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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Second To None by K.A. Linde

Release Date: August 30 


First love can’t come second.

A stand alone second chance grumpy sunshine romance about Josie & Maddox by USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde…

Maddox Nelson is the only boy I’ve ever loved.

And the only one to break my heart.

I thought I was over that long ago. After drowning the heartbreak in two failed marriages, I should want safe and easy, and Maddox is nothing but complicated.

Now that I’m back home in Savannah, I can’t deny the pull toward him. He’s the grumpy to my sunshine, the introvert to my extrovert, the uncompromising to my go with the flow. But years of friendship, love, and tangled lust binds us together in the city where it all began.

When heat flies between us, he makes it clear that we already had our chance. Both of us should move on.

Except I’m no longer okay with that idea.

I’ll prove to him that I come second to none.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars
Well, I read this book in a single sitting three days ago and I am still trying to wrap my head around what I want to write about Maddox and Josie’s story.

Like the others in the Coastal Chronicles Series, KA Linde manages to write a beautiful, heartbreaking masterpiece of angst. The back and forth between Maddox and Josie is a maddening rollercoaster of emotions. The story goes back and forth between the present and the past, and the years jump around as their story slowly unfolds. It’s hard to keep it straight in mind, chronologically, but it all comes together in a whopper of a reunion for this couple, a brilliant grumpy graphic artist and the television star he’s loved since they were teenagers.

The secondary story with Josie’s mother left me speechless. How that dovetailed with healing the relationship between Josie and her mom, as well as her mom and her dad, and sparking Josie’s next career move was brilliant.

Second to None takes place at the same time as Hold The Forevers and At First Hate — I loved seeing scenes play out from Josie and Maddox’s POV. And the nuggets that were dropped between Amelia and Ash left me wanting their book pronto!

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Meet K.A. Linde
K.A. Linde is the USA Today bestselling author of the Avoiding Series, Wrights, and more than thirty other novels. 
She has a Masters degree in political science from the University of Georgia, was the head campaign worker for the 2012 presidential campaign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and served as the head coach of the Duke University dance team. 
She loves reading fantasy novels, binge-watching Supernatural, traveling, and dancing in her spare time.


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Sunny Shelly’s Review: After We Fall by JH Croix

Release Date: August 30


A swoon-worthy, small town romance from USA Today Bestselling Author J.H. Croix!


✔️We’re roommates.

✔️We work together.

✔️She’s my friend’s little sister.

✔️She’s soooo off limits.

✔️I want her anyway.


I made a deal with Harley Jackson. We’d burn that fire between us to ashes with a few nights between the sheets. Friends with benefits, but with a time limit. It turned out to be colossally stupid.


A few nights together only made the fire burn hotter. I was never supposed to fall for her.


Grant & Harley’s story is perfect for readers who love small town romance, daring pilots, sassy heroines, roommates who can’t get enough of each other, slow burn, emotional romance with a dash of angst, oozing with swoon, and one smokin’ hot protective hero.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars
Grant and Harley have known each other for years, and there has always been a simmering attraction between them. But they work together, live together in the employee house of Walker Adventures, and she’s his best friend’s little sister. It could be a recipe for disaster, so they agree to a limited fling as friends with benefits, hoping to get the other out of their system. Well, it doesn’t work!

But Harley is hiding a health issue from everyone she knows, and her secret has the potential to put an end to her relationship with Grant before it really gets started. Grant has incredible guilt over not being around when his mom died (he was away at college), which just gives Harley more of a reason to keep her issues to herself. But when Grant finds her after she faints, it more or less forces her hand. Can he forgive her for keeping the truth from him? Will his guilt about his mom’s death cause him to run away from Harley?

This story hit the right notes in mixing sweet, swoony, and sexy. After We Fall is one book in the Dare With Me series, but it can be read as a standalone. I’ve read a few of these — not the whole series — and the characters crossover since the Walker Adventures crew is a close-knit bunch. So it’s nice to see appearances from the other couples.

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USA Today Bestselling Author J. H. Croix lives in a small town in the historical farmlands of Maine with her husband and two spoiled dogs. 


Croix writes steamy contemporary romance with sassy women and rugged alpha men who aren’t afraid to show some emotion. Her love for quirky small-towns and the characters that inhabit them shines through in her writing. 


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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Never Look Back by A.L. Jackson

Never Look Back

An Enemies-to-Lovers, Close-Proximity, Second-Chance Romance from A.L. Jackson

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“The spice was on point and the romance was swoony. A total must read.”

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“This amazing story is dark and decadent, with the past never really being all it seems.

I loved his fierceness and his determination to make the past right again, with just enough Alpha attitude to give him a “lickable” edge.”

-Mere, Sweet Reads & Treats

“Second chance romance is my absolute catnip and Never Look Back is a beautiful, angsty, and gritty addition to that trope.”

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From NYT and USA Today bestselling author A.L. Jackson comes an enemies-to-lovers, close-proximity, second-chance romance…

Logan Lawson won me in a bet.

The second I saw him sitting at the illegal card table, I knew I was in trouble.

Years ago, he sealed my fate and condemned me to a life I didn’t want to lead.

Yet he’s filled with untamed fury and thirsting for vengeance against the husband I hate.

Aster Costa is everything I never should have wanted.

The second she showed with her pompous, prick of a husband, I should have gotten up and walked.

But there’s no looking away from the woman who wrecked me.

Worse, I can’t stop myself from plotting to get her back.

I want nothing more than to be free of my husband.

I’m afraid Logan Lawson is the only one who can make that happen.

He might hate me for our past, but now it’s me on my knees begging for help.

Finding each other in the middle of it wasn’t supposed to be part of the bargain.

But once Logan touches me, I’m gone.

A torch is rekindled. A fire is lit.

Aster Costa has always been mine.

And this time, no matter the cost, I won’t give her back…

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 Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

Wow. After reading the other two Redemption Hills books, I never would have guessed that fun-loving playboy Uncle Logan was hiding such a traumatic past, covering up years of agony and pain for having lost his first love.

Aster and Logan’s story is heartbreaking and beautiful. There is so much hurt between them, but a bright love that never died between Logan and his Little Star. It’s ugly when they first see each other seven years after they were ripped apart. And the 30-day bet that Logan won with Aster as his prize was born out of revenge. But as their walls crumbled, it was crystal clear just how much they both still loved one another.

Zachary Webber and Erin Mallon beautifully brought Logan and Aster’s story to life as the timeline goes back and forth from the past to the present. They hit every nuance of the pain and hurt, as well as every ounce of the love and passion and reconnection that these characters shared.

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Her bestselling series include THE REGRET SERIES, CLOSER TO YOU, BLEEDING STARS, FIGHT FOR ME, CONFESSIONS OF THE HEART, FALLING STARS, and REDEMPTION HILLS novels. Get her latest enemies-to-lovers, second-chance romance, NEVER LOOK BACK, available now!

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Pretend With Me by Allie Everhart

Pretend With Me, an all-new fake-engagement small-town standalone romance in the Kanfield Brothers Series from bestselling author Allie Everhart is available now!

Jason Kanfield.
Tall, athletic, really hot baseball coach.
My first and only one-night stand.
And surprise! The father of my child.

I met Jason at a friend’s wedding and our chemistry was off the charts.

After a night of dancing and a few too many drinks, we ended up in his hotel room.

The next morning we decided not to see each other again since I’d be moving away soon.

Months later, I’m still thinking about him, wanting to see him, but not sure if I should.

A positive pregnancy test made the decision for me.

Jason’s shocked at the news and wants to know how we’ll co-parent with me moving away. But I have a more immediate problem… my parents coming to town.

My very traditional parents would be crushed if they knew I was having a baby with a guy I barely know. I can’t disappoint them like that. So I hatch a plan.

A fake engagement, just for the week my parents are here.

Problem solved.

Or so I thought, until that little white lie gets leaked to the whole town.

I have to make a decision: Tell the truth or keep pretending.

I decide to fess up… until Jason gets down on one knee. With an engagement ring.

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I walk up to Jason in the kitchen. “Remember how you said you owed me a favor for going to the wedding?”
“Yeah. What about it?”
“You said you’d do anything, right?”
“Within reason. Why?”
“You didn’t say within reason. You can’t add that part now.”
He laughs. “Mia, what is this about?”
“My parents don’t know that I’m pregnant. I was going to tell them after my graduation, but I don’t think I can wait. They’ll want to know who the father is and since you’re here, and they’re here, and I’m here, I thought I’d introduce you to them.”
“Okay. But that’s not doing you a favor. I’m happy to meet your parents. I want to.”
“Yeah, um, that’s not really the favor part.”
“Then what is it? What do you want me to do?”
“I need you to pretend to be my fiancé.”
“Fiancé? We’re not even dating.”
“But my parents don’t know that.”
“Why would you lie to them?”
“Because they’re old-fashioned. I don’t want them knowing I hooked up with you at a wedding and haven’t seen you in months. I was going to tell them we’ve been dating this whole time.” I pause. “And maybe part of last year.”
Jason laughs. “You’re kidding, right? This is some kind of joke?”
“It’s not a joke. I need you to do this.” I clutch his arm. “I’m begging you to. If you knew my parents, you’d understand.”
“I’m sure they know things have changed since they were our age. People have kids outside of marriage all the time.”
“Yes, I know, but it’s not what they wanted for their only daughter. Jason, you said you’d do anything if I went to your brother’s wedding. I did my part of the deal. I’m asking you to do yours.”
“So what happens when you leave at the end of the summer?”
“I’ll tell them we broke up. I’ll say we tried to make it work but it didn’t.”
He shakes his head. “I don’t know, Mia. I don’t like this. I think you should just tell them the truth.”
“And break their hearts? Jason, I’ve seen how much you love your parents. If you knew something would hurt them and disappoint them, but there was a way to avoid all that, wouldn’t you do it?”
“Maybe. But I’d be more likely to tell them the truth.”
My phone dings with a text. “My mom says they’ll meet me for breakfast in a half hour. I’m going to go pack up.”
“You’re leaving?”
I nod. “My parents want me to stay and spend the week with them but it’s too risky. I’d end up running into your family and then I’d have to tell my parents everything. I’m just going to go with my original plan of telling them I’m pregnant right before they leave.”
“What are you going to tell them about the father?”
“I haven’t decided, but I’ll figure it out.” I go to the bedroom and pack up my things. I take my suitcase out to the living room and see Jason sitting on the couch.
“Bye, Jason.” I walk to the door.
“Wait.” He jumps up. “I’ll walk you out.”
“You don’t have to.” I don’t want him to because I’m pretty sure I’ll burst into tears when I get past the door. I really thought he’d do this for me, but he won’t.
Jason goes with me to my car. He puts my suitcase in the trunk, but doesn’t close it.
“Jason, I need to hurry. I’m going to be late.”
He closes the trunk and walks up to me. “What would I tell my family? If we did this?”
“You don’t have to tell them anything. My parents don’t live here, and as long as we keep them away from your parents, they never have to know.”
“What if your parents want to meet mine?”
“We could tell them we haven’t told your parents yet. We could say we just got engaged and that you wanted to wait to tell them about the baby.”
“This is never going to work.”
“My parents aren’t going to be here that long. There’s very little chance they’ll run into your parents.”
He checks his watch. “I need to clean up. I’ll meet you there.”
“Really? You’ll really do this?”
He shrugs. “I owe you. I have to pay you back.”

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

Pretend With Me is the second book in the Kanfield brothers series that I’ve read, and I enjoyed it just as much as Brody and Kate’s story. Jason and Mia clicked right from the start, and I felt every ounce of their connection the night they meet at a wedding. And the yearning after! Mia was planning to move back home to Boston in a few months, so they both decided pursuing a relationship was pointless. Until Mia realized she was pregnant.

But man, I felt like I was getting hit over the head with all the back and forth about how she needs to love back home to take care of her aging parents, and he won’t leave his family to go with her. I got it the first time, but between the multiple conversations and all of the inner dialogue, I felt it was all these two spoke and thought about. And as soon as Mia’s old-school parents came to visit and she and Jason pretended to be engaged since she was pregnant, the solution was so obvious. I can’t believe it took so long to get there!

Still, Pretend With Me was a pretty low-angst, instalove story that I easily read in a day. It hits all the right notes, and ends with a HEA for all! I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

About Allie
Allie Everhart is the author of more than 50 books and several bestselling series, including The Jade Series, The Kensington Series, and The Wheeler Brothers. Allie writes angsty love stories, often with a twist of mystery and suspense. She loves reading for hours in a comfy spot, drinking strong coffee, walking in the woods, and writing emotional stories that make the characters work for their happy ending.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Second Chance Rival by M. Robinson

Release Date: August 23


From Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling Author M. Robinson comes an enemies to lovers, arranged marriage, second chance standalone romance.


The only thing I was looking forward to more than marrying my enemy…


Was seeing her pregnant with my baby. 


But I guess that’s why I’m the bad boy of my family—but she’s always played the good girl. 


If they only knew the things she begged me to do all those years ago, when I was sneaking in through her bedroom window. 


Before I left.

Before I broke her heart.

Before she hated me.


She doesn’t have to love me. 

Hell, she doesn’t even have to like me. She just has to marry me to merge our feuding families… 


Best part of our contract is we have to produce a bloodline heir. 


My reasons for agreeing to an arranged marriage have nothing to do with claiming our inheritance… 


And everything to do with claiming the woman I love.



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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

Tristian and Belle’s story is an emotional tale of forbidden first love, love lost and found, the one that got away, and enemies to lovers, told through dual timelines of then and now.

Reader beware: there is a lot of sex in this book as having an heir is part of the contract they signed. I’m no prude but there is alot of sex lol That said… getting to the heart of what happened between them as teenagers from Tristian’s POV was crushing.

It’s not an easy road for Tristian when it comes to making Belle fall in love with him again. But he is determined and this story is a doozy!

This is the second book I’ve read in the Second Chance series, and it is a standalone, while the books are all set in the same world.

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Meet M. Robinson

M. Robinson is the Wall Street Journal & USA Today Bestselling Author crowned as the “Queen of Angst” by readers around the world. 

Dive into her visionary world that will take you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions and leave you wanting more. 
She writes everything from contemporary to suspense romance and is best known for her novel, El Diablo.

When M isn’t in the cave writing her next epic love story, you will find her shopping and living on a boat in Florida with her real life pirate, her lobster, her husband Bossman. Sipping on Starbucks and hanging out with their two dogs, a German shepherd mix and a gordito Wheaten Terrier reading a good book. Or spending time with her family, who she is extremely close with.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: My Fake Fiance by Piper Rayne

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

Absolutely fantastic! I have been dying for Mandi and Noah’s story, especially after finding out that he is Midge’s grandson. And Piper Rayne did not disappoint!

I loved the slow burn between these two, and the friendship that developed over the years as Noah returned as a guest at Mandi’s inn. I appreciated Mandi as a curvy heroine, and loved that Noah found her confidence sexy and never made her feel like she deserved anything less than what she wanted for herself.

This book, of course, has the three crazy grandmas and their antics in getting this couple together. What started out as a fake relationship to settle Noah’s family feud turned into something beautiful because Noah and Mandi had genuine feelings for one another all along. But it takes some time for Noah to realize that he can have a life with Mandi and still hold on to the wanderlust he has as a photographer. And how he gets there… we’ll, there’s some great groveling after The Conflict.

I adored this story! I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Ten First Dates Anthology

Pick a trope, any trope!
This anthology’s got you covered!
Ten First Dates, a FREE, swoony romance collection featuring ten all-new prequels from ten bestselling authors, is out now!

He was the last person on earth she’d ever want to be stuck with for a weekend…
Their eyes met across the room and she knew…
They’d been friends forever but everything was about to change…
Once upon a time…

There are so many ways a great romance can start, and we’ve got TEN of them right here for you!

Ten ALL NEW, never-before-seen prequels from ten bestselling romance authors all in one place!
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

I love these multi-author anthologies, because they are a great way to introduce yourself to new authors… and the there are always some favorites mixed in!

In Ten First Dates, I loved reading a False Start, Piper Rayne’s prequel story for the upcoming book You Had Your Chance slew Burrows. I adored Lee and Shayna’s backstory in college where she is his tutor and he makes a bet with his friends about her. He’s only trying to keep her away from his roommate, but that backfired spectacularly! I can’t wait to read the rest of this book when they meet again eight years later!

I also really liked Angela Denise’s prequel for Matchmaking a Single Dad, and getting the backstory to the steamy kiss Cole and Holly shared a year before the book takes place.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Matchmaking a Single Dad by Angela Denise

She drives him crazy and he’s falling crazy in love.

Matchmaking a Single Dad, a hilarious, hot single dad romantic comedy from New York Times bestselling author Denise Grover Swank and USA Today bestselling author Angela Casella writing as Angela Denise, is out now!

They’re all wrong for each other…but sometimes two wrongs do make a right.

The only woman I need in my life is my eight-year-old daughter, Jane. As a widowed brewery owner, I don’t have the time or inclination for anything more serious than a one night stand. Running the brewery is a big job, and being a parent is a bigger one, especially since my in-laws keep trying to prove I’m an unfit guardian.

But there’s no denying Holly Mayberry drives me crazy with her sassy mouth and attitude. I’ve known her most of my life, but I’ve always done a good job of evading her. Until now. She’s teaching Jane’s after-school computer program, and fate keeps throwing us together.

Holly and I are like oil and water, no good for each other. I need to stop thinking about her, so I agree to beta test a new dating app—one that Holly designed, although she’s the last person I’d tell.

My match and I can only DM each other for thirty days. No photos. No real names. No personal information until the end.

If I wanted more with a woman, Cherry Bomb checks all the boxes…so why can’t I stop thinking about Holly?

Cole Garrison is a jerk. Or so I’ve told myself for years. The truth is, he’s a DILF and a half, and bickering with him is better than kissing someone else.

Hopefully, the guy I’m chatting up on my dating app will help me forget him…and take his place in my dirty daydreams.

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The door opens, and the teacher sponsoring Tech Time, Mrs. Applebaum, comes in, followed by a boy and three little girls. Four. That’s not so bad. That’s two each for Mikey and me. I give him a we can do this look, but his expression has soured like milk left out too long. Mrs. Applebaum takes care of getting the kids into the room, which is its own brand of chaos, and then she claps her hands, her expression changing from frazzled to upbeat, and says, “There. Now I’ll leave them in your capable hands.”
“Wait,” Mikey says with alarm, rocking on his feet, “you’re not staying?”
“Oh, I’m sure you’re quite capable of holding down the fort. I’ll check in with you toward the end.”
“Are you sure—” I start, but I’m cut off by the closing of the door.
“Hi, I’m Eloise,” one of the kids says. She’s a little girl in a button-up shirt with pearl buttons that go up so high I’m surprised it’s not choking her.
Oh, yeah. Introductions. “I’m Holly,” I say, gesturing broadly to Mikey, “and this is Mikey. Why don’t you all pick computer stations?”
“Aren’t we supposed to call you Miss Holly and Mr. Mikey? Or by your last names?” Eloise asks as the kids get seated.
They’ve barely had time to introduce themselves before the door bursts open, revealing a newly harried looking Mrs. Applebaum, followed by none other than Cole Garrison himself and his small, dark-haired daughter, Jane.
“No,” I say reflexively.
“No, what?” Jane asks. “Hey, Dad, that’s the woman you always argue with.”
It’s my turn for murder eyes, only I make them at Cole. Cole, who only got better with age, damn him. His wavy dark hair has been joined by a short, trimmed dark beard that perfectly frames his lips, as if saying, “please kiss here.” Those eyes are as puppy doggish as ever, and now he’s both tall and broad, the kind of man any woman would welcome in her bed. To her detriment. Because he’s still a jerk.
I’ve had a somewhat recent refresher course on his jerkitude, actually. Before I left for New York, I made the monumental mistake of trying to be nice to him, and it’s a tactic I’m not about to reprise.
“Will you be joining us, Jane?” I ask, my tone tight.
Cole mustn’t know the no-swearing-in-a-school rule either, because he curses under his breath. “I didn’t know you were teaching this class,” he says to me. “Maybe this was a bad idea.”
“Excuse me,” I say. “I’m very qualified to teach a bunch of eight-year-olds Scratch.”
“What’s Scratch?” Jane asks. “Is it gambling?”
“No,” Mrs. Applebaum blurts, looking horrified. “I mean. It’s not, is it?”
“It’s basic coding,” I say, glancing back at the other kids. “I’m going to teach y’all to make your own games. Doesn’t that sound fun?”
Please God, let them say yes.
There are a few enthusiastic nods, although Eloise instantly raises her hand again. Sighing, I nod at her. “Yes, Eloise?”
“Will there be a test?”
“No,” I say, “but we’ll be giving a presentation to the rest of the school before Christmas break.”
“Sounds like a test,” Jane mutters.
There’s probably no getting rid of her, and it’s not her fault that I have an issue with her father, so I say, “Why don’t you take a seat?”
She does, choosing the open seat near Mikey.
Cole scratches the back of his neck, looking at her. I guess Mrs. Applebaum is satisfied to have done her part, because she nods and says, “All right. That’s settled then. I’m going to my classroom. I’ll be back at the end of class.”
Does she have a flask in there or something? She seems suspiciously eager to get back to her desk.
“Can I talk to you for a second?” Cole asks. It takes me a second to realize he’s addressing me.
I gesture toward the children. Mikey is regarding them with escalating terror, probably because if I step out, he’ll be left in charge. “Not a great time, to state the obvious.” “Why are you doing that?” Jane asks Mikey, who’s tapping the side of her monitor agitatedly. “Do you have a nervous tic, or is there something wrong with the screen? If there’s something wrong with the screen, you probably shouldn’t have let me sit here.”
He mutters something about this being just like middle school.
“It’ll only take a second,” Cole says, his eyes burning into me. Despite myself, I feel a not unpleasant sense of awareness.
“Fine,” I say begrudgingly. “Mikey, get them to turn on their computers and draw up the program.” It’ll be easier for him to step up if there’s a concrete task to focus on.
I step out into the hall, and Cole takes several steps back, as if he feels the need to constantly keep a minimum distance between us. Fine by me. “What is it?” I ask tersely, shutting the door.
For a second, he just looks at me, and I’m about to lose patience when he finally says, “I know you don’t like me, Holly. But don’t take it out on my daughter.”
He might as well have punched me in the gut.
“Is that what you think of me? You think I’d be a creep to a little girl because she has the misfortune of being related to you? If anything, I’ll be nicer to her to make up for it.”
His expression suggests my shot has landed too, and I’m glad, but only temporarily.
The corner of his lips tip up in a self-deprecating smile that lacks any mirth. “You’re hardly the only person to think it’s her misfortune. I had to say it.”
“Did you?” I ask, tilting my head.
He takes a slight step toward me, as if preparing to tell me off, then says, “Goodbye, Holly.”
In my mind, I think of another day, of a young boy, still on his way toward becoming a man, saying, “I’ll be seeing you, Holly Mayberry.”
How the hell has it come to this?
I watch him go, partly because I want to make sure he really leaves and partly because he does, damn him, have a fine butt. No harm in looking, ladies.

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

Girl likes boy in high school. Boy likes girl, but instead of asking her out he blows her off and they become sworn enemies. Until they are matched by a dating app.

Cole and Holly’s story was adorable! The zing between these two was magnificent and kept me wanting more. I loved sassy Jane — what a spitfire that little girl is! She was smarter than most of the adults around her, especially her dad. After losing his wife, Cole was so afraid to open himself up again, but even his 8-year-old could see how perfect Holly was for him.

This book is the second in a series, and the series itself is a spinoff of another of Casella and Swank’s series. But it is a true standalone, with characters that cross over.

It’s also definitely worth checking out the Ten First Dates anthology for the prequel to this story so you can read the steamy novella about their first kiss!

I received a complimentary copy and voluntarily left a review.

About Denise Grover Swank

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Denise Grover Swank was born in Kansas City, Missouri and lived in the area until she was nineteen. Then she became a nomadic gypsy, living in five cities, four states and ten ho uses over the course of ten years before she moved back to her roots. She speaks English and smattering of Spanish and Chinese which she learned through an intensive Nick Jr. immersion period. Her hobbies include witty Facebook comments (in own her mind) and dancing in her kitchen with her children. (Quite badly if you believe her offspring.) Hidden talents include the gift of justification and the ability to drink massive amounts of caffeine and still fall asleep within two minutes. Her lack of the sense of smell allows her to perform many unspeakable tasks. She has six children and hasn’t lost her sanity. Or so she leads you to believe.

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About Angela Casella

ANGELA CASELLA loves writing romcoms, particularly with the lovely Denise Grover Swank. They write together as Angela Denise. Angela also writes the Fairy Godmother Agency series. She lives in Asheville, NC with her husband, daughter, and two geriatric dogs. Her hobbies include herding her daughter toward less dangerous activities, stress baking, and marathon watching TV shows.

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About New York Times bestselling author Denise Grover Swank and USA Today bestselling author Angela Casella writing as Angela Denise

ANGELA DENISE is the pen name for the writing duo Angela Casella and Denise Grover Swank.

ANGELA CASELLA loves writing romcoms, particularly with the lovely Denise Grover Swank. She lives in Asheville, NC with her husband, daughter, and two geriatric dogs. Her hobbies include herding her daughter toward less dangerous activities, stress baking, and marathon watching TV shows.

DENISE GROVER SWANK is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author and has sold over three million books. She indie published her first book, a romance mystery, Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes, in 2011. She has since published over fifty novels, multiple novellas and short stories as an indie and with five publishers. She is published in seven languages. She is a single mother to six children and four dogs and hasn’t lost her sanity. Or so she leads you to believe.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Rule Bender by BJ Harvey

Title: Rule Bender

Series: Chicago First Responders
Author: BJ Harvey
Genre: Steamy Firefighter/Boss’s Daughter/Best Friends Romantic Comedy (Interconnected Standalone)
Release Date: July 21, 2022

London Kelly is in love with her best friend and has been for years.
Too bad he’s an adorably clueless idiot who a) just doesn’t see what everyone else sees and b) abides by the rule of ‘don’t screw the crew’s sisters, daughters, or exes.’ And since London’s dad is his fire captain, that puts her firmly in the do not touch category.
Then one night, London decides to throw caution to the wind and kisses him, finding her unequivocally placed in the friend zone.
That’s when London decides that maybe it’s time to move on.
Except fate decides to have the last laugh, calling Luca to the scene of a fire at the very same restaurant where London is on a secret blind date, bringing him face-to-face with the reality that he could lose his girl.
Suddenly all bets are off.
Besides, bending the rules isn’t the same as breaking them… right?
USA Today Bestselling Author BJ Harvey brings you Rule Bender – Book 4 and the last book in a spin-off to the Cook Brothers steamy rom-com series featuring first responders in Chicago who are fighting the good fight and also finding love at the same time. This series can be read as a standalone and is set in the same world as the Bliss and Cook Brothers series before it.
Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars
This book is adorable!! Best friends is one of my favorite romance tropes, and I adored Luca and London’s story.

While Luca was so dense at times when it came to London’s feelings for him and I wanted to slap him upside the head, this story was a wonderfully charming one. London is the daughter of his fire captain, therefore she should be off limits, and Luca was all kinds of flustered as he debated crossing the line with his best friend. And London just couldn’t walk away, No matter how many times her heart got hammered!

I haven’t read anything else in this series, so there were some questions I had, but I didn’t find that took away any enjoyment from Luca and London.

I received a complimentary copy and voluntarily left a review.

“I’m not a child, Luc,” London pipes up. I look down at her mascara-smudged glare, my annoyance level dropping at the sight that’s more hilarious and adorable than menacing.

“Never said you were, Lonnie.”

“I prefer being called beautiful,” she grumbles.

I take a step forward and lift the clean corner of the towel and gently wipe around her mouth, my lips twitching as I look down at her gorgeous face. “Beautiful, you’re a cute drunk but you’re also a messy one, especially when you share your liquor with my turnouts and boots.” She giggles and my anger disappears completely. “I’m trusting Brock to—”

Perfect Brock.”

The corner of my mouth tips up. “I ain’t calling him that, beautiful. You know there isn’t a man on earth that’ll ever be good enough for my girl.” 

Her breath catches, a soft moan vibrating in her chest as her eyes flutter closed before slowly opening again. 

“But I want you to go home, grab some water and some Tylenol, and go to bed. I’ll take care of your car and will come get you tomorrow on the way to lunch at my parents’, yeah?”

She stares at me for a good long while, but when the truck’s horn sounds, I know I’ve got to get a move on. “Can you do that for me, Lonnie?”

“Yes, Luc,” she nods, slowly at first then more enthusiastically. 

“Good girl,” I say, earning a beaming, blinding smile this time. “And make sure you text me when you get home. Can you do that for me, beautiful?”

After she nods again, I lean in and touch my lips to her temple, ignoring how right it feels.

Before leaving her, I pin Perfect Brock with a knowing glare. “Straight home, man. I’m trusting you with something precious to me here.” 

He tilts his head, rubbing his chin and studying me. “I can’t work out if you’re an idiot or you just don’t see it,” he says, pulling London snugly into his side. He looks to Cohen. “C’mon. You see it too, right?”

Cohen purses his lips and shrugs, not exactly denying it.

“What the fuck?” I ask.

He leans in and lowers his voice. “One date with this woman and I already know she’s someone special.” 

I grind my teeth together so hard my jaw aches. 

“And I don’t owe you anything, especially not after your friendly disposition tonight. But just so we’re crystal clear, this date stopped being a date when she told me she can’t get over her stupid crush on her best friend, and because I’m a nice guy, a good guy, and not the asshole you seem to think I am, I’ll give you some free advice. You’ve got a choice to make, and you’re gonna have to make it sooner rather than later.”

“Oh yeah? Enlighten me, wise one, who seems to know everything about my girl here.” 

His eyes flash. “You can either open your eyes to what’s right in front of you and how good it could be, or you can let her go so she can get over you and find a man who’ll give her the world she desperately wants from you.”

Then, like he hasn’t just laid me out where I stand, he carefully turns London around and walks her down the sidewalk away from us, leaving me standing there wondering what the hell just happened.

BJ Harvey is the USA Today Bestselling Author of angsty contemporary romance, romantic comedy, and sometimes a little bit of romance suspense. She regards herself as a smut peddler, suspense conjurer, and a funny romance thinker upper. An avid music fan, you will always find her singing some hit song badly and loving every minute of it. She’s a miner’s wife, a mom to two beautiful teenagers, and was born in New Zealand and currently lives in Perth, Australia.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Royally Not Ready by Meghan Quinn

“You might be a future queen, but when it comes to the bedroom, I’m your king.”

ROYALLY NOT READY, a brand new sexy, enemies-to-lovers standalone romance from USA Today bestselling author Meghan Quinn, is Now Available in all formats, including the illustrated hardcover edition! Fall in love with this fresh take on a royal romance with a twist. Laugh out loud funny and full of some of her steamiest scenes yet, Quinn takes you on an unexpected, sizzling fairytale journey. One-click your copy today!



So there I was selling bikinis out of my truck in South Beach Miami, getting ready to kick off a wet t-shirt contest when the world’s biggest grouch approached me – Keller Fitzwilliam.

The man had the sultriest British accent I’ve ever heard. And he looked like he just walked off a Viking boat and into a suit tailored specifically for his impressively muscular frame. Only problem is, he had the warmth of an ice pick and he kept telling me he was here to take me back to his home country.

Of course, I didn’t follow him. I might be up for a good time, but I’m also educated enough to know leaving with a stranger isn’t smart. Well, that’s until he mentioned my mom’s name. My mom who passed away several years ago.

So after some serious fact-checking, my bikini-clad bum went with him to a sub-arctic country I had never heard of just north of the British Isles, where I found out my grandpa was the king of said freezing country, and I was the one and only heir.

Desperate to learn more about my mom, I decided to give this princess thing a chance.

Good idea, right? Wrong.

Because Mr. Ice Pick was put to the task of training me and he’s not just cold as ice, he’s pompous, aggravating, and possessive. And did I mention we have to share a bathroom in a tiny castle?

We are oil and water every single day and even though he’s training me to be queen, I have this simmering desire to kneel before him.


Emma Wilder and John Hartley narrate ROYALLY NOT READY in duet, and their performances are perfection! Grab your earbuds and dive into this aural sensation today! 

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

Do not miss out on reading this book! Princess Diaries-meets-My Fair Lady-meets-Fifty Shades of Gray, this book is a quintessential Meghan Quinn romcom with so much more! I swear, Keller is her most dirty-talking-hero yet, a grumpy guy who becomes completely besotted with the spunky heroine despite his efforts to keep her at an arm’s length.

Keller and Lilly’s story is PERFECTION! I adored the fish-out-of-water aspect with Lilly being plucked from her life in Miami after learning that she’s actually the only heir to the crown of a country she’s never heard of. As she goes through her “princess training” with Keller, Lilly slowly sees all of the Torsquethorpe influences that she’s had in her life, not even realizing it. Lilly was so lost after her parents passed away, and she never imagined that she’d find a home in a Norwegian country. Or that her soulmate would be the grumpy, ice cold dirty talker who has been assigned to turn her into a princess.

Keller. Oh Keller. He is so loyal to the crown, that duty having been instilled in him by his late parents. As much as he is falling for Lilly, he feels like he is betraying his duty to serve the royal family by being involved with the future queen. But Lilly calms his soul. Yet he is so conflicted by his demons and insecurities, all the way up to the last two chapters of this book. I loved the dichotomy of Keller as this strong, surly guy who is loyal to the crown yet still a lost little boy whose parents died, leaving him an orphan.

While there is a lovely sweet side to Keller and Lilly’s relationship, this book has some of THE HOTTEST bedroom scenes I’ve ever read by MQ! Holy hell! Narrators Emma Wilder and John Hartley played these two characters perfectly, from the vulnerable moments to the scorching BDSM bedroom scenes!

Royally Not Ready is absolute perfection, from start to finish!

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review

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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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