Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Review: Kittens and Kisses at the Cat Café (Furrever Friends #2) by Kris Bock

He’s loved her forever. She still sees him as the neighbor kid. Can five desperate kittens bring them together?

Marley is a baker at the new Furrever Friends Cat Café, which is still trying to find its footing. Her nine-year-old son, Brian, desperately wants a kitten, but they can’t have pets where they live. Who has the time to date? Just as well that she’s protected her heart since the father of her child disappeared.

Adam has loved Marley since he was 13, and she was his best friend’s free-spirited older sister. Back then, he fantasized about rescuing her from bandits or dragons. Now he’s 24, and the five-year age gap isn’t so serious. He wants nothing more than to become a family with Marley and her son. But will she ever see him as a man?

When someone leaves a box of week-old kittens at the café, Adam jumps at the chance to be a hero. But herding kittens might be tougher than fighting dragons, especially when two of them fail to thrive. Can Adam, Marley, and Brian save the kittens and find a future together?

The Furrever Friends Sweet Romance series features the workers and customers at a small-town cat café, and the adorable cats and kittens looking for their forever homes. Each book is a complete story with a happy ending for one couple (and maybe more than one rescued cat). These sweet romances will leave you with the warm, fuzzy feeling of cuddling a purring cat.


My Review:

A heartwarming friends to lovers story.

Based around the Furrever Friends Cat Café, Marley, a baker at the cafe and Adam, Marley’s sister’s best friend, become better friends as they care for kittens that were dropped off at the cafe.  Adam has had a crush on Marley for years, but knew he couldn’t make a move on her.  He didn’t know how it would effect his friendship with Kari; plus Marley was focused on raising her son and work.  Who knew a box of tiny kittens would be what brought Marley and Adam together.

This was such a sweet story with an amazing couple, a little boy and let’s not forget all those kittens.  I loved the cat cafe setting and enjoyed seeing Marley and Adam finally find love. 



Thursday, April 21, 2022

Review: A New Mantra (The Sood Family #1) by Sapna Srinivasan


She’s always done what was expected of her. Until…

When 30-year-old Seattle-based Indian housewife Mira Sood is blindsided by her husband’s extramarital affair, her three-year arranged marriage is shattered. Humiliated, heartbroken, near-broke, and facing the united dissension of her orthodox family, Mira is desperate to rebuild her life. She moves in with her rebel cousin, searches for any job that will take her, and impulsively signs up for a half-marathon race. There’s just one problem—Mira's experience with running starts and ends with running to catch the bus.

With herself as her biggest critic and doubter, Mira commits to the race and is assisted by entrepreneur Andy Fitzgerald, a handsome, elite marathoner who helps her create a training schedule and personal goals. When the lines of friendship begin to blur, Mira realizes she’s facing an even bigger challenge.

Can Mira embrace her stronger, more independent self—risking another heartbreak and disappointing her family—or will she once again play it too safe and let the possibility of happiness slip away?


My Review:

An inspiring romantic story.

After her cheating husband asks for a divorce, Mira Sood decides to take control of her life. Left with barely any money and no job, Mira can’t afford to keep the apartment, so she moves in with her cousin.  While out one day, Mira is given a brochure about a half marathon.  Mira has never run a day in her life, but after thinking about it and she decides to give it a try.  Maybe it’s what she needs to start her new life.  With the help of her new friend, Andy, who is a marathon champion, Mira finds herself training for the race.  She discovers she likes running and likes Andy even more.  But Mira has a hard time moving forward in the romance department.  Her family want her to reconcile with her ex, even though Mira is never going to do that, she is also afraid to disappoint her family further by marrying a man who is not Indian.

This was an inspiring story with a lot of parts I was able to relate to. I enjoyed seeing how Mira was able to finally put herself first and do what made her happy. I enjoyed seeing how she trained and started to fall in love with Andy and finally give in to her feelings for him.  This is the first book in a series and I am already looking forward to reading the next book.    

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Review: Cowgirl Tough (The Raffertys of Last Stand #4) by Justine Davis

Sometimes the line between love and hate is blurry…

Cody Rafferty and Britt Roth may have grown up on adjacent Hill Country ranches, but they’ve always been oil and water. Britt knows it’s because Cody's a tech nerd who doesn't get the ranch life she loves. Cody knows it’s because Britt’s a single-minded cowgirl, who lives to complain about the technology he loves. Their families claim it’s because they were born within minutes of each other.

They've declared one truce in their lives—when Cody's father was KIA overseas. Neither of them expected there would be another, but when Cody suspects a crash of his test drone spooked Britt’s champion barrel racing horse, endangering her life and future, he calls a second truce. Prodded by guilt, he steps up to take care of Britt and her beloved horse. Britt balks, but Cody’s hard to refuse even for a tough cowgirl. Forced together, they learn surprising things about each other neither ever knew.

Can these two lifetime adversaries learn to get along, especially when they realize that the sparks that fly between them aren’t fueled only by anger?


My Review:

My favorite book in the Raffertys of Last Stand series.

Born on the same day, within minutes apart, at the same hospital in Last Stand, Texas, Cody and Britt’s mothers used to think they would end up together.  But Cody and Britt couldn’t be more opposite.  Growing up as neighbors, they constantly got on each other’s nerves.  Cody is a tech guru and Britt is a cowgirl, all about barrel racing and her love for horses.  When a tragedy strikes and Cody is there for Britt, even staying with her at her house, it just might be enough for them see things in a different light.  Maybe they really are meant to be together. 

I couldn’t get enough of this book.  During the rest of the series, Cody never really stood out among his brothers, but in this book, he turned out to be an amazing young man.  I was so happy when him and Britt found their happily ever after.