Aubrey Wynne is at it again with “A Wicked Earl’s Widow,” the second book in the Once Upon a Widow series. I unfortunately read these books out of order, but I don’t feel it took away from the book at all. Each story, while having some overlapping characters, are basically standalones and fine to read in any order that I’ve seen so far. In this book we meet Lady Eliza who was forced to marry, as most young women of more noble blood are, Conrad the Count of Sunderland. At his passing soon after their marriage, she is left pregnant and praying that she is safe from her abusive father. Years pass and she is in danger, so she flees to her cousin Grace’s home. Along the way she meets the handsome Nathaniel, Viscount of Pendleton. While Eliza’s story is not an entirely happy one, the story that Aubrey Wynne has created is lovely. I really enjoyed reading about this era and how high society worked back then. The main characters are such a treat to read about even down to the appropriately named blood hound, Cyrano. Nathaniel is a proud, brave man who will do anything to protect those he cares for and makes for a wonderful hero. Overall, a great book to read! Parts of it were a bit upsetting, but it only goes to show the resilience of the characters. So, I give “A Wicked Earl’s Widow” five stars!
Presidential candidate Michael Reese thinks his campaign manager Tom is crazy when he suggests Michael find a pretend girlfriend to soften his playboy image. On a whim, he glances around at the females on his team and discovers his only option there is his speech writer, Kendall. Wanting someone he can already trust for the job, he asks and she reluctantly accepts. After all, what could go wrong?! While the premise of this story is not new, I still loved how Avery Scott told this story. Kendall is a great character who seems to fight herself the entire book, trying to figure out how she really feels. She seems tailor made for Michael and the tasks at hand, managing it all like a pro. She tries to stay professional, but who can resist a man like Michael?! The note at the end of the book from Aver y Scott promises extra scenes from the book on her website, but the website seems to be down, so now I’m begging Avery Scott for a sequel! I thoroughly enjoyed these characters and would love to read more about them! Overall, a great, quick read! I give “His First Lady” by Avery Scott four stars!
Reviewed by @emilybee430
Four friends named Gemma, Allie, John and Timothy have been close for years. They all happen to have a platinum streak of hair near the base of their necks and they all have a ring around their iris in one eye, weird quirks they never gave much thought to before. That is until they are in the local park after dark and discover a mysterious door in the woods. “The Chosen” is a wonderful opening story to what I can already tell will be an amazing series! I am a HUGE fan of sci-fi, especially historical sci-fi and this book really spoke to my kind of nerd! Cari Schaeffer is building a fascinating world of powerful orbs, secret societies and the four teenagers who are “The Chosen!” Do yourself a favor and just read this book to find out what I mean! This book was a little short for me, since I love getting lost for days in a story, but I can tell it will all be worth the wait. Here is hoping Cari Schaeffer can deliver soon since I will be eagerly waiting the next installment in The Orb Quest Series! Five stars from me!!
“Dancing Queen” by Charlotte Roth is a wonderful story about Fiona, a stuck in a rut, overweight 30 something who makes a fast friend out of Stu, a scary skinny man in her office that she meets through some awkward circumstances. Together, this unlikely pair help each other come alive again as they take on a new hobby. I don’t know what I was expecting while I was reading this book, but Charlotte Roth really caught me off guard! I was expecting your generic fat girl finds love story (Not that there is anything wrong with that, those stories make me feel better about my round shape!) but this story is so much more. I loved reading about Fiona’s journey with food and the friends that help build her up. The characters in this story are (mostly) amazing characters that I would love to have as real life friends! The ones that aren’t amazing, felt exactly like people I have in my own life, which broke my heart a little for Fiona. However, this brave woman is no punching bag! Fiona is such a strong, loveable character whom anyone can admire. There is a bit of a twist at the end that literally made me immediately start crying and make a weird emotional noise when I read it because it was so beautiful! So, I give “Dancing Queen” an obvious five stars! Charlotte Roth truly earned them, so do yourself a favor and read this book already!!
“Happily. Ever After?” is the sixth book in the Italian Saga by GB Amman. Leda is an intelligent young woman with high academic aspirations. She tries so hard to juggle her interests in life, volleyball, friends, her band, schoolwork and Sergio. As with any driven student, school is her priority and Sergio just doesn’t understand. They love each other, but is it enough? Leda seems to question her relationship with Sergio every step of the way, and my heart ached for the poor girl. She goes through so much in this book, with so many changes and issues that pop up, it’s a wonder how she keeps it all together! I don’t want to give away details, but this book was beautiful in its description of the places Leda goes, but hard to read with what she goes through. However, Leda is resilient and tougher than she seems to some and she proves it in this book! Relationships are messy and “Happily. Ever After?” shows that. Fingers crossed for Leda as I wait for the seventh book! I give “Happily. Ever After?” four stars!
Reviewed by @emilybee430
Holy cow! Where to start!? This book really pulled me in and just got better as it went! “The Case of Missing Books” is the sixth book in the Summer McCloud paranormal mystery series by Nikki Broadwell. This is the first book I have read in the series and was worried I wouldn’t know what is on half the time, but Nikki Broadwell does a great job making sure the book is standalone, but still a part of the series. She references events that happen in previous books, but gives enough information so you don’t get lost. She also helpfully included a character list in the beginning since this story is intense with many moving parts and people to follow. I love paranormal stories and I love mysteries so I knew
I would love this book, and I really did! I wish I had read the first five books first, but I guess I will just go back and enjoy them now! Summer is a wonderful character who is really struggling with life currently, but doesn’t let anything get in her way of doing what she knows she needs to do. I’m being vague so I don’t give anything away, but just read this book! LOVED LOVED LOVED it! Five stars!!
“Broken Sand Dollar” is the wonderful end of the Sand Dollar series by JD Boudreaux. I highly recommend reading the first two books before reading this one so you really know what is going on and get a feel for Alex’s journey. This book was such a treat to read. I LOVED the previous books and have been waiting for months for “Broken Sand Dollar” and it did NOT disappoint! This series spans years of Alex’s life, some in real time and a lot in flashbacks and JD Boudreaux did an amazing job weaving the story together. At the end of “Wish I Had a Nickel,” I could have told you exactly what I thought was going to happen to Alex in “Broken Sand Dollar.” Oh boy was I wrong! The turn of events in this book felt so right for Alex and what he has learned through therapy and self- reflection. The ladies of his life are all wonderful characters that all taught Alex something important and it was so great to read a book that touches on mental health and growth in such a positive way. So, I obviously loved this beautiful conclusion and give “Broken Sand Dollar” five well- earned stars!
Gibson is a man in hiding. After suffering an enormous loss, Gibson moves to a quiet town, hours away from his normal life. Sacha is an alcohol rep, always traveling around the area for her next sale. After a random chance encounter, these two peoples’ lives will be changed forever. I absolutely loved this story! I loved how both characters are lost in their own ways and that Renee Regent showed that a second chance at life can be right around the corner, where you least expect it. Sacha was not my favorite character at first, she is so stubborn and guarded but her characters evolution was a great one to read. Both characters have been through a lot and needed to come a long way to get what they want from life. This really was a lovely story to read and I can’t wait to read more from Renee Regent and the Love Grows Series! I give “Not So Broken” five stars!!
Reviewed by @emilybee430
“Eight Steps” by Taylor Sullivan is a lovely book about two roommates, Elliott and Fe. They have been best friends and roommates for five years and one fateful night will change their friendship forever. I love this story because it felt like Elliott and Fe could be any set of friends that live together, where the relationship could turn into something more. I am a believer in being friends before dating someone and this book really reaffirmed my belief in that. Elliott and Fe know most of the gorey details that, in my opinion, made them more compatible. When you know someone as well as Elliott and Fe know each other, it is hard not to see them for more than friendship eventually. Elliott was a wonderful character to read about. I loved following his journey to discovering who he really wanted to be like and who he wanted to love. So, I give “Eight Steps” by Taylor Sullivan five stars!
“The Future Memoir of Ann Jones” is a wildly imaginative story by Alex Bailey. It may take you a minute to get into the book, but do not give up! This creative story will keep you turning the pages and guessing until the very end! This was one of those stories you don’t want to put down simply because the story is so inventive and you just want to know what happens next! Ann is a wonderfully complex character who just moved to a new town that makes her question everyone and everything. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about her adventure, even if it did leave me with a few questions of my own! There were a few points that I was hoping would get explained in more detail but didn’t, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying this book. So, I give “The Future Memoir of Ann Jones” four stars!