both grieving their friend’s death, and neither one of them ever really got over the other. But Colton doesn’t see himself as relationship material and kept coming up with excuses as to why he couldn’t give Vada anything more than friendship.

Vada and Colton agreed to keep their one-night stand a secret from their other friends, and doing so just made the tension between them more intense. And just when they go public with their feelings for one another, yet another shocking secret threatens to rip them apart. I LOVED that twist in this book because I thought the story was going one way, and then it went in a completely opposite direction and I loved the angst that it added to Colton and Vada’s relationship.

This book was the perfect blend of sweet and steamy, with lots of maturing on the part of our hero. It took a while for Vada and Colton to work things out, but it ended wonderfully with an emotional HEA.

The Secrets To Heartbreak is the second book in Brittany Taylor’s Heartbreak series and it is a standalone, but there is an ongoing story that started with The Rules of Heartbreak. It was great to catch up with Dallas and Sloan and see them move forward with their life together. I was very intrigued by that snippet at the end of Cassidy and Levi’s book!

I received a complimentary copy and voluntarily left a review.

Meet Brittany Taylor

 

Brittany Taylor grew up all over the world including places such as California, England and Texas. Today she resides in Connecticut with her husband, son and two cats. She loves reading, but loves writing even more. 

Her favorite things in life are her family, binge watching Netflix, and tacos. 

 

Brittany Taylor has been obsessed with reading since kindergarten. She followed her lifelong dream in 2017 when she published her first novel, Without You. Ever since, she’s been hooked and can’t write the stories in her head fast enough

 

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Tents & Tights by Molly O’Hare

Release Date: April 19

From USA Today bestselling author of Learning Curves comes a best friends to lovers, opposites attract romantic comedy with a curvy, hates the outdoors, boutique owner and an annoyingly attractive, loves the outdoors guy who would rather be in nature than anywhere else. It’s a fine line between friendship and love, right?
 
Being fed up with never finding clothes in her size or worse, being sent to the maternity section, finally, Eve decided enough was enough and started her plus size boutique. Somewhere along the line, though, her shop led Eve to a friendship with the well-known owner of the famous outdoor adventure store in town. They were complete opposites in every way, but it worked. And even though she’d hate to admit it, he was by far the best friend she’d ever had.
 
Austin didn’t quite know how it happened. Four years ago, he walked into Own Your Curves to inquire about making plus size outdoor clothes for his shop. And the next thing Austin knew, he was best friends with the feisty, always kept him on his toes, pain in his backside woman. So when she asked for his guidance on expanding her shop, how could he tell her no? There was only one problem, as Austin helped Eve with the expansion, he couldn’t stop his imagination from running wild. Now, if he could just convince her to see it too…
Friendship could definitely end up being more, right?
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars
Austin and Eve’s story is a breath of fresh air. I found these characters wonderfully relatable and thoroughly enjoyed this best friends romance. (Even if it is in third person dual POV, which is just a pet peeve of mine).

I loved how confident Eve was. And Austin was just a sweetheart. Their banter was refreshing and I really felt the connection between these two as friends who become more.

I received a complimentary copy and voluntarily left a review.

Meet Molly O’Hare

Molly O’Hare is a USA Today Bestselling author of plus size romance books.  

She grew up with severe dyslexia and neurodivergence, trust her, spelling is not her strong suit. Over the years, she’s become a huge advocate of “just because you learn something a little differently than others does not make you less in any way.” She also advocates for body positivity in all shapes and sizes. And, to say Molly is obsessed with all things animals is probably an understatement. 

 

When she was younger, she had a wicked case of insomnia most nights, and to help herself fall asleep, she would create stories in her head, always picking up where she left off the night before. Then, one morning she figured if she got endless enjoyment out of her imagination, others might as well. And thus started her career as an author. 

 

And as she always likes to say, never forget how absolutely unique and beautiful you are. 

The world is better because you are here. 

 
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Second Shot With #76 by Piper Rayne

Second Shot with #76 by Piper Rayne is now live!

My mom always said you don’t get a second shot at making a first impression. I’ve remembered that my entire career. Especially since I’m one of the few black men who play professional hockey.

I’m calculated and respectful in the way I speak to my coaches, the owners, and the media. I’ve never taken a risk… until her.

I could blame it on the fact that for once I pushed away the pressure of my career for the ocean waves, the sand, and good times with my new teammates. But those are excuses because the minute I saw her at the airport, something lit up inside me and the best week of my life was spent with her in my bed.

After our week in paradise, we said goodbye, exchanged phone numbers and both assumed that unless one of us was flying through the other’s city on the opposite side of the country, our vacation fling was over.

Then one night after practice I see her. She’s here. In my city. Telling me she moved here for a job. If that’s not fate tell me what is.

I’ve never wanted a second shot more than I do this time, but she’s determined to leave what we were on the island we left behind.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 3.5 Stars

I really liked where Ande and Cory ended up in the end of Second Shot with #76, but I didn’t love some of the things that happened along the way.

A few months after they had a steamy week-long vacation affair (Tropical Hat Trick), Cory and Ande run into each other in the grocery store when she’s relocated and now lives in the same city where he’s playing for the Floriday Fury. He tried to reach out to her a few times after their trip because she meant so much more to him than a vacation fling, but she just sees herself as another notch on his bedpost and doesn’t want to be played by the player. Now that they are in the same city, Cory is determined to win Ande over and prove that his playboy past is in the past… but she’s still not sure if she should trust him.

I struggled with this story, especially after loving Warner and Imogen so, so much. I felt that Cory and Ande didn’t have the fiery chemistry that I was anticipating they would have. There’s a plot twist to this story that then is a jumping point for Ande to do certain things and behave a certain way when I think she really should have thought better because Cory didn’t deserve what she was doing to him. For me, that plot twist and Ande’s behavior afterward kind of left a sour taste in my mouth, and I struggled to really invest myself in Ande as a heroine after that. It opened the door to unnecessary drama and angst, and I think I would have shipped this couple more had there been a different plot device causing the drama between them.

Bring on Kane and Jana, please! I received a complimentary copy and voluntarily left a review.

 

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Falling Embers by Catherine Cowles

“A top must read for 2022”
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Falling Embers, an all-new must read moving romance from Catherine Cowles, is available now!

I’ve loved Calder Cruz from the moment he taught me how to fly. Racing down a mountain and giving me the release I so desperately needed. My understanding. My safe space.

Hadley has fought for a life of her own ever since her sister’s kidnapping. When she was drowning in expectations and family pressures, Calder was always the one who understood her.

Until one night changed it all. From best friends to strangers in a single breath.

She’s like a fire that lives inside me. Even when I thought it was all burned out, there were still embers that lived in my bones.

Calder knows what it’s like to almost lose the people he loves most. He’ll never make that kind of mistake again. Working at the fire station and taking care of his daughters are the only things he needs.

All it takes is a single moment to make him realize how wrong he is. A split second of coming close to losing the woman he has always loved.

But as long-buried embers light anew, there are those who lurk in the shadows. And they’ll do whatever it takes to extinguish that flame for good…

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Heat flared to life in Hadley’s eyes, a mix of anger and frustration. She whipped her shirt over her head, leaving her in nothing but a pale pink lacy bra. I wasn’t blind. I knew that Hadley had curves, that she was beautiful, but the sight in front of me had my mouth going dry. I fought the urge to lean in closer.
“Cat got your tongue?”
I scowled at Hadley through the mirror. “Took me by surprise is all.”
“Sure.”
I returned my focus to her back, cleaning each scrape meticulously. “Hold your shirt to your chest?”
“Too much boobage on display for you?”
I chuckled, the sound a little rougher than normal. “I need to unhook your bra. That might be too much boobage for you.”
Hadley rolled her eyes but held her t-shirt to her chest, keeping her bra in place. I unhooked the little tines, letting it fall open. I cleaned the rest of the gashes and moved for the antibiotic ointment. As gently as possible I spread it over the worst of her scrapes.
Hadley trembled slightly.
“Did that hurt?”
“No, I’m fine.”
But her breathing was more shallow than usual. Her gaze focused on the counter in front of her. Apparently I wasn’t the only one affected.

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

I was invested in Hadley and Calder’s story by the time I was done reading Shattered Stars, and Falling Embers did not disappoint!

Everyone in Hadley’s family had a different reaction to how they coped after Shiloh’s kidnapping all those years ago. And Hadley felt like nobody in her family understood her, especially her mom and the right grip Julia kept on her. The only peace she found was in the extreme sports she and Calder did together, but after an accident ripped his world apart and he focused on being a single dad, Hadley felt adrift without her anchor. She finds a new family of friends in the secret life she led doing bike stunts, but when Calder finds out, it widens the gap between them even more.

A scary situation for Hadley and the return of Calder’s ex, however, brings these two back together and they realize just how much they mean to each other. Of course, it’s not quite smooth sailing, but I loved how these two came to depend on one another and worked things out. Hadley had such a wonderful, nurturing relationship with Calder’s daughters, Sage and Birdie, and my heart melted when they became a family of their own.

As for the narration, Joe Arden and Vanessa Edwin brilliantly brought this story to life. They each perfectly captured the nuances of Calder and Hadley’s personalities, and I enjoyed getting lost in their telling of the story.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Only One Forever by Natasha Madison

Release Date: April 12

From Wall Street Journal and USA TODAY bestselling author Natasha Madison comes a brand new stand-alone sports romance. The eighth installment of the Only One Series. A spin-off from the Something So Series and This is Series

 

Dylan

My dreams came true when I was adopted at ten.

I was the best on the ice. Living the life of what every kid dreams of.

We’ve been best friends since then. Even when she was the annoying little sister following us around.

I would do anything for her.

It is another family vacation; except this time it feels different. Everything feels different.

Alex

All my memories have Dylan in them. From the first time I fell off my bike, to the time I got my heartbroken for the first time.

He’s always been my protector, but it’s time to let the dream of being his go.

One last family trip, one last goodbye.

Except fate steps in and has other plans.

At the end of the day, you only get one forever.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars
Only One Forever wraps up the Only One series by Natasha Madison with a heartfelt, emotional, secret-love story between best friends Alex and Dylan.

Since Dylan was adopted by Alex’s uncle, these two grew up side by side as cousins. They are the best of friends, each other’s person, know everything that makes the other tick — and are hopelessly in love. But since they were raised as cousins, there is a forbidden factor to pursuing a relationship that has both of them holding back from letting the other know how they really feel. But a family vacation to Hawaii changes everything between them.

I really loved how this story played out. I thought NM did a great job of telling how conflicted both of these characters were. Alex is desperately trying to put distance between herself and Dylan, feeling that she can never act on her feelings for him. And once Dylan realizes that he’s been in love with Alex all along, he’s tormented by what to do about his feelings. Go along for the ride as these two wonderful characters realize that their love is worth fighting for.

For readers who have followed NB’s This Is and Something So series, this story is a next-generation spinoff and includes many of the characters from those series, as well as Alex and Dylan’s family members featured in the other Only One books.

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When her nose isn’t buried in a book, or her fingers flying across a keyboard writing, she’s in the kitchen creating gourmet meals. You can find her, in four inch heels no less, in the car chauffeuring kids, or possibly with her husband scheduling his business trips. It’s a good thing her characters do what she says, because even her Labrador doesn’t listen to her…
 



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

Release Date: April 12

USA TODAY Bestselling Author Claudia Burgoa pens a fun and sexy romantic comedy where playing pretend turns to playing for keeps…

We have to pretend that what we have is something like love…

I’m down on my luck.

Scratch that. This is the worst week of my life.

Enter the last person I want to deal with: Burke St. James.

He’s wealthy.

He’s a womanizer.

And a big liar.

And it turns out we need each other.

Burke needs a fiancée to seal the deal of a lifetime. I need help or my business is going belly-up. So, Burke very non-romantically asks me to marry him. Well, he asks me to be fake engaged to him, anyway.

I’ll attend a few dinners, pretend I’m in love, and meet the family.

In exchange, he’ll invest in my company and help me launch it off the ground.

All is easy, except his kisses feel more real than they should.

And the sex…damn, we’re not supposed to have sex.

It’s all for show…right?

Did I mention he’s a really good liar?

Pretending not to fall in love is more complicated than I thought.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars
I loved this delicious slow-burn romance between Burke and Chloe! They hooked me in from the prologue — so how come two years later, she hates him with a fiery passion when there was such a spark between them when they first met?

Welp, that would be thanks to Burke’s business manager/Chloe’s roommate, Maddox, and all the lies he’s told. Maddox also brings Chloe and Burke together when he skips town without a trace, leaving her homeless and one of Burke’s business dealings in a precarious position. Now, Burke needs a fiancee for his next deal, and Chloe needs a place to live and cook for her catering business, and a relationship of convenience is born.

Sure, they vow that there will be no sex and no falling in love, so of course, that is exactly what happens! It was a wonderful ride as Chloe discovered that Burke is nothing at all like she thought he was based on what Maddox had told her, and Burke, a guy who doesn’t do relationships, discovers that being in one with Chloe might not be so bad.

Something Like Love is the second book in the Against All Odds: St. James Family series. There are characters that cross over from the OG (like lawyer Nyx — I forgot how much I love her!), and we get to visit Burke’s twin, Zach, and Autumn a bit. I also felt like I got to know the other St. James siblings better and I CAN’T WAIT for Teddy and Seth’s story! What is brewing there??

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Meet Claudia Burgoa

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

She writes alluring, thrilling stories about complicated women and the men who take their breaths away. Her books are the perfect blend of steamy and heartfelt, filled with emotional characters and explosive chemistry. Her writing takes readers to new heights, providing a variety of tears, laughs, and shocking moments that leave fans on the edge of their seats.

 

She lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband, her youngest two children, and three fluffy dogs.

 

When Claudia is not writing, you can find her reading, knitting, or just hanging out with her family. At nights, she likes to binge watches shows or movies with her equally geeky husband.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Blurred Lines by Jessica Prince

Title: Blurred Lines
Author: Jessica Prince
Series: Redemption

Contemporary Romance; Small Town Romance; Grumpy/Sunshine

There was absolutely no way she was falling for her neighbor. No matter how gorgeous he was.

Aurora Keller thought she’d lucked out when she decided to put down roots in Redemption, Tennessee. She had a new business, new friends, and a picture-perfect little house. There was just one problem, and it came in the form of her six-foot-three tattooed, muscle-bound neighbor from hell, who just so happened to be her best friend’s future brother-in-law. It really wasn’t fair that Satan’s offspring was so nice to look at.

Callum Morrison wasn’t a good man. Or at least that was what he’d convinced himself. After a series of bad decisions that had resulted in the worst years of his life, all he was looking for was peace and quiet. Too bad he bought a house right next door to the one woman he wanted but could never have. That was enough to make any man grumpy.

What had started as a war against two neighbors turned into something so much more.

And if they aren’t careful, the fallout could destroy them both.

**The Redemption series is a series of interconnected, standalone, small town romances.**

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

I have been waiting for Callum and Aurora’s story ever since Clay and Lark’s book, and Jessica Prince delivered a great grumpy recluse/neighbors/hate-to-love story.

The back and forth between these two was sooo tense, and I just needed them to kiss already bc the sexual chemistry was off the charts. That first kiss was worth the wait, but then I had to wait longer for them to really get on the same page! It was a delicious slow burn. The banter between these two was less about hating each other and all about hating how much they liked one another!

That said… But I felt disappointed that we didn’t get more of Callum’s history from prison. I wanted to know what caused his nightmares, his internal and external scars. That tortured hero bit worked great on him but I wanted to know details, and I felt let down by that. Didn’t stop me one bit from loving these two, though!

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Born and raised around Houston Texas, Jessica spent most of her life complaining about the heat, humidity, and all around pain in the ass weather. It was only as an adult that she quickly realized the cost of living in Houston made up for not being able to breathe when she stepped outside. That’s why God created central air, after all.

Jessica is the mother of a perfect little boy–she refuses to accept that he inherited her attitude and sarcastic nature no matter what her husband says.

In addition to being a wife and mom, she’s also a wino, a coffee addict, and an avid lover of all types of books–romances still being her all time favs. Her husband likes to claim that reading is her obsession but she just says it’s a passion…there’s a difference. Not that she’d expect a boy to understand.

Jessica has been writing since she was a little girl, but thankfully grew out of drawing her own pictures for her stories before ever publishing her first book. Because an artist she is not.

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