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Review: Accidentally Famous by Marissa Clarke


Accidentally Famous
(Hideaway Harbor #2)
Marissa Clarke
Publisher: Entangled: Amara
Publication date: Jan. 24, 2023
Genre: Romance
Rating:

Jack Winston may be Hollywood’s biggest action hero, but he’s seriously burned out. He can’t even save himself from his PR team’s latest scheme: dating a starlet. But when his assistant accidentally tags Cassidy James from Blink, Maine (wherever that is) on social media, the paparazzi decide that she’s Jack’s latest fling. Now Jack needs to do some serious damage control…starting with the adorable home reno pro in paint-splattered overalls.

Cassidy is not prepared when the Jack Winston shows up in her quiet little town—and whew, he is that gorgeous in person. Before she can pick her jaw up off the floor, his PR team is bombarding them with a whole new plan involving “fake girlfriend,” “optics,” and “sign this NDA” (whatever that is). But no one warned her that Mr. A-List Action Star is hot, funny as all get out, and loves old houses as much as she does.

Now they have two weeks to convince everyone they’re in a fake relationship—two weeks that will drive Cassidy’s reno business through the roof and help Jack reclaim his “spark.” The plan is going fine, dare she say, perfectly…until she discovers something that will change everything.

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Review: The Bridge Kingdom by Danielle L. Jensen


The Bridge Kingdom
(The Bridge Kingdom #1)
Danielle L. Jensen
Publisher: Self-published
Publication date: Oct. 16, 2018
Genre: New Adult Fantasy
Rating:

 

 

A warrior princess trained in isolation, Lara is driven by two certainties. The first is that King Aren of the Bridge Kingdom is her enemy. And the second is that she’ll be the one to bring him to his knees.

The only route through a storm-ravaged world, the Bridge Kingdom enriches itself and deprives its rivals, including Lara’s homeland. So when she’s sent as a bride under the guise of peace, Lara is prepared to do whatever it takes to fracture its impenetrable defenses. And the defenses of its king.

Yet as she infiltrates her new home and gains a deeper understanding of the war to possess the bridge, Lara begins to question whether she’s the hero or the villain. And as her feelings for Aren transform from frosty hostility to fierce passion, Lara must choose which kingdom she’ll save… and which kingdom she’ll destroy.

 

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Sneak Peek Wednesday: Bonding by Matthew Erman, Emily Pearson (Giveaway)

Bonding
A Love Story About People and Their Parasites
Matthew Erman (Author), Emily Pearson (Illustrator)
Publisher: Vault Comics
Publication date: Jan 31. 2023
Genre: Sci-Fi Graphic Novel

WEAR YOUR LOVE ON YOUR CHEST

A man, a woman—and their parasites. Marcus has been alone since the loss of his closest friend and has just recently entered into the dating scene, while Laura has drifted in and out of relationships since high school. They meet, they have a great first date, and Marcus almost dies—because the slug-like parasite that everybody carries in this world nearly rejects him, its host. Bonding is a funny, quirky, and honest look at love, in a world where everyone wears their anxiety, not on their sleeves, but on their chest like big ol’ leeches.

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To a New Year Filled with New Adventures!

I’m linking this post to Sunday Post, Mailbox Monday, and It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

 

I hope everyone rang in the new year with good terms!

I’m excited for what 2023 will bring. This past year I went on quite a few vacations to check out mainland Japan. We were able to go to Tokyo and Kyoto before Japans borders opened up to tourist travel. So it was nice to get to see some pretty populated areas before tourism started back up. With that being said, I am happy for the businesses to have tourism back. While I might be selfish in wanting to not have to deal with massive crowds, I know that the economy has been hurting and it’s been sad to see places no longer open because of it all.

Unfortunately, due to a lot of big surgery costs towards the end of the previous year and the beginning of 2022, I had to slow way down on cat rescue and TNR. The local government stopped giving out TNR vouchers this year, and I was having to pay out of pocket. So, while it’s been sad to not be able to go out and save as many cats as possible, it has allowed me to spend time working with the ones I can help. I have had our two TNR neighborhood cats in the house since the beginning of the year, which has been a challenge. I never planned on bringing them in, but we got new neighbors who immediately reported them to Animal Control. So, I pulled them in until AC finished their patrols. However, by the time they finished, new cats had moved into the area and I was no longer able to release the boys outside. While they LOVE it in the house, one of them immediately attacks my cats when he sees them. So, we have had to build a makeshift door leading to the upstairs level to keep them separate. Aside from the boys I was able to rescue and find homes for a baby kitten that was darting through traffic, a TNR cat that has cancer and needed her eye removed, and another TNR cat that had been beat up with infections multiple times and then was bit by a snake. She was clearly not outdoor savvy and I was able to find her a home before the holidays. So, while I haven’t been as active in the cat community as I was the previous year, I suppose I have still been doing quite a bit.

This year I also started my Youtube channel to share all the various fun things that Japan has to offer. I share footage from trips, and when we are home, I go out and compile interesting foods and drinks to try on camera. It’s been a way to not only show my friends and family the various facets of Japan, but it’s also going to be my video journal that I can look back on years down the road.

As far as to what this year holds… we are planning some more trips, and I definitely plan to keep up on my reading. Since signing up for Kindle Unlimited, I have found that I’m reading more books because I have access to more. So, I think it’s safe to say I my reading mojo is back!

While I did enjoy the vast majority of the books I read this year, I realized while compiling this list that I didn’t have any 5 star favorites.

 

Have you read any of the books below?

What was your favorite read from 2022?

 

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Review: The Holiday Ex-Files by Jennifer Peel

The Holiday Ex-Files
by Jennifer Peel
Publisher: Self-published
Publication date: Oct. 22, 2021
Genre: Romance
Rating:

Once upon a time people called me the holiday queen. But catching my husband under the Christmas tree with another woman kind of did something to me. Like make me digitally crop him out of all our wedding photos and post them online. Who knew that post would go viral? Thanks to all the requests I received to do the same for other jilted partners, I started a new business called, the Holiday Ex-Files. And I couldn’t be happier. Well . . . at least I’m not unhappy.

Then along comes my ex-husband’s best friend, Noah Cullen. Yep, like the vampires. He’s extremely gorgeous like them too. He has a plan to help me believe in the magic of holidays again. But the more I’m around him, I begin to think he’s the magical one, and that perhaps I picked the wrong best friend to begin with. Maybe, just maybe, it will be a very merry Christmas after all.

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Sneak Peek Wednesday: Sleep No More by Jayne Ann Krentz

Sleep No More
(The Lost Night Files #1)
by Jayne Ann Krentz
Publisher: Berkley
Publication date: Jan 3, 2023
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Seven months ago, Pallas Llewellyn, Talia March, and Amelia Rivers were strangers, until their fateful stay at the Lucent Springs Hotel. An earthquake and a fire partially destroyed the hotel, but the women have no memory of their time there. Now close friends, the three women co-host a podcast called the Lost Night Files, where they investigate cold cases and hope to connect with others who may have had a similar experience to theirs—an experience that has somehow enhanced the psychic abilities already present in each woman.

After receiving a tip for their podcast, Pallas travels to the small college town of Carnelian, California, to explore an abandoned asylum. Shaken by the dark energy she feels in the building, she is rushing out when she’s stopped by a dark figure—who turns out to be the women’s mysterious tipster.

Ambrose Drake is certain he’s a witness to a murder, but without a body, everyone thinks he’s having delusions caused by extreme sleep deprivation. But Ambrose is positive something terrible happened at the Carnelian Sleep Institute the night he was there. Unable to find proof on his own, he approaches Pallas for help, only for her to realize that Ambrose, too, has a lost night that he can’t remember—one that may be connected to Pallas. Pallas and Ambrose conduct their investigation using the podcast as a cover, and while the townsfolk are eager to share what they know, it turns out there are others who are not so happy about their questions—and someone is willing to kill to keep the truth from coming out.

 

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Review: Mistle Text by Whitney Dineen, Melanie Summers

Mistle Text: ‘Twas the Text Before Christmas
(An Accidentally in Love Story #5)
by Whitney Dineen, Melanie Summers
Publisher: ‎ 33 Partners & Indigo Group
Publication date: Sept. 19, 2021
Genre: Holiday Romance
Rating:

Twas the text before Christmas…

Twenty-eight-year-old Holly Snow is the only mother her four-year-old niece remembers. Three years earlier, when her sister and brother-in-law were killed, Holly’s dream of becoming an international flight attendant was put on hold so she could be home for baby Faith. Holly is doing everything she can to keep the rent paid, including working as an online travel agent, filing medical claims, and cleaning apartments in her building. When her friend Maggie tells her that her boss needs someone to buy his Christmas gifts, she leaps at the opportunity.

Tall, dark and Scroogy, investment banker, Archibald Harrington is too busy to do his own Christmas shopping. When his assistant tells him she knows of a professional shopper, he happily checks another dreaded task off his holiday list. The last thing Archie is expecting is for his hired elf to text him insistently to find out more about the people on list. The last thing Holly expects is to develop feelings for grumpy man who’s stealing her Christmas spirit.

Will there be a Holiday miracle, or will Holly and Archie miss their chance at love? Find out in the fifth installment of the Accidentally in Love Series.

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Review: Resting Scrooge Face by Meghan Quinn

Resting Scrooge Face
by Meghan Quinn
Publisher: Self-published
Publication date: Nov. 29, 2022
Genre: Romance
Rating:

After a bad breakup, Nola wants nothing to do with Christmas, especially in her quaint hometown of Bright Harbor, Maine. Infuriatingly charming and cheery, Nola’s surroundings only worsen her sour mood.

To make matters worse, Caleb, the boy who broke her heart years ago, is all grown up and still living in town. While doing her best to avoid him, Nola bumps into the local mailman, who gives her a mysterious letter. And when she finds that the writer is a fellow Scrooge, she can’t help but feel her spirit lifting.

Nola writes back to her new pen pal—who, unbeknownst to Nola, is none other than Caleb. When Caleb gets a response hand delivered by the mailman, he’s intrigued by the mystery sender. A friendly correspondence develops—and quickly turns flirtatious.

Although Nola and Caleb claim they can’t stand each other, they can’t deny the simmering attraction that brought them together in the first place.

Can these nameless pen pals write their own love story—or will they be too caught up with the ghosts of their Christmases past to find a future together?

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Review: The Studying Hours by Sara Ney

The Studying Hours
(How to Date a Douchebag #1)
by Sara Ney
Publisher: Self-published
Publication date: Sept. 13, 2016
Genre: New Adult Romance
Rating:

CRUDE. ARROGANT. A**HOLE.
No doubt about it, Sebastian ‘Oz’ Osborne is the university’s most celebrated student athlete—and possibly the biggest douchebag. A walking, talking cliché, he has a filthy mouth, a fantastic body, and doesn’t give a sh*t about what you or anyone else thinks.

SMART. CLASSY. CONSERVATIVE.
Make no mistake, Jameson Clarke may be the university’s most diligent student—but she is no prude. Spending most of her time in the hallowed halls of the library, James is wary of pervs, jocks, and douchebags—and Oz Osborne is all three.

She’s smart, sarcastic—and not what he expected.

…EVERY DOUCHBAG HAS HIS WEAKNESS.

He wants to be friends.
He wants to spend time with her.
He wants to drive her crazy.

He wants…

Her.

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Review: Mr Bride: Vol 3 by Natsumi Shiba

Mr. Bride
Vol. 3
By: Natsumi Shiba
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Publication date: Aug. 31, 2021
Genre: Romance Manga
Rating:

At 26 years old, Hayami is four years into her career as a saleswoman. She’s an ace when it comes to her work, but at home she becomes a massive slob. It just so happens that Yamamoto-kun, her junior who carries a bit of a torch for her, is a pro at housework! Hayami takes him in as her wife, and their life as housemates begins. But why does it feel like things are slowly starting to change between them…!?

 

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