Book Review

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.

Cole
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?

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: 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!

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About ROYALLY NOT READY:

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.

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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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ABOUT MEGHAN QUINN:

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: The Devil You Know by Veronica Eden

 Release Date: August 12

From USA Today and International bestselling author, Veronica Eden, comes a standalone new adult brother’s best friend romance with a spunky heroine, the local thirst trap, and an unorthodox tutoring agreement.

 
Tatum Danvers has plans and goals for everything in her life. Whatever she sets out to do, she achieves.
There’s only one thing she’s determined to check off…
 
I’m all set for my first semester at college.
Dream field of study. Five year plan. Brand new notebooks.
 
But one thing can’t come to campus—my V-card.
 
Being a virgin isn’t the biggest part of my problem.
 
What I need to prepare for the full college experience is someone to teach me what to do in bed. Though I hate to admit defeat, this is one accolade I can’t earn on my own.
 
I have the perfect tutor in mind: my brother’s best friend.
Cooper Vale. Hometown heartthrob, sultry bad boy, and my neighbor since we were kids.
*Note: The Devil You Know is a brother’s best friend college romance with spicy tutoring lessons from the boy next door. It was originally published and completed on Kindle Vella under the same name. This edition contains additional content and a guaranteed HEA.
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars
Tatum and Cooper’s story is a spicy, hot brother’s best friend/forbidden romance/secret relationship/fake relationship story where a playboy falls hard and fast for the one girl he shouldn’t want.

While I found some of the dialog to be a bit corny (do 20somethings really talk like that?), I really enjoyed this story. Tate wants Cooper to take her V-card before she starts college. He needs a tutor to bring his college GPA up a bit, so they make a mutually beneficial deal over the summer. But she’s his best friend’s little sister, and Jackson has essentially told Cooper to keep his hands off of Tate, so they keep their friends with benefits relationship a secret.

But the more time Cooper spends with Tatum, the more he realizes that he really likes her. And has always liked her. Once they get to campus, Tate agrees to “fake date” Cooper so he can kind of rehab his reputation. While Tate continues to get the bennies from Cooper, she has No idea that Coop suggested the fake relationship because he wanted to prove to her that he can actually be a good boyfriend.

Of course, Tate begins to fall for Coop, and as the lines get blurred, she gets more confused not realizing that Coop really does like her…. Sigh. The miscommunication is kind of a mess, but I thought that it worked well for this story, Cooper and Tate’s relationship, and how it affects Cooper’s friendship with Jackson.

And all those love notes? Absolutely swoony!

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

Meet Veronica Eden

Veronica Eden is an international bestselling author of dark new adult romances + reverse harem romances with spitfire heroines and irresistible heroes.
 
She loves exploring complicated feelings, magical worlds, epic adventures, and the bond of characters that embrace us against the world. She has always been drawn to gruff bad boys, clever villains, and the twisty-turns of morally gray decisions. She believes sometimes the villain should get the girl and is a sucker for a deliciously devilish antihero. 
 
Veronica also writes romance as Mara Townsend. 
 
When not writing, she can be found soaking up sunshine at the beach, snuggling in a pile with her untamed pack of animals (her husband, dog and cats), and surrounding herself with as many plants as she can get her hands on.

 

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: The Make Out Artist by Sara Ney

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From USA TODAY Bestselling Author Sara Ney comes a new series about strong, single girls falling in love: accidentally.

Love finds you when you least expect it. That’s what my nan always said. 

Love? I wasn’t looking for it so how will I know when I’ve found it? I’m not romantic like she was—I’m realistic and practical. Quick with my wits and hilarious when I’m in the mood, it’ll take more than a handsome face to win my affection. Speaking of handsome faces—Elias Cohen is nothing special (no offense); smug, arrogant. Too flirtatious for his own good.

He won’t charm me with that crooked smile and dimple in his chin. When Elias comes knocking on my office door during a house party after I play wingman for a friend, I’m tempted to slam the door in his face. But I don’t.

Because If there’s one thing I am, it’s curious.

And wouldn’t you know it—Elias needs a favor. Begs for one, actually.He might not be able to make me swoon, but he does need a wingwoman.



Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars
The Make Out Artist was such a fun story. Molly and Eli definitely get off on the wrong foot, and he just continues to make a bigger mess out of things when they first meet. But once she agrees to go on a few fake dates with him, these two slowly realize that they are actually pretty perfect for one another!

It’s a slow burn between these two before their fake dates turn into a bona fide real date — and Eli really goes all out to make it as romantic as possible for Molly! Everything comes so naturally and so easily for these characters, both of whom have been burned by past relationships. When a situation arises with Eli’s gold-digging ex-girlfriend, their little bubble of happiness bursts and both Eli and Molly have to figure out if their new relationship is worth fighting for.

It took me a while to realize that Molly is the grown-up version of Tripp’s sassy 13-year-old neighbor from Hard Love!

The Make Out Artist is a low-drama, sweet and sexy contemporary romance that will leave you smiling at the end!

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Mine To Hold by Natasha Madison

Release Date: August 2

From Wall Street Journal and USA TODAY bestselling author Natasha Madison comes a small town, best friends to lovers romance.

Are you ready for The Southern Wedding Series?
Things are supposed to go smoothly on your wedding day.
Aren’t they?

Shelby
I got a love letter the night before I was supposed to marry the love of my life.
Except the letter wasn’t for me.
My future husband had written it to someone else.

Weston (Ace)
Standing at the altar to watch my best friend get married was an honor.
Finding out that he was sleeping with my girlfriend was a nightmare.
Everything I knew was a lie.
When the opportunity came to get out of town and leave my ex behind, I took it.
Umbrella drinks and broken hearts don’t mix well.
I shouldn’t want Shelby for myself – but I do.
I want her more than I’ve ever wanted anyone.

Maybe, she was just mine to hold.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars
Oh this book was perfection! I absolutely adored Ace and Shelby’s story, from start to finish!

There was just the right amount of “forbidden” between these two best friends as they cross the line to something more after Shelby learns her fiancé had been cheating on her with Ace’s girlfriend and dumps him at the altar. Nursing their broken hearts, Ace and Shelby spend her honeymoon at a couples resort, and all kinds of hilarity ensues as they are mistaken for newlyweds— with simmering sexual tension brewing!

Natasha Madison has a way of brilliantly creating rich, wonderful characters, and these two are among my favorites of hers. When Ace and Shelby finally admit that they’ve always been attracted To one another, it’s a wonderful scene and sets them off on a vacation fling. But when they arrive back home, will they truly be able to leave their feelings on the island?

Mine To Hold is a wonderful story in the Southern Weddings series not to be missed!

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

Meet Natasha Madison


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: They Call Her Dirty Sally by Amy Matayo

Release Date: August 2

“For years, the town of Silver Bell, Arkansas has quietly mourned the hospital fire that claimed the lives of nine of its residents—the town doctor, a young expectant mother, and seven infants. So, when journalist Finn Hardwick is assigned the story as part of a national thirtieth anniversary

memorial service, he arrives at the town ready to interview its residents, thinking they’ll be willing and eager to make headlines.

 He isn’t prepared for the resistance. Or for what appears to be a collective unwillingness to answer questions. 

 Faced with one roadblock after another, Finn enlists the help of Billi Ellis, the young motel receptionist that everyone in the town seems to like. Maybe she can get them to open up to him. Maybe she can help him make sense of everything he keeps uncovering. Especially the unexpected tie this tragedy appears to have to his own life.

 A tie that leads him directly to the old woman who seems to hold the key to everything. The woman everyone avoids…the woman they call “dirty”…the woman who hasn’t spoken a word to anyone since the day the hospital burned.”

 

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

They Call Her Dirty Sally blew me away! I usually stick to contemporary romance, but I took a chance on this book and I am so glad I did because it was phenomenal! Amy Matayo is a new-to-me author, and she had such a magical way with her words as she wove together this small-town mystery.

This book is chock-full of secrets, lies, and years of betrayal. As it all unravels, the lives of Sally — who was at the heart of the accident decades ago — Billi, and town outsider Finn will forever be changed. This book will really make you think about your actions and how the way you treat people can have long-lasting consequences.

Get ready to experience a rollercoaster of emotions with this gut-wrenching, inspirational, phenomenal story.

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

Meet Amy Matayo

Amy Matayo is an award winning author of  The Wedding GameLove Gone WildSwayIn Tune with LoveA Painted SummerThe End of the WorldThe Thirteenth ChanceThe Whys Have ItChristmas at Gate 18, and the upcoming Lies We Tell Ourselves.

She graduated with barely passing grades from John Brown University with a degree in Journalism. But don’t feel sorry for her–she’s super proud of that degree and all the ways she hasn’t put it to good use.

She laughs often, cries easily, feels deeply, and loves hard. She lives in Arkansas with her husband and four kids and is always working on her next novel, whichever one that may be.

 
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Ask Me To Stay by H. D’Agostino

Title: Ask Me To Stay
Author: H. D’Agostino
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: August 2, 2022
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The Bradshaws have owned a beach house down the coast from ours for as long as I can remember. Every summer since I was six, we’ve vacationed there.
Russell, their youngest son, was my best friend growing up. He taught me how to spit and punch like a boy. He gave me my first beer and first kiss, which was terrible by the way. We spent many days and nights commiserating together about how our parents knew nothing and were so uncool.
Casey Bradshaw, Russ’s older brother, was everything I thought I wanted in a boyfriend. He was cool, mature, and very hot. Each summer I tried and failed, to get him to notice me as more than Russ’s friend and the girl from down the beach. The last summer I was there, he broke my heart.
It’s been six years, and my best friend Aimee has decided we need a vacation. The last thing I expected was to be back at the beach. Sometimes we don’t realize what we need has been right under our nose all along, and sometimes it takes a little push and some alcohol to admit we were wrong.
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 3.5 Stars
Ask Me to Stay had me hooked from the blurb, but I felt that it was just kind of an okay story overall.

This book goes back and forth between a past summer in 1995, and present-day 2001, exploring Russ and Willow’s friendship as teenagers (where she had a crush on his older brother) and then them reconnecting 6 years later. We hardly got to see them out in the real world, and I needed to see that to really buy them as a couple outside of the beach community where they spent the summer. If the epilogue tells us that they are madly in love and have made a long-distance relationship work all year, I wanted to *see* that. I also felt that some of If dialogue was forced, and didn’t flow naturally, which is a pet peeve of mine.

That said, Ask Me to Stay is a good beach read — light, minimal drama, set in the summer with a HEA.

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

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Heather D’Agostino is an avid reader turned Bestselling Author of the Contemporary Romance Series The Broken Series, The Shattered Series, The Second Chances Series, The Cook Brothers Series, and Romantic Suspense series The Witness Series.
 
She attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Elementary Education with a minor in Mathematics.
 
She currently lives in Central New York with her husband, two children, dog, and two cats. When she’s not writing she can usually be found at the track, soccer field, or one of the many other places that she plays ‘Supermom’
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Boyfriend Material by Ilsa Madden-Mills

Skyscraper cheekbones, lush lips, and magnetic topaz eyes.
I’m talking about Eric Hansen.

Boyfriend Material, an all-new enemies-to-lovers sports romance full of heat and chemistry from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills is available now!

#1 Amazon Bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills delivers an all-new, enemies-to-lovers sports romance, a breathtaking tale of passion, heartbreak, and love…

Skyscraper cheekbones, lush lips, and magnetic topaz eyes.

I’m talking about Eric Hansen.

Rich prick.

Glorified hockey star.

Thinks he’s amazing.

The Golden Boy and I are well acquainted. In prep school he trampled on my heart then kept right on going.

Now, he’s living the high life with frat parties and puck bunnies at Hawthorne University. On the other hand, people barely notice me—unless I’m on stage taking my clothes off. I’m the nobody, surviving in the seedy part of town as I fight to keep my head above treacherous waters.

I’ve snubbed him for three years.

The avoidance game we’ve been playing was working—until he rescues me from a bad guy and claims he wants to help me more.

Hello. I don’t need a knight in shining armor. This girl saves herself.

Yet, I’m not sure how long I can ignore the undeniable spark between us. (It’s not even a spark; it’s a full-fledged, blazing fire.)

Can this hockey player prove he’s boyfriend material, or will our past get in the way?

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Eric’s large frame and rugged handsomeness takes the air from my lungs. His hair is pulled back in a man-bun, my fav look on him.
No. I do not have a favorite look for him, but it does show off his ridiculous cheekbones and aristocratic, slightly bent nose.
He’s wearing jeans, gold Converse, and a HU shirt. The lion on the front seems to glare at me—much like he is now.
I lean against the doorjamb. Be cool, be cool. “Howdy, partner.”
He doesn’t smile. “That guy at the laundromat is scary. Stay away from him. I mean it.”
I huff. The nerve of him to tell me what to do.
“That’s what I told you. I repeat, you could have been hurt. Let me handle Connor.”
His arms cross. “How did you get involved with him? Are you on drugs?”
I tuck my hands in my pockets and dip my head so he can’t see how much his words hurt. I know I strip, no one has to remind me, but in prep school, I was the goody-two shoes who never wavered. I had to keep my grades up to keep my scholarship—not that I was ever invited to parties. I wrote poetry. I drew. I daydreamed about him. “Do I look like an addict?”
His golden eyes roam over me. Assessing. “Maybe.”
My throat tingles with words I want to say but know I shouldn’t.
The less he knows, the better.
His nose flares. “I’m trying to help you and you’re giving me the cold shoulder. What’s wrong with you?”
I swallow thickly as I gaze at him. “Eric. Please. Being around me will only smear your good name—”
“Stop,” he calls out, then rubs his face, his anger seeming to deflate like a popped tire. “Don’t put yourself down like that. You’re a person, Julia. One that people care about.”
And I want to protect those people.
I chew on my bottom lip. “You shouldn’t have interfered.”
He lets out a long sigh, gives me a searching look, goes to leave, then stops. He reaches into his pocket and holds something up. “This is yours, I assume.”
I stare at the ring, my lips parting. “How did you . . .?”
But he’s already out the door.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

Back in prep school, scholarship kid Julia and rich boy Eric briefly dated, but he tossed her to the side as soon as they slept together, like he tended to do with all the girls he dated. Now, a few years later, they cross paths again at college, where he is the golden boy of the hockey team and she’s stripping at night to pay the bills while trying to balance school, her addict mother, and keeping a loan shark off her back. One night, Eric plays knight in shining armor, and a tentative friendship is rekindled between these two that slowly turns into more.

Who Julia and Eric are now are totally different people than they were as teenagers. And as it turns out, Eric’s life isn’t all that it seems. He’s carrying around some serious family baggage and nothing he does is good enough for his father. But Julia makes him feel balanced and grounded. Will these two be able to overcome their past and forge a future together?

This slow-burn story hits on a lot of sensitive topics: SA, fraternity hazing, prescription addiction, mental illness, and more. I thought that Ilsa Madden-Mills handled that all nicely. Eric and Julia’s journey to a HEA is rough and full of roadblocks, but the sweet epilogue makes it all worthwhile. And there is a nice revisit with his best friend and her best friend, Z and Sugar, from Boyfriend Bargain.

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Wall Street Journal, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills is best known for her angsty new adult romances and romantic comedies.

Eight of her eleven novels have placed in the Amazon Top 10 Best-seller List: Dirty English #1; Fake Fiancée and I Dare You #2; I Bet You, Filthy English, and Very Bad Things #6; Boyfriend Bargain #8; The Last Guy, her collaboration with Tia Louise, #4.

A former high school English teacher, she adores all things Pride and Prejudice, and of course, Mr. Darcy is her ultimate hero.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Never With Me by Kaylee Ryan

Title: Never With Me
Author: Kaylee Ryan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 26, 2022
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Ramsey
I’m out of my depth participating in a blind-date photo shoot. Not only am I meant to act like I’m open for dating, but I’m meant to be sexy and get up close and personal with a complete stranger.
None of the above is me. But I’m a sucker, and my best friend can talk me into anything.
Deacon is the kind of guy my heart could be safe with. But I’ve been taking care of myself for a long time, and I’m not sure I’m ready to rely on anyone else. Not even the handsome, successful older brother of my best friend.
Deacon
I never saw her coming. One date with a beautiful stranger and I’m hooked.
Technically, Ramsey isn’t a stranger. She’s my little sister’s best friend, the same sister who volunteered me because she claims “I’m a workaholic in desperate need of love.”
All I know is I can’t stop thinking about Ramsey and the way her lips felt against mine. I have to see her again. Good thing I’m an attorney, because convincing her to take a chance on me is going to be the hardest case I’ve ever pleaded. She’s worried about the past repeating itself. What she’s yet to figure out is that her fear is unnecessary… never with me.
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It’s been a year or two since I’ve read a book by Kaylee Ryan and I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed her writing style! Deacon and Ramsey’s story was absolutely charming, with the right amounts of sexy simmer and sweet affection!

I adored the meet-cute with these two on a strangers photoshoot! Sure, it was a total set-up by Ramsey’s best friend/Deacon’s little sister, Palmer, but every time I see one of those strangers photoshoots on social media, I always think that would be such an awesome “how we met” story. Deacon is a workaholic who barely leaves the office and Ramsey is a former pampered princess who refuses to be dependent on anyone again, so she works three jobs herself. Sparks fly immediately once they meet, and neither notices the ten-year age gap between them.

I thought that KR really handled the trauma of Ramsey’s emotionally and physically abusive past well. Deacon is so patient and gentle with her, and the way he always, always asked for her opinion and wants — knowing that she had so few choices over her own life previously — was swoon-worthy. She didn’t have to be afraid or be worried about speaking her mind with Deacon. AKA “Never with me.”

These two characters really brought out the best in one another, and I was kind of sad to see their story come to an end, even though it ended with a wonderfully happy epilogue. I will definitely be checking out the next series by Kaylee Ryan because I am dying to spend more time with Ramsey’s nine cousins and Deacon’s sisters!

I received a complimentary copy and voluntarily left a review.

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Kaylee Ryan has been crowned the Queen of Swoon by her readers. With nearly fifty romance books under her belt, she’s known for penning happily ever afters with heart. When she’s not writing, you can find her with a book in her hand or hanging out with her family where she resides in her home state of Ohio.
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Love You Again by Julia Kent

Title: Love You Again
Series: Love You, Maine #2
Author: Julia Kent
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy
Release Date: July 19, 2022
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An unexpected rescue rekindles an old romance between a single dad widower and a woman caught in a small town scandal that made her flee the one place where she belongs. Can a second chance at first love end in a happily ever after?
Luke Luview has given up on love. Finally ready to let go of his late wife’s clothes, the grieving small-town police officer and single dad thinks he’s hearing things when he opens the charity box door. Who knocks from the inside of a donation bin?
The raccoon he assumes is in there turns out to be way prettier – and very familiar. Rescuing the first girl he ever kissed means life has dealt him a wild card with Kylie Hood, his late wife’s best friend who left town suddenly fifteen years ago under a cloud of scandal.
Kylie Hood will never depend on a man again. Dumped by her boyfriend and fired by his parents from her children’s programming job at their ski resort in rural Maine, she hits rock bottom while throwing out her ex’s clothes — along with her phone and car keys.
Being rescued by Luke Luview, of all people, is a gift and a curse. The boy she once loved is now all grown up, everything her ex wasn’t – and absolutely off limits.
Accepting his offer to be his temporary nanny while she job searches in New York City, Kylie falls hard for his sweet daughter, and even harder for Luke. A clause in her employment contract means they can’t fraternize, but fate has other plans, and forbidden fruit is twice as sweet.
As the town she reluctantly left years ago accepts her more and more, and Luke makes it clear he wants ta second chance with her in their close-knit community, Kylie has to decide: an exciting new career in Manhattan on her own, or an instant family and a sense of belonging in her small hometown?
And as Luke wrestles with the pain of being left behind by his wife’s accidental death, he has to balance his responsibilities to his daughter with his own needs. Needs he’s ignored for far too long.
Needs only Kylie can meet.
But not if she leaves.
Can Luke and Kylie rekindle their first love and find a new future together in a place where love conquers all?
If you’re looking for a fun read about first kisses and second chances, featuring a hot single-dad police officer and his accidental nanny, set in a small town in New England, with a golden retriever named Jester, a heroine whose dream in life is to run a fairy camp, and a hero who wants to build a place where everyone belongs–then this is your book.
Grab a cup of coffee or tea, and maybe some edible glitter, and get your happy meter ready as you read the second book in the Love You, Maine, series–where love isn’t just a feeling… it’s a way of life.
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✓Slow burn
✓Single dad widower
✓Nanny/police officer
✓Second chance
… and a golden retriever named Jester
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By the time he walked back into the living room, Kylie was petting a very happy Jester, Harriet was munching on a small plate of cheese and apple slices, and the first girl he’d ever kissed gave him an evaluative look that made him do a double take.
“I’ll stay with her,” Kylie chirped. Yeah, chirped. She sounded like a freaking bluebird of happiness.
He stared at her. “You’ll what?
“I’ll stay with her.”
“No. Thanks, but no way. You’re a stranger.”
“I’m Red Cross certified in CPR and first aid. I have a master’s degree in education and am a licensed teacher. And I’m not a stranger.” A blush formed on the tips of her ears as she looked up at him in a way that made Luke remember the past, a pier, a pretty girl, and a perfect moon.
He recalled that blushing-ear quirk from years ago. Kylie hadn’t changed one bit. The taste of her cinnamon gum from that kiss on the pier at camp made his mouth water.
“No. You’re not a stranger. But…Harriet doesn’t know you. And you’re not exactly trustworthy.”
“Excuse me?”
“You got stuck in a charity donation box on Thanksgiving night, Kylie. I have a right to question the executive functioning skills of someone who does that.”
“It was an accident! And you’ve got it all backwards, Luke. The fact that you found me in that donation box is a testament to my resourcefulness! Not a reason to question my abilities.”
Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars
Love You, Again is an adorable second-chance romance set in Julia Kent’s Love You, Maine series. A rekindled connection between Kylie and Luke, who is Luview’s police chief starts off in a clothing donation bin of all places, and the quirky meet-cute (or is that a remeet-cute?) ends up setting the stage for a wonderful love story.

Both of these characters are carrying around some baggage — she left town amid family drama and he’s still mourning the tragic death of his wife — and she should be off-limits as the nanny for his daughter, Harriet. But the chemistry between Luke and Kylie is crazy and they can only fight it for so long. But will the demons of their pasts (or a potential big-city job for Kylie) put an end to this second-chance romance?

I thought that Julia Kent wrote a charming, sweet, and swoony love affair in Love You Again, and it was a perfect follow-up to Love You Right. I received a complimentary copy and voluntarily left a review.

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julia Kent writes romantic comedy with an edge. Since 2013, she has sold more than 2 million books, with 4 New York Times bestsellers and more than 21 appearances on the USA Today bestseller list. Her books have been translated into French, German, and Italian, with more titles releasing in the future.
 
From billionaires to BBWs to new adult rock stars, Julia finds a sensual, goofy joy in every contemporary romance she writes. Unlike Shannon from Shopping for a Billionaire, she did not meet her husband after dropping her phone in a men’s room toilet (and he isn’t a billionaire she met in a romantic comedy).
 
She lives in New England with her husband and three children where she is the only person in the household with the gene required to change empty toilet paper rolls.
 
She loves to hear from her readers by email at julia@jkentauthor.com, on Twitter @jkentauthor, on Facebook at @jkentauthor, and on Instagram @jkentauthor. Visit her at http://jkentauthor.com
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