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review 2020-03-24 06:55
Family
That Night - K.I. Lynn

Natasha never takes risks.  She arrives at a major party with her best friend and meets the man of her dreams after he spills a drink on her.  To ignore the sparks igniting would be crazy.

 

Richard did not mean to spill a drink.  He wouldn't change a thing, since he met the woman he never thought he would.  The "One."  Now he just has to convince her to let him be a part of her life.

 

Such a sweet and yet sexy book.  These characters know what they want from page one and it is hot hot hot!  The lessons to learn here are how to move on from the crazy night.  I love the sincerity and friendships this story holds.  I also liked the determination.  What really rich characters.  I could not put it down.  I give this read a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review.

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text 2020-03-11 08:10
Book Blitz w/Review - The Plan

The Plan
Whitney Dineen
(The Creek Water Series #3)


Publication date: March 10th 2020
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Contemporary, Romance

Bead shop owner Amelia Frothingham has been keeping a secret from everyone she knows.

 

She pretends to be the ultimate care-free bohemian chick, but the truth is, she’s the world’s biggest control freak. Much to the delight of her Southern family, Amelia’s life appears to be smooth sailing. That is, until bad boy rockstar Huck Wiley mysteriously blows into town like a spring tornado.

 

Like every other woman under eighty with a pulse, Amelia’s intrigued. So when Huck starts showing up in her shop with flirtation in mind, she finds herself getting sucked into the rock god vortex. But her previous attempts at long-distance love have always ended on a sour note, so Amelia has vowed never to repeat the experience.

What Amelia doesn’t know is that Huck has a secret of his own, and he has no intention of returning to Los Angeles before he’s good and ready.

 

Will Huck stay in town, scattering the beads Amelia has finally gotten sorted? Or will he head back to his glamorous life and take her last chance at spontaneity and love along with him?

 

Find out in this deliciously funny romcom about love and life in Creek Water, Missouri!

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EXCERPT:

 

 

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My insides churn in excitement at the thought of seeing Huck again. Last week if you’d have told me that either Huck Wiley was going to come to town or I was going to have tea with a full-blown yeti, my money would have been on the Sasquatch.

 

I curl up in a hand-carved gentleman’s chair that was original to this house, and stare around the ornate room. I swear I can see the ghosts of Lexi’s and my combined family members bustling around like they did back in the day. I wonder what life would have been like for me if I’d been around at that time. I probably would have been married off at fifteen to some old potbellied gentleman farmer or some such. A shudder of imagination-fed revulsion overtakes me. Of course, if the gentleman farmer looked like Huck, I would have set a world record running to the church.

 

Lexi pulls me out of my reverie when she comes in with a tray of dishes, silverware, and napkins. She puts them on the coffee table in front of me. “I think your parents should hire Shuckie to cater Emmie and Zach’s wedding. The man is magic.”

 

“That’ll be my wedding, if I ever have one,” I tell her.

 

“You don’t want a big deal down at the club?” 

 

“No, ma’am,” I tell her. “I want to party on the docks with lots of loud music and twinkle lights that run for miles. I want to eat fried fish and hush puppies, drink beer, and dance until my feet fall off.”

 

“I want to be invited to that wedding. It sounds like the event of the century,” a deep voice says. I turn to follow the sound; I hadn’t heard Huck walk in. I stare right at him and discover he’s his stunning bad-boy self. If he were a painting I’d title it “Rock Star in Repose.” He’s wearing a pair of his signature worn jeans and a tight t-shirt. This time it’s advertising an old Pearl Jam tour. He doesn’t look the least bit cold.

 

“The night I get hitched, you’ll probably be selling out Yankee Stadium and dodging a bushel load of panties being thrown your way by adoring fans,” I reply, totally dismissing his request to come to my wedding.

 

Huck laughs as though I’ve caught him totally off guard by my somewhat saucy comment. “If I played Yankee Stadium that might just happen, but Madison Square Garden isn’t quite that wild. Although a thong or two does make it my way,” he assures me.

 

“Lucky you.” The thought of throwing my unmentionables at him, and him picking them up, cause my insides to liquefy into a pool of raw desire. 

 

“Have you ever been to one of my concerts, Amelia?” he wants to know.

 

I don’t answer right away. Instead, I take time to clear my throat and fill my plate with an assortment of yummy food. I wait so long to address his question that I figure he’s forgotten he even asked it. I suggest, “You’d best hurry up and get some of this or you’re gonna be out of luck. I don’t bother eating like a lady when Shuckie’s the chef.”

 

Huck grabs a plate before repeating, “Have you ever been to one of my concerts, Amelia?”

 

“I have not,” I tell him. 

 

“I’m offended,” he teases gruffly. “Why not?”

 

“Because I have every album you’ve ever released and I don’t see the need to get all gussied up just to drive three hours to a venue only to be subjected to hordes of people screaming your name so loud that I can’t actually hear what you’re singing.” Then, instead of leaving well enough alone, I add, “I’d rather curl up on my couch, put on your album, and have you all to myself.” 

 

Good lord, why did I say that?

 

 

 

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The Plan (The Creek Water Series Book 3)The Plan by Whitney Dineen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is book #3, in The Creek Water series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader understanding, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this laugh-out-loud series in order intended.

Amelia has gotten to a good place. She no longer freaks out. She listens to good music. Then she gets a visitor who performs said music in her shop. Tongue tied does not really describe what happens.

Huck is attracted to the honesty Amelia gives him right away. Never did he think he would find someone who understands hi daughter, nor did he think he would want her so badly. How can he convince her that the future is worth leaping toward?

I really loved this story. I was surprised at all the funny moments. The banter is wonderful. The family interactions are not only easy to relate to, but they feel familiar. Taking a sensitive subject and approaching it this way with such humor, was just genius! I am certain this installment fits well into this series. I sure cannot wait for the next installment!


***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review.

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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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review 2020-03-09 21:24
Trust
The Plan - Whitney Dineen

This is book #3, in The Creek Water series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader understanding, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this laugh-out-loud series in order intended.

 

Amelia has gotten to a good place.  She no longer freaks out.  She listens to good music.  Then she gets a visitor who performs said music in her shop.  Tongue tied does not really describe what happens. 

 

Huck is attracted to the honesty Amelia gives him right away.  Never did he think he would find someone who understands hi daughter, nor did he think he would want her so badly.  How can he convince her that the future is worth leaping toward?

 

I really loved this story.  I was surprised at all the funny moments.  The banter is wonderful.  The family interactions are not only easy to relate to, but they feel familiar.  Taking a sensitive subject and approaching it this way with such humor, was just genius!  I am certain this installment fits well into this series.  I sure cannot wait for the next installment!  I give this read a 5/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2020-02-02 06:34
Destined
The Guy on the Left - Kate Stewart

This book is #2 in The Underdogs series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader understanding, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading these in order.

 

Clarissa was devastated when she found out the lie that Troy had told her could tear her whole world apart.  Obviously he was a true player, not the person she thought he was.  The devastation led to the worst consequences that could have been given.

 

Troy had to live apart from his greatest joy.  He had to be punished for the damage he had caused.  Only he had to come to realize he wanted more from life - thanks to the lesson only she could have taught him.

 

This was a story full of all the heat, angst, and true depth we have all come to enjoy from this author.  The characters are meant to be together, obviously.  It is such a joy to read both point of views, and see the development happening in front of us.  Could not put it down!  I cannot wait for the next installment in this cool series.  I give this read a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

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text 2016-08-06 23:59
LOVE OVER 40 by J.A. Fielding 99 cents
Love Over 40: A Billionaire Single Parent Widower Love Story - J A Fielding


An exciting romance, brought to you by bestselling author J A Fielding of BWWM Club.

Andrew is a recent widower, his wife having passed away just over a year ago.

He and his daughter Lory are very close, and have been getting over their grief together.

Andrew wasn’t expecting to fall for someone so soon after the loss of his wife, but then Nia comes running into his life.

Nia is a talented trauma surgeon, and she meets Andrew after a lunch gone wrong.

Andrew takes a liking to Nia and asks her out on a date.

But after getting to know each other, he soon finds out she's hiding a lot of insecurities beneath her tough surgeon exterior.

Not only that, but even if Andrew thinks he might be ready for a new woman in his life, Lory might not be.

Will their little family be able to open up their hearts to someone new in the long-term?

Or are Andrew and Nia destined for only a short fling?

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