Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Review: One Hot Texas Summer (Prentice Brothers of Sweet Ridge #1) by Nicole Flockton

She’s been fooled before by sweet words and hot kisses

Kelly Turner loves being a florist, and being asked to take the lead on the new site for the town’s festival is an honor. If only she didn’t have to work closely with the town player, Tate Prentice. After being burned once by a serial cheater, her inconvenient attraction toward Tate needs to be nipped in the bud.

Tate Prentice’s focus is on ensuring his father recovers fully from his stroke and making sure the family’s peach farm continues to thrive. When his brother nominates the farm to be the satellite site for the festival, he’s less than impressed. The only good thing is he'll be working with Kelly – even though he knows she’ll never give him a second glance, not with his reputation.

The more time Kelly spends with Tate, the more she sees the man behind the reputation. Can she trust her instincts, or will her heart be broken once again? 

My Review: 

Sweet and romantic.

This was a fun book about a florist, Kelly, who meets Tate, who runs his family’s peach farm after his father has a stroke, when he starts buying flower arrangements every week from Kelly’s shop.  The reason Tate buys the flowers will surprise you.  Then, Kelly and Tate are thrown together to work on their town’s founders day festival. As they work together, things start to heat up even though Kelly was afraid to get involved with another man, as her last relationship was such a disaster.  Plus, Tate is younger than she is and she is worried what the gossipmongers in town will say.  But when Kelly decides to follow her heart, there is no holding her back.   

This is a fun new start of a new series and I can’t wait to learn more about Tate’s brothers and the women they will meet.  If you like small town romances with characters that have strong family ties and close friendships, you will enjoy this book.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Review: Meet Me in Montana (Property Sisters of Montana #2) by Debra Salonen

She’s looking at her big picture…in Montana

Who swaps a golden parachute in the Bay Area for a share in a Montana thrift store and pipe dream flipping homes with her two sisters? Ambitious former investment rep Amber McCall who’s never abandoned her dream of a career in design. After working as an apprentice under Trey Brandel to stage the Property Sisters’ first project, Amber wants it all – creative career, babies, and forever love with the man of her dreams. Only Mr. Right has one foot out the door.

His sights are set on his dream job…in the Big Apple

Magazine editor and skilled designer Trey Brandel finally has it all – a job at his father’s prestigious art and design magazine, a chance to reconnect with the man he barely knows, and the “big city life” he missed since his parents divorced. His time in Montana was temporary – helping his mom recover – but Amber is impossible to forget.

Is he making the worst mistake of his life by walking away?

My review: 

Incredibly romantic and a happily ever after.

Amber and Trey are both on track with their careers but are taking a break when they return to Montana and work together staging a house for the Property Sisters, Amber and her sisters’ house flip business.  Even though they have great chemistry and a romantic getaway, they both know a relationship can’t happen as they will soon be living on opposite sides of the country.  But life has a way of changing plans.  How will Amber and Trey find their way back to each other? 

Great storytelling and wonderful characters made this a memorable book. 

Monday, May 18, 2020

Review: Kiss Me in the Summer by Barbara Dunlop

Can a lovable dog bring two opposites together?

Following an uproarious debacle with a client’s fussy pomsky dog, New York City lawyer Laila Arquette is forced to lay low in the picturesque town of Rutter’s Point on the coast of Maine. Pressed into helping handsome and compassionate veterinarian Josh Rowin with the town’s summer festival dog adoption fair, Laila hides both her fear of dogs and her growing attraction to Josh.

When Josh discovers Laila’s secret, he and Butch, a big, scruffy mix-breed of a dog, are determined to cure her fear. Her feelings for Josh intensify while she forms a special bond with Butch.

But her newfound joy comes at a price – a choice between Josh and the career opportunity of a lifetime.

My Review:

Attorney Laila Arquette finds herself in an unfortunate situation during an important meeting at the office and afterwards decides to take some time off until it all blows over.  She finds herself just outside of Rutter’s Point, Maine, when her car breaks down.  Laila befriends another attorney, Madeline, after she stops to help Laila on the side of the road.   Laila ends up working for Madeline at her law office in exchange for a room at her house.  But it was Madeline’s nephew, Josh, who Laila starts spending most of her time with.  Josh changes Laila’s life in so many ways that when it comes time for Laila to head back to New York City, she has second thoughts.  The small town of Rutter’s Point and its citizens, especially one dog loving veterinarian name Josh, just might be what Laila has been unknowingly looking all this time. 

This book took me through a lot of emotions as Laila’s story played out.  Funny, sad, frustration, happiness and more, the author outlined them all so well that I had a really good feel of what Laila was going through.  I really liked Madeline too, she was a hoot.  She made me laugh with her crazy antics.  Josh had such a sweet and sensitive side, who wouldn’t fall for him?  If you’re looking for a fun romance, I would recommend this book.  Especially if you love dogs. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Review: Her Purrfect Match (Purrfect Pairs, #1) by Robyn Neeley

Anything is paw-sible…

Ad exec Cassie Wilkerson is on the fast track to a Manhattan corner office when she’s suddenly called to quaint Honey Springs, California. She hasn’t visited the town since she was 16, but her aunt has passed away and inexplicably left Cassie her honeybee farm, her matchmaking cat, Belle, and the job of acting mayor.

But Cassie’s quick trip to sort this out turns into a three-week stay. This fish-out-of-water needs the help of the farm’s foreman and her former crush, Nick Porter, to win over the locals. With a few nudges from Belle, old feelings rekindle, and her former fast-paced life no longer seems quite as attractive as a second chance in Honey Springs.

Then Cassie discovers Nick’s been quietly crafting honey-based skin care items, which could be an ideal new product line for one of her big-city clients. But when Nick realizes she’s been making big plans behind his back, he thinks he’ll never be good enough for ambitious Cassie. Can she prove that a future with him in it is all she really needs?

My Review:

Absolutely adorable.

Belle, the matchmaking cat of Honey Springs, California, is at it again.  This time she has set her sight on Cassie and Nick, who were once a couple when they were teenagers.  Cassie just inherited her aunt Etta’s honeybee farm and didn’t realize Nick was her aunt’s head beekeeper.  Nick is upset that Etta didn’t have enough faith in him and gave everything to Cassie, who never even returned to visit after she left for New York City fifteen years ago.  Belle sure has a tough job if she wants to get these two back together. 

This book was so much fun to read.  Of course, the matchmaking cat got my attention right off, but the story kept me entertained through many emotional and hilarious scenes.  I liked the quirky characters who lived in Honey Springs with everything from streets to businesses having a bee theme name.  I could easily picture this story as a Hallmark movie and I can tell you now, it might be my favorite.