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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Loving at 40 by LB Dunbar

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When a sexy, silver, alpha hero returns after years of absence, he discovers someone sleeping in his bed, and she isn’t Goldilocks, but a raven-haired single mother who has him in a tailspin.

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A sexy silver alpha hero returns to his family’s lakeside cottage to find a single mother in his bed and her presence just might be the second chance he needs at love and family.

Archer McCaryn has been a mystery to his family. At forty-five, he isn’t certain who he is anymore. When he returns to the family’s lakeside cottage, he finds there is someone in his garage apartment. In fact, she’s in his bed, and he doesn’t have a problem with the beautiful, single mother staying there as long as she doesn’t want into his heart.

Jenna Davis is self-aware – she’s a teacher, a mother, and a widow. Now in her early forties, this once free-spirited woman considers herself a responsible adult and works hard to keep life put together. So when a college friend invites her and her two little girls to come for a visit, she’s ecstatic about a vacation. Only she’s placed in the garage apartment of her best friend’s older brother. Being attracted to him hadn’t been on her itinerary, but there’s no going back when hearts become reckless.

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  • Alpha hero returns
  • Single mother of adorable little girls
  • Small town beach vacation
  • One shared apartment
  • Second chance at love

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

LB Dunbar delivers another great addition to the Lakeside Cottage series with Loving at 40. I’d been really curious about Archer after getting bits and pieces about him in the previous two books, and the guy I met in this book was a force to be reckoned with!

Archer and Jenna definitely get off on the wrong foot when he finds the raven-haired beauty asleep in his bed and nicknames her “Locks” — as in Goldilocks. But their romance evolves nicely and I fell hard for this pair. Archer has a lot of baggage he’s carrying around due to his job and a mission gone wrong, and everything about his life is all that Jenna fears due to the way her late husband died. They try to fight their feelings for a long time, but it becomes too much for either of them to deny. Unfortunately, when Archer’s past catches up with them, it makes a huge impact on their future.

There is some groveling that Archer has to do to make things up to Jenna, but man, once he decided he was all in, he was all in! His tattoo! Gah! I also really loved how smitten Archer was with Jenna’s little girls, and how the three of them made him feel at home for the first time in a really long time.

Trigger warning: This book states that there is some gun violence and the presence of guns around children. I thought LB Dunbar handled that very well, and it blended nicely with the greater story and all that Jenna had gone through previously.

This book ended on a whopper of an epilogue teasing Anna’s story with Mason to come next. And I have been waiting for it since the very first book!!

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: On The Edge by Julia Connors

Release Date: May 18

A steamy second-chance romance set in the world of competitive skiing…

 
Once upon a time I had it all: an Olympic gold medal, a career as a professional ski racer, and a happily ever after so close I could almost touch it. Then my perfect life imploded in one tragic weekend. 
 
Five years later I’ve rebuilt my life with the best girlfriends, the perfect new boyfriend, and a new career. Now my ex—the one who wrecked everything five years earlier—is back as the newest member of the National Ski Team and I’m forced to be his physical therapist. 
 
My days are filled with him. He’s constantly shirtless and sweaty and sexy as sin, and trying to make me fall in love with him again. 
 
But I built these walls around my heart for a reason—and his presence is threatening to undo everything I’ve created without him. With the stakes this high and the sexual tension this hot, this could all go so very wrong. 
 
Or, maybe we’re on the edge of getting everything we ever wanted.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

I love a good second-chance romance when there is a lot of hurt and history between the characters and Julia Connors delivered with her debut novel.

It’s been five years since Nate broke Jackson’s heart, and he really goes all out to make it up to her and win her back in On The Edge. Does she want him to? No. She’s got a boyfriend. Does she make it easy for him? No, he has to work for it. But it’s a great journey as these two characters work out their issues, talk about their messy past, and find a way to move forward.

On The Edge is a sweet slow burn with lots of tension between Jackson and Nate, a swoony hero and a great Grand Gesture to prove once and for all that she’s his endgame. I thought Julia Connors wrote a well-developed story with likable main characters and a nice set of secondaries who piqued my attention for further books to come down the road!

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

Meet Julia Connors

Julia Connors grew up on the warm and sunny West Coast, but her first decision as an adult was to trade her flip-flops for snow boots and move to Boston. 

She’s been enjoying everything that New England has to offer for over two decades, and now that she’s acclimated to the snowy winters and finally found all the places to get good sushi and tacos, she has zero regrets. 

 

You can usually find her in front of her computer, but when she stops writing she’s most likely to be found outdoors, preferably with a pair of skis or snowshoes strapped to her feet in winter, or on a paddleboard in the summer. 

 

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Married to the Tight End by Carina Rose

 Release Date: May 17

 

Have you ever felt as though you were having an out-of-body experience? An ethereal feeling that you were floating in the atmosphere looking down on a situation? If not, let me tell you, it wasn’t all it was cracked up to be.

Imagine you were at your best friend’s engagement party in Vegas. You were super excited because you were the maid of honor and the best man was the hottest football player you’d ever seen. Even this guy’s position as tight end was appropriate for his, well . . . tight end.

Anyway, there was something about his cocky attitude that ruffled your feathers and turned you on at the same time. Maybe it was the way he challenged you or because women seemed to flock to the gorgeous man. But according to him, he only had eyes for you. It didn’t matter if he was kidding or not, because you weren’t in the market for a serious relationship.

Then, for some reason, you engaged in a drinking game. Because why not, right? You were in Vegas after all. Well, let me tell you why not, because the next morning you noticed a silver band on your left ring finger. And adding salt to that tequila-induced wound, there was one on his too.

Yes, you read that right. Me, Alexa Barton, preferably always the bridesmaid and never the bride, married the uber-sexy, and let’s not forget cocky, football player, Jackson Cartwright.

I was a cliché. A married cliché. Whose “husband” wasn’t in a hurry to get an annulment and vowed to prove that we were meant to be together.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

What happened in Vegas follows Alexa and Jackson home in this indulgent romcom by Carina Rose. There’s an underlying attraction between Alexa and Jackson, as their best friends are engaged, but neither of them ever acted on it. Besides, she is fiercely independent as a boss babe with no desire to get married, and he only plans on getting married once and is in no place in his life or career to tie the knot.

Except… when they accidentally get married by an Elvis impersonator, Jackson convinces Alexa to stay together until after Reese and Trent’s wedding — and plans to use that time to convince her they are meant to be.

This story is all kinds of sweet and swoony. I laughed at the visual of Jackson sleeping on her couch, and I swooned when he showed up to help out at the bakery. There is some drama that occurs thanks to his horrible father, but it’s resolved relatively quickly with a wonderful kiss and make up.

I did not read Love in the End Zone first — I wish I had because I loved Married to the Tight End so much and would have loved to seen Alexa and Jackson as Reese and Trent’s best friends. But this book easily stands on its own merits.

Adorable.

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Meet Carina Rose

 

Carina loves everything about romance. To her, it’s the little things that matter. 

 
She also believes in insta-love, since she knew her husband was the one the first day she met him.
When it comes to books, she uses them as an escape from reality. . . . to get swept away. Carina hopes her words do the same for her readers.
She’s a mother and wife and loves spending time with her family. She enjoys meeting new people, traveling, reading, watching sports, and, of course, relaxing on a beach.
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Kiss and Fake Up by Carrie Aarons

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This summer was supposed to be an escape from the city and the demons lurking within it. Too bad the minute I arrive at the beach house I’m sharing with friends, the guy I swore I’d never talk to again in my life walks through the door.

Now I’m not only stuck hiding out from an ex who won’t leave me alone, but with someone who screwed me over before he could even be considered an ex.

That’s right, two years ago Campbell Whitlock double booked me on our fourth date. As in, had a girl show up to the table where he was feeding me off his own fork and barely disguising it as foreplay. Meanwhile, my head and heart had been completely on board to make our relationship more serious.

But a leggy blonde foiled that plan, and I’ve hated him on sight since. The ex-Marine turned millionaire restauranteur didn’t even have the decency to follow me with an apology as I ran out of his own establishment.

It’s just my luck that I’m forced to room right next door to my nemesis, who couldn’t be acting more like a saint if he tried. And then the impossible happens; my ex hunts me down to deliver loaded threats and the fear I thought I’d left behind in Manhattan. Who is the only person to witness it? Campbell, of course.

His apology tour apparently extends to offering himself up as my fake boyfriend to scare off my stalker. While the plan is moronic and means having to spend more time with him, the danger I feel is real. Having a hulking, intimidating boyfriend, fake or not, might be exactly what I need.

With every passing day, pretend date, emotional gaze and midnight run-in, our relationship starts to feel less like a deal and more like something very similar to the connection I thought we had years ago. Even though I promised myself I’d never give him a second chance.

But what happens when the person protecting me starts to feel like the one I want to trust forever?
And how will I recover if his favor was done only to gain forgiveness, instead of a chance at falling in love?

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

Now that I have finished Kiss and Fake Up, I love the cover of this book even more! It perfectly captures everything that I love about Campbell and Heather! This book is set at the same Hamptons beach house as Love at First Fight, and has crossover characters, but Campbell and Heather’s fake relationship story is a standalone.

I really disliked Campbell after reading the prologue where he double books Heather on a date. How was Carrie Aarons going to make me like him? Seriously, not even halfway through the first chapter, I was hooked on this guy. He puts forth a tough exterior, but he is a troubled soul somewhat adrift. Lonely from a lack of love in his childhood, a failed Navy SEAL, cocky to cover up his vulnerability…. YES, PLEASE!

So two years after their failed attempt at dating, Heather and Campbell are spending the summer at their friends’ Montauk beach house. For Heather, it’s more than just a summer at the beach since she had a horrible breakup with a controlling ex. Who is now stalking her. Campbell offers to be her fake boyfriend for the summer to get her ex to back off, but he has an ulterior motive: He knows he made a mistake with her two years ago and is hoping that he can get back in her good graces and get a second chance to date her.

They fall into an easy routine as the lines of their fake relationship get blurry, and it’s not long before Campbell realizes that despite being a declared bachelor, a life with Heather wouldn’t be so bad. But can he convince Heather that his feelings for her are real? Will the danger of her crazy ex-boyfriend cast a shadow over any future they might have together?

I really adored this couple and how close they grew. How sweet he was of her when she needed him to play nurse. How much she realized she had the wrong impression of him and Campbell was so much more than the cocky restaurant owner he presents to the rest of the world. I devoured this book, and can see myself cracking it open again this summer because it is a perfect beach read complete with wonderful characters and a happily ever after.

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

Meet Carrie Aarons

Author of romance novels such as Fool Me Twice and Love at First Fight, Carrie Aarons writes books that are just as swoon-worthy as they are sarcastic. A former journalist, she prefers the love stories of her imagination, and the athleisure dress code, much better.

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

REASON TO BELIEVE by Rebecca Yarros

Release Date: April 26th

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“I’ll take them!”

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

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

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

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

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

Suddenly, everything matters.

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

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

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

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

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

I received a complimentary copy and voluntarily left a review.

About the Author:

Rebecca Yarros is the Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of over fifteen novels, including Great and Precious Things and The Last Letter. “A gifted storyteller” (Kirkus), she is also the recipient of the Colorado Romance Writer’s Award of Excellence for Eyes Turned Skyward from her Flight and Glory series.

Rebecca loves military heroes and has been blissfully married to hers for almost twenty years. She’s the mother of six children, ranging from kindergarten to law school, and is currently surviving the teenage years with three of her four hockey-playing sons. When she’s not writing, you can find her at the hockey rink or sneaking in some guitar time while guzzling coffee. She and her family live in Colorado with their stubborn English bulldogs, two feisty chinchillas, and a Maine Coon kitten named Artemis, who rules them all.

Having fostered then adopted their youngest daughter who is nonverbal and on the autism spectrum, Rebecca is passionate about helping children in the foster system through her nonprofit, One October, which she co-founded with her husband in 2019. To learn more about their mission to better the lives of kids in foster care, visit www.oneoctober.org.

To catch up on Rebecca’s latest releases and upcoming novels, including The Things We Leave Unfinished, which just received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, visit www.RebeccaYarros.com.

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


THE DOCTOR’S DAUGHTER
by Shari J. Ryan


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Release Date: April 28, 2022


Genre: Historical Fiction

Trope: World War II



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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars


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

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

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

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

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Falling Embers by Catherine Cowles

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Excerpt

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

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

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

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

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

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

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About Catherine Cowles
Writer of words. Drinker of Diet Cokes. Lover of all things cute and furry, especially her dog. Catherine has had her nose in a book since the time she could read and finally decided to write down some of her own stories. When she’s not writing she can be found exploring her home state of Oregon, listening to true crime podcasts, or searching for her next book boyfriend.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 32 Rowan Blvd., by Kelsey Kingsley

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Get married.
Buy a house.
Have a baby.

That’s every girl’s dream, isn’t it? Well, maybe not every girl, but for Christy Bush, it was.

So, when her boyfriend realized he didn’t want any of those things, the obvious answer was to set him free and find a man who did.

But what Christy didn’t see coming was to find herself pregnant just weeks after their breakup—as well as an unlikely friendship with single dad Kev Scott, the man who delivered her pregnancy test through the NomNow app.

Now, after being abandoned to raise her son alone, Christy has lost her identity to motherhood, in a world full of sweatpants, diapers, and fast food. But just when she starts to wonder if she’ll ever find herself again, fate delivers an unexpected love interest when she meets Kev face-to-face. The newfound romance might just be what she needs to spice things up…

That is, if the past can stay where it belongs–in the rearview mirror.

32 Rowan Blvd is a single parent, friends to lovers, delivery guy, small town, contemporary romance that is sure to make readers smile, laugh, and swoon.

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

I adored everything about Kev and Christy’s story in 32 Rowan Blvd! These two hard-working, single parents are first brought together by a food delivery app on what could possibly be the worst nights in both of their lives. He is on the brink of divorce, she’s about to find out she’s pregnant — and neither of them could ever imagine that just a few years later, they would find their happily ever after together!

App-based romances seem to be popping up left and right as a new trope in Romancelandia. But the idea of finding love with your delivery app driver is a meet-cute that I haven’t seen before. And Kelsey Kingsley nailed it! I loved how she began their friendship through the delivery app chat feature, as they got to know bits of each other, and then how they finally met face-to-face when Kev stalks her mom at the drug store. Their friendship turns to a romance so easily, and I was there for it as these two fell in love.

Both characters have baggage in the way of their exes, and Kev is also dealing with some temper issues that he is trying to outgrow. There is some drama with both his ex-wife and her ex-boyfriend, and while Kev briefly hides his head in the sand, he realizes he can’t fall back in the old patterns he had with his ex-wife if he wants a healthy relationship with Christy.

In this story, Kingsley also beautifully brought together characters from several of her other books. Christy is the niece of Clara from Hoping For Hemingway, so there are some appearances by her aunt and August in 32 Rowan Blvd. And there is a HILARIOUS text chat throughout the book that serves as gossip central featuring several characters from Kingsley’s Kinney Brothers series. I never realized that the town was the same!

If you are looking for a heartwarming, heartfelt, well-written tale between two people trying to make the most out of their lives and finding love along the way, then definitely check out this wonderful story! I received a complimentary copy and voluntarily left a review.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: You Keep Breaking Us by Carrie Aarons

You Keep Breaking Us by Carrie Aarons is live!

We were the ultimate example of that couple who can’t live with each other, but can’t seem to function without each other.

The minute I met Callum Strass at fifteen, I was a goner. We were the golden couple of our high school. The king and queen of prom, the sweethearts voted most likely to get married and have babies, and the absolute idiots who decided to attend the same college.

Because that’s when it all fell apart. The naïve, puppy love versions of ourselves couldn’t see the obvious cracks we’d had back in our hometown. But they sure revealed themselves when we started living in an off-campus house together with four of our other friends.

Within a semester, blow-out fights, jealousy, every-other-week breakups, and my abandonment issues had him bowing out. Not just on me, but on the house, too. Until our senior year, when his parents refuse to keep paying rent on two places.

So he moves back in, and I’m forced to live with my ex. The one who has ruined all other men for me. The one I still cry myself to sleep at night thinking about. The one who confesses, during a run-in in a dark hallway, that he hates how much he still loves me.

And when he starts dating again, he might as well plunge a knife straight through my heart. Despite our breakup, I’m on the verge of losing him for real this time, and possibly forever. The only option is to seek help for my deep-seated trauma, the thing that Callum always encouraged me to see someone about. The thing that eventually pushed him away.

Put two of the most driven, headstrong, and passionate people in any relationship and it’s bound to combust. We’ve always had that twin flame kind of love.

So, together we might burn. But we also might heal.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

I have been waiting for Bevan and Callum’s story since I read the first Prospect Street book and got a glimpse into their breakup — and Carrie Aarons did not disappoint with You Keep Breaking Us.

This story is an emotional rollercoaster. It will punch you in the gut over and over again. The push and pull between these two is unreal, and I didn’t know if I wanted them to just stay apart or find a way back together! Well, okay, of course I wanted them to find a way back together. And it takes A LOT for them both to get to that place.

Going into this book, I definitely knew Bevan better as a character, based on her friendship with Taya and Amelie. So I was definitely excited to see how she was as the heroine in her own book, and how her, um, bitchiness, affected her relationship with Callum. I must admit, I loved finding out that Bevan wasn’t alone in the couple’s split. CA did a fantastic job of writing both of these flawed characters. Yes, Bevan can be difficult, but I loved the lightbulb moments for Cal when he realized that he had to shoulder some of the blame in where their six-year relationship began to fall apart as well.

There was so much growth from both of these characters, and I was thrilled to see Bevan and Callum grow up and come back together.

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

Meet Carrie Aarons

Author of romance novels such as Fool Me Twice and Love at First Fight, Carrie Aarons writes books that are just as swoon-worthy as they are sarcastic. A former journalist, she prefers the love stories of her imagination, and the athleisure dress code, much better.

When she isn’t writing, Carrie is busy binging reality TV, having a love/hate relationship with cardio, and trying not to burn dinner. She lives in the suburbs of New Jersey with her husband, two children and ninety-pound rescue pup.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Rewriting The Stars by Claire Kingsley

Rewriting the Stars by Claire Kingsley is NOW LIVE! http://readerlinks.com/l/2324606

Firefighter Levi Bailey is used to being alone. Not that he’s lonely. How could he be, with a band of unruly brothers, and their wives and growing families. Maybe he’s the odd man out. The one brother who isn’t destined to be with his soulmate.

Besides, he has her.

She’s his Juliet, the only woman in the world he can’t ever have. To an outsider, it probably seems crazy. But the Tilikum town feud is no joke—especially now—and Annika Haven is strictly forbidden.

Annika Haven never expected to be back in her hometown, let alone as a single mom with two jobs. Add in a pack of overprotective brothers, a brewing family crisis, and a gossipy, feuding town on the brink of chaos, and life gets complicated.

But at least she has him.

He’s her Romeo, a son of the enemy. He makes her smile on her worst days. Yet, despite his brooding sex appeal, the one thing she cannot do is fall for Levi Bailey. They’re just friends and that’s the way it has to stay.

But after months of secret texts and stolen glances, one soul-stealing kiss changes everything. And Levi Bailey is about to do the impossible.

Defy the feud.

Author’s note: an intense hero who relentlessly pursues what he wants and a single mom with a tender heart. Small-town shenanigans, a hundred-year-old mystery, a riot of crazy brothers, enough heat to melt your Kindle (and your ovaries), and the biggest, heart-burstingest, happily ever after you’ve been waiting for.

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

Rewriting The Stars had everything I was hoping for as the last Bailey Brothers book! Levi and Annika’s story is an amazing modern-day Romeo & Juliet tale.

I loved these Star-crossed lovers, and how they were determined to be together despite the generations-old Bailey/Haven feud and how much her brothers hated his. My heart melted at how sweet Levi was with both Annika and her son, Thomas. Their road to happily ever after is certainly bumpy, but the epilogue in this book is everything.

For readers familiar with the entire series, Rewriting The Stars also nicely answers many questions about the squirrels, Tilikum’s Montgomery treasure and the ongoing mystery of John and Eliza. But I also think this book can easily be read on its own as a standalone. But trust me, read the whole series from the start!

As much as I couldn’t wait to dive into Rewriting The Stars, I am so sad to see the Bailey Brothers come to an end! But hopefully, we will still get some appearances from the boys when CK writes books for Annika’s brothers!

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.