Book Blitz: Mistletext by Whitney Dineen and Melanie Summers

Mistle Text: ‘Twas the Text Before Christmas …
Whitney Dineen & Melanie Summers
(An Accidentally in Love Story, #5)
Publication date: September 25th 2021
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Contemporary, Holiday, Romance

Twas the text before Christmas…

Twenty-eight-year-old Holly Snow is the only mother her four-year-old niece remembers. Three years earlier, when her sister and brother-in-law were killed, Holly’s dream of becoming an international flight attendant was put on hold so she could be home for baby Faith. Holly is doing everything she can to keep the rent paid, including working as an online travel agent, filing medical claims, and cleaning apartments in her building. When her friend Maggie tells her that her boss needs someone to buy his Christmas gifts, she leaps at the opportunity.

Tall, dark and Scroogy, investment banker, Archibald Harrington is too busy to do his own Christmas shopping. When his assistant tells him she knows of a professional shopper, he happily checks another dreaded task off his holiday list. The last thing Archie is expecting is for his hired elf to text him insistently to find out more about the people on list. The last thing Holly expects is to develop feelings for grumpy man who’s stealing her Christmas spirit.

Will there be a Holiday miracle, or will Holly and Archie miss their chance at love? Find out in the fifth installment of the Accidentally in Love Series.

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EXCERPT:

“My boss needs a personal shopper for Christmas, and I’ve already told him I know the very best one in Manhattan.” Toni gives me an open-mouthed smile, clearly expecting me to jump up and down.

“Your boss. As in Archibald Snooty Pants the Forty-Second?” I ask, pursing my lips.

She opens her mouth, but I cut her off with one finger in the air. “You complain about the man all the time.”

“It’s not like he’s a horrible person, he’s just a one trick pony—all work and no play. Plus, it’s not like you’ll have to work side-by-side with him or anything. You probably won’t even have to see him.”

“I’m not a personal shopper,” I tell her. “Unless his family and friends want ramen noodles or discount t-shirts from the guy who sells them out of his trunk in front of my apartment building, I would have no idea what to buy.”

“Yeah, well, Archie doesn’t know that.” She pumps her eyebrows up and down like a comedian.

“Toni, you told me the guy was a rich stuck-up preppy from the Hamptons. While I would love nothing more than to make some extra money, I don’t have the foggiest notion how to shop for rich people.”

“So watch some holiday episodes of Real Housewives and see what they buy each other. He’ll tell you how much to spend on each person. Come on, Holl, it’s not brain surgery. It’s shopping. You know how to shop. And you need the money.”

“What if he hates me?” I despise feeling so pathetic, but I’m totally out of my league here.

“Then he hates you. So what? Believe me when I tell you, Archibald Harrington only thinks about work. You can’t take anything he says personally.”

Dread slams into me like a wrecking ball. “How much do you think I can make?”

“Enough to pay for Christmas and at least the next three months of Faith’s preschool tuition. How can you pass that up?”

The answer is, I can’t. And if it means working for a cranky billionaire, then Toni is right. I’ll do whatever I have to do in order to take care of Faith. I just can’t guarantee I’ll like it.

“Fine,” I tell her. “How many gifts am I supposed to buy?”

“He’ll need all of his family gifts, which include his godfather’s family. He’s spending Christmas with them in Newport. He wants you to cover his business gifts, as well. The VIPs are starred, meaning those particular gifts need to be extra-amazing. I’ve also made you a list of everything that I want, so I don’t wind up with another Monte Blanc pen. I’ve already sold three of those suckers on eBay and I only get a fraction of what they’re worth.”

“I don’t even know what a Monte Blanc pen is.” My chest tightens like I’m not getting enough oxygen.

She hands me a piece of paper. “This is a list of websites to check out. You can order everything and have it delivered here.”

“Why can’t I just have everything sent to his office? What am I going to do with it?”

After taking a healthy swig of white zinfandel, Toni says, “You’re going to wrap everything up and make it look like Santa himself cracked the whip on the gift-wrapping elves. Once you have everything purchased and ready, I’ll send a car to pick the gifts up.”

“You’ll send a car, will you?” I tease.

“Yeah, well, I can do those fancy things in the name of my boss.”

“How am I going to pay for everything?” I ask. “I have about two hundred dollars of credit left on my card. I don’t think that’s going to cut it.”

Toni opens her purse and hands me a shiny black credit card. “There’s no limit, so if you don’t mind doing a little jail time, you could have a lot of fun.”

“No limit? I can’t imagine such a thing.” I fantasize about what damage I could do with plastic like this. Not only could I pay for Faith’s school for the rest of the year, but I could also get my mom into one of those nursing homes that has a hair salon and restaurant. I could upgrade to a two-bedroom apartment so Faith doesn’t have to sleep in the closet anymore, and I could even splurge and buy myself some real leather gloves.

“You’re imagining, aren’t you?” Toni jolts me out of my daydream.

“I most certainly am. The first thing I’d do is buy Faith whatever winter coat she wanted and then I’d take her out to a nice restaurant.”

Toni rolls her eyes. “If you’re going down for a crime, you’ve got to think bigger.”

I stare at the card for a second, then look back up at Toni. “How can you stand working for someone who has so much? Don’t you just want to steal cash out of his wallet once in a while?” I don’t really have the heart of a felon, I’m just tired of always being broke.

“The nice thing about Archie is that even though he has the personality of a killer shark, he’s generous. He has a Friday lunch catered for his staff every week, and he makes sure to float us enough extras that none of us are tempted to steal from him. He’s a good businessman.”

“Even though he’s a stuck-up preppy?” I ask for clarification.

“Exactly.”

I look at the list of stores she thinks I should shop at—Tiffany’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Harrods, The House of Bijan … “What’s my budget?”

She hands me another piece of paper. The handwriting isn’t hers, so I’m guessing it’s Archie’s. “He wants me to spend four thousand dollars on his mother?!”

“Yup. He wants her to have two gifts. One of them needs to be the main. The other can be fancy ass chocolates or something.”

“Right, but probably not gas station chocolates.”

“Quit stressing, Holls, you’ve got this.”

I don’t know why, but for the life of me I can’t see this ending well…

Author Bio:

Whitney loves to laugh, play with her kids, bake, and eat french fries — not always in that order.

Whitney is a multi-award-winning author of romcoms, non-fiction humor, and middle reader fiction. Basically, she writes whatever the voices in her head tell her to.

She lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband, Jimmy, where they raise children, chickens, and organic vegetables.

Gold Medal winner at the International Readers’ Favorite Awards, 2017.

Silver medal winner at the International Readers’ Favorite Awards, 2015, 2016.

Finalist RONE Awards, 2016.

Finalist at the IRFA 2016, 2017.

Finalist at the Book Excellence Awards, 2017

Finalist Top Shelf Indie Book Awards, 2017

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Melanie Summers also writes steamy romance as MJ Summers.

Melanie made a name for herself with her debut novel, Break in Two, a contemporary romance that cracked the Top 10 Paid on Amazon in both the UK and Canada, and the top 50 Paid in the USA. Her highly acclaimed Full Hearts Series was picked up by both Piatkus Entice (a division of Hachette UK) and HarperCollins Canada. Her first three books have been translated into Czech and Slovak by EuroMedia. Since 2013, she has written and published three novellas, and eight novels (of which seven have been published). She has sold over a quarter of a million books around the globe.

In her previous life (i.e. before having children), Melanie got her Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta, then went on to work in the soul-sucking customer service industry for a large cellular network provider that shall remain nameless (unless you write her personally – then she’ll dish). On her days off, she took courses and studied to become a Chartered Mediator. That designation landed her a job at the R.C.M.P. as the Alternative Dispute Resolution Coordinator for ‘K’ Division. Having had enough of mediating arguments between gun-toting police officers, she decided it was much safer to have children so she could continue her study of conflict in a weapon-free environment (and one which doesn’t require makeup and/or nylons).

Melanie resides in Edmonton with her husband, three young children, and their adorable but neurotic one-eyed dog. When she’s not writing novels, Melanie loves reading (obviously), snuggling up on the couch with her family for movie night (which would not be complete without lots of popcorn and milkshakes), and long walks in the woods near her house. She also spends a lot more time thinking about doing yoga than actually doing yoga, which is why most of her photos are taken ‘from above’. She also loves shutting down restaurants with her girlfriends. Well, not literally shutting them down, like calling the health inspector or something–more like just staying until they turn the lights off.

She is represented by Suzanne Brandreth of The Cooke Agency International.

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Review: The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

I am honestly not sure that anything I say here will add to the discourse around this book because every review I have read has summed up my own feelings so well. I will just put it out there.

I absolutely LOVE this book. I’ve read it at least 3 times since getting an ARC earlier in the year. The slow burn (which is not usually my favorite storyline) between Olive and Adam is truly amazing. From their very first true meeting where Olive relates some of her deepest fears about pursuing academia to their next meeting where Olive just lays a big kiss on Adam, their story develops at a great pace.

I readily admit, I love a hero who has been pining in secret for the heroine. It just does something wonderful to my brain and in this case, my brain was in overdrive. Adam very clearly wants to actually ask Olive on a date but he is also hesitant to let this unexpected opportunity pass by. Though we never get inside his head, this is a story where actions truly speak louder than words. Adam’s actions as he pursues Olive are romantic, sweet, and good.

Olive is also a great character! I love her friendships with her best friend, Anh, and her other best friend, Jeremy, who provide the social and emotional connection she has been missing in her life since the passing of her mom when she was younger. These two people are very important to Olive and their importance does not diminish as the story continues. They remain an important piece of her life. (I hate when friends fade into the background after the woman (or man really!) meets the romantic partner.) I admired her pursuit of her PhD also. It is a lot of work! I’ll be honest, I did not realize grad school was that difficult. (Getting my MLIS was pretty much a breeze in comparison to scientists!)

Adam stands up for Olive. Olive stands up for Adam. These two just fit together so well and Ali Hazelwood has cemented herself atop my favorite books of 2021 with The Love Hypothesis.

It is available now in e-format and as of this review, it is going through a second printing so print copies may be hard to come by right now.

Thank you to Berkley for the e-galley.

Release Blitz: At First Hate

Release Date: September 7

A new stand alone enemies-to-lovers romance from USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde…


Derek Ballentine and I have always been on opposite sides of everything.

I went to a public Savannah high school. He went to a private Catholic school. I went to Duke on scholarship. He went to UNC as a legacy. When we both end up at Harvard for graduate school and we’re finally on a level playing field, I think it’s all going to change.

I was wrong.

The only thing that changed was ending up in his bed.

Now my grandma has passed away, and Derek is the attorney helping the people trying to steal her legacy. I’ll do anything to stop that from happening. Even take on my lifetime enemy.

I hate him at first sight…but I also want him at first hate. 
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Meet K.A. Linde
K.A. Linde is the USA Today bestselling author of the Avoiding Series, Wrights, and more than thirty other novels. 

She has a Masters degree in political science from the University of Georgia, was the head campaign worker for the 2012 presidential campaign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and served as the head coach of the Duke University dance team. 

She loves reading fantasy novels, binge-watching Supernatural, traveling, and dancing in her spare time.


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Review: Bad Influencer by Kenzie Reed

Release Date: August 26

Bad Influencer by Kenzie Reed is a great summer escape romance read! It is set at an amusement park! And even though I’m not a fan of roller coasters, I really enjoyed the ambiance of this book! Jillian was caught about to vandalize a billboard. Fortunately, the famous Bradford family has a compromise for her: instead of pressing charges, they will let her work for them and promote their new amusement park. It doesn’t sound like the greatest opening for a couple but Jillian and Elliott have very strong chemistry.

Jillian is an influence which, according to her family, isn’t much of a job at all. But she is good at her work for Bradford Amusement Parks. She knows how to set up fun photo shoots, she is good at wooing and winning over the customers and she just happens to capture Elliott’s heart.

Honestly, this book was just fun to read. I didn’t dive too deeply into the semantics of their relationship. They had good chemistry, fun dialog with each other, and interesting character development. Kenzie Reed does a great job of moving the story along and even though the story falls into the big misunderstanding at the end, I was happy things worked out for them. And I was happy to see Jillian gain more respect from her family who didn’t treat her very well throughout the course of the story. And though I am kind of wary of influencers in real life, it was a fun career choice that worked out great for Jillian. Kenzie Reed did a great job of portraying both the positives and negatives of being an influencer. I liked how this work parlayed naturally into a new job opportunity for Jillian.

Also, if you’re looking for a magical kiss that will stand out in your memory, Bad Influencer has a great scene for you!

Sarah

We’ve all heard about the public image consultant brought in to fix the bad boy’s image. That’s not me. 

 
Nope, quite the opposite. I’ve been hired—well, blackmailed is more like it—to be a bad influence on grumpy, gorgeous, humor-deprived billionaire Elliott Bradford. He’s just become the public face of his family’s company, Bradford Amusement Parks. Problem: The board is about to kick him to the curb because they think Elliott wouldn’t recognize fun if it bit him in the as… spiration.

And they’re not wrong. I can’t believe I have to spend the next three months trying to coax a smile out of Jerk-in-a-Box. But if I fail, my secret shenanigans will be brought to light and my parents will pay the price. Again.

So here I am, getting stuck on top of a midnight roller coaster ride with him… and letting him kiss my panic attack away. Signing us up for a mud run… and letting him wash the mud out of my hair in the shower… Yes, I’m that dedicated to my job.

But the more I get to know broody Elliott, the more I think there might actually be a beating heart hiding underneath that navy double-breasted jacket. And the closer I get to the end of my assignment, the more I want to be the girl who can make him smile for real.

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Meet Kenzie Reed

Kenzie Reed lives in beautiful New England and is addicted to happily ever afters. 

She has a black belt in sarcasm and makes the worst puns ever—just ask her kids. She spends her days clearing dog fur from her keyboard and dreaming up snarky dialogue for sexy heroes. 

 

Her taste in books ranges from science fiction to thrillers to romantic comedy, and her bookcases have multiple personality disorder. 

She loves to hear from readers!

 

 

 

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Teaser Reveal: Love, Comment, Subscribe by Cathy Yardley

Cathay Yardley is excited to share a teaser for her upcoming rom-com, LOVE, COMMENT, SUBSCRIBE! Check it out and be sure to pre-order your copy today!

Title: Love, Comment, Subscribe

Author: Cathay Yardley

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Release Date: October 1st

 

Back in high school, Lily Wang wanted to be popular, but she considered herself lucky to be part of a tight group of oddballs and honors students called the Nerd Herd. Now, at twenty-eight, she feels like she’s finally on the cusp of succeeding as a beauty influencer—if she can hit five million subscribers, brands will take notice and she could get her own makeup line.

Fellow Nerd Herd alum Tobin Bui has had a lot of success as a YouTube gamer. But the road to online stardom has been rocky. First, he disappointed his parents by dropping out of college, and now, after years of pranks, skits, and playthroughs, he’s struggling to come up with new content to satisfy his ever-growing fan base. His agents say he needs cross-audience appeal, a new twist.

When Nerd Herd frenemy Lily approaches Tobin about teaming up to do a video to bolster her brand and reinvigorate his, he agrees. But when their first collab video goes viral, their relationship heats up too. With the whole internet watching, will these two former misfits finally realize they’re perfect together?

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About Cathy Yardley:

Cathy Yardley is an award-winning author of romance, chick lit, and urban fantasy, who has sold over 1.2 million copies of books for publishers like St. Martin’s, Avon, and Harlequin. She writes fun, geeky, and diverse characters who believe that underdogs can make good and sometimes being a little wrong is just right. She likes writing about quirky, crazy adventures, because she’s had plenty of her own: she had her own army in the Society of Creative Anachronism; she’s spent a New Year’s on a 3-day solitary vision quest in the Mojave Desert; she had VIP access to the Viper Room in Los Angeles. Now, she spends her time writing in the wilds of East Seattle, trying to prevent her son from learning the truth of any of said adventures, and riding herd on her two dogs (and one husband.)

 

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Review: Just Not That Into Billionaires by Annika Martin

I know the billionaire trend in romance is not for everyone. However, it is definitely for me in certain circumstances and when that circumstance is a new Annika Martin book? Count me in! Just Not That Into Billionaires is book six in Ms. Martin’s Billionaires of Manhattan series. It is a light-hearted and playful series.

Francine is about to embark on the ballet tour of her life. She has worked so hard to become a part of this ballet company and to go on tour. Unfortunately, one thing is throwing everything off. She has been rejected by several countries because though she says she is single her record keeps coming up showing she is married. Francine is befuddled to put it lightly. When she digs into the situation and discovers who she is married to, Benjamin Stearnes, total scowly nerd from her time in Las Vegas years ago, well, she is sure it will be an easy fix. Easy peasy, divorce!

Unfortunately, it is not that easy. Benny will only give her the divorce if she spends the next three weeks with him “pretending” to be his wife, even though she is his wife. It’s making a complicated, if fixable situation, a lot more convoluted and Francine is trying to understand Benny’s motivation.

Of course, Benny is seeking a little revenge for the wife who ghosted him after their quick marriage in Vegas. He also has some major, major unresolved feelings for her no matter how he denies it. Their chemistry is very strong and he still can’t resist the pull of Francine.

Readers know immediately what the conflict will be going into this story but as a big fan of the series, that did not cast a pall over my enjoyment at all! I really loved Francine’s big personality. She loves ballet, she loves her friends, and she loves teaching young children about ballet. Her voice is powerful and her personality is a mix of extroverted theater nerd and insecure artist. When she is with Benny, she shines as she winds him up and enjoys the ensuing hijinks. The first dinner date they have together, along with a group of business people Benny is wooing, well, it is cause for laughter all around!

The villain of the story is a bit two-dimensional and doesn’t particularly come off as anything other than irritating. He causes some havoc that honestly wasn’t my favorite part of the story, but at the same time, by having this character, it allowed Benny to have some growth as he realized he wasn’t ready to let his company go. So while this secondary character was annoying as heck, he provided some use in the overall storyline.

This is definitely Benny and Francine’s show though (and a tiny of Monique and Igor’s show). I was really lucky to get an early copy of this book and I read it in a few swift hours. If you’ve enjoyed the other books in this series of girlfriends who find continued friendship and love in New York, I think you’ll fall right into Just Not That Into Billionaires. Francine and Benny have some great dialog throughout the course of the story, along with some very steamy love scenes. All in all, a great read!

Cover Reveal: At First Hate by K.A. Linde

Release Date: September 7

A new stand alone enemies-to-lovers romance from USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde…

Derek Ballentine and I have always been on opposite sides of everything.

I went to a public Savannah high school. He went to a private Catholic school. I went to Duke on scholarship. He went to UNC as a legacy. When we both end up at Harvard for graduate school and we’re finally on a level playing field, I think it’s all going to change.

I was wrong.

The only thing that changed was ending up in his bed.

Now my grandma has passed away, and Derek is the attorney helping the people trying to steal her legacy. I’ll do anything to stop that from happening. Even take on my lifetime enemy.

I hate him at first sight…but I also want him at first hate. 

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Meet K.A. Linde
K.A. Linde is the USA Today bestselling author of the Avoiding Series, Wrights, and more than thirty other novels. 

She has a Masters degree in political science from the University of Georgia, was the head campaign worker for the 2012 presidential campaign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and served as the head coach of the Duke University dance team. 

She loves reading fantasy novels, binge-watching Supernatural, traveling, and dancing in her spare time.

She currently lives in Lubbock, Texas, with her husband and two super-adorable puppies.
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Release Blitz and Excerpt: The Matchmaker Bride by Ginny Baird

Today we have the release day blitz for The Matchmaker Bride by Ginny Baird! Check it out and be sure to get your copy of this sexy new romcom today!

Title: The Matchmaker Bride

Author: Ginny Baird

Genre: Romcom

About The Matchmaker Bride:

A delightful romantic comedy from New York Times bestselling author Ginny Baird…   Successful Boston matchmaker and television personality Meredith Galanes’s reputation is on the line. During a guest appearance on a morning talk show, she’s broadsided by questions about her own romantic attachments, just as she’s trying to secure a syndication deal. Afraid to admit her love life is a total disaster, Meredith blurts out that she’s seriously involved with a very special man—a boatbuilder in Maine. She never expects that small slip to get spun into a story about her supposed engagement.   Or that the paparazzi will track the guy down…   Derrick Albright is laid-back about many things. Being hounded by the press about some imaginary engagement to a woman he’s only met once—and couldn’t stand—isn’t one of them. Then Meredith actually shows up at his cabin in Blue Hill, Maine, with an apology, a pot roast, and a proposal—play along until she secures her TV deal, and she’ll help him win back his ex.   It’s a simple plan, but if they have any chance of pulling it off, they’ll have to survive each other first…   Each book in the Blue Hill Brides series is STANDALONE: * The Duplicate Bride * The Matchmaker Bride  

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Exclusive Excerpt:

Derrick had just finished making coffee when he heard a car door pop open. He set his mug down on the counter and scowled. Another reporter? Really? It had only been a couple hours since the last round had come through, though he’d been smart enough not to answer the door and eventually they left. Instead of fielding questions he had no answers to, he’d been busy googling Meredith, trying to track down her phone number. As soon as he got rid of whoever the straggler was, he’d give in and call Brent. Maybe his wife, Hope, would be able to get him Meredith’s number. He intended to call and demand some answers. What had the infuriating woman said? Or maybe it hadn’t been her at all? Maybe one of her unhinged fans had started this rumor. But how did he get roped into it? He yanked open his front door, prepared to do battle with the paparazzi. Then he froze at the sight of that cobalt blue convertible. Meredith Galanes stepped out onto his gravel drive and his heart lurched. He’d had to put up with the woman for an entire week during Brent’s wedding last summer, and had hoped to never see her again. Yet, here she was, up close and personal, teetering in his direction in towering sandals and a flouncy dress, with her long dark curls bouncing behind her. She held a large Crock-Pot in her hands, which she grasped with oven mitts. For an instant, it was hard to believe he was really seeing her and this wasn’t some kind of weird dream. About Meredith? Not a chance. “I can explain!” she said, traipsing toward his cabin. This he had to hear. “Can’t wait.” She approached his covered stoop, her spindly heels clack-clack-clacking against the flagstones hedged by flowering bushes. This was no dream. It was her, all right. In the flesh. And smelling like honeysuckle at the height of summer. Despite himself, he’d never forgotten her perfume, or, well… pretty much anything about her. “Want to tell me what’s going on?” She stared up at him with big, dark brown eyes and Derrick’s heart slammed against his chest. “It was a simple mistake.” “Simple? Your publicity posse was here not more than an hour ago.” “Ah, um…yeah. About that.” She peered over his shoulder and into his empty living room. “Can we talk inside?” “What are you even doing in Blue Hill?” he asked, not budging. She smiled and shot him a flirty grin. “I came here to surprise you.” Consider him surprised. And more than a little ticked off. What kind of nerve the woman had. “You’re not the first one today.” She winced. “I heard.” “And?” She shoved her Crock-Pot under his nose in a peace offering. A delectable aroma wafted toward him. For the love of all things edible, it smelled just like a pot roast. A very delicious pot roast. Derrick hadn’t enjoyed a homecooked meal in months. She pressed forward into his cabin and he inched back. “Hungry?” “No.” Derrick’s stomach betrayed him with a rumble. “Uh-huh. I brought this for dinner.” Dinner? What? “No, no, no…” he said. “You are no way—no how—staying—” But, before he could finish, she used one of her shoes as a lever and kicked the door shut.  

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About Ginny Baird:

NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Ginny Baird writes sweet contemporary romance with a dash of humor and a whole lot of heart. She is the author of the Blue Hill Brides Series: The Duplicate Bride (2020) and The Matchmaker Bride (2021) from Entangled Publishing and current and upcoming works from Hallmark Publishing: An Unforgettable Christmas (2019) and On Christmas Avenue (2021), as well as several independent titles including her newest multi-author novella collection: Beach Brides Message in a Bottle Boxed Set (2021). Visit Ginny’s website to learn more about her and her books: http://www.ginnybairdromance.com.  

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Review: Last Guard by Nalini Singh

Last Guard is the newest book in Nalini Singh’s powerful Psy/Changeling series. This book in particular focuses on two Psy, Payal and Canto, in the continued fall of silence. They are both designation A, anchors, which up to this point has not been explored much in this world. Readers know Anchors well, anchor the net. They help hold things together, especially now when parts of the net are being destroyed. But Canto realizes that more has to be done and he recruits the enigmatic Payal, who has secrets of her own.

I do not want to say too much about this book because well, it was a great experience to go into the story with not much knowledge. I love revisiting this world Ms. Singh has created. The star of this book is definitely Payal who is a very powerful Psy living with silence still. She has her reasons and does not want to get involved with Canto. These two have opposite family dynamics and for Payal, that makes the thought of a relationship rather unappealing to put it lightly.

Payal is probably one of my new favorite main characters in this series. She holds herself back. She is a protector, both of her beloved sister, and of her city. She has to make some very difficult choices and it shows in the story. At first glance, she doesn’t seem like a great match for Canto but they both discover their strengths increase when they are together.

Last Guard is a very, very strong entry in the Trinity saga of the Psy/Changeling series. I enjoyed the in depth look at the net. I feel like my understanding of the Psy net grows in every book. The Anchors unveil new facets to the net too. It was exciting for me. I feel like maybe some readers may have been able to predict what was coming, but I have never been a reader that easily predicts things so for me, this story was a pretty constant revelation. My only small complaint is well, petty, in that now we are back to waiting for a new story in this world. Nalini Singh’s talent shines through in Last Guard. While you can’t jump immediately into this book, as always, I highly recommend reading this series from first book to the newest addition to the series.

Last Guard is out now!

Review: It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey

You’re probably seeing reviews for this book popping up all over the place. I have to say, it’s with good reason because this is the epitome of a fun and romantic summer read. Tessa Bailey has mentioned that she drew inspiration from the Schitt’s Creek tv character, Alexis Rose, for her own character, Piper Bellinger, and it shows, but I do think Tessa does justice to her own unique character in Piper.

When Piper is dumped in front of a group of acquaintances at a party, she kind of goes a bit wild and well, a bit criminal in fact. Her stepdad has had enough of her wild antics and lack of desire to do anything with her life so he sends her to the town she was born in, Westport, far from the glitz of California. Piper manages to get her sister to come along for the ride, so at least she isn’t alone. But this is going to be a rude awakening.

I’ve not had the easiest time of digging into and enjoying books in the last few months (year) but this book grabbed me. I just really liked Piper. She is kind and goes out of her way to help others. It is certainly true that she had an easy upbringing and hasn’t had to work too hard in her life. BUT, believe me when I say that doesn’t define her. She is willing to prove herself, even if in doing so she just hopes to get back to her party-girl life at first. But soon she is involved in Westport. And she is involved with local fisherman, Brendan. He has his doubts about Piper too in the beginning but like the reader, he starts to see quickly there is more to her than meets the eye.

I don’t want to give too much away so I will just say I really, really enjoyed this sweet book. It’s very sexy (though I wouldn’t say it is Tessa Bailey’s hottest book to date). It made me happy to read it. There is some conflict obviously but thank goodness I was reassured these two would get a happy ending (it is a romance book after all).

Piper is not dumb. She is not an airhead. She has a lot of potential inside of her and this story gives her the chance to unleash it on Brendan and the reader. This book is satisfying in every way.

ARC provided by Edelweiss.