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

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.

Those Who Wait by [Haley Cass]

 

 

 

 

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

47884434

Hooked on You by Jenn Matthews

Jenn Matthews’s book Hooked on You by takes you into the world of crochet with a heavy dose of romance. One of our main characters Ollie owns a craft store that offers crochet lessons. This group comes together not only to create scarves and throws but also as a support network for people that need a friendly face. The group finds that in Ollie, a 50+ year old ex-soldier that carries a ton of baggage from her time in the Middle East, her divorce and being a lesbian.

Anna, our other main character decides to find a hobby at the request of her college-aged daughter. Anna spends all of her time working as an English teacher and her kids think she needs something for herself. She decides on crochet and that takes her to Ollie. A woman she just cannot help but be smitten with.

This one was a tough one to nail down when it comes to a rating. First and foremost the book is well written. I thought that Jenn Matthews did a great job with character development and dialogue. The secondary characters add depth to the story and really make it shine. The romance felt authentic like this book could mimic a real-life love story. What holds me back a bit is that the pace was slow. I mean really, really slow and pretty heavy-handed in the crochet department. It almost felt a bit repetitive when it comes to crochet but the romance was written well enough to make up for talks of hooks and stitches.

3.5 out of 5 stars

43588354

Irregular Heartbeat by Chris Zett

Irregular Heartbeat is a fantastic debut novel by Chris Zett. Now I will be the first to say, I love hospital romances. Can’t get enough! So this one was right up my alley.

Dr. Emily Barnes is a no-nonsense hardass when it comes to the hospital’s emergency department. She is all business. She has no time for friendliness, idle chit-chat, all work all the time. Needless to say, she does not have a lot of friends at work. She expects the best from her staff and even more so from herself.

Diana Petrell is Emily’s newest resident. She’s older than the others and has a backstory, one Diana isn’t sharing and that intrigues the serious Dr. Barnes. These two become colleagues but there is just a little something simmering there. Neither is willing to take the first step, their careers mean too much. So when a chance encounter in a bar lets Diana’s secret past get out these two take a giant step towards friendship with a little something extra.

This story is well developed, the characters are solid, the dialogue is seamless and there is some simmering heat. You really cannot ask for more with a romance novel this has all the elements of a good book. And yes, it is a good one. I loved how Emily is perceived as cold and unfeeling when she is anything but. As her mask gets pulled away you have these great moments of really seeing the character Zett was sculpting.

If you are a hospital romance junkie you will definitely want to pick up this sweet, and sexy slow burn romance. I will totally be on the lookout for Zett’s next work.

3.75 out of 5 stars

41050183