Journey to Cash by Ashley Bartlett

Journey to Cash by Ashley Bartlett, one of my most favorite books of the year. I absolutely love the Cash Braddock series. There is nothing like this series in all of lesfic. Its creative, dynamic, and smart. Time after time, Ashley Bartlett has delivered exceptional writing. Every single book in this series deserves praise because it is absolutely outstanding.  If you have not read this series I cannot recommend it enough. 4 books, all 5+ stars.

5 out of 5 stars

Publisher: Bold Strokes Books https://www.boldstrokesbooks.com/books/journey-to-cash-by-ashley-bartlett-3328-b

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When You Least Expect It by Haley Cass

If you haven’t read anything by Haley Cass yet, my heavens are you in for a treat. Goodness gracious, this woman can write. I am absolutely stunned by everything I have read by this author. It is just so damn good. With her second full length novel, yup you read that right, second. She has written a masterful story of friendship, angst and love.

Caroline Parker is a badass mofo divorce attorney. She is who you want on your side if you are exiting your marriage. As successful as she is in the courtroom, love has been a bust thus far. Did I mention she hates Christmas? Apparently all of her girlfriends have broken her heart over the holidays. Leaving Caroline with a bitter distaste for the season. Then low and behold on Christmas Eve she runs into the most beautiful women she has ever seen,, her former colleagues soon to be ex-wife, Hannah Dalton.

Hannah’s ex is a skilled lawyer. He plans to fight dirty and all she wants is to be done with her marriage and custody of her young daughter. She doesn’t care about the money, the house of his extravagant lifestyle, she just wants to be done with him. Hannah, desperate turns to the one person who is a better lawyer than him, his rival, Caroline Parker.

Caroline helps Hannah with her divorce. She knows what an ass her husband has been. She goes above and beyond to help Hannah and her daughter, Abbie weather this storm. From the first few interactions between our two leading ladies, one thing is for sure, the chemistry is magnetic. For Caroline, it is terrifying to feel this way about a “straight” woman. No matter how much she resists she cannot help but want to be in Hannah presence. Hannah needs more than anything to stand on her own two feet, make her own decisions, and her won money. She has to prove to herself that she can be independent and strong. So what you have is a long, delicious, slow burn romance that just will not quit.  Good night the build-up is amazing. Then boom, fireworks!

I cannot say enough good things about this book. It is by far one of the best books of the year. Oh, and Haley Cass’s other book, When You Least Expect It, also one of the best books of the year. They both can easily be put in my top ten of 2020. So if you have time and you need an escape this winter. Grab everything this author has written and enjoy.

A big 5 out of 5 stars

No After You by Nicole Pyland

Every book I read, I am hoping it will be one of those big ones that stay with you. You know the ones, the books that as soon as you finish it, you want to read it again. I love a good book but I am always on the hunt for a great one. Thanks to Nicole Pyland I found a great one. No After You is an amazing read. This is one I have read once and no without a doubt I will read again.

Peyton Gloss is a mega superstar. Think T-Swift big. She is performing one night at a charity function and meets supermodel Dani Wilder. From the moment these two meet there are sparks and there is chemistry. It jumps off the page, you know it, they know it and it makes for one hell of a good story. One big problem, Dani is currently dating a tech mogul, named Steven. As much a Peyton wishes for more, she becomes Dani’s friend.

What you get is a slow burn, friends to lover romance that sweet and sexy. I had no expectations going in but let me tell you loved every dang page. This one was soooo good. I cannot recommend this one enough. I am new to Nicole Pyland’s work but not for long I am ready to binge read all her stuff.

5 out of 5 Stars

Finding Jessica Lambert by Clare Ashton

You are going to want to read this one if you haven’t already. It truly is a fantastic read. Clare Ashton has given us a book that is thoughtful, romantic, well paced, multi-layered book. All in all this one is a delight to wrap yourself up in and escape.

When the book begins we are introduced to Jessica Lambert in the middle of a full blow panic attack. She cannot escape her current situation and is paralyzed by the uncertainty around her when a kind stranger, Anna Mayhew, comes to her rescue. You see Jess is a world famous actress who is in the middle of her new movie’s promotional tour. The pressure is overwhelming and she is exhausted by the lifestyle.

Anna sees the younger women in distress and recognizes the signs of her fear and distress immediately. Believing that Jess is running from a stalker, Anna steps in and gives her a place to just be. They become friends, enjoying the company of one another and the more time they spend together the feelings become stronger.

Of course their are bumps along the way, I won’t spoil them for you by going into detail. Remember how I said this book was multi-layered. As Ashton peels one away, you find another one that makes the plot that much richer. Like a glass of fine wine, this is one you sit back and enjoy. Let the story carry you. So good, I highly recommend!

4.5 out of 5 stars

Purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Finding-Jessica-Lambert-Clare-Ashton-ebook/dp/B08B4YL21R

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The Road Home by Erin Zak

Oh, y’all this one is soooooo good. Like 100% amazing and you must read it as soon as humanly possible. Erin Zak has written one of the very best books of the year. My friend, you want this one in your life. Just an outstanding read.

Gwendolyn Carter is a Hollywood actress who is a household name but hasn’t had the breakout role of her dreams yet. She had high hope for a big film role, but just lost out on it and now has no excuse not to go home for her father’s birthday. Gwen avoids going home, at all costs. She has a strained relationship with her mother that has not improved since she fled home after graduating high school.

The Carter family, took in another young lady after Gwen left their sleepy town. Lila Machowicz was one of Mrs. Carter’s star volleyball players and invited Lila to live with them when Lila’s military father was given orders to transfer to Germany. She has become like a second daughter to Mr. & Mrs. Carter. Gwen and Lila have never met and both have giant reservations about doing so.

So we have a lot of family dynamics at play in this one. What we also have is I don’t like you but damn you’re hot kinda action as well. Lila and Gwen have chemistry for days. They also have quick witty banter that keeps you on your toes. I love this angsty drama, it is just an amazing read. I could gush over this one for days, but I am just going to say don’t deny your self this one. It is well worth the price. This is a book you will definitely want to read more than once.

An easy 5 out of 5 stars

The Road Home

To the Moon and Back by Melissa Brayden

Melissa Brayden, her books just bring me happiness and joy. Happiness and joy! Sometimes it is the little things in life like a fantastic run, a smile from a stranger, or a really good book that make the world seem just a little bit better. While reading To the Moon and Back that’s how I felt, just a little bit better, and you know what I’ll take it.

Brayden takes us to the theater in her latest novel. Carly Daniel is a successful actress in Hollywood. She’s made her mark out in LA, had a run of successful movies but now her star power is in trouble. A few antics here and there and her image and reputation has been tarnished. She has been labeled a diva who makes trouble on and off set and now her job prospects have all but dried up. Carly is given an opportunity to do theater work in the world-renowned McAllister Theater in Minneapolis. She has to take the gig, even if she really doesn’t want to because this may be her last opportunity to get her reputation back on track.

Lauren Prescott is the stage manager at McAllister. She has worked her tail off for weeks on end and is now scheduled for a vacation. When her boss lands Carly Daniel for their next play, Lauren’s plans for sunshine and relaxation are put on hold to make sure Ms. Daniel stays out of trouble and preforms to her highest potential.

Carly and Lauren have immediate chemistry. They know it, and better yet we as the reader know it. Add in some fabulous banter, fun stage antics and you have the recipe for a fantastic read. Melissa Brayden does what she does best, she delivers amazing characters, witty banter, all while being fun and relatable. I loved this book, and I loved the distraction and escape from the real world it offered. You cannot go wrong with this book.

4.5 out of 5 stars

Those Who Wait by Haley Cass

Hi to everyone that takes a moment to read these reviews. I hope you are doing well and staying safe during this tumultuous time. With everything going on, I took a step back from reading romance and keeping up with this blog. Thank you to those that reached out to me, you are the reason I wrote this review today.

I did reach for a book this week and stumbled upon a phenomenal book by Haley Cass. This book is a long slow burn and hot damn it is good from the first chapter. Haley Cass can write and my goodness she gives us one hell of a spectacular romance.

Sutton Spencer is a graduate student who is newly out to her family and friends but is afraid to begin dating. Her bestie Regan signs her up for a lesbian dating app and she meets a gorgeous woman online named Charlotte. They immediately hit it off, but Charlotte is looking for a no-strings attached hook-up and Stutton is looking for the woman of her dreams. They agree to become friends, and Charlotte takes the role of a dating mentor to the inexperienced Sutton.

Obviously, Sutton and Charlotte have bucket loads of chemistry. These two sizzle right off the page. Cass builds them up and gives you enough of the romance to keep you feverishly turning the page. This book gives you fantastic dialogue, mesmerizing characters, and so much heat. Your heartstrings will be pulled by these two leading ladies. This is absolutely the best book I have read in 2020. Whatever you write next Haley Cass, I am there for it!

All the stars! This one goes in the absolute favorite pile.

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Big Girl Pill by K.D. Williamson

After reading the very first chapter of Big Girl Pill, I knew K.D. Williamson had written a damn good book. Truth be told Williamson always gives you a fantastic story but this one pulled me in early and had me enthralled till the very last page. This is one of the best lesfic books of 2019. Such a fantastic read!

Maya Davis is headed back to her hometown for her best friend’s wedding. She accepted the job as bridesmaid not because she is thrilled for her besties upcoming nuptials but to finish the job of ripping her heart out. She has been in love with the future bride for years. Seeing Nina get married has to finish the job and let her move one. she just has to get through the excruciating experience with as much strength and stoicism as possible.

Nina Sterling is getting married. She likes her future husband is a resound to the safe future he has planned for them. Nina’s unhappy childhood has paved the way for this wedding. Her mother is mean and emotionally abusive. Her constant barrage of insults has left Nina a shell of a person. She looks back on her time in high school and college with fond memories because of the fun she had with Maya. She would do anything to suppress her feeling for her best friend and erase the memory of their drunken night in bed together.

The main characters in this book are masterfully written. The supporting cast adds so much depth to the story. K.D. Williamson just brought the heat when it comes to character development and dialogue. Outstanding! I could go on and on about how good this book is, but the main thing I can say…go read it. Your heart will be so happy you did!

5 out of 5 stars

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The Roommate Arrangement by Jae

I love romance. I love a slow burn romance even more. Tell me it’s written by Jae and here I come running. Jae 100% of the time gives you a great read with characters that will steal your heart and keep you invested till the very last page. Her latest book, The Roommate Arrangement is no exception. This is a fantastic read that had me hooked all the way through.

If you have read Just for Show, you might remember Claire’s younger sister, Steph. She is one of our two main characters. (If you didn’t read it seriously no worries it won’t matter, but you should it’s a fantastic read as well). Steph is a stand-up comedian that is trying to make her big break. For the last year, she has spent her life on the road, gig after gig in run-down bars in the middle of nowhere. She knows she has to make it in Los Angeles or give up her dream for good. Steph refuses to take money from her wealthy Beverly Hills family, so she needs a roommate desperately to afford life near the comedy clubs on Melrose.

Rae is our other main, and yep you guessed it Steph’s new roommate. Rae is the strong silent type, the direct opposite of the fun and perky comedian. Rae used to be a police officer with LAPD, but after a tragic shooting that left Rae injured and killed her best friend, she left the force. She now is security for one of the biggest and most prominent comedy clubs in LA. She is less than thrilled when Steph lets her know that they must pretend to be a couple to secure the new lease.

This is a true slow-burn romance. The two mains start off dancing around even tolerating the other one. As you read they become more open and honest with each other, showing vulnerability and beginning to trust and respect each other. A friendship develops and then more. I loved how Jae took her time bringing them together. It felt natural and added so much to the story. Rae and Steph are fantastic characters, I just loved them! A great read that I highly recommend.

4.5 out of 5 stars

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One Walk in Winter by Georgia Beers

I want a book that gives me all the feels. When you open up a new book and that delicious anticipation of will this be a good one? Fingers crossed it will be a great one. That is an amazing feeling when it actually comes to fruition. You know pretty early on with Georgia Beers newest book, One Walk in Winter, that you have a special book in your hands.

Hayley Boyd Markham lost her mother two years ago to cancer. Since her mother’s death, she has been lost. No direction, no interests, and far too many nights burning up the Manhattan nightlife to find a band-aid for her pain. Her dad has had enough, after spending thousands on bottle service at NYC club, Hayley has been assigned to take over the manager role of one of the Markham family’s smaller hotels, the Evergreen. Hayley has no interest or experience in the hotel industry. She is an artist at heart. Her father gives her no choice, she is to manage the hotel or be cut-off from her family’s funds for good.

Olivia Santini is the assistant manager of the high-end vacation resort. She works her tail off to provide each and every one of the Evergreen’s customers a world-class experience. She loves the hotel and her staff, and she knows that there is work to be done to make this place even better. What she does not care for is being passed for the manager’s position. She knows it’s not Hayley’s fault she did not get the role, but it stings that once again she has been passed over for a job she has already been doing.

What makes this book rise above the rest is Beers creates amazing chemistry between the two leads. The feelings, the attraction, the anticipation of an epic romance, it all just jumps off the page. I found myself hanging on every word, feverously turning the page for the next interaction between Hayley and Olivia. This is a delightful romance that made me smile and made my heart happy.

5 out of 5 stars

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