Flavor of the Month by Georgia Beers

Georgia Beers does it again, she wins our hearts with delightful leading ladies, witty dialogue and a story that keeps us invested till the last page. Really what more could you ask for? Beers delivers every time and I love to settle in with one of her books for a relaxing evening of fun and damn good storytelling.

Emma and Charlie were besties growing up. As they grew, so did their relationship. They became each other’s first everything. After graduating high school each of them chose their own school and while they tried their best to keep the relationship going, it fell apart because of the distance. Charlie followed her dreams, graduated, and headed off to New York. She fell for her boss, a gorgeous older businesswoman who oozed sophistication, power, and money. She becomes the older woman’s lover for a few years, giving up her career to tend to her girlfriend’s needs until she is replaced by someone else. Heartbroken, penniless, and full of shame and guilt, Charlie heads home to her small town to lick her wounds in her parent’s basement.

Emma has never really gotten over Charlie. She wants to bury her broken heart and throw everything into her restaurant. Charlie was the love of her life, now Emma only takes time for superficial hookups. There is no way anyone can destroy her the way the breakup dis. You can only imagine how mad Emma is when her childhood sweetheart shows back up in Shaker Falls as the new resident.

This book is full of regrets, angst, forgiveness, and understanding. This second chance at love is a sweet tale that a great escape. I promise you will adore Emma and Charlie’s story.

3.5 out of 5 stars

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Passionate Rivals by Radclyffe

Radclyffe does stellar medical romances. The detail, the characters are always out of the pa Quinn again as well as a new dynamic due Sydney and Emmett.

Sydnerk good. Passionate Rivals is the fourth in the PMC Hospital Series. You will see Honer andy Stevens in nearing the end of her fourth year of her surgical residency. She is at the top and slated to be the next chief resident at Franklin Health Center Hospital. Her world and her career get spun into chaos when Franklin announces it has lost federal funding for their surgical program. Now Syd and a handful of other doctors are headed to a new program across town at PMC. To start all over with new mentors and new co-workers.

Emmett McCabe is the very best in her program, she knows it as well as everyone else. She is easily slated be be PMC’s chief resident. Well that is until Sydney Stevens comes back into her life. Emmett knows Sydney from way back when and she is the one women Emmett has never been able to forget.

I loved the details of this book. You truly feel as if your standing on the hospital floor with Emmett and Sydney and their fellow doctors. The medical drama is done to perfection. However the romance I felt was a bit lacking. Still good mind you, Radclyffe’s always are. I just would have liked more heat and tension.

You know unequivocally you are going to get your money’s worth when you read Radclyffe. This is no exception, not my favorite but a quality read nonetheless.

3 out of 5 stars

Publisher: Bold Strokes Books

  • Purchase: https://www.boldstrokesbooks.com/books/passionate-rivals-by-radclyffe-2564-b

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Shadowboxer by Jessica L. Webb

If you start by just looking at the front cover of this book, you’ll notice a few things. Now sometimes a cover doesn’t do the book justice, this is absolutely not the case for Shadowboxer. The cover is dark and gritty. The focus is on heavy boxing gloves that have been battered and bruised, much like the kids that face life in the foster care system, on the street, and in abusive homes.

Jordan McAddie was raised in a home by two parents who abused alcohol. Her father was an emotionally abusive drunk. He took is abuse out on the mother of his children and well as the kids, finally going so far that Jordan was removed from her parent’s custody. We meet Jordan as she is well into her career as a child advocate and social worker in Halifax. Jordan uses her past experience as a professional boxer as a way to connect with the local kids. After working grueling hours she spends all her free time opening up her boxing gym to local kids interested in the sport and needing a place they can feel wanted.

When new funding for her gym comes available from a large corporation, Jordan is faced with a face from her past. Ali Clarke is back in Halifax as a representative for Centera Corporation. Her job is to learn from the youth at Jordan’s gym and create some good PR for her company. Ali is the one Jordan let go of so long ago. Her first and only love is back in Halifax. To see Ali again is a blessing, but also brings back all those old feelings. These two have a new chance at love if they are willing to risk it.

As heavy as the subject is about kids that are in desperate need of better representation and social services this book gives you lightness and hope as well. Ali and Jordan have a fabulous chemistry and it’s a delightful slow burn romance. At times this book is heavy but the counterbalances are done well. The secondary characters add so much to the book but never out shadow the mains. That is hard to pull off and Webb did it flawlessly. More than anything this one keeps you hooked.

4.5 stars out of 5

  • Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
  • Purchase: https://www.boldstrokesbooks.com/books/shadowboxer-by-jessica-l-webb-2675-b

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Worth the Wait by Karelia Stetz-Waters

Long lost loves is a trope I am always drawn to. I think because you always have that angstiness. I love angst. Totes adore it! I love that emotion of I miss you, I want you, what the hell did I do to F it up so badly. Roll that into some heartache and throw in past high school drama and you have me interested. Add that to it that one of our leading ladies is an actress, okay twist my arm, give it to me. Give me this book! So when Karelia Stetz-Waters reached out to me, I could not resist in giving this book a go. I am so glad I did. This was a fabulous read that kept me interested the whole time.

Avery Crown has been a reality television star for the past fifteen years. She has a good thing going with her home makeover show. She works with a great crew, her co-star is her best friend and she is adored by her fans. Avery loves what she does. Everything is perfect career-wise, but what eats her up is that one fateful day her senior year in high school that she turned her back on her best friend and her mega-crush. She chose a chance a stardom over her heart, and her heart has never forgiven her for it. When her tv show, King & Crown delivers her back to Portland to do a remodel and it coincides with her high school reunion, Avery crosses her fingers and toes that this will be her chance to reconnect with the girl that she let get away.

Merritt Lessing has zero intention of returning to Vale Academy for her fifteenth-year high school reunion. She doesn’t want to go back but at the insistence of her friend, Merritt agrees under duress. She wants to help her friend Lei-Ling get a cameo on King & Crown to jumpstart her food truck business. She knows that this opportunity could help her friend break out into this competitive industry. She agrees to aks Avery Crown, the girl that shattered her heart for help, but it takes all of her willpower to go back. Avery walked out on her and never looked back, those scars have stayed with Merritt for years and have defined every relationship she has attempted.

I totally loved Avery and Merritt. I thought they had a great chemistry together that just jumped off the page. This is a book where you know these two are meant to be together but like most star-crossed loves the universe is going to throw everything including the kitchen sink in their path. They are going to go through obstacle after obstacle including a lot of miscommunication to come to happily ever after. If you have patience I promise you will love this book. A lot of fun, some angstiness and a good romance.

3.5 out of 5 stars

  • To purchase: Link: http://a.co/4W12LhD

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Lucy’s Chance by Jackie D

Lucy’s Chance by Jackie D was just what I needed after a long week of craziness that just won’t quit. A great escape, that didn’t overthink what it really was, two ladies with a life-long bond that even after twelve years of separation, the love was still there.

Lucy Rodriguez made a terrible decision at the age of twenty. Caught up in the razzle-dazzle of undergrad she decided to break up with her girlfriend to see what dating life was all about. She has regretted that decision every day thereafter. She broke her true love’s heart and has spent every day thereafter paying the price. She works and she works with very little else in life. A renowned journalist who covers the crime beat for San Diego and has Pulitzer for her stories from the Middle East, her works is her lifeblood.

Erica Chance is a small town police officer in Northern California. Erica has spent the last decade of her life trying to repair the hole in her heart Lucy left behind. She doesn’t let any woman close to her heart anymore. Four months of casual dating and then that relationship must end. Erica’s regimented life is thrown out of orbit when dead college-age women appear in rapid succession. It also brings Lucy Rodriguez back into her life.

Add a bit of conflict, add a bit of angst, a derail killer and you have a really good read. Is this anything revolutionary? Not so much. What this book is a great escape. You have a few hours to decompress from real-life’s craziness, and enjoy a quality story with interesting characters. Well minus the psychopath murderer, but you know what I mean.

3.5 out of 5 stars

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The Art of Us by K.L. Hughes

When you pick up this book be prepared for your heart to be ripped out of your chest. This book knocked me flat out more than a time or two. You can literally feel your heartbreak right along with the main characters. A fantastic emotional ride that is chock-full of angst and emotion.

Charlee and Alex meet early on in college. There is an instant connection, and they spend the next years blissfully in love, head over heels. When school ends Alex is offered an amazing career opportunity on the opposite coast. They thought they could overcome the distance, make it through this intersnship, but instead, it broke them.

Five years later Alex has returned to NYC. she thought she could handle being back but the emotions and loss of Charlee are overwhelming. Everywhere she goes brings back a flood of memories of better times. The book flashes back between Charlee and Alex’s romance to current day. When Alex and her lost love meet back up the chemistry pops right off the page. Tension, angst, romance this book is deliciously full of it all. I’m not kidding when I say this book pulls at your emotions. A felt my heartbreak with them, I felt their joy, their pain. KL Hughes takes you on one hell of a ride. So good!

4.25 out of 5 stars

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Twice in a Lifetime by Clare Lydon

Twice in a Lifetime by Clare Lydon takes us on a journey of meeting up with the one that got away. Not just the one either, the first one. That sweet first love that was perfect in every way except for being too early and life came crashing in.

Sally McCall is returning to Chicago to visit her zany, eccentric aunt. Her aunt has a business proposal for her, and Sally being a starving artist cannot refuse anyone’s help even if that is exactly what she wants to do. At the airport baggage claim, something crazy happened, her bag disappears. Apparently, someone had the exact same bags as her, even down to the orange ribbon she had ties on the handle.

Harriet Locke’s life is her work. Her job, introducing artists to retailers has its benefits for sure but that is all her life is. Meetings, emails, and more meetings. After a long flight, deliriously tired Harriet grabs the wrong case. Unbeknownst to her, the case belongs to her first love, Sally. The girl she broke up with when the pressure of college became too much. The girl she regretted letting go for seventeen years.

The book has a mix of backstory and present day. Not too much flashback, though. The chemistry between the Harriet and Sally is fantastic, their dialogue and thoughts are fun and witty. Aunt Paula is a riot, as are all the supporting characters that are nicely incorporated into the story.

The quality of the book is high and I found the likeability of both main characters to be the overall appeal of the story. When I finished the book my thoughts were how cute. Cute, fun a light read when you just want to zone out and enjoy yourself. There is depth mixed with this happy ever after, don’t you worry. As always Clare Lydon gives you a solid read and leaves you with a smile on your face. I adore her writing!

4 out of 5 stars

The Butterfly Whisperer by Lisa Moreau

I read the news every day. Every day lately, I wish this was a habit I could break. As much as I try every morning at 5 AM, I’m up, back at inundating myself in the latest world crisis or political snafu. I decompress/escape by heading out for a run or grabbing a book. The Butterfly Whisperer was just what I needed after a long week of craziness that just won’t quit. A great escape, that didn’t overthink what it really was, two girls with a life-long bond that even after ten years of separation, the love was still there.

Jordan Lee owns one-half of a matchmaking company that is super successful, and super exclusive. Her clients are Hollywood’s elitist. A self-made woman, Jordan left her home at the age of 18 just months away from graduating from high school. Her father threw her out when he discovered her personal journals. Only through her writing could Jordan admit the truth. She was undoubtedly head over heels in love with her best friend Sophie.

Sophie Sanders is a lepidopterist. Her work and life’s passion is running a local Monarch butterfly sanctuary in her hometown of Monarch, CA. Sophie is a character that is ruled by her spirit, she has this great zen-like approach to life. She is literally adored by the entire town. The only thing she hasn’t been able to find is her true love. She is hobbled by the fact that Jordan took off and never looked back. Jordan doesn’t know it but she took Sophie’s heart when she ran away.

Add a bit of conflict, add a bit of angst and you have a really good read. Is this anything revolutionary, nope, but it’s not intended to be either. What this book is a great escape. A few hours or days (depending on your speed reading capabilities) to decompress for life’s craziness, and enjoy a quality story with cute characters. Not to mention butterflies, who doesn’t love those.

4 out of 5 stars

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Grounded (The Flight Series, #2) by A.E. Radley

Olivia is back, Olivia is back! If you liked or loved Flight SQA016, just get ready because Grounded is a sequel that completely surpasses its predecessor. I know, this is a rare feat, law of diminishing returns and all, but I am here to tell you it has been done.

Well, you know Olivia is back. She is also a bit broken. Where we left her in Flight SQA016, she has just royally screwed up with Emily. Remember, she railed Emily for being a neglectful parent for putting her son in a coach seat on a transatlantic flight. She was an ass and she knows it. Where we pick up a few months later in Grounded is where you start to see some of her character development begin to really flesh out. She accepts her mistake but her heart has been filleted. Losing Henry and Emily in one fell swoop has taken her down several pegs and given her more humanity. She is in emotional pain but has resounded herself that her misstep with Emily has lost her chance with them forever. She totally deserves whatever heartache she must endure. Life has a funny way of bringing folks back together and when her plane crashes into the tarmac, yup it crashed, a set of events unravels to bring these two leading ladies back together.

When we meet back up with Emily, she’s blocking her emotions about Olivia out. Unfortunately for her, sticking your head in the sand ostrich style doesn’t really work with five-year-olds. Henry wants his friend back, and to say he is persistent is an understatement. Her life hasn’t got any easier either. The debt is only growing exponentially, and even with a new day job, she not putting a dent in it. You got it! Emily is no longer serving drinks to the high fliers. Henry’s less that scrupulous grandfather has come into the picture demanding visitation for himself and his wife with the young boy. Emily, not wanting another drawn out custody battle, acquiescingly agrees to his request and in return is awarded a desk job with one of his cronies. Strings attached, boy are they attached, and it gets ugly!

No worries though for all the drama surrounding the two leading ladies their chemistry is still off the charts. It takes a bit for out two mains to come back into each other’s lives, no too long, but once they do you have that epic back and forth dialogue that makes you fall in love with them all over again. Olivia’s quirkiness is still infuriating and adorable to the quick-tempered single mother. Henry and Simon, of course, are there to give the story more depth and lightheartedness.

If you were worried on how Radley would seem the two book together after Flight SQA016’s unsatisfying ending, I’m here to tell you she did it better than I could have ever imagined. Grounded has fantastic pacing, and the layers of the story build to give you an amazing love story. Oh, you’re worried about the ending? Well, don’t be, I promise this one will leave you with a smile and some tiny butterflies.

5 out of 5 stars

  • Publisher: Ylva Publishing
  • www.ylva-publishing.com

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Saving Grace by HP Munro

I love HP Munro’s books. They have interesting characters, well thought out plots, and more than anything else they are just good romances. When I found out she had a new one out, well I hit that buy button and got right to it. With that being said, before you buy this one, you will definitely want to read Grace Falls first. While Saving Grace is a follow-up story with two new protagonists, you will be lost in a sea of details and sub-characters if you don’t.

Erin Hunter is the town veterinarian in Grace Falls. She has lived there all her life, with the exception of the years she was away for college. Erin’s life has been professionally successful while being emotionally stunted. She has never been able to successfully let go of her first love, Charlotte Grace .

Charlotte Grace was born to Grace Falls most prominent family. Her father owned the lumber mill that employed the majority of the town’s population. Charlotte’s mother never let anyone forget that the Grace’s were the royalty of the town. No one was ever good enough and everyone was beneath them. You can imagine mean ol’ mama’s discontent when her daughter befriends the town’s little Dr. DoLittle. Charlotte and Erin have a bond that is undeniable and as the years go on they become young lovers. That is until Charlotte’s mother finds out and ships her daughter to boarding school, breaking both Erin and Charlotte’s hearts.

The story revolves around Erin and Charlotte finding their way back to each other. Throw in a bunch of zany supporting characters and you have some really funny moments. This novel is charming and heartwarming. While I don’t think it had quite the staying power as Grace Falls I did thoroughly enjoy my time with it. HP Munro is definitely on my automatic buy list.

3.75 stars out of 5

  • Publisher: Red Besom Books
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by H.P. Munro
Link: http://a.co/6z4rbgK

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