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Review: The Dating Plan by Sara Desai

The Dating Plan
(Marriage Game #2)
by Sara Desai
Publisher: Berkley romance
Publication date: March 16, 2021
Genre: Romance
Rating:

Daisy Patel is a software engineer who understands lists and logic better than bosses and boyfriends. With her life all planned out, and no interest in love, the one thing she can’t give her family is the marriage they expect. Left with few options, she asks her childhood crush to be her decoy fiance.

Liam Murphy is a venture capitalist with something to prove. When he learns that his inheritance is contingent on being married, he realizes his best friend’s little sister has the perfect solution to his problem. A marriage of convenience will get Daisy’s matchmaking relatives off her back and fulfill the terms of his late grandfather’s will. If only he hadn’t broken her tender teenage heart nine years ago…

Sparks fly when Daisy and Liam go on a series of dates to legitimize their fake relationship. Too late, they realize that very little is convenient about their arrangement. History and chemistry aren’t about to follow the rules of this engagement.

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Sneak Peek Wednesday: The Half-Orphan’s Handbook by Joan F. Smith (giveaway)

The Half-Orphan’s Handbook
by Joan F. Smith
Publisher: Imprint
Publication date: April 20, 2021
Genre: Young Adult

It’s been three months since Lila lost her father to suicide. Since then, she’s learned to protect herself from pain by following two unbreakable rules:

1. The only people who can truly hurt you are the ones you love. Therefore, love no one.

2. Stay away from liars. Liars are the worst.

But when Lila’s mother sends her to a summer-long grief camp, it’s suddenly harder for Lila to follow these rules. Potential new friends and an unexpected crush threaten to drag her back into life for the first time since her dad’s death.

On top of everything, there’s more about what happened that Lila doesn’t know, and facing the truth about her family will be the hardest part of learning how a broken heart can love again.

 

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Sneak Peek Wednesday: The Billionaire and the Princess by Katherine E. Hunt

The Billionaire and the Princess
(Sag Harbor, Book #1)
by Katherine E. Hunt
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing
Publication date: March 21, 2021
Genre: Romance

When a British journalist gets her dream job in The Hamptons she doesn’t expect to find her dream man too.

All Caitlyn has to do is catch a plane, move to Sag Harbor and start her new job as editor of a brand new society magazine. That’s what she’s promised herself. No more Mr. Wrong, no more pandering to everybody else’s needs. New life, new Caitlyn.

So when she meets a handsome gentleman on the plane, after a couple of drinks, she’s going to walk away, right? She’s certainly not going to try and join the mile-high club with him.

If it turns out he’s her new boss, Hank Baresi, the youngest son of one of the biggest media moguls in America, no matter, he doesn’t appear to remember her, anyway.

She’s just going to do her job. No serenading him. No succumbing to his sweet charms and absolutely no falling in love with him.

And, well, if he happens to fall in love with her, she’s just going to say no, right?

 

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The Start of the Big Move


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

 

Well, this month has been pretty stressful. Hence why I haven’t been blogging. The month started with the June flight schedule being released. Within an hour of our travel office opening, all pet spots for the month of June were gone. Fortunately, they were able to book us two in-cabin spots for our cats. With that being said, we need to hire a pet shipping company to ship my dog out. For his 22lb self, the cheapest I can find is over $3,000. *dies a little inside* So, yeah, this month started out with a huge blow. Then the people who handle the check-in process for our flight have changed their mind 3x now on the size of carrier they accept for in-cabin. The latest, from last week, was a carrier size that is so small, it doesn’t exist. So, I’ve been dreading what is going to happen when we arrive at the airport because our carriers are half an inch over the current allowed size. To say that I’ve been stressed out this month would be a massive understatement.

So it should come as no surprise that I haven’t been reading this month. I finished one book this month… ONE! I just can’t bring myself to pick up a book and read it. I keep trying, but I get a sentence or two in, and then I find myself scrolling through tiktok, putzing on Facebook, or turning on the TV. I just can’t seem to sit down and focus. I think it’s safe to say that not a lot of reading will be getting done over the next few months. There’s just so much going on, so many things running through my head, that I just can’t seem to focus on anything. With that said, while the blog might be a little silent during this huge move, I will be active on Instagram. I will be sharing stories of what I’m up to on there and you guys can always reach out to me.

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Sneak Peek Wednesday: Royally Drained by Fritzi Cox (Giveaway)

Royally Drained
(V.I.L.F. #1)
by Fritzi Cox
Publisher: Self-published
Publication date: March 23, 2021
Genre: Paranormal Romance

From jilted princess bride to a revenge plot fit for a king, this charming couple is royally screwed …

As I lived my best royal life, my only job as a princess was to find and marry a handsome prince. Too bad Prince Theo turned out to be more of a toad.

After I began losing my powers, he lost interest in our upcoming wedding. Not only did Theo leave me at the altar, but he also banished me and my merry band of misfits from the Kingdom of Poppycock forever.

Talk about a walk of shame!

From enchanted castle to crumbling cottage, I’m now stuck in Morningwood, struggling to plot my next move.

This strange little town, full of mischief and magic, is the perfect place to hide while I practice my spells and hopefully regain my powers.

What could possibly go wrong?

Other than accidentally summoning a mysterious male vampire who throws me off my quest and gets my blood boiling in all the right places.

And my blood is exactly what Vail and his brotherhood need for their top-secret laboratory.

Who would have thought my charming royal genes could help their dangerous mission?

As long as Vail keeps his fangs to himself, we won’t have a problem.

His hands though?

That’s another story entirely.

My taste for revenge is strong, but his taste for me is stronger.

Could this be my fairy-tale ending? Or am I destined to live a nightmare?

 

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Review: The Warrior King by Abigail Owen

The Warrior King
(Inferno Rising #3)
by Abigail Owen
Publisher: Entangled
Publication date: March 8, 2021
Genre: Paranromal Romance
Rating:

Meira Amon is the most reserved of the phoenixes, finding computers easier to deal with than people and their messy emotions. But she wants revenge against the Rotting King Pytheios for the murder of her parents just as much as her sisters. Offering herself as a queen for their ally, dragon shifter King Gorgon of the Black Clan, only makes sense.

Just one problem…

Samael Veles worked his lowborn ass off to become the fiercest warrior of the Black Clan. He has pledged his life to protect his king at all costs. Yet somehow, in the middle of war, he took one look at a woman in a reflection and gave up his heart. When that woman turns out to be the phoenix promised to mate his king and help bring peace to their kind, he has no choice but to accept it.

Until her fire unexpectedly destroys the king after they’ve wed. Now Samael must choose between his loyalty to his clan and protecting the queen who might be his mate from his people’s wrath, one of which will unlock a destiny no one could have ever imagined…
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Sneak Peek Wednesday: Thieves by Greg Jolley (Giveaway)

Thieves
(Obscurit de Floride Trilogy #1)
by Greg Jolley
Publisher: Epouvantail Books
Publication date: Feb. 15. 2021
Genre: Suspense

From Tropea, Italy to Michigan and Florida, the thieves Molly and April Danser are on the run, trying to escape from an enraged ex-US Marshal. He is hell bent on stopping them once and for all, his twisted black heart fired up for revenge and their total destruction. Will the sisters elude his blood-soaked hunt? They have their smarts and resource but have never faced a pursuit like this.

Can they somehow put an end to his blood lust?

 

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Countdown to the Big Move and Free Books


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

 

I can not believe it’s already going to be March. Time is going by way too fast. This move is coming up on me a lot quicker than I expected. I’ve been hustling all month to get clearance to fly overseas during this time. Needless to say, it’s been a lot of running around between doctor appointments, dentists, and phone calls trying to set things up. We haven’t even gotten to the part of booking a flight or scheduling movers. This move was already stressful enough just thinking about moving across the world, but trying to do so in the middle of a pandemic has made this even more stressful. No one is operating the way they did last year. Things are constantly changing week by week so I can’t even get a clear answer of what our move will be like in a few months. Not to mention that it’s difficult to get myself approved clearance to travel and live in a foreign country during this time, but trying to get animals over there is by far the most difficult and stressful part of it all. Needless to say, my stress level is through the roof and I’ve started experiencing vision problems like tunnel vision and dizziness. It’s insane what stress can do to the body.

While going through my mental checklist of what all still needs to be done, I realized that I have a lot of books that I’ve been holding onto over the years that need to find a good home. So at the bottom of this month’s wrap-up, I will have a giveaway for free books! The genre is mainly romance with some sci-fi, western, paranormal, new adult, and other subgenres mixed in.

 

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Since I have quite a few books, I plan to split the giveaway up for multiple winners. Here’s a sneak peek of what’s up for grabs so far!
*US only*

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Sneak Peek Wednesday: Music of the Night by Angela J. Ford (Giveaway)

Music of the Night
(Tower Knights #1)
by Angela J. Ford
Publisher: Self-published
Publication date: Feb. 15 2021
Genre: Fantasy Romance

A haunted tower, a mysterious instructor and the lure of the music of the night. . .

After the death of her father, Aria is left penniless and destitute. To avoid working the streets she becomes the ward of a Count and moves to a remote town called High Tower.

High Tower is a gloomy place with one vivid attraction: the theater. Lords and ladies come from afar to be seduced by a night of unforgettable entertainment.

Many are warned to stay away from High Tower’s dangerous enchantments, but it’s a warning Aria is forced to ignore. Determined to take her life back into her hands, she and the Count make a deal. She can avoid an arranged marriage if she learns to sing for him.

When Aria stumbles across a mysterious man in a dark tower, she begs to learn the power of song from him. Although reluctant, the man agrees to teach her the music of the night. Between midnight meetings and emotional singing lessons, Aria falls in love with her alluring instructor despite his shadowy past.

But something deadly stirs, awoken by the desire of its master.

Evenings reveries become haunted with terror, blood and murder. Rumors claim the man in the tower in behind the madness that haunts High Tower, a truth Aria is loathe believe. For she just gained the desire of her heart.

What she doesn’t know is that her haunted instructor intends to use her for his own purposes. . .

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Review: Her Kind of Cowboy by Dylann Crush

Her Kind of Cowboy
(Tying the Knot in Texas #2)
by Dylann Crush
Publisher: Berkley
Publication date: Jan. 12, 2021
Genre: Romance
Rating:

No wedding is too much for the little town of Ido, Texas to handle…or is it?

Having successfully established themselves as a destination for weddings, the town of Ido is ready to kick it up another notch. Zina Baxter has stood on the sidelines during most of the matrimonial mayhem. But when a disaster at the pit bull rescue has her relocating the pups to share space with a winter wonderland scene, she finds herself smack dab in the middle of planning the craziest wedding yet.

Alex Sanders ran as far and fast as he could from his hometown–all the way to Antarctica. But a job opportunity as the penguin handler for an over-the-top wedding jerks entices him back. Being home means he can finally help his overwhelmed sister wrangle their unruly grandpa–at least until the next opportunity comes around and he can hit the road running again. The last thing he expects to find in Texas is a shot at love…

Once Alex crashes into Zina’s life–literally–there’s no denying their chemistry. But are their feelings for each other enough to keep Alex in Texas for good, or will he follow the march of the penguins back to the South Pole?

 

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