Heart of Stone: Emery & Jackson (Heart of Stone Series Book 1) by Chiquita Dennie is a four star novel. I loved how this book was a great, steamy, quick read. Emery’s story was so relatable. Lots of women have been cheated on by a man. Some women forgive, others choose to move on. Emery chose to move on and good for her. Whatever choice is made, is good, as long as that is what you want. When Emery meets Jackson, she knows there will be action between them but just doesn’t get how much action there will be and what that means for her. Little did she know her whole world would be turned upside down!
Spar by Randi Perrin is a five star novel. I absolutely loved the way the author was able to draw me in to Chloe and Locke and their lives. Locke is from down under and Chloe is drawn to him immediately. Their love blooms fast, hard, and crazy. Would they be able to keep it up or will it all fall apart? They met at a Taekwondo tournament. He was the judge and she was the number 1 contender. He couldn’t take his eyes off her the whole time and new he had to figure out a way to get to know her. As their lives become intertwined, they have some disagreements that tear them apart. How can they find their way back to each other without compromising their own beliefs?
Review by @julie-lounello
Flirty Dancing: A Spicy Romantic Comedy About the Afterlife (The Green Room Chronicles Book 3) by J.D. Frettier is a five star novel. I have loved every minute of this series. The author is really able to draw you in and make this afterlife believable. When Kitty finds herself in an emergency room and then brought into the green room with Dee, Bonnie and Linda, she realizes her life will never be the same, or her afterlife. She knows she can’t change what has happened but after falling off her stripper pole, she dies and leaves her babies behind. The only good thing is that she now has a reliable husband who she knows will take care of her children no matter what. As Kitty tries to find her way back to Sam for just a little while, she helps him to take care of the kids and help them through her death. Even though this series is about people who have passed on, the author is able to get the reader laughing right from the start. I think this is my favorite part!
FORTITUDE by Carrie Daley is a five star novel. I love historical fiction. I love how I can learn about different parts of our history while I still can enjoy a story of someone who might have actually existed. Claire decides that she needs a change and wants to follow her best friend to be a nurse for the Spanish American war. After arriving, she realizes she has been stationed at the black camp. Many people at the time do not want to work there or even be sent there because of the racial tensions. Claire, on the other hand, could care less. She enjoys helping people and could care less who it is she is helping. When she falls in love, she has many decisions to make. This story is heart wrenching and loveable.
Terror in Boring Town (A Sam and Rex Adventure Book 1) by Hoot N. Holler is a five star novel. I a, secretly a teen novel junkie. I teach math to middle schoolers, so I know what they like and what they don’t. A lot of books adults try to write for them are hokey but this one was great. I felt like Sam and Rex were totally relatable and enjoyed it even as an adult. There was terror and suspense and drama between friends. What more can you ask for? I also loved that the town name is Boring Town, because it really usually is, except it happened to be named for the first postmaster. Definitely recommend this book. I am excited to read more in this series.
Linda Gets Her Groove Thing: A Spicy Romantic Comedy About the Afterlife (The Green Room Chronicles Book 2) by J.D. Frettier is a five star novel. I love how quick and easy reads these novels are. This is the second in the series and it does not disappoint. When Linda gets worked up over her toy not arriving in time in the mail for her big work trip to Paris, she finds herself blacking out and then no longer in her house. She has no idea what happened and is in no way prepared for what the two women she meets is about to tell her. She has died and went to purgatory. Little does she know how much fun she is going to have!
Desperately Seeking Sixty-Nine: A Spicy Romantic Comedy About the Afterlife (The Green Room Chronicles Book 1) by J.D. Frettier is a five star novel. This novel was completely unexpected and wonderful. The author takes us on a wonderful journey of what the afterlife could be like when Bonnie passes away on her birthday. In this afterlife, she realizes she can have pretty much anything she wants, including surgeries that don’t hurt making her body look back the way it did when she was younger. She spends the novel trying to find a way to connect again with her husband. I definitely recommend reading this book because of its great portrayal of the afterlife and it is a quick read!
Dancing Queen by Charlotte Roth is a five star novel. This book was a fantastic, quick read. I loved the pace of this book and how life for Fiona changes. I love that the job she has has a program to try to help people with their health issues. Whether that is being too heavy or to thin, they have a support group for both at the same time. When Fiona decides to go to group, she is told she needs to find a hobby and that quilting is a great one. After another coworker is encouraged to go to group too, he decides they should join a dancing competition. Fiona just laughs. How could she possibly join a dancing competition when she looks the way she does? She’s been told her whole life that she was too fat to follow her dream of becoming a dancer. Now that she is thirty-five, she really knows she isn’t qualified but skinny Stu is relentless and insists she join with him.
What She Lost and Found by M. L. Garcia is a four star novel. I really enjoyed digging into the life of Daniela. At first, it is a big secret about what happened to Daniela before she started college. Some of the information that comes out and in the amount of detail it is in, could be triggering for some readers. Please be advised of this. When the situations surrounding Daniela’s trauma emerges, we begin to understand why she acts the way she does and surrounds herself with very few people. She changed her major to make her life not as out in the open. She doesn’t even know how she might be able to move on or heal from the tragedies. Maybe finding someone to fill her love life will lead her to healing. But she isn’t sure she can open herself up to love.
Reviewed by @julie-lounello
Trouble’s Wedding Caper (Familiar Legacy) by Jen Talty is a four star novel. When I read about the premise of this book, I was skeptical. I am not a cat lover for sure but it was interesting that this cat, Trouble, is at the heart of this novel and helps his people figure out mysteries. When Annabelle finds Trouble, she knows that he is there to help her and make her life better. She starts seeing Ethan, the sheriff after years of not knowing anything about him. As they try to take care of each other, bad stuff is happening around them and they have to decide to figure things out and revisit their past in order to deal with their past hurts so that they can move forward together.
Reviewed by @julie-lounello