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Sunny Shelly’s Review: My Almost Ex, by Piper Rayne

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Release Date: April 6

 

 

 

 

 

In the middle of a crowded bar in our small Alaskan town, my estranged wife snuggles up to me as if we’re still a happy couple.

Don’t get me wrong, we were a happy couple—before she walked out on me a year ago. We were the high school sweethearts everyone thought were destined to be together forever. We thought so too, which is why we married shortly after graduation.

We had a good marriage. Until she left me without any real explanation.

Now, she’s back—and this is the real kicker—she has amnesia and thinks I’m still her husband. Technically I am, although the divorce papers are sitting at the lawyer’s office.

She’s desperate to remember her life in Sunrise Bay but I only want to find out why she left me. Once we conjure that memory up, it’s sayonara because there’s no second chances here. But as you probably already figured out, things didn’t go quite as I planned.

 

 
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars
Absolute perfection! Adam and Lucy’s story is a heartbreaking, heartwarming, emotional journey. I felt every bit of Adam’s pain as he tried to help his estranged wife recover her memories. And I loved Lucy’s ups and downs as she tried to figure out who she was, and adjust to the “new” Lucy.

After meeting Adam in My Beautiful Neighbor and seeing how depressed he was, I was set to not like Lucy. But wow, the reason why she left Adam was just… wow! There is so much love between Adam and Lucy, and this second-chance romance is a beautiful, gorgeous, emotional story of second chances and true love!

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Piper Rayne, or Piper and Rayne, whichever you prefer because we’re not one author, we’re two. Yep, you get two USA Today Bestselling authors for the price of one. Our goal is to bring you romance stories that have “Heartwarming Humor With a Side of Sizzle” (okay…you caught us, that’s our tagline). 


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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Meet Cute, by Elise Faber

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He’s a movie star.
I’m just a girl from a small town.

He lives in L.A when he’s not traveling the world. I live in Utah, and the furthest I’ve been is a few states away.

He’s beautiful. I’m . . . just me.

Talbot Green is the man who has everything—fame, money, adoring fans—and I’m just a girl from a small town, childhood friends with his publicist, and looking forward to spending a few days in warm and sunny California.

Then I saved his life.

In front of the paparazzi.

And suddenly, my face is everywhere—on social media, on TV, on magazine covers. Suddenly, I’m not just a girl from a small town, who’s living a small life. Suddenly . . . I belong to Talbot Green, at least in the eyes of the media.

And also . . . perhaps in the eyes of Talbot himself.

But maybe, just maybe, he belonged to me right back.

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

Meet Cute is absolutely adorable! I loved Tammy and Talbot’s story, from start to finish. Both of them lead very different lives, but they are so similar in so many ways due to their childhoods. They each have been searching for something, but didn’t know what they was, until the night that she saved him from an intruder.

This forced proximity/instalove story takes place in a bubble, but Tammy and Talbot are perfectly matched for one another, and put in the effort to make their real life matter.

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

About the Author:

USA Today bestselling author, Elise Faber, loves chocolate, Star Wars, Harry Potter, and hockey (the order depending on the day and how well her team—the Sharks!—are playing). She and her husband also play as much hockey as they can squeeze into their schedules, so much so that their typical date night is spent on the ice. Elise changes her hair color more often than some people change their socks, loves sparkly things, and is the mom to two exuberant boys.

She lives in Northern California. Connect with her in her Facebook group, the Fabinators or email her at elisefaberauthor@gmail.com.
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Don’t Mind If “I Do”, by Everly Ashton

Release Date: April 2

It’s not every day the woman who broke your heart asks to be your wife.

 

Life is good. I’m single. I’m an emergency room doctor. And according to my hookups, I’m hot AF.

 

Then she walks back into my life.

 

I haven’t seen Mazzy Pembrooke since the night she betrayed me. So when she comes into my work asking me to make good on a childhood pact and marry her, I’m speechless.

 

She’s the last woman I’d want to marry—even if it’s pretend and with a definitive end date.

 

But after I find myself in a sticky situation at work, marrying Mazzy might just benefit me too.

 

Once we’re living as husband and wife under the same roof though, I struggle to remember that I hate this woman and the fake marriage doesn’t feel so fake anymore.

 

Don’t Mind if “I Do” is a fake marriage, friends to enemies to lovers rom-com loaded with laughs. No cheating. HEA.

 

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

Everly Ashton’s books are so much fun! I’ve really been enjoying reading this series, since her debut book came out a few months ago. This time, we get Nick and Mazzy’s story — an enemies-to-lovers, fake marriage, second-chance romance that is fun to read with witty dialog, awesome characters and twists I wasn’t totally expecting.

I thought Mazzy was going to be a bit of an airhead, a socialite who was just looking for her next husband. She proved me wrong: Her looks were definitely deceiving, because she proved to be a strong heroine when her world got flipped upside down. She had some tough choices to make, and handled the situation with grace.

Nick and Mazzy are childhood friends, ex best friends, and there is that layer of history between them that gives depth to their story. Nick’s been holding a grudge against her for years, and there’s a wonderful journey between them as they hash out their issues and move forward as fake spouses.

Don’t Mind If I Do is a fantastic, entertaining second-chance/fake marriage romance!

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

Release Date: April 2

 

Silas

He wasn’t my friend until he became my enemy.

His center is freezing cold,

and his edges burn me when I get too close.

He is everything I want and nothing I am.

They say not to burn bridges,

but he burned ours to the ground.

Skyler

She is the girl who wants to be seen,

but hates being noticed.

She was my friend, my tease, my confidant.

She is pure light against all my darkness.

The reason you burn down bridges,

is to build them up stronger.

 
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

Ivy Wild is a new-to-me author, so I went into Brightly Burning Bridges with no knowledge of Silas. I’ve gathered from the previous books that he was really a jerk, and while there are some alphahole tendencies, I wouldn’t classify this as a bully romance. He’s mean and gives you whiplash, but I wouldn’t necessarily classify him as a bully. But I digress…

Silas and Skylar’s story is wonderfully told in dual POV between present day and flashbacks to high school 10 years ago. Their friendship starts off rocky, but there is a genuine thread of appreciation and respect between the two of them. Until the day that it all goes to crap because of Silas’ actions when it comes to Skylar’s private sanctuary, her bridge. Neither one of them ever forgot that day, even though Sky was sure that his actions meant she meant nothing to her. How wrong she was.

Both of these characters are broken, but Silas especially so. There is a sweet and vulnerable boy underneath the alpha facade, and once Sky really lets him back in, theirs becomes an epic love story.

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

Meet Ivy Wild

 

Writer of all things untamed, romantic and free, Ivy Wild never planned on becoming a romance novelist.

 
In fact, she hated romance as a kid and was quite proud of that fact. 
 
Basically, life is weird.
 
Married to her own alpha hero, she currently lives in various places of the world at various times thanks to his military career.
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Model Behavior by Kelsie Rae

Her brother made her untouchable. But that won’t stop his best friend–and her new roommate– from pursuing her.

It’s official. I’ve hit rock bottom. I just broke up with my manipulative boyfriend and am moving in with my older brother until I can get back on my feet.

Which is where I run into his cocky roommate, River.

From the second we meet, I want nothing to do with him and his manwhoring ways. Or at least that’s what I tell myself. The guy goes through women like I go through a sleeve of Oreos.

But I guess I can’t really blame him for having a big head. He gets paid to be looked at, and has a revolving door of gorgeous women at his beck and call. Once I move in, my brother raises the forbidden stakes and claims me as off-limits. Which only entices River further.

After all, he’s a sucker for the things he can’t have.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

Model Behavior is a great series starter from Kelsie Rae! When I started reading Model Behavior, I actually had to go back and reread the blurb, because I was sure this story was going to be about Reese and Jake, her brother’s best friend from childhood. But nope, it’s River — model, manwhore River — who turned out to be the guy who captured Reese’s attention.

I loved how strong of a heroine Reese is, even if she doesn’t think she’s strong. She’s starting over again after an abusive relationship, and moves in with her brother Milo and his 4 roommates. Milo lays down the law that Reese is untouchable, and even though each guy is hotter than the next, Reese is not in any headspace to enter into another relationship. But she does start up a friendship with model River, and it turns out that there’s a lot more to the guy than being a pretty face.

River is so sweet and shows such a vulnerable side when he’s with Reese. And you know what? He’s got a rep as being a manwhore, but as soon as he realizes that he’s really into Reese and is willing to risk his friendship with Milo in order to date her, he immediately stops playing around with other women. But once Reese gives in and she and River start seeing one another in secret, it’s a time bomb waiting to explode.

This story took a turn that I really wasn’t expecting, and really puts some stress on Reese and River’s relationship. When tragedy strikes, Reese shows how strong she is and just how much River means to her. I loved where Model Behavior went from there! I can’t wait to see what happens with the rest of the roommates!

This book has all the same sweet moments and connections between the H/h as her Signature Sweethearts series, but is not the same sweet/clean romance. Sexy, sexy times abound!

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: No Turning Back, by A.M. Madden

Release Date: March 29
 

From USA Today bestselling author A. M. Madden comes a second-chance, surrogate romance. 

 

Helping people is what I do best. I’ve made a career around it and dedicated my adult life to it. So, when my two best friends decided to start a family but weren’t able to conceive, it made total sense for me to become their surrogate.  

 

Once I pleaded my case, and they finally agreed, I moved from New Jersey to Florida, excited for a much-needed change. But no one could’ve predicted crossing paths with the love of my life, the one who’d left years earlier, the one man I never got over.  

 

Ryder Carter.  

 

Despite how much we’d loved one another, life happened and circumstances pulled us apart. But he was back now, in Florida, single and still as gorgeous as ever. Even better, he wanted to pick up where we had left off. He wanted me. 

 

Ryder appearing when he did couldn’t have come at a worse time. Because, even as just a surrogate, I had to wonder: Would he still want me when he learned I was pregnant with another man’s baby? Would he wait out the nine months to be with me? And even more important, how could I ask him to? 

 

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

I really wasn’t sure how this second-chance romance was going to work, but I really enjoyed it! This book is Riana’s story, and she was Cooper’s girlfriend in Upside Down. Obviously, there are lots of appearances by Cooper and Ricky since Ree is acting as their surrogate, but No Turning Back is a standalone and it’s not necessary to have read the other books in this series.

The fact that Riana runs into Ryder — the one who got away, the guy who didn’t fight for her — just as her life is about to change in the biggest of ways was bittersweet. Does she put off a potential romantic reunion because she’s about to undergo IVF as a surrogate for someone else? Does she miss out on the opportunity to try again with the guy she never got over? There are alot of big decisions that Ree has to make, and she doesn’t take them lightly. And Ryder has many choices to make as well once he’s filled in. Can he be with Riana as she carries another man’s baby? Will his own painful family history with childbirth be too much and prevent him from supporting the woman he’s still loved all this time? And what happens when Ree and Ryder — neither of whom wanted children to begin with — change their mind about becoming parents but are afraid to tell the other?

I thought that this story was so well-written. Ree and Ryder’s communication issues is what blew up their relationship the first time around, and they really do try to not make those same mistakes. The tension in their rekindled relationship comes from them wanting to protect the other, and not because of the baby she’s carrying, which I appreciated. I wouldn’t have liked this story if Ryder couldn’t get on board with what Ree was doing for Cooper and Ricky. But making their issues be the same issues that caused trouble the first time around — and how they handle that now, years later — showed great growth for both characters.

No Turning Back is sweet and sexy, full of swoony moments, sizzling chemistry and about a couple that is meant to be forever.

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

Meet A.M. Madden
 

A USA Today bestselling, award-winning author, A.M. Madden is also a Jersey girl whose addiction to romance started at twelve after reading Judy Blume’s Forever. As a self-proclaimed hopeless romantic, she truly believes that true love knows no bounds. In her books, she aspires to write fun, sexy, realistic love stories that will stay with you long after you turn the last page. She creates realistic characters and believes there’s no better compliment than when readers felt they knew the characters personally.

When not writing, she’s busy being a wife to her soulmate, and a mother to two boys who she believes are the most handsome men on earth. She loves to cook, hates to bake, and dreams about living at the beach someday.
A. M. Madden is the author of the popular Back-Up series, as well as several other contemporary romances. She is also a published author with Loveswept/Random House and Entangled Publishing.
 
Her debut novel was Back-Up, the first in the Back-Up series. In Back-Up, A.M.’s main character, Jack Lair, caused readers to swoon. They call themselves #LairLovers and have been faithful supporters to Jack, as well as to the rest of his band, Devil’s Lair.
 
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Playing For Keeps, by Jessica Prince

Title: Playing for Keeps
Series: Hope Valley
Author: Jessica Prince

Contemporary Romance; Small Town Romance

When it came to the men in her life, Charlotte Belmont was cursed. She’d known losers, cheaters, abusers, and criminals, so it went without saying, she stopped trusting her judgment a long time ago. Then Dalton came into her life; a good, dependable man who made her heart race and her body hot. When she felt herself falling for him, she did the only thing she could think to protect them both . . . she ran like hell.

Dalton Prescott was a protector by nature, so when the woman he’d been tasked to keep safe was almost killed on his watch, he carried that guilt like a weight on his shoulders. What made matters worse was that before everything went south, Dalton had started to care for Charlotte in a way that had nothing to do with his job.

She’s determined to ignore their attraction and keep him at a distance, but he’s playing for keeps and has no intention of losing. However, when ghosts from the past start popping up, bringing with them a whole new threat, Dalton may be the only man who can keep her safe this time.


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His eyes were still dancing with humor when he finally got a hold of himself and looked back down at me. “What’s so funny?”

“The fact you thought you had to convince me you weren’t perfect,” he said, a chuckle still shaking his chest. “Believe me, Thumbelina, I’m well aware of the fact you aren’t perfect.”

My eyes narrowed into slits when he started cracking up again. “All right,” I said snootily. “You don’t have to laugh so damn hard about it.”

“You did everything you could to make my life miserable when I was put in charge of keepin’ you safe. You were loud, you picked fights constantly, you’re hardheaded, you had shit taste in music, you’re messy, and you were constantly eatin’ my yogurt, even though I put my name on it before stashing it in the fridge. Christ, baby. You pretended to have menstrual cramps just so you could sneak out on me when I was tryin’ to protect you. Straight up, you were a pain in my ass, so trust me when I say you don’t have to warn me.”

I squirmed in his arms until he was forced to let me go, and took a step back, planting my hands on my hips while shooting fire from my eyes. “First off, I do not have shit taste in music.”

“Babe, every one of your playlists is like bein’ trapped at the g***** Lilith Fair with no escape.”

“Second,” I continued, ignoring his dig, “I’m not messy. I know exactly where everything is.”

His brows climbed high on his forehead as he looked around my apartment to the piles of clothes and shoes strewn about.

“I got really tired after finishing my laundry,” I defended snappily.

“But I’ll have you know, they’re all clean, and like I said, I know exactly what is in each and every pile.”

He grinned arrogantly, and I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do more, kiss it or smack it off his sexy, stupid face. “Whatever you say, sweetheart.”

“And last, that yogurt was in my fridge. That means, labeled or not, it was fair game.”

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

Ah! Dalton and Charlie’s story was everything I hoped for! I loved their banter in the previous book, and I was thrilled that I didn’t have to wait very long to see Dalton and Thumbelina get their HEA!

Poor Charlotte has not had an easy go in life. And Dalton wants to be her knight in shining armor, but she doesn’t think she deserves to have anything good in life…. He is so patient and understanding with Charlie, determined to prove to her otherwise.

Playing For Keeps is a super sweet addition to the Hope Valley series with another lovable couple. As with the other Hope Valley books, there is a bit of a mystery thread throughout, and I know better than to think that the plot point with Charlie’s sister was mysteriously dropped! I can’t wait to see what unfolds from that nugget!

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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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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Paper Hearts, by Brittany Taylor

Title: Paper Hearts
Author: Brittany Taylor
Genre: Enemies to Lovers Romance
Release Date: March 26, 2021
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Asher Owens.
Gorgeous. Arrogant. Liar.
It’s been ten years since Asher left me with nothing but the remains of our shattered dreams.
The last place I expected to see him was at a small bar in a city of over eight million.
With my heart set on expanding my business, I needed one of New York City’s best real estate executives. Little did I know it would be the same man who had torn my heart like a piece of paper before setting it on fire.
Once my gaze lands on his, I know Asher is no longer the boy I loved when I was eighteen. No, this Asher treated me like a stranger. All for the sake of not wanting to sift through the ashes of our past.
Yet Asher’s arrogance rivaled any sort of rejection, even mine. Using his own selfish ambition, he needed me to claw his way to the top.
Despite his true motives, I had foolishly let him back in.
I’d fallen in love with Asher Owens once before and this time I would try my best not to make the same mistake twice.
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

Paper Hearts was a phenomenal enemies-to-lovers second chance romance! It is one of those books that I started reading around 8 pm and stayed up way into the night, finishing it because I could not put it down! This is the first book I’ve read by Brittany Taylor, and I absolutely loved it. It is well-written, the pacing is perfect, Asher and Charleigh’s story is heartbreaking, and their journey back together is full of tears but so beautiful!
Ten years after Asher gave her the brush-off the night of their high school graduation, Charliegh is shocked to run into him in NYC. And even more shocked that their best friends are married to one another. But since he’s one of the best realtors in the city, she’s kind of forced to work with him in finding a new space to expand her floral shop.
It’s not an easy feat, and spending time together brings up all kinds of bad memories for both of them. But as they face their past hurts and address the issues between them and where things went wrong — and rediscover the love that brought them together in messages left behind on paper hearts — Asher and Charleigh realize that they never stopped loving one another. A marvelous, emotional, second chance story! I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.
EXCERPT
I step forward, closing the space between us. It’s the closest I’ve been to her in ten years. She steps backward, her back hitting the wall behind her. Her scent fills the air around us, a mixture of vanilla and flowers. Even with her heels, the top of her head still doesn’t meet my chin. I’m hovering over her, looking down at her as she tips her chin up. Breaking my eyes away from hers, I take a glance at how many floors we still have to go—only ten more left. Her whole body turns rigid with mine pressed against hers. She presses her lips together and swallows, her eyes dancing between my mouth and my eyes.
“What bothers you more, Charleigh? The fact that I won’t work with you or that you think I’m a shit friend? Because it seems to me it might be both.”
She bites down on her bottom lip, pulling it between her perfect teeth.
Fuck.
Suddenly I’m remembering how those lips once pressed against mine. Standing this close to her was a mistake, my reaction to her beginning to grow within the black pants of my suit.
Despite my question, she remains silent, so I continue. “And don’t pretend to be shocked by my question. We both know the truth behind how you really feel about me.”
Her bottom lip pops out from between her teeth, the flesh pink from the pressure she placed on it. “Wow.” The word slowly seeps out of her mouth, letter by letter. Her eyes narrow once again, and it’s as if she’s pierced me straight in the chest. “How arrogant you must be to assume how I feel about you after ten years of silence. Don’t act like you’re the victim here, Asher. You made your choices and I made mine.” Her words are laced with venom, meant to poison me.
It took nearly ten years to put Charleigh out of my mind. The pain of what happened, her forcing me to make the decision to leave her, is still fresh, even after all this time. We both lost something the night I left, but in a way, I feel I lost more than Charleigh did…my mother, and Charleigh.
I thought I was doing what was best for the both of us, but the differences between her and me couldn’t be more apparent.
The elevator settles before the doors slide open. I’m still standing in front of Charleigh, pressing her body against the wall. She pushes against my chest and quickly walks out. I hold my breath, knowing I should let her go. But like the fool I’ve always been, I don’t.
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Brittany Taylor grew up all over the world including places such as California, England and Texas. Today she resides in Connecticut with her husband, two sons, two cats, and a dog. She loves reading but loves writing even more. Her favorite things in life are her family, binge watching Golden Girls, and tacos.
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Aleatory, by Xavier Neal


ALEATORY by Xavier Neal

Release Date: March 25th

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Blurb:

Aleatory.

As in ey-lee-uh-tawr-ee.

As in an adjective.

As in a synonym for unpredictable.

As in the only word to describe making the mistake of falling for someone who is not only ten years younger than you, but your best friend’s son…

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

I flew through this older woman/younger man romance fairly quickly. I’ve read a few of Xavier Neal’s books before, and Aleatory was pretty in line with what I’ve come to expect from her writing. I was expecting a bit more of the forbidden aspect to Nix and Sloan’s relationship — but when it all came out at the end, I was almost relieved that it *didn’t* cause major upheaval.

Sloan is a romance writer who has hit a slump… and while taking in a change of scenery in the small town where her best friend Cora lives, Sloan finds inspiration in the most unlikely of sources: Cora’s son, Nicholas, aka Nix. There are only ten years between Sloan’s 36 and Nix’s 26, so the forbidden aspect becomes more about the fact that she’s best friends with his mom. I really loved Nix and Sloan’s relationship — they brought out the best in one another, despite the stress of sneaking around. The major drama in their relationship comes from some level of immaturity on Nix’s part, and Sloan quickly puts him in his place.

I really enjoyed the small-town feel to this romance, and the sizzling chemistry between Sloan and Nix. At the end of the day, their age really didn’t matter much, because these two so perfectly balanced one another out.

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.


About the Author:

Xavier Neal is a best-selling romance author who enjoys hopping from sub genre to sub genre like a game of Hopscotch she can’t resist.

In between writing, she loves to read (everything from romance to self improvement books), watch movies (old and new), eat too much Tex-Mex (her Chuy’s t-shirt collection is out of control), and watch AHL hockey games LIVE (preferably against the glass whenever possible).

She currently resides happily in Texas with her bearded husband “Lumberjack” and her rather lazy dog, Missy.

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Book Review

Sunny Shelly’s Review: The Dream Guy Next Door, by Lauren Blakeley

 

THE DREAM GUY NEXT DOOR by Lauren Blakely

Release Date: March 7th

 

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Blurb:

A sexy, swoony falling-for-the-neighbor standalone romance from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lauren Blakely!

Just my luck – my new next door neighbor is a unicorn.

Yep, the British hottie is clearly a mythical man because – get this – he’s a sexy, witty, charming, big-hearted single dad.

Who, wait for it, wants to find Mrs. Right and get hitched.

He’s a once-in-a-blue-moon kind of man, and it’s a darn shame I’m not on the market. If I were, his accent alone would melt me. Add in the fact that he’s a veterinarian, and my animal-loving heart would be flip flopping.

But my heart’s on the mend. I’m a single parent like him, and raising my teenage daughter is my top priority. Plus, falling for a guy who shares your property line is a line you shouldn’t cross.

Still, I’m an outgoing gal, so I do the neighborly thing and offer to be his dating insider.

Surely, I can help this small town’s most eligible bachelor ever navigate his way through all the fantastic single ladies eager to make his acquaintance.

What could possibly go wrong in helping the dream guy next door find his one true love?

So I set him up on one date, two dates, three dates — and I’m about to find out exactly how dangerous my offer is.

 

 

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

Another great romcom from Lauren Blakeley. I loved how strong and sassy January is! Miss Fix-It is secure, confident and knows what she wants. Swoony veterinarian/single dad Liam moves in next door and decides he’s ready to start dating again. But since January is dead-set on not being in a relationship, she offers to help him find his way around the local single ladies… and of course these two end up falling head over heels for one another instead.

This book has all the LB trademarks for a great romcom: witty dialogue, great writing, awesome supporting players and a sweet small town feel.

There isn’t a lot of drama, just two people ignoring their feelings for one another. So if you want an easy to read feel-good romance, this one is a winner!

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About the Author:

A #1 New York Times Bestselling, #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling, and #1 Audible Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s sweet, sexy and witty. She also writes red-hot, sexy romance and USA Today bestselling LGBTQ romance. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than 100 times, with more than 50 titles on the USA Today Bestsellers list alone. She’s sold more than 4 million books. She likes dogs, cake and show tunes.

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