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text 2018-03-13 07:05
Cover Reveal - My Unexpected Love
Title: My Unexpected Love
Series: The Beaumont Series: Next Generation #2
Author: Heidi McLaughlin
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 10, 2018 Cover Design: Sarah Hansen @ Okay Creations 
Ben Miller met the love of his life the day he crossed paths with Elle James in their high school cafeteria. New to Beaumont, he took a chance when he approached her. Their first encounter was everything his mother ever read to him about fairy tales. He saw the girl who would be his forever.
From the moment Elle James met Ben Miller they’ve been best friends. Everything they did, they did it together, from late night study sessions, family vacations, throwing bottles off the water tower, going to prom and finally moving to California for college.
However, after the almost tragic accident where she nearly lost her twin sister, Elle’s life hasn’t been the same, and neither has her relationship with Ben.
One fateful decision changes the scope of Ben and Elle’s relationship. For one, it means a new beginning. For the other, it means change.
Heidi is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author.
Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper Beagle/Jack Russell, Buttercup and a Highland West/Mini Schnauzer, JiLL and her brother, Racicot.
When she's isn't writing one of the many stories planned for release, you'll find her sitting court-side during either daughter's basketball games.
Heidi's first novel, Forever My Girl, will be in theaters on October 27, 2017, starring Alex Roe and Jessica Rothe.
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text 2014-11-12 16:07
Beer Googles: Romance Novels with Breweries
Home for the Summer - Mariah Stewart
A Hellion in Her Bed - Sabrina Jeffries
In for a Penny - Rose Lerner
Love in a Nutshell - Dorien Kelly,Janet Evanovich
Good Girls Don't - Victoria Dahl
Not the Boss's Baby (The Beaumont Heirs Series Book 1) - Sarah M. Anderson
Enemies on Tap (a Sweet Salvation Brewery Novel) (Entangled Indulgence) - Avery Flynn
Paradise Hops - Liz Crowe
Her Colorado Man - Cheryl St.John
Betting On It: A Callahan Brewery Novel - Violet Blake

Its Wednesday. Kick back and enjoy some beer with your romance. These great romance novels features beer making of some kind. 


My lists are never any in particular order. 


1. Home for the Summer by Mariah Stewart


Some of Lucy Sinclair’s best days were those spent growing up in small town St. Dennis—working at the family inn and enjoying summers filled with swimming, sailing, tennis, and the company of Clay Madison, her best friend. But Lucy’s darkest day, the one that shattered her innocence with violence and fear, also happened in St. Dennis. And the town she once loved became the place she gladly left behind—along with the terrible secret she’s kept for twenty years.
While Lucy headed off for college and a career, Clay remained—more than satisfied with the life St. Dennis had to offer. But now, even after inheriting his family’s thriving farm and starting up an organic brewery, he can’t help feeling that something’s missing. And when Lucy comes back to town to plan a celebrity wedding at the Sinclair family inn, she and Clay reconnect, and find themselves reevaluating their long-sleeping friendship that could blossom into something deeper. Like a bookend to those distant childhood days, this summer will be Lucy’s chance to finally confront her hidden pain, make peace with the past, and plan her own whole new future.


2. A Hellion in Her Bed by Sabrina Jeffries


Mired in scandal after his parents’ mysterious deaths, notorious gambler Lord Jarret Sharpe agrees to tamely run the family brewery for a year if his Machiavellian grandmother rescinds her ultimatum that he marry. But the gambler in him can’t resist when beguiling Annabel Lake proposes a wager. If she wins their card game, he must help save her family’s foundering brewery. But if he wins, she must spend a night in his bed. The outcome sets off a chain of events that threatens to destroy all his plans . . . and unveils the secret Annabel has held for so long. When Jarret discovers the darker reason behind her wager, he forces her into another one—and this time he intends to win not just her body, but her heart.


3. Betting On It by Violet Blake


Recent college grad Blair Bartlett thought she had it all—until one near-death experience destroyed everything. Now she’s starting over halfway across the country with zero confidence, zero trust, and zero in the bank.

On the eve of her canceled wedding, her so-called friends formulate a bet to dig Blair out of her rut: in the next thirty days, she has to complete ten erotic dares that would make most married women blush. The stakes are high, and this is one bet she can’t lose.

Wary of messy entanglements, she recruits her best friend’s older brother—and longtime friend—Sawyer Callahan. Deemed Colorado’s most eligible bachelor, he’s successful, fun-loving, and knows exactly how to make a girl, um…swoon.

But as the weeks tick by, Blair knows the friendship has become much more than she’s bargained for. And something dark in Sawyer’s past is threatening to ruin their future before it even had a chance.


4. Her Colorado Man by Cheryl St. John


When eighteen-year-old Mariah found herself pregnant and unmarried in her small Colorado town, she disappeared. One year later, she returned with a baby--though minus the "husband" who had conveniently ventured off to Alaska's gold fields to seek his fortune....

But now, with handsome adventurer Wes Burrows turning up and claiming to be the husband she had invented, Mariah's lies become flesh and blood--and her wildest dreams a reality!


5. Paradise Hops by Liz Crowe


When the ideal man truly loves you…but his polar opposite will not exit your fantasies…

Garrett Hunter is the dictionary definition of masculine perfection: Handsome, successful, stable, and eager to settle down. He’s just landed his dream job — General manager for Brockton Brewing, one of Michigan’s oldest and most storied craft breweries.

Elias Buchannan is a craft beer rock star, recently hired to drag Brockton into the 21st century. He brings with him innovation and ego in equal measure. His reputation for a morally casual attitude precedes him but masks a fear of commitment he earned the hard way.

Lori Brockton realizes she owes it to her father to take her place in the family business. Two years after barely surviving a brutal attack, she struggles with anxiety and self-doubt while working her way through each department, learning everything she can.

The week before her final assignment—crafting beer alongside Brewmaster Eli—Lori’s carefully constructed world gets upended when Garrett is introduced as the new GM. Confronted by attraction to two very different men, she makes a surprising choice that alters everyone’s lives forever.


6. Enemies on Tap by Avery Flynn


Brewing up trouble one pint at a time.
Enemies ...After years away, Miranda Sweet returns to Salvation, Virginia to save her family's brewery, but her fate is in the hands of her lover-turned-enemy, Logan. What's a girl to do when the only person who can help her is the man who betrayed her?
Lovers ...Logan Martin can't believe his luck when the woman who smashed his heart to smithereens walks into his bank asking for his help. What she doesn't know is that he needs the land her brewery is on--and he'll do whatever it takes to get it.
An Irresistible Combination ...Their wager becomes a battle between their attraction and their determination to win. But it's in each other's arms that they realize there might be more at stake now than their bet. With the town against the Sweet Salvation Brewery's success, Logan has to choose between what's expected of him and what he really wants...


7. Not the Boss's Baby by Sarah M. Anderson


What the boss wants… 


As the oldest son, Chadwick Beaumont has sacrificed everything for the Beaumonts' company, but he swore he'd never follow in his father's philandering footsteps. So, for years, he's dutifully kept his distance from the temptation outside his office door—his beautiful secretary Serena Chase. 


But now everything has changed. The family business is in jeopardy. His personal life is in shambles. And his sexy assistant is suddenly single…and flirting. Chadwick is tired of doing what's expected. It's time for him to go after what he wants. And what he wants is Serena—even if she's expecting another man's child.


8. Good Girls Don't by Victoria Dahl


With her long ponytail and sparkling green eyes, Tessa Donovan looks more like the girl next door than a businesswoman—or a heartbreaker. Which may explain why Detective Luke Asher barely notices her when he arrives to investigate a breakin at her family's brewery. He's got his own problems—starting with the fact that his partner, Simone, is pregnant and everyone thinks he's the father.

Tessa has her hands full, too. Her brother's playboy ways may be threatening the business, and the tension could tear her tightknit family apart. In fact, the only thing that could unite the Donovan boys is seeing a man come after their "baby" sister. Especially a man like Luke Asher. But Tessa sees past the rumors to the man beneath. He's not who people think he is—and neither is she.


9. Love in a Nutshell  by Janet Evanovich


Kate Appleton needs a job. Her husband has left her, she’s been fired from her position as a magazine editor, and the only place she wants to go is to her parents’ summer house, The Nutshell, in Keene’s Harbor, Michigan. Kate’s plan is to turn The Nutshell into a Bed and Breakfast. Problem is, she needs cash, and the only job she can land is less than savory.
Matt Culhane wants Kate to spy on his brewery employees. Someone has been sabotaging his company, and Kate is just new enough in town that she can insert herself into Culhane’s business and snoop around for him. If Kate finds the culprit, Matt will pay her a $20,000 bonus. Needless to say, Kate is highly motivated. But several problems present themselves. Kate despises beer. No one seems to trust her. And she is falling hard for her boss.

Lord Nevinstoke revels in acting the young wastrel, until his father is killed in a drunken duel. Never one to do anything halfway, Nev throws off his wild ways to shoulder a mountain of responsibility—and debt—vowing to marry a rich girl and act the respectable lord of the manor.


Manufacturing heiress Penelope Brown seems the perfect choice for a wife. She’s pretty, proper, and looking for a husband.


Determined to rise above her common birth, Penelope prides herself on her impeccable behavior and good sense. Grand Passion? Vulgar and melodramatic. Yes, agreeing to marry Nev was a rare moment of impulse, yet she’s sure they can build a good marriage based on companionship and mutual esteem.


But when they arrive at the manor, they’re overwhelmed with half-starved tenants, a menacing neighbor, and the family propensity for scandal. As the situation deteriorates, the newlyweds have nowhere to turn but to each other. To Penelope’s surprise, she begins to fervently hope that her first taste of Grand Passion in her husband’s arms won’t be her last.


Any ones I missed? Let me know!


To vote or the best of best and get more recs, go to my Goodreads list:  Beer Googles: Romance Novels with Breweries.

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review 2014-02-03 17:05
Review: Forever My Girl By Heidi McLaughlin
Forever My Girl - Heidi McLaughlin

♥♥♥ 3.75 STARS ♥♥♥

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“Hey, Jojo?” he yells.

“Yeah.” I yell back.

“I’m going to marry you someday.”

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It's been a decade since Liam broke Josie's heart. She has tried her best to move on. He is now a rockstar and quite successful. Josie is the owner of a flower shop. Just when they think they will never see each other ever again, a tragedy brings them together. Liam finds out something huge that impacts him. He isn't going away and in the process, he hopes to get his girl back.

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Her tear-streaked face is beautiful. I want to wipe away her tears. I want to take the last ten years and erase them. I want to start over.

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As soon as I started the book, It was already hitting me in the feels. It was heartbreaking how they went their separate ways. I felt for Josie and the way Liam just left. I was happy that she was dating a good man that who takes care of her and her son. She is doing good with her flower shop. She has a good life, one anyone would be happy to have. And still, she has those moments where she can't help but think of Liam. I understood Josie's dislike of Liam completely, when he returned. I would be pissed too. I liked how she handled certain situations when it came to her son Noah and Liam. However, I think she could have done better when it came to her boyfriend Nick.

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I thought for sure we’d spend forever together. I thought our love was one of a kind. I would almost be okay if he had met someone else and fallen in love, but he didn’t. He just left.

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At first I didn't know what to think of Liam. I was so freaking hurt with the way he left her with no explanation. The more I read, though, the more I started to like him. I loved how he was with Noah. It was so adorable. I didn't like so much how he would confuse her about her feelings while she was still in a relationship with her Fiance Nick. Which is why, I am so glad that Josie didn't just fall at his feet with love, but instead it happened slowly. Liam was overall a great guy, but he was a total idiot as young man and still kind of was in the present. He would let others influence his decisions. It happened when he left, and again with his PR lady Sam.

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“I love you, JoJo. You're forever my girl.”

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I enjoyed the secondary characters in this book. Especially Katelyn who was so supportive and strong. I actually admired her for being that way after the loss of her husband Mason. I loved her twin girls that were such cuties. And Noah was so adorable and just full of life. Nick I liked but could be a bit of a jerk too. Nonetheless, I got where he was coming from. It must of been very hard for him to know he was losing the woman he loved. The story was a light with a few emotional moments. Very low in steam with there being only one sex scene that wasn't too descriptive. I loved the flow between past and present. I think it worked well without becoming annoying. I didn't like the reason Liam left, which we find out near the end. I think it was a stupid reason. The ending was sweet and tad bit cheesy. Overall, it was a good read and one I recommend when you want to read something that isn't full of angst and drama. It's definitely an 'inbetween books' read you should check out.

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review 2013-12-04 00:00
Finding My Forever (The Beaumont Series, #3)
Finding My Forever (The Beaumont Series,... Finding My Forever (The Beaumont Series, #3) - Heidi McLaughlin 4.5 stars! I loved this book!!!! Hot! Suspenseful! a little angsty!!! Totally sweet!!!
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review 2013-10-02 09:04
My Unexpected Forever by Heidi McLaughlin
My Unexpected Forever - Heidi McLaughlin
















I read Forever my Girl not to long ago and I fell for Liam! I was like 

Then I met Harrison and now I am like:


He is a rocker covered with tattoos. He is a drummer. He is a single father who loves his son more then anything in the world. Do you understand how sexy that is?

It melts my heart. When I read how and why he became a single parent, my heart warmed. I love Quinn as well. He is well mannered and his temperament is amazing. I loved reading about the James men and their bond. To me that is beyond sexy, to think of a famous tatted rocker loving and being a great father! Swoon.


Harrison falls for recently widowed Katelyn. I cried a few times reading her memories and her backstory with her love Mason. I was so sad for her and her twin girls. I understood why she was hesitant to fall for Harrison. 


I love to read a good love story, one that builds. One that the writer takes their time to show the readers how they got to where they are. Shows how they overcome their pasts and learn that they are meant to be in each others futures. Heidi has done this. I enjoyed watching them, learning their boundaries all while trying to maintain stability and peace for their children. 


Harrison is very respectful and never pushes Katelyn. Even though there is a few times I wanted to smack Katelyn and be like girl what the hell are you waiting on?

It is a great story and I also liked that Liam and Josie are in this book so I could continue to see how their relationship is working out.

Oh and I LOVE the motorcycle scene! I swear I am making my hubby buy a motorcycle because WOW! 


I gave this book 

4.5/5 hearts

C'mon peeps he's a hot single tattooed father who is a drummer and drives a motorcycle! I mean he is just perfect reminds me of this guy who I have a crush on....ready....

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