2020

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Bake a chance on love.

Aubrey Choi loves living in her small town nestled in the foothills of California, running her highly successful bakery away from the watch of her strict Korean parents. When a cake mix-up and a harsh review threaten all of her hard work and her livelihood, she never thought the jaded food critic would turn out to be her one-night stand. And she sure as hell never thought she’d see her gorgeous Korean unicorn again. But when Landon Kim waltzes into her bakery trying to clean up the mess he had a huge hand in making, Aubrey is torn between throwing and hearing him out.

When she hears his plan to help save her business, Aubrey knows that spending three weeks in California wine country working with Landon is a sure recipe for disaster. Her head is telling her to take the chance to save her bakery while her heart—and her hormones—are at war on whether to give him a second chance. And it just so happens that Landon’s meddling friends want them to spend those three weeks as close as possible…by sharing a villa.

When things start heating up, both in and out of the kitchen, Aubrey will have to make a choice—to stick it out or risk her heart.

What happens when you send a group of celebrities to a tiny seaside village?

Advertising executive Chloe Walsh thought she was visiting her friend Roisin to get away from it all, but little does she know her kooky friend has a master plan to breathe some life into her sleepy seaside village through a new wellness retreat – and she needs Chloe’s skills.

So starts a community effort to put the retreat, Serenity Bay, on the map. Everyone from Andy at the Surf Shack to Tony at the chocolate shop is involved – even Roisin’s Gran has a few ideas!

But Chloe strikes gold almost too soon, attracting the attention of a major production company. Now a colorful group of celebrities is preparing to descend on Serenity Bay to film a reality TV show. Is the village ready for the fun and scandal that are bound to follow?

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality.  If you’d like to take part simply click on those links or the graphic to discover what this fun event is all about.  This week’s Stacking the Shelves is linked in the graphic.

My Crazy Life This Week

Well.  2020 has been quite the decade so far this year, hasn’t it?  Yeah.  I know, sarcasm is one of my strong points.  🙂

I haven’t done a Stacking the Shelves for a long time, too long actually – so I figured it was time to jump back in.  Plus, I may not have done my own for a while but I’m still following the meme for new book recommendations from all of you.

It’s still a crazy world out there.  I have a loved one who is at great risk should he contract COVID-19 so we have pretty much been in our own lockdown since February 2020.  Maybe the nicest thing I’ve been told during this time is… “Do some shopping therapy now, we all need an escape.”  And my escape is books (and plants, and dragon tee-shirts) so I’m certainly not going to turn away that gift horse pulling a wagon full of books, right?  I won’t bore you with my up-to-the-minute book haul from the past weeks – but I can share what I bought or received as ARCs from NetGalley last week.

But… be ready for next week, for I’ve still got to go to NetGalley and check out the new releases and you know what’s happening right now don’t you?  The Christmas romances are starting to appear like fireflies at twilight so I’ll be adding those to my NetGalley shelf for certain.

Anyway, this week I picked up:

Any Rogue Will Do by Bethany Bennett (The beginning of the Misfits of Mayfair series) — and — Joy to the Wolves by Terry Spear (The beginning of the Red Wolf series) over at NetGalley.  See?  I wasn’t too bad at all this past week  (I think I’m saving space for scrolling later today and the Christmas releases muhahaha)

I did pick up:  (these are Goodreads links to the titles – and the ones above as well)

The Lighthouse & The Summer Sand Pact by Jessie Newton, the first 2 titles in a new series (Women’s Fiction with a touch of romance)

As Long As I Have You by Bella Andre, the beginning of the London Sullivans series

Teasing the Tiger by Rayna Tyler, the 5th title in the Paranormal/Shifter series, Seneca Falls Shifters (for my Shifter Haven blog)

In all, it wasn’t a huge haul of books (for me, anyway) but ones that definitely caught my interest.  I love to get started immediately on a new series instead of having to catch up so those NetGalley finds (and I love any of Terry Spear’s series) were great gems for me.

I hope you found some great new books to dive into during these crazy times.  Be safe, and happy reading!

Another crazy week in paradise!  Kinda.  Sorta.

This post has been shared on The Sunday Post, a weekly recap from so many amazing blogs is hosted by Kimberly over at Caffeinated Reviewer. 

This word link and the graphic will take you to The Sunday Post meme for this week – enjoy.  🙂

Just Life:

It’s been a relatively quiet week around the house and the blog(s).  I don’t have enough cheese to serve with a good whine but — I’m going stir crazy with only going to the mailbox down the driveway and the backyard & patio.  February seems like decades ago when I last went out.  Yes, we do delivery for just about everything.  When someone you love to the moon and back is physically disabled and this damned virus would kill them without question – then you stay home, wear a mask around people who have to come into your home (nurses), and get essentials delivered whenever possible… but that doesn’t stop the stir crazies nor the cabin fevers, right?  But we’re surviving – and that’s the ultimate goal.  So.  Someday is a dream I’ll cling to for now. (whine done, hope there was enough cheese 🙂 )

Reviews at Keeper Bookshelf this week:

I had some catching up to do this past week (and I’m still behind).  Where I once read to escape and could easily fall into any world – well, that’s something else this virus has stolen from me.  But, another week and I should be up to date on ARCs and can get back into a reasonable rhythm again.

How To Catch A Cowboy by Karen Foley

Daisy’s Summer Mission by Hannah Pearl

Just Friends by Lucy Keeling

Wrangling the Cowboy’s Heart by Leah Vale

The Life She Left Behind by Nicole Trope

Little Village of Second Chances by Gina Hollands

To Catch an Earl by Kate Bateman

A Stitch in Time by Amelia C. Adams

Wanted by the Marshal by Susan Lute

Issued by Paris Wynters

Haunt with Me by Rose Pressey

Bait N’ Witch by Abigail Owen

The Rake is Taken by Tracy Sumner

No, I didn’t read all of this last week – but I did get the reviews written up and posted here and everywhere else they needed to be.  As I mentioned, I’m behind and that means I’ve read a lot to escape but putting my thoughts together for a review took a bit longer.  *shrugs*  Hopefully, after this week’s posts I’ll be able to get to current and expected releases on the blog – and get my butt back on track.

I’ve loved taking part in any of the COYER Challenges over the years.  The fact that I don’t look so great on ‘paper’ is that I suck at keeping track of and going over to link up reviews that qualify.  Yeah.  My Bad.  That doesn’t mean that I don’t have fun with it though, and will plan my purely pleasure reading (not ARCs) with this Challenge in mind.

2020 has been a crazy year, right?  And I’ve recently discovered that the COYER Challenge is going to an All Year Long COYER — which is awesome, and in addition, there is a unique COYER Quarantine Edition that’s going on right now as well.  (Yes, I know, I’m terribly late to this show but… better late than never?)

So.  I’m going to go for a very low goal of books read for the Quarantine Edition of ten (10) books by August 31st.  You’d think I could remember to link up that many, right?  Let’s hope so, I’m really going to try – maybe by putting it in my Google Calendar I’ll have better luck.

Anyway.  If you love Challenges, and like me, this craziness we call our lives in quarantine had you missing this information as well… then hop on over (the link is in the graphic and above) and check it out for yourself.

Rock star Jack Masterson is every woman’s fantasy. His sex appeal, charm, and killer looks make women everywhere fall at his feet…except for Celina, who knew better.

After Jack shattered her dreams, it took Celina Harris two years to put her life back together, as well as her heart. Now the personal assistant to San Michele’s Serene Dowager Margaret, Celine finally has things under control. She spends her days catering to royal egos … but lives her nights like a nun.

When they are thrown together in the picturesque village of Combe St. Philip in the Cotswolds, Celina is determined to resist Jack’s charm; he’s the last thing she needs. But gorgeous Jack hasn’t been rejected since puberty and every encounter with Celina is petrol on the sparks that were ignited by seeing her again. Can Celina resist the former love of her life or will he break her heart all over again?

**Previously titled The Best Man’s Bride in the Royal Wedding Invitation multi-author series of 2017-2018**

Titles in the (reissued/renamed) Royal Weddings multi-author series include – Falling for Charming by Sophie Weston – Best Made Plans by Jessica Hart – If the Shoe Fits by Liz Fielding – Miss You More by Anne McAllister

After being unceremoniously sacked from her glamorous job at a gossip magazine, Ally Parker returns home to Combe St. Philip in the Cotswolds to lick her wounds. Making ends meet by cleaning and waitressing in the village pub, she is thrown a lifeline when her best friend, Hope, confides that she is marrying Prince Jonas of San Michele and asks her to take on the local PR role.

Ally’s a pro when it comes to celebrities, so this new job is a perfect fit, but things are never that simple. The wedding is under wraps until the official announcement in February and it’s the untimely arrival of Count Fredrik Jensson, Head of Security for the royal family that requires some fast thinking on her part. If there’s going to be village gossip, it’s not going to be about Hope, but about that sizzling kiss between Ally and Fredrik!

Deeply disapproving of any involvement by an ex-journalist from a gossip magazine in the wedding, Fredrik’s distrust cannot mask the sparks that fly between them — sparks that quickly flare into an inferno on their trip to the beautifully scenic principality of San Michele for the Prince’s wedding announcement.

**Previously titled The Bridesmaid’s Royal Bodyguard in the Royal Wedding Invitation multi-author series of 2017-2018**

Titles in the (reissued/renamed) Royal Weddings multi-author series include – Falling for Charming by Sophie Weston – Best Made Plans by Jessica Hart – If the Shoe Fits by Liz Fielding – Miss You More by Anne McAllister

A gorgeous psychic. An unwanted betrothal. A tantalizing compromise.

An independent hellion, a thief of time, and the only woman who can capture his heart…

Lady Victoria Hamilton has a supernatural gift, a fiancé, and a guardian angel. She just never expected her protector to be the most dazzling man in England, a devilish scoundrel they call the Blue Bastard. Victoria has agreed to marry for duty, not love, but her unforeseen desire for her mystical angel threatens to destroy not only her plans for the future but the armor surrounding her susceptible heart.

A confirmed scoundrel, a mind reader, and the only man she desires…

The illegitimate son of a viscount and reigning king of London’s gossip sheets, Finn Alexander has spent a lifetime hiding his ability to read minds behind charming smiles and wicked behavior. No one knows the real man, and he likes it that way. Until he meets the lone woman who sees the man beneath the disguise—a blue-blooded temptress with the power to bring him to his knees.

As they embark on a journey of passion and friendship, Victoria and Finn must decide if they’re willing to risk everything for the promise of true, magical love.

Titles in the League of Lords series include — The Lady is Trouble – The Rake is Taken – The Duke is Wicked –

Rowan McAuliffe has been hiding most of her life. Secretly trained in her powers by an unusual source, she’d been taught not to trust anyone. Especially other witches. However, after she was forced to perform a hateful act against her will, she now hides from the Covens Syndicate and their judgment.

Greyson Masters is the Syndicate’s best hunter. On top of the danger of his job, Greyson is trying to raise his triplet daughters alone, budding new witches who display an alarming combined power no one understands. Too bad he doesn’t have a clue how to deal with them.

Until Rowan walks in and the chaos settles for the first time in… well, ever.

Little does Greyson realize that his new nanny is the very witch he is hunting, and she’s been hiding right under his nose this whole time.

Titles in the Brimstone, Inc. series include — The Demigod Complex – Shift Out of LuckBait N’ Witch

(There are more titles listed on Goodreads but I’m holding off listing them until it’s clear that they will be re-released into this revamped series as I would prefer to read the most current version of the books, but you can find them listed on Goodreads.)

*This novella was previously self-published but has undergone a complete re-edit. Scenes were added, things were changed, but the kissing still remains! 

Ripley Van Raden’s life centers around the spooky. At every turn, Rip finds herself drawn into paranormal trouble. By day, she’s the head librarian in Devil’s Moon, Kentucky, and at night, she guides people on her ghostly tour of the haunted streets and buildings of their town.

Rip is planning a charity Halloween party at the library. Things aren’t going by the book though when a couple of spirits crash the party. Plus, a local shop owner is accused of murder and an antique box might hold the clue to solve the case. Adding another chapter to the story, a mystery man is following Rip, and soon she suspects he wants her dead.

The only way to solve the crime is to continue the nightly ghost tours around town. But if the mystery man finds Rip, the ghost tour might be the final chapter of her story.

Titles in the A Haunted Tour Guide Mystery series include — These Haunts Are Made For Walking – A Walk on the Haunted Side – Haunt the Haunt, Walk the Walk – Walk This Way, Haunt This Way – Take A Haunted Walk with Me – Hauntin’ After Midnight – Keep On Haunting – You’ll Never Haunt Alone – The Walk That Haunts Me – Haunted Girl Walking – Walk In My Haunted Shoes – A Haunted Walk to Remember – Haunt with Me –

(I’ve read all but two of the previous stories in this series.  They were reviewed on a blog that no longer exists, and I doubt that I’ll recreate those reviews here now.  The fact that I’ve just completed the 13th story in this series should tell you all you need to know about whether I think this series is worth the time or not.  🙂 )

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