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Sunny Shelly’s Review: One Spring Break by Sophie Stephens

One Spring Break
Sophie Stevens
Publication date: January 10th 2022
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Flat-ass. Chubby cheeks. Whore.

Pre-med student, Rosie Magee, has been called every slur imaginable by her obnoxious roommate, a foul-tempered fellow who drops food on the floor and poops wherever he pleases. If the insult thrower didn’t have scarlet feathers and a beak capable of shearing fingers, she’d happily kick him out. But her roommate, a macaw named Baby, belongs to her snotty sister Maria, and according to their mother, if the siblings want room and board, they’re stuck together until graduation. After scrimping and saving, Rosie has finally tucked away enough money to escape from her boyfriend-stealing sister and her evil, yellow-eyed minion for one spring break.

Wholesome. Good guy. Boy next door.

Engineering student, Erik Snider, never believed good guys finish last until his girlfriend has a one-night-stand with a local thespian, Tulsa Lester. She wants to reconcile, but Erik can’t forgive a betrayal so deep. When he learns she’s moved on while he’s still mourning their relationship, his roommate hatches a plan for revenge—ask out the prettiest girl on campus, Maria Magee, and take her to the spring formal his ex will be attending. Though not the vengeful type, Erik is desperate enough to agree in hopes a date with a gorgeous girl will help him heal, but pretty girls have agendas of their own. If he wants an evening with Maria, he’ll have to take care of her demanding macaw for one spring break.

When Baby escapes Erik’s care, Rosie ditches her vacation to help him find her sister’s macaw. As they fight off parrot hungry hawks and navigate trees with flimsy branches, they form a bond that might just verge on love. But nothing comes easily for Rosie. With a man-stealing sister who lives to torment her, and a best friend Tulsa who tore apart Erik’s relationship, happily-ever-after will be anything but smooth sailing.

One spring break brought them together.

An insolent bird…

A hateful sister…

A best friend with secrets…

Will tear them apart.

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

One Spring Break is the first book I’ve read by Sophie Stevens. It is part of a series, but I didn’t feel like I was missing out on any of the backstory by not having read the previous books.

So One Spring Break had a root-worthy couple, a sister I loved to hate, an obnoxious pet bird, and some nice plot twists that I didn’t see coming. I thought that SS wrote these characters nicely — not just Erik and Rosie as the H/h, but the supporting players as well. I was so upset by the relationship between Rosie and her sister Maria, and when we first met Tulsa as Rosie’s friend, I was dying to know how he’d played a part in Erik’s breakup with his girlfriend in the prologue. Well, you don’t know people as well as you think you do, sometimes!

Most of all, I really loved how Rosie wasn’t the typical pretty college girl, but still got the great guy in the end. I wanted more out of the epilogue, and maybe those unanswered questions will be addressed in future books, but I felt a bit let down by the epilogue. But overall, Erik and Rosie’s story was enjoyable.

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Come a Little Closer, by Kait Nolan

 Release Date: January 14
Griffin Powell has avoided his hometown since he left it in the rearview years ago. But the former Marine understands duty and promises, and that means dragging himself back home as part of his brother’s wedding party. Which gets him thinking about a promise he made to a woman, after the best night of his life. When she, too, shows up as part of the wedding, it feels like a sign.
Always a bridesmaid, professor Samantha Ferguson is dreading this bachelorette weekend. She’s the one of the lone single ladies, and the matron of honor is her high school nemesis. Sam figures she can suck it up and deal, until she comes face-to-face with the big, sexy ginger mistake from her past. Can this trip home get any worse?
Turns out it can. Not only are she and Griff paired up for all the bridal party bonding activities, forcing her to relive high school hell, but Sam’s best friend goes missing. When no one takes her concerns seriously, she starts a search herself–and ends up with an unwanted bodyguard whose very presence reminds her of a hot Vegas night she’s tried hard to forget.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars
Come A Little Closer is a charming second-chance romance. There is a free prequel novella (Until We Meet Again) that tells Griffin and Samantha’s backstory — I did not read that beforehand, but wish I had so I could have gotten the full scope of Griff and Sam’s relationship.

This story is set 8 years after they get married in Vegas and he leaves her to reenlist in the Marines. They’ve known each other since they were kids, so there is a lot of history involved, and Kait Nolan does a nice job of playing that angle when Griffin and Sam meet again during the wedding festivities of her best friend to his brother. The spark between them is reignited when one of the bridesmaids goes missing and Griff helps Sam track down her friend. It’s also the perfect opportunity for Griffin to try to win her back.

While I wish Sam would have made Griffin grovel a bit more, this book was overall an enjoyable read with a nice HEA. I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

Meet Kait Nolan

Kait Nolan is a RITA® Award-winning Mississippi author who calls everyone sugar, honey, or darlin’, and can wield a ‘Bless your heart’ like a Snuggie or a saber, depending on requirements. 


She believes in love, laughter, and that tacos are the world’s most perfect food. 

 

When she’s not writing, reading, working the evil day job, or wrangling family (both the two-legged and the four-), you can find her obsessively watching The Great British Bake Off.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Put Me In Detention, by Meghan Quinn

PUT ME IN DETENTION by Meghan Quinn

PUT ME IN DETENTION by Meghan Quinn

Release Date: January 11th

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“You got married on your divorce-cation?”

That would unfortunately be correct.

I was hanging with the girls, celebrating my divorce when I saw him, my crush, sitting in the corner of the bar all alone. Being single and looking for a wild night, I asked him if he wanted to join me. To my delight, he said yes.

Drinks were consumed, fun was had and then . . . one drunken conversation with a cranky gondolier in Las Vegas led to an Uber lift through a drive-thru wedding chapel with the incredibly hot, British bad boy, Pike Greyson.

On paper, it seemed like I hit the jackpot. And if I wasn’t fresh from a toxic marriage, I would have absolutely noticed the finer things about him.

But I wanted nothing to do with being married, so when I arrived back home from my eventful weekend in Vegas, the last thing I expected to see was a new doting husband already moved in.

I asked for an annulment, he pulled a Ross Geller and said no.

That’s right, he said NO! Instead, he asked for three months to prove we could be good together.

Insanity clearly knocked him in the head and the only way I could convince him to give up on our sham of a marriage was to show him just how wrong we were for each other. Only problem with that was, he saw right through my every prank, every trick, and every yearning emotion I attempted to mask.

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

I did not want Put Me In Detention to end! Cora and Pike’s story gave me ALL THE FEELS!!

This book is part of Meghan Quinn’s teacher’s series, and Cora is Arlo’s sister on her Divorce-cation in Vegas with the girls when they run into hot, tattooed British history teacher Pike. Cora wants a hot one night stand to celebrate her divorce… and ends up marrying Pike kind of on a date. She figures they’ll get divorced when they get back to Chicago, but Pike has other plans.

This book is hilarious. Right off the bat, I was hysterically laughing at these two. There is some serious chemistry between them, and she refuses to give in. The game they play of her trying to push him away while he’s trying to get to know her — and all the pranks involves — were awesome. Disappearing bathing suit?? Where did that come from, Meghan? Loved it!

But as funny as this romcom is, MQ, as always, does a fantastic job of showing a vulnerability to the characters. Like Pike’s family issues with his dad, and his reasons for wanting to stay married. Like Cora’s insecurities based on her last marriage, and her troubled past. It all leads to a beautiful payoff once Cora agrees to stop fighting it and date her fake husband. There are some really tender scenes and Pike is a super sweet guy even when he’s trying to be a jerk just to please his wife.

Should he have kept the truth from her? No. But then we wouldn’t have had that wonderful plot twist, the awkwardly painful scenario that ultimately brings these two back together!

As much as this book is Cora’s story, it is also Keiko’s story. In a lovely subplot, the Female Sheldon of this girl group gets her own HEA with Kelvin, and I couldn’t have been happier.

Thanks for another fantastic escape, Meghan! I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

About Meghan:

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: Beg You To Trust Me, by B. Celeste

Beg You to Trust Me by B. Celeste is now live!

When I decided to move across the country for college, I thought it’d be the perfect chance to reinvent myself.

But then one party changed the course of my entire freshman year.

And just when I think I’m about to drown in the foggy memories of my night spent partying at the football house, Daniel Bridges walks into my life.

Lindon University’s wide receiver.

A total flirt. And a total threat.

Because he can help take away the memories I do remember from that night.

What I don’t anticipate from the witty football player is the friendship we form as the months go on.

Or how easy it is to fall for him as he teaches me how to trust again…and so much more.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

Reading this book was like walking through an emotional minefield. Skylar and Danny’s romance itself was a sweet slow burn with a hero who was so incredibly patient with the broken girl he wanted more than anything to let him in. But in the background is a messy tale of bullying, harassment, and sexual assault on a college campus. This book definitely has some triggers that readers need to be aware of, but Danny and Skylar’s story is a beautiful one to read.

The book opens with Skylar doing the walk of shame after a party at the football house. But she can’t remember who she was with because she was drugged and drunk. There are rumors going around campus about her, and Sky has zero support from her suitemates. Especially her bitchy roommate. The only person she can count on is her friend Olive, until Danny pushes his way into her life.

I loved how these two connected with one another. There were misconceived notions on both of their parts at first, but once they became friends, they just really clicked. There are some really heartbreaking moments where Danny tries to help Skylar work through what happened to her — like the scene where he is on his knees literally begging her to trust him! So well written!

There is a lot of growth for both characters, especially Skylar. I loved her story arc and how she ultimately reclaims her life after being victimized. When it came down to things that really matter, Danny stood up and did the right thing, despite what it did to his reputation as a member of the football team.

I would have loved to have seen a HEA for this couple instead of the happy-for-now ending that we got, and the book ends on a jaw-dropping tease for the next installment in this series.

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

Meet B. Celeste

B. Celeste’s obsession with all things forbidden and taboo enabled her to pave a path into a new world of raw, real, emotional romance.

Her debut novel is The Truth about Heartbreak

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

Release Date: January 4

A one-night stand gone wrong?
Michael
Being traded after fighting with your coach on air isn’t exactly a good look.
With one mistake under my belt, I knew I needed to focus on the game and nothing else.
But everything changed when I went to pick up my niece and came face-to-face with my very pregnant one-night stand from six months ago.
Jillian
Two pink lines changed all my plans.
So did the guy I had a one-night stand with, a man who made me laugh and smile, a guy who I called to share my unexpected news with, only to find out his number was no longer in service.
Once more letdown by the opposite sex, I figured I was doing this on my own.
Then one day, I was staring into the eyes of the man I hated, the father of my baby.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars
Only One Mistake is a super cute one-night-stand/accidental pregnancy romance in Natasha Madison’s Only One series. The hero, Michael, is the son of Max and Allie from the Something So series, and his cousin is Cooper from Only One Regret.

The first day that Michael arrives in Dallas after being traded to the Oilers, he’s out incognito for a bite to eat and comes to the rescue of Jillian, who has been stood up by her blind date. She has no clue who he is, which he finds refreshing, and they have tons of chemistry. Their one-night stand is full of steam, and I thought they connected so well — so how was Michael going to blow her off when she called him to tell him about the baby when he was so smitten with her?

Okay, I bought into Michael’s explanation about having lost his phone/got a new number. Even if Jillian didn’t buy it — again, not knowing who he really is. I thought it was sweet how involved his parents wanted to be from the start, even though I expected them to question the surprise pregnancy A LITTLE considering who they are as a family. But they welcomed Jillian, Julia, and their mom into the family with open arms, making this a very hunky-dory, feel-good, no-angst romance.

I can’t wait to see what happens between Alex (Michael’s sister) and Dylan (his best friend/adopted cousin) in their book! And I would love to see Julia (Jillian’s twin) get an Oiler herself! I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

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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: The Love Square, by Jessica Calla

Happy Release Day to Jessica Calla!
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On the west coast…

…Nebraskan Clare Davis hates her new life managing a bookstore in LA—until she meets up-and-coming movie star Dylan Barnes. Dylan’s always been a city guy, but can’t resist Clare’s midwestern charm as he shows her the wonders of California.

On the east coast…

…Alex Popovich loves being a carefree bachelor and a minor league ballplayer in his hometown Brooklyn. But things get complicated when gorgeous ballroom dancer-slash-office worker Jenna Stecco asks him to take that leap with her from best friend to something more, and he bunts and lets her go.

When Jenna and Dylan stir up the dynamic with a night of passion, the four friends must decide whether to accept the new normal, or fight their way out of the wrong corners of their love square and journey to their happily ever afters.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

The Love Square definitely puts a twist on the love triangle trope as it tells the dual story of best friends Dylan and Clare in Los Angeles, and then Dylan’s childhood pal Alex and Jenna in NYC. In both pairs, they each have feelings for one another, but there are some complications and nobody really acts on this feelings. But then Dylan meets Jenna while visiting Alex one weekend, and a steamy long-distance relationship takes off. But how true are they to each other when they both can’t stop thinking about someone else? Especially when an unforeseen complication makes things messier?

Like I said, this story puts a unique twist on the trope. There is some mild cheating (kissing) and while there are sexual scenes, they are not graphic. A lot of the heartache would be avoided if these four just were open about their feelings. So much miscommunication. And I really detested Jenna’s initial decision before her mind was swayed.

But that aside, I enjoyed this story. I knew who I was rooting for, and everyone in this quarter gets a HEA — even if it is an unconventional one, in a way!

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

MEET THE AUTHOR

Jessica Calla is a contemporary romance and women’s fiction author who leaves her Christmas lights up and glowing on her porch all year long. Although Jessica’s passion is reading and writing about love and relationships deep into the night hours, she moonlights during the day as an attorney. If she’s not writing, lawyering, or parenting, you’ll most likely find her scrolling through her Twitter feed, binge-watching Netflix, or gulping down way too much caffeine (sometimes all three at once). A Jersey girl through and through, she resides in the central part of the state with her handsome husband, two charming sons, and a princess dog.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Ripple Effect, by J. Bengtsson

Ripple Effect by J. Bengtsson is now live!

Enemies to lovers tale with an earth-shaking twist!

International pop star RJ Contreras finds himself at a crossroads when his mega famous boy band, AnyDayNow, breaks up. After his solo career fails to take off, RJ retreats to a no-frills apartment where he can hide out from the world and lick his festering wounds.

But when the girl next door starts slipping ‘good neighbor’ contracts under his door and complaining about his behavior through strategically placed Post-it-Notes, RJ snaps out of his self-absorbed melancholy to wage war.

Nothing short of an act of nature could repair the relationship between these two strong-willed enemies. But guess what Fate has in store?

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

Ripple Effect full-blown blew me away! I was not expecting this enemies-to-lovers neighbors romance to be so intense, but once I got sucked in, I could not put it down and binged it in a night.

I’ve read just about all of the Cake series, as well as some of J. Bengtsson’s other standalones, including Bodhi’s story Like The Wind. But still, nothing prepared me for the intensity that was RJ and Dani, and the literal earthquake that brings these two together.

There is so much to love about these two. Slow burn. A broody rockstar in hiding. A sassy schoolteacher. Incredible banter as these two just want to strangle each other. And then once the world literally collapses around them, there is so much vulnerability, love, emotion and sweetness.

RJ’s history is not a pretty one, and that childhood hurt leads him to hide out from the rest of the world after his attempt at a solo career bombs. Dani makes him want to be better, do better, fight for something. He’d spent his whole life feeling unwanted and unloved, and the tragedy that brings RJ and Dani together makes him want to stop being a victim and take matters into his own hands. Unfortunately, while RJ comes out of the earthquake with newfound confidence, Dani is suffering from some major survivor’s guilt. No matter how much RJ wants to build a life with her afterward, Dani needs to figure out how she can move forward.

JB wrote a brilliant story of true love and resilience in Ripple Effect.

BTW, I kinda fell in love with Dani’s family of sperm siblings. I would love to see a spinoff series with some of those side characters!

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

Meet J. Bengtsson

J. (Jill) Bengtsson is the bestselling author of the Cake Series. She writes contemporary novels focused on love, humor, passion, and family. Her heroines are strong, nurturing, and quirky while her heroes are what dreams are made of – gorgeous, committed, and in need of a little saving. A native Californian, Jill’s novels are set under the glittering lights of the West Coast entertainment industry.
They are for the dreamer in all of us.
Jill resides in Ventura County, California. She’s married to the Swedish boy she met as an exchange student her junior year in college and they have three children, a golden retriever, and two ragdoll cats.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Getting Real, by Emma Chase

Getting Real by Emma Chase is now live in audiobook!

A sexy, hilarious, emotional, new romance from New York Times bestselling author Emma Chase.

Connor Daniels never thought he’d be starting over at dating square one. His career as a successful doctor, and his three boys, are everything to him. It’s not exactly a setup conducive to a scorching social life—but he’s giving it a shot.

ER nurse Violet Robinson never intended for Connor to find out she’s had a crush on him forever. It was a dirty little secret only meant for her dirty dreams. Her heart trips every time he’s around—and so do her feet.

When Connor sees Violet coasting across the grocery store parking lot—and she falls on her face—he starts falling for the gorgeous, young nurse right back.

Dating can be tricky. And life can be beautiful and crazy and unpredictable. But when it gets real, you discover what matters most . . . and the one person you want loving you through it all.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

Getting Real was a delightful age-gap/coworkers/single dad romance. Connor and Violet’s story is funny, sweet, sexy, steamy, and emotional all wrapped up in one.

Connor is a fantastic hero — although I wanted to smack him for playing games like a teenager after he and Violet went out for the first time! Thankfully, he got his act together, and the rest of this story flowed smoothly. There is little drama between Violet and Connor, but some miscommunication and assumptions cause issues between them.

I really liked the connection between Violet and Connor. As a single dad over 40, he has a maturity to him that I don’t find in 20- or 30-something heroes. I loved how well Violet fit in with Connor’s kids, and how easygoing the relationship is between them.

Getting Real is a complete standalone — but within the Getting Some series. I haven’t read any of the other books in this series, but I am definitely interested in reading rest of the Daniels brothers’ stories!

Getting Real was released on audio first — and Zachary Webber is TO DIE FOR as Connor! Oh wow, he has such a sexy voice! Andi Arndt is fabulous as well, and these two really bring Connor and Violet to life!

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

Meet Emma

Emma Chase is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance novels filled with humor, heart and heart. Her stories are known for their clever banter and sexy, swoon-worthy moments. Emma’s novels have been translated in over twenty languages around the world.

Emma lives in New Jersey with her amazing husband, two awesome children, and two adorable but badly behaved dogs. She has a long-standing love/hate relationship with caffeine

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: These Thorn Kisses by Saffron A. Kent

Release Date: December 7


Eighteen-year-old, Bronwyn Littleton is in love with a stranger she met on a summer night a year ago.

A stranger who was tall and broad in a way that made her feel safe. He had dark blue eyes that she can’t stop drawing in her sketch book. And he had a deep, soothing voice that she can’t stop hearing in her dreams.

That’s all she knows about him though.

Until she runs into him again. At St. Mary’s School for Troubled Teenagers – an all girls reform school – where she’s trapped because of a little crime she committed in the name of her art.

Now she knows that her dream man has a name: Conrad Thorne.

She knows that his eyes are way bluer and way more beautiful than she thought. And that his face is an artist’s wonderland.

But she also knows that Conrad is her best friend’s older brother. Which means he’s completely off-limits. Not to mention, he’s the new soccer coach, which makes him off-limits times two.

What makes him off-limits times three however, and this whole scenario an epic tragedy, is that, Conrad, Wyn’s dream man, has a dream girl of his own.

And he’s as much in love with his dream girl as Wyn is in love with him…

NOTE: This is a STANDALONE set in the world of St. Mary’s.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 3 Stars

The return to St. Mary’s with These Thorn Kisses fell a little flat. I loved My Darling Arrow, and really liked A Gorgeous Villain… But Conrad (one of Callie’s older brother from AGV) and Bronwyn were just a bit “meh” for me in These Thorn Kisses.

I didn’t get the same sense of forbidden romance in this book that I did in the previous stories… it just kind of felt forced. I didn’t feel this burning connection between Conrad and Wyn, so the forbidden aspect to their relationship felt unexistent. The other woman drama that I was expecting with Conrad’s ex Helen being the guidance counselor at St. Mary’s was more in Bronwyn’s head than anything else.

Ultimately, These Thorn Kisses was a miss for me. I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

Meet Saffron A. Kent

Saffron A. Kent is a USA Today Bestselling Author of Contemporary and New Adult romance.

She has an MFA in Creative Writing and she lives in New York City with her nerdy and supportive husband, along with a million and one books.

She also blogs. Her musings related to life, writing, books and everything in between can be found in her JOURNAL on her website (www.thesaffronkent.com)



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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Only Sometimes by Felicia Bladel

Title: Only Sometimes
Series: Without Filter #3
Author: Felicia Blaedel
Genre: Steamy New Adult Romance
Release Date: December 9, 2021
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Disagreeing from the first time they meet, Noah and Niko know exactly how to push each other’s buttons while they fight the intense pull between them. But when they are forced to work together, they might realise that their connection runs deeper than frustration and lust.
Niko is driven and ambitious, even when it’s misconceived as cold and measured.
Her latest project is her great-grandmother’s nature organisation. Niko is determined to see it thrive again and hopefully understand herself and her broken family better in the process. Getting a handle on her inconvenient feelings is a must too.
Noah has made a promise to set things right and honour his eccentric grandfather’s hard work. Even when that means taking on an active role in a small nature organisation, while hiding his true identity.
He is busy enough as it is with university, work, and late nights of writing. Still, he can’t help but care about the organisation. Or the fierce woman who always seems to make his life harder.
Only Sometimes is a steamy new adult frenemies to lovers romance set in Copenhagen, Denmark (with a getaway to a gorgeous Swedish forest).
It’s book three in the Without Filter Series, but it can be read as a complete standalone.
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EXCERPT
Noah’s POV
The emotion in her eyes doesn’t match her calm and bored voice. She’s dismissing me, and I can’t do anything because she’s right about this. I want to know why she lets Finn treat her like crap and does all his work with a sweet smile.
But I know she won’t answer that, so instead, I ask, “Why is your car at the shop? Did you drive it like an idiot again?”
She instantly flushes, and I bite back a laugh.
“Maybe you’re jealous because my car can accelerate without sounding like it’s dying a slow and painful death! But no, I didn’t speed. It’s in for a stone chip repair!”
“Could just have well been. I’ve seen how you drive. I guess I’d be more inclined to wreck my car if my dad paid for it every time,” I say, but it comes out much harsher than I intended.
Niko simply rolls her eyes. “I think we’ve established that I’m rich and that you take great offence to that—could we move on? Today, perhaps?”
I sigh and run a hand through my hair as a wave of guilt rolls over me. “I’m sorry I spied on you. Let me give you a lift to Copenhagen if you aren’t too posh to be seen in my very reliable car?”
Niko looks at me curiously, humour and frustration mixing in her gaze. “I’m not sure. An hour is an awfully long time to be stuck in a confined space with you. Do you think we’ll make it back alive?” Her tone has changed to playful, and I’m again aware of our proximity. One step forward, and our bodies would touch. I can smell her caramel scent mixing with the flowers surrounding us. I notice the rise and fall of her chest, tinted with pink.
She makes me so goddamn frustrated.
She’s also beautiful and clever.
“I think we can manage,” I say, but it sounds guttural as her gaze darts to my lips. Heat runs through my veins, and the air feels thick and heady. The idea that we are hidden from the rest of the party by the abundant flowers—it’s intoxicating.
Dangerous.
So bloody tempting.
And then the stupid bell sounds, letting us know the auction has started.

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

Only Sometimes is the first book I’ve read by Felicia Blaedel and I found it to be a charming enemies-to-lovers romance wrapped in the deeper themes of grief and loss. Niko and Noah really knew how to poke at one another, but their end goal wasn’t all that different as they were both trying to feel closer to someone that they lost. They kind of get off on the wrong foot, but they form a lovely friendship along the way that leads to something beautiful.

Only Sometimes is part of a series, but is a standalone. I have not read the others in this series, and had no problem following along with the references to those characters who appear in this book.

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

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AUTHOR BIO
Felicia writes quirky and heartfelt romance with real, flawed characters. She also reads whenever she has a free minute and can’t leave her house without her beloved kindle.
Felicia writes in English, but is Danish and lives in Denmark with her husband and son.
 
When Felicia isn’t doing something bookish, she enjoys drawing, dancing (mostly at home with her toddler), cooking (for the most part) and travelling.
She also tends to buy anything with dinosaurs.
 
Felicia writes books about being true to yourself, and she is passionate about mental health and authenticity. As an adult, Felicia received professional confirmation that she is actually autistic.
Felicia hangs out (too much) on Instagram where she posts about her indie-author life, cute dresses, coffee mugs, musings about autism and anxiety, book recommendations, and much more. She would love it if you came by and said hello. @feliciablaedel
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